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The Fresh, The Tropical, And The Supposedly Inappropriate- Top Perfume Picks for Summer

Recently I've realized that for someone who doesn't believe in seasonal perfumes, I actually have certain ideas about what would smell best on a particular day; some of these scent of the day decisions do depend on the weather, evenShow More Summary

Email Issues and an Apology

Seriously, it might as well be snail mail.Remember when Gmail became oh so efficient and started separating your incoming mail into categories, one of them named "promotions"? Well, most of us are on quite a few mailing lists that include more than just us, yet Gmail gives the stinkeye to those emails. Show More Summary

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush In Panic

I certainly took my time with this one, haven't I?I got Panic around the time NARS first launched their new line of Dual-Intensity blushes (there are six of them), and promptly put it aside in (excuse the pun) panic, only allowing myself to stare at it with disbelief once a day. Show More Summary

Laura Geller Sandy Lagoon Crème Glaze Baked Eyeshadow Intensifying Eye Palette

This was not quite an impulse purchase but almost. My general stand about Laura Geller makeup is that the face stuff is good-to-great, but the eye products I've tested over the years have all left something to be desired. But I was at Ulta and colors of the Sandy Lagoon Crème Glaze Baked Eyeshadow Intensifying Eye Palette called to be swatched. Show More Summary

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick In Golden Pink

This Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink was a GWP (hence the mini size of the one in the photo) a couple of months ago. You know me. A cream eye shadow in a stick is my catnip, and even this Golden Pink color has proven itself as a great option for an all-over color wash or a base for something a little more intense. Show More Summary

LORAC Alter Ego Eye Shadow Palette in Heartbreaker (Ulta Exclusive)

I had every intention to ignore Lorac's summer palette, at the least the one they showed on their website (and in the various newsletters) and also offered via Nordstrom. I thought it was cute but not particularly useful. Then I discovered...Show More Summary

Two Fabulous Eyeliner Pencils: Kiko & Vincent Longo

I've added two eyeliner pencils to the overflowing cups on the vintage tea cart that holds most of my eye brushes and eyeliners (easy to move around as needed). The Vincent Longo was a press sample that quickly became my current favorite...Show More Summary

Kiko Milano Mosaic Blush 08 Hypnotic Mauve

Previously on The Non-Blonde: I go shopping with a friend and find a treasure.This blush was another one of my Kiko discoveries. I think it's a limited edition, and since I'm on a blush kick at the moment I was more than thrilled with how pretty it is. Show More Summary

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

The palette we're looking at today, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, is somewhat of an alternative to the one from yesterday, Viseart 01 Neutral Matte. Let's make it it clear, though: this is not a duplicate or...Show More Summary

Monsillage- Vol 870 YUL-CDG

Flight 870 from Montreal to Paris. What would you do if you had a one way ticket? How would you feel? What would you wear?It definitely sounds more romantic than the similar flight from our local airport, EWR Liberty, but to be honest it's been decades since any flight has been a civilized affair, and Newark has nothing do with it. Show More Summary

Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eye Shadow Palette

There's no doubt that matte eye shadow palettes are having a moment as far as people who actually buy makeup are concerned. From Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 and even the weaker NB1, to several larger palettes from recent months. I may...Show More Summary

Balenciaga Pour Homme (Vintage Perfume)

Nothing about the ugly bottle of Balenciaga Pour Homme (believe me, once you remove the cap it's utterly godawful) or the cheap-looking box suggests the gem inside. Neither does the advertisement above, that falsely points towards an...Show More Summary

Kjaer Weis Goddess & Sensuous Plum Lip Tint

I was on a little quest to get all the Kjaer Weis colors that suit me. I think I've finally did it, with the addition of Goddess (a dark burgundy, more intense than Passionate) and Sensuous Plum, a surprising nude color with some mauve...Show More Summary

Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777- Soleil de Jeddah

Photo by Kristian Schuller In conversations with other fragonerds Soleil de Jeddah from Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 seems to be a rather polarizing perfume. The love or hate reactions seem to depend on what jumps first (or most) onto one's skin when you spray it, as well as a person's tolerance for juicy fruity notes. Show More Summary

Kiko Milano Eye Shadows: Cool Touch Ingenious Taupe & Infinity Eye Shadow 241

One of my silliest mistakes was skipping the several Kiko stores I came across last year in Italy. I wasn't in the mood for makeup shopping, I guess, and obviously neither was the husband. I knew about Kiko, of course. An Italian brand that offers a MAC-like range of colors and products and an incredible value/cost ratio. Show More Summary

Puredistance White

Exploded Flowers by Fong Qi Wei Oy.Puredistance White is not the first release of the season that broke my heart a little by being below standard for a beloved perfume house (see Amouage Sunshine and both "Flashes" from Tauer. I'm also...Show More Summary

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick In Nunavut

Some people go crazy for food-on-a-stick. I'm equally nuts about eye shadow in stick format. It's the combination of the cream texture and performance with the durable space-saving package and ease of application. NARS took their time...Show More Summary

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush In Rupture

It started when my friend Josie and I plowed through my local Ulta swatching e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. The new Urban Decay Afterglow blushes caught our eye, because blush. But I was only semi-interested in this one, Rupture, because it reminded...Show More Summary

Currently- May 2015

It's the tale-end of May, and I have no idea how that happened. House-guests, a short trip to Brimfield (quite successful), the Husband's birthday, my niece's birthday (how and when did she turn seven? SEVEN?). It's getting hot and stormy...Show More Summary

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Mademoiselle #434

I'll be the first one to admit that Chanel has kind of lost me over the last eighteen months or so. Too many collections, too frequent reformulation, and in general: too much. I can't really fault them, though. Everyone is doing that, and in most cases Chanel quality is still up there. Show More Summary

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