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Beauty Trend: The Bleached Brow

For a while now, we have seen the bold brow bask in its moment under the sun and while this writer is a fan, it seems that its reign is now over. If the runways during the month of Fashion Week (Yes, we are still talking about it) have been any indication, then I guess it is time to put those eyebrow pencils down and embrace the bleached brow. While Rihanna and Cara Delevigne were some of the more prominent names in the bold, tapered brow brigade, the former has now switched camps from the looks of her cover of Vogue’s April issue.

As seen on the runway, there are several advantages to rocking a lighter, or even bleached, brow. For one thing, it makes makeup look more dramatic, as illustrated by Giamba in Milan and Givenchy in Paris, where the model’s brows were bleached so much that they appeared invisible, contrasting with heavy kohl eye makeup for an ethereal effect. At Giorgio Armani in Milan the look was more ‘scuffed out’, lending a softness to the face that exposed the models’ beautiful bone structure. It can also be a useful trick for making hair dye jobs look more natural.

An alternative to bleaching your brows is the use of make-up. Using “Eye & Brow Maestro” in shades 8 “Greige” or 13 “Platinum” from its upcoming Runway Fall/Winter 2016 Make-up Collection, Armani lightened the models’ brows to lessen its impact. Another option to temporarily lighten your brows, is a root cover up such as Space NK’s “Colour Wow” in a hue lighter that your natural hair color.

To maintain the look for a longer period, you could turn to bleach but do so with great caution. If we were in your shoes, then we would probably spend some time watching beauty vloggers such as Ellebangs who suggests using a facial hair bleach product such as ‘Jolen‘, and online lifestyle guru Kandee Johnson agrees, opting for Sally Hansen’s ‘Creme Hair Bleach‘. Johnson advises that the cream should be mixed to the consistency of ‘whipped butter’ before using the supplied spatula to apply the product to the brow, staying as close to the hair as possible to avoid irritating the skin. She recommends leaving the product on for two minutes and checking the progress every minute after that, until the hair is the desired tone. Once you are happy with the hue she advocates, use a face wipe to clean off the mixture, before washing the face thoroughly (being careful not to get bleach anywhere near the eyes) and moisturizing to soothe.

Korean Beauty Trends to Dominate 2016

From Asia and Europe to North America and back again, Korean culture is on the rise and, aside from K-Pop, this can be seen most obviously in the world of cosmetics and beauty. Well, K-beauty that is. K-beauty was one of the biggest trends of 2015, with beauty lovers the world over embracing the cult sheet masks and CC creams to emerge from Asia’s most innovative cosmetics fairground.

Korean fever looks set to grow even stronger in 2016, with Macy’s announcing a K-beauty shop in partnership with Peach & Lily in its Queens, New York, store, as recently as last month. Here are some of the trends to look out for.

Cushion foundation

Cushion foundation, which comprises a spongy formula that is applied to the face with a pillow to provide easy and flawless coverage, isn’t going anywhere for now. The added bonus of integrated SPF protection, wrinkle prevention and antibacterial properties mean that this budding trend is sure to take over next year. French beauty brand Lancôme is leading the way and has carried its successful ‘Miracle Cushion‘ formula ($46.50) over to its Spring 2016 collection, playing on the Korean penchant for cult packaging by adding some sweet pastel cover art to its compact.

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Korean contouring

Contouring has undergone many a transformation since first appearing on our radar, courtesy of Kim Kardashian, some years ago. 2015 saw the birth of ‘clown contouring’ and ‘strobing’, but 2016 will be all about doing it the Korean way. The ideal face shape for many Korean women is a soft oval with a dainty chin, known as the ‘V-line’, and the look can be achieved by highlighting the center of the face, using concealer under the eyes and shimmery tints down the cupid’s brow, the bridge of the nose and the chin, before shading the perimeter of the face to make it appear smaller. Check out beauty vlogger Luvableviet’s tutorial for more information.

Waterless skin care

As beauty fans become aware of increasingly limited water resources, many brands are experimenting with alternatives. Water-free skin care lines first came to our attention thanks to Korean brand Whamisa, whose collection relies on essential oils and plant extracts to hydrate the skin. Market research group Mintel recently predicted that water-free cosmetics will explode over the next decade, so watch this space.

