Paul & Joe

Celebrating 15 years of Paul & Joe beauty, part 1

Hello, March!  As it is the first day of the month in which spring supposedly will arrive, I thought I'd share Paul & Joe's spring 2017 collection.  Consider this part 1 of a 2-part celebration of the beauty brand's 15-year anniversary (not to be confused with the Paul & Joe fashion line's 20-year anniversary, which occurred last year).  The summer collection will have yet more cat-shaped goodies so that will be part 2.  ;)  But first, the spring items.

Paul & Joe spring 2017

These face color powders are too cute, as usual.  I believe the cat print with the red background appeared previously on nail polish boxes from the spring 2012 collection.  And do you not love the cat in glasses?!

Paul & Joe spring 2017

The cat design on the powders is also borrowed from the spring 2012 collection, only this time there's the addition of hearts.

Paul & Joe spring 2017

It's always in the details with Paul & Joe.  All of their collections are pretty and/or adorable, but it's the little things like this puff that make them stand out.  It's soft but I don't know how practical it would be to apply blush or highlighter.  I do know that it's just precious.

Paul & Joe spring 2017

I need more cat-shaped lipsticks like I need a hole in the head, but here we are.

Paul & Joe spring 2017 lipsticks

The patterns on the lipstick cases are from the spring fashion collection.  PJ at A Touch of Blusher has amazing descriptions of them so I'll just direct you to her site since I can't describe them nearly as well!  I didn't purchase the accompanying square compact cases since they have the same prints, especially since I'm not actually using them anyway.  I figured the lipstick cases were enough from a collectible standpoint.  Eh, who knows, I'll probably cave and get them later. ;)

Paul & Joe spring 2017 lipstick cases

Paul & Joe spring 2017

Paul & Joe spring 2017

The bird print was from the Paul & Joe Sister line; the other 2 are from the regular Paul & Joe women's collection.

Paul & Joe Sister spring 2017

Paul & Joe spring 2017

Paul & Joe spring 2017(images from paulandjoe.com)

While I was working on this post some Museum staff members wandered in, as they tend to do (they like to keep me company while I blog) and got into a little mischief.

En garde!

Well, at least they're not eating them, right?

Overall I thought Paul & Joe did a great job.  Not quite as outstanding as some previous collections, mind you, but they provided the usual eye candy, and it was definitely Museum-worthy and appropriate for spring.  What do you think?

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Quick post: Paul & Joe fall collection, part 2

We're having more fashion fun today!  In addition to the Looney Tunes lineup, Paul & Joe released a regular fall collection.  This year's theme was "a stroll in the park".  Can't say I really see it but the collection does offer a nice array of the usual pretty patterns.

Paul & Joe fall 2016 makeup

Paul & Joe fall 2016 makeup

Paul & Joe fall 2016 makeup

Paul & Joe fall 2016 lipstick cases

Once I saw the bird on the tube of the lipstick refills I had to get a couple, which I normally don't do!

Paul & Joe fall 2016 lipsticks

Just when you thought Paul & Joe couldn't possibly put cats into any other form of makeup, they surprised us with these precious cat-shaped highlighter pieces. 

Paul & Joe fall 2016 highlighters

Beautyhabit.com gave me the usual complimentary bag.  At this rate I could probably do an entire exhibition just of Paul & Joe bags...not that I'm complaining, of course - I love collectible GWPs.

Paul & Joe fall 2016 makeup bag

As with previous offerings, some of the prints appear to be newly designed just for the makeup, and some were borrowed from the latest season's fashion collection. 

Paul & Joe fall 2016

Paul & Joe fall 2016(images from paulandjoe.com)

Oddly enough, the bird print was borrowed from the spring 2015 collection.  Paul & Joe has done this before, however.

Paul & Joe spring 2015(images from vogue.com)

I don't have anything else to add except that Paul & Joe did another nice job with this collection.  The holiday 2016 collection looks equally fun.  :)

What do you think?


