Luxury and practicality -- good subjects for a Monday, I think.
Let's start with the luxury: the Chanel Fast Track Collection Byzance, a limited-edition collection by Peter Philips, Global Creative Director for Chanel makeup, for the Chanel Byzance Ready-to-Wear Pre-Fall show last December (above: backstage beauty from the show).
The showstopper, the Lumieres Byzantines de Chanel Palette of creamy metallic highlighters (above) sold out almost before it hit stores; only 1500 were produced.
But available exclusively at three Chanel counters in Canada starting tomorrow is the Regard SignÃ© de Chanel in Topkapi ($70), an embossed eye shadow quad of gleaming metallics.
The collection includes (quite) shimmery Joues Contraste powder blush compacts in Rouge and Or ($47 each) and Rouge Allure lipstick in Rouge Byzantin ($38). Aside from the gorgeous lipstick, Topkapi is perhaps the most wearable, brilliant for summer smoky eyes and appropriate into Fall and holiday. At Holt Renfrew and the Chanel boutique on Bloor St., Toronto; and Holt Renfrew, Vancouver.
Meet the practical: M.A.C Sized to Go travel-size skincare, which just hit counter. Nine essentials from Demi-Wipes (half-size cleansing sheets) to 30 mL bottles of Cleanse Off Oil and Pro Eye Makeup Remover to Oil Control Lotion, Fix+ and Studio Moisture Cream -- really, what took â€™em so long? Great for your gym bag as well as your carry-on. Prices range from $12 to $18. At all M.A.C locations and maccosmetics.com.
Don't forget to enter to win one of two Beautygeeks Wella Professionals hair care prizes, each worth $100+!