Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 31st

Good evening, my friends! I just went to Target to get ice cream. Seriously. All the way there just to get ice cream. (But it's Target, so obviously I bought more than just ice cream. You can't just buy one thing at Target.) I had a dream about grocery shopping last night and I bought some Ben and Jerry's in my dream. It was a flavor called Simon and Garfunkel and it was half chocolate ice cream with marshmallow swirls and half vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls. No idea why that flavor/name combo happened but it did. So I decided to buy some Phish Food since that's a similar flavor to what I dreamed about. I also bought bread.

Perfume of the Day: PHI: Une Rose de Kandahar by Tauer Perfumes
Notes include rose, tobacco, apricot, patchouli, almond, vetiver, cinnamon, ambergris and geranium.

I was so eager to try another Tauer perfume after falling in love with Lonestar Memories, and I have to say, while I don't love this one as much as LM, it's really good. It's not what I was expecting - the rose is hardly noticeable on me. However, it's a very sweet and sultry smell, very resinous...but hardly floral! The tobacco note is a little intense and is almost a bit much since it's combined with quite a few heavy, sweet notes, but it's certainly not unwearable. It's blended quite well. It's not my typical scent, but I'm looking forward to wearing it again to see what else I can make of it. In the vial it does smell quite rosy and floral/fresh, so perhaps on a different day, with different weather, the floral notes will come out to play. I'm definitely intrigued by this and I'm so far still liking Tauer's creations, so hopefully I can get my hands on some more of his scents.

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30th

Do you ever take a nap for like...five hours? Yeah, me neither. Obviously.

I'm still thinking about L'orpheline. I need to look into how much a bottle of that would cost. It's a niche brand so I know it wouldn't be cheap, but I don't know how much Serge Lutens typically goes for. I also want 5 O'Clock Au Gingembre, which is another scent from Serge Lutens and is $135 for a 50ml (by comparison, my Chanel perfume was the same price but for 100ml)...I need more money!

I just checked. L'Orpheline is even more expensive. $150. Does anyone have a spare $150? Because I want that perfume in my life.

Perfume of the Day: Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette - another love!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29th

Getting up at 5:30 AM is HARDCORE. But I did it! And work wasn't bad! Now I'm just chilling at home. Tired, mostly. But trying not to go to bed too early.

Perfume of the Day: L'orpheline by Serge Lutens
Notes include incense and musk.

I like this one. It's super simple but the drydown is really interesting, like the incense has something else in it. There's not much to say about it since it's only got two notes, but honestly, it's a surprisingly deep and fascinating smell. So far, I've been really impressed with Serge Lutens. The name of this one and its given description are really interesting as well. I just...I'm very intrigued. And I want to wear this again.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 28th

I should be going to bed in like...just over an hour, maybe an hour and a half. And I'm not tired at all yet. I really need to tidy up my kitchen and bathroom still because my dad is visiting tomorrow, but Mike is trying to stream and I also want to talk to Brad before I go to bed. Why do I have to get up so freaking fracking early tomorrow, huh? Also, I wore The Beat earlier today but promptly fell asleep and I don't feel qualified to give a proper review. Perhaps tomorrow, though!

Cas is dreaming right now. His eyes are just barely open and he's got that REM going on. It's adorable and just a little freaky. I hope he's dreaming about nice things!

And I hope all of you are having a nice weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

March 27th

Cas and I are hanging out and watching Travis, Mike and John play Rock Band 3. It was Mario 64 speed runs earlier, but Rock Band won out which means I'm not in the call anymore, but I'm still having fun watching.

Perfume of the Day: Cafe Rose by Tom Ford
Notes include rose, saffron, coffee, patchouli, incense, black pepper, and amber.

