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· Fashion Notes: Metal sensitivities (earrings)
· Beauty Notes: perfumes part 7
· Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup: The Early Years
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· Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso
· Finding this weirdly mesmerizing...
· Culture Notes: Trigger Happy TV
· Beauty Notes: Annick Goutal Passion vs. Heure Exquise
· Inexpensive jewelry cleaner?
· Annick Goutal Passion
· Culture Notes: Love for Speed
· Beauty Notes: perfumes part 6
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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: August 2007
Culture Notes: Wait For Me (Sean Lennon)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 31, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)
I love this video!
Sean Lennon - Wait For Me
A blend of Woody Allen and Devon Aoki, with, imo, a heavy dose of Yoko Ono (in creating strong visual art). Yay!
There's a series of videos from the album (Friendly Fire) on youtube, and they're all as intricately made...very different from the bling 'n' Benz stuff.
Creed Fleurissimo review
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:18 PM (Eastern)
When I first put this on, I immediately recognized it as something I'd smelled before, long ago. I can't recall who wore it, or when, only that it was a very long time ago, another era really. Think no telephone answering machines, no VCR's, no central air conditioning; that sort of thing.
This perfume creates a strong impression. No one close to me wore it, I'm sure of that. I could have smelled it only a few times in my life, definitely more than thirty years ago, and I don't remember perfumes easily.
This is surely the scent of genteel ladies, Southern or otherwise. It's virtually all flowers. The violet isn't quite as prominent as I'd hoped....and the tuberose doesn't stand out until the drydown, it's well blended in with the rose. In fact, to my nose, the rose is the foremost note until the drydown, when the tuberose comes forward a bit.
I'm not getting a lot of iris here, just the rose and tuberose together, with the smoothing touch of violet adding body to the composition. It's sweet, but more elegant than sweet.
Fleurissimo was famously commissioned for the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. Smelling it now, it's not hard to believe...it is a romantic scent, ideal for a wedding.
I see this as the fragrance of a woman still young, but not a kid. Somewhere from mid-twenties to thirties...hmmm...I suppose I'm trying to think if it's too young for me. It's pleasant on me, but I feel it would be more striking on someone younger than forty-something.
I do feel your perfume should match your age, although of course there is no hard and fast rule, no magic cut-off number. It's just that some scents grow more attractive to you, the older you get, and others begin to seem too young. Or, to mangle a quote from Dazed and Confused: "That's what I love about these perfumes, man. I get older, they stay the same age."
For an eau de parfum, I expected a bit more staying power (or perhaps I'm spoiled now that I've tried Montale's Aoud Roses Petals...hmmm?). You would have to reapply this, but probably just the once. Sillage is good.
I would not recommend "buying this unsniffed"; I would recommend getting a sample first. Fleurissimo is an old-fashioned perfume, quite different from today's sweet, fruity, and, all too often, interchangeable scents. As I say, the instant I smelled it, I remembered it...it's singular.
Available at Parfums Raffy. (If you're into Creed, they have a nice complimentary set of Creed samples with Creed purchase.)
Boone Hall Plantation image courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Culture Notes: More 80's Style
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:51 PM (Eastern)
"Ello, I'm Gizzard Puke, mugger to the gentry, and anyone who says punk's dead, will be."
"This morning, I spilled coffee all over my wife's dressing gown! Serves me right for wearing it!"
"Me faddah ust'a yell at me so much when I was a kid, I ust'a think me name was 'Shaddup!'"
Hm, looks like someone took down the Kenny Everett Show video I posted earlier. So here is a fresh new 80's video, of one of my favorite U2 songs.
U2 Hattem 1982 - Another Time, Another Place
I haven't actually liked U2 since The Joshua Tree, unless you count "Angel of Harlem." Very few rock bands should, imo, continue playing when they get old. Rock requires the sheer kinetic energy of youth, the ability to run up hills, to stay up three nights in a row, and to be optimistic that things can change.
I still recall Boy as influential however, as genuinely different and almost freakishly good. Perhaps it's all in the drummer, or in the rough lyrics, that uncannily captured the dark shadows of youth, when you caught glimpses of things that didn't make sense at the time.
I'm running in the rain
I'm caught in a late night play
It's all; it's everything
I'm soaking through the skin
Twilight...lost my way
Twilight...night and day
Twilight...can't find my way
Montale Aoud Roses Petals review
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:49 PM (Eastern)
Just got a sample of this, from Parfums Raffy. In fact I have several samples, but went straight for the Aoud one, and placed a tiny drop or two of it on my wrist.
Why oud? What is oud? As there is, apparently, a musical instrument by the same name, let us first borrow some text from the Parfums Raffy site:
...The luxurious Aouds are fragranced ointments extracted from the oils of the Arabian Oud Tree. Oud is a precious oil from the bark resin of Aquilara - known as Ud (also Ouf or Aoud) - oil. Only trees of a certain age (50 years) deliver this essence. A thousand-year-old secret process, preserved in a cave for several years. Its subtlety and richness come from its vintage nature. Aouds are the sole perfume of Arabian kings and sultans since the dawn of time and are believed to possess aphrodisiac properties.
And some from the Wiki:
Agarwood or just Agar (from the Malay gaharu) is the resinous heartwood from Aquilaria trees, large evergreens native to southeast Asia. The trees occasionally become infected with a parasite mould and begin to produce an aromatic resin in response to this attack. As the fungus grows, the tree produces a very rich, dark resin within the heartwood. It is this precious resinous wood that is treasured around the world. The resin is commonly called Gaharu, Jinko, Aloeswood, Agarwood or Oud and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, thus it is used for incense and perfumes...
I was warned about oud...that it was either love or hate. But I have a fair amount of exposure to Middle Eastern cultures, where the people can be all about perfumes. This smells...wonderful. Okay here are my impressions:
First sniff: saffron, with somehow an imaginary hint of somagh and dried lime. I mean I don't think this contains somagh or dried lime, but the saffron note is so authentic, my nose automatically anticipated the other ingredients, in the initial few seconds.
At first this perfume smells sharp, almost acidic, and not sweet. The kind of scent that might send a perfume novice into a minor state of panic. Since I'd been forewarned, I applied only the small amount and was prepared to wait for it to mellow some.
About half an hour later: it's mellowed some. No longer as sharp nor as acidic. Now you can really smell roses. But not roses in the soliflore style, which would tend to disinterest me. Actually this is reminding me a bit of Yves Saint Laurent Paris...but a touch sweeter and older, imo a bit nicer and more complex. Paris would be the lighter-hearted younger sister of Aoud Roses Petals, but imo, Roses Petals would be a bit more beautiful.
Now it's smelling sweet, almost a blend of dried and fresh rose petals, with a slightly...sappy...undertone, and the saffron still hanging in there.
