Beauty Crush : Glossier


The beauty world has always been some type of alternate universe for me. I’m not the typical girl who wears makeup every time she leaves the house. In all honesty I’d rather sleep an extra 15 minutes than put on makeup. I prefer to really cling to the term, “less is more” when it comes to skincare.

Enter, Glossier.


Glossier (rhymes with dossier), the new simple-no nonsense skincare by Emily Weiss of beauty blog, Into the Gloss is the latest  to hit my medicine cabinet. I’m a sucker for simple and clean packaging, which they pretty much nailed. Along with the Phase 1 set comes a page of super 90s inspired stickers to decorate your bottles and make them all your own. I’m a sucker for customization. It’s been about a month that I’ve had the series so a proper review is in order.

rosewaterspraySoothing Face Mist | This is pretty much the best ever. I’ve been looking for a rosewater spray for years with no alcohol ever since one of my favorites was discontinued. There really are no words for how great and useful this is. You can use it as a toner, which I do or as just a simple refresher in the afternoon. I need to reorder already because I’m totally obsessed.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset| Priming Moisturizer | Probably one of the most important skincare products is moisturizer. It’s often underestimated but so important. No matter how tired I am each day I always wash my face and put on moisturizer each morning/night. With the cold bitter weather coming here this is the perfect base for your makeup or just a standalone product to wear when heading out the door. It’s got a great texture and never feels greasy or oily on your skin. A tip for this winter: keep this in your bag for a quick skin repair.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset | Balm dotcom | The name of this balm is an understatement. It really is the bomb. It’s marketed as more of a salve which can be used on dry and part of your skin that need just a bit more lovin. As someone who has tried about a bazillion different balms, the fact that this one is on regular rotation is quite a feat.

tinted moisturizer| Perfecting Skin Tint | For someone who doesn’t want to wear foundation, but still wants to have an even radiant skin tone, look to the perfecting skin tint. It comes in three shades that easily blend with many skin colors. With diamond powder as a key ingredient, how can you really go wrong?

I have to tip my hat to Emily and the crew of Glossier for creating such a great range of products that appeals to all essential beauty needs with a touch of fun!

products c/o Glossier


Beauty Watch: Balayage & Summer Hair Tips by Dana Ionato


I have been going bonkers looking over Resort Fall 2014, I went to see the Punk Couture, I have been looking at windows seeing the sun rising and setting each day. I’ve been nicely surprised to conjur up what is going to be in for fall. Looking back at Fall fashion week images and trying to rack my brain to figure out what is going to be new and hip.

I want to do something outside the box… NOT CHUNK BALAYAGE HIGHIGHTS PLEASE! Dont put gloss over your color. Raw whites, or gold, or chestnut, or amber, or neutral highlights.  Blondes can be yellow gold, and brunettes can work with their warmth after painting some highlights strategically placed to look as if the sun did it. Deep roots not to be confused with ombre, but with really disconnected highlights just on the ends. Bangs will be bold, and ASH is back.



Every year in NYC we hair colorists have been playing with tones on our wigs, chatting with our coworkers, and trying to create something genius and innovative. I think more is less this summer. Do 1 highlight, let it last 3 months without touching it then let the summer sun do its thing, and see what your left with in fall. Something cool, something raw, something that mimics a small child’s natural highlights //// Balayage.  Think Jane Birkin meets Balmain with some punchy highlights painted around the face. Forget foils, they are so old and antiquated. They create stripes, and make the grow out process horrendous, and if your brunette it will make your roots stripey blonde, and your ends left dark brown. Get some major  hand-painted highlights; they are painted in a v shape instead of a sliced line like foils, and get brighter as they seamlessly meet at the ends of all your layers. Tieing in everything nicely.






“You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent who showed cerulean military jackets. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.” — Miranda Priestly, “The Devil Wears Prada”

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Blonde Ambition


Just yesterday I was really missing my blonde hair. Yes, that’s right for the better part of 7 months last year I went blonde. That is until I dyed my hair purple (which still remains). It really is such a process to go from dark hair to other side of the spectrum. I still haven’t found a conditioner that has made my hair fully recover. In an attempt to live vicariously through some of my favorite style icons, here are some blonde tresses I can only hope to have in my dreams.






