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

*sample for editorial consideration

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

photo from wikihow.com

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

*sent for editorial consideration

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.