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.




Romantic Fragrance Gift Ideas For Her This Valentine’s Day!

Here are some more fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas!  I have been trying these great scents, and I am loving them.

TOCCA Violette is my new everyday scent, but I also love the sample of Jus d’Amour that I received.  They are both soft and floral, very pretty! And any Lavanila scent is so soft and pretty you can wear it all of the time!

If you haven’t tried Fame, it is so sexy and fun…really!  Great for date night!

Guess Girl is sweet and flirty and Heidi’s Klum’s new one called Surprise is very bright and sexy.

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum ($68 USD) — Choose a romantic floral scent like TOCCA’s Eau de Parfum Violette! This sweet yet sultry scent awakens the feeling of Springtime in Paris and the youthful spirit of first love.

Imagine springtime in Paris—the vibrant blooms along the Champs-Elysees awaken the youthful spirit of first love. Violette evokes the whirlwind romance between a young soldier on leave and a beautiful girl at the fragrance counter of Le Bon Marche in 1940s Paris. This fine fragrance is housed in an Italian-made glass bottle and a gold-leafed box, making it a luxurious gift for your love or an indulgent reward for oneself.

Italian Bergamot, Ginger Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, African Violet, Bulgarian Rose, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood, Cashmere Musk, Touch of Benzoin.

Available at www.bluemercury.com.

Jus D'Amour 2 Oz Spray

Jus D’Amour 2 Oz Spray ($90.00 USD) — A beautiful, grown-up comfort scent – and really, is there anyone who couldn’t use an extra dose of comfort right about now? Jus d’amour opens with coco palm – sweet, but not cupcake-topping sweet. This is a dark and dusky coco palm, and there is a brief moment when it meets the mysterious and green aqua leaf accord that makes us wonder if we might be headed someplace edgy. Then the most soothing, enveloping woods appear, and it is clear that the place we are headed is the coziest chair in the room, complete with a cashmere throw. We can feel the knots in our neck begin to unwind, as creamy Tahitian vanilla wraps itself around mesmerizing sandalwood. Even the lilting violets and jasmine snuggle into the tranquil blend instead of floating above it. Sophisticated and serene, with a warm, soft sweetness that takes the edge off a stressful day. Just what we needed.

Notes —  coco palm, aqua leaf accord, night-blooming jasmine, violet, Tahitian vanilla, sandalwood, cashmere woods

Available at jusdamour.com

Lady Gaga Fame

Embrace Lady Gaga Fame ($55 1.7 oz), the sultry, black eau de parfum. First of its kind in fluid technology, it is black like the soul of Fame but invisible once airborne. This black fluid exudes a lustful, floral, fruity essence for fabulous little monsters.

Enriched with tears of belladonna, a black veil of incense, and pulverized apricot, this fragrance may cause illicit fits of extravagance, unrivalled rushes of adoration, and prolonged moments of ecstasy and rapture.

Notes:  Belladonna, Incense, Apricot, Honey Drops, Tiger Orchidea, Jasmin Sambac.

GUESS Girl is the perfect sexy and irresistible fragrance for your ladies’ Valentine’s night out. Sensuous, captivating and fresh, GUESS Girl is a celebration of bold, beautiful women everywhere. This fragrance has top notes of Raspberry Nectar, Melon and Bergamot, combined with middle notes of Brazilian Paradise Orchid, Provence Acacia Flower and Lily. Finished with base notes of Australian Sandalwood and Madagascar Vanilla, this fragrance will make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Price: 3.4 fl. oz. – $62 ; 1.7 fl. oz – $52 ;  1.0 fl. oz – $40

Available: GUESS retail stories, perfumery chains, department stores and www.guess.com

