This simple guide will help you chose the right fragrance for you.
Fragrances are made up of Top, Middle and Base notes, each of which play a very varied role in how perfume is perceived.
Knowing what overall smells you like – oriental, woody, floral etc. – and how to best allow them to come to the fore on your skin makes all the difference when shopping for your perfect spring scent.
What are fragrance notes?
The notes in a fragrance are the different phases through which a fragrance develops when you wear it on the skin. Think layers of ingredients on a delicious apple crumble - from the crunchy base, to the soft, mouth-watering middle and the warm, enticingly sweet top – each note has a varying layer of volatility.
Top Notes: The Fast Flirtation.
These are the first impression a scent makes. They are sharp, visceral notes that burst onto the skin at very first spritz. This is the note that sells most scents, as it’s the one that bursts from the bottle when you open it. Alas! Its allure doesn’t last as the heady top notes dissipate after only 10 – 15 minutes.
Middle Notes: The Lingering Love.
As the top notes fade, the middle notes come to the fore. These literally ‘bloom’ on the skin and make up the composition or ‘theme’ of the fragrance. Although they aren’t the most overpowering of notes, they give perfume its heart and soul.
Base Notes: The Committing Component
The middle note ‘theme’ is grounded by the base or soul notes. These are the veritable foundation for the fragrance, binding the other ingredients together, wrapping them up and securing a pretty bow on top! Base notes provide memories we so often find flood forward when we smell a scent, and they also allow aromas to last for hours on end.
Shopping for scent:
Sound complicated? Well, it’s not really. You will instantly know if you are attracted to floral, oriental or a woody perfumes depending on what you have been attracted to in the past.
But when shopping for a new scent, the key is not to make any snap decisions. If you sniff an open bottle, most of what you are inhaling is the alcohol within it and the top volatile notes, so let the fragrance settle on your skin in order to allow it to come alive and show it’s true colours. As it reacts to your skin over the next 15 minutes it will become evident how the fragrance can compliment you and become your unique spring fling.
Here's a List of My Top 10 Spring Fragrances....
10) Byredo Rose of No Man's Land
Byredo's rendition of rose is more than a basic floral, its a World War I tribute to front-line nurses who saved lives in the deserted area between opposing armies ("no man's land") were known as Roses. With top notes of pink pepper and Turkish rose petals, a sweet raspberry blossom and Turkish rose absolute middle, and papyrus and white amber creating the base, the scent is as complex as its inspiration.
Byredo Rose of No Man's Land Perfume Oil, $85, byredo.com
9) Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Aqua
This water-inspired perfume is as light as they come, and smells a bit like the ocean air mixed with a breeze of spray on sunscreen. The fresh scent lingers, so you won't feel as if it disappeared by afternoon.
Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Aqua, $112, macys.com
8) Chloe Love Story EAU Sensuelle
This spring, Chloe romantic favorite gets a zesty update with the addition of sweet orange blossom.
Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle, $105, ulta.com
7) Daisy Marc Jacobs Kiss Edition
The olfactive equivalent of a middle-school make-out, Daisy's saccharine new blend is bursting with fruity floral notes. Apricot nectar, dewy violet, white peony, pink rose, creamy cedar, musk- gang's all here.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss Eau de Toilette, $80, ulta.com
6) Escada Fiesta Carioca
This booze cruise of island aromas mixes passion fruit, red raspberry, and violet leaf with an oranage blossom and jasmine middle and a woody musk base.
Escada Fiesta Carioca, $62, ulta.com
5) Sisley Paris Izia
If you're the kind of person that sips ice water with more than one lemon, then you'll love this effervescent take a rose perfume. White bergamot and pink pepper lend a burst of freshness that sticks around, even as the rose and musk come into play.
