My Skin Story with Lancome Dreamtone

Lancome DreamTone

Lancôme has been on point with its skincare game lately, with its serums in particular. First the amazingness that is Visionnaire and now the new DreamTone, a customized skin tone correcting serum. When DreamTone was first launched, I was definitely curious about it but not for the right reasons. I thought it was a tinted-moisturizer/serum hybrid of sorts since it comes in Fair, Medium and Dark. DreamTone is not a tinted-moisturizer; let’s get that part straight so you don’t make the same assumption I did. I was unsure of which shade to choose because I didn’t understand the product enough. What DreamTone really is, is a powerful serum you can use to target those areas of concern with your skin.

It all starts with the three options offered in Fair, Medium and Dark. Each option targets dark spots and uneven skin tone but each one targets an additional concern. For Fair, DreamTone sets its sight on redness. For Medium, DreamTone combats sallowness. Finally, Dark fights acne and blemish marks. For best results, you should use DreamTone morning and night under your moisturizer of choice.

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Jason Wu for Lancome Collection


I recently had the chance to chat with the Jason Wu for a little bit about his collaboration with Lancome, a fall collection available exclusively at Nordstrom. Jason Wu has worked with Lancome in the past for his shows during New York Fashion Week but this is the first time he’s created an actual collection with Lancome or any other brand. It is a natural evolution of their working relationship and I hope we get to see that relationship continue to evolve. A girl can hope for a Jason Wu fragrance, right? If you’re not familiar with Jason Wu, chances are you know his work. He’s best known for designing the dresses Michelle Obama wore during the first and second inaugurations.

I also had the chance to meet Darais, Lancome’s National Makeup Artist. Aside from being a devastatingly handsome man, he’s an amazing makeup artist and has worked with some incredible people during his career. I was lucky enough to sit in a chair and have him do my eyes, loving the smokey blue look he gave. He also shared a few new tricks with me from doing my eyes to posing for pictures. God, I loved this man!

More on that below…

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Try Lancome's Super Serum Duo Génifique & Visionnaire

Lancome Super Serums Genifique and Visionnaire

What’s better than one amazing super-charged serum for your skin? Two amazing super-charged serums!

Lancome wants you to try their most powerful anti-aging duo for a more perfected skin. Lancome is one of the brands I trust my skin with and now they want to be your perfect partner for younger-looking skin. You already know (and hopefully love) about Génifique but have you tried pairing it with the newer Visionaire? Rumor is one out of two women tempted by a cosmetic procedure decided to postpone it after giving this new serum a whirl for four weeks.

In case you didn’t know about Génifique, it is Lancome’s award winning serum that gives you visibility younger skin in just 7 days. It targets radiance, vibrancy and softness and is nothing short of amazing. Want to target the appearance of wrinkles, pores and uneven texture? I don’t know a single woman that doesn’t. 😉 You’ll want to get your hands on Visionnaire then. Try using them together, apply one to three drops of Génifique to cleansed skin. Follow with two pumps of Visionnaire when layering, prior to applying your Lancôme moisturizer. For best results, use Génifique and Visionnaire together in both the morning and evening.

Ready to try Lancome’s super serums for yourself? Get a coupon to try this duo for yourself here.

NOTE: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Lancome and Style Coalition.

Kate Winslet + Lancome Golden Globes Beauty

Kate Winslet is such a classic beauty. She always looks sophisticated and flawless. Avon Global Creative Color Director Jillian Dempsey was responsible for Kate’s Golden Globes beauty look, and went for shimmering and soft eyes with touches of rose on the cheeks and lips.

What we love most about the look is her flawless skin and barely there, pinky rose lip. We got the deets on Kate’s look, and she is wearing the NEW, available in March, Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation. Both Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra and Teint Miracle are A+ foundations in our books, so we can’t wait to find out more about a 24H version (not that we’d EVER wear it that long).

