Best Autumn Perfumes

After the breathtaking and sweet notes that filled the summer, the first autumn days will return us to mystical woody and pungent scents that will perfectly complement the luxurious autumn color palette that will paint the world around us as well as our favorite pieces inside our closets. If you are looking for a new perfect autumn perfume, maybe this list helps you choose a new one for your collection.

Roses de Chloé by Chloé is the perfect autumn fragrance for all lovers of roses: sweet damask roses, rounded off with bergamot, tarragon and lychee, combined with warm nuances of white musk and sensual amber.  This sensual and feminine fragrance is available at Nordstrom.

La vie est belle by Lancôme is a well-known fragrance line and the L’Absolue de Parfum has now been re-launched: even more intense and sensual than before, the famous gourmand iris note dominates the bouquet with jasmine, orange blossom and essence of damask rose. I would recommend this perfume to the fans of heavy oriental and sensual fragrances.  It is available at Nordstrom.

“Reveal” by Calvin Klein is characterized by the scents of sandalwood, gray amber and Florentine iris.  This fragrance with an oriental-sensual touch is perfect for a modern, urban lady.  It is available at Fragrance Direct.

“My Burberry” by Burberry is a classic like their legendary trench coat. The head note combines vetch and bergamot with the middle notes of geranium leaves, golden quinces and freesia, plus the heavy, oriental elements of Damascus rose and patchouli. This flowery, distinctive fragrance for the classic-lovers is available at Nordstrom.

“Gucci Prèmiere” by Gucci is the perfect autumn fragrance for an elegant, young business lady. The elegant citrus top note slowly gives way to the flowers in the heart of the fragrance: freesia, jasmine and Bulgarian rose. Subtle, very warm notes of leather, patchouli and musk complete the character of the fragrance. It is available at Nordstrom.

“Jasmin Noir” by BVLGARI is a woody, intense fragrance, perfect for autumn. The fragrance composition includes gardenia, jasmine, almond, warm tonka bean and patchouli. This sensual fragrance for the modern Femme Fatale is available at Nordstrom.

“Elie Saab” by Elie Saab is the classic among the autumn perfumes: the warm, woody Le Parfum Intense smells even more intense than the classic perfume. Orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose honey and patchouli paired with amber give the perfume its peculiar character. If you are a fan of seductive, very feminine and powdery scents, give this one a try. It is available at Fragrance Direct.

“Rajasthan” by Etro is an oriental fragrance full of femininity with winter lemons, damask roses, mimosa, amber and white musk. Pink pepper, labdanum and acacia provide the extra portion of exoticism. This scent for the wild adventurers is available at Barneys.

 

What is your favorite autumn perfume?

Love, Ana

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Review: St. Tropez Face Bronzing Lotion

As the not-so-proud owner of sensitive, high-maintenance skin, I have to be careful in choosing face products and I am always skeptical when it comes to using self-tan products on my face because most of those products are meant for body only and those that I´ve used on my face have led to breakouts and clogged pores. When I read that St. Tropez Bronzing Lotion for the face is specially designed for sensitive skin and that it´s formulated without all those bad ingredients such as parabens, sulfates or phthalates, I was sold.

St. Tropez about Face Bronzing Lotion:

´´Our most iconic, natural and healthy looking tan;

–    Quick-drying, non-greasy and non-pore blocking

–    Added hydration for a radiant glow

–    Lightweight, streak-free and easy to apply

–    No self-tan smell, with our new mood-boosting fragrance.´´

I always apply self-tan products before bedtime to give it some time to develop evenly overnight. I exfoliated my skin prior to using this lotion to get rid of any dead skin and dry patches. It was very easy to apply this lotion thanks to subtle color guide and a light formula of the lotion. It absorbs very quickly and leaves semi-matte finish on the skin.

When I woke up my face had a radiant, healthy glow and my skin felt moisturized throughout the day. I was afraid that my tan would look orange, streaky or patchy, but I got a really natural looking tan. The tan doesn´t last that long due to daily cleansing and exfoliation, so I have to re-apply it every night. The color of itself is not intense, but rather subtle. So if you are looking for deep, intense color, you´ll have to look elsewhere. If you don´t have such a sensitive skin like me, then I suggest mixing a small pump of your regular self-tan product with this lotion to get a deeper color.

I´ll continue to use St. Tropez Face Bronzing Lotion because it provides a radiant, natural-looking tan without blocking my pores or causing any breakouts on my skin. If you want to give it a try too, you can find St. Tropez products at sephora.com .

