Thursday, March 15th, 2012


Behind the Scenes with Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism Collection

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism is such a gorgeous campaign with really dramatic, artistic looks and costumes. I’m so pleased to be able to share several photos from behind-the-scenes that Illamasqua has provided! I’ve also included additional campaign imagery, because it’s truly stunning and inspiring!

Illamasqua also recently relaunched their website, and they’re one of the few brands that really takes the time to create real swatches shown on real people. I mean, seriously — check out their moving skin swatches! They’ve also launched an interactive Socialise aspect that includes how-tos, swatches, and more.  I know that they’re going to be posting a ton of extras for their recent collection on the Socialise section!

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011


Vincent Longo Galaxy Dream Collection for Spring/Summer 2011

Earth now looks out beyond her boundaries to define her place in the cosmos. In her gaze glimmers a universe of exciting, endless possibility—galactic juxtapositions of matte colour clouds and gleaming blendable pearls of light. With a conceptually post-modern nod to fearless Barbarella and an eye on outer space, Vincent Longo’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection invites you to explore wonderful new horizons in ultramodern colours and textures. “Galaxy Dream” maps the ethereal beauty of distant nebulae and places it at your fingertips, reflecting starlight in your style, with your touch, to create personalized looks of stunning galactic magic.

Pearl X Eyeshadow ($25.00)

The Pearl X eyeshadows feature rich colour coverage in a matte base showered with tiny pearlescent meteors of colour and pressed together in out-of-this-world combinations. Quantum leaps in beauty technology permits evolutionary Pearl X eyeshadows to pair matte powders and pearlized textures, and maintain the integrity of each texture perfectly consistent throughout the press and for the life of the product. Upon application, these pigment pearls combine and glide through the matte base, creating incredible looks unique to your touch, and bringing new glimmer and grace to your personal style. With each application, for every occasion, a star is born, a new world awakens. You choose your destination; “Galaxy Dream” leads the way. Simply direct the finger toward the area you desire; Vincent’s touch-sensitive pigments will blend themselves with the specific gravity of your touch for a unique eye of heavenly beauty.

  • Code 6 Pink explores galactic centers with a playful shower of magenta and gold pressed throughout a cloud nebula of matte turquoise, antique rose and charcoal
  • Destiny Rose shifts the springtime into outer space, combining a matte green, pink and lavender carpet with sparkling seeds of garnet, blue, silver and lavender for an ultramodern yet fresh look
  • Etherea evokes the mineral and metallic richesse of gold, bronze and copper, with highlights in warm bursts of rich topaz on a palette of matte brown, for blends both earthy and otherworldly
  • Luna Beach plays peacock with brown, grey and purple matte bases pressed with hot pink, electric blue and copper pearls that blend in texture and depth as they mix with flecks of gold and green
  • Novalei looks forward with sophisticated silver sheen, combining deep purple, blue and silver accents of saturated glimmer across a matte palette of sophisticated grey-greens to lighter lavender-blues

Perfect Shine V Gloss ($22.00)

Vincent’s Perfect Shine V Gloss with plumper anchors the ethereal qualities of the eye makeup, enhances the lip’s natural pout, and greets the onlooker with four luscious compliments. The unique plumper developed from natural Tripeptide in Perfect Shine V Gloss volumizes fine lines and gives the lip contour an eye-catching star quality sheen every time. Vitamin C ester adds dual power anti-oxidant protection.

  • Alpha 7 Sensuous, kissable fuchsia at lips’ brightest
  • Carina Playful peach tone that imparts a warm sheen
  • Ella Erth-rich natural mauve brown with cool undertones
  • Sexty Natural light brown sheen infused with antique rose

Perfect Canvas Liquid Concealer ($28.00)

A beautiful complexion is the basis for every great makeup look. Vincent introduces four heavenly shades of Perfect Canvas Liquid Concealer that offer superior texture and coverage in four shades. The concealers’ felt-tipped automatic applicator pens make even, streak-free canvases effortless and efficient for any colour skin. In addition, two peptides—one to help reduce puffiness, the other to help erase dark circles—plus Arnica extract to increase blood circulation and minimize discolouration to the under eye area, put the Perfect Canvas Liquid Concealer light years ahead in both performance and benefit for your skin. Available in AMber, Fair, Medium, and Tan.

availability: Now @ vincentlongo.com

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011


Cle de Peau Beaute La Beaute Metalique – Modern Metallic

Introducing the NEW La Beauté Metalique – Clé de Peau Beauté’s Spring/Summer 2011 color collection that reflects the precious metallics found in sunlit summer days and evenings. The exquisite combinations of translucent color capture the beauty of the ever-changing lights and promote radiance and luminosity that becomes a part of the skin.

Clé de Peau Beauté creates a modern allure with the most gorgeous hues of summer; bronzes, burnt coppers, soft pinks, subtle lilacs and pale blues that bring this glorious season to life, with a multi-dimensional brilliance that is fresh and new. Clé de Peau Beauté Color Creator, Lucia Pieroni’s inspiration for La Beauté Metalique was a desire to embody the glistening color of sunshine reflected in a cool, serene summer stream. “With La Beauté Metalique I have created a sophisticated and enchanting collection of color combinations that reflects dancing layers of translucent light. This is a chic yet contemporary aesthetic that captures the beauty of summer.” says Ms. Pieroni.

