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March 2017

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New Beauty Line: Glamazon Beauty by Kim Baker

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This was a partnership between Concreteislandista and Glamazon Cosmetics. All Opinions are my own and truthful.

Spring has arrived although it may not feel like it here on the north east coast. And with the change of seasons comes a need to try new fashion trends and beauty products. Professional makeup artist Kim Baker has unveiled her own line of beauty products just in time. Universal, classic and easy is what Glamazon Beauty brings to mind when you experience the line.With a wide color range women of all ethnicities can find shades that match their skin tone.

Kim Baker

 

Kim Baker is not only a celebrity makeup artist, but a pioneer in the fashion industry as well. In her past life Kim was a straight size model and than became one of the first plus size models at Whilamenia . The time she spent in the hands of famous makeup artists like Fran Cooper, honed her love and understanding of beauty. What Kim came to understand after she left the modeling business was that receiving compliments on her beauty did not define her. Her acceptance of her herself was key to understanding how to enhance her natural beauty with makeup. She now knew how to make women feel beautiful by working with what was at her fingertips, natural beauty. Kim’s portfolio also includes working with famed makeup artists Bobbi Brown and on the sets of TV shows and movies. Past clients include singers Toni Braxton and John Legend. Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and the TV show “America’s Top Model” as well as many other celebrities have relied on Kim for her beauty expertise. The unveiling of Glamazon products is a gradual one as Kim does not want to overwhelm her consumers with to many products.

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Glamazon Cosmetics: Girls Love Wine Blush, Opal Eyeshadow, Creme Highlighter in Amber Lights, Flawless Gel Eye Liner, Hydro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in I’m Purrrfect Red

Solid Foundations

A lightweight formula is one of the most important details I look for when I’m picking a foundation. That is exactly what Glamazon’s Second Skin Liquid Foundation offers. The formula includes hyaluronic acid that help moisturize and soften the skin when applied. When Kim applied the foundation to my face I hardly felt it. As it rested on my skin it did not get cakey or to thick. It’s lightweight formula made me feel like I had no makeup on at all. There are 12 shades in universal colors ranging from dark like Chocolate Mousse to fair colors such as Porcelain Doll. Creating a wide range of foundation colors was an important part of the collection for  Kim. As an Afro-Latina she has had problems finding the correct shade in make-up brands. She knew she needed to offer every skin color, so no one would be excluded. Glamazon Liquid foundations are available for $24.

 

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Bombshell-Azon

 

Crème highlighters in the colors “Golden Goddess” and “Amber Lights” allows you to add the perfect amount of shine to your look for the same price. The “Blushing Beauties” blushes range in shades from pink to red. These shades were chosen specfcially by Kim as all four show well on both light and dark shin tones. Once again she concerned herself in assuring her products would work for everyone. “Paprika” and “Girls Love Wine “were two of my favorites, although at $16 how can you chose?

Kim also thought of the perfect base and finisher for her makeup line. The “Mystical Veil Face Primer” is a creamy formula that allows your makeup to lay smoothly. It’s light weight formula allows you to blend effortlessly and remain undetectable . The formula also hydrates and smooths your skin. With only 2-3 dots needed this $28 staple will last you months of beautifying. The “Perfect Pressed Powder” allows you to finish and protect your look. The formula is semi-translucent, which helps get rid of shine and absorb oil. This helps both people with oily prone skin and drier skin types. Caking won’t occur as the formula is lightweight. Shades such as “Havana” and “St.Tropez” are perfect for lighter skin tones while “Tahiti” and “Catalina” work for darker ones.

 

Lip Service

I was most excited about the line Hydro-Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I am a liquid lipstick lover and Glamazon is no exception.The formula has a perfect consistency allowing it to glide on not too thick or thin. I only needed to apply one coat for full coverage and was able to use the dole applicator for lining after applying a clear liner. I also love that the scent of the lipstick is  a soft  and slightly sweet vanilla. The scent also fades off quickly, something I appreciate as I am sensitive to scents. After being fully dried it survived a sandwich and dinner. What I loved about these liquid lipsticks were that they were COMFORTABLE! I also did the crazy faces challenge seeing if it would crack or hurt my lips and it passed the test. Once again Kim ensured the addition of moisturizing Hyaluronic acid for hydration. There was no cracking, peeling, flaking or sore lips as the day went on. Something that has happened to some of my other liquid lipsticks without a moisturizing base.

