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27 posts tagged "Avon"

Liv To Take The Mic; Neither Rain Nor Snow Will Keep Beyoncé Away From The Nail Salon; And More…

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Liv Tyler: actress, beauty spokesperson—singer? The rock progeny and Givenchy Irresistible face will reportedly lend her pipes to an original song for her next installment of fragrance ads that’s being called “an electrifying meeting between the world of rock and the universe of perfume.” [Contact Music]

Shakira, the long-haired, Latin American singing sensation, has chopped off her signature strands in favor of an angled bob. That should make for some less impactful head-banging at her next live show; luckily, those hips still don’t lie. [People]

Beyoncé may be heavily pregnant, but that hasn’t stopped the pop superstar from maintaining her manicure. Mrs. Jay-Z stepped out in the pouring rain last night in New York to get a set of pointed, metallic blue gels at Sakura in the East Village. [Huff Po]

The Beauty Inc 2011 awards have been announced, crowning winners in a number of primping categories. Some of the year’s standouts, according to WWD‘s editors? Fergie’s Outspoken fragrance for Avon and Justin Bieber’s Someday scent, which took home the best mass and best prestige fragrance of the year honors, respectively; Chanel’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, who was named creative influencer of the year; and Salma Hayek’s Nuance and Tom Ford Beauty, which were each honored for having the best launches of the year. Click here for a complete list of winners. [WWD]

Speaking of the beauty industry’s major players, make way for the socialites—the latest crop of entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the makeup and skincare business. [NYT]

Photo: Kristy Sparow/WireImage

Avon Skin So Soft, 2.0

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The mother of one of my childhood best friends was a real-life Avon lady, back in the days when hawking beauty products was a door-to-door affair. As kids, one of our greatest pleasures was rifling through her bulky carrying case of shimmering shadows and waxy lipsticks, powders in every fleshy tone, and all manner of silky lotions. My own mother, on the other hand, did not—and still doesn’t—wear a trace of makeup, so the only Avon product that we stockpiled in our house was Skin So Soft. The lavender and citrus-scented bath oil had a seemingly endless array of uses—from makeup remover and massage oil to insect repellent and wood polish. With the latest incarnation of the vitamin A and E-rich chamomile extract and sunflower seed oil blend, Avon has focused its multipurpose formula squarely on addressing skin’s imperfections—think stretch marks, scars, discoloration, and uneven tone. The new Skin So Soft Perfecting Oil targets clarity, but it also manages to smooth complexions, improve elasticity, and add a generally appealing sheen to skin as well—which just means that there are two Avon oils I’ll be stocking up on for summer’s last gasp.

Photo: Courtesy of Avon

A Word On Whitening Products

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

I have medium to dark-toned skin but am curious about whitening products—not to lighten but to brighten my complexion. Could they cause damage or will they just act to reduce discolorations and blotchiness?


Whitening products selectively weed out areas of hyperpigmentation so they are safe to use. They typically contain active ingredients like kojic acid, retinoic acid, or hydraquinone—which I do not believe is dangerous. Using whitening products that have these multiple ingredients can really even out your skin tone, so I’m definitely a fan. Avon has a very nice product along these lines called Luminosity Pro Brightening Serum. The only downside with most whitening products, though, is that you need to use them for a long period of time—three to six months, usually—to see improvement. There are a lot of good in-office treatments for pigmentation that work faster. I like using a 5 percent alpha-hydroxy and 4 percent hydraquinone, increasing the concentration of alpha-hydroxy every month. Fractional lasers and peels, like the VI Peel, are really helpful for acne scars as they exfoliate and make scars less visible. I also like using anti-inflammatory extracts, like the coffeeberry that’s found in Revale skincare, for redness and pigmentation. Niacin, licorice, and idebenone are also very effective.

New York-based Dr. Neil Sadick, MD, FAAD, FAACS, FACP, FACPh, is a clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, the President of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, as well as the Global Medical Adviser for Christian Dior Beauty, specializing in dermatology, cosmetic surgery, internal medicine, and hair transplantation. His newly launched skincare collection, Park Avenue Prescription, will make its nationwide debut at Sephora in July.

Photo: Courtesy of Avon

Anna Dello Russo, Rock Star?; Christy Turlington For Avon; And More…

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More news about Anna Dello Russo’s forthcoming fragrance. The shoe-shaped flacon will double as a Christmas ornament, smell of “vanilla cream,” and be sold exclusively online at www.yoox.com when it officially launches next month. Also on Dello Russo’s to-do list? Make a record. “Everyone expects me to do a clothes line. It’s too obvious. I want to do the opposite.” [WWD]

While she’s not making her own fragrance, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns will front one for Avon beginning next year. [WWD]

Diane Kruger, who stars in the campaign for Calvin Klein’s latest eau, Beauty, is apparently a product junkie. “I own a huge amount of makeup,” the Inglourious Basterds star has confessed. On her go-to list of products are Cetaphil cleanser, L’Oréal Triple Active Day Cream, CoverGirl concealer, and Kiehl’s toner. She’s thrifty, too, it would seem. [StyleList]

The short-hair-for-middle-aged-women mandate is archaic. [NYT]

Just ask Julia Roberts. The Eat, Pray, Love actress turn 43 this month and appears to have no intentions of cutting her long locks any time. She’s equally uninterested in issuing a statement about her secret antiaging solutions. “It’s 97 percent genetics,” she recently quipped, “and three percent just get your ass moving.” [ShowBizSpy]

Photo: Photo Credit: Giampaolo Sgura

Avon’s On A Health Kick

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The idea that something designed to camouflage the complexion could also be used to protect and repair the skin may seem like an oxymoron—or simply too good to be true. But more and more color collections are hitting the market with skincare ingredients, giving the makeup application process an aspect of instant gratification with long-term benefits. Avon is the latest brand to get in on the action with its Healthy Makeup range, a line with three purposes: hydration, evening out skin tone and texture, and boosting allover radiance. The five Healthy products—a light-as-air mousse foundation, a liquid foundation, two varieties of lipstick, and a cream-to-powder eye shadow—are all formulated with a blend of botanicals like pomegranate and apple root, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E to help banish free radicals and prevent the physical signs of aging. We were most impressed by the Lip Conditioner, a super-moisturizing lipstick with SPF 15 that eradicated our chapped spots, and the hydration-boosting Liquid Foundation, which melds seamlessly into the skin without creeping into fine lines. Its buildable coverage and dewy finish make it worth a call to your local Avon lady (or the less personable trip over to the brand’s Web site).

Photo: Courtesy of Avon