I normally prefer mascaras that provide more volume than length but this one is really great! First of all I like the long comb brush. It separates beautifully, the added length is awesome, very easy to catch every single lash and it never ends up loaded with extra unnecessary mascara. The consistency is wet and never clumps. I also love the curling effect: because the lashes are covered with a thin coat of mascara they remain weightless and hold the curl nicely. I prefer to work when it's still wet, because if it dries and I continue to layer the eyelashes look hard and uneven. The packaging is neat and simple but durable and practical. The biggest con is that it comes of easily if you sweat or cry. The overall effect is long shiny separated curled doll like lashes but not spider-leggy that remain pretty all day. Not for dramatic looks but it's a fav for daytime. And if you layer it over volumizing mascaca for a night out it takes it to a whole new level!
Chance was my first Chanel perfume. Definitely the youngest of them all. I have been using the edt 4 years now (I got my second 50ml bottle a few months ago) which is less sweet and more light and citrusy than the edp. Chance is a fragrance for a young lady. This girl is done with teeny-boper scents but hasn't reached the sophistication level that Coco requires. Feels energizing, more playful than seductive but in a classy way. I mostly use it for nights out but it can also add a touch of glamour in your day. The top motes of lemon, pineapple and pink pepper feel almost festive. The flowery heart with hyacinth and jasmine remains light and pleasing and the drydown when patchouli dominates is the most sensual part. I love this transformation, keeps my nose interested and fascinates me every time. And it has very good lasting power. Although it has a young feeling I think every woman can wear it when she feels like a naughty girl inside ;)
I like Avene's Thermal Water and would repurchase but it's not a ''must have'' for me. I have combo acne prone skin and I use it when I want a soothing and refreshing mist. Works well but I don't need it, really.
Lipstick -Clinique - Butter Shine Lipstick - Delovely
stls 11/2/2012 4:22:00 PM
I received Delovely as a gift. Mine is in the green case... The color looks very brown but on the lips it's sheer and shiny with a silvery sheen. No smell or taste. I like the texture although some might find it greasy. But it wears off quickly and it does not do anything special for my face.
I guess it's not a bad moisturizer but it wasn't for me. Felt refreshing but left my face too shiny and the smoothness was just the illusion effect of silicons. I don't like that much silicons in my moisturizer (it looks like it will never absorb and hydrate properly) I will continue using it as a foundation primer. Works nicely for that purpose but I will not repurchase.
BB Cream -Estee Lauder - Daywear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35
stls 11/2/2012 4:02:00 PM
I got a sample and this one was surprising bad... I liked the fresh cucumber scent, the refreshing effect and I found it moisturizing but the light one was plain dark yellow on my skin and went really patchy/ streaky on. After a while it adapts a bit but even to that point it's still not good. I'll pass.
Womanity is really something new. And controversial of course. I have to admit I admire Thierry Mugler's fragrances. You may like them or not but you have to admit they have guts. Angel was the first gourmand. Alien is a full strength jasmine bomb with some amber and wood. And womanity. A not very complicated fragrance. Starts with a jaw dropping realistic fig note. If you haven't smelt or tasted actual figs you get an excellent interpretation I assure you. And fig tree leaves as well. Very original. If womanity would have developed to something more friendly than caviar I would so have bought it. But nope, sadly, I don't enjoy the salty note. Silage and longevity are excellent.. I'm a bit pissed. I appreciate the originality and the quality but I like only the top notes. Now I have to Try the latest version ''Womanity Eau Pour Elles EDT'' with hope for less salt.
Although I won't buy it again I rated with 4. Why? Because it's a quality body butter. Not too thick, very hydrating and the fresh fruity mouth watering smell is long lasting but not artificial. The tube is convenient and hygienic. Why I won't buy again you might ask. Well, it takes some time to absorb and my skin is not dry, so I wouldn't like to deal with it. Also I prefer my body lotions lightly scented most of the times. But if you have a dry skin and you like the smell I think you won't regret buying this body butter.
