Friday, March 7, 2014
This has been a horrid week for world peace. I hope the countries in chaos can find solutions, with the help of the rest of the world, and everyone wishing to choose their own governments will have their dreams fulfilled.
During the last week or so, I bought many new treasures. My wish is for sunshine this weekend. I've got hours of photography to accomplish so I can tee up my features for the next week. There's everything from Urban Decay to more Chanel and the new Clé de Peau. I feel so constrained! Fragrance too - I am so behind on some introductions I must feature.
What's new in beauty? According to WWD, Karl Lagerfeld will launch his Karl Lagerfeld Parfums project this month at Harrod's with two fragrances. His fragrances will follow quickly in the U.S. at Macy's. Will his name sell the scents? Only time will tell.
The Karl Lagerfeld women’s eau de parfum, which includes notes of lemon, peach, rose, magnolia, plumeria, musks, and woods, was created by Mane perfumers Serge Majoullier and Christine Nagel. The notes sound nice to me. In the men’s eau de toilette, created by International Flavors & Fragrances’ Jean-Christophe Hérault, there are notes of lavender, mandarin zest, apple, violet leaves, sandalwood, and amber. It sounds equally nice. I'm not one who uses marketing to determine whether I will like a fragrance.
Target is going upscale in skin care and will be overhauling the entire department this spring. The changes will be visible this month in the 750 Target doors outfitted with its newly installed premium skin-care assortment, which is anchored by Amore Pacific’s South Korean skin-care range Laneige. The line will be exclusive to Target in the U.S. The concept will also be occupied by six more brands, including MD Complete, Borghese Age Defying Cellulare Complex, Vichy, La Roche-Posay, 29 by Lydia Mondavi (I featured this brand a long time ago) and Own Beauty. I hope they are better stocked than they have been when they introduced their limited designer clothing - a debacle from my perspective. I assume Target has cleaned up its payment processing troubles, so you could actually shop there safety again. Let's hope.
Sephora is introducing 24 one-time-use nail polish samples, packaged together in a $39 set, which will bow on sephora.com in late April and in its stores in early May. “We know our [shoppers] love to experiment with new nail shades, and this allows them to preview our 24 bestselling Formula X shades before committing to a full-sized bottle,” Kristin Walcott, Vice President and General Manager for Formula X told WWD. “Each Press Pod has a built-in brush and covers all 10 nails in two coats of Formula X. Not only are they great for experimenting with color, they’re ideal for travel because they are so small.” What do you think? Hit or miss?
It's time for the Friday Forum - our first in weeks. I love this part of our week. 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.
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