Paul & Joe fall collection, part 1

It's my opinion that any time a company does a cartoon-themed collection meant for adults, they have to be careful not to veer into kiddie territory.  It's tricky when collaborating with, say, the likes of Disney, and sometimes it goes a bit juvenile.  But other times brands pull it off well, and Paul & Joe has consistently been able to elevate themes and characters we usually associate with childhood.  This is the case with their latest collection, which features Looney Tunes favorites Tweety and Sylvester along with infamous cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry.  While I'm not the biggest fan of either of these - I wasn't really into Looney Tunes as a kid, and if Tom and Jerry were on before school I'd watch them on occasion but definitely wasn't obsessed - I still thought the collection was Museum-worthy because Paul & Joe did another great job making such things seem perfectly acceptable for a grown-up to own.  :)

Paul & Joe Warner Bros. collab - Looney Tunes/Tom and Jerry

Set against Paul & Joe's signature chrysanthemums, Tweety and Sylvester appear a little more refined than how we're used to seeing them while still engaging in their usual hijinks.

Paul & Joe Looney Tunes compact

Paul & Joe Looney Tunes compact

Paul & Joe Looney Tunes compact

Tom and Jerry also partake in their typical shenanigans (Tom luring Jerry with a chunk of cheese), but are also depicted, appropriately enough, playing with makeup. 

Paul & Joe Tom and Jerry compact

Paul & Joe Tom and Jerry compact

Paul & Joe Tom and Jerry lipstick case

I love this little detail on the lipstick cap.

Paul & Joe Tom and Jerry lipstick case

The Looney Tunes makeup collection isn't completely out of left field, as it's basically an extension of the Warner Bros. collab from Paul & Joe's Sister line.

Paul & Joe Sister - Tom and Jerry(images from paulandjoe.us)

The Looney Tunes collection was even more extensive and included characters other than Sylvester and Tweety.

Paul & Joe Sister - Looney Tunes

Paul & Joe Sister - Looney Tunes

At first glance I thought the print on this dress was the same as the one on the compact, but if you look closely you can see Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.

Paul & Joe Sister Looney Tunes dress

There was also a men's capsule Looney Tunes collection.

Paul & Joe men's Looney Tunes collection
(images from paulandjoe.us)

Anyway, my only complaint was that none of the Tom and Jerry scenes featured the fancy white cat.  From what I remember watching as a kid, there was this super glam lady cat that Tom had a crush on.  I don't think she had a name but I loved her!  I think my obsession with long eyelashes was influenced in part from this very chic kitty. 

Tom and Jerry - fancy white cat(image from dreamsofawardrobe.blogspot.com)

Tom and Jerry - fancy white cat

This image of her doing her nails, for example, would have been perfect.

Tom and Jerry - fancy white cat
(image from youtube.com)

What do you think?  Did you pick up anything from this collection?


Setting sail with Paul & Joe

This will be another quick post since I don't have much to say, other than that Paul & Joe serves up some cuteness for summer yet again. 

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup

You know you can't resist the cat lipsticks...

Paul & Joe summer 2016 lipsticks

Unfortunately I think the one the left is missing his eyeball!  Poor little fella, blind in one eye.  Fortunately his whiskers will help with balance and depth perception, right?  (Yes, I am concerned about his vision...but I'm trying to remember that it's just a lipstick and the cat isn't actually, you know, alive).  And I also have more of these from the fall 2015 collection.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 lipsticks

The palettes were predictably adorable.  I especially loved the interiors - can't beat dolphins and boat-shaped eye shadows.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 palette 001

Paul & Joe summer 2016 palette

Paul & Joe summer 2016 palette 002

Interestingly, the prints for the second and third palettes are taken from the resort 2015 collection.  I'm not sure why they used it, but I guess it made for a good summer collection and they had already borrowed things from both their spring 2016 and 2015 collections.

Paul & Joe resort 2015

Paul & Joe summer 2016 palette 003

Paul & Joe resort 2015

Finally, there was this face powder, adorned with illustrations of vintage bathing beauties and playing card motifs in a cheerful yellow, white and red pattern.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 powder

This was also taken from last year's resort collection.

