Autumn Scents: Abel Cobalt Amber & Versace Blue Jeans

Abel Cobalt Amber eau de parfum

After a much needed blogging hiatus, here I am again… will it last? Dunno, depends on my beauty muse, that one moment is prodding me to write drafts, then the next goes “you know, you haven’t cleaned this filthy place in ages” (doesn’t it happen to you that the only times you feel like cleaning your house, your closet, your makeup brushes and whatnot is when you really should be doing something else?) Anyway, the […]

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‘Nilla Notes: L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille & Yves Rocher Nuit Vanille

L'Occitane Bouquet de Vanille body cream and lip balm

Today’s post is for fellow lovers of vanilla, while the fresher weather after April rains lingers in my area… in my case, vanille is among the few gourmand scents that I love almost in any way, shape or form, so today I bring vanilla-scented reviews from L’Occitane and Yves Rocher. L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille Ultra Soft Cream and Lip Balm. I’d used L’Occitane’s lipbalms and shea butter body products before, and though they are pricey, […]

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ISDIN FotoUltra Age Repair SPF 50 and Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50

ISDIN FotoUltra Age Repair SPF 50

Even if it’s winter, we’re still diligently applying facial SPF, right? In my case, since I live where the sun lives almost year round, today I talk suncare, specifically ISDIN’s: Fusion Fluid Mineral and Foto Ultra Age Repair. ISDIN Fusion Fluid Mineral SPF 50 This facial sunscreen belongs to the same range as the better-known ISDIN Fusion Water, which I love and recommend almost without reservation for oily to combination skins in the summer… and […]

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Eyeshadow Explorations: NYX Lid Lingerie & Nude Matte Shadow Singles

NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tints

After a quick look at my own blog, I’m a bit surprised that my mad devotion for eyeshadow isn’t as apparent as it should be… there’s a review here and there, but what there is doesn’t convey how much I looove elaborate eye makeup. So without further ado, today’s review is all about the eyeshadow, specifically shadows that I like and use a lot: NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tints and Nude Matte Shadow Singles. Ver […]

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The Hype Stuff: Pixi Glow Tonic & GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment

GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment Pixi Glow Tonic

Have you been naughty or nice during the post-holiday sales? I’ve been a perfect saint, if I do say so myself, though that’s mainly because it’s too cold for me to go out, and besides, I have stuff in my stash that I want to use up first. Still, for anyone who’s thinking of taking a small bite or two of the sales these days, today I talk about a couple travel-sized reviews. Pixi Glow […]

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Perfumed post: 5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden & Sultana by Patio de los Perfumes

Patio de los Perfumes "Sultana" & Elizabeth Arden "5th Avenue" EDP

I’m just the sort of person which, when I find a new interest, it’s from here to eternity… more recently, this is just what’s happened with my rekindled interest in perfumery, and specifically niche and indie perfumery. The thing is, as much as I adore perfumes, I don’t often buy them for myself, with a notable exception: whenever I travel, I have to bring back a bottle. If it’s from a house that isn’t so […]

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ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 & Interapothek Sunscreen Milk

ISDIN Fusion Water SPF 50 and Interapothek sunscreen

I tried the sunscreens shown in today’s review during the last summer, and while I’m at it, I’ll just  remind my dear readers what we all know, or ought to know, at this point: winter doesn’t mean you can keep your guard down, and skip sun protection. Particularly if you live in a place like mine, where most days are clear and bright and sunny despite the cold. Interapothek Sunscreen Milk SPF 50 Interapothek isn’t […]

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Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel & Starlaisa Basics Collection Palette

Illamasqua brow gel & Starlaisa palette

I’ve heard it said before by makeup artists and tastemakers that it’s preferable to enhance either the eye area or the lips, but not all at once; in theory, there’s something about this type of style rules, and their whiff of snootiness and pretentious bleh that sits wrong with me… but in practice I adhere to it: I like to paint my eyes to kill, and the rest just isn’t as important to me. In […]

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Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack & Pumpkin Sleeping Pack

Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack

I have to say, I feel kind of sheepish about having Too Cool For School products in my routine, given that, as the name indicates, this brand’s geared toward the schoolgirl-aged, or at the most the college crowd; I am neither of these things, and I haven’t been for some time. Still, I’d had my eye on the Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack for a while, only I refused to pay what Sephora […]

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The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin & Niacinamide. Also, days of sound and fury in Deciem

The Ordinary Niacinamida y Alpha Arbutin

I had this half-written post lying around for a while, until last week’s events in the beautysphere gave me the push to get it finished… in a nutshell, Brandon Truaxe’s been on full-on poo-flinging monkey mode for months, and to make a long, angsty story short, it looks like Truaxe got the axe (sorry, I just had to… ) and is no longer at the helm of Deciem. (Or, according to unsubstantiated rumors floating on […]

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Taï & Jôn Body Mist and 4711 Acqua Colonia “Blood Orange & Basil”

4711 Acqua Colonia “Blood Orange & Basil”

I’m unable to give up my beloved perfumes even in the depths of summer, when my tolerance for scents is much lower (and let me tell you, summer is No Joke where I live 🔥). So during this time I typically switch to mists and fresh eaux de toilette, which are less expensive anyway. For S-18 I chose a Taï & Jôn mist, and 4711 Acqua Colonia “Blood Orange & Basil”. Taï & Jôn Body […]

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