2016 Met Gala

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The ultra glam Met gala theme this year was Manus x Machina – Fashion in the Age of Technology. Cue the metallic dresses. A slew of cyborg inspired gowns, dresses, and armour descended the red carpet. Claire Danes in princess style Zac Posen, at first glance seemed to have missed the tech theme, until the whole gown completely lit up! The dress was made of custom fiber optic woven organza, with thirty mini battery packs sewn into the lining. Now that was definitely an excellent example of technology and fashion.

Images from justjared.com & hollywoodlife.com

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Model of the Moment: Lineisy Montero

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Natural haired beauty Lineisy Montero was discovered in her home town of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. In the fall of 2015 she burst on to the scene walking exclusively for Prada as the first black model on their runway in many, many years. Since then Lineisy has been quite the sort after face, strutting down the runway for Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Celine to name a few. Currently you can see her in Chanel’s spring campaign.

 

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Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Highlighter

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Pat McGrath broke the internet yesterday when her highly anticipated highlighter kits launched. I didn’t even bother trying to get my hands on them. However unlike her previous product launches these kits will be available at Sephora online and select locations May 10. The kits come in two different colours gold and nude. Each kit contains a stick with a balm on one end and highlighter on the other, a pressed pigment and a Japanese made brush. The pressed pigment is unique in that it’s actually a gel thats been molded into a pressed form. The results are stunning as seen in the video and the multiple celeb/model Instagram posts that have been popping up in the weeks leading up to the launch.

Pat McGrath is no stranger to fantastic product collaborations. She was the main consultant for Armani when he developed his line as well as Dolce and Gabbana’s beauty line, and most recently Gucci. So all these mini launches from McGrath are leading up to her full collection that will be available later this year. I cannot wait!

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Lemonade is Finally Here

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With so much chatter about what and who Lemonade is about, it was hard to watch without speculation going through my head. What I have concluded is that Beyonce has told a complex story that effects all kinds of people and relates to many different situations. Simply put the visual album is beautifully shot, the styling is quite fabulous and Sir John’s makeup looks were stunning. Beyonce is a genius. May 18, 2016 will be the best concert I will have ever seen.

 

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Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter

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You don’t need a heavy hand to get major shine with Urban Decay’s new Afterglow highlighter. The finely milled powder has an almost cream texture. Of the three colours I wear Sin (on the right) it looks like a pale beige in the compact but on, it’s actually an iridescent gold. The eight hour wear ensures a luminous glow all day.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Smokey Liner & Glitter

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Apply glitter to the outer corner of the eyes and let it fall imprecisely to add some interest to a smokey eyeliner look.

Burberry fall 2016 makeup design Wendy Rowe.

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Jennifer Lopez for W Magazine

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From noughties style icon to present day beauty, Jennifer Lopez gets better each and every year. Seen here on the cover of the may issue of W and in the editorial inside. Behind the scenes were makeup artist Yadim, stylist Edward Enninful, and photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matador.

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Spring Frills

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Feminine frills hit the runway for spring 2016. Pair yours with nudes and shimmers set against a flawless complexion.

1.MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Otherearthly 2. Burberry First Kiss in Soft Peach 3. Rimmel Lasting Nude by Kate  4. YSL Full Metal Shadow in Onde Sable 5. Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palette 6. Nails Inc Victoria Beckham in Judo Red  7. Maybelline Master Contour  8. Trish McEvoy Eye Brightener Pencil 9. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 

Isabel Marant Jeanne Metallic Skirt/Sophia Webster Flamingo Frill Sandals/Simone Rocha x J Brand Denim Dress/Warehouse Bardot Ruffle Dress/MSGM Off Shoulder Striped Top/Zimmerman Silk Frill Collar Blouse

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

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I popped into the Charlotte Tilbury boutique in February when I was in London for the collections. I couldn’t wait any longer for the new foundation to launch in Canada (which it has now) I needed to see what it was all about. The sales associate quickly narrowed down the colour selection for me. The range is pretty diverse, which is what I had expected from Tilbury’s line. There are fifteen shades in total including half shade colour variations. I’m always in between colours and I don’t mind mixing to customize, so I went with 9.5 which is slightly darker than my face. What I am most concerned about with foundation is the undertone. Both 9 and 9.5 have a golden undertone which is exactly what I need! The undertone range varies depending on the shade from neutral, beige, pink, peach, warm amber, and bronze it covers a wide variety of skin tones.

The coverage is definitely full but I have been sheering it out where I need less with a Beauty Blender. The formula claims to minimize pores, cover acne scars and under eye circles, brighten dull skin and its weightless. It’s all true! My skin looks totally even without looking like I have loads of makeup on, and it stays looking that way all day. The three magic ingredients that facilitate these great results are Laricyl, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, and Supercharged Vitamin C. Laricyl is a concentrated mushroom extract that tightens pores, Hyaluronic Spheres plump and smooth the skin, and Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that revives skin for a glowing, lit-from-within complexion.

 

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Cara Delevingne for Saint Laurent

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Hedi Slimane’s final campaign for the house of Saint Laurent is perfection. Hedi has captured the return of Cara Delevingne, who looks like the epitome of the past and present of the Saint Laurent brand. So it’s au revoir to Hedi and bonjour to Anthony Vaccarello.

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