So we've gone and done a lot of crying in order to choose our top five waterproof mascaras. All jokes aside, though, your wedding day is probably the one day in your life you can guarantee you will cry, so it's important to turn up prepared. Waterproof mascara isn't everyone's cup of tea day-to-day, but it is the perfect bridal beauty product. We've gone for staying power, volume and a smooth consistency. Click through.
Don't panic, you still have time! Mother's Day is tomorrow and if you're still to buy a present, we have some last-minute gift ideas to consider. Your best bet is hitting the shops at this point, so everything in here you can buy now, or tomorrow morning. It's almost too easy...
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Gift sets are like the holy grail of Mother's Day presents, much like buying mum luxe beauty products. More bang for your buck means you can spend a little and get a lot. While bathroom goodies always work a treat with mum, don't forget fragrance and mascara — the staples! And just because she doesn't wear it now, doesn't mean she won't if you gift it. From skincare to smellies and even the perfect lipstick set, click through.
If you're planning on spending a little bit more on mum this year to show her that you love her, then have we got some suggestions for you! When it comes to beauty products, often the most expensive items fall under the serum, perfume and skincare categories. Why not splurge on the special woman in your life and treat her to something luxe that she wouldn't ordinarily be able to afford, or treat herself to? Step right this way golden child.
After being tantalised by the animated teaser back in January, we finally have the full Lancôme by Alber Elbaz collection for you to feast your eyes on. And that's just the feature Elbaz wanted to focus on, by dressing up four of the best-selling eyeshadow palettes and mascaras from the luxury beauty brand. "The real theme running through the collection is the eyes and roundness forms," Elbaz explains. "The bottles are so fabulously rounded that they were my inspiration. I wanted to create rounded shapes with a hint of humour." The collection hits Lancôme counters next month, but you can see everything up close, when you keep clicking!
Earlier this year, we reported on Lanvin's creative director Alber Elbaz and his makeup collaboration with Lancome. But, before he had even toyed with the idea of teaming-up 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?
Easter has been and gone, but that doesn't mean treat time is over, too! There's a whole new crop of shiny, new, innovative, age-correcting and nice smelling products on the market this month, and we've edited it down to the 10 must-haves. From a face illuminator that has the beauty industry in a buzz, to a power serum will act like a force field on your face! Click through.
That's right, duo. You know I love me a hard-working product, and the best part about the Lancôme Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo ($65) is it has a concealer inside the lid, along with a mirror. Now this isn't just any concealer, it is easily one of the best I've used. The consistency of the concealer is almost like a stick foundation, very thick. It is wax-like and glides under my eyes like a bat out of hell. If you think it's a little weird I'm singing the praises of the add-on concealer part of this new foundation, then you'd be totally wrong because I also love the main act, very much. And that's a lot coming from a girl who doesn't usually wear full-coverage foundation. I always feel like people can see foundation on my face, but this one is different. I liked it on first swipe and I've been wearing it every day since. It has a semi-dewy finish and because I'm oily, I go on with a powder around my t-zone just to keep things less... wet looking.
But I suppose you might like the facts? Lancôme Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo contains LR 2412, the active ingredient in all the Visionnaire skincare aka, the stuff that makes the line so popular the world over. So actually, I am getting four things from this foundation: a pigmentation-reducing skincare treatment, a knock-out concealer, a compact mirror and a foundation. All for $65? That's what I'm talking about!
PS — Don't tell them I said anything, but my other beauty editor friends are using it, too.
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It seems March is a very popular month amongst the beauty pack. It nearly broke our hearts narrowing down the top 10, must-have beauty products, so we decided to go to 15! There's a magical Spring 2013 colour collection from Yves Saint Laurent that will blow your mind, some rich and vampy new lipsticks from Tom Ford, a power serum packed full of vitamins from Dermalogica, a natural skincare range from Nivea, and so much more. Phew! Credit cards at the ready...
She's currently in the US following an array of pretty street-style appearances for 2013 Fall fashion week, and we're delighted to give you a peek inside the beauty wardrobe of Gary Pepper Vintage, aka Nicole Warne. She's mastered the art of the cat-eye, and her skin is so clear and smooth, we've been falling over ourselves to find out what skincare she uses. A prominent Australian blogger, Nicole recently featured in the Miss Vogue social media campaign and we may or may not have her mentally clocked under cheek bone inspiration...
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