Good scents for Valentine’s Day: Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

I seem to be focused on smelling good for Valentine’s Day and I have one more pick for a super sweet scent – Viva La Juicy Grande Edition’s party girl cousin, Viva La Juicy Rosé.

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Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé glittery pink flacon

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé beautiful embellishments

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé tiny champagne bottle!!

Let’s start with the packaging – does it get any more girly than this?? Total bling with a beautiful glittery pink flacon, emblazoned with a tulle pink ribbon and a pink gold champagne bottle pendant. I always love the striking, feminine Juicy Couture fragrance packaging, and Viva La Juicy Rosé has the same kicky, fun vibe I now expect from this line.

The Viva La Juicy Rosé fragrance is a mixture of honey-like pink blossoms, fizzy citrus, and sensual amber.

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

I think the scent is a divine paring of sparkling pear and sugared jasmine petals. The drydown is warm and sexy, making this a fun, vivacious party-girl scent.

The packaging and what’s inside that adorable bottle are both perfect for Valentine’s Day. You can find Viva La Juicy Rosé for $94 this month at Macy’s and Macys.com.  – Lisa

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Viva La Juicy Rose

Viva La Juicy Rose

Beyoncé Heat Kissed fragrance giveaway

beyonce heat kissed giveaway

While the teams aren’t narrowed down yet for Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, the most important part of the game to some of us has been narrowed down — Half Time! Personally I listen for the score but I stop and watch the performances.

This year is very special since we get 3 of the most incredible performers/acts to wow us: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay.

In celebration of Beyoncé’s upcoming Super Bowl Halftime performance, we have been given the chance to offer you a giveaway of her newest fragrance – Beyoncé Heat Kissed.

Beyoncé’s newest addition to her best-selling Heat fragrance franchise, Beyoncé Heat Kissed, captures sensual intensity in a bottle. The heart of the scent is surrounded by fruity top notes – Sri Lankan dragonfruit, lychee, and ripe mango – together giving Beyoncé Heat Kissed its lively vibrance. Exotic woody notes of natural patchouli and African sandalwood combine with an infusion of vanilla, creating an enchanting love potion ($19.99; Walgreens).”

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We will have 2 winners of the Beyoncé Heat Kissed fragrance. This is a US only giveaway and the prize will be sent by the company or its PR representatives. We have two requirements for our giveaways: subscribe to Beauty Info Zone and leave a comment. After that’s done you are free to do as many of the other options as you’d like for more chances to win. The giveaway ends on February 1, 2016  at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it Beyonce, and make your comment so you can continue. I will email the winners and you’ll have 48 hours to answer before a new winner will be picked.

Good luck – may your favorite team be in the Super Bowl and win and may you also win this beautiful bottle from the one and only Beyoncé. — Marcia

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Get it while you can – the Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

I posted about the gorgeous Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio set a few weeks ago, and I just have to highlight this one more time because it’s available for a limited time and is such a great value.

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

The beautiful Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio ($49) is truly perfect for the traveler. I just went to Chicago and I brought these three tall, thin spray fragrances with me. They were exactly what I needed to keep me calm with all the crowds, and I carried them in my purse with no problem at all. I am not really one who experiments with fragrance layering, but these three work amazingly well together: French Clary Sage, which is a clean and refreshing watery linen;  Tuscan Fig, which is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia; and Japanese Agarwood, which is unique and spicy woody zest. The trio comes gift-giving ready inside a wrapped white gift box complete with a pretty ribbon.

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

There is another trio set available as well, the Floral Trio which has the ‘romantic and exotic scent of Madagascar Orchid, sensuous and glamorous Tunisian Neroli, and sultry, intoxicating Brazilian Begonia‘. It sounds beautiful – I put this on my wish list and I hope my husband took the hint. Get your set while they are still available!  – Lisa

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Fragrance Fanatic

Ah, the sweet smell of the holidays!  From the sweet and savory scents wafting through the kitchen to the clean and crisp scents of pine and berry, it’s a great time for fragrance.  It’s also the perfect time to buy perfume and cologne, and today I have my top 5 picks for the ‘Fragrance Fanatic’ in your life – maybe it’s someone on your list, or maybe it’s just YOU!

