Happy 8th Anniversary TMG!!

Happy 8th Anniversary TMG!! Here we go again!!  Can you believe it has been 8 years?  I certainly can’t.  It seems like only yesterday that I started this little blog. There have been so many rewarding experiences that I am 100% grateful for.  This past year, I started working for a cosmetics company (kind of full circle right??)  I’m doing that part time and still work on the blog day-to day.

happy birthday candle light Happy 8th Anniversary TMG!!

For those of you that don’t know, I started my blog while I was working in a cubicle at BearingPoint Consulting Services.  A  job that I was very good at, but that I didn’t really like all that much. I had previously been in the beauty business for YEARS working for brands like Borghese, Lancome. Clarins and Prescriptives (where I was a custom blender).  Then one day, I was at a point in my life where I craved stability (who likes living paycheck to paycheck – right??) and getting what I dubbed a “real job” gave me that.  A steady paycheck, health insurance…you know the American dream.  Problem is, I was MISERABLE.  I was still a beauty junkie through and through, still trolled the drugstores, department stores and Sephora, still gave advice to friends and family.  So I started doing makeup on the side for portraits and bridal parties which was a good side gig, I won’t lie.  One day, a client suggested I start a blog (which I had NO idea how or what that was) and she told me about Julia’s blog AATP (Julia is now one of my very good friends!) So I checked her blog out, contacted her, and then became obsessed with beauty blogs.  I searched on the internet, looked high and low and found many just like me starting out like Shake Your Beauty, Beauty Blogging Junkie, A Girls Gotta Spa, Makeup Bag, Beautiful Makeup Search and so many more….and the rest is history!  In my first post, I was talking about how I was addicted to lip balm and how my Nana gave me my first Rosebud Salve. I blogged so much from my office job, that the web filters eventually blocked my site altogether (ooops…LOL)

Now 8 years later, I have covered 14 seasons of New York Fashion Week (which I am not sure I will continue but we shall see), I have made on air network television appearances, developed and promoted an eyeshadow for MAC Cosmetics, became a brand ambassador for Avon RoC Skincare and Aveeno and I speak nationally about social media and the beauty industry.

This past year I also wrote a book, I’ve increased my speaking engagements and I started working for Hourglass Cosmetics part time…WOW right?  What a year.  I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I have met TRUE FRIENDS that I love and care about, had amazing experiences, business opportunities, all because of TMG.  I am in awe and humbled by how many of you actually read what I write and care what I have to say!  It’s a true joy for me to be able to bring you what I feel are the latest and greatest in beauty to your computer screen everyday. I feel like reaching an audience in this way is so much more rewarding (for me and you) because I feel like I am just sitting down talking with you.  If you ever meet me, you will realize that I am a hugger, and I have met readers and done just that HUG!  I am so thankful for you that you let me into your life everyday!  I also hope that I can continue to be a source of advice and encourage all of you to achieve your personal beauty goals whatever they may be!

Who knows what the future holds but I am here for the ride wherever it takes me! If you will be in NYC for The Makeup Show next month,  I will be speaking in their brand new Focus Series  on Saturday May 3rd from 11-12pm called Marketing Me: Strategies for Success in the Freelance Career.  If you miss me there, I am also doing my first ever keynote at The Makeup Show in Chicago in June! So come see me!!!  Also, make sure you reach out to me on Twitter and we can meet up have a drink and a HUG! Thank you from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART for 7 years of readership.  It means so much…

xoxo Lianne

Beauty News: NARS Lipgloss Reformulation…

The beauty world has been abuzz about the NARS Lipgloss Reformulation.  They have overhauled the entire lipgloss line, with a new formulation and packaging.  The new NARS Lip Gloss contains a full spectrum of shades with sophisticated natural shine – perfect for everyday wear. Plus they are SUPER hydrating.  The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear. Nourishing ingredients hydrate and smooth fine lines leaving lips soft and supple, while Sea Lavender helps protect against signs of aging. The comprehensive 30-shade collection includes 7  new shades and 23 iconic favorites for a full range of effects, from sheer shine to bold luster. The newly designed packaging features a clear tube for improved color visibility (Hallelujah! I could NEVER read the sticker on the bottom hopefully that is addressed as well).

