This Thursday, April 25, you'll have the chance to buy your favorite luxury beauty products and give to a good cause as a part of the QVC and CEW Beauty With Benefits event. All the purchases made during the two-hour event will go to Cancer and Careers. Plus, if you purchase one of the featured items, you'll get free shipping and a gift with purchase. Tune in at 9 p.m. EDT to get the goodies and do good at the same time. Of their many offerings, we've picked the top 10 items we're most excited to snag.
Before Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz had even toyed with the idea of collaborating with a cosmetics brand, his fate was sealed. "I knew that eventually Alber would work with a cosmetics company, and so I told him, 'If you do something with someone else, I will kill you,'" Lancome president Youcef S. Nabi, who is a close friend of Elbaz, told W magazine with a laugh. "I really wasn't kidding."
And because of Nabi's persistence, the beauty world will welcome Elbaz's ultra-luxe quad of mascaras on June 15. "Eyes are so important to me," Elbaz said. "When I think of cosmetics, I think of eyes. For Lancome, I wanted to do something funny and a little handmade." Building from these ideas, Elbaz created whimsical cartoon packaging for four of Lancome's mascaras: hearts for Hypnose Doll Lashes, blue stars for Hypnose Star, pink polka dots for Hypnose Drama, and big doe eyes for the classic Définicils. "I'm hoping women will collect all four," Nabi said.
Beyond the line of mascaras, Elbaz is slated to conjure up a set of eye shadow boxes but has no far-reaching plans with Lancome. "We'll do this project and see how it works," Elbaz said. The designer is hesitant about expanding and diluting his brand, which explains why he has never designed a secondary, less expensive line. Partnerships are also a rare affair; he never collaborates unless it makes creative sense.
His collaboration with Lancome, however, will no doubt further prove his love affair with women. "I adore women," said Elbaz, who also appreciates that being a woman today isn't always easy. "Women try to be the best everywhere, and it's impossible. I want my clothes to give women the freedom to just be — I want them to put on my dresses and shine." C'est parfait, non?
This Earth Day, as a part of her Model Citizen campaign, Josie Maran is working with Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder to build an animal sanctuary. And of course there are special revamped products from her beauty line involved, too. Ian designed a limited-edition label for top sellers from Josie's collection, including Pure Argan Oil With Radiance ($48), Argan Oil Hair Serum With Radiance ($30), and the Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter With Radiance ($35).
In addition to the new packaging, the products have gotten a new Honey Chamomile Lavender scent. Ten percent of each product purchase will go to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to help shelter abused animals. Oh, and there is an adorable campaign image of Ian cuddling puppies. Swoon!
With all the subscription-based beauty boxes out there (including POPSUGAR's own Must Have box), it was only a matter of time before there was one solely dedicated to fragrances. And that's just what Olfactif is: a subscription service that allows you to test out niche fragrances that are truly about the art of perfumery. These aren't perfumes that you'll find nestled away on your department store's counter. They're for women who are interested in the art of perfumery and the complexity of a scent.
Here's how it works: when you sign up, you'll receive a collection of fragrances made with unparalleled care. Wear each scent six to eight times, while having the opportunity to learn more about the stories, artists, and inspiration behind it. Collections will be delivered to your front door every month like clockwork. But the best part is, if you fall in love with a fragrance and purchase a full bottle while it's being featured, you'll get a refund of your collection that month. Sign up now and get your first collection free ($18 a month thereafter). Who knew deliveries could smell so sweet?
Michael Kors ruled the runway last year as the most-searched online brand, and in 2013 he is planning to reign in the beauty aisle by adding color cosmetics to his fashion empire. The line is divided into three distinct collections: sexy, sporty, and glam. Each segment will offer a customized fragrance, lipstick, lip gloss, and two nail polishes. "I think those three things — sexy, sporty and glam — have always been the DNA of Michael Kors, and in a strange way, the Michael Kors woman really is all three of those things — it's just that she feels more strongly about one of them at certain given times. So I asked myself, how can we express that both with color and with fragrance?" Kors told WWD.
The brand's new beauty lineup will also include body care and sun items like bronzer, bath beads, self-tanner, and dry oil. "At the end of the day, I try to take a woman and make it easy for her in general," he said. "I wanted to do the essentials — the things you absolutely have to have to represent that mood. Not because someone told you 'Oh, you have to have it.'" Launching in August, the products will be available at Macy's and Michael Kors stores nationwide.
Last Summer, everyone was abuzz about Marc Jacobs's scent Dot, and now the fragrance is getting a sweet flanker called Honey. The new fragrance comes with an updated bottle that converts the original ladybug print into a bee theme. Notes include pear and mandarin at the top, which melt into orange blossom, peach, and honeysuckle at the middle. Bottom notes of honey (of course), golden vanilla, and smooth woods round out the scent. Think of it as a fruitier iteration of the more tropically themed Dot.
You can look for Honey on shelves in August, along with a matching body lotion and shower gel. The launch is just ahead of the Fall release of Jacobs's first color cosmetics collection and nail lacquer line. Soon you'll be able to dress in Marc Jacobs from head to toe, and Honey is one warm-weather companion that's more than welcome.
Nars has partnered up with shoe designer Pierre Hardy to create a makeup collection inspired by his colorful Summer 2013 line. Sexy stilettos in punchy colors translate seamlessly to polish pairings and printed blush palettes, making this an ace collection for the season. The polishes are housed in a tiny shoebox with a dust bag, a nod to Hardy's footwear heritage, and the blushes are embossed with his iconic cubic print. You can nab the designer colors on May 1 at narscosmetics.com. Until then, get a glimpse of the collection when you click on.
You can often spot Diane Kruger in the front row at Chanel's fashion shows, but now she'll be representing the brand as the new face of its skin care range. Already this year, the brand has released its makeup campaign featuring Gisele, and last year Brad Pitt graced its much-talked-about (and spoofed) fragrance spot. Diane's ambassador role will include ads set to launch later this year, but this isn't her first time working with Chanel. In 1996 she was the face of the brand's Allure fragrance campaign, and in 2007 she fronted the Paris-Biarritz handbag campaign shot by Karl Lagerfeld. More recently, Diane was the face of Calvin Klein Beauty fragrance. With her flawless complexion and sophisticated style, Chanel and Diane are a perfect match.
Looking to bust a beauty world record? You're in luck. On April 22, Aveda will attempt to set a world record for the most money raised for a charity by haircuts in a 24-hour period. In order to complete this massive undertaking, Aveda is hosting a global cut-a-thon in its salons worldwide in the hopes to raise $5 million for local clean-water charities.
Getting in on the action and helping Aveda nab its world record title is simple. Just visit its events page and look for an Earth Month Cut-A-Thon near you. All of the proceeds from each haircut will go toward a local charity that's dedicated to clean water. Record setting, haircuts, and charity . . . what else could you ask for?
Make Up For Ever has training academies across the globe, and now its latest opening is in your living room. The makeup brand is collaborating with online learning community Skillshare, so you can take its best cosmetics courses on your computer. Starting this month Make Up For Ever will offer classes on various topics from contouring to creating the perfect smoky eye. Even though the courses aren't face-to-face, the curriculum runs much like any other beauty school course. There will be a tutorial by a Make Up For Ever artist, final project assignments, and even office hours. These classes aren't just for professionals; any woman can sign up to improve her makeup skills. Some of the courses will even be offered for free.