AJ Crimson Debuts Dual Skin Cream Foundation During New York Fashion Week

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press


AJ Crimson served as the makeup sponsor to several shows this season and I was able to get a sneak peek of his new dual foundation which debuted during fashion week.
Dual Skin Cream Foundation

Dual Skin Cream Foundation

The foundation is buildable and offers sheer to full coverage. Crimson indicted that he created the colors for the dual foundation from dark to light so there is definitely something in the wide range of hues for brown girls. I had a chance to catch up with the makeup guru backstage at Harbison where I swatched his new banana cream which is perfect for creating highlight and contour. The biggest plus of the banana cream is that it goes on wet versus the powdery finish of other brands that can sometimes leave you looking ghostly.

The other exciting update from Crimson is that his foundation will be offered in a pro-palette which is a perfect addition to makeup artists kits.

The look backstage for Harbison was clean, natural lines with a pop of color on the lid. The goal essentially was to enhance the natural beauty versus an overly dramatic look.
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To learn more about the collection visit AJ Crimson

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

NYFW-Backstage with Design Essentials At Harlem Fashion Row

Halo braids

Halo braids

Design Essentials served as the official hair sponsor for Harlem Fashion Row. Keith Campbell returned as Lead stylist for the show and he created looks from highly textured, voluminous pompadours to halo braids and textured Afros.

Though each designer had individual styles that served as the hair inspiration for their respective collections Design Essentials provided products from both their natural line and the professional salon range.

The pompadour created for Byron Lars was a huge favorite both backstage and among the fashionistas attending the show.

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Get the look
After hair was teased, to create volume, and spritzed with Hydrience replenishing mist to both moisturize and add sheen Design essentials maximum hold edge control was used to keep flyways at bay.

Textured Afro

Textured Afro

The highly textured looks were created using Design Essentials natural line specifically the curl forming custard was used to “funk up” the fros that were seen on the runway.

For more product information please visit: www.designessentials.com

 

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

 

NYFW-Backstage At Victor dE Souza with Mizani

Backstage at Victor dE Souza

Backstage at Victor dE Souza


Master Mizani Stylist Ceaser Ramirez was tapped to create looks for the Victor dE Souza Spring 2015 Collection and the textured hair was very reminiscent of 80s disco chic. The arctic- icy blonde tresses were the perfect exclamation to accentuate the beautifully cut satins and silks in the collection.

“I wanted to design a dimensional style in this icy, arctic shade for a dramatic look,” says Ramirez. “Using MIZANI products to create the bold, textured style was a perfect match, as the brand has always been a leader in the professional textured market. I loved having the opportunity to work with Victor because he brings drama and his pieces are incredibly theatrical, so it really inspires my creativity.”

Ramirez used the following Mizani products in order to create what he describes as an “A-line bob”:

First the entire head was coated with
Mizani Iron Curl Heat Styling cream and the hair was braided all over in a figure 8 pattern; once the pins were secure, the hair was sealed with the humidity resistant mist and touched briefly with a flat iron.

Figure 8 braid

Figure 8 braid

Finally the hair was taken down and teased to create textured voluminous bob.

For more product details please visit:www.mizani.com
Follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @mizaniusa

Backstage At Tracy Reese Fall 2014 With Ouidad

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Ouidad returned as the official hair sponsor for the Tracy Reese Fall Winter 2014 presentation. Led by Creative Director Morgan Willhite the focus of the hair included natural textured looks, free flowing strands with an emphasis on individual beauty. 

Bold, naturally textured styles are all the rage right now and will continue to be a growing trend. These styles can be achieved on all hair types and these effortless looks can be achieved with appropriate styling products and tools.”
– Morgan

The products used to create the looks included Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray, Shine Glaze Serum, Styling Mist and Holding Spray.Ouidad products can be found at www.ouidad.com or at Ulta stores nationwide.

Reese’s collection gave a nod to menswear as well as classic tweeds and oversized sweaters. Heavily embellished cocktail dresses topped with flirty ostrich accents rounded out the collection.

About Ouidad
Ouidad is a leader in the hair care industry, pioneering innovative products for curly, wavy and natural textured hair, as well as breakthrough cutting and styling techniques practiced at Ouidad Flagship Salons in New York and Los Angeles and certified salons nationwide. Founded in 1984, Ouidad broke ground with its launch as the sole hair care brand to understand, embrace and specialize in curls. With over 300 certified salons nationwide, and more than 30 years of experience treating, styling and educating, Ouidad offers superior services, products and technical expertise. Aggressive new product innovation with lines like Curl Recovery™, Salon Series by Ouidad and Wave Create™ has reinforced Ouidad’s position as the curl category leader. The company has won numerous awards including Allure “Best of Beauty,” Ladies’ Home Journal “This Stuff Works” and Latina “Beauty Awards” for its breakthrough products, services and exclusive ingredient technologies. Experiencing ongoing market demand, the brand has increased its retail footprint with distribution at all new Ulta locations, with availability at over 680 doors nationwide, and continues to expand in the professional channel to bring its proprietary cutting and styling technical expertise and certification to salons nationwide. Ouidad has been an innovator and leader in a growing hair care category and continues to help clients love and care for all types of curls.

