Sunday, August 24, 2014

MACY'S GLAMORAMA 2014 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY part two

Continuing with my Macy’s Glamorama backstage coverage, I talk all thing beauty with fabulous Alex Sanchez. In this post, I get a make-up lesson as well as a make-over.
WHAT ARE YOU CRUSHING ON FOR FALL?
Definitely eyeliner, it's really huge. The whole blue world is very big -teal, sapphire, violet blues are all big. Also lips -it's all about bold color, really saturated bright colors. And there's also a trend for that kind of gothic lip like you see Lorde sporting. A very rich lip color is a high fashion look right now.

BRUSH OR FINGERS?
I'm a big fan of finger-tip application especially with anything metallic and sparkly. Brushes are good; fingers are good, but they do different things. Especially with sparkle when you use your fingers, you spread it in a very uniform way it kind of breaks up the sparkle. a lot of people think you have to be a certain age to wear sparkles, and that's not true. When you have a little bit of sparkle it just re highlights the architecture of the eye -it makes your eyes a little brighter.
Color Design Infinite 24H crease-Free luminous eye shadow (601 Unlimited Silver), (602 Forever Noir) and (101 Eternal Gold), $25. Blush Subtil delicate oil-free powder blush (Shimmer Sunset Seduction), $30. Hypnôse buildable volume for custom lash results, $27.50.

WHAT'S YOUR TOP TIP FOR THE PERFECT CAT EYES?
A lot of women have issues when they try to do the little wing cos it's always different. When you do your liner, you want to imagine your face is a clock, and the angle you're doing is like the arms of the clock. So to make a classic cat eye it's always ten o'clock and two o'clock, and you have the perfect angle. Also use a gel liner like Lancôme's Liner Design as it combines the best of both worlds -it glides on like a liquid, but it's solid like a pencil. If you wear liquid, you have to wait for it to dry, and that can be tricky, but this is already dry application, but it glides on really nice.

TO LINE OR NOT TO LINE?
If you do lip liner first, you can look really contrived. Also, it grabs onto the skin more, and it gives a texture to it. It doesn't wear off at the same time, so you're not left with the liner on your lips and no lipstick. This way it blends beautifully plus when you have color [on your lips], you can see where and if you need a liner.
LANCÔME JUST LAUNCHED A NEW MASCARA, GRANDIÔSE, WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS MASCARA? It's really amazing it's all about this new wand. The engineering behind it is incredible; the 25-degree angle of the wand is like the Holy Grail for the eye. It makes it intuitive to capture every lash. You can go over your nose, and you won't get the bar of mascara across your nose with the 'swan' like angle of the wand. It's very organic and very aerodynamic to use. You'll be able to position it very naturally, so it's pretty smart.
Grandiôse wide angle fan effect mascara, $32

With my make-up done by Sanchez I'm ready for the show and party!


THE SHOW
'Fashion Rocks' where fashion meets music, was the night's theme. Macy's showcased its fall fashions (Weekend Max Mara, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, INC International Concepts, Macy’s Impulse and more) against a backdrop of cool yet eclectic soundtrack (Blondie, Run DMC, Queen and Johnny Cash).


Weekend Max Mara

Impulse

Calvin Klein

Tommy Hilfiger

Denim Nation



THE PARTY
With Alex Sanchez (in a snazzy dinner jacket) at the after party.

The special guest of the night and the reason we’re all here, the beautiful Sam Roberson. Roberson is one of many kids with complex medical needs that have been helped by the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
Sam Roberson with Alex Sanchez

Follow Alex Sanchez @primpandpout and Lancôme @LancomeUSA

Glamorama proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Photo Credit: Adam Bettcher for Macy’s and A.J. Olmscheid

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FASHIONABLE INVITE august

WHAT: An artistic park installation to celebrate Marc Jacob’s Marc Jacob’s new fragrance where guests can relax, cool down and daydream

WHEN: Thurs – Mon, August 21-25th from 10am – 7pm

WHERE: Polk Brothers Park by Navy Pier

WHY: Guests can experience the fragrance, relax in the shade, post pics on social using #mjdaisydream and enter for the chance to win weekly prizes by participating in the Daisy Dream Capsule online program via iPads on site.

Eau de toilette sprays available for $52 (1oz), $76 (1.7oz) and $94 (3.4oz) at Sephora and major department and specialty stores beginning August 2014; Luminous Body Lotion ($45) and Uplifting Shower Gel ($40) are also available.

