Vera Wang Embrace: The Perfect Summer Scent + Giveaway

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review


Do you ever ask yourself, “What makes me feel confident?” I know for me, I feel my best when I’m healthy – both mentally and physically, well-rested and wearing something that makes me feel unstoppable.  As women, there are so many outside influences that can directly affect our confidence, but it’s our duty to pick ourselves up, embrace what we have and change what we’re not happy about.

This is so important to me because I’ve always been raised to be extremely comfortable in my own skin (thank you mom and dad!). However, every so often we all have our moments when we’re feeling blah or nitpicking the small stuff. That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Vera Wang Fragrances to discuss how their newest scent in the Embrace Collection, ‘Marigold and Gardenia,’ makes me feel beautiful and confident in my own skin. After all, it’s so important we make time to celebrate ourselves!

The fragrance draws inspiration from intimacy, celebrating moments in time to be cherished and embraced. I love everything about it – from the scent to the packaging to the soft peach hues. To me, a fragrance should make you feel fresh, beautiful, desirable in your own skin and ready to embrace your womanhood (can we get #GirlPower trending?) and that’s how I feel when wearing this. Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia is available for purchase in-store and online at Kohl’s. (ARV $29.99)

I want all of you to be your most confident self, so I’m giving you the chance to win the Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance collection 4-pack (ARV $75), which includes the following fragrances: Green Tea & Pear Blossom, Rose & Vanilla, Periwinkle & Iris and Marigold & Gardenia. The contest is now open through July 12, 2016! You can enter by sharing this via one of the social sharing options below:

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance Collections

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What’s in my cosmetic case?

If you follow me on Instagram (@publyssity) or Snapchat (alyssaamoroso), it’s clear to see that I’m always traveling during the summer months. In fact, my suitcase has doubled into a closet and my cosmetic case has become home to all of my essentials – like my makeup, personal care items, etc.

That said, I’ve actually found this method to be really helpful. I load my cosmetic case with everything I’ll need to get through the week, weekend or workday. I like having one case with everything vs. a million small bags with just some of my items. It’s easier for me to make sure I’m not forgetting to pack anything when I’m switching between carry-on luggage to tote bag to gym bag.

Keep reading to see some of the essentials I keep in my cosmetics case at all times:

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Spring Beauty Haul!

I’ve been testing out and trying new beauty products all spring and have finally found some favorites that I wanted to share with all of you, as I know it could be hard to experiment with new items. At least for me, beauty products are hard to comb through when trying to find the best of the best. That’s why I’m pleased to share some of my top-picks with!

From exfoliating scrubs to brow highlighters to lipstick, I’m covering all of the bases. Check out my spring beauty haul items below and let me know your thoughts in the comments section! Also keep an eye out for some special offer codes on select items!

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Simone France Classic French Skincare

When it comes to beauty routines, I tend to be skeptical of using too many products with the fear that they will make my skin worse, not better. That’s why I generally use products with no scent and few ingredients. The more gentle, the better. For the last 3 weeks I’ve been using Simone France Classic French skincare products and have to say, I’m the biggest fan, so I want to share my success story with you guys!

Like me, the brand believes that fewer ingredients is better, so they keep their products simple with high quality ingredients and focus on the routine (which is my favorite part). I’ve been following a step-by-step 60 sec. daily routine in the morning, with another 60 sec. routine at night that is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. The routine uses a few different products (like mild soap, a toner, a refining scrub and moisturizer) and Simon France Signature Clothes. At first the routine scared me a bit, since I tend to be a soap and water type of girl, but now I’m breezing through it and love the results. I have to say, it’s the most effective routine I’ve used to date!

The products have really helped transform my dry skin into a glowing and balanced complexion. Take the 5 minute quiz to see what items in the line work for your skin-type! PS. use the coupon code BEAUTIFULSKIN to receive 20% off for any order made via Simone France website (including already discounted packages)!  Any questions? Sound off below!

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Shop My Deals & Steals

Lately I’ve been working with so many great, new brands and have been listing tons of discount codes via my Instagram, but wanted to put all the information in one place so you guys can enjoy awesome discounted products/services. Low and behold, my deals & steals! ENJOY!


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Hope you enjoy!

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