Sunday, July 5, 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER Celebrates Campaign Launch, Eye Shadow Palettes, ULTRA HD Foundation and Artist Plexi-Gloss

On June 3rd, MAKE UP FOR EVER celebrated it's first brand campaign, featuring renowned transgender fashion model Andreja Pejić and popular actress/fashion blogger Jamie Chung with cutting-edge makeup looks created by visionary celebrity makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis. 

The "Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You." campaign encourages everyone, everywhere to redefine beauty, explore, and celebrate the freedom of self-expression. The campaign launches on July 16th, and will include in-store activations and events at Sephora, the sale of limited edition eye shadow palettes that were curated by Pejić and Chung, and a transformation-centric social media challenge. To learn more about the campaign, go to

The eye shadow palettes ($48) feature four wearable, versatile full-size shades from MAKE UP FOR EVER's iconic range of nearly 200 Artist Shadows, known for its smooth gel-powder texture, superior color pay-off and blendability. The limited edition palettes will be available as of July 19th at

Jamie Chung helping event guests get shade matched at the Ultra HD Foundation Bar. 

MAKE UP FOREVER also celebrated the launch of its new ULTRA HD Foundation, the first and only foundation designed for the demands of 4K technology. Digital devices with 4K technology will display images with unbelievable detail, stunning clarity, and heightened color than existing HD technology. These innovative foundation formulas are completely invisible under the latest, ultra-magnified resolution, looking completely natural on camera and to the naked eye. The ULTRA HD Foundation's innovative formula is enhanced with Amino Acid Coated Pigments, Hyaluronic Spheres and Sericite. 

ULTRA HD Liquid Foundation ($43) is available in 40 shades and provides medium coverage with a natural finish in a lightweight, oil-free formula. The ULTRA HD Stick Foundation ($43), available in 15 shades, launches in September as an alternative to liquid for a flawless complexion and is also ideal for touch-ups and contouring. Both ULTRA HD Foundation products will be available at Sephora, and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques. 

I've been using the ULTRA HD Liquid Foundation everyday in shade 123 = Y365. It provides medium coverage yet feels so lightweight which is perfect for summer. I've gotten compliments on my skin since I've been using it, since it looks so natural, flawless and keeps my skin moisturized. I can't imagine using anything else!

MAKE UP FOR EVER launched the Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19) collection in May, which features 35 high-performing lip glosses in both pearly and non-pearly finishes, with vivid color, shocking shine, and incredible stay-on power. The SuperFlex Applicator ensures precision and control, delivering just the right amount with its small split-tip dose applicator. The uniquely contoured tip is shaped to comfortably hug the lip, evenly distributing color. 

- Kim Weling

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Design Your Own Shoes with Shoes of Prey

My first introduction to Shoes of Prey was an exciting one. Having a size 5 shoe size has always been a challenge for me. I'm lucky if I find a size 5 in the style I'm looking for, as many shoes I love start at a size 6. Even when I find my size, half the time the shoes still run too big. 

At Shoes of Prey, you can design your own shoe, at the Design Studio at select Nordstrom locations or online through the Shoes of Prey 3D Designer where you choose the shape, color and height of your shoes for your very own custom-made pair.

During the Shoes of Prey Nordstrom Design Studio Press Pop-Up, I met with co-founder Jodie Fox and previewed some of the Shoes of Prey swatches and custom-made shoes. I was excited to see a dozen different types of shoe styles to choose from, including flats, heeled sandals, ankle boots, wedges and flat and heeled oxfords. I looked over all the different swatches, including shiny, faded and soft leather, patent leather, suede, lace, genuine fishskin, genuine snakeskin, sparkle, animal prints and cotton. 

Then it came time for the fun part - actually designing my own bespoke Shoes of Prey shoes. I thought after looking at all the different styles and swatches it would be overwhelming designing a pair, but the 3D Designer was so easy to use. First I chose my shape/style: a heeled oxford. Then I chose my heel height: 3.4", color and size (it was recommended that I size down to a 34.5). There are over 170 fabrics to choose from for shade/texture. I chose a colorblock mix for my heeled oxfords. I had to make sure I picked the right color mix for all aspects of my shoe - heel, toe cap, back cap, front, back and top panel, tongue and shoe lace. For my colorblock mix, I picked the closest to Mint Green, which was Light Blue in a vegan leather, as well as Light Pink in soft leather and Silver in shiny soft leather

I decided to change Silver to Gold as soon as I got home from the preview. Please note that if you decide to make changes, you must call Shoes of Prey or visit a Nordstrom location that has Shoes of Prey in-store. I found out when I received my shoes 4 weeks later that my changes were not made, and my original design had been created. Also, the 34.5 fit perfectly, but didn't allow any room for any inserts, so a size 35 would have been better. I originally had a Mint Green skirt that I wanted to match the shoes with, and the color did not go with the skirt - it was more on the Blue side than Mint Green. 

What I love about Shoes of Prey is that they have a 365-day return policy and you have the option to remake your shoe! So I returned my shoes to Shoes of Prey at Nordstrom at Garden State Plaza and happily made my changes. I wanted to remake my shoe the week that I received them, since I was having surgery mid-June and wanted to get them remade before my surgery. That way by the time I recovered a few weeks later my new shoes would have already arrived. This time I brought my Mint Green skirt to match it to the swatch. I stopped by Shoes of Prey on the right day because they had just released their pastel swatches! For my colorblock mix, Lucite in soft leather was the perfect match to my skirt, and I also picked the Bunny Pink in soft leather and Gold in shiny soft leather. I also upsized to size 35. If you are ever unsure about which size would fit best, I recommend going to Shoes of Prey at Nordstrom and trying on your size in the style shoe that you want. Thank you to my personal stylist Chabeli and her colleague at Shoes of Prey at Nordstrom - Garden State Plaza for all their help!

