Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Perfumes for Valentine's Day and amour

Perfume is so personal to women that it can be hard to buy for someone or even choose one for yourself that you will wear long term with no regrets. How well do you know the person? Do their tastes change often? I am not loyal to any scent, and I buy many different perfumes that appeal to my mood and the woman I want to be on any given day. I've made a list based on mainstream and niche fragrances that might appeal to you or someone you love this Valentine's Day.

Vilhelm Parfumerie's Fleur Burlesque is a perfume inspired by La Belle Epoque at Moulin Rouge or Maxim's of Paris. This is for a woman who loves her white florals with gardenia, jasmine, sandalwood, and amber. For those who love purple florals, A Lilac a Day is another option. It's the ultimate in ladylike elegance. Spring is just around the corner, and who wouldn't want to wander through the lilacs? It gives me peace of mind just thinking of it. 

Edward Bess Genre is a unisex mix of leather, suede, and olibanum, and Spanish Veil
features notes of sandalwood, tonka bean, and guaiac wood. These would both appeal to someone looking for something non floral or sweet. Androgynous fragrances are still going strong. 

Replica By the Fireplace is for someone who craves the incredible smoke of a fireplace and roasted chestnuts. It sounds simple, but it's more complex. This comes on like a hurricane and is quite powerful. It's well worth the price. If you're looking for something lighter then Jazz Club is it. Notes of vetiver, leather, and tobacco set the mood for dim lit romance. Lipstick On is more feminine. A lover of vintage cosmetics, vanities, and beauty rituals would appreciate it. The notes are iris, tonka bean, vanilla, and rice powder. 

Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin is a rose among thorns. This bottle comes as a splash or a spray, and most people choose the spray since Serge Lutens parfums are quite potent and complex. 

Notes of rose, honey, patchouli, and moss. 

Thierry Mugler Angel Muse is one to try even if you're not a fan of the original Angel. It's definitely a Mugler type of perfume, but more wearable. It features notes of hazelnut, whipped cream, and patchouli. What an odd combination, but it works. What you get with a Mugler perfume is something unique and a bit odd, but always long lasting and worth it's price. 

Dior Poison Girl is what's called an cold and hot (or icy hot) perfume. A tornado of opposites that create something delectable and hard to resist. It's often compared to YSL Black Opium. This is a poison updated for 2016, and it's a best seller. Notes of vanilla, tonka bean, tolu balsam, and cashmeran mix with bitter orange, lemon, Damask rose, and heliotrope. 

La Vie Est Belle is a floral gourmand, and a descendant of Flowerbomb. It's well liked among both men and women. If they've ever bought Flowerbomb or worn it as a signature, they will probably love this one. Gift sets are a better deal than buying separate products. You can also split these up and repackage them in a more chic box with a ribbon. Many department stores offer free gift wrapping. 

Notes of praline, vanilla, patchouli, tonka bean, iris, orange blossom, and jasmine.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is one of the six perfumes that all French women have worn at some point, and it's very popular among American women as well. This is for a lady who loves the design house and wants to smell expensive, but they don't mind wearing a popular perfume. Chanel No 5 for a lover of the classics, or Chanel No 5 L'Eau if the person wants something modernized. 

Notes of patchouli, Turkish rose, orange, vetiver, and opoponax. 

For a friend: The not exactly romantic (but practical) Sephora perfume sampler. 15 of Sephora's best selling perfumes in sample form, and the gift receiver decides what perfume she wants to buy. All they have to do is bring their voucher to any Sephora store and they will walk away with their favorite. This set has a good range of perfumes for many preferences. Floral, sweet, woody, etc. They have it covered. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Time in a bottle: January 2017 favorites


January is my birthday month, and all I wanted to do this year is put on a velvet robe and celebrate with my family. Here are a few styles that I adore. 


Toast Silk Velvet Kimono Robe 

My other favorite is the Jonquil Stormy Skies Robe, but  only one size is left. I also like the Jonquil Peacock Long Velvet Robe.  All of these could be sold out at the time of this post, but it's easy to find a good velvet robe for a decent price. 

                                       Makeup inspirations:

                                    Christy Turlington 

Baby doll makeup by Jenny Bowker


                                         Inspired by spring. 



                                 Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit

                                           A garden on the roof. 


                                 Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

                                    A garden on the Nile.


                                               Skin care:

                                             Pixi Double Cleanse
                                  The Korean skin care method.

                              Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich



Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick



I skipped this step. Most foundations sticks double as

 concealer for me.  


Wet n Wild Rose Champagne


NYX Duo Chromatic in Snow Rose


Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow in Caramel #710

Use this with the brush it comes with and not your

 fingers. This is such a good metallic golden bronze. 


Black shadow from the Tarte Tartlette palette 

L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso #173

Espresso is on the brown black side when most

 brown liners are paler and weak in pigment. L'Oreal

 did well with this shade. 


Clinique High Impact

Lip products:

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes in Almond Rose

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rich Nude

Sometimes I mixed either of these with the 


 Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon in Toasted Taupe

Cherry Chapstick for the most natural lip color. 

  Nail Colour:

Essie Gel Couture in Lace Me Up from the Ballet 

Nudes collection. 

Left to right: Satin Slipper, Hold the Position, Perfect Posture, Lace Me Up, At the Barre, and Closing Night.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best in beauty: 2016



Skin care

Cleanser- Yes to Coconuts Melting Cleanser, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters with white tea, and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. 




Treatments- Dr. Brandt Needles No More 3 D Filler Mask, Drunk Elephant C - Ferma Day Serum, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic




Mask- Sephora Mud Mask with Zinc and Copper, Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask


Facial oil- Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, Bobbi Brown Extra, Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil

Scrub/exfoliator- Pixi Glow Peel Pads



Day Moisturizer- Yonka Creme 11, Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream


Night Moisturizer- Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream



Body care

Body wash- Molton Brown Ylang Ylang body wash



Moisturizer- L'Occitane Almond Milk Veil

De-stress- A diffuser with essential oils of lavender, spearmint, and peppermint. 

Hair care

Shampoo and conditioner- Alterna Caviar Anti Aging Replenishing Moisture

Tools- Dyson Supersonic




Polish- Smith and Cult 1972 is inspired by a rose gold silk lame dress. 


Topcoat- INM Out The Door Topcoat

Cuticle oil- Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Nail file- Diane Smoothing D966


 Primer- Laura Mercier Oil Free

 Foundation- Guerlain Parure Gold

 Fuller coverage foundation- Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation and Concealer


 Concealer-  RMS Un-coverup

 Powder- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

 Bronzer- Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer in 'Bronzer'

 Blusher- Bobbi Brown Tawny

 Highlighter- Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in Spotlight 

 Brows- Sonia Kashuk brow pencil 

 Eye primer- NARS Smudge Proof

 Eyeshadow- Dior Mono in Cosmopolite



 Palette/quad- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, Tom Ford Honeymoon Quad, and the Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere



 Eyeliner pencil- Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Smoky Eye Color Pencil

 Mascara- Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir

 Lip balm- Carmex (available at any drugstore)

 Lipstick pencil- Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rich Nude

 Lipstain/pot- RMS Lip2cheek in Diabolique

 Lip liners- MAC, Prestige (assorted shades)

 Day lipstick- NARS Barbara

 Night lipstick- Oribe Lip Lust in The Violet or The Red



 Perfume- Replica Lipstick On, Penhaligon's Much Ado About The Duke, Vilhelm Parfumerie in Dirty Velvet.