News From The Beautiverse – Pre-Fall and Couture Edition

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Gucci Pre-Fall 2015.

 

What Exactly Does Pre-Fall Mean?

The pre-fall shows have just ended and the haute couture shows are winding down. They are the appetizers before we sit down for fashion week. I don’t know why they call it fashion week when globally, it lasts for two and a half months. While I’m owning my confusion, when did pre-fall become so popular? I remember when there was no pre-fall which wasn’t that long ago. It seems that the frequency of pre-fall collections has increased dramatically in the last few years, a new reality brought on by the necessities of many entities. Pre-Fall collections are the most wearable of the runway shows and, therefore, earn the most money. Also, If you noticed, many of the fashions worn at recent award shows were pre-fall fresh off the runway. If the term “pre-fall” sneaked up on you like it did me, perhaps this article can clear things up.

 

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JPG opening look for his wedding themed Couture 2015 show

 Gaultier’s Couture Was Bridezilla Heavy And Full Of Surprises

John Paul Gaultier never ceases to amaze me. His wedding themed Haute Couture show was titled, “61 Façons de Se Dire Oui, or 61 Ways to Say Yes.” His runway show opened with a model stomping the runway with the ‘leaning tower of curlers’on her head as if she wasn’t quite ready for the show. Upon further inspection, she might be the wedding cake because she had a cake topper on top of the curlers. Many of his looks had split personalities and he highlighted several of his all time favorite models mid through. The show closed with supermodel Naomi Campbell looking toned and crafty as the bridal bouquet. Last year he closed the show with burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, who was a lovely butterfly.

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Naomi Campbell closing the JPG Haute Couture show as a wedding bouquet.

 

Be Careful Not To Spill

Yet another French designer with a marvelous imagination. The encrusted masks worn at the On Aura Tout Vu show needs no explanation because seeing is believing. I just keep thinking that it would be a great accessory on those days that you just don’t want to shave your face.

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Bedazzled mask on model walking the On Aura Tout Vu show during Paris Haute Couture 2015.

 

Pleats and Thank You

Out of all the collections shown at Haute Couture Spring, I was most impressed Christian Dior, perhaps it’s because of the sleek hardware knotted hair:

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Now, that’s a ponytail.

 

Maybe it was the endless amount of pleats:

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Runway look from the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015 show.

Or maybe it was this video that documents the 200-hour process it took to make the dress above:

 

What was your favorite moment from the Paris Haute Couture Spring 2015 shows?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Burn Spoofs Vogue’s 73 Questions With Victoria Beckham

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Last week I wrote a couple of posts about Victoria Beckham (I guess last week was unintentionally all about Victoria Beckham) and one of the mentions was in my weekly newsletter “News From The Beautiverse” about her stint on Vogue’s 73 Questions series. British comedian, actor, and writer Holly Burn decided to spoof it (somebody had to) and it is absolutely hilarious. See for yourself.

 

73 Questions with Victoria Beckham Vogue – Spoof:

 

Victoria had no problem with this is as she posted it on her twitter account. She obviously has a sense of humor and I am sure she is smiling on the inside. Here is the original version.

 

73 Questions with Victoria Beckham:

 

Tell me what you think about both versions in the comment section and see what else Mrs. David Beckham is up to.

The Best Makeup To Cover Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that darkens the skin and results in uneven skin tone and can be very difficult to cover. I am personally affected by this condition, and it makes life difficult. The condition is caused by many factors; disease, sun exposure, medications, and hormonal changes are just a few of the stimulants that can spark an outbreak. Finding the best makeup to cover hyperpigmentation well can be expensive, especially if there is a large area to cover, such as the legs. In addition to finding a product that covers well, a product that doesn’t transfer onto clothing great.  Few things are as embarrassing as thinking you are super cute at an event, only to go to the bathroom and find that your brown foundation has feathered onto your sheer turquoise ruffled blouse and not one of your “friends” bothered to tell you. Transferring makeup also limits clothing options and can ruin clothing because it doesn’t always come off in the wash or at the dry cleaners.

Make Up For Ever Concealer

The Make Up For Ever line is sold exclusively through Sephora. The Full Cover Concealer is designed to cover tattoos, scars, burns, and other skin maladies flawlessly and is available in 12 shades. It is full coverage, oil-free, and the light texture has a matte finish that stays put. There is an entire cosmetic line that works in conjunction with the concealer, including the Precision Highlighter & Concealer Brush which has high quality 100 percent fiber bristles. This multi-purpose makeup tool is a godsend for precise concealer application.

Dermablend Cover Creme and Intense Powder Camo

Dermablend has been around for over 30 years and is well respected by makeup artists and the medical community, and as a lupus survivor with massive discoloration, it was the first product I found that disguised my hyperpigmentation and allowed me to wear what I wanted without being self-conscience about it coming off on my clothing.

Originally, the foundation was very hard to work with because it had a clayish consistency and the colors were limited, but it worked, did not transfer, and is waterproof. But after the reformulation, the Dermablend Cover Creme texture is creamy and much easier to work with, plus there are more shades to choose from. One of the newest additions to the Dermablend line is the Intense Power Camo, a highly pigmented concealer that covers and camouflages irregularities. Also, you can determine the finish and coverage levels with various application methods and they provide before and after photos and application tips.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 and Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

MAC cosmetics are fantastic for covering skin imperfections because there are so many shades and formulas that cater to different coverage needs that finding the right one for you is never an issue. The Studio Fix collection hides discoloration without making you look like you have piles of makeup on, plus all MAC cosmetics have a lot of pigments so a little goes a long way. Their sales representatives are also makeup artists, and they know a great deal about tones and undertones, something most people know very little about and they are happy to educate you. I use a combination; Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 and the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation and together they cover my hyperpigmentation beautifully without looking obvious. While it can transfer to clothing and is not waterproof, the Studio Fix powder provides some staying power and again, MAC has the most comprehensive color collection, guaranteeing a perfect color match.

Black Opal Total Coverage Foundation

One that I am dying to try next is Black Opal Total Coverage Foundation. The 2-in-1 formula is part foundation, part concealer and provides a smooth coverage that camouflages and evens out skin tone in one step. It also has skin-protecting minerals that protect against environmental stress inducers.

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Sephora Reveals The Next Big Skin Care Breakthrough: Beauty Oil

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As a person with oily skin, the idea of putting oil on my face was ridiculous because logically, wouldn’t more oil cause oiliness and breakouts? Apparently not, according to the beauty experts at Sephora, the only way to fight oil is with oil. With today’s beauty oils, you can cleanse, fight aging and hydrate your skin while delivering vital vitamins and nutrients to you skin. In the end, your skin will glow with appreciation.

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Watch the video to see how choosing the right beauty oil can benefit your skin. You will be amazed at how see just how many beauty myths are busted.

 

Whoops! But Check Out These Tutorials Since You’re Here.

Another Whoops! So sorry. Obviously I am working on a post but my fingers are faster than the computer. Stay tuned for a fantastic post on my favorite subject; Nail Art with my nail art failures as the subject. Until then, please enjoy a couple of tutorials, the first is about nail maintenance that will promote longer, lovelier nails, and the other is about how to master water marbling courtesy of my new favorite nail artist, ProfessionalDQ. The DQ is for Drama Queen and subscribing to her YouTube channel is a brilliant idea.

I am fascinated with Water Marbling, but not nearly as much as ProfessionalDQ’s is fascinated with unicorns and rainbows, she mentions and creates them often in her tutorials. Check her out, because she is entertaining, funny, self-deprecating, quirky, and talented. Personally, I think she should have looked into modeling; she is 6 ft. tall and gorgeous.