Continuing their tradition of making me love every single thing they come up with, Benefit’s new addition to their popular fragrance collection, Ring My Bella, doesn’t just have a cute name, it has a delicious fruity floral scent that I adore.
I’ve said it a million times, but I always find it kind of bizarre how I rarely like straight floral scents, but any time a few fruity notes are mixed in as well, I inevitably fall in love. It’s just a combo that works for me. Ring My Bella is an interesting mix of notes – it has summer daisy layered with Egyptian jasmine, white patchouli, vanilla tincture and white musk (among other things) and the result is a seductively warm scent that’s complex enough for evening, but light enough for work too. It’s so pretty and feminine and perfect for the transition into cooler weather. (Which better happen soon because Los Angeles is still ridiculously hot and I’ve had enough. I want to wear my new boots!)
It also has the cutest packaging ever, housed inside a slim box that looks like a lingerie store. Even one of the guys I work with picked it up off my desk and said, “Wow, this is cool!” How often does that happen? Definitely a winner!
Not that you would know it by the temperature in Los Angeles (which hit a scorching 107 degrees a few days before I’m writing this), but fall is not that far away. Which means changing up my fragrances a little (always fun!) Here are three of the newest scents I’ve tried that have me longing even harder for colder days. (more…)
As the dress designer of choice for the GMA dubbed American Royal Wedding (yes, a bit much I agree), Vera Wang’s name has been on everyone’s lips for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, her new fragrance has been all over my wrists. On Wednesday, I went to the James Hotel to fête Vera Wang, Lovestruck, and Leighton Meester, the lovely spokesmodel of the fragrance.
The idea of romance is nothing new for a world-class wedding dress designer, but Lovestruck, as Vera told us, is not a wedding fragrance. It is romantic, inspired by a modern day take on Romeo and Juliet, but it’s about that butterflies-in-your-stomach thrill and Christmas Eve jitters you have when you are starting to really like someone. “ Lovestruck is about the emotion and rush you feel when you are falling in love and going for it…those heart-pounding moments of spontaneity,” says Vera.
She interpreted these feelings with a fragrance mix of slight tropical sweetness mixed with spicy florals, with top notes of pink guava and heady angelica flowers. Its tuberose base is tempered by musky woods, leaving a lasting and lingering scent. Evoking the R&J inspiration of the fragrance, Leighton Meester starred in the video and ad campaign, shot waiting for her beau on a Pretty Woman-inspired fire escape in SoHo.
Lovestruck retails for $48 and can be found at Sephora and Macy’s. Check out their Tumblr, where Shenae Grimes and Becka Diamond took the Lovestruck quiz and talks about what movies, music, food, and cities that have them Lovestruck (hint: someone has a thing for the movie Great Expectations).
I’ve always been a huge fan of Coach bags. I kind of have to steer myself away from their stores most of the time because I always find myself obsessed with at least one bag when I go in and it’s usually the most expensive one I can in no way afford. But for all of you other Coach fans out there, I’ve just discovered an affordable way to take a little piece of the brand home with you – their fragrances.
Coach Poppy is such a fun, uplifting scent to spritz on. It was inspired by the playful vibe of the Poppy girl, and with notes of jasmine and gardenia mixed with fresh cucumber and candied rose petals, it’s sweet, but not overpoweringly so. On me, the jasmine scent comes out as it warms on my skin – the perfect note for a summer night. (And the bottle is adorable, with its logo inscribed cap and red bow).
Coach Summer Edition is another great addition to my fragrance collection. With notes of mandarin, raspberries, guava, freesia, marigold, amber and cedarwood, it’s a lighter fragrance than Poppy on me – it smells fresh and clean, perfect for the daytime. The fruity notes mix with the woodsy notes well – it’s a flirty, feminine combo. Summer Edition is a limited-edition scent though – it’s only around for the summer, so if it sounds like something you’d wear, you should grab yourself a bottle of it sooner rather than later.
Now if only I could pick up the latest Coach tote I’ve been eyeing so easily…
I normally (and sadly) avoid hair powders because the fragrances within them irritate my scalp, but if you’re traveling, or you’re trying to stretch the life of a great blowout or hair extensions, it’s hard to resist the lure of a good tinted hair powder. So when I received a sample kit from a new local company called Finley to try out, I went for it.
I was pleasantly surprised that the finely milled, silica- and tapioca-starch-based formula — while fragranced — didn’t irritate my skin at all. (Note: This doesn’t mean it’s free of common irritants. In addition to fragrance, it contains aluminum starch octenylsuccinate and several colorants such as carmine, so beware if you have sensitive skin or allergies.) On the other hand, the company credits itself with using minimalist packaging instead of aerosol cans.
Available in four shades — black, dark brown, golden blonde and white — Finley Hair Powder, $18, comes in a deceptively small bottle. You really only need a few modest shakes here and there to soak up grease and fluff roots, so the price tag isn’t so much of a shocker. The bottle lasts longer than it looks like it will. And it sure beats plain old cornstarch (my kitchen-ready standby). Give it a shot if hair powder is your thing.
Just a few months ago, I was telling a friend that I was dying to find a new perfume to break me out of my recent fragrance rut. Well, wish granted! In the past few weeks, I’ve tried out a bunch of new fragrances that will be in my rotation for the foreseeable future. (more…)
I’ve been using Parisian hair care brand Leonor Greyl (a rumored celeb favorite that’s gone on tour with both Madonna and Gwen Stefani) off and on for about a year now, and I must say their beautifying oils are not only some of the most glamorous “natural” products I’ve encountered, but the Huile de Palme (for hair) and Huile de Magnolia (for face and body) are quite the little miracle workers when it comes to moisturizing dry skin and hair.
Free of the chemicals and additives found in most hair products (sulfates, parabens, silicones, etc.), Huile de Palme (literally “palm oil”) is an environmentally friendly blend of botanical and vegetal oils that protects hair health from the elements, such as sun, surf and chlorine. It’s a pre-shampoo treatment, so you can apply it to dry hair and leave it on anywhere from a few minutes to overnight, depending on your hair texture and/or conditioning needs. (more…)
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying everyone probably likes flowers, chocolate and/or fragrance as a Valentine’s Day gift. But do they LOVE it? Well, “mind-blowing” might not be the first thing I’d think … more like “predictable, but sweet. I’ll take it.” Leave it to Strange Invisible Perfumes to prove me wrong. Their creative take on the ol’ tried and true is simply eye-popping. (Oh men of our lives, are you reading this?!?)
A team effort with floral designer Holly Flora and San Francisco-based chocolate artisan Cocoa Absolute, SIP’s “ultimate Valentine’s Day delivery” offers four options of drop-dead gorgeous, creative bouquets paired with limited-edition organic, botanical perfumes and a delectable box of hand-crafted chocolates. (Just outside of L.A.? Call and see if they’ll make the trip.)
While pricey ($205–$542), the results are absolutely swoon-worthy. In addition, the flowers can be customized by request (if what you want is available), and since the chocolates are optional, you can always adjust according to your budget.
P.S. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by SIP’s Venice, Calif., boutique tomorrow (Feb. 5) for a trunk show. There will be champagne, cupcakes, jewelry and plenty of limited edition fragrances to sample before you take the plunge!
Strange Invisible Perfumes is located at 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Calif. To order a V-Day delivery, call them at 310-314-1505 by February 11, 2011.