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· More Nars & other porn...
· A cool shoe site
· Another handy source of Nars and other porn...
· The virtual model is back!
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· Fashion Notes: Addicted to J. Crew?
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· Fashion Notes: The Sartorialist
· Makeover program where you can try on hair styles, hair colors, and makeup
· Fashion Notes: finding jeans that fit
· Where to get perfume samples
· A pretty good reviews site...
· Before you go shopping online...
· Beauty Notes: Everything you ever wanted to know about Serge Lutens
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· Fashion Notes: Polyvore
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· Major Nars blush porn link
· Another perfume link...
· Couple of indie links
· Okay now this is really interesting...
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Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, April 14, 2008 1:47 AM (Eastern)
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Beauty Notes: Perfume Bay to become Beauty Encounter
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 11, 2008 7:40 PM (Eastern)
Not the newest of news, no doubt, but Perfume Bay, the online perfume discounter, lost the suit Ebay filed against them. As of March 1, 2008, Perfume Bay will become Beauty Encounter, at www.beautyencounter.com.
Perfume Bay is familiar to me as one of the few places carrying Annick Goutal's eau de parfums. Rather crucial, since the widely-available Goutal eau de toilettes have terrible staying power. I got my Passion EDP from Perfume Bay, and have off and on eyed their solid Sublime. (There are a lot of odds and ends on the site; reminds me of Woolworths in a good way.)
Oh well, I'd hate to see an independent etailer take a nose dive over something like this, so do update your bookmarks on March 1.
Beauty Notes: This may be the article to link to.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 01, 2008 6:29 PM (Eastern)
A big thank you to KAYLEEN SCHAEFER from the NY Times
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, January 18, 2008 3:14 PM (Eastern)
I think we need a label for this, somehow...a blend of favorite things and Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru.
Anyhow. Shall we commence?
Ava Luxe Voyage earrings
I'm not affiliated with Ava Luxe, I should mention. I just like her stuff. Here I thought this was beautiful, a binary combination of kyanite and labradorite, strung on karat gold. Sometime I will do something similarly binary...I can't wear 14KT gold earrings, but I'm hoping someone will come up with a wearable golden leverback cheaper than 18KT gold. mumbles...
Here is my own stuff. Less spectacular for sure, but keep in mind, there can be a difference between making something to wear, and making something to sell. With the emphasis on "can be."
It's been on my mind lately, because I tend to acquire less for the sake of owning something beautiful, and more for that of owning something useful. Sometimes the twain meet, oh, take this for example:
I've gotten the most mileage from Island Fever (far right). In the pan: a gorgeous shimmery sea blue shade, plus a medium shimmery iridescent grey. It should be pretty, but useless; something you bought on a whim because it looked nice. But it isn't useless by far. The blue shade, applied very lightly, is the most natural, unobtrusive shadow I own. It shouldn't work but it does.
Hence, the Ava Luxe earrings could well correspond to this concept. Bright and pretty, but potentially utile as well.
My little hoops (these are the most conservative earrings I've made thus far) would be more like this:
Nars Mambo, the unsung eyepencil. I paid $19 for you at Sephora, and momentarily felt a complete idiot; you can buy a perfectly decent deep brown eyepencil at Longs Drugs for four bucks. Then I started using you.
Mambo is deep brown, yet possesses hints of purple and red--making it subtly ideal for green or blue eyes, and making it go with everything. Thereby replacing brown, purple, and bronze pencils for me. No, you don't swatch particularly well, but on, you are a minor genius.
The Scented Salamander follows up on the Bond No. 9/Liz Zorn Perfumes story:
Trademark Questions Over The Use Of The Word "Peace" / Q & A with Laurice Rahme of Bond No.9, Liz Zorn of Liz Zorn Perfumes, & Sarah Horowitz -Thran of Creative Scentualization
Dwelling in lawyer-infested California, I suspect the entire thing was less of a shock to me. And I found some people seemed to turn it into a girl-on-girl fight--not good for business, for either party. Oh well. I see Zorn has some samples on her site; you might want to check them out.
