Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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Tom Ford, Open Bouquet | Cafe Rose

CAFE ROSE Tom Ford Tom Ford, Open Bouquet | Cafe Rose
Iconic American fashion designer Tom Ford knows a thing or two about smelling good. It’s rumored that he enjoys bathing, quite often; some say even up to four times a day. Thus when a bottle of his Cafe Rose Eau de Parfum (1.7 oz, $215) recently fell into my lap (gifted) I was intrigued and pleasantly engaged. On one part questioning does Ford bath in parfum, and on the other enticed as I’m quite fond of anything that contains elements of rose. Café Rose is part of a series of four fragrances’ comprised in Jardin Noir, which are said to represent the ‘darker’ and more ‘thrilling’ side of the flowers: hyacinth, rose, lily and narcissus. Essentially three precious rose essences ballet with striking spices and coffee to make up the aromas of Café Rose. The notes unravel with saffron, black pepper and Rose de Mai at the top, and continue with middle notes of Turkish rose oil and Bulgarian rose and then finish with base notes of incense, resin, amber, sandalwood and patchouli.

Exploring the opening bouquet invites the olfactory sense into a light fresh and sugary rose smell that moves toward a large dose of white musk and smoky incense. The white musk is rather substantial initially, yet decreases over time where tiny elements of coffee and incense emerge. Overall this is not too rich of a composition; it’s well-blended, even and not overly sweet-smelling. The projection is long-lasting; I smelled remains of it the subsequent morning. Since a fragrance is reasonably one on one with your body chemistry and with any of the five senses individual recollections arrive; it is relevant to sample Cafe Rose. Perhaps one of the four Jardin Noir blooms will conjure up an individual aroma personally to suit your style.

Bonus buy: unique to Tom Ford parfum this scent is unisex; it is just ‘another’ something special to share with your lover.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Tweet this Giveaway |@KloraneUSA Dry Shampoo

Screen Shot 2014 10 15 at 6.25.24 PM Tweet this Giveaway |@KloraneUSA Dry ShampooEver wake up too late for school or work and rush out the door with dirty hair? Klorane has the solution for freshening up your locks last minute. It’s perfect for a busy lifestyle!

The gentle dry shampoo with oat milk is available in a travel-friendly size making cleansing and volumizing between regular shampoos even more convenient. Simply shake, spray and brush — hair is left clean, soft and full of volume with a light, refreshing scent. A cult favorite among celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Rashida Jones and legendary Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, it is also the go-to dry shampoo for celebrity hairstylists Rob Talty and Tony Chavez. This easy-to-use product is available in the travel-friendly 1.06 ounce bottle, a 3.2 ounce size and a 1.7 ounce non-aerosol, eco-friendly bottle.

Klorane is giving away a bottle of this beauty to a lucky POSHGLAM Reader. All you have to do is Tweet this Giveaway @POSHGLAM on twitter and follow the steps below:

1) Tweet the Giveaway Post, and tag @POSHGLAM on Twitter
2) Snap a #Selfie on your phone and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the #POSHGLAM Hashtag
3) Send the Instagram or Twitter url to: Kimberly@POSHGLAM.com via email with “Klorane Giveaway” in the Subject

Deadline: October 29th, 2014. Good luck!

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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NARCISO: sensuality in a bottle

NARCISO EDP 2014 90 with pack CMYK A4 300dpi 785x523 NARCISO: sensuality in a bottle
As an admirer of the American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, I’m all ears when something fresh is buzzing via the press waves. His perfume, Narciso Rodriguez for her, is a fave of mine. For nearly ten years people often stop me on the street and ask, “What’s that fragrance,” clearly it’s evolved into my signature scent. With the debut of, NARCISO, a musky warm and sensual parfum, I am swooning, could it be his latest hit has caught my attention? Per the designer this fourth parfum concept is a shout out to Rodriguez’s namesake, “Narciso is such an uncommon name and one can’t help but think of the Greek myth of Narcissus.” Rodriguez hit the jackpot with NARCISO, the woody notes of vetiver united with gardenia and Bulgarian rose truly encapsulate womanliness. To its counterpart, Narciso Rodriguez for her, I admit the rose is a tad delicate and lighter on the nose. Is it premature to say I’m cheating on my unique scent? I confess I’ve begun layering the two, and the response from passersby is amazingly affirmative.

