Lancôme hits the runway this week with the introduction of its first ever limited edition Show Collection created in collaboration with legendary designer Alber Elbaz. The special mascaras, eyeshadow palettes, and false lashes will officially launch at Lord & Taylor in New York City today, June 18, at 5:30 pm. The public is invited, and Natalie Joos, casting agent, style guru, and founder of Tales of Endearment will host a makeup show styled by Lancôme artists.
And a show is the perfect venue for the debut of this collection. For its creation, Elbaz, who is the artistic director for French fashion house Lanvin, imagined a live performance complete with whimsical costumes staring Lancôme’s best-selling mascaras: Doll, Drama, Definicils, and Hypnôse.
“I took the four mascaras and built a story around them, with polka dots for Hypnôse Drama, stars for their namesake Hypnôse Star, hearts for Hypnôse Doll Lashes, and for the fourth mascara, Hypnôse itself, I took the legendary Lancôme rose and mixed it up with eyes,” said Elbaz.
Each of the mascaras is priced at $29.
But the mascaras were just the starting point for Elbaz. He created an eyeshadow palette and Lancôme’s first-ever false lashes ($35) to complement the mascaras. The Color Design 5 Shadow and Line Palettes ($51) include an all-over color, lid color, crease color, highlighter, and liner. Each palette has its own color theme, Taupe Craze for Drama, Midnight Rush for Star, Rose Coquette for Doll, and Mint Jolie for Hypnôse. The cases of the limited-edition palettes are decorated with the same themes that adorn the mascaras. The Show by Alber Elbaz False Eyelashes ($35) also come in collectible themed cases.
The Show Collection is totally fun and gives you entrance to the incredibly creative world of Alber Elbaz. Hurry to purchase, because these special editions will go fast.
It seems like we live in a straight-hair rules world, but according to a recent poll conducted by L’Oreal Paris, nearly 80% of women would choose wavy or curly hair as their natural hairstyle, if they had a magic wand. Surprisingly, only 16% of women would want hair that followed the straight and narrow.
As a wavy head myself, I know it takes a bit of work to get it right—an activity quite worth the effort, according to the “Curly Girl” survey that was commissioned this year. Seventy-four percent of the curl/wavy haired women polled said that their curls gain them compliments.
And curly heads know the power of their locks. Forty percent said that they wear their curls “au natural” every day. Only 15 % straighten it most of the time. Who can blame them?
As for who has more fun, the verdict is still out. According to the L’Oreal survey, more than 50% of women perceive curly-haired girls as fun, while slightly less than 50% of the men polled concurred.
Because L’Oreal Paris wants curly heads to feel the power the beauty giant has created the L’Oreal Paris EverCurl Sulfate-Free Curl Care System. The six-piece range targets the key concerns of curly girls—moisture, definition, and shine. The line features a shampoo, a conditioner, a combo shampoo/conditioner, and three styling products. You can customize a program based on your hair type: wavy, curly, or “coily.” The objective is to get frizz free, soft waves or shiny curly. It even promises 48 hours of frizz free bounce. Priced from $6.99 to $8.99, the EverCurl range is available at drugstores now.
Ever since it’s cameo appearance in George Cukor’s 1939 film The Women, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa has been a worldwide icon for the best in skincare. Now, under the guidance of Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer for Red Door Spas, the venerable brand is launching its first spa-based skin and body care collection.
Comprising 42 face and body items, the Red Door Spa Professional® formulas are conceived as an extension of the services offered at the spa’s 30 nationwide locations. The goal is to help consumers extend the results of their treatments at home.
Cornelia Zicu says that this line has been decades in the making, and involved culling information from the spa’s many experienced estheticians. The result is a comprehensive collection that features three categories: Intensive Solutions, Customized Daily Essentials, and Body Renewal.
This features 16 concentrated products that target specific skincare concerns from premature skin aging to redness and discoloration. One of the range’s stars is Age Defense Multi- Peptide Moisturizer, which contains peptides to help relax wrinkle formation and liphophlic vitamin C to moisturize, improve skin tone, and stimulate collagen production. One of my favorite products is the Age Defense Hyaluronic Intensive Serum, a veritable waterfall of moisture for thirsty skin. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the humectant or all humectants, the serum contains vitamins A, C, and E, as well as beta glucan, which stimulates the functioning of the immune system and acts as a UV protectant. The prices of the Intensive Solution products range from $26 to $120.
Customized Daily Essentials:
With targeted systems for sensitive, oily, normal, and dry skins, Customized Daily Essentials offer cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, and sun protection as the basic building blocks of a personalized skincare regimen. Each of the specialized systems contains a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and mask. The Sensitive Skin System draws on soothing botanicals like chamomile, willow extract, and kola nut extract to calm and restore. Prices for Customized Daily Essentials range from $26 to $120.
This is one of my favorite line-ups in the collection, with extremely luxurious products ranging from three different body creams (a must!) to body washes, scrubs, balms, gel, and sprays. There are 10 luxurious body care products in all, and actually are the exact products used in the Red Door Spa’s treatments and services, which means both luxury and professional expertise in a jar. The idea behind these products is a healthful, youthful and toned appearance. It is the most affordable of the Red Door Professional categories, with price ranges from $22 to $45.
The Red Door Spa Professional collection is available exclusively at Red Door Spa locations nationwide.