Sunday, March 31, 2013

A March Treat: Dior Addict Gloss in Paradise

You know I like Dior glosses, a lot. So, when I saw that they had revamped the formula and come out with new shades, I decided this would be my March treat.

The SA described this as "disco cocktail" something something, which, to be honest, isn't really a selling point with me...but obviously, I bought it anyway. It's coral - whatever that means - with a healthy dose of SPARKLES. You can pick out the individual sparkles, so it is glittery rather than pearlescent. (When she removed the gloss so I could try another one, she smeared sparkles all over my face. Are. You. Serious.)
732 Paradise over bare lips. It is glittery. I won't lie.
The sparkles are pink-gold-silver (this sounds impossible, but I swear it's true), suspended in a jelly-ish coral gloss that is more pink than orange on my lips. To be honest, I miss Orange Pareo, but they didn't really have anything similar, and I could see myself wearing this daily. It's not too much. AND IT'S STILL MOISTURIZING, which I have decided is a must in a gloss.
The glitter is kind of a lot, but it's fun. And it really brightens a face! It also looks really pink here, but in real life, it looks more coral.
So, I kind of still want another one - one without tons of glitter particles in it. But Paradise is just so pretty, I can't regret it.

Have you picked up any of the new Dior glosses?

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Friday, March 29, 2013

These Citrus Cocktails Aren't So Girly

A lot of bright, happy, ultra-feminine scents use fresh bursts of citrus to lighten up a sweet base, like lemon, orange, and grapefruit. As a kid, I knew that grapefruits were not tasty (so bitter! So sour!), lemons made fabulous sweets, and oranges were okay to eat but a terror to peel. We rarely had limes around, and I figured they were just green lemons.
Tom Ford Azure Lime, Hermès Eau d'Orange Verte (both samples from Su), Jo Malone mini Grapefruit (part of a mini set that was a gift from S.).

Wrong. Each of these citrus fruits is, of course, very different from its cousins, in scent and in flavor. In perfume - and in food - my actual favorite is the lime. It's spicy, very distinct, and often used in fragrances that are targeted toward men. It pairs well with coconut and basil (two more of my favorite things) and I like the masculine edge. Makes me feel dangerous, or something. (Okay, give me a break, okay? I can't be all femme fatale with the leather and oud, because those notes usually make me twitch). And well, I'm not a romantic, but there's something also comforting about wearing a scent that reminds you of your partner, you know? So, here are three "masculine" fragrances, all featuring a different citrus fruit.
The bottle is sexy, huh?
Tom Ford Azure Lime is a TF private blend scent, which means I will never purchase it, because $205.00 (1.7 oz) is a ridiculous price. Do I like it? Unfortunately, yes, I do, though I really feel like there must be a cheaper smell-alike out there - it's not unique. For me, though, the balance is perfect; it's the zesty spice of lime warmed up with the faintest breath of wood and musk. Some of these types of scents can give me a headache if the spice blast is too intense, but this is just right. The scent notes are: bergamot, lemon, Valencia orange, Thai basil, mint, rosemary, lime tonic accord, juniper berry, fennel, iris, jasmine, neroli, orange blossom, pittosporum, bucchu leaves, violet leaves, black currant buds, cypress, oak, patchouli, sandalwood, moss, skin accord, tonka bean (Nordstrom). (Also: what is "skin accord?")

Jo Malone Grapefruit is hugely similar, without the special quality of lime. I have to be careful with this, because it can give me a headache. It has the same profile, though - sharper citrus opening, weighted with that grown-up spicy heat - the kind of warmth you get from cinnamon or nutmeg, but without either of those two specific flavors (neither of which I enjoy in my fragrances - just in cookies and cakes and doughnuts and chili). I prefer Azure Lime to this because of the lime, but this also gives me that fuzzy feeling of wearing a guy's cologne. The official description:  "Grapefruit is a lively, uplifting citrus with a spicy heart. Grapefruit and tangerine are combined with vetiver and rosemary to create this outspoken citrus scent." (Jo Malone).

