Estēe Lauder: Bronze Goddess 2017

Estēe Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraȋche Skinscent(3.4oz/$75)

L- 2017 Estēe Lauder  Bronze Goddess
R- 2016 Estēe Lauder Bronze Goddess

Notes: amber, coconut milk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, myrrh, juicy mandarin, Sicilian bergamot, lemon, pulpy orange, tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia petals, orange flower buds, lavender.  Source

In the US this weekend is the unofficial start of summer. That means it's time to pull out my favorite summer scent, Estēe Lauder Bronze Goddess. I can get away with using Bronze Goddess in my neck of the woods for most of the year but there is something about it that just screams summer to me. I think it's those coconut and jasmine notes.

From what I've read the bottle changes slightly every year. I liked the red in the perfume bottle for the 2016 version. You can see my review with last year's bottle (here).  This year's bottle is a little plainer but with the same great light scent. I got a sample of the Bronze Goddess whipped body creme (here) with my purchase this year. I did not buy the full size but based on the sample I think the body creme would be a great option for those who like to layer their scents.

What's your favorite summer scent?


What's In The Bag?

Deborah Lippman- Hot Child In The City (here).  Two coats. Picture taken on day three of the manicure. 

Roller ball samples of Le Labo scents- Bergamot 22, Thé Noir 29 and Fleur D'Oranger 27
Thé Noir review (here)
Bergamot 22 review (here)

Le Mētier De Beautē Amelie (here)

Lipstick Queen- Berry Sinner (here

Bag: Cole Haan (similar here)

From left to right:

1. Mulberry wallet (similar here )
2. Truffle Small Clarity Clutch (here)
3. Sunglasses- Burberry (similar here)
4. Ted Baker pencil case (here)
5. Henri Bendel card case (similar here)
6. Well-Kept screen cleansing towelettes (here
7. Library book
8. Maruman Mnemosyne A7-5mm Graph Notepad (here)

I've been keeping my bag fairly light for the last weeks of spring. The bag itself is one of my favorites from Cole Haan. I hemmed and hawed about getting it for a while but I've had not one regret. It's light, spacious and very well made.  I've had people come up to me while wearing it just to feel the weaving. 

Beauty wise I've been drawn to bright nails and lips. What else is new right?  Scent wise my Le Labo perfumes have been the ones I reach for the most. How cute are those rollerballs I got as a gift with purchase from Nordstrom? 

I have about six books checked out from the library. The plan is to make a dent in them over the holiday weekend while poolside or at the beach. Then again who am I kidding? I might just stay in bed and avoid the holiday weekend crowds. 

What's in your bag lately?


Celine by Peter Heller - Book Review

"The words hit the assembled watchers like a gust. It was the Samurai creed. The Legionnaires'. Their own. It hit them with the force of recognition: It was uttered with conviction, with simplicity,  and with a total lack of fear.  In every warrior's heart is an absolute respect for simple courage, and every Son saw it in the woman... " pg. 268

Peter Heller's Celine is a mysterious, elegant and erudite sexagenarian who works as a private investigator finding missing persons and reuniting them with their families. The book blurb tells you that Celine is so good at this her track record is better than the FBI.

When a young woman with a past that stirs up some painful memories for Celine enlists her to investigate the suspicious disappearance of her father, Celine and her loving husband Pete set off on an adventure that takes them from New York to the big sky country states.

If you like a good suspense story, a strong female protagonist, beautiful descriptions of scenery and the occasional French phrase this book should be right up your alley. At 352 pages I found it to be a fun and quick read.  I think it would be great if this author came up with a new adventure for Celine. I also think this story would translate well on to the big screen. I could see someone like Helen Mirren playing Celine, and Liam Neeson or Harrison Ford playing her husband Pete. Hint, hint 😉.

If you've read this book or any other Peter Heller books I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Cire Trudon Maduraï Candle

Cire Trudon Maduraï  ($105/9.50z/270g)

To say I'm a candle lover would be an understatement. The Great Illuminator (here) aka Mumsie came to my place recently and asked if I was having a séance. All jokes aside I love to have a nice candle burning in the background as I unwind at the end of the day. My latest burn has been the Maduraï candle from Cire Trudon.

Cire Trudon is reportedly the oldest candle manufacturer in the world still active today. They date back to 1643 France and according to their website (here) they supplied the imperial court with candles when Napoleon the 1st was crowned.

My first Cire Trudon candle was Positano (here). The candle was beautiful but I wasn't impressed enough to try another one from them until I found myself at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa staring at some beautiful candles covered by elegant glass cloches. Upon closer inspection I realized they were Cire Trudon candles.  Maduraï won the sniff test so it came home with me.  It was a wow for me early into the first burn. The notes are listed as Ylang-ylang, jasmine absolute and benzoin resin. I think it was the jasmine that hooked me. This jasmine was full bodied and warm. I think this candle would be great for medium to larger sized rooms.

You can see from the pictures above that  Maduraï has burned cleanly and evenly which I love. When it's finished that beautiful blue glass will make a lovely container. I'm glad I gave Cire Trudon a second chance. Maduraï is one of three from the Cire Trudon collection- "Les Belles Matières." The other candles are Nadine(cardamom, sandalwood and guaiac wood) and Reggio(grapefruit, mandarin essential oil and mimosa). I have Nadine next on my list to try. You can find Cire Trudon candles (here), (here) and (here).  If you have any other Cire Trudon recommendations please let me know. ☺️


Nevis: 17.1554° N, 62.5796° W

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
        - George Moore


Clinique Even Better Skin Tone SPF 20 Moisturizer + Gift with Purchase


Clinique Matte Crimson on the lips 

Clinique was one of the first department store skin care brands I tried many moons ago. They had a three step regimen that included a hard yellow soap in a hard green case. I checked their website (here) and they still sell a face soap that gets rave reviews. In recent years I've tried a couple of their lipsticks but the product I use the most regularly from them is their Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer with SPF 20 (here). When used regularly it really helps with hyper pigmentation on my face. I picked up a jar of the Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer($48.50/1.7oz) a couple weeks ago from Nordstrom and got a gift bag filled with all of the goodies above. The tiny succulents came from Nordstrom as well! 

Gifts with purchase can be hit or miss. I was very pleased that this one had more hits than misses for me. The hits were the travel sized foaming wash and moisturizer which will come in handy when I travel, and the full sized lipstick- Matte Crimson, that I put into rotation right away. Oddly enough I didn't find it to be particularly matte. It's a bright fun red that seems as if it would complement just about any shade. 

The miss was the eye shadow which was a pain to open. God willing 2018 will be the year of the eyes for me. For now I'll probably just putz around with the mascara when I'm bored and drop the eyeshadow in the things I never use drawer.

Online Clinique (here) is still offering a gift with a $28 purchase. Have you tried anything from the brand lately?