Enter to Win a His & Hers Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance Prize Pack on Twitter!

It's time for a new Twitter giveaway! Last time, you guys had so much fun participating in the His & Hers Versace prize pack (that was won by @_tgbeauty_) that I decided to do it again. For this round, I decided to include one of my favorite brands - Yves Saint Laurent. If you've been following me for a while or read up on some of my other reviews, you must know how much of a big fan I am of Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP - it is literally my holy grail of fragrances. If you're new, then I highly recommend that you head back to my full review here to get the details on this scent before entering.

So I decided to pair Black Opium with a familiar male fragrance La Nuit De L'Homme - you know since I'm sticking with my favs will become your favs (especially with the gifting season now upon us).


To enter, all you need to do is follow me on Twitter, RT my pinned tweet and you’re entered to win! Make sure you tag your friends so they can enter too. 18+ or older to participate. Open internationally.

See you there and remember – we have tons of giveaways across all of the social media platforms so check around!


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Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Fragrance Review and Giveaway

Have you ever really listened to someone as they raved about their signature scent? I couldn't quite understand the enamor with finding one scent that truly captured everything about myself; one fragrance that captured that personality, my love, my bubbliness or my passion in a bottle? There was absolutely no way. But then, Yves Saint Laurent launched Black Opium and well...I found my holy grail fragrance.img_3341-cccI was first introduced to this fragrance in October 2015 and it has taken over my life since then - seriously, I think I gave everyone this fragrance for the holidays and I probably will again this year with the re-release of it as Black Opium Wild (the same fragrance in a limited edition wild leopard print bottle).img_3218-cccThe NotesTop: Pink Pepper and Orange Blossom Heart: Pear, Jasmine and Rich Coffee Base: Sensual Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar, Musk and Sandalwood

The Packaging Black Opium is packaged in a textured glass bottle and covered in glitter that sparkles when the light catches it. In the middle, sits a glass opening with the YSL logo and Black Opium signature. It was designed as a rock'n'roll interpretation (and flanker) to the classic 2010 Opium which is much more spicier.img_3220-cccimg_3255-cccThe Bottom Line This is a fragrance that is meant for floral and coffee lovers. Personally, I don't like to drink coffee but I love the aroma of it. Whenever I smell someone brewing it - especially the french vanilla flavored beans - I am in heaven and that's what Black Opium is to me.

Because of the mix of Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar and Musk, it makes it a heavier fragrance which is perfect to take you through the Fall and Winter. img_3252-cccAvailability Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum is available in 1.0 oz, 1.6 oz and 3 oz bottles at Sephora, Ulta, Saks and Nordstrom from $68 - $115. But by now you guys should know that my favorites become your favorites. I'm going to be hooking 2 of you up with your own bottle of Black Orchid with a giveaway!


Blog giveaway (Two winners) To enter this giveaway, simply follow/subscribe to this blog and leave a comment on this post telling me why you need this fragrance in your collection (hey you can even tell me your favorite coffee flavor - I'm looking for new ones to smell :). Scroll down to find my subscription box or look to the to right of your screen to follow/subscribe. *Please note – Don’t worry if you don’t see your comment right away. I have to approve most of them :-)*

Contest ends Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. I will choose two subscribers at random from those who commented on this post within 48 hours of the contest end date. The Instagram winners will be chosen separately.

No giveaway/spam accounts. Open internationally; 18+ to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Good luck to all!

Instagram entry (Two winners) To enter this giveaway on Instagram, please head to over to this photo and follow the rules listed to enter.

Good luck everyone!


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Enter to Win: Yves Saint Laurent, NARS & Marc Jacobs Cosmetics Instagram Giveaway

Are you guys sick of these giveaways yet? I hope not because it's time to launch the next one! I hope you're following me on snapchat (@Candy_Closets) because I always post sneak peeks and ask questions as to what you want to see next - plus there's our awesome giveaway song which I can't get enough of :-D. Also, I wanted to let you guys know that in addition to the regular giveaways that we have going on, I'm going to randomly start giving away prizes to people who are engaging on the blog and all of my social media channels. Not for nothing, but I read every comment and see everyone who constantly shows support or engages on the channels/posts and I want to make sure to show you all love whenever I can. So just keep an eye out. This will be going on...Forever -insert my Cardi B. face- :D.

