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Proenza Schouler Design Duo Pairs With MAC

Today’s spill is further evidence that cosmetics titan MAC‘s brand name is slowly morphing into an acronym for Mother of All Collaborateurs.  Pairing with Proenza Schouler’s design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the lux make-up label intends is set to release a collection that is rumored to include Face Powders, Lipsticks and Lip Pencils, Eye Liners, Nail Lacquers, and a fancy 129SE Powder Brush (spend some time on this one, folks — she’s a beauty.)  The spill is light on details, but Style.com claims that the McCollough meets Hernandez meets MAC collection will hit store shelves and e-commerce in April 2014 — plenty of time to speculate whether or not the pre-advert above is alluding to a bright, neon spring.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Becomes A Reality


Imagine successfully launched clothing lines, accessories, fragrance and being named artistic director at Louis Vuitton and it’s clear why designer Marc Jacobs continues to sit at the top of the fashion food chain.  So why stop there?  The illustrious 29-year veteran of the biz is branching out into the next logical style-realm, cosmetics, in an effort to redefine beauty as “imperfectly perfect” with today’s launch of Marc Jacobs Beauty.

“I see beauty in many things and I am attracted to all sorts of imperfection, to style, to confidence or experimentation,” Jacobs said in a recent statement. “It’s unexpected and surprises you.”

Which is exactly what he hopes to do with his new 120-piece beauty line which includes foundations, a concealer, blushes, eyeshadow palettes and liners, a bevy of lip products (gloss, gel, and balm), brow gel, and a bronzer.  Marc Jacobs Beauty is set to range in price from $18 to $78 and will also include body products (bronzer), a set of makeup brushes, and 24 gloriously shiny nail lacquers.


MarcJacobsBeautyPolish_2013_8.jpgAll Marc Jacobs Beauty products are housed in simple, sleek bottles, tubes, and compacts, whose curved edges and modern flare will undoubtedly cast a pallor over the rest of your cosmetics case, while the actual formulas do the heavy lifting in the beauty department. Cosmetics innovations include the buoyancy-technology of M.J.’s Genius Gel foundation that creates a cushion-like layer on the skin, and the E-Lash Tic Lash Technology of his Lash Lifter that “works like spandex” to lift the lashes.  Unsurprisingly, there is also a smattering of unisex products like Brow Tamer grooming gel, Remedy concealer, and a mint-flavored Lip Lock balm.

I, for one, can NOT wait to steal away to Sephora, to try out Marc Jacobs Beauty exclusive new line, but the products will also be available online at Sephora.com, MarcJacobs.com, and MarcJacobsBeauty.com, as well as at Marc Jacobs brick-n-mortar stores.  So what are you waiting for?

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Order Up: A How-To On Applying Your Skincare Products

There are endless oceans of skincare products on the market today, but the real quandary comes in, not only finding the perfect fit for your skin’s tone, texture, and type, but also applying the products in an order that best utilizes the beneficial properties of each product.  If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if the application and order of your daily eye cream, moisturizer, serum, and sunscreen matter, then here’s the validation you’ve been dreading — Yes. It matters.

Dallas-based esthetician Renee Rouleau breaks down the general rule in skincare application by recommending that “you go thinnest to thickest.” For example, a toner is much thinner in consistency than a moisturizer, so that would be the first product you apply post-cleansing. “[Toner] goes on like water and you want to leave it damp so that whatever you put on next seals in all that hydration and any other active ingredients.”

Next comes your serum, which ranges in texture from liquid to gel, followed by an application of your moisturizer of choice. There is some debate as to whether rubbing a product into your skin or pressing the product over the skin is the best way to get the most out of your product without damaging the skin. Some schools of thought adhere to the rubbing method in order to stimulate blood flow, while others swear that pressing the product gently into the skin from the center of the face out to the lymph nodes behind the ears helps decrease puffiness and increase circulation without pulling and stretching the skin.

Eye creams are up-to-bat next, and should be pressed (not rubbed) into the skin around the entire socket cavity. Start by warming your eye cream in the palm of your hand, and then use three fingers to press the product into the inner corner of the eye, then towards the outer corner, and into the upper cavity.

