February Beauty Must-Haves

Revealed: the secret to shiny hair, an iris-inspired perfume, anti-aging antidotes and products to make you feel like a kid again.

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"Feel Like a Kid Again" Beauty Enhancers

Why let teens have all the fun? These witty, wonderful products remind us that sometimes all it takes to feel reinvented is a piña colada–scented lip color and a handful of good-for-you candy.


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Urban Decay Urban Glow Cream Highlight ($24; sephora.com): The skull packaging ups your cool quotient while the shimmery cream inside gives your cheekbones a dewy, 18-again finish. Comes in four colors.


Stila Coconut Crush Lip and Cheek Stain ($24; stilacosmetics.com): Infused with wrinkle-preventing antioxidants, this twofer imparts a bronze tint, and its addictive coconutty cocktail scent will take you back to your Lip Smacker days.


Borba Omega-3 Bursts, Skin Balance Gummi Bears and Slimming Chocolate Chews ($15, $15, $20, respectively; borba.com): Guilt-free sweets? Count us in. These nutritional supplements disguised as candy are packed with skin-enhancing vitamins such as niacin, omega-3, DHA and ­appetite-inhibiting additives.

Editor's Pick: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging 3­­-Minute Shine Boost

As the beauty director of More, I have a work life that requires good hair days. My secret weapon? A blowout by Anthony Sorenson, senior stylist at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in New York’s Mark Hotel. But when a salon trip isn’t feasible, I grab Alterna’s new treatment, which leaves my hair glossy, smooth and bouncy. Not quite as good as Anthony, but close. —Genevieve Monsma


$25; sephora.com

Sexy Comeback for Florals

Iris, once a popular fragrance note, is re-­appearing this spring, but in a way your mom wouldn’t recognize: alluring and grownup and surprisingly unflowery. So what happened? Older scents tended to use the iris root, while today’s versions pull the iris note from the budding petals, which are less cloying. Our favorites: Hermès Iris Ukiyoé ($235; hermes.com), Love Chloe ($85; neimanmarcus.com) and Halle Berry Reveal ($35; drugstores).

Anti-Aging Skin Care

We salute the men and women in lab coats who brought us these new high-tech potions


Revive lifeless skin


L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Day/Night Cream ($25; drugstores) helps skin recover faster from stress, fatigue and damage (as our complexions did, sans creams, at 25).

Lift a Sagging Jawline

Avon Anew Platinum Serum ($64; avon.com) is said to stimulate production of paxillin, a protein integral to maintaining firm skin.

Hydrate Thick, Dry Skin

Dr. Brandt Time Arrest Créme de Luxe ($200; sephora.com) uses nanotechnology to boost penetration of active ingredients—which can give quicker help to parched skin.

Even Out Sun-Damaged Skin

Naturopathica Plant Stem Cell Serum ($48; naturopathica.com) uses a combination of botanicals to repair and even out mottled skin.


First Published February 1, 2011

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adama kremlo09.05.2012

Hello. Some time ago I found a brand Yves Rocher. Are the products of this brand are good?

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