Fragrance

Luxury Scent Box Perfume Subscription

This week the blog is taking a slightly different direction. Yes, it’s still beauty related and it’s about another monthly subscription box. But this time it’s fragrance. I’ve been wanting to expand my perfume collection, but not at $75-100 a bottle. And in all honesty, it’s a bottle that I’ll probably never finish. I saw my friend Amie (aka TheDeepSouthDarlin) talking about this on YouTube and I was hooked.

Here are the sweet-smelling deets:

The website is very easy to use. You begin with a short survey of what types of scents you’re looking for. Then create an account/profile and add your fragrance of choice to your monthly calendar. In about a week you’ll receive your goods.

My first choice was Bvlgari Mon Jasmine Noir Eau De Parfum. Please don’t think me a snob, but having worked years in the cosmetic/fragrance department I wanted something different. If I have to smell Marc Jacob’s Daisy, D&G Light Blue or, God forbid, Clinique’s Happy I will shatter every one of those bottles with my light sabre.

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Every month members receive 9ml of a different spray fragrance, which is approximately a 30-day supply. Your initial purchase also includes a convenient, travel-sized reusable case, and a velvet pouch. There is a large selection of designer fragrances, which includes both men’s and women’s fragrances, but you have to choose which one you wish to receive monthly. The cost of the basic monthly subscription is $15 and includes s/h or $18 for the “Premium” fragrances, which is what I went for. Your first box is 50% off with the code “LuxuryScentBox”, so this smart shopping Diva got hers for just $9. Members also receive a new reusable case each quarter.

No contracts. No commitments. Month to month. And free shipping and handling. Luxury Scent Box is an easy, inexpensive and fun way to try a different type of subscription box. Let’s face it, how many sheet masks and mini mascaras does a Diva really need?

WWW.LUXURYSCENTBOX.COM

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Dark Side PSA: Be Nice to Your Beauty Advisor!

Some of the happiest, proudest, and most fulfilling moments in my life happened when I was a Beauty Advisor (hereafter to be referred to as BA) for Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Lancôme. Unfortunately, some of my most stressful, exasperating, and frustrating moments have also occurred during this time. If you would indulge me for a moment ….please be nice to your BA. Here’s why.BA pics

  1. We’re not all mean girls. You know what I’m talking about. That preconceived notion that BA’s are nothing more than conceited, arrogant women or men. In some instances that be true. But if you get to know us, you’ll see that we are friendly, love what we do, and honestly want to provide you with top-notch skin care and cosmetics advice. If you get to know a particular BA, they will be your friend for life at that counter! They’ll throw some samples in your bag, give you advance notice of special sales and promotions, and let you know when company makeup artists are in town. And, believe me, you do not want to miss that day!
  2. We’re not airheads. A customer once referred to me as one. Not to my face, but as she was leaving my counter. I find your lack of faith disturbing. BA’s are highly trained professionals. Some are even licensed cosmetologists with years of school and training. Cosmetic companies require their BA’s to have multiple, off site trainings throughout the year, including role playing segments (UGH. Just UGH!!!). Regional managers also stop in frequently for additional on-site trainings and product updates. Our clients are the ones who benefit from the knowledge gained through this continuous training.
  3. We’re not just “perfume sprayers”. I also had that lovely little ditty thrown at me before. Do you know how many products some beauty lines have? Besides fragrance? Multiple skin care lines for different types of skin concerns; four or five mascaras that do completely different things; lip products in hundreds of shades, formulations, and finishes; twenty shades of foundations in various formulas; concealers and color correctors; waterproof formulas of multiple products; hair products; and deodorants for crying out loud. Not to mention all the limited edition, holiday promotions, and gifts with purchase. As stated previously in point #2, I am a highly trained professional and not just in perfume.
  4. Can you make me look like Rihanna? While I am completely confident in my skills as a makeup artist, no I cannot make you look like Rihanna. I can try to use similar colors and products on you, but here are the facts. You might be a 40 year old woman with completely different features. I may not have the fluorescent green eyeshadow she is wearing in that picture. And that picture is an advertisement for (insert company name here) that has most-likely been photo shopped and airbrushed. I also cannot make you look like the client that just left my counter. We all look different. Products that work well for one person may not work for you. Companies have different colors and collaborations with celebrities. If you have your heart set on using colors from an ad that you’ve seen in a copy of InStyle, it might be best to try that brand first. MAC will thank you and so will I. I will not be offended.
  5. Don’t let my look scare you away. Please don’t assume that because I look like Snow White’s spinster Aunt that I’m going to make you look the same way. Paler than snow skin, black eyeliner, completely matte face with blood red lips is just my signature look. BA’s have so many colors to choose from, and if you have an idea of what you want to try, say it loud and proud! One of our great joys is to play with different skin tones, face shapes, and individuals that love cosmetics as much as we do. If you want rose gold colors, that’s what we’re going to go for!

You may have noticed that I left out a few controversial BA topics:  sales, sales goals, and pushy BA’s. That may be a future post, if I have the strength. I prefer to keep my blog on the positive Dark Side. That’s not always possible but try I do. Being a BA is a glamorous, fun, sometimes difficult and stressful job but it is also very rewarding. I wouldn’t change 95% of it, except the few things I mentioned today.  Be nice and thank your BA today! Ask the cosmetic department if you can run to the food court and get them a drink! Send pictures and thank you notes after they do your makeup for an event! They will never forget you!