Summer for me always smells like citrus, storms, and salad. I’m so not kidding. Well, it also smells like brisket, beer, and small explosive devices, but that’s just really 4th of July at my family’s house…anyyyywayyy…there are just certain smells that hit me and really make me inhale deeply and say “God. THAT. That is what summer smells like to me.”
Marc Jacobs Summer Splash 2009 collection was designed with summer in mind…to capture the casually vibrant lazy hazy days that we all love so much. This year Marc Jacobs has introduced the Lemon Splash, and brought back the perennially popular Cucumber and Rain splashes.
Lemon Splash immediately captured my heart. Anything that smells like lemons with a touch of sweetness is going to give me pause…simply because that’s what I love so much. I like the initial tang and the sweet follow up…it makes me think of lemonade, but for my nose. Initially, I smell lemon and mint…which is perfectly fine because I love lemon and mint…but then once it’s dried down and ‘set’ I get the sweet smell of honeysuckle and cotton musk. My skin loves to make perfumes smell MUCH sweeter than they actually are, but this never becomes cloying.
Cucumber Splash is fresh…very fresh…with cucumber and cactus flower top notes. As soon as I spray this on, I want to run outside in the sprinklers and then eat a red rocket pop. The freesia really goes well with my chemistry and this splash, just like the Lemon, sweetens up on me. Of the three Splash scents, this is probably the most crisp and watery fresh.
Rain Splash reminds me of living in lowcountry Georgia. Every afternoon, we would get showers. They’d only last an hour or two, lots of times even less, but they left the air smelling sweet and wet. Rain’s mix of wet cut grass, strawberry, and clementine zest give way to a very warm tree musk and beech amber. Rain doesn’t sweeten on me quite the way Lemon and Cucumber do, but it’s still a very feminine scent upon drydown.
All three splashes come in huge square 10 oz bottles.
A couple of days ago I promised swatches…Here they are!!
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All in all, I’m pretty happy with the collection. I can’t wait to see what you guys do with your Stila goodies!
The MAC promo pic we speculated about when it first surfaced on Specktra.net around Jan of 2008 finally has a collection attached to it, Baby Blooms. The Baby Blooms collection contains the new Studio Moisture Tint SPF15 Tinted Moisturizer and Suntints SPF20 Liquid Lip Balm.
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I know a lot of us, including me, have been waiting for the Studio Moisture Tint since we first got wind of it in our Specktra forums back in early 2008. MAC has obviously put the time and effort into getting this one just right. After MAC’s impressive success with Studio Sculpt foundation and concealer, I am so excited to get my hands on this.
The second of the two new products is the Suntints SPF20 Liquid Lip Balm. SPF20…yay! These have the texture of Clinique’s Colour Surge gloss, but are much more sheer. These are very moisturizing.
Due out on 30 Jun, you are set for sunny July and August!
What do you guys think?
For those of you who have serious crushes on Stila’s Cherry Stain and Pomegranate Stain, there’s a new crush in town…..Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain.
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This is summer in a tube. The colour somehow manages to be a great compliment to both yellow and pink undertoned-skin. You see red, yellow, orange and pink within Mango Crush. It is a really adaptable colour. Aside from the hot summer colour, the formula contains a subtle shimmer that looks really natural on the lips and helps make the lips look dewy and full, without being over the top. It gives the effect of just-licked lips. If you want to amp up ‘Mango Crush’, add a Stila’s 24 Karat Gold gloss over the top.
This is fantastic on the apples of the cheeks, as well. It gives a great glow from within. A word of caution though. One of the great aspects of this product is its staying powder, however that can go horribly wrong if you slip up whilst applying the blush. You can avoid this by working with small amounts of the stain and gradually building the colour. Start applying it at the center of the apple of your cheek, then work it out in a circular motion. You can also practice applying it to the back of your hand first to see how it performs.
The Mango Crush Lip and Cheek stain have the same tube and brush applicator that Cherry and Pomegranate have. Just give the tube a twist and colour will push up into the brush.
Some of the health benes? Mango Crush contains genuine extracts of its namesake fruit. The long lasting formula is high in anti-oxidants and formulated with Vitamin A, C & E to protect skin while adding moisture. Does that mean I can count it as one of my required daily servings of fruits and veggies? No? Not so much?
I think that most of us can say we have a few pieces of Smashbox in our traincases. From their ubiquitous face primers to their enticing glosses and shadows, there are some really fantastic finds in the line. I personally worship their lipgloss in ‘Capture’, which is a truly unique colour and finish.
I am really taken by Smashbox’s first offering of the season, the Untamed collection. It perfectly fits so many of our approaches towards makeup as the temperature starts to rise. We tend to pare down and reach for the basics. The beauty of this collection is that it makes doing that so easy. Just a few choices, but each one is exactly what you need to feel connected to and prepared for the season.
