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Zegna Essenze Collection

I love when I stumble upon news when it comes to fragrance - which happened to me the other day when browsing through Bloomingdale's and discovered the Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Collection. Well, to be fair, it's not exactly new as the first bottles inspired by Zegna's couture collection came out in 2012, but apparently, this wonderful assemblage of cologne has completely flown by my radar.

What is interesting about these six fragrances is that they share one ingredient - Calabrian Bergamot - but they are still very different in their compositions. Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Mandarin, Javanese Patchouli, Indonesian Oud, Florentine Iris, and the latest Haitian Vetiver may be united by bergamot, but stand out individually, because combined with the individual scent notes the bergamot will change character.

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Especially the newest Haitian Vetiver and Javanese Patchouli stood out to me as exponents of a less woodsy and oud-inspired fragrance trend. They where far from polished and still had deeper layers, but they had a cleaner edge than most woodsy fragrances have. Honestly, I would wear each and every one of them. Oh, and of course, they look really amazing too. The Zegna Essenze Collection sells for $125 a bottle - it seems like a lot, but really do get high-quality perfumery for your money - and that's worth every penny in my book.

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King Of The Road

I love to travel. Not just because of the obvious in experiencing new destinations, but also because I really enjoy how your life is suddenly simplified and re-seized to fit in a bag (or three). Which is why I also love travel sizes when it comes to skincare products.

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For this year's travels I might end up going for this King Of The Road luxury travel set by Jack Black because it contains everything yo would need - a facial cleanser, scrub, shave cream, moisturizer with SPF, hair & body cleanser and body lotion. Notice how some of the products multitask like the moisturizer which is also a sunscreen , the shampoo which can also be used on your body and the shave cream which doubles as a after shave treatment.

Simple, easy and perfect for a vacation!

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Super Shade Orange

Few colors pop and sizzle like orange. And right now it is one of the 'it' colors both in fashion and beauty. Just look at one of the current looks from MAC  coincidentally named All About Orange!

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You may think orange is not a color for makeup but actually it works really well. Most red nuances for lipstick have plenty yellow or orange pigment in them to deepen and balance the redness, which is why an entirely orange color actually works on the mouth.

The same goes for blush where a orange nuance will actually appear pinkish on skin with a natural red color tone. And when it comes to nail color there are no limits as to how popping orange it can get as nails are kinda like the playground for makeup.

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Photo: MAC PR

All About Orange  is available now online and in MAC stores.

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Sketchy Beauty

We have all been there: obsessing over a minor flaw that in our own minds have grown insurmountable, but in reality is not even noticed by others. Because of course we edit the way we view ourselves in the mirror (to look our best to ourselves), and of course that image is in most cases not an accurate projection of how you really look. To others that is.

The clip above (three minutes long and worth every second)  is a fairly simple experiment done by Dove, which displays the major discrepancies that create a virtual gap between how you view yourself and how others view you. A group of women were asked to describe how they looked to a professional sketch artist as honestly and accurately as possible. Successively, random people were asked to describe the same women to the same sketch artist - again as honestly and accurately as possible.

The result? The difference in how the women looked at themselves and how others viewed them was staggering. The women tended to focus on their flaws (large forehead, round face and wrinkles etc.) and neglected to include their best features (kind, blue eyes, beautiful hair and great smile etc.). So naturally, put next to each other the difference between the two sketches is immense. And touchingly so, because most of the 'self' image sketches look nothing like the person, while the portrait created from strangers does. See for yourself right here.

We are all our own worst critics - especially when it comes to how we look. But as this simple experiment shows, the way you look is much more about how you feel you look. And that image isn't always pretty. But with the words of Dove, who is committed to building self-esteem in women all over the world: You are more beautiful than you think.

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