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new: sally hansen zodiac polishes.

{leo in rio, with a touch of pisces of me}

what's your zodiac sign?  is the question all my favorite beauty brands have asking of late.  beauty by astrology is a major force this summer, and as a horoscope aficionado, i'm into it!

last night i went to paintbox to celebrate sally hansen's new zodiac-inspired polish collection.  the polishes have built-in base and top coat, simplifying the multi-step manicure process.  though i'm a proud gemini, i was drawn to leo in rio - a bright orange-y red, with a little accent of teal, or pisces of me. the combination reminds me of the little mermaid.

the shades:
  • tempting taurus seafoam green
  • geminicello buttery yellow
  • cancer moon shimmering nude
  • leo in rio orange red
  • viro-go-go pink pale pink
  • lady libra-ty light blue
  • scorpio sizzle fuchsia
  • plumtarius rich purple
  • cup o'capricorn nude
  • age of aquarius teal
  • pisces of me  jade
  • cherries to my aries classic red

this collection lends itself to mix and match.  i suggest you use your sign as the backdrop, then dedicate a nail or two to someone special!  perhaps an accent finger for your beau, or a friend on her wedding day. 


review: clinique aromatics in white, saks exclusive.

{bottled elegance}

say hello to a complex, sophisticated, adult women's perfume.  clinique's new fragrance - aromatics in white - is a marked outlier in a market over-saturated with floral and fruity scents.  this woodsy musky perfume smells nothing like the last several dozen fragrances i've tested.  i recently attended a breakfast where the menu took it's inspiration from the fragrance.  we had rose petal yogurt, sichuan pepper donuts, and orange flower tea scones -- it was heavenly.  aromatics in white, you are a welcome change in pace.

accord:  violet leaf,, cistus, and sichuan pepper.
middle notes:  rose water essential, orange flower and patchouli heart
bottom notes:  amber gris, skin musk and benzoin

available now, exclusively at saks fifth avenue.  available at clinique counters nationwide starting in october 2015.  $58 for 50mL.

{ideal start to a tuesday morning}


review: secret clear gel.


lately deodorant is taking it's inspiration from the 90's.  both spray-on and invisible formulas have made a comeback (see my spray-on review here).  thankfully, both have made considerable updates on their original versions.

since i'm really good at getting deodorant marks on my clothes i am especially excited about the reintroduction of clear deodorants.  secret clear gel - like all antiperspirants nowadays it promises 48 hours of wear.  while i've never gotten that much wear out of any formula i find that's a reliable indicator that it will at least keep me dry all day.   it still has the cold and squishy feel of clear deodorants past, but that's a small sacrifice for avoiding chalky lines on my clothes, and actually somewhat welcome as the weather heats up.

secret currently makes many, many versions of the clear gel - my favorite line being scent expressions.  available in many summery and tropical scents, it's the perfect accompaniment to a sleeveless dress. on shelves nationwide.  more information at secret.com.

editor's note:  please be advised that while i received samples of this product for review, all opinions are my own.


review: tampax pocket pearl.

{fun and practical}

here's the thing about feminine hygiene products - they're a necessity, not a luxury.  but just because they are basic doesn't mean they have to be clinical.

tampax pocket pearl takes both a technical and aesthetic approach to upgrading the tampon.  i spoke to scientists who designed the product at a recent tampax party, and learned each individual tampon reshapes during wear to fit one's anatomy and prevent leakage (so don't be surprised when it emerges after use a different shape than the typical little bullet). the top portion of the string is braided for further leakage control.  plus, the smaller compact size product  - or pocket pearl - still absorbs as much as it's full-sized counter part.  it just takes up less space. 

but my favorite design element is the wrappers.  rather than emblazoning the wrappers with the TAMPON!!!, each box has four geometric pattern wrapper designs that look more like mara hoffman's summer swimwear collection. 

on shelves nationwide.  visit tampax.com for more details.


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