Friday, September 19, 2014

Art x Coffee x LA: Starbucks Pop-Up with Alia Penner

By Laura Medina


Last Tuesday, in Hollywood & Highland's courtyard, Starbucks hosted a pop-up Arts & Crafts station for the general public, celebrating their latest line, Iced Starbucks Coffee.  They sampled new Starbucks® Iced Coffee, brewed to personalize beverages, inspired by Starbucks® handcrafted iced coffee and the perfect way for customers to enjoy the Starbucks Experience at home.  Folks designed their own unique cold cups, hang out with Alia herself and customize a cup of the new beverages with a full coffee bar onsite, whether its adding a splash of milk, half and half, soy milk, almond milk, or nothing at all.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wanna Escape from Dodge? Hide out at The Oaks at Ojai.

By Laura Medina

http://www.oaksspa.com/
122 E. Ojai Avenue Ojai, CA, USA 93023  

Do the shallow, superficial, stupid people of Hollywood poisoning the common sense out of  your life?

Is the materialistic, business-mentality of Manhattan is pushing you to the breaking point?

The Oaks at Ojai is here to the rescue, re-calibrating your scales, balancing your perspective.


Located in the heart of downtown Ojai, one of the noticed spiritual "vortexes" (other than Taos, New Mexico), The Oaks has in been business of "detoxifying" and helping people gradually losing weight while re-gaining their center since 1977.


Unlike Hollywood, which wouldn't admit its age until it's too late, Ojai is proud of it's historical roots.  It's Western/cowboy and cowgirl roots.  It's welcoming artist community, and It's Mediterranean soil and climate which produces artisan wines and accompanying gourmet cuisine, marking it as the Southern tip of "Wine Country."

The Oaks' owner, Sheila Cluff, a former professional ice skater and her husband, took over the historical 1899 ranch hotel, in the heart of Ojai in 1977, then transformed it into a pioneering health and wellness retreat, one of the first retreats to blend fitness with spa treatments and also one of the first advocates of "Spa Cuisine."  The yummy but light cuisine that promotes healthy, sustainable meals and ingredients, that went from mere weight loss to a lifestyle to a permanent fixture in the frozen supermarket aisle.


Of course, after a long, dusty drive or a long plane trip, you want to check into your room.

What a room!  First, you're led to a gate through the pool then you walk into your own sanctuary, a front patio and a porch.  The first patio are two deck chairs then you walk up to the front door and a front porch of a table and a couple of chair and mini bubbling fountain greets you.  The front patio and the front porch is hidden enough to shut off the external noise from downtown Ojai and the poolside guests yet welcoming enough to invite some really close friends or your "spa clique" for a close get-together for your own intimate "porch party."


As soon as you unlock the door, you walked into a cozy but spacious living room with a kitchenette, closet, couch, a chair, hidden tv, a fireplace, and working nook tucked into the corner.


The cottage/bungalow-like "Double Courtyard Suites," on the grounds of The Oaks are like Dr. Who's Tardis, they appear small on the outside but they're pleasantly startling large and roomy inside.  Don't let looks fool you, this scribe was happily fooled.

This girly-woman scribe was reassured there's vanity table with a magnifying makeup mirror and built-in blow-dryer tucked into one corner for grooming and a separated "business" table tucked into the opposite corner where you jot your thoughts in a journal or take the slow time to actually hand-write a postcard or a note to friends and family...if you want to.


The Oaks at Ojai are really big on "Mother & Daughter" Me time, offering several specials through-out the year.  This is why the bedroom has two queen-sized beds and...


two closets.

They also have console tv with a safe. For a lone scribe on a tranquil day, this layout is very deluxe yet cozy.


Inside the two bathroom sink bathroom, everything was neatly laid out for a couple, any type of couple.

The shower is separated from the jacuzzi-bathtub and the toilet is in the water closet, making the bathroom functional for a couple or luxurious for a loner who wants to escape from other people's "noise."

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The three square "Spa Cuisine" meals (they're already pre-planed for you) and in-between snacks and yummy teas are already included in your healthy get-away stay, as well as the 15 different fitness and activity classes, the Health Center Technician, and the use of Resort Facilities: Swimming Pool, Saunas and Hot Tub, Weight Training and Cardiovascular Equipment.  These are the basics to detox and cleanse.

