Kiehl’s Partners with Artistic Collaboration, FAILE, to Launch Its 8th Annual Limited Holiday Edition

Gift giving season is upon us and one of my favorite NYC-based brands continues its true philanthropic tradition this holiday season! Kiehl’s Since 1851 has partnered with Brooklyn-based artist duo, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller (also known as FAILE) to launch its 8th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, in which 100% of Kiehl’s net profits, up to $100,000 will help provide 1,100,000 meals to families this holiday season via Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

I love working with brands that give back. This collaboration entitled “Baby Give Back” conveys the idea that we can care for ourselves while caring for others which is also beautifully reflected in the artwork and packaging. I’m absolutely loving the Ultra Facial Cream and the artsy message which says Reveal / Truths / Search / Within – FAILE Edition. Can’t wait to shop the collection in person when I’m in NYC next week!

The Limited Edition Crème de Corps Holiday collection includes the following products:

Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This luxuriously scented cream is decadently air-whipped for instant penetration to restore, protect and soften skin. ($15-$38 = 85-350 meals)
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Trio: Formulated for the most active hands, this moisture treatment offers all-day protection to actually draw water from the air, preventing moisture loss.  ($34 = 295 meals)
Limited Edition Gift Set: This set of hydration essentials includes Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, Daily Reviving Concentrate and a FAILE sticker. ($45 = 415 meals)

 

Product samples were provided to me by Kiehl’s for review purposes.

Tyra Banks Searches for the Next Fresh Face for Her Cosmetic Line in Vegas – Tyra Beauty Live + Model Search

 

fierce-up-logo-whiteSupermodel and Super Entrepreneur, Tyra Banks, is bringing her cosmetics line, TYRA Beauty to Vegas for the TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search 2016. Model and Dancing with the Stars winner, Nyle DiMarco, will be joining Tyra in Vegas at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search will also include TYRA Beauty’s first Model Search to look for the new faces of the 2017 TYRA Beauty campaign. In partnership with L.A. Models, an international modeling agency that helped launch Tyra’s career, they’re looking for faces of every height, shape, size and age from 18 and up.

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Registration for the model search ends this Thursday. Click here for  more information. Looking forward to the event and to reviewing some of TYRA Beauty products!

 

Third Annual Style with a Cause Launches Collection at Fashion Show

I can’t believe style with a cause turns three this year. They are launching this year’s event with their first-ever collection! In collaboration with Spoonflower, they created an exclusive fabric which was then given to five designers across the country including Project Runway’s Joshua J. Christensen and Project Runway All Star, Carlos Casanova, Las Vegas’ own, Jennifer Henry of Flock Flock Flock, Christina Rudigier and this year’s Fashion Forward Winner, Ilian Angulo. All of the designers will create one-of-a kind pieces which will be featured on the Fashion Show runway and auctioned at the end of the event benefitting Opportunity Village. This anticipated evening filled with fall fashion presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and beauty transformations takes place on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are still available here.

For the latest on this movement designed to empower and inspire women through fashion and beauty, follow style with a cause on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Style with a Cause Partners Up with “Project Runway” Fashion Designers

Happy love day! On this day, when we celebrate the love we hold for our loved ones, I dedicate this blog post to an event that I hold near and  dear to my heart, style with a cause. The second annual event is right around the corner! It’s taking place on Friday, February 28 at The Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas. This year, they are partnering up with notable “Project Runway” fashion designers, Joshua Christensen and Carlos Casanova who will showcase some of their gorgeous designs on the runway. Portions of the proceeds of ticket sales will benefit the Nevada chapter of The Pregnancy Foundation.

Today, they will be filming this year’s beauty transformation recipient at Saks Fifth Avenue! Can’t wait to meet her!

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For more information on style with a cause, follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

ULTA Beauty’s Cut-a-thon Back in Vegas

On Sunday, THE SALON in the ULTA Beauty stores in Las Vegas hosted a Cut-A-Thon event to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.  This was my second year making the line and participating. For a minimum suggested donation my request was…long bangs please. One hundred percent of Cut-A-Thon proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

In 2012, the salons in ULTA Beauty stores across the country performed more than 23,000 haircuts during the Cut-A-Thon. With more than 550 salons, ULTA Beauty aims to reach that number again.

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Q & A with Celebrity Hairstylist, Ken Paves as He Introduces His New Book, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL

In his new book YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, celebrity hairstylist, Ken Paves talks about his work with women of all ages, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes and emphasizes how every woman is beautiful in her own way.  He shares heartfelt advice and easy beauty tips for the average busy woman, from insider hair-care hints and the top products for different hair types, to time-saving styling tips and quick fixes in an emergency.

Dubbed the “hottest hairdresser in Hollywood,” Ken Paves has created award-winning styles for celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, and Victoria Beckham, who says, “Ken has the most amazing gift to make women feel beautiful inside and out.”  His work has appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, O The Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, GQ, and In Style.

Here’s my Q&A with Mr. Paves.

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MBC: Thank you for debunking so many beauty myths! Can you explain this one? When you wash your hair with (clarifying) shampoo and it squeaks – is it because it’s clean or stripped?  

