She SAID: Makeup… FOR EVER

Shahada Karim

MUFE3MAKE UP FOR EVER has been Making Faces (and bodies) for 3 decades. Now, one of the most consistent Professional Makeup Artistry brands in the world is out to change everything you think you know about makeup. MAKE UP FOR EVER just completed a major makeup overhaul, with the debut of more than 200 new eyeshadows, 15 new eye pencils, and a box set featuring top picks from nearly 3 dozen world-famous makeup influencers.

The first big triumph is the release of the new Artist Shadows, which cover every shade fromMUFE1 the most basic neutral to the most vivid brights. Creative and Artistic Director Dany Sanz is the brains behind collection of 210 colors, which will replace the original shadows. These new shadows promise the most intense color payoff and blendability… ever. The secret lies in something called ‘Pigment Atomization’ – which delivers up to 88% concentrated pigment. That’s the highest on the market.

The colors are separated into five categories: Matte, Satin, Metal, Iridescent, and Diamond. Each color is labeled according to its finish, and position on the chromatic circle. Science… meet Beauty.

All of the colors are sold as singles (another nod to professionals who prefer to customize their palettes according to their specific needs). MAKE UP FOR EVER offers single, trio, and 12-well palettes to compliment the collection. Your limitations are set by your own imagination.MUFE6The company also released a collection of 15 new Artist Liners, in the same categories of the shadows. The twist up pencil means never having to use a sharpener, and the long lasting formula means you should probably have plenty of makeup remover handy when you’re ready to take it off. The colors range from Basic Black to Iridescent purple, so it’s safe to say there’s a color for everyone.

MUFE7And if that weren’t enough, MAKE UP FOR EVER will release a Limited Edition Box Set to celebrate 30 years of creativity through color. The set includes 30 of the new Artist Shadows, each selected by 30 of the top Makeup Artists in the world, including Kabuki, Ve Neill, and of course… Dany Sanz.

To coincide with the Limited Edition release, MAKE UP FOR EVER will launch a campaign featuring each Artist’s profile video, every day for 30 days.

The box set will be available at Sephora on September 2nd.

He SAID: Sin and The City

Scott F Evans

Who asked for this sequel? Is there really a legion of 2005’s Sin City fans that were demanding more of Robert Rodriguez’s exercise in digital excess? More of screenwriter and comic creator Frank Miller’s phony one-dimensional noir dialogue? More cartoon violence, misogyny and racism? Really?

Miramax certainly thought so as they decided to dump sixty million bucks into Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a sequel that should have been made about 8 sincity3years ago… Talk about striking while the iron’s cold. Sin City did well at the box office, tripling its production costs, but a sequel needed to happen sooner rather than later. The original’s success can arguably be attributed to the, at the time, cutting edge animation style cinematography and digital sets. But that look is antiquated now, too gimmicky for traditional filmmakers and overused by the Youtube generation of independent filmmakers. The Sin City franchise now looks like a webseries… with A-list actors.

sincity1Even the faux noir seemed fresh in ’05. Miller’s hard boiled prose was like nothing younger audience members of that time had heard before. Of course the works of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Chester Himes are not only easy to find but much better written… but maybe that’s a commentary on youth more than a criticism of Sin City’s screenwriting. Miller, an artist/writer best known for The Dark Knight Returns, introduced the style — exaggerated to mirror his own pathologies — to the comic medium. To his credit, it reads better on the page than it sounds coming out of actors mouths. Reading it, we can personalize it to fit whatever our needs are at the time. Listening to actors try to make it sound natural is like watching regional theatre. Some nail it and it sounds genuine. Some… well… at least they know their lines. But we got past the ham-fisted dialogue and despite ourselves, we claimed to enjoy the first film. Or maybe we just forgave it because Rodriguez had us all mesmerized by his camera trickery. Sin City looked really good to us in 2005. Not even George Lucas was able to make digital environments look as interesting as Robert Rodriguez did. Not in any ways real, as Lucas was going for, but definitely innovative.

