COURRÈGES ESTÉE LAUDER – a “pop-timistic” limited edition collection

The packaging for the COURRÈGES ESTÉE LAUDER makeup collection is as cool and chic as their zero gravity shades that float on lips, eyes and face. It’s the space odyssey of makeup that arrived with a seismic bang.  I’m hooked on the Lip Visor which has a special transparency that most ordinary glosses lack.

Cosmonauts, satellites, missiles to the moon. Unprecedented advancement and achievement underwrote the inaugural period of intergalactic exploration that came to be known as the Space Age of the early-1960s. When a culture of futurism subsequently consumed the era, there were two names firmly in the vanguard: Estée Lauder and André Courrèges. She, a beauty industry innovator whose “every woman can be beautiful” mantra was ahead of its time; he, a fashion force whose avant-garde aesthetic broke all the style rules by injecting an air of playfulness, movement, and egalitarianism into every one of his haute couture collections.

Visionaries both, their brands have now joined together to pioneer a new interpretation of color. Introducing Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection: a limited edition collection of zero-gravity shades that draws on a shared point of view on color, beauty and the resolution to never stop moving forward.

An American beauty and business icon, Estée dedicated her life to shaking up the beauty universe with her skincare formulation savvy and her three-minute makeup applications. Firmly established in the department stores of New York, she introduced her coveted lineup of high-performance products to the women of Paris in 1966 as the South-West of France-born Courrèges was making his French runway debut and opening his own Couture House in 1961.

An engineer by trade who logged time with legendary Spanish fashion designer Cristobal

Balenciaga, Courrèges presented a tailored offering of little dresses and groundbreaking tunic pantsuits in a palette of lunar white, figuratively wiping clean the fashion slate. His simple silhouettes, often reimagined with technologically-charged fabrication techniques—second-skin knits, and plasticine vinyls wrought with transparency—helped sell his revolution, both at home and abroad. His message: “Courrèges is tomorrow, begun today,” continues to guide the couture house that bears his name.

“Changing the world through invention has always been the rule at Courrèges and we feel that we have found a like-minded partner in Estée Lauder. Both brands share a vision of tomorrow’s modern woman today”, says Jacques Bungert who has served as co-president and co-owner of Courrèges since acquiring the company in 2011.

“We have always admired Courrèges for pushing the boundaries of fashion and beauty,” says Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “Our makeup collaboration recognizes Courrèges’ philosophy of pop luxury – bringing a sense of surprise, fun and optimism to the world of beauty”.

Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection is a 13-piece limited edition line that marries the floating-on-air feeling of an embellished Courrèges mini dress, and the punched-up precision of Estée Lauder’s progressive product design, seen through the Courrèges lens. The formulations were designed to be surprising in their lightness, in their sensorial delivery, their translucency, reflectivity, and in their pop-y palette. They are an invitation to have fun with color, texture and special effects while defying the confines of nostalgia by creating a look that is wholly of today.

COURRÈGES ESTÉE LAUDER COLLECTION

Lip Visor

With a vivid, plexi-like shine reminiscent of Courrèges’ fondness for transparency, an ordinary gloss this is not. A rich balmy formula, it imparts a luscious, wet effect. Lips feel instantly smoothed and soothed, with an impactful pigment pay-off that is impossible to ignore, without trying too hard.

Available in See-Through and Coral Mini.

Super Gloss

High coverage, high-impact focal point lips! With the perfect pop of high reflectivity pink, this dramatic gloss features a special delivery system with an innovative flow-through tip to allow for an easy-on, flawless application with every swipe.

Available in Rosy Future.

Super Lashes

Sixties-era spider lashes get a 21st-century reboot with these long, full, natural-looking eye accessories that are perfectly shaped to provide a striking flutter and next-level definition. Measure the strips along your lash line, trim accordingly and add a thin layer of lash glue along the perimeter, waiting 30 seconds for the adhesive to become tacky before pressing it onto the inner corner of lids and working your way outward. To remove, gently pull the lashes away from the edge.

*Lash-glue sold separately, and not available at the Estée Lauder counter.

Eye Amplifier

The graphic white personified by Courrèges original moon girls inspires this new compact, which features a clear, twist-off lid that encloses an ultra-luxe eyeshadow. Applied best with a brush, the weightless powder formula has been spiked with a special siliconic polymer that allows the product to attach itself seamlessly to the skin. Use wet or dry for shimmering, radiant dimension and a glass-like finish that lasts for hours without creasing.

Available in Aqua Silver and Black Silver.

Eye Glide Pencil

Metallic accents have long illustrated the oft-publicized dream of the future perfect. Here, they become reality with a creamy silver pencil that glides onto eyes to shade, define and smolder. Create structure and depth by blending across lids with your fingertips, or line and define along upper and lower lashes for a bold, standout statement.

Available in Silver Streak.

Iridescent Ball Highlighter

“I want to let the light into my clothes,” Courrèges would say of his preference for lucidity above all else, which has inspired this iridescent powder gelée. The innovative plastic orb applicator that houses a sensorial cream can be dotted onto cheeks for an allover polished glow or onto temples, cheekbones, and other high planes of the face for a concentrated highlight.

