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LA Story: Beauty by Blushington

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Working both online and in print, I have a mantra of sorts: I love social media but we need to lead social lives as well.

Sometimes the two paths intersect beautifully, like Monday night, when my friend Laura Tremaine, who writes Hollywood Housewife, threw a party at Blushington – quite possibly my new favorite place on earth. Or on Sunset, at least.

The concept is brilliant – a walk-in welcome salon made up of professional makeup artists who’ll make you over for an evening event or lunch with friends for $35. You can also add on options like airbrushing or lashes (faux, extensions, tinting and more).

Did I mention appointments aren’t necessary (though highly recommended for special occasions and Saturday nights)? For $35.

I’m a pushover for fabulous branding, and they had me at the blush pink beribboned logo featured on Laura’s invitation (loved the Dior vibe). Once there, I was truly impressed. From the wall of mirrors made from compacts to the Hollywood Regency feel that reminded me of the the beauty salons of once upon a time, in places like Bullocks Wilshire or George Cukor’s The Women.

They carry a highly curated line of products – Stila, Kevyn Aucoin, Julie Hewitt and Becca – less can be more and still offer a multitude of options.

(I can’t tell you how happy I was to see they included an eco-chic pick like Hewitt in the mix. Her lipsticks prove that eco-luxe cosmetics exist – like something out of a 1946 issue of VOGUE.)

I spent time talking with Blushington’s close-knit team and was thrilled to see how much they love what they do, and how hard they’re working to make it unique.  There’s something very cool, and rare, about a place that’s luxurious without being snobbishly exclusive. We need more of that in this world.

images courtesy author and laura tremaine

With some seriously fabulous eye makeup (courtesy of Blushington’s Emma Willis – whose station happened to be filled with carefully labeled Z Palettes…small world), it was an evening of makeup, drinks and good conversation with friends (old and new) at sunset, on Sunset. I love LA.

Emma gave me a wonderfully dramatic and defined eye, a bit mod yet modern, and mixed a few Stila lip glazes to create a sheer berry hue. And I loved the way she did my friend Morgan’s makeup, too. (I wrote about Morgan’s maternity beauty regime on BB in 2009, here).

Laura and Blushington hosted a wonderful, much needed evening. I loved getting to see friends – both URL ones and IRL ones, too. I’ve decided I need to do more Dramatic Eye Makeup Mondays. Because Mondays can use all the help they can get.

From Awards Season in full swing to Monday blahs, it’s nice to know Blushington is there. (With DryBar literally next door, this corner of Sunset Plaza is like the beauty version of Clark Kent’s superhero-changing phone booth.)

And knowing that this sort of thing is accessible to all? Well, that’s the beauty of it, really. xo a.


Alex Asher Sears is a writer, photographer, and fourth generation Angeleno. She believes that you can find inspiration anywhere but thinks Slim Aarons, Nöel Coward and Diana Vreeland are a great place to start. Since 2007, she’s been sharing her eco-beauty finds with BB readers. She writes at AlexandraWrote, and also, quite literally, at Type A Calligraphy. Find her on twitter at @AlexandraWrote.

Bathing Beauty: Jeanine Lobell

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I am so excited about this post, as I’m sure you will be too. Today’s bathing beauty is a true beauty legend, a woman I admire greatly in the industry, the founder of Stila Cosmetics, celebrity makeup artist Jeanine Lobell! She’s worked on some of the most famous faces including Natalie Portman and Penelope Cruz and created some of the most memorable products — Stila Lip Glaze in Papaya and Convertible color in Poppy are personal favorites!

She’s witty, savvy, smart, successful and she knows her beauty stuff. Naturally, I had to ask her my 7 favorite beauty related questions. Here’s what Jeanine had to say:

Jeanine and husband Anthony Edwards

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 because it makes people’s skin look flawless, not cakey with foundation.
2. Chanel Inimitables Mascara because it gives big fluffy thick lashes.
3. YSL Fuchsia Lipstick because it makes everyone look like a sexy Parisian.
4. Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Decision Eye Definer in Teak because its soft and makes brown eyes look gold.
5. Stila Lillium Convertible Cheek Color because its not peach and not pink but right in the middle.

What is your all-time favorite product?
I don’t have an all-time favorite but my take to a deserted island product would be Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream because it does so many things!!!

What product do you buy in bulk?
I don’t really buy products as I have loads of industry pals I can hit up and I go in fazes on my obsessions, but right now I am living for .

You moisturize your face with…
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Creme and am obsessed with it!

Favorite body product?
I use a body oil spray from Norma Kamali called barxv.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I have many beauty secrets and can’t tell them all, but for me it’s all about using a ton of moisturizer every day several times a day. It’s kept those pesky wrinkles away.

