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Now–normally I’m one to shy away from natural makeup, but this brand has got me seriously converted. Continue reading JANE IREDALE // PUREPRESSED POWDER & SMOOTH AFFAIR PRIMER


It was while perusing one of my favourite websites of all time, The Selby, that I stumbled upon Hannah Metz in her home and studio. If you don’t already know, I love all things 60’s–the fringe, the eyeliner, Jane, Françoise…I could go on and on. Continue reading INTERVIEW // HANNAH METZ, DESIGNER


“As a beauty expert on Citytv’s Cityline and editor of BEAUTY the guide magazine, I see over 1,000 beauty products a year. The sheer number of new skincare, fragrance and makeup arriving in store each season can be overwhelming. So I spend a lot of time really studying the formulas and the most flattering shades. Fragrance is particularly tricky as perfume will smell different on two people due to skin chemistry. Here are some of my favourites.

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Great skin starts with cleansing and nothing is better than philosophy purity. The creamy formula has this fresh lemon scent and thoroughly cleans skin without stripping the moisture barrier. I even use the gel formula in summer to remove sunscreen, especially the sport versions that adhere to skin.
When it comes to makeup innovation, I’m always impressed with Dior. The French luxury brand continues to offer some really leading-edge products. I think the Airflash CC Primer is one of the best hidden secrets on the beauty floor. A quick spray and your skin is instantly perfected. I also like Dior Addict LipGlow. It creates the perfect shade for your skin tone intuitively.
MAC continues to do the majority of runway shows in Milan, Paris and New York and the Pro Artists remain tops in their field. The shadows and lipstick may get the most attention, but there is one miracle product that is worth a try: MACFix+. Spray your face after the end of a long day, and this fine mist brings your makeup back to life. It’s really great.
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No sun tan is safe so the best way to get that healthy glow is through GuerlainTerracotta. Bernard Arnault is putting big focus on this luxury brand in 2014 so expect to see its profile rise quickly.

YSLRouge Volupte lipstick has the most beautiful packaging. The product itself is good, but I just love the design of the bullet. It’s like a little work of art.
When it comes to fragrance, I’m so impressed with The 7 Virtues. This Canadian niche brand created by Barb Stegemann is supporting farmers in war-torn countries by buying flower and vetiver harvests. Vetiver of Haiti is particularly nice and the quality stands up to all the niche perfumery brands in the UK.”


We asked Victoria about her favourite beauty products:
“I’ve always been more of a skin care than makeup girl, for me healthy natural-looking skin is the key to beauty, and can’t replace any kind of foundation. To cleanse my face I use organic products, in the morning and afternoon I use Nubian Heritage Black Soap, which also serves as a makeup remover. Every day I apply a face mask called Tensoderm which I buy at a local pharmacy, or the Creamy Mask with Tropical Resins by Sisley which I love. A secret product (which is about to become not-so-secret) is Argan Oil, which I apply a tiny bit on a tissue and dab around my face before bed – it makes me feel incredible when I wake up, since it gives me a luminous and fresh complexion, hydrated just right. To moisturize I have tried about ninety different creams, but the product that works for me is Physiogel which you can buy in pharmacies too. Aside from that, I don’t use anything else. Though in summer, I put a bottle of rose water in my fridge and spray my face with it very often, it’s so refreshing.
Regarding makeup, I really don’t use much of it, aside from the days when I get breakouts. I use the Clinique CC Cream to cover any imperfections, and the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat under my eyes to look (and feel) refreshed. I never ever use eyeshadow since I don’t suit it at all, but I do love the Lancôme Définicils Mascara, which really makes a difference as it visually opens my eyes. For my cheeks, for some reason I love MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Dainty, it gives a beautiful subtle glow. The one thing I love experimenting with is lipstick, and right now I love Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguée as it’s two tones darker than my normal lip colour and gives me that natural look I always go for.”

