Fenty debuts limited-edition highlighter

Finding a new highlighter that is quality is like finding a diamond in the rough; finding one that also gives back is almost impossible. But thanks to Rihanna’s latest release, both are a reality.

According to ELLE, the multi-hyphenate’s Fenty Beauty teamed up with her nonprofit — the Clara Lionel Foundation — to create a limited-edition highlighter called “Diamond Ball-Out.” Named after her foundation’s annual Diamond Ball, ELLE says the highlighter is a platinum shade that “features the same weightless, cream-to-powder formula and highly-pigmented shimmer of the OG Killawatt shades.”

As if the formula and shade weren’t enough, ELLE reports that 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the highlighter “will be donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation to aid in the organization’s education, health, and global advocacy programs around the world.”

Running concurrently with the highlighter’s release is a contest that has as the grand prize the chance for one fan and their guest to attend the Diamond Ball on Sept. 13; to enter, ELLE says “each dollar spent on the limited-edition highlighter equals one entry towards the contest so the more you spend, the better your chances.”

Ready for this covetable and charitable new product? ELLE says it drops on Aug. 1.

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Nyong’o, Ronan bare it all as stars of Calvin Klein campaign

A new fragrance means a new set of models, and the Calvin Klein brand chose two of the most recognizable actors to front its new campaign.

According to ELLE, to help spread the news about the brand’s first fragrance — aptly called “Woman” — under creative director Raf Simons, Calvin Klein selected Lupita Nyong’o and Saoirse Ronan to front its adjoining campaign, which is directed by artist Anne Collier.  Featuring “both striking, minimalist portraits of the award-winning actresses alongside women they have personally been inspired by,” ELLE says “Nyong’o chose Eartha Kitt and Katharine Hepburn, while Ronan picked Sissy Spacek and Nina Simone.”

With a fragrance that Simons says is inspired by “freedom of expression” and “the transmission of strength and inspiration from woman to the next,” ELLE reports that the creative director said its campaign is centered around the theme of embracing and owning one’s femininity.

“The campaign is an exploration of femininity—a group of women bonded by a common thread,” said Simons, “the desire to have the power to create their own identity, and to support and lead the way for those that come after them.”

Click here to shop the fragrance.

 

Lush working on bath bomb inspired by Grande song

Looks like Lush is a fan of Ariana Grande’s latest music video.

According to Cosmopolitan, after the singer released the music video for her “God is a Woman” — which shows off the most ethereal scenes of Grande in the midst of pink, blue and purple-swirled water — a Twitter user reached out to Lush Cosmetics to “ask if the company could make a bath bomb with the same color scheme and name it ‘God is a Woman.'”

Screenshots of the company’s response showed that they wrote back offering to pass the idea along to their teams for consideration, and once Grande saw the images, Cosmo says she tweeted the words “i’ll do anything” to Lush to make her own plea.

The following day, Lush Product Inventor and Chief Digital Officer Jack Constantine responded, says Cosmo, and with more than expected: a full prototype of a “God is a Woman” bath bomb. Posting a video of the sample’s test run on Instagram, Constantine wrote in the caption, “I had a fun day working on a prototype for @arianagrande of a #godisawoman #bathbomb in the #lushlabstoday. Still needs work, version 2 tomorrow 🛀💣”

Stay tuned!

Cabello launches L’Oreal makeup collection

Make room in your makeup bags, because a new cosmetic collection has just arrived, courtesy of Camila Cabello and L’Oreal Paris.

According to ELLE, the “Never Be The Same” singer is making sure your makeup bag will never be the same with her collaboration with L’Oreal, named after and inspired by her other hit, “Havana.” The 14-piece collection covers all the major product categories, says ELLE, including “eye shadows, brow products, lip gloss, and L’Oréal’s first liquid bronzer.”

With shimmery shadows and sweet “lip dews” that are sure to give you a summery makeup look all season (and all year) long, ELLE says the collection delivers all of this priced at $15 and under. Adding to its accessibility is its availability around the world, giving those in 18 other countries — Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, and the U.K., according to ELLE —  a taste of Havana.

As for Cabello herself, the line is all about offering shoppers a piece of herself in some fun packaging:

“The process of getting to build a line from the ground up and getting to pick out the shades, and the fragrance of the lip glosses, and the packaging design has been an incredible experience,” she told ELLE. “I just knew I wanted to make a makeup line that was natural. If I’m not on stage or doing an award show performance, I really don’t like wearing a lot of makeup. I feel like this line is really an expression of what I would wear. It’s glowy and simple.”

To learn more about the line, click here.

Cosmetics company giving away wedding gown

If wedding bells will be chiming in your near future, a new giveaway aims to get you decked out for your big day, from head to toe — literally.

According to PopSugar, Benefit Cosmetics has just launched a brand-new giveaway in conjunction that will not only “give you perfect, face-framing eyebrows, but if you’re lucky you could also win a wedding gown.”

Here’s how PopSugar says the contest works: when brides-to-be stop in a Benefit Boutique for a free Bridal Brow Mapping session and makeover to whip their brows into shape from now until Aug. 31, they are automatically entered to win a free Morilee wedding gown by Madeline Gardner.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 1, says PopSugar, and the prize will be a gown worth about $1,200 — all for being pampered by Benefit!

Ready to snag your chance at a free wedding dress? Click here to enter the contest online, and find your nearest Benefit Boutique here.

