Paula, one of the Deseo giveaway winners, sent me this glowing review of her prize:
I was one of the winners of the Deseo spray and lotion contest that you had recently. I wanted to email you and rave about how much I love this scent. I must admit, I didn’t know what to expect, being a celebrity fragrance, but this is just wonderful. I am not good with “fragrance notes” but I do know what smells good and good on me – and this definitely shines. I have been layering the scent almost every morning since I recieved it, and have gotten many compliments from co-workers wanting to know what I was wearing – and then being surprised to know it was a Jennifer Lopez scent.
My 74-year-old mother was there when I opened it, so I put it on her, too. It smelled different on her, but still equally pleasant. She was quite taken with it, so now I am keeping a close eye on my bathroom to make sure it doesn’t mysteriously move into hers.
So, it’s definitely good for different types and admired by many. I want to thank you sincerely for offering this contest and I am so happy to have won and let you know my opinions.
For what seems like forever, I’ve heard beauty editors go on and on about Jo Malone. I had yet to hear someone find fault with the products, which I thought was a bit fishy. So I tried their new White Jasmine & Mint line to see if the brand merits all of the rave reviews. OMG. I am completely enamored with Jo – you don’t even know. The products absolutely deserve every accolade I’ve read and heard. They deserve more, in fact – thus my subsequent stellar appraisal.
Last fall, Jo Malone debuted White Jasmine & Mint Cologne – a fragrance “inspired by a tranquil moment in an English garden when the sun emerges, the dew gently lifts and the blossoms are at their most fragrant. Notes of just-picked white jasmine, chamomile, wild mint, rose and coriander are entwined in this lush combination.”
The quality of these products is beyond compare. If I were to search my mental lexicon and come up with a phrase that best describes Jo Malone, it would be sumptuous indulgence. And the fragrance…where do I begin? The White Jasmine & Mint scent is an elegant, crisp recipe that is decidedly feminine – womanly, not girly.
The White Jasmine & Mint Home Candle is without a doubt, the best candle I’ve ever smelled. Every night this week, I’ve lit the wick immediately upon returning home. It fills my apartment with the most enchanting aroma…I could wax poetic about it all day long. Once you drink in the scent of White Jasmine & Mint, you’ll be a convert too.
This Mother’s Day, Sarah Jessica Parker Fragrances has something twice as Lovely… a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to New York City and attend the red carpet premiere of Sex and the City.
The Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Mother’s Day Gift Set features the indulgent Lovely collection with a special surprise. Included on each set is a sleeve with a unique code that grants you two free tickets to “Sex and the City: The Movie” in your area. Tickets are redeemable by going to the website listed on the sleeve, entering the code, and printing off your tickets at home. And, if you redeem your tickets before May 1st you will automatically be entered for a chance to win tickets for you and a friend to attend the red carpet premiere in New York City.
The gift set includes 3.4 fl oz Lovely eau de parfum, 2.5 fl oz Lovely soft body lotion, and Deluxe mini eau de parfum. The suggested retail price is $69.50.
The Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Mother’s Day Gift Set will be available April 1st in department stores nationwide.
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Elle Bag Charm features an elle Yves Saint Laurent solid perfume (woody and floral notes – Peony, Pink Berries, and Patchouli) and a fuchsia pearly lip gloss. This multitasking accessory adds instant glamour to a bag or a belt, and is perfect for gals on the go.
I don’t write about fragrances too often. Why? Well, to be honest – I’m persnickety (this is my husband’s favorite word to describe me). I could write about every new fragrance that hits the shelves – but I’m not going to waste your time, and mine, writing about a zillion unremarkable perfumes. So from now on, I’m only going to tell you when a fragrance stinks to high heaven or when it’s heaven scent. The following fragrance falls into the latter category, thankfully.
In tribute to the heat of desire, and in the image of the woman who inspires it, Lise Watier has created her latest fragrance, Désirable.
The fragrance is a pure and delicate elixir, an authentic harmony of fresh, invigorating notes blended for a contemporary, feminine scent. The muse for Désirable is today’s woman: natural, confident, sensual; a woman with intrinsic charm and a power of seduction even more inspirational than beauty. Desire springs to life in a sparkling, spontaneous flight of sweet apple, honeyed osmanthus, and tart wild berries. The emotion unfurls gently, revealing a subtle nose of freesia, lily of the valley, and magnolia. Like the lingering memory of a kiss, the final note leaves a velvety, refined impression of musk and sandalwood.
I’m not typically a fan of fruity scents, but this one is so lovely and complex that I had to make an exception. And the bottle is just as delightful as the perfume itself; it reminds me of one of my other fragrance favorites. Plus, it comes packaged in a feminine and refined lilac box.
Last week, I took a trip to Sephora. Yeah, I realize that I should just start paying rent there…but this time, I had a good excuse. I accidentally fried my hair and was in desparate need of a miracle (aka a new jar of Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment). But while I was browsing around, the cutest blue and brown bottle caught my eye.
LAVANILA, famous for their vanilla scented fragrances (Vanilla Blossom, Vanilla Grapefruit, and Pure Vanilla) just added another player to the team. Vanilla Coconut is an indulgent blend of coconut, hints of monoi Tiare (a Tahitian white flower), and a warm sensual base of Madagascar vanilla bean. This new addition is, in my opinion, the best of the bunch – and its creamy, yet refreshing scent comes just in time for Spring.
And here’s the kicker… LAVANILA’s breakthrough fragrances are infused with natural fragrance oils and 100 percent active botanicals. So given that skin absorbs 60 percent of what you put on it, it’s nice to know that every spritz feeds your skin with antioxidants, amino acids, essential vitamins, and minerals.
Vanilla Coconut is available in a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray ($56) and 8 oz Vanilla Coconut Body Butter ($25). Available at lavanila.com, Beauty.com, and Sephora.