Since this scribe all but had one day and one day to fully enjoy The Oaks at Ojai, this scribe decided to spring for a Skin Authority Fit & Firm Vitad Fortified Lifting Facial, a pedicure spa for weary toes, and Acupressure Massage for Metabolism.  Yep, you heard this scribe right-a massage to increase your metabolism.

After having the toes scrubbed and buffed, this scribe received a sun-kissed "California" glowing complexion without the sun damage, thanks to the Skin Authority Fit & Firm Vitad Fortified Lifting Facial where your face is resurfaced with sugar cane AHA acids to clean out the grout from too much driving and too much pollution.  Once you're slathered in Vitamin D and blue-green algae extract mask, that is the perfect time to nap.  You wouldn't notice the hand and arm massages.  Having the mask peeled off your face is like having a fruit roll-up peeled off your face, a pampering wake-up call to the facial therapist dotting Skin Growth Factors Fit & Firm Eye Lift Treatment and a gently circling Wrinkle Reversing Serum and Moisturizing Lift Cream for a "glow."

For you're gonna to stay an extra day or days, you'll have time to join and burn calories at the numerous 15 fitness activities from the 8am morning pool aerobics to the popular hiking trails.

While driving Route 33 up to Ojai, this scribe was gee-gawking at the horses.  Most people have dogs in the front yard.  In Ojai, they have horses and ponies in the front yard.  That's it!  This scribe was to be a week-end Cowgirl!

If the scribe has her way, she'll spend one more day horse-back riding offered by several trail-riding companies dotted around the Ojai Valley.  The Oaks' front desk can recommend several outfits to pick from.  She'll do this the first day, the day before the pampering.

If you're too busy having fun hiking and riding the trails that you missed out on the scheduled pre-planned meals, there are several vineyards and restaurants that offer "Wine Country" cuisine to fill you up.

Once this scribe is done with her "fantasy trail-riding,"  She can book the facial after getting dirty horse-back riding then do the massages after dinner.  The Oaks offer night-time massages and aromatherapy massages, the last booking at 9pm, right before bedtime. 

To "unknot" the sore muscles, this scribe tried Acupressure for Massage for Metabolism, rising one's metabolism while relaxing, sounds intriguing to this scribe.

Acupressure is like acupuncture without the needles.  Good for "needle babies" like this scribe.  Instead of inserting needles into the pressure points, the massage therapist poke and kneed the press points to aid digestion.  That's how your metabolism is gently and naturally affected.

This is a great to dope out after a long, busy day.

If The Oaks' prescribed 1,000 calories a day square meals leave you hungry for more or if your idea of "contraband," is cookies and milk,  the Westridge Midtown Market is conveniently located across the street.

If anyone asks this scribe what Ojai is all about, the response would be "gourmet Cowboy or Cowgirl."  Sure, the surrounding may be rustic and down-to-earth but the growing climate blessed this region with wine and as the country's top supplier of beef, lamb, cheese, and produce where locals are bred with a gourmet taste.

At Westridge Midtown Market, your "guilty treats" are drinkable fruity, balsamic vinegar aperitif, retro sodas, imported cookies, and healthy chips, good enough for you sneak back into your room.


Since Ojai is noted as one of several spiritual "vortexes" and The Oaks at Ojai is located smack dabbed in the middle of town, you can easily walk across the street, in all three points, to the Ojai Library, the Museum, and Main Street ice parlor and boutiques, bursting with local art work and handcrafted souvenirs, to really get to know a different type of Californian culture, an antidote to "Hollywood."

The Oaks at Ojai are accustomed to Angeleno day-trippers and weekend-Cowboys and Cowgirls, seeking to recharge and to re-balance.

At the Oaks' boutique, "The Nest," you can buy the cookbooks, pretty obvious.  

The less obvious, but way cooler, are the one-of-a-kind sweet fruit balsamic vinegars like Blueberry and Cinnamon-Pear and the equally fruity Orange Olive Oil, great replacements for the usual suspects of caramel sauces and butter (try replacing butter with fruity olive oil for a moist and dense cake) or you can walk away with their recipes, http://www.oaksspa.com/oaks-recipes.

