Monday, March 27, 2017

The World's Most Expensive Lip Art, $26K, Celebrates Smashbox's Launch of Their Be Legendary Liquid Metal & Liquid Pigment Glosses.

By Laura Medina

There hasn't been a Sephora x Smashbox party in two years, since graphic designer Donald Robertson designed a red lipstick and the tube for them, two years.

So, having Sephora and Smashbox throw a party, together, is always a big deal.

This time, they celebrate the launch of their new Be Legendary Liquid Lip Metal, in metallic automobile blue (Iced Out) and grey, and Be Legendary Liquid Pigment Lip Glosses by having their lip editor-in-chief, "lip artist"/makeup-artist, Vlada Haggarty, paint and glue $26,ooo worth of gold leaf, diamond studs, and bits of gold and diamond chain jewelry onto a model's lips.

With Max Factor heir, Smashbox co-founder, and professional commercial photographer, Davis Factor, Davis Factor "acting" as a fashion photographer and Vlada "acting" as a makeup-artist, this is a very convenient "performance art."

The display case with gold leaf, the diamond studs, and bits and pieces of real gold and diamond jewelry and chains.

There were other attractions, too.

Painting the Be Legendary Liquid Pigment Gloss, then gluing the gold leaf, then painstakingly, minute by minute, studs of diamonds, take long for the party guests.

When guests play darts with a multi-colored balloons, they won a tube of Be Legendary Gloss, matching the balloon they popped.  This scribe won a tube of grey liquid lip gloss...

while munching on a fresh cloud of just-spun organic cotton candy....

During the launch party, it's dessert first, then dinner later...

Thanks to Slammin' II Sliders Truck, guests and the makeup artists dined on cute beef sliders nestled in fluffy Hawaiian burger buns and fries equally nestled in plastic cups of ketchup, paired with rose champagne and an open bar.

Of course, there's a DJ...

The lip model wasn't the only one getting the Be Legendary Liquid Lip treatment.

The guests were the first people to physically try the new Be Legendary Liquid Metal and Liquid Pigment Lip Glosses.

The finishing treatments were cheaper and more accessible. The staff makeup artists tapped layers of glitter and sequin over the liquid lip glosses for a holographic effect, popularized by Vlad Haggarty.

Here's the step-by-step instructional Instagram video in prepping my face, using Smashbox's products.

The Sephora x Smashbox's debut party for Smashbox's Be Legendary Liquid Metal Lip and Pigment Lip Gloss proved that lip art is the new "tattoo."  It's painless, easier, more accessible and switchable, and just as "simply bold" with a swipe or a tap. 

Lip coloring is the new crafting art, using the Be Legendary Liquid Lips as a sticky base to stick plastic baubles and glitter for a 3-D holographic effect.  FX for lips.

Which this much 3-D holographic effects on the lips, everywhere else on the face is bare and natural, as in seen in this Instagram video.  Face as a blank but well-prepped canvas.

Lip art is for everyone.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Malan Breton Pays Homage to Olde Hollywood & Film Noir, Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, Namely Set During Los Angeles' Style Week.

By Laura Medina

This scribe has always been thrilled to see New Yorker-turned-part-time Londoner, Malan Breton, whenever he's in town.

He may be an infrequent visitor but he always has a love affair with Tinsel Town, especially with Olde Hollywood.

He even, fittingly, premiered his documentary, "A Journey to Taiwan,",  in Westwood, where the real premieres do happen.

There is a direct link with his ancestral homeland, Taiwan and the modern film noir film-maker, Wong Kar-Wai, and their adoration to Olde Hollywood Glamour and "can't-go-wrong" classic film noir.  The love of luxury and a romance of undulating sensuality.

Malan always has a romance with Tinsel Town of yore, which his love of stamped and foil metallic taffeta reigned supreme during 1930's Hollywood, when it hits its stride in voice recording with reflective tin-stamped, foiled silk...whether it be crepe or taffeta in satin weave...for better reflective lighting on the camera, thanks to legendary MGM studio designer, Adrian Gilbert.

Gloria Swanson-sque gown with feathered trimmed swing sleeves.

Even, Malan Breton opened his recent Style Week Los Angeles runway show with his take on the iconic MGM logo.

