beauty – beautiful collaborations

Where fashion and beauty collide. Just like clothing giant H&M and Target department stores have collaborated with major designers for much hyped about limited edition pieces, the beauty industry has followed suit.  We’re on the hunt for the exclusive.kateSince Kate Moss knows a thing or two about beauty, it makes sense that her name is on Rimmel long-lasting lipstick (by Kate Moss) with light-reflecting technology.

And take the incredible holographic packaging that  proenza schouler (New York based womens wear and accessories designers) put into their limited edition makeup line for M.A.C. Cosmetics until they were sold old.  I bought two lipsticks.

Proenza Schouler for M.A.C.
Proenza Schouler for M.A.C.

More recently Tony-nominated designer Isabel Toledo and her husband, renowned artist Ruben Toledo, join together with M·A·C for a collection of gorgeous hues packaged in black, white and red with limited-edition illustrations and graphic lines and faces by Ruben Toledo.


The makeup collaboration between Alber Elbaz and Lancôme gained quite a bit of buzz. Elbaz, as the designer for Lanvin, is well known for his quirky fashion illustrations and it’s these illustrations that were featured on the packaging of the Hypnôse Show collection. The collection included mascaras, eye shadow palettes, and false eyelashes.

Alber Elbaz for Lancôme
Alber Elbaz for Lancôme

While the influential artist is no longer around, the Andy Warhol Foundation collaborated with Nars for a limited edition makeup collection. There were makeup palettes dedicated to Factory it-girls, lip glosses housed in metal soup cans, and Pop Art prints a-plenty! Even if you’re not a die-hard Warhol fan, there’s a lot to like about this collection.

Andy Warhol for Nars
Andy Warhol for Nars

Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to a collaboration. He’s done the clothing collaboration thing and last year he teamed up with cosmetics company Shu Uemura. The collection, called Mon Shu Uemura included eye shadow palettes, eyelash curlers, lipsticks, and nail stickers. All of the cosmetics featured quirky packaging designed by Lagerfeld. He even went so far as to photograph the collection himself!

Lagerfeld for Kiehl's
Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

Cosmetic’s brand Kiehl’s teamed up with contemporary artist Kenny Scharf for their Holiday 2012 collection. He customized the packaging of several products for the brand as part of their annual philanthropic project where100% of the proceeds from the collaboration were donated to various associations around the world that help in protecting children.

Kenny for Kiehl's
Kenny Scharf for Kiehl’s

It’s fresh, it’s fun and it gives the artist an opportunity to create something different and open up another avenue, and the purchaser to obtain a little something special.

I may have missed a few. These are just a few examples of arty makeup collections.

It just goes to show that an artist’s canvas can take any shape or form.

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Scene in the City – Long before Sephora there was Shifeon

SHIFEON is one of Vancouver’s best independent beauty retailers and for those not familiar with them,  one of Vancouver’s Best Kept Secrets.  I’ve been visiting Shifeon for years…way before Sephora set foot in this city.  Since day one, they’ve been providing customers with some of the biggest and best selections in town.  Some products are exclusive to them.

Fiona (left) and Shirley to her right.
Fiona (left) and Shirley to her right in their new location.

Anna Sui, Burberry, “butter” London, Clarins, Dolce & Gabbana, Eminence, Escada, Gatineau, Gucci, Sothys, Thalgo……..+ tons more under one roof holding the most beautiful chandelier.

I love that it’s a family run business where they seem to care about the customer and are friendly and professional.   They’ve owned it since 1995 and the name Shifeon is taken from the combo of Shirley and her daughter Fiona.

With Shirley’s three decades of industry experience, and her relentless drive to provide only the best to her customers, Shifeon simply has some of the best selections of cosmetics, skin care, and fragrance products in town.  I was able to find OPI “The Man with the Golden Gun” 18K gold top coat there. They have a lot of “Hello Kitty” products too –  not only for kiddies.  They offer additional services such as boutique facial and spa.


They’ve just moved a few blocks from their original location on Robson Street.                  You can now find them at 1291 Robson Street (corner of Jervis) and luckily for me right across the street from where two good friends live.

Personal Post: get spoiled now!