This one started off just okay, and after a few hours turned into something I definitely don't like. I'm on the hunt for a rose scent to love, and this isn't it. Like all Tom Ford scents, it's really well-blended, but I just don't like this one. It's too cloying, like a sickly sweet floral in the drydown. Interestingly enough, the pepper and coffee didn't bother me. But the floral drydown was just not sitting right on my skin. It might have been the patchouli, I'm not sure. But I'm not going to me wearing this one again - which is all right, I can always swap it.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 26th

Work was better than expected today! I thought it was going to be super busy, but all the busy stuff got pushed back to after I was scheduled to leave. So no worries! I also got all of my perfumes in the mail today! One of my swap partners was so, so generous with her samples and I'm so grateful! I wish I had sent her more things! And then of course I got my two Burberry perfumes and I'm thrilled to have both of them. Finally, a 100ml Burberry London with a cap! I don't know where it's from originally, but it smells normal, so that's a good start! I haven't used it yet though. I'm about to put something on since my fragrance from this morning has just about faded all away (Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere again), and I'm not sure which scent to try now! Plus I still have a sample from my LuckyScent order to try, and loads of other samples to try!

All right. So I'm going to go with Tom Ford's Noir de Noir. Let's see how it goes!
Notes include rose, oud, patchouli, saffron and vanilla.
So far I'm getting a sweet patchouli, pretty much what it smells like in the bottle. (It's a rollerball, actually.) It smells very familiar, like DKNY Delicious Nights or Kat Von D Poetica. The standard syrupy-sweet patchouli. No real rose scent just yet, nor anything besides the sweet patchouli, but we'll see how it develops!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 25th

Work was good today. Tomorrow is going to be supremely busy, and I have to be there really early. And tonight I'm feeling pretty blah. Headache, sore body, weird cough that I've had for a few days now. I'm not tired, but yet I kind of am. I'm a little mentally worn out. I'm even blogging from my phone.

I love you all!

Perfume of the Day: Alien Les Parfums de Cuir by Thierry Mugler 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24th

Work was so, so busy today. We were completely booked, so it was like a constant stream of people. And no real time to take a break! So needless to say, I was pretty tired after work. I took a pretty hardcore nap and I'm worried it may have maladjusted my sleep schedule a bit. So I'm going to try and get to bed pretty soon here and not stay up super late if I can help it. I went to bed so ridiculously early yesterday that I woke up at like 1:30 AM, and then again at some point, maybe 7:00? I don't even remember. But by the time my alarms were going off, I was back in a sleepy phase and I didn't feel like getting out of bed. It was one of those mornings where my bed felt extra cozy.

Now I'm watching Travis stream Rock Band 3. Brad should be calling soon too! I hope you all have wonderful, cozy nights.

Perfume of the Day: Elie Saab L'Eau Couture

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23rd

I am so super tired! I couldn't fall asleep last night, then work was super hectic, and I'm like...ready to go to bed now. I'm gonna stay up a little later so I don't mess my sleep schedule up too much, but I'm definitely going to sleep as early as I can.

Not much else to report! I did get my rollerball of Tomorrow in the mail but unfortunately it leaked. I'd read on the Sephora website that this has happened to other people who bought it, which is really frustrating. So I think I'll be returning it, since it's like...nearly empty. Luckily I'll be getting plenty of new perfume this week to make up for it. Plus I already have to go to Sephora to return my NARS foundation, so it's not so bad. I'm bummed that it didn't work out, but so it goes when you blind buy perfume!

Perfume of the Day: No. 5 Eau Premiere by Chanel

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 22nd

Super chill day today, and I'm not even wearing perfume! Who am I? I do, however, have five perfumes coming in the mail. Not five full bottles mind you, but two full bottles and three pretty big minis of Tom Ford scents. So excited! One of the bottles is Burberry London, and hopefully this Fragrantica seller is more honest than the eBay seller who sent me a bottle of rubbing alcohol in a Burberry bottle. I paid for that one (the Tom Fords are part of a swap), and she said she'd include a 30ml bottle of Burberry The Beat (which I owned ages ago) for free, so I'm pretty excited. I actually tried to buy another bottle of The Beat on eBay but accidetnally bought the EDT instead of the EDP, so I'll be happy to have the EDP again. I haven't had it in...four years?

So this week, I'll be getting...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 21st

To-watch list: Orphan Black. Seriously, I loved the first season of that and I'm so behind and I need to rewatch the first season too.

Perfume of the Day: Sel Marin by James Heeley
Notes include sea water, salt, seaweed, lemon, bergamot, cedar, and oakmoss.

