Tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your beauty products

    The ELLE 2008 Beauty Grand Prix Winners have been awarded

    Beauty Editor Michelle Villett shares how to make them work even harder

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - 750 women from across Canada have tested, tried,
evaluated and finally decided which are the best beauty products in the
country. Michelle Villett, Beauty and Health Editor at ELLE Canada, shares how
to make these winners and virtually every item in your beauty bag even more
effective. "We know from our jury that there are products out there in a
variety of price ranges that actually can deliver on what they say they will,"
says Villett. "These simple tips and tricks are a quick and easy way to make
great products better."

    Ten Tips To Try

    1.  Store eye creams in the fridge. Cooler temperatures will speed up the
        de-puffing process, making it look like you actually squeezed in
        eight hours of sleep. Try the 2008 Beauty Grand Prix winner NIVEA
        Visage Aqua Sensation Gel-Crème ($11), which also contains cooling
        cucumber extract.

    2.  The simplest way to avoid clumpy mascara? Before applying, gently
        wipe the excess off the mascara wand with a tissue. Cover Girl
        VolumExact Mascara(*) has a non-clumping formation.

    3.  Before using a self-tanner, exfoliate with a gentle scrub or loofah.
        Dead skin cells contribute to the "streaky" appearance. L'Oreal
        Paris-Dermo Expertise Sublime Bronze Pre-Self-Tanning Scrub(*) ($10)
        is a great start.

    4.  If you've coloured your hair at home but it's too dark, wash it
        immediately with dish soap - it will strip and lift some of the
        colour out. Follow with a deep conditioner to restore moisture.
        Kerastase Lait Vital Incredibly Light Nourishing Care for Normal to
        Slightly Dry Hair(*) ($39) offers great results.

    5.  If you've been heavy-handed with your blush application, tone it down
        with a touch of foundation, applied over the cheeks with a soft

    6.  Using too much styling product can weigh hair down, leaving it limp
        and sticky. Mist lightly with water to dilute the product, then

    7.  Light-reflecting powders and foundations give skin a gorgeous glow -
        but they can also accentuate wrinkles. After applying, work a touch
        of moisturizer into problem areas, such as laugh lines and crow's
        feet, to smooth out fine lines.

    8.  How to fix a smudged nail - fast? Slick on a coat of clear nail
        polish to smooth out imperfections.

    9.  No time to shampoo? Greasy hair gets a quick refresh with a few
        shakes of baby powder. It contains talc, which absorbs the excess

    10. To hide a pimple use a concealer that contains salicylic acid. It
        will calm the redness while drying out the blemish.

    (*)2008 Beauty Grand Prix winner

    Consumers can look for the winning products featuring the 2008 ELLE
Beauty Grand Prix logo in stores in the coming months. The full list of
winners is featured in the November 2007 issue of ELLE Canada on newsstands
now. All products are available across Canada.

    ELLE Canada, Canada's premier fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine, is
the 33rd edition of the global family of ELLE titles. ELLE Canada is published
12 times per year by Les Publications Transcontinental-Hachette Inc.

    Media note: the list of the 2008 Beauty Grand Prix winners follows.

                       2008 Beauty Grand Prix Winners

    Daytime Facial Moisturizers - Traditional

    Low Cost ($10 - $35)

    1.  NIVEA Visage Aqua Sensation Gel-Creme, 48g, $10.99

    Medium Cost ($45 - $65)

    2.  NUXE Crème Nirvanesque, 50 ml, $44.50

    High Cost ($60+)

    3.  Dior HydrAction Deep Hydration Sorbet Creme, 50 ml, $61 (Two-time

    Daytime Facial Moisturizers - Dermo-Cosmetics Dry Skin

    4.  Avène Rich Compensating Cream, 40 ml, $41

    Daytime Facial Moisturizers - Dermo-Cosmetics Oily Skin

    5.  Vichy Laboratoires Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care, 50 ml,
        $28 (Two-time winner)

    Daytime Facial Moisturizers - Dermo-Cosmetics Sensitive Skin

    6.  Avène Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream, 40 ml, $33

    Night Creams

    Low Cost ($15 - $30)

    7.  Garnier Nutritionist Regenerating Night Cream, 50 ml, $18.99

    Medium Cost ($45 - $85)

    8.  Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream for All Skin Types, 50 ml, $85

    High Cost ($100+)

    9.  Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Intensive Night Restorative,
        50 ml, $145

    Tinted Facial Moisturizers

    Low Cost ($10 - $15)

    10. Cover Girl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Sheer Moisturizing Makeup in
        Light to Medium, 40 ml, $12.99

    High Cost ($50+)

    11. Chanel Précision Hydramax + Tint Moisture Boost Tinted Lotion SPF 15
        in Sand, 50 ml, $53

    Facial Cleansers - Traditional (gels, cream, lotion)

    Low Cost (less than $22)

    12. Fruits & Passion Radiance Vitaminized Cleansing Mousse, 150 ml, $18

    High Cost ($25 - $40)

    13. Chanel Précision Système Eclat La Mousse Radiance Cleansing Foam
        Rinse Off, 150 ml, $39 (Two-time winner)

    Facial Cleansing Wipes

    14. Garnier Nutritionist Purifying Wet Cleansing Clothes - Oil-Free,

    Radiance Face Masques

    15. Guerlain Super Aqua-Mask, 75 ml, $68

    Moisturizing Lip Balms

    Low Cost (less than $10)

