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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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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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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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’s In The Air: “Aire” by Loewe & Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Lotion

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Lotion

I absolutely adore perfumes… this is one of those subjects I could hear speak about for hours on end. I love the world of scents, and I’m fascinated by those people who can pinpoint exactly the components of a perfume and how it was blended (I admire this so much, I am unable to do this, much as I love fragrances). I love sniffing a perfume I’ve worn before and being engulfed in nostalgia, and […]

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I Love… Lemon Sorbet Body Butter, Shower Gel and Whipped Sugar Scrub

I Love... Lemon Sorbet Body Butter

I’d seen this brand often in my frequent trips to cosmetics shop, but its products never caught my eye: even so, one fine day I decided to give the I Love… Lemon Sorbet shower gel a sniff, and it was just as the brand name said: ooh, come to me, yummy, caloric-smelling lemon meringue pie. Yes, pie, even though it’s called Lemon Sorbet, but who cares; it smells like lemon pie and it’s delicious. It’s […]

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Resuming Reviewing: Nacomi Black Soap and Smooth Body Butter

Nacomi black soap

I like to take my time to evaluate how my paints and potions perform, and then write about the experience, and this time it can’t be said I didn’t give it a fair amount of time for judgement; if it hadn’t been because I hadn’t felt like posting for a while already, I’d have said I left my blogging muse stranded somewhere in an Asian airport… Yet, soon as I made myself put fingers to […]

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Almonds for autumn: Marnys Sweet Almond Oil & Yves Rocher Shower Gel

Yves Rocher shower gel

Sweet almond oil isn’t my favorite cosmetic oil, there are others I like more like apricot kernel oil, and avocado kernel oil; still, I consider it a staple in my bathroom cabinet, and I end up using it often for a variety of purposes. So when I chanced upon this sweet almond oil by Marnys in a health-food shop, into the basket it went. I use this brands’ carrier oils often: the quality is always […]

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