Posted by Cinya Burton on 02/22/13 at 01:23PM
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend "Essence" magazine's 6th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards, which was honestly cooler than sneaking into an Oscar party. Why? Well, for starters, it was packed with A-listers like Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Hudson, and Quvenzhané Wallis (the youngest Oscar-nominated actress ever).
Secondly, even though the event had a red carpet, it felt more like an intimate wedding reception. The vibe was infinitely more relaxed than any awards show I've ever seen (even the Golden Globes where the stars opening drink for three hours). Speeches seemed more like conversations -- casual, warm, and, yes, a bit long -- and celebs hopped from table to table like they were playing duck, duck, goose.
Of course I kept my eye out for big beauty…
Posted by Dawn Davis on 02/21/13 at 02:00PM
If you're a fan of "So You Think You Can Dance," then you're a fan of Cat Deeley, the show's Emmy-nominated host. She's gorgeous, funny, and incredibly entertaining. I for one watch the show just as much for Deeley's dresses and hairstyles as I do for the contestants' dance moves.
Week after week, Deeley gets all glammed up and stands on the corner of the stage while dancers tumble around on the floor -- not the most natural setting -- but there's something about her that feels so real. So when I got the opportunity to talk to her on the phone, I was determined to figure out how she does it. And I think it comes down to two things: She picks out her own clothes, and she doesn't take herself too seriously.
"When I wake up in the morning, I decide what I'm going to wear," she…
Posted by Total Beauty on 02/20/13 at 11:46AM
It may have been a departure from the usual fall beauty trends, but we loved the colorful hair we saw on runways like Carmen Marc Valvo's at New York Fashion Week. However, for us "regular girls," dyeing our ends bright pink or purple isn't really an option (although it would turn a lot of heads at the office!).
The better route is a temporary hair color, like Rita Hazan's new POP Color, an aerosol spray that comes in pink, purple, and blue. POP Color lets you put in colorful highlights, tint your ends, or cover your whole head, and then wash it out when you're ready to go back to your natural shade.
Hazan has been in the hair color game for more than a decade (so she definitely knows what she's doing), and has worked with stars like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Michelle…
Posted by Total Beauty on 02/20/13 at 11:42AM
By Tiffanie Petett
Just in time for her 25th birthday, "Good-Girl-Gone-Bad" Rihanna lands a multi-collection deal with MAC cosmetics. I guess 18 Billboard Music Awards, six American Music Awards, seven Grammys, a fragrance line, and a fashion collaboration with British retailer River Island just wasn't enough for the island princess. But really, when you think of someone who's unapologetically edgy and insanely gorgeous -- a.k.a. perfect for MAC -- she is the "Only Girl In The World" that comes to mind.
The partnership will include four distinct makeup collections to be launched throughout the year. The first product, arriving in stores this May, will be Riri Woo, a lipstick inspired by the MAC classic, Ruby Woo. Naturally, Rihanna will be deemed a creative partner rather than a…
Posted by Total Beauty on 02/19/13 at 05:58PM
Fashion week hopped across the pond to London for a brand new batch of beauty looks begging to be recreated. Backstage, classic and refined mingled with edgy and rock 'n' roll -- we'd expect nothing less from the English.
Topshop Unique made a splash on the runway with a funky eye look in a soft blue color that proved the '90s are here to stay. Makeup artist Hannah Murray rimmed models' eyes in a metallic cornflower shade that really made them pop.
Mulberry ditched the graphic cat eye that was so popular in New York and opted for a more diffused liner look. It was wearable and so, so pretty.
And -- like in New York -- makeup artists couldn't get away from the sculpted face. Burberry turned up the bronzer for a defined cheek with an earthy touch. And at Matthew Williamson the…