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The best accessory for fall is one you can’t even see…a beautiful new fragrance that brings out your inner vixen. With the subtle to sultry new launches this season, you’ll surely want to expand your horizons. So step up to the nearest perfume counter, spray your scent of choice on an unscented spot on your arm or wrist, wait until it dries, and take a long whiff. These are three of our favorite new scents that have us thankful for crisper, cooler days.
Agent Provacateur Fatale ($72) captures the essence of the modern femme fatale–she’s strong, confident, and seductive! From the faceted bottle with its sharp angles and planes, to the enticing juice with notes of spicy pink pepper, mango, blackcurrant, Indonesian patchouli, vanilla orchid aphrodisiac, and chocolate gourmand addiction, everything about this floriental tempts and attracts.
Anna Sui La Nuit de Bohème ($65) embodies the magical sensuality of the free-spirited woman. This fruity-floral-woody concoction features sparkling citruses, blackberry zest, lotus, and rose petals as well as cedar, Haitian, vanilla orchid, and Indonesian patchouli. The gorgeous gold filigree bottle, inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, will be just as beautiful on your vanity as it is on your skin.
My Burberry ($72) is a grand floral fragrance with an edge that was inspired by a London garden after the rain. Sweet pea, bergamot, golden quince, rain-tipped damask, and centifiola roses combine to create a compelling scent, but you’ll be just as excited by the fact that you can personalize your My Burberry bottle with up to three initials, through a monogramming service available on Burberry.com and at select Burberry locations. Through smart phone technology, you can also interact with the campaign on digital billboards at selective sites from London to New York, to personalize and project a giant My Burberry bottle with your initials.
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A few months ago during a week long trip to Mexico, I enjoyed a bit more time in the sun than I’m accustomed to. Surfing lessons in the ocean, horseback riding through town, and long walks on the beach kept me from reapplying sunscreen as often as I usually do and before long, I had newfound spots that aimed to take up permanent residence. Hyperpigmentation (a.k.a sunspots, age spots, liver spots, and melasma) is excess melanin caused by sun exposure, age, hormones or acne and knows no race or gender boundaries. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that an uneven skin tone can be just as aging as lines and wrinkles.
3 GREAT OPTIONS TO STOP THE SPOTS:
ZO MEDICAL BRIGHTALIVE NON-RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER ($120) is formulated with clinically proven alphaarbutin and bioengineered plant phytotechnology to reduce the appearance of brown spots, even skin tone, and inhibit melanin production, without the use of hydroquinone or retinol. Ultra-stable vitamin C and an exfoliating enzyme renew skin tone and texture. Melanocytes are blocked thanks to the powerful combo of peptide science, hexylresorcinol, soy, and licorice root. The 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex of vitamins A, C and E, protect, hydrate and repair.
LUMIXYL SKIN BRIGHTENING KIT ($220) is a physician dispensed 4-step system that inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for the production of melanin in the skin. It’s non-irritating, non-toxic, safe for all skin types, and can be used for extended periods of time, plus it won’t increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun. This system includes the Active Prep Cleanser, a patented antioxidant cleanser that disrupts oxidative stress that can amp up melanin production. The GlycoPeel20 exfoliates surface spots with a 20% glycolic acid concentration. The Brightening Cream contains the proprietary Lumixyl peptide while the Moisture Lock Sunscreen is formulated with micronized Titanium Dioxide, a clear physical sunblock as well as Symehelios 1031 to protect against UVB toxicity. This kit will target existing hyperpigmentation and also prevent its recurrence.
CLARISONIC SONIC RADIANCE BRIGHTENING SOLUTION ($249 for set, $125 for replenishment kit) When it comes to facial cleansing brushes Clarisonic is the gold standard. It utilizes sonic technology combined with a cleansing brush that oscillates at more than 300 movements per second to gently remove impurities without compromising the condition of the skin as some other brushes can. It cleans 6 times better than using your hands alone and is so gentle that it can be used twice a day–even on rosacea or acne-prone skin. When skin is thoroughly cleansed, serums, creams and moisturizers are absorbed better. Which brings me to Clarisonic’s new products. Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution combats hyperpigmentation through an innovative new brush head with denser, softer filaments. The Skin Illuminating Cleanser contains pigment-balancing licorice. The Brightening Activator Serum has ellagic acid and phenylethyl resorcinol to combat discoloration, and the Skin Renewing Peel Wash utilizes LHA and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and retexturize. All combine to slow down excess melanin, reduce future dark spots, and exfoliate existing pigment clusters for more even-toned and radiant skin. If you already have a Clarisonic, just attach the Radiance brush head to your handle and use the new cleansers and serums.
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Makeup Academy is an exclusive beauty collection that CVS/pharmacy stores launched nationwide in August. Makeup professionals and beauty experts developed the products.
The three types of products–lip, false eyelashes, and makeup brushes–are the focus of this test launch, which features many a shade in distinct black machines along the stores’ walls, with the words “Makeup Academy” on top of them in bold letters.
The reason for these categories is based on research surrounding 35 million CVS/pharmacy weekly consumers, 80% of whom are women. The research showed that lip products were the most impulse purchase done by women, and with this in mind, Makeup Academy has more than 100 lip products in its inventory, including a Color Infused Balm ($8.00) which delivers hydration and sheer pigment, a Lip Color Crayon ($7.00) with a no-mess color application and the Liquid Lipstick ($9.00) which has a rich, saturated color and a velvet matte finish.
There are other companies who have gone the makeup academy route by offering signature-named items in stores, most notably Duane Reade’s LOOK Boutique, which has product island displays, makeup counters, and also retouching services.
The star item of the three major SKUs offered is definitely the eyelashes, which include the Natural Fine Ultra Lashes ($5.00) for a subtle flutter, the Glamour Volume Boosting Lashes ($5.00) for mega volume and fanned-out fibers, and the Individual Lash Starter Kit ($10.00) that allows you to mix and match to create your own signature look and channel your own inner Barbie.
If these makeup products seem daunting to you, don’t fret. Makeup Advisors are on standby to help you figure out your perfect shade, just like good beauty sentinels.