Ad Madness: Eva Mendes for Estee Lauder’s New Dimension Skincare!


Eva Mendes for Estee Lauder's New Dimension Skincare

Eva Mendes is one busy woman- not only is she a mother, girlfriend of Ryan Gosling, fashion designer (for New York & Company), & cosmetics mogul (for Circa), she’s also a spokesmodel for Estee Lauder‘s New Dimension Skincare line, including serums & cosmetics to enhance the look of your skin. The Cuban-American beauty is flawless in the ads, featuring her warm honey complexion, killer cheekbones, & natural glow. When talking about her interest in representing the products (ranging in price from $58-$89), Eva shares with Estee Lauder her own experiences getting to know her face as an actress with, “I have an angular face and I kind of had to learn which angles were which, and how I could work that into a scene,” she continues. “It’s probably what was attractive to me about becoming an actress—the art of transformation.”

Eva Mendes in a red Halston Heritage dress at a mall in Miami for Estee Lauder New Dimension skincare & a belted floral dress at the airport.

The actress made an appearance at a Miami mall to promote the line in a timeless Grecian-inspired Halston Heritage dress with pink ankle strap heels, discussing her experiences as a new mother & turning 40. Later in the day, Eva was spotted at the airport, looking every bit elegant as ever in a belted printed shirtdress & sandals. Though she’s known for her sexy roles & stylish magazine covers, any Style Darling can appreciate the busy day-to-day life of the working woman who’s just trying to take care of herself. For more on Eva’s beauty philosophy, check out Estee Lauder’s interview here.

What beauty products do you trust with your skin? Are you a fan of the New Dimension line from Estee Lauder? What concerns do you have about your skincare? Shop around for the best deals on Estee Lauder at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, & Neiman Marcus. For more posts, check out the newest from The $100 Challenge featuring an affordable summer dress for every size, the latest red carpet looks from Halle Berry & Olivia Palermo, Dress Barn’s Calvin Klein design for less, & Taylor Swift’s fashionable music videos from her 1989 album. Happy Styling!

Beauty Buys: All-In-One Cosmetic Kits For The Holidays!


I’m known for my dresses, shoes, & earrings collections, but I’m also a sucker for a good cosmetic case, full of eye-popping shadow colors, fun lip hues, & basic blushes to enhance your beauty look. Not to mention, that all-in-one sets are the perfect holiday gift for the Style Darling in your life. Even if you’re just starting to discover your makeup style, a kit with plenty of color options is fun for experimenting to discover what looks best withy our eye shape or skin tone. Also, it’s important for space efficiency to have your cosmetics in one unit in order to keep your personal space as organized as possible for a stress-free morning & getting ready routine.

e.l.f.

 e.l.f. large makeup collection ($45.99) @Target

Sephora

color festival blockbuster palette ($49.50) @Sephora

Ulta

glam & glow blockbuster ($19.99) @Ulta

Victoria's Secret

give me glam makeup kit ($35.00) @Victoria’s Secret

Which brands or beauty store do you prefer for all of your makeup needs? Do you have a weakness for new eyeshadows or lip colors? What’s your go-to beauty must-have? For more stylish posts, check out affordable cold weather accessories, Anna Kendrick for Marie Claire‘ December 2014 issue, & bowed ballet flats from MICHAEL Michael Kors & Kate Spade New York! Happy Styling!

Watch The Style: Scarlett Johansson & Matthew McConaughey Star In Dolce & Gabbana’s “The One”!


Dolce & Gabbana - The One, featuring Scarlett Johansson & Matthew McConaughey

Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood are lending their acting chops & model-worthy good looks to the fashion industry’s latest short film, Street of Dreams, directed by the one & only, Martin Scorsese. Dolce & Gabbana spokesmodel Scarlett Johansson & Southern heartthrob Matthew McConaughey join forces under Scorsese’s direction for this commercial / video, celebrating the Italian fashion house’s fragrance The One ($59.00 – $82.00), which can be purchased through the brand’s official website, Sephora, Macy’s, & Ulta.

