Beauty On 5 with Saks Fifth Avenue

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On Tuesday, Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled their first permanent, one-stop location for Blink Brow Bar, Trish McEvoy, and Nails inc. Housed within a modern installation, Beauty on 5 allows customers to receive expert advice, throw their own Beauty on 5 pamper party, shop exclusive products, and experience an artistic manicure while sipping tea and savoring a curated British menu of light snacks. In beauty junkie terms, it’s a one-stop primping and pampering mecca!

Services Offered:

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Blink Brow Bar: Blink Brow Bar offers specialized services and expertise in bespoke threading, tint, lash and eyebrow services for both men and women. Here’s how they transform your brows!

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Trish McEvoy: Trish McEvoy offers an exclusive menu of make-up services, access to the limited-edition Easy Smokey Eye Collection*, and for the first time ever, custom monogramming on any Makeup Planner purchase.

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Nails inc.: Nails inc. introduces “The Paint Shop by Nails inc” as the destination for a fast fashion fix for nails in New York. The shop hosts a unique nail art menu designed in collaboration with celebrity nail technicians Lisa Logan and Pattie Yankee.

Which service will you be indulging in before holiday party season?

Essie Fall 2014 Dress to Kilt Collection {ManiMonday}

“Live dangerously. Dress flawlessly Inspired by a woman’s undeniable feminine mystique, essie’s fall 2014 delivers shades so chic it is almost criminal.” How’s that for a self manicured description by essie for their new dress to kilt collection? Intriguing, right? But does it live up to the description?

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Here’s what’s in the range (left to right from the photo above): [Read more…]

Win the KOxHedwig Nail Polish Collection As Seen on Neil Patrick Harris {Giveaway}

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My goodness, I feel like this has been a non-stop exciting week of announcements! As some of you know I recently became a spokesperson and partner in Knock Out nail polish. They launched over 5 years ago and were the first brand to do matte nail polish and having I was obsessed with them from the start. About 3 years ago I met one of the founders, and we have since became good friends. So getting to be apart of the brand this year was a big honor for me. As is the big announcement that Knock Out is the exclusive nail polish brand for Hedwig on Broadway starring Neil Patrick Harris and created a custom KOxHedwig collection for the show.

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The collection consists of four shades, Bombshell (matte yellow), Hedwig (red glitter), Sugar (white glitter sparkle), and Midnight (navy glitter). Since up until now Knock Out has only done matte, creating our first glitter collection is very exciting. Mike Potter, the founder and creator of Knock Out, is the infamous makeup artist behind the makeup and wigs in both Hedwig the movie and on Broadway so it’s been exciting watching him work with Neil Patrick Harris and all of his support with the collection. He wore our Midnight shade at the Tony awards — and if you heard his acceptance speech, Mike got an amazing shout out. (You can see the feature on his manicure on allure.com).

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Mike is also Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs makeup artist and she debuted our Sugar shade at the Oscars this year where she was both nominated and performed during the awards. Karen O has been the face of the line since it launched in 2009.

The KOxHedwig collection is $20 and available at hedwigbroadwaygoods.com

I’m giving away a set of all 4 polishes to one lucky winner. There are two ways to enter!

1. Follow @prettyconnected + @koknockout on twitter and tweet:  RT & Follow @prettyconnected & @koknockout for ur chance to #win the #KOxHedwig nail polish collection #giveaway http://shar.es/1nsL3W

2. Follow @prettyconnected & @KOcosmetics on Instagram and like the photo that matches the giveaway going live this week!

Winner will be announced on 8/20/2014. All state, local, and federal rules apply.

 

 

 

PC Competes in L.A. Colors Brush with Fame Challenge with In Touch & Life&Style!

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Oh hey! Guess what!?! After scouring the nation (their words!), In Touch, Life&Style Weekly and L.A.COLORS chose me to be one of five bloggers to compete in their “BRUSH WITH FAME CHALLENGE! Every week I’ll be sent different challenges and judged against the other contestants for the chance to be featured in In Tough and Life&Style!!! Plus $500 worth of L.A. COLORS products and a dinner with their editor. [Read more…]

PC Judges the ICMAD Beauty Awards. And the winners are…

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A few months back I was honored to be asked to judge the Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Beauty awards, and accepted. Testing and reviewing 85 products, the categories we’re built under three pillars, best new breakout products, packaging, and advertising campaigns. [Read more…]

#ManiMonday JINsoon Spring/Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

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Inspired by the fashion, fads and art movements of the 1950s, nail guru Jin Soon Choi created the JINsoon Spring/Summer 2014 Color Field Collection to capture the era’s youthful, creative spirit with bright, single-toned colors. [Read more…]

#ManiMonday: Essie Spring 2014 Collection

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I have many perks to the job, one of which are amazing surprises! Last week, while it was all raining and grey ousite, the colorful spring collection for Essie made it’s way to my door (and with [Read more…]

PC Beauty Tips Featured in the November Issue of Health Magazine

There’s always something so exciting about opening a magazine and seeing your name in print. In the November issue of Health Magazine (featuring Julianne Moore on the cover), the publication features beauty bloggers top tricks spanning across nails, makeup, hair and skin. Actually, to quote the header, it reads: ” Beauty Bloggers’ Best Tricks, Top online gurus share their go-to strategies for great hair, glowing skin, and magnificent makeup.”

