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12 New Holiday Gift Sets from Britney Spears Fragrances

On the twelfth day of Britmas...

Each year Britney Spears Fragrances delights our nostrils with another array of holiday gift sets. Usually they're focused on primarily on the original Fantasy. There may be some "candy lotion," or a lip pencil, but usually nothing too far outside the box.

This year is different. Team B is taking advantage of her strong return to relevance by sending at least a dozen new kits to stores. These kits include Private Show, Curious, Radiance, Fantasy, Midnight Fantasy, and Intimate Fantasy scented items.

This expansive collection joins her recently unveiled Hot Topic, Target, and Urban Outfitters store exclusives.


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Buyer beware of eBay and Amazon Sellers perfume purchases! These are often faux... or real bottles refilled with inferior, copycat formulas. #fakenews


Target.com has listed all the gift sets, including both of the ones I found at Walgreens. Looks like Target is your safest bet if you want to purchase these drop dead beautiful sets online.

Check out the full gamut below! Click the photos to be linked to their Target listings. 

 Britney Spears Private Show Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces  $14.99 at Target.com

Britney Spears Private Show Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces

$14.99 at Target.com

Private Show Britney Spears™ is an irresistible fragrance that incorporates Britney’s favorite scents: whipped crème coffee is addictive, empowering and energizing while dulce de leche and luminous amber add a modern gourmand richness and seductiveness. A touch of nectarine on the top gives an extraordinary juiciness to the first impression that transports you to a place of pure pleasure.
 Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces  $14.99 at Target.com

Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces

$14.99 at Target.com

Capturing love’s ability to overwhelm when you least expect it, Fantasy weaves a tale of modern romance. Britney channels the elusive playfulness of the chase, and the carnal excitement of seduction to create a flirtatious scent for the empowered woman. Britney Spears™ Fantasy combines succulent fruits and Britney’s favorite white florals to create a sensual fragrance. The alluring mix of lush red lychee, golden quince, and exotic kiwi playfully intertwines with a delectable cupcake accord, jasmine petals, and white chocolate orchid. A surprising finish of creamy musk, enchanted orris root, and sensual woods will leave you—and everyone around you—captivated all day.
 Private Show by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces  $38.00 at Target.com

Private Show by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces

$38.00 at Target.com

 Private Show by Britney Spears Women's Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces  $21.99 at Target.com

Private Show by Britney Spears Women's Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces

$21.99 at Target.com

 Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 4 Pieces  $9.99 at Target.com  Previously found at Walgreens & unboxed exclusively on DerekPlease.com

Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 4 Pieces

$9.99 at Target.com

Previously found at Walgreens & unboxed exclusively on DerekPlease.com

 Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Rollerball Ornament   $4.88 at Target.com

Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Rollerball Ornament 

$4.88 at Target.com

 Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Fizz - 2 Pieces  $5.00 at Target.com

Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Fizz - 2 Pieces

$5.00 at Target.com

 Fantasy & Private Show by Britney Spears Fine Fragrance Mist - 2 Pieces  $14.99 at Target.com

Fantasy & Private Show by Britney Spears Fine Fragrance Mist - 2 Pieces

$14.99 at Target.com

 Curious by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces  $21.99 at Target.com

Curious by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces

$21.99 at Target.com

Britney Spears Curious captures the romantic, independent, and mischievous spirit of the Curious woman. This fragrance has a free-spirited scent that blends white floral notes with hints of vanilla and musk. Curious opens with fresh lotus, mouthwatering pear, and magnolia and then blooms with an intensive floral heart of tuberose, jasmine, and pink cyclamen. Alluring and feminine, Curious has a sensual base of musk, vanilla, and precious woods.
 Midnight by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces  $35.00 at Target.com

Midnight by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces

$35.00 at Target.com

Midnight Fantasy is the fragrance that puts you at center stage. This casual, citrusy scent, has a moderate, fruity bouquet that fits women of all ages. It has a careful balance of framboise, vanilla, black cherry, plum, night-blooming orchid and freesia, among other notes.
 Britney Spears Fragrance Sampler Stocking Stuffer - 3 Pieces  $21.99 at Target.com

Britney Spears Fragrance Sampler Stocking Stuffer - 3 Pieces

$21.99 at Target.com

Fantasy Intimate Edition celebrates being beautifully bare and confident in your own scented skin. A romantic fragrance of seduction where sensual florals and sweet notes delicately embrace the skin, ready for your intimate fantasy to begin. A mix of juicy lychee, violet leaves and a touch of Italian lemon exudes sensual fun. A seductive interplay wraps around the heart of muguet, delicate jasmine and brown sugar, giving in to your most secret desires. Dreams become reality as vanilla, heliiotrope, and white musk dance in the background.
 Britney Spears Fragrances Sampler Gift Set - 4 Pieces  $38 at Target.com

Britney Spears Fragrances Sampler Gift Set - 4 Pieces

$38 at Target.com

Britney Spears Radiance is a blend of luscious berries and dewy petals that unfolds to reveal a radiant heart of luminous pure white flowers, lit from within by the glow of precious amber, woods, and sexy musk. Radiance offers top notes of luscious wild berries and soft dewy petals to convey a feeling of unparalleled allure, a pure white bouquet of tuberose, jasmine, orange flower, and iris to exude an unforgettable feminine aura, and captivating cashmere woods and luminous amber to wrap you in the sensual glow of skin musk.

