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Introducing Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection

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INTRODUCING…. COURRÈGES ESTÉE LAUDER COLLECTION
Two innovative brands collaborate to create a “pop-timistic” limited edition makeup collection, featuring zero gravity shades that float on lips, eyes and face Cosmonauts, satellites, missiles to the moon. Unprecedented advancement and achievement underwrote the inaugural period of intergalactic exploration that came to be known as the Space Age of the early-1960s. When a culture of futurism subsequently consumed the era, there were two names firmly in the vanguard: Estée Lauder and André Courrèges. She, a beauty industry innovator whose “every woman can be beautiful” mantra was ahead of its time; he, a fashion force whose avant-garde aesthetic broke all the style rules by injecting an air of playfulness, movement, and egalitarianism into every one of his haute couture collections.

Visionaries both, their brands have now joined together to pioneer a new interpretation of color. Introducing Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection: a limited edition collection of zero-gravity shades that draws on a shared point of view on color, beauty and the resolution to never stop moving forward.

An American beauty and business icon, Estée dedicated her life to shaking up the beauty universe with her skincare formulation savvy and her three-minute makeup applications. Firmly established in the department stores of New York, she introduced her coveted lineup of high-performance products to the women of Paris in 1966 as the South-West of France-born Courrèges was making his French runway debut and opening his own Couture House in 1961.

Both arrived with a seismic bang.

An engineer by trade who logged time with legendary Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, Courrèges presented a tailored offering of little dresses and groundbreaking tunic pantsuits in a palette of lunar white, figuratively wiping clean the fashion slate. His simple silhouettes, often reimagined with technologically-charged fabrication techniques—second-skin knits, and plasticine vinyls wrought with transparency—helped sell his revolution, both at home and abroad. His message: “Courrèges is tomorrow, begun today,” continues to guide the couture house that bears his name.

Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection is a 13-piece limited edition line that marries the floating-on-air feeling of an embellished Courrèges mini dress, and the punched-up precision of Estée Lauder’s progressive product design, seen through the Courrèges lens. The formulations were designed to be surprising in their lightness, in their sensorial delivery, their translucency, reflectivity, and in their pop-y palette. They are an invitation to have fun with color, texture and special effects while defying the confines of nostalgia by creating a look that is wholly of today.

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COURRÈGES ESTÉE LAUDER COLLECTION

Lip Visor, $26.00
With a vivid, plexi-like shine reminiscent of Courrèges’ fondness for transparency, an ordinary gloss this is not. A rich balmy formula, it imparts a luscious, wet effect. Lips feel instantly smoothed and soothed, with an impactful pigment pay-off that is impossible to ignore, without trying too hard.

Available in See-Through and Coral Mini.

Super Gloss, $26.00
High coverage, high-impact focal point lips! With the perfect pop of high reflectivity pink, this dramatic gloss features a special delivery system with an innovative flow-through tip to allow for an easy-on, flawless application with every swipe.

Available in Rosy Future.

Super Lashes, $32.00
Sixties-era spider lashes get a 21st-century reboot with these long, full, natural-looking eye accessories that are perfectly shaped to provide a striking flutter and next-level definition. Measure the strips along your lash line, trim accordingly and add a thin layer of lash glue along the perimeter, waiting 30 seconds for the adhesive to become tacky before pressing it onto the inner corner of lids and working your way outward. To remove, gently pull the lashes away from the edge.

*Lash-glue sold separately, and not available at the Estée Lauder counter.

Eye Amplifier, $26.00
The graphic white personified by Courrèges original moon girls inspires this new compact, which features a clear, twist-off lid that encloses an ultra-luxe eyeshadow. Applied best with a brush, the weightless powder formula has been spiked with a special siliconic polymer that allows the product to attach itself seamlessly to the skin. Use wet or dry for shimmering, radiant dimension and a glass-like finish that lasts for hours without creasing.

Available in Aqua Silver and Black Silver.

Eye Glide Pencil, $22.00
Metallic accents have long illustrated the oft-publicized dream of the future perfect. Here, they become reality with a creamy silver pencil that glides onto eyes to shade, define and smolder. Create structure and depth by blending across lids with your fingertips, or line and define along upper and lower lashes for a bold, standout statement.

