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Beauty Radar Screen:November 18, 2010

Parfums Christian Dior announced it plans to infuse its skin care products with Icelandic Glacial water.

Rubinstein Biography Released


PARIS — Helena Rubinstein’s life is detailed in a recently released biography entitled “Helena Rubinstein: La femme qui inventa la beauté” (or “Helena Rubinstein: The Woman Who Invented Beauty”).

Journalist and author Michèle Fitoussi penned the 496-page book, which covers Rubinstein’s history of love, beauty and success. Published by Editions Grasset, it came out in France this fall for 22 euros, or about $29.75 at current exchange. Currently, there is no English version of the book available. — Sophia Rothschild



Parfums Christian Dior to Use Icelandic Glacial Water in Skin Care Line


PARIS — Parfums Christian Dior announced it plans only to infuse its skin care products with Icelandic Glacial water (rather than any other type of water), because of its optimal biological properties, starting in 2012. However, pilot projects are expected during this year and next. Icelandic Glacial is billed to have the first CarbonNeutral-certified bottled spring water in terms of product and operations. Icelandic Glacial uses only natural green energy to fuel the production of the water, which is culled from Iceland’s Olfus Spring.

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“For the first time, we have decided to take care of an inert ingredient present at strong concentration in cosmetic formulations — water — and we have decided to replace it by a cosmetic active ingredient, Icelandic Glacial water,” stated Claude Martinez, president and chief executive officer of Parfums Christian Dior. — Jennifer Weil



Make Up for Ever Releases ‘Burlesque’ Line


PARIS — Always with a flare for the dramatic, Make Up for Ever is staging another tie-in with the movie industry — this time with “Burlesque,” the Sony Pictures-produced musical comedy starring Christina Aguilera and Cher and directed by Steven Antin.

The limited edition makeup collection from the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand features theatrical fake eyelashes, “diamond powder” eye shadow and red lipstick. Products are priced at 14.90 euros, 21.50 euros and 18.90 euros, or about $20.13, $29.05 and $25.54 at current exchange, respectively.

Cosmetics brand Smashbox and hair care brand Sebastian Professional have also created products associated with the movie.

The Make Up for Ever line will hit the market Dec. 21 — the day before the French premiere of “Burlesque” — exclusively at Sephora’s Champs-Elysées flagship location here. The products will be available until mid-January or while supply lasts. — Joan Low