The Montale perfumes are reputed to wear extremely well. That's refreshing, considering the ephemeral nature of other scents I've tried recently. Strength and staying power imo should be factored into the cost of a perfume.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this as a "young" scent. To me, it has a mature feel to it. Nor is it necessarily a rose perfume lover's scent. As much as I like smelling rose fragrances, this is the first I've ever considered buying; there's much more going on here than plain roses.
Drydown: this develops into a soft and candied, almost honeyed, rose, after a while, with the cedar note coming to the fore and the saffron and oud receding slightly.
More than twelve hours later: those one or two tiny drops of Aoud Roses Petals--barely faded. I'm not exaggerating. The perfume has become a tad muted, that's it. Homina-homina-homina! This is the first Montale I've tried, but I already love it!
images courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Beauty Notebook: Variations on the Floral Perfume
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 4:31 AM (Eastern)
Recently I received some samples from the lovely Parfums Raffy. I selected scents I was most attracted to, based solely on descriptions, and only later realized they were all primarily floral perfumes.
All perfumes will be reviewed here and in the reviews section.
images courtesy www.parfumsraffy.com, www.nal.usda.gov
Fashion Notes: Metal sensitivities (earrings)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:43 PM (Eastern)
I've had earring metal sensitivity for many years; in fact, I had it when I got my ears pierced, about thirty years ago. It's just that people didn't talk about it much back then and I wasn't sure what was wrong.
I remember dunking the earrings in rubbing alcohol, in the vain hope it was simply a matter of sterilizing them better. And I tried many an earring labeled "surgical stainless steel" only to find it just as irritating as the "non-surgical-stainless-steel" variety.
At one point, there was this sort of clear nailpolish-like substance you were to paint on your earring wires to seal off the irritating metal. I tried this too and ended up having to return it.
Later on, I tried Simply Whispers earrings. For what they were, they were expensive, but at last I could wear regular pierced earrings. Some time after that, drugstores started selling Simply Whispers-type earring wires, so I converted all of my earrings to these.
When I started making jewelry, I discovered niobium, which works even better than the Simply Whispers type. There's also titanium (which, like niobium, can be annealed into colors, albeit not as vivid, nor as varied as niobium).
I can wear 18 karat gold earrings, it's more a matter of "oy the price tag" (still have it in mind to make some though).
The latest wearable metal for me, it turns out, is argentium sterling silver (pictured above with Swarovski crystals, Bali sterling beads, labradorite and freshwater pearls). Argentium is a patented alloy of silver, containing the same percentage of silver as standard sterling (92.5%). However, argentium sterling uses less copper and an element called germanium in the alloy.
It's been widely marketed as highly tarnish-resistant, so if sterling seems to turn instantly black on you, this may also be of interest to you. (Folks living in high humidity tend to have their sterling tarnish quickly.) I do believe I was on the Jewelrymaking.about.com forum, someone mentioned argentium, I thought, what the heck, let's try it...
Now I can have nice shiny silver earrings--admittedly, the dull silver color of unannealed niobium isn't quite as pretty.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 12:25 PM (Eastern)
I searched "perfume" on youtube. Not sure why, perhaps because there are now so many good videos pertaining to cosmetics, I thought there might be a few for scent.
Ugh! A whole spate of clips for the movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. I haven't seen the movie, but what an unpleasant association.
How we have changed. I also found several for 1992's Scent of a Woman, featuring Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell and Gabrielle Anwar. I saw this in the cinema; it's a quiet film, unassuming, yet the concept...an older blind guy, who can detect and accurately name women's perfumes, among other things...rather haunts me now.
Check out this scene, where Pacino shows O'Donnell how it's done:
We have become a culture of the obvious...or have we? Do the guys of today still pursue, the way guys used to? Hm I should watch this movie again.
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 7
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:33 PM (Eastern)
(see part 6)
I'm still sort of waiting for the Moment of Truth to arrive, and tell me which of the (many) samples I've tried is to be my next bottle of perfume.
It's not as easy as it sounds (and mind you, I'm not complaining). It's just a different experience from perfume-shopping of yore. Before, I would go to Nordstrom or what you have, try on various scents...I liked so few of them, the "full bottle choice" was always pretty obvious.
The past few times I went to San Francisco, I reached for my Diptyque Do Son or Eau de Lierre. In fact I finished my Do Son sample today; the first Diptyque sample to go. Is it a sign? My Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien was the first Annick Goutal sample to go.
I've yet to use up an Etro sample (to be fair, I own Heliotrope, which negates using up the Heliotrope sample).
Oh well. If I miss Do Son all that much, that might well be it.
There used to be several copies of this video on youtube, then they all got pulled and this official copy now resides there alone. One of my all-time favorite music videos. It was odd seeing it after not having seen it for what, twenty years?
Donald Fagen - New Frontier
Not particularly relevant to this post, unless you count the "Ambush" reference :D
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup: The Early Years
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:16 PM (Eastern)
Hm. Last night, after I published Mom Makeup, I realized that was "old Mom Makeup," and that the average new Mom would probably burst out laughing at the idea of having time to wear eyeshadow, so...
The top row is what I considered necessary (actually minus the blush, since I didn't own it back then): sunscreen (here it is tinted) and powder (because I have oily skin).
Eyepencil is the quickest way to look as if you bothered, so you will need at least one good eyepencil.
Lipstick is something you can put on in the car (not while driving obviously, I never really got that). In fact to this day, I keep the lipstick I'm using in my purse, in a mirrored case like these:
There are some years when you will need to get by on the items you consider bare necessities. These items have to work, since you won't have time to fuss with them. I never bought into the notion that a woman suddenly becomes a different creature when she gives birth. Don't give up your makeup, or the concept that you're still entitled to looking good, but do hone your routine to fit into the time you have.
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:08 AM (Eastern)
Along with Mom Clothes, there should be Mom Makeup.
I already had one of my kids, and was pregnant with the second, back when I discovered beauty messageboards. Part of my makeup quest has always involved time. Quick application, minimal touch-ups or fuss...minimal shopping. Something affordable, both in terms of money and of time.
Here is a quick collage of the makeup I wore today. Top row, left to right:
Bottom row, left to right:
Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:19 PM (Eastern)
I feel this picture captures the shade a bit more accurately than the official swatch:
In the swatch, Amoroso appears a sort of pinky peach. But it's actually a lovely, slightly bright coral red. On me it appears coral red, so it's definitely warm (I tend to pink-up, rather than orange-up, lipsticks).
As far as the formula, it's next to edible. Which makes sense, considering you end up eating some of it. From the Dr. Hauschka site:
Full Ingredient List for Lipstick
Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Wax, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Lecithin, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
This has already become my substitute for the defunct MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick. Not that it's the same shade; it isn't. For that you would check out Nars Niagara, Julie Hewett Gem Noir, etc.
Rather, Amoroso is the red version of Strawberry Blonde. Which suits me fine.
