As we just marked the 10th anniversary of makeup visionary Kevyn Aucoin's death, it's only fitting that we acknowledge what an amazing makeup artist and person he was. Although he is gone, he leaves a strong and lasting legacy through his cosmetics brand Kevyn Aucoin. We've had this brand for a few months and all us staff have our own personal favorites from the range so we were so excited when the Lip Glosses and Lip Mattes arrived!
Kevyn Aucoin's 'The Lip Gloss' come in twelve different shades that leave lips shiny and glamorous without feeling greasy or sticky. They're packed with nourishing ingredients like sunflower seed and lanolin oil. I love the pale pink of Tulapina and the nudie brown of Beaugonia. The Matte Lipsticks go one like velvet and leave lips as smooth as silk. Sound like a romance novel? Trust us, you'll fall in love with these six different richly pigmented lipsticks that leave a matte finish and doesn't smudge for hours. Best of all, you don't have to worry about dry and patchy lips since these have moisturizing agents. Try any Kevyn Aucoin product and you'll quickly see why celebrities and the world's most beautiful women turned to him to make them look naturally flawless.
The power of 'organic' is not only associated with food anymore. Beauty can be green and really work as proven with cosmetics brand Vapour Organic Beauty. These smooth formulations made entirely with certified organic plants, minerals and vitamins are a dream to apply and leave beautiful glowing skin without compromising your eco friendly values. Even the packaging is recyclable!
Let's get to the good stuff i.e Vapour's Spring/Summer 2012 new additions. As soon as we saw the photos of the new Siren Lipsticks we started drooling. As seen in Lucky magazine, these are long wearing, moisturizing and flattering on all skin tones. Choose from Tempest (a feisty coral), Au Pair (a rich, velvet berry) and Coquette (amped up fuchsia).
Shop the full Rodin olio lusso collection here!
Whether you're the kind of shopper that likes to splurge or get a steal, Rodin by Recine Luxury Hair Oil is something every person who loves amazing haircare has to experience at least once. This exquisite and effective hair oil contains the same essential oils that are seen in the other Rodin olio lusso products and create the amazing scent the brand is so known for such as neroli, jojoba, and sweet almond. Rosemary and juniper are two additional oils that have been included to caress the hair, making it glossy and manageable.
It was also just featured in the May 2012 Marie Claire magazine Beauty Awards, taking home one of the 'Best in Eco' products because of it's chemical free nature!
Just like the game 'Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,' it's interesting to see how far the love of certain brands catch on throughout the globe. Australia is the land of golden beaches, kangaroos and beer drinking, but it's stylish ladies also have wonderful beauty taste as shown in the May 2012 edition of Marie Claire magazine. Influential beauty editors around the globe share their favorite beauty products and what's hot in their hemisphere.
The land down under's Marie Claire Beauty Director Alex Noonan has a lot of great picks, but we had to agree mostly with her love of Kai's Eau de Parfum. This celebrity loved fragrance line has earned so many devotees because of it's simplicity and signature travel inspired scent of tuberose, jasmine and lily. Alex says, "…the white musk infused scent smells like summer."
She also chose staff favorite Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit. Becca is an Australian beauty brand that we have come to know and love for it's beautiful makeup shades that glide on effortlessly and emphasize your natural beauty. This particular product is multi-use as you can apply it on lips, cheeks or eyelids!
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Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare lovers will be excited to find out that their Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil has just hit the b-glowing shelves! This exquisite oil hydrates thirsty skin and also calms the body from the inside out. Bulgarian Lavender is known to be a 'cure all' for any skin ailments, not to mention it smells amazing too!Read More »
Our fragrance category is constantly expanding, scouting the best scents from around the globe and bringing them to your doorstep in our signature red wrapping. However, we also know that men are very interested in grooming as well so we were very excited to hear that Yosh released a men's cologne, Sombre Negra! This smoldering scent is like a double agent with spicy sweet Pink Pepperberry, grassy Vetiver and woody Cedar making the wearer's presence undeniable. A female could even wear this undeniably seductive scent that in Spanish translates to, "black shadow."Read More »
For those who love lipstick but have a hard time wearing it because they have more of a half-moon shaped lip than cupid's bow, a lipliner might actually work in your favor. My lip line is somewhere in between and because of it, I have to be fairly selective on the lip shades I wear. Reds and bright fuschia's were really difficult for me to pull of until I started using a lip liner. Just like an eyeliner, they allow you to create soft and sensual or sharp and structured definition for those like me who are little bit lacking. I really like Jouer Cosmetics Lip Definer because of the wearable shade options and they draw on so smooth!Read More »
Women have been wearing perfume for years but do we really have it all figured out? Navigating through perfume sections online or in a department store can sometimes be overwhelming, not to mention trying to find your 'signature' scent.