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photo credit Will Ragozzino

NYFW Recap- Frank And Oak

Founded by childhood friends Ethan and Hichman Frank and Oak is a Montreal-based menswear line dedicated to producing high quality items at an affordable price point. Their Spring collection contained elements of preppy, school boy chic- featuring colored slim fitting chords and blazers with skinny ties; the entire collection includes timeless and classic lines.

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photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective

Backstage at Harlem’s Fashion Row With Dark And Lovely

Dark and Lovely served as the exclusive backstage hair sponsor of Harlem’s Fashion Row- an organization dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging African-American designers. Celebrity hair stylist Keith Campbell crafted looks that were futuristic and ran the gamut from highly textured tresses to sleek ponytails.

I had a chance to chat with Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen-Carson Director of education about the companies foray into natural hair care and he indicated “we want women to stay in the dark and lovely family-They were pioneers in the relaxer so they decided to keep up with the trend of natural hair”.

To create the looks:

For the highly teased and textured hair Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing soufflé (SRP 9.99) was used- two- strand twists can be created to add greater volume and definition; untwist and spray Natural Shine Sealing Nectar (SRP 9.99)to provide moisture and sheen.

For sleek ponytails:
Apply Let’s Jam Custard and brush hair into a high ponytail. Complete the look by braiding hair into a single ponytail.

Kena Marvel served as key make up artist for the show and the runway looks were inspired by the samurai, futuristic chic and African tribal influences.

Dark and Lovely can be found at discount retailers nationwide.

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Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen Carson Director of Education

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Long ponytails shown backstage

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Celebrity Stylist Keith Campbell

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photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective

NYFW- Maatano A/W 2013 Food and Fashion!

 

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Let’s skip this winter and fast forward straight to fall which is going to be amazingly dark,  laid back  and regal all at the same time. With tons of texture, gold and prints that keep you mesmerized Mataano served fall on a platter that made you want to devour each piece. The collection channeled Janet Jackson circa 1997 patent leather, cheetah print and it was rich with color.

Speaking of platter as part of the festivities Chef Roble was the master of eats serving a plethora of appetizers that made me want to slap your mother. Chicken, portobello mushroom , succulent steak, mixed greens and tortellini rounded out the menu.

 Come fall, I can see I will  need some leather of all types in my wardrobe, and what about that makeup winged liner and those vamp lips ladies get ready for the fall it’s going to be dark and lovely.

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Miss Merli Estime is the creator of the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Miss Merli In NYC. A makeup artist and stylist, she works with clients at fashion shows, magazine photo shoots, and more enhancing the beauty of the masses. More than anything she loves sharing life through her eyes via photography with the masses all day, everyday via Instagram & Twitter follow her: @MissMerli! twitter @MissMerli
www.missmerlinyc.com

 

Backstage at Lisa Perry A/W 2013

Lisa Perry presented her autumn/ winter 2013 collection as NY fashion week kicks off today. Revlon Global Artistic director, Gucci Westman partnered with the designer to create retro chic makeup looks which offered a definite nod to the mod look made popular in the 60’s.

Deep purples and cool blues were used for liner instead of black and a vibrant blue shadow was added to the look to create additional drama. The rest of the face was kept natural.

Here’s a rundown of what Westman used:

FACE:
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic, $12.99

EYES:
Revlon ColorStay 16H Eyeshadow Quad in Free Spirit from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $7.49 (available April 2013)

Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Muse from The Fall ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $9.99 (available October 2013)
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black, $8.99

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99
Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eyeliner + Brightener in Blue Nile, $8.99 (available June 2013)
Revlon Fantasy Lengths Maximum Wear Glue-On Lashes in Intensifying and Wispy (depending on model), $5.49
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Blackest Black, $8.99

LIPS:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting, $7.49
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Cupcake $7.49

NAIL:
Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Provence, $7.99

For more details visit www.revlon.com

 

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New York Fashion Week- Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso paired with Pour La Victorie shoes who’s amazingly crafted designs are equal parts elegant and chic. The presentation was a combination of old world glamour meets Paris socialite as the gowns were reminiscent of times gone by and  meant to conjure up images of a evening out in Deauville, France in the 60’s.  This spring, the topknot is going to be making its rounds again, but with a more polished coiffed look than the haphazard “sock bun” that has been pervasive this season. The beautiful gowns paired with faux fur stoles remind me of the old school style in my grandmother’s closet.   The Pour La Victorie shoes featured in the presentation will be available for a limited time contact 1-855-PourLAV for details.      

New York Fashion Week- Rafael Cennamo Review

Rafael Cennamo’s collection launched in 2006 and has since become synonymous with elegant couture. His Spring/Summer 2013 collection featured classic lines with a decidedly modern twist. With delicate pastels, the gowns boasted amazing beading detail with everything from red carpet worthy silver sequins to the most gorgeous voluminous gown, cinched at the waist with a silver belt.   If you are a stylists looking to outfit clients in red-carpet wear sure to land them firmly on the best-dressed list, look no further than Cennamo for the upcoming award season.

 

 

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