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Jamila’s Fragrance Essentials

By Jamila, Fragrance Contributor

Jamila is a graduate of Spelman College, native Atlanta peach–but with a California Girl personality. She loves to smile, laugh, and enjoy her life to the very fullest. She’s been a beauty fanatic since her teenage years.

Jamila finds every day is a blessing and believes in living beautifully–carpe diem!


Viva La Juicy

Jamila’s Fragrance Essentials

As a woman, there are never enough things that we absolutely need. There are my fragrance essentials–products I am always going back to for day-to-day use as well as special occasions. There is nothing better than being clean and smelling even better. Fragrance begins within one’s personal body composition and continues throughout the layers of products. I try to remain neutral in scent when washing my body, and even putting on lotions or cream, so it does not interfere with the scent I wear during the day. My scent gets adventurous when I am using perfumes–my scent collection is like the rainbow–all different notes and feelings.  I like to choose a scent based on the time of day or the type of activity I will be doing.

Go-tos: MAC Turquatic, Versace Crystal Noir, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Marc Jacobs Oh Lola!, Gucci Flora ( Black and Gold Label ), Chanel Chance, Coach Poppy, Gucci Guilty, Kenzo Flower, J’adore Dior, Ralph, Viva La Juicy, Givenchy Irresistible, D&G Light Blue, Hanae Mori Butterflies, Vera Wang Princess

Celebrity fragrances can be tricky, but a few that I like are Kimora Lee Simon’s Baby Phat, Halle Berry’s Pure Orchid, and Queen Latifah’s Queen.  When I was a teenager, Britney Spears Curious was a favorite of mine for awhile.  My dream fragrance is Killian.  It’s sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, and it is absolutely to-die-for.  He uses essential oils for his notes, which allow for easier application and better wear throughout the day.

If you’re new to the art of wearing perfume, you can get the most out of your fragrance by layering your favorite scent and opting for Parfums, which are more concentrated (compared to an Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette).  Not all scents can be layered easily, but check to see if your favorite also has a body lotion or body wash.

What are your essential fragrances?

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Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush

Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush
Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush

Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush

Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee / Highlighting Powder and Blush ($80.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a limited edition powder from Chanel’s Knightsbridge collection. It’s supposed to “bring a radiant flush and iridescent shimmer to the face.” Like a lot of recent Chanel highlighters, this is one that seems well-suited for lighter complexions. It’s certainly not a blusher on light-medium or darker skin tones–on me, it gives my cheeks a bit of a washed out appearance when I used it as a blush.

The powder has a similar look as Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees, though the underlying colors are different and set-up in another design. The finish seems subtler, though, as I found Beiges Ombres Tissees to be almost too frosted.  The wear is similar; around seven to eight hours before fading, which is good.

It has a silver glitter overlay, which is actually really, really annoying. I would highly recommend taking a big fluffy brush and really decimating that top layer and brushing it off. The glitter looks atrocious on the skin, even in tiny bits. Underneath, there are two colors: a pink-coral and pale ivory. Both of these have a subtle shimmer-sheen, while the pink-coral has a subtler finish–not quite matte but nearly. It’s not practical to use the colors individually (you would need to use an eyeshadow brush), so the swirled look is a pale petal pink with yellow undertones and a shimmer-sheen.

It is much, much lighter compared to Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel, though the finish (amount of shimmer/sheen) is the same. I think Blush Horizon de Chanel is more versatile and flattering. Chanel Pink Cloud is yellower. Benefit Hervana is sheerer and yellower. Illamasqua Katie is blue-based but just as light.

This powder is one of the pricest powders I’ve purchased in the past couple of years. Even for Chanel, there was some sticker shock. The compact that’s most similar to this was Beiges Ombres Tissees–and it was $75 in August–four months later, add another $5.  The powder is hefty at 0.5 oz., which is nice, but this is certainly not a wallet-friendly blush/highlighter.

Chanel Brompton Road Poudre Tissee Highlighting Powder Brompton Road Poudre Tissee Highlighting Powder

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep navy blue with a hint of indigo. It has a matte finish, and it has a fair amount of pigmentation in a single pass, but it builds up really easily and well. The texture is creamy without being slippery. It has a really dense feel and wears well on the lash line for ten hours or so (waterline is less, five to six hours). I couldn’t think of any dupes–a lot of my navy blue eyeliners are lighter or have shimmer, which tends to lighten the overall appearance.

Navy blue is an excellent alternative to black while still getting a really defined eye.  It can also add a pop of color without adding brightness to your favorite neutral look (which is my favorite way to wear it).  The matte base makes it more versatile, too, because you can smudge a shimmery eyeshadow to play with the finish and dimension of it.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Blackened Sapphire

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Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencils Photos & Swatches

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencils

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencils

Urban Decay will add four shades of 24/7 Concealer Pencils ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) this spring to extend the shade range. I have to test out the formula, though I don’t make any guarantees when or if I will review (I’m more focused on clearing out the holiday backlog and then focusing on limited edition spring shades). Meanwhile, I thought I’d get swatches up! For shade descriptions, see this post. I suspect these will make their way online in the next couple of weeks.

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