    16. NIVEA Lip Care Lip Effect Q10 Plus, 10 ml, $3.99

    Medium Cost ($15 - $20)

    17. Biotherm Aquasource Levres SPF 8 Protective Lip Care, 15 ml, $17
        (Two-time winner)

    High Cost ($25+)

    18. Chanel Hydrating Lip Treatment, 3.5g., $33 (Two-time winner)


    Low Cost (less than $15)

    19. Cover Girl VolumeExact Mascara in Black, 7.2 ml, $8.99

    High Cost ($18+)

    20. Chanel Inimitable Multi-Dimensional Mascara in Black, 6g, $33

    Eye Contour Care

    Low Cost (less than $32)

    21. Vichy Laboratoires Oligo 25 Eyes Anti-Fatigue Cooling Effect Stick,
        4 ml, $25

    Medium Cost ($38 - $50)

    22. Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash, 20 ml, $50


    High Cost ($70+)

    23. Elizabeth Arden Allergan Prevage Eye Anti-Aging Moisturizing
        Price: $120, 15 ml, $120


    24. Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Eye Treatment, 15 ml, $100

    Eye Makeup Removers

    Low Cost (less than $20)

    25. Vichy Laboratoires Purete Thermale Eye Make-up Remover Sensitive
        Eyes, 150 ml, $18.95 (Four-time winner)

    High Cost ($25 - $35)

    26. Chanel Précision Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover, 100 ml, $30
        (Two-time winner)

    Body Scrubs

    Low Cost (less than $10)

    27. L'Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Sublime Bronze Pre-Self-Tanning Scrub,
        125 ml, $9.99 (Two-time winner)

    Medium Cost ($18 - $30)

    28. Crabtree & Evelyn Naturals Lemongrass & Brown Sugar Botanical Body
        Scrub, 8.8 oz., $29.95

    High Cost ($35+)

    29. Biotherm Biosenses Body Polishing Scrub, 200 ml, $37 (Prod No. 33)
        (Two-time winner)

    Body Moisturizers

    Low Cost (less than $12)

    30. NIVEA Body Smooth Replenishing Lotion, 400 ml, $8.59

    Medium Cost ($18 - $23)

    31. Dans un Jardin Maté Flower Sublime Body Butter, 250 ml, $22.50

    High Cost ($30+)

    32. Chanel Body Excellence Firming Moisture Milk, 150 ml, $61


    Low Cost (less than $25)

    33. NIVEA Body Good-bye Cellulite Anti-Cellulite Gel, 200 ml, $13.75

    Medium Cost ($48 - $60)

    34. Vichy Laboratoires Lipo.Metric Lipo-Sculpting Cellulite Treatment,
        200 ml, $49

    High Cost ($60+)

    35. Chanel Body Excellence Firming and Shaping Gel Anti-Cellulite,
        150 ml, $75

    Hand Creams

    Low Cost (less than $15)

    36. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream, 75 ml, $13.50


    Medium Cost ($25 - $35)

    37. Biotherm BioMains Complete Hand and Nail Treatment, 100 ml, $27


    38. Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, 100 ml, $33

    High Cost ($45+)

    39. Chanel Body Excellence Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand Cream, 75 ml,

    Shampoo & Conditioner for Non-Coloured Hair


    Low Cost (less than $3 per 100 ml)

    40. L'oréal Paris Vive Pro Style & Body Infusion Shampoo, 385 ml, $5.99

    41. L'oréal Paris Vive Pro Style & Body Infusion Conditioner, 385 ml,


    42. Dove Moisturizing Shampoo, 355 ml, $4.99

    43. Dove Moisturizing conditioner, 355 ml, $4.99

    Medium Cost ($3 - $12 per 100 ml)

    44. Tosca Volume Thickening shampoo, 300 ml, $16.50

    45. Tosca Volume Conditioning Rinse, 300 ml, $19.95

    High Cost ($12+ per 100 ml)

    46. Kérastase Bain Satin Complete Nutrition Shampoo for Normal to
        Slightly Sensitized Hair, 250 ml, $31 (Three-time winner)

    47. Kérastase Lait Vital Incredibly Light Nourishing Care for Normal to
        Slightly Dry Hair, 200 ml, $39

    Shampoo & Conditioner for Coloured Hair

    Low Cost (less than $3 per 100 ml)

    48. John Frieda Brillant Brunette Shine Release Moisturizing Shampoo in
        Hazelnut to Espresso, 250 ml, $9.99 (Two-time winner)

    49. John Frieda Brillant Brunette Light Reflecting Moisturizing
        Conditioner in Hazelnut to Espresso, 250 ml, $9.99

    Medium Cost ($3 - $12 per 100 ml)

    50. Matrix Shade Memory - Sparkling Blondes Restorative System Shampoo,
        400 ml, $16.95

    51. Matrix Shade Memory - Sparkling Blondes Restorative System
        Conditioner, Rev., 400 ml, $17.95

    High Cost ($12+ per 100 ml)

    52. Kérastase Bain Miroir Shine Revealing Shampoo for Colour-Treated
        Hair, 250 ml, $31 (Two-time winner)

    53. Kérastase Chroma Reflect Radiance-Enhancing Milk for Colour-Treated
        Hair, 125 ml, $31

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Villett, Beauty Editor, ELLE Canada is
available for interviews in your market or via phone or email. Please contact
OverCat Communications, (416) 966-9970: Audrey Hyams Romoff, ext. 222 or
Kristin Mills, ext. 225

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