Beauty, Nail Care

Perfect Polish For Your Valentine’s Day Manicure From Lauren B. and Morgan Taylor!

Hi all! I hope you are doing well this Saturday and it’s not too cold where you are!

I was sent some beautiful nail polishes from Lauren B. and Morgan Taylor for my honest review.

I love polishing my nails holiday and season appropriate shades.  The ones below are so fresh and pretty for Valentine’s Day, or any time!

The first polishes are from Lauren B. and are great choices for Valentines Day or any Date Night:

 

Lauren B. Beauty in “33 Carats”–  ($19 USD) Sounds like a rock that Elizabeth Taylor might wear, and that’s what inspired this polish. Packed with ultra-fine flecks of silver glitter (in a range of sizes), it’s diamond-powder sparkly and festive without being gaudy.

Lauren B. Beauty in “Laurel Canyon Lover” —($18 USD) A perfect balance between true red and burgundy, this shade looks sexy, festive and modern all at once. The deeply pigmented formula levels out perfectly, leaving nails smooth and jewel-like.

Lauren B. Beauty in “LOVE.”–($18 USD) A cool, sheer petal pink, this loving shade gives you the look of immaculately manicured nails with an extra burst of glossiness.

Lauren B. Beauty in “Rose Bowl”–($18 USD) Less traditional than red but just as rich. This vibrant, purple-tinged pink has a hint of delicate silver shimmer, lending it cool, unexpected depth.

Color goes full bloom with Morgan Taylor’s Spring collection The Color Of Petals Professional Nail Lacquer Collection! Inspired by the soft and subtle colors of your favorite flowers. This collection features a range of plush pastels in shades of pretty pinks, toned-down nudes, and pops of peach and purple to provide the perfect finishing touch to any colorful springtime look.

There are 5 shades available at Ulta — From left to right in the photo above are:

I Feel Flowerful — Light Nude Creme

Merci Bouquet — Lilac Creme

Young, Wild and Free-sia — Soft Peach Creme

Follow the Petals — Pink Pearl

Strike a Poise (not shown) — Blush Pink Creme

These are the Spring collection, but the shades are so fresh and beautiful, that they are perfect for Valentine’s Day, too!

I am also going to be posting these collections on my Instagram @fortyflirtyfab today and tomorrow.  Check it out.  I would love to have you follow me there and will follow you as well!

Do you like to do holiday specific manicures?  Or what is your favorite nail polish shades for this time of year?

 

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Last Minute Gifts For Your Man This Valentine’s Day

A great Valentine for your man can be something that benefits you as well.  Think of a nice scent, products for a close shave or a nice lip balm to keep his lips soft (V-Day kisses)!

Here are some really nice products to get him.  And you can find most of these in the store — such as Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstroms or other department or beauty specialty stores:

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 - Rouge

LACOSTE’s EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 Rouge ($62 USD) is the scent to wear this Valentine’s Day.  Fiery and invigorating, the fragrance harvests a triple blend of spices at the heart to create this robust scent.  Spicy Mandarin liqueur, Madagascan black pepper, and Indian ginger provide a warm welcome from the cold weather.  A masculine and zesty fragrance that can only be described as energetic is ideal for the always on-the-go guy.

Available at fine department stores and Sephora stores near you.

BOSS BOTTLED NIGHT

The BOSS man is primed to succeed—competitive, driven, and ambitious. His daily preparation rituals are integral to his personal quest for success and BOSS has become an established part of his daily armor. BOSS BOTTLED NIGHT ($56 1.6 oz, $70 3.3 oz) is destined to become his secret after-dark weapon, instilling him with the same compelling presence that underpins his success by day. The scent features an intensely seductive composition of purposeful, aromatic top notes combined with a rich, woody base.

The top notes combine the contrasting energies of bittersweet birch leaves with the natural aromatic freshness of lavender, finished with a touch of lemon leaves. The heart of the fragrance, blended with a new type of masculine florals, combines green and nutty cardamom with a synthesis of sweet jasmine and African violet. A new accord at the base, Louro Amarelo, replicates a rich and exotic new wood note discovered in the Amazon. It lends body to the fragrance, as well as a natural energy when finished with a traditional musk and sandalwood infusion.

Available at fine department stores and Sephora stores near you.

