Hangout with my gal pal & beauty mogul, Manna Kadar

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My friend Manna is headed to New York for a whirlwind media tour and she is inviting all of you to join her in a Google Hangout hosted by Birchbox.  They are collaborating on a product called sheer glo shimmer lotion (I scored a bottle and can’t wait to try it)

Here are the deets on the hang out …

When:  Friday, 12/13 (it’s good luck) at 3pm EST.

Topics:  All things beauty

How we met … 

Last Holiday Season, I sent out an email to all of my Vanity Girl customers for the Holidays – and one Pro Customer responded with a really lovely email. Turns out she is a beauty entrepreneur herself and owns a very cool cosmetics line named Manna Kadar Cosmetics.

We decided to meet for lunch at Le Pain here in WeHo, and she brought me some of her goodies like her signature bronzer (as seen at some of the hottest celebrity gifting suites) and her yummy smelling lip glosses.   We hit it off immediately.  With our mutual love of Paris (she was born there, I was an expat there) and our penchant for boy bands and business … that was a lunch that went really long and has since spawned lots of great business opportunities and my recent guest speaking opportunity at FIDM where she teaches in the Beauty Dept.  (BTW, huge shout out to the girls of the FIDM beauty department – I swear – it was like finding my Tribe! I can’t wait to see what these ambitious young women  … and a few men … do in their future careers.)

Anyway – it’s just really cool when you meet other female entrepreneurs, especially in the beauty space, that are as generous and fun as Manna.  She has great products and is just simply – a really cool chick!!

Ciao for Now –

Maxine

Special Thanks to another cool female entrepreneur and numerologist extraordinaire, Nidhi Handa, because every LA Business Girl needs awesome advice & insight! 

 

Fragola Showroom: Upscale clothing … discount prices

So, a couple of weeks ago the ladies of FourPlayGo (@mrsoaround the world @lolastravels and @jetsetextra) and I did a whole glam makeover and photo shoot with some of my favorite West Hollywood Glam Makers.  Maleeza of Fragola Showroom supplied venue, clothes, shoes and campagne;  Charles Hopkins did the photography; Cat did the syling; and Lyric did hair & makeup.  Celebrity jeweler David outfitted us in jewels.  Photos from that shoot are coming … and here are some from the entire trip.

I really wanted them to feel MY West Hollywood … i.e. Vanity Girl For the Day!

If you want in on the action, Maleeza is having an IN-SANE sale this weekend.  Designer names … low low prices.  Tell her VanityGirl sent you and Happy Shopping!  Make sure to Instagram me if you pick anything up @VanityGirlHollywood.

xx

Maxine

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2013 Emmy Hair Recap with Marco Pelusi

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Join me as I chat with globally recognized celebrity colorist Marco Pelusi.  His salon is smack dab in the heart of ultra chic Robertson Blvd, right near Lisa Vanderpump’s SUR Restaurant (having dinner there this Saturday with my travel blogger gal pals of FourPlayGo), Christian Loubitan and the ultra glam Phyllis Morris showroom.  This street might be my fave in the West Hollywood Design District.

On the vanity side, we talk Fall Hair Trends and the evolution of ombre and Emmy Hair!  Of course – I had to sneak a little bit of Breaking Bad since I binge watched the entire series in two weeks, thanks to my BFF and TV curator Julie.  Don’t judge me.

On the business side, Marco talks about how he got his start, how he garnered his celebrity clientele and how Facebook and Twitter factor into his marketing mix.   He grew up in the upscale salon business and then was recruited by Italian and Los Angeles companies to train on his techniques and he generously gives some advice to up and coming hairdressers in this podcast.

Click here to drop in on my chat with Marco!

xo

Maxine @VanityGirl

How to build a beauty career

Join me as I catch up with my former intern, Olivia Danielle, at the PHAMExpo.  I am so proud of Olivia — she just graduated from FIDM and landed a job as a product developer with a major cosmetic line here in LA.

She is beautiful and driven and truly pursuing her passion in the beauty industry.  She first saw our vanities when she was still living in New York … and approached me at the Beautylish event in Santa Monica a few years ago.

She also works very hard and isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves! We can’t wait to see what else the future has in store for her.   That’s what Vanity Girl is all about – providing the backstage moment so that girls can pursue their dreams.  She does own a Silver Starlet BTW, so she is also a Real Vanity Girl 🙂

PHAMExpo: http://www.phamexpo.com
Find Kevin: http://kjbennett.com
Buy his Brushes: http://www.royalbrush.com
Buy a Lighted Hollywood Vanity: http://www.vanitygirlhollywood.com

Crew & Glam Squad
Hair: http://www.untamedinstincts.com
Shoot & Edit: http://photofilmstage.com
Tweet Me: @VanityGirl
Instagram: @VanityGirlHollywood

What to look for in a makeup brush

Join me as I catch up with my friend, Emmy-ward winning MUA KJ Bennett at the Royal Brush booth at the first annual PHAMExpo.  His brushes were born out of his “makeup artist angst” because he simply couldn’t find brushes that kept up with him!

