Victoria’s Secret Beauty: Spring 2010 Preview
One of the fun parts about blogging is when a beauty brand puts on an event and invites bloggers to it–and being on the west coast, it doesn’t happen with great frequency (everything is in NYC, boo!), so it is always a real thrill to attend one! Last Thursday, I attended Victoria’s Secret Beauty’s Spring 2010 Press Preview event in San Francisco, held at the Four Seasons. They had displays set up of their current and upcoming spring collections/products along with promotional posters with coordinating collection imagery.
From playing with some of the products from the VS Makeup line, I have to tell you, the Sparkling Lipsticks seem amazing. I only swatched them on my hand, but they’re wickedly glittery–and in a good way–with good pigmentation. They actually reminded me a lot of Guerlain’s new Kiss Kiss Strass Lipsticks (but they’re half the price–just $14 a pop). Their Lip Glosses ($12) also seemed really fun and sparkly. I’m definitely going to have to start paying more attention to their recently revamped VS Makeup collection!
Beyond the makeup, the event covered many of their upcoming scent-related releases. Lots and lots of scents–so many, my nose was all scented-out by the time I left!
One of the launches I liked were the new scents for the Victoria’s Secret Pink — the Life is Pink Collection. It includes three scents: Wish Pink, Live Pink, and Hope Pink. Each scent is available in eau de parfum ($32), body lotion ($12), sheer fragrance mist ($15), and rollerball ($10). I personally liked the rollerball form, and I’m currently digging Hope Pink. It’s lightly sweetened floral, easy to wear, and very subtle. It lasted a good eight hours on me before fading away. I haven’t had much experience with rollerball perfumes, but now I understand the hype–so convenient.
For Valentine’s Day, there’s the Love Rocks collection, which includes the Love Rocks scent (a sweetened vanilla with violet and amber) available in eau de parfum, scented lotion, scented mist, and bath & shower cream. There’s also a black tote bag with “Love Rocks” sprawled across if you’re in need for a kind of edgy earth-friendly bag. Also for Valentine’s Day, there’s Tease for Two, which is a line of edible body treats, ranging from whipped body creme to massage oil.
The Very Sexy Now eau de parfum ($49), sheer sexy mist ($24), and shimmering body lotion ($20) were recently released for the spring. The packaging has leopard print on it, which is kind of cute. Next to Very Sexy Now was a new scent for the Parfums Intimes collection titled Chiffon (peony freesia), due to launch in April, available in eau de parfum ($45), fragrance mist ($28), and fragrance lotion ($24). Parfums Intimes is a collection of scents inspired by the different fabrics of Victoria’s Secret (I dig back stories!).
Also in April, we’ll see the debut of Secret Moments, which is a collection of scents created from five different secret moments. The scents include: Girls’ Night (pink peony and waterlily), Island Escape (coconut and sugarcane), At First Sight (romantic violet and bergamot), Room 504 (amber and passionfruit), and Good Day Sunshine (peach and blue freesia). I’m all over Room 504 (I love amber), and Island Escape definitely reminded me of the beach. Each scent is available in a body lotion ($10), sheer fragrance mist ($12), body wash ($10), and body cream ($12).
Finally, just in time for Mother’s Day, the Heavenly Flowers Collection will debut. It’s a new scent available between April and June. The top notes are juicy mandarin, watermelon sorbet, sparkling pear, and guava; the middle notes are blooming gardenia, lily of the valley; and the dry-down notes are creamy musk and blonde woods. it’s available in eau de parfum ($49), sheer fragrance mist ($22), softening body lotion ($20), and solid fragrance bracelet ($20).
The event was fun to attend! Lots of pretty spring-y scents coming ‘atcha from VS Beauty this year.
Victoria’s Secret Pool Party Lip Butter in Coolada ($7.00) is new for summer, and it’s a sheer, golden shimmered balm for your lips. I love the Coolada scent; it definitely reminds me of a pina colada, except perhaps with a bit more of a tang/citrus bite–maybe more pineapple scented (just a touch). It’s moisturizing, gives lips a nice shimmer, and it’s non-sticky. I find it keeps my lips super soft for hours, and I love the way it feels on them–like butter (but not greasy/oily like Vaseline can sometimes feel). It’s a bit pricey at $7, but they often have sales where you can get three for $15 or six for $20, so that’s a better time to stock up!
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Just in time for summer, Victoria’s Secret launched a limited edition range of Beauty Rush products called Pool Party. I tried out the Lemonita Body Chiller Glimmer Cream ($12.00 for 5.3 oz.), which is a lightly sweetened lemony scent — kind of reminds me of a lemon-based margarita. It comes in a pump bottle, which makes it convenient and spill-proof (aka great to toss into a beach bag or luggage). There’s actually a little “stopper” included, though I just tossed mine out (I know I would lose it within a few days anyway — that’s me, always losing things!).
It’s a lightly silver-shimmered body cream with the texture of a medium to heavy cream, definitely not thin like a lotion. This is a product I’d use mostly on my legs, arms, and shoulders for a soft glimmer. I found that it really is subtle, because there is not a super noticeable shimmer/sheen from this product. It moisturizes well enough for regular skin, but if you have super dry, scaly dragon legs like me, you might find it’s not enough as a regular, day-to-day moisturizer, and more of a little-black-dress accessory. The scent lingers while you wear it, but it isn’t overpowering. Just kind of a light, sweet lemony scent you notice every so often throughout the day.
Victoria’s Secret often has these on sale or special, so the best time to pick them up is then. I checked their website, but I didn’t see these available online any more, which means they probably sold out online–I don’t know if they’ll be restocking them, though. In-store may be another story, so if you’re a Beauty Rush fan, check there first. If you like the concept, but you don’t need Lemonita as the scent, the regularly available Body Glimmers are still online and are currently on sale for 3 for $25.
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Temptalia was lucky enough to score an interview with supermodel Heidi Klum and her makeup artist Linda Hay while in NYC this past week! (Really? YES, really!!) Pursebuzz and I interviewed Heidi together, and I’ll be sure to post the video as soon as it’s available. For now, here are some images and information about the event!
Heidi Klum was at Victoria’s Secret at 58th & Lexington in NYC on Monday to launch Victoria’s Secret Makeup Spring Look Kit ($49). These products were used to create Heidi’s red carpet look for the 2009 Academy Awards. The set includes Fresh highlighter/blush duo, Eyeshadow Quad (Devoted, Primal, Rich, and Champagne), Blackest Black HD Mascara, and Blush Lip Gloss.
Psst… you can get $10 off this kit if you tell them Heidi sent you!
By the way, Heidi Klum is really, really gorgeous in person. Insanely beautiful!
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In April, Victoria’s Secret launched their Very Sexy Beauty Collection, which included Diamond Eye Duos ($14.00), Diamond Lip Glimmers ($12.00), and a Diamond Luster Face Powder ($22.00).
I really, really, really LOVED the Diamond Luster Face Powder! It has such a gorgeous design, but when you apply the color to your face, it goes on so smoothly and has just the right pop of pink and peach to add glow to your face. I feel like this is a great product for those who love blush or bronzer or even anyone who is looking for something that is a face pick-me-up. I’m all over anything that gives me a sexy summer glow, and the Luster Face Powder does it flawlessly. The Diamond Lip Glimmers come in three shades, and they’re all lightweight, semi-sheer, and non-sticky. They also have an incredible shimmer to them–not a chunky glitter, but a subtle sheen much like Chanel Glossimers (but way cheaper). I found that the wear-time for the lip glimmers alone was a respectable three hours or more of normal usage (which does not include eating/drinking).
Get yours at www.victoriassecret.com.