Showing posts with label lancome. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lancome. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Trend Forecasting: New York Fashion Week S/S 2011

New York Fashion Week is literally days away and I thought it would be educational to start off the festivities with a forecast of trends to come. With this in mind, I asked Daniel Martin, Lancome makeup artist who will be working his magic at the Chris Benz show next Monday, for his take on the top 5 trends we are bound to see on the runway come Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Here's what Daniel had to say:

1.      Eye shadows are back—We've seen lips for so long, women will experiment with their eyes again, especially with the use color!  Either it be a turquoise or aubergine shadow palettes (like Lancôme’s 5 Pan Palettes in Teal Fury and Mauve Chérie) or a bright colored eyeliner, the focus will be all eyes!

2.      Luminized skin—Skin will be radiant with shimmer creating a lit-from-within effect.

3.      Sheer pop of color on the mouth—Rather than lipstick, sheer textures with clear color will make an impact.

4.      Sculpted eyes and cheeks—You're going to see "strength" on the face. More emphasis on accenting and accentuating, rather than intense color.

5.      "NO Makeup" makeup—Modern and very 90's, we'll see a lot more monochromatic color for fall. Case in point, Emma Stone's makeup at the Golden Globes (pictured). Fresh with matching cheek, lip and eye colors harmonizing the entire look.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Emmys Spotlight: Christina Hendricks

One of my favorite looks of last night goes to the very voluptuous Christina Hendricks. She looked flawless, from the hair to the makeup to the bust line :)

Here are the deets on her makeup:

Celebrity makeup artist Vanessa Scali

Mia Farrow’s Daisy Buchanan from “The Great Gatsby”

Vanessa prepped the skin with Lancôme’s La Base Pro. To perfect Christina’s already luminous skin, Vanessa used Lancôme’s new Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup. “It has an amazing transparent quality that leaves the skin looking flawless and luminous without being shiny,” said Vanessa. “I applied it with a brush and then blended with my fingers.” Blending with her fingers heated up the foundation a bit, allowing for a seamless finish. Vanessa followed with Effacernes Concealer under the eyes, her “all time favorite concealer.”

For a fresh pop of color I used Lancôme’s Blush Subtil Shimmer in Pink Pool on the apples of her cheeks. Dabs of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Fluid Sheer #2 highlighted Christina’s cheekbones.

The eye shadow was mix of YSL’s Ombre Solo Eyeshadow in Cashmere Brown and Midnight Black. “I applied these all over her lid, under the bottom lashes and blended it out past her natural lash line to softly elongate the eye,” reported Vanessa.

Eye Liner:
To define and elongate the lash line, Vanessa lined the eyes with Lancôme’s Le Crayon Khôl in Black. “I used a touch of liner under her bottom lashes but smudged it for a softer look,” said Vanessa.  For added depth, Vanessa used Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir at the very base of Christina’s lashes.

Several generous coats of Lancôme Définicils Waterproof Mascara in Black were used on the top and bottom lashes.

Christina’s lips were a mix of Lancôme lip colors for an effect that Vanessa described as “red with a little dash of pink.” A sheer coat of Color Design Matte Lipstick in Corset was topped by La Laque Fever Lipshine in Cyber Coral.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

GIRL CRUSH: Julia Roberts

The countdown begins... only hours left until EAT, PRAY, LOVE hits the theater, and I can't wait. At the Los Angeles premiere of the film, Julia Roberts gave her game-face, looking like a real screen siren. 

Let's start with the hair - flat-iron curls to elongate the look -- I LOVE this style, always have since way back when Nicole Richie made it famous. And Julia does it justice. 

Moving on to the face, I love this sultry, natural smokey eye and nude lip combo, a staple of Julia's. She looks done up, but not overdone.

Julia’s red carpet makeup was created by celebrity makeup artist Genevieve Herr. Since Julia is a Lancome Ambassadress, much of the makeup is from the cosmetic's company.  And here we have the products used to create the look!

INSPIRATION: a chic and modern look that played up Julia’s light brown eyes and her sleek black ensemble. 

FACE: For a natural complexion, Genevieve used Lancome's new Teint Miracle Foundation, an amazing radiance-boosting foundation launching next month, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Secret Brightening Powder followed by a cream blush in plum on the apples of the cheeks. 

