Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Backstage at Angel Sanchez Fall 2014 Show

For backstage with Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, I can always expect the beauty team to lead with clean, beautiful skin and they did just that for designer Angel Sanchez Fall 2014 collection show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The Face:

The skin is “perfect and satin” with define brows and highlighted cheeks. Red Door Spa Professional Hyaluronic Serum combined with Red Door Spa Clarifying Vitamin D Serum to prep the skin. Neutral shadows were used on the eyes with darker shadows used to create depth in the corners of the eyes.

The Nails:

The nails were as porcelain and perfect as the face using Essie’s Sand’s Tropez nail color.

The Hair:

A very simple sleek ponytail bun was created by blowing the hair straight and adding a gloss for a slicked look.

***Thanks to our Backstage Beauty Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for covering Backstage at the Angel Sanchez Fall 2014 Collection for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day | GODIVA Liqueur Introduces Dark Chocolate Liqueur

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, GODIVA Liqueur Goes decadently dark with its introduction of GODIVA Dark Chocolate Liqueur. The sensual liqueur perfectly combines heavenly, premium dark chocolate and sensual flavors from around the world. The dairy-free chocolate liqueur contains a newer, light calorie count and pleases the palate with a blend of flavors including bright black cherry, dark caramel with flavors of burnt toffee, espresso beans, roasted hazelnuts, candied orange peel and bakers chocolate, making it the perfect liquid to mix into any cocktail.

If you want to indulge in delicious, full-flavored chocolate decadence this Valentine’s Day, why not make your sweetheart a GODIVA Dark Chocolate Martini with an exciting twist by mixing up this signature Dark Desire cocktail recipe……and if you really want to get sexy (while at home of course), you could just enjoy this “dark chocolate with a bite” off each other.

GODIVA Dark Desire

1 1/2 ounces GODIVA Dark Chocolate Liqueur
3/4 ounce Cîroc Amaretto
3/4 ounce Orange Juice
Sea Salt for Garnish
Combine Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Cîroc Amaretto and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
Strain contents into a cocktail glass rimmed with sea salt.

Ideal Serving Glass: Cocktail Glass

Yield: 1 drink, no drink contains more than .06 fl oz of alcohol

The Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur is available now nationwide wherever fine spirits are sold; the 750 ml bottle retails for $29.99.

Desigual Fall 2014 Collection

As Valentine’s Day is mere days away, it’s truly fitting to write about a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show that celebrated love. For their Fall 2014 Collection, Barcelona fashion label, Desigual celebrates falling in love with their city again with a collection full of vibrant colors, patterns and silhouettes that echoes the enthusiasm and hopefulness of Barcelona. That was very evident on the runway, not only by the brighter tone of the looks but in the models dancing down the runway as well. And speaking on models, we saw some very familiar faces on the runway. Victoria’s Secret models, Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton rocked the Desigual runway as well as model royalty in the form of the stunning Sudanese-American model, Ataui Deng (niece and doppleganger of supermodel, Alek Wek who really has the wonderful presence of her aunt).

For this dazzling collection, the brand stepped away from their signature patchwork patterns and opted for more polished prints such as bold geometric shapes reminiscent of kaleidoscopes (much like the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona), face illustrations representing the beautiful residents of Barcelona (as a beauty lover, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the makeup face charts, something we see a lot of backstage during New York Fashion Week), extravagant Jacquards and Appliques, Lamé, Silk, Wool, Velvet, and Tulle in striking colors such as gold, various shades of blue, black and white, grey, red, hunter green, orange, burgundy, and browns.

See more looks from the show in our Desigual Fall 2014 Collection slideshow below:

WHIT Fall 2014 Collection Presentation

We first discovered WHIT when we attended her Spring 2013 Collection and fell in love with her playful tropical prints inspired by her then recent honeymoon to St. Lucia, and clean and modern asymmetrical silhouettes. For her Fall 2014 Collection, the designer draws inspiration from Scandinavian culture.

The collection featured earthy tones of browns, whites with touches of bold color and metallics. True to Scandanavian design of aesthetics and function, we saw structured wool and tailored details in the collection, as well as WHIT’s abstract prints, which were ever present throughout the collection. Noted prints featured fun twists such as large ink blots seemingly becoming cow prints, and round slices of wood on a green silk jumpsuit that had us hypnotized. The clean shapes and Whitney Pozgay’s whimsical touch make this collection artful and chic.