Sisley Paris Izia Eau de Parfum, $100, sisley-paris.com
4) Tom Ford Vert De Fleur
Poised. Glamorous. Flourishing. Private blend Vert De Fleur strikes an alluring theme on the definitive note of 70's glamour. Refined with a modern flourish of iris and hyacinth, Tom Ford's floral subversion of classic green captures an exuberant scene where beautiful icons with inimitable personas uncover a new world of pleasure.
Tom Ford Vert de Fleur, $225, tomford.com
3) Gucci Bamboo Limited Edition
If Gucci Guilty is for the bedroom (or bathtub), Bamboo belongs in the boardroom. Not just because the alliteration suggests so! Floral and woody notes harmonize for a Casablanca lily, Tahitian vanilla top and a sandalwood- gray amber base song.
Gucci Bamboo Limited Edition, $94, sephora.com
2) Ex Nihilo Devil Tender
Fragrance- heads know newish French perfume brand Ex Nihilo for surprising scents like Devil Tender, a spicy Bulgarian rose with grapefruit notes.
Ex Nihilo Devil Tender, $225, saks.com
1) Miu Miu L'eau Bleue
Whether it's a premature sandal sighting or too-soon drinks alfresco, there are certain indicators that spring is almost upon us. Miu Miu's new scent aims to capture those moments with L'Eau Bleue, a springy blend of lily of the valley and honeysuckle.
Miu Miu L'Eau Bleue, $90, sephora.com
This is the time of year when we’re all ready for some warmer temperatures and longer days filled with sunshine. We’re definitely over the snow and frigid weather and ready to shed some layers. (Until next year boots and parkas!) . One of the best parts of the change in season? Switching up your nail polish! We’ve picked 10 cheerful and brightly pigmented nail polish shades to get you excited for spring. In fact, just looking at these colors has us ready for some outdoor cocktails…So whether you’re headed for warmer temps in search of the perfect spring break, or just daydreaming of the first spring day, we’ve got you covered.
10) Nars Nail Polish, Ikiru Light Blue
Get iconic, brilliant nails with the new Nars Nail Polish, formulated with a brilliantly curated palette of extended-wear enamels for an ultra-glossy, freshly-painted look that lasts. Designed with a removable outer cap for improved ease of use, this product also features a new brush for easy application.
Nars Nail Polish, Ikiru Light Blue, $20, sephora.com
9) OPI Nail Lacquer, Is Mai Tai Crooked?
Get it straight - this fruity orange creme is fabulous! OPI Nail Lacquers provide a comprehensive palette of gorgeous lacquers for every mood, style and season. With fun, descriptive names and high quality performance, will leave you asking for OPI Nail Lacquer every time.
OPI Nail Lacquer Is Mai Tai Crooked?, $10, ulta.com
8) Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer, Bitter Buddhist
Nail your next manicure with Smith & Cult’s flawlessly smooth, brilliantly shiny Nailed Lacquer. Designed by the founder of ‘90s icon Hard Candy, this advanced, 8-free nail polish delivers vibrant, chip-resistant color in a head-turning palette of shades. Bitter Buddhist is opaque celadon green.
Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer- Bitter Buddhist, $18, www.beautylish.com
7) Burberry Nail Polish, Nude Pink
Formulated with patent-pending technology, Burberry Nail Polish has a protective and long-lasting high-gloss finish with accelerated drying and hardening times. The formula contains strengthening and moisturizing elements, including anti-oxidant pro-vitamin B5 and myrrh extract, to help protect and care for nails and prevent breakages. Effortless application is guaranteed with a high-precision rounded-end brush design. Discover saturated hues direct from the Prorsum runway, intense, highly pigmented tones reflecting the British weather and landscape, and subtle hues of nude inspired by the trench coat, the most iconic of all Burberry garments.
