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Friday, February 28, 2014

Hair: NEW Clarifying Shampoo from OUIDAD


OUIDAD never ceases to amaze me or my curls! Earlier today I received a special package, containing OUIDAD's NEW Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo just for curls! available March 1st! ($18 - 8.5 fl oz.) Sulfate-free, gentle, purifying and perfect for us "curl-gurls" to remove build-up from our hair, without drying it out - a weekly-regimen must-have! I'm known to use Johnson's Baby Shampoo as a clarifying shampoo, as I figured if it's gently enough for a baby... so I can't wait to test this tonight (expect an update right here, once I do.) 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

**100th ARTICLE** My Top Eye Cream Picks

Different sizes and prices, all 0.5 oz
  1. CLINIQUE: All About Eyes ($30 - 0.5 oz)
  2. AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel ($85 - 0.5 oz)
  3. La Prairie Cellular Eye Contour Cream ($135 - 0.5 oz)
  4. Murad Instant Radiance Eye Cream ($68 - 0.5 oz)
  5. CLINIQUE: All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Massage ($28 roller-ball application)
  6. Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream with Clary Sage ($18 - 0.5 oz)
  7. Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment with Daisy Extract ($20 - 0.5)
  8. ERNO LASZLO PHORMULA 3-9 Eye Repair ($175 - 0.5 oz)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Skincare: Pulsaderm Buddy - Only $59

PREVIEW: Travel-Sized Pulsaderm Buddy 

I love my Clarisonic Mia First and then I stumble upon this little gadget: Pulsaderm Buddy, for only $59! Of course you know that means I have to test drive this baby, especially when I see it comes in 6 fun colors: 
Available in: white, black, blue, green, pink & purple 

Skincare: Clear Skin with Clearasil Pads

NEW Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit:
 Which Pad Defines You?

I always thought that Clearasil Pads were harsh, or would irritate my skin, until I saw the new Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Pads. Clearasil now uses new formulas and has a new look! I can't wait to try them out, so I got mine today and took it to the ladies room at work. Truly refreshing and doesn't sting (like I thought it would.) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

VEMMA RENEW: Beauty from Within

RENEW form the INSIDE: VEMMA RENEW Supplement, New Beverage with Silica for Healthy HAIR SKIN & NAILS

We have all seen the supplements for healthy hair, skin and nails, but how about a new beverage, that actually tastes good, supports collagen production and has anti-aging properties? I test drove mine during a VERY HECTIC NYFW (which I'm still writing about) replacing my 5-hour energy drinks! Vemma Renew is refreshing, tastes good (best if served chilled) has only 45 calories and 5 grams of all-natural sweeteners, is an ultra-premium nutritional beverage that provides the essential nutrients needed to maintain overall health and well-being!

White Sands Launches Hair Dryer Bonnet Attachment

Believe it or not, the one hair item that I DON'T own (and it is purely by choice), is a hood dryer. I'm lucky to own a blow dryer (well, actually make that FIVE!) The only reason this Curl~Gurl would need one, would be to heat up hair treatments or use it with my heat activated hair gels, especially during this lovely cold weather. It's not a secret that my arch nemesis is the dryer, as we just don't seem to click. 


Monday, February 24, 2014



Sun safety is a must and now Neutrogena® introduces the new ULTRA SHEER® and BEACH DEFENSE® Sunscreen Sticks, providing superior sun protection for face and body in a convenient, no-mess stick. The stick never feels sticky or greasy and layers on invisibly - great for on-the-go protection through the day.

OUIDAD & NYFW: Making Waves Backstage at TRACY REESE

Curl~Gurl Making Waves with OUIDAD at the 
Tracy Reese Fall 2014 NYFW

OUIDAD herself, creating wild texture for Tracy Reese Fall 2014 NYFW

Sunday, February 23, 2014

NYFW: Trina Turk F/W 2014

Designer Trina Turk and Ev

*All Picture Credits (with exception of makeup/face charts): Evelyn Lugo*
I'm gonna keep 'em coming, more NYFW backstage moments with yours truly. Why? Well for starters, I had tons of invites and each invite was separate and I believe deserves the respect of its very own review. Besides, it gives me a chance to showcase all my fab pics, lol! For Trina Turk & Mr. Turk Fall/Winter 2014, the fashion inspiration was "take a drive on Sunset Blvd through LA from Silverlake to the sea." The multicultural vibe of Los Angeles in jacquards, napped coats, printed failles , finewale corduroy and sweater stitches. Also, you'll see Trina Turk bags (stunning) and Mr. Turk traditional menswear patterns in fresh colorations. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NYFW Backstage Beauty with Red Door Spa


