WRIST OF ART

The same accessories designer who created Lady Gaga’s headpiece in her video “Telephone” collaborates with Swatch.

Fred Butler, London-based accessories designer created this limited edition “Dodecahedron Collision”. Bright, colorful and extra quirky, they’re only 777 watches available worldwide. Surely prepared to be a collector’s item, each watch comes in a pyramid shaped case engraved with its serial number. 

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BRING JOY, BLISS & SPARKLE TO THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS

What other ways to feel the Christmas spirit then to layer ourself in Christmas scents?

Well, the celebration aura has already kicked off at The Body Shop Indonesia. I was invited to their press event at the atrium of Mall Taman Anggrek, Jakarta, Indonesia this afternoon. In the middle of the mall, they built up sort of mini Christmas ‘market’, such a joyful journey full with gifts ideas, free make over counter and free gift wrapping. The best part of all, they’re on sale. How about that? For sure, I won’t be running out of festive make up ideas and Christmas presents idea this year as they have so many choices, almost for anyone in the family. 

At the press event, Ratu Maulia Ommaya, PR & Social Media Manager The Body Shop Indonesia said, that gift is one of the important part of Christmas celebration, and it won’t be hard to find something right for your loved ones. Especially at the Give Joy event, which will be celebrated at Mal Taman Anggrek, Jakarta, Indonesia until November 25, 2012. This time (until February 2013), The Body Shop Indonesia will donate Rp 5000 for each Mixed Shower Gift Tube, Born Lippy Gift or Body Butter Gift Lollypop sold for children’s health in Papua cooperating with Wahana Visi Indonesia, partner of World Vision in Indonesia.

Being so thoughtful, fellow media friends and bloggers were taught by Nadia Susanti, The Body Shop Indonesia’s make up artist on how to do festive make up. She said that festive means glam and shimmering make up, and The Body Shop named it “Rock Some Sparkle”. Modeled by Alena, Indonesian’s singer, she focused on Alena’s eyes to bring some serious green sparkle to achieve a perfect glow for night look. Alena was happy to see how the color of her eyeshadows turned so intense. She said, “I must have this Baked To Last for my stage performance. I like the boldness of this green color.” And for those who has the time and creativity to spare to wrap gifts, Ineke Turangan, Gift Parcel Expert from Newline was also at the press event to share her knowledge. The Body Shop Indonesia was kindly enough to give extra gift away for press who did the best Christmas wrapping. And of course, as a non DIY person as I’ve ever been, I didn’t win. Haha. To see more pictures of the event, please click here: http://www.facebook.com/shintarosvitatumblr 

And the highlight of the press event was the launch of The Body Shop Christmas Limited Edition 2012. There are three range for this year’s collection. The ever popular Cranberry Joy range is back, with different packaging adorned with snow flakes and sparkles. Check out the new range Vanilla Bliss and Ginger Sparkle, each with interesting notes. Sold separately and in a super adorable gift box (Ginger Bread Man is so cute, don’t you think?), they come in variants of shower gel, body butter, body polish and lip dome (for Cranberry, they have shimmer lotion, hand cream and heart soap). Better hurry to get and wrap them up as early as possible. I personally dislike queuing up just to wrap Christmas gift. 

DIGITAL PRINT SATCHELS

Dig in some digital print on fashion lately? Then one of this satchel bag has to be in your collection.

Basso & Brooke are actually the shortened for Bruno Basso & Christopher Brooke. They are the pioneers of the digital print process in fashion. Michelle Obama wore one of the label’s top in 2009, and it was like a seal of fashion approval for the UK’s brand, making Basso & Brooke one of the very first UK designers to be worn by the First Lady. 

They have collaborated with lots of brands previously (from fashion to beauty), from Swarovski to TIGI. And to close this 2012 with glory, they collaborated with fellow UK’s brand, Cambridge Satchel Company for this cool bag. Printed digitally using original Basso & Brooke print on genuine leather, they are now available for pre-order before Christmas time. Only 100 bags available for each design, this limited edition collection are only sold online. The good news: they provide express worldwide delivery for this collectible satchels. 

IT’S NOT COOL TO BE CRUEL

In this case, it’s not pretty if you’re being cruel to animals.

Have you ever imagine that the lipsticks we’re using were actually made from ladybug’s shell or the shimmer you’re applying is made possible by fish scales? That’s nothing compared to what I’ve seen through investigation video titled “The Ugly Truth” shown during the launch of Cruelty Free Campaign by The Body Shop Indonesia this morning.

Animal testing for the sake of our cosmetics is really not cool. It’s cruel. In the video shown, thank God my pics above are kind of blurred so you can’t see how the animals like mice and rabbits are suffering for the sake of our beauty products. According to Cruelty Free International, over 80% of countries across the world are still doing animal testing for cosmetics. Therefore, together with The Body Shop, they are committed to this cause and working together to achieve a worldwide ban on animal testing. As we all know, one of The Body Shop 5 values is “Against Animal Testing”. Both are now doing it with our help as customers, to sign the pledge in The Body Shop’s stores around the world, including Indonesia. “We hope that slowly, every region in the world will adapt this Cruelty Free campaign. And based on our experience, customer’s involvement and commitment will be heard more. The Body Shop has been doing “against animal testing” since 1996,” said Rika Anggraini, Corporate Social & Environmental Values Manager The Body Shop Indonesia.

Rika later explained that The Body Shop has been using a more reliable non-animal methods for products testing. “We’re using EPISKIN, it’s a synthetic human skin that react almost the same like our skin. We use them for ingredient test before the product developed and allergic test after the product has developed. It is more expensive, but no animals were involved at all.”

