Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Cosmoprof 2011 Day 3

Today was the last day of Cosmoprof! There are so many things to see and do – I can’t imagine being able to see it all in even three days (I know I didn’t!).  There are over 700 exhibitors at the show!

The three nails I painted with Layla’s magnetic polish are still going strong (three days!), though I’ll be taking it off soon, so I can swatch through things properly, and then I’ll be doing a thorough wear test.  I have lots of photos to share with you once I’m back home–so stay tuned!  I tried to snag some photos at the HCT booth (which is a company that does a TON of packaging for major brands like MAC, UD, tokidoki, etc.) but they were all, “NO PHOTOS!”

  • CHINA GLAZE: Expect a LOT of launches from them in the next six months! There are lots of upcoming glitters, cute holiday sets (but all shades will also be available individually!), glow-in-the-dark polish for Halloween, and pastels for spring. (I can’t even think about spring really–that it is eons away still!) For halloween, we have the Haunting launch, then Let It Snow for winter/holiday, Eye Candy (glitters) for winter/holiday, and then Electro Pop for spring (a veritable rainbow of cream colors)
  • DEBORAH LIPPMANN:  Glitter, glitter, glitter for fall!  She’s bringing back glitter, and it sounds like it should be fun.  She said there are going to be several sets that will be exclusive at different retailers and to expect more new shades than they normally put out (but they will return to normal for spring and so on.  All Deborah Lippmann polishes are designed to be two-coaters, but she says she wants people to use it and create the shades and colors they envision.  Her vision is two coats–she said she’s never done a one-coater but maybe one day.  Her glitter shades (the ones suspended in clear bases) are designed to be a splattering of glitter, not necessarily dense and opaque, but she wants you to wear it that way if that’s how you like it!
  • ESSIE: Expect something INTERESTING! things from Essie this year. They’re unexpected and I think totally wanted. There might even be some bling-bling for the holidays… Metallics and glitters, oh my! Essie says they really love the instant feedback they are able to read on blogs, reviews, etc. because it helps them figure out what works and doesn’t. Several ultra-popular shades from the retail line (available at Target and the like) will be making a debut into the salon/professional line.
  • ORLY: Last year, they had Cosmic FX, and next, they’re going to have Mineral FX, which looks promising from the bottles I saw! Each year, the brand will be doing something like that – where the formula is special and a little different from the norm.

 

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Monday, August 1st, 2011

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Cosmoprof 2011 Day 2

I had an appointment with CND to try out their Shellac manicure, and you know me–I couldn’t commit both hands to 14-days of wear (that’s how long Shellac is supposed to wear!).  I did want to try it out, though, and so I asked the lovely Kristina to do something fun and funky on the nails on my right hand.  I wanted every nail to be different to maximize my time at CND, LOL!  I know that when Shellac originally launched, the range of colors was rather classic/traditional, but they will launch several new shades in the fall (including the purple and teal shades I’m wearing above).

So far, I loved the process of Shellac, and if it does indeed wear for a full 14-days (or longer), it’s something I would do if I was a normal (aka, not a beauty blogger) person.  They do a base coat, one to two layers of color coat, and a top coat.  The base coat takes 10 seconds to cure, while the color coats take two minutes.  When you’re done, they’re done.  Kristina said that she often has her first-time Shellac-ers pay her afterward, because she wants them to dig through their purse and see how it’s totally dry.

On the pinky, I have Purple Purple; on the ring finger, I have Hotski to Tchotchke with Zillionaire layered over it (multifaceted flaky glitter); on the middle, I’m still trying to figure that out; on the index, it’s Hot Pop Pink with loose glitter put on over the color coat and sealed with two layers of top coat (totally smooth); and in the thumb, it’s Asphalt that’s been buffed to make it matte and dabs of the top coat for 3D polka dots.

Better and more photos to come!  Check ‘em out here! :) The best part about the 14-day wear is that I can take photos at home under my normal lighting conditions, haha!

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Cosmoprof Day 1

Whew!  Cosmoprof is a huge show – I haven’t even walked the floor yet (hopefully tomorrow!) – but I did see a really cool product:  Layla Nail Polish’s Magneffect, which is a magnetic nail polish that will launch later this year in the states (expected retail price is around $15.50).  The magnetic part is cool, but the coolest part is that you don’t need a base coat or a top coat–it’s SUPER shiny without a top coat–and you really only need one thick coat.  Will post more details later when I’ve been able to test it out!  I spoke on a panel with BellaSugar, DailyMakeover, and Clio Makeup in the morning, and then spent the afternoon in the Beauty Blogger lounge area.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2011


Photo by Vincent Lappartient

Chanel 2011/2012 Cruise Show Beauty – Fall 2011 Sneak Peek

Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Face: Perfection LumiereE Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10 (available October 2011), Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder, Eclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen, and Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer
  • Eyes: Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Prélude (available July 2011), Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ebène, Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Clair, Crayon Sourcils (available July 2011), Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Black, Recourbe Cils de Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler (available August 2011)
  • Cheeks: Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiègle
  • Lips: Soin Tendre Levres Hydrating Lip Treatment
  • Nails: Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige Pétale – on the hands; Le Vernis Nail Colour in Jade Rose – on the feet with Limited Edition Beaute Des Top Coat Velvet (available November 2011)

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010


At the Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011 Ready to Wear show in Milan, Dolce&Gabbana evoked the relaxed elegance of Sicilian sensuality. The collection’s easy glamour was also evident in the palette used on models’ eyes and lips, each taken from Dolce&Gabbana The Make Up.  (Photography by Delphine Achard and Ludovic Belmonte.)

Pat McGrath on Lip Jewels: “The mouth is such a focal point; Stefano, Domenico and I have always believed that drop dead glamour and innermost sensuality comes from an emphasis on the lips,” says Pat McGrath. “So we really worked hard to come up with the shades that were not just our favorites but every woman’s favorites. The three reds we chose are very luscious, shades I’ve worked with time and again on the runway. I’ve played with them a lot-I’ve mixed them together, used them solo-and have come up with very rich passionate looks. And Nude is so perfect for contrast or a really simple natural look… they’re all just gorgeous… overall stunning.”

  • FACE: the blusher in Caramel
  • EYES: the eyeshadow quad in Nude, the eyeliner in Nude, the mascara in Black
  • LIPS: the lip jewels (Classic Cream Lipstick quartet in Dahlia, Devil, Ultra and Nude) (Available in November 2010)
  • NAILS: the nail lacquer in Nude

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Saturday, September 11th, 2010

New York Fashion Week S/S 2011: Day 2 Recap