Friday, March 30, 2007

Krazy for Kasil

Kasil Jeans make a guest appearance on television.

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The first challenge segment on America’s Next Top Model (The CW) was shot at the Kasil headquarters. Jeans were used in the challenge and afterwards all the girls rocked their new Kasil Jeans (including the hot Jet skinnys) and Scoodies were everywhere.

"Dancing With The Stars'" Stacy Keibler was shot wearing a Kasil scoodie..she is also a huge fan of the jeans.

Shot a segment for CNN on Men’s denim trends.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

They're Looking for A Real Housewife

Bravo and Evolution Film & Tape Inc. to begin casting for new editions of its hit docu-series “The Real Housewives ” franchise in the Southern California gated communities in Calabasas and Orange County, CA.

Interested women can go to for details.

"The Real Housewives" is produced by Evolution Film & Tape Inc., with partners Douglas Ross, Gregory Stewart, Kathleen French and Dean Minerd serving as executive producers. Series creator Scott Dunlop also serves as executive producer.

Emmett Earns

From the Files of Catching Up:

Project Runway’s Emmett McCarthy has designed a line of lightweight trapeze style dresses with whimsical patterns for spring and summer. Stylistically for this season,

McCarthy favors clean lines, redefined details, and subtle construction, for his designs, making them dresses that can be worn from the office to cocktail hour.

After Project Runway, Emmett McCarthy took an unexpected chance and opened his boutique, EMC2 – he completely reinvented his image and parlayed his talents and expert technique into designing women’s wear.

Sworn Virgin's Latest

We have a Sworn Virgin dress we love. It would look better if we were thinner. Ah well. They have news! Here's the latest release from the rep:

Eco Trip
Introducing Sworn Virgins - Pure Eco Fashion

Itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable…that’s what most girls think of when they conjure up thoughts of eco-friendly clothing. But one company proves that suddenly…it’s comfortable to be green.

The brainchild of partners Roshanne Aghevli and Alex Amini, Sworn Virgins makes good on its promise of looking good while feeling good. Each Sworn Virgins style is made of 100% biodegradable bamboo fibers that are spun into an ultra soft jersey material.

“It started out with the idea of being committed to purity…committed to taking care of our planet” says designer Aghevli. And in 2006 the duo decided to take their environmental plight to the racks of the nation’s finest boutiques. They hit the ground running in search of a sustainable fabric…a biodegradable, ultra-creamy fiber that would also allow them to utilize environmentally sound manufacturing techniques.

They stumbled upon bamboo…known for being biodegradable, naturally anti-bacterial and sweat proof. Unlike other “green” fabrics, bamboo is silky-soft with a natural drape that makes their subtle, sexy designs so flattering and comfortable.

And don’t think that they have forsaken trend in order to save the planet, because these do-gooders have style. The line boasts an array of current trends and classic styles available in an ever-changing palette of bright colors, neutral hues and feminine prints. Swinging skirts, bouncing baby dolls and plunging tanks abound along with fluid t-shirt dresses and leggings.

All that…and they don’t have to be dry-cleaned.

Sworn Virgins tops, tunics and dresses range from $80 to $220 and are available at top drawer boutiques around the country from Fred Segal to Big Drop.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers

OK, we know we just wrote about the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer, but we just discovered this cousin (or sibling) and we may like it even a bit better, Healthy Skin Glow Sheers, which has an SPF 30, and is lighter weight. We got the Medium to Tan 40 and it seems to work well, at least so far. It feels lovely, not heavy at all and certainly doesn't look like traditional foundation. We can't say enough about tinted moisturizer for daily use.

Here's what Neutrogena has to say on their website:

Neutrogena® Healthy Skin Glow Sheers provide sheer, natural-looking coverage for a radiant glow, plus SPF 30 and skin-friendly anti-oxidants to safeguard skin from environmental damage.

A brilliant blend of makeup, sun protection and anti-oxidants, Healthy Skin Glow Sheers is a makeup that does it all. The lightweight, non-greasy formula with anti-oxidants vitamins A, C and E provides natural-looking coverage while SPF 30 delivers superior sun protection. They give your skin the kind of natural-looking radiance that barely ever comes naturally. Available in five sheer, skin tone shades and an all-over face bronzer.