Heidi Klum Surprise

Add an element of surprise to your date night withHeidi Klum’s new fragrance. Surprise! is a tantalizing fragrance that captures Heidi’s fearless spirit, sophisticated glamour and irrepressible sense of fun. Surprise! by Heidi Klum is a sexy floral fragrance that opens with a joyful burst of juicy mandarin extracts and spicy pink pepper for a luminous and dynamic top note.  At the heart, an ultra-feminine bouquet of rose petals and magnolia creates a refined radiance.  Finally, the magnetic drydown of benzoin and milk of sandalwood delivers a warm, sensual and unforgettable trail.
Price: 1.0 fl. oz. – $28

Available: Mass Retailers and Drugstores Nationwide 

Lavanila’s “I Love Lavanila”

This Valentine’s Day, say ‘I love you!’ with the “I Love Lavanila” gift set fromLavanila Laboratories. When it comes to selecting the perfect gift this v-day, look to these healthy beauty essentials. Each “I Love Lavanila” set features three Lavanila favorites –The Healthy Fragrance, Healthy Body Butter and Healthy Deodorant – in perfectly portable sizes for easy on-the-go application. Available in classic Pure Vanilla or crisp Vanilla Grapefruit, this set is perfect for gift giving (and gift getting).

Lavanila’s “I Love Lavanila” gift set can be purchased at Sephora, Sephora.com and Lavanila.com for $49.50.


Glitz Up Your Nails With New Spring Polishes

I love changing my polish each week to reflect my moods and the seasons.

Julep polish has just become available for purchase.  Which I think is great — now more people can be introduced to this innovative polish line.  I love the colors and the smaller bottles since nail polish tends to dry out before it runs out at my house.

Founded by beauty expert Jane Park, Julep celebrates friendship, expression, and connection through color. Applying her professional beauty advice—often featured in leading fashion magazines—Park developed a nail polish collection with colors named after inspirational, vibrant women. Julep’s fast-drying, long-lasting, non-toxic formula is paired with a high-performance, professional brush. Additionally, the brand donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations that support and empower women.

My favorite shade right now is Heather ($14 USD), a platinum greige with a metallic glow.  It is neutral so goes with everything and the metallic color is so cool — I get lots of compliments when I wear it.  I only need 2 coats and applies smoothly.

Visit www.sephora.com or www.julep.com where you can sign up for their Maven program.  You can purchase monthly mystery boxes that contain polishes and nail care products for $19.99.  Get your first box for 1 penny with the code color2012.

Sparkle all summer long with China Glaze®’s new Crackle Glitters ($9.00 USD)collection.  Once again taking crackle technology to the next level, this third-generation polish pairs the edgy innovation of crackling nail lacquer with glamorous glitters.  The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters features four shimmering shades including:

·         Luminous Lavender: Luscious light purple
·         Jade-d: Radiant bright green
·         Glam-More: Bold fuchsia
·         Gleam Me Up: Bright sky blue
Create glamorously different looks with just one sweep of China Glaze® Crackle Glitters.  Layer over different base colors to create bold styles.  Use a lighter coat to create a fine crackle, a thicker coat for a deep shatter effect.  Brush sideways or on an angle to create different looks.  As versatile and edgy as China Glaze®’s biggest celebrity fans (Lady Gaga, Rihanna,Nicole Ritchie and Kelly Osbourne, to name a few), China Glaze® Crackle Glitters add a spark(le) to one of the hottest nail art trends!
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde and available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in May 2012.  For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze
Next is a new brand to me.  It is called Salon Perfect and it is affordable ($2.98 USD) and is available at Wal-Mart.  In fact, this collection called Blooming with Color, will be in stores May.  The 14 colors are:
  • Perfectly Peach — Delicate peach
  • Lemon Zing — Sunny Yellow
  • Kiwi Lime — Vibrant green
  • Blue Mint — Cheerful mint
  • Berry Blue — Classic periwinkle
  • Purple Sorbet — Dark lilac
  • Lavender Icing — Soft lilac
  • Spicy Tomato — Juicy red
  • Tangy Tangerine — Tart orange
  • Sour Apples — True blue-green
  • Blue Raspberry — Vivid azure
  • Plum Sorbet — Magenta with purple shimmer
  • Berry Pink — Bold flamingo pink
  • Bubblegum — Honeysuckle pink

Did the cold winter months keep your fingers and toes under wraps?  A fresh manicure with a bright, energetic polish is the perfect pick-me-up to bring your tips and toes out of hibernation.  Salon Perfect’s NEW Blooming with Color nail color collection is bursting with vibrant brights and sweet pastels.

