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Favorite Find Friday: Ralph Lauren Romance Fragrance

Written on February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am , by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was younger, I changed my perfume after every breakup (such a teenage-angsty thing to do—I know). There was just something about a fragrance that was so closely tied to the memories of the relationship, that after it ended, I wanted a fresh start. And a fresh scent. But since I’ve been very happily attached for the past six years (!), I’ve had to come up with a new smell strategy. It was around the time when my guy and I first started dating that I began crushing on Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum ($68, ralphlauren.com). Described as a fragrance that “captures the timeless essence of falling in love,” it seemed like the perfect match for the start of a budding romance. I loved the sensual florals, like white violet and sun goddess rose that created seductive chemistry when combined with the musk of exotic woods. As time went on, I fell more and more in love with my beau and my perfume. But the winter melted into spring and I needed to switch things up (in the fragrance department, not the BF one!) so I swapped in the summer edition—Ralph Lauren Romance Summer Blossom Eau de Toilette Spray ($74, ralphlauren.com). A lighter, fruitier version of the original, this sunny and playful scent has notes of mandarin and waterlily that lightly flutter on top of the woodsy, vanilla base. One spritz gives you that pit-of-your-stomach butterfly feeling and ignites those summer love sparks, even in a long-term relationship. I continue to alternate between the two and since I’m loyal to the collection, I’m anxiously awaiting the latest launch, Midnight Romance coming out this April. So after years of testing out all those other guys perfumes that weren’t a perfect fit, I’m blissfully happy to have finally found the one for me. And today, I thought it was the appropriate timing to share this ode to oud with all of you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Summertime Skin, Sun and Stay Fit Tips from Top Derm, Jeanine Downie, M.D.

Written on July 17, 2013 at 10:52 am , by

Photo Courtesy of Jeanine Downie, M.D.

We’re all for low-maintenance beauty during the warmer months, but that ‘lax vibe of summer doesn’t mean it’s time to skimp on SPF or staying healthy. Jeanine Downie, M.D., board certified Dermatologist and director of her own practice, image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, N.J., shares her surefire ways to stay fit, safe in the sun and keep your skin glowing all summer long.

How do you stay fit?
“I exercise 7 days a week. Running is my favorite way to stay fit. But I also love spinning, swimming, kickboxing and lifting weights!”

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?
“I used to swim competitively when I was younger so anytime I can swim outside is great for me. I also love to run and go kayaking.”

There are a lot of misconceptions about sweat and acne. Can you clear them up for us?
“I have a lot of patients who come in thinking that they need to shower before they work out, so they have a “clean sweat.” Also a lot of people think sweat causes acne. These are both common misnomers. Sweat is clean and doesn’t cause acne. And the right time  to shower is after you work out, because the friction and moisture of sitting in wet gym clothes can cause acne.”

What’s your one go-to piece of advice that you offer to your active patients?
“I encourage all my patients to exercise a minimum of four times a week, while wearing broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 30 higher ever day, rain or shine. Working out decreases stress, increasing skin’s circulation and overall glow, makes hair and nails grow faster, makes your body work better, keeps you body trimmer and your mind more clear and focused! For all my active patients, I recommend washing with a gentle cleanser with salicylic acid and exfoliating 3-4 times a week with either a gentle exfoliating face wash with salicylic acid, glycolic acid or even just a nubby wash cloth and your own gentle cleanser with salicylic acid.”

What are your favorite summer products?
“Protecting your skin from harmful rays is incredibly important. I’m a big fan of spray sunscreen, like AVEENO Hydrosport SPF 30 ($8, aveeno.com) because its adherent and works great on wet skin! In the summer you don’t want anything that feels or smells too heavy so I switch to a lighter fragrance. My favorite is Dior Escale à Pondichéry ($75, dior.com).

Do you have any favorite healthy snacks that give you energy for your workouts and also have skin-benefiting ingredients?
“My favorite snacks are apples (there is nothing better than a crispy apple) and Ideal Protein Bars.”

 

—Karee Hackel, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Viva La Juicy Rollerball

Written on July 5, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

I’m guilty of trying to stash my entire life into my purse. For beauty lovers like me, that includes nearly all of my makeup and a few of my favorite perfumes, which can really weigh me down. So whenever one of my go-to scents comes in a travel-friendly size, I make sure to stock up on it so I can keep the lightweight bottle in my purse or gym bag. One that I’m loving right now: Viva La Juicy Rollerball by Juicy Couture ($19, nordstrom.com). The fragrance smells amazing—with top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin, it has a yummy sweetness that blends with light florals like honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine.  It’s pinky-size bottle fits almost anywhere—even a change purse or a clutch—so you can take it with you wherever you need to go and it’s perfect for touch ups throughout the day. Now, if only I can find mini versions of everything else in my purse!

