Anna Sui Beauty Livens Up Drugstore Shelves

Upon hearing that Anna Sui‘s beauty line would be sold in Shopper’s Drug Mart as of May, I shrieked with glee like a little girl. Most likely because Anna Sui’s line of cosmetics and skincare brings out the girl in me with its fun, glam, rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and sigh-inducing rose scent. Until now the makeup range was only available at Sears locations making it a tad difficult to get my sweet Sui beauty fix.

Backstage at Anna Sui's Spring 2010 Runway Show

The Spring collection couldn’t be a better way to introduce the New York designer’s makeup collection to drugstores. New for the season is Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation and Moisture Rich Powder Foundation refill. The fluid foundation comes in a rose shaped bottle and gives a poreless smooth finish that promises “beautiful doll skin.” There are also new shades of the Liquid Eye Color that deliver high-pigment pay-off. My favourite shade is #250 a soft metallic purple that’s in trend with this season’s pastel lids. New fiery shades of the Lip Gloss range from baby orange to nude beige and my favourite #309, which is a bright glittery candy pink with a touch of red.

Anna Sui Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation $38

Anna Sui Moisture Rich Powder Foundation $33, Foundation Case $16

Anna Sui Liquid Eye Color in #050 (platinum white) and #350 (lady pink), $23 each

Anna Sui Lip Gloss in #604 (baby orange with aurora red flame), $22

But the highlight from the new collection is the new range of Lip Rouges that come in 4 different variations. Glossy provides a rich high-shine; Dazzle gives your pout a sparkling finish; Vivid comes in super bold colours such as Neon Pink, Deco Orange and even Super Black; and Tint delivers a slight tint to enhance your natural lip colour. With so many choices, my Shopper’s Optimum card is going to be very happy!

Anna Sui Lip Rouge Tint in #350 (baby pink), $25

— Jodi Goulart

What A Doll!

If you’re a Canadian girl like me then you’re probably not very familiar with Tarina Tarantino, but you will be very soon thanks to a new beauty range by the American accessories designer available exclusively at Sephora. Tarantino is best known for her ultra girly jewelry and accessories that don’t shy away from colourful crystals, big bows and chunky Lucite beads, hearts and skulls. She’s given Hello Kitty, Barbie, The Wizard Of Oz and now Alice In Wonderland her hyper cute touch.

Tarina Tarantino And Her Signature Fuchsia Locks

Now the pink-haired Tarantino has waved her sparkly wand and created a beauty collection. I’m sure it was much more difficult than that, it’s just so easy to imagine her flitting around with a tiara and wand. Tarina Tarantino Beauty borrows from the designers inspirations, which range from ’60s cinema and psychedelic art to nostalgic fashion influences including Victoriana and glam rock. The colour-saturated collection includes eyeshadow, liner, mascara, primer, blush, lipgloss, powder and even a spray-on shimmer dust, and much more.

Tarina Tarantino Gem Gloss $19. Available in 12 shades.

Tarina Tarantino Kapinki Brush $38

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen $22. Available in 12 shades.

Tarina Tarantino will debut her beauty collection this upcoming Tuesday, March 16 at Sephora Eaton Centre in Toronto. From 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. you can meet Tarantino, get a makeover and receive an autographed collection book when you purchase an item from the collection.

— Jodi Goulart