Archive - May 2011

Gleam by Melanie Mills Launch Party
Find your Magic:Putting It All Together event by LZ & Macy's
The Body Shop's "Brush with Fashion" Blogger Event

Gleam by Melanie Mills Launch Party

All you Dancing with the Stars fans ever wonder why the stars have such glowy, golden skin? The answer to that is that they use Gleam by Emmy Award winning make-up artist-Melanie Mills. Gleam acts as a foundation for your skin and helps hide flaws and gives the skin a shiny and smooth look and feel, thanks to the Jojoba oil, Vitamin E,aloe and other natural moisturizers. She has been using Gleam on DWTS for three years and has been known to revolutionize the body for TV. I attended her official launch party (it officially launched May 1st)at a new boutique hotel, The Redbury in Hollywood. There was mingling, models, light appetizers were passed; as well as a Cha Cha and Rumba performance by Rumen Atanasov and Jeanette Hamming . They offered a “Gleam Bar”, where guests could get ‘gleamed’ according to a shade that best fits their skin color. I received the Gleam treatment with the Rose Gold lotion (which is Melanie’s signature color and personal fave!) I was told that the make-up is non-transferable, BUT isn’t water-proof and to use common sense when putting on clothing. Gleam goes for $40 for a 3.5oz bottle and $15 for a 1oz travel bottle and is sold in boutiques and salons, as well as the website.

Special Thanks: Matt Walker and Fritzie D of Period Media, The Redbury, Melanie Mills, dancers, models.

Find your Magic:Putting It All Together event by LZ & Macy's

Weeks back, Macy’s at Victoria Gardens and TV host Lawrence Zarian(LZ), hosted the Find your Magic: Putting It All Together event. Zarian, otherwise known as “The Fashion Guy” has been seen on Live with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight and KTLA’s The Morning Show. He has chosen to partner up with Macy’s because they offer the hottest styles for everyone, while keeping at a price that everyone could afford. Not only is Lawrence an impeccable dresser and undoubtedly handsome, but he also has the best personality and charmed the hell out of us that day. He presented us with a contest: six people from the audience could participate in three different styling scenarios (two people per scenario): “Business Attire”- where fashion meets function in the business world; “Figure-Flattering”- the average woman is a size 14-16…; and lastly “Girls Night Out”. Each contestant had one minute to style a model from the rack of clothing and accessories on their side of the stage. The model would then get dressed in the chosen outfit and then walk the runway. The audience would then vote for the person who’s model was the best-dressed and the winner would receive a $100 Macy’s gift card. I had the opportunity to style for the “Business Attire” category, dressing my model in a chic Michael Kors dress, black clutch, necklace and cute red heels. You would really be surprised that a minute is actually a long time! I didn’t end up winning the gift card, but took home an autographed photo of Lawrence. Throughout the competition, Lawrence would chime in with style tips, such as: the best dressed accessory is a great smile; less is always more; the 80s are back, though more subdued; purple is key, you can wear it throughout the year and metallics have as much versatility as nude. After the event, he hung around for autographs, pictures and offered to go around and help people shop if anyone needed it. Dear Macy’s, please have more events like this, especially when the customers are able to participate for a chance to win some cash!

Special Thanks: Lawrence Zarian, the folks at Macy’s who volunteered and/or put this event together, the contestants, models and Stephanie and Britton at beeverywhere and for gifting me a $50 Macy’s card.

The Body Shop's "Brush with Fashion" Blogger Event

I had such a blast at The Body Shop’s launch of their new eco-friendly line, “Brush with Fashion,” which they collaborated with the London College of Fashion. The limited-edition line comes with built-in brushes and is made from the finest Community Fair Trade ingredients, such as marula oil. The oil is known for hydrating the skin without causing breakouts. It is derived from the Owumbo women of Namibia and because of the trading with The Body Shop, it has allowed over five-thousand women to build their own factory. Along with being fair trade, the line is designed to be fashionable (hence the name), which is why The Body Shop collaborated with the London College of Fashion. They chose the artwork from 21 year-old fashion illustration undergrad- Katarina Voloder because her sketch of the eye and brush gave the packaging a very fashion-forward feel.

That evening, along with viewing the line and new products (at the Beverly Center store), I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have my make-up done by celebrity make-up artist- Shalini Vadhera. Before speaking with her, my face received some preliminary pampering by MUA Roxie; who cleansed my face with The Body Shop’s famous Tea Tree products and putting on foundation and the Spring 2011 eye shadows from the new line. I was then whisked over get my make-over by Shalini. She has an intense passion for beauty and making women feel empowered and motivated. This passion stems from her Indian background and traveling around the world, in search of the best beauty secrets. She has since come out with her book, Passport to Beauty, which goes through her favorite beauty regimens from all over the world; such as Brazilian women chomp on beetroot to enhance their tan, whereas Indian women massage hot coconut oil into their hair to make it stronger, thicker and shinier, or the fact that Chilean women mash up fresh grapes and add two tablespoons of flour to make a paste that will revive their skin and make it ten years younger. That evening, she was serving as The Body Shop’s spokeswoman, explaining that this Spring’s trend is the ‘no make-up make-up look;’ as well as smokey eyes, but with a lot of color, pink cheeks and bold lips. But she suggests to not put it all together, instead, pick your best feature and make it pop. She also highlighted her favorite picks from the line: the ‘Illuminating Face Base’- apricot in color, which reflects light and evens out skin and helps cover up flaws. It can also be used to replace make-up. The next item is the ‘Tailored Cheek Pen’, which comes out clear and works with your PH level, creating the perfect cheek color. Her last choice is the ‘Big and Curvy Waterproof Mascara’- creating the perfect lashes.

For more information on the “Brush with Fashion” line, new products like: Honey Bronze and the Shower Gels for Earth Lovers, check out The Body Shop’s site. Also, be sure to to read about their Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign; they just launched Phase 2 of the campaign last August and be sure to sign their very important petition here to lobby for “Safe Harbor” laws in all 50 US states.

Special Thanks: Lara and Rita from The Body Shop, The Body Shop-Beverly Center, Paul Nathan, Roxie and Shalini.

**Official after-shot with make-up… Photo by Paul Nathan and The Body Shop **

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