Showing posts with label Jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jewelry. Show all posts

Monday, December 29, 2014

Did '#Luxe - E - Claus" miss you this year? Check out #photo highlights from the @TheLuxuryReview & form your 2015 wishlist!

Was your holiday a little less than shiny? A little 'luxe-luster'? Maybe Santa just plain missed the mark completely?

Then let the products and brands presented at The Luxury Review give you a little inspiration (or ahem, 'aspiration') to make your wishlist for 2015!

Here are some photo highlights of all the "Luxe-tastic' things I got to experience at the New York City 'The Luxury Review': (I am going for something resembling alphabetical order, but my post holiday brain may not quite get there)

Baron Tequila at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014
Baron Tequila at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014
Mexico is one of my favorite places to visit, and visiting there helped me to develop a love of all things Tequila, I got to try out Tequila Baron for the first time at The Luxury Review event in NYC and I greatly enjoyed it! Will have to add this one to my bar!

Artist Cecile Brunswick in front of her own work at The Luxury Review in New York City
Abstract Artist Cecile Brunswick


Cirrus Aircraft VISION SF50 at The Luxury Review New York City, Airplane
Cirrus Aircraft VISION SF50 at The Luxury Review New York City







































Cirrus Aircraft VISION SF50 at The Luxury Review New York City, Airplane, Planes
Cirrus Aircraft VISION SF50 at The Luxury Review New York City
I travel by plane often and I can't say I ever thought of flying a plane myself, at least until NOW that is! Do you think fly lessons and THIS would fit under my tree for next year?

Cohiba Cigars at The Luxury Review
Cohiba Cigars at The Luxury Review

Cigar Afficionados certainly know the name Cohiba well, and The Luxury Review never fails to disappoint, they always seem to offer the finest spirits and the finest Cigars too!

Cohiba Cigars at The Luxury Review
The team at Cohiba sent us home with one of their Cigars! SCORE!

Double Cross Vodka at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014, spirits, Vodka
Double Cross Vodka at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014
I have to admit that the bottle drew me in. Much like Tory Burch's logo, the 'double cross' looks much like two 'T's' to  me, and since my name is Tracy I like to think they created this just for ME! I wonder if they need a blogger brand ambassador?

Energica Superbike at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014, motorcycle
Energica Superbike at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014
I have to confess I have never been on a motorcycle before (perhaps 2015 will bring a 'bad boy' into my life, LOL), this bike definitely makes me want to hit the road!

Giovanni Rana RANA Pastificio & Cucina at The Luxury Review in New York City
Giovanni Rana RANA Pastificio & Cucina at The Luxury Review in New York City

Needless to say Media are always hungry in New York City as there are always stories to cover and events to hit, RANA is a restaurant located in Chelsea Market in New York City, they tempted us with delicious pasta dishes and gave us a lovely gift bag to take home that included their Tortelloni, Ravioli, Basil Pesto and Alfredo Sauces and they were all absolutely delicious! I truly hope they will be back for the 2015 Luxury Review!

Chef Antonella Rana of Giovanni Rana RANA Pastificio & Cucina at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014
Chef Antonella Rana of Giovanni Rana RANA Pastificio & Cucina at The Luxury Review in New York City 2014
This Foodie loves her Pasta, and Chef Antonella served it up with love!

Goshwara Jewelry The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Goshwara Jewelry The Luxury Review Fall 2014

I don't know about you, but I certainly wouldn't mind having some of these shiny baubles under my tree!

Goshwara Jewelry The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Goshwara Jewelry The Luxury Review Fall 2014


Goshwara Jewelry The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Goshwara Jewelry The Luxury Review Fall 2014

Julia Poteat Handbags The Luxury Review Fall New York City 2014
Julia Poteat Handbags The Luxury Review Fall New York City 2014

I am absolutely handbag obsessed. (No surprise to loyal readers.) We have hosted a monthly Featured Handbag in the Spotlight since 2009 so meeting Julia Poteat was a pleasure and we actually spoke for a bit about our mutual passion for quality Handbags! She has an open invitation to work with us anytime! 

