Fab Fragrance Picks For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up fast!  What are you getting Mom (or wife, mother-in-law, aunt, friend, etc)?  Don’t know?  Don’t worry!  I have lots of suggestions for great beauty gifts coming in the next week or so.

How about the gift of fragrance?  Here are some of my current favorite gift ideas:

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set
philosophy amazing grace edt layering set

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set ($57 USD) — Amazingly clean and beautifully feminine. The fragrance opens with bergamot to greet the senses. At the heart lie irresistibly soft, clean muguet blossoms. Finally, lasting musk envelops the skin with its classic beauty.

This set contains:
– 2 oz Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette spray
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Body Lotion
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Bath & Shower Gel

Purchase this and many more great sets at http://www.philosophy.com

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign
Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign (30ML /$39.00; 100ML/$59.00) — This limited edition scent opens with notes of pink freesia, violet petals and cassis. Heart notes of natural davana, gardenia and May flower rose balance out the woody base of cashemeran and cedarwood oil.

Where to buy: katyperryfragrances.com, mass retailers

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection ($36 USD) — If you want to give mom a variety, try this 5-piece collection of perfectly portable mini roller-ball fragrances. Inspired by nature, each exquisite fragrance pairs a beautiful blend of pure essential oils with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla for a unique experience that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. This set includes 5 x 5ml roller-balls: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, and Vanilla Lavender .


Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga



Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid
Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid

Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid (15ml/0.5 oz $20) — For the fierce and feminine mom, this enticing scent both invites and intoxicates those who encounter it. The fragrance opens with a sparkling allure of the tantalizing trio of pomegranate, coconut water and boysenberry. Honeysuckle and blooming magnolia frame the butterfly orchid to create a bold bouquet. The base showcases simmering sexy notes of blond woods, skin musks and gilded amber adding to its sensuality.

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection
L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection

L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection ($78 USD) — Inspired by and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France, La Collection de Grasse includes stunning fragrances that combine precious ingredients from lands near and far: Néroli & Orchidée, Fleur d’Or & Acacia, Cedre & Oranger, Jasmine & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade. Each eau de toilette of the Collection is made with natural extracts, which yield the purest and clearest notes.




Scents For The Home and For You!

I love to change personal and home scents for seasons, occasions and even moods.  I find that the right fragrance can set the scene for romance, a cozy night in or even a fun night out on the town!

I have received samples of these scents for my honest opinion.  While they might not be for everyone as fragrance is subjective, you might find one that you love!

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil

For your body: L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil ($36 USD): Highlight your look with Pivoine Flora Shimmering oil. With light touches on the forehead, cheeks and hair for an immediate highlighting effect. The shimmering oil will leave behind the delicate floral and green fragrance of Pivoine Flora.

What I think: This scent is a pretty, light floral that is a great transition fragrance into spring.  It is also romantic, a shimmery look for Valentine’s Day maybe…

L’Occitane products may be purchased at usa.loccitane.com

Killer Queen by Katy Perry
Killer Queen by Katy Perry

For you: Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($60 3.4 oz) — Sexy. Royal. Radiant. Killer Queen by Katy Perry is an intoxicating and charmingly playful floriental fragrance with luscious notes fit for royalty. Inspired by a Queen’s scepter, the jewel-shaped bottle portrays sexy sophistication and luxury. The rich gold crown cap showcases a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence.

  • Top Notes: Dark Plum, Wild Berry, Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Natural Jasmine Sambac, Rainbow Plumeria, Red Velvet Flower
  • Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline

What I think: A very sexy and sultry scent.  Perfect for romantic nights out and in!

Available at Macy’s and Macys.com.


Guess Night Eau de Toilette
Guess Night Eau de Toilette

For your man: Guess Night Eau de Toilette ($65 3.4 oz) — Confidence that owns the night… A sexy energy that can be felt the minute you walk into a room… Adrenaline created by the excitement and adventure of the night life. He doesn’t prepare for the night… he OWNS it!