I don't know how to rate this one. Of course it's very unique: extra potent rubber and vanilla, who would imagine? Very longlasting too. But there is no way in earth I can wear this one. Interesting, yes, creative, yes, wearable (for me) no.
Most recently formulated fragrances fall into the fruity floral category. If not they are probably gourmands. Or plain florals. Love Chloe is pleasantly unusual. A very pretty powdery scent. Iris, lilac, rice, heliotrope, very well blended, no harsh edges. Has a retro and chic feeling, reminds me of old school powder and lipstick. Very feminine, not outspoken or innovative, but soft and pleasant. I gave 3 lippies because it doesn't excite me but I would buy a small bottle if I come upon a good deal.
Fragrances -Bulgari - Rose Essentielle EDP - limted edition
stls 10/21/2012 7:04:00 PM
I was searching for the perfect fresh, natural, dewy rose. YSL Paris felt a bit old fashioned. L'occitan 4 Reines and Rose by Roger & Gallet dissapeared in a few minutes. Stella by Stella McCartney and Very Irresistible Givenchy had more peony than rose IMO. And there was mainly freesia in Femme by Hugo Boss and too much patchouli in Coco Mademoiselle. Chloe was too powdery. Rose The One by Dolce&Gabbana smelled a bit off and sour on me. Parisienne Yves Saint Laurent had the cranberry note I dislike. Tresor In Love by Lancome was pretty but a bit faceless. Moroccan Rose by The Body Shop had more spices than I would like and Cassis Rose wasn't fresh enough. Amor Amor by Cacharel was too fruity. Rose Absolue by Yves Rocher was too sweet and Jammy I couldn't find Rose by Paul and Red Roses by Jo Malone was soliflore, not so interesting. So, after a long search I tested Rose Essentielle! Lo and Behold, this is it! Not pure rose, but rose is the star here! There is a distinctive non sweet juicy berry note that gives a fresh modern playful vibe and a background of well blended violet that makes it even more dreamy and elegant. It's a soft scent, not a flowerbomb. And very springy, optimistic, well mannered and ladylike. One lipstick missing because it would be perfect with more lasting power. But overall it's an extremely natural and interesting rose. It's not intended to be old fashioned neither edgy. I would call it timeless, a potential wedding day rose.
First of all, I'm not a big lip gloss fan. I hate the stickiness and therefore I'm very picky. I only use Estee Lauder Pure color gloss, Diorkiss tudes and MAC Creamsheen glosses. But this one was truly horrible. Nice smell, even though too much, transparent with undetectable sparkles. But Oh, Boy...the texture! Extremely sticky, goopy, thick and uncomfortable. Left a waxy feeling after worn off. Threw it away.
Eyeliner -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil - Coffee 02
stls 10/17/2012 8:04:00 PM
This eyeliner is great. I love the color, a deep velvety neutral to cool rich dark brown. Quite pigmented. The pencil itself looks luxurious and the smudger is awesome. It glides smoothly and sets rather fast, although you have time to work with it. Lasting power is above average, it doesn't smudge since it sets, only fades a bit throughout the day. The only reason a lipstick is missing is the fact that it's not the most intense eyeliner for the waterline. Will repurchase!
I don't really like these eye pencils. I have tried two of them, they were actually a gift (a light blue and a light mint) They didn't irritate my eyes, but they are lacking pigmentation and staying power. Pass!
Sunscreen -Korres - Sunscreen Face Cream Yoghurt SPF50
stls 10/17/2012 7:43:00 PM
I like this sunscreen very much. The packaging is a hygienic classic tube, nothing fancy but nothing to be missed either. Has a quite strong sweet creamy scent which I find pleasant but sometimes overpowering. Minus 1 lippie for that. It is a runny fluid white cream. Applies very easily, not balling up and absorbs very fast leaving no residue behind, and no white cast. The finish is impressively matte but not flat. Very lightweight, I can't feel a thing on my skin. I let it set for a few minutes before foundation but mostly out of habit, I don't think I have to, it is a actually a very good base itself. Edit: I forgot to mention the above are referring to SPF 30