Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pre- and/or Post-Coachella or Any Day, Prep, Recharge, then Polish Up at Beauty Collection.

By Laura Medina

The Salon Lofts at Malibu's Beauty Collection.

Whether you're a low-key, laid-back, full-time Bourgeois Bohemian living in Malibu; or you're a once-a-year Coachella Haute Hipster Hippy who needs to stock on precious commodities of state-of-art sun protection and camp-worthy bath products, make sure you visit Beauty Collection in Malibu's Cross Creek Shopping Center, Malibu's only real shopping center.

Jane Iredale Makeup.

Yes, there are a plethora of makeup "department" stores following in the foot steps of Sephora but none are identical.  Each have their own unique twists on the makeup department store concept.

Beauty Collection of Malibu carries the holistic but upscale Jane Iredale Makeup for the health and the environmentally-conscious denizens.

Paul Mitchell Pet Care.

For those stocking up for Round 2 of Coachella and the ordinary pet-parent, the Beauty Collection of Malibu is the only known retailer to carry the full line of Paul Mitchell's Pet Care Wipes and Spray-On Leave-In Skin Conditioner.

Paula Marchetti, the hair stylist on the left.  Facial Spa in the middle.  Nail Salon on the right.

But, the real hidden gem of Malibu's Beauty Collection is the upstairs loft, hidden from view, containing an hair salon, on the left; facial spa in the middle; then a nail salon on the right.

Walking up the stairs, you can either recover or get ready for Coachella or any event.  What's really cool, unlike the majority of beauty department stores, Beauty Collection's trained professionals can pick and show you how to use the products you just bought downstairs, giving you some guidance.

A Beverly Hills and Malibu veteran hairstylist, Paula Marchetti can spot a concern then fixed it in a jiffy.  As in when trimming and shaping new layers,  she recognizes then spotted this scribe's grey strands concern.  Without missing a beat, without the hype, Paula whipped up  warming caramel/honey low-lights to mask the emerging grey tresses without the harshness of solid goth black yet not obvious as the brassy highlights.  The caramel lowlights melt right into this scribe's dark chocolate brunette hair.

That's the real gem of Malibu's Beauty Collection.  If you look beyond the array of upscale and exotic beauty supplies, you can renew your 'do then hop on over to rejuvenate your skin in the Facial Spa then polish your digits in the Nail Salon.  It's literally an one-stop shop for beauty-and pampering-and product advice.

If you step foot inside Malibu's Beauty Collection and tilt your head up towards the Salons Loft, they're there, waiting for you.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Get "Tarte" & Punchy Now with Tarte Spring 2014

By Laura Medina

Tarte Cheek Stain Collector's Vault, http://www.sephora.com/cheek-stain-collector-s-vault-P384587?skuId=1585587

Unbeknownst to this fortunate scribe, this scribe has been privy to trying and testing Tarte Cheek Stain Collector's Vault, part of it's Spring 2014 Collection, since wintry January-duh.

This scribe, like the majority of people, have enjoyed the cultish, chubby light-weight cheek tints for their easy dab and adequate application and just right, pinch-your-cheek color coverage.

This library of check tints is a rare collector's set celebrating Tarte’s milestone cheek stain anniversary.  They’re giving their award-winning cult favorite a makeover and introducing a brand new shade. The new, sleek design offers the same great formula and size in a slimmer, easy-to-use applicator while minimizing waste to reduce our carbon footprint. Enriched with t5 super fruit complex™, this iconic product delivers a fresh, “just pinched” look, plus antiaging and skin-restorative benefits with every application.

Tarte Power Pigment, http://www.sephora.com/power-pigment-lip-tint-P384572?skuId=1577741

Since the Cheek Tints are light enough to be slightly drying, Tarte came up with Power Pigments Lip Balms that are just as vibrant and bold as the Cheek Tints to accompany them, a matching cheek and lip set. With equal infusion of vitamins, Tarte added shea butter for additional moisture.

Tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Gloss, http://www.sephora.com/lipsurgence-trade-lip-gloss-P385757?skuId=1604750

If you need that additional cushion and slick of a lip gloss, Tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Gloss is
infused with vitamin E, jojoba seed oil, and flower extract for more moisture and shine. 

It's that "pinch your cheeks and bite your lips" type of Spring. 

Boy Candies in the Pool! Old Navy Oasis Celebrates Coachella 2014

By Laura Medina

 Spring Break has Commenced!

Pulling off the dusty desert stretch of the 10-East Freeway into the cow-town Indio, California,  one wanders into Old Navy's Oasis, tucked behind Shadow Hills RV Resort where regular Coachella attendees literally camp their tents or park their RVs.  In fact, a lot of the campers were wondering what's going on, tucked behind the fence.  It's Old Navy celebrating Coachella in its own way, the Old Navy Oasis.

Celebutane-model-DJ, Hannah Bronfman of the Seagram Company family, started the afternoon DJ set to be followed by Brendan Fallis (Hannah's boyfriend), Daisy Lowe (fellow celebutane) and Jesse Rose.

The lucky attendees warming up to the DJs.  Old Navy was gracious to give away one item per a tweet, Instagram, or/and a Facebook posting.  It's their way of kitting out a guest for the real festivities, the Coachella Festival and concert itself.  It's Desert Haute of pull-up strapless linen maxi-sundresses/cover-ups for the pool/concert, jean jackets for the cold nights, and straw fedoras to shield folks from the burning UV rays.

Folks were fueled by endless rounds of Pink's Hot Dogs.  Sure, it wasn't the healthiest thing in the world but they had turkey and vegan wieners, as well as all-beef classic hot dogs and all sort of toppings.  The thirsty revelers were more interested in guzzling Izze Sparkling Fruit Juices and ice-cold beer in the desert. Some sip margaritas.

Pina Colada SnoCone, left. The SnoCone Teepee, middle. Raspberry + Coconut SnoCone.

As the afternoon progressed with the sun beating down upon them,  guests were more interested in trying the multi-flavored snow cones inside a cool tee pee.

Remember, it's the desert.  It's hot and dry.  People cared more about staying hydrated and cool then passing out from heat exhaustion.

Assembly Hair Salon, from Robertson Blvd., kindly kept both guys and girls cooled by braiding their tresses to release heat.

The female life guard, that Old Navy hired, was no Pamela Anderson but she did saved someone in the pool.  More likely, one of these guys.

It happened during the first set of concerts.  Yes, Old Navy Oasis threw their own "mini-Coachella" concert.  Lily Kershaw performed first and was really impressed that the Old Navy Life Guard saved someone in the pool during her set.

Old Navy Oasis "mini-Coachella" concert was saved as the best for last, towards the the end of the "picnic in the desert," around 4pm.

After Lily Kershaw,  Young the Giant finished off the picnic with a cool acoustic set that a lot of these first-time Coachella attendees liked.  For them, Old Navy Oasis was their way of dipping their toes in the Coachella Festival pool.

If you were lucky as this scribe and the fellow first-time Coachella/Old Navy Oasis guests, you all realized last-minute "Coachella camping" is a survival skill, especially in a year-around tiny cowboy & rancher town that is Indio.

Even if you're camping out on somebody's couch, livingroom floor, or making do with the RV park's generous but only shower, you need a bath survival kit that you can dump into your tote or/and sack in a jiffy.

Paul Mitchell's Pet Products do come in handy.  Surprisingly, they're pretty luxurious as they are convenient, especially during an impromptu sandstorm.

If you're conserving water for drinking, Paul Mitchell's Waterless Foam Shampoo makes for a quick hand-wash in-between.  You can even stroke through your dusty tresses to freshen them up in-between camping, party, and concert.  

Paul Mitchell's  Leave-In Oatmeal Conditioning Spray is great for a moisturizing but light mist to cool and calm burning skin and fried hair.

Obviously, the wipes come in handy.

