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Marc Jacobs Decadence Perfume

I can’t say I’m a huge perfume collector but I do have my favorites and every so often I discover a fragrance that becomes my signature scent.

The new Marc Jacobs Decadence perfume pretty much stole my heart at first sight – I mean look at that bottle! and when it followed through with an amazing scent too, I just had to announce it as my new signature scent.

Marc Jacobs Decadence

Marc Jacobs Decadence perfume 1.7oz/50ml pictured

The bottle of Decadence is absolutely stunning! Designed to look like a clutch bag, it has a leather/python print cap with a thick gold chain and black tassle attached to it. It screams unique and classy. Imagine hanging this baby on your jewelry stand.

The fragrance itself is a perfect balance of floral and woody notes which I’m personally drawn to. It’s not too sweet, not too spicy and definitely sexy. Here’s the actual description:

“A sensual, luxurious, and woody fragrance, Decadence embodies the spirit of irreverent glamour. The fragrance opens with sultry top notes of Italian plum, iris flower, and saffron. The heart combines luxurious notes of Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac, and orris. The indulgent dry down reveals the base notes of vetiver, papyrus woods, and liquid amber”

Marc Jacobs Decadence

I know perfumes are quite personal, however with the holidays approaching, and this fragrance being a new release, I thought I’d mention it, in case some of you are looking for a new fragrance or gift ideas.

Marc Jacobs Decadence starts at $28 for a rollerball, $70 for 1oz/30ml; $95 for 1.7ooz/50ml and $120 for  3.4oz/100ml. I looked in all the department stores for gift pack options but at this stage, it’s only the single perfume bottles that are available to purchase.

Buy Marc Jacobs Decadence HERE

Have you tried Decadence? What’s your signature perfume?




Tarte Cosmetics Newbies 2015

There’s only a handful of brands that I always look forward to releasing new products. Tarte Cosmetics is one of these brands, especially with their palettes – cos from the packaging, color combo to quality, they always know how to draw me in.

Two ‘highly anticipated’ palettes are now available to purchase. I placed my order for both and I’ll do a full review/swatch post as soon as I get my delivery. The Tarteist Contour Palette is limited edition; the Tartelette In The Bloom eyeshadow palette is permanent (however might sell out pretty quick), so I’ll leave the links below if you want to get your hands on them before I receive my palettes and post the review.

Tartelette In Bloom Palette $45

Get it HERE

Tartelette In Bloom Palette

This is the follow up to cult-favorite Tartelette palette. The original had 12 all-matte shadows which happens to be one of my favorite palettes. When I first saw this version, I was a bit skeptical thinking the colors would be similar to Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette with a lot of subtle blush and pink tones. But I’ve seen plenty of swatches since and with a good variety of neutrals and warm chocolates, it’s absolutely stunning!

It features 12 (all new) shades, including 3 shimmers so this palette gives us the option of glamming up our everyday looks. The colors are super pigmented and contains Tarte’s famous Amazonian Clay to ensure perfect blendability.


Tarteist Contour Palette $45

Get it HERE or HERE (VIB Rouge)

Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte has jumped on the contour/highlight bandwagon with this Limited Edition palette. Featuring 6 pans of varying colors to shade and sculpt the face, I must mention the promo photo pictured here is not true to color. The contour shades in real life are more toned down with taupe/gray undertones which is why I was more drawn to it compared to other palettes on the market. You guys know my pet peeve of brands flogging off orange/warm powders as contours.

I’m yet to test this palette out to decide whether it lives up to my expectations of true highlight/contour colors but I wanted to include it in this post as it’s limited edition and you might want to get it before it sells out.


Sculpt & Slim Contour Brush $34

Get it HERE or HERE (VIB Rouge)

Tarte Contour Brush

Last on the list is this dual ended Sculpt & Slim Contour Brush to accompany the Contour Palette. I love Tarte’s bamboo range of brushes but I gave this one a miss. I have my select favorite brushes for contouring and sculpting (see my Artis brush review HERE), but I think this is a convenient brush if you don’t already have sculpt-specific brushes in your collection.

Tarte also has a full range of new liquid lipsticks and lipliners coming up so I’ll update you as soon as they’re released. Until then, I’ll do a detailed review/swatch post of these two palettes as soon as the UPS man delivers them to me (*sits by the window already) ;)


What do you think of these new releases from Tarte?

So Inspired

When it comes to makeup, fashion and art; or creating content in general, anything and everything can be a source of inspiration. And that’s exactly what happened with today’s fashion set.

In my previous post, I featured the new Charlotte Tilbury holiday gift sets with rich burgundy/wine colored packaging. This color just kept drawing me in. So for today’s set, I decided to use this color as my feature and combine it with makeup products that are in the same shade. With fall/winter looks taking over, this is a stunning color to incorporate into your makeup routine by means of lipsticks, nail polish, eyeshadow and also blush on darker skin tones…Beauty Point Of View Fashion Set

In today’s combo, I wanted create a 70s inspired look with flared jeans, a faux fur lined suede vest which is a great transitional piece and a modern twist on platform shoes in the form of lace up boots. Of course hints of the feature- color peeking through on the top, as well as the accessories, instantly shifts this ensemble to a warm and rich fall look.

But why stop there…here are some makeup products in this gorgeous shade to add a dark yet feminine touch:

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MAC Diva – Too Faced Melted Velvet – Anastasia B/Hills Heathers – Kat Von D Vampira – Colourpop LAX – NYX Copenhagen

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Essie Shearling Darling – Formula X Fahrenheit – Burberry Oxblood – Deborah Lippmann Lady is a tramp – Marc Jacobs Jezebel – Nails Inc Midnight Merlot

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MUFE Raspberry Blush – Marc Jacobs Tantalizing – NARS Seduction – YSL Kiss&Blush #11 Prune – MAC Sketch Blush

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Sephora Berry Crush Shadow – MUFE Raspberry – BlackUp OAP06 – Colourpop Central Perk – Ardency Inn Teddy Boy Shadow Pigment

Another must have addition when it comes to eyeshadows in this shade is Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter stack which features the most gorgeous matte red/wine eyeshadow. I did a full review/swatch post on this stunning palette here


What’s your favorite pop of color when it comes to makeup and fashion?

***All the fashion sets I publish are my own work from page layout to design, to styling. I create my sets to be of inspiration to carry into your own closets; whether you’re interested in the brands I feature or find alternatives to replicate the look. Please leave any questions you may have regarding the featured items in the comment section below.