I am OBSESSED with this fragrance. It’s fragrance perfection, equal parts bright citrus and warm soft orange blossom. I have gotten lots of compliments on this scent its truly a standout it in the fragrance world. If you could bottle sunshine, citrus and Spring in a bottle this would be the scent.
Since I opened this I truly can’t get enough, its the perfect pick for Spring and Summer. Now to find this is a bubble bath I might never need to leave my house again.
Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Aimable – Botanical Cologne of Love $38-$49
Inspired by the devotion of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary who welcomed and cared for those in need, the Botanical Cologne of Love gives a feeling of well-being and serenity.
Thanks to its Original Recipe combining Orange Blossom, a source of softness, with 5 Plants selected for their beneficial properties, this exquisite, sparkling, scented water perfumes the skin with a soft and soothing fragrance.
The skin is fresh and perfumed, the body is enveloped in softness.
Spray onto body immediately after a shower or bath or as a fragrance at any time of the day.
•Orange Blossom: source of softness
•Bergamot, Mandarin: sources of serenity
•Wild Rose: source of hydration
•Nasturtium: source of radiance
•Petitgrain: source of harmony
LORAC Cosmetics unveils their Summer 2015 Collection!
The new range includes extensions to the brand’s cult-favorite Alter Ego and TANtalizer franchises as well as a seasonal selection of limited-edition offerings:
Alter Ego Highly-Pigmented Lip Gloss ($15): Embrace your identity and transform your look with a collection of 16 shades – ranging from Girl Next Door to Dominatrix.
Limited Edition Alter Ego Eye Shadow Palettes in Dream Girl & HeartBreaker ($24): Choose from two irresistible, vibrant palettes loaded with an array of fun, flirty and wearable shades, ideal for sultry summer looks. *Note, correlating Dream Girl and HeartBreaker Alter Ego Highly-Pigmented Lip Glosses are also available while supplies lasts.
TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Golden Glow ($33): The new shade extension is ideal for fair skin, or to be used as a highlighter for already-bronzed, darker complexions.
TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Matte Tan ($33): Baked on terra cotta, LORAC’s Matte Tan Baked Bronzer grants a natural glow perfect for the coveted “no makeup, makeup” craze!
Limited Edition Hot & Spicy Collection ($32): Including everything you need for a sizzling summer: LORAC’s Blush/Bronzer Duo, Alter Ego Gloss in Supermodel and Travel-Size Body Bronzing Luminizer.
INTRODUCING…. COURRÈGES ESTÉE LAUDER COLLECTION
Two innovative brands collaborate to create a “pop-timistic” limited edition makeup collection, featuring zero gravity shades that float on lips, eyes and face Cosmonauts, satellites, missiles to the moon. Unprecedented advancement and achievement underwrote the inaugural period of intergalactic exploration that came to be known as the Space Age of the early-1960s. When a culture of futurism subsequently consumed the era, there were two names firmly in the vanguard: Estée Lauder and André Courrèges. She, a beauty industry innovator whose “every woman can be beautiful” mantra was ahead of its time; he, a fashion force whose avant-garde aesthetic broke all the style rules by injecting an air of playfulness, movement, and egalitarianism into every one of his haute couture collections.
Visionaries both, their brands have now joined together to pioneer a new interpretation of color. Introducing Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection: a limited edition collection of zero-gravity shades that draws on a shared point of view on color, beauty and the resolution to never stop moving forward.
An American beauty and business icon, Estée dedicated her life to shaking up the beauty universe with her skincare formulation savvy and her three-minute makeup applications. Firmly established in the department stores of New York, she introduced her coveted lineup of high-performance products to the women of Paris in 1966 as the South-West of France-born Courrèges was making his French runway debut and opening his own Couture House in 1961.
Both arrived with a seismic bang.
An engineer by trade who logged time with legendary Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, Courrèges presented a tailored offering of little dresses and groundbreaking tunic pantsuits in a palette of lunar white, figuratively wiping clean the fashion slate. His simple silhouettes, often reimagined with technologically-charged fabrication techniques—second-skin knits, and plasticine vinyls wrought with transparency—helped sell his revolution, both at home and abroad. His message: “Courrèges is tomorrow, begun today,” continues to guide the couture house that bears his name.
Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection is a 13-piece limited edition line that marries the floating-on-air feeling of an embellished Courrèges mini dress, and the punched-up precision of Estée Lauder’s progressive product design, seen through the Courrèges lens. The formulations were designed to be surprising in their lightness, in their sensorial delivery, their translucency, reflectivity, and in their pop-y palette. They are an invitation to have fun with color, texture and special effects while defying the confines of nostalgia by creating a look that is wholly of today.
COURRÈGES ESTÉE LAUDER COLLECTION
Lip Visor, $26.00
With a vivid, plexi-like shine reminiscent of Courrèges’ fondness for transparency, an ordinary gloss this is not. A rich balmy formula, it imparts a luscious, wet effect. Lips feel instantly smoothed and soothed, with an impactful pigment pay-off that is impossible to ignore, without trying too hard.