Available in Silver Streak.

Iridescent Ball Highlighter, $26.00

“I want to let the light into my clothes,” Courrèges would say of his preference for lucidity above all else, which has inspired this iridescent powder gelée. The innovative plastic orb applicator that houses a sensorial cream can be dotted onto cheeks for an allover polished glow or onto temples, cheekbones, and other high planes of the face for a concentrated highlight.

Lip + Cheek Ball, $26.00
This revolutionary jelly-like gloss has a full-throttle shine and a translucent berry hue that adds a slight tint to lips, while imparting a rosy glow to cheeks for a happy flush.

Available in Ultra Pink.

Ultra White EyeLiner, $26.00
White is the new black with this vibrant, opaque liquid eyeliner that provides a brilliant vinyl finish in the classic color code of the house of Courrèges. The super-fine eyeliner boasts a dip-in fine brush applicator to scrawl the perfect feline flick with a shocking pop of starkly bright, white pigment.

Available in Lunar White.

Illuminations Face Powder, $32.00
Create glowing, otherworldly skin with this silky-effect powder. Brush over cheeks, forehead, and brow bones for a burst of pure light that is velvety-soft with an impeccable, long-lasting quality.

Kabuki Brush, $36.00
This lush bouncy tool adds a ritualistic feeling to the simple act of adornment. Luxuriously soft, white bristles give a uniform finish to mattifying, highlighting and contouring efforts, while working particularly well in tandem with the Illuminations Face Powder.

Availability: The Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection will be available at select Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com beginning March 2015. All prices are suggested retail.

Drinkable Sunscreen?

My family all has fair skin and skin cancer has touched quite a few of my family members. My parents have both had skin cancer but very treatable ones, and my little brother 6 years my junior just had a melanoma removed. So sun protection is a always on the forefront of my mind. I spend a lot of time outdoors and after my youth of tanning beds and hours baking in the sun I know its not will I get skin cancer probably when it will  happen. I can’t erase the past but I can protect my skin going forward.

I am always looking for new sun protection products and I am really intrigued my the drinkable sun protection. I have been reading up on it and there are as many skeptics as believers.  What are your thoughts can a drinkable sunscreen really work?

 

 

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Drinkable Option: Osmosis Harmonized Water UV Neutralizer
Described at the world’s 1st drinkable sunscreen, this dietary supplement is available in two formulas (Tan Enhancing and No Tan Enhancing).
Physician endorsed, no chemicals, non-toxic, this is simply purified water imprinted with unique, vibrational waves which isolate out the precise frequencies needed to protect you from UV rays. The frequencies that have been imprinted on water will vibrate on your skin in such a way as to cancel approximately 97% of the UVA and UVB rays (similar to broad spectrum SPF 30 products). This results in 3 hours of coverage that can be repeated for extended stays in the sun. These two different UV Waters allow for increased sun exposure (30x more than normal), protect your eyes, do not wash off when swimming and can increase your tanning response.

$30, 3.38 oz from dermstore.com

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Topical Option: Osmosis Skincare Shade Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer
Shade is a broad-spectrum facial sunscreen that protects against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. As a high-performance sun-protecting moisturizer, it is ideal for all skin types. This sunblock features soothing aloe vera to diminish irritation and redness. Your complexion is shielded from free radicals with antioxidant-rich green tea extract while shea butter imparts nourishing moisture. Your skin is left feeling soft and conditioned.

$24, 1oz from dermstore.com

Celebrate National Fragrance Day this Saturday March 21, 2015

This Saturday, March 21, 2015 is National Fragrance Day.  Check out a few great ideas below to restock your fragrance supply!

