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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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Sale Alert: Save 20% Using PayPal at 8 Luxury Beauty Brands (Canada, through November 15, 2017)

Just a quick post to let you guys know that if you use PayPal (and code PAYPAL13), you can save 20% on $50+ purchases at the following Canadian beauty stores:

Certain product exclusions apply for some of the stores.

This offer is good through November 15, 2017. (Of course, you can get 20% off some of these brands at the Sephora sale through November 15, as well!)

You can also use Ebates Canada (referral link) with most of these stores, though I can’t be sure they’ll apply using the discount code, as well.

Happy shopping!


Sale Alert! eBates Canada Spring Sale (15% Cash Back at Selected Stores)

‘Cause we need more sales, right?!

eBates Canada (referral link) is running a spring sale in which a whole lotta stores get a whopping 15% cash back. This deal is for today (May 10, 2017) only.

The beauty-related sites are:

  • Ahava
  • Aveda
  • Barneys New York
  • Biotherm
  • The Body Shop
  • Carol’s Daughter
  • Clarisonic
  • Forever 21
  • Kiehl’s
  • Lancôme
  • Macy’s
  • Murad
  • philosophy
  • Shopbop
  • Urban Decay
  • Yves Rocher
  • Yves Saint Laurent Beauté

Other fun sites:

  • Alex and Ani
  • Baublebar
  • Club Monaco
  • Cole Haan
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • eBags
  • Figleaves
  • Joe Fresh (they don’t have their makeup online, AFAIK)
  • La Senza
  • Links of London
  • Matt & Nat
  • Merrell
  • Michael Kors
  • Modcloth
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • 7 for All Mankind
  • Sorel
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Teavana

See the full list here.

Happy shopping!



New Releases: Yves Saint Laurent — Spring 2017

Happy Chinese New Year!

Collections: Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2017 and Volupte Tint

YSL’s two Spring Le Laque Couture collections consist of five new shades.

I am all about Vandal Orange.

Spring 2017

  • Vandal Orange (81)
  • Asphalt Grey (82)
Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2017 Le Laque Couture
Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2017 Le Laque Couture

Volupte Tint

  • Call Me Grey (83)
  • Catch Me Pink (84)
  • Desire Me Red (85)
Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2017 Volupte Tint Le Laque Couture
Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2017 Volupte Tint Le Laque Couture

La Laque Couture is 10 mL and retails for US/CA$31.

Happy shopping!



Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

It has been eons since I did a Tag post, partly because I haven’t been tagged for anything in a while. Sniff! 😦

Anyway, I came across this tag at The Makeup Honey—the blogger, Sian, created the tag herself—and thought it’d be fun to do.

Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

1. What was the first lipstick you ever owned?

CoverGirl in Honeyplum Glow! I can’t remember if my mom let me buy it, or if she gave it to me. Or maybe I just “borrowed” it and she never said anything! I used it all through high school. JUST ONE LIPSTICK. Boggles my mind, now.


2. Which lip product has been the biggest disappointment?

Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Lipstick in Berry. Horrid. I also hate all those pastel lipcolors that end up so chalky and showing every line and bit of dry skin on the lips! I’m looking at you, CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat and MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Fashion City! Another two fails I remember well were Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blackberry and Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Flashing Lights.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat
CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat (far right)

3. Which lipstick is your holy grail product?

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Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Fur Green, swatch

Yves Saint Laurent — Fur Green (La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Saint Laurent 2016 Fall, Scandal

Yesterday, I posted a swatch and review of Vintage Plum, one of two shades from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté’s new fall collection, Scandal. Today, I have the second polish, Fur Green.

Hudson's Bay luxury nail polish haulage, September 2016, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, YSL Yves Saint Laurent

Fur Green (76) is, like Vintage Plum, a vampy shade that is still obviously a color, in this case, a deep, blue-toned spruce green.

I have no idea what the name of this polish means, though. “Fur Green”? Some fashion thing I don’t understand, perhaps. I did find this pretty cool tidbit while searching for “fur green”, however:

Have you ever wondered why more animals do not have green fur? Because from our human perspective, having a green coat would help many animals hide from predators….
As it turns out green is a pretty tough color to make in nature, because the only truly green pigment is the one that makes plants green – the so-called chlorophyll. In fact animals that we perceive as green, like frogs, aren’t green at all. Frogs like many other green appearing animals have blue crystals underneath yellow colored cells.

Ruben Kuiper, ScienceDump

I don’t know if that’s necessarily true—if we perceive a frog as being green, well, that basically makes it green to us, doesn’t it?—but it’s an interesting thought. And, aren’t there plenty of chlorophyll-less green insects, birds, fish, and reptiles? I suppose none of those types of animals is furry. I guess there are probably a lot of animals that don’t see color the way we humans do, as well, so that might also have something to do with it. Also, being colored brown is probably better for camouflage against most landscapes. Sloths can appear to have green fur because of all the algae and moss growing on them, however… [/sciencethoughts] OK. Fur Green. IDGI, YSL. It’s not, like, Für Green, either, whatever that means in German (“For Green”?).

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Fur Green

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Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Vintage Plum, swatch

Yves Saint Laurent — Vintage Plum (La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Saint Laurent 2016 Fall, Scandal

Check it out! A nail polish swatch! And seasonally appropriate, no less. Who’d’ve thunk, on a nail polish blog? Yes, I’m finally back to swatching. Apologies for the state of my cuticles, however. The transition to fall and constant handwashing have not been kind—Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover, you’re letting me down! I have to do a better job for the next swatch.

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté recently released a fall collection called Scandal, which includes two vampy nail polishes: Fur Green (76) and Vintage Plum (77). I picked up both during a Hudson’s Bay sale, so today I have a swatch and review for Vintage Plum.

Hudson's Bay luxury nail polish haulage, September 2016, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, YSL Yves Saint Laurent

Vintage Plum (77) is exactly the kind of vampy shade I love: deep, intense, and definitely not black. This velvety plum is well-balanced, as it doesn’t pull too red or blue. I can see it going with practically anything!

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Vintage Plum

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