The Advice Sisters What Works Beauty Review from March 2008 has just been re-published. While we anticipate Spring 2018 we look back and realize just how much has changed in the beauty and advice world, and how much has stayed the same. Photos have been removed from this version as we cannot completely clean the feature originally crafted in Front Page HTML, but we thought you’d like to take a look back for a decade! We appreciate your thoughts and comments.
Clarins has developed a line of products that can be used on their own, or under makeup that are skin enhancers. Even on bare skin, these seem to work like magic, reducing fine lines, smoothing out imperfections, and making soon look generally, great! We tried the new, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Base $27.50 .50 oz. The unscented, oil-free, clear, silky solid in a jar seems to melt right into your skin. It’s more than just a base and a skin enhancer, however. This also helps to balance your skin’s hydration (micro-pearls glide into creases and act like little sponges to absorb moisture, expand, and relax lines and wrinkles for smoother skin). This gives your foundation (should you choose to add it) a smoother surface which helps it look better and last longer. And, this product also offers your skin a bit of pampering protection with Vitamin E. Apply it to the lines around eyes, nose, between brows, and around the mouth. Who needs expensive, painful injections? Your skin will look better than bare and even better than that when you add your favorite foundation. I did a double-take.–could that really be my skin looking so great in the mirror? I also liked the Instant Light Complexion Perfector $28.00 1.06 fl. oz, too, in it’s pump bottle. The lightly scented cream that is also very sheer and lightly pigmented slides on easily and absorbs really quickly. Light reflecting pigment makes your skin look smoother, even if it’s just an illusion, it’s an amazing one. This one works in an instant, just as the name suggests. TIP: these products are not the same, although the both help to enhance your complexion. Use the Instant Smooth to soften lines and act as a makeup base, the Instant Light Perfector as a light-reflecting enhancer. It isn’t magic, it’s clever by Clarins!
I have always wanted to experience Springtime in Paris. The new Pastel Teint Pressed Powder $20.00 in “Rose Plasir” by Bourjois isn’t quite the same as visiting the City of Lights, but it does make your complexion, radiant as if you were staring at the Eiffel Tower for the first time. The peachy, very sheer powder has a slight floral scent, and is universally flattering. This compact comes with a sponge, which we liked to dab color specifically on cheeks, but we like it even better, diffused all over the face with the flat-bottomed, boat hair brush with full rounded bristles: Bourjois Kabuki Brush $16.50. You’ll find tons of uses for this brush, from diffusing blush or pressed powder such as the new, silky Pressed Powder in a Compact $20.00 (a nice change from opaque foundation) to dusting on bronzer or sparkle powder. Both of these will give you a polished face that isn’t too made up. A bit of Springtime and Paris can be yours. Glow…even if you can’t go
Perk up Winter weary face the easy way, with a bronzer & highlight all in one. The new BeneFit 10 (Bronzing & Highlighting Face Powder Duo) $26.00 makes a “faux glow’ so easy, you can’t mess it up! Two shades: one soft and shimmery light bronze, the other light pink, work together to give you the look you crave. Sweep (don’t swirl) the large, flat brush over both the bronzer and the highlighter at once. You’ll see both colors on the brush. Simply stroke it on your cheeks with the bronze color on the bottom, the light color on top…and admire your newly-found cheekbones. The look is sheer and natural, although you can layer on more for drama. BeneFit makes makeup application clever and fun, too. The square, cardboard compact is decked out in peachy and copper tones, with a graphic of an ivory and rhinestone belt. The indispensable flat brush fits neatly inside (and you’ll find tons of other uses for that brush as well). You’ll be a perfect “10.” Look for more BeneFit next column!
The packaging of the No 7 Natural Blush Cheek Color by Boots is an egg-shaped oval with a clear cut-out to view the color. The compact may be simple, but the blush inside rivals the most luxe brands we’ve seen anywhere. A generously-sized circle of powder blush is so blendable, I was able to apply it with my fingertips. Layer for more intensity, or leave a sheer wash of color–the choice is yours. Since it’s hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, even those of us with sensitive skin can wear it well. There are only four colors (hopefully, more will be appearing on our shores, soon): I tried #15 “Soft Apricot,” that will work well on virtually every intensity of complexion, simply by layering a little more, or a little less. There is also a pink, honey and plum. They are so nice, I think you will want them all!
Is your face missing it’s usual glow? Avon’s Sheer Glow All Over Face Powder by Jillian Dempsey for Avon is a limited edition highlighting powder that adds just a bit of luminous glow and subtle color.Three shades of silky, ultra-fine, shimmery powder are pressed together in a flower design (cute!). Sweep a soft brush over the top, and dust it on cheeks and forehead or if you want more color, apply it lightly all over your face. It’s very sheer–not a bronzer, not a shimmer highlighter, but the best of both. “Peach Champagne” instantly gave life to our Winter-weary faces. There’s also another version: “Sandy Corals.”
FOR THE LIPS:
Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. $23.00 .35 fl. oz. by Clarins. This lightweight, shiny, vanilla-scented gloss has ‘3D Radiance” pigment that makes lips look fuller, softer, younger. Shea Butter, mango, and Vitamin A nourish and soften lips while they moisturize. A bunch of ingredients with scary-sounding names that do your lips a good turn include “Perhydrosqualene” (from olive), and “gamma-orizanol, peptides,and Vitamin E (to moisturize and protect against the environmental stressors). You can wear these alone or over a favorite lip colors, but they catch the light and look so pretty alone, you might not want to cover them up. Try both of the gorgeous colors that offer a hint of natural color: “Rose Shimmer #1” and “Coral Shimmer” #2. A slim, squeeze tube with a flocked top makes application clean and easy.If you read my columns regularly, you know I think absolutely no-one should venture outside unless s/he is protected against the sun’s damaging rays. One way to protect lips, while keeping them soft and moist, is the New, Vitamin E Lip Conditioner SPF 15 $20.00 by Jo Malone. This lip balm comes in a black squeeze tube with a simple, gold-framed label that both men and women will find appropriate for all occasions. The conditioner has the merest hint of moist shine–just enough to moisturize dry lips but not enough to turn away the guys. Reviewers liked the silky-ness factor of this luxe balm and reported that their lips felt instantly smoother and less irritated, and looked somehow, younger. Pop one of these into your purse or pocket and apply any time your lips need a pick-me-up. With SPF 15 protection, you are doing your part to keep your skin not only looking good, but safe and healthy.
Glassy Gloss Lip Gel $2.99 by Wet n Wild comes enclosed in a hard-sided, clear plastic, presentation box, as if it was a precious gem. Well, maybe it is, especially if you love glistening, super-shiny, long-lasting, glossy color. This rich, thick product with patent-leather shine isn’t sporty, it’s seriously glam. Well, Oprah apparently thinks it’s the shiniest…and she can afford just about anything she wants. For late Winter to cover up less-than-perfect lips, and still be in style, “Beige Baby Glaze.” slicks over lips with a not-so-innocent nude that can’t help but get you noticed.
