eos is quickly becoming one of my least favorite brands. To me the brand focuses more on quirky packaging and psuedo-natural marketing than actually delivering a quality product. I have this in the pink container. It's an average, thin, easy-to-rub in lotion that I use on my dry hands. It's average, average, average, with not a single facet to justify the pricetag for this tiny, tiny product. Furthermore, while the packaging is portable, it's also wasteful, and it's near impossible to get the last bit of lotion out of the container. To top it off, the lotion has an extremely artificial sweet berry scent, and I will definitely not repurchase this product.
This is by far my favorite mascara because the formula is great, and the wand makes the application process quick and painless. I buy this in ďVery Black,Ē and I love that the formula doesnít smear or flake. I donít want to know what sort of scary chemicals and unholy ingredients dear Cover Girl puts in this stuff, but it looks the same by 10 p.m. as it does when I apply it at 7 a.m., which is awesome. The wand is amazing because itís not long, so itís easy to get every last lash, and the bristles themselves are also short, so itís easy to apply from bottom to tip. Iím still amused when cosmetics companies like to advertise mascaras as making your lashes look big and long because the mascara wand and brush is big and long (you know, in the same way that applying a BIG tube of lipstick will make your lips look bigger or using foundation out of a long, thin tube will make your face look long and thinótotally logical), but luckily this mascara comes with a short, easy-to-handle applicator. I recommend this product. The packaging is a bit oversized and clunky, but itís relatively cheap, easy to find, and works wonderfully. Iíve tried many different mascaras from both dept. and drugstores, and this is by far my favorite.
I have very pale, warm-toned skin, and I use this in Ivory Cream. When EL repackaged and made this product part of their Double Wear line, I was concerned that this old favorite wouldn't be as good. Dead wrong. I've been using the revamped product for months and have to say that I like it even BETTER than the original. Great coverage, lightweight feel, and this one is even creamier. I get compliments on my skin all the time, and this is what I do: In the morning, I wash my face with warm water, then apply a moisturizer and sunscreen. Then a take a TINY bit of this, mix with several drops of jojoba oil, and apply it with my fingers, making sure everything gets rubbed in. I apply a little extra under my eyes and to any discolorations. Covers beautifully, and my skin looks very smooth and natural. Just use a little bit, and it won't be heavy, and mix it with moisturizer/oil so that it applies comfortably. I definitely recommend this product and wish EL received more love. My only complaint is that, even though a tube lasts forever, it's expensive for the low-quality ingredients (like petroleum) in the formula.
Horrid formula. Thin, streaky, and takes forever to dry and harden up. I tried and tried to get Ballet Slippers to work for me because I love the color, but I'm not patient enough for Essie's tiny brushes and thin formulas. If you have a few hours to kill, you could probably make this work with a very light, steady hand. Just apply a base coat, wait for that to completely dry, apply an extremely thin layer of polish, wait for that to completely dry, then do the same with 1 or 2 more layers, followed by a top coat. Then don't do anything with your hands for the rest of the day. I don't think Essie polishes are worth the trouble in the least. I now use OPI's Sweet Heart and love it.
I received a sample of this in a swap. I've tried close to a hundred different vanilla fragrances, and this definitely goes into the Sickly Sweet camp for me. Very sweet, simple scent. It reminds me of Tihota and La Maison, and I'm definitely not a fan.
I find this soft, sweet, and wonderful. I get honey and vanilla, very smooth and comforting. This reminds me of a softer, less cloying Noel au Balcon. Notes: exotic woods, spice, raisin, vine flowers, pepper, candied orange, nut, hazelnut, prune, cocoa, coffee, leather, woods, white honey, vanilla
Havana Vanille is an extremely rich, sweet rum and vanilla scent. I love softer, creamier scents, and it wasn't until I read through some of the older reviews that I hit on the extra off-putting note I always get out of this: root beer. I like my fragrances more subtle and sexy, while L'artisan seems to enjoy producing complex, strong scents. This is great if you're looking for a dense, strong, boozy-sweet vanilla, but it's too much for me. I prefer the softer SDV and drier Tobacco Vanille but can't categorize this as a bad scent either. I've certainly smelled far worse vanillas than this.
