On July 26th, I celebrated the launch of HSN's Forsaken luxury fragrance and beauty collection, inspired by HBO's True Blood. Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Pam De Beaufort on True Blood, co-hosted the launch alongside HSN and HBO at AIRE Ancient Baths at 88 Franklin Street. Guests indulged in the collection and enjoyed signature cocktails, complimentary manicures and channeled their own inner vampire at the photo booth with a lipstick touch up and fangs.
The Forsaken collection, debuting on August 9th, includes an exclusive fragrance developed by Givaudan, luxury home goods from D.L. & Co and a first-ever lip color with coordinating nail shade from Deborah Lippman.
My favorite in the collection is the Forsaken Eau de Parfum, a sultry, seductive fragrance with pulpy fruits paired with crisp pear notes, followed by mid notes of night blooming jasmine and closes with the dark muskiness of amber and patchouli. A body cream and shimmering body veil powder is also available.
The Forsaken fragrance is cleverly incorporated into nail lacquer developed by Deborah Lippmann. The lacquer that carries the fragrance is entitled “Let It Bleed” and is part of a combination set with a coordinating lipstick – Lippmann’s first ever -- called “Bite Me,” which is also at the top of my list. Lippmann also created two additional sets for the collection: “Sookie Sookie” featuring full-size “Human Nature,” “Fairydust” and “Bad Things;” and a trio of minis including “Strange Love,” “New Flesh” and “Bad Blood.”
Luxury candles and diffusers make the perfect home gifts for any True Blood fan.
Forsaken will launch exclusively on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN mobile. The collection will also be available at the HBO Shop in September and at specialty retailers in late 2012.
Be sure to tune into HSN for the Forsaken launch, with four one hour segments running throughout the day on August 9th, starting at 12:01am.
- Kim Weling