Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose
LizWords 9/2/2012 1:03:00 PM
I have mixed feelings about this fragrance but gave it 4 stars because of it's true tea rose scent, it's insane lasting power and silage, and it's dirt cheap price. First, I had to transfer 3mls of this fragrance to an old mini perfume bottle with a stopper instead of a spray, I find that even spraying this into the air and walking through it imparts a bit too much of the fragrance onto me because it is monstrously strong. Dabbing it lightly is the only way to go for my personal use. I use so little of this when I do wear it that I'm guessing the giant 100ml bottle I bought for 10$ may go bad before I get event half way through it. The scent is linear, single note massive strong and true tea rose. It probably is the single strongest rose perfume I've ever smelled. I love rose scents, but this perfume has taught me that I prefer them mixed with other notes rather than on their own. So I use this fragrance primarily for layering, and also as the occasional air freshener (I would probably use it as an air freshener more often if my boyfriend liked rose scents but sadly he does not). I like to mix it with other rose based perfumes that I feel could have a bit more rose, and it works amazingly for that. I do understand why some people say this reminds them of rotting roses. When used at certain times and usually in large amounts I also detect a hint of this at first, it can be extremely offensive when like this. Fortunately it does not smell rotting to me most of the time. Overall, for what this is, I think this fragrance has a lot to offer. The one thing I would really like to see change is the bottle, it's hideous and cheap looking, they could easily make a more attractive bottle for the same price...
Fragrances -Thierry Mugler - Angel Garden of Stars - Le Lys
LizWords 9/2/2012 11:20:00 AM
I'm surprised no one has reviewed this Angel flanker yet. Of the several Angel flankers I've tried this is one of my favorites. It is so light compared to the original Angel, and it has a lot less patchouli, which is great if you ask me. If you like the gourmand notes of the original Angel but you find it too musky or strong, then you will probably like this version. The published notes don't say anything about the chocolate and caramel that's in the original Angel, and I find this quite confusing since my first impression upon sniffing this is that it has those tasty gourmand notes. Maybe it's the honey? There is a hint of patchouli when you first put this on but it blends within a minute or two and becomes a part of the overall fragrance. I find this aspect wonderful as the strong dominant patchouli in the original Angel and many of its flankers is a bit too much for me. To me this perfume seems to be a toned-down Angel with a strong hyacinth and lily floral that helps make it lighter and more wearable. Overall I really like this. I get the best of Angel notes without the ones I don't like. The lasting power is very good, and it also has decent silage. As with all the Angel line I find it better to dab this fragrance on rather than spray.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Gentle Cover Cream Concealer
LizWords 9/1/2012 10:36:00 AM
I use this concealer in the yellow 1020 color. It isn't my daily concealer, I save it for days when I have a giant red zit or the dark circles under my eyes are out of control. It is a bit too yellow to use on less extreme blemishes, it hides dark blue and red discoloration very very well. It seems to have significant mineral content, this goes on as cream but dries pretty quickly to a matte somewhat powdery finish. And it is quite inexpensive at about 5$ per tube. I've tried the green version they make as well but have not been able to make it work, I've heard green covers red very well but unfortunately on me it still looks green even under foundation and tinted powder.
I wish there was a maybe for "would you buy this product again", as I am on the fence about whether or not this fragrance is really for me. I bought a decent sized decant of the EDT from TPC and have tested it several times over the last 6 months or so. I'm giving it 4 stars because I do appreciate it and I do think it smells very good, but I don't really find myself wanting to wear it often. I've said this about other decants and samples in the past and then when I've run out I've decided I miss it and end up buying a bottle and loving it for a long time, so maybe this will happen with Bois des Iles. It's funny how this EDT sometimes reminds me of No.5, and how other time it remind me of No. 22. It certainly seems to have notes that are found in both. Of course there's the massive aldehydes, but beyond that there is the jasmine, ylang-ylang, and neroli of no.5 and no.22, as there is similar vetiver and vanilla base notes. But Bois des Iles makes sandalwood the star note, blending it with the florals and resinous and woody notes to create a woodsy, warm, powdery scent that has very decent lasting power and silage. Again, I really like the smell, and am even ashamed to admit that I often prefer spritzing it in the air in a small room over wearing it. I like being able to walk through that room several times later that day and smell it. It does smell so good, but I think it is just not really the type of perfume that works with my personality enough to feel right wearing it...
I purchased a mini of this parfum spray after reading several reviews of Chanel No. 22 that mentioned that White Linen was a dup for 22. After having tested it for a full day I definitely see why people think that, it is remarkably similar. The woody base notes, vetiver, vanilla, sandalwood, blended with the florals, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, and the aldehydes create a very good dup for no. 22. But it's the starchy, fresh out of the dryer cotton note that separates this as distinct from no. 22. I have to say that I'm really quite impressed with how effectively White Linen conveys the scent of freshly laundered linen. It really does mix the smell of freshly dried laundry into the base and transforms what would otherwise be a recreation of 22 into a unique fragrance. This starchy laundry scent stays through to the end of this incredibly long lasting perfume. I doubt I would purchase a full size, but I will use my mini and see how it goes. I prefer no. 22, I really don't personally care to smell like fresh laundry/cotton, but I understand why a lot of people love those types of scents.
