TMG Travel: See France With Rail Europe…

Rail Europe is 100% the best way to see Europe.  I LOVED IT!  Compared to Amtrak, the trains are super classy.  All of the trains are high speed like the Acela BUT they have different classes of service on the same train.  The ride was SMOOTH and the trip was faster than I expected.

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View from the train of the French countryside

France Rail Pass gives you extensive travel on the national rail network of France, with your choice of first or second class travel for 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 days of rail travel within a one-month period. You can also decide whether you’d prefer those travel days to be consecutive or non-consecutive.
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Smell This: Olfactive Studio Fragrances…

While I was in Paris, I had the pleasure of meeting the Creatrice (LOVE that title!!) of Olfactive Studio Fragrances Céline Verleure.  We had a private meeting with her at the world famous Jovoy Parfums Rares (which is an experience in and of itself….CRAZY beautiful scents that I have never heard of live here).  We arrived early and got a chance to look around which was very nice!!  They had these bell shaped glasses and metal pyramids over scents so to smell you just life and inhale…very cool. Celine breezed in moments later all smiles – AND she smelled PHENOMENAL.

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In addition to being impossibly chic, she is also a passionate perfume creator.  After years of developing perfumes for big names like LVMH she struck out on her own to form Olfactive Studio.  She told me that she wanted to work with the perfumers in a different way and not just have 8 chemists in a room.   She came up with the concept of pairing a photograph to evoke and emotion and develop  the scent from there.  This is a super cool concept and the fragrances really reflect the emotion from the photo.  Each perfume comes with a copy of the photo in the box too which is a nice touch.

I loved talking with her!  She also let us try each one to see which one we liked the best. The true test was having her smell it on us and telling us which one she liked best!  I fell in love with Auto Portrait which is a tangle of Bergamot,  Incense, Musk, Oak Moss, Cedarwood and Vetiver.  I really liked several though!

Auto Portrait is very unique and I LOVED the photo.  The photos that match the fragrances are all available online too….so you can see which one moves you the most.

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The Rundown:

FlashBack – A memory in motion and in action: that is also the magic and the raison d’être of Flash Back. A tangy and vibrant fragrance, Flash Back is an olfactory reminiscence: tangy and slightly green rhubarb mixed with hesperides revives an enveloping childhood smell: that of rhubarb tart. A base note of vetiver and cedar give it woody sensuality.

Lumiere Blanche – A mild and enveloping perfume, Lumière Blanche is a comforting cocoon, between milky mildness and cold spices. It evokes the sweltering heat from the sun at the zenith, which erases colors, leaving only a blinding white hue; it surprises with its spicy freshness.  For its creator, “Lumière Blanche is a fragrance with beautifully contrasting hot and cold notes”; a whirlwind of light and freshness followed by milky mildness and a distinct, warm, and sensual end note.

Still Life – A sparkling and festive perfume, Still Life Is a celebration of life! A surprising and luminous perfume that invites you to celebrate in style with a whirlwind of exotic cocktails.  The brilliance of Japanese Yuzu, accompanied by a cocktail infusion of rare peppers, rum and warm woods. A stark contrast between ever present freshness and comforting, warm notes. A woody citrus fragrance of contrasts, energetic and alive!

Auto Portrait – An intimate and deep perfume, Autoportrait is a fragrance you wear for yourself, resonating with your own personal harmony. A companion, a reflection of yourself, familiar and warm, in which you rediscover your own spirit and inner serenity.  The soul of woody notes laid bare. A soothing dose of nature and enveloping resin. Breathtaking in the deliberate unveiling of its many facets, the essence of Autoportrait is truly revealed in its sillage… absolutely addictive!

Chambre Noir  –  A sensual and mysterious fragrance, Chambre Noire reveals itself from the shadows using the spotlight of the vibrant top note.  A fragrance to be shared in the privacy of some far-off hotel room. It reveals its character gradually, exuding sensual notes of leather against a backdrop of warmth and opulence.

If you are looking for a unique fragrance – I would really give these a look. They are $195 for 3.4oz and $145 for 1.7oz.

You can get yours online at the Olfactive Studio website.  If you are in Paris, make your way over to Jovoy and smell something fabulous (4 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris, France)

Smell Pretty!!



