Thursday, May 31, 2012


Okay I wanted to make a promise to myself and post about what I was using and loving in the month of May since I was busy and burnt out by the end of April.

I give you my loves:

It's a small lineup but it gave me maximum satisfaction and it's a lifetime of love!

I'll start with my recent big purchase: L'Art et la Matiere Guerlain, Angelique Noire. I discovered this at a Guerlain fragrance event at Neiman Marcus, mid-May, and I just couldn't go home without this bottle. The bottle is beautiful and heavy. It's gorgeous inside and out! Review from the fragrance event is coming soon, I promise.

Fragrance profile:
Top: angelica seeds, pink berries and pear
Middle: jasmine, sambac and caraway
Base: vanilla, cedar and angelica roots

I get almost a citrusy hit at first spray so I want to say there's bergamot even though it isn't listed as a note. It  then it turns to a powdery almond before settling into a sultry vanilla scent. Talk about a split personality but that's why I love it - I can wear this to work, running errands on the weekend and date night. It fits all occasions. This was money well spent!

Next are the lip creams from Le Metier de Beaute in Toffee Creme and Coffee Creme. I didn't own one so I did one better and bought these two the last time I visited the LMdB counter. The lip creme is a lipstick/gloss fusion. It packs a good amount of pigment with lots of moisture. This is a bit on the thick side for my liking but I love it because it doesn't make my super sensitive lips peel or itch. I don't have raw lips the next morning - huge bonus! Toffee creme is a peach copper with shimmer and Cocoa creme is exactly what it sounds like - milk chocolate brown with even more shimmer (lots more actually). They both have a heavy sweet, vanilla cream scent and have a doe foot applicator. I may have to add a few more, with less glitter, in my collection. This lasts for about four hours on me if I am not drinking any liquids but if I am then I get a little over three hours. I cannot complain about these lip cremes.

I also added the most sought after taupe, for those LMdB fans, Corinthian True Color Eye shadow. At first, I felt I only bought this just because I've seen it reviewed by many of the bloggers I adore and follow. I wasn't really wooed the first few times I wore it. But suddenly, I was swept off my feet.

(I am also wearing Toffee Creme on my lips)

At first glance at Corinthian in the pan, it looks like a medium cool taupe with major glitter. Yes, when first swatched it is a cool taupe but it does lean on the purple side on me and it's a very sophisticated shimmer. When worn on top of a good eye primer, you will have eight hours of wear time on your lids. It's very easy to wear and it plays well with other neutrals. I wear this a lot with my favorite blue liner, MAC Hyacinth - review coming soon! I can see why this is a cult classic and doesn't stay on the shelf for long.

And of course, there's a NARS blush. I love NARS blushes - seriously they are my HG blushes. I never like to name HG because I feel like I'm jinxing myself or offending MAC/Chanel blush fans. The one I picked up last month was Liberte from the Summer 2012 collection. I love this matte burnt apricot. On me, it's more like a dark reddish-orange. I apply with a light hand and it just wakes my face up every time I use it. This is my current favorite blush. It's perfect for Summer but I see myself using this throughout the year.

Liberte blush and I have Toffee Creme on top of NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Bahama.

Here's a swatch lineup of my loves:

And here's Cocoa Creme:

Some other honorable mentions:

My new Vince Camuto wedge sandals, reviewed here.

My new glasses that I picked up early April. I don't know why I forget to mention them.

They are Chanel - how could I not love them?

The side embellishments help!

And I am always amazed on how much I love this subtle trio again from the NARS Summer 2012 trio, Ramatuelle, reviewed here.

I know I'm probably missing something but it's late and I'm tired. 

What were some of your favorite discoveries for the month of May?


  1. Angelique Noire is one of my favorites and I have written about it. Looks like we have similar taste in fragrance, cool!..I adore your Chanel glasses!

    1. Thanks Rola,
      I wore Angelique Noire everyday the first week I bought it. I took a short break but I'm back and I'll probably wear it again for 5 days in a row. At least I'm getting my moneys worth, right? Thanks, I love my Chanel glasses too, and it's all I can afford right now!

  2. I have a confession: I own a sample of Angelique Noire but I haven't tested it yet. I don't know what I'm afraid more of: to like it or not to like :)

    Cute sandals! (you didn't link to the review)

    1. uh oh - thanks for calling that out. I'll edit later. Yes, please try your sample - seems to be a favorite for everyone. Well almost everyone but it is a crowd pleaser. Don't be afraid not to like it because if you do, you'll save yourself $250!