EYES: She wanted to give Julia soft, smoky eyes with a mix of blacks and plums.  To achieve this, she first applied Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony to line the eyes and then blended shadows from fall's French Coquettes collection called the French Touch Color Design Quad.  Her lashes were topped with Définicils Precious Cells Mascara in Black for a full, natural lash. 

LIPS: She finished the look with a neutral lip using Le Lipstique Lip Liner in Sheer Natural, Color Design Lipstick in Love It! and a touch of Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling for the perfect photo-ready pout. 

Here's to hoping the movie is as good as the red carpet face!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Red Be A Lady: Old Hollywood Glam Lips

Current must-have red lippy: Maybelline's Color Sensational Lipcolor in Red Revival, #645, an apple-crimson hue.

Mood: Old-Hollywood Glam

Have you checked out Maybelline's new casing (left)? It's beyond classy, reminding me exactly of Lancome's casing for their lippies. In fact, I mixed my Maybelline regal red with a hint of the Lancome P.S. Kiss (limited edition) deep red/ burgundy for an added edginess (the dark, moody lips are a major fall trend) while still keeping it classic. Just dab the darker color in the center of lips and blot together.

The Look:

(that's me... posing)

What's your current red lippy of choice?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Lancome Fall 2009: Declaring Indigo

It looks like blue is shaping up to be the color for fall! I'm a little apprehensive, although I do have some time (3 months) to get acclimated with the hue.

Lancome recently unveiled their Fall 2009 line, Declaring Indigo with model Daria Werbowy.

Here's what I know:

*The collection was created by Lancôme artistic director for makeup Aaron De Mey, this collection celebrates Paris in all its vibrancy. Aaron chose shades that represent the glamour, the energy and the passion of Paris—indigo blue, bright red and luxurious gold.

*At Chris Benz Fashion Week, all 3 Le Vernis nail colors were showcased: Golden Audacity, Indigo Paris and Rouge Liberty.

*Nordstrom has a limited-edition Declaring Indigo brush-and-makeup bag set available so click here to pre-order!

*The entire collection goes on sale in August...

Here's a quick sneak peak:

the brush set

ink artliner

le vernis indigo paris

Thursday, June 04, 2009


While Sarah spends some time on the Atlantic, I’m planning a staycation this summer in LA. June totally snuck up on me (wasn't it just February?) and though I’m ready to pull out the skirts and dresses that get me through triple digit weather, my skin isn’t so sure.

Most of the year I live by the mantra that “pale is the new tan.” While I wear SPF daily, my skin has a yellow undertone and given the chance will turn freckly and tan. I like a bit of color when the temperatures rise but I prefer mine in a bottle. I love, love, love Lancome’s Flash Bronzer Instant Colour Self-Tanning Leg Gel, which is a favorite amongst many, including Lucky Mag beauty editor Jean Godfrey-June who often raves about it. Why so great? First off, it’s tinted with a subtle shimmer, making it possible for me to actually get a faux tan without streaks or missed spots (is it possible, you ask? it is.). Second, it dries fast and develops a golden color that looks sunkissed not Sunkist. Even on the fairest of skin.

I always prep by exfoliating, then add a dab of Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly on knees, elbows, heels and cuticles. To maintain the color, I moisturize daily with Korres Yoghurt Body Butter. The result is a week of great summer color without the sun damage. Then it’s back to the bottle. The icing on the cake? Unlike many tanners this one is paraben free and scored pretty well for its eco-responsibility at The Good Guide (if you don’t know this site already, I suggest bookmarking it now). What’s not to love? xo alex.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Get the Look: Angelina Jolie At Cannes

This is, by far, my favorite Cannes look of the festival. And I just found out what products Angie used!

Here you go:

Celebrity makeup artist Mary Burton created the glamorous look for Angelina Jolie at the Cannes Film Festival. To define Angelina’s lashes Mary used two different mascaras, Lancôme Hypnôse in Black and Lancôme Ôscillation in Black and applied a few coats of both to add volume and length. Mary used Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Candy Apple to create her voluptuous red pout.

I am buying Candy Apple asap... I want an Angelina pucker!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lancome Summer 2009

Obsessed. With. The. Eye. Quads.

Summer just got a whole lot shinier - and golden - thanks to Lancome's summer collection, Tropiques Muse.

I've been playing around with the insanely gorgeous and wearable quads - in hues like deep greens, shimmering golds and burnt browns - and, I've gotta say, now I get why all of the lucky Lancome girls always kill it on the red carpet - Yes, I'm talking to you Kate Winslet and Anne Hathaway! These colors are incredible - the quads are perfect for creating a gilded smokey eye. LOVE!