One of the nice things about Therapy Systems products (besides the products, which are great) is the packaging. Bright, silvery cases that look elegant and important even before you apply the product. Each luxe, silky lipstick $20.00 comes with it’s own flip case cover for travel, and can fit in the pockets of any of the line’s Cosmetic Organizers. Although Spring isn’t quite here, we love a trio of pinks that will be perfect now through the Spring: “Kiss Me Stupid” is a bright pink that will flatter nearly everyone and brighten your spirits along with your smile. It be nearly impossible to dislike “Don’t Hate Me,” a ladylike pearly pink with just enough shimmer to make lips look pouty and sexy. “One Night Stand” is also a ladylike pink, but with a bit more warmth. If Lip Gloss $22.00 is more your style, the curvy wanded tube and super-moist gloss “Love ’em or Leave ’em” will add a soft sheen along with a sheer, pure red-with-just-a-touch of pink, tint. “Trust Fund Baby” adds peachy golden-shimmer to your lips for a natural but polished, look.
Sometimes all you need to make a statement is a clear, shiny lip gloss. One that’s new and that we really like is the Lip Glacé Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss No. 7 by Boots, just launched in the USA! The slant-tip squeeze tube gives you control over the application, whether your choose a sheer color, or clear. There’s nothing fancy here, but the product is quite lovely. The gloss is silky and super-super shiny, without being sticky or runny. We loved it, and we think you will, too.
Plumping Lip Glaze $24.00 by Stila is not only new for Spring, it’s in a chubby, click-it pen with a brush applicator so your multi-tasking lip beautifier colors and moisturizes while it make application easy and clean. That might be enough, but the moisturizing and lip enhancing formula goes beneath the surface of your lips, to deliver patented marine collagen spheres and a combination of vitamins A and C, as well as shea butter. Sure, your lips will look smooth and “pouty,” but there’s more! –– these lip glosses not only help your lips and are pretty, they’re super fun! There are six very sheer, super-shiny, subtle, light reflecting colors and each has a “flavor” married to mint . My favorite is “Cherry Mint,” a shimmering rose with a cherry scent), but the other five are fantastic as well: “Citrus Mint” (sheer peach), “Melon Mint” (nude pink), “Minty Mint” (soft gold), “Berry Mint” (Soft Lavender) and “Vanilla Mint” (golden apricot). The scents are delicious, the look: wet-look-shine-sexy, the feel: silky with a tingle of mint, and the appeal: amazingly great! You will want one of each!
Island Michael Kors Hawaii fragrance just launched in February (see Fragrance in the left hand column). In keeping with the “Island” vibe, the designer has also created a beautiful Lip Gloss $12.00 that is part balm, part universally-flattering, very sheer, gloss with peachy-orange tint. The gloss is silky and luxurious, but what I really love about it is the surprising taste and scent of orange flower. If you are one of those for whom Summer can’t come soon enough, you’ll want to get one of these fun Lip Glosses now, to enjoy throughout the Spring and Summer. It’s a designer “original” at a price everyone can afford, and a product everyone will love!
Another fabulous designer coupling lips to a scent is Donna Karan. I get a boost every time I see the multi-layered, swivel-out compact of the DKNY Be Delicious Lip Shine Trio $20.00 by Donna Karan (DKNY) from the limited edition “Be Delicious Shine Collection.” The lime-green compact reminds you of the unusual floral fragrance (with green apple heart) called “Be Delicious,” which we first introduced you to in What Works Fall ’04. There is also a fruity scent to the lovely, sheer pots of red, pink and peach lip gloss. Adding to the “hip-ness” factor is that ability to wear each alone for the merest hint of color, layer them on top of each other for a bit more tint, or just them as a glossy topping for your favorite lipstick. The glosses just make you feel good…and that’s just what great cosmetics are all about!
Don’t get me wrong; I adore lip glosses, but sometimes a girl just has to dress up her lips with more color. And, while I’m applying a more intense tint, I want my lips to be pampered. Mattésse Lipstick $6.99 from the “NYC Collection” does it all: great color, great pampering, and a great price. These products were developed with a formula that mixes hydrating Macadamia nut oil for silky sheen and a really creamy feel, with Vitamin A and E, soybean oil and aloe. I can soothe, smooth and color in one swoop— and the feel of the lipstick is moistly-matte and lightweight. I tried “Poise,” a not-so-classic rose warmed with a hint of spice. The dozen, new colors are grouped by Beiges, Classics, and Casuals. There are nudes, red/pink/rose, and berries to delight you. I have always appreciated Mattésse, a “high-style” brand without the sky-high price, and favorite of makeup artists and actresses. It was once available only at Ricky’s in New York, but now, everyone can enjoy!
When I saw Bobbi Brown applying products from her Violet collection at the Cynthia Rowley show last Olympus Fashion Week, I worried that everything in the world would be the color purple. Not so! The newest and very pretty “Uber Beige” Bobbi Brown Lip Color $21.00 is a fresh and neutral compliment to violet colors that are so hot, now. This color is a rich, creamy, light caramel that gives you lips moist, full-coverage color. For a sheer but better-than-bare beige, slick on a coat of Lip Sheer $21.00 in “Natural Beige.” Need more color or shine? layer on one of your favorite Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Glosses $19.00. There’s a new one we didn’t try “Sandy Beige” but we’re willing to bet it’s going to boost your lip look up a notch, immediately.
Jillian Dempsey is Avon’s first Global Creative Color Director. Jillian wants women to embrace their natural beauty, and has created the Avon Spring Style 2007 Sheer Collection with a palette of understated, sheer, makeup that is quite beautiful, and helps women accentuate their natural radiance. I’m particularly delighted with the lip products. They are moist, long-lasting, flattering, and allow the wearer to use a little or a lot, or layer colors, for look that is uniquely theirs. The Ultra Color Rich Lipstick Sheers $6.50 are really modern. They have concentrated pigments and liqui-gel capsules of rich dolor that coat lips evenly and leave them colored with moist shine that’s not overdone, but looks fresh. Vitamin E and jojoba help keep your lips soft and hydrated, and actually help to seal in moisture so they are as good for your lips as they look good on them. Four colors coordinate with gloss and nail polish. I tried “Sheer Rose,” a medium rose that will flatter just about everyone, since it’s just a shade darker than most natural lips. For glam and shine, slick on one of four choices of Glazewear Extreme Lip Gloss $6.00. I tried “Rose,” a shimmery, sheer gloss with just a bit of strawberry rose gloss (and a hint of fruity scent) that ramps up the color and the shine on the rose lipstick. Good-for-your lips Vitamins A, C and E moisturize, and a ceramide/soybean extract helps your lips to retain moisture. These are exceptional in quality and price.
Hydrate your skin and get a flirty, fresh, designer scent with a heart of fruity green apple with the new, limited edition, DKNY Be Delicious Body Gloss Spray $38.00 4.2 fl. oz. The lightweight, non-greasy, clear moisturizer gives your skin a hint of DKNY Be Delicious scent, along with the merest suggestion of a skin gloss. Of course, the point is also to provide hydration to your skin and this product does that quite nicely as well. Whether your skin is dry and flaky from Winter and you just want to pamper it, or you simply want a pick-,e-up for body and soul, this will do it. Even the bottle will make you feel energized: it’s apple juice-inspired gradated clear glass, a with metallic green apple cap.
