Beauty

By Dina Fierro

Danielle Vincent is the kind of woman you just want to hate out of sheer jealousy. A former makeup artist, beautiful and just 25 years old, she’s the entrepreneur behind Kimiko Cosmetics, a new line of makeup incorporating cosmeceutical-grade anti-aging ingredients for ‘Beauty Beyond Today.’

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Comprised of the three Japanese characters for energy (ki), beauty (mi) and youth (ko), Kimiko is appropriately enough also Danielle Vincent’s middle name. The line’s exclusive formulations include trademarked anti-aging ingredients HydraFirmaLift™, which provides lipophilic moisturizers to hydrate and firm the skin, Marine Collagen Filling Spheres™ that rehydrate and swell to dramatically increase lip volume and softness and Renuva-Eyebright™, which incorporates inhibitors to reduce the appearance of dark circles and firm delicate skin in the eye area.

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Each Kimiko product is packaged in beautiful royal purple boxes with copper writing. To simplify the purchase process, three benefits of each product are outlined clearly on the front of the packaging with a useful application tip noted on the back. After extensively testing several Kimiko products, Beauty News suggests the Junsei Serum, which uses a time release formula to deliver nutrition to the skin. The smooth and easily absorbed cream is the perfect primer for makeup and versatile enough to use nightly as well.

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We also love Kimiko’s Lifting Puff Blush. The clever and unique puff applicator is purse-friendly and portable, releasing just the right amount of product necessary for a great glow. Available in four shades.

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The Sheer Tint and Lip Plumper is a dual ended essential. Each of the six colors (including Pomegranate, Golden Apricot and Sweet Plum) are relatively neutral though the sheer lip stain is build-able if you prefer a dramatic lip. Use the stain alone or layer it with the glossy, intense plumper. Best of all, the lip stain is enhanced with berry and pomegranate extracts to give it an antioxidant boost and a delightfully fruity fragrance.

Kimiko’s extensive line also offers a Multi-Tasker Treatment Concealer, which gives light coverage and enhances radiance, a Lifting Pressed Powder, a Hydrating Tint SPF 20, Lifting Eye Shadow Bento Boxes with four complementary shades and a superbly simple line of brushes – mainly dual ended – that are luxurious and soft.

Kimiko Cosmetics are available exclusively at Takashimaya, 693 Fifth Avenue or via www.kimikobeauty.com

Originally published July 2007
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