Thursday, December 23, 2010

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

What’s colourful, chubby and chock-full of moisture? Clinique’s new pleasantly plump and playful nourishing lip balm. Packed with ‘do-gooders’ to keep lips luscious and irresistibly soft, NEW Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm provides a sheer hint of colour that glides on effortlessly, leaving behind a natural blush of colour and sheen.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm’s highly moisturizing formula uses a special blend of decadent butters, oils and antioxidants to help protect and pamper lips with immediate and lasting moisturization. Infused with Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, Chubby Stick delivers a surge of moisture in a sleek stick leaving lips soft, supple and soothed.

Packaged in a playful, shade-matched crayon-esque barrel, the balm-like formula provides stay-true colour and buildable coverage. To apply, simply twist the base to expose more balm and twist back down before replacing the cap. Available in eight mouthwatering shades, ranging from nudes to pretty pinks and deep purples, it’s the perfect accoutrement for any occasion.

Colours: Chunky Cherry, Fuller Fig, Graped-up, Mega Melon, Richer Raisin, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey and Woppin’ Watermelon.

I am pretty much DYING for January to get here so I can get my hands on these!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Introducing MAC Cosmetics Cham Pale, Stylishly Yours, False Lashes and Peacocky

Only the finest will do for a M∙A∙C toast to the New Year! Cham Pale is a cuvée colour collection that’s cause for celebration – a Champagne smash, shimmering with all the bubbly optimism and golden glow of the best that’s yet to be, in Eye Shadow, from Brule to Et tu, Bouquet?; Paint Pots in Chilled on Ice and Let Me Pop, Lipstick in four shades, especially Quiet Please, and Flustered; Lipgelée from Bubble Lounge to Straight to the Head; two Chromagraphic Pencils (NC15/NW20 and NW25/NC30); Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick; Kohl Power in Feline; Nail Lacquer we call Very Important Platinum!; Studio Fix Mascara, and NEW Special Reserve Highlight Powder in four shades ending perfectly elegantly in everyone’s favourite: Rosé Olé. All, for every skin tone. To us!
Every sensible person knows having a bottle of good Champagne on ice at all times is a must! So too this premium skincare collection, inspired by the sublime simplicity of the finest quality pale cuvée, the care and nurturing required to get it right, and the extraordinary satisfaction that comes with an appreciation of the ultimate luxury: Introducing new Complete Comfort Creme, an ultra-riche facial moisturizer that relieves visible redness immediately, for a gentle, soothing, calming, hydrating formula that makes life prettier, like only the best Champagne can do. The soothing properties of French lavender enhance well-being, body, mind and spirit. M∙A∙C Fix + Lavender, Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender and Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender round out the collection.

Madly chic women know how to play variations on a theme to give a signature look major oomph, more modern momentum; the simplest switch-up is all that's required. A pink lip, a lavender eye? A red lip, an orange eye? Stylishly Yours is a M∙A∙C presto-change-o colour collection to personalize the process instantly. Always flawlessly fabulous, set against the sophistication of black, work the full spectrum of passionate pinks to raging reds, in four Lipsticks, four Pigments, four Cream Colour Base, two Beauty Powders, Clear Lipglass, and don't panic – Zoom Lash and Fluidline at the ready to double-dramatize how glamorous it is to be you.

We’re all evolving – better, braver, more beautiful – every day. So consider the Lash, the durability of design, function, formula, elegance and, of course, the desire to astound: False Lashes debut at M∙A∙C, created to take nature further forward than ever before! The illusion of extensions, made real without anything but a vital NEW mega-multiplication formula, creating extremities of volume and curl for a dramatic end look, thickening for what we call the “look alive” eye – wide awake, wonderfully well rested, glamorously engorged – applied with the uniquely engineered double-lush brush for the ultimate lash evolution. Nature take note!

