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February 2010

Curator's Corner

05 - Castello Sforzesco - Milan - 200w

Things from around the interwebs I liked this week, along with a delicious treat I found at Whole Paycheck (err, I mean Whole Foods):

- Via ArtDaily I learned that not only is there an entire museum devoted to shoes (!! - the Curator's other passion besides makeup) in Toronto, they currently have a fantastic exhibition on European 16th and 17th-century ladies' footwear.  How cool is that?!

- BellaSugar has an interesting quiz on how much cosmetics used to cost.  I didn't do so well (I only got 2 out of 5 correct, eek!) but I did learn that Ivory Soap used to cost a mere 5 cents back in 1926.

- Bacon and chocolate?  I know it seems weird, but I am totally hooked on these Vosges chocolate bars.  I'm very sensitive to caffeine, which is unfortunate for a chocoholic (especially one who loves highly caffeinated dark chocolate) but in this case it works in my favor  - I can only eat one or two squares at a time so I'm not awake the whole night, which is good since these bars are expensive!  But a necessary luxury.

- The planning for our nuptials is coming along nicely, but I have to say it would have been cool to have our celebration at a doughnut shop.  

- A big thanks to Britishbeautyblogger for introducing me to the positively adorable cosmetic bags by Kate Garey.  

What were you into this week?

(image from batashoemuseum.ca)


Couture Monday: Chanel leaves an imprint (and not in a good way)

Chanel spring 2010 Like last spring's palette from Chanel I was disappointed with this.  The trademark interlocking Chanel Cs just aren't very imaginative - basically they just slapped the Chanel logo on a highlighting powder.  Also, what's up with the little circles surrounding the Cs?  It doesn't look any better in person either.  I thought perhaps it was just the way it was photographing, but they're fairly ugly in my opinion.  Since they're raised and not uniformly shaped the image that comes to my mind, honestly, are barnacles on a ship!  Try again, Chanel.  I for one will not be buying something for the Museum that resembles what you'd find on the underside of a boat.  Maybe they'll come out with something better for fall.


Curator's Corner: one month till spring!

Anthro teeI cannot wait for spring.  The massive piles of snow are starting to melt but I want them gone NOW!  Besides wanting spring to start, here are some things I've been into this week.

- Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog shares some great information on Chanel's new Rouge Coco lipsticks, which I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on.

- How gorgeous is this condo in D.C.?

- Lipstick Powder 'n Paint has an interesting post on strange beauty products.  Soaps made out of breast milk?  No thanks.

- NEED this top from Anthropologie, if not for the name alone - the "curated tee"!!  I'll take it red, please.

- I didn't think it was possible, but my love for Kathleen Hanna grew ever stronger after watching this interview with Laura Flanders.

- Loving Bobbi Brown's new Cabana Corals collection, especially the Nectar shimmerbrick.


Friday fun: down the rabbit hole (again)

"Curiouser and curiouser!"

The cosmetics world is swept up in Alice madness.  I promised more Alice in Wonderland goodies and here they are!  Beautyhabit.com had these Paul & Joe sets available via phone order only - they won't be up at the website until March and the Curator simply couldn't wait that long.  Each set is a tin containing a blotting sheet holder, blotting sheets and a sheer lip balm.  

The outer box of set no. 1:

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The outside of the tin:

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Blotting sheets:

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The blotting sheet compact and lip treatment:

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The other side of the lip treatment stick and the color (although I think it just goes on clear):

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And now for the other set!

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Tin:

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Blotting sheets and lip treatment:

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Lip treatment:


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What I love about Paul & Joe are the tiny details you might miss if you're not looking carefully.  I love that each of the tins has Paul & Joe in the colors of each set - pink and blue:

Inside tins

I was never really into Disney movies when I was little, but Alice in Wonderland was the exception.  I used to watch it all the time - my favorite scenes were when she was in the flower garden and of course, the tea party.  I wish these sets had the Mad Hatter, but they're still adorable!  While I do appreciate the originality of Urban Decay's illustrated Alice in Wonderland palette, I like that Paul & Joe went with the good old Disney version for its Alice collection, as it gives me happy childhood memories of watching this movie with my mom.  

One more thing:  RougeDeluxe posted a link to a release party for this collection in Taiwan.  I wish there was something like that here, since it looks like a lot of crazy fun!


Around the world with Cargo eye shadow palettes

These eye shadow palettes have been on the Museum's wishlist for quite a long time, and I'm sort of kicking myself for not buying them when they were half price as Sephora was getting rid of its Cargo stock a few weeks ago.  Oh well.  Even though Sephora dropped Cargo the line is still available at Ulta and beauty.com.

Each one has a different illustration reminiscent of both the city the palette is named for and the colors inside.  I'd love to know who did the designs but couldn't find any information.  In any case, here they are.

Barcelona, Bermuda, Shanghai:

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Toronto, Baja, Vienna and London:

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 The one that really stands out to me, however, is Tahiti:

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(images from beauty.com)

For some reason this reminds me so much of this portrait by Matisse of his wife, completed in 1905:

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(image from for-arts-sake.buzzsugar.com)

Cargo's isn't as painterly - the brushstrokes aren't visible - but the use of bold color and the somewhat abstract way the faces are presented seem similar to my eye.  Or maybe I just love Matisse and am always looking for comparisons to his work.  ;)  
  


Curator's Corner

100209_XX_GirlPower  I had an easy week on account of all the snow here, which I have to say was pretty sweet.  Too bad I didn't get more done blogwise, but at least I got a lot of decluttering done - as a beauty addict, I am constantly drowning in samples so I finally had a chance to weed through most of them. Anyway, here's what I'm liking/coveting/generally interested in this week.

- LUSH Magic Mushroom bubble bar - If you like bubble baths this is a must-have, plain and simple.  Get it now before it's gone!  

- New book on music in the 90s that prominently features the Riot Grrrl movement, a subject that's near and dear to the Curator.  Will definitely have to buy!

- Even more exciting, I found out via Slate that there will be an entire book devoted to Riot Grrrl due out in October!

- Finally, along those lines, an online Bikini Kill archive has been created.  It says your experience with the band doesn't have to be "fancy" but I do want mine to be compelling, so I'm not sure whether I should contribute...my story isn't all that interesting.

- Another book I would snap up immediately if it wasn't so darn expensive!

- Cool Arshile Gorky exhibit opened this week at the Tate Modern.

- Roundups of amazing Valentine's Day cards from Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Hope everyone had a lovely V-day!


Winter blues

It's that time of year - I am down in the doldrums.  The cold and darkness are so depressing!  Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying the days off from work I've had this week on account of the record amounts of snow, but there's only so much I can stand.  The winter blahs have me in their clutches...maybe this old Winter Blues trio from Stila's glory days will perk me up.

Winter blues
 

Can't get much cuter than a big snowflake, a Stila girl decked out in white fur and a beautiful trio of wintry white and blues!  Okay, this didn't cheer me up as much as I thought it would, but spring is only 5 and a half weeks away.


Vintage flair: Bourjois little round pots

Right after the release of the Rendez-vous a Paris collection came two limited-edition sets of eye shadows from Bourjois.  They feature designs taken from actual vintage Bourjois ads.  Unfortunately I was unable to locate any images of these original ads, but the design on these can still be appreciated.  

Here is the brown set:

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The grey set - there are 3 of these but one is the same white pot as the brown set so I didn't take pics of it.  These two are inspired by perfumes Bourjois introduced in the early 20th century.

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Cute, no?  I just wish they weren't so hard to purchase here!  Bourjois is available at Ulta but these limited-edition pieces seem to be available only in the UK.