Dr Hauschka's formula...hmmm, it's not as solidly non-migrating as Chanel Hydrabase (another lipstick I was pondering), but it is decent. Not too much transfer (this was bugging me about Clinique Butter Shine, as pretty as their colors are). It doesn't wear as long as Hydrabase--conversely, it wears longer than Butter Shine.
The color is comparable to any high end lipstick. That surprised me some, since Dr. Hauschka is famous for skincare, not color cosmetics.
Packaging: nice solid tube, brushed gold-colored metal. It looks nice, with the brushed metal creating a warm golden glow.
I would say it's a bit of a trade-off, given the Hydrabase formula wears better, but the Dr. Hauschka formula may well be the wave of the future. After all, I switched to more natural, more basic products for most other applications.
I wear a mineral-based foundation (Zia) mixed with a sunscreen that's more mineral than chemical (TerraSport, although I will be trying out the Dr. Hauschka ones). I'm considering switching MAC Blot pressed powder with a non-talc powder (Physicians Formula Mineral Wear). Long ago I switched to health-food-store-style soaps, shower gels and shampoos, then conditioners, and I've never looked back. Once you try them, you're hooked.
Color cosmetics have always been trickier, since imo, the health food store style products were not as good as the higher end mainstream ones. Much less shade selection, typically more simplistic colors, et cetera.
This lipstick is rather encouraging.
It's moisturizing too. It feels an eensy bit slick on at first. When I swatched it before, I was concerned it would feel dry, but it isn't. Again it's a tad behind Hydrabase (to me that's the benchmark) in terms of leaving your lips incredibly soft. But it does soften.
It has a sort of health-food-store scent...sort of...edible smelling.
Lipstick swatches image courtesy www.drhauschka.com
Finding this weirdly mesmerizing...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:40 AM (Eastern)
This is the "clean" version; the other had the blogger's URL slapped on it toward the end--yeah, I was tempted to post the other one, but anyway...
I can admit I have zero temptation to buy the product, and was attracted to the video purely from fond memories of Lara Croft, Girl, Interrupted, et cetera. As much hype surrounds Angelina Jolie, I always liked her work. But after a while, playing it back a few times, I ended up liking the ad itself.
It's totally meaningless, yet beautifully, almost geometrically designed, what with the lines of the silver jewelry (oh, I'm sure it's platinum or something, I meant the color), the color of Jolie's eyes and the mesmerizing pink lipcolor (that would make me look like a ghoul)...really well done. You don't think about it consciously, but Jolie's eyes and the lip product are the only "colors" in the ad; everything else is her skin, or silver or white.
Culture Notes: Trigger Happy TV
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 24, 2007 2:18 AM (Eastern)
I'm still pondering whether to go ahead and buy Annick Goutal Passion or Heure Exquise--or to try more samples, different houses, and decide then.
I was pleased to see so much Trigger Happy TV on youtube though. Trigger Happy TV, if you've never seen it, was a brilliant series of street theatre skits. By its nature, it had to be finite, since once people figured out who Dom Joly was, the element of surprise would be lost. A lot of it is repetition, like having people dressed up as rabbits or squirrels, but some of it, like the sketch above, remains laugh-out-loud funny even after you've seen it a few times.
Passion or Heure Exquise? or is it now time to get the Serge Lutens samples?
Beauty Notes: Annick Goutal Passion vs. Heure Exquise
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 22, 2007 2:17 AM (Eastern)
Trying to decide which of the two is more "bottle-worthy." I've decided to pass on Eau d'Hadrien as my first perfume bottle purchase since...hm, it's been years.
I still have the ends of Armani Code and GF Ferré Lei, which I've been reluctant to use up since I have no new bottle to move on to. I can try samples, and samples have been good to me...in fact I highly recommend samples. Gone are the days that I went to Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus or Macy's, and sprayed perfumes on my hand, and tried to deduce what it would be like to smell these perfumes day after day. Now I can actually smell them day after day. Ultimately it's put me more, rather than less, in the mood to buy; there's no risk.
But there's little point in using only samples. I'm glad for my bottle of Etro Heliotrope. Spraying beats dabbing, what can I say... I seldom wear Heliotrope by itself; it's pleasant (dry, almost not sweet, almond and vanilla, with a smidgen of ethereal flowers) but for me it's a layering scent, rather the equivalent of a camisole or tank top.
So far, I'm leaning more towards Passion. Heure Exquise still smells very good on me, in all its powdery grandeur, but Passion is closer to a "melds with your skin scent" experience. If only Annick Goutal made a twin-pack. ;)
Inexpensive jewelry cleaner?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 20, 2007 10:45 PM (Eastern)
This will sound nuts, and I'm not by any means a professional, so take this advice with all due caution...but diluted Queen Helene Mint Julep Shampoo seems to make a good jewelry cleaner.
I tried some out on a whim...before that, I was using my Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash to clean inexpensive jewelry. And I was struggling using Ivory dish soap to clean more expensive jewelry. I tried the Green Queen shampoo out on a few inexpensive pieces...even diluted, you need only a few drops.
Of course you would not use this on softer stones such as amber, pearls, or anything else you wouldn't use detergent on.
Annick Goutal Passion
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 10:12 PM (Eastern)
(Not to be confused with Gardénia Passion.)
When I first tried this on, I hated it. It went to the "why bother trying it again?" pile o' vials, at least momentarily. Of course I tried it again (the beauty of the perfume sample vial!). Now it's one of three--along with Heure Exquise and Eau d'Hadrien--Annick Goutal perfumes I'm considering buying a bottle of.
As to why I hated it at first sniff, the only thing I can think of is that I was trying it on at the same time as something else, and the combination confused me.
From the Annick Goutal site:
Passion - sensual, fascinating, alluring, sweet floral, cyprused;
tuberose - jasmine - vanille-oakmoss
Alluring, Sensual, Fascinating
Passion is the fragrance of passionate love. Tuberose and jasmine from Grasse blend with vanilla to create the warm and heady scent of a sensual and captivating woman.
Even if it's only briefly mentioned, it's the oakmoss that makes Passion. The product page description makes it sound almost horribly sweet and candy-like, and indeed Passion was not one of my first choices (aedes.com happened to be out of Le Jasmin).
My previous experience with oakmoss was in Ava Luxe's Ingenue perfume, which itself was a replica of the long-discontinued Deneuve perfume (which I've never smelled and don't even remember).
Deneuve was classified as a chypre. As funky as the word "chypre" appears to be, it's a terrific perfume category. Not fruity, not really sweet, not floral, not spicy, not gourmand...just muted, dusky, soft, mellow, almost a "skin" scent. It is not a category for young girls, I don't think, nor for the slew of new "celebrity" perfumes. To me it has an "old," elegant feel to it, and the oakmoss in Passion is well balanced by the tuberose/jasmine/vanilla sweetness (a tad more floral than vanilla).
