Smashbox Introduces Limitless for Summer 2009
Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss SPF15 ($21.00)
Get gorgeous color and shine for up to six hours while protecting your pout with SPF 15! The contoured wand hugs lips for a precise and comfortable one-coat application.
- Infinite Soft pinkish nude
- Forever Barely there pink
- Boundless Juicy melon
- Endless Sheer plum
- Nonstop Cool raspberry
- Eternity Shimmering bronze
Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss ($19.00)
Saturate lips in high-impact shine! This advanced reflective gloss is formulated with vitamins A and E to condition and protect and hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization. Vegetal Filling Spheres fill in fine lines to give lips a smoother appearance. Light-reflective pearls create a high-shine wet look.
The Nude Lip Liner ($16.00)
The only lip liner you’ll ever need! This ultra-creamy pencil matches your lip tone to create beautiful, natural-looking definition. Coordinates with any lip color to ensure your pout stays perfect for hours!
Available: Now available at Nordstrom.com.
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Givenchy’s Summer 2009 Collection is a natural, glowy-bronzy compilation of products for the face, eyes, and lips.
Glow to Wear in Sun Satin ($37.00) is a sheer, shimmery (golden-bronze) oil that you can apply all over your body for a subtle, barely bronzed sheen. The shimmer is definitely noticeable, though, so if you aren’t into shimmer, you’ll want to pass on this.
There were two Pop Gloss Crystal lipglosses ($24.00 each) launched — Sun Coral and Sun Rose. Sun Coral is a muted, peachy pink with multicolored shimmer. Sun Rose is a coral-orange shade with subtle multicolored shimmer.
Two bronzers were launched in the form of Prisme Again! Compact Powder Quartet ($43.00 each) — Sun Mango and Sun Cinnamon. Sun Mango is a quartet of light beige to peach tones, and it is ideal for lighter complexions. Sun Cinnamon is similar, just darker, so it is more suitable for deeper complexions.
The Sun Reflection Prisme Again! Eyes Quartet ($50.00) is actually quite stunning. These are four incredibly frosty shades of eyeshadow, but they look like shimmering water when swatched. They were so hypnotic, I found it quite difficult to capture what I liked most about them (their sheen/glimmer) in a photo.
The last piece I tested out was the Prismissime Mat & Glow in Sun Caramel ($53.00), which is a product designed to add just a little warmth to face. It contains six shades of matte caramel-toned shades, and then the three in the center are shimmery. These can be used anywhere you want, from face to eyes, which does make it convenient.
Overall, I wasn’t wow-ed by this collection. I much preferred spring’s Maharani Collection over this. I feel this feels too uninspired and traditional for a summer release. The standout product was the Eye Quartet–the shadows are truly stunning with their water-like glimmer.
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Philosophy Unconditional Love Firming Body Emulsion (16 oz. for $34) is a ridiculously well-hydrating moisturizer for your body with the same, blackberry ‘n vanilla sweetness as Unconditional Love Eau de Toilette I wrote about earlier. Again, despite being a rather sweet and fruity scent (with a good dose of warm vanilla), it’s not cloying or overly sweet. It also doesn’t turn once it’s applied to skin.
The Firming Body Emulsion has a “synergistic blend of vitamins E and C provides antioxidant protection and firming properties to help tone the skin.” That’s fancy talk for ingredients that are supposed to help your skin look better. I don’t really buy into firming body products–they take a long time to work, you really have to work it in (a lot of the “firming” effect comes from all your hard work!), and apply it at least twice a day. It’d be nice if it did anything, but I really just like it and use it for the likeable scent and how moisturizing it is.
I also like to use this to layer with the fragrance to help bring out the scent a bit more, since both are lightly scented. One bottle will definitely last me several months of everyday usage — I’d say I use two pumps per leg, and then another three pumps for the rest of me. Each “pump” of product isn’t very much, either.
I will say that the vitamin E inclusion is nice, because vitamin E can help reduce some skin concerns, though. It’s the olive and macadamia nut oils and shea butter that I care about, since those three together are one whopper of a hydrator!
Philosophy for Summer 2009
I saw these new Sephora exclusives the other day, and I had to share. I am all over these! Shower gels? Lip shines? YES, I think so!
Beach Party ($35.00)
Philosophy Beach Party is the ultimate bath, body, and lip trio to make you the golden girl of the summer. This ensemble will give you smooth skin, high-gloss lips, and an island colada scent—a delicious pineapple and coconut blend. Get ready for a day of fun in the sun!
- 4.0 oz. Golden Girl Shower Gel
- 4.0 oz. Golden Girl Body Lotion
- 4.0 oz. Golden Girl Lip Shine
Surfer Girl ($35.00)
The Philosophy Surfer Girl set is inspired by the ocean sparkling in the sunlight. This ensemble will give you smooth skin, high-gloss lips, a hint of shimmer, and a tropical scent—all of which come together to create an irresistible, “fresh from the waves” impression.
- 4.0 oz. Surf Wave Exfoliating Shower Gel
- 4.0 oz. Surf Wave Shimmer Lotion
- 4.0 oz. Surf Wave Lip Shine
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Unconditional Love Eau de Toilette Spray (1.7 oz. for $40) is the latest fragrance release from Philosophy, which you may know because I absolutely adore their lip shines and shower gels. Unconditional Love is a mix of blackberries and vanilla–it’s a sweet, slightly food-y scent. I expected it to be cloying, too sweet to bear, but it’s a light scent with just enough sweetness to make it a comforting scent. I’d say it’s almost a heavier version of Philosophy’s Falling In Love, and it does remind me a bit of Stella, too.
Note that it is an Eau de Toilette, which means it is a lighter/less concentrated perfume, so the wear time isn’t not as good as an eau de parfum. This is a scent best layered with the coordinating shower gel or firming body emulsion (review coming!), if you really want to make it a more noticeable scent. It’s a fun scent for summery, beach-going days–when you want something low key, easy to wear, and sweet.
CHANEL N˚ 5 DAY IN NYC — May 5th, 2009
Audrey Tautou is the newest spokesperson for the iconic fragrance, designed to capture Coco Chanel’s philosophy. Chanel describes the fragrance as, “a rich modern floral blend of Grasse Jasmine, May Rose, Neroli, Bourbon Vanilla and Ylang-Ylang with gentle precious woods.” It debuted in 1921, and it is still a staple for many women.
Today, Chanel unveils a short film titled Train de Nuit starring Audrey Tautou, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. You can view the film at www.chaneln5.com. Additionally, May 2nd through May 10th, the Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship store will be changing up their exterior and interior of the store to celebrate Chanel.
Have you tried Chanel No. 5? Does it hold any memories for you?