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  • The Makeup Museum: Paul & Joe
    lipstick refill tube It s the little things right Instead of making the whole lipstick tip in the shape of a cat s head as they ve done previously Paul Joe borrowed a Japanese candy making technique known as Kintaro ame to put a cat s face in the center of the lipstick The print goes all the way through to the bottom so it doesn t wear off I always love getting some sweet gift with purchase swag So let s see which prints were taken from the fall 2015 fashion collection Actually both of the floral prints are from the pre fall 2015 collection The bird and owl appeared on several pieces in the regular fall collection I love this print on a bag Finally the kitty print is from Paul Joe s Sister fall 2015 collection images from paulandjoe com So what do you think of this collection Will you be partaking in some Café Parisien goodies Posted at 02 50 PM in Paul Joe Permalink Comments 0 April 24 2015 Friday Fun Sailor Babo meets Sailor Cat For the life of me I can t figure out why Paul Joe decided to create a print of a cat wearing a sailor hat but I know a certain Makeup Museum staff member was very intrigued Then again this isn t the first time Paul Joe decided to dress up their cats He admired the kitty s pipe and asked me if he could get one Unfortunately as with the MAC Hey Sailor collection I don t think I ll be getting the powder or the pouch back Sailor Babo and Sailor Cat are kindred spirits I think I hear Sailor Babo offering up some rum so I better get going before things get too out of hand Posted at 09 09 AM in Fun Paul Joe Staff Permalink Comments 0 April 04 2015 Meet Paul Joe s menagerie According to the very short product descriptions at their website Paul Joe s spring 2015 Ménagerie collection was inspired by childhood trips to the zoo I do wish they would bring back the little blurbs that fully described the collection s theme The prints on the outer packaging are spot on as usual Of course there are the requisite cats but also more exotic animals that you d see at a zoo giraffes monkeys tigers zebras and flamingos all make an appearance as well I adore all the prints but I m still a little iffy on the design on the inside of the face and eye colors Paul Joe is well known for playful designs and this collection in particular was inspired by childhood memories of zoo outings but I think these go a little too juvenile The puffy cartoonish animals peering out look like a print you d hang in a baby s nursery I applaud them for trying something different instead of the chrysanthemum emblem that s usually imprinted on Paul Joe powders but I wasn t crazy about it Still I enjoyed the variety of prints on the outer packaging and that s what s most important from a display standpoint There was a code at Beautyhabit com for this free bag with purchase so cute The prints on the lipstick cases were taken from the Paul Joe spring 2015 fashion collections images from paulandjoe com Overall the collection did not disappoint It wasn t my favorite but it was a good solid effort and I liked that as in previous collections there was a good mix of existing designs for the lipstick cases and completely original ones on the color powders I have to say that I m even more excited for another part of the collection that s just hitting Beautyhabit now so stay tuned for a special post on that Posted at 08 28 AM in Paul Joe Permalink Comments 2 November 13 2014 Quick post Whoooo wants to see a rare Paul Joe color powder I ll get to Paul Joe s adorable owl themed holiday offering in a little bit but for now I wanted to share my E bay find of one of their color powders from the fall 2005 collection Chaussons de Dance 040 features a pair of owls perched on a tree limb against a pastel purple background Of course I managed to stick my nail in the powder while taking the lid off which explains the nick in the lower left I was so sad I couldn t find any images from Paul Joe s fall 2005 fashion collection I would have loved to see if the owls made an appearance If anyone can find them do let me know Posted at 02 46 PM in Paul Joe Permalink Comments 0 October 07 2014 Fall Film Fest Paul Joe Cinema collection For fall 2014 Paul Joe released 10 new lipstick cases along with new lipstick colors and several eye shadow trios Sadly I found the inspiration behind the collection to be rather insipid Paul Joe wants to make you feel like a movie star You ll cause a paparazzi frenzy everywhere you go in any of these Paul Joe lipstick red carpet favorites Paul Joe will make you a star with these 3 eye color trio cinematic classics Eh I miss the days when they actually had a little narrative for each collection Plus the theme of feeling like a celebrity through the power of makeup has been done to death by many brands most notably Stila Having said all that do you really think I could resist any of the LE lipstick cases I positively loved this bird case The illustration is so delicate and pretty it reminds me of something you d find on an antique Japanese folding screen But my favorite was the one with the beautiful Delftware inspired pattern that included a bear and a little bird This pattern appeared in many of the Paul Joe Sister items for fall 2014 I

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  • The Makeup Museum: Retro/Vintage
    s an ad from a Pittsburgh newspaper from May 7 1948 for Scorpio based on the ad copy they were playing these up as a Mother s Day gift What I was confused about is why these were advertised in 1948 and the date near MacNiel s signature on the compact is 1940 image from news google com I was determined to reconcile the dates so I went digging in search of information on man of mystery S MacNiel I found out the S stands for Stanley and MacNiel was a Scotsman who traveled the world but ended up in New York City In 1940 he published a book of cocktail recipes based on zodiac signs This wood bound book fetches hundreds of dollars at various auction sites The cover image is bizarre but I have to admit quite creative Grapes for hair orange slices for ears lemons for eyes cherry nostrils and I particularly love the way the cocktail glass becomes her mouth I can t believe he mentions Mussolini as a Leo of note Uhh images from read em again com The book might not have been strange at all if our buddy Stan was a known author and artist but he didn t seem to have a defined career He was described as a lecturer and leader of the Ambassadors of Good Cheer whatever that is I googled and didn t find much may have been something alcohol related The book s introduction doesn t give much of an idea of what he actually did for a living either MacNiel says For twenty years I was a Vagabond Cocktail Collector During those years of travel I