I’ve been lucky enough to receive a number of samples from different cosmetic companies. It’s taken a while to share news about them because I needed time to try them out. These are all very exciting premier beauty products. Try them out…
1 This is a nice summer scent from Cartier, aptly named Eau De Cartier Zeste de Soleil. It is light enough to wear under this summer’s scorching heat. It consists of freshly squeezed tropical passion fruit infused with a hint of mint in the heart, topped with accords of yuzu. The scent is a bit exotic but fresh. Cartier Fragrances are exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation and are available in Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Gateway, SM Aura, Perfumerie kiosk in Power Plant Mall and in all Cartier boutiques. Cartier Zeste de Soleil is available in 50ml (PhP3,300), 100ml (PhP4,600) and 200ml (PhP6,100) EDT spray bottles.
2 Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum. This tiny wand can work magic on your lashes and brows. It can improve the look of sparse or thinning brows. It may also be used on upper and lower lashes. Available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-la Plaza, and Rustan’s Alabang Town Center. Exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation. Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum, .13 fl. oz. PhP5,650
3 Perhaps the best innovation I’ve seen in lipcolour lately. I never liked lip gloss for the simple reason that it’s sticky. My hair often would get stuck on my lips. And since I started having children, lip gloss just got in the way of kissing my babies. So I only wore them for TV and print shoots. Never in real life. With the new L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse lip gloss, there is absolutely nothing sticky about it. It feels like a water-based lip stain with a coating of moisturizer on top. You don’t end up with totally fake glossy lips instead you’ll have shiny lustrous lips. The colour is buildable too, so you can wear it sheer or make it as pigmented as you want. The teardrop shaped wand controls the amount of gloss that goes on your lip. Because of its shape you can even apply the lip gloss without a mirror. Seriously. Shine Caresse comes in five colours – Beach Berry, Fuchsia Fun, Ready in Red, Color me Coral, Kiss me Pink. Each lippie is PhP595. Exclusively imported and distributed by L’Oreal Philippines and is available nationwide in all L’Oreal Paris counters.
4 Guerlain L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs, inspired by this season’s colours includes four powders with four different textures – matte, satin, metallic and iridescent. I like that it can play with shadow and light which can be layered and blended. The metallic aquatic green illuminates the eyes. Other powders include iridescent ivory, satin nude and matte dark purple. Limited Edition. PhP3,000
5 Happy Skin just released their limited edition summer lippies in Summer Crush (pink), Sunset Kiss (red orange), and The Morning After (mauve) in the same Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies formulation. It comes in the same fat crayon packaging that offers the shine of a gloss, the pigment of a lipstick, and hydration of a balm. It has shea butter and collagen that keep your lips “happy.” Happy Skin is currently available at Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-la, Beauty Bar, and Plains & Prints boutiques. Visit www.happyskincosmetics.com for complete store listings. PhP1,249 for a box set of three lippies.