Hollywood Ladies Baring All For Pirelli

Word of a new Pirelli project came my way recently, and I love that for it, these “elite” ladies are being photographed au natural.  Yes, part of me knows that they probably had facials, and undoubtedly have their own selection of skincare and preventative aging measures (in general, but also in preparation!) BUT. . . I still appreciate that they are being photographed withOUT the layers of makeup they usually are seen wearing.  Refreshing.

Why would I bother mentioning it, especially given that I don’t follow celebrity media?  Because a lot of ladies look up to the “stars.”  Young ones, in particular… The faces in the spotlight matter – right or wrong (whatever your opinion) – to many.  So it’s great to see them taking it all off to encourage people to love the skin they are in – no one should have to hide, and it is OKAY to be bare-faced.

newbeauty.com

newbeauty.com

Per photographer Peter Lindbergh and New Beauty:

“I wanted to use the 2017 calendar to convey a different kind of beauty,” said Lindbergh at a press launch in Paris. “Since it’s based on consumption, the present system offers a single kind of beauty, which is essentially one of youth and perfection, since its objective is to get people to consume. But this idea of beauty has nothing to do with the real world or with women. Through the Pirelli Calendar I’ve tried to convey a different message, which is that beauty is far more than what advertising offers us today. My aim was therefore to portray women in a different way: and I did this by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos.”

While I wish this kind of encouragement was more prevalent, I am thankful for any of it at all – it’s important, in a world of false pretense and facades (grazie, social media!) that people realize a pretty face often has a lot more going on to make it APPEAR that way.  Let’s remember that we are human beings – we have dynamic wrinkles because we are alive and laughing!  Our skin sometimes has little spots because we see the sun from time to time.  We aren’t plastic, and flawless…and there’s nothing wrong with that.  We don’t have to live up to “perfect” (someone else’s term and standard, probably!) all the time…or even, how about this…? EVER.

Thank you, Pirelli, for the calendar…and for supporting “us” as we are.

Pirelli Instagram photo

Pirelli Instagram photo

Spring 2016 – MAC x Charlotte Olympia Collection

MAC has another new Collection in the works for Spring 2016 – MAC x Charlotte Olympia!

“The inspiration for the collection comes from my love of a bygone era that manifests itself in my day-to-day beauty look as well as featuring my design aesthetic,” said Charlotte Olympia Dellal in a press release.

And I’ll say that message certainly got that across in the ad image… 

MAC x Charlotte Olympia Spring 2016

MAC x Charlotte Olympia Spring 2016

The “bygone” era part definitely stands out here, with a very Veronica-Lake-esque glam (and I mean everything – from the lighting, to the glowing skin…to the vintage golden-blonde waves, retro pinup pout…and the cleavage-bearing, side split red gown….)

It reminds me of Bésame a bit (a few posts about Bésame here, here…and here.)  I can’t WAIT to see what the Collection looks like!

And by the way…can I have that golden web?  Pretty please!?

Holiday 2015 – Armani Luxe Is More

I love the ad image for the Holiday 2015 Luxe Is More Collection from Armani – it evokes precisely what the  Company was aiming for with these products, all of which are meant to pay tribute to the film sirens of the 1930s and 1940s. 

Armani Holiday 2015

Armani Holiday 2015

Lips are the most focused-on area of this inherently glamorous look. Eyes are second with sultry definition…but not overpowering… And the canvas, of course, is clear, flawless, polished skin.  

The Collection includes:

Lip Maestro:

  • N° 405 Orient
  • N° 406 Sultan
  • N° 414 Pure Red
  • N° 507 Boudoir
  • N° 508 Pearly nude
  • N° 509 Ruby Nude

Eye Tint:

  • N°16 Rose Platinum
  • N°17 Hollywood
  • N°18 Silver Mirage

The Hollywood Palette:

  • First Tier: Ten matte and pearlescent eyeshadows
  • Second Tier: Luminescent compact powder (for all skin color, combats shine)

Holidays are THE perfect time to channel your inner silver-screen-starlet-ness…so why not go luxe with it?!

Besame Matchbooks

I LOVE when companies do this…!  It’s not only because sometimes you just want to TRY a color before buying it…but you also may want to travel or carry a teeny, tiny purse!  These are great either way!

Besame is offering two matchbooks Red and Red Velvet.

Each preciously-packaged Matchbook contains 5 sticks, each of which can be used 3 times, for a total of 15 lipstick applications.  And, per Besame, these offer:

A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe. Our vintage reproduction reds are the exact shades used by your favorite Hollywood starlets.

Adorable.  Convenient.  Glamourous.

Tilbury’s Bombshell

I love Charlotte Tilbury’s newsletters – she always has something gorgeous featured, and she has TONS of video tutorials!  

Her “Looks” are all super stunning, to be honest – it’s really just a matter of what the occasion is, and how “done up” you want to be. As a former dancer and skater, I’m a total cosmetic junkie BUT because I’m an athlete, I don’t wear a whole ton on my face (I can look “made up” really quickly, and natural is more my thing.  That said, I think makeup artistry is AMAZING and having had to prep myself for comps and shows, I really value what goes into the process.)

charlottetilbury.com photos

charlottetilbury.com photos

What I really love is that Charlotte Tilbury’s site shows the look, provides a video tutorial, and lists all of the products used in a very user-friendly way.  Hallelujah! 😀

charlottetilbury.com photos

charlottetilbury.com photos

I basically love the full cast of “characters” she’s got up, but I adored the “Bombshell”SO Screen Siren, do you think?!  

charlottetilbury.com photos

charlottetilbury.com photos

The “So Marilyn” vermillion velvet lipstick is a PERFECT red – gorgeous, glam, and classic. The site also suggests what would go with each product, once on its description page, which is super helpful in streamlining the shopping experience.

charlottetilbury.com photos

charlottetilbury.com photos

“Sex On Fire” gives this Hollywood Star a glowing contour which, paired with “Bronze and Glow,” and an ardent amber eye, is incredibly sultry.  

charlottetilbury.com photos

charlottetilbury.com photos

It’s definitely one of my favs of the group.  The Veronica Lake hair along with it?  Divine.