W’s Beauty Editor, Katie Becker, has positively pillowy lips, which makes her an ideal guinea pig for the newest lipsticks. Here, her take. Givenchy Le Rouge in Mandarine Boléro (on her, $36, sephora.com):
“I like its feel and fresh orange-red hue—and it comes in a chic leather case!” Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Pastille Violet ($24, sephora.com): “I’m counting on getting stopped on the street and asked about this surprisingly flattering vibrant purple, which is made with food-grade ingredients.” Estée Lauder Limited Edition Pure Color Sheer Rush Lipshine in Hot Fuse (far right, $26, esteelauder.com): “It’s practically as translucent as lip balm, so I don’t need a mirror to apply it, and the berry color is ultraversatile.”
We tend to think of old hair as gray hair, but the years show up in other ways, too: thinning, dullness, coarser texture. So far, I’ve been hit only with the color change—and I intend to keep it that way. I treat my locks to Pantene Expert Collection AgeDefy Rejuvenating Hydration Masque ($13, pantene.com) a few times a week. It’s packed with three different silicones to strengthen and protect. I’ve also been impressed with Kérastase’s new Initialiste ($60, kerastase-usa.com), which contains essential fatty acids, ceramides, and green tea extract to fortify hair. Like a skin serum, it’s also meant to enhance the results of products applied over it. I like using it alone, actually, and it gets bonus points for preventing one hair woe that knows no age: rainy-day frizz.
It drives me nuts when a designer I adore doesn’t have a scent. Happily, that can no longer be said of Dries Van Noten (left,) who worked with perfume genius Frédéric Malle (right) on Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle ($185, shop.fredericmalle.com). “There’s a bit of patchouli,” says Malle of the sandalwood-based brew. “But not dirty patchouli—very high-end patchouli.”
Known for its upscale cleaning products, Caldrea is now launching a body line! I’m loving its Aloe Water Apricot Body Crème ($28, caldrea.com).
Attention, fragrance monogamists! If you dabble with a subtly tweaked version of your go-to spritz, it’s not really cheating. Five designers give you the option (from left): Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose rounds out the original scent’s signature violet note with cedar and cypress ($90, nordstrom.com). Dolce & Gabbana Desire contains the same mandarin-and-floral blend as its predecessor, the One, but vanilla-tinged caramel gives warmth ($79, saks.com). Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau lightens up Dahlia Noir’s sandalwood-and-patchouli profile with neroli and peony ($84, macys.com). Valentina Assoluto is a more sultry version of its floral forebear, thanks to the addition of mossy chypre and patchouli ($88, neimanmarcus.com). Bottega Veneta Eau Légère doubles up on the gardenia in Tomas Maier’s first patchouli- and peppercorn-heavy BV creation, dialing down the intensity ($90, saks.com).
Photos: Illustrations by Cecilia Carlstedt; still lifes photographed by Tim Hout; Larkworthy: Victoria Will; all other images courtesy of Jane Larkworthy