Test Driving the Brit Celeb Makeup Artist’s Line at Selfridges

 

I had a mission in London. The beauty industry had been buzzing about celeb makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s new line. The mascara was said to be next level. The concealer able to camouflage a decadent night of partying. And, the Wonder Glow Primer able to deliver a lit-from-within effect that filled in wrinkles creating an anti-aging optical illusion. With a cadre of celeb clients that range from Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and the new Mrs. Clooney, I was intrigued. Especially because this makeup is tough to find stateside.

 

I hightailed it over to Selfridges and challenged the talented Oliver Simpson to transform my fatigued complexion into something resembling Sienna Miller. The counter was MOBBED. We found a stool and got to work. Charlotte’s Magic Cream infused my jet-lagged visage with verve,  brightening the complexion and adding a dewy glow. Next, the Wonder Glow Primer evened out my skin tone. The foundation added another level of luminosity. I have a zillion blushes at home. But, I found the Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher alluring. The effect was sun kissed and natural. Finally, what girl can resist a lip gloss at the end of the day? We finished the look with a moisturizing swipe of Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre.

 

I may not be Sienna Miller, but, damn, I felt good!

Light Wonder Foundation: $45, Nordstrom + Wonder Glow Primer: $55, Nordstrom
 

Here’s what I bought:

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Magic Cream Moisturizer, $100, Nordstrom + ‘Cheek to Chic’ Swish & Pop Blush: $40, Nordstrom

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‘Lip Lustre’ Lip Lacquer: $22, Nordstrom + ‘The Retoucher’ Conceal & Treat Stick: $35, Nordstrom

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Makeup artist Oliver Simpson & Amy Tara Koch at the Charlotte Tilbury in Selfridges


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Pregnancy Style Prediction: Kerry Washington Stays Poised & Polished

Whether donning her Olivia Pope power persona or stepping out on the red carpet, one thing is for certain: Kerry Washington is always poised and polished. But, will she be able to maintain her pulled together style throughout nine months of pregnancy? My vote is a resounding “yes!”

Here’s what I predict: Kerry will wear a lot of dresses, some drapey and dramatic and, as her bump grows, some fitted. But, they will all be the picture of elegance. Since she is so petite, she will have the luxury of sporting flowy non maternity designers like Zero Maria Cornejo, Jenni Kayne, Haider Ackermann and Thakoon. When she opts for maternity pieces , she will turn to fashion forward brands like Isabella Oliver, Hatch and More of Me maternity. Jeans? I think not. When going casual, Kerry will opt for leggings paired with ladylike blouses that graze her belly. Or, you guessed it, a shirt dress. For the red carpet, she will turn to strapless empire waisted  gowns  accented with a gorgeous clutch and statement earrings. For footwear, she will stick you to heels (even if it is just a micro heel) until the bitter end.

kerry washington pregnancy style predictions

Ruched & Refined: Isabella Oliver Ruched Midi Maternity Dress $169 \\ Kara Ross Baby Shirt Cuff Bracelet in Green Ring Lizard $196 \\ Kate Spade New York Licorice Pump $298

Silky & Sleek: H&M Blouse with Beaded Trim $14.95 \\ Old Navy Maternity Leggings $12.50 \\ Ann Taylor Phoebe Chunky Heel Tall Boot $268

Draped & Dramatic: Vince Vintage Leather Scuba Jacket $995 \\ Zero + Maria Cornejo Milu Dress $1095 \\ Coach Dovelyn Bootie $275

Red Carpet Ready: Nine West Rock Starlet Clutch $69 \\ Monique Lhuillier Ombre Strapless Gown $3990 \\ Balenciaga Ankle Strap Glove Sandal $845

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Get the Look: Dewy Duchess

RIP A PAGE FROM THE ROYAL PLAYBOOK

Tap into Kate Middleton’s signature low-key glamour with products that amp up your natural radiance.

Get the Look, Dewy Duchess, Kate Middleton

1. Flower Cosmetics kiss stick velvet color $6.98

2. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum $153

3. Matrix Biolage pro-keratin leave-in spray $18.45

4. MAC fix+ setting spray $21

5. Giorgio Armani eyes to kill mascara $30

6. Make Up For Ever duo mat powder foundation $34

7. Urban Decay naked flushed kit $30

8. Eve Lom eye cream $75

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scarves: tie one on!

