Archives for May 18, 2013

Zoe Saldana “Star Trek Into Darkness” Los Angeles Premiere May 14, 2013 Look by Vera Steimberg for Laura Mercier


Makeup artist Vera Steimberg created a “chic, French-inspired” makeup look on actress Zoe Saldana for the “Star Trek Into Darkness” movie premiere in Los Angeles.

LIPS: Deep red lips provided an elegant contrast to the actress’ sheer, nude gown

·         Steimberg applied Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Hollywood ($26) to Saldana’s lips. “As soon as I saw the dress, I knew we had to go with a red lip,” she stated.

EYES: Soft browns and metallic golds balanced bold lips

·         First, Steimberg mixed Laura Mercier Metallic Crème Eye Colour in Gold and Burnished Copper ($23 each) and applied the combination to Saldana’s eyelids and along the bottom of the star’s lash lines.

·         She then lined the inside rims of the eyes using Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Special Brown ($20).

·         Next, she applied Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Earth Glow ($24) under Saldana’s eyes, close to her lashes.

·         For added definition, Steimberg applied a combination of Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour inCoffee Ground and Truffle ($23 each) to the outer corners of Saldana’s eyes.

·         She added the final touch of glamour by applying multiple coats of Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara in Black ($24) to the actress’ top and bottom lashes.

FLAWLESS FACE: Illuminated, flawless skin

·         Steimberg covered minor imperfections using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-6 ($30). 

·         Next, she lightly dusted Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight ($32) over the star’s face to create a natural glow.

·         Lastly, Steimberg applied Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Blaze ($24) to the apples of Saldana’s cheeks to create a natural flush of colour.

Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis and found at Sylvan Dell Publishing


When you need a place to call home…

Just as tiny kittens and puppies grow into bigger cats and dogs, wild animal babies grow into adults too. These full-grown animals may no longer be cute and cuddly. Their wild instincts may kick in. They can become very large, even dangerous. What happens to these exotic pets when owners realize they can no longer care for them but they can’t be returned to the wild? And what about big predators that get hurt or sick? This photographic journal takes readers “behind the scenes” at five nonprofit sanctuaries and rescue zoos, and one care farm, that have opened their doors and their hearts to desperate animals in need.

My son and I received Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries from our friends at Sylvan Dell Publishing and we really loved learning about what happens to the animals that could not be returned to the wild. Very educational and interesting book that would be great for all ages! We also enjoyed the section at the end of the book “For Creative Minds.” It includes Domestic pet, Exotic Animal or Farm Animal?, Animal Enrichment activities and Behind the Scenes at animal sanctuaries. The hardcover (32 pages) retails for $17.95 and the paperback (32 pages) for $9.95. Also available in ebook downloads in English and Spanish for $9.95. For more information, check out Sylvan Dell Publishing.

Well executed plot, excellent visuals, unique music and a brilliant cast and crew KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,


From one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald, comes this latest filmed version of his book, “The Great Gatsby” by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, the director of “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge.” Known for his lavish productions, he delivers no less than that in this new treatment of this classic book. Fifteen-year-old Raven D., whose review follow, gushes over the production and the acting. Be aware that it is rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language.

The Great Gatsby
Reviewed by Raven D. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15