Kate is also wearing Lancome’s new Rouge in Love Lipstick in the shade Delicate Lace. Rouge in Love launches next month, and is supposedly the brand’s longest wearing lipstick yet. We are all over that silver case, and by the “true to tube” color promise. In a fun twist, the 21 shades in this collection are also organized by “mood.”   Three collections, 21 shades, all inspired by different times of day:

  • Jolis Matins: A nod to the early morning, these natural shades adorn lips with a hint of tone-on-tone particles.
  •  Boudoir Time: Inspired by special moments with friends in the late afternoon, these punchy shades are electrified by contrasting pearl particles.
  • Tonight Is My Night: A night filled with promise and twinkling city lights is what inspired these intense shades infused with golden pearl particles.

I have a feeling the “Jolis Matins” natural colors, like Delicate Lace, will be great every day shades. But, we want to see the SEXY TIME shades! Or, as they’re officially referred to, Boudoir Time. Bet they’ll be perfect for spring.

In a Makeup Rut? Go Bold with Eyeliner

The other day I realized that I was in a serious makeup rut. My summer eye makeup routine is pretty no nonsense, and I think I’ve worn the same three eyeshadows all summer long. I just can’t be bothered with elaborate eye makeup when it’s hot. But, I hit my wall. I got bored, and maybe even a little whiny one morning. Then I picked up my Lancome Ink Artliner in Teal Delight from the Spring 2010 collection (a favorite still!) This lovely cream liner was my one-way ticket out of rutsville. It’s amazing what a simple swipe of color along your lashline can do for a mood.

Pop of teal

I believe this liner was limited edition, so if you don’t have it, here are a few recommendations for you to  get our of your summer eye makeup rut. My picks are all in the blue/green family, because I just can’t get enough.

  • Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting EyeLiner in Minuit ($25.50) – It’s a deep navy that I think has an interesting twinge of teal. This is way more interesting than basic black.
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Ivy Shimmer Ink ($21) – The ultimate gel liner out there! These are so easy to use, and the colors are stunning. Especially this deep green.
  • Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy ($25) – Love these for a one-minute smokey eye, or just a swipe along the lashline. They have fantastic staying power and powerful pigment.
  • NARS Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue St. Honore ($23) – This navy eyeliner is possibly the most gorgeous navy blue eyeliner I’ve ever seen. It just lights up my eyes. I’m a blue-eyed child, and it’s awesome. BUT if you have blue eyes, you need this.

Any eyeliners you’d add to the list? Let us know!

Fall Beauty Snapshots: Lancome, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown

Hands down, our favorite season is fall. What’s not to love? Cozy sweaters and boots, leaves changing color, pumpkin spice lattes and of course, fall makeup collections! While we are savoring summer (especially Carla, since Seattle totally spaced out on the heat wave the rest of America got!), we’re looking forward to incorporating the best of fall beauty into our makeup routine.


Lancome’s Fall 2011 Collection has us excited! Isn’t the campaign image chic? The collection is named after the original Lancome boutique in Paris, 29 St. Honore. Love the red lips and red nails, courtesy of Bang Bang Red Polish. Don’t you see it as a perfect holiday shade?  I’m going to Paris in October with my husband, so I’m feeling the need to snap up some of these items — especially the Eiffel Tower imprinted blush!

Estee Lauder’s Modern Mercury Pure Color collection created by Tom Pecheux has its fair share of chic going on as well. But it’s not the red lips and semi-smokey eyes that I’m drawn to; rather it’s the stunning Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée. A must-have! Other highlights include a new Velvet Lipstick formula and that oh-so-complex green/gold Pure Color Nail Polish.

Bobbi Brown’s Fall 2011 Tortoise Shell collection is about standout eyes, just like a great pair of glasses. In fact, it’s inspired by her dark-rimmed glasses! Bobbi may forever have the market cornered on eye shadow palettes that you compulsively just need. Because, quite simply, I see a need for both the Bronze and Sand eye shadow palette. The shades are ideal for anytime of the year, and hey, I wear glasses, too!

Any standouts from your perspective? Let us know!

