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Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Remembering Oscar de la Renta - A Fashion Icon

Remembering A Fashion Icon: Oscar de la Renta

Last week we lost one of fashion’s most influential icons. Oscar de la Renta passed away peacefully in his home in Connecticut, surrounded by his wife Annette and family, after a long battle with cancer. His legacy is one of talent, designing evening wear that made women look and feel beautiful, and kindness, a trait that he showed everyone he met and worked with in his four decades of designing. Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, Oscar grew-up in a modest home with six sisters. He had aspirations to become an abstract painter and left home at the age of 18 to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. During his time in Spain, he became distracted by fashion and began sketching his own designs, one of which ended up in the hands of the then-U.S. Ambassador’s wife. She asked Oscar to design a dress for her daughter, a dress that would be featured on the cover of Life Magazine, making him a “name” overnight. His immense talent was noticed and quickly landed him an apprenticeship with renowned Spanish designer, Cristobal Balenciaga. He was given his first job as a real designer for fashion house Lavin in Paris in 1961. Within two years he made the move to New York to work for Elizabeth Arden and shortly thereafter had gained the confidence to launch his own signature ready-to-wear line in 1965.

Oscar de la Renta's dress for US Ambassador of Spain's daughter.

The dress that made him famous, designed in 1956 for Beatrice Lodge, the daughter of then-U.S. ambassador to Spain, John Davis Lodge, to wear at her coming out ball in Madrid. *Image courtesy of Time Magazine.

Oscar was vibrant and he loved life, and it showed through his designs. His work was part romance from his time spent in Paris and his ability to just “get women” and what made them look beautiful, and part expressive Spanish influence from his roots in the Dominican Republic. He dressed first ladies, socialites and Hollywood stars, and most recently designed a custom gown for the most talked about bride, Amal Alamuddin, for her wedding to George Clooney. First lady Laura Bush, whom he designed many dresses, including daughter Jenna’s wedding dress, said this about him, “My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna’s wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.”

Amal Alamuddin's Oscar de la Renta gown.

Amla and Oscar at her gown fitting just before her wedding to George Clooney. * Image courtesy of Vogue Magazine.

He was known for his stunning evening and bridal gowns that could literally take your breath away, and was always a favorite name on the red carpet in Hollywood. Oscar stayed true to his purpose, designing what we loved and famously once said, “I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.” While his specialty was evening wear, he was also known for his chic daytime wear and line of fragrances. His first scent Oscar launched in 1977 and is still a classic, sought-after scent by today’s woman. His most recent fragrance, Something Blue is a scent brides will don on their wedding day for many years to come.

Oscar de la Renta's designes for everyday.

While evening gowns were his speciality, Oscar’s line of chic everyday wear, gained him popular among masses of women. *Image courtesy of Paper Doll Romance.

His legacy will live on as the man who put American designers on the global map in the 1960s and 70s, single handily helping U.S. designers carve out their own look and gain the respect of the Europeans. There will never be anyone else like Oscar. His designs will be unmatched, and his ability to bring out all facets of beauty in a woman is something that was one-of-kind. Thank you for what you did for fashion, for philanthropy and for future designers all over the world. Oscar, you will be missed.

The legacy of Oscar de la Renta will live on.

*image courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.

 

“Oscar de la Renta once dreamed of creating a perfume that in one drop captured all of the joy and sophistication of his designs.”
Explore Luxurious Fragrances by Oscar de la Renta.

Meet Our First-Ever Beauty Ambassador Donna Kim!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

 

Beauty Ambassador for Beauty Encounter - Donna Daily

Say hello to Donna Kim! She is just as obsessed about beauty as all of us. Donna is our first-ever brand ambassador and we are so excited to have her on-board. Who is Donna you ask? She is a beauty and style expert and the mastermind behind Donna Daily, a well-known beauty and inspiration blog that was named one of the “Best Beauty Blogs” by BeautyHigh.com. Based in New York City, Donna is an editor at top beauty website xoVain.com, a lifestyle journalist, digital media strategist and makeup artist whose work has been featured on major television networks and in national consumer publications such as NBC’s Today Show, NBC’s New York Live, ABC’s Live Well Network, Huffington Post Live, Racked.com, Brides Magazine and QVC. Donna’s philosophy is “making style and beauty simple and accessible for the everyday woman.” “I can’t wait to share my philosophy with all of you,” says Donna. “Staying current with trends and navigating all of the products out there can be overwhelming. I am going to help you find what makes you feel good inside and out, easily and affordably, thanks to Beauty Encounter’s vast product selection.” We are trilled to collaborate with Donna, who will be sharing her expertise through product picks, beauty tips and the latest trends in all things beauty and style here on our blog, Facebook and YouTube pages, and our behind-the-scenes beauty scoop page, At the Counter. She will be producing a series of videos on some of our top brands and just what makes their products so great. You can read all about Donna here and check out her first brand video with hot, new Hollywood skincare line Doll Face. Do you have a question for Donna or a feature you would like to see? Tell us! Email pr@beautyencounter.com. Stay tuned for more great stuff from Donna!

