REVIEW: Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Bleue perfume

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Bleue

The promise:

“Captures the intoxicating aroma of tuberose in Tory Burch’s garden in an elegant and understated mix.”

The reality:

I like this one. It reminds of Fracas by Robert Piguet. I’ve always considered Fracas iconic. I learned about it from a girl who was the girlfriend of a senior editor when I worked at Premiere magazine in L.A.. She worked at InStyle’s west coast bureau and had tons of personal style. She was funny, never wore pants — always dresses and skirts — and talked to me in a conspiratorial, just-us-girls kind of way. One time, she attended a small early screening of There’s Something About Mary with us (Cameron Diaz was also in the theater) at a movie-plex in an outdoor mall in Century City that also had a Bloomingdales. She plopped down in the seat next to me just as the movie was about to begin and said she’d just popped into “Bloomies” for a spritz of Fracas. She was the first person I knew who had an engagement party (at their cool little place in Malibu), and their wedding was covered in The New York Times. Fracas is fresh and floral and sweet, and I’ve always associated it with L.A. and this stylish girl I knew.

Anyway, last I heard, this gal now works in PR at Tory Burch in New York. Coincidence that Tory’s new fragrance smells like Fracas? Or maybe just the circle of life, am I right comrades?


REVIEW: Atelier perfume


The promise:
“An electrical current runs through the subtle sweetness of vanilla, jasmine and fresh lime to bond with rich oak moss, woods and spicy coriander.”

The reality:
I started with Atelier because, duh, that description! I imagined a romantic midnight stroll through the lush gardens of Savannah in balmy June (something I’ve done countless times… okay, zero times). But it was SO cloyingly sweet. Imagine if you discovered an old cotton candy machine in your grandmother’s hot, stuffy farmhouse attic. Like old sugar. Next!

Sephora’s perfume sampler

I love these Perfume Samplers from Sephora. They’re $25, you get 7 samples of seasonal scents, and then you take a “Scent Certificate” back to the store to get a full-size rollerball of your favorite. Barrak got me this for an upcoming trip.

I’ll review each scent for you, and pick a winner at the end. I already one of these, but I’m always hoping to find a new favorite for warm weather. Stay tuned!


Five fragrances


I bought this Fragrance Sampler for Her at Sephora using the Sephora gift card my father in law gave me for Christmas. I love perfume, and even though I recently decided Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf would be my signature scent from age 40 to the day I die, I like to change it up every so often.

The sampler comes with a voucher for a free Rollerball of your favorite featured fragrance. So worst case, I get a free Rollerball of Flowerbomb, because it’s one of the five samples.

Will Flowerbomb be dethroned? Check back for the daily reviews!

Beauty Haul

I have a bad habit. I have many bad habits, actually. But the one I want to share today is this: when I have to travel, I must buy a few new beauty items. Let me caveat that by saying one of the items below was a gift from my sister. Actually, all of them could be considered gifts because I returned that $95 vitamin C cream to Sephora and used the proceeds to buy some new goodies. Um, except the nail polish. That was purely out of my grocery budget.

Stila Not So Nude palette

This little gem is a gift from my sister, for my 40th birthday. And I lurv it. The palette has eyeshadows that are right in my wheelhouse, and a lovely convertible color cream blush. My sister is a genius when it comes to making someone look pretty. It’s her gift. Bran is a professional aesthetician and make-up artist, and so talented.

Stila makes great palettes, like my new Not So Nude

Stila makes great palettes, like my new Not So Nude

Stila's palette includes the classic Kitten, which I use on my eyelids like my little sister taught me. It also includes a cream blush called Lily.

Stila’s palette includes the classic Kitten, which I use on my eyelids like my little sister taught me. It also includes a cream blush called Lily.

Make Up For Ever Foundation

I was in the market for a new foundation. I got it in my head that either my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer or my Revlon ColorStay were making me break out. I’m suspicious of both and they’re guilty until proven innocent. I like a foundation that doesn’t have SPF. I’m weird like that. I just don’t want any extra stuff that could cause  havoc. That’s a tough bill to fill. The gal at Sephora recommended Make Up For Ever. I also remembered that’s what Bran uses. A good sign. So I got it in #127. So far, I’m loving it.

Make Up For Ever Powder

I got the travel size of this because a) I wanted to give it a trial run and b) that’s about what I had left on the gift card. I love this stuff! It’s an extremely fine, white powder that goes on invisibly. I reached up to scratch my cheek on the plane and couldn’t believe how soft my own skin was. Chalk it up to the powder, which is super-silky.

Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb (travel set), Make Up For Ever face powder, and Make Up For Ever foundation.

Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb (travel set), Make Up For Ever face powder, and Make Up For Ever foundation.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume 

Ironically, Sephora tucked a sample of this scent into my bag when I bought the pricey vitamin C cream a few weeks ago. Joke’s on you Sephora! I dutifully rubbed every last sticky ounce off the sample paper and onto my wrists before work one morning. For the rest of the day, I kept sneaking a smell. It was so calming! That’s when I officially began coveting it and contemplating the ol’ return. As the name would suggest, Flowerbomb a floral. Just so fresh and lovely. And Barrak likes it. His words were ‘it’s pretty, and kind of funky.’ OK, I’ll take it.

Given my budget and that I’m pretty full up on perfumes right now (oh, and my impending business trip), I got the $35 travel size.

Revlon Vixen

I got inspired to buy this nail polish two ways: I was on a telepresence conference call with a very stylish girl in New York who was wearing this oxblood shade on her nails AND I happened to be perusing the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog and noticed the purveyor of that site considers this a perennial must-have. You’re mine Vixen.

Revlon's Vixen, now playing on my fingers and toes.

Revlon’s Vixen, now playing on my fingers and toes.