Lip + Cheek Ball

This revolutionary jelly-like gloss has a full-throttle shine and a translucent berry hue that adds a slight tint to lips, while imparting a rosy glow to cheeks for a happy flush.

Available in Ultra Pink.

Ultra White EyeLiner

White is the new black with this vibrant, opaque liquid eyeliner that provides a brilliant vinyl finish in the classic color code of the house of Courrèges. The super-fine eyeliner boasts a dip-in fine brush applicator to scrawl the perfect feline flick with a shocking pop of starkly bright, white pigment.

Available in Lunar White.

Illuminations Face Powder

Create glowing, otherworldly skin with this silky-effect powder. Brush over cheeks, forehead, and brow bones for a burst of pure light that is velvety-soft with an impeccable, long-lasting quality.

Kabuki Brush

This lush bouncy tool adds a ritualistic feeling to the simple act of adornment. Luxuriously soft, white bristles give a uniform finish to mattifying, highlighting and contouring efforts, while working particularly well in tandem with the Illuminations Face Powder.

Availability: The Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection is available at select Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com 

Urban Decay Launches Spring 2015 Collection

Urban Decay launches cool, hip Spring hues. Lips are defined by sheer pigmented color where luxury meets wearability. The power of a sultry lash is always a must and skin that is so even you won’t believe you are wearing concealer or powder. You can even build your own palette! Everything us ladies love about color and more. These products feel as amazing as they look. My favorite from the lot is the Urban Decay NAKED Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. Try one or more of these products and let me know how they work for you. Feel free to reach out with comments or questions at rnabhen@f2fgroupmiami.com 

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick

For high-impact color with a rich, creamy feel, Sheer Revolution Lipstick offers bold pigments that wear sheer and shiny. Like the original formula, Sheer Revolution hugs your lips and has a buttery-smooth application. Available in ten shades, the formula is laced with Maxi-Lip™, which helps define and hydrate lips while making them look plumper and fuller, along with Shea butter, jojoba, olive, and babassu oils, and Vitamin C and E.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, Sephora.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

Introducing a long-lasting powder foundation that delivers amazing coverage and works wet AND dry. It contains an advanced formula that feels creamy to the touch and lasts eight hours, providing weightless, buildable coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. While traditional powder foundations can be dry and look dusty or cake-y on the skin, this powder foundation always blends beautifully and wears comfortably while diffusing light to blur fine lines and wrinkles, making you look professionally retouched. The 14 meticulously calibrated shades, which cater to cool, neutral and warm undertones, each come in a compact with a double-sided applicator sponge – one side to apply the foundation (wet or dry) while the other side features velvety flocking, to expertly buff and blend. HPP (Highlighter Performing Pigments) Technology provides rich color, long-lasting elements and the perfect level of coverage to even out your skin tone.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Your secrets may not be the stuff of celebrity gossip headlines, but let’s face it – we’ve ALL got things to hide. UD has got you covered (literally) with a new weightless concealer that gives you full coverage in an instant with a demi-matte finish. The high-tech consistency of this liquid formula is buildable and melds like a second skin to cover imperfections without making you look covered up. With eight meticulously calibrated shades that coordinate with the new NAKED Skin Powder Foundation, even your most scandalous flaws will be covered. Matrixyl 3000 contains anti-wrinkle peptides to improve skin’s youthful appearance and elasticity while Japanese green tea revitalizes and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Litchiderm™ (derived from lychee fruit) protects against dehydration, resulting in a brighter, more radiant complexion. Contains a modern flocked applicator that lays down just the right amount of product – and it’s soft enough to use on the delicate skin under the eyes.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection

Urban Decay loves pushing the envelope and creating cutting-edge products that make beauty junkies go nuts (hello Eyeshadow Primer Potion). The one thing that the team hated about touching up their makeup before a night out was that they couldn’t refresh their mascara. With Mascara Resurrection, that’s all in the past. The ultimate do-over, this clear refreshing serum brings your mascara back to life so you can keep piling it on. Like a killer lash comb in liquid form, the revolutionary formula combs through lashes to soften mascara and get your lashes ready for another coat. Mascara Resurrection instantly revives your mascara as it separates and defines each lash. Want to top off your mascara later in the day? A quick coat of this serum makes lashes pliable and ready for more. If you botched your mascara or didn’t pull it through well, simply comb Mascara Resurrection through your lashes to refresh, then reapply mascara. The lightweight, oil-free formula contains a special blend of ingredients to moisturize lashes while helping to separate and define. Copper powder and panthenol condition and bind moisture to the hair shaft, improving lash health while giving your mascara new life.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow – New Shades

Four stunning NEW shades of Moondust Eyeshadow are here that you have to see to believe. From an iridescent metallic white, called Cosmic, to a shifty purple, these amazing new shades have even the shimmer-shy hooked. Super refined and incredibly sophisticated, this is nothing like the chunky glitter you experimented with in your teenage years. Microfine bits of iridescent sparkle collide with intense, dreamy hues and lush 3-D metallic, for a luxe, upscale vibe and a gorgeous, diamond-like effect. Moondust feels like a cream but goes on like a powder to create a smooth, brilliantly reflective look.  Try Scorpio, a gorgeous matte black with gold 3-D sparkle, and Ether, a smoky purple based on the 24/7 Eye Pencil shade. And let’s not forget Solstice, a metallic pink-red with green shift that’s inspired by the cult-classic UD shade Lounge.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

