Nip+Fab Make-up 1 Year Anniversary

I can’t believe it’s been a year since we launched Nip+Fab Make-up!

It’s been a great year for us and to celebrate we launched our newest products with an exciting masterclass from celebrity make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic. It was great to celebrate the anniversary with Mario one year on from our launch event with him and I always love the looks he creates!

Nip+Fab S/S Launch Event With Makeup By Mario & Maria Hatzistefanis

Mario used our new products to create a stunning look on mega babe Chiara Sampaio in front of an exclusive audience at The Sanderson Hotel.

Nip+Fab S/S Launch Event With Makeup By Mario & Maria Hatzistefanis

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It was great to see everybody excited about the new products. After the masterclass I had a chance to catch-up and take some selfies with Mario. We met in New York four years ago and I love chatting to him about his own journey to where he is today.

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I have another busy few weeks of travel coming up, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories for all the behind the scenes action!

XMaria

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

Over the past couple of months I have been taking part on the judging panel for the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. This is such an exciting project and I have loved being involved! A couple of weeks ago I also invited the designers to the Rodial office where I met them individually and offered them mentoring advice. I love motivating young entrepreneurs and really enjoyed hearing about the plans they have for their businesses.

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The judging panel are a really inspiring group of people and it was great to catch up with everyone including Caroline Rush, Edward Enninful and the gorgeous Jourdan Dunn.

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Final Judging Day

After taking some pictures we went straight into the designer interviews. Each designer brought in models wearing pieces from their collection and talked us through them, afterwards the judging panel was opened up for questions. I was really impressed at how well all the designers responded to the questions under pressure!

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Final Judging Day

The winner will be announced on 2nd May, keep an eye on my Instagram stories for all the outfits from the announcement party…

XMaria

My Trip to LA…

Last week I escaped the cold UK weather and flew to LA for an exciting few days full of meetings, catching up with friends and speaking at the Create & Cultivate conference. I have been travelling a lot lately and the support from my team and followers inspires me to keep going and pursue every opportunity!

I met up with my friend Brad Goreski whilst in LA, we caught up over lunch at Soho House West Hollywood. It’s always great to see him and hear about what he is getting up to!

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On Thursday evening I travelled to Planet Beauty in Calabasas to hold a book signing for How to be an Overnight Success. I had my make-up done for the event by the gorgeous Joyce Bonelli, I love the work she does and was obsessed with the look she gave me using Rodial’s new icons palette. It was great to meet some of the people who have been inspired by my book and speak to them about pursuing their own dreams.

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On Saturday I spoke at the Create & Cultivate conference. I was in great company as the other speakers included Kim Kardashian, Anine Bing and, speaking on my panel, the stunning Nina Dobrev. Our speaking panel was all about how we made our way in business, our experiences along the way, and advice for the audience. I loved this experience and being able to network with the other women on my panel and hear their stories.

I am back in London and working on some really cool product ideas with my team. Keep an eye on my Instagram so see what’s going on behind the scenes!

XMaria

Project Runway All Stars

I have been so excited to share the news that I would be appearing as a guest mentor on Project Runway All Stars. The episode I feature in aired on Lifetime TV in the US on 1st February and is available on iTunes for US accounts. Rodial are the make-up partner of the whole season and I have always followed the show so this was a really fun and different experience for me!

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At the beginning of the episode I gave each designer an envelope with a product or phrase that related to Rodial’s hero products. Their challenge was to create a high fashion look that celebrated a woman’s inner superhero and come up with a super power for her inspired by their Rodial product.

The designers only had one day to make their outfits so the pressure was on! I visited them in the workroom to see how they were getting on, I love mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs so enjoyed seeing their work and giving my feedback. Seeing their interpretations was also really inspiring, it’s always great to see a fresh perspective on our products.

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Once the designers had finished their outfits they took their models into the Rodial glam room. We discussed their ideas and I helped them select the best Rodial products to create their looks, it was really fun to see everything come together!

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The catwalk was super exciting! Fabio was the winner of the challenge and I LOVED his look. He took the inspiration of ‘Snake’ and created a really innovative outfit. As part of his prize he received a year’s supply of Rodial products – I hope he loves them!

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Next stop LA! Keep an eye on my Instagram stories to see what I am getting up to and for all the outfits!

XMaria

NYFW

My latest trip to New York was THE busiest yet! With back to back meetings, events and taking time to catch up with my US team it was a really inspiring trip and I came back feeling excited and full of new ideas for the year ahead.

Here’s what I got up to…

I was so excited to host the US book launch of How to be an Overnight Success in a Q&A with the gorgeous Alexa Chung. She looked stunning on the night and it was a great way to launch my book in the US. For the event I wore an Alexander Wang jumpsuit with Isabel Marant belt and Balenciaga pumps. Afterwards I hosted an intimate dinner to catch up with some of the people who have helped me along the way to get the book to where it is now.

Alexa Chung Interviews Maria Hatzistefanis for the Launch of How To Be An Overnight Success

I did my first ever America talk show on the Build Series New York, talking about beauty, business and my book. For this appearance I wore a black tailored blazer and trousers from Wardrobe NYC. This was a really different experience for me but I loved it and look forward to doing more appearances in the future.

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It was great to meet mega babe Solange Knowles at the Stuart Weitzman event. We bonded over my love of her Loewe obi belt, she has given me major outfit inspiration! For this look I wore some of my favourite new pieces, leather trousers from Marissa Webb, Off-White belt and A.W.A.K.E top with my new Gabriela Hearst bag.

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I finished off the week by speaking at the Simply NYC conference. I always love sharing my story and encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs in their own journeys.

