When my friend/red lipstick kindred spirit Alis cuts my hair and we get to talking about red lipstick, girl, time ceases to exist. I’m not kidding, seasons will change! We’ll spend 15 minutes deconstructing minute details, like the differences between NARS Red Square and NARS Dragon Roll Girl, or MAC Russian Red and MAC Red. She’s that person in my life!
She’s precisely the kind of makeup lover the new NARS NARSissist Wanted Power Pack Lip Kit in Hot Red was made for, because, at first glance, both of the red liquid lipsticks in it probably look more or less the same to most peeps — but they definitely do NOT look the same to members of #teamredlips like Alis. If you’re a red lippie lover, you probably already noticed that Cherry Bomb is cooler and bluer than Don’t Stop, which is warmer and yellower.
Really, they’re totally different!
The $26 kit, one of three (the others are Warm Nudes and Cool Nudes), is coming March 18th to Ulta. Each one contains two mini liquid lipsticks from the groundbreaking NARS Powermatte liquid lipstick line.
Only thing is, these diminutive versions leave my lips feeling noticeably drier than the NARS reds in the permanent collection.
With Daylight Savings Time behind us, we can now eagerly await the arrival of summer. And since it’s no secret that shoes are at the top of the guilty pleasure shopping list, we’ve got the five shapes you’ll be seeing in 2018. From dainty embellished heels to velvet for day, the shoe trends for spring are as varied as they are pretty.
Models pounded the Valentino catwalk in one of the season’s biggest footwear trends—the velvet pump with bow detailing. At both Dries Van Noten and Versace, we saw strappy pointed stilettos and pumps that were distinctively velvet. A staple of the ’80s, velvet is making its way back into 2018. Ditch basic black and opt for the plush material in vibrant colour, block heels or patterns instead.
The trend that built Gucci shows no sign of dissipating. Classic loafers as mules are simple and polished enough to wear to the office or even with an ankle-length dress. These easy-to-wear slip ons are perfect for your next vacation. Other labels to utilize this open-back shoe silhouette includeDerek Lam and Claudia Li. It seems we will be swapping our heels for this comfortable option for months to come. Thank goodness.
I remember watching Soul Train as a kid and seeing people dancing in these thick-bottomed shoes. Despite their chunkiness, the versatile shoes are great for people who might want to add a few inches to their height. At Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma there were bright orange platforms, while Jil Sander showed black pairs with blocks of space cut into the soles. But the most talked about platform—ridiculously high and colourful—was by Mary Katrantzou.
There is a more-is-more approach to design these days which is where embellishment adds an eye-catching element to any outfit. It’s interesting to see many designers apply crystals minimally along the heels to create a tasteful look. Embellishment was seen at Christopher Kane and in the pearls at Simone Rocha. When you wear a simple jeans-and-white-tee ensemble, bejewelled shoes are your best bet for making a stylish entrance.
Fur details are what you expect to see in the cold months but this spring, don’t be surprised to see furry details on toe-baring sandals. Or if covered up is more your thing, take a look at the Saint Laurent catwalk where models sported knee-high boots covered in bright and colourful furs and feathers!
If you listen to disco, you know that your booty is guaranteed to start shaking whenever this song plays.
Le Freak, by the way, is also the name of one of the liquid lipsticks in the new $26 NARS NARSissist Wanted Power Pack Lip Kit in Cool Nude, which is coming exclusively to Ulta very soon — March 18th!
Cool Nudes is one of three new liquid lip kits from NARS, and each comes with two cute Powermatte Pigment minis. One of the shades is a re-promoted shade from the permanent line (American Woman), and the other, Le Freak, is a new limited edition pale pink.
The other liquid lippie, matte chestnut rose American Woman, is from the permanent Powermatte line, and I wear it all the time. I wear it so much that I’m constantly transferring it from purse to purse (it’s like a round robin!), and I don’t even know which purse my full-size one is in at the moment, so the other day I wore the mini instead.
Same color as its full-size brethren, and it’s just as lovely, light and comfortable.
Taylor Swift has been keeping a low profile lately. Maybe it’s because she’s been too busy with her new man-friend, British actor Joe Alwyn. Or maybe she understands that in the cycle of admiration and admonishment that every celebrity goes through (especially female celebs!), she’s firmly in a backlash period. Why court media attention, if that attention is just going to be negative anyway? Besides, it’s not like it’s hurt her sales.
But, she made somewhat of an appearance on this weekend’s iheartradio awards—which we guess are like some hip, 2005-version of something called the HeartRadio awards—at least, in pre-recorded form. She was there to introduce her new video for her song Delicate, which, speaking of 2005, sadly isn’t a cover of Damien Rice’s weepy song of the same name.
