Treatments (Eye) -L'Oreal - skin genesis daily treatment eye serum
135792468 9/24/2010 12:44:00 PM
This is one of the best eye serums I have found, particularly for the price. I have to say I didn't notice much difference to my dark circles, which are my main concern, or to my incipient wrinkles, and I don't have puffy eyes, but it is an excellent cheap moisturiser for the eye area which in my experience is a hard thing to find even from expensive products. My one caveat is that it did seem to run out quite quickly in comparison to other products.
Treatments -Caudalie - Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminée Anti-Wrinkle Serum
135792468 9/24/2010 12:36:00 PM
I'm not sure I can add anything useful to wonderbuy's excellent review. I noticed no positive benefits from using this product at all and it didn't even provide basic moisturising or smoothing qualities, let alone target ageing and wrinkles. It did smell nice though.
Burning all 6 candles together creates quite the powerhouse effect. To me it isn't all that similar to the Agent Provocateur fragrance as it's sweeter and less rose-centred. I am also not keen on the packaging simply because I'm not really a very pink person and they don't match anything in any room in my flat but I like the black silhouette designs. I am now burning them all individually and will update this review as I go along. Tease: I thought this one was the lightest when I smelled them all unlit but it turns out it's supposed to be the heart notes of the fragrance (saffron, magnolia, rose, jasmine and ylang ylang). It has very good throw and is a complicated floral fragrance. I know it's intended for the bedroom and it's more suited to that than to the living room where I usually burn candles as it's a bit feminine and generally a bit much. I would give this 4 lippies for objective quality and 3 for my personal taste. Seduce: This is the top notes (magnolia and saffron). This is a big disappointment compared to Tease. There is no throw whatever. It's just not a strong enough scent for a candle on its own. I would give this 1 lippie. Caress: This is also the heart notes (rose, jasmine and ylang ylang). It's a very very faint rose. I would give this 1 lippie though it's better than Seduce. Flirt: This is the base notes (sandalwood, cedar, gaiac wood and vetiver). This has great throw but I find it powdery, sickly and cloying. 1 lippie subjectively though it's probably worth 4 if you like the smell.
I can't review this candle because I can't smell it. Admittedly I only have the votive size but I think it is a problem of the line in general. Given how strong the fragrances are, it is particularly disappointing.
Unfortunately I think this product may be discontinued as Clinique no longer seem to do cream blushes in a pan. This is one of the very few blushers I have finished. It's a medium blue pink which works very well on my blue toned skin. I like that the pan is quite shallow and wide as it makes it more accessible for those of us with fingernails. I also like the built in mirror. Most of all, I like the fact that the blusher isn't too greasy and doesn't bring me out in spots but still looks natural and lasts well.
Claims to reduce dark circles and puffiness. It doesn't. I wouldn't mind so much if it provided decent moisture but it doesn't do that either. And the base of the tube is so small that it topples over all the time. I am not even going to finish the tube.
Treatments (Eye) -Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex
135792468 6/9/2010 6:24:00 AM
On the plus side, this did at least moisturise my under eye area. On the minus side, it had no effect at all on dark circles (the primary purpose as far as I was concerned). My eyes aren't very wrinkly or puffy so I can't comment on that. My big problem with this product is the packaging. Pots are unhygienic, even if they come with a little spatula that either gets lost or clutters up the bathroom, and this particular pot is an ugly shade of brown that doesn't even serve a decorative function.
This candle has a very subtle fragrance, more so than the perfume version. Like Encens Flamboyant, Myrrhe Ardente and Ambre Fetiche it comes in an opaque black glass container with a gold and cream design. I bought a gift set containing two votive sizes (the other being Encens Flamboyant). I prefer the perfume version of Musc Nomade to the perfume version of Encens Flamboyant (though I like both) but in the candles my preference is the other way round simply because of the superior throw of the Encens Flamboyant. Musc Nomade would be suitable for any occasion and it's entirely unisex. The wax pooled quickly and the burn was even and not too smoky. The black glass would have hidden any smoky marks in any event.
After Orris Noir, I had very high expectations and this was disappointing. The smell is quite true to the fragrance - maybe slightly less green. But the throw of the candle is very poor and it burns much more smokily than the Orris Noir. I should add that I also have this in the votive size so I am testing like with like but perhaps getting the larger size makes more of a difference in this fragrance.
This serum has an odd watery consistency which makes it quite difficult to apply. I can't say I noticed much benefit in terms of additional hydration. Nor did it make much difference to my acne. My skin was still flaky and still spotty whether I used it or not. It didn't seem to make anything worse though.
The throw of this candle is tremendous and I only have a votive size. Personally I like the plain glass containers but they aren't very decorative. The burn is clean and even but very slow which I find frustrating as I like to change my candle more often but this is certainly excellent value for money. The smell is very close to the fragrance which I think makes an excellent room fragrance as it's relatively unisex and warm. It's odd to have such a complex smell in the room though.
I believe this is one of the candles Diptyque has discontinued. Which means that out of the 4 Diptyque candles I genuinely love (Narcisse, Opopanax, Verveine and this one), 2 of them have been discontinued. Something is wrong with this picture, Diptyque. Bois Cire means waxed wood and that's what it smells like. It has that slight sweetness and powderiness of old waxed floors a bit like Hilde Soliani's Vecchi Rosetti. I would say it was one of the most unisex candles I have ever tried. There is nothing floral about it but the slight sweetness makes it less masculine than some of the Feu de Bois type smells. The throw is excellent and the burn is clean. I have found that Diptyques tend to burn more slowly than other candles which means they last longer but also means that they have a greater tendency than other candles to burn unevenly. I burned this for the first time for 4 1/2 hours and the wax still didn't pool across the whole surface area.
Scrubs -Unlisted Brand - Goodworks Good For You Body Scrub
135792468 12/29/2009 10:36:00 AM
This is a decent enough sugar scrub scented with lavender, ylang ylang and benzoin. The scent is slightly medicinal and strong (though it doesn't last on your skin). The scrub has quite a solid texture which I happen to like as it means it isn't too greasy. It comes in a sturdy and practical (if not very decorative) plastic tub. It is very similar to the Soap & Glory scrub but I prefer the smell of that one so I would repurchase that one in preference to this.
My mother said this smells like an American Christmas - she meant this as a compliment having lived in New York for a couple of years. It smells of orange and cloves to me which is probably my idea of what Christmas should smell like as well, having been forced to spend an entire afternoon sticking cloves into an orange as a child until there was no speck of orange left to the naked eye. I prefer this to the chilly fir tree smells and the gourmand cooking smells so I may well repurchase next Christmas as the throw is excellent. I wouldn't want it any other time of year though.
The smell of the candle is very close to the fragrance. It also has excellent throw - particularly as I only have a votive size. It's a cold green incense. It actually works better as an ambient smell rather than a perfume. Overall I wouldn't repurchase as I prefer my home fragrance to be warm and inviting.