Additional sets from last year are available at Target.com


What's your favorite Britney Spears perfume? Hit me on social one more time! @DerekPlease everywhere. 

Mine is Believe... a long forgotten, underrated and unisex-friendly Britney Spears scent from 2007. I wrote a high school English class essay on its ad campaign. It received an A+! #JusticeForBelieve

First Look: Britney Spears Fragrances Holiday 2017 Gift Sets

Counting 1...2...3 Britney Spears item reveals on DerekPlease.com this weekend.

1. A Hot Topic exclusive "...Baby One More Time" album cover t-shirt.

2. A new vinyl compilation featuring the song "...Baby One More Time."

3. Holidayney is here.

My husband and I were at Walgreens late last night and noticed all the Christmas stuff being put up by employees. My first thought was, "I wonder if the Britney gift sets are out." They were:

 A "Fantasy by Britney Spears" bath time box set including scented hair mist, bath bomb, body wash, and bath salts. Photo: @DerekPlease

A "Fantasy by Britney Spears" bath time box set including scented hair mist, bath bomb, body wash, and bath salts. Photo: @DerekPlease

 A more standard Fantasy by Britney Spears lotion, perfume, and travel perfume set. Photo: @DerekPlease

A more standard Fantasy by Britney Spears lotion, perfume, and travel perfume set. Photo: @DerekPlease

 It's da bomb dot com! Photo: @DerekPlease

It's da bomb dot com! Photo: @DerekPlease

As a beauty and entertainment blogger, one of my favorite parts of the holiday shopping season is scoring discounted celebrity perfume. Especially when it comes to Britney, bitch. There are always new cosmetic items bundled in, but this year takes the cake.

Three words: Britney bath bomb! Yes, it smells just like the perfume. It is a tad bit disappointing that the "Fantasy" bath bomb is basic white powder. In a world where our friends at Beauty Kitchen make bacon and egg-shaped bath bombs, "Fantasy" manufacturer Elizabeth Arden missed an opportunity to color or shape the bath bomb like the iconic "Fantasy" bottle. 

Britney bath salts are also a thing now. I've never soaked in a tub with bath salts before, but I'm excited to feel what all the fuss is about. The gel body wash formula is actually very good, I've used it before. I'll probably just use the hair mist as body spray. 

Note: These Walgreens sets are not available online at the moment.


"Want more? Well, I'll give you more..."

Each drugstore and department store tends to get its own exclusive Britney Spears Fragrance holiday sets. Expect places like CVS, Walmart, and Target to have more varieties. "Overseas places like Canada"... err, I mean the UK, might have exclusives at stores like HMV. 

Personally, I'm pumped to see the Target sets this year. After the sell out success of that iconic $12 Britney tee, we know they want more... of our fan dollars! 

The two sets I detailed above are all Walgreens has for now, but that could change. Classics never go out of style, but the "Fantasy" Perfume Set is comprised of stuff I already have. Check out a full unboxing of the Bath Set in the gallery below.

Photography in this post was taken by @DerekPlease, please credit us if reused.


What's YOUR favorite fragrance? Send your thoughts to @DerekPlease anywhere. 

Review: Lady Gaga - Joanne World Tour

This review was originally published in Web Edition 095 of Twin Cities Gay Scene magazine on August 22, 2017.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation

"Cold beer and hot popcorn. Screaming fans, including many of a certain age. The singer dons a cowboy hat and the band is all twang, all country stomp. No, this is not the Anoka County Fair. This is a Lady Gaga concert in 2017. 

…but I love it. Having seen Gaga's previous shows at the X (2010's "Monster Ball Tour" and 2014's "artRAVE: the ARTPOP ball"), I had major preconceived notions on the formula of a Gaga show. Gaga deconstructed those notions just about every step of the way. Lady Starlight was not on stage DJ-ing before the show. Her friends' scrappy glam-rock band wasn't the opening act. 

Lady Gaga did not preach at us all night. She instead offered sage advice for our troubled world without judging her newfound adult contemporary audience; a majority of the seats around me in the Lower Level were occupied by middle aged married couples. Call it the Super Bowl effect, seeing as tour tickets went on sale immediately following Gaga's 2017 half time performance. 