Caviar Spectaculaire

10 new beauty products for fall

There’s nothing like a new season to provide the perfect excuse to refresh your cosmetics bag. If you’re thinking of doing some beauty shopping, then take a look at some of the hottest new product launches for fall 2015.

Caviar Spectaculaire by La Prairie

Caviar Spectaculaire

The luxury skincare brand has joined forces with crystal house Baccarat on a limited edition 75ml jar of its Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, served up in a crystal caviar server for €1,860.
www.laprairieswitzerland.com

Empower Foaming Milk Cleanser by Ole Henriksen
Skincare brand Ole Henriksen is launching a new “Empower” range aimed at anti-ageing for twentysomethings. This foaming milk cleanser hits stores in September at $26 for 198ml.
www.olehenriksen.com

Ecstasy Lacquer by Armani Privé
This high-shine lipstick stole the show at the Armani Privé AW15 show, and you can now get your hands on it from $38.
www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

VIVA Glam by Miley Cyrus for MAC
The popstar’s second lipstick for MAC’s charitable VIVA Glam line hits stores on September 8 in the US and online for $17.
www.maccosmetics.com

New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum by Estée Lauder
Fronted by Eva Mendes, the new New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum by Estée Lauder ($89 for 1oz) promises to lift cheeks and jawline for a more contoured face.
www.esteelauder.com

“Parisian Inspiration” by Caroline de Maigret for Lancôme
Designed for busy women on the go who want to channel that elusive strain of French elegance, Caroline de Maigret’s collection launches this autumn, starting in France on August 24 for $95.
www.lancome-usa.com

Glow Dry style-enhancing blow dry oil by Redken
Redken’s new protective hair treatment, fronted by Amber Le Bon, aims to reduce blow-drying time while smoothing and conditioning.
www.redken.com

CoverGirl x Star Wars
CoverGirl made headlines earlier this summer when it announced its Fall Star Wars collaboration, including an update to its CoverGirl The Super Size By LashBlast Mascara ($5.99).
www.covergirl.com

Nars Audacious Mascara
Featuring 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, the new Audacious mascara by NARS has been designed to give you the lashes of your dreams ($26).
www.narscosmetics.com

Les 5 Ombres de Chanel – Eyeshadow Palette in Entrelacs
Chanel has based its Fall makeup collection on the natural colors of the season, with muted tones illuminated by shimmering touches of gold, bronze or copper. The 5 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette is available for $80.
www.chanel.com

Lady Gaga for Shiseido

Watch: Lady Gaga in latest Shiseido ad

Lady Gaga for Shiseido

In the latest ad for Shiseido, Lady Gaga may start off au naturel, but by the end of the 30-second promo, in true Gaga fashion she ends the ad with beaded curtains hanging off her eyebrows. As only Gaga can do…

LADY GAGA PHOTOGRAPHS HERSELF FOR SHISEIDO

With the tagline “Be Yourself. That’s what makes you beautiful,” the singer sports a pretty, natural face at the beginning of the ad, and leaves the hotel in a nondescript fringed dress.

But once in the limo, the Lady finds her inner self by changing into a blue leather jumpsuit and affixing beaded curtains to her eyebrows.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

St Tropez launches new in-shower self tan

Tanning brand  is making waves with an innovative new gradual self-tanner that can be applied in the shower.

“Gradual Tan In Shower” is a gel formula activated by water, meaning that it can be applied to clean wet skin and left to develop.

After three minutes the lotion is rinsed off, leaving a sunkissed pigmentation that gradually builds into a bronzed glow through daily use, with the added benefit of simultaneously functioning as a moisturizer.

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St. Tropez Global Tanning Ambassador Jules Heptonstall recommends working the product into the skin in circular motions to avoid streaking.

He also recommends using the three-minute activation time to apply a hair mask or brush your teeth.

The brand claims: “This no nonsense hero allows you to minimize grooming time and enjoy an even and natural looking glow, without the fuss and time traditionally associated with tanning.”

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The hotly anticipated product, which features Kate Moss as its “face” and has already attracted a waiting list of thousands of people, is set to hit shelves in the UK, the US, Canada and Latin America this June.

It will be priced at $25 for a 6.7 oz bottle and will be available to pick up in North America from stores including Ulta, Sephora, Sephora Inside J.C. Penney and QVC, Women’s Wear Daily reports.

