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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Is Narciso Rodriguez's New Fragrance a Must-Have?

It’s been so hot out the past week in Los Angeles that the last thing I’ve wanted to do was spritz on a heady fragrance so I had to wait on featuring the latest from NARCISO RODRIGUEZ. Well it’s now cooled down a tad and since we’re making the transition out of light and airy fragrances to ones more suited for fall, it’s time to talk about 'Narciso' Eau de Parfum ($95/1.6oz, $112/3oz only @ bloomingdales.com).

I know I’ve shown you my fragrance, I guess you would call it a collection at this point, in previous posts but in case you forgot … voila!

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I think I end up adding a bottle to my perfume shelf only every few months as I have a pretty discerning nose that likes unique and mostly bold. I’ll give each one I come across a nice trial but if it’s not love, it goes to a friend that can give it some.

So how did this one fare? It’s funny because the first few times I wore it, I was really liking it and then about the 4th time, I spritzed some on, went out my biz and about 30 minutes later was not in the mood for it. That’s the only way I can describe it!

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This is Mr. Rodriguez’s forth scent creation in the marketplace and this one seems to be a beautiful follow to the others, that have done quite well, I might add.

This one is described as a woody musk, with top notes of gardenia and white rose, middle of musk all on a base of vetiver, white cedar extract and cedar. Yes, it’s heavy on the base notes and my nose had a hard time detecting the top notes.

His goal with this fragrance was to create one that was intoxicating and sensual and I think he succeeded and I might goes as far to say that it seems unisex. So does this one go on my perfume shelf? You betcha!

Give this one a whiff next time you’re in Bloomingdales as it’s one to at least experience. 

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Penhaligon's Tralala Gets Playful

I wonder what the percentage of importance the fragrance industry considers the overall packaging, which includes the actual bottle, when it comes to putting out a new scent? The latest from PENHALIGON’S is Tralala EDP ($200/3.4oz @ penhaligons.com and smallflower.com) is a clear demonstration of its importance and wow, I’m just stunned at the story this tells as you see the box and upon opening it. The doll inside the doll box brings back memories of childhood and the face on the doll reminds me of the clothespin dolls I used to make in art class as a child. 

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Juliette Has a Gun AND a New Universal Atomizer!

When I first came across these fragrance atomizers, I was sooooooooooo excited! I got about 6 of them and loaded ‘em up with my favorite perfumes. But the course of a few months, I noticed that the fragrance seemed to just disappear from each of them. I thought they might have spilled but upon checked the interior of my purse with my nose, that didn’t seem to be the case. So I refilled two of them and kept a close eye on both and a short period of time, what I suspected besides spillage was true. It seems that if you put perfume in these, it evaporates and I’m positive that that’s what happened, so they are off my list of must haves. So much so that I really want to just delete them from my website, but I think people should know that perfume can evaporate in them and have noted that in an update to 2 posts that I have on them. What I really liked about these is the way you filled them up. Just click here or above to see. I’m so beauty sad and disappointed, to say the least.

Anyway, I must move on, right? I’ve always been fascinated with the JULIETTE HAS A GUN brand and they just revamped their Universal Purse Spray ($35) so now I have a new one to fall in love with! I have their Purse Bullet Perfume Oil (Roll-on) that was one of my gift picks a few years ago and I still love and wear the Lady Vengeance fragrance that was made to come with it. With this one, it’s a perfumed oil and you slide the glass vial in from the bottom, so I’m sure that inspired this new one.

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This atomizer comes with a small funnel and the PR company also sent me the Not a Perfume scent that comes in bottle with a dropper so it’s easy to transfer some of it into the bullet sprayer. 

 

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Friday, May 09, 2014

What I’m Loving Right … Now!

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Face Love
- JOUER COSMETICS Essentials Matte Touch ($26 @ jouercosmetics.com) – It’s officially the season of shiny faces, so make sure you carry a translucent mattifier with you at all times. This one from Jouer really absorbs oil and contains good-for-skin ingredients like vitamins C, D & E and Willow Bark Extract.

Wipe Love - TARTE ‘Fresh Eyes’ Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes ($12/30 wipes @ tartecosmetics.com) – I love me some face wipes and it was only a matter of time before our tarte friends came out with some. These combine maracuja with fruit extracts to fully remove makeup and nourish the skin.

Body Love - THE GRAPESEED CO Custom Lotion in Mama’s Blend ($22/8oz @ grapeseedco.com) – While I prefer a body oil to a lotion these days, I’m simply loving this lotion in grapeseed, aloe & coconut! And it’s made with quality ingredients. Make your own custom lotion with their rich vinotherapy body lotion and you can even choose your own name and bottle color.

Hair Love - PUREOLOGY ‘Strength Cure’ Restorative Masque ($50/5.2oz @ pureology.com on where to buy) – No matter what month the calendar says, my strands always seems in need of a hair mask. This latest mask from one of my favorite hair care lines fortifies strands with Asta-Repair including Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, which  reduces breakage of micro-scarred/damaged color-treated hair.

Fragrance Love - NOMAD TWO WORLDS Wild Fire EDP from the Raw Spirit Collection ($35/7.5ml rollerball @ nomadtwoworlds.com) – this warm scent pays tribute to one of the founder’s native land of Australia with sandalwood, creamy amber along with ylang ylang, jasmine on a base of musk and cedarwood. Really nice.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Shake, Drop, Buff with new bareSkin from Bare Escentuals

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BARE ESCENTUALS
wants you to throw out everything you know about liquid foundation when reading about their latest release. And this was their stance when releasing their famed bareMinerals Foundation many moons ago. The brand highly dislikes liquid foundation because at the time most were filled with chemicals and just overall bad for the skin. So I’m surprised and delighted at the same time with this new release from them.

When looking at the bottle of bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($29/1oz), it looks like any other liquid foundation you’d find at cosmetic counters/drugstores but(it) they call this a foundation in the serum form. Ummm, huh? It’s a serum with half the ingredients of a traditional foundation and it comes with a lot of yes’s and no’s as in:

  • No Oils
  • No Silicon
  • No Water
  • No Parabens
  • No Fragrance
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-Chemical Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Created for all skin types and tones, the super thin formula combines a tone-correcting mineral foundation and a brightening serum in one container. And you can adjust the coverage by how many drops you use: 2 drops = sheer coverage, 4 drops = medium coverage, 6 drops = full coverage.

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So does this give my face the look of perfect skin like it’s goal? In a word, well two, surprisingly YES! I was super surprised at how it covered the few dark spots I have on my face that I haven’t been able to get rid of. I mean, it covered them lickety-split AND it didn’t fade after an hour or two.

What’s in this formula is, “an ultra-thin, weightless fluid that harnesses jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut-derived base. Combined with a potent blend of vitamin C and supercharged lilac plant stem cells.” So it not over covers up marks on the face but the vitamin C will help make them fade away for good. And from one of their studies, they claim 95% of participants in a clinical study saw a measurable improvement in the appearance of dark spots over an 8 week period. Hmmmm. Well I’m going to use foundation anyway so might as well help out the dark spots I’ve been wanting to rid my face of, right?

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And they recommend using this with their cool Perfecting Face Brush ($28). The brush has a reservoir in the middle of it where you drop the drops of foundation. I’m sure you can get good coverage with just using your fingers or a sponge but this using this buffing brush is actually pretty fun … as much as foundation application can be fun. 

Choose from 20 shades @ bareminerals.com and nordstrom.com.

Is this a foundation you’ll be checking out? 

