Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Nicole Kidman was a stunner in her red dress. A wow. The bow totally worked, and she wore it well.
Queen Latifah in her black Carmen Marc Valvo. What a perfect fit, and shape for her. She has once again shown that a larger woman can be a glamour gal. I do think that she should have worn a necklace though.
The award for best makeup goes to Reese Witherspoon. How hot can she get? I was underwhelmed with her dress, but her makeup and hair was so perfect, who cares?
Cate Blanchett gets a runner up nod for makeup.
Lastly, who ever thought one of the best dressed, most glam would be Ms. Jodie Foster. She looked incredible. Everything was pitch perfect , her dress, her hair, her makeup( almost as good as Reese's) and her earrings which matched the color of her dress and brought out the blue in her eyes. Awesome. Almost an old school 40's look, which was something we saw a lot of tonight.
Diane Keaton looked really lovely too at her surprise appearance at the end.
Major honorable mention goes to Rinko Kikuchi, channeling 1930's Shanghai, and Catherine Deneueve, for just being so elegant, so lovely, and daring to go sleeveless, at an age most would not think of it but should, because you're beautiful .
Now to the not so good.
Jennifer Hudson: I never thought I would ever see an Oscar De La Renta creation that wasn't bordering on perfection. How did this happen. Brown, pockets, and a short leather or skin jacket? Ok, full figures and short jackets are a tough call. Really tough, as in think 10 times at least. It was really bad.
Leonardo- such a fine, fine actor. Please leave the bronzer alone next time you go out. You could clearly see the actual brush marks , I think. way too overdone, think Charlize and that infamous spray tan.
So best dressed:
photos: abc.com, catwalk queen ,eonline
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
If they do, you saw it here first( well sort of, not counting the email. )
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
This week the fashion world goes to Milan. In looking through several of the collections, I haven't seen clothes as nice as what NY and London sent down the runways, but there were some highlights.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
A new Bill Blass fragrance launched recently.
The original version pictured bottom right, was a longtime favorite of mine for many years back in the 80s. It was almost a signature frag. and often a gift from my friends who knew how I liked it.
These days I don't really wear it, but still have a bottle. Many of the fragrances I wore years ago at a young age, aren't to my liking these days, with the exception of Chloe.
The original Blass was a sharp white floral. It's a big fragrance, although not as " big " as some other 80's notables like Jardins De Bagatelle, are to me. I suppose it's a softer, big fragrance.
The other notes, besides the flowers, are cinnamon and sandlewood.
The new one, pictured above, is also a floral, decsribed as having purely floral notes with some grassy touches. Notes are: Neroli, galbanum, and green mandarin at the top. Middle notes : white Hyacinth, lily of the Valley,tuberose and jasmine. It sounds very nice.
It has been described on makeupalley as a very lily fragrance with a bit of an aquatic note.
Exclusive to Saks right now, I look forward to a test of this.
1.3 oz edp is 65.00
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Silver nail polish is going to be the trend in nails for Spring and into fall . I have always loved silver polish and thought I'd post a pic of two of my oldie but goodies. They are Fluorine( metallic) from Chanel, and Gunmetal from the Revlon Streetwear line( this was such a great line).
The Chanel isn't showing up overly well, but it is a dove grey/silver metallic with a hint of lilac. The Gunmetal is a hardcore silver, darker, shimmery. Both are great, I reach for the Streetwear more often. It is very molten looking. Thats what you want in a good silver polish.
Some of the runways had the most amazing silver metallic nails , like foil. I loved it. This one from Chanel Spring 2007 is one would love to see at the counters.No doubt most of the top companies will have some great silvers at the ready, plus you can do like I did, and dig through the stash you already have.
photos by the alchemist and elle.com
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
The case conceals two complementary shades of lipstick (satin and sheer) and a brush. It comes in 12 different shade combos.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
That night I almost used toothpaste to take off my eye makeup.
So : You know you've had a LONG day when you grab the Colgate to use on your eyemakeup. Thankfully, I noticed that it wasn't quite what I wanted before I used it.
Feel free to share your long day woes. It'll be cathartic.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
The patchouli is very dialed down and just like the rose, provides a nice base for the fragrance. After the initial burst of berry, Bryant Park settles down into a light rose, with the pink pepper coming out, and the berry staying on as well.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Friday, February 2, 2007
It's a wonderful thing when two loves come together. In this case it's beauty and art and artifacts.
Beginning tomorrow the hugely anticipated King Tut exhibit opens at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Egyptian history and it's artifacts are simply amazing, but not at all simple .
The Tut exhibit will include a cosmetic jar, pictured here. Makeup and perfumes were widely used by the Ancient Egyptians.The cosmetic jars or vessels often held oils or animal fats( unguents) for perfumery.
Eyeliner in the form of pulverized malachite( green) and galena(later kohl) for black, was also very common. They had cosmetic palletes to grind the pigments, and also cosmetic spoons like the one here, made of wood. This spoon is a style known as the Swimming Girl, and would have been part of a larger cosmetic set.
Red Ocher was used to color the lips. ( so, yes, red lipstick has always been a classic)
There is obviously, so much more to the Ancient Egyptians than makeup, but besides the tie in here, it is ,to me, so interesting to see that they had and used such things as we do today, albeit in a more modern manner. The Egyptians were extremely advanced in so many areas. If you can make it to the Tut exhibit, by all means do. There are also so many great permanent
exhibits in museums around the country, and the world. All offer something to see.
Tut has previously been on view in LA, Florida, and Chicago.It will go to London in November.
If anyone has been already, please let me know your thoughts.
More Info :
www. 2fi.edu( Franklin Institute)
www.kingtut.org( official site)
Cosmetic jar photo: Franklin Institute
Cosmetic Spoon : 18th dynasty, Egyptian Museum , Cairo
Perfume Vessel- Egyptian Museum,Cairo
Some information via World Liverpool Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Apothia by Ron Robinson is having a sale with 20-50% off many beauty products including Bliss, Monyette Paris, and Delux( which I believe is soon to be discontinued)
here's the link if you are interested: