Wake Up with Aveda.

I was lucky to attend a dinner given by TotalBeauty and Aveda during my trip to New York City last week. It was there that I met Ellen Maguire, VP of Global Communications. She gifted me with some samples of Aveda products, in which I had never tried.

aveda_rosemarymint.jpgThe first thing I reached for in the bag was the Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner

This haircare pair is definitely a pick me up first thing in the morning.  The peppermint scent is quite invigorating, not only to my senses, but to my scalp as well. I was worried about the scent of rosemary as it is not my favorite, but there is not even a hint of the scent in either the shampoo or conditioner. The rosemary is simply added to the formula to help protect hair from the environment.

I will admit that I wish the conditioner was a bit more moisturizing as I tend to like thick and heavy conditioners (that do not weigh my hair down, of course). But this conditioner did the job of keeping my hair smooth through the day, so in the end, the job was done.

You can purchase both the Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Rosemary Mint Conditioner together for $18, available at


The Week in Review - February 10, 2008.


Fashion Week: Backstage at Marchesa with Stila Cosmetics.

Bold colors and floating dresses weren’t the only trends that walked the runway this season – fall beauty set its own stage with key looks and trends from Stila.

FW_Stila.jpgFor four seasons, Marchesa has turned to stila cosmetics to complement their Hollywood-worthy designs with just the right makeup looks. Headlining makeup artist Talia Shobrook used lush, rich hues to complete the gilded splendor of the Marchesa collection.

Inspired by the iconography of the 16th Century, Marchesa’s fall collection evokes the excess and elegance of the Golden Age. Drawing on the drama of the Spanish Armada, the designs embody the clash of lavish Spanish style and Elizabethan renaissance in an era marked by legendary monarchs. Shobrook captured the concept in a dramatic look that modernizes Elizabethan stylization, with dreamy, angelic complexions to reflect the soft, flowing quality of the collection.

An EXCLUSIVE "How To" from the artist:

Step one: skin
The look for skin is matte and pale. Begin by applying stila sheer pressed powder. Then, apply stila perfecting concealer to areas that require more coverage.

Step two: eyes
Neutral tones contour and accentuate a smoky eye framed with dramatic lashes and brows. Apply stila eye shadow in chinois to brow bones. Next, apply stila eye shadow shade in bouquet and kamet to the creases of your eyelids and your bottom lash line. Line the lower outer rim kajal liner in smoky quartz. Then sweep major lash mascara in brown over lashes and apply major lash in black to tips of lashes. Finally, fill in brows with brow set.

Step three: cheeks
Cheeks are natural but flushed for high contrast with pale skin. Use new cherry crush lip and cheek stain to create a bright flush against pale skin. Apply to fingertips to the high apples of the cheeks, blending out until the color diffuses into a soft stain.

Step four: lips
Lip color is shiny and saturated against matte skin and eyes. Apply cherry crush lip and cheek stain directly to lips for rosy color with a slick sheen. Next, dab SPF 20 lipstick in c aicos over cherry crush with fingertips to finish the look.

Gorgeous and totally wearable!