This time around, when I received my remade shoes 4 weeks later, I was completely happy! I was also so focused on my surgery recovery, that when my shoes arrived, it was such a nice surprise!  I am glad I got to go through the whole remake process. For me, I prefer to go to Shoes of Prey at Nordstrom to design my shoes. I look forward to designing my next pair! I also can't wait to share my style post this month! Stay tuned!



With my original Shoes of Prey heeled oxford design

New pastel swatches at Shoes of Prey!

Remake of my heeled oxford

My remade heeled oxfords, which came with a picture of my shoe creation, shoe bag, and shoe inserts!

- Kim Weling

Friday, July 3, 2015

Artis Fluenta Collection of Luxurious Makeup Brushes

Artís recently launched the Artís Fluenta makeup brushes, available individually or in a 3, 5 or 9 brush set. The collection combines ergonomics with design, function and performance for a more efficient and easier to use cosmetic tool. 

I love the sleek design of the Artís Fluenta collection and the special grip on each brush. The brushes ensure makeup goes on evenly and smoothly. These are the most luxurious, high-quality makeup brushes I've ever used. 

One of my favorite brushes in the collection is the Oval 8 ($72), which has 100's of thousands of fibres in an oval shape for applying foundation or setting powder and blending bronzing or highlighting powders to entire areas of the face.  The Oval 6 ($56) is perfect for applying foundations, blush and contour, while the Oval 4 ($48) and Oval 3 ($42) helps with applying eye makeup. 

The Linear 3 is used for applying a perfect line of product along the upper or lower lash line and for creating medium size lines and linear shapes. The Linear 1 is used for applying a thin line of product along the lashes or help perfect the brow shape. The Circle 1 ($36) can be used for applying lip colour or concealer. The collection also includes the Oval 10 ($90) and Circle 1R ($36).

Artís brushes are suitable for sensitive skin and are animal-free, designed using trademarked CosmeFibre®, man-made fibres that make up the fibre bundle. Each patented brush has on average 3 to 10 times as many individual fibres as conventional animal hair brushes, resulting in superior blending and smooth makeup application. 

These are the only brushes I know of that have a special grip surface for better control, and the tilted brush tip and fibre bundles make it easier to apply, distribute and blend makeup.

The patented cleansing system includes an antimicrobial-treated microfibre cloth with 1 million fibres per square inch designed to help "grab" and remove makeup residue from the brush without changing the shape or adding wear-and-tear. 

The Artis Fluenta collection is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus,, Bergdorf Goodman and

- Kim Weling

Summer Beauty With TRUE Isaac Mizrahi

TRUE Isaac Mizrahi has the perfect beauty products for your summer getaway or staycation. Summer essentials include the 6-in-1 Perfect Protection Moisturizerm Illuminating Shimmer and Kennedy Pink Nail Lacquer. 

Here's a look at the full range of TRUE Isaac Mizrahi cosmetics that I previewed during the spring launch, hosted by Isaac Mizrahi. The cosmetics brand was created by estheticians combining spa quality and designer creativity. Isaac's use of color in his fashion designs are reflected in the collection's palette. The shades are named after Isaac's favorite things - New York, Hollywood icons and more. 

Here are my go-to TRUE Isaac Mizrahi products for an evening look:
- Brow Definer Trio in Brunette
- Brow Definer Brush
-Eye Shadow Trio in 8 O'Clock Reservation
- Crazy Lash Mascara in Onyx
- Powder Blush in Garnet
- Betty Red Matte Lip Color

TRUE Isaac Mizrahi is available at and

- Kim Weling

Sunday, June 28, 2015

22nd Annual Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America

Flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and caramel cake

On June 1, 2015,  Dessert Professional magazine honored the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America for 2015 at La. Venue at 608 West 28th Street.  Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America was presented by Guittard Chocolate, KitchenAid, Beurremont, and Nielsen-Massey.  The awards event recognizes the top toques of tuile, cocoa, and sugar for their talent and unique culinary vision, with the 2015 winners featured in the upcoming August issue of Dessert Professional

Attendees indulged in an evening of desserts created by the 2015 Top Ten honorees:
LISA BAILEY - D Bar, Denver, CO & San Diego, CA
MICHELLE GAYER - Salty Tart, Minneapolis, MN
SALVATORE MARTONE - Atelier Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, NV
MAURA METHENY - Norman Love Confections, Ft. Myers, FL
THOMAS RAQUEL - Le Bernardin, New York, NY
MIROSLAV USKOKOVIC - Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY
WILLIAM WERNER - Craftsman & Wolves, San Francisco, CA
ZAC YOUNG - David Burke Group

Sebastien Cannone, M.O.F
The French Pastry School, Chicago, IL

MAURA METHENY - Norman Love Confections, Ft. Myers, FL

Black forest cherry cake in a white chocolate mushroom
SALVATORE MARTONE - Atelier Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, NV

WILLIAM WERNER - Craftsman & Wolves, San Francisco, CA

Blueberry, hazelnut and earl grey

Coffee, yuzu, and coconut

ZAC YOUNG - David Burke Group

Maple bourbon glazed doughnut with candied bacon

THOMAS RAQUEL - Le Bernardin, New York, NY

Strawberry crumble made with liquid nitrogen

Passion fruit chocolate mousse in a chocolate shell


LISA BAILEY - D Bar, Denver, CO & San Diego, CA

Peaches and cream buttermilk panna cotta 
with honey rosemary pecan crumble

Pink Serbians with strawberry milk and strawberry liquor
MIROSLAV USKOKOVIC - Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY

- Kim Weling