Feb 272013
 

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Guerlain Spring 2013 Coup de Foudre ($59) eyeshadow palette was released in December (it is still available with free shipping at Nordstrom.com, miraculously). Many avid blog readers have probably already seen the palette in action. Cafe Makeup wanted to weigh in with its swatches and opinion–which is, bottom line, get it—get it now.

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 This palette has greens which act as non-neutral neutrals. These colors are so universal that this palette worked for both of us, with almost no effort, the first time. The combination of the beautiful pearly quality of the eyeshadows, the harmonious colors, and the shades chosen to work on a wide variety of skintones makes Guerlain Coup de Foudre an easy “yes.” In soft light:

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I sort of love how none of these greens is a Pantone Color of the Year, but making anything really mainstream sort of kills things for me. Instead, you get a soft mossy green, a soft mint shimmer, a deep charcoal grey infused with green, and a soft coral. The texture is spectacular–it leaps onto one’s brush and applies effortlessly to the lid.

Guerlain Coup de Foudre

The shimmer of this palette loves the light. On Liz’s lids applied very lightly (she used the two deepest colors only, the left green and the green-gray). Of course, it can be applied more heavily if desired.

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Here’s a full face, which give a very neutral-with-a-green-kick impression:

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Liz paired Guerlain Coup de Foudre with Tom Ford Private Blend lipstick in Spanish Pink ($48). As an side, here was our set-up for the shoot:

Liz Guerlain

For other ideas for how to wear Coup de Foudre, see Messywand’s post creating three different looks including one incorporating the coral. Swatches:

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Overall–yes, you need it. We love Guerlain Coup de Foudre. It’s neutral with a twist, the texture is perfect, and its highle usable for everyday, elegant wear.

Available now at Nordstrom.com with free ship.

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Feb 242013
 

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There have been a number of vibrant eyeshadow palettes released recently (color is back, baby!). In the mix of textures and offerings, I didn’t want to let the Spring 2013 collection season go by without a look at Guerlain Attrape Coeur Eyeshadow Quad ($59). This was the colorful palette this season that I found to be easy to use, gentle in color tone, and made of wearable vibrant shades.

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Guerlain’s Attrape Coeur has a shimmery white highlighter color, a soft lavendar, a vibrant violet duochrome and a deep complex dark purple-violet that is striking as a liner.

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Guerlain Attrape Coeur’s color can be applied light and sheer so that it doesn’t overwhelm. These shades are vibrant. Although they can be built up, we found that applying them with a soft hand gave us a look that’s pretty but not too heavy. 

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Here’s Liz wearing Guerlain Attrape Coeur with Tom Ford Cherry Lush lipstick and Burberry Coral Pink Blush.

Guerlain Attrape Coeur

The quality of Guerlain’s 4-color eyeshadow palettes is becoming well known. It’s no surprise that Guerlain Attrape Coeur is selling out. I noticed that it is still up for sale on Neimans and Saks websites, but seems to be gone from  Nordstrom.com at this point.

Bottom line: Speak now (or forever hold your peace). This one’s limited edition. There are lines with more opaque shades out for Spring ’13 (MAC’s Spoiled Rich quad looks amazing on Mostly Sunny, but I don’t think it would on me and Temptalia certainly didn’t love it). For my aesthetic, I jumped on Guerlain Attrape Coeur and love it. I can use some of the vibrant shades with shell and brown neutrals, or on its own for a more vibrant look.

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Feb 232013
 
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Omorovicza Intensive Hydra Lifting 1

Omorovicza has just released a new moisturizer, the Omorovicza Intensive Hydra Lifting Cream ($225/1.7 oz.). This is a very rich, luxurious formula in a heavy, frosted beautiful glass container. This is the perfect time for this review, as we are in the February doldrums–with cold, dry air stressing out my skin I wanted an excellent quality moisturizer to get my skin ready for the Spring.

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I first tried this on a day where my skin was irritated, red, peeling and very unhappy. My instinct is to stay away from new products on such days, lest I risk more problems. As I’m becoming more accustomed with Omorovicza’s products, I proceeded nonetheless. In my experience, this line is extremely healing. Based on my past use of their products, I’m really gaining confidence that this line delivers. If my skin was going to recover, it was going to be with Omorovicza’s Intensive Hydra-Lifting Cream.