found great interest in the native foods and beverages of the countries I visited If a native beverage of whatever concoction was palatable to me I acquired the recipe Thus after several trips around the world wining and dining I began to feel sufficiently well acquainted with cocktails and other drinks from the four corners of the globe to tell others about them So he s very well traveled but what did he actually do How did he get into illustration and design I do like the title of vagabond cocktail collector though That must have been a pretty sweet gig Anyway equally peculiar was MacNiel s creation of a very ornate jeweled brooch in the shape of the head of the fruit lady that appears on his cocktail book s cover I don t know why the patent spells his name incorrectly I also have no idea why he made this piece of jewelry images from trifari com The brooch a k a a fur clip fancy was apparently sold at Saks in New York and like MacNiel s book sells for hundreds of dollars So that s interesting but what does all this have to do with the compacts And what about the fact that the book was released in 1940 and the compacts seemingly weren t released until 1948 Well here s the connection the same rhymes that appear on the back of the compacts are in the book under each sign The illustrations are different but the rhymes are the same Compare the rhyme at the bottom of this page with the Virgo compact above image from winkbooks net So my best guess is that he patented everything in 1940 see his copyright for Zodiac Humor that year and in 1948 allowed use of his illustrations and rhymes for the compacts so they weren t created specifically for Elgin Also he lent his work not only to Elgin but to several other endeavors as well tiles that could be used as trivets or wall decorations cocktail glasses and napkins This article in a Brooklyn newspaper from April 15 1948 sheds a little light on the various zodiac collections but still doesn t explain what Mr MacNiel did for a living other than he was a man of varied careers It does mention that he once hiked across the entire U S in 90 days and took credit for introducing mens shorts as casual wear in the States Near as I can figure given these facts and his seemingly endless globe trotting he was simply a nomadic possibly often drunk jack of all trades who wasn t content doing one thing or being in one place very long Why is his name is spelled wrong again image from newspapers com Additionally it looks like in 1953 MacNiel licensed his images to be used for a set of mugs produced by a ceramics company called Rossini Japan image from ebay com I also searched for some tiles in hopes of unearthing more images that would have appeared on the compacts and I found some I couldn t find in compact form Sagittarius Scorpio and Pisces image from liveauctioneers com image from pinterest com For the life of me though sadly I couldn t find any images of Capricorn I guess 11 out of 12 isn t bad but that s going to drive me crazy Hopefully one will surface eventually While I ve figured out the release date of the compacts and a little more about the person behind the illustrations I m still not sure how the collaboration came about i e whether MacNiel approached Elgin or the other way around I also wonder whether he was an Aquarius since the character for that sign seems to be Scottish given the kilt and bagpipes and is labeled as the Connoisseur while examining a drink in his hand We know MacNiel was Scottish and considered himself a cocktail expert since he mentions mixing thousands of drinks as research for his book so perhaps the Aquarius fellow is meant to be a self caricature Unfortunately I can t find a date of birth anywhere for him But overall I was pleased with my detective work and I love these compacts silly and cartoonish though they are And MacNiel sounds like a hoot I would have loved to have a drink with him What do you think of these My collector s itch is definitely acting up and wants me to start hunting down all of them if I ever come across a Scorpio one I m going to pounce for sure Posted at 12 47 PM in Retro Vintage Permalink Comments 0 October 06 2015 Special Exhibition French Twist Update 11 15 2015 The Makeup Museum s fall 2015 exhibition was already devoted to Paris but in the wake of the recent tragic attacks there I want to dedicate the exhibition now to peace and healing in the city Paris your lights will never be dimmed In case you hadn t already guessed in lieu of a regular seasonal exhibition this fall I m whisking you away virtually to Paris Much has been written about the allure of French beauty from makeup artists giving some quick advice to entire books Indeed the constant stream of how to articles on achieving the highly coveted French girl look demonstrate that many women the world over especially us Americans are more or less obsessed with how French women beautify themselves There s even a whole skincare line to ensure one can achieve the seemingly effortless je ne sais quoi French women possess But this exhibition isn t about French beauty per se since as I pointed out there are entire books on the subject and it would be too broad of a topic to tackle currently with the Museum s rather meager resources Additionally some consider the typical French beauty ideals to be rather offensive or completely baseless and false My premise is much simpler I wanted to focus on how Paris the epicenter of French fashion and style is represented in beauty product packaging and advertising Whatever your stance is on the notion of French beauty the fact remains that items with scenes from Paris are still quite appealing to most beauty consumers or at least popular with the brand s marketing department So grab some croissants macarons or insert French treat of choice here and gaze upon the many lovely depictions of the City of Light I apologize in advance for the poor photos They re bad even for me I think it was a combination of it being totally overcast and the fact that I had had 3 glasses of prosecco before attempting to take pictures Top shelves left to right While I adore the ad I purchased I must say I wish I could have tracked down these image from pinterest com image from pinterest com Coty wasn t the only one trying to put Paris in a bottle Too Faced has just released their Christmas in Paris holiday line and I want every single thing in it Alas I had to narrow it to just one so I chose Le Grand Palais Remember how much I loved these Bourjois containers illustrated by Nathalie Leté I found a relatively rare compact on Ebay and thought this Cutex ad would go nicely with it Hard to tell from the photo but this compact is actually red There s also a black version which is featured on page 108 of this book Too bad I couldn t find any information on the company