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Perfume Notes (January 2018)

Hello all!

I know I have been AWOL for a while, now—among other things, I have been hard at work on the nail polish database—a brand spanking new version is coming, with the ability to track your own collection. (‘Cause I personally really, really need to do that!)

For now, I can only offer up this rather long list of perfume notes that I have compiled over the month of January. As you can see, I’ve been doing a lot of huffing. This comes just in time for Valentine’s Day, which is tomorrow, in case you need some gift ideas for a lovely lady in your life!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! 💝

The full list for January:

  1. adidas Born Original for Her
  2. Ariana Grande Ari
  3. Bvlgari Splendida Iris d’Or
  4. Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women
  5. Calvin Klein Reveal
  6. Chanel Allure (EDT)
  7. Chanel Allure (EDP)
  8. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (EDP)
  9. Dior Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming
  10. Dior Hypnotic Poison
  11. Dior Pure Poison
  12. Escada Sorbetto Rosso
  13. Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge
  14. Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin et Cigarette
  15. Etat Libre d’Orange Putain de Palaces
  16. Giorgio Armani Sí
  17. Givenchy Ange ou Démon
  18. Guerlain Mon Guerlain
  19. Jason Wu Jason Wu
  20. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum
  21. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste
  22. Lancôme La Nuit Trésor EDP
  23. Prada La Femme Intense
  24. Paco Rabanne Lady Million
  25. Paco Rabanne Olympéa
  26. Rihanna Rogue
  27. Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa
  28. Sofía Vergara Love (Fragrance Mist)
  29. Sofía Vergara Sofía (Fragrance Mist)
  30. Mugler Angel (EDP)
  31. Mugler Womanity
  32. Vera Wang Princess of Hearts
  33. Vera Wang Princess Noir
  34. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
  35. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock
  36. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche

I also got minor sniffs of these on cards, so I won’t talk about them today. Several are scents I had tried once and forgotten—I’ll have to revisit some of them on skin!

  1. Chanel Beige
  2. Chanel Chance
  3. Chanel Cristalle (EDT?)
  4. Chanel Gabrielle
  5. Dior J’Adore Eau Lumière (EDT)
  6. Mugler Aura

[Quick edit note: I had to fix quite a lot of things in this post; WordPress appeared to have not saved some of the bits I wrote, so certain entries were just incorrect. I think I’ve fixed everything, now! (Feb 13, 2018 at 11:55 PM)]

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New Releases: SinfulColors — New Colors + SWAK: Sinful With a Kiss (Spring 2017)

Collections: SinfulColors 2017 Spring, All New Colors and SWAK: Sinful With a Kiss

I’m just posting more SinfulColors spring collections today, because this week has been utterly crap on a personal level. Peanut started preschool last week—he took to it like a duck to water—but it unfortunately coincided with loads of the kids there getting over an illness. Needless to say, he fell ill over the weekend and as of last night, everyone in our family has it! We’re all congested and miserable, Family Day was a bust, Peanut has missed school all week, and the kids won’t stop whining and generally behaving like mini-tyrants. I think everyone slept a grand total of four hours last night, due to the kids constantly waking up because of fever (low-grade, thankfully) and congestion.

I am lucky at the moment, because the stars have aligned and both of my little monsters are napping at the same time, so I put this post together.

Enjoy these pretties.


SinfulColors recently released a set of new shades in their regular Nail Color line. Also, I missed posting about their Valentine’s Day collection, so here it is, as well. I imagine the collection is still available in stores!

All New Colors consists of 5 new shades and 5 Walgreens exclusives (boo for us without access to Walgreens!) in the regular Nail Color line.

  • The Full Monte (nude with subtle sparkle)
  • Bluz Cruz (vibrant purple-blue)
  • Cash Out (pop of pastel green)
  • Taupe is Dope! (sophisticated suede)
  • Bitten (juicy red cream)
  • So Daupe! (Walgreens exclusive; soft light brown)
  • Jam Out (Walgreens exclusive; strawberry with a funky green flash)
  • Jade Kat (Walgreens exclusive; shimmering emerald green)
  • Deep End (Walgreens exclusive; ocean blue)
  • aPEAsing (Walgreens exclusive; sweet pastel green)

The Full Monte, Bluz Cruz, Cash Out

Taupe is Dope!, Bitten

So Daupe! (Walgreens), Jam Out (Walgreens), Jade Kat (Walgreens)

Deep End (Walgreens), aPEASing (Walgreens)


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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Valentina, swatch

Zoya — Valentina (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2005 Fall, Provocateur

Valentine’s Day isn’t one of those things I’ve really celebrated since grade school (you know, handing out cartoon valentine cards and candy to classmates, and making sure boys didn’t get any candy hearts that said anything terribly embarrassing). DH and I have never been big on it, and we probably last went out for dinner on Feb. 14 over ten years ago. I’d guess longer! I guess we’re Valentine’s Day Grinches.

But, Happy Valentine’s Day, anyway.

candy corn for Halloween
Valentine candy hearts. No, the ones in my day didn’t say “TEXT ME”.
Image: theinvictusgroupinc.wordpress.com

Valentina (ZP308) is a perfect red for Valentine’s Day, and the Christmas/winter holidays, really. It’s a medium, microshimmery cherry red that leans a little blue, but not so much that it isn’t flattering on warm skintones, too. You can actually see a touch of warm, gold shimmer in the bottle—it’s not visible on the nail, but it surely gives the color a subtle boost.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Valentina

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New Releases: Deborah Lippmann — Afternoon Delight & Sweets For My Sweet

Collections: Deborah Lippmann 2016 Spring Day, Afternoon Delight & Sweets For My Sweet

Deborah Lippmann has released a lovely new, limited edition collection just in time for Valentine’s Day! The six new, subtle pastel shades come in a set of deluxe sizes (8 mL), and retails for US$34.

The six shades are:

  • Sugar, Sugar (pastel peach)
  • Lemon Drop (pastel yellow)
  • Sweet Pea (pastel green)
  • My Boy Lollipop (pastel blue)
  • All Day Sucker (pastel purple)
  • Candy Girl (pastel pink)

Her spring collection also includes Afternoon Delight, in the new Gel Lab Pro formula. This collection consists of four shades, which can be purchased individually at full size ($20), or together for $80 (currently on sale for $64 at the official site):

  • The Pleasure Principle, full coverage lilac (crème)
  • Peaches & Cream, full coverage orange (crème)
  • Get Lucky, full coverage sage blue (crème)
  • Dirty Little Secret, sheer holographic greige (shimmer)

Deborah Lippmann, Afternoon Delight, Spring 2016

Happy shopping!