Here’s a scent to know about. And I’m not saying this just because it has a huge celebrity following (Demi Moore, Mila Kunis and Hayden Panettiere all own fragrances from the line) or because it’s really affordable. A 3.8 oz full-size bottle is $35 and the travel size (shown below), which I prefer because it has a no-spill roller ball applicator, is only $12.
Eau De Nous isn’t over-thought or forced. It’s a series of simple, lovely aromas made by two sisters, Daya and Vally Fernandez, who created a series of scents reminiscent of their childhood. There are 4 in all: Gardenian Gift, which has notes of jasmine, orange and cloves; Bebe Breeze, a mix of rich floral tones like roses and lilies; Citrus Charm, a blend of mandarin and grapefruit essences; and Jasmine Joy, a marriage of honeysuckle, sandalwood and jasmine oil.
The perfumes are really wearable and casual enough for everyday. For summer I’m into Gardenian Gift. It’s quiet, floral, and fresh – just what summer should be.
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When you have the chance to spend an afternoon with a Victoria’s Secret model, you take it. So, this week I dined at Cibo Matto in The Wit hotel with VS Angel Lindsay Ellingson (documented in the pic below), who was in town for the launch of the brand’s new “Gorgeous” push-up bra. Lindsay is not only stunning, she’s so normal, down-to-earth and easy to talk to. When asked what she does to get her perfect body in shape for the VS fashion show, which happens to be one of the most electric, entertaining spectacles I’ve ever attended, I may have given her a dirty look.
“My biggest issue is that I’m too skinny, so I have to drink lots of protein shakes to get ready for it,” she said. I wanted to call her a biatch in that moment, but the girl is so damn nice, she is yet another example of how Beauty Doesn’t Have to be a Bitch. All I could do was smile, swallow my thoughts and empathize with her inability to grow a muffin top.
During our date, Lindsay introduced me to the newest VS fragrance suite called Attractions. The four body mists, which can be layered, have very different scent profiles. Sweet Craving is like inhaling a bowl of vanilla creme brulee, Wild One is slighlty floral, Glam Goddess smells fresh and clean, and Love Bitten is woodsy with a hint of apple.
But it’s not the aromas that are memorable. They’re made with a secret cocktail of notes referred to as EverTempt, which is supposed to have pheremone-like powers. Apparently, the perfumers at Victoria’s Secret tested hundreds of scent combinations until they found the one blend that lured in men time and time again. So, the next time you’re on the prowl, perhaps you should give yourself a mist. This just may turn out to be your lucky juice.
(top left): If you like “all you can eat” buffets, you’ll love Sephora’s Blockbuster Palette with 187 makeup items. $48 ($435 value); www.sephora.com.
(top right): For someone who appreciates form and function: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps formula is the most moisturizing and now has the most beautiful packaging, too. Tulips, artwork of contemporary artst Jeff Koons adorn the limited-edition bottles that range from $27-$70. Proceeds will be donated to The Koons Family Institute, a center for missing children. www.kiehls.com.
(center):Beyonce meant it when she said “Put a ring on it.” Her sexy fragrance now comes in a solid that’s housed in a chic cocktail ring. $35; available at Macy’s.
(bottom right):Gifting a candle is no longer lame. These glamorous Molton Brown medio candelas are anything but generic. They’re made with essential oils, come in variety of scents and are extremely handsome. $49, each; www.moltonbrown.com.
(bottom left):This temporary tattoo is one way to wish him a happy holiday. $12.95; www.tatatoos.com.
Hungry for a new scent? White Castle is now selling a candle that smells like a slider, with notes of burger and onion. I can’t imagine it will spark up the romance, but one whiff will make you feel like a piece of meat. If you dare, the candle is $13, available at White Castle locations.
- Ew! No way (36 votes)
- Yum! I love a meaty aroma (5 votes)
Breast cancer is always top of mind, but there are only a couple weeks left to buy limited-edition products that donate to the cause. Before Breast Cancer Awareness month officially ends, take your pick from these great items whose proceeds support the fight. Michael Kors Very Hollywood Eau De Parfum Rollerball/Lipgloss Duo
, $18.Kohl’s Cares Simply Vera Vera Wang Multistrand necklace
, $5.Suki Exfoliate Foaming Body Cleanser
, a favorite of celebs including Eva Longoria and Jennie Garth. $31.95.Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Powder Blush in Starlight Pink
, $11.95. E-beauty boutique LoveHue.com will donate 20% of sales of this blush purchased on the site to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Lindsay Phillips dip-dyed Belleview Scarf
in Orange/Pink, $25. 25% of the price purchase will go to Young Survival Coalition and The Mammography Voucher Program at Morton Plant Mease Hospital.Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Collection Evelyn Lauder Lip Design Collection
, $25 (includes three lipsticks in a pink accessory bag). Sephora Collection Compact Mirror
, $18. $1 from the sale of each will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
I recently returned from my nostalgic camp reunion in Maine. The minute I stepped foot on the playground of my youth, it all came back. The smells of campfire, the woods, the grassy fields…all of these amazing scents were just as I remembered them. They made me feel like I was 12 all over again and didn’t have a care in the world.
