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Frisky Q&A: Nick Verreos From “Project Runway Under The Gun” Wants Your Boyfriend To Wear Makeup

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Once upon a time long ago in a land far away … well, okay, it was 2005 on Bravo … there was the world’s most friendly and energetic designer, Nick Verreos. Although he was eliminated on episode 10 (boo), his involvement on the show shot his line,  Nikolaki, co-designed with his partner David Paul, to stardom and now Katy Perry, Eva Longoria and Beyoncé  are all fans. It also made him a regular presence on fashion red carpets and a regular guest on the TV Guide Network’s “Fashion Wrap.”

Verreos hasn’t strayed far from “Project Runway,” though: this year, he joined the cast of  ”Under The Gunn,” a “Project Runway” off-shoot hosted by the one and only Tim Gunn. The show brought Verreos, and other alums Mondo Guerra and Anya Ayoung-Chee, to mentor and coach teams comprised of 15 designers. Not surprisingly, Verreos was the winning mentor.

Part of the “Under The Gunn” final prize was to work with Benefit Cosmetics to create new uniforms for their in-store staff members. On Monday, Verreos and winner Oscar Garcia-Lopez hit up a Benefit store in SoHo to show off the brand’s adorable new apron (Sophie and I are wearing them above with Nick and Oscar!), kvell about his love for their products, and give his endorsement for the makeup-for-men trend.

Our chat, after the jump:

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Beauty Test Drive: LORAC Touch-Up To Go Concealer/Foundation Pen

Watch Jessica Try It!

As a lady with more than a little redness on her face, concealer is one of my must-have beauty products. Concealers come in many forms, like sticks, tubes, and pots, but my particular favorite is a pen or wand. With a foundation wand, you can apply it directly onto your skin and pat it down with the applicator yourself — that way, you never have to touch your face with your dirty fingers. (Do I really need to remind you that touching your face is BAD for your skin?) Plus, it’s super easy to carry in your purse for touchups throughout your day. LORAC clearly had this in mind with their new Touch-Up To Go Concealer/Foundation Pen, which I’m happy to report is part of my daily beauty routine now. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: The Benefit Brow Treatment

Benefit Brow Bar Test Drive

Jessica and I were invited to the Benefit Boutique in Soho to meet with “Project Runway” mentor Nick Verreos, “Under The Gunn” winner Oscar Garcia-Lopez, and Benefit global beauty authority Annie Ford Danielson. Annie unveiled the new Benefit apron designed by Oscar as we all discussed the little things that can transform how a woman feels about herself. When asked, I said that I feel like I look my best with defined eyebrows. Let me tell you, the beauty experts at Benefit take eyebrows very seriously. When they offered a full service brow treatment, I jumped at the chance to have a beautician tend to these caterpillars. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Bite Beauty’s Decontructed Rose Lip Gloss Library

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Lipppppppppsticks!!!!!

I only get roses on birthdays and the occasional Valentine’s Day, so when I received Bite Beauty’s Limited-Edition Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library, I knew it was a special occasion. Almost too pretty to use, the palette features 12 different hues of pink and red lip glosses, inspired by the colors found in a bouquet of roses. Obviously, I needed to test them all out one by one. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Formula X’s Nail Colors In Thrilling & Sci-Fi

Beauty Test Drive: Formula X Nails

When it comes to spring nail color, I’m feeling a bit torn between my favorite poppy red and the pretty pastel shades that are big for the season. Unlike Jessica’s creamy coloring, my olive skin tone often clashes with rich pastels. On a routine trip to Sephora — what? —  I spotted these Formula X colors and decided to give them a shot. Keep reading »

Makeup Guru Bobbi Brown To Head Yahoo Beauty — Um, Is That Even Remotely Ethical?

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Bobbi Brown, the world-renowned makeup artist behind Bobbi Brown cosmetics, announced today that she is joining Yahoo as the new editor-in-chief of Yahoo Beauty. In addition to “curat[ing] smart, strong content that will teach women how to be their best self,” she’ll continue her duties as the CCO at Bobbi Brown.

I’m an enormous Bobbi Brown fan, both the brand and the person. I saw her speak on a panel a few years ago and immediately admired how she juggles being the head of her own company and mother. She’s a rad feminist who supports causes I believe in and I really respect the fact that she lives in and raises her kids in suburban New Jersey instead of NYC or LA. And her products are awesome; I’ve got both her concealer and her lipstick in my purse right now.

That being said, I have enormous doubts about the ethics of the head of a beauty company becoming the editor-in-chief of a beauty blog on Yahoo. The role isn’t “advisor.” It’s not even “contributing editor.” It’s editor-in-chief. Please tell me how is this not just a huge commercial for Bobbi Brown’s makeup company?  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre

So Shiny!

Want to up your eye shadow game? This safe-for-contact-wearers glittery topcoat promises to boost your natural-looking eye makeup and take you from the office to da clurb in no time. Keep reading »

So Now There’s Vending Machine For Weaves

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So Now There's Vending Machine For Weaves

Vending machines are the new home for anything and everything. You never know when you might find yourself on the go and suddenly in immediate need of cupcakeschampagne, pizza or even a new weave.

The Mane Vendor, a weave vending machine, was created by Marcella Ellis, owner of Marcella Ellis Hair Studios and School of Cosmetic Arts in Fairfax, Virginia. She wanted to give more convenience for shoppers but to also keep hair revenue within the Black community. Ellis also aims to provide franchise opportunities for those who want to start their own business. She told Clutch Magazine: Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Hard Candy’s Take Me Out Liner

Watch Claire Test Out This Bright Eye Liner!

Colored eyeliner is one of those beauty products I flirt with but rarely actually attempt. In fact, I usually wimp out even when it comes to colored shadow. That said, it seems like such an easy way to mix up your makeup routine without too much effort, so I was willing to give it a try. Hard Candy’s Take Me Out Eyeliner in Vice seemed like a good gateway into the world of colorful eyes, and if I’m being totally honest, the pretty glitter on the outside of the pencil was probably a bigger factor in wanting to try it than I should admit. Keep reading »

Have You Tried (Or Would You Try) Cuticle Tattoos?

Have You Tried (Or Would You Try) Cuticle Tattoos?

Sometimes, a great manicure simply isn’t enough. Why settle for awesome nails when you can have that and stylish cuticles, right? I’m going to have to assume that was the line of thinking when cuticle tattoos were first created. They’re pretty much exactly what they sound like — little pieces of below-the-nail art that are reminiscent of those press-on tattoos you loved in your ’90s youth.

From what I can tell, Rad Nails was the first brand to bring cuticle tattoos to the party, and Ciaté came along shortly afterward with their own rendition. I have to admit, I like Ciaté’s twee style a bit better (I’m a sucker for bows), but I think Rad Nails’ designs would look less bizarre on an actual hand. Keep reading »

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