  • SPF 30
  • 1.1 oz. Tube
  • Available in 5 skin tone shades and an all-over face bronzer

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007

    Natural Beauty

    by Andrea Goodwin, associate editor (

    BeansTalk has been a big fan of the von Natur skin care line for some time. Accordingly, we were so pleased to learn of the launch of their Mineral Based Cosmetic Collection. Kayla Fioravanti, formulator and creator of von Natur, has really responded to the customer who demands high quality while maintaining concern about the manufacturing process. The hallmarks of von Natur are their “vegan” and “cruelty free” certifications printed on all of their products. Animal-friendly women can wear their products with peace of mind.

    As always, BeansTalk had to try a sampling of mineral foundations, which are talc-free and fragrance-free. This staffer, a skin cancer survivor, also appreciated the ingredient combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – a natural sun protectant, and non allergenic.

    If you are new to mineral make-up, know that it does take a bit of practice to refine a routine that works for you. However, the real obstacle for most women is breaking out of their traditional make-up and compressed powder habit and trying something new. To help the novice get started here is a basic guide:

    Start with von Natur’s Liquid Foundation ($36.00 1 fl oz.) With a sponge or fingertip apply a sheer cover of make-up to clean face. A little goes a long way here. For a light to medium face the Birch color is a good choice. Additionally, this product is packed with ingredients which renew collagen (for plumping and fullness), heal skin ailments and diminish the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

    Follow up with concealer. ($19.00 4g) The von Natur concealers are available in five shades:
    Normalize (Pink) – normalize hyperpigmentation, bruising or deep gray under eye circles Goodbye (Green) – cover breakouts, birthmarks, rosacea and scarring Neutralize (Yellow) – neutralize bluish skin tones & dark under eye circles Disguise (Neutral) – cover imperfections Brighten (White) – accentuate features
    It may be contrary to instinct for some women to apply green or yellow foundation to one’s face, but in actuality, the wisdom of neutralizing dark circles and unwanted pigmentation with an opposing color has been long accepted in the cosmetics industry and is based upon well established color science. BeansTalk scrutinized the under eye results in various lighting and was very happy.

    BeansTalk’s best bet for achieving a natural and “unmade up” look is to use a loose mineral foundation such as von Natur’s Mineral Powder ($26.00 10g) available in birch, cedar, magnolia, maple, myrtlewood, oak, pine, redwood, spruce sycamore, and willow. Whether you are prepping for an exciting night on the town, going for the natural look, or just touching up, this lightweight, silky mineral powder can give you a light to heavy coverage. As always, a proper kabuki brush is needed for even blending, so invest in a good one! Go over the face with a quick, gentle buffing motion, using the kabuki, to blend and soften.

    After a brush of cheek color or bronzer BeansTalk recommends the use of a finishing powder to set the makeup. Von Natur offers the Complete Setting Powder ($24.00 10g) It extends the life of foundation throughout the day, and reduces shine by aiding in oil absorption. Additionally, it can be used alone for light coverage or is great if you want to prevent your foundation from “sliding” off before the end of the day.

    Monday, March 26, 2007

    Holmes in Happy Diamond

    Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes pose for photographers after they arrived at Mentor LA's Promise Gala honoring Cruise for his commitment to the welfare of LA's youth at Twentieth Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 22, 2007. She wore Chopard’s Happy Diamond Sun Pendant. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

    La Lopez=La Fashionista

    Actress Jennifer Lopez poses during the "Echo Music Awards" ceremony in Berlin March 25, 2007. The German Phonographic Academy honours artists from all over the world in 24 categories. Lopez carried a handbag by Mary Norton, a gunmetal-colored brushed metal minaudiere called HRH (Her Royal Highness). She wore a dress by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Lanvin’s brown fluid techno toile one sleeve plunging v-neck cocktail dress with antique crystal accents on the bodice. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY)

    Furtado Likes Malandrino

    Musician Nelly Furtado appears backstage during MTV's 'Total Request Live' show at the MTV Times Square Studios, Monday, March 19, 2007, in New York. She wears a dress by Catherine Malandrino. The sexy star selected to wear a black silk georgette halter dress accented with silver eyelet detailing from the Fall/Winter 2007 collection. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

    McPhee in Corso Como

    Singer Katharine McPhee arrives at a party celebrating the introduction of actress Eva Longoria as the new face of Bebe Sport fashion line, in West Hollywood, Calif., Wednesday, March 14, 2007. She wore Girlish Peep Toe Pumps by Corso Como Shoes, which retail for $150. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    Fisher in Neil Lane, Lhuillier

    The Lookout star Isla Fisher stepped out at the premiere of her new movie wearing a signature dress by Monique Lhuillier, a black and white embellished tulle cocktail dress accented with a black taffeta sash from Monique’s Resort 2007 collection. She wore Platinum jewelry by Neil Lane, a pair of Platinum, diamond and onyx ball earrings, and a Platinum bracelet.