Burberry Nail Polish, Nude Pink, $23, us.burberry.com
6) Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer, English Lavender
Fierce color sparks a revolution with #. Ten years ago, butter LONDON transformed the nail space with its original 3-Free Nail Lacquer, and now the brand is doing it again. The new, innovative formula is loaded with ingredients proven to promote brighter, stronger, healthier nails in classic, creamy, wearable shades for your best-dressed nails yet. The nail lacquers contain patented Shock Resisting Polymer Technology, which delivers limitless shine with up to 10 days of wear. Shock-absorbing and chip-resistant, the salon-color coverage provides gel-like cushion, superior shine and fade-resistant color while preventing breakage and peeling.
Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in English Lavender, $18, Shop.nordstrom.com
5) Mary Kay Nail Lacquer, Vivid Sunburst
The NEW limited-edition† Mary Kay® Nail Lacquer is part of the NEW limited,-edition† Light, Reinvented Collection. It’s a celebration of a reimagined look at the season’s storied hues through prisms, reflections and light. You’ll delight in the pops of color that dance across your fingertips. The nail lacquers are offered in three shades of spring’s favored hues, but with the brilliance that comes with reinvention of color.
Mary Kay Nail Lacquer, Vivid Sunburst, $10, marykay.com
4) Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Nail Polish, Closing Night
Bring the house down when you spin, twirl and take a bow in this soft shimmer gray. Brava! Apply two layers of this shimmering grayish green directly to your nails and follow with a special top coat to seal your manicure for up to two weeks—no base coat or lamp required.
Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Nail Polish, Closing Night, $11.50 essie.com
3) Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture Nail Polish, The Street and I Collection, Blanc Arty
A new generation nail lacquer that’s both elegant and practical is presented in a sleek elongated glass bottle imprinted with the timeless YSL logo. A pantheon of fashion-inspired shades, from subtle and natural to vibrant and dramatic provide a high-shine finish for an instant touch of glamour. Long wear formula with Chil Rose Oil strengthens, moisturizes and protects nails from chipping and cracking. Dries fast and applies evenly without streaking. La Laque Couture is equipped with a new custom-made brush that allows an easy and fast application. The nail lacquer perfectly adheres to the brush that pulls the drop instead of pushing it for a flawless and intense result.
Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture Nail Polish, The Street and I Collection, Blanc Arty, $28, yslbeautyus.com
2) Dior Vernis Spring 2017 Limited Edition, Early
An ingenious redesign of Dior’s much-loved nail polish, the new Vernis includes a new, improved brush shape for salon-perfect application and a silicon-enriched longwear formula that really plays up the gel effect. The versatile colour selection includes everything from staples to statements, with couture-inspired shades to complete any outfit.
Dior Vernis Spring 2017 Limited Edition, Early, $27, dior.com
1) Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Lacquer, Loubichrome III
Loubichrome is a limited edition collection of mini nail colours made up of energetic shades inspired by the ultra-luxurious qualities of specchio, a laminated leather with a mirror-like quality, loved by Christian Louboutin for its ability to capture light and take on new dimension. Infused with light-reflecting pigment pearls, the new colours deliver a playful chrome finish on nails. Loubichrome III is a glistening violet shade.
Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Lacquer in Loubichrome III, $30, us.christianlouboutin.com
Society has such a love/hate relationship with lipstick, and vacillating perceptions of the women (and men) who wear it. Most of us have been loyal to the same lipstick brand and shade for years. We also acknowledge the formula and application can be off- putting to some as it can easily transfer and feel uncomfortable at times. So, what's a doll to do when you want a little something extra without fully committing to lipstick? Lucky for you we are living in an evolutionary stage of lip products. Trust me, we have came a long way from good ol' Vaseline and Carmex. There are so many new and exciting products that are lightweight and offer long lasting color without all the fuss!
Here's six of my favorite lipstick alternatives...
6) Korres Lip Butter
Korres Lip Butter is rich, buttery lip balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish. This rich butter leaves lips deeply moisturized, supple, and kissably soft. Korres Lip Butters are formulated with natural oils and extracts to soothe and condition lips. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness. This shiny, juicy pop of color comes in an array of "flavors" and is ideal for dry lips.