Stila lipstick selling out for best reason

Who knew lipstick could be so empowering? Apparently Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

According to PopSugar, when the 28-year-old candidate from New York’s 14th Congressional District defeated “10-term incumbent” Representative Joseph Crowley in a stunning primary victory, she did so while wearing a bright red shade of lipstick — one that caught the eye of Twitter users, who began inquiring after the happy hue.

While Ocasio-Cortez told her followers in a response tweet that the exact lipstick was Stila’s “Stay All Day” liquid lipstick in the shade “Beso,” PopSugar says the decision wear red carried more significance than readily noticeable.

“…Suffragettes in the early 1900s wore the hue while protesting for women’s right to vote,” reports PopSugar, while “in 1912, the real-life Elizabeth Arden even handed out a similar lipstick to NYC marchers as a token of unity.”

And since Ocasio-Cortez revealed her lipstick shade, PopSugar says not only has Sephora sold out of the hue, her Twitter followers shared their support by sending their photos of their own Stila lip slicks.

History-infused or not, this show of women supporting women is encouraging — and, as PopSugar points out, don’t forget to focus on what really matters: what Ocasio-Cortez’s platform is: she “supports Medicare for all, abolishing ICE, expanding LGBTQ+ rights, and creating an assault weapons ban.”

 

 

Fenty unveils new summer products

If we needed another reason to love summer beyond the sunshine and warm weather, Rihanna just gave us one: a new Fenty release.

According to ELLE, the multi-hyphenate has announced a new Fenty eye product collection, which mainly includes eyeshadow, eyeshadow primer and liquid liner. Making its debut on July 6, ELLE says the collection features the Moroccan Spice palette — the brand’s second-ever eyeshadow palette, following the Galaxy palette last year” — which offers “diamond-shaped shimmer and matte shades in toasty hues.”

Matte shades in the eyeshadow palette include a warm terra cotta, charcoal and even a dusty mauve, while the shimmery shadow look to be a bit more fun, with a sparkly emerald making an appearance in the palette.

Beyond the palette, ELLE says the collection will include a Pro Filter Eye Primer to hold onto all of that gorgeous eyeshadow color, as well as eyeshadow brushes to get the perfect eye look. Finishing off the look is what ELLE says is a “long-wear liquid liner that’s formulated to be water-resistant with a satin sheen” that is aptly named Flyliner.

Ready to shop the new products? ELLE says the collection will be available for purchase at Sephora, as well as Harvey Nichols and on Fenty Beauty’s website.

Madonna offers cheaper version of $600 face mask

If $600 is just too much for splurge on a face mask, a [slightly] cheaper alternative is here.

According to Glamour, a slightly more affordable version of Madonna’s MDNA Skin Magnetic Face Mask is now available, and it purportedly offers just as stellar results. While this version only features just a magnet and works its wonders sans LED light, Glamour says the mask leaves skin “smoother, softer, and more hydrated,” as well as looking “brighter” and “way less haggard than it did 180 seconds prior.”

The catch, however, is still in the price; Glamour reports that the main magnet product — the MDNA Skin Mask Remover  — sells for $80, but customers will still have to buy the Chrome Clay Mask separately, which clocks in at $120.

But if you’re in the market for a luxurious face mask, $200 sure beats $600 for a tried and true product like this one.

MAC debuts Aaliyah collection

Clear out your makeup bags and make some space on your vanities, because a brand-new MAC collection is ready to drop.

According to PopSugar, MAC is set to drop its new MAC x Aaliyah Collection that celebrates the life and work of late music superstar Aaliyah, something that her brother Rashad Houghton told the site came as a direct result of her fans.

“My sister’s fans, throughout the years now, have been so incredible, just being passionate about keeping her legacy alive. We, along with the MAC team, made sure that every aspect, every shade, every color was something that the fans would love. The whole line is dedicated to the fans, because that’s what my sister would want.”

Launching online on June 20 and in select stores on June 21, PopSugar reports that the collection “an illuminating bronzing powder, a nine-pan eye shadow palette, and lipsticks, liners, and glosses inspired by the singer’s iconic beauty looks and music.”

With lipstick shades like “Try Again” (a nude shade) and  “More Than a Woman” (a cool red), PopSugar says all shades in the line are inspired by her “favorite colors and personal style,” even offering up a bright red shade similar to the one she rocked in the music video for “We Need a Resolution.”

Even the line’s packaging offers a piece of the singer, says PopSugar, featuring Aaliyah’s signature over a burgundy exterior.

Ready to shop? Click here to check out the products before the drop.

Crayon brand launches makeup collection

If the colors of your childhood crayon box inspired your current passion for makeup, brace yourself: a famous crayon brand has just unveiled their very own collection of cosmetics.

According to ELLE, Crayola has launched their new Crayola Beauty line exclusively with British retailer ASOS.com, complete with packaging that will take your back to your grammar school days. Adding to the nostalgia of the line are the product names, will ELLE says include all of the familiar Crayola crayon shades, such as “Fuzzy Wuzzy, a dusty rose” and “Tumbleweed, a cool beige.”

The 58-piece collection is also all vegan, reports ELLE, and offers a range of products that include “face crayons, lip and cheek crayons, color-changing lip crayons, highlighters, mascaras, palettes and brushes.”

And, keeping true to its color-centric brand, ELLE says each color is highly pigmented, offering a saturated, bold look — a look that will be easy to achieve when the line boasts 95 shades to choose from.

Adding to the line’s accessibility beyond the number of shades available are two factors: price and intended audience. While pieces from the collection range between $15 and $40, ELLE reports that a press release “notes the collection is gender fluid and the campaign photos reflect that spirit with both men and women wearing the products.”

What more could you ask for in a makeup collection?

To shop, click here.