Thursday, December 5, 2013

Raising Eyebrows

In PR you live for placements. And that's why the New York Time's Nov. 30th Beauty Spot makes me ecstatic. Not one, but TWO amazing products that I had the opportunity to work with are featured. The first is Urban Decay's "Tool Kit". Can I just I LOVE this product?? It includes two colors to fill in brows, and a clear wax to set everything when you're finished. On top of that, you will find in the second tier of this little jewel box, the most adorable mini-tweezers in the world. I love mini things. Will I replace my tweezerman with this pint-sized cutie? Well, no. But it's perfect for on the go touch-ups. 

The second, which I'm even more excited about (if that's possible) is Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color. If you love their liquid eyeliner (which obviously everyone does, even the competition) then you'll be hooked on this brow color. A huge congratulations to my friend and invaluable mentor Ariana Voyer of Linda Gaunt Communications for this placement! To read a bio on Ariana and learn more about how she got to her current position in the PR world check out this interview with my fabulous friend Julia!

From NYT: 

Pencil Me In
Did you over-pluck? The YouTube beauty sensation Michelle Phan has created a $19 defining pencil, the Em arched brow liner, which comes with a spoolie applicator brush on the opposite end, in five shades: ash blond, medium brown, caramel, brunet and black ( And Stila offers a watercolorlike applicator brush in light, medium and dark colors ($21 at
Tool Kit
Urban Decay has recently redesigned its Brow Box, a three-layered metallic eggplant-colored compact that contains two powder shades, setting wax, mini tweezers and two angled brushes and mirrors. Available in Brown Sugar and Honey Pot, for $29 at Sephora, Ulta and some Macy’s stores.

And yes people, it's now normal to put makeup on your eyebrows. Humans are weird, just go with it.


From Turkey, With Love

Merhaba arkada┼člar!

This past weekend I had the opportunity of a lifetime and was able to travel to Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul has always been a place I desperately wanted to experience. The crossroads of East and West and former capital city of Christianity, Istanbul is a city brewing with culture. Walking along the cobblestone at night streets past illuminated mosques was surreal, as if we had flipped the switch on a time machine. 

Everything was bordering on the lines of magical from the sizzling kebabs the first night at a restaurant (which turned out to be rated #2 in the entire city), to complimentary warm apple tea and story time with our cab driver. I planned this trip as a solo adventure of sorts, and ended up venturing on tours and nights out with a group for three guys and our tour guide for the weekend. During the days we strolled in awe down the Grand Bazaar market where I picked up spices, tea, and turkish delights. At nights, the city transformed into an urban metropolis dripping with sparkling lights. There were musicians on every corner, and it seemed for a moment that everyone treading along was in perfect harmony. 

My Turkish Visa

The Grand Bazaar Market

Turkish lantern shop

Boats on the Bosphorus 

In front of the Hagia Sophia 

Inside the Hagia Sophia

Cruising to Asia on the Bosphorus

Reflecting on my trip to Turkey makes me incredibly grateful for the experiences I've been able to have while abroad, and consequentially lights a spark of wanderlust for the future. I've loved Western Europe, but now I'm ready to be pushed more. More exploration, self-realization, language barriers, complete discomfort, and the chaos/elation that ensues. 


Everything's Coming up Rosey

Have you ever had a really juicy secret that you couldn't tell? I'm not talking gossip for gossips sake, or a mean spirited rumor, but something really, really good? 

The Naked 3 is my juicy secret. 

A few months ago while working at Alison Brod PR, I was able to sit in on a brainstorm for the new Urban Decay palette and marvel over the spectrum of shimmery, satin, and matte shades. Of course at the time, I was just getting into the beauty industry and had little idea on how tight confidentially is surrounding brand releases. While some might scoff at this, it was an incredibly valuable lesson that I'm glad I learned early on. The room was oozing with excitement over the new and much anticipated #3.

And now you are too.

If you have either the Naked 1 or Naked 2 palettes, trust me you won't be disappointed. The texture of these shadows ares satin to the touch and very easy to blend and work with. My only major complaint is the issue of pigment falling, but with UD shadows this is nothing new. While there aren't many matte colors, if you're a glitter girl like me you might have just picked up your new favorite product(s). 

If you love...
Sin (N1), Virgin (N1), Bootycall (N2), and Tease (N2) 

If you love...
Toasted (N1), Chopper (N2), Tease (N2), 

If you love...
Hustle (N1) Busted (N2)

My biggest issue with the previous two palettes were that neither had much of a selection of darker hues. However the Naked3 changes that. Mugshot and Blackheart are quintessential for a variety of combos on the smokey eye, while the gold in Mugshot blended with the Naked 1's Halfbaked and Smog is golden...literally.

The palette has it's official release tomorrow, but is already on back order at Urban Decay. Can't wait to get your hands on it?, Ulta, and Sephora should have it stocked tomorrow!
 Get it while it's hot y'all!