Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bath & Body Works At the Beach

Hmm...Bath & Body Works At the Beach actually smells like CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966 if I recall correctly. This is definitely a Coppertone suntan lotion / sunblock type of coconut-pineapple smell, literally beachy but also musky and punchy (as in strong 👊) with a sharp, almost spicy quality to the creamy, milky-woodsy, mildly warm musk in the base (reminds me faintly of Burberry The Beat or BBW Twilight Woods). I love it, but since it's a bit brusque and not as gourmand (sweet) as I prefer my coconuts, I think a small perfume spray (and it says "perfume" and means it) will last me awhile. I can smell it potently when applied lightly to just one pulse point. If you want a scent that epitomizes that beachy air, At the Beach is the seasonal fragrance to get! 💪

Edited to add: The suntan lotion scent comes from the musky note which I just figured out was a skin cream scent, like Nivea. I'm not crazy about applying perfume that smells like lotion, but I can see how the "skin musk scent" evokes warm skin and sand in this composition (which, reminds me, is beachy in a way like Coty Sand & Sable).

Edited to add: The dry down stage is pure monoi: tuberose, gardenia, jasmine. Heady, long-lasting and amazingly enough, floral yet still coconutty. It's like Bond No.9 Chinatown but nicer because beachy means more tropical.

Edited to add: The dry down is deep and incensey, sweet with vanilla and tropical florals, like a scent I used to buy from local fragrance oil vendors called "black coconut". Through it all, I love this scent from the first hit of fresh beach air to the unexpected darker turn.

Edited on June 5: The fragrance mist is much lighter, more like sea spray than monoi, but just as beachy. Should I disclose how many bottles of this addictive scent I've stockpiled?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

When You're Sasha Velour, Drag Is More Than Lipstick and Liza

"Drag queens are basically real-world comic book heroes. Both take on new names and identities, with flashy costumes to match, face marginalization for being exceptional, and turn this potential source of exclusion into a source of power. It makes sense that Sasha Velour, the drag persona of Brooklyn-based artist Sasha Steinberg, who's currently starring on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race, first began life as a comic book character...

"(...) Sasha Velour didn't leap directly from the pages of comics and onto TV screens. Before her time on the show, she was a star in Brooklyn's drag scene, a community that embraces a definition of drag that spans far beyond female impersonation..." Read the article: When You're Sasha Velour, Drag Is More Than Lipstick and Liza by Gabrielle Bruney, Creators / VICE

Sasha Velour & Shea Couleé on VH1
TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 9

Friday, May 26, 2017

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion

There's going to be a slew of these VS and BBW fragrance reviews here because that's what happens when these stores have a clearance sale. You can safely expect mall stores to carry mall scents, products that are easily accessible to all, and can fit into our daily lifestyle with as little distraction as possible. Body mists, which are comprised of less percentage of fragrance oil mixed into an alcoholic base than eau de toilette or cologne, are made to be pleasant-smelling and light enough to liberally spray on after a shower. Depending on the particular scent, the formula can still be strong or weak in terms of which notes tend to stay in people's noses long after smelling it. As much as I loved Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion, the scent was based in a baby oil-type musk, which combined with the sweet vanilla gave it a sumptuous, almost tactile presence, a spoiled bratty richness similar to Love's Baby Soft, an American drugstore icon.

Victoria's Secret has stifled the outrageous hedonism and given Coconut Passion a makeover. This time, the original composition is as streamlined as the new one-look-fits-all packaging, sans visually pretty flowers, sans warm and suggestive musk, and audaciously interwoven with a sporty, calone-y, floral note. The combination makes the scent less perfumey and more perfumey at the same time. It's less perfumey because even though it's still a heavy Oriental vanilla fragrance, it's lighter without the musk, as well as missing that subtle yummy spiciness, too, like angel food cake. Simultaneously it's more flowery-smelling, and, ya, in that Axe sort of way, which translates to scented deodorant, which translates to perfume. So, while I like that it smells more like Rihanna Reb'l Fleur now, which is to say less Oriental, more Chypre, somewhat low-pitched, obnoxious and intense either way, I'm still more of a rich, warm vanilla musk person than a bold, sharp woody floral one. I still like it, but nothing like austerity makes me miss the original, cloudy sweet and delectable formula as much as I do now.

