The Best Beauty Launches of February 2010 (Part 2)

YSL to Burt's Bees.
Michelle Villett
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YSL to Burt's Bees.

There's so much goodness in the beauty closet this month—a.k.a. new beauty products that you should know about—I couldn't fit them all into one post. So here's Part Two—if you missed Part One, get the lowdown the first six products here. My top picks? The totally covetable palette from YSL and gorgeous-on-your-dresser Balenciaga fragrance. Happy shopping!

M.A.C Tabloid Beauty Prep + Prime Instant Line Filler

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I gave you a sneak peek of this not long ago, so this will just be a quick re-cap. The Tabloid Beauty collection is a line of hi-def makeup that's easy enough for even makeup novices to master (and get a flawless finish, whether you're being photographed or not). This primer goes on top of your foundation but before the rest of your makeup to soften any fine lines. There's another version for oil control and pore-minimizing. Read more about the rest of the collection here. At M.A.C counters across Canada.

L'Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub with Beads for All Skin Types

This is kind of a neat idea—each cleanser in this collection of four comes with a flexible plastic "cleansing disc" that you use to apply the product to get a more thorough cleansing. (I tried it and it's not harsh at all, just a gentle scrubbing action.) After you're done, it pops back into the bottle for handy storage. Also available in combination, normal-to-dry and sensitive skin formulas. At mass market retailers and drugstores across Canada.

Estée Lauder Love Your Lips Kissable Lip Gloss

Also gave you a sneak peek of this back in January, so I'll keep this short and sweet. EL makes some really nice glosses—yes, really—and the heart-adorned packaging on this one makes it special. Available in four shades. At Estée Lauder counters across Canada. (But act fast! The website says they're already sold out!)

Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum


Gorgeous, gorgeous bottle, no? The scent itself—the first major one from Balenciaga since Cristobal in 1998—is a floral chypre with notes of violet, bergamot, spices, pepper, carnation, oakmoss, cedar, vetiver and patchouli. But it's one that you need to try before you buy (Now Smell This describes it as "edgy"). Charlotte Gainsbourg is the face. At Holt Renfrew stores this month, and in April at Murale and select Bay stores across Canada.

YSL Limited Edition Y-Mail Complexion Palette

The best part of this palette isn't really the product itself—it's the miniature "handbag" that it comes packaged in (see visual here), inspired by the grown-up, $1,000+ versions. Unless that's in your budget, this is a nice option. Available in two shade families, one can be used as a pearly highlighter while the other is a luminizing blush. At Yves Saint Laurent counters across Canada.