Bold. Bright. Stylish. Want it. Wear it. YSL x Zoë Kravitz Collection – Rouge Pur Couture.

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Edgy meets cool for the hottest couture collaboration ever. Zoë Kravitz revisits Rouge Pur Couture. Designing six exclusive new shades in an utterly beautiful pack. Bold. Bright. Stylish. Want it. Wear it.

Rouge Pur Couture is one of my favorite products. The texture is so beautiful. It doesn’t get too dry; it’s not too shiny. It’s kind of perfect.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz is having a busy year. Not only did she reprise her role as Bonnie Carlson in the second season of the HBO hit drama, Big Little Lies, she also wed longtime boyfriend, Karl Glusman, appeared in an ad with Tumi, and is set to star in the highly anticipated High Fidelity TV reboot on Hulu.

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It seems the actress, musician, and model has no plans of resting on her laurels just yet. Her latest partnership is with French Maison Yves Saint Laurent – with which she has been a makeup and fragrance ambassador since 2017 – to release a lipstick collection to floor us all.

I’ve been working with YSL Beauté for a while now, and I really wanted to get more involved and more creative. This collection is for anyone who wants to be playful; anyone who wants to express themselves.

Zoë Kravitz

Bringing her own strong identity to the Rouge Pur Couture, each YSL x Zoë Kravitz lipstick is now even more perfect. The collection comes in six shades: three reds and three nudes, with three finishes: satiny radiance, radiant matte and shimmer satin. With each shade named after the loved ones in Zoë’s life, the colours are both storied and versatile.

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The Nudes

Nudes are great for daytime, but also if you want to do a very dramatic eye for night-time to keep it kind of simple.

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Rouge Pur Couture Arlene’s Nude No 121 – a satiny radiance, a beautiful rosewood nude named after Zoë’s grandmother. “She was just such a beautiful woman. And she always wore very simple to no makeup, so this feels appropriate for her”.

Rouge Pur Couture Maris’ Nude No 123 – a radiant matte finish, a warm brown shade so named after Zoë’s godmother. “She’s just one of the most fabulous women I know”.

Rouge Pur Couture Honey’s Nude No 125 – a shimmery satin finish, a pretty rose nude, and a reminder of the nickname ‘Honey Brown’ which is what Zoë called her godmother Cree Summer.

 

The Reds

Reds are always sexy. Reds can kind of class everything up. Reds are great for night-time. You can almost have no other makeup on, but a red.

Zoë Kravitz

Rouge Pur Couture Wolf’s Red No 122 – a universal intense bold red with a satiny radiance, named after Zoë’s brother. “Red is his favourite colour!”

Rouge Pur Couture Scout’s Red No 124 – a bright red with orange undertones, with a radiant matte finish, “Scout is my dog. She doesn’t need lipstick. But we all wanna be as fabulous as Scout!”

Rouge Pur Couture Lale’s Red No 126 – a strong dark red, with a shimmer satin finish. “Lale is my nickname for my mom.”

 

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Inspired by her own black Saint Laurent Niki bag, Zoë has created a Rouge Pur Couture lipstick case fully decked out in glossy black lacquer. Embellished in silvery eye-catching glitter, the lipstick’s signature Cassandre gets its very own distinctive Zoë twist – dressed up in contrasting, imposing black matte.

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The black logo on the black packaging came from one of my favorite Saint Laurent bags, called the Niki bag. And the sparkle was inspired by the Black Opium packaging.

Zoë Kravitz

A full range so you can get to picking out your favourite(s). The YSL x Zoë Kravitz Collection ($52) is available from 15 October 2019 at selected stores world wide. Come into the beautiful world of Yves Saint Laurent.

 

 

 

 

Dior’s Iconic Forever Foundation Just Got Upgraded with a Couture Leather Case

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French Maison Christian Dior‘s iconic liquid Forever Foundation just got a makeover perfect for those always on the go. The new Forever Couture Perfect Cushion provides a 24-hour long-wear formula while still giving your skin the hydration it needs.

Your ideal beauty tool and accessory, the Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion, in its slim and gorgeous case, is your must-have on-the-go product.

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Its new slim couture case comes in a classic black color adorned with the iconic cannage pattern in leather marked with a silver monogram. The beautiful thin design radiates elegance and modernity but is also environmentally friendly with its refillable case function using FSC-certified cardboard packaging. Dior takes its commitment to the environment one step further.

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The Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion will retail at $60 and the refills at $40. Expect these to launch in all Dior beauty boutique and beauty counters on August 12.