  • Top notes: Hot pepper, Grapefruit, Elemi
  • Middle notes: Cedarwood, Geranium Fruit, Vetiver
  • Dry down: Black Vanilla, Parchouli, Labdanum

What I think: A spicy, sexy scent for him.  Hmm…maybe I should have made this a Valentine’s Day post?!  The fragrances so far have ben perfect for a romantic rendezvous.  This is perfect for the man who likes a spicier scent.

Available at Macy’s and Macys.com.

Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set
Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set

For your home: Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle Set ($18 USD) —

Mountain fresh and glowing, this scented votive candle set enhances any décor or makes an elegant hostess gift. Fills your home with  crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes seasonal celebrations, holidays and the winter solstice. Sized perfectly to refill our Frasier Fir Votive Candle glass.

Fragrance Notes: Siberian fir, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk

What I think:  These candles make me think of Oregon, where I grew up!  There aren’t as many evergreen trees in Missouri, so I love lighting these.  They are especially perfect for cold winter nights.

Available at http://www.thymes.com




Fabulous New Fall Fragrances

Fall fragrances are sexy.  They are a bit spicier and richer than what I usually wear, but as it gets colder, I do like to switch it up a bit.

The following fragrances are not for the shy!  But, if you want something sultrier for the season, these are great choices.

Katy Perry Killer Queen
Katy Perry Killer Queen

“When I was creating Killer Queen, I was really inspired by the idea of a strong, confident woman in power and that is exactly what I hoped to put into this fragrance, something that brings out the power inside of you.”

Katy Perry

Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($59) is an addictive scent which bewitches, indulges and demands to be noticed. The new, strikingly gorgeous perfume captures Katy Perry’s rebellious spirit, throwing convention to the wind.

Inspired by the queen’s scepter, the distinct jewel-shaped bottle encompasses key notes; Wild Berry, Red Velvet Flower and Natural Patchouli Heart – portraying sexy sophistication and lawless luxury.

Available at department and beauty stores such as Ulta and Sephora.

Yves Rocher Flower Party By Night
Yves Rocher Flower Party By Night

“FLOWERPARTY BY NIGHT YVES ROCHER, a unique fragrance that is an invitation to fantasy and celebration: An explosive encounter between bitter Almond and the provocative notes of Liquorice that charms everyone it touches. In the base notes, Vanilla stimulates addiction thanks to its delectable aromas.” Philippe Romano, Perfumer at Drome.

FLOWERPARTY BY NIGHT (1.6 fl. oz $55) This new fragrance reinterprets the original fragrance with a daring touch. This spicy night-time version with an ultra addictive liquorice accent reveals a bold seductiveness. An irresistible fruity floral with signature notes will have them all addicted!

You can learn more and purchase at www.yvesrocherusa.com.

Paint a Scent from See by Chloe
Paint a Scent from See by Chloe

Paint a Scent from See by Chloe ($35 USD, .5 oz) — This fall, see by chloé presents paint a scent paint a scent paint a scent, an irresistible limited edition miniature version of its eau de parfum.

Under the flowing silhouette of the bottle, a bright pink brush catches the eye. a new perfume ritual. a delicate gesture thanks to the brush, to gently apply fragrance to the skin. an original and refined way of wearing perfume in gentle touches, behind the ear or on the wrist.

An adorable mini-fragrance that encases the addictive floral of the eau de parfum created by michel almairac. the first sparkling notes of bergamot are blended with an apple blossom accord and the grace of jasmine. the fragrance softens into the sensuality of sandalwood and vanilla caressing the skin. Feminine and playful, see by chloé paint a scent offers a new way of wearing your favorite perfume at any time, in fragrant touches.

Available at fine department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstroms. 