And finally — and probably most important — a healthy application of sunscreen. Not your BB cream, not a tinted moisturizer, and certainly not your own homemade mixture of both. “Sunscreen is a drug that’s been tested and approved by the FDA in its final form,” Roleau says. “And anytime you alter a drug, you don’t really know what’s going to happen; you can’t feel 100% confident that it’s going to protect you.”

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Marc Jacobs Goes All Out For A Colossal Sephora Collaboration

photo courtesy WWD

Today’s tasty tibit is a doozy — a sneak peek at fashion heavy Marc Jacobs colossal collaboration with cosmetics super-store Sephora complements WWD.  And in a move that surprised no-one, the designer has found inspiration for the massive collection in… himself.  Or rather his tattoo.

Okay.  Not just his tattoos.  Jacobs claims to have taken cues from everything — right down to his own kitchen table too.  The Marc Jacobs for Sephora line will include 122-pieces all neatly arranged in four different cosmetic catagories: Smart Complexion (foundations, concealer, powder), Hi-Per Color (lip products, eye shadow, bronzer, blush, and nail lacquer), Blacquer (eyeliner, lash lifter, gel crayon), and Boy Tested, Girl Approved (lip balm, concealer, and brow tamer).  Of course, Jacobs is getting into the gender bending cosmetics game too, with three products specifically billed as unisex.

You can expect the Marc Jacobs for Sephora collection to hit Sephora brick-n-mortars, Sephora.com and select Marc Jacobs stores on August 9.

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Suger Rush: MAC’s New Cupcake Collection

Sweet-tooth alert! MAC’s latest cosmetics collection is geared towards setting that sugar rush to buzz. Inspired by cupcakes, the beauty brand’s new line is a candied collection of convection inspired lipsticks, face powders and nail polishes with such mouthwatering titles as Pistachio Creme, Pink Buttercream, Cheery Cherry and Lavender Whip. While the beloved beauty brand may have missed the cupcake-craze a few years back, MAC’s latest line is still a decidedly delicious way to sweeten up your summer cosmetics case. You can expect to see the goods hit store shelves in May 2013.

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Rihanna Hearts MAC — Literally.

The big reveal of Rihanna’s River Island fashion line didn’t leave much of an impression on the London Fashion Week crowd, but never one to mourn a moment, the pop star is already moving on to the next big thing: a collaboration with MAC cosmetics on not one, but four makeup collections.

MAC has announced the imminent arrival of the RiRi ❤ MAC cosmetics collections to be released in stages starting later in 2013. WWD reported that, according to Rihanna the partnership was a “no brainer” because “When you think of makeup, the brand that pops into your mind—for something legit—is MAC [...] I have always loved makeup, and I always said that if I do it, I want to do it with a credible brand.”

Apparently president of MAC’s parent company John Demsey agrees, saying, “We always say that MAC likes to go on a date but doesn’t really want to go into a relationship. This relationship with Rihanna is a long-term one that involves the development of four distinct color initiatives.”

Perhaps sensing that a Rihanna/relationship metaphor might be a touch “too soon” for some, Demsey switched up his metaphorical focus on the makeup, “These four collections are like four tracks on a Rihanna compilation. Each one has its own vibe, look, special makeup packaging and flavor. This is really the convergence of pop culture, fast fashion, and iconic style and makeup.”

The first product set to launch will be a lipstick called RiRi Woo (which plays on MAC’s beloved red Ruby Woo), which will release on May 4th with a special pop-up shop at the Brooklyn stop of Rihanna’s Diamonds Tour concert.

Also set to launch is the summer collection, which will include two additional lipsticks, a Lustre Drops shade and a powder blush duo, then a fall collection with four lipsticks, a deeply pigmented Lipglass version of RiRi Woo, two multishade eye shadow palettes and false lashes. 2013′s holiday line will reveal another 10 products including a nail polish, makeup bag, and yes, more lipsticks — naturally, we’ll reveal the goods when we see ‘em!

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M.A.C. Asks “Are You A Betty? Or Are You A Veronica?”

Remember Archie’s Comic Books? Well M.A.C. does, and they’re dredging up that age-old comic book question, “Are you a Betty?” or “Are you a Veronica?”

