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NARS/Guy Bourdin Holiday 2013 Preview

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NARS/Guy Bourdin Holiday 2013 Preview


The latest Holiday collaboration is a no-brainer: NARS – Guy Bourdin. If you look at most NARS ads, with ultra glamazons saturated in color and sensuality, you would immediately see influences from a Bourdin layout in French Vogue, circa 1977.

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NARS Holiday 2013 Campaign

This Holiday season, Nars will be rolling out 16 new, limited edition eye shadows, lipsticks, blush and nail polishes. The eye shadows and lipstick are a little different. To really fit the Bourdin mold, shadows are reformulated with high-pearl and high-shine finish and lipsticks are super-glossy.  Both deliver high impact “saturated, cinematic Bourdin look.”

Here’s a sneak peek of the collection that will debut in Nars boutiques and Nars.com on Oct. 15 before debuting at Sephora and department stores on Nov. 1.

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Prices range from $19/USD – $29/USD

On the topic of Holiday, you can expect a myriad of gift options. They range from polish collections, shadow/blush palettes, Larger than Life Eyeliner Coffrett, to cheeky cosmetic pouches.

And I just love the packaging:

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This set contains two mini velvet lip pencils and two lipsticks contained in a lacquered lip case. My problem is figuring out which one to keep and which ones to give out this Christmas.

Last year’s Andy Warhol collaboration gave us an urban downtown art-house feel so this season we are transported back to the glossy, high fashion disco days of Regine’s in Paris. The holidays just can’t come any sooner.

The gifting collection consists of eight sets. They will be distributed between Nars.com, Nars boutiques, Sephora and fine department stores. Prices range from $35/USD – $75/USD.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty – Highliner Pencil Review

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Marc Jacobs Beauty – Highliner Pencil Review


I am a huge fan of Marc Jacobs. I own a few Marc by Marc Jacobs items because it’s pretty wallet friendly compared to his signature line. The Marc Jacobs woman is an effortlessly cool.  Polished but just a little rough, mussed up around the edges – this is my style in a nutshell. I just wish I could afford more Marc Jacobs. Well, my wish is coming true because early this fall, he released his self-titled beauty line.

I’m not going to review the entire collection, just the one item I picked up and has been used in my current rotation of beauty items.

The Highliner pencil:

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I almost picked up basic black but I wanted something different, perhaps a shade that could also double as a lid shade. So I went with this beautiful, shimmery bronze, Ro(cocoa).

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Honestly, I was a little hesitant because it reminded me of a bronzer liner I currently own that is near and dear to my heart – Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Smog, a deep brown with shimmer.

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Ro(cocoa) on the left and Smog on right – I’m so glad I was wrong. Ro(cocoa) is more copper on my skin, whereas Smog is a deep brown bronze.

When trying as a lid base, I drew thick lines on my top lash lines and then smudged the color right below my orbital bone. Please pay no attention to the stray hair on my face.

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I then drew another line right along my top and bottom lash lines. I also used an eye pencil brush to soften and smudge from mid to outer bottom corner. Finish up with layers of black mascara and you can call it a day. It’s perfect for weekends, simple eye looks that won’t compete with bright lips or for morning when you hit the snooze button just one too many times.

But being the beauty junkie I am, I added on:

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I layered a light golden beige on top, a matte neutral brown in the crease and a creamy bisque as my highlight. This is a great component for a smoky bronze eye look. I also love wearing this on my bottom water line when wearing black liner on top lash lines.

When wearing this on top of a good lid primer, I get a full eight hours and surprisingly, up to four hours on my bottom water lines. I should preface this by mentioning that I do not have oily lids. If you do, you make experience some product movement. I love this liner – the formula is smooth like a traditional potted gel liner and packaged in a slim twist top pencil. It’s very light weight and can be easily carried in your pocket or a slim wristlet.

