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About: A Pioneer Perfume Blog est. 2006 for People Into the Nitty-Gritty of Smells & Tastes as seen in The NY Times, Independent, Vogue, Elle...By Chantal-Hélène Wagner... The Scented Salamander was the first perfume blog to creatively establish editorial and conceptual bridges between fine perfume, food, space & visual culture - at a time when critics were positioning fragrance as a purist art object - include indie brands, underline the team-aspect of perfume authorship, as well as offer broad sociological context in a fragrance industry biased towards aspirational luxury and sensuality... I'm a PhD in Anthropology, a former Lavoisier Scholar at Oxford University, who's worked on foodways, identity & death as well as an English literature major now turned perfume blogger & chronicler out of conviction, passion & intellectual curiosity. That's the short of it.

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DKNY City Blossom Rooftop Peony, Urban Violet & Empire Apple

Beyoncé Rise

Roger et Gallet Gingembre Rouge

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce

Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto L'Eclat

Sisley Eau Tropicale

Avon Far Away Gold

Carven L'Eau de Toilette 

Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion for Her

Escada Born in Paradise

Dita Von Teese Erotique

The Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose Mesk

Viktor & Rolf BonBon

L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense

Jo Malone Rain Collection

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum

On The Scented Trail of an Aromatic Cult to the Goddess Strenia to Usher in the New Year - Part II

On The Scented Trail of an Aromatic Cult to the Goddess Strenia to Usher in the New Year - Part I

L'Occitane Cèdre et Oranger

Reiss Grey Flower

Dior Gris Montaigne 

Marni Rose 

The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose

Paco Rabanne Invictus 

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Velours 

Estée Lauder Modern Muse

Fendi L'Acquarossa

L'Occitane La Collection de Grasse

Gucci Première 

Guerlain Nerolia Bianca

Carven, Le Parfum

Tom Ford Sahara Noir

Hermès Eau de Mandarine Ambrée & Eau de Narcisse Bleu

Marni Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Noir

Dolce & Gabbana The One Desire 

Chanel 1932

Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle

HSH Prince Nicolo Boncompagni Ludovisi l'Aurora

Lancôme La Vie est Belle

Fragrance Essays 

Should We Curse when Critiquing a Fragrance?

Perfumes for Film-Noir Viewing

The Story of the Royal Anointing Oil in England: From the Sacred to the Fragrant

A Perfume Blog Ought to be Cross-Cultural

How I Think about Perfume when I Review Them: a Practical-Theoretical Outlook on the Perfume Shopping Culture

Bint el Sudan, The Other, African Chanel No.5 - Interview with Nick Evans of IFF

White Accords in Perfumery: So Long The 70s

Boardroom Vs. Bedroom Makeup {Beauty Notes}

Other hot beauty tips this week from the ladies over at The Daily Makeover.

Boardroom Vs. Bedroom Makeup

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Raychel Wade is a professional makeup artist and official La Prairie Colour Ambassador. She was voted 'Best Makeup Consultant' in New York Magazine's "Best of New York" and her practical makeup tips have been featured on the pages of Allure, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Lucky, Self, Fitness, Brides and New York Magazine's annual Family and Wedding guides.

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I think it is important to look and feel your best at all times, and as a professional makeup artist, I swear by the power of a pretty lip and eye-opening lashes--for the boardroom AND the bedroom. It's just a matter of intensity, color choice and application for looking office-appropriate vs. out on the town. Remember that expression "dress for the job you want, not the job you have?" That applies to your fashion AND makeup looks.

The key to beautiful work makeup is making the most out of a few key products. Start by getting your skin even with a touch of La Prairie's Anti-Aging Concealer SPF 20--dot wherever the skin appears uneven or has an imperfection, then blend in. Follow with a tinted moisturizer like Elizabeth Arden's Sheer Lights Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. Once your skin is even and glowing, apply a dusting of a matte bronzer (MAC and Bobbi Brown are two of my favorites) to your cheeks and temples, and then finish your cheeks with an easy cream blush like Nars in Penny Lane. All of these products are shimmer-free which is important in the office, as they keep you looking fresh--under often unflattering office lighting--without drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.

For eyes, stick to two shadows: a light champagne color for all over the lid and a neutral brown for the crease (try MAC in Vanilla and Swiss Chocolate), then finish with two coats of black mascara. For the lips, I'd suggest a universally flattering brown-pink lipstick, like Mitzi by Nars. Keep it at your desk for a touch-up before meetings.

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When leaving the office and heading out for the night, don't think you have to start your makeup look over from scratch. Rather than change your makeup entirely, amp up what you are already wearing. Beautiful evening makeup is in the details and a few key products can give your features the boost that they need. On your eyes, apply a coat of liner into the root of your lashes to really define them. Add a medium-toned brown or gold shimmer shadow to your lid (I love Laura Mercier Foiled Eye Colour in VIP Gold). For your face, no purse should be without La Prairie's Cellular Treatment Illuminating Face Powder in Warm Glow. Dust this anywhere on your face for a pseudo-candle lit glow. Finish with a nude, shimmery gloss, like MAC in Oyster Girl.

Whether you're prepping for the office or an occasion, hone in on a few key products in shades that flatter and be sure to stock up on essentials so you're prepared no matter where the day or night takes you."

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