Beauty icon you admire?
Audrey Hepburn. She looked so amazing as she aged, wrinkles and all.

Fall 2009: Barbie Loves Stila

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Barbie loved Stila last year with limited-edition era cans of makeup and this fall, Barbie is still loving Stila. For their second collaboration – inspired by looks created for the first ever Barbie runway show – Stila is going bold with brightly colored eyes and mega glossy lips.

Here are the deets:

All Doll’d Up Palette ($28.00)
A must-have for any glam girl, this adorable refillable compact – decorated with a lenticular of the iconic Barbie stare contains FOUR eye shadow trios (TWELVE eye shadow shades!) for endless looks and countless levels of glamour.

Lip Enamel Trio ($32.00)
Joy Red
Happiness Light pink
Tickled Pink Signature Barbie power pink

Lip Glaze ($22.00)
Pale Pink
Bright Pink

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner ($20.00)
Created especially for the Barbie collection, this new marker-like pen glides on with precision and ease and won’t smudge or run. The intense carbon black color creates definition for day and drama for night.

Smudge Pot ($20.00)
Cobalt Clutch Blue with blue shimmer
Purple Pumps Purple with pink shimmer
Little Black Dress Black with pink shimmer

Available this month! www.stilacosmetics.com

*images via temptalia

Happy 50th, Barbie!

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Can you believe it? Barbie is a half a century old (yet she doesn’t look a day over 21 — I need some of her beauty cream!). In honor of Barbie’s birthday celebration, interior decorator extraordinaire, Jonathan Adler took a Malibu mansion and transformed it into a chic, Barbie dream house.

A bit of Barbie History:
The first Barbie was introduced at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. She was Barbie, the Teen-Age Fashion Model. Ruth Handler, creator of the Barbie doll (and mega millionaire), says that “Barbie has always represented that a woman has choices… She had the clothes, for example, to launch a career as a nurse, a stewardess, a nightclub singer…” As of 2009, Barbie has 108 careers! Ken was introduced in 1961. Midge, the best friend, in 1963.

Last night, I ventured to Malibu for a look at the life of the original girl power doll, Barbie!

From a real Andy Warhol painting of the birthday girl, to a Barbie shrine room housing Barbie’s from every era, a chandelier entirely made of Barbie hair, to custom B-embroidered carpet and lampshades, to a closet solely consisting of pink Christian Louboutin heels, to a Dylan’s Candy Bar Corner, Barbie’s dream house is both girly and glamorous (with loads of pink, naturally).

Here are some pics:

The Original Barbie

Barbie’s Vanity

Barbie Mirror

Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian wishing Barbie a very Happy Birthday

Barbie’s (and Ken) Bedroom

Rack of Loubs (Barbie is one lucky diva)

Hair Chandelier (yes, that is real Barbie hair!)

Living Room

Click HERE for a dozen more pics (including the original Ken doll and Andy Warhol painting)!

Swag bag included the 2009 Bathing Suit Barbie, a Jonathan Adler for Barbie black and pink mini vase, a Barbie Heart Stila Eye Shadow Trio and Lip Glaze Set (an homage to the Stila/ Barbie collab), Dylan’s Candy Bar Barbie through the years chocolates, and a Patricia Field for Barbie t-shirt that reads, “I want my dream house.”

Hey, I’d settle for Barbie’s dream house!


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A pinch of red… a “blushed” stain… makeup without looking made up…

Stila’s Lip Glaze in Cranberry is my current obsession. It’s part stain, part gloss, all fabulous color. The consistency is perfect – never gooey but definitely shiny – and full of natural color.

The lip glaze was part of the Stila Backstage with Lela Rose kit and it’s meant to give lips that “just-ate-a-basket-of-berries” flushed glow. Use a little and you’re lips have that very natural red hue, use more and you’ll get a nice evening out red color.

But here’s my trick: I LOVE this product on the apples of my cheeks. Not too much, just a dab – enough to give a glowing, berry stained, au natural color with a hint of sheen. It’s so easy to wear and versatile, I carry it in my purse for those “just in case” moments…. (a date? drinks with friends? a cute boy in the car next to me?).

The Stila Lip Glazes come in dozens of envy-inducing colors (another favorite is grapefruit – a pinkish hue).

PRICE TAG: $22.00

Stila and Lela Rose

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New York Fashion Week is around the corner… and we’re just itching to see the faces that strut down that runway! What will be 2009 trend? Colored lashes, cat eyes, perhaps purple lips?

To quench our desire for runway beauty, Stila has hooked up with Lela Rose to create the Stila Backstage Lela Rose Makeup Collection!

