Thursday, August 22, 2019

PURE ROMANCE: Products That Empower, Educate and Entertain Women's Health Issues

Recently I attended an intimate event featuring the extensive brand Pure Romance. Founder Patty Brisben spoke of products they created for women’s health and I learned so much about keeping my body healthy and happy. Giggles filled the room at times when vibrators or lubricants were spoken of yet I loved speaking freely about sexual health. It is such an important topic that the more we get comfortable speaking about, the more we will become knowledgeable about how to be our best selves.

There were also so many wonderful products for shaving, moisturizing the body and self tanners. Last night I tried their “Coochy” best selling conditioning shave cream ($20) and it was incredible. After that I sprayed their Soothing Aftershave Mist ($24) and my legs felt so hydrated and soft to the touch. Amazing! The Lavender and Chamomile Massage Lotion ($32) was the final touch to soothe and smooth my skin. The scents in all products used are light as I am sensitive to smell. I have so many new products to sample yet I started with their number one seller first, Coochy.

There are a multitude of products to buy which cover many different categories. They even have bedroom attire in their product line! I am already impressed with everything I have personally sampled.

Both Patty Brisben and her President and CEO Chris Cicchinelli have non- profit organizations that not only deal with women’s sexual health but also help transgender youth and their families by providing education, advocacy and resources to build confidence and acceptance through change.

I learned so much at the event and am very grateful to have met Patty and her wonderful staff. The discussion of women's health must not stop here. Let's continue to keep the conversation going.

This is just a small sampling of what you will find on their website. 
Be sure to go to to see the full collection.

LUCKY CHICK: "Treat Yourself Like A Masterpiece" with The Poppy Collection

Rooted in ART- Lucky Chick's founder Stephanie Miklosvary created the brand in order to allow you to have freedom of self expression through your choice of beauty products. For me, beauty and art have been passions of mine for several decades so the Lucky Chick brand spoke to me right away. I not only loved the poppy flower packaging but the color variety (many more than swatched as well as other brand categories are available) are both extensive and beautifully pigmented.

Each jewel tone color is precisely picked from the painting of the Poppy flower created by the Stephanie’s Mother. The entire brand is rooted in art, grounded in nature and blossoming with color.

Given a project to create a painting every day as a meditation while she was going through breast cancer treatment, Stephanie’s Mom turned it into a collection of inspiring creations. Choose your own highly pigmented colors that range from deep reds and oranges to pinks and calming nudes. Allow yourself to feel the energy this collection brings to life with each detail that creates the complete masterpiece.

From their packaging to their website, the blossoming art comes from artist Bonnie Sakoff and The Poppy Collection is their very first launch.

Our faces are generally seen as our canvases so don't be afraid to be bold! The Poppy Collection has you covered no matter how you choose to express yourself. #letyourselfbloom

Colors swatched are Desire, Courage, Blissful and Paradise in both Creamy Matte Lipstick form as well as Hydrating Lip Lacquer.

Monday, August 12, 2019

KORRES: Upcoming Launches Starting August 28th on HSN

SAVE THE DATE of August 28th! You know I am a fan of KORRES and this collection is sure to be a winner- not to mention there will also be an exclusive sneak peak of their upcoming global launch.

KORRES Pure Greek Olive Oil Elasticity Boosting & Anti-Wrinkle Body Cream Collection is debuting on HSN on August 28th. Featuring a trio of the brand’s Pure Greek Olive Oil Body Creams – including the exclusive NEW world launch of the Olive & Orchid scent, as well as an exclusive sneak peak of the brand’s upcoming global launch: Hydra-Biome!

The rich KORRES creams are formulated with the brand’s proprietary blend of Olive Leave Cell Extract and organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil that deliver age-defying benefits, resulting in a youthful-looking, soft and supple skin. The Body Cream Trio features two of the best-selling Greek Olive Oil scents – Olive & Sea Salt and Olive & Blossom – as well as the new Olive & Orchid scent that boasts a fresh floral aroma, evoking a soft spa-like essence.

