Switch Up Your Fragrance This Summer

I like to change my fragrance for each season, although most scents can be worn year round.  Fragrance can enhance your mood and the way that you want to feel. 

The perfect summer scent may be light and fruity, or soft and sexy depending on what you like and what you mood you wish to evoke.  Try one of these for a fab update:

Calvin Klein Euphoria ($$45.00 for 1 oz, $60.00 for 1.7 oz and $78.00 3.4 oz)  is about sexiness, fantasy, and being captivating. Sexy and sensual, euphoria speaks to the woman who has the urge to break free from everyday life – to provocatively be part of an exciting world filled with pleasure, surprise, and temptation. Her fragrance is a contrast between exotic fruits and seductive florals, for a rich, creamy, seductive signature.

Notes: Pomegranate, Persimmon, Green Notes, Black Orchid, Lotus Blossom, Champaca Flower, Liquid Amber, Mahogany Wood, Black Violet, Cream Accord.

This fragrance can be found at Sephora stores, www.sephora.com, and departments stores near you.

Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum ($95.00 for 1.7 oz and $130.00 for 2.5 oz) A lovely paradox. A demure violet with airy blossom and delicate peppery notes. A fragrance that is mysterious and fragile, yet leaves a lasting trail.

Notes: pepper, violet leaves, violet, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver.

Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Refillable Eau de Parfum Spray ($115.00 1.7oz) — Flowerbomb is a floral explosion, a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Opulent and full-bodied, the iconic and multifaceted Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb bottle is now available in a luxurious, refillable version with a precious pink metallic seal and screw-top cap.

Notes: bergamot, tea, freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, orchid, rose, patchouli.

Visit Nordstrom stores, www.nordstrom.com, and other fine retailers to purchase Balenciaga Paris and Vicktor and Rolf Flowerbomb. Enjoy!


L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Day/Night Cream

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Day/Night Cream

My skin is getting drier as the weather gets colder. I usually have to amp up my hydration during the winter months, and L’Oréal Paris’ Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition is the perfect nourishing day/night cream to help skin stay soft.

Specifically designed for mature skin and perfect for women who don’t have time to follow an extensive skincare regime (day treatment, day lotion, night treatment, night cream, etc.), Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition treats skin to deep hydration and intense nutrition in one step and can be used both morning and night. The cream combines a unique Nutrient Complex enriched with calcium,and it envelopes skin to effectively nourish parched, sagging skin and leave it supple, fortified and resilient.  Plus, the always classy Diane Keaton  is the face of the product. 

What I think: I love the texture of this product. It is almost like a balm, so thick. But it melts right into the skin and doesn’t leave it greasy, just really soft. I even use it in the morning before applying makeup. It keeps me hydrated all day long and my skin looks so smooth. 

Price: $16.59, Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers. Enjoy your younger looking skin!

L’Oreal Paris Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Coloring Kit


L'Oreal Paris Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Coloring Kit

Root coloring kits are so wonderful because they cover the gray (making me feel better) in only 10 minutes! Also, using color only at the crown instead of all over is so much better for the hair! 

The latest kit I tried is the L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Coloring Kit ( $7.99 USD). The description of this product is:

Do more than touch up your roots – rescue them. Introducing the next generation in the root touch-up market that merges color with care and convenience. With a breakthrough applicator, guaranteed shade matching and a conditioning formula, covering grays and roots has never been so precise or easy. Just mix and color your way to seamless coverage – all in just 10 minutes. Featuring a unique conditioning low-ammonia formulation that rescues strands with a revolutionary, flow-through, self-contained root applicator brush, eliminate the mess associated with the standard at-home color bowl and brush. The ultra-caring color gel pampers every strand as it covers every root with seamless, shade matching color. Available in 12 shades.

What I think: I have dark brown hair that really shows the grays. My color is Dark Brown #4 and it matched perfectly with my hair color. Plus 10 minutes was just enough time to completely cover the grays while looking natural. The applicator brush worked pretty well, but it was kind of bulky and hard to get in the roots. I had to wriggle it in there. But since the coverage was great, it worked out okay in the end!

You can purchase this kit at drugstores and mass market retailers near you. Enjoy!