Perfume, Reviews

Insta-Review: Lancôme Idôle 

I wish I could say I got my hands on Idôle early because Lancôme thought I was the second most influential person on the Interweb after Zendaya (face of Idôle and my biconfounding girl crush whenever she wears a blazer or tuxedo jacket on HBO’s Euphoria), but truth is I got it on presale. I burn with the fangirl fire…

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Perfume, Reviews

Fine Fragrance: Fit for a (Mc)Queen? Or, McQueen Eau de Parfum Reviewed

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fine Fragrances, a record of the less-than-stellar entries in the annals of perfumery. They’re not bad, per se, just quantifiably okay, capably pleasant in a pinch but too familiar or faceless to really thrill. Today in our running tally of all the fragrances on the lowest rungs of wearability (because wearing them is better than wearing nothing…

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Perfume, Reviews

Some “Ones”: Thoughts on a Few Flankers of Dolce&Gabbana’s The One

Whoever named Dolce&Gabbana’s The One either has an excellent sense of irony or zero sense of foresight, because there are no less than ten different versions of The One currently or previously available, and I’m not counting any of the versions marketed towards men, but I digress. Last winter, I got a few different versions Not “The One”, Technically Speaking…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 2: Inspire, the Inspired-in-Name-Only One

On the second day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me tuberose, gardenia, the illusion of mango, and  DISAPPOINTMENT. Okay, okay, Inspire is your basic, wearable florals-and-gardenia fragrance, so it’s not that bad, but there’s no denying that the great irony of Christina Aguilera’s 2008 fragrance is that it’s a bit, well, uninspired. As before, though, let’s first have some context, shall…

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First Impressions, Perfume

An Apple a Day: First Impressions of Lolita Lempicka’s L’Eau en Blanc

I’ll admit off the bat that I’m not exactly proud of resorting to another “apple a day” line for this post’s title, particularly as I already played that card on Instagram, but Lolita Lempicka’s apple-shaped flacon makes it so tempting (do you see what I did there?!?), and besides, it was between this and an even lazier “Winter is Coming” pun, so you…

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Perfume

A Sampling of My Thoughts as I Wore a Sample of Shalimar Parfum Initial

I had parfum initially planned to wear and write about Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau Si Sensuelle, a since-discontinued 2013 reinterpretation of Shalimar that has a comically long name, notes of grapefruit, neroli blossom, and rose with a “sensual hug of tonka and vanilla”, and a painfully lovely flacon of frosted matte perfection:How could I not want this, desperately? Upon opening my…

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