Bonus points – it comes with it’s own sharpener:

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The Highliner comes in six shades and I’m pretty sure more to come in the very near future. Next on my “to-try” list are the blushes,  lip lacquer glosses and the lip gel lipsticks. If my lips take well to MJ lip product formulas then my wallet will be very fearful.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is exclusively found at Sephora and Marc Jacobs’ boutiques.

Product price range – $18 – $59/USD.

Highliner pencil, $25/USD

 

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Shiseido Fall 2013 Review

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Shiseido Fall 2013 Review


Hey Beauty Fans,

This week I’ll be sharing my favorite fall offerings from a brand that I don’t always give love to, but I’m looking to change that with just the few items I picked this season.

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I am a fan of the Perfect Rouge Lipstick for it’s instant moisture once applied to my lips, due to it’s super hydro-wrap vitalizing DE and hyaluronic acid. Pigment is rich and luxurious due to the red illuminating pearl also found in the formula, it delivers vivid color while reflecting light for a lustrous, pumped finish.

It’s unscented and doesn’t make my lips dry or itch. It’s earned a place on my holy grails of lipstick brands. Due to my hyper-sensitive lips, this is a relatively short list. Shiseido currently added five new shades to their existing lineup of twenty.

I went with a work friendly brownish red shade, Harmony (RD 750):

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I find this to be a very office friendly color or perhaps the perfect compliment to smoky charcoal or chocolate eye looks. I would also use a soft peach or rose blush shade. I know this looks like a light coral but it is really is a light russet shade in naturally lighting.

I wanted to do something completely opposite to HarmonyShowgirl (RD 553):

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Showgirl is described as a deep striking red – that’s true but it’s a bit of a tomato red on me. This is your red to compliment a nude lid marked with a strong liquid (or gel) eye liner on the top lash lines, topped with lots of black mascara or a strip of false lashes. Or for a more fresh and innocent look, I would pair this red lips with lightly a light touch of gold lids to brighten the eyes and lots of black mascara for flirty definition.

I get a decent wear time of about three hours before I need to refresh the color. It settles nicely and comfortably. I can’t wait to incorporate these shades into my color repertoire.

I’ve never tried the new Shiseido shadows. I probably stole a few swipes from my mother’s shadow duos from the late 80’s, when she was out and I was bored. I don’t remember the shadows being this soft to the touch on my fingertips.

It’s gets it buttery soft texture from these components:  Satin smooth pearl (provides smooth finish), Micromatic color (reflects light, creating vivid, translucent colors), Super Hydro-wrap Vitalizing DE  (improves dryness to give eyes a moisturized look all-day), and dual optimizing powder (delivers true color and natural sheen for all-day wear).  Shiseido has added three new shades to their existing lineup of twelve.

After a full day wear, I can attest that it does give a very soft look. If you are use to high impact colors, this may not be for you. You know how much I love strong colors on my lids but for days that I want some quiet soft shades, I’ll turn to this. These shadows are perfect for the office, weekends and any time you are craving a soft wash of color that won’t clash with your strong pout.

I went with Into the Woods (BR 214)

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A dark, warm amber and gold paired with a cool lilac – reminiscent to a burned tree trunk. I really like the unexpected coolness from the lilac. I added the lilac to the inner corners of my eyes to brighten and make my eyes look a little bit bigger. I also like this color right under the highest arch of my brows added polish. I also used a deep bronze pencil along my bottom waterline.

I am pleased with my picks and hope to add more to my collection in the near future.

Perfect Rouge – $25/USD

Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio – $33/USD

The new fall collection is available now online (www.shiseido.com) and at all stores that carry the Shiseido brands.

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NARS Beauty Report: NY Fashion Week SS’14

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NARS Beauty Report: NY Fashion Week SS’14


This week I wanted to spot light a few beauty looks I am loving for Spring/Summer 2014. Fashion week was pretty exciting but at the same time frustrating; just as I started easing into my sultry berry wine lips, I am now a little excited to show off dewy skin with just a hint of bronzer, gloss and eye liner.

What’s a beauty addict to do?

