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Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum Review & Photo


Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum ($195.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) launched a month or so ago. After the first spritz, I get hit with a tidal wave of musk. Then the sandalwood really comes through and spills over the musky undercurrent. There is also a floralness around the edges; for me, subtle enough that it doesn’t resonate as a floral scent, because on me, the woodiness seems to prevail.

I’ve only briefly tested some of the other scents in the Tom Ford Musk Collection–as in on cards at stores–and found the musk to be too much, but I found Santal Blush to be a much better match for me as I like musk but in more restrained doses. I think Santal Blush nails that–you definitely need to give it a moment to settle (it goes from too much to balanced within fifteen seconds), because it seems like it is too much initially but softens quickly.

Half hour into wear, it’s creamy and woody but spiciness from the cumin emerges from the background to play softly with the sandalwood and musk. Once we stretch past the hour mark, it is a delicate mix of sweet and spicy, musky and woodsy scent that’s warm and creamy. It wears beautifully and well on me; at full strength for eight hours and then subsides over the next twelve–it lingers faintly against the skin the next morning but has mostly worn away.

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Foundation Matrix 2.0 – Submit via Form


Foundation Matrix 2.0

If you’re not familiar with the Foundation Matrix, the purpose is to help you find potential shade matches in a foundation you’re interested in.  The way you do this is by finding a foundation you do use that you already know your shade for, and then you move along the corresponding column to find potential matches in other foundations.  It began and continues as a community-driven effort, because I ask that you add in your own matches.  This way it’s real people who’ve really tried the foundations giving out recommendations to others.

We are reaching out to the community to help fine tune existing shades but also fill in more shades.  The Foundation Matrix stands at over 400 foundations strong.  400!

We have added/changed the following:

  • NEUTRAL UNDERTONES.  We have had requests for sheet just for those with neutral undertones, so we have added it.
  • NEW SHADE GUIDE/SYSTEM.  We originally used MAC’s numbering system (which is backwards and often confusing) in the beginning, because it was so recognizable that many knew their MAC shade match.  We have so much amazing data, we don’t need it any more.  Plus, MAC’s shade range does not cover some of the undertones the revamped matrix now has.  The shade range goes from Fairest to Deep Dark.  In MAC shades, fairest is like NC/NW5-10 (lighter than their lightest shade at NC/NW15), while Deep Dark is like NC/NW50-55.
  • NEW UNDERTONES FOR WOMEN OF COLOR.  We want the matrix to be more useful to women of color, who do not always fit into pink/yellow undertones.  There is a warm undertones sheet which includes yellow but also peach and red (and pink undertones remain on the cool undertones sheet). Thank you to Afrobella for her help on this!
  • ADDED 100+ FOUNDATIONS.  In the past, we only added new foundations if and when someone has a match for it.  We have now added over a hundred new foundation formulas that need matches!
  • MORE REFINED SORTING.  Once the community has populated the newly added foundations, we hope to give you more ability to sort and refine the results you want.  We have done this by creating separate columns for:  brand, foundation name, type of foundation, coverage of the foundation, and finish of the foundation.  You can view the parameters for type, coverage, and finish under the Key sheet.

Please submit your matches using the form below! 🙂 We still need more matches!

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Items of Intrigue, Vol. 006


Items of Intrigue, Vol. 006

It’s amazing how many new products roll out each week–how any one person could actually keep up with them all seems like an impossible feat to me! Here are five items that caught my attention this week:

  • Sedu Icon Prive Dryer ($700.00) might be one of the most expensive hair tools I’ve ever come across. That’s not a typo, you know! I’d love to see this in action.
  • Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Gentle Foaming Hand Soap ($5.50) is a new-for-fall scent, which I haven’t tried, and I keep my apartment stocked with these hand soaps. They’re almost as easy to collect as Philosophy Shower Gels!
  • Hourglass Powder Brush No. 1 ($65.00) just made me aware that Hourglass made brushes. What? Where have I been? Now, I’m generally a big fan of Hourglass’ products, so I might just have to venture to Sephora to see if these are on display.
  • Illamaqua Shimmer Blush ($24.00) is new for fall, and I’m eager to see how it performs against their matte blushes. I love that Illamasqua has a lot of matte finishes, but it’s nice to mix it up.
  • Jo Malone Fragrance Combining Cologne Collection ($95.00) is something I’d definitely like to try — and I love the idea of small-sized scents, because I know it takes me forever to get through a bottle. And I really mean forever, because I’ve never finished a perfume.

