2017 Holiday Fragrance Gift Pick - KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus

KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus
KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus 

Reality Star- turned beauty mogul Kim Kardashian is probably most well known for her makeup contouring and highlighting skills.  Now she's also dipping her toe into the fragrance world with her own independent fragrance, KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus which launched just in time for 2017 Holiday season.

I was very pleased with Kim's first solo perfume.  KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus is classified as a Floral Woody Musk.  Overall, it's a tarte and slightly sweet with balanced floral notes drying down to a warm, fresh, soap-y feel.

KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus

It's has a dewy, fresh and a true floral feel, with the perfect amount of citrus to round it out. For me, this is a perfect sunny/warm weather scent and I could see myself wearing this even more in the summer.   

On my skin the florals, the Tuberose, in particular, really stood out and warmed up very fast, but the Orange, Lemon and Pink Pepper created the perfect balance to keep it fresh and clean for me throughout the day. 

The longevity on my skin was very good (over 6+ hours) and the projection was average. I got many compliments from men and women on this scent, (which is always another good sign for me).

Most importantly, this fragrance avoids any artificial or synthetic notes, which can be common among Celebrity Scents.  Kim thought this Crystal Gardenia fragrance release out very well. Note: There are also two other versions: Crystal Gardenia and Crystal Gardenia Oud (shown, above).

KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus
If you're thinking about treating yourself or gifting KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus, the packaging is lovely.  The crystal shaped bottle has been created so that it gives an authentic feel, and in box was a small envelope of real light pink Rose Quartz Crystals in the same shape as the bottle, along with a small card listing their healing properties which make a great keep sake or small gift for friends.(I actually have been a longtime fan of the Rose Quartz stone!).

Even if you're not a Kardashian fan or a buyer of "celebrity scents", if you love fragrance, this is a very well done, clean floral/citrus fragrance that will stay with you.

There are two sizes, both priced reasonably under $50. This is a limited release, and Kim has indicated she will release completely different scents in the future, so get this one while you can! - RLB

Purchase: KKW Crystal Gardenia Citrus 

Fragrance Notes:
Top Notes: Orange Oil Pomelo, Lemon, Passionfruit, Pink Pepper
Middle Notes: Gardenia, Tiare Flower and Tuberose
Base Notes: Musk, White Cedar extract, Amber, Australian Sandalwood

2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color Uncensored

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color Uncensored 

I've already shared some of my latest FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna discoveries with you, but just in time for the holidays, she's dropped a mega red lip color that adjusts to everyone's skin tone.

If you've been looking not only for a bold red lip color - but a LONG wearing one, FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color Uncensored  is all you need.

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear
 Fluid Lip Color Uncensored 
The first thing that I loved about  FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color Uncensored  is the texture.  It was smooth and glided on my lips almost like a gel formula.

Since the red is slightly different on everyone, depending on skin tone and undertones, I was pleasantly surprised that it became a very blue-based red on me, sine this is one of my favorite types of red shades.

The plush wand, similar to the one with the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer Fenty Glow is soft and contoured so that it hugged the curves of my lips.  This made it mistake proof to apply since I had so much control.  The Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color formula stared out glossy on my lips and within a few seconds dried down to a semi-matte intense red.  It didn't look or feel dry, and after the first few hours of wearing it (and eating and drinking) it didn't move at all.  It also didn't flake or smudge and my lips felt soft and hydrated all day.

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear
 Fluid Lip Color Uncensored 
By the late evening FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color Uncensored  was still going strong on my lips after more eating and drinking.  I removed it at night with a standard makeup remover.

Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color  was perfect when I really wanted a bold lip that looked great and I literally didn't have to think about it all day or night.

Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color is the perfect holiday beauty treat for you or the red lipstick lover in your life! - RLB

2017 Holiday Fragrance Gift Pick - ELIZABETH AND JAMES A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection

Elizabeth and James A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection 

For the last few years Elizabeth and James' new scents or gift sets have made their way to our Holiday Gift Guides.  This year I am especially happy about the new Elizabeth and James A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection.

