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Philly2Philly's 'Your Colour Pallette' goes Underneath It All


Laini Bianculli's 'Your Colour Pallette'Secret baking recipes are being culled from cupboards, unfolded from the back of dated cookbooks and torn between the pages of time as the 2010 holiday season is in full swing coat style.  


The cookies, cakes and pies that are baking this very minute throughout our Delaware Valley kitchens and bakeries delight all senses.  They especially smell and taste delicious during this special time as they come to life accessorized in colorful holiday themes, shapes, edible sugars, sprinkles and jimmies.


The very best of the holiday is here no matter what tradition you celebrate.  Evoke the spirit of the holiday season and Celebrate-Appreciate-Reflect-Express, in Lainiology, ‘CARE.’  Our grown-up gift list will have CARE written all over it as we search for the perfect present(s) for all who are special in our hearts.  Black Friday, cyber Monday, lunch-time, late-night and weekend shopping will have our hands and feet screaming for, at the very least, an ‘express mani/pedi’ hoping to slip into a much desired cozy pair of UGG’s.  

The gifts have been bought and now we are on a mission to uncover the perfect gift wrap so we can prepare the ultimate gift presentation.  

Holiday hair and makeup is your ornament, the icing on the cake and your personal gift wrap.  It’s no different than the ribbons, bows, garland, wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags and tags that you so anxiously seek for giving gift perfection.  Underneath it all is the unique gift but it is so much more.  It’s your exclamation point and your time to shine while catching up with the lunch bunch at the ‘Gratitude Cafe,’ hosting ‘friendsgiving’ dinner, attending holiday parties and religious services or just spending quality time with family and friends.  

Remove the reserve, step out of your comfort zone and into your platform peep toe pumps while styling your hair for the holidays.  This is the perfect time to go for a different look.  “If your every day hair is worn straight, choose a style with cascading soft loose curls or if your hair is curly, why not experiment with a more fluid straight style,” suggests Christina Kaliamouris, Senior Stylist at Rizzieri Salon located in Washington Township, NJ.  Christina also advises that her “personal favorite and one that is often requested this time of year is the trendy ‘messy’ bun.  It’s easy and fun to style and is very fashion forward.  You can even spice it up by adding some braids.”  

For photo primed hair, finish your new look with a much loved Catwalk product of YOUR COLOUR PALETTE, MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Spray.  Your hair will hold brilliant shine and smell magically delicious with just a spritz.  MoroccanOil products are highly recommended especially if your hair tends to be on the thick/coarse or dry/damaged side.  Infused with Argan Oil (“oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, endemic to Morocco, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties”), its conditioning properties are unsurpassed “rich in vitamins and natural elements that fortify the hair.”  These products do not contain animal ingredients nor are they animal tested!

Holiday makeup is more exaggerated than mainstream and it should be.  Buckle up your ankle boots and get ready for picture perfect/camera ready high performance.  The eyes have it for the holiday season in stunning palettes of sultry and smoky or shimmer and sheen.  It’s your moment to sparkle so sharpen your ‘glitterfabulous’ eyeliner and enjoy your own winter wonderland.    

Highlight the twinkle in your eye and all that glitters is gold with Bare Escentuals Mineral Makeup.  If you haven’t tried this product line, please do not ‘stylecrastinate,’ seek it now!  The incredibly beautiful mineral eye colors and soft-stroke eyeliners (bareMinerals) will give you a ‘crushed glistening crystal’ effect like being surrounded by candlelight.  And the blush, well let’s just sing, g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s.

For intense, dramatic smoky eyes, in Bobbi Brown we trust.  There is no other for what a girl wants when it comes to perfecting the smoky eye like Bobbi Brown.  Bobbi’s eye palettes really do make the perfect gift, for thy self!  For luminous, opulent head-to-toe holiday skin, you may want to gift yourself Bobbi Brown's Limited Edition Shimmer Brick for Body.  You will discover immediately why it is a holiday favorite.  

For downtown chic holiday eyes, try Revlon’s Illuminance Crème Shadow and for no-nonsense ‘lashstanding’ lashes, try their false eyelashes – they are to live for!  A holiday favorite from their collection is the old Hollywood glamour shade of Revlon Red for a flawless mani/pedi.  Revlon is the YOUR COLOUR PALETTE gold standard consistently on the A-list for exceptional quality at a ‘never-bat-an-eyelash’ Sidewalk price.  

The fashion color story for holiday 2010 is all dressed in black, especially velvet, embellished and dripping in gold.  This may be our grand ‘sign’ of economic recovery as we move forward on the runway of life ‘in the black’ into 2011.  

If holiday parties are on your to-do list but your funds are depleted as a result of your gift buying, add your own rendition of vintage-inspired and wear the little black dress or black pants suit that has been patiently hanging around in your closet.  Sequins are all the rage, so if you can splurge for one item, a sequined boyfriend blazer, blouse or handbag would be the perfect keepsake.  Be sure to take this golden opportunity to accessorize wildly with jewelry in bold gold and precious metallics or add a stocking full of shimmer with jeweled scarves, brooches and feathered pins.  Accessorizing with chunky jewelry will create a more formal look without having to spend a small fortune.

 Underneath the mistletoe, the hustle and bustle, the sprinkles, the foiled gift wrap and the gilded gold eye shadow, TIME, may just be the most precious gift we could hope for and receive, for Auld Lang Syne, no gift box or wrapping paper necessary.  

Merry Christmas, happiest of all holidays and happy and healthy New Year!


Laini Bianculli,

Fashion/Beauty Consultant





The Catwalk cosmetic products discussed here can be found on QVC.com as well as their own websites.  Be sure to check out Fall Into Style and Beauty Defined for a tote bag full of YOUR COLOUR PALETTE favorite Catwalk to Sidewalk products and lots of ‘Fashionspiration.’