Best of Beauty SS14: Looks We Won’t Wait For

The dust is settling on SS14, and there's just NO WAY we're waiting months to test rock out some of these beauty looks. From hair to makeup to nails, here are the TOP 10 looks that had us at hello. And that's helloooooo lover, to you. #10. LAUREN'S PICK:...

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NYFW: Katie Gallagher SS14 “Bloom”

Photo: Jessica Angeles INSPIRATION Katie Gallagher’s Spring 2014 collection showcased an ability to transform even the most limited palette of black, ivory, and pale-pink into statement-worthy, coveted monochromatic looks. With a sprinkling of Goth and an abundance of...

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DIVA DISH: Pixi-lish, A Charcoal Celebration

Behold my New York Fashion Week mani! New shade Charcoal Celebration by Pixi. Wore it with minimal chipping all over town. Even after digging through my kit while shooting this Cosmo story, even after stuffing my purse with press materials and printed...

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DIVA DISH: Morgan Taylor Nail Polish

Well, well - there's a new professional nail polish in town and I, for one, REALLY dig it. Introducing Morgan Taylor nail lacquer. Inspired by and infused with rare and precious elements (think semi-precious stones and raw gems), these polishes glide on smoothly...

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MANI MONDAY: Mixed Bag

Whether you're into the tribal trend or a super graphic look or hey, maybe something psychedelic - have I got some MANI MONDAY inspiration for you... TRIBAL TREASURE This #manibymei caught my attention with its color palette but stole my heart with its bling. ...

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InternDIVA: SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Energy

I'm no nail guru, but let's be honest, nail polish brand does matter.I try my best to steer clear of $2 polishes at Forever21, as well as Sinful Colors or NYC, thanks to past experience.  Instead I stay within my comfort zone of OPI, because I've consistently gotten a...

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DIVA DISH: Big Pill To Swallow (But Worth It)

Nail art. It's not going ANYWHERE.  Which isn't much fun when your nails are weak and break easily. Or when they do grow, they don't grow evenly. Like a superlong ring finger and a supershort pointer. Not hot. And not at all the kind of nails worthy of the kind...

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MANI MONDAY: Malachite

Mani-master Mei is back at it again with my FAVE mani of the week: Malachite. I love it for its gorgeous colors, implied texture, graphic nature and - while I'm normally VERY opposed, it's pointed shape which works with this design. I see this manicure with a...

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MANI MONDAY: When The Cracks Begin To Show

For this week's #MANIMONDAY (with nail art by Mei Kawajiri), I was inspired by my own relationship. Because truth be told, over time, cracks will begin to show... ... which really is only natural ... ... and when it's worth it, something more beautiful will grow from...

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MANI MONDAY: Empire State of Mind

Apologies! This week's Mani Monday is coming to you on a Tuesday due to the holiday weekend.  I stayed in town for Memorial Day this year as I was booked on a job Monday. A lot of friends also stayed  in town and despite mostly horrendous weather, I was...

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DIVA DOES… Gangsta?

I am a firm believer that you meet the most interesting and inspiring people in life in the most unanticipated ways at the most unexpected times. Such is the case with Numyi Lee. I used to get my nails done at a place on Bleecker street in the village. I went...

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Mani Monday: Chicks

This Mani Monday we're celebrating chicks, man. Making Joel McHale proud. Below, my selected Manis by Mei for the week. The moto pinup. Love a badass beauty! The dollface. Rosy-cheeked russian nesting dolls. The dream girl. Inspired by the...

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Mani Monday: Cards, Op Art, Makeup

Better late than never. It's #MANIMONDAY time with my favorite nails of the week by Miss Mei Kawajiri... On Deck: Love this tribute to playing cards. Not Just Black & White. This graphic look showcases op art by Bridget Riley.  Mirror Mirror: The only...

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DIVA DOES… SELF Healthy Beauty

As a beauty/style consultant to SELF magazine, I see up close and personal how the words healthy and beauty are now more than ever inseparable. There is nothing more beautiful than being healthy... and strong... and fit... and glowing. So while we all live for...

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DIVA DOES… Sneek-E

Confession: Being a beauty girl doesn't always mean being perfectly primped.  Truth be told, with my schedule, I'm often air-drying versus being blown out (thank god for serums)... my bathroom is where I get a good number of my spa treatments (I'm pretty phenom...

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Mani Monday: Weekend Roundup

On this Mani Monday, my top nail looks from Miss Mei Kawajiri are all weekend inspired. Biting the bullet. At the insistence of my mother, I finally got myself a NutriBullet... for health and nutrition purposes. Instead this Cinco de Mayo, it was used for...

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UNISEXXXY: Sunday SpaDay

Life is a hustle. And life in New York City is a constant grind. But wherever you live, if you want to be unisexxxy, you better find an hour a week to devote to yourself.  How? Turn Sunday into SpaDay!Here are my Top 6 At-Home Products and Treatments for both boys and...

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Mani Monday: Emoji

My MANI MONDAY pick: The emoji manicure by Mei Kawajiri !! OMG. Tooooo cute!!  As someone who speaks fluent emoji, thinking I HAVE TO HAVE my own with these on my right hand... and these on my left! What would your emoji mani say? For your own Mani...