Anyone who knows me can attest to my scarf obsession. Whether I’m in my office or out to dinner, I have a scarf artfully draped around my neck. Sometimes it is a print. Sometimes it is a hot color. During the winter, I favor a black cashmere scarf with subtle suede fringe. In the summer, It is all about crisp linens. Why? Whatever the season, a long drapey scarf is the ultimate layering piece that magically dresses everything up.  There are three basic ways to wear a scarf: the wrap and drape, loose drape and the loop. The goal is to achieve “thrown on glamour.”

MOM TIP: If you are feeling fat, a long scarf is a great way to hide the bloat

1. Nordstrom plaid wool blend scarf $48

2. Hinge eastern escape scarf $39

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs etta deco scarf $198

4. Forever21 nautical striped scarf $8.80

5. J.Crew checker-stripe scarf $68

6. Michael Stars folk art wrap $42

7. Forever21 retro polka dot scarf $10.80

8. Stella & Dot wild heart scarf $59

9. Vince Camuto pop leopard print scarf $38

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How to be a pregnantista

Can one really be a pregnantista? Absolutely. All you need is creativity, confidence and a whole lot of accessories. Armed with basic silhouettes and a flair for the dramatic, pregnant women can create maximum style without forfeiting their pre-preggo fashion identity.  Style is about impactful touches. And, a dose of confidence.
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MATERNITY MOXIE 101
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1. GET HIGH!
A heel visually lengthens your silhouette. With the watermelon in your belly, some extra height will balance out the bulge, elongate your body and add that soupcon of glamour that transforms dumpy to diva. Ditch loafers, lace ups or any rubber soled shoes that could double as your octogenarian grandmother’s orthotics. Obviously I am not recommending five inch Carrie Bradshaw stilettos. A mid range stacked heels, wedge or kitten heels offers height, stability and comfort. DV by Dolce Vita Joust Boot $39.97 \\ Sole Society Bristol Wedge $59.95
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2. ELONGATE
Add verticality with a longer, open cardigan or dangly scarf. Long necklaces are a lengthening tool. They visually create a longer (chokers make one look squat)  torso and give the illusion of a longer neck.  If you favor blousy, oversized tops or dresses, you can streamline the silhouette by layering a few longer necklaces (they can be different lengths but the same metal) together. This will reign in the extra fabric and deliver a more polished look. Nordstrom Rachel Stone Pendant $22 \\ Theodora & Callum Acid Multi Luxor Scarf $175
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3. CREATE A FOCAL POINT
Bold, beautiful baubles define and refine a look. They also draw your audience’s attention away from your cellulite ridden rump to your incredible eye for detail. Translation? They are a pregnant woman’s secret weapon to bring attention to body parts that she likes. And, camouflage the parts she is not so fond of If you are bottom heavy, bring the focus up with a neck grazing statement earring. It creates a focal point in the one place pregnancy weight never manifests-the slope of the shoulder-and will elongate your neck. Henri Bendel Lexington Ave Fringe Earring $78 \\ Sole Society Dalia Colorblock Tote $59.95 \\ Forever 21 Animal Print Bangle Set $9.80
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Larger, chunkier cuff bracelets or a few stacked bangles will slim the appearance of the arm. Especially when worn with a wider, flowy  kimono style sleeve versus a tight sleeve. Scarves are the ultimate layering piece. Aside from adding color and contrast, a strategically draped scarf flows elegantly over the midsection creating verticality and camouflaging a bulging belly. A large statement making BAG packs preggo punch. Why? The sheer size balances out your proportion and will make you appear smaller.
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4. DON’T FORFEIT YOUR FASHION IDENTITY

Stay on-trend with accessories and streamlined silhouettes

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GET THE LOOK: CELEB PREGNANCY STYLE 101

Beyonce. Keri Russell. Lily Allen. Jennifer Garner. Whether they are  shopping or walking the red carpet, the parade of chic pregnant celebs dazzles the mind. Here’s what I have discovered.  Bump savvy celebs are not miracles of nature. They have simply mastered the high art of mix and match fertility fashion; a combination of must-have maternity with easy civilian silhouettes that embrace and enhance their bumps. Want their secrets? Here, I have dissected their ensembles so the average preggo can get the look

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KERI RUSSELL: HOT BUMP IN THE CITY

