Pucker up: Rock These Great Lipsticks for National Lipstick Day

What’s your favorite beauty product? Your go-to that you can’t live without! Ours is lipstick! We cannot leave the house without one of our favorite lip colors on. Whether it’s a glossy, matte, sparkly, or creamy lipstick, we love everything about this beauty staple. Sometimes, all you need is lipstick to complete your look, which is why we are looking forward to celebrating National Lipstick Day on Saturday, July 29th.

While there are probably millions of different brands, in honor of National Lipstick Day, we celebrate the fabulous lipsticks from Alima Pure, Black Opal, Catrice Cosmetics, Essence Cosmetics, Lorac Cosmetics, Pacifica Beauty, and Serge Lutens; and since we love a good lip brush and it’s essential for perfect lipstick application, we’re highlighting the MODA EZGlam Duo Lip Brush DUO. Keep reading to know more about the great lip colors from these wonderful beauty brands.

Alima Pure Lip Tints


Lip Tint is a buttery lip balm, packed with lush pigments, that conditions lips with a sheer wash of color. Formulated with a blend of soothing oils, including coconut, pumpkin seed and pomegranate seed oils, butters and waxes for a rich moisturizing finish. Available in seven shades for $14.00 each on www.AlimaPure.com and www.CredoBeauty.com.

BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip

Get the convenience of a lip pencil with the vibrant color of a lipstick in an easy-to-apply retractable pen. Enriched with emollient butters and vitamins C and E, these pigment-rich lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish. This creamy color is available for $7.95 on www.BlackOpalBeauty.com.

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick

Color Counts and Catrice has lots of it! These Catrice lipsticks are highly pigmented, with perfect coverage and shine. Creates a smooth, creamy and long-lasting texture. Available in 13 shades, they retail for $6.99 each on www.CatriceCosmetics.com.

essence matt matt matt lipstick

Once, twice, three times kiss proof! This smooth new lipstick glides over lips to provide a sophisticated, long-lasting matte finish and bold color without drying your lips out. These affordable lipsticks are available in 8 shades and retail for only $2.99 each at Ulta and on www.essencemakeup.com.

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain

This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly- pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine, and hydration. Treat your lips to one or more of these lip colors for $19.00 at www.loraccosmetics.com.

MODA EZGlam Duo – Luscious Lips

This beautifully bold, 100% vegan line uses synthetic filaments and includes water-resistant acrylic handles with a Silk-Touch™ coating for ultimate durability and ease of care. Whether you’re applying your favorite nude or bold lip color, get full luscious lips with the Moda Pointed Lip and Flat Lip brushes. Get this set for $5.99 on www.modabrushes.com.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick

 

A full color, 100% vegan, hydrating natural lipstick that lasts with intensity, like the deepest love. Creamy hydration, highly pigmented and chocked full of anti-aging benefits that nourish and love your lips. Six luscious shades: Firebired, Rebel Sol, Natural Mystic, Tenderness, XOX, Beach Goth, for $10.00 each at www.PacificaBeauty.com and www.Ulta.com.

Serge Lutens Fàrd a Lèvres Lipstick 

More than a lipstick: a piece of jewelry. The unique formula features argan oil to preserve moisture and reflects light, giving the lips a glossy finish while concealing fine lines. Bright colors create a fresh springtime look. Available in 2 shades: N°14 (Notre-Dame du Rose) and N°15 (360 Volts) for $75.00 each at Barneys New York and on www.SergeLutens.com.

We hope that you will join us on National Lipstick Day by flaunting your favorite lip color, pucker up and post your lip photos using #nationallipstickday.

Certified Organic Antonym Cosmetics Launches at Sephora

Two years ago we introduced you to Antonym Cosmetics in our Vive La France: What’s New in French Beauty and Cosmetics feature. This stunningly packaged French beauty brand, known for their famed Certified Organic Baked Blush, is an all natural, organic, and EcoCert certified line of cosmetics that is also highly pigmented. Antonym Cosmetics was founded in 2010 and launched in the US in 2013 by French makeup artist Valerie Giraud who says “Your skin deserves clean ingredients, it just shouldn’t be at the expense of the looks you love”.

