What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

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This summer I have been on more mini-vacations than ever!  So I’ve become really, really good at throwing together a quick overnight bag or a one day travel tote bag, whether I’m off the beach or off for an 8 hour car ride to pick up my daughter from camp. Here are four (or five, depending on how you want to count them!) items that are always in my summer tote.

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste

I have been a big fan of Marvis Toothpaste for years and years and I love the travel size ($6) tube! Lately I’ve been digging the Aquatic Mint flavor and I also love Jasmine Mint, the tube I recently finished. There are lots of cool flavors available and let’s face it…the packaging is so awesome, anyone pillaging your tote for lip balm is going to be impressed with how hip you are!

Soap and Paper Green Tea Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Jasmine Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Shea Hand Cream

Any bag I pack always has hand cream in it and Soap and Paper has the best hand cream in a perfect travel size. The Petite Shea Hand Cream ($9, 1 oz.) is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness. The Green Tea scent is natural and clean and the Jasmine scent is dreamy and intoxicating. I can’t decide which is my favorite so I just pack both.

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

I love to have a refreshing fragrance at my fingertips and Good Earth Beauty has a perfect option – the rollerball Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume ($21). This is a gorgeous scent – light, refreshing, fresh as a summer’s day. The scent is an intoxicating combination of citrusy white grapefruit, tangerine, sweet orange, and mimosa. There isn’t any alcohol or water in this perfume, it’s straight up essential oils, so you only need a tiny amount to smell spectacular all day long. Love this, and you need it in your tote ASAP. Oh, it’s also vegan, organic, cruelty free and gluten-free.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

A simple swipe of mascara can take me from looking sickly to looking fantastic in three seconds, particularly with Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($13). One tube of mascara gives four different finishes, from natural to major drama.  I might do a quick swipe of #2 for a day look, and then later on add a coat of #4 for big, thick lashes.  What I love is this mascara never smudges or smears, regardless of the temperature or humidity.  It’s a perfect mascara to have in your summer tote!

I have a few more items in my summer tote, but these four (or five, since I can’t choose between the Jasmine and Green Tea Soap and Paper Hand Cream scents!) are constants. What are some of your must haves in your summer tote? – Lisa

PS – Speaking of the super talented Eddie Funkhouser, don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some of his lipsticks and lip glosses – enter HERE!

Vanilla Blackberry and Vanilla Grapefruit…yummy scents from LaVanila

LaVanila vanilla roll on fragrances

When it comes to fragrance, I always go the vanilla route. If I see vanilla listed when scanning the notes, I know immediately that scent will be mine! As a result, I am a frequent flyer with the LaVanila Laboratories line, which is all about vanilla. LaVanila recently sent me two fragrances in their Healthy Roller-Ball ($19) packaging which is a favorite of mine because it’s so convenient.

The Healthy Roller-Ball fragrances are all natural and organic; there are no chemicals inside. I carry one in my purse at all times and it is a great option for travel. Plus, it comes in seven different fragrances:  Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, and Vanilla Passion Fruit.

LaVanila Vanilla GrapefruitLaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit 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.  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!).

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.

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.

LaVanila Vanilla BlackberryLaVanila Vanilla Blackberry

The Blackberry Vanilla scent is a totally different sort of vanilla. The top notes are blackberry and raspberry, the middle note is iris, and the base note is vanilla. When I wear this, I initially smell the iris and vanilla, but then the scent matures and becomes more sweet. The sweetness isn’t a sickening sweet – it’s actually super fresh and clean, smelling slightly like jam. I think the Blackberry Vanilla is very different from the other LaVanila scents that tend to be warm, rich twists on vanilla. This one is actually a cool, refreshing scent. Well,  I guess it’s complicated, but in a good way – the vanilla is warm and the blackberry adds an intriguing coolness. And I get comments on this one all the time. Someone always asks me what I am wearing when I go Blackberry Vanilla.

One more thing I notice however, is that at least on me, this scent doesn’t seem to last as long as some of the other LaVanila Healthy Rollerball scents. However, that handy rollerball packaging makes it easy to reapply throughout the day. I really don’t have any other vanilla based scent quite like this one, so I highly recommend this as addition to your fragrance collection.

