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FINALLY! Gucci Cosmetics

Fashionistas everywhere, rejoice!

Gucci has joined the ranks of Chanel and YSL by announcing the release of their newest venture: a cosmetics line. And of course, it’s as fabulous as you can imagine. Each piece is draped with the world renowned monogram, whether it’s the all black bronzer compact with gold accents or the black patent logo wrapped mascara. We are in love. The entire collection will launch in mid-September and no other details have been released other than that it contains 183 pieces. Allure, got the inside scoop on the collection from Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini and celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath, and even featured 17 sneak-peek photos of the upcoming makeup royalty. Take a look at the collection here.

Here are a few of our favorites making the pre-order list:

From Left to Right: Foundation, eyeshadow single, mascara and lipstick. 

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Miami, We Have Arrived!

Miami, we have arrived— and we caught you just in time to book your appointments for the second half of Miami Spa Month! The best part? There’s no receptionist needed.

While we’ve been committed to the convenience of booking salon and spa appointments on the go in New York, LA, Dallas, and Houston, we’ve had our eyes set on Miami for quite some time. The moments leading up to launch have been busy ones, and our beauty experts have been utterly absorbed in their work; getting massaged, manicured, and waxed all over town— all for you. We’ve scouted the top-rated salons and spas this city has to offer in order to curate a list of the best. (It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it…)

We’re excited to announce that our launch coincides with the seventh annual Miami Spa Month, which means special treatments at participating spas for as little as $99 through the end of August. In other words: the height of luxury, at a fraction of the cost, is now at your fingertips.

Here are some spas we’ve highlighted for your viewing (and booking) pleasure.

Stay tuned, Miami, and thanks for having us.

xo

 

Custom Lipstick, Anyone?

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You’ve been in a lipstick rut lately; they discontinued your favorite color last year and now, you’re not sure where to turn. BITE Lip Lab in Soho might just be the answer to your frustrations, as professionals there create a custom lip color based on your exact specifications. What we like most about BITE is the one-on-one attention each customer gets (appointments are first come, first serve) from a BITE color technician. They will take into account your skin tone, the colors of clothing you wear most, and your individual needs to craft your perfect hue.

Better yet, the customization doesn’t stop at color. Customers can choose from four different finishes: crème (buttery smooth, $36), matte (matte yet moist, $36), sheer (glossy hydration, $36), or deluxe (luxurious silk, pearl and champagne, $48). Additionally, you can add in some shimmer, and reconnect with your younger self and include a fun flavor (cherry, violet, peppermint, or super fruit). You might choose to play around for a while (you know we did), but the making of the lipstick itself takes about seven minutes. Finally, you can choose from one of four lipstick cases, and be on your way with a custom color, made just for you.

Oh the shade of it all. 

BITE Lip Lab: 174 Prince Street, Soho, NYC, open from 11 AM – 7 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM Sunday. (646-484-6111)

Rock and Roll Beauty

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Alert the Fashion Police!

Mother-daughter duo Sharon and Kelly Osbourne have nabbed a much coveted collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. Their collection, recently released in-stores and online, includes accents of their respective rock and roll personas, while accommodating their more realistic vision of the everyday woman.

The most unique pieces in the collection have got to be Kelly’s lipsticks. Her signature color, lavender, makes an appearance as “Dodgy Girl” and will look as fierce on your lips as it does on her hair.  Another color that caught our eye was the bright fuchsia of “Kelly Yum-Yum”.  Rest assured, you won’t need to reapply throughout the day because one swipe on your pout (seriously, one swipe) will add that much needed pop of color you crave, all day long.

As for the packaging, we can’t get enough. Purple casings for Kelly and red for Sharon reflect their personal color palettes, and their branded signatures on every item are like tiny stamps of approval.

The collection runs from $16.50 USD to $58.00 USD.

We bet Joan Rivers approves!

Kelly’s Collection Includes: 

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  • Four Lipsticks
  • Lip Pencil
  • Jumbo Penultimate (pen eyeliner)
  • Eye Kohl (eyeliner),
  • “Bloody Brilliant” Eyeshadow Quad
  • “Morning Mister Magpie” Brow Duo
  • Powder Blush
  • Mineralize Skinfinish Duo (think 3/4th bronzer, 1/4th highlighter split in a compact)
  • Two brushes


Sharon’s Collection Includes: 

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  • Four Patentpolish Lip Pencils (think glossy lip balm with a hint of color)
  • Two Lipglossses
  • Lip Pencil
  • Powerpoint Eye Pencil (eyeliner)
  • “Duchess” Eyeshadow Quad
  • Powder Blush
  • Mineralize Skinfinish Duo (think 3/4th bronzer, 1/4th highlighter split in a compact)
  • Two brushes

Nailed It: The Best Mani/Pedi Color Combos

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Sticking to a singular color on your fingers and toes come mani/pedi season just isn’t cutting it anymore. While many of us nail-havers have been faithful to a particular hue since our very first spa party at the mall, the nail art movement of the 2010’s has had us all on the hunt for the next big thing in nail game. We want to step it up, but when it comes right down to it: caviar texture is impractical and messy, accent nails are trite and played out, and Rihanna might be the only living human able to pull off claws. All in all, maybe these styles are better left to the beasts themselves.

