Tuesday, October 12th, 2010


Philosophy for Holiday 2010

Philosophy has a whole host of holiday offerings!  Everything is available now, and there’s even a coupon for $10 off $40+ purchases with code 10OFF40, which expires on 10/14.

Holiday Shower Gels ($16.00)

  • Peppermint Bark Feel joyful with this delectable mint-chocolate candy bath treat. ‘peppermint bark’ shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath provides a moisturizing lather that gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair as you indulge in the joyful combination of rich chocolate and peppermint-candy scents.
  • Candy Ribbons May your shower be cheerfully decorated with sweet ‘candy ribbons’ shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. Feel welcomed by the sweet candy scent as the moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair. It’s the sweet touch you need to feel festive and enjoy the comfort of home during the holidays.
  • I’m Dreaming Of… White Peach Bring holiday dreams to life during your shower or bath. ‘white peach’ shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath inspires effervescent joy with a sparkling fruit scent. This luxurious, pearlized, rich and creamy formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair and leaves you dreaming of all the warm fuzzies that make the holidays so memorable.
  • I’m Dreaming Of… White Pear Enjoy a dreamy state of holiday bliss during your shower or bath. ‘white pear’ shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath inspires effervescent joy with a sparkling fruit scent. This luxurious, pearlized, rich and creamy formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair and leaves you dreaming of all the snowy adventures and city sparkle that bring the season to life.
  • I’m Dreaming Of… White Cranberry Enjoy a dreamy state of holiday bliss during your shower or bath. ‘white cranberry’ shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath inspires effervescent joy with a sparkling fruit scent. This luxurious, pearlized, rich and creamy formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair and leaves you dreaming of all the festive accents that bring the season to life.
  • Have a Cherry Christmas Have a cherry Christmas with philosophy’s cherry-scented shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. Feel cherry and bright as the moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair. The cherry-licious scent provides a jolly good time, so have fun and wish others a cherry Christmas too.
  • The Gingerbread Girl Gingerbread Girl is sparkle, spice and everything nice. This foaming bubble bath and shower gel features a refreshing, ginger-spice scent and gold sparkles to light up your holiday season with joy. This moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions, leaving skin and hair feeling ultra soft.
  • The Gingerbread Man He cleans, he soothes, he’s back and ready to draw you a relaxing bath. ‘the gingerbread man’ foaming shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath pampers you with a refreshing, ginger-spice scent and an ultra-rich, moisturizing lather that gently cleanses and conditions skin, leaving it feeling super soft.
  • Candy Cane experience pure joy during your shower or bath with candy cane foaming bubble bath and shower gel. invigorate your senses with a crisp peppermint scent as you enjoy a rich, foaming lather from head to toe that leaves skin feeling ultra clean, hydrated and soft.
  • The Heart of the Season giving is the heart of the holidays. our cranberry charity shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath will make you feel good outside with a rich, moisturizing lather and warm inside, knowing you are supporting the Joyful Heart Foundation. ($20.00)
  • Evergreen fresh, lively evergreen awakens the spirit of the season. this shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath captures the woodsy essence of fresh evergreens in a moisturizing formula to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair to leave you feeling all spruced up.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies indulge your senses with philosophy’s chocolate chip cookies high foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath. this extra rich and creamy formula provides a gentle, high foaming lather and smells absolutely delicious, like chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven. it’s gentle enough for everyday use and leaves skin and hair feeling ultra clean and soft.
  • Glow and Behold rekindle your childhood glow as you lather with this miraculous shower gel. glow and behold is our celestial citrus shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath created to lift your holiday spirit to joyful new heights. behold a sense of wonder as the sparkling, moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair.
  • Snow Angel feel like an angel amidst the snow, as you lather from head to toe with our snow angel shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath. this luxurious, moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair. the pearlized blue and fresh, clean scent capture the essence of a fresh snowfall and evoke the childhood joy in us all.
  • Spiced Cookie this bath treat has a lot of spice and even more spirit. spiced cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath provides a moisturizing lather to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair, as you crumble to the scrumptious sugar and spice scent.
  • Silent Night find peace and tranquility with our soothing lavender shampoo & shower gel. the moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair, as the soothing lavender scent brings a sense of calm to your silent night.

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Make Up For Ever Moulin Rouge
Make Up For Ever #43 Moulin Rouge Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Lips That’ll Sing for You!

Make Up For Ever #43 Moulin Rouge Rouge Artist Intense ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, bright orange-based creamy red with a satin smooth finish. There’s a slight sheen but no shimmer or glossiness. The color itself is opaque in one layer, and it holds on and on and on. As such a vibrant shade of red, I get six hours of really good wear and then a slight staining as it fades off for the next two or three hours. Some of the Rouge Artists can be on the drier side (especially the frosts), but this one was particularly creamy and easy to apply.

