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First performed in 1892, The Nutcracker is a timeless ballet and holiday classic filled with charming characters, lovely scenes and of course, exquisite music by P.I. Tchaikovsky. The American Ballet Theater annually showcases The Nutcracker, bringing in millions of visitors. And now, Clinique has collaborated with The American Ballet Theater to capture the essence of The Nutcracker and put it into The Nutcracker Suite Holiday 2014 Collection.
The dance of the Snowflakes inspired The Nutcracker Act I Compact ($36) and the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy influenced The Nutcracker Part II Compact ($36). Kyle Ridaught, Director of Development at the American Ballet Theater, says that “the collaboration between the two brands was a natural fit based on our shared brand aesthetic of classic elegance, which allowed us to work together like a beautifully choreographed ballet.”
The Nutcracker Act I Compact includes a gorgeous array of soft pinks and sultry tones in the Snowflake Suite eyeshadow quad, and a Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Plié Pink, a delicate shade of pink. The Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Budding Blossom ($17) and the The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams ($24) complement the compact.
The Nutcracker Act II Compact showcases the Sugar Plum Suite eyeshadow quad that couples plum shades with white and silver tones. It has a beautiful Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Tutu Pink. The Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Flowering Freesia ($17) and the The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams ($24) complement this compact.
The Nutcracker Suite Holiday 2014 Collection is available this month at Clinique counters nationwide.
Whether you want lashes to be big and bold or long and defined, there is a mascara out there for you. We chatted with LA-based makeup artist Sage Maitri — who works with celebrity clients Judy Greer and Jessica Capshaw — on different wands and formulas. Maitri’s pro tip for fuller-looking lashes: “I always concentrate on the root of the lash, using little circular motions. Then I work the wand from root to tip for the last few strokes. This allows the tips of lashes to remain wispy and not clumpy.”
Here’s 6 new mascaras that lengthen, curl, separate, and last all day without any flakes and smudges:
L’Oréal Voluminous® Butterfly Intenza™ ($9) -– “Plastic wands are great for coating and separating," says Maitri. This has a double wing, flexible bristle brush that yields major volume and stretches each lash outward for eye-catching fringe.
Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara ($26) -– A combination of two brushes, one to separate and coat each lash, and the other for adding curl and volume, adds big impact to skimpy lashes with zero clumps and the formula lasts all day. “I prefer brushes in volumizing formulas as they are more full,” says Maitri.
Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara ($30) -- Perfect for daytime, this fringe booster gives a long and defined look with one universal color that works well for all skin tones, containing neuropeptides and biotin to nourish and strengthen lashes.
Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara ($9) -- A full curved bristle brush creates volume, curl, and separation in just one coat. “Full brushes are great for feathery-looking lashes,” says Maitri.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22) -- With one swipe of this creamy dark black formula, my lashes were transformed into high-drama fringe. The buildable formula contains proteins and amino acids to promote lash growth and you can apply it in the morning and reapply later in the evening without any clumps.
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara ($32) -- The swan-neck bent wand makes for easy application and the plastic bristles grip each lash from root to tip to separate, volumize, and lengthen, while rose cell extract nourishes lashes.
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The Acne Solutions Powder Makeup ($31), which launched in September, is an oil-control foundation accompanied by a square-shaped applicator sponge that is chemically pretreated to avoid bacterial contamination. The purposes of this compact are several: acne and oil control portability, mattifying the skin, and providing buildable coverage that will eventually eliminate zits and even redness. It’s obviously easy to stash this in your purse for a quick touch up — anywhere — which is the primary reason why one should buy such a compact.
Of course, layering this with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup ($27) is the goal for a flawless coverage, but I’ve used this on a standalone basis to great results, as a foundation that is. It also comes in several shades for all skin types — Fair, Ivory, Neutral, Honey, Beige, Vanilla, Sand, Deep Neutral, Cream Caramel, Ginger, Golden, and Clove.
Although Clinique isn’t the first to have a powder foundation, only a few are acne-specific. The supply of acne-related compacts is still on the thin side, and I’m glad Clinique is filling this void, if anything, to show that acne control doesn’t have to be an at-home-looking-at-the-medicine-cabinet kind of ritual. You can do it at the airport, on the subway, and even in the movie theater if you want. I’ll definitely be stocking up.