But seriously, this is another way that I can thank you guys for constantly supporting Candy Coated Closets, so the more that you comment, like, share, engage etc. the more that I actually get to know you and it increases your chances in winning a prize (makeup, fragrances, shoes, gift cards or whatever it is that I think you may like). #RandomActsofCCC is going to be the hashtag for this.

Anyway...now onto the next Instagram giveaway!

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‼️GIVEAWAY ALERT‼️ ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ It’s time to giveaway this high end cosmetics prize pack to one lucky Instagram followers! The pack includes:

That's over $150 in prizes!


1. You must follow @candycoatedclosets on Instagram.

2. In the comments on this Instagram photo, tag three friends so they can learn about all of the fun we have on here.

3. You can enter up to 5 times with a new set of tagged friends in each comment.

That’s it!

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Contest runs from Tuesday, June 28, 2016 and ends Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 11:59pm est. One winner will be randomly chosen from those who commented (not those tagged within the comments) and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending.

No giveaway/spam profiles & profile must be set to public by the end of the contest so we can ensure that you are following @candycoatedclosets. Open internationally; 18+, to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.

Make sure that you click on the links above if you want to learn more about these amazing products from the giveaway!

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and Concealer Review and Swatches - Y415, Y445, R40, Y41

There has been so much hype within the beauty community about the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation - an Allure Best of Beauty winner of 2015 - that I decided to get some samples to test it out myself. This liquid foundation is a super light weight foundation that provides medium to full coverage that is best applied in small thin layers. It is designed to give you an airbrush-like finish on and off camera. There are 40 shades available. I also got a chance to try the Ultra HD concealer. There are 10 shades available and Y41 is the deepest shade.

Here are swatches of the foundation in Y415 and Y445 and the concealer in R40 and Y41.

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Yves Saint Laurent Instagram Beauty Giveaway!

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‼️GIVEAWAY ALERT‼️ ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ It’s time to giveaway this Yves Saint Laurent prize pack to TWO of my followers! ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

1. You must follow @candycoatedclosets on Instagram.

2. In the comments on this Instagram photo, tag two friends who you think deserves to win this beauty prize pack.

That’s it!

Contest runs from Thursday, June 2, 2016 and ends Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 11:59pm est. Two winners will be randomly chosen from those who commented (not those tagged within the comments) and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending.

No giveaway/spam profiles & profile must be set to public by the end of the contest so we can ensure that you are following Candycoatedclosets. Open internationally; 18+, to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.

GOOD LUCK! Also, keep an eye out because I will be launching a new NARS giveaway for my email subscribers only!

*Please note that due to summer heat, the lipstick may end up "sweating" - the heat may cause condensation on the lipstick and it may arrived shipped to you with sweat beads on it. The lipstick will still be sanitary and usable. I recommend putting it in the freezer to cool off to remove some of the condensation.*


Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris - A New Fragrance for Women


Oh why hello new obsession! Get ready ladies because Yves Saint Laurent is launching a new fruity and floral Eau de Parfum for women called Mon Paris. Mon Paris is being described as a "modern interpretation of a love full of intensity and dedication yet free from all constraints".

The notes will include raspberry, strawberry, pear, peony, datura, jasmine, orange blossom, patchouli and white musk and will be available in a 30, 50 and 90 ml.


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The Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards 2016 - It’s Time to Vote!

If you would have told me when I first started blogging that I was going to become the fragrance aficionado that I am today, I probably would have laughed at you. But here we are...some hundred bottles into my collection later... :-D As you have joined me on this journey, we have explored some of the most designer and niche fragrances and now is the time where we as the consumers get a chance to shine the light on some of our favorite scents. That means that it's finally time to vote in the The Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards for 2016!

Beginning on Monday, March 28, 2016, you will have the power to vote in the following categories: Men’s, Women’s Popular and Women’s Prestige fragrances that launched in 2015. The nominees are: 

Men's Dior Sauvage; Prada Luna Rosa Sport; Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense. Women’s PopularARI by Ariana Grande; Victoria’s Secret Forever Sexy EDP. Women’s PrestigeJimmy Choo Illicit; Marc Jacobs Decadence; Versace Eros Pour Femme; Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.10.43 PMSo there are only two ways that this could get any better. For one, all voters will be entered to win select fragrances from each category in a random-selection sweepstakes (32 of you will win)! Secondly...well you know we have to dive into all nine of those fragrances before the voting period ends right? That's right! So from now until May 27, 2016, we are going to be diving into all of them as a group and as an individual fragrance to find out the story behind the scent. So why not get to know them a little bit more intimately before voting?

