Coty Muguet des Bois is one of my all time favorite spring scents. It’s not too complicated and it isn’t expensive. It’s an old school fragrance from 1936. It usually retails for $18.50 for 1.8 ounces and trust me if you shop around you can get it for about $10. This fragrance is green, fresh, floral, and “wet”. It is a wonderful interpretation of wild lily-of-the-valley blossoms heavily hanging down because they are drenched in dew. It has that certain wild “muguet” quality. “Muguet” flowers are some of my favorite. They require little maintenance, spread rapidly, and produce so much fragrance for such small blossoms. Most bloom early on, just when I need to be reminded of life after long winters. At first spray, this fragrance is very green (aldehyde but not in a “dead” way like No. 5 or Mitsouko). It smells very floral and very wild lily. It is very “alive” and feminine. It smells a bit aquatic and very fresh. It quickly becomes “floral” and smells of wildflowers.It is a great fragrance for those that appreciate and know what lily of the valley smells like. This scent is not complicated. It is pretty straight forward, a soliflore with touches of “green”. It is spring with a hint of forest floor.

It only makes sense that I love this fragrance since the nose was Henri Robert, the man that brought us the Chanel Cristalle EDT and Chanel No. 19, two of my all time favorite summer fragrances. However, I find Muguet des Bois much easier to wear. It seems much more “modern” as well. It is hard to believe that it is was created so long ago. (Even though we all know that formulas do change through the eras.)

It is an EDT so it doesn’t wear very long. It wears for about 2 hours and I wish that it would wear longer because I love the simplicity and the freshness of this fragrance. It fresh but so feminine. The bottle isn’t so great. It has a cheap plastic “crown” shaped cap and a sorry label. But, I could care less. The fragrance is so good and it doesn’t cost much. Now if I paid $70 for it I would complain. It is available at fragrancenet.com for a great price!

You have got to love this Austrian actress look: lovely, soft, and feminine without being too sweet. It’s a nice vintage change from the super popular red lips look. Seeing a lot of red lips this holiday season.

First apply concealer and a powder foundation, I really like MAC Select Cover Up Concealer and MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. Brows are thick, sculptured and dramatic. If you are blessed with thick brows, just apply a gel brow tamer, if not pencil in brows with MAC Eye Brows in a dark brown like Lingering. Apply a matte, white-ish nude shadow from lashline to brow bone. Use something like Gesso . Apply a light brown like Omega from lashline to crease. Blend with a big shadow brush. In the crease blend a frosty gray like Silver Ring. Line eyes with MAC Eye Khol in Phone Number which is a smoky gray. Line top lashline and bottom lashline. Next apply false lashes and/or black mascara. Mascara should be applied to bottom lashes also. Cheeks are soft and have a Georgia peach look. Apply MAC Powder Blush in Pinch O’ Peach. I love this shade, looks great on eyes too. Brush onto the apples of cheeks. Apply a lip liner like MAC Cremestick Liner in Summerfruit which is a pale coral. Apply MAC Lipstick in Ravishing for peachy perfect lips. Apply MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt if your skintone is deeper. Curl hair and tossle for a messy sultry look. Apply fragrance, no one is dressed without it, I’m thinking something like Chanel Cristalle EDT, with its peachy green goodness.