Older Girl Beauty

The Makeup Show swag

Okay, let’s talk about the goodies first. Goodies are good, right?Now, I didn’t get to finish the tour at the blogger preview so I didn’t swing some of the things they did (*ahem – OCC Liptar in Grandma or a Luminess Airbrush Tanning System, but I did get to meet Pat McGrath, so there’s that. Ha.). Anyway, this is what I walked away from the show with:

So, there we have it. Not a bad haul of neat new things to try. As I post about the vendors to follow, I will talk about what I’ve tried and my thoughts on them, too.

See anything you like? :)

Regularly scheduled programming

Wow, who would have thought that taking 5 days off work, coming back to a 4 day work week just before the end of the month closing might cause a person to be too busy to have any fun and not be around to finish her stories (but still allow her the ability to create a long ass run-on sentence)?

I sure didn’t. Now I do. Now, where were we…..

The Magnifique Box (+ a Giveaway!!)

During my trip to NYC, I was so lucky to have some of the nicest weather imaginable. It made for strolling along the streets at night so much better. Saturday night, we were wandering around the Lower East Side, we passed by “The Box” nightclub. Now, I may have been rocking my Dolce & Gabbana smokey eye, but I sure was not dressed to go into the nightclub – as much as I would have loved to (I adore old style vaudville/burlesque times). So, the closest I have come to seeing the inside of it is thru the commercial that the lovely Anne Hathaway recently did for Lancôme’s new fragrance, “Magnifique”.
Anne shot the video in March, after working with a choreographer for a week prior. There were 100 extras and she was styled by Rachel Zoe for the shoot. You can see the video on the Lancôme’s blog, where you can also read about Kerry Diamond’s thoughts from the shoot that day. (*If you go directly to the “Magnifique” page you can see a second version of Anne’s commercial, but it doesn’t have near the fancy footwork as the first one.)

And, as a treat for all my reader Lovelies, I get the chance to give away one (1) bottle of this fragrance, because I missed you guys so much while I was gone. I’ll start the giveaway today, and let it go until Midnight(cst) next Wednesday, June 3rd. I will announce the winner on Thursday, June 4th. I’ll even make it super simple for you – just enter your name and email addy in the box below. That’s it. Easy peasy.

Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana

Let’s just get this out of the way right up front. I met Pat McGrath last weekend at Saks 5th Ave. See?

She was at Saks to promote the launch of Dolce & Gabbana’s makeup line, in which she was a creative force, in collaboration with the designers, to bring the color line to fruition. (*I’m just putting it out there – I didn’t know who she was until I took a crash course in Pat McGrathology after hearing the chorus of voices on twitter telling me I should know who she is NOW!) Now, Ms. McGrath wasn’t putting brush to face that day, her team was, but she was going around to the stations to offer suggestions on what would work the best for each lovely. As for myself, she came by to say “Goodbye” as she was heading to catch a plane back to London. I was lucky enough to get a hand-hold, hug and a photo op. This happened mid-makeup application, so only one side of my face is done, but a girl’s gotta take her opportunities as they come, ya know?

The MUA who played around with makeup on me that day was the lovely, Nicole Williams, who some of you might recognize from Fox/Style Network (reruns) of “Ambush Makeover”.

She was a blast to chat with and we even had some fun and made some videos of her makeup applications. The first one is her showing how to do a gradiant smokey eye on me (vid). (*Seriously, check out those rockin’ brows. LOL)

The second one is Nicole showing how to use the Green from the “Dazzling” eyeshadow duo wet, as an eyeliner on me (vid).

Oh, one of the things that I learned while chit chatting was the fact that the “supposed” reason that D&G didn’t have their brushes out for sale yet was because they can’t decided on the logo on the brushes. It’s not that they aren’t ready, it’s just that they don’t know how they want to put the shiny name on. Love for that to my only issue in life, right?

As for my opinion on the line, well, I do think it was overpriced for what it is ($36 for the duo), and the color pay-off isn’t as deep/rich as I expected. I like the packaging, but mostly for the glam factor, not for practical purposes. But, really, isn’t that why you would get any of this line in the first place?

The Makeup Show – Blogger Preview

On Saturday, May 16th, I was one of a lucky couple dozen beauty bloggers invited to a preview of The Makeup Show, a makeup trade show of some of the most influential cosmetic companies to date, put on by The Powder Group. We were greeted with wine, cheese, crackers and fruit for a bit of snack and an informal meet and greet. (Which I apparently sucked at since I didn’t meet Miss Dina from eye4style until I was leaving and she came up to me. Ha!)

Once we were all gathered, The Powder Group founder Michael DeVellis welcomed us and told us just how important and vital that us, as beauty bloggers, are to promotion nowadays. You could really tell by his enthusiasm and sincerity that he truly believes that we are the way of things to come in how information is put out there – esp since we have a passion for product and not just the freebies.

He then handed us over to the fabulous makeup artist, James Vincent. His work has been everywhere – and don’t even get him started on American Idol or ANTM, please. He was a great tour guide thru the aisles, as he had something generous to say about each of the vendors and gave us his recommendations for his secret weapons from each one that he carries in his kit. (*Funny story – he knows a local makeup line – t.a.l.k. beauty, that was started by 4 friends in Oklahoma City, who work/spend time around a local beauty store called The Makeup Bar, where I have been known to drop a penny or two. James knows Alex over there, was curious if she was coming to the show. Well, I have @themakeupbar on twitter and sent her a message for him. Teeny tiny world we live in, eh?)
I’ll just show a few of the vendors we got to see this day, with a few pics for now, as I will go a bit more in depth on a few of them when I post about what I saw the actual day of the show.
We were also introduced to Emmy Award winning makeup artist, Kevin Bennett, who is the Director of Artist Relations for Make Up For Ever. MUFE is celebrating their 25th Anniversary and Kevin was there to debut their new HD concealer. (*Remind me to tell you how we *really* met – LOL)

There were also two other great companies represented at the show – Stila Cosmetics and Smashbox Cosmetics. At the Stila booth, was VP of Global Sales, Artistry & International Marketing, Desiree Tordecilla, who was kind enough to clear up a little bit about the Stila closure in March and present us the Stila Summer ’09 24K Gold Collection:

I have so much more to say about Desi and Stila, but I will save it for my Stila specific post.
And, at the Smashbox booth was the fab Ms. Lori Taylor, Professional Artistry Relations Manager. She was so great and knowledgeable about what works, she was just a joy to talk to.
She gave a presentation at the show on needed basics, and wore some *fierce* shoes – I’ll have to show you that, too.
These lovely ladies were sweet enough to stop and take a picture with me, as I had to leave the preview early:

Seriously, just how freakin’ awesome was that? Thank you so much, ladies!

And, since I had to leave early, I didn’t get to meet everyone at the p
review, but I def made up for it when I attended the actual show the next day. I want to take a second and thank everyone at The Powder Group for a really enjoyable afternoon. I really liked getting a “Behind the Scenes” peek at the show.

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