CUTE KITS and GIFTS:
For me, there’s nothing better for a pick-me-up than a cute makeup kit full of great, new makeup colors. My joy is heightened, however, when the kit is also inexpensive (and full of great, new makeup colors). That’s why I’m delighted with the newest and cutest little kit from Hard Candy for Spring, called The Mix Tape Palettes $15.00. The tiny “cassette” tape-screened compact with interior mirror also features a dual-ended mini applicator (lip brush on one end, sponge tip eye on the other). The slim compact to pop in purse or gym bag houses three chic powder shadows, and three lip glosses, in three different palettes. We tried the “Workout Mix,” featuring three earth-tones shadows in iridescent taupe shimmer, a silky, light pink-nude, and dark brown. Use these together or as you wish, to highlight, contour, line and color. The glosses are super-sheer with tons of luxurious shine without stickiness, in a lovely, shimmery rose, a clear red, and a clear with hints of parti-colored shimmer. “Break Up Mix” has blue and violet shadows paired with neutral-toned glosses, and “Party Mix” has metallic green and beige shadows paired with red and nude sparkly glosses. I might leave my IPOD home, but I’m not leaving home without a Mix Tape Palette in my purse, this Spring!
Pantina Naturally Stunning Minerals Face Palette $5.99 comes Spring-ready in a slim, perky pink, cardboard palette with magnetic closure. Inside this lightweight compact is a face-in-a-case kit featuring mineral makeup that looks warm and natural. Flip up the top, and see a full diagram of what the products are and how to apply them. You get a natural glow highlighter that helps deflect flaws while giving your skin a sheer, flattering shimmer, a bronzer-blush in deep peach, and four shimmery eye shadows to mix, match, color, line, define and blend, in deep rose, chocolate brown, medium brown, and a lovely vanilla. Mini applicators are included. This little kit is cute, inexpensive, and would make a perfect pick-me-up for you. TIP: Friends don’t let friends walk around with ugly makeup. Save your “clueless” friends from makeup disaster by gifting them with this little kit. The coordinated colors and a “how-to-do-it” compact makes application, a no-brainer.
We love sets of coordinated products! They’re not only usually more economical than purchasing the items separately, they often give you a chance to sample things you might have otherwise passed up. When you try them, you love them! A cute kit that pampers body and spirit and gives you a hint of Springtime is the Mandarin White Orchid Body Luxe Set $35.00 by Lucky Chick. Inside a re-useable, zip-lock-type clear plastic bag, is a set of products scented with a like, feminine floral scent that pampers and delights young and old. The scent is floral, but not overly-sweet. You’ll smell “clean” with just the merest hint of flowers–really pretty! I love the thick and seriously-exfoliating 4 oz jar of lilac-colored, seriously exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub (with Vitamin E). It’s thick, so it doesn’t just fall off your skin and onto the floor of your shower. There’s also a very soothing, 3.0 oz hydrating and moisturizing Body Butter that leaves your skin with a little bit of a glow, a 4.6 fl. oz Hydrating Body Mist with a handy spray top, a lovely (and effective) 3.5 fl. oz Shea Butter Hand Cream to soothe dry, irritated hands, and (just for fun), a zippered Change Purse that could easily double as a tiny makeup bag for a lipstick and mirror. Packaged in a reusable carrying case. We love the “all-girl and delicate” pink, white and lime green floral print on a beautiful, mint-green background that is on all of the labels, and the change purse, This entire set is also available in Mimosa, Jasmine & Violet. TIP: this is a great gift for a bride or mom-to-be, for mother’s day, or for yourself and your friends (just because). We all need a bit of pampering, and this one delivers a lot for a great price.
Violets remind me of Spring, and of course, this season that color theme was all over the runways in makeup–the soft purple tones help to add color to what seems to be a very subdued color palette of greys, beiges, and navy this season. Bobbi Brown has a limited edition Violet Face Palette $50.00 that includes three eye shadows, three lip colors and a large powder blush, to help everyone translate this trend into something pretty and fun to wear. What’s exciting about this palette is that all of the shades, except the Eye Shadow in “Mahogany” (dark brown shadow/liner) are exclusively available in this palette.You can translate them to your own style and complexion.
The bright, metallic, orange “pyramid” pump bottle with hot pink diffuser spray top got my attention at first glance when I tried the Got2B Crazy Sleek Unstoppable Hold Shine Lock $5.99 4.2 fl. oz. Inside is the real treat, of course: a lightweight finishing spray that adds shine (thanks to silicone) but also provides “stop-it-right-there” hold to fight frizz and fly-aways (thanks to what the literature calls “resin technology” but we call it: “cool!“) The secret, they say, is that the product doesn’t have much water in it, so once you blow dry tresses straight and apply the product, you’ll keep the frizz out, and the sleek shine, locked in. TIP: I love bangs but mine curl and frizz at the slightest hint of humidity. This product helps keep them from getting weird and wild, and if they’re a tad too long (but you’re not ready for a trim) the holding power is just enough to give bangs a bit of “pouf” to keep them out of your eyes, too.
Debuting in January in our What Works column was i/m Active, a hair accessories and styling product line featuring hair accessories with a patent-pending, rubberized, stretchy Active/Hold Technology (apparently with 52% more holding power than ordinary elastics). They hold fast, but slide off easily without damaging the hair. With subdued colors like grey ruling the Spring runways, we particularly like the grey, Adjustable/Velcro Head Wrap $7.99/2. The 3″ wide elastic band has a velcro closure in the back, so no matter what your head size or hairstyle, you’ll get a perfect and secure fit every time. Choose the solid, dark grey band, or go sporty with the striped medium and light grey one. Either way, you’ll look trendy, and your hair will look great. TIP: hair accessories are always a fun way to boost style…so experiment!
EYES FOR YOU:
Violet and purple were all over the runways for Spring, 2007. One show I covered backstage to check out the hair and makeup was Cynthia Rowley. The always-gracious and talented Bobbi Brown was applying her Violet Collection makeup to the models. If you missed the feature I created back then, you can still see the Cynthia Rowley show feature here. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of these beautiful colors ever since then. The limited edition Bobbi Brown Violet collection is now available to the rest of us!
I discovered another hot and beautiful trend for Spring, 2007 backstage at the TIBI runway show. Ayako, the International Makeup Artist for NARS went with a retro “Charlie’s Angels” look with subtle color. She used two Duo Eye Shadows $31.00 from NARS that really caught my eye: “Habanera” (subtle frosted mint green paired with an awesome, sparkly, deep grayed-plum) and “Sugarland,” A light and pearled orchid pink paired with a sparkly golden apricot). This is a very versatile, fresh, and modern look, even though there are nods to retro. There is a lot of “glow” in this look, but it isn’t the harsh or glittery disco vibe at all. It is light and subtle, with a semi-wash of layerable color for day (the colors are sheer and very blendable). However, if you apply several layers and define eyes with liner and mascara, the look becomes significantly evening. Of course, this luxe line offers beautiful, matte black compacts with the White NARS logo (so everyone knows what a fashionista you really are) and interior mirror, and the shadow is high quality, true to color, and long lasting. Every woman should treat herself to at least one NARS eye shadow for Spring! TIP: You can get the entire “how-to” of the entire face look on the Advice Sisters TIBI Fashion Week Feature.