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As I was getting my errands and blogging done around the house that morning, I checked my skin every hour so. Gradually, over the course of a few hours, my skin started to lift, glow, and the dry patches were actually starting to heal. Although I had planned to wear a heavier foundation stick that day, I instead went with a light powder. That’s just priceless to me–visible results that shave off skin problems simply does not happen with every beauty product.

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With those results, I started to wear Omorovicza Intensive Hydra Lifting Cream day and night. This morning, after applying my concealer, I went to answer some email. When I was done and went back to my makeup area, it took me a minute to figure out whether or not I had already applied my foundation. My skin simply didn’t need much correction after a few days of wear. I applied a light layer of Omorovicza BB Perfecting Cream, some bronzer, and I was done.

Omorovoricza Intensive Hydra Lifting Cream

Omorovicza’s Intensive Hydra-Lifting Cream is a soft white cream that disappears when applied on the skin

I’d have to say that I concur with the company’s description:

A rich, yet easily absorbed, anti-aging moisturiser formulated for every day use, this Intensive Hydra-Lifting Cream delivers instant lifting, visible plumping and prolonged, sustained firming.

  • Hyaluronic acid, encapsulated and micro-injected, plumps and resurfaces lines and wrinkles; it also provides long-lasting hydration
  • Wheat polysaccharide tightens the skin’s surface to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, an amino-acid, remodels the surface of the skin
  • Arabian Myrrh plumps and redensifies the skin
  • Bifida ferment strengthens the skin’s immune system
  • Vitamin C provides anti-oxidant defense against free radicals and brightens tone

Ingredient list:

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Bottom line, I think Omorovicza is persuading that their products are exceeding the performance of my other high end moisturizers, some of which cost more. This is a good time to look at the Omorovicza line, because there is currently an offer for a Omorovicza Spring Beauty Kit $107 value free on orders over $175. The company sent me one of the gifts, the bag is a soft patent large enough for a month in Paris, or where ever your travels take you. The sample sizes are quite large and usable so that you can really test them out:

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The kit contains the following:

· Queen of Hungary Mist (30 ml)

· Copper Peel (2 tubes)

· Instant Plumping Cream (5 ml)

· Deep Cleansing Mask (15 ml)

 Omorovicza gift

 I haven’t tried these sample sized products out yet, but you can bet that these will keep me busy for a spa day at home very soon.

Bottom line:  Omorovicza’s Intensive Hydra-Lifting Cream is an intensive moisture experience, for serious hydration, repair and noticeable results.

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Feb 222013
 

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Earlier this week, I posted my swatches of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is now available for $28 on Nars website. These just appeared on the Nordstrom.com website and will be released to all other stores after March 1, 2013.

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 Since Monday, I’ve been testing the colors in my skin color range. Note that I’ve been applying the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer over an undereye moisturizer and serum. I am usually the lightest shade in any concealer range, except for Lancome Effernances. For Nars, I found that Honey and Custard were the best colors for my NC15/20 skin. I found that Honey worked best to neutralize the blue tone under my eye, so I’ve been using that one the most. Chantilly is very, very light. I found Vanilla too cool, and it gave me a ghosty look under my eyes. (I took seriously the advice that one shouldn’t wear concealers that are too light for one’s skin tone).

Nars Honey

I know what you are thinking, Gorgeous–Honey looks too dark in the tube for someone as fair as NC15/20. I say, well, when I apply it, and tilt my head up so that the light is absolutely even on my face, it looks like a good match and covers my dark circles. It looks natural, like real skin.

Nars honey and custard

Although in theory, Custard might seem to match with my skin tone, I found that Custard honestly didn’t cancel out the blue under my eyes quite as well as Honey. Although I’d want to do more testing on this point, perhaps I’d need to use a peach corrector if I was stuck on using Custard. So, after this week, Honey was the win for me–it looked the most natural with the best coverage for the final effect.

