I bought this shadow at Sephora yesterday and I am just amazed with the quality of the line in general. This, shade-wise, is similar to Stila Heather, but the texture is softer, more shimmery, and more pigmented. And I am a Stila fan, so that's saying a lot. The packaging is also adorable. This line deserves so much more recognition. I do hope they introduce more eyeshadow colors soon!
After long lamenting the discontinuation of my holy grail lipstick (Cargo Sanibel- the perfect red/brown sheer with the perfect texture), I stumbled onto the Lipstick Queen line. The description of Saint Rust was very similar to my Sanibel, and Barney's online was having free shipping, so I decided to go for it. Saint Rust is indeed, VERY similar to Sanibel, perhaps even prettier. It's a touch more muted than Sanibel, but still has that same "pop" that makes my lips look just........perfect. Oh, and I am fair complected (but not completely pale) with neutral to cool coloring and this lipstick imparts a warmer look, yet still blends right in and becomes *me*. It's gorgeous with olive greens and golds on the eyes to play up the warmth, or even with a cooler eye for those who love contrast. This is one of the few lipsticks that I honestly can't find anything to complain about.
If a fragrance has "tea" in the name, I have to try it. It's been a compulsion of mine for years to find the perfect tea fragrance. A true tea, sweetened without being milky, and NO CITRUS. Well, that's what this is. This isn't fruity or spicy, which are fine merits on their own right, but not in the tea I was searching for. I've never smelled red tea before, so I can't compare it to that. It smells like black tea to my nose. Initially, it's straight black tea on my skin, then it sweetens to black tea, sugar, and complimentary whispers of flowers. This fragrance is neither feminine nor masculine, which I suppose is the idea of a unisex scent in the first place, but most unisex fragrances lean one direction or another. Not this one. This is casual, comfortable, seasonless, androgynous, unobtrusive, and so very simple. It's beautiful in its simplicity, though, because it is as simple as it is unique, which makes it possibly the easiest to wear in my collection.
I don't even know where to begin. This is positively one of the most amazing fragrances I have ever had the opportunity to behold. Like previous reviewers, I am massively enamored with tobacco fragrances. For me, though, there are two types of tobaccos. Those I love, and those I *hate, hate, hate* with a white-hot passion. This is one of the former, thankfully. The ones I love are smooth and full bodied, but not sweet or foody or god forbid- cherried. The grass and hay amp up the dryness of this fragrance, which does keep it from crossing over into girly territory, ala Fifi Chachnil. I find it very suitable for myself, though, and would find it suitable, if not gorgeous, on most women. However, on a man, I'm thinking this would be dead sexy. As in, 'all impulse control might just fly through the window when I pass the man who wears this' sexy. Yeah.
I just realized tonight that I haven't reviewed this yet and I've had it for probably two years. I love this so much. I've never smelled SL Bois de Violette, so I have nothing to compare this to. This is a sexy violet, believe it or not. Most violets are sweet and girly with not much depth. This is a woody violet that dries down to soft spices mingled with violet on my skin. Keeping a perfume for two years is almost unheard of for me, but you couldn't pry this one away. I'll actually finish this bottle.
This scent has the most amazing opening notes. I get opoponax and bright mandarin, and maybe some cardamom lending an effervescent feel to the top of this scent. The drydown isn't nearly as exciting, unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, it's very nice, but in comparison with the beginning, the ending is a bit....flat, hence the less than perfect rating. This is cheap enough to obtain, though, that it's worth it for me and I would even consider a repurchase if I actually managed to use this up.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Le Prince Jardinier - L eau du Prince
carlybabes 1/12/2007 9:05:00 PM
I ran on to this for a steal at Luckyscent, so I read all the reviews I could get my hands on and came to the conclusion that I might not hate it. Turns out that I would have loved it even at full price! It has a minty-herbal-tobacco feel on my skin and it's extremely refreshing and mellow at the same time. I've been craving scents that are different from my typical gourmand and oriental types, so this is just spot on for me right now!
I expected this to be like Lucia, but I was wrong. The flowers and orange dominate, while the chocolate sits quietly in the background adding subtle sweetness and depth. Lovely for warm weather, whereas Lucia and Manon were just a little too chocolatey for Oklahoma summers.
I finally figured it out! This is a softer version of Coco Mademoiselle on me! I always thought a guy would smell great in CM, even though it's a bit strong for me, and Fresh went and made a man's version that I prefer to Chanel's. This is fruity, and I'm not fond of many fruity scents, but this is not a busy or bright fruit. It's mellow and deep and mighty sexy. Keeper!
Lipstick -Clinique - Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick - Tabasco [DISCONTINUED]
carlybabes 11/21/2005 10:14:00 PM
Gorgeous warm red, just enough shine to look comfortable. A very sophisticated red.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Agraria Bitter Orange
carlybabes 6/12/2005 1:51:00 PM
I am reviewing the cologne spray, which is also used as a room spray. It is for personal use, though. I love this product. Yes, it smells like Christmas potpourri. I love spicy potpourri scents, though. Winter Delice, Eau Lente, and now Bitter Orange. I have my holiday trio now. :)
I ordered this after reading the notes on sephora.com. I became nervous after reading the "powdery" reviews, but after receiving my bottle today, I can rest assured that this does not turn to powder on me. It is milky, creamy, green, and floral. It's similar to Toni Gard, only more clean and not as sweet. Perfect for summer!
This is a great amber. It's light and simple, and not overly masculine like many ambers are, at least on me. Most of my ambers are cold weather fragrances, but this is suitable in any weather.
I find this scent quite underrated. It's soft and spicy with great lasting power. Honestly, it's what I expected Nanadebary to smell like. I get lots of nutmeg and cinnamon with Sexy, and got only soap out of Nanadebary.
Such an interesting scent. Warm and spicy, yet clean and sweet. This is suitable for every day, every occasion, and all weather. I find this more woodsy-incensey than Susanne Lang's Cashmere. Cashmere was almost exactly like Sheer Obsession, BBui is more in the family of Tam Dao, Black Cashmere, and 10 Corso Como.