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The Best in Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America 2015

Sue Phillips Scenterprises Making My Own Custom Fragrance at at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Creating my own custom fragrance with Sue Phillips

Earlier this month I went to Cosmoprof North America, the best and biggest beauty trade show. So, I headed to Las Vegas for 5 days to scout the best in beauty to share with you. First, let’s talk fragrance. I love fragrance, but I don’t share a ton of it on my blog, as scent is very personal. But, my olfactory glands were s(c)ent on a journey at Cosmoprof- there were so many great fragrance lines there, which we all very unique.

Probably the most exciting thing for me was creating my own fragrance (as seen in the above two photos) with Sue Phillips of Scenterprises. She let me smell all of her blends and pick a few accords to blend together into my own unique scent.  I mixed a citrusy floral (with orange blossom notes) with a vanilla and amber blend, if I can remember correctly- I named it Bellissima, which is my favorite Italian word! Sue and I had a ton of fun, she quizzed me on some fragrance terms which brought me back to my FIDM fragrance class days and I was pleased that I remembered everything!

The Scentarium by Sue Phillips Scenterprises Custom Fragrance Kit at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
The Scentarium by Scenterprises

The Scentarium is a kit that allows you to design your own scent. This caught my eye because I actually designed a prototype of the same product for my entrance into FIDM. The kit is $225, which includes 12 vials of blended scents in the categories of fresh, floral, woody, and oriental along with 2 atomizers to put your fragrances you create in, and everything else you need to make it!

Beautyhabit Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger Neroli Fragrance Collection at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Neroli Fragrance Collection

My favorite fragrance note is orange blossom, so when I stumbled upon Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger, I knew I was at the right place! I mean, it quite literally translates to “in the land of the orange blossom.” They have a Néroli Blanc line of 4 fragrances with orange blossom paired with other notes to create a different scent experience. I think my favorite of the 3 samples I have is the Neroli Blanc Intense, which has the sweet and musky notes I like that accompany the neroli. The regular EDP is a bit too green for me, and the Eau De Cologne is a little too clean. I don’t remember the fourth one unfortunately! These scents (and much, much more) are available at Beautyhabit online and at their Westlake Village store (which I may need to pay a visit to!).

Travalo Travel Perfume Atomizer at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Travalo Travel Perfume Atomizer

If you travel and still want your favorite scent without bringing the entire bottle, the Travalo is a must-have! I already use it and love it, so it was great to see them there. They also have a new Milano style, which looks a lot more chic in a handbag- can’t wait to use the orange one they gave me!

Thymes Fragrance & Bath & Body Products at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Thymes Fragrance, Bath & Body Collection

Another fragrance line I fell in love with was Thymes. They have a curated collection of fragrances that are available in bath & body products as well so they are perfect for layering! I loved their Lotus Santal scent and their new Vanilla Ambrette line. From perfume, to bath oil or bubbles, and even candles- I need it all!

Naturally Bare Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Naturally Bare Fragrance

In the same vein, Naturally Bare has a line of natural body care that includes washes, scrubs, butters, and lotions to compliment their fragrances. My favorite scent was the Noir perfume, which blends sandalwood and vanilla.

Royal Apothic at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Royal Apothic

I loved the British apothecary inspired line Royal Apothic. Their fragrance line including candles, perfume, & bath & body products exude sophistication with high end products combined with gorgeous packaging- perfect for displaying proudly! Dying to try it all!

Clique by Chef Roblé Fragrance and Scented Nail Polish at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Clique by Chef Roblé Fragrance and Scented Nail Polish

Chef Roblé, who you may recognize from his Bravo TV show Roblé & Co., has recently come out with his own fragrance, Clique by Roblé, combining his love of food into a wearable option. The citrus top notes are inspired by his blood orange cocktail, with base notes resembling his famous dessert called french toast crunch. It’s a sensual and delectable scent that they’ve made into a perfume & body care line, as well as a scented polish! The packaging is gorgeous as well. Roblé was even out and about at Cosmoprof himself, we chatted for a few minutes- super cool guy!

