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August 30 2014

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9 posts tagged "Smashbox"

Why We’re Swapping Our Red Lipstick for Purple This Fall

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Blame it on Lorde, blame it on Joan Smalls, and, like so many big beauty trends, blame it on Rihanna, but we’re really digging a purple lip lately. Finding the right hue, however, that offers moisture, staying power, and serious color has proved to be a significant challenge. Enter: Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in Ultra Violet and Always Sharp Lip Liner in Violet. When paired together, this dynamic duo makes for the perfect electric plum pout (similar to the one spotted on Brit pop singer, Melissa Steel). I’ve found that filling in my lip with the self-sharpening liner (yes, it amazingly comes to a perfect point with a twist of the cap) is the best way to create a budge-proof base. Topped with this non-sticky gloss infused with staining pigments and glossy-finish pearls, and the result is anything but shrinking.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner, $20, Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer, $24; smashbox.com and sephora.com

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Smashbox Taps Santigold For An Otherworldly Makeup Collection

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When you ask a music star with an eclectic style and sound to create a makeup collection, the end result is likely to be, well, colorful. That’s exactly the kind of limited-edition line Smashbox got by partnering with Santigold, a.k.a. Santi White, an singer-songwriter known for her hard-to-categorize music and bold aesthetic (she doesn’t shy away from hair streaks, loud colors, or extreme pattern-mixing). Santigold’s résumé boasts collaborations with a wide range of artists like Mark Ronson, Pharrell Williams, and Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She’s channeled her diverse influences into The Santigolden Age, a range that stands out in a sea of celebrity-backed beauty products. Take the eye shadow palette, for instance. The five colors inside are designed to resemble a serpent’s head—the shades are even embossed with a snakeskin-like texture. And the collage that covers the compact? Santigold made the art herself.

The wear and intensity of all eleven pieces was just as important to Santigold as the design. “I like makeup that pops on stage and stays on,” she said. As someone who describes herself as “an eye person,” the musician paid special attention to her dual-ended eyeliners, making sure that the pigments were as rich and bright as possible. The eleven-piece line also includes a lipstick ring decked with Swarovski crystals (“I just wanted to have a toy”) and sparkly nail appliqués (“Glitter is like a party on the nails”)—both firsts for Smashbox. But the collection, which launches April 1, isn’t the only special delivery Santigold is waiting for this spring—she’s expecting her first child in March.

It will be weeks before Santigold hears what the public thinks of her second “baby,” but she hopes that customers find it inclusive. “As a brown-skinned woman, there’s a lot of makeup out there that doesn’t work for me,” she said. “This collection might not be everyone’s taste, but it works for everyone.”

The Santigolden Age by Santigold for Smashbox Cosmetics, $20-$49; smashbox.com

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Beauty And The Beat: Little Hurricane’s CC On Bridging The Drummer Gender Gap And The Merits Of Waterproof Primer

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Celeste “CC” Spina has been playing drums since she was 10, but it took a short-lived career as a chef followed by a serendipitous Craigslist posting to finally get behind the kit in an actual band. She joined singer-songwriter Anthony “Tone” Catalano to form the San Diego duo Little Hurricane, whose debut album Homewrecker (out next week) lives up to the group’s name as something small but powerful; think bluesy rock tracks that sound just as good when played to thousands at Lollapalooza as they do soundtracking an episode of Gossip Girl (GG fans will likely recognize the song “Haunted Heart”). Although CC prefers wearing vintage dresses and styling her hair in long, side-swept waves, she’s no delicate flower—just look at her inked-up arm for proof. “I got my first tattoo at 18,” she says. On the eve of their big album release, CC spoke with Style.com about sweat-proof primers, stocking up on dried fruit, and an American Apparel staple that, in a twist of irony, prevents her from flashing an entire audience.

What does someone not familiar with Little Hurricane need to know going into your debut album Homewrecker?

It’s rock, but there’s blues, folk, country, punk, and funk lurking there as well, [and] it’s full of personal stories of heartache and hope. It’s a true DIY album, recorded while touring the West Coast.