Arrogance or elegance? The showy display, the undeniably sexual spectacle, the iridescent irreverence…it’s awe-inspiring. We fetishize the exotic peacock as a symbol of extreme beauty, an act of elaborate nature, raging against everything simplistic. Peacocky fans out in a foray of intense colour for Lips and Eyes, exotic and sophisticated with a touch of ’30s F. Scott Fitzgerald glamour and mesmerizing metallic sheen. NEW Kissable Lipcolour combines full flash with creamy comfort. It’s molten, with elastomer technology that imparts a velvety, aerated feel without sacrificing shine. Light as a feather. Mega Metal Shadow gleams like chrome, with light-reflecting properties – yet creamy, crease-resistant, vitamin-fortified flexibility. Dramatic doesn’t even begin to describe the girl who knows she’s Peacocky.

M·A·C Cham Pale on counter starting December 26, 2010 through mid February, 2011
M·A·C Stylishly Yours on counter December 26, 2010 through mid February, 2011
M·A·C False Lashes on counter December 26, 2010 in the permanent line
M·A·C Peacocky on counter January 6, 2011 through mid February, 2011

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Mascara

False Lashes Mascara

False Black

Adds dramatic volume!

this rich, creamy, volumizing formula magnifies and multiplies the look of each lash, creating dramatically thick, long, curled, exaggerated lashes. the lush brush (smaller opulash brush) applies a deluxe dose of heavy pigment to the lashes and works in combination with the product to create incredible volume, length and density. the pigments in the fomula are treated to allow for maximum colour payoff that remains true, deep, uniform and wears all day long. its flake- and smudge-resistant, ophth-tested and safe for contact wearers.

This collection will be released on December 26th!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Q&A with Black Swan Makeup Department Head Margie Durand and Makeup Designer Judy Chin

Black Swan is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and of course, any great movie requires great make up!

Q: How does a makeup artist prepare to work on a film? Do you receive guidance from the director or collaborate with the costume designer/art director/key hair stylist on the makeup look?

Margie: When I begin working on a film I speak to the director and all of the creative team if possible. The directors inspiration and vision really drives the process and I try to deliver that vision in makeup.

Judy: As I read the script, I try to envision the characters, taking into account their background (age, personal history, affluence, profession). As I see the plot develop in the story, I make note of how these events might affect their appearance. When I’m designing the looks for a film, it’s very important to consider the director’s visual style and tastes. Occasionally, I get to collaborate with the costume or production designers. I always try to find out how the actors will be dressed, as that can have a significant influence on the makeup look. While our designs are often created independently at first, I find that the hair stylist and I work very closely to be sure that our looks fit together and bring the characters to life.

Q: How long does it typically take for you to prepare to start working on a movie like Black Swan?

Judy: I spend a lot of time drawing and doing practical makeup tests. Depending on actor availability and camera tests, it could take three to four weeks of preparation.

Q: How does a makeup design contribute to building a movie character?

Judy: What I’ve always loved about makeup design is its contribution to the actor’s performance. Makeup helps to create the character visually. I feel that I’ve done my job well when an actor can walk onto the set feeling like the embodiment of the character that he or he is portraying.

Q: Can you give a step by step explanation as to how the Black Swan look was created as well as the products that were used?

Margie: We applied a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight on the forehead and cheekbones. To create the swan eyes, we used M•A•C Chromaline in Black Black. Using M•A•C Pigment in Silver combined with Mixing Medium, we applied feathery brushstrokes over the Black Swan’s eyes. The lips were lined with M•A•C Lip Pencil in Vino and topped with M•A•C lipstick in Dubonnet. We then lined the under eye with a thin line using M•A•C Chromaline in Red.

Please let us know if you would like more detail on the products used to create this look.

Q: Does the makeup have any relation to the makeup in the traditional version of the Swan Lake ballet?

Judy: Not really. The ensemble dancers wear what might be considered a traditional theatrical eye makeup, but our rendition is more dramatic. It’s practically an opera makeup. Besides that, the only other relation might be that we did portray the Black Swan as a sinister dark foil to the more angelic and innocent Swan Queen.

Q: The ballerinas’ performance makeup in the movie is especially dramatic and visually arresting. What inspired the dark romantic makeup look?

