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Find Your New Look In $50 Or Less From CVS #CVSBeautyClub

February 6th, 2015 by Christen

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Now that those New Year, New You mantras have truly sunk in, why not take action and find a new look or beauty trend to explore for the new year?  Recently, I challenged my friends to discover one new beauty trend of the season and incorporate it into their work day or weekend beauty looks.  Of course, I couldn’t challenge my friends without taking on a beauty challenge of my own and finding a few new looks for less than $50 at CVS. CVS offers access to new beauty products from exclusive-to-CVS brands like Essence of Beauty and Makeup Academy but you can also find other brands you know and love like Cover Girl and more. I love all sorts of beauty brands and you can find almost all of them within my beauty bag on any given day. You’ll definitely find black eye liner, mascara, lip gloss, concealer and red lipstick in my bag at all times.  Check out my CVS Beauty shopping spree and beauty haul video below:


At CVS, it’s easy to find the best in beauty products and spend $50 in purchases, but did you know that you could earn points that save you money as well?  As a Beauty Club member, you can earn $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty products including cosmetics, skincare, haircare/accessories and more! I’ve been shopping at CVS for years, and racking up my fair share of amazing Beauty Club ExtraBucks Rewards is always a welcomed treat after checkout. From last minute cool new styling brands to beauty staples, when I score a $5 ExtraBucks Reward it comes in handy for my next purchase. Click here to sign up for CVS Beauty Club, you could be saving on your next new beauty buy too!





What’s a must have in your beauty bag?  Share your beauty bag staples in the comment section below!

For more on what CVS Beauty Club has to offer for your new year, new you looks, check out and get social on Facebook and Twitter.

Divas Do Beauty: Fashion Fair Cosmetics And Legendary Makeup Artist Sam Fine

January 31st, 2013 by Christen
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Sam Fine & Christen of with Sam Fine for Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection lipstick in Moroccan Spice.

Inspired by international travels, legendary makeup artist Sam Fine discusses eye for beauty and must-have pigments for the launch of Sam Fine For Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection with For over a decade, Sam Fine has created iconic, one-of-a-kind beauty looks for some of the world’s most amazing stars. From Jennifer Hudson and Tyra Banks to Vanessa Williams and Iman, Fine has made a name for himself as a highly sought-after makeup artist for women of color. Recently, Fine discussed his unique vision into his debut makeup line, a collection of eye shadow palettes, lipsticks and lip gloss designed exclusively for Fashion Fair.



“Its been such a privilege to work with Fashion Fair to create this inspired collection,” says Sam Fine. “As a pioneer in the cosmetics industry, Fashion Fair has truly changed the way we approach beauty. I’m excited for what the futrre holds for our collaboration.”

In honor of it’s 40th year anniversary, Fashion Fair has collaborated with Sam Fine to create The Sam Fine For Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection which includes the following shades, colors and glosses.

Eight Supreme Lip Color Shades (22): These pigments deliver intense color with the right amount of shine. Colors include: Champagne Toast, Whispering Rose, Deep Suede, Pink Parfait, Moroccan Spice, Dynasty Red, Cognac African Violet.

Two Supreme Eye Color Quads ($38): Designed with opulent, complementing shades to achieve multiple looks from bold, glam and even smokey eye looks are achievable with each variety of finishes. Colors include: Tunisian Nights and Amalfi Coast.

Supreme Shine Lip Gloss ($20): Hi shine meets a crisp golden shade with this non-sticky lip gloss. Colors include: Canary Diamond



From Left to Right: Lipstick shades in Dynasty Red, African Violet and Pink Parfait



Sam Fine Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection is available now at select stores including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, BonTon, Belk, Dillard’s and on



Show Face At The INGLOT Artist Lounge Grand Opening In NYC!

December 18th, 2012 by Christen

Are you in NYC looking for the place to show your face?  INGLOT Cosmetics is proud to announce the grand opening of their 6,000 square foot, INGLOT Artist Lounge located at their Chelsea Market flagship store on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.




INGLOT’s Artist Lounge radiates beauty inspiration from every corner and offers pro-members an array of services not found under any other roof.  Makeup artists will find themselves immersed in astudio that is sure to become their next beauty haven. The opportunities are endless here for INGLOT pro-members!  Artists can book one of the many spaces during business hours and gain access to the entire INGLOT range of products.  Hold your wedding trials, business meetings, and photo shoots here!  The best news is, these services are offered to pro-members free of charge for a limited time! In addition to the space, make use of the wide screen television for presentations, complete state of the art sound system, catering facilities for any refreshments you may bring, and all the INGLOT products you could ever want.  So why not meet new clients, entertain old ones, attend a class or even host your own?


