___oOo___EVENT Planning___oOo___LUXURY eStore___oOo___TRAVEL Agency___oOo___

Archive for MelissaKincaid

Facing Fall’s Primary Makeup Trends via [OceanDrive and ImageAmplified]


icon blurbs

Like this at Facebook Be the first in your friends to like it

OPULUXE Lounge GroovesPlayList

Facing Fall

Bold eyes, bare skin and matte lips—the season’s new looks are anything but ordinary

By Anne-Marie Guarnieri

Created for the Derek Lam Fall runway 

For its New York Fashion Week debut, Estée Lauder tapped the veteran makeup artist to create the look for Lam. Pecheux, whose handiwork has graced multiple Vogue covers and campaigns for luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, was appointed creative makeup director for Estée Lauder in 2009; for Lam’s show, he created a smoky blue eye and beige lip that translated into his premiere Fall collection for Lauder, called Blue Dahlia.

Pure Color gloss in Twilight Petal ($20) and Pure Color Five Color eye shadow palette in Blue Dahlia ($40), Estée Lauder. Macy’s, 1675 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach; macys.com

Created for the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall runway

“Disco-punk” is how the designer described the edgy-eye and matte-lip look that Butler created for his show. Applying multiple layers of color to perfect the rock ’n’ roll vibe, Butler used brown-black shadow and plenty of liner, while keeping the skin essentially bare with just a hint of honey-pink on the cheeks. But what really made this face modern was the matte lip: not too dry, not too creamy—just a perfectly neutral, shine-free pout.

Douceur blush ($26), Pure Matte lipstick in Bangkok ($25) and Coconut Grove eye shadow ($23), Nars. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.; neimanmarcus.com

Created for the Jason Wu Fall runway

Pieroni created a “boyish but not masculine” look to complement Wu’s collection, elements of which were inspired by the film The Piano and colors found on furniture in Wu’s studio. Eyes were a silvery gray that reflected the light in a way that looked more ethereal than straight-ahead metallic. She kept the skin cool with a slight glow, applying concealer only where needed and highlighter on cheekbones. Lips were soft and nude—an effect achieved by using just a tiny bit of balm, patted in to give a matte finish.

Platinum Pigment ($19.50), Lip Conditioner SPF 15 ($14.50) and Opulash mascara ($14), MAC Pro. 1107 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; maccosmetics.com

Photographs by david lewis taylor (mac still); michelle bateman (gloss smear); morgan eastlack (nars shadow)

ALLURE MAGAZINE: Cameron Russell in “Ripe Plum” by Michael Thompson

ALLURE MAGAZINE Cameron Russel in Ripe Plum by Michael Thompson. November 2010, www.imageamplified.com, Image Amplified (2)

Ma: Allure
Mo: Cameron Russell
Ph: Michael Thompson
ALLURE MAGAZINE Cameron Russel in Ripe Plum by Michael Thompson. November 2010, www.imageamplified.com, Image Amplified (1) ALLURE MAGAZINE Cameron Russel in Ripe Plum by Michael Thompson. November 2010, www.imageamplified.com, Image Amplified (3)
ALLURE MAGAZINE Cameron Russel in Ripe Plum by Michael Thompson. November 2010, www.imageamplified.com, Image Amplified (4)

OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

The BIG Turn-On: The Complex Science Behind Sexual Attraction via [psychologytoday]


icon blurbs

Like this at Facebook Be the first in your friends to like it


Fast Forces of Attraction

Attraction is a symphony in which many different instruments—wit, voice, charisma, class, and body language—play a part.

By PT Staff

When you’re attracted to someone, your whole body switches on. It’s like hearing the first bars of your favorite song. And though it might feel like magic, it isn’t random. It’s just too complex for us to discern the harmony. Attraction is so subtle that we would trip over our own feet if we were aware of every move. That’s why our brains have set us up to draw instantaneous inferences from tiny nuances of behavior, what psychologists call “thin slices” of judgment. We form first impressions of another’s attractiveness in a tenth of a second, generating a symphonic burst of desire in which everything from voice to wit plays a part.

—Jay Dixit

Smooth Talk

What we listen for in a voice.

The sound of a sexy voice can echo for generations (“Happy Birthday, Mr. President… “). And the dissonance of an ear-blistering cackle can turn away even the most interested suitors (call it the Fran Drescher effect). But between these extremes, how much do we weigh the voice of a potential partner—and what do we listen for when they first open their mouths?

Accents affect our perceptions, as do speed and pitch. We judge fast talkers to be more educated, and those with varied inflection to be more interesting. Men prefer higher voices in women, and women like deeper voices in men (especially when ovulating or looking for a short-term relationship). Pitch correlates only loosely with height, but is closely tied to hormone levels—meaning it’s a good indicator of fertility or dominance, as well as health and attractiveness. “In general, people with attractive voices have attractive faces,” says David Feinberg, a psychologist at McMaster University.

