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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Fresh-faced review: Illamasqua Beyond Powder & Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette

Illamasqua Beyond Powder & Juvia's Place Saharan Blush Palette

Juvia’s Place palettes have been winking at me for a while now, and as it happens, there’s a shop in my little godforsaken corner of Spain that carries them, so I don’t even have to go online… what was I to do? I first wanted one of the eyeshadow palettes, but on seeing this one I said: “Mine!” And the reasonable part of my brain said: “Very pretty, but it’s a blush palette, and you […]

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Today’s Hatin’: Death by Perfume

Mascarilla

Even though I am as of now officially on holiday (yaaay!), now that I have more free time in my hands, apparently my brain has decided that thinking of things that annoy me was a good use of this time. So in a matter of moments I dashed off this hatey post, which got ahead of others in the queue. I have to say that as far as perfumes and fragrances go, there are more […]

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Midsummer Review: TH Pharma SPF 50+ Body Spray & Facial Sunscreen

TH Pharma SPF 50+

Yay, summer! This is the most wonderful time of the year as far as I’m concerned; despite my pseudonym of choice, I’m more of a desert snake, because it takes seriously infernal heat to bother me (and I don’t even go swimming in the pool or at the beach, nor turn on the AC very often), and also because the misery of the summer haters and their constant stream of whine about the heat (oh, […]

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Spring sheetmasking: SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask & MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue

SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask

Wedding and banquet season is in full swing in my part of the world, so it’s convenient to have some tricks up your sleeve prior to the odd invite that may drop in your mailbox. So if you’re into sheetmasking, make yourself comfortable… I’m going to go ahead and say that, after trying these sheet masks, I absolutely recommend them both for pre-party preparations. MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue Though these can be found in […]

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W7 “Delicious” palette, Black Lash mascara & NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner

NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady in possesion of a great hoard of powders and paints, must be in want of collecting more… these I’m posting today have been with me for a few months, and it was time to trot them out in this blog. W7 “Delicious” Eyeshadow Palette This must probably be review #21816984 of this palette, but I just had to know what all the noise in the MU […]

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