The only thing better than a bouquet of roses is smelling like one.
A rose perfume is the little black dress of the fragrance world; no matter what trends come and go, you'll always be timelessly elegant in one. And just like a bouquet of their namesake blooms, rose perfumes also serve as an effortlessly romantic gift. Whether you take your roses fresh and zesty or sumptuous and sexy, these are my very favorite rose scents for date night and every night.
Ellis Brooklyn Rrose Eau De Parfum
Marcel Duchamp toyed with themes of beauty and eroticism through the lens of his female alter ego, Rrose Sélavy — said aloud, a pun on the French adage "Eros, c'est la vie" ("sex, such is life"). There's an irreverence to this scent not unlike its conceptual muse, with a pulpy lemon twist that cuts the soft femininity of rose petals and turns them into something juicier and less expected entirely.
Diptyque Eau Capitale Eau de Parfum
Chypre, ever heard of her? The olfactory family, pronounced sheep-ra, gets its name from François Coty's 1917 perfume Chypre, the French word for the island of Cyprus (the fragrance's raw materials largely originated in the Mediterranean). Chypre scents typically open with citrus and lean into resinous labdanum at the midpoint before drying down to a dry, woodsy finish. In this iteration, inspired by the fragrance house's Parisian roots, you get lush roses at first whiff, then bergamot and bright pink peppercorns underscored by patchouli. It's complex, defiant, at once old-fashioned and avant-garde — kind of like the city itself.
Dior Miss Dior Rose N'Roses Eau de Toilette Spray
Rose scents really sing when a burst of citrus is added to the mix, as exemplified by the brightness of this effervescent eau de toilette. Italian mandarin and bright green bergamot add sweetness and sparkle to a pure, classic rose for an allover lightness that smells like how standing before a kilometers-wide field of fresh pink blooms in Grasse must feel.
Ex Nihilo Rose Hubris Eau de Parfum
With the aromatic spice of fenugreek and the deep earthiness of oakmoss, this sophisticated scent alludes to one often-forgotten component of roses: the dirt they're planted in. Still, the abundance of Rose de Mai keeps it clear, slightly honeyed, and easy to love, even with — or perhaps because of — the unmistakable note of forest floor.
Ouai Melrose Place Eau de Parfum
This clean, high-key rose bubbles over with the velvety Champagne fizz and bouquets of peony, jasmine, and freesia on the tables at an A-list wedding held in Gwyneth Paltrow's backyard; the white musk and sandalwood on the shoulder of a friend who always has a perfect blowout when she leans in for the double air-kiss.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Bergamot Eau de Toilette
Rose tends to be divisive — you either love it or hate it. But if you find yourself somewhere in the middle, enjoying it and appreciating it but not feeling quite ready to jump headlong into it, this fragrance is proof that not only does rose play well with others, but sometimes it even lets them assume the starring role. When bergamot and orange blossom take the lead, the result is more fresh than floral.
Tom Ford Rose Prick Eau de Parfum
Every rose has its thorn — except for a Tom Ford rose, which has its own very distinctive prick. Here, it represents the heat of Sichuan peppercorn and turmeric, which jolt the jammy rose out of its floral comfort zone and render it warm and woodsy. Full-bodied and creamy with a drydown of patchouli and tonka bean, this is so far from a "grandma" rose it's practically laughable
Be sure to try out my new favs just in time for spring. I would love to hear what you think!
In just a few minutes, you can set yourself up for sounder shuteye.
The real power yoga? A flow that helps you sleep soundly, so you wake up ready to seize the day. Do this series from yoga instructor and massage therapist Amanda Kerpius, inspired by Healing Yoga (by Loren Fishman, MD), 30 minutes before bed to help quiet your nervous system. Zero in on your breath for instant meditation.
For each pose, focus on longer exhalations and shorter inhalations. Try breathing in for two counts and out for four. This technique helps you relax and sleep better, says Kerpius.
Seated Bound Angle Fold
Sit on floor, bringing soles of feet together and letting knees fall to the sides. Take a deep breath in and lift chest, then exhale as you fold over legs, extending arms forward if comfortable. Hold for two to three minutes. A head-down pose, like this one, can ease anxiety, Kerpius notes.