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The New York INGLOT Artist Lounge, the one-stop support shop for all industry professionals.  The perfect complimentary space for business lunches, makeup trials, promotional events, parties, photo shoots, research projects and more.”  Mr. Wojtek Inglot, Creator and Founder of INGLOT Cosmetics


But that’s not all!  Beginning in January, and each month throughout 2013, INGLOT’s Artist Lounge will be full of workshops and inspiration!  Top makeup artists in the industry will be on-site to train and educate other pro-members in their craft.  Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon!  The “Artist Lounge” is located on the fifth floor at Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue (between 15th and 16th Street), New York, NY 10011.  For more information on how to become a pro-member, please visit

The Makeup Show NYC & Top 5 Products You Need In Your Arsenal NOW!

May 21st, 2012 by Christen

The Makeup Show NYC came to a close last week bringing inspiration and education to the epicenter of beauty and fashion. Over 6,000 beauty professionals, buyers, industry educators, press, and retailers, packed the halls at Metropolitan Pavilion on May 13 and 14 to immerse themselves in the LARGEST makeup industry event of the year.


The Makeup Show NYC was the perfect setting for pro makeup artists to stock their kits with the latest products and brands on the market and to network amongst some of the most influential artists in the industry. Each year the show hosts top makeup artists and this year was no exception.  A few in attendance included Troy Jensen, Frances Hathaway, and Kristofer Buckle who each shared the secrets to their success and techniques in intimate keynotes and demonstrations.


Shelly Taggar, Vice President for The Makeup Show shared“Every year we try to grow and deliver new things to the artists that attend, and I think this year has been the best yet.  And we still have 3 shows to deliver this year in Chicago, Berlin and our new addition Orlando.”James Vincent, Director of Artistry and Education for The Makeup Show adds, “The Makeup Show NYC, with over 6000 artists and industry insiders through the door, and over 50 forums, seminars, panels, lectures and keynote presentations we bring some of the biggest hair and makeup artists from all areas of the industry for inspiration and guidance in both artistry and career building.”


The Makeup Show NYC featured top beauty brands who recorded higher sales than previous years and even sold out of popular products.  Participating brands included: Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush and Temptu Pro, Silver Sponsor Stila, Supporting Sponsors NARS, Make-Up Designory, Smashbox, Hautelook, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Alcone and INGLOT Cosmetics, Media Sponsor Jones Magazine, Other Sponsors The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine. In addition, over 60 pro-makeup industry companies including: MAC, Ellis Faas, Alcone, Senna, Kett Cosmetics, Embryolisse USA, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Kevyn Aucoin, Armour Beauty, Cinema Secrets, to name a few.

The Makeup Show NYC Highlights

NARS “Pop-Up Shop” which resembled their flagship boutique proved to be a huge success and was packed at all times.  They even sold out of many popular products.  Check out a few of my favorite NARS picks & essential grabs from The Makeup Show below.

5.  Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Just one drop of this world-famous Drying Lotion on a surface pimple or whitehead will heal and dry a zit virtually overnight. Mario Badescu's best-selling, concentrated formulation of calamine, salicylic acid and quick-acting acne-zapping ingredients should be part of everyone's clear-skin arsenal.

4.   NARS Thakoon Nail Polish Collection – Amchoor

Amchoor is a bright warm yellow that just makes you happy looking at it! I can't wait to try this shade out for size this summer!


3.  Kiss iENVY Premium False Lashes

I'm a girl that loves her lashes, especially for on camera interviews, commercials and more! These premium, lush lashes are made of 100% Remy hair and great for professional use!



2.  NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Red Square


The Fabulous Nichole (@SugaRushTV) and I wearing the same Nars shade at the Nars Makeup Show NYC TweetUp


1.  ZUCA Utility MakeUp Bag – small

Zuca utility pouch is ideal for organizing beauty supplies, art supplies, you name it! The clear top allows you to quickly see what's inside while making it easy to keep organized.


You’ve seen my MakeUp Show moments & top must haves.  What are your favorite makeup must haves?   

