My Luxe Wishlist Items
OMG I’m finally back! I did not mean to take a month off, so sorry about that, but to get back in to the swing of things I thought today I’d share some of the priciest beauty bits I’m currently lusting over. I decided to do a luxe edit because I think it’s more fun to see what high-end products people are pining for (especially from people who shop excessively such as myself). Some of these I will definitely buy at some point in my life because the desire to own them is that strong and others I could probably never bring myself to actually shell out that kind of cash for one item because the price tag is so astronomically high.
Before we delve into it all I wanted to let you know what kind of fragrances I go for so you know why I chose the ones that I did for this post. I use Fragrantica to look up fragrance notes because I find it to be more thorough and accurate and, nerd alert, I’ve actually created a Google doc with all the notes listed out in my favorite fragrances so that I can see the overlapping scents I go for. Notes that I regularly like in fragrances are jasmine, patchouli, vanilla, varying woody notes (like sandalwood and cedar), amber and fruity notes but specifically citruses. The recurring “main accords” for the scents I like are fruity, woody, vanilla, citrus, patchouli, sweet and aromatic (makes sense). I just wanted to give you a background on my preferences so that you can better understand why I’m interested in some of these and if you want to see where my fragrance collection was at last summer you can check that out in this blog post (I’ve since added to it a little but not much). Now, let’s see what my bougie beauty picks are…
$310 for 3.4 oz/100 ml
First off, that price tag…yikes! These are both one of those, “I’ll probably never actually own one of these” products. A few YouTubers/influencers that I follow have tried some of the Armani Privé fragrances and have raved about them and how they’re so much more unique and special than any other fragrance they’ve owned but I just can’t imagine spending over $300 on a single fragrance (plus sales tax). The notes, not just the bottles, on these two scents interest me the most and are the two I would want to smell first if I somehow ever had the kind of money to blow on such an expensive perfume. Bleu Lazuli has notes of bergamot, mate, cardamom, plum, jasmine, osmanthus, tobacco, honey, sandalwood and vanilla. Bleu Turquoise has notes of incense, salt, black pepper, ylang-ylang, nagarmotha, Indian jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood and moss. Based off of the notes and knowing what I like I think I’d like Bleu Lazuli better but the incense note in Bleu Turquoise piques my interest quite a bit. My pockets are not deep enough for this pricey of a perfume but my god aren’t those bottles just stunning?!
Tom Ford Fragrances
You can’t talk about luxury fragrances without mentioning Tom Ford and as you can see there’s quite a few that have tickled my fancy. Four of these have a small enough bottle that is priced somewhat within the realm of possibility for me (though still vastly overpriced) and two of them are far to rich for my blood like the Armani Privé fragrances. I had also originally included Black Orchid when I was coming up with this list but I had to go to Sephora to return something and they has Black Orchid and Noir Pour Femme in store to smell so I gave those a sniff and had to take Black Orchid off the list because it just didn’t quite do it for me. The others I haven’t smelled but something about the notes of each one interest me enough to include it here so I thought I’d nerd out some more and go over the fragrance notes for each one because that is just something that I like to do.
White Patchouli ($125 for 1.7 oz/50 ml) - Notes: bergamot, peony, coriander, white flower, ambrette (musk mallow), jasmine, rose, woody notes, incense and patchouli. The main accords for this one are described as patchouli, white floral, balsamic, warm spicy, floral and rose. This sounds right up my ally and worth giving it a whiff. It’s not too terribly expensive to where if I actually wanted to purchase it I would do so during a Sephora sale where I can get 20% off for being Rouge. I love patchouli and on paper this falls nicely in with my list of fragrance notes that I have tallied up (because yes, I did that too…told you I’m a fragrance nerd).
Lost Cherry ($320 for 1.7 oz/50 ml) - Notes: sour cherry, liquor, bitter almond, jasmine sambac, Turkish rose, Peru balsam, tonka bean, sandalwood, vetiver and cedar. Lost Cherry’s main accords are woody, balsamic, aromatic, fruity, sweet and almond. This one is mostly within my regular note family but the cherry would be a new thing for my nose. I just think this one sounds really interesting and nice but that price…that price. I could never afford this one even with a discount because it is so extortionately priced. Sounds lovely though…damn you Tom Ford.