    Harden in Kevan Hall

    Cast member Marcia Gay Harden attends the Los Angeles special screening of "The Hoax" held at the Mann Festival Westwood Village in Los Angeles, California March 18, 2007. She wore a blouse by Kevan Hall, a signature white taffeta tie front blouse and paired it with her own black skirt. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES)

    bebe Love

    Virginia Madsen attends the Collection Bebe show during Fall 2007 Fashion Week in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 18, 2007. She wore a bebe dress, a sleeveless kimono pleated dress paired with stunning Alba slingback heels. (Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez)

    Others who both attended the COLLECTION bebe Fall 2007 runway show at Mercedes Benz L.A. Fashion Week and wore bebe clothing include:

    Eva Longoria of The Desperate Housewives chose a black scoop neck crochet knit mini dress.

    Emilie de Ravin chose a white stretch linen shift dress with front patch pockets.

    Devon Aoki, a model and actress, dressed in a strapless black and white print bubble hem dress.

    Stacy Keibler wore a stunning halter bubble hem dress accented by a metal pendant. She accessorized with a gold metallic clutch with snake as well as a set of gold bangles.

    Kelly Carlson of Nip/Tuck selected a silk black and white polkadot two layered short sleeve blouse with thin belt.

    Lydia Hearst wore a silk blue and white floral print smocked off-the-shoulder neckline dress.

    Blu Cantrell wore a white ruffle front high collar blazer with matching cropped pants.

    Arielle Kebbel wore a white bow top with flirty silk cap sleeves. She completed the look with high waist denim pants and Chantal woven peep toe pumps.

    Sarah Carter wore a red leather bomber jacket paired with high waist denim pants and a snake waist belt.

    Brenda Strong wore bebe’s black and white silk reversible shift halter dress paired with a black double knit cropped jacket.

    Tia Mowry of The Game selected to wear a blue silk puff sleeve color block top paired with a white brushed cotton button front pencil skirt and a black patent obi belt with satin sash.

    Tamera Mowry
    wore a black and white cotton voile apron dress accented with silk trim.

    Olivia Munn wore a black and white silk candy print halter top paired with a cropped leather jacket and black Italian linen cuffed shorts.

    Sonja Kinski wore a black puffed sleeve t-shirt dress with a black python purse and knotted flats.

    Jo De La Rosa of The Real Housewives of Orange County, wore a black and white chain button mini dress.

    Friday, March 23, 2007

    Can’t Go Wrong With Wong

    By Lesley Althaus, BeansTalk Special Correspondent

    BeansTalk can appreciate the splendor and occasional snobbery of a good fashion show, especially one with a driving retro rock beat. We were more than happy to attend the Sue Wong Fall 2007 fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in our hometown of Culver City, Calif., on Sunday, March 18, 2007.

    We also saw our ME’s celebrity acquaintance, Niecy Nash, who, of course, sat front and center, as did an overly effusive Maria Conchita Alonso, soap star Jacklyn Zeman and an “O.C.” star we didn’t know.

    We got a kick out of the show’s finale, which featured what we think of as fashion-show only wedding gowns, replete with lots of lace and feathers. They looked so heavy even our fellow attendee, our (if we say so ourselves) model-built teenage daughter (aka MBTD) would find it a tiny struggle to glide down the church aisle.

    Wong is best known for her flower prints and handkerchief hem dresses that have been one of the few designs that have gone from the runway to reality.

    The evening gowns were classy and sophisticated – they might not work for the MBTD’s prom exactly, but they’re certainly something we’d wear, and many of our peers. If we were a celebrity or walking down the red carpet with one (and we’re not talking an administrative escort, but a real one), we’d be more than happy to don one of these lovely gowns.