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

1.  Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio (SAVE!  $49)  I think this is the ultimate fragrance set for the traveler.  These tall, thin spray fragrances are perfect for carrying in your purse or backpack, and the scents are wonderfully calming…and who doesn’t need a little calm over the holidays??  The packaging is exquisite, and the fragrances can be worn alone or layered.  The Serenity Trio includes French Clary Sage, which is a clean and refreshing watery linen.  My most favorite Lisa Hoffman scent is Tuscan Fig, which is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia. It’s a sophisticated coconut scent that is great year round.  And the final scent is Japanese Agarwood, which is unique and spicy woody zest.  The trio comes gift-giving ready inside a wrapped white gift box complete with a pretty ribbon.

Valentino Uomo

2.  Valentino Oumo (SPLURGE! $77.99) This gets my vote for best men’s cologne this season.  The top notes are woodsy, with bergamot and myrtle, mid note is creamy roasted coffee, and base notes are cedar and leather.  This is a scent for the guy who can take care of everything from building a bonfire to cleaning the gutters to fixing an elegant dinner.  Come on, wood, coffee, and leather?  I don’t think there could possibly be a better combo for a man.  Or for me to get to smell…or wear myself.  Yes, this is one of those gifts you can buy for him but then use for yourself!

Carolyn Herrera 212 VIP Rose

3.  Carolyn Herrara 212 VIP Rose (SPLURGE! $72.99)  Love the packaging on this one – the bottle is very unique!  The scent is fresh, fruity and floral.  This is playfully feminine and a wonderfully sexy scent.  The top note is pink champagne, which is always fun.  The giddiness is grounded with some sophistication from the mid note of peach tree blossom and base notes of musk and amber.  Overall, this is a fun, laid back scent that is perfect for the party-going 20 or 30-something gal.

Rrrr!  Carmen Electra for Women

4.  Rrrr! Carmen Electra for Women Eau de Parfum Spray (SAVE! $39.99) Oh come on…could there be a cuter bottle???  This is – as my 11-year-old says – adorabolical!!!  I was telling Marcia about it the other day.  I said you would not believe the packaging, and she said, “But it’s exactly Carmen Electra – the woman who would actually marry Dennis Rodman!”  Just launched this year, the top notes are mandarin orange, peach and blackberry; middle notes are gardenia, jasmine and orchid; and base notes are amber, musk, caramel and sandalwood.  Cute but sexy, sweet and warm.

Viva La Juicy Grande

5.  Viva La Juicy Grande (SPLURGE! $135)  You want over the top?  The Viva La Juicy Grande is over the top in every single way.  The bottle is HUGE, the packaging is bling times 100, and the scent is really pretty. Top notes are wild berries and juicy mandarin. Mid notes are honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine, and base notes are amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and pralines.  The end result?  A beautiful mix of orange, honeysuckle, and caramel vanilla.  This is a fragrance that is suprisingly sophisticated for such a young-looking bottle.  Seriously, anyone from a 12-year-old to an 80-year-old will love this (and just think of the awesome reaction when your 80 year old grandma opens this box!!).

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

6.  Travelo Milano (SAVE!  $49.99) No true fragrance fanatic is without a way to take those beautiful scents traveling.  The perfect solution for any TSA issues is a great decanter – one that allays fears of spillage or a TSA  pat down.  Filling it is easy and it holds 65 sprays. It has a ‘pump to fill’ system that doesn’t expose your fragrance to the air, which can change the scent. The spray is super fine and the decant is air tight. I love the beautiful leatherette bottle which feels substantial – it has all metal parts, no glass so it is totally TSA perfect. Plus there are nine different colors available.  All fragrance fanatics will be thrilled to be gifted this awesome find.  – Lisa

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Fragrance Fanatic

Get in on this Good Earth Beauty Giveaway and explore the provocative powers of pumpkin!

