New beauty products add colour to summer

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      Neon Nails Pop
      When it comes to nail art, the funkier the colour combo, the better. Revlon is doing its part by launching a Nail Art series ($8.95 per nail polish at London Drugs [various locations]), which features 32 dual-colour sticks in four collections. While French Mix, which includes eight sets of contrasting or complementary colours, hit stores last month, the cosmetic brand’s neon collection rolls out in July. Like the name implies, the collection features eight shades including fuchsia, electric blue, and lime green that are paired with a white primer on the opposing end of the stick. The key is to paint your nails with a coat of the white primer before applying the colour on top—giving the hue a bright, neon pop. Over the next few months, the final two collections—Moon Candy, which combines darker moody hues with glitter for a holographic look, and Break-Up, which gives nails a crackle finish—will be launched.

      Organic Skin
      Not all moisturizers and coverups are created equal. Éminence Organics, an all-natural skincare line from Hungary, makes sure that their products never contain parabens, mineral oils, petroleum, and sodium lauryl sulphate—which isn’t something all beauty companies can say. This summer, two new vanilla-scented makeup products have been added to Éminence Organics’ Organic Beauty Collection: the Vanilla Latte Tinted Moisturiser ($48 for 35 millilitres at Spa Boutique [3630 West 4th Avenue]) is a lightly tinted moisturizer with SPF 25—great for sun-drenched days when the last thing you want to be doing is caking on foundation over a layer of sunscreen. Meanwhile, the Antioxidant Mineral Foundation in Vanilla Cream or Honey Beige ($38 for 7.9 grams) is suited for those who prefer working with a creamy mineral powder-based compact. The foundation doesn’t just provide coverage, but antioxidants including acai berry, green tea, and rosemary.

      Power Polish
      CND has been making nail polish and nailcare products since 1979. This summer, the global beauty company has added fresh new hues to its Colour & Effects line of nail polishes ($11.30 for 9.8 millilitres at Beauté Légère [4262 Main Street], Gloss Salon and Nail Bar [3149 Granville Street], and Frilly Lilly [1076 Hamilton Street]). Colour & Effects is all about customization—beauty buffs can combine any creamy base hue with a glistening chrome finish on top, which adds just the right amount of shimmer sunrise to sunset. While the nail polishes comes in a variety of colours, from white to coral, we love Raspberry Parfait layered with Jade Sparkle (shown above), which creates an iridescent pink hue when combined that’s as refreshing for sandal season as it sounds.

      BB Mania
      There’s no denying the popularity of BB cream since it was launched in Canada earlier this year. L’Oreal is the next major cosmetics brand to offer up a drugstore variety of “blemish balm” or “beauty balm”—depending on who you ask—which work to minimize imperfections of the skin while providing soothing and protecting properties, such as SPF, vitamin E, and aloe vera. The Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream ($10.95 for 30 millilitres at London Drugs [various locations]) comes in four different shades and works to hydrate, brighten, and correct the skin when applied.

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