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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pantone Fall 2013 Color Forecast series- Acai Berry!!!!

Well, the much-awaited Pantone Autumn Forecast 2013 is out
Below is a list of the colors that will be featuring fall 2013: 

"PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald
PANTONE 18-4434 Mykonos Blue
PANTONE 15-0533 Linden Green
PANTONE 19-3628 Acai
PANTONE 19-1662 Samba
PANTONE 17-1452 Koi
PANTONE 18-0312 Deep Lichen Green
PANTONE 19-2045 Vivacious
PANTONE 19-4215 Turbulence
PANTONE 19-1116 Carafe" 

Some of my fave colors <3 font="">

Al-Karam ready-to-wear lawn (Carafe and Acai berry colors) and grey shrug (Turbulence Grey. I can't remember which brand and I'm too lazy to go check right now)

I was pleasantly suprised to note I've already been wearing maany of the colors lately. Mainly, the Carafe and Turbulence and Acai Berry combo.

Below are some makeup looks I created, mainly featuring Acai Berry and Turbulence Gray. Just btw, I used two Bourjois Little Round Pot eyeshadows (shades 11 Intense and 72) to achieve most of these looks, plus my Body Shop Amethyst eyeliner as a base. 
Bourjois Little Round Pots 11 Intense and 72
The Body Shop eyeliner in Amethyst, second from left

Now, I had already mentioned the Bourjois Little Round Pots in the page (on right sidebar) titled "on my way to the Bourjois counter). While these two shades are beautifully pigmented at first swatch, they are barely noticable when applied properly with a brush or applicator. Number 11 Intense is not intense at all. Disappointingly, the lovely, delicate moonstone-with- palest -lilac color and silver shimmer doesn't even rub off on my eyelid. Bourjois 72 applied alone is a very washed-out grape, but when used over The Body Shop Amethyst eyepencil, it turns into a lovely deep plum! So here are the looks below, hope you are inspired!

Well, that's it for now...more to come on the Fall looks !!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Feerie EDT Van Cleef &Arpels review

Feerie! What a nearly beautiful bottle you are! What a nearly exquisite scent you are! Feerie Eau de Toilette. Van Cleef&Arpels. 2009. The top notes are lemon, grapefruit, and violet leaves. The middle notes are jasmine, rose, and violet. The base notes are sandalwood, musk, and benzoin.  Feerie was my unexpected blind buy this Spring/Summer of 2013. I saw the GORGEOUS box (irridescent navy blue with trails of beautiful silver fairy shimmer; the pic above doesn't capture the irridescence of the box in real life),) and the maker (Van Cleef & Arpels- the topmost jewelry designers in the world), and bought it.  (Tester was not available). Now, my reaction to the bottle's nearly beautiful. Yes, the light blue faceted crystal bottle is cute, as is the metal, flower shaped cap and the metal fairy sitting on it but...somehow the bottle cap is a bit off. Can't explain...I just expected something more enchanting from the makers.. If you've ever seen Van Cleef & Arpel's fairy and fantasy themed jewelry collections, you'll know how breath-taking they are. I think the bottle cap could have been of crystal, or a better material.  Now for the fragrance: it's quite enchanting. It would be nearly equivalent to my frag love (Starlight) if only it had better sillage and longevity. On me, it's nearly gone 5 mts after it's been sprayed. .  It's such a beautiful and complicated fragrance. To my nose, the first burst of spray is very green somehow ...then it dries down to something violett-y and somehow powdery and also woodsy.  Feerie just smells like a Midsummer's Night Dream. Like a fairyland hidden away in the forest somewhere, complete with mushrooms and tiny lanterns to guide the creatures, and tiny fairy houses made out of flowers.  Only, it's not an immature, childish smell- there is strength and elegance to this fairy. This smell is not Tinkerbell- it's more Titania, the Queen of Fairies. Bottom line: Feerie is a very complicated smell, yet so enchanting ... and yet the fairy flies away 5 mts after she's out of the bottle. It's worth trying out. Also, just btw- I feel Feerie EDT is very different from Feerie EDP. I didn't like Feerie EDP as much, to be honest.