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NYC: Join Rita Oraa for DKNY’s #MYNY Fragrance Launch

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This Tuesday, August 19th from 11am-3pm, join social media platform Influencer to celebrate the launch of Donna Karen’s latest perfume, DKNY MYNY, a new scent featuring notes of raspberries, vanilla, musk and Egyptian jasmine. Meet Rita Oraa, the face of the campaign, who will attend the event at Madison Square Park in NYC, and will be joined by other celebs including Rumer Willis, Hannah Bronfman, and Dominique Ansel.

Guests who attend the public party will be treated to a variety of free goodies. First, free samples of the new DKNY MYNY fragrance will be handed out. Next, Dominique Ansel, the creator of the cronut, will be giving out around 500 yummy heart-shaped gourmet pretzels, inspired by the heart shape of the new fragrance bottle. The pretzels will be covered with raspberry sugar and come with whipped honey butter dipping sauce and fresh raspberries. Guests will also have the opportunity to create their own MYNY HEART and memories.

This event is free open to anyone.

The fragrance is available for sale now in three sizes: 1 oz. for $48, 1.7 oz. for $68 and 3.4 oz. for $88


Innovative Company Fuses Fragrance & Jewelry

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Lisa Hoffman Beauty, an innovative line of that fuses fine jewelry with fragrance will be returning to HSN tonight to showcase items from the Kerala Ashok Garden fragrance jewelry collection. The collection features jewelry pieces with signature charms filled with scent infused beads that slowly release fragrance for weeks. The beads can be added or removed easily, allowing the user to experience the fragrance as they would like to. In addition to jewelry, the collection also features a traditional eau de parfum,  Kerala Ashok, for the perfume lover who would rather spritz on their fragrance.

The Kerala Ashok Garden collection contains notes of Deep Violet, Ripe Pear, Velvety Apricot and Sheer Jasmine, harmonized with Ashok flower, Musky Amber and Green-Floral Spice. The scent, which is described as romantic, aims to nurtures inner strength & balance, and targets the busy woman who needs a little reminder to take a moment to inhale and be reflective.

Tune in to HSN this Wednesday at 7pm EST to watch Lisa Hoffman Beauty on “Beauty Report with Amy Morrison” and learn how you can take home a 2oz Kerala Ashok Eau de Parfum and Fragrance Bracelet for $59.99 or the charming Kerala Ashok Garden Necklace with vintage purple bead for $39.99.

Products scheduled to be featured include:

Kerala Ashok Garden Eau de Parfum

Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Bracelet

Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Necklace


Product Review: Beyoncé Pulse Fragrance

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beyonce_pulseThis past winter I received Beyoncé’s Pule, the third perfume to emerge from the superstar’s line of women’s fragrances. I recently started spritzing the blue perfume every morning for during the last few weeks, and surprisingly, I really like it.

The scent: It has a delicate fresh scent that makes you smell like you just stepped out of the shower and reminds me of Spring. It’s powdery, sweet, spicy and floral all at the same time. Beyoncé’s favorite flower, the orchid, is the base of the fragrance which includes notes of pear blossom, jasmine, precious woods and Madascar Vanilla among its other ingredients. It also last for the entire work day. I unusually apply it around 7am, and by 6pm I can still sense the aroma of the sweet perfume.

The packaging: The bottle is intentionally designed to look like it’s upside down. A chrome cap tops off the bottle, which is said to have been inspired by Beyoncé’s stage costumes.

Cost: Varies, depending on where you but it. A 1.7 oz bottle retails for about $34 at Target.


Product Review: Pink Friday Nicki Minaj Fragrance

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Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj Eau de Parfum

Okay, let me start by saying I realize this review is long overview. The Pink Friday Nicki Minaj Fragrance came out light-years ago, but, I’ve never been one to jump on the celebrity fragrance bandwagon. So, when I received the perfume as a gift, I let it sit on my vanity untouched and in the box (mainly because the statue of Nikki scared me so I wanted to keep it hidden). Anyway, my latest fragrance ran its course and I finally decided to give Minaj’s a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The scent: The sweet pink floral notes mixed with the warmth of creamy vanilla, skin musks and sheer woods makes for an intoxicating scent that not only smells amazing, but lingers through the day. Be prepared to turn heads as you walk into the room as people’s noses turn in your direction wondering where that sweet smell is coming from. It’s a bold, fresh fragrance that will make you feel as confident as Minaj herself.

