Spring cleanse

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 12:00am

Acid reign Yonka combines essential plant oils with vitamins, trace elements and fruit acids contained in plant and marine extracts, and is ideal for people with problem areas or sensitive skin. Clarifying peeling gel ($330) is a deep cleanser for the T-zone, while the mild, non-greasy cleanser ($260) makes tired skin glow. Run by Francoise and Catherine Muhlethaler, Yonka was founded in the 1950s by their parents - pioneers of aesthetic aromatherapy. Available from the Firm, Wyndham Street, Central, and Eden salon, Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay.

Nail it

Sharpen up those nails for spring/summer with Opi's new Japanese collection (above). Past romance is infused with fresh energy in a range that reflects Tokyo's fashion and beauty trends.

Be the centre of attention with bright orange Don't Be Coi With Me or dramatic coral You're Such a Kabuki Queen. Alternatively, try sensual Holy Pink Pagoda! or shimmering red Dress to Empress, all $115 a bottle. While you're there, pick up Opi's Manicure Rejuvenating Serum ($300/29ml) for soft, great smelling hands. Available from Ellespa, Essential Spa, Expert Nail and Fingertrix.

Oil slick

One Italian tradition has it that olive oil is good for the skin. French beauty group L'Occitane has come up with the next best thing - thankfully without the grease. Instead, the cosmetic properties of olive water have been discovered. A natural extract, L'Occitane says it's rich in polyphenols (complex molecules that protect against free radicals), creating a scavenger almost 'twice as powerful as vitamin E'. Combined with hydrogenated AOC olive oil - designed to stimulate micro-circulation and eliminate toxins - the olive skincare products (below) are said to restore radiance and balance. The daily face cleanser is $140/100ml, with the olive water face toner priced at $150/250ml and face scrub mud at $195/100ml. Available at L'Occitane stores.

Fruit market

Smother yourself in the Body Shop's new Passion Fruit range for less this month. Until tomorrow, receive a 15 per cent discount on the new range with any purchase of $150 or more, or take home the Passion Fruit Dry Oil mist for $69 with any other buy. With an exotic scent and the moisturising benefits of passion fruit seed oil, the range is an all-natural pampering package. Passion Fruit Body Butter ($98/200ml) contains melon seed oil from Namibia, and Ghanaian shea butter and cocoa butter. Spruce up with the bath and shower gel ($55/250ml) and finish off with the dry oil mist ($98/100ml), made with Nicaraguan sesame oil and Namibian melon seed oil.

Dream cream

Get that healthy been-for-a-run look without ever leaving your apartment this spring. Chantecaille has introduced a trio of creamy, feminine colours for the face that are subtle enough to blend in a hurry and don't disappear minutes later. The iridescent Doree tone is a shimmering nude ideal for eyes and the forehead to give a summery glow. Blanche is a great highlighter for cheeks, lids, and corners of the eyes. Rose shade is a pink blush flecked with gold. Available at Joyce for $660 in April.


Get back to your childhood with Red Earth's spring/summer makeup offering (below). 'Return to a life of free-spirited naivety, while exploring and discovering nature's bewildering beauty,' the company says. It might be worth a shot. Five product categories made up of 14 shades complete the Secret Garden collection. The illusive triple eye shadow ($130), enchanting colour mascara ($100) and the pure lip stain ($80) are just a few of their new wares. Available at Red Earth stores in Queen's Road and Festival Walk from March 3.

Midas touch

YSL has a compact to make your friends green with glamour envy - and that's without even opening it up. Part of YSL's new spring makeup release, the Poudre Sur Mesure comes in a simple gold circular container with a classic black YSL logo on the top. The lid flips open to reveal a soft brush. But instead of a cloud of powder falling into your lap, a gold filtered tray inside the compact allows just the right amount on to the brush. Turn the gold and black powder tray to the right to allow in a little bit more each time. Too big to carry in your purse, this compact is better as a showpiece on your dresser. Available for $340 from YSL counters in Lane Crawford, Sogo, Hoiphong Road Watsons, Wing On and Seibu.