This is Elizabeth and Jamesfirst gift set filled with four of their classic and newest additions to the Nirvana Fragrance family, housed in a beautiful display box.  The set contains four deluxe mini sized ( 0.22 oz/ 6.8 mL) Eau de Parfum Dabbers in Nirvana Black, Nirvana Bourbon, Nirvana White, Nirvana Rose.  Note: These are NOT spray bottles.  When opened, you apply by tipping the bottle on to your finger to apply.

Elizabeth and James A Little Bit of
Fragrance Collection
If you're already a big fan of one or more of the Nirvana fragrances, this is the perfect way to always have your favorite Bit of Nirvana for your purse or travel bag.  The Mini's have the same distinctive shape and color as their full sized versions, so you can still feel like you're treating yourself whenever you apply or touch up your fragrance.

Or, If you know someone who has only tried one or two of the Nirvana fragrances (or loves to try new perfumes), this allows them to try more, including the newer Nirvana Bourbon and Nirvana Rose scents.  

Of the newer Nirvana scents, I personally love Nirvana Bourbon and also love mixing it with the Nirvana Black.  But with the four scents, you can get creative and find a totally new Nirvana combination to extend your enjoyment of these fragrances.

Elizabeth and James A Little Bit of
Fragrance Collection
The Nirvana Rose was the only Nirvana I had not previously tried, and although I though it was going to be too heavy on the Rose for me, I ended up loving it and also how nicely it developed on my skin as the day went on.  As a matter of fact, this is the Nirvana that lasted the longest on my skin (8+ hours)

Of course, if you have several fragrances lovers in your life, break up the set and give each one as a stocking stuffer (the beautiful bottle is gift-giving ready!).  

 Elizabeth and James A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection is a must have for any Nirvana fan.  Don't wait to pick this one up to gift - or get! - RLB

Purchase Here: Elizabeth and James A Little Bit of Nirvana Fragrance Collection 4 x 0.22 oz/ 6.8 mL

Fragrance Notes:

Nirvana Black - A bold blend of violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla 

Nirvana Bourbon -  A blend of vanilla bourbon, oakwood, and tuberose, 

Nirvana White  - A blend of delicate notes of peony, chic muguet, and musk, 

Nirvana Rose -  A bllend of Rose De Mai, Geranium, and Vetiver.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - OGX Limited Edition Kandee Johnson Frosted Sugar Cookie Shampoo + Conditioner

OGX Limited Edition Kandee Johnson Frosted Sugar Cookie Shampoo

Before 2017 Black Friday comes upon us, I wanted to share a drugstore buy that's a perfect holiday beauty gift or stocking stuffer to buy - the OGX Limited Edition Kandee Johnson Frosted Sugar Collection.

Beauty Influencer, Kandee Johnson teamed up with OGX Beauty to create a hair collection just for the holidays.  OGX is known for their exotic hair care scents and the Frosted Sugar Collection was created help spread holiday cheer.  Kandee was inspired by her favorite time of year with festive holiday decorations and treats like twinkly lights, and hot cocoa.

OGX Limited Edition Kandee Johnson
 Frosted Sugar Cookie Conditioner

I found the Frosted Sugar Cookie Shampoo/ Conditioner scent soft and authentic, without any over the top sweetness or artificial scents. 

The shampoo and conditioner smelled identical, and as a pleasant surprise, they also cleansed gently and conditioned and softened my hair well.  Both the shampoo and conditioner rinsed well and left my hair smooth and hydrated, with a faint scent of sugar cookies!

The OGX Limited Edition Kandee Johnson Frosted Sugar Collection has adorable packaging that would make this perfect holiday stocking stuffer for a tween/teen or the young at heart.

Don't wait long,the OGX Limited Edition Kandee Johnson Frosted Sugar Collection. is only here for the holidays! - RLB

*These products were provided courtesy of OCX PR for reviewing purposes.

2017 Holiday Fragrance Gift Pick - Clarins Tonic Scented Candle

Clarins Tonic Scented Candle

If you or someone in your life loves gorgeously scented luxury candles, Clarins has just what you need for gifting with it's Clarins Tonic Scented Candle.

Formulated to mimic the brand's popular Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil this Clarins Tonic Scented Candle is like having a spa in your own home. 