Vitamin E was also included in these liquid lipsticks. This powerful vitamin defends the skin from sun rays and acts as antioxidant against free radicals like pollution and loss of oxygen. It is also a anti-aging and anti-inflammatory vitamin. The lines Lipsticks in semi-matte and creamy finishes are also available in four classic shades of red, berry and neutral tones. Glamazon lip products are available for $17-$18. You can see Glamazon’s liquid lipstick in the color “Queen B” in this month’s “InTouch Weekly” magazine listed as Jessica Biel’s go to.

 

Eyes Have It

Glamazon currently has six universal eye shadows out. These highly pigmented and smooth eye shadows glide on effortlessly. The colors that range from light “Opal” to dark “Galaxy” are suitable for an everyday  or special occasion look.  The colors “Mikonos” and Opal which is my favorite give the eyes a pop of color without being to bright. The pink and reddish tones of these colors give them the ability to be worn anywhere. The “Lash Couture Lengthening Mascara” adds length simply with one swipe of the wand. The mascara’s formula holds up against clumping, smudging and flaking.

Self Done: Wearing Opal eye shadow, Purrrfect Red liquid lipstick and Amber Lights Crème Highlighter

 

The Eye-Conic Eye Corrector covers discoloration with the use of yellow, green and peach color correctors. It’s resistant to creasing, humidity and sweat. The tube that Kim designed the concealer in has a clickable top that allows you to push out as little or as much concealer as you want. While the brush’s smooth bristles glide gently onto sensitive corners. The Eye-Conic Eye Concealed brightens your eyes and helps with hyper-pigmentation, an issue prone to darker skin. Brows are perfectly filled in with her brow filler in “Blondie” or “Chocolate”. They also work perfectly as a liner or eye shadow. The “Flawless Gel Liner Pen” has a precise pointed tip for rimming your eyes in a thin or thick cat eye.  The gel base formula allows this liner 8 hours of stability. It’s no wonder that this rock star product received rave review from “Refinery 29” as one of the top 3 best selling products in leading beauty retailers.

 

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Opal and Warrior Eye shadows. Chocolate brow, Lash Couture Mascara, Flawless Gel Liner Pen

 

The fabulous Kim Baker and I.

Empowered beauty is Kim’s motto. Her love of beauty that began with the show “Dynasty” and doing her mother and friends makeup was an unquestionable sign of love and talent for beauty.With her 20 plus years in the fashion and beauty industry she figured out a way to bring that to all women. Glamazon is loved by fellow makeup artists,  beauty bloggers like Patrick Star and supermodels like Cynthia Bailey. Here are some tips  and answers from celebrity makeup artists Kim Baker.

T:Favorite product in Glamazon?

K:Concealer

T:Tips on using Glamazon products?

K: Primer! Glamazon’s works as a moisturize and it is comfortable because it has no silicone.

T:Make Up trends of the moment you love?

K:Metallic lips, but overall natural is beautiful.

T:Best beauty advice?

K:Discover what makes you tick, own your beauty and share it with the world.

T:Worst beauty mistake?

K:Not knowing how to do eyebrows!

T:What is the product every women should own?

K:Concealer, it brightens under the eyes and can take off 5 years of age.

T:Favorite products for being in front of the camera?

K:Press powder,concealer, mascara, liquid liner which was mentioned in Refinery 29.

T:What do people struggle with the most in beauty?

K:Not having fun with it!

T:Future Goals?

K:Give back to the women who have supported her, the Glamazon beauties. Make products that give back to people.

The four years it took Kim to create “Glamazon” were spent wisely as the line is already a hit. I loved speaking with Kim Baker, who was so easy to talk to and a pleasure to work with. We created an “Azon” something consumers were encouraged to do as they created their own unique looks with “Glamazon” products at the Ricky’s NYC unveiling. My “azon’ was the “Latinazon”, of course as Demi Lovato on the cover of “Latina” magazine was Kim’s inspiration. Kim’s understanding of makeup and appreciation of natural beauty makes you feel confident and at ease in her chair. Speaking of which, Kim who does makeup classes at “Ricky’s” will reveal new class dates soon. Currently “Glamazon” is sold exclusively at the NYC staple Ricky’s NYC, but will be coming to a store near you. Look out for the unveiling of more “Glamazon” products and see more HERE. See Kim give me the Latinazon look below!

