Thursday, January 31, 2013

Scented Jewelry? Cool! Fragrance Necklace by Lisa Hoffman Beauty

You may remember me raving about my Pomander Pendant from Jewelmint. It's this nifty little necklace that I'll wear sometimes. I stick a cotton ball in it with some perfume on it and wear my scent all day. It's one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. So when I was pitched the idea of scented jewelry by Lisa Hoffman Beauty, I decided to respond. I'm very glad I did!

Pendent Impressions
The Lisa Hoffman charm design is based off of a piece of vintage jewelry - so says the press kit I received. The design is intricate and delicate looking. On the charm itself there is a small clasp and a hinge. Open it up and you can insert the fragrance beads. You have to make sure the charm snaps shut or you could lose your beads! It's very beautiful and (I think) surprisingly sturdy for something so delicate looking.

The chain of the necklace is very simple. It reminds me of the type of chain you use for key chains. I wasn't enamored with the chain. Honestly, I could see myself trying to find another chain design somewhere or even removing the charm from the the chain and wearing it on my own charm bracelet.

The clasp for how the charm hooks to the chain is super cool! The design is a bit like "c-clamp meets lobster claw". To open it you have to unlatch it, which is not super easy. This is good, because you don't want to lose your necklace! Conversely, it can be a little tricky to close. As with the charm closure, listen for the "snap" and you know it's secure.

The Fragrance Beads
These beads area actually wooden. They are eco friendly and will biodegrade. I am absolutely shocked as to how potent they are! You don't need many to keep your necklace scented (which is good because the charm is small). The scent is supposed to last as long as two weeks - we'll see how that goes. But based on out-of-the-box potency I'm pretty confident that's accurate. The refill bead pots you buy contain about six refills worth of beads.

The scent I received was Japanese Agarwood.  The main notes in this perfume are Bergamot, Spiced Ginger, and Amber. I found the scent very woody, but not in a bad way. The Bergamot is by far the most present scent I smell. It was still light, not over powering. I was reminded a little bit of a great smelling library, something I love. It's not a scent I would normally where, but it is a good enough scent for me to say "yes, I think you can trust the descriptions and yes I think these scents are worth the price in general."

You can use the  iScentify tool on Lisa Hoffman's site in order to find YOUR perfect match from their fragrance library.

Jewelry, Fragrance Beads and The Unfortunate Issue of Choice
Each time you purchase a fragrance necklace (or bracelet, earrings, pendents) you are limited either by your choice of metal, or your fragrance choice. Each metal used is chosen to match the spirit of the fragrance. For example, the Japanese Agarwood scent. The corresponding metal assigned to this scent is bronze plated. Other options include a French Clary Sage with Sterling Silver, Tunisian Neroli with 14k Gold.

I really wish I could choose the jewelry, then choose the scent. I understand that some colors may suit certain fragrances better, but as the consumer I'd want to make that choice rather than have to wear bronze plating if I really wanted silver.

Price and Where to Order
The current price for what I received is on sale for $49 (normally $65).
You can get the Japanese Agarwood set featured in this review, or other scent jewelry sets, directly from Lisa Hoffman Beauty.

Bottom Line
These would make an awesome gift, or an unusual trinket for yourself.

Tip: Figure out which is more important to you (Jewelry or Scent) then order accordingly. Remember, you can always get scent bead refills of a different fragrance to go in to your charm if you're mismatched.

The products featured in this review were provided by PR for consideration.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

IT&LY: Two Hair Styles - One Nichole Kidman

Really digging Nichole's looks here so I thought I'd pass them on to you.

Press release info:

Nicole Kidman Award Weekend Style How To's
Producers Guild Awards ~ SAG Awards


Producers Guild Awards

At Saturday night's Producer's Guild Awards, Nicole Kidman's hair sported a peek-a-boo sexy fringe and flirty half up/half down hairstyle. Hairstylist David Babaii created the look using IT&LY HAIRFASHION'S eco-friendly and cruelty free Purity Design Line.

To achieve the look, he blow dried her hair with a mixture of IT&LY's Pure Water Drops with Pure Fluid Experience. This gives the hair a medium touchable hold with no build up plus added shine. Using a medium round brush, David created soft curls and a smooth rounded fringe. To style, he created a dramatic side part for the fringe, sweeping the hair to one side. At the crown. he lightly back combed the area and gently smoothed drawing the sides and top into a sexy poof at the back. The back and nape hair had soft curls using IT&LY's Pure Water Drops to create style definition. To finish, David lightly misted the hair with IT&LY's Pure Definition Hair Spray.

