Desire & Despair

July 3rd, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones deliver a steamy and otherworldly story for Contributor Magazine that pushes visual boundaries with an appealing mix of raw sensuality and edgy imagery. Alex Box transforms Samantha Gradoville into a sylphlike vixen as she wears a variety of headpieces from Ali Pirzadeh; the end result is a truly beautiful story that stays with you.







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Candy Darling

November 7th, 2011 |Posted by Betty

The always daring Candy Magazine‘s new issue has Chloe Sevigny posing as Terry Richardson and Mariano Vivanco shooting a gaggle of very masculine male faces in full bunny regalia and some pretty serious makeup by the always amazing Alex Box. The focus on the male body is stronger than ever and the fascination with Andrej Pejic shows that new boundaries for male beauty are constantly being reset. Candy’s celebration of transvestism, transsexuality, cross dressing and androgyny seems more relevant than ever. (For more Candy, go to their website).

(Not in order) Andrey Zakharov, Matt Trethe, Sam Lawson, Stefan Pollmann, Thom Morrell by Mariano Vivanco, styled by Luke Day, set design by Gary Card.

Chloe as Terry by Terry Richardson

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mdc ♥’s : beauty to go!

September 26th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Gemma Ward and Lily Donaldson always travel in style | Photo by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, May 2008

With fashion month in full swing it feels like everyone is headed somewhere. Even if you weren’t jetting off to Milan to catch last week’s Prada show, it is still good to know what beauty essentials you ought to be toting with you – you never know when those to die for invites are going to come in the mail. As such here are a few of our beauty favorites for you international jet setters.

Clarisonic MIA – Don’t leave home without it, the best skincare brush in a pocket size that makes it perfect for trips. With only one speed (the original Clarisonic has three) it is even easier to use and works just as well when it comes to exfoliating and cleansing.

Malin & Goetz Detox Face Mask – Planning on spending late nights out at those fashion week parties? Who can resist the temptation. Think of Malin & Goetz’s mask as a detox plan for your face, the lightweight foam is packed with complex amino acids and natural almond extract to soothe the skin and provide gentle cleansing.

Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Eyeshadow Palettes – Every single eyeshadow you will need in a perfectly portable case. With this you can create everything from an “I just rolled out of bed looking this fabulous” neutral look to the coveted perfect smoky eye. Bobbi offers two different palettes depending on your skintone, but we found both worked fabulously. Keep in mind that this is a limited edition item, so be sure to get yours before they run out!

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation – If it is good enough for the girls of Chanel couture, it is good enough for us. 10 hours worth of coverage in one tiny bottle.

Illamasqua Volume Mascara Alex Box‘s Illamasqua line is filled with unique products and one of our favorites is her volumizing mascara. One coat and you look completely done.

NUDE Skincare Hydrating Water – The instant solution to the horrific dryness you’ll find in most airplane cabins. One spritz and you’re good.

Estee Lauder Cooling Eye Illuminator – A handy little gem that we go back to again and again, because it just works. If you haven’t gotten eight hours of sleep, or just suffer from puffy eyes this solves the problem in an instant.

iPad 2 – Granted, the iPad is not necessarily a beauty must have, but there is no better way to bring all your magazines, books, movies and other sources of fashion inspiration with you on the road. Want to read the latest Vogue Italia on the plane? It is right there with a click of a button.

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July 7th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Ruth Hogben.
Katie Shillingford.
Kinga Rajzak.
A pure color explosion for Dazed & Confused that elevates the season’s brightest wares to new heights. Transformative makeup and face masks by the multi-talented Alex Box and cotton candy hair from Martin Cullen, combine with Shillingford’s outlandish styling to make for a true fashion experience. Perfect tribute to this issue’s guest editor, the always inventive Bjork!

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mdc ♥s : spring beauty

April 14th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

J.Crew’s presentation may have been for fall, but the beauty look on Vanessa Cruz was the perfect glowing Spring makeup. | Ph. Betty Sze for MDC

With the season’s focus on renewal and rejuvenation, Spring is the perfect time for a beauty overhaul. The S/S runways were filled with fresh faced looks, from pastel eyes and nude lips at Preen to, cherry red lips at Viktor and Rolf and on the pulse makeup companies have created a slew of new products to bring those looks the masses. We’ve narrowed down our tried and tested favorites to create a list of easy to use products that we love.


