BEAUTY PICK OF THE DAY: NINA RICCI AND LADURÉE’S DELICIOUS FRAGRANCE

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Nina Ricci and Ladurée have teamed up to create a delicious new fragrance called “La Tentation de Nina”.

Nina Ricci‘s Fragrance Director, perfurmer Olivier Cresp and Ladurée‘s Head of Pastry Vincent Lemains worked together to create a fragrance inspired by the the deliciousness of the famous macaron.

The result is a sweet and fine perfume combining notes of rose, almond, lemon and raspberry which comes in Nina Ricci‘s iconic apple-shaped bottle, revisited in bright pink and gold for the special occasion.

To accompany the launch of the fragrance, a matching limited-edition pink and gold macaron will be sold exclusively in Ladurée‘s stores. 

A match made in heaven. A delight for all our senses.

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“La tentation de Nina” 50 ml, Nina Ricci, €58. Available from January 20 2014.

 

 

  

 

KIRSTEN DUNST NAMED FIRST SPOKESPERSON OF L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL

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Kirsten Dunst is kicking off 2014 with some great beauty news!

The 31 year-old actress has been chosen by L’Oréal Professionnel to be their first ever global spokesperson.

“I feel very close to L’Oréal Professionnel,” the award-winning actress said. “The brand is strongly connected to fashion, and I admire its commitment to innovation, constantly creating new professional services and products to achieve the most on-trend styles. L’Oréal Professionnel empowers hairdressers to transform and reveal the beauty in each woman all over the world. It makes me very proud to be a part of this stunning project.”

Her first campaign will be dedicated to the promotion of three specific hair products: Wild Stylers from Tecni.Art, Beach Waves and Absolut Repair Lipidium.

Anne-Laure Lecerf, international managing director of the brand, praised the actress with these words: “Kirsten Dunst has a timeless beauty and is a modern woman, closely connected to fashion. She has a strong personality and makes her own choices. Her great professionalism and commitment to excellence make Kirsten one of the talented actresses I have ever met. She has the perfect attributes to embody the new values of L’Oréal Professionnel.”

(photo credit: Matthew Brookes for L’Oréal Professionnel)

BEAUTY PICK OF THE DAY: ESTÉE LAUDER DEREK LAM MAKE-UP COLLECTION

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Estée Lauder‘s creative makeup director Tom Pécheux and designer Derek Lam celebrate their 10 year collaboration with an exclusive make-up collection that will allow you to get the look from the designer’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway show which debuted last September during New York fashion week.

The collection includes a black mascara, a smoked gold eyeshadow, a navy blue kajal crayon, a smoked blush lip color and a barely gold gloss. Each make-up item was selected by Tom Pécheux, who’s been creating all the looks from Derek Lam‘s shows for the past decade.

As well as mastering an amazing runway look directly from home, the other exciting thing is that all these beauty essentials come in a beautiful minaudière made of navy blue satin designed by Derek Lam. A truly collector item that even features his signature dumbbell closure.

Who said Christmas was over ?!?

The Estée Lauder Derek Lam Limited Edition Collection. Available here. 90 €.

BEAUTY PICK OF THE DAY: GUERLAIN “CRAZY PARIS” CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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Guerlain has launched a Christmas collection called “Crazy Paris”, embodied once again by Natalia Vodianova. Some of the brand’s classic products have been revisited especially for the occasion and the limited-edition versions are incredible!

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La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy: the brand’s newest iconic fragrance has been transformed into a perfumed shimmering body and hair powder.

The Nail Lacquer: the best shining and long-lasting party lacquer! Its deep dark pearly shade is amazing.

The Crazy Eye Palette Neon Look: the perfect palette for going out, with its two black and grey matte powder liners and four eyeshadows shades, from gold to pink.

The Crazy Terracotta: another of the brand’s classics reinvented for the holidays. With its “Crazy” touch of pink, this limited-edition Terracotta will help you glow all through winter!

The Rouge Automatique: also a great party ally, both hydrating and long-lasting. Its neon pink shade will make your holidays night undoubtebly bold!

The Météorites Crazy Pearls: even the famous Guerlain pearls got a makeover! The pink and mauve touches of this special edition accentuate their illuminating, satin-like effect.

ENVY OF THE DAY: AN AWESOME ADVENT CALENDAR!

With December only two days away, here’s a last minute selection of this year coolest Advent Calendars!

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Boots Beauty Advent Calendar: discover a beauty treat each day! Filled with a selection of miniature and full-sized products from brands like Nails Inc, Paco Rabanne, Juicy Couture, Rimmel or Mavala.

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Ciaté Mini Mani Advent Calendar: filled with seventeen of Ciaté‘s bestselling miniPaint Pots, four mini Caviar blends and three exclusive Paint Pot glitter shades.