 –Victoria Berezhna, author of the blog, Bougeotte, and fashion contributor for This Is Glamorous


Céline Kaplan is the founderof Céline Kaplan Public Relations (CKPR). She began her career in PR at Chanel-owned swimwear and lingerie brand, Eres. Now, her firm represents the best in luxury fashion, lifestyle and beauty with clients that includeThe Webster Miami (the most curated Fashion destination in the US), Eres, Ladurée (the ultimate of macarons), candlemaker Cire Trudon, perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and most recently, home decor brand Monc XIII rounding out her enviable client list.

We asked Céline about what keeps her looking French-girl chic:

Makeup: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, Bourjois Lune d’Or, MAC mascara.

Nails: Japanese nail art at Marie Nails, New York.

Skincare: Boots Rose Water Spray, Clarins Eye Cream, Chanel Clay Mask, MAC Makeup Remover, Chanel Gel Cleanser, Clarins Sunscreen, hydrating cream Biafine After Sun, Clarins Body Oil.

Hair: For volume, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Klorane Summer Camomile Shampoo.

Fragrance: Perfume Lumière Noire by Francis Kurkdijan, at home candle Balmoral by Cire Trudon,  in my room the Paeva candle by Ladurée, Gardenia Oil.


I love Jennifer Lawrence–she’s just so blunt and super talented. I was pretty psyched when I saw via Instagram that she had cut her hair to a shoulder-grazing length, very similar to my haircut (pft). And when I saw her beautiful shots for the September issue of Vogue this year, I was totally taken aback by the retro look she was channeling. I love it. So, naturally, I wanted to figure out how to do it (no dogs and flowers included, unfortunately).
Face: Jen (we’re on a first-name basis now) sports a very nude, healthy looking, matte complexion in the spread. If you’re feeling extra special, slather on a pore-filling primer pre-foundation (though not recommended for daily use, it made me break out). Now, your foundation will glide on like butta, so do your whole face and blend well. Jennifer’s face doesn’t look too made up, but she does look luminous. Apply a light-reflecting concealer pen under your eyes to wake you up and on the tops on the cheekbones. Using a medium to full coverage concealer, dab on only where you absolutely need– blemishes, spots, veins, etc. Now I’d give a one over of your face, be it with your fingers or a soft buffing brush, just to make sure everything is blended well. Finish with a translucent powder, applying only to the T-zone to avoid and overly powdered face.
Brows: I wouldn’t touch your brows if you don’t have to. Maybe just a brush through with a spoolie, and fill in any spaces.
Eyes: These are what drew me to her look. She has quite a bit of makeup on her eyes, but it’s not the first thing you notice. I love it. Start by applying a taupe-y cream shadow all over the lid, to create a solid base tone. Now, using a dark brown, semi-matte shadow, make a V-shape (ie. this), pulling it out at the outer corners and blending into the natural crease. Line both the upper and lower lash lines (not to be confused with the waterline) with a matte black pencil, not being too precise. Remember, it’s not a graphic look, it’s meant to be soft. Curl your lashes and swipe on some black volumizing mascara, getting both the upper and lower lashes. Now you’ve got some va-va-voom eyes.
From left to right: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Mahogany, Yves Saint Laurent Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain in Reckless Pink.

Cheeks: Katniss is sporting some seriously on-trend bronzer-as-blush cheeks. Get the look with a powder bronzer, however go for a product with pink-y tones as well, it will look more natural.
Lips: Lawrence sports a nude pout throughout the spread. Hourglass just came out with a great line of only nude lipstick crayons, so it’s a breeze finding your ideal shade. Smack on some of that along with a pinky-nude gloss and you’re out the door.

Using your hands, comb through your freshly washed, wet hair with both a thickening mousse and a nourishing oil. Blow out with a big round brush (2′ is probably preferable), making loose waves. If you’ve got the knack for it, curl the pieces so that they come towards your face, if you know what I mean. Once dried, comb through with your hands and voila.

Anna Raponi