This is not a bad fragrance. It is oceanic and bright and fresh and crisp. The citrus isn't overpowering, I don't notice a stupid amount of cedar like I sometimes do in scents with cedar, and the aquatic nature is really refreshing and nice. And that's about it. It's a good fragrance. I like it. I would wear it again. However, a bottle of this is $180, which I find ridiculous. As much as I enjoy how simple and well-blended this is, I don't think it merits its price tag. I do like it, don't get me wrong. But I have another ocean-aquatic scent that I love, and would pay for again. This one, I'll be happy to finish my sample, but I think that'll be the end of this scent. If it weren't so expensive I might consider getting a small bottle! I'm looking forward to wearing it again though, since it's one that I actually enjoy and getting more wears out of ones that are good is a great way to test how much you really like the scent.

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20th

I can't believe it's already the 20th! March is flying by! Today I had a really nice day off, and decided I'd give this season of The Amazing Race a try. It is pretty gimmicky, and every season prior to this one always has that annoying, bickering dating couple. This season all the teams are dating couples, and half of the pairs had never met each other before starting the race. So there's a lot of bickering, and it's hard to watch. There have certainly been worse teams (Brendan and Rachel, to name one), but already there is at least one team that's getting on my nerves. There's also this ridiculous focus on social media with hashtags popping up every two minutes and designated "selfie phones" that each team has so they can take selfies throughout the race. So...extra gimmicky. Luckily, the destinations they've been to so far are all places I would love to go, so that's been great. They even went to a cat café in Thailand. We'll see how the season progresses from here. It's on a break until April 3rd so I've got time to take a breather from the arguing couples.

Perfume of the Day: Tilda Swinton Like This by Etat Libre D'Orange
Notes include immortelle, pumpkin, ginger, musk, and vetiver.

I was hoping to fall in love with this one. It's another sample that I ordered from LuckyScent and I was really excited at the prospect of what looked like a wonderful fall-time, pumpkin-scented fragrance. I was a little worried about the pumpkin note making it smell like a seasonal candle or air freshener, but luckily that's not the case. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell quite like I was hoping. I've owned a perfume with immortelle in it before (L de Lolita Lempicka), but I never really knew what it smelled like since it was never a strong note. Immortelle is the dominant note in this scent, from start to finish. It's a very strange smell that some people describe as curry-like. It's spicy and warm and vaguely floral, but also very herbal and slightly foody. The pumpkin plus immortelle combo makes this scent smell like an almost-gourmand; it's food-like, but not in the dessert way that a gourmand is. It does smell a bit like curry or some sort of spicy dish. It's like a kitchen. Not a bad smell by any means, but also much less sweet than I was anticipating. The drydown is all immortelle and unfortunately, it's just not a scent that I'm getting along with. It's not a bad smell, it's just a bad perfume, for me anyway. It doesn't feel like a smell that I want to wear to feel sexy or confident or pretty or anything that I look for in a perfume. It smell like a restaurant - a nice Indian one, but not something I want on my wrist. It's too herbal, the wrong kind of spicy and just not my cup of my wished-for pumpkin chai tea. ;)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March 19th

3.5 years today guys! Yay me! (You can read up on my Tumblr if you're curious about what I'm referring to.) It was a good day though, at Caribou I found out it was buy one get one free drinks, and I also had some yummy Subway to celebrate. I also finally caved and bought a new perfume, which hopefully I'll like! It'll be here on Saturday most likely, and I'm super excited! It's TokyoMilk's "Tomorrow" which is an aquatic scent, but aquatic in the salty, beachy way. Hopefully it'll be a good addition to my collection! It only comes in a rollerball so it wasn't expensive, so that was a treat too!

I'm all caught up on FaceOff (I'm really liking this season!) and  think I'm going to give this season of The Amazing Race a try. I don't like a gimmicky premise of this season at all and I think it's extremely tacky and so much like all the reality shows that I dislike so much, but we'll see. I do love TAR a lot, so maybe it'll be okay.

Perfume of the Day: Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka
Notes include licorice, star anise, cherry, ivy, praline, violet, vanilla, tonka bean, and musk.

