Fragrances -Serge Lutens - Bois de Violette

on 10/22/2017 12:16:00 PM

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Notes: Cedarwood, Violet Leaf, Candied Plum, Peach, Orange Blossom, Rose, Violet, Cardamum, Cinnamon, Clove, Musk, Vanilla, Honey.

I love woody fragrances, and I love several Lutens fragrances, including Cuir Mauresque, Chergui, and Fille en Aiguilles, so I am sad to say that I am very disappointed in BdV.

Unlike many other reviewers, I detect neither candied violets, powder, candied plum, peach, orange blossom, rose, cardamum, cinnamon, clove, musk, vanilla, nor honey in this fragrance. I love so many of these notes, but they simply are not present to my nose. I smell a light but sharp cedar and a very light green note which may be the violet leaf, but not much else. Performance is very poor, too. It is nearly a skin scent from initial application and thus reminds me more of a chemist shop cologne than an upmarket niche EdP. The fragrance all but disappears on my skin in under two hours. I must press my nose against my skin to smell it at all.

Either my nose is not developed enough to tease more notes out of BdV or my bottle is compromised or BdV is greatly overrated indeed. However, I wish to give the benefit of the doubt to the fragrance and to so many other reviewers who disagree with this assessment, so I have awarded BdV a neutral rating. If I have the opportunity to retest this fragrance from another bottle and my opinion changes, I will happily update this review. In the meantime, if you seek a pleasant cedar dominant fragrance, I recommend Cedré.

Fragrance: 3/10

Projection: 2/10

Sillage: 2/10

Longevity: 2/10

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Cleansers -No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

on 10/22/2017 12:08:00 PM

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I heard that coconut oil could help with acne-I got welts of painful cystic acne within days. If you have acne prone skin, I would not recommend.

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Liquid -Unlisted Brand - Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

on 10/22/2017 12:00:00 PM

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I've had a sample of 1.0 for a while now, it lasted me a good 2 months!, and finally took the plunge and bought the full bottle. This has to be my favorite " glowing skin" foundation. It's such a light and watery foundation that sinks into the skin and really just looks natural.

The 1.0 has yellow to it that works well with my N-10, NC15 skin. I was between this and the 2.5 but was worried that one would appear too pink on me. This one seems just right, if a little light on my.

Now it's funny because I was advised this foundation was for people with combo skin because it helps control excess oil by drying to a powdery finish. Strangely enough I don't get powdery in this except on my chin where I have uneven texture, nothing like the Kjaer Weiss disaster however, but that's just because I'm super dry there and just normal to dry every where else. I get a very luminous finish with this due to the oils but it's not overly glowy. I feel like the dry down helps it set in most areas but my forehead, nose and cheeks tend to show that bit of sheen throughout the day.

Honestly, as someone with dry skin, I LOVE the sheen it gives with the oils. It's just so nice and makes me look like I've been getting my daily water intake x 1000. Otherwise I tend to look dry and old with anything too matte or even satin.

The dropper is good but just like with the Custom Cover drops I am wary of the crack spillage where the top screws into the base. I'm hoping it'll steer clear of that.

Overall my #1 natural foundation!

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Masks -The Body Shop - Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

on 10/22/2017 11:49:00 AM

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I’ve stayed away from body shop for awhile because I felt that their quality got worse over the years. So i was super hesitant to try it again but these superfood masks were too hard to resist. I chose the Chinese ginseng mask because my skin looks too dull and tired. Anyway, this product is amazing! After just one use, my skin was noticeably clearer and visibly smoother. The next day, I had a meeting and my foundation glided on effortlessly. Everyone complimented how great my skin was! I would buy this again.

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Liquid -Sephora - Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation

on 10/22/2017 11:40:00 AM

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This does oxidize, so I would say be careful, but it has been discontinued!

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Cleansers -Noxzema - Original Skin Cream

on 10/22/2017 11:36:00 AM

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I'm 41 and struggle with hormonal acne and rosacea. I never used Noxzema as a teenager despite its popularity at the time. I decided to try it after reading somewhere that it helps soothe sensitive skin and I'm sure glad i did. I have not had more clear and supple skin since before I was a teenager. I have tried so many cleansers from department store to drug store and haven't used anything more effective than this. I have been using this for 6+ months and can't see myself using anything else. HG status for sure.