Third row left to right T LeClerc Paris in Winter powder Maison Lancôme Highlighting Powder The Vibrant line from Coty deserves its own post but you ll get the gist of it from the exhibition label I hope This set is too cute While it s not officially named Vibrant it says Co Ed Makeup Ensemble on the box lid which I didn t include in the exhibition I suspect it contains the colors from the Vibrant range since the shade names are the same as in all the Vibrant ads Bottom row left to right You remember this set from the holiday 2014 exhibition right This was quite an interesting find Fortunately Collecting Vintage Compacts had the complete story so I made sure to credit the author appropriately Another adorable collection from Bourjois Exhibition background I had been wanting to do exhibitions on both New York and Paris in beauty products for roughly 4 years Last year I got the idea of do a joint exhibition featuring both working title was A Tale of Two Cities Depictions of Paris and New York in Beauty Products But I realized my collection had a few gaps when it came to NY For example I had missed purchasing the Makeup Forever Highline palette despite my assertion that it would be good for a NY themed exhibition and this Sephora palette I was also having a difficult time finding vintage NY related pieces that were also as visually appealing as the ones I was finding for Paris However I did want to keep New York in the picture since I felt most of the items I had for Paris were from the same brands Bourjois Coty and Lancome and I didn t want it to be repetitive In the end I determined that the pieces were different enough despite being from the same brand so I abandoned the idea of including New York themed items and decided to just focus on Paris This doesn t mean however that the idea of a joint exhibition that includes New York will never be revisited In terms of why I decided to launch this exhibition now I was reflecting on my five year wedding anniversary back in August and the amazing trip the husband and I took to Paris for our honeymoon so I just had Paris on the brain Plus I couldn t seem to make a cohesive fall exhibition Sometimes there s no particular seasonal theme that calls to me and I knew I had enough Paris items so I thought why not fall 2015 Things I would have included but couldn t acquire I made two collages of items that I d give my eye teeth for The pieces I have in the current exhibition are nice but there are some others that would really enhance it First some vintage pieces On the left we have Bourjois Printemps de Paris powder and an ad for the fragrance beneath it This perfume was released in 1931 and the ad is from 1933 so I m guessing the powder is from around then too On the right is a rare Dorin face powder from 1925 Funnily enough Dorin still makes Un Air de Paris fragrance although I suspect it s significantly different from the original At the bottom we have the exquisite Guerlain Poudre aux Ballons from 1918 which I ve been drooling over for quite a while images from pinterest com hprints com liveauctioneers com and artfrancais nl More contemporary items include the Fancl fall 2012 French chic collection still kicking myself for not buying these when I had the chance when I posted about them 3 years ago I was already envisioning them in a French Paris themed exhibition the Clinique travel box which was only available at duty free shops grrr Catrice Big City collection from 2012 again another one I m kicking myself for not buying and also one I had mentioned as being useful for a Paris or New York exhibition and the lovely Kerrie Hess illustrated collection for Lancôme which unfortunately was only available in Australia Something surprising When rounding up items for this exhibition I was shocked to see that some of the quintessential French brands Chantecaille L Occitane Givenchy Chanel Dior Yves Saint Laurent etc did not have any items depicting Paris And Paul Joe always seems to have a Parisian theme for their collections but there are no actual illustrations of the city on their products I m not saying it s the responsibility of any of these brands to have Paris themed products just that I found it really odd And that s the exhibition Does it make you want to take a fabulous trip to Paris Posted at 02 47 PM in Advertising Exhibitions and museums Retro Vintage Permalink Comments 0 September 25 2015 Friday Fun Staff picks with MM intern Babo Bear As you may or may not know September is National Honey Month And since bears love honey Makeup Museum intern Babo Bear is here to round up some honey infused bee related products to help you celebrate during these last few September days In addition to LUSH s Fair Trade Honey shampoo and Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance shown in the picture above here are some more recommendations Rodial Bee Venom Eye Cream Skinfood Honey Pot lip balm Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm Tokyo Milk Honey and the Moon perfume Fresh Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask Paul Joe Lip Treatment Balm coming in October Vecua Honey Luster Lip Gloss Guerlain Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum LUSH Honey I Washed the Kids soap Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments Perlier Honey Anti Age Body Balm Burt s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Michael Aram B umblebee Candle The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter Farmacy Honey and Ginger Lip Bloom Babo Bear also researched vintage bee items to get him buzzzzzzzzing I m so proud of the little fella Some ads image from cosmeticsandskin com image from flickr com image from moviestarmakeover com Some compacts image from pinterest com image from pinterest com He also came across an ad for the Yardley compact above image from cosmeticsandskin com Finally Cosmetics and Skin has a great little read on the use of royal jelly in cosmetics Since Babo Bear did such a good job with today s post I am off to get him a honey latte as a treat Please feel free share your favorite honey products in the comments Posted at 04 51 PM in Fun Retro Vintage Staff Permalink Comments 0 September 24 2015 MM Mailbag Peggy Sage manicure oil Let s see what we have in the ol Makeup Museum mailbag today shall we Actually this inquiry came in about 2 years ago I know I can t believe I m just getting to it now and allowed me to learn more about Peggy Sage a brand I wasn t all that familiar with The person who wrote didn t provide any information about where or how she acquired this vintage manicure oil but I could tell from her email signature that she is Dutch so that s pretty cool that I had an inquiry all the way from the Netherlands She did give a picture though So off I went in search of information about the