Beauty, cosmetics, Fragrance

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Hi all! It was a beautiful day in Kansas City today, it’s definitely spring!

I have another Mother’s Day Gift guide for you! These are items that I love and think will make great gifts:

 

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This Mother’s Day or any day when Mom deserves a little pampering, let her indulge in a journey of the senses with South of France all-natural soaps (www.southoffrancebodycare.com). They’re kettle-cooked in small batches using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe to create a creamy lather that leaves skin soft and moisturized. And she can choose from one of 14 transporting scents including almond gourmande, blooming jasmine, climbing wild rose, lavender fields, lemon verbena, lush gardenia or mediterranean fig. All South of France liquid and bar soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.

I received some of their newest scents to try — Glazed Apricots, Violet Bouquet, and Cherry Blossom.  They are all very fresh and sweet, so nice for spring.  My favorite is Cherry Blossom, but my family loves all of them.

You can find South of France products in natural and grocery stores nationwide.  Check their website here for locations.

 

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Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance

I of course had to include some of my favorite Philisophy products as they make amazing gifts for moms!

Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance ($50 for 2 oz) a desert summer’s allure can only be described as original, illuminating…extraordinary. we’ve tried to capture the unexpectedly intense beauty of this uniquely wild climate to bring you pure grace desert summer perfume. freesia, ozone, star jasmine and cool cactus blossom meet in a breathtaking blend of fresh florals, anchored by pink clay, blonde woods and musk for a truly special experience. summer is fleeting, but its free spirit lives on and on.

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set
Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set this exclusive giftable collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted, universally loved franchise. the experience opens with the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel featuring a rich, grace-infused lather that leaves skin and hair clean, soft and delicately scented. next, a nourishing treatment of firming body lotion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of perfume will accompany her through the day with grace.

  • 8 oz amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel
  • 2 oz amazing grace eau de toilette perfume
  • 8 oz firming body lotion

Amazing Grace is one of my favorite fragrances.  This is such a pretty set! Philosophy products are available at http://www.philosophy.com

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette ($49 USD) These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. We’re addicted to Bing—a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And we can’t get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax. Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush—ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other.

Shades included:

  • Hot Spot (ivory matte)
  • Caution (soft neutral beige matte)
  • Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)
  • Juicy (soft warm peach)
  • Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)
  • Ambitious (metallic rose copper)
  • Bing (deep mauve matte)
  • Devilish (reddish plum matte)
  • Young Love (metallic cranberry)
  • Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)
  • Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free. Available at http://www.urbandecay.com, Sephora and Ulta.

 

BREVENA Basics Pack
BREVENA Basics Pack

BREVENA Basics Pack ($178 USD) — contains bestselling products to get your skin smooth, healthy, and hydrated! Enjoy a full size Daily Hydration Moisturizer, Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream, and a deluxe travel size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair.

Pack contains:

Daily Hydration Moisturizer    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($79 Value)

Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($89 Value)

*may have blue OR white lid

Travel Size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair    0.5 FL. OZ. / 15 ML ($20 Value)

Purchase at shop.brevena.com


Have you done your Mother’s Day shopping yet?  Any beauty gifts on your shopping list?

 

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Beauty, Fragrance

Happy National Fragrance Day!

Hi all! It’s National Fragrance Day today.  What is your favorite fragrance?  My signature scent is Amazing Grace by Philosophy, but I always love trying new scents!

I wanted to focus on some new-to-me scents for National Fragrance Day. Here are beautiful fragrances to try:

Mimzi by Marguerite Germai
Mimzi by Marguerite Germain

Mimzi by Marguerite Germain ($65 USD) — Honoring her Mother, Dr. Marguerite Germain has created this exquisite fragrance epitomizing unique independence, passion, and kindness. Letting nothing hold her back and rising to the top as a distinguished woman of the 20th century, “Mimzi” eau de parfum exudes classic elegance. The fragrance combines the lively spirit of a diva with natural beauty that is ageless.

Top Notes: Citrus-floral, soft lemon, sweet orange, currant, watery, airy, fresh

Middle or Heart Notes:   tuberose, jasmine, grassy, light bitter orange

Base Notes:  sandalwood, light cedar, jasmine

 AVAILABILITY: germaindermatology.com

LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Fragrance
LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Fragrance

LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Fragrance ($48; Sephora.com): The perfect vanilla, this sexy blend of pure Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia, and creamy tonka bean is seductive and magnetic. A grown up expression of vanilla, this fragrance is more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie. Hailed as the world’s first healthy fragrance, natural technology infuses organic sugar cane alcohol with skin-saving botanicals and antioxidants for a modern twist on the classic art of perfumery.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette
Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette

Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette ($65 USD) — Our much-loved heavenly fragrance is now available in an alluring eau de toilette, blended with ginger, jasmine and floral notes.

Top notes: cardamom, ginger and clove.
Heart notes: tuberose, tagetes, lily and jasmine.
Base notes: cedarwood, sandalwood and musk.

Purchase at http://www.moltonbrown.com

Goutal Paris Eau d’Hadrien EDP
Goutal Paris Eau d’Hadrien EDP

Goutal Paris Eau d’Hadrien EDP ($127 USD for 1.7 oz) — The first fragrance from the legendary house of Annick Goutal, conveys the fiery sun and the brilliant light of Tuscany add to the charm of the cypress-lined terraces. The hottest hour of the day is the best time to sink into the soft shade of the lemon trees and reread a few passages from Memoirs of Hadrian.

Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Citron, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin, Ylang-Ylang, Cypress, Bergamot
Purchase at us.goutalparis.com

Tocca Monatuk Candela

Tocca Monatuk Candela ($42; Tocca.com) Retreat to where the sound meets the sea. Breathe in the salt air, cucumber and sea grass abound in this natural and unspoiled haven. The perfect accessory for your home and can be used as a jewelry holder or for decor after the candle is done. Uniquely beautiful and richly fragranced with our classic scents, our luxurious hand-poured candle will captivate your senses.

Purchase at tocca.com

What fragrance are you wearing today?

 

bath products, Beauty, Fragrance, Gifts, Nail Care, Skincare

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Beauty Gifts Sets

Hi all!  I’m back with more gorgeous holiday gift ideas! Today I am focusing on sets of items that you can try out or give to a beauty fan!

Below is a variety of holiday gift sets from fragrance, to skincare to bath and body and nails:

LAVANILA Holiday Rollerball trio
LAVANILA Holiday Rollerball trio

LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance Rollerball Trio: Find your favorite with this trio of hand-crafted, roller-ball fragrances. Each exquisite scent infuses organic sugar cane alcohol with a beautiful blend of pure essential oils for a luxurious experience that is gentle on sensitive skin. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. Set includes 3 x 5ml roller-ball fragrances $20 ($45 value)

  • Vanilla Coconut — Paradise Found: Creamy coconut, Tahitian tiare flower and Madagascar vanilla.

  • Pure Vanilla — The Perfect Vanilla: Warm Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia and creamy tonka bean.

  • Vanilla Grapefruit — Sparkling Citrus: Juicy pink grapefruit, fresh lime, cedar wood and Madagascar vanilla.

 

 

Zoella Beauty Cosmos Fragrance Collection ($16.50 USD) — Discover a scent that’s out of this world with the Zoella Cosmos Fragrance Collection. Cosmos features crisp, uplifting notes of mint blended with delicious red fruits to create a very special limited edition fragrance and body lotion. This set includes:

  • Cosmos Fragrance (1.5 oz)
  • Cosmos Lotion (4.4 oz)

Zoella Beauty Scents of Wonder Rollerball Trio ($12.95 USD) — Discover these fragranced wonders in the Zoella Scents of Wonder Rollerball Trio. This trio of rollerballs are the perfect partners for your handbag. This trio includes:

  • Sweet Inspiration Rollerball (0.3 oz)
  • Gelat’eau Rollerball (0.3 oz)
  • Botanic’eau Rollerball (0.3 oz)

Purchase at Ulta.com

Morgan Taylor Lacquer has come out with the Forever Fabulous Marilyn Monroe” Holiday/Winter 2018 Collection.  The collection is beautiful!  You can purchase 16 new individual shades of polish inspired by Marilyn Monroe, or there are some fun bundles like the ones above.

