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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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Best Lip Balm? What product wins this category?

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!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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

Available exclusively at
Sephora.com, Inc.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

HauteLook is having a Kiehl’s sale!

Get some of your favorite Kiehl’s products at bargain prices. (Some products look like they’re nearly 50% off!)

(The link above *is* an invite-link, as HauteLook is invite-only, so if you aren’t a member, ta-da! They’ve apparently removed $10 credit to new members. Sorry all!)

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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?