One of the classiest and most talented designers that ever stepped foot on this earth, is now gone. Oscar de la Renta has passed away. He was 82 years old. The half Dominican and half Puerto Rican-American fashion designer was born on July 22, 1932 in the Dominican Republic as Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo. He was only 18 years old when he made the decision to pursue his dreams. With a strong love for the arts he moved to Spain to study at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. He was trained by the best of the best in the industry. De la Renta has had a successful career where he designed the most gorgeous gowns for celebrities and royalty. The first and only time I saw the designer was when I was a student at FIT. He was invited in as a public speaker and he Read more »
This gold tattoo jewelry trend has been around for a couple of months, but now I’m seeing it everywhere. I am one of those rare women who dislikes wearing jewelry. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE jewelry, I just feel uncomfortable wearing it (I hate anything around my neck) so this gold tattoo idea is perfect for me, plus I love the color gold. Gorg! Have any of you tried it yet? Personally, I am not the one to follow trends, but I’m totally jumping on this metallic temporary body art bandwagon! The tattoos above can be found on flashtat.com for $22
NFL star, athlete, and now model, Victor Cruz is one of the new faces for Hugo Boss’ “Success Beyond the Game” campaign introducing the relaunch of three of the label’s parfums that “emphasizes the aspects of success across all facets of a man’s life” (PRNews). Cruz is a true Jerseyan known for being an exceptional player, role model, and for his salsa dancing skills that he proudly exhibits every time he scores. Read more »
NYX Cosmetics is known to offer quality products at affordable prices. While some items are hit or miss, their new eyebrow gel is… AMAZING. There’s not enough words to express how much I like this product. The website describes this eyebrow gel as a “lightweight, waterproof formula that creates thicker, fuller, natural-looking brows and comes in five versatile shades.” They’re not lying. It’s waterproof. I put some on my hand to dip the brush in, huge mistake, had to scrub it off, even with soap, it didn’t budge. However, on my face, with makeup-remover it comes off easier. Allow me to tell you how good this product is. Last month, I waxed my own eyebrows, and yanked off a huge chunk. Scary! I’ve been doing my eyebrows for years, but sure enough, this one time I screwed up. I used this gel to cover my mistake and it made my eyebrows look stunningly beautiful, as if Anastasia herself gave me a personal in-home visit. In all its glory there is one downside to this product. There isn’t enough shades. I’m light with reddish auburn hair and the blonde was too light. The second shade “chocolate” that they describe as a red brown, is too dark. As a result, I have to either mix the two, or just use chocolate even if too opaque for me. They really need to offer more shades. All in all, good product. I suggest you go try it in person before ordering online for a better match. For those of you who like really dark eyebrows, you will love this brow gel.
Everyone is raving about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge being a dupe for the Beauty Blender. While the RT sponge costs less, and is an “okay” product that does the job, it is nowhere nearly as good as the BB. Here are the cons:
- It’s a lot more dense/thicker than the BB blender.
- After you wet it, and squeeze the water out, there’s still excess water in it.
- It feels tougher on my skin. It’s a sponge, but is less gentler, doesn’t glide as smoothly as the BB.
- The life expectancy seems to be shorter than the BB.
- It leaves a good finish, I wouldn’t say a “flawless” one.
While I do like this sponge, I have to be honest and tell you it’s NOT a BB dupe. Most places sell it for $5.99 or less, and even I recommend you getting it on this article I wrote about the BB. If you don’t want to pay the $20+ for the BB this is a good alternative, just not a great one. In all fairness to this product— it delivers, but I’m not ecstatic about it. I will not repurchase again. If you can’t afford these sponges, no worries. Apply your foundation/concealer the old-fashioned way using your fingers, that will always be my favorite method.