· NEW! Olive & Orchid: Fresh blooming wild orchids blended with sweet mandarin and a touch of warm vanilla

· Olive & Sea Salt: Derived from Aegean Sea Salt and blended with notes of Rosemary, Mint and Lemon

· Olive & Blossom: Soft white flowers that create the olive fruits from tree

As an exclusive bonus, the brand is also including a travel-sized KORRES Hydra-Biome™ Probiotic Superdose Face Mask. Debuting this fall globally, the revolutionary mask is formulated with cutting-edge microbiome rebalancing technology, to hit the reset button on stressed, red, dull, itchy, scaly and blotchy skin. The mask will transform dull and dehydrated skin into a healthy and glowing complexion after one use.

Availability: Starting August 28th on HSN for $48.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Korres: Lip Butter, Black Pine Super Eye Serum and Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel Moisturiser

Ever since trying products from Korres many years ago, I have been hooked on quite a few. I like that their Founders Greek Pharmacist George Korres and Chemical Engineer Lena Korres believe in the potency of using natural ingredients.  

In the summer months, my skin, under eyes and lips get super dry and Korres products (shown above) give me back not only the hydration I so desperately need but also make my skin (pores are minimized), eyes  (show less fatigue) and lips (feel supple) and soft to the touch. I also like that their products, although rich in ingredients, are affordable through both as well as

If you aren't already in love with this brand...I urge you to give them a try as the variety of products they have are extensive (and effective).

Monday, June 24, 2019

Jonathan Van Ness Joins BIOSSANCE as First Celebrity Ambassador

Jonathan Van Ness Joins BIOSSANCE as First Celebrity Ambassador

Biossance is a brand I feel is a results driven brand. Their products are filled with essential ingredients that have evened out my skin tone beautifully well. I started to have dry patches and adult acne and their products have helped me immensely. I was so happy to hear the following news...

Television personality, podcaster, comedian and beauty expert to the stars Jonathan Van Ness joins Biossance as the first Celebrity Ambassador for the brand. He will also play a large role in an exciting Biossance education initiative later this summer. The partnership with Jonathan Van Ness marks a milestone for the brand to advance its mission to make clean the new standard in beauty.

Biossance uses the latest in biotechnology to create safe, sustainable, and luxurious formulas that deliver unprecedented results. The leading clean beauty brand bans over 2,000 potentially harmful and toxic ingredients. Biossance’s star ingredient is 100% plant-derived squalane, sourced from sugarcane – a weightless, non-comedogenic oil that replenishes and locks in essential moisture for the skin.

 I love incorporating skincare that helps me feel and look my best, while also coming from ethical and sustainably sourced places,” says Jonathan Van Ness.  Since the start of my career in the beauty industry, I have been inspired by companies that blend nature and science to create skincare that helps improve the health of skin and people’s knowledge of what the ingredients really do. I’m so excited to partner with Biossance because of their commitment to clean beauty and to continue educating consumers on their skin. I can’t wait to learn and grow with Biossance.”

Jonathan was the obvious choice for Biossance – he is personable, has an approachable style to beauty expertise, and has a true passion for sustainability,” says Catherine Gore, President of Biossance, of the partnership. “As a clean beauty brand that believes efficacy and results come first, we are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to the Biossance family. His desire to expand the world’s clean beauty knowledge with us makes him a seamless fit with the brand’s vision.”

Jonathan’s Biossance Must-Have:
100% Squalane Oil
For more information on Biossance, visit or follow on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Biossance
Pioneering sustainable beauty through biotechnology, at Biossance we created a 100% plant-based squalane skincare line that is delivering the leading skin moisturizer while using only safe and sustainable ingredients. We formulate with a No Compromise™ approach, proudly blacklisting over 2,000 potentially harmful ingredients because the products you use make a difference for your health and the health of the planet. Biossance makes sure only the most trustworthy and powerful ingredients make the final cut. Because we believe and are committed to delivering both best performing and clean beauty products. The full Biossance skin care line can be found at Sephora.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gift Ideas: Amazon Finds for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is vastly approaching this Sunday, May 12th and here are wonderful gift ideas on Amazon. Want to avoid the panic around finding the perfect present? Shop these quick shipping gift picks from Amazon. No one deserves to be pampered more, and although time is running thin you can still seem brilliantly thoughtful with the below, each tailored to every kind of mom!