Ken: Pretty much stripped. I am not a huge fan of clarifying shampoo, except in very specific (excessive) situations. When your hair squeaks it is so clean that there are no natural oils to soften and buffer that squeaky sound. It’s like finger nails on a chalk board to me. Water alone is an amazing emulsifier….water alone has eroded beaches and mountains, it can break down your natural oils and a little styling product…add in a “regular” shampoo and your good. Quiet hair is good!!!

MBC: You’ve accomplished so much, work, philanthropy, etc.  what’s next?

Ken: Thank you for recognizing that. I hope to spread the voice of my book You Are Beautiful and help empower women around the world. I am working on some new products and projects that will all speak the same voice and ultimately allow me to give back even more!

MBC: You’ve worked with numerous celebrities, are there any ones in particular that you would like to work with but haven’t had a chance to yet?

Ken: I have actually worked with everyone I had ever hoped for. Lady Ga Ga was the artist I had hoped to work with, and I had the honor of working with her. I think she is genius and one of the most inspiring artist I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  She takes “theatre” and brings it to life! I still love waiting to see what she is going to do next!

MBC: Any plans for another salon in Las Vegas?

Ken: Not at the moment, but I do love Vegas!

MBC: Any plans for your own beauty talk show?

Ken: I would love that, let’s put it out in the universe!!

Here’s to hoping I catch Ken next time he comes to Vegas! In the meantime, you can follow him on his wonderful journey on Facebook and Twitter!

A copy of the book was provided to me by the publishing house.

TLC’s What Not to Wear’s Finale Party Comes to Vegas: An Exclusive Beauty Q&A with Carmindy

TLC’s What Not to Wear is most likely the pioneer in makeover/makeunder shows. For the last ten years, the fashion and beauty squad of Clinton Kelly, Stacy London, Carmindy and most recently, Ted Gibson have been changing the lives of women across the country.  I’ve been a fan of the show since its debut so when I had the chance to work with the show when I worked in NYC, I was beyond excited. Fast forward more than five years later, the show comes to a finale, with a celebration in Las Vegas, lucky me…again!

I got to experience this history-making night on Monday and had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite beauty gurus, Carmindy, right before the celebration. And after this juicy sneak peek of what’s to come, I’m suddenly not so sad.

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My Beauty Confessions: Your philosophy is all about celebrating true beauty and individual uniqueness. With all the makeovers you’ve done over the years on WNTW, what would you say is the biggest true beauty quality that women overlook or ignore?

Carmindy: Their right to pamper themselves and embrace their natural beauty. So many women after having children, working full-time, having a husband or ever going through a tough time, forget their most beautiful and ancient right as a woman which is to care for themselves without feeling guilt and realizing the true unique beauty they possess.

MBC: Your signature beauty technique, “Carmindizing,“ is a makeup tip that works on all women, is there a Carmindizing 2.0 or a second favorite tip or technique?

Carmindy: Absolutely! When applying liquid foundation or BB/CC Creams always use a non-latex sponge to blend on the product for seamless results and cover the eyelids and under the lower lash line. This will act like a lid primer keeping makeup in place all day.

MBC: You love to travel, what are your in-flight beauty must-haves?

Carmindy: Creme De La Mer for moisturizing my skin, Fresh Rose Sugar Lip Treatment for supple lips with a hint of tint, Blinc Amplified Mascara for natural looking dark lashes that will never smudge or budge, Fresh Satin Luster Palette to Carmindize the face and cream blush in pink for a flush that never looks dry.

MBC: What’s next or the latest with your partnership with Sally Hansen?

Carmindy: I have discontinued my line with Sally Hansen to make way for Carmindy & Co my new line of amazing cosmetics and skincare coming in January 2014! I’m also working on my 4th book called Bloom- A Girls Guide To Growing Up Gorgeous published by Penguin Books due to launch in summer 2014.

MBC: You launched your own beauty app not too long ago, how is it going, what’s the feedback? (I downloaded my avatar:))

Carmindy: It was one of the first of its kind and I love it. I wanted it to help women find a quick easy way to choose the right colors for their unique skin tone and also be able to learn how to apply the most basic looks that work on all women and all ages. I want to constantly improve on it so we have big plans for next year to make it more interactive and update everything with new technology.

MBC: TV show, books, beauty app…what’s next for you? What’s in the pipeline?

Carmindy: Carmindy & Co is going to be HUGE and international. Look out for the most amazing makeup and skincare then stay on the lookout as I Carmindize the world with neutracosmetics, haircare, jewelry, bags and fashion!

MBC: You’re in Vegas to film your last WNTW episode, how are you feeling? What was the sentiment on set?

Carmindy: I’m staying positive but I know it will be a very emotional time. This has been an amazing 10 year journey and I know it will be very hard to say goodbye. I’m happy we are doing it in celebration and going out with a bang not just fading away!

MBC: What are your thoughts on “Vegas” beauty & fashion?

Carmindy: It is really all over the map! There are very savvy and beautiful women as well as the other side of the spectrum. I’m sure with all the tourists there will plenty of people I will want to make UNDER haha!

MBC: If you didn’t pursue beauty, what would you be doing today?

Carmindy: Adventurer! Is that a job? LOL!

And what an adventure it is! Ladies, keep your eyes open for Carmindy & Co coming in 2014! In the meantime, download Carmindy’s app for exclusive how-to videos and tips, follow Carmindy on Facebook and Twitter and continue to tune in to TLC’s last and most epic season of What Not to Wear!