Edited to add: The aqueous note smells like watermelon-flavored Jolly Rancher candies at the start. I like the initial combination with coconut water and the overall caramel-buttery sweetness.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Now 2017

Never mind that it's a silly, nonsensical name, the whimsical-sounding launch is a refreshingly basic Floral composition with fruity aspects, a spring bouquet with crisp top notes reminiscent of Paris Hilton or Max Factor Le Jardin. The ad campaigns seem to shift between garden flowers and tropical rainforest motifs, but both of these are reflected in the scent which I would describe as a floral coconut water, especially at the beginning when the coconut is prominent. The coconut subsides and I'm left with a pleasantly clean soapy floral dry down, like a less musky Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue or an '80s style floral a la Rochas Lumiere, Charles Jourdan Un Jour or Laura Ashley. The diaphanous pastel rainbow colors seem to depict fantasy island, befitting of this heavenly new fragrance like light and lilting May flowers by the sea.

Edited to add: I smell more guava now, an icy cool, perpetually frozen summer fruit. The actual floral packaging is more vividly colored than pastel, with hibiscus pink being the star. 🌺

Edited to add: No, it's not an '80s but a '90s Floral-fruity I smell: Clarins Elysium. The soft, lush, pear-like tropical note also reminds me of Annick Goutal Petite Chérie.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

PINK MANHATTAN Mother's Day Fragrance Review Party

Happy Mother's Day! I'm very happy and fortunate to be called "a lit mom" by my own, so much so I'm going to repeat it to anyone in the world who'll listen. Oh, but you're not just anyone, you're my precious PINK MANHATTAN blog reader, so thanks to your birth giver, for you're utterly lit for being here, too. 🔥

Tory Burch Love Relentlessly: What a gorgeous fresh spring scent! It's almost like Chloe to me, though it reminds me more of fresh cut grass and Cartier Baiser Vole, that dry sensation of a steaming hot towel. It's a crisp, refreshing green fruity floral, upbeat and upscale like it could be called Eau de Miss Arpels. My daughter and I share this love, but shh, I think she's getting the bottle for her dresser.

(Edited to add: Estée Lauder, creator of Pleasures perfume, is the parent company.)

Michael Kors Wonderlust: I've only smelled the scent strip, sorry, but this is often how perfume love begins. I smell a tropical scent, a light, sheer tuberose with citrus, though it's probably a deeper scent on the skin being Floral Oriental. This could be my sporty La Chasse aux Papillons. I like that they used a guy with a cane in the ad because it's unusual and creative.

(Added on May 20: I sampled the perfume today. It's spicy, with peppery notes on top.)

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Sucre: A gourmand scent that delivers real sweetness - I love it, though it is a heavy Floral scent, almost reminiscent of Giorgio and Fred Hayman / Gale Hayman perfumes. MK Wonderlust is similar but more sheer, at least the white floral note of tuberose and gardenia. I posted the pic of the 1 fl. oz. bottle because I found the sugar glaze design to be an eyesore...I love the rest of the packaging, especially the tulle bow.

Get her and yourself something special! ♥🌸

Friday, May 05, 2017

City Island Theater Group presents The Philadelphia Story (Final weekend 5/3-5/5!)

This is the final weekend of CITG’s acclaimed production of the classic romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1939, starring legendary leading lady Katharine Hepburn, who later starred in the popular film adaptation, The Philadelphia Story is a timeless love story filled with charm, wit, laughs and champagne! A first rate cast delivers an evening of pure entertainment that will leave you beaming with joy.

Don’t miss CITG’s take on this great show.

~ Starring ~

Casey Marie Ecker
(Tracy Lord)

Jean Eifert
(Margaret Lord)

Claudia Kimmel
(Dinah Lord)

Bob Livingston

Robert McEvily
(Alexander (Sandy) Lord)

Joseph Montano
(William (Uncle Willy) Lord)

Greg Morra
(C.K. Dexter Haven)

Robert Mulroy
(Seth Lord)

Elizabeth Paldino
(Liz Imbrie)

Stephen Pearce
(Macaulay (Mike) Connor)

Frances Suro

Thomas Worden
(George Kitteredge)

Directed by Amanda Livingston Martin

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Todrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz

Dumb by Todrick Hall

Expensive by Todrick Hall feat: Kim Chi, Willam, Alaska, Mariah & Laganja

Raven-Symoné in Todrick Hall's "Straight Outta Oz"

If you haven't seen Straight Outta Oz yet, enjoy the show!