Guerlain Rouge G

If you’re going to invest in a lipstick, why not treat yourself to the best? Guerlain’s sleekly designed compact features a mirror that pops up for easy lipstick application on the go. Chic packaging aside, the creamy texture and lightweight feel of this lipstick make it perfect for creating that “your lips but better” look that is so popular right now.

MAC Mineralize Blush

MAC’s entire Quite Cute collection is filled with the kind of ubergirly colors that instantly catch your eye, but if we have to play favorites we’re loving shimmery blushes. The frosty texture and sheer formulation add just the right amount of glow to any look without getting into glitterball territory. For added fun take the Quite Cute concept to the next level by playing the anime inspired pinball game MAC just added to their Facebook.

Becca Beach Tint

Flushed cheeks are a seasonal signature, everyone wants that gorgeous look but few products really give it to you. Becca’s tints provide just the right hint of color and the creamy consistency makes them easy to apply and blend to create that gorgeous lit from within look – we love that the lines richly pigmented shades work for a wide variety of skintones.

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé

Bright colors, high shine, fabulous texture and they smell like candy; what more could you possibly ask for in a lipgloss! Try out the bright orange, Heat Wave for a glossy take on the neon lips trend.

Clarins Neo Pastels Palette

Clarins’ palette is perfect for creating a variety of looks; with a mix of colors ranging from natural taupes to trend conscious pinks and purples, it really offers the best of both worlds. The sheer shades are easy to apply with good staying power (we went from morning to night without having to reapply) and the sleek gold packaging fits into even the smallest Proenza clutch.

Estee Lauder Shadow Stick Duos

Nothing beats a product that makes your life simpler, the dual ended shadow sticks provide allow you to create everything from a smoky eye to a bold wash of color all over the lid in under a minute. Perfect for girls on the go and anyone who appreciates ease; be sure to grab these quickly as they are a limited edition!

Illamasqua Nail Varnish

Alex Box is one of our favorite makeup artists and her Illamasqua line takes her brand of colorful and bold art and translates it into something anyone can use. Their vibrant nail polish shades don’t chip and look striking on fingers and toes – colors like the electric lime, Radium are great for a little touch of daring.

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Couture Candy

March 17th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Katie Shillingford takes couture to another level in Dazed & Confused with a beautiful story shot by Roe Ethridge; starring Juju Ivanyuk and Zuzanna Bijoch. Pieces by Gaultier and Chanel look fresh thanks to Shillingford’s styling and Alex Box‘s unique makeup.

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mdc ♥ : the bold & the beautiful

January 21st, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

This week’s roundup of products we love!


The Balenciaga Spanish Master exhibition is still going strong at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute and if you’re lucky enough to be in New York sometime before February 19th you should definitely check it out. Balenciaga fans outside NYC can still pre-order a copy of Balenciaga & Spain, a book that examines the relationship between Balenciaga’s groundbreaking designs and his cultural identity.

“Exploring the profound and enduring influence of Balenciaga’s native country on his work, this book considers the influences of Spain’s greatest artists, from Zurbarán, Velázquez, and Goya to Picasso and Miró. It also investigates the impact of Spain’s religious dress and ceremony, its royal history, its rich regional costume, its dance traditions, and the power and splendor of the bullfight on the protean Balenciaga’s designs.”

Available at Rizzoli


Earlier in the week we showcased Alex Box‘s skill for transforming models with makeup and naturally that got us interested in the products she uses. Box’s Illamasqua line is just as good as you’d expect, with richly pigmented hues in hard to find colors dominating the selection. Standout products include the shimmering pure pigments and guaranteed to stay put cake liners and for anyone looking for the perfect glamorous red lip check out their creamy shade, Box.

Available at and Sephora


Streamlined and small bags have replaced oversized satchels as the must have accessories and we’re digging YSL’s version of the trend. The timeless box shape is sure to be in style for seasons to come and since it comes in a variety of leathers and colors, there really is something for every girl. In fact, someone in the office may have picked up one of these lovelies in a gorgeous purple shade – try and guess who the lucky lady was!

Available at YSL boutiques & Nordstrom

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Color Craft

January 3rd, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Kacper Kasprzyk shoots the season’s richly colored ensembles for a shockingly pretty story in Dazed & Confused. The brightly hued separates chosen by Katie Shillingford, look perfect on Theres Alexandersson. Labels like Christopher Kane and Viktor and Rolf are cutting edge, but here they seem classic and even romantic. The technicolor theme is continued in the makeup by Alex Box; blue lipstick and neon blush certainly make a statement.

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