I first met Kevin a few years ago when I was in New York and hung out with YouTube makeup guru @enkore makeup for the first time.  The three of us ended up in Chelsea over martinis and the rest they say … is history!

xoxo –

Maxine

 

 

PHAMExpo: http://www.phamexpo.com
Find Kevin: http://kjbennett.com
Buy his Brushes: http://www.royalbrush.com
Buy a Lighted Hollywood Vanity: http://www.vanitygirlhollywood.com

Crew & Glam Squad
Hair: http://www.untamedinstincts.com
Shoot & Edit: http://photofilmstage.com
Tweet Me: @VanityGirl
Instagram: @VanityGirlHollywood

Peek inside a celebrity MUA daily makeup routine …

So Vanity Girls, you met Priscilla Ono last week in our Vanity Girl spotlight  … but in case you didn’t jot down her daily makeup must-have’s to achieving high-glam perfection, here is a list of some of her faves!

Foundations:  Studio Fix by Mac; Giorgio Armani (I am dying to try this!  It always looks so beautiful)

Highlighters:  Prep & Prime by Mac; YSL Touche Eclat; Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Eyeliners:  Lime Crime colored liners; Sephora eyeliner stickers

Mascara:  L’Oreal Voluminous

Lips:  MAC, NYX, Lime Crime, Kat Von D Lip Stains (Backstage Bambi)

Brushes:  Sigma F88; Toki Doki

Hair Tools:  Croc Blowdryer and flat iron; Hot Tools

… and of course, her lighting of choice?  Black Broadway Desk by Vanity Girl Hollywood

In case you missed, here is the video:

What about you?  Have you tried any of these items? What are your daily Go-to’s?

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl

What lighting do makeup artists use?

Here’s another spotlight on a Pro Vanity Girl. Meet celebrity MUA Priscilla Ono, whom I met through Uber Blogger Kandee Johnson.  Priscilla has beat the faces of glamour girls like Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, Amber Rose and Iggy Azalea!  Now you KNOW, those are some serious skills if they call on her to beat their face  And I’ve seen more than one instance where Ms. Amber Rose has been named “Best Makeup” on a Red Carpet, just sayin’ …

Anyway, Ms. Priscilla has a Black Vanity Desk of her very own in her LA Makeup Loft.  Here’s her video where she takes you through some of her daily things!


What she loves about her Broadway Desk .. or as she says in the video, “obsessed” 🙂 

  • The Lifetime Warranty.  Yep, Vanity Girl is manufactured right here in LA and carries a lifestime warranty.
  • The adjustable light switch.  Every MUA (and home makeup junkie) should be able to control their lighting!
  • The holsters that hold her Croc Blowdryer and Hot Tools hair items.
  • The outlets that make everything from styling to airbrush makeup to watching YouTube tutorials a breeze when doing your makeup.
  • And of course, the nice warm lighting which she says is “amazing” for makeup application.

Make sure to watch the video to check out her video and her daily makeup must-have’s!

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl

Vanity Girl and the Miss USA Pageant

Miss Connecticut crowned Miss USA 2013 via MSN News

So I just got back from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.  The hotel was even more sparkly than usual, as 51 bona fide US beauty queens and a bevy of teen hopefuls and others descended on the Vegas property to watch Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady, win the coveted title.  What I especially loved about her, is that she proudly talked about her math roots, and her “secret glamour” side.

We all have it… this secret glamour side. I was actually invited to Vegas by my friend, celebrity MUA and author, Kenetia Lee who works with the Trump Organization.  She put together a brand new workshop called Confidently Beautiful and it was attended by many  Miss Teen USA hopefuls and other women and girls, some who pageant and others who don’t, around what Confidently Beautiful means to them.

She invited me to be a panelist along with 2012 Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Cathryn Kennedy of St. Jude’s, Dorothy Evans Miss USA Fitness Expert and Dr. Lisa Palmer of Florida to serve as role models and share our very honest journeys with the attendees.  It also confronted us about our own personal journey with that elusive question of “what is confidently beautiful?

It makes a lot of sense.  A large majority of my Vanity Girl customers are young teens, just coming into their own when it comes to beauty, body image and confidence.  Yes, we love our makeup.  But we also love what makes us beautiful on the inside, flaws and all.

I was very honored to share my story.  I was even more honored when these bright and beautiful young women, and some of their mothers who beautifully are still launching some of their dreams, came up to me afterwards to share their own entrepreneurial dreams and ask my advice on their burgeoning projects!  It’s honestly my favorite part, whenever I speak, to get a little of that one-on-one time afterward and hear if something I said resonated and fanned a little fire inside someone’s heart.

I also learned so much from my fellow panelists.  Here are just a couple of very quick takeaways I learned from these accomplished and beautiful women:

Nana:  She is sooooo accomplished at such a young age.  I was inspired by how she turns “haters” and naysayers into fuel for her dreams.

Lisa:  Balance.  She is such a proponent for taking care of yourself and setting healthy boundaries for yourself and your loved ones.

Cathryn:  Kindness.  As a CFO type, she would seem to be all about the financial bottom line, but it was her humanity that struck me most.

Dorothy:  Loving the skin in your in.  No matter the shape and size, there is always room to take care of your physical body.

Kenetia:  Be Fearless.  Bold.  Beautiful and Free.

So Kenetia, thank you for inviting me and giving me a platform to share my Vanity Girl story.  To the other panelists, thank you for sharing your stories (yes, even the ugly parts!) and wisdom with everyone, and most of all, to those beautiful, shiny teen faces who attended, thank you for listening and I AM SO EXCITED to see what’s next for all of you.

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl