Jul 152015
 

buly 27After reading this recent review of Buly 1803 in The New York Times, I decided to stop by their shop at 6 rue Bonaparte, Paris, on my way to the Musee D’Orsay. It’s very easy to find, the tiny shop is just around the corner from Dries Von Noten’s shop. The shop is small, friendly, and offers a wonderfully unique and extremely worthwhile experience.

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Jul 112015
 

In addition to the surprisingly lovely Nars + Christopher Kane Quantum and Violet Atom (reviewed here), there are a few more items that you shouldn’t miss considering.

Nars Christopher Kane collection - 96

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Jul 102015
 

MAC Pro Longwear powderDuring a makeup emergency (long story!) I bought the new MAC Prolongwear Pressed Powder ($26) in Light Plus on a trip several weeks ago. I integrated it into my daily routine immediately, without photographing the product or keeping the box as I usually do.  In the meantime, I’ve been impressed with this light-coverage, velvet-matte powder. I thought it was worth discussing even if my pictures aren’t complete. This comes in eleven (11) shades from Light to Dark Deepest. MAC’s Prolongwear Pressed Powder is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Dillards and other MAC sources.

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Jul 092015
 

NORDSTROM -  Shop Women's Beauty and Fragrance Exclusives
Here are some suggestions to explore at this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As you know, Nordstrom cardholders get early access starting now. Prices go up August 9th.

Chanel Travel Makeup Set ($95) I wish that I had this with me today! This set contains all the essentials to create a complete and flawless makeup look. It offers a variety of shade combinations, helping to create different looks that will suit every occasion. The palette is matched with a travel-size Inimitable Mascara in Noir.

chanel setWhile you’re at it, you might want to look at Chanel’s Perle items which have also just arrived at Nordstrom.

chanel perle

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Set ($96).  I had a feeling we hadn’t seen the last of the Boys. This includes the lovely Flynn, Giacomo and Alejandro.

tom ford lips and boys

Guerlain Meteorites for Summer ($62). These will be exclusive to Nordstrom for a bit.

guerlain rainbow

Dior Eye Reviver in Rosy Palette ($62). According to the description box, this is a slightly different set of shades than the neutral brown one that we’ve previously seen.Dior

Yves Saint Laurent is providing early access to some Fall ’15 items here. The Glossy Stain set at $72 looks like a nice choice.

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If you don’t already have these Giorgio Armani Beauty Essentials ($72) please treat yourself. I really love their base products, and this looks like a wonderful way to get started. This set includes the Fluid Master Primer (1 oz.), the Fluid Sheer #2 (1 oz.), and a Mini Travel Brush for application of both/either._10874167Butter London The New Neutrals Set ($24):

butter londonThis set includes at a rather attractive price point:

  • Fashion-size Nail Lacquer in Early Grey (0.2 oz.)
  • Fashion-size Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy (0.2 oz.)
  • Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Tea with the Queen (0.1 oz.)
  •  Pencil Sharpener

‘Blame it on NARS’ Cheek Palette ($59).

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This palette includes ncludes:

  • Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love
  • Blush in Day Dream
  • Blush in New Attitude
  • Bronzing Powder in Casino
  • Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush

Bobbi Brown Secret to Standout Eyes ($85)

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This set includes an eyeshadow palette with 12 shades: Cream, Champagne Quartz Metallic, Nude Glow Metallic, Moonstar Sparkle, Malted, Oyster Sparkle, Taupe Stonewash Shimmer Wash, Mica Shimmer Wash, Chocolate Caviar, Chocolate Bronze Sparkle, and Rich Navy.

Also, there is a Smokey Eye Mascara in Black (I’m assuming this is a mini), Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink (always useful!) and a Mini Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

burberry fresh set

Burberry Nude Glow Set ($78) is a classic addition that can be used daily. This set includes:
– Full-size Fresh Glow Nude Radiance (1 oz.)(yes, full size!)
– Full-size Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink (0.12 oz.)
– Full-size Bold Lash Mascara in Black (0.24 oz.)
– My Burberry Fragrance Sample (0.07 oz.)
– Burberry Pouch (looks rather huge and usable)

mac look in a boxIn addition to some lip and brush sets, there are two quiet surprises in the MAC Look in a Box – Sophisticate Face Kit ($49). This little beauty has two former limited edition blushes that sold out rather quickly and became highly sought-after:  Linda and Cream Soda. I’m using up my Linda blush, and although I can’t tell whether the colors in this palette will be identical to the full-sized version, the palette looks like a great one to pick up for travel.  Here’s the full description:

– Powder Blush in Cream Soda (light neutral coral) (0.14 oz.)
– Powder Blush in Linda (peachy tan shimmer) (0.14 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Hey (nude shimmer) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Sun Tweaked (burnt copper) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Wedge (soft muted beige taupe) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in With Flair (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in limited-edition Beautifully Charred (deep brown with pearl) (0.01 oz.)
– Eyeshadow in Dance in the Dark (deep blackened plum) (0.01 oz.)
– Lipstick in limited-edition Love Happens (warm light nude) (0.02 oz.)
– Lipstick Pan in True Red (vivid bright coral red) (0.02 oz.)
– 213 Fluff Brush/316 Lip Brush

Don’t forget to pick up your basics as well, including lingerie, the Zella Live-in Leggings, those boots that you’ll be greatful for next February, and a little something something to start your holiday shopping early so it doesn’t seem so intimidating come Thanksgiving.

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Jul 092015
 

Color seemed to float about the luxurious fabrics at Armani Prive this week in Paris. As described by Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times:

Starting with a (natch) shocking pink Lurex and chenille peplumed jacket over loose black velvet pants, he segued into an iridescent rainbow of jewel tones — emerald, sapphire, tourmaline, garnet, turquoise — set off against an onyx backdrop, and worked in a variety of bristling, sparkling, three-dimensional ways.

 

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Jul 082015
 

Couture is best viewed up close, without question. But for those of us lacking front row seat privileges at Chanel Couture 2015, online images are the next best thing.

Models present creations for Chanel during the 2015-2016 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 7, 2015 at the Grand Palais in Paris.            AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

Models present creations for Chanel during the 2015-2016 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 7, 2015 at the Grand Palais in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

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Jul 082015
 

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection Stylized Image - low res

The Fall 2015 Color Collection, created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a lush and lavish mix of shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks. The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red.

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection Pack Shot - high res copy

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Jul 082015
 

Clarins Instant Concealer 1Clarins Instant Concealer ($31/0.5 oz.) is an ideal concealer for those with dry skin or fine under eye lines who are looking for medium coverage. The effect is very natural, giving a softening effect without migrating into fine lines. This concealer is available in four (4) shades–I chose #02 for my MAC NC15/20-Chanel Ivoire skin tone and find that this is a good, natural-looking match. Clarins Instant Concealer is available at Clarins online, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and other Clarins sources.

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Jul 072015
 

Are we all ready to learn new things about base products? Between some of the water-based BB’s, serums, and other new formulations, MAC has introduced its MAC Lightful C 2-in-1 Serum and Tint ($60). This is a niche-product that is targeted to help with radiance and eliminating dark spots and pigmentation. For purposes of this review, I ask that you place your knowledge of foundations to the side for a bit. At the end, I’ll compare this to foundation, and why the word “tint” is used in the product name instead. MAC 2-in-1 Serum and Tint is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and other MAC sources.

Mac Tinted Serum 5

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