If your voice eclipses your face as your star quality, keep your mouth moving. One study showed that hearing tones that matched men’s or women’s voices made androgynous headshots appear more masculine or feminine. In other words, a sonorous voice can actually enhance your looks.

—Matthew Hutson

In Good Repute

The delicate matter of advance word.

No matter how spectacular your entrance, your reputation got there before you. And it has primed everyone’s reptilian brain to render a high-speed decision on whether you are to be trusted. If the answer is affirmative, that charming chap holding court in the center of the room may be kindly disposed to flash you a smile, let down his guard, and begin the dance of attraction.

But if the amygdala sends up a caution flag—otherwise known as anxiety—you may have to work extra hard to create a positive impression. It may be, finds a team of German and Austrian researchers, that we’re all far more attuned to advance word than to the evidence before our very eyes.

People like people whom others find attractive. You might be inclined to think it’s because socializing with (or sleeping with) the It girl enhances your own status in the crowd. And maybe it does. But a recent study suggests it’s also an effective mating shortcut. Choosing a good partner takes time and energy. When one woman finds a guy attractive, others are likely to flock to him too. Scientists call it “mate-choice copying.” It makes life easier for fish and birds, and it turns out to be the way people operate, too.

—Hara Estroff Marano

Class Action

The allure of shared pedigree.

Most of us are drawn to those who hail from our own side of the tracks, and men and women are marrying within their social class much more than ever.

The outward signs of pedigree have gotten trickier to read, thanks to modern informality in dress and the ubiquity of cheap, high-quality clothing, notes Dalton Conley, a sociologist at NYU. Yet we’re deft at passing style judgments that place people precisely on the socioeconomic spectrum.

We’re attracted to people who look like a class match because we think they’ll validate our own choices and values and share our interests and opinions.

“We all love the story of Pretty Woman, but generally it doesn’t work that way,” says Conley. “How someone does their hair and nails and how they dress is difficult to separate from their innate attractiveness. It’s a package deal.”

—Carlin Flora

The Once Over

Not all flesh is created equal.

Ask five people what they find attractive, and you’ll get a lesson in human variability: girls with ears that stick out; guys with soulful eyes.

But ask 5,000 people and clear patterns emerge. Some traits have universal sex appeal because they’re markers of good genes, health, and fertility: a fit body, clear skin, a symmetrical face with average-sized and -shaped features, and traits that mark sex hormones: Angelina Jolie‘s big lips indicate high estrogen, while George Clooney‘s square jaw signals he’s got testosterone to burn. Women swoon over men with “adult” faces—marked by strong chin and nose—while men like women who look childlike, with smooth skin, small noses, and high cheekbones.

And everything you fear about height and weight is true: A woman’s desirability in a speed dating situation is determined largely by her thinness, while each extra inch of height gives men a 5 percent edge in the number of women interested in dating him.

But we tend to wind up with people of similar stature and girth—meaning short men end up with even shorter women, and people choose partners with similar builds. After all, a warm glance from a charmer who’s within size range is infinitely more alluring than a runway model’s cold shoulder.

—Carlin Flora

In the Mood for Love

State of mind matters, but not in the way you think.

We think of good moods as attractive—the cheerful extrovert with the full smile is more appealing than the moping loner in the corner. But researchers find what matters even more is your own mood.

Your mood affects your perceptions of others, especially in new encounters. Feeling sad, for example, dulls your sensitivity to others’ nonverbal cues, impairing your quick-take judgment and forcing you into a more deliberative, less accurate mode of constructing first impressions.

It does the same in a potential partner. So while you might be your most scintillating self, if the girl you’re closing in on is having a down day, she’s virtually blind to your charms. Which takes us to the heart of attraction. It holds up a flattering mirror to us. We’re attracted to someone when we like the way we look in their eyes. We’re most attracted to those who see us as we want to be seen, who allow us room to stretch—to be, or become, our best self.

—Hara Estroff Marano

The Charm Offensive

When two hearts beat as one.

Charisma is charm in neon lights, a social gift we can’t help but respond to when we see it. A person with charisma—think: Oprah—may bend the light waves in a room, oozing confidence and self-esteem, and we move closer because confidence makes others feel good. A person’s self-esteem guides our instant evaluations: “Hmm, if she likes herself, there must be something there for me to like, too.”

