Along with the colder season comes a seasonal closet overhaul and replacement of sandals and lightweight dresses for trendy rubber goulashes and cashmere sweaters, a change up in our skincare routine to soothe skin experiencing a brisker environment, and foregoing our floral fragrance for something a little more….chocolatey? Yes indeed, with the change in season comes a need for a complimentary fragrance. Our goal is to help you find it in our Fragrance Flight Vol. 2, a bespoke collection of 6 fragrance samples selected by perfumer Yosh, whose smoky and oriental scents are guaranteed to raise your body heat this winter. An exclusive 20% coupon code* is also included in case you find your new signature!
Every season we look forward to Yosh's insight into what will be on trend as well as answers to questions only one of the best 'noses' in the industry would know. We hope you enjoy another round of 'Scents & Sensibility' with Yosh!
What should you consider before you begin looking for a new fall/winter perfume, to make sure you pick the one that's right for you?
Normally, I would say that one might consider their climate first. I live in a place where winter is very mild so I prefer to wear a yummy fragrance with a little bit of smokiness but if you live in a climate where you have to wear a proper coat, gloves, scarves, then something more enveloping and warming might be better. This year, I'm going to pick my fall / winter fragrance based more on the kind of statement I'd like to project. I feel rather embolden now because I've lost a bit of weight and my hairdresser and I have come to agree on my look - more rock star glam. So for me, personally, I'm going to wear a fragrance that reflects an edgy opulence.
What aromas will be on trend this fall/winter?
Oud will continue to trend but creamy woody notes will make us feel grounded yet luxurious. Energetically, when people feel unstable, people choose more comfort fragrances. During the holidays, people tend to be a little emotional so something that makes us feel taken care of is how we want to smell. Vanilla will always be a great fall/winter choice for people. But I think people will want a little naughty vanilla - something with leather and spice.
Does the cold weather affect the way we wear our fragrance?
Absolutely ! Some people live in a climate zone that's mild in the winter. They might not need to wear something as heavy and spicy as a person living in very cold temperatures who might want something to feel like a warm cashmere wrap. In the winter, boozy fragrances make us feel warm inside too.
I recently heard that the perfume wearing tradition of rubbing your wrists together after application can destroy the scents quality. As a chronic wrist rubber I have to hear straight from the perfumer's mouth if this is true?
I think people in the industry are divided on this one. I personally like to rub the wrists together to release the scent - like rubbing petals or leaves together.
Can selecting the wrong perfume age you?
Gosh - great question. I think perfumes can age you in both directions. Just like tight jeans and short skirts. Some fragrances tend to be more youthful whereas some fragrances are more mature. I find young teens wearing heavy perfumes trying to be more sophisticated and some cougars wearing shocking or to fruity scents because they don't care what is age appropriate.
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.
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Our wedding day is one of the most memorable days in our lives. From the dress, to the venue, and rings; so many big and intricate things go into making it a special occasion. Whether you've been dreaming of a ceremony surrounded by nature or an over the top, no expense spared fairy tale wedding, many women will select a signature fragrance that encapsulates the style of their day and personality. Town & Country magazine suggested leaving your go-to fragrance at home to embrace one that will always have you remember your special day. Depending on your wedding style, they narrowed down a few of their favorites. For those women who have a bohemian glam style and spirit like Margarita Missoni, Bijou Romantique Eau de Parfum by Etat Libre D'Orange was suggested since it's notes of vanilla and bergamot evoke an arty, eclectic Moroccan vibe.
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And the winner is….Talika! Whatever magazine we flip through, beauty editors seem to be going crazy for their latest additions like the Skin ReTouch and now Talika's Heated Eyelash Curler just received praises from beauty contributor Bobbie on the Today Show! Showcasing a series of her favorite beauty gadgets, Bobbi explained that this lash curler is an in demand celebrity product for it's ability to safely and effectively heat the lashes for 10-15 seconds to double the curve of your eyelashes. Gentle controlled temperature ensures zero damage and you know when it's ready because the red silicon pad changes to white. Big lashes in little time, guaranteed.
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Butter London Lippy's are quickly on their way to being held in the same regard as their gorgeous nail lacquers. After all, the shades are inspired by some of their most popular nail polishes like Tea With The Queen and La Moss. The Lippys are all highly pigmented and long wearing just like nail polishes. We're excited to have two of their newest Lippy shades exclusive to b-glowing! Butter London's Disco Biscuit (tropical hot pink) and Hen Party (sheer opal) Lippys! Only $17!
It's difficult to see a facialist every month to get a professional deep and thorough cleanse, let alone expensive. Thanks to two of the industries leading experts in skincare, Clarisonic and Eve Lom, you can experience skin transformation in your own home and for an unbeatable price point. For only $149 you can purchase a white Clarisonic Mia 2 and Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser (50ml)! That's a $25 savings and a lifetime of savings when you think how much money we end up spending on products that claim results but in fact only empty our wallets.