Hermès Eau d'Orange Verte is in the same family, but I like it the least, probably because it is the woodiest. The balance tips more in favor of woods than citrus or mint, and the orange that is present isn't as interesting or unique as the lime in other blends. I'm not quite sure what is meant by "green orange," but if it's meant to suggest unripe, bitter oranges, that's apt. On me, however, it disappears in a flash, making it a fleeting snapshot, indeed.

Do you enjoy wearing fragrances that are targeted toward men, or stealing your partner's signature scent? Do you think fragrances can really be classified by gender?

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Thursday Post

Willie Nelson: The Scientist (Coldplay cover). Yep, I heard it on a Chipotle commercial, but damn, it's good.

Women absolutely can do pull-ups. It took me a summer, but I can!

Emma wrote a lovely post about not letting pretty things waste away.

Eugenia has gorgeous, gorgeous swatches of the Cirque Colors Dark Horse collection.
If it makes you feel better, you should know that springing forward (stupid Daylight Savings time) even makes dogs tired.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Emerald & Navy: Jewel Tone Eyes

And now I interrupt March Madness: Fragrance Edition, with a real, honest-to-goodness FOTD. I wanted to play with color again after a month of neutrals (or a whole winter of neutrals, actually - I've been very boring) so I decided to pair emerald green and navy blue. Mostly because I wanted to wear a chartreuse and blue scarf and then inspiration hit me in the face. BAM.
MUFE Aqua Brown #25
Smashbox High Definition Concealer in
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach (under eyes)
Dior Aurora
Dior Angélique Beige
Becca Vicuna Eye Tint
Shiseido YE406 Trio, green shade
theBalm Risqué Renee (Shady Lady Vol. 1)
Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in
L'oreal Voluminous Power Volume Collagen Waterproof mascara
Please ignore the bare patch in eyeliner...I don't know how that happened.

Green. Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. I like green. And really, with the way my eyes are set, you can't see all the green when my eyes are open. Just flashes of it. I also didn't apply the navy in the crease too heavily, so it really just seems like a darker aspect of the green wash on the lid. I think. So, colorful, but not TOO colorful. 
My hair is driving me insane. I think I do need to get a blow dryer and a curling/straightening/wtf iron. 

And there you have it. I need to do something with my hair. Send help.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pajamas Perfumes

Moving on with March Madness: The Fragrance Edition. This is, of course, the winter/cold weather pajamas perfume post, because in the summer, I have an entirely different set of scents going (and the sleepytime wardrobe changes, as well, to account for the warmer nights). You may say it's spring now, but "spring" is not a thing that happens in Seattle.

Liz wrote a lovely post about the power of aromatherapy, and that's sort of what I'm trying to show here. These scents are soothing in their own way, and make dreaming that much easier.
Oh yes, I know you're envious of the cupcakes on my pjs.

Haus of Gloi Madcap Garden (not shown, as I just ran out!)
This is one of the permanent scents in the Haus lineup, described in the listing as "a lively blend, pure black tea chilled with peppermint and the tiniest spike of sweet honey. Very unisex, stimulating, addictive, and bright." It is one of the most delightful tea scents I have ever chanced upon, and I adore it. The peppermint is cool and doesn't overpower the tea; the honey sweetens the whole deal. It is very bright, but soothing in the manner of most black tea scents. I'm thinking of buying a bottle of the oil, as I'm going back to unscented lotions (too much smell confusion!).

Sweet Anthem Edith (solid twist-up shown here)
Edith is another beeswax fragrance; Sweet Anthem's description is: "Hopeful for a banner year after a season of so much loss. Dewy orchids, a doleful bitter orange, and pithy lilacs are soothed by faintly glimmering candlelight." Notes are: bitter orange, rosewood leaf (head), lilac, orchid (heart), beeswax, rosewood (base). It was released in Wintertiming 2012, and I haven't stopped wearing it since I bought it. The orange is crisp and bright against the soothing whisper of orchids and lilacs, and the whole of it is grounded in that deliciously musky beeswax. This is less spicy than Joan, which makes it an apt bedtime scent (though I often wear it during the day, as well).

