March 2009


Weekly Cheap Find:

I am a huge fan of Milani shadows. They are long wearing and highly pigmented. The price can not be beat. I usually purchase the singles but the quads are very nice. One of my favorites, especially for redheads, is the quad in Autumn Earth. All the shadows are very pearly and a packed with pigment. There is a light beige shimmer. It is much lighter than the picture leads you to believe. Imagine a warm pearl. This looks amazing when worn under the arch of the brow. It creates an instant lifting effect. I use this shade sparingly under the arch with lots of looks. There is a rich forest green. This creates an amazing smoky eye that isn’t as harsh as black. The two “metal” shades are worth the $5.99 price tag alone. There is a pure gold shimmer and a pure bronze shimmer. These shades really make blue eyes pop. Dust a bit of the gold under the bottom lashline and your blue eyes will be complimented. I promise. This compact comes with an applicator. I never use it even though it isn’t horrible. One end is a sponge, the other a brush. I recommend this compact for any lover of shimmer and gilded shades, redheads, warm skintones, any eye color but especially blue, and gals with a tan.

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I am a sucker for body treatment products. I fall for anything that claims to tighten, firm, or perform miracles to the skin. Luckily, I haven’t been burnt by a product, well, until now. I have found that cellulite creams and firming gels really do improve the appearance of my skin (yes, temporarily) and I like the way they make my skin feel. I’m the kind of person that loves to wear control tights and feel pressure on my body. Yep, a bit of a sensory deficit and a bit on the spectrum and falling a bit off the neuro-typical line… Anyways, I have tried so many products and I have repurchased so many products. Maybe they don’t work, I just know that I am in love with the claims . I like most of Clarins products. I have had a few friends rave over the treatment oil. I thought I would give it a try even though I promised the husband I would no longer anoint my body in apricot kernel oil because I left grease spots everywhere like a Sphynx cat. My friends claimed of shedding excess water weight, having super smooth legs, blah, blah, blah. The Anti-Eau oil claims to “slim” by ridding the body of quite frankly, water weight. It is supposed to make the legs feel lighter and get rid of “sponginess”. It contains essential oils of marjoram, broom, geranium, lemon, and orange all in a fatty hazelnut oil base. The oil is a oil and needs to be applied to damp skin and rubbed in. A little goes a long way. It smells very herbaceous and like an herb garden or the spice rack. It smells mainly of citrus zest and marjoram in my opinion. I like the smell. It is very invigorating and really adds to the “spa” like experience of this expensive French product. (3.4 ounces retails for $50). I have been using this product nightly for months doing all of the goofy massages, etc. I use a Lancome cellulite gel in the morning. So far I haven’t noticed anything from the oil other than I smell really nice like summertime gardens and have really smooth skin. My skin is smooth because I am soaking in oil again. That does wonders for dry skin. But, feeling “lighter” and not puffy, nope. My gels do more. They are instant and temporary. This oil just proves that you can believe in something but that doesn’t mean it will work. Or that you are buying the wrong product because what the hell is water weight anyways? I won’t be repurchasing and I will have to break the pact with the hubby. I’m adding lavender oil to a bottle of apricot kernel oil and there is nothing he can do about it.

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It’s more 1970’s makeup trends. When I first saw this one I immediately thought of Guy Bourdin. Good, that was what Mr. Nars was going for. This is the 70’s “death under the eyes” look or a bit of the heroin chic. Not my favorite thing and in my opinion one of the ugliest periods of fashion ever. That being said, the collection isn’t too bad but I am not wild about the look. At least for a spring collection, it isn’t too soft.

FACE: There is a Multiple Bronzer in Cape Vert which is a warm dark bronze. It retails for $37. It is nice for contouring. There is a Highlighting/Blush Duo in Hungry Heart. This is a champagne pink with gold shimmer and a golden ivory. It retails for $37. There is a LE Multiple Duo in the best-selling Orgasm and South Beach shades. These retail for $45. I really want this compact. There are Duo Concealers in a few shades and they retail for $30.

EYES: There are two new Duo Eyeshadows. There is Egea which is a light sage shimmer and light icy lilac shimmer. There is Hula Hula which is a pink with gold shimmer and brown with gold shimmer. These retail for $32. There are  Single Eyeshadows. One is Baby Girl which is a baby pink with gold shimmer. There is Grenadines which is a matte reddish burgundy. Not that red and not that great.  There is Night Sun which is a yellow disco gold shimmer. These go for $22.

