Aēsop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette & Aēsop Tacit Eau de Parfum

Aēsop Tacit Eau de Parfum(1.7 oz/$110)

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Aēsop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette  (1.7oz/$79)

I admire people that can really break down the way a perfume smells to them. I'm talking about those types whose description can make you feel like you were with them the first time they ran barefoot in a garden after a spring rain. This is even though you know your mother didn't let you run outside when it was wet, especially without shoes.  I am not on that level yet. What I can tell you about  Aēsop's Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette and Tacit is that they smell good. Real good.  

I bought Tacit first. Per the description from the Aēsop website Tacit has citrus and basil grand vert notes. I smell the basil more so than the citrus on this one, and also just the slightest hint of mint. It reminds me of sweet fresh herbs. It's subtle but noticeable in a "you always smell so nice" kind of way.  I get a lot of compliments from women when I wear Tacit.  The guys love it too. I was in Target after work on a day I was wearing this when I passed by a guy who stopped me to tell me I smelled nice. That was after a nine hour day with no touch ups, so it's safe to say that on me this one lasts a work day. 

Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette has notes of neroli, jasmine, cedarwood, sandalwood and bergamot. I thought I smelled cloves but what do I know. Whereas Tacit leans more feminine to me, I think anyone could wear Marrakech. It's bold and sexy without being overpowering.  I like to wear it when I want to feel energized and confident. It starts off very bright and zesty and dries down to a rich, smooth and warm scent that I find very calming as the day progresses.  All of those woods must really work well with my chemistry because I get a lot of "you smell fresh" when I wear this.  Aēsop also offers Marrakech in an intense parfum roll on. To be quite frank I don't think I'm ready for the attention that might bring so I'll stick with the Eau de Toilette for now. 

What are your thoughts on unisex scents? 


Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo- Histoire & Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo- Histoire/ $37

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color-Ever Red/ $37

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color-Ever Red

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red

Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red with gloss

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo- Histoire

Hi there! This just in. I bought some more red lipstick. In my defense I thought The Chanel Coco Stylo in Histoire was kind of peach-ish. Yes, I know everyone else sees red. I am special what can I say.

The Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Color in Ever Red is a nice matte red that lasts hours. If you add the gloss it will stay on ALL day. I tested it out and it was a wee bit scary. I ate breakfast, drank water throughout the day, ate again and it.did.not.budge.  I'm calling alien DNA on this one.  I sniffed it in an attempt to give you a thorough review(you are welcome), and I was able to detect a very faint scent of vanilla.  It isn't something that I notice when I wear it.

The Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Histoire is my favorite of the two. I see a bright reddish/peach color.  Glosses with doe applicators can sometimes be a little tricky for me to apply evenly so I appreciate that the Stylo is a turn to click up lipstick that I can easily swipe on. I think the description from the Chanel website for this one is spot on.

The intensity of a lipstick, the shine of a lipgloss and the comfort of a lip balm — all in one creamy yet lightweight formula. 

To me it smells like perfumed plasticine(play dough for the US based folks), but once again it's not something that is noticeable when I have it on.  Wear time on me for the Coco Stylo in Histoire is about 3-4 hours. That's also generally about the time between my meals so you do the math.

I haven't bought any Chanel lippies in a while so I was very pleased with these two. If you are looking for a fun pop of color I would recommend the Chanel Rouge Coco in Histoire. If you are looking for a knockout red to take you from the office to dinner then the Chanel Ultra Wear in Ever Red is for you.

What lip colors are you wearing for spring?


What's in the bag?

From left to right

1. Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm - reviewed here
 2. Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo - Histoire (206) here
           3. Estēe Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss- Passionate Fuchsia (240)  here
 4. Chanel Rouge Double Intensitē Ultra Wear Lip Color- Ever Red here
                         5. Rescue Beauty Lounge - Starfish Patrick
    6. Chapstick aka "old faithful" here
          7. Chanel Beige - reviewed here
  8. Earrings - Lagos here

Rescue Beauty Lounge- Starfish Patrick [sadly this polish company no longer exists :(  ] 

Truffle Small Clarity Pouch - here

My makeup bag is usually a reflection of what I'm loving now plus some staples like my shilling oil and some type of chapstick/lip balm. I try to keep it as organized as possible.

I've been into bright lips lately and I've found some nice options at my Chanel counter. I hadn't bought anything from them in a while so I was pleasantly surprised with their new releases.

I'm still loving my Aesop hand balm.  That brand has been my best beauty find in a while. Nordstrom is having an Aesop pop-in(the products are available online and at certain Nordstrom stores) until May 22nd.  The Aesop website has a free shipping offer for Mother's Day.

