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mdc ♥s : 2011 Best of Beauty

January 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle


In one of the year’s most memorable beauty images Frida Gustavsson gets her lips painted gold | shot by Patrick Demarchelier for W Magazine

We primped and polished are way through dozens of products in 2011, but these were the ones we went back and reached for again and again – the absolute BEST Beauty Products we tried all year. Find out why we loved them and start 2012 off right by telling us what you loved.

REVLON COLOR BURST LIP BUTTERS
Why it made our list – With a creamy lip balm texture and 20 electric colors, the Lip Butters are an affordable luxury – as good as any high end product we tested. We would reach for any lipbalm that contained mango, shea and coconut butters, so it is wonderful to find those moisturizing ingredients in something with color payoff. Bright shades like Lollipop and Raspberry Pie are our personal favorites, but every shade is a winner and at eight bucks a pop you won’t break the bank trying them.

CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA
Why it made our list – Foundation for foundation-phobes. We admit to being inconsolable when Chanel discontinued our previous holy grail Teint Innocence, but this more than makes up for it. The lighter than air texture and sheer quality of this foundation make it look like your skin but better, it is pretty safe to say that Peter Philips is on a roll.

GUERLAIN TERRACOTTA FOUR SEASONS
Why it made our list – Guerlain’s bronzers have always been popular, but the four seasons is the MVP of their lineup. There wasn’t a backstage during Paris Fashion Week where we didn’t spot this popular matte bronzer in the kits of our favorite makeup artists. A must have for sculpting cheekbones, adding a touch of face brightening color and of course providing that enviable “natural” glow we saw on so many of the S/S catwalks.

BURBERRY FRESH GLOW
Why it made our list – Everyone is searching for a product that creates the lit from within look and Burberry’s unique highlighter delivers. Developed by Christopher Bailey with Wendy Rowe serving as Artistic Consultant for the line, Fresh Glow works for all skintones. Whether you mix it with your foundation or use it on its own, it gives you that gorgeous shine that seems completely natural.

KOH GEN DO CLEANSING SPA WATER
Why it made our list – We’ve raved about it before, but this Japanese line is quickly becoming one of our favorites – one swipe of this refreshing makeup remover and every speck of powder, mascara, lipstick, etc. is gone. Simply the best.

SKYN ICELAND ANGELICA LINE SMOOTHER
Why it made our list – Crows feet, laugh lines, those distressing little signs of age all smoothed out and hidden without having to deal with the sting of a doctor’s needle or any invasive treatments. For all those times you want to look your absolute best the Angelica line smoother instantly enhances the skin and fills in any little nagging imperfections.

CLARINS FACE TREATMENT OILS
Why it made our list – It just plain works. Apply in the evening before bed and wake up to refreshed, hydrated skin that looks smoother, clearer and infinitely less stressed than it did the night before: added bonus the calming aromatherapy scent.

NUDE ADVANCED CELLULAR RENEWAL MOISTURIZER
Why it made our list – If you couldn’t tell from some our previous recommendations, our skin was stressed this year and NUDE’s cellular renewal regimen was one of the things that helped to calm it down. Soothing white jasmine, shea and a whole host of nourishing goodies to keep things hydrated and looking good.

CHANTECAILLE POUDRE PERLE 
Why it made our list – This ultra portable, refillable wonder has made our beauty routines easier – especially on the go. Ever have five minutes to get yourself ready on a moving train filled with commuters? This will do the trick. Part highlighting powder, part blush this guarantees you’ll look fresh as a daisy.

MAKEUP FOREVER HD POWDER
Why it made our list – Accept no substitutes. When the camera reveals each and every pore (not to mention every single flaw imaginable), this is what beauty experts dust on to conceal those tell tale pores and hide shine. We’ve spotted this on shoots, backstage during NYFW and even in the makeup trailer on the set of a movie – even if you aren’t gearing up to be in onscreen this is a must have.

MORROCCANOIL RESTORATIVE HAIR MASK
Why it made our list – Saving our dry, distressed and mistreated hair one strand at a time with gentle TLC that conditions and comforts.