Actually, the hottest commodity wasn't booze or drugs (to tell you all the truth, the festival-goers were pretty darn decent. Ah, the blessings of Gen-Yers).  It was sunscreen.  People were willing to pay $15 to $25 a pop for a bottle of run-of-the-mill sunscreen, next to the bottled water.

Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30,http://www.drunkelephant.com/products/blok-sheer-physical-defense-spf30

Tiffany Masterson, the founder of  the Virgin Marula oil-based skincare line, Drunken Elephant, uses this as her daily makeup foundation instead of the ordinary makeup foundation, much less the touted BB and CC Creams of late.  Since it's good enough as her "everyday makeup" then this scribe risked her complexion in testing out Drunk Elephant's Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30, instead of this scribe's usual CC Cream.  It's a good thing that this scribe is a skincare fanatic, who smeared the lips, the eyes, and every inch of face, decolletage, and limbs with this slightly pink but transparent and light sunscreen.  Because after day and night partying out in the desert with top-notch daytime soirees and night-time concerts, this scribe was blessed with the idealized golden tan that most folks would fry themselves for, after scrubbing the sand and the sunscreen out of the pores the day after.

Perhaps, it's the Raspberry Seed Oil, nature's most powerful sunscreen with the Astaxanthin, a powerful carotenoid protecting the DNA and the Sunflower Shoot Extract preventing aging and reviving cell energy, backing up the Marula Oil for intense moisturizing and healing, for the soft, golden complexion most would kill-and sun damaged for.  This scribe took this as an unexpected gift from packing light and using Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 as head-to-toe sun protection.

For additional Coachella beauty and bath and style aid, refer back to "Daisy Dukes Deluxe, Coachella 2014 Style & Beauty Survival Guide," http://luxurist.blogspot.com/2014/04/daisy-dukes-deluxe-coachella-2014-style.html

If South-By-Southwest ignited the mega-musical festival season then Coachella set the pace for ultra-casual but healthy outdoor festivals and concerts.

Coachella is the Spring Break that this scribe had never had until now!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Get Inspired for the Seventies by Mad Men Final Season with Tommy Hilfilger for Vincent Kartheiser; Tarte for Megan Draper aka Jessica Pare then New Cocktails for a New Decade.

By Laura Medina

To make the long, slow demise of "Mad Men" less traumatizing as it transiting into the less graceful Seventies and facing its end, this scribe gives you a guide in how to finish it in style.

At the premiere of the last season of "Mad Men," Megan Draper, a.k.a. Jessica Pare was bold and healthy in Tarte, just was the late Sixties and early Seventies wanted to be but didn't have the makeup technology to be.

Celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh created the look for Jessica Paré using tarte products for the Mad Men Season 7 premiere.

Get the Look: Jessica Paré

event: The Mad Men Season 7 premiere

makeup artist: makeup artist Mai Quynh for tarte

inspiration: “I was inspired by the cut of the dress. It was very structured, so I wanted to do something fun and modern with her makeup. I wanted to do a slight graphic line, while leaving the rest of her makeup soft and fresh.” –makeup artist Mai Quynh

• To prep Jessica’s face, Mai applied clean slate flawless 12-hr brightening primer.
• Next, she applied Amazonian clay 12-hr full coverage foundation in fair beige with a foundation brush.
• To create a flawless complexion, she dotted maracuja creaseless concealer in fair around her eyes and on any blemishes.
• For a punchy, natural-looking flush, she applied the cheek stain in tipsy over the apples of her cheeks, then followed with Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in glisten for extra color.
•She set her complexion with smooth operator™ Amazonian clay pressed finishing powder.
• To create a dramatic eye, Mai applied a thick line along her upper lash line using lights, camera, lashes™ precision longwear liquid liner in black. Next, she lined the lower inner rim of her eyes with skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in onyx and smudged the two liners together.
• She finished the eyes by applying two coats of gifted™ Amazonian clay smart mascara in black to her upper lashes.
•For a punchy coral, Mai mixed LipSurgence™ power pigment in tipsy with LipSurgence™ lipgloss in blissful for a gorgeous pop-art hue.

