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What My Summer Smells Like

Even though there is nothing like the smell of warm skin, it is no secret that I am a huge fragrance fanatic. I rarely leave the house with a spritz, and I have learned that I tend to obsess about certain fragrances and will use them religiously while almost completely abandoning everything else on my shelf.

This summer is no different: I am obsessing over two fragrances. One is a 10-year-old companion and the other is a fresh take on a previous fave of mine.

Let's start with the newcomer: Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino Acqua - a fresher, aquatic take on the Neroli Portofino from 2011. I love the original but there is something even more sparkling and clear about the Acqua sister that just makes me want to spray it on several times a day. It carries the 2011 original with it beautifully, but the top citrus notes are enhanced and lightened so it is more uncomplicated and fresh. Yes, please!

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Now on to the fragrance that celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and that I have worn ever since it was launched back in Berlin, Germany. I actually had the pleasure of meeting the creator, Geza Schoen, and he talked about how this fragrance was not a traditional fragrance with scent notes, top, heart, and bottom. Instead, it is a more experience-based scent that will react with your skin and allow others more than yourself to get a sensation of the fragrance.

The formula of using only Iso E Super - a molecule traditionally used to enhance actual scent notes - remains unchanged. And so does people's reaction to it. No other fragrance (or I should say scent) has garnered more reactions from others who want to lean in and smell more - and that's exactly what a good scent should do. I have even tried this on several friends who were amazed at the response they got from simply wearing a molecule on their skin that they could hardly smell themselves.

So, those were my two summer scents? What fragrances will you be wearing this summer? Leave a comment below :-).

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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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Photo:PR

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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Photo: MAC PR

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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