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I love the new packaging/formula, but I am SAD that some of my favorites are gone.  Wahhhhh!  Now I have to go online and order backups before they drop kick them into the discontinued lip gloss universe!  Here is the list of shades below…the new ones look divine!!  Hopefully some of your faves made the cut….

The Rundown:

  • SALAMANCA (NEW) Pink flamingo
  • ETERNAL RED (NEW) Bright orange-red
  • QUITO (NEW) Bright strawberry pink
  • PRISCILLA (NEW) Shocking pink
  • SIXTIES FAN (NEW) Pomegranate
  • ISTRIA (NEW)Pink glacé
  • TASMANIA (NEW) Pink cantaloupe
  • TRIPLE X Clear, super-shiny, ultra-wet gloss
  • SWEET DREAMS Pink grapefruit with sugary shimmer
  • SCANDAL Sheer crushed cherry
  • STELLA Muted raspberry
  • TURKISH DELIGHT Pink sherbet
  • CHIHUAHUA Sheer guava
  • GIZA Sheer nectar
  • ORGASM Peachy pink with shimmer
  • STOLEN KISSES Sparkling caramel pink
  • SUPER ORGASM Peachy pink with gold glitter
  • RISKY BUSINESS Warm raspberry
  • STRIPTEASE Candlelight nude
  • DOLCE VITA Sheer dusty rose
  • GREEK HOLIDAY Sparkling pink sand
  • SUPERVIXEN Sheer sparkling mauve
  • SWEET REVENGE Sheer pink grapefruit
  • BELIZE Pink mauve with flecks of gold
  • OPHELIA Strawberry nectar
  • EASY LOVER Ultra-sheer hot pink
  • WONDER Sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer
  • ANGELIKA Cotton candy pink with gold particles
  • MISBEHAVE Sheer cherry red with gold shimmer
  • ROSE GITANE Sheer sangria
Available: The new gloss retails for $26 and will be available April 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com and May 1, 2014 atSephora and Dept./Specialty stores
Gloss Pretty!!

Spring 2014: NEW! NARS Contour Blush…

The brand spanking new NARS Contour Blush [$42] is the ultimate essential in makeup artistry and the secret weapon to creating natural-looking definition with a luminous finish.  This is something that can switch up your whole look for spring!  These are not the contour shades of the 80′s…no ma’am!  These are soft and natural looking and when done right can give you dimension in your face that your cheekbones have been craving. Like Angelina in Maleficent?  No…but it’s a start!  Hahaha!

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The beautifully balanced duos feature a lighter shade to illuminate the highpoints of the face and a deeper shade to enhance definition. Ultra-smooth, lightweight texture lends itself to a luminous finish and the specially designed contouring formula visual depth and dimension in a single swipe.  To create the perfect contour on cheeks, apply the deeper shade of the Contour Blush to the hollows of the cheek and along the hairline, sweep the light shade across the cheekbone toward the temple to soften and highlight. Finish the look with a pop of your favorite blush shade on the apples of the cheek. I like to use Orgasm or Lovejoy here.

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  • OLYMPIA Ivory/Rose
  • PALOMA Pink beige/Deep rose
  • GIENAH Honey/Amber

I would use these with an angled brush, the highlight is DEFINITELY appears to be matte so if you want something with some shimmer, you can always pop some illuminator on the tops of your cheekbones in small dots and then blend.

AVAILABILITY: NOW at NARS Boutiques and on narscosmetics.com

Stay Pretty!!

