1- Dell laptop, Studio or Inspiron line, comes in one of 26 finishes matching shades from OPI's "Icône" nail lacquer line-up
It's not always easy to find a color that looks nice for both nail lacquer and the laptop our belacquered hands shall type on. At least Dell and OPI give us a nice run with these 26 possibilities; a tempting toy.
bareMinerals eyeshadow, Sweet Obsessions collection, 9 flavors: Cherry Coco Truffle, Berry Flambé, Mint, Crème de Menthe, Berry Custard, Spiced Biscotti, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Mousse, Lemon Meringue, 39€ a complete set, limited edition excusively available at Sephora's or on www.sephora.com
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
The fairy tale atmosphere almost turned sour when the assembly started raiding the make-up cache. With Gretel and Goldilocks it almost came to blows, so hard did both want to try them first. The prospect was tasty indeed: to enjoy the pastry aromas while taking care of one's figure - and health, since the formula is as natural as a herbal concoction.
1- Soufflé Sampler Set, Laura Mercier, limited edition Christmas 09, 60€
2- Crème de Pistache line, Laura Mercier, Soufflé Body Crème 63€, Honey Bath 45€, Body Scrub 53€
3- Spiced Roasted Chestnuts candle, Laura Mercier, limited edition Christmas 09, lasts 40 to 50 hours, 57€
Pistachio butter and whipped cream, honey, almond and coconut milk, vanilla and vitamins, the scent of pralin and chestnut: those body care products smelt so appetizing, that in the end we got confused as to what we were supposed to eat or use in the bath. Hänsel got a bit sick, but it was worth it in the end.
Christian Dior New Look Holiday 09
Cristal Boréal, crystal gloss jewel adorned with 52 Swarovski crystals, 2 shades: 001 Pure Crystal, 251 Pink Crystal
Call 1-866-503-9490 for price and information
Nail Lacquer, Silver Purple 782, $20
Cristal Boréal Eyeshadow, 012 Pure Silver, 152 Precious Purple (not available in the US)
Slow and soft, from the starry night sky a stork came down and alighted on the chimney top. In its beak it held a small parcel, which it dropped down the pipe. The Dior items that it contained made us all marvel with their shimmering hues and their flashes and glossy sparkles. And it's not easy to have fairytale characters marvel!
1 & 2 - The Lola collection...
Eau de parfum spray 50 ml 69€, 100 ml 89€
Sensual body lotion 150 ml 35€
Silky shower gel 150 ml 32€
Luxurious body creme 150g 42€
For all the city flowers...
Head notes: pink grapefruit, Anjour pear, pink pepper
Heart notes: peony, fuchsia, roses, geranium
Base notes: Tonka bean, vanilla, creamy musk
Perfumer Calice Becker and Yann Vasnier in collaboration with Ann Gottlieb
Bottle design by Marc Jacobs
Kohdo Wood by Jo Malone includes 2 collections: Lotus Blossom & Water Lily as well as Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, limited edition, Cologne 30ml 42 €, 100ml 80 €, Huile de Bain Deluxe 200ml 75 €
Lotus Blossom & Water Lily
Head notes: aquatic notes, grapefruit, bergamot and tangerine
Heart notes: sacred Lotus flower, freesia, honeysuckle, water lilies and jasmine
Base notes: temple incense, amber, sandalwood, musk, aloes wood, gaiac wood
Dark Amber & Ginger Lily
Head notes: black cardamom, pink pepper, ginger
Heart notes: nocturnal jasmin, orchid, water lilies, rose
Base notes: black amber, white pimento wood, leather, patchouli, sandalwood, Kyara incense
Jo Malone encapsulates the most noble wood essences inside fragrant essences, just as precious, inspired by incense. An immaterial xylologic museum, where the vegetable world becomes a breath of air. The perfect inhalation for a treeless future.
