Lotions/ Creams -Thierry Mugler - Angel Body Cream
sunshine824 11/28/2007 2:04:00 PM
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Angel in edp, but this creme smelled *nothing* like how Angel smells on me and gave me a horrible headache! On my skin, Angle starts chocolatey/berry/honey/vanilla/& a little patchouli and ends up soft, sweet chocolate/honey & pathouli. This creme smelled like ammonia, pine cleaner, and dark chocolate. In that order. It actually burns my nose. Oh well. I have and love the edp and that'll have to be good enough for me. Edited to add: I smell mold or wet, rotten wood or something. Eiuwww. Is *this* what Angel smells like on/to other people? So many on here and other sites have said this creme is like a lighter version of Angel. But Angel smells *nothing* like this on me??
Styling Products -Garnier - Curl and Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream
sunshine824 11/28/2007 1:00:00 PM
Garnier's Curl & Shine Creme is one of their better products. It's actually moisturizing, leaves a good amount of shine, doesn't weigh hair down, and leaves it soft and smelling lovely and fruity. I've used the Sleek & Shine which left my hair dry and crunchy and their Length & Strength Leave-In which adds a nice weight to my fine hair but leaves it dull and tangly. I've been using this in combination with Dep Texturizing Gel to get more defined waves in my combination 1/2b fine hair and it does so while eliminating frizz and giving me shine and hold all day. 5 Lippies & I will repurchase(unless I find something I like even better).
Darn it! Just when I get sick of smelling different perfumes, I go and find one that I love! This is that one. I'd read the raves about it, but was wary of even trying something that seems so popular(same problem I had with Angel, but I got over it lol). The first time I sprayed Coco Mademoiselle on I couldn't smell anything. At all. The orange was sooo light on me that I forgot about it after that. Later in the day my hand crossed in front of my nose and I smelled something. I didn't recognize it or remember what it was. I kind of liked it, but wasn't sure. Fast forward a few months later I sprayed this on my hand again and then remembered about the light oranges and sprayed twice. Not the best idea as I ended up wafting Mademoiselle all over the city from the 2 sprays on my hand. BUT what I smelled was lovely. Very fresh and feminine. As it dried down it developed some warmth, a natural slightly spicy, sweet woodiness. I'm guessing it's the combination of vanilla & patchouli, but the patchouli in this is easier to wear than the one in Angel(although I love Angel as well). I loved how it was so clear, no powderiness or musty, murkiness anywhere. It contains vanilla but doesn't *smell* like vanilla. It was so unique that even it's mass popularity couldn't take away from how much I was enjoying it. I could smell it on me all day long. I washed my hands numerous times throughout the day and I could still smell it on the back of my hand. It was very light, but it was there. This fragrance could probably work with a woman of any appearance, in any age bracket. It's just feminine and fresh with enough depth, warmth, and sweetness to make it interesting and sexy. 5 Lippies all the way and I'll definitely be repurchasing!
Update 5/2/10: I forgot that I had tried this before. Same thing: My hair was coated, but didn't feel moisturized. Just coated. I'm staring to think that my hair doesn't like hardcore humectants because the same thing happens when I use products with a large amount of glycerin - coated but dry. Would not repurchase. Original review: After reading all the rave reviews for this product I went out and bought a tube of it for $15.00. I shampooed with a moisturizing shampoo then slathered this on. I had a problem applying it because it was in a tube with a little hole for distribution. My hands were slippery from putting the conditioner in my hair and I couldn't get a good grip on the tube. It kept sliding out of my hands because you have to squeeze it pretty hard to get the conditioning balm out. After applying it, I let it sit in my hair for about 20 minutes then rinsed. I wash my hair using the bathtub faucet and even then I couldn't get all of the balm off of my scalp. I rinsed for what felt like forever(probably 15 minutes). When my hair dried it wasn't *that* moisturized and I had a thick layer of gunk on my scalp. :-( The smell was pleasant and natural but the conditioning aspects weren't what I would have expected for such an expensive product. Bottom line: My scalp was gunky, my hair wasn't conditioned, it's expensive. Wouldn't repurchase.