Lie faceup on floor, then lift legs and bend knees toward armpits. Grab outside edges of feet with hands, face soles of feet toward ceiling, and soften lower back to floor. Take deep belly breaths, feeling your back expand on floor. Hold for one to two minutes. The infant-inspired posture releases tension in your lower back.
Supine Bound Angle
Store stress in your hips? This setup will let that ish go. Lie faceup on floor, bend knees, and bring soles of feet together so knees fall to the sides and outer edges of feet stay on floor. (Place a pillow under each thigh if you need more support.) Rest arms by sides, palms facing ceiling. Hold for three to four minutes.
Lie faceup on floor and lift knees toward chest. Gently lower both knees to right side of body and extend left arm out to the left, keeping both shoulders on floor (add a pillow under left shoulder if needed). Hold for one to two minutes. Return to start, then repeat on the other side. Twists are incredibly centering (once you’re back in neutral).
Fight shine and grease with these long-lasting formulas.
As someone with super oily skin, matte foundation always wins. As much as I like the healthy-looking glow of more dewy formulas, my chin and T-Zone look slick and shiny by noon if I attempt to wear them. I prefer not having to blot or pile on face powder every hour. With the right matte foundation, I don't need much touch-up. Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, who has worked with Ashley Graham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, would like to add that with matte foundations, how you prep your skin beforehand is everything.
"If you're oily and using a matte foundation, use a gel moisturizer. If you're dry and using a matte foundation use a richer, creamy moisturizer," she says. Exfoliation is also key for creating a base: "Make sure not to leave any dry skin texture visible. Use a peel pad or physical exfoliator, or a flannel and cleansing balm is sometimes enough."
As far as application goes, Hughes recommends putting foundation first on the T-Zone then spreading it outwards as opposed to going from the outside in. "Applying matte foundation in the contours of the face, where we've got natural hollows and shadows, loses all the dimension in your face. You can build to canceling out those shadows but start in the T-Zone for sure," Hughes explains.
Her favorite matte formulas have "satiny velvetness that doesn't look dry and powdery." Seek out something that doesn't immediately cement to your skin and instead can glide (versus puling from dryness). Another tip? "Apply it with a small brush. I think it gives you the control. I think using a Beautyblender with a matte foundation is always good because it's going to make it not look as flat."
Now that you've got all the pro tips, keep scrolling for matte foundations that will make your skin look completely flawless.
Like the product name suggests, your skin will look airbrushed with just a few pumps of this skin-perfecting foundation for those center stage moments in your life. It's sweat-proof, humidity-proof, and transfer resistant so you won't need to worry on it getting all over your clothes (or others') on a night out.
No caking. No fading mid-day. This matte foundation is built to last through your longest days (a full 24 hours, actually) and can cover up even the deepest of dark circles (with zero creasing). Whether you want spot coverage or a full face of foundation, this blends seamlessly with your skin.
I have never fallen as hard for a foundation as I have for this one. Its unique texture—solid, but creamy, full-coverage but skin-like and totally feather-light, is the best matte formula I've tried in years. It comes with a brush for buffing into your imperfections (for me, that's redness on my nose and cheeks and acne scars on my chin) and it makes them disappear with zero caking-on.
I went to Paris in the summer during a heatwave—temperatures hovered around 100 degrees for a week—and this foundation saved me from looking like a sweaty, sticky mess. It is medium to full coverage, so I just kept it in my purse to nix shine and redness on the spot. The last thing you want to do in heat is wear anything on your face, but I didn't even feel this powder one bit.
You can count on mega influencer Huda Kattan to come up with a foundation that is like a hard "reset" on your skin tone. Like spackle, (but way more comfortable), this truly full coverage foundation gets rid of any and all uneven color or texture on your skin without drying it out.
You already know about Rihanna's foundation—yes, it really is that good. Just think: If it can withstand Rih's performances under stage lights or the hot flashes of a red carpet, it can withstand anything life throws at you.
