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Insider: 9 Beauty Notes

In a world where the benchmark of beauty glamour are dictated by sirens of the celluloid screen, we bring you 9 insider tips to help you sparkle and shine in your unabashed realness.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 1:

Opium from Yves Saint Laurent is a behemoth of an oriental spicy scent. The time-tested classic conjures cigarettes left burning and the shadow of a demi-mondaine. M.A.C. Face and Body foundation is fantastic for giving exposed skin coverage and an even finish. To achieve an all-over glow, Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil will leave a decadent cast of gold.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

Beauty note 2:

Red is as timeless as it is powerful: a strong lip in the classic M.A.C Rubywoo lipstick is faultless and universally flattering. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne is a vampy alternative. On the eyes, try the Matte Eyeshadow in Persia from NARS for a colour-blocked statement on the lids.

For colour-treated hair, Sachajuan Silver Conditioner deeply moisturises and tones the colour to prevent brassiness and dullness. Hanz de Fuko Claymation gives good lift and structure to hair, allowing you to style it any way. A bit of the timeless L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray will keep things in place, with a subtle flaxen finish.


Beauty note 3:

The waft of seduction and desire is captured in Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, a spicy-sweet fragrance that combines the heaviness of a musky wood base and the masculine sweetness of cloves and cacao – the kind of accords that make you stop and take a deep breath.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 4:

Express your inner lady-in-red with a spritz of Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower, rendering a piercing gauze of animalic camphor married to the feminine wiles of tuberose. Mousse Fort and Volupt Spray from Sebastian Professional build volume and give silken lightness to hair. Define and introduce mystery to the eyes with the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae and Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirage.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

Beauty note 5:

To achieve hyper sculptural facial structure, put a shadow to the cheekbones with Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, using the namesake Shade & Illuminate brush. Head-turning highlights can be achieved using NARS The Multiple in Copacabana, copiously smeared on the high points of the cheekbones, nose bridge and brow bones. Coat the eyelashes in these layers: Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, Chanel Le Volume, finished with M.A.C Opulash to tube and set.

Prep the hair with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volumizing Mousse to give a voluminous start, followed by Sachajuan Styling Cream for a sleek finish. A light spray of OSiS+ Extreme Hold Hairspray will lend a pliable but finished gloss for hair that flies and defies gravity.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

Beauty note 6:

A good pucker takes effort – Clé de Peau Lip Treatment is a luxuriously smooth and refined serum that leaves lips soft and plump. Follow that with a swipe of Tom Ford Matte Lip Colour in the delicious shade Black Dahlia to enhance the pout – all the better to kiss with.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

Beauty note 7:

Prep the face with a dollop of Illamasqua Radiance Veil for a lit-from-within lustre. The high points of the face can be brought forward and given light using Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. For a golden pout, try NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

Beauty note 8:

Pamper the body with a generous layer of Les Exclusif de Chanel Crème Pour Le Corps body cream from Chanel, designed to maximise and increase the longevity of perfume worn after – Coromandel from the Les Exclusifs range is a spicy balsamic inspired by Chinese lacquered screens. Follow with Guerlain Sunless Tinted Self-Tanning Gel for a bronzed finish – vacation in Ibiza not necessary.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 9:

Seduction for boys and girls comes in Sege Luten’s Five O’Clock Au Gingembre, combining the unexpected spice of candied ginger and the sweetness of over-ripe fruits. Call it bronze or call it gold — NARS Monoi Body Oil I can be used on for daily for moisture and the subtle glimmer of gold flecks. Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate is a timeless red that, when worn, imbues the hands with a beguiling pop of color.

Story credits:

Photography Chuando & Frey

Styling Joshua Cheung

Hair Marc Teng/ Atelier using Sebastian Professional; Sean Ang FAC3INC using La Biosthetique

Makeup Rick Yang, FAC3INC, assisted by Hong Ling using Make Up For Ever

Model Brigitta Liivak, Fabio Toledo, Matthew Djordjevic, Nicolai Otta

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Guerlain and JonOne Create Perfume Art

Fragrances and cosmetics are the fast moving goods of the luxury world so this move from Guerlain is on the unusual side. The French luxury perfume and cosmetics house has joined forces with a famous American street artist for a one-off collection, combining olfactory and sensory expertise with art. The fruit of this rare partnership goes on sale on January 4 so you won’t have to wait long for it.

Such partnerships are not beyond the pale of course, as Bulgari and others have demonstrated, but in that example in particular, Bulgari was using its jewelry heritage to make a statement in fragrances. Clearly, Guerlain has no need for such tactics and does not have the same resources anyway. Honestly, such collaborations are far more commonplace in the drinks business, where Martell, Johnnie Walker and The Macallan all have such special projects. Like those special projects, this one will have a very special price: US$9,900 per bottle, approximately.

