O.P.I FIFTY SHADES OF GREY NAIL POLISH COLLECTION – WEEKEND GIVEAWAY!

 

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED as of Monday, March 2, 2015

I teamed up with O.P.I. to gift one lucky person the OPI 6 Piece 50 Shades of Grey Nail Polish Collection . Inspired by the best-selling book and current film Fifty Shades of Grey, this collection showcases an assortment of bold & sexy limited edition hues in a grey them and one very sultry red color as well. Use the shades individually to create a chic and sexy manicure, or alternate all four colors for an trendy look. For some inspiration and “how-to” video click HERE

To ENTER all you have to do is email me a beauty related question and also reference your favorite O.P.I shade. In addition, make sure to include your instagram and/or twitter handle and a winner will be picked at random. My email is rnabhen@f2fgroupmiami.com and please make sure to reference O.P.I. 50 Shades Giveaway in the subject of the email.
One lucky reader will win:

Giveaway ends on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8pm(EST). Winner will be announced via my social media platforms on Monday, March 30, 2015. Follow me on Instagram: RNabhen and Twitter: Romina_Nabhen to stay tuned for the winner.

Good luck!!

2015 Oscars: Best Hair & Makeup

The Academy Awards were broadcast from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015 and I couldn’t get enough of the red carpet hair and makeup styles. These are my favorite looks on stunning stars Reese Witherspoon, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Saldana. Now you can recreate the looks following the below expert tips!

 

HAIR – 40s Waves

Reese Witherspoon

I was left in awe when I saw Reese Witherspoon‘s modern take on classic, 40s waves! Inspired by the sleek and beautiful lines of Reese Witherspoon’s dress, celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel gave the Best Actress Nominee a deep middle part that transitioned into soft cascading waves for the red carpet. “I wanted to play up the duality of texture and create a look that had strength and softness at the same time,” said Adir.

 Here’s his step-by-step breakdown: 

  • Adir started by creating a severe middle part and then applied John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse from roots to mid shaft to towel-dried hair.
  • To continue building the perfect foundation, Adir applied John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Primer from roots to ends before blow-drying hair away from the face with a medium-sized round brush.
  • Once dry, Adir tucked hair behind both ears and pinned into place. “A great tip to avoid dents in the hair is to use a business card and hair clip to hold the style in place,” said Adir.
  • To create the soft waves in the back, Adir used a 1″ curling iron and curled the hair in a barrel curl from ends to mid shaft, pinning them in place to cool down.  He continued that motion throughout the entire back section of the hair that was down.  
  • Before removing the cooled curls from their pin set, Adir sprayed John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Flexible Hold Hairspray. He then removed all the pins and let the hair drop, applying more hairspray on a paddle brush and brushing out the curls into a smooth 1940’s wave.
  • Adir then removed the business cards that were holding the front structure of the hair in place and applied John Frieda Frizz Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum with a coloring brush to create duality in texture.
  • To finish, Adir spritzed John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Flexible Hold Hairspray to lock in style all night.
  • After washing, massage L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straight Perfecting Balm  all over wet hair to fight against humidity

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HAIR – Sleek High Ponytail

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Hairstylist Lorenzo Martin for L’Oreal Paris was inspired by Jennifer’s dress. He wanted to keep Jennifer’s big, beautiful dress the star of the show, and so her hairstyle was simple and chic. The sleek high ponytail was also great for the rainy weather.

STEP-BY-STEP:

  • To begin, wash hair with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Shampoo, Pre-Conditioner, and Conditioner
  • After washing, massage L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straight Perfecting Balm  all over wet hair to fight against humidity
  • After washing, massage L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straight Perfecting Balm  all over wet hair to fight against humidity

  • Blow dry hair with a round brush
  • Set hair in big, hot rollers to create volume. Once set, remove the rollers and brush through the hair spraying on L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Strand Smoother Serum Spray
  • Gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic with metal hooks on each end to keep the ponytail high
  • Finish the look off with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Weather Control Hairspray to combat the rainy weather
  • AT-HOME HAIR COLOR RECOMMENDATION: Get Jennifer’s gorgeous highlighted hair at-home with L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights in GL50 

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MAKEUP – Radiant Skin

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lancôme Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o’s skin was nothing short of radiant at the 2015 Academy Awards and her makeup look by artist Nick Barose was sublime glory. A modern take on 20’s glamour – Makeup Artist Nick Barose gave Lupita  a metallic, smokey eye paired with a romantic aubergine lip.

