Beauty Basics - New Products to Try

Marie Claire Beauty Director Ying Chu's latest beauty picks.


Toss: Black, navy, and eggplant polishes (except you, Avril).

Try: Crayola colors

Buy: Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Recycle, Yellow Fever, and Purple Haze ($18 each),


I always thought of Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps as my mother's perfume (that iconic dove bottle sat atop her dressing table for years). And as a fan of the French house's young, visionary designer Oliver Theyskens, I was thrilled to see the 60-year-old fragrance get an update. Same sensual scent, but in an extravagantly gussied-up Couture Edition bottle ($53), modeled after one of Theyskens's flirty frocks.


Since ancient times, smart people have used dirt to get clean. The latest: Concocted from mineral-packed Hungarian mud, Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm ($102) smooths skin and doesn't leave a speck of dirt — or makeup — behind. Genius.

KISSABLE COACH The new It accessory from Coach? Playful, monogrammed lip glosses ($22 each) in a trio of wearable, nonsticky shades.


A big beliver in microdermabrasion's age-reversing abilities, I think of DDF Discoloration Reversal-PODs ($70 for 28) as my between session tune-ups. A daily swipe — followed by SPF — keeps brown spots at bay.

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