This is a very special scent to me. It was my first successful blind buy, and in my recent journey into collecting perfumes, my first love. I don't ever want to be without this beauty. (It's actually been reformulated recently and I have yet to try the newer version, but hopefully it smells the same or I will be extremely heartbroken.) Anyway! Firstly, about the scent itself. It's definitely a warm, dry scent. This perfume made me fall in love with the scent of licorice, and I've never smelled another perfume like it. It's very sensual, but also ethereal. The Lolita Lempicka aesthetic is very rooted in fairytales, and I feel like this fits right in. It's a nighttime forest, pixies abound, with tangled trees and cloudy skies. It has a sense of wonder and magic about it. The dry licorice and star anise is set off my subtle cherry notes and the greenery of ivy, and there is a delicate but consistent sweetness from the vanilla. It's something like spicy or peppery, but powdery and soft at the same time. Everyone always says it's hard to describe your favorite scents - it's true. With scents about which I have a neutral or negative opinion, I can pick out notes, but I don't get a story or a feeling from them. Lolita Lempicka turned my world upside down. It made me fall in love with fragrance like I never have before, and it holds a very special place in my heart. I've brought this perfume on both of my vacations to the UK and Ireland, and it reminds me of those places. (There are two others that remind me of those places, but I have yet to review them on here!) This is my go-to favorite scent. My signature, if you will. While there are others I love to wear, this one will always be unique. If you have a chance to test this, I would highly recommend it. There are also many, many other scents from this house, many of which I really enjoy. This particular scent also happens to be the one on which I receive the most compliments, so I'm glad others enjoy it on me as much as I enjoy it on myself! It really is a treasure of a scent.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18th

I had my longest shift yet at work today! It actually went pretty well though. I had time to eat, and we weren't too busy, although near the end we did get a lot of phone calls. I'm getting a lot better on the phones though! Thank goodness!

Perfume of the Day: Very Hollywood by Michael Kors
Notes include gardenia, jasmine, raspberry, mandarin orange, ylang-ylang, vetiver, and bergamot.

I love this perfume. It's one of my favorites, because it is the epitome of a casual, girly perfume without being boring. As you may know, I have a thing for white florals, but this scent is unique from my other white floral favorite (Burberry's London) in that it is a very dry scent. It's crisp, clean, and almost powdery - yet still retains that bubblegum sweetness of white florals as well as hints of fruit. Very Hollywood is secure like Velcro. London is free-flowing like shoelaces. I find it just as easy to curl up with this one and feel warm and happy and cozy as I do with London. They are both beautiful and soft and charming in their own right. That's why I love them both so much.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 17th

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Party responsibly! :)

You might have noticed that this blog now has its own domain! If you have it bookmarked, update your links! The official domain is yearsinthelife.com, though it'll redirect you to blog.yearsinthelife.com. Both are fine and both lead you to this very blog!

I got some new comfy shoes for work, but I'm not sure if they're going to work out because they're just slightly too big for these tiny feet o' mine, so I'm going to wear them tomorrow and see how things turn out. I can always return them!

Perfume of the Day: Méchant Loup by L'artisan Parfumeur
Notes include licorice, hazelnut, honey, sandalwood, cedar, myrrh, and praline.

I just noticed this is actually listed as a men's scent, not listed as a unisex scent like I thought it was! The notes certainly give the impression that it could be worn by anyone, and in my opinion, it smells very genderless. It has the woodiness that comes with a men's scent, but the sweetness of a women's scent. (Not that I think certain genders have to wear certain scents, obviously.) Anyway! I bought a sample of this because of its extremely unique composition, and to see if the notes fit the name! (Méchant Loup is the French equivalent of The Big Bad Wolf.) This perfume really is unique - I've never smelled anything like it. I don't know how it holds up in terms of a big bad wolf aesthetic, but it does have a fair deal of woodiness to it, so forest...wolf? The licorice/honey combo is really what drew me in since I like both notes but had never smelled them together, and I have to say, it's pretty interesting. It's hard to tell how I feel about this scent to be honest. The more it dries down, the masculine it becomes, and the cedar really comes out. I'm not a huge cedar fan (it's one of those notes like lime and pepper that likes to overpower other notes on me), but the start of this scent is really fascinating. That's the best word for it, really. I can't even put my finger on how I feel about this one. I don't dislike it, but I'm not entirely sure I like it either. There are other scents with honey that I like better, as well as licorice scents, and the two go together so strangely, especially with the cedar overtones. I don't know about the wolf, I don't know what to think about the notes, I just don't know with this one. It's complicated and strange and interesting, but I won't be picking up a bottle any time soon.

