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Fragrance Friday: Greg Lauren for Barneys New York

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I’m back again with another Fragrance Friday post featuring yet another niche fragrance, Greg Lauren for Barneys New York.

Before I get into what I think of the fragrance, Greg Lauren for Barneys New York, I must address my first thoughts upon seeing the bottle.  Unique to say the least, the bottle, definitely represents the artistic side of artist and actor, Greg Lauren.  Oh, and he’s also the nephew of designer, Ralph Lauren.

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But the bottle. Yes, the bottle, which is olive green, and is topped with a distressed, metallic cap, and adorned with a distressed clothe label that’s attached by masking tape on which Greg Lauren’s name is handwritten in black permanent marker. The bottle itself is splattered with what looks like black paint.  It’s definitely unlike any other perfume bottle I have sitting on my vanity; however, the bottle doesn’t describe the delicateness of the scent.

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Greg Lauren for Barneys New York on my vanity

 

To create Greg Lauren for Barneys New York, Lauren paired with Master Perfumer, Ralf Schweiger to create this unusual vanilla-centered fragrance. I say unusual because I don’t ever recall wearing or smelling a vanilla fragrance that combined vanilla with marine notes.

Initially, Greg Lauren for Barneys New York comes off as unimpressive since the sea salt notes don’t come into play until after hours of wear, which linger on for a few hours, and then settles back to a softer vanilla. However, the transformation it takes from creamy vanilla, to sea salt, and back to a more subtle, less sweet vanilla makes it intriguing, and sensual. My husband absolutely loves Greg Lauren for Barneys New York on me.

Greg Lauren for Barneys New York also has some serious staying power. Those days when I’ve been too tired, and just fall asleep, I can wake up and still smell it on my skin.

Greg Lauren for Barneys New York Bottle satchel

Check out Greg Lauren for Barneys New York if you’re looking for a beautifully balanced, vanilla fragrance that encompasses a  surprise element: sea salt. It’s light, and fragile, which makes it perfect for any occasion, but, I prefer to wear it on the weekends, which are my casual days.  Although it’s marketed as a unisex fragrance, I wouldn’t pick it up for a male.  Also, Greg Lauren personally designed and signed the bottles himself [watch video], which is why each bottle is different; some have black paint and some have white.

The limited edition Greg Lauren for Barneys New York fragrance is available exclusively at Barneys New York or Barneys.com for $195/100ml.

Fragrance Friday: Odin New York 09 Posala – The Perfect Winter Fragrance

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I have a weakness for a good fragrance, and for some reason, my fragrance choices always err on the expensive side like the newest addition to my fragrance collection: Odin New York 09 Posala.  Released over two years ago, I must admit, the niche fragrance line was not on my radar. Thankfully, my husband and I both share the same affinity for luxury fragrances, and he also has my scent preference down pact. He made an excellent choice in  picking up for me Odin New York 09 Posala.

Posala, which means “Farewell to spring flowers” in Native American describes this fragrance perfectly.  Although I began wearing the Odin New York 09 Posala at the start of winter, I can see smell how it makes for the perfect transitional scent from late spring into fall. Posala has top notes of pear blossom and peach, that transform into a warmer, spicier and much deeper scent mid-wear thanks to the bourbon and tobacco notes. Posala then settles at a soft, yet slightly sweet amber. For some reason, mixed with my chemistry I do not get any of the floral components of Posala, which doesn’t bother me.

Odin New York 09 Posala, I’m happy to report is long wearing.  I get over 12 hours of wear after spraying it on in the morning.  By the time my husband picks me up from the rail, which is close to 7 p.m., my husband can still smell Posala.  The sillage (pronounced seeyaz) is good; you cannot smell me from one mile away, but, get a hint of subtle sexiness as I pass.  Perfumes, I believe should modestly announce your presence, and not scream it.  Thankfully, Posala does the former.

