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It's been nearly two years since my Perfume Shopping Guide To NYC and a lot has changed. Stores have opened, closed, or changed their focus, while others have opened. The most notable is the transformation of Henri Bendel, which is getting rid of their beauty and perfume departments (among other things) as we speak. Show More Summary

Laura Mercier & ReVive | Friends & Family Sale

What are you doing tomorrow?Here's a fun indulgent that's less sinful than usual: Laura Mercier and ReVive Skincare are having a three day friends & family sale starting tomorrow. Here are the details: 20% Off & free standard shipping on any $75 purchase on Show More Summary

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Muse & Panoramic Lip Liner Raven

Here's another post that writes itself. I've been a fan of Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks since they were released a couple of years ago. Being on a coral kick lately it's no surprise that I enjoy this full-coverage high intensity liquid lipstick in Muse. Show More Summary

Ramon Monegal- Very Private For Bergdorf Goodman

The two most recent perfumes from Spanish perfumer Ramon Monegal are store exclusives. One is Dubai Next To Me (review coming soon, I promise) which you can only buy in Bloomingdales Dubai, and the other one is Very Private for Bergdorf Goodman. Show More Summary

Houbigant- Quelques Fleurs (Vintage Perfume)

About seven years ago I spent a week or so getting to know Houbigant's 2004 flanker, Quelques Fleurs Royale. It didn't work out, as my old (and somewhat embarrassing review shows). I wish I had a sample now to see how I'd feel about Royale after all these years. Show More Summary

Pixi Bronze Beam Endless Silky Eye Pen

Bronze Beam (or BronzeBeam?) is the newest color from Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen range. If you're not familiar with this excellent waterproof eyeliner pencils (no, they're not actually pens) have a look at my swatches and check out the specific reviews linked from there. Show More Summary

Kaley Cuoco In Vera Wang

I'm ready to give up on Kaley Cuoco. No matter how adorable and sweet this funny lady is, her personal style is in a dire need of an intervention. Somehow, Kaley managed to find the worst outfit Vera Wang has ever designed. Paired with...Show More Summary

Serge Lutens- Bois de Violette

There's a cute scene in "Shadow of Night", Deborah Harkness' (much improved) sequel of "A Discovery of Witchess", where the male protagonist (a vampire, among other things) chides an aging Queen Elizabeth (as in Elizabeth I. Not the current one we know as "Granny") for her overindulgence in candied violets that have rotted her teeth. Show More Summary

DHC Premium Lipstick GE

Here's a fun treat that looks much more expensive than it actually is. Japanese brand DHC had released several new makeup items (see the blush/highlighter palettes) in pretty packaging, updated formulas, and great colors. The new Premium...Show More Summary

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow- Giove & Callisto

The new Dual Intensity single eye shadows from NARS almost made me squee. A new texture, a wet-dry formula, intense colors... It's all good. Really really good. And also tenacious.Giove is navy, darker on skin than it appears in the pan with an iridescent finish. Show More Summary

Guerlain- Eau de Guerlain

Eau de Guerlain, one of the house's four summer eaux (see also Eau de Cologne du Coq and Eau de Cologne Imperiale). Each one of them has a small twist, a certain characteristic that separates them from the masses and gives the wearer an extra pleasure. Show More Summary

Want: Maison Martin Margiela Embellished Iridescent Belt

This Maison Martin Margiela belt ($695, net-a-porter) ties at the back and is adjustable so you can wear it high or low on your waist. But the really cool thing about it is the iridescent mosaic: it's made of recycled CD pieces, making each individual belt slightly different. Show More Summary

Dear You

Dear You,Dear Lady Gaga, what in the world?Dear JLo, Beyonce, and other celebrities, posting your overprocessed "no makeup" photos on Instagram doesn't make you look natural and down-to-earth. It makes you appear even more narcissistic than ever.Dear NARS, you're stepping up your game more than ever. Show More Summary

Perfume: My Current Rotation

Eight years ago, very early in my blogging journey, I attempted to make a list of my most most worn perfumes that summer, fragrances that were on a relatively tight rotation. It was a pretty extensive list even back then, but I could still narrow it down somewhat. Show More Summary

What is Prince Harry Smelling?

Fragonerds know this nose-to-wrist move very well. We do it several times a day. Is Prince Harry one of us? Was he getting a fix of his new fragrance? What was he wearing? And why is Duchess Kate so amused?Aventus? Something with oud?...Show More Summary

Amouage Journey Man

The masculine half of the new Amouage Journey duo, Journey Man, continues the Asian trip (see my review of Journey Woman). But this time creative director Christopher Chong uses the familiar Amouage language of incense and spice to take...Show More Summary

NARS #44 Precision Contour Brush

Back when NARS first released the original line of makeup brush they were among the most special tools you could buy outside of Japan. As far as I know it was the first Western line to offer "real" traditional Japanese brush shapes (such as a yachiyo and an itabake. Show More Summary

Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour- Pink Glow

When Laura Mercier launched the Bonne Mine Face Palette back in 2010 (it used to be a sephora exclusive and later re-released as part of various charity/health awareness campaigns) I fell for it immediately and used the two cream blushes to the last bit. Show More Summary

Vintage Perfume Ads (Part 3)

Here's another batch of vintage perfume advertisements (see also Part 1 and Part 2). Some are more famous than others, several are rather obscure like the one above. I never heard about Mavis by Vivaudou, but a few clicks reveal a wealth of gorgeous Art Nouveau ads from the late 1910s (and these posts from the Vintage Perfume Vault). Show More Summary

Marion Cotillard In Dior

Marion Cotillard and her Dior dress (Spring 2014 Couture) flew under the radar among all the noise surrounding Rihanna's dress for last week's 2014 CFDA fashion awards where she was inexplicably honored with the Fashion Icon Award. Dior's...Show More Summary

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