She SAID: And the Best Dressed Goes To…

Terri Kennerson

Oscar (and pretty much any other show that requires some sort of formal carpet) are always a mixed bag in the fashion department. Some people look effortless, while others look like they couldn’t decide on an overall look and opted for all the things. It’s rare that the people ‘off’ the carpet manage to outdo the people ‘on’ the carpet at any given awards show. But the local network regulars outdid themselves this year. Dear local Los Angeles hosts: please get some sleep and drink lots of water… maybe get a peel before the big day. HD sees everything and will make a point of showing everyone that you partied last night, didn’t see your esthetician about those pimples, forgot to powder your nose, or forgot to make good use of your razor or hairbrush. If you’re going to criticize fashion, please at least make a point of looking… GROOMED. Please don’t show up in front of an HD camera looking like you  need friends. And mirrors.

Fortunately the national network (YAAAAAAS to Robin Roberts) did a little better in the hosting department, as did the actual stars who graced the red carpet. Most of them showed up looking like they spent the weekend lounging in a spa, before effortlessly sliding into a gorgeous frock and stepping out. Statue or no statue, there were some serious wins on the Oscar Red Carpet.

Priyanka Chopra managed to be both opulent and understated in a stunning strapless number that read more elegant than overdone. Saoirse Ronan managed to look both innocent and daring in an emerald gown with thin straps and a plunging neckline. And the incomparable Alicia Vikander (sporting her natural skin tone. See her Vogue interview about avoiding sun and wearing SPF 100 to satisfy studios) was bright and sweet in a strapless yellow number with just the right amount of embellishments and an interesting red carpet 12bubble hem.

Charlize Theron just stays WINNING. She knows her strengths and she dresses them effortlessly and elegantly. Theron consistently has more red carpet hits than misses, and this red carpet 10year is no different. The plunging red number she wore was only slightly upstaged by the massive jewel that danced just above her belly button. The strong color of the dress was gorgeously complemented with bronzed smokey eyes and a soft shimmering lip. Theron was simply stunning from head to toe, and she wore the entire look with confidence and grace.

Rooney Mara dared to be different, and I dare say it worked. She wore a dress that was not quite business, not quite party, but an interesting hybrid of both. The high buttoned neckline was disrupted by a midriff baring parting and a high center slit from inner thigh to the carpet. What really made this dress work was the hair and makeup. Mara’s hair was pulled up and back into multiple tiny buns, and her makeup made a statement with a strong brow and dark lips.

Some of the rest were a mixed bag. I loved Kerry Washington’s hair and makeup (the dramatic eyeliner was incredible), but her dress looked confused and uncomfortable. Julianne Moore looked amazing in her Chanel dress, but seemed to forget to pay attention to her hair and makeup.

And honorable mention goes to Cate Blanchett, which should have been a slam dunk, but ended up doing the most in all the wrong ways. Her embellished dress should have looked like wearable art (particularly since she was presenting for best costume), but ended up looking overdone. There were too many things hanging on her… including earrings, and that hair. Blanchett has the figure to carry off such an opulent dress. She might have actually done it if maybe she ditched the earrings and didn’t feel the need to show us that she cut her hair. Then we’d be able to see the gorgeous shimmering orchid eyeshadow she wore to complement the seafoam color of her dress.

 

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We SAID: Moisture Maniac

Staff Writer

El Nino be damned; we are still in the middle of winter. From dry heat to severe blizzard conditions, extreme temperature shifts from coast to coast are wreaking havoc on even the most balanced skin types. One of the quickest ways to remedy the problem is by soothing and hydrating irritated and inflamed skin. Even oily skin types need moisture tomoisture thrive, because the addition of a moisturizing product can actually help reduce and balance natural oil production.

Sunday Riley Tidal Cream   is making waves with its recent debut. The hydrating cream is suitable for all skin types, and delivers a deluge of moisture almost immediately with the help of hyaluronic acid. The formula also contains papaya enzymes for a light exfoliating effect, and alpha-arbutin to address hyperpigmentation.

If skinmoisture 1 oils are your thing, Omorovicza has you covered with the Omorovicza Blissful Frankincense Oil . Frankincense has long been celebrated for its anti-aging properties, and the addition of jojoba oil makes it that much more beneficial for dehydrated and deprived skin. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way, and you can even mix it in your regular creams for a hydrating boost.moisture 2

Sulwhasoo TimeTreasure Renovating Cream  is a true treat for those looking for a little exotic luxury in their daily skin care regimen. The formula boasts a dose of red pine and pine mushroom, that is grown in an unpolluted location near west the west coast of Korea. We found the formula inviting and really hydrating; sure to soothe even the most agitated skin as we slog through this El Nino-induced Winter Season.

 

 

She SAID: Spring Skin

Shahada Karim

Bobbi Brown recently, beautifully, hopefully described the coming trend for Spring makeup and skin care and finishing. She believes that the heavy contoured looks best displayed on social media will soon give way to softer and more realistic finishes. Gone will be the harsh contour and highlight, replaced instead with luminous soft skin with flushed colors in hushed tones.

Those natural looks were gorgeously on display in 2016 Spring Collections, from Rodarte to Alexander McQueen. Instead of sharp line and bold colors, there were soft washes of pastel on flawless skin, topped with natural brows and softly colored lips.

The easiest way to take these looks from runway to reality is with a realistic looking spring skin 4tinted moisturizer, soft blush colors and lip stains that leave more flush than flash.

NARS timed the release of their new Matte Skin Tint perfectly to coincide with the new runway looks. More sheer pigment than foundation, the formula instantly mattes out skin with little to no coverage. If your skin is less than perfect, you may need some help with a concealer or color corrector to really make the most of the finish.

Ardere Cosmetics will soon launch a line of concealers and color correctors that just might do the trick. Due to hit online and in store in March, the highly pigmented formula works spring skin 5to conceal dark circles and hyper-pigmentation, while reflecting light in the most natural way possible.

One of the coolest ways to get that springtime flush of color comes from the Queen of Cool herself, Gwen Stefani. The singer and fashion designer teamed up with Urban Decay to release collection of eyeshadows, blushes and lipsticks. The most versatile piece in the collection is the blush palette, which is packed with six spring skin 3blushes that can be used alone or mixed for a bespoke result. The highly pigmented formulas worked when lightly patted (not swirled) on. Several sheer layers on cheeks and even eyes can give the face an overall flush that reads like your skin, on its best day.

Etude House Sweet Cherry Tint is the perfect way to top off the entire look, with a combination of moisture and a gentle flush of color.