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Curator's Corner, 11/30/2014

CC logoLinks for the week. 

- The latest totally imaginary beauty "problem" dreamed up by the industry:  tech neck.  SMH.

- Less offensive is the trend of dyeing one's armpit hair. Bizarre but fun, I guess?

 -  The "vajacial" is making the rounds again.  I mentioned this trend late last year but apparently it goes back at least as far as 2010.

- While we're on the subject of one's nether regions, the Beauty Brains tackles pubic hair transplants.

- Olivia at The Unknown Beauty Blog shares some helpful guidelines on how to purge your makeup stash.  I definitely need to take her advice and clear out the stuff that's gone bad or that I never wear. 

- According to this infographic on men's grooming, the U.S. is the world leader in the amount of new grooming products released in the past 2 years. 

- Gio at Beautiful with Brains has an important post on why some "fitspo" is unhealthy.    Amen!

- Reviews for the week were supposed to be for YSL gel liners.  I went to upload pictures to the page and...I had already reviewed them.  Duh.  It's too late to take pictures of some other product since it's dark out, so new product reviews will be back next week (I'll make sure I haven't already reviewed them and totally forgot.)

The random:

- I'm planning a trip to Rome in March and I sure as hell don't have any plans to carve my initials into the Colosseum, as this clueless tourist did.  I just don't understand some people.

- In addition to the Pee Wee Herman movie, there's also a blog being launched

- As for Thanksgiving, my plan was to stay up to buy those Tom Ford mini lipsticks I had been hankering after, but I was way too tired to get in front of the computer at midnight after spending all day and part of the night before making the following 6 desserts (plus a huge vat of mashed potatoes):  Two-layer gingerbread cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, Dutch apple pie, double chocolate caramel cookies made using these chips my dad gave me last weekend to experiment with, vanilla ice cream (for pie a la mode, of course), pumpkin pie bites and pumpkin cheesecake.  Here's a terrible photo:

Thanksgiving desserts

The desserts look extremely unappetizing but I assure you everything was pretty damn tasty!  And my apple pie wasn't all watery like last year so I was pleased to have redeemed myself. 

How was your Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday shopping?  Are you ready for Cyber Monday?


T. LeClerc Paris in Winter pressed powder

In honor of the snowy weather that's hitting my neck of the woods I thought I'd post this pressed powder by T. LeClerc that I spotted at Beautyhabit.  I don't think I have anything in the Museum's collection from this brand and I was impressed by the understated elegance of the design, which features the Eiffel Tower amidst softly cascading snowflakes.  "Paris l'Hiver" is embossed in the center in T. LeClerc's classic Belle Epoque-style font, with their signature frieze motif encircling the wintry scene.

T.LeClerc Paris in Winter pressed powder

T.LeClerc Paris in Winter powder

T.LeClerc Paris in Winter closeup

The simplicity of the design is, oddly enough, what makes it so striking.  There's no shimmer, glitter or even more than one color, yet the illustration perfectly represents the quiet beauty of Paris during a snowfall.  It's rather unexpected too.  Most people, including me, think of Paris in springtime - it never occurred to me to consider how gorgeous the city's landmarks must look under a blanket of snow.

Fortunately, renowned French photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) took some truly breathtaking pictures of the City of Lights, capturing all facets of Parisian life.  La tour Eiffel sous la neige (1964) reminds me quite a bit of the T. LeClerc palette. 

Robert-Doisneau-1964
(image from robert-doisneau.com)

If you've never heard of Doisneau before now, don't feel bad - I had no idea who he was until I came across this article at the Daily Mail, which also included a picture of his that I actually recognized.  I remember that a poster of Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (1950) was hanging in nearly every girl's dormroom in college (except for me, of course...I had Pulp Fiction posters adorning my walls).  It's arguably Doisneau's most famous work, sort of like what Starry Night is to Van Gogh.

