Aloha! Since I am spending this Fresh Friday with my toes in the sand (jealous, much?), I wanted to feature a beachy scent this week — and it just had to be Sel Marin by James Heeley.
Sel Marin is described as “An afternoon standing on the docks during a clear spring day, the salty sea spray refreshingly hitting the skin” …ahh. Nice, huh?
Barney’s describes Sel Marin as, “Both breezy and aquatic, Sel Marin perfectly captures an early summer’s day spent at a quiet cove, a place absent of all fruity tropical oil smells and distractions. A refreshing blend of lemon, Sicilian bergamot, sea salt, seaweed, vetiver, birch and cedar.”
Sel Marin is a fragrance for men and women, with a base of Cedarwood, musk, and leather; midlle touches of sea salt, moss, and algae; and top notes of lemon (shout out), Italian bergamot, and beach leaf.
James Heeley is a fragrance designer, and he’s got quite a collection — which I will discover here — that ranges in scents from Bubblegum Chic and Hippie Rose to Ophelia and Menthe Fraiche.
The winner is commenter #3, Shannon! Let me know if you want the red/white blue hat, or the green one!
We use all sorts of tools — from horoscopes and compatibility tests (Which Harry Potter character are you?) to discover what our perfect match is going to look like. Does it work? Perhaps, but I’m still trying to figure it out.
At work, my coworkers and I completed a Strengths Finder test to determine our top five strengths. Not only were we required to discover our strengths and share them with others, we were also asked to post our results on our office door, so that others can learn how to better work with us. I’m not kidding.
In case you’re curious, here are my top five strengths: 1. Strategic (seeing patterns), 2. Responsibility (taking psychological ownership), 3. Futuristic (fascinated by the future), 4. Focus (guided by a clear destination), 5. Input (likes to add information to “archives”).
Basically, I’m awesome.
While I don’t know if “finding my strengths” helped me or my coworkers when it comes to my job, it’s always interesting to find out more about yourself, and those around you. One of the more popular tests that can explain your personality is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). As it is described on their website:
The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
Once you take the test, you’re given a set of four letters that help describe your personality. I’ve taken the test several times and I’m a clear INTJ. Here’s what that means:
Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.
So what do personality tests have to do with dating? Well, once you’ve pegged yourself with a set of letters or numbers, or even aligned yourself with certain characteristics, there’s always going to be another set of traits that complements yours — the question becomes, does that make for a perfect relationship?
I will always think that certain traits do complement one another; though I’m not sold on the whole “opposites attract” thing. I found this website called Mass Match, and this is what it said about my Myers-Briggs compatibility:
- Best types for a relationship: ESTJ, INTJ, ISTP, ENTJ
- Possible types for a relationship: INTP, INFJ, INFP, ENFP
- Least likely types for a relationship: ESFJ, ISFJ, ESTP, ESFP, ISFP, ENTP, INFP, ENFJ
- Percentage of the US population: 3-4%
I was shocked to see that I could match with another INTJ, but equally saddened to see that only 3-4% of the US is INTJ. HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO FIND A MATCH? Maybe that’s why I’m still single…
I know what you’re all thinking — “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl, with yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there…” — No? Well if you weren’t thinking it before, now it’s going to be stuck in your head all day. But you know what? I’m okay with that because the Fresh Friday scent this week is Lola by the one-and-only fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
Nordstrom describes Lola as, “A modern free spirit with an irresistible attitude. Lola is an intoxicating swirl of rich layers, wrapping the skin in sensuous florals blooming with a signature note of fuchsia peony. Playfully alluring and irresistibly tempting.”
There are notes of grapefruit, peppercorns, pear, fuchsia, geranium, peony, rose, musk, tonka bean, and vanilla.
This perfume arrived on the market in 2009, and a lot of women I knew gave it a try and absolutely loved it — it does have a lot of different notes going on, so I can see how it appeals to many people — however, I will say that I don’t love this perfume. I don’t hate it, but it’s not my favorite (I am not paid to write these reviews, so I can be 100 percent honest, as always).
Others have described Lola as warm, similar to Marc Jacobs’ Daisy, sexy, chic, gorgeous, and balanced.
If you’re learning anything about me, it’s that I LOVE a blog series. So why not start another one? This series is all about lip color, because I don’t wear enough of it, and I’m really trying to branch out.
So in the spirit of people’s obsession with Fifty Shades of Grey and the movie coming out (at some point), I’m doing my own version of Fifty Shades… of pink lip color. I’ve already showed you the ins and outs of rockin’ the red lip, so I’m going back to one of my favorite lip shades, and that’s pink (I love dark purple gloss, too).
And, as of now, I’m purchasing all of these colors myself — so I will be honest. Now, onto the lip color! Shade one is “Pink Cashmere,” by L’Oreal Paris. It’s #171 in the L’Oreal Colour Riche selection, also categorized as Colour Caresse Lipstick.
According to Amazon:
- L’Oreal Paris #1 best-selling lipstick
- Formulated with revolutionary Lightfeel System to deliver a feather-light finish without being sticky or heavy
- Vibrantly sheer color and conditioned lips
I will agree that it’s light, and smooth. However, I don’t think it’s “sheer.” The color is vibrant. One of the reviewers on Amazon described it as “Barbie pink,” and I’d agree with that.
It is easy to apply, and I like that the color on the outside of the tube is very similar to the actual color that ends up on your lip. I purchased this tube at Big Lots for $4, and it looks like the average price is around $7.
Truthfully, I’m not if this shade looks great on me. I’m not going to ditch it, but it might be too bright to be my favorite. This is why we keep on searching!
After one week off (to announce my next book — out September 22), Fresh Friday is back! … And I think you’re going to like this one. This week’s scent is White Woods by CLEAN.
As described by Sephora, “CLEAN White Woods is a warm, luxurious scent that embodies the pure essence of natural light dancing along a quiet wooded path. The fragrance weaves a cozy, comforting blanket with hints of crisp bergamot leaves, sparkling mandarin, creamy vanilla orchid, sandalwood, praline musks, and a dash of black pepper.”
It is also said to have touches of Calla lily, magnolia, sandalwood, and amber woods.
CLEAN launched its first fragrance in 2003 (White Woods was released in 2013), after grabbing inspiration from a simple bar of soap — I’ve seen many users complain about the perfume’s soapy scent, but I think it’s nice. They have other scents, aside from White Woods, that will be featured on Fresh Fridays.
Purchase the CLEAN mini rollerball set to try White Woods, Skin, and Rain, CLEAN’s most-popular scents.