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Get Fragrance Fitted with Commodity

How do you purchase your fragrances? Maybe see an ad for the new Gucci or Chanel and deciding to try it? I think we’ve all done that but when it comes to brands that may not have the big reputation of the aforementioned, it can be hard to decide and I’m sure more peeps would try indy brands like this next one if they had their system in place. They're called COMMODITY and their system allows you to try 5 or 10 of their scents at your own pace and in your own home. The below graphic easily demonstrates it!

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Place an order for what they call a Fitting Kit (spray vials sealed in plastic packs) – either 5 samples (their best-sellers) for $5 or the full 10 samples for $9 (free shipping on both). Try each scent out and if you find a fave, you can order The Trio (set of three 10ml sprays for $48) or The 100 (a 100ml spray size for $108) in that scent. And your Fitting Kit cost is free if you order within 30 days of them sending you the Fitting Kit (the cost of the Fitting Kit will be deducted from your purchase of either of the bigger sizes when you order through their website). Can I type the words Fitting Kit one more time in the previous sentence?? :)

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The men’s frags are in black packaging and the women’s come in white (all are eau de parfums). Yes, I think the sealed packs are a bit excessive and wasteful but maybe they will come up with another presentation for the samples. 

So let me break the scents down for you: the women’s fragrances come in three categories – Fresh Scents (Tea, Moss, Mimosa),Warm Scents (Gold, Paper), Floral Scents (Ivy, Rain, Dew, Magnolia, Pinot).

The men’s is also broken down into three categories – Fresh Scents (Cloth, Moss, Cane) Warm Scents (Wool, Gold, Whiskey, Paper), Woodsy Scents (Gin, Book, Oak).

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Don’t you just love the simple names of these??

So there you have it. Very simple and very easy. I've smelled all of the women's scents and almost all of the men's scents and this company knows quality. Each scent is made in small batches to ensure freshness and they bottle them up right here in California!

As far as my favorites, I surprisingly leaned towards the floral ones (must be the time of year!) with Ivy and Pinot coming out on top and for the men's, I'm holding the Cane to spray on the next man in my life. 

Is this something you want to try? Check out more about this company @ commoditygoods.com

A men's Fitting Kit and women's Fitting Kit were sent to me gratis for this review. 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

What I'm Loving Right ... Now!

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LORAC Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color
in Orchid ($16 @ loraccosmetics.com) – this color is so right now! It’s not the typical red I tend to gravitate towards and wow, does it last a long time on my lips. And it’s infused with good stuff like Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and vitamins C & E, so glad to have this on my lips for hours.

ESCADA Born in Paradise EDT ($45/1oz, $45/1.6oz, $75/3.3oz @ sephora.com) – I think half the country has been praying for spring and this new scent from Escada just brings my nose to it full throttle! The notes are sweet and springy – green apple, guava, watermelon, pineapple, coconut milk, jasmine tea, all on a base of sandalwood, cedarwood and musk.

SUM BUM Continuous Spray Sunscreen ($15.99/6oz @ trustthebum.com) – every season it’s a good idea to update your sunscreen and this season I’m trusting the Bum!  Available in SPF 15, SPF 30, SPF 50 and SPF 70, I think one of these will have you cover (no pun intended) and since the continuous spray is widely available, is there any other way to go?

DOLCE & GABBANA The Brow Liner - Shaping Eyebrow Pencil ($45 @ saksfifthavenue.com) – when I first saw under the cap, it instantly reminded me of this one with its teardrop shape. Though I’m a fan of a harder formula like this one, I wouldn’t say this one is soft by any means, and, dare I say, I think that it lasts longer on my brows than my Holy Grail one. Yikes! Available in 4 shades,

GILLETTE Venus Snap Razor ($12.99 @ drugstore.com) – yup it’s cute (so tiny and colorful), yup it’s compact (fits in the palm of your hand), and yup it has 5 blades. Weren’t we up to 4 last check? So now here’s 5! And it’s surprisingly easy to wield in the shower and the handy blue case makes it a travel no brainer. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5 Favorite ... Springtime Scents

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1. DOLCE & GABBANA ‘Dolce’ EDP ($90/1.6oz, $112/2.5oz @ nordstrom.com and macys.com) – this scent was released to take the wearer, “on a sensual journey through the heart of Dolce&Gabbana’s DNA: the noble and evocative land of Sicily.” The scent opens with Neroli leaves, Papaya flower, White Water Lily, White Daffodil, White Amaryllis on a base of musk and accents of Cashmeran (a musky/powdery note) and floral accents.