Alexander Wang

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NARS created the look for the Alexander Wang SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Alexander Wang SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: “This is raw beauty – a simple freshness, focusing on skincare, curled lashes, and a groomed brow.”
 
How to get the look:
 
SKIN
 
FACE
EYES
 
BROWS
I love this look because I cannot leave the house without eye brows etched into my face. If my skin were naturally radiant and clear like these girls, I’d walk out the house like this daily. I’d also have a less product clutter in my bathroom and not much to write about. I’ll have to rethink this.
Rodarte
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NARS created the look for the Rodarte SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Rodarte SS’14
 
LEAD ARTIST: James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: Rodarte’s SS’14 makeup inspiration evolved from Los Angeles and its sleek and minimal lines.  The eye makeup is precise and striking, accenting the graphic lines of their collection.
How to get the look:
 
FACE
Altai Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now G-Spot Multiple)
Anguilla Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try Riviera Multiple)
 
EYES
 
BROWS
 
LIPS
This one I’m feeling too because I’m always a sucker for crisp eye liner and nude lips. It’s a quiet glamorous look. Skin is radiant and there’s just a delicate hint of sculpted cheekbones.
Carmen Marc Valvo
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NARS created the look for the Carmen Marc Valvo SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Carmen Marc Valvo SS’14
LEAD ARTIST: Uzo for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: “With its fresh spin on tribal motifs combined with luxe fabrics and intricate embellishments, the collection called for clean and polished makeup with a bit of playfulness. We added a hint of platinum shimmer and a strong, graphic black eyeliner. Keeping the look modern and updated, a nude lip complemented the athletic playfulness in the collection.”
 
DESIGNER INSPIRATION: “The inspiration for this season is a kind of Tribal Techno. It’s taking tribal patterns and treating them in a monochromatic form: black, white, silver. Bringing them out of their element and making them a little bit more graphic, a little bit more computer generated.”
How to get the look:
 
FACE
EYES
Gold lamé side of the Kauai Duo Eyeshadow (New for Spring 2014; for now try Mousson Cream and Euphrate Eyeshadows)
Delicate pale peach side of Key Largo Duo Eyeshadow
Sheer white shimmer side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
 
LIPS
The inspiration here is futuristic tribal but honestly it’s pure 80’s Terri Nunn from the group, Berlin. Have no idea who I’m talking about, please Google her or ask your mom’s super cool younger sister.
Helmut Lang
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NARS created the look for the Helmut Lang SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: Helmut Lang SS’14
  
LEAD ARTIST: Hannah Murray for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: “This look is an elevated version of the typical Helmut Lang girl. The skin is very fresh, flushed and sporty, with a cherry lip.”
How to get the look:
 
SKIN
 
FACE
BROW
EYES
 
LIPS
 
This is a pretty fallish looking face with the cherry pout. This is my favorite way to show off a garnet lip – slight blush, next to no eye makeup and just lots of confidence.
Thakoon
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NARS created the look for the Thakoon SS’14 runway show. Please find more information below and attached images for your reference.
SHOW: Thakoon SS’14
 
LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: “It’s all about lashes with fresh skin, a bit of dimension, and a pink lip.”
How to get the look:
 
FACE
Anguilla Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try the Riviera Multiple)
Cappadoce Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try Palm Beach Multiple)
EYES
BROWS
LIPS
Laos Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try Barbarella Lipstick)
 
Fresh, pretty and innocent – this is they way I hope my daughter will wear her makeup when she’s in high school and not like some sad goth girl like I did my Freshman year.
Naeem Khan
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NARS created the look for the Naeem Khan SS ‘14 runway show.
SHOW: Naeem Khan SS ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
 
LOOK: “The starting point of the inspiration was Frida Kahlo, but we didn’t want the makeup to be a literal interpretation. Instead, eyes are softly defined yet translucent; the lips are the focal point with a faded and diffused berry shade, complementing the collection.”
How to get the look:
 
FACE
EYES
Triple X Lip Gloss (lash line)
 