Judy: The look was inspired by the story, and by the director, Darren Aronofsky I felt that he was looking for something dramatic and visually striking, so all of the intensity was focused in the eyes. Margie Durand realized that there were elements of our beautiful set design that should play a role in our makeup. Thus, the delicate silver branches that played across the swan’s faces came to be. The ensemble swans and the Swan Queen are delicate and romantic with a soft pink lip color, whereas the Black Swan is dark, sharp, and, angular.

Q: A ballerina has an incredibly active job, and in Black Swan, the characters wear both body and face makeup. What products did you use in the film that you were certain would hold up to the lights, movement and perspiration?

Judy: We used pancake makeup with a spray sealant to ensure that it wouldn’t rub off on the costumes. We also used M•A•C Paint Pots, M•A•C Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and M•A•C Pigments. In addition, we applied some alcohol based pigments that are virtually water proof and rub proof.

Q: What challenges did you face when designing and applying the makeup?

Margie: It was a challenge to makeup the Black Swan as the White Swan and then switch back to Black Swan during the long filming days. Both makeups had to be retouched because of the strenuous dancing for the
close-up shots.

Judy: It would have been a huge problem if any of the makeup rubbed off onto the costumes, so we had to do many tests before we came up with the right combination of products – especially for the hands. The only other challenge was conveying to our team the application techniques, as it really was an operatic style of makeup. The shaping of the eyes and painting the whole eye in cake makeup is unusual for modern makeup artists. Most people are a bit intimidated by pancake makeup and they dismiss it as “old fashioned,” but it can be really beautiful if done properly. In the end, the whole team worked really hard and did a stunning job.

Q: Did you use any products in a non-traditional way?

Judy: We mixed the M•A•C Pigment in Silver with a sealant to create a waterproof liquid. We then used this metallic liquid to paint our delicate silver branches across the little swan faces.

Q: Black Swan makeup tutorials have popped up all over the Internet. Why do you think makeup fans are fascinated with this look, even before the film’s release?

Judy: What’s not to be fascinated with? The look is intense, alluring, and sexy with a bit of danger mixed in. Frankly, I’m flattered and pleased that there has been this much interest in the Black Swan makeup.

Q: How can the everyday woman translate the dramatic Black Swan makeup into an evening look?

Judy: There are a lot of aspects to this makeup that are standard elements for a classic beauty makeup. The highlights and contours along the cheekbones, nose, jaw line, and the pout of the mouth can all be adapted to a contemporary makeup. I also think one could incorporate the dramatic eyeliner – the angles and the intensity - into a very seductive, catlike smoky eye.

Margie: Think 1920’s vamp makeup: create the smoky Black Swan eyes with slender, silver eye liner applied under black wingtip liner and add thin wisps of silver liner over the eyelid, too. Rim the waterline with black liner and top it off with full, feathery false eyelashes. Apply a very matte foundation with contoured cheekbones and a hint of shimmery blush on apple of cheeks. Lips can be matte or glossy in dark eggplant, wine and even black colours!

Q: What other films have you worked on?

Margie: Sex and The City: The Movie, Cadillac Records, Across The Universe, Requiem for A Dream, I Shot Andy Warhol

Judy: The Unbelievable Truth, Ghost Dog, Requiem for a Dream, Frida, House of Sand and Fog, Broken Flowers, The Fountain, Blood Diamond, Across the Universe, Synecdoche New York, All Good Things, The Wrestler, Sex and The City: The Movie, Sex and The City 2, Dream House and The Tempest.

Q: Have you ever worked on a fashion show? If so, what are the differences between the creation of a movie makeup and the look for a fashion show? Is the creative process similar or different?

Margie: The creation process is similar; the differences are huge. In film, the makeup needs to be recreated more than once, whereas in fashion on a runway, it is created for one day or one show. In film, there is continuity of passage of time from minutes to days to years, and the character’s look has to adjust for this, sometimes all on the same shooting day. In film, the makeup needs to enhance the actors’ performances and become part of their characters, contributing to beauty, injury, aging, etc.

Q: How did you get into the film industry and how many years have you been working with makeup on film sets?