Here is his step-by-step breakdown: 

FACE:

  •  Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

  • Génifique Eye Light-Pearl Eye-Illuminating Youth Activating Concentrate
  • La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer
  •  NEW Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact in 500 (available April 2015)
  •  Le Corrector Pro Concealer Kit in 550

  • Blush Subtil Shimmer in Petite Pomegranate
  • Le Duo Stick in Suede

 

EYES:  

  • Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolor Base in Sienne #5
  • Artliner in Noir
  • Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir

  • Color Design 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Gris Fumee
  • Grandiôse Mascara

 

LIPS:  

  • Kiehl’s Lip Balm
  • Le Lipstique Lip Coloring Stick in Sheer Chocolate

  •  L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Aubergine Velvet

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MAKEUP – Dewy Diva

ZOE SALDANA

ZOE SALDANA 

Makeup Artist Vera Steimberg for L’Oreal Paris was inspired by screen gem Sophia Loren creating an Italian-inspired look to match her Versace dress. She has such a gorgeous, new-mom glow so she wanted her skin to stand out and focus more on the eyes balanced out with a soft lip color.

STEP-BY-STEP:

  • Vera prepped skin with L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream

  • She then applied L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Tan on cheekbones and Crème Cafe for shading 
  •  She used the NEW L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude (available April 2015), using the lighter colors from the palette in the middle of the eye and going darker towards the corners of the eye

  •  Vera finished off the eyes with a few coats of L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Black 
  •  Since the eye was more of a dramatic look, Vera wanted a softer lip and used L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Timeless Rose 
  •  She set everything withInfallible® Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray  to ensure the look stayed fresh throughout the night

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American Airlines NEXOS Magazine: Flying in Style! Volando a la Moda!!

Flying American Airlines this February/March? If so, be sure to check out my article, De Modas Y Compras in NEXOS A.A. Magazine featuring Alex Hamdan, Claudia Petrascone, Alejandro Ingelmo and Denisse Kuri–  four contemporary designers that are on the rise!

A special thanks to Director of Content, Leila Cobo for making the re-launch of NEXOS a true success. Click on – “Nexos Magazine” to download the February/March issue.

A Volar A La Moda!!!

 

 

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LANCÔME LOVES LIPS!

Lancôme’s Paris Inspired New Spring Color Collection makes me reminisce to a very romantic moment where my husband and I were strolling by the river Seine in Paris and he just started showering me with kisses. I had to get the moment on camera and this was way before the selfie days! Below is a captured image of “The Paris Kiss” and some of my favorite lip colors for this Spring, because every girl needs the right lip to finalize her beauty look! With so many to choose from, it’s essential that you pick the right one. Here’s the low-down from Lancôme to help you pick the perfect lip from the most natural look to the boldest.

 

 

LONG WEAR

If you love your lips, Rouge in Love is a lip color you’ll love to wear. The collection of radiant, high potency colors have up to 6 hours of wear and is surprisingly featherlight, offering delightful comfort. With one application, your lips will be fully covered in a non-drying formula to deliver lasting shine and comfort all night long.

INSIDER TIP: “The best way to get the most pigment is to apply the lipstick directly from the tube. Always start in the center and swipe out towards the outer corners to ensure symmetry. Then, use a lip brush to clean around the edges – never layer a lipstick with more than two layers because it will look cake-y,” says Barose.

REPLENISHING AND ENHANCING

Wrap your lips in rich, satiny color with L’Absolu Rouge , a replenishing lipstick. It is infused with moisture-boosting Pro-Xylane which helps lips to stay moist, soft and comfortable throughout the night. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin E keeps lips safe from environmental aggressors, so they will help lips feel healthier in the long run. The true color won’t feather or flake, which means your pout will be picture perfect from start to finish.

INSIDER TIP:  Red lips are a chic accessory to any outfit. When it comes to choosing the right red lips, besides different shades of red to choose from, you can choose from different textures too and you might want something sheer, matte, creamy or slightly shimmery,” says Celebrity Makeup Artist Nick Barose. For the 2015 SAG Awards, he gave Lancome Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o a creamy bold red lip using Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Caprice.

COMFORTABLE SHINE

Unprecedented shine wraps lips with color and addictive comfort. With the easy click-to-open packaging and expert applicator, Gloss in Love will hug your lips to give a smooth and line-free vinyl lip look. With sheer to medium coverage, this gloss provides 6 hours of moisture to make your lips kissable.

