Fragrances -Hanae Mori - hanae mori eau de toilette
Aeternitas 4/12/2008 2:15:00 PM
This reminds me of biking past a strawberry field when I would visit The Netherlands, except I prefer the smell of the strawberry field to this. I like this perfume because of its youthful, sweet blend of creamy strawberries and praline, but the strawberry smell is too medicinal, potent, and strong. If that were different, I would absolutely love this stuff. It's definitely a comfort scent, warm and sugary sweet. I think it's too much for me too wear every day, it would have to be an "every once-in-a-while" scent during the winter. Notes as mentioned on Sephora: Strawberries, Bilberries, Black Currant, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Sandalwood, Almond, Praline.
If there is such a thing as fresh, watery bubblegum, Missoni's Acqua is it. It's got a very strange, fresh and fruity beginning, which is the melon and grapefruit, and slows down into a still strange, fruity mix of freesia and iris. It's definitely fresh and watery and portrays the image of clean water, but it's not something for a beach, but maybe more for a poolside of a tropical hotel. This perfume just doesn't blend well for me, and the notes are a total contrast and don't work together. Other than that, great for hot days when you want to feel refreshed. Lasting power is good, too. Notes as mentioned by NowSmellThis: Acqua has top notes of bright bergamot, juicy melon, fresh grapefruit and sensual narcisse; a heart of velvety violet, voluminous peony, blue freesia and crisp muguet, and a drydown of Tuscan iris, and jasmine. I get mostly melon and grapefruit, freesia and iris.
Smells like the skin peelings of a fresh lemon! And I must agree with biker that it smells really Alka-Seltzer-y the first couple of minutes, and actually really strong. It's young, breezy, and fresh. I'm surprised I like this, I usually don't go for fresh, strongly citrusy scents. I wouldn't buy a full bottle or wear it often, but if I find myself on the way to a sweaty, hot day on the beach, Roxy Love is coming with me. I don't get many other notes besides the citrus or green tea leaves, and maybe some florals, although I'm not too good at telling which florals are which. Notes as mentioned on NowSmellThis: Green tea leaves, citron vert, yuzu, mandarin, peony, orchid, freesia
Of all Chanel perfumes I've smelled, this is probably the least complex. I like it, but I'm not in awe over it. Without even knowing the notes of this perfume, I immediately could detect a lot of pink pepper on the initial spray and amber in the dry down. Minutes later, that's still all I smell. That particular pepper note is used in so many fragrances that Chance reminded me of several other perfumes; I can't define it as anything unique. The vibe I got from this is modern and trendy, I even actually got the image of a somewhat rich, fashionably sophisticated girl carrying around her little puppy in her big designer purse. That's just me, though. :) It's a nice casual, everyday wear, but as a previous reviewer noted, one spray is enough, it's fairly strong considering the notes it has. Notes as mentioned on Fragrancex: White musk, hyacinth and citron, pink pepper, jasmine, fresh vetiver, orris absolute and amber patchouli The notes that I get are just about strictly pink pepper and amber with some musk, and a hint of patchouli. I'm not sure about what vetiver smells like, but some of that too?
Take the original Michael Kors, throw a strange note in it, and this is what you get. Island is very strange to me; I don't get it... at first sniff, it's something I really like, but when I let it set on me for a while, it's just got this weird note in it that doesn't need to be there, and it gets pretty annoying. I would definitely consider it a sophisticated beach scent as opposed to all those teen fruity beach perfumes that are out. Something about it is plastic-y and cheap. The initial spray smells like pure alcohol and nothing else, then it transforms into a rather lovely honeysuckle note blended with a hint of kiwi, and the dry down still holds a bit of fruitiness and a lot of flowers with the base notes of white bark and driftwood coming into play. It's nice, but not for me. It's great for a day on the beach, warm weather, and casual things of that sort. Notes as mentioned on MichaelKors.com: Dewy, sparkling top notes of Chinese kiwi, honeysuckle, and parrot tulip. Lush, vibrant heart notes of champaca flowers, gingerlilies, Bulgarian rose, and stephanotis. Woody, smooth base notes of white bark accord, driftwood, and rice fields accord.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - John Varvatos for Women
Aeternitas 4/11/2008 5:35:00 PM
If you were to take a bouquet of flowers and soak it in alcohol, particularly grappa, I think you would have John Varvatos for her. It's what I get out of it for the first couple of minutes, and for the dry down, add some sweetness to your grappa-soaked bouquet. I really ended up loving this fragrance, it's a very different take on florals. It has a very interesting personality, the notes keep changing and changing on me - first grappa, then a bunch of fruitiness, which slowly transforms into a fruity floral and takes a sudden turn to being a floral with gorgeous base notes of oakmoss. It's rather close to the skin after it dries down, unfortunately. It's a beautiful fragrance that is perfect for spring/summer weather. I wouldn't say it's extremely special, but it's definitely pretty and unique. All in all, it surprised me! It's modern, beautiful, and intriguing. Can't stop smelling it. It's going to be my new summer scent! :) Notes as mentioned on HelloDollface: It contains aromatic grappa, Georgian apricot, damascus plum and golden mandarin. Combine those flavors, if you will, with lilies, mango blossom, jasmine, Turkish rose attar. Background is oakmoss, patchouli, tonka beans and wild honey. Edit: It gets boring after a while.
