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Elizabeth Hurley + Estee Lauder Companies

Earlier this month I kicked of Breast Cancer Awareness month with Elizabeth Hurley and Estee Lauder Companies, who done so much incredible work and fundraising over the decades. Interesting fact: Evelyn Lauder co-founded the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer in 1992, now whenever I put on a pink ribbon, I’ll think of her and her legacy.

GET INVOLVED: For every post with the hashtags #TimeToEndBreastCancer and #elcdonates, Estée Lauder is donating $25 to cancer research. To date they have raised $76 million dollars since the start of Eveyln’s bca campaign 26 years ago. Every 19 seconds someone is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Learn more at elcompanies.com/our-commitments/the-breast-cancer-campaign

 

Space.NK Beauty Edit

Anyone else get super excited when it’s the Space.NK beauty edit time of year? Same. I love a good travel size and this is one of my favorite beauty gifting programs and a great opportunity to try and discover new and top selling products. This season the edit features 19 bestselling beauty favorites (valued at over $280), and photoed above from much-loved brands including Dr. Dennis Gross, Marula, Christophe Robin, Ouai, Eve Lom, Sunday Riley and more.

Just enter code ESSENTIALS18 when you spend $175 or more while supples last.

Shop and see the full list of what’s in the edit at spacenk.com

YouCam x Pretty Connected Beauty Donation Drive

Since co-founding Share Your Beauty, we’ve done events, and spearheaded countless donation efforts to sustainably get new beauty products donated to women’s and homeless shelters in the NYC/Westchester Tri-State area. For National Lipstick Day though, we had some truly special help from our friend at YouCam who instead of sending out mailers of product to editors, sent postage so they could mail in any extra lipsticks they had in the office. While their beauty app lets us try new looks and feel beautiful virtually, their efforts helped women in crisis in real life. We had an amazing response of over 250 lipsticks sent in! For this donation we partnered with the Hoboken Family Alliance who gave us dozens of bright, bold smiles for some very appreciative women in tough times. I can’t think of a better gift!

You can read all about it HERE. Thank you to our friends at Vogue, Bustle, Elite Daily, Fashionista, Real Simple, Health, New Beauty, Popsugar, Seventeen, The Coveteur, The Cut, Life & Style, Total Beauty, and Hello Giggles for your donations and especially to YouCam + Lindsay Colameo for your friendship and support.

To get involved and donate your beauty products (we take full and sample size, just make sure they are new), head to https://prettyconnected.com/share-your-beauty-donation-program/

BOSS Series Interview: Vjosa of Duart Beauty

Interview with Vjosa of Duart Beauty, wearing her Duarty Beauty Aliza Lashes above.

I met Vjosa last year at a Becca event. Her warmth, glow and flawless everything (skin, makeup, brows!) instantly had me fan-girling out over her beauty inside and out. So smart and someone who know’s her sh!t, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the veteran makeup artist turned vlogger. So when she launched a signature line of eyelashes — something I still a decade later in this industry struggle to apply, I was all over it! I’m clearly not alone in my lash struggle, something she’s seen with her other clients and what’s so absolutely genius about her lashes is they are split into three pieces so you can use them all over or just the edges and it’s the best compromise lash! For me, a strip is too hard to apply evenly and I don’t have the patience for strips, this is genius!

We sat down with this total rockstar and mega boss to get the 411 on her new venture, Duart Beaty.

First, a little about Vjosa, known as @vjosamua on social media. She is a NY based makeup artist and beauty vlogger. Her love for makeup began at the age of 16 which landed her at MAC Cosmetics two years later.  After working for MAC for 5 years she decided to freelance full time.  She has been doing makeup for 13 years and on July 30, 2018 she launched her own lash line called Duart Beauty. Vjosa has a big following on Instagram which demands her to stay on top of creating beauty content to feed her followers needs. She’s a master at what she does which results in teaching Makeup Master Classes all over the US. This year she’s expanding her reach and will be teaching a couple of makeup classes in Europe as well. Vjosa also has a successful bridal artistry business, and does about 200 weddings a year. Being high in demand she generally books out a year in advance so brides, take a number.

Vjosa modeling the Duart Beauty Dua lashes

2. Give us the 411 on lashes. What are they made from, what sets them apart…

Duart Lashes are made from premium synthetic nylon which replicates the texture of silk. They are cruelty free and can be worn 10-15 times with good care. They are custom cut in 3 pieces for effortless application. Duart Lashes have the glamorous look of strip lashes with the featherweight feel of individual lashes.

