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Burning for Luxury, Purity, Health

Via Candles are hand crafted by artisans in Connecticut from natural soy wax, natural unbleached hemp, high quality fragrance, and they do not include any synthetic colorants. This keeps impurities to a minimum and your environment as clean as possible.

What does this mean? Well, if you’re a friend of Al‘s, then this is THE candle for you. If, however, you do not consider yourself a tree-hugging, Prius-driving (or bicycle-peddling) guardian of Mother Earth, it simply means that…this is THE candle for you.

Via Candles are not only made from 100% natural soy wax, which burns cooler and minus the carcinogenic soot (unlike paraffin), they are also scented with the finest aroma-therapeutic fragrances. The wicks used in these luxurious candles is cotton-wrapped hemp, so again, they’re very healthy and burn naturally, without chemicals.

If the healthy benefits don’t entice you to try a Via Candle, well, the beautiful clear glass container and clean, relaxation-inducing scents, like Lemongrass Sage (my favorite), Jasmine Citrus and good ‘ol Vanilla surely will.

Currently Via Candles are only available in upscale boutiques and spas, so hunt, Dear Painters, and seek and find one of these wonderful, healthy, pure candles from Via. Bring one home. They’re certainly worth the effort…and so are you. To Life!

Sunny Day Makes me Think of spring

Today was the first day over 40 degrees in weeks, not to mention the Santa Fe sun was shining…it made me wistful for spring, innocent eyelashes, weddings, peonies…ahhh, spring.

Spring ’07 Beauty is about everything…and very little of it,with the exception of eyelashes.

Color trends
include brights like warms corals, fushias and shimmers in toned down platinum and rosey pinks. Eye colors include apricot, smoky plum, soft charcoal and smudgy browns from taupe to chocolate.

Spring skin is ‘bare,’ so invest in a good foundation that matches your skin tone (yes, exactly)…and blend it well. If your skin tends to be dry, mix in a drop or two of moisturizer for a slightly dewy finish.

Lashful eyes
are where it’s at. Bountiful, big, lush, fringe-y and just plain over-the-top lashes. Real or fake, they’ve just got to be visible. High impact eyes, whether chiseled or smudged, are ‘it.’

Hair trends for spring include bangs, fringe and bold color, like espresso, red and light blonde.

Fragrances for spring 2007 emphasize floral, earthy and fruity notes. Peony, sandalwood, pomegranate and fig. Sexy, soft and not-at-all overpowering…spring is about attracting and seducing subtlely.

Bonus tip from Julyne Derrick about how to make fragrance last without knocking people over with your perfume: spray perfume on the back of your wrists, knees & neck. And never rub, because rubbing crushes the molecules of the fragrance & ruins the scent. Some beauty editors only spritz the inner elbows & behind the knees. Why? The fragrance stays a little moist & fragrance works best just a little bit humid.

fashion and editorial images courtesy of

You’re Sexy and Slinky! asks, "What kind of sexy are you?" After answering the three indepth questions to find out what kind of sexy I am, it turns out I’m "Sexy and Slinky."

"You truly love being a woman. Whether at the office or a dinner party, you play up all your best assets without apology. You’re a free spirit and independent with a will of your own. You’re entirely comfortable with yourself, and people find you completely irresistible and intoxicating."

How true, how true. And according to, I’m all about Guerlain…guess what, they’re RIGHT! I love the Loose Powder Kohl for eyes and Insolent is one of my all-time favorite fragrances–very grown up and wearing it makes me feel tingly-sexy (that’s really sexy, ya’ll). Maxi-lash is a great mascara, clean, no clumps and reasonably priced (although I must admit I rarely wear anything other than Blinc, in black of course). KissKiss Lipstick is one of those sultry colors that looks really fabulous with a very clean face (porcelain…matte), little-to-no blush, a swipe of liquid black eyeliner. I have never tried Guerlain’s Terracotta Fresh Bronzing Gel…but, heck, I’m game. If anyone has tried it, I’d love to hear what you think.

Have a Sexy Holiday season! Don’t forget to include Glam, Guerlain and of course, GirlPaint.

