These days, apparently twice is very nice indeed, because WWD is reporting that in August, both Nina Ricci and Juicy Couture will launch fragrances with charmingly repetitive names. The scents, Ricci Ricci ($58) and Couture Couture ($85), are both a little higher end than other offerings from the houses but geared toward young women. While they're both florals with hints of woodiness, their topnotes are very different. Ricci Ricci starts with lively rhubarb and bergamot, followed by four o'clock flowers and a whole bouquet of roses, then finishes with sandalwood and patchouli, while Couture Couture is all citrusy topnotes with a jasmine honeysuckle body and an amber drydown. I'll be excited to try both, but I love Jessica Stam's little devil horns in the Ricci Ricci ads. Hopefully the scent will be just as naughty and charming as the campaign suggests.
Posts for July 2009
"Last night Amy wore a gorgeous full-length Carolina Herrera gown with a charcoal and white pattern speckled with gold beading. So I borrowed from that exquisite color palette," Stern said. Are you looking for tips on how to re-create this peachy palette? Find out how to get Amy's universally flattering look after the jump.
Hey soap-on-a-rope fans, get excited, because I've got a product that has "you" written all over it. Recent MBA grad Angie Parlionas is launching a line of clip-on lip glosses on a retractable string. They're designed for women who absolutely have to have their gloss on hand at all times, and absent-minded people who constantly lose their gloss in their purses, cars, or on the bus. You get the point.
The tagline is "never at a loss for your gloss," which I have to admit is pretty clever, and I can see how this would be useful if you were out running or playing soccer and had really chapped lips. I also think that my 11-year-old self would have been crazy about these. I wonder, though, how you keep the gloss from getting onto your shirt. What do you think? Would you buy one of these string things?
Earlier this week, I shared with you the lip gloss that Jennifer Aniston can't get enough of, which just happens to be Dior's Ultra-Gloss Reflect in Beige Velvet ($24.50), a soft, pinky beige. Makeup artist Jorjee Douglass, who worked on the set with Jennifer during the filming of The Baster, has a simple tip on wearing this neutral, flattering shade. "When doing a dark, smoky eye, you need to go lighter on the lips," she says.Get tips on how to achieve Jennifer's look from the upcoming flick when you read more.
Ecamsule is the only photostable sun protectant that fully blocks short UVA rays, the nasty little buggers responsible for photoaging, sun damage, and similar ill effects. This widest of the wide-spectrum sunscreens is a relative newcomer to the US market (FDA approved in 2006), but it's an important advance in protecting your skin, so it's worth checking to see whether your sunscreen of choice lists it as an active ingredient. On the high end of things, Lancome UV Expert 20 ($35) is a gentle mexoryl-based formulation suitable for sensitive skin. More cheaply, it's available in L'Oreal Revitalift UV ($8), which is also an anti-aging moisturizer.
Photo by Flickr user soylentgreen23 (is people!)
I wear cheap lip balm. There, I said it. It's not that I don't wear pricier lip stuff, too, it's just that I sort of buy lip balm whenever I see it, so that at any given time I've got 12-20 little sticks floating around somewhere, and most of those cost less than $4. This state of affairs, however, would definitely change were I to plunk down a pretty penny for my lip-quenching needs. And it seems that lip balm is getting more expensive — very much so. I was shocked to see just how highly priced some of the products on the market have become, so I put together some of the most decadent ones out there to show you all. What do you think? Would you ever think of buying a $70 lip balm?
I'm at the end of my second week with Latisse, and I'm going to tell you all a secret: I've been putting it on my eyebrows as well, and though I haven't seen much lash difference yet, the patches I had from over-plucking in high school are almost gone. My eyebrows look amazing, and they're almost back to the perfect, natural arch I had when I was 13 and didn't realize how good I had it. A woman at my dermatologist's office told me about this little off-brand use, and then later a couple of helpful readers mentioned it, too. So I decided to try it, and it's worked like a charm so far. I'm not seeing any bad side effects, and I'm still really happy I stopped using the brushes — I'm definitely way less than halfway through with the bottle. Hopefully there'll be some noticeable lash growth by next week, so I'll post a picture of that, and my newly lush brows, in the next few days.