 

—Katelyn Blough, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Softsoap Limited Edition Maui Coconut Splash Moisturizing Body Wash

Written on May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

While the majority of New Yorkers are getting a little cranky due to the 90-degree temps, I’m loving the recent heat wave. Though it does make me wish I was jetting off to a tropical island in the middle of nowhere. And while no such vacation exists on my summer calendar (wah!), I made my own quiet little escape—in my shower. It’s not as glamorous, I know, but I grabbed Softsoap’s Limited Edition Maui Coconut Splash Moisturizing Body Wash ($3, drugstores) from the beauty closet and scrubbed up after the gym. The formula is luxurious with a rich, hydrating lather, but the scent is what’ll really get you. The bright floral notes mixed with a hint of sweet coconut intoxicate you like your favorite fruity, umbrella-on-the-side cocktail. This might sound a bit dramatic, but seriously, the experience is so relaxing it might just be enough to hold me over until I can finally get to that white-sanded slice of paradise.

Yogi Elena Brower Launches New Givescent Fragrance That, You Guessed It, Gives Back

Written on February 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm , by

Whether you’ve been to one yoga class or one hundred, the importance of breathing is always a vital component—inhaling and exhaling drives the practice and helps you move from posture to posture. Recently, we grabbed our mats and headed to practice with Elena Brower, founder of Virayoga in Manhattan. Yes, we focused on breathing in the good and exhaling the bad, but we couldn’t stop ourselves from sniffing in Givescent, Brower’s recently-launched fragrance, over and over again.
With notes of vanilla, sage, grapefruit and bergamot, this scent “smells like Italy,” says Brower, who called the country home for two years. Sicily’s signature smells—think citrus lemon trees, rich olive oil and the city’s vanilla and butter pastries—served as her inspiration. “It’s a deliciously feminine scent; it has a grounding musk to it that balances the sweetness and makes it completely irresistible.”

So irresistible, in fact, that people would stop both Brower and Alexandra Lyon Perelman, her partner in the creation of this new fragrance, on the city streets to ask about this unique perfume.  So the two decided to sell the scent, under one condition: “Inherent in our business model was a giving component. That was the only way starting a business made sense to us—it had to have giving as part of the plan.”

Since both worked with Women for Women International—a nonprofit that provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from poverty to stability and self-sufficiency—choosing a charity was as simple as slipping into downward-facing dog. In fact, Givescent sales sponsor two sisters and five percent of its proceeds will go to this organization.

Yogis and non-yogis alike have another fragrance to look forward to: Givescent Orange plans to launch in June, perfect for lighter, carefree days.  “[It] maintains the essence of our signature scent, but is supercharged with sun-ripened citrus,” says Brower. Plus, a portion of its proceeds will benefit Every Mother Counts, which aims to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms-to-be.

—Carrie Stevens, editorial intern

Petra Nemcova on Giving Back and Staying Fit

Written on January 15, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova witnessed just how tragic natural disasters can be. After surviving a tsunami in Thailand in 2004, she returned to the region and was blown away by the mass destruction and devastation that resulted from the Indian Ocean earthquake. Unsatisfied with the response from other organizations, she set out to create her own non-profit, international charity, Happy Hearts Fund, to help improve children’s lives by building and rebuilding schools in areas affected by natural disasters. Now she is teaming up with Clinique to help spread smiles across the globe by introducing a limited edition fragrance, Happy Heart ($37, clinique.com), as well as a T-shirt with the message “Make Someone Happy,” ($16, clinique.com). $10 from the sale of each fragrance, and $5 from the sale of each shirt will go directly to Happy Hearts Fund. I chatted with Nemcova about the partnership and her insider fitness and beauty secrets.

Tell me about the Happy Hearts Partnership with Clinique.  
“The partnership is a match made in heaven, for one, because Clinique is so focused on education. Their consultants are extremely educated, so they can teach their customers. Number two, their consultants are very passionate about education and children, and that is what we are the most passionate about, so it’s a perfect partnership. The philosophies of both brands are very much aligned, even with colors. And what I am excited about is that this partnership will be able to rebuild more schools and create many happy hearts in the lives of children, who have been forgotten after natural disasters.”