Good Earth Beauty Giveaway!

Good Earth Beauty Giveaway!

Guess which scent is always in the ‘top ten’ of fragrances that turn men on? Pumpkin. I know, right? Who wants to smell like a pumpkin??  I think you will once you read about this beautiful scent from Mod Perfume for Good Earth Beauty, especially since you can win one with our giveaway!

Before I commence convincing you that smelling like a pumpkin is WAY better than looking like one, let me tell you about Good Earth Beauty.  Good Earth Beauty is a website with natural and organic lines like dermaE, Gabriel Cosmetics, and Kiss My Face. Every product they offer has been personally tested and recommended by their staff. They have cosmetics lines, bath and body lines, hair care lines, and products for babies and pets. If you want the best natural and organic products, Good Earth Beauty is an excellent shopping resource.

Spiced Pumpkin Brulee

A fragrance line they carry is MOD Perfume for Good Earth Beauty. They have the coolest selection of fragrances as well as scented body creams and body washes. When they sent me the Spiced Pumpkin Brulee Fragrance for review, I thought…seriously? Pumpkin?? Then I read that pumpkin is one of the top scents for inspiring men to boogie in the boudoir, so I figured I would give it a shot. All in the name of research, of course.

Good Earth Beauty Spiced Pumpkin Brulee Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Spiced Pumpkin Brulee Fragrance

The Spiced Pumpkin Brulee Fragrance ($35) sounds very foody.  It’s described as sweet, creamy pumpkin cake batter with rich vanilla caramel and hints of spice. However, it’s more sophisticated than expected.  It doesn’t really smell like dessert, although it certainly smells delicious…the spice cuts the food aspect so you don’t smell like a kitchen at Thanksgiving. Instead, it’s a warm scent that makes people want to get closer…then closer again…which is, of course, essential for that boudoir boogie.

Mod perfumes are also extremely concentrated since they aren’t diluted with the typical agents that scents are cut with, like water or alcohol. That means the .5 oz bottle lasts a good 4 months since you need just a tiny bit to smell divine.

So will the Spiced Pumpkin Brulee Fragrance make you irresistible to men? I certainly had my doubts that pumpkin would make a good fragrance, let alone that my husband would like it – but surprisingly he actually loves this perfume. Why not enter our giveaway to find out if it works for you? More good info – save 10% with code GEB10 when you shop direct at www.goodearthbeauty.com. USA orders ship for free! – Lisa

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION –  Good Earth Beauty is sending 2 US Beauty Info Zone subscribers a Spiced Pumpkin Brulee Fragrance. The value of a .5 oz. roller ball Mod Perfume for Good Earth Beauty is $35. The giveaway is open through 11/30 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PUMPKIN. Comment in the email and continue on for your chance to test out the provocative powers of pumpkin.
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Two TSA-friendly products you want in your carry on!

The most difficult part of getting ready for a trip? Packing personal products that will make it through airport security without being confiscated or causing a pat down reminiscent of walking through a raging college fraternity party. I have two discoveries, one for you and one for your guy, that are TSA-friendly and total must-haves for any trip.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

The first product is one that Gentlemen’s Tonic, a London-based luxury grooming and style line, sent me in anticipation of their product launch into the US. Gentlemen’s Tonic is ‘simple sophistication and self-confidence for men’ with everything a man needs, from classic shaving products to unique Eau de Toilettes. All of their products are made with naturally based plant-derived materials from sustained and renewable resources.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

I am head over heels for their Moisturizing Hand Balm ($18), which is a hand cream that your guy will love. It is intensely moisturizing without greasiness. I am not kidding, this balm will soothe even the roughest, most callused hands.  Check out these ingredients:

  • Almond Oil: light and quickly absorbed providing an excellent moisture barrier.
  • Manuka Honey: increases skin repair and is a natural anti-bacterial.
  • Sunflower Oil: rich in Vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant.
  • Babassu Oil: melts at body temperature drawing heat from the skin producing a cooling effect. Also forms a protective, soothing coat providing a luxurious, velvety feeling.
  • Bergamot Oil: an essential oil renowned for its uplifting and tension-relieving properties.