1- La Baleine: a powder to brighten the skin tone and create more accurate relief effects. Warm gold, pink nude and transparent ivory mix to form the Nude foundation in its Spring 09 version. 90€
2- Lip Sticks & Lip Sheer: three lipsticks inspired by corals from the great deep. 29€
Angel Skin, a pastel moka
Coralline, a transparent yet flashy red
Rose Coral, a transparent, flashy pink
Chantecaille gives 5% of every sale of La Baleine compact to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
Ah! The great coral reefs... The fascinating flora and fauna of the great Deep... The mysterious creatures that people the ocean's trenches... A world little known, which the melting of the poles, the rise of the sea level, and the slowing-down of the Gulf Stream combined to bring down - as they did with all the rest. If only everybody had done as Chantecaille.
1- Laura Mercier, Gilded Garden Collection
Laura Mercier is a mythological character akin to the figure of Hera. Her gold-dappled gardens could be held in the palm of the hand.
1- Dior Addict Lip Glow 001, new balm, SFP10 formula with wild mango and luffa cylindrica, for protection and hydration, 28€, and Dior Cristal Shine 002 Rose Cristal, limited edition, palette and accessory, with ultra-rich smoothing balm, colored gloss and flat brush, 60 €
2- DiorKiss 851 Strawberry Smoothie, ultra-shiny syrup gloss with fruit taste, 20€, and Dior Vernis 741 Bubble Gum, for a glossy, flashy touch
Bubble gum and a strawberry smoothie... Part kawai, part shocking, that particular aesthetic is NOT restricted to L.A. this summer. A taste of mango and fruit syrup, to see life on the glossy side.
1- Marc Jacobs Splash Lemon, eau de toilette, 300 ml, 61€
2 and 3- Marc Jacobs, Splash Collection summer 09, Lemon, Rain, Cucumber, 300 ml, 61 €
Available from April 09
Lemon: next to favorites Rain and Cucumber's reeditions, it's the big news this season. A truly Splash fragrance, inspiring and fresh, that wisely elects to steer clear of the actual smell of lemon!
Miss Dior Chérie L'eau
Eau de toilette
50 ml, 59€
100 ml, 85€
Photos: Tim Walker
Commercial: Sofia Coppola
Light as a feather...
1- Twilight, 5-color palette, 49.77€
2 & 3- Pure Diamonds and Black Sequins, nail polish, 20.95€
Directions: wear smeared, as if the snow had melted on your cheeks tonight.
1- Forest Rain, eau de toilette, 1.5 OZ/50 ml, $38,50
Fresh, yet spicy woodsy blend of Muguet, Vetiver, Citrus and Musk
2 and 3- Forest Rain Hand and Body Lotion, 8.4 fl oz, and Forest Rain Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser, 8.4 fl oz, gift box $35
1- Exhibition poster
2- Polo boots, La Casa de las Botas, 735€
3- Panties, satin, Jesus Fernandez, 45€
4- Mini cushions, traditionnal wool-knit, PIC NIC, 47€ each
5- Soaps, Sabater, 6€
Buenos Aires is colonizing the Bon Marché Rive Gauche. The department store devotes a lot of space and time to an exhibition centered on that most European of Latin American cities. The whole store is donning the colors of Argentina. Windows signed by Gotan Project, food tastings, cinematographic wanderings around Buenos Aires, tango lessons and installations are all part of the program.
Here is a rare occasion of discovering a wide variety of goods, such as PIC NIC's printed mini-cushions, La Feliz' woven lamps, the slightly old-fashioned lingerie by Jesus Fernandez, Compaña De Los Sombreros' hats, or the drop-dead-gorgeous polo boots by La Casa de Las Botas. A glimpse into the dynamic artistic and fashion scene exploding in today's Buenos Aires, where young designers haven't turned their back on traditional techniques or aesthetics.
Paris Buenos Aires
August 23 through October 11, 08
at the Bon Marché Rive Gauche
1- Left to right: control mist, 100 ml, 15€, repairing shine mask, 250 ml, 21€,
repairing serum, 100 ml, 18€
L'Occitane, Aromachologie collection
Available August 18, 08
L'Occitane en Provence enrich their essential oils hair care line with ten new products in the Repairing, Volumizing and Anti-Dandruff line.
Angelica, lavander, geranium, ylang ylang and patchouli strengthen and soften damaged hair.