Margie: I began working on music videos in the late 1980’s and I have been a makeup artist for 22 years.

Judy: I’ve been working in the film industry for 22 years, as well. I got started by working on any project I could get my hands on that required a makeup artist. I worked on low budget films, no budget films and music videos. Some of those projects were extremely difficult because they were so small that they often never even considered what a difference a good makeup department could have made. That said, I always managed to enjoy my work, be innovative, and enjoy the creative process with the actors. I was lucky to meet some wonderful crews early on, and they inspired me to persevere. It totally paid off.

Q: What is the one M•A•C product that you cannot go on set without? Why?

Margie: I use so many M•A•C products on every job, but the Blot Powders are a must for whatever seems to be going on with my makeup at any given moment!

Judy: That’s a really difficult question, but I guess I would have to say a Powerpoint Eye Pencil. I think I could make up anyone with just one Powerpoint Eye Pencil. Or at lease enhance their features.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Local M∙A∙C artists from Toronto join over 1,400 M∙A∙C employees from
30 countries to extend the work of the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund

New York, December 1, 2010 –Today makeup artists from M∙A∙C Cosmetics in Toronto will put away their makeup kits and don red ribbons to participate in a company-wide volunteer effort to honor World AIDS Day. This initiative—part of a worldwide effort involving more than 1,400 M∙A∙C employees in 120 North American cities and 30 countries—is organized to demonstrate the company’s longstanding commitment to the global fight against HIV/AIDS and strengthens the artists’ relationship with the brand’s philanthropic foundation, the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund (MAF), and its many grantees.

M∙A∙C artists from Toronto will pitch in to help at Casey House for their annual Voices of Hope concert, and at Fife House to treat residents and clients to a spa day. Casey House, a specialty hospital with community programming including home care and outreach programs, is dedicated to ensuring that the HIV/AIDS community in Toronto is cared for, providing services wherever they are needed, including in clients’ homes, at clinics, or on board the mobile health bus. Since 1996, the M•A•C AIDS Fund has granted close to $1.54 million to Casey House.

Launched collaboratively with La Maison du Parc in Montréal and Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation in Vancouver (both grant recipients of the M•A•C AIDS Fund), “Voices of Hope / Voix D’Espoir” is Canada's national annual event marking World AIDS Day and raising awareness of the ongoing crisis of HIV/AIDS across Canada and internationally. M•A•C employees will be assisting at the Toronto concert, which will feature performances by pop a capella legends The Nylons and other musical talent.

On World AIDS Day at Fife House, volunteers from M•A•C Cosmetics will create ‘spa’ experiences at two of their residential programs, Sherbourne and Jarvis. The artists’ expertise in skin care and makeup artistry will be shared with residents of both programs in one-on-one consultations and demonstrations. Fife House operates three residences (programs) that offer 24-hour support through a network of qualified staff and volunteers. They offer transitional housing, homeless outreach programs and meal programming, all of which are supported through M•A•C AIDS Fund grants. Since 2000, the M•A•C AIDS Fund has donated close to $800,000 to Fife House.

“One of the main reasons I love working at M∙A∙C is because of VIVA GLAM and all the good work the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund does in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The experience of volunteering with my fellow artists on World AIDS Day is inspiring and a real way for me to give back,” says Jane McKay, M•A•C Senior Artist.

One hundred percent of the sales price of M∙A∙C’s VIVA GLAM Lipsticks and Lipglasses goes directly to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, benefiting grantees in more than 30 countries. To date, the company has donated more than $190 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.

“The fact that the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS are improved every time a makeup artist sells a VIVA GLAM product has always been a great source of pride at M∙A∙C,” said Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, M∙A∙C Cosmetics and Global Executive Director of the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. “The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund is truly the heart and soul of our company—there is commitment to the cause at every level. Our deep tie to the Fund creates a great comradery and bond among our employees, which in turn contributes to the fact that M•A•C has a higher retention rate than other brands. It is wonderful to see the company unite time and again on such an important day and lend their time to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS.”

