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March 2014

Curator's Corner, 3/30/2014: Catching up

CC logoI didn't blog for about a month, but I was still collecting links along the way!  Much to catch up on. 

- Did you all see me quoted in this post on crazy lipstick colors over at Huff Po?  I was so excited!!

- Here's a fabulous piece at XO Vain about the influence of Riot Grrrl on one author's concept of beauty.

- The latest beauty trend:  oil pulling.  Anyone try it?

- I'm wondering if this $100 shampoo is worth it.  Probably not but naturally, I'm curious.

- I'm not so curious, however, about Death Scent, a cologne that smells like rotting flesh.

- Brightest Bulb in the Box takes Jezebel's article on contouring to task, and I am grateful.  In another beauty takedown, Meli at Wild Beauty assures us that lead in our lipstick is not, in fact, killing us.

- Apparently the average woman spends 55 minutes a day getting ready. Is it bad that my routine is even longer than that? 

- The New York Times reports that people are spending up to $150 for rare, discontinued shades of nail polish. As a collector I'm not sure why this is news.

- Woot!  Let's hear it for the older ladies!  Charlotte Rampling is NARS's newest muse, while Jessica Lange will be the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty.  It's about time.

The random:

- If you're not watching Broad City, you really should.  Actually you can't now because the season finale was last week, but I'm sure you'll be able to find episodes somewhere.  Read praise for it here, here and here.  Also find out what fragrance each of the girls would hypothetically wear at Rouge 18, and check out an ode to Ilana's style.

- More on the pop culture front:  FX renews Archer for two more seasons (yay! especially since they'll go back to being spies) and there's also a Pee Wee Herman movie in production.  Oh, and here's another interview with one of the Curator's heroes.

- We've suffered some art casualties in the past few weeks.  A cleaning woman threw away some very valuable art she thought was trash, while this moron broke a statue while trying to take a selfie.  Sigh.

- Locally, this is probably the best news I've heard, like, ever.  Now if we can only get rid of Flowermart, the St. Patrick's Day parade, and all the other things throughout the year that make living in Mt. Vernon hell, that would be sweet.

- There is a new Babo but shockingly, I am passing on adding him to our plushie family.  His little face doesn't look nearly as cute as usual because of the makeup, plus I'm not a KISS fan. 

What have you been up to? 

Spring 2014 color trend

As tempted as I was to name orange this spring's color trend, it got edged out by...a color I don't even have a name for!  It's a pastel cool pink, just this side of lavender, that's a more wearable variation of Radiant Orchid (a.k.a. Pantone's Color of the Year).  As the NARS website describes their blush in Sex Fantasy as a "cherry blossom pink", I think that's probably the most accurate.


  1. NARS Illuminator in Adelaide
  2. Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop
  3. Diorblush Trianon Edition in Pink Reverie
  4. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in Rose Scabiosa
  5. NARS Blush in Sex Fantasy
  6. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Mannequin
  7. MAC Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda
  8. Benefit Lollitint
  9. Model at Kate Spade's spring 2014 show

What do you think of this trend?  For me, I feel like I'll be pretty gung-ho to wear this color for a few weeks, then declare it too girly for my taste and move on to something else.  Right now though, delicate, pretty colors like this are calling my name!

Couture Monday: Armani Belladonna Highlighting Powder

Well, this was a close one!  I almost didn't get my hands on this palette as I was waiting for a good gift-with-purchase event.  Little did I know not all the usual online retailers of Armani would be selling it, and counters only received a few.  Anyway, after much searching I managed to snag this palette, and reminded myself that if something is a "must-have" for the Museum, it's best not to wait to buy.

The Belladonna Highlighter is embossed with its namesake flower in a lovely champagne color with a high-shine, nearly metallic finish. 





Instead of tying the palette to their spring 2014 fashion collections, Armani went in reverse, looking instead to their fall 2013 Privé show.  The "Nudo" collection provided a fresh take on neutral tones in which the designer opted to play with texture and pattern rather than color.  In looking at the styles that came down the runway, you can definitely see how the palette relates to the overall feel of the collection.  On the more literal side, flowers were an integral part:


But the airy lightness of several of the gowns, coupled with the gleam of subtle metallic touches, is much more reminiscent of the palette than the flowers.  The models almost seem to float down the runway in wispy fabrics and flowing silhouettes, offset by glints of iridescent gold and champagne.



The texture of this jacket in particular reminded me of the fabric-like background of the palette.


Here's a close-up so you can really see the lines:

(images from style.com)

Armani makeup artist Linda Cantello used a prototype of the Belladonna palette on the models' eyes, which tied the ethereal look together perfectly while also lending a touch of '20s glamour.

(image from style.com)

While I'm still a little confused as to why Armani would release a product that was tied to a fall collection for the spring, I do think in this case it works.  The fall 2013 couture show read much more spring in terms of color, shape and textures; there was none of the heaviness that designers tend to bring out for fall collections.  With all the elegant details incorporated in both the styles at the Privé show and in the Belladonna palette, Armani demonstrates that nude doesn't mean boring.  I also love the choice of the belladonna flower.  While I don't know the reasoning behind Armani's selection of this particular bloom, it's always refreshing to see flowers other than roses on palettes.

What do you think of this palette?  And of the fall 2013 couture collection? 

Paul & Joe's secret garden

It was so gratifying to finally say good riddance to winter a couple days ago.   The dark era of snow, ice and polar vortexes is behind us!  Today marks the first day of spring and to celebrate, I'm featuring a few items from Paul & Joe's Secret Garden collection.

I picked up the Color Powders in Dahlia (088), Azalea (089) and Amaryllis (090). 



I also got the face powder - couldn't resist the nest of cheerfully chirping baby robins amidst a vintage-inspired floral background.




How cute is this puff?!



As I always do with Paul & Joe, I tried to identify the patterns on each color powder and the face powder.  The pattern for Dahlia looked quite similar to the one on this dress and skirt.


Upon closer inspection of the print on a pair of pants, however, I realized it wasn't identical.


I couldn't find any match for the striped Azalea case, but I did find some horses like the ones on the Amaryllis case.


Horses and birds both made an appearance on this blouse, but none of the birds are the same as the ones on the face powder.

(images from paulandjoe.com)

Interestingly, all of these are from the brand's diffusion line, Paul & Joe Sister.  Like the summer 2013 collection, this one drew inspiration not from the main Paul & Joe women's line but rather another offshoot of the company. 

Overall this isn't my favorite spring collection from Paul & Joe - 2013's was lovely, and I don't think anything could match the 2012 Meow! collection - but these pieces will look nice in the Museum's spring exhibition.  And that's all that matters, right?  ;)

Happy spring!!  Have you spotted any robins in your neck of the woods?

It's here: Makeup Museum Inventory!

Hello!  That was an unplanned and certainly lengthy blog hiatus.  I don't really have any excuse besides the general malaise I get every winter, and as you may know this is the winter that won't end, which made me even more miserable and less inclined to do much of anything besides sleep.  Anyway, I finally took control of the incredibly messy spreadsheet containing all the Museum's items and made it into something that was easy to read.  I had always kept track of items purchased for the collection but it was so embarrasingly disorganized I couldn't ever write about it.  With the help of my very organized husband, I'm pleased to bring you an inventory that will be updated quarterly.  I also added most (I say most because I'm sure I may be missing a few things) of the memorabilia - postcards, mailers, bags, etc.  Click on "Collection Inventory" in the navigation bar above and let me know what you think!