Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
The 2012 "Everyone Wins at the Oscars" Nominees Gift Bag.
After experiencing the ups and downs, the highs and lows of winning one award but not all, winning some but not the Oscar, these current crop of nominees rode a roller coaster of expectations and disappointments.
For those who did not walk off with an Oscar, there is a care package being delivered to their doorsteps right now, easing an aching heart...and exhausted nerves, the 2012 "Everyone Wins at the Oscars" Nominees Gift Bag. The Oscar version of a care package.
Needing a respite from the Tinseltown tilt-a-whirl , the "Everyone Wins at the Oscars" gift bag tosses in a trip to a Premier Tours Elephant Back Safari to Abu Camp in Botswana, represented by this cute stuffed top elephant. This total 180 degrees turn offers a much needed four nights/five days vacation for two, valued at $15,000. Yes, opulent but educational. The nominees will get the chance to watch and learn African wildlife in their natural habitat while riding these gentle giants, staying in a lush resort setting, including all meals, drinks, game viewing activities, and elephant interactions. Remember, this is the Oscars, no roughing it here.
This $70,000 care package has top-of-the line medical and organic skincare to soothe those nerves and breakouts.
Celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Garth Fisher included a "BioMed Spa," conveniently packed in a kit so the nominees can have his clinic in their own homes or on set or on that safari.
Think of this as an investment skincare for the next rounds of red carpets and photo ops for the next Awards Season.
This scribe has personally used this gentle peach mask, giving it a test run for the past year, when picked up at another Oscar gifting suite. Through harsh winters and sticky summers, this wholesome mask is neither sticky, gluey, drying, or harsh. Eminence Peach Masque simply just soothes...and the "Twilight" cast agree so, too.
Caroline's 7-Layer Caramel Cake is a great consulation gift for those who want to cocoon and retreat from the Award Season whirlwind. This softens the blow for Oscar nominees.
Yes, the Caroline 7-Layer Caramel Cake is big for one person. It is a perfect pairing for a intimate homecoming party with a Disaronno Cocktail Package. Disaronno will gladly send a mixologist to the nominee's home and help set up a bar and cocktail for the nominee's closest 100 friends. Consulation loves company.
The eco-conscious or home-spun nominee can really appreciate Essential Safe Products' Cooking Set. Paraphasing this down-home scribe's mom, "Give them something they can use."..as in something they can use each and everyday, whether a whipping up an organic meal for a Disaronno Friends & Family party or just fixing a brunch for themselves.
Shaking hands on the red carpet can be a dirty business. Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer dressed their nifty sanitizers in a Swarovski-covered jelly sleeves, making them red carpet-ready to those million-and-one handshakes with fans and tv hosts. Great accessories with those haute couture gowns.
One can tell that these nominees just want to wind down after endless rounds of Hollywood's High Society Season and that emotional roller coaster of "yes," "maybe," and "the award goes to..."
Nominees, like Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Dame Helen Mirren, Ron Howard, and Jeremy Renner, love nothing more than a glass of Disaronno with a slice of Caroline's 7-Layer Caramel Cake, relaxing in their wireless, heated Thermarobes and cozy Dearfoam slippers.
(Wo)man's best friend, doggy or kitty, can soften a blow to an Oscar loss...and the $70,000 "Everyone Wins at the Oscars" Gift Bag/care package does not forget them either.
Organic Earthpawz offers a complete set to pamper the nominees' best buddies.
As you can tell, the lush but comforting "Everyone Wins at the Oscars" Gift Bag/care package isn't about glitz and glamour but pampering and nourishing weary souls and soles or giving a much-needed safari holiday away from Tinseltown's hustle and bustle.
This $50,000 consolation gift is time to go home, think of it as a spa within the privacy of one's own home, away from the glare and the flash.
Now...relax...aaaahhhhh. Another reward for all that dedication and hard work.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Since the Oscars revel Hollywood royalty and veterans...and also distinguished newcomers, the regal Oscars Beauty/Fashion Suites befits entertainment royalty.