Photoshoot with Davis Factor + Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation Shade Extension

Smashbox photoshoot with Davis Factor

I’m a big Smashbox fan and majorly fan out for the brands co-founder, Davis Factor. For anyone that’s been in the industry as long as I have, you know he’s makeup royalty and an incredible photographer. The great grandson of Max Factor (yes, the Max Factor), and the mark Smashbox has made in the industry isn’t too shabby either. His photographs though… if you don’t know his work, look it up. So you can understand what a photoshoot with Davis Factor means for me, especially since I got to bring Charlie!!!!!!

Smashbox recently launched a studio in Greenpoint, bk and to celebrate the a shade extension of their infamous Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour Wear Hydrating Foundation I got a makeover and photo session with Davis Factor.

Buxom Launches PillowPout Plumping Lip Powder

Buxom PillowPout Plumping Lip Powder Review

I’m a HUGE Buxom lip product fan. Their Plumping LipLiners are my go to, and still fall back on some of their former matte lippies that they discontinued. Their latest innovation PillowPout Plumping Lip Powder, excited me since I’ve put eyeshadow on my lips before and love that semi-matte sheen finish. An old makeup artists trick was to use eyeshadow on lips, generally for editorial photography for that visually stunning effect. Unfortunately, it’s not actually practical for longwear since eyeshadow on lips doesn’t really last, and past those first few photos it can give a dry, cracky, effect on lips. That said the eyeshadow trend led to several lip powders launching in the last year but most of them came in compacts and require a brush to apply. Buxom’s applicator and idea was much more intriguing.

Shiseido NYC Pop-Up Celebrates their NEW Makeup Collection

shiseido powder lipstickWe’re used to seeing new products, especially during New York Fashion Week, but Shiseido took everything next level with a complete re-package and re-launch of the brands color products. And there’s more… Shiseido will be hosting a NYC pop-up gallery to show the new line which is also available online and rolling out to stores over the weekend.

Pop-up details: Shiseido Japanese Beauty Gallery
September 6-9th from 12 - 8pm daily
150 Wooster Street, NYC

*The first 50 people each day ill receive a limited edition Hello From Tokyo tote and sample product.

I had a sneak peek of the pop-up and caught up with one of my longtime favorite makeup-artists, James Boehmer, the brand’s Global Artistic Director. He took me through the collection and while I want it all (LITERALLY ALL), the two products I NEED — spoiler alert,

NARS Climax Mascara Review

NARS Climax Mascara Review, $24

NARS certainly knows how to hit the sweet spot! The brand is no stranger to racy, sexual names, Orgasm, Super Orgasm — there was even the time where their makeup kits included condoms (anyone remember that?). Now there’s a newcomer on the block called Climax mascara that’s quickly building it’s reputation as a new NARS classic.

In gorgeous red packaging (thank you for making it so easy to locate in my makeup case), the Climax formula is designed to be clump-free and smudge-resistant. It doesn’t flake and does a fantastic job at separating and lengthening. I love a big brush and the wand features unique ribbed bristles that deliver buildable volume and coat lashes, without

This New Beauty Awards Box Features 20 Award-Winning Products for $60 ($400+ value)

New Beauty subscription boxVa va voom! New Beauty magazine is known for their beauty content has one of the most exceptional beauty subscription boxes. And you can buy them as one offs (no actual subscription required. For their latest one they took it next level with the new limited edition New Beauty Awards Box. Featuring 20 award-winning products in full size and trail, it’s a value of over $400 for $59.95! There isn’t a shortage of brands and products in this box that I’m all about oh hey Kate Somerville, Lancome, Revision, Grande Lip, Laniege, Sunday Riley… and also ones I’ve been dying to try like Briogeo! Also did I mention they included free shipping?!!? The Revision Nectifirm, made it reason enough… that’s literally my favorite neck cream but it’s so $$$. I really didn’t think I needed another beauty product but now I feel like I need 10 of these boxes.new beauty subscription box

Here’s what’s in the limited edition box includes, (f) full size, (t) travel size:

Bawdy Beauty Kicks Butt

Sheet masks are all the rage, so is showing off your butt on Instagram (ah excuse me I mean barely-anything-on bikini bottom) #SunsOutBunsOut and yet what are we doing to up keep our derrieres in tact? My brilliant friend, Sylwia Wiesenberg bleeds beauty, inside and out. You may know her from her incredible clean supplement brand, Dope Naturally, you can find it at cool girl stores, like Revolve, Free People and Anthropologie. She just launched Bawdy Beauty, the world’s first sheet mask targeted for your butt and thigh area. At only $8/set she is rocking the beauty industry. Barely out of the gate, and they have been featured on the Today Show, WWD, Brit+Co and won a trendsetter award at Cosmoprof and making headlines every which direction I turn.  Oh and they are very Instagramable…

I’m so proud of her! Expanding the beauty universe to your butt and beyond, Bawdy Beauty has launched an intergalactic brand that carries from the website to the amazing packaging. They can also be found at clean beauty super store, Credo as well as Free People.