Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Winter Scents...

This is how it looks outside right now in NYC... we've been hit with the (ummm, I've lost count by now) snowstorm of the season. As a born and raised New Yorker I can honestly tell you I haven't ever seen it snow so much or so often! Well my Beauty A La Mode'ers - the only proper thing to do a snow day is relax, sip something warm, and do some online shopping! But while you are here, let me share some of my favorite fragrances that have been warming me up this winter. 

Alien by Thierry Mugler

Words can't really describe this fragrance, it's unusual and has a "Je ne sais quoi" aura to it and smells unbelievable. It's floral fragrance which is great for the winter because it warms up and lingers on the skin nicely.   
It's notes: Solar accord, Jasmine Sambac, Green notes, Cashmeran, Vanilla, Transparent Amber

Chance Eau Tendre by Chanel

This scent is great for all year round because light soapy scent, but it's hints of musk and amber together really bring out the warmness of this scent during the winter. During the warmer months you'll notice the citrus scents   are more prominent and make it a lighter fragrance to wear.

It's notes: Grapefruit, Melon, Quiche, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Iris, White Musk, Virginia Cedar, Amber

Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson

I've included this one before in my favorite scents post I wrote a while back, and it's here again because this is a great everyday scent. It's a powdery, floral scent but like Chance - it's musk and amber notes, as well as it's woody notes make it a great warm scent for the winter.  

It's notes: Peach Blossom, Goji Leaf, Jasmine, Blush Champagne, Lotus Blossom, Plumeria Rose, Creamy Amber, Musk, Patchouli, Bergamot, Peony, Blonde Woods

I'll love to read on what are your favorite winter fragrances, or if you have any comments of the ones mentioned above, please feel free to drop a note!

Mandii :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

First Post of 2011- Meet My New Beauty Regimen BFF!!

Hola Beauty A La Mode Readers!! This is the first post of the New Year and I hope the holidays have been great to you and that 2011 has been off to a great start for you as well! I had a great time with my family and 2011 has started off with work, work, work. I'm very glad though I got to spoil "myself" rotten this holiday season - ladies, we must always take the opportunity to indulge ourselves whenever possible! I was able to get myself a couple of beauty items I've been having my eyes on for a while and this one is a definite must-share with you all!

This is my new BFF!!

I was finally able to get myself a Clarisonic System- this one in particular is the MIA and it's one of the many Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems that Clarisonic has in it's line of products. These cleaning systems offer deep skin cleansing through the use of it's oscillating brush head and claims it removes 6x more makeup that manual cleansing.

Clarisonic has definitely had lots of buzz in the beauty blogger world with lots of good reviews, and I having been really looking for something to offer fast, deep cleansing (I'm the laziest person to remove my makeup at night) and that would also restore my face texture and complexion - decided to give Clarisonic a go.
I purchased my Clarisonic from QVC because of the assortment of colors they had and ordered myself the MIA in berry, which is a nice pink/fuchsia color and because the MIA is the smaller of the systems and made exclusively for facial cleansing. The bundle came with: two brush heads (one for sensitive skin and one for normal), two cleansers ( for sensitive skin and the other for normal to dry skin) and, magnetic  charger. 

I've been using it for three weeks straight, 6 days a week (I give a day off and use a scrub instead), once a day, for one minute- and I must say it truly lives up to the hype. My face tone has improved, I've had less breakouts, and has made my makeup removal simpler as well as the application, since I have less to cover up. I am IN LOVE with this system and would recommend it to anyone that is looking to address skin concerns or just wants to pamper themselves with a daily mini-facial!

You can purchase yours at Clarisonic or on QVC, and if you own one Beauty A La Mode'ers feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below!
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