Luxury lip balm may sound ridiculous to some but when the weather ravages your lips to the point where you can wear your favorite lipstick or gloss, you’ll be happy to shell out big bucks for serious lip treatments. Chanel has decided to throw their hat in the ring with a new lip balm that has beauty fanatics buzzing. Coco Rouge Baume glides on smooth and shiny but dries down to a matte finish leaving lips prepped and primed for lip color or even better yet a smooch or two. We adore the clear balm as a lip base or primer and can’t wait to toss this pricey lip treatment into our Tory Burch cosmetics bag when we hit the sandy beaches of Miami this summer.
We can’t get enough of our luxury candles so we were over the moon when we learned about Jason Wu teaming up with Laura Slatkin and NEST Fragrances to create his very own signature candle! Jason Wu has been all over the media lately for his design collabo with Target but now he can add bonafide home scent designer to his resume. This five-star candle is a potent but exquisite blend of Nashi pear, white Cattleya orchid, pomegranate, goji berry, blonde birchwood, pink pepper, coconut, and leather. The candles won’t be available to the masses until April so you’ll have to wait a little while but trust us, these gorgeous candles are well worth the wait!
Located in Midtown Manhattan, ACE Hotel is one of the hottest spots to stay, play and be seen in the city that never sleeps while still managing to look chic. ACE Hotel recently partnered with Uslu Airlines, an indie beauty brand, to create a signature nail polish. This slick, gunmetal grey shade was inspired by the modern hotel room interiors and it even comes with a cool striped nail file to help you achieve the perfect shape before applying the high profile polish. You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to cop a bottle, you can purchase it online for your own piece of Big Apple beauty.
Wow, we can’t even get our heads around the fact that mega-luxury brand Louis Vuitton hasn’t launched a fragrance in over 30 years! So now that we’ve gotten over that shock, it’s time to delve into the details. Louis Vuitton is working with Jacques Cavalier-Belletrud, a master within the fragrance industry with such accomplishments as developing Jean Paul Gaultier Classic, Stella by Stella McCartney and Dior Addict. What makes this fragrance debut even more delicious is the fact that Marc Jacobs is the creative force behind Louis Vuitton and a master at launching fragrances for his own label (Daisy, Lola and Bang- hello!). With that said, we can only anticipate what this new launch will smell and look like. All we know for certain is that it will be truly luxe!
Beauty has always been global but it’s becoming even more international with each passing day. For all of our Latin American/International readers out there, you will love this post! Sephora recently opened their first Latin American door in Mexico City late 2011. The success of the store has only furthered the beauty retailer’s initial thoughts regarding the potential success that resides within the Latin American region. The French-based brand is scheduled to open 10-12 new doors in 2013 throughout South and Central America which means our chicas down South will finally get a chance to get experience premiere beauty shopping like their Northern counterparts. It also means there’s yet another excuse to get our shop on when we’re out of the country!
We all know the natural hair care movement is really big right now but for those of you who don’t want to give up their straightened tresses, there are some great new gentler alternatives. Super Sleek sounds like a hair straightening system we wouldn’t mind getting our hands on. Ojon recently launched their latest innovation that enables customers to smooth and straighten their curly/wavy locks at home rather than spending countless dollars on expensive and oftentimes dangerous straightening services at salons. The Super Sleek System is powered by the Super Sleek Straightening Complex which includes several plant-derived botanicals that naturally smooth and soften the hair cuticle resulting in a frizz-free, silky appearance. According to Geoffrey Hawkins, the VP of Product Development, this revolutionary new system is destined to change the way women view straightening their hair:
“A gentle reshaping agent relaxes and smooths out the curved structure of hair’s keratin bonds, making them supple and flexible. Then our proprietary blend — including plant keratin derived from wheat, soy and corn proteins and azurite — acts like a liquid flat iron to realign natural keratin bonds and seal in straightness. It also fills in rough spots on the cuticle that can make hair appear frizzy, coarse and unmanageable. Finally, this treatment acts as a conduit for heat transfer from blow dryers and flat irons to instantly loosen curls.”
The Super Sleek Straightening System includes:
Thinning hair is just about every woman’s worst nightmare. As the saying goes, our hair is our crown and glory, and because of this we shell out billions of dollars a year on hair care products to keep our manes full and fabulous! Aveda has been coming to the aid of hair-challenged women for decades and now they have devised a special line specifically for thinning hair. Set to launch in February 2012, Invati is a collection of products infused with the Densiplex Complex which includes a potent blend of ayurvedic herbs such as; turmeric and ginseng. The collection includes:
- Exfoliating Shampoo – $24, cleanse and unclog pores on the scalp with wintergreen salicylic acid.
- Thickening Conditioner – $24, with arginine as its base, this conditioner enriches each strand of hair from the inside out. Organic kukui nut adds natural shine.
- Scalp Revitalizer – $60, with turmeric and ginseng as its base, this invigorating product helps to revitalize the scalp.
Strivectin made a huge mark in the beauty industry for their innovative approach to reducing stretch marks. Women everywhere snapped up bottles of the miracle cream in order to banish those tricky stretch marks that result from weight gain/loss and pregnancy. Fast forward several years and the stretch mark miracle company has branched out into the world of discoloration. As the beauty industry continues to grow and evolve, skin discoloration has quickly risen to the top of the ranks as one of the top skin care issues for women across all segments. Every major cosmetic and skin care brand has developed a collection or product that evens out skin tone creating a flawless complexion. Well, Strivectin has recently thrown their hat into the ring with their latest creation – “Get Even”. This new skin care line focuses on the causes of discoloration and seeks to gradually fade age spots, sun spots, acne scars and other imperfections while leaving skin looking and feeling youthful and healthy. We are all for products that create beautiful complexions!
Chanel knows how to create a trend and one of the biggest trends in nails for 2012 is sure to be their latest creation, Diwali. It’s a gorgeoue new golden hue that made its debut during the pre-Fall 2012 show. The Indian-inspired collection naturally made the gilded nail color the ideal direction as the ornate details of the clothes and the Southeast Asian models strutting the runway with heavily kohl rimmed eyes lend perfectly to the exotic metallics of Diwali. The nail lacquer will be hitting stores in the Spring which means if you have any interest in owning a bottle, you better get prepared to camp out at your local Chanel counter or run the risk of missing out on the Diwali craze altogether.