7 Skincare Saviors for Daylight Savings Beauty

7 Skincare Saviors for Daylight Savings.  Daylight Savings Time is quickly approaching on this Sunday, November 2nd, meaning it’s time to “fall back” on the best beauty routine. The time change cuts the day short (ugh), but on the flip side, we’re afforded an extra hour of sleep!!  The rare luxury of additional beauty rest must be taken advantage of!  I love using sleeping masks, oils and serums at night to boost my skincare routine.

Pro Tip: “Overnight is a great time to leave on a deeper moisturizer or mask. It’s skin’s time to renew and recover.” – Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, L’Oréal Paris Consulting Dermatologist

Night time is the RIGHT time!  The evening is when you want to do repair work – that means products with no SPF and targeted ingredients that can make a marked difference in your skin by morning.  Here are some new favorites…

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The Rundown:

blisslabs active 99.0 Restorative Night Cream

Bliss spa has created the ultimate fusion of science and spa in new the active 99.0 line. These professional-grade treatments feature 99%-active-filled formulas that correct all signs of aging to make skin look dramatically younger. This rich, nourishing nighttime treatment features a special blend of algisium C, niacinamide, kojic acid, and gardenia stem cells to help repair the signs of aging while you sleep.

Price: $150, Available at bliss spas nationwide and on

Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Masks

Apply these little miracle workers to the under eye area at bedtime, peel off in the morning, and voila. Eye contours are left looking visibly smoother and feeling intensely moisturized. These clinically proven hydra-gel eye masks are formulated to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate and fragile eye area. Potent plankton extract, combined with the power of padina pavonica and chlorella, provides an instant skin-tightening effect, while hyaluronic acid hydrates.

o   90% agreed the product instantly hydrated the fragile eye area

o   84% agreed the product left the under eye area feeling revitalized

o    71% agreed the product left skin around the eyes instantly tightened

Price: $85, Available at

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask

With the new Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask, Erno Laszlo redefines the term “Beauty Sleep” by introducing an overnight sleeping mask that delivers unprecedented moisture and vital nutrients while you sleep. Sourced from the mountains, desert and sea, state-of-the-art hydrating ingredients such as Prickly Pear and Brown Algae are included in the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask formula to provide optimal moisture results.

Price: $90, Available at, The Institute—Erno Laszlo, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask

L’Oréal Paris introduces the Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask into the Revitalift Triple Power Collection. Designed to be used nightly, this leave-on facial mask for hydrates skin, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, re-firms contours and replenishes facial volume while you sleep. Unlike traditional masks that can feel hard or tight on skin, this lightweight cream absorbs weightlessly into the skin. It utilizes Elasti-Flex™ Texture, a revolutionary polymer complex that forms an elastic, invisible mask to cradle the skin. By morning, skin looks and feels younger.

Price: $24.99, Available at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Anti-Aging Sleeping Mask

This intensive moisturizing and firming overnight treatment helps replenish moisture, soothe and calm skin, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Proprietary peptides help to firm, tone, smooth and clarify the look of skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and the severity of deep wrinkles for younger looking skin. Nourishing Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe help moisturize and repair the look of dry, damaged skin while Sepi-Calm™ S* helps reduce irritation.

Price: $68, Available at

Caudalie Polyphenol c15 Overnight Detox Oil

Caudalie’s exclusive stabilized Grape-seed Polyphenols, the most powerful anti-oxidants in the plant world, have joined forces with the top-performing stabilized Vitamin C to block damaging free-radicals in an unprecedented, effective manner.  This dry oil helps to renew and protect your overtired skin while you sleep. A cocktail of 5 essential oils and 3 vegetal oils, this 100% plant-based formula promotes cellular renewal and toxin elimination.

Price: $52, Available at, Sephora, and Caudalie boutiques

SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E

Resveratrol B E is an intensive antioxidant night concentrate that boosts skin’s endogenous antioxidant defense system to help repair and prevent accumulated damage. Meant to be used overnight, this potent treatment enhances skin’s natural antioxidant defense system which activates as you sleep, neutralizing age-accelerating internal free radicals, strengthening functionality to resist new damage, and promoting skin’s natural repair to diminish the signs of accumulated damage.

Price: $145, Available at

Sleep Pretty!!