Screen Actors Guild Awards


For the SAG Awards, hairstylist David Babaii showed off her new solid bob haircut with a sleek, super straight look.To create, David began by warming a small amount of IT&LY's Pure Water Drops in the palms of his hands before applying it through the hair. Next, he dried her hair with a nozzle attachment and a large round brush to smooth hair completely straight. In order to achieve flawless straight hair, control is a must. David sectioned her hair first: top, sides and back. To begin, he started by drying the nape area first and then proceeded until her entire head was dry. After creating a center part and to ensure sleek perfection, he finished the hair with IT&LY's Racing Red Professional 1" Digital Iron.

  If you wish to know more about who David Babaii will be styling next or his upcoming styles, follow him on twitter at:
@davidbabaiihair or @ITALY_Hair

For additional information about IT&LY HAIRFASHION Products visit:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter Blahs? Check this out! China Glaze Avant Garden Press Release

Only because I'm in the mood for something NOT winter... China Glaze Press Release!!! (Commentary Following).

Start Press Release Info!

Snap My Dragon
China Glaze® Nail Lacquer Invites You to Visit the Avant Garden

Los Angeles (January 2012) – Spring is here and China Glaze® is blossoming with vibrant color with its new collection, Avant Garden. The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze® path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white. Let Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.

The Avant Garden shades include:
  • Budding Romance: moss green
  • Sunday Funday: bright blue
  • Fancy Pants: indigo with pink and purple shimmer
  • Snap My Dragon: bright red with pink shimmer
  • Passion for Petals: bright salmon-pink
  • Mimosas Before Manis: coral with a light wash of shimmer
  • Life is Rosy: blushed mauve
  • Pink-ie Promise: iridescent baby pink
  • Tart-y for the Party: light lavender creme
  •  Fade Into Hue: periwinkle creme
  • Keep Calm, Paint On: sea foam green
  • Dandy Lyin’ Around: shimmery vanilla icing
Sunday Funday
China Glaze® Avant Garden is also available in:
  • 6 Piece Collection of “Blooming Brights”
  • 6 Piece Collection of “Pastel Petals”
  • 12 Piece 3D Counter Display
  • 36 Piece Rack
Keep Calm, Paint On
China Glaze® Avant Garden will be available March 2013. Individual shades retail for $7; 6-piece collections retail for $42.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficlal), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (
End Press Release Info

My Pick: Life is Rosy
My Thoughts
The second I saw the name "Sunday Funday" I thought of Ms. Maha And the City and those Bloody Mary's she has me hooked on from Lucky's. So yeah, I'm probably going to have to buy this shade specifically for her Sunday Funday comments. The same goes for "Keep Calm, Paint On", but for my good friend Angela who is always reminding me to keep calm.  But enough about the names...  Colorwise, for some reason "Life is Rosy" really caught my eye. Pink... I know right? What's wrong with me?

And yeah... "Snap My Dragon" also, just for the name. Sometimes you just need a little naughty. :)

What would you get? Let me know below!

#ReadyIs: Hugo Boss's Interesting Campaign and Fragrance Review

I've been neglecting this blog lately, and this review in particular (mostly because I'm not accustomed to reviewing men's fragrances). But in fact, I DO have some interesting things to say here, even if they are a bit rambling.

#ReadyIs Campaign

Man candy! The Ready Is website.
Hugo Boss is undertaking a new campaign called Ready Is. The purpose of it is to market Bottled and Bottle Night as good combo - one for day, one for night. Ready for any situation. I really like the solicitation of ideas, the way this campaign engages the consumer by asking us to fill in the rest of the sentence. It got me thinking - what is "ready?" Further more, is "Ready" different for a man than a woman? Maybe. But for entering YOUR interpretation of what "Ready Is..." you can win a "Boss Bag". To be honest I'm not sure what a "Boss Bag" is, but I don't care. It's fun to look at the comments!

Share YOUR thoughts on what "Ready Is" on the campaign's website!

Now review time!

Bottled - 1.7 oz for $53 at Sephora, or same price at Hugo Boss's Online Store

Notes: Apple, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Tagetes, Geranium, Clove, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Olivewood.

