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Beauty Notes: EcoLips
Monday, June 30, 2008

A lifetime of lip balm use has made me an expert, and I'm very particular about the balms I use. They have to be non-waxy, organic, soothing and preferably, moderately priced. I keep tubes and ... [more]
Beauty Notes: I Like This
Sunday, June 22, 2008

I'm not a hot weather person. This summer, I've promised myself to have a Zen-like attitude towards the heat. I'm accepting the weather as it is--and this being Southern California, that ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Mists & Hydrosols - Part I
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My favorite skin treatments are mists and hydrosols, and I use them year round. During the hot days of summer, they're essential. From the simple DIY versions I sometimes cook up to the sublime ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Lip Rejuvenation?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Several months ago, I began following an extensive (81 pages and still going) thread on the EDS (Essential Day Spa) forum about a product named Lips2Kiss that "rejuvenates" your lips. I've always ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Balm Hunt
Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I'm a sucker for balms--always looking for something to deal with my chronically dry cuticles, or the scrapes and cuts and bug bites that seem to find me. I like to use organic/herbal and ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Sharon Bolton Scents
Monday, May 19, 2008

I encountered Sharon Bolton's scents a year or so ago, while perusing the Perfume of Life boards. I lurk there frequently but never say much. To be honest, I frequently don't know what the ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Giò lotion by Giorgio Armani
Thursday, April 24, 2008

Stealing a small break here, as I've been cleaning house (we have guests arriving soon). One of the items I "rediscovered" while dusting was a small bottle of Giò-scented lotion. It's at ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner
Thursday, April 24, 2008

I noticed there haven't been any Bumble and Bumble reviews on this blog, and I thought that was a real shame. B&B is a treat for me to use. It is the one hair care line that I have ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Salux Beauty Skin Cloth
Saturday, April 12, 2008

If this doesn't qualify as a cheap thrill, I don't know what does. ($2.69) I picked up one of these on a whim from a local Japanese shop, after having passed it over numerous times at other ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Skincare thoughts
Sunday, March 02, 2008

Science! Oh well, I broke down and bought Dr. Hauschka's Cleansing Milk today. My local health food store now carries this brand, thus negating the need to travel to Berkeley. I experienced a ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Jean Patou's Joy (vintage parfum)
Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ah, it's wonderful. I've smelled Joy before, many many times. But not recently, and not in California. Meaning it's been well over twenty years since last I smelled it. This is the ... [more]
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 3
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 2 Thanks to the lovely Dain, who gave me a sample of Jean Patou's Sublime (among loads of ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Perfume Bay to become Beauty Encounter
Monday, February 11, 2008

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 ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk
Monday, February 04, 2008

Finally getting around to trying this. I bring in new skincare products slowly, but that's because, when you have skin problems such as being acne-prone, you should do it that way. It then ... [more]
Beauty Notes: This may be the article to link to.
Friday, February 01, 2008

A big thank you to KAYLEEN SCHAEFER from the NY Times thelipstickpageforums.comLabels: beauty notes, internet
Beauty Notes: What is a Google bomb?
Friday, February 01, 2008

I was putting the finishing touches on a pair of earrings today; the design challenge, if you will, was to use the microscopic precious stones you get if you buy a graduated strand. Mine purport to ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Cate Blanchett's hair
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Simple, yet indelible. Cate may not have seen much gelt at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, but surely she was a monument to elegance. (Related photos may be found on ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Southern Beauty Magazine featuring Nancy O'Dell
Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I (regrettably, really) passed on this brand new mag's lush Jennifer Love Hewitt cover, the other month. Nothing personal; I happen to like Love Hewitt, thought she was handy with Jackie Chan in ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Our own video!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Home hair color stuff I had to figure out a way of converting analog tape (VHS and mini DV) to digital. I got the device (it's monumentally simple, all you need is either the red, yellow and ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes
Saturday, January 05, 2008

Eiderdown Press: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes thelipstickpageforums.comLabels: beauty notes, internet, perfume, samples
Beauty Notes: Transitioning into "niche" perfumes
Friday, December 28, 2007

I would like to remind our dear readers that we have covered some of the more obscure brands of fragrance on this site, with more to come. Perfume Reviews The Mnemonic Sense Perfume You may also ... [more]
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 2
Friday, December 14, 2007

(see Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent) I haven't smelled Sublime in ages, hence the small representation. I own the perfumes listed in red text, have the ones printed in purple on ... [more]
Beauty & Fashion Notes: Ruminations on aging, and finding that perfect pair of pearl earrings
Friday, December 07, 2007

Cool, eh? After fiddling around with pearl earrings for years, these just sort of emerged. They're not even chased, just hammered flat. The hoops are more of a bugger to make than it would appear ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Serenity
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