Kim working her magic! Eye -Conic Eye Concealed, Opal, Chocolate and Warrior eye shadows, Lash Couture Lengthening Mascara, Vintage Liquid Lipstick, Brow in Chocolate, St. Tropez and Havana press powder, Amber Lights Highlighter

 

It was a pleasure learning about this great new beauty brand and getting to know Kim. Let me know if you get a chance to try the new Glamazon Cosmetics line.

T.S.

 

 

 

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The Museum at FIT’s Paris Refashioned 1957-1968

Paris Fashion

Paris the birth place of Haute Couture has given the fashion industry an endless amount of designers and fashion staples. During the 50’s and 60’s London was seen as the epicenter of all fashion innovation. However Paris Refashioned showcases how Paris was also a leader in trend making during this era. Like London the young people of Paris were infusing their music, art and outlook on life into fashion. Many of these innovations and new styles changed the course of fashion and are still worn today.

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YSL Couture 1965. This famous “Mondrian Dress” became one of YSL’s most famous pieces. Inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian. Although YSL was not the first to introduce this style it was one of his most well known peices. Many believed YSL was inspired by the color-blocked dresses of designer Michele Rosier.

 

In the late 1950’s Parisian couturiers like Pierre Cardin, Hubert de Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent started to receive recognition for the radical and progressive designs they made under respected fashion houses. Yves Saint Laurent introduced the trapeze dress or the “A Line dress” under the House of Dior. A style that became so successful it cemented his place in the fashion industry. Not only was the dress a success for the House of Dior, it influenced the relaxed and younger trends that came after.

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Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche Line 1967. Ready-to-Wear pantsuit. It was modeled by supermodel Twiggy in Vogue. YSL loved dressing women in pants, as he believed they were no less feminine.

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YSL Rive Gauche line. Ready-To-Wear raincoat fall 1966. The Rive Gauche line was YSL’s response to the Ready-To-Wear growth in Paris. This line was a fun and more affordable alternative to his Saint Laurent Couture.

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Coat 1966. Inspired by the 19th Century French uniform. The Spring 1962 collection that this coat is a part of introduced his Couture house to Paris.

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Pierre Cardin Couture coat circa 1958
After Christian Dior’s death Pierre Cardin was one of the contenders for taking over the House of Dior. Although that postion was filled by YSL, Cardin was known for giving edge to suits and coats like this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the 1960’s Cristobal Balenciaga’s understudy André Courre’ges  made drastic changes to what Couture could look like. He also changed the manner in which fashion shows were conducted. His 1964 ” Space Age” collection introduced futuristic day-wear in place of the traditional eveningwear couture collection. During the fashion show models quickly strut down the runway to upbeat music. A surprise for the audience who were used to a relaxed runway show where models strolled and stopped in intervals for viewing.

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André Courreges. Couture dress 1968. A couture designer who knew how to combine ready to wear with couture this dress is both modern and classic. The use of vinyl, a material usually used by ready-to-wear designers is combined with classic chiffon in this dress.

The rise of ready-to-wear in the 50’s and 60’s by Parisian designers created an economic influx in the fashion industry. Their modern designs also attracted a larger clientele who wanted more options than what couture designers were providing.  These designers became known as “stylistes” and introduced  “ready-to wear” to French fashion and society. These designers also changed how ready-to-wear fashion was perceived. Off the rack fashion or “confections” were originally known for being poor in quality and design. The quality in which designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Sonia Rykiel produced their pret-a-porter lines rooted  ready-to-wear into a respected category in Parisian fashion.

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Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe’. Ready-To-Wear 1967. This hand painted evening dress was part of Lagerfeld’s entry into Ready-to Wear and depart from Couture in 1964.

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Madame Gres Couture evening gown 1960. This A-line dress combines sculpture and the modern loose silhouette.

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Left: Sonia Rykiel Ready-to-wear polo dress 1966.
Right: Sonia Rykiel Ready-to-wear 1965. The cuffs on this dress are removable and inspired by menswear. This small detail allowed the wearer to change the look or easily wash the dress.