Night Out: Paradis Latin Cabaret Paris…

Paradis Latin Cabaret Paris

While in Paris - I got to attend an authentic Parisian cabaret show!  Paradis Latin Cabaret which is located at 28 rue Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 in the Latin Quarter of Paris.  We took the metro and it was a short walk from the station.  It was first … [Continue reading]

Drugstore Diva: Shop With Me at Pharmacie Monge Paris…

Pharmacie Monge Paris

Pharmacie Monge Paris is one of the premiere places to get your French pharmacie beauty goodies in the city.  To start our afternoon, first, we had an amazing lunch complete with perfectly roasted fish and endless glasses of wine at La Taverna [22 … [Continue reading]

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit Challenge…

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit

The new Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit strips [$64.99] claim to whiten as well as a $500 in-office pro treatment so I am DOWN!  In Paris there was PLENTY of red wine, cafe creme and all kinds of other stain magnets so I started while … [Continue reading]

Shopping at the World Famous Galeries Lafayette in Paris…

Galeries Lafayette Paris

Galeries Lafayette in Paris is an EXPERIENCE. The afternoon of our second day in Paris was spent at the world famous Galeries Lafayette department store which was founded in 1895.  It is a STUNNING 10 story masterpiece in the middle of Paris on … [Continue reading]

TMG Travel: My Day as a Tourist + Hyatt Paris Madeleine…

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I have been to Paris three times now, and it never gets old.  There is always something new to see that I haven't seen before!!  The Paris Beauty Tour was about to start and I wanted to hit the ground running! We arrived in Paris on Wednesday morning … [Continue reading]

Beauty News: L’Oreal Acquires Carol’s Daughter…

Lisa Price - Carol's Daughter

L'Oreal Acquires Carol's Daughter! WOW!! I cannot explain to you how awesome this is.  I don't think I have ever been so excited about something in a while.  Mostly about the possibility of a fabulous brand like Carol's Daughter … [Continue reading]

Smell This: Le Labo Fragrances…

Le Labo Fragrances in Paris

I am the kind of person that doesn't really like to smell like anyone else.  For that very reason, I adore Le Labo Fragrances which was the first stop on the Paris Beauty Tour.  They are all about customization and how a scent matures (you are … [Continue reading]

TMG Travel: Hotel Labourdonnais Paris….

Hotel Labourdonnais Paris

The last time I traveled to Paris - I was in a house which was fine BUT I much prefer the experience of staying in a hotel.  Hotel Labourdonnais Paris is a fantastic boutique property that is big on charm and amenities.  If you like stunning views, … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream…

Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream

Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream [$110.00 / 0.50 oz] is a lightweight, emollient, firming eye cream that delivers FAB results.  So....I am kind of obsessed with eye cream right now.  Two weeks ago, I made the mistake of looking in a 4x magnifying … [Continue reading]

Salon Love: Ian McCabe Studio in Washington DC…

Ian McCabe Studio

Ian McCabe Studio throws down the gauntlet to make it one of the rising salon stars among DC elite for cut and color (we needed some new blood here so this is a welcome change!) I love talking to people that are passionate about what they do. This is … [Continue reading]

TMG Travel: Paris Beauty Tour 2014

Paris is All About The Pretty

The Paris Beauty Tour 2014 is almost here!! Next Tuesday, I am embarking on another Paris Beauty Tour with my good friends Julia Coney and Carmen Blakely. You may remember that Julia organized a similar trip back in 2012 [read about the Paris Beauty … [Continue reading]

Fall 2014: MAC Brooke Shields Makeup Collection…

MAC Brooke Shields - Fall 2014

The MAC Brooke Shields makeup collaboration hits stores today! If you were around in the 80's like me, then you know of the legend that is Brooke Shields.  Not the glorious, iconic glamorous version from the current La-Z-Boy commercials....but the … [Continue reading]

7 Innovative Skincare Products for Fall…

7 Innovative Skincare Products

Here are my 7 Innovative Skincare Products for Fall.  Fall is HERE!! Who doesn't like fall??  Time to bust out the sweaters and boots! Time to get out the hot apple cider and mulled wine!  It's ALSO time to transition your skincare from those … [Continue reading]

Fall 2014: MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

MAC Rocky Horror

The MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection is here!  Did you watch Rocky Horror when you were a teenager?  Were you too young to remember it when it came out?  Haha...I was a teenager in the 80's and I must have seen Rocky Horror at least 20 times … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishq

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®. This past week - I had a little pamper party … [Continue reading]