The Sleeping Beauty
-          Be the reason your mom sleeps her way to better-looking skin. Crépe Erase's exclusive TruFirm Complex helps to visibly smooth and firm fine lines and wrinkles, restoring elasticity, while echinacea extract works with a blend of 9 Super Hydrators to visibly plump and soothe tired-looking skin. She will be delighted to wake up to perfectly balanced, radiant-looking skin that looks and feels years younger. Don’t just take our word; in a clinical study 90% of women said their skin looked more youthful.
The Mom On-The-Go

-          Being a mother is a tiring job, leaving little “me-time” for our superhero moms. Enter the Eterno Time Eraser, the eye cream that instantly erases dark circles, fine-lines, wrinkles, puffiness and signs of aging in 60 seconds. Mom will be feeling like herself in no time thanks to a formula of acai fruit, active peptides and hyrolonic acid.

The Pop-of-color lover
-          Long-lasting creamy eyeshadow sticks that offer all the color payoff without the fuss or fallout are perfect for the mom on the move. Formulated with soothing, smoothing ingredients like Castor Oil, Silk, and Aloe Vera to ensure the result is lightweight and comfortable, the sticks are Water-poof, sweat-proof, and transfer-proof – lasting all day without smudging! Available in 8 neutral, super-wearable shades (for all skin tones) with just enough shimmer for everyday wear.
The Zen Seeker
-          This multi-purpose balm can be used as a body lotion, hand moisturizer, natural chap stick and more! Enriched with a blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils, this 100% natural anti-stress balm will give your mom the mind peace and relaxation she needs. Enriched with 31% Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, and Grapefruit to hydrate and soften skin. What’s best: like all Vervan products, it is cruelty free and comes in recyclable packaging.

The Vegan Detox Queen
-          This charcoal face mask helps blackhead removal and promotes a clear, even skin look with less oil and shine without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. It features a unique, gel-mud texture that will help detoxify and clarify her skin without stripping it of moisture and while soothing it at the same time. The natural tea tree scent is refreshing and promotes an authentic at home spa experience.

The Environmental Enthusiast
-          Ideal for the mom who is looking for luxurious condition and shine, all while staying true to her eco-friendly roots. Created for all hair types (including oily), it's a great treatment to add in to her routine. It contains baobab and jojoba protein, which both retain moisture in the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle, adding shine. Baobab also adds elasticity and strength to hair, reducing breakage. Boost has a sweet citrus scent with lime, lemongrass, mandarin and vanilla oils.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Krigler English Promenade 19: Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Fruity-Floral Scent

I love learning new information and this Saturday, May 4, marks the 90th birthday of Audrey Hepburn—and this year is the 100th anniversary of her favorite fruity-floral fragrance, Krigler English Promenade 19.

Audrey reportedly first discovered English Promenade 19, when she was filming the movie Roman Holiday in Rome in the early 1950's, though the energizing, intoxicating scent was originally released in 1919. The bold blend boasts notes of orange blossom, juicy grapefruit, jasmine, sweet white musk, neroli and ylang-ylang and was inspired by the French Riviera, where the Krigler family fragrance business was based in the early 1900s. Promenade is a nod to the Promenade des Anglais, a seaside path in Nice.

Today, Audrey’s favorite scent remains one of Krigler’s bestsellers and is available for $385 at or at any of the luxury brand’s four global boutiques.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Vegan Beauty Lines That Deliver: Jane Iredale and Nanacoco

Yes, Spring is here and I start to shift my color palette by adding a bit more of warmth. Not to say that I go anywhere (practically) without a red lippy on hand though. Jane Iredale and Nanacoco have different price points and both are vegan lines that have colors to wow your senses. Some people think that vegan lines don't deliver enough color payoff, but that is not the case here. I have been wearing Jane Iredale for years and can attest to the brightness, quality and color availability of the products.

jane iredale Spiced Peach PureGloss Lip Gloss ($26,

This long-lasting, sheer tint of coral color features an ultra-glossy finish without feeling tacky. Hydrating moringa butter and avocado oil make lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished.

jane iredale Sunset PurePressed Blush ($30,

This pigmented guava with gold shimmer shade defines and highlights cheekbones and is formulated with minerals and antioxidants. Provides a soft wash of just-blushed color.

Nanacoco Glitzn Face & Body Pigment in Orange Gold ($7.50,

Add a pop of shine to lips with just a sprinkle of this Glitzn Pigment in orange gold for a shimmering and glamorous look! The pigment offers multidimensional shimmer formulated to stay put. Adding a radiant and illuminating sparkle to any look.

