Monday, October 10, 2022

Altaia Atacama



The newest fragrance from Altaia is a beauty. I've been wearing it almost every day for a couple weeks and with my fragrance collection that's saying something. I don't wear the same one over again too often. 


Atacama celebrates the line's  South American heritage and was inspired by the the Atacama desert. It's the highest desert on earth and also the driest (parts are covered with dried salt)  but also one that with a little rain brings out the blooms of pink mallow flowers throughout.  I'm a geography and travel buff but I admit I had never heard of it  so it was interesting to learn about it. To see how beautiful it is when the flowers bloom check out the second slide. 



The scent is not exactly desert like but it is  dry. Also creamy and beachy with a suntan lotion feel but nothing too overt , nothing that screams sunscreen. More like the coziest sunbaked beach day with the salty breeze,  fragrant flowers nearby and damp driftwood .A lush jasmine , freesia, clary sage and tonka  are the main notes here  along with cashmere woods.  The jasmine combined with the sage, a note I tend to love and then the tonka makes  it cozy and nuzzly as it dries down ,with a hint of vanilla sweetness. I can't stop sniffing myself when I wear this. 


Atacama has good lasting power, I get whiffs of it most of the day . The sillage is light to medium.

 Available at Beautyhabit.com 



Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Mystic Sunset by Eau D'Italie


Italian Summers and  La Dolce Vita , it's the stuff of movies and yes, perfume.  Eau D'Italie takes us there with their beautiful creations and their newest scent Mystic Sunset, draws us into the warm evening near the 
Tyrrhenian Sea. 

Eau d'Italie is  the fragrance line from the family behind the legendary Le Sirenuse Positano hotel in Italy and is exclusive  to the fabulous, you want everything beauty retailer Beautyhabit.  I remember Eau D'Italie well from years back when I went to NYC on sniffing excursions. It has been some time since I visited with the line and they recently revamped their look. 

Inspired by the setting sun over Positano's bay and created by perfumer Marie Salamagne,  the heavy weighted glass bottle holds the scent of  cassis ( blackcurrant) , osmanthus,  cane sugar , saffron, jasmine and cedar. 

 I am not always  a fan of cassis, it depends. Here I  really like it, as it's not too sweet or overdone. More the fresh fruit that's not overripe, maybe even a little tart.  The cane sugar also doesn't make it too sweet but is just enough.  The light florals  are barely there and mix nicely while the saffron keeps it all a little dry.  The cedar definitely shows up as it dries down but in no way overwhelms the rest of the scent. 



Mystic Sunset is sunny , calm, easy to wear and subtly sultry. Not shy but not too bold it takes you away without leaving your yard. Can't get to Italy ? Go there via scent .

Eau D'Italie Mystic Sunset is available at Beautyhabit  






Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Chanel La Pausa Spring/ Summer 2022

 


A little sunshine for your day -Chanel style  from the so pretty La Pausa S/S22 color collection. This line brings the gold and bronzes for eyes with a pop of color for lips in their new balms. It's your trip to the Cote d'Azur without leaving home. 

The eye quad Mediterraneen is all gold kissed shimmer shades. These are creamy , blend well and  have good pigment. They are not dark but also not sheer except for the top left shade which goes on with a lighter look on than the others. I've been wearing this so much. It's pretty  perfect for an easy but not so basic eye. 


The Blush Lumiere comes in two shades, I have Peche Rose, a warming terracotta peach with a tiny bit of shimmer.  It's a gorgeous color with medium pigment.  It looks like it will go on deeply colored but it doesn't making it easily buildable. There is a deeper brown bronzy shade as well . 


The Rouge Coco Baumes come in an extra chic Summer ready white case.  There are several shades of pink , nude and more. The red shown is In Love. The balms are nice , I love a tinted balm, but don't get them to wear against cold temps.  They have light moisture and an almost matte pigment rich finish. Not for the cold weather unless you layer a heavier balm over them.  They are def a Spring lippie but for then, they're perfect.  You'll look good popping one out of your season ready straw bag .