Beauty

By Amy Sciaretto

Dress your lips in sexy, opulent style this summer with the can’t-go-wrong Yves St. Laurent’s Volupte Sheer Candy lipsticks, with a heavenly texture that’s like a sheer, glossy, cushiony balm. We will pucker up with the neutral but never boring beige Lush Coconut and the sheer, peachy keeness of the Dewy Papaya.

Brilliant. That’s the definitive term for Tocca Stella SPF 30 + Sunscreen Towelettes! Tote a 10-pack of these water and perspiration resistant wipes in your hand bag or beach bag. You can use them in any scenario that puts you in direct sunlight. Not only will you protect your face with SPF, but the wipes are blood-orange scented for an added bonus.

Tocca’s Aqua Baci Lip Collection is also “must own.” The roller ball gloss in Salina Raspberry Peach glazes lips with feather-light, sheer shine. With an ingredients list like olive oil, Vitamin E and shea butter, sun-parched lips will never be a problem.

Both are available at The Plaza Beauty, the premiere, luxe beauty marketplace in New York City.

Nothing screams “Summer!!!!!!” like a juicy, citrusy and ultimately fresh orange hue. Whether on lips or nails, the bright shade is most appropriate for hot months. Don’t think you can pull off orange on your fingers and toes? Nonsense! Sula’s Paint & Peel Polish Duos in Vermillion and Champagne Coral are flattering and wearable shades of orange whether you’re sun-kissed or a devotee of SPF 100 and rarely step out into the sun without a huge pair of shades or a big-brimmed hat! Sure, it’s an often difficult-to-pull-off color, but these short-term nail pants flatter all skin tones. Even better, the highly pigmented, on-the-go lacquers are commitment-free, so you can wear them for a single day and move on. It’s summer – live a little and be carefree with those digits!

Amway Beauty’s Light Up Lip Gloss is as functional as it is non-sticky and super shiny, boasting a LED light on the applicator and a mirror on the tube. Gloss ‘n’ go no matter what your situation or station. In a cab? In a club? At a candelight dinner? In your cubicle? A friend’s powder room? No matter what the lighting concept or scheme, Amway ensures you will shine on. Champagne Shimmer, a sparkly beige nude, is a staple, especially when I travel. They’re all Miss America-approved and if that’s not endorsement enough, nothing else is.

Mani/pedi season is in full swing and Color Me Cured is summer-ready with its seven vibrant and spunky shades. The line, free of any major cancer-causing chemicals like toulene, formaldehyde, Dibutyl and Camphor, was launched by New Jersey high school sophomore Phoebe Steinfeld, 16, after her father died of cancer. 100 percent of the profits benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Orange You Glad (bright and sweet) and Walking on Sunshine (electric yellow) will ensure you are a hit at the beach on weekends.

While L’Occitane en Provence is best known for its divine skincare products, its new Pivoine Flora Make-Up Collection is primed to change that perception. The set is inspired by pretty pink peonies. While the idea of an ultra pink collection seemed a bit too precious at first, we were delightfully surprised by the velvety texture and color payoff of the shadows in the Petals Eye Quartet. The four-color set allowed us to blossom with a plum smoky eye -decidedly softer for summer- with pink brow highlights. Each shade can be used alone if you just want touch of color and shimmer.

Vincent Longo’s Galaxy Dream Pearl X Eye Shadows fuse matte powder with pearlized texture, so you can custom build subtle or deep eye looks for summer. Code 6 Pink will set off smoke alarms and Destiny Rose will turn heads, since they brightened our lids both solo and when mixed, offering just enough color to make an impact but sans the heavy feel off too much make up in the hot months.

Originally published June 2011
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