3 L’Impératrice Pour Femme 

3 L’Impératrice Pour Femme (D&G 2009) is pink and very fruity and sweet.  It’s a pretty scent.  The watermelon note is fun and bright, and the pink pepper saves the kiwi from becoming nauseating…  Jasmine is also lovely in this one.  And it’s a nice fragrance I’d enjoy wearing sparingly along with something more serious and powdery.  
Top notes: rhubarb, pink pepper and kiwi.  Middle notes:cyclamen, watermelon and  jasmine.  Base notes: lemon tree, musk and sandalwood.  

Sophia and Floral Drops


It starts with a fresh, airy and sweet neroli and water lily.  But as it continues, Dolce Floral Drops (Dolce and Gabbana 2014) flourishes an effusive narcissus.  Warm base notes are present but not predominant.

Top notes: fresh neroli leaf, and papaya flower.  Middle notes: amaryllis, daffodils and water lily.  Base notes: cashmere, musk and sandalwood.

Juicy blackberry, sweet plum and cassis open Sophia Vergara (Sophia Vergara 2014).  Delicate but sensuous florals are elegant, witty and entertaining while a rich vanillic base of woody decadence creates a well-blended, beautiful fragrance.

Top notes: blackberry, cassis buds and plum.  Middle notes: violet, rose and orchid. Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla and woody notes.

I’ve decided to write a journal post everyday for a while, starting tomorrow…  It’s been very helpful to process things in writing.

Thanks for reading!! 🙂

Light Blue


I think the name Light Blue (Dolce and Gabbana 2001) is perfect.  Even though the Sicilian lemon is certainly noticeable and citrus is much more associated with the color yellow than blue, even that seems blue…  Very blue…  in Light Blue.  And it’s bright.  And iconic.

One of my closest friends in my early 20’s wore this as her signature and it suited her beautifully.  She was blond, very bubbly, trendy and basically a total extrovert.  On her, Light Blue smelled like Spring. The classic base notes became elegant and perfect for the sparkling florals and the youthful, very of the moment, note of bamboo.

And even though that was years ago…  every time I smell Light Blue I feel the same optimism, thrill and beauty of that age…

Top notes: apple, cedar, Sicilian lemon and Bellflower.  Middle notes:  white rose, bamboo and jasmine.  Base notes: cedar, musk and amber.

Nose: Olivier Cresp



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Dolce is a smooth, creamy floral (Dolce & Gabbana 2014).  With a combination of amaryllis, papaya flower and water lily it’s also a slightly sweet aquatic scent with a modern sensibility.  During the drydown it becomes powdery and a bit soft.

As a noteworthy aside, when my husband first smelled Dolce on me he liked it.  He said it was pleasant and since he usually can’t smell my perfumes that easily he thought Dolce might be promising.  However, he then smelled Dolce up close and didn’t like it…  So, perhaps Dolce has fairly strong sillage and may actually smell better from a distance then in full force.  I liked it both ways actually, but I know some perfumes actually are better when smelled from a bit of distance… Anyway, this is a pretty scent.

Top notes: papaya flower and neroli.  Middle notes: narcissus, water lily and amaryllis.  Base notes: musk and cashmeran.

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La Bella Donna Liquid Eyeliner Pen can be purchased (as you see above) at The Detox Market, a somewhat chic online store that carries popular natural brands like RMS Beauty.  I had high hopes for La Bella Donna Liquid Eyeliner Pen.  I really did…   There are two colors, brown and black.   I bought black.

First of all, it’s not black.  At least, it doesn’t really look black.  It looks more charcoal or dark gray.  Secondly, it came already almost dried out, or if it isn’t basically dried out you have to press really hard to make much of anything appear. And because of those two issues it just doesn’t look like liquid eyeliner.  It looks like a pencil and doesn’t have much definition (the photo below is as dark and bold as it gets)…   I won’t be buying it again.

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La Bella Donna Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black

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After loving Yves Saint Laurent, Volupte Tint-In Oil, in Cherry My Cherie but not being able to find it anywhere I bought it in Pink About Me instead.  I’m not unhappy.  I like Cherry My Cherie more, honestly, but Pink About Me is charming.  It leaves behind a pretty stain after the gloss has departed and it smells fruity and a little sweet while it’s on.  I may find myself buying more than a couple of these.  I have a suspicion that they’re all fantastic…

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Volupte Tint-In Oil in Pink About Me

How has your Monday gone so far?  Well, I hope.

We’re having lovely weather here and it’s been wonderful…  Hopefully there will be time to be outside and enjoy it.

Hmmm.  I guess I don’t have much to share today.  🙂

But thank you for reading.  🙂 I appreciate it.

The One

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I don’t know what to think about Dolce & Gabbana, The One (Dolce & Gabbana 2006).  I really don’t…

This scent seems to be for only certain people because in some reviews it’s epic and glowing and in other reviews it’s just ugly.  On my skin it is a little bit of both, but not enough of the good to outweigh the bad and frankly I don’t like it.

It’s plasticky, gummy, and off smelling (and this is recently acquired sample from Sephora).  During the drydown the gumminess subsides, and the floral notes take over thankfully, but unhappily the heavy, gloomy yuck reappears in the late drydown.  The saving mercy is that the sillage is low as well as the longetivity, with the caveat that there seems to be an extremely faint trace of it left over 24 hrs.

No, this is not the one for me.  At all.

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I love Dr. Hauschka but the Firming Mask, at least on me, was nothing to write home about.  It’s greasy, and only seemed to improve my skin (combination skin) in an average sort of way.  I wouldn’t recommend it but it’s not a bad product either – just average with kudos for being natural.

Yesterday I was shocked several times while watching Downton Abbey.  In a post from last week I said that Mary and Lord Gillingham seemed to be planning their activities a bit much and that Mary didn’t seem all that excited about their romance (and neither did Lord Gillingham to be honest).  I also mentioned that I hoped Mary and Tom would have a late evening talk alone together where they would confide in each other and ignite a few sparks… Well…  those thoughts/wishes all seemed to be forecasts for episode three (in my opinion).  How fun…

I think Downton Abbey is getting i’s charm back for this viewer…  😉 And I am very relieved to say that I think Ms. Bunting and Gillingham will be making an exit shortly. 🙂

Until Wednesday…