My good friends at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa (massages, facials and manicures are my weaknesses) invited my backstage the first days of NYFW, so that I could see their amazing hair, makeup and nail teams get the models ready for both the Brandon Sun and Angel Sanchez Fall/Winter shows. Here how it went backstage, through MY eyes, as I get IN THERE: behind, over, under - however possible (without disturbing the artists, of course, lol) to get that perfect shot! Good thing for me, that these makeup & hair artists know me by know and have a pretty good tolerance to my antics!

(All photo credits: Evelyn Lugo)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Make-Up: Replacement for DISCONTINUED Chanel Brick


Selena 1971 - 1995

***UPDATED FEBRUARY 26, 2020*** Due to the overwhelming "interest" in the Chanel Brick lipstick (and the messages I have been receiving the past three days since MAC announced a relaunch), is why I have decided to update all my posts containing mention of the Chanel Brick compact, stressing what I have been saying since 2000! This compact is NOT available online or anywhere. I can guarantee you all, that any so-called brick compact purchased after 1997, when it was discontinued, are without a doubt, 100% COUNTERFEIT HOW DO I KNOW? Well for starters, I have met numerous times with Chanel Beauty brand reps, even as recent as this week, and it has been confirmed once again. It's sad that some take advantage of fans, just to make a "quick buck". What those of you purchasing these horrible knock-offs should be more concerned with, is not losing your hard-earned money, but rather what ingredients these amateurs are putting in these palettes, which you then put on your lips. ~Ev (You're welcome!)

I can't count the times I have seen a die-hard Selena fan post on social media how they would LOVE to find a replacement lipstick for the late Selena's favorite CHANEL Brick (long discontinued, over 15 years I believe.) Well after responding on Instagram to many Selena fans that Elizabeth Arden makes the same exact shade AND in the same name, they went nuts: Ceramide Ultra Lipstick $22.50 in "Brick" (a light, golden brown.) **NOTE: I purchased my Chanel brick years ago, guard it well, so no, it is not for sale.**

Me, wearing Elizabeth Arden BRICK

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


4TH ANNUAL DESIGN SERIES: Charlotte Ronson for
Vogue Eyewear available at Sunglass Hut & LensCrafters
It's no secret that I love eyewear, they're my ultimate "facial fashion accessory!" By now I have over 20 pairs of Rx opticals and even more sunglasses, which I change depending on my mood or outfit. On January 22nd, I attended the 4th annual Design Series for Vogue Eyewear at Gramercy Park Terrace, with participating designer Charlotte Ronson! Inspired By Global Brand Ambassador Eva Mendes. The collection is already available exclusively at LensCrafters and Sunglass Hut!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Stila Cosmetics: Betsey Johnson, Nanette Lepore, Skingraft, Rebecca Minkoff, Trina Turk, Wildfox


Here are not just one, but six more "get the looks" from Stila Cosmetics created at the NYFW 2014 Fall/Winter Shows. I previously showed you Stila's look from Alice + Olivia, <-- click link to see it again. All make-up looks were created by  Sarah Lucero, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry of Stila CosmeticsAlso, be sure to see the designers inspiration for each show below the make-up looks! 

SKINCARE: MD Complete - available today at Target.com

MD COMPLETE: Anti-Aging Cleanser, Dark Spot Remover, Sun Shield & Pro-Peel

A new anti-aging skincare line from internationally renowned dermatologist Brian Zelickson - a Mayo Clinic graduate and director of the acclaimed Zel Skin Clinic in Edina, Minnesota - is here! MD Complete features an anti-aging line backed up by nearly 20 years of clinical research. The products rely on clinically effective levels of professional ingredients for better, faster results—the kind you’d expect from a Dermatologist office, yet at a third of the price of a professional skincare protocol.

