MAKEUP

THE LIPSTICK QUEEN

Growing up in Australia, Poppy King was frustrated that she couldn’t find a perfect red lipstick. Colors faded quickly, the texture was either greasy or too thick. What could a precocious, spunky 18 year old do? Start her own brand, of course! Launched in 1992, ‘Poppy’ became a runaway success.

After years of ups and downs, Poppy’s launched a new collection in 2010 called Lipstick Queen, with a wide variety of long-lasting lipsticks and glosses divided in two groups, Saints and Sinners. The Saints are sheer and have only 10%  pigment in them to give you a hint of color, whereas the Sinners are 90% pigment and opaque in texture.

Last year, Poppy continued her comeback by collaborating with J.Crew on a red-orange lipstick that was universally flattering, and sold out in a week, and she released a book, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen.

Also, just in time for the holidays, Lipstick Queen released its ’70s inspired Dancing Queen collection, which you can purchase here: Dancing Queen.

TOP 10 LEAST FAVORITE BEAUTY LOOKS 

Blogger Leandra Medine, better known as the Man Repeller, brought to the forefront the fact that men and women don’t always agree on what is beautiful in fashion. This certainly applies to beauty and got us thinking: “Are there any beauty looks that women ‘adour’ that actually repel men?” We surveyed seventy men to find out what looks drive them crazy (in a bad way). Turns out a red lip didn’t do too bad, while cakey foundation is a definite no-no. Ladies, would you ever guess that bangs would be in the top three?!

Here are the results:

1. Visible Foundation

2. Nail Art

3. Bangs

4. Short Hair

5. Blue Nails

6. Hair Extensions

7. Red Lips

8. Smoky Eyes

9. Rosy Cheeks

10. Eyelash Extensions

TOM FORD KNOWS RED LIPS

Tom Ford understands women. And the man knows that there is no accessory more dramatic and empowering than the perfect red lip. Just in time for the holidays, Ford has launched his Jasmin Rouge Lip Color Collection, which features four lush new shades. Exotic ingredients such as soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil make Tom Ford’s lipsticks uniquely luxurious and decadent. With its ultra-creamy texture and glamorous colors, it is a must-have stocking stuffer this holiday season.

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE: Ashley Turen

In New York, each neighborhood comes with a certain style – from the prim and proper Uptown Girl to the hipster Blooklyn chick. When Ashley Turen opened A. Turen, a fashion and concept store in the Lower East Side, three years ago she quickly fell in love with the scene, and it began to inspire her.

I’ve always been a beauty junkie. Something I must have inherited from my mom and my grandmother, who was in fact a beauty queen in Alabama. I can spend hours in Sephora and C.O. Bigelow trying on new products. I’m especially obsessed with skincare products. I guess it came with the territory, but I used to be totally primped and polished. I would get manicures at Dashing Diva, had fake tan addictions, and loved getting my weekly blowout. My eyebrows always had to be meticulous, and I would get eyelash extensions. I would even occasionally have professionals come over to do my makeup!

When I moved further downtown, things started changing. I opened up my store on the Lower East Side, and quickly became immersed in the cool, relaxed scene. I always considered myself a downtown girl, but I was undeniably high maintenance.  I became drawn to the effortless LES style. I still love beauty, but it’s a different kind of look; I gave up on the idea of being ‘coiffed’ or too coiffed rather. Lower East Side girls veer towards an edgier look: eclectic nail art, tattoos, lots of eyeliner and even neon hair. One trend that’s really “in” is to use dry shampoo in lieu of regular shampoo – it gives you a dirty, grungy do.

I gave up some beauty luxuries when my style changed, but one perk I will never let go of is facials, something I discovered in my college years when I began breaking out (probably due to the unhealthy lifestyle of drinking and eating junk). Facials are really lifesavers for my skin.