I tried Passion out again yesterday and today; it's still in the "bottle worthy" running. Even as an eau de toilette, the staying power is decent (6-7 hours). Sillage: you can smell it if you're close to the person (about the same as my good old Givenchy Organza edp).
image courtesy aedes.com
Culture Notes: Love for Speed
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, August 19, 2007 1:24 PM (Eastern)
Kiosk: Love for Speed (Eshgh e Sorat) with Subtitles
This is not at all a "typical" Iranian pop song, either in terms of music or of lyrics. I debated a bit about putting it up. Okay, I can admit it, I was looking for a Sattar video and couldn't find it. There were a few Sattar songs in a period of my life, and these were beautiful songs. But all I could find on youtube were new Sattar, and old Sattar, nothing in between.
In any case, this is Iran. When I see this video, I feel a bit sad. It's like that part of Hamoon (which I highly recommend, it's a bit of a comedy) where the main character flips through a book of maps of Iran. Because he's flipping the pages, you can see graphically how it got smaller and smaller over time. At the end he says, "How did it get so small?"
I feel we're a bit like that ourselves; we used to be a great country. Whether we can remain a great country is in our own hands. Whether we're building something today, for the sake of tomorrow; that's up to us.
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 6
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:18 PM (Eastern)
(see part 5)
I'm now thinking in terms of buying an actual bottle of perfume. I feel, as long I'm using samples, I'm getting...soft. It's easy to like something in its (relatively inexpensive) sample form. The moment of truth arrives when you buy the bottle.
So, over the next few days, I'll retry the few perfumes I'm thinking of buying. Etro Shaal Nur would have been one of them, but it strikes me as more of a cold-weather, soothing scent; something I don't really need right now.
It's more a tie among Annick Goutal Passion, Heure Exquise and Eau d'Hadrien (all eau de parfum). I'm not considering Diptyque yet. I like it but it's too new to me, where I've been wearing the Etro's and Annick Goutal's over the past year.
I used up my sample of Eau d'Hadrien long ago... Wouldn't it be nice to find a gift set of Eau d'Hadrien, Heure Exquise and Passion edp's? (Of course I have this recurring dream that I open my front door and people throw money at me...lol) Actually it's not that easy even to find Annick Goutal eau de parfums. A lot of places I checked last night carried only the eau de toilette form, and Annick Goutal edt's tend to be light.
Diptyque Tam Dao
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 18, 2007 1:10 PM (Eastern)
This is nice. From the Diptyque site: Rosewood, cypress and ambergris, in the heart note the sandalwood from Goa
I'm getting mostly sandalwood from this, although it does start out with a small burst of cypress. When I first put it on, the cypress note was a bit distracting. What I was expecting was next to pure sandalwood; soft, dry sandalwood...but Tam Dao actually does become that, once the small cypress note softens.
I gave it the "Does it last on a really hot day?" test yesterday. The weather has been super hot lately (dry heat), so I've been trying out various perfumes in it. Tam Dao did fairly well...not as good as Eau de Lierre (which clung on valiantly through miles and hours of next to scorching heat), but I could still smell it faintly and pleasantly on myself after I-880 in Friday rush hour traffic, in the previously mentioned, un-air-conditioned car. (Here you are talking about several hours of heat.) And the following day, a ghost of sandalwood remained on my clothes.
Out of the houses I've tried lately...Etro, Annick Goutal and Diptyque...I can admit I like Diptyque the best. Not all of the Diptyque samples...Philosykos ended up smelling Youth Dew-y on me (a pity, as its opening smell of fresh figs, fig leaves and fig tree itself is quite authentic); Olène, as much as I liked it initially, now falls behind Do Son and Jardin Clos; Ofrésia, which smelled bitter on me, although of course I will try it again. But Tam Dao, Eau de Lierre, Do Son and Jardin Clos are still on my possible bottle-worthy list.
My sole gripe with the Diptyques is the lasting power. Overall they seem a bit better than the Annick Goutal eau de toilettes, perhaps not quite as good as the Annick Goutal eau de parfums; overall not as good as Etro. Of the group, as mentioned, Eau de Lierre wins the staying power prize.
And, they could have a bit more sillage too. Jardin Clos has the best sillage of the group.
That's why I layer perfumes though; I always have at least one long-lasting perfume on. Lasting power is more important to me than sillage. I like to be able to smell the perfume myself, and be smell-able if the other person is fairly close, but I don't every day have to wear a strong perfume.
Overall...if you like sandalwood, you'll like Tam Dao. Imo it's better than Etro Sandalo. Sandalo struck me as too sharp-smelling. Tam Dao is smoother, softer, mellower. It is truly unisex; doesn't smell "perfume sweet." Rather it has a beautiful naturally sweetish smell of sandalwood.
image courtesy aedes.com
A pretty good reviews site...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 17, 2007 3:05 PM (Eastern)
Yelp features reviews of local businesses, written by locals. I've found it useful for specific reviews but if you have some time to kill, it would make great browsing material as well.
I have a Yelp account although I've reviewed only Bead Biz. This is (or was, but I hope not) my favorite "LBS" (local bead store). It's been closed over a year, but I still hope it will return in some form or other.
What drew me to Yelp--don't ask how I found it--was the "Ode to the Dour Waitress" by Elin F.: Katana-Ya Ramen Restaurant. (Scroll down some, doesn't seem to be a way to link to individual reviews.)
Once I read this, I knew Yelp was good. (Again don't ask, Californians reviewing Californians...)
Beauty Notes: Jane is...back?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:21 PM (Eastern)
Jane was one of those highly innovative brands--the operative word being "was"--back when I discovered The Lipstick Page in 1998. Back then, such popular items as Magical Mushroom and Purple Heart eyeshadows; Blushing Glow blush; Loco Cocoa, Browned Down Red, Cinnamon Stick, Rosy Outlook and Bye Bye Brown lipsticks, were posted about with the same enthusiasm and reverence as, oh, Nars, Chanel, or other slightly more expensive brands.
It's not that Jane was ever quite high end makeup at drugstore prices. The staying power of the products varied wildly. Some of the lipsticks were dry, others (supposedly of the same formula) weren't. It's just that some of the stuff really was good. And it was all, what, $3 apiece?
Estee Lauder had already acquired Sassaby, the owner of Jane, in late 1997, before I found out about Jane on LP. It certainly explains how easy it was to find Jane. Longs Drugs carried it, Walgreens did as well; it seemed to be everywhere.
At one point, Jane changed, from being the hidden drugstore gem, into something akin to Bonne Bell. Sweet flavored lipsticks and shiny colored powders appeared to dominate, and I felt my interest wane.
Later on, it suddenly became impossible to find Jane at all. It was pulled from Longs Drugs, seemed to linger on a bit longer at Walgreens; it popped up at Target (the Weather Wear lipstick, carded packaging period). Then it disappeared from Target.
The last two Jane products I bought were "Blushing Babydoll" and "Blushing Petal" blushes, from Target. They had half an hour's worth of staying power each, and I threw them out, too disheartened even to bother trying to make them work.
