Sep 222014

Shiseido Ultimune4

Lately I’ve been musing about ways to protect my skin. I’ve tried several lovely skin care products over the years, and given Shiseido’s reputation for high quality I was wondering about their offerings. I’ve loved their sun protection, foundations, several makeup items, and their Benefiance Eye Contour Cream. This time, “I tried Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (1.0 oz/$65 and 1.6 oz/$95). Check it out HERE.

This is a first-of-its kind product, and it incorporates 20 years of research in its creation and development. Here are the images of the available two sizes:


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This concentrate is designed to protect skin from all factors–including stress, environment, and aging. The line recommends using on the face in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning. I’m also adding a a drop or two on my neck area.


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This lightweight concentrate includes the line’s Ultimune Complex, which is designed to boost the skin’s defenses that have begun to deplete due to aging. According to Shiseido, these are called “Langerhans Cells” and they hold “the key to promoting skin’s multi-defensive power.” These cells, which protect the skin when one is younger, become less effective with age or stress. Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is designed to compensate for this loss, to protect the skin, and prevent further damage.


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The formula contains a variety of plant-based ingredients, including a unique botanical cocktail of ginko biloba leaf extract (an anti-oxidant, which helps prevent damage), and herbs from both the East and West.


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The container has a pump top that keeps the formula protected until needed (the pump action is very controllable).


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When applied, the formula is a light concentrate that quickly absorbs. As a light product, you will want to use this before any other skincare, sun care, primer, or foundation (because you want it closest to the skin to work best). The formula has a light slightly floral scent that fades quickly. I noticed a lovely effect on the first application–my skin felt more hydrated, lifted, and smooth. It looked and felt similar to the effect of using a moisturizing face mask. The product absorbs quickly and feels as if one is not wearing anything (except with better looking skin!). The line promises a more youthful glow in as little as one week, and increased firmness and resilience after four weeks. Based on my brief experience, this is well worth a look.


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You can check out Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate HERE. It really helps you discover the #beautyinyou!


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This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. Many thanks to Shiseido for sponsoring this post. Also, this post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

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Sep 162014

Lierac 2For those with combination skin, finding a good moisturizer that doesn’t turn to an unflattering “glow” by the end of the day is a challenge. There are a few gel moisturizers on the market that fill the gap. Nonetheless, Lierac Magnificence Gel ($78/ 1.7 oz.) goes the extra mile by adding a matte finish.  Having worn this day and night for the past several days, I can say that this product is:

  • breathable and featherweight-light
  • works well alone and under foundation
  • delivers moisturized, healthy looking skin, and
  • provides a matte surface that avoids the “3 p.m. glow” that other moisturizers can cause.

Lierac 5Sometimes I’m tempted to avoid moisturizers because of a heavy feeling, or the thought that skin that produces oil throughout the day doesn’t really need it. It always seems counterintuitive to me that, despite my oily forehead, product specialists would tell me that my face did need moisture. They were right of course, my skin looks far more healthy with a dose of moisturize (as is the case for most people, even those with combination or oily skin).


Lierac 3Leirac’s Magnificence delivers surprisingly good results. Wrinkles seemed softened, my skin seemed firmer, and the texture seems far less stressed out. The primary ingredients are:

D-Glyox Complex (Pomegranate Flower, Silk Tree, Liposome Peptide) helps reduce the visible signs of skin aging at the source Hibiscus Flower Extract improves radiance, evens out skin texture and refines pores.

A full ingredient list is here:

Lierac 4Overall, I was really impressed. Lovely formulation, no afternoon “glow,” but really delivers on healthy-looking. lit-from-within, firmed and pore-minimzed skin.

This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.






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Sep 132014

Here are a few more things that caught my eye at New York and London Fashion Week SS ’15

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Via @MAC_Caroline_D–new MAC Trend Forecast eye palette, 43 & 35 lashes, MAC Red Lipmix/Clear Lipglass mixture at Sibling.


At Proenza Schouler, MAC Eye Gloss (Pro) was used on a nude matte face:

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Over in make-up, Tom Pecheux decided to give the brows an element of play using Mac Cream Eye Shadows with a dash of powder eye shadow in a matching colour,

browsA similar vibe at Badgley Mischka…


At Michael Kors, featuring his own bronzer.

kors MAC at Zac Posen.


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….and a MAC video previewing some of their upcoming products.


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Sep 132014

1q1u_NARSMarcJacobsSS15FrancoisNars_2 NARS created the look for the Marc Jacobs SS ‘15 runway show. François Nars, Founder & Creative Director, described:


“The look for the show features no makeup – we only applied moisturizer. With Marc we always take it to the extreme, we’ve done bold looks in the past, but this season we wanted to make a statement by not applying anything.

This goes back to one of the looks that I’ve always loved – bare skin, nothing on the face, lips or eye, just beautiful skin – I love makeup but I also love seeing women without makeup. To me, it’s a great way to show fashion. It works so well with the clothes and the hair. Who knows, maybe next season we will go back to a full face of makeup. I love having the flexibility to do this, we are not locked into applying makeup. I like the idea that what you see is what you get.”

NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream
Stick Concealer (if needed)

Rosebud Salve


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Sep 092014

090914-FWN-RODARTE1-superJumboEveryone is talking about the jewelry-pierced brows at Rodarte SS ’15, but here we’ll focus on the makeup. James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics created the look, “inspired by the idea of a beautiful, fresh face – youthful and vibrant.”


The key products used were:

NARSSkin Luminous Moisture Cream
NARSSkin Total Replenishing Eye Cream
Radiant Cream Compact Foundation
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Pressed Powder

St-Paul-De-Vence Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try Orgasm Multiple and the right side of Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow layered with the left side of Isolde Duo Eyeshadow)

Right side of St-Paul-De-Vence Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try the right side of Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow layered with the left side of Isolde Duo Eyeshadow)
Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush –for darker skin tones— (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try Unlawful and Taos Blush)
Left side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush (NEW for Spring 2015; for now Albatross Blush)
Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara
Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner

Barbara Audacious Lipstick
Vanessa Audacious Lipstick –for darker skin tones



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