Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - J. Del Pozo Halloween EDT
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 4:43:00 AM
I really love Halloween Freesia. I don't get any cardamom in the top notes, and the peach/pear/lotus stand out most to me. It's not fruity, but the fruit does lend a sweetness to the floral aspect, keeping it from being too sharp. As time goes on, sillage decreases - by the three-hour mark it's close to the skin, and by six hours you have to mash your nose up to your arm. But for the price, I didn't expect spectacular throw - I assume that if you layer with the lotion set the scent will last longer, but the longevity of the EDT alone definitely leaves something to be desired. Reminds me a lot of Sanrio Momoberry and Body Shop Lotus Petal (now discontinued) - freesia/lotus/lily.
My nailpolish collection isn't huge, but it certainly isn't tiny... but this is one of the most enchanting grays I've had the fortune of trying. My heart breaks now that this is discontinued, seriously; it may not be particularly "glam", like some of the other polishes released by OPI, but it is a cool-toned gray with a touch of blue to it, and that's really all I need in a gray polish. Wish they still made it! I believe its closest relative is Zoya Harley, which is a shade or two lighter, but still not warm-toned in the least. For gals interested in this type of color, I'd say if you're fair-skinned you ought to go for it, though it's a little harder to find now that it's off the market.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Frizz-Ease Hair Serum
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 4:07:00 AM
This works if you use a MINUTE amount and keep it far, far away from your roots... which is frustrating, because what the heck are you supposed to do for the frizz on the crown of your head? Using more than a drop or two - not even a full pump - made my hair look super greasy, but the one/two drop amount kept frizz at bay for most of the day. However, like most anti-frizz serums, you have to wash your hands multiple times afterward to get all that slick residue off... more hassle than it's worth.
I bought a bottle of this unsniffed after a reviewer mentioned the prominence of the pear note, and the pear is at the forefront... along with the lilac, and I *swear* there is some freesia in this. I can't pick out the apple blossom, but the musk and sandalwood back the juicier notes perfectly. Wearing two sprays is MORE than enough. One spray and the scent is light, two sprays and it's like walking straight into a garden, with a considerable dose of musk and just a dash of pear to round it out. My only complaint is that if you pick up the bottle by the neck (bad habit I know!) sometimes the grey plastic casing will come off, which could lead to you dropping and breaking the bottle if you're not careful.
I bought this product in Fuchsia Flash back in late 2007, and I still look back fondly on the color it gave me. I don't want to bleach my hair unless I absolutely have no other option, so when I read on the box that this is formulated especially for dark hair, I HAD to try it. I wasn't disappointed! The color itself is absolutely beautiful... a little redder than the box implies, but definitely cool-toned and bold. In all my searching for a nice magenta dye, this is definitely the one that suits me best. I didn't use it as a highlight - I used it as an all-over dye. It didn't damage my hair and I just picked up another box so I can do it again. NOTE: Do NOT use this on hair with dye still in it. IE don't dye your hair black and then put Colour Rays over it - you have to do this on virgin hair. It says it right on the box, and again in the insert inside, that results may be wonky on hair that's already colored and it's best to dye on virgin hair only. For the love of pete, don't ignore the directions and then complain that it didn't work as advertised! LOL That said, the fading process was kind of surprising. I wasn't expecting the dye to have permanently lightened my hair! My hair is a very dark, ashy brown that most people construe as black, and after the fuchsia faded a couple months later my hair was a mid-tone brown. Even stranger, when I went outside in the sun, it GLOWED a sort of strawberry blonde! It was completely different looking depending whether I was in natural or artificial light. However, I view the lightening as a pro, not a con... makes it easier to get a more vibrant color with other dyes that are NOT formulated for dark hair. Of course it's not the same as bleaching, but it very gentle on your hair and helps things along. Five lippies, five stars, two thumbs up... I am in love with this dye!
