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Scentbird Perfume Subscription Review

Scentbird Perfume Subscription Review
I love a good monthly subscription box…and I’ve tried a lot! Birchbox, Ipsy and Glossy Box for beauty, Citrus Lane for babies and kids…all so much fun to get in the mail each month. It’s a great way to discover new brands you wouldn’t normally seek out.

I recently checked out Scentbird, who has taken a unique twist on the monthly subscription business model. With Scentbird, you get a 30 day sample of perfume each month. You get to choose which perfume (over 350 to choose from!) or you can take a survey to see if there is a new scent that you should try, based on your preferences.

Scentbird Perfume Subscription ReviewNot only is each month’s sample a generous size, but it comes in a fun, travel friendly holder you can use each month for your new scent. I'm the type of person who gets tired of the same scent over and over, so this service is nice to keep my perfumes up to date. After taking my first quiz, it was suggested that I try out Hanae Mori, which is a scent I have never heard of! I thought, what the heck, and selected it as my scent for the month - and I'm so happy I did! I love the scent. It's something I never would have tried if I just smelled at the perfume counter, but once it's on me, I'm love it. 

Interested? Sign up! It’s $44 for a 3 month package, $84 for a 6 month plan, and $164 for a year. Sign up today and receive 15% off your first your first month

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Giveaway Break - Jon Bon Jovi Unplugged for Him and Her

We've all sang 'Living on a Prayer' on the top of our lungs before, usually with a huge group of friends. Jon Bon Jovi hits, like 'Living on a Prayer' and 'Dead or Alive,' are classics. If you're a Jon Bon Jovi fan, you'll want to check out Avon's latest celebrity fragrance launch with him!

The new fragrance line, Unplugged, just launched for both him and her. Read more about their notes below...
Unplugged for Him is a woody floral musk is a rich blend of spicy pepper bourbon, seductive black dahlia and warm cashmere woods. Retails at $29
Unplugged for Her is inspired by the natural effortless sensuality of the muse, which draws in the most charismatic men, leaving them always wanting more. It's a floral oriental, sultry melange of sparkling saturated plum, rich black dahlia and creamy woods. Retail at $30


Want to try try out this rock star scent? Enter to win the set!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Thursday, December 13th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Giveaway Break - Faith Hill Fragrance

Any Faith Hill fans out there? Country Music's sweetheart has just released her newest single "American Heart." Along with being an award winning country music star, she's also a wife, mom and fragrance designer! She has successfully launched 3 different scents. Here's the rundown:

SOUL2SOUL Faith Hill
This is a romantic, elegant and fruity floral scent. It contains nots of Georgia White Peaches, grapefruits, cucumber and sensual sandalwood. The fragrance is captured in an elegant gold and pearl white bottle.

Faith by Faith Hill
Sparkling bouquet of crisp pear, pink peony, with middle notes of southern magnolia, jasmine and gardenia, with bottom notes of cashmere musk and vetiver. It's a very warm and feminine scent!

Faith Hill True
This scent compliments her first fragrance. It begins with top notes of citrus Japanese yuzu, followed by floral nots of gardenia, lily and sheer mimosa, ending with sandalwood and musk. 


Want to try one of these lovely scents? Enter to win a Faith Hill fragrance of your choice! You get to pick!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Monday, November 19th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Candie's Beauty Line at Kohl's

Candie's is launching their first beauty collection at Kohl's this week. I've always been a fan of Candie's clothing. Can't wait to check out their beauty products!

Line includes their signature scent, Candie's, Luscious and Candie's Coated scents. Also included are a line of lip glosses (yay!) and nail polish. Available at Kohl's and

Giveaway Break - Playboy VIP for Him & Her


Playboy Fragrances has released a new line, Playboy VIP for Him and Her. I LOVE trying out new his/her fragrances. I like when my hubby and I can wear matching scents (I know, cheesy!).

Playboy VIP for Her is full of floral and sparkling ingredients, with notes of a subtle musk and sandalwood. Something about it makes me think of sparkling champagne, which too me, screams 'VIP!' I normally don't like 'musk' scents but this one has a super fresh smell to it. 
Playboy VIP for Him has top notes of bergamot and accents of white chocolate and rich sandalwood. The sandalwood really stands out. This is a very sexy, manly scent.

Playboy VIP for Her retails at $17 and Playboy VIP for Him at $15.67. You can find Playboy VIP at drugstores nationwide. can try to win a set for you and your man!


Enter to Playboy VIP for both Him and Her!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for mymailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, November 4th. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Glowing by JLo

To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Glow, Coty brings you Glowing by JLo. It is a Floral Woody Amber that embodies the aura of Jennifer in her most flawless form: modern, sexy, wet skin and is inspired by her favorite candle. The bottle was inspired by the beauty and the lines of Baccarat crystal, when the atomizer is pressed, the bottle beautifully illuminates for 15 seconds. Literally, it's glows!

