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My 3-Year-Old Breaks Down His Favorite NYFW Backstage Beauty Looks

I was perusing the hundreds of fierce hair, nail and makeup looks from New York Fashion Week when my 3-year-old son (who has a penchant for nail polish and long, but not too long, hair) announced that he wanted in on the fun. I indulged him by scrolling through image after image of models backstage at the shows, and asked him to select his faves. These were his top picks, and I fully endorse them. I’m only sorry the stunning red lip seen at Jason Wu didn’t make his list — it’s at the top of mine.

Standout Blue Nails at Jenny Packham


This nail look, created by Rita Remark for Essie, is hands down my favorite nail look of the season (so far, anyway). Two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Butler Please is all it takes to recreate the covet-worthy manicure.

Messy Top Knot at Sandy Liang

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: A model poses during O&M for Sandy Liang Spring/Summer 2016 Presentation at Milk Studios on September 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for O&M)

O&M Global Creative Director Janelle Chaplin created this seriously cute topknot with help from O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray. It added the texture needed for a lived-in updo that would last. The gingham accessory completed the perfect boyish vibe Chaplin was going for.

Lucite Sunset Nails at Rebecca Minkoff


Sunset meets rocket pop in this manicure created by Michelle Saunders for Essie. She created the look by sponging on the sunset shades in this order: Essie Nail Polish in Tarte Deco, Marshmallow, Beach Bum Blu and Midnight Cami. She applied Spaghetti Strap over each nail to help the shades melt together, and finished with the Essie Gel.Setter Top Coat.

Red Tips at Brooks Brothers by Zac Posen


While this photo shows a manicure created with just two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue, the red nails were adorned with a plaid design (created by striping on Essie Nail Polish in Pret-a-Surfer) before they hit the runway.

Fierce, Fresh Face at Wes Gordon


Makeup artist Dominique Samuel for Maybelline New York nailed the fresh-faced look that was seen at show after show this season. He created it with help from some hard-working Maybelline New York Products that won’t launch until October or early next January, so keep a look out for these natural-beauty boosting products:

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Contour (available January 2015)

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder (available January 2015)

Maybelline New York The Rock Nudes Eye Palette (available January 2015)

Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (get it now!)

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Sensational in Barely Bloomed (available October 2015)

Navy Striped Nails at Ji Oh


Rita Remark for Essie was on a roll this season. This winning look was created with one coat of Essie Nail Polish in Resort Fling and one coat of Sugar Daddy topped with one vertical stripe of After School Boy Blazer swiped on each nail (in a randomly placed location). To finish off the look, a second stripe was added to one nail only.

Now that you’ve seen my son’s favorites, tell me which look was your number one.

I’ve Aged Out of the VMAs, but I Love This Hairstyle

Image: Perez Hilton

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I aged out of the VMAs. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen a music video since Beyonce released her video album in 2014 or maybe it’s simply because I’m old. My friend and former CosmoGIRL! colleague Lauren put it best yesterday. On Facebook she posted, “2 years ago I was in the audience at the VMAs. Tonight I turned it off because I quite honestly couldn’t take it for one more minute. ‪#‎nolongerwantmymtv‬‪ #‎kidsdontgetthatreference‬.” I feel her pain. But, that didn’t keep me from perusing the red carpet photos from the event. Out of them, along with a lot of crazy, came this whimsical Vanessa Hudgens hairstyle. One part beachy, one part bohemian goddess, this look is totally achievable and stunning. Here’s how Schwarzkopf celebrity hairstylist, Richard Collins created the look:

Step 1: Spritz heat protecting spray on dry hair.

Step 2: Create soft waves all over using a one-inch curling iron skipping a few thick sections of hair around your face. Spritz waves with hairspray for hold.

Step 3: Create two braids along both sides of your hairline (using the sections of hair you didn’t curl in the previous step) and secure with tiny, clear hair elastics. Wrap each braid to the opposite side of your head, and secure above your ears with bobby pins. This will created a braided headband or crown look. Finish with shine spray.

Products used: Schwarzkopf styliste Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Shine SpraySchwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Biotin+ Volume & Texture H2O-Free Hair SpraySchwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Crystal Shine & Hold Laminating Shine Hair Spray, $6.95 each at Walmart.

The New York Fashion Week Makeup Look We Want Now


Over the past few days we’ve been lucky enough to hangout backstage at New York Fashion Week to scope out the looks that we’ll all be wearing come Fall 2015.