In addition to the Pre-Hayes Code 1930's when Old Hollywood's imagination used to run wild, Adrian Gilbert's influential extravagant, draped evening gowns; hooded dresses; embroidered, padded evening jackets; and elegant suits, served as inspiration for Malan's Autumn/Winter 2017 collection.  The reflective nature of lame and foil and the glow of velvet, curving the body on a bias-cut, looks alluring on camera...forever for future generations to admire...which Malan brought onto the catwalk.

What people thought of as Hollywood's hey days were Adrian Gilbert's hey days, too, as MGM's ruling costume designer, from 1928 to 1939, where he put luxurious threads, weaves, and cuts to full-effect.  So desirable, knock-offs flew off the racks during the Depression, as ready-to-wear.  Hollywood studio costume designers were unheralded haute couture designers; and studio's costume departments were unsung ateliers.

Malan paid homage to Marlene Dietrich's sensual androgyny in this tux then Malan paid respect to...

Adrian's sensual use of black lace and sequins in this hooded gown, another Adrian inspiration for Malan...

It was also fitting that Malan's Olde Hollywood homage came at the tail end of this recent Academy's Oscar Awards, where Hollywood's A-List pay respect in their finest.  An ideal market for his classic luxury and elegant refinement, especially aiming towards to emerging female and male starlets, just hitting the red carpet.

Malan is also splitting his time between New York and London. 

Incorporating Adrian's patent leather in functionally classic trench coats and motor jackets as the tuxedo jacket, comes in handy for London's inclement weather.  This is where film noir androgynous sensuality comes in handy, look sexy and sleek while wet in dark and stormy weather.

England's equestrian heritage is also popping in Malan's sharp sportswear, jodhpurs and rain/riding boots...

Tartan bombers-cum-cardigans with cable knit trims and cuffs...

This scribe swore there was a lone denim outfit in a peplum jacket and denim riding leggings with knee-high black patent leather boots.  That outfit this scribe will wear in a minute, fresh off the runway.

Malan is also growing his business by, finally, designing accessories.  That moment when a designer morphs into a brand.  So happy for him.

Another London allusion, a top hat and a shawl-collar cardigan in tartan pattern.  This scribe would "politely borrow" that cardigan and that tote bag.  It will make a very chic gym bag for this scribe.

Sure, there were spots of "Spring-Time" London and English love of gardening with...

Floral embroidery at the hem...

and bold, greenery of lush vegetation, blooming ripe in the English countryside, after the rainstorm.  These spot allude to Malan's growing his business in London, another homage.

But, Malan Breton's love of Old Hollywood and admiration of Adrian Gilbert were too strong a pull not to be ignored.  Still, what an inspiration.  Especially, when you're showing to Young Hollywood that needs to step up their style game on the red carpet, when this generation of Young Hollywood considers, being shot in comfy sweats and jeans by paparazzi, fashion.

Paraphasing the only American editor of French Vogue, that is style street, not fashion.

Fashion has "context," a background, a meaning, culture, and history.  This is what Malan Breton has consistently provided in his designs, especially when he gets acquainted with Hollywood; and it's constant flow of young industry players ebbing and flowing.

With him incorporating functional British ware of trench coats and motorcycle and motor-cross jackets and riding/rain boots in hip, shiny patent black leather, he's proving to Young Hollywood, that comfortable, daily sportswear doesn't have to be sloppy and slovenly to functional.  It can be utilitarian and sporty and chic and hip, all at once...and paparazzi ready.

The way Olde Hollywood studios and their designers used to do, outfitting their stars in daily haute ready-to-wear while running errands, for fans and fan magazines.

Mr. Breton is trying to return that Old Hollywood Glamour to up the ante for today's stars.

This scribe is cheering him on...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Only American Editor of French Vogue, Joan Juliet Buck's Advice for Bloggers in an Instagram Age, "The Price of Illusion."

By Laura Medina

"Don't you know that fashion exists in context?  Posting a photograph of your shoes on Instagram is not fashion."

That was the first piece of advice Joan Juliet Buck had told this scribe, over a phone interview.

Other than that, this scribe asked her, how she was doing.  Bubbly blunt, she said "We're all bracing for the blizzard."

Our interview is chunk full of bon mots...and a warning.

Joan informed this scribe that reason behind writing her memoir, "The Price of Illusion," directly concerning today's social media darlings, existing solely in Facebook and Instagram.

"The surface will eat you up because, life only exists in pictures."

"My book, 'The Price of Illusion,' is about what happens when you live on the surface, in pictures."

