Today on the 8th of April, 2013, Avon cosmetics ceased trading in Ireland. They say that its part of cost cutting measures to insure the growth and sustainability of the firm. Avon founder David H. McConnell would be turning in his grave, as he himself, although born in the states, was son of and Irish mother & father. He was one of the first to help women establish themselves as workers when he started the California Perfume Company in 1886 which later became known as Avon 1932.
In Ireland Avon had roughly 9000 reps across the country who were known as ‘Avon Ladies’ (I was even an Avon Lady for a period of time!). And contrary to popular belief many people, earned greatly from this position. For many people, women especially, this put food on the table, clothes on their families back, paid for their kids through school & in some cases was the only source of income. Many Buisness Developers had set up thriving businesses to distribute to their vast teams, and in some cases….. this job was the only time they could socialize, and they often became well known faces & pillars of support for women in their community, & were also keen fundraisers for Breast cancer charities & more throughout the country.
In 2010 Avon recorded annual sales of $10.8 billion worldwide, all of which could not have been possible without hard work women & few ‘good men’, and unfortunately it seems greed has won out over what the company stands for in their most recent cost cutting attempt to ensure bigger growth, Avon is seeking global savings of $400m (€307m) between now and 2016. A quote today from the firms CEO Sheri McCoy said “We continue to work aggressively toward turning around the business,” & “The steps outlined today take us closer to our cost-savings goal. At the same time, we remain focused on continuing to streamline the business and driving top-line growth.”
My thoughts are with all the ladies a few good men that lost their jobs today & hope that the Irish Avon family stay strong for each other over the coming months.
‘Le Rouge Givenchy, a magnetic rendez-vous between leather and pure color where fashion and beauty collide…
For the first time, Givenchy focuses all its skill and expertise in high qu ality leather goods on designing a lipstick like a Couture accessory.
More than a lipstick…Givenchy creates an unprecedented Couture object of desire that envelops the lips with intense colour in one stroke for a sensuously mat finish.’
This is how Givenchy describes their latest creation, Le Rouge. It’s UK & Ireland collection consists of 12 colours, ranging from nude to a deep sensual red.
In it’s usual way Givenchy has managed to seamlessly weave cosmetics & couture together to make something of a chic accessory. However, this time they have really outdone themselves….. The packaging is like a couture piece straight off Tisci’s catwalk. A salmac (a rare type of fused metal that Ricardo Tisci uses for his buckles, jewelery & handbag claps from) studded inspired piece wrapped in a luxurious soft lamb leather. Now I hear you just glazing over the leather statement, but this is definitely something to be sniffed at….. As in when you get your hands on yours, smell it!
Not only does the packaging smell amazing, now smell the lipstick itself, rich in colour, & castor oil free, the lipstick smells of soft blueberry. And to front the campaign? Well the lovely Liv Tyler has been snubbed by Givenchy as the face, with them opting for a more couture choice, muse & friend of Tisci himself Mariacarla Broscono. Maricarla has been featured in many high fashion houses collections & catwalks and is most known for her hair, walk & eyes, and is more recently known for being the face of Givenchys Dahlia Noir fragrance, & also appearing in their SS13 campaign with her 4 month old baby! Oh to be a model!!!
And thats not all, Givenchy have discontinued their fabulous Vernis Please! nail polish range only to be replaced by a new more couture range… Le Vernis. And their will be a matching Lipstick in the Le Rouge range.
The New collection will go on preview at Debenhams from tomorrow & then have their exclusive launch at Debehams from Monday 21st, only to be rolled out in the rest of their stores from the 4th of February! Although I wouldn’t wait until then, these lippys have been on demand & have already had waiting lists across the UK & Ireland, so get yours soon!
Available at Givenchy Debenhams Henry Street Dublin & Patrick Street Cork.
So poor oul Aengus got caught beautifying himself live on camera? Could be worse Aengus…. Ya coulda been fixing yourself! But you clearly didn’t get to see my blog on Bronzers?
The big boys at RTE have been SLOWLY on the ball blocking the content from youtube… Slowly because it had in excess of 170,000 hits before it was blocked!
But here it is again for you all to enjoy! See….. The really are just like me and you! Only REALLLLLY vain!
So during one of my many sleepless nights, I came across this new track with Will.I.Am & mizzzzzz Britney ‘Bitch’ Spears. Now maybe I just missed this altogether and it’s been out for a while, but what’s with mizzzzzz Spears’ new found vocal chords? Do we like? Definitely not something to write home about but a rocking club tune to let your camp side out to dance? I think so!
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So the makeup world is abuzz again after another corporate sale of a well know cosmetics brand. Kevin James Bennett, Emmy award winning makeup artist to the stars revealed on Facebook today that makeup GIANTS L’Oreal Paris have bought Urban Decay Cosmetics. So what does that mean for one of our make up favs?
Who knows? When Estée Lauder bought Smashbox over 2 years ago there was nothing but hype for the brand, coming into a corporate company whom own the likes of MAC, however when Estée, finally took control of the brand earlier this year, it seemed all the hype for the future of the brand was just that…… Hype. Since then, in the UK & Ireland Smashbox has been pulled out of most retail & department stores, and in Ireland only now remain in Arnotts & some larger pharmacies.
This is not the first time Urban Decay has swapped hands of the corporate kind either….. Urban Decay is an American cosmetics company founded in 1996 by David Soward, Wende Zomnir, Patricia Holmes, and Sandy Lerner. Urban Decay was bought by Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH who own the likes of Givenchy, Dior, Benefit, Make Up Forever etc. being the biggest Luxury Brand in the world.) in 2000, & then sold again in 2002 to the Falic Group. In 2009 it was taken over by Castanea Partners, a private equity firm, to where it now stands to date with L’Oreal. So don’t go feeling sorry for the small time big hit company, because its been a long time since then.
Yes, it’s one of my favorites again…. Givenchy! These 2 are from the “Contes de Noel” Christmas collection. Another limited edition exclusive! These are a beautifully crafted fine loose powder with a gold(L’or) & silver(L’argent) sparkle so fine & lightly scented. Perfect for this Christmas season, for face, hair, body, clothes, anywhere your like! I’ll be giving one of each of these beauties away to celebrate my favorite time of year, the lead up to Christmas, & also the re-election of Obama for putting a but more sparkle in the world! 🙂 All you have to do is leave a comment on my DJsMakeUp facebook page and tell me why you need a little sparkle in your life! Keep it, funny, serious, stage or weird, but try and keep it PG… or at least 12’s! 😛
Check out the rest of the “Contes de Noel” collection below or for Real at any local Givenchy counter!