I'd be remiss to not mention the OG of matte foundations from Estée Lauder. There's a reason this cult-fave has had so much longevity. It not only stays put for up to 24 hours, sopping up any oil on your skin throughout the day, but also gives a soft-focus finish to your skin.
This classic drugstore is a favorite for those with acne (including yours truly) for its masterful way of covering up redness, spots, and scars from zits past. It's also more of a demi-matte finish, which reads more natural-looking than a more heavy-duty matte formula.
Perfect for travel, this vegan and waterproof formula is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. The unique rectangular shape also allows for more precision and getting to those nooks on the face (like around the nose or corners of the eyes) so you don't miss a spot.
When all else fails, I always come back to this stick foundation. It is matte, with just the right hint of dewiness. It goes on silky-smooth and blends like a dream. I always wear it for big event nights, and when I look back at photos look like I'm glowing (not greasy!).
For the laziest among us (*raises hand*), this do-it-all foundation will be your saving grace. Who has time to prep, conceal, apply, and set? Get it all done at once with this sunscreen-foundation that feels like moisturizer but gives full coverage.
Few beauty brands have as much pro cred as MAC, and this stick foundation is no exception. Get a few shades lighter and deeper than your own to have them double as concealers and contour sticks.
It's no secret that drugstore beauty is getting really good, with lines like Wet n' Wild, bliss, Physicians Formula, Versus, Olay, and more competing with the best of them. Dollar General's Believe Beauty line is the newest such brand to garner major buzz for both its affordability and insane product range. If you haven't heard of it yet then you're in for a treat because it's got everything you'll need to completely restock your makeup bag and bathroom counters. From face wipes and setting spray to nail polish and eyeshadow palettes, it truly is a comprehensive brand. The best part? Every single thing is under $5. Told you it was affordable.
It's entirely understandable that the buzz is starting to build. Every single product in the collection — over 140 items — is $5 or less. That includes eye shadow palettes, loose powder, lipstick, tinted moisturizer, contour sticks, false lashes, makeup brushes, and so much more, with some items like nail polish priced as low as $2.50.
As reported by Allure, Believe Beauty is starting to pick up major momentum thanks to the fact that beauty vloggers the likes of Juicy Jas, Emily Noel, and Kelly Strack have been singing its praises on their channels. And as pointed out by CNN, the hashtag #believebeauty is trending on Instagram, having been used within more than 3,000 posts. While the brand's own Instagram page currently has 4,480 followers, there's no doubt that's about to increase.
You can shop Believe Beauty's full product range at any Dollar General store (they're in 44 states) or view and shop about half of its offerings online at dollargeneral.com.
Will you be trying out some of these products for yourself?
While some perfumes are well-suited for a certain season, there are others that possess the ability to work year-round. And if you're in the market for a seasonless scent, Burberry's new Her Blossom fragrance may be just what you're looking for. A light blend of fruity and floral notes, the iconic British brand's latest fragrance is one you'll find you can easily spritz on all 365 days of the year.
Available in three sizes as well as in a travel-friendly rollerball, Her Blossom's 100-milliliter bottle (the largest of the group) rings in for $109. And, while the scent was created to capture the renewed energy and blossoms of London in the spring, it remains delicate enough to seamlessly transition into summer and fall as well as winter, too.
"Burberry Her Eau de Toilette was inspired by London's parks in spring," said master perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian, in a press release from the brand. "The combination of plum blossoms, citrus notes, and delicate peony petals create an unexpected floral breeze, and the addition of creamy sandalwood and hints of musk combine in this alluring and enveloping signature of delicate femininity."
When you first apply this perfume, you'll be greeted with bright notes of mandarin and pink peppercorn that'll unfold into the heart of the fragrance — refreshing, flowery notes of plum blossom and peony. Lingering base notes of sandalwood and musk round out the key components in this scent, adding both depth and warmth to its aroma.
