My love/hate relationship with Eau de Gaga 001

Lady Gaga. Love her or hate her, you definitely notice her.

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image from billboard.com

I recently tested her Eau de Gaga 001 ($34) fragrance and it was no surprise to me that I developed a love/hate relationship with it. Let’s start with the hate part and end with some love, shall we?

Eau De Gaga

I hate the way this smells on me. That doesn’t mean this won’t be your cuppa tea, though. It’s a unisex scent with a top note of citrusy lime, a midnote of white violet, and base notes of woods and leather. It really is an intriguing mix of feminine florals, clean citrus, and masculine leather. On me, unfortunately, it smells of lime, lime, and more lime. Later it settles down into something less sharp and more leathery…but still not great.

So now let’s move onto some love.

Eau de Gaga Paris New York

Eau de Gaga Perfume

I love the clean, unisex packaging. It has a hip, modern vibe that looks great on anyone’s dresser.

I also love the fragrance.

Seriously. While it most decidedly does not mix well with my body chemistry…it kind of makes me smell like that dude at the bar who wears his sunglasses inside and isn’t wearing a wedding ring but has a noticeable indentation from one…it smells GREAT on my sheets! I spray this on my linens before putting them in the dryer, and they end up smelling clean, yet warm and snuggly at the same time…masculine enough that the hubby likes it, and feminine enough that I like it too.

Eau de Gaga is not your typical celebrity fragrance, which makes it absolutely perfect. This is a true yin/yang, love/hate perfume. No matter what, this fragrance WILL be noticed. Just like Lady Gaga herself.  – Lisa

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Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga

Looking for a new spring fragrance? Try Bella Vince Camuto

Bella Vince CamutoI am really excited to post about Vince Camuto’s latest fragrance, Bella Vince Camuto (3.4 oz / 100 ml Eau de Parfum– SRP $78.00).  This gorgeous bottle-of-awesomeness launched in February and I about melted when I opened the box and saw what was inside.

Vince Camuto Bella

Gorgeous from the get go - Vince Camuto Bella

Gorgeous from the get go – Vince Camuto Bella

The beauty of this bottle cannot be overstated. The geometric glass bottle has a gorgeous baroque topper and is decorated with a playful orange bow and a regal gold medallion.

Vince Camuto Bella Perfume

Vince Camuto Bella Perfume

Vince Camuto Bella is beautiful

The fragrance smells like a fabulous tropical drink…maybe a little like Sex on the Beach. I love the mix of jasmine and tangerine, it’s so fun and flirty and feminine! Bella has sweet top notes of Italian Bergamor, succulent Peach Nectar, Pear and cooling Lemon Ice combined with vibrant mid notes of Strawberry Flower, Nectarine Blossoms, and Jasmine Water and is rounded out by a woody base palette of Solar Musk, White Amber, Sandalwood, Blonde Woods and Caramelized Woods.

Bella Vince Camuto is truly beautiful inside and out. This could very well become your favorite spring fragrance!  – Lisa

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Transport yourself to Sicily with Spadaro

SpadaroCandle_SolNero_1_420_420If you are interested in a wonderful splurge for yourself, consider a Spadaro candle. Spadaro is owned by the Kim Spadaro, a stunning woman who creates fragrances based on her own travels, as well her passions for design, music, and aromatherapy. Kim is a true inspiration, a strong woman who has created a huge company and who gives back to the world in memory of her mom. Spadaro sent a candle in the Sole Nero scent, one of four original fragrances available.

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Kim Spadaro was inspired to create the Sole Nero scent after a visit to Sicily. She wanted to recreate the experience of the fresh citrus found in the outdoor markets and the smells of the cozy night fires as people gathered for a beautiful dinner and wine.

Sole Nero is warm and a little spicy. The base is Italian citrus – grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The citrus scent is warmly hugged with honey, musk, sandalwood and frankincense, with a touch of white pepper and cumin. I also smell almond and vanilla…it’s a comforting scent that smells like warm family memories.

matches inside the candle

matches inside the candle

Inside the beautiful packaging, there is a small matchbook attached to the top. This attention to detail is what makes Spadaro a cut above the rest.

beautiful candle...

beautiful candle…

beautiful message!

beautiful message!

The glass jar is emblazoned with “Celebrate the Spirit of Adventure” and “Inspire Journeys of Self Discovery“. Once the candle is gone, the jar makes for a perfect juice glass that will keep inspiring you every morning!  Be prepared, though, it will take a while since this candle has a 70 hour burn time.

These candles are a big favorite with celebrities. I often see them featured in the big fashion magazines – they are just a wonderful luxury item that make you feel pampered. I love mine! In addition to the candle, Spadaro also offers a shower gel and perfume in the same beautiful scent.

Spadaro candles can be purchased worldwide on Spadaro.co for $50.  – Lisa

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Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Perfume always makes me think of Fernando, the Billy Crystal SNL character.

FernandoSometimes the bottle just looks so good, I don’t even care what is inside!  Juicy Couture’s latest launch, Hollywood Royal ($95 for 5.0 bottle), certainly looks good.  Such a gorgeous bottle!  Just looking at it makes me feel all happy.  This is red carpet, big stars, and huge fun.

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

The Hollywood Royal bottle front

The Hollywood Royal bottle front

The Hollywood Royal bottle back

The Hollywood Royal bottle back

Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Hollywood Royal bling!

Hollywood Royal bling!

Besides dancing a little jig when I saw the bottle, I was excited to try out the perfume because it has such interesting notes:  candied apple, pear, gardenia, jasmine, cashmere wood, soft musk, vanilla and marshmallow.  It sounds young, fun, and exciting.  And it probably smells that way on some people…unfortunately, not on me.  This did not mix well with my body chemistry, much to my dismay.  On me it smells sharply floral with no relief in the drydown…I get no vanilla, no musk, nothing soft.

So the inside doesn’t work for me…but the outside still does!  Body chemistry is a very funny thing, and I am quite sure this is an amazing fragrance for many.  Try it out at the store – you can find it at Macy’s – and see if it works for you.  I can assure you the fabulously glam packaging will at the very least make you look good…in fact, mah-velous!  – Lisa

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Nothing says spring like jasmine! The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 Fragrance

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photo from wikihow.com

Nothing smells like spring as much as jasmine. Jasmine is a beautiful floral that permeates the air on warm spring evenings…it is the scent of peaceful happiness. I love it.

sp_jasmine_hand_creamRecently I have found two jasmine scented products that absolutely transport me to those calm, wonderful spring evenings: The Soap and Paper Factory  Hand Cream in Jasmine and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 Fragrance.

The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream

The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream

The Soap and Paper Factory was created by three women who wanted a company that combined earth friendly products with an artistic flair. The packaging of the Jasmine Hand Cream ($18) is definitely artistic and beautiful. The box is a retro mosaic of purple designs and butterflies, and the hand cream is in a cool squeeze tube. The hand cream itself is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. And the jasmine scent?  Swoon worthy. If you love jasmine, this velvety hand cream is exactly what you need.

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Looking for even more jasmine? Check out Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 (1.7 oz $220).  This is an expensive fragrance, but oh so worth it. It is a heavenly combination of jasmine and orange blossom…now that just screams spring. The dry down has some ylang ylang for warmth. I can’t get over how perfect this fragrance is…it really is the quintessential spring scent.

Jasmine lovers have some truly great options with Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30. Try these two fabulous products out and bring on some spring!  – Lisa

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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

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