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Runway Beauty: Dewy Skin With Soft Smoky Eyes at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015

September 7th, 2014

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At Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015, the look was creamy, dewy skin with a soft smoky eye paired with a side-part low ponytail and white nails.

Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015 runway beauty
Makeup: Diane Kendal for Lancome
Nails: Deborah Lippmann for Lancome
Hair: Odile Gilbert for Kerastase

To create the hydrated, glowing and dewy look, Kendal first prepped skin with Absolue L’Extrait Serum Ultimate Rejuvenating Concentrated – Elixir and Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Radiance Mist. Next, she applied Nude Miracle Liquid to Powder Makeup to even skin out. Then, she applied La Base Hydra Glow on the cheekbones and Blush Subtil Palette All-In-One Contour Blush & Highlighter in Nectar Lace down the nose and on top of the cheekbones.

The eyes were softly-shaded with natural, curled lashes. Instead of mascara, Kendal curled lashes and blended Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base in Sienne and Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee on the eyes for a soft smoky effect.

Kendal finished the look with lips that were matte and bare with L’Absolu Rouge in La Base.

Nails were white with Vernis in Love in Beige Romance.

On dry hair, Gilbert applied Mousse Bouffant and Ciment Thermique. Then using a paddle brush, she blow-dried hair in a backwards motion for volume. Next, she used a tail comb and created a side part. Leaving two-inch strips of hair on either side of the face, she pulled back the remaining hair and secured temporarily with a clip. Pulling hair from the clip, section by section, she sprayed with Laque Dentelle and twisted with fingers before curling around a 2″ barrel curling iron for added texture. Then, she collected the two front strips and pulled with the remaining length at the back of the head into a pony, securing at the nape of the neck with an elastic. Finally, she combed fingers through the lengths of hair to create a soft, natural look and applied Baume Double Je to prevent flyaways and secure hair in place.

Soft smoky eye at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015

Side-part low ponytail by Kerastase at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015

Images: Michele Morosi/ and Courtesy of Kerastase and Lancome.

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nails inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish Review, Photos and Swatches

August 15th, 2011

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Ever since I came cross Britain’s hippest nail brand nails inc. at Cosmoprof a few years ago, I have been lusting over their polishes and dying to get my hands on more. Now that the brand has officially launched at Sephora this month, the first to catch my eye was the Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish.

nails inc Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish
nails inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish
Packed with two different particle sizes, the Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish creates a textured 3D effect and full coverage on nails that is bound to make a statement. The polish is also formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.

There are four glitter-tastic shades available, each named after famous iconic places in the UK (how I miss London!)

Bloomsbury Square, a clear base with bold purple glitter and chunky magenta glitter.
Connaught Square, a clear base with royal blue glitter and chunky purple glitter.
Fitzroy Square, a clear base with green glitter and chunky teal glitter.
Sloane Square, a clear base with charcoal gray/silver glitter and chunky iridescent glitter.

Bloomsbury Square, Connaught Square, Fitzroy Square and Sloane Square

Bloomsbury Square

Connaught Square

Fitzroy Square

Sloane Square

Like nails inc.’s regular Polishes, these apply smoothly and evenly but with a strong chemical scene that I was not too fond of. With just one coat, it shows up almost clear with a tinge of color and lots of glitter. Add a second coat and voila! Full-on color and glitter that spells glamor.

The polishes dry relatively fast to a matte, gritty finish thanks to the glitter but once you add a top coat like my favorite nails nails inc. Kensington Caviar Top Coat, you will get a glossy finish that is simply stunning.

nails inc Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish swatches
Two coats of Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish swatches with no top coat

Another thing you gotta love about these polishes is the price. While they go for £11 (~US$18) a pop in the UK, Sephora only sells them for $9.50. Can we just say bargain?!

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nails inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish is available at select Sephora locations and for $9.50.

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2011 Teen Choice Awards Beauty Breakdown: Selena Gomez

August 9th, 2011

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At the 2011 Teen Choice Awards last night, makeup artist Karan Mitchell for Maybelline New York gave Selena Gomez a gorgeous, glowy look to compliment her champagne-colored Erin Featherston dress. Breakdown after the jump!

Karan created a fresh-faced healthy glow for Selena, using Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation in Naturel as a base. To set the base, she used Maybelline FIT ME Pressed Powder in Pure Beige. On the contour of the cheeks, she used Maybelline FIT ME Bronzer in Light Bronze. Next, Karan applied Maybelline DREAM MOUSSE Blush in Coffee Cake (now discontinued) to the apples of her cheeks to create a flawless bronzed glow.