Noir Pour Femme ($86 for 1 oz/30 ml) - Notes: bergamot, bitter orange, mandarin orange, ginger, rose, jasmine, orange blossom, kulfi, vanilla, amber, sandalwood and mastic (lentisque). Main accords for this one are vanilla, balsamic, amber, powdery and woody. I did have the pleasure of smelling this in store and just trying it out on a paper tester, I already had a perfume on so I didn’t want to spray it over that, I liked it. I would need to smell it on my skin and let it settle for a while before deciding if I wanted to shell out for this one but the smallest bottle does come in at a reasonable price (there’s also a rollerball but it’s half the price for 1/5 the perfume so it’s not worth it at all).
Fucking Fabulous ($320 for 1.7 oz/50 ml) - Notes: clary sage, lavender, bitter almond, vanilla, leather, orris, tonka bean, cashmeran, amber and white woods. The main accords here are aromatic, woody, leather, almond, powdery and sweet. This is my odd-ball but it’s had a lot of hype and I want to know if it’s as good as the internet says it is. I’m particularly not a fan of powdery scents but it’s got a few things in it that I do like that might counter it enough for my nose. I recently also smelled Tuscan Leather from Tom Ford and didn’t hate it so I don’t think I’d mind the leather here. Like Lost Cherry I also definitely cannot afford this one but it’s also the one that I’m least interested in so I’m not as fussed about the price here. I wanted to include it anyways since it’s new-ish and there’s been a bit of chatter on it in the beauty world.
Tobacco Vanille ($55 for .3 oz/10 ml) - Notes: tobacco leaf, spicy notes, tonka bean, tobacco blossom, vanilla, cacao, dried fruits and woody notes (there’s a few vague ones here…hmm). Tobacco Vanille’s main accords are sweet, vanilla, tobacco, warm spicy and fruity. I like spicy, strong fragrances and I’d definitely class this as one based off of those notes. I also love vanilla a lot so that’s why I think this might be a dark horse for me. I’d have to try it first to see how it smells on me but this one is sold in a .3 oz atomizer that is reasonably enough priced to where I could try it if I really want to.
Soleil Blanc ($55 for .3 oz/10 ml) - Notes: bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, pistachio, jasmine, tuberose, ylang-ylang, amber, tonka bean, benzoin and coconut. The main accords for this one are described as white floral, coconut, sweet, tuberose and yellow floral. To me this one sounds like the perfect summer scent. A lot of bloggers I follow have talked about there love for this scent at some point and I really want to try it out maybe next summer. It’s also sold in the same small atomizer and price point as Tobacco Vanille so I could actually get this one if I liked it.
Of the ones I mentioned I’m most interested in Lost Cherry (my poor soul hurts from that price), White Patchouli and Soleil Blanc. Will I ever own a Tom Ford fragrance? I hope so but probably not in the near future!
Killian Straight To Heaven, White Cristal Travel Spray Set & Killian Love, Don't be Shy Travel Spray Set
$195 for 4 x 0.25 oz/ 7.5 ml
Killian is another super fancy pants fragrance brand that has come onto my radar via blogger babes. I would go for a travel spray set because the full size bottles from this brand are up there with Armani Privé and the more expensive Tom Ford fragrances ($295 for 1.7 oz). The notes for Straight To Heaven, White Cristal are musk, jasmine, patchouli, virgin cedar, amber, nutmeg, vanille, rum and dried fruits with main accords being woody, patchouli, rum, sweet and warm spicy. Honestly it kinda gives me pirate vibes but that could just be the branding. But as you can see this one is right up my ally with those notes and I have a feeling I’d probably really like it. Love, Don’t be Shy has notes of neroli, bergamot, pink pepper, coriander, iris, jasmine, rose, honeysuckle, orange blossom, musk, vanilla, civet, caramel, sugar and labdanum with main accords here being sweet, white floral, vanilla, caramel and citrus. Not gonna lie, the civet in this one kinda weirds me out just a little but I’d look past it to give it a whiff and see if I’d like it. Straight To Heaven, White Cristal seems more textbook “Heather” and Love, Don’t be Shy would be me branching out just a touch. Even during a Sephora sale I still don’t think I’d splurge on one cause it would be over $150 for only 1 oz of fragrance total which gives me heart palpitations just thinking about it. They sound amazing but too bougie for my bank account.
