I wonder if the airlines have done studies on how much the temperature on the mainland affects demand for flights to the tropics, because it sure seems like there’s a relationship to me. The colder it gets, the more I long for the tropics.
And wouldn’t ya know it? We went from upper-80s here two weeks ago to a week of 60-something-degree days, with a very chilly breeze, and so, of course, I can’t stop thinking about warm beaches…
You know that old saying about missing the beach, right? — “A trip to Sephora heals all wounds.”
Okay, so maybe that’s not a real saying…but it should be!
Can’t you see it across the front of a Roxy rash guard? Or cross-stitched on a big beach towel hanging on the wall of a surf shop?
Because not even Tabs can change the weather (lord knows he’s tried), I headed to Sephora yesterday looking for beach-themed beauty…
And I started at NARS! — with the new $49 limited edition Beach Lover Set.
It comes with a Medium Laguna Illuminator, a Mini Orgasm Blush/Hungry Heart Highlighter Duo, a Skorpios Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil and a Medium Laguna Lip Gloss.
From the left: Laguna Illuminator, Skorpios Shadow Pencil, Laguna Lip Gloss and the Orgasm/Hungry Heart Highlighter Duo
I’ve been meaning to swatch Laguna Lip Gloss for a while (every time I hear the name, I think Laguna Beach and say “Stephen!”). It’s a bronzed brown with golden shimmer.
Swatches from the left: Hungry Heart Blush, Orgasm Blush, Skorpios Shadow Pencil, Laguna Lip Gloss, Laguna Illuminator unblended and blended
It’s pretty, isn’t it? Kind of a less disco version of MAC Oh Baby Lipglass?
I hope NARS releases a full-size tube…
On the topic of glosses, a couple others also caught my eye — the two new shades of the Larger Than Life Lip Glosses in Gold Digger (a sparkling peach shimmer) and Born This Way (a light lavender pink).
Gold Digger (top) and Born This Way (bottom)
Gold Digger on the left and Born This Way on the right
Holy wow! Just look at that limited edition Laguna Illuminator. It’s $45, but that’s a TON of Laguna.
I was actually marveling at it when I ran into a reader named Mary at the Novato store! She was right next to me checking out the NARS blushes.
Mary, if you’re reading this, hi, girl! I hope you love your new pan of Amour blush!
After NARS, I felt a little warmer, but not quite warm enough, so I surfed over to Hourglass…
Yup, I’m still crushing hard on their eyeshadow duos (remember Dune?). They have one called Lagoon ($38) that totally reminds me of tropical waters…
Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duos from the left: Gypsy, Suede and Dune
Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duos from the left: Lagoon, Prism and Exhibition
See that crazy pigmented glittery black up there? It’s half of the Prism duo, which also includes a shimmery slate blue.
Yeah, I think I need to spend some “meow time” with that one, too.
Oh — and if you’re looking for a good primer/serum, next time you’re at Sephora, ask them to make you a sample of the new No.28 Primer Serum ($65).
It’s designed to do the job of a makeup primer while hydrating and shielding your skin again “environmental aggressors,” and it contains a bunch of helpful ingredients (28 of them, to be precise), like vitamins and essential oils.
Compared to my regular Hourglass primer, Veil, No. 28 feels a little slicker, more slippery.
I like both, but I think I prefer No. 28 for flash photography (or evening events), since it doesn’t contain sunscreen, so there’s no chance of a white cast coming through in pics.
After exploring the Hourglass area, I sauntered over to the nearby fragrance section to sniff some scents…
It’s been out for a while, but I hadn’t gotten around to seriously sniffing it until now.
The name, Aqua di Gioia, means “water of joy” in Italian. Sephora describes it as a “fresh aquatic fragrance,” and the official fragrance notes include mint, brown sugar, Italian lemon (better than other lemons, I suppose?), jasmine, peony, pink pepper and cedar.
Very refreshing…like taking a dip in a cool body of water on a blazing hot day.
I also stopped to sniff another Italian scent I’ve been loving lately, the new Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino ($50).
Like Aqua di Gioio, it whisks me away to a Mediterranean beach somewhere. With notes of citrus accord, pink pepper, geranium, amber and patchouli, I think it’s a little deeper, muskier and sensual than di Gioio, like if Aqua di Gioia was the beach by day, Dreaming in Portofino would be the beach by night.
I was mid-sniff when my iPhone rang…
It was El Hub calling to see if I was ever coming home again, LOL!
It’s scary how well that man knows me.
I’m stoked that the Sephora up here carries Spa Ritual now ($10 each), a 3-free vegan nail polish line.
I spent a few minutes debating whether I should bring home Spa Ritual’s Off the Grid ($10) or Illamasqua’s Viridian ($14), two pretty beachy teals. Ultimately, I went Off the Grid because it seemed to sparkle a little brighter in the store.
Now, all I need is an actual tropical beach to wear it to! That would be perfect.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,