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Beyoncé gift wraps your manicure

Queen Bey has unleashed yet another stealth announcement… and this one’s a beaute. Particularly for those as “into” nails as Beyoncé is.

The Queen of the Universe (and noted advocate of the Instagrammed manicure) has paired with her longtime manicurist Lisa Logan and famed nail brand NCLA to wrap up your holiday manicure in a most literal fashion. The mini-collaboration is a 4-piece selection of nail wraps, which we can be sure we’ll see on her own pampered paws at some point. The designs include a plaid pattern inspired by her “Flawless” video wardrobe called “I Woke Up Like This;” a neon sign “Blow” video-inspired look called “Je Ne Sais Quoi;” a take-off of the Tom Ford jumpsuit she wore at the called “No Rest In the Kingdom;” and scribbled track listing of her current CD called “I Come with a Side of Trouble.” So… you know… a 4-piece homage to… Beyoncé.

Available now at $18 a pop, any one of these will lend major street red to your holiday manicure and will ensure that you’re safe from any unwanted Beygency visits to muck up the season.

 

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Bang-Bang: The hottest fall hair-cessory

From Beyoncé’s baby bangs to “it” girl Alexa Chung and supermodel Behati Prinsloo’s eye-skimming fringe, a simple  (or not so simple) sheering of the hair is the hottest accessory for fall. And sometimes, the trickiest.

While Beyoncé’s short, short (and short-lived) baby bangs left some fashion folks scratching their heads, the perfect bangs are longer with layers on the ends that skim the tops of the cheekbones to call attention to the eyes and accentuate the area. With the right cut, that awkward “growing out my bangs” look gets decidedly less awkward as it’s easy to simply sweep them out of the way.

Fall’s messy-sexy bangs almost have me convinced to chop some fringe myself. Almost.

 

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Tuesday To-Do: Blue Eyeshadow

Spring ’14′s best eye makeup look has taken a turn towards the sky and sea with a resurgence of blue hued shadow, liner and even mascara. NOTE: This is not your mother’s baby blue eyeshadow. Instead, it’s a turn towards a darker blue palette, like navy, indigo, cobalt and even an enviable sheer indigo—and stars like Beyonce, Emmy Rossum and Emma Stone are all trying this look on for size.

For a modern take on this classic color, try a highly pigmented cobalt shadow or liner boldly making a statement on the trend. Or stick with a reverse ombre, starting with navy liner and moving up over the entire eyelid blending to a sheer finish just before the eyebrow. A softer look will include choosing a sheer gray-toned blue which will highlight most any eye color, looking of-the-moment without going over the top. Or just throw caution to the wind and create a mermaid-ish holographic smokey eye with shimmering aqua, green or violet-toned blue shadows.

The look also played double duty as liner and highly pigmented eyelid stain at both Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 14 catwalk, and also seen at the Badgley Mischka S/S 14 presentation and Miu Miu S/S 14—all in preparation for hitting your own cosmetics case this season. So what are you waiting for?

 

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Grammy Makeup Plays It Up And Down

So, can we all agree that Beyoncé’s relaxed wave bob, dewy complexion, and soft hazy eye makeup stole the show at last night’s Grammy awards? From her highly anticipated “Drunk in Love” performance with husband Jay Z — where Bey-Bey rocked a freshly showered, undone look — to her floral peek-a-boo lace entrance frock, Queen Bey most assuredly stole the show.

Of course, Beyoncé wasn’t the only winner in the best-dressed list department. Taylor Swift nailed it again, this time trading in her signature award season red pout for a softer more natural hue, which seemed to be a trend as a pregnant au natural Ciara, and pop singer Rita Ora, known also for her signature red lip, followed suit.

Acting as exception to that rule was the nearly-black bordeaux lip that’s become a trademark of newly dubbed rock-Princess Lorde, and was also spotted on Katy Perry.

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H&M Annouces Commitment To Ladies Of All Shapes And Sizes

In a win for ladies of all sizes, H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson has admitted that the model’s chosen in past H&M ad campaigns have been overly thin. In a recent interview in the daily newspaper the Metro, Persson owns up saying, “Some of our models have been too skinny. That’s not OK.”

Speaking for the mega-brand, the CEO went on to admit that a spate of conscience was involved in this new take on what’s beautiful, saying that the influence and size of H&M gives the company a responsibility to the industry and women everywhere.

“We have a huge responsibility here. We’re a large company, many people see us, and we advertise a lot… I believe that the models in our advertising should look sound and healthy. There are models who are too thin or obviously underweight, but there are also those who’re just thin, and they’re the ones we should keep working with, as long as they look sound and healthy,” he said.

Sound and healthy sounds more than reasonable to us, and also to the famous face of their latest summer model, Beyonce, whom Persson pointed to as an example of the healthy body image H&M has now chosen to strive for.

“We want to show diversity in our advertising and not give people the impression that girls have to look a particular way. By and large, I think we’ve succeeded: we’ve many different kinds of models from different ethnic backgrounds. In our last campaign we had a somewhat more buxom model, and now we’re using Beyoncé, who’s a bit curvier as well.”

And with Bey-Bey’s “no Photoshop policy — as reported by Vogue UK —  it looks like the super-star and the fast-fashion giant are finally on the same page.

“It’s not just about maximizing profit; you have to do it in a fair way, too,” he says. “I want to feel proud today and when I leave H&M and look back at what we’ve done. I want to feel that we were the just company regarding our social responsibilities: caring about the environment, choice of models, social issues.”

