Oct 042014

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NARS’ exclusive Laced with Edge Holiday 2014 Gifting Collection exposes a world of color, where technology is seduced by fashion and femininity smolders in a disruptive new dimension. Swathed in digital lace, the keepsake collection brings fashion to the forefront with abstract white webs and hints of sleek red foil popping through. Translucent outer packaging creates futuristic illusions, seducing the eye in to a paradigm of color and pattern.


Chris Kabatsi Nebula


Chris Kabatsi Nebula

The custom packaging adapts architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print into a dynamic yet delicate depiction. The intricate web of black gloss grips the signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace. Slip into something transfixing—undress the part. The algorithmically generated pattern of the Nebula explores the formation and organization of the cosmos.

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Algorithm Laguna Bronzer ($89)  Golden ratio redux. The iconic NARS bronzer, Laguna, recoded into a geometric fantasy—logically aligned with a mobile take on the classic Ita brush. Here is the compact:

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Laser Cut ($59)  A futuristic vision for eyes, cheeks, and lips in a tech-chic double layer compact. Enter a continuum of cutting-edge color, coded for endless beauty.

  • EYESHADOW I Perfect neutral vanilla
  • EYESHADOW II Shimmering café au lait
  • EYESHADOW III Matte army green
  • DAY DREAM BLUSH Flirty sheer peach
  • LAGUNA BRONZER Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer
  • DOLCE VITA LIPGLOSS Sheer dustry rose

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Modern Future ($49)  The apex of femininity: NARS’ iconic pink tone, Roman Holiday, cloned into a prism of pigments for cheeks, lips, and nails.

  • ROMAN HOLIDAY LIPSTICK Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY BLUSH Pretty pastel with the most delicate hint of pink
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY NAIL POLISH Shimmery begonia pink

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The gift packaging for the set:NARS Holiday 2014 Modern Future Gifting Set Keepsake Box Shot - jpeg

TECH FASHIONA ($49) seductive shift into a realm of cutting-edge color. Four megawatt miniatures of Larger Than Life® Lipgloss multiply future chic into polished possibilities.

  • LIPGLOSS I Shimmering peach sorbet
  • LIPGLOSS II Shimmering sheer fig
  • LIPGLOSS III Shimmering sheer raspberry
  • LIPGLOSS IV Sheer ruby


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KABUKI BRUSH SET ($149) Transcend. Transform. Transfix. Face your future femme with three iconic NARS Kabuki brushes to sculpt, contour, define—and defy color conventions.

  • MIE KABUKI BRUSH Ideal for soft, all-over face application of loose and pressed powders. Luxuriously layered with a double-dome design that deposits product evenly.
  • MIZUBAKE KABUKI BRUSH Contour and sculpt blush and bronzer with this distinct design for controlled application and precise definition.
  • KABUKI EYE BRUSH Blend and diffuse eyeshadows for a soft-focus, seamless effect with this limited edition domed eyeshadow brush

NARS Holiday 2014 Kabuki Brush Gifting Set

VIRTUAL DOMINATION ($65) (available at Sephora)  Submit to an altered state of seduction with this high-density powdered blush and bronzer palette, decoded into a laser-chic rush for cheeks.

  • LAGUNA BRONZER Diffused Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer
  • MISS LIBERTY BLUSH Soft shimmering peach
  • DEEP THROAT BLUSH Flirty sheer peach
  • SEX FANTASY BLUSH Pale lavender pink
  • FINAL CUT BLUSH Peach coral

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DIGITAL WORLD ($49) (available at Sephora) Abandon protocol. Pencil-in a new code of sensuality by dressing lips with a circuit of rich, multidimensional color.

  • CRUELLA passionate scarlet red
  • IBERICO Intense coral
  • YU Shocking pink
  • DESCANSO Tea rose
  • TORRES DEL PAINE Peach coral

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Available November 1, 2014


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Oct 042014

NARS Holiday 2014 Campaign Image - jpeg

Cutting-edge color—anything but straightlaced. For Holiday 2014, François Nars projects a bold new design for the future femme. Decoding the thrill of seduction, this captivating collection exposes a full range of colors and textures with dramatic dimension.

The custom packaging adapts architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print into a dynamic yet delicate depiction. The intricate web of black gloss grips the signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace.

NARS Hardwired lipsticks (new formula) ($26 each).  This newly formulated lipstick fuses cutting-edge pigments with rich texture. Three seductive shades deliver brilliant, glossy shine with full coverage.

  • DEADLY CATCH Crimson
  • FEMME FLEUR Shimmering brick red with gold pearl
  • ADRIATIC Glistening soft cream

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (new formula) ($25) A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS Laced with Edge Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for new feminine dimension in three captivating colors.

  • CANBERRA Shimmering lavender
  • OPAL COAST Iridescent white
  • GABON Bronzed green

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NARS Holiday 2014 Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow -jpegNARS Lipgloss ($26 each) NARS Lip Gloss lavishly coats lips with futuristic sheen. The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear. Create the perfect pair by layering over Hardwired Lipstick or wear on its own for sheer shine.

  • BURNING LOVE Bright Ruby with subtle shimmer
  • CORSICA Shimmering pink raspberry
  • SOLEIL D’ORIENT Shimmering pink champagne

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NARS Nail Polish $20  Complete your look with three must-have metallic shades for nails. NARS Nail Polish boasts a high-gloss, flexible finish that delivers a freshly-painted look that’s lasts. The upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

  • BARENTS SEA Sparkling deep blue
  • ALGONQUIN Sparkling lilac
  • SHERWOOD Shimmering violet rose

Nars holiday 2014 nail polish

NARS Almeria Blush ($30) (tan rose)  This limited edition formula delivers a combination of extreme comfort and color purity for the ultimate in powder perfection. The micro-fine pressed powder in tan rose blush brings an electrifying wash of color to cheeks for the winter months.