Put an Angel underneath the Tree…for Me? Ahhh, Gee.

Thierry Mugler’s Angel was his first fragrance release back in 1992, but it remains fresh and new–unlike any other. Truly unique and classified as a ‘woody oriental’ fragrance, Angel evokes both sweetness and depth. When first applied, Angel (to me) smells just like the Holidays as the full, bright scents of peaches and plums mingle with the lower notes of sandlewood and patchouli, producing an-almost pine-y (woodsy) fragrance…not at all unpleasant, though. Lovely, enchanting…like a walk in the woods.

Angel dries down to a warm caramel-honey…romantic and soft. One of the best features of Angel is its lasting power. I put it on first thing in the morning and even after bedding down, I still smell it’s sweet warmth on my skin. I consider Angel one of those “perfect” winter-Holiday scents. $79.99 for 1.7 oz. EDP (or $84.99 for the refillable version)

Special thanks to Craig at Perfume Emporium for the sample.

Featured Fragrances! Scents that deliver…

Nyakio Perfume Oil
I am one of those people who found my signature fragrance several years ago and have not strayed from it yet (in case you’re curious, it’s Fendi). However, I was recently introduced to the Nyakio body products line, and I loved everything I tried. The body scrubs are delicious, the body cremes are decadent and very different, and the dry body oil is a total luxury! Nyakio (say Ny-KAY-oh), in case you are unfamiliar, was conceived by Nyakio Kamoche, who is a first generation American citizen with roots in Kenya. Nyakio’s sexy, spicy concentrated perfume oil is both feminine and sultry. What they say, “The fragrance is derived from coconut, sandalwood, apricot, and amber accented by a light musk. ” I don’t really smell any of these individual notes; in fact, if someone had told me that these were the notes that this fragranced is comprised, I would have said, “No thanks…” Instead what I say, “I love it!” Nyakio’s purfume oil is the first fragrance I have tried that has convinced me to stray from my favorite scent, at least a few times a week. You can find Nyakio online at

Creative Scentualizations Perfect Vanilla

I have always loved vanilla; I suppose that most people, men and women included, do. Well, I was browsing the fragrance section of my favorite boutique recently and discovered a fragranced called Perfect Vanilla. What the heck, thought I. I spritzed a little on my wrist and sniffed. Much to my surprise, I not only noted a lovely vanilla scent, but I also detected orange and musk…also favorite scents of mine. The boutique was thoughtful enough to post some information about the perfumery and its scents and I discovered that Perfect scents were created by a perfumery called Creative Scentualizations and that the Vanilla scent I sampled includes notes of Israeli Blood Orange (I knew there was orange in there!) and tobacco (hmmm…really). Apparently this fragrance is quite popular with both men and women (big surprise. Hello, vanilla and tobacco? Yummy.) I promptly asked the boutique for a sample to take home. I have since been back to make the relationship with this new fragrance official and committed to a purchase….oh, boy! If you’re not a fan of vanilla, you may do well to explore the other scents available through Creative Scentualizations. I am intrigued myself with scents like Perfect Gardenia, Perfect Nectar, Perfect Bliss, Perfect Veil and Perfect Love. One other great thing about their website: they offer samples of all their scents, AND the scents included in them (they have a sample of Chocolate, for instance) for $1.50 each. All these perfect scents can be researched online at

My All-Time Favorite: Fendi
Launched by the design house of Fendi in 1985, FENDI by Fendi is classified as a flowery fragrance. This feminine scent posesses a blend of leather, rose, sandalwood, amber and musk. I hardly call this fragrance “flowery” myself…more of a clean and spicy scent. I have worn Fendi for so long that you can open any of my drawers (don’t you dare!) or venture into my closet (what the h*** are you doing in there?!) and even with regular laundering (okay, somewhat regular), my clothes still smell of my dear old Fendi. I love the sexy, yet practical, vibe Fendi gives off…it’s all at once powerful and feminine. And different. Different than anything I have ever smelled. It has become my signature scent. One smell for yourself and you, too, will know why it is a classic.

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