Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Help that will go beyond the Holidays.

By Laura Medina

Halloween goes beyond suffocating rubber masks.

For an easier breath so you can party with the party monsters, you can go to  the ­MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique at the Westfield Topanga Canoga Park, CA is offering up some unique Halloween makeup services to make sure your look will wow party guests and trick-o-treaters alike.

Whether you’re going glam or ghoul,  the MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup artists can do it all. Their unique menu of services range from face painting, to body painting with looks that can be chosen between their list of signature looks or a look you’re your own inspiration – the makeup artists are dedicated to making these bone-chilling looks come to life.  

Let the expert makeup artist design on you while you chill and relax...

Book your Halloween appointment and choose from our Halloween looks or create your own

Dramatic beauty makeup
40-60 minute application

Face with light special effects
60-90 minute application

Full face with neck and arm special effects
90-120 minute application

Pricing valid from 9/15-11/1
*Reservation fee redeemable in product. Payment required upon booking.

 Much rather be Cleopatra and have the makeup artists come to you, get GLAMSQUAD.

A makeup artist can arrive at your doorsteps and do Halloween makeup, here's the list.         

Since you're aware that Halloween jump-starts the holiday season and you know what that means, you're going to spend a lot of money.  For those earning living and living in Hollywood, you also have to spend even more time and money when Awards Season hits immediately after New Year's Day, why not invest in this PUR Mineral Transformation Sculpting Eye Shadow and Cheek Palette for both Halloween for outrageous looks then use it again for classic chiseled Hollywood look later down the line for Awards Season.  For mere mortals, you all can continue to use this palette seamlessly for Thanksgiving in a lighter effect and Christmas for a polished, sculptured look.  

Want a Kitty Kat Look? Follow Bare Minerals' guide, using their everyday makeup collection.

Isn't it great to use Bare Minerals' everyday makeup for special Halloween looks and offer tutorials on how to do it?!

For those who are really organic, you can make your own Halloween makeup from scratch...

Sophia Ruan Gushee, author of A-to-Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide To Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, has created the ultimate recipe for nontoxic DIY face paint that the whole family can have fun making together!

There are many dangerous toxicants found in conventional paints, including lead, nickel, cobalt, and chromium. This recipe is quick, easy, and a great alternative to the common varieties out there:

·         1 ½ tbsp cornstarch
·         ¼ tbsp all purpose flour
·         2 tbsp honey
·         ½ tbsp water
·         Natural food color (seek nontoxic products on Amazon, or use household food items that can act as natural dyes)

1.       Mix the cornstarch and flour in a bowl. Add the honey and water to your mixture. It should create a thick, gluey substance that resembles a paste. If the paint is too thin, add more cornstarch and flour. If too thick, add extra water.

      Divide the mixture into separate bowls, and add your coloring. For example, you can use turmeric for yellow, and paprika for red.

      The paint comes out a bit more thick and gooey than conventional face paints, but the colors come out beautifully and stay on for hours.

While the paint dries well, the honey component makes the paint slightly sticky to the touch. Avoid touching the paint after it is applied.

Since people are jumping on the manicure bandwagon and you need a subtle way to celebrate Halloween at the office, go Candy Corn Manicure, thanks to Lauren B.


1.       Paint one half of the nail in white (Lauren B. Beauty in Hollywood Land) and the other in yellow (Lauren B. Beauty in Coachella Valley Sun).
2.       Apply nail art stickers (hole reinforcers cut in half). Apply two on each nail as shown below.
3.       Working with one nail at a time, paint the area inside the stickers with orange nail polish (Lauren B. Beauty in The OC).
4.       Carefully remove the stickers.
5.       Repeat on all other nails. Allow 5 minutes for your nail design to dry and finish it with a coat of a top coat (Lauren B. Gel-like Top Coat).

Now, that you're all done up, where to party and celebrate?

The Lincoln in Venice has a good sense of humor and know how to twist pop culture.

For this Halloween weekend, from Friday the 28th to Halloween, they're offering
Silent Scream!—The Lincoln’s cinematic take on Halloween features silent showings of classic and obscure horror films all Halloween weekend.

On the heels of Halloween, The Lincoln makes a play on words and pop culture.  This is their twist on Day of the Dead, celebrating the Grateful Dead on November 1st.

By the way, The Lincoln doesn't have a kitchen.  They're okay with you bringing party.  Shoot, you can throw an impromptu together there.

You can bring...

Sweet E's Halloween cake pops and of course, cupcakes, for easy, quick, last-minute treats.