Estee Lauder sold Jane in 2004 to Lisa Yarnell and Harry Adjmi.
I suppose I forgot about Jane, even when I read on the beauty boards that it was back. I was dismayed that most of the popular shades were missing from the new line-up. No Magical Mushroom; the "new" Purple Heart was not at all the same shade as before, et cetera. It struck me that one person researching beauty boards for two days would have known which shades to reissue. The flood of posts from beauty-board old timers rushing out to buy their long-lost favorites would have introduced the brand to beauty-board new timers, in a giant wave of (free) buzz.
What summoned these memories: yesterday, I saw a Jane stand at Walgreens. I don't normally shop at Walgreens (ours is small), so have no idea how long that display has been up.
The display was...small. There were ten lipsticks on the rack, all Lipkicks. I saw Cotton Candy (light pink, pearly?), Tiramisu (this seemed quite orange), what I'll guess is Firetruck (that ubiquitous red-in-the-tube, fuchsia-on-my-lips shade, that sometimes works if your coloring is cool), Peach Perfect (this looked pretty, an orange-rose shade), Toasted Rose (ubiquitous pink-brown, but looked like a nice rendition of it), something else that had too much purple in it to be of interest to me, something Barbie pink...I'm drawing a blank on the other three shades.
Nothing actually caught my eye, beyond Peach Perfect and Toasted Rose, but then, ten lipsticks? On a drugstore rack, you need more choices.
They had a slew of eyeshadows: singles, duos, quads, palettes of six and eight shades...a good concept. If you were starting out using eyeshadow, it would make perfect sense to try larger amounts of smaller shades.
I barely glanced at the blushes, I suppose remembering too well the zilch staying power of the last two Jane blushes I'd bought, but they did have some interesting-looking mosaic blushes. (No Blushing Glow on the rack, but it is on the Jane site.)
Didn't see any of the mineral products but then I wasn't looking for them. I have lately contemplated replacing my trusty MAC Blot pressed powder with a non-talc version, just to see if it made a difference...Jane wouldn't be the worst place to start. (Editor's note: I've seen good reviews for the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear pressed powders.)
Ultimately, I didn't buy anything. I'm not sure how much of that is because I don't readily buy drugstore makeup anymore (I've found it can be expensive over the long run, since more expensive products tend to last a lot longer), how much could be attributed to the limited product selection (if I had found a lipstick shade that caught my eye, I would have bought it for old times' sake, and to see if the new is as good as the old).
image courtesy www.janecosmetics.com
Before you go shopping online...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:04 PM (Eastern)
Beauty Notes: In Search of Wisteria in the Bay Area
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 8:18 PM (Eastern)
This was a complete and total bust. The image above is from Wikimedia Commons.
There's one place around here I know has wisteria (the nurseries don't generally carry it, maybe they have it, maybe they don't)...it's in front of a vacant lot. I went there today, since it was en route to the local Target.
Editor's note: those Go! designer collections aren't bad, although you do have to avoid anything with a ginormous logo on it. I got a few of the Proenza Schouler tanks and short-sleeved tops last time around; they're nice and soft, look better than regular old tanks and short-sleeved tops, and seem to be wearing well after several washes. What they have now is Libertine; I got the puffed-sleeve top (it's way cuter on than it looks online, it's fitted and the neck is scoopy) and some of the lace-inset Indonesian tanks.
I even brought my camera, hoping to take a picture of the wisteria. I realized, in reviewing Diptyque Olène, it's been years since I smelled an actual wisteria flower. It's probably been more than twenty years. I have a fairly strong memory of the scent, but why not smell the real thing?
Once I got there, I could find only two, dilapidated blooms. Wisteria in the South, I'm sure of it, blossoms the entire summer. Bleh! And they both smelled terrible. I got a tiny bit of real wisteria (and haven't changed my assertion that Olène does not smell like wisteria) but not that dense, wondrous cloud of scent. Oh well.
I'm betting Berkeley has wisteria. Can you imagine, a Southerner looking for wisteria?
The Apl Song Video + ASIN Music Balita
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 15, 2007 5:21 PM (Eastern)
This is quite interesting; what they did was dub the ASIN song "Balita" over The Black Eyed Peas' video for "The Apl Song." http://www.blackeyedpeas.com
(Annoyingly) you have to register an account to play the original song, but it's charming and I think it's worth doing.
I've liked The Black Eyed Peas for quite some time, always kinda dug apl.de.ap (he's the quiet one). A bit of a surprise for what has been a flashy rap group, but that's why I like 'em.
Beauty Notes: Everything you ever wanted to know about Serge Lutens
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 3:44 PM (Eastern)
but were afraid to ask. :D
Serge Lutens ~ Nearly All the Facts
Don't forget to bookmark this page:
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 14, 2007 11:52 PM (Eastern)
The Beauty Blog Network
All of the blogs in the network are syndicated on this page, so you get the 20 most recent beauty posts throughout the entire network.
Fashion Notes: Mom clothes
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 10:46 PM (Eastern)
I have to smile a bit when people complain about the current trendiness of "maternity clothes"--those ubiquitous empire-waisted dresses and tops. Back when I was pregnant, there was no such trend. It's not the maternity clothes I ever had a problem with...you need wear them only part of the nine months, they don't have to look that good. You will wear them only a few times in your entire lifetime. What I found a bit mind-boggling, was what to wear after you had the kids.
Here--like everything else associated with pregnancy and childbirth--you were assumed to have become an entirely different person. An entirely different creature, really. I was fuddled at first, having to retire my closet full of dryclean-only suits, blouses and dresses, to replace them with...what?
The answer, friends, is jeans. Lots and lots of jeans. They can be nice jeans, but they have to be the kind of jeans you can put in the washing machine, because it takes two seconds for the jeans to have a greasy handprint on them.
With the jeans, you need fitted tee shirts. Lots and lots of fitted tee shirts. Again these must be machine-washable, greasy handprint-able.
It goes on that way for some years. You really can't have nice clothes.
It's been only the past couple of years...so let's say five years' worth of jeans and fitted tee shirts...that I've been able to move on, to actual non-jean pants. You no longer get greasy handprints, yet you don't have the time or money to wear dryclean-only clothing.
I've moved on to khaki pants. Lots and lots of khaki pants. Moms don't have time to shop, and when they do, they have to shop with the kids, so there is a tendency to buy a lot of whatever works. I like these khaki pants actually, just as I secretly liked the jeans and fitted tee shirts; it's a uniform, and like any uniform, its purpose shines through and makes it noble.
I'd like to say I've gone on to better fitted tees, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm still wending my way through the black, white, and grey-brown batch I got the last time I made a fitted tee shirt run (actually I didn't like the color selection, that's how I ended up with these; I'm just saying).
