TMG Travel: Paris Beauty Tour 2014

The Paris Beauty Tour 2014 is almost here!! Next Tuesday, I am embarking on another Paris Beauty Tour with my good friends Julia Coney and Carmen Blakely. You may remember that Julia organized a similar trip back in 2012 [read about the Paris Beauty Tour 2012]. This time around, Julia (who does these tours for anyone) has pulled out all the stops and has made the tour bigger and better.  She had t-shirts made in collaboration with T Boutique (check out the logo below and purchase the T-Shirt here) and she is ALREADY planning the 2015 dates.  So if you are interested, make plans NOW (she has payment plans!!) and get yourself to Paris!!  I have to tell you, a trip like this is WAY more fun, entertaining and enlightening when you are with people that have been there before. PLUS Julia is the ultimate concierge.

 TMG Travel:  Paris Beauty Tour 2014

A sneak peek into what we will be doing..

Five nights in a beautiful boutique Parisian hotel with free WIFI, exclusive beauty events, one private dinner, French champagne/wine tasting, perfume making experience, must do beauty shopping at one of Paris famous beauty pharmacies, a beauty-full goody bag, and tour at a famous French perfume house.

That sounds pretty nice – right???? There are PLENTY of things I didn’t get to do last time so I am READY.  The last time, I took a nap as soon as we got to the house BIG MISTAKE because I basically lost a day.  This time, I am sleeping on the plane and plan to hit the ground running. Carmen and I are heading to see Mr. Oshi to get some apparently indestructible tights (Mr. Oshi tests them with his teeth to ensure they are worthy of being worn!).  A vintage clothing store where you can buy items by the kilo and much much more. Oh by the way, I will also be hitting up City Pharma again to pick up some essentials (see what I picked up last time – check out my blog post Shop With Me at City Pharma in Paris).  I am going super streamlined this time (I did carry on last time BUT there were still items I never wore! So understated streamlined now!) THIS time, I have a list with pictures and I have actually put together outfits around 10 key pieces which should be more than enough.  PLUS the weather is going to be gorgeous (60’s during the day)! I can get away with a trench coat!

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Fall 2014: MAC Brooke Shields Makeup Collection…

The MAC Brooke Shields makeup collaboration hits stores today! If you were around in the 80’s like me, then you know of the legend that is Brooke Shields.  Not the glorious, iconic glamorous version from the current La-Z-Boy commercials….but the underage nymphette from the film Blue Lagoon and Endless Love (I had to sneak and watch it over at a friend’s house!!).  The gorgeous young thing that proudly declared, “Nothing comes between me and my Calvins…NOTHING!!” at the tender age of 15.  My sister and I were obsessed (I even did her hair and makeup like Brooke for school photos…it was one of the more memorable looks I created during that time.  Big voluminous hair created with a roller set, big brushed up brows and soft makeup. Ahhh those were the days.

Her collaboration with MAC is a lofty one that contains two complete looks for day and night.  She was so inspired that she ended up creating two seperate collections.   “One was this really fresh-faced, cleaner, daytime look and the other was much more vampy with a big focus on the eyes, and I’m both of these things,” she explained. “I like the natural part of myself, and I like the sexier side, too. James asked me what I liked best, and I just could not make up my mind between these two very diverse looks. So I thought, ‘Maybe they’ll like one better, or say this is the one for the market.’ It was like trying to pick a wedding dress.” [WWD]  MAC decided to go with both…and that result is what you see in the final collection which by the way is the largest Ion collection to date.  The packaging is simplistic gray with sparkling orange accents emblazoned with her signature – and looks much more Estee Lauder than MAC.

The Gravitas shadow palette is already sold out online so if you want one – I would suggest swinging by or calling your nearest MAC store to see if you can score one.  It’s a great deal primarily because it has some of the most iconic and versatile shadows in their line (like expensive pink which is one of my favorite highlighting shadows, but you also get carbon, shroom, antique and MORE!) This is far less expensive than buying all of these shades separately.

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M∙A∙C partners with Brooke Shields to create a limited-edition colour collection of shades and finishes chosen by Brooke herself, inspired by her own favourite looks for day and night – easy, modern and beautiful.  This limited-edition Beauty Icon collection is made all the more special with Brooke’s signature embossed on light grey packaging with brilliant orange accents.

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7 Innovative Skincare Products for Fall…

Here are my 7 Innovative Skincare Products for Fall.  Fall is HERE!! Who doesn’t like fall??  Time to bust out the sweaters and boots! Time to get out the hot apple cider and mulled wine!  It’s ALSO time to transition your skincare from those lightweight summer to products to ones that will give you a little more protection when the weather get’s cooler.  Even if you are oily, you can benefit from switching up your routine.

