Dior Cruise Collection Vernis
Dior’s 2013 Cruise fashion collection, which featured simple, graphic shades of black, navy and white, conjured up images of the classic Dior “Bar” silhouettes first seen in 1947, which were highlighted by a pop of bright color on the lips and nails. The Dior Cruise Collection Vernis is made up of three exclusive, limited edition shades, Mango (a warm yellow), Pasteque (a watermelon pink) and Lime (a fresh green) to add a perfect complement to the graphic silhouettes seen on the runways. The House of Dior, which was the first couture house to launch a nail varnish in 1962, is now celebrating 50 years of nail lacquers that have since become stand alone fashion accessories.
Vernis ($23.00) (Limited Edition)
- Mango Warm yellow
- Pasteque Watermelon pink
- Lime Fresh green
Availability: Spring 2013, Dior.com, select Dior Boutiques
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philosophy The Cookbook Collection
Cook Up Some Holiday Treats
philosophy The Cookbook Collection ($38.00 for 5 x 6 fl. oz.) includes five holiday-themed scents in philosophy’s 3-in-1 gel, which can be used as shampoo, shower gel, or bubble bath. Each year, they put out The Cookbook, and it’s a great gift to give/receive. I actually like philosophy’s smaller bottles, because they use a softer, frosted plastic, which makes it easier to squeeze out the product, compared to the larger bottles, which use a harder, clear plastic.
- Old Fashioned Eggnog is sweet and creamy with lots of vanilla and a smidgen of spice.
- Hot Buttered Rum is warm, buttery, and caramel-like sweetness. It was the sweetest, most powerful scent out of the five.
- Peppermint Bark sweetened chocolate and mint–it’s exactly as described (well, all of these are!).
- Cinnamon Buns is creamy with sugar and cinnamon. It’s not quite as potent as the smell when you walk by a Cinnabon, but it’s similar.
- Spicy Pear Cobbler is all tart, crisp pear. I didn’t get the cobbler part; it doesn’t smell like a baked good, just fruity with more tartness than sweetness. It was the scent that I liked the most, actually, out of the five–very refreshing to use in the morning.
These are weakest as shampoos; they cleanse, but I feel like they’re really basic and probably won’t be a go-to shampoo for anyone with picky hair. They definitely don’t lather as much as a shampoo as they do as a bubble bath or shower gel. I very rarely take baths, so I tend to use these as shower gels. It takes two of us a couple of months to get through one 16 fl. oz. bottle–about a month for these smaller ones–so the cost-per-use stretches quite a bit. The formula lathers up well, rinses cleanly off without drying out the skin, and they really scent up the shower. The scents do not linger on the skin once washed out, which may be something you want or don’t want.