After years of spritzing countless fragrances at Ulta, Sephora and a bevy of department stores, I have finally completed my fragrance wardrobe… for now. For me, scents that catch my attention evoke a feeling or memory—something that will transport me to a particular season is even better. While it might seem like it was an easy collection to accumulate, I definitely didn’t discover these all at once. In fact, it took me an extremely long time to even find one fragrance I could wear for more than one occasion. So with that, I’m going to share my top fragrances for every occasion.
The scent: Modern Muse Le Rouge by Estee Lauder
The story: First came Modern Muse then came Modern Muse Chic. Now, there is Modern Muse Le Rouge, a scent that was made to “capture your glamour, sophistication, your bravado.”
The notes: Think rich roses awakened by ripe fruit, with a seductive velvet crème accord—it’s quite a contrast but that’s what makes it so intriguing.
In three words: “Extroverted, glamorous, sophisticated”
My thoughts: I was a fan of the original Modern Muse. At one point, it was my go-to fragrance for work or play. When Modern Muse Chic came out, I wasn’t thrilled but the scent was definitely intriguing—not something I would reach for every now and then. Estee Lauder has introduced one more sister to the family—Modern Muse Le Rouge, and it is equal parts sophisticated and glamorous. It has just the right amount of ‘zing’ and after a few minutes, it evolves in to a gentle, lingering scent. With the fall season right around the corner, I’m really excited to start wearing this scent. This might even be a contender for my wedding day.
Have you tried any of the Modern Muse fragrances? If so, which one is your favorite?
Disclosure: Estee Lauder provided a sample for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Are you a “gift with purchase” addict? It’s one of the reasons I love shopping at department store beauty counters. While stocking up on seasonal favorites, you get rewarded with a bevy of deluxe samples and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love free gifts? Neiman Marcus and Estee Lauder partnered with designer Lisa Perry, whose retro-inspired shiny vinyl tote bag design has risen to the top of my GWP wish list. Today, I’m sharing how you can pull off a seamless day to night look using only the products in this Estee Lauder Up Close GWP bag.
I started my day with Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Cream, which goes on like satin to help de-puff eyes and boost natural collagen for a more refreshed complexion. It’s pretty thick in terms of texture, but with frigid temps in full force my face absolutely needs this. I’m very picky about my eyeshadow but these powder Pure Color shadows go on creamy for a smooth application. I also love the versatility of this compact featuring three Pure Color Long Lasting Lipsticks/Rouge (you’ll have the option when you get your bag to select a Subtle or Bold Deluxe Eyeshadow and Lipstick Compact). For a natural day look, I applied Riviera Rose (satin finish) on my lids and Wild Truffle (matte finish) on my crease. I swiped just one coat of the Sumptuous Extreme Mascara on my top lashes to open up my eyes. My Pure Color Lipstick was the perfect pinky-nude shade so I could wear this during the day. No dry or cracked lips here thanks to this ultra moisturizing formula! AERIN Lilac Path Eau de Parfum has a delicate, crisp scent of lilac, making it perfect to spritz on my writs and neck that would linger all day.
At night, I wanted to amp up my eye look so I swiped Sepia Sand on as a base and used Provocative Plum on my crease. I added a couple more coats of the mascara to my top and bottom lashes for a sultry night look. After I had washed the city off my face, I applied just a few small drops of the Advanced Night Repair, which aids in the appearance of more youthful, firmer skin in just a few days of use. Needless to say, all the deluxe sample goodies that came in my bag totally worked their magic from day to night.
Your $75 Estee Lauder purchase gets you this bag with all the goodies I just mentioned inside (value $225). The beauty event is going on now through January 25th.
As a beauty ambassador for Neiman Marcus, the company provided me with a complimentary tote for review purposes.
The fragrance: Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic
In three words or less: Bold, creative and stylish.
The story: Estee Lauder introduced Modern Muse Eau de Parfum in 2013 and introduced a new addition to the Modern Muse family earlier this year. Clashing two distinctively different accords: vivid florals and striking ebony woods, Modern Muse Chic was born.
The notes: This is much stronger than the original. Both fragrances contain jasmine, tuberose, musk, patchouli, and vanilla. Chic infuses notes of davana, plum, lily, cashmere wood, agar wood, and labdanum.
The packaging: I think the studded bow speaks for itself. Modern Muse Chic is like the younger, edgier sister to Modern Muse. This is definitely something I like to show off on my fragrance tray.
My thoughts: Modern Muse has been my go-to fragrance for everyday-wear that’s sophisticated and ladylike. Now, I have a sexier, edgier fragrance for nights out on the town. Either fragrance makes for a great gift for your friend, sister, mother or daughter. Check out special limited edition gifting options here.