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Clive Christian Perfume Imperial Majesty
$215,000 for 16.90z, the bottle
The bottles is adorned with a five carat brilliant cut white diamond and an 18-carat gold collar.

no.1 christian clive
No. 1 Pure Perfume by Clive Christian
$2,350.00
You can find Clive Christian Fragrances at Neiman Marcus

ralph lauren notorius
Ralph Lauren Perfume Notorious
$3,540
Available at Harrods

Limited Edition Angel Mugler Show Superstar
Limited Edition Angel Mugler Show Superstar
$3,000. 14.2 fl. Oz. Eau de Parfum
Shown in the deluxe, limited edition bottle, adorned with elegant Swarovski® crystals, created in France by Brosse celebrated glassmakers. Available at Neiman Marcus.

expensive perfume
Caron Perfume Poivre
$2,000 (2.2 oz bottle)

expensive perfume
Chanel No. 5
$1,850 (15.2 oz bottle)


Baccarat Perfume Bottle Les Larmes Sacrées de Thebes
$1,700 (0.25 oz).


Hermes Perfume Faubourg
1,500 (1 oz bottle)
Shown in a limited edition St. Louis crystal bottle, only 1,000 limited-edition bottles were released.

expensive perfume
Annick Goutal Perfume EAU D’hadrien
1,500 (3.4 oz bottle).
This fragrance is the creation of Annick Goutal an award-winning pianist. Shown in limited edition bottle. You can find Annick Goutal fragrances at Neiman Marcus.

Joy jean patou parfum
Joy Baccarat Pure Parfum, Limited Edition
$1000.
Only 50 limited-edition inscribed Baccarat Pure Parfum bottles are created each year for Jean Patou Joy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus.

expensive perfume
Shalini Perfume
$900 (2.2 oz bottle)

expensive perfume
Jar Perfumes The Bolt of Lightening
$765 (1 oz).
Created by famous jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal, also known as JAR. Rosenthal also designed the bottle. JAR Perfumes can only be found at specific JAR boutiques ( Bergdorf Goodman in NYC and the exclusive JAR boutique is in Paris).

most expensive perfume
Guerlain 180 Year Collectors Set
3750.00
18 iconic Guerlain fragrances, from Eau de Cologne Imperiale, composed for Empress Eugenie in 1853, to the House’s newest scent, Cruel Gardenia, created in 2008. Retails at Neiman Marcus

[ Fragrance 101 ]

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Read MoreDecember 27, 2010 9:58 pm - Posted by Kristy

woman perfume

“Perfume puts the finishing touch to elegance – a detail that subtly underscores the look, an invisible extra that completes a woman’s personality. Without it there is something missing.”
Gianni Versace.

Fragrance Strengths

The intensity of a fragrance is determined by the amount of the actual perfume oils. A perfume with a higher concentration of perfume oils will have a longer lasting and more pure scent.
Perfume………………… 15% – 30%
Eau de Parfume ……… 8% – 15%
Eau de Toilette ………. 4% – 8%
Eau de Cologne …….. 2% -5%
After Shave …………… 4%
Splash Cologne ……… 1% – 3%

Take Notes

Understanding Fragrance Composition
A fragrance generally has three notes or levels, with each scent evolving into the next. The notes begin with the lightest and evolve into the strongest. Often the strongest note or the base note starts off unpleasant, however it improves with time. The middle note helps to cover the base note untill it has “matured”. Some fragrances such as a splash may only have a top and or middle note.

Top Note / Head Note
Fades in about one minute / Lightest scent (fruity, citrus)
This is the initial impression, it sets the stage for the middle and base notes.

Middle Note / Heart Note
Fades within 30 – 45 minutes / (florals, spices)
This is the body of the fragrance with a discernible aroma. The middle note acts as a bridge between top note and base note.

Base Note/Bottom
Fades in 3-5 hours / Heaviest scent (Musks, woody notes)
This represents the true personality of the fragrance, and has the most stability and staying power. The lasting power depends on strength of the fragrance.

Application

Proper use and application for a full body fragrance experience.
Layer your fragrance to assure depth and character of a fragrance on your skin. Layering refers to applying different forms of the same fragrance family, i.e., body wash, body splash, lotion and perfume. When you use a variety of body products and fragrances with different scents, they may not mix well together, creating an unflattering result. Ideally, you would layer a fragrances from the same brand/scent, however if you know the notes that compose your fragrance, you can better choose complimentary body products.

Fragrances rise so they should be applied from the ankles up. Apply perfume to the pulse points — ankles, behind the ears, back of the knees, bosom, inside the wrist and inside the elbows — to extend wear. Don’t forget less is more.

Shopping for a fragrance

When you are shopping for a fragrance, let the person at the counter help you. They are around fragrances all day and generally know them well. Most fragrance counters will have coffee beens available. Smell the coffee beens between samples to clear the nose and increase sensitivity. It is similar to cleansing your palate with sorbet between courses. When you think you found one you like, spray a little on your wrist and wait about an hour. You want to allow the fragrance to “dry down,” so that you know how the base note will smell before you make a purchase. If you are shopping for someone else, take a list of fragrances that they like or have purchased before – this will help the associate at the fragrance counter identify the common notes, and help you choose a fragrance with similar scent qualities.

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Read MoreDecember 18, 2010 2:54 am - Posted by Kristy

body wash, shower

If you are like me, you probably love all the perfumed body products, like the products from Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Work. The fragrances are so lovely, especially when you layer the shower gel, lotion and body spray. Unfourtunatly, if you have dry skin, you may need to trade your favorite fragranced shower gel for a body wash better suited for dry skin.