If the guests can incorporate the little lifestyle lessons taught at The Oaks, your retreat stay will adjust your way of thinking.  Whether it's permanent weight-loss as lifestyle or a new hobby or a new dimension in life, The Oaks at Ojai will change your point-of-view on California.  There's more to the state than L.A.



Monday, September 15, 2014

The Big NARS Bonanza: the 20th Anniversary, Charlotte Rampling as the Face of Audacious Lipstick Collection, New York Fashion Week, & Christopher Kane with Hollywood Red Carpet Looks

By Laura Medina



This is the HUGE NARS Issue, not edition, but an issue of "The Arriviste" dedicated to NARS, the iconic brand that first married quality with practicality, the game-breaking  "The Mulitple," the chubby stick lipstick/blush combo or the eyeshadow/lipstick/contour/bronzer stick.  

Since launching The Multiple in 1996, there have been 380 Multiples sold in the US everyday that it is now a woman's makeup must-have on her vanity table, bathroom stink, and purse.  Last year, 2013, 150,000 Multiples were sold in the US.  A Multiple is sold in the US, every 4 minutes.

Francois Nars' Multiple has launched a many copy-cats but his Multiples are the mainstays in the industry.

Considering Nars has always been about the modern woman on the go, the brand is looking forward with collaborating with British designer, Christopher Kane for the upcoming Spring Collection...


The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection will launch worldwide in May 2015 with a full color collection featuring products for eyes, lips and cheeks. Created in conjunction with Christopher Kane, the limited edition collection will be previewed later this afternoon at the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2015 show in London.

“NARS has been a long-standing and valued partner of ours, so this collaboration was an obvious fit,” said Christopher Kane. “NARS has the same unapologetic aesthetic that is signature to the Christopher Kane brand and I’m excited to share what we’ve created together.”

The collection combines NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy with Christopher’s unexpected and innovative design aesthetic. NARS and Christopher Kane have been collaborating on the Christopher Kane runway shows at London Fashion Week since 2012.


Let's cut to the chase, here's Nar's latest looks from this recent New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015.  Looks that you can have now...

Alexander Wang

LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “Strong and energetic – the look is clean with moisturized skin paired with accentuated highlighting and contouring to bring out the strength of the girl’s features.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)
EYES

Creatures of the Wind

LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
LOOK: “Skater boys were the inspiration for this look, it’s raw, a little undone and effortlessly cool.  The models looked great when they showed up for the casting—great skin, lots of freckles and a left over summer-vacation look to them, so we groomed the brows and gave the cheeks a flushed, overheated look.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
Ligueria Lipstick on cheeks (New for Spring 2015; for now try Belle Du Jour Sheer Lipstick)
EYES
Vent Salé Lip Gloss on eyelids (New for Spring 2015; for now try 413 BLKR Illuminator )
BROWS
LIPS
Vent Salé Lip Gloss (New for Spring 2015; for now try 413 BLKR Illuminator)

Marc Jacobs

Bluntly, Nars' bare but fresh-faced look is an ideal "starter" no-makeup but skincare look for budding tweens, who want to wear makeup but need to get into the practice of good skincare first.
LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder & Creative Director
LOOK: "The look for the show features no makeup – we only applied moisturizer. With Marc we always take it to the extreme, we’ve done bold looks in the past, but this season we wanted to make a statement by not applying anything.
This goes back to one of the looks that I’ve always loved – bare skin, nothing on the face, lips or eye, just beautiful skin – I love makeup but I also love seeing women without makeup. To me, it’s a great way to show fashion.  It works so well with the clothes and the hair. Who knows, maybe next season we will go back to a full face of makeup. I love having the flexibility to do this, we are not locked into applying makeup. I like the idea that what you see is what you get.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
Stick Concealer (if needed)
LIPS
Rosebud Salve
Nameen Khan

LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
LOOK: "Naeem’s inspiration this season was actress, Lauren Bacall. We liked the idea of this classic, old Hollywood Naeem girl but a bit more 'undone'. Fresh skin, glossy eyes and a stained lip is where we landed."
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
Soft Velvet Loose Powder (New for Spring 2015; for now try Loose Powder)
CHEEKS
Right side of Fervor Dual Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Taos Blush)
Rag & Bone

