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Nov 272014
 November 27, 2014  Posted by on November 27, 2014 3 Responses »
Zeta Tauer Perfumes Fragrantica

Hey there POSEEEEEE! It’s Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with a fragrance from one of my favourite independent perfumers. Zeta by Andy Tauer is a limited edition work.  A new direction for his work in a softer and less intense vibe. My favourite from his range is Auburn, though I adore L`Air du Desert Marocain, Eau D’Epices and Lonestar Memories and, to be frank, was worried before I first sampled Zeta that it would not stack up to the traffic stopping bigness of his other work…..

Zeta by Andy Tauer for Tauer 2011

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, bergamot, orange
Heart: Ylang-ylang, orange blossom absolute, neroli, linden blossom, rose
Base: Orris root, Mysore sandalwood, vanilla

Citrus, brisk, sweet and sharp with a soft and fluffy pithiness and the weird, other-world-ish tang of linden all combine in the opening of Zeta to create a powerful, sparkling, dizzyingly austere opening. This is the scent I imagine Jodie Foster wearing in her role as Delacourt in 2013 film Elysium. She is the toughest and most ruthless ruler who will go to any lengths to keep her precious Elysium safe. As always Jodie is flawless in her role, even though the character is deeply flawed. Zeta’s green-ness is both the ice cold steel and the feral, ferocious jungle animal that Jodie plays. Terrifying but alluring, exotic and deadly. This is what deadly nightshade should smell like, here is what a Triffid’s genitals smell like. WOW!

Quite unexpectedly Zeta turns pretty, all the notes that previously were screaming bloody murder have all dropped their intensity and it’s as if a decision to work together has been formed. Suddenly my nose is bombarded with beauty. Soft breathy whispers, a spicy rose and tropical flowers mingle with the sparkling citrus and create a very enticing siren song. Is this linden that I’m smelling? I don’t know but whatever the bouquet is it feels smooth and finished. A very elegant central heart of fragrance that is both quite distinctly unusual and strangely familiar.

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Much is said about Andy’s Tauerade and the longevity of his fragrances. Zeta is not one of these FOREVER fragrances that you can smell when you wake up in the morning, and often after 2 showers. I get regular 5-7 hours of noticeable scent on my skin and the base is a sweet wash of fragrance for me rather than a cumulation of notes, very pretty.

Further reading: Perfume Posse and Alembicated Genie
Tauer has $135/50ml
Andy also has his 5 x 1.5ml Discovery Set for about $33
LuckyScent has $150/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

DON’T FORGET our MeetUps through the USA in November 2014

Check the Portia Across America 2014 itinerary out <<<JUMP

SCENT BAR LA Wednesday NOVEMBER 19 2014 with Killian Hennessy MeetUp 5-7pm

BARNEYS + NEIMAN MARCUS CHICAGO Monday NOVEMBER 24 2014 MeetUp Barneys (Beauty Downstairs) 1.30pm

OSSWALD N.Y.C Saturday NOVEMBER 29 2014 MeetUp 2-4pm

TWISTED LILY BROOKLYN NYC Sunday November 30 2014 MeetUp 11am-1pm

Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014  Posted by on November 25, 2014 16 Responses »
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So.. I went shoe shopping yesterday.  I don’t know about y’all but I am past – WAY past – the point where I will buy a pair of shoes that hurt just because they look good.  But I will allow for that break-in period for a decent pair of boots or shoes that just need a couple of wearings before they are that perfect fit.  You know the ones…they basically feel fine – and look wonderful  – but they might rub the heel a touch (a bit of moleskin will fix that right up) or that tiny little rub right up against the ganglia below your big toe (if it hits the nerve right between there, though, fuggedaboutit.  It will send a shiver of pain through to the top of your head and you’ll never break them in.}  I bought a pair of Reikers in Berkeley, eons ago.  Cute little orthopedic flats (yes! Cute!) with little stars cut out of the leather.  They pinched a bit and I despaired – but they were sooo cute, they were German orthopedics and it was Berkeley.  So I caved.  And I bit my lip and broke them in and about 12 years later I finally wore them to the point that even my genius shoe-guy said ‘hon.  Really?  Give. Them. Up.’  It took forever for those little sun-tats to fade away.

