Monday, March 19, 2018

Must Have Fragrances for Spring

New season, new launches!  Spring is finally here and it's time to revamp the collection.  Two of my favorite scents this season are the latest from Issey Miyake and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Retail: 89.00 (1.6 oz.) 
Available at Ulta
Issey Miyake recently released "Nectar de Parfum", the third scent in its "Pure" collection, just in time for Spring.  The "Pure" collection centers around the scent of water, and its evolution from "a drop", to a petal, to a full blossoming flower. 
"Nectar de Parfum" captures the moment the water droplet touches the blossoming flower petal, thus producing its nectar.  The nectar, considered the purest perfume, is the ultimate stage in the metamorphosis of water.  From sea to dew, and from dew to rose.
The packaging is stunning.  The bottle is in keeping with the these of the collection and is shaped like a water droplet.  It has a peachy, rose gold gradation, with a lovely gold topper and sleek black lettering down the front.

 This third scent is my favorite in the series.   Its notes include honey, pear, and sweet rose, rounded out by creamy sandalwood.  The first blast is sweet and refreshing, and then the sandalwood adds a warm, musky twist.  This scent screams luxury and class.  I've worn it for both day and evening events, and it wears well for at least a couple hours.  I predict it will be my go-to for special occasions throughout the season.

Retail: $125.00 (100 ml)
Available at Bloomingdales

Salvatore Ferragamo’s newest scent, "Amo Ferragamo", is described as one that "embodies modern femininity and a young free spirited- woman that is ready to seize the moment and leave her mark".  Amo, meaning "I Love" in Italian, is captured with notes of Italian bitters, Rosemary Rhubarb, and Vanilla. 

Salvatore Ferragamo always gets it right.  Everything from the packaging to the scent is just perfect.  The bottle is stylish and chic.  Its lower half has a lavender coloring, which meets a texturized, silver layer at the top, creating a crystallized effect. 

This fragrance is to die for.  I've become so addicted that I even spritz a little on before bed.  I love that the vanilla is quite prominent but not overpowering.  It's sweet with a powdery fresh die down.  This is ideal for those who love to feel girly and romantic.  It is a sensual, feminine scent that is great for everyday wear.          

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New Launch: novex Mystic Black

Novex is Brazil's #1 best selling hair care brand and they recently debuted their brand new Mystic Black collection.  The line includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Baobab Oil, Leave in Conditioner, Deep Hair Mask, and a Detangling Spray.  The collection is considered ideal for dry hair (curly loves, this one's for y'all).  Why?  Because each product is formulated with oil from seeds of the Baobab tree, which is supposed to help repair split ends, reduce frizz, add shine, and detangle hair with ease.  

At the launch event, press got to watch a live styling demo to see some of the products in action.

Since I have curly hair, I'm all to familiar with the coarse texture and breakage that often plagues curly hair.  So after the demo, I jumped in the stylist's chair to experience the leave in conditioner and oil for myself.  Not only did they smell delicious, but once the stylist finished, my hair had noticeably less frizz and felt super soft. 

For intense treatment, the process includes five steps: 

1. Shampoo
2. Condition
3. Leave in Conditioner
4. Style (blow dry or difuse)
5. Apply Baobab Oil 

Interested??  You can shop the line here

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Never Judge a Purse by its Cover: Porto Vino Wine Purse

Porto Vino Purses are sure to be a must have accessory for this spring/summer season.  They may look like mouthwatering, stylish bags but don't be fooled.. they are so much more!  Porto Vino bags are designed with a secret insulated compartment that holds a removable 1.5 liter for wine or the beverage of your choice.  The exterior flap conceals the pouring spout until you are ready to use it. 


Retail: $74.95 

During fashion week, I carried the leather version in Platinum to a few shows, and not only did it come in super useful, but it also scored me a few compliments. 