IMG_5443 copyIMG_7904 cccIMG_4174 copyIMG_4239 copyWhat can I say about Black Opium from Yves Saint Laurent that I haven't already? This fragrance literally took over my life from October 2015 to the start of the New Year. Seriously, I think I gave everyone this fragrance for the holidays. And everyone thanked me because of its addictive notes of rich coffee accord, orange blossom and sensual vanilla.IMG_4221 copyA little bit of elegance, a hint of class and a blast of decadence. Marc Jacobs Decadence is a woody eau de parfum with hints of bulgarian rose, jasmine, liquid amber, papyrus woods, iris flowers and vetiver. The glamour of combining all of these notes together in such a stunning bottle design is what really made this fragrance my winter scent. IMG_4246 copyARI by Ariana Grande is one of the newest fragrances to my collection and I can tell you that I was first drawn in by the bottle. This is a sweet and soft scent that I'm looking forward to wearing more this spring as the notes remind me of a fruity and floral explosion. They include: crispy pear, pink grapefruit, juicy raspberry, soft muguet, rose buds, vanilla orchid, blonde woods, creamy musk and marshmallow - yum!

IMG_7193 copyI'll be honest and tell you that I never smelled Jimmy Choo Illicit until the announcement of these awards. I cannot believe that I let such a good fragrance pass me by for so long too. Illicit is an alluring fragrance with noes of ginger, feminine sambac rose, turkish rose, bitter orange, honey-amber and sandalwood. I absolutely adore how rich the scent is and how it settles into my skin.

IMG_7199 copyVersace Eros Pour Femme is a powerful floral fragrance with hints of citrus that has notes of Sicilian lemon, Calabrian bergamot, pomegranate accords, lemon, sambac jasmine absolute, jasmine infusion, peony, sandalwood, ambrox, musk and various cedars.FullSizeRenderCreated with golden thread of Amber, Forever Sexy by Victoria's Secret is as beautiful as the lingerie. It has warm juicy notes of belladonna orange, creamy gardenia petals and warm golden amber.IMG_7203 cccPrada Luna Rosa Sport is a flanker to already popular Prada Luna collection. Just an FYI - in the fragrance community, we normally refer to a newly created fragrance that shares similar attributes of an already existing fragrance as a flanker. These similar attributes may include the bottle design, the packaging, the name or even similar notes that were taken from the pre-existing fragrance.

Prada Luna Rosa Sport has citrusy notes with a tart blend of ginger and leads into the sweetness of juniper berries. The heart notes are enriched with lavender while the base notes of tonka beans and vanilla warm up and smooth out the fragrance.

IMG_7196 cccRalph Lauren Polo Red Intense is a fresh and spicy woody fragrance for men with notes of blood grapefruit, cranberry, lemon, saffron, ginger, coffee, sage, lavender, amber, red cedar and leather. This is definitely more of a concentrated and masculine scent than its predecessor Polo Red.

IMG_7885 cccDior Sauvage was created for a daring man who loves the outdoors. It was created with carefully selected natural and fresh ingredients of Calabria bergamot, ambroxan, precious ambergris and cedar.

Don't forget to click here to cast your vote and remember to come back every week to talk about one of the featured nine fragrances!


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Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche - A New Black Opium Fragrance

So you guys remember a few months ago when I introduced you to the new Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium fragrance? It literally took over my Instagram timeline and I feel responsible for getting a lot of you hooked on the coffee and vanilla scent (blame me, I can take it)!

Well, prepare yourselves...YSL is launching a new fragrance for women, Black Opium Nuit Blanche.


Nuit Blanche is a yearly arts all-night cultural/arts festival in Paris and Black Opium Nuit Blanche is inspired by the night life of the city that never sleeps. The fragrance promises to capture the mysterious and unpredictable experience of an electric night in which everything is possible. Between tension and sensuality, audacity and femininity, the notes feature vanilla, black opium coffee accord, sandalwood, peony, white musk, orange blossom, rice vapor, pepper.

Now, the bottle design is very similar to the original Black Opium, however, the difference is in the details. The color of the cap is now rose gold and there are noticeable white sequins and glitter on the body of the bottle.

It will be available in an Eau De Parfum in 3 sizes - 30, 50 and 90 ml. I will let you know details on pricing and availability as soon as I can. 

Sooo...how many of you are asking for this for Valentine's Day? Are you ready to get hooked onto a new fragrance?