Beauty Notes: Ulta Beauty, Maesa Group and Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles Launch FIONA STILES BEAUTY

Ulta Beauty’s First Exclusive Premium Cosmetics Line Focuses On Non-Intimidating And “mistake-free” Makeup.

Every face has something interesting and compelling. I love to reimagine women to help them evolve in the most beautiful way possible through makeup.” – Fiona Stiles.

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Fiona Stiles

Ulta Beauty and the Maesa Group announce that they have enlisted in-demand celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles to create FIONA STILES BEAUTY, an assortment of 120 premium-quality eye, lip and face products with innovative formulas in a universal range of colors. With a mission to demystify makeup, the brand offers an expansive mix of easy-to-navigate products along with meaningful educational online tutorials by Styles herself. Starting today, the line will be sold exclusively at select Ulta Beauty stores nationwide and on


Ulta Beauty, Maesa Group and Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles Launch FIONA STILES BEAUTY. (PRNewsFoto/Maesa)

Fiona Stiles’ self-titled collection features an extensive range of professional-grade, non-intimidating products that appeal to people of all ages, ethnicities and lifestyles, thus accommodating and celebrating diversity. After evaluating the beauty space, Fiona, Ulta Beauty and Maesa Group embarked to create a collection of products that were noticeably missing in the marketplace with innovative formulas and breakthrough textures. She has poured her creative vision and expertise into each and every FIONA STILES BEAUTY product with a mission to create a line of non-intimidating, “mistake-free” makeup.banner-mistake-free-eyes

A modern collection of professional color cosmetics with innovative formulations and breakthrough textures, Fiona Stiles Beauty is a brand rooted in artistry and education, and is built upon each woman’s individual expression. Fiona shares her creative vision and expertise through her signature approach on the basics of makeup and beyond. A fool-proof method that establishes a non-intimidating color path for women to experience makeup. As no two faces are the same, Fiona shows you the techniques and makeup applications that complement your unique features and skin tones. A wardrobe of color, universal for all skin tones, serves as a tool to help you master your self-expression, alongside easy to understand “how to” lessons and engaging tutorials. Fiona takes the intimidation out of makeup where there are no mistakes and allows you to be fearless.banner-mistake-free-lips

Over the past 20 years, Stiles has built a steadfast reputation as one of the top celebrity makeup artists in the industry today. Known for her finely-honed techniques, supernatural skin and awe-inspiring lips and eyes, she has garnered increasing recognition and respect among the fashion, music and entertainment industries. One of her key talents and missions is removing the intimidation of cosmetics and encouraging confident self-expression through meaningful education, quality products and creative techniques.banner-mistake-free-face

Fiona discovered her creative talent early on as a photography student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she paid close attention to light and color and began to develop her aesthetic sensibility. A combination of serendipity and chance veered Fiona away from fine art photography and into the world of beauty and fashion. After diving into the world of beauty, she exerted herself as every opportunity arose. This eventually allowed her to reveal a natural talent that quickly became respected and landed her on the sets of the industry’s most influential models, photographers and celebrities. Continue reading



This spring, consumers can pucker up and “KISS THE RAINBOW, TASTE THE RAINBOW®” with new SKITTLES® and STARBURST® brand flavored Lip Smacker Trios packaged inside colorful plastic eggs. The Mars Retail Group has partnered with Lip Smacker and Markwins to create the four Easter novelties — perfect for egg hunts and basket building. Each festive egg contains three candy-flavored lip balms, and 12 vibrant eggs sit in a convenient 12″x12″ countertop display at a variety of retailers nationwide with a suggested price of $4.95 each.

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Pucker up and “KISS THE RAINBOW, TASTE THE RAINBOW(R)” this Easter with new SKITTLES(R) and STARBURST(R) brand flavored Lip Smacker Trios packaged inside colorful plastic eggs. Mars Retail Group paired with Lip Smacker and Markwins to create the four Easter novelties. With a suggested price of $4.95, each festive plastic egg contains three candy-flavored lip balms. Visit the website for more information at (PRNewsFoto/Mars Retail Group)

The first SKITTLES Trio includes the flavors of green apple, wild berry strawberry and strawberry, while the second trio features the exotic tropical blends of strawberry starfruit, banana berry and mango tangelo. One STARBURST Trio includes strawberry, mango melon and orange, and the other contains the popular FAVEREDS® flavors of cherry, watermelon and strawberry.