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I have high standards for concealers. In my mind, even companies that include Chanel don’t make a concealer that I find satisfying. I’ve used so many concealers that I couldn’t even begin to count them. Here are some additional thoughts:

  • Nars Radiant Creamy concealers are quite pigmented. I didn’t need much (a few light dots) to get full coverage. Use much less than a full doe-foot’s worth.
  • After the first day, I stopped using a corrector underneath. I found that the Bobbi Brown Corrector that I had used was interfering with the longevity of the Nars Radiant Creamy, and the coverage of the Nars Honey was fine without it.
  • Fading was really minimal, even compared to some of the longer lasting concealers that I’ve used (including Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer, Cle de Peau, and others).
  • Because the pigment can be applied in a very thin layer, I found these less dry-looking and aging compared to any other concealer that I’ve used. Even my beloved Burberry and Cle de Peau seem to look a bit aging on my worst, driest-skin days.
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers are more pigmented than the Armani Maestro Concealers that I’ve tried.
  • The Nars works well on imperfections on the face (I use this under my foundation). I doesn’t have the shiny look that some concealers do that can emphasize problems.

Bottom line:  Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is a truly great concealer.

Now available on Nars website, Nordstrom.com and everywhere else after March 1st.

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Feb 212013
 

Le Metier Liquid Eyeliners1

Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Inks Eyeliners ($28 each) are a remarkably beautiful and long-lasting pair of liners that live up to their name. I’ve been wearing these continuously for about two weeks. When I say “continuously,” I mean that in both senses of the word–I can wear these overnight without crumbling, fading or irritation, and the colors are so beautiful that I’ve had a hard time emotionally choosing any other liner in my collection as a substitute.

Le Metier liners come in two shades, including Artemis–a shimmering deep blue.

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The color is rich and saturated enough to use instead of a black. Sometimes colored liners are so light or anemic that I really do need to pair them with a richer color to get proper definition. Not so with Le Metier’s Artemis. This is richly pigmented deep blue that shows the color beautifully without any other color. It looks amazing with a nude eye, for example Nars All about Eve duo eyeshadow or other soft beige. This gives a well-defined, but subtly brightened color.

Do not fear the brush, gentle readers.  It’s quite easy peasy. After experimenting (although I stopped short of cutting the brush short with scissors), I found the best method of application for me is to lay the brush lengthwise along my lashline and to pull it horizontally across my upper lid. This gives me a rich swath of even color (once is enough for both of these Le Metier colors). I might use the tip of the brush for under eye definition, except I don’t wear liner there. My point is, it’s a perfectly workable brush.

Le Metier de Beauté Indelible Inks Eyeliners is also available in Casatalia, a rich purple with far less shimmer compared to Artemis. The formula is otherwise identical–all-day (and all-night) wear, great coverage in a single swipe, awesome rich color.

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 Here are swatches of Le Metier shimmery Artemis and not-shimmery Castalia:

Le Metier Indelible Ink Eyeliners

I don’t have any liquid liners comparable to Artemis. However, I can offer comparisons of Le Metier’s Castalia with Chanel Ligne Extreme in Purple #30 and Lancome Artliner in Aubergine:

Le Metier Indelible Ink Castalia

 Overall: These Le Metier Indelible Inks are winners. Slightly addictive, they stay on through everything and remove nicely with a good oil or dual-phase cleanser.

The Le Metier Indelible Ink eyeliners are available at Nordstrom.com (w/free ship).

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Feb 192013
 

Invisible Zinc Foundation01

One of the best things that anyone can do to prevent aging is to wear sun protection. Invisible Zinc is a company that specializes in broad-spectrum physical sun protection using ingredients formulated to look invisible to the eye. According to the company, this formulation “uses Zinc Oxide which although invisible to the naked eye still provides outstanding broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.” An Australian company, these products are are rated at SPF 30+, the highest rating available to products in that country.  This is available at Cult Beauty (use free ship code  MAKEUP25 to standard shipping on all orders over £25 except for Escentric Molecules).

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Living in California, and sometimes traveling to sunny, humid climates, I’m quite interested in sunscreen-intensive makeup products. I prefer physical sun protection, as more stable and less irritating solution compared to chemical sunscreens (although I’ll take a product with a mix of physical and chemical. 