The Art of Shaving Full-Size Kit in Sandalwood

The Art of Shaving’s Full Size Kit in Sandalwood ($115 USD)will guarantee that your guy’s face will be soft and smooth for any up close and personal action that may ensue this Valentine’s Day.  Known for having an alluring effect on the opposite sex, the Sandalwood kit has everything men need for healthy skin and a close, comfortable shave while helping prevent ingrown hairs and irritation.  As an aphrodisiac, with its strong aroma and ability to soothe, the Sandalwood kit gives men that “extra something” on this special day.

Available at www.theartofshaving.com

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar ($15 USD) — The invigorating aroma of our customer favorite Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser, along with Natural Blue Lotus and Ginkgo Biloba, help combat fatigue and stimulate the senses. The rich, luxurious lather nourishes with hydrating Murumuru and Shea Butters while natural Lava Rock gently polishes, leaving skin supple, smooth and clean.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E

Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E ($7.50 USD) — Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes. Contains shea butter and vitamin E to comfort and soothe.

Both products Available at Nordstroms and www.getjackblack.com

bath products, Fragrance

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.

Notes:
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

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.

Enjoy!

Beauty, cosmetics

Get Ready For Valentine’s Day Romance With New Beauty Products

Ready to glam up your look for V-Day?  Need some ideas for prepping for a big night out (or a hot night in)?  Check out the following products:

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off mask (Approximately 1.99 USD each).Prepare yourself for a perfect, passion filled Valentine’s this year with this gorgeous lust-have lovely from Montagne Jeunesse! Reveal your inner seductress and bask in confidence of your cleansed, clear complexion with the Passion Peel Off face masque from Montagne Jeunesse.

This blissful blend of Pomegranate and Passion Flower, infused with delicious raspberry, grape and cranberry banishes blemishes, and leaves your skin feeling fresh, and perfectly purified and primed to get up close and personal! Simply smooth the masque onto your face and let it set, peel back, and get ready for gorgeous, kissable, totally irresistible skin.  And with a perfectly packaged passion price, there’s no excuse for not having a loved up Valentine’s this year.

Available at drug stores and mass market retailers near you.

Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator

Beautyblender ($19.95 USD) — Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. Introducing Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artists Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Silva and Lorenz know that the key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks.

Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.

For a pretty Valentine’s look, apply your favorite highlighter or blush with beautyblender to get that perfect glow! Simply wet your beautyblender sponge and apply highlighter to the top of cheekbones and t-zone for an unexpectedly glamorous sheen. Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend well!

Available at www.beauty.com.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($24 USD) — Longwearing, water-resistant, creamy shadow with an innovative light weight texture that glides on and adheres to the eyelid, leaving an even finish. The product can be applied directly to the lash line for a liner effect, or all over as a blendable crème shadow.

This is a beautiful, long-wearing shadow.  I have it in Sandglow and Orchid and they are both gorgeous shades!

Available in eight new shades, Orchid, Sugar Frost, Seashell, Sandglow, Grey Pearl, Pink Opal, Mint Snow, Rosegold (16 shades total)

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner ($22 USD) — Ultra-smooth, water-resistant creamy eye liner that applies with ease and precision. The unique formulation provides a beautiful semi-matte, non-oily finish with full coverage in just one stroke.

The product is available in six colours including Noir, Espresso, Violet, Canard, Indigo and Cobalt (pictured to the left).

The liner and shadow sticks are available at www.lauramercier.com.

vbeauté Lip Spread

vbeauté Lip Spread ($28 USD) — For soft, perfectly tinted, luscious lips this Valentine’s Day, use vbeauté’s Lip Spread Anti-Age Tinting Lip Gloss! Formulated with self-adjusting vBotanicals that react with your lip chemistry to create your very own afterglow, the formulation also boasts Cherry and Pomegranate Fruit Extracts to keep your lips feeling soothed and hydrated, while BioCellular Peptide works to correct and prevent environmental damage. Pucker up for your man while Lip Spread delivers silky smooth, lightweight moisture to your lips!

Price/Availability: $28 at www.vbeaute.com, Bergdorf Goodman, www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer

Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer ($7.99 USD) — Boasting naturally beneficial ingredients to keep nails healthy and strong, this long-lasting, chip-free formula is infused with anti-oxidant-rich ingredients to protect the nails from harsh environmental elements. Sleek packaging and a custom extra-thick brush allows for smooth, flawless and easy application to ensure a naturally chic look.  Available in 30 shades.