Robert-Doisneau-1950
(image from dailymail.co.uk)

Doisneau mostly did street scenes and pictures of people rather than landscapes, but his whole portfolio is really amazing and is available online if you want to browse.  :)

Getting back to the T. LeClerc powder, I thought it was very refreshing in the unique scene it depicted, the subtle design and the fact that it was something a little different for the brand, as I don't think this company usually puts out collectible pieces.   Interestingly, T. LeClerc dates all the way back to 1881, so I'd love to get my hands on some vintage items from them. 

What do you think of the powder? 


Chanel holiday giveaway winner announced!

Holy crap, I can't believe how popular this giveaway was!  I ended up with a whopping 866 entries - that's over 20 times the previous giveaway's entry total!  Thanks to everyone who entered! 

Anyway, the Makeup Museum's dynamic duo, exhibition designers Power Babo and Super Babo, are very excited to announce the winner. 

Congratulations to...

MM holiday giveaway winner announcement

Yay!!  Kathy, please email me your mailing address so I can send out your prize this weekend!! 

Uh-oh.  They've got that crazy look in their eyes.

MM holiday giveaway

"I heard Karl Lagerfeld designed a Chanel lipstick cake...these must be the fancy cookies he made to go with it!"  

MM holiday giveaway staff

No no no no no no no!!  Guys, those aren't cookies! 

Well, I guess it wouldn't be a real Makeup Museum giveaway unless staff tried to eat the prize.  :P

Thanks again to everyone who entered!!


Couture Monday: Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad

Today I want to share a relatively hard-to-find Chanel quad that debuted during their 2015 cruise collection show.  (This quad is also being given away by me - there's still a few hours left to enter - but will be arriving soon to the Chanel website so don't fret if you don't win the giveaway!)  Rêve d'Orient has a gorgeous color scheme consisting of shimmery ivory, warm gold, deep bronze and matte black, all embossed with a smattering of tiny stars.

Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad

Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad

Chanel Rêve d'Orient quad closeup

This quad was used on the models for 2015 resort collection runway show to create a smoky, Middle East-inspired eye with a dab of luxurious gold leaf placed on the inner corners. 

Chanel resort  2015 makeup
(image from vogue.co.uk)

However, I have no idea why a star design was included on the shadows themselves.  Stars didn't appear on any of the clothing.   One possibility is that it's an homage to Islamic religion (the show took place in Dubai), whose mosques are sometimes adorned with stars.  The most famous example is the Star Mosque in Bangladesh

Star mosque, Bangladesh
(image from beautifulmosque.com)

Some mosques have stars at the top of their spires, usually paired with a crescent.

Moroccan mosque
(image from essaouira.nu)

And some of the headbands at the show featured a crescent motif.

Chanel resort 2015 - crescents
(image from vogue.co.uk)

Still, most star patterns in Islamic art and architecture consist of 6-, 8- and 10-pointed stars so it's quite a reach to assume Islam is what Chanel was referencing, especially considering there's no symmeterical pattern but rather a random scattering of stars.  It could just be that it's a nonspecific expression of Karl Lagerfeld's latest take on the East-meets-West theme.  As Lagerfeld remarked, "It’s a collection made for this part of the world, but I think, and hope, it’s for women all over the world."

The more likely possibility is that as with the Camelia de Plumes highlighter, the stars are borrowed from the first jewelry line by Coco Chanel that was introduced in 1932; specifically, the Comète series.  Here are some of the original pieces (does anyone else find the mannequins to be incredibly creepy?)

Chanel Comète jewelry, 1932

Chanel Comète jewelry, 1932
(images from elle.com)

An updated line was released for the original's 80th anniversary in 2012.

Chanel Comète rings

Chanel Comète earrings and bracelet
(images from chanel.com)

Since I have no conclusive answer on the star pattern, I thought I'd show you a slightly different Rêve d'Orient.  This 1881 watercolor by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) has the same name as the Chanel quad and shows a Peri (a fairy-like creature from Persian mythology) perched on a dragon and holding a lotus flower.  The top of a mosque appears on the right side in the background. 

Rêve d'Orient by Gustave Moreau
(image from christies.com)

You can read the entire description of this work and the meaning behind it here, since Christie's does a much better job than I can.  Moreau is one of my favorite artists - I love French Symbolism and I'm actually reading this book on it now, so I was really excited to find this. 