She mentioned that social media "stars" should locate the French writer, Marcel Ayme's short story about a mistress who had to reinvent a new image, a new persona for each one of her lovers, until she lost herself in them.  "The more transparent she becomes, the more she loses herself."  The short story is published by Powell.  A warning from the wise.

This is where she refrains again, "That fashion exists in context."

She suggests that bloggers, who are the new journalists, go to the museum, look at Constructive Art. "Open your eyes and your mind.  Once you leave the museum, you will see a pair of sneakers in a new point of view."  It is that moment that she suggests you take a selfie of your shoes on Instagram.

"Bloggers reflect what is around you."  Much like fashion.

"As a blogger, you should write and report the physical, the real, the material, not just about seeing shoes."

Joan says that fashion exists in the context of the era and history that it was made in, reflecting the technology used to make that clothing.  How a piece of clothing reflects the available technology of that era.

It's not an off-kilter comment when she said that fashion is a direct indictor of the economy and people's income.

She's a big of Uniqlo.  "Don't you Jil Sander was the creative director of Uniqlo?"  Joan sat this scribe straight when she educated this scribe that real fashion, fashion fresh out of the atelier, are bought and worn by the 1%.  The trend manufacturers are for the 90%.  This is where the economy hits fashion...or style.

"Street Style" is a reflection of that era's economy because clothes have to be made and priced accordingly to people's shifting income levels, especially after 2008 Housing Crisis.

As a woman retired from the shifting sands of trends...and fads, but very knowledgeable about fashion, Joan is a big fan of Uniqlo's affordable minimalism.

She noted the quality construction and stitch yet acknowledge the fabric is basic.  During her book reading, she simply said she buys an Uniqlo sweater, wears it for three years then throw it away, when it's time for a new style, a new trend.

Joan stressed that Uniqlo is the one of the few vertical integrated fashion brands that do not use slave labor, "Do not buy from companies that use slave labor."

As for trends, mixing high and lows, haute couture meeting street style, when she was the Editor in Chief at French Vogue, Joan conducted her staff meetings as a communal endeavor, where the more established journalists exchange ideas and runway viewings with the much interns discussing what they spot as street style.  Stories become articles and ideas.  Everybody all together, bringing new and various point of views, ideas, and angles.

At French Vogue, Joan formed a community, "It's about humanity, a common endeavor."

Much like The Moth Story Hour, Joan loves it.  She calls it,  another common endeavor, where everybody tells stories, learn, and exchange ideas.

This is where she added, "Don't you know, I lived in an haunted apartment in Paris?  You see, I lived half my life in Paris, sleeping with a ghost."

Now a days, she's more "famous" for "The Ghost of Rue Jacob,", which she discussed over several chapters in her book, "The Price of Illusion;" and her "infamous" Moth Story Hour story-telling. 

This was another cost of living the illusion...or the dream.

Once she got hired as the editor of French Vogue, it was time to hunt down an apartment, in a suitable neighborhood.

She fell in love with the 18th-century apartment and couldn't believe it was a few hundred dollars more than her New York apartment.

"You see, the apartment was the most gorgeous apartment I'd ever seen.  It was a few hundred dollars more than my New York apartment."

As soon as she was done signing the lease then reading the contract, out loud, "That's how they do it in France.  You see in Paris, they force you to sign the lease, the contract.  Once you sign the lease, the contract, the French force you to read it, out loud. Then, they tell you,  'Things move at night."

It's the French way of saying, you have ghosts in your apartment.

Joan, "I've spent several chapters on living in an haunted apartment.  I managed to get out of my lease.  I spent half my time in Paris, sleeping with a ghost."

This scribe guess that her memoir, "The Price of Illusion" is her way of exorcising the ghosts of past pretense, shining a light on it and the cost of "illusion."  By providing a guiding light on her past adventures in fashion...and how to deal, going up the fashion ladder, Joan Juliet Buck reassures today's fashion bloggers and fashion editors, that they're not alone on this ride.  Many an editors had rode this journey before.  Her memoir is almost a road map and guide book.

Joan Juliet Buck's best advice, "Live in the moment," then report about it, since fashion is a reflection of history.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Athleisure Strides on with Adidas' Ultra Boost Sneakers, thanks to Refinery29. More than a Look, It's About Performance.