2. HAMSA by Celine Leora Perfume ($65/3.4oz @ hamsa-perfume.com) – fascinated by the Hamsa amulet since child growing up in Morocco, the Creator of this fragrance wanted to use the symbol of it to provide the wearer with good fortune and protection, which the centuries-old symbol is known to have. She chose notes that represented the Easter, Western and Middle Eastern cultures by combining notes of White Lotus, Frankincense (not usually a fan of this scent but it works really nicely in this perfume), black currant and coffee. Another great one if you want to be the only one in the room wearing this.

3. MOLTON BROWN Heavenly Gingerlily Candle ($49/30 hours @ moltonbrown.com) – this floriental is just so…. Spring, summer, fall, really anytime kind of scent to smell but I’m really feeling it right now. The mix of cardamom, peach, ginger, jasmine, and plum really speak to me.

4. ATKINSONS 1799 Fashion Decree EDT ($175/3.3oz @ atkinsons1799.com and barneys.com) – this may say it’s an eau de toilette but it wears more like an eau de parfum as the notes just dance and dance for quite a bit of time before dying down; more than a traditional EDT. This one combines Pink Peppercorn, Chinese Magnolia, and Patchouli. If you like your scents tré unique, this might be one for you to check out.

5. Love2Love in Freesia + Violet Petals EDT from COTY ($9.98/3.4oz @ Walmart stores and walmart.com) – such a simple scent and so fitting for right now as we transition into a new season. And it won’t break the bank! It has top notes of peach blossom, lily petals and lavender; middle notes of freesia, rose and violet blossom; and bottom notes of sheer musk and heliotrope. So if you like your scents light and airy, this is one to check out. An eau de toilette is the lightest of all the perfume versions and this one for sure won’t enter the room before you do. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Calyx Is Back!

Some classics never go away but when the Prescriptives line did, I thought their iconic Calyx Fragrance would too so I used it very sparingly, until I found out that CLINIQUE picked it up. Yeah! It came out in 1986 and it’s really unlike anything I have smelled before. I can’t even think of one that is close! It’s a fruity floral that light and crisp with notes of grapefruit and mandarin and then freesia, rose and jasmine, among others. Then, bubbling under are the greens that come through like sandalwood, vetiver and oakmoss. $52/1.7oz, $69/3oz @ clinique.com

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gift Picks: Because Now You’re Desperate!

What It Is: Ok, it’s the weekend before Christmas and you’re not even close to being done, so here are some recommendations to help you knock it out quickly. So if you go by online, most sites have expedited shipping. If you go by store, you’ll find these sets in the major department stores or Sephora. Don’t sacrifice quality just because you are late to the game!!

Why I Like ALL  of These: Quality, Price and Usability! So here are gifts that are guaranteed to get a “WOW!” out of the recipient.

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BARE ESCENTUALS Degrees of Dazzlingnow marked down to $49 @ bareescentuals.com

What It Its: 20 of their bareMinerals Eyecolors in 4 different finishes.

Why I Like It: Heck, what’s not to like?? This set rocks!

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MARC JACOBS Trio Rollerball Gift Set - $39 @ marcjacobs.com

What It Is: 3 of his best-selling scents: Daisy Eau So Fresh, Dot and Daisy.

Why I Like It: Even though I think these scents are more reserved for the springtime, it’s good to stock up now! And I love a rollerball form for the purse.

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