March '09: New Beauty Products
Coming up Rosy
What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than to throw on a gorgeous pink Chanel tweed—blush, that is (Les Tissages de Chanel; $45 each; Chanel.com). It comes in four delicately glimmering two-toned shades, and the imprinted surface looks remarkably—delightfully—like the iconic woven fabric. Choose from soft brown, pink, peach, and rosy brown to find the most perfectly fashionable glow for you.
Can the folks at Shiseido read minds? We were just thinking, "Why aren't lipsticks ever the same color on our lips as they are in the tube?" And then the next day we received a box of Perfect Rouge lipsticks ($25 each; department stores). Master makeup artist Dick Page has created 20 shades (all of which contain moisturizers from Shiseido's skincare line and luster-adding pearl pigment) that maintain their vibrant color when you put them on. Colors range from the palest beige to the deepest burgundy, so take your pick—what you see is exactly what you'll get.
Scents of Style
The refined designer Karl Lagerfeld has come to epitomize the kiss-kiss daaahling world of high fashion, so we were surprised to find his three new fragrances ($110 each; NeimanMarcus.com) refreshingly no-nonsense. Their names say just what they are: Light (the perfect, crisp blend of bitter orange, nutmeg, and watery jasmine), Woody (rich, sultry layers of cedar and moss), and Floriental (a subtle, elegant mix of violet and black tea). Even the bottle design is clean, simple, and entirely unpretentious…dahling.
If you've been sleepwalking through your morning routine, stock your shower with John Frieda Collection Root Awakening Shampoo ($6.50) and Conditioner ($6.50, pictured, drugstores). Both contain eucalyptus extract to cleanse and stimulate the scalp (which may help to promote healthy hair growth). And the combination of the tingling formula and zesty peppermint scent…it's a real eye-opener!
Le Métier de Beauté makes eyeshadows that deliver on all fronts: rich color, velvety texture, restrained shimmer, serious crease resistance. And now you can get a whole stack of them. The Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95; NeimanMarcus.com starting in March) swings open to reveal four coordinating shades (we're particularly taken with this set, Chinoiserie Azure). Flip up the tower's top to find a mirror—and start playing.