    The main portion of the show was dedicated to the burgeoning rock fashion of the sixties and seventies, a celebration, if you will, to Carnaby Street, with sixties elegant boho dresses. Her signature colors – here amplified into very bold, nearly neon-- were applied to styles that would flatter many forms, and we’re talking bubble skirts and babydoll frame dresses. Metallic minis! When will we see Nicole Richie in one? Chloe Sevigny?

    Also grabbing from that era were the maxi-dresses. Our first thought? There’s something for everyone here! Geometrics, high-necks, halters. Think Jean Schrimpton, Edie Sedgewick, Mary Quant.

    Gripping her cane, Wong seemed sweetly grateful for the standing ovation: "The Mod era was my era, I came of age during that time, so this was a no-brainer,” she said of the theme of her collection.

    Images: Designer Sue Wong appears backstage prior to the Sue Wong Fall 2007 fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Sue Wong, center, and models backstage at the Sue Wong show during Fall 2007 Fashion Week in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 18, 2007. (Fashion Wire Daily/Maria Ramirez)

    BeansTalk's Dark Side

    By Andrea Goodwin, Associate Editor

    BeansTalk is not a purple freak. You will not find any purple sofas in our house. We are fans, however, of OPI’s fall 2006 mega-hit Lincoln Park After Dark nail lacquer. BeansTalk readers may recall from last fall’s “Handbook on Nails” issue, dark nails offer a very modern look, and we are happy to report that this trend is being carried through for spring. Purple, in particular is great for any woman with an olive complexion like this staffer or the BeansTalk ME.

    OPI has updated their Chicago collection hit with Lincoln Park at Midnight. (above) This shade possesses “the drama of the original Lincoln Park, with the romance of a midnight tryst.” It looks super smart with this years must-have metallic silver sandals, or peeking out from a high pair of open-toed platform pumps. Now that you have been advised… good luck finding it in stores. Most retailers have a hard time keeping it in stock!
    Retail: about $6.00

    BeansTalk Quicktip: Coordinate this nail lacquer with Laura Mercier’s Stick Gloss in Black Orchid. We think Rachel Weisz looked beautiful in it at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. (above) Stickgloss provides a sheer wash of color, creates dimension and adds fullness to the lips. Stickgloss is ultra-hydrating and longer-wearing than a traditional Lip Glace.
    Retail: $20.00

    We think these modern looking lip and nail shades make a perfect pair.

    Because I Said So on DVD

    Because I Said So, a comedy about the complex bond between mothers and daughters, comes to DVD on May 8, 2007 in time for Mother’s Day from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Diane Keaton (Something’s Gotta Give) is Daphne Wilder, a meddling mother of three spirited daughters played by Mandy Moore (American Dreamz), Lauren Graham (Evan Almighty) and Piper Perabo (The Prestige). Stephen Collins (“7th Heaven”), Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!) and Gabriel Macht (The Good Shepherd) complete the cast as the men who try to win the affection of the Wilder women.

    Because I Said So is directed by Michael Lehmann (The Truth about Cats and Dogs, Heathers) from a script by Karen Leigh Hopkins (Stepmom) and Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam). Produced by Paul Brooks (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Nelson, the DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP. Pre-order close is April 3, 2007.

    Bonus Features

    · The Making of Because I Said So
    · Designing a “Wilder” World: Meet the creative team behind the sets, clothes and desserts designed for the Wilder women!

    · Music Video - “World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies


    Diane Keaton stars as Daphne Wilder, a mother whose love knows no bounds or boundaries. She is the proud mom of three daughters: stable psychologist Maggie (Graham), sexy and irreverent Mae (Perabo) and insecure, adorable Milly (Moore)-who, when it comes to men, is like psychotic flypaper. In order to prevent her youngest from making the same mistakes she did, Daphne decides to set Milly up with the perfect man. Little does Milly know, however, that her mom placed an ad in the online personals to find him. Comic mayhem unfolds as Daphne continues to do the wrong thing for the right reasons...all in the name of love. In a hilarious battle of strong wills, the mother-daughter dynamic is tested in all its fierce, wacky complexity. The girls help Daphne finally discover the truths and impossibilities of motherly love, all while trying to answer the questions: where does it begin and where should it end?

