Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Tiffany & Love For Her Perfume

Tiffany's new perfume is  Love for Her. I'll admit I  wasn't a big fan of their earlier Tiffany fragrance. It was just ok to my nose.  This new one on the other hand, I love. 

& Love is a sparkling citrus woods scent that reminds me a little of traditional colognes. Dry citrus of grapefruit and lemon kick things off with basil, vetiver , cedarwood and a new note used for this line - blue sequoia. There is some floral in a dewy neroli note and that balances the woods nicely.

 It wears lightly and close to skin. I don't get great longevity but on The Mom it lasted several hours.  This , to me, is more a warm weather frag, it will feel cool and refreshing , but I have been wearing it a lot now . It's easy to wear and bracing  in the cold temps.

The bottle here is a good one. Minimal but casually elegant and a nice detail in that the top silver rim has the notes engraved. There is also a men's version (although the women's is very unisex) for his and hers if you're so inclined. 

Tiffany & Love For Her is $ 100 for 3 oz EDP and $ 105 for 1.6 oz at Macys , Bloomingdales and Tiffany stores and online 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Sets 2019

L'Occitane is at the top of my gift giving suggestion list every year. Want the easiest but sure to be loved gift ? Grab them one of their gift sets. Festively packaged there's something for everyone. And there isn't anyone I can think of who wouldn't/ doesn't love their hand creams . Plus it's something they'll definitely use.

There are loads of sets available but I've got four to highlight today.

Hugs & Kisses Duo -  you can get this duo in several scents , this one has a hand cream ( 1oz) and lip balm in the ultra moisturizing shea version. $ 20

Sweet Cherry Blossom Ornament-  My favorite as it's just so cute. A tin ornament holds three Cherry Blossom minis inside . A hang tab attached so it can be hung by the chimney with care. There are also more scent options available. $ 14

Lavender Travel Set - This cute box holds 4 lavender scented products in smaller travel sizes. Only one is mini, the hand cream . The soap, shower gel and foaming bath are good sized  of 2-3.5 ounces.  $ 29

Winter Rescue Kit - The set contains a new launch Petit Remede , an all over balm in a tin meant for nose, hands, cuticles, lips etc. Ingredients include shea butter, sweet almond and sunflower oils , arnica, calendula and lavender. A 1 oz hand cream in shea completes the set. $ 20 .

As if the prices weren't already good, for Cyber Monday at L'Occitane online you can an additonal 20% off  .

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Chanel Le Lift La Creme Main Hand Cream

Love those uber chic Chanel Hand Cream "eggs" ?  Did you know there was now one in glossy black ?  Look no further for one of the chicest sticking stuffers you'll find this year. 

Le Lift La Creme Main is the newest version  and this little bauble offers smoothing,  skintone evening and replenishing for both hands and nails. 

The scent here is slightly different scent than the others. It's less floral , and a little musky. It seems about as creamy as the Riche version and has organically grown alfalfa concentrate ,  said to be similar to retinol in effectiveness for refining texture and firming,  licorice root for brightening along with shea butter. Winter hand care just got far more chic. 

Which is your favorite black or white or both ? 

Chanel  Le Lift La Creme Main Hand Cream is $ 65 at Chanel 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Goutal Paris Eau D'Hadrien Alcohol Free Water

Recently I had the chance to try the alcohol free version of Goutal's Eau  D'Hadrien.  The fragrance is a longtime favorite of mine , I have both the EDP and EDT in smaller bottles. 

My bottles are close to 10 years old so comparison may not be equal as I honestly don't know if there has been any formula tweaking plus mine, while they smell pretty good, may have degraded some.   

This version comes in a hefty opaque bottle and feels more clean and softer than the EDP. It's also a bit more floral and while still citrus heavy not as zesty and full on citrus . To me it works almost as a body spray and the "water" in the name makes it seem that's where this was meant to head.  The website says it can be used for body, hair and clothing.  