Nanacoco Shimmertallics Metallic Lip Gloss in Fall Rush ($8.50,

Get the perfect amount of shimmer and shine on the lips for a show-stopping, light-reflecting effect. This water-based formula is filled with iridescent and long-lasting shimmer that is perfect for any occasion.

jane iredale Solar Flare Eye Shadow Kit ($59,

This highly pigmented, crease-resistant and long-lasting shadow kit features shades of metallic ivory; metallic peachy beige; metallic deep taupe; metallic deep gold red and metallic burgundy brown. Packaged in a sleek mirrored rose gold compact with a dual-ended wand for effortless application. Use each shade alone, layer or blend together. Formulated with minerals, botanical extracts and silica.

jane iredale Deep GreatShape Contour Kit ($49,

These easily blendable, pressed powders feature three matte shades in each kit to sculpt and enhance all your best features. Contour shade give a natural, shadow-effected, sculpted look. Highlight shade illuminates and enhances features. Blush shade adds a lit-from-within finishing touch. Includes an easy-to-follow, illustrated application guide.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Clarins: Extra Firming Collection

Whenever I see the word under eye "dark circles" I feel an instant bond to nearly every reader at B.I.O.A. as that area seems to be one that is most problematic. If there were a magic pill to take to make mine disappear forever, I would most certainly take it. The truth is genetics, dehydration, aging, sleep and many other factors play into the role of your skin's overall look and feel.

Clarins has a new collection and their statistics do show that the focus group noticed quite enormous changes within only a few weeks in regards to their under eye dark circles, small wrinkles around the eyes and the overall look and feel of their skin. I, of course, had to try these products as I am turning 50 next month and have certainly witnessed major changes to my skin's appearance. My under eye dark circles upset me every day that I look into the mirror. I also notice my sagging jowls and am becoming quite addicted to the notion of having more firm skin.

The Extra Firming Collection uses CIarins’ advanced wrinkle-fighting formulas to promote skin suppleness at its source for visibly firmer, smoother, more renewed skin day after day. Extra-Firming formulas are packed with powerful plant extracts that visibly tighten and lift skin to smooth the look of wrinkles.

Both products in the collection are now available on

1. Extra-Firming Phyto-Serum ($102)

· A groundbreaking, 2-in-1 anti-aging eye balm that minimizes wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness

2. Extra-Firming Eye ($64)

· A groundbreaking, power lift serum visibly firms, lifts and tightens slackened skin to redefine facial contours

In the past two weeks of using the products, I have noticed a softening appearance of my skin and it does not look as dull as it before. The dark circles are absolutely still there yet the orbital area does appear to look more hydrated. 

Results are happening so what more could I ask for? Maybe a more plump pout? Well, that's in a future article for sure.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Rimmel London's New Stay Matte Campaign featuring Zhavia Ward

My house loves ZHAVIA so much as we watched her flourish on "The Four." She embodies a bold and beautiful spirit who knows who she is and I am thrilled that Zhavia is heading this campaign. 

 Makeup artist Karl Sanchez, worked with Singer and songwriter Zhavia Ward on Rimmel London’s new Stay Matte campaign. The campaign idea came to life when it was learned that Zhavia was a huge fan of Rimmel London; the campaign will include a video showcasing how Stay Matte fits into Zhavia’s daily routine and feature her second single “Deep Down.” 

Read below to find a full breakdown of Zhavia’s makeup look!

Who: Zhavia on the set of Rimmel London’s latest campaign for Stay Matte

How To Get The Look:


Karl applied the Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation and Rimmel London Stay Matte Concealer in Zhavia’s shade, Vanilla and then applied the Rimmel London Maxi Blush in Sweet Cheeks to give her some color to her cheeks.


Using the Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Nude Edition, Karl darkened the crease with the 10th shade. He used the 8th shade in the palette to smoke out the outer corner and under the eye to intensify and applied the 3rd shade on the eyelid. Karl then used the 1st shade and applied to the inner corner of the eye to act as a highlight. He finished off the eye look by applying Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Definer to create a winged look and to slightly smoke the eye and topped off the eyes by applying Rimmel London Scandal’eyes WOW Wings Mascara.


He finished off the look by applying a touch of color to the lips with Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip in "Be My Baby" followed by a clear lip gloss.

Where to Find Them: Rimmel London products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide. Visit for store locations and to try the newest products with Rimmel London’s exclusive Get The Look App available on iTunes and Google Play.

