unique beauty products for Spring 2016 from Votre Vu, Osmotics, M-A-C- Cosmetics and Orlane
The weather is finally getting warmer. The buds are turning into blossoms. Now it’s time to turn our attention to beauty products we think are particularly great for Spring. Here are some “fresh picks” from our garden of beauty delights!
Votre Vu is a company that flies a bit under the radar, but every time we try one of their unique products, skincare or makeup, I am amazed at the performance, quality and pleasure they bring. One product that has is a constant in my makeup bag is the Lip Lustre Vitamin E Lip Gloss by Votre Vu ($22.00) . The wanded tube dispenses a silky gloss with enough Vitamin E to really nourish lips, along with antioxidant green tea extract and sun-protective Titanium Dioxide. That’s not all the Lip Lustre does, however, it beautifies with just enough color to make lips look refreshed with color, without too much drama. One that I love is “Tempting,” a moist rose that adds life to lips and to your entire complexion.
A Votre Vu unique multi-tasker I adore is the Votre Vu Duette Bebe Luxe Lips & Hands ($18.00) . This beauty product first wowed me back in 2012. If you haven’t tried this marvelous mulit-taskesr that is superb for travel as well, pick your favorite off the Votre Vu website and get it now. It’s a tube of hand cream and a flip-top compact of silky, super-hydrating lip balm all in one portable package. I once called it: the “Swiss Army Knife” for skin! There are five different lip tints paired with different scented hand creams. This time I chose the Luxe Hand Crème – Pamplemousse paired with Luxe Lips Framboise (a very sheer berry). The hand cream flips up to deliver a cooling burst of grapefruit scented hand cream that does a lot more than just smell good, it has Votre Vu’s private blend of therapeutic skin-saving botanicals with Ecocert organic tea and honey extract, premium sunflower, grape seed and jojoba oils fplus soothing aloe and sun filters. Full of antioxidant and sun protection, it’s great for every day no matter where you are. Atop this tube is a flip top compact with the sheer pink lip balm (Framboise). This soothing and emollient lip balm adds shine and a hint of tint, thanks to coconut, sunflower and premiere pressed castor oils along with shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E, plus it has a light passion fruit flavor and UV filters. The little mirror in the top makes it a plus for your purse. If you’re not into grapefruit, try the other hand creams and lip balm combos. No matter what lip tint/hand cream you choose, you’ll be in obsessed very shortly. Also, for $18.00 it’s a bargain. Better get two! Get yours on the Votre Vu Website
For a no-color Balm that is a “Baume Magnifique Leveres” (literally, that’s its name) we are suggesting the luxurious Magnificent Lip Balm by Orlane Paris ($45.00). An elegant, pure white slant-tipped tube with silver top and lettering holds an anti-aging, moisturizing, nourishing, repairing and protecting lip balm that pampers lips. The silky formula has micronized hyaluronic acid to re-hydrates and plump lips while creating a barrier to keep lips from drying out again. All the ingredients are listed on the shiny silver outer carton. No common “waxy stick” from the drugstore can compete with this unique beauty product that truly works! For luxury, pleasure and pampered lips, this is everything. You can find this in fine department stores and online. I suggest you visit the Orlane Web Site for more information
Designer Zac Posen launched his namesake label when he was just 21 years old, and had his first runway show in 2002 (to mixed reviews), but his fame and fans have been skyrocketing ever upward, ever since. Recently he collaborated with M-A-C- Cosmetics for a nicely curated collection of sophisticated, unique beauty products in green packaging with his logo in gold metallic on the compacts. The Advice Sisters snagged one product: Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($27.00) that we’ve seen used backstage at New York Fashion Week because it works for all skin tones, reducing shine. You can wear it on bare skin, or over makeup. M-A-C- Suggests using it with an applicator sponge, but you can use a puff or a brush too. The powder is colorless. If you have breakthrough shine, this really works well to keep that from showing up. The only thing that would have been nice is if the designer had insisted upon a tray beneath the powder for a puff or sponge so you could take this one on the road with you a little more easily, but still, it’s a great product, especially with the warmer months arriving any day now. Visit your favorite M-A-C- Cosmetics makeup counter, boutique, or online at http://www.maccosmetics.com
Back in 2010 I gushed about the gloriousness of Orlane’s Bronzing Pressed Powder compact. Back then, it was a unique beauty product that was not just seriously large, but also one of the first “faux tans” that didn’t make me look like a pumpkin or an orange. But now there are other options, including a more compact size Orlane Bronzing Pressed Powder ($40.00) that comes in tints and gives skin a natural, luminous glow all year long. Like the original, it is supposed to make skin look kissed by the sun, not overly tanned by it like old leather! You can apply it with a light tough all over your face with a large brush (hint” make the shape of a “3” starting at your forehead and moving to cheeks and finishing at your upper chin). I’d blend it as well. You can also use it as a contour or as a deeper tan by layering it (try this only if you’re really practiced). The point is, these bronzers are a quick and effortless way to get rid of a bit of Winter pallor, and they work all year round. No. 2 is the lighter tint which works for light to fairly light skin. No 23 is for deeper toned skin. Of course the original ($50.00) in the blue compact, big enough for face and body, with less luminosity and more opaque is also available, and still beloved. For more information visit your favorite Orlane makeup counter or http://www.orlane.com
I don’t know about your lips, but mine need a Spring overhaul just about now. A regular lip balm will help, but for really unique beauty product that is also a lip treatment, I’m trying Osmotics Cosmeceuticals ($35.00),. That does more than just beautify, it also plumps, enhances and helps deal with those niggling little lip lines without any surgical intervention. The Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck Treatment looks like an ordinary lip gloss, but it has the Osmotic’s Blue Copper 5 ingredients plus Hyaluronic Acid particles that penetrate to swell the lip tissue and give the lips a subtle plumping effect. Nourishing macadamia nut oil deeply hydrates dry, chapped winter lips and leaves a light sheen behind. There are four choices: Clear which is well, clear, plus Cognac which is the sheer berry with a slight metallic shimmer I tried, plus golden nectar (a peachy/pink shimmery nude) and French Kiss ( a bright cherry red). Use it on its own or over or under another lip color. There’s a bit of a tingle, like many lip plumpers, but it’s not too much.
I’m not sure about the blue part (other than the packaging on the Osmotics entire Blue Copper 5 line is blue), but copper is a known skin-saver heling to encourage the production of collagen and elastin and promote the production of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. The Blue Copper 5 products are based on copper peptide technology combined with Osmotics’ collagen boosting 5-chain peptide, working together at a cellular level to fortify the skin against visible signs of aging. The blue Copper 5 products are non-comedogenic, without any artificial colors or fragrances and they’re appropriate or all skin types. Find it at Nordstrom and Dillard’s and also on the Osmotics Web Site