For those who have been on the fence, think of this exclusive duo as an incentive to take charge of your skin. Whether your concern is fine lines, large pores or an oily T-zone, 60 seconds with a Clarisonic Mia2 will have you singing the praises of this multiple award winning, celebrity loved, hand held device that utilizes sonic technology to remove six times more makeup than manual cleansing!
Compliment your Clarisonic Mia 2 with a cleanser that was formulated to help skin get soft, dewy and radiant. Eve Lom's Morning Time Cleanser holds six key ingredients that work together to stimulate collagen production, encourage clear skin and keep skin glowing from the inside out!
Indulge you skin with this limited edition duo for only $149!
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Now is the perfect time to get your stocking stuffers organized for the holiday season. Value sets from some of our must have brands are trickling in that will save you money and give you the title of best gift giver ever. We have our eye some wining combinations from manicurist to the stars Deborah Lippmann:
HBO's True Blood is one of the biggest TV hits of the last few years thanks to vampires, fairies, and oh so sweet Sookie played by Anna Paquin. Deborah Lippmann has managed to capture Sookie's dual personalities in her Forsaken Sookie Sookie Nail Duet. For $30 you'll receive Human Nature (putty taupe) that represents her human half while Fairydust (fiery opal) symbolizes her fairy counterpart.
Also in store are Deborah Lippmann Lip & Nail Duets for $38. Embrace your sultry side with Love Notes Lip & Nail Duet with the Let's Do It lipstick in sexy pomegranate and then compliment it with My Old Flame, a nail lacquer in classic red. If seduction isn't your game then My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duet for a more everyday, natural look. I'm Every Woman is a lipstick in nude mauve while Naked (my personal favorite) is a gorgeous lacquer in bare beige.
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After playing with and seeing the amazing results of Talika's Skin ReTouch Face I can only image that their Skin ReTouch Eye is going to provide an instant photoshop finish too. Housed in sterile, medical style packaging with 7 doses, you'll notice an instant tightening effect that lasts eight hours. Marine collagen plumps up fine lines around the eye while siberian ginseng gives an instant flash lifting effect. Camouflage tired eyes with this amazing product!
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If you agonize over which beauty products to purchase for fear they're not going to hold up to their claims or just plain get stressed sifting through the aisles in your beauty store then once a year a beauty bible of sorts comes out to narrow down the best of the best. Allure magazine's 'Best of Beaty Awards' for 2012 just came out with beauty editors narrowing down their must have products per category. If the editors are going nuts for it, you can be pretty sure it's going to be a no fail purchase. One type of product that is always a little worrisome are self tanners. Nobody wants to be or orange or streaky so Allure selected some of their tried and tested favorites which happen to include St Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse and Self Tan Dark Bronzing Lotion. Both of these have been developed with advanced formulations that tailor to your individual skintone to give you the deepest natural jet set tan you've ever seen!
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More fantastic gift sets ideal for holiday gift giving have arrived and this time their courtesy of Butter London. Value packs allow you to get a bang for your buck and stress free decisions since any girl would be thrilled to get any of these trendy packs filled with some of Butter London's most popular lacquers and Lippys.
Tis the season for holiday parties and there's no better way to dress up your nails than with festive, sparkly nails. Butter London Lacquer Glitter each come with three curated seasonal favorites like Shambolic, Jack the Lad, Scuppered and Rosie Lee, Fairy Cake, and Black Knight. The glitter trios are a great way to try the new fall/winter range 2012 for a great price! If you're loved ones are lipstick lovers then compliment both with Butter London's Lips & Tips. Sets include a long wearing Lippy alongside it's matching lacquer counterpart for only $25! Our favorites are Chancer and Rosie Lee!
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Microdermabrasion has typically been administered in a professional environment until now. We're very excited to announce the arrival of PMD Personal Microderm to b-glowing! I've first hand experienced and witnessed the change microdermabrasion can bring to your overall skin tone and complexion. I had professional treatments done prior to my wedding and although I loved the results, it was quite expensive. The idea of being able to do the treatment in my own home is really exciting.
This hand held device uses aluminum oxide crystals and vacuum suction to smooth away dead skin cells and reveal the younger, glowing skin underneath. When using PMD Personal Microderm once every couple weeks you'll minimize the appearance fine lines, age spots, and hyper pigmentation. You'll also begin to notice that your skincare products absorb deeper into the skin now that there's less of a barrier. This is also the perfect way to control congestion and pimples during pregnancy since glycolic acids are a big no-no. For a one off price of $179 you can enjoy personal microdermabrasion treatment for years to come!Read More »