Dior Capture Totale Serum

Eva Herzigová fronts ads for Dior’s anti-aging serum

Dior Capture Totale Serum

Eva Herzigová has renewed her partnership with the French luxury brand as the face of Dior Capture Totale Serum, a new anti-aging serum.

Close to a year after launching Capture Totale DreamSkin, an all-over skincare treatment, Dior has expanded the line with a serum that leaves skin plumped and toned.

After fronting the campaign for the original product, Eva Herzigová returns to embody Capture Total Serum in a campaign shot by French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

Naturally, the images turn the spotlight on the perfect complexion of the 41-year-old model, who has been a Dior spokesmodel since late 2012.

The Capture Totale line now includes several age-defying products, including Dreamskin, Multi-Perfection Makeup Base, Multi-Perfection Eye Treatment and the new Serum.

Santal 33 travel set from Le Labo

Estee Lauder buying fragrance company Le Labo

Santal 33 travel set from Le Labo

Estee Lauder said Wednesday that it agreed to acquire upscale fragrance brand Le Labo, which it said complements its portfolio of beauty brands.

Founded in 2006 by Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi, Le Labo now has its own stores in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong, with additional counters around the world.

The brand has sustained the early buzz surrounding its scents with lines of body care, candles, and limited edition fragrances called “City Exclusives” available in select boutiques.

The company will join a portfolio of high-end  companies including MAC, Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone.

It’s part of a wider interest in niche scents that has seen the growth of the market over the past few years. In 2012, market research experts NPD Group noted 19% yearly growth in the ‘Jewelry & Niche Fragrance’ category compared with 7% growth for classic ‘Designer’ scents.

Black Rose Precious Face Oil

Sisley unveils Black Rose Precious Face Oil

Black Rose Precious Face Oil

For those looking for the ideal lightweight, moisturizing and nourishing anti-aging treatment, the search could soon come to an end.

In September, three years after introducing its Black Rose Cream Mask,  will launch a new dry oil based on some of the same botanicals.

Rich in omega 3 and 6, the Black Rose Precious Face Oil prepares the skin for daily beauty routines by improving cells’ receptivity to active ingredients.

The oil also combines five plant-based active ingredient complexes intended to nourish the skin and fight the signs of aging.

A blend of plum and camelina oil delivers omega 3 and 6, avocado extract is said to soothe and rejuvenate, padina pavonica extract stimulates the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, phytosqualane moisturizes and nourishes, and a blend of natural tocopherols reinforce the skin’s natural protective mechanisms.

Finally, a blend of rose, magnolia and geranium essential oils give the product soothing, tonifying and purifying properties. The result is skin that is rejuvenated, soft and toned.

Lightweight yet concentrated, the oil is effective in small doses of between three and seven drops applied morning or evening, underneath other daily skincare products or on its own.

Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, €150, available from September.

Grandiose mascara campaign

Penélope Cruz poses in Lancôme’s new mascara campaign

Grandiose mascara campaign

A longtime Lancôme spokesmodel, seen namely in ads for the Trésor fragrance,  is the face of the first campaign for the brand’s new Grandiôse mascara, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

The first image from the campaign is a close-up of the 40-year-old star, who stares directly into the lens with her fiery, smoky gaze.

With this latest innovation,  hopes to reinvent mascara through an unprecedented design. Grandiôse comes with a patented “Swan’s Neck” wand, which is twisted and shorter than the traditional mascara applicator.

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According to the brand, the new design makes for simpler, faster and easier application on each eye.

The mascara wand also has two different sizes of high-tech bristles, which are shaped specifically for better adherence to both top and bottom lashes.

Made with a deep black formula for an intense look, Grandiôse mascara will be available starting in late August, priced at €31.50.

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John Galliano working for Russian beauty chain

John Galliano Moscow

Disgraced British fashion designer , little-seen since being sacked by Dior in 2011 for making drunken racist tirades, reappeared in Moscow Thursday as creative director of a Russian cosmetics chain.

The L’Etoile chain, which has some 850 branches in more than 250 Russian towns, did not skimp on the event which took place in one of the most exclusive Moscow suburbs. Galliano appeared for just a few seconds, in a halo of orange smoke, at the end of the show.

“This is an opportunity and a great challenge for me,” he said later, in an interview with the official Itar-Tass news agency. “I am confident that our partnership will lead to new and exciting events in the world of beauty for Russian women. I think the results will be beautiful and inspiring,” he added.