It's well to find ways to keep your morale and energy up, no matter what's going on. Not that it's easy to do. In fact it's a skill, that should probably be taught in school along with mathematics ... [more]
Beauty & Fashion Notes: The Buyer's Guide to Independent Art and Design
Friday, November 09, 2007

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 ... [more]
Beauty and Fashion Notes: this 'n' that
Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I was reading through Dain's Beauty Notes: Color Theory (part 1) and realizing how different we are. I don't mean deeply different, more like superficially so. It's a good thing. I dislike sites ... [more]
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
Thursday, October 25, 2007

Nars Mambo eyepencil. I haven't felt like wearing eyeshadow, much, so eyeliner is key (and faster to put on, anyway). I had three liners back in August of this year, and found I reached for this ... [more]
Beauty & Fashion Notes: this 'n' that
Friday, October 19, 2007

I have been busy lately...I have to finish up a project involving jewelry. I placed an order with a company I'd been planning to buy from, for...months, possibly even a year or more. It's one of ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Montale perfume this 'n' that
Saturday, October 13, 2007

I tried Montale's Aoud Blossom layered with Boise Vanille today. I'm still in favor of Boise Vanille; not sure about Aoud Blossom. My earlier thought, that its blended floral composition was ... [more]
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent
Friday, September 28, 2007

I'm anxiously anticipating my Montale samples. Was tempted to go ahead and request the other Montales I wanted to try, since different places carry different Montales (there are a whole bunch of ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Indian Rapunzels, chopstick buns, updos & wet hair
Thursday, September 27, 2007

I can't for the life of me do anything sophisticated with my hair. I've concluded there is hairstyle dyslexia, and I have it, in spades. However, if you have the dexterity and the locks, there is ... [more]
Beauty Notes: this 'n' that
Monday, September 24, 2007

I'm putting together which Montale perfumes to try. There are a lot of them; it would be expensive to try them all...and I don't actually want to try them all. I don't think it's necessary. I do ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 8
Friday, September 21, 2007

Elvis Costello - Peace Love And Understanding (2004) There are several music videos I've had in draft mode, probably since part 7 of my perfume odyssey. There's this, the original video The ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Perfume recap
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

It all started with an Etro sample...about a year ago. I still haven't bought a bottle of perfume. Still contemplating. I had considered buying Annick Goutal's Passion, a beautiful dusky tuberose, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Perfumes
Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mmmm...I can still smell yesterday's Montale Jasmin Full on my clothes. What I'm going to do today, is fool around layering it with Fracas. I found Fracas to be a tiny bit too sweet on me. By this ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Perfume
Saturday, September 08, 2007

I'm wondering now how many samples you need try before you attain full-bottle nirvana. I know that sounds vapid. It's just that I went through a fair amount of cosmetics experimentation, back in ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 7
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

(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 ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup: The Early Years
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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 ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Annick Goutal Passion vs. Heure Exquise
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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, it's been years. I still have the ends of Armani ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 6
Sunday, August 19, 2007

(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) ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Jane is...back?
Friday, August 17, 2007

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 ... [more]
Beauty Notes: In Search of Wisteria in the Bay Area
Thursday, August 16, 2007

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, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Everything you ever wanted to know about Serge Lutens
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

but were afraid to ask. :D Serge Lutens ~ Nearly All the FactsLabels: beauty notes, internet, perfume, serge lutens
Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick part 2
Friday, August 10, 2007

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. Happy ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 5
Friday, August 10, 2007

(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 ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick
Thursday, August 09, 2007

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 ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 4
Sunday, August 05, 2007

(see part 3) You know, a part of me is wondering if I'm turning into a perfume sample junkie. It's so buy samples, then you have a lot of samples, so it's not as if you don't ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 3
Thursday, August 02, 2007

(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, ... [more]
Thanks for the mention!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Makeup - Mahalo It's a nice page.Labels: beauty notes
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 2
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

(see part 1) Group 3: my Annick Goutal samples: Les Nuits d'Hadrien, Passion, Gardénia Passion, Eau du Ciel, Rose Absolue, Néroli, Heure Exquise, Songes. Les Nuits ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes
Monday, July 30, 2007

Okay... I have narrowed things down a bit in my perfume search. Group 1: my Nordies samples: Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien, Ce Soir ou Jamais and Mandragore. Mandragore is out for me. It's not ... [more]
Support for the Cure Collection by nubar Nail Lacquers
Monday, July 30, 2007

nubar, "The Healthy Alternative for Beautiful Nails" announces the Support for the Cure Collection for 2007. A collection of four nubar nail products which are great for everyday wear. Two ... [more]
And so, goodbye.
Sunday, July 29, 2007