Daul Kim - Blond Hair 3





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Beauty File: Courtney Love by Dana Ionato



By Dana Ionato, beauty contributor

Nothing looks worse than a greasy crayon, especially when your a walking study like Courtney Love. Her look of bleached out hair, bright red lips, and dark eyeliner has been in and out of trend for a decade. Its unique, and sexy. Mysteriously makes people wonder if your a celebrity, when you really want to look cool, dress like Courtney.


This Hole celebrity has been muse to many fashion designer’s throughout the years landing the most major campaign with Heidi Slimane’s new Saint Laurent ads titled, “The Saint Laurent Music Project.” 90’s inspired fall collection is major. She is not wearing her baby doll dresses, she seems over the Grunge Glamour, not Heroin chic, but just chic.


She loves vintage clothing, dated back to 1929, cutting up clothes and making something else. Influenced by Rodarte, Prada suits, and classic Saint Laurent.




She loves a really theatrical red look, oxblood, maroon, and deep brown reds.

Create a customized cheek look—from matte to highlighted—by blending on the range of shades in this limited-edition palette, which includes NARS’ iconic Orgasm in addition to pink, peach and gold tones.

NARS Foreplay Palette, also try the NARS red lip liner in Velvet Rope. My favorite red lipstick right now is Mac Russian Red. Its amazing with the NARS lip liner. Exfoliate your lips first with Fresh Brown sugar lip scrub. That way you will have a velvety creamy lip.  Have concealer handy to fix and smudges after you apply it on after and make sure to have your face flawless.

Blush not bronzer. Get rid of bronzer, along with the flat iron, it wasn’t out yet. Think Courtney Love, not tan mom.


Dragon eye, fast trick, get an eyeliner that doesn’t smudge. Eyeliners are tricky. I don’t like to mess with the liquid liner, its to risky. If I make a mistake in the morning, I don’t have time to wash my whole face and start over. I suggest MAC kohl eyeliner. Unline some black eyeliner, the color stays noir, not turning to charcoal like the others. Finish with Benefit Rebel mascara.How to apply your eyeliner.

Start off by softly dotting and smearing the eyeliner on the top lash lines from the tear ducts all the way to the outer corners of the eyes. He then goes back over his work to thicken the line. I personally only do my bottom lash, top lash is dated, but here are a few helpful tips on application;

 Top Lash:

The trick is to get as close to the lash line as possible. Not only will this make the lashes look more lush, but it will also accentuate what you already have, thicker in the middle, and thickest of all at the ends. You want to sweep your eyeliner on gracefully. Blend, blend, blend, and smudge.

Bottom Lash:

And as for those bottom lash lines: It should never be as dark or as thick as the top, Brett advises. For the bottom, lightly dab on a small amount for just a touch of definition. Stay on the lines, don’t create new lines. You don’t want to look like something that rhymes with Manny. Come on now!

Oxblood red for fashion may be last season, but it never goes out for eyeliner. Try Mac eyeliner Teddy. Its a red-brown, making hazel, and brown eyes pop.


Ratchet doesn’t hold a candle to this 90’s punk rock princess. Courtney slowly turned out grunge glamour, and is now the face for the most major campaigns. You know you want to have that face.

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Beauty Watch: Pin-Orange Neo-Neon Hair Spring 2013 by Dana Ionato


written by Dana Ionato 

Orange Salamanders will be wrapping around the face of all the chicest women for S/S 2013. With the “Punk to Couture ” MET Gala opening, 1992 called, they want their grunge back.

You have seen neon colors on the likes of celebs over the past year; Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne, but this season will be a different twisted soft serve cone, all shades of pinks and complementing oranges.


Basically everyone is glazing this over their ombre, blondes and turning bright Fuchsia, bright copper-orange,tangerine, neon peach, sherbet,raspberry, all melded together in “Pin-orange” (pink +orange) which is perfect for summer fashionistas looking to change it up.

