Certain cosmetics cross the barrier between physical and the mental well being, pushing the Feel Good effect to its fullest. Here’s a bold list of small jars with convincing benefits.
ATTITUDE COUTURE With the Complete Salon Manicure nail polish collection, Sally Hansen has collaborated with top designers to create a unique look for the nails of catwalk models. Rodarte chose a basic nude tone with a hint of metallic for a highly shaded effect. Prabal Gurung has opted for a more colourful pallet and Tracy Reese went with deep, velvety, complementary tones for a sexy look. None other than Tracylee, celebrity manicurist, prepared the nails for the catwalk models. • Sally Hansen Limited Edition 9 shades of Lacquer from $8.95 at Jean Coutu and Pharmaprix. sallyhansen.com
ACCENT TONIC Mr. Shu Uemura was a true master of colour. Inspired by his expertise, the brand now offers a new colour restorative for your mane. Silicone-free, this reviving balm nourishes colour-treated hair, including highlights. A combination providing for true haircare with an application of colour. Result: harmonious shades, a sumptuous sheen, and an impeccable hold for five shampoos. • Shu Uemura Color Lustre Shades in a palette of five colours available at $50 per 200 ml. A real ‘boost’ to tints at home. Offered at specialized boutiques. shuuemuraartofhair.com
COLOURFUL ILLUSION Marc Jacobs announces the launch of a line of namesake beauty products: Marc Jacobs Beauty. As with his clothing line, Marc’s creativity is limitless. His vision of makeup comes down to three things: dare, experiment and take ownership. Jacobs breaks down your style barriers with new textures and provocative colours. His bold approach is revealed across 16 complexion products and cosmetic colours in addition to four luxury brushes to complete the look. • The varnish from $22 and the palette of eye shadows from $71 at Sephora. sephora.com or marcjacobsbeauty.com
DYNAMIC INGREDIENTS Antioxidants are not all created equal. Studies at Duke University have demonstrated that a formula containing vitamin C is effective. Since 1997 SkinCeuticals has offered a range of products containing vitamin C at its most effective concentrations. A new eye gel treatment acts as a serum that corrects signs of aging and the appearance of bags under the eyes. The combination of targeted actives can significantly improve microcirculation for an immediate lifting effect. A serious approach with impressive results. • Aox + Eye Gel from SkinCeuticals $80 per 15 ml skinceuticals.com
EVENING BEAUTY A pioneer in specialized night renewal products, Estée Lauder was one of the first brands to have understood that overnight is the optimal time to repair daytime skin damage. From the company’s strength in DNA research and chronobiology comes a new serum using novel ChronoluxCB™ technology that dramatically diminishes the appearance of all major signs of skin aging and provides for a significantly more hydrated, firm, and even-toned appearance. Psst: this little bottled treasure is the sum of more than 25 patents! • Advanced Night Repair II from Estée Lauder, $105 per 100 ml at Estée Lauder counters. esteelauder.com
FOUNTAIN OF PLEASURE Quadruple source – a dispenser – of Mugler fragrance refills: Angel (Eau de parfum et de toilette), Alien, and Womanity, from $66 per 30 ml • at Hudson’s Bay. int.mugler.com
GIFTED PIGMENTS Resolutely elegant, this new makeup collection revisits the layering of playful ingenuity and surrealism, combining sumptuous shades of bronze, taupe, and khaki with a palette of golden beige, deep pink, and burgundy, the alchemy an omen of beauty. Our four essentials of the season? Eye shadows, lipsticks, blush creams, and nail polish. • The Superposition makeup collection from Chanel, from $27 for nail polish to $62 for the shades quartet, available at Chanel counters. chanel.com
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DOUBLE IMPRESSION Eau de parfum Modern Muse from Estée Lauder, $115 per 100 ml at Estée Lauder counters. esteelauder.ca
PREVIEW Eau de parfum Flash by Jimmy Choo, $99 per 100 ml at Sephora, Holt Renfrew and Hudson’s Bay. jimmychoo.com
SEXY STYLE bcbg Eau de parfum Max Azria Bon Chic by BCBGMAXAZRIA, $86 per 100 ml. Exclusively in BCBG boutiques and at Sephora. bcbg.ca
VINTAGE SPIRIT Eau de parfum Place Vendome by Boucheron, $115 per 100 ml. La Baie d’Hudson.