In addition to the seasonal novelties, shoppers will find their favorite fruity candy in several “everday” Lip Smacker offerings on store shelves. SKITTLES flavored lip balm is available as a Trio, an eight-piece Party Pack and an Image Partner Trio, with three different SKITTLES lip products in one pack. STARBURST flavored lip balm is offered in an eight-piece Party Pack; a trio of STARBURST FAVEREDS juicy red flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and cherry; and a trio of STARBURST Tropical flavors of cherry kiwi, strawberry and orange.

“Consumers adore SKITTLES and STARBURST Lip Smackers, so we’re innovating new and exciting ways they can enjoy their favorite fruit flavored candy,” says John Capizzi, general manager of licensing for Mars Retail Group. “We’re proud to team up with Markwins and Lip Smacker in creating these new offerings, which will make terrific Easter gifts.

Lisa Kron, Award Winning Writer And Performer To Be Honored At Harmony

A Gala Benefiting The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus And Youth Pride Chorus

Co-Honoree is Maria-Elena Grant, Activist For The LGBTQ Community For More Than 25 YearsHarmony (2)

Big Apple Performing Arts (BAPA), the home of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus, today announced the recipients of the Arts in Action Award and Gary Miller Award for 2016 to be presented at Harmony, New York City’s gala and party to benefit the NYCGMC and YPC on February 22, 2016 starting at 6 pm at the Diamond Horseshoe. The very first recipient of the newly created Arts in Action Award, to be given to an artist who has found success in the field of entertainment and uses that success to inspire change, is award winning writer and performer Lisa Kron, who most recently won two Tony Awards for her work as librettist and lyricist for the hit Broadway musical Fun logo 2 (1)

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. She wrote the book and lyrics for musical Fun Home, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori, which won five Tony awards including best musical, Lortel, Obie, Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle awards for best musical, and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Other plays includeThe Ver**zon PlayIn The Wake (Lilly Award, Best Plays of 2010-2011 Theater Yearbook); Well (Best Plays of 2003-2004 Yearbook, 2006 Tony nom. for Best Actress); and 2.5 Minute Ride (Obie, L.A. Drama-Logue and GLAAD Media Awards). As an actor recent roles include Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan (Lortel Award, Outstanding Featured Actress), and dance critic Walter Terry in Richard Move’s Martha @… The 1963 Interview at DTW, New York Live Arts and the Singapore International Festival of the Arts.

Honors include Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, a Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and grants from the Creative Capital and NYFAKron is a founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers whose plays continue to be performed by companies around the world and are regularly taught in Theater, Performance, and LGBT Studies programs.  She currently teaches in the graduate Dramatic Writing Department of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She serves on the boards of the McDowell Colony and the Lilly Awards, and on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.

The second recipient of the Gary Miller Award, given to someone who has made a significant contribution to LGBTQ arts in New York City and is named after the first conductor of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, is Maria-Elena Grant who has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community for more than 25 years. The award was given to its namesake, Gary Miller, at last year’s Harmony Gala.

Maria-Elena Grant was born in the UK and moved with her family to the Bronx in the late 1970s. In the early 80s, Grant co-founded Blues a social networking group for lesbians, the first of its kind in the borough. Moving to Brooklyn in 1993 with her partner, filmmaker Cyrille Phipps, She joined the POC Steering Committee, a group of LGBT organizations of color working to achieve better visibility for themselves within the community. In addition, Grant was a founding mother of The Audre Lorde Project and an early member of The Unity Fellowship Church, Brooklyn. She served for six years on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), an organization representing over 40,000 singers worldwide.  Continue reading

What Happens in Vegas…: DAYLIGHT Beach Club At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas Announces 2016 Summer Season

The Unprecedented Outdoor Pool Party And Nightlife Destination Opening Weekend Dates:

Sneak Preview Party: March 12, 2016,

Grand Opening Weekend: March 25, 2016 – March 26, 2016

Daylight Residencies Include Grammy Nominated Artist J. Cole and Featuring Worldwide Electronic Duo Disclosure, Dj Mustard, Bauuer, And Morgan Page

Tickets On Sale Now

Daylight’s 2016 Artist Roster Include Stafford Brothers, Dj Brooke Evers And Laidback Luke

A departure from traditional Vegas pool parties, DAYLIGHT is the revolutionary open-air entertainment, daylife and nightlife destination. The stylish and unprecedented space has revolutionized the daylife and entertainment scene by combining the most sought-after DJs including SkrillexAlessoSebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Baauer, and Carl Cox, among others.



