Beauty Buzz: Fresh Face- Spring 2014

By |February 27th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

spring 2014 beautyIt’s probably difficult to even begin thinking about your spring beauty regimen with lips scratchier than sandpaper, snot encrusted nostrils and eyeballs that won’t.stop.watering.  I’ve basically thrown in the towel on a full face of makeup at this point… eyeliner is entirely out of the question unless I want to look like it’s the morning after while it’s still the night of.  Sure, the winter is brutal for beauty, but let’s not forget that there comes a point in New York ladies’ lives, say around July, wherein we give up on makeup altogether again as it will have run down our faces and right onto our blouses before we’ve even completed our commutes.  Therefore, spring is just about the only time where we can be playful with our makeup palette and anticipate our faces staying in place for most of the day.

The makeup and hair for spring this year was sort of divided into two camps.  While some designers like Michael Kors and Alexander Wang went for clean, fresh, bronzed barely there faces and “I woke up like this” hair, others like Rag & Bone painted lips and eyelids with bright pops of colors.  Most notably was blue for eyes and while red and berry lips were still very much trends, the most prevalent pout was lacquered up in orange.  This isn’t the first time we’ve seen orange lips on the runways and I’m still not sold, but perhaps you can make the look come across as something other than having housed a bag of Cheetos.  If you didn’t wake up with Olsen hair, a low sleek ponytail seen at Jason Wu or braided crown a la Naeem Khan are good ways to camouflage a potentially bad hair day.  Wide cloth headbands at Vera Wang as well as flowered accoutrements at Zac Posen adorned updos as well.  The cat eye remained strong.  So strong, in fact, that makeup artists continued the bold black liner all the way around the eyes.  And speaking of cat’s, claws were kept quite simple.  Many opted for soft shades accented with silver space age stripes and others chose the reverse French manicure, both proving that nail art is here to stay for at least another season.  So schedule your facials, ladies.  It’s time to prep your canvas for a very colorful spring.

spring makeup trends


1.  Sally Hansen Salon Effects Reverse French Manicure Strips, 2. Smashbox Baked Fusion Softlights Baked Starburst, 3. Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Eyeliner in Black, 4. Mr. President & Co. Instant Cool Ponytail Holder, 5. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya, 6. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, 7. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Pencil in Pool Boy, 8. nails inc. Fibre Optic in Hampstead Court, 9. Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in Bleu Sole, 10. Kevyn Aucoin Set of Four Loose Shimmer Shadows, 11. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Polishing Serum, 12. Chantecaille Lip Chic in Rose Délice, 13. Karina Black & White Headwrap Duo, 14. Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish

Why Did You Wear That: Hat Trick

By |August 10th, 2013|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

black fedoraWhen my fave friend and photog and I do a photoshoot, there are about a billion pictures wherein I look like an asshole.  However, when we get one, we really get one.  After prancing through the streets a few weeks ago, we decided to just play around with the look and my oh so rustic exposed brick wall.  It’s amazing what a little red lip can do.  This particular shade is my tried and true.  A bit of hair tossing, creative direction, and fun created these outtakes… which sometimes turn out to be the best ones.

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith



Would You Wednesday: Like Fine Wine

By |September 12th, 2012|Beauty Buzz, Why Did or Why Don't?|

wine lips fall 2012Red lips have reigned supreme for the last few seasons, but this fall, crimson goes a bit goth.  Fire engine red gets a bit deeper and takes on the tone of dark berries and plum wine.  Not only are apparel and accessories in the shade of fermented grapes going to be all the rage for fall, but makeup trends follow suit.  From lips to fingertips, it seems we’ll be opting for shades of deep red and burgundy.

like fine wineEllis Faas Creamy Lips in Deep Plum Wine, $35, Too Faced La Creme in Divine Wine, $21, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga, $25, Sue Devitt Balanced Matte Lipstick in Australian Bight, $20, Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in Wine Stain, $32

It would appear celebrities and fashion addicts alike have already taken to this trend, but will you be swapping out cherry for grape?

And yes, as a matter of fact, I am drinking a glass of red while I write.  For inspiration purposes, of course.






How To Tuesday: French Braid Avec Moi

By |August 7th, 2012|How To Tuesday, Why Don't You Watch?|

girl with mustacheSure, we’ve covered the very trendy fishtail braid, but how about getting back to basics?  Remember your go-to hairstyle circa 5th grade?  The French braid?  While at that time your mom was probably kind (and patient) enough to weave your virginal locks into a beautiful braid, did you ever master the style yourself?  In case you haven’t, today’s tutorial will have you braiding like a pro in no time.  Once you’ve mastered the basic style, try switching things up with a braid at your crown or slinking one down sideways.

Mais oui!

And as for next week?

à plus tard!




How To Tuesday: Paint the Town Red

By |December 21st, 2010|How To Tuesday, Why Don't You Watch?|

Red lips are all over the place lately. Stars from Taylor Swift, to Dita Von Teese, to Beyonce Knowles have been known to sport the shade. So, how does one go about picking out and applying red lipstick so as to look sexy rather than scary? Watch and find out:
A brief recap:
  1. Be sure lips are smooth and kissable.
  2. Prime your pout with lip stain.
  3. Line right inside the lip line (as opposed to outside).
  4. Fill in lips with the correct shade of red lipstick for your skin tone.
  5. Blot and make sure there are no smudges on your teeth (awkward).
Now you’re ready to paint the town red, bombshell.