Solstice Scents Snowshoe Pass (perfume oil)
I've raved about this before, but it is still a wintertime favorite. Smoky base, subtle marshmallow-vanilla sweetness, breath of cool, soothing mint. So, so good.

Kai Fragrance (perfume oil sample)
Sometimes I like the green sweetness of gardenias at night. Floral without being powdery or too strong, this is a nice, close-to-the-skin option.

Amazing Grace by Philosophy
I gave this just a mediocre review, but it's grown on me. Clean and faintly floral, watery and light - it's a lovely bedtime scent, but also perfect for days when I want some sort of fragrance, but nothing too.

Lulu Beauty She Belongs There
Another solid scent, because the format lends itself to subtlety and since it's all butters, putting them on at night is ideal - don't have to worry about getting lotioned-up fingers everywhere. This is another white floral (something about mellow white florals soothes me, I guess) that I like to apply both in the daytime and at night.

Do you wear perfume or scented lotions at night? What are your favorites?

Friday, March 15, 2013

What's In a Name? Marc Jacobs Daisy

What do you think of when you think of "Daisy?"
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming take of The Great Gatsby.
Daisy Buchanan, perhaps? Resplendent in 20's era furs and beads and glamour? She doesn't really fit the idea of a daisy in my head - I think of those as more commonplace, ordinary flowers.
These are daisies, with their many petals and oft-times invasive presence. They're not necessarily a flower I find attractive or beautiful (although brightly colored gerbera daisies are very cheerful!) so I wasn't sure what to expect when I brought out my sample of Marc Jacobs' Daisy perfume.

Sephora says it has notes of "Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods" and the description is: "Enter the world of Daisy: fresh and feminine, with a playful innocence. At the heart of Daisy is a floral with vintage edge: violet. Sophisticated, with a touch of whimsy, violet captures the eclectic, vintage flavor of Marc Jacobs' feminine, edgy designs. Always elegant, always enchanting - but not too serious - Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth."

It is essentially a violet fragrance. I can see the connection; violets do seem kind of old-timey to me - vintage violet - or what not, and this does seem modeled after the twinkle and flash of the jazz era. But that time period, to me, has an underlying sultry, smoking persona underneath all of the lights, and that's not here at all.

The violet is green, and fresh; Daisy starts off with a citrus brightness, like Fitzgerald's iconic character - with an open charm that draws you in. It's a more traditionally feminine scent because it doesn't have the spice that grapefruit can have in other blends. This citrus is tamer, cleaner. Past that initial opening, Daisy is violet all the way - and then it's gone. It fades all too quickly - like the character herself.

I have a funny relationship with violet fragrances (see TF Violet Blonde here, and Flower by Kenzo here), so I've learned that I can't simply write off a note. It depends on the blend and the perfume format (solid, oil, eau de parfum). This time, I'm going to pass. If you're not usually into violet, this might be a nice gateway. If you're a violet lover, this won't be enough.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Thursday Post

Daughter: Love. I've posted her before, but her songs are so dreamy, and catchy, I really can't help posting another.

Easter's coming up. Peep science, anyone? And this food blogger says they really don't dissolve in acid. Eep.

Because I cannot resist photographs of animals.

Ah, Paris.

An interesting photography project: You Are What You Eat.

[it's been a really busy week - S. is now Dr. S., and his parents were in town. No Dennison photo this week, sorry! He's been on his own for much of the week, so it's time to shower him with love and cuddles.]

Also, Google is apparently getting rid of their RSS reader. So! If you want to stay subscribed, perhaps try one of the other follow options to the right (I've been using Bloglovin' for a while now, and I actually quite like it).