 

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Lancome La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum
The fragrance that makes life more beautiful. La Vie est Belle introduces the first ever iris gourmand. The juice is made with the most precious natural ingredients, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a gist of gourmand. It entwines the elegance of iris with the strength of Patchouli and the sweetness of a gourmand blend; for an incredible scent with depth and complexity.
Price: $80
Available: Lancôme counters nationwide and lancome-usa.com

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ERH1012 deadofnight Perfume Oil
Captivating unisex perfume oil featuring the hypnotic ingredient that has the world mesmerized: Oudh. Prized for centuries for its deeply complex scent and aphrodisiac affects, precious Oudh is a rare, aromatic resin from the ancient East. Warm and sensual, deadofnight opens with green top notes. The complexity of the Oudh heart is balanced with light, floral hints of Jasmine and Rose, and finishes with nuanced Sandalwood, Amber, and White Musk. The sophisticated, unique fragrance finishes with a lingering hint of mystical allure. Handcrafted in small batches, the exceptional oil is slowly absorbed into the skin, combining with the wearer to create a deeply personal, unique scent.
WHAT IT COSTS: 20 mL, $595; 10 mL, $355; 1.25 mL, $55; 1.25mL Fragrance in (18k) Gold Plated Flower Necklace, $295
WHERE TO FIND IT: www.erh1012.com
Perfume oil 1.25mL

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Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Aimable- Botanical Cologne of Love
Treat those dear to your heart to an exquisite fragrance experience with Eau Aimable, the Botanical Cologne of Love, from Le Couvent des Minimes. Sparkling and delicious, this floral-fruity blend combines sweet orange blossom, citrus fruits and five beneficial plants to evoke sweet memories. The scent transports you to a springtime stroll through Mediterranean orange trees and conjures the fresh, juicy scent of summer fruits.
Price: 3.4 oz, $38 ; 8.4 oz, $49

Available: usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

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Outspoken Fresh by Fergie Eau de Parfum Spray from Avon
Exotic, bold and voluptuous like Fergie, the woman behind this fragrance, the intoxicating scent opens with a blend of sparkling citrus notes and crisp orange flower, enlivened with lush lychee-rose and vibrant blackcurrant flowers to transport you to a lush, exotic escape. Warm vetiver brings depth and sensuality to the fragrance as precious white iris and creamy sandalwood add an addictive, lasting signature.
Price: $34

Available: Avon.com or through Avon representatives


New! MAC BAO BAO WAN

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MAC BAO BAO WAN
High-society darling, artist, pop philosopher, muse and jewellery designer Bao Bao Wan is one of China’s most renowned style stars. Her debut collaboration with M•A•C is inspired by her womanly and brazen aesthetic, with metallic golds and rich jewel tones reflecting her trademark decorative designs. Eyes are gilded in bronze, skin twinkles like a diamond, lips flicker like rubies and nails outshine even the most precious gems. The collection is outfitted in velvety brown packaging featuring burnished metal, embellished with her signature. Nodding to tradition while trailblazing new trends, M∙A∙C and Bao Bao Wan invite every face to take centre stage.

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Bao Bao’s Jewels Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow
The pure power of pigment in a creamy, lightweight hybrid, offering distinctive effects – applied wet for a super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance, or dry for sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish. In a limited-edition palette, Bao Bao’s Jewels! Five complementary shades glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks: matte to highly pearlized finish. Special luxe velvety brown packaging with Bao Bao Wan’s logo.

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BAO BAO WAN Studio Nail Lacquer $13.50
M∙A∙C Studio Nail Lacquer provides rich, opaque colour in two high-gloss finishes: cream, pearl and glitter. A new formula, developed without toluene, formaldehyde or DBP and new brush for smooth application. In limited-edition new hues: Kashmir Blue, Imperial Green and Sunset Tourmaline. Special luxe velvety brown packaging with Bao Bao Wan’s logo.

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BAO BAO WAN BEAUTY POWDER $28.00
A powder that delivers a subtle luminescent glow. Micro-fine, sheer and silky. Pressed for portability. Goes on lightly. In limited-edition Summer Opal. Special luxe velvety brown packaging with Bao Bao Wan’s logo.

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BAO BAO WAN LIPSTICK $17.50
Colour plus texture for the lips. What made M•A•C famous. In vibrant new hues envisioned by Bao Bao Wan: Forbidden Sunrise, a brilliant orange-garnet, Lavender Jade, a sumptuous purple, Burmese Kiss, a bright coral pink and Romantic Breakdown, a sheer nude. Special luxe velvety brown packaging with Bao Bao Wan’s logo.