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Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum
Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum

Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum

With the recent launch of Shalimar Parfum Initial, I felt it only proper to try out Shalimar Eau de Parfum ($123.00 for 3 oz.) first. It’s an iconic scent, not just for the brand, but in the world of fragrance. For a truly excellent read on the history of the scent, check out Perfume Shrine’s. It comes in a wide range of concentrations and product types; from the most concentrated (Extract, $131 to $322) to accessorizing products like perfumed body powder ($64).

The notes of Shalimar are bergamot, lemon, jasmine, rose, May rose, iris, incense, opopanax, tonka bean, and vanilla. It opens with an intense burst of the bergamot where the crisp citrus gives it a very cool feel, but it warms up quickly with a heady smokiness that’s marked by spice and leather. As it progresses, the final scent on me is a sweetened, spicy vanilla with the warmth and coziness of amber and sandalwood. It’s not the sweetened vanilla of a dessert, but richer, deeper, less sugary and cloyingly sweet. It is rather powdery on me, more notably in the earlier hours of the scent and decreases over time until it’s all but vanished by the third hour.

It’s not a shy scent, and it’s one that instantly says, “Pay attention, you don’t want to miss a note.”  There is a great deal of complexity from beginning to end.  Perfume is so very personal and often has to do with just what sensory memories are evoked when it is spritzed. I cannot relay any stories of mothers or grandmothers who wore and loved this scent; I actually have no memories for or against–no one I have known has worn it (and it is a scent you would remember!). I don’t like it on me until about two hours in; then it’s that right level of headiness that I like but with more of the tonka bean and vanilla pulling through with less emphasis on bergamot (which I don’t usually like).  The scent lasts on me for eight hours or so.

The inspiration: “The setting: Northern India, four centuries ago. His name was Shah Jahan. Hers was Mumtaz Mahal. Dazzled by her beauty, he idolized her; so madly in love was he that he wanted to make her life a perpetual garden of delights. And so sprang from the earth the Gardens of Shalimar. The story of their boundless love fired the imagination of Jacques Guerlain who, in 1925, created the world’s first oriental fragrance. A subtle mix of flowers and sensual amber-woody accents, Shalimar has become the eternal essence of love and radiant femininity. Wildly Guerlain, marvelously classic, it continues to fascinate young women just as it conquered every generation that came before.”

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5 Beautiful Berry Lipsticks

5 Beautiful Berry Lipsticks

Reader Brittany requested a five ways post for berry lips, so here are five of my picks for berry lipsticks (and I’ll do glosses next!) 🙂 My trick for wearing darker shades like this is to keep eyes soft and neutral–think your-lid-but-better kind of colors with a medium-dark brown, taupe, or plum in the crease.

What’s YOUR favorite berry-hued lipstick?

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MAC Giftable, Viva Glam, Kids Helping Kids Collections for Holiday 2011


MAC Giftable, Viva Glam, Kids Helping Kids Collections for Holiday 2011

Launch Date:  October 27th, 2011 (North America), November (International)

Accessorized with a new shade of red Viva Glam Lipglass exclusive for the season: Viva Glam I Special Edition. Our other opulent offering is
the Viva Glam Lip Bag, containing two Lady Gaga shades of Viva Glam Lipstick. Every cent of your purchase goes toward th e M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, benefiting
women, men and children affected by HIV /AIDS everywhere.

Shimmering on sparkling stock, th ese cards feature illustrations created by kids affected by HIV /AIDS . With all proceeds going to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, what better way is there to send your warmest winter wishes?

Viva Glam Melt Your Heart Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam Gaga Pink (Lustre)
  • Viva Glam Gaga 2 Nude (Amplified)

Kids Helping Kids Teddy Bear Ornament ($18.00 U.S. / $22.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Silver Teddy Bear
  • Viva Glam 1 (SE)

Kids Helping Kids Holiday Cards ($10.00 U.S. / $12.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 6 Greeting Cards with Envelopes
  • 12 Greeting Cards with Envelopes

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MAC Dazzlespheres Collection for Holiday 2011


MAC Dazzlespheres Collection for Holiday 2011

Launch Date:  November 10th, 2011 (North America), November (International)

Mini Kits packaged in clear, couture-future ornaments. Mini Gloss Kits are in Coral, Pink and Neutral. Mini Eye Kits feature four stackable crushed metallics in Smoky Blue, Plum and smoky Berry. Mistletoe is mandatory with the Petite Nail Lacquer Ornament, housing four litt le Nail Lacquers.

Mini Nail Lacquer Kit ($25.50 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dark Angel Goth romantic dark lilac
  • Style Tip Soft pink nude
  • Much Adored Sheer white pink with pearl
  • Mistletoe Pale gold

Dazzlesphere! Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pearl Pearl
  • Rose Light Rose
  • Spicy Smoke Dark strawberry
  • Roasted Chestnut Deep chocolate with gold pearl

Dazzlesphere! Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • White as Snow Snowy white
  • Silver Sleet Medium grey
  • Wintersky Purple blue
  • Dark Moon Charcoal

Dazzlesphere! Smoky Plum Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Light Violet Pale violet
  • Grape Purple
  • Seasonally Cool Sparkle taupe
  • Misty Pale silver

Dazzlesphere! Neutral Mini Gloss Kit ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Bare Necessity Caramel apricot with red and gold pearlized pigments (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • Get Rich Quick Warm yellow brown (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • Boy Bait Light neutral beige with pearl (Cremesheen Glass) (Permanent)
  • Over Indulgence Neutral brown (Cremesheen Glass (Permanent)

Dazzlesphere! Coral Mini Gloss Kit ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Phiff! Yellow pink with red and sapphire pearl (Dazzleglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Eurobeat Peach coral with gold pearl (Dazzleglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • On the Scene Light coral beige (Cremesheen Glass) (Repromote)
  • Richer, Lusher Peach coral (Cremesheen Glass) (Permanent)

Dazzlesphere! Pink Mini Gloss Kit ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Rags to Riches Plummy pink with red pearlized pigments (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • Like Venus Clean light bubblegum pink with red pearl (Dazzleglass) (Permanent)
  • Fashion Scoop Clear pink (Cremesheen Glass) (Permanent)
  • Petite Indulgence Mid-tone bright blue pink (Cremesheen Glass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

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