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Introducing M. Micallef Ananda Dolce

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Ananda Dolce translated from Sanskrit as ‘bliss’, and it lives up to its name. Unfortunately my sample opened during mailing so when I opened the package it smelled amazing but there was only a bit of fragrance left. I thought the satchel smelled great but once I tried the fragrance it smelled even more amazing on.

Top notes of almond, peach and almond leaves, mid notes of almond blossom and and white flowers. And finally a base of amber, tonka bean and musk.  This is Parisian perfection sweet, fruity and floral and yet still extremely elegant.

When I first apply its very sweet, sunshine and candy sweet. But this is not a teen girl fragrance its a sweet floral all grown up. The drydown brings in the amber and tonka bean which leaves me with a creamy, peachy warm  dream of a scent. And this fragrance wears all day, truly amazing how great it still smells at the end of the day.

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Discover the M.Micallef new Perfume- Ananda Dolce
Perfums M.Micallef, renowned for their authentic Fragrances made in the French tradition of crafts and luxury, are launching the new fragrance ANANDA DOLCE, the second in the collection ANANDA, and it appears to be the most delicate.

The M.Micallef Company gives priority to high quality and natural ingredients in its fragrances and magnifies each bottle in its art atelier. For 2015, Martine Micallef wished to honor the sweetness of a wintry essence.

ANANDA DOLCE is a soft and sweet fragrance, enhanced by flowery notes of almond and peach. As a sweet winter kiss, its essence suave and soft will transport you in Provence, a sunny and colorful land. ANANDA DOLCE, contained in a delicate creation signed by Martine Micallef, is dressed with sensuality and finds its final touch in Swarovski crystals confirming the signature and the Artisan Know How of the Ateliers M.Micallef. Close your eyes… Listen to the nature and enjoy a pure relaxing moment of plenitude.

About Parfums M.Micallef: Created in 1996 by Martine Micallef, a passionate painter, and Geoffrey Nejman, financial consultant, the M. Micallef brand was created from their love story and their desire to design luxury handcrafts combining art and perfume. The M .Micallef perfumes are nowadays available with 900 retailers spread over 60 countries. The perfume house M. Micallef has a very controlled distribution and is highly selective in the choice of luxury perfumeries. This has led its signature to become renowned worldwide.

Learn more and purchase at www.mmicallef.com/shop

 

Disclosure: Press sample was sent for potential review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

Sophia Bush Reveals Her Top Beauty Tips

Sophia is so stinking adorable! Like Sophia I am hooked on my Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. I love how well it cleans and whitens my teeth with each use. Check out Sophia’s tips for looking good on the go.

Whether traveling the world with her friends or doing stunts on her hit show Chicago PD, actress, foodie and activist Sophia Bush has had countless indescribable experiences, and she knows how important it is to live in the moment and feel confident in everything you do. Sophia has partnered with Philips Sonicare and Philips Zoom, the start to any incredible, confidence-boosting beauty routine, to share those experiences and her beauty tips for this summer and beyond. Here’s a sneak peek into are some of the tips she swears by:

  •  Day to night in 1, 2, 3: “I love to keep a bold lip color and dark brown or black liquid eyeliner in my purse. It makes transitioning from day to night as simple as adding a swipe of lipstick and a quick winged liner. I’ll throw my hair up in a bun, and I’m done.”
  • Your smile is your secret beauty weapon: “A healthy smile is so important. I pride myself on being an enthusiastic and inviting person, and there’s no better way to make people feel welcome than with a big smile. It’s the first thing you see when you meet someone, so I visit my dentist to whiten my teeth with Philips Zoom and maintain using my Philips Sonicare DiamondClean power toothbrush!”
  • Make a bucket list and stick to it: “Traveling Patagonia with my best friend was one of the most indescribable experiences of my life. Visiting Patagonia always been on my bucket list and being there was truly incredible – we just reveled in awe the whole time.”

 

You can learn more about Philips products and purchase online a www.usa.philips.com.

Introducing La Nuit Trésor by Lancôme

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Introducing La Nuit Trésor by Lancôme

An Iconic Heritage
Twenty five years ago, Lancôme introduced Trésor, a beloved fragrance inspired by the enduring power of love. Translated as “treasure,” Trésor was created to embody life’s most precious moments. Grounded in the rose, the enduring symbol of love, beauty, and femininity, this unmistakable floral experience has become a priceless member of the maison Lancôme.
Over the years, the Trésor fragrance family evolved with new additions—Trésor Midnight Rose, Trésor in Love, and most recently, Trésor Lumineuse. Now, in honor of the scent’s quarter century anniversary, celebrated perfumers Amandine Marie and Christophe Raynaud have re-imagined the legendary fragrance as a modern aphrodisiac, to envelop wearers in the sensual, addictive mystique of night.

The New Story
Starting with a crystalline rose—the essence of Trésor—Marie and Raynaud envisioned a new 21st century love potion. Adding a heady dose of luxurious vanilla leather, they created the world’s first gourmand aphrodisiac. The result, like love itself, is an addictive universal experience designed for women of all ages. With a 24-hour hold, designed for the most sublime diffusion, La Nuit Trésor can be worn from day into night.

Inspired by the original Trésor, new La Nuit Trésor captures the essence of a black crystal rose swathed in black vanilla. A mysterious adornment whose power grows petal by petal, its creators treated the rose like a diamond set in a case of wild vanilla leather. Like a gem, they refined each of the flower’s fragrance facets to create sparkling contrasts and bright edges, elevating the composition to set smooth sensual notes against sharp green facets reminiscent of a rose’s thorns.

