Things I Bought, Soul-Void Edition

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Seeking new employment. That’s the classiest way to put it, right? As of this week I am currently seeking new employment, resulting in an unprecedented amount of free time and a soul-void that can only be filled with consumerism. Perfect shopping conditions!

British Vogue, April 2014 edition. I have never spent $12 on a magazine in my life, but it’s the Nigella cover! Nigella once sent me a Direct Message on Twitter, so she is basically my adoptive mother and I need to support her in all her endeavors. The interview mentions that her new apartment is strewn with Diptyque Feu de Bois candles. My apartment is strewn with Feu de Bois candles, you guys! (Okay, candle, singular.) We have a connection, y’all.

Cire Trudon Perfumed Candle in Abd el Kader. I haven’t dared to actually burn it yet (Zelda is scary enough without access to fire), but even unused, Abd el Kader fills my room with the most mouthwatering mint scent.

Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny. At $8.00, Essie polishes make a nicely priced pick-me-up after a rough day. Which is probably why I’ve accumulated five of them since moving to New York.

Grreat Choice Foam Ball Cat Toy. Zelda loves these bouncy balls so much more than she will ever love me.

Cirque Nail Lacquer in Alter Ego. I’ve been looking for a holographic black polish forever, but even though this one is gorgeous, it’s not very impressive without direct sunlight. Might return it.

Not pictured: Etat Libre d’Orange La Fin du Monde, on its way to me from the Parfum1 warehouse. God, I love this one. It’s Tilda Swinton Like This without the syrup. It was only $64 with their 20% off sale, which ends tonight! Fly, my minions!

Have you made any exciting purchases lately? What are your rough day pick-me-ups? Any black holo polish suggestions? Please share with us in the comments!

Etat Libre d’Orange Bendelirious

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One of my recent New York adventures involved a trip to Twisted Lily, Parfum1’s new Brooklyn boutique, with the utterly charming Josie of Beauty Bacon Bunnies fame. It’s a mighty cute shop (see their Etat Libre d’Orange chandelier above!) with a welcome variety of price points, from $45 Smell Bents to $300 Amouages. Between cooing over the L’Artisan Christmas sets and finally caving on my longtime favorite Kai, I spotted my future Chanukah present to myself: a customizable set of ten Etat Libre d’Orange minis for only $100. The very generous saleswoman sent me home with several ELDO samples, including Bendelirious, to help me choose which fragrances I wanted in the set. After several rounds of testing, I’m happy to report that Bendelirious easily made the cut.

Perfumer Antoine Lie cleverly uses a fizzy, sparkling effect to cut the sweetness of the cheerfully artificial cherry note. Spraying on Bendelirious feels like being handed a glass of champagne with a dash of grenadine. Like real champagne, Bendelirious loses its fizz after a relatively short amount of time (half an hour for me, one hour for Tania Sanchez, according to Perfumes: The Guide), but the sweet, creamy scent that remains is just as appealing. I can’t think of anything that smells much like Bendelirious, but the similarly vivacious Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose has the same tone. Although Bendel’s and Etat Libre d’Orange appear to have gone their separate ways, Bendelirious is still available for $80 per 50 ml or in the aforementioned set.