Polishes -Sally Hansen - Nail Prisms in Amber Ruby
Janay 8/28/2005 12:42:00 PM
Amber Ruby looks great with my warm skin tones and is a good color for Fall and Winter. I have to apply two coats to get the holographic effect, as the polish is somewhat sheer. Because of the dark color, any application mistakes show up more than with the lighter Nail Prisms colors, so I gave it four lippies instead of five.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Nail Prism in South Sea Pearl
Janay 8/28/2005 12:35:00 PM
South Sea Pearl really does look like the inside of an oyster shell, but the effect is very subtle compared to the other Nail Prism colors. I don't care much for this polish color by itself but have found that it makes a lovely top coat for other colors. And it is very durable.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Nail Prisms in Pink Rose Diamond
Janay 8/28/2005 12:31:00 PM
Another gorgeous, versatile nail polish by Sally Hansen. I only need two coats on my fingernails to see the holographic effect, and it lasts for a good two weeks.
Loose Powders -Maybelline - Shine Free Oil Control Loose Powder
Janay 8/28/2005 12:24:00 PM
I agree with several posters that this powder did not do a great job controlling oil and looked cakey. I've had much better luck with the Sally Hansen/Cornsilk and Sonia Kashuk loose powders.
Ditto all of the raves below. Gorgeous nail polish that brings out my rock-n-roll side.
Until a more health- and environmentally-friendly replacement for acetone is found, this is my HG nail polish remover. Acetone removes any nail polish, even the glittery stuff, better than anything else. The key is to use it in a well-ventilated area and to wash your hands (or feet) well immediately after use.
Michael was my first "grown-up" fragrance purchase. I usually dislike florals, but this one is fantastic on me. Very sultry and perfect for evenings out or cold days. This fragrance can be cloying if applied with a heavy hand, which may be why some people had a bad experience with it. I have the perfume version, and can lightly daub it on my pulse points, giving me just the right amount of scent to last all day.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion
Janay 8/28/2005 11:13:00 AM
I like this lotion because it moisturizes well and is good to layer with vanilla-based fragrances. The scent is warm and not too sweet. I only use it during the cold-weather months.
I bought both the White Musk perfume oil and scented body lotion about three years ago and use both throughout the cold-weather months. According to TBS website, this is a synthetic musk combined with lily, ylang ylang, basil, jasmine, rose, iris, amber, patchouli, peach, oakmoss & vanilla. I think that it is beautifully blended and like that it stays close to the skin. The fragrance is long-lasting, and a little goes a long way. If I ever manage to finish the bottle, I'll buy it again. Oh, and try layering it with TBS Vanilla Perfume Oil - it's a divine combination.
I wore Vanilla Fields every day right after it launched. I was in my early 20s and, with my relatively unsophisticated tastes at the time, thought this was the greatest fragrance ever. Then everyone else started wearing and abusing it. After finishing my bottle, I moved onto other fragrances. I tried the Vanilla Fields tester at the mall recently and could not believe how much I disliked it. The ylang ylang and jasmine notes screamed at me in a fake way, and the vanilla did not smell warm or authentic. I would not purchase this fragrance again and ask those who like it to please wear it lightly, as it has a sharp quality that can be offensive to others.
According to The Body Shop's website, their vanilla perfume oil contains essences of vanilla, bergamot, peach, strawberry, orange flower, jasmine, plum, ylang ylang, sandalwood, amber & musk. This combination of scents gives this fragrance a bit more complexity than some of the other vanilla perfumes and sprays (i.e., BBW Warm Vanilla Sugar). I bought my vanilla oil in 2002 and after using it almost every day in Fall and Winter, still have most of it left. The oil is so concentrated that not much is needed. I agree with some of the other reviewers that this is a somewhat sweet vanilla scent, and that most men seem to like it a lot. However, it sometimes seems too juvenile for me, and I've got my eyes (and nose) open for a vanilla fragrance that is less sweet and more spicy (Fragonard Vanille EDT perhaps?).
Lotions/ Creams -J. R. Watkins - Lemon Creme Shea Butter
Janay 8/27/2005 9:02:00 AM
Just another big rave here! I adore the thick consistency and delicious lemon-cake scent of this shea butter. It is very moisturizing but not too greasy. I layer this product with my Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue EDT, and the two fragrances together are heavenly and last all day. BTW, Watkins' website also includes a vanilla personal care line, but I've not seen these products in local stores yet.
This perfume contains citron, apple, jasmine and other fragrance notes that are very dependent on a person's body chemistry. It therefore makes sense that Light Blue smells great, so-so, or offensive on different people. With that said, I'm one of the lucky people whose body chemistry agrees with this fragrance. This is my HG casual scent for the warm weather months, and I layer it over Watkins Lemon Creme Shea Butter to make it last longer and bring out the citrus notes. I get a lot of compliments when wearing this fragrance and will purchase again.
Diptyque Philosykos became one of my favorite warm-weather fragrances the second I tried it in the store. I like that it is not a sickly sweet, foody scent but a grown-up, cool, dry fig with some cedar in it. I also like that Diptyque is known for not using synthetic ingredients in their products, which probably explains the relatively high price for this EDT (about $60/1.7 oz). Unlike many of the other reviewers, I do not detect a coconut note on the drydown. Unfortunately, this fragrance only comes in EDT form, so it is not very concentrated and lacks lasting power - only about 5-6 hours on me, and only if layered over Votivo Moroccan Fig hand lotion. But in spite of the longevity issue, I really like the fragrance and will likely buy it again.
Jean Claude-Ellena has created a gorgeous, complex fragrance with Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au the vert. It is difficult to add to all of the other reviews already posted here, but suffice it to say that it smells as green as it looks. This green tea scent is very refreshing and perfect for the warmer months. I bought the Extreme version of this fragrance and layer it with the body lotion of the same scent, as fragrances tend to disappear quickly from my skin. This perfume lasts all day on me and starts as a rather spicy scent, then morphs into a light, soft scent by evening. This is not a girly fragrance in the traditional floral sense, and I can understand why many people would not appreciate it, but it matches my personality perfectly. The bottle is a work of art, also. I will definitely repurchase.