I’m featured twice, once for my hair tip and another for a DIY skincare recommendation (as seen below photographed side by side with Michelle Phan’s tip in between!)

Lara Eurdolian, Pretty Connected beauty tips in Health Magazine

I have a little note to add to my hair tip, since the copy had to be condensed. The tip as it read is:  “I sleep with my hair divided into two loose buns, seared with a scrunch. To keep mu strands smooth. For adding volume in the mourning, I rely on Osis Dust It – the powder soaks up excess oils and adds lift to roots.”

The part that I should preface is about dividing my hair into the buns with a loose scrunchie — that’s only if you’re trying to preserve a blow-out. By putting your hair into loose divided buns rotating hair in sequence of the curl it helps you avoid friction and movement between the strands. The reason you use a scrunchie instead of a hair elastic is you don’t want anything too tight that would leave any lines. Then the next morning you can revive the roots with some dry shampoo.

My other tip was “Yogurt, the pain natural kind makes a great hydrating mask. I use it when my skin needs a little pick-me-up.”

Some of the other tips I loved from the article include:

“I love sparkly polish but it sticks to your nails like crazy. To remove it, I use felt instead of a cotton ball — it works like a gentle Brillo pad.” – Allison Kratzer, Makeup by Alli

“Instead of layering on powder before happy hour, press a few drops of face oil over your cheeks to refresh your foundation and create a super natural glow.” – Elizabeth Dehn, Beauty Bets

“If your eye and lip pencils are really soft, leave them in the fridge for about an hour before you sharpen them-the less creamy they are the less waste there is.” – Christine Miekle, Temptalia

“After I douse a cotton pad with my regular makeup remover, I add a bit of coconut oil and apply it to my closed eye. It helps break up the makeup, so it slides off with more ease.” – Julie Gutierrez, YouTube vlogger

“Rather than using a towel, dry hair with a soft, old, worn-in T-shirt and pat dry. Don’t rub! Rubbing hair with a towel leads to breakage.” – Michelle Phan

“When I have a breakout, I hold a vinegar-soaked cotton ball over it for a few seconds at night. It’s smaller by mourning.” – Aleigh Acerni, Indigo + Canary

Okay, that’a enough of a sneak peek, for more great tips check out the November issue of Health Magazine on stands now.

Backstage at NYFW: Red Door Spa for Brandon Sun Spring 2014 Collection

-Guest post by Ali Butterfass

I was lucky enough to see a couple of shows at New York Fashion Week, and it was an amazing experience. However, while I loved seeing the polished presentation of the runway, it wasn’t until I got to witness the carefully controlled chaos backstage that I truly appreciated the work, artistry, and incredible teamwork that goes into making the show look so effortless. I went backstage with Red Door Spa to watch them create hair, makeup, and nails for Brandon Sun’s Spring 2014 collection.

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Sun’s collection is casual and sophisticated, with an irreverent energy. To play off this upscale downtown vibe, makeup artist Cesar Olivas designed a beautifully polished look that was classy, but with an edge.

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Keeping the face natural and fresh, the models’ matte complexions were the perfect base for a contoured, smoked-out eye using Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Smokey Eyes Pencil and Color Intrigued Eyeliner. Lashes were left free of mascara to keep the overall impression soft.

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Picking up the hints of orange in the collection, lips were stained a soft red that brought a playfulness to the look.

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National creative director and master hair stylist Zahir Ziani kept hair simply styled and natural, “like she did it herself.” Sweeping hair off the face and into a low side bun, with a few stray strands falling naturally, this tousled style counterbalanced the chic, put-together collection.

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Inspired by the grunge-rock elements of Sun’s designs, national training director of nails Adeline Sarino created a cool ombre manicure using shades of light and dove gray. Nail technicians painted stripes of lacquer onto cotton balls, then swiped them over models’ nails to produce a one-of-a-kind look that I’m dying to practice on myself.

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Watching the models be transformed from women in street clothes and bare faces to elegant head to toe glam-punks was completely mind blowing. What do you think of the finished look?

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{Giveaway} Win $350 worth of Beauty Products from SpaceNK!

Space NK US Autumn Beauty Edit GWP.Sept.12.2013Happy Friday everyone! For this weeks giveaway I’m so excited to be giving away $350 worth of beauty products from one of my favorite retailers, Space NK! The giveaway includes a selection of must-have products from 28 of their featured brands including Lipstick Queen, Bumble and Bumble, By Terry, Caudalie, Clark’s Botanical, Hourglass, Oribe and more! (Full list featured at the bottom of the post).

Whether you’re looking to transition your skincare regimen or update your beauty look for fall, be sure to visit Space NK on September 12th for their “Autumn Beauty Edit” event that’s being hosted at all 24 of their US locations. During this special, one-day-only shopping event, guests can meet with experts from the brands they carry for personalized classes, makeovers, advice and tips. And for shoppers who spend $250, they will receive the gift bag we’re giving away (valued at $350)!

WIN IT! There are 2 ways to enter (each option counts as a separate entry):

1. Leave a comment on why you want to win.

2. Follow us on twitter and tweet about the giveaway or event using the hashtag #PCgiveaway OR TWEET: RT & follow @prettyconnected for ur chance to #win $350 in beauty products from @Space_NK. #beautyedit #PCgiveaway http://bit.ly/19oRP3F

**Extra credit if you “Like” Pretty Connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrettyConnected

WHAT’S IN THE BAG: [Read more…]