The cosmetic giant’s latest collection of lipgloss, lipstick, compact powder, nail polish, eyeliner, and mascara gives you the opportunity to try on the look of either of Archie’s rival flames — are you a girl-next-door Betty or a vamped-out Veronica? — yes, another collection inspired by pop culture.

M.A.C.’s Archie’s Girls makeup collection is comprised of 37 pieces, priced between $16.50 – $30, and is packaged in cute comic book fashion featuring the iconic 50′s renderings of Archie and his gals.

Thee collection won’t be available until Feb. 7. That’ll give you plenty of time to suss out the question for yourself — “Betty?” “Veronica?”

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Liberty London Launches Beauty Line Via Twitter

Liberty London's Beauty Tweet

The tweet-o-sphere played its part in yet another hinted-launch today.  This time it’s UK label Liberty London, who tweeted something entirely unexpected for the fashion brand known for it’s quirky prints and casual cool clothing — a beauty line.  If we had put our thinkin’ caps on, we might have guessed this was in the works after Liberty London revamped its London store’s beauty hall in the hopes of attracting more visitors, but we honestly couldn’t get our minds to work past the Olympics.

Liberty tweeted: “Love the Liberty Beauty Hall? You’ll be as excited as we are that we’re launching our own beauty range this week!” paired with a photo of what appears to be Liberty  hand soaps and lotions.  We’ll get more details on the line as soon as their released. So there you have it.  You can just say a little bird told you.

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YSL’s ‘Miracle Pen’ Celebrates It’s 20th Anniversary

Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Èclat 'Miracle Pen'

At $45 dollars a pop, Yves Saint Laurent 20th Anniversary Touche Èclat ’Miracle Pen’ isn’t exactly a small expenditure for your cosmetics collection — but it does promise a miracle, so that’s worth something, right?

YSL’s highlighting concealer pen has been a makeup artist and beauty enthusiast favorite for nearly 2 decades (that is literally centuries in the ever-changing cosmetics landscape) — so it makes sense for the newly dubbed-brand to celebrate it’s 20th milestone by releasing a special limited-edition version of the pen ensconced in a hammered gold case.  Inspired by the Byzantine jewels (that also inspired YSL’s 2011 cruise collection), the case isn’t the only thing that’s new. The luxe label also launched 5 new shades of the sought-after light reflecting and dark circle erasing pen — all available exclusively at Nordstrom.

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Karl Lagerfeld Karl-izes Shu Uemura Cosmetics

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

Oh Karl…  It seems dabbling his black leather clad fingers in every piece of the fashions pie is Karl Lagerfeld’s aim… and, once again, the ‘Kaiser’ is at it. A recent reveal in WWD showed the designers seventeen-piece holiday collection for Japanese makeup brand Shu Uemura in which Lagerfeld put aside his penchant for black and white in favor of a more colorful collection.  Included in this beauty bounty is four lip shades, two eye and cheek palettes, two false eyelash sets, a few nail colors, a dark purple gel liner, an eyelash curler, a cleansing oil, a mini brush kit and a makeup box to house it all.  (*Whew.  We did say seventeen pieces.)  Each item will be priced between a rather serious span of $27  to $368, and the packaging is adorned with what Lagerfeld hoped would be the visual outcome if wearing the collection: a Karl-ized version of a Japanese Manga doll.  (Of course… you did see the recent Karl “My Little Pony,” right?)

The legendary designers version of his own persona ala Manga, has been dubbed Mon Shu and has red eyes, a jet black bob and Lagerfeld’s signature high white collar and black tie.  ”I wanted to invent my personal vision of Japanese manga,” Lagerfeld told the fashion tome, and since Karl’s vision sometimes gets a touch clouded by… well… Karl. This is exactly what one would expect to see.  The makeup brand has plans to to release the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection in stores and online in October (U.S., U.K., Canada) and November (other countries,) in it’s bid to Karl-ize the beauty industry.  The brands general manager Vince Nida hinted at the future of this collaboration too, telling WWD, “We enjoyed very much working with Karl Lagerfeld, so everything is possible.”

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

P.S.  Did you know that Lagerfeld has been using Shu Uemura cosmetics for his sketches, instead of pencils, for “years?”  Huh.  Neither did we.

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