The fragrance is brought to life in a campaign starring Cara Delevingne, which beautifully captures her experiencing the flora and fauna of London in the sunshine. As for the packaging? The perfume is housed in an updated archival design that features a white cap to represent the blossom trees. On top of that, the stylishly understated 100-milliliter bottle can be personalized with engraved initials on a gold charm for no additional charge — a luxe touch that's sure to make it sparkle on your vanity.
Continue on to see and shop this fresh fragrance from Burberry to wear now and later — it may just become your new signature scent.
Fenty Beauty's first product—the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation—was groundbreaking not only because of the impressive shade range but also because of the formula. Once applied, the foundation does not budge for hours, even on the those with super-oily skin. But if you have dry skin, you probably think the formula is too mattifying, as it has a tendency to emphasize dry patches and fine lines.
Fear not—Rihanna always has your back, no matter your skin type. "Y’all know @badgalriri had to look out for the Fenty Beauties with dry skin! It was important for #Rihanna to develop the perfect formula to keep you fly without the dry in a flawless natural finish," the brand wrote in an Instagram caption announcing the latest Fenty Beauty drop: the Pro Filt'r Hydrating Foundation.
Fenty Beauty will drop the new Hydrating Foundation on August 15 at all Sephora locations and on Sephora.com, as well as at Harvey Nichols and Boots internationally. It's going to be available in the same 50 shades as the original foundation, so you should be able to find your perfect match right away—no guessing required.
Fans of Fenty Beauty have been calling for a hydrating foundation since the brand's launch. The Fenty effect brought a ton of mattifying foundations to the beauty landscape in the years that followed. The tide has been turning in recent months, and beauty fans have been asking for foundations with a lighter, dewier, light-reflective finish—matte foundations are bountiful, but dewy ones are not. The new Pro Filt'r Hydrating Foundation promises to fill that void.
Take a look at all the shades below:
Strong, polished nails are a timeless way to look put together! Growing long, strong nails is totally possible, but if you weren’t blessed with the genes that grow beautiful nails effortlessly, it can be a process. Want to learn how to grow strong nails naturally? If you’re ready to wave hello to long, pretty nails, keep reading for a few of our favorite tips!
Flex your file game: Just like your hair, your nails need a trim from time to time to stay looking their best! When you do reach for your nail file, make sure you’re trimming them correctly! Instead of sawing back and forth with abandon, take your time and file each nail the same direction with care. This tutorial by Cosmopolitan has helpful GIFs to demonstrate the ideal filing motion for preventing nail breakage.
Curb the biting: If you’re a nail biter, (no shame! about 20% of adults bite their nails) you already know how hard it is to grow your nails long. You’ll need to stop chomping on your talons if you want to grow them out! If the source of your habit is idle hands, try keeping a stress ball or something to fidget with in your bag to keep your hands busy.
Pass the snacks – Healthy snacks, that is. What you eat plays a huge role in your overall wellness, so of course, it affects your nail health too! Foods that are high in protein, zinc, iron, and biotin have been shown to increase the speed nails grow at and how strong they are. If you find yourself wanting to munch on something salty or sweet, try making your own trail mix filled with protein and biotin-rich walnuts and peanuts, iron-boosting dried dates, dark chocolate, and pumpkin seeds for added zinc. The best part of trail mix is how versatile it is. If you get tired of one blend, mix it up for a fresh take. Yum!
Drink your water – By now, you already know water is basically the answer to everything. If your nails and cuticles are brittle or cracked, you may be dehydrated! If plain water doesn’t excite you, try infusing it with fruit and herbs for added flavor and nutrients! Cute fun tip: Staying hydrated is easier when you have a cute, reusable water bottle to tote around!
Hydrate on the outside – Keeping your cuticles moisturized is essential for nail health! If you’re prone to dry, chapped cuticles and hangnails, treat yourself to a luxurious cuticle oil. You can stash a cute little rollerball in your bag or at your desk for easy application.
Pamper sesh – Treat your fingers to a manicure! Regular manicures can help your nails maintain a polished shape and overall appearance, so keeping your claws maintained is totally worth including in your self-care routine. If flashy colors aren’t your thing, opt for a clear gel manicure! Gel polish acts as kind of a splint for your nails, so they have less of a chance of breaking off while you’re growing them out!
