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.

Photos: google images

INtrigue INsider – Sparkle Plenty with Festive Fabulousness


MicaBella Mineral Shimmer Shadows
MicaBella Mineral Shimmer Shadows – LOVE THEM!

If you really want your eyes to sparkle this Christmas then you need to be wearing the right eye make up. The ‘Three Ls’ make up the basic stages of eye make up application- Lids, Liner, Lashes– and you need to be sure your make up bag has the perfect product for each stage if you want to make the best of your makeup 1

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The eye lids are where it’s at for color. There are so many gorgeous shades out there at the moment- but that means it’ can be so tempting to go wild and pick the brightest, most glittery tone you can find but nothing screams drag queen more than over the top eyes. The truth is you should pick colors that sort your natural coloring and base all your eye looks around that. You should start with a lid primer to help eye makeup adhere and last for hours.  MicaBella makes an amazing primer for lids.  The best eye make up styles are made of three color tones on the lid.  Firstly a very light base color to create a shimmer should be applied between the lashes and the brow.  A grey/silver or beige/gold shade usually works best.

eyes_1Next to add color. You will need a main color for the whole lid and then a darker tone of the same color for the crease and corner of the lid if you want to emphasize your eyes and make them the main feature of your face. Experimenting with colors you like is the best way to learn what suits you best but check out the colors we think work best:

Blue Eyes : The natural color of blue eyes shines brightest when surrounded by warm natural colors. Using light brown tones with a pretty pink shade always works well.
Green Eyes : Dark brown or mocha shades are great for a natural earthy daytime look while purple tones contrast well with green eyes to create more drama.
Hazel Eyes : The different colored flecks in hazel eyes allow you to highlight the different tones depending on your mood. Try using a green shadow with a hint of gold alongside a pale yellow or lighter green to pick out the different tones within the brown of your eyes.

*Remember that any eye color looks great with smoky eye make up. Celebrity make up artist Lisa Eldridge has some top tips on achieving a sultry smoky look:                         Sexy Smoky Eyes Made Simple


Eye liner is probably one of the most common things that people struggle with when it comes to beauty. The hassle of getting your lines straight and even and avoiding smudging can make it all too tempting to give this stage a miss but it really is essential in defining the shape of your eyes.
The secret to perfect eye liner is all about choosing the right product for you. There are three main types of eye liner to choose from:
Kohl Pencils: are best for beginners (above). They glide on easy and can be blended and smudged without much effort. However this does mean they may smudge where you don’t want them too after a few too many vodkas.
Liquid Liners : last the longest and create the most drama but you need a steady hand to apply the liquid and it’s not so easy to remove if you make mistakes.
Felt Pen Liners : are a cross between the first two they are easy to apply like a pencil without going blunt and have the liquid smoothness. They can also be more difficult to correct when you have a little slip up however.  *Black eye liner may look too severe for those with blonde hair and fair skin so try using a brown or grey shade to soften the look.

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Lovely lashes are the finishing touch to any gorgeous eye look. The longer and thicker you can get your lashes the more glamorous they will look. Stars like Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen love to flutter false eye lashes on the red carpet and it’s now easy enough to get the Hollywood lash look at home. Celebrity lash designer (yes that is a real job) Christina Smith tells us the best way to apply false lashes:

Top Tips for Lovely Lashes

If you don’t fancy the hassle of all that cutting and sticking there’s always the good old traditional curlers and mascara method. The best eye lash curlers are usually the most basic ones. Some people find that heated curlers make their lashes stay shaped for longer but usually a good squeeze with a standard pair is just as good.  I still swear by Shu Uemura but Chanel’s precision curler is excellent too.  Note: I can go without wearing mascara but cannot do without my eyelash curler.

There are some great mascaras on the market at the minute that can lengthen, thicken, strengthen, separate and even make your lashes grow.

Waterproof mascara is essential if you’re off to a hot and sweaty club or plan on crying when watching the new film “Les Miserables.”  Right now my favorite waterproof mascara is “Christian Dior Show” Mascara in cobalt blue. It’s just a really great mascara which builds the lashes up and can be intense.  Otherwise I choose MicaBella’s black dramatic lengthening & thickening mascara.  Oh, nothing the holidays to glamorize our looks….

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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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Making up is made easier using some of my favorite brands:

Nars: Bronzer in Laguna & Multiple Stick in Portofino.

 by Terry: expert perfecting foundation brush & Rose de Rose sheer liquid blush (made from crushed rose petals). The smell alone is incredible.

Stila: “fabulous in fiji” – collectible travel palette.

Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in Dramatic & Dior Addict lipstick in Hollywood Rose. Kate Moss 01 lipstick (not show) for Rimmel London is a beautifully moisturizing shade of red.                                                                                               laura mercier: secret camouflage.

Bobbi Brown:  shimmer brick compact in pink.

Guerlain Compact ‘Meteorites Voyage’ Evens complexion

MicBella mineral foundation, bronzer, blush, lip pot & lipsticks (above).

MicaBella mineral eye shadows that double as eye liner. Right: mineral pressed foundation with SPF.  Mica Beauty!

MicaBella moisturizing mineral lipsticks (nature, tango + sunset)
Benefit highbeam, stila smudge pot & urban decay 24/7 are great little fix-me ups!  Currently loving “Diorshow” electric blue mascara, Hard Candy ginormous purple haze and MicaBella mineral lengthening & thickening mascaras.  Shu uemura for natural looking lashes & their eyelash curler is BEST, BEST, BEST!

Beauty – the tool kit.


Let’s Talk “Tools of the Trade.” Not only makeup artists require these.                    

How many of you have most or all of the items listed below? 

“The Art of Makeup”

1:  Tweezers – fine edge and slightly pointed tip work best. “Tweezerman” made in Germany is my favorite.

2:  Sponges – good for blending foundation and getting into tiny creases around the nose and eyes.

3:  Eyelash Comb – the fine tooth comb prevents lashes from turning into a clumpy mess.

4:  Eyebrow Brush – one of the most underused makeup tools. Simply brushing the eyebrows upward can open up the eye area and reveal hairs that need tweezing.

5:  Huge Powder Brush – buffing the face after powdering or bronzing removes any excess powder.

6:  Blush Brush – bristles should be soft.  The ones that usually come with the compact are too small and too hard.

7:  Lip Brush – applying straight from the tube doesn’t always allow for control over application.

8:  Sponge-tip Applicator – for applying eye makeup, evening out eyeliner and under browbone.

9:  Eyelash Curler – an essential for me.  Shu Uemura from Japan or Chanel precision curlers are my favorites.  Begin by applying the curler as close to the base of the lashes as possible.  Softly squeeze the curler and then gently walk it outwards.  Apply mascara as needed.  Currently loving “DIORSHOW” electric blue mascara,  Hard Candy Ginormous Lash in Purple Haze and for black it’s still MicaBella mineral mascara.

MicaBella 100% mineral makeup on eyes and face

10/11/12:  Eye Shadow Brushes – different kinds for applying eye makeup to lids and browbone. Slanted is great for dipping into powder when slightly damp for eyeliner.

13:  Contour Brush – this may seem a rather peripheral tool but many women use it for blending and to shape the face.  I never use this but if you have a wider face you can use a darker shade of powder foundation or bronzer and apply it directly to the outer part of cheeks to create the illusion of a slimmer face.

14:  Scissors – cuticle scissors with slightly curved points are good for trimming false eyelashes and brows.

Cleaning your brushes: I dip them in a solution from “MAC” mixed with warm water then rinse in regular water & leave on paper towels to dry completely.  Best done every couple of weeks.

Did I miss anything?

Personal Pinboard – The joy and beauty of books

One of my favorite authors

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a person’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan

I love beautiful coffee table books too and the covers are what always attract my attention at first.  At some point I’ll have to stop collecting them but they’re always captivating to look through.

Here are some of my favorites:



Mapplethorpe photograph of Grace Jones
Mapplethorpe shoes & fishnets
by Kevyn Aucoin – THE makeup artist of his day.

My mom bought me this book by makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin when it first came out years ago.  I  couldn’t make it to the book signing in New York which was unfortunate as I really wanted to meet him.  At the time I was studying esthetics and  makeup artistry at George Brown College in Toronto.

The transformations found inside this large hardcover book are unbelievable. Kevyn was ahead of his time but the same principles apply today.  He made up all the top models and actresses – the photos are gorgeous.  To this day Cindy Crawford credits him with teaching her everything she knows about applying makeup application.

Jessica Lange (the art of makeup)

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Tango and Poetry – same thing
from “TANGO”            the book in both English & Spanish
Travel Books
cookbooks that remind me of places
and memories (by the author)
Coffee Culture  filled with interesting information and coffee recipes.

Here’s one I can really relate to – a book about what else?


Books by Brad King

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison



Okay, maybe not exactly coffee table style but my brother Brad wrote all of them. 

I keep them on my book shelf.


Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.
Audrey Hepburn

I am a drinker with writing problems Brendan Behan