I just had to get a closeup on this beautiful Pony Hair Satchel:



If that handbag isn't 'ladies who lunch' I don't know what is! Tres Trendy! And with the Pony Hair I would totally go winter white with this, hashtag #seasonless for real!

Libratone Wireless Speakers The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Libratone Wireless Speakers The Luxury Review Fall 2014

Me being #TheOfficialTwitterPartyDJ, my life definitely has a soundtrack, and I am always interested in Audio Products, these wireless speakers offer scandinavian design and may just make your music 'cooler'.

Luxtural Skincare The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Luxtural Skincare The Luxury Review Fall 2014

With a name like 'Luxtural' it's easy to see how they made the cut at The Luxury Review, their products are where skincare and hydration meet with advanced anti-aging benefits!

Maserati The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Maserati, The Luxury Review Fall 2014 






































Who wouldn't want this muscle car under their tree?

Maserati The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Maserati The Luxury Review Fall 2014 


McPherson Guitars Custom Shop The Luxury Review Fall 2014
McPherson Guitars Custom Shop The Luxury Review Fall 2014 






































I have always wanted to learn to play the guitar, and these guitars from McPherson definitely provided extra inspiration!

Author Steve Light for Montegrappa Pens The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Author Steve Light for Montegrappa Pens The Luxury Review Fall 2014

It was fun watching Author Steve Light use Montegrappa Pens, the pens are absolutely beautiful, and a must for that Exec on your holiday shopping list! (They are also a very thoughtful gift for a recent College Grad!)

Have You Seen My Dragon a book by Author Steve Light Montegrappa The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Have You Seen My Dragon a book by Author Steve Light


I love the cover!

Orange County Choppers The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Orange County Choppers The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Orange County Choppers was at The Luxury Review and here are some examples of their work:

Orange County Choppers The Luxury Review Fall 2014


Statement Bike Perhaps?

Orange County Choppers The Luxury Review Fall 2014


Blue is one of my favorite colors!

Orange County Choppers The Luxury Review Fall 2014


I was born to be wild I tell you!

Orrefors Kosta Boda The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Orrefors Kosta Boda The Luxury Review Fall 2014

Orrefors Kossta Boda displayed their handblown glass products which are produced in Sweden, this bowl and ornaments caught my eye! (Super artsy photo right?)

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon






































Stag's Leap Wine Cellars offered both a Cabernet Sauvignon, pictured above, and a Chardonnay, pictured below:

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay Napa Valley The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay 






































There was definitely a long line to get at these, but well worth the wait!

The John Allen Company The Luxury Review Fall 2014, John Allan's Premiere Men's Grooming Club
The John Allen Company The Luxury Review Fall 2014

John Allan's Premiere Men's Grooming Club offered their services and also displayed their grooming products, perfect gift idea for the 'well groomed' man in your life, or the one you wish was groomed a little bit better!

Ultra 5 Beverage The Luxury Review Fall 2014, Energy Drink
Ultra 5 Beverage The Luxury Review Fall 2014 






































Ultra 5 Energy Drink helped us all to keep up our energy, there was a lot to see and do! Focused Energy and No crash, makes this energy drink perfect for the active lifestyle!

Velvet Eyewear Sunglasses The Luxury Review Fall 2014
Velvet Eyewear Sunglasses


Aren't these sunglasses by Velvet Eyewear just making you yearn for a tropical getaway? I would love these under my tree with plane tickets in my stocking of course!

Wusthof Knives The Luxury Review Fall 2014, Cutlery
Wusthof Knives The Luxury Review Fall 2014






































I know my fellow foodies already know the name Wusthof, their knives are definitely the 'cadillac' of kitchen cutlery! (Is it OK to slip a knife into someone's stocking?)

Here is a really cool video of the event:



My Take:

Here is my coverage of last year's Luxury Review in case you missed it!

The Luxury Review is definitely one of my favorite NYC events to attend, they showcase such a wide variety of products that are part of a luxe lifestyle, I could definitely imagine quite a few of these under my tree next year!

Which product featured above would YOU most like to find under your tree next year butterfly?


