4 Must-Have Beauty Products

Keep it simple with these classy beauty products.

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Globe-hopping
To mark the 25th anniversary of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics comes the City Collection inspired by three of makeup artist Bobbi’s favourite hot spots—London, Paris and New York. Each city is represented by an eye and cheek palette, Luxe Lip Color and limited-edition shades of Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, which those of us much older than 25 appreciate for its ability to stay where we put it and not drift up onto our brow bones or settle into creases.

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Trekkies go glam
Star Trek turns 50 this month (August 2016), and chances are you watched (and fantasized about) Capt. James T. Kirk back in the day. The series was also progressive—remember that kiss with Lt. Uhura (above)? It was the first interracial kiss on American television. Today, you can use a lipstick inspired by the enduring franchise to kiss your own captain (or Mr. Spock if that’s more your thing), as well as eye shadows, face powder and more from the MAC Star Trek collection, designed to boldly go where no makeup has gone before.

 

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A solid foundation
Lovers of Vichy Laboratoires—whose Neovadiol skin-care line targeted at menopausal women is
one reason it’s the No. 1 drugstore brand in Canada—will love that the company has expanded into foundation. Vichy Teint Ideal uses vitamins C and E with a revitalizing agent to work together to protect and nourish the skin from the inside, leaving a dewy, youthful glow. And of course it contains the brand’s famous Mineralizing Thermal water to refresh and nourish skin with healthy minerals. Available in three finishes, a cream base, a fluid and compact powder as well as a roll-on highlighter and concealer.

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Bee-stung skin
Luxury brand Guerlain has harnessed the power of the Ouessant black bee—a species native to the west coast of Brittany, France—to create its new skin-care line, Abeille Royale. These bees have shown a genetic ability to fend off pollution, pesticides and other diseases. The skin care uses the honey as an ingredient along with royal jelly (a honey bee secretion used to feed queen bee larvae) that studies show stimulates the skin to repair tissue firmness and wrinkles. Given the global bee decline, Guerlain also sponsors the conservation of this special bee to ensure a sustainable population.

A version of this article appeared in the September 2016 issue with the headline, “Trekkies Go Glam,” p. 24.