The packaging: It’s supposed to be a replica of the superstar, with pink hair and pink lips, and a cute little necklace. I just wish she had a pink little bra, because the random blue lines across her chest is a question mark to me. Also, you have to decapitate her in order to open the bottle, which is a little unnerving, but still, a cool design.

Cost: $49.50 for 1.7 oz at Macys and other department stores


Hot New Celebrity Fragrance Launches This Fall

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Nicki Minaj’s Minajesty

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Superstar Nicki Minaj sparked the buzz of her forthcoming fragrance, Minajesty, when she posted behind-the-scenes shots from the campaign on Instagram. Now, the fragrance is set to hit shelves September 15th at fine department stores. Similar to her Pink Friday fragrance, Minajesty is a miniature replica of the superstar, but this time sports a crimped hair style and is fully clothed in a red and black outfit. The scent is described as mysterious and sexy with notes peach, tiger orchid and fluffy vanilla. Learn more at Nickiminajminajesty.com.

Jennifer Lopez’s JLove

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Come October, Jennifer Lopez’s 20th, J Love, fragrance will be available to the masses. The perfume features top notes of white raspberry, frozen pineapple, pink grapefruit, and tangerine, that blend into a dried base of vanilla sorbet, white wood and skin musk. It will retail for $39 for a 1 oz bottle at Kohl’s.


Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA

This month, Sephora released its Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection, an assortment of beauty products including color cosmetics, a signature fragrance, nail polish and princess-worthy accessories inspired by Ariel from the classic Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid.
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The collection includes:

Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30)
The eye shadow features four vibrant shades, including What’s-It (matte clay grey) and three glittery shades: Who’s-It (glittering white), Dinglehopper (iridescent light teal), and Snarfblat (violet with iridescent glitter).

Mermaid Song Lipgloss Set ($38)
The set features four pigmented, glistening glosses with flirty shades inspired by Ursula’s earrings, Ariel’s pink dress and iconic red hair, and her sisters’ darling shells: Dream Girl (perky pink), Sea Witch (bold berry), Redhead (rich red), Mermaid (courageous coral).

Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum
Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum is an invigorating new fragrance inspired by the magical moment of true love’s first kiss. Available in a Eau de Parfum Spray, 50 mL ($58), and a Roll On Eau de Parfum ($19), this captivating scent opens with a refreshing burst of bergamot, wet cucumber, and ozonic accord that is brought to life with a splash of water notes, wild lilac and starfruit, all fused together with warm sandalwood and sensual velvet sensations of ambergris to make the moment last forever.

Set the Mood Compact Mirror ($20)
Bat your eyes and pucker your lips with this beautifully designed deep-sea treasure.

Whatcha-Nail-Callit 6 Piece Nail Set
A six-piece set of miniature nail lacquers featuring sea-inspired shades: Life Is In The Bubbles (iridescent glittery shimmer), Ariel (glittery turquoise), Off The Hook (pearly silver chrome), Devotin’ to Floatin’ (pearlescent teal), We Are In Luck Here (creamy coral red), and Hotter Under the Water (creamy plum)

The Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA will be available for a limited time beginning in July 2013 in all SEPHORA stores, as well as by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or logging on to sephora.com via computer or smartphone.


Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2013

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Sephora Favorites Bottled Dreams: Fragrance Impressions Sampler for Her – $50

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This collection features six deluxe samples of Sephora’s most popular women’s scents, plus a full-size Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in What Aura Gonna Wear?. Your mom can choose her favorite scent, then take the enclosed certificate to any Sephora store in the U.S. to redeem it for a free full-size bottle of the fragrance of her choice (the voucher cannot be redeemed online).

The set includes:
– 0.25 oz BALENCIAGA Florabotanica
– 0.22 oz Coach Love
– 0.16 oz Gucci Guilty
– 0.17 oz Juicy Couture Couture La La
– 0.14 oz Lancôme La vie est belle
– 0.25 oz MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE
– Bonus 0.5 oz Sephora By OPI Nail Colour in What Aura Gonna Wear?

Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden Facial In-a-Box – $39.99

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Give mom the ultimate pampering with a relaxing, anti-aging facial she can do in the comfort of home. Designed by the UK’s #1 day spa, Sanctuary Spa, the professional-grade skin treatment takes just 30 minutes, perfect for the busy mom who doesn’t make time for herself.

Mother’s Day Mirrored Compact, $5.00

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Your mom will love one of these stylish mirrored compacts, featuring mom-themed inscriptions.

Mommy to be pendants; $32.15

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Give a special gift to an expecting mom. How could this cute pendant not make you smile?


MEET OSCAR DE LA RENTA AT BLOOMINGDALES ON APRIL 18TH

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WHAT:  Celebrate the launch of Oscar de la Renta’s fragrance, Something Blue, and meet the designer with your purchase. A scent that makes a woman feel her most beautiful, Something Blue celebrates life’s most magical moments. A woman’s good luck charm for when she wants to feel her most vibrant. Feminine, romantic and full of life, Something Blue is a fragrance to cherish forever.

There will be an opportunity to purchase an exclusive Something Blue gift box, only available during the event.  The gift box contains a 1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray, 7.0oz Fragrance Candle, 4ml Deluxe Mini, 1ml Purse Vial and a Charm Necklace designed by Mr. de la Renta for $150.

WHO: Oscar de la Renta’s gift of making once-in-a-lifetime dreams come true is captured in Something Blue. Join Mr. de la Renta in celebrating the launch and meet with iconic designer.

*Arrive early to see Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, interview Mr. de la Renta live on Cosmo Sirius/XM Radio at 5:45pm.484d8dfe-5d8c-4be0-88fa-c6faab884127

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:45pm Live Radio Interview
6:00pm Meet Mr. de la Renta

WHERE: Bloomingdales

1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
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NOTE: Something Blue is available at Bloomingdales stores nationwide as well as online at www.bloomingdales.com


The Love Flower: Peonies

Peonies are highly fragrant flowers that range from dark red to soft white. When I was doing research on the flower I was surprised to learn all of the history and myths surrounding peonies. In Feng Shui, the flower symbolizes wealth and love (placing these flowers in your home will apparently attract a romantic partner). In some parts of Asia, when the flower is in full bloom, it symbolizes good fortune, success and peace. In Rome, it was believed to protect against evil. And, in ancient Greek mythology, there are multiple versions of a story about Zeus, king of the gods, saving a deity named Paeon, a physician to the gods, by turning him into the flower to avoid being killed by Aesclepius, the god of medicine and healing. Say that three times fast! Regardless of the story, the one fact that remains true is that peonies are stunning luscious flowers with a clean, fresh scent. Try adding some peony inspired products to your vanity to increase your good fortune, keep bad things away, and maybe even attract a special someone into your life.

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1. Perlier Pink Peony Hand Cream, $14.50

2. Gentle Toning Lotion with Velvet Peony Extract, $33.00

3. Nordstrom ‘Cassis Leaf & Peony’ Scented Soap Set, $20.00

4. Body Wash Infused Buffer – Peony–Cassis Infusion (2piece), $16.99

5. L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream, $36.00


Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid

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This week I tested one of Victoria’s Secret’s newest fragrance, Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid ($49-$65), which launched in stores and online in October 2012. The wearer of the fragrance is described as a glamorous provocateur, with a fetish for high fashion. Whether you choose to wear it as an everyday spritz, or to induce the senses on a night filled with satin blindfolds and gilded handcuffs, it’s definitely worth a try.

Sultry notes of Midnight Orchid, Crushed Plum and Oud Wood combine to create an enticing fragrance that can easily be worn day or night. It has a very girly, sweet, fresh scent, that isn’t too strong. It’s the kind of subtle aroma that sneaks up on people as they talk to you and wonder where that amazing fragrance is radiating from, as opposed to the kind of perfume that invades the air and lets everyone know you’ve arrived. The scent lingers for most of the day, but a quick touch up is needed if you want it to last way past sundown.

In addition to an eau de parfum, the Secret Seduction Dark Orchid scent is available as a candle, fragrance wash and as a luxurious lotion.