Beauty - "The Lovely"


February 12, 2010

Katharine McPhee performing at the Launch Party. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Griffin/Hearst Digital Media

Last night, Hearst’s new beauty and wellness website site,, celebrated their official launch party downtown — and it was one pampering event.

The editors were joined by the beautiful Katharine McPhee, of American Idol season 5 fame. is all about providing content on inner and outer beauty with advice customized to all different ethnicities and lifestyles.

The party was a girl’s wonderland — hors d’oeuvres, tarot card readings, manicures, massages, makeup touch ups, and even tending to by Ted Gibson and his hairstylists.

Spa Week's Michelle Joni getting her hair done with Ted Gibson pros

Katharine McPhee with the editors. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Griffin/Hearst Digital Media

McPhee seemed to be having a blast visiting all the beauty and wellness stations they had set up at the event. She even got her nails done in a deep burgundy before she set to perform!

Katharine kindly posed for me while getting her nails done!

My friend Nada and I soon followed suit. We were obsessing with the thick creamy colors from Zoya they used on us. Nada got hers done in “Ibiza” — a sparkly blue (showing her support for the East — she’s going to the All Stars bball game). I, on the other hand, picked “Pinta,” an almost-black inky violet cream, for no real reason.

Nada getting her nails done with the ladies of Green Spa on the Go

Nada's sparkly blue nails

We headed to the makeup station next where the wonderful makeup artist Marni Gianotti used a mixture of CoverGirl’sDrama Eyes” palette and “Purple Pop” to create a hazy purple and gray smokey eyes on me (more pictures in the gallery — it’s my end-of-the-night pic, so might not be the best pic but I tried!). It’s so hard for me to do smokey eyes without looking I got punched in the face, so I was loving Marni’s hand at it.

Makeup artist Dara Klein at work

If yesterday wasn’t enough of a “cupcake” day on my blog, it seemed to have followed me to the party. They were handing out these cute mini blue and yellow out cupcakes — supposedly the blue ones were good for your hair and the yellow ones give you a rosey complexions. I didn’t ask many questions and just downed them instead. Cuz that’s the smart thing to do.

Real Beauty-themed cupcakes

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  1. erica sung

    ahhh i loves those shades for nail polish, ive been trying to get my hands on chanel’s blue satin foreverrr

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  3. Dee

    I like Katharine’s voice but none of her songs have stuck out to me. Oh well – she seems really sweet!

    P.s. that table laden with cover girl cosmetics is like a dream!

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