To kick off this campaign in Indonesia, local actresses and model, Rachel Amanda, Tya Ariestya and Laura Muljadi which are known as The Body Shop’s loyal customers since the Brit’s brand entered Indonesia, were signing the pledge at the event in Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Indonesia. You can also help by dropping by to your nearest The Body Shop store and sign the pledge and leave your name and email. Or, simply log in to http://www.thebodyshop.co.id/ starting tomorrow.

At the same event, The Body Shop Indonesia also launched 100% Cruelty Free Makeup Collection by Lily Cole. Named the first ever global brand ambassador, Lily collaborated with The Body Shop for this lineup which includes lip shine, radiance primer, eyeliner, duo lip and cheek called dome, shimmer cubes and puff on radiance. Pretty in pink packaging, bright colors (many in purple, Lily’s favorite color) and shimmer that comes from mineral mica, not clam shells.

Being an eyeliner kind of gal, my favorite product from this line is the liquid eyeliner. Smudge to make smoky eyes look more natural, or leave the line straight. This limited edition collection will be available in selected The Body Shop Indonesia stores, starting tomorrow. And stay tune, cause this line will grace the runways in Jakarta Fashion Week, starting November 3, 2012 in Plaza Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia.

TWIHARDS WILL FALL HARD FOR THESE

For those of you who’s getting ready for the final Twilight on November 16, 2012, check this latest makeup collection from Essence. 

Inspired by the movie, the exclusive twilight saga collection will be available also on November, just in time for the release of the second Breaking Dawn.

Expect lots of shimmers just like those scenes when Edward dramatically shines under the sun light, and some blood-red lips. The collection includes Loose Pigments Eyeshadow, Liquid Glitter Eyeliner, Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Blush, Shimmer Powder and Nail Polish. With product names like “Jacob’s Protection, Edward’s Love, Alice’s Vision and A Piece of Forever”, I’m pretty sure that this collection will provide a happy ending for Twihards.

A GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN TATTOO

This is the perfect chance for us, who always dream about having one, but too scared to do it permanently.

Dior has created tattoos, with the help of jewelry designer Camille Miceli. The real 24 carat golden tattoo, named Dior Grand Bal Golden Tattoos are meant to look like gold earrings, bracelets and rings. We can paste the US$120 temporary tattoos anywhere we want to bring the bling out. After all, it is gold and most probably the most glamorous tattoo I’ve ever seen. As they were produced in limited quantities, you know what to do, right?

CHIC YET ACCESSIBLE

Influenced by the vibrant Istanbul, Narciso Rodriguez will launch an exclusive new collection at Kohl’s. 

With the fraction of a price (a dress for US$64), the collection will be launch in November 2012. Dressed the likes of Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker, Narciso was the first ever designer to win consecutive Womenswear Designer of the Year awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. And this year, he is the first designer partnered with Kohl’s in the US retailer’s new DesigNation series of capsule collections from prominent designers. Next spring 2013, it’s going to be Derek Lam’s turn to partner with Kohl’s with inspiration from Brazil. It is an interesting concept featuring premier fashion designers based on their international inspiration.

Spotted: Zoe Saldana wore a dress from the upcoming collection which set to go on sale November 7, 2012.

BECAUSE VIOLETS ARE BLUE

Always intrigued by how Parisian women looks, this upcoming holiday 2012 collection is just perfect.

Doing your own makeup is a part of your own confidence. It also allow you to please yourself the way you want it. Play with your makeup and show them up, especially when the holiday season is right on the corner. 

I try to offer a maximum of make-up possibilities to celebrate the holidays as they wish, and above all to enable women to please themselves. The YSL woman is audacious and ultra-chic. Like a Parisian, she can choose to emphasize her eyes, her smile, or both, be modest and use a single color, or bold and combine two or more to create spectacular contrasts,” said Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Make-up Yves Saint Laurent Beaute. Sparkling and daring, are the main looks for Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Holiday 2012 collection, named The Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights.

Highlighter in a compact form, top coat for nail color, glosses, and (my star product) the eyeshadow palette, will create a festive and magical look for the right event. I love the whole look, which look classic yet minimalist with one stroke of vivid plum color, creating a smoky eyes that look so couture. And check out the silver-sequined pouch that cover the palette, which reminds me of YSL’s vintage dresses. 

BREAKING DOWNING

As satchel bag rising back to the fashion radar, thanks to Julie Deane, founder of Cambridge Satchel, now they released a limited edition collection.

Meet The Downing. Sounds familiar? Yes, the name was taken from the famous No. 10 Downing Street, one of the most famous addresses in the world. Julie and her mom, Freda Thomas, were invited there by Samantha Cameron (Prime Minister’s wife). Inspired by their visit there, this limited edition bag was born. 

Practical yet so in tune with fashion trend, it comes with a top handle and detachable shoulder strap with three sizes, 11", 13" and 14". I love the duo IT colors for autumn, oxblood and navy. Go get them online before they’re gone. 

FASHIONABLE TUMBLER

Look carefully on the details of this tumbler. No, you don’t need to pick up your reading glasses or wait until the picture loads due to slow internet connection because it looks kind of blur. It was made that way by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, known as Rodarte.

This year is really the moment of collaboration, isn’t it? Some we didn’t see them coming. Like this Starbucks collaboration with Rodarte, which produced a limited edition assortment of coffee products. There’ll be a gift card tumbler, reusable cup sleeve and tote bag to buy in Starbucks’ store or online from November 13 onwards. It sure will be a haute hot coffee for fashionistas out there.