Posts Tagged: Givenchy

Oct 13

The Beauty Edit: Mariah Carey x OPI, Givenchy and The Body Shop

It’s approaching the time of year when thoughts turns to shimmer and sparkle and we can’t do much better than my picks for this week:

Givenchy Ondulations D’or – £38.50
You expect couture type make up from Givenchy and this new palette from their Xmas collection does not disappoint. The comfortable texture of this powder adapts to the delicate skin around the eyes as they were heated and pressed for longer yet lighter wear. The talc-free colours (in beautuiful packaging) can be worn in a varietu of ways. Blend the black and gold into a deep, dense bronze. They can also create contrast, one playing off the precious waves of the other.The golden hue will brighten up the upper lid. Applied beneath the eye or along the lash line, the black shade will amplify the vibrancy of the eyes.

givenchy eye makeup

Mariah Carey x OPI – £11.50
Mariah Carey by OPI is back for Xmas with 18 new sparkly and shimmery shades. The shades here are Baby Please Come Home and Kiss Me At Midnight and both contain new liquid sand technology for a textured matte finished, infused with reflective sparkle. It’s a completely new formula that gives a unique look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fibre glitter particles. With no need for a top cat, Mariah was inspired by Xmas sparkle when creating her collection that ranges from frosted pink to sparkling graphite.


The Body Shop Radiance Range
As the summer holiday tan fades, it’s tme to fake health and wellbeing with The Body Shop’s radiance range. The colours have been formulated to suit those a range of skin types, including those darker skin tones. Simply follow these steps to conceal, illuminate and sculpt your complexion with a luminous glow:

Conceal with Lightening Touch Universal Highlighter- £14
Use this unique universal shade to illuminate eyes, cheekbones and brow bones with sheer and pearly iridescence. It’s the magic wand to add light to any look and any skin tone.

Illuminate with Brush On – £14.
Sweep Brush On all over your face to illuminate with a sheer shimmering finish. It comes in three shades to suit every complexion: Brush On ‘Sunlight’ is perfect for medium skin tones. Try ‘Radiance’ for light skin tones and ‘Bronze’ for dark skin tones.

Sculpt with Shimmer Waves, RRP £16.
This compact of five shimmering shades is to give dimension to your face. Shimmer Waves Coral best suits medium skin tones. Shimmer Waves Blush is for lighter skin tones and Shimmer Waves Bronze for dark skin tones. Create shadow by using the darkest shades on the lower part of the cheeks and contour. Bring light by applying the lightest shades on the cheekbones and forehead.

Mar 13

Givenchy Summer 2013 Croisiere Makeup Collection

Last week I trotted off to The Photographers’ Gallery on Ramillies Street to take a sneak peek at the Givenchy Summer 2013 Croisiere Makeup Collection. I can sum it all up in a word. Beautiful!

The collection is made up of the following:

  • Dahlia Noir L’Eau de Parfum
  • Limited edition Le Rouge lipstick in coral and fuchsia
  • Limited edition Le Vernis nail polish also in coral and fuchsia
  • Noir Couture waterproof mascara in Black Velvet and Purple Velvet;
  • Reflet Precieux Satiny Body Enhancer
  • Hydra Sparkling Nude BB Cream

I’ll start with Le Rouge lipstick in coral and fuchsia; the colours are perfect for practically every skin tone. We were comparing hand swatches while we were there and the darker among us found the colours took on a brighter, almost neon look against a very dark brown skin. If you’re very pale, you might find these colours a little bright, I think they’ll look better if the palest among us have at least a slight tan.



Although Le Vernis nail polishes are also called coral and fuchsia, they are slightly toned down versions of the lipsticks. The coral is matte and the fuchsia glossy, with one coat being enough to give long lasting colour.

You’re probably already quite familiar with Noir Couture mascara with its tri-spherical brush but this time it has been reformulated into a waterproof edition and put in a gleaming white leather case. I was a little sceptical about coloured mascara but the beauty experts at Givenchy assure me that one coat of black followed by one coat of purple really brings out brown eyes. I’ll try it and let you know!


Reflet Precieux Satiny Body Enhancer promises to be a ‘one shade suits all’ and as we all tried it at the event, it certainly seems to live up to that claim. Containing crushed pearls, it leaves behind a subtle iridescent sheen and its delicate orange blossom scent reminds me of summer holidays.


The Hydra Sparkling Nude BB Cream is Givenchy’s first foray into the BB market and it promises to unify, conceal, smooth and balance while providing UV protection. While the shade was way (way) too light for me, it felt amazing on the skin; hydrating and moisturising without weighing the skin down. Please bring it out in shades for darker skin tones!


Dahlia Noir L’Eau is a lighter, fresher, crisper version of the bestselling Givenchy Dahlia Noir. With base notes of patchouli, cedar and musk; a heart of rose petal and top notes of citron and neroli, it’s heady without being overpowering and has all the components to be a perfume classic.


Unfortunately you’re going to have to wait to get your hands on all this goodness; the makeup is out in May and Dahlia Noir L’Eau in April.

Can you wait that long?

Jan 13

Givenchy’s New HÔTEL PRIVÉ Collection

Givenchy’s new ‘HÔTEL PRIVÉ make up collection for Spring/Summer 2013 was described as “a collection that conveys a subtle, natural elegance. Colours that express gentle pleasure and cosy intimacy. Textures that are easy to use, the very definition of refined, low-key luxury” by Nicolas Degennes, Givenchy’s International Artistic Director.

Givenchy Hotel Prive collection

Givenchy Hotel Prive collection

The entire collection includes:

• ÉCRIN PRIVÉ Limited Edition Eye shadows in taupe, grey, natural beige and rose milk pink

• ROUGE INTERDIT Limited Edition in 59 Private Peach

• GLOSS INTERDIT Limited Edition lip gloss in 35 Private Rose and 36 Private Fuchsia

• VERNIS PLEASE! Limited Editions nail polish in 183 Private Grey and 184 Private Taupe

Givenchy Hotel Prive collection

Givenchy Hotel Prive collection

I was lucky enough to try the ROUGE INTERDIT Limited Edition lipstick in 59 Private Peach and the Limited Editions nail polish in 184 Private Taupe.

I had reservation about the lipstick as I thought it might be too light for me but it is a lovely nude/beige pink that I think will suit a variety of skin tones. It is lovely to wear, smells great and has good staying power.


Givenchy Private Peach

I received quite a few compliments wearing the nail polish. It appears somewhat nude against my skin (do I have taupe undertones?) and the colour is quite rich so you can get away with just one coat.


Givenchy Private Taupe

I love the two products I did try and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the eye shadow palette and the nail polish in Private Grey.

The HÔTEL PRIVÉ collection will be available from January 21st.

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