TOP:       Bergamot, Mandarin, Cypress
MID:       Orange Flower, Muguet des Bois, Cassia Flower
BASE:     Sandalwood, Amber Sultan, Vanilla, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cashmere Musk

2.5oz/75ml  $65.00

Roberto Cavalli Fragrance

The Roberto Cavalli has entered the fragrance world, partnering with Coty Prestige. 
The artistic line of the Roberto Cavalli bottle recalls the voluptuous curves of a sensual woman. Crowned by a tiara-shaped cap formed by Roberto Cavalli's golden seal, the bottle is adorned with a tiger-print necklace reminiscent of its creator’s emblematic animal prints.

Top notes: Pink Peppercorn
Mid notes: Orange Flower Absolute
Base notes: Roasted Tonka Beans
2.5 oz  $85.00

L'Eau de Chloé fragrance

The latest edition to the Chloe Fragrance collection - L'Eau de Chloe, will be on counters mid-february. The print campaign will feature the beautiful French model Camille Rowe-Pourcheresse, who also starred in the Chloe signature fragrance campaign this past Fall. Has anyone smelled this yet? 

Beauty Giveaway Break - JWOWW Fragrance Set

New Year, new scent! Start the New Year off feeling 'fresh to death' with Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley's NEW Fragrance, JWOWW. The flirty perfume has fruity top notes of citrus and pear that are lightweight and sweet. The midrange scents of rose petals and geranium blossom give the scent a feminine fragrance. In her gift set, you get the fragrance plus a body shimmer lotion that will give you glow. I'm surprised it's not self tanner!


Enter to win a new JWOWW Fragrance Set (both fragrance and body lotion)!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , follow me on Pinterest or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Friday, February 3rd. I will randomly select one winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Madonna is launching a fragrance

Madonna is launching a fragrance with Coty Prestige in April 2012. It's called Truth or Dare by Madonna.

It will be a unique blend of narcotic florals, balanced with addictive woods and vanilla. Can't wait to check it out!

DVF DIANE Fragrance

To help launch the new DVF fragrance, women wearing the classic wrap handed out DIANE scented ribbons in SoHo, Union Square, Times Square and the Meatpacking District. Then, the Wrap Rally participants converged on the flagship Bloomingdale’s location just prior to the event and created a wrap flash mob, which generated excitement about the momentous occasion. As they chanted, “DVF! DVF! Be the woman you want to be!” DVF herself joined in and everyone went wild.

DIANE is now available at Bloomingdales. I haven't tried it out yet...anyone get a sniff yet?

Vera Wang Preppy Princess

What do you think of when you hear the word 'preppy?' Popped collars? Frat boys? Polo shirts? Once you smell Vera Wang Preppy Princess fragrance, you will think of something else - flirty girls who are stylish and like to have fun!

Vera Wang Preppy Princess comes up in a fun pink bottle with a blue and white plaid design. The top has a crown and ring top, similar to Vera Wang Princess. The fragrance features impressions of tangerine, red apple and succulent crushed berries. The eclectic blend of honeysuckle and jasmine matches the scent's classic meets edgy style, while the scent of sensual woods and an unexpected kiss of coconut water make you feel like you are popular, invited to the inner circle.

The dominate smell of berries is why I like it so much. It's not musky at all, and it reminds me of a scent I wore in high school, fruity and light.

Zoe Kravitz holds court in the ad campaign and schools fans on what it truly means when downtown meets uptown and fashion-forward, confidence rules.

Eau de Toilette Spray
3.4 oz / 100 ml $75.00
1.7 oz / 50 ml $60.00
1.0 oz / 30 ml $45.00

Satiny Body Lotion
5.0 oz / 150 ml $35.00

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

Sheer Stella by Stella McCartney

Sheer Stella, a limited edition fragrance by Stella McCartney, is an exlusive scent infused with the sheer beauty of organic rose. Each year, Stella McCartney reinvents her namesake fragrance with lush new notes, creating a limited-edition take on her iconic rose scent. In keeping with her tradition, the designer introduces Sheer Stella, an organic rose version of the classic Stella fragrance developed exclusively for 2010.

The fresh fragrance is infused with organic rose grown in the mountains, giving Sheer Stella a light, natural appeal. Exclusive to Stella McCartney, an entire organic rose harvest was purchased to create the one-of-a-kind fragrance. Fresh, natural top notes of Green Apple, Frosted Lemon and Bulgarian Rose open a romantic heart of Celestial Rose, Rose Absolute, and Iranian Organic Rose, grounded by a base of warm, sensual Amber.

The limited-edition Sheer Stella bottle was designed by British artist Phillip Jones, an internationally renowned London-based painter who was most recently exhibited work in Madrid.

