Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Moments in Beauty: Gaga-fied

Lady Gaga was the beauty campaign champion of the year despite only being feature in one- MAC's Viva Glam for 2010. But this year, there were a plethora of products in her honor such as NARS's holiday Nailpolishes ( Poker Face and Little Monsters) and her new Viva Glam campaign with MAC coming in 2011.
A suggestion for a mini- gaga collection? golden metal eyelashes and spray makeup.

2010 Moments in Beauty: MAC vs. Rodarte

There is a reason why high fashion doesn't translate well for mass consumers, because Inspiration gets lost in translation. Unfortunately, not even Rodarte or MAC cosmetics could come up with a successful way of marketing the most promising designer collaboration from MAC since Hello Kitty. The winner, the awareness of social and political issues of the towns at the US/ Mexico border.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

2010 Moments in Beauty: Reintroduction to Rouge

For quite sometime lipstick has been associated with the past: matte, stiff, inflexible, etc eighties or nineties related. Gen X, Y and Millenials have been subject to gloss since the nineties when new formulas and nude tones dominated the scene ( remember 2002-2003 was the year for MAC's Chai..I saw it everywhere!). This year marked the reintroduction to Rouge courtesy of Chanel with the launch of Rouge Coco. By discontinuing their frosty Hydrabase Lipsticks and creating a smoother texture, slightly shimmery range of 40+ colors for 3 generations of women to care about. Throw in a kicky, kitschy campaign and you got tons of Bloggers and new customers clamoring!

2010 Moments in Beauty: Global Beauty Gals

2010 brought in the global beauty force!

March 2010, Paris Vogue gave Rose Cordero a solo cover. The 2010 September Vogue had Halle Berry solo and V magazine put Gabby Sibide on the covers of their mags.

Top performing beauty companies realized their brand embassadors had to mirror their potential clients and tap into diversity.

Estee Lauder signed both Liu Wen and Joan Smalls for 2011.

I can't wait to see who is next!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

2010 Moments in Beauty: Orange You Glad ?

Despite the not so cheery news of unemployment, transit hikes and lousy sample sales, you didn't have to look panicked in the face of unpleasant news. While determining whether to brave a face with the powerful red lip or a play up the youthful pink lip, neither contended as much as an old 80's favorite, Orange.

From Apricot to Coral down to Tangerine, Orange was 2010's juiciest element of surprise. From MAC's Pret a Papier collection to YSL's Solaris Summer collections, new tones and textures where introduced that had a new crowd clamoring for radiance in a time of recession.

Friday, December 24, 2010

2010 Moments in Beauty: Tom Ford Lip Luxe

2010 was also the year of Tom Ford, A Single Man was beautiful, his ready to wear is popping up all over print and he's continuing to churn the most coveted perfume ever. Oh yeah, for got to mention, he also created the best lipstick ever!

TF's Private Blend Lipstick is the gem that makes you not want to use it. The 12 color range lipsticks are made with the best of the best ingredients, hince the $52 price tag.

A piece of art for all your extra special days.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and a beautiful New Year!
xo L

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chanel 2011: Rouge Allure Flamboyant #84

Well Hello there beautiful!

Lanvin Shades, Flamboyant Rouge Allure on the lips, sans teint!

From the top: Flamboyant, Coquette, Flamboyant ( again) and Nakkar

It was approximately about a month ago I was oogling over Chanel's Riva for the Holiday season. I didn't really find the Holiday collection as exciting as the robin's egg nail polish color but when I was doing some X-mas shopping in Soho yesterday afternoon, I stumbled into Chanel Soho and they had the Spring 2011 collection.
Yes, actually it is about that time for Spring 2011 as last year around this time I made a video about Particulier. Well, the whole Les Perles collection was available for purchase as it is on the site.
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this collection as the tones are very grey with a twist of green but upon seeing the corals in the Nakkar glossimer and Flamboyant Rouge Allure, I reconsidered.
The MA suggested I try Flamboyant, suggesting that it would look good against my skin tone and she spoke the truth. Flamboyant is a coral and deep rose confection and Nakkar is its glossy counterpart with golden flecks. If you enjoy a great orange, coral- as I am discovering, you will love these two colors!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Best of 2010: Ashley F's beauty picks!

Ashley F is a writer for BAS and wetpaint and her tumblr is freaking HILARIOUS!
She loves Let the Right One In, Everyone Says I Love You and Gosford Park.
Recently played itunes songs are Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso, MF Doom, KMD, old Billy Joel SWV and Jodeci.

These are her favorite
Classic " Go To" Product of the Year: The thing I absolutely cannot live without is Dr. Perricone's No Foundation Foundation. Its basically a sheer light-coverage foundation with an anti-aging, moisturizing component. Its $50 but a little goes a long way. It smells a little weird but whatevz, makes my face glow. I don't know how "universal" the universal shade is, but it works for me since I have a light ivoryish tone.

New Discovery of 2010: Favorite discovery of 2010 is definitely Tarte Natural Lip Stain in Moody. Every female friend that I have let try it on has then bought it and it looks great on everyone.

Dream product you want: My dream beauty product is something that gives me perfect liquid eyeliner effect without being, you know, liquid eyeliner, because that shit is impossible for me to apply.

Beauty favorite for under $10: Beauty favorite under $10 is Maybelline The Falsies mascara. Its great and yes, you need to replace it every month, but for $7 that's no big deal. This stuff works great even without a lash separator.

Beauty Favorite for over $10:For over $10 I would have to say that I am very devoted to my Givenchy Phenomeneys. I have small eyes and the awesome ball applicator gets at those very teensy lashes in the corner of your eyes which are the most critical cuz they make you look like 60s Marisa Berenson.

Disclaimer: All products were purchased by Ashley.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Best of 2010!

Yes, its that time again! The best of 2010 as presented by some of the best of the best of BK and LA!
It's been busy and cold here but soon I will be free to get back into blogging as much as I would like to. Lots of treats, reviews swatches and looks.
Anyone else going to see Tron on Friday. I can't wait and am going to wear Nouvelle Vague for it.

Lets start this party off.. right!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Giveaway Winner: Dana

Congrats to Dana who won the B-day giveaway!
Don't fret, there will be more giveawys to come