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A Few of My Favorite Things 2005

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

In year-end celebration, here are my personal best of 2005 (You'll note these are geared to women. What can I say? That's the crowd I run with.) Plus, I add my sincere thanks to Blogdorf Goodman, Scentzilla and Now Smell This for inspiration, graphics and concept!

Serge Lutens Chergui: Just take those basenotes ... amber, iris, rose, sandalwood ... and you have explained the appeal of this arm-gnawable fragrance.
MAC MV3: The most adult vanilla/woods comfort fragrance that exists.
Decleor Rose Oil: For the ladylikeness of it plus I counterintuitively believe it helps oily skin.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream: It's gritty, it's smelly and it works, especially when you cut it with cetaphil cleanser.
Trish McEvoy #11 eyeliner brush - The only way I can keep to the straight and narrow.
T. LeClerc Powder in Banane: I'm blue undertone pale and this odd sheer yellow color blends into my skin, giving perfect matte-ness (but no jaundice).
Cargo blush in Laguna: The strangest bright orange in its oversize tin ... but tap a bit onto a flatedge blush brush, lightly, lightly apply ... and you actually look healthy!
Stila Kajal Eyeliner in black: Whenever I feel faintly mideastern. Or like Betty Boop.
Kiehl's Lycopene Moisturizer: For the tomato-y [no, you can't tell it's tomato but it does improve your skin tone] richness of it all.
Bliss Steep Clean Cleanser: To obliterate any t-zone problems.

And my friends have great ideas, too! Please visit these fine lemming purveyors if you have no idea how to spend that bundle you received for the holidays! They'll help you!


Blogger Atreau said...

Huge 2nd on Chergui! The more I wear it, the more I love it!

I've been meaning to try Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream as it seems my usual products don't quite cut it anymore.

May have to check out that eyeliner brush as I've all but given up on ever wearing it!

3:17 AM

Blogger Fred said...

Hrmph..nothing for men. Maybe next year. :)

5:25 AM

Blogger NowSmellThis said...

That MV3 is elusive! I keep trying to get a sample and the MAC store near me never even has a tester.

Great list, M, and wishing you a very happy & prosperous 2006.

6:24 AM

Blogger Patty said...

Happy New Year! Trish brushes are truly marvels, I've used them forever, and they just are the best.

6:39 AM

Blogger colombina said...

Mac MV3 goes on my list of scent to try asap. I cannot pass a comfirt scent, can I?
Happy New Year!!!

6:56 AM

Blogger Tania said...

"Arm-gnawable" is an exquisite coinage and I shall now steal it from you. ;)

Happy new year, M!

7:08 AM

Blogger Annieytown said...

I will have to search for that eyebrush and liner.
I will also play in the MAC fragrance section when I go to visit in January. That is when the Catherine Deneuve collection comes out!

Great List M and have a wonderful New Year! Good luck with this upcoming semester too! You will get straight A's! I predict it!

7:48 AM

Blogger risa said...

oh i adore MAC MV3! i remember being so surprised at it - so yummy yet musky on my arm. marvelous stuff! and you are another Decleor fan, i see. the whole Aromescence line is really lovely but i, as well, like the Rose D'Orient the best.

have a wonderful New Year season, and rock that menu!

9:17 AM

Blogger Bela said...

Face oil does help oily skin. I believe that too. Also that grease removes grease (a famous beauty editor pointed it out years ago in Harper's & Queen) so the oilier the skin the oilier the cleanser should be. Makes sense to me.

I'm also a blue/red (Prescriptives-wise) and I also use a yellowish powder. Women look very strange with pinky foundation/powder. Very unnatural.

Must try and lay my hands on some of your other stuff. :-)

Happy New Year, M! ♥

9:47 AM

Blogger Doug said...

Boy, I sure disagree about the Decleor Rose Oil. I find it leaves a lanolinlike patina on my skin and plays off my natural body chemistry to produce a note of damp sheep.

Happy New Year, Mireille!


9:51 AM

Blogger boisdejasmin said...

MAC MV3 is great! I am glad to see it on your list. Moreover, the entire list you made is so interesting that I found myself taking notes.

Happy New Year, dear M!

10:04 AM

Blogger still life said...

Shu Uemora had the most wonderful oil based cleanser that customers just couldn't understand...oil for oily, no way! *sigh* (I love their brushes as well and eye shadow colors).

oooh Cargo had the best duo lip gloss.

Kiehls lecithin hair mask and they were the best for delux size samples!

Here's to a beautified 2006!

10:13 AM

Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

LOL! That Doug!

10:39 AM

Blogger Bela said...

SL, have you ever had bicycle grease on your skin? The only thing that removes it is butter. I've now remembered the name of the woman who wrote about it in her column: it was Leslie Kenton, one of the most respected beauty editors and health gurus in this country. She was passing on what a dermatologist had told her. It is counterintuitive, but it does work. And I don't get all excited about the subject. Not at all. No. LOL!

10:40 AM

Blogger Victoria said...

Great list! I've made notes!
I love Bliss Sweep clean also. Exfoliate like you mean it!! None of that chasing a few scattered grains around on your face. I'm done with that routine.

Now that I found your blog, I'l be checking in!

Happy New Year!
Victoria O

11:19 AM

Blogger Trina said...

So... you're holding your arm in your picture to cover up the bite marks? ;~D

Lovely list! And a Happy New Year to you!

12:53 PM

Blogger Tom & Icy said...

We'd send you some snow toffee, but really the snow has been gone the past few weeks and everything looks so drab and dreary with the naked trees and bushes and muddy ground, that we just haven't taken new pics lately. I guess this is a time of reflection until new ideas spring forth with warmth and new budding ideas along that spiraling journey back to the sparkling spark that we'll never know or truly understand until we are there.

4:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must be a VERY plain Jane. There's not a thing here I've sampled (or heard of) except the Chergui.

I may not be much to look at, but I do manage to smell good.


6:40 PM

Blogger mireille said...

honey, I've seen you and you are MUCH to look at ... in a very ballet dancer kind of way. ♥ xoxo

6:45 PM

Blogger Kyahgirl said...

mmm, yum, Chergui! Great list M.

Happy New Year.


7:07 PM

Anonymous jonniker said...

*said in Homer Simpson voice*


In other words, yum. Awesome list.

10:18 PM

Blogger Lulu said...

The name Chergui always makes me think of a famous racehorse called Shergar. Which sort of works...

Not being a perfumista, I have to just say that I've got a top ten for 2005 that includes all experiences instead, and meeting you in cyberspace is up there in my top three. Happy New Year, M.

7:57 AM

Anonymous Cait said...

I love eyeliner that makes me look like Betty Boop, so I'm on my way to check out kajal. Thanks for the tips and Happy New Year!

11:51 AM

Blogger the addict said...

Greetings M! I am with you on the Stila Kajals...I now own *gasp* six of them and am completely addicted.

I'm thinking that Chergui might just be my 3rd Serge purchase...

Happy New Year!

1:36 PM

Blogger katiedid said...

Great list M - very good across the beauty spectrum picks. I gave away my little sample of the Bliss cleaner as a fun little extra in an Xmas gift, and now I totally regret it. Drat. Chergui has slid up on my list of must-tries now, thanks M.

3:52 PM

Blogger Parisjasmal said...

I adore Chergui too!

Have a great day!


12:02 PM


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