LIPS: There is a Lipstick in Shrinagar. This is a jammy shimmery raspberry. It retails for $24. There is a Lip Gloss in Sweet Revenge which is a sheer pink shimmer. It retails for $24.

Everybody is raving about how easy red is to wear because of this collection. I disagree. The model looks like crap. Her eyes look tired and a bit druggy. The burgundy is going to be pretty unflattering for most people. I just don’t like the look. I wear red eyeshadow, thank goodness I do not have an allergy to red pigment. I love the look. I pair it with gold and a black liquid liner and get tons of compliments. I wear it with confidence but I don’t go around recommending it for everyone. It isn’t for everyone. The colors in this collection aren’t for everybody. They shouldn’t be worn together in my opinion. I love each of them separately but together, it is too muddy in a healing a bruised trauma-ed face way. Not sexy and not fun.

OK, so I am not really one for celebrity scents. Even though I am not opposed to them. I mean a celebrity selling their name with a scent makes way more sense to me than a TV show such as Desperate Housewives or 90210 fragrances. I’m not going to dog Paris Hilton. The poor gal has had enough of that and frankly it doesn’t matter to me. They’re all just jealous that she is a super rich bitch that didn’t have to work for any of it and oh, she’s skinny.  I know that is my beef. The Paris Hilton EDP isn’t original or mind blowing but it isn’t terribly offensive either. It’s a fruity floral. Emphasis on the fruity part. It smells of melon liquor/ Midori and a sour apple Jolly Rancher as the top note. Emphasis on sour sweet. It’s synthetic fruity sweet and not cupcake sweet. This makes it very “young” and  appropriate for tweens. The sugar rush is followed by heady florals such as jasmine and tuberose. This makes it tolerable for me. It needs that prissy element to add a bit of maturity. It dries down to a warm generic musk and sandalwood. This makes it stick and not be so much like a body spray even though the bottle and top notes will lead you to believe it is one. The perfume is very “young” and seems like it was marketed to the 10 to 20 year old crowd. This means you’ll be seeing alot more of it at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s since Miss Paris herself is closer to the 30 year old crowd and seems to be trying to grow up a bit. The fragrance isn’t horrible. It smells like it’s trying to be hygienic and fresh and trying to smell nice. Like I said before it isn’t rank or offensive. It is just the epitome of the fruity-floral genre. If you like Ralph Lauren Ralph, Gucci Envy Me, Juicy Couture, any of the Harajuku Lovers, or any of the LE Escada scents then you’ll like this no matter what your age. It somehow manages to be a prissy fruity-floral.

It retails for 1.7 ounce for $45 and 3.4 ounce for $55. Browse your local TJ Maxx and I’m sure you’ll find it there as well. Celebrity scents always pop up at those places. It is available at fragrancenet.com.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa is a beautiful light and feminine fragrance that is perfect for flirty spring days and hot summer nights. L’Artisan Parfumeur describes the scent:

A reminder of weekends spent at the Riviera, the perfume carries you away to the elegant shores of Cote d’Azur…Imagine the blossoming trees, the cool sea breeze, the elegant and leisurely way of life – bottled in Mimosa Pour Moi! The true mimosa soliflore, the fragrance embodies this heavenly aroma: from the flowers to the leaves to the stems. Fresh and softly-green, the scent is forever changing on the skin, every second revealing a new, silky-smooth aspect. Radiant and happy, Mimosa Pour Moi is eternal spring