But I had an interesting experience recently: dresses. I have not bought dresses since...ah...probably since before my first kid. I'm drawing a blank. Recently I bought some dresses for a specific reason; I had to buy dresses. It was...reminiscent somehow of that scene in M.A.S.H. where there was a truck loaded with silk dresses, and the women found out about the dresses, and they all went running in a crowd towards the truck. There is something magic about dresses. Perhaps the symbolism...but let's not be dreary. There's nothing like a dress.
I went a little nutty and bought six dresses. I was tempted to take some pics today (I tried all the dresses on again, to figure out what jewelry I would need to make for each) but I'll probably do that later on.
Labels: fashion notes
The perfect blush: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 13, 2007 1:41 PM (Eastern)
Then: The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: The perfect blush
Now: Hm. I agree with Dain, that blush should be regarded as a foundation product, rather than as a color cosmetic. It's true you can create entirely different looks using different blushes, and if you employ a wide variety of lip colors, you might want a few blushes to coordinate with these (warm blush with warm lip, cool blush with cool lip, delicate blush with red lip), but the word is "might." You might not want to, or need to, if you have already found the perfect blush.
I love this blush! It's Nars The Multiple in Malibu. Note how it works with the different lipsticks (left to right): Chanel Moiré, MAC Strawberry Blonde, and MAC Sophisto. I could have gone through the bother of coordinating blush with lipstick, but there's really no need to.
I have never found a drugstore blush that could do what a spendier one does, although there are good drugstore blushes. L'Oreal tends to make good ones...they're not as complex as their Lancôme counterparts, with less, but still respectable, staying power. Jane used to make good blushes too but I haven't tried the "new new" Jane...the original brand produced some excellent blushes, then blushes with utter mediocrity, like half an hour's worth of lasting power; now I have no idea.
Milani was another shooting star of the drugstore blush world, with their beauty-board "lemmings" of Luminous and Mango Tango blushes. Now I understand they've tanked their blushes in favor of a bronzer-blush duo (with the bronzer outranking the blush). Luminous lives on--I believe it was the only one Milani kept, albeit in bronzer-blush form--as the famous look-alike to Nars Orgasm blush.
Imo there is no easy way to choose a blush. I went through a lot of beauty advice rigamarole, such as going for a peach blush (my coloring is on the warm side), or rose, or mauve, or...? You really have to try some on. Ultimately what worked for me was a complex blend of rose, the slight warmth of peach (the defunct Lancôme Rose Charmant) or bronze (the Malibu), slightly muted but not too brown. A definite base of rose, not red, peach, pink or brown.
Fashion Notes: Polyvore
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:32 PM (Eastern)
This is kind of interesting:
Polyvore - Discover or Start Trends
I haven't played with it much, but you're supposed to be able to "import" clothes from other sites as well. According to the text, what you see in the editor, was imported by other people using the editor.
Diptyque Jardin Clos
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, August 12, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)
COLDWAR: Nina vs. Kyla
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:55 PM (Eastern)
COLDWAR:Nina vs.Kyla_I Still Believe
I was looking for the Brenda K. Starr one; it is up there, but then I stumbled across this one. Not the same edge as Starr's, but kick-ass all the same. The Filipina Divas did this sing-off in 2003; it's still as incredible today.
Here's a more detailed Kyla vs. Nina video:
KYLA or NINA - LISTEN
There's a lot of other stuff up there, including Regine Velasquez, that's equally as impressive.
images courtesy www.titikpilipino.com
Culture Notes: Absolutely Fabulous
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 11, 2007 2:57 PM (Eastern)
I found it! 0:50 (or 9:00 since we're going backwards)
I saw this ages ago and never forgot the line: You only work in a shop you know, you can drop the attitude. rotfl
Diptyque Eau de Lierre
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:07 AM (Eastern)
I tried this again today, instead of retrying Etro Vicolo Fiori as I'd planned. I was going somewhere hot (known as "inland" around here); I knew it would be at least ten degrees hotter, tank-top weather, so the notion of Eau de Lierre, described on the Diptyque site as follows:
Ivy leaves, cyclamen, geranium, green pepper, ambergris, palisander wood, musks
...would be more refreshing in the heat.
I like Eau de Lierre. It's kind of a weird perfume. I have ivy in the back yard (it's a pest in fact, you have to cut it back and keep it off the trees); there were tons of English ivy in Virginia, enveloping the buildings, blanketing the ground...I've never really smelled ivy though. Eau de Lierre just smells green and fresh to me. It reminds me most of L'eau d'Issey, but without the breath of flowers...a green meadow, with ivy and no flowers. In that way it's more abstract than L'eau d'Issey, but if you like one, you might like the other.
So, getting back to the story, I dabbed this on pretty thick, expecting the "smells wonderful, fades too quickly" quality of other Diptyque perfumes I've tried, except Philosykos (it's been well pointed out that perfumes that don't agree with you last longest on you), and was pleasantly surprised that it lasted the entire trip, through driving on the freeway in Friday traffic, in a car without air conditioning, inland to the fantastic dry California heat. Many other scents would have burned off, plain and simple. Eau de Lierre continued smelling good for hours, and the sillage was not bad for at least the first several hours.
In fact I can still smell it a bit. I am getting the ivy (I'm sure ivy smells that way if you ever bother smelling it), a little green pepper. Cyclamen? does that even have a smell? I can buy that there might be a little geranium in it, but it's not strong. Musks...could be a little musky sweetness there. But it's the green ivy that dominates.
I'd like to say Eau de Lierre could be worn just as easily by a man, because it's not flowery, but I would rather smell this on a woman than on a man...to me it's not masculine enough, even if it's not a traditionally feminine scent.
image courtesy aedes.com
Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 10, 2007 5:45 PM (Eastern)
Okay, I give up. It's not that plummy. To my eye it seems plummy, but it's more rose than plum. I also have Nars Jezebel, Mambo and Malibu on in this pic, and my hair is completely wet.
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 5
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:36 PM (Eastern)
(see part 4)
A definite "nay" to Annick Goutal Songes. I tried it again a few days ago. This is the eau de parfum form; it has the strength, no doubt about it. A few good dabs were good to go all day.
Still, in its genre--tropical white floral--their Passion scent is subtler and more complex (Songes kind of hits you over the head, and is potentially headache-y toward the end of the day).
Recap thus far:
Yay: Shaal Nur, Heliotrope (already own this)
Nay: Lemon Sorbet, Gomma
?: Royal Pavillon (on me this is less a perfume, more a hothouse replica :D)
Retry: Messe de Minuit (I never got past the "head shop phase" here, but that's hardly fair), Vicolo Fiori, Sandalo
Yay: Eau d'Hadrien EDP, Heure Exquise, Passion
Nay: Les Nuits d'Hadrien (EDT form, too faint), Songes, Gardénia Passion, Rose Absolue, Mandragore, Ce Soir Ou Jamais (pretty, but too young for me)
?: Néroli (smells terrific, doesn't last on)
Retry: Eau du Ciel
Yay: Do Son
Nay: Philosykos, Olène (lovely but too similar to Do Son)
Retry: Eau de Lierre, Jardin Clos, Tam Dao--I liked these at first sniff; Ofrésia (this smelled bitter on me)
Diptyque shop image courtesy www.diptyque.tm.fr
Perfume for Dummies
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:15 AM (Eastern)
Okay I'm just kidding (you'll note I didn't change the other Java references on the cover). But there is a pretty good Wiki on the subject of perfume that might be helpful for beginners.
