Valentine’s Day Fragrance Gifts For Him and Her!

Valentine’s Day is in a little more than a week!  Do you have a great gift for your significant other? Fragrance is a very romantic gift.  Whether it’s a new scent or a fragrance he or she have loved for years, they will loving receiving it.

I love giving and receiving fragrance (especially receiving it)!  I love giving it to my husband, too. Below are some amazing picks from Fragrance.net:

For her

Lovely By Sarah Jessica Parker ($32.99, $23.09 with 30% off coupon) — Introduced in the year 2005, by Sarah Jessica Parker, Lovely has a sent precious oils, lavender, orchid, amber, apple martini, paper, whites and musk. It is recommended for anytime wear.

Rose the One By Dolce & Gabbana ($46.99, $32.89 with 30% off coupon) — Explore your sophisticated side with just a whiff of Rose the One by Dolce & Gabbana. This lovely scent mixes Madonna lily, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant, lily of the valley, sandalwood, litchi, peony, ambrette seed, musk, vanilla, mandarin, rose and fresh fragrance that will add joy to your day.

Vera Wang Lovestruck By Vera Wang ($32.99, $23.09 with 30% off coupon) — An alluring perfume you will want to reach for when you are in the mood for a romantic scent. This sweet fragrance for women makes an exuberant first impression with notes of juicy guavas and fresh angelica flowers. Notes of precious woods and warm musk then emerge to leave you feeling beautiful all night.

for him

Eternity by Calvin Klein ($30.99, $21.69 with 30% off coupon) — Embrace classic elegance and sophistication with Eternity by Calvin Klein. In this wonderful fragrance for men, greens blend perfectly with crisp jasmine, sage, basil and rosewood to create an ideal mix. Eternity is refreshing and crisp, the ideal complement to all your daytime activities. This classic, unforgettable scent allows you to add an old-world feeling to your day.

Noir by Tom Ford ($83.99, $58.79 with 30% off coupon) — This boldly unique fragrance for men was launched by world famous design house Tom Ford in 2012. Warm and spicy yet woody and aquatic, Noir for men is a casual, sporty fragrance that he will want to wear every day. Designed for the active, modern gladiator, this fragrance opens with top notes of bergamot, verbena, caraway, pink pepper, and violet for a go-everywhere scent that captivates and invigorates.

Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf ($59.99, $41.99 with 30% off coupon) — A casual but distinctive daytime scent Spicebomb, Romance cologne for men is a spicy, moderate fragrance that balances its tobacco notes with woodsy undertones. Romance has a rich, appealing construction that combines dominant notes of warm and sexy grapefruit and bergamot with sweet spices, woods, and saffron.

Are you giving the gift of fragrance this V-Day?  Leave a comment and let me know yours or your sweetie’s favorite scents!

Gifts For Him For Valentine’s Day!

It is hard to find a great gift for guys on Valentine’s Day.  Many of them don’t love stuffed bears and flowers (but chocolates…?).

A very romantic gift is personal care products for him.  Below I have highlighted a luxe shaving kit and colognes that will make him smell amazing!

The Art of Shaving Lavender Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush
The Art of Shaving Lavender Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush

The Art of Shaving Lavender Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush ($120 USD) —

The Full Size Kit includes all four elements of The Perfect Shave®, Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, a Shaving Brush, and our After-Shave Balm. The combination of these quality ingredients, handcrafted accessories, and expert shaving technique provides optimal closeness while helping ward against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts, while leaving behind a soft and smooth face.

Features:

  • (1) Lavender Pre-Shave Oil (2 oz)
  • (1) Lavender Shaving Cream (5 oz)
  • (1) Black Pure Badger Shaving Brush
  • (1) Lavender After-Shave Balm (3.3 oz)

Purchase at http://www.theartofshaving.com

Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc ($45 1 fl. oz.) is the signature classic that mirrors the intricate construction of the classic white polo shirt. Clean grapefruit, sensually pure tuberose, and masculine suede radiate a timeless masculinity.