Ayres Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Ayres Bath, Body & Fragrance Collection

Ayres Beauty is an Argentina-inspired fragrance line including bath & body products. The packaging is super cute, which drew me in, but the scents are even better! Loved the candles the most, but their Midnight Tango collection features my favorite scent, orange blossom, and the Patagonia body butter I got a sample packet of made my skin super smooth! Very curious to try more…

MyCoocoon Fragrance Chromotherapy at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
MyCoocoon Fragrance Chromotherapy

I thought mycoocoon was one of the coolest things at Cosmoprof! They create experiences in “chromotherapy”- I took a test to get my “color,” which you guessed it, was ORANGE! Orange represents sensuality, emotion, and enthusiasm. They spritzed their “orange” fragrance on a card for me and led me into my orange cocoon…

I sat there for around 5 minutes with soothing music and the orange lights changing into lighter and darker shades, which was a super relaxing experience. It was a good way to end a day at Cosmoprof- super rejuvenating! Now I need to turn my room into an orange cocoon of my own.

Pottymints After Flush Bathroom Air Freshener Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Pottymints: The After Flush, first dissolvable air freshener tablets

Last but not least, I thought POTTYMINTS were too cool to leave out. These air freshener tablets dissolve in the toilet to leave the bathroom smelling fresh at all times. If you share a bathroom or are traveling, these can prevent a lot of embarrassing moments! They’re available in two scents, Arancia di Capri and La Fleur. I used the Arancia di Capri, and they really work- the citrus scent was great and they dissolve very slowly. Such a great concept!

Can you believe that this doesn’t even scratch the surface of fragrance at Cosmoprof? There was so much to see, it was so easy to run out of time! But hope you are as excited about these brands as I am!

ScentBird Fragrance Subscription Service Review (YSL Cinema) | Video

ScentBird Monthly Fragrance Subscription Service Review Yves Saint Laurent Cinema Perfume
ScentBird Fragrance Subscription

I recently had the opportunity to try out a perfume subscription service called Scentbird. I thought the idea was pretty smart, as I like wearing numerous scents rather than having a signature perfume. For $14.95 a month you get to pick a scent to try or choose one of the pre-selected scents determined by a little quiz. Watch my unboxing of my scent, Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, below!

Yves Saint Laurent Cinema is a somewhat seductively sweet scent. The notes include clementine, almond blossom, cyclamen, jasmine, peony, amaryllis, musk, and vanilla. Although it has a lot of floral notes, it doesn’t overwhelm or smell old lady-ish or powdery. I think it is a sophisticated scent and I enjoy it so far.

Overall I think the service is a great idea. I think there should be more scents to choose from- I think more niche or higher end brands such as Jo Malone or Penhaligon’s would be a great addition and make me want to subscribe myself. I was also a little confused because I didn’t get the traditional black case and velvet pouch that the vials usually come in, but I think that was an isolated error. And, like I mentioned in the video, having a card with information on the scent you’re being sent would be ideal so you don’t have to research that on the internet after the fact. Would you subscribe to a fragrance subscription like Scentbird? Let me know in the comments!

**This post contains products that I have received for free-for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

France, Switzerland, and Italy Beauty Haul | Video

In the last few weeks I picked up a lot of beauty products in all of the countries I visited. So, since I was busy with traveling and finals, I decided to wait until I came home to film a haul! So, come join the party and see what I got, no spoilers here! :)

PS: So sorry for the bad lighting & coloring in this video. I pre filmed this and then bought new lightbulbs after editing it since I wasn’t satisfied with how it looks! But, hopefully you will like how my future videos will look, because it will be a vast improvement!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review | Video

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Jewelry Paddywax Candle Goodbyn Mason Jar Cookie Company Lollia Shower Gel Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box is one of my favorite boxes to look at reviews of, because I love how they curate a box that covers beauty, fashion, and lifestyle that is well worth the $39.95 price tag. Although I wouldn’t splurge out on it monthly (broke college student, much?), it is such a lovely gift to give yourself every once in a while! As I’m a part of PopSugar’s Select Beauty Bloggers, I was sent a box this month- perfect timing as it was my birthday month! Let’s take a peek inside:

