Monday, March 12, 2018

Paco Rabanne's Invictus Aqua with Nick Youngquest

By Laura Medina

The Paco Rabanne's industry-only launch party for it's new watery fragrance, Invictus Aqua, sure makes up for any Oscar party you missed from the previous week.

The Bloomingdale's and the Macy's fragrance employees that make up the bulk of the fragrance industry had a blast, having their photos taken with the agreeable chill spoke model, Australian former rugby play/model, Nick Youngquest,  
Paco Rabanne's new sea god.

Held in the former Sadie's Restaurant, Paco Rabanne took over the inner courtyard then transformed it into a Temple of Invictus Aqua...

Invictus Aqua Fragrance is a new take on the classic Summer fragrance, clean water spiked with woodsy notes and spiced with citrus.  An easy spritz on an hot Summer day and a sultry night.

It's a continuation of a long line of aquatic fragrances, that used to be exclusively male cologne but it's making a splash among unisex, sugar-free women who want a clean fragrance that's clean and refreshing without the sugary sugar & spice come-on sexuality of most feminine perfumes.

  • It has the marine notes consist of yuzu grapefruit pink pepper on the top notes.  The body scents of sea water, the Marine note and violet leaf.  Ambergris, amberwood, and Guaiac Wood grounds Invictus Aqua. 

     After the pasta and taco dinner (Nick Youngquest is content with sipping a bottle of beer),...

One of the fragrance's ingredients is part of the dessert bar, grapefruit.

Specifically, the fragrance note is represented by the grapefruit bar, instead of the usual lemon bar...

If you can find an excuse for a party, do a fragrance party, use the fragrance notes as basis for your appetizers and dessert and your cocktail.  Now, you got the party started.  Great during sweaty Summer...

  • 5 ounces (1 cup) + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for topping
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated grapefruit zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 5 ounces flour, salt, and confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Press the mixture into an un-greased 8x8 inch pan. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or just until golden.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the eggs, sugar, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and remaining flour for about 2 minutes or until smooth, scraping down the bowl periodically with a spatula. Stir in grapefruit peel.
  4. Pour the filling over the hot crust, then bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until light brown around the edges and the center is set.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Dust lightly with powdered sugar, then cut into 9 bars.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bravo's "Stripped" star, Ali Levine, Throws a Pink Carpet Baby Shower.

By Laura Medina

Bravo's latest breakout star from it's social experiment of a reality show, "Stripped," Ali Levine is basking in baby glory, with her daughter due in a month.

Proud father and "Stripped" co-star, Justin Jacaruso looked on proudly as wife, mo-to-be, and RHOC's Gretchen Rossi and RHOCBH's Lisa Vanderpump's stylist, Ali Levine rules over her "pink carpet" baby shower.  It's a girl.  She got pregnant after filming has ended.

Whatever Ali gave up during the filming of "Stripped," she regain new stuff that are multi-purpose and high-end quality that will grow with mom and kid, at her baby shower.

Since this is a Bravo reality star's baby shower, practical brands support the baby shower, with Ali as influencer to her new legion of fans, who might be pregnant or may want to start a family.

Lucky guests of friends and family were treated to this very practical, waterproof line of totes and clutches that goes way beyond pregnancy and infants and toddlers.  Simply singles can use the Powder Room Cases as tough, durable travel-worthy makeup pouches in glazed coated canvas.  Once the kid outgrows and gets her or his own snacks, mom can still store her own snacks and makeup in these clutches.

There is the real baby shower cake and cake pops to snack on...

Thank god, there's always a sense of humor on what mom needs, a three-tier diaper cake with a coordinating baby caddy to carry the baby.

Ali Levine's Pink Carpet Baby Shower is smart and stylish.

RHOC Gretchen Rossi Teams Up with Jewelry Designer & Beauty Entrepreneur, Twila True for a Women’s Power Brunch for True Sioux Hope Foundation.

By Laura Medina
Twila True on the left and RHOC Gretchen Rossi on the right.

Bravo's "Real Housewife of Orange County" star, Gretchen Rossi, lent her star power to shine a spotlight on a worthy cause, True Sioux Hope Foundation.  A charity by Oglala Sioux Native American, jewelry designer and Twila True Beauty entrepreneur and CEO and President of True Family Enterprises: True Investments, True Fresh HPP, True Venture Capital, Twila True Fine Jewelry, Polished Perfect Studios and Twila True Beauty, Twila True.

Even Hollywood celebrities, such as Janice Dickinson, lent support for the True Sioux Hope Foundation.

