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This post brought to you by the garage sales I went to this morning. I also got a bunch of lipsticks (unused, I swear) and sample-sized face products. And a spiffy pen, just 'cause.


I still say No Strings Attached was the best of the pre-millennial boy band albums though. 'N Sync all the way!!1!

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Wouldn't that be cruel? It would be ironic, too, since my husband loves it and he's not allergic to it the way he is to so many florals.

Joy was the first perfume, apart from what my parents wore, that I really imprinted on. There used to be a perfume shop on Main Street in Disneyland. I must have 12 or 13. I went there with two of my girlfriends and the man let us each have a dab. I knew then and there that I would have to have that perfume. Of course it was completely unaffordable, but it went on my wishlist. It makes perfect sense but it's still amusing that the sales associate told you it's for an over-forties demographic. I've loved it for so long, but I was probably in my late thirties when I got my first bottle. It's a heavy scent, definitely not for a girl, but I think a young woman of 20 could wear it.

I don't think it's you. I think white florals in particular do smell a lot alike. Beyond Paradise is different. It's on the exotic end of the floral spectrum without pushing past it into garish. Looking on the description, I'd say for me, it's the orchid and jasmin that are so compelling but I'd hardly call myself a sophisticated nose. I just know what I like. Estée Lauder is a fantastic company. They are not cutting edge but their quality is high and they're so affordable. Perfume for all!

I'm glad you're letting yourself wear your good perfume. I've got no regrets about wearing mine.

You enjoy tiny samples? I adore them. This is a great site but there are others: http://theperfumedcourt.com/
I've never bought from her but this is another site that's been recommended to me: http://theposhpeasant.com/
This thread lists many other options: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/244830

What's on your wish list for purchase? To check out?

So many scents, so little time.

EDIT: the mascara problem. It's my eye shape. I have hooded eyes to begin with and now that I'm 61, going on 62--they're a tad droopy now. LOL. I need to find a faster drying mascara.

Edited at 2015-05-07 04:02 pm (UTC)

It makes perfect sense but it's still amusing that the sales associate told you it's for an over-forties demographic.

Yeah, it seems to be a thing they do a lot at that particular store. Like, I come in specifically asking about one perfume, which you would think they'd take to mean that I already knew I liked it, but still they attempt to divert my attention to a "younger" scent. It happened when I went in to buy my bottle of Opium by YSL, which has been my favorite perfume for years. Then I was asking about Shalimar, and the woman all but criticized my taste in perfume because according to her I ought to be wearing something lighter and younger. I would just stop shopping there, but their selection is far better than at any other store I've been to.

You enjoy tiny samples? I adore them

I love tiny samples! Unfortunately, I'm very wary about buying online because between shipping and customs charges it can end up being a bad deal. (Seriously, buying online kind of sucks if you're not from the US. It has been known to make me rage. *g*) I know that the shipping and customs charges on a full-sized bottle of perfume from the states are usually about $25, but I'm not sure what the customs charges might be on numerous perfume samples, and the websites don't specify. I'll bookmark those sites you've suggested, though, and maybe I can give one a try sometime when I'm feeling flush. They do seem like a great idea, if only it weren't for the dreaded additional costs.

What's on your wish list for purchase? To check out?

I'm not sure I have anything I specifically want to check out right now, as I'm bad at planning that way. I tend to just smell things at random when I get the chance, see if anything strikes my fancy, then go back for swatches several times until I'm sure.

But the ones on my wish list are Shalimar, Beyond Paradise, Chance by Chanel, Michael by Michael Kors, and maybe Chanel No. 19 but I'm not totally sure on that one yet. It's a fairly diverse bunch.

Michael Kors seems to be the black sheep of the lot. That professional perfume nose, Luca something-or-other, likened it to "shrieking hairspray and cleaning products" or something like that. But I cannot be deterred! I wants it!

And oh god, my poor wallet, because I want the EDP in all of them. Not for reasons of scent preference, but because Vancouver's humidity is murder on longevity and sillage. EDTs just fade out twenty minutes after I leave the house. :(

ETA: Well dang. Apparently there are Canada-based perfume websites. I just had to get past my brain block and start specifying a little bit more. Durr.

Edited at 2015-05-07 07:54 pm (UTC)

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