Natural artemisia, petitgrain, sweet orange, rosemary and palmarosa revitalize fine hair.
Cade, tea tree, lemon, thyme and pepper soothe sensitive scalps.
1- Leather Couture for the Eyes, 53€
2- 5-color eyeshadow 673 Earth Tones, 49.77€
3- Long-wearing Nail Lacquer 987 Mystic Violine, 20.95€
4- Creamy Lipgloss 875 Delicious Plum, 24.10€
Dandy Lady New Look Christian Dior Fall 08
Make-up created by Tyen
Available August 11, 08
"Dandy Lady". The name of the new make-up collection by Dior brings to mind silhouettes such as Marlene Dietrich's. Women of the 30's, their dressing room overflowing with men's apparel, who did not care one whit for anybody's judgement and whose sense of elegance relied, as did that of dandy chiefs Brummell or Barbey d'Aurevilly, on a fiercely personal conception of beauty.
It's a collection for beautiful thugs, figures of the night, almost apaches. With its earthy tones and animal skin patterns, it could have adorned Doris Day's face in Calamity Jane (1953), the ambivalent portrait of an engaging, manly female adventurer, a proficient tracker and a peerless shot, a men's woman who hides a Colt beneath her wedding gown and sings Secret Love to her best friend Katie. A true "dandy lady" of her time.
The entire range of Nuxe new 3 Roses Face Cares: Lait Démaquillant (Cleansing Milk), Lotion Tonique (Toning Lotion), Eau de Mousse Micellaire (Micellar Water Foam), Eau Démaquillante Micellaire (Micellar Cleansing Water), Exfoliant Doux Aromatique (Gentle Aromatic Scrub) and Masque Doux Aromatique (Gentle Aromatic Mask)
Come July, Nuxe is re-issuing its range of 3 Roses face cares. 90% of the new formula relies on natural ingredients, and it contains no paraben or phenoxyethanol. Cleansing milk, toning lotion, micellar water or micellar water foam: the line suits any skin-cleansing ritual.
With their incredibly creamy texture, the scrub and gentle aromatic mask are a perfect addition, to soothe us while making us beautiful.
Available in July, 08
Citrus Verbena Sorbet Body Cream
250 ml, L'Occitane en Provence, 29€
Also available from the end of May: summer 08 limited editions of Citrus Verbena Intense Eau de Toilette (with organic Corsican verbena extract, lemon essential oil and Italian grapefruit extract), Citrus Verbena Fizzy Bath Salts, and Citrus Verbena Perfumed Candle (with citronella essential oil).
Protected Paradise compact powder, Chantecaille, $90
Chantecaille continue their association with the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, concluded last year within the context of a coral protection program. 5% of the proceeds of Protected Paradise will be donated to the Institute. In 2008, the funds will fuel a series of Fellowships, granted to marine conservation experts to help them materialize important projects of ecosystem protection.
You don't forget an interview with the founders of Diptyque. They're a sound for sore ears, Yves Coueslant and Christiane Montadre. You should hear how they bicker, how they support each other, correct each other; they share an amused glance, or connive, or disapprove. Today they form a sparkling diptych - but hence the name does not stem.
In the beginning, they were three. Yves and Christiane praise in unison the reliable taste and refined nose of their delightful English partner, Desmond Knox-Leet. There's an interval of silence, profound. Yves recalls manly hikes along arid, sloping Greek paths - the origin of some extraordinary fragrances such as Phylosykos, an eau of figs. Memories and far-away lands: a good summary of what inspires Diptyque.
The brand's name is a matter-of-fact description of the original shop's window configuration, with its two angles looking out on a corner of the boulevard Saint-Germain as soon as 1961. Yves remembers the day when a bourgeois lady walked inside, appalled by the coarse bohemian spirit of the Maubert neighborhood, now a chic dependency of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Places have always accounted for much of what Diptyque is. Places discovered in childhood, such as the Vietnamese house where Yves Coueslant spent the holiday in his youth, the inspiration for the Tan Dao fragrance. And places discovered in maturity.