One of my favorite downtown trends is nail art. I fell in love with it when I lived across the street from the famous Sakura nail salon. In fact, I loved it so much that I recently brought nail artist to the stars Momo to my store to do her special magic. It’s such a fun and creative experience – if I have a nail art idea, Momo will create it for me. It’s become my own version of a pop-up nail salon. From there, I decided to bring fabulous makeup artist Rosie Rodriguez to station in the back of my store, doing make-up for customers. My store is slowly morphing into more of a concept shop. Just like the fashion in my store, all of the beauty products are handpicked as reflection of my style. Though, I have foregone many of my luxuries of the past, I still manage to maintain some, but in my own LES way.

A. Turen is located at 85 Stanton Street – New York – tel. 212-533-8200

DOWNTOWN LOOK PRODUCT GUIDE

by Kimberly Taylor

 

From left to right, top to bottom:

NARS Andy Warhol Flowers Eyeshadow Palette – $55

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara – $10

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil – $20

Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair – $20 (Exclusive)

Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger – $48

Ciaté Velvet Manicure™ – $19 (Exclusive – Limited Edition)

Stila Smudge Pots – $20

Stella McCartney Stella – $92

Lancome Dual End Smudger and Liner Brush – $20

Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain – $45

Carine Roitfeld for MAC Jungle Camouflage Compact – $44

Bumble and bumble Black Hair Powder – $19-35

UPTOWN GIRL MAINTENANCE

If the Lower East Side girl would give up on washing her hair for the dirty, undone look achieved with dry shampoo, an Upper East Side woman would do whatever it takes to look polished.

It takes time to get the proper maintenance for perfect hair and impeccable nails, a luxury that not many have, no matter if they are a career women or stay-at-home mom.

Fix Beauty Bar is coming to their rescue. The new Upper East Side salon is a one-stop shop where you can get a blowout, manicure and pedicure simultaneously. The entire process will only take 45 minutes.

The process is quick but never rushed, from the spa-like waiting area with magazines and snacks, to the pleasant scalp massage finishing your hair wash, to the cup of coffee or glass of wine offered while receiving your services.

For your hair, you can take a glance through their look book that features styles inspired by the biggest celebrity hair icons, from slick-straight tresses called the “Jen” to glam curls of “Kim”, or describe your own dream look. “Even when they go for beach waves, the hair will be flowy but still very well-controlled.” So even surf-girl hair is coiffed and UES-approved.

Owners and friends Michelle Breskin and Karol Markowicz, who always loved to get their hair blow dried together, conceived their salon as a throwback to the ‘60s when women would congregate at the salon to gossip and catch up. The architecture of the main station, built as a cube, encourages a conversation and makes it a perfect hangout place for girlfriends.The simultaneous mani-pedi is what sets this blow dry bar apart from the competition. You can even dry one hand while painting the other in the ingenious dryer built into the manicure table.

It may sound too good to be true, but the pricing is quite affordable. A blow dry is $40, while a simultaneous manicure is $15. Packages are available for members, starting at $75.

Fix Beauty Bar is located at 847 Lexington Avenue, 2nd floor – tel. 212-744-0800 – http://fixbeautybar.com/

BEAUTY SECRETS FOR A CLOSE UP

Colorado-born Caitlin, author of this week’s Beauty Adventure, shares her beauty routine that ensures she’s always ready for her close-up.

First thing in the morning, I start off with Clean and Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Facial Hydrating Cleanser. It really wakes me up and feels so refreshing. I begin my makeup routine with NARS Sheer Matte foundation and oil-free primer. Another NARS product I love is their blush in Torrid. My go-to eye shadow brand is Givenchy. My favorite nail polish brand, though, is far less expensive: Forever 21! Another inexpensive product I ‘adour’ is Burt’s Bees chapstick.

My skin routine is very specific. I sometimes use Camellia Oil (which is often used by Japanese pregnant women) and almond oil to soothe my skin. I make a homemade facial out of a mix of lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. I exfoliate with red wine: I apply it as a mask and leave it on for ten minutes. It pulls the redness out of my skin! I also love CeraVe moisturizer. At the end of the day, I rely on Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir.