NYFW Recap: Fall/Winter 2014 ALON LIVNE

Backstage ALON LIVNE F/W 2014: Per-fékt Beauty, 
CATWALK by TIGI & China Glaze

Your Curl~Gurl is busy compiling the BEST from last weeks EPIC NYFW. Nothing beats being backstage, chatting with models and even the designer. In true Evelyn form, I took HUNDREDS of pictures from hair, beauty, nails and of course: FIRST LOOKS! Lets take a look: 

Alon Livne Make-Up Chart

Saturday, February 15, 2014

NYFW RECAP 2 "Get the Looks": Delpozo & Monique Lhuillier

New York Fashion Week - Delpozo Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Hair Design by Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil® Artistic Director

DELPOZO Fall/Winter 2014
As promised, I'll be sharing not just my person NYFW backstage AND runway show pictures and recaps, but those shared by the hair and makeup brands as well. So glad that my pals at Moroccanoil  sent this amazing get the look, for me to share with all of you. Here's how you can get the same NYFW hair looks from from DELPOZO and MONIQUE LHUILLIER at home:

Friday, February 14, 2014

V-Day How-to Make-Up: Elizabeth Arden & GLOBAL MUA Rebecca Restrepo

Go from Soft & Sultry - with a hint of DRAMA

Dolls, if you're still not sure what make-up look to go with tonight, whether you're with your man or going out with your dolls, Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo says to go for "A soft sultry look with a hint of drama." With a smoldering smoky eye and Valentine red on your lips, you'll look sweet, yet daring enough to take on anything the night may bring.  

Get The Look with the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Collection: 

Happy Valentines Day from EvCurlGurl!!


Much love and hugs to all my adored, loves, readers, and supportive followers! I never disappoint, so rest assured that you will start to see ALL MY FAB NYFW reviews with TONS of pictures. 

Last Minute Valentines Day Gift Ideas

V-Day Gifts for Him (and you): Hermes, Versace, Van Der Hagen, Healing Waters Salt Soak, Voluspa Candle

Between NYFW wrapping up, lots of running around and events, I ALMOST forgot about Valentines Day! No worries, as V-day should be everyday and you shouldn't wait until February 14 to show your feelings.It also doesn't hurt to help to play CUPID to my romantically-challenged Dolls. 

Here are a few items hat made my last minute gift list for him and me (you'll see in a bit:) 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Giveaway ROUND 2: Rowenta Straight Express Iron


Okay doll, as promised I am giving away another Rowenta Straight Express Iron (from my own stash) and the timing couldn't have been more perfect as I just wrapped up 40 NY Fashion Week shows! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


How-to make up: Stila for Alice + Olivia

NYFW is almost nearing its end and despite all the fabulous invites I received (near 40), I was unable to split myself in two (sometimes four) and be everywhere at once! While I catch my breath (2 more shows to go today) from pounding the pavement and start pounding the keyboard, my pals at Stila hooked up the make-up look. Check it out:

~Evelyn Lugo

Sunday, February 9, 2014


ALEXANDER WANG Fall/Winter 2014

Saying that "Fashion Week is in FULL SWING" is truly an understatement! Unless you've been living under a rock (and if you are, my apologies, lol) you've probably noticed that glitz and glam of Models, Designers, Writers, Bloggers, Editors and Photographers RUSHING and scattered all over NYC. Until my recaps go live, check out my InstaGram for up to the minute pics of my head-spinning MBFW events! I took off an entire week from work and I don't think I've gotten a full 10 hours of sleep since Thursday. Only day 4, but man oh MAN has this been a blissful ride: 12 shows so far, with many more before Fashion Week ends. 

Guido and Ev

Saturday, February 8, 2014

NY Fashion Week Madness...

....Running All Over The City - Be Back Soon

Hi Dolls, sorry for not posting BUT I have tons of NYFW / MBFW shows to cover (backstage, first looks, make-up & nail artists, hair stylists, interviews, etc.) some days 5 events back-2-back - that I don't know whether I'm coming or going! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

KEEP CALM: NY Fashion Week FW2014 has ARRIVED!

NYFW FW2014 Tadashi Shoji
Makeup: M.A.C, Hair: Cutler Salon, Nails: Butter London

NY Fashion Week has FINALLY arrived! I was out since 10:00am, running around the city from show-to-show, catching all the backstage bliss my little heart (and tired feet) allowed. This Curl~Gurl will take you on a crazy ride all week - firing on all cylinders. So buckle your seat belts and hold on tight for the BACKSTAGE BLISS, FIRST LOOKS, HAIR/NAILS/MAKEUP of NYFW! *ALL PICTURES WERE TAKEN BY ME, EVELYN LUGO - Copyright!*

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Beauty Brand Balanced Guru - Donates 100% Profits to Save the Amazon

Balanced Guru's SEVA AMAZON: Body Care Products
Donate 100% of Profits to Save the Amazon Rainforest
Reviews like these truly warm my heart. It's an honor to spread the word about do-good beauty products. Here are products that are not only good for you, but do good in return by giving back! Balanced Guru's NEW Seva Amazon Rainforest Body Balm, Body Scrub and Body Oil. With 100% of the profits going towards saving the Amazon Rainforest, Balanced Guru is changing the norm for how beauty brands are giving back. Balanced Guru is honored to announce the launch of their Giving Back Program, customized limited edition product collections designed for non-profit organizations to sell and fund their causes. 