You’ve been compared to—and have yourself talked about—Meg White. Do you ever feel like you need to differentiate yourself from other blues-rock duos with female drummers?

Being compared to someone else is part of playing music and every band goes through it. I like that most female drummers are viewed as a novelty; it’s great motivation to be a better drummer. Being on an all-guy drum line was really challenging when I played as a kid. It sets me apart in a different way now, and I love that. I just really try to be myself. It wouldn’t be any fun to just copy another band.

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Valentine’s Day: The Beauty Guide

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Whether you’re a true believer in the holiday for lovers or believe it’s a money-making scheme thought up by the card companies and chocolate makers of America, Valentine’s Day is coming. So we’ve put together a Top Ten list of sultry scents, luxe lipstick, pretty polishes, and more for you to fall in love with—even if a busy New York fashion week schedule will keep you from properly celebrating. As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing wrong with postponing the flowers and fancy dinner for February 16. Just saying.

The Evocative Bauble: Joya Heart Solid Perfume Brooch

Sure, we could make jokes about wearing your heart on your sleeve, but we’d prefer to wear it on a lapel. This brooch boasts a gorgeous ornate design that houses a solid fragrance brimming with a blend of jasmine, honeysuckle, and musk—a surprising treat for anyone who can get close enough to the cool curio to take it all in.

$38, www.beautyhabit.com.

The Pretty in Pink Polishes: New Black Ombré Nail Polish Set in Floyd

As most of us are clearly suckers for rose-colored anything this time of year, may we suggest a DIY gradient manicure, which goes from the palest pink to bright magenta?

$22, www.drugstore.com.

The Bubble Bath Meant for Two: Lollia in Love Bubble Bath

For those couples who prefer to stay home and avoid New York’s V-Day restaurant scene, filling up your bathtub with this rose and jasmine scented bubble bath might add that necessary touch of romance to an evening spent watching a House Hunters marathon and eating takeout.

$34, www.beautyhabit.com.

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Asia Major

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As readers of this month’s WWD Beauty Inc are well aware, Asia is having a pretty big beauty moment. Brightening and softening lines from some of our favorite Asian brands like SK-II, AmorePacific, and Shu Uemura have already made their way into the mainstream stateside, but a new product loaded with Eastern promises is now arriving on our shores. We’re talking about Beauty Balms, a.k.a. Blemish Balms, a.k.a. BB Creams—one-step wonders that are basically tinted moisturizers on steroids. In addition to laying down the perfect amount of imperfection-hiding color, they act as a primer to smooth out any lines or wrinkles and as a serum with potent ingredients like abyssine, beta-glucan, and peptides to reverse the physical signs of aging—all in the guise of a high-performance hydrator. And if that weren’t enough, the emollient salves typically provide adequate protection from the sun as well, boasting titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that provide the perfect matte yet radiant finish. “Nowadays, the purpose of putting on makeup is not only for cosmetic reasons but also for preventing and protecting women’s skin from the negative effects of exposure to the polluted air,” Dr. Sung-Jae Jung, head of dermatology for Dr. Jart—one of the first brands to bring BB Cream to the U.S.—says of their appeal. “Asian women are very sensitive to skin tone and texture so they are fastidious in choosing cosmetics. But BB Cream is particularly suitable for the busy American,” Dr. Jung adds. Test the waters with four of the first arrivals.



MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
This super-sheer illuminating formula can be used alone as a tinted moisturizer or as a primer underneath foundation, if you need a little more coverage.
$30, www.maccosmetics.com.

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++
The Asian import is packed with antioxidants, peptides, and adenosine to fight pollution and other environmental aggressors, while toning skin and fighting fine lines. And added does of arbutin promote radiance and even out skin tone.
$39, www.sephora.com.

Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 PA++
The oil-free formula helps keep skin matte and hydrated while providing long-wear coverage and fighting free-radicals.
$38, www.sephora.com.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
Hollywood’s favorite brand is launching its own BB in July. Its major selling point is that while most BB creams are one shade fits all, this moisturizer comes in a range of four, from fair to dark. Get your pre-order on now.
$34.72, www.qvc.com.

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