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Benefit  “Countdown to love” Advent Calendar: filled with the brand’s bestseller products and three cute presents such as a barrette, a charm necklace and bracelet.

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Freedom Jewelry Advent Calendar at Topshop: contains twelve pairs of earrings, four bracelets and eight necklaces.

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Drink by The Dram “Ginvent” Advent Calendar: filled with 30 ml samples of great Gins.

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Fortnum and Mason Advent Calendar: made of wood, it can be filled with the treats of your choice!

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John Lewis Wooden Advent House: treats can be hidden behind each of the small doors. 10% of the purchase price of the house will be donated to the humanitarian organization Shelter.

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Cadbury Magical Advent Calendar: filled with delicious specialties from the chocolate brand. 

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Harrods Advent Calendar: a classic version of the calendar by the famous British department store.

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À La Mère de Famille x Kevin Lyons x Colette Advent Calendar: the Parisian store collaborates with artist Kevin Lyons and the famous chocolate house À La Mère de Famille, founded in 1761 for this limited-edition calendar. 

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La maison du chocolat Advent Calendar: this cute Christmas tree-shaped calendar contains 24 succulent chocolate specialties.

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Vosges Haut Chocolat Advent Calendar: filled with chocolate, caramels, toffees and bonbons.

BEAUTY PICK : CLARINS’ ECO-FRIENDLY EYE SHADOW PALETTE

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Clarins‘s new eye shadow palette “The essentials” is a truly beautiful eco-friendly initiative.

The brand decided to partner with the Pur Projet organization to help preserve the Kuntanawa culture and ecosystem in Brazil. They committed to preserving biodiversity, which is essential to the Kuntanawa people’s culture, in the Amazon forest by planting 10,000 trees destined to be used by medicine and cosmetics industries. A part of the proceeds will help support this project.

The palette case itself is eco-friendly, made of recycled wood. Just like the small brush, made of natural birch wood from sustainable forests. As for the packaging, it is reusable: once a shade is finished, it can be replaced.

The 10 eye shadows of the palette are almost entirely made of natural products (up to 93%). The palette included a selection of soft-textured neutral shades: beige, taupe, chocolate or dark brown in matte or satin finishes.

The Essentials Mineral & Plant Extracts, eye make-up palette. Clarins. Available at selfridges.com

 

MISS DIOR EXHIBITION AT THE GRAND PALAIS

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Miss Dior dress – Christian Dior, 1949 

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Fall 2012 Haute Couture dresses – Christian Dior by Raf Simmons

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Monte Carlo dress – Christian Dior, 1956

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Miss Dior display – Victor Grandpierre for Christian Dior, 1950

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Room of one’s own – Nika Zupanc, 2013

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View from Niki Zupanc’s Room of One’s own.

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Spiral Rose – Tomoko Shioyasu, 2012

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Concerto dress – Christian Dior, 1957

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The evolution of Miss Dior’s fragrance bottle.

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Cella – Lee Bul, 2012-2013

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Inside Lee Bul’s Cella 

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J’Adore Miss Dior – Joanna Vasconselos, 2013

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Bar suit – Christian Dior, 1947

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Rose de France dress – Christian Dior, 1956

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Type Garden #5 – Carla Mattii, 2013

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Arborescence – Carole Benzaquen, 2012

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Miss Dior dress from the Fall 2013 Haute Couture collection – Christian Dior by Raf Simmons

Miss Dior is a grown up woman now : she has her own exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris until the 25th of November.

Miss Dior was the first fragrance created by Christian Dior in 1947 to accompany his first “New Look” collection. The visionary designer imagined a timeless and elegant couture scent that could put the final touch to his amazing creations.

The house of Dior commissioned artwork, especially for the exhibition, inspired by the fragrance and its history to 15 contemporary female artists such as Lee Bul, Joanna Vasconselos, Shirin Neshat, Karen Kilimnik or Nika Zupang. 15 original and modern pieces revisiting Miss Dior‘s famous codes like its iconic small bottle, the rose, the bow or the hound’s-tooth cloth pattern.

As well as these impressive art pieces, the exhibition features Dior dresses, both vintage and Raf Simmons-era, original sketches, photographs and documents, portraits of Christian Dior by his famous artist friends like Bernard Buffet and artworks that inspired him throughout his career.

A beautiful show placing once again Art in the middle of Dior‘s universe, just like the Master himself loved to do…

“Miss Dior” Exhibition at the Grand Palais (Galerie Courbe) until November 25th. Entrée Rotonde Alexandre III. Angle avenue WInston Churchill, Cours La Reine – 75008 Paris. Free entrance.

(photo credit : The Statement Box)