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FTC DisclosureThis is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received. Nor are there any affiliate links in this post. Ascending Butterfly attended The Luxury Review as Digital Press. As always, all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September @Wantableco #Accessories & #Jewelry Subscription Box Review #Wantable {#Photos}

September Wantable Accessories and Jewelry Subscription Box
Want to try out Trendy Accessories that are delivered fresh right to your door every month? Wantable.com is for YOU!

















My name is Tracy, and I am a 'Subscription-Box-A-Holic', this is where you would say something supportive like 'No worries Tracy, we are too'. But then I'd have to promise to stop and I know I am NOT going to do that!

Un-boxing Subscription Boxes is a tough job, and somebody's gotta do it. I think it only fair it be ME!

For me, Subscription Boxes are like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one. They are much like snowflakes as so far, no two boxes have been alike (and I try out a ton of them!), which is exactly what I love. I have never had a 'been there, done that' reaction to any box from any service so far.

Last month I opted for the Lingerie box from Wantable.comand this month I am trying out an Accessories Box. I have a confession to make, my first Accessories/Jewelry Box from Wantable wasn't the best experience, but I love that when I told them so, they wanted to make it right. As a consumer that put me at ease. Just like people are advised in dating relationships to test the relationship under a variety of variables before making a full commitment, I liked that they were open to honest feedback and continued working with me until we hit on something that really resonated. That my butterflies is a business you want to patronize. Not everything is wine and roses all the time, it's how it's handled that makes or breaks the experience in my opinion.

I was a bit nervous when this box arrived as the first experience wasn't a total rave, but when I opened this box it was packaged so much differently and more carefully than the first had been. Inside there was an assortment of surprises, all good ones. Let's Dive in:


September Wantable Accessories and Jewelry Subscription Box














September Wantable Accesories Box Included:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Jocelyn Ring - A big bold statement ring that keeps with the Rose Gold Trend!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Jill Headband - Fabulously Tribal Inspired Headband to take you right into Fall in style! (I wrapped the headband around the box so you could see it better)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Elise Watch - This Gun-metal colored beauty is bold, trendy and has it's own magnetic closure to adjust to most wrist sizes.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Theresa Bracelet - Mixed Metal with touches of Rose Gold makes this bracelet the perfect partner to the Jocelyn Ring!

September Wantable Accessories and Jewelry Subscription Box
Keep your hands off my Wantable Box! Don't you just love my KISS Gel Fantasy Nails?



















My Take:

I haven't quite yet hit on my perfect Wantable Accessories Box yet. I keep putting LOVE on the Statement Necklaces and still haven't been sent any yet, so I am going to have to play with my pre-box survey settings until I finally hit on one. These are definitely items I may not have thought to pick for myself, but I am a huge watch lover so was stoked to see a watch that was also in a color I have never owned in a watch. I love that gunmetal grey color! I love the Tribal Headband and actually have a blouse that matches it, stay tuned for a photo of me wearing it! I have worn the bracelet and ring together also and have received tons of compliments, so I would say SCORE! I do however wish I could try out all four boxes per month because I hated giving up the lingerie box, and now want to try the new Fitness Box to see how it compares to my current fave in the fitness box subscription space, Fab Fit Fun.


I love that Wantable has a little something for everyone, you can get an Accessories Box, an Intimates Box, Makeup Box or Fitness Box! You can go "Forever" and subscribe for $36 a month or you can opt for a "For Now" which is the purchase of a single box for $40. Note that Subscriptions are shipped automatically each month, but they can be skipped or cancelled at anytime and if you get a box and you are not in love? Send your box back for a full refund, no questions asked! Now that is what I call ZERO RISK butterflies! And as no two people are the same, no two boxes are ever the same either, pretty cool right? oh, and did I mention that shipping is free in the United States?

I have to thank this Wantable Box for introducing me to Cate & Chloe Jewelry, I love their pieces as well, and they also have a subscription box so I am going to have to reach out to them for sure!

Which piece resonates most with YOU Butterfly?

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FTC Disclosure: This is not a paid insertion, however affiliate links are used (so please shop away!). This is a non-compensated post and all opinions are expressly my own. I was provided with a Wantable Subscription Box to facilitate my review. This in no way influenced my opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Discoveries from Girls Gone Glam NYC!


































