Jul 272015
 

Sephora No 50 blush brush - 1This is a quick review of the Sephora Pro Flawless Light Powder Brush #50 ($38). Sometimes while testing products as Sephora, I’ve asked the makeup artists to borrow a brush. Each time that I’ve borrowed this Sephora #50, I’ve admired its easy of use and excellent results. For example, I’ve used it with Laura Mercier’s Ritual Baked Bronzer ($36), and loved, loved, loved the results.

Sephora No 50 blush brush - 5

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Jul 242015
 

Sephora Champs Elysee 27French line Sephora has an enormous Champs Eylsee location. Some things have changed since I did a previous trip report in 2010 here.  Yet still, this Sephora is the most impressive in size, depth and selection in Paris, and beauty lovers will want to allow at least an hour. Of course, there are numerous other Sephora’s sprinkled throughout the City of Light, but this one is centrally located and has the largest selection. The front area still has a “featured brand” area that is different every time that I’ve visited (this time, Hermes). Also near the front door is “grab and go” setup of items for quick Parisian-themed gifts, including $50 Hermes fragrance samplers and other delights.

Sephora Champs Elysee 26

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Jul 242015
 

artis 6A few weeks ago, I picked up the Artis Oval 3 Brush ($36 with free shipping from Net-a-Porter), to use with sparkling or highly shimmery eyeshadows that need a bit of buffing. Artis is a niche brush company that uses animal-free CosmeFibre to create a line of brushes with an ergo dynamic shape that is said to provide even, easy application with superior performance. Their bushes are said to use product more efficiently, because the ends of the bristles are designed to pick up and lay down products in a superior way. As you can see, their brushes use significantly more brush fibers than traditional brushes.

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Jul 232015
 

Citipharma 9Today I found myself just near City Pharma at 26 Rue Four, 75006, Paris. Beauty lovers may recall that this is the destination recommended by the lovely Lisa Eldridge in her video describing her favorite French skincare. The last time that I ventured near City Pharma, it had just been filled with two (!) busloads of French shoppers. European shops are not famed for their generous aisles, and the crowd made it impossible to browse. However, today the streets nearby looked relatively quiet, and so I braved through the doorway to see what I could find. Please come with me so you can see it too.

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Jul 192015
 

Paris Beauty CrawlHave you ever heard of a “pub crawl”? Or a “food crawl”? If you haven’t, these are little excursions where one can go from place to place, enjoying just a little bit from each, whether it’s drinking, eating, or what have you. I thought it might be fun to put together one possible Parisian beauty crawl  in case that you find yourself in the City of Light with some spare time on your hands. This is one of several possibilities.

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Jul 172015
 

Guerlain Joli Tient Bronzer powder - 1I resisted Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Bronzing Powder ($53) for a long time after it was released earlier this year. I have (and love) the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder ($58)(reviewed here), and Guerlain’s offering fits into the same category. Both are designed to give one a lightly sheer wash of a soft, healthy bronze glow during the summer months. Essentially, this give your skin a French “bonne mine” beautiful appearance that brings your natural skin tone down a touch, as if you’ve spent your days sipping wine in an outdoor cafe, gathering shells on a beach, or other delightful outdoor activity. I was glad that I did pick up Guerlain’s Terracotta Joli Tient Bronzing Powder so that I can compare the two for you, as well as to enjoy. Guerlain Joli Tient Bronzing Powder is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales and other Guerlain sources.

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Jul 162015
 

Audacious Mascara - open

From a NARS Press Release (note that Francois Nars identified this as a product that he was most excited about in this interview on Refinery 29):

NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Audacious Mascara for Fall 2015. Audacious Mascara lets you go to extremes—the eye’s the limit. Always layers to your desired intensity with clean precision. The unique combination of NARS’ exclusive lash-catching brush and buildable formula allows you to reapply throughout the day to magnify lashes on command. Eyes on. Game on.

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Jul 162015
 

825 Lexington - Exterior - ApprovedThis according to MAC’S Press Release:

M·A·C Cosmetics introduces the M·A·C Makeup Studio, its first ever retail location dedicated to the brand’s trusted makeup services, applications, lessons and professional artistry. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this concept sets a global precedent for the brand.

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Jul 152015
 

buly 27After reading this recent review of Buly 1803 in The New York Times, I decided to stop by their shop at 6 rue Bonaparte, Paris, on my way to the Musee D’Orsay. It’s very easy to find, the tiny shop is just around the corner from Dries Von Noten’s shop. The shop is small, friendly, and offers a wonderfully unique and extremely worthwhile experience.

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