Galliano, who spent nearly 15 years at Dior, is widely considered to be one of the most brilliant fashion minds of his generation.

However, his rehabilitation following the racism scandal has been difficult and he has been rarely seen at public events since then.

Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco

Charlotte Casiraghi named as face of Gucci Cosmetics

Charlotte Casiraghi Gucci campaign

 has announced it will release a cosmetics range this September, and Charlotte Casiraghi has been chosen to front the campaign.

The products, which include Gucci Eye, Gucci Face, Gucci Lip and Gucci Nail items as well as brushes and preparation products, will appear with a campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott starring Charlotte Casiraghi.

“Charlotte was a natural choice as she embodies the modern iconic Gucci woman. Aside from her striking beauty, she is sophisticated, successful and iconic. A wonderful ambassador for Gucci,” said Frida Giannini.

Charlotte Casiraghi second Gucci campaign

The Monaco-born royal shares a passion for equestrianism with Giannini, who designed an exclusive line of competition horseriding gear in 2010. The daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, Casiraghi has previously appeared in the Gucci ‘Forever Now’ campaign.

The Mert & Marcus images will be joined by a film directed by famed art director and filmmaker Fabien Baron.

Carven uniform Marionnaud

Carven x Marionnaud

Carven uniform Marionnaud

As part of the preparations for the opening of its new flagship store on the Champs-Elysées, French cosmetics megastore Marionnaud has tasked Carven with creating slick new uniforms.

Described by Marionnaud as a “modern, chic and Parisian” look, the three outfits will be reserved for staff at the flagship store, which is set to open at 104 Avenue des Champs Elysées in early November.

Bespoke fashion uniforms are an increasingly global trend. Virgin Atlantic recently hired Vivienne Westwood to create new eco-friendly and sustainably-sourced uniforms for the company’s staff.

And earlier this year, Australian flag-carrier Qantas showed off a new Martin Grant-designed uniform, modeled by Victoria’s Secret star Miranda Kerr.

After the airlines, cosmetics company Estée Lauder also got in on the act, tasking Opening Ceremony and Kenzo designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon to create stylish new outfits for its beauty advisors.

Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection

It’s Chanel’s Christmas Makeup Collection!

Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection

The French luxury brand’s “Nuit Infinie” Holiday 2013 makeup collection confirms that the season’s metallic trends are here to stay through the holiday season.

Holiday parties are a perfect excuse to add extra sparkle and glimmer to hairstyles, outfits and makeup, and Chanel knows this well. And since metallic shades are already one of this season’s top trends, the Nuit Infinie holiday collection turns up the brilliance factor an extra notch while maintaining the refined style Chanel is known for.

For a radiant yet natural complexion, Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre mattifies the skin and masks imperfections. A touch of Joues Contraste blush adds a healthy glow.

When it comes to eye shadows, the new Chanel collection offers two options: the Ombres Matelassées palette, with five shades ranging from beige to dark purple, or the individual Illusion d’Ombre luminous eyeshadows in shimmery bronze and purple shades.

Finally, for an extra touch of shimmer around the eyes, Chanel has introduced reflective bronze shades of both the Ligne Graphique liquid eyeliner and the Mascara Gel Irisé top coat for lashes.

The “Nuit Infinie” collection is available on the Chanel website and at makeup counters worldwide from this month. Prices range from $36/€29.50 (Illusion d’Ombre individual eyeshadow) to $80/€55 (Ombres Matelassées eyeshadow palette).

Giorgio Armani Si gift set

Giorgio Armani launching ‘Si’ gift set

Giorgio Armani Si gift set

Launched in September, the latest eau de parfum from the Italian brand will be available in a luxury gift set from November 1, just in time for the Christmas season.

Giorgio Armani‘s Si fragrance, represented in campaigns worldwide by Cate Blanchett, will be available in three formats in this holiday gift set: an eau de parfum, a shower gel and a body milk. The three products come nestled inside an elegant box in powder pink, accented in black.

This perfume is characterized by bergamot, mandarin oil and blackcurrant nectar, combined with rose, neroli, and jasmine absolute essences. The base notes include patchouli, blond wood musk and vanilla.

The gift set is priced at €78.30 (around $110) and will be available from November.