Acting legend and legacy, Julia Roberts' big brother, and Emma Roberts' dad, Eric Roberts tried and sample the environmentally soothing and vitamins A, C and E, wheat proteins, marine collagen and amino acids-enriched Continuous Lift Serum by Victoria Principal Skincare relieves
the appearance of fine lines and puffiness around the eyes while nourishing the overall face, neck, and chest area.
Then, he smooth his lips with collagen and soy protein-packed LipSmart Balm Salve. It works osmotically when Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Phytokine stimulate Hyaluronan. An important component of connective tissues, Hyaluronan draws in moisture from the surrounding air and binds it to itself, reinforcing the connective tissue which improves volume and elasticity. a mixture of two specific lipid types, Glycolipids and Ceramide-3, forms Hydrophobic Sphingolipid Complex, retains the moisture. Tribehenin, a smoothing lubricant and humectant, locks and seals in the moisture.
Now, we know how Eric Roberts keeps his lips soft and smooth with this all-ages, unisex lip salve.
This year, she sculptured two special pieces in honor of Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady" with a traditional rectangle "Union Jack" clutch and a lip clutch, all in her trademark bedazzlement.
Astrid of "Heaven on Heels" Stiletto Cuffs saves you money and makes your existing pumps an investment. If stuck with your basic black pumps...and a need to stretch it out with ten ballgowns, five cocktail jumpsuits, and 20 party tunics, these interchangeable cuffs can max out your pumps' appearance without you blowing out your wallet. Simply priced at $20 a pair, these cobblestone/scruff-proof heel savers can keep it whimsy for the Golden Globes, rocking at the GRAMMys then elegant at the Oscars. Stiletto Cuffs gives your shoe shelf a lot of mileage.
The Oscars is when the ballgowns and spectular eveningwear strut in. Veteran character actress, Teresa Ganzel models celebrity gown designer, Shekhar Rahate's Oscar Collection of Gowns in the suite. Last year multiple stars wore Rahate to the Oscars . Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wax figures by Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and mannequins model appropriate eveningwear.
The Recording Academy, the organization behind the GRAMMYs, believe it or not soldier on by throwing their own beauty and fashion bash for the Oscars.
Instead of the usual rockers and rappers, retro singers croon Frank Sintara and Johnny Mercer, such as "Moon River." People swung, jiggerbugged, and fox trotted. This pretty much sets up the mood for the Oscars-tradition and elegance.
Attendees need red carpet durability and vitamin-enriching makeup and skincare to heal, seal, and protect the skin from countless rounds of galas and drinks.
Affordable and healthy makeup brands, Ferro Cosmetics and Pixi Cosmetics cater to Awards Season weary faces.
Ferro Cosmetics is one of those rare, healthy organic mineral, multi-purpose makeup that falls in a teenager's budget which means anyone can afford them.
The bigger and more available Pixi Cosmetics debut its latest emergency makeup kits to fit inside those titsy-bitsy clutches and evening purses, the Tinker Bell-inspired, Fairy Face Palette, and Fake Awake Kit.
Don't be fooled by it's tiny and girly exterior, Fairy Face punches a wallop of 5 eye colours, 3-colour blush palette, 5 lip creams + duo eye applicator, blush brush, duo lip applicator, in universal rose and plum shades. As a part of the PixiGlow Collection, it'll debut in Target stores next week.
The more utilitarian switchblade of makeup kit, Fake Awake Kit is a power nap in a slim, purse-friendly kit: 2 concealers, 1 cream highlighter, 1 brightening cream, 1 peachy cheek & eye awakening powder, 1 nude setting powder, 1 glowy pale pink lip gloss and 1 strawberry red lip & cheek stain. This flesh-tone friendly and vitamin C riched makeup can swipe on easily with a snooze.
Pixi Fairy Kit, PixiGlow Collection, and the Fake Awake Kit will debut next week at Target stores but already available online at Target.com.
Oscar-worthy makeup at everyday prices, not bad at all.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Oscars are dawning on us but leaving these yummy GRAMMYs Beauty and Gifting Suites and Lounges would be heart-breaking.
Since the GRAMMYs occured a week to two days before Valentine's Day, this is the Recording Academy's way of showing its love to the musicians for all their hard work, dedication, touring, recording, and rehearsing.
