10 must-have fragrances for A/W 2012

Make sure this season you have at least one of these delicious fragrances in your beauty bag…

Burberry Beat Eau De Parfum £31.99. Burberry Beat is a sexy, energetic and vibrant fragrance for women. Inspired by the blend of British heritage with rebellion and independence that is at the soul of the Burberry brand, this sophisticated perfume features Ceylon tea and iris combined with bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper and mandarin. A soft floral heart of bluebell layers over a woody base of white musk, vetiver and cedarwood to create a unique and innovative scent that defines the Burberry brand.

Also pictured: [top right] – Burberry Beat Eau De Toilette – £25.49 [bottom right] – Burberry Beat for men Eau De Toilette – £18.99. 

Euphoria by Calvin Klein: Eau De Toilette for women – £22.99. Euphoria is a velvety fruity-floral fragrance for women by Calvin Klein. This delicious scent combines the unforgettable blend of pomegranate and apple, the creaminess of lotus and orchid and the sensuality of woods and amber to create a seductive and bewitching perfume. Available in Eau De Toilette spray, this fun scent comes in an uber-chic bottle design.

Also pictured: [top left] – Euphoria Eau De Parfum – £25.49. [bottom left] – Euphoria for him – £33.99.

Bvlgari Jasmine Noir£34.49. Jasmin Noir is a captivating and caressing perfume for women of all ages by Bvlgari. This captivating fragrance boasts a rich mix of floral and precious woody notes with scents of almond and licorice, delicate gardenia petals and refreshing green sap together with a floral heart of sambac, jasmine and satin almond, all luxuriously layered over precious woods, licorice and tonka bean. Available in a chic black and gold Eau De Parfum spray bottle, Jasmin Noir is recommended for evening wear.

Prada L’Eau Ambree De Parfum£45.99. L’eau Ambree is a strong and classic scent for women by Prada. This fresh and easy to wear fragrance opens with top notes of cedarat lemon, mandarin and neroli which lead to a heart of benzoin, gardenia jasminoide and May rose and closes with a sultry base of amber, opoponax and patchouli to create an ultra glamorous perfume for all occasions. This opulent Eau De Parfum is available in a classic black and gold Prada bottle.

Versace Crystal Noir£24.49. Crystal Noir is a delicate yet sensual fragrance from Versace. Featuring warm amber and Donatella Versace’s much-loved flowers and essences, Crystal Noir is an extremely sensual and overtly sexy scent that’s ideal for wearing by night. This opulent perfume is available in eau de toilette spray and comes in a glamorous amber and black bottle.

Bond No 9 – Bleeker Street £99.99. Bleeker Street Eau De Parfum for men and women by the design house of Bond No. 9 was inspired by the spirit of the West Village of New York City. It is a gourmand scent that opens with notes of violet leaf, cassis and thyme that reveal a heart of jasmine, cedar wood and cinnamon, while the base finishes with oak moss, suede, patchouli and amber. The funky emerald green bottle was designed by artist Rachel Katz and the fragrance itself evokes the feeling of contemporary New York.

What’s your A/W fragrance? 

Go Gradient Gal!

Start from the top left hand corner and work round it like a clock.

1. Base coat – for obvious reasons.

– Apply a light coat.

2. Choose your colour scheme. I chose pink but I’ve seen it done it blue and orange and they look equally amazing!

– Get the lightest colour possible you can get your hands on. Most use white but as I didn’t have white, this pale pink was the closest (and I feel it works just as well!)

3. Apply the light colour all over your nail.

4. Take the next shade up. I chose my OPI strawberry shade nail varnish.

5. Mix with the lightest shade you used in stage 2. (Two to three drops of each should be enough for both hands). – I used a plate to mix on and a cocktail stick to mix with.

– Apply this about a third down your nail so 2/3rds are covered.

– Make sure each layer is completely dry before applying the next (or it’ll get messy!)

6. When dry, choose the shade darker than step 4. I chose my OPI shade ‘You’re a Pisa Work’ which i absolutely adore. Drop about 3 droplets of your darker shade onto the mixing plate.

7. Mix this with the remains of what you’ve been using. Add a drop of the original light varnish if needed.

8. Choose your next colour. and repeat process – This time covering only 1/3 of your nail.

9. It should look a little like this. Don’t worry about any mess – It is easily removed with a good varnish remover and precision brush.

10. You can get darker & darker but I decided to finish with a purple as this is a gradient of pink. I mainly did it because a lot of my pinks are very similar shades, so to create a thorough gradient I went with a lilac shade into a darker purple.

11. This is my lilac from OPI – shade ‘Panda Monium’.

12. Mixed into this deep purplePamplona Purple.

13. Back to top coat. Make sure you leave it dry for longer than usual.

NOTE: I’m not going to lie, it’s a little fiddly but I did manage to do it first time. If you find it difficult, don’t be disheartened – give it a try – afterall; practise makes perfect!