In the meantime,July 29, a new Maison Dior boutique has opened in Paris. Located on Avenue Montaigne, this spot is every girl’s dream. Come in the world of Christian Dior.

 

 

 

 

What’s the deal with parabens?

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With all these paraben-free products flooding the market, we can’t help but wonder exactly what parabens are, and if we really should be staying away from them…

If you’ve been paying attention in the beauty aisles, you’ll probably have noticed that there are more and more products popping up that are free from some or other ingredient, with the words ‘free from parabens’ possibly topping the lot.

Cue the panic. Parabens? What are parabens? Have I been using all the parabens and, as a result, slowly ruining my body? Is that why I have wrinkles? Or is this just another money-making gimmick giving brands an excuse to change us extra for the same old product?

OK, take a deep breath and calm down – we’ve got everything you need to know about parabens right here… But first this first:

What are parabens?

Parabens are basically preservatives that are added to many beauty products to prolong the shelf life, preventing the growth of bacteria, mould and fungi.

If you check the ingredients list and see methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben or propylparaben (so basically any fancy word ending in paraben), then you’ll know that product contains them.

They can be in anything from shampoos and body wash to mascara and face cream and, considering the fact that some products last in our cupboards for a good few months (or, in some cases, years), and many of these in super humid or moist conditions in your bathroom, they do need something to keep them ‘fresh’. But, as you know with food, additives and preservatives aren’t always that great.

Why are they so bad?

Well, that’s when we get into the good old grey area. A research paper published by a British scientist revealed that paraben traces had been found in breast tissue, however, there has been no link found between parabens and cancer.

What is evident from the research though, is that parabens are able to penetrate our skin into our bodies, and that isn’t ideal since it has been found that they do disrupt normal hormone production.

In addition to this, it has also been discovered that parabens are present in some marine life, meaning that once they inevitably end up in the ocean, they are breaking through the skin barriers of some animals.

But is there an alternative?

There most certainly is! These days, there are plenty of synthetic-free products out there, which means we don’t actually need to rely on these artificial ingredients any more – especially when they cause skin irritations for so many people.

Any self respected – green – brands will avoid parabens, and you’ll generally find the words ‘free from parabens’ splashed across the product’s packaging.

However, some non-green (mostly low-budget) brands simply replace one synthetic preservative with another one, so you’ll need to be clued up on your ingredients to be sure.

Final verdict on parabens…

At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you want to err on the side of caution, or if you’re trying to go more green, and if that’s the case, it’s time to bid parabens a farewell.

 

 

 

 

Dior’s New Rouge Ultra Care Lipstick Collection Is Infused with Skincare Ingredients

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When you feel good, you automatically look good. That’s why Rouge Dior the iconic lipstick of Dior is opening a new chapter by moving into care territory. The French Maison has just unveiled its new Rouge Lipstick collection featuring 21 shades in its Ultra Care range and 25 shades for the Ultra Care Liquids. The line consists of the brand’s first skincare ingredient-infused lipstick formula giving your lips a petal-soft finish.

The Rouge Ultra Care products contain camelina oil which is 100 percent natural and rich in essential fatty acids.

As flowers were ever-present for Christian Dior it comes as no surprise that the new care lipsticks are inspired by flowers. Rouge Dior Ultra Care is Diors first flower oil infused ultra-wear and ultra-care lipstick.

Dior-Rouge-Ultra-Care-Banner-05aIts difference lies in the heart of the stick with the white ‘CD’ that delivers lipcare infused with nourishing ingredients straight to the lips. The cameline oil, 100% natural-origin and rich in essential fatty acids gives deeply nourished lips while a ‘derivative’ of jojoba oil extract, is double the concentration of Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge. By strengthening the barrier function, the care-boosted formula helps limit the loss of water for perfectly hydrated lips of course with an instantly beautiful colour.

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Rouge Dior Ultra Care offers 12 hours of wear, comes in 15 shades and boasts a finish that Dior Makeup describes as ‘mewy’ (that’s matte and dewy). And in the heart of the bullet, the white CD holds nourishing ingredients including cameline and jojoba oils to give lips that extra dose of TLC with every swipe of colour.

 

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Care Liquid

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There’s also the Rouge Dior Ultra Care Liquid that offers 17 hues in two finishes, matte and luminous satin. Its airy texture goes on like whipped cream and it comes with a micro-flocked petal-shaped applicator that delivers just the right amount of product. It too is infused with cameline and sweet almond oils to pamper the lips.