With the memory of my incredible visit still fresh on my mind, this week’s giveaway honors the power of fragrance. Tocca is a brand that masters scent like no other, so I’m offering four people the chance to win their favorite candle from Tocca’s new fall Candela collection
. The new aromas are elegant, romantic and unique. Brigitte
: Inspired by sexy screen siren Brigitte Bardot, the candle has the spiciness of ginger combined with the sweetness of rhubarb and papaya. Giulietta
: A soft, warming scent of fully bloomed pink tulips and sweet green apple create.Bianca
: With notes of green tea, lemon and a dash of sugar, the candle releases the aroma of an Italian seaside.Colette
: Notes of warm incense, musky vanilla and amber create a sultry mood. To enter to win this giveaway, tell me which candle you fancy most by commenting on the post, follow me on twitter (twitter.com/NPTheBeautyGirl) and RT this message.
Chicagonow.com recently wrote a story about yours truly. To find out what I’m crushing on for fall, click here
Could we have been looking in all the wrong places this whole time for the fountain of youth? I always imagined it to be hiding in a mystical forest, wrapped in vines, waiting for an adventurer to uncover a magical, iridescent pool. Don’t mean to burst your bubble, but recent studies reveal a much less romantic reality — youth is chillin’ in a bucket o’ apples. Yup. Scientists researched Swiss apples to find out why they last longer than other varieties and have the ability to heal themselves. The answer was in their stem cells. Now beauty companies are using these stem cells to create anti-aging formulas that work to prevent wrinkles and protect and regenerate skin cells. Here are some you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Sonya Dakar Stem Cell Transformer
($195) is the latest face-firming friend on the street (it officially launches in the fall). In addition to the rare green apple stem cells, it’s harvested with organically based goodies such as anti oxidants extracted from red grape skin and hydrating safflower and jojoba oils.
Julia Roberts is the face behind Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells High Definition Amplifying Mascara
($29). Swiss apple extract is the focus of the formula, which claims to repair damaged follicles and deeply condition lashes so they are thick and resilient.
Stella McCartney’s limited-edition fragrance Sheer Stella
($62) isn’t bogged down with stem cells but its chemistry is ripe with green apple top notes. The heart of Stella’s classic scent is a bouquet of fresh roses. Goldfaden Stem Cell Skin Serum
($75) combines apple stem cells with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich red tea and seaweed extract.
During my days in NYC as a staff beauty editor, rubbing elbows with celebrities (think High Tea with SJP to kick off the launch of her scent Lovely, a behind-the-scenes interview with Carmen Electra and a Q&A with Gwen Stefani about her Harajuku Lovers fragrance) was part of the job.
That’s me, back in my 20s, with Courteney Cox at the Kinerase event.
One of my most memorable meet and greets was during an event with Courteney Cox. She had become the face of the somewhat unknown brand Kinerase
, a line dedicated to the plant-based antioxidant kinetin. After a brief introduction to the formula, each of us beauty editors had a short session with Courteney. She was sweet and soft spoken, but what really stuck out was that she had the most radiant skin. I had tried the moisturizer for the first time only days before, and I could see why Courteney was such a fan. It was gentle and hydrating, and I loved how it made my skin feel. Since then, Kinerase (Facebook.com/Kinerase; Twitter.com/KineraseBrand) has been a brand that rolls off my tongue whenever friends, readers or guests at The Beauty Girl Parties
ask for recommendations.Thus, I’m so excited to offer 5 people the chance to win the brand’s latest launch — Kinerase Daily Defense SPF 30
. This $135 formula
is an all-in-one moisturizer, anti-ager and sunblock. It’s available in a lotion or cream, so I want you to tell me which one you want. To enter this contest, comment on the post, follow me on twitter (twitter.com/NPTheBeautyGirl) and RT this message.
Don’t forget to tell me which texture, the cream or lotion, you prefer!