Lacoste L.12.12 Noir ($45 1 fl. oz.)  is an intense, refreshing fragrance inspired by warm summer evenings; refreshing watermelon and lively basil intensified by patchouli, all beautifully wrapped in the smooth texture of dark chocolate.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.lacoste.com

Nautica Voyage Sport
Nautica Voyage Sport

Nautica Voyage Sport ($62.50 3.4 fl. oz.) — captures the mind, body and heart it takes to endure and push beyond one’s own limits. The new fragrance speaks to the man with a competitive spirit, who commits to every task. It opens with pure, cool accents of Sea Spray Accord and Sea Salt.  This invigorating breath of fresh air is enhanced with doses of spicy Coriander and crisp Citrus Zest. The heart is a powerful aromatic combination of Geranium, Green Peppercorn, Apple and Palm Leaves, reinforcing the fragrance’s bold and lush freshness. The base is a vibrant and magnetic blend of Brazil Wood, Musk, Patchouli and Vetiver.

Purchase at Macy’s stores and http://www.macys.com

What are you giving your man for Valentine’s Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 25-31, 2015

It has been warm in Kansas City for the last few days.  It definitely doesn’t feel like winter!  But that won’t last, the weather changes very quickly here.

I have been loving trying new skincare this week, some I am featuring here along with some fab new makeup brushes:

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum
Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum ($32.99 USD) — Straight from the juicy center of grapefruit is a Vitamin C packed serum that will exfoliate and tone damage skin to healing perfection. The ingredients in the serum are:

  • Retinyl Retinoate  –  A revolutionary new form of vitamin A that is 2x more bioavailable than retinol while also being significantly more stable.  Activates collagen production while it gently exfoliates by enhancing cellular turnover, erasing wrinkles, discoloration & signs of aging.
  • Coffee Berry – Antioxidant-rich superfruit that enhances collagen production & neutralizes aging free radicals.
  • Chamomile Extract – A powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory qualities that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Coconut Oil – Moisturizes and soothes skin while creating a lipid barrier that fends off skin damage.  Combats wrinkles & discoloration while promoting the natural healing of the skin. 

What I think: This is a powerful serum!  I have sensitive skin, so I use it two or three times a week at night. I find that my skin is glowing in the morning!  It also smoothes out my skin.

Available on www.madhippie.com

Makeup Academy Brushes
Makeup Academy Brushes

Makeup Academy has added 15 NEW professional brushes to their extensive premium brush collection. Innovatively designed with a mix of natural and synthetic fibers for use across face, eyes and lips, the brushes feature precision-cut heads and sleek, gunmetal finishes and are available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy.

From a Contour Brush ($12) to a Double-Ended Contour & Highlighter Brush ($16), the new MUA brushes have a tool for every need. Here are some other favorites:

  • Bold Brows: Raise some eyebrows with perfectly shaped arches with the NEW Pro Double Ended Pointed Brow Brush & Spoolie ($12)
  • Flawless Face: Use the NEW Pro Multi Purpose Brush ($12) for all your face makeup needs. From liquid and cream foundations to pressed and loose powders, this perfectly sized brush head lets you easily buff and layer product onto the skin.
  • Sultry Smoke: The NEW multi-tasking  Pro Double Ended Smokey Eye Brush ($12) creates the perfect smokey eye with a Shader Brush on one side and a tapered Crease Brush on the other.

What I think: This are gorgeous brushes for really affordable prices.  The brushes themselves are very soft.  My favorite is the Pro Double Ended Smokey Eye Brush.  The crease brush makes it so easy to define the crease and the shader side applies color evenly along the lid.

These are available at http://www.cvs.com

 

Kensington Apothecary Rose Butter Facial Balm ($25 USD) — On the face, this miracle balm dissolves stubborn makeup, softens fine lines and locks in precious moisture. Use it on chest, legs and elbows to keep areas smooth and soft. Use a touch in dry hair to combat frizz and give locks a smooth shine. Massage into cuticles for a quick at-home manicure. Includes Rose Otto, Cupuacu, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter.

