Feb 152015
 

A few things from last week’s New York Fashion Week…

Artist Lee Ashley Davidson posted this photo from Nicole Miller using new MAC Cosmetics pure pigment wet/dry eyeshadows and Retromatte liquid lipstick.

Madeline Poole, Christian Louboutin Beauté Nail Consultant, used a square motif at Cushnie et Ochs. “We went with two coats of “Sweet Charity” with square detailing in navy blue “Wherever” and teal green “Ni Toi Ni Moi.”

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NARS at Creatures of the Wind used a simple look with perfect skin with an emphasis on lashes and brows.

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James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry, used the following:

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Soft Velvet Loose Powder
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Audacious Mascara (New for Fall 2015)
Oural Brow Gel

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Maud Laceppe for NARS Cosmetics created the look for the Rachel Comey AW ’15, which is a “dewy, almost wet look. A fresh and effortless girl, but still sexy.”

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Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Soft Velvet Loose Powder
Copacabana Multiple

CHEEKS
Contour Blush
Copacabana Multiple
Tribulation Blush (New for Fall 2015, for now try Nico Blush)

EYES
Copacabana Multiple
Tribulation Blush (New for Fall 2015, for now try Nico Blush)
Reykjavik Velvet Shadow Stick (New for Fall 2015)

LIPS
Chelsea Girls Lip Gloss (not yet released)

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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 102015
 

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope that you are having a lovely weekend, and able to stay warm and comfy.  I saw a few fun things that I thought I’d share…

I still haven’t fully processed Chanel’s Metiers d’Art Salzburg show. A few years ago, I spent some time in Salzburg in the winter. Although beautiful in the summer, with its Mozart music festival and Sound of Music hills (it’s the city where the movie was filmed), I was impressed with the city in the winter. Located among the beautiful Alps, this city is populated with the most amazing, warm, and charming people. There are beautiful walks to castles on the hills. It’s so idyllic. By the way, Chanel’s clothing captured the heritage and culture of the city perfectly. And of course, this is the city where Coco got her inspiration for her famous jacket. What better place to celebrate the line?
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Congratulations to Lisa Eldridge, the new creative director for Lancome.  I’m so pleased that she’ll be providing them with some of her creative talent. As she’s explained on her website, she’ll continue to maintain her video blog, twitter, and other social media accounts.

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How cute is this Alice and Olivia Starbucks cup? Love this! The bow is removable, thank heavens. I’m going to have to look for this locally, it looks like it’s already sold out online. Cute!
starbucksIs white the new black? Le Bon Marche in Paris thinks so. They’ve commissioned designer goods available in store during the month of January. Love those Dior sunglasses! Perfect for winter.

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By the way, I’ve noticed that there are more codes on my Sephora iPhone app than I can see on my desktop. The app codes work on the desktop (sometimes it throws an error, but it does take it). If you’ve got the app, you might take a look–nothing wrong with free samples!

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I hope you have a lovely remainder of your weekend, gorgeous!

 

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Jan 092015
 

Regular followers: here’s an update on the makeup room project.

As background, during 2014 I moved cross-country. This has been challenging with a makeup hobby. We are building an addition in our new home. In the blueprints, I was delighted to see this concept for a makeup room.

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Here is a computer-generated graphic of the concept for the room. As you can see, storage:

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Last fall, I posted this picture of the structure that had been put into place:

future makeup roomWhen I arrived home after the holidays, I found that drywall was up. It’s starting to look more like an actual room now. I love the light and space.

makeup room januaryOf course, this is exciting to see. I cannot wait to get more organized. I hope that you are all doing beautifully!

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