company and to try to find an approximate date for the oil Fortunately Peggy Sage is still around and has a website where I was able to get a little history Peggy Sage started in 1925 in the U S and was one of the first beauty companies to specialize in nail care It soon moved to Paris and was very popular there as well In the 1950s it reached peak popularity holding its own with Cutex and other similar nail care and cosmetic brands In 2000 the brand was revived and now has several concept stores throughout France and Switzerland I wish I could find more about Peggy Sage herself was she even a real person but there was scant information about the founder As for the bottle of manicure oil I m guessing it dates from anywhere between the early 50s through the early 60s I looked at a plethora of ads and it looks like that bottle shape did not appear until about 1951 Prior to that year the ads show a more square bottle image from hprints com image from ebay com image from ebay com image from hprints com My theory is that a new bottle was introduced in the early 50s to distinguish the brand s new Crystallin finish polishes from their regular line of polishes

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  • The Makeup Museum: Sephora
    Sephora Sephora is I believe my favorite store ever I was pleased to see them celebrating their 15th anniversary earlier this summer So I was mystified as to how I completely overlooked a great collaboration with Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami in honor of this milestone images from theglossy sephora com Keiichi Tanaami b 1936 studied at Musashino Art School In 1968 he visited the U S for the first time and made the acquaintance of an artist who would greatly influence him Andy Warhol Most of his work was for advertising and record covers In 1975 he became the art director of Playboy in Japan where he revolutionized the large format magazine Hallucinogenic images of odd creatures and use of vibrant color served as the hallmarks of his work and were derived from a variety of sources including his childhood in Japan and American pop culture He recalls in an interview Japan went to war with the US when I was about seven During those years no one had the time the luxury or the interest in cultural activities So I don t remember being taken to museums and there weren t many books being published It was a time of crisis war time not the time to enjoy culture In that sense my core influence is the comic books I enjoyed as a kid because there was nothing else I went through various styles depending on what I was interested at the moment my past styles simply mark my changing interests Still I came to embrace the pop induced style I work with now later in my career Earlier I played with more abstract simplified forms of expression I remember being shocked by my visit to the US in the 60s not only by Warhol and American Pop Art but also by Robert Crumb the comics the whole sub cultural scene I found the latter much more interesting than the so called Fine Art and was deeply affected by it In the end I decided to follow my original affection towards sub culture and Pop Tanaami s strange images were further fueled by a bout of pleurisy in 1981 While hospitalized he had a high fever and experienced vivid hallucinations from the drugs used to treat him I saw some surreal images which I couldn t understand if it was a dream or a hallucination they were projected on a white wall in the room At the same time a crooked pine tree outside the window was growing up in the sky just like the painting from Dali I wrote all these down on 8 notebooks in the end and from these many ideas and images came up This prolific output was captured in exhibitions and several books over the years including Spiral and Daydream Nowadays at age 77 Tanaami continues to team up with various companies and still does album covers Sephora VP Lina Kutsovskaya describes the collaboration thusly Keiichi Tanaami San is a very important figure in the pop art world and we were honored to be working with him on this animation for Sephora he was fascinated with the beauty products and how to interpret them for this thematical birthday Ultimately the idea was to instill a celebratory carnival like feel within the designs In addition to the above graphics Tanaami came up with 15 creatures for Sephora each representing a different beauty product I doubt he was the one who named them however the monikers definitely sound like the work of someone in Sephora s marketing department These were made available as avatars to members of BeautyTalk Sephora s online community In an interview with Ariella Gogol Senior Writer at Sephora Tanaami states that his characters are inspired by my dreams and memories by the monster encyclopedia and by movies and comic stories They have secrets surrounding their births and they play together By combining multiple patterns I tried to animate Sephora like elegance enchantment glamour beauty and eros but in a tense atmosphere I created almost all of the characters without any outside influences with the exception of some patterns that I reworked from a Japanese painter in the Edo period 18th Century Also I love the cover art of this science fiction book that was popular in the 1920s I was significantly affected by it I don t give names to the characters but I have considerable feeling for every pattern They all may be my other self I can t tell whether these are cute or creepy both images from pinterest com sephora Here are the last three that for some reason didn t get quite the same design treatment as the others images from community sephora com Even though I find them to be a little scary I like these monster girls psychedelic and colorful and incredibly bizarre But I think the coup de grace of this collaboration is the gigantic sculpture that was recently placed at Sephora s 9th Avenue location in New York City image from refinery29 com Named the Kannon of Beauty the sculpture is influenced by Kannon Bosatsu or the God of Mercy in Japanese Buddhism Tanaami explains It is said that Kannon Bosatsu has 1 000 arms extending mercy to 1 000 people I have chosen to use only six hands with each functioning as a magical device to enhance beauty Additionally the sculpture ties into the theme of beauty and Tanaami s underlying vision for the collaboration The work is based on the story of a girl living in a monochrome world she is sucked into a monster s eye that leads her to fall into the underworld After her dazzling adventures in the vividly colored alien land she discovers a castle made of cosmetics Numerous lipstick butterflies are astonished at her and start dancing he says Three of these lipstick butterflies are perched towards the bottom of the sculpture I m very impressed by how well his work translates into 3D then again Tanaami