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Take a walk on the wild side and create beautifully bold eyes with these waterproof shadow liners in vibrant shades of the tropics. Completely waterproof, crease-proof and ultra-blendable for fearless, all-day wear. Packaged in a chic mirrored animal print deco compact for touchups anywhere. Airtight lid keeps product fresh.
Shades: Savage, Exotic – $29.00USD
This double-ended brightener instantly highlights and brightens for eyes that roar for attention. Use one end to brighten the inner corners of eyes and the other to highlight brow bones, bridge of nose, over brows and on the cupid’s bow. The easily blendable, lightweight formula has vitamins C & E for added healthy-skin benefits.
One Shade: $22.00USD
This luxurious creamy cheek color instantly gives you a sexy summer flush. The sheer formula with vitamin E glides on easily and blends flawlessly with no streaking or fading. Packaged in a chic mirrored animal print deco compact for touchups anywhere.
Shade: Terracotta – $24.00USD
Two fierce new lip gloss shades with major bite. Glide over lips for luscious color and shine.
Shades: Raw, Flesh – $18.00USD
I have a great appreciation for the beauty of Indian art. I also have an affinity to the stellar products that Stila perpetually whips up. So this particular palette sent me swooning.
The Charmed palette from Stila’s upcoming Indian Summer collection is a must-have. The colours are rich, deep and highly pigmented. Asided from the options they provide, the texture is to die for. It is like velvet, like butter, like…it’s amazing. (Click “Read More” below for further info, swatches and pics)….
With a great range of cool and warm colours, everyone is covered. The standout colour for me is the rich blue with subtle gold undertones. The deep purple colour provides a great smokey eye or depth in the crease.
Throughout history, the power of gold has been harnessed in many ways. In India, gold was a natural healer. In ancient China, it was the key to youth. In Rome- the cure-all for the skin. Legend tells us that Cleopatra slept in a gold mask nightly to maintain her radiant, youthful glow.
The skin revitalizing properties of this mythical metal have been revered for centuries- and come summer, the beauty benefits will be taken to a whole new level, courtesy of Stila’s genuine 24 Karat gold infused summer collection.
The Stila Indian Summer Collection features four limited edition makeup must-haves inspired by the power of gold and the exotic beauties of India, and includes:
- Charmed Palette
- Genuine 24 Karat infused shimmering shades of mid-tone copper and warm gold combine with intense teal and deep burgundy to create endless possibilities. Shadows can also be worn wet to intensify the color and increase the length of wear. Price: $28
- For pictures and reviews: Review | Stila Charmed Palette
- 24 Karat Lip Gloss
- The infusion of genuine 24 Karat gold leaf in this non-sticky formula allows lips to reflect light for a vibrant,glistening smile from any angle. This glimmering gloss is adorned with a genuine handmade bindi from India and can be worn alone for a natural shine or with a favorite lipstick for a dazzling effect. Price: $22
- For pictures and reviews: Review | Stila 24 kt Gold Gloss + Swatches
- Marigold Convertible Color Duo
- A combination of golden hues to bronze and highlight, with the Stila’s signature dewy finish. Tap the cream formula onto the cheeks to create a bronze lit-from-within glow or contour. Blend the shades on the lips and top off with 24 Karat Lip Gloss. Apply the shimmer formula with fingertips to cheeks and lips to highlight and add shimmer. Price: $25
- For pictures and reviews: Review | Stila Convertible Colour in Marigold Duo
- Golden Noir Smudge Pot
- This new twist on the cult favorite Smudge Pot sprinkles genuine 24 Karat gold flakes into the matte black base leaving eyes gilded and glam. The multi-tasking long wearing wonder is a smoky shadow and liner in one. Price: $20
- For picture and reviews: Review | Stila ‘Golden Noir’ Smudge Pot – Swatches + Pics + Smokey Eye
- The Stila Indian Summer collection will be available in May 09 at Stila.com, Sephora and Sephora.com
Our lovely Erine1881 has provided us with a sneak peak of MAC’s Graphic Gardens looks. Graphic Gardens is the Nordies anniversary collection (also available at The Bay in Canada), which will launch in July 09.
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I’ve mentioned the heat in Texas numerous times…there’s an old joke that we have two seasons here…Hot, and Summer, with Summer feeling like you’re living in the lower bowels of Hades. Needless to say, I’m not about to wear more than I absolutely have to, including on my feet. I love sexy sandals…but I also love keeping ahold of my money!
So, with budget concerns in mind, when I saw these on Piperlime.com :
I immediately went off in search of a more wallet friendly pair. Sure, they’ll run $50, and shipping and returns are free, but that’s not the point. The point is I want something comparable, but cheaper.
from OldNavy.com. At $19.50, they’re less than half the price, and the style is similar enough to make me happy. Old Navy also has them in an assortment of colors, from pretty white, to a super sexy pewter.
Either style, the splurge or the spendthrift, is going to be perfect for this year. Flirty, fun, and comfortable. yay!
Now…to schedule a pedi…