October 16, 2015

Fashion Pulse Flash

It’s a short week for me, as I’m off today for High Point Market in North Carlina for year number two to check out the coolest furnishings and home décor for the upcoming season (see previous coverage here). Before I go, I want to leave you with a few more amazing Fashion Pulse Flash items that I’ve been testing out over the past few weeks:
orla kiely fragrances
[At home on my TV stand, I’ve been enjoying the Orla Kiely Basil & Mint diffuser]

There are certain items for the home that may not be absolute necessities, but set the mood, the tone, the ambiance, in a delightful, relaxing way. What I’m thinking about in particular is home fragrance, i.e. scented candles and diffusers, as I have been enjoying those from Ted Baker Residence and Orla Kiely9 lately, a new collection available both in-store and online at Nordstrom this fall.

The  beautifully branded designs of the packaging elevates the full sensory experience, while the scents come in unique combinations such as Sicilian Lemon, Earl Grey, Citrus Rind, Fig Tree, Basil and Mint (Orla Kiely; $48 for the diffusers, $38 for the candles), and Miami (star apple and passion fruit), Sydney (ocean air and sea salt), and New York (cedarwood and vanilla; Ted Baker Residence; $58 for the diffusers, $47 for the candles). The diffusers share scent for up to two months, while the candles have the potential to burn for up to 50 hours.  I may refill, or recycle the gorgeous glass Orla Kiely bottle as a bud vase afterward, further extending its purpose into the home realm.

Look for these items after November 15th; the Orla Kiely home fragrance items will be exclusively online.

Estee Lauder_Liquid Lip Potion

It’s hard to describe the sensation and process of using the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion, as it’s one of the strangest, coolest, products that I’ve ever tested! The best way I can think to share the most important info about it is that it takes the best of lipstick, lip balm, and lip gloss, and incorporates it into one product. It offers the application of a lip gloss, dries down to the texture and matte qualities of a long wear lipstick (up to eight hours), while moisturizing like a balm (it includes jojoba, avocado, and sunflower oils). The special formula includes the Advanced True Vision Technology to create the pigmented color, definition and volume, while the Time Release Encapsulated Moisture Complex with Hyaluronic Acid secures the moisture and hydration so that you never have to worry about drying your lips out because of a lipstick.

Sounds pretty good right? It’s actually quite neat to experience it happening, with 16 great colors to choose from, ranging from nude to plum hues. Plus, the packaging is ultra sleek, with a reveal panel to see the actual color within.  The Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion is currently available for $30 each at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and at esteelauder.com.

block island organics

I’ve spent the past few weeks putting the Block Island Organics Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser ($21.99) to the test, and good news: it passed! With delicate, sensitive skin that errs on the dry side, I always figure that my skin is truly a good test for how gentle yet effective a product can be. This formula was successful at easily removing makeup and taking off “the day” while being as light as can be. Honestly, I barely felt it, as it easily dissolved and broke apart those unwanted “impurities” on my skin’s surface. About the product: this cleanser includes the organic ingredients of rosehip, chamomile, sunflower, avocado, olive, with vitamins C and E to nourish and protect your skin.
Do you dig Block Island Organics too? Use this special code that the brand generated for FPD readers, “julian” for  20% off at its site until October 23rd. (can’t combine it with other codes).

Full Disclosure: The items mentioned in this post were given to Fashion Pulse Daily for editorial consideration.

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