Nina Ricci Les Monstres Nina & Luna perfumes, 2018 limited edition

Perfume Notes: Mother’s Day Edition (April 2018)

Hey, I’m squeezing in my April perfume notes just in time for Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018)!

Spring is in the air, and while my list contains a fair few carryovers from the winter, there are also many romantic, warm weather-friendly scents, as well. If you haven’t bought your mom (or yourself!) a gift, yet, I hope these mini reviews will give you some ideas.

  • Alaïa Alaïa
  • Alaïa Alaïa Blanche
  • Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage
  • Annick Goutal Rose Absolue
  • Annick Goutal Rose Pompon
  • Annick Goutal Songes EDT & EDP
  • Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise
  • Atelier Flou Sloane Rose
  • Calvin Klein Eternity Air
  • Chanel Les Exclusifs: Coromandel EDP
  • Dior J’Adore
  • Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Fig
  • Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Nectar de Parfum
  • Jennifer Aniston Near Dusk
  • Maison Margiela Replica: Lipstick On
  • Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDT
  • Nina Ricci Les Monstres: Luna & Nina
  • Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
  • Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua EDP Légère
  • Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger
  • Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire: Orchidée Vanille
  • Vera Wang Embrace: Marigold & Gardenia (yellow florals, melon)
  • Vera Wang Embrace: Rose Buds & Vanilla
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris EDT

I also tested all of the scents in the Berdoues sampler I got from Sephora, but I’ll write a separate blog post for those!


ALAÏA
Alaïa

Alaïa EDP 100 mL2015 | Marie Salamagne
Top Notes: airy notes, pink pepper
Heart Notes: freesia, peony
Base Notes: animalic notes, musk

I wanted very much to love the eponymous first fragrance from designer Alaïa, especially since the bottle is so beautiful, but it didn’t move me. It is deep and a bit dark, but also a little too cloying. I wouldn’t mind trying it again for a better grasp of it, but my initial impression is not very favorable. I don’t love any of the notes in it, so I suppose it is not a surprise that I didn’t fall for it.

The stunning bottle design echoes Alaïa’s gorgeous, laser cut handbags:

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Essie Summer 2018 collection

New Release: Essie (Summer 2018)

Collection: Essie 2018 Summer

Essie has released their new summer collection! It consists of six new shades of “soft floral and tart, bright fruits for summer”.

From Essie:

our limited edition essie summer 2018 collection will have you making harmony – remember young, wild & me is the only way to be!

this summer let’s walk barefoot in a sunny daze and spread the good vibes all daisy long. with everyone making harmony, there is no doubt the fuchsia is bright. it’s the age of empower-mint. so this summer don’t forget, young, wild & me is the only way to be!

Here are the new shades:
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New Release: Chanel — Rouge Coco Lip Blush (Summer 2018)

Rouge Coco Lip Blush: Le Vernis

Along with some new shades of Rouge Coco lip products and Poudre Lumière highlighters, Chanel’s new summer collection includes six new shades of Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, two of which are added to the core collection.

I love seeing vampy creams released in the summer!

Bleu Trompeur (624)

Exquisite Pink (626)
limited edition

Brun Contraste (618)
limited edition

Prune Dramatique (628)

Violet Piquant (622)
limited edition

Rose Néon (596)
limited edition

Happy Shopping!

[Images via chanel.com]

China Glaze Summer 2018 collection, Shades of Paradise

New Release: China Glaze — Paradise (Summer 2018)

Collection: China Glaze 2018 Summer, Shades of Paradise

China Glaze’s Summer 2018 collection, Shades of Paradise, consists of twelve new shades of nail lacquer.

From China Glaze:

This summer, get some color. No tanning necessary. Just dip your tips in these sea-blue shimmers and bask in the pinky-purple warmth of these tropical sunset crèmes.

Here they are…is it just me, or are China Glaze’s new descriptions sounding rather a lot like those of a competing brand?

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Zoya Summer 2018 collection, Sunshine

New Release: Zoya — Sunshine (Summer 2018)

Collection: Zoya 2018 Summer, Sunshine

Zoya has released their Summer 2018 collection, Sunshine.

There’s also a code for free shipping on the new collection:

It’s official, Summer is right around the corner and our newest assortment has finally arrived! Already have your eye on a few shades? We’ll cover the shipping on any Sunshine order!

Use Code: SUMMER
Now – Sunday 5/6 (11:59pm ET)

Here are the twelve new polishes!

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fivezero's perfume tray, May 2018

Perfume Diary: May 2018

The idea of a perfume tray is one that I’ve partially subscribed to over the years, but recently, I haven’t really kept one. The fact remains that light (and heat) will ruin perfume, so I almost always prefer keeping perfumes in their original boxes. It makes it easier to organize them and move them, as well.

The main drawbacks of this, of course, are that I don’t get to enjoy the bottle designs and that it makes it annoying to actually use my perfume! Having to remove a perfume from its box and then replace it every time I want a spritz gets tiresome.

Elizabeth Taylor at her dressing table
Elizabeth Taylor at her dressing table (1948).
Image: elle.com

If you have a minimalist’s perfume wardrobe, then it’s a simple thing to display perfumes on your vanity, even by a window—you’ll likely go through the perfume fast enough that light and heat degradation aren’t a problem. My perfume collection is a larger one, so this doesn’t work well for me. I honestly do not recall the last time I finished a bottle of perfume! (Well, it was probably when I dropped a bottle of Clinique Happy about sixteen or seventeen years ago… Does it count if I gave bottles away?)

white perfume tray
Image: inrichting-huis.com

But I did use to keep a perfume tray out for the sake of convenience, and it displayed some of my most-worn scents. Sadly, after several years of sitting in indirect sunlight, the top notes have turned in my bottles of Burberry Brit EDT, Tracy by Ellen Tracy, Clinique Happy, and Calvin Klein Truth—at least the scents are fine once I get past the first couple of minutes of soured top notes. Britney Spears Fantasy fared well, but I think it’s because the bottle is semi-opaque. (You can tell I wasn’t keen on using more expensive or discontinued scents as guinea pigs!) Overall, my first attempt at a perfume tray didn’t work as well as I would have liked.Read More »

Essie Wedding by Reem Acra collection 2018, Gel Couture

New Release: Essie — Wedding by Reem Acra, Gel Couture (Spring 2018)

 

Collection: Essie 2018 Spring, Wedding by Reem Acra (Gel Couture)

Essie has released their new spring bridal collection in the Gel Couture line, Wedding by Reem Acra. It consists of six new shades of “soft floral and tart, bright fruits for summer”. The collection is a collaboration with fashion designer Reem Acra, whose inspiration for the shades was a royal affair—undoubtedly the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in particular!

Essie Wedding by Reem Acra collection, Gel Couture, Summer 2017

From Essie:

enter into the magical wedding world where each shade is crafted to evoke a feeling of love. from getting intricate with the preparation to sharing this special day with your forever familyeverything is perfection. spending precious moments with your handmade of honor before the long awaited moments to mrs. is something you will always cherish. as you indulge in this royal experience your picture perfect wedding will leave you feeling like you’re golden.

Here are the new shades:
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