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Fresh Blooms

Warmer weather and burgeoning flowers are just a spritz away. Here are our favourite scents to remind of the Summer that’s been as we head into Autumn.

Fans of YSL Mon Paris will be drawn to the luminous EDT (50ml EDT, $140) featuring bergamot, raspberry and blackberry top notes and a floral heart of jasmine absolute, tuberose and white peony.

A modern ode to the iconic maison’s founding lady, Chanel Gabrielle (100ml EDP, $298) enchants with notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossoms.

Blooming floral notes and fruits come together in the feminine Dahlia Divin Nude (50ml EDP, $151). Apricot, orange blossom, jasmine and rose atop a musky base will have you head over heels.

Classic Flowerbomb gets a twist with subtle zingy notes of pomegranate and mandarin, making Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom (50ml EDT, $145) the scent for the season.

Iconic Miss Dior gets a makeover from Dior’s perfumer François Demachy as Dior Miss Dior (50ml EDP, $195), with fresh green notes and zesty blood orange.

Emporio Armani Because It’s You (50ml EDP, $137) offers the unexpected combo of frangipani accord, black cherry and patchouli – sure to transport the senses somewhere exotic.

Beauty How-To: Fake Tan

 

While we’re all well aware of the dangers associated with too much time spent in the sun, bronzed skin remains the holy grail where summer beauty is concerned. Fortunately there are plenty of options for forgoing the sun’s rays and getting sun-kissed the smart way. When it comes to self-tanners, Kate Walsh, the director and founder of paraben‑free, vegan-friendly Little Honey, says everyone has a favourite formula, but in today’s busy world most of us are looking for a fuss-free product with a quick drying time that is easy to use.

Forget what you thought you knew about giving skin a quick exfoliation before applying tanner – prepping your skin for self-tanning application needs to start more than a day in advance for the best results, advises Walsh. “If you do have an event on you wish to tan for, start your routine a week prior. Exfoliate and moisturise daily leading up to tan day, then you will feel confident your skin is at its best,” she explains. On the day of application, exfoliate but cut out the moisturiser. “Self-tan always works best on clean, dry skin, free of deodorants and moisturisers.”

As for how to avoid orange hands and get a streak-free application, Walsh swears by her Little Honey Flawless Blending Glove, which has a waterproof inner lining so there’s no seepage or stained hands. Start by buffing your self-tanner into larger areas, such as your arms and legs, leaving difficult spots, such as your knees, elbows and feet, until the end. Walsh suggests just flicking over problem areas with a much smaller amount of product to avoid unwanted build-up.

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