Biossance Launches The Biossance Tea Tree Collection

My newest beauty addicition: BIOSSANCE! I have been using both their Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel and Squalane + Omega Repair Cream daily and my eye area is less dark and my skin feels more hydrated and soft to the touch. The winter air really wreaked havoc on my skin and Biossance has been super helpful in bringing it back to life!

The latest collection from the Clean Beauty experts, the Biossance Tea Tree Collection, offering a mask, cleansing gel and balancing oil for calm, clear, hydrated skin.

Sourced directly from the rich fields in Australia where the purest oil is found, Biossance ISO standardized tea tree oil offers a clean and gentle alternative to over-drying, harsh cleansers. Free from petrolatum, phthalates, mineral oil, parabens and synthetic fragrances, as always the future is clean with Biossance.

Introducing the deeply purifying and balancing Tea Tree Collection:

·       Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel ($29): A refreshing gel cleanser that removes makeup while deeply purifying pores to balance skin and reduce surface oil
·       Squalane + Tea Tree Detox Mask ($39): French green clay removes impurities while tea tree oil reduces the appearance of imperfections and squalane replenishes hydration
·       Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil ($49): A weightless balancing oil whose tea tree reduces the appearance of blemishes, enlarged pores and imperfections while squalane hydrates

The Tea Tree Collection is now available on and, and in-stores at Sephora, too.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Launch Alert: "MyClarins"- Exclusively at Ulta

A brand that I have been using for about three decades, yes you read that correctly, is launching new products and I couldn't be happier for them. I am thrilled to share news of a very exciting, very refreshing Clarins launch, MyClarins, launching March 2019!

A range of 8 next-generation skincare products that deliver the best nature has to offer for healthy-looking skin by hydrating, balancing and enhancing all skin types. This collection makes up a 3-step regimen to remove & refresh, reboost & recharge and target & correct with its innovative [In&Out] Complex that puts nutrients into skin while flushing toxins and pollutants out.

The perfect balance of fruit and plant extracts, the MyClarins formulas are vegan-friendly and free from phthalates, parabens and sulfates with packaging that puts recycling and recycled materials first. A first for the brand, this millennial-focused collection will be sold at Ulta exclusively at a very affordable price point.

Step 1:
·       RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel $20.00
·       RE-MOVE Micellar Cleansing Milk $20.00
·       RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist $20.00
Step 2: 
·       RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask $27.00
Step 3:
·       PORE-LESS Blur and Matte Stick $19.00
·       CLEAR-OUT $19.00

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

New from Bioré: Bioré Skincare Blue Agave + Baking Soda Collection

You know this house uses Bioré products on the daily so we love when a collection is launched with new ingredients. So without further adieu, I introduce the newest line- NEW Bioré Skincare Blue Agave + Baking Soda Collection

The new Pore Cleanser, Instant Warming Clay Mask and Nourishing Whipped Detox Mask help deep clean and nourish combination skin by leveraging blue agave + baking soda in these new formulas. While Baking Soda deep cleans, Blue Agave provides conditioning benefits—making these ingredients a dynamic duo—for combination skin sufferers who need an exfoliating, deep clean while still being able to condition those dry patches. 

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser: Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion. 
How to use: Wet face, pump cleanser into hands and work into a lather. After massaging over entire face, rinse thoroughly. $5.99.

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask: Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify. 

How to use: Wet face, as the mask is activated by water. Dry hands and apply mask. Massage mask for about 1 minute to help heat it up. Then thoroughly rinse with warm water to remove the mask. The mask does not dry or harden. $5.99.

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask: Clogged pores seriously need to chill! The menthol in this detox mask creates an intense pore-tingly sensation—that’s the feeling of a good deep clean. Formulated for combination skin, this mask contains natural Blue Agave, known for its ability to soothe and condition, and deep cleaning Baking Soda to help eliminate impurities, leaving skin clean, refreshed, and ever-so-nourished. 
How to use: Wet face and apply mask evenly, avoiding eyes. Chill out for 3-5 minutes for seriously purified pores, then thoroughly rinse with warm. $6.49. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentine’s Day Deals That Last Longer Than Flowers

For those of you who want something other than the traditional flowers and chocolates on Valentine's Day, these beauty brands are offering major discounts so you can treat yourself to something special.