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The Bride’s Guide: 5 Go-To Feminine Perfumes For a Sexy, Sensuous Night To Remember

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Top 5 Perfumes: A Bride's Guide

Top 5 Perfumes: A Bride’s Guide for the perfect wedding night to remember


Wedding bells ring and a montage of events flash into your eyes. The time has finally come when you apply that last stroke of lip gloss and spritz the final touches of your trademark wedding day perfume you will remember for eternity.

You run that last minute checklist on your mind. So while you’re thinking about what scent to use on that memorable day, here’s five go-to perfumes you’ll love to use, no matter what type of bride you’ll be.

1. For the traditional bride in a big church

Traditional brides who opt for classic and timeless pieces on her wedding day will love Vera Wang by Vera Wang for Women. A bride who loves to combine elegance and romance will adore a subtly sensual scent with a feminine touch through white flowers. After all, Vera Wang made a name in those gorgeous wedding dresses. Why not add a little bit more of that Vera touch on your ever after?

2. For the country bride in an intimate chapel

A country bride who loves the quiet, intimate ceremonies in a small chapel where she grew up or where her parents got married will adore Elixir Des Merveilles by Hermes for Women. Elixir Des Merveilles fits the occasion perfectly with its combination of orange peel scent, oak, caramel, vanilla and sandalwood. A sweet yet woodsy whiff will remind you about the simple yet cherished vows up until the reception in tune with nature at a country house’s garden.

3. For the bride loving the garden view

Brides consider garden weddings because of its fresh and feminine feeling while being surrounded with blooms. If you’re looking for a little twist on the floral scent, Jeanne Lanvin for Women is the perfect choice. A take on the luxurious scent with a combination of roses, pear, white musk and sandalwood will leave your guests and your knight in shining armor breathless with your womanly beauty.

4. For the chic bride in the city

Ever wonder how it feels to be the bride in the “Wedding of the Year”? If you’re the bride people envy because of her haute couture wedding dress created by a famous fashion designer, then Miss Dior by Christian Dior for Women is your number one go-to perfume. Stylish and feminine, yet fun and flirty at the same time are trademarks of Miss Dior bottled in an elegant glass with a flirty bow. A metropolitan woman calls for that sweet and fun mixture of mandarin, strawberry, vanilla and pink jasmine. That’s the perfect bride in her fairy tale wedding in the city, getting photographed at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

5. The exotic bride by the beach

How about a secret wedding destination somewhere in Maldives or in Bora Bora? An adventurous bride loves that carefree spur-of-the-moment ceremony. What other perfume can be more perfect than Escada Ocean Lounge by Escada for Women. A bride who adores the touch of sand on her feet will like the light and cool scent of Escada Ocean Lounge with a mixture of fruity notes like strawberry, plum, lychee and pear. A limited edition seasonal fragrance will be a go-to scent for that bride who wants to stand out in the crowd.

A lot of desirable fragrance to choose from, but you’ll only have that one wedding you have been dreaming of. You don’t have to worry about splurging some sweet scent on you – discount perfumes are available all year round. Plus, no amount of money can buy that priceless smile of a lovely bride.

Love Potion No9 BASK

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Love Potion Nº9 BASK

Boosting Your Attraction Level With Pheromone Cologne

Could your flirt power use a little boost? Whose couldn’t? The power of attraction is a magical process that involves the senses at a very primal level. That primal nature is the secret behind Nº9 by BASK. Nº9 by BASK contains a substance called pheromones.

Pheromones are an aromatic chemical that we can detect from a person without even realizing it. In fact, it has been found that pheromones are a means by which some members of the animal kingdom communicate nonverbally. Though these scents are produced naturally by the body, some people produce more than others. For those of us who don’t naturally produce as much, pheromone spray can go the extra distance and increase your overall appeal.