Friday, March 8, 2013

Real Poppies Are Scentless

At least, that's what I've read. Which brings to mind that scene in The Wizard of Oz, where they encounter the poppy fields, breathe in the "spicy scent of the bright flowers," and fall asleep. Did Baum ever smell a real poppy?

There are all kinds of associations with this bold flower - it's steeped in mythology, tied to sleep (opium), death, resurrection, and is also symbol of remembrance. Its bright red color and paper-thin petals are instantly recognizable, so it's no surprise that it is the inspiration for several perfumes; I have two, today: Coach Poppy and Flower by Kenzo.

To me, both of these play on different aspects of the poppy flower. I'm not sure if that actually makes them soliflores - perfumes meant to embody a single flower or note (from the French solifleur, a vase for a single flower - apt and poetic, non?), if real poppies don't have a scent, but suffice to say that they are meant to describe, in scent, aspects of the poppy.

I take Coach Poppy to be the brightness of the namesake flower - the bold, large, shapely petals, the saturated red, the large, inky center. It has notes of "Cucumber Flower Petals, Mandarin, Baby Freesia Buds, Jasmine, Pink Water Lily, Southern Gardenia, Rose Petals, Crème Brûlée Accord, Cedarwood, Bleached Sandalwood, Vanilla, Whipped Marshmallow" (from Sephora - sheesh, how huge!) and on me is crisp, bright, and happy, with a faint base of sugar and spice. It's broad enough that I wouldn't call it a white floral, despite the jasmine and gardenia in the listing. It's girlish, like a flared skirt, with just a touch of sass. I like it, despite all of my (unwarranted) prejudices against this pink perfume.

Spoiler: I like FlowerbyKenzo, too. A lot. But this one draws more from the dreamy mythological background of poppies; it's a breath of green stem and then it's richly violet, and dries down to the creamiest musk. It's as light as poppy petals, with none of the brashness of Tom Ford Violet Blonde. Violets and I are sometimes friends, and in this one, we're carrying on our own sweet love affair. This has gone straight to the wishlist - I need more of this one. Notes: "Wild Hawthorne, Bulgarian Rose, Parma Violet, Cassia, Hedione, Cyclosal, Opoponax, White Musk, Vanilla" (Sephora).

I find it interesting when people create perfumes around naturally unscented flowers. It's like giving them new life, you know? And it's open to interpretation - these are both so different. Have you tried either of these? What do you think a poppy should smell like?

[Also, this is the first post to kick off my non-basketball March Madness: Fragrances. I need to go through my perfume samples (swimming in them. SWIMMING IN THEM), so I'm going to make a concerted effort to bring you more fragrance reviews this month. Hopefully grouped in more, nice little thematic posts. I'm excited. Hopefully my nose is up to the task.]

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Thursday Post

The Black Keys: Gold on the Ceiling. Put on your hipster glasses, boys and girls.

My brother sent me this link. Geekery, and engineering. So very cool.

Adorable creatures doing adorable things.

Cool and also creepy. Reminds me of Princess Mononoke.

I think happiness is this guy.
"I see you, you know. Pictures? Again?"

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Only a Year Late: Butter London Bossy Boots

I'm pretty sure Bossy Boots came out for Spring 2012, but I only purchased it last fall. And finally tried it (why do we let polish sit around forever, even though we desperately want to buy it?). It's a pistachio green, which I love, and I like the way it looks. Formula is a bit finicky, as with all white-based pastels, and it chipped more quickly than some of my other Butter London formulas, which I find is also par for the course with pastel creams.
Sorry it's so messy. I usually paint my nails at night, after my shower, while we're watching TV. And it didn't flow or level out as nicely as some others, which I sort of require because I'm not very good at keeping my nails neat, ha. And all that Q-tip cleaning business? Please. #lazy
Don't really care, though, because it's awesome. I know Butter London has more pastels out for Spring 2013, and I want Kerfuffle because holy hell that's an awesome name. But I also noticed that the prices went up to $15 and I'm a bit miffed. I'll be waiting for a sale before I scoop up any more Butter London shades.