You can find the Healthy Rollerball fragrances by LaVanila online at lavanila.com and also at Sephora.  – Lisa

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Smell GOOD this winter solstice with CLEAN!

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Winter Solstice is here, which means time for change and renewal! Why not start with your signature fragrance? Try something fresh and new that smells wonderful through these longer nights. I was recently sent two beautiful fragrances from CLEAN and one of them just might be the perfect scent for you.

Clean Warm CottonClean Warm CottonClean Warm Cotton

Clean Warm Cotton by Clean ($40) is a women’s fragrance that is classified as a floral woody musk. It brings back lots of memories for me because I think it smells very close to the original Tide – remember the white powdery stuff your mom used to use? When those clothes came out of the dryer they smelled heavenly. The top notes are citruses and lemon verbena; middle notes are fruits, orange blossom and sea notes; base notes are amber, musk and fern. This is a wonderful fragrance that sparks nostalgia and makes you feel all warm and cozy inside.

Skin by CLEANSkin by CLEANSkin by CLEAN

Clean Reserve Skin by Clean is a floral woody musk fragrance that works for both men and women. This is one of Clean’s latest fragrances and it is a winner. It is a beautiful combination of musk, leather, tonka bean, salt, and praline. It is (of course) a very clean scent and on me it smells a little lemony. I love the slight sweetness…the praline gives it a caramel and vanilla deliciousness. This is the kind of scent that other people lean in for because they want one more sniff. It’s comforting, a very snuggly scent. This fragrance is designed to stand alone or layer with other scents.

Here is my favorite thing to do with these fragrances: after I take my bed sheets out of the washer, I spritz on some of the scent then toss them into the dryer. They come out smelling heavenly and I swear the best part of my day is crawling into bed at night!

I definitely recommend celebrating winter solstice with some good CLEAN fun.  Snuggle up!  – Lisa

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6 beauty essentials for a summer getaway!

6 Beauty Essentials for a Summer Getaway!In my book summer isn’t over until after Labor Day Weekend, so there is still plenty of time to go on summer weekend getaway! Whether it’s to the city, a cabin, or the beach, there are six beauty products that I always have in my bag.

Red Oxx Gator Carry On BagSpeaking of bags, I truly believe I have found the perfect one:  the Red Oxx Gator Carry On Bag ($125). I bought this in red for a recent trip to Spain and it was PERFECT. I could not believe how many things I could stuff into this rugged little baby and still have room. It’s exactly what you need for a weekend getaway – room for all your clothes and your products, and it is the size of a large purse.

Six summer getaway beauty essentialsAlong with the perfect bag, here are six products I was sent to test that you will want to always have packed so you can just grab and go on any last-minute adventure:Design.Me Puff.Me Volumizing Cloud Mist

  1.  Design.Me Puff.Me ($20): This is a tiny but mighty bottle of hair rescue. The spray powder not only soaks up oil and dirt, it also volumizes and gives hair wonderful texture. Bring this instead of bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Puff.Me is available in Cosmoprof stores nationally. I hear that Design.Me is launching other new professional products soon and I can’t wait.Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment Device
  2. Me Clear Spot Treatment Device ($60):  An absolute must for any trip! This small device is exactly what you need when you get that one big zit brewing under your skin. You know how that goes…everything is great until you feel a little pressure, a little soreness, and you realize there is a mega-blemish brewing that is going to totally ruin your weekend. The Me Clear Spot Treatment Device is your savior.  Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceJust press it against the area and the blue light goes to work, painlessly and quickly – the blue LED light makes eruptions vanish overnight through a combination of blue light, sonic vibration, and gentle warming. Standing there for the full two minutes can seem a little tedious, but I am astounded by the results and will never be without this gem.Saje Pocket PharmacySaje Pocket Pharmacy
  3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95):  Despite every effort, getting sick on a vacation happens. This awesome little pharmacy has therapeutic remedy roll-ons:
    Peppermint Halo – headache relief
    Stress Release – promotes relaxation 
    Pain Release – reduce inflammation and muscle pain 
    Immune – helps alleviate cold symptoms 
    Eater’s Digest – helps soothe upset stomachs 