We’re simply here to give some helpful hints on how to best complement the color of your manicure with your pedicure. Color for color. Nail for nail. We’ve even done you the solid of showing a few different color variations (particularly for those of us who don’t always get a mani and pedi every week— we, ourselves tend to go every other week on the toes). It’s nothing earth shattering, it’s not brain surgery, it’s not even the cutting edge of nail technology or fashion, but it’s practical (DIY or salon) as well as chic. This is for those of us who hem and haw over what colors “go”, what brand to use, and most importantly, for those of us who feel genuine anxiety when standing in front of the polish selection at the salon. We’ve decided to take the guess work out of it for you, and here’s what we came up with.

You are so welcome.

1. White has been our dark horse so far this summer. Make it pop with something bright or stand out in a crowd with eye catching shades on fingers and toes.
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Get the look: Deborah Lippman Limited Edition Silk Matteen Nail Polish- Pseudo Silk Kimono; Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer- Cake-Hole; OPI Nail Lacquer- Need Sunglasses; DIOR Dior Vernis- Ultra Violet 

2. We’re a big fan of greige (grey and/or beige, it’s too hard to tell) year round, but make it summer ready with one of these impactful hues by its side. Blue and red can also be shockingly chic without entering into Fourth of July territory. 

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Get the look: Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer-Fash Pack; OPI Limited Edition Euro Central Nail Lacquer Collection- Can’t Find My Czechbook; JINsoon- Pop Orange; Essie Neon Collection Vices Versa

3. Make your metallic shades shine by trying one of these unexpected color combinations. Bonus points if your black polish keeps things interesting with some texture.

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Get the look: MICHAEL Michael Kors- Sporty Citrus; OPI- Koala Bear-y Nail Lacquer; Julep Glitter Nail Color Yumi; Deborah Lipmann Nail Lacquer Blue Orchid

4. Neutrals, metallics and brights, oh my. A polished pink manicure is the go-to for women across the board, but consider unleashing your wild side on those little piggies.

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Get the look: DIOR Base Coat Abricot; Essie Professional Orange, It’s Obvious Nail Polish; NARS Nail Polish, Kismet 1;  JINsoon Tibi Collection Nail Lacquer in Epidote

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This week’s guest curator is Laura Bronner, Co-Founder of one of our favorite beauty shopping sites, Gloss48. Their online store offers an ever-changing roster of indie beauty brands and is a paradise for product junkies like us! 

Laura comes from the salon world, having previously worked at Boston’s MiniLuxe and Chicago’s Nail Bar. Read on to see her BeautyBooked NYC salon picks… 

Pick #1: Rouge New Yorkimage

"I’m so excited about Rouge New York! It is ABSOLUTELY worth splurging on a professional makeup job for a night out. Despite being in the beauty industry, I’m not actually that adventurous when I’m doing my own makeup. The ladies at Rouge help me get a little more daring - without looking like Mimi from the Drew Carey Show. In addition to their own, fabulous line of makeup brushes and skincare, they use Julie Hewett - a Gloss48 favorite!” 

Pick #2: Euphoria Spaimage

"I have a very strict no-double-dipping policy when it comes to my waxing. Contrary to popular belief, wax that is cool enough to be applied to your body does not kill germs and bacteria. Plus, the thought of someone else’s, recently plucked body hair ending up on my skin…you get the picture. I love Euphoria Spa for its quick, hygienic approach to waxing. Let’s not pretend that I enjoyed my bikini wax. That’s ridiculous. However, Euphoria made it as quick, painless and germ-free as possible.”

Speaking of waxing, Laura has a few, tried and true methods to minimize the pain, which she shared with us: 

"For starters, I try not to think about it. Obsessing over the bikini wax that is going to happen after work is guaranteed to make it a traumatic experience. I take advil about 45 minutes before my service - and then continue to try not to obsess about it! I have recently started using BareEASE pre-wax numbing cream. It was developed by anesthesiologist Dr. Edna Ma. I can still feel some discomfort when I use BareEASE, but it is significantly less painful than when I brave it alone.”