Ah, the advent calendar; that Christmas tradition we all loved as kids. But now that we're grown up, we can still get in on the fun with Benefit's Countdown to Love Advent Calendar ($68), and there's just enough time to pick it up for Dec 1. Now, while you might be thinking an advent calendar is a little juvenile, just wait till you start popping open each day. You'll find mini sizes of some of your favorite Benefit products, like Benetint and They're Real! Mascara, along with some other fun trinkets. We think that's a good trade-off for some chocolate treats, right?
If Cara Delevingne is any indication, a well-defined brow is a trend that's not going anywhere anytime soon. So for those who wish to do a little something with their brows without looking like a drawn-on mess, Benefit Gimme Brow ($22) is your solution. This colored gel (it comes in two shades) is packed with little fibers that easily build out your brows for a fuller, thicker effect. Plus, the tapered wand is shaped for foolproof application. A few strokes shape and fill sparse areas, but layer it on for a more dramatic finish. And the best part is that it looks completely natural, not like some artistically penciled shape.
Matthew Williamson's show had a distinct '70s vibe, so it's no surprise that Lisa Eldridge and the Benefit team opted for a look inspired by the era to match those retro-tinged clothes. The look was described as "'70s jet set," and focused on perfect dewy skin (created using Hello Flawless ($38)) with heavily contoured cheeks and eyes, and full, bushy eyebrows (they were backcombed for volume). Highlighter and cream products kept skin from looking flat — in fact, two of the three eye shadow shades used on the lids, My Two Cents and No Pressure ($20 each) were also buffed onto the cheeks, with Hoola ($28) bronzer layered over the top for extra definition. Simple, side-parted hair finished the laid-back look.
A four-piece eye shadow palette of pale pink, icy purple, muted plum, and steely gray allows you to create looks ranging from just a kiss of color to something a little more mod to something more alluring and smoky. Bubble-gum pink gloss and mini BadGal mascara top it all off, but will also serve you well while you travel throughout the year. These teeny-tiny products can be easily tossed in your one-gallon clear plastic bag, without the TSA having to step in and confiscate them from you.
And while the palette is too big to fit into a small bag, it's still bitty enough to hold in a medium-sized purse or clutch — one that's sequined for all your upcoming festivities, of course.
I was thrilled to attend the San Francisco DIFFA Dining by Design benefit, which was brimming over with the most inspiring tablescapes (check them out here). New York recently hosted its DIFFA Dining by Design event, and it captivated attendees with its fantastical tablescapes. The MMPI table was designed by the Belgian-born, New York-based architect and designer Francis D'haene and his team from D'apostrophe Design.
One of the most impressive elements of the design was the wall element. Lines from Arthur Rimbaud's poem "Hunger" were shaved into sheepskin — which took a barber from the Bronx 15 hours to create! The installation was meant to be both meaningful and thought-provoking, and to serve as reminder of the foundation’s fight against AIDS/HIV. Check out some close-up shots of the table.
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Do you feel it in the air? It's party season, and that means you probably have more than just one festive social function marked in your calendar. But it also probably means you have very little time to actually get ready for said soirées. That's why I've devised this quick and simple multitasking guide for going from work to holiday gatherings in a flash. To see the step-by-step list, just keep reading.
- Instant Iuminesce: "It's shimmer in certain spots," says Brett. To give your makeup look a little more punch, he recommends Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl ($30). The champagne-toned luminizer, which gives a healthy, subtle pink glow to most skin tones, can be used on the top of the cheeks, brow bone, eyes, and lips.
- The eyes have it: "I've been doing a lot of really velvet lids [lately], like taking a pressed powder or just a really light matte [shade] and just doing the lids super matte," he says. Adding a little shimmer on the brow bone or around the tear ducts keeps it from looking too flat. Brett's tip: Drugstore brand Prestige makes some great colors, like teal and slate gray.