November 21st, 2012

I was thrilled to be invited backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where Tom Pecheux, Orlando Pita and Yuna Park oversaw … oh, you know, just the most amazing models in the world.  

VS has a signature look that’s very real and refreshing, and I got all the tips to recreate it.  You can see my beauty story and tons more photos here.

My new cult fave is by far the Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheen, it’s a great hybrid between a gloss and a more balm-like color, and it’s in a pencil … 4 for $20!

The live taping was also off the hook - Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Bruno Mars (<-who killed it)… Tune in December 4 at 10/9C on CBS to watch!

Images: Willamain Somma for Cult of Pretty. Project in partnership with Victoria’s Secret.

April 20th, 2012
Let&#8217;s talk about love for a minute: how much I love picking the brains of beauty innovation gurus like Victoria&#8217;s Secret&#8217;s Mark Knitowski, and how much I love giving away almost $100 worth of the new Love is Heavenly fragrance. Also, gotta love models in the flesh and an epic array of fresh flowers.
                 
                 Toni Garrn + VS Angels Erin Heatherton + Lindsay Ellingson
I was so excited to go behind the scenes with Mark Kitnowski, the VP of Product Innovation over at VS.  Think of Mark like you think of Pharrell, Timbaland, The Dream etc. &#8230; the perfumers are the talent, but Mark is the producer - and hitmaker.  Never turn up your nose (literally/figuratively) at a VS scent, they&#8217;ve got the best people in the biz working on this stuff. PS My jam this winter was flipping up my usual niche 3 zillion dollar oud fragrance [which I only have a sample of, obvs] with VS Bombshell.
Mark explained the birth of Love is Heavenly, which was a marriage of two directions from two perfumers. One mod had the fresh, sparkling vivacity in the top notes &#8230; exactly what Mark was seeking for the &#8220;daughter&#8221; of the classic Heavenly scent &#8230; and the other had a rich, sensual base with this hint of masculinity that I&#8217;ve really been loving in these recent scents.
The result makes perfect sense - isn&#8217;t it funny what the first stage of falling in love is all about?  That mix of innocence, wanting to get to know someone, do anything for them, that bubbly feeling in the tum &#8230; and then, indulging in the dark side! Listening to depressing music when they don&#8217;t call you, turning into an uncontrollable beast whenever you&#8217;re alone with them &#8230; HA. You know what I mean, right?  Definitely a dichotomy. 
A couple gems in the juice: dewberry in the top notes, which to me is synonymous with youth; water lily (grown and captured in a hydroponic setting - so it&#8217;s very pure and clean, without the earthiness of dirt!); and a triumvirate of woods including ebony that dries down to a very evocative &#8220;I kept his sweatshirt on all day&#8221; kind of feeling.
                 
                 Pretty pretty launch luncheon!
Mark also pointed out that unlike the mega fragrance brands you buy at Sephora or the department store, there&#8217;s no middle man with VS, which means the money&#8217;s in the juice, not the markup or the ad campaign.  And it&#8217;s in the packaging too, apparently - you&#8217;ll see what I mean when you get your hands on it. SO premium.
Today you can win the EDP ($52), Body Lotion ($20), and Body Mist ($25).
TO ENTER YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE STEPS &#8230; PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BELOW.1. Do ONE of the following&#8230;. follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin&#8217; OR be follower of Cult of Pretty on tumblr OR subscribe via email.2. Leave a DISQUS comment below [click through if you&#8217;re reading this in tumblr] and tell me one memory from the beginning of falling in love, any time in your life &#8230; you don&#8217;t have to name names!  I&#8217;ll put mine in the comments. Don&#8217;t comment in &#8220;Ask Me Anything&#8221; OR in the &#8220;FAN NOTE&#8221; area of tumblr &lt;&#8212;- guys, click through please, leave a comment on the blog not inside tumblr!
3. You must be 18 or older to enter.  (You can ask someone to enter on your behalf if you like, up to you, but the prize will be sent to their attention).Contest ends next Friday April 27, 2012 at 11.59pm Eastern.  If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing. Multiple comments DO NOT increase your chances of winning but love ya. Winner is drawn at random.
Images: my own; product via the brand.

Let’s talk about love for a minute: how much I love picking the brains of beauty innovation gurus like Victoria’s Secret’s Mark Knitowski, and how much I love giving away almost $100 worth of the new Love is Heavenly fragrance. Also, gotta love models in the flesh and an epic array of fresh flowers.

