I am aware that I am a super, mega nerd for posting this one (as if all the Martin Denny Exotica babes or 60’s Star Trek babes wasn’t enough to admit into the super, mega nerd club). But, I just love the simplicity of this “regal” look. How badly I wish I was a natural redhead!

FACE: The face is flawless. Apply concealer where needed. Fresh Umbrian Clay Absolute Concealer is nice for blemishes. Apply an “all purpose” foundation like L’Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup. Dust with a powder to absorb oil and to make foundation stay on longer. I love T. LeClerc Loose Powder. The painting gives a blush free look. I could not go blushless. Every time I do people always ask me if I am feeling well (how rude). I would use a sheer and natural but not show stealing blush, something like Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Lip Gloss in Free Ride, a sheer peach. Yep, it says lip gloss but it can be worn on cheeks as well.

EYES: The bummer about being a natural redhead would include barely there brows. I like this look in a theatrical way. My brows are dark and I always have to use a tinted brow gel when I dye my hair red. For this look I would recommend a clear brow gel like Palladio Herbal Brow Gel. Eye makeup is very simple. I would take the platinum shade from NARS Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Thebes and apply to the entire eye lid. I would take the warmer shade and apply it from lash line to crease. I wouldn’t do mascara for this look. I sometimes think we over use mascara. Sometimes not having mascara creates an impact. I know that this is asking too much. If you feel like you look like a mutant without mascara, apply a black/brown or brown mascara to bottom and top lashes.

LIPS: Lips are “rusty”. Line lips with a “nude” lipliner like Smashbox The Nude Lip Liner. I would say for this look you’d want Fair. I love the pretty shade of Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in Rust Saint. It isn’t bright but it isn’t too brown.

It’s a simple look, very regal. It would look great on fair redheads or blondes.

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I’m getting in the mood for Halloween here. I love Star Trek for all of their retro babes in ridiculous, cheesy costumes. To get the look of this minor role, major babe:

FACE: Even out blotches or under eye circles with a concealer that can do it all like Covergirl TruConceal Concealer. Apply foundation where and if needed. I suggest a dewy finish foundation such as The Body Shop Moisture Foundation. If you really love a dewy look, I suggest following up with an illuminating powder like Bare Escentuals Illuminating Mineral Veil. I really think this look calls the perfect peachy pink shimmer of NARS Blush in Orgasm.

EYES: Obviously brows are trying to be ridiculous. Even I agree that this look isn’t for everyday wear. I suggest styling brows in a natural arch with a clear brow gel like Revlon Brow Styling Gel. Apply a cream shadow with a peachy glow like Laura Mercier Satinee Creme Eye Color in Peach Organza all over the lid. This provides a nice glow and lots of hold. Next take a smokey gray with lots of shimmer, something like Milani Runway Eyes Eye Shadow in Black Out (dry not wet). Take the color from the top lash line and fill up to crease. Then in a “cat eye” like motion, sweep the corners outward and up. Apply it this way, as dramatic or as tame as you desire. Apply a black eye liner like Almay Intense i-Color Liner in Black Pearl to top lash line. Of course I say to go all out and apply crazy lashes. Especially if this is a party look. If not, apply lots of black mascara to top lashes and less to bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips are very simple. Apply a pearly pinky peach lipstick like Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Silver City Pink. Dab the center of the bottom lip with a peach lip gloss, Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Juicy Peach.

And is there a fragrance any better than to complete this look for the bottle alone? Nope, stick with Cartier Panthere EDP.

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Tokyo Milk Parfum in Ex Libris is a nice fig inspired fragrance. I find it very earthy and wearable all year. Of course this is coming from a fig perfume fan. But, this isn’t my “typical” fig fragrance that I have in my collection. This is not Diptyque’s Philosykos (one of my all time favorites) or L’Artisan Premier Figuier (one of my other favorites) . Ex Libris is much more “fresh” in a feminine way. It manages to smell of earthy and woodsy fig trees,  punches of white flowers with a dash of zesty cardamom. It smells of the milkiness of the fig leaf without being super sweet because it is grounded by the bark. It isn’t “fruity” and not a bit Fig Newton like some fig fragrances. But, the scent isn’t overly woodsy and it manages to smell quite flirty. It is a tumbling bouquet, but not in an obnoxious solo season way. This floral, magnolia, can smell pleasant and like fresh summer blossoms or like pick me up in the winter because it is grounded by the earthy fig. I would say that the strongest note is the cardamom. It is the “citrus” that my body won’t devour. Cardamom is a special plant. It is both cool and minty fresh (mojito-ish) and warm and spicy like ginger. Cardamom freshens up the fragrance without making it smell like Pledge. It makes it fresh enough for spring and summer and spicy enough for fall and winter. It is all a matter of perspective. You would think that this fragrance blend would be sweet or gourmand because it contains fig and cardamom which is commonly used in Indian and Asian desserts, but it isn’t a sweet fragrance at all. The fig is very earthy and brings back wonderful childhood memories of hot Atlanta summers. It smells like my six year old hands and bare feet climbing sunbaked fig trees. The cardamom is spicy but manages to be fresh. The florals make this scent uniquely feminine, but not disgustedly feminine. This is not Estee Lauder Pleasures. This is much more complex. It has earth, spice, skin, and florals. It is complex without being moody or showy. It is a nice all year blend. In fact, this fragrance is what I have wanted many of a Guerlain Aqua Allegoria EDTs to be. It has that kind of clean sophistication but with a longer wear. It starts out as a woodsy figgy white floral and turns into an earthy, spicy cardamom green tea like fragrance held together by the staying power of crisp, white musk.

The bottle is OK. It is simple glass bottle with an alphabet typeset sticker. It isn’t as showy or glamorous as the other Tokyo Milk Parfum stickers. But, I am a nerd so I should like it. But, I am more of an IPA nerd. Slap some IPA symbols on this baby and I’ll be in linguistic heaven. I can’t possibly complain about the price. It is $28 for 1 ounce. It wears nicely and wears for at least half of the day which is quite sometime for a fig inspired fragrance. Most fig fragrances disappear in an hour or so, I give this one 6 to 8 hours. That isn’t bad, since I have compared this to the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria EDTs which last a maximum of 1 hour on me in the summer. I recommend this fragrance for those that like fig fragrances and that are kind of sick of the “whole” fig fragrance, those that like gingery, spicy scents like Origins Ginger Essence, those that like “tea” fragrances by Bvlgari, for those that like zesty watery splashes like those by Diptyque or Guerlain, or for those that think “fresh” scents is something more sophisticated than a Davidoff Cool Water or Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise. I am a fragrance flirt and I really see myself using this one frequently throughout the year. It doesn’t feel fadish and feels very “me”. It is available at beautyhabit.com and b-glowing.com.