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review: perfumes of the zodiac by strange invisible perfumes.

{what's your zodiac sign?}
i'm a gemini.  one who reads her astrology zone forecast religiously each month, and to say i identify as my sign would be an understatement. 

when i learned strange invisible perfumes had made a scent expressly for geminis (and all the other 11 signs of the zodiac), i was elated.   but by the time my sample vial i arrived i became a bit nervous, what was gemini supposed to smell like?  and what would it mean if i didn't agree with the scent? 

the second i put it on my worries dissipated.  i loved it (of course!  how could i not?!).  the gemini scent draws on our trait of duality, or being able to see a situation from all angles - mixing sweet florals and darker musks.  the fragrance is a mix of violet, gardenia, angelica, amber and leather.  it is a seductive mix, without smelling at all heavy. 

visit the site to see how the brand interprets your sign.  $125 per vial at siperfumes.com.

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new: clinique's the nutcracker suite for holiday 2014.

{pretty in pinks}
in news my mom (and other ballet lovers) will enjoy, clinique has teamed up with the american ballet theatre for their holiday 2014 collection, the nutcracker suite.

the colors and textures from this collection are inspired by the lively costumes of the nutcracker.  janet pardo (senior vice president clinique global product development) says, "we had the privilege of touring the american ballet theatre archives to view 'the nutcracker' costumes.  seeing the tulles and velvet fabrics in vivid pinks, glittering whites and vibrant purples immersed us in the beauty of the performance.  it inspired us to develop a colour collection that brings to life the whimsy of 'the nutcracker'. 

the collection includes two palettes - the nutcracker act I and the nutcracker act II.  those familiar with the nutcracker will find it fitting that the act I includes the softer pink hues, while act II holds the spicier plum shades.  chubby stick baby tint moisturizing lip colour balm in budding blossom and flowering freesia and blended face powder in snowflake dream round out the collection.  the snowflake dream powder gives cheeks a ballet pink glisten, ideal for upping the glow after a walk in the snow.  the flowering freesia chubby stick is quickly becoming my favorite cold weather lippie it's unique yet subtle soft purple and is super moisturizing.

collection available online only at clinique.com

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review: fresh creme ancienne.

{to look less ancient}
a rich moisturizer feels so cozy at end of a chilly day.   now that the sun is setting at 4:30pm (ugh!), and the frigid air feels painful against my skin, being home for the night is truly thrilling.  of late, the thing i'm most looking forward to is getting into my warmest PJ set, and layering fresh creme ancienne on my face and neck.

creme ancienne draws it's inspiration from the antediluvian; the formula is based on earth's oldest moisturizer.  the making requires not just precise measures of each ingredient, but that the exact sequence and temperature at which each can be added be consistent.  in order to achieve this precision fresh has entrusted only the monks.  it's made exclusively in a monastery, and the results are otherworldly.  the rich cream feels positively pillowy on my wind-bitten face.

cream ancienne is $280 at fresh.com.

bonus:  i use emptied fresh jars as storage for makeup brushes. 

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review: hanes comfortflex fit fuller coverage wirefree bra.

{underwear re-up}

beauties, 2014 is nearly over.  as you may recall my fashion resolution for this year was to makeover my bra and underwear wardrobe (to revisit that post click here).  the gist being that i wanted to open my undergarment drawer and feel like every piece was comfortable or beautiful, or ideally both.

while i still agree with the sentiment of my original post, it overlooks one important element when one plans to make over an entire sector of their wardrobe - cost!  while i have added some elegant, high-end lingerie to my closet over the past 10 months, it simply isn't practical to stock my wardrobe with only such items.  in order to update my closet i needed to find some low cost, but still grown up and pretty, fillers.

that's why discovering the hanes comfortflex fit fuller coverage wirefree bra last month felt like a godsend.   this is the most comfortable and also fairly cute bra for only $14.  this bra has no underwire, which makes it easy to wear even after 14+ hour day.  it comes in 4 colors - white, nude, navy and black, all with subtle polka dots (the navy is pictured above).  i already have navy and black, and plan to purchase other other 2 shades before the year is out, because i simply can't get enough of this wearable bra. 

visit hanes.com to get your own.

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