The first look Carrie and I both agreed was a must-copy? The makeup seen at the Nanette Lepore show. Created to look like a rich, posh rebellious school girl who got a little (ok, a lot!) carried away with her mascara, this look is equal parts pretty and rough. Lead makeup artist Grace Lee created the look by applying more than 12 coats of three different mascaras. No joke! The three she used: Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara, Maybelline New York Pumped Up Colossal Volum’ Express and a brand new Maybelline mascara that doesn’t come out until June. She applied about four coats of each until the models’ lashes were spidery and clumpy. The lip color, which is equally as cool, is the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Rebel Bloom in Orchid Ecstasy. She finished the look by dabbing a bit of colorless lip balm (Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Quenched) on the upper cheekbones for a touch of glow.

Do you love it as much as we do?

Beauty Problem Solver of the Week: L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Styling Spray

EverStyle Strong Hold Styling Spray

I have successfully trained my close friends and family to tell me about each and every beauty product they try and decide they can no longer live without. Case in point: While on a two-week long Hawaiian vacation, my mom texts me with urgent info about a beauty problem-solving product she recently bought and had surprising success with. Here’s how the exchange about this hairspray went down:

M: [After sending me a photo of the L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Styling Spray] Wet or dry spray!!! Amazing!!!

K: Tell me specifically what you like about it. I’m sitting here desperately trying to think about post ideas.

M: I like it because you can use it on wet or dry hair. Easy to style and it makes your hair shiny with body!

K: How did you use it?

M: I used it for the first time today in dry hair that was flat after being wind blown all day. It looks like I washed, dried and styled my hair!

K: What does it smell like?

M: Fresh smell.

K: Did it make your hair wet? Did you have to blow dry it a bit or what was that process/experience like?

M: Not wet, but damp.

M: I need a Curtis pic. [I had to get her back on topic here. She was demanding photos of my son.]

K: So did you let [your hair] air dry? Brush through it with a specific brush?

M: Sprayed it on and used a round brush with a hair dryer.

M: I’ll let you know how it works on wet hair tomorrow.

K: Okay. Cool. [Then we go on to talk about how my son bit a friend at school. Ugh.]

She texted me the next morning to say that her hair still looked fabulous from her touch-up with the hairspray the night before. She texted again the day after that to say, “Styling spray great on wet hair too!” Mom likes exclamation points. She also included photos of her hair, which looked great. The photos on the other hand, didn’t look so great. She wasn’t wearing any makeup and she’s not the best selfie taker (sorry, Mom!). so I decided not to post the photos here. Mom, you can thank me for that later.

My Fave Makeup Look From the 2015 Grammy Awards Red Carpet

taylor-swift-grammys-lady-gaga-grammysI’ll cut right to the chase. My two favorite makeup looks (or trends, more like) from tonight’s 2015 Grammy Awards? Allover nude or natural-looking makeup (a la Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Chrissy Teigen) and jewel toned eye makeup (think Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift). While the natural/nude trend was stunning on the carpet and definitely worth recreating, it’s a little less exciting to talk about. That’s why I’ll focus here on how to get my next fave look of the night: jewel toned eye makeup.

To get Gaga’s metallic emerald-hued eyes, makeup artist Sarah Tanno did the following:


Super Sized Braided Hairstyles Even Jared Leto Would Love

Social media was all abuzz when Jared Leto arrived at the Golden Globe Awards wearing a man braid, so I think he’d approve of the gigantic braided hairstyles I recently pinned. Pinterest is my go-to way to discover amazing new braided styles and since Mr. Leto showed up wearing a braided ‘do on Sunday, I’m pretty sure the style won’t be going away anytime soon.

Recreating these looks will require yards of extensions (or a Barbie-like head of natural hair), but I think they are stunning, totally worth the effort and will likely make you look thinner, too. Gigantic hair, smaller body … you with me on this? Anyway, here are my latest braided hairstyle Pins.

Fairytale Fishtailbarefoot blonde fishtail braid

This side swept fishtail braid from the Barefoot Blonde is fabulous in a non-fussy, fairytale princess way. (more…)

2015 Golden Globes Best of Beauty

rosamund_pike_golden_globes_2015Rosamund Pike’s simple bob was my favorite look of the night. A fresh departure from the old Hollywood waves we see everywhere, this style looks black-tie, red carpet ready, yet super accessible. And it’s making me want to chop my hair.
Image: Just Jared

lupita_nyongo_golden_globes_2015Lupita Nyong’o didn’t disappoint as she continues to dominate the red carpet with bold and right-on-the-mark makeup choices. Beautiful purple shadow and a glossy pink lip are the perfect complement to her skin tone and lavender gown.
Image: Just Jared

allison_williams_golden_globes_2015Allison William’s charcoal smoky eye and sculpted faux-bob wasn’t my favorite at the Golden Globes — at first. But after I saw it again from a different angle, I couldn’t help but become obsessed with how striking and pretty it was. Now it’s one of my top pics.
Image: Cosmopolitan UK

gina_rodriguez_golden_globes_2015Gina Rodriguez’s nude lip and natural makeup (well, natural except for the layers of false lashes) really caught my attention. This Golden Globes newbie knows she doesn’t need to try too hard for glitz and glamour.
Image: Just Jared Jr.