By Laura Medina

This is the second time in a row, in one week, that beauty and fashion runs in step with fitness and health.

It's more than appearances and look, and way more serious than "Instagram" frivolity, fashionistas...and beauty-istas realize that it is the inside that determines the outside, under increasingly a time-crunch world where speeding and dashing directly from the gym to the juice bar is the new reality.  For clotheshorse  fashionistas, it's about weight and fitting into those impossible minus size 0 sample clothes.  For beauty-istas, it's your guts and having the right minerals, antioxidants, and the right type of oils and fats to keep you radiant. 
The lighter the heft of a bag, the better.   This explains, briefly, the rise of athleisure.  This scribe, who used to be a boldbuilder/athlete/tomboy, applauds the new lifestyle and style.

So relieved that makeup has risen up with the athleisure fashion and lifestyle, this video tells you have to makeup-ready for Refinery29/Adidas Ulta Boost Sneak Run.  The foundation is the foundation you build upon.  You start with Tarte's TarteGuard 20 Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 Sunscreen.  Funny, this "moisturizer" is pretty light-weight and breatheable, important when you need to look good, while burning calories, without suffocating in heavy, clogging waxes.

Then you tie up your sweatproof makeup with Tarte's "think-ahead" Gym Bag Grabs Athleisure Essentials,  Rainforest of the Sea™ Quench Lip Rescue in Nude, and  Lifted™ Mascara in Black Brown, made with the hottest makeup ingredient, cocoa, not traditional tar or charcoal. 

Refinery 29 and Adidas took over a square of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade for an opportune time to young fashionistas and beauty-istas to test drive Adidas' new Ultra Boost Sneaker.  This is also the start and end of a mini-marathon, a three mile run all over Santa Monica's fable Palisades Park.

They were kind enough and thoughtful enough to provide lockers to stash your valuables, so you can exercise with abundance. They let you try on the Ultra Boost Sneakers.  There is a reason fashion "flips."  It marches on with fabric and textile technology improvements.  Ultra Boost Sneakers aren't heavy. No leather. No suede. Not even canvas.  They're constructed out of tough mesh to let our stinky, sweating feet to breathe and cut down on bacteria.  The sneakers' "lip", the Adidas Primeknit upper wraps the foot in adaptive support and ultralight comfort; SOCKFIT upper for a snug, supportive fit.  In other words, the knit lip hugs the upper feet and ankles like a pair of socks, whether you tie or not, making it easier for slipping in and out of your sneakers.  This is how real ladies put on and slip out of their traditional sneakers.

In addition to the lightweight mesh body and the hugging lip, the midsole support bed supports flat feet with an extra bounce in your step,..comfortable and bouncy for that three mile run.

For those who are just happy with a short burst of a jog or a stride, Refinery29 and Adidas provided threadmills, so you can fall in love with those brand new Ultra Boost Sneakers.

Since is this also a Refinery29 event, it ain't an event unless something special happens.  Every thirty minute intervals, the Threadmill Dance Crew jumps on moving threadmills.  DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME!!!!  THE UNTRAINED AND ARROGANT WILL BREAK THEIR NECKS DOING THIS!!!! 

These are trained dancers-athletes.  What the Treadmill Dance Crew does, is not easy.  They have to be highly coordinated; and it's a teamwork of synchronization and quick, light maneuvers.  PLEASE FOR THE LIFE OF GOD, DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU WANT TO BE COOL TO IMPRESS THE LADIES...OR GUY.  YOU WILL HUMILIATE AND INJURE YOURSELF.  PLEASE LEAVE THIS TO PROFESSIONALS!!!!

Let's jump to the chase!

The fashionistas and the beauty-istas stretched and warmed up for the three mile run.

The first team run down to Palisades Park, towards the left then wrap around, like a flock of birds, back to the Adidas Workout Square.

Every quarter mile is that a mile-marker person to let them know they're on the right route.

The second team, which starts every hour, runs to the park, in the opposite direction.

People were refreshing and hydrating before then guzzling afterwards with help from Press Juicery, mixing up refreshing mocktails to hydrate and detox.

Fashionistas and beauty-istas can't thank Adidas, Refinery29, and Press Juicery enough.

Athleisure marches on, another step forward in fashion.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cosmedicine Cozies and Cuddles Blizzard and Dry Skin...

By Laura Medina

This scribe recently got around to testing and reviewing Cosmedicine, just in time for Northeasterner Blizzard.

