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Runway Beauty: at Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015

September 8th, 2014

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Inspired by hazy, diffused photos taken by Deborah Turbeville, the look at Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015 centered around “nouveau natural” makeup look with sexy bedhead hair and watercolor, ombre nails.

Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015 runway beauty
“To complement the bohemian pastels and gauzy romanticism of Rebecca’s collection, we focused on petal pink hues and softly illuminated skin with an unexpected sheen.” explained Stila Global Director of Creative Artistry Sarah Lucero. First, Lucero applied Stila Stay All Day Foundation and set it with Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation. To add a pink glow on the cheeks, she used All Over Shimmer Powder in Kitten. Next, she defined the eyes with the Window Shadow Palette and Smudgestick in Espresso then coated lashes with Mile High Mascara. To finish, she groomed brows with Stila All Day Brow and dabbed Color Balm Lipstick in Olivia and Vivienne.

Inspired by the unique 3D prints and color scheme in the collection, manicurist Michelle Saunders working for essie created freehand watercolor nail art for the hands. She started with one coat of blanc to make the polish shades appear brighter. Then beginning at the nail bed, she applied one coat of bikini so teeny to half of the nail. Next, she applied one coat of turquoise & caicos to the remaining half of the nail, slightly overlapping with bikini so teeny in the middle. She dipped a striping brush in lollipop and created a thin horizontal fault line across each nail. Directly after creating the fault line, she applied a generous amount of good to go top coat over the entire nail and continued to blend towards the tip of the nail until the desired look is achieved.

Watercolor ombre manicure at Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015 backstage nails by essie

On damp hair, stylist Odile Gilbert working for Kérastase applied Mousse Bouffante and created a side part and blow dried hair with fingers. Section by section, she spritzed Spray A Porter and used a 2″ barrel curling iron in a vertical direction, twisting hair around the barrel and leaving the ends loose to create soft waves. Once all sections are curled, she ran fingers through the hair and sprayed V.I.P liberally throughout. Finally, she set the look in place with Laque Dentelle.

Sexy bedhead at Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015

Images: Courtesy of Kerastse and essie.

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MAC Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Trend Report

August 20th, 2014

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For Autumn/Winter 2014, makeup has become something of a beautiful paradox: it’s about artistry to achieve something that looks essentially un-cosmetic (thanks to ever more sophisticated and subtle makeup formulations and applications). Masking and morphing feels irrelevant this season; a quiet alchemy of product and technique that nonchalantly amplifies what is unique in the face is the new stealth wealth of makeup. “The new luxury is in individuality,” confirms Gordon Espinet.

There is a confident subtlety in all these beauty directions. “There is no absolute formula to how makeup has to look to appear modern now,” says Lyne Desnoyers. “There is a freedom to experiment and a confidence to break away from conventional means of constructing beauty.” Hence nuances of texture (transparent lightness is more important than heavy opacity this season), combined with unpredictable colors (“off” colour is distinctly “on” trend) and non-prescriptive placements form the new technical vocabulary that makes these trends look distinctly fresh and “now”.

Trend #1: Streamlined
Eyes are indisputably the feature to focus on for the season ahead; framed with an architectural liner, these eyes add a strength to the face that sits somewhere between glamour and grunge (but, vitally, looks like neither of the two). “Tomboy” and “tough around the eyes” were common descriptors of these lean, horizontally focused shapes: complemented by similarly present brows, they lend a beautiful edge to the face that is not anything angry or extravagant. Liner now is an ornament, but not an excessive one. What breathes new life into liner for AW14 is as much to do with the entire treatment of the face as the eyes in isolation. Nothing in the métier of these faces feels labored.

Trend #2: Off Color
A drab-inflected palette is being used in a beautifully paradoxical manner this season: grungy color that creates the effect of luminosity and life in the face. These decayed shades prove that color absolutely does not have to correct or complement in order to be beautiful. Their inherent grey-ness and extreme transparency takes them away from looking like evident pigments; they add mood, not makeup, to the face.

Trend #3: On Reflection
Just as textural contrasts informed the fashion collections, reflective accents are a dominant beauty refrain for AW14. Punctuations of shine against matte provide an endless repertoire of plays on light, from neutral metallics (predominantly gold with forays into copper, pewter and silver) through to literal gloss. So whilst reflection this season is not about conceptual minimalism, it is a designed minimalism: thoughtfully applied with consideration on specific placement and weight of shine (from sheer balm to high vinyl), this is a luxurious, but not glamorous, approach to shaping the face.

Trend #4: Unprocessed
How about we don’t talk about “natural” makeup any more? Let’s call it “real” instead. Because that’s what a barer-faced look is really speaking about now. The individual. Applying the tag “natural makeup” to any face created in a palette of skin-akin tones is an outmoded concept; “real” is not 3D-perfect skin that has had all the contours and highlights artificially added back in. Yes, all makeup is, by definition, not natural, but minimal makeup in AW14 is about the purely democratic idea of accentuating reality, of reveling in normality. Neither masculine, nor flirtatiously pretty, neither glam, nor grunge. This is, quite simply, how a strong, self-assured, cool, relevant woman today probably wants to look: like she has not tried too hard.

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Runway Beauty: Jungle Beauty at Mara Hoffman Resort 2015

July 23rd, 2014

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Amazonian jungle beauty served as inspiration at Mara Hoffman Resort 2015. As a result, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Global Artistic Director for Stila Cosmetics Sarah Lucero created tropical green eyes and rainforest dewy skin. “Mara wanted a full brow and a pop of emerald in the corner of the eyes – Brooke shields meets blue lagoon!” explained Sarah.