And places where one gathers memories, treasures and creations, to offer them to friends and visitors. Thus the new store at 8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, a prestigious address, yet devoid of snobbishness. The Diptyque logo is everywhere, a reminder of how precociously the brand developed a cohesive identity. Candles, perfumes and eaux de toilette crowd inside the intimate space. Black, white and gray prevail, illuminated by the hazy halo from an elegantly austere, made-to-measure chandelier. Interior designer Olivier Lempereur leaves his stamp near the Place des Vosges.
And Diptyque nourish their legend.
8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois Paris 3°
01 48 04 95 57
Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Collection
Headnotes of mint and chamomile slowly give way to the spicy scent of cedar and guaiac wood
Bobbi Brown, Pink Raspberry Glitter Gloss, 19€, Pink Popsicle Lip Gloss, 19€
Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Pink Raspberry and Raspberry, 26€
Pink Raspberry Collection, Spring 08
Pink Raspberry on www.bobbibrowncosmetics.co.uk
Pure beeswax candle, 39€
Kiehl's, limited edition Spiced Plum
In the same collection:
Hand and Body Lotion, emollient and softening, with olive oil, jojoba oil, and squalane, 26,50€
Liquid Body Cleanser, with wheat protein, 18,50€
1- Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect, Cotton Petal, $24.50, and Candy Pink nail lacquer, $19
2- Spring Bouquet Eyeshadow, 5 colors : mauve rose sheen, light taupe sheen, shimmering pearl, soft pink sheen, and shimmering silvery bronze, $52
Bloom in Dior collection, Spring/Summer 08
Christian Dior, 30, avenue Montaigne Paris 8°, +33 1 40 73 73 73
Crema Nera, Giorgio Armani,
50 ml, 250€
Diorshow Powder Dreamlight 012, shimmering beige glow, Diorlight Christmas 2007 New Look, 37,28€
30, avenue Montaigne
+33 1 40 73 73 73
Muse by Gina Brooke, Dignified Grace palette, three eye shadows and a blush, limited edition available from December 2007, $65
Gloss Unlimited, iridescent and ultra glossy, 15 shades available, $22
Shu Uemura, www.shuuemura.com
The third episode in the Dior Homme trilogy
Notes of lavender (floral rather than leafy). Then smooth, delicate iris, enhanced by ambrette acting as a musky, fruity hibiscus essence, somewhere between pear liqueur and silk talc. Base notes of Virginia cedar and vetiver.
Eau de parfum spray 50 ml, limited edition, 61,67€
Christian Dior, 30, avenue Montaigne Paris 8°, +33 1 40 73 73 73
Miss Dior Chérie, eau de parfum, 50 ml spray, 81,67€
New bottle with vintage-inspired pink atomizer.
Notes of green tangerine and strawberry leaves, after a while violette, pink jasmine, caramelized pop-corn, and strawberry sorbet, eventually fresh patchouli and crystalline musk.
30, avenue Montaigne Paris 8°, +33 1 40 73 73 73
Lipsticks, 3 colors available: deep red, pink beige, soft brown, 18,50€
Paul & Joe, Fall 2007 Collection
Le Printemps 64, bd Haussmann Paris 9°
+33 1 42 82 50 00
Kiehl's Lip Gloss, made with natural extracts of mango and grape seed, rose hips, and apricot kernel, 8 colors available, 16,50€
Bath oils Pleasure of Japanese Bath
1- Hinoki (Japanese cypress)
2- Sakura (cherry blossom)
3- Shobu (Japanese iris)
4- Yuzu (Japanese citron)
Each bottle 200 ml 29,50€
From 20 September 2007
Shu Uemura 176, bd Saint-Germain Paris 6°
+33 1 45 48 02 55
A few drops of one of these four bath oils by Shu Uemura, and the water will turn opalescent and the tub will exhale marvelous scents. Sakura, the cherry blossom with its hint of bitter almond, brings back the mild days of spring, when the trees of Japan cloak themselves in pink. Shobu is the iris flower that, according to an old belief, lends energy and fortitude: it makes the bath all peppy. Hinoki, the precious cypress tree, smells like a delicious dive into primeval forests. And Yuzu, the citron fruit, soothes the skin and wraps it in sweet warmth.