Twila's and Gretchen's Women's Power Brunch was a great way to use Gretchen's popularity and social pull to bring attention and focus on True Sioux Hope Foundation, where it raises funds for Sioux women, Twila's Native American tribe.  Twila is returning her good fortunes to those who need it back home.

Guests freely and happily socialized and flirted between the brunch buffet of salad and hearty grilled sandwiches inside Envy Nightclub and the backyard lounge where they can try and buy Twila's jewelry and get a Twila True manicure then buy a nail polish.  The profit made that day will be donated to her foundation's 12 Cycles program, supplying basic feminine hygiene products to girls, so they continuously go to school, uninterrupted.  

In fact, Gretchen and Twila stopped the festivities, to do a speech about the purpose behind the party then showed a documentary on Twila's foundation and what the party is all about, helping young girls and women having basic necessaries that many take for granted.

There's a simple but special bracelet with the Twila True emblem, where the proceeds goes directly to Twila's True Sioux Hope Foundation. 

Keep your eyes out for it and the special bracelet.


Every Twila True Beauty product encompasses the four characteristics of our true beauty wheel. When all four arrows point towards the center, it is believed the spirit becomes whole again. This alignment creates balance, beauty and harmony. The circles found throughout our designs are based on the belief that everything is part of one connected circle.

Twila True Beauty, based on indigenous Pine Ridge Reservation-grown plum and numerous other antioxidants and oils grown in the reservation.  They're used in the bodycare collection and her all-natural healthy nail polishes, retailing at a very reasonable $12 a bottle, are focused on giving back to her Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation.

Twila True Beauty's nail polishes' color spectrum ranges from sophisticated nude and rose classical natural to fun and funky, are influenced by the Lakota Sioux Tribe.

Profits from her Twila True Beauty line goes to her True Sioux Hope Foundation. The foundation provides critical aid and empowers Tribal members to act, positioning this generation for success and her True Children’s Home, a children’s orphanage.

Beauty and a brunch party with purpose.

Callyssee Coffee Heating Mask Keeps You Warm During a Nor'easter.

By Laura Medina

Here's some Hollywood beauty stuff that can help the East Coast folks stay warm and clean.

Rubbing this facial mask, activates the zeolite that instantly warms up the skin.  Along with Organic Green Coffee Seed Extract, wakes the blood vessels.  It's the facial scrub/mask version of a hot mug of coffee.

It's a self-heating mask that seems to magically warm to the touch and surround skin with a warm, healing feeling. It reenergizes tired, dull looking skin while removing impurities and excess oils.

The Kaolin clay infused treatment works with your own body heat to help smooth lines and wrinkles. While the Zeolite,which is mostly made up of silica and works as a skin detox to remove pollutants from your face. Zinc Oxide soothes irritate skin, while Green Coffee Arabica Seed Extract, tackles photoaging and fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration.

Not for hygging on a snow day.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oscar Prep Leading Up to 2018 Academy Awards, Discovering New Trends & New Stuff

By Laura Medina

When you're nominated for an award, it is like a fairy godmother tapping you with good luck.  But, it is intense, quick, and hard;..and you've been a slob all your life then you have to clean up and be perfect in a nanosecond.

Don't worry.  Industry professionals and insiders know you need good stuff-quick.

Industry veteran, Debbie Durkin knows it and that's why her Pre-Emmy and Pre-Oscar Eco Luxe Lounge are one of the most desirable prep and prim style lounges for nominees to pick and prep for the big awards day and night.

Running in its second year, Ms. Durkin's Eco Luxe Lounge has been a luxurious, classy garden party meets gifting suite.  An ideal time to slow down and spot some style and health and wellness trends.

Knowing that Awards Week can be hard and intense, her lounge/garden party can be a great time to slow and recharge on her delectable brunch/lunch buffet, at the Beverly Hilton.

The legendary brie wrapped in puff pastry, Brie en Croute, thank god is a brunch stand-by that everybody oh, awe, and admire.  A never fail.  As always, here's an Brie en Croute recipe,

Brie en Croute #2


Berry Lips and Bold Brows
Salma Hayeck, Zoey Deutch, and Gal Gadot all rocked berry lips with bold brows. To recreate this look, use Palladio’s Brow Obsessed Mousse with Fibers ($8) to fill in any gaps, making your brows look naturally full. If you want a more standout eyeshadow like Zoey Deutch, use the Silk Fx Eyeshadow Palette ($12) in Mirage, paired with the Double Agent Lash Extender + Fiber Booster ($12) for full lashes. Finish your lips with the Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Color ($8) in Opulent for a deliciously berry lip. 

Beauty lounges and open houses getting you ready, from top to bottom.