A little Glam time definitely helps to inject some fun into an ordinary day. I got the chance to attend a Girls Gone Glam Beauty Bar event at Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (@BartiniNYC via twitter) and thought I'd give you a glimpse of what I discovered while I was there!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Vanity Drink - Vanity Drink is the first all natural dietary supplement with anti-aging ingredients!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Vera Moore Cosmetics - Vera Moore Cosmetics can be found at the Look Boutique at your local Duane Reade!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Nail Lounge NYC - Provided the Manicures (I have had a chance to get manicures with Nail Lounge at various events and they are always AWESOME!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - It Works - It Works are all independent distributors, but I had never heard of their products before, we came home with one of the wraps and once I have used it I will report back with a full product review.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Snob Candy - Snob Candy Boutique sells jewelry, handbags and hats! Not just any jewelry think true 'statement' pieces!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Stella & Dot - Stella & Dot are also run by independent distributors much like It Works, so I'm linking to the Distributor who was actually at the Girl Gone Glam Event that I attended.

Here are some photos of the action:


This is the cocktail menu at Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge for the Girls Gone Glam Beauty Bar Event



Sorry Butterflies the lighting in this area wasn't so great, but this is Snob Candy and I linked to them above so you could check them out for yourselves! Their statement jewelry is EVERYTHING!

The idea of an Anti-Aging Energy Drink is definitely interesting! I would probably need a few cases, LOL!




The colors on this Stella & Dot Statement Necklace are perfect for Spring going into Summer!



Natasha Aybar is a Stella & Dot Distributor who shared some of their latest styles for Spring/Summer


It Works are also independent distributors who were showing off their Wraps (they offer both face and body wraps that tone and tighten)

A Close Up Shot of It Works Table Display

A Close Up of Vera Moore Cosmetics

Consuella, Nat'l Training Director of Vera Moore Cosmetics, Vera Moore Cosmetics offers a beautiful range of cosmetics and skincare!


MY TAKE:

I have been painfully aware lately that I haven't been taking nearly as much time for myself as I should. I live in the city 'that never sleeps' and oftentimes sleep is what gets neglected when I am in catch up mode. Having the chance to check out pretty jewelry, new makeup and stop and get a manicure was literally just what the Doctor ordered!

When is the last time you took some time just for YOU butterfly?


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FTC Disclosure: Ascending Butterfly was provided with Digital Press Access to Girls Gone Glam, all opinions are 100% my own!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

{Recap} @ElementsShow NYC - Brand Highlights - It's #Beauty, #Makeup, #Perfume #Nails #Cosmetics GALORE!



Elements Showcase is the definitive marketplace for established and emerging visionaries in the world of Beauty and Fragrance Design. They are the most innovative curated fragrance tradeshow in the industry, linking the best in fragrance and apothecary with top tier press and buyers from boutiques, major retailers and key independent storefronts. The aesthethic of Elements Showcase is unlike any other tradeshow, featuring an open floor plan, special projects, and intriguing art installations at an incredible location in the heart of New York City.

And while it's meant for Press to experience it across multiple days, I can normally only attend one day (more like a few hours of that day too boot), so I have to maximize my time, sit down with a list of exhibitors and figure out my plan of attack very early on.

Here are the amazing products and brands I met with during Elements Showcase in mostly alphabetical order:

Adornia Jewelry
Adornia Jewelry



I loved their creative display and had to stop and take a few extra pictures to get better close up details:

Adornia Jewelry
Adornia Jewelry













Adornia Jewelry
Adornia Jewelry


Ulrich Lang New York fifth fragrance, Aperture
Ulrich Lang New York presented his fifth fragrance, Aperture














“Introspective and intoxicating Aperture Ulrich Lang New York is a wood-spicy fragrance for the new age,” 

Introspective and heady is the best way to describe Ulrich Lang's Fifth Fragrance, Aperture, it's a bit woody/spicy with top notes of pink, black and white pepper, Mid Notes of Tobacco, Jasmin, Cedarwood a hint of Muguet (another name for day lily - nothing to do with Lord of the Rings I promise) and Dry Notes of Musk, Vevier, Ambergris, Animalic Notes and Amber.