Anyway, as with the Chanel Camelia de Plumes highlighter, I'm a little disappointed there was no concrete explanation for the pattern.  Both palettes vaguely reference Chanel fashion and history, but there's no real, literal connection to the clothing we saw in recent shows.  Nevertheless the Rêve d'Orient quad is pretty and the star design is perfect for the upcoming holiday exhibition, so I can't complain too much.

What do you think the stars mean?  And I know it's comparing apples to oranges, but do you prefer Chanel's Rêve d'Orient or Moreau's?


Curator's Corner, 11/23/2014

CC LogoLinks from the week.

- The ever hilarious Pink Sith rounds up some of the most expensive holiday beauty items.

- Love this realistic Barbie

- The latest development in the Sephora VIB sale saga:  the company is getting slapped with a class-action lawsuit.

- New York Magazine's The Cut helpfully rounded up all of the stories in their "Pretty Hurts" series.  Good stuff.

- I knew about prison inmates concocting booze in their cells, but I didn't know incarcerated women make their own cosmetics

- The patriarchy is alive and well, as evidenced by this study on men's behavior towards women wearing high heels.  Honestly, why was this even conducted?  I don't give a flying fig what men think is attractive and neither should anyone else, so I have no idea why their opinion is so important that it warranted its own survey. 

- An XO Vain staffer explores tips found in a 1930s beautician's textbook.

- I was initially horrified by this vintage ad for a "maternity corset"...then I realized Spanx makes an entire maternity line.

- Aha!  I KNEW so-called "skinny mirrors" in stores weren't just a figment of my imagination.

- Since I was away this weekend and had no time for swatches, product reviews are for new holiday bath and body items, namely LUSH's Drummers Drumming bubble bar and Philosophy's Holiday Spice Rack 3 in 1 set.

The random:

- Hear snippets of two new Sleater-Kinney songs during their interview on All Things Considered.  So so so good...can't wait till January 20th, when the album is released in full, and February 25th, when I'll be seeing them live in DC.  :D  I'm also always shocked at how soft and gentle Corin's speaking voice is - listening to her talk, you would never know what a tremendously powerful singing voice she has.

- Along those lines, I can't wait for season 5 of Portlandia. I spy lots of good cameos in the  new trailer

- In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, here's a turkey constructed from hot dogs, along with "All About That Baste."

- In '90s news, I'm SO glad Refinery29 posted this list of 20 hits from 1994 - I thought I was the only one who remembered "Here Comes the Hotstepper", one of my most listened to songs on my ultimate '90s playlist.

If you're in the U.S., are you excited for Turkey Day?  Will you be engaging in any Black Friday shopping?  That reminds me - be sure to snatch up those limited edition Tom Ford lipsticks at the stroke of midnight on Thursday!


Friday Fun: Too-Faced Quickie Chronicles artwork, solved (Part 4)

Today's post will conclude my series on Too-Faced Quickie Chronicles and the original artwork that was used for the covers (see the 3 previous entries here, here and here).  I was pleased I was able to find the original images for every palette, but I'm dismayed that these particular ones do not have an artist listed.  All of the following were done by anonymous or unknown artists. 

Afterglow (1949) was used for the Hopeless Romantic palette.  Looks like they completely dismissed the guy in favor of a plethora of hearts.

Afterglow pulp novel = Too-Faced Hopeless Romantic Quickie Chronicle palette
(image from thegreenlemon.com)

The mini Make A Wish palette was based on the Leg Artist (1949).

Leg Artist pulp novel = Too-Faced Make a Wish Quickie Chronicle palette
(image from pulpcovers.com)

Divorce Bait (1949) was used for The Starlette palette (isn't it spelled Starlet?) As we saw with several previous Too-Faced Quickies, I guess the original model was also too racy this time - her strap has been firmly placed back on her shoulder and the entire garment is opaque rather than the sheer number we see in the original image.

Divorce Bait pulp novel = Too-Faced The Starlette Quickie Chronicle palette
(image from pinterest.com)

Wild Parties (1950) serves as the original image for The Party Girl palette.  I'm not sure why the image is reversed or why the woman's cup is removed from her hand.  Can't a grown woman enjoy a drink?