What's in your makeup bag this week?


Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige

Chanel Beige (2.5oz/ $160)

Hi there. I've been really into perfume lately.  In the past couple months I've picked up a couple new scents. I took some time to review my little perfume collection and noticed that most of them fit into one or more of the following categories: white florals, woody, musk, spicy and citrus.

Chanel Beige pictured above is one of the white florals with a touch of spice. I read that it was originally released somewhere between the 1930s and 1940s.  An updated version of the original scent was introduced in 2008.

I think Chanel Beige is a very soft, feminine and elegant scent.  I had my mother try it and her first words were "that's pretty" which I think sums it up perfectly. On me Beige lingers warmly and close to the skin for several hours. I'm too fickle to have a signature scent but Chanel Beige will definitely be one I reach for regularly.

Have you tried Chanel Beige? What fragrances are you loving now?


The Spring Lineup

The sandals are from Target. The flats are from Cole Haan. The pumps are from French Connection. 

Find them here
Find them here

Similar here

New season, new shoes. This spring I picked up a pair of heeled sandals, some oxfords with a pop of color, and some classic pumps with a little zing. I've been wearing the sandals with socks #teamsockswithsandals.  The oxfords have been paired with my tailored work pants. The pumps are new but the plan is to wear them with my white ensembles and boyfriend jeans. 

Tell me about your lineup for spring.



Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm (2.6oz/$27) 

Folks this is a love story.  It all started with the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm pictured above.  I ordered it online and I was so impressed by the scent that I immediately looked up the closest Aēsop store. The Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm smells like mandarin, cedar wood and rosemary to me.  It's an amazing combination that I find myself re-applying during the day to perk me up. 

I promptly found an Aēsop store, and with the help of a very patient salesperson I sniffed, slathered, and rubbed my way to the Geranium Leaf Body Care Trio Set ($85) pictured above. Included in the trio were the following:

1. Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser (6.8oz/$25)
2. Geranium Leaf Body Balm      (4.1oz/$35)
3. Geranium Leaf Body Scrub     (5.7oz/$35)

I was told the trio was something they offered for the holidays so I've listed the prices for each individual product. In the interest of being thorough(because I like to try all the things) I also picked up the Geranium Leaf Hydrating Body Treatment(3.4oz/$35) which was not a part of the set.

I've been using everything pictured for a month now.  I love how aromatic the products are. The geranium wash and scrub leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed. The body balm and oil( I layer the balm first and then the oil) are light but still moisturizing.  I am smitten.
Inside the Aēsop store
Aēsop is what I would consider a niche brand. Established in Melbourne, Australia in 1987 they do no advertising, have no celebrity endorsements,  and reportedly prefer to be in locations that are considered emerging. In addition to great products they have a striking old world meets new world apothecary aesthetic that I love. My sister on the other hand told me that she went inside one of their stores once but left shortly after, because with all the similar looking bottles and lack of signage she couldn't tell what exactly they were selling. Check out some of their stores around the world here.  You can also find their products online at the Aēsop website, Barneys, Net-A-Porter and Amazon.

Have you tried anything from Aēsop? Any thoughts about the brand?


SheaMoisture- Lemongrass & Ginger Hand & Body Scrub and Soap

SheaMoisture Lemongrass & Ginger Scrub ($9.99/12 oz) and Lemongrass & Ginger Soap ($4.99/8 oz)

On the nails:  Formula X for Sephora- Grandeur

I first picked up a SheaMoisture Lemongrass Soap on a whim while in CVS. It was love at first shower. The bar lathers nicely and rinses without that film you sometimes get from bar soaps that dry out your skin.  It also smells divine. To me the scent is a very light and pleasing combination of citrus and florals that both sooth and uplift.  Trust me when I tell you it smells amazing.  If you don't want to trust me check out all of these people here who feel the same way.

I liked the soap so much I decided to try out the other Lemongrass & Ginger products in the SheaMoisture line. There is an oil which strangely did not work for me. I don't know if I got a bad bottle but I didn't like the smell of the oil. There is also a scrub pictured above that I did like. It gave me the same aromatherapy experience I was used to with the soap.

You know those people that use the same product, and only that product for twenty years because it works for them. Yeah, I'm not one of them. I like to try different things, and this is reflected by the cornucopia of shower products in my bathroom. The SheaMoisture Lemon Grass & Ginger scrub and soap have earned their slot on the repurchase section of my bath and beauty shopping list.

According to the SheaMoisture website their products are not tested on animals, and are made without parabens and synthetic fragrances.

Have you tried this soap or scrub? What did you think?