Note: the Dummies books are revered by programmers.
Summer makeup video from Canada
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 09, 2007 9:22 PM (Eastern)
Like the previous video, this originates in Canada, and features some swank tips, including a demo of Kiss Me mascara (using a top-of-the-lashes technique to curl the lashes); how I like to match foundation myself (place it on the jawline; if it's off, it'll hit you in the eye), and sundry advice on ingredients.
Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:02 PM (Eastern)
I finally chased down my sample of Chanel Hydrabase "Moiré" lipstick and wore it yesterday.
Wearing is believing...I'd forgotten how good this stuff is. Zero bleeding: the outline stayed exactly as I had applied it, hours later. It faded a tad in the center, but not much; simply a matter of dabbing some back in (or, conversely, applying slightly more in the center to begin with). Basically it was, put it on and forget about it. And it looked good.
The color Moiré is plummier than I'd remembered. It's primarily warm-toned plum, with some brown, some brick red, and the finish is matte, although the lipstick itself is moist. It's a classical, rather than trendy, shade.
Major Nars blush porn link
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 08, 2007 2:54 AM (Eastern)
my NARS blush collection
The blog itself is in Chinese (drat!): http://blog.pixnet.net/snowkei
Another perfume link...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 07, 2007 8:21 PM (Eastern)
Got this from Perfume Posse (also linked to in our perfume links).
The Perfumed Court
Another smoky eye tutorial...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 7:42 PM (Eastern)
It's a nice one...although he doesn't list the products used, the procedure is shown in a straightforward manner.
Nars Fall 2007: Modern Odyssey
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:08 PM (Eastern)
I feel a bit remiss here, if only because it occurred to me only today that taking screenshots of the Nars collections was way easier than downloading the images. And I'd like to keep track of the collections.
So what looks good here? Brazil looks kind of cool actually.
image courtesy www.narscosmetics.com
How to choose a lipstick shade: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 06, 2007 8:26 PM (Eastern)
How to choose a lipstick shade
Since writing the original post, I used up MAC Sophisto and Strawberry Blonde, all the way down to their inner metal tubes. They're sitting in my Back to MAC empties bag. Even though I have six MAC empties, sufficient to qualify for a free lipstick, I want to try something different.
Spice It Up...really didn't get worn that much. It's not quite "it" for me, a tad too dark, too cool and too dry (it's the one MAC Lustre formula lipstick I've tried that struck me as being at all dry).
Clinique Apple Brandy is what I'm wearing now, until I can find a replacement for Strawberry Blonde. Said replacement doesn't have to be a similar shade, just one I find versatile. As it is, Apple Brandy is going fast, probably due to the softness of the Butter Shine formula, so I anticipate using it up as well. But I won't buy any more Butter Shines...I find the formula too soft.
So where does that leave me? When I started seeking look-alikes for Strawberry Blonde, before I decided to not go with the same shade...I suppose you could say it was eye-opening. For one thing, most of the look-alikes were in the $22 to $24 price range. It's more than I've paid for a lipstick, but then this is the first time in a long time (coughsince discovering beauty boardscough) I've used up lipsticks. I don't buy them that often anymore; what I do buy has to work.
* Dr. Hauschka lipsticks in Amoroso and Adagio. I've swatched these; the colors are actually quite good. It's the formula I can't be sure about, since I haven't worn them properly all day, but they don't seem prone to fading quickly.
* Chanel Hydrabase lipstick in Moiré. This is surprisingly wearable, a blend of brick red, plum, twist o' fuchsia shimmer. I'll have to get hold of my sample of this and try it again. But even if I vote against Moiré, I'm already sold on the Hydrabase formula. It doesn't feel moist on, but it's way moisturizing, more so than lipsticks that feel moister on. Plus I like the medium coverage, it's hard to find...more color than a sheer, yet not as high maintenance as full coverage.
It's also quite scented (candied rose)--if you're looking for unscented, keep looking, or else try the faint vanilla of MAC.
* Something entirely different. Julie Hewett? Kevyn Aucoin? Sue Devitt? Ramy? YSL? Haven't decided yet.
And now, the incredible Patsy Cline; I included this so you would have something to listen to while reading this post! (The original video I had here, "Leavin' on Your Mind" by Patsy Cline, 1963, is no longer available.)
Patsy Cline - A Tribute
Keishi pearl necklace
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 3:32 PM (Eastern)
I tried photographing this in all the usual ways: no flash, indirect lighting, yadda yadda...nothing worked, so I finally just had someone else model it and used a flash. At least some of the lustre came out; these are unusually good pearls, I bought them right before the price nearly doubled.
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 4
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, August 05, 2007 2:46 PM (Eastern)
(see part 3)
You know, a part of me is wondering if I'm turning into a perfume sample junkie. It's so much...cheaper...to buy samples, then you have a lot of samples, so it's not as if you don't have any perfume to wear. On perfume sites, they talk about a scent being "bottle worthy."
Sorry, couldn't help it... If Seinfeld were still being made, Elaine would be a perfume sample junkie, struggling to commit to a full sized bottle...lol
So, on my "bottle worthy" list thus far: EDP's from Annick Goutal--Eau d'Hadrien, Passion, Heure Exquise...Néroli is made only in EDT form. I'm on the fence about Néroli, anyway, wondering if there isn't a longer-lasting neroli scent around.
Not altogether sure about getting more Etro. Will have to retry some samples there, but Shaal Nur and Royal Pavillon were the standouts; not sure about Vicolo Fiori.
Eye makeup for green eyes: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 03, 2007 1:48 PM (Eastern)
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #1
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #2
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #3
I was going back on some older posts to index them (you can now pull up posts by clicking the Features, Categories and Tags labels to the right ->), and came across this series of posts I made two years ago.
Some of the images are missing--likely linked to images in the reviews section, which we've also recently overhauled--is it worth restoring the images, or even indexing the posts?
The short answer is no. I no longer have even the same philosophy regarding eye makeup as I had back then. Things have changed...I'm no longer willing to buy products I know will last less than a year, either quality- or interest-wise. To me it's not worth it; my time is worth something, and has to be figured into the cost of the item.
There is also the classical Cost Per Wear factor, which I first encountered in Caterine Milinaire's Cheap Chic (1975). I don't remember how that book got into my hands...it was a library book...but I found it fascinating. Ms. Milinaire went through an exercise calculating the cost per wear of a dress...I want to say it was an $80 dress, extravagant back then...and how, if the dress were of good quality, in a style that lasted some years, its cost per wear was less than that of a $20 dress that didn't wear as well.
