In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Bath & Body Works Pure Paradise Collection

With Flossie about to hit Hawaii and summer’s end in sight, I’m wanting any indication possible that summer can last just a little bit longer.

So what bathtime delights am I turning to in this tropical storm time?
Why, the Pure Paradise Bath & Body Works collection, of course!

Bath & Body Works Pure Paradise Collection ($11 -$16.50) - Pictured here: Pure Paradise Body Lotion ($11), Pure Paradise Shower Gel ($11), and Pure Paradise Fragrance Mist ($14)

Last night, I took a long, hot bath soaking in the Pure Paradise shower gel ($11). It foamed up a bit and made my bathroom smell like a tropical vacation meets my old days at camp. I closed my eyes and was able to smell both the memories of my yesterday and the future memories of my tomorrow.

What do I mean by that? Simple. It reminds me of a tropical vacation due to its summer seduction quality that it seems to have all bottled up while reminding me of my times at summer camp – filled with innocence, first love and the warm night breeze.

Of course, that might all be from the sumptuous star fruit, juicy guava or dewy cassis. Or it could be from the luscious gardenia, frangipani or water lily. But the white musk, blond woods and sunkissed coconut certainly don’t harsh my tropical bathtime buzz!

And when it came time to hydrate, I wanted the scent – and nostalgic feeling – to continue. So to town I went with the Pure Paradise Fragrance Mist ($14) and Pure Paradise Body Lotion ($11).

I went to sleep in a seductive slumber dreaming of my old pre-teen boyfriends from camp and my future boyfriends on the beach.
Now, that’s what I call a good evening, ladies!




BF Asks: What scents remind you of the summers of your youth? 

Fragrance Friday: Annual Birthday Trish Treasures

Today is my birthday.

And every year, I wish for the same two things on my birthday:

A pony…

and a prince.

I’m kidding.
Kind of.

No, the 2 treasures that are always at the top of my list are Trish McEvoy Wild Blueberry Vanilla scented candle and Trish McEvoy No.9 Blackberry & Vanilla musk fragrance.

This year, I got both!

And I am one happy, happy, sweet-scented, smiling girl because of it.

Trish McEvoy Wild Blueberry Vanilla Scented Candle ($55)

The blueberry vanilla candle warms my heart and home with its freshly baked blueberry muffin scent. It literally smells like warm, freshly baked, homemade blueberry muffins. Don’t believe me? Try it. People will swear you’ve been baking.

Trish McEvoy No.9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk fragrance($85)

When I dab on the No.9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk fragrance, it hints at my personal sweetness with a dash of sass and sexiness. Can I say that about myself? Well, it’s my birthday. I just did. You can think the sassy, seductive blackberry for that.

Every year when I receive these precious gifts, I expect two things to happen:  it prepares me for the holiday season and I know I will receive compliments with people asking how I smell so sweet. Literally, people think I smell like a cupcake most of the time. Maybe they should catch me after pilates but I don’t mind having that sweet-smelling “reputation”.

Well, the truth of my sweetness (at least by scent) is Trish McEvoy.
I fell in love with makeup because of this woman and her vision and her collections never cease to introduce me to new treasures.

My first job, at 20, was working for her and I am so grateful that I had the privilege to work for, and learn from, such a classic, intelligent, business-savvy, insightful woman. I consider myself very lucky to have fallen into the beauty department at Neiman Marcus Northpark at the age of 13. While most of my friends were playing soccer, I was playing with makeup at the ultimate beauty mecca.
Thanks Trish! And thanks mom for letting me play all those years ago and for my annual birthday gifts!





BF Asks: What’s always on your birthday wish list?

Fragrance Friday: Lisa Hoffman Clary Sage Eau de Parfum

Here comes the rain again. Falling on my head like a memory. Falling on my head like a new emotion.
As I write this, the unthinkable is happening: it’s raining in Los Angeles. This doesn’t happen very often and many people, like my dear friend Jennifer, welcome it when it does.

Speaking of rain - even my pictures look misty! Lisa Hoffman French Clary Sage Eau de Parfum


Thanks to Lisa Hoffman French Clary Sage Eau de Parfum ($59.90), we can welcome the scent of a French country rainfall every day of the year.

On my dresser with Lisa Hoffman French Clary Sage Eau de Parfum

The subtle scent evokes summers in Paris, lazy summer days at the lake and rainy days reading in your bunk at camp. With yellow freesia, citrus, cotton, linen, sandalwood and, of course, French Clary Sage – the scent in our memory comes alive in this scent of the moment.
Its crisp and clean notes are fresh enough for the very young but sophisticated enough for those of us who have more rainy day memories to recall.
A perfect pick-me-up for yourself or a sure-to-please gift for one of your favorite ladies, Lisa Hoffman French Clary Sage is a memory-boosting scent that knits together the threads of the seasons.
BF Asks: Are you a fan of rain?

Back-to-School-Backpack Beauty – LAVANILA – Delciously scented, Delightfully lasting, Deeply Memorable

Today’s Back-to-School Backpack Beauty featured product is LAVANILA. 

Why LAVANILA? Because they smell delicious enough to drink.

And I am seriously trying to ignore that Pumpkin Spice Latte so rudely calling me from down the street. Stay away, I warn you, you temptress!

And, because, it is the perfect back-to-school gift for your favorite student heading off to college – or high school – or yourself.


I became obsessed with LAVANILA, over a year ago, after a particularly productive (um, expensive) visit to Sephora. LAVANILA was my bargain buy–and my favorite purchase from the visit!

They had me at their precious packaging: dark chocolate and candy pastel damask. I was smitten. But it’s the scent that I fell in love with. It’s like if my grandmother’s kitchen married a french macaron bakery and they summered at a summer camp or the Sowell family lake house in Texas.  It’s even named LAVANILA! See? It’s delicious.

I have bought many LAVANILA products but the one that got me first was the deodorant.

LAVANILA Deodorant has a permanent place in my medicine cabinet

LAVANILA Deodorant has a permanent place in my medicine cabinet


Medicine Cabinet Friends

Medicine Cabinet Friends


The Vanilla Grapefruit Deodorant. Moisturizing, divine-smelling with its creamy citrus scent and long-lasting, this became my favorite everyday deodorant. I loved the scent that I left a room with while wearing it. It was subtle, sweet-with-a-bit-of-spice, and not the least bit overpowering. I wondered if they sold the fragrance on its own. They did! They do!

Move over Latte temptress: meet my new, calorie-free love!

Move over Latte temptress: meet my new, calorie-free love!

And oh good golly, the fragrance! SUCH a perfect fragrance for Fall! It’s as if Fall-kissed-summer in a bottle. A mouthwatering blend of summer sparkling grapefruit, fall cedarwood and warm Madagascar vanilla.

And, of course, I couldn’t stop there. I can have a little bit of an addictive personality when it comes to delicious things, did you notice?

So I wanted to get the Body Butter too. I loved it too, darn it! With its quickly-absorbed yet richly-hydrating formula, I knew it would be yet another LAVANILA product I would have to buy.

LAVANILA Body Butter

Lucky for me, all three came in the I love Lavanila gift set for only $49.50. I do love LAVANILA!!


But the best part about these products (besides the deliciousness mentioned above) is that you can feel good about wearing them.
Deemed “The Healthy Deodorant”, “The Healthy Fragrance” and “The Healthy Body Butter”, you get that the focus of LAVANILA is health.

These all-natural products use REAL ingredients including vitamin-rich essential oils and butters for a naturally luxurious experience. Then, to exemplify their commitment to “natural” products, they make this healthy promise to you.

“We are committed to using only those all-natural and organic ingredients that nurture the soul and nourish the skin. Our luxurious products are vitamin-rich, non-irritating, clinically tested safe and free of harsh chemicals. NO paragons, petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulfates or aluminum.”

You read that right. None of that stuff you’ve been warned about recently is in any of these products. Plus, it’s not tested on animals and the packaging in 100% recyclable.

And this girl would like to thank them for that!


Because I may have to give up my Pumpkin Spice latte to stay healthy but I’m not about to give up my LAVANILA.

p.s. Um, I’m not really giving up Pumpkin Spice lattes. I’m just trying to have a firm stance as the season begins. Once a week, I promise. A girl has to treat herself every now and then!

Mailbox Monday: May Birchbox “Gossip Girl” edition

Happy Mailbox Monday!

You guys know how much I love beauty boxes, right?
Have you subscribed yet to any?
Today we’re discussing the May Birchbox which celebrated CW’S Gossip Girl season finale.

May Birchbox: Celebrating CW's Gossip Girl

I received it on the actual day of the season finale so it was super fun!

In it, I received these little happier:

The little happies inside my May Birchbox: Gossip Girl edition

Details about May Birchbox: Gossip Girl edition

And here is the BeautyFrosting May Birchbox Gossip Girl video in our Mailbox Monday video series:

FREEday Friday: We have a Winner for our Kai Debut Giveaway Contest!!

Hi Beauties,

What a beautiful Friday! And I get to announce our Kai Giveaway winner!

The deluxe Kai gift bag (retail value $261) features Kai‘s signature:

  1. fragrance oil (1/8 fl.oz./3.6 ml)
  2. Eau de Parfum (1.7 fl. oz./50 ml)
  3. Body Butter (6.4 oz/180 g)
  4. Body Lotion (8 fl. oz./236 ml)
  5. Skylight Fragrance Candle (10 oz./283 g)

And our winner is…

FREEday Friday: BeautyFrosting Debut/ Kai Giveaway Winner Announced

Here’s a video announcing our lucky, lucky Kai Debut Giveaway Winner!

BeautyFrosting/Kai Debut Giveaway Winner Announced by BeautyFrosting (VIDEO)

Congratulations Elena V!!! Please send me your mailing address as soon as you get a chance.

If you didn’t win , you can get your Kai here by clicking on this link to: Beauty Collection

You can find the entire Kai collection at Beauty Collection!

Have a beautiful day, beauties! And stay tuned for our next giveaway coming up super soon…


BF Asks: What would you like to win in the next BeautyFrosting giveaway?

Goldilocks & The 3 Fragrances: A Kai Fragrance Giveaway

You want to smell like a lady. A lovely lady.

Well, lovely, but not like your great grandmother, either.

You want a fragrance that’s not pretentious, overpowering, too sweet nor too musky.

You’re kind of like Goldilocks when it comes to perfume/fragrance.

I get it.

You have tried them all and found that “This one smells too big and musky”,

“This one smells too fragile and sweet, like a jolly rancher.”

You tell me, “I just want to smell fresh and pretty. Is that too much to ask?”

No, no it isn’t, my golden friend.

 So Goldilocks, here is your “Juuuuuust right!” moment!

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