There are many pheromone cologne products currently on the market, but it’s important to choose one that is a high quality if you are hoping to experience the best results to cast your spell on a very special someone. The best products are those that are as pure as possible and don’t contain additional additives, oils or fillers, and are neutral in scent.

Nº9 by BASK is a good example of a high quality human pheromone. It is a spray that can be used alone or in combination with your favorite perfume or cologne. It will last up to 3 days on your body or 6 days on your clothing, but washes off easily with soap and water. This type of hypoallergenic product can naturally boost your appeal, giving you the opportunity to attract the people you’d like to meet. After that, it’s up to you to use your natural charms to show them how fabulous you truly are!

These Major News Networks Have Done Extensive Research To Prove Pheromones Do In Fact Work!

 

Don’t Be Caught Without Your Travalo!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Bring Your Favorite Fragrance Wherever You Go With Travalo

If you have ever struggled with carrying your favorite full-sized fragrance in your purse or along on vacation, the Travalo perfume atomizer may be the answer to your prayers! Forget bulky glass perfume bottles, cologne mishaps caused by loosened caps, or the mess of trying to transfer your cologne to typical travel bottles. Travalo offers the perfect solution!

The bottles in which perfume is originally packaged are typically meant to be highly attractive, but they are rarely suited to travel. These glass containers are large, inconvenient, and often breakable. Travel perfume atomizers, on the other hand, should be sleek, strong, and made to go with you, no matter where you’re headed.

All travel atomizers aren’t created equal, though. We all want to find one that is easy to fill, simple to use, attractive, and durable. It may sound like a tall order, but Travalo meets all of these needs.

Travalo‘s unique design allows you to avoid a messy decanting process with tiny funnels. How? With Travalo, you simply slip off your cologne bottle’s spray nozzle button, fit the Travalo’s base onto the exposed stem, and pump gently. With each pump, the Travalo fills with your cologne from the bottom up—quickly, easily, and most importantly, cleanly, without loosing a drop! What’s more, the Travalo atomizer spray pump performs perfectly, releasing a fine, even mist of your cologne.

It’s the ideal mini atomizer size for your handbag or toiletries bag. Even though it’s small, you won’t need to ration cologne during travel. Each fill provides up to 50 sprays (4 ml) of your favorite fragrance. If you are a fragrance lover like the rest of us at BeautyEncounter.com, you’ll want to take advantage of the range of Travalo color options to color code your colognes and take two or more along on your next trip!

Is Your Perfume Pushing Him Away?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

How to Know if Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana for Women Is Right for You

The Dolce & GabbLight Blue Eau de Toiletteana name is synonymous with Italian style and cosmopolitan flare and that reputation carries through to their fragrance line. One of the most popular Dolce & Gabbana fragrances for women currently on the market is Light Blue Eau de Toilette. When it comes to perfumes, popularity is a good sign, right? Or is it? If you love fragrance like we do here at Beauty Encounter, you already know that no single scent is right for everyone. But how can you know if one is right for you?
When it comes to Light Blue Eau de Toilette by Dolce & Gabbana for Women, the BE team has come up with answers to two simple questions that will help you determine if the unique attributes of Light Blue may make it the scent for you!
You might want to ask yourself the following:

  • When will you be wearing it? Most people find that Light Blue Eau de Toilette Spray is best suited for casual, everyday use—something that you’d like wearing during a typical day, relaxed evenings, or out and about with your friends at informal events.
  • Does it contain scents that appeal to you?  This fragrance is a blend of apple, rose, jasmine, musk and citrusy notes. If you’ve found those scents attractive in other products, that’s a good sign, though the only way to truly know if it appeals to you is to test it yourself.

If you’ve made it this far and are still interested in Light Blue, it sounds like it’s time to try it out for yourself! As you probably know, all fragrances react uniquely on every person based on their body chemistry. What you may not know is that your chemistry can be impacted by your mood, age, stress level, skin oiliness or dryness level, diet, skin care products and even medications you are taking! That means that you what smells great on your BFF may bomb on you one day, but possibly smell better another day.

Only you can know whether or not you like the scent of this best selling Dolce & Gabbana for women on your own skin.  But by asking yourself the right questions, you’ll bring yourself much closer to making your decision.

