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NARS Cosmetics Opens Their First Flagship Boutique

A few months ago I posted an announcement that NARS Cosmetics was opening their first flagship boutique in Spring 2011; and now I’m excited to share their official opening date of February 10th. It would appear they are opening ahead of schedule! The store will be located in NYC’s West Village at 413 Bleecker Street.

The “NARS 413 BLKR” ad campaign (shown above), was conceptualized by Fabien Baron’s team at Baron & Baron. It features NARS Cosmetics first 12 lipsticks that launched with the brand 16 years ago. The open lipstick at the end is Jungle Red.

Holiday Shimmer and Shine

Who doesn’t want to shine this New Years Eve? Here are some of my favorite makeup choices to help us shimmer all night long and into the new year.

1. Christian Dior 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow $58 -Featured in shade Amber Design.
2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Concentrates $11.50 -Featured in shades Cherry Bomb, Pollencount, and Static.
3. Hourglass Cosmetics Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss $28 -Featured in shade Primal.
4. Girlactik Beauty Star Gloss $16 – Featured in shade Ooh La La Red.
5. Milani One Coat Glitter Nail Lacquer $4.99 – Featured in shades Purple Gleam, Silver Dazzle and Red Sparkle.
6. Milani Jewel FX Nail Lacquer $4.99 – Featured in Silver. Clear nail polish with large silver flakes inside. Add this as a topcoat to your existing nail color to add some silver sparkle.
7. NARS Cosmetics Sparking Pressed Powder $31 – Featured in shade Gold Rush.

While Milani will have your nails sparkling all night (I love the glittery surface texture it has), I should note that it’s very difficult to get off with nail polish remover. I really had to scrub like crazy to get this color off. Pictured above, I’m

NARS Cosmetics Opens its First Store in NYC + Vintage Nail Polish is Back!

Finally! It’s been 16 years since Francois Nars launched NARS Cosmetics, and come Spring 2011 they will open their doors for the brand’s first flagship boutique. The store will be located in the West Village at 413 Bleecker Street, in NYC.

Speaking of NARS, they just brought back their vintage nail polish ($16)! Any of you old school fans remember the colors Mash (army green infused with gold), King Kong (copper infused with gold), Midnight Express (deep navy), Zulu (forest green), or Full Metal Jacket (gunmetal grey)? I do! In fact

Blake Lively at the 2010 MET Gala

When it comes to Blake Lively, I must admit I have total girl-envy. I attribute a lot of it to the first time I saw her at an intimate party she through for Penn Badgly after the premiere of ‘The Stepfather’.  She’s was so lovely, stylish and naturally stunning –I stared, it was impossible not to, she’s so effortlessly flawless.

Last night at the MET Gala, Lively looked gorgeous in her blue mini Marchesa dress and makeup look by Elaine Offers for NARS Cosmetics.

Get Blake Lively’s Makeup Look:

Using all NARS Cosmetics products, Elaine Offers used PRO-PRIME Skin Smoothing Face Prep, on her face, Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and Goddess Soft Touch Shadow Pencil on her eyes, Beverly Hills Multiple Tint for cheeks and Love Devotion Lipstick on lips.

Well done, she looked impeccable!

Pretty Connected Backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim

Post by Melissa Udoff

“Uptown Debbie Harry” served as the inspiration for Phillip Lim at the designer’s 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall/Winter 2010 Collection. “This is a youthful, rebellious look that exudes a strong sense of confidence.  Energy radiates within the girls through their makeup with eyes that have a bit of a rock and roll feel,” said designer Phillip Lim.  Unlike the infamous Mrs. Harry, this Debbie is not exactly the leather-clad, hard-edged girl of a Blondie video.  She has a look that’s classic yet modern, polished but with a hints of rebellion.  She’s definitely got an edge but it’s more unexpected.

HAIR: Lead Stylist Odile Gilbert for PHYTO

Taking inspiration from this altered state of Debbie, famed hairstylist Odile Gilbert, created a look that was both refined yet Rock & Roll.  Long, voluminous waves had just enough fluff and feather to invoke the spirit of Ms. Harry.  Using all Phyto products Gilbert applied Intense Volume Mousse and created volume by blowdrying hair upside down.   She then used a curling iron to create soft waves and finished with Volume Actif Hair Spray for hold, and #7 Hydrating Cream to seal the ends.

