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Back to Basics

Dependable sunscreen, crisp floral scents and hair potions that really do the trick make sense for spring.

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    Consider it preventative medicine for your tresses. Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner from John Frieda aim to stop frizz before it starts by keeping hair well moisturized and thus less likely to succumb to humidity. $6.49 each; at drugstores.

    Photography by John Lawton

    March 2010

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    RéVive is known for including ultra-high-tech ingredients in its products. However, according to the company’s founder, former plastic surgeon Gregory Bays Brown, the most important antiaging potion a woman can own is a great sunscreen. It took five years to formulate the line’s most powerful protector yet, Filtre de Soleil Visage SPF 45. The light yet potent lotion is meant for everyday use. $95; at Neiman Marcus.

    Photography by John Lawton

    March 2010

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    To create her latest namesake fragrance, Donna Karan Iris, the designer employed iris absolute and orris butter, both of which are derived from the flower’s root. Magnolia, rose de mai (a lighter version of rose) and vetiver are also included, adding up to a scent that’s sensuous yet fresh. $95; at Bergdorf Goodman, New York.

    Photography by John Lawton

    March 2010

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    For spring Burberry is introducing a fragrant addition to its Sport clothing collection. Burberry Sport for Women mixes magnolia, honeysuckle and mandarin with a hearty dash of—surprise!—salt. Think sea spray, not Diamond Crystal. $78; at Nordstrom.

    Photography by John Lawton

    March 2010

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    With a finely whipped, airy-as-a-cloud formula, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Eyeshadow feels light on lids but is heavy on color, providing a pop of high-intensity drama. Pictured here, Ultra Violet. $17.50; esteelauder.com

    Photography by John Lawton

    March 2010

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    Describing how his Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum works, hair guru Frédéric Fekkai says, “It’s like you’ve got a barbed-wire fence and then you put this smooth tubing around it.” That metaphorical tubing is made of hibiscus protein and “targeted silicones,” which coat hair only where it needs it. Locks emerge straight but not weighed down. $23; fekkai.com

    Photography by John Lawton

    March 2010

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