Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Besame Cosmetics: Lipstick Review

 I have recently had the opportunity to try a few shades from the Besame Cosmetics Lipstick Collection: Chocolate Kiss, Dusty Rose, Tango Red, Carmine and Portrait Pink.

About and Packaging: Initially, I was drawn to the line because their makeup is inspired by vintage designs and formulas. The lipstick tubes, made after a 1940's bullet design, are pretty enough to be an accessory all on their own. They are beautiful to use in photos and really lovely to leave out sitting on my vanity. The packaging is so darling that if you didn't know it, you would guess they really are vintage. The family owned company is based in California and have some of the best customer services Ive ever encountered. Besides lipstick, Besame Cosmetics offers a range of mascara and powders, all natural and all fabulously packaged.

Application and Quality: I was a bit worried before trying them that I wouldnt be able to wear the lipstick all day. Whenever I wear lipsticks, especially the more creamy products, the color bleeds all around my lips. When I used the Besame lipstick, there was no movement of the color at all! Hooray! I was so excited for a natural product with rich color that I could wear in general and for photos. Running around in NYC I really dont have time or the capability to constantly touch up my makeup. These lipsticks allow me to enjoy wearing them instead of worry about taking them off. The color pigmentation is great, vibrant and strong. The biggest surprise for me was how well the unique shape helped when applying the lipstick. For the cupid's bow, the wedge shape made making a round 20s pout or even an 80s edgy point so easy. For the bottom lip, I use the lip brush to finish off the perfect shape. The texture glides on so easy and doesnt get messy.

All of the colors are really wonderful but my favorite is actually the one I thought I would like the least. The Chocolate Kiss is so unique compared to other brands Ive tried. Its a natural feeling deep alternative to red and is much more flattering for my skin tone than the deep mauve shades.

If you have any questions about using the lipsticks please feel free to let me know in the comments! xo

Photography Laura Okita 

Header image is Dusty Rose 

Above: Chocolate Kiss 

Above: Carmine 

Products gifted by Besame Cosmetics, opinions and reviews are independent and un-sponsored.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Backstage at the Marc Jacobs Runway AW 2016

My favorite designer ever since I was in collage has been Marc Jacobs. I will never forget the moment when I first saw his influence on the monogram bags at the Louis Vuitton flagship store on 5th Avenue. The larger hardware and buckles were so beautiful, making the purses feel like jewelry. After following his designs on the runway, I could see that in both clothing and accessories, he brings a fresh chic modernism to vintage inspirations. After designing for LV for over 15 years, he is now focusing on his line Marc Jacobs. This change has brought some of my favorite collections to date, the 2016 Autumn Winter collection being no exception. 

Stylist Katie Grand, Hair Guido Palau, Makeup Francois Nars, Nails Jin Soon

First of all, the hair. The finger waves. Finger waves are my favorite hair style and are also one of the most difficult. Every model had the most amazing, perfect 360 finger wave. Gatsby would be jealous to see this flock. There were several different makeup looks, smokey goth eyes, punky stars and a graphic liner. The nails were an elegant black, shiny and perfect, done with Marc Jacobs Blaquer Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish

The clothing was show stopping amazing. It felt like something between walking through a fashion museum and an art exhibit. Every piece had gorgeous beaded applique, lace or embroidery. The foot high platform shoes made for a towering forest of coats and dresses gliding by. Lady Gaga walked the show, bringing an extra excitement to the atmosphere. It was Victorian inspired perfection. Now I cant wait to see these pieces in editorials and magazines! It was a magic night to remember and I am so grateful for the experience. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monique Lhuillier AW 2016 Runway Show

The best wedding gown designers excel at making the most magical day glamorous with the perfect dress. From these roots in translating dreams into fabric reality, Monique Lhuillier has made the every-other-day of your life just as jaw dropping and special with her Fall/Winter 2016 Ready to Wear Collection. When so much of the runway has been water down to denim and sweats, this collection brings back the elegance and sparkle of women’s wear. The collection consisted of fresh  colors, lace and silk brocade, coats, dresses and separates. Each look was adorned with a glittering detail, and my favorite touch was the crystal dotted socks. The collection was over-all modern feminine. There were notes of the glamourous side of the 70s seen in maxi dresses, sleeve shape and fur coats. The show opened with cheerful pieces giving a more casual feel and closed with red carped worthy volume and graceful gowns fit for the silver screen.

The hair was fresh and simple with a center parted natural wavy blow out. We are seeing a lot of the center part this season. For the makeup, it was a nod to the 90’s with a dark lined upper and lower eye, with more muted tones for eyebrows and lip. In total the hair and makeup gave a young contemporary vibe to the decadent collection.  

The mood at Shylight at Moynihan Station was excited despite the bitter cold temperatures outside.  Upon entering the venue, I was greeted by a gallery of past Pirelli Calendar images gilding sky-high walls. The vast open lobby gave the perfect impact one would hope for from New York Fashion Week. On the way to the runway, I stopped by in the E! VIP lounge to try a CIROC Vodka cocktail, perfect to take a little bite out of the cold. Once to the runway, the excitement escalated as the crowd grew and celebrities took their places front row, camera flashes flickered on one side of the room, answering with a burst of flashes at the other side. When all became quiet and the show began, the music was upbeat, the models walked with energy and it was over all really fun.