I've come to have a similar philosophy regarding makeup, although I do believe it's important to draw a line. Higher cost in cosmetics does not necessarily translate to higher quality. Sometimes it does; sometimes it simply means you pay more. It's been well pointed out that women are new to the concept of having their own money, and like any other nouveau riche, we are surrounded by an infinite number of people with their hands out, trying to grab a chunk.
So! what has ended up in my green eyed makeup stash these days?
Nars Jezebel duo eyeshadow:
This is to die for. Although, to my eye, it is a teeny bit warm, and may not suit you if your overall coloring is cool. The darker shade is purple-tinged, coppery brown; the lighter shade is matte lilac with a hint of pink.
When I put this on, I don't get anything screaming "brown eyeshadow!", I think largely because of the shot of purple in the coppery shade. (I have not seen this exact color anywhere else, in nine years of avid makeup junkie-dom.) The lilac shade is the perfect foil for it.
Prior Nars duos, left to right: Babylon, Ireland and Island Fever:
These are still going strong. They haven't turned hard, the way most of my other shadows have (knock wood). Nars duos currently retail for $31, meaning I buy them very slowly; however it's well to mention the cost is comparable to that of two single shadows from any number of "less expensive" brands.
Eyepencils: Nars Mambo; MAC Bordeauxline and Grey Utility:
The Mambo is new to me. It's described on the Nars site as "chocolate brown," but when I swatched it, I detected a definite hint of red (perhaps plum as well) that I knew would look good with green eyes.
The MAC's I've had for two and a half, and two years, respectively. Quality is still good.
Um...that's it. I've tossed my cheaper shadows in the main, and put aside some others. I'm seldom in a hurry to throw out expensive shadows, but I do see the solution as simply buying less to begin with, or buying more slowly.
Cheap Chic image courtesy www.enokiworld.com
Culture Notes: Shabnami Surayyo
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:23 PM (Eastern)
"Az kudumi safar" (fan version), Shabnami Surayyo, uploaded by a3u3
Shabnami Surayyo is a Tajik singer; there are many of her videos on youtube, along with musical videos from seemingly every place on Earth.
This song in particular--and no, I don't understand a word she's singing--really grows on you, the more you listen to it. The fan video contains clips from some of her other videos, including some from a charming duet with a singer named Parvina.
You'll note the duet video makes inventive use of architecture; a beautiful film from a limited budget. I also enjoyed the use of traditional Tajik clothing, which features intricate handiwork. Eat your heart out, Beyonce & Shakira! (okay just kidding)
"Kulobi Man," Shabnami & Parvina, uploaded by spantadil
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 3
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 02, 2007 2:50 PM (Eastern)
(see part 2)
It's funny, Annick Goutal's Passion now smells quite good on me. I'm not sure why I disliked it before. It could have been a case of "confused nose." When I sniffed it initially, something screamed "1970's!" and I put it aside. (If, say, pop music diversity reached its summit in the 70's, perfumery sure didn't.)
Passion is a tuberose and jasmine scent, a little vanilla...it's sweet, a bit simple, but good. It now goes on my short list, along with their Heure Exquise and Néroli.
I'd say some of the Annick Goutal scents lend themselves as well to layering as Etro's. Why layer? :) I think I'm the only one on LP who does it routinely, but I tend to think in terms of components all the time, how you can move the components around, what you can do with them.
Leaving Annick Goutal Eau du Ciel and Songes on my to-retry list.
image courtesy aedes.com
Buffy Alert: Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover of Lucky
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 12:40 PM (Eastern)
Being a diehard Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, it was a bit hard to resist posting this cover. I see Ms. Gellar is looking well these days...and so can you, since Lucky is raffling off Ms. Gellar's outfit!
Readers can win her gorgeous cover outfit and makeup at www.luckymag.com/deals worth nearly $2,500! Also, the first 50 readers to register will receive an Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Quad in Neutral Cashmere.
Hmmm...I think I'd look good in this one.
Thanks for the mention!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 01, 2007 8:11 PM (Eastern)
Makeup - Mahalo
It's a nice page.
Labels: beauty notes
Culture Notes: Red Dwarf
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:47 PM (Eastern)
If you haven't seen Red Dwarf, you've missed out on one of the funniest tv shows ever made.
Even though the show makes much more sense if you've seen it from the beginning and watched it in sequence, there are some episodes so ingenious, it doesn't matter if you haven't.
This is one of my favorites and I was thrilled to see someone had uploaded it to youtube. (For a synopsis of the show's plot, see the Wiki.)
Justice, part 1 (09:14)
Justice, part 2 (08:35)
Justice, part 3 (08:55)
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:37 PM (Eastern)
(see part 1)
Group 3: my aedes.com Annick Goutal samples: Les Nuits d'Hadrien, Passion, Gardénia Passion, Eau du Ciel, Rose Absolue, Néroli, Heure Exquise, Songes.
Les Nuits d'Hadrien was the EDT form and I don't recommend it; it's too diffuse. The EDP form I'd sprayed on my hand at Nordies struck me as rich and complex, truly the nocturnal complement to Eau d'Hadrien, but the EDT was lightly scented water on me.
Gardénia Passion and Rose Absolue...nay to these. They're good, even excellent soliflore scents, but I found I was not into either gardenias, nor roses, enough to consider a full sized bottle. (Even though Rose Absolue layered delectably with Heure Exquise.)
Eau du Ciel...I've tried this once. It struck me as a young scent, too young for me. I doubt that's a fair assessment so will be sure to try it again.
Passion....interestingly, my first impression of this was entirely negative. I'm trying it again right now; it's not bad. It's not "it" for me, as far as tuberose-based floral scents go (that would be Diptyque's Do Son), but I haven't ruled it out as a layering scent.
Songes was nice and strong, but rather lacking in complexity. It would make a good layering scent should you be into layering. I plan on revisiting Songes. It's basically a bouquet of tropical flowers (plumeria, ylang-ylang and jasmine) on a base of vanilla. Strong and sweet.
Heure Exquise and Néroli were my favorites of this group.
Heure Exquise was your basic powdery scent...its notes, from the Annick Goutal site: Turkish rose, iris, Mysore sandalwood. But blended together so well, you don't detect individual notes, only a thick sweet smudge o' yum, complex enough to not be common.
Néroli was a sort of green interpretation...I got a lot of green leaves out of it, with a layer of the orange blossoms. Delicious, but rather short-lived on me. Were it offered in a more concentrated form, I might consider it; as it is, I'm thinking of trying other neroli scents.
Conclusion: Heure Exquise and Néroli go on the short list, unless I can find a longer-lasting neroli scent as yummy as Néroli. Retry Passion, Eau du Ciel and Songes.
To come: group 4.
image courtesy wikimedia commons