                

                 Toni Garrn + VS Angels Erin Heatherton + Lindsay Ellingson

I was so excited to go behind the scenes with Mark Kitnowski, the VP of Product Innovation over at VS.  Think of Mark like you think of Pharrell, Timbaland, The Dream etc. … the perfumers are the talent, but Mark is the producer - and hitmaker.  Never turn up your nose (literally/figuratively) at a VS scent, they’ve got the best people in the biz working on this stuff. PS My jam this winter was flipping up my usual niche 3 zillion dollar oud fragrance [which I only have a sample of, obvs] with VS Bombshell.

Mark explained the birth of Love is Heavenly, which was a marriage of two directions from two perfumers. One mod had the fresh, sparkling vivacity in the top notes … exactly what Mark was seeking for the “daughter” of the classic Heavenly scent … and the other had a rich, sensual base with this hint of masculinity that I’ve really been loving in these recent scents.

The result makes perfect sense - isn’t it funny what the first stage of falling in love is all about?  That mix of innocence, wanting to get to know someone, do anything for them, that bubbly feeling in the tum … and then, indulging in the dark side! Listening to depressing music when they don’t call you, turning into an uncontrollable beast whenever you’re alone with them … HA. You know what I mean, right?  Definitely a dichotomy. 

A couple gems in the juice: dewberry in the top notes, which to me is synonymous with youth; water lily (grown and captured in a hydroponic setting - so it’s very pure and clean, without the earthiness of dirt!); and a triumvirate of woods including ebony that dries down to a very evocative “I kept his sweatshirt on all day” kind of feeling.

                

                 Pretty pretty launch luncheon!

Mark also pointed out that unlike the mega fragrance brands you buy at Sephora or the department store, there’s no middle man with VS, which means the money’s in the juice, not the markup or the ad campaign.  And it’s in the packaging too, apparently - you’ll see what I mean when you get your hands on it. SO premium.

Today you can win the EDP ($52), Body Lotion ($20), and Body Mist ($25).

TO ENTER YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE STEPS … PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BELOW.

1. Do ONE of the following…. follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin’ OR be follower of Cult of Pretty on tumblr OR subscribe via email.

2. Leave a DISQUS comment below [click through if you’re reading this in tumblr] and tell me one memory from the beginning of falling in love, any time in your life … you don’t have to name names!  I’ll put mine in the comments. Don’t comment in “Ask Me Anything” OR in the “FAN NOTE” area of tumblr <—- guys, click through please, leave a comment on the blog not inside tumblr!

3. You must be 18 or older to enter.  (You can ask someone to enter on your behalf if you like, up to you, but the prize will be sent to their attention).

Contest ends next Friday April 27, 2012 at 11.59pm Eastern.  If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing. Multiple comments DO NOT increase your chances of winning but love ya. Winner is drawn at random.

Images: my own; product via the brand.

December 9th, 2011

So, for today’s GIVEAWAY, I’m going to drop a bomb on you - which is that I’ve been wearing a Victoria’s Secret fragrance in heavy rotation amongst my usual obscure niche favorites. CONTEST OVER THANKS FOR PLAYING!

I got Bombshell as a sample at VS and of course I tried it (I try everything), and I got really into it sort of in spite of myself - because I don’t think of myself as a “sexy” fragrance person.

                 

On paper, this fragrance is a fruit floral: passion fruit, peony and vanilla orchid.  But … do you you guys know what a lenticular is?  One of those old-school plastic picture card things where you look at it at one angle and see one picture, then the image changes at another angle.  That’s really what this is like: once on your skin it’s very dynamic … at one moment it’s soft and milky like Ralph Lauren Blue (one of my favorites of all time); at another it’s directly sexy in that it evokes a man … something about it is a dead ringer for L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme which a lot of hotties from my life wore at one time or another.

Anyway, it was a Fifi award winner (that’s like the Oscars of the fragrance world), so I feel validated, because I think it’s brilliant too.

This week you can win the Deluxe Gift Set ($96 value), which contains a full size EDP, a cute little mini EDP (stocking stuffer for someone in your life?), and the body lotion and body wash. 

TO ENTER YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THESE STEPS …

1. Do ONE of the following…. reblog this post OR follow Cult of Pretty on Bloglovin’ OR follow Cult of Pretty on tumblr OR subscribe via email.

2. Leave a DISQUS comment below and tell me WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BOMBSHELL?  COULD BE MARILYN, ANGELINA, YOUR MOM… ANYONE!  I think mine is Anita Ekberg. Don’t comment in “Ask Me Anything.” 

Contest ends next Friday December 16th, 2011 at 11.59pm Eastern.  If you subscribe or follow to enter, you must be subscribed or following at the time of the drawing.  XO

Image via; gift set courtesy of Victoria’s Secret


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