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There's not to many brands that capture the American spirit like Kai Fragrance does. Created by an American girl, Gaye Straza, who spent many childhood summers frolicking the beaches of Hawaii, it's no wonder this tropical inspired perfume and body range has taken the world by storm. So much so that Vogue.com featured it in their 4th of July tribute to the ten beauty brands that are 'Born In The USA.' Kai has a celebrity following ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman to Cate Blanchett. The secret to this much loved brand comes down to the pure relaxing aromas of tuberose, jasmine and lily that can be spritzed across your décolleté in Kai's perfume, condition the skin in a bubble bath and even leave your underarms dry and smelling sweet all day long. Kai products are all paraben and phthalate free which means you get to enjoy the array of products without worrying about harmful chemicals. This born and bread American company will quickly having you become a patriotic devotee!
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Perfumer Yosh joins us again for another round of Scents & Sensibility! Spring has passed and now summer is truly in bloom. The earthy aromas of the season are in full swing like jasmine that seems it's most intoxicating at sunset, freshly mowed green grass, sweet honeysuckle and a day at the beach (cotton candy, coconut cocktails, sunscreen) and all! Yosh answers a few of our seasonal questions and recommends some great summer scents for our 2012 Summer Fragrance Flight, a sampler set of 5 fragrances for $15 that will leave you smelling great as the temperature rises. It also includes a special 20% discount code** that can be used just in case you find your new signature!
Our body chemistry (as well as the Earth's) changes during the summer. It's warmer out so we change our activities accordingly. When it's hot and humid, light and fresh fragrances tend to be more suitable for the season. Fruity florals or citrus aromatics are refreshing and carefree.
How do we choose the perfect summer fragrance?
This depends on your activity but for the office, something watery and subtle would be appropriate but weekends and going out at night, something sparkly and juicy would be more fun.
I've heard that eau de toilette can be a better choice than an eau de parfum because they're lighter based. However, the lighter they are I find the more times I have to apply. What's the solution?
There's a misconception that fragrances should last all day but I prefer to carry a purse spray to spritz throughout the day. It's like asking the sunlight to stay the same from morning through the day. Nobody is that robotic. Clothing gets wrinkled and worn as you sit and walk around. Refresh your fragrance when you powder your nose and add fresh coat of lipstick.
Eau de toilette EDT and eau de parfum EDP refer to the strength of perfume concentrate and alcohol. There's more alcohol and less concentrate in EDT so the dilution gives the wearer a lighter impression. I think this is a great solution if a person tends towards the heavier florientals or gourmands normally. Then you can still enjoy this genre of fragrance in the summer rather than trying to wear a different style of perfume. But if you like cologne style aromatics or citrus fragrances, then EDP is fine even in the summer. If you like floral musks or powdery fragrances, then choose the less intense EDT otherwise, it can be cloying in humid weather. If it's a dry climate with coastal breeze (west coast) then EDP is fine.
What are some of our summer inspired fragrances that have caught your eye this season?
In my own collection, I was surprised to find that I fell in love with U4EAHH. Even though it's a global best seller, it was one of my creations that I never wore because it is usually turns sour on me. But I've been in Tokyo for the last few weeks and the climate here is quite humid and the fragrance smells amazing on me. The new Rodin olio lusso Perfume also sounds amazing to me with neroli and jasmine.
*Yosh began her perfuming career in 1994 as an apprentice, learning to identify and combine the healing essential oils and sensuous perfume essences in each of those bottles. Today Yosh uses these elixirs in her own modern practice of the ancient art of perfumery, creating signature scents that entice the senses, fascinate the mind and enchant the soul.**Coupon code not valid on Rodin olio lusso products.
Shop the full Oscar Blandi collection here!
Coloring your hair outside of a well trained, professional hand could be very dangerous. Case in point, at 15 years of age I bought a box of hair color off the super market shelf thinking the models hair color was what mine would look like. Oh boy was I wrong. Instead of golden blonde it turned out a rusty orange. In fact I looked like a leopard. From that day nobody without a diploma has ever laid a drop of color on my head.
Times change though, and over the years many brands have come out with great touch up kits or products to help keep your color vibrant and free from fade until your next appointment. One of the trusted stand-outs to fight regrowth is the Oscar Blandi Colore Pen as seen in In Touch magazine. This industry and celebrity approved touch up and highlighting pen is brushed on to temporarily disguise roots, grays and also enhances highlights with a natural looking finish. You can keep it in your purse and touch up when you catch yourself in some bad lighting. Simply choose the right color for you and get your instant color fix!
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Shop the full Eve Lom collection here!
Their very first product was deemed 'the best cleanser in the world' and just like a fine wine, skincare brand Eve Lom has just gotten better with age. Based out of the UK but a major hit amongst international devotees, it's no wonder celebrities like Madonna and Kate Hudson swear by it's results. Two of their products have received raving reviews and become prestige market winners in the UK facial category:
The Eve Lom Eye Cream won best new 'Everyday Facial Skincare Product' by CEW's beauty insiders because of its triple action formula that fights dark circles, reduces puffiness and plumps up fine lines with age defying peptides! Housed in a beautiful frosted glass jar this product best results are found when applied morning and evening.
