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By Farah Abdelqader
I love MAC Cosmetics because the company is constantly evolving and releasing new collections we can all somehow relate to. Growing up, reading Archie comics was a guilty pleasure for me. There was the excitement of flipping through the pages to see whom Archie would end up with. Would it be Betty or Veronica? The sweet, blonde girl next door or the sultry, spoiled brunette?
Through MAC’s new “Archie’s Girls” collection, you can create a story of your own — and get a good idea of how the two girls’ personalities differ. The collection is divided into three parts: 16 Betty-themed products, 16 Veronica-themed products and five extra accessories. Each girl gets her own set of eyeshadow palettes and pigments, lipsticks, lip glosses, nail polishes, blushes, face powders, mascaras and eyeliners.
The Betty products are soft, sheer and neutral for a casual fresh-faced look. The Veronica products are the complete opposite: With bold pigments and bright colors, you are bound to unleash your inner diva. Attend the in-store launch parties Feb. 7 to see which persona appeals most to you. Or if you simply cannot wait, the collection was released online on Jan. 30. Hurry before the girls are sold out!
By Demi Stanley
Have you ever wanted to get your makeup done without having to deal with the hassle of going to the mall and making your way to the makeup counter of your choice? Well now you can.
Blushington makeup & beauty lounge provides guests with professional makeup applications in a relaxed, fun and inviting environment. The lounge made its debut in West Hollywood, right next door to Drybar, making it easy for women to get their hair and makeup done.
The Dallas location will be at 4218 Oak Lawn Ave., next door to Drybar in Highland Park. Dallas was chosen as Blushington’s second location because of its reputation as a great market for services.
Blushington President Allison Conrad says, “The women in Dallas are very in-tune with fashion and beauty.”
The inspiration for the makeup atelier came to Stephi Maron, the founder and CEO, while relatives were visiting her in Los Angeles. She wanted to take them to get their makeup done after having their hair blown out at Drybar. When she realized the only options were department stores or single-branded makeup shops, and having a freelance makeup artist come to the house was way too expensive, the Blushington concept was born, Conrad says
Conrad says that the makeup artists with the studio are trained professionals. They each use four makeup brands: Stila, Becca, Kevyn Aucoin, and Julie Hewett. All of the products used are available for purchase, but guests are never pressured to buy, Conrad says.
“At Blushington,” Conrad says, “the concept is all about the makeup application.”
Blushington offers many services for their guests. From full-face, camera ready, eyes only, teen makeup (ages 13-17) and even something for the sweet peas (under 10). The full-face applications menu includes six different looks: pure & simple, simply glowing, life of the party, lucky stars, smoke & mirrors, and cutting edge. Prices range from $10 to $40.
Other services include faux lashes airbrush foundation add-ons, lash and brow tinting, waxing, and full lash extensions.
Blushington operates on the same system as Drybar, where women purchase memberships.
“The Debutante” membership is $50 per month and you receive two full makeup applications. “The Socialite” membership is $100 per month and you receive four full makeup applications.
Series membership packages include three makeup applications for $105, while six makeup applications cost $180. All members and series holders receive 10 percent off all retail products.
Blushington also offers classes for young women who want to learn what products and colors work best for them. Are you attached to a brand of makeup? The pros are willing to teach you how to properly apply your own products. “Makeup 101” costs $100 per person. If you would like to learn how to perfect the smoky eye, winged liner, contouring and more, then the “Advanced Makeup” class is the one for you! It lasts two hours and is $200 per person.
For the teens and tweens, Blushington artists want to help you find age-appropriate makeup and help you cover those frustrating blemishes without altering your appearance too much. This class costs $50 per person.
If you wish to host a pretty party, Blushington offers their space for birthday parties, bachelorettes, sweet 16s and more. Guests can reserve a private room at least two weeks in advance.
Dallas native Kendra Shea currently lives in West Hollywood and is looking forward to coming home for the holidays. “I always go to Blushington to get my makeup done for fun, special events! Now, a little piece of my new home will be brought to my old home.”
SMU junior Lee Lynch is from San Diego, Calif., but has heard many wonderful things about Blushington in West Hollywood. She says, “I think it’s an excellent idea to bring to Dallas. It’s like Drybar for your face.”
Lynch also thinks SMU students will be good for their business. “In a good way, Dallas is such a vain city that it will be a success.”
Conrad says, “We believe that a professional makeup application can boost your confidence and make you feel like you only better for a business meeting, presentation, first date, concert, or holiday party.” No matter what the occasion is, Blushington will soon be here to help.
Although the opening date is not set in stone, the lounge will make its debut in December.
Follow Blushington on Twitter for future updates @Blushington, or visit www.blushington.com.
A collaboration between Lisa Hoffman, the entrepreneur behind Lisa Hoffman Beauty, and jewelry designer Tom Binns has resulted in a new line of fragrance charm beads. The idea behind the new line started with Hoffman’s idea: “What if I could take off my perfume?” The fragrance and beauty diva extraordinaire says the new collection of “fragrance jewelry” is something you can wear, but also take off.
Each scent-infused piece of jewelry is designed for the places where most women spray their perfume—the wrist, the neck and the ears. The pieces are wooden beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are adorned by a metal charm with small holes. The owner of the jewelry can fill and refill this charm with any of Hoffman’s five signature scents – Japanese Agarwood, French Clary Sage, Madagascar Orchid, Tunisian Nerpoli and Tuscan Fig.
Binns designed the line to reflect his devotion to avant-garde aesthetics. All the pieces are available with different finishes — bronze, rhodium, gold, rose gold and brushed gold – and charm styles. When you first purchase your jewelry, a corresponding scent comes with it, but refills are available.
