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Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 Makeup Collection: Secret Garden


Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 Makeup Collection: Secret Garden

Dolce & Gabbana celebrates spring’s new beginnings with a fresh interpretation of a pure radiant beauty that effortlessly captures the present with an enlightened eye…and forecasts a flourishing future.
Introducing The Secret Garden Collection for Spring 2011…evocative essentials offer an intimate path to a mythical beauty. Inspired by the Spring 2011 runway, a re-interpretation of Dolce & Gabbana’s bewitching glamour and treasured heritage creates a world of fantasy, desire and luxury with poetic pastels and mercurial tone on tone translucence.

“We’ve always been inspired by the lush gardens so unique to Sicily; they’re like a secret paradise. The aura of romance – the intoxicating wild flowers, the soft pastels – is such an integral part of our heritage and our aesthetic,” says Stefano Gabbana, “The creation of Spring 2011 was almost subliminal; it came directly from our hearts. It gave us so much pleasure to make something so special for the Dolce & Gabbana woman we know so intimately. Secret Garden is meant to be a key to her innermost soul, very personal, very private and, of course, extremely seductive.”

Adds Domenico Dolce, “With Secret Garden, we wanted to provide a kind of privileged information – or secret formula – for the women we love so much – so she could effortlessly achieve that illusive look of intrigue that all women crave. As for the fabulous Illuminator, it was, of course, inspired by the unfathomable Scarlett – the woman who epitomizes the true mystique of Dolce & Gabbana.”

Empowered with an intangible air of irresistible sensuality, the Secret Garden Collection renders a quiet passion and singular that’s enigmatic yet powerfully magnetic. Secret Garden presents a magical path toward a phantom-like beauty that is very real, with a mystical power that’s impalpable yet implicit. Dolce & Gabbana redefine glamour yet again with a provocative touch and a signature sensibility of luxury and compelling contrast.

A bouquet of colour redolent of a fresh field of flora, the luxe palette is purposely finite in order to offer infinite facets of modern femininity: warm nudes and cool neutrals; pastel blushes and tender pinks; silvery greys and soft floral highlights of lilac and pale turquoise. Weightless veils of tone-on-tone colour shift and shimmer seamlessly to capture the intimacy of pure femininity as Dolce & Gabbana solve the classic mystery of ultimate modern beauty.

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Romance (95)
  • Love (136)

Lipgloss ($29.00)

  • Secret (136)
  • Bon Bon (57)

Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

  • Eden (157)

Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)

  • Romance (120)

Eyeliner ($29.00)

  • White (13)
  • Lilac (14)

Illuminator ($47.00)

Introducing The Illuminator, a sumptuous powder of extreme versatility in signature Dolce & Gabbana gleaming gold compact. Exuding femininity and luxury, the Illuminator enhances woman’s innate sensuality, lending a glamorous glow and a fresh radiance. Created for the Dolce & Gabbana woman who seeks a life of passion spontaneity, the Illuminator adds seductive highlights and sly hints of shimmer and shine.

  • Eva (3)

Luminous Cheek Colour ($44.00)

  • Delight (35)

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Platinum (90)

Availability: January/February 2011

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NARS Spring 2011 Collection


NARS Spring 2011 Collection

Trio Eyeshadow ($45.00)

  • Calanque (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow Duo ($32.00)

  • Bateau Ivre (Limited Edition)
  • Nouveau Monde

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Celebrate
  • Hollywoodland

Lip Gloss ($24.00)

  • Angelika (Repromote)
  • Nana (Limited Edition)
  • Superorgasm (Repromote)

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Tzigane (Limited Edition)

Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Madere

Nail Polish ($16.00)

  • Desperado (Limited Edition)

Availability:  Mid-to-late January 2011

MAC Finally Flawless Collection for Spring 2011


MAC Finally Flawless Collection for Spring 2011

U.S. Launch Date: January 13th, 2011 | International Launch Date: January 2011

Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 has the exclusive formula – micronized and coated pigments improve blendability, maintain colour purity with SPF 15, and our liquid mineral ferment complex adds nutrients. Light diffusing optics minimize the visibility of imperfections – FINALLY Flawless!

Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 ($32.00 U.S. / $38.00 CDN)

Minerals are the foundation for all living things. The human body is made of approximately 60% water and skin is approximately 70% water. By fusing minerals and water, Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation is the synthesis of earthly essential elements in the form of a rich, luxurious solid cream compact with a liquid mineral infusion. This uniquely textured, medium buildable, foundation delivers immediate hydration while revitalizing the look of dull and dry skin. Used backstage during the Spring/Summer 2010 fashion shows of; BCBG, Carolina Herrera and Baby Phat, it is both a makeup artists dream and a real woman’s skin saving grace.

Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation features an innovative gel based system that provides extreme comfort and creaminess in application, making this formula appealing to all skins but especially normal to dry. The gel fuses the formula’s high water content (30.5%) with the polymers and coated pigments for the ultimate in silky smooth, yet long wearing (up to 8 hours), colour payoff. Because of the immediate moisturization benefits, Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation also helps to immediately reduce the appearance of pores and provides skin with a non-sticky, cooling break.

