Beauty Spotlight-Wine Colored Lips

16 May

This year’s Met Gala brought beauty trends in full force. Although there were lots of gorgeous makeup looks, we couldn’t take our eyes off Camilla Belle’s wine colored lips. The bold color went perfectly with her shimmery skin and silver dress. This beauty trend was also spotted on Leighton Meester, Jessica Alba, and Kate Bosworth. Although this is a more daring beauty look it’s still very wearable. For daytime try using a sheer lip stain, like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Plum or Clinique Black Honey Lip Duo, and neutral face makeup.  For an evening look pair luxurious berry colored lips with metallic shadow for a touch of sparkle, we love Dior Addict Lipstick in Perfecto. Below are some wine colored shades from brands we love!

How would you style your wine colored lips?

Scents for Spring

3 May

The spring season has arrived, and with the warmth and new life the season brings, new trends blossom as well. The warm weather of spring makes lightening up your choice of perfume imperative, but with so many amazing new scents, choosing just one can be tricky.  So we compiled a few of the newest scents we love.

Flora by Gucci the Garden Collection

Italian fashion house Gucci has a new collection of five fragrances including: Gorgeous Gardenia, Gracious Tuberose, Glamorous Magnolia, Glorious Mandarin, and Generous Violet. The collection represents a bouquet of scents. Our favorites are Gorgeous Gardenia and Gracious Tuberose. Gorgeous Gardenia is a classic floral scent with a rich, feminine aroma. Also a classic floral scent, Gracious Tuberose has a powdery appeal with notes of violet, peach, tuberose, and orange flower.

Ralph Lauren Big Pony collection

The Big Pony Collection for Women was created by Ralph Lauren to represent the multifaceted modern woman; it’s a collection of four fragrances. We love Big Pony Collection 1, an airy, fresh floral scent with a hint of citrus thanks to grapefruit, perfect for spring. Big Pony Collection 3 is an aromatic interpretation of the collection with warm notes of white amber and sandalwood blending effortlessly with mimosa and kumquat.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino

Inspired by the Mediterranean summer, Dolce & Gabbana Dreaming in Portofino is a chypre floral scent for women with undeniable sensuality. The fragrance opens with an unexpected combination of litchi and ambrette seeds, and is the perfect lightness for spring.

What scents do you love to wear in spring? Leave a comment and let us know!

Scent of Triumph Q&A with Novelist Jan Moran

25 Apr

Scent of Triumph marks the first novel and third book from Scentsa CEO and beauty expert, Jan Moran. Scent of Triumph, a beautifully uplifting story, which takes place during World War II, and follows Danielle Bretancourt, a modern woman with a natural olfactory gift, through a journey of joy and heartache, love and loss, trials and success.

With the release of her newest book, we’ve sat down with author Jan Moran for a Q&A session.

Question: What was the inspiration behind Scent of Triumph?

Answer: Scent of Triumph was initially inspired by my love of perfumery, but the main character quickly took charge and began building a business, despite her many setbacks.  I was inspired by female entrepreneurs from the early part of the 2oth century, such as Elizabeth Arden, Coco Chanel, Madame Gres, Nina Ricci, Estee Lauder, Eleanor Roosevelt, and many others in the beauty and fashion industries.  Family is also vitally important in this story; Danielle’s love and devotion to her children is really the root of her ambition, as it is with many female entrepreneurs who wish to create a better life for themselves and their children.  She is an ordinary woman, who achieves extraordinary things. Like any one of us can.

Question: What can modern women learn from Danielle?

Answer:  The story of Danielle Bretancourt is really the story of a woman’s journey on the entrepreneur’s path.  It’s a story of creativity and innovation, and of courage of convictions.  Since the story begins in 1939, I had to understand the challenges that faced women at that time, such as the lack of credit or borrowing power for women who wanted to start their own business, among others.  While opportunities have improved for women around the world, there are still so many women who suffer from inequalities, lack of knowledge, poor access to capital, and cultural oppression.  For this story, I drew on memories from my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother – their memories of joy over gaining the right to vote, owning property in their name, and creating their own income.  The challenges they faced and overcame inspired me to become an entrepreneur, and to help spread the word today about women’s entrepreneurial efforts as a positive economic force for change.  My website has a list of organizations that offer advice and assistance to budding entrepreneurs – for women and men, at www.janmoran.com.

Question: We love the romantic aspect of Scent of Triumph, so tell us, what is your favorite romantic scent?