Paul & Joe resort 2015

Beautyhabit was giving out this clutch as a gift-with-purchase.  You might remember this print from the summer 2014 blotting sheets.  This is easily one of my favorite Paul & Joe prints so I was very pleased to get my grubby little paws on it.

Paul & Joe GWP bag

So what do you think?  Not their most inspired but as usual, it delivers a burst of summer fun with some delightful prints.  I have a feeling, however, that their fall collections are going to take the cake. ;)

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Pop goes the butterfly: Paul & Joe spring 2016

Paul & Joe's spring 2016 collection is sheer prettiness.  This year the company borrowed a page from children's books and created two adorable pop-up palettes.  We've seen these before with Urban Decay and Too-Faced, but Paul & Joe did a great job as well, especially since one of the lipstick cases is tangentially related to children's books (more on that later.)

It doesn't get any springier than this palette - dragonflies, butterflies, flowery vines, fruit, bunnies, and even snails are all portrayed in one extraordinarily idyllic scene.  And of course, cats!

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

I didn't like the design on this palette as much, but it's still pretty.  That weird tiled-looking background doesn't seem to go with the butterflies.

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

We all know how much I love free swag.

Paul & Joe spring 2016 bag

And I always appreciate their attention to detail. Even the plastic cover for the eye shadow and blush has a butterfly!

Paul & Joe spring 2016

The palettes are cute and I commend Paul & Joe for doing something a little different, but the lipstick cases are what most intrigued me.

Paul & Joe spring 2016 lipstick cases

I couldn't resist picking up a refill since it has a butterfly on it. 

Paul & Joe spring 2016 lipstick

The butterfly print was borrowed from the line's 2016 resort collection and also appeared in several pieces of Paul & Joe's collaboration with lingerie brand Cosabella.

Paul & Joe resort 2016

Paul & Joe spring 2016(images from vogue.com and paulandjoe.com)

The cat print is from the Paul & Joe Sister spring 2016 collection.

Paul & Joe Sister spring 2016
(image from paulandjoe.com)

But my favorite was the jungle print, which appeared on many pieces in the resort 2016 collection.

Paul & Joe resort 2016

How cute is this romper?!

Paul & Joe spring 2016(images from vogue.com and paulandjoe.com)

I grew even more enamored after reading that it's an original print by illustrator Dahlov Ipcar.  I had never heard of her but she does a lot of children's books and just really beautiful illustrations in general.  She's still working at 98 (a fellow Scorpio, cool) and is actually on Facebook!  Meanwhile, I can't even get my dad to learn how to email and he's significantly younger...anyway, I do find it strange that I wasn't familiar with her work, given my love of reading as a kid and my love of design as an adult, but I'm sure glad I found it now. 

The print borrowed by Paul & Joe is from a 1981 book called Lost and Found: A Hidden Animal Book

Dahlov Ipcar - Lost and Found

I don't want to make this post all about Ipcar because it would take forever, but I do feel the need to share just a few more pieces.  I clearly need this book to put under the Christmas tree since we have kind of a woodland theme going.

Dahlov Ipcar - My Wonderful Christmas Tree

Dahlov Ipcar - My Wonderful Christmas Tree

But I saved my favorite for last.  Mer-farmer!!  That's right, Ipcar illustrated a 1961 book called Deep Sea Farm featuring a very hard-working undersea farmer.  Needless to say, this book (along with the Christmas tree one) is on its way to me.

Dahlov Ipcar - Deep Sea Farm

Dahlov Ipcar - Deep Sea Farm

Dahlov Ipcar Deep Sea Farm(images from pinterest.com)

If you ask me, Ipcar deserves a whole museum retrospective (and a makeup collection!) in addition to a fashion tie-in.  Even though she's had a couple exhibitions, I would love to see an incredibly comprehensive show overflowing with her whimsical illustrations...and I think I might keel over from awesomeness if a makeup company ever put her work on their packaging.  Paul & Joe's lipstick case with Ipcar's print was amazing, but I'm envisioning a much more extensive collection.  If that merman farmer ever showed up on a palette my head might explode.  ;)

Getting back to Paul & Joe, I think they did a nice job with their spring collection.  Yes I still miss the little stories behind each one, but I do enjoy pop-up palettes and thought they tied in well with the fact that the company borrowed a print from a children's book illustrator.  As always, Paul & Joe excels at walking the fine line between playful and juvenile. 