So how fun will it be to do your nails with one (or more) of these polishes from one (or more) of these collections? Enjoy!


Treat Your Nails To Holiday Cheer With a New Polish

The easiest way to try a new beauty trend is by changing up your nail look.  This holiday season, try a rich, glittery, magnetic polish or maybe even a printed nail decal.  Try one of the below and get ready for compliments, party girl!

Perfect Formula Perfect Color nail polish ($15.00 USD)  is formulated with “Instant Strength Technology” to give instant strength and thickness to the nail. The custom designed brush along with the perfectly pigmented polish ensures a smooth even application on the nails every time.  2011 Holiday colors include Black Tie (gunmetal), Caviar (deep red), Invite Only (dark plum), and Tulle (soft nude).  Perfect Color is Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate free.  Available at www.qvc.com.

Layla Nails Magneffect ($15.50 USD) —  This extremely cool and fun to use polish give a decorative look by the use of magnets.  This is available in 12 rich colors.

Apply one coat of magneffect on a single nail. Put the nail immediately near the magnet on the cap or an alternate magnet for 5 seconds. Enjoy magnetic nail art and continue with the rest of the nails. Purchase at www.drugstore.com or www.amazon.com.

Forget diamonds!  This winter China Glaze introduces a nail industry first: utilizing 3-D glitters in its new “Eye Candy” collection.  Inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her timeless allure, this innovative new glitter technology provides a knock-your-eyes-out, super sparkly effect to your manicure.  Multi-sized and differently shaped glitter particles are cleverly combined to create a sexy, super decadent, 3-D finish in six bright, eye-popping shades.  Whether you prefer gleaming gold or glamorous smoky grey, China Glaze’s “Eye Candy” collection adds a dazzling finish to your holiday look with a glimmer that is sure to catch everyone’s eye! Colors in this collection include:

·       Love Marilyn: Vivacious Red with Shimmering Silver Particles

·       Blonde Bombshell: Glistening Multidimensional Gold Flecks

·       Lorelei’s Tiara: Sterling Silver Infused with Blue Sprinkles

·       Material Girl: Posh pink with Holographic Bubblegum Glitter

·       Some Like It Haute: Graphite Gray with Holographic Glitter

·       Marry A Millionaire: Alluring Amethyst with Multi-tonal Fibers

Celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ivanka Trump, Rosario Dawson and Emmy Rossum regularly rock China Glaze and now you can get your bling on with “Eye Candy.”   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.

A fun idea is the limited-edition holiday prints of Sally Hansen’s hit, Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (9.99 USD). When Sally Hansen first introduced its peel-and-apply nail polish strips, the manicure breakthrough took the world by storm. Now Sally Hansen introduces trendsetting prints exclusively for the holidays, putting the spirit of the season at your fingertips. Like all the prints in the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips collection, the five festive prints let you peel, apply, file, and go, delivering a real-polish manicure without mess or stress. Whether you’re playing Santa and stuffing a stocking or heading to the party of the moment, these seasonal strips are the ultimate accessory.

The new prints include Plaid About You (red and black plaid), Peppermint Twist (red and white candy stripe), Snow Bunny (white with red snowflakes), Prep’s Cool (black and silver argyle), and Winter Funderland (black, silver and blue glitter).  Each Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strips kit includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, mini file/ buffer and instructions for easy at-home application. When you’re ready to change your nail strips, simply swipe nails with your favorite Sally Hansen polish remover for an instantly clean slate.  Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.