sincity2And that’s the problem with innovation based on trendy gimmicks. Strip away the artifice and the core has to be able to stand on its own. Neither installment of Sin City does. The 2005 story got by on being the first. But now we’ve done that dance. And in 2014, Rodriguez and Miller have nothing else to say. They’ve already given us two hours of tough talk, fetish wear and almost farcical violence. A Dame to Kill for is, literally, more of the same. There’s no progression here in story or character. Betrayal. Revenge. Rinse. Repeat. That plot device is timeless, but the characters need to be interesting or at least have a different setting. The actors do their best, and Rodriguez has once again pulled together a phenomenal cast. Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Powers Boothe, and Ray Liotta all come out to play. None of the primaries phone it in, but they are undermined by the filmmakers who seem to be on cruise control.

A Dame to Kill For cost twenty million dollars more than its predecessor, but looks considerably cheaper. Rodriguez’s editing is more choppy and distractingsincity4 than ever. He refuses to hold on a shot and at least let us enjoy the One’s and Zero’s pretending to be real sets, props, and action sequences. The car chases in this film look even more unconvincing than video game car chases, with all the weightlessness and disregard for physics commonly experienced in that medium. The fight scenes are boring, repetitious and poorly staged. The technology doesn’t even seem to have advanced in any significant way. If someone told me Rodriguez and Miller split that extra 20 large Miramax plunked down for this sequel and shot this thing at the same cost as the original, I wouldn’t be surprised.

RATING: Maybe a Netflix rental if there’s absolutely nothing else to watch. And if that’s the case, just revisit the original. Hell, it’s the same movie.

 

He SAID: Emmy Highs and Lows

Christopher M. Enis

The 66th annual Primetime Emmys was held on a Monday this year. Something about football and NBC and contracts… it’s all very complicated. It was interesting to me because the last time the Emmys was seen on a Monday, people were wearing bellbottoms and my Mom had a crush on Dave Starsky.
Late night talk show host and first time Emmy show host Seth Meyers wasn’t too shabby. He kept the pacing pretty brisk (the show ended right before 11pm… which is about as rare as Congress making nice with President Obama). The highlight of the night was easily Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to the late comic great, Robin Williams.

The rest of the show went a little something like this:

Top 3 Best Moments:

US-ENTERTAINMENT-EMMY-PRESS ROOM1. Last month, when Emmy nominations were announced, I knew that Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ odds of winning a 3rd consecutive Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy series was as sure as saying that water is wet. Not only did she win, she also showed why she’s one of the best at making people laugh. She executed a beautiful set up with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who once guest starred as a love interest of her Elaine Benes Seinfeld character.

2. Julianna Margulies winning Best Actress In A Drama Series: I’ve been clear about my love emmy2for The Good Wife’s past season – and the primary reason was Margulies’ portrayal of Alicia Florrick. Her work was enough to set her apart from from formidable contenders like Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Claire Danes (Homeland),Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Kerry Washington (Scandal)). Margulies’ win this year was no fluke; she absolutely deserved it.

emmy33. The Best Actor In A Drama Series category had to be one of the tightest in Emmy history. One could have made arguments to justify any one of the nominees.

Honestly, the only thing that would have prevented Breaking Bad’s Cranston from taking home his 4th Emmy this year for his role as Walter White, would have been him being arrested for actually being a drug kingpin in real life. And even then, I’m not sure that would have been enough.

Top 3 Worst Moments:

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1. “…there were dramas submitted as comedies.”—Seth Meyers.
Whoever allowed Orange Is The New Black to be in the Comedy category… c’mon Son! Spare me the “Dramedy” arguments. It’s a depressing woman’s prison show! I know you’re a Drama series, you know you’re a Drama series, your MAMA knows you’re a Drama series… but you opted to be in the Comedy category? Really? Okay, I hope you had fun watching Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Modern Family, Louis C.K. and Chuck Lorre snag all your awards. The irony that there was nothing funny about being shut out in the Comedy genre hasn’t been lost on me.