My Experience
This scent is the reason my posting of this review and campaign has been held up. Seriously, I don't think my husband has tried it yet. I gave up, on getting him to wear it and decided to wear it myself. What I discovered is that this is actually a decent Unisex fragrance!  The apple scent is so strong in this fragrance, and the rest of the woody notes make it quite fresh smelling - the right woman could really be able to use it in her arsenal.

Bottom Line
I'll get more use out of this than my husband, I think. It's good for a quirky girl scent for me. I could actually see myself scenting little pillows or other things with this to stick in drawers or closets. It's nice like that.

Bottled Night - 1.7 oz is $52 at Sephora and  the Hugo Boss Online Store, $65 for the 3.5 oz at Hugo Boss Online Store, and $67 at Sephora

Notes: Birch, Lavender, Lemon Leaves, Cardamom, Jasmine, African Violet, Louro Amarelo, Musk, Sandalwood.

My Experience
I DID get to smell this on my husband as well as myself. It's hard for me to get my hubby to try any scent because his skin is very sensitive - but this fragrance passed his test! YAY!!!

Bottled Night is  musky, woody, and fresh - just like you'd expect of a standard men's fragrance. If you wanted to be an international spy and liked scents, you could wear this one - people would know you smelled good but probably not necessarily be able to pick out what it was as a signature scent. It's the Non-Signiture scent! And for some men (maybe most?) that's absolutely fine.

Side note - I must try these two fragrances layered together. I think the apple in Bottled could bring that unusual POP I was looking for  in Bottled Night. 

Bottom Line
It's a great starter fragrance or a good gift if you don't know the taste of the man you're buying for. Think Valentine's Day! 

Have you smelled Bottled and Bottled Night? What's your opinion? Do you think they are the perfect fragrance wardrobe duo to take a man from day to night? Do you think "Ready Is" owning Bottled and Bottled Night?

The products in this review were sent by PR for consideration. Opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kidtee Hello Photograph Is Coming to Dayton in April! Get your spot!

We all deserve at least ONE good picture of ourselves that makes us smile. Right now, the above photo is mine.

I've posted about Kidtee Hello Photography before on this blog and my Facebook page. A few of you have made comments like "I want to look that good!!!" Well here's your chance! Ms. Kattie Foster will be gracing us Daytonites with her presence once again in April. Here are the details:
  • Who: YOU!!!! And Kattie Foster, of Kidtee Hello Photography. And a makeup artist and hair stylist if you so choose.
  • What: The Photoshoot of you dreams! And some awesome photos out of it. Seriously, if Ms. Foster can make me look good she can make you look good! 
  • When: April 6th and 7th
  • Where: TBD - talk with Katti. 
  • WHY????  Because you frakking want to!
Cost Details

  • Base Rate Package -  $75 for a 30 Minute session and a CD of your images WITHOUT retouching (about 40-60 images). One look only.
  • 3 Beauty retouched Images - $125. If you would like hair and makeup the cost is $225. 
  • 2 Looks, and 6 retouched images - $250, hair and makeup is $450
  • A La Cart Retouching - TBD between you and Katti on what you want done. Can cost between $15 and $70 depending on if you want lighting enhancements to body retouching. 
  • A La Cart Sitting FEes -$75 for 30 minutes, $125 for an hour, 2+ Hours is $100 an hour. All sitting fees include a disk of all images unedited and an 8x12 printed image or a Download link.
Above prices do not include weddings or special events. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Release Info: Zoya Pixie Dust Collection

I'm like WOAH!!!!!

Press Release Info:
Zoya PixieDust
Infused with Magic and Wonder!
Featuring the latest “must-have” nail polish finish – Textured, Matte & Sparkling.

This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this look...

Zoya PIXIE DUST - special edition
Dahlia (ZP656) - Black Beauty sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Chyna (ZP657) - Red Dazzle sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Godiva (ZP658) - Soft Nude sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Vespa (ZP659) - Mint Kiss sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Nyx (ZP660) - Perfect Periwinkle sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
London (ZP661) - Fog Gray sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Shipping January 15, 2013

Yeah I'm totally excited!!!

Go check out Zoya's website to get some Pixie Dust action!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

And here's some seriously beautiful straight hair by It&ly

I've been enjoying my It&ly products, therefore when I received this, I thought I'd pass it on. Seriously, so easy to get nice straight hair with those Pure Water Drops!!! Start the press release!