Arts&Scents - as the packaging indicates, these are young, fresh and different perfumes.



I can never have too many make up brushes!
Unhinged by Bliss Lau

More Unhinged by Bliss Lau Jewelry
Unhinged Jewelry Creative Directed by Bliss Lau




Calming Park Candles
Calming Park Candles come in scents including: Fig-Bamboo, Sequoia, Cashmere (which includes precious balms like incense and myrrh making it my personal favorite), cactus and spa de provence.
Calming Park No 7 Music CD and Calming Park Various Candle Scents


As you can see there is also a CD! The CD shown above is Calming Park No 7, and you can hit HERE for the full Track Listing.

Common Good Products
Common Good featured at Elements Showcase in New York City, February 2014
Common Good Products are safe to use around kids and pets! I would definitely love to test all of these as I am asthmatic and do have allergies!

Condense Paris by Nathalie Lamande offers a wide range of Natural Skin Care Products
Condense Paris by Nathalie Lamande offers a wide range of Natural Skin Care Products!


Condense Paris by Nathalie Lamande offers a wide range of Natural Skin Care Products
The range is structured by skin type so you can get  truly targeted care that fits your unique skin and skincare needs.
Detaille 1905 Paris offers Skin Care, Perfumes, Essentials Oils, Powders, Room Fragrances
Detaille 1905 Paris offers Skin Care, Perfumes, Essentials Oils, Powders, Room Fragrances and you can order samples sizes to try them all out before you commit to a full size product purchase!
Dude Wipes, HairBond haircare products
Dude Wipes - who feels if you are still wiping with just toilet paper, you're a chump and your ass hates you for it. Any red-blooded American knows Dude Wipes are something you never leave the crib without. (They are *Also sweet for your face, hands, pits, and of course dude regions.) And for those of you who need some grooming aids for areas up North (C'mon folks I mean your HAIR) try HairBond haircare products.
With makeup only tested on SuperModels, Ellis Faas offers a wide range of lips, eyes, skin, and one of the most unique holders I've seen to house your skincare treasure trove . The Ellis Holder and Ellis Clips make your makeup arsenal something to akin to a bullet! Stylish with a dash of Urban Cool!
OK so my hand played supermodel for a day testing out some of Ellis Faas range of colors, I really liked this one!
Magnolia Flower, Grandiflora, Fragrances, Scents, Perfumes
I love when approaching an exhibitor booth gives you a sense of anticipation!
Grandiflora, Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine, Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine, Magnolia Flower, Grandiflora, Fragrances, Scents, Perfumes
Sydney floral designer Saskia Havekes presented the Fragrances inspired by Magnolia and using the same name as her floral design business, Grandiflora. Two visions of Magnolia were created, Magnolia Grandiflora Michel and Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine. A third Grandiflora fragrance will be based on Madagascan Jasmine and will be called Stephanotis Floribunda. I'm going to link you guys directly to the Stockists page on their site so you'll know exactly where to buy it.
ILLUMINUM Fragrance display signage at Elements Showcase Tradeshow
The Trade Show was sectioned by 'Elements' and as you can see ILLUMINUM was in the Gold Elements area of the showcase.
ILLUMINUM Fragrance testing area at Elements Showcase Tradeshow
Scent Testing area, it is super hard to pick a favorite!

I will say that I have worn the scent 'Bergamot Blossom' most often this spring and do not fail to receive various compliments when I am wearing it! Its notes include: Bergamot Calabria, Neroli Tunisia, Pimento Berry, Black Pepper and Thyme at it's heart and base notes of Labdanum, Musk and Oak Moss. Other standouts were Rajamusk, Arabian Amber, and of course Piper Leather (very masculine, but I tend to find 'leather' scents appealing).

Eco Beauty Brand Indie Lee
Eco Beauty Brand Indie Lee was in the Mercury Section of the Showcase!
Eco Beauty Brand Indie Lee Products Display at Elements Showcase New York City February 2014

Eco Beauty Brand Indie Lee Products Display at Elements Showcase New York City February 2014



I would love to try the Clear Complexion Kit as I hear such wonderful things about the Squalane Facial Oil that is included in that kit!