2. “What a wonderful time for women on television.” These were Julianna Margulies’ first vergara.0words in her Emmy acceptance speech, and I couldn’t agree with her more. Then “Sofia Vergara On A Revolving Pedestal” happened. Vergara was a good sport (she also defended the skit) as she played along, showing off her curves while she was being slowly spun around on that pedestal as the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences read off dull copy about the state of television. While it wasn’t as in your face (like, say the previous evening’s MTV Video Music Awards) it’s still sexist. That is not cool man… not cool at all.

3. Snubs at any awards show are to be expected, and the Emmys aren’t immune. One of my all time favorite shows is Mad Men. This consistent, classic television show stays in the Emmy running in some shape or form. But year after year it comes up short in the major categories. Other critical favorites like House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black (hey, I may think it’s in the wrong category, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad show) suffer the same fate. This year, my sure bet to win the best Comedy series was Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Veep. But it was flat out robbed by Emmy voters’ blind devotion to ABCs Modern Family (which put forth what may have been its worst season yet).

emmy5But the WORST indignity may be the complete shut out of the wonderful Tatiana Maslany. The woman portrays (on average) three different characters/clones, on the series Orphan Black. She’s portrayed more than 10 clones over the course of the series, and done it very well. She has made believers out of many a fan, critic and people giving out awards…except Emmy. The Emmy voters treat Maslany as if she’s radioactive. This gifted actress doesn’t have to fear being put on a Vergara pedestal, that’s for sure. I’m not even suggesting that Maslany deserved an Emmy for her role(s), because that would have been a uphill challenge this season. But in an unbiased voting process, she would have been a shoo-in for a nomination. As it stands now, it is a joke. A sad “oversight” that she hasn’t been recognized by the top television awards show for her phenomenal work.

We SAID: Emmy Carpet Follies

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By Staff Writer

When it comes to the Emmys (or any awards show for that matter), most people want to know who won and who lost. The rest of us want to know who wore what? The Red Carpet is where the real show is. Actors and Celebrities (there is a difference) come out in their finest to strut their stuff, pose for theemmy19 cameras, and answer a few nonsensical questions before settling in for the big show. emmys5

This year, some memo must have gone out about wearing red. Either that, or a whole lot of stylists are in trouble because they neglected to find out what their counterparts’ clients were wearing. There were so many red dresses… too many to count. We only found one worthy of repeating in pictures. Kerry Washington tried something different with orange, but we’re not so sure it worked. It was lovely in motion, but still pictures are a different story.

Best dressed couple probably should have gone to McConaughey and wife Camila Alves, but he looked… well… terrible. She did not. Poor thing. Someone please tell Matthew that contrast lapels are best left in the 80’s or on someone much younger and too clueless to know better.

Some of the more unexpected hits include Sarah Silverman, whom we had no idea could look so… clean. Lizzy Caplan was definitely out to prove that she’s nobody’s second choice, and even though she opted for that same ol’ silhouette, Halle Berry looked refreshing in mauve.

Kudos to the men who opted for actual tailors to hang their suits just so! The better dressed blokes include  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jon Hamm, and (file this under: who knew?) Jason Biggs.

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Once inside, there were winners and losers and feigned shock and speeches that ran way too long. We’re sure a good time was had by all. More of that in the Emmy roundup by our esteemed Christopher M. Enis (be sure to look out for his Orphan Black rant). We’re just in it for the fashion.

 

 

She SAID: Confessions Of a Yoga Teacher (Trainee)

Shahada Karim

omFor the first time in what seems like forever, I’m doing absolutely nothing of any significance. I just polished off a plate of Curry Mifun Noodles, and I’m watching some horrible movie with Sylvester Stallone and the former Governor of California about some old dudes in some prison on a ship. It is truly awful. But to be honest, I’d rather not be doing anything else at the moment.