The Notes
In this all new interpretation of the enduring beauty of Trésor, La Nuit Trésor takes the classically recognizable composition and gives it a unique new signature. Irresistible and precious, this enticingly sensual scent represents a delicious yet refined masterpiece of mouth-watering desire.
Rose Oxide: The queen of flowers and symbol of absolute love, the rose beats at the heart of every Trésor creation. This newest composition is full of glittering vibrancy reminiscent of a starry night sky.
Vanilla Tahitensis Orchid: Perfumery’s own black gold. Prized as the most luxurious of all vanillas, this bewitching, noble ingredient brings the reinvented classic scent into the heady realm of night.
Praline: Intensified to perfumery’s highest dose, this addictive element creates mouth-watering gourmand appeal.
Natural Incense: Often used in the most luxurious niche perfumes, this sensual note creates a halo of mystery to add to the intoxicating nigh-time effect.
Lychee Accord: Perfectly blended to deliver an effusively luminous, refreshingly zesty note.
Chypre Blend: Created from Papyrus—a little known ingredient that evokes the Trésor original classic leather facet—alongside Patchouli to deliver a refined, modern, new signature element.
Sandalwood Accord: A vibrant wooded accord articulated with musk and rich, modern wood notes like derambren, cedramber, and boisambrene.

 

Availability
La Nuit Trésor Eau De Parfum, Available exclusively at Dillard’s and on Lancôme-usa.com, 1 oz. ($62), 1.7 oz. ($80), 2.5 oz. ($100)
Le Nuit Trésor Body Lotion, Available exclusively at Dillard’s and on Lancôme-usa.com, 6.7 oz. ($46)
Le Nuit Trésor Shower Gel, Available exclusively at Dillard’s and on Lancôme-usa.com, 6.7 oz ($46)


Get The Look: Met Gala 2015 Hairstyles with T3

Cassie Ventura – The Look A Modern Twist on A Classic Pony
1.Beginning with damp hair, Roddried the hair using the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer ensuring the roots of the hair were completely dry and smooth.
2.Next, he pulled the entire head into a high ponytail and securedit with a bungee elastic band,wrappinga piece of hair around the hair tie to hide it.
3.Once secured, Rod generously back-combed underneath the start of the ponytail to create fullness.
4.Holding the ponytail high in the air, he then brushed the back of it and used the T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron to create a slight bend in the ponytail.
5.Then, Rodbrushed through the curls in the ponytail and used a small amount of ReneFurterer Styling VegetalFinishing Spray before starting the braid.
6.Once complete, he then pinched and pinned the hair at the nape of the neck and proceeded to braid until the end of the ponytail securing with an elastic.
7.Rod finished the look with the Rene Furterer Wax Finish at the hairline and nape of the neck.

Tools used:T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer, T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron, ReneFurterer Styling VegetalFinishing Spray, ReneFurtererStyling Wax Finish

Kate Beckinsdale – The Look Classic Hollywood Waves with an Edge
1.Starting with damp hair, Creighton used the T3 Featherweight Luxe2i Dryer and a blowout spray to rough dry the hair1.Expert tip: If you have straight to wavy hair, and want your curls to last through the night, rough dry it instead of blowing out with round brush. This will ensure the cuticle stays intact, and the curlswill last longer!
2.Creating a deep side part, Creighton sectioned the hair into 4 parts. Starting with hair at the back/bottom of the head, Creighton took 1’’ horizontal sections and curled using the T3 BodyWaver1.75”Styling Iron all in the same direction. After each curl, he pinned with a bobby pin to hold in place.
3.Next, moving to the front/top sections, Creighton curled 1” horizontal sections with the T3 SinglePassTwirl1.25” curling ironall in the same direction,continuing to pin the curls as he went.
4.Once her hair was set, he took pins out and spritzed whole head with brushable hairspray and lightly brushed out with T3 Paddle Brush.
5.Next, Creighton brushed back oneside of the hair and smoothed and secured with bobby pins.
6.To keep waves in place while her makeup was being finished, Creighton placed aluminum clips horizontally, going along with the waves. 1.Expert tip: Aluminum clips are best for these purposes because they won’t create marks in the hair.
7.To finish, Creighton sprayed whole head with hairspray andremoved pins.

Tools used:T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer, T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron, T3SinglePass Twirl, T3 Paddle Brush

 

 

Keri Russel: Sleek, Chic, Soft, Romantic
1.Prior to styling the hair, Brian used a small amount of Brazilian Blowout Acai Daily Smoothing Serum to ensure the naturally curly hair remained smooth, sleek and frizz-free.
2.Next, beginning with damp hair, he dried the hair in 2” sections using the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer and set the entire head in T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers.
3.Once he removed the cooled hot rollers, Brian then used the T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron to add additional curl around the head and to create a more finished look.
4.To relax the curls, he then brushed through the hair.
5.For a modern, youthful look, he incorporated a small amount of Brazilian Blowout Acai Restorative Sculpt & Define Polish and pulled the hair back into an imperfect bun, leaving some pieces out in the front to create a long, sexy, swooping bang that can be left out or tucked behind the ear.
6.To finish, Brian spritzed the hair with Brazilian Blowout Acai Shine & Shield Shine Spray.

Tools used:T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer, T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron, T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers, Brazilian Blowout Acai Daily Smoothing Serum, Brazilian Blowout Acai Restorative Sculpt & Define Polish, Brazilian Blowout Acai Shine & Shield Shine Spray

 

You can pickup T3 tools to create these looks at home online at www.t3micro.com.