Creme de La Creme

I have been a perfume connoisseur for many years. As a kid, I would befriend everyone I possibly could at the Nordstrom’s perfume counter. I had it all dialed in and I had a gazillion samples, I even had a special hat box that I kept them in. I wish I would have kept all the things that I received back then because it would have been really interesting to show now. Lately, I’ve been especially curious about Bond No. 9 fragrances and was a little envious of those with local access to those fragrances. That’s when the fabulous Miss Blogdorf Goodman told me about La Creme and I’m so happy that she did.

I was completely surprised that such a place was in my own “backyard”, I could get there in 15 minutes if I needed a good perfume fix in a hurry. I was even more surprised to find this shop located only a few blocks away from one of my favorite shopping areas, University Village. I had a few expectations before walking into La Creme, I expected to find some of the same perfumes that I would find at Sephora or even Nordstrom’s or Macy’s but that’s not at all what I found.

Lacremeindoor01 I chose the wrong day to go to La Creme but that still didn’t take away from my experience. The shop’s owner Autumn, was friendly and greeted me immediately when I walked in. She told me the shop was closed but she let me look around for a bit when she really didn’t have to. When I looked around, I realized that almost everything in that shop was unfamiliar to me and I didn’t even know where to start. I was intrigued by all the beautiful things in the shop, and there were a lot of them. La Creme is more than just perfume, it also features other gifts like soaps, candles and other body products.

Lacremeindoor02 Upon seeing all these all these different fragrances, my first thought was that I do not know anything about them and I was a bit intimidated. One of the things I recognized in the shop was the Monyette Paris perfume oil that I had seen in a magazine one time. Autumn was amazing though, she immediately put me at ease and tried to explain how fragrances are described in a way I could easily relate to. She even introduced me to a few different fragrances. She was extremely helpful and answered all my questions.

Lacremeindoor03La Creme is a perfume lover’s dream come true. It’s perfume, soap, candles and other girlie goodness wrapped up into a package with a big pink bow on top. I loved the time I spent there chatting with Autumn, we discovered that we’re both MAC addicts and love the same makeup artist. I can’t wait to go back and really experience all this lovely shop has to offer and learn more about all these amazing perfumes. So far I’ve discovered I’m completely in love with Serge Lutens’ Clair de Muse. Next time I visit, that bottle will be mine. In the meantime, every Seattle area resident should pay Autumn a visit, the store is open 11am to 5:30pm, Monday through Saturday.

Makeup Mecca

CcoMany people may not be aware of this but there is such a place as Makeup Mecca. It’s a place you can go to and find some of your favorite brands at 20% to 60% off of retail prices. First time I stepped in that store, I nearly cried tears of joy. 🙂 I was in awe of all the wonderful things I saw. I saw Stila, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Estee Lauder, other assorted perfume goodness and my beloved MAC. I could hardly believe my eyes when I’d go there time after time and find assorted goodness I had been covetting for some time. Most recently, I found some brushes I had been lusting after and I just had to grab them.

This mecca is known as the Cosmetics Company Store, found mainly at outlet malls accross the country. This store sells all brands currently owned by Estee Lauder. Besides the great prices on most of the items (some discounts are not that exciting), the great thing about this store is that you can find things from previous limited edition collections. On a recent trip last week, I found the highly coveted Lucky Green eyeshadow, which made me very happy. The stock changes all the time too, sometimes every other week and sometimes monthly so there is always a reason to go check out what’s new at the Cosmetics Company Store. I hope you enjoy this place as much as I do.

Stila Kajals

Kajals_1 A few months ago when I heard that Stila was planning to release new Kajal liners, I was intrigued to say the least. The anticipation of wanting to try them was killing me for a few weeks! After all of this build up and anxiety I just assumed they wouldn’t live up to the hype I had built up in my head. Oh boy, was I ever wrong! These happen to be one of the few products that have lived up to all of my expectations! All of the liners are named after semi-precious stones, or metals. I started out with Tigers Eye, which is a deep slightly warm chocolate brown, the color is gorgeous but the most impressing part for me is the texture. These Kajals are extremely soft, and glide right onto the waterline, no tugging! no pulling! Just perfect application. They are smudgable apon first application but then dry down and stay in place. I have worn these with no (additional) smudging for about 10 hours. Pictured, is the holiday set featuring three brand new, limited edition metallic colors, Silver, Bronze, and Gold.

The set is only available at sephora. I absolutely love this set, the colors are all true to their namesake, and it’s a great way to try the product (only $30 for 3 full sized Kajals vs.  $13 a piece for the regular line). I would like to caution to take care while sharpening though, they are so soft that they tend to break off if sharpened hastily.