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.




Top 5 Favorite Products of 2008

It’s always fun to look back on the past year.My list of favorite products from 2008 includes not only new products, but items that have been around a while and I discovered them just this year. Here they are:

5.  Almay Bright Eyes Eye Base + Concealer ($8.99 USD) —  This concealer is fantastic! It not only covers my dark circles and blemishes, it brightens too. It contains white tea and marine extract as brighteners and goes on very smoothly.

4.  L’Oreal Skin Genesis SPF 15 Lotion  ($20.99 USD) — Once you apply this lotion it soaks right in and makes the skin glow. I find myself applying less concealer and foundation when I have this on.

3.  Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter ($3.69 USD) — This is the best lip balm I have ever tried! Not too hard, not too greasy, it slides on your lips and stays there! It instantly makes the lips soft and feels really natural on. This wonderful product is 95% organic and is paraben free and comes in carrot, berry, citrus, melon and mint.   

2.  L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara ($9.99 USD) — Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing bare or natural about your lashes once you apply this fantastic lengthening and thickening mascara. L’Oreal does claim that “the innovative formula contains 86% natural-origin ingredients, shine-enhancing minerals and is both paraben- and fiber-free.” 

1.  Philosophy Amazing Grace ($40.00 USD for 2 oz)– When I first tried this perfume earlier this year, I didn’t care much for it.  But the longer I wore it the more I grew to love it. It’s a soft floral with a undertone of musk. I think this would smell lovely on any woman!

What is your favorite product from this year? Leave me a comment.  Also, if there are any products you think I should try in 2009, let me know. I am always on the look out for new products!

Have a fun — and safe — New Year’s Eve and a fantastic 2009!

My Christmas List Part 1 — Fragrance

Sephora Scent Sampler Best Sellers
Sephora Scent Sampler Best Sellers

Hi all! I’ve decided to make each Monday in December leading up until Christmas my Wish List Blog. I’m going to review products I am intrigued by and really want to own! 

I think fragrance is a natural Christmas gift because it isn’t an item a woman buys every day. It’s more of a treat, and because of this, it makes a great gift.  But unless you know the exact scent someone wants, it can be a tricky gift to give. 

That’s why I think that the Sephora Brand Scent Sampler Bestsellers For Her ($50.00 USD) is the perfect gift when you’re not sure which fragrance a woman would like. This set includes ten samples of fragrances to try. Once she’s chosen the scent she likes most, she can use the enclosed gift voucher that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full-size bottle of any one of the samples included.

The scents in this collection include:

– Aquolina Pink Sugar
– Bulgari Omnia Crystalline
– Calvin Klein Euphoria
– Givenchy Very Irresistible Givenchy Sensual
– Gwen Stefani L.A.M.B.
– Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit
– Marc Jacobs Daisy
– Philosophy Amazing Grace
– Stella McCartney Stella
– Vera Wang Princess                                                                                                               

This is the perfect fantasy gift for me. I love the thought of trying out ten scents, then choosing a full-sized bottle of one. I already own Amazing Grace (and am almost out of it), so I know I could always get another bottle of that if I don’t like any of the other scents. The best way to choose is to wear it for a couple of days. It is also good to wear a fragrance to bed, and if it doesn’t bother you, it is a good choice. 

Fresh Sake
Fresh Sake

A fragrance I have received samples of and worn in all situations (including to bed) is Fresh Sake ($75.00 USD). I love this velvety, musky fragrance. It is soft enough to use every day, but special enough to use for an evening out.

The notes include Langsat Fruit, Grapefruit, Ginger, White Peach Absolute, Lotus Flower, Lily of the Valley, Osmanthus, Vanilla, and Musk.

The thing I really like about fragrance is how it completes your look as you get ready for the day. I spritz my scent on last, then I know I am ready to go! New scents are a special way to change up how you feel.

Happy shopping!