Additionally, a blend of lightweight oils creates a creamy, comfortable feeling on the skin. The innovative wax-free structure helps moisturize skin, while light diffusing optics help minimize the visibility of pores and imperfections for a flawless looking complexion

  • Available in: NC15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 37, 40, 42, 44, 45, 50, 55; NW15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 43, 45, 47, 50, 55.

130 Short Duo Fibre Brush ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN)

A short, round, flat-topped brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations, creams, emulsions, and select powder products. Features a blend of natural bristles and synthetic fibres.

Please note: This collection is a relaunch of Mineralize Foundation SPF 15, which debuted last spring. I reviewed the 130 Brush when it originally launched, too.  I will try to review the foundation, but since it is permanent (and has been for awhile), there are several other products that are new and limited for spring that I want to show you first, so it may be awhile — just a heads up.

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China Glaze Anchors Away Collection for Spring 2011


China Glaze Anchors Away Collection for Spring 2011

Sail away this spring in 12 nautically-inspired colors from China Glaze. These bold and confident brights are reminiscent of a carefree natural getaway, with soft ethereal hues that inspire leisurely thoughts of sand and sea. Colors in this collection include:

  • Life Preserver Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème
  • Hey Sailor Vibrant crème red
  • Ahoy! Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck
  • First Mate Sophisticated and rich navy crème
  • Starboard Hip and playful green crème
  • Lighthouse Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck
  • White Cap Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white
  • Pelican Gray High shine, cool toned grey crème
  • Sea Spray Calming pale blue crème
  • Below Deck A flirty mix of taupe and violet
  • Sunset Sail Delightful peachy pink high shine crème
  • Knotty Micro-particle beige shimmer

This spring, take a relaxing trip to the shore and sail away with China Glaze. Stop and smell the sea breeze!  The China Glaze Anchors Away collection will be available in two 6 piece acetates, a 12 piece display, a 36 piece rack, and as open stock colors.  China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.  China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter.

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MAC & Mickey Contractor: Behind the Scenes

MAC & Mickey Contractor: Interviews and Q&As

If you’re looking for collection information, check out this post! 🙂 Otherwise, this is fun reading material for those interested in what goes on behind a collection, as well as more information about MAC’s collaborator, Mickey Contractor. All information straight from MAC HQ.

Q&A with Mickey Contractor

Mickey, how long have you been working with M·A·C?

It‟s been 32 years since I started working as a makeup artist and this is my 6th year with M·A·C. I’ve collaborated with the brand since they launched in India. M·A·C wanted to work alongside a makeup artist with credibility, experience, the ability to inspire who was also an authority of goodwill in the industry. So when they came to me and said, “We’d like you to collaborate with us, we’re opening a store in Bombay”: I thought, “This is a Godsend for me”. Working with M·A·C was an opportunity to really convey my vision. They have such incredible authority and influence in the industry and becoming a part of that was incredibly exciting to me.

Had you already been using M·A·C products?

Yes, I‟d been using M·A·C for years. I first discovered M·A·C when I was in Canada about 15 years ago where I bought Twig, Malt and Marrakech lipsticks. Those kinds of shades just weren’t available in India. In fact, so little makeup was available in India back then! I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

What’s your beauty philosophy?

For me, beauty is about a natural-looking woman who wears makeup, but wears it so cleverly that it doesn‟t actually show. She‟s also somebody who carries herself with a lot of confidence, not just someone who‟s pretty, but who also has a lot of character. For me…that defines beauty.

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MAC & Mickey Contractor Collection for Spring 2011


MAC and Mickey Contractor Collection

U.S. & International Launch Date: January 6th, 2011 at limited MAC locations (waiting for a list as of 12/29), 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.  International January 2011 – locations unknown at this time.

Who is Mickey Contractor, and why can’t about a billion people live without him? The answer involves breaking out into song and dance, because long before Glee, Mickey made the dashing heroes and exotic enchantresses of Bollywood Cinema into the famous faces throngs of fans want to look like. As M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India, he’s more than an icon to a glamorous Eastern audience – he has mentored in-the-know Artists around the world for over three decades. These exclusive collections of Mickey’s musts are all about natural skin tonality and total performance, in addition to colour with a touch of exotic cine-magic. Foundation, Concealer, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, goddess-gorgeous Eye shades, Lipstick, Lipglass and Blush, with his favourite brushes to star in your own big Bollywood hit.

Edited @ 12/29 at 10:24AM: JUST heard back from MAC HQ – they are confirming in-store launch in top 22 MAC Stores only, and they are working on a list.  Due to the holidays, they can’t give me an exact date as to when they will have the list for me.  LiveChat is reporting it will be online for everyone nearer to the official launch date.

Help me help you and readers like you — if you know your store has confirmed they will have Mickey Contractor in their store, let me know!

Confirmed Stores:

  • MAC PRO @ San Francisco, CA; launches 12/30; call 415-771-6113, will do pre-orders/holds
  • MAC PRO @ Costa Mesa, CA
  • MAC PRO @ Los Angeles, CA

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Mehr Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Gulabi Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Flesh Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Lust Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Athma Eyeshadow Quad($36.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN)

  • Folie Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Jaan Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Vivah Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Rani Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Marvel Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Oomph Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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