Since the Awards Season gifting and beauty suites are the launching pads for some luxurious products and brands, you too can buy the same stuff these performers are using to prep and pamper before hitting the stage and the afterparties for your own holidays and parties.
On the day of the GRAMMYs, AJ Crimson of Kissable Couture and Ja'Maal Buster, the Eye Lash Guru, along with the best women DJs, loved their for Black Girls Rock!, a non-profit organization aiming to build young women's and girls' self-esteem.
Performers aren't ready unless they have accessories, bling to dazzle onstage.
Joe King from The Fray snagged two of the Guy & Eva Jane necklaces stating “I love these for my daughters!”
Claudia Lee from the CW’s Hart of Dixie commented on how much she enjoyed the “the simple elegance of the line.”
Heather Dubrow from the Real Housewives of Orange County immediately flew to the table! She loved the necklaces and said the “line is absolutely beautiful and affordable!”
This is the ultimate wrap-up of the GRAMMYs Beauty/Style/Gifting suites and lounges, which were fitting, considering they were just in time for Valentine's Day.
They sure know how to take care of the ladies...and gents.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Truth be told, this is this scribe's Valentine for you, the readers.
Here are the exclusive shots and preview of some really innovative products and merchandise being enjoyed by music's hottest stars.
Performers use the lounge as a place to take a break from rehearsals and be pampered as vendors demostrate their newest wares to them and the media.
Actors also enjoyed the services at the lounge. Here is Jane Seymour being one of the lucky firsts to experience a Red Carpet Manicure.
She might had enjoyed the GRAMMY only 24-karat gold gel polish.
Don't worry, Red Carpet Manicure will be available to anyone in drugstores. This gel-based manicure is taken out of the salons and into homes pretty soon. It made its official debut at the GRAMMY Gift Lounge.
The biggest hit among rockers and stars was the Pepsi Bar where musicians, like Carolina Liars here, enjoyed sipping custom-mixed Pepsi cocktails mixed with flavored syrups, such as red velvet cupcake, espresso, key lime, and the more tried-and-true cherry vanilla.
The tumbler isn't bad either. Press the button underneath, the bottom lights up and blinks as well.
According to Prof. Floyd, the number one requested touch among Americans is kissing. Here's the Nivea Balm Kissing Booth.
In his studies, Prof. Floyd of Arizona State University learned that America is starving from "skin hunger."
People touch their smartphones more often than they do in their relationships. After kissing, Americans are craving hand-holding and hugging...and suffering from the lack of touching.
With decreased touching, people are suffering from depression, weaken immune system, and increased stress. With the skin as the largest organ on the body, touch is one of the only senses that humans cannot live without.
Prof. Floyd said people will more willing to touch if people take better care of their skin condition, softer, smoother skin versus dry, flaky skin and soft, smooth lips.
After learning the findings, Nivea aims to do something about it.
In lieu of Cupid's Day, Nivea is doing a year-long contest where they encourage more touching in relationship by doing a Million Moments of Touch Movement Giveaway, where couples can enter by hitting "Like" on the Facebook page. The winning couple enjoys a getaway for a day or a night and Nivea will take care of everything, including the babysitter.
This is where music literally comes into play. This is where the GRAMMYs come in.
To honor the importance of music in encouraging human contact and relationships, Nivea, along with Primary WAVE Talent Management, threw a bash for the GRAMMYs.
At the afterparty, there were bowls of Nivea lip balms and mini canisters of Nivea cream with Rihanna on the cover.
As a pre-GRAMMYs/Valentine's treat, they took Jose Andre's Bazaar Restaurant and attendees were treated to made-from-scratch grapefruit marshmallows, chocolate poprocks, cotton candy foie gras, and fresh fruit pastes.
A sweet gesture to the GRAMMYs and making it easier for Cupid...year around.
Reebok showed its love for Hip Hop, the music industry, and the GRAMMYs by throwing a Jonathan Mannion photo exhibition-slash-hip hop honoring the photographer documenting the history of hip hop and the genre itself...with some of its shoes representing the different eras of hip hop.
Each of the four collections of vintage Reeboks were paired with particular hip hop artists of that era. Here are some vintage, neon high tops.