Posts for August 14th 2009
After much success with her first fragrance, M by Mariah Carey in 2007, the songstress is set to launch her sophomore scent, Forever ($42 to $65), this September. The line will also include a parfum ($250!) and a body lotion ($28). Of the inspiration behind the name, Mariah told WWD."I am in a wonderful place right now, surrounded by all the things I love, and Forever captures this moment in time."
Described as an opulent floral, the juice will have top notes of neroli, dewy green apple, and lotus blossom, along with middle notes of gardenia and tuberose. The drydown will consist of exotic woods and white musk. As for the bottle, its design is modeled after Mariah's appreciation for art deco stylings. Is it me, or are you reminded of Superman's fortress of ice crystals? Will you give Forever a shot, or are you thinking, forget about it?
Well, my secret's clearly out: the L'Oreal Kids Shampoo ($3) that I've loved since high school is getting rave reader reviews.
Reader pineapple217 tried some for herself, and while she says it's great for kids, I say it's really great for those of us who prefer our hair to smell like watermelon. But I digress; here's what she has to say:
"You save money [with the shampoo] because you only buy one product (it's a 2-in-1), and you get a great smell and lovely, soft hair in the end. The L'Oreal Kids line also has separate shampoos and conditioners, as well as hair de-tangler spray — it's a must have for kids."
Absolutely love something you just tried (or absolutely hate it)? Want to know what people who've tried the newest products think about them? Head over to our Product Review section to write reviews of your own, and see how other people rate the beauty goodies you're interested in.
But who says this post goes out only to those of you headed back for a new semester? These tips apply to everyone who wants to make a few effortless steps when transitioning to cooler weather makeup. Find out how to get your bronze on now.
There's a story in The New York Times about young men who're styling their hair in wild, wacky ways. The piece suggests that "Generation Y" guys, like Adam Lambert of American Idol fame, are more inclined to experiment with their hair and see it less as a mark of cultural affiliation (like "I'm a hippie" or "I'm a punk") than as a style statement. It also features several pictures of college guys and men in their mid-20s with funky hair. Looking at the photos, though, all I could think was that these guys are part of an established subculture: they're hipsters, and their "thing" is playing with kitsch from the past 40 years, so the hair makes perfect sense. Overall, few of the men I see actually seem to be trying any styles that might be called "extreme." But am I hanging out in the wrong places? Do you think more guys, on average, experiment with their hair nowadays?
The highlights of the collection, which undoubtedly played a part in a "your makeup looks great" compliment I received this morning, include the Signature Eyeshadow Quad with Hammered Gold Design ($35), featuring four flattering colors that run the gamut from matte to shimmery finishes, and the Gilded Rose Marbleized Shimmer Powder ($36), a multitoned, brightening sheer coverage bronzer. The Rose Gold shades of Pure Color Multi-Shimmer Gloss ($18) and Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18), along with the gold-shimmered Terracotta and Cinnamon shades of Hydra Lustre Lipstick ($19.50), complete the collection. Will you go for the gold?
But wait, there's more — and it's free. Fresh shops in other cities (locations here) offer the ReFresh Spa Express, which offers complimentary minitreatments; they also occasionally have special days that feature free half-hour facials. And don't miss the Fresh spa days going on at Neiman Marcus this month — this events page has details on complimentary 30-minute facials happening at stores around the country. I've signed up for a facial at the San Francisco Fresh store's next event on Aug. 27, so follow my Twitter to find out how it goes.
- On changing her look from city to city: My makeup doesn't necessarily change from city to city, but more from a daytime event to a nighttime event. For daytime, I like to keep my look simple with a creamy complexion, rosy cheek and minimal, if any lip color. For nighttime, I like to try many different looks varying from a smoky eye and nude lip to a classic eyeliner and red lip.
- Her beauty muses: I always look at classic beauties to pay homage to on the red carpet. Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, and Lucille Ball are beauty icons that inspire many of my looks.
- On what makeup she'd grab from the line if she only had five minutes: The lipsticks are absolutely phenomenal. I love the cream lipsticks, the consistency is great and the colors are really opaque. Devil is the ideal red. Wearing it is the perfect way to feel dressed up, flirty and playful without having to put in too much effort.
- Her tip for creating an old-school look: Use a lip pencil, like #3, to line the outer edges of the lips before filling in with red lipstick in order to create the perfect classic lip shape.