We first reviewed cosmetics from Therapy Systems in our last column and were so impressed with the quality and performance of them that we’re delighted to review more. This is mineral makeup, with beneficial ingredients and Vitamins A & C. A lot of the products also have titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, great, since you’re going to be leaving the house at some point and will be exposed to the sun–and these ingredients will help protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. For your Eyes, we suggest the Mineral Eye Shadow $19.00 that comes in six, universally-flattering shades. We liked “Last Call,” a soft, slightly shimmery medium grey that will compliment all the subtle color I saw on the runway during Spring Fashion Week last Fall. Ditto ‘Hudson,” a khaki green, subtly shimmered with gold, that compliments the military looks that you’re going to see everywhere. It also makes eyes “pop” so you’ll want to put this in your eye shadow arsenal. “South Sea Pearl” is also pretty as a lid color or a highlight. It’s a soft, moist-looking, sheer matte in a warm, medium nude.
The Advice Sisters love good things in small packages, and good things are in the Petite Guide de Style $16.00 by Bourjois. A super-slim, cardboard compact with magnetic closure (and a little mirror and applicator inside) fits even into the slimmest pocket. A generously-sized eye shadow and a slightly smaller powder shadow liner create a fresh and superbly-French eye look. There are six duos to choose in fashion-forward shades. We tried “Miss Spirit” containing a beautiful, shimmery, pinkish-beige shadow that adds just enough color, and a deep, mossy-green, slightly-opalescent, shimmery liner. The look is super-easy and quick–and yet, fun and flirty in a flash. You’ll love these! TIP: use these wet for more intense color–day and evening –in one!The English company, Boots, has long been a favorite in the UK, but now you can find it in America. From the Botanics Line comes a neat, Personal Magnetic Eyes Compact in matte metal. There is room inside for three large squares of Botanics Eyeshadow from a potential palette of 15 beautiful colors. These pearly, powder shadows are super-soft and smooth, so they feel really luxurious on your skin. Even better, they have apple and coconut extracts to help condition your delicate eyelids. We tried a light lemon yellow “Blazing Star” that gave our lids intense, soft, pearly color. Oogle the other 14 shades as well, including subdued greys, plums, blues and browns (no green tones). If you prefer a cream, the little tubes of Stay Perfect Eye Cream from the No 7 collection gives you a wash of shimmery, long-lasting, waterproof color that is quite crease-proof. We tried “Fudge,” a soft brown with enough shimmer to give a “metallic” look to eyes (perfectly in step with Spring trends). There’s also A violet, a plum, and an vanilla highlight. These are perfect for travel, or for popping in a pocket for a quick touch-up. No matter what shadow you choose, frame eyes and finish your look with Longer Lashes Mascara $9.99 arrives in a shiny black case with gold letters, and the top of the mascara wand is slightly flattened, for more control (nice!). The mascara is hypo-allergenic and smudge resistant, leaving lashes nicely colored and curled. The mascara is comes in basic black and soft brown, and if you’re someone who rubs her eyes, you’ll appreciate that it’s smudge resistant…who could resist?
Every time you look at the satin-covered pastels with large floral on the limited edition, square mirrored compacts of Stila Spring Garden Eye Shadow Trios $32.00, you’ll feel like it’s Spring already. Inside these unusually-lovely fabric covered cardboard compacts are three sumptuous intense but layerable Stila shadows: a highlighter, crease color and deep liner shade. The color combos and I’d be willing to guess, the compacts, were designed by costume designer Arianne Phillips who has worked with everyone from Reese Witherspoon, to Madonna. They are so pretty you’ll want to leave them out on your desk or dressing table, to admire. Everytime I pick one up I immediately feel pampered! Although I usually shy away from roses and pinks for eyes, the “Ravishing Rose” offers warmed rose tones that are a wear-able, attractive choice if you want something stylish that isn’t a violet palette (the “in” thing right now). There is also a gorgeous green (intensities of dusty sage) compact and a blue compactwith blue-grey hues that go perfectly with the navy and grey you’ll be seeing in every store, in moments! TIP: accent eyes even more when wearing subtle shadows with eye liner. Stila Kajal Eye Liner $14.00 add a deep, smudge-able line that adds clear, bold color. The ultra-soft texture is kind to your eye area yet is long-lasting. Three that accessorize with the Spring compacts are “Antique Silver” (soft metallic silver), “Rose Quartz” (metallic taupe-y brown) and “Aquamarine,” (soft metallic mint green). We liked these smudged as a light shadow over lids, too.
Violet is the color for Spring. You’ll find it featured in the most luxe products, and some of the least expensive, too. For fashionistas on a budget, Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Eyeshadow Trios $2.99 give you a trio of silky shadows in complementary shades that color, define and highlight. Purple isn’t the easiest color for everyone to wear, but “Venetian Violets” offers a light and subdued version that’s closer to mauve, than violet…and very wearable. We like the simple, mirrored compact with two applicators, and half a dozen trios from mild to wild to choose from, too.
I love blue eye liner and mascara. It’s flattering, fresh and modern, and a lot less “strict” than black. The good news is I don’t have to give up the thickening and lash-enhancing benefits of my Bad Gal Mascara by BeneFit because now there’s Bad Gal Blue Mascara $19.00. You’ll get the same, generously-shaped mascara wand and chubby mascara tube, but the color is a cross between blue and violet (a bit like Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes). It enhances eye colors so that blue eyes look more blue, brown eyes more golden, and hazel eyes more green. I love the lush look and the serious staying power, too. Even Liz will want this one! TIP: make the look more modern by applying the black version of BAD GAL Mascara first, then using the Bad Gal Blue Mascara only on the tips of your lashes. It’s surprisingly sexy.
I love coordinated eye compacts. The True Color Eyeshadow Quads $7.00 from the Spring Style 2007 Sheer Collection by Jillian Dempsey for Avon are lovely. Four silky powder shadows in slim rectangles come in coordinated colors form light to dark, to line, color, highlight and define eyes. We liked the long wear and the fact that the colors really stay true, even when your body heats up. Use the paler shades for highlighter and as a base, the darker ones for contour and liner. You can layer these to create different looks for day and evening. Ours was “Sandy Corals,” but they weren’t coral tones–just neutral,warm, earthy ivory, peach and warm browns that will flatter everyone. There’s also a set called “Washed Khakis” which we didn’t try, but are equally as great for Spring.