  The "Kate Hudson Look" at the
2013 Golden Globes
The 70th Annual Golden Globes sets the stage for the "Kate Hudson Look". According to celebrity hairstylist David Babaii, "I wanted to show off Kate's healthy, shiny hair in a style that emphasizes her true Hollywood beauty. As the perfect "Muse" and my inspiration, Kate is my generation's Brigitte Bardot showing off soft voluptuous hair that is touchable, glamorous and now Kate's very own signature look."
To achieve, David used IT&LY HAIRFASHION'S Purity Design Line that gives a natural, long-lasting hold which is perfect for beautiful results. David started with IT&LY's Pure Water Drops Serum before blow drying. Next, he added IT&LY's Pure Style Mousse Strong and used a medium round brush at the root area to add volume then switching to a large round brush to smooth and create soft rounded edges. After drying, David created a natural side part spritzing IT&LY's Pure Volumizing Eco at the base for added lift and down the shaft for more piecey definition. For her sexy fringe he wrapped the bang area around a medium round brush spraying a small amount of IT&LY's Pure Volumizing Eco again. With the blow dryer temperature on high, he directed heat on the brush followed by a quick blast of cool air to set. Gently he removed the brush to release the fringe. With his fingers he combed through and allowed the hair to fall naturally into place. To finish, he misted the hair with IT&LY Pure Definition Hair Spray for soft touchable hair with memory hold. Now everyone will ask, "Can I have the Kate Hudson look?

"Soft, voluptuous, healthy hair never looked more glamorous", says David Babaii.
If you wish to know more about David Babaii or IT&LY HAIRFASHION'S hair care follow them on twitter at: @davidbabaiihair or @ITALY_Hair

For additional information about IT&LY HAIRFASHION Products visit: 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cameron Russell's TED Talk

Many of you have probably seen this already. Perhaps all of you. But I just found this TED Talk very refreshing. I really loved Cameron Russell's honesty. The first two minutes alone (dealing with perception) are fabulous so please at least watch that.

Now let me relate this to my awkward life dancing on the fringes of this industry now and then...

I've been watching a lot of models lately, moistly local, the ones I know. Some of them (I believe) HAVE won the "genetic lottery" that Cameron Russell talks about on here. And yes, during my trip to Chicago and the days following, I did get to see some of the insecurity that Ms. Russell talks about in her talk. It's hard to watch some really BEAUTIFUL people pick apart gorgeous pictures, worry about how they look, think so hard about first impressions. It's even harder to watch these beautiful creatures get very blunt feedback "You are not what we're looking for." Harder, almost, was watching these same beautiful creatures get dismissed from agencies because they were short by a fraction of an inch.

But you know what? Early on I'm pretty sure the "Awesome Picture" or the Facebook Likes on for that catwalk picture can probably even out some of that insecurity. I see these same models getting to "ride the high", so to speak. It's infectious. I grin when I see their success. I hope my new model friends continue to keep their heads high as they progress in this business. Perhaps they can stay strong by remembering just how artificial some of the factors relating to their insecurities actually are.

My new friends - please remember who you ARE. You are ALWAYS more than that "high" you get from getting likes on that Facebook image you just posted of you rocking that shoot.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Want 3 Free Zoya Nail Polishes of Your Choice?

Check out Zoya Nail Polishe's new promotion:

Yup, from now until 01/13/2013 at 11:59 PM EST you can use code ZOYA2013 at checkout to get 3 free polishes. They've done this promotion before and it's always worth it. Zoya has some of the most BEAUTIFUL colors (*cough* SARAH *cough*) and this is a great way to try the ones you weren't quite sure about trying before. This offer is not valid on the current Spring 2013 collections (Pixie Dust and Lovely) or treatments, but everything else is fair game!

So what are you waiting for? Go get your 3 Free Zoya Nail Polishes!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Shabby Apple Sale - Get 20% off site wide!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

If you love that Shabby Apple (Affiliate Link) retro look then now is the time to go stock up! Not only is the entire site on sale, but the sale section is also on sale. There is much cuteness to be had as well as awesome quirkiness!

Pretty in Dayton is a Shabby Apple affiliate site. Show through this post by clicking the link above or the image and  you'll help me stay clothed too!