Blog Profile / The Non-Blonde

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Dear You- Unsent Letters, A Very Cranky Edition

Dear Charlotte Tilbury,You know what? I'm not Buying It. I had such high hopes, but everything looks and feels off. And your Magic Cream? Seriously? Alcohol denat and perfume? Not to mention the rest of the irritant list that makes up for its ingredients. Show More Summary

Scents By Alexis- Requiem For The Immortal

When I think of the various immortals and undead beings in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (still my favorite supernatural/superhero show of all time), I doubt any of them smelled that great. I mean, just look at this guy: Mark Metcalf as The Master, Buffy Season 1. Show More Summary


Here's a little morsel of good news: Besame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder ($22) is now available online from Sephora. I don't know why didn't pick the entire line (they really should), but this powder is so lovely and efficient, so it's a great start. Show More Summary

Giveaway: Aftelier Palimpsest Mini

I normally don't do a giveaway before I publish my review, but I'm making an exception here: Palimpsest from Aftelier is perfumer Mandy Aftel's latest creation, and I can also let you in on a spoiler: it's one of the best perfumes released in 2014, if not the very best of them. Show More Summary

Karen's MBB Monday Poll

This is stolen shamelessly from Karen of Makeup & Beauty Blog. She posts a new list every morning, which helps ease my foggy brain into a more structured thinking. These are today's questions and my answers (you're welcome to go read hers, as well as post your own answers in the comments.1. Show More Summary

Snuggly Sweater Perfumes

Sonia Rykiel advertising campaign photograph by Dominica Issermann, Autumn-Winter 1980 collection Our furnace died the other day. It was not much of a surprise, as it was original to the house, which is just slightly younger than us....Show More Summary

Helmut Lang Original Fragrances Reissue

Original Helmut Lang perfume campaign image from the early 2000s Now, this is good news. I've been yearning for a Cuiron bottle for years. Of course, I only discovered this sensual leather and skin perfume once it was discontinued and people started charging kidneys for partial bottles, so I've kept looking and cursing with very little success. Show More Summary

Gucci Antique Gold Magnetic Color Shadow Mono

I'm carefully dipping my toes in the vast unknown that is the new Gucci makeup line. There are so many options, colors, and items that have caught my eye that it was hard to decide where to begin. With eye shadows that come as monos, duos and quads, all in rich colors and alluring finishes. Show More Summary

Agraria Petite Essence Diffusers

Right now there are two reed diffuser loves in my life. This is the newer and the cutest: Agraria PetiteEssence in Lavender & Rosemary. The cuteness comes from the handmade flower that absorbs the essential oils through the cotton wick,...Show More Summary

Annick Goutal- Les Nuits d'Hadrien (Revisited)

I haven't worn Annick Goutal's Les Nuits d'Hadrien in ages. More than a year, I think. My bottle predates this blog by a couple of years (I think I bought it soon after the 2003 release), and when I talked about this perfume here, back in 2007, I was still regarding Les Nuits as Hadrien's darker side. Show More Summary

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara

I bought a tube of the new Lancôme Grandiose Mascara as soon as it was available. I wasn't sure if it was legit or another gimmick (remember the battery-operated vibrating mascaras from five or six years ago?), but I was willing to give...Show More Summary

Jo Malone- Wood Sage & Sea Salt

The name alone, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, created a huge wave of expectations (or cynical skepticism, depending whom you've asked) in fragonerd circles. Sea salt is a note you're more likely to find in cult-favorite perfumes such as The Different Company Sel de Vetiver, Heeley Sel Marine, and my favorite: Miller Harris Fleur de Sel. Show More Summary

MAC Animal Instinct Blush

Here's what happened: I shattered my beloved Hourglass Mood Exposure blush. The week that happened, the blush was out-of-stock everywhere (it's back now, so I should do something about it). Around the same time, I tried the limited edition Cheek Melange by Laura Mercier, and found myself really loving the purple shade in the middle. Show More Summary

Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner- Green (Brave Beauty Collection)

The green Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner looked like a good companion for the Brave eye shadow palette. I'm seriously into green this season, as you may have been able to tell from recent posts, so this forest green eyeliner was just perfect. Show More Summary

Cats Of The Day

Cedric and Philip Peter was unimpressed Apparently, even Philip was over this picture-taking thing Sophie, pondering multi-cat households I was going to take a nice portrait photo of Cedric who was looking regal and impressive when Philip got into the frame. Show More Summary

Want: Koyudo Brush Set (or maybe not)

I'm being silly, I know. First, I'm usually firmly against makeup brush sets. Brushes should be purchased à la carte, carefully chosen according to one's individual needs and preferred usage. Then there's the fact that I'm not familiar enough with Koyudo (available from Show More Summary

DSH Perfumes- Minuit

Night Landscape: Cypress Trees by Amanda Friedman(Have a look at her other night photos. They're haunting) Do you dream of spicy chypres? This is how perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz describes her creation Minuit:"At Midnight, the winter...Show More Summary

Laura Mercier Satin Matte Eye Colour- Tempting Green, Plum allure

Laura Mercier released four eye shadow colors in the limited edition Satin Matte Eye Colour range as part of the Sensual Reflection collection for Fall 2014. I chose two, Tempting Green and Plum allure (the other ones are Sensual Pink and Gold Seduction, which I decided I could easily live without). Show More Summary

Gucci Eye Shadows- First Look

As I've mentioned, these only came in yesterday, so I still need to have my way with them. But this is a first look, pre-swatching of the items I've bought: a single eye shadow in Antique Gold and a duo named Peacock. I suspect that there are more in my near future, though I'll probably stick to neutrals. Show More Summary

Acqua di Parma: Colonia Leather & Rosa Nobile

Several new Acqua di Parma perfumes were released in 2014. I already reviewed the summer breeze of Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna. Here are two others, from the Colonia and the Nobile collections. Like all Acqua di Parma perfumes,...Show More Summary

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