And finally, for your perusal--Michelle Phan, aka RiceBunny, demos the aspirin mask (here with honey): RiceBunny's Xanga Site - Aspirin = Beautiful Skin
No, I'm not into this myself. I'm far too lazy. But the idea of using aspirin and honey as a mask makes perfect logical sense. You are exfoliating. Exfoliating is good.
Have a great weekend!
Ava Luxe: new blog
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 12, 2008 12:26 AM (Eastern)
Beauty Notes: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 05, 2008 10:57 PM (Eastern)
Eiderdown Press: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes
More Nars & other porn...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:30 AM (Eastern)
Happy New Year!
I'm not exactly sure what attracts me to Nars. I seldom feel like buying a lot of it...because...I just don't. It's well to be judicious about an expensive brand; a few carefully-chosen items from such a brand will be cheaper, over the long run, than quantities of less expensive makeup, even at a lower overall cost: the better stuff works better. But you will lose that edge if you acquire many expensive items. Then it becomes the same as buying masses of cheaper stuff, except...you'll be way more broke.
And yet...I really like Nars porn. (There are some other brands there too, such as YSL, Bobbi Brown, Majorica Majorca, et cetera.) There's something a bit touching about someone carefully setting out their Nars and taking tender photographs of it. If I'm honest I'll admit I don't like makeup porn in general, only Nars (and you will note I don't link to makeup porn in general).
Anyhow enough preamble, bring it on!
A cool shoe site
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:45 PM (Eastern)
Can I admit I seldom indulge in shoe porn? I just never got into shoes? I own three pairs of shoes (not counting a pair of Okabashi sandals, which are handy for swimming). If I had my druthers, those three pairs would never wear out, so I'd never have to shop for shoes again.
All of that said, the only footwear that have caught my fancy lately are the Cole Haan Nike Air high heels, and some stuff on this site:
Another handy source of Nars and other porn...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 9:13 PM (Eastern)
Nars Duo Eye Shadow
This site contains various other brands of makeup porn including something called Lunasol (owned by Kanebo?), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura, Sisley, and sundry other brands. I linked to the page above because that's what I was looking for...
Here's the previous one for your reference.
Major Nars blush porn link
image courtesy www.narscosmetics.com
The virtual model is back!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:21 AM (Eastern)
In case you've never done this before and would like to try it out: My Virtual Model
I'm doing this because my old Virtual Model is still wearing Levi's.
Fashion Notes: If I didn't make jewelry, I would buy it here.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7:19 PM (Eastern)
It takes two to three years to make jewelry, even from a non-metalsmithing perspective. Sounds like a trifling period, but you need dedication to start from nothing and continue on for upwards of three years.
After the first two years, you undergo a transformation. No longer are materials and methods an issue. You know exactly what to use--which temper and gauge of wire, where to buy it, how much to buy, what tools to use, what techniques to employ. Now it is far more a matter of what you wish to convey, which is a variation on the concept of design. Mass-produced jewelry tends to be all about selling a pretty design, and I'm not knocking it, but handmade jewelry tends to be one-of-a-kind and far more intellectually conceived.
It's also an easy way to buy American. The best form of charity, after all, is not charitable: you give someone the opportunity to work, to produce. Our decline in major production...the United States was once at the forefront of manufacturing...has spawned cottage industries such as jewelry-making, independent clothing houses, perfumery, and so forth, at an ever-increasing level of quality. So if you're looking for baubles this year, you might try some of these sites first.
Ava Luxe on etsy.com
I first encountered the hands, heart and soul of Ava Luxe when I tried some of her perfume oils. I had mentioned a copy of Chanel No. 5, which I love but am allergic to, and was amazed she had replicated it perfectly. Another scent I loved was Ingenue, a resurrection of the long-discontinued Deneuve fragrance (yes, Catherine Deneuve once had a celebrity scent).
Ava Luxe was on sabbatical recently; a small selection of the perfumes are available now on the Etsy site. Her recently-added jewelry really strikes me though, as having jumped forward into that intimate, almost spiritual zone.
The Golden Lotus Necklace ($99) just looks sweet, from its long-and-short golden chain to its (Hill Tribe?) vermeil lotus bead, delicate pink topaz accents and limpid rose quartz drop.