For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit

ESSENCE.COM Feature: 10 Hair and Beauty Apps We Can’t Live Without

April 10th, 2012 by Christen

With tons of smart phone applications available for your iPhone, Blackberry & Android devices, it’s safe to say there’s an app to solve almost any problem. Did you know, there are apps to solve even the slightest of beauty problems? From selecting new hair color shades to correcting your worst make up faux pas – there’s an app for that! It’s now easier ever than before to get the best beauty advice, quality product reviews and step-by-step tutorials all from the convenience of your smart phone.

Tried, tested and true,  check out our favorite FREE beauty apps available for your smart phone and enjoy the beauty of technology at your fingertips.  Read my complete article below…

10 Hair and Beauty Apps We Can’t Live Without

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Maybelline Brings Fashion Week To A Computer Screen Near You!

February 7th, 2012 by Christen

More makeup artists. More designers. More shows. More participation from Maybelline New York’s global community and consumers.  Now in its sixth season as the official cosmetics sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Maybelline New York has announced its collaborations with an increasingly diverse roster of fashion and beauty talent, a new installation and more!

With its biggest backstage roster yet, Maybelline New York will be lending its talent to a bevy of shows which, once again, displays a mix of venerable fashion leaders and exciting up-and-coming talent including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Pamela Love, Billy Reid, Wes Gordon, Rachel Zoe, L.A.M.B., DKNY, Custo Barcelona, Carlos Miele, Bibhu Mohapatra, Betsey Johnson and J. Mendel.

Maybelline New York, in partnership with YouTube and IMG, will once again deliver the excitement of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York to fashion lovers everywhere.  Starting February 9th through February 15th, 30 designer shows will be live streamed to Fashion enthusiasts will find no shortage of thrilling content from show schedules, backstage beauty looks, insider interviews, how-to videos to mobile live streaming of the hottest shows.  Maybelline New York fans can also get their behind-the-scenes beauty fix by following @Maybelline on Twitter and visiting Maybelline New York’s Facebook page and Tumblr blog for live updates and commentary from the week’s shows and events.

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My Makeup Tip To Release The Diva Within…

November 30th, 2011 by Christen

Thanks to L’Oreal for sponsoring my post about my favorite beauty looks, tips and tricks! Check out for beauty advice from the experts.

First of all, I must admit my moment of vulnerability at the moment…blogging about makeup and makeup application is something that I’m no expert on, but I’m still extremely passionate about. (If I didn’t blog about fashion and technology, I’d definitely be a beauty blogger – chatting about mascaras and foundations and lip colors (oh, my!)). Growing up, the one person who I idolized when it came to beauty was my mom. She’d whip out her makeup bag on a Friday night and within minutes went from “mom” to “AMAZING”. She’s the woman that introduced me to names like L’Oreal, MAC and Bobbi Brown and taught me “less is always best!”

Since her teachings, I have been able to accomplish the challenge of the “cat eye”, “smokey eye” and even “sun-kissed” looks with ease. But the one technique that I’ve been “eyeing” for the past year is how to find the perfect “red” lip.


I’ll admit, I’ve tried different shades, some that were too orangey, others that were too dark or blueish — but a couple of months ago, I strolled into Macy’s Herald Square with my girlfriends, on a mission…to find my perfect “red” lip.


After a few misses, I stumbled upon my HIT! It was a beautiful matte finished red by MAC (Ruby Woo). Since then, I’ve learned how to perfect my red lip and make it last a little longer and stay a little brighter and I’ve listed my step-by-step tips below:

1. Start with a clean lip. (no glosses…maybe a tad of chapstick if your lips are too dry.)

2. Use a very light concealer and dab a bit across your lips (and a little beyond your lip line.) until you have an even colored surface.

3. Apply a lip liner (preferably the same color as your lipstick) to create the boundary of your lips. Start at the top crease of your lip (drawing the letter “V”).

4. Starting from the corners, apply the lipstick from right to the left of your lip (make sure you stay within the lip liner lines.)

5. Gently press your lips together to evenly distribute the color across the entire lip.




I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about a red lip that makes me feel invincible. I’ll experiment with L’Oreal colors when I’m looking to alter my mood, or just for a little extra pep when I need it most. One of my favorite red lip divas is the one and only Gwen Stefani – that girl can rock a red lip better than anyone else.

 Have you conquered your “red” lip yet? Which of your favorite makeup looks are you trying to conquer next?

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