No Strings Attached Fashion Show

I was invited to attend the No Strings Attached Fashion Show at Set Nightclub. The show previewed the Spring 2012 swimwear collection from No Strings Attached Swimwear by designer and CEO Stephanie Rotuna. So what’s in for this next season? besides a fit bod, it was all about lace, metallics, and the femininity of sparkle and shine embellishing the trims of just about every piece.

About the swimwear- “Each piece is produced in-house at the No Strings Attached atelier in the sunny and vibrant city of Miami, Florida. The No Strings Attached collection brings an innovative and fashion forward mix to our design aesthetic. Each suit is brazenly embellished with luxurious detail, from exquisite jewelry accents to Swarovski crystal detailing, all playing gracefully on a bed of the finest quality, imported materials.”

Can’t forget shoes either, If you’re looking to really make a statement with your two-piece look to MIA Shoes. The ladies wore sexy pumps and wedges from the MIA Shoes collection down the catwalk. The show was fantastic, leading into the late Miami night with the pumped up sounds of DJ N’Dy.
My wonderland, of course, was the backstage action of hair and makeup. Models, shoes, makeup, camera’s flashing…I loved it!

Photo courtesy of No Strings Attached Swimwear

I met the lovely, and beyond sweet Alejandra Espinoza (season 1 winner of Univision’s Nuestra Belleza Latina). She taught me a few signature camera poses to keep me looking fabulous in every shot but, oops, I didn’t take any during the mini tutoring session.

Photo courtesy of Pantene North America

All the models had their sexy-sultry hair and makeup done by Pantene Celebrity Stylist Carlos Vera and his team.

Carlos Vera and Alejandra Espinoza. Photo courtesy of Pantene North America
Beautiful use of color for a smokey eye. Photo courtesy of Pantene North America

I was not alone on this beauty blogger adventure…got the chance to meet the ladies behind LasGringasBlog.com– La Rubia y La roja. Hola chicas!!

If you’ve never been to Miami and are thinking about visiting, you must read their blog for the how-to on everything from music, language, culture and food.

Also, take a look at Tu Pantene (your Pantene), Pantene’s efforts at latinas embracing their natural tresses.

Here are some more pictures from the night’s event.

>> No Strings Attached Fashion Show

>> Pantene styles No Strings Attached Show

OH! And look at these awesome freebies I snagged 🙂

Had to wear them the next day!

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Inside My Makeup Heart

If the world was ending but there was a slight chance at survival and you could only take 10 makeup products with you, what would they be?

These are my go-to products over and over again; the base to any look I create…my safe blanket.

What are your “can’t live without it” products?

What’s Your Skin Eating- Skincare Infographic

Proper skincare is more than ‘very’ important to me, it’s an essential to my daily life. I figure, my face is the first thing most people see so it should always be at its best (with or without makeup).

Instead of a long article on some skin basics, I found these great visuals off of Visual.ly to give you a more colorful overview.

So tell me, how do you go about skincare?

Click on the images if you want to get a closer look.

 

Where’s the Beef?…Manicure Nightmare!

I am a “D.I.Y” kind of girl…I straighten and curl my own hair, give myself salon-worthy mani/pedi’s, and have practiced my way into nicely groomed/shaped eyebrows.

The D.I.Y practice saves me a ton of money!

Though, from time to time (like twice a year) I enjoy a little pampering and R&R so I seek out a simple service like a manicure and pedicure.

Seldom have I had an acceptable experience with the actual nail service; my most recent nail service tops them all! I left work looking forward to some ‘me’ time and was in desperate need of some nail lovin’. I thought of a couple familiar salons around my home area and went for one I had been before over a year ago and had an ok service. Why not give them another try? Plus, the place inside is really nice, white marble-like floors, a mini pond caved into the middle of the floor with water trickling in adding a relaxing sound. The look of the place is very clean and modern, white chairs, long clear panels dividing the hair section from the nail section- an appropriate place to get glammed up.

To sum it up…the nail tech barely paid attention to me. She preferred to join into conversations with the other girls in the salon. It’s as if she could perform the services in her sleep because she would aimlessly attack my feet with the electronic foot file, not realizing she had filed too much in some places. Did I mention she was on her phone while using the clippers on my cuticles? I almost died! You’d think that was the worst part, nope! I chose a burgundy red color and apparently she hates using reds (I over heard her ‘whispering’ to another girl). I learned why she hates red…she’s terrible at painting nails. She shmeared my toes like cream cheese on a bagel. Oh, the mess! I wanted to skip out on the manicure but went through it and no difference. The best part was the Bath & Body Works lotion placed on my fingers as cuticle softener during the hand soak. The nail file was old and falling apart and the technique, just as bad. Because she was already horrible at painting, after ‘cleaning’ my poor fingers looked like a hammer had hit them.

Remember all those burger ads with perfectly fluffy buns and crisp green lettuce… and then you look at what you actually bought?

Picture from Food Advertisement Vs. The Real Thing "Food Advertisement Vs. The Real Thing"

I’ll stick to doing my own nails from now on.