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  • The Makeup Museum: Shiseido
    since 1981 he established his line in 1972 I wasn t familiar with the name at all So I played one of my favorite games and set about exploring his work and seeing whether the palette is a good representation of it There is definitely a resemblance to Yamamoto s overall design not one season in particular but his general emphasis on asymmetry and deconstruction Obviously designers have to know how to manipulate fabric but this is one area where Yamamoto truly excels Gathering folding wrapping and pleating fabric to create one of a kind silhouettes is another hallmark of his work He says Fabric is everything Often I tell my pattern makers Just listen to the material What is it going to say Just wait Probably the material will tell you something He s like the fabric whisperer Some of my favorite examples images from vogue com I especially loved these two dresses images from metmuseum org As for the palette I was definitely seeing how Yamamoto s shapes influenced the design The hems on these dresses from the spring 2013 collection for example remind me of the asymmetrical corner of the palette as well as the mirror And the floral print is reminiscent of those that appeared in his fall 2014 show with the same voluminous detailed petals images from vogue com Once again a cosmetics company plucks a designer from the high fashion world that I wouldn t have otherwise known about and allows me to have a little piece of couture in makeup form I can honestly say that Yamamoto is like nothing I ve ever seen and he did an excellent job translating his work into the palette although I think a black background instead of purple might have been a better choice given how ubiquitous it is in all of his collections What do you think Posted at 01 59 PM in Couture Fashion Shiseido Permalink Comments 0 June 27 2015 Quick post Vintage Shiseido ads and some phenomenal brand research Once again I have no recollection of what I was searching for when I unearthed this post featuring 25 exquisite vintage Shiseido ads over at a lovely illustration blog called 50 Watts but oh what a find I picked out a few of my favorites but you really need to check out all of the ads as they are truly amazing I d give my eye teeth to acquire either this ad or the products featured in it Such an ethereal scene they really don t make illustrated ads like this anymore These last two from the 50s take quite a modern graphic turn images from 50watts com As you may know Shiseido has its own museum so it s not totally surprising that someone was able to get these images However even with such a well preserved history I was absolutely floored to see an 84 page essay on Shiseido s advertising in the early 20th century which is linked in the post at 50 Watts Gennifer Weisenfeld a professor at MIT authored Selling Shiseido Cosmetics Advertising and Design in Early 20th Century Japan for MIT s Visualizing Cultures curriculum which sounds seriously awesome Because I m a dork I printed out the whole thing so I can make notes on it as I read I m only about halfway through over 1200 subscriptions in Feedly takes up most of my reading time but so far it s amazing so do check it out You also need to set aside an hour or so to take a gander at the image galleries which include a staggering amount of even more ads plus images of old stores and gifts from the Camellia Club And if you want to get really nerdy you can download the handouts from the course Enjoy and remember as I ve been saying for years there s a place for beauty in academia and museums This is the best proof I ve come across in a while Posted at 12 29 PM in Advertising Cosmetics history Retro Vintage Shiseido Permalink Comments 0 October 17 2012 Highlights from the Shiseido Corporate Museum Here s another museum to which I must make make a pilgrimage In lieu of actually visiting I ve selected a few highlights from their collections Sorry the pictures are so small not sure why they have such teeny pics Here is one of the original bottles of their best selling skin treatment Euderline from 1897 along with a bottle of their camellia perfume from 1917 The name Euderline was also novel for the time taken from Greek words meaning good eu and skin derma The red wine appearance of the lotion earned it the nickname Shiseido red water among users Rainbow Face Color Powders 1917 were cutting edge for their time while the design on the box of the Modern Face Color Powders 1932 is a good representation of both fashionable young city ladies and the company s pre war aesthetic The Rainbow powders were among the first face powders to come in colors other than white including yellow rose green and purple to allow women to match their powder to their clothing The Modern Face Color Powder box was designed by Yamana Ayao and shows a beautiful harmony of Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements We also have some lovely ads reproductions of which were used in Shiseido s exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo earlier this year The one on the left was desgined by Yabe Sue in 1925 and perfectly represents the Art Nouveau style and the one on the right is from 1930 and depicts two women one clad in an elaborate 18th century French looking frock and the other in a traditional Japanese kimono The meaning is unclear is there a rivalry going on between East and West or is Shiseido showing their attempt to bridge the gap between their customers living in those two spheres These next two are from 1938

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  • The Makeup Museum: Smashbox
    to see how makeup is such an art form how it mimics the tones and mood of paintings and translates it to real life Smashbox has a wonderful appreciation for artists and a great eye It was very exciting for me to chat with them about the possibility of a collaboration After some initial conversations we decided to move forward and now it s a reality I am truly very happy with the result and I am proud to have collaborated with such an awesome team I have to say that I am very picky with the collaborations I do as they should ultimately be a wonderful marriage between the artist s vision and the company itself Overall I m pleased with the palette and collab in general but I also wish I could own one of Hortal s paintings for my office to gaze upon whenever I m feeling uninspired bored tired which is basically all the time at work What do you think Posted at 02 39 PM in Artist collaboration Smashbox Permalink Comments 2 May 12 2015 Donald Robertson for Smashbox It s been a while since Smashbox has collaborated with an artist their previous partnership having taken place in early 2013 with