Beauty Community: Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

As many of you know, I’m currently in New York City for Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week and I’m super excited about showing the new Gretchen Christine Pink and 2013 collection tonight! Thanks again to Style 360 in Collaboration with Elle Magazine for the support. It’s so great to be a part of such a huge and relevant week in Fashion.

So, in honor of being at New York Fashion Week, here are five great new trends I’ve spotted for this Fall.

This season, don’t be afraid to shine, daytime and night. I love this trend – it’s so bold! From glittery slippers from Enzo Angiolini to sparkly clutches from Judith Lieber, to huge crystal necklaces that will make you stand out, you’ll find plenty of fun and sophisticated apparel and accessories with shimmer and glimmer.

The lace look is big this season, and you’ll see plenty of clothes with the nod to retro femininity. It’s so elegant and sophisticated, and you can find a lot of lace pieces from the designers, including a Valentino lace and cashmere scarf, as well as pretty dresses from Badgley Mischka and Collette Dinnigan.

Denim Jackets
It’s time to dust off your jean jacket! Celebs and trendsetters like Cameron Diaz, Chloë Sevigny, Michelle Williams, and even Pippa Middleton have been spotted layering their denim jackets over feminine looks for an edgy spin.

Inspired by the rock ‘n roll trend that were seen on the runways at Chloe, Beckham, and Cavalli, one of the biggest Fall/Winter 2012 trends will be “leather leggings.” In fact, it’s pretty much a staple for the Fall wardrobe. In addition to leather, I’ve spotted a huge selection of printed leggings, including python and other big prints. Hot!

Last but not least, the leather jacket will also be one of your signature pieces this autumn. Yes, traditional black is a mainstay, but you may want to invest in a colored leather jacket. Perfect for a night out, or even to toss around on a cool day, a biker jacket in a hot hue has a really edgy appeal.

What are you favorite trends for this season?

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

Beauty Community: A Natural Make-Up Look

It’s fun to get glammed up and photo “ready,” but since I feel like I’m always either at an event or shooting for the show, I cherish those days when I can be less dramatic and not in full-on makeup. Plus, I love a clean, fresh look – there’s something to be said about a natural beauty!

So, here’s how I try to get a natural look:

First, I apply concealer on any spots or if I have dark undereye circles. Remember, it’s important to make sure your concealer is a tone that matches your skin color or is a shade lighter.

Next, I use a moisturizing foundation that blends in well with my skin tone. I find a tinted moisturizer is best since it provides lighter coverage and doesn’t apply too heavily so your face looks “caked-on.”
Third, applying powder helps reduce shine. It’s only necessary to apply a small amount (usually on the T-zone). I think my GC Loose Micro-Fine powders are the perfect tool to add a radiant glow to your skin, and diffuse fine lines and wrinkles!

Blush is a great tool to give you a healthy glow. Obviously, don’t use too much – you don’t want to look like a clown. I apply just enough color, usually in a warm pink or peachy tone, to give me a fresh look.

For eye shadow, I like to stick to light browns and pinks to achieve a subtle look. Once you start adding vibrant blues and greens, it stops looking natural.

Finally, it’s best to keep lips natural with a tinted lip gloss or lip balm. I think the GC Glossy Lips in “Perfect Fit” or “Newport” are really natural shades.

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine
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Beauty Community Tip of the Week: BB Cream the Miracle Product

Thanks to one of my fans who suggested that BB Cream is one of her makeup essentials, I wanted to do some research to find out more about it! Apparently, BB Cream, which stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm Cream, is one of Asia’s hottest beauty products, and is quickly becoming a must-have skin product worldwide.

The formula is based on a product developed by a German derm, and due to the cream’s skin-regenerating properties, dermatologists have traditionally recommended its use for soothing skin and healing scars caused by laser skin surgery. But when a famous South Korean actress credited BB Cream for her flawless complexion in 2005, the BB craze started spreading like wildfire, going to Japan, China, South East Asia, and now Europe and the USA.

Why? Because not only does it soothe skin, but BB Cream solves a bunch of multiple skin issues, is perfect for all skin types, and has the advantages of both skin care and makeup combining ingredients with moisturizer, primer, foundation, and SPF to improve the skin’s condition and evens out the skin tone while providing coverage for dark spots and other blemishes.

It produces a very natural “no makeup look” but provides coverage like a foundation or tinted moisturizer. Since it is not as thick as foundation, it does not clog pores so it’s great for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin. Plus, some variations contain anti-wrinkle and skin-lightening benefits.

It sounds like an all-around miracle cream, right? I can’t wait to get my hands on some!

Who has tried it and which brand(s) do you like best?

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

Beauty Community Tip of the Week: 8 Essential Items for Every Makeup Bag

Makeup is essential to accentuating and highlighting our best features. That’s why one of a woman’s most important accessories is her makeup bag! In fact, I think it’s so important to always keep makeup close at hand that my GCC handbags are actually designed with interior pockets just to keep your cosmetics handy and organized within your purse!

Makeup helps me look my best and fresh-faced throughout the day and night. But, as we know, sometimes, that little makeup bag doesn’t always stay so little, especially when we start stuffing it with more products than what is truly essential.

