I'm surprised nobody has reviewed this gorgeous eyeshadow from the Lily Lolo range yet. The colour is a beautiful, medium pigmented lilac with a subtle but effective gold sheen effect. Worn alone, it is relatively sheer (but still noticeable), worn with a primer or nude coloured eyeshadow base it is more intense (but not garish) and if applied wet it provides a strong burst of colour. The shade is very flattering to my pale complexion and makes my brown eyes stand out, but I imagine that this would look stunning on dark skins especially. This easily lasts me for 12+ hours without creasing, smudging or fading and has not irritated my extremely sensitive eyes. Despite being loose powder shadow, I also find it easy to apply. Big thumbs up from me (and a great deal when you consider how expensive the wonderful MAC pigments are). Will repurchase for sure.
Powder -Lily Lolo - Mineral Cosmetics Porcelain Foundation
MissBehaviour 2/19/2009 7:00:00 AM
This is my HG foundation and has been for two years. Trying to find a foundation light enough for my very pale skin is a nightmare, and frequently shades that look fine on initial application end up turning orangey on me as the day goes on. Not this one. The shade is a perfect match for my skin and stays put all day. I make sure to moisturize my face (and let the moisturizer sink in) before applying this foundation and do not require any touchups during the day. Another big plus for me is that in the two years I have been using this stuff, my sensitive skin has never broken out from using it. One full size jar of this has lasted me a bit over two years with almost daily use, so I'd say the product is great value for money. Overall, I give this foundation a big thumbs up--I even wore it on my wedding day (and my skin looked flawless in both the professional and amateur photographs of the day). This is one you need to try if you have very fair skin.
My problem with traditional lip balms containing a petroleum jelly base is that they offer brief relief, followed by drier skin than I had before. Some have also irritated the skin around my mouth, the worst offenders being mint flavoured balms. This Weleda balm feels waxy and less greasy on the lips, but it actually provides much longer lasting benefit (and you needn't worry about a greasy look around your lip line when applying in haste!) It works well as a lipstick base and also moisturises the skin around my lips effectively. No irritation has occurred so far. Thumbs up! Update October 2010: I have taken off two points as with increasing use this can be quite drying on lips. Still hasn't caused any skin irritation though, so can recommend to people with sensitive skin.
This fragrance smells pleasant in an inoffensive but also unmemorable citrus-fruity kind of way. I smell grenadine, some rose, and a grapefruit note. My immediate associations are Kool Aid, candy, and fruity cocktails. My biggest gripe with this one is the fact that it simply does not last on my skin: after an initial fruity burst, this simply fades into nothingness in 30 minutes. It also lacks depth, an intriguing base, something to make me actually crave it and want to wear it. You could easily save yourself the money and get any random fragrance at the Body Shop for a fraction of the price. I expect more from designer fragrance, and this one simply doesn't deliver.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Colorstay 12-Hour Eyeshadow Quad "In the Buff"
MissBehaviour 10/5/2008 11:47:00 AM
I'll start with the positives: The colours in this quad are well chosen, flattering neutrals that should suit pretty much anybody. There isn't a single unwearable dud among them, as is so often the case with eye shadow pallettes. They don't crease on the lids and feel lightweight and pleasant. Negatives: These shadows are so poorly pigmented that they barely show up, in fact to get any kind of result you pretty much have to trowel them on. I am a fan of the natural look, but come on! The fact that I have to apply several layers of each shade just to get some kind of result does not save me time early in the morning. I imagine these would be good for makeup beginners as it is impossible to overdo it with these. I will use the quad up but will not repurchase. EDIT: Have upped to three lippies as the intensity of these shadows is much improved when they are applied wet.
