France and the UK have already named their favorite perfumes of the past year, but Germany's Duftstars and the industry's biggest ceremony, the US Fifi Awards, are still coming up. Plus: May's fragrance launches, and other exciting new products.
The biggest celebrity fragrance launch this month comes courtesy of Avon, with Fergie's Outspoken hitting the shelves. Other new perfumes going on sale in May include Replay's Replay Refresh, Moschino's Toujours Glamour, Guerlain's La Cologne du Parfumeur, Diptyque's Vetyverio, and the new fragrance released as part of Bond no. 9's Andy Warhol collection: Montauk.
CND Shellac launch
The latest innovation from Creative Nail Design (CND), called Shellac, is a hybrid between traditional nail polish and gel that dries underneath a UV lamp, doesn't smell, and will stay on your nails for 14 days without chipping or smudging. Plus: it can be removed in ten minutes and doesn't damage your nails. Due to be launched in the US in May (and hopefully internationally soon after), with all the raving reviews it has gotten from professionals, this product could get DIY manicurists back into the salon.
Topshop beauty launch
The UK retail chain's first beauty range - featuring everything from lipsticks to eye pencils and nail polishes - was inspired by festivals and will be priced from £4 to £10 ($6 to $15).
Germany's biggest fragrance award will name last year's best releases. Nominations include A Scent by Issey Miyake and Boss Orange by Hugo Boss in women's as well as Only the Brave by Diesel and 1 Million by Paco Rabanne - both already successful at the British and French awards - while Halle Berry and Christina Aguilera's scents are also listed.
The US edition of the prize, called the Fifi Awards, will be held June 10 ( http://fragrancefoundation.com), as well as the Australian Jasmine Awards later in the year ( http://www.fragrancefoundation.org.au) and those bestowed by Spain's fragrance foundation ( http://www.academiadelperfume.com). Plans are also underway to host the first Fifi Awards in the United Arab Emirates ( http://www.fragrancefoundationarabia.org).
The Makeup Show
May 16 - 17
New York, USA
An event for makeup professionals, the fifth edition of New York City's Makeup Show will include workshops, keynotes, and exhibitions. The two-day fair also hosts editions in Los Angeles and Miami.