When you are looking for a body wash for dry skin, look at the ingredients listed on the back label. Ingredients are listed from the greatest to least amount contained in the product. If the first two ingredients are water and sodium laurel sulfate, then that is what makes up most of your product. Sulfates are used in many cleansers and shampoos, they are detergents and help products to foam up. Unfortunately, they can dry the skin by stripping the protective lipids from the skins surface. However, products that use sulfates in combination with conditioning agents and emollients will help to prevent the skin from becoming too stripped. If you have dry skin, choose a body wash that has an emollient or moisturizer as the second and/or third ingredient. Look for ingredients like petrolatum, cocoa butter, jojoba butter, and natural oils. Most Cleansers will have some sulfates, the trick is to find a shower gel that has sulfates lower on the list of ingrediants. There are products that have sulfates as the third or fourth ingrediant.

olay body wash, dry skin
Olay Body Wash plus Body Butter Ribbons
I like Olay Body Wash Plus Ribbons jojoba butter. Jojoba butter is a nice moisturizer and although it is half way through the list of ingredients, Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are in the top three ingredients before any sulfates.

shower gel
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti Aging Body Wash
Water,Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are the top three ingredients before any sulfates. Olay Total effects contains niacinamide which helps to prevent skin from losing water, and also helps to stimulate circulation in the skin. Studies have shown that it also improves the appearance of wrinkles, skin discolorations and reduces redness and improves skin elasticity.


Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
Natural oils and emollients, to help replenish skin’s natural moisture. It’s lightly fragranced, soap free, dye-free and hypoallergenic so it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin

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Read MoreDecember 15, 2010 12:50 pm - Posted by Kristy

celebrity esthetician stephanie willis
Stephanie Willis and Leslie

Photo’s by 944 Magazine. Photography by Joseph Greenbaum
View full gallery of photos of the Paradise Valley Skin Klinic event at www.944.com

mark ried
Leslie and award winning stylist Mark Ried

lisa forester, mark reid
Celebrity Makeup Artist Lisa Forester and Mark Reid

Dr Daniel Shapiro
Dr Daniel Shapiro


Jaclyn


Melissa Rein

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Read MoreDecember 12, 2010 6:31 pm - Posted by Kristy

 celebrity esthetician Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis
Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis

We had a great time at the grand opening of the new G-Star store inside Scottsdale Fashion Square. While your out doing your holiday shopping, be sure to stop by and check out the incredible fashions by G-Star.

View full Gallery of photos from the grand opening of Raw by G-star at www.944.com
Photography: Joseph Greenbaum

Raw by G-Star Scottsdale
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
Follow G-Star Scottsdale on facebook
www.g-star.com

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Read More 6:29 pm - Posted by Kristy

Jessica Simpson, Celebrity Esthetician Stephanie Stock
Stephanie & Jessica Simpson

When it comes to boots, the Jessica Simpson collection rarely disappoints. Whether you’re looking for casual flat boots or a sexy high heel, you can find a pair of Jessica Simpson boots to fit your style.

[ Jessica Simpsons Christmas CD: Happy Christmas ]

It’s all about the boot

jessica simpson boots
Alany – Tobacco
Slip into simplicity with this style from Jessica Simpson. Alany features a rugged brown leather upper with a zipper detail and subtle western flair. This knee boot is finished off with a 4 inch block heel and 3/4 inch platform.

jessica simpson boots
Anne – Black
This boot has a cuffed top and layers of slouchy, supple leather. 4.4 inch stacked heel, 0.7 inch platform.

jessica simpson boots
Capry - Espresso
Pound the pavement in this relaxed leather boot from Jessica Simpson. The Capry has a slouchy, vintage feel with double buckles for a touch of freshness. 2.8 inch stacked heel.

jessica simpson boots
Chelo
A touch of faux fur adds a new dimension of luxury to any outfit. The supple leather Chelo boot from Jessica Simpson is lined with faux fur for a fashion-forward look with a cozy feel. 2.1 inch heel.

jessica simpson boots
You can find Jessica Simpson products at Nordstroms and Macy’s

Shop the full Jessica Simpson Collection.
www.jessicasimpsoncollection.com

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Read MoreDecember 9, 2010 5:43 pm - Posted by Kristy

robert black

Robert Black, former owner of Ford Robert Black Agency and Doreen Picerne, philanthropist and fashionista have brought red carpet Couture to Arizona. Fashion by Robert Black is a vintage boutique, with unique vintage dresses, shoes and jewelry. Located in downtown Scottsdale Arts district, Fashion by Robert Black now occupies the landmark White Hogan building on East First Avenue.

Shop one of a kind vintage jewelry at a trunk show hosted by fashion icon Robert Black at Shapiro Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic. The Friends and Trends Holiday Soiree is this Tuesday, December 7th, 5:30 – 8pm.

Fashion by Robert Black
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Monday- Closed

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Read MoreDecember 6, 2010 4:31 pm - Posted by Kristy

scottsdale fashionista

If you love fashion, beauty and shopping, then you need to visit Scottsdale Fashionista. This site keeps you up on everything fashion, paying special attention to local designers and boutiques. There is also plenty of celebrity fashions to view, including celebrity fashion mistakes.

I am a firm believer that beautiful skin, hair and makeup complements any ensemble. The Scottsdale Fashionista has not forgotten the relationship between fashion and beauty, with a fabulous section dedicated to the fountain of youth.

www.scottsdalefashionista.com
You can follow Scottsdale Fashionista on Facebook and Twitter.

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Read More 10:59 am - Posted by Kristy