Here's the rest of the collection:

Tropiques Mineral $35.00

Juicy Tubes Pure $18.00
Same glossy lippy, now in a natural formula. YAY.

Color Design Palettes (quads) $43.00

Color Fever Shine Lipstick $25.00

Le Lipstique Sheer (lip pencil) $23.00

Blush Subtil $29.50

Le Crayon Kohl Kajal (eye pencil) $23.50

Le Vernis (nail lacquer) $18.00

Do yourself a favor and buy one of these quads for spring. It will be your go-to shadow palette, promise!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Lancome Favorites

I had the pleasure of attending a Lancôme dinner the other evening with the remarkable Erin Cerminara, Manager, Lancôme Public Relations & Artist Relations, and the talented Darais, Lancôme National Makeup Artist (both pictured below).

My fellow beauty enthusiasts and I were treated to a delicious Italian cuisine, Lancôme gossip (did you know that the company is launching a natural version of their coveted Juicy Tubes?) and a slew of great makeup tips (like never add shimmer to mature skin!).

I asked a few of the girls to dish on their favorite Lancôme products. Here's what made the cut:

Charli from; your Source for Shopping & Style
Fave: Le Lipstique LipColouring Stick with Brush in Rougelle
Why: It keeps red lips on all day, and the pro-quality brush is super convenient for applying.

Amber from Beauty Junkies Unite; daily beauty product reviews, makeup tips & tricks and beauty advice at your fingertips.
Fave: Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover
Why: This classic is often imitated by companies but can never be duplicated! The best eye makeup remover in my opinion, hands down.

Cindy from Hello Dollface; a beauty site that combines makeup reviews, books, celebrities and health features into one neat little package.
Fave: Juicy Tubes
Why: For several years these little tubes of sexy gloss have been coating my lips with moisture and subtle color. I use them over lipstick or by themselves and almost always have one tucked in my pocket or purse.

Sarah (me) from Beauty Banter; if you're reading this, then chances are you know about the site!
Fave: High Definicils Mascara in Deep Black (with the plastic bristles 'cause you know how I heart a good plastic wand).
Why: There's a reason why this mascara has secured cult status, winning the Allure Editor's Choice Award... it works, it really works! The Definicils is the very first mascara that ever graced my lashes (my mom swore by it) and the formula still holds a special place in my heart - and in my makeup bag.

What's YOUR favorite Lancome product?
Let us know in the comment section below.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Dark, goth lips are all the glam this Fall. But turning runway trends into real-life wearable beauty can be a bit of a feat.

Thanks to Lancome's new artistic director, Aaron de Mey, we now have some tips on how to make the trend work on an everyday pout:

(the look)

Says Lancome: " Debuting in November - Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black ($48.00) - is part of a luxe lip set created by Aaron de Mey. It features the black gloss and Color Fever Lipstick in Piha Red, inspired by the red of a Christian Louboutin sole. (A low-pigment black gloss is easy to wear alone and can be blended with other shades for a little drama.). Aaron is a big adherent of having fun with makeup, so the idea is to wear the colors alone or to customize your own shade by mixing them together. Aaron also loves to use Piha Black as an eye gloss, by the way."

(the products)

I cannot wait to try this lip duo!
And, starting NOW, you can add yourself to the wait list by calling Bloomingdale's 59th Street (212-705-2886).

Hurry, there are only 500 sets being sold in the USA!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Get Anne Hathway's GET SMART Look...

As you may or may not know, actress Anne Hathaway was named Lancome's spokesmodel and brand ambassador back in January of 2008. So, it comes as no surprise that when Annie readies herself for red-carpet events, Lancome is there to paint her famous face.

Last Thursday, Lancôme hosted a special screening of Get Smart with Anne at the private Core Club in New York City. The screening benefited the Lollipop Theater Network, a charitable organization that Anne is involved in. The organization provides first-run movies to children with serious illnesses who otherwise would miss seeing these movies in the theaters due to their long hospital stays.

Congrats to Annie for being an actress who not only graces us with her talent and beauty, but also gives back to those in need!