    Thursday, March 22, 2007

    Tips from the Top
    (Of Make-Up Artists)

    In order to create the most youthful look possible with your make-up , Kirsten Corcoran of Larenim Mineral Makeup, suggests beginning with the application of 2-3 very light layers of mineral foundation, or until you have achieved an evenly toned complexion. Use a firm but silky kabuki type brush to assure the best distribution of your minerals. If any blemishes still show through, apply a heavier layer of foundation or a concealer with a stiff concealer type brush, making sure you have tapered the edges of the applied concealer, as to not draw attention to the make-up.

    For more youthful looking eyes, apply a yellow tinted concealer to your under eye area to cover bluish circles and generally brighten the eye area. Once you have applied your foundation and concealer, blemishes, dark spots, broken capillaries, and under eye circles should be minimized, if not altogether camouflaged. Fine lines and pores should appear minimized.

    Next use a concealer style brush to apply a pore spackling product to “fill” the pores in. This will help to create a porcelain finish which is a trademark of young, healthy skin.

    Apply a shade of blush which mimics the natural color of your cheeks when flushed. You can also brush some bronzer on your face, but make sure your bronzer is not the orange, sparkly variety which can wind up making you look older and unnatural in appearance…not a trademark of youthful beauty!

    As a finishing step, apply a light layer of a talc-free setting powder. Go over the face with a quick, gentle buffing motion, again using the kabuki, to blend and soften. To immediately set the minerals and create a translucent glow, lightly mist a facial spray that contains glycerin, over your make-up.

    The net effect is one of a porcelain smooth finish and a natural glow that mimics the look of having falling in love or being pregnant. All imperfections have been minimized without the person appearing to be wearing make-up. Youthful beauty is glowing and natural!

    *Delicious summer shades: Angelique, Odyssey and Splendor along with a perfect polish with Invisi-Pore.

    BBC America’s Wild at Heart

    A dysfunctional family attempts to resolve deep-seated issues in the wilds of South Africa in BBC America’s latest drama premiere. Wild at Heart premieres Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

    Combining family drama, stunning scenery and gripping adventure, Wild at Heart tells the story of an urban clan who swap conventional city life in Britain for the excitement and dangers of life in the unfamiliar environment of the South African bush.

    Danny Trevanion (Stephen Tompkinson, Prime Suspect), a widower and veterinary surgeon, lives with his teenage daughter, Rosie (Lucy Jo-Hudson), new wife Sarah (Amanda Holden, Cutting It) and her two children from a previous marriage, eight-year-old Olivia (Rafaella Hutchinson) and thirteen-year-old Evan (Luke Ward-Wilkinson).

    Tensions in the family are running high - Rosie is bitterly resentful her father has remarried and Evan is so out of control he threatens school bullies with a tranquiliser gun. When Danny brings home a monkey, whose life he saved after it was smuggled illegally into the UK, Sarah decides the family should travel together to Africa to return it to its natural habitat – hoping they’ll finally bond as a family along the way.

    Once there, the Trevanions meet Du Plessis (Deon Stewardson), a hard-bitten Afrikaaner who owns a decaying game reserve. When Du Plessis sees Danny’s skill as a vet, he suggests Danny and Sarah buy into the reserve and help him transform it into a successful game park. Sarah is ecstatic - this could be a fresh start for all of them, an opportunity to become a proper family. She and Danny accept the offer and make the brave, life-altering decision to move to South Africa.

    The six part season chronicles their adventures from getting the game park up and running to finding and caring for animals and dealing with unfamiliar dangers of life in the bush. Even after the first tourists start to arrive, the challenge of managing a new business only becomes harder with the attention of a charming but ruthless rival game-park owner, Alex Tate (Gary Lawson), who becomes a threat both to Danny and Sarah’s business and their marriage.

    Interview with Stephen Tompkinson who plays widowed vet Danny Trevanion.

    Stephen has been gracing UK television screens for nearly twenty years. After coming to prominence in satirical comedy Drop the Dead Donkey he went on to star in numerous hit shows including Father Ted and Ballykissangel as well as appearing in Brassed Off with Ewan McGregor.

    Despite a varied acting career, the experience of filming with wild animals in Africa is something very new for Stephen:

    "The size of them can be very forbidding but the female elephant, Three, who I filmed with has always been very gentle with me so I guess I’m very fortunate.

