Saturday, September 27, 2008

Beauty News: Anti-Ageing Perfume


If you care about the way you look and strive to look young - be careful how you smell! Rose is a no-no, grapefruit and apples are the right choice! reports that fragrance designer Harvey Prince has launched a new scent in the European market that makes other people perceive you as being much younger than you really are.

This new anti-ageing sensation is based on several studies. A study made in 200 showed that that women in their 40s and plus have more than twice increased levels of "2-Nonenal – which is associated with a 'grassy, greasy' odour – as well as higher levels of Omega 7 and lipid peroxides".

Apple photo by Daren Hasten at

Another study conducted by the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in 2005 revealed that "grapefruit-based scent is associated with a younger age group". And finally a study conducted by Rutgers team for Harvey Prince, involving fifteen men in five age groups (starting from 20 to 60 plus) found that "the rose was most associated with older age groups and apple fragrance was most associated with younger age groups"

Harvey Prince says it used the research findings to create a scent that best masks odours associated with older age groups. But of course, the exact formula of the new fragrance is a HUGE and closely guarded secret. All we know is that the perfume combines pink grapefruit, pomegranate, jasmine, mango and soft must... Here you have it - now you can smell younger! The anti-ageing perfume is called "Ageless Fantasy". And the name is true - it is just a fleeting fantasy... remember to keep refreshing it!

I love this video clip from Ellen Degeneres show - beauty recommendations are definitely based on those 2005 studies.... They didn't know then that the rose scent is actually associated with an older age.

  • Read more about anti-ageing skin care and products or anti-ageing makeup techniques.

  • Feel like shopping? You can buy Ageless Fantasyonline.
  • Monday, September 22, 2008

    Beauty Buzz: New Makeup Autumn 2008

    Yves Saint Laurent

    The YSL look for Autumn/Winter 2008 was inspired by "one of Yves Saint Laurents famous designs - the tuxedo". Well, I was not very inspired by the collection.

    Here is YSL new collection

    Palette Collection for Face- POUDRE COLLECTOR POUR LES YEUX (limited edition)
    Collector Powder For The Complexion - POUDRE COLLECTOR POUR LE TEINT (limited edition)
    DESSIN DES LÈVRES - Lip Liner (8 new colors)
    ROUGE PUR SHINE SPF15 - Sheer Lipstick (14 colors)
    EVERLONG WATERPROOF MASCARA - Lengthening Waterproof Mascara (4 colors)
    DESSIN DU REGARD HAUTE TENUE- Long-Lasting Eye Pencil (6 colors)

    Don't miss this new product from YSL:

    Pictured above is SOIN PINCEAU ÉCLAT INSTANTANÉ - Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush
    "A skin revitalizing complexion enhancer and makeup primer" at


    Dior didn't even announce their Autumn look on their website yet. Nor did they put up any information about the new makeup collection. Well, I think I have searched everywhere at - wondering if I am blind. I finally found Dior's look for Autumn 2008 on Sephora site. It appeared to be the Dandy look! So there are 2 very different Dandy looks this season: one from Givenchy and one from Dior.

    Dior's Autumn Cllection includes:
    Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow - Iridescent Leather (limited edition eyeshadow pallette)Photo below

    Impression Cuir Leather Couture For The Eyes (limited edition pallette of three pearly, chocolate eyeshadows)

    2-Colour Eyeshadow (all the 8 duo eyeshadow pallettes new)

    Diorskin Shimmer Star (1 new pallette - Copper Diamond)

    Rouge Dior Replenishing Lipcolor (4 new colors)
    Crème de Gloss (2 new colors)
    Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect (2 new colors)

  • Feel like shopping? You can buy new Dior Makeup collection online

  • See other posts for:
    - Chanel New Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Lancome Autumn 2008 Collection
    - Guerlain Makeup Collection Autumn 2008
    - Givenchy Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Shiseido Makeup for Autumn 2008
    - Clinique Look and Collection for Autumn 2008

  • Feel like shopping? You can buy new Dior Makeup collection online right now.
  • Sunday, September 21, 2008

    Beauty Buzz: New Makeup Autumn 2008 Part 4

    Shiseido's look for Autumn/Holliday season is Intriguing Elegance.

    The new products include:
  • 2 new pallettes of Silky Eye Shadow Quad in Rose Tones and Wood Tones
  • 5 new colors of Automatic Lip Crayon
  • Accentuating Color Stick
  • 2 new colors of Lip Gloss

    Photos from:

  • See other posts for:
    - Chanel New Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Lancome Autumn 2008 Collection
    - Guerlain Makeup Collection Autumn 2008
    - Givenchy Makeup Autumn 2008
    - YSL Collection Autumn 2008
    -Dior Makeup for Autumn 2008
    - Clinique Look and Collection for Autumn 2008

  • Feel like shopping? You can buy new Dior Makeup collection online right now.
  • Saturday, September 20, 2008

    Beauty Buzz: New Makeup Autumn 2008 Part 3

    Estee Lauder

    Makes us crave for chocolate with their Autumn Collection in chocolate colours! Yum!

    The collection inlcudes: Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow quads- 4-colour eyeshadow palettes (come in 2 tones chocolate/caramel browns and berry tone), Creme Caramel Shimmer Powder, Swirl lip gloss (cramel and berry tones), Longlasting Lipstick (in Berry Swirl and Varamel Swirl)

    I definately have to get something from this collection... Mostly I am drawn to the Creme Caramel shimmer powder and the eyeshaddow quads in chocolate (but I do have many chocolate/gold eyeshadows already :-(

    Photos from:,

    Clinique's look for Autumn 2008 is Modern Matte.

    To get the look you will need the new products:
    Defining Liner for Lips
    (3 shades: Pomegranate, Cider, Sugared Fig)
    Blushwear Cream Stick
    (3 shades:Limited Very Blush, Shy Blush, Rosy Blush)
    High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15
    (3 shades: Plum Nude, Rosette, Go Fig)
    Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte
    (9 shades: see below)

    Photos from:

  • See other posts for:
    - Chanel New Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Lancome Autumn 2008 Collection
    - Guerlain Makeup Collection Autumn 2008
    - Givenchy Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Shiseido Makeup for Autumn 2008
    - YSL Collection Autumn 2008
    -Dior Makeup for Autumn 2008

  • Feel like shopping? You can buy new Dior Makeup collection online right now.
  • Thursday, September 18, 2008

    Beauty Buzz: New Makeup Autumn 2008 Part 2

    In this post: Guerlain and Givenchy

    Guerlain’s look for Autumn 2008 is Femme Fatale.

    Enjoy limited edition of their Jeu de Dames (A GAME OF SEDUCTION) collection including KISS KISS JEU DE DAMES lip palette and 2 Ombre Éclat - Eyeshadow palettes.

    Don’t miss Guerlain's Blush 4 Eclats – a compact available in six various combinations of shades, ideal product for sculpting the face.

    Plus there are new Kiss Kiss Lipstick colours!!!

    Guerlain also just recently launched a new foundation duo: "PARURE AQUA, a fresh, fluid, feel-good texture that cares for the skin, or PARURE EXTREME, ultra-resistant, for a perfect complexion all day long."

    Photos from:,,


    My first association with Givenchy Autumn-Winter 2008 look was - a rockstar... but according to the creator Nicolas Degennes it is a Dandy - "a tomboy wearing rough diamonds". Well, a very sexy tomboy with rock star smoky eyes!

    Achieve the look with the new Prisme Again! Shimmer' Eyes Limited Edition

    Prisme Libre! Rouge Interdit Lipstick, Pop Gloss Crystal, Captiv' Eyes volume mascara - everything Limited edition

    Photos from:

    Also check out Givenchy's brand new mascara Phenomen'Eye, High-Precision Panoramic Mascara, with an applicator in the form of a "spherical brush". Looks very interesting!!

  • See the previous post for Chanel New Makeup Autumn 2008 and Lancome Autumn 2008 Collection

  • See other posts for:
    - Chanel New Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Lancome Autumn 2008 Collection
    - Guerlain Makeup Collection Autumn 2008
    - Givenchy Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Shiseido Makeup for Autumn 2008
    - Clinique Look and Collection for Autumn 2008

  • Feel like shopping? You can buy new Dior Makeup collection online right now.
  • You can also buy Guerlain makeup online .
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2008

    Beauty Buzz: New Makeup Autumn 2008 Part 1

    In this post: Chanel and Lancome

    Autumn 2008 Chanel style is very gold and... very Chanel.


    The man behind the idea -Peter Phillips, Chanel's Creative Director for Makeup, was inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel's appartment "a unique place with golden covered walls and warm tones"

    I love this new makeup collection!

    Lancome takes inspiration for Autumn 2008 look in India.


    Some other launches from Lancome include limited edition palette called Lotus Splendor which contains two shades of eye shadow and two shades of lipstick


    Also, check out this nail polish!


    I’ve never seen anything like this before. It is Lancome’s innovation – the texture and applicator are patented. This nail polish comes in a glass jar and is in the form of a cream! I could find it only on the French and German
    Lancome site.

