The Redolence O’ Halloween

I really can’t get enough of Halloween, and given that scents play an integral role in memories – creating and recalling – I have a deep-rooted love of fragrance, particularly the ones that center on this time of year. 

I am, however, incredibly particular.  Once upon a time I fell in love with Acqua Di Gio by Armani – when it was discontinued some 15 years after I discovered it, I was horribly distressed.  Aqua was one of the very few fragrances that managed clean floral without the oft’ cloying aroma of the market majority – for me that was the ideal situation.  When it faded into the historical, balmy tomes, I bowed out completely – I never was a perfume kind of girl, so the loss of the one I adored…singularly…was it for me.  

I was always acutely aware of life’s redolence, though, whether nature-created, or the man-made kind, filling precious glass bottles to the brim with pale, watery hues.  I still am keenly cognizant of them, though I’ve long given up purchasing any “Eau” for myself.

Still, I maintain a somewhat illimitable love of fragrance – the sense of smell is one that can (as aforementioned) move us quite deeply.  What do I wear in this case? Dragon’s Blood. Only. By a very specific brand, I should add… My red vials are sacred in their own way, as my olfactory has associated the liquid resin with parts of my being, and my Life.  It is fair to say, also, that it is MY scent – the oils and ph of our skin births a unique aroma all our own, no matter the formulation is the same.  (It might be why a fragrance you LOVE smells divine freshly uncanted…and also on a friend of yours…but perhaps not on you so much.)

Dragons Blood resin en.wikipedia.org

Dragons Blood resin en.wikipedia.org

I fell in love with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab many moons ago – during what you might call a personal journey (from which was born profound self-discovery.)  The scent selection at the time was still rather substantial (though a meager cry from the current offerings!) and, what I loved most, highly uncommon.  I bought more imps that I could have counted – so many that I had to have a bead container labeled with the letters of the alphabet to sort them!

Another site, while I am at it, whose oils I have purchased (and happily burned to enchant the air!) is Dark Candles – another site for those in love with Samhain, or vampish, um, everything…!

In any case, I recently saw this post from Musingsofamuse and it – of course – caught my attention.  Best time of year and countless fragrances to seduce the senses (seasonally, or not!)

She posted about a brand I am unfamiliar with, Lathers & Lights – fair to say they are now on my radar. 🙂 The sheer plethora of scents – specifically allotted to October, and to Autumn itself – is MIND-blowing.  I desperately want to read through them all right now but my eyes are starting to feel strained just from typing for so long!  It really is amazing.

Musingsofamuse.com

Musingsofamuse.com

I’ll post a few screen shots below (not knowing whether they abandon ship later in the year) – it was rather a challenge to fit all of “HALLOWEEN” on my screen (huge it is!) but…I tried! You may not be able to make it out completely here, but just take in the size of the selection – if you are a lover of fragrance the way that I am (in an intensely, all-encompassing, sensorial way) and / or also enchanted by Halloween, it’s worth just knowing someone out there has an enormous offering for you.

Oh…and pumpkin scents?  There are over 30!

http://www.lathersnlights.com/scents.html (Did you notice this is only through part of the letter "C"?!)

http://www.lathersnlights.com/scents.html (Did you notice this is only through part of the letter “C”?!)

2016 / 2017 – Revlon Kiss Balm

I’m sure it’s clear from my countless posts that I’m one of those lip balm types.  I don’t like heavy color, and I LOVE flavor!  (I’m basically a kid in a 38 + year-old form. 😉 ) 

Revlon has a bunch of items coming out (some already seen in-store) – Nouveaucheap shares a selection of images on her blog, so allow me to share for those of you interested in newness.

I’m not sure if these are really pigmented or what (my favorite “type” is always PH, self-adjusting…like Dior or the new BabyLips from Maybelline.)  Still, they’re named with flavors so I hope they are delicious!

Vita Liberata Tan

I have to be honest, I am SO not sad that my wedding is during the Autumn!  And if it were during Spring or Summer, I’d steer (incredibly) clear of anything “tan” at all – self, or sun. I know a little bit of “color” can wake up the complexion, but over the years, the quest for a self-tanner that doesn’t turn you into a giant tangerine (along WITH your clothing!) has been littered with ones that DO.  The wedding gown can be spared!

That aside, the orange’d hue is often accompanied by the telltale, and frankly repugnant redolence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone.) Not a good look, and definitely no fun when your body heat turns up – dancing under hot lights caused a cocoon of the scent (cloying to me AND anyone in my remote proximity!)  Not to mention those rivulets of sweat making for fun, streaky skin…since the formula just couldn’t hang on.  

GROSS.

