Jennifer Lopez perfume in Deseo (eau de parfum 50 mL)

Haulage Week! Ellen Tracy & Jennifer Lopez Perfumes

This week, I’ll be posting about some little hauls I’ve made recently, rather than swatches and reviews. Here’s the haulage post schedule for this week:

  • Monday: Essie, Illamasqua, Smashbox, W7
  • Tuesday: Zoya
  • Wednesday: Perfume (Ellen Tracy, Jennifer Lopez)
  • Throwback Thursday: MAC
  • Friday: Essence, L’Oréal, OPI

Today’s perfume haul is my last one this week from Winners (the Canadian TJ Maxx). Early each year, Winners runs a red tag clearance on older stock, and I snagged two scents at super-cheap prices.

Ellen Tracy makes one of my favorite perfumes (Tracy), and on the strength of that plus online rave reviews, I also bought Bronze, which remains untried in my stash. I’d been seeing a flanker, Exotic Bronze, for pretty cheap at Winners, but I didn’t want to buy it until I’d given the original a spin. However, the new red tagged price of CA$8 swayed me and now I have two untried Bronzes in my collection.

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My Top 10 Blind (Unsniffed) Perfume Buys

A few people commented on Tuesday’s post about my penchant for buying fragrances unsniffed, so I thought I’d do a roundup of the successes and failures of this habit of mine. Now, while I do tend to buy unsniffed, I do not tend to buy unresearched, so my hit-to-miss ratio is actually pretty good.

Also, I tend not to buy unsniffed if I can sample the fragrance in person, or, failing that, obtain a sample online (Lucky Scent and The Perfumed Court were my go-tos when I was doing more sample-buying). Some perfume houses also do their own samples, and I’ve gotten some that way (Ava Luxe—or at least she used to, Czech & Speake, Grossmith, Les Parfums des Rosine).

Without further ado, here are my 10 favorite fragrances that I have ever bought unsniffed:

 

Badgley Mischka edp
Badgley Mischka — Badgley Mischka. This is an intense, jammy fruit blend—really gourmand and rich. It almost reaches the point where the fruit starts to seem overripe and on the verge of fermenting. I’ve smelled some similar fragrances and hated them, but this one just works for me. It’s not for everyone, but I love it on a cold winter day. The bottle is very luxe in heavy, faceted glass. I found it a few winters back at Winners.Read More »

Happy 2016! With a Perfume Roundup

I’m awfully late now, but Happy New Year!

It’s the first Tuesday of 2016, and I finally have a moment to get back to blogging. It feels like an eternity to me, but it’s amazingly only five days into January.

I don’t know about you, but it’s been a hectic holiday season for me, and I miscalculated how much it would take out of me! I’m still catching up on sleep, but am being foiled by also attempting to do all kinds of errands, chores, and spring cleaning. I apologize for letting the swatches suffer, but to be fair, my nails have taken quite the beating amidst all the cooking—and eating! Ha! So, you wouldn’t have wanted to see my raggedy-ass cuticles sporting new polishes, anyway.

I’m honestly too exhausted at the moment to haul out the lightbox setup and take photos of my latest hauls (what did you guys all get for the holidays, huh?!), so I’m doing a roundup of the fragrances I picked up over 2015.

I rarely post about perfume, but I am a little bit of a perfume junkie. The worst thing is that I’ve currently been avoiding wearing any fragrance at all (this will be explained in the near future in another post) but it doesn’t stop me from sampling every time I’m at the mall, department store, or drugstore!

Last year, I was left unimpressed by Nina Ricci’s L’Extase (my links will be from Fragrantica, where I try to keep my profile up-to-date), Oscar de la Renta’s Extraordinary, Givenchy’s Rêve d’Escapade, YSL’s Black Opium, and, sadly enough since I adore the handbag-shaped bottle, Marc Jacobs’ Decadence.

What did I like? There weren’t many, but I also didn’t try as many as I usually do. I enjoyed Thierry Mugler Les Exceptions Oriental Express, but probably not enough to purchase it. I liked Eau de Gaga from Lady Gaga, but don’t think I’d buy it, either, unless it was super cheap. My Burberry was nice, but didn’t feel like anything particularly special, especially for the price.

What did I actually acquire last year? A total of 15.5 bottles, some of which were free/gifts. Here’s the rundown:

Barbara Bui Le Parfum edp
Barbara Bui — Le Parfum. A really warm and cozy amber that I sampled years ago, but it’s been discontinued. Someone on MUA tipped me off that it was available and quite cheap from some seller on Amazon, so I pounced!Read More »