Curtis Kulig Most recently the company teamed up with Donald Drawbertson Robertson for a collection of lipsticks and eyeliners Back in the fall Robertson had designed a limited edition lipstick case for Smashbox as well as a Cadillac adorned with a lipstick print but it was this larger collection that got my attention I picked up 4 of the 6 lipsticks really wish I could have gotten all of them for the Museum plus all the liners Here are the other two lipsticks plus a tote bag filled with other items It would have been great if the tote bag was sold separately images from sephora com What I like about the Smashbox collab is the fact that Robertson created new drawings specifically for the collection no re using old images here In an interview with Glamour magazine where he previously worked he states We needed to top the Caddy covered in my lip paintings that we did for Art Basel earlier this year so we decided to do a mini art show with the lipsticks and liners They re like little presents wrapped in tiny Donald paintings images from instagram com Not only that Robertson also made five large scale paintings for Smashbox s grand reopening party on February 5 2015 images from donaldrobertson com Here they are on site images from zimbio com Robertson s remarkable career is basically my fantasy Early on he was one of the founders of MAC cosmetics then became creative director of Condé Nast America and helped launched Marie Claire After that he went to work for Estée Lauder where he currently serves as creative director for all brands Thus he is extraordinarily well connected in the fashion and beauty industries Hey Donald do you think you could hook me up with an Estée exec about getting a real space for the Makeup Museum Or talk to someone at a publication about getting the Museum featured I loved the pieces he did for Vogue Korea And this portrait of Estée Lauder for Bergdorf Goodman And look You can buy this bag starting Thursday I must admit I am tempted despite the Smashbox goodies I purchased images from instagram com Thanks to the seemingly never ending stream of new illustrations that he posts on Instagram Robertson quickly became known as the Suburban Andy Warhol although his massive legion of admirers took him completely by surprise People say I am reminiscent of Andy Warhol because he started as an illustrator and then transitioned into art I am kind of in that position now Andy s output was maybe monthly I like putting out three or four things a day he says This is a 100 percent unexpected thing I m just some schmoe y guy who lives in suburbia He s humble but the amount of energy he must have to produce so much on a daily basis is awe inspiring I get tired just reading about his artistic process which he describes thusly I get up every morning at around four and do my art exercises I ll fly through Instagram and sort of get a feel for what s happening in the world Then I ll just pick a medium like paint or sharpies or garbage bags or walnuts or whatever catches my eye Then you can t stop me It s like flood gates opening I can t imagine doing one thing and then just sitting back We are constantly being bombarded my imagery and ideas It s like my performance art I m always reacting to stimulus coming at me all day Take for example this quick sketch of Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé plus their respective beaus at the Met Gala image from instagram com I have no idea how he does all these timely illustrations in addition to working a regular full time job Oh he also has 5 kids Besides possessing a unique artistic talent and incredible energy he s funny to boot I found some great quotes in this interview with W magazine This is my revenge on photography which has sucked up all the attention since the 1930s when illustrators had their own magazines In life drawing class they would put a normal fat model up there and the teacher would come over and my drawing would be tall and skinny and they would say You fail And I would be like You know what I like my drawing better I get away with nipple murder on my feed And everyone keeps saying those are nipples and I m like Yes they are So now I am just pushing it It s like nipple carte blanche Robertson cites Wes Anderson and Damien Hirst as his chief influences because the thing about

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  • The Makeup Museum: Staff
    29 2015 Happy National Lipstick Day In honor of National Lipstick Day who decides these things anyway here s a little gathering of lipstick themed bags at different price points Save Sephora Beauty Insider tote bag free with 250 Beauty Insider points Here are some larger images the bag is roomy enough to fit a full sized Babo Spend Lipstick bags available via Society6 22 each images from society6 com Splurge Prada lipstick print shoulder bag available for a mere 2 400 at Saks and Neiman Marcus image from neimanmarcus com There s also a smaller bag with this print available for only 990 I have to admit that if it went on sale for say 90 off I d totally buy it Or maybe one of these Saint Laurent lipstick print bags the colors are a little more subtle and versatile A girl can dream Hope you re enjoying National Lipstick Day Posted at 08 20 AM in Miscellaneous Staff Permalink Comments 0 July 14 2015 Summer 2015 haul I outdid myself yet again this season oops Most of the damage was done online but the husband and I took a trip up to NYC to escape what was going to be a very noisy 4th of July weekend in our neighborhood and I bought some more things there It was so nice to play at the Armani counter since the closest one to us is in Virginia and I never get a chance to see anything in person I got an eye tint 12 a very nice neutral and Fluid Sheers in 5 and 6 I have no idea why but I didn t realize there were some pigmented Fluid Sheers that could be used as blushes I thought they were only highlighters I also picked up a Troy Surratt powder brush and it s seriously the softest brush I ve ever had I thought Trish McEvoy had soft brushes but this one blows them away I now want the blush brush too I got the powder brush and the Armani stuff at Barney s The Armani counter manager there Judy was super nice and gave me a ton of samples I was really shocked as it s the first time I ve had a non pushy sales person at the beauty department at Barney s usually they re incredibly aggressive but Judy was great So keep that in mind if you re in the vicinity I am loving all of my new blushes Clockwise from top left Hourglass Incandescent Electra Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink shimmerbrick Tom Ford Pink Sand Stila Shimmering Lotus and NARS Silent Nude The Armani Fluid Sheers are excellent too Here s the lip stuff Clockwise from top Tom Ford Skinny Dip goes beautifully with