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16th

Hello blog friends! How is your week starting off? I didn't have the best Monday (I'm turning into Garfield over here), but tomorrow is a new day! Hopefully with nice weather! If it's really nice, I may spend some time outside. Also, my new work shoes should be in tomorrow! I'd really like to be able to start wearing comfortable shoes to work. I don't like coming home with sore feet! I need arch support and stuff!

Perfume of the Day: Alien Aqua Chic by Thierry Mugler

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 15th

I had a busy day today! Sold some clothes at Plato's Closet and Clothes Mentor, got my hair cut, went grocery shopping, ordered new shoes for work...lots of stuff! Now I'm relaxing and watching Villene stream. I have to get up early tomorrow so I may go to bed early tonight, especially since I was up late last night.

Perfume of the Day: Turquatic by Mac
Aquatic, floral, fresh.
Notes include lotus, lemon, cedar, and water accords.

I bought a rollerball of this from the same person who sold me the A La Rose, and I must say, I like Turquatic a lot more than A La Rose! I've wanted a good aquatic for awhile, one that wasn't super synthetic and also one that didn't fall into the salty/ocean category but rather the fresh and "watery" one. This one is perfect! I heard about it years ago and have wanted to try it for ages, and I'm not disappointed. Like most water-accord aquatic scents, the longevity and sillage aren't very strong, but the fact that it smells so good and doesn't have that cheap synthetic scent to it is a huge bonus. I really want an actual bottle of this instead of a rollerball because that would help with the sillage/longevity issues. It's actually not a super expensive perfume either (though it's not inexpensive either, it's just mid-range) so I may have to get a bottle at some point. It'll be especially nice in summer, if I still have juice left in my rollerball by then!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 14th

Well, I didn't do too terribly much today, but I have a lot to do tomorrow! I did wash my dishes and I took a super long shower/bath which was nice. So everything is clean around here! Sort of.

Perfume of the Day: A La Rose by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Notes include rose, cedar, orange, bergamot, violet and lemon.

A gorgeous bottle, and elusive fragrance. This is a limited release for Japan only, and I paid more than I ever thought I would for an 8ml decant, let's just say that. The descriptions of this were lovely though, and I'm still on the hunt for a good rose perfume, but I'm afraid this one isn't it. While it is blended nicely, it's just a soapy rose on me. It smells much less expensive than its price tag, and eve still it's not my cup of tea. So I'll be using this for a swap at some point, I just have to find someone who wants it. Hopefully someone will, since it's quite hard to find in the States! But for me, it's just a soapy rose, not much else. The drydown was a pleasant, simple floral, but not worth $250 or so for a 50ml bottle, that's for sure. (I only have a small decant, I don't blind buy bottles for that much!)

Friday, March 13, 2015

March 13th

I can't decide what I want to watch tonight. I'm thinking Orphan Black, although I do need to catch up on FaceOff first. I watched the first season of Orphan Black last year and loved it and then didn't have time to start watching it again when the next season came out. So that's another thing on the to-watch list!

Perfume of the Day: The Afternoon of a Faun by Etat Libre D'Orange
Notes include immortelle, black pepper, orris root, myrrh, bergamot, leather, and oakmoss.

This is one of the niche perfumes I received in my LuckyScent order, and the first one I've tried! My recent watch of El Labarinto Del Fauno gave way to La Tarde Del Fauno it seems. (My apologies if that's not translated perfectly, but I think I got it right.) Anyway, about the scent! I mainly ordered this one because I was intrigued by what immortelle would smell like, and I enjoy myrrh and leather. I figured this would be a green, slightly floral/woody scent. That's what I was hoping for, anyway. But as it turns out, on me it's not so much what I expected. Black pepper does tend to stand out quite strongly in many scents I try that contain it, but based on reviews, it didn't seem like the pepper would be too dominant. I was thinking it would be earthy, perhaps masculine, but the pepper took center stage when I applied it, alongside the bergamot and oakmoss and a hint of the leather, and that's what I got. Very masculine, peppery, and only slightly green. The description for this scent is filled with words like "warm" and "balsamic" and "sweet" but I didn't get any of that. I wasn't surprised by its woodiness or earthiness, but I was disappointed by the linear nature and lack of floral and warm notes. I'll have to wear it again to give it a second go, but for now I'm not as in love as I was hoping I would be. I ordered another scent from this company though, so hopefully that one will meet my expectations! This one is good, but good in the sense that I'd rather smell it on someone else than myself, at least for now.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 12th

I just got back from a birthday party! Well, the party isn't over, but I'm not in the mood to go get drunk. But it was a fun time nonetheless! Work was pretty good today too, albeit stressful. There's still so much to learn! I have the weekend off though, so I'm looking forward to sleeping in.

