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Dolce & Gabbana The Velvet Collection


Dolce & Gabbana The Velvet Collection

The Velvet Collection is an effortless reinvention of the concept of traditional luxury. An homage to the designers’ sartorial heritage and to their instictive ability to draw forth the essence of Mediterranean indulgence, the scents of the collection are opulent fragrances inspired by creative influences gathered from the sublimity of their lives. In an audacious inversion of subject matter, the artisan has become the muse, carrying the essence of Sicilian Baroque within.

Six scents, each bearing reference to specific olfactory influences coming from the designers themselves: sweet, woody Velvet Vetiver (with notes of galbanum, fig, and vetiver), raw, seductive Velvet Wood (with notes of ebony wood, benzoin, and leather), luxurious Velvet Patchouli (with notes of patchouli, kephalis, musk), sensual Velvet Sublime (with notes of mandarin, neroli, and orange flower), decadent Velvet Desire (with notes of gardenia, frangipani, and tuberose), and a rich, hypnotic Velvet Love (with notes of pepper, carnation, and ylang ylang). A collection where tradition and innovation collide in profound accord.

Each retails for $195.00/50ml and available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue beginning December 2011.

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Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Collection: Lingerie


Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Collection: Lingerie

According to Matin Maulawizada, Laura Mercier Global Artistry Director, this collection is perfect for achieving a romantic look, while still maintaining a playful side. “The collection is inspired by Victorian era and lace with soft and feminine shades. These colors are beautifully warm to create glowing looks in the cold months and are spot on with the trend colors for spring.”

Eye & Cheek Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Eye Colours: Buff Pearl Luster, Tawny Apricot Sateen, Rich Cocoa Matte, Pale Pink Matte, African Violet Luster, and Black Plum
  • Cheek Colours: Rose Desire and Fresh Peach

Lip Shine ($22.00)

  • Naked Apricot (Limited Edition)
  • Tempting Coral (Limited Edition)

Sheer Lip Colour ($20.00)

  • Kissed Lips (Limited Edition)
  • Nude Lips Sheer neutral beige (Permanent)
  • Baby Lips (Limited Edition)

Creme Cheek Colour ($22.00)

  • Innocent Peach (Limited Edition)
  • Oleander (Permanent)

Eye Basics ($24.00)

  • Flax Beige with pearl
  • Wheat Light-medium beige

availability: January 2012

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5 Holiday Nail Polishes

5 Holiday Nail Polishes

Not sure what to do for your nails this season?  These are five of my favorites across the color range for festive nails!  And if you’re looking for glittery polishes specifically, check out part one and part two of my favorites 🙂

  1. Cult Nails Iconic — berry red with red glitter flakes
  2. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve — intense blue with shimmer
  3. Chanel Graphite — shimmering, metallic pewter gold
  4. OCC Cruising — yellow gold glitter
  5. China Glaze Tinsel Town — black base with silver shimmer and glitter

What’s your favorite polish for the holidays?

Challenge: Wear Colors You’re Afraid Of

Challenge: Wear Colors You’re Afraid Of

I’m actually not technically, technically afraid of any color, but I don’t usually reach for red eyeshadows because I don’t think they work well with me and take more effort than I usually can handle to work.  I’ve had the best success combining it with golds and oranges for a sunset-like eye.  I remember the first time I ever wore a pinky-red eyeshadow; my mom saw me not a minute after I had finished the look and asked if something was wrong and if I had been crying.

Is there a color you’re “afraid” of?  Maybe you can’t find a way to make it work or you really don’t think you can pull it off…

While I don’t think I look like I spent the past hour crying my eyes out, I didn’t love how it came out–the purple I picked for the lid color was too dark, and I think I’d opt for something with some shimmer to open up the eyes more (which is why I ended up adding a shimmery mauve to the inner tear duct area–there was just too much darkness on my eyes).  So, I’m still working on finding a way to wear red eyeshadow that’s not just gold/orange/red (because that combo I can do!).  I almost, almost tried green with Christmas just around the corner but held myself back! 😉

You will need the following…

For eyes, I applied a light layer of NARS Smudgeproof on the lid as an eyeshadow primer from lash line to brow bone with a firm, flat brush.  The first eyeshadow I applied was Inglot #450, and I used a fluffy crease brush to lay down the crease color to help provide a good blended background for the intense red I planned to use.  Next, I applied Inglot #325 onto the lid with a small eyeshadow brush.  With a firm, domed crease brush, I applied Inglot #382 into the crease and blended just slightly outwards so the red would also peek through with my eyes open.  Using a large eyeshadow brush, I softened the crease color with Inglot #353 and applied it to the brow bone.  To lighten the look, I applied Inglot #420 on the inner tear duct with a fluffy angled brush.  On the lower lash line, I first applied Make Up For Ever #7 and layered Tarina Tarantino Glitter Mist on top.  Finally, I applied a coat of Bare Escentuals Buxom to lengthen lashes and then thickened with Hourglass Film Noir.

For face, I applied Make Up For Ever HD with a circular foundation brush.  I blended Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph onto cheeks with fingertips and set with Guerlain Les Voilettes.  For lips, I applied Giorgio Armani #602.

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