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! 

 

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

My first time as a Parade Princess

Maxine Tatlonghari in PRIDE Parade 2013

My first time as a Parade Princess, PRIDE 2013 – Pinup Girl Style.

When I was in high school, I had been in a few parades as a Banner Girl carrying our school sign.  While it was always fun (we were even in the Hollywood Christmas parade), it was exhausting.  We wore these 3-inch boots and sometimes, well, let’s just say that marching after horses isn’t always fun.

Well, flash forward a few years 🙂 and my Chamber besty, Mylena Christina of LIFT) and I were invited as Board Members to sit in the Chamber convertible, and introduce EAT SHOP PLAY to the community.  How excited were we?

Well, I knew I wanted to go full GLAMAZON since it was PRIDE and you can be as over the top as you want to be here in WeHo.  So I decided to channel Mariah Carey and Marilyn Monroe (who BTW, is clearly a HUGE Real Vanity Girl inspiration for your gorgeous rooms! 🙂

HAIR:  I asked Tanya of Untamed Instincts to give me Mariah Carey diva hair.  She explained that the pinup style I usual favor features undulating curls that go downward, but Mariah has these waves that go outward.  And she wanted it to be BIG BIG. Like we could see it from miles away.  Which was the case, because my friend Miles said she could see my hair coming down the street!  Products used – Kevin Murphy and DermOrganics and lots of her technique, a curling iron and pin curls … and of course, a teasing brush!

MAKEUP:  My friend, stylist Joey Galon, introduced me to Hollywood MUA MaxiTone a couple of weeks ago and he is amazing.  Like he’s worked with Niecey Nash, Christina Milian and Lea Salonga, so I knew he would know how to bring out the best in my Filipino features.  I really loved how he got my skin so flawless (using his own line which is launching soon) and my eyes!  The orange and green and purples and lashes … oh my.  It was a makeup junkie’s dream!

FROCK:  What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? Well how lucky am I that Joey has a passion for preparing women for special occasions, so he had a few concepts in mind.  Given the colors of our Eat Shop Play Program, we opted for the orange.  I went to the Pinup Girl Boutique, and Natasha and the team helped me decide on the Monica Dress in Peach (close enough to orange!)  It was perfect.  Click here to read more about the dress.

If you’d like to see more pics – please check out my Instagram!  What about you?  Have you ever been in a parade?  Post a comment and or link below …