REACT TRIO WITH BAG — Includes 15ml bottles of REACT Base Coat, REACT Top Coat,
Wish Upon A Starlet polish, and a Marilyn Monroe makup bag

CLASSIC MINI 4 PACK — Includes 5ml bottles of She’s A Natural, Hollywood’s Sweetheart,
A Kiss From Marilyn, and The Camera Loves Me.

You can find a salon to purchase at http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com and some of the sets are available at Ulta.com.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Holiday Duo
Colorescience Sunforgettable Holiday Duo

Colorescience Sunforgettable Holiday Duo ($45 USD) — This holiday duo features our Mini Colorescience® Sunforgettable® Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 and Mini Lip Shine SPF 35, in an exclusive scarlet shade.

ONEOSEVEN Gift Set
ONEOSEVEN Gift Set

ONEOSEVEN Gift Set ($79  USD) — A limited edition gift set containing the brand’s newly launched 107 line containing all the essentials for glowing, refreshed skin. Rose Vinegar Water can be used as a makeup setting spray or as a midday refresher that calms and hydrates. An Oil-in-Gel Cleanser with a dual action formula containing Jojoba Seed Oil in a gel base that emulsifies with water to provide a gentle yet deep clean. And finally, an illuminator with 14 different natural oils and amino acids to provide a healthy, soft luminous glow. Plus, all products come in a complimentary branded tote bag!

Purchase at GothamGrove.com

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do you buy beauty gifts? I give beauty products to my friends and family, and I have a stockpile for them, but it’s fun to buy these amazing sets!

 

 

 

Beauty, Book Review, Fragrance, Subscription Boxes

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is next Sunday.  Time to get shopping!

I have some great picks for Dad.  Below is a fun fishing subscription box, fragrance, skincare and a book:

Fathers Day Bass XL
Fathers Day Bass XL

 

Lucky Tackle Box is the #1 fishing subscription box in America, where you can sign up and receive a monthly package full of the hottest lures, tackle and products in the sport fishing industry.  I received a sample of the Father’s Day Bass XL.

Lucky Tackle Box ships once a month, with each box packed full of some of the top fishing lures, tackle and accessories in the industry. LTB has 10 different boxes for species ranging from Bass to Walleye, Trout to Fly Fishing.

Subscription plans are set up for 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month durations. The Regular box is from $15.99 per month and is approximately a $25 value.  The XL box is from 25.99 a month and is approximately a $40 value.

 

The KORRES assortment of Greek grooming essentials are formulated with clinically-proven ingredients that reflect the brand’s deep knowledge of authentic herbal remedies. KORRES identifies powerful natural ingredients and maximizes the effectiveness to address the skincare needs of men, from dads to grads. The ABSINTHE Men’s Shave Cream and MARIGOLD & GINSENG Aftershave Balm are must-have grooming items that are perfect for Father’s Day (and even the soon-to-be graduate).
  • ABSINTHE Men’s Shave Cream ($32.50 USD) : This richly textured shave cream helps your razor glide smoothly over skin to ensure a deep and comfortable shave. Absinthe Shave Cream is a brushless, non-foaming preparation and, as it is formulated at a milder pH than lathering creams—preventing skin roughness.
  • MARIGOLD & GINSENG Aftershave Balm: The light textured and nutrient-rich balm is made for after-shave care. Enriched with energizing ginseng and anti-inflammatory marigold, it reduces irritation commonly caused by shaving. Ginseng extract enables the delivery of nutrients—ensuring the healthy appearance of skin.
Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray
Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray

Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur Eau de Toilette Spray ($162 3.4 oz) — An ode to masculine elegance. A perfume that combines the freshness of bergamot and Italian citrus with the warm and enveloping notes of sandalwood.

