Such a great color! I've had BeBop for a few years now and tho I occasionally "stray" when I find new colors, I always wonder why--because when I return to BeBop, I realize once again that it's really perfect. Lights up my face and makes me glow without saturating my face with overdone color. I look younger and livelier--and what more could I ask for from a blush?! Have also tried Incognito and Tea Rose in this blush line, but they don't work for me. (Apparently, I'm too much of a makeup junkie to stick with one blush, even when it works as well for me as BeBop does. Sigh.)
Oh dear--I'm one of the dissenters about this palette (the Lumiere Naturelle color). I have fair skin with light eyes and dark hair, and thought from other reviews that this might be perfect for me on my travels. But only the eyeshadows work for me. The blush is too ruddy for my skintone--I need something that brightens/lightens my face more, such as BeBop. The lip colors, as others have said, are pretty rotten. The Safari, Lotus, and Cinnamon eye colors are great (the light pink one, tho, doesn't really show up on me), and I'm keeping the palette for them: I figured out that it would cost more to send back the palette and buy the 3 shadows on their own, what with factoring in the cost of postage. So...glad I discovered these shadows, but overall disappointed with the colors in the palette.
Last summer I stocked up on Bronzed Pink Glitter Gloss because it was a LE--and am sorry to see now that it really is gone from BB's line. Bronzed Pink starts off bronzy brown on me, but the pink is also there, and as time passes the color lightens and just keeps my lips looking shiny and pretty, not terribly colored. The "glitter" adds sheen and interest but isn't too overt. I'm in my 40s so I don't want to look like a teen when I wear gloss yet still want something that adds "life" to my lips. This color did so. Glad I bought several; hope it comes back!
Brownie Pink was such a great find! I've worn BB lipsticks on and off for years, but never loved her more neutral lip colors. Both Brown and Brownie are slightly wrong for me: too red? too mauve? too something. And her lighter lipstick colors, like Sandwash Pink or those Beiges, are horrifying (and far too light) on me. Happily, Brownie Pink is what I've been waiting for. The perfect MLBB shade. I have fair skin with dark hair and light eyes, and fairly pigmented lips. Brownie Pink is a wonderful neutral pink on my lips: understated yet polished. I stocked up on several tubes last summer and haven't regretted it for a second. If you don't quite love Brown and Brownie and are looking for something neutral yet with depth and presence, try Brownie Pink.
It's April--and we're about to get 6 inches of snow up here in Vermont. Sigh. I needed a great fragrance to get me through yet another cold day. So I turned to my OJ samples and selected Champaca. I love the scent of basmati rice cooking in my kitchen, and was extremely curious as to how it would smell on my skin. Well, I never found out. Champaca is a blaring air freshener/musky green tea on my skin. Absolutely horrible. The rice never showed up. I admit I'm quite sensitive to musk and in certain perfumes I can't bear it; this is one of them. On the other hand, it certainly is long lasting! I've scrubbed my wrists 4 times now and Champaca keeps coming back. Musky tea. Smells both familiar--others have mentioned certain Calvin Klein fragrances--and deeply unappealing. I'll stick with Ta'if.