Let’s be 300% transparent — Since my late last year discovery of Caress Fine Fragrance Elixirs, I pretty much jump at any and every thing new that Caress brilliantly rolls out. So when I caught wind [pun intended] of Caress Endless Kiss & Passionate Spell Body Washes, well – let’s just say that the twisting of one’s arm (a rather, well-toned arm…see my #TTBFitLife blog posts) was not needed. And when I further learned of Caress Fabulistas, a super smart collaboration with CheapChicas.com and Celebrity Stylist powerhouse June Ambrose — I mean: Like why am I even explaining all of this? I’m sure you’re already sold, right?!
Caress Fabulistas Lilliana Vazquez of CheapChicas.com and Vh1’s “Styled By June” June Ambrose have teamed up with Caress to help pair sophisticated body fragrances and enviable skin with the season’s most of-the-moment looks. Be sure to visit Caress on Facebook for daily style tips from June and Lilliana. Starting August 2, you will have the opportunity to win daily fabulous prizes.
Speaking of daily style tips from the experts, I had the opportunity (dare I get mushy and call it an honor — it really was!) to interview June Ambrose. What unfolded was a lively tete-a-tete on the the influence of scent, the importance of sun protection, skin care musts, and plucky June-isms like “glamo-flage”. Read on for more:
Felicia Walker Benson/ ThisThatBeauty:
The Caress/ Caress Fabulistas project is very exciting, and it’s a new extension for your brand. Can you talk to why this collaboration is a perfect pairing for you?
I’ve often been accused of being a mood dresser. And for me, it starts in the shower. It really sets my mood for the day. I tried the Caress body washes and I liked them. Really liked them! The scents last a long time and eliminate the need for lots of layering. I find that the scents clear my mind and I feel exhilarated. Sexy even. These new products evoke all the things that women want to feel. It was very organic for me to attach myself to something as spellbinding as scent. Much like fashion, scent really speaks to me.
Why is Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash your favorite?
The vanilla reminds of baking cookies. I love sweets. The sandalwood is somewhat masculine. . .and I love masculine scents [we pause to 'ooh' & 'ahh' over our shared infatuation of Tom Ford Santal Blush]. I love that the depth of the sandalwood in Endless Kiss reminds me of a luxe scent like Tom Ford Santal Blush. Caress is affordable luxury that I can share with all women. . . .that really attracted me to this project.
On ThisThatBeauty we preach safe sun and our routine is never without daily broad spectrum SPF. In addition to Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash, what is your beauty routine never ever without?
SPF is a big one for me, too. I’m from the Caribbean, so, I know what excess sun exposure can do to skin. I’m very careful and use moisturizers with sun protection. Even my lip tints must contain SPF. My foundation also contains SPF. Big sunglasses and hats also help — they’re my “glamo-flage!”
June, we share something in common. The HuffPost/AOL Black Voices recently listed both of us as their top fashion/beauty people to follow on Instagram. Clearly social media is a great opportunity to share your personal brand. In what ways do you see your brand expanding over the next couple of years?
Social Media is a great platform for building brands. It’s excellent guerrilla marketing and is really revolutionizing access to customers. The direct contact helps to foster organic connections. As for what’s on the horizon, for March 2013 I am launching an eye wear collection for HSN. So that’s exciting!
Lastly, can you leave us with a Fall gem? Either fashion or beauty related, what’s our “MUST”?
I am really into spritzers and toners. We live in a concrete jungle…the elements are harsh — I love to refresh often. Most people think that spritzers are great for travel, and they are, but I think they’re also handy for everyday life — it’s like watering a plant. [as soon as June says 'spritzers', I immediately say to myself "get out of my head, June". I mean, did I not just pen this profound post for the Bergdorf Goodman blog on the importance of misters? I'll tell ya...great minds, June. Great minds!]
Thank you, June!
Caress Endless Kiss™ Silkening Body Wash and Beauty Bar
Infused with the rich scents of Creamy Vanilla and Sandalwood
Developed by top fragrance experts at Givuadan
Enriched with moisture beads to leave skin feeling silky smooth
Caress Passionate Spell™ Fine Fragrance Elixir Body Wash
Passionfruit and Fiery Orange Rose scented, inspired by blossoms at the peak of their bloom
Developed by top fragrance experts at the International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Don’t forget: “Win Your Everyday Fabulous” is launching this Thursday, 8/2 on the Caress Facebook page here. June and the other Fabulistas will be sharing a new inspirational photo every day of the latest trends. You really don’t want to miss fashion/ beauty jewels like this. . .
“Beyond a fierce dress or a new pair of shoes, I believe a sophisticated fragrance can help women feel even more gorgeous as they go about their day. I personally love pairing the new Caress® Endless Kiss™ Body Wash with my favorite pair of white skinny jeans and a hot pink lip for a chic and easy summertime look. I am so excited to be joining Caress to offer beauty secrets and style tips that will inspire women to add a touch of fabulousness to their everyday routine.”- June Ambrose