Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Video of the Day

An oldie but goodie. Taco's Notarize Video on Hulu. From my favourite episode of Season 2 of The League. I particularly like Ruxin's commentary.

Monday, November 28, 2011

By week, not by day

I made a mistake with the "Quote of the Day". I'm afraid it has be "Quote of the Week". I might have to change the "Video of the Day" as well, but I'll see how it goes. But, for now, it's weekly. I'll see how I am post-finals.

Quote of the Day

[first lines
Stephane: ¡Un, dos, tres, cuatro! 
[Stéphane plays the drums, then the piano, then moves the cameras. "Stéphane TV"
Stephane: Hi, and welcome back to another episode of "Télévision Educative". Tonight, I'll show you how dreams are prepared. People think it's a very simple and easy process but it's a bit more complicated than that. As you can see, a very delicate combination of complex ingredients is the key. First, we put in some random thoughts. And then, we add a little bit of reminiscences of the day... mixed with some memories from the past. 
[adds two bunchs of pasta
Stephane: That's for two people. Love, friendships, relationships... and all those "ships", together with songs you heard during the day, things you saw, and also, uh... personal... Okay, I think it's one. 
[Red smoke comes out of the pot
Stephane: There it goes. Yes! Yes. 
Stephane: Okay, we have to run. 

Dreams by Stephane Miroux of The Science of Sleep

Video of the Day

Kate Bush - Running up that Hill

Weekend extension

Other discontinued fragrances seen at Kohls
Passion by Elizabeth Taylor
Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger
Ck Be by Calvin Klein
Dirty English by Juicy Couture (review)

Who knew Kohls was such a treasure mine for discontinued fragrances? They even have Versace's Red Jeans on their website.

Another perspective
I have decided to include links to other reviews for the mini reviews that I have conducted. I hope that these will give you another view smell to the fragrance.

Juicy Couture by Robin of Now Smell This
The Beat by Victoria of eaumg
The Beat by Robin of Now Smell This
Brit by Robin of Now Smell This
Fantasy by Robin of Now Smell This
Viva La Juicy by Victoria of eaumg

original Chloe (1975) by Yesterday's Perfume
Paloma Picasso by Gaia of The Non Blonde
Ralph Hot by Robin of Now Smell This
Gwen Stefani L by Robin of Now Smell This
Covet by Robin of Now Smell This

This Thanksgiving weekend

This Thanksgiving weekend

Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake

Perfumes tested
 - Burberry London

How they were tested:
Left wrist --> Juicy Couture
Right wrist --> The Beat
Left (back of) hand --> Fantasy
Right (back of) hand --> Brit

Left hand --> Viva La Juicy
Right hand --> London

Black Friday testing
I was testing Juicy Couture in hopes of purchasing it on special for Black Friday, but after spraying the tester on me, the hoped-for Wonder Tuberose turned. It turned on my skin. I suspect the fruity top notes went sour on my skin. If it wasn't so fruit-laden, it would be perfect. I still like it. Just not on me.

The Beat just ended up smelling bad. I know it's supposed to be fresh, but it's just obnoxiously fresh. And bad.

Brit smelled fresher than expected. I expected it to be a warm scent, not a crisp freshness.

Fantasy was the surprising standout. Warm vanilla base with flowers. Especially orchid. Orchids love my skin.

With my cousins, each of them smelled hand and wrist, determining which is the best of the four. All agreed that Juicy Couture "turned" and that The Beat wasn't good. Brit was deemed okay and Fantasy was the clear winner. That is until I told them the name. When I said "Britney Spears Fantasy" of the deemed favourite, they recoiled in disgust. "Britney Spears?!" They were clearly turned off.

Lesson learned: call it something different when worn

Sunday testing
Viva La Juicy was surprisingly better than the original Juicy Couture as all I have heard about Viva La Juicy is that it's sweet, sweet, sweet. It turned out similar to Fantasy - a warm vanilla base with flowers. This time it's gardenias, not orchids and Viva La Juicy is "fresher" than Fantasy. As in Fantasy is heavier (and therefore stronger) than Viva La Juicy. Both are strong. This is a very good thing in my book.

