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While it’s fairly sophis’ to have a signature scent, most of us see the benefit of having a little variety in our perfume collections.

Switching between ‘day’ and ‘night’ fragrances is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our attitude towards perfume here at SHEmazing! HQ.

In fact, a quick poll in the office revealed that the vast majority of us have ‘date’ perfumes, ‘girlie’ perfumes and ‘special memory’ perfumes, so we know our stuff when it comes to our scents.

And because we’re such fragrance junkies, we fell all over ourselves when we heard Azzaro and Mugler have launched two new him and her perfumes.

Angel Muse, which boasts a pretty slick design, is a subtle fragrance we can’t get enough of, and we’re just DYING to add it to our collection.

Both fragrances will be available in Arnotts and Debenhams, so form an orderly queue ladies.
 

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We tend to feel quite bad splashing out on a gorgeous bottle of perfume no matter how amazing it smells. We would much rather Santa got it for us instead! 

From the old favourite Jo Malone scents to the up and comer Bella Freud, there is a tonne of new fragrances to try out just in time for the festive season. 

So whether you are hunting for your own signature scent or looking for someone else, here is the most covetable perfumes out this winter. 

1) Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, €60 for 30ml, available in Brown Thomas

Following on from the success of Tom's Black Orchid perfume, this eau de toilette version plays up the musky sexiness of the original fragrance. 

2) Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne Limited Edition, €110 for 100ml, available in Brown Thomas

Jo Malone has repackaged her popular fruity scent in green and finished with a festive bow. Cute! 

3) Bella Freud 1970 Eau de Parfum, €105 for 50ml, net-a-porter.com

Anyone who is anyone has been caught wearing Bella Freud's to-die-for 1970's jumper (including the illustrious Alexa Chung), so we definitely want to get our hands on this wintery, woody fragrance. 

4) Chloé Eau de Toilette, €53 for 30ml, available in Brown Thomas

Meet the breezier version of Chloé's signature Eau de Parfum.

Still packaged in it's classic glass bottle topped with a bow, this fragrance is sweet and fruity, embodying female elegance. 

5) Miu Miu Eau de Parfum, €117 for 100ml, available in Debenhams

Miu Miu's very first fragrance is so pretty to look at we want it to just sit on our desks. 

The scent is pretty good too. It's a deliciously modern scent combining fruity and musky tones for a lingering freshness.

6) Chanel Coco Noir, €96 for 50ml, available in Brown Thomas 

Embrace the night with Chanel's super sexy, Orientally inspired scent. 

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Christmas presents can be tricky business. And there's only so many years you can buy the same kind of things. 

Are you tired of getting your mum the same old gift for Christmas? Because we are. You've bought her a million knitted jumpers through the years and there's only so many 'I Love Mum' mugs you can find. 

We feel your pain, because buying for your mother is one of the hardest presents to decide on. But fear not! As we have a totally cool pressie that she will LOVE this year. 

Roger &Gallet are one of the world's leading perfumers and they have developed a Perfume Diagnosis on their website. 

And what's a Perfume Diagnosis, you ask? Well, it's a small survey to let you know what scent is best suited to you. R&G have gathered up all their information from over the years (and that's a LOT) and by taking the one-minute test, they'll let you know what perfume is suitable for you by taking into account your personality and your interests. 

The survey is a fun way to choose a gift and it shows that you actually put some thought into your present, too.

Your siblings will be raging, we guarantee it.

You can take the quiz here, to find a perfect scent for your equally perfect mum.

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S! TV presenter, Lisa Kavanagh, ventures behind-the-scenes to check out the new Gucci Bamboo fragrance in the Shelbourne Hotel.

Fiona Cooke tells us all about the beautiful new scent which is infused with orange blossom and woody tones. Yum!

Fiona then gives us some inside knowlegde on the best way to apply perfume, along with the best time to invest in a new one.

 

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With New York Fashion Week over, and London coming to a close, we've already seen celebrities, designers, models and bloggers don their best outfits in order to get the best street style snap. 

If you pay close attention to what these women wear, you start to notice a trend among them. 

There are certain items every one of them seem to own and wear regularly as they go about their daily business.

Speaking to Who What Wear, stylist Marissa Webb said: "It's really impossible to speak for every other woman in the fashion industry, of course, but they are a few items I've spotted frequently on many."

Want to know what they are? Read our top list:

Fashionable flats

After all, fashion girls spend a lot of time on their feet! From fashion shows to press event, photo shoots and more, fashionistas are kept going – and no matter what anyone tells you, it's hard to do in heels. 