    "I just called them as you would dogs and they both came swimming over to me with just their heads out of the water so I could scratch their heads. It was just superb. It’s such a privilege and I do feel very spoilt." But as well as being awe inspiring, working with these animals also required special diligence. He continues:

    "So for me it’s an absolute love of the animals but at the same time being wary of them because things can change in seconds. They are not tame and it’s a question of how much they tolerate you at any given time. Luckily we’ve been very fortunate so far."

    The other major challenge was accurately portraying the work of a vet:

    “I insist on the vet going through each and every procedure in as much detail as possible before I have to film it. For Danny his veterinary work is the one area of his life that he is in control of and knows exactly what to do at exactly the right time.

    "By contrast in his personal life Danny is quite hopeless really and just keeps smiling and hopes that everyone just gets along."

    In addition to offering a new professional challenge, the actor is thrilled that Wild at Heart has given him the opportunity to star in another hit show:

    "I haven't had a hit like this since Ballykissangel and often you only get one in a lifetime as an actor so it has thrilled me beyond belief to get a second bite at the cherry and to get as big an audience as Wild at Heart did."

    How Now Brown Brow

    Brett Freedman’s VanityMark Ultra-Brow Kits, released earlier this month, have been used by The Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria (milk choco) and Marcia Cross (auburnista) as well as Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams (milk choco). Makeup artists from Dirt and The Office also use the kit.

    “I’m such a fan of the VanityMark Ultra-Brow Kits! Aside from the widest shade scope available, the formulations really hold up all day on the set,” says Kate Best, makeup artist on Ugly Betty.

    The VanityMark Ultra-Brow Kit features the Ultra-Brow Glaze, Ultra-Brow Pencil, Ultra-Brow Powder, Ultra-Brow Brush, and the coveted dual sided Ultra-Brow Tweez.

    The kits are available in the blondest kit (ex: Christina Aguilera), the blondie kit (ex: Michelle Phieffer), the milk choco kit (ex: Sandra Bullock), the dark choco kit (ex: Salma Hayek), the gingerella kit (ex: Julianne Moore), and the auburnista kit (ex: Marcia Cross) and retail for $75.

    “Fuller, yet tailored brows are this season’s hottest accessory and I want everyone to have the opportunity to look red carpet ready!” says Brett Freedman. VanityMark’s broad range of shades including two different shades of red for those neglected redheads makes it easy for anyone with any hair color and type to have beautifully sculpted brows.

    About Brett Freedman:
    Brett Freedman developed an obsession with cosmetics as a child in Pittsburgh as he experimented with makeup by giving his sister and her Barbie dolls makeovers. He got his start in the beauty industry in Miami’s South Beach doing the brows and makeup of drag queens for the local clubs. He quickly became a sought after artist securing gigs with top magazines. He then moved to Hollywood where he has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, Reba McIntyre, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, and Brooke Shields, to name a few. Brett created VanityMark after years of doing the makeup and not having the right products and colors to do their brows. Brett is one of the most sought after makeup artists today and VanityMark is sure to follow in his success.

    Pretty Paulina

    Paulina Rubio wears English Clientele by Mike Sam Rose Ballerina Dress, Made to Order, Price Upon Request English is a new label by LA based designer Mike Sam
    M.A.C. Launches Paulina Rubio's Lipstick "Rubia" March 20, 2007

    Rebecca Romijn
    New Face of bebe

    bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ: BEBE) today that super model-turned-actress Rebecca Romijn has been tapped to succeed Mischa Barton as the face of bebe launching for Summer 2007.

    “Rebecca Romijn is a strikingly beautiful, multi-talented star, who exudes a sexy and playful elegance that is the essence of the bebe woman,” said Manny Mashouf, Founder and Chairman.

    “Rebecca is very much like Mystique, the action character she has portrayed in the blockbuster X-MEN franchise,” continued Mr. Mashouf. “She is fearless and self confident and these are qualities that resonate with women today.”

    “bebe continues to push the limits on sexy,” commented Greg Scott, Chief Executive Officer. “In that spirit, Rebecca embodies key attributes of the bebe brand - sensuality, sophistication and effortless beauty.”

    “I have always been impressed with the strong, sexy and confident image that reflects the bebe brand. I am thrilled and proud to be working with them,” stated Romijn.

