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I’m Currently Obsessed With…The Fragrance Shop Special Blend 4-Pack

I recently received my Fragrance Shop Sampler which consists of four 1/8th ounce bottles of special blend fragrances created by the Fragrance Shop staff. I picked four gorgeous and delicious fragrances that will work perfectly throughout the spring and summer season. Here are the four special blends that I chose for my sample pack.

Fragrance #1: Pink Sugar

This delicious fragrance is reminiscent of the perfume Pink Sugar by Aquolina. It’s sweet, fresh and fun. With notes of Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig, Lilly of the Valley, Anise, Strawberry, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk and Wood. Men love this one!

Fragrance #2: Sweet Kisses

This scintillating scent is as light and sweet as freshly spun cotton candy. With notes of Cherry, Sugared Almonds and Cotton Candy, this is a wonderful spring fragrance.

Fragrance #3: White Butter

If you love the aroma of freshly baked cupcakes, you will absolutely fall in love with this fragrance. Notes of Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, a Hint of Lemon and Pineapple come together to create a truly luscious fragrance that transition well from day to night.

Fragrance #4: Lime Verbena

I cannot get enough of this fresh, bright and effervescent scent. Notes of Lime, Verbena and Sweet Coconut make this an ideal fragrance for summer. It reminds me of drinking a delicious mojito while lounging pool side in Miami.

 

To order your very own special blend 4-pack – click here.

 

Spring is Here!

Today marks the official first day of spring. Break out your sundresses, wedges, bright lip color and pastel nail polishes, spring is here! I love this season as it is the perfect blend of sunny days and breezy afternoons. The weather is not too hot or too cold and festival season kicks off around the country as people come out of hibernation after a long harsh winter. In order to “spring” into the season with confidence, I have compiled a list of must-have products that will surely help you navigate spring without losing a step.

 

  • Bright Lip Color – Spring is the time when color bursts at the seams. From flowers blossoming to fruit trees bursting with life, color engulfs our world in the spring as all living things come alive during this bountiful season. One way to instantly liven up your look is with a captivating bright lip color. You can certainly opt for one of last spring’s vivid hues in your beauty collection however if you want to pump things up a notch – opt for a neon bright version in a semi-matte finish. I love NARS Cosmetics Lip Color in Schiap – Semi-Matte – Shocking Pink, $26, NarsCosmetics.com

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Cruelty-Free Cosmetics 101

I love animals. I have been an animal lover as far back as I can remember. Growing up in sunny Southern California, my house was always filled with the sounds of laughter and fun and animals. We had dogs and cats who were more than pets, they were considered family members. My mother and father raised my brother and I to be respectful of all animal life and to acknowledge that animals had feelings just like humans do. Growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian until I found out that there was surgery and scalpels and blood involved. Being that I am quite squeamish, I soon realized that a career in animal medicine wasn’t a wise decision but my love for the animal kingdom never changed.

In the past few years, I have become more aware of the issues of animal testing and animal cruelty. As I have begun to move away from eating meat and am slowly transitioning into a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, I am beginning to look into all of the areas where I may or may not be impacting the animal kingdom in a negative way. One way I do have a lot of control over is my beauty regimen and the products I choose to use for my daily routine. In order to help further the cause of eliminating animal testing all together, I am no longer purchasing items or brands that test their products on animals.

Fortunately,  there are countless cosmetic and beauty brands that do not test on animals. These companies have made a concerted effort to lessen the already overwhelming amount of cruel testing on innocent animals who live their entire lives within the confines of laboratories.

Here are a few incredible brands that I highly recommend checking out as they are cruelty-free which is truly a beautiful thing!

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I’m Currently Obsessed With Alice & Peter Cupcake Inspired Fragrances

I am working on a super fun beauty spread for the July issue of Juicy Magazine that is all about bright, candy-colored makeup and beauty products. During my search for rainbow bright beauty items, I came across a new brand that I had never heard of before – Alice & Peter. This exclusive fragrance company creates some of the most whimsical yet exquisite fragrances on the market. I fell in love with the cupcake inspired fragrances – especially the out-of-this-world packaging and had them send over two samples to my editor in New York. Check out these gorgeous perfumes:

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Beauty News: Rihanna to Launch Third Fragrance -Nude

Rihanna has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of my favorite singers and entertainers. I love her edgy style and ability to transform herself on the regular. Her personal life aside,  she has definitely risen to global superstar status in a relatively short time period. As one of the biggest entertainers in the world, it was no surprise that she would eventually go into the beauty market. Known for her cutting edge style, her foray into fragrance was a natural acceleration. With the success of two fragrances Reb’l Fleur and Rebelle, she’s set to launch her third fragrance Nude which is sure to be a big hit with fans and beauty fanatics alike. Nude will hit Macy’s counters next week just in time for the beginning of the holiday shopping rush.

Unlike Reb’f Fleur and Rebelle which both had stronger bases, Nude is a softer more sensual approach to fragrance. The fragrance story includes guava nectar, mandarin and pear as well as orange blossom, gardenia petals and vanilla orchid ingredients. The ad campaign is equally as sensual with Rihanna practically unrecognizable in a blond wig posing in very revealing lingerie. As Rihanna continues her ascension within the music business, you can be sure that her beauty ventures will rise right along with her.