So, here are what I believe are the true cosmetic essentials. Of course, it’s slightly different for everyone, but here are my go-to basics that I don’t want to be without.

GC Curling Lash Mascara, $13

Experts say that if you have to pick only one cosmetic item, most women either choose lipstick or mascara. For me, that’s mascara! Nothing opens up my eyes like mascara – it makes me look wide awake and vibrant. I think our GCB lash glamour mascara is great – it has a wand and our specifically designed formula for curling lashes and adding rich vibrant color.

GC Flawless Finish Concealer, $12.50
Nobody's perfect, but nobody has to know that! Concealer is an absolute must tool (or trick). It can smooth away and hide “less than perfect” problems. I like our GCB Perfect Finish concealer because it has a smooth formula that will cover dark circles, hide fine lines and other flaws to give you an even skin tone. Plus, the wand makes application easy and precise.

Cosmetic Brushes, $11.99
There’s a different brush for just about every time of makeup: blush, eye shadow, lip brush, eye brow, eye liner, and more! You don’t need to buy every single brush available, but trust me, a good cosmetic brush will make your makeup application just that more precise and professional. M.A.C. and Trish McEvoy carry great brushes, but I really like the EcoTools 5-Piece Brush Set because it has a range of basic makeup brushes and also sells a beginner set with the right brushes to get you started.

Highlighter/Bronzer, $25
I absolutely love our Swirls of Color product. It is a great highlighting/bronzing tool that provides the convenience of a blush/bronzer in one product. The colors are really beautiful and they totally brighten my face with swirls of shimmering color for an instant glow! Brush silky powder on cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin.

GC Single Eyelashes, $10.95
I think everyone should carry a stash of fake lashes to make a dramatic difference! (It’s really handy if you are going out for the evening from a full day straight from work). These re-usable fabulous eyelashes will instantly give you a stunning beautiful look. Each set comes with tweezers and adhesive.

GC Oil Free Pressed Powder, $18

When you’ve been running around all day, it’s important to carry a pressed powder so your face looks fresh and flawless. The GC Oil Free pressed power is a shine-absorbing, oil-free formulation that is great for all skin types. Plus, it’s a great blotting powder since its natural matte finish leaves your skin looking even and flawless.

Moisturizer with Sunscreen, $11.99
It’s very important to find a really great moisturizer as well - one that is light but super rich in antioxidants. I actually have one custom made for my skin type from my facialist. It’s not too expensive and it’s worth it because she makes it specifically for my skin type! If you can’t get one specially made, I have always loved Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer ($15). It evens out skin tone and texture and immediately reflects light to bring out skin's natural radiance. It’s also oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and contains SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen.

GCB Glossy Lip Lip Gloss, $12.50
Last but not least, don’t forget about your lips! GCB Glossy Lips give you rich, sexy lips, and that’s what Gretchen Christine is all about! Sparkling pearls precisely blended into a velvety lip gloss to give your lips an extra luscious boost of shine. The built-in brush on applicator is easy to use for flawless, sensational lips.

What is your must-have in your makeup bag?

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

Beauty Community: Beware of Beauty Blunders

Let’s be honest, we all want to look our best (all the time!), and in most cases, makeup helps us look even more beautiful. However, there are some instances when makeup will actually do the exact opposite (yikes!). So, here are a few hints about four makeup blunders to be aware of.

Well-groomed brows frame and define the face and help highlight your eyes and your cheekbones. But if they’re wrong, you could end up looking mad, sad, or crazy! First, avoid over-tweezing - it’s a big no no. To avoid this, make sure you tweeze and create the perfect arch, by using a brow "how-to" kit, and by filling out any empty spaces with a brow shadow (like my Gretchen Christine Brow Quad). If you can’t do it yourself, I highly recommend going to a professional waxer, threader, or brow specialist for regular grooming sessions. Brow specialists can really help shape your brows perfectly, and help you manage re-growth.


Blush is used as a contouring tool (to show off your chiseled cheekbones), but be careful, because if it's over-applied, it can make you look like a downright clown! For a perfect look, apply a slight pop of color on the apples of the cheeks, and then blend away any hard lines. If your blush is too bright, dab back over it with the make-up sponge you used to apply your foundation or layer a neutral blush shade over it.

Concealer is supposed to do exactly that – conceal. But if it’s used incorrectly, it will do the opposite and will actually draw attention to what you’re trying to hide (i.e., raccoon eyes, wrinkles, or zits), especially if your concealer is too heavy or cakey. Professionals recommend using one shade lighter than your foundation. Apply concealer sparingly and use the ring finger to pat it in so it will melt into your skin seamlessly and hide away any flaws.

We all love to have full lips, but if your lip liner is too harsh, and clearly drawn outside your natural lip line, it can look really silly. Make sure you soften your lip liner look with a little lip balm and blending it inward (or use a lip brush to help smooth the line). Also, if your lipstick color is too dark, blot it with a tissue as many times as necessary to tone it down then add lip balm, or a light gloss so your lips aren’t dried out. I like my GC Glossy Lips in Forever – it’s the perfect staple in any makeup bag.

I know a lot of you out there are beauty experts and I love hearing from my fans! Leave a comment if you have any additional beauty blunder tips!

xoxoxo Gretchen Christine

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