What’s your favorite thing about the fragrance?
“The smell is really uplifting. When I get a little down, or tired during the day, smelling it uplifts me. It has sweet notes of mandarin orange and floral notes of water lily, rose and geranium. It’s really a beautiful fresh light dance. And I love the packaging. It was done in a beautiful way where the hearts connect when you put them together. $10 of this fragrance goes to rebuilding schools and the lives of children, so it reminds you that your heart is connected to those children.”

We know you are constantly on the go for work. How do you stay on track while travelling?
“For me, the best way is to go to the gym and do a routine but I also love to go to Physique 57 a lot, so using some of their techniques while I’m traveling helps because you don’t need much and it’s incredibly effective.”

What are some of your insider beauty tips?
“I do actually have a new one: we have a tradition in the Czech Republic that we put honey on our faces during Christmas dinner to be beautiful on the inside for the next year. I went to get a facial last week and the facialist was fantastic. Without me telling her about the honey, she told me a trick which is incredible—put a little bit of water on your face and then cleanse your face with Manuka Honey 16+ ($36, soap.com) and it gives you an incredible glow. So it goes back to the tradition which has some truth in it because honey has lots of antioxidants in it. And I used to put honey on my skin when I was a teenager—I used to go and sleep with it on my face. It was a little bit messy. So this tip is less messy!”

What are some of your favorite beauty products? 
“I absolutely love Clinique All About Eyes Serum ($28, clinique.com) which is an anti-puffing eye serum. It’s amazing. It’s so cooling, even just the cooling effect, it makes a huge difference. It’s one of those products that you get addicted to.”

Favorite Find Friday: L’Occitane Eau Captivante Cologne

Written on June 15, 2012 at 11:55 am , by

OK, so L’Occitane Eau Captivante Cologne isn’t gym bag-friendly by any stretch of the imagination, but indulge us: The green-tinged, light-as-air spritz smells addictively like freshly cut mint and basil muddled with lime and orange, warmed up with a bit of lavender (yes— it somehow manages to be earthy, tart, sweet and soft all at the same time). The stunning, hefty art deco-esque etched-glass bottle reminds us of a vintage heirloom and instantly becomes the focal point of any vanity. Plus, at 10.1 fluid ounces, it’s like a Costco-sized bottle off perfume, and as such, should last you far beyond summer.

Tell us: What’s your favorite warm-weather fragrance?

Favorite Find Friday: Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Coffret

Written on May 11, 2012 at 11:38 am , by

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, there’s no more elegant, charming choice than Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Coffret, an adorable trio of three of the brand’s most popular fragrances in miniature vintage-looking bottles that make lovely additions to any vanity or on-the-go bag. The three scents are warm Colette, with jasmine and musk; feminine Giulietta, bursting with florals like rose, lilac, lily and iris; and fresh Bianca, a mix of bergamot, lavender, lemon and green tea. And the gilded box is so gorgeous it requires no more wrapping than the quick tie of a bow.

Tell us: What are your favorite beauty gifts for Mother’s Day?

Giorgio Armani Fragrance + UNICEF Team Up For Clean Water

Written on March 14, 2012 at 10:36 am , by

Sweet charity: Giorgio Armani Fragrance is partnering with the UNICEF Tap Project to deliver clean, safe drinking water to children around the world. Do your part— and smell great in the process—by participating in the Acqua For Life Campaign between March 1 and 31st.

  • $1 from the sale of each Acqua Di Gio for Men and Acqua di Gioia for Women spray cologne or gift set puchased will be donated
  • $1 for the first 100,000 people who “like” the Acqua For Life Facebook page will be donated
  • Up to $15— 100 percent of the retail sales price—of each 10ml Acqua di Gioia Rollerball Eau de Parfum purchased will be donated

Favorite Find Friday: Diptyque Eau Rose Roll-On

Written on February 3, 2012 at 11:15 am , by

Portable roll-on perfumes are the ultimate gym bag and purse must-have for us. Our latest love: Diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Toilette Roll-On. The chic, iconic French fragrance house has tinged the classic rose with a dash of tart blackcurrant and warm honey and cedar base notes. Just a dab goes a long way and really lasts— as does the generously-sized (gorgeously-adorned!) rollerball itself.

Tell us: What’s your favorite on-the-go fragrance?