The deep secret of charismatic people, however, may be their ability to create synchrony, to induce you to adjust your bearing, speech rate, even heart rate—through locking eyes, through touch, or simply because you feel a strong rapport. Researchers believe our strongest perceptions of mutual attraction develop in those first encounters where two people have a measurable physiological reaction to one another. It’s not exactly chemistry—it’s more like electricity.

—Hara Estroff Marano

Walking Tall

Confident and friendly movements are key.

Mom was right: Good posture and a genuine smile are crucial elements of attraction. In fact, we register facial expression, hand gestures, and posture even more quickly than looks or style.

Those who look relaxed yet assured are attractive because they put us at ease—perhaps because we interpret others’ movements using mirror neurons in our brains that engender copycat emotions, says John Neffinger, a political consultant who specializes in nonverbal behavior.

“Internally summon up the attitude you’re trying to project,” Neffinger advises. “Think about what you felt like the last time you truly felt confident. Once you’ve recaptured that feeling, you’ll stand tall as you walk into the room.”

And since we’re all suckers for flattery, the easiest way to look good is to look interested. Channel your inner Bill Clinton by using steady eye contact, keeping your palms turned up, nodding, and pointing your feet toward your target.

—Carlin Flora

Playing Hard to Get

When to get your game on.

We’ve all had the experience. You make a connection, you leave a message, and… the other person doesn’t get back to you. You wait, and wonder. Is there something wrong with you? Did they meet someone else? Then, when they finally do call, you’re so relieved you never want to let them go.

“When you don’t seem too available, it makes you mysterious,” says Robert Greene, author of The Art of Seduction. “Anything you do that makes their imagination take flight furthers the seduction process.”

If you’re excited about someone, uncertainty about their interest in you can heighten your attraction to them, explains Paul Eastwick, a psychologist at Northwestern. You have a drive to reduce the uncertainty, which causes you to obsess—which in turn deepens your feelings.

We all want what we can’t have. Someone playing hard to get forces us to invest more, and the more effort we put in, the more we assume it must be worth it.

Playing hard to get works because it increases a person’s perceived value. “It’s simple sexual economics,” explains Peter Jonason, a researcher at New Mexico State University. “You give the impression of lower availability, increasing demand.” But hard-to-get is a dangerous game. We like people who like us back, and if you seem too unattainable, you risk causing the other person to give up. In sum: Stretching out that period of anxious anticipation can be a powerful weapon of courtship. Use with caution.

—Jay Dixit

Woo with Wisecracks

Separating the wit from the chaff.

All it takes is one good joke to break the ice. But while everyone wants a partner with a sense of humor, guys are usually the ones cracking wise. Why? Studies suggest that women think humor-generating men are hot because wit signals intelligence and creativity—but that men value humor appreciation much more because it indicates sexual receptivity.

The prospect of everlasting lopsided banter may not appeal to either sex, but men and women do digest humor differently. Women, the more selective daters, are also more discriminating about jokes. Brain imaging shows they process jokes more deeply and reap a larger reward response from good ones, while rejecting duds without hesitation.

Mirthmaking displays social prowess in addition to brains: knowing what to say, with what timing, in what company. Of course, the joke teller can also use humor for culling contestants: Tell a quirky joke and you’re looking for the person who gets it—and gets you. Humor is serious business: Research shows that humor compatibility promotes marital bliss.

—Matthew Hutson

icon blurbs

OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Key Lime Margarita Pie via [foodnetwork]

Picture of Key Lime Margarita Pie Recipe

Recipe courtesy Jason Parker, Windstar Cruises



  • 1/2 cup pretzels, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoon tequila
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • Few drops green food coloring, optional
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Lime slices


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To make the pretzel crust, combine the crushed pretzels, graham
crackers, sugar, and melted butter. Once the mixture is combined, spread
the mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie tin. Press the mixture in the tin
onto the bottom and the sides to form a firm even crust. Bake for 5
minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Let shell cool until

For the filling, use a large mixing bowl, and combine the sweetened
condensed milk, limeade, tequila, orange liqueur, and food coloring if
desired, until all ingredients are well mixed. In a medium size bowl,
beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into
the lime and tequila mixture. Spoon the filling into the pie shell,
cover and freeze for 4 hours or until firm.

To serve, let pie stand for 10 minutes after coming out of freezer.
Slice pie and garnish with lime slices.

icon blurbs

OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

#1 on The Weary Traveler’s Wishlist is the NEW Dream & Fly. Mini Hotel Pods! via [ifitshipitshere]

Dream & Fly. Mini Hotel Pods For The Weary Traveler.

Barcelona based company Dream & Fly has invented luxury low cost accommodations for busy people in transit who haven’t the time to find a hotel nearby. By creating individual prefabricated micro-hotels (modular pods), complete with a bathroom, a weary traveler can nap or rest in a clean, comfortable, private and even wired space.

