Jan 22, 2017

Atelier Bloem Iris Eau de Parfum

Atelier Bloem Iris Eau de Parfum - Fragrance Review
Atelier Bloem - Iris available at atelier-bloem.com | Barneys
Product provided for review. 
Top notes:  Cardamom, Rain Forest Orchid, and Violet Flower
Middle Notes:  Iris Petals, Star Jasmine, Pimento Blossom, and Rose from Grasse
Drydown:  Iris wood, Vetiver, Tonka Bean, and Musk 

Founded by Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, Atelier Bloem is a bespoke collection of fragrances inspired by Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's famed floating flower market, with each perfume creatively distilled and uniquely crafted for a remarkably alluring scent.  I got to try out one of these perfumes - Atelier-Bloem Iris.  Inspired by the vibrant colors, soft petals, and unique shape of the iris flower, this is a soft floral fragrance with a blend of spicy-woodsy notes to it.

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip

MUFE Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip - Swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip ($24 each) at Sephora

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylips are a newish launch by the brand.  Designed to look like tubes of acrylic paint, these lip colors promise buildable lip color and shine in a nonsticky, nondrying formula. I was expecting these to be thick, concentrated color pigments - my brain couldn't thick beyond acrylics - but I was quite surprised to see how lightweight and easy-to-wear the formula appears.  The tubes have a sponge-tip that dispenses the color (just squeeze the tube to get the color out), and it can be used for a more precise application (use the edge of the sponge) or dab all over lips for even coverage.  The colors available in this range are a mix of bright pops of color and some dark shades, but there aren't any nude-neutral shades (browns).  Scroll on for swatches.

Jan 21, 2017

Lancôme Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer - Swatches
Lancôme Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer ($22 each) at Sephora

Metallic lip colors and shimmery foiled finishes are a major trend this year, and from lipsticks to lipglosses, there seem to be quite a few options to pick from.  Lancome Le Metallique metallic lip lacquers are a good example.  Available in a range of colors from berries (and blue) to nude mauve tones, these thick lipglosses deliver glossy color with pearlized metallic finish.  They are apparently infused with plexigloss pigments and metallic pearls to give a high-shine, glossy finish with richly pigmented color.  Scroll on for swatches.

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur - Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayons

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur - Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon - Swatches
Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur - Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon ($37 each) at Nordstrom

Among the various lip color formats, lip crayons and pencils are high up on my list of favorites.  They are so much easier to use and feel lighter on the lips.  There are quite a few brands coming up with new variants of these crayons this year (Clinique Crayola and I think Bobbi Brown might be launching liquid lip crayons some time this year), but for those who are looking for a luxurious twist, Chanel just launched the Chanel Jumbo Lip Crayons - Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur.  These chubby twist-up crayons feel quite smooth, moisturizing, and the formula feels quite light.  While not completely opaque, these crayons are nothing like tinted lip balms and provide moderate coverage with a glossy finish.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jan 16, 2017

My Burberry Black Eau de Parfum

My Burberry Black Eau de Parfum - Perfume Review
My Burberry Black Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Notes:  Sun-drenched Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Candied Rose, Amber Patchouli
Style:  Floral. Sexy. Intimate

My Burberry Black is a recently launched flanker to the original My Burberry (that was launched a while back).  While the original is designed as a light summer fragrance with floral and green notes that sound good on paper, it leaves a sour/bitter note as it dries down on my skin, so not really one of my favorites.  My Burberry Black, thankfully, doesn't behave the same way.  

The bottle that houses My Burberry Black perfume is classic Burberry in its design, an elegant square glass bottle with the fabric around the neck and the cap of the bottle celebrating the trench coats that the design house is so famous for.  Moving on to the perfume itself, this opens with a fruity blast that mingles in with soft floral notes of jasmine and rose as the perfume settles into the skin.  A warm sweetness rounds out the perfume, but there is also a bright green note mingling in with the fruity florals that keeps it from getting into the cloying sweet category.  I love fruity florals, so it's no surprise that I quite like My Burberry Black.  I do find it a bit too strong, though, and even the tiniest spritz lasts a long time on my skin.  I could even smell it on my laptop one time!  Overall, a good pick for cooler winter nights, but best used in small doses and probably not around someone with a sensitive nose.