Add me to the list of people who use baby powder on their face instead of spending $$$ on pressed/loose cosmetic powders. I used to have to buy specially formulated stark-white powders that cost an arm and a leg, because no drugstore or low-end powders were light or cool-toned enough for my skin - all of them would leave me looking blotchy and orangey/yellowy. But really, I cannot justify spending so much on a powder... and when I realized I had run out of that expensive powder one day, I figured I would use baby powder until I could get a backup. After trying the baby powder, a backup isn't necessary, I've switched over to this full time! Keeps my face matte for several hours, matches my skin tone, and is cheap, to boot. As for the claims that it causes cancer, I'm hardly concerned. Unless you're huffing the powder multiple times a day, I doubt it's very harmful... damn near everything seems to cause a cancer scare these days. Use it sparingly, don't snort the stuff, and you'll be fine.
This is my favorite eyeliner, second only to Urban Decay's - though I do prefer the automatic, twist-up crayon of the MaxEye to the pencil of UD's (I reeeally do not want to spend nine bucks on a sharpener). I have this in a charcoal color and it's soft enough to fill in sparse areas in dark brown or black brows - provided you aren't someone who already uses brow powder to do this. It's also very long lasting and stays put where you apply it! It isn't waterproof and will smudge a bit if you get super wet, but for the price and the availability of this I say give it a try. I bring mine everywhere I go, even though touch-ups are rarely necessary.
It took me years to give in and try the Urban Decay 24-7 liners. I kept thinking that the price was way too high... as a dollar store makeup girl, I still think that, but after I caved and ordered a pack of these during a sale, I must say these are the best liners I have ever tried. They go on smooth, they don't tug or pull or skip... and they're great for the waterline, too! Mildew specifically is a very flattering color for brown or hazel eyes, I find... olive green with a little shimmer. My only complaint is that after an hour or two, the liner migrates to the end of the rim and gets stuck in my eyelashes; it's kind of annoying to have to reapply. I'm very low-maintenance and would prefer to put something on once and have it last the whole day, but that's just a fool's dream on my part :P
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bathed and Infused Black Vetyver Cafe
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 3:14:00 AM
Just sniffed this on a paddle, and it struck me as a "cool" scent rather than a warm one, which shocked me as the coffee note had me expecting warmth. I don't know how to describe it other than cool and earthy, and I like this one!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bathed and Infused Wedding Cake
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 3:13:00 AM
I absolutely love this. For some reason, when I first grabbed it last summer, I wasn't too fond of it; DH would often steal it and spray it all over his clothes when he thought I wasn't paying attention. But this past weekend I dug out my EDP and tried it again and I LOVE it! This might just be my absolute favorite, I just wish it had a little more staying power or throw! I'm going to order this in EVERYTHING. Layer, layer, layer! :twisted: I love that it's foody, cakey, addicting, but it's still light enough for summer wear. DIVINE.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - bathed and infused capri olivo
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 3:07:00 AM
This one is very citrusy to me. In the pot it smells like a lemon - full on sniffing a lemon slice, a smell I'm familiar with since I often eat lemons (I'm a sour fiend). Once on my skin, it inexplicably disappeared. I got no amber or rose from it - nothing but yuzu. After it had time to cure, I sniffed the pot again and it smelled sour in a very BAD way... too sharp, very unpleasant. I've avoided yuzu in blends specifically because of this scent.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bathed and Infused Almond Joyeux
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 3:05:00 AM
I. LOVE. this scent. I've been trying all the B&I almonds in hopes I would find a dry almond scent that wouldn't go cherry on me, and I avoided this one for so long because I thought I'd smell more coconut than almond... but I was WRONG! Gorgeousss.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bathed and Infused - Tea Party
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 3:04:00 AM
I get a sweet almond out of this. Maybe it's the pastry and tea in the background that are making the almond smell so sweet and light, but either way this is an unexpected winner!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bathed and Infused - Jack
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 3:03:00 AM
I'm not normally a fan of pumpkin scents at all, but the chocolate and pumpkin work really well together! Unfortunately my skin wrecks this one - but if you like spicy pumpkin scents, or chocolate scents with a little oomph, I think you'd love Jack.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bathed and Infused - Funeral
Jessmoberry 6/27/2010 2:52:00 AM
I posted in B&I's review thread two years ago, saying this didn't agree with my nose. I don't know what happened - or how I forgot to come back and correct that erroneous review - but I honestly adore this now. Somewhere along the way, I became a rose lover, and this is an amazing rose scent. The rose isn't too soapy, nor is it sour or sharp, and the dirt note isn't so much "potting soil" as it is just earthy. Fab scent, two thumbs up from me.