Unlike the warm and playful Viva La Juicy, London is prim and sophisticated. London is very floral with lots of honeysuckle and jasmine. London is a strong white floral. I prefer London over the other Burberrys. London is crisp, but not fresh. Floral, but not meek.

I don't like putting ages to fragrances, but if I had to, I would say that Viva La Juicy is a young woman who is friendly and likes to have fun. London is older and a professional with sophisticated tastes. I can't help doing this as I have read many reviews that cast-type fragrances by age.

I like to describe fragrances in terms of personality and situation. Viva La Juicy is more of an everyday/fun fragrance that is warm and friendly. London is a professional fragrance. Something one would wear to work or when she wants to be taken seriously. Another good professional fragrance is Calvin Klein Beauty. Beauty is warmer than London and has a "floral oil" feel to it.

Out of the two, my mom like London better. One, she likes the smell. Two, Burberry is name brand. "Juicy Couture? That's a no-name brand!" Although, I buy perfume for the smell, not the brand-name label smacked on the bottle.

Buy in the future
 - Britney Spears Fantasy 30 ml 50 ml (the Amazon supported 30 ml isn't up anymore)
 - Viva La Juicy 30 ml
Viva La Juicy Super Deal

They're similar enough so if I get just the pure parfum of the Viva La Juicy, I won't be missing out on the Fantasy.

Club Foot

Yes, I'm on a Kasabian streak. Along with blues-y White Stripes with a dash of The Kills thrown in.

Discontinued finds
 - Paloma Picasso at Costco
 - Ralph Hot at Kohls
 - All of Escada at Kohls
 - original Chloe (1975 version) at Kohls
 - Betsey Johnson at Kohls
 - L by Gwen Stefani at Kohls
Note that I did not buy them, I just noted that they were there. Although my mom urged me to get Paloma Picasso instead of Womanity. Again, Thierry Mugler is a "no-name brand". Now if only Kohls sold Covet...

First Post

Who am I?

I am a university student living in the Los Angeles area.

Why blogging?

I like blogs. I read blogs. Many, many, many blogs. Now, I don't read all these blogs at once. I generally read a type of blog for a certain period of time, then stop. Some blogs I have been reading for years, others I have read for months. And others of others, just a few months, then I stop. Why do I stop? It's not that I lost interest in the subject, it's just that I don't have too much time in my day to read all that I'm interested in. Even though I don't read the blog anymore, I'm still interested in the subject.

Subjects I have interest in (via blog): 
 - makeup
 - fragrance
 - culture
 - music
 - minimalism
 - architecture
 - interior design
 - comics
 - social commentary
 - philosophy
 - psychology
 - art
 - graphics
 - finance
 - feminism
 - friends
 - ...and climbing...

I have included an example of each for all of the categories. There are more.

I discovered that I like like writing fragrance reviews via fragrantica.com. I like them so much that I am now blogging about it. Through another website, it's hard to get proper credit for one's reviews.

What will I be blogging about?

Perfume. Fragrance.

Mostly, I will be reviewing fragrances. I might add some other posts as well.

These other posts might be probably will be social commentary. I know a certain someone who has been looking forward to these...

Oh! and song(s) of the day/week/month. I know that Thom does this on Dead Air Space and I've always wanted to do it.

A special note to you, the reader(s)

Please comment. Feel free to make suggestions, ask questions, and speak your mind. As a fledgeling  blogger, I welcome all to comment.  

However, this comes with restrictions, as life comes with restrictions. 
1. Please do not sell stuff on this blog. This not a marketplace. There is a such marketplace where you may sell your wares. It's called eBay. Go there.
2. Please do not be a total arse. No one is asking you or encouraging you to unleash your catharsis on the Internet. Please do so someplace other than your basement.
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Thank you and happy reading!!