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Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Sabbath

on 10/22/2017 11:27:00 AM

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I love this liner its actually one i finish and repurchase. Its great for when I want to line my water line in a dark but not black colored liner. Once it sets im good for a few hours and it stays on my waterline and not below.. all i do is use a dry qtip and wipe my waterline softly to dry it and then use sabbath doing a quick layer. I let it set for a min and then come back to it and do another layer and let it set. If i know my allergies are super bad and my eyes are having a super watery day i will just set it with any navy colored shadow or i set it with Minx, Evidence or Prank my favorite from urban decay and it really looks cool but its still tame enough to go to my sons school and not get some serious stink eye from other mothers or teachers

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Eyeliner -Almay - Intense i-color Gel Smooth Liner

on 10/22/2017 11:16:00 AM

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I have this in "Black" for brown eyes, which can be used with any eye color obviously (I have blue eyes). The formula is really good, richly pigmented and soft so it's easy to apply, but not so soft that it smudges everywhere. I was previously using Rimmel's Scandaleyes waterproof pencil (very similar looking product), and the Almay one is much easier to work with. I use this to line my upper lashline and create a wing on days I don't want to mess with a liquid liner, or want a softer line than a liquid liner gives. Stays all day, and is easy to remove at night. The only con is that it's not a twist up liner, so it has to be sharpened. For only around $5, this is a great drugstore liner!

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Concealers -Lancome - Effacernes Waterproof Long-Lasting Undereye Concealer

on 10/22/2017 11:13:00 AM

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This is a long lasting concealer best applied with a brush specifically made to apply concealer. It dries quickly as most concealers do so brush it in as soon as you put a speck of it onto your moisturized skin! I bought this to carry in small purse for emergency situation = shadows under my eyes! This was in short supply at better dept. stores the last time I bought it .

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Cleansers -Laneige - Laneige Multi Cleanser

on 10/22/2017 11:09:00 AM

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İ have sensitive skin and Rosacea.. This laneige multi cleanser is harsh hard to me. İt has peeling effect which makes my skin red colour. İ think this product can be used 1 once or twise a week as a deep peeling mask. İ think its so much strong for everyday using cleaning if you have sensitive skin. THİS PRODUCT HARSH DRY & SENSITIVE SKIN.

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Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Cleanse Your Soul Moisturizing Body Spray "Key Lime Marshmallow Cream"

on 10/22/2017 11:02:00 AM

Note: this review is for same product in "Blackberry Noel Musk."
I love this product! Even more so because you can have it scented in just about any scent you can imagine. I ordered it in a berry/vanilla/musk scent that I didn't care for as much as I thought I would (blackberry and vanilla, great, add musk....not such a great addition). But a lightweight, easily-absorbed spray on moisture lotion is my HG body lotion, and the formula doesn't disappoint. Applies fast, sinks in quickly, even on my alligator-texture legs.

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Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

on 10/22/2017 10:55:00 AM

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Okay, I like this product. My skin looked better after using it, I liked the broad spectrum sunscreen (primarily why I bought it). But I went through the 1 oz pump bottle so quickly that I think it's not a very economical product despite being a drug store brand. The glass bottle feels heavy so it was a shock to hit air on the last few pumps, take out the dispenser pump assembly and see that indeed, it was all gone. Perhaps I was using too much per morning application, but I needed to get my whole face, neck and decollete covered. But it is good stuff.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


Lip Gloss -Wet 'n' Wild - Megaslicks Balm Stain (all colors)

on 10/22/2017 10:49:00 AM

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It's pretty much my favorite. I forget to re-apply so it's staying power is particularly important, it doesn't melt if I leave it in my purse for months, and it's inexpensive.

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Foundations -It Cosmetics - Bye Bye Redness Anti-Aging Cream

on 10/22/2017 10:44:00 AM

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This is really a redness concealer and not a foundation, it has a light cast that wouldn't be flattering worn alone, imo. I use this over primer and under foundation. My skin is a mess, old acne scars, sun damage and lots of blotchy redness and this product is truly a game changer. You don't need much, I dot it on reddest areas and buff it in with a small flat head brush and it really does make redness disappear. I do wish it came in a tube. Definitely will repurchase.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.


Lotions/ Creams -Bliss Labs - Lemon & Sage Body Butter

on 10/22/2017 10:21:00 AM

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Rich, absorbs after a while, nice lemon herbal fragrance. But it's expensive for what it is, and it's so heavy that it sits for a long time on top of your skin instead of sinking in. I didn't like it enough to repurchase.

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