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Posted by 07.11.14

Fall always seems like the beginning of the year to me; I guess I’ll always be a student at heart. And summer….well let’s just say that falling leaves, crisp nights, and fresh apples appeal to me much more than stifling humidity and sunburns. That said, I was delighted to see Dior get a jump on fall with it’s first ever pre-fall color collection called Icons.

The lineup is inspired by the pre-fall fashion collection created by Raf Simons, the Belgian designer who joined the classic couture house in 2012 as creative director. The fashions update classic Dior jackets and silhouettes with unusual fabrics like t-shirt material and primary jewel tones and gold. Very back-to-school.

Eyes colors combine smoky blue, silver, and shades of gold. Lips follow the classic path with red, fuchsia, and pink. Cheeks are enhanced with dusty rose.

The Dior Nail Artistry Box ($60) is another highlight of the collection. It includes nail embellishments like Swarovski crystals, lucky stars, and clover charms.

The collection is available now on and at Nordstrom next month.

Dior Color Icons Collection : 

  • Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Trompe L’Oeil ($30.00)
  • Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Reveuse ($30.00)
  • Dior 3-Couleurs Smoky Eyeshadow in Smoky Gold ($48.00)
  • Diorshow Art Pen in Cruise Blue ($30.00)
  • Rouge Dior Lipstick in Tout Paris ($34.00)
  • Rouge Dior Lipstick in La Vie ($34.00)
  • Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Rose Tricheuse ($35.00)
  • Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Mona Lisette ($35.00)
  • Dior Vernis in Reflects ($25.00)
  • Dior Vernis in Night Shock ($25.00)
  • Dior Vernis in Tout Paris ($25.00)
  • Diorblush in Rose Libertine ($42.00)
  • Dior Nail Artistry Box ($60.00)


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Photo Credit: Lancôme


Posted by 07.08.14

Jason Wu has not, despite his fashion icon status (he designed Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball dress twice), been a stranger to beauty partnerships.

His Pre-Fall 2014 collaboration with Lancôme is his second creation for the brand. The first was the Fall 2013 collection that debuted during New York’s Fashion Week in 2013, and showcased his “love for colors.

Obviously, the collaboration went swimmingly because the designer has launched a comprehensive pre-Fall 2014 collection with the French beauty brand, and this time involving one of Mr. Wu’s favorite colors: fuchsia.

Unlike some designers, Wu is not afraid of bright colors, or white as evidenced by the sparkling white Inaugural Ball gown that Mrs. Obama wore in s 2009. Although he veers toward darker colors in his fall collections (his palette consists of moody grays, sombre blacks, and sumptuous beige), fuchsia is a favorite spring/resort color for him. And therefore it surprised me that fuchsia was center stage of sorts in his Fall 2013 beauty collection.

“When designing clothes, I strive to accentuate and pay homage to the female form,” stated Wu. “With makeup, it’s no different. Each element helps showcase a woman’s uniquely individual features, so my goal is always to be reverent of that innate beauty—a creative mission that Lancôme shares.” 

The collection for pre-Fall 2014 includes:


  • Color Design Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Disco, Midnight Floral, and Alpha Dahlia ($50)
  • Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Atlantic Blue ($30.50)
  • Définicils High Definition Mascara in Black ($27.50)


  • Blush Subtil Duo in Pressed Rose and Macaroon Pink ($30)
  • Brush #21 Petit Precision Cheek ($20)


  • L’Absolu Rouge in Hibiscus Pink and Rose Royce ($30)


Vernis in Love in Fuchsia Veneer ($15)

The Vernis is definitely one of those “it” items of the collection, as are the beautifully-packaged Color Design 5-Pan Eyeshadow palettes. In short, run don’t walk to scoop up this collection.



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Photo Credit: MAC


Posted by 06.25.14

Poison ivy, night-blooming jasmine, and other threatening flora sound like great material for film noir, but not so much a makeup collection.

But M.A.C.’s Moody Blooms collection, which launches in stores on June 26, is all about phosphorescence, gleam, and a dark poisonous quality—which actually translates beautifully into a brooding makeup collection.

First there are the metallic eye shadows that look intense and other worldly; dark greens and plums—the shade you’d expect to find in a rainforest; and plenty of beautiful eye liners, courtesy of M.A.C. ‘s great Fluidline formula. Expect electric colors—these are moody blooms after all—so there are bright pops of color in an otherwise darkly iridescent palette.

There’s also a summery aspect to the collection: a bronze powder blush with color that unfurls like a blooming bud onto the cheek before disappearing into the night again. The collection’s highlights include:

Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($17 each): Shades range from Moody Bloom (a bronze plum) to the online exclusive, Venomous Violet (a deep berry). I suspect that the latter will sell out in days.

Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint ($20): The colors here include Bubble Gum Pink (a soft warm pink) and Glorious Intent (a warm plum).

Eye Shadow ($15): These are mostly deluxe pearl finishes, as well as a few frost and satin shades. The colors range from Artistic License (a pinky gold) to Hidden Motive (a deep aubergine).

Moody Blooms may be one of the most original M.A.C. collections to date, and certainly inspiring in its eye shadow names. The names of these shades are actually more cheeky than moody, but I highly recommend the Venomous Violet Sheen Supreme Lipstick for starters, which is a lot less Dame Edna and a lot more brooding artist.



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