the Pink Sand blush Clinique Melon Pop MAC Tumble Dry Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Watermelon Opal love this with the Stila Shimmering Lotus MAC Fashion Force and Lancôme Shine Lover 140 Corail Lover Overall I m pleased with these but not wild about MAC Fashion Force and the Lancôme Corail Lover They looked very different when I swatched them in store When I got them home they were just meh I was over the moon when I saw that Bobbi Brown was re releasing some old gel eye liner shades Bronze Shimmer remains one of my top 5 favorite liners ever I also picked up a replacement for my old Ivy Shimmer which was pretty dried out and Gunmetal which I didn t own previously Obviously I couldn t resist Tom Ford Midnight Sea either Oddly enough the new Ivy Shimmer looks considerably darker than the original version I ll have to swatch them to see if there s a noticeable difference We were wandering about Soho when I spotted Other Stories which I had heard of previously but had totally forgotten that there was a location in New York I love Philosophy s Iced Mint Lemonade it s not overly citrusy minty or sweet just a perfect mild lemon scent I actually picked up a second tub of the body butter I went a bit crazy at Other Stories they had tons of really lovely scents but I limited myself to Punk Bouquet very unique and of course I fell for the name and Lemon Daydream which reminds me a little of Fresh Hesperides And now for some non makeup goodies Another Barney s find was this shell necklace on a massive sale so perfectly mermaidy Sailor Babo insisted on modeling it Then we went to the Anthropologie store in Soho We have several Anthro stores in Baltimore but the one in Soho is much bigger than the ones around here so I thought I d take a look around When I saw this shirt I knew I couldn t leave the store without it I mean really is there anything more perfect for a beauty junkie It fits me well but obviously it looks way better on Seasick Sailor Babo They look very pleased with themselves no What did you haul this summer And if you have any questions about specific products I mentioned in this post leave them in the comments I know I didn t do in depth reviews but I have tried everything out so I can provide additional info Posted at 09 28 AM in Hauls Staff Permalink Comments 4 April 24 2015 Friday Fun Sailor Babo meets Sailor Cat For the life of me I can t figure out why Paul Joe decided to create a print of a cat wearing a sailor hat but I know a certain Makeup Museum staff member was very intrigued Then again this isn t the first time Paul Joe decided to dress up their cats He admired the kitty s pipe and asked me if he could get one Unfortunately as with the MAC Hey Sailor collection I don t think I ll be getting the powder or the pouch back Sailor

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  • The Makeup Museum: Stila
    t that nice Whoever sent this my way thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my Stila loving heart I m still in awe from the generosity Which is your favorite from this glorious batch of rare Stila items I love it all of course but I think I m partial to the white postcards which look to be very early in Stila s history but the postcard with the girl catching pairs of rouged lips in a butterfly net is pretty spectacular too Posted at 12 15 PM in Stila Permalink Comments 0 March 26 2015 Quick post Howdy partner Looky what I found on e bay Hooray for adding another vintage Stila paint can to my collection I don t have anything to say except this was a great find for a mere 11 And with that I m off to Rome I ll be back late next week with some more spring collections and a recap of my trip of course Posted at 09 42 AM in Stila Permalink Comments 0 July 02 2014 I scream you scream we all scream for Stila ice cream I find it extremely hard to believe that Stila is turning 20 years old I mean I know it s the truth as I wrote a post on 90s beauty some time ago but wow I d love to do a brand retrospective blog post and or exhibition but that will have to be for another time Right now I m going to talk about the Ice Cream collection a lineup of eye shadow trios and blush duos oh how I love the return to the old round packaging that Stila released in honor of their 20 year milestone Alas there s nary a Stila girl to be found but there are some ridiculously cute illustrations of sweet frozen treats They re fun and girly without being childish images from meccacosmetica com au The collection does not appear to be available in the U S at least not yet I clicked on this link for the U S Asos site for the eye shadow trios and in tiny letters beneath the product description it says that this item does not ship to Australia or the U S Then why pray tell is it listed at the U S side of the Asos site Sigh On one hand I think the collection is worth tracking down through other means since it commemorates an important anniversary for one of my favorite brands and I adore the old round cardboard packaging On the other hand there are no Stila girls involved which frankly baffles me Those girls helped make the brand a success in its early stages and should have been used for such a momentous occasion Stila if you re still in business in another 10 years let ME handle the design of a limited edition collection for your 30th anniversary I guarantee it would be a smashing success as I know what Stila fans want What do you think of the collection And what are your favorite Stila products packaging memories of the brand Thanks to British Beauty Blogger for the heads up on this collection Posted at 05 11 PM in Stila Permalink Comments 2 May 21 2014 Hautelook exclusive Stila travel palettes Now how on earth did I miss these I m a little bummed that Stila snuck them onto discount site Hautelook about a month ago I m a Hautelook member so I get their emails but I ignored their Stila sale alert because there was nothing from them I needed at the moment Little did I know that Stila was offering two Hautelook exclusive travel palettes during the sale Sweet in San Francisco and Stunning in Seattle By the time I caught wind of them via Pinterest they were long gone I actually ended up calling Stila and was told very apologetically and nicely that the palettes were indeed exclusive to Hautelook and that there were no plans to sell them anywhere else in the future Very bad news for a collector The San Francisco palette I was not able to get my hands on so I will continue to pursue it on E bay I think I have all of the city themed travel palettes therefore I cannot have any gaps in my collection I can t really see the details too well from this tiny picture but you can t miss the Golden Gate Bridge image from pinterest com Stunning in Seattle proved less difficult to obtain and I was able to