LEAD ARTIST: Gucci Westman for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “This look is effortless, aspirational and chic while still feeling luxurious and cool. The face is feminine and fresh with subtle monochromatic tones complimented by a bitten looking mouth.”
 Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
All Day Luminous Powder Foundation (New for Fall 2014; for now try Powder Foundation)
CHEEKS
EYES
BROWS
Matte Eyeshadow (shades Blondie, Bali, Bengali and Coconut Grove depending on hair color)
LIPS
Vent Salé Lip Gloss (New for Spring 2015; for now try 413 BLKR Illuminator)

Rodarte

LEAD ARTIST: James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “The Spring 2015 makeup is inspired by the idea of a beautiful, fresh face - youthful and vibrant.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
St-Paul-De-Vence Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try Orgasm Multiple and the right side of Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow layered with the left side of Isolde Duo Eyeshadow)
EYES
Right side of St-Paul-De-Vence Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try the right side of Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow layered with the left side of Isolde Duo Eyeshadow)
Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush –for darker skin tones— (NEW for Spring 2015; for now try Unlawful and Taos Blush)
Left side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush (NEW for Spring 2015; for now Albatross Blush)
LIPS
Vanessa Audacious Lipstick –for darker skin tones
Tanya Taylor

LEAD ARTIST: Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist
LOOK: “The Tanya Taylor woman is always crisp, fresh and bold. She loves a surprise and appreciates the unexpected. Her make-up mirrors that expression again this season with classically radiant and highlighted skin combined with a shockingly bright orange-red lip."
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
Laguna Illuminator (for darker skin tones)
Siam Matte Multiple (for darker skin tones)
EYES
Skorpios Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (for darker skin tones)
Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Albatross Highlighting Blush)
LIPS

Thakoon

LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “The inspiration for the collection is the artist, Paul Gauguin. Thakoon wanted the girls to appear as if they were coming out of water, so the beauty look is all about the gloss on the eyelid and brushed up into the brow. Less is more.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush –down the nose and on the high points of the face— (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)
CHEEKS
Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)
EYES
Triple X Lip Gloss (on eyelids)
BROWS
LIPS
Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)

Tome

LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
LOOK: “The inspiration for the collection came from two Indian artists –Rukmini Devi, a classical dancer and Dayanita Singh, a contemporary photographer – who represent the richness and diversity of old and new India.  The look fuses traditional elements of the Indian culture and modern makeup. The skin is very matte, with a clean, liquid eyeliner on the top eyelid, no mascara. Some girls will have a pale, chalky-pink lip.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (New for Spring 2015, for now Sheer Matte Foundation)
Soft Velvet Loose Powder (New for Spring 2015, for now try Loose Powder)
EYES
LIPS
Santa Monica Boulevard Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner (layered over lipstick and blended in)
SHOW: Erdem SS ‘15


LEAD ARTIST: Val Garland for NARS Cosmetics


LOOK: “The inspiration comes from Erdem’s vision of this obsessive botanist – a bit demure, a bit Victorian – who spends most of her time in the conservatory where she goes mad and wanders into the jungle. The look is romantic, beautifully organic with a dewy complexion.” 


Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:


FACE



Soft Velvet Loose Powder (New for Spring 2015; for now try Loose Powder)


CHEEKS




EYES

Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow)






LIPS

Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Luxor Multiple)


 
 
Fall 2014 Collection

‘Night Caller’ Fall 2014 Color Collection. In addition to its gorgeous line-up of autumnal products, this dramatic color palette also features the exciting launch of new Night Series Eyeliners.

Eyes shine in amethyst and quartz shadows while intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl provide intriguing depth. Lips smolder in warm reds and cheeks are softened with a wash of glistening pink. The Night Series eyeliners glide on smooth with ultra-saturated color in a single swipe while luminous micro-pearls set in jet black color light up the night.

Charlotte Rampling as the face of Audacious Lipstick Collection

Right now, this September, thirty shades in this collection launched at NARS boutiques and www.narscosmetics.com. The additional ten retailer-exclusive shades will be available at Barneys New York beginning September 1.

NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars launched his namesake brand with a collection of 12 unforgettable lipsticks. Now, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, NARS pays tribute to its beginnings with the launch of The Audacious Lipstick Collection: lipsticks so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is absolutely audacious. The innovative, pigment-rich formula delivers an intense, full-coverage finish in a single stroke, while nutrient rich ingredients are known to smooth, moisturize and volumize. This 40-shade collection features a full range of provocative hues from neutral nudes to striking reds and bold pinks. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure, the specially designed sculpted bullet is embossed with the NARS logo.

