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beauty editorial : Wounded Love

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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Hearts are made to be broken but beauty and fashion are forever.

photographer : Jennifer Link
creative director : Vanity Kills
fashion stylist : Shannon Kramp
makeup artist : Leane Christine
hair stylist : Vanity Kills
model : Vanity Kills

view the full editorial in the February/March 2014 Issue






item of the week : Maleficent True Love’s Kiss Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics

Friday, May 16th, 2014

MAC Maleficent

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Fairytales never tend to get old, especially with these new gorgeous MAC products that encapsulate the dark world of Maleficent, the Sleeping Beauty villain who will be portrayed by Angelina Jolie in Disney’s upcoming anticipated film. The makeup collection presents a muted color palette with enticing rich reds, deep plums, and velvety browns. It includes a variety of products including eyeliner, a four color eyeshadow palette, nail lacquer, and false lashes but the highlight of the collection is Maleficent’s signature red lipstick aptly named True Love’s Kiss. For a villain who dresses head to toe in purple and black she never goes without her stand out red lipstick. The lipstick is already sold out online but just released in stores yesterday. Get in touch with your inner sexy villain and pick up MAC’s True Love’s Kiss Lipstick or a piece of the new collection before it’s completely sold out!

The Maleficent collection is available online at www.maccosmetics.com and True Love’s Kiss Lipstick is available in MAC stores for $17.50.

- Cassia Crawl






item of the week : Electric Pressed Pigment Palette by Urban Decay

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette

Over the last few years, Urban Decay has successfully breathed life into the humble neutral with their uber popular Naked palette series and as such have managed to create quite the reputation for themselves. I don’t know that they were the household name that they are today before they launched the Naked palette. Either way, after these many years of neutrals even the most conservative of us would be begging for a little bit of color. Don’t get me wrong, my Naked palettes are my go-to for all of my everyday makeup looks, but sometimes you want to get a little bit chaotic and a little bit colorful, and for these times Urban Decay has given us a new palette called Electric. With eight brand new shades and a couple that we have previously seen, the Electric palette offers up a wonderful collection of colors that can be combined into a variety of looks. As UD eyeshadows are known for, these colors blend together amazingly, and offer up a nice balance between matte shadows and metallics. Like their Naked series, the Electric palette is one that I think will stand the test of time and will be a go-to for most people when they’re looking for a little more than just the average neutral shade.

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The Electric Pressed Pigment Palette is available online for $49 at www.urbandecay.com.

- Ashley Godwin






item of the week : The Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Eye Liner by Smashbox

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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It’s not just Santigold’s genre bending musical style that makes her a standout artist, but the visual element to her music. From her name to her incredible personal style, she has very visual sensibilities.  If you’ve seen any of her music videos or live performances, her new cosmetic line with Smashbox seems natural given her covetable brand of grungy glam. With fun names and luxurious detailing like a Lipstick Ring adorned with Swarovski crystals, these limited edition items are as beautifully packaged as they are covetable. One the standouts in this collection is the Double Ended Limitless Eye Liner, double ended liners offered in Azurite Is Never Wrong/El Dorado (bright blue/soft gold) and Yellow Dwarf/Green Martian (bright yellow/mint green). Not only are the colors unique and playful, the fact that they are offered in a pencil allows you to make as big or as subtle of an impact as desired.

The Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Eye Liner by Smashbox will be available online starting April 1st for $24 at www.smashbox.com.

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- Reem Jazar






beauty editorial : Double Vision

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Necklace by Torture Couture.

photographer : J Erickson Photography
makeup artist : Jenny Erickson
hair stylist : Krystal Kaos
model : Stephanie Henderson

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Necklace by Torture Couture.

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item of the week : Brush Set by Sugarpill Cosmetics

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Sugarpill Cosmetics

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Sugarpill Cosmetics’ new professional makeup brushes are not only adorable in style and appearance but they are also 100% vegan friendly. They are made from soft, high quality synthetic bristles resting in a bamboo handle. These brushes mimic the feel of high end real fur materials. They allow you to apply and blend your makeup flawlessly and effortlessly, while offering a hygienic and lightweight tool. The pink ombre coloring allows you to play around and dip your brushes in even the most daring and deepest colors, as they will not stain or change the appearance unlike the standard white bristle brushes we see at most counters. Sugarpill has been known for several years for her vibrant pigment eyeshadows and these new brushes will allow you to work with their magical formula to create your look.

The Brush Set by Sugarpill Cosmetics are available online for $68 at www.sugarpillshop.com.

- Cassia Crawl






item of the week : Undead Lipstick by Medusa’s Makeup

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Sickeningly fragrant flowers, super sweet candy, gushy gooeyness everywhere, it’s Valentine’s Day, you tried, you really tried to get into the holiday but today just sucks. In protest pick up this purple blue lipstick, the opposite of romantic red and girly pink. Boys and girls, if you can rock this color then it is fashionable anytime you were it. The packaging is irresistible and Medusa’s Makeup is very affordable and even more so with our exclusive 15% off code “Aux”. Plus it’s vegan!

