8 posts tagged "H&M"
If there was one thing I regret not toting home from Paris alongside my other beauty essentials, it was the nail jewelry I spotted inside the glass cases at Colette and on French fashion bloggers (like Sab of SabFashionLab.com). The tips I’m referring to from the famed boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré are the two- and three-dimensional creations by makeup artist Holly Silius and jewelry designer Hannah Warner. While the H&H caps cost far more than a standard polish job (the gold pharaoh shown above will set you back about $145, and the thorn, $69 per nail), they can be worn multiple times when applied with nail glue or double-sided adhesive tabs. If you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly option, these fingertip rings (shown above on Sab) hail from H&M. Both options, however, reminded me of the finger and toe stalls I’ve seen in many a museum exhibition that examines the mummies of ancient Egypt. Trends, as they say, are cyclical, and in the case of these metallic manicures, they only took a few thousand years to come back around.
Gisele Bündchen provided a sneak peek of her latest H&M campaign last night via Instagram. The Brazilian bombshell was more covered up than we’re used to seeing her, in a cozy vest (not even showing a hint of tawny cleavage or a shot of her famous bum), letting her natural freckles take center stage instead. The image feels reminiscent of a young Farrah Fawcett: fresh-faced but undeniably sexy. Bündchen inspires us to cancel our post-summer laser treatments and lay off the skin-brightening serums (at least for a little while!), and embrace those sweet little spots instead.
H&M descended upon Paris in a big way this week. Staging its first-ever runway show here, with a production value, model casting, and after-party that fashion dreams are made of, the Swedish retail giant made it more than clear that it came to play among the City of Light’s heaviest hitters. And it’s not done yet. This spring, H&M will set up the first Paris location of & Other Stories, its upscale brand that will open its premier London outpost next week, as well as five other stores in Europe this year alone. The space will be on Rue Saint-Honoré, a stone’s throw from Colette, where the brand is currently previewing its beauty range through the end of March. Covering body care, facial care, and makeup, the line is incredibly extensive, albeit impressively curated and surprisingly affordable (lipsticks run around $12, while Body Soufflés ring in at about $16). Lip glosses, illuminators, eye pencils, requisite BB creams and nail polishes, body scrubs, and hand lotions are among the seemingly endless array of products on offer, of which I’ve procured a pretty decent sampling that will have to last me at least until word arrives of a New York flagship. In the meantime, please enjoy this haul report, below.
Face Contour Cream: I got pretty into face sculpting after first discovering Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate palette last year. I really honed my contouring craft, though, when it became the preferred look backstage at the Spring shows. Siding with cream over powder, I gravitated toward this clear compact that comes in a single universal shade. A little goes a long way, but it builds really well, so you can go for a little sunken-cheek effect, or a lot.
Eye Colour in Birrus Rust: This one was a no-brainer, as I have been obsessed with ruddy shadows since the Fall shows got under way earlier this month. It’s a bit more pearlized than I typically like, but the color is gorgeous and gives lids a natural rosy stain.
Lip Colour in Cordovan Wine: Since I accidentally left my preferred bordeaux bullet of MAC Lipstick in Media in New York, this was a necessity purchase more than anything else, as it is a near-identical color match. Luckily, dark pouts aren’t going anywhere, if the past few weeks are any indication, so I’m happy to add it to my arsenal. The pigment applies incredibly well and has a lustrous finish that can be matted down with powder, if you prefer that kind of thing (and I do).
It’s official: The Jolie-Pitts are getting into the beauty contract business. But it’s Brad, not Angelina, who will be doing face time—for Chanel No. 5, no less. Is it weird that Pitt’s very masculine image will be used to sell the iconic women’s fragrance? Seeing as how this is the image in question (please direct your attention due left), the answer is decidedly “no.” [Chanel]
Unilever is poised to bring its Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy brand—a complete lineup of scalp and strand products already available in 42 other countries—to America this month, and they’re doing so with the star power of Heidi Klum, who will serve as brand ambassador. [NYT]
A new H&M ad featuring a scantily clad—and heavily bronzed—Isabeli Fontana is generating some complaints from the Swiss Cancer League, which is calling the images “alarming” and “completely [contradictory]” to their efforts to deter indoor and outdoor tanning abuse. Oops. [Daily Mail]
NARS Cosmetics’ heavily anticipated Andy Warhol color collection won’t be on shelves until October, but the brand has released a (very) short teaser video to generate excitement in the mean time. [YouTube]
The “flavor of Versace” was alive and well backstage at the house’s much-anticipated collection for H&M tonight in New York, according to makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Donatella [Versace] wanted something fun, something glam that was very rock ‘n’ roll at the same time,” he explained of the beauty look, which translated to deep aubergine nails courtesy of Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon lacquer and the go-to makeup move of ladies who like to live hard: a black, smoky eye. “A black matte eye,” Pecheux confirmed of the full, elongated strokes of MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon he was sweeping over Natasha Poly’s lids, adding a metallic silver pigment on top from the upper lash line through the crease. Skin was kept dually matte with Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation and powder, which he applied to complexions that had been thoroughly prepped with Rodin Olio Lusso and a mixture of Estée Lauder’s DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme and its Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. Bleached brows and a nude mouth slicked with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC35 provided an added edge. “It’s Versace today and Versace tomorrow,” Pecheux surmised of the result, before conversation turned to his plans for re-dyeing brows once the show was over. “Yeah, what are you going to do about that?” Poly asked the famed face painter. “The girls are going to have to choose between getting their eyebrows [back] and Prince,” he joked, referring to the post-presentation entertainment.
There was a hint of Versace yesterday, too. “The last show I did with Gianni [Versace] we used leather headbands,” coiffing star Orlando Pita explained of the impetus for the wide pieces of black leather that sat in a stack next to his station. After adding waist-grazing extensions to every model and razor-cutting the ends so they looked “jagged,” Pita lined up the center of each band near the brow line and, holding the ends in his hands, folded the fabric once behind the ears, then again, ensuring that the top lay flat before he tied a knot at the back of the head. “It’s Versace, so it has to look expensive and rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s H&M too, so I wanted to keep it young and cool.” Click here for more pictures.