Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Philosophy Fragrance, Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

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Hi all!  Looking for some gorgeous fragrance, bath and skincare gift ideas? I was sent these amazing holiday Philosophy products for my honest review.

Philosophy products are amazing quality and smell wonderful!  They would make very nice gifts for the beauty lover in your life.

Here’s what I received:

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Snow Angel Shower Gel, EDT & Hand Lotion gift set ($35 USD) — A fan-favorite, this transportive scent inspired by freshly fallen snow is perfectly paired and packaged in this holiday gift set to celebrate the season in an eau-so heavenly way. opening with a whisper of fresh air accord, notes of watery melon, jasmine petals and gentle orange blossom settle in its heart, and come to rest atop a warm base of creamy vanilla, rich sandalwood and sugared musk. use individually or layer for an even longer-lasting experience.

  • 6 oz. shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
  • .5 oz. spray fragrance
  • 4 oz. hand cream

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Miracles All Year Long 3-Piece Skin Care Set ($65 USD) — Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set trio must-haves for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. Contains:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Moisturizer
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Primer

Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set. great skin begins with America’s #1 cleanser to gently dissolve makeup, lift away impurities and gently tone and hydrate, for a comfortable clean that never feels dry. follow morning and evening with anti-wrinkle miracle worker+. the silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smoothes skin for a more even makeup application and a visible improvement in skin’s appearance. miraculous!

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Amazing Grace Two-Piece Fragrance Holiday Set ($50 USD) — Celebrate with a little extra grace! this gift set duo of philosophy’s beloved icon of fragrance is paired just for the holiday in classic 2 oz. and 0.5 oz. sizes, perfect for on the go. great for gifting (or receiving), this fragrance gift set of the whisper-soft floral fragrance is always appropriate—the perfect must-have on every list.

This is my signature scent, so I’m happy to have a refill!  It’s so nice to wear everyday.  Very soft and feminine.

IMG-2127 These are the wonderful Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Baths.  I love these so much and always look forward to what scents they release each season.  The scents are Warm Apple Cider Donut and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble.  Yum!  And the packaging is so pretty this year! They sell for $18 each.


I recommend all of these products for gifts for someone special or yourself (you’re special, too!).  Do you love giving bath, fragrance and/or skincare gifts for the holidays?

 

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?

 

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?

My Current Fave Bath and Body Products From Le Couvent des Minimes

It definitely is starting to feel like fall in Kansas City. It’s a bit cooler at least.

I was sent the following Le Couvent des Minimes for my honest review. Made in a cloister in the French countryside, these products are crafted with care and love.

Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries

Le Couvent des Minimes Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries (Price: $9 USD) — I love the feel and scent of this lip balm.  Inspired by the sisters’ benevolent works, that so often brought a smile back to the faces of convent residents, the smile lip balm rose and berries aroma helps to nourish and repair lips on a daily basis.

The original recipe combines softening marshmallow with nourishing shea butter and protective apricot oil, its formula with a floral rose and berries aroma works to provide lasting moisture and protection for lips!

Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream ($18 USD)–  Shea butter works with rose oil to help your skin retain its natural moisture while other essential oils exfoliate. This smooths and hydrates my skin amazingly and the scent is fresh and romantic!  I love this on my dry skin when it gets colder.

Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon

Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon ($44 USD) –This is a very fresh, lemony scent and is light enough to spray all over. It combines the invigorating properties of Lemon and Verbena with the firming qualities of prele to revitalize and tone the body.  This is nice after a bath or shower.   

Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil ($38 USD) — The fragrance opens with crisp notes of apple that mingle with the freshness of orange and lemon. The heart reveals a delicate pear flower, magnified by fig flower and fresh basil. The base notes of woods, cedar and soft musk give a feeling of serenity.

I think this is a fresh scent for autumn with the fruit and wood accords. It is perfect for those who don’t usually wear extreme floral scents!

Le Couvent des Minimes is currently available at Amazon.com and DermStore.com

What are your favorite bath and body products?

Fresh Fragrances To Take You From Spring To Summer

I love switching up my fragrance each season!  I have been wearing soft florals for spring, but am now ready to dive into summer’s tropical and bright scents!

My new (for me) favorites is a beachy, light scent, and sweet and spicy perfume, a bright citrus scent and a summery scent for the man in your life:

 

philosophy pure grace summer
philosophy pure grace summer

philosophy pure grace summer ($48 for 2 oz) — pure grace summer is a limited-edition fragrance inspired by the spirit of a beautiful summer day. it’s a warm breeze on your face, a whisper in your ear, as it beckons you toward the sunshine. soak in its carefree warmth, as each ray of sunlight makes you feel pure, whole and new again. this is freedom. this is grace. because when your heart is filled with grace, every day feels like summer. The notes are Bergamot, Coconut Water, Citron Zest, Dune Rose, Cocoa Absolute, Solar Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla.

What I think:  Every time I spritz this scent on, it transports me (mentally) to the beach!  You can really smell the coconut water, solar musk and citrusy notes.  It’s very light and fresh.  I will be wearing this all summer long.