At the Counter

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Love Penhaligon’s?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

We do too.

We want you to get your Penhaligon’s fix so for every item purchased from the Penhaligon’s line, you will be entered to win your choice of a Gentlemen’s Collection Set or a Ladies’ Collection Set, both valued at $50.00.

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The contest will start today, January 13, 2012, and will conclude on February 14, 2012. Order all your Penhaligon’s goodies in time for Valentine’s day and you just might be surprised with a little special treat for yourself.

Read more about the contest below:

Beauty Encounter Valentine’s Day Giveaway

A. Beauty Encounter Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Win one of two possible Fragrance Collectable sets from Penhaligon’s London. Beauty Encounter “Sponsor” is offering an Online Contest (“Contest”). Purchase is necessary for entry.

Participants will automatically be entered to win one (1) of two (2) miniature collection fragrance sets from Penhaligon’s London with any purchase of an item from the Penhaligon’s London line. Five (5) winners will be chosen at random to win his/her choice of one (1) Gentleman’s Fragrance Collection Set or one (1) Ladies’ Fragrance Collection Set. Item(s) cannot be returned; winner is non-transferable.

B. Eligibility: Entrant must be 18 years of age as of January 13, 2012. Entrant must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Employees of Beauty Encounter are not eligible to win.

C. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the contest is Beauty Encounter, 18480 Pacific Street Fountain Valley, CA 92708.

D. Timing: The contest begins on January 13, 2012 and ends on February 14, 2012 at 11:59pm PT. Beauty Encounter’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this contest.

E. How to Enter: Participants will automatically be entered to win one of two miniature collection fragrance sets from Penhaligon’s London with any purchase of an item from the Penhaligon’s London line. Five (5) winners will be chosen at random to win his/her choice of one (1) Gentleman’s Fragrance Collection Set or one (1) Ladies’ Fragrance Collection Set. Item(s) cannot be returned; winner is non-transferable. Contest ends 11:59pm PT on February 14, 2012.

F. Judging Criteria: The entrants selected as potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. The prize winners will be selected at random. The contest will take place under the supervision of Marketing Manager, Kristine Viray. Participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges, whose decisions are final. Response within five (5) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner must be received or, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

G. Prizes: The following prize will be awarded:

Entry Deadline: February 14, 2012

Prize: One (1) Gentlemen’s Fragrance Collection Set from Penhaligon’s London or One (1) Ladies’ Fragrance Collection Set from Penhaligon’s London.

Approximate Retail Value:$50.00

Number of Prizes: Five (5) Fragrance Collection Set from Penhaligon’s London

Total Approximate Retail Value of All Prizes:$250.00. Beauty Encounter is not responsible for lost or mutilated prizes and none will be replaced. Prize is non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except in the event that the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, Beauty Encounter will award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are so responsibility of Beauty Encounter.

Winners: The potential winner will be notified by Beauty Encounter by February 24, 2012. An email will be sent to the email address used to place the order for entry. Beauty Encounter will notify the potential winner that he/she has won and request the shipping address the prize should be mailed to.

Good luck everyone!

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Where Do You Apply Perfume?

Friday, January 18th, 2013

J’adore by Christian Dior

Location Matters with J’adore by Christian Dior

When you select J’adore as your Christian Dior perfume of choice, you’re opting for a scent that is among the top favorites around the world.  It is an award winner that has remained contemporary since its launch at the design house in 2001.

As beautiful as it may smell in the bottle, it’s important that you wear a Christian Dior perfume properly in order to promote the best possible reaction on your skin.  Bet you never thought there was a way to apply perfume, right? Well, this sophisticated fresh combination of bergamot, melon, fruits, flowers, vanilla, wood and musk can be brought to an even higher level when you know how to apply it.
Use the following tips to indulge yourself in your favorite fragrance:

  • J’adore is best applied on clean skin, for example, directly after you’ve had a bath or shower.  It’s at this time that your skin is most able to absorb the fragrance so that it will blend with your own natural chemistry and last all day long.
  • Instead of splashing, lightly dab Christian Dior perfume to your pulse points, including your wrists, the base of your neck, behind your ears, inside your elbows, your inner thighs, and behind your knees.  A tiny amount in each place is best.
  • If you want to use the spray method, spray the scent into the air 2 or 3 times and breeze through the cloud of it.  This way you’ll have a light overall coverage instead of a concentrated application.
  • Don’t overdo it.  A little can go a long way.  Remember that when you become accustomed to a scent, you can’t detect exactly how strong it is.  That doesn’t mean that you need to keep applying more over time.  Be delicate about the use of your fragrance.
  • Keep your skin type in mind.  The dryer your skin, the longer it will retain the scent.  Oilier skin will cause any perfume to evaporate more quickly.<!> Therefore, choose to reapply appropriately, based on your skin type.