Kensington Apothecary Rose Water Exfoliating Tonic ($28 USD) — Don’t scrub with grit. A quintet of fruit acids reveals soft, radiant skin by cleansing away dead skin and dirt. Sugar cane, bilberry, and citrus extracts gently dissolve the outer layer of dead skin, revealing fresh, younger skin beneath. Calming and healing organic rose hydrosol combines with pH powerhouse witch hazel and moisture-locking aloe vera.

What I think:  The facial balm is so nice to have.  If you rub the top of it with your finger, it dissolves the balm into a light oil.  It works so well on lips, cuticles, dry skin.  The tonic feels so nice on and helps dissolve dirt and makeup.  Both products have a soft rose scent.

These products are available online via www.kensingtonapothecary.com

New Products From Sally Hansen And Rimmel London

Want to try something new?  Sally Hansen and Rimmel London have introduced new collections. Bright new polishes from Sally Hansen and a gorgeous new lipstick from Rimmel:

No matter what your style, from broadband-beautifully on-the-go with the Digital Overload collection to urban beats with an edge in the case of the Glam Rock range, the award-winning Sally Hansen Miracle Gel franchise has you covered. New and improved Miracle Gel is the next best thing to a salon gel manicure at home. The new collections feature the following new hues.

The Digital Overload collection is plugged in and always on! The range adds seven new wildly addictive and electrifying shades that are social media share-worthy:

Pink-terest: pixel-pretty bubblegum pink

World Wide Red: disruptively hot red-orange

Gigabryte: bright yellow that’s bound to go viral

Digi-Teal: buzzworthy take on teal

Byte Blue: LED-light bold blue

Electric Pop: wonderfully web-ready animated pink

Let’s Get Digital: futuristically iridescent robin’s egg blue with pink shimmer

Glam Rock is the intersection of pretty and punk blending the deep hues of yesteryear with the spirit of rock and roll. This collection also features seven new shades:

V-Amplified: mega-moody maroon

Scarlet Starlet: a Brit-rock favorite flavor —cherry red

Head Bang: a rad, rave-worthy chestnut brown

Stilettos & Studs: psychedelic charcoal shimmer

Motley Hue: manic magenta crème

Rock On Silver:  heavy metal textured silver

Punkish Purple:  groupie-gorgeous royal purple

Don’t forget the top coat!  When layered over the Miracle GelTM shades, the new 2X Volume Top Coat increases the volume of your manicure, creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss finish. The result: The look of a gel manicure at home, without the trip to a salon! Miracle Gel’s two-step application is super-simple. First, apply two thin coats of Miracle GelTM color to clean, bare nails. Then, apply one coat of the new Miracle GelTM 2X Volume Top Coat. Natural light cures the polish, yielding a manicure that resembles a UV / LED cured gel polish. It removes easily with regular nail polish remover.

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Rimmel London Only 1 Lipstick
Rimmel London Only 1 Lipstick

The first lipstick of its kind, Rimmel London The Only 1 ($7.25 USD) is set to challenge lipstick history. A unique multi-tasker, it excels in EVERYTHING you look for in a lippie. Discover intense, high-impact shades. Enjoy an ultra-comfortable, weightless feel and indulge lips in luscious moisture. A worry free experience is guaranteed because the gorgeous colour stays put for hours and hours. It’s the only 1 lipstick you need… and the only 1 that won’t let you down. Our hero!

Prepare to incite anarchy with your power pout. The Only 1 Lipstick comes in a riot of 12 shades that will create a frenzy of lust. Slick on powerful pinks, like You’re All Mine #120. Rock rich, ravishing reds with Best Of The Best #510. Create chaos with eye-catching corals, like Call Me Crazy #620. Be brave with beautiful browns, including Naughty Nude #700. And pack a punch with deep plum hues, One-Of-A-Kind #810.  Every vivid shade is worth fighting for!

