Monthly Archives: October 2006

Confessions of a Philosophy Girl: Bath & Body

This is the last post in my Confessions of a Philosophy Girl series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and I’ll leave you with my thoughts on the bath and body products including their 3-in-1’s since that’s where the fun is.

Philosophy Soul Owner Soul Owner is a foot cream and I never thought I’d say this but… this foot cream is awesome. It has salicylic and glycolic acids in it that help exfoliate the dead icky skin while crazy moisturizing. So slather it on for a couple of nights and then after a warm shower or bath, use a foot rasp and the skin basically just clumps right off. It sounds gross but it’s awesome. Carla likes this a lot as well. As a warning to sensitive sniffers, it’s very strongly scented.

Cinnamon Buns is a classic. You can’t go wrong with this one, everybody who sniffs it falls in love. I never use the same body wash two showers in a row but I went through a 16 ounce bottle of this in no time. I haven’t repurchased yet because there are so many body washes out there I have to try but I’m sure I’ll repurchase sooner or later.

Philosophy Candy Cane Do you like peppermint? I mean really peppermint? Like, clear your sinuses and wake you right up peppermint? Then try Candy Cane shower gel. I like peppermint but this is strong even for me. The body scrub is nice, though. It’s especially nice in the dead of winter when your nose is clogged up and you need a kick in the butt. Peppermint lovers will love the Candy Cane Suitcase. Grasshopper was another good one but it may have been discontinued. Another minty scent but cut with a little bit of vanilla and something that smells like booze to take the edge off. Yummy to my nose. This was probably replaced with Empowermint, which I’d also like to try. I like mint.

Philosophy Senorita Margarita I love margaritas, like a lot and Senorita Margarita was worth trying. The problem with this 3-in-1 is that it smells too much like a real margarita and it’s hard for me to use because it’s so overwhelming. I swear, you can even smell salt in there. Not for me, despite my love of margaritas. This was the case with Melon Daiquiri as well. I also love daiquiris but not in the shower, I guess. I had a little bottle of this and only used it a few times, wasn’t for me. I don’t even really remember what it smelled like.

I really want to try Banana and Waffle Cone next, after I get through a reasonable portion of my body wash stash. I never use the 3-in-1’s as shampoo, my hair is way too dry and crazy. My skin is dry too but I’ve never felt stripped or dried out from a 3-in-1. If anything, try Cinnamon Buns… unless you really hate foody scents but I bet you’ll love it.

An Afternoon with Nocturnelle

I spent some time playing with MAC’s newest collection Nocturnelle earlier today and found there were a few hits and some misses. This collection is quite large, part of it includes 4 lipsticks, 5 glosses, 6 eyeshadows and 3 pigments but it is not entirely limited edition.

MAC Cosmetics Nocturnelle At first glance, I really liked this collection… the colors are rich and bold but a closer look reveals that some of them are really not that new at all. Being a hardcore MAC addict, I found some of the items in the collection too similar to other shades in the their line to warrant purchasing. I was most excited about the 2 new pigment shades in this collection, Entremauve and Subtle. By checking out Specktra, I found I already have comparible pigments. Ok, so then what? There were a few eyeshadows that I liked, Passionate and Wait Til Dark. Passionate is a very vivid matte pink with hints of red and Wait Till Dark is a gorgeous navy blue with hints of gold. While the rest of the shades are pretty, they are replaceable. The lipstick and glosses fall into that category as well. There’s another MAC red, a magenta and some neutrals. I didn’t pay as much attention to the blush as much as I should have… I was busy painting my nails with Nocturnelle. That sums up my purchases… Passionate, Wait Till Dark and Nocturnelle.

Nuts about Kaponga Nut Parfum

Kaponga Like most people I enjoy smelling good. I like the scent I apply in the morning to last throughout the day and incite numerous people to stop me and ask “What are you wearing?” Well, Kaponga Nuts Creme de Parfum No. 5 is bringing it on all fronts. It is strong but not overwhelming, long-lasting but subtle. The yummy mix of vanilla, wild flora and jasmine is the perfect note for fall. I haven’t had a chance to smell the other two flavors, No.13 & No.4, but judging from their descriptions they sound simply delightful.

The coolest thing about this product is the fact that is a cream. I know, it blew my mind too. You still apply it in all the standard scent points on your body but instead of spraying it, you use your fingers to rub it in. I think this is why it lasts so long because it is like a lotion but with a more concentrated scent. Also, the packaging is so original and compact you will want to take it everywhere instead of lugging around a giant, glass bottle of perfume in your purse. I think I have found one of my standard scents. Thanks Kaponga!

