Jan 282015
 

More information about this weeks’ Paris Fashion show looks, pending my ability to find it. There’s surprisingly little out there right now.

Chanel. This red looks like Gabrielle to me, but I’ll hold off until we see more information. This could be from the upcoming Chanel Rouge Coco lip reformulation that I’m eagerly anticipating.  I’m seeing the Chanel Rouge Coco in Arthur on Saks.com, which appears to be a similar shade.

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Heavy greys with perhaps a cooler red lip (Pirate?) in this image:

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These eyes have a pink/mauve/gray effect that goes well with the accessory hat. I’m sensing that the eyeshadow is being used to veil the brows, almost like a unibrow effect.

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I’m picking up some brown/mauve through the eyes including through the brow/unibrow area.chanel

kendall-jenner-chanel-couture-spring-2015Dior.

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Peter Philips created the beauty look for the 2015 Dior Couture Spring show, describing it as “fluidity, clarity and appeasement”. Using Dior’s yet-to-be released Diorskin Nude Air Serum foundation for a light and transparent finish, he then contoured the cheeks using Dior’s Peach Splendor blush (from the Kingdom of Colors collection) on the center of the cheeks and Starlight Diorblush to highlight the tops of cheekbones (I believe that this was limited edition last year). Eyes were defined with the Eye Reviver Backstage Pros palette (coming April 2015), using soft grey through the socket in an angled sweep from the inner corner of the eye towards the temple. Lashes were left bare; their only tweak was a curl from the Backstage Lash Curler. Keeping with the minimalist theme, Philips skipped lipstick and opted for the Dior Lip Maximiser which gave lips a transparent and shiny gloss. The look was finished with Dior Vernis Muguet on the nails. More about Dior Nude Air is available at The British Beauty Blogger (including an intriguing powder).

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I love the honest artificiality of the hair (yes, it’s an extension without pretense).

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27-dior-hair-2.w529.h352.2xArmani Prive. The information that I have is a bit vague:  “Using Armani products, Cantello swept models’ eyelids with a baby-blue hue and then elongated peepers with a gold liner. “So it’s kind of graphic, but not too graphic,” she said. “It’s quite soft.” Faces were given Crema Nuda, a product billed to be a “glow treatment” that’s due out in May. A tiny bit of apricot-colored blush was applied high on cheeks, while a lip stain, which will be called Bamboo, was used.”

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The eye were a combination of Brow Maestro #5, and three shades of Armani’s Eye Tints—Gold Ashes, Jade, and Zenith (available in April).

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According to Style.com, “Crema Nuda (launching in May) is neither a foundation nor a BB nor a tinted moisturizer. Instead, it’s a “nude glow treatment” that combines a water-based texture with transparent, light-reflecting pigments; imperfection-blurring ‘skin affinity’ technology; and antiaging benefits. Another twist on traditional formulas: Any color can work for any skin tone—it just depends on the kind of glow you’re after. “I like to think of it as working with watercolors as opposed to oils,” noted Cantello. “It’s an enhanced way to do ‘natural,’ and it just gives the skin a diaphanous, porcelain finish. You don’t really need anything more.”

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Genius Odile Gilbert created the beautiful ponytail style.

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Jan 242015
 

Out of makeup names? This is a sardonic vid on makeup naming. Warning, some four-letter words! But if you are up for it, this is pretty amusing.

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I’ve got my eyes on these two Yves Saint Laurent Tuxedo Palettes up for pre-sale on Nordstrom (swatches of the second neutral one is here).

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Also, I had a chance to look at some of the new Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick yesterday at a local Neimans counter (swatched here by Natural n Chic Beauty). I was super impressed with the formula.  I’ve been told that these should be on counter in the next two weeks. The pinks and roses are particularly impressive, and all of them have some form of shimmer. Color me impressed!

We had big, white flakes (but thankfully, not too many).  Winter wonderland today! The construction in my home continues, hopefully to conclude in the next two weeks or so. How are you doing this lovely Saturday?

