SPF On the Go

Its all perfect to keep talking about how we need to reapply sunscreen every few hours, but what is one to do when you are fully made up and need to step out into the sun during the afternoon? If taking off all your makeup, putting on sunscreen and then reapplying everything is not an option, try one of the new SPF-enhanced pressed powders. While most face powders don’t include too high an SPF (20 is normally the upper limit though some brands are now touching 30), they are sufficient to keep you protected for at least a couple of hours, while being easy to apply over existing makeup. For best results, ensure that you apply evenly all over the face, including the tips of your ears and neck. Some good options:

Beauty launch: Ralph Lauren’s Summer Romance

Old scent in a new bottle? Nope, its truly a sexed-up version of an old favourite. Ralph Lauren’s new Summer Romance calls upon the added vibrancy of passion fruit, hibiscus, tiare flowers and apricot musk to reinterpret the classic Romance in a more lush, exotic, tropical Bermuda island-inspired avataar that evokes sugary beaches, fragrant warm breeze and divine sunset strolls.

Lancôme Juicy Tubes B’Day Special

Lancôme’s iconic Juicy Tubes – the first-ever fruit-scented gloss in a tube – celebrates 10 hugely successful years this month. Their b’day treat to all of us? A limited edition version called Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin, whose glossy, punchy colours not only deliver a glam effect but also tone up your lips with honey-enriched hydration.

Lancôme also pays an ode to the environment with a special cover box made with an eco-friendly blend of recycled paper and cotton to compliment the organic delight inside. The fun graffiti on the tube itself is a creation by designer Yayoi Kusama who is a pioneer of the environmental art and known worldwide for her contemporary Japanese artworks. Happy b’day 🙂

Britney Spears – Sans the Airbrushing

I am normally not a fan of Britney Spears but her recent decision to let un-airbrushed photographs from her Candies ad campaign do the international rounds is definitely to be applauded. The pix show the 29-year-old pop star complete with larger (than the retouched versions) thighs and marks on her thighs.

After years of working with glossies that insist on brushing away every single pore, freckle and extra mm of skin, its a welcome relief. And nope, there has been no news of readers spontaneously combusting because, egad! Britney has got hints of cellulite. In my eyes, actually, this is the best she has ever looked!!