MAKEUP: Lead Stylist Lisa Butler for NARS Cosmetics

“This look has many layers,” said NARS Cosmetic’s lead artist Lisa Butler. “The eyes are punchy and edgy while the skin was kept healthy and glowing. The lips are a soft, sheer pink for the elegant punk-rock princess style that Phillip was looking for.”  NARS Cosmetics accomplished their goal, keeping the models looking youthful and glowing with light lips but captured the edge in the eyes with a smokier look.

Here’s how to get the look:


  • Riviera Multiple
  • Douceur Blush (NEW for Fall 2010); try Lovejoy or Madly Blush for a similar effect
  • Luxor Multiple


  • Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow
  • Nymphea Single Eyeshadow
  • Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow (NEW for Fall 2010); try Bali Single Eyeshadow for a similar effect
  • London Eyeliner Pencil


  • Bangkok Pure Matte Lipstick (NEW for Fall 2010); try Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for a similar effect

NAILS: Lead Stylist Angi Wingle used CND Nail Polish

Angi Wingle completed the refined rocker look on nails with a French manicure using Creamy Cameo and Gold Chrome tips.

Perfect Last Minute Gifts

If you’re like me, then right about now you’ve finished most of your shopping and just trying to resolve a few loose ends.

So here it is — a list of great gift sets to have on hand that you can give as is or break them apart (they makes great little stocking stuffers).  And if all else fails, keep them for yourself, everyone wins!

1. Korres – Never Too Much of a Good Thing

The possibilities are endless with this unisex set of 12 body products (six showergels, six body butters).  Match them by scent and give them to your favorite coworkers (just get fancy on the wrapping).  Or you can give the entire set to that person in your life who’s fortunate enough to have a guest bathroom and enjoys putting toiletries out for their guests. Also a perfect gift for hosts/hotesesses, secret santa, travelers, siblings, maybe even the mailman? … like I said, endless possibilities.

The set contains:

  • 6 Showergels in Basil Lemon, Jasmine, Guava, Clementine, Melon, and Mint
  • 6 Body Butters in Basil Lemon, Jasmine, Guava, Clementine, Melon, and Mint

Price: $39.50 (value $99).  Exclusive to Sephora, visit Sephora.com for more information.

2. Tarte – Crown Jewels Lipgloss Multi-Gift Set

This limited edition set already does the work for you! This gift is nicely packaged on its own or inside there are 3 sets of perfectly packed sets of 5 mini lip glosses ready to be given out by

NARS 15×15 Project


In celebration of NARS 15th anniversary, Francois Nars launched his latest book 15×15.  This 40 page book features 15 beauty and fashion icons including Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Amber Valletta, Daphne Guinness, and Isabella Rossellini, captured through the lens and artistry of Francois Nars.

Priced at $80 ($98 with shipping), the proceeds from the project will be donated to 15 charities selected by the celebrities. The cost is a little steep, but considering it goes to many great causes, and is a limited edition (only 1500 copies are being made), get it while you can. I missed out on buying his first book, X-Ray, and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. Now when is Mr. Nars’ next PA? I’d like my book signed.

Visit 15x15project.com for more information including the charities involved, behind the scenes footage, images and to purchase.

Birthday Makeup by Paul Labrecque

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In anticipation of my birthday this week, it triggered the usual, ‘What do I wear? How should I wear my makeup?’ freak-out.  Fortunately, I received a complimentary makeup application at Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa in the gift bag from Nicole Williams‘, Girl on Top book launch.  No time like the present to use it!

Considering the reputation of the salon, and the many beauty awards they’ve received (everyone from Vogue, and InStyle, to Allure Magazine), I plopped myself down on the chair and placed my complete trust in them.  I gave no guidelines on the application or makeup look, just a description of my outfit to my big event so the stylist could make sure they matched.

Without any hesitation, my lovely stylist Salome, who has been with the company for over 8 years, gave me a gorgeous bronzed glow, using product by NARS Cosmetics and Cle de Peau.

But see for yourself:




My birthday look:


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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Pandora, Kilimanjaro, and Isolde

Cle de Peau Intensifying Cream Eyeliner in #101

Cle de Peau Mascara in Volume in Black #101


NARS Liquid Foundation in Sedona

NARS Face Powder in Mountain

NARS Concealer in Toffee

NARS Multiple Stick in Palm Beach


NARS Blush in Exhibit A


NARS Lipliner in Papau

NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight and Stolen Kisses (NARS)
The staff was so great and warm, I had such a lovely experience and my makeup lasted all night, without any touch ups.

Thank you Salome and Paul Labrecque for making my day so special!

For more information onn Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa click HERE