Do you have any finger tips we missed?
Say goodbye to over-plucking forever with this latest how to blog! Beautifully-shaped eyebrows create a frame for the face, and keeping them on point is an integral part of your beauty routine. Eyebrows help create your unique look and, just like personalities, everyone’s are different. There are absolutely no eyebrows that are identical–this includes your own. While it’s super tricky to get both of your eyebrows looking around the same shape. After a ton of research and countless trial and error practice on myself (LoL), I created this how-to to help you out.
According to makeup artist, Christi Harris, “It’s really about remembering three key steps: design, define, and diffuse.”
Here’s how to shape your eyebrows:
- Work with what you have. You can remove hair, or use an eyebrow pencil or brow filler to make them look fuller, but you can’t instantly grow them.
- Know where your eyebrows should start. Draw an invisible line from the outer sides of your nostril to your brows. This is where your brows should begin to help you start shaping your eyebrows the right way.
- Determine where your arch should begin. Take the eye pencil and start at the end of your nose and line it up to the point above your iris. It is up to your discretion as to how tall you would like your arch. Don’t go too high, you don’t want to always look surprised.
- Find where your tail should end. Start at your nose again and line up the end of your eye. Everyone’s eyes differ in size and this is one of the many reasons why no two people have the same shaped brows.
- Trim if needed. This is a great way to get rid of bushy eyebrows without tweezing. Brush your eyebrows straight up and trim whatever hairs are coming out of your natural shape. If there are any uneven spaces, then just fill in with an eyebrow pencil until more hair grows.
Important note: One bad pluck and the hair is gone forever. SO BE CAREFUL!
As things heat up this summer, don’t let your look melt down. Keep your face in place no matter what the thermostat reads with these easy no-melt summer makeup tips!
Prep, Moisturize, and Prime!
Melt-proof makeup starts with a good base! Cleanse your skin thoroughly with a gentle face wash. This will start you with fresh, oil-free skin. Next, moisturize – when your skin is moisturized, it is less likely to produce as much makeup melting oil that can ruin your look. I recommend a moisturizer that has a SPF in it. Yes, SPF is essential for all skin tones. It helps maintain healthy skin throughout your entire life, so get it in wherever you can to keep your complexion in top condition for years to come. After cleansing and moisturizing, it’s prime time! A primer helps keeps your makeup in place and is a key in this sweat proof makeup tutorial. Think of primer as the glue that keeps all the makeup in place – the foundation of your building before your base even touches your face – basically, what I'm trying to say is it’s crucial, so don’t skimp here. I personally love Pore & Shine Control Primer from Nars, as it is specifically formulated for shine free, poreless skin.
During hot, hot summer months, I find ourselves reaching for a CC or BB cream rather than a thick, heavy foundation. The lighter the product sits on your face, the more comfortable it is going to wear in the heat. BB creams are very light on the skin making them less prone to slide off as the temp hits triple digits. Think of it this way- in the heat would you rather have a heavy, velvet dress on, or a light, airy one? Same concept applies to your face makeup! (Your BB cream is also a great place to sneak in more SPF!) This particular BB cream by Smashbox has SPF 35 and a radiant finish that feels luxe on your skin, offering just enough coverage to smooth out imperfections. Can’t get much better than that!
Next, you will want to set your face. This step is crucial in the no-melt makeup game. Setting the BB or CC cream will give it staying power and shine control. During the summer months I tend to op for a powder setting product versus a spray, liquid one. The goal here is to absorb oil and shine and powders do just that, but the key is you want to find one that is going to lightly absorb oil as it is produced during the day, instead of caking up and getting splotchy. My top pick that strikes the right balance? Try this Translucent Loose Setting Powder by Laura Mercier. Apply it with a big fluffy brush all over the face, concentrating on the areas where you get the most unwanted shine.
Add Some Color!