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GET THE LOOK in the promotional picture:

Created and developed by Founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Holiday 2014 Collection heralds a season of modern seduction with riveting reds, neo-neutrals and molten metallics. The campaign—photographed by François Nars—features model Daria Strokous in an image that fuses futurism, design and beauty.

To achieve the campaign look from the NARS Holiday 2014 Collection, prepare skin with Light Optimizing Primer SPF15 to create a seamless canvas. For a luminous complexion, gently press Siberia All Day Luminous Powder Foundation into skin. Dust away excess powder with the Loose Powder Brush #10. Apply Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla under eyes or where needed to blur imperfections, blend using the Cream Blending Brush #12 to even out skin tone. Using the Blush Brush #20, lightly sweep Almería Blush in the hollows of the cheeks to warm the complexion. Press Opal Coast Hardwired Eyeshadow over the eyelids, blending up toward the browbones for an iridescent white base. Apply Interstellar Eye Paint to the inner corners of the eyes using the Cream Blending Brush #12. Dab the excess eye paint along the lower lash lines. Define the upper lash lines with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long Wear Eyeliner. Finish the eyes with two coats of Larger than Life® Volumizing Mascara. Line and fill the lips with Nihiwatu Velvet Lip Liner for a rich base. Outline and coat lips with Deadly Catch Hardwired Lipstick, blend using the Precision Lip Brush #30.

This collection is available beginning October 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and at department and specialty stores beginning November 1, 2014.

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Sep 252014

Oribe Signature and Supershine08I started going gray in my early 20’s, and I began having it colored soon after. By this point in my life my hair needs TLC almost constantly. Although I’d love to get away with inexpensive hair products, I’ve embraced the need to use premium products to tame its tendency toward coarseness and its need for constant moisture.

Oribe Signature and Supershine12Every time I try something from Oribe, I fall more and more in love with the line. The scents are complex and beautiful, but the real payoff are the incredible results. Today, I opened a new set of Oribe Signature Shampoo ($36) and Signature Conditioner ($39).  Even a single use of this duo makes my hair soft, manageable and shiny.

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The shampoo uses a covered flip top. No messing with separate caps in the shower.

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It’s surprising that my hair doesn’t seem to need any styling products after using this duo.

Oribe Signature and Supershine10The conditioner uses a flip-top cap.

Oribe Signature and Supershine14This gives me “celebrity level” hair, if I can create a phrase. I actually bought the Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream ($49) to go with the set, but my hair didn’t seem to need it today after using the Signature Shampoo and Conditioner.  I’ll have to report on this one later.Oribe Signature and Supershine05Overall, another successful experience with Oribe. Bot  Oribe Signature Shampoo ($36) and Signature Conditioner ($39) are available at Barneys (free ship with all orders).

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Sep 242014


As if life isn’t busy enough, I’m working on adding an addition on my new home.  The original home was designed in the 1930’s, so I thought integrating some custom storage for makeup is a nice upgrade. I wanted to share some pictures to get your suggestions. These are mock-ups for the storage space that I’m considering (two sides of the longer walls, the shorter wall just has more counter space (I believe).


As you can see, there is drawer-space galore, and cabinets for larger items above.There’s a nice window so that I can take Cafe Makeup pictures when the lighting permits. We’re about to commit to this design, so if you have any creative ideas we’d love to hear them!



Any thoughts are appreciated!


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Sep 222014

Shiseido Ultimune4

Lately I’ve been musing about ways to protect my skin. I’ve tried several lovely skin care products over the years, and given Shiseido’s reputation for high quality I was wondering about their offerings. I’ve loved their sun protection, foundations, several makeup items, and their Benefiance Eye Contour Cream. This time, “I tried Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (1.0 oz/$65 and 1.6 oz/$95). Check it out HERE.

This is a first-of-its kind product, and it incorporates 20 years of research in its creation and development. Here are the images of the available two sizes:


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This concentrate is designed to protect skin from all factors–including stress, environment, and aging. The line recommends using on the face in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning. I’m also adding a a drop or two on my neck area.


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This lightweight concentrate includes the line’s Ultimune Complex, which is designed to boost the skin’s defenses that have begun to deplete due to aging. According to Shiseido, these are called “Langerhans Cells” and they hold “the key to promoting skin’s multi-defensive power.” These cells, which protect the skin when one is younger, become less effective with age or stress. Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is designed to compensate for this loss, to protect the skin, and prevent further damage.


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The formula contains a variety of plant-based ingredients, including a unique botanical cocktail of ginko biloba leaf extract (an anti-oxidant, which helps prevent damage), and herbs from both the East and West.


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The container has a pump top that keeps the formula protected until needed (the pump action is very controllable).


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When applied, the formula is a light concentrate that quickly absorbs. As a light product, you will want to use this before any other skincare, sun care, primer, or foundation (because you want it closest to the skin to work best). The formula has a light slightly floral scent that fades quickly. I noticed a lovely effect on the first application–my skin felt more hydrated, lifted, and smooth. It looked and felt similar to the effect of using a moisturizing face mask. The product absorbs quickly and feels as if one is not wearing anything (except with better looking skin!). The line promises a more youthful glow in as little as one week, and increased firmness and resilience after four weeks. Based on my brief experience, this is well worth a look.


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You can check out Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate HERE. It really helps you discover the #beautyinyou!


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This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. Many thanks to Shiseido for sponsoring this post. Also, this post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

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