NEW FOR NAILS:
Nothing perks up pale hands like a bright polish on the nails. Dashing Diva’ has created eight new colors (they have 150 in total) of Nail Polish $8.00 that are inspired by the flowers that we’re all hoping will bloom, soon, and it’s available, this March. The polish features intense, smooth color in 8 colors and a variety of shimmer and non-shimmery shades. If you have a cool, deeper complexion, you will adore “Felicia Fuchsia,” a deep, bright magenta that looks amazing on nails. Paler skin can get a “va-va-voom” effect with Liya’s Lazy Lilac, a soft, creamy violet that is anything but shy, or “Charming Rose,” a velvety, deep rose to charm fingers and toes all year long. If you like light colors, “Carnation Carnie” is a light, sheer, ladylike pink with a touch of opalescence–very pretty and day/eve appropriate. Sensitive and/or weak nails need special care, and so there are also eight new nail polishes in a special line called “The Extra Virgin Collection,” formulated without phthalates, formaldehyde and toluene. These ingredients might cause negative health reactions in some situations. The color range goes from light to medium pink, to dark red and there’s even a light chocolate, but we liked “Convertible Red Connie” a show-stopping, bright, shiny red that shows off hands and feet with true sexy style. Or, take a more subtle approach and color your nails with “Val-O-Rina,” an always-classic, soft, matte, light pink and Pink Dewdrop” a girly-pearly pink that’s always in style. You can feel good (and safe) using these. Dashing Diva has 150 shades that are good quality at a great price…so indulge.Pastels are always classic Spring attire, and that goes for your nails, as well. Pale pink, peach and nude are always appropriate and feminine. SpaRitual’s Airy Sopranos collection combines seven popular pastel shades of their popular and luxurious Nail Polish $9.00 from recent collections, with four new ones. The luxury (combined with a spirit-conscious philosophy, extends to the packaging–elegant, pressed glass bottles made of reusable glass are recyclable, with rubberized tops that let you grip the polish wand like a pro. I like the super-sheer, super-shiny pink with a hint of iridescent shimmer called “Whirlwind Romance” solo for just a hint of color and shine on nails, or as the base for a more modern French manicure. For a more classic look “Air of Confidence,” is a sheer peach creme that looks pretty but subtle.
After a long winter of wearing gloves and keeping your feet under wraps, break out the color! For intense color that is long-lasting, and quality you can see and feel, you can’t beat Deborah Lippman Nail Polish $8.50 from her new, “Vinyl” collection. Songbird Lippman names her nail polishes after songs, and this collection is the same as her new CD (we hope to review it soon), a tribute to songs that were originally recorded on vinyl (that’s records, as in before CDs–just in case you’re too young to remember them). The 13 polishes are exciting, modern, edgy. For example, “Call Me,” a bright, neon orange that would look shockingly clever peeping out from peek-toe pumps (you might not get away with this on in the office, but my, it’s fun!). My favorite is “This Must Be Love,” a sheer, whisper-soft blue that looks pretty, not peculiar, on fingers and toes. Also note-able is “Fade to Black,” a carbon-black polish that is a bit Marilyn Manson, but all the rage on fashionistas this season (and the trend is not slowing down). Perk up the Winter blahs instantly, with these.
It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are, if your feet are calloused and your heels are cracked, you’re not going to make it as a fashionista! That’s why we are loving the Callus shaver & Rasp Set $6.99 by RED by Kiss–it’s not only a two-for-one package, but it’s a real steal! Start by removing the really tough, hard stuff with the callus shaver. Then, smooth out the rest with the mini-sized rasp (looks a bit like a very fine cheese grater!). Maintain with your favorite exfoliating foot product *for reviews, check the What Works Archives. TIP: these tools are not toys. Use caution when using products like these, with blades or sharp edges. It’s best to go easy at first, until you get used to the tool.
No matter what the designers put on the runway for Spring, pastel nails are always in fashion. the “It’s Mod. Mod World” Spring 2007 Collection from Essie puts a pack of pretty-in-pink Nail Polishes $8.00/each at your fingertips (literally)! If you were around in the 60’s, you know that pastel makeup goes fabulously well with mini-dresses and all those bright, floral, mod prints that are making a come-back this season with baby doll dresses and 60’s-style coats. None of these colors, with the exception of bright pink “Mod Squad” have opaque color. They’re more subtle, super-shiny washes that lend a ladlylike manicured look to fingers and toes. I particularly like “Cool-Lots,” a super-sheer wash of apricot tint with gold undertones that lends a subtle, natural sheen to nails, and “Guchi Muchi Puchi a lavender-d pink. “Mini How High” is a shimmery baby pink that also lends just a bit of color and lots of shine as does the light pink “Pinkadelic” which is described as the color of “pink rosebuds.” Rounding out the collection is “Jackie Oh My,” a glistening pearl that catches the light. With no real color, it’s a great alternative to clear. Essie polish is popular in nail salons, and it’s high quality, fast-drying, super-shiny, chip-resistant formulas will be popular with you at home, too.
The last time I had a chance to sample L’Artisan Parfumeur Fragrances it was at KMR Communication’s Girls Night Out at the beautiful, Bruno Jamais Restaurant. In the volcanic region of Lozère, France, at over 3,000 feet in altitude, the wild narcissus (Narcissus Poeticus) blooms along with wild grasses in the meadows, at the very dawn of Springtime. The fragrance that uses the essence of this unusual flower is rare and precious “vintage” limited edition of only 3,000 bottles of Fleur de Narcisse Volcans de Lozère $295.00 100ml. is white flower usually has an undertone that to me, smells a bit like burning rubber, but not in the fragrance from L’Artisan Parfumeur . It is awesomely beautiful, not only capturing hints of the flower, but a mixture of complex scents, including the earth and quite surprisingly, sensual, even masculine notes of tobacco and leather. The fragrance begins with top notes of grass and greens, with hints of black currant bud and even cut hay. The heart is a light, floral mixture of mimosa, hyacinth, and iris, with bottom notes of tobacco, moss and leather. This is an exceptional example of a high perfumer’s art. You think you know it, but then it reveals itself to you again as something else. At first it’s an uncertain floral, but it quickly dries down to a scent redolent of tobacco and leather that reminds me of my father’s Rover sport car . He smoked a pipe in it, and this scent reminds me of that scent of pipe tobacco mixed with fine leather. It’s a sensual, modern, unisex chypre (one of the six categories of fragrance–woody & earthy). It could be heavy, but it dries down to a soft, get-close-if-you-want-to-smell this, tone. The fragrance comes in a wooden box with narcissus print silk paper, in a numbered bottle, illustrated with flowers, its top is etched with “Fleur de Narcisse 2006.” Even if you can afford this exceptional collector’s fragrance, there will be no repeated editions, so enjoy it now. Like the Springtime, your pleasure in experience it may be fleeting!
The beautiful, new scent, Island Michael Kors Hawaii $60.00 1.7 fl. oz by Michael Kors is all about orange: orange color, and orange blossom scent. Mr. Kors obviously is quite fond of Hawaii, and the love if evident in the fragrance. It starts with a burst of fresh and vibrant citrus: clementine, orange fuse with neroli, and accents of hydroponic pineapple. The heart is floral– orange flower blended with jasmine sambac and exotic Hawaiian ginger lilies. White amber, sandalwood and rich, balsamic notes give it a softer, more sophisticated feel. The bottle is clean and spare–, layers of shimmery, orange colored glass accented by clear, rectangular top that lets the spray diffuser peek through. This fragrance is a fruity and white floral blend that’s modern and enjoyable, and not quite like anything I have sampled before. It is at once bright and youthful, and yet, also glamorous enough to wear with business clothes. Even if you are not usually a “fruit” or “white floral” lover, you’ll enjoy wearing this unusual scent. It’s a little bit “Tiki” and a lot “luxury Island”. Wear it, and perhaps for just a moment, hear the sounds of hula dancers and feel the heat of chic and sensual Hawaii!