1- Bare Body Night Cream, 200 ml, 49,50€
2- Exfoliating Gentlemask, 50 ml, 46€
Kenzoki at La Bulle Kenzo, 1, rue du Pont Neuf Paris 1° 3rd floor
+33 1 73 04 20 04
To start a day of cocooning without Kenzoki products at hand: what heresy would that be? Choosing from the collection's four flavors, we'll skip the spicy ginger and energizing bamboo leaf - they won't fit today's mood. We'll rather opt for the sensuous rice steam and the white lotus, a flower for relaxation. The evocative and playful names of each product are wonderful illlustrations of their properties. With the Milky Rice Body Scrub, Twilight Cream or Bare Body Night Cream, we don't risk getting bored all alone in a large bed; while the Exfoliating Gentlemask, Cosmic Cosmetic Cream, or Fresh Lotus Water soothe even the most sensitive skins, to the point of slowing down the blood flow inside their tiny vessels. We'd love to live forever within the small world of Kenzoki...
Body milk 250 ml 19€, shower gel 250 ml 16€, eau de toilette 100 ml 45 €,
Lann Ael range, Lostmarc'h
Lostmarc'h is the name of a very Bretonne beach: suspended on the edge of the world and swept by great winds, rich in strangely-shaped pebbles that bear the smell of the ocean and wet sand. But the perfumery brand that bears its name is wise enough not to confine its fragrances to the scents of the sea and the weed-grown sandhills. The Lann Ael range, for instance, whose name translates to "Angel Heath", smells strongly of... hot cake, a delicious apple and vanilla pie. A perfume to be worn indoors, where it's nice and warm, while expecting the return of the sailors under a heavy rain.
1- Sweet Almond nail polish, 20,46€
2- Rouge Dior Addict Ultra-Shine, Shiniest Softness, 24€
New Look Collection Fall 2007 Christian Dior
That one spends the day on a sofa, lounging about, delightfully relaxed, is not an excuse for sloppiness. Christian Dior's New Look make-up collection adds new, soft colors to the range of rouges and nail polishes: Sugar Cane, English Rose, Chiffon Beige... The perfect weapons for a cajoling seance, clad with make-up only.
Lip Stain Shy Pink, Laura Mercier, 24€
Fall/Winter 07-08 Collection Indian Summer
Just like us, Laura Mercier didn't really want the season to end. Her Indian Summer collection brings it back by force, on our lips for instance. Maybe that is why it's still so warm here in Paris?
Stonewashed Nudes Palette, Bobbi Brown, 47€
7 colors: Navajo, Mica, Ash, Hot Stone, Stonewash, Rock, and Espresso, plus a dual-ended Mini-Eye-Shadow/Eye-Liner Brush
Limited edition Fall 07
Smoky tones of ash, stone, earth... For this fall, Bobbi Brown serializes the browns and grays to form a palette comprising seven matte or shimmering eye shadows. The textures are silky-smooth, the nuances delicate, and each shadow bears an eerie, evocative resemblance to the material it's named after. The ideal tool for tuning one's gaze to the snug atmosphere of a lazy day.
Eau de toilette Gucci Pour Homme II, 50 ml 49€, 100 ml 65€
The soft, muted blue of Gucci's new men's fragrance, the bottle topped by a hand-finished golden cube, the cobalt box, usher us into the elemental purity of the sun and the sea. But the woody, spicy scent, with notes of violet leaves, black tea, cinammon and olive tree, invigorated by notes of bergamot and chilli and anchored to earth by the tobacco leaves, the musk and myrrh, rather takes us to an immemorial forest where, between the red-barked trunks, we would glimpse the characters from Paul Sérusier's spiritual Incantation.
1- Soul Surrender salt and oil body scrub, Lau Erb, 290 g., 25€
After a day spent in the tumultuous waters of the Aegean Sea, or lying on the soft pebbles of a Cycladic beach, lulled by the tender Zephyr, it's good to go home to a small whitewashed house paved with dark schist. For purification and relaxation, there's the scrub by Thai brand Lau Erb, containing sea salt, mint, rice and jasmine. And to refresh the skin, Korres' yoghurt cooling gel, the modern adaptation of an old Greek remedy to fight off sunstrokes.