Once upon a time, in a magical little village across the river and past the hills, Flowerbomb and Pink Sugar met, fell in love, and had a little baby. They named her Vanitas. Dear little Vanitas grew up on cotton candy and pixi sticks, and she slept on a bed of pink marshmallows. However, anyone who got too close to her got dizzy and saw the world through a haze of lilac-colored sparkly clouds. Soon the entire village was engulfed in this saccharine haze, and the villagers began experiencing cavities by the dozen. Poor little Vanitas was just too sweet for the village. So the villagers, when Flowerbomb and PS's pink backs were turned, wrapped Vanitas up in unicorn rainbows, strapped her into a $240 bottle of niche Italian perfume, and sent her off into the world in the hopes that she wouldn't be recognized in her chic European guise. Well, dear Vanitas, I'm on to you. You're pleasant. You're cotton-candy-vanilla-sugar sweetness, but you smell like a pick-me-up I'd find at Bath and Body Works. Or a vat of cotton candy. I suggest this if you like VERY sweet, cozy, feminine fragrances, and I do think this would be nice layered with a drier vanilla. Otherwise, this is one of the sweetest fragrances I've tried (and I'm a gourmand lover) and didn't live up to my expectations by a longshot. On the positive side, the longevity is excellent, and it reminds me of a sweeter Musc Maori in the drydown.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - IL Profumo Vanille Bourbon
FeeFee34 10/16/2011 11:13:00 PM
Notes: cedar flowers, orchids (bourbon and yellow), heliotrope, tiare, rose wood Vanille Bourbon, I'm onto you. I know you were there, laughing, mocking, giggling as you watched me sample scent after vanilla scent. You watched me gag at the cloying sweetness, the caramelized, the buttered, the sugared cupcakes masquerading as perfumes. You watched me scrub off woods and greens, heavy musk and swirling incense all pretending to be vanillas. You saw me try vanillas masked by honey, by lilies, by aldehydes and suede. You watched me cringe and gag and sigh in disappointment. And all along there you were. A rich, boozy, pure vanilla scent. Unlike for other samplers, for me you're long lasting and strong. You're perhaps a bit too rich and heavy, a little too "wintertime wear," but you're also drop dead gorgeous, so I'll forgive you for it. In two words: wonderful vanilla.
Wow, all the Angel comparisons are interesting. I'm not a big Angel fan and have only sniffed it from testers. However, I have two more fragrances I find VERY similar Jailia: Dior Hypnotic Poison and Prada EDP. On me, Jailia begins with HP's dry, musky almond, then dries down to the amber and woods of Prada, almost exactly. For me Jailia is too rich and cloying for everyday wear, but it's an interesting fragrance that can certainly be duped for a cheaper price.
When I lived in Berkeley, I went into the little Body Time on College and asked for a bottle of vanilla perfume oil with a few drops of almond. The salesperson warned me that the almond would be fairly overpowering, and, after a little bit of tweaking, I paid $10 for a little bottle of so-so fragrance, mostly smelling of almond oil and a little bit of sweet vanilla. That $10 self-mixed bottle smells IDENTICAL to Alessandro. I kid you not, I could pick out this almond scent anywhere. It's pleasant. It's ok. But there's no way I'd pay $175 for the simple scent of almond oil.
Dearest wallet, dearest savings and account, and dear, dear paycheck, I have some excellent news for all of you. You will not be obliterated, depleted, or utterly ravaged in any attempt to obtain a bottle of Vanille 44. I love me some good vanilla and have wanted to try this forEVAS. And it's nice. Vanilla, incense, woods. It's dry, more of a falltime scent, and, unfortunately, markedly masculine on me. It's not an unpleasant scent, but unfortunately this isn't as soft and mouth-watering as I'd like. Apparently I'm really not a fan of incense in fragrance, because this is too dry, with too much incense and woods, for my taste.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Whole Foods 365 Fragrance Free Body Lotion
FeeFee34 9/17/2011 12:52:00 PM
I wish Iíd read the reviews before purchasing, but, like others, I decided to give the mint-scented version of this a go after realizing that itís 1/3 the price of my usual Alba Botanica Very Emollient body lotion. Well, you certainly get what you pay for with this product. Itís thin, not super moisturizing, and difficult to rub in. It doesnít come in the best scents, and overall this is okay for an all-purpose lotion during the summer months or if you donít have dry skin, but Iíd like something more moisturizing and that feels better going on.
Treatments (Eye) -Garnier - Anti dark circle roller
FeeFee34 9/17/2011 12:47:00 PM
This product feels nice to apply but doesnít do anything. Like others mention, the metal rollerball is cooling as it rolls on, but the actual product is very thin and light and, after months of using it, I canít say it makes any discernible difference in my undereye circles. I also have very fair skin, so I really doubt that this would work for any normal skin tones if it doesnít even show up on my light skin. Overall, Iím surprised by so many positive reviews and wouldnít recommend this product.
After reading rave reviews on perfume blogs, this scent was a bit disappointing. It is definitely pumpkin-y and food-like, but then a dry grass, hay-like scent also emerges. This is too green and earthy for me--I would prefer something creamier and softer, perhaps a little bit more "dessert-ish" without a heavy dose of sugar. I'm sure the novelty of a pumpkin fragrance will appeal to me throughout the fall months, but overall I find this fragrance underwhelming and wouldn't buy a full bottle.