Christy Turlington has said she doesn't wear high heels very often, but she apparently appreciates them enough to be the face of an Avon perfume inspired by sky-high shoes. The new fragrance, called Slip Into . . . , is an oriental floral with notes of blackberry, freesia, violet, rosewood, orchid, Cashmeran, orris, and amber. It sounds very flowery and a little sweet, and Christy says that she wears the fragrance "if I want to elevate my spirit or if I'm going out. And if I'm putting on a pair of heels, I am definitely putting on fragrance." Would you be interested in spritzing Slip Into . . . on with your favorite pair of court shoes, or will you be giving this one a pass?
The ad campaign for Avon's latest fragrance, Eternal Magic ($24), is all old movie-style ads with Zoe Saldana in gowns. And there is something old-fashioned about Eternal Magic: it's a warm, nonfruity floral, which makes it a bit of a throwback.
It opens with a burst of artificial "flower" scent, which then, thankfully, becomes an altogether sweeter and more pleasant blend of orris root, vanilla, and warm wood. (If you've never encountered orris, the easiest way to describe it is to say that it smells like a less sweet version of those French violet candies.) As the scent dried down, what remained was a very soft, pleasant skin scent that gave off hints of sweetness, sandalwood, and cedar. This is the sort of perfume you buy not because the first few minutes are great, but because the drydown is much nicer than its price point suggests, and it's great for all-day wear.
Makeup artist Jillian Dempsey has worked with an impressive list of stars, including Kristen Stewart, Zooey Deschanel, and Kate Winslet. She also just happens to have her own line of products with Avon and serves as the beauty brand's global creative director. Recently, I talked with Jillian, who's a wealth of knowledge about all things cosmetics. From festival makeup tips to wearing liquid liner with ease, be sure to check out this roundup of her advice below:
- Jillian's favorite product costs just $6.
- Solve your liquid liner problems with these three tips.
- Not feeling red lips this season? Here's a perfect warm weather alternative.
- Rock out and look good doing so. These festival makeup ideas are pretty, flattering, and easy to do.
- Look dewy, not shiny in photos. (Especially useful for brides-to-be.)
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Frizzies got you down? No need to fret. Avon has partnered with Cosmopolitan to offer up free blowouts during their five-city Frizz-Free Revolution Tour. The beat-the-heat service will feature the beauty brand's new humidity-busting Lotus Shield ($12), a leave-in treatment that keeps frizz from happening.
You can also swing by to get tips from Avon's Global Stylist Advisor, Tippi Shorter (who's worked with stars like Alicia Keys and Rihanna). Or, simply stop by the glass-encased salon on wheels to receive a sample of the new antifrizz product. Find out if the tour is coming to a city near you when you read more.
Every makeup artist has his or her own favorite product. For Avon's Global Creative Director, Jillian Dempsey, that would be the brand's Kohl Eyeliner ($6), a black liner with a built-in smudger at the end. So what's so great about this specific eye makeup product, anyway?
"It's something that I use every single day," Jillian told me. "It's easy; it’s soft. You can draw it on. You can blend it with your finger. You can make it look strong. You can make a smoky eye with it. It’s got a smudger on the edge. I’m just addicted to it. It's just my favorite thing ever."
So there you have it. A versatile product at a very low price point. For other low-cost options with similar features, try Revlon Luxurious Color Kohl Eyeliner in Black Truffle ($10) or Almay Intense I-Color Eyeliner in Midnight Black ($7.50).
If you want to wear red lip color but aren't exactly sure how to do it, we've got the perfect solution. We asked Jillian Dempsey, Avon's global creative color director, for her tips on how we can wear red during warm weathered months. She advises going for a pinky-toned variation of the shade. Think of a poppy or fruit punch hue, like Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Wink ($6). "It’s bright and vibrant and easy to apply, and you don’t need a liner or anything to go with that," she says. "It’s forgiving. That, paired with a little bit of a shimmery shadow and some mascara, is a really pretty look," she adds. A simple one, too.
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When it comes to makeup, Jillian Dempsey, Avon's Global Creative Color Director, certainly knows her stuff. Not only was the makeup artist extraordinaire responsible for Kate Winslet's gorgeous makeup looks from both the 2009 Oscars and the Golden Globes earlier this year, but she also has her own line of makeup with Avon.
Since so many of us have concerts and festivals coming up over the next few months, Jillian is sharing tips on looking cool without looking overdone. For the scoop, read more.
It's the first day of Summer, and can't you dig the sunshine? In the immortal words of the Bradys, love and sun are the same, after all. In spirit of the warmer weather ahead, I've put together a few products that will make the season so bright you'll have to wear shades. Enough of the silly, let's get to it. Here are five fun ways you can enjoy the sun without the burn.
- Tasha "Beaded Daisy" Headband ($32) — A festively fun and yellow hair accessory. Need I say more?
- Avon Sunset Glow ($7) — There's something so cool and retro about the design of this multitoned bronzer. Just sweep anywhere the sun would hit to get a naturally sun-kissed look. (Also available in Sunset Bronze.) If one shade's all you want, try the similarly sunny Maybelline ExpertWear Singles Bronzers ($4.50), available in three shades, Sun Light, Forever Warm, and Salsa Sun.
- Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($26) — A lightweight hair mist that works to condition and provide SPF for your hair. So long, faded color and frazzled strands.
- Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries Golden Light Eau de Parfum Spray ($55) — If you could bottle up sunshine into a perfume, wouldn't you? That's exactly what Bare Escentuals' Leslie Blodgett did with her new scent, which contains notes like bergamot, honeysuckle, and orris.
- Paul & Joe Nail Enamel in Soleil ($14) — A frosty tangerine hue. It doesn't get any more summery than this.
What's got Thandie in such a good mood? Must be her Solange Azagury-Partridge technicolor jewels. These are total outfit candy, we're talking old-school primary colors in glossy stones and gems — think Rainbow Brite gone glam, and more grown-up. I love how Thandie flaunts the bold, bright hues of pretty rhinestones and a sparkly neon ring. I'd throw mine on as a complement to metallics, or just to jazz up my basics. Try a pop of color in one vibrant accessory, or taste the rainbow all at once, if you please. The jewels don't have to be big, but I promise they'll be bold.
Fergie's first fragrance, Outspoken, isn't out from Avon for a few more months — but the buzz is building already. Last week I spoke with a little birdie who's smelled the scent, and her out-and-out rave review makes this sound like a fragrance worth looking into. The scent centers on an iced berry, tuberose, and leather accord, which does sound pretty rocker-chick. According to Fergie, she decided to create the perfume because "I’m always seeking out new ways to express myself, and fragrance is the perfect opportunity to share my originality and confidence with my fans." She's also said that the scent "exudes independence. Outspoken definitely turns heads."
Also turning heads? The just-released ad campaign images, which feature Fergie, a bullhorn, leather, lace, and some bodacious posing. Check the photos out below and tell us: are you interested in taking a sniff?