A huge blast of strong soap. It settles down after a few hours to become a warm, musky, winter night rendition of Estee Lauder's White Linen (I know that sounds like an oxymoron). Quite interesting, but I don't think I would repurchase.
I am a little puzzled by this fragrance. It feels a little masculine on me. The opening is citrus and smells to me like the epitome of men's cologne. It softens, however, to a warm, powdery oriental that is more feminine. It is unusual in a good way and has qualities that I like but, ultimately, it just doesn't grab me.
A gorgeous, opulent, candy-apple red. It looks great against my paler than pale feet. The quality is also excellent. On my toes, it lasted for several weeks without chipping.
A showy, shameless attention-seeker of a scent - fit to be worn only by a woman for whom men would throw down their lives and who knows it. Only a precious few can pull this off. On those who lack the utmost confidence, the big white flowers in this scent mock us for our mousiness. On those declasse wannabes, the scent underscores their brassiness and cheapness. Wear it only if you dare.
The quality of the eyeshadows is outstanding and second to none. They go on easily, are unbelievably silky and soft, and they last all day without diminishing. On the eye they look like a high-end eyeshadow. The colours I have are a pinky-mauve, a pinky-peach, a warm beige, a cream and a mid-brown. The colours are very soft and subtle. The pinky-mauve and pinky-peach, however, look dreadful on me. They make me look tired and washed out, and accentuate the red in my eyes. Although I love the quality of the 5-pan eyeshadows I have not yet found a pan where I would(could) wear all of the colours. Rather than buy a five-pan to wear two or three colours, I would rather spend the same amount of money to buy two Stila or Bobbi Brown eyeshadows I know I will wear.
Holy spider lashes Batman. This is a very pleasant surprise. This mascara goes on well, has a huge impact, lasts well, doesn't smudge and has a decent-sized brush. All that, and it's a third of the price of Diorshow et al. Repurchasing this is a no-brainer.
Pungent, heady, confident jasmine. I totally get the reference to hot, sultry nights in a tropical/sub-tropical climate. This is a fantasy fragrance. But in reality I am a northern gal so this doesn't work for me.
Lip Liners -Christian Dior - Lipliner in Holiday Red
Wend1 9/5/2005 12:59:00 AM
This is a very nice red lip liner, with just a tinge of blue. It goes on easily, is matte and lasts very well. I like it so much, I sometimes use it on its own on my whole lip, over lip balm. I love the packaging, especially the lip brush on the end (even though it broke off very early). It is not my absolutely perfect shade, so I may not buy it again. However, the quality is fabulous, so I would certainly buy a Christian Dior lipliner again.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Laura Tonatto - Fiori d Arancio
Wend1 9/1/2005 3:38:00 PM
Funnily enough, "heinous" was the description that sprung to my mind when I first smelled this. I understand that the fragrance is supposed to evoke the ball in "Il Gattopardo". At first I thought that "Il Gattopardo" must be a smoky nightclub in a seedy area, then I realized that it is one of those old-fashioned hairdressing shops (salon is too kind a description), where one would go to obtain a cheap perm and blue rinse. The opening was all harsh chemicals. Although the scent softened to permit the orange blossom to come out, there still remained a hint of that cheap, blue setting lotion.
I so wanted to love this. There was an initial blast of honey and sandalwood, which to me was like the rich woman's version of Tweed. It softened somewhat after an hour or so but by the end of the day, I had found the urine note. Overall, I was left with the impression that the smell would be familiar to employees of nursing homes for elderly ladies. As is typical with unpleasant fragrances, this lasts extremely well.
Boring, bland and old ladyish. This smells as cheap as its price. On the plus side (if you can call it that) the perfume oil is strong and lasts forever though - typical.
The perfect base colour for me (very pale but with blue/red undertones). It was recommended to me by the on-line make up artist at BB's website (along with BB's "grey" for day and "gunmetal shimmer" for night). At first I was sceptical; thinking that the white would be either really chalky or shimmery. It does look a little scary in the pot. However, I was wrong. It is a beautiful, matte, sheer colour that sets my eyeshadow and evens out the skintone on my eye. It gives a very polished, sophisticated look: simply gorgeous. I currently wear it with Stila's "rain" on my eyelids. The look is pretty neutral but timeless.
What a disappointment. The name, bottle and advertisements evoke both moodiness and freshness: the cleansing rain following a thunderstorm. The scent could not be further from that. It is instead a sticky, cloying, sweet confection; the perfume of a teenager, albeit one with unlimited access to their parent's credit card.
I have this in grapevine. I like the product (now that I have found a pencil sharpener that fits): it's really a "3.5". It is creamy, matte and lasts fairly well. It does not dry out my lips. The pencil is a great idea, which allows for greater accuracy in applying and greater flexibility in achieving colour depth. A light touch gives a pretty sheer look. I am not keen on the colour though - too brown. I would seriously think about repurchasing but not in that colour.
Oooooo, this is puuurrrrdy. It is a light, shimmery pink with peachy undertones. It is a definite girl colour and quite delicate. It also lacks any blue, so actually makes my feet look healthy. It is quite opaque and I only need two coats for my toes. Having read the reviews, I was quite nervous. My technique is sadly lacking and with the comments about streaking, I expected a tough night. However, the polish went on remarkably smoothly. I will be wearing this all summer.