lorde_golden_globes_2015Lorde’s sleek, gelled low ponytail and classic red lip look grown up, yet fun. Perfectly sculpted bold brows give her look a sharp elegance, making it one of the top looks of the night.
Image: Hollywood Reporter

keira_knightly_golden_globes_2015Keira Knightley’s earthy tones and berry lip accentuate her naturally beautiful features and look down right perfect IMHO. Her lip line is soft and diffused (glide a Q-tip along the edges of your lipstick to achieve this), which gives it a pretty, and delicate look.
Image: Just Jared

— Carrie Stern Kleiner


Good to the Last Drop: The Beauty Products I Just Emptied (January 2015 Edition)

Back in May I did my first installment of Good to the Last Drop and due to its popularity, I thought I’d keep the concept going. Here are the latest (and greatest!) beauty products I squeezed or scooped every last bit of product from …rodan + fields unblemish oil control lotion broad spectrum SPF 20

Rodan + Fields Unblemish Oil-Control Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20

This zinc- and titanium dioxide-based sunscreen protected my skin without causing additional breakouts. I love the non greasy formula that doesn’t turn my makeup all funky. Only down side is the size of the tube. I polished this off quickly.

cle de peau beaute concealer

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer

I talk endlessly about this concealer and it breaks my heart to finish off a tube because a replacement costs a steep $70. It’s so worth it though. Nothing, and I mean nothing, covers blemishes and brown spots like this baby. It’s a small miracle.


mario badescu seaweed night cream


Mario Bedascu Seaweed Night Cream

My skin is beyond prone to breakouts. It’s been my number one beauty problem since the day I got pregnant three years ago. Thanks to that issue, I have to slather on acne-fighting beauty products consistently, which are super drying. This night cream has been my savior though. It’s oil-free, but the hard-working hyaluronic acid moisturizes like a dream.


loreal paris voluminous miss manga mascara


L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

If you like slutty-looking lashes like I do (think thick, long and clumpy-in-a-good-way), this should be the next mascara you try. No question.

What was the last beauty product you finished? Please share!


We Got a Little Makeover. What Do You Think of Our New Look?

We had planned to save the reveal of our site’s makeover for January, but we’re just too excited about it to wait. So … here it is! We’ll continue to bring you the latest beauty trends and products we love while helping solve your pressing (or not so pressing) beauty problems. We’ll just look a little better while doing it. We hope you like the easier-to-navigate design and welcome any feedback you have to share.

And while we’re on the topic of makeovers, I was on the receiving end of a mini hair makeover myself recently. It gave me the confidence boost I was in serious need of. It sounds superficial to say, but when you look good (or even think you look good) you feel good and exude confidence.

My mini makeover was all thanks to two talented artists at the Spoke & Weal salon in Los Angeles. My colorist, Dell, boosted my natural dark blonde hue by adding thick ribbons of three beige-blonde shades. The result was subtle, but gave me a hit of brightness I was lacking. Lindsay, who did my cut, chopped off a couple of inches, but more importantly, she thinned out the under layers of my thick hair to make it easier to manage and help it appear less poofy. This subtle tweak made me like my shorter haircut so much more. Here’s the before an after. The photos aren’t great, I know, (the lighting was better in the “before”), but I think they give you a good sense of the transformation.

hair makeover beauty editor on call

Do you have plans for a makeover in 2015? We’d love to hear about it and share advice if you’re open to it!

16 Beautiful Stocking Stuffer Ideas


As the saying goes: If you want something done right, do it yourself. Here’s what I’ll be stuffing my (and my husband’s) stockings with this year. Which beauty product picks will you add to your list?

korres masks


Korres Beauty Shots, $36

Four mini facial masks with active fruit ingredients will get your skin glowing. The nectarine version moisturizes while the watermelon cools, grapefruit brightens and cranberry firms and lifts.

Kiehl's Hand Salve and Lip Balm #1


Kiehl’s Soothing Essentials Duo, $18

Perfect for you, or your other half, this duo contains two of my all-time favorite products from Kiehl’s. The Lip Balm #1 and the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.

by terry baume du rose

By Terry

By Terry Baume de Rose Colour Collection, $89

I pretty much love everything from By Terry. I’m a sucker for anything infused with rose. So this ready-to-gift set of five tinted baumes is a must-have.  (more…)