TMG Faves: Favorite High Coverage Concealers…

Favorite High Coverage Concealers

Here is another TMG Fave to add to the list, my Favorite High Coverage Concealers!  High coverage concealers are a must if you have any darkness under your eyes, but the trick is application.  If you try a high coverage concealer (or any concealer … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Kate Mara at the Transcendence Premiere Premiere

Kate Mara

Have you been watching "House of Cards"??  I am completely ADDICTED.  Unfortunately Kate Mara's character met her demise at the start of season two.  I had no idea that #1 she was such a good actress and #2 that she was Rooney Mara's sister.  Anyway, … [Continue reading]

Must Have: Bliss Firm, Baby, Firm Gel Cream Moisturizer…

Bliss Firm Baby Firm Moisturizing Gel Cream

Remember how much I loved Bliss Firm, Baby, Firm Serum? Now there is Bliss Firm, Baby, Firm Gel Cream Moisturizer. This new lightweight feeling moisturizer is perfect for the warmer weather that is around the corner.  It is packed with FAB … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: 5 Ways to Relax for Spring…

5 Ways to Relax for Spring

I think we made it!  Winter is finally gone (good riddance!) and I have 5 Ways to Relax for Spring!  In related news, April is also National Stress Awareness Month.  While your boss may not recognize the occasion, I know that we could all use a … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square at the ACM Awards…

Shawna Thompson Rodarte Inspired Manicure

My girl Tracylee created a VERY cool mani for the Rodarte show back in February for NYFW.  Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square wore the look which was an  ombre french mani that breathed life into the tireder than TIRED french mani at the Academy of … [Continue reading]

Beauty News: Lupita Nyong’o is the new Face of Lancome

Lupita Nyong'o for Lancome

The fashion and beauty world's love affair with 31 yr old Lupita Nyong’o continues as the Oscar winning actress has just been named the new face of Lancome.  She is the first black woman to represent the brand with the current roster made up of Julia … [Continue reading]

TMG Project: I’m Speaking at The Makeup Show in NYC & Chicago…

The Makeup Show Chicago

Hello lovelies!! Just a quick note to tell you that I am going to be speaking at The Makeup Show in NYC and Chicago this year!  So exciting!  This is  the first time I have EVER done anything on a TMS stage ALONE...I have always participated in … [Continue reading]

Giveaway: 6 Ways to Win MAC Heroine Liner & Lipstick…

Win MAC Heroine Lipstick & Liner

Updated - Contest has ended.  Please check back for another one soon! Here is another one pulled from the TMG archives!  I am giving you the opportunity to win MAC Heroine Liner and Lipstick from last summer's hugely popular Fashion Sets … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: My Top 5 Face Oils…

Top 5 Face Oils

Here are my top 5 Face Oils.  If you don't know or haven't heard, face oils are everywhere these days.  If you are not well versed you can make a wrong turn.  Alternatively if you know nothing, you might end up passing up something that could be very … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine…

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine [$24.00 for 2 oz.] is the very first product EVER made by the line and it is my holy grail for that perfect second day hair look.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good clean blowout, but there is something about that … [Continue reading]

Review: Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation…

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

I love a foundation that feels lightweight but offers nice coverage. So as part of the #StayMatte Challenge - I put a tube of Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation [$5.49] to the test! For one week I wore only this to test it's overall … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss

Urban-Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss [$20] is a FABULOUSLY moisturizing balm and high shine gloss in one tube. The base of the tube is clear allowing you to see the color.  These Naked glosses allow you to find the nude shade that is right for … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57

Sephora Collection Airbrush Concealer

When I use a brush that I end up loving...I am ALL OVER IT.  In this case the Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 [$24] is the latest that has made it's way into my brush belt. This will give you the most FLAWLESS, airbrushed … [Continue reading]

Spa Love: The Salamander Resort and Spa

Salamnader Spa Outdoor Pool

I visited the Salamander Resort and Spa a few weeks back for a little R & R with the girls.  We had some treatments, lounged by the fire in the great room reading books and drinking amazing wine.  Then we went to a 5 star dinner and slept over. … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray…

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray [5oz for $25 or 1oz for $11 ] is on my fave list.  I LOVE dry shampoo...it makes life so much easier and it's nice to be able to spray and go.  This particular one is a grand departure from the first … [Continue reading]