There's more, of course, from a wicked good pair of fine silver earrings to an ethereal elf bracelet and beyond.
Midori Jewelry is my personal jewelry-making hero. There is a quality of peace in her pieces, a languor, a leisure in her careful selection of exactly what to put in each. I feel Midori Jewelry has been widely copied (in fact I borrowed one of her handmade hoop designs, it was so good) yet there's nothing quite like the original.
I love the Hecate necklace ($70); it's sheer genius. You get the look of a lariat, without the annoying strangly or loose feeling.
The Plum Blossoms necklace ($70), with its hand-etched sterling silver dog tag pendant, bequeaths a gentle touch of Spring to your mood.
There are several "water" pieces on the site that are truly lovely as well.
SkyDreams on etsy.com
Sky Dreams' pieces are opulent and gem-oriented (she also has a "Sky Dreams Light" site on Etsy for less expensive jewelry).
What's been on my mind is this piece:
This Peridot, Amethyst Sterling Silver Necklace ($159) is not something I'd normally consider. It's, well, a whole lot o' gems, but its thoughtfully-chosen spring green color, popped by purple, of all things...it works. It makes me think of a lush green meadow with a touch of violets.
There's a close-up of the wrapping detail on the site; each green briolette has been worked into the chain by hand.
images courtesy AVALUXE.etsy.com, www.midorijewelry.com, SkyDreams.etsy.com
Fashion Notes: Addicted to J. Crew?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, November 10, 2007 6:14 PM (Eastern)
JCrew-a-holics R Us: Resistance is Futile!
I had come across this blog before, a while ago. I can admit I don't belong to J.A., but I have owned some J.Crew items and consider at least some of the addiction to be legitimate.
Beauty & Fashion Notes: The Buyer's Guide to Independent Art and Design
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 09, 2007 1:49 PM (Eastern)
Trunkt: The Buyer's Guide to Independent Art and Design
I stumbled across this site; it's a blend of indie and Etsy (in fact some of the shops linked to are on Etsy).
Etsy, btw, has become a respectable site, after a rather slow beginning. Check out their Chiyogami page; it alone would be worthy of a nicely-illustrated blog post.
In regards to Trunkt, each category has a sample photo of what's being made, so the sections are a lot bigger than they would appear to be. Click on the sample and you are directed to a page of more samples and a bio of the company. Click on the samples here and you go to the company's website, where you may browse further.
I could use something like this:
image courtesy Dennya Company of Baltimore
image courtesy treehouse 28 of California
$70, custom made, comes in a multitude of colors in hemp or cotton lycra, reversible (ruffles in front or ruffles behind; the latter looks sassier imo).
How about a purse?
image courtesy Tortilla Girl of Lyon, France
They've got ton loads of other stuff on there, such as bath and body products, jewelry, items for your home, ton loads more bags, just a whole lot of interesting things.
Fashion Notes: The Sartorialist
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:32 AM (Eastern)
And a nice video clip:
Fashion Forward: The Sartorialist
This is one of my favorite fashion-related blogs (besides this one, of course :) ), if only for its interestingly democratic feel. What it must be like, to walk down the street in New York City, and have Scott Schuman ask you if you'd mind a quick photo. That must mean you've made it...at least, ah, sartorially.
Makeover program where you can try on hair styles, hair colors, and makeup
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, November 03, 2007 2:00 AM (Eastern)
Third from left: holy smokes, Monica Lewinsky, is that you? lol
I got this link from another board, and it's actually a good program. You have to register, and it's a pain to do so (free, but a lot of screens), then you need to figure out how to use the durn thing.
Once you've got it going though, it's a peach. The selection of hairdos and colors is limited; yet, if you're at a starting point in your life, or looking for a change, you could do a lot worse. There's a long curly 'do, a shorter Paris Hilton bob 'do, Jennifer Anniston's 'do...you can play with these basic shapes, in blonde, brown, a darkish color (not exactly black) and a couple of odd-looking ashes. You may also don colored contacts.