But you know….in between the time you slip them on your cranky, tender feet and the time they become your BFFFE…there is that skritchy, pinchy time.  The time where you’ll decide to blow off stopping at the grocery store.  You say it’s because you really don’t need that orange juice.  But in your stones you know it’s because the shoes are pinching just a tad and you’d rather just go home so you can take the damn things off.


Same with some perfumes.  Have you ever put on a perfume and realized that it’s going to pinch you all day long?   For me, it’s contemporary Femme.  I love it.  It’s gorgeous.  But worn in the daytime it has a certain…I dunno…there’s just something ‘off’ about it.  Ages ago I wrote about wearing it, with a cardigan, to a meeting held by a consortium of academics.  I felt like a B-movie starlet, caught in the Walk of Shame.  Don’t faint but another one that can swing into Pinchville is my beloved Mitsouko.  On the wrong day, in the wrong outfit Miss Mitsy turns into Miss Thang and suddenly you are back in church, in the second-to-front row – and your underwear has just lost its elastic.  You’re wearing pants but your drawers iz hanging down in the crotch and it just feels ..skritchy.  No 22?  The right day it feels like an elegant cloud.  The wrong day?  Tossed in a vat of talcum powder then thrown in an ice-cold lake.  In January.  In Buffalo.


All of these happen to be perfumes I adore.  But, unlike a lot of others (No5, Gold, Carnal Flower) these perfumes require some thought – right time, right place.  No Splash ‘n Dash with those beauties.  Else Ice Cold Lake.  or Shame.


What perfumes do you love – but have to watch out for?  Please.  Just ONE of you list Drama Nuui.  Please!

Writing this pre-Portia because I don’t see her until too late to post and once we get together it’ll be Portia!  Portia! Portia!!!  Can’t wait to tell you ALL about i!


Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014  Posted by on November 25, 2014 16 Responses »
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birthdayWhoo-hoo! In the immortal words of Kool & the Gang, “It’s time to celebrate!” Wishing the happiest of birthdays to our darling Musette!!

Hope you have a wonderful day and are having a ball tooling around Chicago with Portia and company!! Wish we could all be with you to help you blow out your candles (all 21 of them!), have a slice of cake and a wee bit of champagne and toast to you, dear lady!!

Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014  Posted by on November 24, 2014 33 Responses »
Korean skin care

Extremely dry skin in winter has been my horrible reality since I moved to Denver over two decades ago.  High and dry, no matter the increased creams, water, praying and cursing, always about January – sometimes earlier – my face turns into a cracked, flaky mess. It gets so bad, I can’t put on the lightest foundation or it just flakes.  I don’t even want to talk about my hands.  Hourly reapplication of hand lotion is a must.

Korean skin care

After reading this article about Korean skin care, I’ve been on a mission before the worst of winter hits.  Okay, Anita calls it obsessions, but whatevs!  Yes, I’m obsessed with Korean skin products, not even kidding.  First, it tends to be less expensive than the very pricy European/American products we are awash in.  Second, the layering they do seems annoying at first and something I’m averse to, but the results are reported to be spectacular, and the pictures I saw bear it out. For me?  Well, we’ll see.  While writing this post, I ran across a NYTimes article about Korean skin care, and it looks like I’m on the trailing edge of this new trend by about a month or year or – how far behind on stuff is The Times?

Couple of things to know.