Editing to add - I figured out what it is in this oil that is so offensive to me: lavender. I believe the newer oil has a higher concentration of oils *other* than "musk" to keep from offending people's current fragrance preferences which lean to everything BUT musk. Lavender and I have never gotten along. Even a mild lavender scented soap is enough to make me dizzy and make my head ache. So a fragrance oil that is loaded with lavender goes through me like an ice pick on fire - searing my nostrils then piercing my brain and making my stomach a little sick. I believe the older formulation probably had a higher concentration of synthetic "musk" because every other musk type of fragrance that I smell has more of this scent that I originally loved in Skin Musk. That soft, somewhat powdery, warm, clean skin type of scent that I don't smell in any of the current formulations of Skin Musk. But I'm happy that I can enjoy "musk" in other fragrances since Skin Musk seems to be mostly lavender now. My original review: A friend of mine encouraged me to get the body oil of this when I was in high school - around 199? something. At that time, the body oil was exactly what you would want and expect a fragrance called "Skin Musk" to smell like - soft, musky, a little sweet, a little powdery, lovely, feminine. I would wear it alone or layer it under something else. It was really beautiful and *very* sexy. I often felt self conscious wearing it because even though I was innocent, I knew that this fragrance wasn't *quite* as innocent as I was. * Fast forward to 2007. The fragrance was bought out by Parfums de Couer and changed. Not for the better. I bought the spray in the can first. It smells a little closer to the original, but it's too peppery, spicy, and plastic. Still not soft, sweet, and natural smelling like the original. I bought the oil thinking it would be better. But it's actually worse. Very few fragrances give me a raging headach within minutes of smelling them, but this is one of them. It's plastic, artificial, and very patchouli. I'm very disappointed at how this has been changed. I will not repurchase. * P.S. A better idea of what this used to smell like- it was closer to Chanel No. 5(vintage) mixed with VS Heavenly, and poured into a little baby oil to dilute the perfume fragrance.
I had hoped to love this since I love the vintage Chanel No. 5 and hoped that this would smell closer to that, or at least be smoother and more longer lasting than the new, revamped version. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. This started out very metallic on me. Dried down to dirty, moldy laundry mixed with a little old, stale Chanel no. 5. I guess it didn't work on me. :-(
WHHOOOOOOOAAAAAAHHHH!!!! Are we all smelling the same fragrance??? * I was handed a ribbon with this sprayed on it and it actually made me sick to my stomache! It doesn't "stink" or smell bad per se, but what it does smell like is: * eating too much birthday cake! * Seriously. It even smelled like cake. But it smelled how the cake smells to you when you've already overindulged and had one piece too many and never want to see another slice of birthday cake as long as you live... Is there a market for this? I hope no one wears it in the summer! :-x Would never purchase if my life depended on it. I'd rather bake my own cake and gorge on that instead.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Realities Cosmetics - Pink bottle 2004
sunshine824 11/1/2007 3:53:00 PM
This fragrance really surprised me! It was sooo inexpensive I was worried that it would smell horrible, but I bought it anyway. When first sprayed it's a little bit strong, but that fades quickly and you're left with a soft, slightly spicy floral with just enough sweetness and musk to make it interesting. I find that this is an easy to wear, any occasion, any season fragrance that lasts pretty well. It's a little boring, not very unique, just a pleasant perfume for when you want to wear perfume. For this reason, I probably wouldn't repurchase as it's a bit boring.
I just repurchased Body by Victoria. I don't know how many bottles I've had, but I often reach for it when I want to smell light and fresh. When I first smelled it years ago, I found it to be too sharp and light with no depth at all. But after walking around with it on, I ended up walking back 5 blocks to the store I sprayed it on at to purchase a full bottle. If you try it and it's too light or sharp, give it some time to warm up. It gets easier to wear after about an hour. And it lasts an amazingly long amount of time for something so light! I wear it year round and enjoy it. I would definitely repurchase.