If you know and love  Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, the scent will be very familiar to you.  The Tonic Scented Candle combines the purest essential oils such as Mint to soothe and calm, Rosemary to revitalize and repair and Geranium to stimulate and purify.

The candle itself is HUGE with 3 wicks.  I've burned it every day for the last week or so in the evenings to relax and it's not even half way finished. Note: According to Clarins, burn time is approximately 50 hours

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil

If you're not a Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil user but are obsessed with candles, this is also perfect.  Clarins Tonic Scented Candle is the ultimate luxury, filling the room within minutes with the refreshing and relaxing mix of the essential oils.  

Treat yourself or the candle lover in your life to this holiday edition candle that will bring a cloud of fragrance to the home or any room just in time for holiday gatherings and parties as well! - RLB

Purchase Here: Clarins Tonic Scented Candle
Purchase Here: Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil 

*This product was provided courtesy of Clarins PR for reviewing purposes.

2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - L'Occitane Verbena Holiday Bauble

L'Occitane Verbena Holiday Bauble
This year L'Occitane is back for holiday season with beautiful, whimsical beauty gifts filled with their best selling skincare and fragrance products.

Once of their best buys is the L'Occitane Verbena Holiday Bauble. The golden tree ornament complete with golden ribbon to tie on the tree is filled with 3 products: 
Verbena Body Lotion 1 fl.oz, Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel 0.3 oz.and Leaf Verbena Soap 0.8 oz,

This is the perfect little beauty treat to spoil yourself and the beauty lovers in your life.  If you love citrus,L'Occitane's Lemon Verbena scent is legendary.  It's refreshing and has a light, lingering presence on the skin when layered with the soap and moisturizers.

L'Occitane Verbena Holiday Bauble. is a gift that will make a L'Occitane lover, or someone new to the brand, very happy this holiday! 

 Purchase Here: L'Occitane Holiday Ornament

L'Occitane Holiday Ornament

For 2017 L'Occitane partnered with Kanako Kuno, a Japanese artist who lives in Paris and is well-known in France for her whimsical illustrations, making the boxes as beautiful to give as the ornament inside. 

If you'd like a gift set with mixed scents, try the Sephora L'Occitane Holiday Ornament which is inside of a pink metallic bauble.  You'll find a Almond Delicious Hands Cream, Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion and Verbena Extra-Gentle Soap 

L'Occitane Holiday Ornament

Enriched with almond milk and almond oil, Almond Delicious Hands helps to nourish and soften the hands while enveloping them with a subtle and mouthwatering scent of fresh almonds. The Shea Butter Ultra Rich body lotion, enriched with calendula extract and 15 percent shea butter, helps to soothe and moisturize skin. Inspired by the traditional recipe from the master soap makers, the Verbena Extra-Gentle Soap gently cleanses the skin, helping to maintain its natural moisture balance.

No matter which one you choose, you can also break the gift up into separate stocking stuffer or secret Santa gifts for beauty giving on a budget. - RLB

Purchase Here: L'Occitane Verbena Holiday Bauble 

Purchase Here: L'Occitane Holiday Ornament

*This product was provided courtesy of L'Occitane PR for reviewing purposes.

2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder

SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is the perfect gift for the shimmer loving person in your life.  This lightweight shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for highlighting arms, shoulders, collarbones -- and even hair, as well as the face.  It has a cute, super-soft puff, and a mesh container opening to allow you to easily apply.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is perfect for holiday parties when you're wearing sleeveless tops or dresses.  It's a very large container, so you will have this powder for holidays and parties to come.

The glitter in SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is very fine with a warm golden/champagne colored finish.  It shows up nicely but it's not over the top showgirl style sparkle.  When using it on the face it's best to use with your usual highlighting brush, dipped into the top mesh opening for more accurate application on the bridge of the nose, cheekbones and brow bones.  

For the hair, you can lightly press the puff into hair directly, or your brush (but you will have to wash the brush because there will be excess glitter that will cling to it!).

SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is also gift-giving ready in its soft pink container with golden stars.

This also makes a great secret Santa or stocking stuffer gift for beauty lovers in your life! - RLB