Find the jewelry online. The necklaces start at $250; bracelets and earrings are $65.
By Logan May
Just in time for warm-weather fashions and pool-side barbeque parties, Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 provides the perfect amount of coverage without weighing you down. This ultra-fine moisturizer will protect your skin all day. $42 at Neiman’s. http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Tinted-Moisturizers_Tinted-Moisturizer-SPF-20_prod210061
By Logan May
Make-up artists behind the scences at the world’s chicest runway shows inspired this mascara, which is designed to make any girl’s lashes “va-va-voom” vampish. The ultra-thick brush and blackest-of-black charcoal tone keep lashes plump, curvy and dynamic all day long. A must-have item for the makeup bag of any career girl or college intern who wants to look put together for the office, as well as glamorous for that evening event.
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By Caroline Foster
Recently nail polish and nail designs have emerged as popular low-cost ways to update an outfit. Now nails are a canvas, and you can decorate and style them to accessorize any look.
But why is this nail obsession happening now?
One explanation for this craze could be what is referred to as the “lipstick” index: As the economy suffers, trendsetters are forced to find less-expensive ways to stay in style.
According to Southern Methodist University Assistant Professor of Marketing Priyali Rajagopal, the term lipstick index originated when economists noticed that lipstick sales appeared to rise as the economy declined.
But this theory may ring true no matter what the beauty item.
“I certainly think the idea of a lipstick index can be applied to any beauty product that is relatively low in price,” says Rajagopal.
Because nail polish is inexpensive, women see the product as an affordable treat.
“Many experts suggest that women tend to look for small indulgences during poor economic times,” says Rajagopal. “Spending $2 to $8 on a nail polish can seem very attractive.”
Retailers and fashion publications have caught on to the trend. Online at Harper’s Bazaar covers nail trends in detail. Writer Kri Molvar breaks down the three biggest trends in nails from the Spring 2012 shows: patterns, neutrals and color.
Nails are also a hot topic in the beauty section of Vogue.com. In a March post titled “Color Theory: Four Designers Match Nail Polish to their Jewelry,” Catherine Piercy writes about the trend of matching nail color to rings and bracelets, or “the punctuative power of the right manicure and its ability to instantly accessorize, and sometime’s change, the way a woman wants to dress.”
In the April 2012 magazine issue of Vogue, a one-page story is dedicated to Prabal Gurung’s collaboration with Sally Hansen.
Gurung isn’t the only designer to add nail adornments to his repertoire, however.
Thakoon Panichgul, the designer behind the Thakoon label, has created a limited-edition collection of nail lacquer for beauty brand Nars.
The colors all originated from the boldly patterned designs in his spring runway show. From bright yellow to a cool blue, the shades are sure to fly off the shelves once they become available on Nars’ website on May 1.
Just like any other trend, certain nail styles go in and out of fashion.
Right now Sally Hansen’s nail applications are making waves in the beauty market. Praised for their no-mess application and staying power, they offer the look of nail designs for a fraction of the in-salon price.
SMU senior psychology and anthropology major Elizabeth Ball was drawn to the intricate designs on the adhesives.
“I decided to try the stick-on nails because they came in fun patterns that I knew I did not have the ability to create,” says Ball.
These designs are exactly what Gurung’s collection for Sally Hansen is about.
The adhesives will feature printed nail designs — think abstract purple floral patterns created exclusively for his runway shows that match the patterns on the clothes.
The limited edition designs will also coordinate with three Sally Hansen polish colors so you can match your manicure and pedicure.
Another trend on the nail front is non -toxic nail polish.
Butter London nail lacquers don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or parabens that most other nail polishes are made with.
Organic Beauty Talk Founder and Editor–In-Chief Brandie Gilliam is such a fan of the polishes she gave them a 2011 Organic Beauty Talk Award.
For Gilliam, it’s easy to see why so many people are buying butter London. “They’re pretty and they work. And they’re non-toxic,” she says.
The focus on nail trends makes it easy for girls on any budget to accessorize an outfit with just a few brushstrokes. The do-it-yourself factor allows them to create or change a look without breaking the bank.
Ball emphasizes the upside of being your own manicurist. “It’s cheaper than going to the salon for a manicure,” she says.
A low-cost statement-making accessory? So even if the economy is in the doldrums, at least we can have great-looking nails.
By Grace Roberts
According to Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion designer extraordinaire that is Marc Jacobs will be collaborating with Sephora to create a full collection of makeup and fragrances. No launch date has been set, but to fill your MJ void, be sure to try the designer’s new fragrance, “Dot”, which will be released in July.
By Grace Davis
If you visit a department store on a Saturday, you’ll see beauty sales associates stroking brushes across the cheeks, lips and foreheads of women of every age.
And as you hurry by the counters on the way to your next errand, you may wish that you, too, could sample the latest beauty products.
A fresh new business, Birchbox, brings this same tantalizing in-store experience to your mailbox.
For a mere $10 a month (barely the cost of a nail polish these days), Birchbox mails you four to five samples of the industry’s top new products to test.
New customers answer brief questionnaires about skin tone, hair color and beauty habits to ensure the monthly treats are specifically curated to their needs and tastes.
Birchbox delivers the thrill of discovering a new shade that highlights your cheekbones like never before without even getting in your car – now that’s a real luxury in our errand-weary world.
By Lauren Adams
A vibrant and (surprisingly) versatile hue for the girl who likes to stand out. Pretty your pucker with this classic red for a red carpet-worthy pout.