Wild Parties pulp novel = Too-Faced the Party Girl Quickie Chronicle palette
(image from flickr.com)

The model in Untamed Darling (1950) posed for the Glamour Girl palette, with the apple cleverly swapped out for a compact.  More pearl-clutching, I noticed - this time Too-Faced made sure she had underwear on as opposed to the original image.

Untamed Darling =Too-Faced Glamour Girl Quickie Chronicle palette
(image from goodgirlart.com)

Call South 3300:  Ask for Molly! (1958) was used for the Sephora-exclusive mini palette released in honor of Too-Faced's 10th anniversary. 

Call South 3300:  Ask for Molly pulp cover
(image from eyestrainproductions.com)

This is another one I don't own and couldn't find a good picture online, but you can sort of make it out on the lower left in the photo below.

Too-Faced mini Quickie Chronicles
(image from paperdollrevenge.com)

The allure of the stewardess was captured in Flight Girl (1965) which Too-Faced used for the Jet-Setter palette.  I couldn't find a larger picture of this cover.

Flight-Girl-pulp-cover
(image from pulpcover.com)

Too-Faced Jet Setter Quickie Chronicle

I burst out laughing when I saw the title of the pulp novel whose cover was used for the Fun in the Dark palette (which, incidentally, I never did get around to buying).  This one was from 1962.

Sorority Sluts pulp novel = Too-Faced Fun in the Dark Quickie Chronicle
(images from tumblr.com and makeup4all.com)

We're up to the very last palette.  At this point I'm pretty sure Helen Lovejoy was behind some of the design changes.

Helen-Lovejoy

The Beach Bunny palette was based on Surfside Sex (1966).  Heaven forbid we see some undone bikini straps!

Surfside Sex pulp novel = Too-Faced Beach Bunny Quickie Chronicle palette
(image from encyclopediaofsurfing.com)

My parting thoughts: I was really excited to be able to track down these images and match them up, but I still have so many questions.  I guess the retro trend was pretty big in the early aughts so that might explain why Too-Faced looked to pulp novels as their inspiration for a series of palettes, but I want to know the details, i.e. why they chose particular covers.  I'm especially curious to know why they modernized the illustrations in some regards (like erasing the cigarettes held by some of the women) but were very conservative in other ways (alcohol, implied nudity and in some cases, a wayward strap or copious amounts of cleavage are apparently unacceptable.)

That concludes the series on Too-Faced Quickie Chronicles palettes and their corresponding original artwork.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did researching it.  :)


MM Musings, vol. 19: Crowdfunding

Makeup Museum (MM) Musings is a series that examines a broad range of museum topics as they relate to the collecting of cosmetics, along with my vision for a "real", physical Makeup Museum.  These posts help me think through how I'd run things if the Museum was an actual organization, as well as examine the ways it's currently functioning.  I also hope that these posts make everyone see that the idea of a museum devoted to cosmetics isn't so crazy after all - it can be done!

Kickstarter-someecardsThe idea of fundraising makes me very uncomfortable, so much so that I've always avoided the topic.  However, I came across this article over at Gawker about sad Kickstarter projects that received zero money and decided this would be a good time to address fundraising; specifically, a new way of raising money known as crowdfunding.   The article captures why I'm not doing anything of this sort at the moment, so I thought today I'd explore the idea of crowdfunding for museums and why I don't want to engage in it for the Makeup Museum.

Museums can certainly benefit by using crowdfunding, especially since, as this post over the Center for the Future of Museums blog points out, Kickstarter and the like reduce funders' risk (you only pay what you pledged if the full goal is reached) and also have the ability to go viral via social media, something that doesn't happen with the more traditional fundraising methods.  The social media aspect also helps target the all-important youth demographic.