Eve Lom's Intense Hydration Serum took home 'Best New Skincare Treatment Product' because it's equivalent to a long, cool drink of water for your skin. Pores soak up this hyaluron charged serum that restores radiance to even the most dull and lackluster skin. Extremely lightweight but packs a punch to deliver long lasting hydration and protection.
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We're very excited to launch our very first Fragrance Flight, a curated selection of our top five fragrances that will leave you smelling amazing as the temperature rises! Summer tends to be a frivolous, social and fun time for most of us and since warmer weather can change your skin chemistry, the fragrances you loved in winter may now be to overpowering. Think lighter and relaxing notes of aromatic and citrusy compositions that leave a pleasant trace and can accompany us into those balmy evenings. For only $15 you'll receive 5 perfume samples from high end to independent cult status brands that have been chosen for their summer inspired aromatic notes. We hope you find your new summer signature scent at b-glowing.com! If so, we hope you'll enjoy the very special 20% coupon code included**. The fragrance flight includes samples of:
Rodin olio lusso Perfume - Jasmine & Neroli notes
Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Eau de Parfum - Rose Chypre, Blackberry and Patchouli notes
Yosh U4EAHH 2.43 Eau de Parfum - Pomegranite, Pear and Cucumber notes
Zorica of Malibu Gratitude Perfume Oil - Grapefruit and Vanilla notes
Carolina Herrera Eau de Parfum - Jasmine, Tuberose, Wood and Amber notes
Kai Perfume Oil - Gardenia and notes from white exotic flowers
Don't understand why you should be changing up your favorite scent for the different seasons? Well, there's a science to everything and scent is no exception. Amazing perfumer Yosh joins us for another round of 'Scents & Sensibility' to answer all things aromatic! *Code not valid on Rodin olio lusso products.Read More »
Shop the full Erno Laszlo collection here
The sun is our best friend and our worst enemy. Many of us, especially if you live in Portland, Oregon, tear open our curtains in hopes to see the first warm rays of the summer season and tune into the weather updates like it's our favorite CSI show. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, surprisingly is actually one of the most neglected vitamins in the human race, when only a few minutes of exposure is needed. What you do with those minutes or hours is up to you, however we always suggest you enjoy your sun time but keep yourself protected with great skincare that includes SPF.
One of those great products happen to be the Erno Laszlo Blue Firmarine SPF 30 moisturizer as featured in Us Weekly's 'Stay Safe In The Sun' feature rounding up the top SPF products to beat the heat. This breakthrough skincare treatment infused with micro algae to boost elasticity and spirulina maxima to feed collagen for greater firmness and bounce will strengthen, nourish and protect the skin all day long.
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Shop the full Free Your Mane haircare collection here!
Alexis Bledel is one of those actresses you think you could be best friends with. She warmed our hearts with her character on Gilmore Girls and her transition into a more mature role as Lena Kaligaris in the film adaptation of 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,' really exemplified her talents. Did I mention the girl also has great hair? As seen in the August Issue of People Style Watch in the Celeb Love That section, Alexis was featured amongst Kate Bosworth, January Jones and more featuring the products that they can't get enough of. For Alexis, she attributes the health of her fabulous hair to Free Your Mane's Intensive Hydrating Hair Masque because, "It's my secret weapon. It keeps my hair healthy, hydrated and frizz-free." Specially developed to to accelerate the repair and rejuvenation process, this high performance masque seals damaged ends, smoothes edges and works wonders on natural or processed hair. Simply use once a week for 15 minutes or leave on overnight to enhance results!
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Shop the full Rahua by Amazon Beauty haircare line here!
If there's one thing a girl needs the most assistance with when talking about hair it's volume. If hair is to thin it goes limp, if it's to thick you need a coke bottle and a whole can of hairspray just to give it a little height. Sometimes the stars align and you find yourself having a good hair day but on those other days when you're about to contemplate doing a Brittany let me suggest a great solution…Rahua's Voluminous Spray! Recently featured in the August edition of Elle magazine, because it, "Creates bombshell body without drying out strands," this 100% all natural volumizer that also revitalizes the scalp and gives a workable hold without drying it out!
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Shop the full By Terry collection here!
No day at the beach is complete without By Terry's Baume de Rose! Such a luxurious product can of course be celebrated on it's own but gosh does it look even more tempting in a beautiful setting like StyleBomb blogger Jen Mendenhall's monogrammed beach/travel bag. This cult status lip balm is a must have for any outdoor outing because of it's SPF protection and ability to repair, nourish and regenerate the lip area. This melt away balm is non sticky and glides on effortlessly to reveal a beautiful glossy finish.
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Shop the full Soleil Organique collection here!
Sunscreens are no longer just about from preventing burns anymore but instead think of the health of your skin in the long term and choose your skincare accordingly. Soleil Organique has been getting lots of love from the fashion magazines lately and this month it's from the August edition of Lucky magazine featuring their Environmental Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 for Face. Not just an amazing sunscreen, but daily moisturizer as well this is a power pack full of good for you vitamins and extracts that also protect from the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Whilst protecting, it's also smoothing away fine lines and preventing premature aging with ingredients filled with anti-oxidants. Stay protected with Soleil Organique!
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