Monday, August 18, 2014

MACY'S GLAMORAMA 2014 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY part one

 MACY'S GLAMORAMA 2014 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY
One of Chicago’s most glamorous and talked about fashion events, Macy’s Glamorama 2014, took place earlier this month. Lancôme, the event’s beauty partner and sponsor, invited me to go backstage to learn more about the looks created by their national makeup artist, Alex Sanchez. The theme this year was FASHION ROCKS® with Sanchez taking inspiration from the iconic rock star Debbie Harry. “The Glamorama stage look is pure Rock Star Couture…decadent, rebellious and reckless,” says Sanchez.

THE LOOK
Macy’s Glamorama Fashion Rocks 2014 beauty look created by Alex Sanchez.


BACKSTAGE
Alex Sanchez backstage working his magic at Macy’s Glamorama Fashion Rocks 2014
Backstage beauty kit  at Macy’s Glamorama Fashion Rocks 2014
Alex Sanchez working his magic.

Sanchez, a very hands-on creative director, worked on all 45 models to insure a cohesive look through out the show. “You can try to explain it to someone else but every women’s eye shape is different and maybe they [make-up artists] might take it somewhere else. Not that it wouldn’t be pretty but it wouldn’t be the same,” explains Sanchez.

LOOK 1
The "eyes glow in a smoldering halo of blue-neon shades paired with a hot-pink lip," explains Sanchez of the first look ‘Runway Rockstar'.
1-3 Color Design Infinite 24H crease-Free luminous eye shadow (601 Unlimited Silver), (602 Forever Noir) and (101 Eternal Gold), $25. 4 & 5 Color Design sensational effects eye shadow smooth hold (All Made Up) and (All that Glitters), $20. 6 Liner Design long wear calligraphy gel eyeliner (601 Black Fishnets), $25. 7-8 Le Lipstique lip coloring stick with brush (champagne) and (fuchsia), $25. 9 Gloss in Love fresh color meets comfort and vinyl shine (323 Pink Carat), $27. 10 Hypnôse Star show-stopping volume mascara (01 Noir Midnight), $28.50. 11-12 Rouge In Love high potency lipcolor, 6 hour wear and featherlight (345B Rose Flaneuse) and (375N Rose Me Rose Me Not), $28.50. NOT SHOWN Blush Subtil delicate oil-free powder blush (Shimmer Sunset Seduction), $30.

LOOK 2
"To translate the rockstar-realness for ‘Street Chic’, the eyes are amplified in smoky tones, lined with a flash of electric blue eyeliner, and paired with a sexy pink-candy pout,” describes Sanchez.
1 Blush Subtil delicate oil-free powder blush (Shimmer Pink Flamme), $30. 2 Le Crayon lip contour (Cherub), $25. 3 Artliner 24 hour liquid liner (Sapphire), $30.50. 4 Lip Lover dewy intense lip color (339 Fuschia Attitude), $23. NOT SHOWN Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette (110 Chocolat Amande), $50.


BACKSTAGE BEAUTIES
Backstage beauty, Brittney Sharaun, at Macy’s Glamorama Fashion Rocks 2014
Model, Brittney Sharaun



The real star of the night, Sam Roberson, getting glammed up by Sanchez.
Kids like Roberson going through chemo or other treatment get a 'home away from home' provided to them by Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Raising money for this very important charity is what Glamorama is really all about!

Alex Sanchez and Lancôme makeup team. Photo by CelestialEnterprises.com


Follow Alex Sanchez @primpandpout and Lancôme @LancomeUSA

Glamorama proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Later this week my interview with Alex regarding fall trend and his top tips.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW WORK...TCW MAGAZINE

TCW MAGAZINE, internationally inspired
Photographer: Akin Girav
Producer: Joyce Taft at Crew Up Productions
Stylist: Jessica Moazami
Hair & make-up: Chelo
Model: Jessica Wall at Ford Models
Internationally inspired shoot for TCW MAGAZINE with Akin Girav
BEHIND THE SCENES...

Monday, August 11, 2014

NEW WORK...TRIBUNE

My summer’s must-haves to take to the beach
Chicago Tribune's beach bag essentials by Jessica Moazami
and some extras...
Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time, by Rachel Bertsche, Ballantine Trade Paperback Original, $15, barnesandnoble.com
2mm Fiber-Lite Neoprene wetsuit, $330, by Cynthia Rowley cynthiarowley.com
Underwater camera dive mask, Model 305 - Hydra Series HD 720p, $119.99, by Liquid Image liquidimageco.com
Toallas beach blanket, $86, by Beach Riot available at shopbop.com