The video sees Taylor suddenly become invisible, allowing her to dance like no one is watching (and possibly love like she’s never been hurt, too). It’s a fun video! But, like Taylor’s music, it shows its influences pretty heavily. But hey, curating and sampling and recycling is what pop music has always been about. Right?
With that in mind, here are some thoughts we had while watching Delicate.
Let’s get this out of the way up top. People have pointed out the similarities between this video and the advertisement by Kenzo a few years ago. And they are right! Both videos have a woman dancing in a dress in a fancy lobby. But, we’d argue that both those videos are heavily inspired by Fatboy Slim’s video for Weapon of Choice, which had Christopher Walken dancing in a lobby, though not wearing a dress. As with nearly everything in this life, if you see something interesting, chances are Christopher Walken has already done it.
The video begins. Influence check: is it just us or is there some serious shades of Imogen Heap in that first bit? Remember Imogen Heaps? Another singer from the early aughts.
As Taylor Swift walks a red carpet, there are journalists (gross) shouting questions at her. This has nothing to do with influences, but do you ever wonder if lip readers get distracted by scenes like this, where people mouth words at the camera? Or is lip reading kind of like quicksand—it’s real, but way less prevalent than television would have us believe.
Influence Check: Taylor is passed a kind of magic, golden glowing note. This is what makes her invisible presumably. But why, in the note’s golden glow, is there not a connection to Willy Wanka to be made? Remember how Charlie Bucket got a golden ticket? What’s interesting about this is that it might give an indication of how Taylor sees herself. Yes, she’s a privileged global popstar, but inside she’s still just a poor, oppressed child, just waiting for a miracle.
She’s accompanied by four bodyguards (though, really, only one is wearing sunglasses, so how effective could the other three be) who may just be the worst bodyguards ever. She gets accosted by bellhop that—is it just us—is reminiscent of TJ Miller? No? Huh
Influence Check: Singing in the rain, stomping in the puddles.
Influence Check: Ok, so obviously there have been several instances where people dance on cars in popular culture. Is this really a call back to Michael Jackson’s controversial, uncensored “Black and White” video where The King of Pop does some soft shoe/crotch touching dance on an old car to stop racism? Probably not. But who knew Taylor could do the splits?
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LOL! Wouldn’t that be a hoot? — Padma Lakshmi congratulating Tabs on his award-winning final meal on Top Chef.
I mean, even considering that he’s a cat, chances are Tabs would win Top Chef before I did because I don’t have that special something. Sure, I can follow a recipe, but I’m no wonder in the kitchen.
I do, however, have strong opinions on 💄 lipstick. 😊 If that counts for anything.
1. There’s a lotta lipstick in the MAC Padma Lakshmi collection!
The 17-piece release, which is coming to MAC counters Thursday, March 15th, has been released early online. It includes six lipsticks ($17.50 each) and a Cremesheen Glass ($21, which is an online exclusive). Four of the lippies are MAC Mattes, one is an Amplified, and one is a Cremesheen. Oh, and the Cremesheen Glass is glossy, of course.
2. The nude lipsticks are a go, ESPECIALLY for tan temptresses and darker divas.
If you have a toasty tan, you know how some nude lipsticks can be, right? Particularly pale pink and pale beige lipsticks? How some will wash you out?
Today in front page royal news: Kate Middleton’s finger length is under fire.
Last week, the Daily Maildrew widespread attention to a photograph of the Duchess of Cambridge holding a clutch. “It was Kate’s hands—and not her elegant cream ensemble—that generated the most attention on Tuesday,” the British tabloid wrote of royal’s recent appearance at a primary school in Oxford, UK. “Photographs taken of the pregnant mother-of-two indicate that, unusually, the central three fingers of her hands are almost the same length. Most people’s middle fingers are noticeably longer than their index or fourth fingers.”
Photo of Kate on her visit to Oxford primary school suggests her fingers are almost exactly the SAME length https://t.co/S7zkXI1Wx1
What does this mean?! As the future queen of England, will she be forced to abdicate her right to the throne?! According to the Daily Mail — who not only printed the story on their front page but featured a TWO PAGE SPREAD detailing the controversy — “people with relatively long index fingers have also been found to be more likely to suffer from schizophrenia, allergies, eczema and hay fever.” They cite scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research and everything! Very legit stuff.
But the Internet, sadly, isn’t buying into it.
“I’ve got an idea: we could do a thing about the size of Kate’s fingers being all the same size”. “They aren’t, though”. “Prove it”. “I’ve done a box round them and they don’t touch the same line”. “We shall publish anyway”. pic.twitter.com/cMMDfUs51V