Birchbox Customer Favorites for Valentine’s Day Pampering

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it is time to get your date-night beauty essentials ready. Whether you’re looking to take your date’s breath away with a stunning look or a great gift, with Birchbox’s wide range of beauty options for you Him and Her, you are sure to find something perfect and unique to treat yourself or your sweetheart. From the perfect Valentine’s Day polish color (hey you never know if an engagement is in your immediate future) to a hair trio that gives you touchable, soft locks that scream play with me, Birchbox has your beauty needs for that special Valentine’s Day date night.

Color Club – Fiesta Collection in Mamba + Flamingo

The Color Club Mamba and Flamingo Nail Lacquers are both daring and love-inspired hues – whether you’re looking for the perfect nail look for your Valentine’s Day date or a fun night out with the girls, these bold, rich nail colors are fun-approved. The polishes retail for $8.00 each.

Beauty Protector – Ultimate Hair Protecting Trio


Exclusive to Birchbox, this trio tackles the spectrum of hair concerns – everything you need to prep your hair before your pre-date blow out. For $50.00, the Beauty Protector Ultimate Hair Protecting Trio gets you gorgeous hair.

Dr. Brandt – “Close-Up” Kit

Launched Monday, February 3rd, the Dr. Brandt Close-Up Kit contains everything your skin needs to be date-night ready. This must-have, exclusive to Birchbox kit includes some of Dr. Brandt’s top sellers – the Pores No More Pore Refiner, Microdermabrasion, Crease Release, and Glow Revitalizing Eye Cream. Guaranteed to get skin you’ll love for only $42.00.

Mally Beauty – 5 Piece Lip Magnifier Library

Play up your date-night frock with one of these gorgeous and versatile lip pencils. The Mally Beauty 5-Piece Lip Magnifier Library comes all wrapped in a pretty pink box for $50.00.

If you are looking to gift your Valentine something unique, why not try a Birchbox gift subscription? This favorite beauty subscription is an easy, personalized way to tell that special someone how you feel! Check out some of the amazing products for HIM and HER below.

The Women’s Birchbox (shown above) is available for $30 for 3 months, $60 for 6 months, $110 for 1 year.
 

The Men’s Birchbox (shown above) is available for $60 for 3 months, $110 for 6 months, $195 for 1 year.

#Sharetheluv this Valentine’s Day w/ the New XOXO Luv Fragrance

Love is in the air and it’s not just because Valentine’s Day is next week. XOXO has just launched a new fragrance entitled XOXO Luv. XOXO Luv is the perfect floral fragrance for the woman who considers herself a hopeless romantic with heart notes of Pink Peony and White Jasmine to name a couple. From first whiff there are definitely fruity offerings such as apples, grapefruits and passion fruit, which the brand calls its sparkling top notes. As it dries down, the scent definitely turns a bit powdery. If you enjoy fragrances such as DKNY Be Delicious or Clinique Happy, you will like this fragrance.

To celebrate the launch of XOXO Luv, the brand invited NYC bloggers and tastemakers to Greenwich Project for breakfast with relationship experts, Siggy Flicker (a veteran matchmaker and TV personality) and Lori and Jennifer of Project Soulmate (an old school matchmaking service founded by two woman with the natural ability to connect people).

Media got a chance to sit with the experts and casually chat about all aspects of love and life in New York City. As a single gal myself (and proud of it) I asked each party for their opinions on what single girls should do on valentine’s day (just for fun). Lori of Project Soulmate replied that since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to “ get your butt out.” Siggy Flicker also shared a similar sentiment by encouraging single girls to spoil themselves and think of Valentine’s Day as a day that is all about them. She also adds, “change your attitude, change your life.”

I personally encourage all of you ladies to heed this expert advice and paint the town pink this Valentine’s Day and definitely don’t forget to spritz XOXO Luv before doing so. XOXO Luv is available at www.perfumania.com and the 3.4 FL OZ bottle pictured is retailed right now at $55.00 $46.75.

