One of the things we beautygeeks love so much about this world of stuff for hair, skin, face and body is that so much of it has the power to lift our spirits. Comfortable skin, obedient hair, confidence, compliments -- it's weird magic. Two of the most compelling spirit-pleasers are perfume and lip colour. They have pause-button power, the ability to focus our attention completely on an instant of pure appreciation, a moment of omigodifreakinglovethat.
This is the second -- wait, it's the third -- in our scent-duets series, in which Liza (*leeza*) takes perfume and I take lip and we put them together for fun.
YSL Manifesto We think Yves Saint Laurent, who put shirtless women in men's tuxedo jackets, would approve of this jasmine and lily pairing undercut with sparkling blackcurrant. Perfect for a boldly sensual and single-minded Manifesto woman, who, we think, would reject lesser champagnes and refuse to wear anything scratchy. Eau de parfum, 30 ml, $69, Holt Renfrew and sephora.ca and .com.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense Yes, YSL Glossy Stain in 31 Corail Alla Prima is a no-brainer, all slick spicy coral with brilliant lasting shine. But Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense gets us with its juicy raspberry sheen and subtle, playful shimmer, as well as its hint-of-mystery name. $34, Murale, thebay.com and nordstrom.com.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine Marc Jacobs fans start dressing for warmer days as early as January. The cheeriest person in the room on a grey day (just look for the fuchsia lipstick'd smile) she'll most likely lose her mind over Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine -- all apple blossom, grapefruit and innumerable flowers. The bottle alone, its signature flowers now in spring-like hues, is so quintessentially Marc, it will send fangirls hurtling to their closet (or to net-a-porter) for a suitable Marc outfit to match. Eau de toilette, 75 mL, $85, select Shoppers Drug Mart, and sephora.ca and .com.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in 110 A sunny scent calls for an equally ebullient lipstick shade. Thank you Kate Moss for including shade 110 in your collection for Rimmel London. A hot coral-red with a modern, matte finish, it broadcasts boundless optimism with every smile. (Mother Nature needs this.) $7.99, drugstores.
Marni You don't wear Consuelo Castiglioni's clothes when you want to be invisible. Nor will this perfume ever go unnoticed. A fragrance for grownups, it's sticky, dark and complicated as smoky woods and spices give way to a romantic rose heart. The perfect companion to a Marni outfit, it's a sophisticated take on femininity that never ever descends into cutesiness. Eau de parfum, 2 oz $125, exclusively at Holt Renfrew.
Smashbox Megatint Longwear Lip Color in Cerise Distinctive, bold, strong and youthful -- this standout sexy cherry red in its slender black tube is exactly that. No cutesy here. But sophisticated femininity, most definitely. Bonus: cherry is an ideal shade everyone, even for women who think their lips are too thin to wear red. $22, sephora.ca and .com.
Gucci Guilty Black Just because the weather has brightened doesn't mean you're going to stop wearing black, right? Then why wear a new seasonal fragrance? Gucci Guilty Black may have a floral heart but it's allure is in the smoldery patchouli and amber base that doesn't quite smother the flowers. Killer. Femme Eau de toilette 30ml $69, sephora.ca, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Holt Renfrew.
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in RS 320 Red's too obvious a choice for you. You want a deep, take-charge fuchsia instead, one with a violet baseline and a luxuriously creamy finish. Shiseido's got your number with RS320. Call it power fuchsia. $30, department stores, sephora.ca and .com.
Madly Kenzo After smelling the pear and litchi in Madly Kenzo, you may feel the urge to swath yourself in yards of gossamer silk as bright as butterflies. But it's probably easier just to buy an Equipment silk blouse and walk through a cloud of Madly Kenzo to create your own personal sparkling, colour-washed scent biosphere. Eau de Parfum, 30ml $52, sephora.ca.
Lancome Baume in Love in 110 Urban Ballet Detour from full-pigment colour into the watercolour-soaked charm of sheer bright pink, orange and violet balms (yes, you want Baume in Love in 120 Coral Electric and 130 Midnight Rose, too). Clad in sweet yet sleek silver tubes, they're all now permanent members of the Lancome lipsticks family. $30 each, lancome.ca.
Burberry Body Tender Sometimes perfume is armour: that wall of impenetrable glamour to put distance between ourselves and a harsh world. But when you need softness, Burberry Body Tender will envelop you in a protective floral cocoon of rose and jasmine with warming sandalwood, amber and cashmeran -- the olfactory equivalent of being wrapped in your blankie. Eau de toilette, 60 ml, $82, department stores, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, Burberry Boutiques and sephora.ca and .com.
Burberry Lip Glow in Pink Sweet Pea Sheer yet spirit-satisfyingly bright, this gorgeous lightweight Burberry gloss packs a -- well, more of a sure caress than a punch. Plus the formula contains ceramides and castor seed oil to keep lips soft, supple, lovely. $30, ca.burberry.com.
See by Chloe Think of See as Chloe's edgier younger sister. So when she needed her own fragrance, it had to echo the signature Chloe romance but with a dash of something more youthful. A perfect accessory for your tough-girl days, the fragrance takes powdery notes of apple blossom and ylang ylang, but wraps them in musks and sandalwood. Much like model Bette Franke's delicate frame is wrapped in a rugged leather jacket in the ads. Eau de parfum, 50 ml, $85, sephora.ca and .com.
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick in M PK 356 Don't be fooled by the play-by-the-rules soft rose hue of this lipstick -- brighter than it looks in the tube, its easy matte finish gives it a sweetly defiant modern-girl edge. It's also so new you have to wait until July to get your hands on it -- *shrug*. $36, shuuemura.ca.
Do you ever choose a lip colour based on the fragrance you're wearing, or vice versa?