Perfume of the Day: L'eau Couture by Elie Saab
Notes include almond, orange blossom and vanilla.

I received a 30ml bottle of this today with about 8ml remaining. I thought it would be a good way to test this scent out, especially since I love the original Elie Saab Le Parfum, namely the Eau de Toilette version, and this flanker looked promising. I haven't had a fragrance with almond in it for ages, and I was curious to see how it would add to the scent I already loved. As it happens, I can't smell any almond at all. I couldn't really smell it in the last almond perfume I owned either, but I attributed that to the fact that that perfume had a dominant lime note and perfumes with lime in them tend to be all lime on me. However, this one seems to be lacking in the almond department too. I know almond isn't a particularly strong smell, but reviewers said it was quite noticeable in this scent. What I get is nearly the exact same scent as Le Parfum EDT, but with a little less of the honey sweetness. Orange blossom is already quite a sweet white floral and has a honey-like sweetness to it, so this isn't too different from the EDT, which has both honey and orange blossom, among other notes. This is a little subtler, doesn't last as long, and is slightly less sweet, though definitely still quite sweet. I'm glad I got only a tiny amount, because for me it wouldn't be worth having a full bottle of this and the Le Parfum EDT since they're so alike on me. It's a lovely perfume though, and I really love it, since I love Le Parfum EDT so much! I only wish it was a more different scent, with some nutty accords. I bet that would smell excellent.

I also received some samples and decants with my bottle, and my LuckyScent order came today too. So I have a ton of new perfume to try out, and I'm super excited!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 11th

I can't believe it's only Wednesday! This week has felt so long. Probably because I'm attempting to process like...a month's worth of information right now. Learning a new job is hard, especially one with so many little details! But I think I'm slowly getting the hang of things, at least. I don't feel as overwhelmed as I did yesterday, although I still feel like there's so much I don't know. I also have to start answering phones tomorrow, which is intimidating! I'm going to attempt to be somewhat decent though. :)

Perfume of the Day: Feérie Rose des Neiges by Van Cleef & Arpels
Floral, woody, fruity. Notes include rose, lychee, pink pepper, sandalwood, magnolia, tonka bean, and cedar.
I own: 50ml bottle

The thing I appreciate most about this scent is that despite being a flanker of Feérie, it smells entirely different. It's not just a slight adjustment to the notes, it's completely different while still maintaining the fairylike essence of the original. That said, I must admit that I do prefer the original to this. I was very eager to try another Van Cleef & Arpels scent, especially from the Feérie line, and while this is not a bad scent by any means, it just isn't a scent that I'm in love with. Of course, the bottle is beyond gorgeous, and the scent fits its name quite aptly, but the more I've worn this one, the more blasé I've felt about it. It's very fresh, crisp, and really does smell like a sort of wintery rose as the name would suggest. I wanted so badly to find "my" rose perfume since I feel like it's sort of a staple scent, but I don't think this is the one. Again, it's not a bad scent at all. It's quite charming, but on me it just doesn't smell quite right. I never find myself feeling happily enveloped by this scent, instead I feel it sitting on me and projecting from me but not ever really becoming one with me. The drydown, especially before it's completely gone, is actually a really graceful and pleasant floral, but it's just a bit too screechy and too synthetic for me when I'm initially wearing it. Perhaps I'll come back around to it, maybe in different weather or a different mood. But for now this one is just a "like" and not a "love."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 10th

Hello lovely friends! I hope your week is off to a good start. Today I watched a training video about pickles. I'm still adjusting to working every day so my sleep schedule isn't quite right because goodness knows it rarely ever is, but it's been especially wonky since I've been getting up earlier than usual lately! I know it's good for me though, so I don't mind it. Plus work is going well so far!