Korres Lip Butter, $12, sephora.com
5) Clinique Almost Lipstick
Clinique, Almost Lipstick is universally-flattering, ultra-light lipstick in an iconic shade that anyone can wear because it creates a one-of-a-kind lip look on everyone. Not quite a gloss, and not quite a lipstick, this transparent lipstick fuses with the natural tone of your lips to create a lip look that’s unique to you. This sheer, emollient-rich formula glides on for easy layering.
Clinique Almost Lipstick, $17, sephora.com
4) Mac Tendertalk Lip Balm
This smart lip conditioner by M·A·C creates your own personalized tint based on your body chemistry. It combines nourishing skin care with technology to keep your lips soft and moisturized, while offering just the right amount of color. The balm comes packaged in an iridescent metal lipstick case and is scented with a hint of uplifting vanilla.
Mac Tendertalk Lip Balm, $20, nordstrom.com
3) Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain
Milk Makeup Oil Stain is a long-wearing lip stain with mess-free application for hydrating color and shine. Get high-shine lip color with Milk Makeup’s Oil Lip Stain. Loaded with nourishing vitamin E, rosemary extract, and black currant and olive oils, it deeply moisturizes and sets into lips for an enduring tint of color. It has an easy-to-use, rollerball applicator, and it can be layered to intensify your lip look.
Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain, $18, sephora.com
2) Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
A bestselling lip treatment—and a cult-favorite among all who try it, including Hollywood’s elite—that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips. Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. Sweet and tart black currant oil, rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. It provides essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $24, sephora.com
1) Bite Beauty Lust Lip Tint
A revolutionary lip tint formula that delivers luscious color with an ultra-glossy finish. This alluring lip tint is infused with pure Argan oil, vitamin E, and fruit butters to hydrate, nourish, and revitalize your lips. It delivers long-lasting color and helps soothe and soften the lips. The center B provides resveratrol, which has double the amount of antioxidants found in red wine. The more layers you apply on your lips, the more color you get.
Bite Beauty Lust Lip Tint, $24, sephora.com
Perfume is very much synonymous with womanhood as are handbags and high heels. Scent is a very personal thing and I think we don't always give enough attention to the choosing and buying one. Every scent smells subtly different on each individual and it takes time to develop as it sits on your skin and warms up.
Science and Perfume
Picking your scent is as personal as finding the right foundation shade for your skin. It has a science behind it along with a touch of personal preference. Human biology 101: every single one of us produces a body chemical that's unique and are completely our own. It's not the kind of chemistry that you're thinking about that involves the attraction between two potential, compatible mates. In its face value, body temperature affects a fragrance's notes and each of us has our own specific skin chemistry. This point is very important because it's the combination between the chemicals that our bodies produce
and the perfume that we choose that will ultimately determine if that specific scent suits us. In short, a perfume that may smell great on you will smell horrible on another woman.
Another point to remember is that a perfume has three notes -- the top, middle, and base notes. The base note of a perfume is the strongest and the most ever lasting of all three, with the middle note coming next, and the top note being the one that lasts the shortest and evaporates the fastest. The basic idea is to find a perfume that has a base note that smells great on you with a middle and top note that you wouldn't mind wearing, as its initial scent wears off, because regardless of the perfume brand and type, the first spray always smells very strong. So when picking a perfume scent, make sure to pay close attention to these three effects.
How to Choose your Signature Scent
You know how some people believe in love in first sight? Well in this instance….
Step #1 is love in first sniff. Your original and instinctual reaction to a scent is crucial in finding the perfect fragrance for you.
Step #2 is that aforementioned hullabaloo about body chemistry and fragrance reaction that we have to take into account.
Step #3 is the wrists only, no rubbing and no sample paper strips rule. When you're trying out a fragrance, make sure you spray directly on your wrist and DO NOT rub your wrists together. Doing so crushes the scent.