  • See other posts for:
    - Chanel New Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Lancome Autumn 2008 Collection
    - Guerlain Makeup Collection Autumn 2008
    - Givenchy Makeup Autumn 2008
    - Shiseido Makeup for Autumn 2008
    - Clinique Look and Collection for Autumn 2008
    - YSL Collection Autumn 2008
    -Dior Makeup for Autumn 2008

  • Feel like shopping? You can buy new Dior Makeup collection online right now.
  • Saturday, September 13, 2008

    Beauty Buzz: New Skin Care Products this Autumn

    This autumn several new anti-aging products will become available for purchase in stores. Some of them mentioned below.

    Estee Lauder comes out with a new anti-aging serum – Perfectionist [CP +], Wrinkle Lifting Serum, Corrector for Lines/Wrinkles/Age Spots.

    It contains peptides that, as Estee Lauder promises, provide effective action against wrinkles, lift and restructure. They promise that in just 2 hours you will notice the difference.

    Here is how it works as explained at First, it uses polymers, which work on the surface of the skin to help reduce the amplitude of the movement (folding and unfolding) of the skin's surface. This technology helps "immobilize" the skin's appearance.

    Secondly, advanced Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ technology allows for the natural redensification of skin's appearance, which helps visibly "plump" the wrinkle out of the skin.

    Helena Rubinstein launches a whole new line of anti-aging products: Prodigy Re-Plasty

    This line was developed in cooperation with a Swiss beauty clinic - Laclinic-Montreux and inspired by special Mesolift Treatment performed in this clinic. Laboratories of Helena Rubinstein developed a technology to provide the ingredients used in the mesotherapy cocktail from Laclinic-Montreux in its new line of products. These ingredients include Vitamins, Hyluronic acid, amino acids etc. The promised results are lifting, better defined contours, fresher looking skin and enhanced radiance. I couldn’t find any information on HR website about the new line, however there are several news articles as well as announcements in Swiss beauty resources.

    Dior expands their Capture Totale anti-aging line with Capture Totale Haute Nutrition Huile Soin Relipidante Multi-Perfection

    This concentrated skin treatment comes in the form of oil and is meant for mature dry and very dry skin. In addition to Cenuline –“longevity protein” and Alpha-Langoza it is said to contain triolein complex which helps to repair dry skin. Again couldn’t find information on dior’s official site but the product is already available in Switzerland.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2008

    Beauty Talk: Eye Puffiness

    I was prone to under eye circles since I can remember. However, you can fix this problem with the help of a mask, a good eye cream and of course a good concealer.

    A month ago I faced a much harder problem – eye puffiness… mostly under eye puffiness… If I had a choice between the circles or puffiness I would go with the former. But I did not have that choice – so now I have to deal with both! Puffiness gives me a tired look and on some days I look as if I have not had a chance to sleep for months! So I had to do something about it. I started to look into the reasons why I could have developed this puffiness problem. I tried to research what I could do about it!?

    Possible Reasons for Eye Puffiness

    Puffiness can mean either fluid retention or inflammation/irritation.
    So eye puffiness can happen due to a variety of reasons.

    Among the reasons mentioned are:
    5.Not enough or too much sleep
    6.Too Much Salt
    7.Not enough water intake during the day or consuming too much water before bed
    9.Hormonal changes
    10.Periorbital cellulitis - inflammation and infection of the eyelid and portions of skin around the eye
    11.Mononucleosis – “supra-orbital oedema”
    13.Moisturizer – too heavy/oily

    And the most unpleasant of all the reasons mentioned is “Normal aging”. You can do your best and try to treat allergies or dermatitis, you can change your lifestyle and try to get more sleep, not get stressed too much and stop smoking/drinking… but you can do almost nothing to fight NORMAL aging. The only solution is a cosmetic surgery, I guess.

    But normal ageing aside, I looked closely at the list of reasons. Some that fit my situation are stress, lack of sleep, and definitely too much fluid before going to bed: having a couple cups of tea is my evening ritual of winding down. Possible reasons also include an allergy or a heavy moisturizer. However I have not really changed anything in my diet and the moisturizer has not been recently changed either.

    In some articles on eye puffiness, authors often claims that puffy eyes are usually only a temporary cosmetic worry. However, you cannot just ignore this problem and hope one day it will disappear. Skin around the eyes is very thin and puffiness stretches it, so in a couple of months eye puffiness can result in saggy skin and lines…

    I decided I first would try to increase the amount of sleep (at least 8, better 9 hours) and try to bring down the amount of fluid I drink late in the evening. Since the swelling is most obvious in the morning, I will also test some masks and tips on how to relieve puffiness. One of the first recommendations to test is sleeping with your head elivated, as due to the laws of physics fluid should flow down and there should be less fluid retention under the eyes. Posts on this are coming soon!

