kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (Default)
( Jul. 3rd, 2005 08:11 pm)
I stayed up too late last night reading (3 am, damn you, [ profile] matociquala and Scardown made me CRY!) and got woken up too early by the cat, therefore I am tired. Probably the cocktail I threw together of vodka, tonic, and Naked Juice Pomegranate Passion is not helping any. Maybe I should call this a Persephone, as it seems to want to send me to the underworld for 6 months... :-)

(Gakked from [ profile] st_crispins)I don't write much SF these days, but if I did, I'd be honored by this result:
I am:
Isaac Asimov
One of the most prolific writers in history, on any imaginable subject. Cared little for art but created lasting and memorable tales.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I taped the first installment of "Empire" last week and finally got around to watching it. As far as historical accuracy goes, there's a lot to quibble with, but I have to say I am very impressed with the costuming and sets. Someone FINALLY did their research for a historical drama. Visually, this rivals "I Claudius" (I said visually, not in any other way!) However, the fact that Vincent Regan is playing Marc Antony thrills me. I thought he was pretty much the only redeeming factor in Troy (in which he played Achilles' right-hand man, Eudoras). He reminds me a lot of Oliver Reed in his prime. Yum. And the guy playing Octavian (Santiago Cabrera) reminds me eerily of Tom Welling. Someone should cast them as brothers or something. Plotwise they seem to be cribbing several pages from "Gladiator" but doing a much better job of looking historically accurate. I can't say they are being any more historically accurate, though.

BPAL Report: I tested out 3 more of the imps. These descriptions are short becase I didn't think to write them down as I tested them so I am going by memory.

#9) BLOOD: Essence of dragon's blood resin, thickened with myrrh and cherry, with a trickle of clove.
Initial impression: I have dipped myself in Essence of Luden's Cough Drops. It took a couple of hours to be able to smell anything but cherry. The dragon's blood is completely overwhlemed. Finally after a while the myrrh and clove tempered the the cherry. Verdict: Not for me.

#10) SYBARIS: Bright violet with sweet clove, Mediterranean incense notes and tonka bean.
One of the lighter scents I have tried this time out. The violet really is bright, and the incense and clove are subtle, the tonka bean gives it a nice vanilla-y finish. This is a good perfume for a day that needs brightening up.

#11) HUNGER: Black narcissus, orange blossoms, and vanilla.
Predominately orange-blossom and black narcissus, the vanilla fades into unrecognizability. However, that said, this is a really lush, sensual scent and I liked it quite a bit. It stood up fairly well to a trip to the Farmer's Market and all the sweating thus involved.
kelliem: aurora borealis (skylight)
( Jun. 29th, 2005 09:13 pm)
This one is ostensibly a man's scent-- it would be interesting to smell it on a man, because on me, it's pretty sweet.

SAINT-GERMAIN: gilded amber, hypnotic lavender, brash carnation and deep mosses.

Vial: A bright wash of carnation, with a hint of amber.

Wet: Carnation, with a hint of amber

Drydown: The carnation fades a tiny bit, and the lavender emerges, along with a hint of something that might possibly be vetiver ('deep mosses?').

Dry: Still very carnationy (which I like) the amber gives it a little bit of richness, and the 'mosses' a nice darkness. I can't really smell the lavender any more. I like this a lot, though it doesn't last as well as some of the others. It was long gone by midday, which is a shame.

Realized today that I have gotten lazy on the MFU story I am working on, and it will require significant rewriting. *sigh* That's what I get for trying to hurry up and get to the smut.
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (reflect)
( Jun. 27th, 2005 09:00 pm)
More BPAL perfume sampler reportage:

BASTET: Luxuriant amber, warm Egyptian musk, fierce saffron and soft myrrh, almond, cardamom and golden lotus.
I put on Bastet yesterday but got busy sewing and forgot to take notes so all I can tell you is that I liked it quite a lot. It was a long-lasting, very sensual blend, not overly sweet (probably the myrrh bittering it up), so well balanced that no single scent really stuck out.

