Ever since Michelle Obama wore one of her dresses at the Democratic National Convention back in September, Tracy Reese practically has become a household name. Now, the designer known for her frothy dresses and print-driven fare, has partnered with Clinique for a third time to create the gift-with-purchase Tracy Reese for Clinique cosmetics bag filled with must-have beauty essentials.
Just like Tracy’s dress creations, the bag is ultra-feminine with a large coral and white floral design. It holds seven skincare, makeup and fragrance items.
The bag includes:
- Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
- 7 Day Scrub,
- Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (choose 1 of 4 shades)
- Compact with Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Like Mink and Blushing Blush in Cupid
- Long Last Lipstick in Merlot
- High Lengths Mascara
- Happy Fragrance (portable size)
The Tracy Reese for Clinique cosmetics bag is valued at $80 and is a complimentary gift from Clinique with any purchase of $28 or more. It will be available exclusively at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com from October 30 to November 11.
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We’ve seen fashion designers partner with cosmetics companies to create special collections—the new Lancôme Show Collection by Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz is a perfect example, as is Michelle Obama fave Tracy Reese’s past collaboration with Clinique. But now you can take design into your own hands and create a personalized Nivea lip balm case.
You can choose from over 400 patterns and symbols, 12 design themes, and five lip balm formulations to customize your own tube. You can design the tube in just minutes on a dedicated micro site, StyleUncapped.com and have it delivered within 2 weeks. And the real fabulous news is the price: just $6 each for 1-5 balms, $5 each for 6-20 balms, and $4 each for 20+ balms. Perfect for shower gifts, pool party, favors or any summer celebration, and so much more personal than sending guests off with a cookie.
If you are feeling a little short on creativity, never fear. Nivea has partnered with fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff for this effort. Minkoff created her own limited-edition design, based on her current 2013 collection, which is also available on StyleUncapped.com. Inspired by 60’s and 70’s beach glam, the Minkoff designs are available in green, blue, and red.
Go all out and be as wild or sedate as you feel. The formulation is completely up to you too. Just pick one of these five: Kiss of Smoothness SPF 10, Kiss of Shimmer SPF 10, Kiss of Moisture, Kiss of Cherry, or Kiss of Milk & Honey.
Fashion Week may come and go like a blur of sequined gowns, but the trends it triggers have a ripple effect for months. During New York City’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, notable and established designers as well as young rising stars presented their Spring/Summer 2013 lines at Lincoln Center, MILK Studios, and other trendy venues. Backstage, nearly all the big names in beauty were hard at work—making up, touching up, and styling the models.
As for the trends, there were so many, but the following really caught our eye.
Homage to the 1980s: Both makeup artists and hairstylists alike sought inspiration from the 1980s to create contemporary looks. At the Tracy Reese show, hairstylist Jeanie Syfu for TRESemme used 24 Hour Body Blow Dry Lotion to create a tousled bedhead look with a faux undercut effect to give the illusion of a one sided haircut (think Madonna during her deep side-part days). Syfu used powder and her fingers to dry hair in order to create loose waves. Then she made a deep side part, pinned the rest of the hair back and styled it.
Strong Brows: Thick and full brows will be a hallmark of beauty for Spring/Summer 2013. At the Tracy Reese show, Mally Roncal rocked the strong brow, which complemented the beautiful, dreamy collection of dresses on the runway. The youthful, fresh look of the models was a lovely contrast to the strong brows, made possible thanks to Mally’s Brow Boost. Lead Makeup Artist for Kevyn Aucoin, Deanna Melluso, who worked on the Clover Canyon Spring 2013 collection concurred, “brows are going to be the hot thing for spring.”
Clean, Glowing Skin: Fresh and clean faces with just a touch of makeup was the chosen approach by quite a few makeup artists. At the Diego Binetti show, makeup artist Sebastien Tardiff for Veil Cosmetics, went for a “illuminated and ethereal” look. The key inspiration was “mermaids emerging from the fresh sea: illuminated, refreshed and glowing” to complement Diego Binetti’s delicate and hand-painted SS ’13 collection. You can achieve this look at home with Veil’s Illuminating Complexion Fix applied under the eyes and on targeted spots on the face. Then, as Tardiff did, use Veil’s coral eyeshadow (new for 2013), extended past the eye, add a subtle mascara (not too overdone), and a brow gel to finish the clean look.
For the Naeem Khan show, NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer stated that he created a “glossy, very vinyl-textured lip to contrast the matte texture of the skin,” which complemented the designer’s “Wallis Simpson” inspiration. Boehmer used NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and Pressed Light Reflecting Setting Powder (both new for Spring 2013).
Elegant Minimalism for Hair: For the Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2013 show, L’Oréal Professionnel Portfolio Artist, Amit Abraham, wanted an elegant and minimalistic hairdo with an “intertwined-cocoon shape” that reflected the inspiration of the artist: transformation. To get the look, Abraham used Mythic Oil Hair Reinforcing Milk on the roots to flatten hair at the part, then he applied the new L’Oreal Professionnel True Grip Powder through strands for hold and texture. At-home, you can add fishtail braids to complete the look, and Freezing Mist and Perfect Shimmer to set and shine.
Pearls and Color Blocked Nails: Nails are becoming a bigger and brighter accessory these days, as evidenced at Fashion Week presentations. At the Tracy Reese show, celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival created four beautiful sets of color blocked nails with new Spring 2013 Sally Hansen colors, including a stunning green and beige number. At the Diego Binetti show, opulence was at an all time high with the three layered “oyster shell” nail, created by Jan Arnold for CND World. Guess what? Color is back!
One of my favorite products is celebrating its big 4-0. It’s Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, the cannon for all mascaras, as far as I’m concerned. In honor of the anniversary, Maybelline partnered with three fashion designers – Max Azria, Tracy Reese and Vivienne Tam – to create a limited-edition collection. The collaboration is a natural fit as Maybelline is the official cosmetic sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which is taking place next month.