Here you go, Halloween easy-pleasy.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moby's Circle V Food & Music Festival, Coachella for Vegans, Thanks to Goldenvoice.

By Laura Medina

Moby really does rock.  He loves playing disco guitar (made popular by Chic's Nile Rodgers); and he plays the bangos for beats.  Percussion beats that are as real and organic as the vegan food trucks as his ethos, his Circle V Food & Music Festival.

As the star headliner and Moby is very conscientious about him being a preeminent electronic dance pioneer, he used his Hollywood, reached out to fellow vegan celebrities then used his influence as a platform for a vegan lifestyle and animal rights platform.

Using his influence and connections and being in the middle of the storm called "music festivals" being fueled by some really cool, gourmet food, Moby called up the founders, organizers, and owners of Coachella, Goldenvoice, to set-up and organize his vegan festival.

They named it Circle V.  Circle for grouping together the vegan lifestyle. V is for vegan.

Moby is an humble man.  He started out with low expectations.  He is one of those "Charlie Brown" types, if you start a party and nobody shows up.

He was happy to be proven wrong.  Moby walked down to his own festival, expecting no one.  But lo and behold, he encountered folks lined up for a block, wrapping around the corner.  People really did showed up for him!

There's a reason he took the Fonda Theater and the parking lot.  Moby lives nearby as a proud Los Feliz resident.

Fellow celebrity vegans showed up as moral support.

Kat Von D. swears eating a vegan diet cleared her skin but she and Moby knows that being vegan isn't for everyone and plunging deep into it ain't easy.

Kat Von D. is just happy that people can participate in the vegan lifestyle, just by dabbling in vegan makeup like her.

Yes, her rockin' goth chick, edgy makeup is vegan and only her and her assistants are the only guinea pigs.  Her vegan makeup busts the stereotype of what it means to be vegan.  Kat Von D makeup is not only rockin' edgy as it is vegan, it is durable and tough for fellow vegan rock musicians to sweat it out and it never budges.  There is quality in vegan makeup.

Kat Von D. also proves you can still be sweet and nice and edgy.  Kat Von D. is equally influential in providing her pop-up salon/boutique where people can get a lip and eyeshadow makeover.  People can also shop her vegan makeup at a festival-day only discount.

At the end of the sale line, folks are treated to Kat Von D café lattes with a sprinkled "V" and foam and specially-printed cookies as treats to participate in the vegan lifestyle, dispelling the myth that to be vegan means granola and wonky-tasting meals and weak, limited makeup.

These vegan rockers kicked that cliché crap to the curb.

Another vegan rock to rescue, on behalf of Moby, Donut Friend.

From producing Blink 182 and Jimmy Eats World, this music producer turned donut hipster, Donut Friend, from Eagle Rock, was an hit.

They run out of: strawberry, mixed-berries, and Boston Crème doughnuts.

This scribe grabbed what they had left, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze Doughnut at $4 a pop.

They proved that vegan food is not weird and doesn't taste icky.

Moby's restaurant was also there, Little Pine.

Let's cut to the chase, everybody was there for Moby!

Moby knows this.  Him headlining his own music and lifestyle festival was him performing his greatest hits.

But, he did debut a new song, joking that this is the time when people go to the bathroom and text but his new song is good, as always.

Moby jokingly provided backstories to each of his songs.

For "We Are All Stars," he said it's about quantum physics and dim-witted celebrities.

He joked about being an electronic dance music legend, joking he's as old as Luke Perry and that both of them qualify of AARP.  He learned that while watching his stories, another joke on being a Los Angeleno. You watch your stories, not read them.

Earlier that afternoon, Moby took a break from his own festival and chilled at a pet shop on wheels.

For such a simple, humble man, Moby made a big impact in one day and night, yet he hopes he makes changes in a small steps.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Simply Smashbox.

By Laura Medina

It may not be the most organic foundation on the market.  But, it is the lightest studio-quality foundation on the market, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Foundation with SPF 30.

It's gives smooth, full-coverage without suffocating the pores.  You can run around in it but it wouldn't budge, yet the texture is so light, that you don't notice you're wearing it.

Light but durable.

Smashbox may give MAC a run for its money when competing for studio photo shoots and filming but thank god, they think about real-life people who want to look fabulous in a snap without being loaded down with tons of products and the time consuming it.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color sticks, are their riff on NARS' iconic Multiple Sticks.  If NARS is New York-centric, Los Angeles native, Smashbox pays homage to the beautiful sunsets, sun rises, and the range of natural light dappling through-out the whole city, from beach to mountains.