Visit www.RimmelLondon.com to learn more and for store locations.

Are you going to try any of these new products?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Beauty.com’s Exclusive Rachel Comey Sage Bag Gift With Purchase!

Beauty.com Exclusive Rachel Comey Sage Bag
Beauty.com Exclusive Rachel Comey Sage Bag

There is a new Beauty.com gift with purchase!  I love these!  They come with beautiful makeup bags and a bunch of deluxe beauty samples — I have tried lots of new brands with these samples and they are great to save up for traveling!

This time, they are offering the exclusive Sage Bag from designer Rachel Comey as a complimentary gift for shoppers. Customers will receive the cosmetics tote when they spend $99 or more at the prestige beauty retailer. To complement Comey’s spring/summer 2016 collection that featured a soft and “lived-in” look, Rachel Comey’s Sage Bag is made of post-consumer materials.

The Sage Bag arrives fully stocked with 11 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe and full sizes. The bag and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of more than $120.

Bag Contents:

  1. Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment (10 ml)
  2. clariSEA De-Blemish Spot Treatment (30 ml)
  3. W3LL People Expressionist Mascara Traveler (.12 oz)
  4. Skin&CO Umbrian Truffle Hand cream (10 ml)
  5. Not Soap, Radio Liquid Freud Body Lotion (35 ml)
  6. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask (1 oz)
  7. Hugo Boss EDT VOC (.07 oz)
  8. Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Crème (1.25 oz)
  9. The Beachwaver Co Half Up, Brunette (1)
  10. John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo (1 oz)
  11. John Masters Organics Citrus Neroli Detangler (1 oz)
  12. Beauty.com offer card

I think the bag is so cute, and I love that it is made from post-consumer materials!  I have been wanting to try some of these brands like Not Soap, Radio and Peter Thomas Roth’s masks!  This bag of goodies would also make an amazing Valentine’s Day gift!

This is available now at Beauty.com

Workout Time! Beauty Products To Take To The Gym

I truly dislike working out.  But I have to start again to get healthy.  Sigh.

Even though it’s not fun for me, there are some beauty products that will make it more fun!  Cute hair accessories and products that will keep you neat and fresh after the gym make it better:

Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band
Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band

Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band ($9.99 for a two pack) Hands full on your morning run? scünci’s Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wristband can lend a helping hand. This fun accessory can hold the perfect ponytail, or your fitness band, house key, or a few dollars for that post-workout snack! With different colors to choose from, this is the best accessory to be fit and fashionable!

What I think: I love these.   They are wide, but hold hair extremely well, even during workouts.  And, are really cute! I received a pack of two.  I like to wear one in my hair and use the other to stash money.   I haven’t tried to put my fitbit in it, but I might.

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com or Ulta stores.

Conair Detangling Brush
Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangling Brush ($5.99 USD) — has soft, flexible bristles to detangle hair the gentle way. Ideal for kids, this detangling brush easily removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling. Use the Conair Detangling Brush on wet or dry hair. Put an end to hair-brushing struggles and tears!

What I think: I love a brush that I can use in the shower! This detangles wet hair without pulling or breaking.  And it detangles my daughter’s dry, knotted hair (if she lets me).

Learn more at http://www.conair.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Gud By Burt's Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes
Gud By Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes

Gud By Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes ($3 a pack) — Whether you’re into yoga or kickboxing, these natural towelettes are the sweat-kicking follow-up. Refresh and be one with the scent gods.

  • A refreshingly citrus post-workout wipe down.
  • For that so fresh and so clean feeling.
  • No parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.
  • Never ever tested on animals. No way!

What I think:  This smell amazing!  Plus, after working out, if I don’t have time to shower at the gym I will freshen up with these before I go home.  They leave me smelling great!