· Nanacoco Professional – Receive 25% sitewide with code: NNCCValentine through February 14th!

Our recommendation? TheLipfinity Long Lasting Lip Cream which comes in 14 colorsthat are not red! From blood orange to deep purples, your pout can still celebrate the holiday without succumbing to the overplayed red color story. Want to fall harder? The whole brand is certified cruelty-free.

· Eterno Skincare – 30% Off Sitewide! Use Code: WithLove through February 14th!

Eterno LED Device with help you Fall in love…with your skin that is. This FDA-approved device uses LED technology to remove unwanted spots, lines and pigment from your face in as little as 4 weeks.

Date night ready in an instant? Use the Eterno Time Eraser.Within 60 seconds, this unique formula starts to rebuild collagen giving you a smooth, youthful, and flawless appearance.

· Wunder2 – Bundle deals galore through Feb. 14th

Lips That Pop Bundle ($30) The LIPS THAT POP bundle comes with WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER and the complimentary shade of WUNDERKISS LIP PLUMPING GLOSS, along with a pencil sharpener to keep liner application on point.

Lips That Shine Bundle ($40) Exfoliate, Treat and Plump lips with this trio of WUNDERKISS ESSENTIAL LIP SCRUB, WUNDERKISS SATIN LIP OIL and WUNDERKISS LIP PLUMPING GLOSS.

Lips That WOW Bundle ($50)The LIPS THAT WOW bundle is the complete set of WUNDER2 lip products! Everything you need for the perfect pout, from prep and care all the way to color and shine!

Monday, February 4, 2019

New from Proenza Schouler: Arizona Dry Hair & Body Oil

 Everyone that knows me understands I am a RODIN fan tried and true- yet I really like this scent! It is light, inviting and I have been wearing it daily on both my hair and body. I have always admired their luxury clothing line and this scent did not disappoint.

Proenza Schouler is a New York based womenswear and accessories brand founded in 2002 by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. The label is formed from a combination of their mothers’ maiden names. It has its roots in that femininity, and in the meeting of two minds. An aesthetic built on duality, on contrast, on opposites attracting.

Proenza Schouler is defined by its fusion of craftsmanship and attention to detail with a sense of refined ease. Inspiration is drawn from nature, contemporary art and youth culture. The natural and the manmade are both elements infused in its very essence. To find inspiration and design their collections Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez escape from their everyday surroundings and reconnect to nature: to what has been here before us and to what will be here after us, to what truly matters - the earth, humanity, spirit, and love.

In launching their debut fragrance, fruit of 2 1⁄2 years of collaboration with L’Oréal Luxe, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are now establishing Proenza Schouler as a major luxury perfume brand.


Reconnecting to things that really matter most feels both extremely personal and universal. In today’s world, this feeling of wanting to connect to something more real feels right to us. The sense of the outdoors, of unexplored nature, of a kind of universal energy.” Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez

Arizona - far out West, a birthplace of America. It is not just a location on a map: it is a teeming landscape of contrasting elements, a vast space of conquest. It has a raw beauty, shaped by nature. The quintessence of the American mood of adventure and exploration. A pioneering spirit.
Arizona is a state of mind, a feeling of expansive vistas, of adventure. A place that somehow has an energy about it, a place of beauty and mystery.

Arizona has inspired artists, writers, filmmakers and creatives for generations. Arizona - an idea, a dream. It conjures feelings of liberation to find a greater truth. Arizona - a name. A respect and love of nature, and a sense of unbridled freedom. Arizona – a signature scent summarizing the ideology of the label.

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have carved out a niche in the international fashion landscape via their repute for innovation and groundbreaking design. That spirit of discovery and experimentation, frequently melding the natural with the man-made, has translated into their debut fragrance.

Arizona is a radiant and blooming floral scent, with a unique mineral signature.
Two accords, two notes, are at the very heart of the fragrance: a creamy orris accord and a white cactus flower accord. The most expensive of perfumery elements, orris accord has a heritage harking back to the sixteen century BC. The bloom of the Torch Cactus blossoms at most, once a year. Never before experienced in a fragrance, its unique scent could never have been explored without the technology of the twenty-first century. LivingTM technology enables to capture the scent of this rare desert flower without harming nature.

Old versus new, tradition versus innovation.