This year I’ll make sure to get spoiled every night, not think twice about it and intend to make it a full time job.  How indulgent….but also necessary!

I’m excited to share with you the launch of two exceptional skin care products – a facial oil & mist which promise to pamper your skin with healing properties unlike anything currently on the market.  Our test market acceptance was at 100% satisfaction.face1 facial spray

First I want to ask if you currently use or have you considered using a face oil in your skin care routine?  No need to be afraid of the word “oil” because as it turns out it can actually transform your skin for the better. Just as oils rich in essential fatty acids are required in our daily diet to keep our bodies healthy, the right skin care oils are also necessary to keep our skin healthy. When oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve the lipid barrier function. More often than not you’ll see immediate results from the first application.

Get SpOILed – Be SpOILed – Feel SpOILed!

Drench your skin in “SpOILed” sumptuous facial oil for all skin types. It was formulated as a luxe comfort product blending 19 of the most vital ingredients for the well being of your skin. With a blend of indispensable essential oils mixed with lush organic carrier oils it is a complete luxury veil for your face.  052 - Copy

Best used overnight after cleansing your face.  This oil, along with your regular daytime SPF is ALL you need for a complete skincare routine.  Comes in a 2 oz (60 ml) amber glass bottle with pump.

EssenceÉtoile facial essence is a delightfully hydrating facial mist incorporating exotic floral waters with healing essential oils. Use as part of your morning and/or evening skincare ritual, just before applying your moisturizer or oil. Doubles as a toner.  Available in 4 oz (120 ml) cobalt blue glass spray bottle.

Get SpOILed – Be SpOILed – Feel SpOILed!

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INtrigue INsider – Healthy skIN


MicaBeauty Cleanser
MicaBeauty Cleanser

For my usual evening skin care ritual I’m partial to using milky cleansers  for makeup removal as they’re usually the most gentle.

Mica Beauty Natural Cleansing Milk is a heavenly scented detergent free cleanser that’s extra gentle for the skin on your face. The unique formula contains orange blossom extract for cleansing, softening, and toning your skin as it effectively removes all makeup and surface impurities.

Other nourishing ingredients include jojoba and sunflower seed oils, honey and ginseng seed extracts and cucumber.  Works wonderfully.

Available at  250 ml bottle for $35.00

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INtrigue INsider – Flawless!


Flawless little Fix-me-ups! That’s how I refer to MicaBella Pure Mineral Foundations.

Before MicaBella I found using powders on my face too drying & let’s face it who needs more dryness this time of the year.  The fact that they’re all 100% natural is the main reason I even decided to try them in the first place. The pigments derive from rocks (MICA) followed by micro-pulverization which brings the microscopic natural crystals to the level of powder which contains no dyes, filler or FD&C.

When I’m pressed for time I always rely on the “pressed” powder because the sponge comes conveniently right in the case – it’s over quickly.pressed powder

Otherwise I use the loose powder in “Lady Godiva” with a soft brush. They never irritate my skin, the feel is weightless and most importantly they both cover up imperfections perfectly.  Well that’s my cover story.  So…

foundationGet flawless glowing skin with MicaBella 100% all-natural mineral foundation powder! This powder is the ultimate “all in one”, it’s a concealer, powder and foundation all in one! It enhances your natural beauty while calming your skin with anti-inflammatory antioxidants including green tea, and zinc. You will get full coverage all day and night with our water resistant formula.  Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.mica found colors

Mica Bella’s Deluxe portable mineral pressed foundation provides the ultimate in lasting coverage and creates a luminous finish. It’s formulated to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines while creating a natural matte finish for the face.  Talc-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free and noncomodogenic.

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AWay with Words – beautiful quotes!


MicaBella Face

The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think ~anonymous~

BEAUTY is only skin deep, but it’s a valuable asset if you’re poor or haven’t any sense.   – Kin Hubbard

Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts – Serge Gainsbourg

The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer – Joan Collins

I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep.  That’s deep enough.     What do you want, an adorable pancreas? – Jean Kerr

One man’s POV: Beauty is all very well at first sight, but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days? – George Bernard Shaw

Do you love me because i’m beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me? – Oscar Hammerstein, II