2- Lip glass Moonbathe, MAC, 15 €
Not only starfish is interested in coral. Sylvie and Olivia Chantecaille celebrate the little polypoid animal by creating a powder bearing its effigy, a limited edition of 600 numbered pieces. A small part of the income generated will be donated to the American association Reefs of Hope, which strives to save the coral reefs.
Very soft, hydrating, and rich in vitamin C, it illuminates the skin with a delicate glow. A perfect match will be MAC's Moonbathe lip glass, whose wonderful hue shimmers with the exuberance of coral.
Benny Goodman and his orchestra are in full swing. Between two clarinet solos, we'll snatch an opportunity to refresh our make-up discreetly. With a little luck, the music will coil up inside the case's grooves as in a 78 record, and every time we make up it will play Stompin' at the Savoy.
Crème Brûlée Honey Bath, 340-g pot and its honey spoon, 45€
Almond Coconut Milk Sugar Scrub, 340-g pot, 53€ (also available: Crème Brûlée, Clémentine)
Almond Coconut Milk Crème Body Wash, 42€ (also available: Crème Brûlée, Tarte au Citron, Crème à la Vanille)
Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath, 340-g pot and its honey spoon, 45€ (also available: Tarte au Citron)
Only an hour left waiting for him - just enough time to doll up. First step: a honey bath from Laura Mercier's Gourmande bodycare collection, then a quick homemade beauty treatment with her almond and coconut milk line. We'll smell better than the tea cakes.
Gardenia Eau de parfum, limited edition, 50 ml, 80€
Let's have tea on the grass, in the shade of a great elm. The early summer sun draws glories that fall through the wide leaves, it speckles the lawn with light. On the pond, the flowers of a gardenia drift between the busy ducks. In the background, white jasmine sparkles among the golden trees; close by, honeysuckle vines shake their fragrant bells.
1 & 2- Eye shadow trio, Vallarta and Mazatlan, also available: Acapulco, Stila, 26 €
3- Sun tanning powder SPF 15, Stila, 26 €
When the Sun sinks beneath the Moon above the ancient Aztec pyramid of Teotihuacán, someone will have to step up and act as the great priestess that celebrates a ritual for its return. Why not us? Especially if that day we're wearing these splendid powders by Stila, one of which protects against the sun while the other confers our gaze a magical intensity.
Meteorites, Powder for the face, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 42 €
Brush, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 28 €
Lip gloss, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 23 €
Blush mousse, Guerlain by Emilio Pucci, 32 €
Guerlain, 68, av des Champs Elysées, +33 1 45 62 52 57
A strange microclimate rules the skies of Guerlain: meteorites are raining there since 1987. A modern cult worships these intriguing beads of make-up that look like they fell from the stars. As a gesture of celebration, the Pucci house is now offering them its signature colors - fuchsia, turquoise, apricot, gold, pink, and white.
Four glosses add up to these mystic beads to form the perfect outfit of a Riviera élégante : Sparkling sun and Sparkling sea, with a golden or turquoise base, look completely translucent and saturated with sparkles; while Twist of pink and Twist of peach are swirls of Pucci prints on silk.
A candy spree leaves traces. Don't worry though: Stila's Lip Glaze will cover up the crime. Enriched with moisturizing camelia oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E, this gloss not only boasts a great transparent, shiny finish; it's also tasty. Its six minty flavors (berry, cherry, citrus, melon, minty, and vanilla) will conceal any evidence of sweets abuse.
Eau de toilette Splash Rain, 300 ml, 59 €
Marc Jacobs 56-62, galerie de Montpensier Paris 1° +33 1 55 35 02 60
Rain's success last summer leads Marc Jacobs to launch the fragrance again, as soon as now. A splash... and a scented rain pours on the suffocating heat of a tropical jungle; a cloud passes through the high grass and cools down the underwood; in New York, the wind brushes the skyscrapers and shakes the great elms in Central Park.