Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as Read more

Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more

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Avon Viva by Fergie Perfume Review


Avon launched it’s the third fragrance by the famous pop star Fergie, named Viva by Fergie last spring.  The new fragrance is advertised as fearless and daring with the slogan “Live by Your Own Rules.”

 “Viva is a fresh and unexpected fragrance that brings out the duality of a woman. Powerful, yet seductive, and living life by her own rules,” described Fergie.

The composition is fresh and floral, blended out of cooling herbs, fierce lavender and intriguing vetiver. The green opening is fresh and crisp without any fruity or citrus accords. Most fragrances use citrus to get that briskness but Viva relies on green herbals to bring it.  Read more

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LAVANILA Vanilla Passion Fruit Fragrance Review

Unlike traditional fragrances on the market,  LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance contains 100 percent natural ingredients. LAVANILA uses timeless blends of pure essential oils, active botanicals, and vita-rich technology for long-lasting, antioxidant-rich fragrances bursting with beauty benefits.

This irresistible, long wearing blend of passion fruit, guava, and peach nectar is steeped in a warm base of sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. Created by master natural perfumers, this limited edition scent is uniquely infused with a romantic blend of powerful aphrodisiacs (blue lotus, clary sage, and juniper berry) prized for their seductive properties. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!  Read more

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Atmysphere Fragrance for Men Review

I love when my boyfriend wears cologne and thankfully he always wears scents that are pleasing to the senses. (Unlike memories of high school and the boys who would literally bathe themselves in cologne. Sometimes I wondered if they would douse themselves in it in lieu of a shower. But I digress…)

I don’t typically review men’s fragrance or grooming products here anymore, however I couldn’t pass up Atmysphere, which promises that it would create an intimate romantic atmosphere via the fragrance. It sounded much like those perfumes that claimed to have pheromones in them that would create attraction, however their website is very clear that there are no pheromones in this men’s fragrance. Curious, I informed my boyfriend that he was going to be a test subject. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind an intimate romantic atmosphere anyway…I mean what guy passes that up?  Read more

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Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Earrings Review

If you are looking for a unique way to wear your perfume, or even a unique gift idea, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at Lisa Hoffman Beauty’s fragrance jewelry.

I’ve owned Lisa Hoffman Beauty products such as when her Spa Hand and Foot Butter were available, and her Madagascar Orchid Candle (this was heavenly and I wish she still sold them!) Amanda recently reviewed her Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum, as well. Next on the list was her coveted fragrance jewelry, of which I tried the Madagascar Orchid Earrings (which of course smell just as divine as the candle did.)  Read more

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The Perfect Holiday Scent: Demeter Fragrances

With the holidays wrapping up in just a few days, I’ve found myself scrambling to cram in as much Christmas cheer as possible, whether it’s blasting Santa, Baby or wrapping up gifts for those I didn’t get to see over the holidays. And now to my complete and utter delight, I can work a little Christmas into my beauty regimen, too.

Demeter  has always been one of my go-to sites to scout scents because of their amazing selection of one-note fragrances…and I was psyched to discover they have 2 scents that capture the absolute essence of Christmas – Egg Nog and Christmas Tree.

Egg Nog is a deliciously sweet scent that I now habitually spray at my desk for an instant pick-me-up and a smile. Its creamy, vanilla-nutmeg aroma  will make you immediately want to curl up in your softest sweater with a hot cup of cocoa.

Christmas Tree leaves nothing to the imagination. One spritz of this transported me to Christmas Tree hunting with my dad as a child – the fresh scent of fir is inarguably delicious. Because the scent is quite strong, it’s not something I prefer to wear as a personal fragrance, but I’ve been spritzing it all over my apartment  throughout December. It’s almost as good as a real tree!  Read more

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Halle Berry Closer Perfume Review

Just this last September, Halle Berry launched her fifth fragrance, Closer. Closer was developed by perfumer Jacques Cavallier; the notes include raspberry, water lily, ozone, fougère accord, violet, mimosa, cedar, vanilla bean, mahogany and cashmere musk.

From Coty:  Closer “is a rare blend of feminine and masculine notes, creating an intriguing scent that is as alluring for men as it is for women.” 

What Halle has to say: “Scent is very closely linked with desire and attraction and I love the idea that a fragrance can bring a man and a woman together. Closer creates a new level of intimacy through the power of scent.”   Read more

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Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum Review

I’m not necessarily one for a “signature” scent. There are certain notes I look for in fragrances, but I’m not married to any bottle or brand…mostly because I wouldn’t want to miss out on  super-decadent fragrances like Lisa Hoffman’s Tuscan Fig, that might otherwise go under the radar.

The eau de parfum is a decadent combination of vanilla, coconut wood, gardenia, and honeysuckle.  Though rather sweet, I found Tuscan Fig is a delicious, long-lasting fragrance that immediately put me in a happy place. For me, warm vanillas and woody notes have something very fall about them: one sniff has me dreaming of curling up next to a fire with warm apple cider and a book. I have a very strong feeling this scent will transition into autumn nicely.   Read more

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Review: Molton Brown LONDINIUM Unisex Fragrance

I haven’t worn a unisex fragrance since my middle school and CK One days so I was pretty excited…giddy actually, to try Molton Brown’s new unisex fragrance LONDINIUM.  Okay, just maybe I was  also excited because the fragrance is inspired by London and I along with the rest of the universe seem enthralled by all things London at the moment… 2012 Olympics and all.

LONDINIUM  contains notes of Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Myrrh, Oak Moss Absolute, Incense and Malt Accord.  I found the fragrance to be strong, sexy and playful.  I can definitely see why it would appeal to both sexes and I have to admit that after applying it I felt a really strong urge to throw on a tough leather jacket with my denim cutoffs…too bad it was 102* in Minneapolis.  I did however, have a bit more confidence in my walk…I might even venture to say LONDINIUM  gave me a bit of swagger.  Laugh if you must, but it happened.   Read more

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4 Summer Scents To Take You Away!

With the current state of the economy, many are us are embracing the “staycation” concept this summer. Just because you may not be traveling to an exotic destination, doesn’t mean you can’t invoke the scents and smells of your favorite vacation destination. Here are some inexpensive fragrances to take you away!   Read more

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Perfume Review: Michael Kors Suede

I’ve long coveted Michael Kors handbags…mainly from the aisles of Marshalls (where I do all of my brand name shopping), but when he came out with his limited edition fragrance, Suede, I knew I had to try it.

It’s signature Michael Kors to give attention to detail in all of his products and Suede is not exempt. The box itself is beige and covered in suede that is velvety to the touch. The glass has a V, emulating a V neckline. You see this duplicated on the top of the bottle as well. The perfume itself is flesh-colored reminding you of bare skin.  Read more

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