The Art of Perfume Advertising: Princess Isabelle (1980s) and Monet

princesse isabelle 1981 ad

This is such a perfectly summery perfume advertisement that I had to post it. I don’t know anything about Princesse Isabelle, or about this fragrance, other than that it seems to be a romantic floral eau de toilette.

What I do know is that Princesse Isabelle selected a painting by Claude Monet for this ad…


It’s Monet’s Jeune fille à l’ombrelle tournée vers la gauche (Essai de figure en plein air), dated 1886, now in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (see here for more information).

It’s such an apt choice of image. This is just how a perfume should make its wearer feel in the spring or summer: an impression of flickering light, a cool spot of shade, a crisp white dress, with no extraneous detail or narrative to distract from the sheer sensory pleasure of that moment.


Covet: Guerlain Autumn 2014 Collection (updated with list of shades and photos)


Guerlain cosmetics have been one of my biggest temptations this year. I love my two Guerlain foundations, Lingerie de Peau and Terracotta Joli Teint, as well as my very-special-treat-of-a-lipstick, Rouge G in Georgia… but I’ve managed to avoid the Guerlain counter since those purchases. However, now that I’ve been a few photos of Guerlain’s Fall 2014 collection (here on Chicprofile), I have a feeling that I’ll be planning a visit to Saks in September.

First, Guerlain is reissuing its KissKiss lipstick line with a new formulation and new shades. I love the shiny black cases.

UPDATE, 7/27: Here is a list of shades, from Guerlain’s Japan website:

  • 325 Rouge Kiss
  • 320 Red Insolence
  • 321 Red Passion
  • 322 Red on fire
  • 324 Red Love
  • 327 Red Strass
  • 360 Very Pink
  • 364 Pinky Groove
  • 365 Romance
  • 366 Fall in Rose
  • 367 Kiss Blossom
  • 367 Baby Rose
  • 369 Rosy Boop
  • 300 Golden Girl
  • 301 Candy Beige
  • 302 Romantic Kiss
  • 303 Beige Booster
  • 304 Air Kiss
  • 305 Forever Brown
  • 340 Miss Kiss
  • 342 Peach Fizz
  • 342 Francy Kiss
  • 343 Sugar Kiss
  • 343 Sexy Coral

And see here for photos of all the KissKiss shades. A few of the roses are calling to me…


Guerlain-Fall-2014-Kiss-Kiss-PaletteSecond, three new eyeshadow “quads” (Ecrins 4 Couleurs) will be released as limited editions. This quartet of nude shades, called Les Sables, looks simply perfect.

I’ve read that the collection’s Japan launch is scheduled for August 1st. No news yet about the US release. Stay tuned…

Photos and information via Chicprofile.

My Summer Hair Routine

munch girl combing her hair 1892 rasmus meyer collection bergen norway

It’s summer, and my style is a little more casual (read: unemployed) than usual this year, so I’m paring down a few of my personal-care routines. Why not start at the top, so to speak? My curly-wavy hair loves summer weather, to the point where its exuberance needs to be restrained a bit. The problem is always how to fight wild frizz without losing all volume and texture (because I actually like having naturally curly hair).

Sometimes, less is more.

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