The white cactus flower accord has been combined with jasmine absolute, orange flower absolute and a solar accord. A blend creating the blooming and faceted floral heart of Arizona. The orris cream accord brings an enveloping sensuality, like a second skin effect. Added to muscs and cashmeran it introduces a textured creamy woody veil, draping skin in a comfortable shield.
The notes of Arizona transform and develop as they meld with the body, in yet another partnership. This one, of woman and fragrance.

As with Proenza Schouler’s groundbreaking designs, Arizona’s unique scent is created by a melding together of two different minds, and two separate approaches. Two perfumers were tasked with collaborating to create this scent.

With a knowledge founded deep in the heritage of the perfumer’s art, Carlos Benaim finds a synergy between fragrance and painting- he is adept at both. His fragrances create an “olfactory image,” counted in four decades of work in the perfume industry. A Master Perfumer of IFF- a label noting Benaim as a paradigm-shifter and a creator own trend-setting fragrances- his pedigree and heritage are illustrious.

The first Asian American fine fragrance perfumer in the industry, Loc Dong became intrigued by the scents of plants in Saigon in his native Vietnam. Harvesting and sorting plants by smell, that preadolescent training forms the basis for references still alive in his fragrances today. Dong is an innovator, relentlessly experimenting and pushing forward the boundaries of technology. Championing synthetic and finding harmony in the combination of notes of nature and manmade, he creates one- of-a-kind combinations that have never been experienced before.
Based in New York and Paris, with heritages from the Far East and the Mediterranean, Carlos Benaim and Loc Dong represent two distinct and contrasting schools of perfumery.
Brought together, they created something entirely new in Arizona.
Through the fusion of traditional fragrance savoir-faire and innovative technology, Arizona translates all the energy and contrasts of the brand.


Inspired by the ravines and ridges that define the horizon of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, sculpted by nature over millions of years, the Arizona bottle is a work of art in itself. A drop of water encapsulated in glass. A magical melding of man and nature. A meeting point. A fusion.
Art is always a starting point in Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s collections. Likewise as a bold creative statement, Land Art references are infused in the feel of the Arizona bottle.
Created from glass - formed from sand, thus a reflection of the desert in its very material - the bottle is another example of Proenza Schouler’s signature combinations of opposites. The glass bottle of Arizona harnesses a revolutionary patented forming technology, part of the Verescence Sculpt'in program.

Defying the laws of hollow glass forming, Verescence uses state of the art technology to ‘sculpt’ the glass of the Arizona bottle, as one may sculpt granite or marble. The final form reflects the faceted angles of rocks rather than the blown shape of glass - allowing a disruptive asymmetry, an entirely new appearance for a perfume bottle. The consequence seems natural - timeless, reminiscent of natural minerals, something pure and elemental, of the earth - but in fact a pure innovation.
Alongside the naturalistic, tactile shapes of the hewn glass bottle, the stopper is sharp, graphic and defined. Its modernist and industrial feel together with the bottle’s organic, nature-carved forms bring a sense of imperfection, a sense of the human hand. What Proenza Schouler dub ‘the perfectly undone’.

90mL ($130); 50mL ($100); 30mL ($75)
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue,, and

Sunday, February 3, 2019

New Launch Alert: The Arbonne It's All In The Eyes Eye Shadow Palettes

The Arbonne It’s All In The Eyes Eye Shadow Palettes feature 12 specially curated shadows per palette; Volume 1 featuring colors inspired by earthy terrains and Volume 2 including gemstone-inspired colors. These advanced shadow palettes are infused with skin-loving botanicals like cucumber extract and sunflower seed oil to help condition the eyelid for smoother application.

It’s All In The Eyes Eye Shadow Palettes ($56 each,

These specially curated 12-shadow palettes include color pigments naturally sourced/ synthesized from clays, minerals and iron oxide sources. Featuring a better-than-ever velvety feel and botanicals like cucumber extract and sunflower seed oil to help condition the eyelid for smoother application.

Volume 1 features colors inspired by earthy terrains while Volume 2 offers pops of gemstone-inspired shades. 

Each palette has 12 shades – from soft to intense, with matte to shimmery finishes – for all-over color or to blend for a base, crease, highlighter and liner. Both palettes contain mineral and botanically based formulas developed to keep color true with extended, crease-resistant wear. The palettes are Gluten-free, vegan and cruelty-free.