This odd pairing between the New York artist and the French perfume house at the Guerlain Exclusive Collections creative laboratory has resulted in three limited edition bottles, which will hit the shelves in January 2016. Each one is a reinterpretation of the iconic bee-patterned bottle, designed by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain in 1853 as part of a special order for the marriage of Eugénie de Montijo and Napoleon III.

The one liter bottle was entrusted to JonOne as a blank canvas, to allow him to express himself freely with his “colored language.” The result is an explosion of colors in three different shades: blue for “Shalimar, Extract”, pink for “La Petite Robe Noire, Extract” and orange for “Rose Barbare, Eau de Parfum”.

All the bottles were created at the JonOne workshop in Paris. They were reworked and signed one by one by the artist, making each bottle unique. These “bee bottles” also retain the Guerlain touch in the form of a satin ribbon which sits on the neck.

As part of this exclusive partnership, Guerlain will hold an exhibition of JonOne’s work in its legendary store on the Champs-Elysées in Paris from January 4 to February 28, 2016.

This is not the first collaboration between the street artist and the fashion and beauty world, as he recently teamed up with the Lacoste brand to create a capsule clothing collection.

The Guerlain x JonOne collection will go on sale on January 4. Each “bee bottle” will be numbered and signed: 34 units for “Shalimar” and 32 units for “La Petite Robe Noire” and “Rose Barbare”. Price: €9,000.

Esther Kamatari

Esther Kamatari is new face of Guerlain

Esther Kamatari

After Michelle Yeoh and Natalia Vodianova, exiled Burundian princess Esther Kamatari has been named ‘s new beauty ambassador.

Kamatari was France’s first black supermodel in the 1970s and has been tapped to front the luxury brand owned by LVMH, reports WWD.

In addition to being a writer and model, Kamatari, who came to France at the age of 19 in 1970, also ran for the Burundi presidency in 2004.

Fiat 500 La petite Robe noire by Guerlain

Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain

The Italian car maker has presented a limited edition of its 500 and 500C city cars dedicated to the iconic perfume. These 250 special edition “Fiat 500 La petite Robe noire by Guerlain” cars will be sold exclusively in France.

Fiat 500 La petite Robe noire by Guerlain

The logo of Guerlain‘s La Petite Robe Noire perfume — a dynamic silhouette designed by the artists Kuntzel+Deygas — is featured on the car’s rear wing and on the dashboard inside.

This special edition is available in pearly white or metallic black, either with a panoramic sunroof (500) or a black electric-power soft top (500C).

La Petite Robe Noire logo

This special-edition Fiat 500 is also equipped with two-tone black and white Poltrona Frau leather seats, automatic air conditioning, seven airbags, a CD/MP3 player, a Bluetooth system, a USB port and a clothes hanger on the passenger-side headrest. Additional options include Bi-Xenon headlamps, rear parking aid, or tinted rear windows.

Fiat 500C La petite Robe noire

In addition, the car will come with the three “little black dresses” in Guerlain’s Petite Robe Noire fragrance line (eau de toilette, eau de parfum and eau de parfum “couture”) and a matching makeup bag.

Fiat 500 500C La petite Robe noire by Guerlain

The Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain will go on sale in France from March. Prices start at €15,700 for the Fiat 500 with the 1.2L, 69hp engine.

Guerlain Paris flagship

Guerlain reopens Paris flagship store

First opened in 1913, the Guerlain store on the Champs-Elysees is one of the city’s classic beauty locations and has recently been overhauled in a luxurious new renovation that opened last month.

Guerlain Paris flagship
Owned by French luxury giant LVMH, the brand has spared no expense on the interiors of 68 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, which now contains a luxurious polished ceiling by the Haas Brothers and four shimmering Baccarat chandeliers.

The 10,764 sq ft store has doubled in size, with new zones including a ‘hall of mirrors’, and even contains a restaurant by Michelin starred French chef Guy Martin located in the basement called ‘le 68’.

Guerlain Paris flagship 68 restaurant

American architect Peter Marino was in charge of the rennovation. Awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government last year, he is well known for his luxurious store designs for brands including Fendi, Christian Dior and Chanel among others.

Guerlain Paris flagship store

“I put something modern in the old and something old in the new,” Marino told WWD. “You’ll feel very much like you’re in a home and not in a commercial establishment.”

Gerard Cholot Le Vol des Abeilles

An additional artistic touch was added by the golden bees (one of the emblems of the Guerlain house) suspended from the ceiling by artist Gérard Cholot as part of his installation “Le Vol des Abeilles.”

la legende de shalimar

VIDEO: The legend of Shalimar by Guerlain

French beauty brand Guerlain has released a short film exploring the inspiration behind its iconic Shalimar fragrance. The video stars Natalia Vodianova in the role of an Indian princess.

When creating the Shalimar fragrance in the early 1920s, Jacques Guerlain drew inspiration from the legendary love affair between a princess, Mumtaz Mahal, and the emperor Shah Jahan. As a testament of his devotion upon the death of his wife, he built the most splendid of tombs: the Taj Mahal.

This legend is at the heart of the new short film directed by French filmmaker Bruno Aveillan, who has also directed a much-buzzed about short film for Cartier in 2012, L’Odyssée de Cartier.

The Guerlain film depicts Natalia Vodianova as a sublime princess languishing in the Shalimar Gardens. The supermodel alternates between sensual scenes of royal luxury, in which she is barely clothed, and touching scenes of tenderness, in which she wears a delicate and flowing sari with gold embroidery.

The end of the short film shows the princess floating across a lake in a lovely boat. The music stops, and the Taj Mahal rises majestically from the still waters.

The full-length version of “The Legend of Shalimar,” at 5min45s, may be seen on Guerlain’s Facebook and YouTube pages. A shorter version of the video is expected to air on TV.

Guerlain legend of Shalimar

Abeille de Guerlain baccarat

Baccarat for Guerlain

Abeille de Guerlain baccarat

Guerlain teamed again with Baccarat to manufacture a massive flacon for the ultra-exclusive flacon of their new perfume called L’Abeille de Guerlain.

This Baccarat for Guerlain creation is meant to look like a gigantic bee with its wings faceted like precious diamonds.

The bee has been a symbol of Guerlain since founder Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain came to fame crafting perfumes for Empress Eugénie of France, who reigned from 1853 to 1870; the bee was the emblem of France’s Second Empire.
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Guerlain ‘Abeille Royale’ Youth Serum

French beauty brand Guerlain has unveiled a new anti-ageing treatment, called Abeille Royale Youth Serum.

The product is claimed to harness the reparative power of bee products to repair wrinkles and promote tissue firmness.

A key ingredient is the Pure Royal Concentrate, described as a blend of exclusive elements capable of activating key factors of the skin’s self-repair mechanisms.
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Perfume flacon sells at auction for €45,600

An engraved Guerlain bottle from 1870 fetched the record sum of €45,600 at an auction in the city of Arcachon, in the southwest of France.

The flacon, engraved with the house’s original address, Rue de la Paix, was initially expected to fetch €20,000 to €30,000.

Organized by Arcachon auction house Toledano, the sale took place in the presence of French fragrance expert Bernard Gangler.
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Guerlain Idylle Baccarat – Lux Edition

Guerlain has launched an exclusive edition of “Idylle”, its new fragrance.

The Artist Edition of Idylle was created by Ora Ito, who designed the solid 18-carat gold perfume bottle enveloped in a clear Baccarat crystal ball.

The golden bottle must be kept intact for the piece to serve as decoration, or the crystal must be broken in order to access the famous perfume.
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Guerlain Heritage Case

For its 180th anniversary in 2008 Guerlain issued a luxurious leather coffret called the Guerlain Heritage Case.

Available now at Selfridges, the Guerlain Heritage Case contains a collection of 18 of the house’s fragrances best representing its perfume history since 1828.

The labels on the bottles are inspired by historic Guerlain labels from the Art Deco period and only 205 copies were made.
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Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks

Guerlain’s new revolutionary lipstick called Rouge G de Guerlain. The new lipstick aim to be lightweight, long-lasting with tons of color.

Rouge G de Guerlain has a revolutionary and thrilling packaging, evoking the impression of holding an oval bar of white gold in your hands. Here the case flips open to reveal a mirror and the lipstick which is perfect jewel itself.

Guerlain describe the line as an “aspirational lipstick line.” Rouge G de Guerlain will launch in April with 25 shades, and each one will retail for $45 in the U.S. or 38 euros in France.
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Most Expensive Lipstick

Finding the right shade of lipstick has been expensive lately…

French cosmetics house Guerlain released in November KissKiss Gold and Diamonds which comes wrapped in a 110-gram, 18-karat gold tube encrusted with 199 conflict-free diamonds weighing 2.2 carats, rubies and emeralds.

For this price, the buyer will also get a personal appointment with Guerlain’s artistic director Olivier Echaudemaison, to develop a custom-made shade of lipstick.
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