Friday, February 22, 2013
I was surprised - Tysons is usually a mob scene - but delighted that there was an elegant calm conducive to selective shopping. I hung around for awhile with my friends at Chantecaille, fragrance, and Le Métier de Beauté, and then I had a Le Métier de Beauté facial before dragging myself home. Lying down for 45 minutes was a real treat, which is why I had to drag myself home. Janice Valitutti treated me with the new CHEM60 Pro-Peel & Glow10ai Mask, along with a hand and arm massage, and I could have melted into that massage table.
Ivanka Trump, the fragrance, was created by perfumers Jennifer Mullarkey and Maypierre Julien (who composes fragrances for the house of Givaudan). "The floral-oriental composition has a touch of luminous fruity notes and flirtatious spices making the whole fragrant story even more exciting. Top notes incorporate luminous Italian bergamot, juicy apple, and pink pepper, which highlight sensuality. The heart encompasses jasmine, rose, and peach, while the base closes with golden amber, creamy vanilla, patchouli, and cedar." To me, it sounds like a conventional designer fragrance - not the luxury, original composition I would have expected from her. If you've seen her jewelry, you'll understand.
Chanel released a statement to say, “Peter Philips...has brought his talent, creativity, and vision to Chanel makeup and made women dream, the world over. After five successful years, Peter Philips has decided to return to a more independent position, continuing his work as an artist collaborating with the best photographers, stylists, and models for editorials and projects such as Chanel fashion shows.
“The Chanel Makeup Studio, which has supported him during his tenure, will ensure the continuity, the creativity, and the quality of the Brand's makeup products and collections. Peter Philips has left an indelible mark on Chanel Makeup and his contribution to the Brand is an important part of the Chanel legacy. He will remain a cherished friend and contributor to the House of Chanel."
Vogue UK articulated his impact well. "After five years of coming up with some of the beauty world's favorite nail polish colors (Jade, Particuliere, and Mimosa were all the creations of this wonderful mind), formulating some truly one-of a kind products (grey blush [Notorius], anyone?), and coming up with some of Chanel's most fabulous catwalk makeup looks, Philips is swapping his official title for a contributing artist role...We look forward to seeing what the truly talented Philips does next - as well as eagerly anticipating his fabulously imaginative Chanel catwalk creations as always." We certainly will!
It's time for the Friday Forum. I love this part of our week. Did you take advantage of the beauty event offers at Neiman Marcus or Saks? What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.
Don't forget this week's giveaway contest for Tarte's beautiful Carried Away With Tarte Collection. The deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, February 23, so enter now before you forget.
Photo at top by Best Things in Beauty; other photos courtesy of WWD and Vogue UK