Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

philosophy for Fall 2009

i love candy corn high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 16 oz. ($16.00)

i venture out in search of something sweet! the crisp, evening air tugs at my hair and tingles my fingers. the crunch of fallen leaves gives away my footsteps before i reach each door. i love candy corn and the way it greets me with its playful colors, as i smile and reach for my share of autumn treats.

trick or treat high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath duo ($20.00)

no tricks, just treats. philosophy’s trick-or-treat set includes pumpkin spice muffin and caramel apple scented shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths for a surprisingly spirited treat for your senses! enjoy an ultra-rich lather with these high-foaming formulas created to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Philosophy “Supernatural Saturdays” Makeup School at Nordstrom Stores in Santa Ana, Chicago, and Arlington

To kick off and celebrate Philosophy’s Makeover Events, Philosophy has teamed up with Temptalia to giveaway some Supernatural goodies! Three (3) winners will receive three products from the Supernatural range with a value of $64:

  • philosophy lit from within cream blush in bare your soul
  • philosophy you make me blush mineral blush duo in hugs/kisses
  • philosophy superglossy lipgloss spf 15 in reflect a little

Submit your entry by… leaving a comment telling me about your favorite makeover you’ve ever had (professional or not!).

All entries must be submitted by October 5th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. readers only as pursuant to your local state’s laws. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

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Philosophy Hosts Series of Makeover Events To Help Mothers & Daughters Look their Most Beautiful this Fall

WHAT: Whether you’re 15 or 50, the key to looking your best is having flawless skin. philosophy is hosting “supernatural saturdays,” a series of special events for mothers and daughters to receive personalized makeup consultations and applications, as well as teen-tested and mom-approved tips for applying makeup the right way and accentuating your best features. John Trau, philosophy’s expert makeup artist, will be on-hand to offer tips on how to introduce teens to makeup and play up their natural beauty – without looking too made up.

Anyone who receives a makeup application will be able to create their own supernatural video in a customized supernatural video booth and email it to five of their closest friends or family members. In addition, receive a FREE 4oz award winning Purity Made Simple cleanser with the purchase of any two supernatural philosophy products, and a FREE “be supernatural” philosophy cosmetic bag with any $100 philosophy purchase.

AND – if you can’t make it to one of the three supernatural Saturday events, visit your local Nordstrom counter to enter for a chance to win a private supernatural makeup party with five friends at the Nordstrom store in your neighborhood, which includes a private skincare and makeup consultation, personalized makeup tips and custom makeup applications for the group. Consumers can enter from October 1st – 17th, and four winners from each of Nordstrom’s 112 stores will be chosen on October 31st, the final Saturday of the month.

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd (Santa Ana, CA), SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th (Chicago, IL), SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th (Arlington, VA), all from 11AM – 6PM

WHERE: Nordstrom-Santa Ana; Nordstrom-Michigan Avenue; Nordstrom-Pentagon City

HOW: For more information, visit Philosophy.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Scrub-A-Dub-Dub: Philosophy In the Tub

Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Hydrating Body Scrub ($30.00 for 8 oz.) is a gentle, mild exfoliator for body that’s easily used in the shower.  Though many of us can use coarser scrubs like sea salt, some people find those too harsh either from personal preference or their skin just doesn’t take kindly to it.  Enter Philosophy’s When Hope is Not Enough Hydrating Body Scrub!  (They really need an acronym for this — WHNE, anyone?)

While I liked the Body Lotion from this line, I love the scrub much more. The major reason is the scrub holds a lot more value than the lotion, which I felt I’d run through too quickly to merit the price tag ($35). The scrub will last me anywhere from four to six months, easily, using it two to three times a week.

This scrub has gritty but tiny scrubbing particles that help exfoliate your skin without irritating it or over-exfoliating. I’d call it more of a body polish than a scrub, actually, based on the scrub’s texture.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: If you’re into body polishes instead of coarser, grittier body scrubs, check this one out!

Availability: Philosophy.com, Nordstrom.com, Sephora.com

Have you tried the Hydrating Body Scrub? What was your take?

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Soothe Dry, Chapped Lips with Philosophy’s Latest

philosophy ‘kiss me tonight’ intense lip therapy ($20.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a sheer, lightly glossy lip balm that’s designed to combat dry, chapped lips. It does seem to brighten lips up a little bit, but I don’t feel like it adds much noticeable color. It does, however, work to keep lips soft and supple and extra kissable. It has a jelly texture and smells minty-fresh to me.

I like it because it does soften my lips and keeps them hydrated for several hours at a time. I find I don’t have to reapply lip balm quite as often when I’m using this. It sits well on the lips, as it doesn’t just absorb right away. It’s also non-sticky and doesn’t feel thick like Vaseline either.

Kiss Me Tonight is also very soothing when applied over worried lips–cracked or chapped–without irritating at all. I use this both day and night, but it does make a great overnight lip treatment product (particularly if you’re a bit wary of the price tag). I’ve been using my pot for two weeks now, and it hardly looks used at all, so I think it’s well worth the money.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you suffer from dry lips, I suggest looking into Kiss Me Tonight as a night time lip treatment product. It’ll keep your lips moisturized and hydrated while you sleep and give you softer, more kissable lips in the morning. If it came in a squeeze-tube or twist-up formulation, it would be tops–so just be sure to use an applicator or very clean fingers!

Availability: Nordstrom, Philosophy.com

Have you tried Philosophy’s new Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy?

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Soft & Smooth: Philosophy Hope is Not Enough Replenishing Body Lotion

Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Replenishing Body Lotion ($35.00 for 8 oz.) is a lightly scented hydrating body moisturizer.  I find it hard to describe the scent beyond light, softly sweet, and that it disappears within an hour.  The lotion itself is light to medium in texture–definitely not a heavy cream–and applies evenly.  It sinks in within five minutes, and there’s no sticky residue left behind, which is a huge plus for me.  The lotion kept my legs and arms moisturized and smooth all day long, and it really helped my scaly legs look more like glam gams in just two days of repeated use (just ’cause my legs can be really dry).

Overall, I really loved the way this product worked–it delivered on all it was advertised to do–but I find it short on value.  Philosophy products tend to give customers good value for their dollar, but this one doesn’t.  I just feel like I’m running through this product faster than the average body lotion.  For the price tag, I’d expect it to last me more than a few weeks.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: This product is amazing for anyone who needs to sooth and hydrate dry skin–legs, arms, what-have-you–but it doesn’t come cheap.

Availability: Philosophy.com, Sephora.com

Have you checked out Philosophy’s body lotion? What was your take?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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!

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