Well, I have never spent weekends at the Riviera but I have lots of experience with beautiful pink mimosa trees. My pa is a bit of a gardener and loved these trees even though most individuals find them to be a nuisance. They grow so quickly and suffocate most other growth, but they are so beautiful and special. The tree added a much needed exotic flair to our Southern lives. I mean what other tree can you touch and it responds. My cousins and I spent summers climbing in those things and picking the flowers. The scent of the flowers was so light but I remember them. L’Artisan Parfumeur has managed to once again to “imagine” a scent the way I want to remember it. The initial spritz is green and fresh, resembling the leaves on the mimosa. It is crisp like violet leaves and “green”. It becomes a little fruity but not syrupy or overly sweet like most fruity fragrances on the market. It has blackcurrant buds which add a sweet tartness. I love the dry down of this fragrance. It becomes soft and “fluffy” and smells like the visual appeal of a mimosa flower. It is “fuzzy”, soft and oh so femme. It is powdery in the most sophisticated of ways. It is light and still green but posh and classy. It has a hint of “candied” violets, musk, super subtle and not so sweet vanilla. I feel a hint of violet root and warm wood. However, it is far from heavy and is just as lightweight and airy as a mimosa blossom. It is a very well composed flirty and feminine scent. I’d love to add this to my fragrance collection since I really have nothing like it. It brings back memories. I see myself as a young barefoot girl climbing mimosa trees in the humid summer, I’d even read books in the trees. I see it fresh, innocent and child like just like the initial spritz of this fragrance. However, this fragrance evolves and grows up and becomes complicated just like the barefoot little girl. It is a pleasant scent that I appreciate. I may not be as sophisticated as the final dry down of this fragrance, but I can still get there with some time.

It retails for $95 for the 50 ml, $135 for the 100 ml, the small candle is $20 and the large candle is $50. They can be purchased at barneys.com or L’Artisan’s Parfumeur’s website.

Weekly Cheap Find:

L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eye Shadow Quad in Autumn Leaves is one of my must have neutrals. They are neutrals with warm undertones. This is a must have kit for natural redheads and anyone with warm undertones. The colors aren’t very exciting. But, they are those type of necessity colors. The kind that most of us have but if you don’t have then get them. There is a super pale fleshy matte beige, a light copper shimmer, a deep wooden matte brown, and a medium shimmery warm brown. The formula is really nice regardless of price. They blend easily and wear for a long time. It is better than many Chanel or Lancome powder shadows that I have used in the past. The colors are “nude” but better. They wear nicely with any lip shade. You can look super natural with a balmy lip or super elegant with a warm matte red lipstick. The warm undertones really brighten blue, gray, and green eye colors. It retails for under $8 and can be found pretty much anywhere.

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I know it is predictable but I really want florals for spring. I want a fragrance with a sign of life. Usually I go for chypre or green fragrance but right now I am in a very floral mood. It only makes sense. It has been green in the Pacific Northwest and smells very mossy/chypre but no floral notes. Things are starting to bud even if they were covered in snow every other day. It is only natural to crave floral scents. However some florals seem to “robust” or to “dry” for spring. It is all a matter of perspective and I am sure where you were raised. I prefer bulb flowers and wild lilies. Here are some of my favorites and I know that I am leaving something wonderful out but i just can’t include them all.

6 Bargains Scents: Coty Muguet Des Bois is one of my favorites. It is a soft classic lily of the valley and you get 1.8 ounces for under $20. It is floral and dewy. Another nice soliflore type fragrance is Woods of Windsor Lily of the Valley it goes for $25 for 3.3 ounces. Tokyomilk Waltz is a nice white musk floral that reminds me of a frolic in a garden, much like the Fragonard painting. It retails for $28 for 1 ounce. Lush Sakura solid perfume is a nice blend of jasmine and mimosa. It smells of spring and only goes for $12. Demeter Wisteria is a nice soliflore that retails for $20 for an ounce. Avon Cynthia Rowley Petal EDT is a bursting Lily of the Valley inspired fragrance. It goes for $15 for an ounce and comes in a really cute hot pink hobnail glass bottle.

6 of the More Expensive Stuff: Diptyqye Jardin Clos EDT is a wonderful full hyacinth blend. It retails for $88 for 50mL. Guerlain Champs Elysees EDT is a light and flirty blend of roses and mimosa. It retails for about $60 and it depends on the size. The Marc Jacobs EDP fragrance is a nice fragrance with honeysuckle, jasmine, and gardenia without being too heavy. The 3.4 ounce bottle retails for $90 and the 1.7 ounce for $70. Melissa Flagg Mabel Perfume oil is a wonderful spring blend of lilies and honeysuckle. It retails for $42 for 1/8 ounce. Benefit Maybe Baby EDT is a nice flirty white floral. The 3.4 ounce retails for $48 and the 1.7 ounce goes for $32. I like the light almost bubbly scent of L’Artisan Parfumeur in Mimosa Pour Moi. The 1.7 ounce retails for $95 and the 3.4 ounce goes for $135.

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