Purchase at http://www.gudhappens.com

 

Unwash Dry Cleanser
Unwash Dry Cleanser

Unwash Dry Cleanser ($28  USD) — No water? No problem. Refresh and revive hair on the fly with this superior, lightweight performance formula made with pure volcanic ash. Created to absorb excess dirt and oil, this revolutionary dry shampoo leaves absolutely no residue behind on the hair, making it the perfect touch up product for cleansing in between washes and blowouts. Vitamin E and Panthenol provide conditioning and strengthening while plant extracts nurture hair for beautiful bounce, body and healthy shine. The result? Second-day hair perfection. 

What I think:  Dry shampoo usually leaves a white residue on my hair which I hate!  This one dried clear!  Really!  It left my hair soft and shiny and smelling really fresh.  I love that it is made with natural ingredients, too.

Unwash Dry Cleanser is available for $28 at unwash.com.

What do you pack in your gym bag?  Leave a comment and let me know what I should try next!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 18-24, 2015

It definitely is the time of the year to try new, hydrating skin care.  I have been trying to keep my skin moisturized in the cold weather. It feels like the moisture has been sucked out of my whole body and I have been drinking lots of water as well as hydrating my skin!

My faves this week include products that will keep your skin, body and lips hydrated:

 

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream
Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream ($75 USD) — A revolutionary patented anti-aging treatment, Vita-A-Kombi 1 combines 1% active oxygen and vitamins A&E to assist in normalizing and detoxifying the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Includes 1% hydrogen peroxide, vitamin A, vitamin E.

What I think:  This is a lovely night cream.  It is very moisturizing without being heavy on. In the morning, my skin is so soft and supple.  Plus, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I love the potent natural ingredients used.  I feel that I am doing something great for my skin when I use this.

 Available online at www.karinherzog.com

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance.

What I think:  I only use day creams with SPF so I was happy to get this one.  It is so hydrating and great for my aging skin! I notice that my skin looks smoother when I use it.  That is my main issue.  I use so much anti-aging skincare that I don’t have a lot of wrinkles (knock on wood)!

Purchase at Kohl’s stores and http://www.kohls.com

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion
Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion ($42 USD) — A spicy, nourishing body lotion blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection. The fragrance Top note: Fiery pink pepper. Middle note: Ginger. Base note: Rich patchouli.

What I think:  This is a very soothing body lotion.  It sinks right into your skin and keeps it soft all day!  Molten Brown makes a variety of different scent that are all so interesting.  If you love a spicy fragrance, this lotion definitely fits the bill!

Purchase at www.MoltonBrown.com   

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 6.7 fl. oz)-packs pure shea and cocoa butters with skin saving essential oils to deliver instantly softer skin. While other Body Butters use synthetic preservatives and chemicals including parabens, silicone & mineral oils that can clog pores, prevent absorption of beneficial ingredients and accumulate in the body, we pack our natural formula with smart, natural ingredients that that allow for faster absorption of body beneficial vitamins and immediate hydration

What I think:  I have tried this in Pure Vanilla,  a blend of fresh Madagascar vanilla and tonka bean.  It’s a sexy scent, more spicy than sweet, perfect for the cold weather.  I love that it is natural and it keeps my skin hydrated.

Purchase at Lavanila.com

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Cherry ($1.59 USD) — Cherry flavored protecting lip balm. Moisturizing protection from sun & water. With broad spectrum SPF 15.

Carmex Original Jar ($1.59 USD) — Generations have relied on this hardworking original lip balm formula. Soothes dry, chapped lips.  Creates a long-lasting water barrier with petrolatum, which acts like a bandage so healing can take place. Contains lanolin, which mimics the way your skin naturally retains moisture.Provides cooling pain relief with camphor and menthol.

What I think: I have been using the original pot of Carmex since the 1990’s. I love how moisturizing it is.  I have to say that although I love using the pot at home, the stick is so convenient to carry!  And it works just as well

Learn more at http://www.carmex.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Have you tried any of these hydrating products?  Leave a comment and let me know!