Indeed, some campaigns are wildly successful, like the one for the Tesla Museum run by The Oatmeal artist Matt Inman.* Smaller projects exceed funding goals as well, like the Chicago Design Museum, the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum or the Museum of Food and Drink.  Like the Makeup Museum, these were the long-term projects of a few dedicated people that were finally able to have a permanent physical space thanks to Kickstarter.  On an even smaller scale money-wise, various exhibitions hosted by existing museums, on subjects ranging from burlesque costumes to the work of cartoonist Al Jaffee and costing just a few thousand dollars, regularly meet their fundraising goals. This isn't surprising, as the founders of Kickstarter publicly announced in 2013 that they are looking to help fund museum exhibitions and other projects.  The funds cannot be used for operational costs, but go towards "specific programming or ventures".  

So it would seem as long as you aim low and keep the total goal below $20,000 (unlike these unsuccessful campaigns - they went big and failed), your museum, or at least an exhibition, would have a good shot at getting funded.  However, there's really no predicting what will get the cash rolling in.  Even smaller projects that ask for $20,000 and under - and that also seem pretty cool to me - got next to nothing.  Why do people not want to fund toy museums?   Or an exhibition on queer fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology?  The results are even more dismal at Indiegogo - my museum search there yielded literally hundreds of museums and exhibitions that didn't earn a single cent.  (Note: This is partially due to Kickstarter completely dominating its crowdsourcing platform competition.)  

Additionally, the overall rates are not great either.  In 2012 only 50% of crowdfunding campaigns got funded.  On the Kickstarter stats page, as of today the success rate for the categories of design and art were 36% and 45%, respectively, with fashion coming in at the second lowest of all categories (27%).  I'm guessing the Makeup Museum would fit somewhere in one of those three, and those are even less than the 2012 global average of 50%.  I'm a glass half-empty kind of person so I'm not willing to do the amount of work required to develop and launch a campaign - the odds of my museum getting funded would have to be drastically higher.  Moreover, the most successful campaigns are ones that are backed by a massive social media presence, something the Museum sorely lacks.  I hate Facebook, I only have a handful of followers on Twitter and Pinterest, and only just yesterday did I reach an average of 100 page views.  (Sometimes blogging is a lot like high school, i.e. a popularity contest, something I never win.)  And unlike most beauty bloggers, I have zero connections to the beauty industry.  If an influential beauty blogger who is regularly in touch with PR reps from a big cosmetics company decided to start a Kickstarter campaign for a makeup museum, they'd have no trouble at all - I could absolutely see L'Oreal or Estée Lauder doling out the cash pretty easily.  No one, especially a huge company, is going to want to back something that doesn't have a significant following on social media.

Then there's the matter of asking friends, family and strangers for money via social media, an idea that makes me very uneasy, especially when it comes to the first two categories of people (see the some e-card above).  I would never ask them to contribute to the museum face-to-face, so why would a crowdfunding campaign be acceptable?   I'd be fine applying for a grant from a foundation because dispensing funds is what a foundation does, but crowdfunding just seems like standing there with my virtual hand out begging for money.

Awkward

Finally, the emotional risk is too great.  I wouldn't lose anything financially, but I would be so crushed at not reaching even a small goal.  The only thing I'd even consider using Kickstarter for would be my oft-mentioned coffee table book that I never get around to working on (or my '90s beauty book).  That seems like a worthwhile, tangible item that people may be willing to pay for and it's small enough that it could be feasible, but I'd be so sad if people didn't want to pay even for a book.  Anyway, the museum is a reflection of me and I absolutely would take it personally that the campaign failed. Unsuccessful blogging is one thing - I enjoy blogging for its own sake so a lack of readers and page views doesn't bother me that much - but a failed crowdfunding campaign would really sting. 

Speaking of which, there's the matter of the logistics of developing a good campaign that would make this seem like a legitimate museum and not just a pet project that some crazy lady with a lot of makeup dreamed up.  I know if I don't do a perfectly on-point campaign, there's no way people are going to give their hard-earned dollars for something they perceive as another vanity project.  With no background in fundraising and no real creative skills, I couldn't fathom designing an appealing campaign that people would see as worthwhile.  Also, not only would I be sad and embarrassed, I'd also be enraged people were willing to pay $55,000 for some guy to make potato salad while my idea went nowhere.**  A beauty museum may not be brilliant but it's better than potato salad!   Overall I'm already disappointed and frustrated about the direction my "career" took, so I simply cannot tolerate another failure involving something else I hold so close to me. 