The goodies come packaged in the cutest silver cylinder and include the 4 products used by the makeup artists backstage at the 2009 Lela Rose fashion show.

Here are the products and how each was used to create the runway look:

Inspiration: Subtle with a sophisticated twist.

Stila Sun Shade 01 was used to bronze the models’ cheekbones. I’ve heard amazing raves about this bronzer… it has buildable color so you can control the shade.

Cranberry Lip Glaze popped the models’ pouts (the lip glazes are fabulous! Part stain, part gloss – and they look amazing on all skin types). **Beauty Banter FAVE**

Starlight Eye Shadow let the lids shimmer with a champagne glow

Major Lash Mascara in Brown completed the look and helped to create a balanced, feminine face.

The kit is sold exclusively through beauty.com.

PRICE TAG: $34.00

Stila and Barbie – It’s NOT All About the Sex!

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First there was MAC and Fafi… MAC and Heatherette… MAC and Hello Kitty (dying – coming very soon). Now, Stila’s jumping on the collaboration train!

For Barbie’s 50th Anniversary (she looks so good for her age!), she will team up with Stila Cosmetics to bring her signature and whimsical looks to life (and if we’re lucky, her waist size too!).

The collaboration will kick-off in February with four colorful “Decades of Beauty Cans” filled with Stila favorites and Barbie beauty looks iconic of the past 5 decades.

The four “cans” are:

Ponytail Doll from 1959

Malibu Doll from 1971

Foxy Doll from 1980

Jewel Doll from 2000

What happened to Reality Whore doll of 2006-2009?! Kidding (slightly)…

Each can contains two eye shadows and a cheek color or bronzer, as well as a lip product, and a mascara or liner.

Available in February exclusively at Sephora (although I’m hearing that beauty addicts are snatching them up as soon as last week!).

I can just see it now–a world full of life-sized Barbies–wait, that’s Hollywood! DUH!

Stila Rocks The Vote…

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This just in:

Stila’s all new Rock the Vote Red Lippy is on sale TODAY!!!

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A word (or several…) from the company:
“To inspire women to exercise their right to vote, Stila is teaming up with Rock the Vote for a limited edition lipstick that will bring a new breed of “lip service” to the 2008 Presidential Election. 25% of proceeds from the first 500 sold will be donated to Rock the Vote in support of their efforts to mobilize young people to get involved in the political process. Stila will also feature a “Register to Vote” icon on their website. Even if you are not yet a registered voter, it is simple to get the process started with the click of a button.”

Stila’s Rock the Vote Red retails for $17.00 (click HERE to purchase)


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Here’s a cool spin on things: a bronzing POWDER with SPF… yes, I know it’s been around for some time but it’s a current obsession of mine, and due to the heat, I felt it was quite timely.

Pre-summer, PTR launched their Instant Mineral Powder SPF’s… I didn’t really care for this product. I really wanted to love it, but I just couldn’t. It was messy and the powder either exploded from the brush or barely came out at all. And I could never get the darn top back on without blugeoning the bristles! Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan (and I usually love all things PTR!).

(sadly, no go)

But then on a recent jaunt to Sephora I discovered Stila’s Sun Bronzing Powder with SPF 15. It’s actually a near-perfect “natural” colored tan that also offers sun protection. Two products for the price of one… we love it! (Although, as always, you should be using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 45 with both UVA and UVB screening filters… but this is a great addition to your everyday sunscreen.)

(the bomb!)

The powder is pressed – which means no messes! – and it comes in two shades – shade 1 (sheer golden matte bronze) and shade 2 (sheer warm matte bronze). I use shade 2 because I have naturally darker skin. Even without the spf (although this is a great summer beach bag must-have) this bronzer would still be amazing and worth the purchase! After all, it is Stila’s “best-selling bronzing powder formula.” How can you go wrong?!

PRICE TAG: $28.00 (click HERE to purchase)

Life With A Silver Spoon…

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I was a lucky guest at the Silver Spoon winter gift-giveaway… and WOW did I walk away with some incredible beauty products!

The gifting suites were held at Voda Spa (read my post on the fabulous Russian bath house HERE) and such savvy brands like Stila Cosmetics, Ted Gibson, Frilly Lilly, La Fleur, Weleda, and The Face Shop, were in attendance.

I have to play around with the products but I can tell that I’m going to LOVE the Weleda Wild Rose Moisturizing Cream (I’m already such a fan of the Weleda Calendula Cream), Stila Smokey Eye Palette that actually speaks to you, and The Face Shop Volcanic Ash Heating Mask (from Korea… the entire line looks absolutely incredible!).

Lots of goodies… it feels like Christmas all over again! Thanks Silver Spoon!

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