I’ve officially graduated from Yoga Teacher Training, and now I’m supposed to take my certificate and go out into the big wide world and teach yoga. But I’m not ready to do that just yet. For this moment… for at least this moment… I’d like to take a second to breathe.

This all began on a fluke; I was taking a class from a CorePower Teacher that I truly love and respect… and she casually suggested Teacher Training. It stuck. So I said yes, and I signed up without fully realizing what I was in for. The schedule was easy enough. Two meetings twice a week, and a crap-ton of yoga classes in between. I figured I’d learn some poses, pick up some Sanskrit, and maybe lose a couple of pounds. What the hell… I was up for the challenge.

It turned out to be so much more. At the risk of sounding ridiculously clichéd, it changed my life. I hear the other teachers talk about it now, and I see the skepticism on their student’s faces, and I get it. I was cynical about it too, convinced it was part of the company rhetoric… some sinister way to simply reel in more money. For one thing, Teacher Training is NOT cheap. And some studios insist that you be paid up before the first class ever starts. Things get too tough for you? Too bad! You may not have a refund (at least no refund of your very large deposit), so either suck it up or drop out. The money stays with the studio. But CorePower reached out to my class with all manner of opportunities to get the most out of our training. Some students paid up right away, while others went on payment plans or did YFT (yoga for trade) to get through the program without ending up on the streets. This impressed me, and softened me to the idea of learning more.

During our training, ideas and lessons snuck up on me in ways that you cannot imagine. The first thing I learned was that becoming a yoga teacher is lot more involved than a few poses and fancy Sanskrit terms. There’s Anatomy, CPR training (and certification), business lectures, insurance… the works. I took an outside class, and suddenly all the stuff I’d been frantically scribbling down in my notebook took tangible shape. I could ‘see’ the way that teachers taught, and I could see what my teacher trainers meant when they instructed us to use certain cues and postures. Yoga became increasingly easier for me to practice. I closed my eyes and started feeling the postures, instead of checking the mirror to see how I looked in them. I started forgiving myself for not being able to do the most advanced expression of the postures, and cheering for those who could. The competitor in me fell away (one of my trainers often says that you cannot ‘win’ at yoga), and I began to open to the possibility of being my best self. My practice became stronger, and opened me up to the potential of doing more… of becoming more.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” -Marianne Williamson

My mind continues to race with possibilities and poses and ideas that I’m convinced will make the world a better place. I’m idealistic that way. There is so much that I want to do… to see… to experience…

But not tonight.

Tonight I will watch a bad movie, indulge in spicy noodles, and lie in Savasana until the sun rises tomorrow.  Namaste.

She SAID: Louboutin Nails It

Shahada Karim

It began with the perfect red. Shoe guru Christian Louboutin took his signature red sole, liquified it, and louboutinnails2poured it into a bottle truly worthy of display. More than the candy red lacquer inside, the packaging sent nailphiles across the globe scrambling for their last $50 for a chance to own and exhibit this little piece of beauty luxury.

Now, Louboutin is expanding the range with a collection of 30 colors, separated into three categories: Nudes, Brights and Noirs. And if you want to take your Louboutin nail experience to the extreme, there is also a base and a top coat.

Each polish comes with a catchy name, some of which pay homage to some of the designers mlouboutinpolishost coveted shoes (we’ve got our eye on Very Prive). With such a wide range of colors, it’s fair to say there’s something for everyone. Personally, we’re sticking to the classics. That means Rouge Louboutin, Very Prive, and Noir (or all three on the same nail. What?)

Rouge Louboutin is available at Saks and Neiman Marcus. Louboutin Base, Topcoat, and Color is available for pre-sale at Neiman Marcus with a ship date of September 9th.