Isabelle Ariana Parfums Paris display at Elements Showcase
Isabelle Ariana Parfums Paris display at Elements Showcase. Their range includes: Magic Amber, Mystic Wood, Rose Sultance, Ombre Sublime, Ombre Coquine, Reine de Saba and Oriental Blossom.
I would definitely love to try the full sizes as it's hard to gauge on the test strips how it will smell against your own body chemistry.

Joya Studio Candles at Elements New York Showcase February 2014 signage display
We were happy to see Joya return, as we had featured them the last time they did Elements Showcase in New York City, in case you missed our original feature on them, press HERE

Joya Studio Candles at Elements New York Showcase February 2014

Joya Studio Candles at Elements New York Showcase February 2014

candle in honor of the Famous Katz's Delicatessen, a NYC institution since 1888
Couldn't resist getting a closeup of this candle in honor of the Famous Katz's Delicatessen, a NYC institution since 1888, 3 generations in my family got to enjoy their corned beef sandwiches that's for sure!
Kjaer Weis Eco Make Up was also on display at Elements Showcase in New York, their website is currently under construction, in the meantime you can connect to them via Facebook intead.
k/ller collection Jewelry on Display at Elements Showcase New York City February 2014
k/ller collection was back again. Last time we featured their Brass Engraved Nail Shield Sets, if you missed that post, check it out here.

k/ller collection Jewelry on Display at Elements Showcase New York City February 2014
I love bold statement necklaces and these definitely caught my eye!

k/ller collection Jewelry on Display at Elements Showcase New York City February 2014


Londontown's KUR: Nail Treatment System, Lakur Enhanced Nail Colors
Londontown's KUR: Nail Treatment System caught my eye as all the products in the system work in unison to repair, strengthen and hydrate the nail and cuticle! I also loved their lakur: enhanced nail colors as well.
MD Solar Sciences offer a wide array of  'ProVention-R' Skin Care and MDSolarSciences Sun Care Products
MD Solar Sciences offer a wide array of  'ProVention-R' Skin Care and MDSolarSciences Sun Care Products - offering sun damage prevention while diminishing many of the signs of photo-aging.

Meow Meow Tweet offers Vegan + Pure + Crafted by Hand small batch natural apothecary products based in Brooklyn, New York. And let's face it, anything that says 'tweet' catches my eye!

Meow Meow Tweet Tea Tree Rosemary Liquid Soap
Bellegance Perfumes premiere fragrance Midnight Promise, a beautiful Eau de Parfum, butterfly bottle
Bellegance Perfumes premiere fragrance Midnight Promise, a beautiful Eau de Parfum, gets five out of five butterflies for both the beautiful butterfly packaging and the beauty of the scent. It's Top Notes include: Sparkling Red Mandarin and a whisper of Tangy Cinnamon, a Heart Note of Red Moroccan Rose and Base Notes of Vanilla, Amber, Incense, Fresh Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Musk. (Which as many of you might remember, when I got the opportunity to do a 'custom scent' my notes were strikingly similar to these. I have been alternating wearing this scent and the Bergamot Blossom by ILLUMINUM referenced above and get tons of compliments on both of these!) This is a perfect gift for any butterfly lover in your life! With Mother's Day Coming Up Soon, I urge you to keep this one in mind!

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer
MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer is handmade using the finest raw minerals in the world! Each exclusive color is richly pigmented, hand-mixed and poured into a hand-crafted Austrian crystal bottle. They are fnished with a custom brush and application requires only one coat. These are designed by a jeweler and it certainly shows! 

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer Manicure
I got the 24K Graphite Crystal Top Manicure ($325) using the GRAPHITE & GOLD Lacquer and a Crystal Top Coat. My mani brings all the boys to the yard.....LOL (This was definitely a five out of five butterflies rating, best manicure ever! Just wish my nails were longer!)


This is literally perfect for the mom that has it all, turning her nails into 24K works of art? I would say that will definitely bump you into favorite status!

