Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Kitchen Collection

Yesterday while cooking sausage for the cornbread stuffing and garlic for the sauteed string beans, I scrubbed my hands continuously.  The soap that I used was fine, but I wasn’t sure that it rid me of all of the raw meat on my fingers.  Bath and Body Works has come out with a brand spankin’ new Kitchen collection.  The new fragrances include Sunburst Tangerine, Crisp Cucumber, and Pure Vanilla.  Pretty nice to smell like something soft and complimentary to the kitchen.  As much as I like Cherry Blossom and Warm Vanilla Sugar, they scents will mix with my food and make me gag.

Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap and Anti Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap both contain coconut milk and olive oil to moisturize and deep clean.

If you don’t want to run to the sink, the Anti-Bacterial Gel Sanitizer infused with Tahitian Palm Milk will clean your hands, water free.

Moisturizing Hand Lotion includes Vitamin E, Macadamia Oil, Oat, Apple and Grape Seed extracts.  Who wants dry, cracking skin, especially while cooking?

Each of these products retail for $5!  For more information, head over to!

Village Tea Co.

teacup_teasThere’s nothing more therapeutic than a good cup of hot tea.  I’m a lipton girl, I use tea bags.  This will hopefully give you an understanding about how confused I was when I realized this was loose tea.  Much to my surprise, I’ve been sipping this stuff daily. My mother had a cup as well, and now she’s dipping into my tea stash too!  First of all, I’m a sucker for packaging.  These little cardboard canisters are chic and simple, making them fabulous.

All you do is scoop a spoonful into the clothbag and steep it into your mug or tea kettle of hot water. A little honey and sugar, and it’s perfection!  At first I thought, this is going to be way too much work for a cup of tea!  But the 8 seconds of labor really, really pays off.  I’m an old fashioned girl, so I was completely content with the Royal English Breakfast blend ($13.95).  Apparently, Beyonce and Taylor Swift love the Sassy Green Tea with Acai.  Smart choice ladies.  Acai (pronounced Ah-Sah-Yee) is amazing for the body!  For the more eclectic tea drinker, Tea Village Co. also offers white, jasmine, oolong and an assortment of other varieties. One canister will yield 40-45 servings of tea.  Yes, anything over $5 is a bit pricey for tea, but don’t we all love a little relaxing getaway every once and awhile.  I think so.  I’m re-ordering!

Note: This product was sent to me by a PR representative for review.


The image above is that of my wall. My entire room reflects the things that inspire me. I believe that if I see it, feel it, breathe it and believe in it, it has to happen. I lived in NYC for a mere 3 months. Every second, every crowded subway, every illegal honk from cabbies, every smirk or glare from passers by…all amazing. I search Craig’s List daily, just searching for my first apartment in the Big Apple. I thanked God for every morning that I awoke to the hustle and bustle of my residence on the Upper West Side.

So, this blog is my inspiration hub. It’s the things that make me happy, the things that I want to share. I wanted to start a blog about scarves, candles and Starbucks. And my love for city life. And for amazing music, not the crap that’s on the radio. And all other great treasures of the world! So, here’s a deeper look into the life of Erin, the lady you know as Scandalous Beauty

Votivo Creme Brulee Candle

I have three materialistic obsessions. Beauty products (clearly), scarves (you’ll see me wearing them all four seasons and with any outfit) and candles!!! If I ever start another blog, it will be all about candles!!! I’m currently burning Vitivo’s Creme Brulee Candle. Let me tell you, I want to dig out the wax and eat it. Sounds nasty, but there is no way it can’t taste as amazing as it smells! My room smells like an enchanting French Pastry. Seriously.

Vitivo’s description calls it “Delicate and smoothly delicious, this good enough to eat scent is a symphony of flavors from the cupboards of your granny’s still warm kitchen; finely ground vanilla bean, exotic Hawaiian raw sugars, fresh creamery butter, and caramelized honey harvested from the heart of your most cherished memories.”

Luckily, this candle will burn for 50 hours. I always light this after a long day at work, while I am blogging, or even when I am about to play in my makeup case. Nevertheless, this luxury candle instantly makes my room a little more fabulous. I’ve seen these candles in many different higher end boutiques and department stores. Glad it looks great in my room too! Vitivo makes over 5 collections of candles, with over 50 scents to choose from. They also have hand soaps (a great way to give your bathroom a luxury look and feel), reed diffusers and a bunch of other goodies. Interested? Check out for a list of retailers or to order online!

Diptyque Red Roses Candle

Although I’ll be alone for Valentine’s Day this year *sniffle*, there’s no reason why I can’t have a bit of pleasure to myself. Luxury candle company Diptyque has created a lovely, feminine scent called Red Roses. Diptyque says “Nestled in a very British-style box, the elegant candle blushes with pleasure: from the glass to the wax, it shows its true colors! Tender rose, audacious rose, girly rose…anything goes! It breaks away from traditional codes, but remains true to its essence: a mixture of antique rose petals, and aromatic geranium leaves. A subtle, nuanced blend that celebrates the quintessential flower. Available for purchase at at the Diptyque store in San Francisco & New York in addition to other stores such as Aedes, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman & Saks in the United-States, Noor in Toronto and Ogilvy in Montreal.