A Eau de Hadrien scented body spray is fine by me. I like that  I can use it with abandon. It wears close to the skin and doesn't have tons of staying power so I just spritz more .  

 Goutal Paris Eau D' Hadrien  Alcohol Free Water is $ 100 for 3.4 oz at Goutal and wherever the brand is sold. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

NARS Audacious Fragrance

Audacious is the first fragrance from NARS. The inspiration behind it is Francois Nar's stunningly beautiful Polynesian island Motu Tane. I read that the island is for sale. You know how people win triple digit millions in the lottery and then say they really don't know what they'll do with it? Maybe a new car ? Me, I'll have Mr. Nars on speed dial .

But what about the fragrance? The nose is Olivia Giacobetti which is a win right there. She's the perfumer behind Malle's En Passant and Diptyque's  
Philosykos among others. 

Audacious opens with sweet smoke, then it's green ,then frangipani and tiare come in.  You can actually smell the transition from one note to the next in that early stage and that's neat and unusual.  As it dries down , cedar and a lot of white musk are there.

This is a very soft fragrance. Quietly sexy. As someone who isn't a big incense/oud fan it's just right to my nose but if you like your smoke bold this isn't that . It is , however , beautiful and well crafted. 

$ 180 for 1.7 oz at NARS Cosmetics

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Lime Crime Venus XS Holly Daze Palette & Sugar Daze Lip Set

I've taken a shine to Lime Crime lately. I loved the Summer Sunkissed face palette and nude liquid lipcolors. Now they've released their holiday sets and there's plenty to choose from.

First up is the Venus XS eye palette in Holly Daze.  You get 4 pretty shades, 3 are super sparkly with visible shimmer particles and one , the peach shade is a satin. ( There are 2 other palettes in different colorways )

The 2 green shades are fab along with the very everyday wearable peach. The lightest pearl highlighter shade flashes iridescent green.

Also new is the Sugar Daze set that comes in a cute, cute ready to hang ornament gift box . There are three mini Velvetine lipcolors in Dolly, Sasha and Marshmallow. ( There are 5 other sets also in different finishes and colors)

Lime Crime Venus XS Holly Daze Palette is $ 20
Lime Crime Sugar Daze Lip Set is $21

Both are available now at Lime Crime , Sephora and Ulta and Nordstrom.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

It Cosmetics Love Is The Foundation Brush

It Cosmetic's  Love Beauty Fully / Love Is The Foundation brush is back. 

This time the brush handle is metallic pink and has see thru heart accents. It's really pretty. The brush head is still heart shaped and soft. 

Each year the company releases this special edition with one brush given to Look Good Feel Better  for each one purchased. If you're left wondering where your money goes when you donate $$ to a charity this way gives a beautiful brush that might just make someone who really needs it, smile.

It Cosmetic's  Love Beauty Fully / Love Is The Foundation brush is $ 30 at Ulta 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Milk Makeup MVP Gift Set

Holiday gift sets are coming fast.  New from Milk Makeup is the MVPs Set. 

In the set, housed in a clear zip top bag, you get 7 minis of their top products.
-Kush Mascara
-Hydro Grip Primer
-Cooling Water
-Watermelon Brightening Serum
-Glow Oil Lip & Cheek in Glimmer 

-Highligher in Blitzed 
- Bronzer in Baked

 These are nicely sized, great for travel or purse stashing as well as trying them if they're new to you.  For me, this is the first time I'd tried many of these products and I'm really loving several of them. The Cooling Water Stick under my eyes ( feels lovely)  and the Glow Oil as a lip balm/stain especially. This set definitely seems like one where everything in it should be something your giftee or you will use.

Milk Makeup MVP Set is $ 45 wherever the brand is sold incl.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Higher Education Spring Break SPF 30

While Summer may be officially over, it's still hot out there.  And the sun is still shining so we need to keep that SPF on every day.