Answer: When I was writing Scent of Triumph, I created a cast of characters and imagined, what fragrances they would wear? How would perfume add to their characterization?  What would their choices reveal about them?  I used fragrances to reveal a character’s personality, heritage, or psychological nature.  For example, Tabac Blond and Jicky were considered fairly avant-garde in the first part of the 20th century, so I gave these fabulous vintage scents to two of the more extravagant characters in the books.  Personally, I adore Mitsouko, so this one has a special passage in the book, too.

Question: When did your love of perfumery first begin?

Answer: My love of perfumery was seeded by my mother and grandmother, who never left the house without perfume and lipstick.  Fortunately, they had excellent taste and were generous with their knowledge.

Question: What’s your advice for authors just starting out?

Answer: Just begin! The journey begins with one step, or in this case, one paragraph or page. Then, edit and revise until you just can’t stand it anymore.

Order your copy of Scent of Triumph, now available for pre-sale on Amazon!

Narciso Rodriguez Fragrance Giveaway Winner

18 Apr

First, as always, we’d like to thank all our readers and those who participated in this giveaway. Don’t feel dismayed if you didn’t win, we will have lots more giveaways to look forward to. Now to the main event, the winner of a full-sized bottle of Essence in Color by Narciso Rodriguez is….

Tina Renee Barker! Congratulations Tina! We will be contacting you by email shortly!!

 

Fragrance Giveaway-Narciso Rodriguez

4 Apr

This contest is now closed.

Spring has arrived, and with it the promise of a warm, blossoming new season. What better way to celebrate and welcome this new season than with a fragrance giveaway? In the spirit of spring we chose Essence in Color by Narciso Rodriguez, a limited edition eau de parfum. Essence in Color is a powdery floral scent with a romantic luminosity. Despite being very light, Essence in Color has warmth and sensuality thanks to notes of rose, musk, amber, and incense. Simply fill out the form below and you’ll be entered to win a full-sized bottle. The contest will run until April 16th and the winner will be announced here on April 18th.

 

Spring Makeup Colors

21 Mar

As the cold winter weather slowly melts away, so does the dark, matte makeup that populates the fall and winter runways. Spring clothing embraces the bright and welcoming mood of the new season, and this year, the spring runways brought lively colors in a new and inspiring ways. We decided to highlight our favorite colors from this year’s spring shows and how you can incorporate them into your usual makeup routine.

Reds

This spring brought shades of red in many different styles.  Jason Wu’s pop-art-inspired red or 50s femininity at Christian Dior, where highlighted red lips were a must, and Anna Sui had red-themed makeup looks with matching red eye shadow and cheeks. Wearing red for spring means letting the color stand alone, and leave the rest of your face bare or minimal to let the color speak for itself. Try using a lip stain instead of a matte lipstick for a more youthful look. We love Sephora collection Lush and Flush Lip and Cheek Stain and Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment.

Metallic

Usually considered a fall shade, metallic have appeared on the spring runway shows of Chanel and Ralph Lauren. White silver shadows specifically add shimmer to spring makeup. To give the metallic shades a spring treatment, try using a cream base instead of a pencil for a more natural effect.  We love Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow.

Magenta

Maybe its pop star Nicki Minaj’s influence, but magenta lips have been popping up all over the runways for spring.  Milly matched matte magenta with bright orange nails for a rainbow-esque look, and glossy shades of magenta lips were also featured at Betsey Johnson and Luca Luca. Magenta can be worn alone or with smoky eyes for a night on the town look. We love Nicki’s Lipstick from MAC and Sephora collection in Love Test 11.

St. Patrick’s Day Eyeshadow Look

14 Mar

We loved the eye look we created for Saint Patrick’s Day last year so much we decided to share it with you again this year!

With St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, we’ve decided to embrace our green side and create a makeup look for the celebration that is fun and fabulous. We love themed holidays, a day where we can dress up and have a good time, and this makeup look is perfect to accent any green outfit.

The Steps

1. Apply shimmery white eyeshadow to your entire eyelid. We love Polyester Bride by Urban Decay.

2. Brush on gold shimmery eyeshadow from your lash line to your crease. Draw a thin line using the same eyeshadow along your bottom lash line. We love Golden Crown by M.A.C.

3. Using an eyeshadow brush, apply an emerald green eyeshadow, sweeping the color onto your eyelid, continuing past the outer corner of your eye, towards your eyebrow. We love Swimming by M.A.C.

4. Use the same emerald green eyeshadow and draw a thick line under your eye, from the center to the outer edge.

5. Apply glittery false eyelashes to your upper lash line and then line over the lashes with black eyeliner. We love Guilty Pleasure by NYX and Liquid Eye Liner by M.A.C.

6. Apply clover-shaped gemstone stickers and small silver stone stickers around the outer corner of your eyes. You can purchase these from any craft store.

We hope you enjoy this look and have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day! Leave us a comment and let us know!