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.

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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.

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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…

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At Michael Kors, featuring his own bronzer.

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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:

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“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.”

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FACE
NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream
Stick Concealer (if needed)

LIPS
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.”

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The key products used were:

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

CHEEKS
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)

EYES
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

LIPS
Barbara Audacious Lipstick
Vanessa Audacious Lipstick –for darker skin tones

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Sep 092014
 

NARS New Nail Colors14

NARS has released a series of reformulated polishes with higher shine, more flexibility, and a longer-lasting formula. There are 43 shades in all, and I have fourteen for a quick preview ($20 each). As with the NARS 3.1 Philip Lim collection (previewed here) (available on Nars.com and Sephora), the new permanent polish range has a wide, flat brush for easy application. These are available at Nordstrom, SephoraNars online, BarneysSaks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales,

NARS New Nail Colors30I love the new brush-the shorter bristles and shape allow for quick, foolproof application.

Nars Nail Polish brush2Here’s the brush with dipped in Nars Blow-Up, a bright orange. Some of my favorite shades are these vibrant colors–Paros (red brown), Elbrus (plum), Torre del Oro (cherry red), and Blow-Up (Mandarin orange):

NARS New Nail Colors04Some quick swatches:

New Nars nail polish308Here are the three metallic shades– Pastorale (rose gold), Milos (rich gold), and Amarapura (silver chrome):

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New Nars nail polish314Here are three dusty, off-neutral shades– Shameless Red (pink flamingo), Zakynthos (beige), and Obscura (lavender charcoal):

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New Nars nail polish310Finally, here are four pastel shades– Ikiru (light blue), Ithaque (sheer, light pink), Thasos (mint green), and Kalymnos (lilac).

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New Nars nail polish313I”m working on editing some on-the-nail swatches for a more in-depth review. In the meantime, enjoy these lovely colors. These are available at Nordstrom, SephoraNars online, BarneysSaks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales,

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