And now, on to the beauty tip. Lancome gave us an inside peek into Anne's beauty preparation so that you too can recreate the look. Says Lancome:

"Celebrity makeup artist Julie Harris did Anne’s makeup for the screening. Anne has the most gorgeous porcelain skin (she’s a major proponent of sunscreen) so Julie played up her eyes, cheeks and lips. She used Lancôme black liquid Artliner on the upper lash line to make Anne’s eyes pop and added a few coats of Lancôme Hypnôse mascara, giving her lashes a beautiful boost of volume and length. Julie added just a touch of color to the apples of the cheeks with Giorgio Armani Sheer Cream Blush #2. She set the look by dusting Laura Mercier translucent powder all over Anne’s face. Julie opted for a soft neutral colored pout and finished the look with Lancôme Color Design Lipcolor in B-List."

Here's the finished product:

(click image to enlarge)

P.S. When did Annie get her new haircut and how do we feel about it???

Friday, June 13, 2008

I cannot WAIT for THIS....

Lancome's newest installment to their world-renowned mascara collection is:


Here's what they have to say about the news:

"We just learned of some exciting mascara news from our team in Paris... This fall, we will be launching Ôscillation, a unique mascara that provides a 360-degree coat around each and every lash. The vibrating brush provides no fewer than 7,000 vibrations per minute for the perfect formula application. Ôscillation has four patents for technology and formula and was created by a team led by Jean-Louis Guéret, the designer of all Lancôme mascara brushes. The King of Mascara, Guéret has been the father of nearly 400 mascaras during his illustrious career."

We DEF will be pre-ordering Oscillation (although we're not too keen on the name... it's a strange one to pronounce!)!

Friday, April 18, 2008

High Définicils, 2008

Lancome's coveted Définicils mascara just got a make-over... And I'm LOVING it!

All throughout high school I was a major fan of the Définicils mascara (first launched in 1991), as it did justice to my lashes. But then I got bored, as I usually do with products. I wanted something new, something different. And I traveled the makeup counters at Sephora and Barneys searching for my new fave mascara. Over the years I've found many - I LOVE Prescriptives Fake Lashes and Fresh's Supernova. I also had a mild obsession with Cover Girl's Lash Exact Waterproof Mascara. And now I'm back to Lancome.

Since 1991, Lancome has introduced 3 Définicils mascaras into the family:
Définicils - The Original: Straight brush coats lashes evenly, from base to tips, for a perfectly defined and separated look.
Définicils Pro 2007: Curved brush deposits more product at the root of the lash for a fuller look.
High Définicils 2008: Soft rubber brush offers effortless glide for individually separated and lengthened look.

It's no secret that there are a few necessities to a good mascara. I like something that lengthens, darkens and doesn't clump. I also love a rubber wand that allows easy access for those hard to reach hairs.

Lancome's revamped High Définicils does ALL that! I love, love, love it!!!

Have you tried High Définicils 2008.... thoughts?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Christopher Kane Goes Juicy...

Lancome Cosmetics has joined forces with yet another designer to create a fabulous lippy (remember Peter Som's P.S. Kiss?). London's Christopher Kane, a favorite of British fashonistas like Kate Moss and Posh Spice, and Lancome recently introduced 9 hot juicy tube shades just in time for Spring.

Says Kane, “I have always loved the way a Juicy Tube can transform a lip with its patent texture and appearance. It plumps the lip to perfection.”

Here's what Lancome had to say: "Juicy Tubes World Tour is a collection of iconic Juicy Tubes that are dressed to thrill. Inspired by 4 hot fashion cities, each must-have, limited-edition tube has been decorated with a chic dress by London’s darling fashion designer, Christopher Kane. Each city has its own designer dress."

The colors include:
*Red Hot New York
*Fifth Avenue Frosting
*Copacabana Coffee
*Rio Mango
*Grand Café Crème Brûlée
*Moulin Rose
*Paris Bubbly
*Tokyo Plum Blossom
*Peach Moch

I tried Red Hot New York and I've gotta say, it's pretty much the perfect shade of barely-there red with the perfect amount of gloss and shine. It smells and tastes a bit like cinnamon, giving me the impression that it was actually plumping my pout! And it's versatile, you can wear it alone during the day for a tiny dose of color, or layer it at night over something a little more bold.

Must-have Spring hue.... Red Hot New York! Your lips will sizzzzzzzle!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

L.U.C.I. Color, Gucci Leaves

Lancome Cosmetics International Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, announced that she will conclude her working relationship with Lancome after the launch of her last two collaborations, Spring 2008's L.U.C.I. and the Thakoon Pout-á-Porter lipstick (remember the Peter Som collab of P.S. Kiss, the near-perfect red lippy???).

