"We always knew we wanted to have a fragrance for this brand, because it's very lifestyle," Ashley explained to WWD. "We felt that between the brand Elizabeth and James and Sephora that we were really speaking together directly to our customer. We felt that was a really good place to start exploring the world of fragrance and beauty." Originally, the idea was just to tackle one fragrance, but the twins found it too difficult to settle on just a handful of notes. So after a two-year development period, the scents are finally ready to be launched.
Nirvana Black went through 50 different incarnations before Mary-Kate and Ashley settled on the winner. The scent contains notes of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla. Nirvana White came together more quickly in a handful of months and contains notes of peony, muguet, and musk. The perfumes will each be available in three sizes: 50mL, 30mL, and in a rollerball. "We wanted the bottles to feel sensual," Mary-Kate said, describing the opaque-textured containers inspired by an antique.
After a brief preview from Dec 13-25, the scents will launch at Sephora stores across the US in late January — time enough to buddy up to a US-based friend! And how will the sisters know that their fragrance has hit it big in the real world? "I'd like to walk down the street and smell a note of it," Mary-Kate quipped.
— Additional reporting by Maria Del Russo
Then, while my nails were still wet, I painted on the black shape of the kitty's face using Essie Licorice. To create the ears, I used a fine-tipped brush to draw on triangle shapes at the top. Next, I used the same brush to paint on eyes with Essie Blanc ($15.95). For the final touch, I dabbed on pupils for the eyes using the same black polish. You still have a few more days to get in the Halloween spirit, so why not let a black cat cross your manicure this Halloween?
To get the look at home, start with Kevin.Murphy Easy.Rider Anti-Frizz Crème ($35.95) on damp hair and blow dry. Then, use a curling iron on random sections to add more texture. Get the complete tutorial when you keep reading.
"We're striving to create the ideal wave . . . which does not actually exist in nature," quipped Laurent Philippon, lead stylist for Bumble and Bumble, backstage at BCBG Max Azria. And the ideal was the common theme at the brand's Spring 2014 show, where stylists and makeup artists strove to create the ideal BCBG girl who's cool, effortless, yet put-together. The waves were achieved by looping each section around the barrel of the iron halfway at the top, middle, and ends.
Lead makeup artist Val Garland for Sephora Pro focused on an androgynous look that focused on luminous skin. To create the envy-inducing contour, Garland used Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation in a few shades darker that the models' skin tone instead of the typical bronzer. The final look was light, angelic, and easy to do at home — the ideal look for Spring.
They're here: the first images of Marc Jacobs' highly anticipated colour collection have arrived, and it's everything you could have imagined and more. The designer, who is launching his first cosmetics collection exclusively with Sephora in August, has pulled out all the stops. Everything from nail polish to brow gel to concealer is here, and Jacobs provides every shade imaginable, creating a veritable one-stop shop for beauty. Anyone for a trip to the States? Click through and feast your eyes!
The line will be a collaboration with Sephora and is slated to drop on Aug. 9 in brick-and-mortar stores and online, as well as in select Marc Jacobs stores. The 122-piece collection runs the gamut from blushes and lip products to blushes and eye shadows, and it's broken down into broad categories: Smart Complexion, Blacquer, Hi-Per Color, and Boy Tested, Girl Approved. Speaking of boys, Jacobs isn't leaving them out. Three products are unisex: his Lip Lock Moisture Balm, Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, and Remedy Concealer Pen. But don't expect any nude shades in his collection. "It would be too natural," Jacobs quipped.
The collection is also going global, which is a new move for Sephora. Europe will get a taste in 2014, and it will move to China in 2015. As for us in Australia? We'll still have to load our US-bound friends up with a list, but Jacobs' new line is worth it. A holiday colour collection is also in the works, as well as additional core pieces for Spring 2014. "I'm surprised at how delighted I am with the results," Jacobs told WWD. "Now I want to see what the customer thinks. That's the ultimate."
New York fashion week is here! Leading up to the big day, many designers are busy testing their Fall 2013 runway beauty looks. BCBG Max Azria let us take a peek at their beauty test, where cool girl Kate Moss served as inspiration. For the runway, models were adorned in beanies with lightly glazed terracotta lips and a soft smoky eye, creating a natural, subtle look. Bumble and Bumble's Laurent Philippon describes the hair as being made to look as if "she had been travelling." One key to getting a smoky eye at home without too much effort? "Use a pencil," says makeup artist Val Garland.
The effortless hair and makeup at BCBG Max Azria's Fall 2013 New York fashion week show was a casual-cool look any girl can pull off. The whole collection was inspired by Istanbul, which translated to a sexy mix of downtown cool with a little Middle Eastern influence for both the hair, by Bumble and Bumble's Laurent Philippon, and makeup, by Val Garland for Sephora Pro.
The look: Bronzed skin, smoky eyes, and side-swept hair topped with a hat.
The inspiration: Grunge meets Istanbul.
The colour scheme: Browns and neutral tones.