    The Summer 2007 campaign will launch Mid-April in national and regional magazines, outdoor advertising and direct mail. Romijn will make her first official front row appearance at the Fall 2007 COLLECTION bebe runway show which will take place in Los Angeles at the end of March.

    Considered by many to be among the most beautiful women in the world, Romijn was twice named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”. Her modeling career began when she was discovered by a scout during her freshman year in college. This opportunity quickly led her to Paris where Romijn lived for three years, working with the world’s top fashion photographers and magazines. Romijn has graced hundreds of magazine covers worldwide and has appeared in numerous campaigns. However she secured her super-model status with her two covers of the famed swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.

    From 1998 to 2000, Romijn was the host of MTV’s “House of Style”. She crossed over into film in 2000 with her well known role as the shape-shifting Mystique in X-MEN (2000), based on the long-running comic book series about mutant superheroes. She returned to the role in two blockbuster sequels: X2: X-MEN UNITED (2003) and X-3: THE LAST STAND (2006). Romijn also had a leading role in Brian De Palma’s FEMME FATALE (2002). She has also starred in movies such as ROLLERBALL and GODSEND and has co-starred opposite such notables as Ben Affleck in MAN ABOUT TOWN (2006) and John Travolta in THE PUNISHER (2004).

    Last month, ABC announced that Romijn is joining the cast as a series regular in their most popular new series, UGLY BETTY. She will make her debut on January 18th. The show was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Comedy and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

    In a related announcement, dated January 4, 2007, bebe stores, inc. announced that the award winning actress Eva Longoria will become the new face of BEBE SPORT launching Spring/Summer 2007.

    bebe stores, inc. designs, develops and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories, which it markets under the bebe, COLLECTION bebe, Neda by bebe, Neda, BEBE SPORT and bebe O brand names. bebe currently operates 256 stores, of which 187 are bebe stores, 20 are bebe outlet stores, 48 are BEBE SPORT stores and 1 Neda by bebe store. These stores are located in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, there is an online store at

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    Our Skin: Enhanced

    Every now and then we tout a product that we actually use on a regular basis. We’ve never been a fan of foundation makeup, and only wear it when it’s been applied to our ancient face by a makeup artist for our occasional television pundit spots.

    We pretty much only wear powder mineral makeup, unless it’s a fancy event (very rare in our suburbanite existence). Then, we use Smashbox’s Backdrop Cooling Tint (Backdrop Cooling Tint This sheer, lightweight foundation leaves a natural, radiant finish to the skin. Contains a revolutionary cooling agent that causes a cool, energizing sensation on your face for up to 15 minutes leaving you completely refreshed, while aloe, green tea and vitamins nourish skin, $32), which is very nice. We love that cool feeling. That’s why we like our new favorite Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner (see story from last week).

    But we digress. We’ve always liked tinted moisturizers and have just discovered the new Healthy Skin Enhancer by Neutrogena. The only thing we would strongly recommend is that the product may appear dark in the bottle/jar, but it goes on a lot lighter than it appears. Luckily, we were able to sample. We would’ve not hesitated to buy the natural to tan (40), but when we tried it, it was too light. The Tan to Medium (50), was perfect.

    Suggested retail $11.79. On sale at for $10.99, and at Ulta for $10.29.

    From their website:

    Healthy Skin Enhancer combines a vitamin-infused Retinol treatment to smooth fine lines, the protection of SPF 20 moisturizer and sheer, lightweight tint in a single application.

    Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Enhancer is an alternative to foundation that provides everything you need for softer, healthier and younger-looking skin in one beautiful step.

    This dermatologist-developed formula contains a vitamin-rich Retinol treatment to visibly smooth fine lines and reduce signs of aging. It nourishes skin and protects against future sun damage with a weightless SPF 20 moisturizer. Each skin-enhancing shade provides a sheer tint of color for a more even, naturally beautiful look.

    Available in six sheer shades. Each shade works on multiple skin tones for easier shade selection.

    Enjoy the power of three daily essentials in one beautiful step.

    Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
    1.0 fl. oz. bottle
    Available in 6 sheer, skin-enhancing tints

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    What's Happening With Delux Beauty?

    Why does Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsy look grumpy? Is he annoyed that his salary negotiations aren't completed yet? Is he tired of the oppressive tension on the set?

    Or, is he wondering if his wife, makeup artist Jillian Fink Demsey just wants to be a stay-at-home mom?