Their Night Duty™ Perfected Overnight Resurfacing Serum is a golden elixir of Retinol.  
This rejuvenating nighttime resurfacer stimulates the skin’s natural repair process to noticeably reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone overnight. 

Their scientifically formulated symphony of antioxidants, peptides, fatty acids, vitamins, and natural extracts unlocks the skin’s barrier and absorbs into its lipid layer, stimulating deep, fortified healing while comforting the skin’s surface to reveal a remarkably revitalized complexion.

The texture and thickness of this hyaluronic acid cream reminds this scribe of Crème La Mer, great for patting around the eyes and on crow's feet.

This sunscreen feels more appropriate for a New England blizzard, to soothe chap faces trudging through the wind and snow.

You don't have to be in a Nor'Easter to enjoy Cosmedicine.  These trio is comforting in a cold, windy, and dry Las Vegas Christmas.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bromance Without the Douchebaggery, Joining Chris Soules, Robby Hayes, & Josh Murray at The Bachelor's Season Finale Viewing Party at Hollywood Park Casino.

By Laura Medina
Chris Soules, the considerate Good Ole Boy Farmer
Josh Murray, the Goofball
All-American Southerner, Robby Hayes

Hearts were still last night, when four Bachelors, Chad Johnson, Chris Soules, Robby Hayes, and Josh Murray join a mostly women audience at Hollywood Park Casino's "The Bachelor" Season Finale Viewing Party.

Shoot, if the "love of their life" didn't work out, at least these Bachelors are enjoying their new-found celebrity status, form their own bromance, while still hunting for love.  See, bromance doesn't have to be "Entourage" douche-baggery, or else, they wouldn't be on "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette."

Like any upscale Oscar Viewing Party, the 4 Bachelors did a Q & A during commercial breaks to answer fans'/audience's questions, wants, and desires.

Proving not all "Bachelors" are alike and that not all, every, and each Bachelors clump themselves together, these quartet talked about how they hated being lumped together with a guy, a fellow Bachelor, that they find unsavory.  These "Bromancers" refuse to associate themselves with this particular Bachelor.  So, if you don't find romance with these quartet, at least, they'll be good friends looking out for your own best interest.

The audience asked the fellows how their lives changed after "The Bachelor."

These fellas try to return back to normal life as much as possible, not only for their mentality but also, their own businesses and careers that needed to be tend to.

Robby Hayes, who lives in Atlanta, says he was at a mall to run errands.  After valet parking, someone recognizes him then started to chase him, forcing him to jump hurdles to escape to run errands.

Farmer Chris Soules says he's still a farmer; and running a farm is a family business that passes onto as his own.

After doing some computer work, he noticed a trio of women parked in front of his house.  Being a polite, friendly guy, he approached them then introduced himself, saying hi.  Two of the women were just happy  that he introduced himself to them, this was enough for those women to leave.  No harm done.

The third and youngest one stayed longer.  Eventually, she left too.

Once done with computer work, Chris was running errands until he noticed that third lady was also at the same stop sign/intersection.  He waved, being friendly then drove on straight.  But, he noticed that lady was driving towards his grandma's house.  Suspicious, he called his grandma.  That's when he realized that this young lady has been coming to his grandma a couple of times and was in the process of renting a house on his parents' land, so she can be closer to him.

He told grandma, "No. No. No."  He told her that this young lady was stalking him and please don't let her rent out the house to be close to him.  For Chris, that was a big no-no.

For ex-Marine Chad Johnson, he said he was still in the Marines when it aired and when he starred in "The Bachelor."

He said, as active duty Marine who is still stationed on military bases, Chad said it was pleasantly surprised, at first, to have military wives come up to him, gushing over him.  Then suddenly, it instantaneously becomes awkward when those military wives do it, in front of their husbands, fellow Marines like him, being surrounded by active duty Marine husbands.

Chad Johnson, "You see, a lot of military wives watch "The Bachelor."
He's a respectful Marine trying to respect boundaries.

Other than that, these quartet of Bachelors: Chad Johnson, Chris Soules, Robby Hayes, and Josh Murray are enjoying the reality celebrity ride, while still looking for love, just like everyone else.

Chris Soules, "There are worse things in life.  There are worse things in life to be doing.  I'm very grateful for having these opportunities," then he took a selfie with this scribe.