August 2009's New Beauty Products
Artful eyeshadows, a deliciously hydrating lip treatment... Here's what O's beauty team fell in love with this month.
If there's an art to making up your eyes (and who would say there isn't?), these three handsome eyeshadow palettes—Jungle Love, Beach Babe, and Ocean Hues (Mark, $7 each, MeetMark.com
)—are a fitting inspiration. The texture is silky, and though the pigment is dense enough to leave a rich swath of color, it can also be sheered out with an eyeshadow brush for a subtler look. ("Sheered out"—that's an artist's term...well, a makeup artist's.) Moisten a fine-point brush so you can use the center square for liner. Then look stunning while the rave reviews roll in.
Just as innovative designs are being unveiled in the car industry (have you seen the amazingly tiny Tata Nano?), the beauty world also has a new, smartly engineered update: the Tweezerman Pro-Curl Curler ($20; Sephora.com
). Ergonomic rose-gold-plated handles open wider than the classic model, the better to angle the curler; a broader clamp holds all your lashes at once; the extrathick silicone pad creates a nice, gradual curve (instead of crimping); and a narrower top bar ensures that even those with deep-set eyes won't struggle to get the curler close to the base of their lashes. Give it a test curl, and you'll be sold.
Like bottled water and plastic bags, makeup remover wipes are a once-loved convenience we've largely phased out: We couldn't justify the waste (or handle the guilt). But then we discovered Physicians Formula Organic Wear Facial Makeup Remover Towelettes ($10; drugstores). They're biodegradable, and their aluminum dispenser is recyclable. And they're as easy on the skin as they are on the planet: free of parabens and synthetic fragrances, saturated with cucumber extract and orange water gentle enough for the eyes. Using them leaves us with a pristine complexion—and a similarly clean conscience.
Once upon a time (right around 1920, actually), long before antibiotics and antidepressants, pharmacists at a small New York City apothecary called Kiehl's would hand-blend fragrance oils for their customers to remedy various "conditions." There was Purity Oil, Money Drawing Oil, a rich musk labeled Love Potion, and about 100 others. Sadly, over the past century, most of the scents were discontinued. But a handful of classics survived, thanks to their passionate followers, and they've just been repackaged in brilliantly modern (and practical) amber glass roller-ball vials (Portable Essence Oils, $25; Kiehls.com
). Each label includes the date of the original formulation. O
's executive beauty editor Jenny recently layered Vanilla 1968 over Musk 1921 (a.k.a. Love Potion): rrrowwwr!
Now she's lobbying for the return of that Money Drawing Oil.
After giving herself a meticulous makeup job one warm Saturday, associate editor Kate headed outside to window-shop. Seconds later, humidity attacked. Her powder melted, her mascara smudged, her eyeliner dripped. Hiding out in a cool, dark movie theater for the rest of the afternoon, she swore off makeup on humid days. But she makes one exception: these see-through, jellylike lip treatments (Icedteas by DuWop, $19 each; Sephora.com
), which come in four fruity flavors—Passion Fruit, White Peach, Strawberry Kiwi, and Black Currant (the last two have a sheer tint). The balms contain soothing aloe and jojoba oil and leave just the slightest sheen without feeling thick, heavy, or sticky. In fact, they're just about all you'll need (makeup-wise) to face a hot summer weekend. See last month's incredible beauty finds