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Jessica Simpson Fancy Perfume

Given that I consider Jessica Simpson one of the most annoying and literally over-exposed individuals in creation, I didn’t expect much when I first took a whiff of Fancy, one of her perfume concoctions. I actually smelled it first in one of those little scents in a flap in a magazine, and damnit, much as I didn’t want to like it, I did. A lot.

So when I came across a teeny-tiny bottle of Fancy for next to nothing at a discount retailer, I went ahead and begrudgingly bought it. I instantly got compliments, from my boyfriend, co-workers, and even one of my stepkids, who simply said, “Ooh, you smell good!”

Fancy is a mix of gardenia, pear, apricot nectar, red fruit, and jasmine, mixed with almond, vanilla, caramel. Well, there you go! Anything with caramel is heavenly. No wonder I like it. All it needs is a few notes of eau de whipped cream.

As for staying power, it doesn’t hang around as long as I’d like it to, my most common complaint about fragrance. It’s not overpowering, though, and a great scent for work, weekends, dates, pretty much anywhere.

It’s a warm, captivating scent that leaves me wanting to try Fancy Love, Jessica Simpson’s most recent perfume. I give Fancy 4 out of 5 stars, missing the 5th star for the lack of longevity and staying power that I value in perfume. For $50+ a bottle, I really expect it to stick around a good bit longer than it does.

Perfume Finder Quiz

Espin.com offers the Perfume Finder Quiz to determine your fragrance personality!

My Result: Down to Earth

“You’re a natural beauty, and you’ve never needed to fuss with a strenuous beauty routine just to get attention. A bit of a nonconformist, you hate following orders — you’d rather be outdoors and free to do what you want. So when you pick a scent, it should reflect your unpretentiousness and love of nature. Pick something earthy, like herbs, pine needles or sandalwood. You could even throw in some light, fresh flowers like hyacinths, or the smell of the rain. Wear it when you’re stressed out, and it’ll calm you down — or better yet, wear it all the time.”

This is pretty right on, especially the part about light florals; I can’t stand floral scents except hyacinth, or lily of the valley, something very light and clean smelling. My favorite scents are laundry detergent (though I wouldn’t choose Tide as a perfume!) and spicy smells, like cinammon or sandalwood. I wear perfume all the time and feel like something crucial is missing if I happen to wander out the door without it!

What is your fragrance type?

Winter Perfume

You’ve probably already changed up your skincare routine for fall/winter, and likely have adjusted your make-up colors as well…but did you know that your perfume will also wear differently in colder weather?

According to Beauty-Advices.com, “Cold winter air will cause your perfume to…cling longer and evaporate more slowly. Winter is a perfect time to choose a richer, fuller fragrance. It will develop more slowly and last much longer than the same perfume will when worn on a hot day. Warmer, intimate scents like musk and deep, rich spicy tones are the perfect addition to a winter wardrobe.”

My personal favorite is Coco Mademoiselle, but I also love:

Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy
Giorgio Armani Mania
Givenchy Hot Couture
Dior Addict
Dior Pure Poison

What are your favorite winter perfumes?

Coco Chanel Allure Sensuelle

I am wearing Coco Chanel Allure Sensuelle today, and this is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, on my list of Top Ten Best Women’s Fragrances ever! Sephora describes this fragrance as “Modern, magnetic and different…created to draw a woman into a more sensual universe with a voluptuous oriental note and a new bright spicy accent.”

I prefer Beauty Encounter’s jaunty product description: “Ooh-la-la! This sensual blend of spicy vanilla-bourbon notes is sure to seduce.” It is definitely a sexy scent, and please be careful with application, or else “sensual” will become “heavy and overpowering”. A little goes a long way!

I love perfumes with staying power, and this one has plenty, making its price tag (about $95 for 0.25 ounce) seem slightly more reasonable, since you won’t be dousing yourself in it to keep it on, and one bottle will last a while. Shower gel for $47 or body cream for $75, though? Get real.

Perhaps the best testimony for this perfume? When I tested this perfume for the first time a few months ago, my boyfriend asked me to wear this scent to bed. Enough said, eh?

PRO’s: sexy, sensual scent; long-lasting; smells luxurious and expensive!

CON’s: hefty price tag for accessories like body lotion and shower gel; can be overpowering if not applied with care

Aquolina Pink Sugar

Aqualina Pink Sugar Eu de Toilette was one of the free samples I received with my order from Beauty Encounter, and hands down, it was the most fun and adorable packaging of any of the sample products in the box! The fragrance samples arrived wrapped in a pink-and-white striped plastic wrapper like a candy (see photo).What does it smell like? Well…just it sounds: like cotton candy. Sephora describes the fragrance as “Playful. Mischievous. Romantic”, but I would describe it as somewhat nauseating. It’s the kind of fragrance a pre-teen would douse herself with before heading to the mall with her poodle-permed and sparkly-nail-polished buddies.

However, if sickly sweet is your thing, you can snag some Pink Sugar for $22 for the solid perfume compact, $40 for a 1.7 ounce EDT spray, and don’t miss out on the $18 roll-on shimmering perfume!

The packaging is cute, and I loved the way the sample was wrapped like a candy. I also really like the solid perfume compact:

Unfortunately, after the novelty and oh-so-cuteness of the packaging wears off, this fragrance is way too sweet for my liking.

Has anyone tried Aquolina Chocolovers? (This company really likes its sugary confections, doesn’t it? )

How to Correct 8 Beauty Mistakes

How many of these 8 beauty mistakes are you guilty of committing? This article from RealSimple.com tackles 8 common beauty mistakes and offers the solution for each.

Which ones am I guilty of? None! OK, just kidding. I always rub my wrists together after spraying perfume on them, but this is actually not the best way to apply perfume. Spray it on before you get dressed, and don’t rub your wrists together; it can break down the perfume’s molecular structure.

Here’s another article from the same site I like: Beauty Myths Debunked

Don’t you feel smart now?

Best Perfumes: High End and Economy

Hands down, my favorite perfume ever is Coco Mademoiselle. It’s an oriental fragrance but not suffocating like Poison or Opium. It’s sexy without being overwhelming…sophisticated and elegant. Keep a light hand, as it can be strong if you use too much. And with a price tag of $95 for 0.25 ounces, you won’t want to waste it! But the scent lasts forever and makes it worth the money if you can afford to splurge.

Not all pretty fragrances require small loans, however. If you can get past the disappointing, 80’s sounding name, Prince Matchabelli New Musk Cologne Spray goes for about $10 ($9 on the Amazon. com link above, or else it is easily found in Walgreens or CVS), then this cologne might deliver for you. I don’t remember how or why I ever tested this fragrance, since I hate the word “musk” (it reminds me of deer, what can I say, I grew up in hunting country), and I can’t stand the smell of any musk perfumes or colognes. This is more of a gentle, pretty floral, also a scent family I don’t usually like, but I get a lot of compliments when I wear this. I was also pleasantly surprised at its staying power. This fragrance sticks around in a soft way.

What are your favorite perfumes or fragrances at both price points (splurge and economy)?