Mine had no scent whatsoever, but I have heard others say they’ve found them rose-scented. In fact, none of the ten or so Rouge Artist Intenses I’ve tried have any scent!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is one of the best Rouge Artists I’ve tried; it’s very opaque and pigmented, but it is also creamy and applies smoothly.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

GOSMILE

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer
Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer

Chanel Holiday 2010: Pink Pulsion

Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer ($27.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a brightened fuchsia pink with medium pink shimmer. It’s semi-sheer on my lips; it gives them a nice dose of pink and glossiness with subtle shimmer that sparkles like glinting water. It’s a new and limited shade from their holiday collection, which is complemented by two other shades (to be reviewed). Glossimers are not quite perfectly non-sticky, but they don’t have much tackiness to them. They’re lightweight, on the sheerer side, and wear three to four hours on me. In order to get the full effect of a Glossimer, though, you have to see it dance in the sunlight!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s not the most original or showstopping color, but I like it a lot.  I see this as a shade I’d really like best and use most often over lipsticks to give an extra dazzle and glossiness.  I think if you’re looking for only the most original shades, you could skip this, but if you like your glossimers with a little more color, Pink Pulsion might be worth looking into.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Win Lancome Hot Number Color Fever Gloss!

One (1) lucky winner will receive Lancome Hot Number Color Fever Gloss! (Retail value $26!)

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Monday, October 11th, 2010


Lipstick Comparisons: $26 to $34 (Part 2)

Though often lumped into high-end, this is a tier made up of designer brands like Chanel, Dior, and YSL. Most higher-end/designer lipsticks are scented, usually with floral or fruit. Rose seems to be the most prevalent scent found in brands across the board; sometimes it’s subtle (Chanel), while other times it’s heavy (Dolce & Gabbana). I find designer range lipsticks to be non-drying to moisturizing with more opaque formulas overall. Packaging is often nicer, but it’s not always the case and is, inevitably, very personal.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, semi-opaque to opaque, long-wearing (4 to 6 hours)
  • NEUTRAL: 0.14 oz., scent-free, somewhat moisturizing
  • CONS: May feather/bleed on slightly dry to dry lips
  • MY REC: I don’t find them super moisturizing, though they don’t dry lips out. Typically, I don’t find lipsticks bleed on me easily, but I did have some issues with this one feathering on me when I tested them originally (my lips were a bit drier than they normally are during those tests). Like Burberry lipsticks, there is a magnetic clasp that keeps the lid on.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($31.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, glossy finish, moisturizing, smooth, opaque, wears for an average of 4 hours
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., fruit-scented
  • CONS: Basic shade range of pinks/reds
  • MY REC: After being spoiled by Guerlain’s Rouge G lipstick line, despite being $16 more, I feel like if I’m going to go Guerlain, I better go Rouge G. KissKiss is actually a nice formula on its own; it’s creamy, usually pigmented, and moisturizing enough for normal to dry lips.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick ($29.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, opaque, moisturizing, long-wearing (4 to 6 hours), minimizes lip lines
  • NEUTRAL: 0.14 oz, rose-scented
  • CONS: Mostly cream/satin finishes
  • MY REC: I love how creamy it is without being slippery; it won’t slide all over the place, so it actually wears well and on the longer side. It is also a bit pricier than other Lancome lipsticks, which makes it it their top tier lipstick, but at least they give you 0.14 oz., while the average lipstick is 0.12 oz.

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, opaque, good shade range, moisturizing, wears an average of 4 hours
  • NEUTRAL: 0.12 oz., mango-scented
  • CONS: Slippery, shades can be stark, heavy
  • MY REC: YSL has expanded their Rouge Volupte line quite a bit since I originally reviewed the range, and more importantly, I’ve expanded the range of lipsticks I’ve tested as well. I actually find these don’t wear as well as other lipsticks–they’re just too slippery. It’s moisturizing but not overly so, but it is also one of the heavier lipsticks I’ve worn. If your lips are prone to bleeding, you might experience that with the darker shades, since it has a lot of slip.

YSL Gloss Volupte Lipstick ($30.00)

  • PROS: Creamy, sheer (supposed to be), glossy finish
  • NEUTRAL: 0.07 oz., mango-scented
  • CONS: Not very moisturizing, requires frequent reapplication
  • MY REC: Apparently, I’ve never done an official review for this, but I distinctly remember being unimpressed by it. It’s a very sheer formula, which is fine, but I didn’t even see any color on my lips, which goes beyond sheer to me. My lips felt drier after wearing this, and I found myself having to reapply every hour or two. Also, did you note how little you get for $30?

The Lipstick Comparisons series is designed to provide a quick reference summary sheet for some of the many available lipstick formulas. It seems like most brands have at least a couple of formulas, if not half a dozen, and it can be difficult to find the formulas that will work best for your budget, coloring, style, or taste.

This is not necessarily a best of list, and it’s not exhaustive–it is based on actual lipsticks that I’ve tried; they are all, however, decent to excellent lipsticks. (And perhaps, some day, it will be an exhaustive list.) I have summarized my experience based on pros and cons, but also some “neutral” factors that may be pros or cons, depending on your preferences. I will update this series as I try new lipstick formulas.