A mini fragrance giveaway

We have several giveaways coming up this week but we’re going to sneak in a small one. This is a sample fragrance giveaway. If you win you’ll receive at least 20 samples but probably a lot more. Plus you’ll receive some skincare and haircare samples to make the package complete.

Prada Candy Sample

Prada Candy Sample

 

Examples of the samples:

Viva La Juicy

Tory Burch

Clean Warm Cotton

Acqua di Parma Blue Mediterranean

Terre D’Hermes and Jour d’Hermes

Dolce & Gabban Pour Femme

Donna Karan Woman

Prada Candy

Clean Warm Cotton (full size bottle but giveaway is for sample)

Clean Warm Cotton (full size bottle but giveaway is for sample)

These would be fun to add to Christmas Stockings or to try for yourself to find a new fragrance. I will continue to add to this box up to mailing the package out to the winner.

Rules: US only, ages 18 or above, subscriber to Beauty Info Zone. Giveaway ends December 15th. If comments close you can comment on our Facebook page or to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. Good luck!  — Marcia

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Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at www.onsensecret.com

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on www.esqido.com

Nudestix 2

4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

Guess Seductive 2

5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars chooses favorite perfumes

Today for Makeup Wars Marcia and Lisa collaborated to bring you Lisa’s 5 favorite fragrances that have the scent of coconut in them. It might just be a small part of the fragrance but it’s enough to make Lisa happy as that’s her favorite scent. (When I write collaborated, I mean I made Lisa pick and tell me about the fragrances. She did the hard part, I’m just the facilitator. — Marcia)
1.  Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder – This is a beach sunset in a bottle, a little bit of suntan oil, a lot of warm sand, and the soft scent of flowers breezing past.
2.  Viva La Juicy Gold Couture –  This is a fruity fragrance with yummy coconut and vanilla notes. This is a new addition to the Juicy Couture family and has become a favorite to wear for Lisa.
3.  LaVanila Vanilla Summer – This is a totally tropical scent with pineapple, mango, coconut milk, sugar cane, and Madagascar vanilla.  It brings me right back to sipping a pina colada on the beach in Mexico.
4.  Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Parfum – this is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia.  It’s a sophisticated coconut scent, and the fragrance jewelry is to die for.
5.  Opus Oils Tropique – Opus Oils has some intriguing fragrance and Tropique really has stood out. It’s an inspired mix of chocolate, vanilla, coconut and coffee.  Delicious!
Are you a fan of coconut in your fragrance? Does it transport you to an island or a favorite vacation where you got away from the world and your worries for a little time?

Join the Makeup War bloggers to see what’s hot in fragrance


*products sent for editorial consideration

Great goodies from October’s Glossybox

Glossybox

Glossybox

I’m guessing that we all love surprises although there are a variety of surprises we could have in our life. Some aren’t so great (falling and being out of commission for months) and some are wonderful (finding about a new baby or marriage) while others are surprises that come because we want them. Glossybox sent their latest surprise box and this qualifies to be in my third category – surprises because we /want them.

October’s Glossybox is a welcome surprise for me and added some needed fun to my life. While I haven’t had a chance to use them all, I think this box is loaded with products that are going to be well loved for me.

Contents of the October Glossybox

Contents of the October Glossybox

I was especially thrilled when I opened the pink box to see some familiar packaging – TARTE!  One of my favorite brands and definitely one of my favorite products: POWER PIGMENT in Flush. I’ve raved constantly about these lip crayons so it’s no surprise to hear me rave again. Flush is a sheer berry hue that will suit most complexions. This is a matte lip but it doesn’t feel or look that matte to me. I find the Power Pigments to be comfortable on my lips. They are easy to use, easy to wear, and beautiful. With Flush you can create a stained effect by just dabbing it with your finger. If you don’t have any of these Tarte Lip Crayons or don’t have Flush then this $24 pays for the cost of the box. The rest is just gravy!

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon in Flush

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon in Flush

The next product I pulled out of the box is from NAILS INC. I have always enjoyed the polishes that I’ve bought from Nails Inc. and this is new to me: Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat ($10). What’s great about owning a matte top coat is that you can get double wear out of your polishes. Do your manicure with a glossy top coat, wear it a few days, then apply this matte top coat and change up your look in an instant. Another thing I’ve been seeing a lot is people that apply the matte polish/top coat on their full nail and then doing a “french” tip in a shiny top coat.

Nails Inc Matte Top Coat

Nails Inc Matte Top Coat

You can’t miss the biggest product in the box PROGANIX VOLUME ROOT BOOST FINISH + BODY BUILDER ($11.99, 5.1 FL OZ). Proganix has gone through some name changes in the last year so you might be more familiar with their original name of Organix. Same great line, just a new name. The Volume Root Boost is to help give you not just bigger hair but it adds volume and body. It contains soy protein and caffeine to walk up your style. It’s a great shine booster too.

Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish + Body Builder

Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish + Body Builder

Next is pampering time and boy do I need that. SESHA BOTANICAL HYDRO MASK ($9 each) is a full sheet facial mask that is great for calming down your skin. It contains cucumber, green tea and marigold which are known for anti-inflammatory benefits. Give yourself 15-30 minutes of relaxation with this mask on and you’ll be glowing after.

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

For all you fragrance lovers out there Glossybox has included one of the prettiest minis I’ve seen in a long time. The fragrance is VINCE CAMUTO AMORE EAU DE PARFUM and this is a limited edition. According to Glossybox this stars “ephemeral scent of fresh-cut flowers and fragrant fruits atop a base of comforting cashmere, rich amber and earthy sandalwood”. The fragrance is a sensual one. The mini bottle is a beautiful addition to your fragrance wardrobe.

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Lately Glossybox has been adding in some bonuses and this month is no different. My box contained a $40 gift car to HELLO FRESH which is a food service. You go to their website at hellofresh.com, pick out recipes you want to try from their weekly menus, and order the pre-measured ingredients to create the recipe fresh at home. They deliver nationwide and have veggie boxes as well as ones with meat products. It’s an interesting concept and a nice way to try it out for free.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

This October Glossybox is still available as of this writing and it’s a great deal. You pay $21 per month and get all these goodies along with free shipping. Right now they have a bonus for new subscribers, Glamglow Tinglexfoliat Treatment Deluxe sample with the code GLAM. Order this box ($60 value, for $21) at Glossybox.com. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

BCA Limited Edition products from Coach, Smashbox, and Origins

BCA LE products lips and fragranceReviewing and writing about all these wonderful limited edition BCA products reminded me I was overdue for a mammogram.  I should have gone in August, but you know how life sometimes flies by. Suddenly the influx of favorite products that help stamp out breast cancer in one way or another made me pick up the phone and make an appointment.

I was surprised when my doctor called the day after I went through the tiny slice of hell that is ‘the mammogram’.  Based on my family history and personal health, I have a very low chance of breast cancer.  But for the first time, my mammogram results weren’t great.  They show there is an issue and I have to go back for more tests.

The reason I am getting so personal today is because I want to emphasize that ANYTHING that gets you to your yearly mammogram appointment is worth it.  I love cosmetics, I pay attention to cosmetics, so I thank every single company that promotes awareness or supports research.  That ten minute boob-squishing-torture just may save my life…and yours too.  Make your mammogram appointment today.

BCA 2014

Here are some of my favorite BCA Limited Edition products sent to us by Estee Lauder companies.

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins Berry Splash swatch

Origins Berry Splash swatch

ORIGINS Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash ($17): I have been a huge fan of this lip balm forever. It has terrific slip and makes my lips soft and hydrated.  Ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil make this major hydration.

Berry Splash is a flattering shimmery medium pink that makes lips look especially lush.  And Origins is donating $3.50 from each one purchased to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

COACH Poppy Wildflower Perfume ($68):  This is some of the cutest packaging ever.  Coach Poppy Wildflower just came out this past summer.  The rounded glass bottle is topped with a suede ‘posse’ reminiscent of a beautiful poppy.  This is a fragrance for those who like things a little spicy, with notes of bergamot, pink pepper, freesia, mandarin, jasmine, patchouli, violet, and a hint of vanilla.  I don’t normally go for spicy florals, but this one is super sexy and is a perfect autumn fragrance.

20% of proceeds goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

SMASHBOX Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise ($20):  I adore Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss and I have several shades in constant rotation.  This lip gloss is hydrating, silky, and long-lasting.  The Promise shade, created just for Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, is a soft pink tint with hot pink shimmer.  The formula is incredibly moisturizing and silky, and it lasts longer than any other typical lip gloss I have tried.    It keeps its shine and has a great slip without any stickiness whatsoever. 

$5 from your purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

Remember, these are all limited edition products so get yours now before they sell out.  Restock your favorites or try some new things while supporting breast cancer awareness and research.  And if you haven’t gotten your yearly mammogram yet…PLEASE schedule it now.  You are worth it!  – Lisa

*  sent for editorial consideration by the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. Learn more at  www.bcacampaign.com. Join the conversation: @BCAcampaign / #BCAstrength.

Boutique couture natural perfumes: Opus Oils Island Girl Collection

Perfume_Collection_plateIf you read the BIZ, you probably know that I have two big weaknesses:  coconut scents and anything vintage.  Well, color me happy because I recently discovered the perfect blend of my two favorite things at Opus Oils Perfumes, a stunningly gorgeous boutique line of couture ‘natural perfumes’ and custom scents.   Natural perfumes have no synthetics, so the scent actually evolves and changes as you wear it.