 

A go-to fragrance

Every stylish woman has a favourite perfume! It's something that they will be remembered by as they go from place to place. But there's always time to update your scent with these new autumn launches. 

 

The perfect trench coat

They all need a trendy trench coat for travel. Most of them choose the longer style as it gives them multiple ways to change it up. But when you're on one side of the city and you need to get over to the other, these slick cover-ups really come in handy.

 

Sunglasses

Fashion women are tired women – between working and events (especially during Fashion Week), it can be so draining. The most stylish way to cover that up is by wearing chic sunglasses. Just look at Anna Wintour!

 

Functional but chic luggage

Women in fashion spend a lot of time travelling, whether at home or abroad. Functional luggage is a major priority (because let's face it, they have  A LOT of clothes to fit in their bags). But no one wants to walk around with a grubby suitcase, so a stylish yet sturdy suitcase is key.

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She's certainly lost a significant amount of weight since the beginning of the year – something she attributes to being busy and the death of her father-in-law.

And while she's previously expressed her annoyance at the 'body-shamers' who declare her too thin, it's clear that some fans remain worried about Cheryl Fernandez Versini's appearance. 

Tonight, The X Factor judge was launching her third fragrance, StormFlower Noir, at Aqua in London.

For the occasion, the 32-year-old wore an elegant Narciso Rodriguez black jumpsuit (priced at €2,950) which she accessorised with an OTT gold collar.

However, numerous commentators declared that her choice of outfit merely accentuated her incredibly slim physique. 

"Have a nice and big big lunch!!" said one alongside a picture that Cheryl shared this evening on Instagram.

"You look so skinny," said another bluntly. "U are amazing but very skinny," declared a further individual, while one account holder stated: "You Need to eat some food baby girl too slim… beautiful pic tho."

Recently, the singer told the Daily Mirror: "No, I’m not anorexic. I work 12 to 14 hours a day. I don’t even have time at the moment to exercise – and I don’t need to either."

She had previously taken to her social media accounts to angrily declare: "I am so sick and tired of it being OK to call somebody too thin or a bag of bones.

"I would never dream of calling somebody too fat and that they should maybe cut down on their food intake?

"What is the difference?'

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Don't we all just love when a new beauty product launches? The packaging – all new and shiny; the (sometimes dubious) manufacturer claims; using it for the first time.

Bliss!

Here in SHEmazing HQ we are pretty beauty obsessed – so we've looked into the new products that are launching this month. Admittedly, some of them are 'investment' items, but sometimes it's worth splashing the cash a little.

 

Chanel Le Volume Ultra-Noir de Chanel, €35

Chanel has definitely upped its game with this mascara. Anything you want it to do it will. The extreme black swipes onto every one of your lashes and gives them an instant curl. The result is volumised, lengthened… and fabulous!

Guerlain Cleansing Range, prices from €31

Ever notice your skin changes like the weather? One minute it's dry, the next it's oily, and you have to change the products you use every few weeks or months. Well now theres a new product that does all that changing for you. Guerlain has introduced a wide range of exclusive new cleansers which change when you do. Simple! 

L'Occtaine Rebalancing Infusions for Bath, €22

We can't wait to get our hands on this one! The infusions come in little sachets which you just drop in your bath and it does all the work for you. Get ready for the best bath experience, ever. 

Calvin Klein Eternity Now, €45

This will be your new fragrance, guaranteed. It is infused with peony, neroli petals and peach blossom which are dried down in a cashmere veil. Fancy! This is the newest edition of Klein's oh-so popular Eternity range.

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil, €21

Get perfect brows that are also perfect for your bank balance. Smashbox's newest member to the family brings high pigment and long lasting pencils to fill in your brows. They're the answer to fuller-looking, gorgeous brows. Hurrah!

YSL 3-in1 Kohl Eyeliner, €30

This new eye liner gives you an option of doing angular flicks for nights out or soft smokey eyes for during the day. Whatever style you want to achieve, this pen is all you need!

 

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If you're heading off on holidays soon, updating your wardrobe isn't the only thing to consider… your signature scent might need overhauling too.

That heavy, heady perfume that works perfectly on cosy winter evenings may not be so suited to a warm sunny day spent with a cold glass of wine in hand. When it comes to mixing it up with scents, Roger & Gallet are pros, so when we heard about their Eau Sublime Or Bois d’Orange we had to check it out.

