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· A cool shoe site
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· Fashion Notes: Addicted to J. Crew?
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Just Notes: I need a coupon code for...
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.


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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


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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

ava luxe 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...


handmade sapphire earrings


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:

nars eyeshadow duos


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 eye pencil


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.

perfumes


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.

aspirin mask screenshot


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!


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January 18, 2008 4:31 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I've been trying "just notes" for random things, but I'm not sure how it might work.

I like labradorite; from a design perspective, it would go with so many things. Pearls, watery green amethysts, mm... it's just pretty to look at.

I think the reason why the blue might work is the fact that it may be a perfect contrast. A perfect contrast works better than a near match. Someone with brown hair, for example, might do well with green.

Hm, it's interesting that she was able to get an interview with Laurice Rahme. I don't really buy it, though, it is insincere. But I'm tired of the issue, and I still think Bond is a silly brand, just from a purely aesthetic standpoint. It is really the sort of thing that could go back and forth forever, and I think it was very wise for Liz Zorn to drop it.

 
January 18, 2008 4:57 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah...I just didn't want to leave it hanging. There was a big splash about it, then nothing. From the article, it would appear this sort of thing happens fairly regularly...and from what I've seen of lawyers, I wouldn't be too surprised.

Every few months in California, you get something in the mail informing you there is a class-action lawsuit you might be able to participate in. At first I thought hey, great...then I read the thing. Usually it boils down to, you sign a form and mail it back. By signing, you agree the settlement is final, yadda yadda...and if the suit is successful, you are entitled to a $15 voucher toward, say, renewing your contract with your wireless phone company for another year...or $50 toward the purchase of a new stove.

It's a joke! The settlement "terms" are invariably next to worthless. It's clear to me that lawyers simply file these "class-action lawsuits" against major corporations...the corporations probably settle (cheaper than taking it to court)...whoever bothered to sign the form gets their $15 gift certificate. And the lawyers collect a fat percentage of the settlement. If I were cynical, I'd say they split the take with the lawyers for the major corporation, but I'd like to think they're far too honest for that. lol

 
January 18, 2008 8:54 PM, Blogger Dain said...

It seemed absurd to me at the time because in cosmetics, people copy each other all the time, and it's not something trifling like names, it's like, NARS makes a gold-pink-peach blush with a clever title, and everyone from Chanel to Milani has something like a year later. It seems like copycatting in this business is a given.

Oddly enough, it has come up in fashion, too. I was just reading an article on Marc Jacobs' derivativeness in W today. Apparently, it caused quite the furor, and all things considered, it must have been far nastier. Fashion is bitcher than even Hollywood.

 
January 19, 2008 3:28 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I think that gold-and-sapphire earring is especially rich. The colors kind of resonate with each other in a way that the silver doesn't. If it doesn't get too heavy, some vivid green drops at the bottom would add some extra intensity.

 
January 20, 2008 1:53 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Mmmm...the gold ones did come out prettier. I got some 14KT gold beads to try out...as usual, the cost per bead is relatively low, but they go so fast. Suddenly every piece "could use some of those." rolls eyes

I've found it's entirely different buying jewelry, and making it. If you're buying, then I can see jewelry minimalism. That's when you would want to get the most impact out of your pieces, because you have to pay the markup.

If you're making it, there's no point to minimalism. That's when you want to experiment and develop your own designs--which tend to be specific to you. When I'm making anything, I don't tend to lay it out, I tend to put it on. I'll try it on as I'm making it.

Now if you're selling it...that's when the design itself would take precedence. Because you have no idea who's going to wear it.

I have some tiny emeralds actually, I got them at the same time as the sapphires. It's amazing how tiny these things are. Imagine cutting and drilling them.

I was going to make something similar to these hoops using emeralds...but also thinking of combining the stones somehow.

 
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Ava Luxe: new blog
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 12, 2008 12:26 AM (Eastern)

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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


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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!

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January 1, 2008 9:42 PM, Blogger Dain said...

"There's something a bit touching about someone carefully setting out their Nars and taking tender photographs of it." lol

 
January 3, 2008 11:17 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah sometimes you can feel the love. :D

MAC porn tends to be prosaic, practical, like a picture of...wrenches. It's great if you need a wrench. But Nars porn has that odd intimate feel to it. I'm not sure there is such a thing as an objective photograph of Nars.

It's not the cost; Chanel porn is just as wrench-like as MAC imo.

 
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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:

Ped



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December 20, 2007 2:22 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Every woman needs a handbag, but only the high-maintenance ones obsess over shoes. ; )

 
December 20, 2007 12:40 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Some people like shoes, I'm not knocking it...it's actually quite interesting, if you think about it. The shoe has to fuse function and performance with appearance, perhaps more so than any other item of clothing.

This is the second site I've seen featuring shoes handmade in the U.S. The other site honestly wasn't that good, I haven't written anything about it. But it is a start.

That's what I want to see in a shoe actually...something that isn't mass produced. The cost factor is prohibitive for me, but then...it could be something that becomes more popular. More demand = lower prices.

I'm drooling over some of the shoes on the Ped site...the one I really wanted was on sale, but didn't have my size.

 
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Another handy source of Nars and other porn...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 9:13 PM (Eastern)

nars holiday 2007Nars 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

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The virtual model is back!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:21 AM (Eastern)

my virtual model

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.



