Beauty » Sunny Delight
Bright scents and potent potions aim to please.
1 | De la Renta’s Dessert
Vanilla lovers will eat up Oscar de la Renta’s cozy new scent, Oscar Fresh Vanilla. The warm namesake note mingles with orange, black currant and rose.
$42; at Macy’s.
2 | Great Neck
A necklift it isn’t, but Kinerase Revolutionary Neck Repair Cream SPF 15 tackles the perennial problem area with a high-tech, plant-derived complex containing algae extract. The cream promises to spur collagen production, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help ease the transition from turtleneck season.
3 | Slim Hope
Diet or no diet, Guinot Double Minceur Ciblée claims to prevent sugar from ruining waistlines. An anticellulite complex is said to slow conversion of the sweet stuff into fat, while caffeine helps tighten physiques.
4 | Murphy’s Law
Australian hairstylist Kevin Murphy’s four-year-old line of eco-friendly, essential oil–infused hair care hits our shores in April. All products (like the volumizing Angel.Wash shampoo, shown here) are formulated especially for colored strands. As Murphy puts it, “Who has virgin hair anymore?”
5 | Royal Oils
Davines Smoothing Hydrating Body Oils come in two intoxicating, earthy scents: Sevilla10 (shown here), a relaxing blend of mint, kumquat and teakwood notes, and Napoli28, a combination of jasmine, rose and patchouli.
$26 for the pair; davines.com.
6 | Gilt-y Pleasure
If gold rings aren’t your thing, you can still add a touch of heavy metal to hands with Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in 24 Carat. The playful shade shines like the real deal.
$15; at Neiman Marcus.
7 | A Bottle With Bling
Swarovski has teamed up with Bond No. 9 to bedeck three of the niche perfumer’s New York–theme scents. Just 400 flacons each of girlish Bryant Park, grown-up Nuits de Noho and sensual Bleecker Street will get the sparkly crystal treatment beginning in May.
$650 each, bondno9.com.
8 | Whole Foods
The latest nearly edible addition to the Be Fine Food Skin Care line is Rough Spot Lemon, an ultrasmoothing balm that contains lemon oil and California avocado.
9 | Sweet Talking
One sniff and it’s clear that Marc Jacobs roamed the freezer aisle when mixing his latest Splash fragrances. The limited-edition, sorbet-inspired scents include Grapefruit (shown here), Pear and even a pungent Basil. The creations can be worn alone or layered for an intriguing fusion effect.
$65 each; at Bloomingdale’s.
10 | Kiss and Tell
Blue Copper 5 Lip & Tuck from Osmotics Cosmeceuticals promotes firm pouts with copper (a mainstay of the company’s antiaging offerings) and moisture-retaining sodium hyaluronate, a cousin of hyaluronic acid. Powerful antioxidants keep age lines at bay.
$35; at Nordstrom.
11 | Sea Change
The noses at Acqua di Parma look to the nearby Mediterranean—not to the lab—for new ideas. Its latest unisex fragrance, Mirto di Panarea, pays homage to the sea’s Panarea island, with a primary note of crisp myrtle, a flowering plant that grows wild there.
$98; at Bergdorf Goodman, New York.
12 | Irish Spring
New York–based company McBride Beauty draws upon homespun Irish skin remedies (think raw potato and buttermilk fixes) for products in its all-natural line. The brand’s new Grapefruit & Aloe Refreshing Toner is a soothing alternative to harsher astringents.
$20; at Clyde’s on Madison.
13 | Fan-tastic
In May fledgling New York cosmetics company Le Métier de Beauté debuts at Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus with Chrome Kaleidoscope Lip Kit. The clever palette fans out to reveal four flattering lip glosses, and come fall, customers will be able to personalize their own lip, face and eye combinations.