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September 2010

Paul & Joe fall, part 2

For fall 2010 Paul & Joe not only introduced some kooky cat-shaped lipsticks, but brought on 4-color rectangular eye shadows instead of  their usual round shadows with just 2 colors.   Overall, I think this is one of the more inspired themes in recent collections.  "Clair de Lune celebrates and honours the Paul & Joe woman.  She is unique, her tastes are capricious and unpredictable.  She is constantly evolving.  Like the ever-changing moon, her luminous beauty fascinates, inspiring poetry and song with her distinctive radiance and irresistible allure."  I really like this idea of a woman changing her tastes or appearance just as the moon changes phases.  And you can sort of see the moon inspiration in the curved slivers of eyeshadow, almost like the moon's waxing and waning.

 Here's Silvery Moon:


In natural light:


With flash:


Paper Moon (I think this one is my favorite!):

With flash:


 The print was taken from this dress, also available in black.

Paul joe swan top 2010
(image from paulandjoe.com)

Finally, Blue Moon:


 In natural light:


With flash:


This print also appeared on a dress:

Roxane pattern
(image from paulandjoe.com)

And because I spent over a certain amount on the collection, beautyhabit.com gave me a free kitty mirror!  I like that the mirror is off-center since it mimics the moon:


All in all, a very nice collection from Paul & Joe - I liked that the theme carried through each of the limited-edition pieces without being overly literal, and that we were treated to not one but two prints from the fashion collection.

Cat's cradle: Paul & Joe fall 2010 lipsticks

Aha!  I had long suspected that Sophie's (creator of Paul & Joe) favorite animal was the cat, given that it's made so many appearances in her past collections, but with the new Clair de Lune collection we have confirmation.  From the website:  "Cats are temperamental - just like the moon.  Sophie Albou's most favorite animal, the cat, is now sculptured on the lipstick itself."  Indeed!  Fortunately for her, cats are all the rage this fall in the makeup world.

From left to right: Clair de Lune, Over the Moon, and Moon Shadow lipsticks.


With flash:


And here's a close up:

Kitty closeup

While this is certainly an ingenious design, cat fans' and beauty junkies' feelings alike are mixed.  While some thought it was simply adorable, others  thought it was downright  "creepy", or felt it was impractical.   And several commenters on a cat lovers' blog indicated they'd feel remorse at slowly wearing away the cat's face with repeated applications. 

What do you think?  As a collector, of course, I am in love.  Yes it's a little weird, but that's what makes it interesting!

p.s. A post about the rest of the Paul & Joe Clair de Lune collection is up next.  :)

Couture Monday: Soho nice to see this Chanel palette

To celebrate the reopening of their Soho boutique, Chanel decided to do an exclusive collection ("exclusive" meaning only available at Chanel boutiques and at their website) devoted to the hip Manhattan neighborhood.  I was intrigued enough to buy the highlighter/blush.


With flash:

Soho flash

I tried to find some answers about the inspiration behind the colors of the collection and the palette's design.  Peter Philips, CHANEL Global Creative Director of Makeup had this to say about the collection:  “For me, SoHo is a place where Bohemian ideals meet the toughness of the city… I love the tension and energy this creates.”  To echo this "toughness", the two nail polishes in the collection were named Steel (dark shimmery grey) and Strong (sparkly purple).  As for the design on the blush, here's the description from the Chanel website:  "This blush-and-powder palette, comprised of light plum, pink-ivory and soft pink shades for face and décolleté, puts the name of the CHANEL Boutique — in hip, downtown SOHO, New York City — front and center."  Well, that's lovely, but it also looks a lot like Robert Indiana's LOVE design, no?

(image from bluffton.edu)

Now that I really look at it, I'm not sure how interesting the design on the palette actually is, or how the colors and design capture Soho's essence (I've visited there a few times and this doesn't strike me as particularly Soho-ish.)  I guess it might come in handy if I ever do a NY-themed exhibition.   And I very well could someday, what with the release of the Urban Decay NYC palette - I'll be discussing that as soon I get around to taking pictures of it.  :)

Curator's corner, 9/25/10

Phil. candy corn It was another busy week but I was happy to make my triumphant return to the blogosphere.  Yay!  Here are some things from around the interwebs and other stuff I'm loving this week.

- It's still warm enough here that I haven't totally switched over to fall scents, but I must say I'm in love with Philosophy's Candy Corn, Crispy Marshmallow Bars and Cookies 'n Creme body washes.   Can't wait to start using them regularly as the temperature drops!

- Excellent, thought-provoking post on food responsibility from Feministe.

- Check out this panther-shaped (and rather silly-looking, I must say) mascara from new cosmetics line Ultraflesh.  Would you buy this?  I might, as it would make a good addition to the Museum's novelty/gimmick wing. ;)

- I said it before and I'll say it again:  I heart Beth Ditto.

- Seriously craving these gorgeous boots

Hope everyone had a great week!

 (image from sephora.com)

Friday fun with Annie and Maggie

This is the first time in a long time I liked Benefit packaging enough to buy the product for the Museum.  Named after the daughters of Benefit co-founder Jean Ford (who started the company with her sister Jane) the Maggie and Annie boxes feature unique psychedelic-looking designs.  

