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Reading List: Jay-Z In Concert on YouTube, Clueless Cast Reunites, Skyfall Nail Polish and More

The sun is shining in New York for what we can only assume may be one of the last truly warm weekends of the year (80 degrees today!). We’re headed off to weddings, apple picking, and long runs in the sunshine, but before we go, here’s a healthy dose of pop culture and beauty from around the interwebs.


OPI’s new Skyfall-inspired line gives us a dose of Mr. Bond a little early. (Photo:

  • We can’t wait for the newest 007 flick, Skyfall, to come out next month. In honor of James Bond’s 50th year on the silver screen, OPI has released a collection of seductive nail polishes[Glamour]

  • Fashion week (all over the world) is finally over! Feast your eyes on the 25 best nail looks from Milan, Paris, London, and New York—sans exhaustion and jet lag. [Beauty High]

  • We’re totally buggin’! The cast from ’90s hit Clueless reunited on Good Morning America this week to reminisce about rollin’ with the homies—relive your teenage years here immediately. [Gawker]

  • After a weeklong series of performances at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, Jay-Z will put on a glorious final performance tonight in anticipation of his new TV channel Life and Times. Live-stream the entire concert tonight on YouTube at 9:30EST. [Hypebeast]

  • Pull out your wigs, fangs, and pointy hats—it’s time to start thinking about your Halloween garb. BellaSugar’s rounded up 25 cartoon characters to help inspire your greatest costume yet. [BellaSugar]

Feeling out of the loop this week? Catch up on all the best news with our morning must reads

The 5 Beauty Trends to Know from New York Fashion Week Spring 2013

After sorting through all of our favorite beauty looks from the Spring 2013 collections, we narrowed down the many styles to the top five that you have to know. Herewith, our cheat sheet on the trends-to-try for early next year. From perfected matte complexions to aggressively-placed parts, you won’t want to miss any of these fun new styles.

Oceanic eye colors at Kate Spade. 

1. Blue Eyeshadow

Blue shadows once only existed in our (awkward) memories of the ’90s or in the makeup kits of the very bold. But no longer. This season we caught sight of gorgeous sky blue, sapphire and marine hues swept onto eyelids at shows like Kate Spade, Monique Lhullier, Jason Wu, Tibi, and Patrick Ervell. 

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Our Top 10 New York Fashion Week Manicures

Whew. We’re still catching our breath after fashion week wrapped up here in New York last Thursday. After seeing as many shows as we did, they all start to blur together, but one thing really stands out in our opinion: the nail art. Graphic, bold, and utterly innovative, the designs we saw backstage for spring prove that this trend isn’t going anywhere. Here’s a look at ten standout manis that we can’t wait to replicate. 

Deborah Lippmann wowed us at Kate Spade with her gorgeous gingham. (Photo: Birchbox) 

Color Club used an innovative makeup sponge technique to create these “waves” at Charlotte Ronson. (Photo: Birchbox)

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Rainy Day Inspirations: Bold, Colorful Eye Shadow from Marimekko

We’re pretty relieved NYFW is over (not that we don’t love it), but this cloudy and dreary day in NYC needs a little bit more color. One of the easiest ways to add some sunny energy? Scrolling through our favorite shots from last week’s extra cheery Marimekko show. Lyne Desnoyers, lead makeup artist for MAC created the makeup look, which was really “a cross between and eyeshadow and an eyeliner.” Of the bold colors, Desnoyers said, “We’re playing with bright, crisp colors, is really the name of the game and celebrating, of course, the heritage of the house.”

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The Craziest ‘Do We Saw at Fashion Week: Vera Wang’s Hair Turbans

Talk about a model’s worst nightmare to brush out! The extreme “hair turbans” created by Paul Hanlon for Frédéric Fekkai at Vera Wang were a feat of styling genius—one which most certainly left many of the girls deep conditioning and detangling later that day. “I quite like the idea that it doesn’t look like hair,” said Hanlon. “It looks like a material or a fabric that’s been out in the desert that’s been very weathered and beat up and dry,” said Hanlon.   

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Crushing On Badgley Mischka’s Woodland Nymph Hair

This year, summer wedding season has overflowed into fall (some of us have been to three weddings in September alone!). Needless to say, we’re running out of updo ideas. But at last week’s Badgley Mischka show, we spied a romantic look that we’ll be adapting for our next event.

Both the collection and the beauty took inspiration from the 1935 A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream film adaptation. Created by stylist Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil, the hair was a direct reference to one of the movie’s stars, Olivia de Haveland. “There’s a scene where she’s a woodland nymph and wearing an old gossamer wig; she’s white-blonde, everything is back-lit, and her hair is looking very dreamy and chiffon-like,” said Gray.  

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What Does Japanese Schoolgirl Zombie Hair Look Like? Just Ask Chris Benz

Chris Benz always does something unexpected at his shows, but we would never in a million years been able to predict the two main beauty inspirations for his spring presentation. “Chris spends a lot of time in Japan, so there’s this Japanese schoolgirl element,” explained lead stylist Nick Owen of TIGI. “We also talked about zombie-esque girls; girls who were a bit vacant.” So how exactly does this come together? If you’re Owen, that means styling the hair with plenty of texture and a topknot.  

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Kate Spade Presentation: Mood Board

Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.

(Photos: Kathleen Lynch)

We’re obviously on a Kate Spade kick this week but we still can’t get enough. Bright, feminine, and kitschy-yet-chic were the major themes at last week’s presentation. From girly gingham on nails and skirts to unapologetic brights on eyes and accessories, every detail of the collection made it feel special and fun—exactly the way a Kate Spade girl should feel. 

Want more deets on these beauty looks? Check out our backstage coverage here.

Michael Kors, Philosophy & J. Mendel: A Model’s Diary

This New York Fashion Week, we have a new blog contributor—and she’s as pro as they come. Model Alana Zimmer (whose resume includes regular Vogue editorials, walking in couture shows like Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier, and starring in Nicole Miller’s fall ad campaign) is taking exclusive backstage pics for us at all the shows she’s in this season. Check back each day to see NYFW from a model’s point of view! 

Michael Kors:

Vibrant blue eyes by Dick Page for Shiseido

Early morning hair by Orlando Pita.

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Wild and Fierce 70s-Style Hair at Skaist-Taylor

At Skaist-Taylor last weekend, the ’70s were back in a big (hair) way. The collection, from Juicy Couture founders Gela Nash Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy, was inspired by the legendary LA club The Troubadour in the ’70s. The spot was influential in promoting the careers of dozens of musical legends including Elton John, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. Lead stylist for Oribe, Kien Hoang, created the amazing hair on all the models, which was meant to evoke “a lot of freedom, movement, and texture.” Hoang prepped hair with Oribe Foundation Mist before wrapping sections in figure eight formations around french pins.  

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