Karan started with Selena’s eyes, using Maybelline EXPERTWEAR Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Latte, using the soft shimmery shade of the palette on her lids up to the crease. She then used the lightest gold hue from the Maybelline EYE STUDIO Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow in Caffeine Rush on the inside corners and as a highlight under her brow bone. Next, she used the deepest warm copper shade from the Maybelline EXPERTWEAR Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Latte on the outside corners of the eye, accentuating Selena’s beautiful brown eyes. Karan lined the upper and lower lash lines with Maybelline EYE STUDIO Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Charcoal. Karan then topped off the look with three coats of Maybelline Limited Edition Vivienne Tam Great Lash Mascara in Very Black.

The lip look was finished with Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Pink Satin – the perfect product to achieve Selena’s soft, fresh, feminine pout.

Maybelline New York is available at drugstores nationwide and

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NOTD: Floral and Polka Dot Gelish Soak-off Gel Manicures

July 24th, 2011

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Here are more Gelish manicures that I did in the past few weeks. For the look below, I used Gelish Gossip Girl Color Polish as a base and added polka dots with Gelish Sleek White Color Polish.

As for this one, I applied 2 thin coats of Gelish Sleek White as a base before adding floral fimo pieces.

New to the Gelish Soak-off Gel System? Read my review!

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MAC Autumn/Winter 2011 Makeup Looks

July 4th, 2011

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A Sixties redux vibe that’s making texture-play feel contemporary by giving retro-inflected looks a modern rethink.

Haute & Naughty Lash
Lingering and Fling Eye Brows
Root Cream Colour Base
Smolder Eye Kohl
Fascinating Eye Kohl

Complete Comfort Creme
Care Blends Essential Oils
Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)
Select Cover-Up Concealer
M·A·C Gloss
M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium
Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15
M·A·C PRO Sculpting Powder
Pearl Cream Colour Base
Luna Cream Colour Base
Seaside Cream Colour Base (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)

Peachstock Lipstick
Freckletone Lipstick
Illicit Lipglass (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)
Have to Have It Lip Pencil (Available Summer 2011)


The hard, honed look at androgynous makeup’s stamped-on red lips and fiercely tuned eyes that’s making boy-girl power and attitude about more than raw skin and bare lashes.

Lingering and Fling Eye Brows
Mineralize Eye Shadow in Blue Sheen (Available Summer 2011)
Mineralize Eye Shadow in Smoked Ruby (Available Summer 2011)
Mineralize Eye Shadow in Dark Indulgence (Available Summer 2011)
Black Penultimate Eye Liner
Clear Brow Set
NC15/NW20 Chromagraphic Pencil
Dark Brown Cream Colour Base
Mid-tone Sepia Cream Colour Base

Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation
Invisible Set Powder
Prep + Prime Highlighters
White Face and Body Foundation
M·A·C PRO Taupe Powder Blush
M·A·C PRO Sculpt Sculpting Powder
M·A·C PRO Bone Beige Sculpting Powder
M·A·C Gloss

Lip Conditioner SPF 15
Clear Lipglass
Dim Lip Erase
Runaway Red Lipstick (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)


A reconsideration of decadence executed in a way that’s all about creatve confidence and the most high-tech colours and textures.

Chromagraphic Pencils in Hi-Def Cyan, Primary Yellow, Basic Red, Pure White, Landscape Green, Genuine Orange, and Marine Ultra
Cherry Lip Pencil
Marine Ultra Pigment
M·A·C PRO Burgundy Lipmix
36 Lash
Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Plush (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)

Old Gold Metal Pigment
M·A·C PRO Gold Glitter
Pigment in Electric Coral
M·A·C PRO Pigments in Neon Shades

M·A·C PRO Fuchsia and M·A·C PRO Orange Lipmix
Ruby Woo Lipstick
M·A·C Gloss
Clear Lipglass


Soft, super-blended and stained shades given a modern rethink by being treated as a new form of monochrome and given an artistic attitude and technique.

Soba Eye Shadow
Crystal Eye Shadow
Khaki Cream Colour Base
Groundwork Paint Pot
Indigo Eye Pencil
Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eye Shadow (Available Summer 2011)
Golden Gaze Mineralize Eye Shadow (Available Summer 2011)
Weathered Pro Longwear Eye Shadow (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)
Sweet Satisfaction Pro Longwear Eye Shadow (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)
Bordeauxline Powerpoint Eye Pencil

Accentuate Sculpting Cream (Available soon)
Cheek Powder Blush
Pearl Cream Colour Base

Photo Lipstick
Cork Lip Pencil
One of a Kind Lipstick (Available Summer 2011)
Prince Noir Lipstick (Available Autumn/Winter 2011)
Currant Lip Pencil
Beet Lip Pencil

Read more about the trends in the MAC Autumn/Winter 2011 Trend Report.

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