*GIVEAWAY* Valentine's Day Must-Have from Vaseline

Kissably Soft Rosy Lips on V-Day with Vaseline
$2.29 SRP at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide
Vaseline wants to ensure that your lips are kissably soft, for Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, Vaseline is spreading the love by offering the chance to win a box of MarieBelle chocolates and a jar of Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips! Vaseline is here to help perfect your pout with Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips – a sheer tinted lip product that adds deep moisturization to your lip care routine!

Love a rosy tint on my lips! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Made with USDA Certified Organic Seaweed

There's nothing more upsetting than getting a pimple right before an important event, meeting or just in general! I rarely break out, so when I do it's nerve wrecking. I had originally gotten OSEA Blemish Balm ($42 2oz.) for my teen daughter, but ended up needed it myself. Night before a huge meeting, a zit popped up on my cheek and I felt it growing by the minute.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Superbowl XLVIII Makeup & Nails

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos:
I'm rooting for....

....the commercials, duh (hello, marketing freak!?!) That doesn't mean that I can't get into the spirit while enjoying all the food and rock makeup and nail looks for BOTH teams. Remember, when doing your makeup for sporting events, or holidays (i.e., St. Patty's Day) I say "GO HARD OR GO HOME!" Clearly this look is NSFW (Not Safe For Work) and meant to pop, stand out - MAKE A STATEMENT! I enlisted the help of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar: Stained Gloss ($18), Creme Colour Concentrates ($20 each) and MAC Cosmetics Brushes, for my conflicted Superbowl make-up look. 

*Giveaway* Hot Designs: New Nail Art Pens Launching NATIONWIDE + "The Nailies" Facebook Sweeps!

Hot Designs 2-in-1 Brush & Nail Art Pen

**UPDATE: 4-week Facebook sweepstakes began on January 27. In "The Nailies Sweepstakes", Entrants to the contest must upload their photos by February 9th and the grand prize winner will be announced on the 18th! Upload a picture of your best nails for a chance to win a package of Hot Designs daily, and vie for a chance at the grand prize of a $1,000 American Express gift card!**

Just like Hot Designs Nails on Facebook for your chance to win and follow the hashtag: #HOTnotd

Who doesn't love nail art, especially when it so simple even your kid (who should stay away from my beloved nail polish collection) can do? I have a little buddy all the way in Florida by the name of Jaylene (not my daughter, but a great FB buddy & fan) who would just LOVE this! Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens will launched February in retail stores like Walmart across the country. This is the latest product addition to the “Hot” family, including Hot Buns and Hot Huez.
 2 colors in 1: Brush for polish and Tip for drawing

CureDiva Valentines Day Products: Breast Cancer

Love is Always in Style: 
Breast Cancer Products to Feel Sexy

Last year in October, I had the pleasure of attending the media launch of CureDiva.com with Giuliana Rancic and co-founders and creators Ester Gofer and Efrat Roman. Their motto, “stylish living through breast cancer”, CureDiva.com was designed to help women battling breast cancer feel like DIVAS. The first online solutions site for women coping with Breast Cancer, with an array of products safe for breast cancer patients that will help them feel both sexy and beautiful. Directing you from the moment you're diagnosed, through treatment, to shopping for supplies to help you cope (wigs, bras, padding, accessories, etc.) depending on the stage in your "journey." You can find answers to all your questions on this amazing site! 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

*NEW* L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Ultra Soft Creams

L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Creams: 
Zesty Lime, Rose Heart and Vanilla Bouquet

Last month, L'OCCITANE launched three soft Shea Butter Creams (3.5 oz., $24 each), perfect for shielding your skin from this harsh winter weather. Available in: Zesty Lime, Rose Heart and Vanilla Bouquet and packaged in a colorful tin that add a splash of color, to help beat the winter blues!