    So go ahead and eat too much, drink too much, stay up too long…there’s a remedy for every symptom of partying too much and having more fun that a person probably should.Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil

  4. Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil ($16):  It is impossible to describe how amazing this jasmine scent is. It really is a little bottle of summer and tucks so nicely away in a bag or pocket. One discreet roll onto wrists and behind the ears is all you need to smell beyond amazing.Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral GlowRimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit
  5. Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral Glow ($7):  This beautiful Kate Moss palette has three shades for highlighting, contouring, and defining cheeks. You won’t need a separate eyeshadow palette – just use your fingers and pat onto eyelids for a beautiful glowy look.Rimmel Super Curler Mascara
  6. Rimmel Super Curler Mascara ($6): Even on the most low maintenance vacations I always make sure to put on some mascara. This mascara lifts so I don’t even bring an eyelash curler, and it really lasts in the heat.

Now keep that bag packed with these essentials and you’ll just need to throw in some shorts, a bathing suit, and a cover up (my picks below!!) for an awesome summer getaway.  – Lisa

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True Religion Joey ShortsMisa Dali Cover Up DressStella McCartney Wrap Swimsuit

What you want for Valentine’s Day: Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie

Mix*o*logie

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If you love fragrance, you will LOVE this…in fact, I don’t think there is a more unique and fascinating fragrance set out there. The Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection ($69) is one part splash scent, one splash scientist, and three splashes of fun. I haven’t had such a good time testing a product in forever!

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

The set is reminiscent of a bar – who doesn’t love mixing up different liquor combinations to try to create the perfect drink? The Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection is a fragrance take on that concept, with 8 tall roller ball perfumes that can be worn by themselves or layered for a seemingly endless array of fragrances.

The set comes with instruction cards that explain how to get familiar with the scents, how to use them, and suggestions for possible combinations. If you like experimenting but still want to color within the lines, the provided ‘recipes’ are great options. If you march to the beat of your own drummer, you’ll toss aside the suggestions and go wild making your own signature fragrance.

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection cards

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection cards

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection recipes

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection recipes

The recipes are all inspired by drinks as well, using bar terminology like ‘on the rocks’ and ‘with a twist’. They even have different emotional scenarios to help you figure out scent possibilities that might match your current state of mind. Ironically enough, while most perfumes have alcohol as the main ingredient – which is a skin irritant and a headache inducer – all of these scents are alcohol-free and made from high-quality concentrated oils with a gentle, longer-lasting emollient, DPG (dipropylene glycol).

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

The eight scents, which again can be worn alone, include:

TENDER – a fruity scent
Luscious sugar-dusted black raspberries burst with citrus from Sicilian lemon and orange zest. Bright, verdant accords of green tea, moss, silver sage, French lavender, and geranium leaf add vitality and a clean crispness.  A kiss of warm ambergris completes the blend for a scent that beautifully captures honesty and innocence.
ASSURED – a natural scent
The understated and the unforgettable come together in an organic but provocative blend of warming amber and cashmere musk. Creamy sandalwood, patchouli, and vetiver create rich, smokey undertones. Fresh and aqueous marine notes keep things light and airy while crushed violet leaves add a feminine touch.
SULTRY – a wild musk scent
A compliment to any composition, this velvety musk scent emboldens feminine sensuality and strength. Beautiful exotic white musk and blonde amber surround fresh watery accords and a modern rose muquet.
SERENE – a light floral scent
A gorgeous floral blend of white freesia, jasmine, rose, ylang, and cyclamen host a few special guests: sparkling bergamot, Madagascar vanilla, musk, and sheer woods.
FREE – an ocean mist scent
Cool, refreshing, and brisk. This scent’s top notes of salty marine air soar over watery peony blossoms, Caspian rose, and cool sea moss. Ambergris and white musk give way to a sheer, clean, and dry finish.
TENACIOUS – a crisp vanilla scent
A vibrant and sophisticated interpretation of a nostalgic favorite. Madagascar vanilla bean harmonizes with smokey musk, amber, and masculine nuances from woody sandalwood and white oak. Aged bourbon, tobacco flower, and tonka conclude the blend with just the right amount of mystery.
INSPIRED – a rose floral scent
A soft, luminous floral scent evokes timeless beauty and elegance.  Fresh and bright top notes of bergamot, petitgrain, and geranium leaf blend effortlessly into the heart of rosa damascene with highlights of cyclamen, white lilies, and neroli blossoms. Warming cardamom, patchouli, and sandalwood add a touch of seduction while amber and white musk offer a soft, romantic finish.
 
