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Grammy Diva’s: Looks to Keep!

While the outfits were sometimes outrageous, the hair and makeup did more than beautify these leading ladies–it made a statement! Here are a few looks that, while may be a bit exaggerated to wear everyday, are great inspirations of trends to come! Take note beautiful!!

Rihanna’s Pompadour
Lady GaGa’s Thick Brows
Beyonce’s Bling

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Bad Brush, Good Brush


Here is a great question I got from a User:
Hi darling!!!!
I wanted to ask you about the best brush set ever. I bought from ebay a bobbi brown brush set bt they were Fake! Do you know the best place to buy brushes? Which one are you using?
THANKS!!!

My response:

Brushes are extremely important for the application of makeup. A good brush can make your makeup look more natural and much easier to apply. I bought a brush set from ebay too, and it was fake as well and I had to send it back–total pain and took FOREVER to get my money back!! I honestly steer clear of ebay for brushes after that!

My all-around favorite brushes are MAC. They are reasonably price for the quality and they offer a wide range of brushes to choose from. Smashbox also makes some nice brushes, but there is less styles to choose from. If you want to spend a little more, you may want to try Ve Neill brushes.

Below are some of my favorite brushes from MAC that I feel are a total necessity:

Powder Brush: MAC 187, 188
Concealer Brush: MAC 195
Contouring Brush: MAC 109
Blush Brush: MAC 129

H.Kattan
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Grammy Fashion

At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night, Beyoncé shimmered, Lady GaGa sparkled and Taylor Swift glittered. An evening of pure gold for R&B diva, who made “Single Ladies,” get up and dance everywhere, nabbed six wins, a record for a female artist. Country princess Taylor Swift was the evening’s runner-up with an impressive four Grammy wins.

On the red carpet, a few women in particular made us proud. Pink looked stunning in a ombre gown with bold bodice embellishments by John Varvatos. Rihanna turned heads in a white feathery frock by Elie Saab. Gaga … well, she kept us wanting more with every get up done by Armani Privé. Even though her looks are audacious and very couture, she embraces fashion and isn’t afraid to push the envelop. For that, we adore her!

Lady Gaga, in Armani Privé

Rihanna, in Elie Saab Haute Couture with Loree Rodkin jewels

Beyoncé, in Stéphane Rolland


Pink, in John Varvatos

Taylor Swift, in Kaufman Franco

Complete Grammy Awards FASHION Coverage
http://www.style.com/peopleparties/parties/scoop/redcarpet-020110_2010_Grammy_Awards/

ATTENTION MUST BE PAID:

Fergie and The Black Eyed Peas


Lady Gaga-performing and after The Grammys

Beyoncé-performance ensemble in black leather and party dress

Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Carrie Underwood all paying tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson

Photos courtesy of style.com
Photos courtesy of cocoperez.com

-J.SAAB
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Castor Oil: the Wonder Plant



Although we may have heard that castor oil is a beauty secret used by generations for thicker brows or eyelashes, what we may not know is the exact power of this potent plant. The benefits of castor oil include thicker eyelashes, a stronger immune system, and go on and on and on…

Use for thicker eyelashes and eyebrows

Apply a thin layer of castor oil on a brow brush or a clean mascara brush. Comb the brush on your brows and lashes (keep out of eyes). Do this every night and you will notice more beautiful lashes and brows within one month.

Use for beautiful hair

Have dandruff or losing your hair?

Try this: In bowl, pour one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of castor oil. Warm in microwave for few seconds, then apply to scalp and massage. Let sit over night, then wash in the morning. Repeat this trick as often as possible to prevent hair from falling out. Remember, castor oil is extremely moisturizing and can also be used as a conditioner. Massage in hair and rinse out after 1 hour. For extremely dry hair, you can also try applying it before shampoo.

Use for stronger nails

For weak brittle nails, castor oil comes highly recommended. Apply the oil on your nails. Message each nail and cuticle for a few minutes and leave the oil on overnight.

Gets rid of calluses

For super soft feet, rub a small amount of castor oil on your feet. Wear cotton socks and leave on overnight. Repeat this procedure three times a week.

Another tip for super soft feet, massage the oil on the feet and ankles. Soak them in hot water for 15 minutes. Pat your feet dry.

You can also do this for your hands but instead of socks use gloves or swarnwrap.

Use as a topical treatment

You may have not thought to use castor oil on bacterial infections (like ringworm), sunburns, or warts, but this powerful oil may be your answer. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil works as a preventative from the spreading and growth of bacteria, viruses, and yeast.

To use as a topical cream, prep the infected area, by softening the skin with Epsom salt. Then soak a cotton cloth in castor oil and wrap the area with the cloth until the infection is gone.

-Info via Alya Kattan, edited by H.Kattan

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Get your Jenny On!

In the world of makeup, nothing quite establishes you like working with top celebrities—try working with the Latina ‘from the block’ that made curvy hot.It’s no question as to who is the preferred makeup artist of Jennifer Lopez, but now Scott Barnes has created a book to give us all the “How To’s” to some of JLo’s most fabulous looks.His book, released last week (available on amazon.com for $24.99), dishes on some of the most desired looks of Hollywood’s leading ladies!! Can we say, yum?!!

Images courtesy of Amazon
H.Kattan
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Style File: Rihanna

Amongst the extremely long list of celebrities that ATTEMPT to pull off award winning style and trendsetting looks that their stylists send their way, only a limited handful are successful! Case in point … Rihanna. Secretly or not, all of us at one point try to emulate accents of her style. Who wouldn’t? Whether she is lounging, jet setting, or on the red carpet strutting her stuff… Rihanna is rarely off point. Her confidence pulls off edgy boyish panache to ultra femme fatale looks. She is one of my style mavens … is Rihanna one of your fashion icons?

My Favorite Magazine Cover of Rihanna: Vogue Italia September 2009

Noted Style





Photos courtesy ultimate-rihanna.com
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