William Penhaglion opened his first shop as a barber and a house of perfumes, in the 1860’s, in London. He quickly established a reputation for luxury and quality (Penhaligon’s has held royal warrants since Victorian times). There are plenty of venerable fragrances to be purchased, but one that just hit the shelves a few months ago is Lily & Spice $105.00 100 ml, $85.00 50 ml. If you want a fragrance that turns heads and makes people ask “what’s that you’re wearing” you will want this fragrance! It’s focus is the white lily, also known as “Lilium Candidum” or the “Madonna Lily.” I think it’s fitting that Penhaligon’s decided to focus on this brilliant, white flower as Penhaligon’s newest scent, as it’s the essence of modernity, but yet the Madonna Lily has been around literally, for centuries, apparently even being depicted on paintings made by people living over 4000 years ago. The brilliantly white flowers have golden pollen and a strong, intoxicating fragrance that reminds me a bit of another white flower: paper whites The ingredients in this heady mix are lily, saffron, patchouli and musk–almost a bit like bitter vanilla (to my nose, at least). The lily is a symbol of purity and also of and yet, it has a darker, more provocative side as well–a bit nice and a bit naughty…what a great way to express your individuality! You need to wear this fragrance for a while and let it adjust to your unique body chemistry, to get the full effect. It starts out very strong, but as time passes it turns into a soft, almost “powdery’ floral with just a hint of spice.
The Avon Spring Style 2007 Sheer Collection by Jillian Dempsey features four Nailwear $4.50 shades that coordinate with lipsticks of the same name: “Sheer Champagne Peach, Sheer Sangria, Sheer Rose, and Sheer Coral Crush.” I really like the classy, clear glass bottles that are a bit like flattened ovals, and the shiny black top that is easy to grip. Inside is a lovely polish that reminds me of lip stains: not quite sheer, but not opaque. I tried “Sheer Rose,” which gives nails a glorious, medium rose tint. This polish covers nails completely with color and great shine, but what makes it modern is some translucence and lightness instead of a heavy coat of color. Even better, these have diamond dust and flexible film polymer technology that help protect your nails and make the enamel flexible, so it resists chipping and cracking. Clever…and great!
Spring is the time for flowers. In Tahiti, women wear the fragrant, white Tiare flower to send the message “I’m taken” (left hear) or ‘I’m available” (right ear). When she waves one of these sweetly spicy blooms behind her head, it means “follow me.” Tiare is a lovely white floral that’s intoxicating. It is reminiscent of gardenia, or another exotic flower, the Hawaiian Plumeria. The Shedonism Bath and Body Beauties collection$42.50 1.7 fl. oz that is both enticing, and unusual. The concentrated spray mist arrives in a light, mint-green cardboard box with deeper green floral design. Inside, a slim, elegant column of frosted glass is etched with the same floral, and topped with a sutble, matte metallic green top. The essential oils in this fragrance are jasmine, petigrain mandarin, bergamot and basil. The effect is “exotic floral” but not cloyingly sweet or heavy, as some tropical florals can be. It’s romantic, but just a bit exotic and sensually-spicy. You’ll be reminded of the tropics every time you wear it, even if you’re bundled into a down coat right now. And, if you want to send that message to a special person to “get closer,” without making a verbal statement, this is a perfect fragrance choice!
The blue agave plant is one of a number of succulents that you might know since the sap of its flowers are the basis for tequila or mescal. This one is hardly a houseplant as it grows in desert conditions. It’s known for its bluish hue and the spectacular spikes that it sends high into the air, blossoming into flowers just one in a lifetime. This rare, exotic flower is also used in the Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne $90.00 3.4 fl. oz, $50.00 1 fl. oz launched by Jo Malone, last November. What I like so much about this fragrance is it’s exotic blend of notes that still have a familiar and comfortable smell. The scent starts with fruity and spicy top notes of bigardia, grapefruit, cardamome, lime oil and red berry. At it’s heart we smell flowers: the agava flower, orchid, geranium, white lily, and (surprisingly) salt (a nod to tequila, perhaps?). The bottom notes soften and round out this unusual mix, with traditional vetiver, musk, and vanilla beans, but then there’s the cinnamon and chypre cocoa to add a velvety softness. You can smell the chocolate, but after you’ve worn it for awhile you get vanilla, leather, even a hint of tobacco…and through it all, a slight floral attitude. This is a fun scent to add to your wardrobe and share with him or her. TIP: Jo Malone suggests layering this primarily unisex scent to make it more masculine or feminine–it’s fun to experiment!
I can’t think of a single thing more evocative of the warmer, sunnier days ahead than a beautifully-scented candle, and one Candle $14.99 I am loving right now is called “Country Meadow” from The Spring Candle Collection” by Jerome Privée Pour La Maison. This generously-sized, pale green candle in a clear, glass votive is the color of new leaves. At first sniff you get a clear smell of fruity top notes (green apple, basil, and sweet melon) with a light, floral heart of jasmine and lily of the valley for a Springtime boost. The bottom, however, smoothes out the fruit and flowers nicely, with sheer musk that gives it a creamy finish. There are two other scents as well. You’ll appreciate the high-quality wax base that keeps your newly-scented ambiance lasting longer, too.
FOR THE GUYS (AND SOME TO SHARE):
Kiton in Italy, is one of the most luxe fashion houses in the world. They create just 20,000 handmade suits annually which will set you back $5,000-$15,000! If this is not in your budget, you’ll be happy to know you can still exude class and Italian style by wearing the new fragrance, Kiton Black Eau De Toilette $85.00 4.2 oz; $65.00 2.5 oz. by Kiton. Beginning this month at the Kiton store in New York, and Bloomingdales, you’ll find this sensational fragrance is both unique, and powerful. We didn’t see the actual bottle, but it is described as “clear oval panels in the front and back, framed by a glossy, opaque edge, accented with the Kiton Black logo (red dot over the “i”) and glossy black cap.” We did smell the fragrance. It starts with a fresh, clean, semi-lemony scent, created with lemon, Italian Bergamot, and red berries, combined with a touch of violet leaves. But the scent gets depth, spice and a masculine sexiness from a heart of violet, cyclamen, cardamom, and cedarwood. Classic “manly” base notes of vetiver, amber, leather and tonka bean soften the feel and bring it all together: spicy, masculine…but with a “get closer if you want more” vibe to it. This is not a light fragrance…it has a presence. It’s just the type of attitude you want with suits, and heavier fabrics such as tweed and cashmere. This is an artful, elegant blend of high perfumer’s art. You’ll want a bottle!