ODIN New York 09 Posala
I’ll talk about the packaging for a little bit.  It’s simple. Scratch that, it’s sophisticated.  I love the all black everything packaging from the box, to the bottle.  It makes Odin New York 09 Posala seem mysterious and sensual.

Odin New York 09 Posala, like most Odin fragrances, is a unisex scent, and I can definitely see it being worn by a man, especially due to the tobacco and bourbon vanilla notes.  I also believe Posala is the perfect, sophisticated fragrance for a woman in her late 20’s and early 30’s that are into sexy, warm scents for the colder months

Odin New York 09 Posala  ($165/ 100ml) is available exclusively at Barney’s New York.

About Odin New York

New York based men’s clothing retailer, Odin New York, founded by Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi in 2004, launched their fragrance line in 2009. These fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Kevin Verspoor, Pierre Constantin Gueros, Jean-Claude Delville, Corinne Cachen and Philippe Romano.

 

 

 

 

Teadora Nourishing Body Polish: Rain forest at Dusk & Rainforest at Dawn Review

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One of the perks of being a beauty blogger is being able to try new brands and products, and then introduce them to our readers. Take for instance Teadora Beauty, which a natural and organic beauty line featuring body, skin, and hair products that are available in two scents:  Rainforest at Dawn and Rainforest at Dusk.  For the last month I’ve been incorporating the Teadora Nourishing Body Polish into my body care routine, alternating between their two scents.

Who is Teadora Beauty?

How sweet! “Teadora” in Portugese means adores you.  Did you know that?  I didn’t either! That goes to show that there’s always a lesson in beauty.  Teadora Beauty uses both natural and organic ingredients found in the Amazon rainforest. According to Teadora’s website, they state, “Our products let you experience the bounty and magic of the Amazon – while helping to improve the lives of the communities where we live and do business.”

My Thoughts on the Teadora Nourishing Body Polish

Normally, I go for the more “scrubby” kinds of body scrubs, but, the Teadora Beauty Nourishing Body Polish, which uses Açaí Seeds, is not at all scrubby.  Don’t get me wrong here, I don’t say that to discredit the effectiveness of the body polish because after using it, my skin is left soft, smooth, and all glowy.  And usually after showering, I’d slather on lotion; however, after using the Teadora Nourishing Body Polish, I realized that I don’t have to.  I’m giving credit to Teadora’s Hydration Elixir, which is a combination of five oils: Buriti, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed, and Maracujá oils, which leaves my skin super hydrated.

Buriti contains the highest concentration of natural vitamin A among fruits and vegetables.  It is also rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C and antioxidants and has been used for generations as natural protection against UV rays. Its amazing anti-inflammatory properties also help to promote skin healing.  Maracuja Oil (Passion Fruit) is known for it’s skin brightening, moisturizing, and healing properties.  Brazil Nut Oil, is a great moisturizer with healing properties for the skin, hair and face.

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I already talked about the texture of the polish.  It’s smooth, not too grainy/scrubby, which makes it perfect for people who are sensitive to more coarse scrubs.  I also noticed that the Teadora Nourishing Body Polish lathers/foams just a tad, too.  I wonder if anyone else noticed that?

You’re probably wondering about the scent?

 

Teadora Nourishing Body Polish Rainforest at Dusk
During the day, I use Rainforest at Dusk, which reminds me of a walk through the woods during spring when the all of the flowers are in bloom.  It’s a nice light scent, and I like that whatever fragrance I’m wearing for the day doesn’t have to compete with it.  The Teadora Nourishing Body Polish Rainforest at Dusk  scent smells exceptional during the shower, but, the scent doesn’t linger long afterward, which could be a plus or negative aspect of it depending on who you ask, but I don’t mind that it doesn’t linger.

Teadora Nourishing Body Polish Rainforest at Dawn
 

The Teadora Nourishing Body Polish Rainforest at Dawn scent is what I use at night.  To me, this was a strong herbal scent.  It seemed more like a masculine scent, which is what I usually prefer in most of my fragrances anyway.  Using the Rainforest at Dawn body polish at night seemed to help me relax after a long day.  I like how the scent of this one, although light, lingers on my skin for a good hour or so after using it.  I go to bed smelling nice and yummy, and I’m also relaxed.