The aloe range is the only TBS facial range that I can use on my skin, but I find that the moisturisers in the series leave a siliconey feel on my skin and eventually contribute to congested pores. It's similar with this product. While this sinks in quickly and does not leave a plasticky slickness, I always seem to end up with bumps and blocked pores after using this for a while. Shame. Makes a good base for makeup, but that's about all. It is originally designed to be worn under an extra moisturiser, which seems overkill to me--and I have dry skin. Overall, I like the Aloe range for its cleansers but not for any of the moisturizers, inlcuding this one.
My 3 lippie rating is based on the fact that I can appreciate how much of a trendsetter this strange creation was (and continues to be) and on how long lasting and powerful a perfume this is (something I appreciate in an era where fragrances seem to disappear in under an hour of wear). Of all the notes in this composition the only ones I can actually detect are caramel and vanilla, although I suspect it is the patchouli that gives it its fullness and earthiness (which comes through in the drydown). Essentially, however, this simply smells too much like cookies, milkshakes, sweet calorific desserts in general for me to want to actually wear this. It's like a scratch-and-sniff sticker amped up to crazy proportions and bottled. A clever creation, sure, but not one I love.
This is one of the most beautiful fragrances I have ever experienced. It has been a fragrance staple of mine for 13 years, ever since it was given to me as a present for my 18th birthday by a classmate. I love big oriental fragrances, but this is the only oriental fragrance that I know of which possesses such singular, sheer freshness without losing any of the ambery, spicy goodness that characterizes oriental scents. This is sweet without being syrupy, spicy without being musty, sheer without being boring, floral without being old fashioned, with outstanding sillage and lasting power to boot. A joy from first spray to drydown. Classic.
I received a tester vial of this fragrance and have thus had several opportunities to wear it before writing my review. I am a huge fan of many Guerlain fragrances, but this one left me extremely disappointed. It smells as generically pink and fruity as any drugstore scent launched in recent memory, yet it carries a hefty price tag. Lasting power is shocking--gone in under an hour. I have Body Shop fragrances that perform better. Bland and uninspiring and a big thumbs down.
I can't get enough of this sheer whisper of a fragrance; it is addictive and stunning and possibly the only extremely quiet fragrance that I now consider a staple and will repurchase for as long as they make it. Upon initial application I can hardly smell this at all, but the reward comes after about 15 minutes when it begins to develop on my skin. To me this is a perfect blend of "white flowers" and musks, but the brilliant addition of the coffee note prevents it from being blandly sweet. It has real personality and is beautifully feminine. Just when I think this has faded completely, it will kick back in and the peony makes its presence known again. The only drawback is that I need to reapply this during the day as its lasting power is average for what is already a very sheer scent to begin with. Despite this and despite my usual preference for strong fragrances, this one has a firm spot in my top ten faves. It's perfect for daytime and office wear and pretty much any occasion. Lovely.
Lipstick -Clinique - Butter Shine Lipstick - Ambrosia
MissBehaviour 7/21/2008 10:52:00 AM
This is an extremely flattering, wearable shade that should suit most skin tones from very fair to dark. Don't be alarmed by how orangey gold this looks in the tube, the colour, once applied, is actually a warm sheer coral-bronze with a bit of shimmer. It actually looks quite natural and the texture manages to be sheer enough not to cause that drying, gunky lipstick feel but pigmented enough to truly show up even on naturally highly pigmented lips. Lasting power is fine. This works well both for work and play. A good buy.
I was in my early teens when this fragrance was launched and wasn't very interested in it initially because it seemed too classic, adult, and popular a scent for me at that time. Years later I smelled it on a tester strip and found it too sweet. However, quite recently--completely on a whim--I tested some on my skin and was immediately bowled over by how lovely this smells on me. The fragrance is one of strong rose mixed with apricot blossoms (both come through strongly) plus lilac and muguet. The drydown is amber + vanilla with a musky touch. It is an absolutely stunning and feminine mixture, a true floriental. The sweetness is not cloying but rather skin-like and sensuous. The lasting power is also spectacular--my skin tends to "eat" lighter scents, and I appreciate a fragrance that sticks around for several hours. This fragrance will easily last all day and you needn't apply very much for it to be noticeable. It is the kind of scent that will linger in the air and infuse objects around it with its loveliness. I find this fragrance to be an intriguing combination of sexy/classiness. It is a fragrance with personality, unabashedly womanly, quite sexy, but also sophisticated enough for it to work well in a lot of contexts and situations. This is not a perfume for wallflowers--if you prefer blending into the background and don't want anybody to notice your fragrance unless they sit on your lap--skip this one. If you want a fragrance with diva-esque qualities & character-give this one a try--it's a new staple for me.