What do you think?

 


Quick post: Paul & Joe holiday 2015

While there wasn't much of a description of Le Bal Masque, obviously Paul & Joe went for a masquerade ball theme this holiday season.  I liked the image of a woman in a black cat mask adorning the bag full of treats as well as the grey and yellow color scheme.

Paul & Joe holiday 2015

Paul & Joe holiday 2015

The set includes a lip balm, cream blush, eye liner and eye shadows, all with a fetching cat/mask print.

Paul & Joe holiday 2015

Paul & Joe holiday 2015

You know how I love freebies, so I was overjoyed to receive this notebook as a gift with purchase from Beautyhabit.

Paul & Joe holiday 2015 notebook

Oddly enough, the image of the masked woman was borrowed from a Paul & Joe Sister collection from about 2 years ago.  I don't have an exact date as all the items are now out of stock at various shopping outlets, but the images I gathered on Pinterest suggest it's not new. 

Paul & Joe Sister

Paul & Joe Sister

There were also a few tees where the masked woman is wearing a different blouse.

Paul & Joe Sister
(images from pinterest.com)

Why they'd choose to recycle a fairly old design on this year's holiday collection is puzzling.  It's almost as if they were out of ideas for the holiday collection, ordered an intern to go through their archives and choose a design to slap onto the packaging, then declare it to be a holiday masquerade theme.  While it somewhat lacks inspiration, it's a masquerade ball as only Paul & Joe can depict it - playful thanks to the abundance of the cat print, yet lending an air of mystery due to the masks. 

Thoughts?


Paul & Joe Fall 2015: Café Parisien

Happy September!  I thought I'd kick off this autumnal month with Paul & Joe's fall 2015 Café Parisien collection.  It doesn't seem to have much to do with a Paris café, but I can somewhat overlook it given how adorable the packaging is.  I think the collection would have seemed more inspired and less formulaic if the packaging had included little illustrations of coffee cups, croissants, the Eiffel Tower and other Paris/café motifs - as I've said before I greatly miss Paul & Joe's older collection stories.  Right now it just seems like their M.O. is to give the collection a vaguely French-sounding name and slap some cats on the packaging.  Nevertheless, the lack of a fully developed theme did not prevent me from buying nearly the whole collection.  I mean, I can't resist felines that resemble Grumpy Cat, not to mention a long-lashed owl and a plump sparrow wearing a knit cap.

We'll start with the eye shadows.

Paul & Joe fall 2015 eye shadows in Cafe Macchiato (097), Raspberry Truffle (098) and Caramel Drizzle (099)

The pattern continued on the interiors of the eye shadows, which is a nice touch.

Paul & Joe fall 2015 eye shadows in Cafe Macchiato (097), Raspberry Truffle (098) and Caramel Drizzle (099)

I got two of the three blush cases. 

Paul & Joe fall 2015 Cheek Color Cases 001 and 003

I can't believe I forgot to add the kitty lipstick case to my order.  I can't seem to find it anywhere either so I guess it's sold out.  :(

Paul & Joe fall 2015 lipstick cases (028 and (029)

Another nice touch is the cat print on the lipstick refill tube.  It's the little things, right?

Paul & Joe fall 2015 lipstick refill

Instead of making the whole lipstick tip in the shape of a cat's head as they've done previously, Paul & Joe borrowed a Japanese candy-making technique known as Kintaro-ame to put a cat's face in the center of the lipstick.  The print goes all the way through to the bottom so it doesn't wear off!

Paul & Joe fall 2015 lipstick refills in Coffee Cherry (094), Café Parisien (093), and Café Espresso (095)

Paul & Joe fall 2015 lipstick refills in Coffee Cherry (094), Café Parisien (093), and Café Espresso (095)

I always love getting some sweet gift-with-purchase swag!

