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Wednesday
Aug232006

Maybe I Just Don't Hate Fragrance!

If you have been following my blog at all, you may know that I am not fond of fragrance. I am turned off by  many, but do have a few - only a few - favorites in my small collection.  But my small collection will soon be bigger!

I have just discovered Bond No. 9.

You have heard the beauty bloggers raving about this "Making Scents of New York" line of perfume and candles for a while now, and I feel privileged that I got to take a sniff at a few.

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Fire Island is the latest creation of Laurice Rahme, the founder of Bond No. 9.

You see, all of the fragrances in the Bond No. 9 collection pay homage to the great city of New York. And Laurice knows that New Yorkers go in droves to Fire Island in the summer time - dreaming to be lying naked on the beach - surrounded the scent of sun over the skin. This is what her basis was for this beautiful scent. She combined it with the spicy-sweet scent of vintage Euro-bronzing oils and you have it - Fire Island.

In perfumer speak, the perfume is a blend of the following: Top Notes - Cardamom and Ozone; Middle Notes - Neroli and White Musk; Base Notes - Skin Musk, Tuberose, and Patchouli.

In inexperienced perfume buyer speak, I love it. It is so soft while being so  "there". The scent is not over powering on me. I can definitely smell the musk and neroli - the rest is foreign to me (as I said, I am very new to this) but very inviting and warm, like the summer sun on the white sandy beach.

I totally get it!

I am sampling The Scent of Peace now, and will let you know all about that soon.

Be sure to stop by the newly created Bond. No. 9 website for more information. It is vibrant and overall fantastic.

Tuesday
Aug222006

Quite Possibly the Best Giveaway Yet!

Oh my! Benefit is giving away 50 - YES - 50 of their new Weather Girl Palettes to readers.

This palette is so awesome - all you need for Fall and Back to School. It really is one of my favorites, and I have been using mine almost daily. It features 3 fashion forward eye shadows and lipglosses in the icey cool brown hues. And I even dot the darker lip gloss over the tops of my cheek bones for a shimmery bronzed look!

Enter to win NOW! 

Tuesday
Aug222006

Back to School Beauty - Good to Go!

Being back at school, I realize that there is just no time for a proper manicure, or even doing your nails for that matter. Well, when you do find the time to give your nails a polish, I found a great top coat to get you out the door in under 3 - three minutes!

essie_gtg.jpgEssie has created Good to Go!, and it is being touted as the fastest drying top coat - ever! It features a patented formula that not only dries nails to perfection, but it keeps polish looking great with a high gloss shine, while protecting it from chipping and yellowing.

So I sat down, and took the time to do my nails... nothing fancy, just a fresh paint of polish (Essie's Beach Party). I used two coats, let that dry for under a minute and applied Good to Go!. I watched the clock, and began touching them after a minute. They felt dry, but I was afraid that the polish would smudge without giving it more time. So I gently waved my hands around for another two minutes, and then gave my nails another feel. Amazing - they were totally dry. I rubbed my nails over my sleeve, and no pulling or smudging was felt in any way.

I am so happy with this, and highly recommend it to anyone who does their own nails.

You can find Essie's products at fine salons nationwide. And if you don't know of one, their website has a salon finder - here!