Mother’s Day Fragrance Gift Guide 2012

Hey ladies (and gents??) — I have been testing some great new Spring/Summer scents that would be perfect for the any fab mother in your life — or yourself, why not?  I know I am going to be rocking a few of these sweet-smellers myself!  And there are a lot to choose from:

I’ll start with my favorite one — CK One Summer ($48 USD).  This one has a very cool lime green bottle with orange writing and cap.  I had to pry it out of my teenager’s hands (I gave her Madonna’s new scent, don’t feel bad for her!).  I love this beechy, unisex scent because it is so fresh and light.  I see myself enjoying it all Spring and Summer long!

Top notes:        Blue mint, Cucumber, Lime, Bergamot

Mid notes:        Watery accord, Green Apple, Rosemary, Water lotus

Base notes:        Rum cocktail, Sandalwood, Driftwood, Sea moss

Available at department and specialty stores nationwide beginning March 2012.

Madonna Truth or Dare

It’s difficult to tell by the photo, but this is a very cool white glass bottle.  Truth or Dare by Madonna ($68.00 USD 2.5 oz/75ml)  represents the dual forces that coexist in all of us. Madonna was inspired by her own Mother’s signature scent when she created this sophisticated fragrance. On first sniff, Gardenia is very apparent.  You then get the richer notes such as Amber, Vanilla and Musk.  Very sweetly sexy, but not too strong.

Top: Rich Gardenia, Creamy Tuberose, Dewy Neroli

Mid: Carnal Jasmine, Benzoin Tears, White Lily Petals

Base: Vanilla Absolute, Caramelized Amber, Sensual Musk Aura

Available exclusively at Macys.

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer ($58 USD) is bright and fresh.  It is also light, which is perfect for ever day wear in the Summer time.

Top notes:        Orange blossom, Sparkling Sicilian Bergamot, Japanese Pear Martini Accord

Mid notes:        Hydroponic Gardenia, White Peony Petals, Blue Hyacinth

Base notes:        White Musks, Tonka bean, Heliotrope

Available at department and specialty stores nationwide.

L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Eau de Toilette ($45 USD 2.5 oz) — The Limited Edition Pivoine Délicate Eau de Toilette celebrates the most tender garden Peony, with its pastel shades and large, luscious petals. This fragrance blends the delicateness of Peony petals with the fresh green scents of rose and Lily of the Valley. Made with a Peony extract from the Drôme region of France, this fragrance has a luminous floral accord with a soft powdery trail.

L’Occitane products can be purchased at L’Occitane boutiques nationwide or at


Glowing by JLO ($65.00 2.5oz/75ml) For the super feminine Mom, this Floral Woody Amber scent embodies the aura of a modern woman. The bottle was inspired by the beauty and the lines of Baccarat crystal, when the atomizer is pressed, the bottle beautifully illuminates for 15 seconds.  This is a soft fruity-floral that is as fun to apply as it is to wear!

Top notes:        Bergamot, Mandarin, Cypress

Mid notes:         Orange Flower, Muguet des Bois, Cassia Flower

Base notes:   Sandalwood, Amber Sultan, Vanilla, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cashmere Musk

Available April 2012 at Kohl’s nationwide.

Elite Models Rio Glam Girl ($9 USD) –  This is a fun, affordable fragrance for Mom or for yourself. Captures the vibrant, celebratory spirit of the home of Carnivale.

Top notes: acai berry and juicy starfruit

Heart notes: princess peony, jasmine and violet flower

Base notes: sandalwood and palisander wood

I did a giveaway that included this scent and 3 others (, but this is my favorite.  It will be perfect for the warm months of this time of year.


Great Gift With Purchase From Erickson Beamon Jewelry and

Just in time for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees, 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 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 “From skin care, makeup and hair care to great jewelry and accessories, 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, 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. 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 for a beautifully stress-free holiday.

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


Hourglass Debuts New Fall Products at Fashion’s Night Out

Introducing the luxury brand Hourglass Cosmetics’ Fall 2010 launches – Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara and a brand new lipstick collection – Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick.

Both were a collaboration between Hourglass founder Carisa Janes and Artistic Director Gina Brooke. In case you are not familiar with Gina, she is Madonna’s makeup artist and has worked with a lot of other A-list celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Naomi Campbell. The new products are:

Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick ($30.00 USD) is a collection of 12 gorgeous shades of hydrating lipsticks that are paraben-free. Each lipstick features an embossed Hourglass icon and comes in an engraved case that is refillable. The richly pigmented formula of Femme Rouge adds fullness and luster, immediately shaping and softening lips for a plush, cushiony effect. Shades include vibrant reds, creamy nudes, hot pinks and more.

What I think: This lipstick is very creamy and soft when you apply it. I own it in Edition, which is described as a soft neutral pink shimmer. This is a very flattering shade and it makes my lips look plush and full when I wear it. Beautiful!

Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara ($28.00 USD) adds instant drama to lashes without clumping or flaking. Film Noir’s signature hourglass-shaped brush is designed for optimal application, adding volume, length, lift, and separation to lashes. The intense concentration of Panthenol (ProVitamin B5) adds a reflective, jet-black sheen for dramatic impact.

What I think: As I said before on this blog, I have short, sparse lashes. In just one coat, this mascara made my lashes look twice as long and twice as thick! The formula is buildable so you can add even more drama with each coat you apply. This does not make lashes clump and does not flake or smear during the day. Awesome mascara!!!

I have also included a photo from this years Fashion’s Night Out event at Sephora Union Square in NYC, which was hosted by Hourglass Cosmetics.

Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke led an exciting choreographed makeup show with two other makeup artists. Set to music, three models were meticulously and fluidly transformed into beautiful faces of art. Gina Brooke said, “The show’s about artistry, being innovative and making it fun.” The looks featured Hourglass’ Fall launches – Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick and Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara.

You can learn more and purchase these great new products at and Enjoy the glamour!