SilkyGirl Matte all-day - Living spaces

OILY skin is the bane of most females when they hit puberty and a gush of sebum is triggered by hormonal changes.

SilkyGirl answers the prayer for mattelooking skin, all day long, with its new Pure Fresh Oil-Control Pressed Powder.

Selective Sebum Powder in its formulation claims to banish the unsightly shine and minimise the appearance of large pores.

Apple extract is also said to maintain the skin’s moisture level.

The non-comedogenic powder is also said to lighten lighten skin tone.

Matte, smooth and youthful skin – it can be a reality!

In 01Fair, 02 Natural and 03 Rose Beige.

Lancome Global juice - living spaces

THE gourmand bug is really biting the beauty industry, as Lancome works up an appetite for make-up that’s good enough to eat.

English designer Christopher Kane, whose colourful ready-towear is creating a buzz in fashion, has created eight new ultra-shiny, goodenough-to-eat fashion shades for its cult lipgloss, Juicy Tubes.

The limited editions are hailed as a must-have for all Juicy Tubes fans. They are a homage to four hip cities: New York, Tokyo, Paris and Rio.

Each city has inspired two delicious flavours in glamorous shades, from Apple Shibuya to Banana Ipanema, Cinnamon Soho to Moulin Rose. Available at all Lancome counters.

Prada Infusion scent - living spaces

PRADA’S latest perfume – Infusion d’Iris – is inspired by the spirit of yin and yang: a balance of harmony in a distracted world.

The equation is as elusive as the key ingredient – a light, feminine infusion-like dose of the Florentine iris, one of the most expensive items in the art of perfumery today.

Designer Miuccia Prada ignored traditional barriers of age and sexual attitude in creating the scent together with perfumer Daniela Andrier.

For the perfume “like a dream” – inspired by the six-month infusion process to draw the notes from the iris root – the team also added incense, vetiver, orange blossom and mandarin, among others.

The scent, in a vintage-style bottle, is an eau de parfum in spray and splash versions.

Dunhill Gentleman’s rose - Living Spaces

THE metrosexual man is yesterday’s news, nudged out by the modern gentleman, claims dunhill.

It pays homage to this new species with a scent that blends the qualities and essence of the man and his city.

The fragrance, dunhill London, takes off with the crisp succulence of an apple top note, leading to a rose flourish in the heart. The rose is hailed as an iconic symbol of Englishness which, though often associated with feminity, is rooted in the traditions of male perfumery.

Geranium and cardamom flirt with patchouli and vanilla in the base for a classic, masculine accord. Available as EDT, after-shave, bath care and deodorant.

SPRING 2008 Birthday colours - Living Spaces

SPRING 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent’s make-up line, which adapted the bold elegant colours of his clothes to his make-up universe.

The hues are inspired by one of the famous love greeting cards – the 1992 edition – sketched by the designer and sent to his friends.

Palette Pop interprets the romantic mood with its tender, delicate shades in a collector’s edition powder that invites love at first sight.

Other limited editions in the New Spring Look range are the Pop Stick Blush to give cheeks a spring-time radiance and sculpt the face, and the Eye Colour Touch, a water-resistant shadow.

The total look: avant-garde romanticism true to the spirit of “a face for the woman I dress,’” as Saint Laurent wanted.


Clarin's Hydrating lipsticks - Living spaces

LIPS are often regarded as the most sensual part of the body. What better way to highlight them than dousing them in red? Clarins Innovation Rouge Appeal offers a revolutionary ultralight gel texture with vibrant, lasting colour.

The hydrating lipstick contains coconut oil, vitamins C and E along with the subtle hint of caramel flavour. It comes in eight different shades.

If you're looking for a quick fix and volumised lashes, Clarins' Wonder Length Mascara might just do the trick. Said to be a technological advancement that guarantees a lash lengthening effect and intense colour, it also protects and hydrates the lashes from root to tip.

It offers a fine cylindrical brush and is designed to ensure ultra-precise application and a high definition of lashes without running or flaking.

Anna Sui Carnival of colours - Living spaces

THIS spring, Anna Sui promises sugar and spice, and everything nice. To mark its 10th anniversary this year, there's a carnival of colours to look forward in the collection.

The Glitter Eye Color Stick provides lame in a translucent base that colours eyes subtly. It comes in a powdery texture and spreads smoothly in five colour palettes of silver lame, sour blue, spicy purple, sweet pink and gold.

The range also includes a new aqueous based eyeliner in seven colours, a luminous liquid eye-liner in three shades, limited edition Candy coloured Lip Gloss in sparkling candied colours and matching Candied Pop nail colours. For eye accents, check out the Anna Sui Eye Color Accent J in three rainbow variants.