Available in See-Through and Coral Mini.
Super Gloss, $26.00
High coverage, high-impact focal point lips! With the perfect pop of high reflectivity pink, this dramatic gloss features a special delivery system with an innovative flow-through tip to allow for an easy-on, flawless application with every swipe.
Available in Rosy Future.
Super Lashes, $32.00
Sixties-era spider lashes get a 21st-century reboot with these long, full, natural-looking eye accessories that are perfectly shaped to provide a striking flutter and next-level definition. Measure the strips along your lash line, trim accordingly and add a thin layer of lash glue along the perimeter, waiting 30 seconds for the adhesive to become tacky before pressing it onto the inner corner of lids and working your way outward. To remove, gently pull the lashes away from the edge.
*Lash-glue sold separately, and not available at the Estée Lauder counter.
Eye Amplifier, $26.00
The graphic white personified by Courrèges original moon girls inspires this new compact, which features a clear, twist-off lid that encloses an ultra-luxe eyeshadow. Applied best with a brush, the weightless powder formula has been spiked with a special siliconic polymer that allows the product to attach itself seamlessly to the skin. Use wet or dry for shimmering, radiant dimension and a glass-like finish that lasts for hours without creasing.
Available in Aqua Silver and Black Silver.
Eye Glide Pencil, $22.00
Metallic accents have long illustrated the oft-publicized dream of the future perfect. Here, they become reality with a creamy silver pencil that glides onto eyes to shade, define and smolder. Create structure and depth by blending across lids with your fingertips, or line and define along upper and lower lashes for a bold, standout statement.
Available in Silver Streak.
Iridescent Ball Highlighter, $26.00
“I want to let the light into my clothes,” Courrèges would say of his preference for lucidity above all else, which has inspired this iridescent powder gelée. The innovative plastic orb applicator that houses a sensorial cream can be dotted onto cheeks for an allover polished glow or onto temples, cheekbones, and other high planes of the face for a concentrated highlight.
Lip + Cheek Ball, $26.00
This revolutionary jelly-like gloss has a full-throttle shine and a translucent berry hue that adds a slight tint to lips, while imparting a rosy glow to cheeks for a happy flush.
Available in Ultra Pink.
Ultra White EyeLiner, $26.00
White is the new black with this vibrant, opaque liquid eyeliner that provides a brilliant vinyl finish in the classic color code of the house of Courrèges. The super-fine eyeliner boasts a dip-in fine brush applicator to scrawl the perfect feline flick with a shocking pop of starkly bright, white pigment.
Available in Lunar White.
Illuminations Face Powder, $32.00
Create glowing, otherworldly skin with this silky-effect powder. Brush over cheeks, forehead, and brow bones for a burst of pure light that is velvety-soft with an impeccable, long-lasting quality.
Kabuki Brush, $36.00
This lush bouncy tool adds a ritualistic feeling to the simple act of adornment. Luxuriously soft, white bristles give a uniform finish to mattifying, highlighting and contouring efforts, while working particularly well in tandem with the Illuminations Face Powder.
Availability: The Courrèges Estée Lauder Collection will be available at select Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com beginning March 2015. All prices are suggested retail.
My family all has fair skin and skin cancer has touched quite a few of my family members. My parents have both had skin cancer but very treatable ones, and my little brother 6 years my junior just had a melanoma removed. So sun protection is a always on the forefront of my mind. I spend a lot of time outdoors and after my youth of tanning beds and hours baking in the sun I know its not will I get skin cancer probably when it will happen. I can’t erase the past but I can protect my skin going forward.
I am always looking for new sun protection products and I am really intrigued my the drinkable sun protection. I have been reading up on it and there are as many skeptics as believers. What are your thoughts can a drinkable sunscreen really work?
Drinkable Option: Osmosis Harmonized Water UV Neutralizer
Described at the world’s 1st drinkable sunscreen, this dietary supplement is available in two formulas (Tan Enhancing and No Tan Enhancing).
Physician endorsed, no chemicals, non-toxic, this is simply purified water imprinted with unique, vibrational waves which isolate out the precise frequencies needed to protect you from UV rays. The frequencies that have been imprinted on water will vibrate on your skin in such a way as to cancel approximately 97% of the UVA and UVB rays (similar to broad spectrum SPF 30 products). This results in 3 hours of coverage that can be repeated for extended stays in the sun. These two different UV Waters allow for increased sun exposure (30x more than normal), protect your eyes, do not wash off when swimming and can increase your tanning response.
$30, 3.38 oz from dermstore.com
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Topical Option: Osmosis Skincare Shade Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer
Shade is a broad-spectrum facial sunscreen that protects against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. As a high-performance sun-protecting moisturizer, it is ideal for all skin types. This sunblock features soothing aloe vera to diminish irritation and redness. Your complexion is shielded from free radicals with antioxidant-rich green tea extract while shea butter imparts nourishing moisture. Your skin is left feeling soft and conditioned.