Find Your Signature Scent

Find Your Signature Scent
Discover the perfume that defines you.

Everyone seeks to find a signature scent that encompasses the essence of who they are.
Finding the right fragrance to suit your personality can take seconds, or it can be very challenging.  Perfume expresses your personality the same way fashionand accessories do. A great perfume adds a finishing touch to what you’re wearing – and a classic perfume can become your individual scent that people recognize you by.

efa632d704fdca2fb632b2fbcace3872--pink-perfume-perfume-trayIt is easy to be persuaded by extravagant and glossy perfume advertisements but like choosing foundation it is a mistake to decide what you want without first trying it on. Remember that the description of a perfume no matter how persuasive is only a description. The different scents in perfumes can change and smell different on your skin. Sometimes the scent you love most in the bottle, smells entirely different when you wear it. Perfumes that contain quality ingredients are crucial and it is very important that when you wear your perfume you feel great.
The first step is to think about what kinds of smells you find most attractive. Do your research. Do you love the smell of baking? There are a lot of perfumes these days based around the scent of vanilla or marshmallows.
Are you a beach person who loves the smell of the ocean? The new oceanic fragrances might be right for you.

You may not think you want to smell like tea or fresh laundry! But if you like these smells they may be a clue to the sort of perfume you are looking for.

The six main categories of perfume are 

  1. Floral – Sweet flowers as the dominant scent, very feminine and romantic 
  2. Fruity – Spicy and fresh scents with fruits
  3. Oceanic – Modern scents that use synthetic elements to smell strongly of the sea and its environs. 
  4. Greens- Fresh energetic scents that remind you of the outdoors. 
  5. Orientals –  Sexy, exotic and intense scents that smell of musk, vanilla, spices and opulent heavy flowers. 
  6. Woody –  Bark, moss and other natural essences.  


Orientals are intense and tend to be more suited to eveningwear and special occasions while greens are more appropriate for casual wear.

Lighter perfumes are refreshing during hot weather and heavier perfumes are comforting in the cooler months.

images-3Once you have a good idea of what type of perfume you are after, you are ready to approach the shop counter and find a skillful salesperson to help you. Always try a perfume out on your skin, not on those little bits of cardboard the sales people are so ready to offer you. Perfume mixes with your own personal scent and smell and is different on different people, so never assume that a perfume that smells great on a friend will smell good on you.

Never sniff perfume immediately after you spray it. If it has alcohol in it this will assault your senses.  Remember that most perfumes will go through three stages called the top, middle and base notes. You cannot judge a perfume simply on its top notes although this is what will make the first impression. As the middle and base note scents take longer to come through, it is best to wear the perfume for a whole day to test if you like it by the evening.

Take your time and enjoy your search – once found, the right perfume can become a part of your personal identity.

Skincare Rules for Girls who love Sports

Sporting Great Skin
A cleansing routine for the active lifestyle

We all love to exercise outdoors when the sun is shining. Exercise enhances oxygen flow to the skin, flushes out impurities from its surface, and promotes production of oil, your skin’s natural moisturizer. For good health we need natural sunlight to prevent depression in the winter and to activate vitamin D, which increases bone density. Some research even shows that sunlight has a protective effect against hypertension and some autoimmune diseases. 

If you are a runner, cyclist, swimmer, triathlete or a health and fitness enthuasiast you will need to take good care of your skin. Use products that naturally cleanse and moisturizer your skin without the use of drying or harsh chemicals.
As a sports lover your skin is under more stress than normal. Sports players sweat more, spend more time in the sun, and shower more often. Perspiration, sun damage, and physical bruising are only some of the possible causes for your skin to be damaged while playing. You need products that restore essential nutrients and help prevent dry, cracked skin, acne breakouts, and even infections.

attractive fitness woman, trained female body, lifestyle portrait, caucasian model

Remove your makeup at the end of each day by using a cleaner. Try cotton pads and a toner after cleansing off your makeup as this removes any residue left on your skin. Using cotton pads are a fantastic way to visually see the makeup and dirt being removed, and then you can also tell exactly when your skin is completely cleaned by the results on your cotton pads.
Re cleanse every morning to remove any grime and dirt you have collected during the night. Vigorously cleansing your skin will keep it in healthy tip-top condition. 

Physical activity will dehydrate the body especially when playing sports. It is so important for active people to regularly hydrate themselves with fluids. This is not only good for the skin but for the body as a whole. It is important to take extra sensitive care by washing your skin using a body wash. A loofah is a luxurious way to use body scrubs in the bath or shower.
If you play a lot of outdoor sports, your skin is especially vulnerable to sun damage. Ultraviolet rays can penetrate and permanently damage your skin. If you play outdoor sports always apply sun block with a high SPF and use it regularly throughout the day.

Light lotion moisturisers will revive your skin and bring welcomed hydration. Choose one that won’t clog your pores and that feels light weight once on. Looks for products that are organic, that contain mineral oils and are fragrance free.

1. Avoid sun burn
Protect your skin by applying regular sunscreen, wear light weight clothing and if you can wear a wide brimmed hat.
1. Eat foods that are good and healthy for your skin
Eat a varied and nutritious diet and it’s amazing what can happen to your skin – you will see the results.
3. Drink plenty of fluids
Fluid intake is vital for good health and skin, keep your water intake up.

Take care of your skin sports lovers – Phoenix xxx


What Is Your Acne Trying To Tell You?

Face mapping, which is fast taking centre stage at most clinics nowadays, combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with cutting edge dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems. So, with this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat the underlying health problem in time.

Pretty awesome, right? Try it out: Here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas.


1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

So, the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just because you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!

– The Pink Ladies :) xx