Sadness! We were really liking Gucci's color collections and innovative packaging (how can we forget the interesting Fall 07 Mystery Game with the hexagon palettes...).

Anyway, we were lucky enough to catch a sneak peak of 08's L.U.C.I. color collection (acronym for Luminous Colorless Color Intelligence ).

What is it?

Iridescent color, like that found on a butterfly’s wing or a bubble, is the result of an optical phenomenon where hues of an object change color based on light interference and viewing angles. Iridescent color is not composed of pigments and is therefore sometimes called “colorless color.”

Gucci was "was captivated by the beauty of sand, the iridescence of shells and the play of light on water at different beaches around the world ." Thus, she designed a line to suit her curiosity.

The line consists of:
Photonic – Illuminating Powder Brush Face
Ombre Glacée in Chameleon – Cooling Gel Illuminator Eye Gloss
Color Fever Gloss – in Seashell (Fuchsia) and Sunray (Iridescent)
Color Fever Shine – in Desert Rose (Fuchsia) and Luminous (Iridescent)
Traceur Design –Illuminating Long-Lasting Eyeliner Soft Brush

I absolutely adore the two fuchsia lippies. I actually wore both Desert Rose (which has the consistency of a lip stain) and Seashell on my recent trip to Palm Beach. Something about tan skin and fuchsia that really makes the pucker pop! (Pics of the trip to come...)

The line is available in January 2008. Visit a counter near you and play with the iridescent hues!

***More Lancome News: Actress Anne Hathaway to be the new face of Lancome!!!


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lancome Discounts!

Time to stock-up on Christmas presents and stocking stuffers.... maybe even splurge on a nice lippy or face cream for yourself?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Lancome Fall 2007

Mystery Game by Gucci Westman for Lancome is just that, mysterious. From the colors to the casing, Mystery Game is bold and fearless. Kohl eyes fused with burgundy, luminous skin and pale lips creates an air of romance and intrigue.

A word (or several...) from the company:
"Seduction is a game of mystery…with a collection of extraordinary, luxurious products that evoke the intrigue of a glamorous past and the allure of absolute femininity. Exuberant plums, stunning pinks and gorgeous nudes allow each woman to create her most alluring look. The dark burgundy color prevalent in the collection and its packaging “brings to mind this mysterious setting I wanted to capture," says Gucci Westman. “It’s very romantic."

The Destiny Cube houses two shadows on one side, two lippies on the other. It comes in charisma (light pink lip products with brown and violet shadows) and Deep Fascination (red and burgundy lip products with light green and pale pink shadows).

Also in the collection, the Kohl Oriental Duo of brown and gold or black and gold. I tried the Noir Captive (the black and gold) and can safely say that the color is fierce! It's a vibrant black with a shimmer of gold flakes that really makes the eyes pop!

What Lancome products do you die for?

Saturday, September 08, 2007

When Fashion and Beauty Collide... Part Deux

Here's and update from Lancome chief make-up artist, Gucci Westman, of her time at fashion week, New York.

(click on image to enlarge and read)

I love that Gucci tells us exactly what products she used to achieve the look (and i love that her name is Gucci!!!)...

Also, in more Lancome news, fashion designer Peter Som teams with Lancome's Gucci Westman to create a new lip stick... P.S. Kiss, debuted just days ago at Peter's runway show in NYC! This lippy will be available October 1st at a Lancome counter near you...

This color is awesome - the perfect fall hue for a bold lip with nothing more...
Here I am, trying to rock the color!

A word (or several...) from the company:
"“My fall collection was all about rich textures and deep saturated colors – P.S. Kiss is the perfect bold stroke to go with the clothes, but it is still elegant and easy,” says Peter. Backstage at Bryant Park on the day of the show, Gucci and her team painted P.S. Kiss onto the lips of Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman, Jessica Stam and the other top models walking in Peter’s show."

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Purple Power!

Lancome Colour Dose Crazy London is a lip and cheek stain that I've been craving... and (GASP!) I don't think that Lancome makes it anymore!!!

But eBay has it!!!! (SIGH!)

Why I love this product: It's a great alternative to the red tints - this purplish hued stain looks amazing on fair-haired chicas... and it stays on ALL day, no joke. Sometimes red is a little too extreme, but purple, well, purple is sassy and retro... bring back the 80's!!!

Try it ASAP... before they're ALL gone! CLICK HERE TO BUY!

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