<strong>CORE STRENGTH</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Clarins</strong> Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm (<em>$27 each, at department stores</em>) features a pigmented centre that imparts a hit of colour and a vitamin E–laced outer layer. This technological feat required a lot of finessing on the part of international artistic and training director Eric Antoniotti, who nearly drove the R&D team mad. To get things right, he says, “you have to be a little crazy.”
<strong>THE STEAL</strong><br /><br />
You’d be forgiven for attempting to lather up or move your cursor with these pastel “pebbles,” but <strong>Eos </strong>Everyday Hand Lotions (<em>$4 each, <a href="http://evolutionofsmooth.com/" target="_blank">evolutionof-smooth.com</a></em>) are in fact cool flip-top discs filled with dry-skin-quenching shea butter, oat extract and aloe.
<strong>WE’LL HAVE THE TAR TAR</strong><br /><br />
The tubes are tiny, but a minuscule dot of pigment-loaded <strong>Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics</strong> Lip Tar (<em>$14, <a href="http://www.occmakeup.com" target="_blank">occmakeup.com</a></em>) goes a long way. Worn by models at J.Crew’s Fall 2012 show (their mouths were painted with bright-red “Queen”), the vegan formula with hemp and peppermint oil goes on true to its name, like a tacky gloss, but transforms to a lipstick-like finish.
<strong>LITTLE MIST </strong><br /><br />
Few things make us squeal when they come across our desk. <strong>Marc Jacobs</strong> Daisy Eau Flower and Eau So Fresh Flower (<em>$42 each, at department stores</em>) have just been sworn into that club.
<strong>LOVE STORY</strong><br /><br />
Usually the scent or the bottle design draws people into a fragrance. But in the case of <strong>Stella McCartney</strong>’s green floral L.I.L.Y (<em>from $90, at department stores</em>), it’s the name that made us swoon: It was her dad’s pet name for her mom, and it stands for “Linda, I love you.”