snag it on E bay While stunning was previously used in the 2011 Stunning in Sayulita palette the Seattle one makes up for the repetition in the name The famous Space Needle in the background is adorable but what I really liked is this Stila girl s brunette mane in a messy ponytail since it reminds me of me I also loved this girl s outfit The sunglasses cuffed skinny jeans and little flats are so cute not to mention practical Sometimes the Stila girls particularly those depicted in the travel palettes are wearing fairly high heels that makes me wonder how much sight seeing they re actually doing in that particular city there are only a handful in flats or bare feet The Seattle Stila girl is very chic but also knows she ll be walking and or biking for most of the day gotta be comfortable Here s the inside with a quote from Stila Global Artistic Director Sarah Lucero What do you think of these Were you lucky enough to buy one or both at Hautelook Posted at 12 12 PM in Stila Permalink Comments 4 November 19 2013 MM Mailbag a Stila surprise Talk about a RAOK random act of kindness Last week a very mysterious person emailed me saying that she had a bunch of vintage Stila memorabilia and asked if I would like any of it

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  • The Makeup Museum: Technology
    to quirky line Pop Beauty s Buzzing Beauty Buffer a vibrating sponge that s used to apply a foundation of your choosing You remember the vibrating mascara craze a few years ago and Lancome actually released a vibrating foundation shortly thereafter as did this brand but I believe this is the first gadget that allows you to put in whatever foundation you want image from beauty com I think this one is the least innovative of the bunch it s basically an electric foundation sponge which may not produce better results than using a sponge manually simply because it vibrates Then again I thought the Clarisonic was a glorified electric toothbrush you use on your face but soon realized how much better it cleans my skin Plus the formulas of other vibrating foundations were what stopped me from trying them I wasn t sure whether they d work with my oily skin or if there would be a good color match With Pop s buffer I can use any one of the 10 or so foundations I have in rotation currently Are you game to try any of these Which one has the most promise in your opinion And is there any one or more that will be the object of great derision in years to come Posted at 11 38 AM in Technology Permalink Comments 4 April 21 2013 Quick post color matching technology As someone who is endlessly fascinated with color and tries to find exact shades to match whatever I m inspired by at the moment this new app from China Glaze is pure genius Basically it allows you to take a picture and get a nail polish match for it instantly My favorite examples of the app in action came from the cheeky writers at Jezebel who took many an amusing picture to get a color match for things such as Plan B pills Mitt Romney s tan and a tabloid headline image from jezebel com I of course put the app to a more noble use matching the fur of one of my beloved Museum staff members Anyway I think this is one of the greatest apps ever I don t use many apps because I tend to think most of them are useless but I think every cosmetic company should offer this Just think of the possibilities you could get a lipstick that perfectly matches your favorite coral t shirt or a blush the exact same delicate rose of a Laduree macaron Plus it would be infinitely useful for foundation matching This is of course assuming the color matches that the app provides are totally accurate Maybe I m just tired and delirious from my longest run to date this morning 16 25 miles but I am in love with this app What do you think It s free so if you haven t tried it already give it a spin Posted at 06 01 PM in Technology Permalink Comments 0 June 20 2012 Quick post Happy solstice I was hoping to get the summer exhibition up today but that didn t work out grumble Instead I m honoring the solstice and the longest day of the year with Stila s solar powered compact image from stilacosmetics com Isn t this cool One side contains a matte powder and the other is a highlighter According to the description the solar panel lasts approximately five years and can be fully charged up to one thousand times Plus the compact is refillable and made from recycled material Talk about eco friendly Enjoy all the delicious summer daylight Posted at 03 39 PM in Green Stila Technology Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 12 2012 Quick post More of the latest foundation technology Move over airbrush and BB creams There s a new frontier in foundation technology and it s called Romi Digital Foundation I spotted this newfangled contraption over at Beautylish last week which the author describes as a cross between the egg shaped Beauty Blender foundation sponge and a Clarisonic brush for those of you not familiar with Clarisonic it s an electric facial cleansing brush made by the same company that brought us Sonicare toothbrushes According to the product description at HSN where you can purchase it for a mere 89 99 you simply load in the foundation cartridge and click it on to apply The device allegedly delivers 5 000 pats of foundation per minute producing a flawless finish I love both my Clarisonic and Beauty Blender so if I had an extra 90 bucks sitting around I d be all over this to see if it really delivered While I think it s an interesting idea I m not sure it ll replace the usual sponge brush fingers application so many people rely on during their daily makeup routine After all airbrush foundation devices do give an nice even finish but most women don t own them in my experience they hire a pro to apply airbrush foundations for special occasions i e their wedding day So while the Romi Digital Foundation kit costs much less than an airbrush foundation dispenser usually these run about 200 300 I still don t think it ll be a staple for most people especially since the foundation itself is only available in three shades Is this digital foundation the wave of the future or simply another gimmick Posted at 09 30 AM in Technology Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 February 07 2012 The latest in foundation technology part 2 Last week I wrote about the latest and greatest in foundations For part 2 this week I m focusing on BB beauty benefit creams also known just as beauty balms which are thus far the biggest cosmetic trend of 2012 But what exactly is a BB cream Basically it s a very lightweight foundation that also provides benefits for your skin including moisturizers and sunscreen They don t all offer the same things though as Fashionista

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