Purchase at www.philosophy.com

Lancôme La Vie est Belle
Lancôme La Vie est Belle

Lancôme La Vie est Belle ($66 for 1 oz. Eau de Parfum) introduces a new olfactive story, the first ever iris gourmand. The juice is made with the most precious natural ingredients, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a twist of gourmand. It entwines the elegance of iris with the strength of Patchouli and the sweetness of a gourmand blend; for an incredible scent with depth and complexity.

Top Note: The elegance of Iris becomes the backbone of the fragrance. It blossoms from the first to the last note like never before.
Middle Note: The strength of Patchouli gives strength and depth.
Base Note: A sweet gourmand adds a burst of unexpected radiance.

What I think: This scent is wonderful for all seasons as it is floral, sweet and a bit spicy.  I think it’s really nice in warm weather, especially at night.  This is the ultimate hot summer night perfume.  And a little goes a long way, it is very concentrated.

Available at http://www.lancome-usa.com

Boss Orange Sunset
Boss Orange Sunset

Boss Orange Sunset ($45.99 1.7 fl. oz., $50.99 2.5 fl. oz) Spritz yourself with this casual orange, white flowers, rose, vanilla and sandalwood perfume, inspired by the summer sunset for modern ladies. It is a fresh, romantic, feminine and enchanting scent that’s perfect for daytime and nighttime wear during the spring and summer months.

What I think: This citrusy fragrance is sweet and romantic.  It is nice for day or night, because it isn’t too strong.  I can see wearing this on summer dates or even for day trips.

Purchase at http://www.fragrancenet.com

The One Dolce and Gabbana
The One Dolce and Gabbana

The One Dolce and Gabbana ($29.99 ) This cologne is a perfect addition to the collection, especially for the warmer months. This cologne is an elegant, unique and classic scent. This is an oriental spicy scent including fragrance notes of coriander, grapefruit, cardamom seed, tobacco, basil, cedar, amber, ginger and orange. You will smell citrusy while still smelling manly.

What I think: Here is a scent for the men in your life!  It is both fresh and spicy.  The citrus makes it perfect for the warmer weather.  The man in your life will love it!

Purchase at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Flash Sale at Lisa Hoffman Beauty!

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Holiday Sale
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Holiday Sale

Today only, you can visit http://www.lisahoffmanbeauty.com and receive a surprise discount on Fragrance Jewelry.  You can save 50%, 60% or 70% off.  When I visited the site, I received a 70% off discount!  That’s a really good deal.

These products smell amazing!  You scent the jewelry and you look and smell wonderful all day long.

Let me know if you visit and what your discount is.

Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Fragrance Gifts for Her

Fragrance is a thoughtful and personal gift.  There are so many different choices out there, but don’t be afraid of surprising her with a new scent.  Check out the notes in the following fragrances.  You might be able to find one that will be perfect for the lady you are shopping for!

Philosophy loveswept holiday collection
Philosophy loveswept holiday collection

Philosophy loveswept holiday collection ($57 USD) — Sweep her off her feet this season with a soft floral fragrance that sparkles with energy and romance. loveswept opens with fresh bergamot and citrus, the heart blooms with pink jasmine, then rests on creamy amber that stays close to the skin. this collection includes the scent in 3 formulas for body and bath that layer beautifully for an indulgent head-to-toe experience. includes eau de toilette 2 oz.; shampoo, bath & shower gel 8 oz. and whipped body crème 4 oz.

Purchase at http://www.philosophy.com

212 VIP Rose by Carolina Herrera
212 VIP Rose by Carolina Herrera

212 VIP Rose by Carolina Herrera ($72.99 for 2.7 fl. oz) features a blend of sweet and sensual notes like pink champagne and amber, making it the perfect finishing touch before a big night out. Champagne, fruity notes, peach blossom, woody notes, white musk.

Available at http://www.fragrancenet.com

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Holiday Serenity Travel Trio
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Holiday Serenity Travel Trio

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Holiday Serenity Travel Trio ($49 USD) — The holiday fragrance trio offers a unique set of our signature scents. Beautifully gifted, each fragrance is designed to envelop you in a scent experience that invites feelings of joy and happiness this holiday season. Wear each one alone or layer them to create your own signature fragrance. Each trio is beautifully packaged in our white gift box, signature wrapping paper and ribbon.

The Serenity Trio includes our fresh and crisp green French Clary Sage, warm and cozy Tuscan Fig, and zesty Japanese Agarwood 15ml eau de parfums.

Available at http://www.lisahoffmanbeauty.com

Katy Perry’s Mad Potion
Katy Perry’s Mad Potion

Katy Perry’s Mad Potion ($49 USD 1.7 fl. oz.) — This magical Katy Perry fragrance unleashes a spell with its notes of bourbon vanilla and sweet white peonies. Notes are Tahitian vanilla orchid, sweet white peony, fresh and crisp apple, musk, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, luminous jasmine petals, soft and whipped fluffy musk, Mexican vanilla bean absolute and glowing amber.

Purchase at http://www.kohls.com