Overall, I’m impressed with the performance of the Teadora Nourishing Body Polish.  For a fine-textured body scrub, it definitely does the work of other, more scrubby scrubs I’ve used, and with less product.  Plus, the two scents that it comes available in are awesome if you’re into earthy and herbal fragrances.

Teadora Nourishing Body Polishes retail for $34.00/ 6 oz ($10/ 1.5 oz).  It sounds like  a lot of money, but, Teadora uses funds made from purchases to help stop rainforest deforestation.  Your purchase also helps to fund a philanthropy exchange between the US and Brazil that promotes youth education, leadership development, and health, which Teadora calls, ‘EARTH FOR YOU. YOU FOR EARTH.’

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Have you tried the Teadora Nourishing Body Polish?

What do you think?

tarte Parisian-Inspired Holiday 2014 Collection: Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set

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tarte cosmetics has done it again with their holiday sets.  This year, they released a limited edition Parisian-inspired Holiday 2014 Collection that featured beauty sets that aligned with what most people do during the holiday season – travel.  The beauty sets featured in this holiday collection are not only travel-friendly, they also come ready for gifting due to their beautiful packaging.  This means you’re spending less time wrapping and packaging gifts.

tarte provided me with one of the nine sets available in their holiday collection, the Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set ($48). It was an Ulta exclusive set that included an array of beauty items perfect for creating multiple beauty looks on-the-go.

The tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set includes the following:

  • 16 full size, French-inspired Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows (0.07 oz. each)
  • 4 full size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes: Irresistible (soft melon), Envisioned (sheer coral), Limitless (peach rose), Intrigue (rose petal) (0.158 oz. each)
  • 3 deluxe Maracuja Lip Glosses: Paris (raspberry), Cannes (light pink), Nice (nude mauve) (0.06 fl. oz. each)
  • Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Portable collector’s compact (0.14 oz.)

I like that the set includes one of my favorite mascaras, the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. This one is portable, and small enough to fit in your purse without taking up too much room.

The three Maracuja Lipglosses are beautiful, too. The colors, Paris, Cannes, and Nice, are named after popular Parisian cities that I hope to one day visit. Int he meantime, I guess I’ll have to settle with these glosses. They’re beautiful neutral shades that compliment any skintone.

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Although the set included four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes, only one was suitable for my complexion, which was ‘Intrigue’.  The other shades included in the tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set , although pretty, were too light, and appeared chalky, at least against my complexion.

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There were a few shadows in the set that also gave off a chalky appearance against my complexion, and had were patchy when applied, which you can see from the swatches.  Most of the eyeshadows exhibiting this property were the lighter matte shades with a few of the darker matte shades following suit.  My favorite shades, which I used to create the look you see in this post were: ‘Navigating the Metro’, ‘Midnight Stroll’, and ‘Liaison at the Louvre’.  I love deep purple tones, and these looked great used together to create a smoky eye.  I also liked ‘Marvel at the Mona Lisa’ for blending.

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Let us not forget about the beautiful, quilted pattern, Tiffany Blue travel case with pearl-like accents. This is a cool feature since it allows you to pop in any one of the four palettes to tote along with you while you’re on the go.  The compact also includes a mirror. Score!  I don’t know about you, but, applying makeup on-the-go, unless it’s lip gloss is a ‘fail’ situation.

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Even though there were some items in the tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set that didn’t quite work out well for me, I do think it was a pretty decent set for someone with a more fair complexion.  Plus, for $48, it was a great value.

Although, this set is currently sold out at Ulta, you can stop by tartecosmetics.com to check out all of their other amazing products like their mascara, brow products, and other best-selling items.

Tell me, what do you think about the tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set? Is it something you would gift or would like to receive as a gift?

Disclosure: Product provided by PR for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.