ESTEE LAUDER SUMPTUOUS EXTREME MASCARA
Why it made our list – Instant badaboom lashes that don’t leave us looking like a raccoon two hours later. One of the many Estee goodies we’ve spotted Tom Pecheux using backstage and absolutely had to try out for ourselves.

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Green Goddess

April 18th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Richard Burbridge.
Tatiana Cotliar.
Robbie Spencer.
An editorial that shocks us out of our jaded fashion malaise with some truly incredible imagery. Merging the latest designs from Prada and Lanvin with over the top gems from Dior and Alexis Bittar, all hidden within a mass of natural wonders; leaves, branches, flowers, foilage combined to create art for the New York Times Magazine. Lynn Yeager‘s accompanying article is an engaging read as well – be sure to check it out.

Hair: Martin Cullen | Makeup: Peter Philips | Set Design: Gary Card | Manicure: Michina Koide

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Puffed Paint

April 12th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Vogue Italia pushes the beauty story to its ultra-girly limit with a story by Richard Burbridge featuring Magdalena Frackowiak. Mixing bright makeup by Peter Philips and layers of tulle, the team creates a unique look that is whimsical and lovely.

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Sweet 15

January 31st, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Doingbird issue #15 hits newsstands with a bang! The striking cover features Britt Maren looking great in a shot by Collier Schorr and kaleidoscopic makeup by Peter Philips. The bright colors and Britt’s energetic poses, get us excited for what is sure to be a fun filled issue.

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Bits & Bytes: Russian Revelation

June 24th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

Get ready for the Russians. Oleg Antosik stars solo in Dior Homme by Karl Lagerfeld in an austere campaign for F/W 10. Oleg, found by Alexey from Black Management, is soon appearing with Lara Stone in cK Jeans. Quite an auspicious beginning for the young man.

Fashion

If you STILL haven’t heard yet, Givenchy says goodbye to the runway for couture. Sniff.

Made in Brazil has a humorous post on some of Milan’s most popular trends.

If you’re like most of us and don’t have a Birkin yet, Fashion Week Daily has a hilarious way to get “one”.


Photography news:

On the heels of the news that Abercrombie & Fitch is restarting its infamous and quite legendary publication, WWD asks “Does Sex Sell”?.

This may be one of my favorite recent editorials. Dazed & Confused, Richard Burbridge and a very twisted, beautiful concept of the war hero. Amazing makeup by Chanel’s Peter Philips.

For you up and coming photographers, here’s an explanation of the whole “buyout” process.


Modeling news:

The British beauty Stephanie Rad is interviewed by Ponyryder.

If you haven’t read Giorgio Armani‘s thought on model Tom Nicon‘s death, read about it now. Also, Tom Nicon has a Facebook page, RIP Tom Nicon, we will not forget you, if you want to join it.

Brooklyn Decker is such a sweetheart, that when we heard she got voted by Esquire’s readers , the sexiest woman alive, we were super happy. If you missed it the first time, catch our exclusive video interview with the lovely lady from the beginning of the year.

The charms of a largely ornamental male with lots of leisure time.” Otherwise known as a gigolo: the NY Times reflects on the trends in fashion and models.

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Coco On a Whim

August 18th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Coco Rocha solidifies her position as one of the most vital models working today with her Only Girl edit in Vogue‘s all important September issue.

Ph: Craig McDean for American Vogue September 2008. Editor Tabitha Simmons, hair Eugene Soueleiman, makeup Peter Philips. Pics courtesy of Elite New York

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Jil Sander beauties

July 14th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Natasha Poly and Lara Stone are serene and contemplative in the Jil Sander F/W 08 campaign by Willy Vanderperre. The stark rooftop only serves to highlight the beautiful lines of the collection. Stylist Oliver Rizzo, hair: Didier Malige, makeup: Peter Philips

Lara Stone. Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander, FW08. pics from tFS, scanned by cul8tr

Lara Stone. Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander, FW08

Natasha Poly. Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander, FW08

Natasha Poly. Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander, FW08

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