ELECTRIC – a citrus twist scent
A playful citrus medley of pink grapefruit, zesty lemon, and sweet mandarin join sparkling cassis berries for an upbeat treat. Oceanic accords keep it clean and fresh with soft, sweet undertones of island jasmine, mimosa, and spun sugar.
Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection roller ball fragrances…great for travel!

Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection

My favorite scents by themselves are Tender, Sultry, and Tenacious. My favorite combo?  Two splashes of Sultry, one splash of Free, and one splash of Electric – which also happens to the recipe entitled ‘extra dirty‘, ha!

You’ve just got to put this set on your wish list for Valentine’s Day.  It’s so much fun and you will be astonished at your creations that will become your own signature scents.  – 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

Beat the heat with Clean Fragrance Rollerballs in Skin and Fresh Laundry

What is the temperature outside for you right now? Even though I live in a northern state, at this very moment it is a steaming hot 93 degrees. I swear that if I cracked an egg on the black top right now it would fry up and sprout some bacon AND toast.

photo from AudioKarma.org

photo from AudioKarma.org

When it’s this hot I can’t do any sort of body product that feels heavy, including spray-on fragrance. What I am loving for scent are several items from the Clean Perfume Rollerball Collection I was recently sent to try, including Clean Skin and Clean Fresh Laundry.

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes ($20) are long, skinny glass bottles with a rollerball applicator. It’s the same scent as the regular perfumes, but oh so convenient and just plain easier in hot weather. They are totally transportable so pop one in your beach bag to counter the ‘nice but I don’t really want to be wearing this’ scent of chlorine or lake water.

Clean Skin Rollerball Perfume

Clean Skin Rollerball Perfume

Clean Skin is fragrance, yes, but it’s subtle. It makes you just plain smell GOOD.  Top notes include SHEER HONEYDEW, LOTUS BLOSSOM & FRESH AIR ACCORD. Mid-notes are DEWY PETALS, AQUATIC NOTES & BLUE ROSE, and base notes are WHITE MUSK, AMBER WOOD and CREAMY VANILLA.  Just perfect on a super hot summer day…in fact the hotter it gets, the better this smells. It’s a mostly floral scent, but as body temps heat up, it sort of transforms and becomes more musky, soft, and clean. It is just what I want my skin to smell like when it’s hot and sticky out.

Clean Fresh Laundry Rollerball Perfume

Clean Fresh Laundry Rollerball Perfume

Talk about fresh and clean…I don’t think a fragrance gets as fresh and clean as this one does. Clean Fresh Laundry is amazing for helping me keep my cool, even after biking ten miles. Top notes include BRAZILIAN ORANGE, MEXICAN LIME & FRESH MOWN GRASS. Mid-notes are ROSE OTTO and NIGHT BLOOMING JASMINE, and base notes include HELIOTROPE and WOODY MUSK. The end result is somehow cool and warm…like a cool breeze mixed with the warmth from the clothes dryer.

The rollerball packaging is terrific, and the scents are wonderful. Clean Perfume has other rollerball scents too, including Shower Fresh, Air, Cool Cotton, Warm Cotton, and a pretty neat looking one that has Cool Cotton on one end and Warm Cotton on the other. You can find them online at CleanPerfume.com.  – Lisa

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