Sunday, December 16, 2018

Kierin NYC Sunday Brunch Perfume

Kierin NYC is a new fragrance company with 4  new fragrances, all inspired by enjoying each part of a day in NYC and the stories that come out of it. 

Founded by Mona  Maine de Biran and the scents/brand are genderless and inclusive. They are also cruelty free and formulated without Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates and Formaldehyde.

Sunday Brunch  is the mid point of the day in the line and a bright blend of bergamot, citrus and a light waft of jasmine. The fragrance has a 15% concentration which gives the citrus notes a little more kick and lasting power.  It's very much  Earl Grey tea with lemon. Given my love of citrus fragrances (and tea) this is a win.  It's a fairly uncomplicated scent but very well done and blended. It's soft, pretty and uplifting. 

I also love the packaging graphics. They remind me of my days in NYC in the '80s . 

I am really liking this line, the scents and the aethestics . Check them out at 

Sunday Brunch is $ 78 for 1.7 oz EDP

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection

Aromatherapy Associates is a UK based company specializing in  therapeutic high quality essential oil blends.

They've got some lovely gift sets for holiday including this Complete Wellbeing Collection  featuring 6 face oils and 10 body oils.

Each bottle has an aromatherapeutic scent with oils made for de-stressing , relaxing, reviving while the facial oils are for plumping, mattifying and firming among others.  I used Deep Relax over the weekend ,  a nice soft ,light blend of vetiver and chamomile .

The set comes boxed in two parts- one box for body, one for face and there are cards included that describe each oil , contained in a small glass bottle.

With the body oils, you apply to torso and other areas, let sink in, inhale the aroma and then hit the bath or shower.

The facial oils get massaged into skin after cleansing for you to get both the fragrant and skincare benefits

The set is very elegant and the type of gift that should please almost anyone on your gift list. After all I'm pretty sure most of us can use to de-stress and relax, am I right ?

$ 97 at Aromatherapy Associates or Amazon

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Bi Phase Spray Oil

I do love a good spray oil for my hair and Kerastase's new Elixir Ultime is just that. This is a new updated spray version of the old formula ( which is still available) but this is my first time trying either one.

The new oil is bi phase ( shake before use to mix) with argan , camellia, corn germ and sunflower seed oils and myrrh extract. It's lightweight, doesn't weigh hair down and adds light to medium moisture while smoothing and de-frizzing. It's perfect for my hair's drier ends after I blow dry.  I have normal to oily hair otherwise so I only use it on ends and some mid lengths .

If you have very dry hair, I'm not sure this would be enough to really super hydrate your locks, but it will add a nice boost of moisture that's especially good for daytime when you don't want hair to look greasy or weighed down.

Elixir Ultime Bi Phase can be used on damp or dry hair and also as a pre -cleanse treatment and has a pleasant, light fresh floral fragrance . I need to mention the bottle too, since packaging matters. It's heavy glass , which I like , and it has a very sparkly gold background. Luxe all around.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime is $ 50 at Kerastase USA or salons where the brand is sold.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

It Cosmetics Brush Believer Super Squad Gift Set

Every year It Cosmetics does great gift sets  and this year is no exception.

I especially love the brush sets , because,well you have tried their brushes right ? So, so soft.   I have to run my hands over the display every time I go to Ulta.

The Brush Believer Super Squad set is exclusive to  Ulta  and comes with 5 full size  Heavenly Luxe  brushes and a folding vanity  tray.

In a neat feature both the brushes and  tray are magnetic so you can stand the   tray  on one side and  place the brushes there. It makes for a nice look.
I'm   not sure that I'd call the folding piece a tray but it  can be laid flat and has a zip pocket in the middle also .  It folds up pretty thin so it'll  store away  or travel  easily .

It  Cosmetics  Brush Believer Super Squad  is  regularly $68 at Ulta but is currently on sale for $47.60