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

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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…

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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

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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.

Guerlain-Fall-2014-Kiss-Kiss-PaletteSecond, three new eyeshadow “quads” will be released as limited editions. This quartet of nude shades 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

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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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