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So, first off, I want to say thank you to everyone who has been supporting me. The blog, the store, elderly family, the dog….they all can be down right demanding. But doing this with you, its a new journey and I love it, I truly do. So, do to the requests, I have decided to release the video that made me cancel the Allure Beauty Box subscription.

Now, in releasing this video I will tell you this: I was nervous. Nervous about the backlash of not being on the Allure Beauty Box ‘Love it’ group. I wanted to be in that group, I wanted to like the Allure box, every single box and every single item. But I would like to be honest with my audience, no matter how big or small. I truly believe, with the understanding of lack of statistical data, in replacement of demographical marketing, and management…..it doesn’t matter if I like the Allure Beauty Box. It doesn’t matter if you like the Allure Beauty Box either. Allure is getting marketing, good or bad. We are talking about them, and to be honest, I commend them for that.

But as a subscriber with an expectation of products, it didm’t work for me. So, without further ado, here is the video. Please, I welcome all comments, suggestions, gripes…..bring it all. I love you all!!!!!!

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     Affectionately known as the ‘bad boy of fashion’, Jean Paul Gaultier is a name that cannot be denied. While not formally trained, Gaultier is known for many notable works, including working with Hermès. He’s also known for his outlook on the world of fashion, taking on fashion norms and destroying them. After visiting his website, I was intrigued at how he looks at himself. Per his website,

A man of conviction, he sees himself more as a revolutionary, systematically calling into question clichés, standards, codes, conventions and traditions. He turns, shifts and flips them around – even destroys them – in his bid to reinvent them. (jeanpaulgaultier.com)

Gaultier is also known for other things other than simply his contribution to fashion, on the surface. This edgy designer is known to bend, if not, destroy the silent code of slim, young models for older ones, pierced and even tattooed or overweight ones.

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What is also interesting in which people also know Gualtier well for, is his major contribution to the haute couture with amazingly elegant designs. Let’s not forget his fragrance:

 Gaultier has contributed so much amazing fashion since the 1970s, in which its rather difficult to say what is considered to be some of his best work. Nonetheless, its absolutely exhilarating to at least try. Her are some of my favorites of Gultier’s work:

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    The news of Kate’s passing is shocking and sad. We don’t know much on details as it is breaking but, she was found dead in her apartment in New York City. Per Collen Long with The Associate Press:

The 55-year-old left a note at the scene and was found by housekeeping at about 10:20 a.m. It’s not clear how long she had been dead. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

The officials said she was found with a red scarf around her neck attached to a doorknob. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

This story is ongoing and developing. Let’s please be mindful and respectful of the family in mourning. 

 

 

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Now, let’s start the week off with some amazingly expensive luxury designs. Enter Elie Saab. When I hear the name of this designer, I automatically think luxury, gowns, and premium quality fabrics. Still can’t distinctly remember a Elie Saab gown? Here’s one for you that you may remember:

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This Lebanese-born fashion designer has been around for over 30 years, providing the fashion world with elegant gowns of embroidery and Swarovski crystals. Saab has also provided designs that are available in Neiman Marcus as well. I’ll show you one that can be purchased in your Neiman Marcus store.

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This brings on a new sense of the phrase ‘pay the price’.  Here are some of the elegant designs Elie Saab has given us over the years. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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My, my……what do we have here? It seems that the trend of 40 shades is starting to quickly catch on in the beauty community. Enter Dior with their Dior Backstage Face and Body foundation. So let’s get into the goodies about this new foundation on the block.

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According to Dior.com,

The Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is the Dior makeup artists’ secret weapon to create an instantly flawless complexion with ultra-buildable coverage, from a natural nude glow to high-coverage perfection.

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The Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is tested and approved by 100% of Dior professional makeup artists.* With its fluid texture and second skin finish, this ultra-buildable foundation offers custom-made intensity.

*** Extreme condition-proof for 91% of women.
** Photo-ready finish for 95% of women. (dior.com)

     So along with this high percentage of being condition-proof, I’m not too sure what they are referring to. Is that saying its resistant to the heat or moisture?… if I hug a guy, I won’t get makeup on his shirt….if I brush too hard to take off my setting powder, will it stay put? That seems up for debate.

Now, here is what Dior says about the actual formula:

Enriched with beauty-enhancing pigments, the formula fuses with skin that glows for a perfect, natural complexion in real life and through the camera’s lens.

The waterproof formula of the Dior Backstage Face & Body foundation creates an invisible mesh on the skin and resists extreme conditions: workout sessions, water, extreme temperatures and humid environments. It even resists the bright lights both backstage and above the catwalk. (dior.com)

      Now that, my friend, is a reason to really try this product out. Claims to have an ‘invisible mesh’ to the finish on the skin to counter the possible effects of sweat, water, and humidity…..gurl! It seems to be even flashback resistant. Wow! Here’s how they suggest you apply it:

Light nude coverage:
Use your fingers to gently dab 1 layer of foundation and massage onto face.Medium coverage:
Apply 2 layers with Light Coverage Foundation Brush N 11 from the center of the face outwards.Full perfection coverage:
Apply up to 3 layers of foundation in circular motions.

     As much as I am beauty blender crazy, I would be willing to try this foundation with a brush. One of my issues with brush application is that the brush seems to soak up a lot of the product. Now the interesting thing that makes me want to try the product is that they suggest to apply it in a circular motion. Gurl…..WITH MY FINGER??????🤞🏽 Good luck with flawless application with that!
     I would personally assume that applying in that motion would leave a streaky look, instead of an air-brushed or blended finish. While this foundation dries to a matte, I’m curious to know if it dries fast and resistant to transferring onto clothing.
While there are no reviews to assess yet, I’m expecting this product to be the newest addiction to the elegant Dior collection. 

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There is something to be admired about a person who refuses to be deterred or ignore because they are ‘new’ on the scene. Enter Damir Doma. Doma is a Croatian born luxury designer. Although he graduated from fashion school in 2004, he has studied the likes in Munich and Berlin.  He has been referenced in recent hip hop songs and is followed closely and work is admired by celebrities such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, and Rosario Dawson. Here are examples of his work: 

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