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Jan 212015
 

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48) has just been released in twenty new shades. This new fluid is said to give “full coverage in a single, weightless drop.” I’m in the process of testing this out, but I did want to post some images for those who are considering the product. I will say that so far, the promise of lightweight, all-day, excellent coverage has been holding true. All signs so far point to “yes,” if you love a skin-like, satin-to-matte finish. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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True to the Francois Nars aesthetic, the bottles are absolutely gorgeous. Designed by the New York Design firm Baron & Baron, it features an all-new pump design that gives you “the exact amount of product to perfect the entire face.” Again, I have to attest that it really does.  This dispenses less than a traditional foundation pump, and one smooth motion gives you just that perfect amount of dime-sized drop to perfect my skin. The elegant glass bottle, well, oh my, you could even say it glows.

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Although the sample bottles do not come with ingredients list, the enclosed sheet states that the product is free of fragrance, paraben, alcohol and oil.  This formula must be shaken before each use.

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Also, the formula uses Even Tone Technology to neutralize redness, dullness and discoloration, and to improve skin’s appearance over time. Here are 19 of the 20 shades (I didn’t receive the lightest shade Siberia, but am hoping to track it down soon),

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Swatches:

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Another set:

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One more:

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I hope these are a helpful start. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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Here is quick comparison of my shade Deauville in both this new All Day Luminous compared with my year-old bottle of Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville. I cannot tell the difference in tonality and color when applied to my face, of course the texture, coverage, and formula is very different.Nars All Day Luminous08

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Jan 202015
 

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The geniuses at NARS have released a palette of a selected number of their incredible dual-intensity eyeshadows–the Narsissist Dual-Intensity Palette ($79) (limited edition). This lovely palette comes in a modern, minimal shape with a mirrored top (as well as a full size mirror inside the case). This formula was previously reviewed here. Available at Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue. This one is limited edition, so please don’t wait long.

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This palette includes:

  • Europa – Gossamer Pink Peach
  • Himalia – Shimmering Topaz
  • Ursa Major – Chocolate Glaze
  • Subra – Black Orchid
  • Andromeda – Alabaster
  • Lysithea – Shark Grey
  • Giove – Navy
  • Sycorax – Black

A closer look at the four left shades– Europa, Himalia, Andromeda, Lysithea:

Nars dual intensity eyeshadows07The four right shades– Ursa Mijor, Subra, Giove and Sycorax.

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As you likely know, the formula can be used dry for a more subtle effect, or wet for more intensity. As you can see from this previous post, this formula has gorgeous dimension.  The pigment plays with the light in a lovely, flattering way. Here are the shades applied dry:

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I think that the colors for this palette are extremely well-chosen. This palette includes a lovely range–from glowy light colors to deep ones that can be used as a liner or crease. I just love the way that this formula catches the light. It relies on a thin, impact-full formula. Drama with elegance–not glitter!  Just that beautiful, pearly sheen.

Overall, I love the fact that those who do not want to invest in several singles can get a great selection in a single package. There is a range of neutrals, but enough beautiful jewel-deep colors that can be used for chic drama. With both wet and dry application options, this makes a beautiful option to add beautiful interest to the eyes.

Ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Bottom line:  highly recommended. Available at Nars online and Saks Fifth Avenue. This one is limited edition, so please don’t wait long.

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Jan 142015
 

The Body Shop is running this deal through Thursday only: Buy One Get One Bath & Body Products Although some exclusions apply, this does include some popular products including the Hemp Hand Protector, Satsuma Shower Gel, Coconut Body Butter, Shea Body Butter, and Satsuma Soap, among other things.  Yummmm satsuma. I’m obsessed with those oranges right now.satsuma-soap_lOle Henriksen is giving away a free 3 piece deluxe mini set (minis!!!) ($32 value) with orders of $50 or more. Code: WINTERRETREAT

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Nars has a complimentary mini Deep Throat Blush with any order. Use code JANMINI15 at checkout.

Sephora has a FREE Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream Deluxe Sample with any $25 purchase. Use code: FRESHROSE

Okay, now for the rumor part, via the Cut.   Of course, as avid Tom Ford watchers here at Cafe Makeup we’re all abuzz. What would happen to the Gucci and Tom Ford Beauty lines if so?

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