first i've got a recommendation. if you're interested in decant circles for more than bpal (but bpal too - she does it all!) then i totally suggest tempestscircles
- a community for the circles done by tempestteapot
. first off she's awesome. second you can try anything that comes out anywhere. third she's totally got a wiki set up to keep up with stuff - it's awesome. anyway go there for stuff. :)
next we've been sick. turns out q was really just bad allergic to the feather pillows we had all over the place but we felt like death for about 2 months. it SUCKED. but now we can breathe ...so I CAN DO REVIEWS AGAIN!! :) when we're sick sometimes anything with a smell makes us feel all queasy and junk. it's just ick.
first reviews are SOAP reviews. we bought some yule soaps from bptp - we got el dia del reyes and egg nog.
i <3 bptp soaps. even if they didn't smell totally awesome (but they do) they would still be awesome because they are just such GOOD SOAPS. they don't make you feel all sticky and they feel good and they leave your skin all happy and stuff - it's just good. :) plus now i have soap that smells like mexican hot chocolate and soap that smells like egg nog. :)
i'm behind on mailing stuff out because we've been so sick. (ok for a while we were scared it was cll kicking back up, you know? i mean we felt that bad
i've been getting a ton of stuff in the mail tho. i've got some awesome stuff to review - but q left it in the car! so it's out there in the cold! (ok so i know cold totally won't hurt it but geez...) so i have to review the stuff in my night stand. :) or ... you know ... just some of it because.... um.... it's alot.... :)
we got poe decants from tempestteapot
so we might as well start there. :)
first up the oval portrait. ok since we had to reinstall everything on the macbook because of the hard drive thing (ugh!) i don't have my spreadsheet all updated with the new scents so i'm sorry - but i don't have the description and i'm too lazy to look it up. :)
omg that's really strong. like i just put on a dot or two and it's all ... i can smell it forever away. totally.
ok because i love you i logged onto the forum to get the description:
"She was a maiden of rarest beauty, and not more lovely than full of glee. And evil was the hour when she saw, and loved, and wedded the painter. He, passionate, studious, austere, and having already a bride in his Art; she a maiden of rarest beauty, and not more lovely than full of glee; all light and smiles, and frolicsome as the young fawn; loving and cherishing all things; hating only the Art which was her rival; dreading only the pallet and brushes and other untoward instruments which deprived her of the countenance of her lover. It was thus a terrible thing for this lady to hear the painter speak of his desire to pourtray even his young bride. But she was humble and obedient, and sat meekly for many weeks in the dark, high turret-chamber where the light dripped upon the pale canvas only from overhead. But he, the painter, took glory in his work, which went on from hour to hour, and from day to day. And be was a passionate, and wild, and moody man, who became lost in reveries; so that he would not see that the light which fell so ghastly in that lone turret withered the health and the spirits of his bride, who pined visibly to all but him. Yet she smiled on and still on, uncomplainingly, because she saw that the painter (who had high renown) took a fervid and burning pleasure in his task, and wrought day and night to depict her who so loved him, yet who grew daily more dispirited and weak. And in sooth some who beheld the portrait spoke of its resemblance in low words, as of a mighty marvel, and a proof not less of the power of the painter than of his deep love for her whom he depicted so surpassingly well. But at length, as the labor drew nearer to its conclusion, there were admitted none into the turret; for the painter had grown wild with the ardor of his work, and turned his eyes from canvas merely, even to regard the countenance of his wife. And he would not see that the tints which he spread upon the canvas were drawn from the cheeks of her who sate beside him. And when many weeks bad passed, and but little remained to do, save one brush upon the mouth and one tint upon the eye, the spirit of the lady again flickered up as the flame within the socket of the lamp. And then the brush was given, and then the tint was placed; and, for one moment, the painter stood entranced before the work which he had wrought; but in the next, while he yet gazed, he grew tremulous and very pallid, and aghast, and crying with a loud voice, 'This is indeed Life itself!' turned suddenly to regard his beloved: -- She was dead!
Evil was the hour that she saw, and loved, the painter. Gentle beauty and innocent devotion: honeysuckle, carnation, stargazer lily, bluebonnet, vanilla musk, and rice flower.
so yea - sweet florals all the way. it smells GOOD just really sweet and pretty strong. i'd totally have to be in the right mood to wear this.
dry - it's getting softer. that's good. i'll totally have to remember to put it on like 15 minutes before i go anywhere. seriously. it's good tho. it gets prettier and prettier...
how about i do prospero now?
There was beauty, there was wine; a rich Sangiovese vintage swirled through opulent amber, rich plum, champaca flower, and arrogant white musk.
seriously me and q keep trying to love the bpal wine note but it's always like grape koolaid on crack. this is totally no different - except it smells like the powder instead of the liquid. plum is usually really good on us and so is amber alot of times... but wet this is all grape koolaid.
hey wait. this is starting to smell like for real wine! and the plum is coming up.... this might be ok afterall...
omg. this is totally different then when i first put it on. this is just GOOD. holy cow.
black lace - the dark delicacies anniversary blend.
The embodiment of Victorian funereal elegance. A delicate sugar-spun vanilla cream cotton, stained by tobacco and incense, Indian musk, and drops of cognac.
i could barely smell it in the imp but then i put like half a drop on the inside of my left wrist HOLY COW IT ATE MY FACE.
i was real excited about this one for some reason. i don't know. it smells interesting. kind of powdery tho. there's something weird about incense and cotton. cool but weird. :)
ok i think 3 smells is my limit for most reviews because my nose gets tired and i run out of places to put them. so here you go. :)