August's Best Beauty Buys
Ring in the end of summer with fresh fragrances, shimmery lip gloss, a portable perfume holder and more
Garden of Delights
A rose is a rose, etc., unless you mix it with blackberry, neroli, and ebony woods to get the boldly sexy fragrance Gold Rush (left
); or jasmine, gardenia, and vanilla to come up with the romantic Shakespeare in Love (right
); or white peony, osmanthus, and white musk for the sophisticated Iced White (center
). This trio, from A Dozen Roses, is bloomin' beautiful.
A Dozen Roses, $95 each for 3.4 ounces; neimanmarcus.com
End of The Line
In the (seemingly endless) war against wrinkles, Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex is leading the charge. The formula instantly combats the appearance of wrinkles with a blend of light-reflecting particles and a combination of deeply hydrating ingredients. It also contains a new biopeptide and a vitamin B3 complex that encourage the skin to retain moisture, helping prevent the formation of new lines. Viva la Revolution!
We once used a tiny funnel to siphon our favorite scent from its bulky glass bottle into a travel-friendly atomizer. The project did not end well. (Have you ever lived with a carpet that smells intensely of wild rose?) A far better option: Travalo, a new contraption that lets you transfer your fragrance into a shatterproof, three-inch aluminum tube without spilling a drop. Remove the nozzle from your perfume bottle, slip the Travalo onto the tube (the atomizer has a tiny pressure-sealed hole on the bottom), pump it a few times, and presto: fragrance-to-go.
Sally Hansen's new collection of tweezers, eyelash curlers, nail clippers, and nail and hair scissors features specially contoured handles, spring-action grips, and professional-grade blades. Thanks to the smart design, the tools are both easy to use and precise. (There are ten tweezer styles, each with a different kind of tip.) Start with the Sexy Curls Precision Eyelash Curler ($6.50)—designed so it doesn't touch your face (and smudge your makeup)—and open your eyes to a better world of grooming.
Collection available at drugstores
An Exotic New Haircare Line
Twenty-one years ago Lisa Price was working in television production and in her spare time pursuing her big love—making soaps and lotions—in her Brooklyn kitchen. Today she runs Carol's Daughter, a multimillion-dollar business focused on what she calls "multiracial beauty," aiming to satisfy the wide-ranging needs of all ethnicities. One of the founding principles of her business, Price says, is to use natural ingredients that are environmentally friendly and live up to their claims, but "I also want every product we deliver to feel lavish and decadent. And to smell really, really good."
Her most recent decadent, delicious-smelling delivery: Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo ($18), Conditioner ($20), and Hair Mask ($29), all infused with emollient, gardenia-fragrant monoi oil for its deeply conditioning effects.
Carol's Daughter, sephora.com
The most effective pore eraser we know of? Photoshop. But for life in the three-dimensional world, we suggest Goodskin Labs Z-Pore Instant Pore Refiner. Pat it on in the morning; its smoothing silicones and mattifying mica minimize pores and shine, making your complexion pretty close to picture-perfect.
Four years ago, former model and socialite Lauren Bush cofounded FEED Projects
, an organization that raises money for the United Nations World Food Programme. Now Clarins has partnered with FEED: The Clarins FEED 15 pouch contains the luxury brand's Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. For each pouch purchased, Clarins will cover the cost of 15 school meals for hungry children who might not otherwise have a chance to eat.
If you're a fan of Bobbi Brown glosses, you'll be glad to know that this month she's not only introducing a new, High Shimmer Lip Gloss, but all her glosses will have a new, improved applicator. (A "doe-foot"—that soft little pad that looks like a...doe's foot—has replaced the brush, for a more even application of color.) Better yet: The glosses now come in a larger, 7 milliliter size (instead of 4.2 milliliter), which means they're giving you almost twice the good stuff for just a dollar more. Doesn't that sound like something you could take a shine to?