Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Lancôme’s Thakoon Lipstick video is live on YouTube! The video showcases celebrated designer Thakoon Panichgul and the creation of Pixel Pink, the special lipstick created for his Spring 2008 runway presentation. The video was created by Grant Greenberg, the New York City-based filmmaker who directed last season’s charming Peter Som lipstick video for Lancôme, and features the artwork of painter and experimental filmmaker Jeff Scher.

Pixel Pink is the fourth and final lipstick in the Pout-à-Porter series of shades created exclusively by Lancôme for the runway. It has already sold out in record time on lancome-usa.com, and is currently available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus counters and the five Lancôme boutiques: Manhattan (212.362.4858), The Mall at Short Hills, NJ (973.258.0790), Northpark Mall in Dallas, TX (214.750.9364), Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA (408.244.8334), and Brea Mall in Brea, CA (714.671.0267)

Greenberg is a graduate of the world-renowned filmmaking program at New York University, where his thesis film “Cricket Head” won the Wasserman prize for best graduate film. “Cricket Head” has since screened at festivals around the world, winning prizes at the Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh and Monte Carlo film festivals. His most recent film, “Sick Sex,” which he produced and shot, was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Scher’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum, and has been screened at the Guggenheim Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and at many film festivals around the world, including opening night at the New York Film Festival.

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

THAKOON | Makeup artist Gucci Westman and designer Thakoon Panichgul partnered for the fourth season to create yet another inspired look for Fashion Week.  Gucci wanted makeup that was sweet but tough to complement Thakoon’s extensive color palette of greens, burgundies, yellows and fuchsias and interesting layers and patterns.

Gucci focused on a beautiful wash of color that when seen on the runway blossomed on the models’ faces.  “As a makeup artist, I love the look of artists’ pastels,” says Gucci.  Using a mixture of pink and lilac blushes, Gucci created a soft cheek.  Placement of the color was important as she didn’t want a traditional blush look.  After applying the color higher up than normal, just below the eye, Gucci made sure the blush was not too severe or too low on the face by blending with a foundation brush.

Working her way up to the eyes, Gucci layered and blended deep gray light gray, white and soft purple shadows on the lids.  Gucci curled the lashes and lightly dusted them with powder.  Everything about the look was matte except the lips.  Combining cream blushes and a boysenberry gloss from the Fall 2008 collection, “Maharani Jewels,” Gucci created a mauvey lip stain with a bit of sheen, which perfectly complemented the pale palette of the face.

Look Breakdown | [By Lancome] Chic Cassis and Retro Rouge Color Design Cream blushes, Maharani Jewels Juicy Tubes (Fall 2008), Statuesque and Ciel du Soir Color Design Shadows, Foundation Brush #2

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Lancôme has been kind enough to invite Temptalia and its readers to their Boutique in Short Hills Mall in New Jersey on Friday, February 1st.  You will be able to snag much the anticipated Christopher Kane Juicy Tubes that will not launch officially until mid-March.  This is your chance to feel like a Fashion Week model as you can get catwalk ready with Daniel Martin, Fashion Week and Celebrity Makeup Artist extraordinaire.  Get ready to meet Melissa Walker, author of “Violet on the Runway” as well as the Lancome Backstage Makeup Team and spokesmodel Selena Breed.

WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2008, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
WHERE: Lancôme | The Boutique | 1200 Morris Turnpike Short Hills, NJ 07078

Gift Bags, Mocktails and Cupcakes! Enter to win a luxurious prize!

RSVP: [email protected] (Please include full name, phone number and that you are RSVPing for the New Jersey event, and make sure you tell her you’re a Temptalia reader!)

Be the first to: Get your hands on limited edition Juicy Tubes created by hot London Fashion Designer Christopher Kane. Read Melissa Walker’s newest book “Violet by Design.”  Get the hottest beauty looks for spring, straight from the artists who worked backstage. Receive a complimentary copy of “Violet by Design” and an official Lancôme Backstage t-shirt with any purchase of a limited edition Christopher Kane Juicy Tubes and a Lancôme Mascara.

I really wish I could make it, but unfortunately I will not be able to as I will be flying into NYC that day.  I know we have some New Jersey readers, so I hope a few of you can attend (and of course, tell us all the details!). Have fun dolls!

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Recently, I played with several of the upcoming products available from Lancome’s spring collection, L.U.C.I., which is a gorgeous collction based on luminous, iridescent hues.  I tried out Sunray and Seashell Color Fever Gloss; Desert Pink and Luminous Color Fever Shine; and Ombre Glacee in Morning Pearl.

Check out lip swatches and an in-depth review of the products… Continue reading →

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Who is L.U.C.I.? A better question might be what is L.U.C.I.? It stands for Luminous Colorless Color Intelligence and it’s the latest technology from the Lancome laboratories. Gucci Westman, the celebrated makeup artist and Lancome’s artistic director, was captivated by the beauty of sand, the iridescence of shells and the play of light on water at different beaches around the world and turned to the labs to bring her inspiration to reality. Gucci test-drove some of her new creations at Peter Som’s Spring 2008 show. “I wanted the models’ makeup to look easy and sexy,” says Gucci. “I gave the eyes a bit of a pop with Ombre Glacee for a sultry effect.”

Read about this new technology and all the products coming with it! Continue reading →

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

LANCOME 2007 GIFT SETS ANND PALETTES

Lancome introduces us to a very sleek and classy holiday line called Precious Light. There are two color focus quads featured — Black Tie Affair and The Night is Young ($40.00). You will find their bestselling Juicy Tubes in a gift set with eight miniature sized glosses ($18.50). Enjoy their Shimmer Eye Set with three loose shadows, an eyeshadow brush, and eye makeup remover ($42.50). Love that? Don’t forget their Lip Set ($42.50)! You’ll also enjoy their eye palettes with six eyeshadows in each–they’re putting out two, Diamond Studs and Topez Kisses ($45.00 each). If you need a long lasting lip stain, try their Potion of Love in Ruby Kisses ($18.50). For some pricier items, Lancome introduces “La Collection D’Or”, which includes powder brush adorned with a 24K gold handle ($65.00); a compact (luxuriously designed with Swarovski crystals and gold trimmings) with pressed powder ($100.00); and finally the gift set, exclusive to Neiman Marcus, which features the compact just mentioned, as well as reshapinng and replenishing lipcolour in Red Light ($135.00). Stay tuned for holiday 2007, sure to show up soon on www.lancome-usa.com.