Portland General Store Apothecary
Portland General Store is an apothecary with a little something for everyone!

Products on Display during Elements Showcase New York City February 2014 Portland General Store Apothecary
They have a ton of neat stuff for men and the TSA Compliant Dopp Kit on the upper right hand of the picture would make a wonderful Father's Day Gift!

Products on Display during Elements Showcase New York City February 2014 Portland General Store Apothecary


Cirque Colors hand-blended nail lacquers
Cirque Colors is a New York based beauty brand that specializes in hand-blended nail lacquers. The name 'Cirque', meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and endless color possibilities in the continuum. They also have a color called 'AU' made with real 23k gold leaf flake at a much more budget friendly price than MINE!
Ray Simons of Amsterdam RAYMAN Organic Skincare for Men
Ray Simons of Amsterdam big smile and welcoming display drew me in! RAYMAN is a 100% natural and organic Skincare line for men - Skull, Face and Shave Oil with NO chemicals, NO synthetics, only Botanicals!

Ray Simons of Amsterdam RAYMAN Organic Skincare for Men
I adore the packaging!


This is definitely another great choice if you are shopping for something unique for Dad for Father's Day, trust me, he'll appreciate THIS way more than a tie!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Make-Up, Skincare, Fragrances
It was also nice to see Rouge Bunny Rouge Back Again, we covered them the last Elements HERE

sans[ceuticals] - New Generation Beauty presented their products for skin and hair at Elements Showcase New York City, February 2014
sans[ceuticals] - New Generation Beauty presented their products for skin and hair at Elements Showcase New York City, February 2014

Suleko Perfumes
Suleko definitely gets my vote for most unique bottle packaging, even their website opens up to words by John Keats, and the scents are certainly as unique as their packaging. These are like mini works of art for your vanity, dresser, or night table! Enjoy!

tenoverten at Elements Showcase New York City February 2014
It was great to see tenoverten back at Elements Showcase New York City, I got a really great manicure from them the last time, here is a link to my past tenoverten mani and coverage of them.

tenoverten at Elements Showcase New York City February 2014
I spotted some great colors for Spring!

Thymes Natural-Smelling Fragrances
I was very happy to spot Thymes as I am quite familiar with their products!

Thymes Natural-Smelling Fragrances products
Thymes Natural-Smelling Fragrances have been a long time hit with me, the only hard decision is settling on just one, and they even offer a sample kit on their website to help you do just that!

Thymes Natural-Smelling Fragrances


Union Fine Fragrance Collection
Union Fine Fragrance Collection was developed by an eclectic group of friends to offer truly British fragrances that contained ingredients sourced from the shores of the UK.

uslu airlines is a Berlin based luxury cosmetics brand
uslu airlines is a Berlin based luxury cosmetics brand, (not an airline!)

uslu airlines is a Berlin based luxury cosmetics brand
You know I can't resist a display of lipsticks! How I love my red lippies!

vbeaute is a vegan, gluten free, paraben free, fragrance free, nut and oat free line made for all skin types
vbeaute is a vegan, gluten free, paraben free, fragrance free, nut and oat free line made for all skin types!

Verso Skincare offers the first non-prescription high dose Vitamin A derivative that can be used safely in the daytime
Verso Skincare offers the first non-prescription high dose Vitamin A derivative that can be used safely in the daytime.

w3ll people utilizes Organic Aloe infused makeup to help sooth, nourish, moisturize and heal the skin
w3ll people knows that our skin absorbs 60-80% of what we put on it, and that drives their mission to create innovative cosmetics of quality, integrity and purity to achieve not just external beauty but also healthy results on the inside!

w3ll people utilizes Organic Aloe infused makeup to help sooth, nourish, moisturize and heal the skin.

My Take:

Elements Showcase definitely delivered a great mix of brands. But I will say that Midnight Promise with that memorable and delightful scent AND in the perfect butterfly packaging and the MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer Manicure were definitely my top two highlights!

Butterflies which brand resonates most with you? Which one would you most like to try? Let them know you saw them featured on Ascending Butterfly so we can hopefully come back with something fun for YOU too!


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