Now you may remember that yes, I do own a few Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes which are also extortionately priced but the palettes I have from her have more shades than this Pat McGrath palette which, I think, is why this one gives me a bit of sticker shock. That being said, I’ve been having serious FOMO since the last Sephora sale for not picking this one up so I know come next sale it’ll be in my cart because I’m that desperate for it. I like the Subliminal palette best out of the five larger Mothership palette that have come out because the colors speak to me the most. Very beautiful, very expensive but a couple of YouTubers I follow have recently tried out the Mothership V Bronze Seduction, the newest to the family, and have said they’re actually kind of worth it because the shadows and the quality are so nice so I’m not as afraid of this splurge.
Sisley, that price is so intense! A while back I tried the Sisley beauty subscription box and this was by far the best thing to come from that. I have what I would consider to be medium length lashes that are poker straight and don’t hold curl very well but this mascara changed the game for me. My lashes held their curl well, they were lengthened and volumized but not a clumpy volume. Honestly, it’s amazing but the price is still over double some of the other more expensive mascaras that I’ve tried out. The reason the price is so hefty is because it’s a fortifying mascara so it actually helps the lashes to lengthen and thicken within just two weeks so maybe that’s why I also loved it, because I was seeing the benefits from the formula. The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara ($29) and Stellar Absolute Mascara ($22) look like they have similar wands and I really want to try those before deciding if I would actually want to purchase this mascara but my god it’s amazing. One of my favorite YouTubers Karima McKimme just said in a recent video that she really loves this mascara as well so I at least feel a little validated after hearing that.
I’m already a regular Oribe hair product user, I blame my hairdresser Lindsay, but I’ve always wanted to try a few of their beauty products but haven’t been able to bite the bullet yet. Much like the Oribe hair care the beauty products are quite expensive for what they are but the packaging is absolutely stunning and calls to my soul (but not necessarily my pocket book).
Lip Lust Crème Lipstick $42 - The lipsticks are one of the beauty products I’m more interested in because I just love lipstick and the shades I would most want to try are called Ruby Red and The Nude. I am very much an “I have two moods” person, an all or nothing gal, and these two shades call to my two different sides. The shade range isn’t very extensive, there’s currently nine shades, but there’s still a color in there that I think most people will probably like. Ridiculously expensive, more pricey than Chanel lipsticks for cryin’ out loud, but I’m still really interested and might end up buying myself one for my birthday in January if I’m still thirsting for one then.
The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish $32 - I think the most I’ve ever spent for a single nail polish is around $20 and these are $12 more than that so they are super pricey and they’re more than Dior nail polish so that’s just bonkers to me. I don’t think I’d ever actually pull the plug on these nail polishes but I am completely obsessed with the shades Deep Teal, Lavender Smoke, Bloodstone and Nigh Orchid. Gorgeous colors and beautiful packaging but I’ve not had the best experience with “luxury” nail polishes in the past so because I’ve been burned by pricey polishes before I can’t say I’d ever actually make the splurge here.
This is a skincare product I’ve ummed and ahhed over for the past 18+ months. I actually had this in my cart during the last Sephora sale but ultimately backed out because it’s so expensive for what it is. Some people really love their bougie face mists and swear by them but the price just hurts my heart even though this limited edition packaging is screaming my name because it’s in some of my favorite colors. I do have a notification turned on for when this comes back in stock at Beautylish in this packaging and will have to make the decision then if I want to spend $50 in fancy water for my face. In case you’re wondering what it’s actually for it’s for dryness and dullness and supposedly smells amazing because, “it was inspired by the Queen of Hungary Water, the world's first recorded perfume, formulated for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary in the 14th century.” I do have dry skin so I would definitely use this in my skincare routine but the price kills me a little. If I did buy it though I would re-use the bottle for other mists like I have been with the Elcie Hydra Enhancer’s bottle (it currently has a Pixi mist in it).