 I've had this newish one from a new to me brand called Higher Education Skincare in my stash for some time  and have used it over the last couple months under makeup . Sometimes over a separate moisturizer ,sometimes not. It's a nice pick for combo/oilier skins as it's a lightweight, sheer, almost matte finish that adds light moisture (aloe vera, glycerin, squalene, vitamin e ) . So it acts as a little bit of skincare too. Green tea and grapeseed extracts turn up at the end of the ingredient list for a small antioxidant boost. 

Also even there's 4.00% zinc oxide , there's no white cast. The broad spectrum SPF 30 is rounded out with Octinoxate 6.90 % and Octisalate 3.00% . 

Higher Education , if you're not familiar is a newer brand that has a dermatologist on board in  Dr. Susan Cox of California to vet formulas . They also donate 3% of  net profits to WE School , division of .

The fragrance is minimal , a little bit of a cocoa butter scent and the brand is cruelty free.

Higher Education Spring Break SPF 30 is $ 25 for a 2.5 oz tube

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

I do love a stick foundation and am glad more brands are coming out with them. New is Milk Makeup's  Flex Foundation Stick. 

The Flex Stick has medium , buildable semi- matte coverage.  It's not heavy or cakey but with a more natural finish once it sets and warms up. It covers nicely and blends out well but definitely benefits from prepping skin as I did find it a bit dry and matte on application ( I have combo skin ,oily  T Zone for reference). 
Once on, as skin warmed up the finish became more natural . 

I had light oil breakthrough on the nose within a couple hours and needed a powder touch up in about 6 hours and there was some wear off in the oily areas.  It is a very comfy, light feeling formula that works really well as a portable touch up stick. With its smooth creamy formula it goes over the day's makeup easily. 

For combo skin like  mine and normal it's a nice segue into fall weather makeup. If you're drier you'll need good moisture underneath first but that's most likely what you're doing anyway.

Ingredients include marshmallow root powder to help with comfort on face and keep makeup from caking or creasing, chamomile for soothing and redness reducing.  And it is not oil free having sunflower seed and lavender oils but it's very non greasy. 

There are 36 shades . I have two at the lighter end of the colors and the palest is very light.

Milk Flex Foundation Stick is $ 36 at Sephora.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Gucci Memoire D' Une Odeur

Gucci has gone in a very different direction with their new Memoire D' Une Odeur . I'm not sure what I think of it.

I am not crazy about the name , but I do love the bottle.
The fragrance opens sharp with bitter almond note and then a soft jasmine. The jasmine is not warm or lush, more airy.  Chamomile features prominently as does musk and there is also a mineral feel to the scent.  By the drydown cedarwood comes in with the mineral and herbs lingering . 

 I'm not a fan of chamomile or too much musk  so that colors my impression. To me it's very old fashioned or maybe just old smelling with a camphor and astringent tone.  It wears very soft and light, almost a skinscent and changes a lot from the opening to drydown and that's a good thing. 

I have to give it to them for creating a scent that doesn't smell like everything or anything else out there. I think us mega perfume fans often lament lack of originality , and this is different.   They were willing to do different. It's gotten people talking from what I've read and that's a good thing.   I like that people are conversing about perfumes.  And I've heard over on Insta from fans who like and ones who do not.  Where do you fall ? 

Gucci Memoire D' Une Odeur is $ 95 at Sephora for 2 oz EDP or $ 34 for .25 rollerball.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Chanel Paris- Riviera EDT - Les Eaux

One of my favorite fragrance launches last year were the Les Eaux from Chanel. Paris- Biarritz became a staple in my perfume wardrobe and still is. Especially in Summer.

So I was quite excited to hear there was a new addition coming . Paris - Riviera  joins the previous trio and it, too, is a beauty.

It blooms with lots of orange blossom  and jasmine after a citrusy start of orange peel  and petitgrain. The orange blossom is  warm and effervescent. Chanel has their own source for this flower with Olivier Polge stating " For years, we have worked with a cooperative in Vallauris that distills orange blossoms grown in the region’s private gardens ” . “The owners of bitter orange groves bring the petals picked from their trees to this cooperative to be processed on location. The local climate yields an extremely pure essence. ”  Sounds delicious , right ?

