Monthly Archives: April 2009

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Beauty Tip of the Day - Face - Skin

Beauty Tips from “Lost” makeup artist, Emily Katz PART I

April 29, 2009

Emily Katz

Emily Katz

Any Lost fans out there? I’ve been a hardcore fan since the first season and in honor of their 100th episode tonight, I thought I would do a special Lost-beauty post! I talked to Emily Katz, Makeup Supervisor on the set of Lost, for some tips she uses on the set!

SA: The cast spends a good deal out in the Hawaii sun, so I’m always wondering about what sunscreen they’re using!

EK: Well, we’re in brutal conditions! The heat, sun, humidity, then the fake sweat and water that they’re sprayed with continually when they’re on the island. We’ve gone through lots of sunscreen trials and tribulations to find the ones that have the most durability, refined, and sheer look, and don’t feel dreadfully cloying on the skin. We use spray sunscreen like Aveeno SPF 70 on their bodies and we also primarily use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch [author note: told ya so!], or Jurlique Sun Lotion on their faces.

neutrogena_ultrasheerspf70SA: I always read that you have to reapply sunscreen, but how do you manage if you’re wearing makeup too? I hate thinking I have to do it all over again.

EK: The ones we use have enough endurance to go through most of the day before we have to reapply, which of course wreaks havoc on makeup sometimes. I suggest starting with a strong SPF, but wearing heavy makeup and going out in the sun is a bit counterintuitive. We’ll use a lot of blot papers, which absorb a lot of the oil and mitigate makeup buildup, since the women have to look “makeup-less” on the island. If you are wearing makeup though, spread the sunscreen across your palms, press on your face, and let it sit then sponge it lightly in and then oil blot. It’s the best thing I can suggest: no smearing, just press and pat!

SA: I love bronzer and the women on the show always have that perfect level tan. What are some of your favorites?

EK: For the show, it’s imperative that there are NO sparkles – that’d really blow the reality look we’re going for! I use a lot of MAC Matte Bronzer, CARGO Matte Bronzer, and Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder. The last one comes in a selection of few shades, and they seem to work on many of the ladies very well. Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess also has good colors for a lot of women and isn’t way too shimmery. Though, I highly recommend the MAC for a soft bronzey look. The Bobbi Brown one is much more dense, so it needs to be applied more judiciously, or it can be too heavy a look.

cargomediumSA: What about for everyday bronzers for women who are not stuck on a deserted island?

EK: For ‘real life,’ I just love the CARGO Matte Bronzer and even their shimmering ones — they can give a beautiful lift and life to the skin. Just don’t do anything TOO sparkly or shiny: it can look overly distracting, instead of flattering and making you look like you have a gorgeous healthy glow. And remember, if you’re sparkling with bronzer, go toward a more matte eye so it’s not overkill!

SA: I love Cargo! I use theirs in medium bronze all the time. Any more tips on finding the right bronzer?

EK: It’s really important to recognize whether a bronzer is orange, brown-rosey, or gray based. You’ll probably have to do a little experimenting to see what works best, but I’d say stay away from the gray arena. Rarely do they look believable.

Please believe I had even more bronzer and other makeup questions for Emily that she gamely answered. Keep reading for Part II of my interview with her, and also more tips on marieclaire.com here!


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Read Part II HERE!

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

X-Men revisited: Vote on the guys!

So, when we did my random “please-entertain-Shyema” vote on the best X-(wo)men cartoon hair, I think it was split between Jean Grey and Rogue. By the way, I was really surprised hipster-looking Jubilee got no love from you guys haha. What gives?

Since we’re talking hair anyway, which X-men GUY had the best head of hair (or no hair?). I LOVE Hugh Jackman as much as the next girl, but for the cartoon series, Gambit had my favorite spikey style so count one vote from yours truly. I just thought he was cool, k?

Which X-mAn do you think had the best hair? Scott Summers aka Cyclops, James Howlett aka Logan aka Wolverine, Remy Etienne aka Gambit, or our Charles Xavier aka Professor X?

Cyclops

Cyclops

Wolverine

Wolverine

Gambit

Gambit

Professor X

Professor X

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

How long will you go between shampoos?

dailyshampoo-copy

A friend passed this msnbc.com article on to me today about the “no poo” movement (read: eco-conscious AND beauty tipsters who are ditching shampoo for healthier hair).

I totally believe people should go longer between shampoos since your natural oils do condition your hair — but I mean like, a couple days. Months? I’m not sure I could do it.

I don’t know though, is it just a social taboo, or are we trained to think we have to shampoo multiple times a week? Hard core environmentalists love that no more shampoo = less chemicals and less plastics being used. But what about products like Concept Vert that I mentioned are making a move towards even eco-friendly recyclable packaging? You can even return the bottle to the salon to them. It’s an interesting topic though!

Read the article and let me know what you think — Would you be able to be a, umm, “no poo-er”?

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails

OPI nailpolish goes matte!

"Russian Navy" to be in matte soon!

"Russian Navy" to be in matte soon!

Sorry if I’m hitting this thing over the head, but looks like other nail companies are catching on to the matte look!

OPI just announced their going to launch OPI Matte in six of their most popular shades.

Best part for those counting change, it’s only $8.50, compared to $20+ of other brands. Bad news — no black polish as of yet. It will come in white, indigo, hot pink, taupe, dark purple, and neon green, and available starting this July at salons!


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Shy

PS. Totally unrelated, but just your last reminder to enter in the BATF Beauty Giveaway #3! Tonight’s the last night to enter before I draw a lucky name!

Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious"

A homemade Edible Arrangement!

April 28, 2009

The folks at Edible Arrangements might hate this post FYI, but I was literally drooling when my friend Summar told me about all the fun desserts she and other hosts made for a bridal shower.

Check it out — she made her own edible flower arrangement!

Summar's homemade edible fruit arrangement!

Summar's homemade edible fruit arrangement!

Her friend also made this amazing layered cake (chocolate with chocolate mousse, strawberry with strawberry filling, and vanilla with buttercream filling), and they both made these cute frog favors too! I love the spring theme.

Triple-layered cake

Triple-layered cake

Frog favors

Frog favors

Dessert Spread

Dessert Spread

By the way, you guys are disgustingly creative. It just makes me feel sickly incompetent, yet still gratifying to look at.


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Shy

FOOD - "The Delicious" - Middle Eastern - Turkish

Pera Middle Eastern Brasserie visits Hearst

Lunch was kinda beautiful today.

I got a flatbread (asparagus, mushrooms, onion, and fontina cheese with mixed side salad and balsamic dressing) which they have for you to customize every alternating week in the Hearst caf, but I was totally all over this dish from Middle Eastern restaurant, Pera, that was visiting the building today: Seasoned adana kebaab, with baba ganoush, and tomato/onion salad with walnuts and sumac.

Adana Kebaab dish from Pera, $10.95

Adana Kebaab dish from Pera, $10.95

Flatbread, $5.95

Flatbread, $5.95

So yummy, and now I want to go to the actual restaurant!!!

Restaurant Info:
Pera
303 Madison Ave.
btw 41st and 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
Midtown

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