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Beauty Buzz: Iconic Designer Diane von Furstenberg Comes to Dallas for Fragrance Launch

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on October 27, 2011

Clear your calendars on Tuesday, November 1 because iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg is coming to NorthPark Center. The creator of the classic wrap dress is launching her first fragrance titled Diane. The scent is distinct and feminine. It mixes violet, patchouli and frangipani flower.

Von Furstenberg is an inspiration to all women. Her brand has become worldwide since its start in the 70’s. The scent is described as mature yet polished and the tagline of the fragrance is “Be the woman you want to be.”

To meet the designing icon stop by Sephora on Tuesday and purchase her fragrance. She will be autographing bottles at the store from 2:30 – 4:30. If you can’t make the event head to Sephora’s website to purchase the perfume.

Caroline Foster


Beauty Blast: Hourglass Cosmetics New Lash Lacquer at Sephora

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on October 20, 2011

What’s the easiest way to take your make-up from day to night? Drawing more attention to your eyes always does the trick. Now Hourglass Cosmetics perfected the final step for getting ready for a night on the town. Their new Film Noir Lash Lacquer is a revolutionary topcoat for mascara.

To use the product brush it on top of mascara for a look that makes lashes stand out. The formula adds shine to lashes while it also makes them super dark and lengthens. In short, this product makes your eyes stand out. The best part? The Lash Lacquer has a similar effect to false eyelashes but you don’t need to mess with any sticky eyelash glue or annoying falling falsies.

This Saturday the Hourglass team will be at the Sephora in the Galleria for a demonstration of the Lash Lacquer. If you visit the store from 12-6 pm you can get a free makeover by the Hourglass Cosmetics artists and receive a bonus gift.

For more information about the Venice, California beauty company Hourglass Cosmetics or to purchase Film Noir Lash Lacquer head to their website.

Caroline Foster


Beauty Blast: Fall’s Trendiest Nail Colors

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on October 5, 2011

Now that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are at Starbucks and there’s a slight chill in the air it’s time to think fall. As far as nail polish goes this means its time to retire the neon shades and head for the dark moody colors that scream fall. Here are some of this fall’s hottest colors.

Although it may seem a little bizarre, dark green is a total trend this season. This forest color has been seen on some of the most savvy style editors. Shades of green can vary, if you’re nervous try a grey-green like Essie’s power clutch from their fall 2011 line. Your friends will be green with envy.

When the weather gets chillier, choose a darker shade. OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark has been a classic for years. The deep plum color appears black at some angles. It’s the perfect compliment to sweaters and boots.

No nail-polish trend list can be complete without the go-to Chanel colors of the season. This fall it’s a toss up between two stunning shades. The first is Peridot, a metallic greenish shade that looks different depending on the light. This color is an attention getter.

The next Chanel shade is called Graphite. This color makes all other metallic nail polishes pale in comparison. The combination of grey and charcoal sparkles looks almost 3D on nails. It’s the perfect compliment to any outfit.

With these fall colors in mind you are sure to nail the trend!

Caroline Foster

Beauty Blast: What’s the Buzz about Organic Beauty?

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on September 29, 2011

As the number of organic beauty products hitting the shelves is constantly increasing I wanted to see what all the hype is about. So, I chatted with Brandie Gilliam,’s founder and editor-in-chief. She gave me the scoop about why it’s important to shop smart when it comes to beauty.

Gilliam started her journey with organic beauty ten years ago when she first heard about the Terrible Touch-Me-Nots often found in cosmetics and skin products. These ten harmful ingredients can cause effects as minor as a headache or as severe as cancer.

Once she learned that beauty and skin products are not well regulated she became interested in finding great products that are completely natural, and free from harmful ingredients.

“Just because it’s on a shelf doesn’t mean it’s good for you” Gilliam said.

So what exactly should a buyer look for when it comes to organic beauty products? According to Gilliam there are three main criteria for this. The first is that there are no harmful ingredients in the product. The second is that the products’ ingredients are all natural, rather than synthetic. Thus they must be naturally derived. Finally, the company should pay attention to where it sources its ingredients.

So with these criteria in mind, Gilliam set off to find the best of the best in organic beauty products. To do this she has tested tons of items, from eye shadow to hand lotion she’s tried it all.

These days finding great organic products is much easier than it was a decade ago. Back then the selection was small and the choices were slim- not to mention product packaging was just plain ugly. Now Gilliam finds organic beauty products everywhere from Sephora to Tom Thumb, and they are just as good, if not better than their synthetic counterparts.

The organic products Gilliam features on her blog are, “Trusted, true and genuine” she said. For her the decision to use the organic products is easy, “It just makes sense.”

As Gilliam has seen the organic beauty industry grow first hand, she hopes it continues to flourish. “I hope people will become more educated and won’t blindly use whatever products are on the shelf,” she said.

As beauty trends come and go, it seems this one is here to stay. According to Gilliam when it comes to organic beauty, “The sky’s the limit.”

For product reviews and all your organic beauty needs go to

Caroline Foster

Beauty Blast: Salon Lucien

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on September 25, 2011

The hair salon: a sanctuary for women (and sometimes men!) to reflect, rejuvenate, and reveal their inner beauty. When life gets crazy, sometimes nothing feels better than getting primed and pampered, leading up to that moment the stylist swivels you around to face the mirror and BAM! Locks to compete with Farrah’s.

But really now, I’ve experienced it all. The overpriced, the under sanitized, the Aqua Net updos for prom, the coloring nightmares, the ghetto fab barbershops, the late night cutting of your best friend’s bangs, the French hairdresser who promised to “protect me” from Sarkozy, the list goes on. So when I moved to Dallas, I needed a salon with high quality, reasonable prices and a considerate staff. Most importantly, I wanted somewhere I could keep going back to. And I found it at Salon Lucien.