Now that you have a flawless, melt-proof base, it’s time to add some color! This time of year, I don’t want to commit to a full contour, highlight, and baking process. Keep things easy and beachy by choosing products like Glossier Cloud Paint. With a cream blush like Cloud Paint you can just dab it on with your fingers and go – no tools required! Another benefit to choosing a product like this is as the day wears on and you feel your makeup slipping, it’s easy to re-blend back into place with just your fingers. Since we are keeping the rest of the look very low-key, blush is going to be where you get to add your own touch of personality to the look, so don’t be afraid to go bright – that is what the summer look is all about.
Keep things simple! Mid-summer heat doesn’t play well with a full smokey eye and winged eyeliner. Try a super bright highlighter to add a little luxe to your look, and apply to the high points of your face – think cheekbones, cupids bow, nose, even collar bones – anywhere you want to glow. Swipe on a brow gel and a water-proof mascara and you are good to go. If you’re feeling shiny, try applying another light layer of setting powder and don’t forget to throw a pack of blotting papers into your purse! Pro tip: toilet seat covers work super well in a pinch if you run out of blotting papers on the go. Weird, but effective LOL!
Do you have any sweat proof makeup tips we missed?
If getting up in the morning is getting you down, it may be time for a change. The main difference between morning people and everyone else is a healthy morning routine. People who love daybreak tend to be those who have established satisfying rituals that make mornings the highlight of the day. Regardless of what speed you move at in the ante meridium — Latin for “before midday” — here are seven morning-routine tips that will upgrade your a.m.–and inspire you to change the way you start your day.
1. Put It on Paper
Begin your day with a pen and paper, writing down your to-do list, your goals, and your thoughts. Using a journal can help you make this a standard feature of each morning. Once you make it a habit, your day will feel incomplete without it. This simple but profound act also has the potential to change your life: Writing down your goals and objectives each morning helps you focus your day around what is most vital to your success and wellbeing.
2. Drink Lemon Water
Before you reach for the coffee pot, pour yourself a glass of water (preferably hot or warm) and squeeze half a lemon into it. Lemon water is a great way to give your body a boost instead of bombarding it with caffeine first thing. Drinking lemon water every day will improve your immune function, give you clearer skin, and reduce inflammation. An added bonus? It also helps freshen your breath. Added hydration means your body will thank you all day long.
3. Listen to Uplifting Music
Whether you’re blasting Beyoncé or rocking the Rachmaninoff, listening to music is a fantastic way to set the tone for your day. Combined with some physical activity (tip No. 4), your day will kick off with you as an unstoppable force.
4. Get Your Body Moving
A mere 15 minutes of yoga or qi-gong is enough to get your joints lubricated, increase your body’s limberness, and charge up your energy levels before breakfast. Use an online tutorial to help get started, but once you’ve made movement a part of your morning, you’ll be able to get your groove on anywhere, from memory.
5. Get a Dose of Knowledge
Instead of scrolling on social media, start your day with some serious knowledge. Listening to audiobooks on topics that interest you can help you learn as you go through your morning routine. Apps like Blinkist help you absorb the key highlights from educational books in short snippets. You can also listen to podcasts that you’ve selected in advance to help you learn something new while you get your day started.
6. Plan Your Wardrobe in Advance
Remember when Mom laid your outfits for tomorrow out the night before? Well, she was onto something: You can save a lot of time with this one simple morning hack. Rather than going through the hassle of assembling the perfect look, have it waiting when you wake up. You know if you have an important meeting or a casual work lunch scheduled, so you can determine the best look the night before–and wake up ready.
7. Simplify Your Makeup Routine
No matter what your morning makeup routine is, you can always streamline it a little. Start with expiration dates and downsize your stash: Mascara and liquid eyeliner are good for three months, cream eyeshadow for six months. Lipsticks and lipgloss will last up to two years. Separate your daily-use cosmetics from your ‘special occasion’ ones, so you have just the basics at your disposal each morning. If you find yourself using more than one product to do the same thing (like using a lipstick seal), chances are you’re not using high-quality products. Better makeup products cost more, but they pay off by saving you time.
If you can implement even one little change to improve your morning routine, you will change the flow of your day for the better. Why not? You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
What’s your tip for a healthy morning routine?