BROW
 
LIPS
3.1 Philip Lim:
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NARS created the look for the 3.1 Phillip Lim SS’14 runway show.
SHOW: 3.1 Phillip Lim SS’14
 
LEAD ARTIST: Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics
 
LOOK: “This season, Phillip created sunglasses with a hologram effect and I wanted to recreate the same iridescent texture – paired with translucent skin, it’s very ethereal. It’s a healthy glow in a futuristic way – like a ‘future perfect’ day at the beach.”
LEAD MANICURIST: Elisa Ferri for NARS Cosmetics
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
 
FACE
BROWS
EYES
Iridescent icy blue side of Iceland Duo Eyeshadow
Gold lamé side of the Kauai Duo Eyeshadow (New for Spring 2014; for now try Mousson Cream and Euphrate Single Eyeshadows)
 
LIPS
Années Folles Larger Than Life® Lipgloss (New for Spring 2013; for now try Born This Way Larger Than Life® Lipgloss)
NAILS
Rose gold side of Easy Walking Nail Polish
Can’t go wrong with the easy look of clear, bright eyes and bright, fresh skin to match. You’ll need deep exfoliation, regular facials and visine to really assist the cosmetics for this look. The simplicity is just so pretty to look at.
As you can see the focus here is radiant skin. I didn’t really see any heavily bronzed cheekbones. It’s soft and subtle just like Spring.
Okay, now I just have to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season before I can even think about these looks. I better get my skincare down now!
 

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My New Lipstick Crush: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

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My New Lipstick Crush: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick


I know I gush about another cosmetic brand but honestly my heart is huge enough to love other brands equally. Urban Decay is one of those brands that owns a portion of my heart – I’d say upper right side. I love their eye pencils, liquid liners and awesome eye shadows. I am also a fan of their minty fresh lip glosses but I soon noticed their lipstick was lacking and then the collection disappeared.

Until recently. The lipstick collection came back late this Summer and they came back HARD! The reviews from my fellow bloggers all raved just how awesome they were and this really piqued my interest. But I, QUEEN of the most sensitive lips had another thought – “I’ll be the judge of that!”

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I did and what can I say? It’s LOVE!

What makes this so wonderful?

Well aside from 22 colors to choose from – the most demure nude beige to the most sultry devious plum and sexy, gorgeous reds. I would challenge you not to find a shade that would disappoint! It also has tremendous staying power. I only have to reapply this twice (after lunch) if I wear this lipstick to the office. UD’s Pigment Infusion System gives the formula a super creamy texture, superior color dispersion and long wear.

Urban Decay also launched new 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils that coordinate with these shades. For ultimate long wearing power, pair the lipstick with it’s matching lip pencil. The pencil is also nice, creamy and very easy to apply. This is also comfortable on my lips. I have worn this lipstick by itself and while it may not be as opaque it still lasts for quite sometime.

Long wearing power, universally flattering shades, what more could I ask for? It keeps my lips soft and comfortable even when wearing this lipstick on consecutive days. Sometimes I can’t wear certain brands of lipstick consecutively because in the end my lips become raw and peel. I have yet to face that problem with this formula. That said, I really hope I didn’t jinx myself just now.

Here’s a swatch of the colors I went with – it was a really hard choice!

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Jilted, deep fuchsia with blue shift, Lipstick and Venom, rich plum, Lip Pencil (far right)

A sensible beauty consumer would have chosen the safe nude pink, or rosy mauve for the office but since this lipstick’s tagline is Creamy Badass Luxury, I just couldn’t resist this fuchsia shade. Plus the subtle blue shift brightens my smile.

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The color is actually brighter in person. I apologize for the bad lighting.

It’s fragrance free and like all Urban Decay products, they are cruelty-free.

I was really hoping that this lipstick was going to fail me but I couldn’t be further from that. My downfall will be choosing the next shade for my collection.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22/USD) and 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils ($19/USD) are now available online at  www.urbandecay.com,  Sephora, Ulta and Selected Macy’s.

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