  • First – Korean skin care requires a LOT of products.  Yeah, a lot of them are pretty inexpensive. Some are mid-range’ish.  But the costs adds up.  What I’m doing is incorporating them as I deplete other products, and I am keeping some of my products that I love.  A nice thing about Korean skin care is a wide range of prices will net you a good product. Some are better, but you can get a lot of inexpensive items that will be perfection.
  • Second – Big deal with Korean skin care is cleansing.  Cleanse twice or three times.  I’m using Innisfree for my eyes. It smells great (olivey), it’s so gentle, but it really gets almost every speck of eye makeup off.  I follow that up with Tatcha Camelia cleansing oil.  Cleansing oil was a revelation. I had tried some other brand of cleansing oil once years ago and thought it was a mess.   Not sure if my face changed or it wasn’t a great product, but Tatcha is aaaaamazing.  It takes off anything, including some unused skin.  It’s gentle as can be, but it feels like everything that shouldn’t be on my face comes off, and I’m not left with tight skin at all, which is a huge plus in my bitter battle with winter dry skin.   Some sites recommend a foam cleanser too, and I’ve ordered Missha Super Aqua Foam Cleanser, which is also super gentle.  I wasn’t going to do a foam cleanser, worried about drying stuff out, but after my lovely experience with the Missha Time Revolution (below), I’m sold on the brand.

Okay, basics are covered.  Now your skin is clean. Time for the rest of the ritual.

  • Refresh.  I’ve always eyed the Sk-II Facial Treatment Essence, and I even got a small bottle and just never used it enough or been committed enough to shell out the bucks ($115 for 2.5 oz) for  a normal size bottle or the large one, not really got what it does.  But!  Missha Time Revolution The First Essence was compared to the SK-II, with the Missha coming out  soooo much better.  At $43, I figured it was a bargain and sprang for a bottle. OMG, it is so yummy.  After cleansing, you pour some in your hands and splash it all over your face and neck.  It just smooths things out, calms them down. It is this product that made me feel okay about trying a retinoid again.  My skin is just too sensitive and ruddy to take much retinol, and I freaked out using it and stopped.  Now I’m back on the retinol (Skinceuticals) and not worrying about getting excess red in my face from it.  If everything else works well enough, I may discontinue the retinol.
  • Cream, cream, serum, cream, more cream, serum, ampule, cream.  Just start slathering on a ton of my creams (using up what I have, some I’ll keep using).  I use some Rodan and Fields products I love – Redefine Night Renewing Serum and the Soothe day cream for sensitive skin.  I use Nia24 as well.  I’ve got some new Korean creams coming, but I don’t have comments about all of them yet since I don’t have them. One I did get is the Sum37 Water Full Timeless Moisturizing Cream.  Wow, talk about serious lasting hydration for the nighttime!
  • Special stuff – exfoliate and masks.  Exfoliation is a BIG deal for dry skin since the sloughy skin needs to come off, and it can’t be too harsh while it’s doing it.  I ran across this Cure Natural Aqua Gel.  It’s allegedly the best-selling product in Japan, which means it’s probably Japanese and not Korean, but let’s not quibble, everyone should have some of this in their face toolkit.  Nothing harsh in this, it’s some plant extracts. You smooth it on your face, wait three minutes, you’ll probably get some weird bubbling, and then just massage it in, then rinse your face off.   Use it like 2x a week.  I’m giving you the directions because unless you read Japanese, you won’t find them on the packaging.  $31 and a bazillion rave reviews, and I’m adding mine to a crowded love-fest.  This stuff is soooo cool.  Between it and the oil cleanser, I feel like my face is really sloughed of dead skin, but not harshly.  There are more exfoliation and masks, but I’m using up a bunch I have from Amore Pacific.  I won’t be trying more than just a few of the face paper masks for now.

