There’s a reason so many fashion and beauty blogs have a variation of the word “sparkle” in their name. What girl doesn’t want to shine?! Here are three of my favorite new, sparkly finds. Read More
I love when new spring beauty products land on my desk. Then I know it won’t be long before I can store my winter coat.
When Bath & Body Works new Beautiful Day collection arrived, it only added to my anticipation of warmer weather. I was sent the entire line (shower gel, fragrance mist, shimmer mist, eau de toilette, body lotion and body cream), and when I inhaled the scent, it made me happy. It’s as simple as that. The fragrance isn’t overly floral or romantic or woodsy or oriental. In fact, it’s refreshingly uncomplicated with a few notes that blend together to smell a little bit sweet, thanks to pink peonies and dandelions, and a little bit crisp, which you get from green apple. My number one from this launch may be the mist. It’s a lighter version of the perfume, and I’m picturing wearing it on an above 50-degree day. Hopefully that means it’ll be on my skin very soon.
Fragrance always seems top of mind around Valentine’s Day. So, I figured, why not give away a scent I love and that’s made in my backyard, Chicago.
Tru Blooms Chicago is a fresh floral. It’s no surprise it smells like a garden because it’s made with notes of rose, lavender, white oriental lily and violet that have been taken from local Chicago gardens. The overall effect is not too heavy, not too sweet but a light, crisp aroma anyone can wear day or night.
Plus, I’ve got an exclusive discount just for The Beauty Girl readers. Get 20% off the Tru Blooms website by entering the code “BeautyGirl” at checkout. Offer ends on Feb. 14h. Happy Shopping!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Our sense of smell shapes our memories, experiences, and perceptions of the world. Not only what we smell, but what we smell like ourselves is a significant part of our personal identity. My best friend has worn Thierry Mugler Alien for years, and I will forever associate the scent with our friendship and happiness. But what if you went on a date with a guy whose scent you couldn’t stand? Maybe not even a matter of cologne, it’s just his natural body odor. For many, that’d be a deal breaker.
Enter the new frontier in dating: pheromone parties. Here’s the scoop: guests are asked to sleep in a t-shirt for three consecutive nights. After the third night, they freeze the shirt in a Ziploc bag to “lock in” the scent. Then, at the party, bags are marked male or female and guests go around smelling the bags. At the end of the night, guests pick the bag that they find smells most attractive, and they meet the person behind the scent. Crazy! Seems like an all-together kooky idea, but we think they’re on to something. If scent shapes our perceptions of one another so significantly, then pheromone parties seem, well, logical.
Maybe sniff testing isn’t on your calendar this Valentine’s Day, but you can still play around with fragrance to make yourself a hot commodity. Here are a few date-night fragrances that we find magnetic:
Day two started out with a lovely brunch at the Ritz with Madame Watier (shown above). I was impressed by Lise Watier, not only because she’s the founder of this successful 40-year-old company and is still involved in the product creation, but also because she’s on a mission to empower women and has taken this a step further by forming her own charity.
As for the products, here’s what stood out to me… Read More
In honor of “Skyfall,” the newest 007 flick that premieres today, I’ve put together a James Bond inspired giveaway.
3 people will have the chance to win the new 007 James Bond Fragrance ($40) and the Art of Shaving’s best selling Elements of the Perfect Shave Kit ($115). Read More
I had the chance to interview Private Practice star Kate Walsh, who happens to have her own beauty company. Who knew?! There are a gazillion celebrity fragrances out there, but Kate’s is different. She didn’t just slap her name on a juice that a big fragrance house concocted. She came up with the idea for her fragrance Billionaire Boyfriend, created her own company and launched the scent this year. I found out what’s really behind the name as well as her other beauty secrets like how she keeps her skin in check after all of those hours on set.
Better yet, I’m giving two people the chance to win a bottle of Billionaire Boyfriend ($75). Keep reading to enter the giveaway. Read More
Where: Bath & Body Works store at Old Orchard Mall (Skokie, IL) When: Saturday, May 5th (2-4pm) What: I’ll be at the store’s Mother’s Day Party for an afternoon of beauty, free goodies and fun. Visit me for free makeup bag makeovers and beauty tips, and you’ll have the chance to take a Fragrance Finder quiz to find your scent match. P.S. Write the secret word GINGHAM on your quiz, and you’ll get a free gift! Hope to see you there!
Have you heard of beso.com? It’s a site devoted to shopping (need I say more). To help the hunt, they pick the brains of industry peeps like myself to see what’s on our lists, which may just inspire yours. So, when I was asked about the beauty products I’m all about right now, of course I had to tell. Read More