Now that’s a welcome change from the heated comments of Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO. Let’s hope H&M stays true to their word on this one — a big win for ladies of every size, shape and color.

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Beyoncé Plays Dress Up With H&M

The rumor mill has been spinning of late that Beyoncé — yes, the Queen Bey herself — would be joining fast-fashion heavy H&M as the face of their new summer campaign. And guess what? It’s true!

In a move that had to be seen to be believed, the pop star is following up her Inauguration/Vogue cover/Super Bowl trifecta by adding her icon-status to influence the fashion-fashion followers of H&M.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M had this to say about the new summer line and Beyoncé‘s involvement and shill,  ”There’s the perfect bodycon dress, as well as a flowing sun dress that makes a real statement. And of course there are the bikinis, especially the fringed bikini. What makes these pieces even more special is that Beyoncé herself had input into the design, and they are full of her own personal style.”

Naturally, the admiration is mutual, “I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion,” Beyonce said. “I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements—fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial.”

With photographer’s Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin on the scene, the “tropical island” happened to be the Bahamas to shoot a corresponding TV ad featuring the Queen’s new single “Standing in the Sun.”

You can expect H&M’sBeyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M” campaign — a cross-promotion with her upcoming world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show, to kick off on April 15.

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Gucci Pairs With Beyonce and Salma Hayek In Chime For Change

Smart, beautiful, successful and philanthropic superstars Beyonce Knowles and Salma Hayek have joined up with Gucci to launch the brands global campaign for female empowerment. The initiative, called Chime For Change, aims to raise awareness and funds in support of projects for girls and women on a global scale, through sharing “powerful stories” about inspiring females.

“I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be,” Beyonce recently told fashion magazine Vogue.  ”It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honoured to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.”

Officially announcing the organization and it’s goals at the TEDxWomen luncheon, Hayek had this to say, “I am proud to be joining the growing international movement on behalf of girls and women around the world. I believe that by working together we can change the course of history to ensure that girls and women are empowered to realize their potential and thrive.”

Gucci’s Chime for Change campaign shares an equally star-studded advisory board of experts and global advocates – Julia RobertsMeryl Streep, Jada Pinkett SmithFrancois-Henri Pinault, Gordon and Sarah Brown, and Arianna Huffington.

Frida Giannini, Creative Director of Gucci

This isn’t the luxe label’s first time supporting women’s rights issues, Gucci has enjoyed a seven-year partnership with UNICEF in support of girls’ education, and has founded two female film awards — the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award and the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema with the Venice Film Festival.

“This is the emergency and the opportunity of today,” said Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini. “We have reached a significant moment in the history of girls’ and women’s empowerment and now is the time for change. I think it is essential for girls and women to see and celebrate what is possible. I hope that through Chime we can help the voices calling for change to become so loud that they cannot be ignored.”

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Could Beyonce Be Returning to Cover Vogue’s March 2013 Issue?

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Rumor has it mama Beyonce will be back on the cover of Vogue for the second time in the March 2013 issue. Were you surprised? With the superstar’s plans to perform during the super bowl and her anticipated HBO special making headlines, we’re not so concerned about the marketing machine which is the Bootylicous singer. To top it all off, the girl has an album in the works.

We’re thinking that Beyonce is really an alien who choose vocal exercises and plane rides over sleeping and rejuvenating.

We’re not judging. We love Bey and we’re more than excited to see if the rumors pan out.

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Obama Get’s Support From Beyonce & Blue Ivy

The race is heating up… oh, don’t pretend you don’t know what race we’re talking about.  With the Republican and Democratic conventions behind us, and the impending vote getting closer and closer, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are counting on their “friends in high places” to help them win the election.  For Obama, that means Beyonce.

The singer is pulling out all the stops in support of the President, and keeping it all in the family.  Not only did she and Jay-Z host a recent New York City fundraiser on Monday, but she’s (in collaboration with mom Tina Knowles also designed a three-pack of onesies for the campaign’s Runway to Win initiative.  It’s brilliant, really.  Baby Blue Ivy (or your little darling) + insanely cute onesie = votes.

Of course, Beyonce and family aren’t the only celebrities designing merch for the President.  Singer Ricky Martin, Sarah Jessica ParkerDiane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Proenza SchoulerTory Burch, and Yigal Azrouël have also designed merchandise for Runway to Win—all available on the RTW website.

 

 

 

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L’Oreal Taps Mexico Media Personality, Martha Debayle, as Spokesperson for Excellence Creme Pro-Keratine Hair Color Collection

L'OREAL PARIS MARTHA DEBAYLE

Martha Debayle isn’t just your average, ordinary, flawless media personality. The acclaimed television host and on-air expert for Mexico City’s Televisa  is also a working mom and wife who has spent the last 10 years dedicating her career to providing comprehensive advice and editorial content on women’s health, pregnancy, fertility and parenting advice.

The go-to source for moms and families alike, it’s no wonder L’Oreal Paris decided to tap the beauty to be the new representative of their Excellence Creme Pro-Keratine Hair Color system.

“Looking good allows me to feel my best and take on the world. My hair is my favorite feature, so I can’t compromise when it comes to my color,” said  Debayle in a press release.  “I love the empowering nature of L’Oreal Paris hair color and adore how this hair color collection fits into and enhances my multi-faceted life.”

Launching in September the ad campaign featuring Debayle will appear across the United States and in Mexico via television and print in both English and Spanish.

Explore the line of hair color hues and hotness at L’Oreal Paris.

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