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Philosophy Lilac Blossom Shower Gel

Philosophy Lilac Blossom Shower Gel
Philosophy Lilac Blossom Shower Gel

A Swing & a Miss with Lilac Blossom

Philosophy Lilac Blossom 3-in-1 Shower Gel ($16.00 for 16 fl. oz.) showed up as new, exclusive, and limited edition when I was casually (err, stalking) Sephora’s site, and so it somehow managed to leap into my basket…

Philosophy describes the scent as:

inspired by the alluring essence of lilac blossoms, this shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath embodies beauty and enchantment. the extra rich and creamy formula provides a moisturizing lather that caresses your body as it gently cleanses and softens skin and hair. the sweet floral, alluring scent of lilac blossoms captivates the senses for a charming, mesmerizing experience that makes a lasting impression.

The bottle is so prettily packaged, and I love how the gel itself is a thick, luxurious lilac purple, but the problem with this particular scent is exactly that–the scent.  It doesn’t smell like lilac at all; there’s not even a hint of lilac in it.  Instead, it’s a soft, slightly sweetened floral concoction that’s not at all displeasing, but it’s also not the “scent of lilac blossoms” as described.  It is also notably subtle when Philosophy scents usually burst in the shower with their fragrance.

my thoughts on the formula: They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger heavily beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

final thoughts: Even though the formula itself performs as well as other Philosophy scents, the fact that the scent itself really misses the mark is a downside.  Again, I think the scent is pleasant in a generic, floral scent kind of way, but if you’re looking for lilac blossom you won’t find it in this bottle.

where to buy: Philosophy

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butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer
butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rich, dark raspberry red–a gorgeous mix of pink and red–with a cream finish.   I used two coats for opaque color.

my thoughts on the formula: This cream finished polish has such a smooth, maneuverable formula–nicely pigmented (needed only two coats) and applies beautifully without bubbling or streaking. It wore for a full seven days without chipping.  The formula was thin without being watery and made for really easy application.

Butter London Nail Lacquer Blowing Raspberries
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

Sugarpill Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

Sugarpill Chromalusts
Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

Sugarpill Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

Sugarpill Chromalust ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) recently launched seven new shades, and I have three of them to show you today: Birthday Girl (sweet princess pink with iridescent fuchsia sparkles), Darling (stunning teal loaded with iridescent turquoise star bursts), and Magentric (metallic deep magenta with a dazzling turquoise sheen).

  • Birthday Girl is a muted cotton candy pink with sparkle.
  • Darling is an iridescent, aqua-teal with soft sheen when worn dry and a more iridescent, metallic finish when applied wet.
  • Magentric is a darkened magenta pink with a soft sheen when used dry and a brighter, metallic finish when used wet.

Chromalusts are loose eyeshadows that are extremely soft and smooth because of how fine these loose powders are milled. The three shades featured in this post are vegan, for reference. They can be worn wet or dry, though I tend to prefer them wet as a base, but they do work nicely dry–though better over a stickier shadow base.

Sugarpill Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

B+
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear Beauty


Photo by Vincent Lappartient

Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear Beauty

Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Make Up used the following Chanel products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Face: Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder, Eclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen, Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer
  • Eyes: Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant, Mirifique, and Fantasme (available July 2011), Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Khaki Platine (available July 2011), Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene, Crayon Sourcils (available July 2011), and Inimitable Mascara in Noir
  • Lips: Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Natural, Rouge Allure Velvet in La Furtive (available November 2011)
  • Nails: Le Vernis Nail Colour in Graphite (available July 2011)

Check out the look! 

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