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Posted by 08.19.14

Etats Poetiques in French means poetic state; in other words, moods that are poetic in nature. The Chanel Fall 2014 makeup collection is a chance to express color in a fiery way, as passionately as a French writer from the the days of the revolution.

Unlike many of Chanel’s previous collections, which liberally splashed color on fingertips, lips, and eyes, Etats Poetiques focuses color on the eyes. Eyeliner and a spectrum of pink eye shadow shades blended with flashes of purple, radiant yellow, and grey make the eyes impossible to miss. Here’s what it includes:

  • The Écriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner:  an automatic felt tip eyeliner that is versatile (two shades, $35 each)
  • The Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow (six shadows, $29.50 each)
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45)
  • Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine (three shades all deeply pigmented, $35)
  • Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50)
  • Le Vernis ($27)

The Chanel spring 2014 collection toyed with pinks in various hues and also the idea of combining reds and pinks in a brilliant way. The Fall 2014 collection oozes sophistication and a very grown up look for the eyes, which is definitely one part glamorous, one part coy. If I were to choose few products from the collection, I’d go for Le Vernis in Orage (grey-blue), which will make any set of nails pop; and the redesigned eyeliner, which will make your eyes as alluring as Bardot’s (yes, you can do a cat eye with the felt tip).

Rouge Coco Shine is lipcolor worth splurging on, and at $35 a pop, you can afford to get all the three shades: Intime, Confident, and Viva.

The blush, a very pale pink called Innocence does not detract from the drama of the eyes and lips, and that’s a good thing. This is definitely the fall makeup collection we’re coveting this year.


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Posted by 08.08.14

With the advent of a new season comes the time to take a fresh look at your nail lacquer collection, and toss away the well-worn spring and summer shades.

That doesn’t mean fall colors are limited to a narrow circle of browns, beiges and navy blues, as has been the case in the past. There are so many new kids on the block but that doesn’t mean fall is the season for boring colors. Here are three ways to rock fall nails.

  • Faby USA Nail Lacquer

    FABY Italian Nail Couture ($18 each)

    A brand new professional Italian nail care brand makes its splash in the US with its “five-free” collection. The brand includes the Classics Collection (the permanent line of lacquers) and has a Bergdorf Goodman-sized collection of 315 skus with over 175 colors, and 45 more coming. In other words, there's a color for every dress in your wardrobe and then some. The lacquer is thick without being goopy, and the brush control is excellent. The line is carried in high-end salons, boutiques, and online. The swatch above is Red Carpet.

  • covergirl xl nail lacquer

    COVERGIRL XL Nail Lacquer ($7.49 each)

    A UV nail lacquer without the light and curing? It's possible with COVERGIRL's latest XL nail gel, a jumbo-sized bottle that gives you that thick, glossy, almost-a-Louboutin-heel look without the extra fuss. It is designed to give your nail reflective shine for up to 7 days and comes in 9 shades. Shown above is the swatch in Plump Up Plum.

  • Sally Hansen Foil Nail Lacquer

    Sally Hansen Colorfoil Collection ($7.99 each)

    Metallic iridescence doesn't stop at the catwalk, or during summer. You can sport Sally Hansen's new Colorfoil nail makeup collection all year round, because some shades like Minted Metal (above) are stately yet wonderfully subtle at the same time. This is your Jeff Koons of nail lacquers: it's sporty, whimsical, and with on-trend shades. It features electrifying pigments with aluminum leaf to give you some serious theatrics.



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Posted by 08.04.14

Celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw curated the gorgeous eyeshadow shades for the LORAC Pro Palette 2 ($42), which just hit counters this summer

The new launch is a pleasing diversion from the original Pro Palette, which stuck mostly to neutral shades. Pro Palette 2 is a lot more adventurous in color without compromising on elegance and depth.

The 16 shades in this slim, clutch-like palette include mattes and shimmers that pair quite beautifully together and harmonize perfectly for an elegant transition from day to night. Colors range from a latte-like Mocha, which is more bronze than anything else, to a sparkling rose, which will remind you of a glass of peach schnapps as seen on a summer day.

There are eight matte shades and eight shimmer shades suited for cool tones that will carry you well from summer to fall. Dip your toe into the LORAC Pro Palette waters by watching Carol Shaw’s handy YouTube tutorial, which will give you more ideas than you or I can probably think of:

The “Behind the Scenes” eye primer, which comes with the palette, will “help your eye shadow colors stay true,” says Shaw (and she’s right). My makeup stayed budge-proof for over 8 hours.

The YouTube tutorial gave me many ideas, including using multiple shades on the outer corner of the brow, and also lining the eyelids with a wet eyeliner brush (the first look is very ombre). Don’t be afraid to use these colors below the lash line as well as on the eyelids as they are  very versatile. Shades like Rose, which may look daunting at first, become magical highlighters when applied judiciously in the middle of the eye (pair them with transition colors like Cocoa or Charcoal for a shimmer effect).

I cannot wait to experiment with this collection as we move into fall: it will be a chic and a grown up addition to your eye makeup collection and one that’s carefully selected to complement all skin tones.



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