We'll start with Annie.

Annie outside

Annie inside 2

Beneath the "lesson" booklet are the eye shadows.  Here they are in natural light and with flash:

Annie shadows

Annie shadows flash


Maggie outside

Maggie inside

Here are the eye shadows in natural light and with flash:

Maggie shadows

Maggie shadows flash

I'll be frank - I have zero interest in the makeup itself.  What grabbed me about these palettes is the fact that they look like a cross between the iconic Bob Dylan poster by Milton Glaser and a painting by post-Impressionist Paul Signac.  Here is the Dylan poster, completed in 1966:

(image from friendswelove.com)

And here is the 1890 Signac painting, titled Portrait of Felix Feneon Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints (quite a mouthful!)  As you can see, Paul Signac took after Pointillist Georges Seurat.

(image from buzzsugar.com)

Interestingly enough, you can see both of these at MoMA.  Now I'm curious to know who designed the Benefit palettes and what their inspiration was, and why they chose this particular style for them!

Paul & Joe summer 2010

Summer is over, but I wanted to write a quick post about Paul & Joe's summer collection nonetheless.  The Desert collection featured a pretty lotus-like pattern on lipsticks and face powders.  Too bad I was on hiatus for most of the summer and didn't get to copy the theme from the website before the fall collection went up, so I have very little on this collection!  Oh well.  Here are some pics:

Face powder: (I love the pop of turquoise in the pattern - such a nice counterpoint to the orange!)


I love that the puff has the design on it as well:


There was also a limited edition pack of blotting papers:


Apparently this has the same design on it as one of Paul & Joe's creations for their summer collection, but I was unable to find it.  All in all, a pretty, yet fairly unremarkable summer release.  Their fall collection, however, is smashing!  Keep an eye out for my posts on that.  :)


In the style of tigers: Chantecaille fall

Chantecaille got in on the feline trend for fall by releasing their Tigers in the Wild palette.  This release coincides with the Year of the Tiger and 5% of profits will go to an organization called TRAFFIC to help save the animal.  It features the same design as their 2008 Bengal tiger collection, so I wasn't thrilled with this. 

Tiger in the wild

(image from neimanmarcus.com)

Still, it may be a nice addition to to the Museum - I'm on the fence as to whether to buy it.  

Curator's corner: catching up

I feel like I need more time off just to catch up on everything!  Here's a roundup of totally random things I wanted to mention.

- Breaking beauty news:  Bobbi Brown is now at Sephora online, and should be hitting stores within the next few months.  Also, the Curator's favorite hair care line, Bumble and Bumble, is now at select Sephora stores.  Let's hope they bring it online soon!

- Say hello to my new favorite store, Zadig and Voltaire.  I stumbled across it in Paris.  After spotting lots of skulls, studs and black in the window (my biggest fashion weaknesses) I went in and promptly bought roughly half the store.  Too bad they only have 3 locations in the U.S. (2 in NYC and one in LA) and the online store isn't too well-stocked, but I guess that's better for my wallet.

- My latest indulgence is the mani/pedi at the Red Door Spa.  My very nice mother-in-law treated me to this the day before the wedding, and I'm hooked!  I never got manis/pedis before (too afraid of infection or getting a fungus - I heard that even the "upscale" and "clean" spas still were dirty, plus I am uneasy with strangers touching me) but I couldn't turn down such a lovely gift.  So far so good - no fungus to speak of.  And my nails have never looked better!

- Anyone else watching Jersey Shore?  I can't get enough...it truly is like a train wreck.  You just can't turn away.

- Finally, I wanted to mention the Museum of Bags and Purses that I visited in Amsterdam.  This was so cool and gives me hope that I will have a real makeup museum.  Some pics:

Art deco bag

Purse museum cut out

Chanel bags

Stila and the City of Light

In honor of my recent trip to Paree, I thought I'd post about Stila's 2nd travel palette in their 5-part series.   I really loved the journal by Stila girl "Chelsea".  She talks about the rose-flavored macarons at Ladurée (they seriously became like my crack in Paris - I came back to Ladurée twice to get more after my initial visit!) and the Cafe Marly at the Louvre, where we enjoyed a beautiful view of the glass pyramid on our last night in Paris.

Paris screen shot

Now on to the palette itself.  Here's the outside (forgive the blurriness, for the life of me I couldn't get a good clear picture!)  I love that she's wearing a striped top - they were everywhere in Paris.  If she had a little neutral-colored scarf tied loosely around her neck she'd look just like all the chic Parisian women I saw!

Paris outside

The inside, with and without flash:

Paris inside flash

Paris inside

The quote:

Paris quote

In looking at this palette I remembered Stila did another travel series ages ago, in trio form.  Here's Pretty in Paris next to Passage to Paris:

Paris comparison

In terms of Paris represented or hinted at in makeup packaging, I think Nathalie Lété's work for Bourjois is still my favorite, but this palette is adorable too.  Next destination for Stila:  Tokyo!