Ad wise Rodriguez left no stones unturned by using the Brazilian top model, Raquel Zimmermann, as the seductress who conveys this effortless glamour—she’s definitely not sore on the eyes. Playing part to the Narciso Rodriguez woman, Zimmermann characterizes joie de vivre and splendor. She mirrors images of the new-fangled container design that embodies this idea of romance and femaleness. “The stone-white color of the bottle was matched to a stone I found on the shore in Cypress on a visit to Aphrodite’s birthplace,” commented Rodriguez.

Thank you Mr. Rodriguez for making me feel like a lady each and every day. Is it valid to say I’m turning into the Narciso Queen?  Perhaps it’s a ménage à trois of the two, Narciso Rodriguez for her and NARCISO, sharing me to fashion my personal aroma.

Go ahead a see what’s in store for you. The NARCISO product range includes: eau de parfum spray (two sizes: $112/$95), scented body lotion ($54) and a musc oil parfum ($155), all sold exclusively at Bloomingdales.

– A sample was provided

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

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SK-II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

brightening derm moisturizer SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall As a stay at home mom to a toddler boy plenty of life changes have transpired in my life since his birth. One in particular is my overall daily skin care regime. After three years of trying to combat the melasma that’s engulfed my forehead I’ve reduced my facial routine to monthly laser zappings and a wash of soap and water. Recently I met a mom in the park who had immaculate skin; she was glowing from head to toe. I asked her about her beauty secret, and she proclaimed, ‘Pitera’, an ingredient found in Saki. I said what is that? She gave me a sales pitch on SK-II, this infamous line created in Japan (the one youngling Kate Bosworth is the spokes model for). It’s supposedly annihilates Revive and La Mer. As a devotee of the aforementioned goods I decided to give SK-II a shot.

Days later I happen upon a beauty seat at Saks Fifth Avenue where I meet SK-II’s Brand Ambassador Cecilia Ho who schools me on this supersonic saki-in-a-bottle product. “Scientists deduced the key must lie in the fermentation liquid that the brewers’ hands were in during the sake fermentation process at the SK-II labs,” she states. Essentially their skin was flawless after hours of soaking in the rice water. Research was conducted using 350 strains of yeast and according to Ho a unique yeast strain that held the secret to impeccable skin was found; thus the launch of SK-II’s Pitera™ is full of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime.

As a novice to the line Ho recommends the Facial Treatment Essence, which contains a base of over 90 percent Pitera. It gently fixes lines and wrinkles and the overall skin surface renewal process. To loosen up the dead skin cells in order to work on highly pigmented areas the Brightening Derm Specialist is another high-quality starter. Ho claims this serum is a go-to for lessening brown spots and intense discoloration. And the final item to incorporate into the SK-II regime is the Facial Clear Lotion, which contains AHA to exfoliate dead skin cells. Ho adds, “Our SK-II philosophy is really to hydrate, and you can never go wrong with too much hydration.”

For anti-aging products Ho steers me towards the Signs Eye Mask which is packed with a punch of hydration and the Facial Treatment Mask, “It’ll deliver a powerful kick of concentrated Pitera within just one use,” exclaims Ho. The eye mask works to reduce crow’s feet and the intense dryness around the eye area. And just as Ho claimed the mask visibly reduced the look of fine lines and dullness in my skin and I felt revived and fresh within minutes.

After several weeks using SK-II am I sold? I would say I am quite satisfied, perhaps its beginners luck … stay tuned for a 6 week update.

– Leah Jayasanker

SK IISigns Eye Mask SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

facial treatment clear lotion SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

 

facial treatment essence SK II : A Perfect Pick for Fall

 

*Samples of products were provided.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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Pin It! D.I.Y. Tight Tummies with @NipandFab

Pin it POSHGLAM Tight Tummies Pin It! D.I.Y. Tight Tummies with @NipandFab
PinExt Pin It! D.I.Y. Tight Tummies with @NipandFab

Summertime is here, meaning it’s time to start working on that tummy, follow this fun infographic guide to slimming the mid-section this season.

Carbs: Carbs cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, could cause your energy levels to spike and plummet, disrupting your sleep in the process. Avoid cake, cookies and other desserts as well as carby snacks like crackers or white bread and munch on an apple instead.

Salt: Avoid too much salt in the diet. Salt lies hidden in canned foods, baked foods, cured meats and how can we forget, potato wafers. Salt can draw water from the body and thereby give you the sluggish, flabby look.

Sugar Substitutes: A few of the sugar substitutes such as xylitol, maltitol are found in low sugar or sugar free products. These do not add to the calories but if taken in excess can cause gas.

 

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