I'm gonna give Cas some cuddles and get to bed soon, I think. I stayed up a bit late last night, so tonight I'm going to...not do that. :)

Perfume of the Day: Tainted Love by Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
Notes include vanilla bean, orchid, sandalwood, and white tea.
I own: 50ml bottle.

I love this gorgeous little scent. It's very simple and has very few notes, but I find it very unique and wonderful. (I really want to try some other perfumes from this line- they all look bizarre and different and super intriguing, plus the bottles are divine!) This scent is really interesting, as the notes are both dry and woody while still being warm and smooth. I don't get a prominent vanilla from this like a lot of other people do - the vanilla is so well-blended that for me it creates its own sort of scent. I can pick out and opulently warm, sweet orchid, some woodsiness, and a touch of dry, bitter tea. This fragrance is from Margot Elena's Tokyo Milk "Dark" line, and with that in mind it does make it feel a bit darker, like something a beautiful but antagonistic character in a novel or show would wear. Someone skilled with knives or poison, but still dashingly attractive. It's comforting yet keeps you on edge a bit, because it's not all sweetness. I'm a big fan of this one, and it's not expensive either. I would recommend checking this one out (the Dark line is sold at many Sephora stores), and I look forward to trying out more scents in the line - and some that aren't in the Dark line! - as well.

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9th

I am a sleepy lady tonight! I had a long day and I have some more long days coming up! But I'm ready to tackle them, with vigor! And tea!

Work is really the only thing I have going on this week. I also need to buy new shoes for work, and get my hair cut. But that's about it!

Cas and I are hanging out on Mike's stream with John and Travis, and I'm going to give Brad a call in a bit. Yay, friends! Sleepy Kate loves her friends. :)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 8th

Tomorrow this lady is starting a new adventure! Whee! It means getting up early though, which is ultimately not that bad as it'll be good for my sleep schedule in the long run, but as if daylight savings time didn't mess me up already, now I have to get up with the sun!

There's a perfume rollerball that I'd really like to get my hands on, but I'm trying to wait for a sale or some sort of perk (like 3x points on a fragrance purchase) before I hit up Sephora. I did order some samples from LuckyScent though. The problem with that is of course that if I fall in love with one of them, I'm going to need to save up for ages before I can actually afford the perfume I love. Oh niche perfumes, why must you be so pricey? I even got a second sample of something I already own a sample of because the full bottle is way expensive but it smells so freaking good that I want it in my life! I'm wearing it today actually, and I'd forgotten how amazing the longevity is. I can still smell it on my wrist! And with that...

Perfume of the Day: 03 Lonestar Memories by Tauer
Notes include: Leather, myrrh, vetiver, labdanum, geranium, clary sage, carrot seeds, and tonka bean.

This scent is so evocative of its official description, it's insane. As some of you may know, the first cologne I ever fell in love with was Juicy Couture's Dirty English. Lonestar Memories is basically a much classier, sophisticated version of that. (I still love them both though!)

"The scent of a lonesome rider, wearing old jeans and leather jacket, after a long day on the horse in the dry woods, preparing his coffee on the open, smoky fire."

That's the inspiration for this scent, and it's amazing how well this scent tells that story. It's smoky, woodsy, leathery, dry...and yet comforting, warm, and smooth. Tauer perfumes have an incredible reputation and I'd honestly love to try every single one of them (I have a sample of one coming with the order I made today!), because this perfume is divine. It's definitely more of a masculine scent, despite being marketed as unisex, but I love it. It's comfy and intriguing and fascinating.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March 7th

I spent tonight catching up on FaceOff and then watching Pan's Labyrinth. One of the actors from Pan's Labyrinth was a guest judge on the show, and I've been meaning to rewatch that movie for literally years, so that was the little push I needed! I hadn't seen in since it was in theaters and I must say, it's quite an impressive movie. The Pale Man is hands down one of the coolest creature designs in like...all of the movies I've ever seen. That's one of the parts I remembered most about that movie, that and one other scene. The rest was just sort of a muddled mess, parts of which came back to me as I watched it whereas other parts seemed new. Part of that is probably because I could just understand the story better now, since I first saw it when I was like 15 or so. It's a really captivating story and visually excellent, and I'd definitely recommend it.