 

While some Couturiers embraced pret-a-porter others found if difficult to include a ready- to -wear line into their collections. Designers like Balenciaga, Madame Gres and Chanel did not switch to ready-to-wear but infused the new trends into their collections by hiring younger designers. While some couturier survived the shift in Parisian fashion some designers like Balenciaga were forced to shut their doors and reopen later on. The survival of Couture depended on the flexibility of the Couturiers.

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Chanel Couture ensemble 1968. This collection was critiqued as not being “young enough”. Although others believed French women would love the collection simply because it was “Chanel”.

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Chanel Couture 1959.. This collection was her reentry into fashion after a retirement period. Her cuts remained classic and her connection with magazine editors allowed her collection to be showcased in magazines despite the classic style of the collection. Although the prints and colors were a bolder selection that her previous collection.

Paris Refashioned 1957-1968 will be open until April 15, 2017 at the Museum at FIT. Let me know if you visit this exhibition and what your thoughts are.

T.S.

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The Children’s Club Trade Show

During the months of February and early March I freelanced for Children’s Club. A fashion division under UBM, the leader in business to business events. Every year UBM organizes over 300 global events. Although fashion is one UBM’s biggest division they also organize events for nine other fields. Being someone in the fashion industry and a blogger I have attended trade shows before, but have never experinced what happens behind the scenes. This time around I got to see what it takes to set up 400 booths and bring over 500 brands together in one room. Here are a few of the brands I loved in the show.

The D’vander Collection

The brand started by Lynette Vanderhorst in 2013 was inspired by her son Dehemiah.  After noticing a limited range of creativity in boys fashion Lynette was inspired to create unique one of a kind pieces for her son. You won’t find your standard cars and trucks print in the D’vander collection. Instead the collection blooms with unique colors, graffiti designs and timeless silhouettes. The artistry of the collection can be seen in the hand painted jackets, backpacks and swarovski crystal ski mask. Lynette’s love of graffiti and New York City is showcased throughout the collection, specifically  in the “Freestyle Jacket” that depicts the Brooklyn Bridge Skyline.

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True Blue Jacket

Leaf Me Backpack

 

 

Although the D’vander Collection is predominantly a boys brand, the unisex designs are perfect for the little girl who loves street style clothing. I for one fell in love with the              ” Let’s Fall Jacket” and hand painted  ” Leaf Me Backpack”. The neutral background of black and white allows the leaf print of the jacket stand out. While the  red background of the backpack allows the painted leaves to look as it they are blowing  wildly in the wind.

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Vader Jacket

Dee Best Peacoat

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Lets Fall Jacket

If you have a little boy who loves “Star Wars” or comics, which who doesn’t? Then the “Vader” hooded jacket would be perfect for the boy who wants to feel like the super hero or villain of the comic book. The traditional pea coat gets a makeover with the “Dee Best ” coat. Prefect for the preteen or teen the mix of  faux leather and traditional plaid allows them to be trendy yet classic.  This Brooklyn based brand who currently goes up to size 18 will be launching in June. The D’vander brand will give boys a chance to create their own looks with the help of an online stylist. Giving kids the chance to create their own unique style and be approved by parents. I look forward to seeing the upcoming collections of this unique brand who’s creativity and love of NYC is driving a change in boys attire. See more of the D’vander collection here.

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Lynette and her collection.

 

 

Mi Amore Gigi

Designer Gabrielle Veith a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology began Mi Amore Gigi inspired by her daughters. Her degrees in fashion, elementary education and art allowed her to easily combine her love of children and fashion. Using her eldest daughter as an inspiration for the logo, a new brand was born. Although Gabrielle’s background seems far from that of a childrenswear designer. Mi Amore Gigi is every little princesses dream wardrobe. Gabrielle began her career designing for rock bands, reality stars and country artist Kenny Cheney’s clothing line.

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Her designs which originally were sold on Zulily.com can be found in the aisles of Hot Topic, Walmart and Sears. While her pj sets have sold out at Kmart in the past. The lines clever  interchangeable tops were inspired by her daughters growing fashion sense and a need for ever changing outfits. Graphic t-shirts with interchangeable accessories like tutu’s, bows, stars and more give little girl’s options in a snap. Peasant patchwork skirts, floral leggings and tutus continue Mi Amore Gigi sweet collection.

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Gabrielle and her collection.