I love Angel for it's uniqueness, even when there are so many copy cats out there of it. However, sometimes it loves me, sometimes it loves me not. One day it's divine chocolate/honey/berry/little patchouli, other days it's nothing but patchouli. Those days are miserable for me and make me hate it, so I figured I'd try Angel Innocent as a lighter version of Angel. * Well, it is, and it isn't. It does smell like Angel at times, but then(just like Angel) at other times it doesn't. Sometimes it smells like citrus & chocolate, other times I can smell * * * butter* * * in it, and it is NOT pleasant. I was hoping for an easier to wear version of Angel, but I guess my skin and all versions of Angel have a love/hate relationship. As others have stated, Angel Innocent also lacks that "WOW!" factor that the original has and makes it worth the gamble to wear it. Definitely try before you buy! I wouldn't repurchase because we just don't get along well enough for a full bottle. Edited to add: Why do I feel sleepy every time I spray this one??? I have a sample and this is the 4th time I've tried it. But ever time I put it on, I feel like I'm about to pass out! Anyone else experience this? Am I allergic to something? Even now it's taken me about 5 minutes to type this little add on because of typos, like I've taken something... :-\
Hmmm.... I love just about everything in White Linen! The crisp, clean freshness. How unique it is. It's very easy to recognize on others as nothing else really smells like it(even the other versions of White Linen). It would be perfect for me - light, fresh, clean, long lasting, just enough sweetness, unique, etc. - except for this strange note in it that makes it smell a bit dated. Well, not even dated really. Just odd and unpleasant. I wish they would make White Linen without this one note, but then it wouldn't be White Linen, would it? I took off one lippie for that one note, but I probably shouldn't as it's part of the whole fragrance. Oh well. Maybe I'll repurchase in the future if I can get over that note....
Escada is a lovely, slightly sweet, little bit spicy, very clean and easy to wear fragrance. I fell in love with it at first sniff and was seriously considering purchasing it. Except that I could no longer smell it on me after about an hour. :-( For a less expensive, longer lasting alternative that has some similarities, you could try Pleasures Intense. It's almost like Pleasures but somewhat sweeter and with a little something else added. If it lasted longer I'd be bathing in it right now. Took off 1 lippie for staying power. Would not repurchase.
I know I'm reeeeallly late with sniffing this, but I finally did. And I can confirm that it smells *EXACTLY* like Paris Hilton's "Paris Hilton." Except it costs twice as much and lasts half the time. The bottle is a little cheap looking to me, and even though the Paris Hilton bottle is a little, um, busy, I'd prefer Paris' to Ralph's. I wouldn't repurchase because you can get Paris Hilton's for half the price in edp and it lasts twice as long and has a better bottle. * * P.S. I *can't stand* Paris Hilton! So this is in no way an endorsement for *her*, but her fragrance. I've learned how to separate the 2. ;-)
Edited 2/2/08 - I received a sample of this and found that 1)It lasted a bit longer(4 hours) since I put on a ton of it, but it was still light smelling. 2)After the initial "fresh" notes, the salty dry down turns stale on me and reminds me of old, dried, spit. I didn't wash it off because I was hoping it was just a passing thing, but that nasty smell stayed even when all the freshness was gone. Yuck. :-( I sampled this recently on me and it smelled very clean and fresh. Not too "perfumey" at all. But after about 30 minutes it took on a sort of *salty* note on my skin, then faded completely within 2 hours. Wouldn't repurchase.
Edited: 12/01/08 I guess my chemistry is changing because Estee Lauder fragrances are starting to get along better with my skin. I retried Knowing recently and it dried down to a clean, soapy rose with a woody base. I kinda like it, but don't really love it. I don't get "headshop" or strong incense. It's pretty soapy on me which is ok. It's also rather linear, but long lasting and with terrific sillage - true of most Estee Lauder perfumes. Still undecided about a repurchase. Once I get through the bottle I have, I'll decide then. Original review: Tried this because I'm loving chypres right now and read that this was one with the bonus of having a scent of incense as well. I don't know what it is with most Estee Lauder perfumes and my skin, but we just don't get along. :-( I sprayed it on my skin - 1 spray on my hand - and I could smell it for an entire day, into the evening, even when I took my shower it *still* wouldn't come off. Now that would be wonderful if this were someting that smelled good on me, but like most Estee Lauder fragrances on me - this just smells like a bottle of strong, cheap perfume exploded on me and I can't get it off. I didn't get any spice, warmth, incense, or anything earthy as related to chypres. All I got was very strong, biting, nondescript florals that lasted forever. I'm going to assume that *on the right person* this and other Estee Lauder fragrances just bloom. But this is the last time I'm trying anything from the Estee Lauder counter. 1 lippie for strength & longevity. But it wasn't pleasant.