Chikuhodo The Sakura Collection 2016 By Chikuhodo X Beautylish $245 - I have a few fancy natural hair brushes and they really are next level amazing so I would love to have a few more and this brush set in particular speaks to me because of its beauty. The four brushes with white hair are goat and the brown haired brush is badger but the lip brush is actually synthetic. It kind of has to be because natural fibers are a lot more delicate and lip brushes need to be cleaned frequently so I understand with that one. It’s a beautiful brush set that I’ll probably never buy but I love to visit them on Beautylish and stare at them because I have an unhealthy obsession.
Surratt Beauty Artistique Smoky Eye Brush $55-75 - The shape of these brushes look absolutely perfect so that is why I would love to try them. Caveat; they’re only sold individually and are super expensive for a single brush. These are natural hair as well but it doesn’t say what natural hair on Sephora or Beautylish but if I had to guess I’d say they’re either squirrel or badger based on the color of the bristles. I watched this video of Troy Surratt, the man behind the brand, doing makeup on a model and it made me want to try them even more. If I was ever going to get one I’d get the Petite brush, the smallest one, but idk if I’d ever actually spring for one because of the high price point.
The non-gold Dyson hair dryers are already so expensive that I figured might as well show they gold one - go big or go home right? For someone with a pixie cut I have an unhealthy obsession with the Dyson hair dryers. Right before I quite Ulta there was a bonus employee discount and I seriously considered purchasing a Dyson hair dryer (the non-gold versions go for $400). I reigned myself in because I hardly ever actually blow dry my hair. I prefer to just let my hair air dry because it’s less damaging and being that I have bleached platinum white hair and I’m a natural brunette the less damage I can add to my hair the better (plus I’m just not very good at doing my own hair). I always say this and I know my hairdresser agrees that my hair has a mind of its own so I like to just let it do its thing and not fight it. I would literally never purchase a Dyson hair dryer because they’re so expensive and with as short as my hair is I don’t think it would be a very good investment for me personally but my stylist at the salon I go to has a Dyson so I at least get to have one used on my tresses about every six weeks.
Okay, that’s it for today! Sorry this was not the most exciting post ever but I just wanted to get something up and try and get myself back into things. I initially took some time off because I needed to photograph some stuff that I wanted to list for sale and wanted to hang out with my dad some before he has back surgery but his surgery ended up getting postponed so he could get a stress echo test so now he’s having back surgery two days after this goes live (Tuesday October 16th). We’ve gone to the movies three times in my time off, I get to see movies for free because I have a connection, and by far the best one has been A Star Is Born and everyone needs to go see it - the day this is going up I’m taking my BFF because I want her to see it and I just want to see it again. Crazy Rich Asians was pretty good but didn’t live up to the hype the way A Star Is Born has and Venom was a lot better than the reviews led me to believe. Anyways… I have a few ideas for Halloween looks that I really hope I get around to creating and shooting before it sneaks up on me but I tried one out yesterday and it did not come out the way I had planned so back to the drawing board. I am currently on a no-makeup-buy and am trying very, very hard to stick to it because I have so much stuff that I’ve purchased over the past few months and haven’t even gotten around to playing with yet. Quite a few of those products are eyeshadow palettes so I was thinking of doing a few ‘multiple looks, 1 palette’ sort of posts like I did with the iluvsarahii x Dose of Colors collection just so I can show off some of the new eyeshadow palettes I’ve purchased because there’s some really beautiful ones I’ve added to my collection but haven’t gotten around to playing with yet. I have things I want to shoot and share it’s just a matter of finding the motivation because I’ve been seriously lacking as of late. That’s enough rambling for today so I’m going to shut up now and I will see you next time!