Friday, April 17, 2015

Bond No.9 Park Avenue South

Bond No. 9 fragrances is heading a little farther down Park Ave. for their newest, Park Avenue South. It's a bustling neighborhood I've visited a little and has no doubt grown since I was last there .

Park Avenue South the fragrance  one of those simply beautiful florals that smell fabulous and just say Spring.

This has a crisp edge to it  along with those florals. The green apple note is very prominent in the middle, after a light start, but is never super sweet . The white floral of jasmine is very much there as well, and I get hints of lily also ,which isn't listed in the official notes. Peach is in here too but again not sticky sweet and it doesn't come on too strong. Mainly this is all about the apple and jasmine, which to my nose is a good combo.

At the drydown there is a tiny bit of musk and amber but  the floral remains throughout.

Like I said, pretty. Easy to wear but not boring with  light sillage.

The fragrance comes in perfume ,  Body Silk and a candle all in a polka dotted bottle.

Bond No. 9 Park Avenue South is $ 200 for 50 ml, $ 295 for 100ml, $ 135 for Body Silk and $ 115 for the candle.

Find them at Saks, select Nordstrom and Harrods in the UK.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Balm Chicky Balm Balm

Discovering a cool new beauty brand is one of the fun parts of being a blogger. Balm Chicky Balm Balm is a new lip balm created by two best friends and coming to a Target near you soon.

Abby and Liz met years ago and since that day have wanted to work together. 5 years after that initial meeting Liz came up with the idea for Balm Chicky . From there the "friend end" came about. How to share your balm with the girlfriends but still be sanitary ? Much research on tubes , patents and more along with a graphics redesign until 7 years later, they landed on The Shark Tank TV show. Cool right ? They didn't win but got the exposure they needed and Target came along to give them a shot.

 Balm Chicky Balm Balm comes in an extra large tube (11g/.38 oz) with retro '70s graphics. A throwback to the cool large glossy balms we had back then. I think mine was orange flavored.

One side has a lift off cap, the other a flip cap. That's the friend end.  The balm itself is very hydrating  but feels light on lips. It has no color or shine but the flavors are really good. Not barely there but not strong. The Sweet  Baby Ginger even has a bit of a spicy kick to it.

Ingredients include organic hemp & olive  oil, along with beeswax. 

Balm Chicky Balm Balm is $ 7 and will be available by mid April at  400 Target locations in 5 flavors.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NARS Christopher Kane Nebulous & Nucleus Lip Gloss

NARS /Christopher Kane is one beauty of a collection.  I've only got my hands on two products to test but it all looks quite gorgeous.

Two of the new lipgloss shades are Nebulous and Nucleus. They gives lip a pop of color , have long wear for a gloss and  wear down to a light stain.

Nebulous goes  right into my stockpile of corals for Spring/Summer. Love this shade. It's a  sheer  coral , not super bright but not barely there either. It's just right.  Go by the tube color here as for some reason the swatch of this looks far more pink than it is.

Nucleus is a light wash of baby pink with no shimmer. It's a creamy shade that will look great against a bold eye and on days when you want just a light  natural look.

NARS Christopher Kane is available at and boutiques on Apr. 15th and May 1st at specialty/dept. stores and Sephora .

***NARS also has a new digital contest to win some goodies:

On April 15th, US and UK fans of the brands can enter for a chance to win the entire NARS Christopher Kane Collection, along with a new accessory from Christopher Kane’s Spring 2015 Collection (open to US and UK residents only).

·        To enter to win the NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough for US residents, fans should tweet using #NARSChristopherKaneUS.

·        To enter to win the NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough for UK residents, fans should tweet using #NARSChristopherKaneUK.

·        The contest will kick off at 11:00AM GMT on April 15th in UK time, as well as 1:00PM EST April 15th in US time.

·        Fans can watch the Breakthrough livestreamed on & on April 15th until a winner is revealed. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Spring 2015

I love the Insta Dri line from Sally Hansen.  That super fast dry time is the best. So many times I decide want to paint my nails late at night or right before I leave for somewhere. No time to dry-  Insta Dri to the rescue.

For Spring, not only are there 14 new shades but an improved formula as well. The polish wears long and has more shine. Since wear time is a big issue after dry time, I can get into that.

I tried Set Sail this past week and got  5 days of chip free wear. For me that's great as  I can be rough on polish.  It applied smoothly without clumps and seems less thick than earlier versions which is good.  There was as promised plenty of shine and two coats was perfect opaque coverage.

My other two shades are Cherry Fast and Orange Zest.