247 posts tagged "Chanel"
For those of you in the market for some Hump Day freebies, Saks Fifth Avenue is putting on its beauty bazaar today, which they have cleverly termed “Brushes With Greatness.” (Get it?) National makeup artists from brands like Chanel, Lancôme, Laura Mercier, and Nars will be on hand to offer up summer beauty tips (of which we have two: waterproof eye makeup and hypoallergenic sunscreen—lots of it), and there will be a myriad of specialists on the first floor doling out hand massages, polish changes, eyebrow threading and waxing, facials, and hair consultations—totally gratis. So if you happen to be near Rockefeller Center and you happen to wander into the Fifth Avenue and 50th Street flagship, you will be handsomely rewarded. For more information, call (212) 753-4000.
We’ve done our part to add to the statement lip discourse currently going on in the beauty world by making an effort to keep you abreast of the shades and products that will help you perfect your pout as vivid color continues to make a comeback. But we’re aware that more often than not, we have expensive taste. By now, readers of this blog are familiar with our affinity for YSL’s gorgeous Rouge Volupté range, which lines our makeup drawer alongside offerings from Makeup Forever, Chanel, and Dior. Truth be told, it’s rare to find a mass product that performs as well as our favorite high-brow models. Which is why this next bit of information is particularly exciting. Rather than downscale its operation in the midst of economic decline, Maybelline has embarked on one of its largest launches to date, unleashing a 48-piece color collection two years in the making of high-opacity lipsticks modeled after successful prestige lines. Color Sensational features four shade groups—reds, pinks, plums, and naturals—with options for every kind of customer. Muted nudes and “safe” mauves will appeal to more conservative types, while bold shades of red, hot pink, and fuchsia will excite the adventurous crowd. For our part, we’ve taken a liking to Coral Crush, as we’ve been searching for the perfect pastel orange to complement our newly bronzed skin (don’t hate on the Jersey shore). For $7.49 at the Duane Reade, it’s a designer knockoff at its best.
OMG a thousand times over, exclamation point, exclamation point. We just received word that after much speculation by this blog and every other Chanel nail polish-loving media outlet the world over, Peter Philips’ dreamy jade lacquer from the brand’s Fall 2009 collection has indeed gone into production and will be released as a limited-edition offering in October. It will be joined by a Jade Rose shade as well, although we’re a bit more excited for the original minty green that we spied back in March. It might just be the next frenzy-inducing color in the company’s long line of cult favorites that have helped carve out the politics of polish. More on that when our new The Look feature goes live on Friday. Get excited.
When we first reported on the opening of Chanel’s inaugural beauty boutique in Tokyo, we filed the idea of a storefront devoted entirely to the brand’s cult fragrances, color collections, and skincare range in the “lust-worthy things we would like to partake of but will likely never have access to” compartment of our brain, along with a wardrobe of Balmain dresses, a selection of Balenciaga bags, and an Eames-era dinette set. But talk around the blogosphere this week is that Peter Philips’ limited-edition Tokyo Happening collection, which the Chanel artistic director of makeup created exclusively for the store’s launch in April, has become available for purchase stateside. The coffers of shimmering pastel face palettes, lip glosses, and nail lacquers have apparently already almost run dry, although word on the cyber street is that the supply will be replenished—and that the coveted items will hit retail boutiques in July. We’ll be waiting.
During fashion week, the line between friends and publicists, hair stylists, and makeup artists gets blurred since you see very little of the former and a whole lot of the latter. Abiding by this line of reasoning, I count Odile Gilbert as a compatriot for two months out of the year. Known as “the high priestess of hair,” she’s worked her magic backstage at Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Chanel, Christian Lacroix, and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others, and in addition to a slew of commercial work, she was also responsible for Kirsten Dunst’s hair confections during the production of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. But while I may have the pleasure of talking tresses with Gilbert semiannually, I didn’t realize that my pal was so green-leaning until Leonor Greyl’s summer press dossier crossed my desk. Turns out, Gilbert’s been a fan of the all-natural French brand for as long as she can remember and counts its high-quality technical performance and nature-oriented products—as well as the fact that “they smell fantastic”—among the reasons that she chose to style Greyl’s summer campaign starring Italian model Marpessa. Included in her prescription for keeping hair protected and at bay this season, Gilbert recommends Greyl’s collection of oils, masks, and styling creams, specifically the Éclat Naturel, which she swears by for wavy and frizzy textures. “It makes hair ultra-shiny without affecting volume,” she says. Note to self: Discuss natural beauty with Gilbert the next time we “hang out.”