Blog Profile / The Non-Blonde

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Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope- Black Tie & Private Party

Poppy King of Lipstick Queen has so many lipstick ranges in her own line and as collaborations that it can get very confusing. But there's no mistaking Lipstick Queen's Velvet Rope collection for anything other than her top drawer luxury product. Show More Summary

Colourpop Crème Gel Liners: DLTA & Fast Lane

Colourpop is quickly becoming a favorite treat: stunning colors, delectable textures, made in the US and shockingly cheap. That's the case with their two forms of gel eyeliner, a thin retractable pencil and a cream-gel in a pot. Each color comes in both versions, and I'm not sure I can say which one I prefer. Show More Summary

FotD: The Bare Necessities

I was feeling very low-key last Saturday. It was a gray and kind of chilly day, some errands to run, a very late lunch at a favorite cafe, and a quick stop at a local antique store. I decided to see what's the minimal amount of actual color I could wear and still not look dead. Show More Summary

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen (Marrón & Noir)

One of the things that makes a really great eyeliner pen is consistency. I expect my liner to perform the same way from one day to another until it dries up. I get cranky when it doesn't. You might remember that a few weeks ago I complained...Show More Summary

Dry Shampoo- Living Proof, CoLab, New York Streets

Dry shampoos feel like a dirty little secret. Literally. That's what one uses on unwashed hair, and I deeply dislike unwashed hair. However, with a long thick mane such as mine, doing a the whole hair routine every morning is not always feasible or advisable. Show More Summary

Jean d'Albert- Casaque (Vintage Perfume)

It's been nearly three decades since Parfums Jean d'Albert ceased to exist. Casaque, a 1956-57 release, was in production for twenty years. It seems to have been quite popular in the USA, as the pretty bottles (and boxes, if you're lucky)...Show More Summary

FotWeekend- Two Evening Looks

Two very simple evening looks from the weekend. One focuses on the eyes, the other on the lips. I could have named them "makeup looks for when the husband is waiting", since I did both rather quickly, with said husband reminding me that traffic to the city is getting worse by the minutes. Show More Summary

YSL- Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation (B50 Honey)

When the first iteration of YSL Touche Éclat foundation was launched in the summer of 2012 it was a very big deal, and expectations were as high as the hype around it. I bought it as soon as my nearest Yves Saint Laurent counter gotShow More Summary

Currently- March 2016

BookI've been tearing through some beauty books for a future post. My favorite so far is Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup by Kerry Thompson and Coco Park.MusicIggy Pop- Gardenia, from his brand new album. Show More Summary

Youngblood- Stay Put Eye Primer

Eye primers are as essential to me as the beautiful colors they hold in place. The thin extra layer on the lid and the 40 seconds it takes to apply a primer repay themselves ten times over with a smoother makeup application and by keeping eyeliners and eye shadows from moving or fading. Show More Summary

Clinique- Aromatics Elixir (Current Version)

Aromatics Elixir was the perfume of other people's mothers. My mom used to walk in a cloud of white flowers, wafting tuberose, orange blossom, and jasmine with a tropic flair that stood out among the billowing green chypres of the 1970s. Show More Summary

Weil Zibeline And Secret de Venus (Vintage Perfume)

It seems that no two bottles of Zibeline by Weil, or its sister, Secret de Venus body & bath oil, smell exactly alike. I have two of each, mostly from the 1960s, and that's definitely case. They are all good, rich, fascinating, and dirty in the best possible way. Show More Summary

From Freezing to Heatwave: One Week, Four Makeup Looks

I've been going through my drawers, pulling out samples and items that need to be used up. That's the only thing these four looks from the last week have in common. We've gone from freezing temperatures to a freaky heatwave in less than a week. Show More Summary

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

I owe this one to Eileen, a long-time reader whose comments are always inspiring and enlightening. She recommended Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence as a first after-cleansing step, and remarked that it's nearly identical to the incredible SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($165, 5oz). Show More Summary

Isabey- Fleur Nocturne

Of course I love Fleur Nocturne. It reminds me of the grand florals of the late 80s and early 90s, and feels right at home between Tresor and Jil Sander No.4. It's also a sister fragrance to Isabey's Gardenia, a creamy and warm white flower composition. Show More Summary

Youngblood Intimattes Lipstick- Boudoir, Ooh La La, Secret, Vain, Vamp, Vanity

I'm a big fan of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics' original lipstick formula. Their unassuming Bliss has been a multiple repurchase ever since I had a makeover at the now-defunct Youngblood counter at (the now mostly-dead) Henri Bendel.Show More Summary

DSH Perfumes- Rendezvous

Perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has a large and impressive body of work with something for everyone. I personally find her bracing green perfumes, chypres, and bold animalics completely irresistible. Oh, and iris. Always iris. Another reason that DSH Perfumes are my catnip is Dawn's extensive knowledge and deep understanding of vintage fragrances. Show More Summary

FotD- A Highly Highlighted Look

This was my look for a Sunday outing to Cold Spring, NY. It was a cold(ish) day but spring is already in the air and I wanted some brightness and a little shine. I was also inspired by a makeup adventure from the previous day, when I allowed my best friend a free reign over my face. Show More Summary

M2 Beauté- M2 Lashes (Lash Activating Serum)

We need to talk about my eyelashes.They were always alright, just nothing impressive. And they've required some serious quality time with a lash curler to really stand out. I could deal. So I wasn't paying all that much attention when I received a press sample of a product I've never heard of before, M2 Lashes by M2 Beauté. Show More Summary

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask- Smashed & Original

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masks are not a new product. In fact, this was a repurchase, since I finished 0.5 oz tube of the original formula. I keep lip balms and treatments all over the house and in every purse and use them often, which so far this winter has resulted in various empty pots and tubes, and no lip cracking. Show More Summary

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