Urban Decay Nirvana Build Your Own Palette

Some occasions call for all-NAKED looks, some require a heavy dose of smokiness and others demand full-blown color. Short of swapping out everything in your entire makeup bag every other day, how are you supposed to keep up? Enter the Nirvana Build Your Own Palette. This collectible palette lets you call ALL the shots. With four empty Eyeshadow slots and UD’s massive selection of shades, the options are limitless. Unleash your inner type A and pop ANY FOUR Urban Decay shadows (even Moondust shades) out of their cases and into this fully customizable palette. Load it with your favorite shadows or create the ultimate travel-friendly collection. Then swap out shades whenever the urge strikes.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

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Smell BELLA this Spring!

Look no further for the perfect Spring fragrance! Bella by Vince Camuto is the new addition to his recently launched signature scent collection. On the heels of the immensely successful Fiore and Amore fragrances, Bella captures the seduction of beauty complementing Vince Camuto’s celebrated floral fragrance collection.

This sweet and succulent fragrance incorporates notes of Nectarine Blossoms, Italian Bergamot, and Jasmine Water mingled with a base of White Amber to create a vibrantly warm, whimsical bouquet. Celebrating the allure, passion, and sensuality concealed within all women, Bella will transport your senses to a sprawling floral garden.

Visit the Vince Camuto website and learn more about Bella by clicking HERE

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Softer and Warmer Wardrobe Essentials from Macy’s this Spring 2015

Every season I’m on the hunt for the latest trends taking into consideration that “trends” only last for so long, but purchasing the right pieces can transcend the seasons .

Macy’s offers some great pieces for affordable prices that will take you right into this Spring with It Girl flair. The following are some of my favorite Spring must-haves from Ready-To-Wear, Millennial Girls, Accessories and Intimates :

Charter Club top, jacket and pants

Charter Club Dress

Vince Camuto Bag

BAR III Sandals

INC International Concepts Earrings

TREND OVERVIEW

THE DAY & THE NIGHT

This season, there’s a new take on black and white with a focus on the athletic aesthetic for the everyday wardrobe. Logo prints and messages make quite the statement. From the oversized Hawaiian flower prints to the abstract, artistic elements come into play with graphic illustrations, photography treatments and hand-drawn prints on all must-haves of the season.

THE SEA

Green, turquoise and blue are making a serious splash this season. But unlike seasons past, these two hues are now intensified with iridescence and shimmer. Wave prints surface on blouses, skirts and sheaths; fluorescent shades breathe new life into bombers and shorts; and neoprene and mesh details offer a contemporary surf vibe. Let’s dive right in!

THE DAWN

The soft, opalescent colors of daybreak, define the season’s new modern minimalist movement. Texture in the form of pleating, origami and quilting with jeweled embellishments and poetic florals are done in soft gray, peach, pink and mint. Shades of morning never looked so elegant.

THE SUN

Here comes the sun! The color of the season comes in all shapes and silhouettes with the idea of sport-meets-sophistication at the forefront. As the athleisure look continues to trend, the palette is intensified with bold tangerine, coral and nude. Expect to see colorblocking, collage, layering, a mix of prints and even a touch of shine and shades of gold.

THE EARTH

Earth tones combine with folkloric brights rendered in Spanish-inspired embroideries on blouses and maxi dresses. Take note of mixed tribal patterns, batik and animal-inspired prints for updated safari looks, along with rough edges, crochet and rustic materials. The entire look is reminiscent of the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo.

Shop or just browse what Macy’s has to offer by clicking HERE 

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UNIQLO 2015 Ines de La Fressange Spring, Summer Collection

Uniqlo recently announced the worldwide launch of its 2015 Ines de La Fressange Spring, Summer Collection, created with the French model, fashion muse & one of my favorite fashion icons!

I’m crushing on the IDLF Selvage Jeans that are made with limited-edition selvedge denim that acquires unique fading the longer you wear it. Roll up the cuffs for an off duty looks or pair them back to pewter colored pumps for a sexy evening look. There is also a 1-centimeter addition to the rise of the waist for extra comfort.

 Check out the collection by clicking HERE.

A special thanks to the Vogue Influencer Network.

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NEW Beauty Product Alert: Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Crème

I just started using the new Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Crème which arrived on counters March 1st.   And fyi, this crème significantly boosts collagen production by 215% as proven in-vitro testing of youth-sustaining technologies after 72 hours. So far, I love the texture and it absorbs well into my skin without leaving a residue.

Click HERE to learn more and please feel free to reach out to me in a couple of weeks at rnabhen@f2fgroupmiami.com with inquires about my experience with Re-Nutriv. I usually need one to two weeks to notice the full impact of a cream on my skin-type.

Image provided by Estee Lauder

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