Nasty thin high pitched floral. I don't get the similarity to Narcisco Rodriguez or Lovely that other people mention though. My initial reaction to it was that it felt like someone had drilled an icepick into my brain - this initially seemed headache inducing in the same way that Jardins de Bagatelle or EL Beautiful is. But then it just keeled over into something weak and watery. Honestly, if you love loud florals, there are better things out there. If you love sheer florals, there are better things out there. If you love Guerlain, pretty much anything else from the range is better. This fragrance has a lovely bottle but otherwise it's completely pointless.
This is most unexpected. While there is a floral quality to it, the note I am getting most strongly is oud, albeit a very light transparent oud. The pear note is cooked pear, rather than fresh pear or pear drops. For a JM it has a lot of throw and tenacity too.
If Chinatown had a big brother this would be it. I don't disagree with Paschat's note list except to add that there is a lot of incense too. I do disagree with her conclusion. The overall effect for me is fortune cookies, incense, a chypre note and a boozy ambery base. I think it's wonderful and something for women who like a masculine note to their fragrances or for men who like a hint of sweetness.
As many of the other reviewers have noted, this does not smell like 'a Chanel fragrance'. For some people that's a good thing. For me, it's disappointing. This is an incredibly generic fresh fruity floral department store fragrance with nothing unusual or or even especially pleasant about it. The packaging is cute but the fragrance is really one step up from cleaning product in smell terms.
I bought the palest shade in this compact foundation and am very pleasantly surprised. It's a perfect colour match for my NC15 skin and provides good coverage without looking too heavy. I'm deducting one lippy purely because the oil control feature is sufficiently strong that I can feel it working on the drier parts of my face (I'm combo) but of course the upside of that is that my oil slick of a nose looks completely shine free.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color Riche Lipstick with serum
nobelprizeforshopping 3/4/2010 2:16:00 PM
I'm a little surprised to like this so much because the taste of L'Oreal lipsticks usually puts me right off but I am seriously impressed here. I tried out 500 which is a warm red colour. The texture is just sumptuous - creamy but not greasy and it stays on well. The taste is faint for L'Oreal and the colour is just so flattering - bright but also soft. I will definitely buy this.
2 coats with basecoat and top coat didn't just chip after 36 hours, they completely disintegrated. Stained the nails on removal. Shame - such a lovely colour.
I love these lip butters - I find them extremely comfortable on the lips and moisturising too. My lips are very pigmented so the only shade that actually shows on me is Wild Rose. I've tried all of them except Jasmine and like all of them (with Wild Rose being my favourite) except (and it's a big except) Mango which is one of the most disgusting tasting lip products I've ever tried - metallic in the extreme, like a mixture of kiwi fruit and blood. Odd, since fresh mango is maybe my favourite fruit. They are reasonably priced and I don't have an issue with the pot - I think they are cute.
Fragrances -Bond No.9 - Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue
nobelprizeforshopping 1/30/2010 12:12:00 PM
Lexington Avenue takes the fortune cookie note you get in Chinatown and turns it up to 11. I do find the 2 very similar but there is more of a cold weather feel to Lexington Avenue. It's less bright and more woody and I don't get the peach note that you find early on in Chinatown. Bond isn't a house I rate very highly but this (and Chinatown) are great fragrances in my opinion and I'm happy to own both. The bottle is exquisite. Having said all this, I probably wouldn't have shelled out full price for it but I was lucky enough to get it half price.