Shopping Report from August 6th 2006:
Cavewoman and I started the day at our traditional first stop. The TJ Maxx in Beachwood Ohio. This is where we spotted Chanel dresses and Versace gowns.
The pickings were slim but we did managed to snatch up Joy body creams(great quality), a lovely fig soap, urban decay compacts and shadows, Escada Collection body lotion, a Too Faced gloss in Blabber Mouth and Anna Sui Dolly Girl body lotion. I spotted Joy and Shalimar EDT bottles.
We then headed to Beachwood to meet up with the rest of the gang at the Nars counter. One of our favorite SA's showed us the new scent by Lanvin called Rumeur. The notes are magnolia, jasmine, rose, musk and patchouli.
It was quite fetching.
Cavewoman fell hard for the new Guerlain. Insolence is a great violet based fragrance. The other notes include red berries and rays of iris.
Is it worthy to be sitting next to my Mitsouko bottle?
But then...no one is really worthy of that honor.
This is a very good fragrance and worth seeking out. Do not judge it by the Hillary Swank ad or the high raves of the classics.
It is worthy of a sniff.
The third fragrance was from La Prairie called Midnight Rain. This one was quite good. It is a sweet floral oriental. It was very similar to Angel but darker. Tussah thought it was similar to Flowerbomb because of the vanilla note. Chances are this will be massive. It is not available yet. Call your local Saks for details.
At Norstorms we sniffed the new Donna Karan Gold. It smells like bananas.
It really does.
Vera Wang Princess was a surprise. There were no notes available but it a pleasant floral musk fragrance. Ceil stated "If you wanted a scent gift for someone who does not wear perfume, this would be a safe choice." I imagine it could be as popular as Lovely.
Koneko is weighing a future purchase.
But the best fragrance find of the day was Kenzo Amour. It was love at first sniff for me. The notes are Frangipani, cherry tree, thanaka wood and rice steam. Think POTL mixed in with the comforting smell of rice. I wanted to make a run for the doors with the bottle under my arm.
It will be available soon at Nordstorm.
There are waiting lists at the Cleveland store.
At Nordstorm we played at several counters.
Here are the things that made us swoon and do jigs:
Kitty Glitter in Pussy Galore. It is a pretty pink glitter. It rivals the Tony +Tina glitter. This is high praise coming from a huge Tony+Tina fan.
Afterglow Icecubes were the find of the day. They are eyeshadows/body powders that have the most amazing shimmer. I want to go out on a limb and say that Love was the best shade. It was a gold with a greenish cast. Lust was a silvery white and Betrayal was a pink.
Diamond Gloss in White. It might rival Diorkiss. The shimmer is impressive.
Other worthy colors: lilac, candy and pink.
We went nuts over the Ombre Essentielle Shadows. This line has the best silver shadow in cosmetics. It is called Silvery 61.
This is essential. Everyone needs to have this for their smoky eye.
45 Safari is similar to Diamond Lil but better. It is richer and deeper.
Bambou was Tussah's favorite. It is a green with a gold cast.
Cavewoman and Koneko discovered great liquid liners at Lancome called Artliners. The color that took all breath away was Indigo Sparkle. It was such a lovely midnight blue with shimmer. It performed very well on cavewoman's eyes. It lasted all day through hardcore shopping and Ohio heat.
Tomorrow I will discuss how Koneko found the perfect hat and I stumbled across something that I never expected.
The famous "saying" is true.
When you stop looking...that is when true love comes.
I leave you with pictures of our bubble teas from Mint Cafe in Cleveland Heights.
Mine was the green tea.
It was delicious.
all photos: annieytown