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In the past, I’ve used Elta MD Physical SPF 41 as a tinted physical sunscreen that can be worn instead of foundation as well as Shiseido Sun Protection SPF 42 PA+++ Liquid Foundation. Invisible Zinc is sold in a stick form in three shades: light, medium and tan (I tested the lightest shade).

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Invisible Zinc is a creamy, medium-to-full coverage foundation that feels pleasant on the skin. Some of my efforts to try a high-SPF foundations have not been successful–as one example, I washed off Smashbox BB Cream SPF 35 before an hour because of the heavy sunscreen scent and heavy feeling on my skin. By comparison, Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield gives serious coverage but feels light. The scent is very subtle (you have to get close the tube to pick any scent up) and fades very quickly. It feels very pleasant, and allows my skin to breathe.

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Keeping in mind that this is a functional foundation, I planned to use this for trips to the pool, beach, or outdoors for long walks. For that format, nothing beats a stick format (no shaking required!). In the convenience department, Invisible Zinc wins out over Shiseido’s liquid. I found it held up well for a good 7-8 hours before I started to feel a need to touch up on my combination skin. It’s pretty easy to pull a stick foundation out and blend in some coverage (adding my Nars 413 Blkr Street Multiple completes the look). My testing days (which were mostly  in-office days) led me to conclude that Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield gave me a pretty finish that was far better than the rougher-textured Elta MD Physical SPF 41.

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 The ingredient list for the Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield is above (click to enlarge). For a workhorse sunscreen, I was very impressed by Invisible Zinc. I’d love to test it the next time that I go to a very humid climate, but I did find that the foundation held up beautifully in the more temperate, sunny Northern California testing ground. With the addition of some Guerlain finishing powder, I found that Invisible Zinc gave me a great look that I’d be pleased to wear any day of the week.  As an aside, the three finishing powders that I tried (on three different days) were the Geurlain Illuminating and MattifyingGuerlain Meteorites, and the Guerlain Voyage Meteorites.

Here are a few quick swipes to show how the Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield in Light compares to Chanel Lift Lumiere in Ivoire and MAC Pro Longwear in NC15. To my eye, it’s close to the MAC NC15 shade:

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Bottom line:  For anyone interested in a great, stable foundation this is well worth it. This foundation is available in the US from Cult Beauty, which also sells several additional products from the line. (use free ship code  MAKEUP25 to standard shipping on all orders over £25 except for Escentric Molecules).

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Feb 182013
 


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Neiman Marcus has begun presales for the Beauty Event, which runs February 21st-March 3rd. There’s a tote in four colors that’s available for $125 minimum.

Northern California beauty lovers should note that  Trish McEvoy will be visiting the Neiman Marcus store at Union Square on Wednesday, Feb 27th.

Here is the list of the brand-specific gifts with purchase. I’m assuming that these items are sample-sized unless a sales associate says differently:

ACQUA DI PARMA Le Acque Nobili Sofistic Collection sprays; with any purchase of Le Acque Nobili fragrance spray.

A DOZEN ROSES Amber Queen Eau de Parfum Rollerball; $85 minimum purchase.

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Feb 172013
 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer1

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($28) is set to release any day now, available first on Nars online and in Nars flagship boutiques. These have just appeared on the Nordstrom.com website  and will be everywhere else around March 1st). Cafe Makeup was sent a packet of samples, and so we are posting our swatches so that you can be ready to choose.

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 Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers are gloriously pigmented and feel moisturizing. According to the company, these are “luxuriously smooth with hydrating skincare benefits.”  They are intended for use undereye, as well as for other skin imperfections. This “multi-action formula provides medium to high buildable coverage in a natural, radiant finish with long-lasting results.” Having just torn open the envelope to cries of “ooooh pretty!”, we haven’t done all-day stress-testing but we plan to do so this week.

On to the colors:

CHANTILLY: True ivory shade for fairest complexions

VANILLA: Tiny cast of pink for the fair complexion

HONEY: Warm peach tone for light to medium complexion

CUSTARD: Yellow tone for light to medium complexion

GINGER: Golden undertone for medium complexion

BISCUIT: Medium dark natural balance of pink and yellow undertones

CARAMEL: Medium dark yellow and golden undertones

AMANDE: Medium dark with golden olive undertones

CAFÉ: Dark shade with warm red undertones

CACAO: Dark shade with deep gold-brown undertones

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Swatches of all shades:

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 Another (same order):

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The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer are available on Nars online and in Nars flagship boutiques. These have just appeared on the Nordstrom.com website  and will be everywhere else after March 1st.

