Mar 15, 2008

Beauty news: Emerald city

By: Stefanie Polsinelli
Elle Canada
Mar 15, 2008

Beauty news: Emerald city

By: Stefanie Polsinelli

Trend of the month: Emerald city
"Green shadow is refreshing -- perfect for when you're feeling playful," says Lora Spiga, regional trainer for Lancôme. The most wearable shade? Apple green -- as seen on the Milly (shown) and Unconditional runways. Warm up the face with peach gloss and blush to keep the look from going sour.


Clockwise from top left:
Maybelline New York Shiny-Licious Lip Gloss in Coconut Cream ($6.79)
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Luminous ($35)
Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in IR Pristine Green ($26)
Quo Flashy Elegance Liquid Liner ($12)
Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Fashion Forward ($19.50)
CoverGirl TruBlend Naturally Luminous Blush in Shimmering Sands ($14)


Dream girl
Searching for the fragrance of your dreams? With notes of wild strawberry, lotus, rose and sandalwood, the limited-edition Dream of Pink from Lacoste is an ethereal, fruity-floral blend -- and a sweet take on the original Touch of Pink fragrance.

Lacoste Limited-Edition Dream of Pink Eau de Toilette Natural Spray ($72 for 50 mL)


What's new?
Being eco-chic just got a whole lot easier. Known for its mineral makeup, Physicians Formula now introduces Organic Wear, a collection of organic and paraben-free powders, bronzers and blushes in recyclable packaging.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Bronzer in Light Skin ($22).


Must-have: Bath bomb
With its heady notes of orchid, freesia and rose, Flowerbomb, the debu fragrance from Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf, became an instant hit when it launched in 2005. Now available in a bath and body oil -- which turns luxuriously milky when immersed in water -- the scent can be layered for an effect as head-turning as the duo's designs.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bomblicious Perfumed Bath and Body Oil ($105)


Ask a derm
Q: What's the difference between day creams and night creams, and do you need to use both?

"Night creams tend to be richer and often contain vitamin A, which can cause photosensitivity during the day," says Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK On Avenue. "Conversely, day creams contain an SPF, which you don't need at night. Technically speaking, you don't need to use different creams for day and night unless you choose a product containing vitamin A. And if you have dry or mature skin, switching to an ultra-rich cream at night will give you the skin-care benefits you need without leaving your skin greasy during the day."

L'Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Advanced Revitalift Night ($29).



Youth dew
We all want to look younger longer. Now Clarins is giving us a hand with the aptly named Younger Longer Balm, which promotes blood flow to the skin -- thereby increasing moisture and oxygen levels -- by relaxing restricted blood vessels. (With age, circulation slows down and nerve endings -- which stimulate skin-cell function -- diminish in number.) Provitamin B5 and candlenut oil increase hydration, while white-tea extract and vitamins A, C and E ward off free radicals. Use it every other night under your favourite moisturizer for a rosy glow that will have admirers guessing your age.

Clarins Younger Longer Balm ($95)


Splurge versus steal: Mineral water
Splurge: Teye Loose Mineral Shadow in Turquoise ($35)
Steal: Quo Minerals Matter Eye Duo in Blue Lagoon ($18)

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Beauty news: Emerald city