I fell in love with the hugely popular original FlowerByKENZO – and now I’m falling all over again for Kenzo’s limited edition holiday version, Winter Flowers. It’s the perfect fragrance to warm up with this season.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and cosmetics companies are stepping up to the call of the pink ribbon with beauty products that donate to breast cancer research and treatment funds. Here are some of the goodies you can grab to beautify your bod and your soul with a donation:
The limited edition Pink Shimmer Brick ($18) can be dusted over bare skin for a hint of shimmer that brightens and evens skin tone. Liplingo Pink ($32) is a lip palette containing a rose lipstick and 4 different toppings: a subtle gold frost, a pale pink shimmer gloss, a rich pink sparkly sherbet tone and a super shiny, pink-tinged clear balm. 20% of Pink Shimmer Brick’s proceeds go to the Cosmetic Executive Women Cancer and Careers Foundation, and 20% of the proceeds from LipLingo Pink help fund breast cancer research.
Ah, Paris. Since I can’t go back yet, I’ll have to celebrate fashion designer Sonya Rykiel’s 40th anniversary with a piece of her collection that won’t break the bank… her beautifully exotic fragrance, Belle en Rykiel.
- Top notes: mandarin, red currant, lavender flowers
- Heart notes: heliotrope, coffee blossom, frankincense
- Base notes: patchouli, amber, vanilla, mahogany wood
This oriental fragrance was created to seduce the senses with a frankincense-lavender accord, mouth-watering red currant, and a sweetness of vanilla. Feel tres Parisienne with this fairy tale fragrance from the famed French designer, even if you can’t afford her iconic knit sweaters.
Have a “ball” with the latest packaging trend: roll-on beauty products! Skip the lengthy beauty routines and roll your way to beauty Katamari-style with these skincare, makeup and fragrance products.
Of course, some of them are just weird:
Yep, this “facial massager” (similar, $13) is a real thing. A real thing I would never want anyone to see me rubbing on my face. It seems like the kinda thing you could film and charge people to watch, if you get my drift.
Here are some more reasonable ways to integrate rolling into your beauty routine:
Philosophy Amazing Grace Concentrated Perfume Oil: Now you can roll-on the clean, feminine scent of Philosophy’s best-selling fragrance, Amazing Grace. Perfect for the girl on the go, this roll-on fragrance makes it easier than ever to take Grace wherever you go. Price: $25
By Terry VIP Skin-Expert Peace & Glow: a calming and soothing multi-active skincare roller ball that activates micro-circulation and drains tense, puffy areas. Price: $65 at Barneys
If you relish the idea of mixing glam rock style with Japanese quirkiness, you’ll love Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers fragrance line. There are five fragrances to select from, each bottled inside an adorable teeny replica of one of Gwen’s backup dancers.
The Harajuku Lovers:
- Love: a floral scent with notes of bergamot, pomelo, peach, rose, jasmine and orchid
- Lil’ Angel: a fruity floral with raspberry, blackberry, pineapple, rose and amber
- Music: a nostalgic number with clementine, pear, jasmine, sweet pea, honeysuckle, vanilla and musk
- Baby: a powder musk with freesia, bergamot, rose, jasmine, heliotrope, vanilla and violet
- G (yes, the letter G): a gourmand fragrance with mandarin, coconut, apple, freesia and sandalwood