Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time in a bottle: March 2017 favorites



                                       Makeup inspirations:

Lauren Hutton for Cosmopolitan December 1973. 

                                    Atkinson's Love in Idleness 

According to Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the flower 'Love in Idleness' is used in a potent love potion. 

The Reconciliation of Titania and Oberon by Sir Joseph Noel Paton, 1847. 



                                             Body Care:
                           Le Petit Marseillais Fleur d'Oranger

                           and 72% Extra Pur Olive Oil Savon


                                          Skin care:

                          Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

                          Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel Cream





NARS Creamy Concealer


Wet n Wild Megaglo in The Sweetest Bling (LE)


MAC Shroom, Woodwinked, and Tempting.

MAC Tempting


Matte dark brown and gray shadows.

Any brand will do, but I used Viseart


Maybelline Full n Soft in Brownish Black

Liners and Lipsticks:

MAC Patentpolish in Revved Up

Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Nude Whisper, Purely Nude, and Dusty Rose. 

Maybelline Inti Matte Lipstick in Naked Coral

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in Amoureux

I first saw this shade on Louise Follain

  Nail Colour:

OPI Red My Fortune Cookie 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Time in a bottle: February 2017 favorites


                                       Makeup inspirations:

                                                                         Chanel Haute Couture 2012        


Michelle Pfeiffer in The Witches of Eastwick -- 1987 

Rolling Stone September 1992


                                   Edward Bess Spanish Veil

                                 Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger



                                             Body Care:
                                 Tony Moly Wonder Butter                           

                                             Skin care:

           Acure Organics Radical Resurfacing and Sensitive Facial Cream



                                           La Mer The Soft Fluid   



Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear


Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Bare and Desert 


Suratt Beauty La Rosee Du Soir


Wet n Wild Megaglo in Precious Petals


Surratt Beauty in Moss, Vison, and Chocolate Noir

SB Moss

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink, and 

Smoky Topaz. 

L'Oreal Pain Au Chocolat and Meet Me In Paris


L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso


Clinique High Impact Mascara

All nudes:

MAC Patentpolish in It's Really Me 

Burt's Bees Nile Nude Lipstick 

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth in Classic Nude 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk

Bite Amuse Bouche in Sugarcane

That name reminds me of Some Like It Hot. 

  Nail Colour:

Essie Gel Couture in At the Barre

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.