And of course, spraying the perfume on a sample strip will only work for step #1 but completely violates step #2. So after spraying it on your wrist, wait for it to dry before smelling and determining if you like it or not. In addition, do not overlap and mix perfumes and wait for a little while before making a purchase to let the scent settle in for you to determine if it suits you or not.
Pre-plan and Research
I've found that Sephora and sephora.com is the best place to test drive and research a new perfume purchase. Unlike the fragrance department of upscale department stores like Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy's, and Neiman Marcus where you feel intimidated to touch anything let alone ask a sales associate for help, Sephora stores have a very hands on, feel free to touch, try, and smell everything feel to it. And because of this, I've found it to be the best place to get perfume samples next to those little fragrance strips in glossy magazines. What's more is that their site has this feature called Fragrance IQ that can help you narrow down perfume options before purchasing. I've always like to research items before I go shopping, a habit that can be both good and bad. And since there are so many scents to choose from like floral, fruity, woody, earthy, natural, grassy, etc, this will make decision making much easier.
Here is a list of my Top 5 Fall Fragrances….
1) Dark Beauty
Add this woody, fruity spritz to your Balenciaga wish list: an addicting blend of green tea, blueberry, queen of the night, and cedar, for the most seamless accessory transition into the cooler season.
Balenciaga B. Intense, $110, sephora.com (Available November 2016)
2) From the Heart
Chloé Fleur de Parfum is a lush bouquet of floral hearts: rose, verbena flower, and cherry blossom. It's the perfume for those who believe in love at first spritz.
Chloé Fleur de Parfum, $105, sephora.com
3) Instant Glamour
With champagne, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and vanilla, Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence is like the bubbly (but still sophisticated) younger sister of the original Decadence perfume.
Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence, $122, sephora.com
4) Sultry Sweet
Tom Ford's sophisticated gourmand blend of Italian bergamot, mandarin, honey, rum, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, and myrrh is nothing less than liquid luxury.
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lumière, $120, shop.nordstrom.com (Available November 2016)
5) Seductive Powers
Charlotte Tilbury is known for her sexy, smoldering makeup looks, and the same can be said about her first fragrance, a warm, sensual floral that combines lemon, peach, and black pepper with tuberose, frankincense, fire tree and hedione. Consider this love potion instant attraction in a bottle.
Charlotte Tilbury Scent of A Dream, $100, charlottetilbury.com
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Beyoncé, 34, released her highly anticipated visual album Lemonade this past weekend on HBO. As expected, the hour-long special was chock full of emotional lyrics, rich imagery and killer style.
From a flowing Roberto Cavalli gown to Yeezy athlesiure wear, Queen Bey slayed with memorable fashions in all 12 videos.
Here, we recreate three of our favorite ensembles from the film and give you a closer look at the rest.
Beyonce Original High fashion: In the video for 'Hold Up', hits the streets in a Roberto Cavalli gown and Saint Laurent printed platform heels
Ultra Glam Recreated Look: Cece Symone: Bianca Chiffon Ruffle Halter Maxi Dress, with a Jeffrey Campbell: Lambada-ST Platform and Charming Charlie: Essential Petite Hoops. Total cost of this recreated look $240.99
Athleisure: For the track 'Dont Hurt Yourself' Queen Bey sports a stylish Yeezy crop top and matching leggings in an underground garage
Fabulous & Fit Recreated Look: Cece Symone: Eliza Crop Top + Drawstring Pant Set, teamed with Athletic Propulsion Labs: Techloom Pro Runners, and Charming Charlie: Alexia Bar Pendant Necklace. Total cost of this look $222.99
Paired back: In the video for 'Freedom', the 10th song of the visual album, Beyoncé opts for a simple yet elegant Maria Lucia Hohan maxi dress
Boho Chic Recreated Look: Cece Symone: Blue Ivy Lace Trim Strap Maxi Dress styled with Charming Charlie: Fish Through Loop Earrings, Harper Leaf Cocktail Ring, and Steve Madden: Werkit Gladiator Sandals. Total cost of this look $115.94
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