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Sephora Rouge Infusion Fuchsia Concentrate

Dear Roses and Lilies,

To expand my pink lippies collection, I bought Sephora's Rouge Infusion in #05 Fuchsia concentrate. I already had a fuchsia lipstick, but I wanted to get something that lasts longer.

Fishing through all fusion lipsticks available, I stopped at Sephora. They had just launched the Rouge Infusion line, a less expensive alternative to YSL and other high brands.

For the price, you get a very high quality product. I've been wearing this shade for a while now. The applicator makes it very easy to outline and fill in your lips - no pencil needed. The shade can go from vivid fuchsia to berry in two or three coats.

The texture is quite creamy - somewhere inbetween a really good gloss and a lipstick. The finish is glossy, but not sticky and it does not dry my lips. It will highlight chapped lips so make sure you exfoliate (if needed) and moisturize. As far as longevity goes - 6 hours full on and 4 as a stain. Yes, it stains very well and it may replace your waterproof lipstick.

Of course, you have to pair it with a link pink or fuchsia blusher, so it doesn't make you look washed out. Concealing all your redness and spots is also a must, because this shade has a lot of red in it.

I usually team it up with a pink blusher and a neutral eyeshadow, because the lips become the focus of the whole look.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Fuchsia concentrate, one coat
This shade is perfect for summer, if you want an alternative to the usual corals and tangerines and neutrals.

Have you tried any of the Rouge Infusion shades?



Guerlain Pamplelune Shine Automatique

Dear Roses and Lilies,

Now that the sunny days are here, it's time to bring out the shiny stuff. As far as my makeup collection goes, I love lipsticks that feel lightweight and have some microglitter, but without being sticky or too sheer.

It was high time I tried one of the Guerlain lipsticks, now that my fave Clarins lipstick is discontinued and very hard to find. :-(

This month's lipstick highlight: Guerlain Shine Automatique in #240 Pamplelune.

I must say, I am hooked on the packaging of Rouge Automatique line. It is everything you would expect from a premium brand: elegant, easy and fun to use and... did I mention elegant? I wonder how long it would take me to break that mechanism, but I'll report back on it.

This lipstick has fragrance in it, but the scent is faint. It is also very similar to the Dior lipsticks' scent.
It is similar in color to Clarins' Rouge Prodige in #116 Coral Tulip. In terms of texture and pigmentation, it is somewhere between Clarins' Joli Rouge and Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine.

Pamplelune is very easy to apply and lasts for around 4 hours, if you don't eat or drink anything. Being a shinny, sheer lipstick, it does not leave a stain behind so you will need to reapply it throughout the day.

It is very hydrating, which Guerlain lipstick are quite famous for. And, for the money, they better be nourishing and awesome!

I am very happy with it, especially since I have the fragrance with the same name from Guerlain.

What's your opinion on Guerlain sheer lipsticks?



For now and forever - Chanel N°5

Dear Roses and Lilies,

Chanel N°5 was born out of the desire to please a woman's whims, the creativity of a perfume genius and a fortunate accident. 1921 was the year it was first presented and it still is a best seller, to be coveted and loved by people everywhere.

Browsing through my olfactory memories, I cannot recall smelling it on anyone, throughout my childhood. And, since fragrances became particularly fascinating for me at a later age only, it took me a while to even become interested in N°5. For me, Chanel was just some designer whose perfumes and makeup I would never be able to afford, let alone the clothes. Funny how things can change over time... ( no, I still cannot afford the clothes and their fragrances and makeup are a pain to my wallet ).

So, I first sniffed this fragrance during a visit at a perfumer's shop in Greece about 5 years ago. I bought a generous amount of decant, which will probably last me a very long time. And, considering how pricy this perfume can be, I didn't bother buying any of the bottles on the market.

Sometimes, I will settle for what's inside the precious bottles and not fuss about the packaging.

On to the fragrance...

The top notes, as listed on, are: aldehydes, neroli, ylang-ylang, bergamot and lemon. Middle notes are: iris, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose.
Base notes: amber, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, civet, vanilla, oakmoss and vetiver.

The composition is so well blended, that I can hardly distinguish anything specific. Instead, I can give you my overall impression, by just closing my eyes and breathing in this exquisite smell.

There is something citrusy, a bit sweet and powdery in the opening. I learned that the "powderiness" of a fragrance is given by the amount of iris in it. The more you add iris and/or orris root in a fragrance, the more powdery the overall impression will be.

And there is something nutty and woody. Something like a green hazelnut. There is the neroli, which smells quite bitter at the beginning but sweetens up over time, and patchouli.

The rest is just lots of flowers and aldehydes - N°5 contains such a high concentration of this synthetic component ( which adds to the soapy/floral/citrusy notes in a fragrance ) that it makes it first of its kind in the perfume world. ( Of course, other perfume houses used aldehydes in their fragrances, but none of their offspring were like Chanel N°5.)

As far as longevity goes, I noticed that, depending on the temperature, it would last between 12 and 24 hours on my skin. It is not a projection monster, unless you use a lot, but that is not an issue, because I prefer subtle elegance to screechy modern scents.

Setting aside all the romance and glamor weaved around Chanel N°5, I must admit this is the best classic elegant perfume ever created. Not for very young people ( I prefer more playful fragrances for the very young ), but for everyone else... who can understand and appreciate it.

What's your take on N°5?