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Beauty counter | Start-up beauty buys

Beauty counter | Start-up beauty buys
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First Published: Tue, Jan 06 2009. 10 41 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 06 2009. 10 41 PM IST
Paul Smith: Designers are known to be sentimental about fragrances that bear their name, but none more so than Paul Smith. The rose at the heart of the British designer’s latest fragrance has been created specially for him as a birthday gift from his wife. Botanist Peter Beales cultivated the potently fragrant pink bloom, and it has formed the star ingredient of Paul Smith Rose. Green tea, magnolia, cedarwood and soft musks give the perfume a light, airy and fresh quality. Rs3,800 for 100ml at leading department stores.
Escada: If tiramisu is your favourite dessert, you won’t be able to get enough of Incredible Me, the new fragrance from Escada. Key ingredients of the traditional Italian dessert are detected in the fragrance—mascarpone cheese, coffee, chocolate and biscuit. Accords of Miva Orchid and clementine add femininity and a subtle citrus scent. Rs3,550 for 75ml at leading department stores.
Chanel: Inspired by gypsy dresses created by Coco Chanel, the Spring make-up collection at the French fashion house is all about dark eyes and fiery lips. There are “dusty reds”—red lip colours darkened with small quantities of black, deep violet for the eyes and nails, and golden and pink champagne shades as eye shadows. But if you want multi-tasking products, check out the Mystic Eyes quad—four shades of contrasting eye shadows, and Levres Signees Chanel—a lip kit with six shades, which form the brand’s logo. Prices start at Rs1,050, at select department stores.
Kerastase: If your hair has borne the brunt of your yearend partying, with regular colouring, blow drying and product overdose, give it a chance to recover with Kerastase’s Chroma Riche. The hair care range’s newest addition is especially meant for coloured hair and offers anti-fading protection, shine and softness. A shampoo, masque and protective essence are available for home use, but you can take the pampering a step further with the Kerachrome ritual for the in-depth treatment. Rs2,300 for the ritual, at select salons in metros; prices for the products start at Rs1,200.
The Body Shop: Start the new year with this line of rose-scented products from The Body Shop. The Moroccan Rose range, uses rose oil sourced from “the valley of roses” in Morocco, where the flowers grow between snow-capped mountains and deserts. Lemon oil, spices, vanilla and musk are added for a modern twist. Besides the Eau De Toilette, you can also pick from massage oil, shower gel, body butter and body milk, with the same fragrance. At The Body Shop stores, prices for the range start from Rs475.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 06 2009. 10 41 PM IST