I had a GREAT month when it came to favorites. Getting the flu–not so great. But that’s behind me now, so let’s enjoy, shall we? Click to read more!But Wait! There's More →
As an owner of the original Chloe Eau de Parfum (and lover of it – check out my previous fragrance collection videos Part 1 and Part 2), and an absolute lover of anything rose-scented, I was ecstatic to get my hands on this new offering from the house of Chloé. Some of you may recall my desperate attempts last year to get my hands on the limited edition 2011 version called Chloé Rose Edition. Alas, it was never meant to be, but I truly believe it was because Roses de Chloé and I were destined to meet in 2013.
Some said the 2011 rose-scented incarnation smelled exactly like the original Chloé, and thus felt cheated out of their money. Having never smelled that one, I cannot comment on that, but I can say that Roses de Chloé (can we please just shorten this to RdC from now on? My hands thank you.) is an entirely different animal. Older, with a more mature Damascus Rose, it took me a few sniffs to figure out if I liked it, quite honestly. It loses that clean, crisp Chloé scent but holds onto something more feminine, classic, and more niche-like (very few people will probably smell exactly like you, unlike most mass-market perfumes).
This is a slightly more grown up scent, but spins and interesting, almost subtlely fresh break on the traditional rose (perhaps it’s the eau de toilette?). Whatever it is, I like it, and while it sometimes runs a little too aldehyde for my usual taste (I like more powdery scents) this is definitely a beautiful scent to take you into winter, spring, and even summer. Give it a sniff!
Perfumers: Michel Almairac & Mylène Alran
Notes: Damascus rose, bergamot, magnolia, white musk, amber
Prescriptives revolutionized the fragrance scene in a world of florals and orientals with a fresh, verdant scent called “Calyx”. Since the brand Prescriptives went exclusively online, sister brand Clinique took the famous secent under its wing and redebuted it–exact same formula, notes, and all–this month. It retails for about $52-69, making it an inexpensive scent as far as brand fragrances go, and can be found anywhere Clinique is sold. Explore the product online.
I’m not much for fresh scents (a look at my fragrance collection videos will reaffirm–here’s part one and part two), but since I’ve been sick with the flu for 8 days last week, I found myself spritzing this on every now and again, and I felt fresher, cleaner, and less “icky”. Floral scents (or pretty much any other fragrance for that matter) smelled too cloying and sweet to my sickly nose–but Calyx did the trick. Could this be the first fresh scent I’ve ever loved? Nay — my gateway drug into the world of fresh, green-smelling fragrances? Time will tell.
By the way, if you’re curious about the name, the world calyx means, “the sepals of a flower, typically forming a whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud”.
Bite Beauty stole my heart a long time ago with their cute logo (a bite taken out of the B? adorbs!) and creamy lipsticks in beautiful, highly pigmented shades. One of their holiday offerings is this limited edition Bite Collectors Edition set, valued at over $200, for $98 exclusively at Sephora. Only 1000 of these sets were produced.
On the whole, I found the set perfect for gifting, but not much I would covet myself, personally. The lipsticks are teeny tiny, and some are nice and creamy (what I would expect from Bite) while others left more to be desired, with a glazy, sheer finish. Perhaps the thing that most disturbed me (perhaps because I’m a beauty blogger and feel the need to label everything), is that the lipsticks aren’t named. Sure, they come with some barely-discernable color schema on the back of the box, but if I were to throw away all the packaging, I’d have a (albeit gorgeous) set of unnamed lipsticks.
What I do think this is PERFECT for is breaking up into little pieces for stocking stuffers/gift bags. How cute would it be for your girls/girlfriends to open up one of these adorable little double-ended lipsticks? I also find these PERFECT for throwing in your handbag, because you have two lipstick options in one small “bite-sized” little tube. (See what I did there?)
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I had a little too much fun at my local LUSH store this weekend. For the uninitiated, LUSH is a handmade bath and body product company. Everything is made fresh (and thus, has an expiration date). You even can see who made your particular product for you! What did you do this weekend?
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Today marks my blog’s 4th birthday. Hard to believe that for four years I’ve kept up one single hobby! And turned it into a business! My how time flies when you’re having fun. I hope you’ve been having fun, too. I wish I had a screenshot of Pretty Shiny Sparkly’s original design…boy that was a doozy!
Today I’m sharing my October favorites with you in a video (above) and Gidget makes a special appearance somewhere in the clip so make sure you watch it all!
Hope you had a happy Halloween! Did you do anything fun? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Let me know in the comments below!