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Would You Wear Different Scents For Different Times of Day?

Written on December 5, 2011 at 11:19 am , by

Perfumer Lisa Hoffman thinks you should. Each of her fragrance collections (spicy, warm Japanese Agarwood, refined Madagascar Orchid, sweet Tuscan Fig, exotic Tunisian Neroli and crisp French Clary Sage) come in four Variations: Morning, Day Time, Evening and Bed Time, which all originate from the same combination of fragrance notes, but with certain ones heightened or subdued depending on the time of day you’re supposed to wear it. So the Morning and Day Time versions tend to be crisper and more invigorating, while the Evening and Bed Time versions tend to be heavier and more soothing. The tiny roll-on vials of fragrance oil tuck neatly into a luxe leather pouch, perfect for toting on-the-go (and as a unique holiday gift for the scent lover in your life).

Tell us:  Do you— or would  you— wear different fragrances for different times of the day?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Sweet Smell of Spring

Written on May 18, 2011 at 10:53 am , by

Spring is (finally!) in the air, and there’s no better time to splurge on a special new scent. I’ve gathered a few of my current favorite spring-ready spritzes that combine lush florals like jasmine, gardenia, and even lilies for an invigorating effect.

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  • Chloé Rosebud This classic fragrance has top notes of freesia, pink peony, magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and, of course, rose. Plus, the limited edition bottle is decked out in a pretty pink bow for spring.
  • Marc Jacobs Splash in Cranberry is part of the limited edition splash scents collection (which also includes Ginger and Curacao). This crisp scent is inspired by a sweet cocktail on a summer day, and contains notes of pink grapefruit, cranberry and tangerine. (Anyone else thirsty?)
  • Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir This elegant eau de parfum is positioned as a lighter addition to the Jasmin Noir line of fragrances. Its seductive blend of jasmine and wood notes lasts all day on the skin.
  • Flora Eau Fraîche By Gucci is a more fresh and playful version of the original Flora By Gucci. The aroma is very fruity and an ideal spritz for those who prefer cleaner floral scents.

What’s your favorite scent for spring? Will you be splurging on a new fragrance?

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Leighton Meester & Vera Wang Talk Vera’s New Scent

Written on May 5, 2011 at 10:26 am , by

Last week, we had the privilege of sitting in the living room of Vera Wang‘s Upper East Side apartment (pinch us!) while she and spokeswoman Leighton Meester chatted about Vera’s newest scent, Lovestruck, launching in August. Here’s peek at what they had to say:

A Little Romance

Written on April 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm , by

The iconic fragrance Ralph Lauren Romance is currently being celebrated in a gorgeous ad campaign featuring polo player Nacho Figueras and his wife, Delfina Blaquier—shot by famed photographer Bruce Weber on the family’s Buenos Aires, Argentina estate. Watch the full version—and indulge in a little daydreaming!—here:

Tried-It Tuesday: Marc Jacobs Splash Cocktail in Cranberry

Written on April 26, 2011 at 7:18 am , by

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It typically isn’t appropriate to start your day off with a cocktail, but Marc Jacobs is about to change that with his fresh new spring fragrance line. The limited edition Marc Jacobs Splash Cocktail 2011 Collection includes three fruity new flavors, but our favorite is the Cranberry concoction. The Cranberry cocktail is an ideal light and invigorating scent for spring. The key notes in our new favorite fragrance are a juicy mix of pink grapefruit, cranberry pulp, tangerine, honeysuckle, and exotic woods. I know you might be skeptical about smelling like a cranberry, but believe me—this chubby little bottle will win you over with just one spritz!

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

Makeover Monday: Spring In Your Step!

Written on March 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm , by

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In the spirit of the much-anticipated spring season, I’ve gathered a few beauty favorites for sunshine-filled days:

Screen shot 2011-03-21 at 11.31.23 AM FINGERS: Essie French Affair Collection Nail Polish in Nice is Nice, a whimsical, of-the-moment lilac with a flattering creamy finish.

Screen shot 2011-03-21 at 11.40.37 AM CHEEKS: Urban Decay Afterglow Glide on Cheek Tint in Crush leaves behind a luminous, spring-y flush that brightens any complexion.

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FACE: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, a classic that feels light on skin and lends a dewy look.

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BODY: Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum, a delightfully fresh, light splash of a fragrance with hints of lily and jasmine.

What are your beauty must-haves for spring?

