Friday, December 30, 2011


Hey everyone! Today is the fifth (and last!) day of my "Best of 2011" series! I'll be sharing my favorite/must-have products of the year with you. Some of them are new, some of them aren't.. they're just products I've discovered in 2011. Either way, I'm super excited to share them with you!

Each day has a new category: hair, skincare, nails, makeup, and fragrance. Are you excited to see what makes the lists?! Let's get started!


I have loved this perfume ever since it came out back in... 2004? It's a light and slightly fruity floral that is still distinctive and unique. With notes like vanilla, pear, magnolia, tuberose, jasmine and musk.. it's a perfect daytime scent that's a staple in my fragrance collection!

BURBERRY -- Burberry Brit
This is my absolute favorite Burberry fragrance. Walking the line between traditional and "modern" perfectly, it's a very sweet smell with a strong vanilla base and has notes including: lemon, pear, almond, white peony, amber, and mahogany. I wish the wear time on it was a little bit longer, but I think I might need to switch over to an EDP instead of the EDT.

FAITH HILL -- Faith Hill
This is a personal favorite of mine because the bottle I have belonged to my late Granny, so I don't use it as much as I would like to. Faith Hill is such an iconic beauty and amazing woman.. and her fragrance embodies her femininity. With notes of peony, magnolia, jasmine, gardenia, musk, and iris.. it is floral, while still managing to be decadent and seductive. Plus, the bottle looks amazing sitting on a vanity!

GIORGIO ARMANI -- Emporio Armani Lei
First, let me start by saying that I love the simplicity of this bottle. While fun and fancy bottles can be a great addition to the fragrance (Purr by Katy Perry, anyone?!), there's something about the bland and utilitarian aspect of this that makes it stand out for me. But now onto the scent itself.. Powdery and citrus-y, it's the perfect combination. Notes include: pineapple, lime, mandarin orange, bergamot, lily-of-the-valley, cedar, amber, musk and vanilla.

I got a sample of this in my December Birchbox and immediately knew that I had to at least buy the travel size. (It came today! Hooray!) Woody, warm and spicy, Yogini is a "meditative fragrance that calms the mind and frees the soul." And it definitely is calming! Notes in this include: grapefruit, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, incense and Egyptian Myrrh. Now that I have my mini, I think I might be asking for a full-size bottle for my birthday. It seriously smells SO amazing.
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"Lolavie" roughly translates to "Laughing at life" in French. Chris loves this one because he has a huge crush on Jen and upon smelling this said "I bet.. if you smelled Jennifer Aniston.. she would smell just like this!" Ahh, the simplicity of men. :) Lolavie is clean, sensual and reminds me of the beach. Standard notes of basically every perfume I love: citrus, rose, jasmine, musk, sandalwood and amber.

This is definitely a statement-making, rebellious fragrance. Chris describes this one as "Axe for girls" and I think he hits it right on the head. Notes of plum, violet, vanilla, bergamot, peony, sandalwood, jasmine, and amber complete this and make it a true joy to wear. I have the body spray and even it lasts for a very long time on me.. actually longer than most of my EDTs!

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Sorry I got this in so late today! That's what I get for procrastinating, I suppose. So YAY! That wraps up my "Best of 2011" series. I hope you enjoyed it.. did you find any of your favorites on my lists? Or did you learn about something new that you want to try? :)

Tomorrow I'll be looking back at my 2011 Resolutions and seeing how well I did!


  1. I love perfumes w/ the pumps...