A spontaneous two word description for this would be: lemon-y vanilla. It is in fact clementine that bursts as a top note just before the vanilla takes center stage. Yes, it is one of those really sweet fragrances. It is nicely done and lifts your spirits but remains really linear and is not particularly exciting. It is not worth the price or the prestigious YSL logo IMO, so I would not buy a full bottle ( I have enjoyed my sample , tho).
This is bad. It does not volumize at all! It just darkens and defines your lashes a little bit-but it is not enough, not even for a day natural look. Save your money, as it is not cheap and get something from Max Factor or L'Oreal.
This is a surprisingly nice edt. The official notes are: rose, peach, almond tree flower, iris and musk. It gives a light creamy/powdery feel and it can be easily worn during the day or even at night.I wouldn't consider it a sexy/date fragrance but but more of a cosy and comforting scent. Unfortunately, it is very short-lived, as it lasts for less that three hours on me. The packaging is ridiculous!
One more fragrance in the huge category of sweet fruity florals that dominate the market. It also shares one more common characteristic: it is very loud in the beginning but has poor lasting power. The scent itself is not bad but nothing original either. It kind of reminds of Lola by Marc Jacobs. Not full-bottle worthy for me and I wish I could give it 2,5 lippies.
This is an eau de toilette and the official notes are: rose, lily, mandarin and white woods. This is nothing like the original Eau d'Issey which I wore during the nineties and I still appreciate. This is a light and airy floral which would be nice for springtime. Rose is definitely the predominant note and I must say that I am generally not too fond of it. The lasting power is rather poor ( around two hours on me). I enjoyed my sample but it is not special enough to buy a full bottle. I wish that I could give it two and a half lippies..
Cleansers -Yves Rocher - Hydra Specific Soft Foam Cleanser
KKAI 2/21/2011 1:16:00 PM
This is indeed a very convenient product. It is easy to use, the packaging is well designed and you need two pumps to clean your face. But it is a little drying for my combo/oily skin-it feels a little bit tight afterwards. And I think it does not clean very thoroughly. When I use toner afterwards, I can still see traces of make up in the cotton wipe. Thus, I would not repurchase.
Yes, this is a sweet fragrance ( and I usually hate those) but much more complex than your average gourmand. You also get flowery and metalic woody notes that make this much more interesting. Very warm and sensual. Definitely a perfume for cold weather. Good staying power and sillage. Full bottle worthy for me.
This is definitely an above average lip balm. Much better than the ones from the Body Shop, Carmex, Labello and Lip Smackers. Yes, I have tried them all, since I have chronically chaped lips. I mostly use it as a night treatment and in the morning my lips are fairly smooth. It's not any magic solution, though-you have to repeat application to see real results. The fragrance is rose-y and very pleasant, at least to me. I would repurchase.
The minute I sprayed this on my skin, I thought: another Angel dupe. Yes, it has this ultra sweet/patchouli mix in a watered down version, although the beginning is a tad more fruity. Staying power is not so good either. Definitely not full-bottle worthy for me.
Why would you wanna smell like a bad-quality pot-pouri? I used most of my sample as a room spray. Enough said.
To be honest, I was going to write a very positive review on this product. It provides moisturization that is enough for day time in order for your make-up not to slide and it sinks in almost instantly providing a matte finish. But I read about all this controversy regarding the photostability of this product and taking into account that SPF is a major selling point for me, I would not repurchase.
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Skin Balancing Antioxidant Concentrate
KKAI 1/24/2011 1:27:00 PM
I have to say that I tried this product from a sample for one week, so I cannot really comment on the long-term results that might have. But I do not think that I will give the product a chance to prove itself, as it did not really thrilled me. Its consistency is very slippery and it needs a few minutes to absorb. I used it every morning under the PC matiffying lotion spf 15 and my face did not get particularly oily through the day. However, the ingredients list proved rather dissapointing, as retinol is pretty low and there is no vitamin c. I am in the market for a new serum.
This is interesting and original but not my cup of tea. It smells mainly of burnt wood along with something medicinal. Strangely enough, it amplifies throughout the day. The resemblances to Timbuctu are pretty strong. Maybe it would suit better a guy, as it is definitely not a classical feminine scent. Worth trying but not worth purchasing a full bottle.
Toners -Paula's Choice - Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner
KKAI 1/22/2011 5:46:00 PM
I used a sample of this and it is an OK toner. It removes the last traces of make-up and leaves my skin feeling fresh. I just do not find it necessary in my skin routine, so I would not purchase a full bottle.
Moisturizers -Paula's Choice - HydraLight Moisture-Infusing Lotion
KKAI 1/22/2011 11:08:00 AM
This is an OK moisturiser. It is not greasy at all and it seems to be abdorbed instantly but at the same time I also feel that it does not provide enough moisture in my less oily areas ( mainly cheeks and forehead). I tried to apply two layers but it just crumbled in flakes. I use it after BHA1% Gel and I feel that I need a little more moisturisation especially in wintertime. I might try again a sample in summer to see if it fits my needs better then.