The incredible packaging and brushes of Antonym Cosmetics are made of sustainable materials, the chic and sophisticated compacts and brushes and made with bamboo. Most of the collection, sixteen beauty products to be exact, are available now at Sephora, including the newly launched Certified Organic Highlighting Blush Cheek Crush, with more of the makeup line, and more shades of the Organic Baked Blush, becoming available at the beauty mecca next month. The following Antonym Cosmetics products are all available now at Sephora and on www.sephora.com includes:

  1. Organic Baked Blush in Peach
  2. Organic Baked Blush in Rose
  3. Organic Baked Blush in Copper
  4. Organic Highlighter in Endless Summer
  5. Organic Cheek Crush Highlighting Blush
  6. Organic Baked Foundation in Fair
  7. Organic Baked Foundation in Light
  8. Organic Baked Foundation in Medium/Beige
  9. Organic Baked Foundation in Nude
  10. Organic Baked Foundation in Medium/Dark
  11. Organic Baked Foundation in Dark
  12. Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow in Croisette
  13. Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow in Noisette
  14. Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow in To the Moon and Black
  15. Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Noir
  16. Certified Organic Mascara Lola Lash Too

The following Antonym Cosmetics products will launch in select Sephora stores in August:

  1. Organic Baked Blush in Peach
  2. Organic Baked Blush in Rose
  3. Organic Baked Blush in Copper
  4. Organic Highlighter Endless Summer
  5. Organic Cheek Crush Highlighting Blush

Are you excited to shop Antonym Cosmetics’s amazing organic beauty products at Sephora?

Fall 2017 Accessory Preview: Knomo London Smart Bags and Tech Accessories

There are many cool, innovative, and fashionable cases for your smartphones but when it comes to your bags and cases for your laptops, the selection isn’t as impressive. Knomo London is changing that with their very stylish offering of smart bags and tech accessories. We had the opportunity to check out the British accessory brand’s Fall 2017 collection of stylish, high-quality bags and accessories; a collection which brings classic elegance together with bold new colors and designs, offering maximum utility and digital convenience features.

Personally, we’re bored of the basic black nylon laptop bags and welcome some fun with our function, in the form of bold colors and prints such as hot reds and formal grays, and of course, luxury materials. The Knomo London Fall 2017 Collection has design options for both men and women, with styles that challenge traditional gender roles with a slightly androgynous look.

Geared towards the traveling “Digital Knomad,” each Knomo London bag from Fall 2017 collection offers modern style, simplicity, and utility. Style-conscious users, sophisticated city dwellers, and globetrotting backpackers will have everything they need to stay organized and prepared. Thanks to the addition of more organizational compartments and pockets, you’ll be able to keep all your mobile devices secure, charged and organized.

The specially designed pockets on the Knomo London bags not only organizes your belongings, it protects your tech devices thanks to its RFID blocking feature to safeguard your digital information, the uniquely valuable Knomo ID, so you can register your bag and if it’s lost, the founder, Howard Harrison, can return it to you through Knomo’s portal.

We’re really excited about Knomo London’s collaboration with the world-renowned Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The graphic collection uses an original 1920’s print from the Museum’ s archives. The unique 5-piece collection of accessories comprises 3 bag styles: a Totepack, a Backpack, and a Briefcase, along with a Carry-all Pouch, and a Foldable Shopper. Each design is available in two colors, Night Forest, which boast tones of blue and green described by some as an “abstract camo” print, and Monochrome, shades of white, gray and black.

Inside each of the Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collection bags, there are a number of organizational pockets and compartments, ready to hold all travel essentials such as your passport, Knomo portable battery, and Knomo travel adaptor, your laptop or tablet, and other belongings.

Both the regular and Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collections are available in the UK, Europe and USA stores in August 2017.

Spanish Fashion & Lifestyle Brand KIMOA Launches In The U.S.

It’s not often that race car driving and fashion mix, but that is exactly what happened with the new fashion and lifestyle brand that’s coming out of Spain. Say hello to KIMOA, a casual beach collection for men and women (today we’re only highlighting the women’s collection), inspired by the relaxed seashore culture of Southern California.