As it dries down there is sun warmed skin musk along a touch of sandalwood  and there's a solar fragrance feeling. 

Like the other Les Eaux this is fairly light but it has plenty of sillage at the beginning. It's an easy scent for reapplying, and I say sprtiz with abandon. It's  a sunny , chic and pretty sundress of a scent. 

Chanel Paris- Riviera  EDT is $ 130 and will be available for one year  at and Nordstrom. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Eye Cream

I love a good eye cream, I've said that many times. My eye area gets dry and I'm all about keeping it taken care of.  I' also a big fab of Peter Thomas Roth skincare so we've got a winner here in his new  Hungarian Thermal Water Eye Cream.

This rich cream feels luxe and soothing on the eyes , adds plenty of moisture and smoothes the area out a little  but isn't heavy or overly greasy. It's whipped feeling cream that blends in well.   I use it mainly at  night but The Mom has swiped the jar and she uses it am and pm and finds it works nicely under makeup too.  She appreciate a good eye cream too. 

 Ingredients include caffeine, ceramides, micro algae , sea buckthorn berry and  arnica flower extracts, sunflower, linseed and evening primrose oils. 

PTR has done it again , this is worthy addition to your skincare routine. 

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water  Mineral Rich Eye Cream is $ 46 at Peter Thomas and Macys. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi Protective Cream

Phytomer is a French brand based in Brittany that creates marine based skincare. It's a brand I've heard of for a long time but only recently finally tried. 

Their new Algodefense is an easy to wear day cream that provides sunscreen and moisture . This has light SPF of 20 ( chemical sunscreens) and moisturizer in one. 

The cream is very soft, luxe feeling and soothing on skin with an immediate feel of hydration. It smoothes and plumps some too.   But it's not heavy so it works nicely even in Summer and layers under makeup.  I'm combo skin so I generally use a more matte foundation but I also have  normal skin on the non T Zone areas so matte can look cakey if I don't add some moisturizer there.  This has been doing a nice job the past couple weeks and I've been tapping some onto my hands as well.  No wasting that little extra bit of product that squeezes out sometimes. And I'm not going to lie, it feels very French chic and I like that too.

Ingredients include  glycerin ,olive oil esters ,  Criste Marine ( Samphire) oil , from a seaside growing plant ,  blue micro algae , brown and red algae , and sunflower seed oil.  They use a proprietary ingredient blend called "City Safe" that is marine sugars along with the algae for antioxidant/anti pollution protection.  

Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi Protective Cream is $ 110 at Phytomer online and in spas worldwide where the brand is sold. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Little Book of Self Care for the Signs of the Zodiac

Self care , it's a catchphrase at the moment, but really it's also a good thing. We all need to take a little down time to regroup, decompress or just plain relax.

Astrologer Constance Stellas has written a little book tailored to  each of the signs of the zodiac .  The beginning has a bit about the particular sign in the book, then goes on to detail a new way to step outside your box, wind down, renew  or do something fun new on each page.  None of these will be new to you most likely, I think most of us have a good idea how to self care we simply don't do it often enough. But the book is cute and it's nice to have them all in one place, a quick reminder guide.

More than anything the  book makes a fun "extra" gift. Coming at 6 1/2 inches by 4/12 inches it easily tucks into each bridesmaid's gift bag or Attach a spa or salon gift card to it for a friend or family. You get the idea.

I , do, however, have one bone to pick here, and that's the use of "his/him" when the book mentions a Sagittarius ( see page 119 ). I feel confident that this book is far more geared towards women than men and it should be "she/hers" , am I right? Otherwise it's a fun little read.

The Little Book of Self Care- Simple Ways to Refresh and Restore - According to the Stars is $12.99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and  is published by Adams Media/ Simon & Schuster.