Fairfax Fuchsia pays homage to the city's mid-district of edgy and creative district of the young people and the rebels who made the Fairfax their home with an edgy, in-your-face shocking pink, that when dappled and blended right, imparts a healthy pink flush on your cheeks and lips.

If you want "L.A. Film Noir" with Angeleno makeup, go no further than Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color stick in the appropriately-named, "Sunset & Vine."

It's a rich, deep pinot noir, a vampy red, in a stick that goes both ways, a wine-rich blush and wine-ripen lips.  With a simple swipe of bold, black mascara, you can be a Forties film noir' Lauren Bacall in a trench, ready to whistle.

Whether it be simply sweet with Fairfax Fuchsia or film noir elegant with Sunset & Vine against the backdrop of Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Foundation with SPF 30 , you can be simply sophisticated with Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color Sticks.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Moods of Norway Suits Up Hollywood.

By Laura Medina

Glen Plaids and tartans, hopefully in warm-weather friendly fabrics, Moods of Norway snaps up the Hollywood suit, the alternative to the Armani-sque and Tom Ford-sque cliché suits.

Media professionals look to Moods of Norway to properly suit them, with enough whimsical but discreet details to help them stand out.

If you want to break out of the polished and subdued suit rut, go Moods of Norway.

Get Down with Julia Clancy Spring Summer 2017's Gracious Athleisure, Proving Roller Disco is a Rolling Retro Trend.

By Laura Medina

Julia Clancy's Spring/Summer 2017 is what resort wear should be.  She's even thinking about upscale White Parties that established people are hunting for upscale Summer parties.

She must be well-versed fashion designer because she referenced a lot of ancient Grecian and Roman clothing, in Seventies satin and gold trim.

Peplos reigned supreme.

Julia Clancy revitalized the Swinging Seventies into athleisure in moveable stretch satin rompers and jumpers, proven to its fullest by the LA Roller Girls.

She hired the hottest girls for her runway show.  The LA Roller Girls are in Old Navy's current Sculpture Denim, "Denim Moves" ad campaign and performed at Old Navy's ad launch Roller Disco party at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale.

Julia Clancy in on the roll for the hottest trend, Swinging Seventies, Grecian gowns, and satin athleisure, and Roller Disco Queens.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dave Stewart Introduces His Friends at The Troubadour.

By Laura Medina

After racking years of being a producer svengali for established rockers searching for a fresh sound, Dave Stewart used his influence to introduce his Australian and Kiwi friends to an American audience at the stalwart The Troubadour at the crossroads of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

"Lily Was Here" with acclaimed saxophonist Michael Lington. Next, STEWART was joined by STEVENS for deeply soulful rocking songs from the upcoming album including "Devil In My Heart," "Oh Lord," "Feel Like Letting Go," "Scars," "Starlight."

The Troubadour was also meant to be a stage for new material.  The audience were treated to new songs from a yet-to-be titled album that will be released next year.  It's return to form for Dave.  More like returning to his roots for appreciating vintage blues, soul, and R&B that formed him growing up.

At the packed Troubadour, the singer, songwriter and co-founder of Eurythmics kicked off the set with songs like "Beast Called Fame" and "Magic In The Blues" from his solo albums, and then switched gears for an extra moody version of the Eurythmics' "Here Comes The Rain Again" and an instrumental duet of his chart-topping "Lily Was Here" with acclaimed saxophonist Michael Lington.

This is he introduced Kiwi rocker, Jon Stevens.  He injected straight-up, hard-charging rock, ala "AC/DC."

More Down-Under musicians joined Dave.

Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and Jon Stevens, filled where Annie Lennox left.  Together with Dave, they sang classic Eurythmics, "Missionary Man" and "Here Come the Rain Again."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Get Curious about Jodi Baker's "Trust," to satisfy the curiosity, get a free copy of "Trust" from Here!

By Laura Medina

A lot has changed for "Trust" author Jodi Baker.

Like her central protagonist, Anna, in "Trust," Jodi was propelled out of her cozy writer's nook then onto book tours and meet&greets.  She was overwhelmed by fans.  The tweens and teens of her Young Adult book were to be expected.  But having thirty-something fan base popping up, that really took her back.

It was curiosity that got Jodi thinking about "Trust" in the first place. 

In the first of the series, "Trust," it was curiosity that set the central protagonist, Anna, on her journey.

If all this talk about "Trust" got you curious, you can have a free copy by simply responding back in the Comments section, here on this blog, with your email address.

With the email address, this scribe will reply back, asking for a physical mailing address then this scribe send off your own, free copy of "Trust."

Get curious about "Trust."