We’ll post a separate review when we’ve tested these more. In the meantime, here’s a quick video from Nars about using their products:

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Feb 172013
 

It’s been literally months since Cafe Makeup has brought you “Here’s what three things I’m Obsessed With Today…” In one bit of news, we’re finally moving to a smaller, more personalized host provider. We’re hoping that this means that our site will be more dependable, stable and (dare to hope) load a bit faster. We’re terrified, but wishing that it all goes smoothly. Please pardon our dust during the move. We have a very patient professional assisting us (thank you, J!)

On with our list…

First, goodbye Peter, we hardly knew ye…. In the past, readers Cafe Makeup have know of our undying love for Chanel’s Creative Director of Beauty Peter Philips. We’ve been traumatized to learn that Peter is moving on from Chanel, hopefully to continue to do all of the creative wonderful things that we know that he’s capable of doing. That offer of lunch still stands, Peter, by the way. 

Peter Philips resigns

We’ve heard that Peter will still be heading the Chanel Fall 2013 show in Paris in a few weeks, so I know we’ll see him again. And now the speculation begins? Who will be next? Dick Page? Pat McGrath? Who is your guess?

Second, our Man Repeller Glossyboxes arrived. Cafe Makeup has never tried a subscription service before, but when we saw that Glossybox was offering one hosted by Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller blog, we had to jump on board. We like her style, we like her sense of humor, so we were hopeful that her beauty selections would be a “best in class” experience.

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This is Glossybox’s January selection (we received ours last week). Inside where some fun things, including an awesome sample of Le Metier Replenishing Daily Solution (take that on your next flight and arrive with baby soft skin). I’m wearing the Narciso Rodriguez For Her now, it’s subtle, sophisticated and a little spicy.

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It was sort of fun to play with someone else’s makeup selections, sort of like playing “what’s in your purse?” with a friend’s makeup bag. Overall, although I’m glad to have tried Glossbox, I ultimately cancelled the subscription. I don’t think the sample box service is something that I’d like to repeat monthly. 

Third, Omovoricza is having a gift with purchaseIf you’d like to try a variety of things, this is a good time to try out the line. This bag of sample size products, including the Queen of Hungary Mist, Copper Peel 2-part system, the Instant Plumping Cream and the Deep Cleansing mask are free with a $175 purchase online. It pops into your cart automatically (no code needed). I suspect that Omovoricza will run out of these soon.

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So, gorgeous readers, what are you obsessed with lately?

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Francois Nars for Marc Jacobs Fall 2013

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Feb 142013
 

NARS AW13 Marc Jacobs beauty look 1 - lo res

NARS created the look for today’s Marc Jacobs runway show. According to Nars, “The eye is smokey, but round and defined, and we created really matte, perfect skin. It’s Joan Jett meets Marianne Faithfull meets punk rock.”
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FACE
·        Radiant Cream Compact Foundation (New for Fall 2013)
                 Available: US – August 1 2013 / Global – September 1 1 2013
                 For a similar effect, try Sheer Glow Foundation
·        Concealer
·        Loose Powder
·        Zen Blush
·        Nico Blush
EYES
·        Black Valley Eye Paint (New for Fall 2013)
                 Available: US – September 1 2013 / Global – October 1 2013
                 For a similar effect, try Zardoz Single Eyeshadow
·        Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
BROWS
·        Brow Gel (New for Fall 2013)
                 Available: US / Global – August 1 2013
·        Kalamata Brow Perfector (New for Fall 2013)
                 Available: US / Global – August 1 2013
                 For a similar effect, try Bali Single Eyeshadow
LIPS
·        Triple X Lip Gloss
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A close reading of some of the media revealed that the models’ nails were pained with Marc Jacob’s own nail polish, due out in Fall 2013. Some highlights from today’s Marc Jacob’s show:
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