Open-Thread Thursday: No, Really?, Q of the W, and Sales

By Voxy  

Is there anyone, anyone out there who was still under the impression that the “secret” of “Victoria’s Secret” was, maybe, that Victoria’s hair color wasn’t natural, that she told a white lie about her age, or that one day she accidentally wore brown socks with black shoes? Well, for those of you who raised your hands, I apologize, but I must disillusion you and tell you that Victoria’s Secret is about sex. You probably couldn’t tell, what with being distracted by the nearly-naked models and the pouty lips and all, but it’s true.

In case you need to be hit over the head some more, Victoria’s Secret has just come out with a new collection of fragrance products, which are called “Victoria’s Secret Sexual Secrets.” Um, as opposed to, say, “Victoria’s Secret Algebra Secrets”? Designed by Michel Germain, the collection has four scents: Sexual Blush, Sexual Secret, and Sexual Star, for women, and Sexual Secret Man for — well, you guess. Sexual Blush and Sexual Star even come with an accessory: a small, bullet-shaped, purse-sized, personal … spray. And Sexual Blush comes with a “lip-smacking Blush lip gloss.” Because when I hear about Sexual Blush, the first phrase that comes to mind is “lip-smacking.”

Have I managed to put you off this line yet?

Q of the W

Related to the above: I’m thinking of other PG-13-rated product names like NARS’ Orgasm blush (and associated products) and Smashbox’s O-Glow, which refers to the same kind of O as the NARS product. (And for those of you who are Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrance fans, we won’t even talk about those scent names, although for some reason those never make me feel skeevy.) Do innuendos or explicitly sexual language in a product’s name have any role in whether you will or won’t purchase it?


Tarte is offering 30% off its Fall Fashion Week collection (yes, this is New York Fashion Week for Fall ’10 collections; try not to think about it) through 2/28 with code FWFALL.

SkinStore has 20% off on over 450 “customer favorite” products with code GOLD20. I don’t have an expiration date on this one, and the website isn’t the easiest to navigate in terms of what is and is not on sale. But if there’s something you’re looking for, it might be worth cruising by and seeing if it’s on sale.

Previously announced sales still in progress:

BeautyTicket: 20% off through 2/28 with code INSTYLE20 • TheCosmeticMarket: 20% off through 2/28 with code ALLURE

Photo from Victoria’s Secret website
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  1. avatar Inthelab
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think Classical Greece; people thought “-omaniac.” The smirks I got when I told people the color’s name!


  2. avatar Inthelab
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 6:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    Quote: Because when I hear about Sexual Blush, the first phrase that comes to mind is “lip-smacking.”
    No, it’s Pink Button.

    And the answer to your big Q of the W is YES. I could not bring myself to buy NARS blush (that one) for years, though the color is perfect for me. I finally caved 2 years ago. And Prescriptives once had a lip color the MUA picked out for me (another great coral) called Nymph. When I used it out, I never re-bought. People at work asked me what color lipstick I was wearing and I could not tell them (after the reaction I got the one time I did reply).


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Fortunately, that NARS blush looks terrible on me, so I never have to worry about that one. What’s wrong with “nymph,” though? Classical Greek. Or were they going for adding “-omaniac” on the end?


  3. avatar baz
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    what is really bothering me is the random accents on the Séxûal secret bottle.



    Give me sexual
    but spell it correctly please.

    Do that and you can have a funky accent:



    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, come on, diacritical marks are like sprinkles. They make anything better! ;P


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