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Paul & Joe Spring 2015

I admit that there's nothing about these Paul & Joe Spring 2015 palettes that's age-appropriate. But I don't care. The only thing stopping me from ordering one or three is the fact that these are eye and face palettes, so the eye shadows...Show More Summary

Recently Tested: Assorted Skincare Products

I've already told you how I simplified my skincare routine for the sake of of my complexion and sanity. This means that I rarely test anything new. Because the consequences are rarely pretty. But I'm still curious enough to try things...Show More Summary

Hakuhodo Brush Soap

Brush geeks take brush washing pretty seriously. I usually devote an afternoon for that, making sure my brushes are well-pampered as well as clean. As I've mentioned in the post linked above, I'm not particularly fussy about the detergents I use, as long as they're mild enough. Show More Summary

The Vagabond Prince: Land of Warriors & Swan Princess

Two years ago the owners of Fragrantica launched their own perfume brand, The Vagabond Prince, and released their first collaboration with perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, Enchanted Forest. It didn't rock my socks. I got the idea behind...Show More Summary

Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pigment Primatif in Mistress

When talking about pigment as a makeup product most of us immediately think about the classic MAC pigments (and, yes, I still have a couple. Vanilla and that Blue/Brown thing are iconic). This is why I wasn't too enthusiastic when I spotted Pigment Primatif among the new offering from Kevyn Aucoin. Show More Summary

CDJapan Makeup Brushes- CB100 Powder Angled Brush & CB101 Gray Squirrel Powder Brush

You know that Japanese makeup brushes are my catnip. I always want more and have a weird desire to roll in them. It's all that soft hair, I think. So far I've tried several of the big names in the field (Shu Uemura, Hakuhodo, Chikuhodo, Suqqu, and RMK), but wasn't aware that Japanese e-retailer CDJapan has launched their own beauty line. Show More Summary

Currently- January 2015

BookA couple of weeks ago while browsing through a vintage/antique store I spotted a familiar name on a book that was used as a staging prop: Mistral's Daughter by Judith Krantz. That brought back some memories, though not exactly of the 1982 book or the 1984 mini series, as I was not allowed to read or watch them. Show More Summary

Tom Ford 'Lips & Boys' Lip Color: Francesco, Giacomo, Luciano

Tom Ford first released the 'Lips & Boys' colors in limited edition lipstick trios, with the questionable nationality theme. I bought the Italian Boys trio weeks ago, but now the same lipsticks are offered individually, which is fantastic if you only want one or two. Show More Summary

Sienna Miller In Altuzarra

I'm completely taken with this Altuzzara ensemble (shirt: $990, skirt: $1,150 at Neiman Marcus). Sienna Miller wore it last week, with a slightly different styling than we see here (identical to the Altuzarra runway), and I find it (and her) absolutely stunning. Show More Summary

Anita Ekberg (1931-2015)

Anita Ekberg quotes: "The most important thing for a good marriage is to learn how to argue peaceably.""I`m very much bigger than I was, so what? It`s not really fatness, it`s development.: COPYRIGHT ©2006-2015 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.

Balmain- Monsieur Balmain (Vintage Perfume)

Do not stand between two fragonerds and their vintage loot.The story of how the Blond and I acquired our bottle of vintage Monsieur Balmain is almost more interesting than the perfume itself. It involved a long drive at inhuman o'clock to an estate sale at some remote corner of the Tri-State area. Show More Summary

Vincent Longo Crème Gel Eyeliner- Blu Raven & Felis Brown

I'm already a convert to Vincent Longo's wonderful Crème Gel Eyeliner, a versatile gel eyeliner (thank you, Lady Obvious) that can be smudged as an eye shadow and when set does not budge no matter what you throw at it (other than an oil-based or a dual-phase eye makeup remover). Show More Summary

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl In Nude

I was so unimpressed with the performance of the other Smashbox Always Sharp pencil I tested that I put this one aside for weeks, not realizing that Nude is of a different formula, Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl, hence a completely different...Show More Summary

Aroma M- Geisha Amber Rouge

A perfume is more than the sum of its notes, and when we're lucky it's also far more than the story that accompanies it. For me, that's the case with Geisha Amber Rouge from Aroma M. Technically it's a flanker to perfumer Maria McElroy's Geisha Rouge, Amber Rouge is much more than that (and on my skin- a more interesting composition). Show More Summary

Dior House of Greens 466 -Kingdom of Colors Eyeshadow Palette Spring 2015

The jewel in Dior Spring 2015 Kingdom of Colors Collection is supposed to be the $80 eye, lip and face palette. But its mix of cream and powder products in contrasting colors is a recipe for a big ugly mess (see and join the discussion on our Facebook group). Show More Summary

Hakuhodo K032 & K019 Eyelash Combs

I decided to check what else is out there in the world of eyelash combs (I've been using the same double-sided brow/lashes Sephora one for at least ten years now). The obvious choice was to go with Hakuhodo and see what they offer. I...Show More Summary

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and fulfilling new year! COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.

Luise Rainer (1910-2014)

Luise Rainer quotes: "The secret of a long life is to never trust a doctor.""The Oscar is not a curse. The real curse is that once you have an Oscar they think you can do anything.""Hollywood was a very strange place. To me, it was like a huge hotel with a huge door, one of those rotunda doors. Show More Summary

2014 In Perfume: My Top Picks & Wow Moments

How easy it would have been to make a "Best Of" list for 1970, the year I was born. Basenotes lists 37 perfumes that were released that year, and even if we take into account an incomplete database and the actual number was closer to...Show More Summary

Winner of Tauer Advent Calendar Draw

The Winner is wefadetograyCongratulation, and please contact me so we can make the needed arrangements. Many thanks for all who participated and to Andy Tauer for his generosity (and apologies to the late and great Richard Avedon). COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.

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