In a recent press release, Domenico Dolce shared how pleased he was with the final result, as well as Scarlett’s performance: “Scarlett is the embodiment of ‘The One’ woman… She lives and breathes every womanly nuance. She exudes desire and innocence. She is both sobriety and sensuality. There is innocence in her eyes yet her smile is laced with mischief. She is a talented actress and a beautiful woman.

Below, check out the commercial of Scarlett, clad in the brand’s signature black lace & old Hollywood glamour, playing the role of ‘The One.’

For more celebrity videos, be sure to check out previous posts, including Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme, a behind-the-scenes look at Chloe Grace Moretz for Glamour, Rooney Mara starring in ‘Downtown’ for Calvin Klein, & Nicole Kidman’s debut campaign for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!

Ad Madness / Beauty Buys: Natalie Portman’s Lush Lashes For Dior’s New Mascara!


Natalie Portman in Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

The celebrity ad campaigns continue on with Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman who returns to Dior for their newest Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara ($29.00), which is available @Sephora. Not only does Natalie look absolutely stunning, but I’m nearly convinced that I should drop my Maybelline mascara for this new Dior product which contains formula-strengthening ingredients like plant nectar and abyssinv oil.

Take a look at the short video clip below which reveals a behind-the-scenes look at the ad’s photo shoot. You can see the ad currently running in March issues of the best fashion & beauty magazines. For more Ad Madness posts, check out Gucci Guilty Black starring Evan Rachel Wood & Chris Evans, Kate Upton for Sam Edelman shoes, behind-the-scenes with Beyoncé for Pulse NYC, & Kate Hudson’s Almay cosmetics shoot! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Marc Jacobs Creates A Cosmetics Line For Sephora, Beyonce’s Sexy GQ Cover, ‘Struck By Lightning’ Trailer, & More!


Haute Headlines

With so much going on in the world of fashion, like the latest images from the highest end Pre-Fall 2013 Collections & the upcoming awards season, I didn’t wanna forget to share some of the top news stories that have been catching my attention.  Follow Style Darling on Facebook, Twitter (@MissAlissaL), Instagram (@MissAlissaL), & Pinterest to get the latest updates on the hottest news stories! Happy Styling!

*Heidi Klum is Marie Claire‘s February 2013 cover girl*

*Stella McCartney‘s Pre-Fall 2013 collection presentation*

*Elle‘s 50 must-have for comfortable outfits*

*Yesterday Kate Middleton celebrated the big 3-1, check out her best looks*

*Beyoncé is GQ‘s sexiest woman of the 21st century*

*Marc Jacobs‘ new cosmetics line for Sephora debuts this fall*

*Check out Lea Michele & Anne Hathaway‘s latest red carpet looks*

*Lena Dunham & Allison Williams on The Today Show*

*The trailer for Chris Colfer‘s new film, Struck by Lightning*

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: A Free Beauty Gift from Sephora!


My birthday was quite a few days ago now (which I decided to pass on for personal reasons), however, I do love reaping the benefits as a loyal patron of some of my favorite stores for when they send me discounts, rewards, & free items just b/c it’s my birthday.

I don’t usually shop @Sephora (only b/c I find such great deals @Ulta), but I received such a fun & lovely free gift from Sephora, just for signing up for their emails.  Because I gave them my information, including my birthdate, all I had to do was print out the email & bring it to the register.

While there were so many items that I wanted to buy, receiving something substantial like a 16 ounce-bottle of shampoo / bubble bath / shower gel was the icing on the cake!  The flavor is so sweet, yet subtle: vanilla birthday cake. It costs $16.00 too! I saved that much money that I could use towards gas (well, not a whole tank) or for a pair of shoes on sale at the Payless right next to the Sephora in my local mall!

I can’t take all the credit for knowing this little birthday surprise from the beauty giant b/c my good friend Laurie (check out the blog I dedicated to her!) informed me about the very special deal just weeks before my first day as a 28-year-old.  What’s the best gift item that you’ve received from a store?  How many different sites do you receive emails from?  What’s your favorite scent for bath items?  Happy Styling!

Magazine Must-Haves: Emma, Freida, Ashley, & Great Deals on the May 2011 Cover of Glamour!