As you can see in the video, the 6 items (plus a bonus item) totaled a whopping $124 value! That’s over 3 times what the box costs- amazing, right? In the video I share my initial reactions, but keep reading for my full reviews & additional photos!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat's Eye
Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye
  •  Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye ($50)- I sneaked a peek at Allison Anderson’s unboxing blog post and saw she got a pair of earrings from this brand, which weren’t my style (I don’t even wear earrings), so I was pleasantly surprised with this dainty little necklace. It didn’t fit my neck, so I needed to use an extender, but it is a beauty! It’s so simple and elegant.
  • Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle ($10)- I always see them include candles in these boxes, so I was so pleased to get one this time around! Waiting to burn this until I get back from Europe, but it smells lovely. It is a fresh smelling, but not what I was expecting! It smells a bit floral to me. Would love to try more from this brand, so glad to have the option to with this box!
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookies
The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate! Cookies
  •  The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookie Mix ($12)- I was elated to find a baking related item in the box, because I am an avid baker! If I wasn’t in the beauty industry, I’d probably be a pastry chef. I had a bit of sticker-shock with the price of this mix, so I doubt I’d buy it again, but the mason jar packaging is adorable and the mix was so easy to make. Plus, the cookies are delish!
  • Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set ($8)- This mini meal box is perfect for people who go to school or work and want to bring along a snack to save money. I could see this housing peanut butter, hummus, or any other dip with the fruit, vegetable, or dipper of your choosing! Not sure if I’ll get much use out of it, as I always tend to buy lunch and snacks on the go, or buy prepackaged food.
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Popsugar Pink Swatch
Bite Beauty Popsugar Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Swatch
  • Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss ($22)- I was so excited to see Bite Beauty in this box, because I have always wanted to try more products from their brand, especially after using their Agave Lip Mask I reviewed a while back. I’m not a huge gloss gal, but I loved the fruity scent and the sheer pink that adds the most subtle tint. You can’t find this shade, as it was an exclusive PopSugar pink- how cool is that! It’s a bit sticky, but it’s manageable because it gives the glossiest look ever!
  • Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel ($22)- Another beauty product, yay! I have never heard of this brand, but the packaging is too cute. The shower gel seemed very liquidy and has a pretty strong scent. It is supposed to smell floral, but, to me, it reminds me of baby body wash. Would never buy such a pricy body wash, I swear by Caress and go through it like water!
  • thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar– this was a free “special extra,” which I wasn’t nuts about. I really just don’t care for these type of bars!

Overall I really thought this box was impressive. Way more so than the last box I received almost a year ago. Such great brands featured! I like mixing it up from beauty-exclusive subscription boxes because I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime.

Want your own Must Have Box? Save $10 on a 3 month subscription with code AUG14SELECT until 9/10/14!

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**This post contains products that I have received for free. POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Products That I’ve Used Up (June & July Empties) | Video

Another month (or two), another empties video. I passed on posting a June empties video because I hardly had any products, but in July they really stacked up! I think this will be my last empties video before I go abroad next month, so let’s enjoy it!

Products mentioned:
Caress Body Wash (Passionate Spell, Aqua Sparkle, Emerald Rush)
Gilette Satin Care Shave Gel
Daiso Charcoal Nose Strips
Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Nose Strips
LUSH Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb
LUSH D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap
Bath & Body Works White Barn Flannel Candle
L’OCCITANE Neroli & Orchidee Candle
beautyblender blendercleanser liquid
Bath & Body Works Secret Wonderland Fine Fragrance Mist
Lady Gaga Fame Perfume
Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off Facial Wipes
Simple Cleansing Wipes
Batiste Hint of Color Dark & Deep Brown Dry Shampoo
Benefit Porefessional
Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9
Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex

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**This post contains products that I have received for free– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

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