Fall Style: This season's honey, glow, and gloss
Vintage Paris meets film noir in the intense-hued new lipsticks and glosses in Guerlain’s fall collection. You’ll feel like Garbo when you pull out the Rouge G lipstick in its retro-silver case, complete with mirror. Check out new shades like the feminine, drop-dead red Madame Flirte and the opaque, deep-berry Madame Batifole ($51). The latter has a nail polish to match. For an even more glam, silver-screen-star finish, check out the Gloss d’Enfer versions of each special-edition shade ($32). Pair them up with the simple, water-resistant eye pencil ($32), and you’re ready for Café de Flore. Retro fishnets are not included.
Scent is a powerful sense, and the right perfume can often help alter moods. Honey, the latest fragrance by Marc Jacobs, is bright and energetic, which some women might shy away from for fall; however, the warm, feminine scent—with added depth from honeysuckle nectar—may be just what you need to beat the winter blues. The fragrance, which also contains notes of pear, orange blossom, peach, and vanilla, is available at Sephora (various locations) in an eau de parfum rollerball ($30 for 7 millilitres), eau de parfum spray ($80 for 50 millilitres), shower gel ($50 for 148 millilitres), and body lotion ($26.25 for 148 millilitres). Marc Jacobs isn’t the only brand to jump on the honey trend: LUSH (various locations) and the Body Shop (various locations) have honey-based products to keep your skin and hair naturally moisturized. Lather your strands with LUSH’s Fair Trade Honey Shampoo (starting at $9.95 for 100 millilitres; various locations) for shiny, healthy hair; then soothe your skin with the Body Shop’s Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask ($10 for 100 millilitres; various locations).
Just because the summer sun is on its way out doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice radiant-looking skin during the fall and winter months. Two drugstore makeup brands have launched illuminators to help you keep your summer glow—for under $20. While the thought of a shimmering complexion might be scary to women with naturally oily skin, illuminators aren’t meant to replace foundation or tinted moisturizers. Instead, the products are all about accentuating a few key areas of the face by reflecting light. After applying your foundation, dab small amounts of illuminator where the light hits—cheekbones, just under the brow bone, and on the bridge of the nose. Blend the illuminator in well before applying blush or other products over top. Revlon’s PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator ($16.99 for 30 millilitres at London Drugs [various locations]) comes in four skin-matching shades and helps skin look radiant even under harsh light. NYX’s Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator ($10.99 for 15 millilitres at London Drugs) is available in pearly-pink and golden-peach hues and helps your sun-kissed face stay that way longer.
Now here are some nail polishes that really rock: DS Raw Granite lacquers, part of the Designer Series by OPI collection, will include DS Pewter (a hammered silver look with subtle sparkle) and DS Lapis (deep sapphire) come September. It’s like a badass new take on past seasons’ metallic looks. You can add a DS Top Coat for shine, but we like the look raw, in its matte, textured form for stone-cold cool. Makes us think of the superhero Silver Streak, or some kind of robo-vixen. The polishes run about $14.95 each at salons and spas.
After working at Kitsilano’s Beverly’s the Spa on 4th and Yaletown’s Spruce Body Lab for over 12 years, Vancouver-based esthetician Kathryn Sawers has just launched her own Collective Skin Care, taking up residence on the second floor of cult beauty store BeautyMark (1268 Pacific Boulevard). Collective Skin Care offers facial services using Dermalogica and all-natural Tata Harper products. While facials range from a quick 20-minute treatment ($35) to more complex 90-minute facials combining skin analysis, masks, extractions, and massage ($140), each appointment is unique and customized to suit the customer’s needs. Sawers looks at skin’s health as a culmination of several factors—including genetics, lifestyle, diet, aging, and daily products.
Frizzies, fly-aways, and downright fuzz: they’re the unfortunate side effects of living on the Wet Coast. Just in time for fall showers, Shu Uemura Art of Hair is launching a sleek, simple product that seems custom-made for this hair-raising climate. Our hands-down favourite is Touch of Gloss ($42 at salons and via the Shu Eumera website), a shimmery melt-in wax that banishes badly behaved strands without feeling sticky or greasy. True to its name, all you need is a tiny touch to achieve hair radiance, and it’s genius for taming up-dos and ponytails. Did we mention the scent? Rose sakura essence derived from Japanese chery blossom. On the other end of the textural spectrum is the brand named for the Tokyo makeup master’s new Clay Definer Rough Molding Pomade ($42), cool, grey cement that separates and defines short hair (that means you, too, guys). It’s creamy but has a silky-matte finish, with hold that comes courtesy of kaolin powder, derived from Japan’s kaolin clay.
Plump It Up
Sometimes a special occasion calls for letting your hair down. Before you bother with the blowout, applying a volumizing or texturing spray to your strands can help them go the extra mile whether it’s sunny or stormy. Oribe, a line of high-end, salon-quality hair products, is now available in the Lower Mainland. Not only will the dramatic, jewel-tone bottles and cans look sleek on your bathroom counter, the products actually work. Those suffering from deflated hair should reach for a bottle of Oribe’s Volumista Mist for Volume ($42 for 175 millilitres at Kiss & Makeup [925 Main Street, West Vancouver] and BeautyMark [1268 Pacific Boulevard]). If you wake up one morning with limp locks, apply Oribe’s Dry Texturing Spray ($20 for 75 millilitres at Kiss & Makeup and BeautyMark) as you would a dry shampoo. Blow-dry while lifting hair from the roots for a revived, voluminous look ready for any occasion.