Founder and Creative Director François Nars chose renowned actress Charlotte Rampling as the face of the Audacious Lipstick Collection. Celebrated for her work in films like “Farewell, My Lovely,” “Angel Heart,” “Stardust Memories,” and “The Verdict,” Charlotte’s bold choices and independent spirit have produced fascinating characters with indelible impact. For François, Charlotte’s individuality, daring style and natural elegance—on and off camera—captured the very essence of the Audacious Lipstick Collection.

NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars launched his namesake brand with a collection of 12 unforgettable lipsticks. Now, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, NARS pays tribute to its beginnings with the launch of The Audacious Lipstick Collection: lipsticks so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is absolutely audacious. The innovative, pigment-rich formula delivers an intense, full-coverage finish in a single stroke, while nutrient rich ingredients are known to smooth, moisturize and volumize. This 40-shade collection features a full range of provocative hues from neutral nudes to striking reds and bold pinks. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure, the specially designed sculpted bullet is embossed with the NARS logo.

Thirty shades in this collection launch on September 1 at NARS boutiques and www.narscosmetics.com. The additional ten retailer-exclusive shades will become available at Barneys New York beginning September 1.

Founder and Creative Director François Nars chose renowned actress Charlotte Rampling as the face of the Audacious Lipstick Collection. Celebrated for her work in films like “Farewell, My Lovely,” “Angel Heart,” “Stardust Memories,” and “The Verdict,” Charlotte’s bold choices and independent spirit have produced fascinating characters with indelible impact. For François, Charlotte’s individuality, daring style and natural elegance—on and off camera—captured the very essence of the Audacious Lipstick Collection.

The NARS Vault, a finely curated, limited edition set of 10 lipsticks and 10 nail polishes packaged in an exquisite keepsake box with a large mirror etched with a quote from François Nars. The collection features a full range of shades from neutral nudes to striking reds for lips and nails.
 
 
And God Created Woman Eye Palette
http://www.sephora.com/and-god-created-woman-part-2-P387958

As an additional part of Fall 2014 Gifting, NARS debuts a limited-edition palette of six shimmering shadows for captivating, compelling eyes, this sleek set also includes a travel sized Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and travel size Wide Contour Brush #43. Named for “Et Dieu… créa la femme,” the classic 1956 French film that made Brigitte Bardot an overnight sensation, the ‘And God Created The Woman’ six-well palette helps beauty lovers achieve the look of the season with a must-have neutral shade range based on top-selling browns and taupes.

A limited-edition eye kit featuring six neutral eye shadows packed into a limited-edition palette, a Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, and a Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush.

What it does:
Sweep on captivating eye looks with this kit’s six full-bodied, neutral eye shades in a limited-edition palette of shimmering and matte shadows. It features a Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base that keeps cream and powder eye color looking fresh, and the newly designed, Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush that allows for easy application.

This set contains:
- 6 x 0.03 oz Eye shadows in Bellisima, Kalahari, Night Clubbing, Alahambra, Galapagos, Coconut Grove
- 0.09 oz Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base
- Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush

Smokey Eye Palette


ALL EYES ON YOU
The NARSissist’s most-coveted everyday essentials for eyes. Ready to wear—anytime, every place.
  • Eyeshadow: Madrague I, Bali, Mekong
  • Wide Contour Eyeshadow Travel Brush #43
  • Via Veneto Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
413 BLKR Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner takes liner to the next level. Rich, creamy color that glides on smoothly with a completely budgeproof finish. Incomparable 12-hour wear with no smearing and no caking. Deeply dramatic shades named for the most iconic streets in the world.

  • Long-wearing
  • Achieves rich, intense color
  • Twist up delivery and built-in sharpener
 
 Velvet Lip Liner

Lined Ambition.
NARS Velvet Long-wear Lip Liner defines lips with precision pigment-rich color depth that perfectly frames, fills and prevents feathering. Smooth creamy formula glides on comfortably, stays sharp and lasts long in a range of 12 shades.
  • Creamy pigment-rich color
  • Frames, fills and prevents feathering
  • Long-wearing, comfortable wear

All Day Luminous Foundation

Since this scribe is NARS Multiple sucker and collector since it was introduced 18 years ago, this scribe has always been a sucker for the multi-purpose, the healthy, and the beneficial.