All over the globe, M∙A∙C employees are giving back in a variety of ways. In India, artists will pair up with the women of Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE) and assist them with preparing and selling food items from carts in the streets of Chennai. In Munich, Germany, artists will support the Münchner AIDS-Hilfe e.V. by selling teddy bears to pedestrians in order to collect money for HIV infected people. M∙A∙C volunteers in Toronto will partner with the Fife House providing makeup applications, techniques and skin care tips to the residents, all of whom are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Other participating M∙A∙C affiliates are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, TR-Bali, UK and Venezuela.

The M•A•C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M•A•C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised over $190 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of M•A•C’s VIVA GLAM lipstick and lipglass, donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

Today on World AIDS Day, we are putting out the call to everyone to do their part in supporting the fight again HIV/AIDS. Why buy a Viva Glam product and what exactly does it do? Check out our Top 5 reasons to buy a Viva Glam lipstick/lipglass – today and any day!

1. Today is World AIDS Day. What better way to show your support than by buying a product that supports HIV/AIDS with 100% of the selling price directed to the M·A·C AIDS Fund?!

2. A purchase with a tangible effect. What exactly does the $17.50 you pay for your Viva Glam lipstick do?

For men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in North America, one Viva Glam lipstick can pay for:

8 individually tailored, nutritious home-cooked meals

1 week’s supply of groceries (about 4 bags of food) for 2 clients

14 blood glucose monitoring strips

Fuel for MANNA trucks for 37 deliveries of nutritionally sound meals

A Sunday meal for 5 people at the Denison Residential Housing Program in Toronto

1 Hospitality Kit containing personal hygiene and grooming essentials for a client entering a housing program

For men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS internationally, one Viva Glam lipstick can provide:

2 children with 2 meals per day at Noah’s Ark for 1 month

1 pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS

Support and education for 5 pregnant women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, giving them the tools to prevent transmission to their unborn child

**For more ways one Viva Glam product can help, see the attached document (8-MAF WHAT 1 VG CAN DO)

3. Support the M·A·C AIDS Fund and the Viva Glam Program. Since 1994, the Viva Glam program has raised $190 Million (USD) for HIV/AIDS organizations globally. MAF offers a large number of grants to these organizations and the money helps these charities in a variety of ways. Here in Toronto, MAF donates to a few different groups, two of which (Casey House and Fife House) are hosting World AIDS Day events at which a number of M·A·C employees are volunteering. Casey House is a specialty hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS and Fife House is a homeless outreach program/residence for people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. M∙A∙C artists from Toronto will pitch in to help at Casey House for their annual Voices of Hope concert, and at Fife House to treat residents and clients to a spa day. Along with their skincare tips and products, M·A·C is also bringing a $50,000 check to donate to Fife House this afternoon, on behalf of the M·A·C AIDS Fund!

4. Raise awareness. Ever get questioned about your fabulous lip colour? What better way to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and M·A·C Viva Glam than by letting your lipstick do the talking?! Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper, our fabulous Viva Glam spokespeople, have a limited edition lipstick and lipglass available (photos attached) that they helped to design! This year, they are focused on raising awareness of HIV/AIDS with the female population (see ‘VivaGlam-PRFA10’ doc.) Forget the stereotypes. Women are more likely to become infected with HIV than men. While the overall rate of new HIV infections has slowed, the number of women infected with HIV is growing. And in every part of the world. (‘C&G FROM OUR LIPS2’ doc has more info)

5. Gifts the give back. Throughout the holiday season, there is even more that you can do to raise money for HIV/AIDS. M·A·C offers a Viva Glam lip bag and Sir Teddy, perfect stocking stuffers that support the M·A·C AIDS Fund with 100% of the selling price directed to organizations helping people living with HIV/AIDS. And don’t forget to pick up your Kids Helping Kids cards - deliver your message of holiday cheer knowing that you’re helping children all over the world that have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The press release for this holiday collection is attached (ATartanTale_VG_KHK) and check out this link to the images of our VIVA GLAM/Kids Helping Kids products: VG / KHK


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