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