Photo: @LadyGaga on Instagram, viewing the eclipse in Saint Paul, Minnesota the day of the show.

Other than that, crowd watching proved much less interesting this time around. Lady Gaga's previous tour crowds made me feel like Halloween had come early. Perhaps Lady Gaga inspired them with her more stripped down "Joanne" era fashions. Besides a few drag queens, not many people dressed up in those outrageous costumes Ms. Gaga was once synonymous with. I saw plenty of tall gay men wearing crop tops, Daisy Duke shorts, and nude-toned country boots, though. 

Unlike most tours, there were no bad seats in the house. Everyone had a chance to feel close to Gaga, thanks to her massive and groundbreaking stage. It consisted of a large end stage and three separate platforms across the General Admission floor of the arena. All four areas were connected by massive runways which descended from the ceiling in perfect time to the music. Crazy. 

Musically, the set list flowed even smoother than Xcel's countless beer taps. Juggling the "yee haw" stomp-clamp fire of the "Joanne" album and the late-00s electro pop of "The Fame" was a major challenge, but the stylistic shifts throughout the night never felt abrupt. Something that facilitated this immaculate flow was that Gaga truly narrated the show, with wise banter in between songs putting us in the right mood for the next.

iPhone Photo: DerekPlease.com

Even her emotional speeches about her Minnesotan friend Emma were handled with more grace than her previous stops here. Emma, a Twin Cities super fan who is paralyzed, has been mentioned at Gaga's local shows since they met years ago. This time Gaga dedicated an extended "The Edge of Glory" performance to Emma. Gaga stopped her piano rendition of "Glory" several times to give us updates about our hometown hero; how she recently took 30 steps in a walker; how she listens to Gaga's champagne problems but offers great advice without judgment. Emma later appeared on stage before the "Million Reasons" encore and was given the microphone. She encouraged the 18,000 seat audience to perform a "peace be with you"-type greeting to the strangers around them. 

iPhone Photo: DerekPlease.com

Even when the show felt like it was crushing your heart into a "Million" pieces, it found a way to bring it back to an uptempo, party atmosphere. Gaga went from the "The Edge of Glory" piano ballad right into her uptempo #1 hit "Born This Way." Who does that? Lady Gaga fully pulling off a song-to-song tonal shift like that is a case study in her artistic brilliance. Things only got more upbeat from there, with massive renditions of hits "Paparazzi," "Bad Romance," and her latest single, "The Cure."

Flip Phone's Chad Kampe described the show as, "Raw. Stripped. Bare. Vulnerable." I could not agree more. That innovative stage was not at all a distraction. It did nothing but bring Gaga closer to everyone in the arena. The most vulnerable part of the show was how vocally concerned Gaga was with reaching the audience. The constantly moving stage was a physical catalyst for the performer to reach the audience (sometimes literally). 

You could feel how much Lady Gaga cared about connecting hearts and minds. "Love" was the focus and her mission all night. It was beyond refreshing in these dark socio-political times."

iPhone Photo: DerekPlease.com


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Yee haw! "Heeereee weee goooo...!" See y'all on social: @DerekPlease everywhere

In Memory of Stevie Ryan (1984-2017)

My friend Stevie Ryan has died at age 33. 

Currently crying because I found out my YouTube friend and someone I have looked up to for over 10 years, Stevie Ryan, committed suicide this weekend.

A lot of you know my brother Justin committed suicide 10 years ago last month. That summer, Stevie Ryan hosted a YouTube video contest in costume as “Little Loca,” one of her many characters. The topic was “Who or what inspires you the most?”

I did my video about my brother and his huge trip around the world he completed not too long before he died. The video was posted under 2 weeks after his suicide. The real life Stevie Ryan, not the character, reached out with an extravagant Edible Arrangement, and a thoughtful and touching card. She also awarded me the grand prize including an original piece of art. When people accused me of faking my brother’s suicide for attention, she vehemently defended me and shamed her own hateful audience, something barely any celebrities or politicians dare do now, even when it’s right.

This is why fundraisers like the one we did for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention last month are so important. Together we raised $510. That may seem small but it is huge. Especially for a topic and organization that is so totally made taboo by the public and media, who largely pretend doesn’t exist, beyond a television storyline

Stevie Ryan was an accomplished and hilarious, young, beautiful comedian, but she was also a GREAT PERSON and someone I was proud to call a friend. We still casually kept in touch on Twitter and such prior to her death. .

Devastated and wishing her family and friends and fans all the best. 😢❤️ RIP my love, I will never ever ever forget you your talent or your kindness...
— Derek - July 3, 2017