Glamour is such a fun magazine & for the May 2011 cover, there are three of the hottest actresses today featured, including Emma Stone, Freida Pinto, & Ashley Greene.  All three have been making the red carpet rounds & are currently sporting the flirty floral fashions of the season.  We’ve seen a lot fo these ladies all over the style radar, making headlines like Emma, now a blonde bombshell, at the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List PartyAshley has been featured on a bunch of mag covers already, but I love her classic & edgy LBD look at a SiriusXM event in March.  And Freida knows how to pull off the ultimate femme casual style as seen in this shift dress, tights, & flats while shopping around town. On the magazine’s site, check out one of my favorite sections, Outfit Ideas, to work old & unique pieces into your wardrobe & get the most for your buck!

Aside from the gorgeous stars on the magazine, inside of it, there’s a slew of affordable items to help make your spring fruitful & even carry you into a budget-friendly summer. Take a look at all of the great deals, which include cosmetics, accessories, swimwear, shoes, & clothing! Happy Styling!

    

The Stylish Five: Beauty Buys from Ulta ($10 &Under)!


 While Sephora is a  magical land of beauty products, I am & always will be a big supporter of all things from Ulta!  If you don’t already know of the salon / affordable beauty store, they carry “drug store” brands like Cover Girl, Burt’s Bees, & Sally Hansen (which are almost always on sale in some form or another), as well as higher-end merchandise from Bob Mackie, Bare Escentuals, & Kim Vo

Not to mention, the Ulta brand itself carries everything from hair products to skin care to bath & body items to your everyday cosmetics.  For the last ten years (AT LEAST!), I’ve been championing all of the different shades, quads, & combinations of this brand’s eyeshadow b/c it proves time & time again successful for my daily makeup routine.  When I was preparing to travel to Italy at the end of last year, Ulta was my first stop to travel size essentials for any beauty need abroad. 

 

I love that the store is also fully equipped with a wide selection of bath & body products, sure to make a splash for any at-home spa day that we busy Style Darlings can try to fit in.  My favorite is the moisturizing Vanilla Sugar lotion, which makes my skin feeling extra smooth & smelly super sweet all day long! AND the brand produces a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, & bubble bath “shower smoothie,” available in Appletini, Buttercream Cupcake, & Pink Champagne, just to name a few.   

 

If you sign up to become a rewards club member (for FREE), you will receive emails about their daily specials, weekly ad, get great coupon deals, & earn points for free items ranging from salon-quality nail polishes or brand name fragrances like my favorite perfume, Happy by Clinique, or something spring fresh like Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana.  While supplies last, you can almost always can get a free gift items when purchasing a fragrance, like luggage separates, umbrellas, plush bath robes, or home decor pieces. 

 

When conducting online orders, you can always choose from three – five free samples of salon brand beauty formulas & samples of the newest perfumes!  Here are just five beauty buys, all $10 or under, to help perk up any winter blues that your cosmetic arsenal may be “facing!” Ha! 

And just five more honorable mentions that I simply have to recommend are… Glitter Top Coat Polish by Ulta for $2.00 (on sale!), Rejuvenating Bath & Shower Gel in Lush Pear by Ulta for $9.00, Bamboo Mini Foot File by Eco Tools for $1.19, Aloe After Sun Lotion by Banana Boat for $6.99, & a Travel Size Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica for $9.50! Happy Styling!

 

Holiday Gift Styles: Pretty Palettes from Sephora!


 

I know I get bored with my cosmetics sometimes & it’s always fun to be able to replace some old collections with a newer palette of colors.  For those of you who look to minimalize your cosmetic clutter, a single package or container with a variety of colors for your lips, eyes, or face can really be an essential item.

 Quality brands like Stila, Urban Decay, Fusion Beauty, & Clinique create these assorted selections with fashionable hues that can work on many different skin tones throughout the year.  Of course, some sets aren’t really sets, but come with multiple items, but still it takes the hassle out of trying to find single pieces.  

For your beauty savvy friends who might be struggling to find ways to update their makeup, here are some affordable, yet luxury picks from Sephora that make for great holiday gifts!

Happy Styling!