The makeup is a bit trickier; in the first pic, I didn't realize you could configure each component by grabbing the handles around, say, the image of your eye, and dragging them into place. The default eye shapes were entirely "off" on me but once configured, really not bad.
Then, you can adjust the opacity of the makeup as well as that of the contact lenses, and configure the eyeliner (top and bottom, top only, bottom only, and a rather crude top-and-outer-third-of-bottom, plus the thickness of the liner).
After that of course it became academic...but let me tell ya, I actually owned the lipstick in the first pic. And it does look like that on me. Since you can adjust the opacity as well as pretty much the exact placement, it's not that far off from grabbing the makeup and putting it on.
Yeah, you're supposed to upload a pic of yourself with your hair pulled back, but I didn't have one handy (as long as you don't have bangs in your pic, I think it works well enough).
Beauty Riot Instant Makeover
Fashion Notes: finding jeans that fit
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, September 18, 2007 1:35 AM (Eastern)
Find perfect jeans for your body type
Basically a plug for zafu.com, a site that will help you find jeans to fit your body type via a short questionnaire.
The video features three "ordinary" women (read: not models) along with the jeans recommended to them by the zafu site.
Mind you I've never tried using zafu myself. Playing around with it, I was intrigued to pull up 86 matches, including brands I'd never heard of, in a wide price range. It returned the exact models, and where to buy.
zafu also had a new "find my bra" feature, but I was less impressed with the results. What made "find my jeans" nifty was the range of jeans returned...different prices and styles; some of them looked like something I would be interested in.
"Find my bra" was more limited in brands, styles and price range. Frankly, nothing in the results caught my eye. Still it seems like a promising feature. It may be well to check back on it after a while and see if more refinements have been made.
Where to get perfume samples
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:11 PM (Eastern)
Aedes de Venustas
The Perfume Shoppe (Canadian)
Aus Liebe zum Duft (German)
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
The Perfumed Court
You Smell Marvelous
I've tried only the first two, but from all I've read, they are reputable.
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...)
Before you go shopping online...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:04 PM (Eastern)
Beauty Notes: Everything you ever wanted to know about Serge Lutens
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 15, 2007 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: Polyvore
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 13, 2007 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.
Perfume for Dummies
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 10, 2007 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.
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
Couple of indie links
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, July 24, 2007 6:09 PM (Eastern)
Fragrant Fripperies Fragrance Decant & Sample service
I haven't tried them; however, if you're looking for perfume samples, might be the way to go.
Sweetpeacurli's Silly Little Site
I realize I linked to this earlier, when it was still called Sweetpeacali's Haircare Guide. As the name has changed, I'm linking to it again. Still one of the most comprehensive listings of sulfate-free shampoos and silicone-free conditioners.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, May 19, 2007 3:21 PM (Eastern)
Blogging for Truth and Beauty
I've never felt obligated to like anything. To me it would defeat the purpose of blogging.
Okay now this is really interesting...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 06, 2007 9:08 PM (Eastern)
In My Kit
Whatever your stance on MAC (see previous post), you can't argue this is a very handy list of good products.
Perfume blog link
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 05, 2006 1:51 AM (Eastern)
How did I miss this one?
Peppermint Patty's Perfume Posse
If you want irony, it's been on thebroadroom's Women Bloggers list for years.
A list of sulfate-free and silicone-free hair products
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 11, 2006 12:50 PM (Eastern)
Got this link from another site:
Sweetpeacali's Haircare Guide
Here are links to the product lists:
Sulfate, protein, and silicone free products
beauty, hair care, natural beauty products
New on the Links Page
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, March 13, 2006 5:40 PM (Eastern)
under Perfume Links
White Rabbit Beauty
under "W" Beauty Links
Links page updates
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, January 25, 2006 1:57 PM (Eastern)
I've added some new links to The Lipstick Page Forums Links:
leenybeeny's Flickr site
This is neat, it is mostly MAC I think. A professional MA's photo site.
Bois de Jasmin
I'll bet Dain mentioned this ages ago but I've now gotten around to adding a section for perfume blogs (there is already a link to Now Smell This).
Likewise I have just integrated the Notepad links into the Perfume links section.