The beachy collection is the brainchild of Formula 1 race car driver Fernando Alonso, who launched this first line of apparel and accessories in the U.S. market after his recent debut at the Indianapolis 500, where he won the Rookie of the Year award. Based in Madrid, KIMOA is comprised of soft, easy to wear tanks, t-shirt, and sweatshirts for staying warm after a surf or skate session, easy dresses for those special summer moments, and rompers (also known as playsuits) for women, and swim shorts, hoodies, tees, and super soft sweaters for men. We love the idea that someone’s who’s career revolves around moving at such great speeds, would introduce an easygoing fashion and lifestyle brand that encourages you to relax and take things a bit slow.

The new collection also includes a complete line of sunglasses in a selection of round, square and aviator styles, ball caps, beach towels, skateboards, and surfboards. All wearable apparel and accessories within the collection are priced at under $100.00, with skateboards running around $300.00, and surfboards around $675.00. For us, the most standout detail from the collection was the incredible softness of the fabrication. The tees felt especially butter soft and lightweight to the touch, the dresses comfortable, and the sunnies were solid and smooth. The KIMOA Cape Town Sunglasses were absolute favorites.

Spanish artist and close friend of Fernando, Domingo Zapata, gave a warm introduction to the crowd, followed by a short speech from Fernando and the premiere of the KIMOA campaign video. Notable attendees included Spanish model Jessica Goicoechea and Italian model Linda Morselli.

Are you ready to fall in love with KIMOA? Get to know this California beachy brand at www.kimoa.com/int_en.

Meet Costume Designer Dan Lawson at the DL for PONO Fall 2017 Event

Calling all fans of The Good Wife, it’s sequel series, The Good Fight, BrainDead, and all things jewelry and accessories. Emmy-nominated Costume Designer Dan Lawson, the man behind the fabulous fashion for these three tv shows, is hosting a special event to launch his DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection of handcrafted Italian resin jewelry and accessories……..and you’re invited!!

If you love the fashion from his shows, this is the perfect time to preview the stunning DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection with Jewelry Designer, Joan Goodman (before they make their television debuts), and perhaps pick his brain on all thing fashion and costume design. This event, which will be held next Thursday, June 15th at the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle, promises baubles, bubbly, and even appearances by Good Wife VIPs. The event also allows you to shop the pieces from the luxury jewelry collection, available at the Museum of Art & Design.

There are many inspirations that help to forge the beautiful pieces from DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection such as the stunning dark green hue of malachite, represented in an eye-catching two-sided necklace, the cool blue, white ice hues, and raw look of an iceberg, and metal etched by fire. The bold jewelry collection is not for the timid fashionista, DL for PONO loves wearers who love to make a bold statement with their style. We love the mix of colors and textures (many times this mix varies from piece to piece, making the jewelry pieces one of a kind), and love the idea that they embrace those of us who love to stand out. We promise you’ll love it too.

So if you are free next Thursday, June 15th and want the chance to see some gorgeous jewelry, speak with a renown Costume Designer, and Jewelry Designer, and enjoy a glass or two of wine, head over to the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle between 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Hope to see you fellow jewelry lovers there.

 

Kapten & Son Limited Edition PRIDE Watch to Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

In case you didn’t know, tomorrow, June 1st, marks the beginning of LGBT Pride Month.  This month honors the Stonewall riots, which happened in Greenwich Village, at the end of June 1969. This month commemorates all who celebrate, fight for, and love the LGBT community. To celebrate this impactful month, Kapten & Son, the affordable luxury brand that offers adventurous and stylish accessories, is launching a Kapten & Son Limited Edition PRIDE watch to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Each Kapten & Son limited edition PRIDE watch features a custom rainbow nylon band and stylish stainless steel 316L casing (rose gold or silver), a white or black watch face, and is available in two sizes – Campina at 36mm and Campus at 40mm diameters. This limited-edition watch not only looks very fashionable, it does great work as well (and we’re not referring to its precision timekeeping). 15% of proceeds from the sale of each watch benefiting Heritage of Pride, the non-profit organization that produces New York City’s official LGBT Pride events each year.

“We are grateful to Kapten & Son for their support of our efforts and community,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “The Pride watch is a great way to show your pride and support, through continued visibility for the community, and the funds raised will help support our programming.”

Other features of the Kapten & Son Limited edition PRIDE watch include 7 MM case size,  Ronda 762 quartz movement, and 5 ATM ~50M water­proofness.

