Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Wash is a shower gel to die for. Not only is it creamy and hydrating but the scent is divine. It's definitely very figgy but on the sweet (not overly sweet) gourmand side, not the usual dry dusky fig. That said there is still the luscious green note that is common to all figs. It's a bit decadent to use as a shave cream but if you are in the mood for it, it does give a smooth soft shave. It gets a 5 out of 5 star rating on the Sephora website which is rare. I say pick it up now - the scent is perfect for Fall!
|$40 for 8 oz|
Tom Ford Eyeshadow quads are ridiculously expensive, but also ridiculously gorgeous. Definitely worthy of the occasional splurge. The smooth blendable texture and unique colors makes them worth it. They are known for their sparkly eyeshadows which you get one or two pans of in most of the quads. Disco Dust is their most popular quad, and even though I hate to be too trendy, I just had to have it because the glitter it contains is sublime. Disco Dust has one glitter, one metallic, one satin, and one matte color that go with virtually any skin tone or outfit.
Cire Trudon candles are a classic. They start at $95 and can get as high as $550 for the gold ones, but at least they are quite large in size. What is super cool about this brand is that it has been around since 1643 as a candle supplier to Louis XIV, and to this day they are all about luxury. Also nice is that their vegetable wax is smoke-free. All its different fragrances are decadent and unique. A couple of my favorites are: Balmoral a lush damp earthy green, and Byron a perfect Fall/Winter cozy woodsy spicy scent. Simply divine!
$95 for 9.5 oz
Hermes Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate Perfumed Bath & Shower Gel is another fabulous body wash. It is so fabulous I just had to mention it even though I already listed a shower gel. Of course there are other fragrances in the Hermes shower gel line but the rhubarbe is delightfully individual, complex, and refreshing. It is fruity but not in an overpowering way. It is not sweet like a berry, it is not sharp like a citrus. It is pretty - a pretty fruit. The frothy gel is clear but it comes in a vibrant red plastic bottle that is irresistible. In fact, I would say it smells bright red like the packaging.
|$43 for 6.5 oz|
By Killian Playing With The Devil is a sexy fruity musky perfume. At least they say it is fruity but to me the fruit isn't prominent - it is just enough to lighten up all the animalic notes going on. I would describe it as sometimes even borderlining on oriental, but a light one - nothing as intense as say Opium. It is sophisticated yet playful. It is Eve tempting Adam with the forbidden fruit. And above all, it is a crowd pleaser; I can't imagine many people not liking this one. Top notes include: blood orange, white peach, lychee. Mid notes include Jasmine Sambac (dirty!). Base notes include: Tonka Bean, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli.
|$260 for 1.7 oz|
Oribe Apres Beach Wave And Shine Hairspray is terrific if you use it under the right circumstances. The optimal circumstances are for medium to thick hair, hair with at least a bit of natural wave, and always to be used sparingly. More is not more, otherwise you will end up a grease ball. Despite all that it can be so so lovely, though it is not even similar the the famous Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (also totally splurge-worthy). The results are soft and subtle; not a ton of hold. On me it smooths down frizzies while emphasizing my natural waves in an edgy-piecey way. Day two of wearing it, after the silkiness has absorbed, I get a bit of volume and texture. Using it is like wearing my favorite perfume - it smells that amazing! It's pretty damn cool - not like anything I have ever tried before.
|$39 for 8.5 oz|
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