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I'm becoming a bit of a trivia buff, and with approaching holidays, I can't resist brushing up on some useful (or useless) knowledge to share with friends and family. While I'm savoring the smells coming from the kitchen or listening to several conversations at once, I wonder how cats and dogs would fare compared to me. Do you know anything about human and animal senses? Find out below!
I hope that you've enjoyed my series on the five senses and how they impact the beauty items that you buy. After taking a long look into my own personal beauty product inventory, I've come to understand that I am drawn more to the way that products look and smell than the way they sound, feel, or taste.
If you've fallen behind on your reading this week (it's OK, I'll forgive you this once!), below is a five-post roundup on each of the five senses. Please share with me, in a comment below, some of the things that you've learned about your own shopping habits when it comes to beauty products and your senses.
While edible beauty items aren't on the top of my list (I take it they're not on the top of yours either since Jessica Simpson's Dessert makeup line went bust), it is important to me that what I use, especially on my lips, at least tastes palatable and not synthetic.
For example, what I love most about Sarah Happ's Lip Scrub is that it contains sugar, almonds, cinnamon, and all kinds of other sweet ingredients that you can lick right off of your lips! Also, minty lip glosses like the ones from Lola and vanilla-scented ones from Besame make me feel more kissable.
Joey New York has even created a line of lip glosses and lipsticks based around studies on how flavors and fragrances in lip products can help you battle the urge to smoke and overeat. Conversely, they can also help you become more alluring to the opposite sex.
Isn't it all just so fascinating? If you could design your own flavored beauty product, what would you want it to taste like?
OK, so the way that your compact snaps shut, or the sounds that your atomizer makes may not have the same effect on your senses as the way your body lotion feels on your skin, or the way a smoky eye makes you look sexy, but don't kid yourself, hearing does play a part on the the beauty products that you choose to purchase.
For example, Estee Lauder and Lancôme have both created a snug-fitting lipstick cap that makes a clicking noise when it's closed. This gives you the assurance to know that the cap won't fall off and cause any mess inside of your makeup case or purse.
Similarly, music is often played in the background at spas to help create a calm atmosphere in which to relieve stress and anxiety. Conversely, fast music is typically played at salons to create an upbeat, energetic environment. Do you have a favorite type of music that you play when you perform your at-home spa treatments?
Your sense of sight probably plays the biggest role in the beauty products that you purchase. For example, when you look in the mirror, you might not realize it, but you're deciding which features you want to play down or accentuate on that particular day.
Studies show that if you feel confident on the inside that you actually look more confident on the outside — so don't forget to smile or wink at yourself once in a while when you're primping!
Also, if you find yourself drawn to particular makeup colors because they are more aesthetically pleasing to your eyes than others, its no coincidence. These shades probably look better on your skin tone and eye color and you are making a subconscious decision to wear them.
For a few ideas about how to make yourself look better without having to apply tons of makeup, read more
Ever notice how smells evoke memories and create moods? When it's time to chill out, calming lavender and clary sage are great ways to relax your mind and body. Or, when you're feeling frisky, spicy, musky scents can be powerfully seductive.
I tend to be drawn toward faint floral scents, or anything infused with a hefty dose of essential oils. What's your aroma of choice when it comes to beauty products?
Welcome to my series on the five senses and beauty products. You may not realize that you are drawn to certain items because they appeal to your sense of taste, touch, sight, hearing, and smell, but subconsciously these qualities have a huge influence over what you chose to purchase. This series is a great way for you to gain insight into your mind, body, spirit — and bathroom. Today's topic is touch.
Touch and beauty are correlated on many levels. For example, Body So Fine body balm by Benefit ($30) is one of the company's best sellers because of its unique velvety cream-to-powder texture. Also, products that have dense, oily, or milky consistencies can attract or deter people from using them.
Touch also plays an intricate role in a spa experience. Hands-on treatments (as opposed to saunas, steam rooms, and baths) are fantastic ways to boost your mood. Did you know that the human touch releases "happy" endorphins that can physically help reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety? Psychologically, touch can also make you feel less isolated and more secure. Do you love the way a certain bath, body, or hair product feels? If so, please share your thoughts with me in a comment below.
If you've ever been to London, visiting Harrods — one of the world's most famous department stores — is an experience in itself. Well now there's something else to tempt your eyes in this gigantic department store. . . an array of 3D-lighting window displays created by The Anemix — a Chilean lighting company.
Cool Hunting discusses how this six-panel lighting system was created for Harrods' in-store "Senses" campaign to mimic the human senses. The window displays will be up until March 28, when the Senses campaign officially ends. Have a peek at more images below.