What products have interested you this week?

Estee Lauder Holiday Compact Collection 2011


Estee Lauder Holiday Compact Collection 2011

To celebrate the holiday season, Estée Lauder invites you to experience the unique and collectible Good Fortune Metal Compact and Solid Perfume Compact Collection. Each year, Estée Lauder unveils a stunning, limited-edition collection full of extravagant pieces that enhance the holiday gift-giving season with refreshing charm and brings an incomparable joy to existing and future collectors alike.

This season’s collection is an ode to the desires of good fortunes: Love, Prosperity, Luck, Success, Happiness and Peace. Each powder compact is ornamented with semi-precious stones representing their fortune, while the solid perfumes are transformed through use of symbolism and color. From the sophisticated detailing on the Beautiful Luck Elephant solid perfume compact to the eye-catching purple agate on the Success Compact, the exceptional details continue to draw attention and have become synonymous with the luxury of the Estée Lauder compacts. In addition to our in-house creations, we joined forces yet again with celebrated American designer, Jay Strongwater, to create elegant and whimsical designs that everyone can enjoy. Each compact is then handcrafted by a specialized team of artisans schooled in the fine art of costume-jewelry making.

Solid perfume compacts feature Estée Lauder’s Beautiful, Youth-Dew, Sensuous, pleasures and White Linen fragrances. Powder compacts include the universally wearable Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder. All holiday compacts are limited edition.

All Fortunes ($125.00)

Combining all good fortunes on one compact with complimentary semi-precious stones of Green Malachite, Lapis, Tiger Eye and Rose Quartz.

Love ($65.00)

The hearts signify love and passion with accents of Red Agate on the Love powder compact and the classic Beautiful fragrance in the sleek solid fragrance compact.

Beautiful Love Heart ($95.00)

Carry around your neck a heart that represents romantic love and passion. This striking pendant opens to reveal Beautiful fragrance in long-lasting solid perfume. A tender bouquet of lilies and roses, marigold and orange blossoms…all warmed with a rich, woody base and brightened with a touch of citrus.

Propserity ($75.00)

Catching the light like a prospector’s treasure, a golden compact reflects a future full of prosperity. The multi-faceted cover is intricately textured. The clasp gleams green, set in malachite. Filled and refillable with Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder (small-size refill).

Youth Dew Gold Coin ($89.00)

A shiny golden coin perfumed compact including the Youth Dew fragrance and a touch of Green Malachite on the powder compact clasp reflect a future of abundant wealth.

Luck ($65.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)

This golden compact featuring shades of citrine crystal represents a lifetime of luck and optimism.

Beautiful Luck Elephant by Jay Strongwater ($295.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)

A limited-edition collectible, this lucky elephant with shimmering stones has its trunk up for a life of good fortune.

Success ($75.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)

Protecting an imminent future of great success is represented by the Purple Agate powder compact.

Sensuous Success ($225.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)

Protecting an imminent future of great success is represented by the lock and key solid perfume that holds a solid formula of the Sensuous fragrance.

Happiness ($65.00) (Saks Exclusive)

The happiness compact is daintily accessorized with a Rose Quartz clasp.

Happiness pleasures by Jay Strongwater ($275.00) (Saks Exclusive)

The Swarovski crystals in the blooming solid perfume by Jay Strongwater, with softly floral pleasures fragrance, exude joviality and bliss.

Peace ($65.00) (Saks Exclusive)

The enchanting blue lapis clasp epitomizes signs of peace and tranquility.

White Linen Peace Branch ($195.00) (Saks Exclusive)

Ssigns of peace and tranquility embodied by the Swarovski encrusted White Linen solid perfume peace branch.

availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Estee Lauder, Saks, Neiman Marcus

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