Jason Wu To Launch Makeup Line With Lancome

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Jason Wu, who created his own brand and was named head artistic director at BOSS Women last June, will now bring his talents to the world of luxury cosmetics for a limited edition collection.

The partnership with Lancôme will take the form of a limited edition makeup collection to be unveiled in September during New York Fashion Week (September 5-12).

The limited edition will include a palette of eyeshadow, mascara, lipsticks and nail polishes. Fans of the hip designer will be able to pick up the new products, with prices starting at $15, from the makeup counters at Bergdorf Goodman in New York or at Nordstrom stores.

This is not the first time that Lancôme has teamed up with a prestigious designer to launch a makeup collection. Most recently, the brand released a collection designed in cooperation with Alber Elbaz.

Chanel store 382 rue St Honore

Chanel opens pop-up beauty boutique in Paris

Chanel store 382 rue St Honore

Chanel has unveiled a new store on Rue St Honoré in the French capital dedicated to perfumes and cosmetics. Situated at number 382 of the Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, the store is located around the corner from Chanel’s original Paris store on Rue Cambon which is currently undergoing rennovations.

Chanel has recently announced it would be expanding its historic store (originally a hat store financed by Gabrielle Chanel’s lover Boy Capel, and called ‘Chanel Modes’) which is set to be finished in 2016.

According to the brand, the new Rue Saint Honoré store will stock makeup collections, exclusive colors and advance previews as well as offer a specialized perfume service.

Lancôme x Alber Elbaz Short Film Released

Lancome show by Alber Elbaz

Lancôme has released an animated film made by Alber Elbaz in the runup to the June 15 launch of his first-ever line of mascaras and eye shadows for the French luxury cosmetics house.

The animated “Hypnôse Show” begins with what seems to be a typical Parisian fashion show. But as the lights dim to welcome the models, it’s the many eyes of the audience, and eyelashes everywhere you look, that become the stars of this humorous polychrome animé.

“Our job is to tell stories. It all starts there,” explains Alber Elbaz in a press statement. “It all stems from the incredibly rounded and curvaceous mascara bottles. The moment I saw them I thought of women’s bodies. There’s something of Cinderella and her magical carriage in this idea of fairy-tale metamorphosis.”

The Alber Elbaz & Lancôme collection, including mascaras, black and multicolor eye shadow palettes, and false lashes, will be available in a limited edition from June 15.

Chanel mascara now sold in vending machines

Chanel Vending Machine

Chanel is serving up mascara via innovative vending machines at Selfridges for a limited time only.

Chanel famously first created ‘human vending machines‘ in 2012 at Fashion’s Night Out, but the French luxury label has taken a robotic leap into the future with its latest project.

London beauty fans are now able to get their hands on Chanel’s first volumizing mascara via exclusive automated vending machines at the Selfridges department store.

The mascara is available in three shades: ‘Noir’, ‘Prune’ and ‘Bleu’, and the applicator features a unique ‘snowflake’ brush designed to lengthen and separate lashes as it coats them with quick-drying mascara for a volumizing effect.

From April 25 to May 8, customers will be able to use the machines at the central London store, with eye makeovers supplied by Chanel’s beauty experts.

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Yves Saint Laurent beauty expanding to China

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YSL cosmetics owner L’Oréal Luxe is pushing ahead with expansions plan to meet the booming demand for luxury skin care in China.

This May, China’s first ever YSL beauty counter will open in the Shanghai branch of high-end Japanese department store Isetan on Nanjing Road, the city’s busiest shopping street.

“We want to keep innovating and surprising the Chinese consumer. Yves Saint Laurent is a beautiful brand that belongs to French haute couture. Chinese consumers, they want the best,” said Nicolas Hieronimus, president of L’Oréal Luxe, reported WWD.

By 2015 the company is expecting China to be its biggest market: “In this country, the sky has no limit because the Chinese have such an appetite for luxury that we can only be excited for the future,” Hieronimus added. “This is just the beginning.”

As more and more Asian customers flock to the brand, special YSL fragrance, makeup, and skin-care lines will be launched specifically for the region.

Brands from the L’Oréal Luxe stable are currently sold in 972 department stores, 140 Sephora stores and 68 airport retail spaces throughout China. Big L’Oréal Luxe players in the market include Lancôme, which first entered China in 1993, Kiehl’s, and Chinese luxury skincare label Yue-Sai.