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Review: Kérastase Discipline Keratin Thermique Crème

Gorgeous, lustrous, silky smooth and shiny hair is every woman´s dream; it all starts with finding the best hair products for our hair that often needs a little extra care. If you´ve been reaching for the heat styling tools too often, then it´s time to invest in a heat protectant. Flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons destroy proteins in your hair, as well as stripping your hair’s natural oils. In order to prevent my hair from becoming damaged and broken, I opted for Kérastase Discipline Keratin Thermique Crème.

Kérastase Discipline Keratin Thermique Crème is a part of  ´´Discipline´´ range, made for frizzy and unruly curly hair. My hair may not be that unruly and curly, but it´s frizzy. Story of my life goes like this: I would style my hair; it would be perfectly sleek and straight. I would leave my house looking great and then boom, after 10 minutes, my hair is wavy and frizzy again. I know I am not the only one having this problem, so if you struggle with frizzy hair too, then keep on reading!

Kérastase about Keratin Thermique Crème:

´´ The intense and protective care of a cream. Anti-frizz action.´´

INSTANT RESURFACING ACTION

– Blow-dry perfecting care to transform the look off the hair fibre;

– Hair looks instantly shinier and feels smoother, as if resurfaced.

INTENSE & INSTANT CARE

– Hair is protected against breakage. 

THERMIQUE RESULTS:

– Hair looks shinier and feels smoother and protected; 

– Hair dries 2X faster.´´

Amari about Keratin Thermique Crème:

I was skeptical at first when I read all those claims mentioned above, but this cream did everything for my hair. I can’t see any difference when it comes to hair breakage, but I’ve definitely noticed that my blow dry time was cut down drastically. My hair felt soft and looked smooth and silky. I noticed that even my dry ends looked somewhat smooth and healthy. This cream really does an excellent job taming my hair and there is no need for me to worry about humidity in the air anymore.

Packaging, directions for use and final thoughts:

The cream comes in a sleek plastic tube which looks great and is convenient to use. You can easily squeeze out the perfect amount of product, preventing any unnecessary wastage. This is a leave-in product and it is recommended to smooth a chestnut-sized quantity through lengths and ends of shampooed towel-dried hair. Detangle your hair with a brush and blow dry as usual and you are good to go! The cream has a floral scent that is very pleasant but quite strong, I would say. That doesn´t bother me because I like strong scents, but if you have any concerns, the scent fades soon after application.

There are three variations of Kerastase heat protectants depending on your hair type. Resistance Ciment Thermique helps strengthen weakened hair; Nutritive Nectar Thermique prevents roughness and dullness of hair and the last one is one which I wrote about, Dicipline Keratine Thermique. They retail for about 23 EUR and are available at kerastase.com

I`m in love with this product and I’ll be purchasing it again when I run out.

Have you tried this product already?

Love, Ana Maria

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Review: The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

Hello my beauties,

as we all know, good primers should smooth pores, prolong the makeup wear, blur imperfections, mattify or hydrate our skin and allow our makeup to go on beautifully. It is not always easy to find a primer that meets all those conditions. Keep on reading if you want to know is The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone on the top of the primer game!

The Ordinary is one of the many brands of the ´´DECEIM´´ company, and as they claim, The Ordinary is “Clinical formulations with integrity“. All of their products are free of parabens, sulphates and mineral oils. DECIEM does not test on animals either.

Few months ago I`ve purchased a few of their products, and I must admit, I`m pretty impressed with all the goodies that I tried. So I thought I should share my thoughts on the High-Adherence Silicone primer first.

THE ORDINARY ABOUT HIGH-ADHERENCE SILICONE PRIMER:

´´This formula uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections.´´

This primer comes in a sleek, travel friendly plastic tube. When it comes to the formula of the primer, I was surprised. The primer doesn’t feel like a traditional silicone primerbut it feels more like a moisturizing skin balm. It is very hydrating and it minimizes dry patches on the skin, what normally silicone primers tend to emphasize. This primer really does a great job at blurring pores. It leaves my skin silky smooth, the foundation applies beautifully over the top and the makeup stays fresh all day long! It works great on my combination and sensitive skin as it doesn’t encourage oil, nor clog the pores.

Honestly, I think this is an amazing primer and I will definitely continue to use it. It retails for 5 EUR and it is available on beautybay.com.

Have you already tried this primer?

Love,

Ana Maria

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