Back in November 2006, when we reviewed Driven Eau de Toilette created by Avon with New York Yankee shortstop, Derek Jeter, we promised that we’d bring you reviews of the next group of Driven-scented products. Now they’re here! Back then we described this masculine scent as being fairly strong, with top notes of crushed leaves, black pepper, chilled grapefruit, coriander seeds, and wormwood (for a spicy feel); surprisingly-fresh middle notes of fresh rhubarb, iced lavender, cardamom, and American spearmint; and a base of aquatic bamboo, Pacific driftwood, wengue wood, snow musk, and oakmoss, that give it a distinctive. and masculine vibe. There’s a freshness about this fragrance that smells so pleasing. It’s masculine but modern, with herbal touches that make it unusual. Body Wash 6.7 fl. oz, Anti-Perspirant-Deodorant Stick 2.5 oz., and a Deodorant Body Spray 4.0 fl. oz. Our male reviewer liked the teal-blue packaging, and the large pump top on the body spray, that gives a big blast of scent with one push, and thereby distances itself from a “girly” body splash. The solid stick deodorant is great for travel, and helps a man layer a bit more scent and feel fresh at the same time. The fashionable Mr. Jeter is the face and inspiration of all the products. He is quoted as saying: ” I wanted to make sure the final product (Driven) was something men would like to wear, and that women would want them to wear.” We think he succeeded!
If you’re not the type to get a manicure, you’re going to have to groom those nails, yourself. It’s easy, with RED’ by Kiss Nail Clipper Duo $2.99. There’s a silver clipper and a gold one (just in case you’re sharing them with others, or the family pet!). Both have sharp, hard blades with a slight arch that contours to the shape of the nails, for precise trimming (you don’t want to end up with a hangnail after all that effort)! There’s even a swing-out file to file off any rough edges, and lighten your pockets with a handy, all-in-one tool!
Looking to channel your inner rock star? Got2b Kicked Up Hard Jelly $5.99 6.7 oz comes in a metallic magenta jar with an acid green top. Inside, a cool, lime green gel smells faintly of pineapple. But this is no “girly” stuff–the gel is a strong styler that seals and defines extreme spikes and flips, with shine and a non-stiff but definitely hard-holding finish. If you have short hair that needs a styler to hold it, you’ll love the way this one looks, feels and smells!
THE ADVICE SISTERS’ SHOPPING GUIDE:
Alterna: www.4alterna.com or call 800-4-Alterna
Amouage (fragrances): www.amouage.com and Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman (USA) and Harrods (UK)
Anastasia Beverly Hills: www.anastasia.net and Sephora and Nordstrom
Anna Sui: www.sephora.com
Annick Goutal: http://www.annickgoutal.nl/index.html, Bloomingdale’s & Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, New York & Barney’s NYC and Los Angeles.
Antica Farmacista: www.nordstrom.com Berfdorf Goodman, and Takishimaya
Antonio by Antonio Banderas (fragrance): http://www.drugstore.com and retailers nationwide
Artiste de Bonheur: http://store.yahoo.com/facesunlimitedinc/index.html
Apt. 5 Cosmetics: http://www.apt5cosmetics.com and at Duane Reade drugstores
Archipelago Botanicals: http://www.drugstore.com fine boutiques, and http://www.beautyexclusive.com
Artemis Woman: www.artemiswoman.com
Ashely Archer: www.ashleyarcher.com
Aveda: www.aveda.com or call 800.328.0849 for locations or more information.
Aveeno: mass market drugstores and retailers nationwide
Avon: www.avon.com or call 800-FOR-AVON
Babor: www.babor.com and at Takashimaya, N.Y.
BaByliss: at fine beauty suppliers nationwide
B. Kamins Chemist: www.bkamins.
Black Radiance: mass market drugstores and retailers nationwide
Bobbi Brown: http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com and Bobbi Brown makeup counters, and www.sephora.com
Body and Soul: www.bodyandsoul.com
BONNEBELL: www.bonnebell.com available in drug and mass market retail stores.
Boots Cosmetics: www.boots.com and Target (in the USA)
Bourjois: Bourjois at Sephora.com
Breath Palette Toothpaste: www.breathpalette.com
Brocato: www.monsterhair.com or call 800-243-0275
Bumble and Bumble: www.bumbleandbumble.com
California Tan: http://www.californiatan.com/
Calvin Klein (Euphoria): www.sephora.com and department stores.
Cat Cosmetics: www.catcosmetics.com
Caudalíe: www.caudalie-usa.com or www.sephora.com
Certain Dir: www.certaindri.com and at drug stores nationwide
Charles Worthington: available nationwide at Walgreens
ck one scene: Nordstrom and other department stores
Clarins: www.clarins.com and fine department stores
Clean & Clear: www.CleanandClear.com, drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide
C.O. Bigelow: http://www.bigelowchemists.com/ and C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, Bath & Body Works, Flagship Stores
Collective Wellbeing: www.collectivewellbeing.com
Color Club: www.cosmeticgroup.com
Confessions of A Beauty Editor (Book): at retail and online bookstores
Core Rhythms: www.corerhythms.com or call 866-777-8151
Cover Girl: www.covergirl.com and mass market retailers
Dashing Diva: www.dashingdiva.com
Dino Morra: www.dinomorra.com
DCL (Dermatalogic Cosmetic Laboratories): www.dclskincare.com and select dermatologists, plastic surgeons and physicians- call 1-800-552-5060
DIOR: at Dior beauty counters nationawide (Dior Confidential is exclusive to Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcis and Sephora www.sephora.com
Dior Midnight Charm (fragrance): Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus & Sephora
Donna Karan (DKNY): at select department and speciality stores nationwide
Dr. Hauschka: http://www.drhauschka.com/
Elemis: www.timetospa.com and select Nordstrom stores and www.nordstrombeauty.com
Essie: call: 800-232-1155 for product and store info or visit www.discountbeautycenter.com
Eucerin: drug stores and mass market retailers or online: Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Lotion Info at: www.eucerin.com
FACE Stockohom: http://www.facestockholm.com
Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care: www.gerdaspillmann.com
Gianna Rose Atelier: www.giannarose.com and Anthropologie Stores nationwide
Giorgio Armani (Code for Women Fragrance) at fine deparment and speciality stores, and www.giorgioarmaniparfums.com
Giorgio Armani Beauty: http://www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com and Armani Prive is available at Giorgio Armani Boutiques, and Harrods, London
Global Goddess: www.globalgoddessbeauty.com & www.sephora.com
Goldie: at Bath & Body Works Stores Nationwide
Goody: www.goody.com and at Target
Guinot Paris: http://www.guinotusa.com/
Gypsy Tea: http://www.gypsytea.com/
HairDO: www.hairuwear.com and Great Lengths Salons: www.greatlengths.usa.com
Hard Candy: www.sephora.com
Henry Beautiful: www.henrybeautiful.com
IMAN Cosmetics: www.imancosmetics.com and select ULTA stores.