 DAYLIGHT, the hottest pool party on the Las Vegas strip, is set to re-open its doors with an exclusive sneak preview on Saturday, March 12 with resident DJ E-Rock. Launching the 2016 season, DAYLIGHT will now be opening its doors starting Thursday through Sunday from 11 AM – 6 PM

With LIGHT’s surging success of their resident performers, Play Management has promised the same for their daytime parties with a star studded line-up. Partygoers can expect special performances including the worldwide phenomenon English electronic music duo Disclosure, Grammy nominated artist and producer J. ColeSuper Producer DJ Mustard, the iconic DJ Baauer, along with EDM producers Morgan PageLaidback LukeBassjackersStafford Brothers, and Claude VonStroke.

DAYLIGHT features a luxurious 5,000-square-foot pool, two additional pool-to-service VIP pools, a 1,400-square-foot elevated stage with un-obstructed sightlines where DJ’s and artists performs, daybeds, 23 private VIP cabanas, two private ultra VIP bungalows with private dipping pools, a deck area with 50 daybeds, top of the line LED screens, 25 u-shaped banquets with plush fabric, as well as signature cocktails and cuisine.

Conveniently located right off the strip where patrons don’t need to walk through a hotel casino to enter, DAYLIGHT is considered to be one of the biggest pool parties on the strip. Tickets are available here and table reservations can be made here.

DAYLIGHT will be open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Cover charges include $20 for females, $30 for males and bungalow and cabana costs vary, reservations can made at

The official hashtag for this season is #SeeDaylifeDifferently. Watch the DAYLIGHT 2016 “See Daylife Differently” Video here and the DAYLIGHT 2016 Residency Announcement Video here.

For more information and reservations, call 702-632-4700 or visit Be the first to know about upcoming events at DAYLIGHT this summer by connecting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Cunard’s Remastered Queen Mary 2 to Debut Transatlantic Fashion Week

Inaugural Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing to sail from Southampton to New York September 1-8, 2016

Leaders in the field of haute couture, currently preparing for London Fashion Week on February 19-23, will join Cunards Queen Mary 2 7-night Transatlantic crossing in September to New York, the style capital of the world. The inaugural ‘Transatlantic Fashion Week’ voyage will arrive in the Big Apple the very same day New York Fashion Week 2017 Spring/Summer shows begins. (Full-video can be found here:


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Award winning British fashion designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes, who has dressed some the world’s most famous musicians, will treat guests to ‘an audience with’ as she discusses her impressive career.Queen Mary 2, exterior image, sailing under San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge.

Preparing to show her latest collection at London Fashion Week, the award designer spoke about her excitement at joining this special voyage:

Guests are going to be able to look forward to a fantastic fashion experience,” said Rhodes. “I’m going to be doing a dress show, as well as doing a talk with the fabulous Colin McDowell. Guests will have the chance to dine with all these specialists in the industry, ask questions from us all. I’m there to enhance everyone’s experience.” 

Joining the line-up of fashion royalty is the highly respected fashion historian and commentator Colin McDowell and Fern Mallis, the ‘Godmother of Fashion‘ and founder of New York Fashion Week.

Colin McDowell MBE, Fashion Historian; Fashion historian and style commentator, Colin McDowell has been in the fashion business for over 40 years. McDowell was a fashion writer of the London Sunday Times and during that time he also wrote for every major newspaper in the United Kingdom. In 2004 he set up first initiative to support and mentor young designers in London. Called Fashion Fringe, it has influenced and been adopted as the way to train young people across the globe.

A noted academic he has published 23 books in fashion and style related subjects including his latest which are Fashion Today and the Anatomy of Fashion.

Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE, Fashion Designer: Zandra Rhodes was one of the New Wave of British Designers who put London at the forefront of the international Fashion Scene in the 70’s. Zandra has designed for clients as diverse as Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury of the rock group ‘Queen’.

Queen Mary 2 Aerial at Sea Portside - Vertical format (Courtesy of Cunard)

Queen Mary 2 Aerial at Sea Portside – Vertical format (Courtesy of Cunard)

She continues to clothe and design for the rich and famous around the world from royalty to rock stars including: HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Anastasia, Paris Hilton, the late Joan Rivers and the late Isabella Blow.

Since 2000 Zandra’s career has diversified into designing sets and costumes for the opera. In 2003 Zandra founded The Fashion & Textile Museum in Bermondsey Street, London. She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1997 in recognition of her contributions to fashion and textiles and this year has been made a Dame in the Queen’s latest Honours list and most recently opened the September 2015 London Fashion Week.

Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week: Hailed as the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week – Fern Mallis has been called an industry titan and The Godmother of Fashion.