To keep my platinum blonde hair color intact, I use Joico Color Endure Violet shampoo. Dop Dop, on Mercer Street, is my favorite salon. Jo Preston is the only person I trust with my hair – she’s incredible.

FIX MY EYEBROWS!

Pampadour’s Beauty Diary author Kimberly Taylor needed a quick fix for her messy eyebrows while running around the city… She found instant help at the Benefit beauty counter in Bloomingdales.

“Benefit beauty advisor Mary Escolasticos fixed my eyebrows using Brow Zings, a brow kit composed of wax and powder for a natural look, which is applied with an angled brush.She alsoshared with me a great tip: apply a concealer around the brow area to hide stray hairs, like Boing Concealer. She finished up  with a a clear brow gel. Thanks Maria!”

 

Jen’s Beauty Fix Report

By Jennifer Hakimian

These are the moments that any woman dreads. The wax burning your skin, the orange fake tan, the embarassing haircut… you trusted them to make you beautiful but something went wrong and now you have to go into hiding. Here are some home remedies for real bad bad beauty.

Burned by wax

The first step to relieving a wax burn is to immediately run cool water over your skin. Let it run for at least five minutes. Next, put some ice on the burn. Apply pure aloe vera gel to sooth it. Continue applying aloe vera three or four times daily until the burn goes away. If the burn is on your body, cover it with a bandage. If the burn happened to your face, avoid putting makeup on the irritation. Let your skin breathe for a few days. You can also take ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.

Horrible fake tans

The issue with a fake tan is that when it’s good it’s great, but when it’s bad it’s a disaster. If you find yourself resembling Snooki, start the recovery process by putting baby oil all over. Wait thirty minutes, and then take a nice long bath. Use a washcloth to gently exfoliate your skin. The orange-y color should dissipate.

 
Bad dye job
If you used a semi-permanent dye, it is pretty easy to fix a bad dye job. Just wash your hair with a clarifying or dandruff shampoo a few times within the first 48 hours. These shampoos are known to strip hair of color.
If the dye is permanent, it’s harder to remove. Your best bet is to go to the salon where you dyed your hair, and have a color-correction specialist fix it up.
Bad haircut
There’s not much you can do to remedy a bad haircut. Either cut it shorter or wait until it grows out. But there are some tricks to make the growing out process less obvious.
First, don’t wear your hair straight – this accentuates uneven layers and makes a sloppy cut more apparent. Curly hair acts as a kind of camouflage. Also, experiment with your hair part. Parting your hair from the other side could hide unevenness. If you’re desperate for long hair quick, you could always put in extensions. Just make sure they look natural to avoid making one of our beauty faux pas!

Year after year, these beauty mishaps conquered celebrities, beauty junkies and the masses, leaving us asking the eternal question: “What were we thinking?”. Here are the worst beauty ‘faux pas’ to date, with their top offenders. Madonna is not in the list. She has sported many of these trends, from the teased bang to the lip liner to the over-plucked eyebrows…but she is the only one that, somehow, could pull them off.

1- Teased Bangs80s – Demi Moore, Courtney Cox, Tiffani Amber Thiessen

2- The Mullet80s – Pat Benatar, Joyce DeWitt, John Stamos

3- The Perm80s – Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman

4- Plucked Eyebrows90s – Pamela Anderson, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrimore

5- Dark Lip Liner  – 90s – Pamela Anderson, Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani

6- Spray Tanner – 2000s – Linday Lohan, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera

7- Hair Extensions2000s – Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan

8- Eyelash Extensions2000s – Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Adele

9- The Shrillex2010s – Rihanna, Cassie, Keisha

10 – Tacky Nail Art2010s – Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce

Check out our Pinterest board with images of these beauty faux pas and more!