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September 19, 2014

Eye Candy : Ni Ni For Cosmo Bride

Ni Ni is absolutely ravishing in the October issue of Cosmo Bride China which is also the magazine's 7th anniversary edition. The makeup and styling is a stunning play of contrasts throughout this pictorial and each image evokes a uniquely beautiful tone. I'm only familiar with Ni Ni's work as an actress in Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War alongside Christian Bale but she is like a breath of fresh air every time I see her in an editorial. It comes as no surprise that she has appeared on over 16 covers this year alone. She recently teamed up with Angelababy for a Chinese remake of the 2009 comedy film Bride Wars starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. The two play best friends who become bitter rivals when their weddings are accidentally booked on the same day. I wonder who plays which role. The Chinese version will hit theaters next year. Did you watch the original? I seem to recall the two friends doing some pretty awful things to each other.

Don't miss out on this fab NYFW themed beauty box giveaway!

September 17, 2014

Giveaway : Birchbox NYFW Survival Kit

So I received this special New York Fashion Week Survival Kit from Birchbox during my adventures last week and thought it would make a nice giveaway for one lucky reader.

This beauty box includes everything pictured above:

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour 
A high-gloss semi-sheer lip color in a trendy orchid hue

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk 
Award winning fan fave that absorbs grease and puts the bounce back in second day hair (read my review of this product)

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refining Primer (full size product)
This celeb favorite minimizes pores and nixes shine for a velvety-smooth, matte finish

Tocca Crema de Mano in Cleopatra
Loaded with natural oils, this grapefruit and cucumber hand cream absorbs in a flash

Reviver Dry Deodorant Swipes for Clothes
The first ever deodorant for your clothes, this handy cloth whisks away odors on contact

Color Club Nail Polish in Barely There
This smooth formula in a shell pink shade will give you a chip free manicure that lasts for days

This is an international giveaway that starts on September 17, 2014 and ends October 1, 2014. Entries will be verified for eligibility. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter. Please enter below. Good luck!

September 15, 2014

Backstage Beauty at Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015

Daniel Martin at Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015, John Barrett at Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015

Following up on my coverage of Cynthia Rowley's groovy Spring 2015 presentation, here is a peek at the backstage beauty. Makeup artist Daniel Martin's muse was iconic British singer Marianne Faithfull with a downtown twist and he termed the look "broken" as if the models had slept in it the night before. The striking eye look was created using Cynthia Rowley Beauty's stunning new color-blocked Game Face Eyeshadow Palette (available only at Birchbox on October 8). He defined the top lash line with the Mini Eye Liner Pencil in Black and went over it using the deep charcoal shade called Knockout. To build the "chunky lashes", Daniel and his team used individual false lashes followed by several coats of mascara. He muted the lips with W3LL People Narcissist Stick Foundation before applying Cynthia Rowley Beauty's Creamy Lipstain in Sugar for a subtle nude pink pout. The brows were kept natural and a shimmery vanilla shade called MVP was used to create soft highlights on the brow bones and cheeks. John Barrett of the John Barrett Salon created modern and textured hair looks to complement the modernity of the collection. The futuristic looking styles called for a good deal of twirling and teasing using John Barrett's Be Healed Styling Mask and Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue Cream in Oil for volume, shine and control. There was also plenty of hairspray going around. Color Club was on hand to provide glossy neutral colored manicures matched to the models' individual skin tones to keep the focus on the clothes.

The hair might be a little difficult to pull off but I find this makeup look to be quite pretty and wearable. What do you think?

Special thanks to Birchbox, the exclusive backstage sponsor of the show for this insider's view.

All photos by me.

September 12, 2014

Cynthia Rowley RTW Spring 2015

Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015, CRlandia, NFFW

I had the pleasure of attending the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015 NYFW presentation as a guest of Birchbox, the exclusive backstage sponsor. The show took place on Tuesday, 09/09/14 at the Swiss Institute in Soho. Incidentally this was also the space that hosted the Chanel Little Black Jacket Exhibition. Cynthia Rowley's design aesthetic has consistently been fresh, feminine and whimsical and this collection was no exception with the addition of a modernized 60's/70's vibe. The models were presented atop pedestals in splashy graphic pastel prints and large scale cutout appliqu├ęs and floral lace on swingy trapeze dresses and tunic and flared pants sets. The presentation dubbed #CRlandia also included the designer's activewear line which featured a selection of modern athletic wear that juxtaposed sporty function with pretty details like metallic gold flowers and lettering to scallops on a pair of running shorts. See the entire look book.

Thanks to Birchbox, I also had access to the backstage beauty. Meet me back here on Monday to get the details on the makeup and hair! I totally forgot to snap a pic of my outfit but it did include these Pumas and my Frankenstein ankle brace. Sadly I've started wearing it again but that's a story for another day.

My favorites were the black floral lace top with the racing stripe flares and the periwinkle blue coat. What do you think of this collection? Any of the looks catch your eye?

All photos by me.

September 10, 2014

Currently Coveting

Wish List, Things I Want To Buy
A few items currently on my wish list. I'm not quite ready for fall yet and still kind of feeling the metallics.
What are you coveting lately?

1. J. Crew Silk Cascade Blouse {In love with the sumptuous color as well the feminine ruffles and pleating details}
2. Dolce Vita Gibsin Perforated Slip On Sneaker {These slip ons look so much like a pair I previously owned and loved}
3. BAN.DO Back Me Up Mobile Charger {Tech that's cute and chic}
4. REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial {This potent Vitamin C treatment is an instant skin revitalizer I'd like to try}
5. Library Of Flowers Forget Me Not Bubble Bath {The coco butter and green tea formula sounds as lavish as the packaging looks}
6. Happy Plugs Earbud Headphones {These would be a nice replacement for my worn out Apple earbuds}

I attended Cynthia Rowley's SS15 NYFW presentation yesterday and will be sharing it with you all in my next two posts. 
Get a peek of what I saw on my Facebook or Twitter pages.

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