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Balenciaga-Paris-Eau-De-Parfum.jpgOh, to be a woman of leisure and luxury. Luckily, you can pretend you’re one, thanks to Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum.

We’ve long been fans of this scent, steeped in heady violet and touched with airy blossom and spicy peppery notes. It’s a fragrance that gets you noticed but isn’t too heavy or cloying, one that makes people stop and turn when you walk into a room. One that has everyone around you saying, “You smell fantastic.”

And, as if that’s not enough, the bottle design is sophisticated and beautiful, with a geometric-printed round stopper that looks perfect on any vanity or dressing table.

Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum retails for $95-$130 at bergdorfgoodman.com.
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Like it or not there is no shortage of celebrity involvement in the cosmetics world these days. Fergie signed on with wet n wild to be one of their Beauty Ambassadors, making her the face of the cosmetics line for new marketing campaigns. And the first of her endeavors with them, a collection of nail polishes, is starting to pop up in stores. We hear that Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night (a clear polish with tiny flecks of black and larger gold hex glitter) is a killer glitter nail topper.

Lady Gaga created her own beauty buzz this week, as she broke the news to her tweeple that her new fragrance wouldn’t break their piggy banks. Lady Gaga Fame, the star’s first fragrance, will be available in September this year and will come in two different packagings. The more pared down of the two will be $30, while a heavier (and likely gaudier) bottle will be available for about $70. The back of the packaging for the fragrance says it’s scented with notes of “tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops.”

Which celebrity beauty announcement are you most excited about?
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Fall and spring are the times of year when I change up my signature scent. In fall I prefer a more warm, vanilla, bakery scent, whereas in spring I prefer a more light, coconut-ty, beachy scent; but regardless of the season I always layer on a little sugar. Pink Sugar to be exact. This cotton candyish scent is alluring and amazingly addictive. I layer it with just about any body spray and am always amazed at how it transforms my mood and those around me. And one of the things I adore most about it is how distinctive it is — people always notice it and I can always tell when someone else is wearing it!

You can buy Aquolina Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette for $30 at kohls.com. 

P.S. There’s also a Pink Sugar bath and body line with a body spritz if you prefer the lighter formula.
DKNY-Be-Delicious.jpgDKNY Be Delicious isn’t a new fragrance. But once in awhile, an old standby is definitely worth talking about … and this is one of our very favorite scents.

We’re enamored of the bottle shape—doesn’t it look just like a crisp, delicious apple? It reminds us of the apple the Wicked Witch makes Snow White take a bite out of.

And the scent, oh, the scent! While we don’t always love fruity fragrances, we love the notes of this one. The aforementioned apple combines with cucumber, grapefruit, candid magnolia, tuberose, white muguet, rose, violet, sandalwood, tender skin accord, blonde woods and white amber to create a scent that’s alluring, sexy, sensual and feminine all at once.

Do yourself a favor and spritz yourself with Be Delicious the next time you’re going out for a night on the town. You’ll be instantly refreshed and irresistible!

DKNY Be Delicious retails for $45-$80 at sephora.com.
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Like any recovering Carrie addict, I have a slight obsession with Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo shoes. However, my bank account has conveniently stood in the way of me owning anything from the iconic brands, that is, until now. Jimmy Choo has entered the scent business with a perfume that has notes of Green, Tiger Orchid, Toffee and Sensual Indonesian Patchouli. The fragrance is described as feminine, luxurious and stylish, adjectives that I think describe the alluring bottle as well — I can totally picture it sitting pretty on my dresser!

You can buy Jimmy Choo Parfums Eau de Parfum for $55-$95 at Nordstrom.com.

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