The shade above is called Sizzle.  It is a shimmery red that is perfect for V-Day!

Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health stores.

Any of these products will help you feel sexy and glamorous on Valentines Day!  Enjoy!

bath products, Beauty, cosmetics

Gift The Gift of Beauty This Valentine’s Day!

Ready for Valentine’s Day?  If you aren’t and have a friend or a significant other to buy for, I have some fun gift ideas for you!  They are:

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette ($48 USD). This ultra-sheer, blendable and portable palette was inspired by Laura Mercier’s work with celebrity clients, who wanted a universal compact that would “wake-up” their skin.

The Bonne Mine Palette includes:

  • 1 Bronzer Veil
  • 2 Cheek Veils
  • 2 Glow Veils

100% of the profits from the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette are donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. What better way is there to show love for the important women in your life – your friends, sisters (and even yourself) – than with a gift that helps save women’s lives!

Available at LauraMercier.com

H2O Plus Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection

H2O Plus Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection ($65 USD) This four-piece collection of our best-selling spa favorites gently polishes and replenishes skin while an invigorating oceanside scent energizes the senses.  Sea Salt Body Wash is enriched with European sea salts to lather away impurities and exhilarate the senses.  Sea Salt Skin Smoother reveals healthy, glowing skin with exfoliating European sea salts, nourishing botanicals and soothing almond oil.  Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter intensely moisturizes and softens dry skin with a rich blend of shea butter and coconut oil.  Hand and Nail Cream intensely moisturizes with shea butter, silk proteins and vitamin E with an award-winning formula

Availability: www.h2oplus.com and H2O Plus Stores

TOCCA Delicato da Viaggio

Add an unexpected hint of romance with fragrant sheets! Available in Touch, Cleopatra, Stella and Florence scents, TOCCA’s Delicato da Viaggio ($22 USD) contains 4 (2 oz.) bottles of the brands cult laundry delicate wash to fit any mood this Valentine’s Day.

A gentle wash for fine fabrics, our laundry delicate wash is ideal for lingerie, silks, cashmeres and bed linens. Easy to use for hand-washing or machine washing on the delicate cycle. Experience TOCCA’s complete laundry delicate collection with this limited-edition, travel-friendly set. Each 2 oz bottle can wash up to 6 washes for hand washing and 3 for machine.

The Scents: Touch – Gardenia and Pomegranate

Cleopatra – Grapefruit and Cucumber

Stella – Italian Blood Orange

Florence – English Rose and Iris Root

Available at www.sephora.com.

LaLicious – Sugar Kiss Collection

LaLicious Sugar Kiss Collection — Bring a luscious spa experience home and kiss dry skin away this Valentine’s Day with LaLicious’ signature scent body butter, body oil, whipped body soap and scrub.  The Sugar Kiss Collection is a blend of citrus, rose, and vanilla aroma leaving your skin smelling and feeling like love. The best part is the all-natural formulas, so you can be sure you’re giving your skin the best treatment it deserves.

Price: Sugar Kiss Body Butter – $25; Sugar Kiss Body Oil – $24; Whipped Body Soap – $18; Sugar Kiss Soufflé Scrub – $34 at www.lalicious.com and select retailers nationwide. 

bath products, Beauty, cosmetics

Fun Valentine’s Day Beauty Ideas

This Valentine’s get ready for your hot date (here’s hoping for ya)!  Now, I have been married for 20 years, and I still like to get glam’d up for romance, even if it is just eating a romantic dinner at home with the family!

The following products can help you look, feel and smell fantastic for V-Day.  Enjoy!

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm ($7.95 USD) This Valentine’s Day, get your lips kissably soft with L’Oréal Paris’ new tinted lip balm.  This silky smooth balm delivers care and comfort to lips while providing the shine and sheer color that women (and men!) crave. Thanks to its nurturing formula with Shea butter, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Rose Canina Oil and SPF 15, Colour Riche Balm delivers eight hours of continuous hydration.  Lips feel soft and supple all day long and conditioned for up to 2.5 hours after the balm is removed. Available in eight wearable shades, Colour Riche Balm leaves lips with a healthy hint of beautiful color. Available at http://www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers.

