Tidbits from the beauty world you may have missed:
— Paris Fashion Week recently ended, and you do not want to know what they are doing with hair and makeup over there. This photo is from the Alexander McQueen show (via style.com) — apparently the shoes have 12-inch heels. (But the platform at the bottom of the shoe is probably a good 4 or 5 inches, so really that’s only a 7 or 8 inch heel. So wearable.)
— The Prescriptives brand officially left stores this weekend; the demise of the line was part of a large restructuring by parent company Estee Lauder. Apparently, the restructuring as a whole is working, as the company’s profits are beginning to increase, although interestingly, Asian markets, rather than US markets, are leading the rise, according to a brief article at CosmeticsDesign.com. And speaking of the Asian market, Japan-based Shiseido is in the process of trying to buy Bare Escentuals. Will US consumers see a benefit from such a merger? Could go either way, IMHO. Although Shiseido is the oldest cosmetics brand in the world, and also owns the NARS and Cle de Peau lines (as well as some popular fragrance lines), they seem to have a hard time appealing to a wide variety of consumers outside of Japan. To wit: I know exactly one person who uses Shiseido products, and it is my grandmother. Bare Escentuals, on the other hand, is a brand that appeals to all ages, and this could be very good for Shiseido’s portfolio (if they manage to run it properly).
— Tarina Tarentino’s new cosmetics line is about to launch at Sephora, which has a lot of people drooling. I am not among them, at least until some other guinea pigs go first and we see how the products perform. Also launching is By Lauren Luke, a makeup line created by … well, by Lauren Luke, who is the latest “I-rose-to-fame-by-doing-makeup-videos-on-YouTube” sensation. I don’t know who’s actually creating these products, so I’m holding out for more information before I fling any money at them.
— In news that no one but me cares about, I am disappointed in the performance of the Almay Face Brightener I bought last week. I’m all for “barely-there” shimmer, but some products are so barely there that they are essentially not there at all. But, it does have SPF 15, so at the very least it can give me some extra sun protection. I also still have not gotten the monster under the passenger seat of my car to spit up my Lancome Rouge Magnificence lipgloss, which I really want back before we get too far into spring colors and I don’t feel like wearing a red lip anymore.
— And, well, this. Mildly unsafe for work.
The Cosmetic Market, which, like Sephora or ULTA, carries many brands, is offering 20% off everything through 2/28 with code ALLURE.
I’m not sure of the absolute reliability of this one, but I hear that Vincent Longo is having a F&F sale, with 30% off sitewide through 2/14. Use code VLLOVE at checkout. Free shipping with purchases over $30.