The warm, addictive scent is inspired by the gardens of Andalusia, so it's no surprise the fragrance instantly had us thinking of carefree summer evenings.

A combination of citrus notes, coconut flower, white wood and subtle vanilla make this the perfect fresh fragrance to see you through the season.

And the best part? The Eau Sublime Or comes with a hint of golden sparkle, so this isn't just for spritzing on your wrists – it'll add a subtle glow to your arms, collarbones and décolletage.

Roger & Gallet Eau Sublime Or Bois d'Orange, RRP €39.75, available in M&S Beauty Hall and pharmacies nationwide

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Paris Hilton was today en route to Liverpool from London, but rather than opt for a helicopter or chauffeur-driven car, the reality TV star and socialite decided to make the three-hour journey via train.

 

Next stop – Liverpool!

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Sitting comfortably in a Virgin first-class carriage this morning, the 34-year-old happily posted pictures to her Instagram account of her unassuming commute.

Paris, who is worth €90m, would have paid as little as €100 for her ticket.

She is in the UK to promote her new perfume and this afternoon is at a branch of Superdrug in Liverpool to meet and greet fans.

Incredibly this is her 18th fragrance in just 11 years – her very first offering, Paris Hilton for women, was released back in 2004 at the height of her fame and went on to be an international best-seller.

Yesterday, the heiress also treated herself to a stealth London shopping spree: donning a short, dark wig and giant sunglasses she hit Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Circus.

Wearing comfortable-looking skinny jeans and a €155 Johnson herringbone bow sweater, she picked up a haul of accessories and clothing – all packed into six large carrier-bags.

She’s clearly a big Topshop fan too. “Always find the cutest clothes and accessories there!” she said of the Philip Green-owned store afterwards.

 

Ms Hilton only arrived in London from Los Angeles yesterday – and came with no fewer than eight suitcases for her trip.

After her UK stopover, she travels to Cannes for a DJ gig before moving on to Mexico. Her new single, High Off My Love, is released on Friday. 

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Summer is almost here so if you've been thinking of packing away that heady, winter scent then we've got some very lovely perfumes for you to choose from. 

While perfume may not seem like such an important thing, remember there is nothing quite like the power of scent meaning that one of these perfumes could take you back to the summer of 2015 in sixty years time…so make it a good one!

1. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne
If a sophisticated summer scent is for you, then you’ll love this. With citrus top notes and a delicate lilac base, this is the ultimate picnic-at-the-park perfume.

2. L’eau de Chloe by Chloe
The fresh, clean-cut and subtle scent of citrus and rose water will transport you to the beach – even if you haven’t quite finished your shift yet…

3. Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue
The cedar base notes in this make it a firm summer favourite. Fruity yet clean and light, this is a definite favourite.

4. ck one summer 2015 by Calvin Klein
If the scents of gin and tonic, cucumber and watermelon make you think of summer days, then this perfume will be a big hit.

5. Escada Turquoise Summer
Every year Escada release a summer perfume, and this year is no different! As other years, Escada’s summer scents are for those who love their perfumes sweet, with pineapple and strawberry taking over the top notes, mellowing down to a warm summery vanilla. 

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Many of us out there will have been given perfume for Christmas while many lucky women already have their ‘signature scent’ chosen – but are we applying our perfume all wrong?

Do you spray your scent on one wrist and then rub it off the other one? All wrong apparently! Do you spray your perfume AFTER you get dressed? Wrong too!

So then, what is the right way to apply your scent and have it last? Here are some tips and advice!

  • Apply your perfume before you put on clothes or jewellery. Not only will the scent absorb into your skin rather than your clothes but you will minimise the risk of staining jewellery and clothes with the perfume.  
  • Apply the perfume to your pulse points without rubbing motions: wrists, neck, inside elbow and the back of the knees. It’s advisable to choose two of the pulse points to spritz rather than becoming overpowered by the scent.
  • Your hair can be a great place to spritz some perfume as it is said it hold the scent quite well. However, if you have dry or brittle hair make sure not to overdo it. 
  • Your perfume has an expiration date -about a year or so. If you notice a change in how the top notes smell, unfortunately it may be time to bin it. The shelf life of your scent may be altered by how it is stored so ensure it's not in direct sunlight for much of the day. 

Use these tips and you will smell like heaven all day, every day – without making your co-workers choke!  

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Niamh Geaney popped into Debenhams to chat to perfume savvy Emma Cunningham on her top 5 fragrances for Christmas, most for us ladies and one universal fragrance that would suit any man. Our Christmas wish list is getting even longer!

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