L'Occitane Vanille and Narcisse Eau de Toilette
L’Occitane Vanille and Narcisse Eau de Toilette

A warm, intoxicating fragrance, the Vanille & Narcisse Eau De Toilette is discreet at first, the scent of narcissus swells to reveal a bouquet of white flowers and spicy heart accords. Rich and radiant vanilla blends with the wilder, untamed notes of narcissus to give it its spirit.

Vanille & Narcisse Eau De Toilette is part of our new collection inspired by the city of Grasse in Provence. Known by many as the fragrance capital of the world, it is here where precious ingredients from near and distant lands have been combined to create beautiful perfumes for centuries.


Have Fun With Your Hair With Rita Hazan POP Color

POP Color Temporary Color Spray

Be bold this spring with your hair — add a splash of color!Celebrity hair colorist and creator of the latest hair color trend, Rita Hazan has just launched this season’s must-have hair product. Rita’s new POP Color Temporary Color Spray ($18 USD) is a collection of Pink, Purple and Blue spray-on hair color inspired by a nationwide trend that Rita originally debuted on her client, Katy Perry.

POP Color allows you to temporarily customize and experiment with color by adding vibrant highlights, streaks, tips, and all-over color without using tints, bleaches or peroxide. Combining Rita’s signature color formulas with her proprietary aerosol spray technology, POP Color is as fun to apply as it is to wear.

What I think:  This is fun, vibrant color that is so easy to use.  Plus it works on all hair colors, from my daughter’s strawberry blonde locks to my dark brown ones.  If you want all over hair color, you will probably need two cans to saturate medium length hair.  We used them for tips and streaks and used about a can per head.   This would be great for everyday if you want a fun, creative look, or for holidays and parties!

Available for at the Rita Hazan Salon, www.RitaHazan.comwww.sephora.com and in Sephora stores nationwide

Have fun!

Great Gift With Purchase From Erickson Beamon Jewelry and Beauty.com

Just in time for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees, Beauty.com announces the launch of the Erickson Beamon China Club bag, an encore offering from the renowned designers behind the Erickson Beamon jewelry collection. Starting today, this holiday exclusive will be available for free with any $100 purchase via www.Beauty.com/EricksonBeamon.Filled with a variety of beauty samples, this bag is valued at $150 and will be available while supplies last – so please encourage your readers to grab one while they can… without having to face the crazy crowds at the mall.

“As customers prepare for the holiday season, great gifts with purchase like the China Club bag really showcase our enhanced assortment,” said Kathleen McNeill, President of Beauty.com. “From skin care, makeup and hair care to great jewelry and accessories, Beauty.com really can be a one-stop shop.”

The silky clutch is covered in a graphic jewelry print and sports two rhinestone zipper pulls, and with celebrity fans including Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna and Katy Perry, this envelope-style wristlet is ideal for holiday gifting or as an evening accessory for your fashion-forward friends.

“The fabric of the bag is actually a print designed from our jewelry. China Club is dramatic and sexy, playful and coy. Best of all, it’s the perfect little clutch to take out on the town, because in the end, girls just want to have fun,” said designer Karen Erickson.

Also, don’t forget that this holiday season, Beauty.com makes it easy to gift your favorite beauty must-haves without ever leaving the house – grab Urban Decay Sparkling Edible Body Powder for your single girlfriends, Stila Natural Eye Shadow Palette for your mom and even something for your man with The Perfect Shave Kit from Anthony Logistics For Men. Beauty.com is a one-stop shop for everyone on your list and is offering free shipping with a $25 purchase, with their last day for standard shipping on December 20th at 12pm EST. Save $10 off a purchase of $40 or more by ordering through their holiday catalog, and don’t fight tooth and nail for that perfect present – instead head to Beauty.com for a beautifully stress-free holiday.

Please follow @beautydotcom for discounts and brand updates and visit www.beauty.com to purchase and receive this fab gift.


ghd’s Scarlet Collection Featuring Katy Perry

“I’m so excited to be working with ghd and using their tools on my California Dreams Tour to get me stage ready. ghd has a reputation of having the best products in the biz, and I like being associated with that.” –Katy Perry

Katy Perry and ghd have teamed up to introduce the Scarlet Collection ($225, a $270 Value) A three-piece set featuring the ghd Gold Series Professional styler with decadent red plates and accents, protective plate guard, heat-resistant red deco-inspired styler roll bag, and two sectioning clips.