This line is the creative brainchild of Kedra Hart, a FiFi® nominated Master Perfumer who was one of the original developers of The Apothecary at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills.  Kedra co-owns the brick and mortar store called OPUS OILS’ Jitterbug Perfume Parlour, an Artisan Perfume Atelier in Hollywood, CA.

Opus Oils Perfume Parlour

The goal of the uber-glamorous OPUS OILS is “to create high quality, couture perfumes, made in the traditional methods of the artisan perfumers of centuries past.”  Kedra herself hand blends and pours every single fragrance.

Kedra recently sent the BIZ a few sample vials.  Even the little samples are meticulously packaged with mini versions of the artwork.   I want every scent in every type of product – and the packaging is so beautiful it hurts.  There are over 400 different products available, and if you can’t find the exact perfect scent for you (which seems impossible!) then you can have Kedra whip you up a custom scent.  Now that sounds intriguing!

The Island Girl Collection

The Island Girl Collection

The Island Girl sample pack of five fragrances is $20.   This is a “natural perfume collection of exotic floral scents made with 100% pure, rare and precious absolutes, attars, and essential oils in a fractionated coconut oil base.”  I think this collection is totally swoon-worthy.

Sugar_Island

Sugar Island is a delightfully tart & fruity fragrance with citrus and floral features & a soft powdery dry down.  Key Notes include Lime, Pomegranate, Black Currant, Orange Flower and Jasmine.

Island

Island is an exotic Natural perfume that features all the scents you would find in a lush, tropical Hawaiian Island Garden.  Sweet, juicy florals dance around each other wrapping you in a delightfully sweet ambrosial embrace.  Island Girl is a vacation in a bottle! Key Notes of Ginger, Plumeria Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Pikake Absolute, Pink Lotus Absolute, Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute & Tuberose Absolute.

Tropique_collection

Tropique Calling all Coconut lovers!  A soft & creamy delight that is not your typical “candy” coconut scent.  Tropique is a great layering scent that wears beautifully with the rest of our Island Girl Collection.  Key Notes include absolutes of cacao, coconut, vanilla and coffee.

Tiare

Lovely Tiare features the rare exotic absolutes of Gardenia & Coconut. A soft, feminine, dreamy scent that is dangerously addictive! Key Notes of Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Jasmine & Coconut.

Opus Oils Mantra

Opus Oils Mantra

Mantra This exotic perfume is mysterious, rich, earthy, deep and calming with a soft powdery Patchouli/Amber dry down. Key Notes include Plumeria Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Honey Absolute, Mint, Oud & Patchouli.

Each of these scents can be worn by themselves or layered with each other.  I just can’t rave enough about the beauty and elegance of the whole collection.  My favorite by far, though, is Tropique, a wonderful natural coconut scent with a slight hint of vanilla and coffee.  Absolutely yummy without being too foody.

There is something for everyone – and I mean everyone! – at OPUS OILS.  Take a minute to check out the online store…but be warned, that minute will become an hour before you know it.  – Lisa

*sample vials sent for editorial consideration

Do you dare to wear this sexy scent? Guess Dare

Guess Dare Perfume 4I know, I know…we should all be loved and appreciated for what is on the inside, not what’s on the outside.  But Guess Dare ($52) brings out the shallowness in me.  Don’t get me wrong – the scent is beautiful.  But what I really love is how it looks.

I guess I just totally outed my inner egocentric 15-year-old.

Guess Dare Perfume

Guess Dare Perfume

When Guess sent us the new Dare fragrance that was released last July, I didn’t even care what it smelled like, I just wanted the gorgeous bottle on my dresser!  The box itself is pretty cool, with denim print and pinky-gold metallic rivets.  The pale pink glass flacon has little rivets that embellish the sides, along with a pinky-gold cap.  Hanging around the neck of the flacon is a golden neckplate with the name GUESS stamped into it.

Guess Dare

Guess Dare

Guess Dare - love the emblem!

Guess Dare – love the emblem!

The fragrance was created by Bruno Jovanovic, and is a beautiful fruit/floral mix of kumquat, jasmine, and coconut palm.

  • Top notes: crisp kumquat, pear blossom, lime flower
  • Middle notes: living Palm Springs cactus flower, jasmine, wild rose
  • Bottom notes: blonde woods, living Key West coconut palm

This is a very sexy scent.  The blond wood and musk really soften the floral so it’s a wearable fragrance for day or evening.  It’s a strong scent, but not overpowering.  When I first put it on, I get a lot of the lemon and pear blossom, but when it dries down it’s more of a musky jasmine.

This is a beautiful scent in an even more beautiful package – if you are in the market for a new fragrance definitely try it out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration