Monday, July 29, 2013

"The Wonder Dress" or Cocktail Dresses & Hair & Makeup for the Cocktail Season

By Laura Medina

A high-end spirit woman representative exclaims, "The Wonder Dress" when I told her my black and blue Oxana Dress by Stretta, ( sucks you in at all the right places...your waist, your thighs...while pushes everything up where it suppose to be, your bust and your butt.

As a lifestyle scribe in demand by the fashionistas, the culturatis, and the posh gourmet foodies, this scribe can easily pull herself inside this Oxana Dress by Stretta-without unzipping-and she is ready to hit the night.

The night being, LuckyRice LA 2013 kindly sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin and East.  This black and blue Oxana dress literally fits the Singapore-rushing-forward Asian/Fusion Food theme of Bombay Blue against a black ground, like this Bombay Sapphire waitress with this scribe.  We match!  The other women foodies were asking this scribe what type of dress this Oxana by Stretta Dress, where to get it, and were either jealous or admiring that this dress is sucks in the the excess proportions yet is comfortable enough to accommodate the nibbling of gourmet hor d' oeuvres and the sipping of deliciously refreshing Summer Suck-Down cocktails, generously supplied by Bombay Sapphire Gin, of course.

For the Angeleno Magazine's 11th Annual Live & Dine Food Festival, this Jennifer Lopez color block dress in the classic, never fail combo of black and white was also an "easy pull," as in it is also a pull on over then you're ready to hit the swell cocktail circuit.

A good outfit is like a good architecture.  The clothes provide the foundation but you need the accessories to embellish it.  Whether you do both jewelry or hair and makeup, you can do both or be tastefully chic by doing one or the other.

This scribe prefer "Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge" approach, a good dress with a glossy head of hair and a touch of lively makeup.

For the LuckyRice LA Asian Food Festival, in honoring of the Bombay Sapphire Gin East sponsors, I matched my nails to my Oxana Stretta black and blue dress to the Bombay Sapphire black and blue theme.  This is Essie's Sleek Sticks, their new manicure stickers that come in seasonal, limited-edition textures and designs.  "Show Me Your Stuff" Nail Stickers ( of black filigree against a blue backgrounds matches the Oxana Stretta Dress effortlessly.  This scribe knocked out her manicure in 5 minutes flat on both hands, great for last-minute invites, refresh your polish, clubbing it while waiting in line or an emergency TV appearance on-air or online.  The female foodies were awing over this nails and were amazed this scribe peeled and go in a wink.  For a cocktail party, you need a "cocktail fingers."

This scribe started by efficiently smoothing and curling her blow-out with this revolutionary new hot air brush that this scribe cannot live without, John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Salon Shape Hot Air Brush (  Prepping and conditioning beforehand with Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-In-1 Complete Correction a.k.a. "CC Cream for the hair,"  this scribe flips on the "Hot" setting on the John Frieda® Salon Shape Hot Air Brush ( then started effortlessly brushing and drying simultaneously soaked tresses into smooth, glassy tresses by sealing the conditioner while brushing them smoothly.  Towards the ends of the tresses, this scribe twirl a section of hair around the hot air brush.  Blasting the hot air from the inside to the outside of the brush wand, this sets and releases bouncy, springy curls.  Nifty eh?!

Okay, onto the face.  For an equally smooth-as-glass appearance, this scribe swipe on Smashbox's Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 ( for that "photoshop" radiant glow.  This foundation utilizes 100 percent Liquid Light Technology for a totally natural, radiant finish. The microscopic, gel-covered pigments mimic photo filters to blur imperfections. This HD formula completely evens out skin, but is undetectable to the naked eye. This oil-free foundation works with all undertones and builds from sheer to medium coverage.No caking here.

Sephora Collection's very own MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Trio in Sassy, ( contours and highlights cheekbones then flush them with hot pink for color.

Since the cocktail season uses the best of produce bounty during the sweatiest days and nights of Summer, it's a must to bring out your eyes in water-proof eyeliners.

For this brown-eyed scribe, she rims her eyes in Sephora Collection's Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof eyeliners ( in black-purple "Tango Night" and plum "Love Affair" for depth and dimension.

For melt-free lips, Tarte's Glamazon™ Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick moisturizes and comforts those smackers like gloss without the drippiness or the stickiness (  The nutrient and antioxidant-enriched Amazonian clay provides the melt-proof durability while the maracuja oil and olive esters moisturize the lips.

Caboodles has grown up.  No longer that '80's pastel New Wave plastic fishing tackle box.  It matured along with its demographic, from makeup-infatuated teens to on-the-go fashionistas.  Their makeup kits are built sturdy like their traditional cases but in stain-proof, soft nylon in stylish textures and patterns.  The interiors are just as sensible as their processors but with more sensible ruched interior pockets holding your smart phone, foundation bottle/tube, brush, pen, eyeliners, and lipstick.  The interior mesh zip pocket is for your wallet or compact.  The two exterior zippered pockets are also handy for smartphones, business cards, mints, and festival/concert tickets.

The Caboodle tote bag this scribe carried her makeup-touch-ups, wallet, and phone is "Envy" It Bag (
This is how you groove your way through the cocktail season during the dog days of Summer with smooth hair, polished skin, and melt-proof, natural makeup with a minimal of sweat. 

Sip Up!

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