Dreamy, creamy, rich, smooth, warm, sensual, calm... for me there's just too many wonderful words to describe this beautiful perfume. I couldn't describe it in one word. It's romantic, sophisticated, comforting, and deep in emotional feel. The feeling of this perfume is almost like marshmallows; so soft! On me, it's very sweet, woody, but fairly spicy too, with the most incredible incense and sandalwood notes I've ever smelled. It's so perfectly blended! That's where it gets the smooth, flowing feeling. When I smell it I imagine being on a large balcony on a cliff over an ocean, wearing a long black dress staring at a bright, white full moon late at night - alone - set in a deep blue, nearly black sky. There's something special about a perfume that can give me vivid images because most perfumes don't do that for me. As far as the packaging goes, it's a perfect representation of the liquid that's in it. Magical Moon, overall, is captivating. But it's way too much to wear everyday - even during the winter (for me, at least). Definitely an occasional wear. Notes as mentioned on Sephora: Blooming Osmanthus Flower, Porcelain Rose, Sugar Cane, Cotton Flower, Coconut Milk, Vanilla, White Musk, White Sandalwood, Red Cedar, Incense, Litchi, Patchouli, Pineapple Pulp, Guava Nectar, Star Fruit, Orange Flowers, Pink Berries. The most I get out of this fragrance is sandalwood, incense, vanilla, coconut milk, and a few florals, along with cedar.
If a UV ray had a smell, it would smell just like this perfume. I don't love it, but I like it. Although I'm not interested, it's very unique and different. It's nice and smells like what I would imagine ultraviolet lights to smell like if they had a smell. However, it's not a smell I want to wear. It is definitely an oriental, it's slightly spicy on the first spray, and then it dries down to a sizzling sweet oriental floral. After that, it seems to disappear completely... hardly any lasting power. It would be longer lasting and more noticeable in the summer, probably. It's a nice casual scent, and it reminds me A LOT of Lanvin's original Rumeur, and like Rumeur, there's just too much of a peppery smell that just isn't my thing. This stuff has loads of amber in it, which becomes very prominent on the dry down.
This is such a lovely, fresh fragrance. It's like a spicy or peppery floral, like the original Rumeur but with a stronger fresh-cut flower feel added to it. It smells like a very European fragrance to me. I really didn't like Rumeur, and Rumeur 2 Rose has what the original lacked for me. This new one smells like there is a lot of peony in it (and there is no peony) instead of roses, but I do get the innocent white rose note. I adore this because it has a bit of masculine appeal with the slightly peppery note in it. It would be great for everyday and casual wear. It seems to last for an entire day, too. Love it! Notes as mentioned on SaksFifthAvenue: Magnolia, Seringa, White Rose, Sambac Jasmine.
What better way to describe this other than... pure vanilla? I get absolutely no other notes on me. Being such a vanilla fiend, it's something I absolutely love. It's on the sweet side, and I almost get a sugar cookie type of smell. Aside from that, it smells like the kind of vanilla I cook with. It's decadent and mouth-watering. This is the first Lavanila fragrance I've tried, and after this sample, I'm looking to try more!
Every time I smell a Bvlgari fragrance, I'm just taken away by the beautiful quality. As soon as I got a whiff of Au The Rouge, I fell in love and had to get it. This is such a comforting, warm scent for me in the way that red tea is soothing. It's amazing. I like it mainly because it is a unisex perfume, making it gentle in a feminine way with a masculine aura to it that makes it noticeable - I really like that in a perfume. It's not light, but it's not strong. When I wear it, I get a lot of the fig note and the walnut note on dry down, with a burst of pink pepper on the initial spray, which is somewhat spicy in the beginning. I think you would have to wear it to truly understand it as the stages of dry down are always changing. It's a beautiful blend and I feel at peace when I wear it. Calming. The lasting power is great, too! I could wear this everyday. It's casual and great for day wear. Notes as mentioned on Sephora: Pink Pepper, Orange, Bergamot, Red Tea Accord, Fig Pulp, Walnut, Musk. It smells so much like nature (just look at the notes!) I can imagine someone wearing this out camping in the cold, woody mountains.
