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Three ways to stay warm this season.
Saturday, December 22, 2007

It's been a bit of a challenge keeping warm sans the endless will-sucking, mind-sapping, seven-month season we called Summer back home in the South. In the San Francisco Bay Area, unless you have ... [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]
Montale Intense Tiare review part 2
Sunday, December 09, 2007

(see Montale Intense Tiare review) Did I really pass on this perfume? What was I thinking! At the time I sampled it first, it didn't strike me that much one way or the other. (Again with the ... [more]
Montale Blue Amber review
Sunday, November 11, 2007

There was a lot of fuss about this scent on various boards, which is why I wanted to try it. Fortunately, in this day and age, we are privileged to be able to buy expensive scents in sample ... [more]
Montale Aoud Blossom review
Monday, November 05, 2007

You want to know what turned me on to Montale in the first place? {Perfume Q & A} with Raffy Dolbakian of Parfums Raffy: Tastes of Summer - 2007 Bestseller Summery Fragrances When I read this, ... [more]
Montale Boise Vanille review
Monday, October 29, 2007

This was one of the two perfumes I bought a bottle of, after over a year of trying out various fragrances. Boisé Vanillé is a bit unsung, relative to other Montale scents, and I ... [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]
Montale Intense Tiare review
Monday, October 22, 2007

Montale Intense Tiare reminded me some of Robert Piguet's Fracas, only with an underlayer of coconut, to the point I put one on one wrist and the other on the other. I'm smelling them both now, ... [more]
Parfums Raffy perfume coupon code, 10% off
Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Lipstick Page Forums is pleased to announce our own special coupon code, good for 10% off at Parfums Raffy: RAFFYLPF07 The code is good until 10/24/07 and is re-usable and transferable ... [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]
Montale Aoud Blossom and Boise Vanille (preliminary sniff)
Saturday, October 13, 2007

I couldn't resist trying these both (even as I had a concoction of Powder Flowers and White Aoud on, with a bit of Blue Amber to boot). It sounds like a right mess, but that is how I used to sample ... [more]
Montale Blue Amber (preliminary sniff)
Friday, October 12, 2007

I've got some of this on my wrist today, and it's reminding me of, of all things, Dana's Tabu: Blue Amber is better...it's drier, softer, with more vanilla. What I'm getting is almost pure amber ... [more]
Montale White Aoud, part 2
Friday, October 12, 2007

(see part 1) I've knocked this off my Montale wishlist, but narrowly, very narrowly. On my skin, it is just the tiniest bit too sour--"lemon sour" (not, say, "sour milk sour"). It's not that I ... [more]
Montale Sweet Oriental Dream review
Friday, October 12, 2007

See Montale Sweet Oriental Dream (preliminary sniff). I've tried this out only on my wrist, but I already know it's not for me. It's not only its strong pipe-tobacco note--I was wondering if it ... [more]
Montale Sweet Oriental Dream (preliminary sniff)
Thursday, October 11, 2007

From the aedes.com site: The loveliest rose of France gives its elegance to Turkish delight, a subtle marriage of the noble centifolia rose and the fun accord of almonds and honey. Sheesh, how ... [more]
Montale Chypre - Fruite, part 2 (review)
Thursday, October 11, 2007

(see part 1) I've decided this can be struck from my Montale perfume wishlist. It's not a bad scent, particularly, but on me it's relatively faint, even when applied quite liberally. I've had the ... [more]
Montale Chypre - Fruite, part 1
Monday, October 08, 2007

This is...interesting. I put a small amount of this on my wrist this morning. (Call me chicken, but I don't like applying a lot of a new perfume until I've tried a preliminary wrist application.) ... [more]
Montale White Aoud, part 1
Saturday, October 06, 2007

I wore a small amount of this the other day, and wore it completely today. It's a beautiful perfume, but it's also kind of...odd. When I tried it out in a small amount, it reminded me of...I want ... [more]
Montale Powder Flowers review
Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Mmmmm...day two of this stuff. I tried a bit out on my wrist yesterday, then, deciding I liked it, applied it properly, and did the same today. This begins as the kissing cousin of Chanel No. 5, ... [more]
Montale perfumes arrive
Tuesday, October 02, 2007

These arrived yesterday. As requested: Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger Montale: Powder Flowers Chypre - Fruit Velvet Flowers Patchouli Leaves White Aoud Sweet Oriental Dream I couldn't resist ... [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]
More Montale perfume samples on the way...
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

It took me a few days to compile a list; samples aren't cheap. Moreover, Montale is one of those lines that doesn't have tons of online reviews, or, more accurately, it does not have tons of useful ... [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]
Montale Crystal Flowers review
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I like this one too. From the Parfums Raffy website: ...Roses from the Dades Valley and refreshing italian mandarins combined with lilly of the valley, ... [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]
Montale Jasmin Full review part 2
Friday, September 07, 2007

(see part 1) I knew it! It was a matter of putting more of it on, about the same as any other eau de parfum (unlike Aoud Roses Petals, which fares well on a couple of drops). I've been wearing ... [more]
Montale Jasmin Full review part 1
Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I put "part 1" because, although I've worn this perfume over the past couple of days, I'm still not sure about it. This is a gorgeous scent; no problem there. I have some first-hand jasmine ... [more]
Montale Aoud Roses Petals review
Thursday, August 30, 2007

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 ... [more]
Beauty Notebook: Variations on the Floral Perfume
Thursday, August 30, 2007

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 ... [more]
 

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