Now, the next movie I've been meaning to rewatch is the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides. I only saw that one once, in theaters, as opposed to the others in the series, which I've seen...very many times. Davy Jones got a shoutout on FaceOff, coincidentally, so that may mean I need to watch that soon as well!

I bought Girl Scout cookies today. Yay!

Friday, March 6, 2015

March 6th

So what I said last night about not being able to get into Matt's Lieberfriend hangout? I got in, in the last slot. It was pretty fun actually, and William Haynes even showed up for a bit. It was a good night. Then I fell asleep with Cas in the room and he kept waking me up so I didn't sleep well.

A really, really kind Fragrantica member is selling me a Turquatic rollerball and a very hard to find (Japan-exclusive) fragrance decant for cheap and I'm so excited and grateful. I'm on a slow-buy right now so I'm trying not to spend a lot on perfume, but this is a really amazing deal from someone who I've swapped with in the past and who is very kind, so I thought I'd take her up on the offer.

I still need to get my hands on some Burberry London though. And not a freaking fake on from eBay. Seriously. I love that stuff and I'm nearly out.

Brad's about to call and I'm watching Villene's stream tonight! Whee!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 5th

It feels like the weekend! I'm all off schedule. And Cas had a hairball. But! I got my NARS Sheer Glow foundation in the mail today. 

I'm trying to get into a Lieberfriends hangout but it fills up so quickly. How can I get into a hangout with Imogen Heap, or Isabelle Fuhrmann, but not Matt? Bah humbug. 

Tomorrow is a new day though!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4th

I'm getting a haircut tomorrow! That's the most exciting thing that I have planned for the rest of the week. Also, why are haircuts so stupidly expensive? I just want my split ends gone. I didn't even get split ends in the past. Hair, what are you doing up there?

To all my friends going to PAX East, have fun! Safe travels! Bring me back stuff! I mean...take lots of photos! Yeah, photos.

PotD: Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 3rd

So tomorrow I get to drive back down to my dad's house! I have a doctor's appointment down yonder, so I'm going to stay at my dad's, and also help him with his move into his new place! Although come to think of it, I'm not sure where I'm going to sleep, because I don't have a bed there anymore. I just realized that. Hmm.

I'm thinking of going to ConBravo this summer, if I can swing it. I have enough miles to get halfway there for almost free (except taxes, boo), and it's not too pricey to get there anyway, it's just a matter of hotel costs and actually paying for the con, and all that jazz. It's not til the end of July though, so I may be able to make it work. I hope so!

I just watched some of Villene's stream, and now I'm off to watch Jon's! I hope you all are having a good week so far. It really feels like the end of the week, I can't believe it's only Tuesday! ...I need to play some more HuniePop. It's been like a week. I need to get back on that. No pun intended.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2nd

Cas and I had a productive and then relaxing day! We're now cuddling on the bed.

I'm going to attempt to make tomorrow a house-cleaning day.

Dear NARS Sheer Glow foundation: you better be worth the gift card I busted on you. I need a paler foundation than what I have now and nothing at the drugstore is cutting it, so I'm taking the plunge into high-end foundation. It had better be amazing!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 1st

Hello hello! Have you all had a nice weekend? I woke up bright and early at like 6:30 today and had some energy, so I spent a good two hours tidying up at my dad's house. He's moving soon and I was sorting what few things I had there, plus just helping out in general. Now I'm back up at my apartment with my silly, needy cat. He's such a little goober.

This week is the last week I have before I start working again, so I'm going to attempt to get lots of fun stuff done and treat myself a bit. I do have to head back down to my parents' neck of the woods for a doctor's appointment in a few days, but I'm also planning on getting a haircut and maybe getting my nails done. I also have a new book to read (All the Light We Cannot See) and a shiny new Sephora gift card. I'm thinking I want to get a rollerball of Tomorrow from Tokyomilk but I am undecided as of yet! What I really want is some NARS foundation, but even with my gift card it'd set me back $30. However, it's one of the only foundation that truly is pale enough for my skin, and apparently it's quite amazing as well. But $50 for a foundation? Ahh.

I have yet to apply any perfume today, but I may do so before going to bed. I don't know what to wear though! Perhaps I'll dig something out of my big bag o' samples. What I'd really like is to own a full bottle of Andy Tauer's Lonestar Memories though, because my tiny sample is nearly out and I adore that scent. I want to wear it more!