This sleek and sexy set helps you to create the ultimate show-stopping styles. The styler smoothes through hair for an ultra-shiny result. Free of sharp edges that could catch on hair, the plates’ smooth ceramic coating is designed to enhance the glide of the Styler through the hair promoting luster. The included clips allow for easy sectioning and a 1920s Art-Deco-inspired bag lets you take it all with you glamorously wherever you go.

I have been using the Gold Professional 1/2″ Styler ($225 USD) — A sleek, half-inch styler featuring golden ceramic plates that
deliver the ultimate professional finish.  This styler smoothes through hair for an ultra-shiny result. Free of sharp edges that could catch on hair, the plates’ ceramic coating is designed to enhance the glide of the Styler through the hair promoting luster.

What I like:  Everything! This heats up quickly and although it does get really hot, it leaves hair soft, shiny and undamaged.  I also love this thin size because it can be used for all lengths of hair.  It is especially good for short hair detailing, but makes bouncy curls for longer hair, too! Learn more and purchase at www.ghdhair.com/us/ or www.sephora.com.  Enjoy!

JESSICA Nails Carte Blanche Collection

Yves Saint Laurent said it best, “Fashions fade, but style is eternal.” Celebrity nail expert JESSICA® has taken her personal love for fashion and Parisian elegance and created a new summer collection of ultra feminine neutral nail colours.

The new Carte Blanche collection is an elegant six-piece assortment of sophisticated colours that enable women to explore their own personal style. With the right blend of shimmering whites, beiges and grays, each colour makes a stylish statement!

The shades are:

Haute Couture — soft pink shimmer

A La Mode — greige shimmer

Pret A Porter — warm beige shimmer

Tres Chic — dusty lavender shimmer

Soigne — light gray shimmer

Au Natural — nude shimmer

Visit www.jessicacosmetics.com to learn more and purchase.  Enjoy!

China Glaze Crackle — The Hot New Nail Trend de Jour!

China Glaze Crackle

Looking for the hot new nail trend for 2011? Two-toned nails with a “crackled” top coat, is the it thing right now.  And you can do it yourself with China Glaze Crackle polish (8.00 USD)! China Glaze brings a whole new level to the game with “Crackle” polish! Create endless edgy looks and make a statement with fun, fearless, color. Everyone has asked for it, and now China Glaze is giving it to them! The six different Crackle colors include:
Lightning Bolt – White Crackle
Black Mesh – Black Crackle
Broken Hearted – Pink Crackle
Cracked Concrete – Grey Crackle
Fault Line – Purple Crackle
Crushed Candy – Teal Crackle
An innovative technology allows you to play with a wide array of color combinations and achieve an edgy, new wave look. This unique formula was developed to give your nails a “crackled” design over traditional nail color. Contrasting colors are used one over another to achieve a deconstructed shatter look that takes place right before your eyes. Instant art for your nails!
How do you do it? It’s easy! Apply your favorite China Glaze glitter, shimmer or crème. Depending on the color you are using, apply either one or two coats for full coverage. When the colored enamel is dry, brush on a thin layer of the Crackle color. Allow the Crackle to work its magic during dry time. After approximately 5 minutes when the crackled design has completely formed, apply a top coat to seal the design for prolonged wear.

I applied China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint (a soft mint green from the Up and Away collection), let it dry completely, and applied Cracked Concrete over it. It works almost like magic as it shatters apart right before your eyes! Once that dried, I applied a top coat to seal the look. It lasted almost a week! Remember to apply a thin coat so it cracks apart easier. This is a really cool look, not too office friendly (unless you work at a casual office like I do), but perfect for night out! 
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.
China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze