The Iris Nobile Gift Set from Acqua di Parma.

adp_iris_set.jpgAcqua di Parma delivers the perfect gift for elegant, refined and feminine mothers this Mother’s Day - the Iris Nobile Gift Set .

And of course, the most precious bouquets come in enticing packages, don't they? Maybe that is why  Acqua di Parma, the most exclusive perfumer in Italy, presents its most chic and sophisticated floral perfume set in a luxurious hatbox for that much-loved mother. The hatbox that this set is housed in is absolutely stunning,  covered in a soft and delicate lilac moire fabric with a matching lilac satin ribbon. 

The Iris Nobile Gift Set includes:

Iris Nobile Eau de Parfum - 50ml spray
Luminous Body Cream – 150ml in a satin glass jar

This beautifully scented gift set is available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $118


An Q & A with Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown. scored a great interview with the most wonderful Bobbi Brown. She is one of my favorite makeup artists, as she designs makeup for real women. And her skin care items are fabulous! Her face balm is the best for overly dry skin.

In the spirit of this great interview, I thought I would share a few of my favorite Bobbi Brown items.


I use two shades of her eye-shadow almost daily. I use Bone as a base color and Smoke as my eyeliner, with one of her slanted eyeliner brushes that came in one of her shadow palettes. I use her Shimmer Tube Tints a lot too. I just l-o-v-e the minty flavor, and like the Glow Sugar Shimmer Tint over many of my lipsticks. and her Shimmer Bricks are awesome, if you have never tried them, don't hesitate. My favorite is Brownie, and it one of my favorite bronzing palettes, ever. In the summer, I swear by her Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm, with SPF 25. It is just enough coverage, all the moisture I need, and it last all day. Not to mention that medium tint blends perfectly with my (self) tanned face.

Be sure to take a few minutes to check out the interview with Bobbi over at Glam.



The Beauty Award Winners.

I did not get to attend this year, but there is nothing better then the CEW Beauty Awards if you are a beauty enthusiast like me.

“The CEW Beauty Awards are the only product awards voted on by beauty insiders – CEW’s 4,000+ members who live and breathe this industry. Their combined expertise is a powerful recommendation to consumers looking for the best-in-class,” said CEW president Carlotta Jacobson.

The nominations included 621 products in 32 categories. Oh, where to begin!

Congratulations to the winners:

Acne Treatment $10 and over
MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross All-Over Blemish Solution
Acne Treatment Under $10
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Pads
Anti-Aging $30 and over
Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Wexler Intensive Night Reversal & Repair Cream
Anti-Aging Under $30
Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer
Cleanser & Scrub $12 and over
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
Cleanser & Scrub Under $12
Dove Energy Glow Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser
Eye Treatment $20 and over
Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift
Eye Treatment Under $20
Tweezerman After Tweeze Soothing Cream
Lip Treatment $14 and over
FusionBeauty LipFusion XL
Lip Treatment Under $14
tarte fRxtion Sugar Exfoliator & Lip Balm Duo
Moisturizer $30 and over
Shiseido Cosmetics Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream
Moisturizer Under $30
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Peel and Mask $25 and over
Shiseido Cosmetics Benefiance Pure Retinol Face Mask
Peel & Mask Under $25
Lumene Time Freeze Instant Lift Mask

Men's Skincare $15 and over TIE
· Kiehl's Eye Alert
· The Art of Shaving Body Scrub with Tangerine and Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Eye Product $15 and over
Chanel Inimitable Mascara
Eye Product Under $15
CoverGirl LashExact Mascara
Face Product $18 and over
SK-II AirTouch Foundation
Face Product Under $18
M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Touch-Up Stick
Lip Product $15 and over
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour
Lip Product Under $15
Bourjois Paris Effet 3D Mobile Cell Phone Charm


Hair Care & Coloring Product $15 and over
Frédéric Fekkai Ageless Damage-Defense Capsules
Hair Care & Coloring Product Under $15
John Frieda Professional Hair Care Luminous Color Glaze


Body Treatment $15 and over
Origins Natural Resources Modern Friction for the Body
Body Treatment Under $15
Dove Energy Glow Shimmering Lotion
Scented Bath & Body $15 and over
C.O. Bigelow Lemon Cream Body Wash
Scented Bath & Body Under $15
Olay Body Wash plus Ribbons

Nail Care & Color Under $12
Avon Instant Manicure

Sun Product $15 and over TIE
· Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30
· La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX
Sun Product Under $15
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55

Women's Scent $35 and over
Prada Eau de Parfum Tendre by Prada
Women's Scent Under $35 TIE
· Grassroots Happily Ever After
· Sonia Kashuk Beauty @Target Sonia’s Solid Perfume Palette
Men's Sent $30 and over
Sean John Fragrances / Estée Lauder Unforgivable by Sean John

This award celebrates innovation in independent companies that have been in existence for less than five years, giving young beauty brands an opportunity to be recognized for their achievements.