Karima McKimmie (INFJ)
In the absence of interviews, vlogs and guest videos are useful for familiarizing yourself with the visual and temperamental aspects of different types. Notice Karima’s facial expressions, eye movements, posture, mannerisms, speech patterns, and responses to others. Over time, you will recognize similar patterns in other INFPs.
YouTube & Blog Content
Although not as immediately apparent as in interviews, a person’s type shines through in the work they create as well. Notice the themes, content, and approach Karima uses in her YouTube videos and blog posts. What light can this shed on the mind of INFJs in general?
A spinoff discussion related to my Top Brushes Series – why pay more for brushes? Right off the bat, pricy brushes aren’t for everyone; some just want a tool that works. If you’re entirely satisfied with your Sigma/MAC/whatever brushes then great! Keep using them. That being said, there is rhyme and reason behind the prices of luxe* brushes, shall we?
Disclaimer here: I’m not here to sell you anything or suggest that pricy brushes are always better. I’ll map out the facts and the pros/cons, you can determine if the price is justifiable for you.
* Luxe = Generally speaking, I’m referring to handmade, Japanese brushes. Brands include Hakuhodo, SUQQU, Chikuhodo and such.
They’re not laser cut
If you think of an eyelash, the base of the individual strand is denser before it tapers to a very fine tip. For the most part, mass produced brushes use a technique whereby the fibres are cut to shape, removing the fine tip. Handmade Japanese brushes are generally crafted by arranging the hairs to construct the shape, which preserves the tip of the hair. But what does this mean? In layman’s terms, the brushes are softer to touch, which leads me to my next point.
They tend to be softer
I’ve never come across a mass produced brush, synthetic or natural, that is as soft as my Japanese brushes. This is partially explained by the omission of laser shaping but additionally, the fibres themselves tend to be better quality and hence, softer. This is especially crucial if, like me, your skin is barely two atoms deep.
Maybe his birthday is coming up? Or an anniversary? I’ve raided my boyfriend’s shelf to bring you 5 decadent homme fragrances. Nowadays labels are less defined, it’s all about the unisex scent so who’s to say you can’t purchase these for yourself! Or like me, gift them to your partner on the condition that you can borrow it from time to time 😉
Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum
Let’s start with a favourite – when Adrian wears this number, men and woman alike comment on how amazing he smells and I AINT EVEN MAD because Tobacco Vanille is a masterpiece.
Uber spicy on application, it softens as it wears with rich tobacco notes and sweetened vanilla. Tobacco often equals ashtray to my nose but the composition here is careful and balanced albeit potent, one spritz is plenty (I keep telling Adrian but he insists on two!) and of the fragrances mentioned today, this one has the best longevity and sillage.
Notes: tobacco, tonka bean, vanilla, cocoa, dry fruit accord and sweet wood sap.
Giorgio Armani – Acqua di Gio pour Homme Eau de Toilette
Such a classic! Acqua di Gio is an entry-level-grown-up fragrance (pretty much every 20 year old male I know has worn it) so forewarning, it might give you former flame déjà vu.