September 2016 archive

Fragrance Junkie Chronicles: My Wedding Fragrance

As I approach the 1 year mark of my marriage, I am growing increasingly nostalgic to that incredibly beautiful day, what it meant to me, what I felt like, and the unforgettable notion that I made the biggest commitment of my life in front of hundreds of people that meant so much to me and the man I vowed to spend the rest of my life with. Part of that nostalgia is remembering what fragrance was chosen for me, and remembering that scent will be forever tied to the most beautiful day of my life.

That scent for me was L’Artisan Parfumeur Paris, La Chasse Aux Papillons.  I remember like it was yesterday (Mainly because it feels just like it was yesterday, this year has gone by way to fast), I wanted a uniquely beautiful scent, and I wanted it to come from Paris, literally. It had always been a dream of mine to wear a beautiful Parisian scent that no one I knew would ever have or wear! As fate would have it, I had a dear friend, Tiffany, living in Paris at the time! I messaged her on What’s App (Best app ever), and pleaded with her to find me the perfect wedding scent. It worked out perfectly because she was traveling to London to visit my best friend Nicole, and was able to give it to her prior to Nicole traveling to the U.S. for the wedding!  I gave Tiff three parameters for the perfect scent; it must be unique, something that cannot be purchased in the U.S., and floral. I live for floral scents! They are so soft, girly, and romantic, which is exactly the aroma I wanted on my wedding day!

I must say, Tiffany did not disappoint! She was a bit nervous, especially knowing my love of fragrances, but, she hit the nail on the head with this amazing scent! Thank you Tiff!!!

L’Artisan Parfumeur, a Parisian based fragrance brand, was founded by Jean Laporte over 40 years ago. This historic Parisian perfume company is now run by a team of skilled perfumers, with 100+ years of experience. With a celebration of this classically beautiful brands return, it’s no secrete its iconic heritage, is finally revealing its love of nature.

My wedding scent, La Chasse Aux Papillons, which translates to the Hunting of Butterflies, captures the essence of femininity and grace. As described by the L’Artisan Parfumeur:

Dusk draws over the blue skies and the day becomes golden. In this perfect moment before day becomes night, the air is sun-drenched and filled with white flowers. The light is soft and seductive. The mood is daring and mysterious. The scent of jasmine lingers in the air together with the last butterflies of the day.

Notes:
Bergamot, Madarin, Pink Pepper, Linden Blossom, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Lemon Tree Blossom, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang.
Style:
Girly. Innocent. Playful.

If you’re worried whether or not you can ever own this scent yourself, don’t worry, Sephora has it available for order!  While it isn’t available in stores, you can definitely order online! Trust me, you’ll love it!

La Chasse Aux Papillons is everything a woman could want in a wedding fragrance, and I am forever grateful this unique scent was mine. Did you have a wedding fragrance? If so what scent did you wear? Comment below, I’d love to know!

 

 


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$400 For a Hair Dryer? Is The Dyson Supersonic Truly The Newest Beauty Innovation?

This past April, Dyson (yes the vacuum brand) solidified themselves as game changers in the beauty industry when they introduced this innovative new hair dryer, better known as the Supersonic. With the launch and availabilty of the beauty device this past June, beauty lovers around the world are left wondering have we witnessed hair drying history?

Sure one might take a look at the price tag and think, “OH NO WAY, $400 for a hair dryer?” And I’d have to admit, I had that exact sentiment. I mean why would I spend $400 on a hair dryer when I can pick up one for less than $50 at my local beauty supply store? What was the big deal, I thought? But the more I researched the product the more it started to become appealing to me. Sure $400 is a lot of money, but most women spend that within 2 months with regular visits to the hair salon. Could this be the investment I’d need to make, to save thousands of dollars at the beauty salon in the long run? Well let’s see…

A couple of facts about The Dyson Supersonic:

  • The brand spent over $60,000 buying different textures of human hair to test their product. They wanted to be sure to test the dryer’s quality, and what affect it could possibly have on several different textures of hair.
  • They literally built this device from nothing. The equipment and technology they needed didn’t exist, so they created it. Talk about innovation! Dyson is clearly no stranger to being innovative, so it’s cool to see they are taking this transition into the beauty industry just as serious as they would creating a new vacuum, air filter, or hand-dryer, three products they are known for perfecting.
  • They worked with some of the world’s top hairstylist to perfect the device’s functionality and features.
  • This beauty gadget is equipped with a silencer feature that makes the sound of “blow drying” close to obsolete.  To reduce the noise of the Supersonic, Dyson’s engineers included acoustic silencers in the handle of the dryer – eliminating the typically annoying loud blower sound. (I bet your husbands, boyfriends, and sleeping children can appreciate that)
  • It didn’t happen overnight. The Dyson Supersonic has been in the making for the last 4 years, so it’s clear serious time and effort has gone in to perfecting the hair drying process!

 

I’ve never known a Dyson product to not be of the highest quality, but I still was a little skeptical. So I researched a little more. What I can appreciate is, Dyson really took the time to understand the science of hair and what other hair dryers were doing incorrectly. According to engineers at Dyson,

Hair dryers with big bulky motors have to put them in the head – it’s the only place they will fit. That’s why hair dryer design hasn’t changed since the 1960s. The Dyson digital motor V9 propels 13 liters of air per second, but it’s no wider than 1.06 in. Just small enough to turn conventional engineering on its head.

They found a quicker more effective way to dry hair. No more spending 30 minutes drying your hair when it should otherwise take you half the time. They found a sleeker way to pack a little more power in the punch!

What I am going gaga over is the sleek design of this hair dyer! It is aesthetically beautiful, and has a ton of different functions that all glamour girls can appreciate. Each attachment goes on easily! No more twisting and turning until you feel like your wrist is about to break! Each attachment pops on easily with a sleek magnetic feature that is sure to make your hair drying experience an easy one!