The colour palette cultivates a field of possibilities, through charmingly piquant reds, rosewoods and pastels as fresh as a bouquet of flowers, all with a natural finish.

A total of 46 red shades. Christian Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Care and Rouge Dior Ultra Care Liquid lippies are now available at Dior counters, and at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

 

 

 

 

Chantecaille Darby Rose

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Chantecaille sets a luxurious standard in the world of modern, botanical skincare and cosmetics. Their obsession with flowers and their amazing natural abilities to heal and work in harmony with the body is at the heart of their passion of skincare. Through ground-breaking scientific advancement, meticulous formulation and personal commitment, they use beauty as a tool to effect change in the world.

By creating purposeful, obsession-worthy beauty products crafted from the purest ingredients, they’ve raised the bar for the beauty industry. The’ve also created a philanthropy platform which shines a spotlight on global environmental issues and supports conservation efforts around the globe.

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In the Spring of 2019, a collection of the US brand Chantecaille presented a new limited edition floral creation as a special collaboration with the de Gournay company. The newest collection includes the re-launched Darby Rose fragrance and a lovely compact powder Lumiere Rose.

Celebrated for their hand-painted wallpapers and fabrics, the collaboration is an elegant pairing of two luxury family-owned brands with strong European roots. Founded in 1986, de Gournay, like Chantecaille, is a family-run business with an established footing in a unique and sophisticated trade. De Gournay stands by a company ethos of maintaining a truly bespoke and artisan product that brings dreams of the perfect interior to life, which compliments Chantecaille’s commitment to inner and outer beauty.

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The exclusive collaboration between Olivia and Sylvie Chantecaille with haute couture wallpaper artists of the de Gournay brand features a new limited edition duo. The new rose collection is inspired by the Rose de Mai (Centifolia Rose) a favorite in the Chantecaille family, which are portrayed in fresh, bold, and soft pink shades, and an abundance of verdant foliage. The elegant work also shows branches that rise above the rusty bush by which they twist and climb, as well as brightly colored birds that represent the family’s love of nature.

Sylvie and Olivia’s love for art and interior design were what drew them to de Gournay. The mother-daughter duo worked closely with the house’s specialized artists to create a custom chinoiserie Chantecaille design inspired by the Rose De Mai, the delicate flower at the heart of Chantecaille. The classic David Austin Darby rose is known for its mouthwatering fresh scent. Sylvie’s love for the rose began after planting it in her garden 20 years ago. Wanting to use its highly unusual rose scent for a fragrance, she asked her perfumer to capture the essence of the flower directly from her blooms using headspace technology. The resulting fresh, intoxicating Darby Rose became a best-selling fragrance in the early Chantecaille collection.

 

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A mouthwatering, fresh rose scent from the original Chantecaille collection. Darby Rose brings Sylvie’s favorite garden rose to life. Created using ‘headspace’ technology which re-creates the exact essence of the flower, it evokes the fresh, bright nature of this beautiful coral-hued rose.

I wanted a fragrance that captured this mouth-watering rose – you just can’t stop leaning in to inhale its delicious scent.

Sylvie Chantecaille

A radiant introduction of Jeweled Raspberry and crisp Italian Lemon unfolds into a blossoming bouquet of femininity. Precious Bulgarian Rose mingles with Pink Magnolia and Sweet Osmanthus petals for an alluring touch that underscores the sophisticated base of woody notes. Traces of rare Sandalwood and White Patchouli resonate throughout the scent adding textured warmth and dimension that help bring the stunning Darby Rose to life. The scent was inspired by Sylvie’s favorite garden roses and created using headspace technology to capture the exact essence of the flowers from her garden.

 

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Together with Darby Rose Eau de  Parfum, this season Chantecaille also launched Lumiere Rose, a limited-edition compact powder. Lumiere Rose is decorated with exclusive de Gournay pattern on the exterior and an embossing on the powder within. The lightly shimmering pale pink powder gently illuminates the face with a delicate, instant-filter effect. Talc-free and weightless, it feels silky upon application with zero dusting. The soft, flattering pink shade works universally on all skin tones.

Chantecaille Darby Rose Eau de  Parfum is available as a 75ml Eau de Parfum at the price of $210 as a limited edition, while Lumiere Rose compact powder is available at the price of $78. Both are packaged in a beautiful Chantecaille x de Gournay limited-edition box, and are available at the official website of Chantecaille.

Come into the wonderful world of Chantecaille.