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MANI Monday: Fashion Tips

Fashion tips. Not the kind that advise wearing a fitted blazer that comes in at the waist to create an hourglass silhouette. The kind that cost less than a hundred bucks and infuse your look with some serious high-fashion. Luxe-for-less never looked so good. This...

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Daily Diva: Liquid Metallics

This makeup was inspired by my new liquid silver heels from Tar-jay.  LOVES them and for $29.99 why not pick a trend that can transition from winter to spring? The star beauty products are MAC Pigments in Silver, Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee...

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MANI Monday: People

If you haven't already checked out DIVAlicious Contributor Mei Kawajiri's nail art photographs, you need to click THIS BUTTON right this second. It will take you to the Manis By Mei gallery which will be updated several times a week. My faves will also be...

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Diva Dish: The Ultimate Diva Pack List

Back by popular demand and just in time for holiday travel… The Ultimate Diva Pack List ESSENTIALS ID, Passport, Wallet, Keys Tickets, Itinerary, Travel Documents Phone & Charger Ipod & Charger Camera & Charger Ipad/E-reader/Laptop & Charger Magazines,...

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Daily Diva: Ali Gone Wild

Pale pink no more! Check out my latest Makeup.com BEAUTY DARE where I coerce one of my besties, Miss Ali Salama, into soaking off her light and less-than-thrilling laquer in exchange for something on-trend and buzz-worthy. PS: Nail...

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Daily Diva: Fuchsia & Feline

When you mix a little fuchsia... ...with a little feline... ... you get a little fabulous: Love me some mix & match. Note: This post is not sponsored. All reviews and thoughts are unbiased and my own. Select products were provided as samples for...

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Diva Dish: Nailing Halloween

Scratch the sooooo-played-out sexy schtick this Halloween and instead create a kickass costume. Seriously, you won’t need all that T&A hanging out when you complete your look with these insane-in-the-good-way CND nail designs. Added bonus: they’re so...

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Diva Dish: Simple Addition

This just in! Right when you thought nail art jumped the shark, CND introduces 12 dee-licious pure pigments and effects to take your mani to an otherworldly level! They can be mixed into gels and acrylics or layered over CND Shellac (or how 'bout your plain...

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Diva Dish: Twinkle Tips

Running around in a towel and a towel turban is a daily occurrence for me. In my personal life I tend to operate on euro time (when I say 7, I mean 7:30... 8?). But when it comes to work, I'm speed racer doing a million things at once to get out the door. Every minute...

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Diva Dish: Putty In Your Hands

I live for CND Putty so naturally I swooned for this ombre nude nail. Designed by Candice Manacchio for CND at the Christian Cota show, it's called the Terra Cotta manicure and uses both Putty and Chocolate Milk. And I kind of need it...

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DIVA DOES… Glitter in the Air

Glamour mag hosted a blogger breakfast at hotspot nail salon tenoverten last week to introduce Essie's new Luxeffects holiday collection. Just like layering bangles, tank tops, and - in the 80s - two pairs of different colored bunch socks reversed...

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Diva Dish: 60 Days To Christmas… On Dasher!

When mamalicious Rosycruise herself started asking me about Christmas gifts this week, I told her she was out her mind. Until she reminded me it was only two months away. Say whaaaaaa.... Guess it's time to start my annual gift-giving countdown post series. First...

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DIVA DOES… Next to Nude Nails

Had the pleasure of meeting Essie herself (Essie Weingarten) of Essie Nail Care yesterday morning at a Glamour magazine Bloggers Breakfast where she shared her Winter 2011 Cocktail Bling collection with us at tenoverten - a supercute...

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Diva Dish: Essie-licious

Had a fab mtg with Essie, the consummate nail care pros, and felt like a kid at Christmas skipping to the taxi afterwards clutching the latest collection of summer 2011 shades. Decided to break out of the beauty box (lately for me, black pedi with a coat of...

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DIVA DOES… Nailing It

If you follow me on twitter or read my twitter feed in the right-hand column here, you know that I recently did a video with Cosmo for Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. And I have to say, I LOVED (really really LOVED) the...

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Diva Dish: Manolo Manicure

Nailcare is having its moment in a MAJOR way right now, and I am VERY much digging the nails at the Behnaz Sarafpour show yesterday created by Wanda Ruiz for Creative Nail Design (makers of my beloved Shellac). The inspiration: custom Manolos created...

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DIVA DOES… Pretty Suite

Better late than never... An inside view of the VS Celeb Suite at Lincoln Center for NYFW... where VIP guests are treated to gourmet food and drink, complimentary makeovers courtesy of moi, manicures and massages courtesy of Oasis day spa, plus other "suite"...

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DIVA DISH: Nourish Your Sole(s)

Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata once said "It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees." And I'd like to add, if I may, that It is better to die in your heels than walk comfortably in your flats.  Like 99% of the time. Especially for...

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DIVA DISH: "I’ll bet she shags like a MINX"

As seen on Beyonce and Lady Gaga and, naturally, me… MINX manis and pedis!! So fun, so fabulous, so flashy. Not for the tame or timid, these fancy foils are the female answer to grills.   No drying time, no nicks or chips and no need for messy cotton and...

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