I discovered Salon Lucien via D Magazine’s Best Of Big D 2011. I instantly knew why. The lavish interior, complimentary drinks & snacks, minimal wait time, and both a personal stylist and colorist who carefully consulted me before, and after, to assure my needs were met. The salon is fully equipped with space dryers, chandeliers, a self-styling bar, Shu Uemura products and more. And two weeks later, my hair still has the wow-factor it did when my stylist spun me around to show my reflection. Now I anxiously await my next retreat, er, appointment at Salon Lucien.

Salon Lucien is located at 8411 Preston Road Suite 102. Call 214.369.2500 to book an appointment with colorist, Rachael Schneck and stylist, Christen Swearengin. Salon Lucien even offers discounts for SMU students (yes boys, you too)! Let me know if you’re interested in a VIP card for an additional 20% off your first service as well.

Zoë Mattioli


Beauty Blast: Dallas Native Creates KeSari Beauty

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on September 21, 2011

There’s a new Dallas-based beauty brand hitting the market, and this one is not like the others. KeSARI Beauty is inspired by India’s natural healing ingredients and traditions. The products are all formulated with many native Indian spices, flowers and fruit extracts. The line’s first complete product line, the Triphala Radiance Collection, is available now at

There are four products in the Triphala Radiance line. It includes a Pore Minimizing Indian Clay Masque with Triphala Radiance Complex, an Indian Oil Hair Serum with Triphala, a Triphala Radiance Firming Serum and a dark circle brightening cream with Triphala. The common ingredient in all of the products is Triphala, a remedy used to treat tired skin and hair.

Though she lives in Dallas now, the brand’s creative director, Richa Purohit, is from Kanpur, an Indian city that is rich in history. Purohit’s great grandfather made beauty and wellness products from local herbs, and ever since she has been on the beauty bandwagon. Purohit holds her family’s Indian traditions near to her heart. In Hindi the word KeSARI means saffron; this spices is often called “the spice of the Gods” in India.

Supporting a local beauty-buff while getting brighter skin? Now that’s an intelligent idea.

Caroline Foster

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Beauty Blast: Tips and Hints for Staying in Shape

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on September 15, 2011
Everyone wants to get toned and slim down without having to put in hours at the gym, right? Well now you can! Nike has provided anyone with an iPhone to now download the app Nike Training Club and complete workouts that you are most comfortable with, whether it be beginner, intermediate, or advanced. With workouts from 15- 45 minutes there’s something there for everyone. And the best part?? It’s FREE! Make sure you check it out and work it out!
Reed Ali Williams

Beauty Blast: Classic Pilates

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on August 11, 2011

Getting back to school and getting back into shape can come hand in hand this Fall. Classic Pilates, a boutique studio in Dallas is a fully equipped, classic Pilates studio offering private and semi-private Pilates mat and barre classes.

Instructors Rachael Lieck Bryce and Joann Cuccurullo are looking to help you improve your heath and fitness in this Uptown Pilates studio located across the street from Lee Park.

The best part? The first class is free!

Be sure the check out the Classic Pilates’ Teacher’s Blog for more information about the instructors and their philosophy.

Beauty Blast: Tibi + Bobbi Brown Event at Saks

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on March 8, 2011

Fancy Tibi’s feminine and fun designs?  Prefer Bobbi Brown’s al natural approach to make-up? Well you’re in luck because the fashion and beauty stars have aligned — Tibi has released a collaboration with make-up maven Bobbi Brown.

SMU Senior Stefanie Dasher, who happens to also be Tibi’s Regional Retail Coordinator, is hosting a shopping event this Thursday at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Dallas Galleria. Shop the in-store spring 2011 Tibi looks and test-out the new Tibi for Bobbi Brown makeup palette with complimentary touch-ups by on-hand Bobbi Brown artists. The music will be bumping in the Tibi section of the store and special gifts (Tibi of course) will be awarded with purchase.

Tibi for Bobbi Brown Collection

Beauty Blast: ‘No Cuts. No Color. Just Blowouts.’ comes to Dallas

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on March 2, 2011

You know that perfect blowout that you get right after a haircut? Now it’s achievable, even if you aren’t in need of a trim.  “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” is the simple concept behind Dallas’ newest and most unique salon, Drybar!

Opened since February 11th, Dallas owner Shannon Williams has already seen SMU students lending their tresses a try.  “We have had a lot of clients come in and then go straight to a party or event. We are even open Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays till 9”. It’s a quick solution to attempting to recreate those beachy waves or perfect voluminous tease that rule the red carpet.

Considering that most well known salons charge extraordinary prices for a simple blow dry, Drybar makes this luxury now affordable. “All we do is blowouts. A lot of places charge extra for different lengths of hair, to add curl, etc. Our blowouts are only $35” says Williams.  SMU Senior Natalie Novak has recently gone and says other than the amazing hairstyle, the price is the reason she will return.

They even give 10-minute scalp massages or ‘floaters’ for $10, if your scalp is in need of a little extra lovin’.

Make no mistake; Drybar came to Dallas to have a little fun! Choose from a menu of Mai Thai, Cosmo, Straight Up, Southern Comfort, and Manhattan (for your hair that is), and even receive free mimosas for those over 21. Novak agrees, “The concept of a blow dry bar cannot be beat…it is a great option for you and your friends to get your hair styled and relax before a busy night ahead”.

What’s the most requested style so far here in the Big D? According to Williams, “Curls, everybody wants curls”. She suggests the Cosmo-Thai for a good basic blowout with added waves. Try this new drink menu out this month and you just might have to have another!

Drink Special: During the month of March an SMU ID will get you $5 off your blowout Sunday through Thursday!

Grace Davis

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