As the creator and host of premiere conversation series Fashion Icons w/Fern Mallis – Mallis assembled an incredible roster of guests for her now signature in-depth interviews, including Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Polly Mellen, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Suzy Menkes, Oscar de la Renta, André Leon Talley, Bruce Weber, Isaac Mizrahi, John Varvatos, Lauren Hutton, Bill Cunningham, Valentino, Leonard A. Lauder and Victoria Beckham. Image credit to: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. 

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Queen Mary 2, White Star Service, Staff member serving mini sandwiches (Courtesy of Cunard)

Gail Sackloff OBE, Consultant to the International Fashion Industry: Known as the Queen of Connections, Sackloff has sourced the best of British fashion designers on behalf of American stores Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Marshall Field’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Queen Mary 2, Canyon Ranch Staff, Crew, Beauty Therapists, Hairdressers, Colour technicians, White Star Service.

Queen Mary 2, Canyon Ranch Staff, Crew, Beauty Therapists, Hairdressers, Colour technicians, White Star Service. (Courtesy of Cunard)

She helped launch names such as Jimmy Choo in the USA, aided The Prince of Wales in launching his Duchy Originals organic foods in the USA and organised an art exhibit of HRH The Prince of Wales original watercolours at Saks Fifth Avenue. Today, Sackloff onsults to the International Fashion Industry and has been awarded an OBE for services to Fashion Exports. She was also a Director on The British Fashion Council and Chair of the International Committee on the British Fashion Council.

Queen Mary 2, Britannia Restaurant, Dining, Cuisine, Marble Pillars, Domed ceiling, Tables, Tapestry.

Queen Mary 2, Britannia Restaurant, Dining, Cuisine, Marble Pillars, Domed ceiling, Tables, Tapestry. (Courtesy of Cunard)

As Dame Zandra Rhodes reveals designs from her collections, emerging faces from Storm modelling agency will take to the catwalk during the voyage. Alongside these great fashion authorities, guests will also have the opportunity to meet the designers of the future, as students from the world’s number one postgraduate fashion programme, based in the world’s number one university of art and design, The Royal College of Art, showcase their latest collections on board. Continue reading

Oscar News: Nine More Days To The Big Event

Oscar® Winners Morgan Freeman And John Legend Added As Presenters Along With J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen And Henry Cavill

Dave Grohl Will Give A Special Performance

Oscar® winners Morgan Freeman and John Legend have been added to the list of presenters along with J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Henry Cavill for the 88th Oscars® telecast. Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin also announced a special performance by Dave Grohl for the event, hosted by Chris Rock, airing live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC.88thOscars_Dream_2

The most recent list of presenters marks the return of Baron Cohen, Freeman and Legend. Abrams, Cavill and Grohl take to the Oscar stage for the first time.

Previously announced presenters and performers include Patricia Arquette, Abraham Attah, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Common, Russell Crowe, Benicio del Toro, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Ryan Gosling, Louis Gossett, Jr., Kevin Hart, Quincy Jones, Michael B. Jordan, Lady Gaga, Byung-hun Lee, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Jared Leto, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Simmons, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams and Reese Witherspoon.

Hosts Announced For “THE Oscars® Backstage” On Oscar.Com

A Live Feed of the Director’s Cut to be distributed via ABC News, AOL, Yahoo and Comcast Xfinitytune-in

This year’s “The Oscars® Backstage” on, which is the ultimate second screen experience for fans watching the show, will be hosted by a multi-talented group of TV personalities, including actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones, actress and TV personality Diane Mizota, actor Matt Shively, film critic and entertainment reporter Ben Lyons, and entertainment and sports reporter Chris Connelly. The director’s cut from the best of the live backstage cameras will also be available on, AOL, Comcast Xfinity and Yahoo.

Presented again this year by Samsung,The Oscars® Backstage” allows fans to choose from four channels that will pull from more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the red carpet and backstage at the Dolby Theatre®, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Pre-show channels include: Director’s Cut, Arrivals, Fashion and Red Carpet. During the show, the channels are Director’s Cut (including the popular Thank You cam), Audience, Backstage and Press Rooms.

Jones (“Sleepy Hollow,” “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “MadTV”) and Access Hollywood Live’s #MyStyleFinds Mizota will host “The Director’s Cut” feeds during both the pre-show and awards telecast. Shively (ABC’s “The Real O’Neal’s”) will report from the fan bleachers on the red carpet with The Players’ Tribune Chief Correspondent Ben Lyons reporting from behind-the-scenes. “Good Morning America” and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is returning as the official greeter of The Oscars red carpet, which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.