Review: Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her ($96 Value)

Hands down, the Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is THE BEST fragrance option at Sephora! Although, the Collector’s Edition Fragrance Sampler for Her, $75 is pretty awesome too!) Anyway, I have been waiting for this set to come out since last year! The Sampler includes a voucher (a coupon) for a full sized perfume, 12 tiny fragrance samples (a mix of eau de parfum and eau de toilette – I am partial to the eau de parfums), and 1 refillable rollerball (that you can fill with any fragrance for on-the-go). The idea is to try out the 12 fragrances, select your favorite one, and use the voucher to purchase the full sized fragrance at no extra cost. Basically, it is like a free perfume trial, so awesome! This is a great gift option because it provides the recipient with an opportunity to purchase a fragrance of her choice, and also with an excuse to go to Sephora! :)

This set includes little samples of: Dior Addict 2, Versace Bright Crystal, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Dolce & Gabbana Rose the One, DKNY Be Delicious, Philosophy Amazing Grace, Prada Infusion d’Iris, and Givenchy Very Irresistable Givenchy.

At $50, this is a great item to purchase online because you get free shipping, and 3 free samples with every online order. Honestly, don’t put too much emphasis on the samples though. The samples usually prove to be disappointingly tiny and worthless!  In most cases I can barely experience a product because I am simply not provided with enough of it.

Keep in mind, the Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is limited edition, so if you want it get it now! http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P273901&categoryId=C19973&shouldPaginate=true

x0 Katie

Make your scent last throughout the day…or at least a bit longer!

One of the most frustrating things about purchasing perfume is the realization that it does not last as long as you would like once you get home and get it on your skin.

Fragrance comes in several different forms. Some of these forms, which are listed according to their concentration from greatest to least, include: perfume, eau de parfum, and eau de toilette. Solid perfumes and fragrance mists are also available.

Perfume and eau de parfum are the purest and as a result, most expensive fragrance products. These forms of fragrance will often last longer on your skin.

Get your scent to stick by:

1. Selecting the purest form of fragrance available in the scent you like (most fragrances are easily accessible in eau de toilette form, however, if perfume or eau de parfum is available, invest & save it for special occasions)

2. Apply a small amount of Aquaphor or petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) to your pulse points (do not overdo it with this step! A tiny dab will work!)

3. Now, spray or dab your fragrance on your pulse points. Your pulse points can be found on your wrists, inside your elbows, behind your ears, behind your knees, at the base of your throat, and don’t forget to put a bit around your ankles.

Other tips:

Stick a travel size or small bottle of fragrance in your bag & bring it wherever you go.

Select a moisturizer that has the same scent as your fragrance of choice.

Keep your perfume out of the sun, and away from extremely hot or cold temperatures.

Pass on fragrances that don’t work on you – because of your body chemistry, a perfume might not work on you but might smell amazing on someone else. If you don’t like it, pass it on! Fragrances are most potent for about two years after they are created. So instead of wasting it or allowing it to expire, give it away.

Test a scent if it is possible before you buy it. I recently considered purchasing YSL Parisienne because I loved the way it smelled at the counter and in Glamour (there was a sample – I actually smell these things :)!) However, when I went to Macy’s to purchase it, and after one spritz on my wrist and about 5 minutes of wearing it as I walked around the store, I realized it was not what I thought it would be. I was not upset at that point, I was actually relieved that I had not purchased it at sephora.com or something because it really did smell quite unappealing!

x0 Katie

In and Out #1

So it is time to switch it up a bit and do an in and out post!

*IN*

Black & White: I love wearing black & white right now! It seems like I cannot get away from it-when I go shopping I am just drawn to black/grey/white/silver. I find that I am even wearing more black jewelry – which seems to be easily accessible right now, especially at Forever21. Perhaps my favorite thing about the marriage of black and white is versatility. You can wear these colors, and look dressed up or casual, depending on how you accessorize.  I am going on a short trip this weekend, and everything, from my luggage to my jewelry are black & white (of course, I had to add a splash of  color somewhere so my nails are short & hot pink).

Solid perfumes: My current favorite-Pacifica solid perfume in Brazilian Mango Grapefruit. The scent is incredible. It is summer in a tiny yellow tin…I love it. The Pacifica solid perfumes are also fun to layer-be creative and give it a try. I always have a tin of Pacifica solid perfume with me because I like to reapply the scent throughout the day. It is made with organic and natural ingredients, and free of parabens, animal ingredients, gluten and artificial colors.

Roadtrips: I am obsessed with these! My month-ling roadtrip over the summer was the best thing I have ever experienced and I am anticipating and planning my next adventure…

Greek Yogurt: I love Stonyfield Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt! I find myself eating it almost every day. I have tried blueberry, honey, strawberry and vanilla. Vanilla and honey are my absolutely my favorite flavors! All of the flavors have 0% fat which is also awesome.

*OUT*

Car maintenance: I feel like I clean my car SO often & yet it still gets cluttered with random papers, extra pairs of flats (I think there are currently at least 3 pairs of flats in my car…and I am not really sure why?!), books, granola bars etc. Also, since it is white, I constantly feel like it needs to washed! I try to refrain from this to conserve water… and time.

Missing the sun: The shortest day of the year (in terms of sunlight) 12/21 is quickly approaching. It seems like the sun is only out for a little while each day & it is usually when I am unable to be outside. I am missing warm summer days & the beach!

Trident Layer Gum: I tried both flavors but neither of them were particularly good. It had a strange consistency and was way to expensive for gum – about $2.00 at WaWa.