What is the product that I’m sorta most in love with?  It’s one that Target is carrying – Amazon has it too – LaNeige BB Cushion in Natural Beige.  This product was a little worrisome at first, they don’t have a wide range of colors.  I found only beiges on Amazon, but I have heard that Target carries a Dark, not sure how dark that is. $44, and you get one refill. You take the sponge and  press it into your face. At first you’re thinking – really?  It’s soooooo light and moist.  Slowly but surely, as you press it onto your skin, those little weird places are covered, and your face looks dewy and luminous. Not oily, just fresh.

Listen, I don’t know that anyone has referred to my skin as luminous for the last decade, but after I put on the LaNeige, it is absolutely luminous and stays that way for quite a while and can get refreshed with some water refresher spray.

Better news, LaNeige BB Cushion has SPF50 built in, as well as softening, anti-shine and brightening skin products.  So it’s a treatment as well. Okay, some/most of you may have already been on board this BB Cushion thing, but I missed it until now.  It is GREAT coverage that is also light and doesn’t cake.  Genius.

It’s hard to pick which one of my new Korean skin care products are my most favorite, I love them all so, so much. I’ve got lots more coming – the ones that are coming from Hong Kong. Yeah, I went overboard… theoretically.  Normal Korean skin care routines are like 5-7 products in the morning and about 10 in the evening (this increases in winter).  I’m only up to like 4-5 each, with more in the wings.  I look almost, well, restrained!

I’m excited to see how it works out, and I’ve started to enjoy taking that 10-15 minutes in the morning and evening to take care of my face, neck and chest (wiping all excess on my hands, hoping for some miracle there as well).  It’s pretty zen all in all.

Confused about what to put on when? Order does matter somewhat, but rule is lightest stuff goes on first. So the more watery it is, the earlier you put it on.  Your last thing should be your thickest creams.

What I wish most is I could see all of your faces as you think about having 12-17 products a day applied to your skin.  Probably what mine would have looked like if I had not hit desperation point before this year’s winter hit.  It started there, but taking this much time on my face has been lovely.   It’s the old theory of fixing what’s under the hood instead of relying on paint on top to cover it up.  Peeling paint ain’t pretty, y’all.  I’ve never had terrible skin, but age and dryness are ready to start taking its toll, especially in winter. Time to fix what’s under the hood.

Progress reports to com on whether or not my Korean skin care game starts to reflect in my face.  With just a few days in, I can’t tell you that it is visibly different – too soon – but man it feels so moisturous and smooooooth.  This is all I want, really, TBH.

Aside – has anyone tried that Baby Foot thing? An exfoliant for your feet, you stick them in the little bags for two hours, pull them out, and all your dead skin gets, um, removed somehow, it allegedly starts falling off your feet over the next week.  I’m afraid to get it and that I’ll be too grossed out.

So will you try Korean skin care or have you tried it? Or no chance you’ll go through that many hoops even if you wind up with the skin of a teenager without the murder charge and crime scene tape around your house?

*UPDATED* Neela Vermeire Monday: A great day, Indian-style

*UPDATED* Neela Vermeire Monday: A great day, Indian-style

(Exciting news! See below) Hallelujah! The cuisine gods are finally smiling on us now. We’ve got a great Indian restaurant in town and it has an amazing and varied lunch buffet. Perfect on this quite chilly day, so my darling husband and I are heading there for a warm, filling, The rest, please…

The Peripatetic Portia, and Visiting With the Killians

The Peripatetic Portia, and Visiting With the Killians

So Hurricane Portia has left the building. I of course mean “hurricane” in the best possible light: anyone who’s met Portia will tell you that it’s impossible not to be swept up into the vortex of fun. I was invited to go on the first day of the journey to The rest, please…

Eau de Tommi Sooni I by Tommi Sooni 2010

Eau de Tommi Sooni I by Tommi Sooni 2010

Hellooooo Posse! It’s Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with an AUSTRALIAN niche perfume brand!! Tommi Sooni are our first international niche brand and I am justifiably proud of their work. It’s outstanding and can stand up to the best entrenched niche brands and wave a flag of equality. I know, it’s a The rest, please…

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