Other major deals included Estée Lauder's purchase of Smashbox, Shiseido's acquisition of Bare Escentuals, and Unilever's acquirement of Alberto-Culver, the makers of brands such as Nexxus, Tresemmé, VO5, and St. Ives. L'Oréal purchased Essie, and there was even some talk of the beauty juggernaut purchasing Avon. Speaking Avon, they acquired British skincare company Liz Earle earlier this year. With Coty's growth exploding at the seams, it will be interesting to see what they, along with the other big beauty players, have planned for 2011.
Our typical day at the beach consists of obsessive reapplications of the highest SPF, big floppy hats that shield our skin from the sun, and sitting under excessively large umbrellas. Designer Michael Kors's version of beach beauty? It's a lot more glamorous, and even a little naughty. That's because makeup artist Dick Page didn't stop after the usual blizzard of bronzer at the Kors show. This morning, he added plenty of pink to models' faces — so that they looked a little sunburned! (Scandal!!!) To find out more, just keep reading.
Why, though? The US is the world's largest cosmetic market, and brands from other parts of the globe, like Illamasqua, have arrived here to a big welcome recently. So it's strange that such well-respected Japanese brands don't have a much larger share of the market. The current theory is that American women spend far less time on skin care than their Asian and European sisters. We aren't as willing to invest on prevention, preferring instead to use makeup or fast-working products for existing problems. It's an interesting idea, but do you think it explains the phenomenon?
The highlight of the set is the new Luminizing Satin Eye Color Line ($25), which includes 15 shades of bright tones, neutrals, and pastels. Also available are the following: two new shades of Perfect Mascara ($23) and Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil ($20); four new shades of Natural Eyebrow Pencil ($20); and 11 new shades of Advanced Hydro-Liquid Company Foundation ($30). What do you think of this? Are you ready to create some art of your own?
Zac Posen made a television appearance as himself on a new show called, Beautiful Life.
Rumors circulate as to whether CEO of Aquascutum, Kim Winser, has left the company.
Last night's amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit auction in Cannes drew fashion folk.
Backstage at Alexander Wang, the designer told me his inspiration for the hair and makeup was "sweat." Well, he couldn't have picked a more humid and rainy day to show.
Just as hot-and-bothered was the beauty look. Makeup artist Dick Page described it as "the walk of shame — when you have to go into the subway station, everyone is going to work, and you're going home."
To that end, models' hair and faces were sprayed with Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray before they hit the runway. "The girls look very hot, like they've been exerting themselves," explained head hairstylist Eugene Souleiman, who used Aveda products. "It's about action, sporty, really cool-looking girls that are tough. Really cool girls don't do too much with their hair because they don't need to. Fast life, no time to do her hair!" The result? Models who looked like they got caught in the same 90-degree downpour the audience did, only infinitely more glamorous. Real cool girls indeed.
For the specifics on the hair and makeup, plus backstage photos, read more
My Nintendo DS knows the contours of my thumbs very well — why shouldn't it know the contours of my face? In late November, when Project Beauty launches, it will. Project Beauty, the result of a collaboration between Shiseido and Nintendo DS, is a DS game that will recognize your face from a scan, and will then make beauty product recommendations for you (probably Shiseido products).
Wouldn't it be great if you could get cell-phone apps like this, too? It would certainly make your morning a little easier, even if it's just to tell you, yes, you do look toe-up today.
How does outer space smell? Apparently, it smells good: I've been noticing fragrances that claim to be scented like the cosmos, and I don't mean Sun Moon Stars from Lagerfeld. Givenchy’s new men's release, Givenchy Pi Neo ($47.50 for 1.7 oz), includes “patented, futuristic” notes. Alain Lorenzo, president of Parfums Givenchy, told WWD that “the initial story of Pi was about a pioneer who happened to be an astronaut. We thought this story is still very current, except that today the unknown world is not space, but the virtual world.”
Speaking of the virtual world, a friend emailed me last night about her latest obsession: a scent that really is galactic. To find out about it, read more
Saturday night at the 2008 VH1 Rock Honors, Mila Kunis donned a soft, wavy two-toned updo, dark and sexy seductive smoky eyes and icy cool lips. I love this modern dressy makeup look and Miss Mila has just the right amount of mojo to pull it off.
This intricate look is easy to achieve. All you need are a few quality brushes and the right colors. If you're interested in both the product and technique suggestions to create Mila's makeup at home, read more