Beyonce Heat

Beyonce is following suit with other celebrities and has come out with a new fragrance, HEAT. It's a modern fragrance, with floral, fruity, woody notes, and features rare, sensual flowers and is feminine and irresistible.

Beyoncé will be kicking off the launch of her fragrance with two special events in NYC:

  • February 2nd: New Yorkers will catch the fever as Beyoncé turns up the heat in Union Square. To celebrate the launch of her debut fragrance the visionary artist is illuminating the central destination with fiery red light and smoky fog, infusing the winter landscape with a steamy, sexy aura that embodies Beyoncé’s unique appeal (Illumination from 6:00PM until Midnight).
  • February 3rd: Beyoncé will make a personal appearance at Macy’s Herald Square. The first customers to purchase the exclusive Beyoncé Heat 3-piece fragrance set will have the opportunity to meet and pose for a special picture with the multi-talented global icon!
Check out the video for the new launch!

Diesel Only the Brave for Men

Does your man need a new cologne? This is it. Diesel Only the Brave 'represents the qualities of the brave, symbolized by a fist that tells several stories: Facing forward, the fist evokes power and energy.' Not only the packaging unbelievably unique, but it smells so good.

My husband loves this cologne. It transfers great from day to night, and the bottle is a fun addition to his side of the vanity.

The limited Edition Eau de Toilette 2.5 oz is $65.00. You can find it at Macy's and Diesel Boutiques. Be one of the Brave.


There’s no beauty product that’s more powerful than perfume. One spritz, and the experience becomes highly personal: Suddenly, you’re overcome by memories of your grandmother’s rose garden, find the confidence to take a chance on love, or shake out a grumpy mood for a bright and cheerful one. Despite the economy, fragrance will always be an attainable luxury that suggests escape, says Kate Greene, vice president of marketing, Givaudan Fine Fragrance. Where will it take you next? Here’s a sneak peek at four fragrance trends, coming soon to a beauty counter near you.

LOOK TO THE PAST: With economic stress, expect to see a return to nostalgia. “We look to history to provide a glimpse into the future. We watch how the pendulum is swinging as a forecast. For example, during difficult times, consumers seek what is nostalgia and comfort; and most often gravitate towards classic florals. During the Great Depression, it was the big bold floral statement of Joy by Jean Patou that was popular, while Chloe was a top seller during the turmoil of the 70’s—both comforting, classic florals. There’s a sense that the demand turns to what’s familiar and safe,” says Greene. Recently, big floral perfumes have been bestsellers, in response to the current economic recession. In the next couple of months, be on the lookout for new perfumes dominated by floral notes that your mom and grandma loved, like rose and violet. “Those scents remind you of a simpler time, and that memory can be a great comfort when you’re stressed,” says Sue Phillips, owner and founder of Scenterprises Limited, a global fragrance consulting firm.

SPOT A BRIGHTER FUTURE: For 2010 launches, think bold, exciting and fantasy. “The perfumes coming down the pipeline are going to be vibrant, saturated, a collection of technicolor ingredients. As we move out of sobering times, the consumer will crave escape and color, and will be much more experimental. We’re all ready for some fun,” says Greene. Sophisticated, rich scents are also having a moment, edging out light citrus and watery florals, as the heart and soul of new perfumes. Look for warm, woody notes, like sandalwood, amber and resin that have heft and character. “These notes are natural, down to earth and last longer,” says Mary Ellen Lapsansky, vice president of The Fragrance Foundation. “Traditionally, strong woods have been associated with the men’s fragrances, but the lines between men and women’s fragrances have been blurring for some time now.”

BE YOUR OWN NOSE: Once reserved for only those-in-the know, personalized, custom fragrance is gaining popularity, thanks to newer, more accessible ways to get it. The $10,000 bespoke blend still exists, but customized perfume is happily now at a realistic price point, about the same that you’d pay for a bottle of fine fragrance from a niche perfumer. Look for custom fragrance bars at department and chain stores, where you can sample single notes. Another custom trend: Perfume parties that let you create your own formula with three or four harmonizing blends. A consultant guides you through the notes and accords, and you walk away with a true signature scent. “Women want something that reflects their individuality. Everyone is focusing on what’s the wisest way to spend their money now, and this is an affordable luxury that you can honestly call your own,” says Phillips, who also works with The Perfume Studio, a company that organizes custom fragrance parties and seminars. Designing your own fragrance is well worth the investment—you spend time getting to know what you like, experiment with different aromas, and leave with a memorable, transporting experience.