Noblesse All in one - Living Spaces

EVERY woman longs for an all-in-one cream to reduce the number of steps required when putting on make-up. Thanks to the new Noblesse Oblige Blemish Balm Cream range, women just may get an extra half an hour of sleep.

Speedy make-up, protection and superior skin nourishment is what you get in a tube of Noblesse Oblige cream. It contains various vitamin complexes and herbal extracts with antioxidant properties that help improve the skin. In addition to its function to moisturise, correct skin tone, nourish and conceal skin blemishes, the cream also contains UV shield that blocks harmful UV rays and protect the skin.

The new Sun B.B Cream (SPF 15) is a multi-functional cream that functions as a moisturiser, make-up base, foundation and sun block. It is said to have rejuvenating properties that revitalise the skin leaving it more and more radiant looking, while effectively concealing skin’s blemishes.

Other products from the B.B Cream series include White B.B Cream, Night B.B Cream, B.B Concealer and B.B Pact. Available at Ianti – House of Korean Skin Care and Cosmetics

For radiant skin

THANKS to the power of plants that can help counteract discolouration, Origins Light Years Ahead can help you get back that missing spark of radiance from your face. The formula claims to effectively counteract skin stressors and prevent accumulation of melanosomes, which can lead to the formation of dark spots.

Together with its composition of unique ingredients such as gentian, rice and yeast extracts, the collection offers brightening benefits touted to give clear, translucent skin. The latest addition, the Stress-easing Whitening Serum, is said to help deactivate stress on the skin and diminish the appearance of dark spots by dispersing melanin clusters.


Revlon’s Lips renewed - Living Spaces

Revlon’s Renewist Lipcolor range has a claim to fame: the first and only lipstick with patent-pending ProCollagen Moisture Core to keep lips moisturised, and looking smooth and full.

The Core claims to moisturise and smoothen lips instantly, even as it reduces fine lines and enhance lip fullness.

Moisture levels are said to be given a boost up to 80%. For extra protection, the range includes SPF15 coverage.

Chocolate Satisfaction, Berry Fulfilling, Lush peony and Perfect Pastel are among the 12 alluring shades.

Sentimental reasons

The heart has its own reasons, who knows why?

But if you wish to find out, Escada offers two possibilities, with its new Sentiment, for women and men.

The two scents are based on a single emotion, and created to express the deepest feelings of love.

The woman’s version is fruity-floral, with notes such as green mandarin, may rose and rosewood.

Sentiment Pour Homme features orris and rosa tuberosa, with amber as a declaration of love.

Available this month, in leading department stores.

Dior's Fabled Scent - Living Spaces

Cinderella’s myth has fascinated followers of fairytales, through the ages. The earliest version of the rags-to-riches story is believed to have come from 9th-century China.

Dior has now created a scent for a modern Cinderella: instead of a fairy godmother or pumpkin, she uses Midnight Poison to capture her prince.

Like a fragrant symphony, the scent features soft accords (bergamot and mandarin orange) followed by floral note (rose absolute), with patchouli and amber in the rubdown.

Bathed in blue light, Midnight Poison’s bottle embodies the mystery of an extraordinary night. Dior’s modern-day Cinderella is portrayed by Bond girl, Eva Green, in the commercial lensed by Wong Kar-wai.


Vichy Beyond hydration - Living Spaces

MOISTURISERS are so yesterday, according to Vichy. Its new Aqualia Thermal does more than hydrate, we are told.

It claims to fortify skin and reduce its sensitivity, helping to increase resistance to harsh climate changes.

Aqualia is described as a “health-promoting’’ skin care product to improve skin quality and heighten its well- being on a daily basis.

The hydrating formula has been created in two serum textures, in response to different skin needs: one rich, and one light.

Vichy’s famous spa water, rich in minerals, is also encapsulated in Aqualia.

The effect of its 24-hour hydration is velvety-smooth skin that also feels more resilient and supple.

Shu uemura's Endless shine - Living Spaces

THERE’S no excuse not to shine this season, especially with the introduction of shu uemura’s gloss unlimited.

The lip gloss fuses ultra-radiant shine with an extensive colour range. The idea behind the super-glossy look is dual shimmer – achieved with one lustrous base, and a triple pearl combination, each with individual light-reflective effects.

Gloss unlimited features 15 moisturising shades, in a choice of shiny or natural. Together with the product, shu uemura has developed its “feather touch’’ application, a technology that allows a precise application of gloss, for sleek, defined lips and an ultra-smooth glide.

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