If anything, Deep Night is the harder-to-find version of the original Burberry perfume for women in a different bottle. If you have one, you basically have the other. Deep Night is a little stronger and darker, though. It's certainly a comforting, soothing scent. I bought this unsniffed after sampling the discontinued and rare Deepest Night by Ghost in hopes of Deep Night smelling similar, considering Deepest Night was not available anywhere online - if it was, it only shipped to Europe. They don't smell similar, but fortunately, I do love Deep Night! It's beautiful. It's a very trendy European kind of perfume (or so I think). I see a conservative, high fashion woman in her early 20's walking down the streets of Amsterdam wearing this stuff. The more prominent notes are peach, apricot, and vanilla that blend perfectly into something that smells like peaches and cream, without smelling too sweet. I smell more apricot than anything else from the first spray and all throughout the dry down. It's a long lasting, casual everyday wear. There is something very masculine about this stuff, which is my favorite part. I love the masculine/feminine contrast of this perfume. The deep purple moon-shaped bottle looks beautiful in pictures, but when I received it I thought it looked pretty tacky. It's big and takes up a lot of space. The color of it is gorgeous though, and I really love the idea. Overall, it's a great, fruity perfume! Notes as mentioned on fragrancex.com: "This feminine scent is fresh and invigorating blend of apricot, vanilla and peach is the perfect blend for everyday wear." I'm not sure of what else is in Deep Night when it comes to the notes, but I also get something that is a bit like chocolate.
I thought I would love this, but I didn't. I've been unimpressed with Thierry Mugler's latest perfumes so far (or it could just be the samples), like Innocent Illusion. Innocent Rock smells like a combination of grape soap and too much water. I do get the grape alcoholic drink smell on the dry down, but it's so sweet and subtle, just way too boring and safe. It couldn't smell any more cheap. I would never waste my money on a full bottle of this. Disappointing! Thierry Mugler should have just stopped when he made the original Innocent. Like the previous reviewer said, there's just nothing special about it. EDIT: It smelled completely different on my mom. Works for her chemistry better than mine! She gets a lot more prominent smell and more of the notes, very grapefruity with a bit of orange and a dash of black pepper. I hardly get any notes - on me it's like a frame without a picture in it. I'm raising my rating to 2 instead of 1 because I like it on her!
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Stung - Lip Plumper
Aeternitas 3/8/2008 11:05:00 AM
This is basically an ebay exclusive lip plumper, only sold on ebay. I bought it a year ago and it's incredible. It truly works if you have a high tolerance for burning sensations, because this stuff can really burn! I actually enjoy the stinging feeling; just remember that means it's working ;). It works better than any other lip plumper I've tried, and faster. Not only that, but it truly has made my lips STAY plump... I don't have to constantly reapply because Stung has given my lips permanent plumping. It's my favorite lip enhancing product and I will definitely buy many more in the future. As for the juice in it, it's really runny and thin, making it capable of seeping into your mouth if you're not careful, which previous reviewers have mentioned. Happened to me where it got on my tongue and burned my tongue for 30 minutes! I recommend it for anyone who is truly trying in their best to have fuller lips. For only 10 bucks (and 6 dollar shipping), it does WAY more than anything expensive you can find at Sephora.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Wrapped With Love by Hilary Duff
Aeternitas 3/7/2008 9:51:00 AM
It's really sweet without being too sweet. This is the kind of release I was expecting from Hillary Duff at first rather than With Love, because With Love was surprisingly a more grown up fragrance. Wrapped with Love is a pretty fragrance for young women, and it falls into that category of typical celebrity perfume releases that are sweet and young, except this one has maybe a bit more maturity. It's really not horribly sweet, though. It's cute, flirty, and casual. However, I definitely prefer With Love. Notes as mentioned on Mimifroufrou: "Reminiscent of Hilary's favorite things, the fragrance offers up an absolutely irresistible white mousse chocolate note, wrapped in a combination of milk and vanilla beans..... ...highlighted by sun-kissed raspberries. Hilary radiates youthful energy, so hints of citrus are paired with iced honeydew and delicate floral notes." I briefly smelled this in the store, so I am not certain on the notes, but I'm pretty sure I got a hint of the mousse chocolate note that was blended well with flowers.