*edit: I just saw on Twitter this morning that Butter London is doing a 3 for $30 sale on their site with code SPRING13. Shipping is separate.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Experiments of the Week: Feb. 24 - 28

Last one for February! I've been told not to stop these, but I think I've exhausted my creativity for a little while. I think I'll do one every once in a while, rather than every week. I did enjoy them!

This past week I tried to:
  • Use bronzer
  • Use a bright color on the lower lashline.
  • perfect/attempt the "natural" look (e.g., something appropriate for a job interview)
Natural look first. As I mentioned on Twitter, I think the "natural" makeup look is a pack of lies, ha! It takes just as many products as a more glam look - sometimes even more, because the emphasis here is on healthy skin and enhancing one's features. That means we want colors that are natural but maybe just a little bit deeper, a little more controlled than what we have with a bare face.
The arsenal, minus lip product. The quad is Clinique Teddy Bear, which had four "nude" mattes.

I use the Bobbi Brown corrector (Peach) under my eyes, and the Smashbox concealer to cover the redness in my cheeks. Then I buff everything out with the Annabelle BB Compact Makeup.
On lips: Tarte Moody.
The second look combines the other two goals: using bronzer (in this case, Dior Aurora), and lining the lower lashline with a bright shade (a combination of Ozma from the Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty palette, and the Urban Decay Flipside 24/7 Glide-on Pencil).
Same base makeup as above, except I'm only wearing Dior Aurora, no blush; lips: Revlon Coral Reef Super Lustrous Gloss over Dior Angelique Beige 
I have to admit that I don't usually like putting a bright color on the lower lashline (and it never STAYS - what are your tricks for making it last?) but this one came out okay. I think because it's actually kind of dark, so it just looks liked I rimmed my eyes with dark shades.

What different kind of looks have you been trying lately? 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Empties + Rejects, February 2013

Burning through more things. I'm trying to keep track of what things I have backups of and what I'd like to repurchase, because I don't want to end up having to repurchase ALL THE THINGS at once. That would make me sad.


Aveda Damage Control spray
This lasted forever. Seriously. More than a year and a half, with daily use. I really like this - has that herbal Aveda scent, keeps hair tangle-free and provides heat and UV protection. I bought a gel version recently, though, which is supposed to keep hair poofiness (the technical term, yes) down, so I'm trying that one for now.

Vichy Proeven Daily Dark Spot Corrector
I really do feel like this one worked. I've been using it since July, though at some point I started rotating in another product so a tube wouldn't really last 6 months of twice-a-day use. I will repurchase this when I've gone through my Clinique Even Better serum samples - I've got two from a 100-pt perk. Those work, as well, but I like this Vichy one better.

Haus of Gloi Mini Honeysuckle Lemon Curd Bubbling Scrub
I like the Haus bubbling scrubs. This scent is pretty nice, not too cleanser-esque. I've got a big jar of another scrub right now, but I'd buy more HoG ones in the future.

Solstice Scents Gingerbread and Vanilla Cream Body Ganache
I think perhaps it is the ginger that made this at times a little too...savory. The vanilla elements were delicious, but I can only take smelling like food for so long. I do like the texture, but the scent wasn't my favorite.

L'Occitane Honey Hand Cream, mini tube
Smells divine but I'm not a huge fan of the texture. Stays greasy for a little too long and also makes my hands slick in a weird, plasticky way. Apparently not for me. Good thing I just bought a mini to try! I want to buy some lovely smelling hand creams again, but for now I'm going to use the tube of FAB Ultra Repair Cream that came in a set I bought last fall.

And that's it for this round, boys and girls! I want to go through some of my samples, but eh, too much work. Maybe I'll make an effort of it next month. The problem is, most of it is skincare and I hate trialling skincare - plus, there isn't enough in a little sachet to get a feel for the product, anyway. Bah. Please tell me you're like me and have a bag full of samples. That's normal, right?