The vibrant, sparkling new perfume that’s a future classic

The fruity-floral new perfume from Kate Spade New York is akin to a mood boost in a bottle.

Researchers have proven a link between our sense of smell and our emotions in the past, showing scents that remind us of happy memories have the ability to actually lift our spirits. We think the buoyant and sparkling new Kate Spade Eau De Parfum that’s just landed on counters is the ideal prompt in that regard!

Juicy and bright

Unlike any other perfumes we’ve come across recently, the initial encounter is fresh, light, fruity and delicious, settling into a stylish and pretty scent that lasts beautifully. So delectable and moreish are the lingering notes, they inspire us to indulge in repetitive sniffs of our wrists as we couldn’t quite get enough.

“What’s that smell?” our office colleagues piped up after just one spray, getting up from their desks to find out more. It’s when we knew this perfume is likely to be a hit with men and women alike!

The answer lies in top notes of citrusy bergamot combined with dominant sweet wild strawberry, a combination that bursts with optimism and happiness and recalls a walk in the sun through a fruit and bloom-filled garden.

A floral heart of rose and freesia adds a fresh femininity and gently softens into base notes of ambroxan and cashmeran that add a well-rounded woody touch to the fragrance, instilling it with depth and confidence.

“My objective was to capture the unique scent of this lush and extremely elegant red fruit to feature joyful femininity, sublimated by gorgeous rose essence, the queen of flowers, explains renowned perfumer Marie Salamagne, the creator of this future classic.

She’s certainly managed to reinvigorate the sweet and bright fragrance category, as there are no overwhelmingly cloying or sickly elements here, just a clean and delicious fragrance that will appeal to both young and young at heart!

Iconic emblem and style 

Of course it’s not just the scent that makes us fall in love with a fragrance. We’re not afraid to admit the way a bottle looks on our dressing table has significant influence over our purchasing habits too. The iconic New York fashion and accessories label, first established in 1993, more than delivers on this account too, translating a number of its recognisable house codes into stylish elements of the perfume’s design and packaging.

Clean and modern with gently curving lines the chic bottle hints at scent of the peach-pink liquid inside, with the weighty enamel cap giving a nod to the brand’s favoured pink hue. Three spades, a symbol regularly embraced by the label in new and unexpected ways each season, adorns the cap as well as the repeating pattern embossed on the box, a fitting and beautiful link between the many of the fabrics used in Kate Spade New York’s signature print dresses.

All of which comes together to make one of the must-try scents of the season.

The Most Exciting New Beauty Arrivals This Month 

The new season brings a host of exciting new beauty arrivals to try.

There are stunning new eye and lip colour arrivals to compliment Autumn’s new outfits, while brightening skincare targets that pigmentation that’s turned up after a summer in the sun. 

There’s affordable new essentials and luxurious trophy skincare too. Here’s what’s worth considering on beauty counters and online now: 

If you’re of the mind that Urban Decay should move on from its wildly popular Naked palette franchise, pay no mind, but we’re actually quite partial to the desert-inspired neutrals in the new Urban Decay Naked Wild West Eyeshadow Palette, $91, ranging from pale peach, warm brown, and metallic bronze to deep blue-green and soft turquoise shimmer.

Combination skin types will love Trilogy Hemphip Balancing Oil, $22.99, a lightweight blend of star ingredients hemp and rosehip oil. Combination skin means some areas of your skin (typically around the T-zone – think forehead, nose and chin) are oily, while other areas like your cheeks, have dry patches. This facial oil is designed to balance the skin’s oil and water content so everything evens out and is easier to manage. 

A fresh, modern-looking finish that lasts for hours is the premise of Dior’s lightweight new Dior Forever Natural Nude Foundation, $109. Containing a high concentration of water and the balance of 96% natural-origin ingredients, the fresh, medium-coverage foundation calls on botanical extracts to leave skin in great condition even after you rinse it away.  There are 17 shades. 

Claiming to begin to budge dark spots in just days, Dermalogica’s Power Bright Dark Spot Serum, $180 also calls on Niacinamide (Vitamin B) as well as Phenolic Lipid to help fade the patchy spots. The daily serum also calls on Shiitake Mushroom – rich in beta glucans – to brighten skin, while adaptogenic Ashwagandha herb smoothes and delivers antioxidant benefits. 

The arrival of Milk Makeup in NZ is a worthy topic of conversation this month! Hot property overseas and all over social media, the vegan and cruelty-free line from NYC has just landed at Sephora. Top picks are the stick based serums, Tik-Tok famous long-wear Hydro-Grip Primer, $56, and Lip and Cheek Minis, $32, that offer a pop of gel colour for cheeks and lips. 

Another item in hot demand right now is Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara, $28.99. The tubing formula defines and extends lashes beautifully and comes off easily in warm water without even needing makeup remover.

The Ordinary is known for its high-quality low-cost skincare, in particular it’s targeted serums. However the brand’s foray into makeup with two foundation formulations has received less attention, which is a shame because for the price – under $15 – they are very good. Now The Ordinary Concealer, $12.60, has been added to the line with 21 shades at a similarly accessible price. With a thin, easy to spread consistency and highly pigmented coverage, a little goes a long way but it’s equally good for covering blemishes or under the eyes. 

If lips are feeling dry and flaky, skipping dry matte lipstick for a nourishing hint of colour is a great idea. We can’t go past the playful style of Bobbi Brown’s new Crushed Shine Jelly Sticks, $50, that delivers a sheer popsicle hint of tint and are formulated with hyaluronic acid and fruit oils like apricot, sweet cherry, and papaya. 

Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment with Ferment² + Vitamin C, $158, is a daily serum solution that hones in on dark spots and post acne marks while obvious pores and dullness are given the heave-ho too. Want a head start? Try the month-long course of Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Intense Brightening Essence Ampoules, $218, that contains a concentrated dose for a clean sweep or before a special occasion. 

The striking colourful round stoppers are the first thing you notice about Jo Malone’s Limited edition Blossoms collection, but the bright and cheerful scents are just as captivating. Our pick of the bunch is Jo Malone London Red Hibiscus Cologne Intense 50ml, $297, a vivid solar floral that’s warm and deep, the perfect tran-seasonal scent. 

Intended to represent the optimism of the colour yellow in fragrance form, Valentino Donna Born In Roma Yellow Dream 50ml EDP, $187, has a heart of blooming rose with zesty citrus top notes. 

At $3140, we’re hard pressed to think of another skincare item ever priced so high, but such is the allure of the high-tech science and skin-improving ability of legendary Swiss skincare brand La Prairie. It’s new month-long Platinum Rare Haute-Rejuvenation Protocol intensive treatment promises to re-establish skin’s density, minimise fine lines and wrinkles and promote its firmness and elasticity.