Blvgari Man Black Orient Cologne
Bvlgari Man Black Orient Cologne

Bvlgari Man Black Orient Cologne (3.4oz – $89, 2oz – $68, 1oz – $50) — Combines the strength of leather and oud with the sophistication of Tair rose, expressing a scent that is suave, heady and wild. Also combines the collection’s signature rum and tuberose with added thread of woods in each base with a new smokiness that evokes the scent’s Oriental muse.

Available at Bulgari stores nationwide; for additional information and retail visit Bulgari.com

Three Gorges Dam Front Cover
Three Gorges Dam Front Cover

Three Gorges Dam by Thomas V. Harris — New Yorker Michael Brannigan and the People’s Republic of China are concluding a triumphant week. The PRC’s top energy consultant has fallen in love with Australian geophysicist Kylie Ryan while traveling in Xinjiang Province. President Lao Ming is in Beijing hosting a game-changing summit with the United States. CNN is broadcasting the new reality: the Communist juggernaut has surpassed the United States as the world’s top superpower.

Brannigan’s train is retracing Marco Polo’s historic journey—when the Silk Road Express reaches the Far East’s Far West, his team of engineers will assist the Chinese in developing the world’s richest oil fields. As Brannigan heads deeper into the Taklamakan Desert, President Lao’s motorcade is approaching the end of its parade route. In a few hours, the president will arrive at the Hall of Purple Light to celebrate his victory.

All that changes in two blinks of an eye. Television cameras capture the crumbling of the Communist regime while China’s Young Turks and Fighting Monks rock the country. Caught up in the violence, Brannigan’s love affair meets a tragic end. Hostiles are raging and the Chinese miracle is self-destructing. In the midst of the turmoil, Brannigan returns to China for a hush-hush assignment at Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric facility. There, he overcomes his demons and finds lasting happiness. Everything is coming up aces.

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Fragrance, Haircare

Fun Products For Easy Summer Beauty!

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Happy Friday!  I’ve received samples of some fun products for my honest review.  Some are new and some are new to me, but all are fun for the summer to some degree!

Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist ($14 for 2 oz) – The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Deep Sea Body Mist is…the water.  Found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90 trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium.  A few simple spritzes to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes. 

I first thought this was like a body cologne spray, but it has a very fine mist and I read that it can be used on the face.  I have the Pikake, which smells like a Hawaiian lei, and the Passion Fruit.  I LOVE the passion fruit one, it’s one of my favorite scents. These are very refreshing and hydrating.

Hotheads’ Mini G Hairbrush ($9.29 USD) – Good things really do come in small packages!  The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag.  Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks.  It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun.  Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair.  Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.  

Mally Beauty More Is More Mascara ($20 USD) has a special brush designed to grip lashes and smooth mascara out to the very tips for exceptional length and definition. Has a rich, creamy, jet black formula. It took me a few uses to get a very voluminous look.  And it only really lengthens if I use a primer underneath. It is very black, though!

Mally Beauty Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil ($27.21 USD for 3) — I received this in Crystal Clear, but you can get a trio including Crystal Clear, Peach Me and What a Melon. This is a conditioning oil that gives shine like a gloss, but it’s not sticky. It has a minty taste. This is nice when I want something on my lips, but don’t want to wear color.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Colored Mascara ($5 USD) — Delivers intense opaque color that will not clump or flake. Maximum bristled brush helps give volume and length to all lashes. Available in 8 colored mascaras and two glitter top coats. The two shades I received are the glitter top coats in Disco Ball and Shooting Star.  Disco Ball has silver glitter and shows up more than Shooting Star, which has black and multi-colored glitter. These show up the best in the sunlight.  They are fun, but I will probably be giving them to my daughter.

What products have you been trying out lately?