Proenza Schouler set the mold with their campaign for S/S with all different hues of pinks and oranges. This duo is perfect considering they are analogous colors on the color wheel. I love to use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and make a bold statement heading into summer.

This is so easy to do at home or in salon. You can go two directions, I suggest with your colorist, inquire about glazing with manic panic. When manic panic is put over any hair color it will stain temporarily on different scales, obviously Blondes will be brightest hues, and brunettes deeper.

If you want to go for it, have your colorist do a double process, then have them do the pinks and oranges. I have been coloring my clients deeper hues towards the roots, and faded out more paler shades towards the ends. It can be raspberry and tangerine, or hot dark orange and hot pink. Be creative.
The second choice would be to put the temporary color over what you already have. Remembering that Manic Panic is like super thick water paints. So they will stain, but also fade off as you wash. Super easy to get out, but sometimes hard to keep in.
I recommend after your done coloring it to platinum, or if your throwing it over current color, make sure your hair is dry. start making deeper on root (by adding a drop of black), to progressive making lighter towards the bottom. Start diluting the manic panic with a cheap conditioner. making it more pale as it gets to the bottom. This still keeps dimension.
The Manic Panic colors Im obsessed with for this is Flamingo, Electric Lava, New Rose, and Hot fuschia. Always have the Midnight color handy to darken the tone (a pea sized drop will be plenty), and the conditioner to make more pale. By mixing the conditioner in with the color it gives you more room for creativity in different hues, pastels, to neon pastels, to deep rich dark pinks, and oranges. Its genius.
Leave it on dry hair for 20 minutes, with heat if your at the salon. Rinse and style. Try to not wash your hair for as long as possible, perfect to go along with the 90’s Grunge trend!
Manic Panic is amazing, and if you have any question of results, turn to their website. They show each shade on all different levels of hair color. Pinorange is the new craze for spring! Its so major and because its so loud, skin tone doesnt apply. No matter what bright colors your dying your hair, you will always need a bit more make-up to accentuate your hair.  Less is More, stick to green and blue tones for face.
You will see the “Pin-orange” on the most chic creatures roaming the city streets, wishing they were at the beach drinking pina coladas. Bring the beach to the concrete jungles by making your hair “Pin-orange”. This trend Stella McCartney, Narcisco Rodriquez, Burberry, all off the runway we saw, now lets transform our locks to high fashion, “Punk Couture” added with color blocking “Pin-orange” will be major.

DANA blog bio pic Dana Ionato is a colorist at Sally Hershberger in New York City.      After graduating college with a degree in public relations, Dana relocated to NYC to further her studies at the Aveda Institute with hopes of eventually opening her own spa. Planning to immerse herself in the business side of the beauty industry, it was actually the creative component that sparked Dana’s interest and she quickly developed a passion for the art and science of coloring.


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Catching Eyes: Beauty Inspiration


It occurred to me that I never  mention beauty. I’m actually searching for a beauty contributor  for the site! (hint hint) For all the details check out the post here.

In the meantime here are some beauty looks for your color palette.

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We Want YOU! Looking for Contributors!


4 years ago when I started this blog it was more of an outlet into my daily inspiration and a visual diary of sorts. Now it’s grown into more of a community reaching all corners of the world. Something that I am so grateful for each and every day. There are so many things that we are planning for 2013. One of the first will be moving into creating a print magazine. Yes, you heard it here first. In keeping with that theme I want YOUR input and talent to reach the same audiences I do on a daily basis.

Here are the details! I’m looking for contributors to write for in these areas:

– Fashion 

– Beauty

-Culture / Arts

-Street Style / Local Interest 

– Music

I’m going to be selecting one contributor for each area. Ideally you will need to understand the tone and aesthetic of the site to create a seamless integration with the existing format. In your inquiry please include 2 of your favorite posts on the blog and pitch 2 stories in the area that you would write. I’m super excited to read what YOU can bring to the blog and how you can put your own personal spin on it!

Send all emails / questions to:

Deadline: April 1, 2013 

I’m also accepting submissions and portfolios from photographers.  Whether it’s for a feature or the possibility of shooting an editorial for the blog so keep them comin!