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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How To: Find the Right Makeup for Olive Skin

If you have olive skin, you already know that finding the right makeup for your tone can be somewhat of a mission!

Luckily, The Road Tested's Natalie was able to recruit some help from our pal Erika Katz, style expert and author of Bonding Over Beauty.

Check out Katz getting to work on Natalie's olive skin in the vid above.


-C & N

Monday, April 9, 2012

Win Ralph Lauren's new line of women's fragrances!

Ralph Lauren has launched a vibrant new line of women's fragrances - and we're giving away an exclusive set to one lucky reader!

The Big Pony Collection for Women features four unique fragrances - sporty, sensual, free spirited and stylish - and choosing the right one for you is simple (and awesome) on this gorgeously filmed Life in Color Quiz, featuring exclusive samples of OneRepublic's new single "Life in Color"!

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Good luck!

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Road Tested NYFW Fall 2012 Recap

As most of you fashion-forward lads and lasses know, New York Fashion Week was in full swing last week, with your fearless TRT ladies braving tents, heel-busting stilettos (albeit with multiple "flat"breaks as evidenced below) and far too many Truffle-adorned Chicken Meatballs (we're looking at you, Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge) to count.
We had an incredible time, as always, catching up with new and old friends like the NY Daily News own, David Yi and the breathtaking, Marian Kihogo, a London-based stylist you MUST keep your pretty peepers peeled for, as she's a star (below.)
And yes, in between socializing and sipping Veuve, we DID actually manage to take in a few shows.  Let's get to that now, shall we?
Here are a few of our favorites, starting with everyone's prepster go-to, Lacoste. There were requisite slope-inspired jumper dresses, wedge calf-length boots, loads of NAVY (with a dollop of cream) and centerpieces filled with fan-blown "snow" made of feathers.  It was so much fun, we didn't even mind the hundreds of "snowflakes" dotting our requisite NYC black blazers on the way out...
Mara Hoffman was an urban Bohemian dream.  We couldn't get enough of the updated prints, flowing dresses, blown-out frizzy do's and jeweled hair pieces that reminded us of the Empress in The Never Ending Story.  What we could get enough of were the seemingly unnecessary scarves underneath wide-brimmed hats.  Not exactly "Proper Attire"(who, FYI, sponsored the night with couture condoms in the gift bags.)  That said, a pleasant run-in with People's Revolution's Kelly Cutrone, plus being seated a few bottoms down from the beautiful Nigel Barker, was the best retribution we could have asked for.  "What weird head scarves?" we ask.
The scene at Jill Stuart was sophisticated and pretty, as usual.  Celeb attendees Olivia Palermo and Nikki Reed seemed to agree.  We watched models backstage get last minute dabs of foundation on hands before hitting the runway with loose hair and lady-like makeup.  One standout TRT approved trend?  Classic leather in Aubergine.  So. Chic.
Quick stop behind the scenes at Charlotte Ronson (above), where models wore Charlotte's own bright red lip color.   Hot and saucy. 
Monique Lhuillier.  Glossy runway, glossy dresses.  We fell for the leather driving gloves, small trains, fiery red leather detail and structured gowns.  If only we had somewhere to wear such gorgeous frocks.  Someone take us out to the ball, not the ballgame, please?  Maybe Monique-fan, Camila Alves will let us tag along with her to a soiree next time Matthew's out of town... 
And last--but never, ever least--the bold, bright color explosion at Elie Tahari.  Adorable color-blocked capes popping in shades from electric blue to fuchsia, matching fur accents and exotic champagne-sipping models made for the most fun we've ever had at a presentation...and with guest ranging from Catherine Malandrino to The Glamourai, we were in excellent company.  This was one Fall 2012 Collection brimming with pieces we want in our closets.
The icing on the NYFW cake are the suites.  Glorious, glorious suites.  Our picks:  Lia Sophia (above, wearing the incredible new Electra necklace from the Zingara Red Carpet Collection) at The Empire Hotel, The Daily Style Sessions (hosted with our friends from Essie and Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty) and a secret last minute suite where we snagged loads of incredible new tights from Pretty Polly and House of Holland (find some of your own at  

See you in September, Lincoln Center.  We'll miss you.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

REVIEW: Can a gloss boost lip fullness during a full day of baking?

Product:  ANASTASIA HYDRAFULL GLOSS in "Barely" ($21)


Location:  NEW YORK. 9/27/11

Tested by Chondra

"We're not painting the roses red...just glossy and pink."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY Chocolate Cake Mask.

We're craving sweets today, but with NY Fashion Week looming, we're been avoiding treats like the plague.  This mask is all the chocolatey-goodness without that whole "moving up a pant size" thing.