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THE FACE OIL THAT FUELLED THE PHENOMENON

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Who doesn’t love a beauty fable? A tale of skingenuity; a happy accident in a lab that results in a miracle potion or a simple, lightning-bulb moment captured in a jar. For cult face oil Olio Lusso, the script goes a little something like this...

A former model, fashion stylist, and quintessential New Yorker, Linda Rodin couldn’t find products that truly satisfied her skin so she began experimenting with essential oils. As her glow became her calling card, word soon whipped around the fashion industry and Linda found herself with a very willing sample set of guinea pigs among her celebrity, model, and makeup-artist friends. Success quietly snowballs.

Italian for ‘luxury oil’, today Olio Lusso is widely considered the product that fuelled the enduring face oil trend, now a skin care category in its own right. Based on the beauty benefits of 11 carefully-edited essential oils including anti-aging Argan, Evening Primrose, and Rosehip, Rodin’s signature blend sinks into skin without leaving an oil slick to deal with, delivers on the glow factor as a good oil should, and coaxes the complexion into a calm, controlled state (that’s the Jasmine, Neroli and Arnica Montana flower extract, BTW). Add a few drops into your

Nine years on, Linda still watches over every batch, and the photogenic golden elixir continues to light up the white space of beauty pages and the blogosphere. Olio Lusso remains the heroine of the tightly edited Rodin collection; the good oil now the baseline that runs through all Rodin products. And it’s (finally!) landed here in Australia. THE END. [Or rather, THE BEGINNING].

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Heard the news? The announcement about the match made in makeup heaven? Uber model Bella Hadid has just been named as the new campaign model for NARS to showcase the new Fall 2017 Colour Collections. Yes, we’re excited too.

Here’s a glimpse of the shoot – photographed by founder and creative director of NARS himself, François Nars – which is inspired by “‘70s rock and roll era” with Bella playing a very Patti Smith-esque beauty alongside Justin Gossman who’s striking looks resemble the singer’s one-time photographer boyfriend Robert Mapplethorpe. (Or are we just imagining that?).

NARS cast Bella in the campaign because she’s "modern and edgy – perfectly embodying the spirit of the brand." "For me choosing a model is a part of the making of cosmetics; it’s part of the creative process. The model brings the product to life. I love Bella,” says François Nars. “She has a very strong and powerful look.” And incredible reach, with Instagram 13.6 million followers and counting. Bella’s a huge fan of NARS, both the brand and the man himself. “I love the foundations, which provide great coverage and the insane eyeshadow colours,” she said. “François has such beautiful energy. He’s taken so many iconic photographs so for me to have the opportunity to work with him was a dream come true!”

Consisting of metallic eyeshadows, sexy eyeliner and a pretty flush of blush, The Fall Colour Collections – as worn by Bella in the image above - is available in-store and online at the end of August. (See more details below).

When she’s off camera Bella says her makeup routine consists of “beautiful glowy skin, a gold eye, and long, thin eye liner.” And while she may be renowned for her stunning looks, she says beauty is more than skin deep. “My definition of beauty is being strong and confident, from the inside out. I think the most beautiful people are the ones who leave an impression on your heart from their kindness and love.” Amen to that.

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NARS HIGHLIGHTING BRONZING COLLECTION

You may have to wait until the end of August for the new Fall Collection but Bella is also the campaign model of this limited edition NARS Highlighting Bronzing Collection (for Summer 2017), which launches in-store and online on August 1. The Bord De Plage Palette (pictured) features four opalescent tones to create a glow, while two light-diffusing bronzers add natural looking warmth. The Velvet Shadow Sticks (pictured) are available in three shades of taupe, brown and pink to effortlessly blend and add dimension to eyes.

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FALL 2017 COLOUR COLLECTION

And here it is. This Steel the Show collection is a real show-stopper, think pops of shimmering raspberry blush, moody Kohliners and dual-intensity eyeshadows in cool metallic silver or dramatic deep green (to match Bella’s famous peepers!). The new Fall Colour collection launches in-store and online on 29th August.

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POWERMATTE LIP PIGMENT

Looking to add a serious dose of sass to your lip game? Introducing Powermatte Lip Pigment. This liquefied pigment with a zero-gravity feel is available in 20 shades of amazingness from warm Leatherette to Stand Up bright pink coral. You can thank us later. Available in-store and online 29th August.

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PRECISION LIP LINER

And to make sure you nail that perfect pout, meet the new NARS Precision Lip Liner Pencil, featuring a formula that saturates budge-resistant colour. The toughest decision you will need to make is which of the 26 matte shades to choose from. Available in-store and online 29th August.


Words By Anita Quade.

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