The Babassu and Bergamot scent is fabulous. It smells fresh and clean and manly and it’s the perfect size for travel.

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

For yourself, definitely check out the Travalo Milano ($49.99). It’s a beautiful way to decant your favorite fragrance so you can travel with your favorite scent without fear of spillage or a TSA nightmare.

Travalo Milano -- it's so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano — it’s so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

Filling it is easy and it holds 65 sprays. It has a ‘pump to fill’ system that doesn’t expose your fragrance to the air, which can change the scent. The spray is super fine and the decant is air tight. I love the beautiful leatherette bottle which feels substantial – it has all metal parts, no glass so it is totally TSA perfect. Plus there are nine different colors available.  If you do any air travel, you will truly appreciate this awesome find.

You can find Gentlemen’s Tonic at gentlemenstonic.com and the Travalo Milano at us.travalo.com.  Happy travels!  – Lisa

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Fresh fragrance for fall: LaVanila Laboratories Vanilla Grapefruit

I have been experimenting with fresh fragrances for the fall season, and a surprise winner for me is LaVanila Laboratories Vanilla Grapefruit.  Wait…vanilla?  Grapefruit?  Fall?  Those don’t seem to go together…oh, but they do, in a big way!

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

I am not usually a big grapefruit fan, although I do love me some vanilla…so when LaVanila Laboratories sent me this to test I was definitely game. I was not, however, prepared to fall head over heels for this vanilla with a twist of grapefruit.

Vanilla Grapefruit ($58) is a modern, sexy vanilla scent that is warm but with a bite. I tend to think of citrus fragrances as more spring/summer, but the warmth of the vanilla makes this a perfect cool weather scent. The vanilla is beautifully rich in a very unexpected way.

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit has notes of lime, patchouli, grapefruit, heliotrope, bergamot, madagascar vanilla and sandalwood. I have to say up front that I detect NO patchouli in this…which a big plus for me because I am usually not a fan of patchouli. For my fellow migraine sufferers, this fragrance has no synthetics so it’s probably never going to trigger or exacerbate a headache. Another plus…men LOVE this scent. Vanilla drives my husband crazy…which is typical for men, from what I read. The top scents that turn a man on are all edible scents, with both vanilla and citrus at the top of the list (so is pumpkin pie, but that’s a whole other review topic!). Believe me when I tell you this scent is one the men in your life will appreciate.

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit truly transforms and morphs on my skin. The beginning is more citrus, like a just-cut juicy grapefruit. Then it morphs into a yummy, warm vanilla floating on delicious sandalwood. It still has a bite of the citrus but it’s a little more lime than grapefruit to my nose. The cedar also comes out, but it’s tempered by that soothing vanilla. After an hour or so, it settles into a wonderfully creamy and warm vanilla with that little citrus bite…like a really cute guy who has a touch of danger in him. Gorgeous, delicious, and tiny bit naughty.

The many moods of LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit!

The many moods of LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit!

If you are looking for a super fresh citrus scent, this isn’t your bottle of heaven. LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit is more vanilla than anything, but if you want a fabulous warm vanilla with a twist of something different, it is exactly what you are looking for…I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find it online at lavanila.com and also at Sephora.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Alcohol denat. (from Organic sugar cane), Botanical fragrance blend, Deionized water, Lycium barbarum (Goji) powder, Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) fruit extract, Epilobium angustifolium (Canadian willowherb) extract, Olea europaea (Olive leaf) extract, Alteromonas ferment extract, Chrysanthellum indicum (Chamomile) extract, Oat amino acids, Glycerin (Vegetable), Vanilla planifolia.