Thursday, March 29, 2012

Prada Du Jour 3.29.12

I just randomly found this photo and love it...


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On Du Jour 3.21.12

I stumbled upon this lovely video on You-Tube about the history of one of my favorite, iconic sayings...

Keep Calm and Carry On... 

Watch to learn a bit more about it, love knowing the history behind random things.

My Keep Calm and Carry On book


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Matcha Du Jour 3.20.12

You all know I LOVE green tea. Really loving this one currently. Its a green powder called Matcha. Very green and earthy tasting. I highly recommend if you like green tea.

Have you tried Matcha?
What is your favorite brand?


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pinterest Du Jour 3.13.12

Do you Pinterest? I am such a fan of pinning everything. It is an addiction.
Have you tried it yet?

Come follow me on Pinterest, my user name is Dara Kaye.
Don't say I didn't warn you!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Day in the life of... Du Jour 3.12.12

I thought I would share some behind the scene shots of a little about my days and my job (I get asked this A LOT). Everyday is different, but here is a day on set styling for a Jewelry client of mine. The shoot was last Wednesday and Thursday.

 Coolest part? The photographer was an apprentice to one of my idols is fashion photography... Richard Avedon!

How cool? Take a look at his office and him working...

Entrance. Just some of his work. He has shot every super model, name it. Awe inspiring.

He is creating a book of all of his work. Some of his shots from around the world.

Can you spot Marilyn Monroe in here?

I love Orchids.

Books in his office... lots of Avedon obviously!

Some of the jewels...

Gideon, the photographer at work on set.

One of my favorite necklaces from the group, we are going to call it the Joy Luck necklace- I think...

One of the finished shots on the computer, gorgeous! 

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Amazing Nails Du Jour 3.10.12

How amazing are these nails?!? I need to know where I can get this done ASAP!

Anyone know?

Friday, March 9, 2012

MAC By Request Collection Announcement 3.9.12

Just got wind of this and wanted to share it, I am not usually a fan of sharing straight up press releases or announcements but I know a lot of my readers will really like this. Heck, I even think this is super cool and a great example of a company utilizing social media and really listening to their fans! Best of both worlds. 

Bravo MAC!

Introducing, M·A·C BY REQUEST 

An upcoming collection with products chosen by you and your readers 

We’re inviting M·A·C fans to vote for their favorite shades starting March 12 on Facebook. 18 popular lipsticks, lipglasses and eye shadows have been selected from past collections; the three shades with the most votes from each category will come back as an online exclusive, limited edition collection.

Voting opens to all Facebook fans March 12-30.

The collection will be available online in North America in August and internationally Fall 2012.

Do you have a favorite shade or two? We invite you to start your own campaign; tweet about it using #MACBYREQUEST

3N as seen in N Collection (January 2008)
Candy Yum Yum as seen in Quite Cute (April 2011)
Eden Rocks as seen in Eden Rocks (May 2001)
Moxie as seen in Retro Matte Lipsticks (September 1999)
Rocker as seen in Time Rocker (Fall 1999)
Shitaki as seen in Cuisine (March 2001)

2N as seen in N Collection (January 2008)
Bait as seen in Lure (June 2006)
Cult of Cherry as seen in Cult of Cherry (September 2008)
Emancipation as seen in Wonder Woman (February 2011)
Flash of Flesh as seen in M·A·C D’Bohemia (May 2005)
Icescape as seen in Love Lace (December 2009)

Eye Shadow: 
Cool Heat as seen in Cool Heat (June 2008)
Guacamole as seen in Salsabelle (May 2005)
Heavenly Bliss as seen in Eden Rocks (May 2001)
Jeté as seen in Danse (January 2006)
Moth Brown as seen in Madame B. (March 2005)
Solar White as seen in Cool Heat (June 2008)

In North America only, TXT a shade name to 898622 and we’ll count your vote. The texter will also receive future sms/mms from M·A·C Cosmetics Online, featuring exclusives and events. Msg&Data rates may apply.

What a great collection idea. How cool is this?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Estee Lauder Illuminating powder Gelee Du Jour 3.8.12

Last Sunday night, the usual doldrums roll around and I decide I am bored and want to buy some makeup online. Always, Always, ALWAYS (Did I emphasize that enough?) bad news.

Anyway, Estee Lauder isn't something I usually remember to look at but, every time I get something from Estee Lauder I wind up LOVING it and wondering why I don't remember to look at it more. I wonder why... I think it reminds me of older women because it has been around so long. However, It really is such a great brand with really quality products.

The product I am going to speak about next is Estee Lauder's Limited Edition, Illuminating Powder Gelee in Shimmering Sand. Before I go any further, if this sounds appealing to you, go get it NOW. I guarantee this puppy is going to sell out.

No.... I don't get anything if you buy it, just go do it. I am looking out for you guys by telling you to go buy it! TRUST ME!

Anyway, back to the review, okay so this is a really smooth, gel like, powder. It is definitely a powder but the smoothness and softness is what makes it gel- like. At first, I thought it would be similar to one of my favorite products of the year which is, Laura Mercier's Rose Highlighting powder, which is a metallic-y rose gold. However, this is different, this could be a highlighter on darker skin, but this imparts a lot more color and pigment than Laura Mercier's product which is definitely a highlighter. 

Estee Lauder swatches a beautiful rose/brick with a metallic edge. It would be a beautiful blush just swiped on and even a shadow or lip color. Yes, I use powders on my lips, I love it. Anyway, but what i LOVE LOVE LOVE this for is a bronzer. I know this might sound a bit odd, but this has that red undertone that a natural bronze/ sunburn has. If you put this product on the outer edges of your face, like a bronzer and buff in well, the shimmer goes away and this becomes the PERFECT bronzer for that tropical look.

I used it today and WOW! it transformed my NYC pale pasty winter skin into almost looking like it was mid-summer without having a fake orange tan look. VERY impressive. I am even thinking about picking up another. I love it that much and at $42 that aint a cheap-o pick up!

I will let the pictures speak for themselves!

Take a gander at this beauty!

Rich Pigmentation, swatched and then lightly blended below.

Blended and Buffer in. You can see the metallic fades a bit to a perfect sun burnt looking bronze.

Are you going to pick up?
Thoughts? Comments?


PS: Catch all my sneak peeks on instagram @DaraKaye

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Armani Spring 2012 Du Jour 3.4.12

I wanted to get this review up very quickly as these Limited Edition eyeliners from Giorgio Armani tend to sell out pretty quickly.

Let me start off by saying, I do not get the hype over Giorgio Armani Beauty in general. Yes, I have't actually tried EVERYTHING but everything that I have tried I haven't been overly excited nor impressed by (Hey! Eyes to Kill Mascara, I am looking at you).

Well, I clearly am about to go against exactly what I just said above. I am over the moon over these eyeliners. These blow all of my other eyeliners out of the water.  The below eyeliners are SO creamy, and SO metallic and completely budge-proof which is quite a feat. Most eyeliners do not work as well for me as for everyone else, Urban Decay 24/7 stay on my eyes for about an hour until they are half way down my face and smudged all over. These two that I have stay put. The colors are so beautiful, I got Copper and Antique. Copper is a rose gold color and Antique is a darkened gold. One swipe of these and you have full opacity.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Let me also put out there, that these suckers are very expensive for liners. They retail at $27 USD.

Antique on Top and Copper on bottom

With Flash: Copper (Left) and Antique (Right)

With Flash: Copper (Left) and Antique (Right)

If you think you would want to try these out, I suggest you go try them out sooner than later. My counter at bloomingdales was sold out and I had to order online.

Let me know if you have tried these and what you think!

New Product Du Jour 3.4.12

I have been trying out some really amazing new products. This week on my blog I am going to feature a new product review per day.

First review will be up tonight. Get ready, get set, Go!


Ps: Have you tried anything from the Josie Maran range yet? I'm loving.