INSIDER TIP:  Before applying the gloss, line your lips and fill them in with a pencil that is a similar shade to your natural lips. This will create a base to prevent the color from bleeding and to help gloss stay in place.

 

COLOR BALM

With the benefits of a lipstick, a balm and a gloss, Lip Lover creates shine and color without sacrificing moisture. The balmy base provides up to eight hours of moisture while a smoothing layer reduces the appearance of fine lines and creates a dewy shine. The saturated pigments provide the ultimate in color pop regardless if worn alone or over another lip color.

INSIDER TIP:  Exfoliate your lips before applying lip color. Use a dry toothbrush to remove excess skin a few days before date night.

All products are available at Lancôme counters nationwide and http://www.lancome-usa.com.

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Feeling Privileged

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Nothing says love like Paris! Lancôme’s new Spring Collection captures the love and spirit of Paris while bringing the romantic colors of Spring, which make all women feel beautiful and radiant. Here’s a little bit more information on the inspiration behind the 2015 Spring collection.

Welcome to Paris in the spring! As flowers bud, the city entices Parisian women to roam the streets. Blooming roses come alive with pops of pink and green, while colorful hollyhocks fill the cobblestone alleyways.  This season, enjoy un printemps à Paris (spring in Paris). Lancôme, the world’s most legendary luxury beauty brand, has embraced the city’s essence of spring with French Innocence, the Spring 2015 Color Collection with Lancôme Ambassadress Alma Jodorowsky as the face.  Revel in soft pinks from the most delicate nude to the boldest of poppies, experiment with a chic Gris Rivoli grey, or add a twist of bold Vert Tulieries green…

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FASHION VIDEO – LIVE MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK NEW YORK 2015

Enjoy the following streaming video – MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK NEW YORK  2015 courtesy of Chispa MagazineRights Holder: IMG Fashion by clicking on the below link:

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 FASHION WEEK 411

Image By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Temporary venue known as the tents at Lincoln Center, home to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

New York Fashion Week was synonymous with Bryant Park, only fashion industry elite were found spotted front row at the haute-‘est’ shows. The highly coveted trends inside the tents were only available to “the rest” from the luxe pages of magazines.

Fashion Week has moved uptown to Lincoln Center and most designers have extensively expanded their lists of who gets all access invites now including influencers, bloggers and other entities in the digital media realm.

The above image is of the temporary venue known as the tents at Lincoln Center, home to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It will be the last time Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be held at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.

What lies ahead for New York Fashion Week? It’s anyone’s guess…

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AERIN – Launches Rose de Grasse Parfum

AERIN Beauty just launched Rose de Grasse Parfum this February 2015. It opens the new Premier Collection:

“I’ve always been inspired by the timeless beauty of roses. Rose de Grasse represents the most rare and special of these flowers.”—Aerin Lauder, Founder and Creative Director

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Image Property of AERIN

Discover a new expression of rose as AERIN introduces Rose de Grasse, the first parfum of the Premier Collection—a luxurious  celebration of the most rare and artisanal perfumery ingredients re-imagined through the lens of Aerin’s style & creativity.

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A tres chic and modern interpretation of AERIN’s signature flower, the rose, AERIN Rose de Grasse celebrates this timeless symbol of beauty and femininity like an original piece of art meticulously crafted with an artisanal attention to detail. It  fuses roses including the hundred-petaled Rose Centifolia, hand-picked in Grasse—the French capital of perfumery since the 16th century, where the history of fragrance is an art form. This lovely fragrance captures the multi-dimensional beauty of the rose in one captivating, pristine, sophisticated, unexpected and iconic scent.

When I opened the Aerin gift box in the above image – I instantly melted just from first glance. It was impeccably wrapped and besides the rosey lush scent it also contained a gorgeous cream leather embossed & gold rimmed Aerin frame where I will place an image of something that reminds me of the scent of Rose de Grasse… 🙂

Romi loves Aerin!

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The Romina Files – Red Hot Beauty courtesy of Chispa Magazine’s February/March Issue

Welcome the season of LOVE and dive into the L-O-V-E issue of Chispa Magazine! Valentine’s Day is oh-so near and what better way to lift your spirits than with a little help from the beauty fairy aka me,”Romi”. Check out my featured beauty product picks in the february/march edition of Chispa Magazine’s The Romina Files – Red Hot Beauty. Put on a happy, pretty face this Valentine’s Day and always. Enjoy!

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