Gabrielle stays close to her roots as a rock band designer with her adult t-shirt line Mon Ami Gigi. Bold graphics featuring classic rock and graffiti inspired prints are the base of the line. This PA based brand was also one of my favorite booths in the show. Gabrielle and her husband created a fairytale like booth that was a hit with the little ones that walked in. See more of Gabrielle’s collection here.

 

Mia New York

This line that just launched in January is full of trendy clothing that is inspired by the current fashion trends on the runway. Trends of metallic, furs, sequins and leather can be found in the current Mia New York Collection. Mia New York is for the little girl who loves to be on trend and feel glamorous. She’s not afraid to try something new or wear a collection that is different from the usual. An arrange of textures can be found in the collection from soft fur bombers to distressed gold sweatshirts. The line which is described as edgy children’s clothing will be launching its Fall/ Winter 2017 collection at “Lesters” boutique this June.  The collection will be moderately priced beginning at $15.

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Fab fur vest!

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The designer Jamie and her collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your daughter is growing a fashion sense of her own Mia New York is a great line to experiment with. Many of the pieces which I loved myself would be perfect for a mommy and me day out. The animal prints, shift dresses and faux leather leggings are sure to be found in a mothers closet as well. The top selling multicolored fur vest will be a head turner on the playground. While the metallic sweatshirt and pleated skirt are a great alternative to a sparkly dress for a Christmas party. Mia New York will not only be loved by the trendsetting tween but the fashionable mother as well.Check out the website!

 

 

Ali’s Market

Allison Morose opened Ali’s market in July of 2005 selling a range of boys and girls clothing from infancy to teen. An alumni of the Fashion Institute of Technology Ali’s Market sells both European and American brands. With her education and mentorship by Sheila Weiss as well as her retail experience she gain the expertise needed to run a showroom. Allison had also gained a full understanding of what buyers and moms wanted.

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No Biggie collection

 

 

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Ali’s Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali’s market is a full service showroom catering to retailers, manufacturers and walk in customers. Brands sold at Ali’s Market currently include eleven multiline brands. You can find anything you need for your child at Ali’s Market. From ready to wear, occasional dresses, swimwear and more. The brands found at Ali’s Market have been worn by the children of Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner, Kim Kardashian and many more celebrity babies. They have also been featured in magazines and on TV.

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Brands loved by parents like “Kicky Pants” and “Boboli” were on display as well as new brands like “Esme”. The Fall 2017 collection of  “No Biggie” was one of the brands that I absolutely adored.  The brand which is made in Tel Aviv, Israel consists of 100% cotton with prices ranging from $10-$25. The splatter printed sweatshirts and leggings are an artistic new print, while their simple yet brightly colored dresses are sure to be a staple in any little girls closet. Find out more about Ali’s Market here.

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Ali’s Market

 

 

Paxely Shop

Innovation is the driving force of this eyewear brand. This brand founded in 2013 was specifically made with children in mind.  Pinch free hinges keep little hands, faces and hair from getting pinched. The SafeBend rubber hinges have the ability to flex 180 degrees ensuring durability while in the hands of children. The flexibility also allows the sunglasses to rest comfortably on the child’s head. Comfort was not forgotten either in the making of these sunglasses. The ergonomic rubber nose pads allows the sunglasses to lay comfortably on a child’s less developed nose bridge. While also ensuring stability against slipping off the child’s face. Shades for ages 0-5 are fully adjustable to conform to the head.

 

 

With all these innovations it’s no wonder that these shades are made from materials sourced in France and Switzerland. While construction of the sunglasses is done in Bologna, Italy. All materials used in the Paxely sunglasses are child friendly and  BPA free. While the shatter resistant lenses are 100% UBA and UBB which provides full sun protection. These cool lenses also come with a clip attachment. The accessory that was originally inspired by the pacifier clip allows kids and moms to clip the sunglasses anywhere.This LA based brand can be found in boutiques around the world, including New Zealand, Korea and Australia. Paxely is currently showcasing their newest gradient mirrored colored and vintage inspired sunnies. Paxely plans to offer their innovative sunglasses to tweens and teens soon. Find out more here!

 

 

My experience with Children’s Club was one I enjoyed and look forward to doing again. I thank all the brands that took the time to speak to me, and educate me on a field of fashion I have less experience with. I can’t wait to attend other trade shows and bring you the latest innovations and trends. Let me know what you loved about the trade show and brands!

T.S.