Posts Tagged ‘perfume’




This is one of my favorite tricks to make me smile and chillax throughout the day! You should already have all of the ingredients and it only takes a second.Here’s how!



  1. Grab your favorite parfum and spritz it a few times onto the cloth that comes with your sunglasses. You could also use a handkerchief if you inherited one from a grandparent!
  2. Plop it into your purse.
  3. The scent will travel and every time you pull out an article from your handbag, it will smell like your favorite scent! It makes me so happy!


post + graphic design: Nora Curlee

This is the time of year where people are poppin’ corks left and right! Between holiday brunches, work parties and the New Year’s festivities, bubbly is flowing. We definitely aren’t complaining…instead we are inspired! So we raise a glass and toast to some of our favorite champagne inspired beauty bits. Cheers lovelies!

Butter London, The 444: All that glitters isn’t always gold but this polish comes in at #1 on Kristin Ess’s all-time favorite gold glitter list! That being said we want it on our tips ASAP. We’d say greeting 2014 with a party nail lacquered with this is a great start!

Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Eye Cream with Mimosa: Mimosas are no longer only for brunch. Origins has infused this amazing eye cream with extract from the mimosa flower used to boost collagen production. An anti-aging invitation personally for your peepers!

Sweet Anthem Perfume in Caroline: Sweet Anthem is a tiny perfume studio created by Meredith Smith, where you’ll find 100% vegan friendly fragrances, custom perfumes, and indie and artisan scents, all crafted with love. The scent Caroline is a bubbles-and-fizz chypre perfume with top notes of champagne, bergamot and lemon. YUMMY.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow, Eternal Sunshine: This champagne gold shadow has a festive metallic finish that is formulated to last all day (or most likely all night). Tip: dampen your eye shadow brush before applying for a more saturated finish!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder Champagne: We love this unique pigment because it is somewhere between a shimmer shadow and a loose glitter…but most definitely stunning! The particles are finer and literally radiate extreme brilliance as soon as they are applied!

St. Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold: Get that golden, bubbly glow all over with this skin illuminator. As far as we’re concerned, bare legs shouldn’t enter a party without a layer of this. Shoulders and decollates also benefit from a bit of glow. A toast to your luminosity!

Guerlain L’or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Make-up Base: This complexion perfecting primer is as decadent as a glass of bubbly itself. The 24-carat gold-infused cooling gel sinks into the skin, retaining moisture. Applied to bare skin, this skin enhancer and makeup primer smoothes fine lines and tightens facial features. It also provides an even finish under makeup. Cheers to that!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara VIP Gold: You know how we feel about double duty products and this little glimmering gem is no different. This doubles as a golden glitter mascara and a gold glitter liner. The mascara wand has a liner brush on the tip to ensure all around shimmer on your lashes and lids!

Smashbox O-Gloss Gold: We are big fans of the original O-Gloss, the mood-ring effect for your lips, but we are over the moon for this golden version! This gloss works with your natural body chemistry to give your lips a subtle, custom golden finish. Trust us, its gorgeous.

RMS Beauty Cream Shadow in Lunar: RMS Beauty pretty much takes the cake when it comes to cream products. We love this cream shadow in Lunar because of it’s golden glow-y essence! It can also be used as a highlighting product for the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone, and, our favorite, on the cupid’s bow for fuller looking lips!

Eminence Mimosa Champagne Tonique: This refreshing toner spritz purifies and hydrates to reveal a radiant, youthful complexion. It neutralizes free-radicals with antioxidant-rich champagne grapes, preventing hyper pigmentation as orange essential oils provide anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits to calm and sooth. Pour us another!

Z Bigatti ReStoration Champagne Gel Cleanser: Who says all the fun has to end when its time to take off the party rouge? This champagne infused gel cleanser is non-foaming so it won’t strip skin of its natural moisture. Skin is left hydrated and refreshed ready for its next adventure!

Happy New Year from everyone at thebeautydepartment! <3


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Finding a fragrance that’s right for you can be a rather overwhelming process– especially if you walk into a department store and mulitple sales people start attacking you with bottles. Today we’re going to talk about how to get the most out of scent shopping. I want to share a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way that can help narrow down your choices.

  1. Try to go to a perfumery that specializes in helping you find the right scent. Search your area for a perfumery or apothecary, and if you can’t find one then opt for the nearest department store. It’s worth searching for one because the people who work in a perfumery or apothecary tend to be very passionate about what they do. You you want that when you invest in an expensive bottle of bliss! I go to Scent Bar in LA which is part of I love walking in there because these people know their stuff. If you go, look for Steven Gontarsky– this man has got all your answers. He’ll ask you some questions about what you typically find yourself attracted to (if you don’t know they’ll help you figure that out, too!) and then he’ll walk you through variations in that fragrance family.
  2. Steven Says:
    “Be open
    . Some commonly used notes in perfumes come loaded with assumptions (old ladies wear roses, hippies wear patchouli, musk is dirty). Perfumery is a complex and subtle art. One material used in one way will not even slightly resemble the same material used in another composition. Forget what you think you know and let yourself get lost in the smell.”
  3. Use the little paper tabs that are provided. It’s of course important to spray a perfume on your skin, but until you find one you’re really excited about and potentially want to purchase, you should only spray the tabs. When you spray the perfume on the tabs, avoid making contact with your nose. The scent will stay on your skin as you’re smelling every other fragrance.
  4. Learn about different notes! Everyone’s body chemistry is a little different so you can’t make a general statement about top, middle + base notes but… Typically the top note is the first thing you smell when you spray or dab perfume on the skin. It lasts about 5-15 short minutes so enjoy it! Next you’ll get the middle or “heart” notes which last about 30-45 minutes. Middle notes are intended to mask base notes that can sometimes be unpleasant alone or if they haven’t had time to settle in. Then the base notes which is what gives a fragrance it’s depth.
  5. Don’t smell coffee beans, smell you. I was always taught that smelling coffee beans between perfumes was a bad idea. I was taught that the best way to neutralize your nose was to smell your own bare skin. Sounds silly, but I typically turn my head and smell the skin near my shoulder because I don’t wear perfume there. It actually works and coffee beans just tend to confuse my nose.
  6. Find your family. The list below will help you identify your favorite fragrance families. It’s good to know this when you walk in to talk with someone.