VANITY PICKS // DAVE LACKIE

“As a beauty expert on Citytv’s Cityline and editor of BEAUTY the guide magazine, I see over 1,000 beauty products a year. The sheer number of new skincare, fragrance and makeup arriving in store each season can be overwhelming. So I spend a lot of time really studying the formulas and the most flattering shades. Fragrance is particularly tricky as perfume will smell different on two people due to skin chemistry. Here are some of my favourites.

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Great skin starts with cleansing and nothing is better than philosophy purity. The creamy formula has this fresh lemon scent and thoroughly cleans skin without stripping the moisture barrier. I even use the gel formula in summer to remove sunscreen, especially the sport versions that adhere to skin.
When it comes to makeup innovation, I’m always impressed with Dior. The French luxury brand continues to offer some really leading-edge products. I think the Airflash CC Primer is one of the best hidden secrets on the beauty floor. A quick spray and your skin is instantly perfected. I also like Dior Addict LipGlow. It creates the perfect shade for your skin tone intuitively.
MAC continues to do the majority of runway shows in Milan, Paris and New York and the Pro Artists remain tops in their field. The shadows and lipstick may get the most attention, but there is one miracle product that is worth a try: MACFix+. Spray your face after the end of a long day, and this fine mist brings your makeup back to life. It’s really great.
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No sun tan is safe so the best way to get that healthy glow is through GuerlainTerracotta. Bernard Arnault is putting big focus on this luxury brand in 2014 so expect to see its profile rise quickly.

YSLRouge Volupte lipstick has the most beautiful packaging. The product itself is good, but I just love the design of the bullet. It’s like a little work of art.
When it comes to fragrance, I’m so impressed with The 7 Virtues. This Canadian niche brand created by Barb Stegemann is supporting farmers in war-torn countries by buying flower and vetiver harvests. Vetiver of Haiti is particularly nice and the quality stands up to all the niche perfumery brands in the UK.”
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