This is NARS' answer to the BB and CC creams out on the market, All Day Luminous Powder Foundation. 

Hitting NARS Boutiques and narscosmetics.com, silky and ultrafine to the touch, this medium buildable foundation offers versatile coverage and shine control with broad spectrum SPF 24 that lasts up to 12-hours. NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ optimizes light reflection to enhance skin’s translucency while Luminosity Enhancing Technology – a blend of 17 amino acids, Vitamin C derivative and Marine Fennel – promotes cell renewal and helps reduce the look of hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles.

 Restorative Night Treatment

NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment helps replenish dull, dry skin for a smoother, renewed and revitalized complexion by morning. This innovative formula transforms from a gel to a lightweight oil, seamlessly melting into the skin. Advanced Gel Matrix Technology creates a veil that locks in moisture, recharging skin at rest and helping it awaken to a nourished, softer, more luminous appearance with a 146% boost in hydration.

Mie, Mizubake, & Kudoki Kabuki Brush

NARS Cosmetics expands its exquisite Kabuki Brush Collection with three new brushes for face, cheeks and eyes. Rich in Japanese tradition and culture, the Mie, Mizubake and Kudoki Kabuki brushes are designed to provide precise, flawless makeup application. Inspired by traditional Japanese beauty rituals from Geiko and Kabuki Theater, the NARS Kabuki Brushes meld heritage with modernity, in both concept and function. Finding their place in modern makeup, the unique design of each Kabuki Brush encourages multi-functional use, making each a versatile tool in everyday makeup application.

NARS Party at Barneys NYC.


NEW YORK, NY ­ SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – NARS Cosmetics and Barneys New York celebrated NARS’ 20th Anniversary with an exclusive exhibition and cocktail event for Founder and Creative Director François Nars hosted by Linda Evangelista, Fabien Baron and Simon Doonan on Thursday night.

Alicia Keys, Taylor Schilling, Abigail Breslin, Jamie Chung, Jessica Joffe, Violeta Sanchez, Toni Garrn, Daria Strokous, Ginta Lapina, Heather Marks, Anna Ewers, Grace Coddington, Steven Klein, Ana Khouri, Candace Pool, Carla Gugino, Jennifer Fisher, Monique Pean, Emily Weiss,  Natalie Joos, Cleo Wade, Becka Diamond, Kate Foley, Reece Solomon, Christina Kruse, Chelsea Leyland, Didier Malige, James Kaliardos, Cecilia Dean, Justin Felber, Henri Richter Werner, Richard Perry, Mark Lee, Daniella Vitale and Tomoko Ogura were just some of the high-profile guests who joined François Nars and CEO, Louis Desazars at the VIP event.

The NARS 20th Anniversary exhibition, held at Maccarone Gallery in the West Village, was curated by design firm Baron & Baron and features highlights from the past two decades including iconic NARS campaigns and selects from published volumes of Francois Nars’ work. Each image evokes the power of transformation, bringing the viewer face-to-face with every dimension of his creative vision.

“This is an amazing milestone to celebrate, I feel like it was just yesterday that I started NARS, but I think we are in a very good place–constantly improving and growing by the day. I’m excited to see what the next 20 years will bring” said François Nars.


Beauty Inspiration: “I wanted this look to be very glamorous but not too traditional which is why we opted for a bright lip; it's the first time we've gone bold for the red carpet!. To keep the look fresh and modern I decided to forego eyeliner and instead create a wash of metallic on the eyes.”
Key NARS products used:  


Beauty Inspiration:“Kirsten’s look featured elements of Star Wars and the idea of intergalactic travel with a twenties inspired hairstyle. The makeup tied all of these concepts together.”

Beauty Inspiration: "This is timeless beauty and reflects the way women of the 1950's used small details in their application for spectacular enhancement of their features. We opted for a reddish-orange lip and created the tiniest flick of eyeliner for subtle definition."
 Beauty Inspiration: After looking at her dress, we decided that the focus should be her eyes. We imagined this dark and smokey bronzed look with a lot of mascara. Glowing cheeks and a nude lip really helped to intensify the dramatic effect.
   
Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014) | Siam Matte Multiple | Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil
 Beauty Inspiration: “This look is very classic but very glamorous. We wanted to nod to Charles James’ aesthetic by creating a look reminiscent of vintage Hollywood but modernize it with a muted red lip.”
 
 
 
LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
 
LOOK: “The collection this season is about transcendence- moving from the earthly realm into the light. We wanted the makeup to reflect a sense of purity and illumination, so we focused on gleaming, luminous skin and a metallic blue liner on the inside of the eye to light the eyes from within.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
EYES
BROWS
LIPS
Mauritanie Matte Multiple (New for Fall 2014, for now try Nā Pali Coast Multiple)

SHOW: Erdem AW ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: Val Garland for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: "This is a fresh take on the rock and roll look - kohl on the inside of the eye, a damp eyelid and gorgeous skin make it really fresh and a little odd."
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
EYES
LIPS
 Christopher Kane AW ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: Lucia Pieroni using NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “This look is a tomboy reflection.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Fall 2014, for now try the flesh-toned shimmer side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow)
Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Fall 2014, for now try the gold lamè side of Kauai Duo Eyeshadow)
EYES
Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Fall 2014, for now try the flesh-toned shimmer side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow)
BROWS
LIPS
 
SHOW: Marc Jacobs AW ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder & Creative Director
LOOK: "The makeup look was really inspired by the collection, which is very "matte." There's nothing too silky and I wanted that to translate to the makeup. The models look like mannequins. The eyelid is a pale neutral grey and we made it look bigger by foregoing mascara. The lips have a touch of frosted metallic silver. We used a lot of powder for a matte, porcelain finish."
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
EYES
Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for now try the silver side of Tokyo Duo Eyeshadow)
Sheer white shimmer side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Sugared cocoa side of Kalahari Duo Eyeshadow
LIPS
Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for not try the shimmer side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow
 
 
SHOW: Naeem Khan AW ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
LOOK: "The inspiration for the collection was early cabaret and burlesque, so I wanted to reference Weimar Berlin without being too literal. The deep red lip is balanced with a gilded eye, defined brows and full lashes. The luminous skin and dewy texture add to the decadence of the look.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
EYES
Gold lamè side of Kauai Duo Eyeshadow
BROWS
Matte Eyeshadow (shades Blondie, Bali or Coconut Grove depending on hair color)
LIPS
Lanikai Velvet Lip Liner (New for Fall 2014, for now try Amazon Lip Liner Pencil)
Mirihi Island Beach Velvet Lip Liner (New for Fall 2014, for now try Morocco Lip Liner Pencil) 
Marlene Audacious Lipstick (New for Fall 2014, for now try Fire Down Below Semi Matte Lipstick)
Jeanne Audacious Lipstick (New for Fall 2014, for now try Trans Siberian Semi Matte Lipstick)
Bette Audacious Lipstick (New for Fall 2014, for now try Trans Siberian Semi Matte Lipstick)
 

SHOW: Tanya Taylor AW ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist
LOOK: “This season, eyes were brought to the forefront and given a modern, graphic edge by lining them in jet black with an unexpected break in the middle on the lower lash line. Skin is super-clean and fresh with a touch of pale pink on the lips and cheeks.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
FACE
CHEEKS
EYES
Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Eyeliner Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil Nepal Eyeshadow
Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (New for Summer 2014, for now try the iridescent smoky orchid side of Kauai Duo Eyeshadow)
Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara
LIPS

SHOW: Alexander Wang AW ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: "The look focuses on 'pure' beauty – it’s all about lightness and the shadows between."
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
 
FACE
CHEEKS
Matte Multiple (shades Altai, Vientiane or Cappadoce depending on skin tone) 
EYES
Matte Multiple (shades Altai, Vientiane or Cappadoce depending on skin tone) 

SHOW: Thakoon AW ‘14
LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics
LOOK: “This is the pacific northwestern girl coming to the city to see the sights and visit museums – natural beauty with an odd artsy twist.”
Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:
 
FACE
CHEEKS
EYES
Chocolate side of Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow (New for Fall 2014, for now try Bengali Single Eyeshadow)