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Giveaway: Express Glam Fragrance + $100 Express Gift Card

Giveaway: Express Glam Fragrance + $100 Express Gift Card

When I was in college, Express was one of those places the “cool kids” shopped. Back then, I didn’t really fit into a lot of their clothes, and it was somewhat aspirational for me. As soon as I was able to, I was all about their jeans. It’s new to see Express selling fragrances though, and I’m all about the new Glam. Made with top notes of black currant, mandarin vodka and mid notes of sheer jasmine, while the base notes are sandalwood flower, praline and white woods, it legit FEELS glam — and it’s so slender I can easily fit it in my purse when I’m out and about! For those of you who aren’t into heavy scents, this one is light and airy and starts at just $15.99 for the roller ball size – a great price...

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LOVING Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday Fragrance Bottle!

LOVING Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday Fragrance Bottle!

While no one would mistake me for a mega fan of Nicki Minaj’s music, I find myself super drawn to her new fragrance (or at least its bottle)! The bottle was obviously designed to resemble her — though looks a tad like Akasha of Lestat lore, don’t you think? — and has pink hair and a gold face. OK, Akasha’s hair wasn’t remotely pink — but she reminds me of her anyway! The fragrance, called Pink Friday, will arrive in stores next month. Nicki (via Twitter) describes the scent of the fragrance as smelling like “angels playing.” Intrigued! Photo: Nicki...

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Will Avon have you smelling like a Bed of Roses?

Will Avon have you smelling like a Bed of Roses?

Mom, if you are reading this, please walk away from the computer screen… There we go! We can proceed. Friends, many years ago, I lost my virginity to Bon Jovi’s Bed of Roses. Sadly, the dude involved went on to give love a (very) bad name. However, Jon Bon Jovi has been THERE FOR US, and by that I mean ALWAYS, and his new fragrances for Avon – announced today (to my huge excitement) may just be born to be my baby. “Avon, and the Avon Foundation for Women, have given support and a voice to those in need for decades,” says Jon Bon Jovi. “Their philosophy of empowerment sends a strong message and I’m pleased to partner with them,” says Jon Bon Jovi. The fragrances, available through Avon Representatives, will be available later this fall...

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Hello Kitty Big Pink Bow Fragrance

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Hello Kitty Big Pink Bow Fragrance

Perhaps your mom is an adult — or, at least, more wise in years than you — but that doesn’t mean that the same adorability = smile rule does not apply. And for that, I suggest a slightly out of the box Day-of-Mom idea — HELLO KITTY. Or, more exactly, Hello Kitty’s Big Pink Bow, just launched by Sephora. Just take a second to look at the image I included at left. How cute is it??? I think MY mom in specific may enjoy it because it kind of looks like me — I am often found in a light pink bow and a gold top. For those are you caught up in the details, the fragrance is a blend of uicy pineapple, pink honeysuckle, tantalizing gardenia, fresh coconut, and warm vanilla. It contains notes of frangipani, juicy pineapple, gardenia, pink...

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Beauty News: Estee Lauder and Tory Burch Announce Fragrance Partnership

Beauty News: Estee Lauder and Tory Burch Announce Fragrance Partnership

Tory Burch just continues to get bigger and better in all corners of the business globe: Estee Lauder and Tory Burch have announced a multi-year deal that includes the launch of a Tory Burch fragrance! Tory Burch says, “I’m thrilled to partner with The Estée Lauder Companies, an iconic company that has been a tremendous inspiration to me in business and philanthropy. Fragrance is a natural extension of our brand – we will create unique fragrances that complement a woman’s innate beauty. Fragrance is a part of my daily routine, and it evokes strong memories of my mother and grandmother. I still remember their favorite scents.” The partnership marks Tory Burch’s first foray into the beauty industry, and are expected to be...

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My New Travel Companion: Tsubota Pearl Stick Perfume Applicator

My New Travel Companion: Tsubota Pearl Stick Perfume Applicator

My ear is always to the wall for travel-friendly beauty options – mostly because I seem to spend more of my life living out of a suitcase (than not). One of those issues that has always plagued me is that of fragrance —  most perfumes these days are available in small, TSA-approved roller ball options. However, many of my favorites aren’t – and that doesn’t really fit in with my lifestyle. Imagine how happy I was to discover  Tsubota Pearl Stick Perfume Applicators ($44)! These are small, leakproof, brass tubes that come with tiny funnels for easy perfume transferring. It may not last you an epic journey, but if you take frequent short trips, it’s just about perfect; rolls right on, and then sticks safely back in your...

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Breakfast with Betsey Johnson (and Her New Fragrance, Too Too!)

Breakfast with Betsey Johnson (and Her New Fragrance, Too Too!)

How do you generally spend your early morning Tuesday hours? If it’s over coffee and a newspaper as you ready for work, you are probably a normal human being. But if you are me, and having a very lucky morning, you get to spend it with your idol — Betsey Johnson – over breakfast on her birthday, as she  launches her new fragrance, Too Too with a huge party at Milk Studios. Yes, I know. I am still pinching myself. It was pretty amazing. Betsey Johnson is gorgeous – on the inside and out – and she gave me a big hug when she saw me! And, obviously when said hug is attached to pink cupcakes, champagne, plush pink couches, and a private dance performance – at 9 am – who am I to complain? Anyway, the reason for this birthday...

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Kim Kardashian Launches Love Fragrance

Kim Kardashian Launches Love Fragrance

Hold onto your hats, kids… Kim Kardashian has announced the launch of a limited-edition wedding fragrance that will be named love. 1,000 bottles of the fragrance were produced, and Kim will wear the scent from one of the bottles for her wedding day. 200 bottles will be for her bridal shower and the remaining 799 bottles will be sold. The fragrance has top notes of sparkling red currant, pink freesia and star jasmine, a heart of French mimosa, rare Egyptian tuberose, and rose absolute orpur and background notes of sensual musk, creamy sandalwood, and orris butter. Love costs $100 a bottle and can be purchased here – I find myself simultaneously horrified and intrigued – before even smelling it. How do you feel? Is this something you’d want...

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Awesome Alert: Prada to Launch Prada Candy Fragrance

Awesome Alert: Prada to Launch Prada Candy Fragrance

Prada has a new fragrance coming out next month called Prada Candy, and if we can take a moment for me to be completely Aly-centric…doesn’t the girl on the box look JUST LIKE ME? Yes, even down to my signature colors! The fragrance contains notes of vanilla-scented honey,rich, creamy caramel notes and warm musk and was created by perfumer Daniela Andrier. Bergdorf Goodman has the fragrance available for pre-order here. It will arrive in stores on August 6. I can’t wait to try it out! Photo:...

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Scents of Fall: New Yankee Candle Fragrances

Scents of Fall: New Yankee Candle Fragrances

Are  you ready for fall? Believe it or not, planning has started – I’m getting back-to-school pitches in full force, and Yankee Candle has announced the launch of five new fragrances for Fall 2011. Here are the five new candles: Nature’s Paintbrush: A blend of citrus, sandalwood, amber and musk. Over the River: Features fragrance notes of mandarin, soft oakmoss, soothing lavender and sandalwood. Kitchen Spice: Notes include almond, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom. Pumpkin Buttercream: A combination of buttercream and spiced pumpkin. Vanilla Satin: A fragrance of floral notes with rich vanilla. Which are you most excited about? I think I need to have Kitchen...

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