the sixth beauty must-have

People ask me every day at the store what my must have products are and I always tell them the same five products. Sure I get a new favorite here and there, but I have my fab five that I can’t live without. At least that’s what I thought. What I forgot about was something I use every morning and never think about as an essential element of my mornings. That’s because I have taken it for granted. I assumed after owning and using it for a year that it was just an ordinary part of my ritual. That is until I left it at my in-laws house by accident and went without it for a week. That’s when I knew that my Clarisonic was not just an ordinary tool, it was my skin’s best and most trusted friend.

Pores seemed to be enlarging before my eyes, little bumps creeped in around the sides of my chin and were those little white things in the pores of my nose always there? I wasn’t sure anymore. I hadn’t done anything different. I was still using the same products. It couldn’t be because I wasn’t using the Clarisonic…could it? Well, I didn’t even think to ask that. But after two weeks of having it back and faithfully using it again I realized one day that I didn’t see those pores as much. The little white bumps had gone and what white things in my nose?

So now I can tell you I have six products I can’t live without.


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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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