Wah! My MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick has finally bitten the dust. I'm using Clinique Apple Brandy now: It's a nice lipstick, but it's not the same. The MAC Lustre formula is superior, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Diptyque
Thursday, July 26, 2007

google street view of the Diptyque shop on Maiden Lane I'm slowly wending my way through my Diptyque samples. It's a different experience from, say, going to Nordstrom and spraying a few perfumes ... [more]
Closing in on a signature lipstick
Thursday, June 07, 2007

Oh well, I've already decided to lose my Nars lipstick virginity. Now, which one? I'm thinking sheers. Yes, sheer has become a dirty word, when it is used to mean "next to no pigment in ... [more]
Stash musings
Saturday, June 02, 2007

As my cosmetics stash gently ages (see previous Rambles...), I feel I should rethink what it means to have a stash to begin with. I've never been much of a "collector" in the sense that owning a ... [more]
Saturday, May 26, 2007

This is an old applet I wrote...have no idea when. I don't remember if it was written on the Windows 95 computer or the Windows 98 one. I'm fortunate to have copies of the original text ... [more]
Scarlett Johansson
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I've already decided this is my favorite contemporary actress. Why Scarlett, oh there is such an ephemeral nature to Hollywood these days. There is always a young new "it" girl, who lasts a ... [more]
Time for a new lipstick?
Thursday, February 01, 2007

I've been thinking about it for a just may be time for me to get a new lipstick. Now, mind you, I have been a cosmeti-holic since 1998, back when I discovered the Internet (yeah, I ... [more]
Reduce cellulite?
Monday, January 22, 2007

You know what's odd? I read on another board that if you stop drinking carbonated drinks, such as soda pop, you can reduce your cellulite. It sounded half cracked but the thing is this. I hardly ... [more]
Okay now this is really interesting...
Saturday, January 06, 2007

In My Kit Whatever your stance on MAC (see previous post), you can't argue this is a very handy list of good products.Labels: beauty notes, internet
Saturday, December 16, 2006

Not much happening here, beauty-wise. I've almost used up my MAC Sophisto lipstick; it is now down to that final sliver. It will be the third lipstick I've used up since, erm, discovering Internet ... [more]
Adult acne rambling...
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I had a sort of a bad skin day a few days ago. (Though I have an Adult Acne Blog, I feel a little cross-posting can be a good thing.) What passed through my mind, was how awful it was for me ... [more]
Odd beauty notes...
Monday, November 13, 2006

Finally got that Alba Hawaiian shampoo. I wanted to use up my Kiss My Face Whenever shampoo first. It was a toss-up between the Honeydew and the Plumeria...they both smell fantastic, and are ... [more]
Some rambles about fragrance layering
Friday, November 10, 2006

I never saw myself doing this, even though other women have been doing it for years. Generally speaking, I'm lazy. I prefer spray bottles of fragrance to splashes or "dab bottles," being too ... [more]
A minor ramble and the Youtube MAC Depotting Video
Monday, October 30, 2006

When did we stop wearing hats? I don't mean the kind designed specifically to keep your head warm. I mean "your hat," as in "putting on your hat"..."getting your hat and coat." This quaint notion ... [more]
Random beauty musings
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Perfume is like a memory in reverse. When you smell it, you don't know you are creating a memory. It's only much later, when you smell it again, do you realize that you even have such a ... [more]
Random beauty ramblings
Thursday, October 12, 2006

A few updates on sundry topics: * SLS-less shampoos and conditioner. Been mixing the Jason Vitamin E shampoo with the Kiss My Face Whenever shampoo. It works pretty well that way (I find the ... [more]
Random stash thoughts
Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's been eight years, literally, since I first discovered Internet beauty boards. I'll have to say that things have changed a lot since those heady days. Or...? It might be more accurate to say ... [more]
Some very old ramblings...
Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ramblings: Diary of a Mad Drugstore Cosmetics Junkie rotfl! I still have the Sonia Kashuk brush set btw, although it is the SK "large" eyeshadow brush that I use every day (it didn't come with the ... [more]
Bored with MAC
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

There, I said it. I've been thinking that way for quite some time pinpoint it, this feeling of disinterest began when MAC started cranking out a new collection every--what feels ... [more]
Feeling hot, hot, hot...
Sunday, July 23, 2006

Well okay that is an exaggeration. I'm in the Midwest right now, and it's not nearly as hot as the South gets to be. Since I'm from the South, I can concede the heat is not that much. Moreover, ... [more]
Minimalist thoughts
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Thanks for the Armani quote (on the Fashion Blog). :) One of my favorite quotes is the following: Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.Albert Einstein That--and, ... [more]
The perfect lipstick
Wednesday, April 27, 2005

So...what is your perfect lipstick and how do you find it? Is there a difference between drugstore lipstick and department store lipstick, beyond the (sometimes significant) price difference? ... [more]

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