    The real story is he probably knows what she wants to do/is going to do.

    The ones who don't know? Fans of Fink Dempsey's Delux Beauty cosmetics lines, which features very cute portable, click-together pricy products. BeansTalk is a fan of the concealer and we grudgingly have handed over our $16 for the "full" size, that, in other universes, would be a sample size.

    A couple of months ago, we were quite surprised to hear that our near-work Sephora, the one at Hollywood and Highland, was no longer carrying Delux. We were told that some of their other stores still had the line.

    Today, we made our first trip to NIRVANA. Well, o.k., it was just the Ulta store on La Brea (and it was damn awesome, thank you very much; we'd never been to one!). And in the "Clearance" area were a bunch of Delux products. We bought u a bunch. Our concealer was $4.99. We got three. We also got a little lip gloss palatte that retailed (a limited edition) for $22 and it, too, was only $4.99.

    When we got to work the photo editor told us that Fink Dempsey's company, Bardine, had also folded.

    What does that tell us? That Fink Dempsey has her mind and focus on other things. The Delux Beauty website is still up and running, but we suspect it's not going to be so for very long.

    If you have a fave product, get it now. That's what we did when our beloved Tony & Tina folded. We're still sad about that.

    Moving on...

    BeansTalk Shows You Hot Handbags!

    Yves St. Laurent

    (seen left)
    From the Downtown Collection.
    • Metallic silver leather.
    • Silver-tone hardware.
    • Top handles with rings; zip top.
    • Front pocket compartment with zippers.
    • Front buckle strap detail.
    • Made in Italy. $1595


    (seen right)
    Patent Bay Shoulder Bag
    • Exclusively ours. Black patent leather.
    • Gold-tone hardware.
    • Top handles with rings; zip top.
    • Two-way front zip pocket with oversized pulls.
    • Logo plate on front.
    • Made in Italy. $1860

    Isabella Fiore

    Terry Frame Bag
    • "Terry" Style.
    • Choose black (shown) or brown leather.
    • Contrast embroidery on front.
    • Antiqued brass hardware.
    • Shoulder strap with rings; detachable charm.
    • Frame top with kiss-lock closure.
    • 100% cotton lining.
    • Inside pockets and zip pocket.
    • 8"H x 15"W x 4"D.
    • Imported. $475

    Be & D

    • Deanna Style.
    • Espresso leather.
    • Antiqued brass hardware.
    • Top handle; tie top.
    • Front zip pocket. $1180

    Andrew Marc

    Large Hobo
    • From the Cargo Group.
    • Madison style in black or saddle lambskin leather.
    • Shoulder strap with attached pouch.
    • Silver-tone hardware.
    • Exterior pockets.
    • Cotton twill lining.
    • 17"H x 18"W x 6"D.
    • Imported. $495


    Sloane Belted Tote (seen left)
    • Sloane Style.
    • Choose slate (shown) or straw (see below) leather.
    • Antiqued brass hardware.
    • Adjustable buckled top handles.
    • Wraparound belted body.
    • Sueded cotton lining.
    • Inside: one large zip, slide, and cell phone pockets.
    • 15"H x 13"W x 6"D.
    • Imported. $695

    Sue Wong at Fall 2007 Fashion Week

    BeansTalk had a correspondent at the show, but here's a preview:

    At center: Designer Sue Wong celebrates following her Fall 2007 fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    In other pics: models walk the runway at the Sue Wong Fall 2007 fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    Ukraine Fashion

    A model displays an outfit from the Fashion AIDS collection during Fashion Week in Kiev March 19, 2007. 30 Ukrainian designers presented an anti HIV/AIDS collection which will be sold during a charity auction on March 22. REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv (UKRAINE)

    Models display outfits by Ukrainian designer Mariya Loseva during Fashion Week in Kiev March 19, 2007. REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv (UKRAINE)

    Gen Art’s Fast Fashion

    Models wear creations from designer Gen Art at the fall 2007 fashion show in Hollywood, California, March 16, 2007. Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2007 runs from March 16-23. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)

    Bebe At Fashion Week

    Models gesture as they walk the runway at the Collection Bebe Fall 2007 fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    Models walk the runway at the Collection Bebe Fall 2007 fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    Separated at Birth?

    Left, Johnny Depp. Right, "Jericho's" Skeet Ulrich.