Springtime is here! After what felt like the longest Latino despedida at the doorway, the darkness and gloom of winter are finally saying farewell, leaving us with the brightness of the days ahead.
Spring represents everything from rebirth, to renewal, to productivity. And one thing’s for certain–spring is marked by distinctive scents. April showers. May flowers. Fresh-cut grass. Newly picked citrus fruits. Sephora has an endless range of scents that will make you feel like spring has come alive. Pick any Sephora fragrance below and we’ll tell you what kind of spring you’re going to have.
These scents refresh and renew you, making you feel bright and alive after a long, cold winter.
If you picked this refreshing, clean scent, it might remind you of getting caught in a spring shower. The keynotes of citrus lemon primofiore essence, guava, and musk bring you right to a tropical rainstorm. Open your arms and enjoy the downpour.
This fragrance is like a seaside getaway! The scent notes of citrus, bamboo, and green apple perfectly capture the essence of springtime in the South of Italy. Nothing says rejuvenation like a last-minute trip with your amigas to the isle of Capri.
While bees may start their busy season during spring, you can use the warmer days as an opportunity to relax. The season of rebirth should include some much-need self-care.
This fragrance is like…you guessed it, a trip to the beach. But not just any beach, it’s a chill beach, as the summer crowds haven’t poured in yet. The notes of bergamot, heliotrope, and coconut milk bring to mind a long leisurely stroll next to the waves.
The mixture of italian bergamot, crystal moss accord, and orange blossom gives off a warm floral scent that is remindful of a springtime picnic. Imagine yourself spread out on a blanket, feeling the light spring sunbeams kissing your skin while you enjoy the good company of a friend.
During the spring, you can practically feel all of the love that’s blossoming in the air. If you choose any of the scents below, you have a season of love ahead of you.
Spring is the season practically made for weddings. This fragrance’s fresh rose and peony scents are directly reminiscent of a blushing bride’s bouquet. Don’t worry. You don’t gotta get married if you don’t want to. Just know that this scent might make people wanna put a ring on you.
The sexy and feminine scents of lavender, orange blossom absolute, and white-tea accord are perfect for a night of stargazing. Enjoy the mild weather while you lay under the night sky with your amorcito.
Notes of vetiver, clementine, and star anise, this citrus fragrance reminds you of a California citrus grove during spring harvest time. Just picture yourself under miles of blue sky, picking clementines in a wide-brimmed hat.
The red berries, pear, and white gardenia keynotes in Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia will make you feel fresh and energized–just like how you feel after giving your house a top-to-bottom spring cleaning.
Spring can be one of those times of the year where you just pause and experience life without wanting anything else from it. If you choose any of the fragrances below, you’re sure to have a footloose and fancy-free springtime.
Get out your sundress because this fragrance is perfect for a garden party. The notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli are perfect for a breezy gathering with girlfriends under the springtime sun.
The sweet notes of orange blossom and vanilla will transport you right to a nighttime spring Carnival. See yourself at the ring toss or lining up for the Ferris wheel. Just make sure you let out your inner child for the night.
This option would be for the type of woman who doesn’t want to choose just one type of springtime–she wants to experience them all. Choose your favorite scent out of the seven included in the sampler set. Then, take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store to redeem for a FREE full size of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.
Take time this spring to celebrate life in all the little ways–including finding the perfect scent. There’s no right way of doing springtime–just as long as you seize the day!
Colombia has been a rising travel destination for several years now as more and more people realize it has so much to offer. From bustling cities full of life to snow-capped mountains and unrivaled jungle rainforests, Colombia is truly a destination worth exploring.
And before the Coronavirus pandemic halted the breaks on the travel industry, Colombia was quickly becoming a major appeal for travelers from all over the world. Just 10 years ago, Colombia received around 900,000 foreign visitors – last year that number stood at nearly 3 million!
Now, as many of us dream about our next vacation (which is likely months if not more than a year away…), we want to revisit some of our favorite travel hotspots and test your knowledge on South America’s top destinations.
The country has a bad rap – but safety has improved so much.
Unfortunately, it appears that not everyone knows that Colombia is well and truly back on the map, and that for the most part it is a safe destination for visitors to South America.
The drug cartels, still very much present, tend to keep their violence off the streets and a truce between FARC and the government has largely been held in place. Still, you may hear stories and sure there are parts of the country you probably shouldn’t visit, but Colombia has overwhelmingly improved its security. Anthony Bourdain summed it up pretty perfectly:
“If you want to find bad people in Colombia, you can surely find them, as you could in New York or Los Angeles. But nowhere have my crew and I been treated better or with more kindness and generosity. I’d bring my family on vacation there in a heartbeat. And hope to soon. As I said before: Colombians are proud. Let them show you what they are proud of.”
Colombians sure love their fiestas – the country is home to four of the world’s largest parties.
From the biggest salsa festival, theatre festival, outdoor horse parade to a flower parade, Colombia knows how to throw massive parties. Many of these events are scheduled well in advance so you can start looking for dates in 2021 and plan your trip accordingly!
Colombia is a major music-producing country – Maluma baby!
Colombia has given us some pretty awesome people: hip-shaking Shakira, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez (who penned Love in the Time of Cholera) and actor John Leguizamo (of Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet fame – Google him, you’ll know) all call the country home.
Not to mention Juanes, Maluma, J Balvin, Karol G and so many others.
Colombia is the only country in South America that has coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Ok, so the Pacific side isn’t all that much of a tourist destination yet – it lacks the sandy beaches known to the Caribbean side. But still, you get the best of both worlds with two different coastlines to choose from.
There are about 80 different regional languages spoken across Colombia.
Spanish, like most of South America, is the official language of Colombia and you’ll get by in most of the country with it. But keep in mind if in smaller villages that it’s more than likely you’ll encounter Indigenous languages – many of which are in danger of extinction.
Aguardiente is the national drink.
You’ll either love it or hate it but either way you’ll end up drinking tons of it. It’s cheap and mixes pretty well.
Capital Bogota has one of the biggest cycle path networks in the world.
Bogota’s bike network is the largest network in the America’s and it actually carries more than 600,000 riders each and every day. That’s some serious ridership and is kind of surprising considering the city sits at an altitude of nearly 3,000 meters (or more than 8,000 feet).
Colombia is one of the most mega-diverse countries in the world.
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, after only Brazil which is 10 times its size, and one of only 17 “megadiverse” countries. It has the highest amount of species by area in the world, including more species of bird than all of Europe and North America combined.
Plastic surgery really is a thing.
Having grown up in a society where butt implants were a thing the Kadarshians constantly denied, it was fascinating to see so many people openly displaying their ‘physical enhancements.’
According to some locals, the plastic surgery crazy may be thanks to the drug cartels – who allegedly like women to look a certain way. But one thing’s clear – plastic surgery is big business in Colombia with some tour companies actually changing their business model to do ‘surgery tourism’ from the U.S.!