The Dream & Fly “bubbles” are modular accommodations intended to be installed within busy airports, sea ports, train stations or other areas in which large concentrations of people are constantly traveling and need a small comfortable private place to sleep or rest.

The modern luxury pods come with a complete bathroom and can be rented by hour. Inspired by the nature of a womb, the pods are meant to shield you from the frenetic pace of places like airports and seaports.

There are three sizes; the Simple Bubble measures 5 meters square, the Single Bubble measures 7 meters square and the Family Bubble is 10 meters square.



A passenger can sleep for a few hours in a comfortable bed which can be either single or double, lie down on the pillows of the reclining headrest and work on a fold-out table with access to the internet. He or she can consult the boarding details of their flight on an LCD monitor on the wall and rest all of their newspapers on a shelf next to the bed, which is totally equipped with stations for mobile phones and mp3 players, with ambient sound and electric sockets.

The passenger can take a shower, in the privacy of their own space, where they can find a sink, toilet and modern shower made of stainless steel, reminiscent of airplane bathrooms.

For the family, the larger pod consists of a space with a sofa that transforms into a bed for a body and a half, a cradle or nappy changing facility for babies, and other comforts which demand more space.

above: the Micro-hotel pods as seen at a trade show

Visit Dream & Fly to learn more.

icon blurbs

OPULUXELtd.com                      LIFESTYLE===}}{{=== DESIGN

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Light Bright: Natural Teeth Whiteners via [womansday and glo]

10 Natural Ways to Get (or Fake) Whiter Teeth

Get a brighter smile with these chemical-free

By Amanda Greene

When it comes to saying “cheese,” do you suddenly find yourself
tight-lipped? Yellow teeth—whether they’re from too much coffee,
smoking or just bad genetics—can feel like a serious beauty setback. But
you’re not alone: There are tons of whitening products on the market
now, from creams to gels to miniature capsules, all devoted to teeth
bleaching. If applying peroxides and other chemicals seems a bit too
harsh, though, don’t worry. There are plenty of other natural ways
to score a gleaming grin. Check out these 10 ideas to help make your
smile appear brighter, au naturel.

Mix It Up

Combine 1/2 tsp baking soda with 1/2 tsp table salt to make a teeth
cleanser, says Dorie Byers, author of Natural Beauty Basics. Add one
drop of breath-freshening peppermint essential oil to the mixture. Wet
your toothbrush, then dip it into the mixture and brush. The
particles in the baking soda polish the surface of your teeth, while a
chemical reaction with the water lightens stains. To avoid damaging
your enamel, don’t use this method more than once a week.

Snack Away

“Snack on saliva-producing foods like apples, pears, strawberries,
celery and carrots,” says Thomas Connelly, DDS, a New York City
cosmetic dentist. The additional saliva they produce helps remove
bacteria from your mouth and whiten your teeth.

In The Clay Mold

According to Byers, kaolin clay delivers a gentle abrasive action to
teeth and can be used as a natural whitening agent.
For breath freshening, a drop of peppermint or clove essential oil
can be added. Dampen your toothbrush and dip it into the mixture, then
brush. To avoid damaging your enamel, don’t use this method more than
once a week.

Drink Up

“Swish water in your mouth for 30 seconds right after eating,” says
Dr. Connelly. “It will help prevent the food you just ate from
staining your teeth.”

Get Milk

Dr. Connelly also recommends
adding a splash of cream or milk to black coffee or tea — it changes
the chemistry of the beverage, which makes it much more difficult for
stains to adhere to the tooth’s surface.

In the Tube

Try a toothpaste that uses all-natural ingredients. Dental hygienist
and manager of Tom’s of Maine’s Oral Care Division Susanne Kuehl
recommends Tom’s of Maine Simply White Toothpaste, which removes
stains with sodium fluoride. Another smart pick — and a favorite of
Dr. Connelly’s — is Miessence Organic Mint Toothpaste. It uses
spearmint and cinnamon to freshen breath.

Go Green

Load up on spinach and other dark green veggies, like broccoli and
kale. These leafy greens contain a mineral compound, which produces a film that covers
teeth and protects against stains

Just Say No

Avoid soda, which contains acids — like phosphoric, citric, malic
and tartaric acids — that can strip your teeth’s enamel. If you have
to indulge once in a while, use a straw. It’ll help keep your teeth

Lipstick Trick

Kuehl recommends this quick trick to fake whiter teeth: Wear a
blue-tinted lipstick; the cool undertones will make teeth gleam in
comparison. We like CoverGirl Wetslicks Amazemint glosses: They were
designed for this very purpose, plus they contain breath-freshening
peppermint oil.