The collection includes Eye Color Quads along with the new shades of Extra Rich Lipstick and Extra Silky Lipstick. The perfect complement to this radiant assortment, Clé de Peau Beauté offers a Cream Foundation SPF26. The wondrous manipulation of light in this new make-up collection combines with the power of illuminating texture to enhance the feeling of sophistication and femininity.

Cream Foundation SPF 26 ($120.00)

Using the latest optical management technology, this foundation delivers illumination from within, as each skin cell comes alive with light and radiance. The illuminating finish and texture is derived from the new Revitalizing Moisture Complex, formulated with a luxurious infusion of treatment ingredients to optimize the condition of skin with continual use. It also features Reflect Change Powder, a unique powder coated with golden pearl which helps skin seem lit from within. Cream Foundation SPF 26 offers superior medium to full coverage with a soft-matte finish and is packaged in a convenient tube.

Eye Color Quad ($80.00)

Lucia Pieroni’s masterpiece within the La Beauté Metalique collection, the new Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads bring an unsurpassed level of elegance and glamour to the eyes, befitting the inspiration of serene summer days and golden sun rays. The velvety shades and lustrous finishes offer limitless possibilities for varying eye looks.

Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00)

Introducing four new colors: Beauty Secret (R7), Arizona (R8), Vesper (T6), and Rose Des Quatre Saison (T7).

Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00)

Introducing three new colors: Rubellite (#129), Pink Opal (#130), and Spessartine (#131).

availability: Now @ select Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Barneys locations nationwide; Bergdorf Goodman in NYC

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011


Jo Malone Dry Body Oils for Spring 2011

The World of Jo Malone™ introduces Dry Body Oils to the Lime Basil & Mandarin and English Pear & Freesia collections.

Dry Body Oil nourishes skin, leaving it feeling satin-soft yet dry to the touch. The natural conditioning qualities of olive, kukui and macadamia-seed oils together with the skin-softening properties of vitamin rich wheat germ extract, encourage a healthy-looking, luminous glow. Quickly absorbed, the lighter texture of a Dry Body Oil makes it an ideal product to use in the warmer months.

Every time you shower, apply the Dry Body Oil to wet skin then pat dry with a towel. Once dry, layer with body lotion for moisturising benefits.

The Scents

Lime Basil & Mandarin, the Jo Malone signature fragrance, is reminiscent of lies carried on a Caribbean ocean breeze. Fresh limes and zesty mandarins are undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white tyme in this modern classic.  English Pear & Freesia is an evocative fragrance that captures the scent of just ripe pears. The freshness of sweet pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, on a subtle background of wild roses, amber, patchouli and woods.

  • availability: Limited edition. Available beginning April 2011 at Jo Malone Shops, jomalone.com, Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide. Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada. $65.00 each.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Burberry Beauty for Spring/Summer 2011

As seen on Burberry’s SS 2011 runway, an almost-naked face – hazy eyes, a smattering of nudes on the skin and lips, accented by a touch of soft rouge on the cheek – served as the perfect counterpoint to Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey’s glam biker girl.

As part of Burberry Beauty’s new spring/summer collection, the new lip and cheek shades work to create distinct signature nude looks – natural, effortless, or sun kissed – as iconic to Burberry’s DNA.

Light Glow ($42.00)

  • Tangerine (No. 6)
  • Earthy (No. 7)
  • Misty (No. 8)

Lip Cover ($30.00)

  • Delicate Rose (No. 22)
  • English Rose (No. 23)
  • Romantic Rose (No. 24)

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Monday, March 21st, 2011

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle with Keira Knightley

Three years after the first commercial film, Knightley reprises her role as COCO MADEMOISELLE, a modern day Coco Chanel whose mystery, daring and rebelliousness are at the heart of her charm.

While the first film featured long evening gowns, the second takes on a more urban feel, with Knightley appearing on the streets of Paris in a chic, beige motorcycle jumpsuit designed for her by Karl Lagerfeld. Filmed in legendary locations across the City of Light – from Place Vendome to Place de la Concorde, the film is a collaboration between Knightley and Joe Wright, a creative relationship that began with Wright’s directorial debut, the Oscar®-nominated film Pride & Prejudice, and continued with the Oscar®-nominated Atonement.

“For me, Gabrielle Chanel is an icon and there was an incredible power emanating from all the photos of her,” states Knightley. “When I began to delve into her history more closely, I was obviously fascinated by her immense talent as a designer, but more than that, by her singular background.”

The commercial film’s soundtrack, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” by James Brown is performed by the soulful voice of Grammy® award winner, Joss Stone and was published by Warner Chappell.

Coco Mademoiselle is a fresh oriental scent created by CHANEL master perfumer Jacques Polge in 2001. The fragrance represents the ever-evolving spirit of Coco Chanel in this feminine, sexy, young and exciting fragrance.

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