Throwback Thursday: Isabella Rossellini Manifesto Beauty

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Do you remember Isabella Rossellini Manifesto, the basil-tinged perfume released in 2000? That was a nice one. And do you remember Rossellini’s short-lived but intriguing Manifesto cosmetics line, launched the same year?

I wish I’d bought some Manifesto products when they were available. (I was a graduate student living in a secondary retail market where they weren’t available, alas.) I read about them in magazines and I admired the colors, the easy-to-use formulas, and especially the packaging. The simple tubes and compacts could be paired with colorful circular bands that acted as cases for the cosmetics or could be worn on their own, as rings and bracelets. Ingenious! Continue reading

Product Review: Kiko Cosmetics Angel Kiss in Cranberry Crumble

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I’ve never had problems with chapped lips like I’m having this winter. This situation actually began in September (as a reaction to an ingredient in a new lip balm, I believe) and it’s morphed into a repeated cycle of dryness and peeling. Indoor heating and the constant weather changes seem to be the main culprits.

I made a trip to the local mall last weekend, and on a visit to Kiko Cosmetics I spied this lip care/color set on the sale table. It includes a lip scrub and a tinted balm, available in four color/flavor options.   Continue reading

A Look Back: Bowie on the Subway

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Bowie in Japan, 1979

It’s been a week since we all heard the news of David Bowie’s death. I’m still going through my own little period of mourning—I wouldn’t have anticipated that I’d feel so strongly about this loss. We all know that he was one of the great creative figures of the second half of the 20th century, and I won’t analyze how and why, because others have already said it so well…

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