 

 

 

Amazingly beautiful: Guerlain Météorites Perles de Satin

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Before glowing skin was even in, Guerlain was already all about giving skin a lit-from-within radiance. In 1987, the French Maison created Météorites, loose powder in the form of multi-coloured pearls to infuse skin with luminosity. And the story goes, the hand-crafted pearls have become an icon in its own right. A true Holy Grail.

For starters, they aren’t just pretty to look at. Its subtle blend of different colours and finishes meld perfectly together to colour correct and naturally illuminate. The pearls are also formulated with a technology that transforms light invisible to the naked eye into an endless glow on the skin. And with the opening of each box, you’ll be greeted by the familiar violet fragrance that’s been with the Météorites since the very beginning.

There are four permanent shade offerings (1 Blan de Perles, 2 Clair, 3 Medium and 4 Dore) and then there are limited-edition creations like the latest Perles de Satin, which is part of the brand’s Summer 2019 collection.

The Météorites Perles de Satin has two shimmering shades. Fuchsia to give skin a vibrant glow and orange for sun-kissed warmth. It also has beige and gold pearls to rid all hints of dullness with a golden beam. Apply a light veil all over to set makeup and naturally enhance skin’s aura or use on cheekbones to illuminate facial contours. And speaking from experience, one tub goes a long long way.

Come into the beautiful world of Maison Guerlain.

 

 

 

Yves Saint Laurent Endanger Me Red Lipstick Collection

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Yves Saint Laurent celebrates its authority in red lip with this thrilling, provocative, subversive collection.

French Maison Yves Saint Laurent is launching a red-themed capsule collection Endanger Me Red for the summer of 2019. The limited edition lipstick collection features five of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic lip colors in no less than 9 new shades of red. There are two liquid and two solid lipsticks in matte, satin, shine, and vinyl finish.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture

 

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Personalize your wardrobe of iconic lipsticks with complimentary engraving and custom caps. Rouge Pur Couture delivers rich and luxurious color in satin and matte finishes.

In just one stroke, luxurious and highly pigmented color dresses the lips with intense hydration and antioxidant care. In a signature couture jewel-like packaging, Rouge Pur Couture delivers the promise of edgy style and ultimate feminine strength.

Rouge Pur Couture, the classic lipstick, arrives in two shades: 103 Prête à Tout and 104 Jeau d’Affection.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Mate

 

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Yves Saint Laurent’s new liquid matte lip stain: Tatouage Couture. A revolutionary formula for ultra-matte, high impact color with a lightweight, naked-lip feel.

Tattoo YSL’s Tatouage Couture on your lips for a luscious ultra-matte look. As the formula glides onto your lips you will feel practically nothing as it is quick-drying and transfer-free. Indulge your lips in perfect nudes, polished pinks, and to-die-for plums. The spatula-like applicator gives the precision of a liner with the control of a brush for perfectly defined lips with every application.

Tatouage Couture Mate, the longwearing and incredibly lightweight lipstick that stays on like a tattoo, is offered in two shades: 32 Feel Me Thrilling and 33 Turn Me Scandalous.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Vernis Vinyl Cream

 

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Vinyl Cream dresses lips in full coverage color and high-impact vinyl shine. The diamond shaped applicator allows for perfect lip contouring and color glides on evenly in just one stroke. The creamy formula provides 10 hour wear and all day comfort so lips look and feel beautiful. Make it personal and extra special with complimentary engraving. Engrave a message or monogram for you or someone special.

A high-coverage liquid lip color with ultimate shine, comfort, and all-day wear.

Vernis Vinyl Cream, a hybrid between a gloss, ink and a lipstick, delivers rich moisturizing color in two shades: 425 Make Me Yours and 424 Call Me Subversive.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine

 

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A medium-coverage oil-in-stick lipstick that provides luscious color and luminous shine while conditioning lips. Rouge Volupté Shine, combines makeup and care thanks to its oil in stick technology.

This unique lip color blends 6 sensory oils to nourish the lips. Made with 60% oils, the deeply hydrating texture instantly melts into lips providing a pop of color, instant hydration, and all day comfort. After 4 weeks, lips look healthy and more nourished. 6 oils for 6 benefits: hydration, high shine, comfort, ultra-melting, luminosity, and smoothness. With the addicting signature YSL mango scent, these lipsticks are good enough to eat.

Coating the lips in a fresh colored veil: 102 Ready To Seduce.

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The Yves Saint Laurent Endanger Me Red Collection is available exclusively at selected stores worldwide. The face of the campaign is Edie Campbell. Come into the beautiful worl of Yves Saint Laurent.