In fact, perfume selection can be a very personal decision as scent is strongly linked to emotions and has a huge impact on the way people perceive you. What smells beautiful on a friend might smell totally different on your skin and this is where a little insight can really benefit us. After all, instructions for use don't come in the box so we gathered our most hard hitting questions and put them to the test with perfumer and scent expert YOSH...
Is it important to change or mix-up your perfumes with the changing of the seasons?
Yes, changing your perfumes with each season is like changing your fashion wardrobe. Each season represents a different sentiment or mood. Our body chemistry changes with the temperatures - partly because of the actual weather but also because of the seasonal foods you eat. And if you're newly in love - that will certainly change your body chemistry!
As we're entering spring, the season of changing leaves and re-introduction of color, what kind of scents should we be wearing?
As we come out of hibernation, the spring is full of hope and promise. It's still fresh some days and getting warmer other days. Just as you would wear a light sweater over your blouse or dress, wearing something sheer is great for this time of year. Something light but with some depth. Floral musk for this time of year is especially nice if you're on the East Coast and still need to wear a coat. Crisp florals are like crisp air in your nose - it wakes you up but it also gets the sluggish energy out. Sometimes, it's hard to motivate, we want the winter to last and we want to stay in bed. That's ok too - letting the body naturally come out of hibernation. But for days that need motivation, a little greenness will motivate you. Like wearing a pop of color.
What fragrance suggestions from our category would you find befitting of a great scent to compliment the Spring season?
Sottile in my own collection is made for spring with Tea Rose and Lily of the Valley. Sottile means subtle in Italian. It's clear and pretty like a spring day. There's a natural beauty to it - like a day after it rains. The air smells fresh with hints of hopeful silence. White Flowers is also great for this time of year. It's a more complex fragrance for the woman who likes tailored clothing. It has more layers and more bling. It's white flowers with a green finish and has a freshness to it like freshly picked wildflowers or the smell of flowers just coming out of the earth. Some other gorgeous spring options are:Read More »
We have been ridiculously spoiled over the years with Kai's gorgeous bath and body products such as our favorite (and Oprah's), Body Buffer and the Eau de Parfum. Gorgeous packaging as well as a vacation/beach inspired signature scent of tuberose, jasmine and lily is what the thousands of Kai devotees around the world fall in love with.
To make sure no shell is left unturned, nor no body part left without experiencing this kind of elegance, their most recent product addition will help us smell amazing in a place we seldom don't afford such luxury…our armpits. The aluminum free Kai Deodorant has a translucent formula combining vitamin e, chamomile and skin conditioning sugars to control moisture and keep us feeling dry all day long. It was just featured in the June 2012 edition of Elle magazine's 'Beauty It List' to cure dry underarms!
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One of the leaders in haircare, Frederic Fekkai is also leading the way in producing hair products that work to protect our hair from an environmental stressor we tend to forget about, the sun. We know that the sun's harmful rays can be damaging to our skin and anti-aging but it can be just as bad on our hair. It's very dehydrating so we need something to protect and re-build what has been damaged like Fekkai's After Sun Daily Mask, a UV protectant that keeps hair from fading and also deeply conditioning.
Another great hair product for summer is Frederic Fekkai's Cooling Shine Mist, also a UV protectant, this aerosol spray coats the hair with an even veil of gorgeous shine and leaves it feeling summer time fresh!Read More »