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - Healthy Hoof Lacquer
LizWords 8/29/2012 8:57:00 PM
This is my go to nail lacquer. I wear primarily this lacquer alone and only paint my nails for a special occasion right now. It's does exactly what you want a clear nail lacquer to do, it protects the nail, adds an attractive healthy shine, and it nourishes and strengthens the nail. It's also very affordable, 3-4$ a bottle, using once a week it lasts quite a while. I use the healthy hoof protein nail treatment as well and it is amazing. I definitely recommend this line.
Of all Coty musks, this one has the most distinct smell and best lasting power. I actually like the smell of Jovan musk and white musk better, but they tend to disappear on my skin, not in terms of fading really, but more like blending into my skin so I don't notice it after a while. This musk does blend that way, it stays strong and distinct the whole time. I like the freshness of the jovan musk and white musk better than this fragrance, the wild musk name is appropriate, there is an animalic element to it that is somewhat dirty in nature. Don't get me wrong, it smells good, very good, but it's definitely not a "clean" scent as many musks tend to be.
Eyeliner -New York Color - Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil - all
LizWords 8/29/2012 8:05:00 PM
For a 3$ eyeliner, this performs very well. It really is pretty good in terms of staying power, better than many higher cost drugstore liners. I do think a few brands surpass this and will generally stick with them, but this is definitely a great inexpensive alternative when I can't find my preferred eyeliner.
I was dying to test this perfume for the longest time, I love rose. But sadly, after all that anticipation, I really don't like this perfume. There is a strong rose, the rose note in this smells a lot like an old cheapy perfume called tea rose, on top of that there is a lot of fruit in this, which isn't usually my thing unless it's muted by something stronger, and this case fruit and rose seem to be the strongest notes. I also get the distinct scent of alcohol, certain type of white wine really. Between the hint of wine and the pervasive fruit and rose I get a bit nauseous.
Fragrances -Thierry Mugler - Angel Garden of Stars Rose
LizWords 8/28/2012 8:29:00 PM
I like this version of Angel so much better than the original. I love the patchouli and rose mix in this, it's done very well, and while it has some of the gourmand sweetness and spice to it, I feel like there's a lot less going on compared to the original. I still smell the chocolate and the caramel, but I don't really get berries and fruit or the cotton candy like in the original. This is probably why I like it more. I got 4ml of this in a swap, the little glass bottle with the pink stopper is beautiful, and perfect for application as I think this stuff is too strong for a spray. While I like this I doubt I will rebuy anytime soon. The 4ml I have should last a very long time as I can only see myself wearing this occasionally.
I agree with a reviewer below that mentioned this fragrance can be unisex, yes, absolutely. The reason I don't wear this is because it reminds me too much of men's cologne, I suppose it's the strong cedar and musk. I know there is floral in there, rose and jasmine according to the description, but I don't detect any of it, I wish I did. I feel a bit too masculine wearing it, and I'm a big fan of musky, androgynous perfumes. Unfortunately this one just doesn't work for me. I have smelled women that this does work on, and it can be lovely, lighter and more fresh and feminine than when I try to wear it.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
LizWords 8/28/2012 9:29:00 AM
I have mixed feelings about this cuticle cream. Overall I think this is a good product, it does what it says it's going to do, and it sinks in pretty quick especially for it's vaseline like consistency. My main complaint about this product is the price and the amount you get for the price. I realize that the ingredients, a variety of organic oils, is probably more expensive to source and manufacture than many mainstream oil based lotions, but 6$ for this tiny little tin is really outrageous. I own all of the oils that comprise this product and could eaily make a massive amount of this for a few dollars a batch. I also have used other cuticle creams with many of the same ingredients, plus additional proteins that are missing from this, and they work better and you get WAY more for your money (healthy hoof comes to my mind first but there are many competitive products out there). I do use this a bit, but only because my place of work has a relationship with a retailer of BB's products and they bring us a couple dozen of these tins every few months. If I had to pay 6$ a tin for this, I would not bother.
I think this perfume is lovely and elegant yet enticing and sexy. Really feminine yet somewhat androgynous. Airy and light with a hint of sweet but then also musky and dark. It has a really amazing balance. I really love it. While I think the leather is prominent from the start to finish in this fragrance, I don't really recognize it as particularly leathery, it just blends so nicely with the florals and citrus that it becomes kind of a spicy, edgy floral. I love the subtle rose in this. It's so not typical cliche rose, it's done beautifully. I got a decant sample of this in a swap a few weeks ago and am in the process of swapping for the full size from the same person. So excited. I have only tried the EDT at this point and think the sillage and lasting power is great. I'm sure I'll try the EDP too at some point.
I love most of the Jovan musks line, this one included. It is a very nice, fresh, light floral musk, as others have pointed out the honeysuckle shines in this one. I wish they made a white musk perfume oil still, bummed I never got to try that. I often douse myself in this or the original jovan musk, I love have the scent floating around my skin. It is a very close to the skin scent, not big on sillage, but wonderful nonetheless. I used to think that the jovan musks had bad staying power, but I don't believe that anymore. I can always smell it on my clothes days after wearing it, when I'm packing up laundry baskets at the end of the week I can detect jovan in the mix. I think the reason why most people believe the staying power to be so bad is that musk scents tend to blend with skin and become invisible to the wearer. Fortunately to other people you do still smell good though!
This is a very nice, light, spring or summer fragrance. It has decent staying power considering how light and airy it is. I smell the honey and freesia the most, with a bit of the frangipani popping out as well. It's very work and general day time appropriate wear, fresh and unobtrusive and subtle.