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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.

ava luxe golden lotus necklace

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

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.

midori jewelry hecate necklace

I love the Hecate necklace ($70); it's sheer genius. You get the look of a lariat, without the annoying strangly or loose feeling.

midori jewelry plum blossoms necklace

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:

sky dreams peridot, amethyst necklace

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

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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.

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November 10, 2007 7:40 PM, Blogger Dain said...

They make good clothes, durable but thoughtful basics. I always feel slightly apologetic for liking J. Crew (how collegiate, how New England, how preppy), but it beats out Banana Republic by a long shot for quality.

 
November 10, 2007 8:38 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Definitely...Banana Republic went down the tubes some years ago. It used to be very good.

I prefer J.Crew myself, although I'm thinking more and more about American Apparel, or fiddling around with indie houses.

 
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April 20, 2008 1:34 PM, Blogger cyberpenguin said...

Hi Colleen,

Thanks for the shoutout!

As you can see from my blog, "JCrew-a-holics R Us," (http://jcrewaholic.blogspot.com), I write no-nonsense reviews of JCrew fashions. Sometimes I like what they do, & sometimes I don't; either way, it's all detailed there in my blog. The blog is written from the customer perspective, & while, I'm certainly a fan of their clothing for the most part, I don't work for the company at all. (I run my own fashion retail business, Ferlanti Couture, http://ferlanti.com, & also do fashion consulting via Liveperson (http://liveperson.com/cyberfashionista).

I wouldn't necessarily classify my own fashion identity as preppy, as I like to take inspiration from various fashion sources, but JCrew's clothing still appeals to me a great deal. Sure, they're great for basics like their chinos & perfect-fit tees, but what I really like about them is their quality, out-of-the-ordinary pieces in bright & unusual colors that can't be found anywhere else. That's why I look forward to shopping there.

JCrew has evolved a lot since their humble beginnings as a small catalog company & is not just for the college prepster crowd anymore. ;-) While it's true that a lot of preppies & college kids do like their clothing & that they excel at basics & classic clothing, JCrew has also significantly expanded their product lines & revamped their brand image, to appeal to a more fashion-forward audience. Prime examples of this include their limited-edition JCrew Collection line, & the accompanying JCrew Collection flagship store on Madison Avenue, & new signature pieces from their women's line (i.e., like the Camilla jacket, which I just recently blogged about: http://jcrewaholic.blogspot.com/2008/04/yesterdays-store-visit-what-fantastic.html).

These are the kind of innovative designs JCrew is becoming known for all over the fashion universe. Of course, this relatively recent shift in JCrew's fashion zeitgeist is no coincidence; the changes are due, in no small part, to visionary CEO Mickey Drexler, who was hired in January 2003 to revitalize the company's brand image, & move it forward into the future.

If you're curious to read more about JCrew's ever-evolving brand image, etc., you're welcome to read more about it on my blog, http://jcrewaholic.blogspot.com. ;-)

 
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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:



And this:



$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?



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.

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Fashion Notes: The Sartorialist
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:32 AM (Eastern)

The Sartorialist

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.

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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)

makeover program demo

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

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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.

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September 18, 2007 7:32 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Wow, what a useful site. Except, I don't wear jeans myself. : )

 
September 18, 2007 6:25 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I stopped wearing jeans after a point...basically after reasonably-priced jeans started becoming so bad.

I had a couple of pairs of jeans that went bad after less than a year. It's hard to adjust to if you're used to jeans lasting year after year...people used to really abuse their jeans, they would splatter them with bleach and "soften" them in the washing machine to break them in. But they lasted many years.

I've found it much easier to find khaki pants that last decently.

All of that said, I would probably try some of the results jeans first...to see if there's anything to it.

 
September 18, 2007 6:39 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Agreed. I wear chinos (same difference?) instead. They're less casual, which I think is more versatile, but not lacking in durability.

 
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Where to get perfume samples
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:11 PM (Eastern)

ParfumsRaffy.com
Aedes de Venustas
LuckyScent
LusciousCargo.com
beautyhabit.com
beautycafe.com
The Perfume Shoppe (Canadian)
Aus Liebe zum Duft (German)

Independent perfumers:
Ava Luxe
Antonia's Flowers
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
Modern Atelier
DSH Perfumes

Decant services:
The Perfumed Court
You Smell Marvelous

Perfume essences:
Madini

I've tried only the first two, but from all I've read, they are reputable.

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A pretty good reviews site...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 17, 2007 3:05 PM (Eastern)

yelp.com

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...)

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Before you go shopping online...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:04 PM (Eastern)

secretprices.com

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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

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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.

Enjoy!

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Fashion Notes: Polyvore
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 13, 2007 1:32 PM (Eastern)

This is kind of interesting:

polyvore.com

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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July 24, 2007 11:30 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Ooo... that's great, the perfume sampling site. They have pretty much everything you'd ever want to sample.

 
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Hum.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, May 19, 2007 3:21 PM (Eastern)

Blogging for Truth and Beauty
bugmenot.com

I've never felt obligated to like anything. To me it would defeat the purpose of blogging.

shrugs

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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.

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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.


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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

Silicone-free conditioners


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New on the Links Page
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, March 13, 2006 5:40 PM (Eastern)

Perfume Shrine
under Perfume Links

White Rabbit Beauty
under "W" Beauty Links

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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).

helg's Notepad
helg1's Notepad
helg2's Notepad

Likewise I have just integrated the Notepad links into the Perfume links section.

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