Neiman Marcus’ Annual Blogger Brunch Featuring this Holiday Season’s Beauty Must Haves

November and December are my favorite months of the year. I start feeling the holiday cheer in the air. It’s when Christmas music starts being played on the radio, holiday outfits takeover store mannequins and the holiday parties begin.

This weekend I attended my first holiday brunch of the season – the annual beauty blogger brunch inside Mariposa Café at Neiman Marcus on the Vegas Strip. The yearly soiree gives us a sneak peek into the most popular beauty buys for the holidays. I’m always excited to see fabulous products from some of my favorite beauty brands and this year, it was sort of a blogger reunion, a chance to see some of my favorite local ladies many whom I haven’t seen in a while.

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorites!

Tom Ford Boy and Girl Lip Collection is a limited collection of gorgeous shades named after women and men Tom Ford truly admires. These colors come in matte, creme and metallic finishes that can be worn alone or together.

YSL lip stains and lip oils are full of pigment and non-drying. My favorite color for the season is #1 Tatouage Couture, as pictured below.

Laura Mercier Flawless Rose Oil is fast-absorbing and lightweight with intense hydration power. What a great stocking stuffer gift!

Kiehls and Fresh sleep masks are the next big thing in masks. Much easier to apply because you only apply at night for ultimate moisturization, brightening and firming.

Jo Malone holiday fragrance gift sets are all about color and they are so delectable! My favorite scent is the peony and blush suede.

John Hardy Dragons, stones and crystals, oh my! John Hardy’s inspiration for this line was the love story of the dragons and stones. I personally believe in the power and energies of crystals. It has been said to wear the dragon bracelets facing outward to protect yourself from negative energy and wear them inward when you want to attract positive energy.

Atelier Cologne Only available in Nolita in NYC and Champs-Élysées in Paris, this brand has a love story of its own. Curated by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel who fell in love while creating the collection.

Oribe dry shampoo not only smells divine but it doesn’t leave the white residue as many other dry shampoos do. As a new mom, I rely on dry shampoo now more than ever…adding this one to my Xmas wish list!

Lastly, I’m overdue for a new winter scent and I think I finally found the one, Chanel Gabrielle. It reminds me of my favorite summer scent, Armani Si. What’s your favorite scent right now?

Head over to Neiman Marcus to check out the numerous holiday beauty gift options for the wifey, girlfriend and mom. She won’t be disappointed. Happy Holidays!

 

 

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!

 

The First Ever Super Saturday in Sin City Benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

For those who may not be familiar, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the largest and oldest U.S. charity funding research on ovarian cancer, the 5th leading cause of cancer death in American women. To raise awareness and funds for research, OCRF hosts an annual event called Super Saturday, a shopping event that brings together top luxury name brands in fashion and beauty, special shopping incentives and activities with a percentage of sales from participating retailers and dining establishments benefiting the OCRF.

Now in its 18th year, with annual events held in NY and LA, this is Super Saturday’s first ever weekend-long event in Las Vegas! Hosted by renowned designer, stylist and author Rachel Zoe, brought her beautiful family to support the cause close to her heart. Rachel held a book signing of her latest book, “Living in Style” and then walked the Fashion Show runway with her husband and business partner, Rodger Berman and their two trendy tots. We were then treated to fall fashions courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and express beauty services by The Glam App.

For more information on OCRF, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Rachel’s book signing, “Living in Style by Rachel Zoe”

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Rachel and family at photo booth

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L to R: Kristen and Ashley, The Allure Avenue, Me, our Social Host, Christie, I Can Style U and Jamie, Treats and Trends.

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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“Shark Tank” on the Hunt for Fashion Entrepreneurs in Las Vegas!

One of my favorite shows, ABC’s “Shark Tank” will have a booth at MAGIC (Feb. 18 – Feb. 20) at the Las Vegas Convention Center and they are looking for fashion designers and entrepreneurs who are looking for an investment to help their businesses. What a great opportunity to get in front of the sharks! For more information, visit MAGIC ONLINE. 

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Celebrity-Studded Simon G. Annual Summer Soiree at TAO Las Vegas

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Simon G. Jewelry kicked off their annual summer soiree in Las Vegas and this past Saturday at TAO in the Venetian. Celebrating 31 years of style and design, Mr. Simon Ghanimian, the patriarch and founder of Simon G. Jewelry was nice enough to chat with us about this year’s Organic Allure and Passion Collections. He also said that this year’s bridal trend is rose gold. Newlyweds Katrina Bowden and Ben Jorgenson were joined by Paula Abdul, Jenny McCarthy, Mario & Courtney Lopez, Gilles & Carole Marini, Audrina Patridge, Catt Sadler, Holly Madison, Lala Anthony, Peta Murgatroyd and more.

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Delicate Collection
From the Delicate Collection: 18K white and rose gold engagement ring and band are comprised of .55ctw round white Diamonds.(image courtesy of simonjewelry.com

The red carpet was celebrity-studded! Here are some of the starlets who greeted us wearing their favorite Simon G. pieces.

Peta Murgatroyd, Jenny McCarthy and Paula Abdul
Katrina Bowden and Audrina Patridge
Lala Anthony, bejeweled hands courtesy of Catt Sadler and Holly Madison

To see more of the beautiful Simon G. jewelry, check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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!