The bag is super roomy with two side pockets.  I was able to easily fit my ipad, along with the rest of my fashion week essentials.  I already carry my life around in my purse, and during fashion week, I'm always cramming in extras.  The leather is durable and holds its shape nicely   Plus, I'm in love with the platinum color because it works for every season.

This bag will be great for outings in the park and trips to the beach.  You can easily pack food and drinks, all while keeping your look stylish and classy.  The secret compartment is ultra convenient, and (let's face it) total genius!       

And for those who love to give back, this is a great option.  Porto Vino partners with Feed My Starving Children to donate a meal for every purse purchases.  You can learn more about it here.

Shop the collection here

Have you carried a Porto Vino Purse?  What did you think?

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Free Beauty Events March Giveaway is back this month with another amazing giveaway.  For anyone not familiar with FBE, the site is a great tool for all beauty addicts.  It helps you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag killer free samples. Each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's best must haves, and this month's bundle totals a whopping $125 value!  Let's check them out..

This month's basket includes industry favorites from Conair, Lumene, Love Beauty & Planet, Degree, Black Radiance and more!  The contest runs from now through 3/31/18, winners will be chosen on 4/10/18 and notified by 4/15/18.  Entering is simple!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents on Facebook (don't forget to like them!) or enter directly on their website.

Besides the monthly giveaways, the site also offers great beauty advice and product reviews on their blog.  Like any of the products you read about?  Keep your eyes open for your chance to stock up!  Easy as 1-2-3, just enter your zip code into the site's search bar to find out which locations in your area might be handing out samples.  It's a helpful way to keep up to date with the beauty events happening in your town.    

Get more FBE info here

Have you attended a past event listed on the site? 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

ManDoki Soulmates Give Stellar Performance During U.S. "Wings of Freedom" Concert

Last month, I was invited to see the wildly popular ManDoki Soulmates, led by world-renowned musician, producer, songwriter and Hungarian refugee Leslie Mandoki, give an inspirational performance during the U.S. ‘Wings of Freedom’ concert debut at the iconic Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.  The audience included everyone from adoring fans and celebrities, to politicians and dignitaries.

The highly anticipated ‘Wings of Freedom’ post-GRAMMY® concert was an all star line up of performers including Leslie Mandoki, Bobby Kimball (Toto), John Helliwell, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Nick Van Eede (Cutting Crew), Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Till Brönner, Cory Henry and Julia Mandoki.  It was an incredible experience to witness such greats perform Grammy award-winning favorites like Blinded by the Lights,’ ‘I Just Died in Your Arms(my personal favorite) and ‘RosannaThere were countless standing ovations as the audience begged for more. 

“We are thrilled to have played a successful concert yesterday in the heart of mankind, New York City... Our music was created to build bridges that unite us and our songs are a personal handwritten love letter to our audience. There is alot of talk of what divides us these days; however, we wanted to focus on what unites us. That is the spirit of the ManDoki Soulmates” said Leslie Mandoki.

Leslie Mandoki founded the concept group, ManDoki Soulmates’ in 1992 with such acclaimed musicians as Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jack Bruce (Cream) and jazz-rock star Al Di Meola.  The group grew immensely over the next two decades, and has since included legends like David Clayton-Thomas, Chaka Khan, Chris Thompson, Steve Lukather, Nick van Eede, Eric Burdon, Nik Kershaw, Greg Lake, Randy and Michael Brecker, Bill Evans, John Helliwell, Mark Hart, Tony Carey, Mike Stern, Midge Ure, Anthony Jackson, Victor Bailey, Pino Palladino, Paul Carrack, Cory Henry, Peter Frampton and Jon Lord.  The group has released 10 albums and travels worldwide performing remastered versions of hits from each band member. 

The performance also helped benefit MusiCares, a charity that provides financial and medical assistance for music individuals.  MusiCares works to improve the health and welfare of those in the musical community.

It was an unforgettable performance and will forever be unmatched.  The endless talent and passion possessed by this group is rare.  If ever there was a direct shot of inspiration, the ManDoki Soulmates are it.
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