Confessions of a Philosophy Girl: Skincare

What I like about Philsophy’s skincare line is that it’s as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Someone with normal skin can use just Purity and Hope in a Jar and have beautiful skin. Someone with sun damage, age spots, etc. can incorporate the advanced skincare products and see dramatic results. I don’t have overly problematic skin – a few pimples here, some redness there, but nothing major. But I can tell you that my skin looks better now than it ever has, even when I was 15 and fresh as a friggin’ daisy.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Purity Made Simple is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used. I rarely re-purchase skincare products and I’m on my fifth bottle of this. It melts away eye makeup without irritating my eyeballs, gets my face clean and fresh without stripping off the good stuff, and basically just does its job. Like all Philosophy products, people either love Purity or hate it. Personally, I won’t use anything else on my skin.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar I’m on my third or fourth jar of Hope in a Jar so I obviously like it. I think it’s spendy for a moisturizer but it’s the only one I’ve come across that works for me without throwing my skin into an uproar. It does leave a slight film but it’s nothing a little powder won’t fix (Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil for me, thank you). I really love how nicely it moisturizers after a good exfoliation. My skin just loves it. The only downside for me is the smell. I’ve gotten used to it but at first, it smells a little like milk that’s been sitting out.

philosophy_hoepinatube.jpg I’m only 26 so, if anything, I use Hope in a Tube eye cream as a preventative measure. I smoke and have a tendency to squint my eyes so it’s probably in my best interest to use a cream just for that area. I got Hope in a Tube in a kit from QVC, it’s probably not something I’d pick up on its own. I’ve only been using this for a short time so I can’t attest to the long term benefits, or if it’s effective if you already have fine lines. However, I can say that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, it’s nice and thick, and if you pat it on gently and just let it do its thing, it sinks in nicely. My skin seems to like it but your mileage, as always, will vary.

philosophy_microdeliverypeelkit.jpg I’m always astounded at how my skin feels after using the Microdelivery Peel kit. I’m a devoted exfoliator and I’ve tried both manual scrubs and chemical peels. This product combines both and it’s just fantastic, smells great too. The kit retails for $65 so it’s definitely a splurge but if your skin needs some major resurfacing, this is it. Your skin will feel as smooth as a silk after using this. This product gets a huge rave from me.

Perfectly Smitten with Kitten

Stila Perfectly Kitten Stila is back with another limited edition set exclusively at Sephora. There’s something about the words “limited edition” and “Stila” that make me open up my wallet each and every time. This time it’s Perfectly Kitten, a set inspired by their best selling eye shadow. This set includes an eyeshadow, their liquid highlighter and lip gloss all in Kitten packed in a faux suede makeup bag for $42.00. This is a good time to get this set too, Sephora’s offering an assortment of deluxe samples with any purchase over $50.00 as part of their Beauty Jackpot promotion.

Truth, Luv and Soul

It’s always inspring to me when someone takes something they love doing and turn it into a career. Sharon Bolt Scents started when Sharon was on a quest to recreate her signature scent after it was discontinued. She began wearing perfume oils as a teenager and tried layering different oils to create a different scent. After some time and trial and error, Sharon Bolt Scents and Luv were born.

Sharon Bolton Luv Perfume Oil I’m very drawn to any scent that includes gardenias and vanilla… either together or on their own and Luv perfume oil features them both. The gardenia notes in this perfume oil are very warm, it’s what draws you in. This perfume oil also features Hawaiian white flowers and a touch of white musk that compliment the other notes very well. I found this scent to be very lush and intriguing. This is the kind of scent I would wear for a night out and would enjoy wearing. There’s something about a good perfume that makes you feel good, it makes you feel more feminine just by wearing it.

Sharon Bolton Luv Body Lotion and Body Wash As with any scent, layering the fragrance will make it last even longer. I love to layer and when I put the perfume oil on top of Luv Body Wash and Luv Body Lotion, I smelled amazingly good. Every time I moved, I could smell the scent in the air. While I love the perfume oil, I love using the body lotion even more… and Christina agrees. I couldn’t say it better myself, the consistency is perfect.

Sharon Bolton Truth Perfume Oil While Luv was the first scent, Sharon also has Soul and Truth. Soul is a blend of papaya, pineapple, coconut and mush and Truth is a combination of citrus, floral and musk notes. I’m also really drawn to Truth. It’s a very clean and fresh scent, almost soap like that I could wear on a daily basis.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sharon will be donating 20% of all proceeds from the purchase of Luv directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation during the month of October, please use “Prodgirl” as the promo
code during checkout.