Skin was perfected, dewy and radiant with Stila Stay All Day Foundation. Using a Beauty Blender, Sarah pressed Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm and Sun Gel into the cheeks and added Stila Convertible Color in Camellia with other shades for warmth.

For a pop of color on the eyes, Sarah added Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Emerald on the outer corners of the bottom lashline. Next, she curled models’ lashes and applied Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara. Brows were groomed with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color and Tinted Brow Gel.

To finish, she added a combination of Stila Passionfruit and Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain on the lips.

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Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer Review and Swatches

December 13th, 2012

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After reading all the raves on Makeupalley and various blogs, I finally caved and got the new Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer, an ultimate multitasking duo for flawless, breathable coverage.

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer in Hue review
Packaged in a 30ml clear bottle with a built-in spatula, the foundation touts an oil-free, high-definition, high-performance formula that utilizes an unique oxygen technology to leave skin hydrated, nourished and to prevent premature aging. It is also enriched with botanical extracts to enhance circulation and blood flow, resulting in an increase of oxygen delivered to the skin, along with an array of skin-loving ingredients and innovative extracts to slow down the onset of premature aging.

There are 16 shades available that run from light to dark, with both yellow and neutral undertones. I normally wear the third lightest shade in Stila and Hue, a light to medium color with yellow undertones, was the perfect match for my NC30 skin.

Compared to your regular liquid foundation, this has a slightly thicker, almost cream-like texture that felt surprisingly lightweight. It glided on and blended easily with both fingers and the #35 Flat Brush that was included, without highlighting dry patches or fine lines. The coverage was medium and very buildable with a satiny, skin-like finish that gradually turned dewy – but not oily – as the day progressed.

The concealer on the other hand, reminded me a lot of my favorite Bobbi Brown Correctors and Concealer. It was cleverly hidden inside the cap and came with a mini mirror for touch-ups. It felt insanely creamy and moisturizing and provided great coverage. The wear, just like the foundation, was excellent and managed to stay on without caking or turning orange even after 10 hours.

Overall, I love the Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer. I have been using it every day since I got it and highly recommend it for those with dry to combination skin.

FOTD to come this week!

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer in Hue

Stila Stay All Day Concealer in Hue review
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer Hue Swatches

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Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer is available at Sephora and for $44.

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NARS Makeup Removing Water Review

April 23rd, 2012

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NARS Makeup Removing Water
NARS Makeup Removing Water

NARS Makeup Removing Water

NARS Makeup Removing Water ($28.00 for 6.7 fl. oz.) is touted as a “soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free water that removes face makeup and tones the skin.” It’s designed as a gentle formula that will remove makeup without requiring rubbing while hydrating skin.

This is a makeup remover that is best described as gentle, because that’s exactly what it is, but it’s gentle in every way–it’s not at all stinging, burning, or irritating against the skin, even around the eyes, but it doesn’t effectively remove all your makeup, though it specifically says “face makeup” and not “eye makeup.” Just so we’re clear: if you wear eye makeup, don’t expect this to do much in the way of removal. All it ever seems to accomplish is smudging everything around so I end up looking like a mutant. I absolutely would not use this for anything that says “long-wearing” on the label, including face products.

If you want it to remove light eye makeup, I recommend gently pressing the soaked cotton pad against the eye for 15-20 seconds before gently swiping the product away. You’ll get some, perhaps not all, of it removed this way. Since NARS only mentions face makeup, it seems like you would use something else for your eye makeup.  It’s packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a flip-top that has a small hole so only a little comes out as you need it.

I’d like to think of this as a remover for gentle makeup; lightweight, natural, soft makeup. However you want to term it, it’s good for lighter makeup days. For me, it seems to remove face makeup as well as most facial cleansers are able to. It is very lightweight, doesn’t feel greasy or oily against the skin, and it leaves no trace of residue once it’s wiped away with a cotton pad.  It really does have the consistency and feel of water.  There’s no stickiness, dried, or tightened skin after use either. I need at least two cotton rounds in order to remove about 90% of face makeup.

It doesn’t remove makeup completely, so I feel like I need to use a cleanser afterward or yet another cotton pad. Instead, the way I found this product to be most useful was after using a facial cleanser, so it was only responsible for removing the last bits of makeup the cleanser missed.  You can definitely use it before your cleanser of choice as well–I just like the visual of seeing the cotton pad just picking up stray makeup and knowing that my face is clean.  It also means that I can better control how much product or how many cotton pads I use since this doesn’t eliminate a cleanser.

It’s a superfluous product in my night time regimen; it seems to be an extra step rather than a time-saver. It’s more like a toner in my routine–I don’t trust it to remove all my makeup, but I do trust it to remove the last vestiges of makeup my cleanser may have left behind (especially around my hairline and the edges, which I don’t push the cleanser around as much so it doesn’t get into my hair!). And if I’m going to use NARS as my toner, I’d rather use their Hydrating Freshening Toner, which is one of my favorites, and for me, hydrates a little better than the remover does.  You can use this like you would a toner, however, so if you do include one in your regular routine, this could take its place.

If you’re a fan of micellar water removers, then you may enjoy this recently launched remover by NARS, which has all the earmarks of one (though I didn’t see NARS officially billing it as such).  There are quite a few on the market internationally and a couple in the U.S., but this year has shown major progress with more U.S. brands launching their own versions.  Bottom line:  this will remove some but not every type of makeup, particularly longer-wearing products and heavier textured products, but it’s not designed to do much more than it does do, so it’s pretty good from that standpoint.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Peg/Ppg-35/40 Dimethyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Edta, Cucumis Sativus [Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract], Chamomilla Recutita [Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract], Sodium Hyaluronate.

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