***Thanks to Beauty Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for attending and covering the XOXO Luv Event for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Face the Beauty by Jackie Gomez

We once again had the pleasure of attending celebrity makeup artist, Jackie Gomez’s Face the Beauty event where she shared her top beauty favorites. Her favorite brands included L’Oreal, Essie, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Tarte Cosmetics, Maybelline New York, Garnier, Fresh, and Smashbox. We are fans of all of the brands and currently use several of the products Jackie highlighted. Some people who are keen to delve even deeper into the world of facial beauty have been exploring options for rhinoplasty to achieve their desired nose shape. It may be a daunting prospect for some, but the results speak for themselves and the cost is often not as high as you might think.

Check out Jackie’s favorite beauty products which of course includes some essentials every woman needs whether you’re attending New York Fashion week or heading from work to the gym or work to out with friends.

Smashbox Halo Blush in Blissful

Inspired by their amazing Halo powder with the signature grinder that shaves the right amount for the perfect flush every time. Jackie recommends smiling and applying in a circular motion.

L’Oreal Color Riche Eye Shadow in Good Luck Charm

These expertly coordinated eye shadow compacts boasts crease-resistant shades that can be worn alone for simple looks or all together for dramatic looks.

Maybelline Color Elixir by Sensational in Dashing Orchid

Saturate your lips with rich lip color, sensuous balm care and polished lip shine every time you glide this lip smoothing color on.

Garnier Soothing Remover Cleansing Towelettes

If you’re looking for a way to remove the day’s dirt, oil and makeup without stripping your skin of it’s moisture, your best bet are these Cleansing Towelettes which are infused with calming plant extract and vitamin E.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner

A favorite for all beauty lovers, this impeccable liner has a hold that guarantees water, tear, and smudge-proof.

Essie Belugaria Nail Polish

A stunning holographic jet black lace that features highly textured matte glitter.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

Though perfect for your skin during this harsh winter, this soothing, lightweight face oil absorbs quickly for a boost of vital moisture and powerful antioxidants while vitamin E works to maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness. One to two drops are all you need.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara

Want statement lashes? Magnify them with Tarte’s statement mascara for an intensified look that will sure to have people think you’re wearing falsies.

Jackie addressed attendees with a sweet speech (with some teary moments) on what this event and it’s impact meant for her. See the video below:

The Accessories Council’s Top Gift Picks for Valentine’s Day

What better organization to find out the best accessories to give as Valentine’s Day gifts than the Accessories Council. The not-for-profit works with hundreds of companies, sponsors trend reports, and pays tribute to the leaders of the accessory industry – so looking to them for gifting inspiration for the day of celebrating love is a no-brainer. With the help of Jené Luciani, bra guru and author of The Bra Book, we got some great insight into what will make great gifts for everyone on your Valentine’s Day list. Whether if for your girlfriend/wife, mom or sister, these jewelry, shoes, bags, will be hits.

JEWELRY LOVES

Boy Meets Girl X Roman Luxe Collection

The iconic brand of young contemporary sportswear, has joined forces with fashion jewelry industry powerhouse Roman & Sunstone to create a spectacular collection of jewelry that will. The new line, “Boy Meets Girl® x Roman Luxe” collaboration first featured four ring styles but now boasts an entire collection of modern earrings, necklaces and cuffs, etc that just launched on www.Macys.com this month. No woman will turn down beautiful jewelry and these pieces are stunning.

Ritani Diamond Sunflower Halo Cream Leather Bracelet

This simple yet elegant Ritani Diamond Sunflower Halo Cream Leather Bracelet features a cream leather band, and charming cluster of French-set diamonds that form a sunflower, resting in an exquisite sterling silver halo. Diamonds still remains a girl’s best friend. Available for purchase at www.ritani.com.

Catherine Canino Slate Grey Twisted Torsade Necklace and The Bling Society Emily Necklace

For the woman who loves statement pieces, look no further than this Catherine Canino Slate Grey Twisted Torsade Necklace. The hand wrought, artisan-carved large gold links are matched with matte, soft grey quartz for a dramatic look. This beauty is available on www.HSN.com or on air February 11th at 2:00am and 2:00pm.