Jemma Kidd Make Up School

Doryn recently did something I have wanted to do for awhile now, she took classes at Jemma Kidd Make Up School. Since I won’t be able to make it to London in the near future, playing with Jemma Kidd Make Up School products will do for now.

Jemma Kidd Eye Wardrobe Quartet I have to admit, I was impressed with this product’s packaging. It suggests how to apply the colors by labeling them as highlight, accent, define and mid shades. If nothing else, Jemma seems to want to ensure her customers are educated, this guide and her line’s name says it all. The Eye Wardrobe Eyeshadow Quartets come in 5 different shades, each quartet features carefully selected shades that can help you easily change your look from day to night. I tried this product in Plum and was happy to find it could do more than just give me a gorgeous smokey eye, I have been using the mid and highlighting colors quite a bit for a neutral look. When put to the test, this eyeshadow blends very well and has everything I love in an eyeshadow: texture, pigmentation and lasting power.

I have been having fun playing with the other products from Jemma’s line like the Contour & Flush Creme Blush Duo and the Eye Define Stay Put Eye Liner. These reviews are coming soon but in the meantime, those of us in the US can find these products at Neiman Marcus.

Glamour To Go

Too Faced's Glamour to Go I saw this at Nordstrom’s last week and I thought to myself… “this is a good deal!” This is Too Faced’s Glamour to Go palette. Considering their eyeshadow goes for $17, for $18.50 you have an eyeshadow quad and 6 lipsticks. Who gives you all this for less than $20? I wasn’t too crazy about the lipsticks. Most of the shades were a little too pink for me but I really liked the eyeshadows. The colors would make for a nice, soft, everyday look. I’m a big fan of their Label Whore eyeshadow and I imagine these eyeshadows are just as good. This is a Nordstrom’s exclusive.

Too Faced Liquif-Eye Shadow Collection Speaking of eyeshadow, this has been around for a little while and I kept meaning to say something about it… might as well do it now. This is Too Faced’s Liquif-Eye Shadow Collection, an eyeshadow palette with 12 shades and their Liquif-Eye transformer that turns eyeshadow into eyeliner. I haven’t tried this myself but I’m tempted to get it everytime I set foot in Sephora. If nothing else, it’s a good way to sample 12 of their eyeshadows for a good price.

Rise and Shine, Sleepy Head

While I’ve been a lip stain addict for quite awhile, I had my first experience with a lip plumper only a few months ago. Normally I’m quite happy with my lips but there are times when you need to make them as plump as possible. Leave it to Tarte to create another multi-purpose product like Rise and Shine, a lip plumping stain.

Tarte Rise and Shine The first thing I love about Rise and Shine is the shade I tried, Cherry. I have been looking for other red stains and was happy to see this shade. On the stain side, you have a nice pinkish red lip stain that is waterproof. On lip plumper side, you have a sheer red gloss that balances the lip stain and plays up the red in the stain nicely. After applying the stain to the lips a few times to build the color, I applied the gloss so it could do it’s thing… and it did. I’ve tried other “lip plumpers” and I didn’t feel a thing, MAC’s Plushglass is a good example of this. With this one however, I immediately felt my lips tingle. To be sure, I took pictures of my lips before and after and I was happy to find that indeed, my lips were a bit plumper. The sensation was a bit strong but it didn’t last very long and I didn’t mind it at all. Tarte, if you’re listening, more shades please!

If a Tarte cheekstain is on your wishlist, take a look at Sephora’s Lovin’ the Fast Stain set. For $30, you get a True Love Cheekstain and a mini Rise & Shine almost for free! It’s a great way to try this product.

Playing Up the Eyes

Pout Eyesheers Pout Eyesheers are one of my favorite new products, they’re convenient enough to apply on the go. They are sheer cream based eyeshadows that dry to a powder finish. The applicator is just like a lipgloss, that sponge based tip, but it works with this product. I’ve found it easy to apply and it works pretty well when I blend the color with my fingers. This is why I keep this in my makeup bag now.

I was happy to find that this product has lasting power as well. I put this eyeshadow to the test before lunch and it was still on well into the evening. The color is sheer but it’s buildable color and the intensity is up to you. It also has a nice light shimmer to it that is not over powering. There are only two shades right now, Calypso and Atlanta but I’m really looking forward to seeing more. I’ve found Calypso to be a great everyday duo due to it’s beige based colors and Atlanta has a gorgeous copper shade that can make a great smokey eye.