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Nina Ricci Le Paradis de Nina Review

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Although poisonous, Snow White was pretty much attracted to sinking her teeth into that crunchy, red apple that her wicked stepmother presented to her.  Who could blame her, girlfriend was hungry after walking around that forest all day!

Ahh apples. There’s just something terribly enchanting about a bright, shiny, apple. Speaking of enchanting apples…..Nina Ricci always charms my money right out of my pocket with her whimsical little apple shaped fragrances.

So kawaii!

Anyone sniff Nina Ricci Le Paradis de Nina the newest fragrance in the line?

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Musings of the Day: Annick Goutal, Unique and Different!

Annick Goutal

After blogging about my favorite fragrance from Annick Goutal, Petie Cherie, a few of you had asked if I could review a few of Annick Goutal’s fragrances. Honestly, I’d love to do this since I’m a hardcore fan but before I do I was curious if you’re a fan?

Wanna Muse it with me?

Are you a fan of Annick Goutal?

Any fond favorites?

Some of my favorites include Quel Amour!, Petie Cherie, and Eau d’Hadrien. I’ve always wanted to love Gardenia Passion and I keep one on my vanity at all times but it always goes so terribly incense-y on me.

One of the things that attracts me to the brand is the uniqueness of each blend, the strong, powerful formula that lingers all day with a simple spritz, plus how special each fragrance is and how it evokes a certain feeling or memory.

I really like unique, obscure fragrances that aren’t well known, are different, or just plain unique and Annick fits that bill perfectly. It’s truly fine French fragrance at its best.

How about you?

If not Annick Goutal what sort of unique or obscure fragrances do you enjoy?

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment Review

I’d love if I had more time to head to the spa for a facial. Ideally I’d love to just sit back and relax at least twice a month but it never happens. I always feel so pressed for time and sitting back for a facial rarely makes it into my day to day schedule.

I’m lucky enough to have very good skin without any problems however dullness is something I suffer from a fair bit. My skin is very lackluster and in need of a boast most days of its life. One such boast would be a proper exfoliation as this seems to revive and kick start my skin. Dullness is fairly common for those with dry skin and my own fits right into the groove.

Taking my dullness and my lack of time for a facial into consideration I invested nearly $100 on the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment in hopes it would not only cure my dull skin but also keep me from having to rearrange my schedule for facials.

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Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet Palette Review and Swatches

Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet Palette 1

Don’t wait too long to snatch up the Clarins Instant Sun Light Eye Quartet Palette as it’s still on counters and definitely a gorgeous palette not only for Summer but also well into Fall!

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Beauty Reflections: A Look Back At Summer 2010

Beauty Reflections

I can’t believe Summer is almost over. In some ways it lasted for ages and in others it feels like it flew by. Did you enjoy your Summer so far? Do anything special?

As Summer draws to a close, I’ll be reviewing the last of the Summer items I have stashed away and start to concentrate more on Fall and Holiday 2010. It’s quite an exciting time as I simply adore Holiday Collections!

Until we get deeper into Fall and Holiday we might as well enjoy the last days of Summer the best we can right? Here are some great posts from Summer 2010 that you may have missed!

NARS Skin Smoothing Face Prep released this Summer and it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped it would be. Some people loved it, alot of people hated it, and I gotta admit mine fell deep into the Makeup Graveyard!

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MAC’s Marine Life Powder is still sitting untouched in my beauty vault, right next to Stereo Rose. It was Summer’s must have item and a hot commodity at MAC counters who got as little as five compacts in stock! Beauty junkies who scored it, struck gold, literally!

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I had my Summer crush on the new Stila Raspberry Lip and Cheek Lip Stain!

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Hard Candy had a really late Spring release, that turned more into a Summer one for me and one thing that happened to be a must have item was the new Hard Candy Moon Glow, loved it!

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Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer turned into a solid gold beauty product as it held my gloss on tight all day long!

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The Bath and Body Works Summer Vanillas are still haunting stores after an early Summer release and all these months later!

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Lancome took me right to the Riviera with their Summer 2010 Collection!

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I was almost a cave dweller with Gloss Fluo De Chanel Brilliant Lip Shine as my guiding light!

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The Target Look Book for Spring and Summer 2010 enthralled many of us!

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams made a major splash with many of us!

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I’m still not sure which I loved more this Summer, Lorac’s Hollywood Hot List…..

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Or Lorac’s Little Black Palette….!

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Wet n Wild ColorIcon Collection was the bestest beauty budget purchase evers!

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I loved it so much I decided to convince everyone they NEEDED the DuWop Flight Stick!

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Avon’s Sunset Glow Bronzer wasn’t only beautiful, it was an affordable Summer makeup find as well!

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Essence Surfer Babe Collection hit Ulta as the first limited edition collection from the brand within the US and boy are we so hopeful it won’t be the last!

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Urban Decay Urban Defense defended my Summer skin against the sun and made it look super flawless!

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Too bad Stila’s Pro Artist Palette was such a snore!

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I hit the Beach Club with Bobbi Brown!

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Maybelline created some sizzling Salsa Sun Lipsticks!

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These are just some of the happenings on Musings this Summer. Check the archives for more!

Happy readin’!

And feel free to comment about makeup or beauty finds that stood out for YOU this Summer!

Any favs?

Anything you missed?

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