All of these products offer something new in the way of technology or innovation to make them stand out. Here are 7 of my current favorites…

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The Rundown:

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution

For the first time ever, device and formulations come together to systematically combat the appearance of hyperpigmentation, acne-induced discoloration, uneven skin tone and dullness. Clarisonic’s newest breakthrough, the Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution, is the key to unlocking your brightest complexion. Users experience beautifully transformed skin that is brighter, softer, and more radiant, seeing an immediate 37% improvement in the texture of skin, 2.5x greater skin clarity after one week, and 10x greater improvement in hyperpigmentation after two weeks. Kit includes: Clarisonic Aria, Universal Voltage Charger, Radiance Brush Head, 6 oz Skin Illuminating Cleanser, 6 oz Sin Renewing Peel Wash, Brightening Activator Serum

Price: $249, Available at, Sephora, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, select physicians and spas.  If you already have a Clarisonic device, you can purchase the replenishment kit that contains the brush head and products for $125.

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Fall 2014: MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

MAC Rocky Horror

The MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection is here!  Did you watch Rocky Horror when you were a teenager?  Were you too young to remember it when it came out?  Haha...I was a teenager in the 80's and I must have seen Rocky Horror at least 20 times … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishq

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®. This past week - I had a little pamper party … [Continue reading]

TMG Talks: 6 Tips to Keep You Forever Young…

6 Tips to Stay Forever Young

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by P&G via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of P&G. 6 Tips to Keep You Forever Young - Skincare is a given, right?  I … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint…

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint ($55) is my new favorite! Did I tell you I'm going to Paris?  I did??!!?  Sorry, I'm excited.  I just know It's going to be a blast!  I also know that I have to streamline my packing because last time....I had … [Continue reading]

Giveaway: Ulta Beauty Too Faced Modern Matte Kit…

Too Faced Modern Mattes

How would you like an exclusive Ulta Beauty Too Faced Modern Matte kit for yourself??  Hey BAES!! I have a little giveaway for you! Are you checking out Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty?? There are still a few days left to get some deals... 9/23: CK … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Caudalie Premiere Cru La Creme

Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme

Caudalie Premiere Cru La Creme is perfect for cooler weather! Hello darlings!!! I'm sorry I have been MIA - but I have been burning the candle at both ends. I am traveling back to Paris next month for another Paris Beauty Tour with the fabulous Julia … [Continue reading]

Steal This: ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2014…

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty 2014

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2014 beauty event is already in full swing! There are some unbelievable deals in this bi-annual SALE-a bration (like Clarisonic brush heads are BOGO on 9/17 - HELLLOOOOO!)  You may remember the event from this past spring … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Get The Look – Oscar de la Renta S/S 15…

Gucci Westman Backstage at Oscar de la Renta S/S 15

Get The Look - Oscar de la Renta S/S 15!  The beauty look for Oscar de la Renta at NYFW was a soft, pretty and wearable creation from makeup artist Gucci Westman for Hourglass.  It was classic and polished with a dash of modern edge. Backstage at … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Space NK Apothecary Autumn Beauty Edit…

SpaceNK Autumn Beauty Edit 2014

It's that time again! The Space NK Apothecary Autumn Beauty edit is here!  Tomorrow...September 10, Space NK will host the “Autumn Beauty Edit” event across all of their 23 U.S. locations. Even if you usually skip most beauty GWP events (how much … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Creatures of the Wind S/S 15 with NARS…

NARS Creatures of the Wind S/S 15

Creatures of the Wind S/S 15 with NARS.  Fashion Week is here again!!  Even though I am not attending NYFW this season, I can still show you some looks that I feel like you can take from runway to realway!  NARS Director of Global Artistry James … [Continue reading]

TMG Project: Johnson’s Baby Rock Star Glam Suite…

Reserved TMG - Sheraton Tysons

My Johnson's Baby Rockstar Glam Suite was a total hit!!  So, a few weeks back, I teamed up with Johnson's Baby, The Sheraton Tyson's Corner and celebrity makeup artist Ketta Vaughn to create a "Rockstar Glam Suite" called Sipping Social.   This was … [Continue reading]

CoverGirl Looks That Rock Viewing Party + Giveaway!

CVS LooksThatRock

CoverGirl Looks That Rock Viewing Party + Giveaway! Hey hey!! Okay so we had the BEST time the other night when we literally shut down Brix and Ale at the Sheraton in Tyson's Corner for our MTV VMA Viewing party. We had goody bags packed with the … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Beyoncé’s Nails at the VMAs…

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Beyoncé's nails at the VMAs were just as showstopping as her 15 minute medley performance at the end of the show!  She looked AMAZING from her red carpet walk to her flawlessly executed performance and finally her press room celebration for her 4 … [Continue reading]

Red Carpet Beauty: Robin Wright at the 2014 Emmy Awards…

Robin Wright Emmys 2014

Robin Wright at the 2014 Emmy Awards.  Robin Wright gets better and better with age.  I love her pixie cut, the fact that she can and she is a damn good actress.  Celebrity makeup artist Tricia Sawyer created the look for Robin Wright for tonight’s … [Continue reading]

Secret Ingredient: Kale Beauty Products!

Kale in Beauty Products

Kale Beauty Products!! KALE, the all around trendy superfood (which I love, by the way) has moved from the salad bowl and into your beauty cabinets. A growing number of heavy-hitting brands are capitalizing on the phytonutrient, antioxidant, vitamin, … [Continue reading]