Does the craft not matter anymore? It seems like some nail salons and those that offer nail services are becoming like fast food places…the picture looks great but the end result makes you feel like you got cheated out of your money. “Where’s the beef?” Where’s the quality control? If I were a salon owner I’d perform monthly service checks on all the employees; hop in the chair myself and make sure clients are receiving the best service and that the quality of the work is there too.

This is my end result... $32 + 15% gratuity
I wasn't exaggerating...

Beauty regimens are such a personal practice…a bad haircut can change our confidence until it grows out (I know, I’ve been there) and a less than perfect nail service can make you feel like a two-year-old attacked your hands with nail polish. To all the nail techs out there….love and perfect your craft and think of your client as a friend. You wouldn’t let your friend go out with a bad manicure, would you?

Gift Shopping at Sephora + Freebies for Me!

The anticipation and giddiness of knowing I’ll be picking out makeup and beauty goods is comparable to the sensation a child is overcome with when he/she is surprised with the delight of having dessert before dinner. I don’t know of many kids who have had that surprise, but for the sake of setting the mood, that’s how I feel.

I counted down the hours to my visit even though I would be picking out a gift for a friend and nothing for me. Somewhere nestled in the back of my head my little deviled beauty conscious was already working the numbers to see how much I could stretch my budget so I could happily walk out with something too.

As I walked through the mall I saw my glorious destination and strolled right in! I gawked at Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes with puppy eyes. I keep promising to give it to myself…soon! Proceed visit to Sephora with more gawking and drooling over shadows, glosses, mascaras and cool packaging…

So what was the point of my visit?! Oh yes! A gift for a friend, not me.

I got a tip my friend likes Ralph Lauren’s Romance and took the 1.7oz ($62) and the travel size roller .34oz ($20) for a grand total of $87.74. Luckily I was splitting the cost with other friends.

Split the cost of one, really nice gift rather than give several disappointing ones because you all happen to be broke. Yeah, yeah, “it’s the thought that counts” but how much more thoughtful is it that several people put that much effort into getting ‘1’ something you know they’ll love?

Remember my deviled beauty conscious? There she was screaming in my ear “you deserve a tiny something, go find it”…well, I did run out of my boscia green tea blotting papers, and it’s only $10 for 100 sheets, and they are super amazing for touching up my makeup mid-day, and the green tea extracts are great for my skin…SOLD!

Walking to the checkout you’re flashed with an array of sample sized products on miniature sized counters, and I’m a sucker for them all! Nail polishes, lip balms, powders, makeup removers…and this really neat find:

Measuring just 3.5" x 1.75" x 2.5" the Minimergency Survival Kit for those girly ‘emergencies’ it packs hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, sewing kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and adhesive bandages…all that for $11! How do they get it all in there? I know I’ve needed this quite a few times in weird situations. How convenient, right? I didn’t buy it though.

I did get a yummy Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter by Pacifica (2.5oz) for $5. Smells like orange gummy worms actually. Thought it’d be a good addition to my makeup bag since my hands dry out from using the soap and water at public places.

During checkout I realized I hadn’t picked up my beauty insider birthday gift, woohoo!

I was so happy to see it was the Fresh Sugar Kissed Lip Treatment -a regular balm and a tinted balm. I had been eyeing these for a while, so brownie points for me.

That’s not all! I had more than 100 points so I got to choose from a few other samples. I went for another item I had been eyeing, the Urban Decay After Glow Cheek Tint in Quickie. Hey, if I can’t get a regular size, sample will do! + the awesome rep. Oscar was so sweet to give me a few extra samples of a Clinique serum and a philosophy moisturizer –happy dance!

After about 40 minutes of sniffing perfumes (Vera Wang Lovestruck), painting the back of my hands with pigments and gawking at everything I couldn’t get, I walked out a reasonably happy girl; even with my bag full of samples.

How to Sparkle this Holiday Season Like Eva Mendes

‘Tis the season of sparkle, shine and glam! Pantene’s covergirl, Eva Mendes has the right idea when achieving a sexy and glam holiday look…it shouldn’t be something over-thought because after all, you want to look flawlessly fabulous without having to sacrifice any of your holiday party time.

These tips will get you out the door looking merrily sexy!

My favorite tip: A perfect non-black dress…stand out from the crowd. Try a beautiful satin red dress, va-va-voom!

*Photo and tips courtesy of Pantene North America

Celeb everyday looks

Usually when I look at a magazine cover I think, mehh, she looks nice…BUT…these two covers are my all time favorite. I love how these celebrity girls are wearing everyday looks so flawlessly.

On the cover of Cosmopolitan is Mila Kunis wearing beautiful smoked out browns with a sultry cat eye. The rest of the look is a bronzy glow with highlights down her nose and underneath her eyes, and  glossy lips. This look is just naturally sexy.

On the cover of Nylon is Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s sister). Lovely use of the liner-notice how her cat eye starts about a third away from the inner corner; adding a little translucent white in the tear duct makes her eyes look bigger and are at the center of your attention. Full and flirty lashes are always wearable. Barely there nude lip color and again, glowing skin. I’d wear this look to go shopping and then slip on my cocktail dress for a night out with the girls.

FYI: All the products used for Elizabeth’s look were from Covergirl 😉