TELL A TALE: Perfume companies are realizing that it takes more than a whiff of the scent to get people interested. “Right now, story telling is especially relevant. People want to know how a fragrance is made and the work that has gone into it, as well as tap into its emotional connection. Fragrance sends a very personal and emotional message,” says Greene. And with more than 1000 perfume launches last year, a story is the advantage a new fragrance needs to stand out. “There’s a real quest for authenticity at the moment. When you know why the perfumer chose the notes and his inspiration, the whole experience draws you in and becomes more genuine,” says Celene Aguilar, director of US sales and marketing for L’Artisan Parfumeur. How to get the story told? Salespeople, of course, but companies are also experimenting with innovative new outlets, like social media, blogs, dvds and short films, that ultimately, leave a lasting, and fragrant impression.


Finding The Perfect Fragrance

Holidays are all about families and fragrance certainly fits right in. Here’s a guide that puts personality style together with the fragrance family to ensure the perfect fragrance gift.

First, know your nose! Perfumes are like musical compositions. The overture is the ‘top” note or the first impression when you try the scent on or open the bottle. The impact is immediate and sets up the next chorus of the fragrance which is the “middle note”. This is the very heart of the fragrance that stays with you longest before the final “base note” comes into play signaling the moment when the fragrance has truly developed to its fullest, lingering on the skin for many pleasurable hours.

Next, let’s talk fragrance like a pro. According to The Fragrance Foundation, who wrote the book on all things fragranced, perfumed and scented, fragrances are grouped into “families”. Florals, Orientals, Chypre (pronounced Sheep-ra), Woody, Fruity, Floriental, Citrus and Green are the most well-known. “It’s the magic and alchemy of the perfumer’s art to blend and mix the hundreds and thousands of ingredients that can make up an infinite variety of “scentsational” scents. Just like a composer does with music”, explains Rochelle Bloom, President of The Fragrance Foundation.

Now that you get the idea, here are some personality types that you might recognize on your holiday gift list and the fragrance “family” ingredients that would appeal to them:

For Her

Sporty Look for a fragrance that is light and sparkly. Citrus and green. The crystal-clean fresh tang of such fascinating ingredients as lemon, orange and lime. The zest and energy of freshly cut grass and dewy-green leaves.
Classic Think Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel. Often single florals like rose or gardenia, sometimes balanced by a variety of contrasting, sophisticated notes from the perfumer’s palette.
Fashionista A cutting edge Italian designer. A little black number from Paris or a style maven from the US? The fashion designer today uses individualist notes that range from sophisticated and mysterious to spicy and oriental. Get their style through a signature scent.
Romantic Chypre and Floral Orientals work their magic. Often an uninhibited blend of exotic flowers, herbs and spices.

For Him
Athletic Citrus. Fresh and Brisk. Clean and simple.
Earthy Fougere forest notes from oak moss, resin and geranium oil.
Dynamic Smoky, pungent,masculine leather notes. November 2009

Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies

Have you smelled the new Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies scents? There are 5 scents: Love, G, Baby, Music, and Lil Angel. So far, Love is my favorite. It's amazing. It's sweet and softly scented. It's creamy vanilla orchid base comes through in this scent and totally makes it my favorite.

The packaging for these scents are collection worthy. Little Harajuku dolls top each one. It's almost like decor for your bathroom vanity.

The Snow Bunnies's also recently got a new home. It's a snowy winter wonderland featuring new Uki Games, where you can compete for Kawaii prizes! This site is very well done: interactive and super playful. Follow @HarajukuLover_G for insider tips and prizes.

Fragrance Break - Kenzo Indian Holi

PowerPoint Presentation

After spending almost 2 months in India, I was instantly drawn to KenzoAmour EDP Indian Holi fragrance. This scent has been out for awhile, since Spring 2008, but I just had the chance to try it. I'm not sure if it's the actual musky floral scent of this perfume that reminds me of India, or just the fact that it's called Indian Holi and the color and design of the bottle screams 'India.'

A Little Background about Holi

Holi is the festival of colors celebrated all over Northern India heralds the end of the winterand the beginning of the spring,and marks the rekindling of the spirit of life. It is a festival of love and laughter when all is forgiven and it is a time to break free. People of young and old gather before the night of the full moon in the month of March and let loose mists of vibrant colorsas a testament to the joy of Spring. Kenzo traveled through India in March and was inspired by the exuberance of Holi to create its first limited edition of Kenzo Amour.

The Fragrance

A musky floral that evokes celebration Indian Holihas its head in the clouds, with rice steam, frankincenseand whispers of cherry blossom. It breaks into a heart of natural

rose essencebalanced by the freshness of pink pepper, and smoothed by

petals of peonyand frangipani.At the base, it lingers over a musky, sandalwood bed, gently spiced with vanilla.

The Bottle

Designed by KarimRashid, the original “bird in flight” bottle now bears splashes of red and pink celebrating the spirit of Indian Holi. Laced in gold is the heart-felt cry of “it’s Holi.”