 

 

Beauty, Fragrance, Gifts

Philosophy Mother’s Day Fragrance Gift Sets

Mother’s Days is a little over 2 weeks away, time to get shopping! I think fragrance is such a sweet gift to give to mom and the other ladies in my life.

I was sent these amazing sets from Philosophy to try out.  I love the variety that the brand offers.  There’s a scent for everyone!

Fresh Cream 3 Piece Set
Fresh Cream 3 Piece Set

Fresh Cream 3 Piece Set ($47 USD) — Give mom a gift as sweet as she is! This is a Philosophy fan-favorite fragrance.  This includes spray eau de toilette with 2 award-winning body formulas infused with the creamy vanilla scent, for a luxurious layering experience that will last. I think this is perfect for any women on your list.  It’s not a strong scent and appeals to so many people. Purchase at philosophy.com and Philosophy retailers.

Amazing Grace 3 Piece Set
Amazing Grace 3 Piece Set

Amazing Grace 3 Piece Set ($57 USD) — This is my signature scent. The notes are bergamot, muguet blossoms and musk. This set includes the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel, a hydrating and firming body emulsion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of eau de toilette will accompany her through the day with grace. Purchase at philosophy.com and Philosophy retailers.

Pure Grace 3 Piece Set
Pure Grace 3 Piece Set

Pure Grace 3 Piece Set ($57 USD) — This scent is a clean soap and water scent, perfect for classic and outdoorsy ladies.  This collection features the scent 3 ways, perfect for enjoying individually or layering for a longer-lasting experience, beautifully packaged for presenting. Purchase at philosophy.com and Philosophy retailers.

 

Amazing Grace Ballet Rose 2 Piece Set
Amazing Grace Ballet Rose 2 Piece Set

Amazing Grace Ballet Rose 2 Piece Set ($50 USD) — This is a fresh take on amazing grace, wrapped in elegant rose, sparkling peony and pink musk. This is for the woman who loves the scent of fresh roses. This  includes 2 sizes perfect for home (2 oz.) and on the go (0.5 oz. mini), wrapped and ready for gifting.  This is available exclusively at Ulta stores and Ulta.com.

Pure Grace Nude Rose 2 Piece Set
Pure Grace Nude Rose 2 Piece Set

Pure Grace Nude Rose 2 Piece Set ($50 USD) —  This new scent has notes of blush rose, orange flower, warm cedarwood and musk. I really like this scent.  It’s soft and warm, so nice for spring and summer! This gift set includes: pure grace nude rose eau de toilette, 2-oz.pure grace nude rose eau de toilette, 0.5-oz. Purchase at Macy’s stores and Macys.com

Have you tried Philosophy scents? Which one is your favorite?

Beauty, Fragrance

Celebrate National Fragrance Day With Zoella Beauty!

It’s National Fragrance Day friends! What fragrance are you wearing today?

I’ve received some Zoella Beauty fragrances for my honest review. They are affordable and really fun. Plus, Zoe is so fun to watch on YouTube, I’m happy to support her!

Sweet Inspirations ($12.95): inspired by the sweet scent of macaroons, this deliciously chic fragrance will leave you smelling totally irresistible.  This is my favorite.  It smells like vanilla and is a warm scent.  I think it’s appropriate for all occasions.

Gelat’eau Body Mist ($12.95): inspired by ice cream and desserts, Zoe Sugg created this indulgent fragrance with notes Elderflower Jelly, Pomegranate and Rich Double Cream. This smells very floral to me, not like a food scent at all.  Maybe it’s the elderflower?  It’s nice if you like fresh, floral scents.

Blissful Mistful ($12.95): this super light and feminine scent contains fresh & floral notes of Wild Strawberry, Grapefruit, Violet, Jasmine, Gardenia & Vanilla. The fruit extracts are enriched with Vitamin E for even more delightful body benefits. Blissful Mistful also comes in a solid fragrance option ($8.50).

These are so nice.  Simple packaging and fun, youthful fragrances.  They are available at Ulta.com.  Have you tried Zoella Beauty?