There is another crowdfunding platform that deviates slightly from the Kickstarter/Indiegogo models, but I don't want to use that either.  Patreon is a way for people to pay on an per-project basis, i.e. you can "commission" an artist to create something, be it a song, a painting, or a movie.  But many bloggers use it as a way offset some of the costs that come with providing quality content, or to get paid for blogging in the hopes of transitioning into their projects full-time.  One Tumblr I follow, Medieval POC, uses Patreon to help pay for costs such as academic database membership fees as well as projects like a print shop and "theme weeks", i.e. posts on a specific topic. 

Plus, Patreon doesn't seem quite as obligatory as a typical crowdfunding campaign.  People can still access any content on your website for free, and you can just sneak up a donation link somewhere on your site - no fancy campaign and networking required (although I guess if you want more people to give you'd have to make some kind of announcement).  They only donate if they choose and to whatever project they want.  I imagine that if I implemented it for the Makeup Museum, I'd have an option for someone to donate every time I post an exhibition.  It would be sort of like online "suggested donation" box, something that I'm not totally averse to having if the museum occupied a physical space.  Or I could use it for membership fees like the $895 annual cost for access to Women's Wear Daily and its archives.  WWD is a tremendously valuable resource that I could use when writing cosmetics history posts.

However (you knew there was a "however" coming), as with Kickstarter, Patreon isn't something I feel comfortable doing.  I already put my exhibitions up completely for free, so why would I start asking for money now?  If I lost my job and wanted to keep the blog going maybe then I'd consider it, but given that my exhibitions are in my house at the moment it would probably come off as "buy expensive makeup for me so I can take pictures of it and put it on a shelf in my bedroom." 

Nope octopus

The TL;DR version:  I don't have the time, connections or social media presence to run a crowdfunding campaign right now and the success rate isn't high enough to be worth the crushing sadness I'll experience if my project isn't funded.  Thus I am not attempting it.

What do you think of crowdfunding?  What projects have you given to, if any?  And just out of curiosity, would you contribute to a Makeup Museum fund or towards a book on contemporary cosmetics?

 

*I'm still bitter that with a single Tweet and one phone call, Inman was handed a check for $1 million by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in addition to the $1.3 million his project had already earned through Indiegogo.  I  guarantee there's no way the CEO of Sephora or L'Oreal would throw that kind of cash at me for my museum.

**I know I've mentioned it before and that the project was originally conceived as a silly prank, but it really burns my toast nevertheless.


HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!!

About a month ago I remembered that I had a spring giveaway lined up this year and completely forgot to post it, so to make up for it I've got not one but two items to give away for the holidays!

Makeup-Museum-holiday-giveaway

One lucky duck will win two of Chanel's hottest products this year:  the Reve d'Orient quad (from the 2015 resort show - the lovely Sara at Color Me Loud has swatches) and Camelia de Plumes highlighter!

Makeup-Museum holiday giveaway - Chanel

Makeup Museum staff will announce the winner next Tuesday, November 25.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Couture Monday: Chanel Camelia de Plumes

As soon as I saw this palette from Chanel I knew I had to have it.  Not only was I drawn to it due to the sparkly platinum gold color, I liked that the classic camellia was illustrated a bit differently, its petals made from feathery plumes anchored by a gemstone shape in the center.

Chanel Camelia de Plumes highlighter

Chanel Camelia de Plumes highlighter

Chanel Camelia de Plumes highlighter

The description for the palette states that it was inspired by "Gabrielle Chanel's original jewelry creations," and I'm guessing it took its cue from the Plume de Chanel jewelry collection released last year, which also referenced the original line from 1932.  

Chanel Plume headband

From the website:  "The feather entered the CHANEL creative landscape in 1932, when Mademoiselle opened her apartment in the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré to present her Fine Jewellery collection. It was called, quite simply, ‘Bijoux de Diamants’. It explored the timeless themes that she particularly loved and which became some of the House classics: comets, stars, bows...one of these new creations particularly caught the eye: a spectacular brooch in the form of a feather. It was intentionally large and extravagant, fully jointed and set with diamonds. Deliberately daring, it called on the imagination of the wearer. It was magnificent pinned to a hat, on a dress, as a tiara, or even snuggling against a shoulder to emphasise its curves.  The gracefully feminine Plume de CHANEL is an unmissable collection that demonstrates the independent creative spirit of CHANEL, as well as its outstanding jewellery expertise. Mademoiselle Chanel’s visionary spirit is still very much alive in this collection, spreading its wings once more in the contemporary age."

Here is the brooch, plus other pieces from the contemporary collection.

Chanel Plume brooch
(image from theparisianeye.com)

Chanel Plume rings

Chanel Plume earrings

Chanel Plumes bracelet and necklace
(images from chanel.com)

While I couldn't find a jewelry piece that specifically looked to be a camellia made from feather shapes, I like that the highlighter palette at least references the collection.  I'm still puzzled as to why Chanel chose to release this highlighter now since feathers did not figure prominently in any of the recent fashion collections, so I'm not sure why they'd want to reference a jewelry collection seemingly out of nowhere.  My hunch, as with Chantecaille's designs as of late, is that the company put an intern in charge of creating this highlighter.  I'm envisioning a bigwig telling some poor kid to come up with something sparkly for the holiday collection, and they went digging through the archives and randomly came up with this design.  It just doesn't seem like there was a whole lot of thought put into it.  (Perhaps Chanel beauty is still a bit lost after the resignation of Peter Phillips?)  Having said that, at least the color is spot-on, as it's the perfect mix of the yellow and white gold that the jewelry is available in.  Additionally, while there were no plumes to be found in the fall 2014 ready-to-wear or couture collections, the color is reminiscent of the glittering gold that was sent down the runway for the couture show.

Chanel Couture fall 2014
(images from style.com)

Overall, while I wish the Camelia de Plumes had a closer tie to a recent fashion collection, I like that Chanel mixed it up a little and gave us a feathery camellia rather than the usual flowery one.  What do you think? 


Curator's Corner, 11/16/2014

CC logoThis week's links, and a thought of the day:  I've realized that once you get past the age of 30, birthdays are no longer fun.  Having said that, it just means I will treat myself to more presents to feel better.  Take that, aging!

- If you thought $50 was a lot to pay for Louboutin nail polish, you may want to sit down for his newest creation - a $675 bejeweled edition for the holidays.  I'm ashamed to admit that I'm tempted by it.

- In totally unnecessary beauty releases, this week we have a new perfume from Snooki (of Jersey Shore fame) that is allegedly inspired by her upcoming nuptials.

- Between banning the import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals and lifting a ban on women makeup artists in the film industry, India is steadily progressing beauty-wise.

- The weirdest beauty product of the week award goes to these Nick Cage-themed cosmetics.

- The more I read about Korean subscription service MeMe Box the more I want it!  See info here, here and here.

- Anyone else going to attempt to stay up till midnight on Thanksgiving to snag these Tom Ford mini lipsticks?  I know I am.

- XO Vain has more on the Sephora VIB sale kerfuffle that I mentioned last week.

- Sailor Babo (not from the Makeup Museum, but a different Sailor Babo) checks out a Benefit kiosk at an airport!

- Fashionista brings us ten vintage beauty tutorials and commercials.

- Product reviews for this week: NARS Eye Paints.

The random:

- How beautiful are these cookies?  I'm sure Makeup Museum staff would have no problem gobbling them up but I would!

- Dying at this trailer for season 2 of Broad City.

- STFU, Time Magazine.

- Here's a glow-in-the-dark bike path inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night.

- I stated above that I spoil myself to take the edge off turning a year older, but the husband also helps me feel better by giving me some very thoughtful gifts as well.  Two years ago he bought me a pair of boots I had been coveting as an early b-day present.  About a month ago I casually mentioned I wouldn't mind having another pair in plain black, and he totally surprised me with them!  Here they are modeled by art handler Secret Mission Babo.

Secret-Mission-Babo

How was your week?  And how do you treat yourself on your birthday?