The Smoothing nozzle, Styling concentrator, Diffuser – Iron, Non-slip mat, and Storage hanger are all of the attachments and extras you receive with your choice of either the silver or fuchsia dryer color option.

The bottom line, this dryer is worth every penny, but the question is are you willing to make the investment and splurge? I think I’ll be adding this to my Christmas List. This dryer is truly holiday wish list worthy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Skinphorea Facial Bar Brings Euphoria To Beauty Lovers in Michigan!



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The opening of the hottest new full service skincare spa, was without question, worth the wait! Skinphorea started off as an online skincare blog that offered high quality retail skincare products and helpful tips to women who wanted to be educated in the skincare department. Now they’re a full fledged brick and mortar facial bar, that specializes in creating custom facial cocktail treatments and educating each client on how to achieve healthy, beautiful skin.   All of the products used at this one of a kind facial bar are the highest of quality and all natural.  The beauty of this unique skin care oasis is, you’re able to obtain high quality facial services at the fraction of the cost! Each facial offered is only $49. If you’re like me and love getting facials, but hate the high cost of perfect skin, Skinphorea is sure to exceed your expectations! It’s an excellent experience and price point for girls-on-the-go that take skincare seriously, but aren’t trying to break the bank in the process!  Located in Royal Oak, MI, Skinphorea offers facial and body waxing services from licensed experts, while featuring top line products like Skinscript, and one of my favorites, Le Mieux.  Skinphorea is sure to meet all of your skincare needs, fabulously!

 

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With a carefully curated menu of services, Skinphorea offers customizable vegan facial cocktails from their super creative facial bar menu. With the help of your own personal skin care therapist to ensure you’re getting the right treatment for your skin type, you are sure to leave with the fabulously coined, Skinphorea Glow! I am absolutely in love with the bar’s menu of treatment options! With treatments like, The Hydrating Colada, The Brightening Espresso, The Vegan Sangria, and my favorite, The Margarita on the Rocks, you are sure to find a cocktail that meets your skin’s needs!  And it doesn’t end there, they also offer Shots, that are just $10 each. These additional add on services provide exclusive enhancements to any of the main facials offered! Options like the Tequila Extractions, Malibu Eye Treatment, Gummy Bear Lip Treatment, and my favorite, the Mini Micro-Mimosas, are sure to make your experience even more posh!

If that isn’t enough, they even offer Top Shelf treatments & add-on’s for the true Posh + Popular Dolls that appreciate a little extra indulgence!  All of the Top Shelf services are done in a private area, where Posh Dolls can relax and enjoy being pampered quietly and comfortably, with no interruptions.

Some of the Top Shelf menus options include, the Long Island Cocktail, the Mojito-Dermabrasion, The Cosmo Peel (Chemical Peel), and the Bellini Back Facial to name a few.  And let’s not forget the Top Shelf add-on services like, the White Russian Mask – (24 kt gold Hydrating mask) and the Mai Tai Oxygen Treatment, offered at $20 a piece! I will for sure be adding the White Russian Mask to my next service, 24 kt gold, I’ll take that!

The Top shelf services are also 60 minute services versus the 30 minute service you’d receive from the standard Bar Menu. The best part about the Top Shelf services offered, is  they’re still super affordable ranging between $50-$65 per treatment.  If this isn’t a beauty lovers dream I don’t know what is? Having the opportunity to really invest in your skincare is now attainable with the amazing price points provided by Skinphora.

If you’re wondering whether or not they forgot about the men, they didn’t, they offer services for the gentleman too! The special men in your life deserve a little pampering as well. So on your first visit, be sure to inquire about the male services offered on The Cocktail List.

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Skinphorea also offers non-alcholic beverages to each guest upon arrival, but if you’d like a little bubbly, they can take care of that too!  I mean what girl doesn’t appreciate a little champagne!  And, if you’re wondering whether or not they offer membership options, worry no more, because they do! For $45 dollars a month you’re able to choose any standard service provided on The Cocktail List, a complementary Shot, and 10% off any additional products and services purchased from The Bar during the month! Of course I’ve already signed up for a membership, it just made logical sense!  Achieving the Skinphorea Glow, and saving money in the process.  Be sure to contact them for additional membership options and services.

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In my opinion (which is usually on point), Skinphorea is the hottest new facial bar in the Metro Detroit area. But you have to experience it for yourself! If you’re looking for a venue to host your next girls day, date night, birthday party, or me day, Skinphorea is the perfect spot! Log on to their website or call and book your appointment now, and be sure to tell them Posh + Popular sent you! They love to give goodies to new clients, especially my Posh + Popular Dolls!

Founder’s Shareese Shorter and Jessica Hayes are truly passionate about their business and it shows. From beginning to end the service I received upon arrival was top notch. When I had a chance to speak with the ladies of Skinphora, co-founder Jessica Hayes had some great things to say about their vision for the brand.

We wanted to bring something different to the Metro Detroit area; a facial bar with a “Happy Hour” feel. Most beauty bars attempt to be a one-stop shop and deliver a broad range of services. We didn’t want to be the spa that was good at doing everything, but instead specializing in one-thing, which is skincare and being great at it.

Wise words from a true expert in the beauty industry!

Earlier this year, the ladies of Skinphorea joined my friends and I on an episode of my YouTube series, Pink Kisses! Check out all of the amazing skincare tips they provided in this hilariously informative skincare episode! It’s no surprise their business is as beautiful and innovative as they are! Enjoy this episode, if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to log on to their website to schedule your first visit, today!

http://www.skinphorea.com

Photography: Moon Reflections Photography
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Be sure to tell them Posh and Popular sent you!

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