Autumn / Winter 2016 – MAC In The Spotlight

To follow up on my earlier post

Chicprofile’s got more detail (which you will definitely want to see!) regarding not only the updated Strobes…but the larger Collection.

Check out her post for more details…

Autumn / Winter 2016 – MAC Redlite Strobe

MAC Strobe Cream is definitely one of those cult, “must-have,” go to products in the beauty world – it’s been used backstage at Runway shows religiously since it’s launch, and very likely will continue to be one of those fail-safe, backup glow-getters ad infinitum.

It took a while but MAC finally decided to expand on the product – there were posts about it months ago, but given that it is set to launch this November (for Autumn / Winter 2016/17, and indeed when this post is scheduled for), we’ve got more to say about it now.  

The one I was always most interested in was Redlite – maybe it’s the vamp in me, maybe it’s that the red lends itself to flushing cheeks.  Either way, I was psyched to see a review that focused on this shade in particular.  There will be others, not to worry if red is not your hue.  It total, the selection will be:

  • Silverlite
  • Peachlite
  • Redlite
  • Goldlite
  • Pinklite (a rename of the original)

These definitely are shade shifters, and that’s one of the reasons I love them.  They don’t appear to be glittery or garish, they just add a cool (or warm!) sheen to the skin, giving you a hyped-up highlight instead of the same old, same old.



2016 / 2017 – Maybelline V, All About The Shading

I guess they’re still on the contour kick, along with a whole lot of shading (and fading)…  

Still a fan of the trend?  Apparently it’s going strong backstage – and in Asia (not surprisingly, since they tend to be ahead of the times.) 

Autumn / Winter 2016 – Dior Skyline

Another as-always-thourough post from ChicProfile on the newest from Dior (lost of photos!)  

As a tip…The backstage scene during runway shows are guaranteed to reveal some newness so I generally will check out those photos specifically when reviewing catwalk coverage.

I love Dior generally, and have always appreciated the quality of their products (cosmetic and otherwise.)  There is something to be said for flawlessness… 

Backstage – Dior Colour Filters

Dior has a ton of products masquerading in this package, one of which is my favorite balm in the world.  And generally, these snappy, back-knobbed sticks show up during the runway shows, sneaking their way into the backstage photos while models get prepped to show off the new collection (clothing and cosmetics alike!)

These two new “Fix It” products, available August 1st, come in four shades, all designed to mask imperfections and unwanted tones:

  • Apricot (great for dark circles)
  • Yellow (can tone down ruddiness, as well as help with circles)
  • Blue (good for sallowness or overly-orange that needs to be evened, as well as adding radiance)
  • Green (tones down redness)

The color portion of this 2-in-1 tool wraps around a “soft focus” core that supposedly helps to diffuse lines and creases (tons of blurring products out there, so no surprise.)  The great news is that for BritishBeautyBlogger, this actually didn’t settle into lines, so it delivered what it claims it will.  She also felt it was nicely pigmented (which you can see in her swatches – I was impressed with the color payoff also given the ratio of core to color.)  

These are meant to be used as a primer for the eyes, lips, and the face, so feel free to play around!

Pat McGrath Phantom 002

I wrote about Pat McGrath’s first “Gold” Collection a while back.  Well she has come out with the second Collection, Phantom 002…and that too has already sold out.  

At $240, that’s impressive…though it was also produced in a limited 1,200 units.

Per her site: 

“A defiantly decadent 8-piece kit to create underground looks that span the decades. One illegally black liner and a multiuse eye gloss for the ultimate hardcore glamour. Four self-indulgent shades to metallicize your smokey eye. Give black a new life and blitz into the darkness.”

I keep thinking regal birds of paradise – peacock, firebird, golden eagle…

It feels to me like a cross between Studio 54 sequins and heavy metal…! 

The kit contains:

  • Gold 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Blue 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Copper 002 pigment 0.14 oz
  • Fuchsia 002 eye blush 0.14 oz
  • Black 002 eye gloss 0.14 oz
  • Black Caviar gel liner 0.018 oz
  • Blender brush 002
  • Flat brush 002

It’s bold color with smoked edges, so prepare to party…and stun!

Spring / Summer 2016 / 2017 Beauty – Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg always promises a solid dose of color, fun prints, and a flirtatious but ladylike attitudeSpring 2016 didn’t disappoint.  

I noted the flowing silhouettes and draping lines prior to reading that Diane entitled the show “Fortvna,” after the Roman goddess of luck – I suppose, then, she did a brilliant job of conveying that underlying tone!  

There was also a dash of bohemian and 70’s nightclub in the mix… Perhaps Fortnva was on 54th Street in the later ’70s also!

Beauty very much reflected a happy-hippy-’70s flare – it was upbeat, colorful, young and carefree.

Eyes were the strong focus, swathed in brightly colored, shimmering shadow for a playful and artistic take on metallic…no doubt taking a cue from the lame and bold print hues in Diane’s Collection!  

Blues and greens were mixed, for one, gracing both top and bottom lids with happy insouciance.  The effect was a la scarab in a way – chromatic and vibrant.





Hair was pin-curled loosely before the show, creating some gorgeous, easy waves…


Nails were paired down…and thank goodness!  With the multitude of buys prints and mixed-media (as we called it in the industry) footwear, anything more *could* have been overboard.


Fall 2015 – Maybelline (A Sneakie!)

So Maybelline Instagram posted a backstage Runway photo of a yet-to-be-seen-in-public eyeshadow palette…

Coming for Fall 2015?  

The Shows are technically Spring 2016…but we don’t always have to color in the lines, now do we?!  It happens that these shades look more Autumnal, evening, and possibly Holiday to me! 

Chanel A/W 2015 – Update

A short, quickie post to share more images from the Chanel Fall Collection, thanks to Temptalia! 🙂  She also posted a full list of Collection pieces, colors and prices. 

My original post is here

The ad image above is really quite divine – nude, smokey, richly Autumnal…but subtly so.  Love it.

NARS Fall 2015 – Part II

Additional photos, and more swatches, have posted of the NARS Autumn / Winter 2015 Collection!  Thank you to for posting a comprehensive image with the pieces…the backstage runway photos weren’t quite as easy to see!

I think my favorite is actually the VIP Red lipstick – a brick red with some serious impact!  

The Velvet Shadow Sticks look to be nicely pigmented as well, and have a slight multi-faceted-ness to the coloring.  Phyrra lists the shades and more images! 

The Dual Intensity Shadows are also gorgeous, boasting trickster, angle-shifting shades…which would make for quite the softly and sultry gaze!

I have heard mixed reviews of the Tribulation Blush, as it is so fair it makes an almost too-subtle statement…even as a highlight.  Makeupandbeautyblog does share more images!

The palette overall feels wonderfully Autumnal, and incredibly wearable!