Indigo Wild: www.indigowild.com
Innovative Skincare: www.isclinical.com
Jack Black: www.getjackblack.com
Jane Ireldale: http://www.janeiredale.com/
JASÖN: www.jason-natural.com at health & natural food stores in the USA and Canada
Jemma Kidd Makeup School: http://jemmakidd.moodia.com/ also Bergdorf Goodman and other select, fine stores
Jerome Privé exclusively at Perfumania stores or www.perfumania.com
Jessica Cosmetics: www.jessicacosmetics.com
JK Soul Salts: www.jksoulsalts.com or call 866-372-1060
Jo Malone: http://www.jomalone.com Jo Malone Shops, Saks Fifth Avenue, Holt Renfrew, Canada
Jouer: www.jouercosmetics.com and Sephora.com
La Crosse: drugstore.com and at mass market and drug stores nationwide
Lady Primrose: www.ladyprimrose.com
LaLicious: www.lalicious.com and selected stores and spas nationwide
Lancôme: at Macys and other department stores and speciality stores
Laura Geller: www.laurageller.com at the Laura Geller Boutique, NYC or call 800-MAKEUP-4-U. (Bare Blushing): www.qvc.com
Laura Mercier: http://www.lauramercier,com and fine department stores. Call 888-MERCIER for store locations
Layla Coco: http://www.laylacoco.com/
Letters For Her: www.lettersforher.com
Lola Cosmetics: www.lolacosmetics.com or www.sephora.com
LORAC: www.loraccosmetics.com and at Beauty.com
Lotta Luv: http://www.lottaluv.com/ and at QVC www.qvc.com
Lucky Chick: www.luckychick.com or call 888-920-0800
Lumene: www.lumene.com and at CVS drugstores
LUSH Cosmetics: http://www.lush.com
M·A·C Cosmetics: www.maccosmetics.com
Malie Kauai: http://www.maliekauai.com/
Mally Beauty: www.mallybeauty.com & QVC and www.QVC.com and Henri Bendel
Mario Russo: www.mari
Max Factor: drugstores & mass market retailers nationwide
Maxius: www.maxiusbeauty.com Linens & Things, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Shop at Home TV
Maybelline New York: www.maybellinenewyork.com and drugstores & mass market retailers
MD Skincare: http://www,mdskincare.com
Medicalia: http://www.medicalia.com/ US/Canada Toll Free: 866-314-1975
Memory Makers: www.memorymakerbracelet.com/
Metal Mafia (swimsuit jewelry) www.bodycandy.com
Miller Harris: Saks Fifth Avenue, Takashimaya NY, Apothia, LA www.millerharris.com
Milani Cosmetics: www.milanicosmetics.com
Mixed Emotions: www.shopmixedemotions.com and Lord & Taylor
Montale Parfumes: http://www.parfumsraffy.com/montale/montale.html
Neutrogena: mass market retailers and drug stores nationwide, and drugstore.com
Not Soap Radio: www.notsoapradio.com
Nurturing Force: http://www.nurturingforce.com/ or call: 800-495-5626
N.Y.C. New York Color: at chain stores and mass market retailers and info: http://www.newyorkcolor.com/
Obagi System: http://www.obagi.com/index.htmland at over 5,000 dermatologists & plastic surgeon’s offices
Olay: www.olay.com www.olay.com and at mass market retailers and drugstore.com
Origins: www.ORIGINS.com at Origins retail stores and departments stores internationally
Pantene: at mass market retailers and drugstore.com
Perfectsense Paraffin: distributed by www.SpaRevolutions.com
Pevonia Botanica: www.pevonia.com or call 1.800.PEVONIA for spa locations/retailers
Philip B: www.philipb.com and Barneys New York
Playboy Beauty: www.Beauty.com Henri Bendel. The Playboy Concept Boutique (The Forum Shops), Selfridges (London), and Colette (Paris)
Porcelana: drug stores, mass market retailers
Pretty Hands & Feet: Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid, Osco & info at: www.prettyfeetandhands.com
Prestige Cosmetics: drug stores, mass market retailers, and www.prestigecosmetics.com
Pureology: www.pureology.com and at select spas and salons nationwide
Purpose: at food & drug stores, mass market retailers
Q-tips: food, drug and mass market retailers nationwide
Ramy Beauty Therapy: www.RAMY.com
RED by Kiss: www.redbykiss.com and at drug stores, mass market retailers
Red Earth: at ULTA stores nationwide
Redken: www.redken.com www.redkenformen.com or 800-REDKEN8
Renee Rivera: Zitomer, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, or call 800-797-7786
Rimmel London: www.RimmelLondon.com and drugstores
SAMPAR: www.sampar.com and select Nordstrom stores and spas and salons, worldwide.
Suave: http://www.drugstore.com and drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide
Secret Deodorant & Antiperspirant: drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide
Sephora Products: Sephora retail stores and www.sephora.com
Skin Effects: www.cvs.com and at CVS drugstores or call 866-428-7327
Smashbox Cosmetics: www.smashbox.com and www.sephora.com also Bloomingdales, Ulta and Nordstrom stores
SpaRitual: info at www.sparitual.com at Fred Segal Beauty, fine salons and spas.
Stephen Knoll: www.stephenkoll.com & at the salon, NYC
STREEKERS: www.streeekers.com and at ULTA and select cosmetics stores and salons
Stila Cosmetics: www.stilacosmetics.com and Sephora.com
Suave: drugstore.com and at mass market retailers and drug stores
Sue Devitt Studio: www.suedevittstudio.com amd at Barneys New York, Select Sephora stores, and www.sephora.com
Sugar Cosmetics: at Sephora www.sephora.com
The Body Perfect: http://www.thebodyperfect.com
The Healing Garden: www.healinggarden.com and mass market retailers and drug stores
The OC (Fragrance) at select retailers
The Thymes: www.thymes.com call 800-366-4071
Temptations: www.bathandbodyworks.com and Bath and Body Works nationwide
Therapy Systems: www.therapysystems.com
Thibiant Beverly Hills: http://www.thibiantspa.com/
Tigi Haircare: www.tigihaircare.com for a salon locator or call call 800-259-8596 ext. 3 for Customer Service
Too Faced: www.toofaced.com and www.sephora.com
Trish McEvoy: www.trishmcevoy.com, eLUXURY.com and upscale department stores
True Gentlemen: www.truegentlemen.com or ca;; 800-380-3050
Tummy Tuck Jeans: www.tummytucksjeans.com Nordstrom, and other selected department stores
Urban Decay: www.urbandecay.com & www.sephora.com
Valentino: at Valentino Boutiques, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman
Victorias Secret Beauty: http://www.victoriassecret.com/
Warren-Tricomi: Warren-Tricomi salons, Bath & Body Works Stores, and C.O. Bigelow Stores
Wella: www.wellausa.com and professional salons or call 800-743-2656
Wonder Cloth: www.wondercloth.com
Xela Aromasticks: http://www.xelaaromasticks.com/
Yuki Sharoni: www.yukisharoni.com and Fred Segal Beauty and other upscale boutiques
Z. Bigatti: http://www.zibigatti.com & www.blissworld.com also Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom stores nationwide, Bergdorf & Bendels NYC, Bliss Spa
PURCHASING INFORMATION: The Advice Sisters offer this Buying Guide as a service to readers. For information about purchasing or about specific products, please contact the companies directly through the links in this guide. Buying beauty-related products is a personal decision. The products reviewed here should work well for the majority of people but not every product will perform equally well for everyone. For safety’s sake, we urge you to be a wise consumer. Get information and use products only as directed, using common sense and basic safety precautions.