The Best in Autumn 2015 Make Up Trends

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The Best in Autumn 2015 Make Up Trends

Chanel 2015 beauty trends

It's the fashion new year!

Time to clean out all the old and tired looks from last season and hit the refresh button.

While we are always good at finding new autumn clothes, the make up wardrobe is often over looked.

Old maxims about clashing colours and mix-matched textures are thrown away.

This season a little of this and a little of that can add up to a whole lot of power. Bohemian aesthetics rule the palette with deep rich tones layered with gauze like effects. The eclectic mixing of textures – shimmer and matte, satin and gloss – creates a flare in makeup that harkens to a time gone by.  Autumn 2015 trends push the edges of convention by putting seemingly unrelated colours with pizzazz front and centre. This autumn more is more. Flare, boldness and daring is the spirit of the season.

Here are the top 3 make up trends for the autumn 2015 season:

1.  Shimmer on shimmer:

Usually eyeshadow is a combination of shimmer and matte to create depth.  This season we abandon that rule to create metallic frost and intense light.  Layering shimmer on shimmer is a hot trend for the season.  Colours ranging from gold to purple to grey are the go to colours for eyes.  Don't be afraid to wear lots of eyeshadow this season. 

YSL 2015 

2.  Liquid liner:

Great big bold eyeliner is the key to wearing lots of eyeshadow.  Go for a full retro cat's eye effect or simply build the liner into a heavy, intense application to magnify the appearance of the lashes.  I think both a black and a brown liner is important this season.

Chanel 2015

3.  Matte lipstick:

Deep jewel tones will allow for the full dramatic effect of the season's trends.  Be bold and adventurous with lip colour - don't be concerned that the colour may be "too much."  This season if you think your lipstick is too flamboyant it means you probably need to wear more - and in a bolder shade!

NARS 2015

Must have colours for autumn 2015:

Eyeshadow: Deep Purple, Sage, Oak, Metallic Grey, Gold

Lips:  Tangerine, Rose, Marsala

Daniel Thompson Beauty Mineral Bohemia 

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The Truth: What Cosmetics Can and Can't Do

Marketing Claims Aside, Cosmetics are Limited In Their Abilities

The Truth: What Cosmetics Can and Can't Do

what cosmetics are capable of

For over seven years I've been writing about the over-exaggerated marketing claims made by cosmetics companies. I am, most certainly, not the the first or only writer to discuss how cosmetics companies market their products, but let me be clear - I am all for using well formulated, safe cosmetics. In fact, I am a bit of a cosmetics junkie myself.

What I have always been against is representing formulations as some sort of miracle product in a jar when, with just a little logical reasoning, it is easy to determine a great many of the claims attributed to cosmetics simply cannot live up to the actual abilities of the formulas.

The CBC recently published an article, quoting many of the same sources I use for my research, discussing how the FDA is cracking down on over stated claims attributed to non prescription products (including cosmetics).

To be clear:  any product which claims to have any type of physiological effect of the body is a drug and must be registered as such.  In Canada we use DIN identification to clearly separate drugs and non-drugs for consumers. No DIN identification on the packaging then it's simply not a drug.

Here is my very incomplete list of what an OTC (over the counter) cosmetic can a and can't do (and this is irrelevant of brand):

Cosmetics CANNOT:

  • Boost collagen production
  • Enhance elastin production
  • Effect genes (cosmetics DO NOT contain stem cells no matter what the marketing info says)
  • Effect cell - cell growth, development or activity
  • Repair ageing tissue
  • Remove wrinkles
  • Produce enzymes
  • Increase the skin's metabolic functions
  • Manipulate DNA or RNA
  • Lift/tighten. or otherwise increase firmness

Cosmetics CAN:

  • Clean the skin of make up/dirt/debris
  • Exfoliate the skin removing dead cells
  • Increase hydration levels
  • Protect from UV light (when an approved SPF is included in the formula)
  • Enhance oil/water balance
  • Change the colour of hyper-pigmentation
  • Increase surface antioxidant protection
  • Clear blackheads and general congestion
  • Control acne causing bacteria
  • Reduce surface irritation and inflammation

Well formulated cosmetics can and do make the skin look fresh, radiant, vibrant while providing hydration and environmental protection. However, there is no cosmetic product that can reverse ageing or somehow provide some "miracle" in a jar.  

What's the best way to prevent premature aging and keep the skin as strong and healthy as possible?

Stay out of the sun, wear a sunscreen, eat a balanced diet and get allow the skin to regenerate.  The skin repairs itself, and regenerates, while your body is at rest (sleeping).  It's true a great night's sleep will indeed make your skin look amazing!

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