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I had enough time to meet some of the bloggers and sign their books before heading off to the Christian Siriano show where I wore a Calvin Klein check jacket with a Balenciaga clutch.

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I am back in London for fashion week before heading to LA for another exciting trip! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories for all the behind the scenes action…

XMaria

Wardrobe Icons Shoot

I am so honoured to be featured on the cover of the Wardrobe Icons beauty issue! This is a big moment for me and highlights how far I have come to get where I am today.

I met Petro and Laura a while ago at a dinner and we hit it off immediately. When they asked me to do a shoot for the magazine I was really excited to be involved as I love their aesthetic. This shoot was different to anything that I have done before and a great opportunity to try something new.

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Starting and running a business is not for the faint at heart. The only reason I am where I am today is that I didn’t give up & have a solid team around me who stuck with me through thick and thin & didn’t give up on me either. We have all gone through challenges and successes together. Success is all about sticking with it, whatever it takes.

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On a lighter note it was great to be able to wear some of my favourite Balenciaga and Celine pieces and shoot at home with the team in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. I love the styling of the looks!

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The next month is crazy with fashion weeks and flying out to NYC and LA, this is the most exciting time of the year for me. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram to see what I am wearing!

xMaria

The Fashion Awards 2017

I had an amazing time at the Fashion Awards on Monday evening. I love working with the British Fashion Council and the awards are a great night for connecting with friends, meeting new people and getting major outfit inspiration!

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I walked the red carpet with my favourite designer David Koma who was also sitting on my table. It was hard to pick my favourite outfit to wear from his collection but I LOVE the details on this dress and wore it with a pair of Prada shoes. I wore my hair pulled back with a smokey eye for a polished look that showed off my outfit.

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I had so much fun on the table catching up with my guests. It was great to see fashion icons such as Donatella Versace, Stella McCartney and Naomi Campbell up on stage during the ceremony and I was really happy to see Adwoa Aboah win the Model of the Year award. I loved her outfit!

I also got to meet my fashion inspiration Christine Centenera who looked stunning in her dress!

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Thank you to the BFC for an incredible awards, I can’t wait for the next one! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see what else I am up to in the lead up to Christmas.

XMaria

The secret to Kim Kardashian’s plump pout…

Since working with Kylie Jenner as the brand ambassador of Nip+Fab a few years ago, I’ve always remained close to the Kardashian/Jenner family, continually working with them over the years, so I was super excited to see Kim Kardashian using the Rodial dragon’s blood lip masks over the weekend.

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Kim is looking amazing at the moment; I’m obsessed with her ice blonde hair and forever-flawless makeup, so it was great to see she’s a fan of our dragon’s blood lip masks for the ultimate plump pout prep!

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As one of the newest additions to Rodial’s best-selling dragon’s blood collection, the lip masks hydrate and plump the lips for an effect that lasts 48 hours. I personally use them once a week and I see a 30% increase in lip volume – they’re an essential in my skincare regime.

Shop Kim K’s secret to her perfect pout here

XMaria

The September Issues

Last week I had a shoot with new magazine The September Issues. I am SO excited about this magazine as it is created by, and about, inspiring women. As I talk about in my book this is something I am very passionate about and I am super happy to be involved!

The team let me have a sneak peek at the first issue before we started shooting…

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For my outfit I chose a classic all black look in a Demobaza dress with boots from Alexander Wang – obsessed!

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My glam team were on hand behind the scenes to keep my hair and make-up looking flawless.

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After the shoot it was a busy afternoon catching up with my teams before heading to The September Issues launch party in Soho.

I have another busy week coming up as I head to New York for an exciting event. Don’t forget to check out Instagram stories to see what I am getting up to and what I’m wearing.

XMaria

It’s that time again…NYFW

Outfits deliberated, shoe options sorted and of course, my travel beauty essentials packed, it was time to head back to New York as the most fashionable month of the year kicked off in style with the first fashion week of the season.

Fashion week may seem like the epitome of glamour filled with fashion shows, parties, shopping and VIP dinners, but in-between all of this I am catching up with my US team and fitting in as many meetings as I can!

My fashion week highlights…

Fashion Media Awards

Attended by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian and model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber, the Daily Front Row’s 5th Annual Fashion Media Awards celebrated fashions biggest icons from models, business people, innovators and brands.

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New York is the perfect place to step outside of your fashion comfort zone and experiment with new looks. As you may know, the classic, ‘all black everything’ perfectly describes my signature style, however I was obsessed with this all-over silver sequin dress by Vetements, with its backless detailing. Paired with pink Balenciaga sock boots and a contrasting deep red lip, this look was miles apart from my usual black uniform, and I loved it! Dare I say it…brights are the new black!

Business of Fashion 500 Gala Dinner

Whilst I have learnt to love experimenting with colour, it’s nice to bring it back to classic black and play with textures and silhouettes, which is exactly what I did for the Business of Fashion 500 Gala Dinner. I’m obsessed with this black lace Off White top with shoulder pad detailing, paired with my favourite lace up Saint Laurent heels. I wanted to keep my hair and makeup super simple to compliment this look.Maria Hatzistefanis - Mrs Rodial - Business of Fashion 500 Gala Dinner - New York Fashion week - 2017 - Saint Laurent Heels - Off White top

Christian Siriano Show

A celebration of diversity, the runway at the Christian Siriano show saw a flurry of colour, florals and extreme silhouettes.

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Pairing a basic dress with some statement, must-have accessories, the bright red Louis Vuitton X Supreme satchel bag provided the perfect pop of colour to this otherwise monochrome outfit.

I’m now back in London and ready for another fashion week. I love getting inspired from the catwalks, so keep an eye on my Instagram and Insta stories as I check out what my favourite designers have coming up for the next season…

XMaria