Not to leave out the gents or guys, Vincent Kartheiser a.k.a. Pete Campbell wore
a grey Tommy Hilfiger suit, white dress shirt, black silk tie and black leather oxfords.

Want to bone up on past seasons and what might happen?  You cram in on Saturday Evening Post's March/April issue...

In March/April 2014’s cover story, legendary Hollywood reporter Jeanne Wolf sat down with the cast, asking how they’ve grown and why fans project so much love and hate on their characters. The Post complements the story with a cover based on a Norman Rockwell illustration that appeared in its Sept. 17, 1960 issue. Fans will enjoy the bonus section following the interview. In “Real Mad Men at Work,” the Post throws open the doors to its archives to presents a look back at the “new” look of vintage ’60s-era art and advertising.

Included are excerpts from the article.

John Hamm on Don Draper: “Don Draper is a guy that looks good in all appearances and yet is essentially a disaster.”

January Jones (Betty) on fans’ reactions to her character: “People come up to me, and they
straight up say that they dislike me.”

Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell) on his wildest post-fame purchase: “The wildest thing I’ve bought is a Japanese toilet, a Toto, a fancy and expensive toilet … The Ferrari of toilets.”

John Slattery (Roger Sterling) on seeing his audition tape recently: “You watch yourself on the audition tape and flashback, ‘Oh my God, I started out and my kid was six years old, and he’s in high school now.’ You change, especially physically. I feel like I’m 100 years older than when we started.”

Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson) on character judgments: “The only time I heard a problem was people questioning my character’s choices in dating. Which I have in real life as well. But I’m always like, ‘Really? You never made a mistake in who you dated?’ And that’s Peggy’s story. She keeps making her mistakes over and over unfortunately.”

Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris) on the new attention focused on her: “I’ve had days of anxiety or panic about being looked at or being talked about, and that’s made me just want to stay home.”

Executive Producer and series creator Matt Weiner on fans’ investment in the show: It’s been an education for me to realize that what a lot of people find entertaining is feeling superior to the activity that’s going on on the screen. They want to have their values reaffirmed; they want to have this sort of narcissistic gratification of ‘I know what’s going to happen.’ ‘I know how this world is going to work out.’ Or, ‘Thank God I’m not like that.’”

Hamm on the secret to the show’s success: “There are so many variables. At any point in the development of the show, somebody could have made a decision that ruined it. They could have put a flaw in it and magnified over time, but it didn’t happen. Instead, everybody made the right decisions, because everybody is in it for the right reasons.”

It ain't a proper send-off nor premiere unless you have a Mad Men drinking party.  Since the series is speeding off into the cliffs of the Seventies, here's some new cocktail recipes for the ending of the series and a beginning of a decade with help from by John McCarthy of Bathtub Gin.  The decade, ironically, this "Mad Men" mad scribe was born...

Replace Don Draper's Old Fashion with... 

NOLET'S Silver New Fashioned

 2 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
.25 oz. Honey Syrup
2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a thick cut orange peel. 

NOLET'S Silver Martini 

1.25 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin

Stir NOLET’S Silver with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve straight up in a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon. 

NOLET’S Negroni

1.5 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Carpano Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Grapefruit Bitters

Build ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

NOLET'S Silver Vesper

.5 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
.75 oz. Ketel One Vodka
Barspoon Lillet Blanc

Stir NOLET’S Silver with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.


Gilles Marini was Sweet as Toffee when Ashley Judd & Anthony Mackie presented a check at Kiehl's Earth Day Celebration.

By Laura Medina

This past, recent Monday was an unusually glamorous Monday night.  If it happens Monday, you sense that party was A-List; and it was.

It was Earth Day so Kiehl's couldn't think of a more opportune time to present a $50,000 check to Recycle Across America, presented with help from that night's hosts, Captain America: The Winter Soldier's "Falcon" a.k.a. Anthony Mackie and the erudite Ashley Judd.

Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie did more than just present the mega-check for Recycle Across America and hosted the party.  They were also there to introduce Kiehl’s Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.  100% of the net proceeds from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque will benefit Recycel Across America.  It's a charity supported by Kiehl’s since its inception. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. www.recycleacrossamerica.org.

The Limited Edition Ashley Judd Label and the Anthony Mackie Label for Kiehl's Rare Earth Mask.

Since its early days as a neighborhood apothecary, Kiehl’s has sourced the world over to bring our customers efficacious, natural ingredients. One of our most recent discoveries, detoxifying Amazonian White Clay, was found at the basin of Brazil’s Amazon River on Marajo Island. When this unique clay was studied by Kiehl’s, the potential benefits of this natural ingredient for skin detoxification and minimization of pores became more clear.

This cleansing white clay is gathered from the mouth of the Amazon River at the beginning of the dry season after months of being nourished by the leaves, fruits, and seeds swept down the river from the rainforest.  Minerals within the rocks of the Amazon River are micronized into mineral clay particles (as well as silt, sand and gravel) by this water flow and are transported by it to Marajo Island where they are deposited and dried in sunshine.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Mask draw out oil, dirt and toxins that clog pores.  In addition of
Oatmeal and Aloe Vera helps to soothe the skin.  This scribe found this helpful after a long night of partying with celebrities.

Speaking of celebrities, the Santa Monica Kiehl's boutique was loaded with all sorts of stars from television and film.  Obviously, everybody's eyeballs were laser-beamed on Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie but don't forget...

A toffee of an human being, a man, Gilles Marini.  With a tanned complexion of caramelized sugar, Gilles showed he was as warm and sweet as toffee as well, when he kindly sat down and chatted with this scribe about American environmentalism; what his French relatives thought of this; and what makes him happy and grateful...and a friend in common.

On celebrating Earth Day and volunteering with Kiehl’s on the environment…

"Of course, it makes common sense to recycle and take care of the Earth. I ride motorcycles and travel across America on my motorcycle to raise money for charity. I try to be a good person. I am not perfect. If I lose at the end of the day, I lose. If I win at the end of the day, I win. Nobody is perfect."

On thinking if his French relatives think he’s nutty for doing stuff with the environment with the Americans…

"Actually, there are a lot of common things culturally that Americans don’t know. In France, we may not have a lot of things like we do here in America but they do share an interest in recycling and saving the environment."

On being involved with Kiehl’s…

"Of course, I get a lot of free stuff from Kiehl’s.  Actually, whenever I tell my wife I’m going to a Kiehl’s event, she says “I want this.  I want that” because she loves them and that’s all she uses.  Whenever I go, they always tell me what she needs and wants and what my son needs and wants."

On his family…

"I wouldn’t be here without her.  My family is very important.  My son is fifteen years-old.  I try to  teach him respect and being groomed and being a good person."

Then, we took a break and joked about a friend we have in common.  This scribe did asked Gilles how fluent my friend's "French" was.  He warned me she only knows "bad" words in French.  He was taken aback slightly when I used my two high school and two college French on him; and they were pretty decent for the whole family.

What Kiehl’s product he uses…

"The blue toner for my skin."  It's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion, http://www.kiehls.com/Blue-Astringent-Herbal-Lotion/250,default,pd.html?start=5&cgid=face-toners, normally called as "The Blue Stuff" especially by male customers who use it both as a toner to control facial grease and as an after-shave.

On sharing oily Latin skin with this writer…

"Of course, when you have oily Latin skin, we have to take care of it or else, we have pimples.  It takes a lot of take care of our skin…or else…if we don’t take care of our skin early on, we may have plastic surgery and that is no good. Very scary. Very ugly.  It’s shit."

Sure, once we re-joined the party, they were already serving mini raspberry crumb Betties cakes but Gilles was another type of dessert, a personification toffee. Not only in his amber, caramelized tanned complexion but he’s warm and sweet like toffee.