By using these techniques, you’ll fall in love with your J’adore Christian Dior perfume time and time again, every time you wear it.

Love Penhaligon’s?

Friday, January 13th, 2012

We do too.

We want you to get your Penhaligon’s fix so for every item purchased from the Penhaligon’s line, you will be entered to win your choice of a Gentlemen’s Collection Set or a Ladies’ Collection Set, both valued at $50.00.

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penhaligons-ladies-gift-set

The contest will start today, January 13, 2012, and will conclude on February 14, 2012. Order all your Penhaligon’s goodies in time for Valentine’s day and you just might be surprised with a little special treat for yourself.

Read more about the contest below:

Beauty Encounter Valentine’s Day Giveaway

A. Beauty Encounter Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Win one of two possible Fragrance Collectable sets from Penhaligon’s London. Beauty Encounter “Sponsor” is offering an Online Contest (“Contest”). Purchase is necessary for entry.

Participants will automatically be entered to win one (1) of two (2) miniature collection fragrance sets from Penhaligon’s London with any purchase of an item from the Penhaligon’s London line. Five (5) winners will be chosen at random to win his/her choice of one (1) Gentleman’s Fragrance Collection Set or one (1) Ladies’ Fragrance Collection Set. Item(s) cannot be returned; winner is non-transferable.

B. Eligibility: Entrant must be 18 years of age as of January 13, 2012. Entrant must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Employees of Beauty Encounter are not eligible to win.

C. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the contest is Beauty Encounter, 18480 Pacific Street Fountain Valley, CA 92708.

D. Timing: The contest begins on January 13, 2012 and ends on February 14, 2012 at 11:59pm PT. Beauty Encounter’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this contest.

E. How to Enter: Participants will automatically be entered to win one of two miniature collection fragrance sets from Penhaligon’s London with any purchase of an item from the Penhaligon’s London line. Five (5) winners will be chosen at random to win his/her choice of one (1) Gentleman’s Fragrance Collection Set or one (1) Ladies’ Fragrance Collection Set. Item(s) cannot be returned; winner is non-transferable. Contest ends 11:59pm PT on February 14, 2012.

F. Judging Criteria: The entrants selected as potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. The prize winners will be selected at random. The contest will take place under the supervision of Marketing Manager, Kristine Viray. Participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges, whose decisions are final. Response within five (5) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner must be received or, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

G. Prizes: The following prize will be awarded:

Entry Deadline: February 14, 2012

Prize: One (1) Gentlemen’s Fragrance Collection Set from Penhaligon’s London or One (1) Ladies’ Fragrance Collection Set from Penhaligon’s London.

Approximate Retail Value:$50.00

Number of Prizes: Five (5) Fragrance Collection Set from Penhaligon’s London

Total Approximate Retail Value of All Prizes:$250.00. Beauty Encounter is not responsible for lost or mutilated prizes and none will be replaced. Prize is non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except in the event that the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, Beauty Encounter will award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are so responsibility of Beauty Encounter.

Winners: The potential winner will be notified by Beauty Encounter by February 24, 2012. An email will be sent to the email address used to place the order for entry. Beauty Encounter will notify the potential winner that he/she has won and request the shipping address the prize should be mailed to.

Good luck everyone!

Holiday Bonus!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Still looking for that perfect gift? The holidays are just around the corner which means your time to shop is slowly coming to an end. You don’t have to add any more stress over what your holiday gift recipients might like- a BE e-Gift Certificate is always a great choice. Give them the opportunity to buy just what they want and for a limited time, you’ll even receive a bonus gift for purchasing at least $50 in e-Gift Certificates for yourself! And one of the nicest things about this e-Gift Certificate is that you will receive this almost instantaneously after purchasing. So even if you do wait last minute, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on a great gift! Happy holidays!

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Here’s the breakdown for the promotion:

Buy an e-Gift Certificate for:
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Bonus e-Coupons are available to redeem from January 7th to February 15th, 2012.

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