And for those who prefer a more subtle look, The Bling Society Emily necklace makes a pretty sweet statement all on its own. Boasting 42 round simulated diamonds (featured above in approximately 5.0 carats), on pave sterling silver 925 setting, the delicate piece is a great way to celebrate the sweetness of love. The included chain is made of 925 silver and is available at www.theblingsociety.com.

FLIRTY SCARVES

Icing Silky Gauze Floral Heart & Vintage Script Scarf, BCBGeneration “GO On Say IT!” Loop, and Echo Design Pleated Infinity Loop Scarf

Icing’s Silky Gauze Floral Heart & Vintage Script Scarf truly celebrates love. This silky gauze scarf makes it easy to add a bit of romance to your look with its ivory background, vintage script pattern on each side and bright red hearts made up of a red floral print at each end. get it at Icing stores and on www.Icing.com.

February may be all about love but it’s also a chilly month. Get in the loop this Valentine’s Day with this BCBGeneration “GO On Say IT!” Loop. The perfect scarf for every “It” girl, this infinity scarf is available for purchase at BCBGeneration, Belk, BonTon, Dillards, Macy’s, and Vonmaur.

Layering for warmth during the freezing winter months doesn’t mean saying goodbye to vibrant color and prints. Add lots of color to your look with the Echo Design Pleated Infinity Loop Scarf. Achieve the ultimate layered effect while not restricting your style with the ultra soft pleats and rich color palette. Available on www.echodesign.com.

YOUNG AT HEART

Madden Girl Auto Open Umbrella  


Gifts such as umbrellas are not only practically but can be playful as well. With 42” of coverage, a black rubber coated handle and 2-colored bungee cords, this everyday necessity can really highlight a fun personality with its quirky prints. Available in 3 assorted prints – Mustache, Neon Aztec, and Polka Dot at www.stevemadden.com.

Steve Madden Small PVC Studded Crossbody


If you’re looking for something with a bit of edge, try the Steve Madden Small PVC Studded Crossbody. Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day for someone who is fun and edgy?  This city-chic bag features gunmetal studs and matching chain-link strap, is just big enough for your lipstick and cell phone and is perfect to wear for a Valentine’s Day date! Available at www.stevemadden.com.

Yes these adorable polka dot  oxfords are by Dr. Svholl’s, the leader in foot comfort.You can’t go wrong with a classic style in a not-so-classic fabrication. Available in a Patent or textile upper (we do love this grey polka dot), this casual oxford-style features a lace-up front, textile lining, cushioning insole with Memory Fit(R) foam, and smooth outsole with a 3/4″ heel. Available at Nordstrom and www.drschollsshoes.com.

ADDITIONAL GIFTS

Soxxy Lilly Pink Socks

The Soxxy “Lily” socks is a great example of shopping for a cause. These fun-hued, $12.00 socks are 65% cotton, 33% nylon, and 2% spandex but they also represents the LilySarahGrace Fund, www.lilysarahgracefund.org, which was created by the surviving father of Lily, Sarah and Grace who sadly lost their lives in a horrific fire. The LilySarahGrace Fund’s mission is “To challenge and empower teachers in underfunded elementary schools across the United States to teach their curriculum through the universal language of Art and Creativity.” Get them now at www.soxxy.com

Under Armour Sierra Tortoise Sunglasses

Under Armour has entered the eyewear industry with great ease. These ultra-light ArmourFusion™ frames are built from a combination of titanium and grilamid for superior strength and flexibility. Featuring a Patented Multiflection™ lens coating, which eliminates visual obstructions by repelling water and resisting scratching, smudging, and staining. The three-point grip ensures a comfortable and secure fit. All Under Armour® performance eyewear lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Available on www.underarmour.com.
Caravelle New York Men’s Chronograph Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

This stylish Caravelle New York men’s chronograph watch is something both you and her can wear. The round-shaped, patterned black dial features a textured, vertical stripe background with luminous accents black-tone hands and silver-tone Arabic numerals at the six and 12 o’clock position and the other hour markers are bar-shaped indexes. This analog Japanese quartz powered timepiece is protected by a scratch resistant mineral crystal and is water resistant up to 99 feet (30 meters) and offers a battery life of approximately three years. Available at Macy’s and on www.Macys.com.