    Read what treatments I tested to relieve eye puffiness and what I found to be most effective!

    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    Beauty Brand: Guerlain

    Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world. It was founded by Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain in 1828 and and since then more than 300 perfumes were created by this famous house.

    Pierre-Francois started from opening a perfume store on 42, rue de Rivoli in Paris. Beginning of Guerlain’s long history of success was marked by Pierre-Francois aquiring the title of Her Majesty’s Official Perfumer (France). This breakthrough followed creation of the famous Eau de Cologne Impériale which was created in the honor of Empress Eugenie and, obviously, impressed her very much.

    For years the Guerlain family owned Guerlain Perfume House and most of Guerlain's perfumes were created by the Guerlain family members. However in 1994 Guerlain was acquired by LVMH group.In 2002 Jean-Paul Guerlain retired as a master perfumer but there was no heir from inside the family to take over. Various perfumers have worked for the house since then. In May 2008 Thierry Wasser was named the in-house perfumer.

    Famous perfumes by Guerlain include (abridged description from wikipedia):
    Jicky (1889): The legend says it was named after a girl who broke Aimé Guerlain's heart when he was a student in England. It is also widely admitted to be the first "modern" perfume as “Jicky was among the first perfumes to incorporate synthetic odorants (vanillin and coumarin) in its composition”,
    Mitsouko (1919): Named by Jacques Guerlain after the heroine of the novel "La Bataille" by Claude Farrère. Mitsouko is said to herald the ending of World War I.
    Shalimar (1925): Still considered a flagship perfume by Guerlain. Shalimar was named after the garden in Lahore, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Shalimar is one of the first perfumes to successfully incorporate large amounts of vanillin in its composition.
    Après L'Ondée (1906): The name translates as "After the Heavy (Summer) Shower", Après L'Ondée’s composition includes iris, violet, rose, hawthorne and hesperedic notes.
    L'Heure Bleue (1912): Meaning "The Blue Hour", L'Heure Bleue although similar to Après L'Ondée in its pastry and almonds core, L'Heure Bleue is much less bright and more melancholic.

    Guerlain is known not only for its exquisite perfumes but for a luxury range of skin care products and makeup as well. Guerlain values tradition and quality above all. That is why ingredients used to create skin care products as well as perfumes are carefully selected to be among the best in the world. Guerlain’s skin care lines combine the benefits of natural herbal extracts (like desert rose, lily) as well as ingredients developed with the help of scientific and high-tech (such as pro-endorphins complex or nutridiol etc.).

    Guerlains skin care products comprise following lines:

    Super Aqua: a range of moisturizing products based on desert rose extract
    Happylogy: a skincare range based on “pro-endorphins complex” and intended to prevent and treat first signs of aging in mid 20s – mid 30s
    Success Future: promises firming and anti-wrinkle effect
    Substantific: aimed at helping skin to retain better density and nutrition and fight against changes caused by hormonal fluctuations, for very mature skin
    Orchide Imperiale: contains orchide imperiale molecular extract. Orchid is believed to be an exceptional anti-aging and anti-oxidant ingredient.
    In addition to the above listed lines Guerlain offers complementary products intended for a specific problem or a specific effect. One of the examples is a unique skin care product called Midnight Star Treatment. It comes in small capsules that promise to revitalize your skin and make it glow in a matter of seconds.

    Makeup range from Guerlain includes a big selection of products from foundations to nail polish. Some well known, beloved by women and very popular products include:
    Meteorites Powder: Loose powder that comes in the form of small beautiful pearls of various colours (pink, white, mauve, green). As Guerlain explains: “Each colour has a specific use. The pink gives a healthy complexion, the green plays down redness, the mauve attracts light, the white brightens the complexion, the gold and mother-of-pear bring radiance and highlights.”
    Terracota line: This line includes various bronzing products for the face and body as well as eye shadows and lipsticks to go with the colour. Guerlain offers in this range everything you can imagine to look beautifully suntanned and glamorously bronze at any season.
    Kiss Kiss lipstick: Luxury lipstick with a wide selection of shades. Does not dry out your lips.

    Guerlain's official website
    Guerlain Wikipedia article about Guerlain

    Read more:
    Beauty Shopping: Guerlain Boutique in Paris

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