Product Reviews by rpolisk

Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Daim Blond

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Dec/06/2013

Yummy soft buttery iris on a bed of leather. Perfect for cold weather. In retrospect, makes Bottega Veneta's fragrance (which strongly "borrowed" from Serge's earlier creation) seem strident with its tangy patchouli undertone. The apricot butteriness of the initial impression quickly melts into a skin scent with overtones of iris. Sillage is beautiful and soft. Would not …Read more

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Fragrances - Etat Libre D'Orange - Rien Eau de Parfum

4.0
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Nov/23/2013

Spent a lovely hour or so with the SA in the Marais shop. This one right pulled me in right away and I walked out with a bottle. Rien is definitely not "rien" as others have said. To me it is initially very green and reminiscent of much of the sillage of the original CD Jules which my grandfather wore in the 80's. He wore a big black leather jacket and the smell of that leather and …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jovoy- Psychedelique

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May/13/2013

I know a lovely man from Iran. He is now in his 80's but still carries himself with a grace a pride rarely found nowadays. His face and voice, tainted by years of cigarette smoking with its beautiful rolling of vowels found in native Farsi speakers, are some of my favorites. I love to spend a few minutes speaking with him, but the best part about seeing him is smelling the gorgeous trail …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Thirdman Eau Moderne

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Apr/01/2013

Completely taken by surprise by this new line. I was actually on a mission to spritz the Ramon Monegal exclusive for NM and a lovely SA asked if I had smelled Thirdman. Lovely presentation (Thirdman, not Monegal), and I am a sucker for a good cologne (Cologne Bigarade, Chanel EDC and Guerlain Cologne du Cocq are some of my favorites)... There are 3 colognes in this collection which tries to …Read more

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Misc Beauty Tools - Bliss - Poetic Waxing Microwaveable Waxing Kit

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Mar/17/2013

Let's face it: home waxing is only ever a desperado move. So in that sense, I don't think Bliss is necessarily to blame for their product's failure to really do anything, and create a sticky blue mess in the process. There is a reason that *trained* technicians do this in salons (who charge $$$). I personally go to Bliss for my waxing need and love their products and technicians …Read more

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Blush - bareMinerals - Mineral blush

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Mar/14/2013

This review is for the color "Beauty". Super nice surprise as this was part of a gwp package from sephora. The color is perfect on my skin. EXACTLY what I have tried to get from Mounia for YEARS (without ever getting it). Perfect flush, very pretty glow. Easy application (I use a small skunk brush from Mac). Does not oxidize and lasts all day. The packaging is crap, as for this entire …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - La fille de berlin

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Mar/05/2013

Any SL new offering gets folks very excited and curious. I have to say I was absolutely put off by the whole press release surrounding this. It's meant to evoke the strength of spirit of downtrodden women - fair enough- but to specifically bring forth the image of post war occupied Berlin where the systematic rape of any woman left standing after years of war and bombing... well, that may be …Read more

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Fragrances - Le Labo - Musc 25

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Feb/22/2013

Not sure why it's taken me so long to review this one. Probably because I could not believe I spent the amount that I did on something that just read as "meh" to me. I initially smelled it in the LA boutique 3 or 4 years ago and didn't think much of it. But (and this is the embarassing truth) after spending 2 hours in there sniffing and having a blast with the lovely store …Read more

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