SERAGLIO: Sweet almond and Mysor sandalwood enveloped by a heady veil of Bulgarian Rose, neroli, nutmeg, clove and orange peel.
Wet: very strong almond. After a few moments, the rose starts to emerge as well. It's a very unusual rose, not as sweet or cloying as most roses. It has a deep, rich scent. I still don't really smell the neroli, orange peel and spices.
Drydown: Rose-almond with a hint of orange.
Dry: The orange and neroli have finally emerged, along with the sandalwood. It's a luscious blend. I can't really pick out the spices individually but I am fairly sure they are what is keeping the scent from being too cloyingly sweet.
This is a very womanly perfume, with just a hint of mystery. And one that really, really lasts. Even 14 hours later I can still smell a faint, lingering trace -- mostly sandalwood, clove, orange and rose.

I love this one. Though for some reason it makes me feel like I should be wearing Stevie Nicks' wardrobe and reading tarot by flickering candlelight inside of a gypsy caravan. :)
kelliem: icy lakefront sunrise (reflect)
( Jun. 25th, 2005 06:48 pm)
Today's BPAL trial was Akuma: Devilish temptation, as sweet as sin: blood orange, neroli, and raspberry.

Vial: raspberry and neroli. Wet: Raspberry & neroli. Drydown: Raspberry & neroli. Dry: Raspberry and neroli.

Can't quite figure out where the blood orange got to, I think I would like this blend better if the citrus scent were stronger. It's pleasant, very sweet, but it's kind of a young girl sort of perfume. I know someone who loves to smell like raspberries, so I will probably pass this one along to her.

Plus. I am a Sheep. Baaa.

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kelliem: dandelion (ephemeral)
( Jun. 24th, 2005 09:40 pm)
Today I tried out BPAL's "Golden Priapus."

The site description: vanilla and amber with juniper, rosewood and white pine.

I really liked the scent both wet and dry. The woodsy and piney notes are most noticeable when the perfume is first applied but they fade rapidly, leaving only the vanilla/amber blend behind. Unfortunately after four hours I could barely tell I had ever put any on. After six, I couldn't smell it at all.

The verdict: like most things priapal, it doesn't last long anywhere near long enough, but it was nice while it lasted. :)

Also, gakked from [ profile] noelql

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Got a call from the kid-unit around 11:30 this morning. It seems that the cat had knocked her stainless-steel t-square off the table, and when she went to start working on her midterm art project she tripped over the t-square and it gouged her right foot just above where her fourth and fifth toes come together. She sounded very upset so I decided I ought to go home and check on her. The wound was really pretty nasty, about a 2 cm oval gouge with skin missing across about a centimeter in the middle. I ended up driving her to the doc. After discussion and taking into account that Kid-Unit was totally freaked out by the idea of stitches even *WITH* a valium in her, the doctor cleaned out the wound and steri-stripped it closed instead of stitching it. We'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure its healing okay. Since this comes after said art project caused a flareup of her ulnar-nerve compression which required a trip to the physical therapist, Kid-Unit says her midterm is trying to kill her. :)

BPAL report: Tried the Nocnitsa today. The blurb describes it as: fir wood, nighttime air, wet forest mosses and upturned earth. I have had it on for about 12 hours now and I can still smell it very faintly if I put my nose to my wrist. Upon opening the vial my first impression was STRONG! and JUNIPER! Since I did not relish the idea of smelling like I'd started my day with a swig of gin, or giving my co-workers headaches from too much scent, I hoped that the initial flare would fade rapidly. It did, mostly, though the sharp juniper-y scent stayed on top for at least an hour, even though it moderated slightly. After an hour, all the notes seemed to have finally blended and I started to like the scent. The base note is something deeply sweet and woody, possibly resinous amber (not ambergris), and there may be a touch of patchouli in the blend. I don't like patchouli (to put it mildly) but thankfully this isn't strong enough to invoke my 'ick' reaction. I suspect that it's the 'upturned earth' of the blurb.
kelliem: aurora borealis (skylight)
( Apr. 28th, 2005 01:16 pm)
I'm a sucker for good perfumes... not the cloying alcoholic things they sell in department stores but subtle, interesting blends that evoke other places and states of mind. Today the evil [ profile] matociquala posted about such things in association with the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab which I'd never heard of before. (Actually I think maybe I had, but I'd forgotten about it.) So I had to go look, and I found that you can get 6 'sample-size' vials of their scent oils for $16 (look under "Imps Ears" if you're interested) and of course I ended up getting a bunch. I could have gotten a lot more but I really had to rein myself in. Just in case you're curious, here's what I ordered:Read more... )

Yes, I do like citrus, spices, vanilla, almond, and resins (frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, etc.), why do you ask?


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