If I Had a Dollar for Every Time Someone Asked for This Product…

Well, let’s just say I’d have a lot of dollars. There always seem to be those cult products that people want, and they simply will not accept any substitute. I’ve tried a lot of products over the years and most of the time, I can find a product that performs just as well if not better than the one requested. Most of the time people will give it a shot. But some items are non-negotiable.

One of those items is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. This year, I have finally been able to meet that demand. I have had countless requests for this product over the years. The only other product to come close in the number of times requested has been Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray. I’d say, “we don’t have that, but have you tried Amika Perk Up?” “No, thank you…I just want the Oribe” was always the reply. “How about Bumble and Bumble’s Dryspun Finish?” The answer was frequently, “No, I’m addicted to the scent of the Oribe.” It’s exhausting and disappointing to tell people no, over and over. So, as the saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, join them.” That’s exactly what I’ve decided to do.


Oribe will be coming to Bellacara. No, it isn’t because of one product alone. The line has at least three of the Allure best beauty winners in the hair category every year. I’ve also had countless customers (including one of my best friends) tell me that Oribe is the only thing she strays from Bellacara on…yeah, I’m calling you out Karen. I’m a big believer in switching up your haircare as I’ve mentioned before. I’m thrilled to be able to offer another high performing haircare line to our offerings.



This year has been a year of change. It started with a physical renovation of the store and it is ending with a renovation of lines. I really do believe that we should buy things that give us joy, that are beautiful and that perform. These are the items I want to surround myself with. I don’t want a ton of things anymore. I just want better things. I want to finish the items I buy because I love them to the point of scraping the last bit out of the container. I’ve done that this year. That will be my next post. It’s the Empty Jar Post inspired by Caroline Hirons of the UK.

When you’re in the beauty industry you get sent so many things to try that it is often impossible to finish a jar of anything. For years, I rarely did. But this year, I have finished and replaced several items a couple times over. That is rare. I’ll let you know what those items are in my next post, but I will admit that one of them was the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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