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Hey Friends: Brand Makeup for Less

5 Mar

Friends who love friends share makeup. Just ask founders and friends Vivian Wang (right) and Jackie Xu of the internet site gofriendshop.com

It’s a buy more, save more concept. The more items you choose, the more you save. The best part is you can purchase the makeup & skincare with a friend and both save, because the items you tally up together count for the discount. (Buy 2–5% off, Buy 4–15% off, Buy 8–30% off)

Gofriendshop.com offers all brand names. They purchase close-outs and department store excess. But the brands are all authentic like Urban Decay, Nars, Laura Mercier, Benefit, Clinique, Lancome and more.

Wang and Xu are two savvy entrepreneurs. Wang was a former senior strategist at Gap, while Xu was an engineer at Stripe.

It’s a start-up that began four months ago, and right now it’s in the soft launch phase. But it’s destined to do well, with some powerful Silicon Valley financial backing and a site founded by and run by women.

Motownsavvy hopes to partner and review products.

What woman doesn’t want makeup at a discount price? Get 20% off your first purchase at gofriendshop.com with code “MOTOWN” here: http://bit.ly/MOTOWN2

Classic, Chic & Classy

15 Jun

Ever wonder how to create a classic style? Fashion expert and illustrator Kate Schelter walks readers through an illustrated guide on how to develop a personal, timeless style in the book Classic Style.

I literally stumbled upon this book on Madison Avenue a few weeks ago peering into the window of the boutique Veronica Beard. There was a book party with free mimosas. Well, I was lured in and saw the author Kate Schelter. I did not have time to interview her, but I snapped a photo and asked the publisher (Grand Central, Life & Style) for a press copy.

Kate is the lovely lady on the left. ( I have no idea who the lady on the right is. If I find out, I will update this post.) The book has lovely illustrations all by Kate. (See the photo below.) One tip on defining your own classic style is your pajamas. (I think I’m in big trouble here.) It’s what you do naturally. She also discusses how “less is more.” She reveals what makes an outfit stylish — your grandmother’s ring, a signature hat, comfy jeans. Interspersed are vignettes of other people’s personal style. For example, author Julia Chapin’s favorite piece of furniture is a 1970 Bellini sectional couch, while her favorite makeup is Bobbi Brown lip gloss and NARS bronzer stick.

I love how Schelter suggests finding a good tailor and breathing life in old clothes. “I try to find a balance between shlumpy and high-gloss,” she says.

Schelter ends her book aptly with these words:

Find your unique mix.

Have less.

Do more.

Be more.

Be yourself.

Today.

Kiss and Tell: Top Ten Spring Lipsticks

22 Feb

The easiest and least expensive way to change your outfit and usher in the warm weather is to purchase a new lipstick. Here’s a top ten list for the season in a range of hues. The beauty experts at Neiman Marcus, Troy, provided the majority of the list, along with some help from Ruby’s Balm in West Bloomfield, Mich.

Pantone, the international color forecaster, selects Rose Quartz and Peach Echo as the trends for spring 2016. Rose Quartz, a sheer pink, reflects calmness and gentleness, while Peach Echo evokes warmth and playfulness.

Gillian Berger, owner of Ruby’s Balm in West Bloomfield echoes the subtle shades. “Nudes are the trend with soft lips and bold eyes.”

Also hot — red hot. “Say goodbye to the dark and come into the light and brights, says Lindsey Machachek Barile, PR manager at Neiman Marcus, Troy. “A major trend for spring is confident reds. This trend translates across all categories, from ready-to-wear, to accessories and, of course, beauty.”

The lipstick names are as fun and lively as the products. Here’s the top ten (brand and name):

  1. Marc Jacobs, Moody Margot

Marc Jacobs Beauty Collection offers sheer nudes in hues of pale pink and brown.Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick

  1. Laura Mercier, Coquette

This berry color brightens the face.

  1. MAC, Pink Pigeon

This vibrant hue resembles the color of a flamingo.MAC

  1. Sisley, Love

The black and white packaging rivals the bold color.

  1. Estee Lauder, Vengeful Red.

Estee Lauder makes a daring statement with Vengeful Red.estee lauder

  1. YSL, Rose Saint Germain

The perfect shade for Paris in springtime.

  1. Le Metier de Beaute, Amelie

Selena Gomez chose this for Sundance, perhaps because the matte finish moisturizes the lips.

  1. Guerlain, All About Pink

This luscious color is from the “Kiss Kiss” collection.

  1. Trish McEvoy, Perfect Plum

It’s not only perfect for lips, but it’s also a beauty booster for cheeks.trish

  1. Nars, La Dolce Vita

This is the classic lipstick on annual lists.

 

(This article originally appeared in the Detroit Jewish News.)

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