1. Piperlime, Michael Stars striped tunic tee $37.99

2. H&M faux leather bomber jacket $49.95

3. Gap geometric print scarf $29.95

4. Piperlime, Kenneth Cole Reaction gold flats $59

5. Destination Maternity boot cut jeans $40

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LILY ALLEN: CLASSIQUE

1. Anthropologie solaris scarf $58

2. Spanx maternity opaque stripe tights $20

3. Asos resin bangle $13.97 each

4. QVC, Kenneth Jay Lane duchess tribal earring $39.50

5. Asos maternity tulip sleeve dress $61.11

6. Old Navy sueded oxford booties $34.94

7. Piperlime, Melie Bianco angela tote $98

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BEYONCE: GLAMOUR A GO-GO

1. QVC, Kenneth Jay Lane pompeii hoop earring $13.09

2. Forever 21 geo stretch bracelet $8.80

3. Forever 21 v rhinestone bracelet $7.80 each

4. Gap skinny glitter belt $23.99

5. Zara dress with elastic waist $89.90

6. Old Navy sueded desert wedge $30.00

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JENNIFER GARNER: RED CARPET READY

1. Nordstrom, Rampage metallic envelope clutch $33.90

2. Asos, French Connection antique gold ring $31. 43

3. Kara Ross double dangle tabletop skin inset earrings $175

4. Isabella Oliver wrap column dress $289

5. DSW, Via Spiga mesa pump $50

6. Footpetals killer kushionz $12.95

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THE FRIDAY FIVE: KARA ROSS ON HOW TO SPICE UP YOUR WINTER WARDROBE

My friend, the fabulous jeweler and GIA-certified gemologist Kara Ross has built her empire on the premise of creating elegant and decidedly non run of the mill accessories. From baubles to belts and bags, Kara Ross exudes modernity and high glamour. Her thoughtful take on luxury goods like python cuffs and gemstone clutch bags has generated a fan base that includes Michelle Obama, Eva Mendes, and Kate Hudson. For my newly minted THE FRIDAY FIVE blog post, I asked Kara to provide 5 tips to spice up a blah winter wardrobe with accessories.


1.  Resin Covered 3 Bezel Pillow Necklace in Gold with Glitter Washed Natural Whip Snake, $395 When I chose to grow my brand from fine jewelry into other lines, I sat with my team and we talked about what made the fine jewelry so “us.”  What came from that was how much we loved that the gemstones we used were natural materials (with natural flaws!) that made our one-of-a-kind pieces even more so.  I knew then that I would incorporate gemstones into each line I premiered, and that exotic skins were the obvious partner in the endeavor.  My Kara by Kara Ross line uses both, and I recently decided to try highlighting the skin in a totally original way by layering clear resin over it.  They pick up the light beautifully and create interest even with the higher necklines I know we tend to favor when it’s so cold outside – love.

Kara Ross
www.kararossny.com
Also available at Neiman Marcus

2.  Detachable Pyramid Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with 18k Gold Accent, Black Onyx, and Pave Black Sapphire, $1,230 Balancing career and family as I do, I know the value of a piece that’s actually day-to-night – I hate losing time running home to change when I can just go to events  from the office and get home that much earlier – and these earrings detach from this dramatic drop to form a stud and a pendent.  I always feel more glamorous when I have them on, especially when it’s so dreary outside.

Kara Ross Pyramis Earrings

www.kararossny.com available at Neiman Marcus
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3Prunella in Bronze Python with Labradorite, $1,170 My fantastic handbags director refuses to make clutches that can’t at least fit a blackberry, keys, and a few credit cards, but this clutch has deceptively large depths for its size – you can throw in some makeup, gloves…it’s the perfect winter clutch!

Kara Ross
www.kararossny.com
Also available at Neiman Marcus

4.  20mm Electric Blue Lizard Belt with Gunmetal Hardware and Hematite, $330 A great way to incorporate belts into your winter wardrobe is to switch out the ties on your overcoat for a great statement belt.  It makes your look more individual, but at the same time you’re not losing functionality or dressing any less warmly.

Kara Ross Belt

www.kararossny.com

5. Wide Hexagon Cuff in Gold with Taupe Stingray and Labradorite, $320 This is one of my favorite skin and stone pairings in a cuff I repeat every season in many variations…stingray skin is just so incredibly rich and pebbly and labradorite’s different veins of color flash in the light.  It’s a great way to add a light little “pop” to an outfit without committing to a more summery palate.

Kara Ross
www.kararossny.com
Also available at Nordstrom

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