Philosophy’s Under the Mistletoe Trio ($28.00) consists of three delicious lip shines. You get Gingerbread, Spicy Pear Cobbler, and Orange Cranberry Spritzer–and all three smell exactly like their names. Don’t let Spicy Pear intimidate you, because it doesn’t actually make your lips look green! It gives them a lovely high shine finish with a touch of golden-green tint that doesn’t look unnatural. Think MAC’s Spring Bean lipglass in terms of actual application. Lip shines are ridiculously glossy; they definitely give your lips a high shine finish. This little trio makes a perfect stocking stuffer, too
DiorShow Black Out Mascara ($24.00) is not quite “coveted” by Temptalia, but it is the improved version of the famous DiorShow mascara. I will say that both DiorShow and DiorShow Black Out do give you longer, thicker looking lashes and both are pretty dark black. The only reason these aren’t coveted by me is because they flaked and smudged on me personally!
Shimmer Star Pressed Powder($42.00) is my favorite highlighter of all time. I really can’t recommend this product enough! It gives such a subtle sheen to cheeks that’s so natural and beautifully glowy. It is available in both Amber and Rose (and it was available in Copper, but that was a limited edition shade!). I’m getting Rose the next time I’m at Nordstrom (which hopefully will have it!).
5-Colour Eyeshadow Quints ($54.00) are a signature Dior product. They have several permanent varieties available, as well as several limited edition quints that come out as part of their seasonal launches. I have tried and played with several, and I’m always impressed with how smooth and luxe the shadows feel. I’ve only encountered one quint that just didn’t work well on its own (Earth Tones)–otherwise I adore them. I particularly love the Twilight Quint for holiday.
Addict Eau de Parfum($68.00) is my go-to perfume for something sultry and sexy. It’s a heady scent with a lot of spicy vanilla and sandalwood in it. I’m terrible at describing scents, I swear; but this is worth spritzing the next time you’re in the fragrance department.
Jodi Wing debuts her first novel today, The Art of Social War ($13.95). It’s a guilty-pleasure novel about Hollywood high society. The premise centers around 35 year old Stacey Knight, who lives and breathes New York who wants to marry her fiance, Jamey while succeeding in her career. A change in Stacey’s company requires her and Jamey to relocate to Los Angeles, and so begins their foray into the “social war.”
I’m only a few chapters into the novel so far, but I’m liking Jodi’s writing style and the premise of the book. The perspective does remind me a little of USA’s The Starter Wife–just in the sense that it’s mature enough for a broad audience, but still interspersed with good humor and anecdotes. I always feel revitalized after reading a good story, ready to jump back into my regular, everyday routines.
Witty, smart, and brimming with behind-the-scene intrigue, THE ART OF SOCIAL WAR is both a cautionary tale of what goes on inside the gates of Hollywood and a fiercely entertaining portrayal of what happens when “East meets West.”
And guess what? Two lucky readers will win their own copies of The Art of Social War! Just leave a comment, and two random winners will be chosen on November 19, 2008 11:59 PST!