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Beauty / 09.06.2014

I always enjoy interviewing international makeup artists and picking their brains about beauty and cosmetics from their part of the world. Their aesthetic, training and style can often be a bit different from ours and it's a great opportunity to learn. I had the privilege of interviewing Estee Lauder's Regional Education Manager for Artistry and Global Makeup Artist Bobby Wang at the Be Envied event two days ago. He conducted several demos over the weekend and launched the Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300.0"] Pure Color Envy Shine lipstick...

Beauty / 07.06.2014

So why hasn't the Internet exploded yet? Right? Right?Designer cosmetics is ruled by a few fashion houses, namely French brands Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, and a few new players have cropped up, like American designers Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch. Perhaps the Italians felt it's time to get in the game? My humble opinion is just one word: Finally! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1000.0"] Charlotte Casiraghi is the face of Gucci cosmetics. Photo from sassisamblog.com[/caption] Charlotte Casiraghi has been the brand's equestrian ambassador since 2010 and...

Beauty / 22.05.2014

Last week in my column Style Smarts with Interaksyon.com, I wrote about the new breed of lippies that have been popping up everywhere, lip crayons. I notice that so many major brands have been releasing their versions, and during the Clinique for Men launch last week, Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity and I talked a bit about it and she mentioned that she feels it's become popular because of its fun factor. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576.0"] Backstage at Antonio Berardi Spring/Summer 2014 show. Red matte mouths were the look Gucci Westman created....

Beauty / 18.05.2014

Learning to do my brows and its instantaneous effect altered my life. I do not exaggerate. I think it opened the door for my love and appreciation for makeup and beauty. It was when I first saw my face with a nice set of brows when I realized that it was what I was missing all this time I had been trying to put on makeup but wasn't getting the result I wanted. This is also known as the "I-look-nothing-like-the-models-in-your-ads-but-I-bought-your-product" problem. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="504.0"] Current brow products (clockwise from top): Benefit...

Beauty, Life, Style, Womanhood / 12.04.2014

I love makeup. I can talk about it for long periods of time. Sometimes, I use it to start a conversation with someone I have just met. I enjoy putting it on but most of all, I enjoy seeing other women discover more to their beauty when they learn how to apply it properly. I don't remember how old I was when I first got a hold of my own makeup--maybe 11 or 12 years old--but I clearly remember how. My mom dropped by an Avon outlet to buy a few things for herself while we were at the mall. There...