By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Prettifying Picks to Fall in Love With

Written on February 1, 2011 at 6:58 am , by

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Many women would be offended if their beau gave them makeup for Valentine’s Day. I can just hear the mental dialogue: “Does he think I’m ugly?”, “Is he not attracted to me?”, “Have I let myself go?” However, I would personally love a little V-Day pick me up for my makeup bag.  After all, isn’t Valentine’s the one day of the year a girl gets to be pampered and treated like a goddess? Here are the beauty buys that are making my heart go pitter-patter this Valentine’s season:

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MAC Cosmetics consistently manages to put out stunning holiday collections—and their Tough Love line for Valentine’s Day is no exception.  We’ve got it bad for the Lipstick in Girl About Town, above.

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In the spirit of indulgence, we’re eager to get our hands on this adorable NARS Forever Yours Limited Edition Eye, Lip & Illuminator Set.  The sweet little trio includes a new liquid highlighter, pink lip gloss and eye shadow pencil.

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What’s Valentine’s Day with out a little seduction? Every girl needs a special scent to get the night going. On my wish list is rose-tinged Chloe Eau de Parfum Spray.

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Nobody wants to be dry and scaly on V-Day. Kiss Me with Kiehl’s is my pick to ensure silky skin for the big night! The set includes the super-delicious, sweet-scented Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish.

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In lieu of the candy hearts and chocolate covered what-have-you, I’m asking for a different kind of sugar this year. Butter London has a bold nail color foursome called I Want Candy that will make your heart skip a beat.

By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

Faith Hill Talks Fitness

Written on December 16, 2010 at 6:53 am , by

We recently chatted with country singer Faith Hill about her newest fragrance, Faith Hill True, her favorite beauty products and tricks for on-the-go, and her stay-in-shape secrets. The scoop:

FITNESS: How does your new fragrance, True, differ from your first fragrance?
FAITH HILL: My first fragrance had several notes in it that reminded me of growing up in Mississippi, such as magnolia.  I wanted to keep this one fresh and clean and current…I really liked the yuzu, lily and gardenia notes.”

FITNESS: What kind of woman is True made for?
FAITH HILL: “It’s made for every woman.  Whether you work in your home, outside of your home, in sweats or a suit, everyone can wear it.  I wanted the fragrance to appeal to all women.”

FITNESS: How and when do you wear fragrance?  What’s the best way to wear it?
FAITH HILL: “I wear fragrances every day. It’s like a part of my outfit.  I wear it with sweats, casual or dressed to go out.  It completes my outfit.”

FITNESS: How do you take care of your skin and hair on-the-go?
FAITH HILL: I try to keep my skin clean and moisturized.  On my hair, I use a leave-in conditioner most of the time when I’m not working.  I also drink lots of water.”

FITNESS: How do you keep yourself in shape with your busy lifestyle and while you’re on the road?
FAITH HILL: I have to schedule workout time or I simply will find an excuse to not workout.  I’m doing the Tracy Anderson method right now and I love it.  I don’t get bored as easily because of all the movement involved in her program.”

FITNESS: What are your favorite beauty products for after your workout and for carrying with you when you’re on-the-go?
FAITH HILL: “I always clean my face after my workout.  I use Obagi cleanser and sunscreen.  When I travel, I do the same treatment, just with more moisturizer and I drink loads of water.”

FITNESS: What workouts do you do regularly?
FAITH HILL: “I used to run, however, now I enjoy a brisk walk for 2-3 miles, in addition to the Tracy Anderson method.”

Faith shares her workout playlist in the Fit Life section of our January issue, out next week!

Your Perfect Perfume Pick

Written on December 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm , by

Searching for a new signature scent? Check out my latest Better TV Segment on finding a perfume that’s perfect for you. Happy shopping! -Eleanor

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Find A New Favorite Fragrance

Written on November 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm , by

In our November/December issue (on stands now!), I wrote a feature about how your workout of choice can lead you to a perfect-for-you perfume pick. Researchers say that the part of the brain that’s linked to your sense of smell has a direct connection to your personality and exercise preference.

In the issue, we have fragrance finds for active readers who love to hike, run, spin and practice yoga, but we had to drop one exercise category from the layout: dancing. Read on to sniff out a new signature scent for the season!

Your Workout: Dancing
Your Fit Fragrance: Gourmand

If you love ballet, jazz, hip-hop, or even Zumba classes, chances are you enjoy being in tune with your body. And scrumptious food-inspired fragrances take the cake in terms of increasing your self-esteem. “Because they’re often associated with positive, nostalgic feelings, research suggests that these sweet scents can raise your endorphin levels, making you feel better about yourself,” explains Alan Hirsch, M.D., of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Try these yummy, but still subtle, scents:

  • Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Stardust ($49, Victoria’s Secret stores) has comforting traces of caramel and praline.
  • The star note in Pure DKNY ($80, dkny.com) is vanilla, which smells fresh, thanks to hints of creamy sandalwood.
  • Mary Kay Thinking of You ($30, marykay.com) sweetens skin with delish dashes of tonka bean, vanilla, and sugar.