Undead Lipstick by Medusa’s Makeup is available online for $12 at www.medusasmakeup.com.

- Jennifer Link






runway to vanity : Glass Shard Eyes and Slicked Hair

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Matte faces and silvery eyes were all over the runways this season, and the 3D glass shard glitter eyes of Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2013 show at Paris Fashion Week were the direct inspiration for this look. While the Chanel look kept the lips at a minimal nude, this look is vamped up by another runway trend, a sultry brown burgundy lip. Many variations of the wet look were seen on the runway this season: from just out of a rainstorm messy to pulled back and up. Don the slicked hair in both variations with this look.

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[ additional images not seen in the December/January 2013/2014 Issue ]

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written by : Erika Diehl
photographer : Saryn Christina
fashion stylist : Erika Diehl of Glamour Lush
makeup artist : Erika Diehl of Glamour Lush
hair stylist : Erika Diehl of Glamour Lush
model : Jordan Munn

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view the full feature in the December/January 2013/2014 Issue






beauty editorial : Space Girl

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Shimmering looks that will transport you out of this galaxy and beyond.

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photographer : Peter House of House the Photographer
creative director : Pretty Deadly Stylz
fashion stylist : Pretty Deadly Stylz
makeup artist : Ainsley Graham
hair stylist : Pretty Deadly Stylz
nail stylist : Jenn Tran
model : Severin Stargher

view the full editorial in the December/January 2013/2014 Issue






item of the week : Pink Velvet Velvetines by Lime Crime

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Pink Velvet, the highly anticipated new “it” item for every makeup addict and beauty shopaholic out there has finally arrived from Lime Crime. Similar to it’s predecessors Red Velvet and Suedeberry, the product promises to deliver velvety high-pigmented lips that last all day and night and are easily applied and shaped with the swipe of a wand. It’s a real fairy tale for those multitasking girls who don’t want to keep reapplying and touching up their lips! The released new pink color is a flattering shade for all skin tones with an uplifting youthful burst of neon to outshine winter’s dreariest days. The hue dries softly as it stains your lips with the softness of rose petals. The Velveteens render lip liners as passé, since their products do not bleed and can easily be blotted off if needed.

Lime Crime specializes in feminine and fantasy inspired packaging and they have recently remodeled the look of the Velveteen line to a soft, rose flower decorated tube with an improved smaller brush. The color is fast drying, so when you are applying it make sure to work quickly before the pigment sets onto your skin and lips. For better application I suggest drawing the outer edges and outline to finalize the shape, then carry in the shade and blend it through the inside. Your lips will look matte, but they will not ever feel dry or cracked. Rejoice in velvety kisses in a new shade of wonders.

Pink Velvet Velvetines by Lime Crime is available online for $20 at www.limecrime.com.

- Cassia Crawl






beauty editorial : Kiss Me Deadly

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Moonlit looks for the vintage vixen with splashes of red and a touch of macabre.

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photographer : Bailey Northcott of Through The Glass Photography
creative director : Pretty Deadly Stylz
fashion stylist : Pretty Deadly Stylz
makeup artist : Christina Parasiliti of Sinner Saint Artistry
hair stylist : Jesse Y
nail stylist : Pretty Deadly Stylz
models : Vorm Van Aimee @ Valt

view the full editorial in the October/November 2013 Issue






beauty editorial : Keeper of Dreams

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Feathered, horned, armored, and chained headpieces for the fiercest one of them all.

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photographer : Laura Dark
makeup artist : Deanna Roberts for Makeup Vamp
hair stylist : Synthetic Rebellion
models : Odette Despairr, Brianne Jeanette & Katarzyna Kozicka

view the full editorial in the October/November 2013 Issue






beauty editorial : Songstress

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The synthpop princess, the new wave icon, and the bohemian queen.

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photographer : Sequoia Emmanuelle
makeup artist : Debra Macki
hair stylist : Bianca Mc Millan
models : Courtlyn Cannan

view the full editorial in the October/November 2013 Issue






item of the week : As Above, So Below Fragrance Set by Haute Macabre

Friday, November 15th, 2013

As Above, So Below

Haute Macabre, the long running blog for all things dark yet sophisticated, is releasing another limited edition Haute Macabre branded product, this time in collaboration with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The fragrance set features As Above, a scent of leather drenched with white patchouli, oak bark, bourbon vanilla, bitter almond, and Moroccan jasmine and So Below, a scent of amber and black copal with black coconut, Sumatran red patchouli, green cardamom pod, and golden musk. These warm and mysterious scents will be perfect for the winter season. Today, November 15th is the last day for pre-order. Snatch them up for yourself or as gifts for loved ones.

The As Above, So Below Fragrance Set is available online for $55 at www.hautemacabre.bigcartel.com.

- Jennifer Link