Personal, skincare

My Hong Kong Haul 2015

Hong Kong

I got back from Hong Kong last week. We had a great time in that great city. I could go on and on about the trip but for the sake of time, I’m going to focus only on my beauty impressions and purchases.

Before visiting Hong Kong, I did some online research, trying to find stores I’d like to visit that carried skincare. To my surprise, there wasn’t too much available for English speakers, especially Americans. After visiting, I totally get why. Every other store in Hong Kong… Continue reading | 20 Comments

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Hermes Jour d’Hermes EDP Perfume Review

Hermes Jour d'Hermes

I tend to like Hermès perfumes. They’re my sophisticated yet “safe” daily wear perfumes. I haven’t loved them all at first sniff. This is one of the reasons that I’ve kept sampling Jour d’Hermès. It’s a year later and I still can’t decided what I think about this one. Some days I think it is a genius “fantasy garden” floral perfume. Other days I think that it would make the best smelling shampoo in the world.

Jour d’Hermes is a fresh fragrance with a sulfuric grapefruit… Continue reading | 7 Comments

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Hermès Hermèssence Ambre Narguile EDP Perfume Review

Hermes Ambre Narguile

Hermès Hermèssence Ambre Narguile is Ellena’s interpretation of a hookah lounge. It’s meant to be a spicy, fruity tobacco. And it is. But, what I get isn’t hookah. I get all of the best aromas of winter.

Gingerbread. And hot apple cider. Ambre Narguile is a warm blend of cinnamon, clove, allspice, honey, lemon and ginger. There’s a fruity apple tobacco. The dry-down is a warm, honeyed amber with a faint traces of that apple tobacco.

Ambre Narguile is all of those comfort cozy scents… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Hermes Santal Massoia EDP Perfume Review

Hermes Santal Massoia

Hermes Santal Massoïa reminds me of an impressionistic painting of fog. It’s a soft, misty suede woods. A must try fragrance for anyone interested in perfume or for anyone curious about Jean-Claude Ellena’s signature style.

Santal Massoïa is a suede wood that opens with a bitter fig and rubbery aloe vera. It’s misty and muted, reminds me of a “greige” shade. Up close I get a black licorice and creamy woods and this is what Santal Massoïa dries down to – bitter woods.

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Hermes Hermessence Vetiver Tonka EDP Perfume Review

Hermes Vetiver Tonka

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite vetiver fragrances ever.

Hermès Hermessence Vetiver Tonka smells like a vetiver caramel latte. The hazelnut in this comes across as coffee beans to me. The fragrance has that abstract sheerness that it appears that only Ellena can do successfully. It’s a slightly salty vetiver, green and gourmand with better-than-vanilla tonka beans. It’s warm and slightly smoky.

Scott Brady

Notes listed include vetiver, hazelnut, praline and