Well…Vita Liberata’s pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is one of those products that endeavors to eliminate those mishaps, to keep you golden and glowing…and fragrance-free! BudgetBeautyBlog posted a review a little while back – I liked it because she sports a pallor also, and beginning with fair skin can often lead to curious results.

Sephora photo

Sephora photo

Addressing the issue of lasting power – something many brands fail to conquer – the pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse sticks around for two to three weeks.  BRILLIANT!  I could have saved a good amount of money NOT having to double self-tan for Ballroom competitions with this streak-free, hydrating, and non-scented mousse!  Per the description on Sephora: 

Research results after just 2 applications: 
– 80% agree pHenomenal tan lasts 15 days or longer 
– 100% agree that skin was silky soft after using pHenomenal
– 100% agree that they were comfortable enough to go straight out after applying pHenomenal
– 100% agree pHenomenal tan is quick and easy to apply
– 90% agree pHenomenal tan faded like a natural tan

Budgetbeautyblog photo

Budgetbeautyblog photo

I haven’t tried this myself as yet, but I feel like if I do have an event to attend – at which my ghostly white gams might be “too much” for the crowd – it might be worth a try.  Bronzed without consequence of skin damage?  Nice to have the option!

Summer 2016 – Maybelline Glow Balm

So I bought something almost exactly like this…from Maybelline…on Sasa.com about three of four years ago.  Yep. That long. I’m a little surprised it has taken SO long to get this over here in the USA but…I guess finally is better than never?

I’m a huge Dior Balm fan – it’s the most  beautiful, perfect, pH transforming balm around.  But it’s also pretty steep in price – around $32 for one.  The fact that more versions are cropping up, especially at the mass market price points, is awesome.

BudgetBeautyBlog posted a bunch of Maybelline Summer photos here – definitely take a look – along with the closeup of this newbie, as above.  She plans to give it a whirl and post a review, so keep your eyes peeled if you are interested in this kind of thing.  If I spot it anywhere, I’ll snag one myself – a subtle, personalized pink tint is always super flattering…and, in a natural way.

 

Summer 2016 – MAC Collections

There are a whole bunch of Summer Collections coming out from MAC, all of which several bloggers have announced in the last few weeks – sharing Temptalia’s thorough posts below.

Fashion Pack combines bright and bold shades and will be available one June 9th (online) and in-store one the 23rd.

“Lead the way with a new wave of front-row worthy hues. Fuchsia, violet, emerald, deepest plum, midnight…ready to wear, any way we dare! So, be a doll and show us how — the Fashion Pack is always in the know.”

MAC Image

MAC Image

Soft Serve focuses on the eyes, and pastel-based, crease proof hues.

“Feast on servings of new M∙A∙C Soft Serve Shadow featuring a unique, bouncy texture, and Dare Hue! Brow Pencil. Delectable Soft Serve shades each layer smoothly onto the lid with buildable colour that’s long-wearing, non-creasing and simple delicious.”

MAC Image

MAC Image

The MAC x Brandt Brothers has a modern, hip vibe to it…

“Peter and Harry Brant, the young bon vivants of New York society, are the current toast of the fashion scene. Now, M∙A∙C teams up with them in a modern collection of products for the face, brows, eyes and lips.”

MAC Image

MAC Image

While Vibe Tribes taps your inner bohemian…

“Lose control in lips painted reckless shades of red and coral, or a flash of gold. Let your eyes escape reality in teal, cobalt mandarin and charcoal, as free-spirited nails glisten in succulent tangerine and the perfect, buttery nude with M∙A∙C Vibe Tribe. Join the tribe. Feel the vibe.”

MAC Image

MAC Image

Tendertalk pairs color with technology, for a personalized hue all your own.  I love that, as it reminds me of my favorite (Dior) balm.

“Awaken to a sweet new sensation: Tendertalk Lip Balm, a smart lip conditioner that creates a personalized tint based on your chemistry. Combining nourishing skincare and technology, this perfect lip transformer helps keep lips soft and moisturized while intuitively offering the right hint of color.”

MAC Image

MAC Image

Le Frog Prince…

Lipstick Queen always pushes the envelope where traditional is concerned…  The Frog Prince range, which includes a lipstick and a lipgloss, is welcoming a newbie to the lineup, Frog Prince Blush.  

ulta.com

ulta.com

That Frankenstein, froggy, swampy green seems unbecoming at first….but it has proven itself in other formulations to blossom into a delicious pink, fit for a princess.

ulta.com

ulta.com

The blush is designed to adapt to your skin’s unique pH, allowing for a budding rose shade most flattering on YOU to emerge.  Vitamin E combines with  shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil and olive oil to both nourish and moisturize your cheeks while you innocently flush.  

Why do I love it?  It’s unconventional…and it comes out natural.