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8 for August

8 for August

The Fall beauty season kicks into full swing this month with a multitude of launches. Here are eight products I think are really interesting.


bobbi brown magic wand pencils

Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencils

Bobbi Brown retouching face pencils

Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencils

“When I started out as an aspiring makeup artist, I studied magazine covers to try and recreate the beauty looks. Later, I learned that all covers are retouched. But by then I knew how to make skin look flawless using only makeup,” says New York Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown. “My newest go-to for perfect skin are Retouching Face Pencils. They do it all – cancel out redness, lighten dark, recessed areas, cover brown spots, even, highlight and illuminate – computers or filters required.” The pencils are available in 10 shades from very fair (Illuminate) to dark (Rich).

calvin klein deep euphoria

Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria

A fragrance rose with red petals rimmed in black is the star ingredient in Calvin Klein’s new Deep Euphoria scent for her. It’s classified as a vibrant chypre floral and it contains notes of cascalone, white pepper, mandarin leaves, black magic rose, geranium, jasmine sambac, musk, patchouli and mineral woods. It was created by perfumer Honorine Blanc. Actress Margo Robbie, who stars in the new Suicide Squad feature film, is the face of the scent. She recalls images of a wild evening the morning after in the TV spot.

lancome grandiose liner

Lancome Gradiose Liner

With the global success of Lancome’s Grandiose mascara, it is no surprise to see the French company adding a complementary eyeliner. What makes this one unique is the adjustable wand that makes creating a cat-eye flick much easier.


 lancome fall 2016 palette in brown

Clarins Autumn 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Brown

French beauty brand Clarins is reinventing the nude palette this fall in warm brown shades. Use them dry for a natural look or wet for a dramatic, evening effect. What makes this palette different is it is enriched with vegetal extract and carnauba wax. The latter comes from Brazil and is a wax that covers palm leaves protecting it from dehydration during the dry season.

burberry cat lashes mascara image

burberry cat lashes mascara

Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara

Burberry’s blockbuster mascara launch for Autumn 2016 is called Cat Lashes. It’s an eye-opening volume mascara that creates a cat-eye effect. The hourglass-shaped brush hugs, extends and separates each lash to deliver fanned-out lashes. It comes in might blonde, chestnut brown and jet black.


mugler les exceptions candleMugler Les Exceptions Perfumed Candles – Limited Edition

Bring the exquisitely-crafted Les Exceptions fragrances by Mugler home in the form of a luxe candle. Each pays tribute to a great olfactory family in traditional perfumery. The sleek black and white packaging make it a beautiful home accessory. It’s perfect for gifting.

mac instacurl mascara

mac instacurl mascara

MAC InstaCurl Mascara

This breakthrough mascara curls lashes upon application and holds the curl all day. A customizable wand fits each and every eye shape to hug lashes from corner to corner. A quick twirl provides the volume and length you desire. It comes in InstaBlack black.


givenchy dahlia divin le nectarGivenchy Dahlia Divin Le Nectar

Think of this as Givenchy’s Couture fragrance, an intense and sensual version of the original grand floral scent. Francois Demachy focused on golden flowers (mimosa), sambac jasmine and rose. He then added creamy vetiver, sandalwood, tonka bean and lavish vanilla musk. It’s beautifully done.


The products are available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com


  • Reply
    Melanie E
    August 13, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    What interesting products, Dave! @MaraMel

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    August 13, 2016 at 3:09 am

    I think the Bobbi Brown pencils are genius !

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    Marie Mercurius
    August 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I had a chance to smell the Deep Euphoria and it does not disappoint! Love it!

    All the other products look amazing as well!

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    Theresa Carnes
    August 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Oh Dave this is the most amazing gift sets I think I’ve seen ever. Not only is everything top quality but I’m so into candles and there’s a Thierry Mugler candle too. I love ant perfume with a hint of musk. Oh what a dream set of all dreams to come true. Thank you for the chance of all the best goodies one can imagine. @TAZZYDevil13

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    August 11, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Dave I really love Bobbi Brown’s retouching pencils !! What a great idea

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    Chrissy Watkins
    August 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    With having straight lashes I’m always excited to see a mascara that helps make and keep a curl. Just may have to try the MAC Instacurl

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    Karen Ali
    August 11, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Hi Dave pretty excited for the Bobbi Brown retouching pencils! Would use them to highlight! ????

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    Mary H.
    August 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I especially like the two fragrances. I can’t wait to try them. @FinestFinn

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    Anne Maureen
    August 10, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Both those mascaras look really interesting. I like the idea of a mascara and eyelash curler combined.

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