Founded in 2014 by three college friends, Artjem Weissbeck, Fabian Deventer and Johannes Theobald, Kapten & Son offers watches and sunglasses designed to be the perfect companion for the global wanderer, celebrating today’s generation and each individual’s unique journey.

The Kapten & Son Limited edition PRIDE watch will be available exclusively online at www.kapten-son.com, ($149.00 for Campina, $159.00 for Campus) starting tomorrow, June 1st. The rainbow watch strap by itself is available for only $19.00 and easily fits other Kapten & Son watches. More than 700 global retailers, including Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Need Supply, and more carry Kapten & Son watches.

SHOPPING NYC: PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry Sample Sale

If you didn’t get a chance to be gifted with, or grab some of the PONO by Joan Goodman spring jewelry collection for yourself for Mother’s Day, now is your chance to get some of their gorgeous pieces for yourself, at a great discount. You may remember we highlighted some of our favorite PONO pieces in our Spring 2017 Accessories and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas blog post. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the spring sample sale season has arrived. Why not treat yourself to one or several of PONO by Joan Goodman’s amazing jewelry pieces.

What savings can you expect from the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry sample sale this season? Score all the gorgeous baubles you can imagine when you pop into PONO’s Spring Sample Sale, where all the pretty things and statement pieces are 50-80% off. Get to know more about the brand and this stunning collection as you review the line with PONO’s designer, Joan Goodman. After you’re well acquainted with the pieces, select from PONO’s exceptional array of items like the utterly divine Dream Catcher Necklace once $365.00, now yours at the reduced price of $150.00; collect a cool choker or two, like the Paulina Arctic Resin Choker, originally priced at $225.00, now yours at an easy $100.00; or go galactic with The Stardust Ana Choker, a steal at $60.00, from the original price of $215.00.

If arm candy is a must-have for you this season (and it should be), why not top off your trip with a big win at the PONO bangle bar, where three pieces are only $25.00, five bangles go for $30.00, and ten bangles are yours for only $50.00. You’ll be saving a bundle, as all of these beautiful bangles are originally valued at $30.00-$45.00 apiece. the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry sample sale runs June 5th -June 9th, from 9am–6pm.

 

We must note that PONO has a new address.  You can now find the ladies and their gorgeous jewelry pieces at 224 West 30th St. suite 304, conveniently located between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Access can be found with the following Subway lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. For more information, call (212) 216-0044 or visit www.ponobyjoangoodman.com.

Roberson Bow Tie Collection: Raiding His Accessories Closet

Menswear inspired women’s fashion isn’t going anywhere. Season after season, we see a new resurgence of masculine elements and silhouettes in women’s fashion. Thanks to raiding his closet, fashion staples like boyfriend jeans and jackets exist. Women have also been wearing men’s boxers, watches, and shirts for years. We even have a current battle of the sexes regarding “his” sweatshirts, with boyfriends desperately trying to reclaim possession of their beloved sweatshirts (sorry guys, you’re losing that battle as well). What’s next on the shop your guy’s closet list? His bow ties of course! Today we’re highlighting fashionable men’s bow tie label, Roberson Bow Tie Collection. A distinctive men accessory label which offers exclusive and unique, double-sided Paisley, Stripe, and Custom, 100% handmade silk bow ties.

Well, okay, women have been wearing men’s ties for decades but the trend hasn’t stuck around like the others have. Of course, in today’s fashion landscape, with tuxedo looks for women and the Androgynous look being hot fashion trends, and women like Janelle Monáe and Rihanna showing that women wearing bowties are indeed very cool, adding a chic bow tie to your look, whether it’s for work or play, is a fashion must.

It is true the bold, elegant and stylish silk Roberson bow ties are made for distinctive men, but that doesn’t mean the stylish and fashion-loving women can’t wear them, especially when they are available in the very chic, non-traditional colors and prints you see above. The handcrafted, 100% silk ties from the Roberson Bow Tie Collection are up 24 inches in length, which should accommodate any neck size. Not sure how to tie a bow tie? Roberson offers quick and easy instructions with a step by step video on How To Tie A Bow Tie (see it below):

The Roberson Bow Ties range in price from $45.00 – $60.00, with the Paisley Bow Ties retailing from $50.00 – $60.00, and the Stripe, and Custom Bow Ties from $45.00 – $60.00.