What I think:  I love this balm!  The color is subtle, but will help you look put together while making lips look and feel super soft!

bliss fabulips treatment kit ($45 USD) On Valentine’s Day, we all know your most important asset are those lovely lips.  Bliss gives some much needed TLC to your kisser with the only complete beauty regimen for your lips! Introducing the new bliss fabulips treatment kit- the only one-stop lip care shop that cleans, exfoliates, plumps and softens for a ‘spa’-tacular smooth every day- it’s a facial for your pout!  Available at bliss spas, www.blissworld.com, and Sephora.

What I think:  This 4 step kit is worth the time!  After the first use, I could see a big change in the texture of my lips.  If you use this, don’t forget to scrub the edges of your lips — this will help with lip line and bleeding lipstick.

Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder ($20 USD) Like kryptonite to Superman, the Sparkling Lickable Body Powders render men powerless. Redesigned with your vanity in mind, our new, petite boxes swank-up any countertop or boudoir. Take your ensemble and your evening from sexy to scintillating, as a mere dust of this decadent beauty treat will make you the main course. Our new, petite Sparkling Lickable Body Powders feature sleek, more sophisticated, tassel-topped boxes each with its own signature pattern – complete with a deluxe purple puff.  Radiate so much beauty that he’ll be able to taste it…

Flavors:

·        Marshmallow – soft white pearl shimmer in a chic, purple foil, zebra print box

·        Honey –golden pearl shimmer in a seductive, bronze foil, leopard print box

Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s, www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com, www.macys.com, www.beauty.com and www.urbandecay.com.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this yet, but is sounds perfect for an amorous Valentine’s Day!

Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Butter Tube ($18 USD) Smell incredible with our nourishing and anti-oxidant rich ingredients.  Our body butter helps fight signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection.  Made with nature’s best moisturizers – shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil – Pacifica’s paraben-free Body Butter is a skin must-have.  Now available in tubes in our best-selling fragrances, making them easy to take with you anywhere.  A warm blend of sultry fresh coconut, delicate creamy vanilla.  www.pacificaperfume.com.

What I thin:  This decadent body butter smells delicious and is has a thick and luxurious texture.  This is perfect after a shower to keep skin soft all day and night!

Beauty, Fragrance

Valentine’s Day Fragrance Gift Guide Part 1

Happy February!  One month down… time to shop for Valentine’s Day!  Get your sweetie, or any deserving lady in your life, the gift of fragrance.  The scents below are fresh and soft, perfect for V-Day giving.  Enjoy!

Love & Toast Classic Pair in Sugar Grapefruit ($37 USD) Includes (one of each) Hand Cream and Eau de Perfume.  The notes of this citrusy scent are pink grapefruit, orange citrus, warm musk and lily.  The hand cream includes the natural ingredients, Shea butter, Macadamia nut, Olive fruits, Avocado & Sunflower oil, and Love & Toast’s “can’t live without it” botanical perfume blend.  You can purchase this at www.loveandtoast.com.

Roger & Gallet Rose Fragrant Water ($29 1 oz, $49 3.3 oz, $69 6.6 oz) Embrace your senses in a magical bouquet scented with seductive rose and floral notes. The composition of this fragrance begins with fresh rose and bright mandarin orange; the heart contains sweet peony and rosebud; and the finishing base notes are warm amber and almond milk.  This is perfect for the romantic! Available at www.rogerandgalletus.com.

L’Occitane’s NEW Cherry Princess Collection brings the iconic cherry tree into blossom in this limited-edition collection with a fruity floral scent. Each product in the collection is formulated with a cherry extract, capturing the signature scent of Provence. The collection includes an Eau de Toilette ($35), Solid Perfume ($10), Silky Body Gel ($24), Pearlescent Shower Cream ($20) and Hand Cream ($10). L’Occitane products are available at www.usa.loccitane.com and in over 160 boutiques throughout the U.S.

Lavanila’s Vanilla Passion Fruit scent is infused with natural aphrodisiacs! This fragrance is a crisp, tropical explosion of Passion Fruit, Guava and Peach Nectar steeped in warm base of Sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. Created by master natural perfumers and backed by research, this love-attracting scent is uniquely infused with a romantic blend of powerful aphrodisiacs valued for their seductive properties. The collection includes The Healthy Fragrance ($58), Healthy Roller Ball ($19), 2-in-1 Shower and Shave ($14), and Body Butter ($20). Lavanila products can be purchased at Sephora/Sephora.com and www.Lavanila.com.

 

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