Paul & Joe fall 2015 gifts with purchase

So let's see which prints were taken from the fall 2015 fashion collection.  Actually, both of the floral prints are from the pre-fall 2015 collection.

Paul & Joe pre-fall 2015 dresses

The bird and owl appeared on several pieces in the regular fall collection.

Paul & Joe fall 2015 bird sweaters

Paul & Joe fall 2015

I love this print on a bag!!

Paul & Joe fall 2015 owl bag

Finally, the kitty print is from Paul & Joe's Sister fall 2015 collection. 

Paul & Joe Sister fall 2015
(images from paulandjoe.com)

So what do you think of this collection?  Will you be partaking in some Café Parisien goodies?


Friday Fun: Sailor Babo meets Sailor Cat

Paul & Joe face powder spring 2015

For the life of me I can't figure out why Paul & Joe decided to create a print of a cat wearing a sailor hat, but I know a certain Makeup Museum staff member was very intrigued.  Then again, this isn't the first time Paul & Joe decided to dress up their cats.

Sailor Babo makes a new friend

Getting a closer look

He admired the kitty's pipe and asked me if he could get one. 

I like your pipe!

Unfortunately, as with the MAC Hey Sailor collection, I don't think I'll be getting the powder or the pouch back.  Sailor Babo and Sailor Cat are kindred spirits. 

This belongs to me now

I think I hear Sailor Babo offering up some rum so I better get going before things get too out of hand!


Meet Paul & Joe's menagerie

According to the very short product descriptions at their website, Paul & Joe's spring 2015 Ménagerie collection was inspired by childhood trips to the zoo.  (I do wish they would bring back the little blurbs that fully described the collection's theme!)  The prints on the outer packaging are spot-on, as usual.  Of course there are the requisite cats, but also more exotic animals that you'd see at a zoo - giraffes, monkeys, tigers, zebras and flamingos all make an appearance as well. 

Paul & Joe spring 2015 lipstick cases 025, 026, 027

I adore all the prints, but I'm still a little iffy on the design on the inside of the face and eye colors.  Paul & Joe is well-known for playful designs and this collection in particular was inspired by childhood memories of zoo outings, but I think these go a little too juvenile.  The, puffy, cartoonish animals peering out look like a print you'd hang in a baby's nursery.  I applaud them for trying something different instead of the chrysanthemum emblem that's usually imprinted on Paul & Joe powders, but I wasn't crazy about it.  Still, I enjoyed the variety of prints on the outer packaging and that's what's most important from a display standpoint.  ;)

Paul & Joe spring 2015 face and eye colors 094, 095, 096

There was a code at Beautyhabit.com for this free bag with purchase...so cute.

Paul and Joe spring 2015 bag

The prints on the lipstick cases were taken from the Paul & Joe spring 2015 fashion collections. 

Paul & Joe spring 2015

Paul & Joe spring 2015

Paul & Joe spring 2015
(images from paulandjoe.com)

Overall, the collection did not disappoint.  It wasn't my favorite but it was a good solid effort, and I liked that, as in previous collections, there was a good mix of existing designs (for the lipstick cases) and completely original ones (on the color powders).  I have to say that I'm even more excited for another part of the collection that's just hitting Beautyhabit now, so stay tuned for a special post on that!


Quick post: Whoooo wants to see a rare Paul & Joe color powder?

I'll get to Paul & Joe's adorable owl-themed holiday offering in a little bit, but for now I wanted to share my E-bay find of one of their color powders from the fall 2005 collection.  Chaussons de Dance (040) features a pair of owls perched on a tree limb against a pastel purple background.

Paul & Joe color powder

Of course, I managed to stick my nail in the powder while taking the lid off, which explains the nick in the lower left.

Paul & Joe color powder

I was so sad I couldn't find any images from Paul & Joe's fall 2005 fashion collection - I would have loved to see if the owls made an appearance.  If anyone can find them do let me know!