Just Another Mani Monday: Lancome Violet Groove & Le 54

I was going to do my nails with Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air but I’m saving that mani for later in the week because I want it to be as fresh as possible when I meet the Deborah Lippman on Saturday (at the Nordstrom downtown Seattle spring trend show). I decided on the Lancome Ultra Lavande spring collection polishes together, taking a page out of the All Lacquered Up playbook. Violet Groove is gorgeous on its own and right up my alley but adding some of the Le 54 shades on top just took it over the top for me.

Violet Groove is well pigmented and applies really easily. I didn’t want to pile on the coats of nail polish with this manicure so I only used one coat of Violet Groove and it almost gave me solid, opaque coverage. One more coat would have been perfection but since I was adding on some Le 54 on top, I figured I wouldn’t need to since the glitter shade also has some color to it. Sure enough, I can’t even find the few sheerer spots I saw on my nails earlier. Le 54 is really sheer purple with fine blue glitter and it adds a nice pearlized look to the nails in the midst of all the glitter that I really am loving.

This was my first time playing with both shades and I’m really curious about how 3 or 4 coats of Le 54 will look. I really like packing the color on with glitter shades. How about you? What’s on your nails this week?

Coveting: Sparkling Eyelids, a la Lancome Ombre Magnétique

I’m all about the blinged-out eyelid for spring, accompanied by black liquid liner along the lashline and tons of mascara. I think it’s a fresh, mod look and very easy to create. While a shimmery shadow will do, I cannot get enough of Lancome’s Ombre Magnetiques: a sparkly sensation in a pot. Literally, your eyes twinkle and catch the light with each blink of the eye.

Lancome introduced three new shades with its Ultra Lavande Collection for spring: Disco Silver, Disco Gold and, my favorite, Ultra-Lavande. These are a bit of an enigma – not quite creamy, yet not powdery. They’re best used patted on the lid — no sweeping though because there is a chance for sparkles to fly.We first saw these with Lancome’s Fall 2010 collection, so I’m happy to see their return. Bring on the bling!

Beauty VIP of the Week: Lancome Exfoliant Fraichelle Invigorating Body Scrub

I am not a morning person by any means and I need all the help I can get waking up in the morning. This week my morning jolt has been this Lancome Exfoliant Fraichelle Invigorating Body Scrub. Usually I do not use body scrubs more than once a week but this one is gentle enough for everyday use. This body scrub is not abrasive and gives off a nice foamy lather at the same time, I love this type for texture in a body scrub. It exfoliates skin leaving it nice and smooth while rinsing cleanly without leaving any residue behind.

The real allure for me is this body scrub’s scent. The fine folks at Lancome named it perfectly because it is exactly what it claims to be… invigorating!It has a super fresh green-floral scent that cuts right through my morning grogginess and perks me right up. The first time I tried this body scrub was when I received it as a sample almost 2 years ago and I’ve been repurchasing this scrub ever since, branching out into the shower gel and body lotion. Just the body scrub alone leaves skin scented for quite awhile but layering it with the lotion raises the stakes.

It definitely is pricey but I usually use this product to treat myself… sometimes because it’s a Sunday or I’m going somewhere special. This week I’m just trying to be good to myself because it’s been a stressful week!

Lancôme Ageless Minérale Blush Made for Summer, Perfect for Winter

Lancôme’s Ageless Minérale Blush first appeared in Lancome’s Bronze Riviera collection this past summer, but we can’t help but think this product was made for winter.  Specifically, the shade Brilliant Berry. You see, unlike most people who get that rosy “just been pinched” look when battling the winter elements, I get ghastly white. But Brilliant Berry, for me, is that rosy pinched look to a T.

There’s a slight golden shimmer in this product, which really warms the blush up. I find this incredibly easy to wear, but it requires a light hand. Just a sweep is so flattering on my fair skin, and think it would be equally gorgeous on deeper skin tones.

Perhaps what I like most about this product is the formula. The minerals are ultra fine and silky, and it contains what Lancome calls a White Sapphire Complex, which is intended to minimize perfections and brighten complexions. I definitely found it to be brightening, so while I typically avoid mineral foundations like the plague, I’m now jonesing to try Lancome’s!