Japanese Musk is a complex floriental scent with a musk base. It smells exotic and deep, much earthier than TBS White Musk (which I also love). This is a grownup, ladylike scent that may not appeal to those who are used to candy sweet fragrances or citrussy neutral body sprays. The scent of Japanese musk reminds me of the way a forest smells after it has rained--the scent of damp earth and leaves, a certain musty heaviness undercut by green freshness. This is a real skin scent that gives you a fragrant aura but doesn't create the kind of sillage that will knock your coworkers out. I see this working both during the day and at night for romantic occasions. It is more of an autumnal, wintery scent. I can also see a man pulling this one off--its depth is sexy on men and women. My husband likes this one on me a lot. I have taken one lippie off because, although the staying power is very reasonable, I would almost prefer for this to be a little bit stronger (but then I am a fan of very strong fragrances). Will definitely repurchase and recommend you give it a try. This can compete with many upmarket fragrances sold in department stores.
I love musks and am always keen to try a "new" one (or old one, in this case!) I find Jovan's musk to be much too flat and uninteresting. On me the scent does not actually show up unless I apply it quite heavily. My husband rated this a "nice but not wow" scent, which sums up my own feelings about it. This is not even half as lovely as The Body Shop's White Musk perfume oil, which has a very enticing floral complexity to it that Jovan's simply does not seem to have. I should point out that my review is for the edp spray--perhaps the concentrated perfume oil is better (it is impossible to find here in Europe). I will use the bottle up by layering it with other scents and using it to scent our laundry but will not repurchase. UPDATE: I'm leaving my original review above for anyone who may be interested, but am upping my lippies from two to three. Sillage on this really isn't very impressive, but then this is meant to be more of a skin scent anyway (and musk notes can be very hard to detect.) I have been using this fragrance a lot lately and have developed a real attachment to it. It is comforting and pleasant, and if I apply liberally, I find that the lasting power is much improved. At this price, I can have a bottle kicking around at home and at work for top ups without any problems. Another recent discovery for me has been how wonderfully Jovan's musk layers with other scents: it interplays with The Body Shop's White Musk oil very nicely (both increasing each other's longevity), works great with anything vanilla scented, and will probably be a stunning partner to many more fragrances in my collection. I just bought the matching deodorant spray as well and think this will amp up the edp nicely. Cheap and cheerful for sure. 2nd UPDATE: Okay, I have managed to get hold of the Jovan musk perfume OIL, and this is about as HG as a musk can get for me. In a word: beautiful. Much longer lasting and more potent, perfect to wear on its own (warm weather really amplifies it the best), and great for travel in its little glass vial. Will repurchase for sure.
Despite the vanilla basenote being quite prominent in this scent, the effect is not at all foody but rather much more complex in an intriguing and sensuous way. The sandalwood and patchouli in this give the fragrance lovely depth, and the intially sweet topnotes of mango, peach, and coconut give an intially fruity burst. This is a warm, sexy, inviting scent which has become one of my favourites. It smells expensive and not artificially synthetic as many vanilla perfumes can. This also mingles very well with my skin's natural scent. I would classify this as a spicy-sweet oriental that is not too overpowering and can be worn in summer and winter. The bottle is also very attractive. Must try! UPDATE/EDIT: Sadly I have felt compelled to subtract one lippie simply because this does not last well on my skin. An hour of wear at most means that I have to reapply this ca. 3x a day if I want to maintain the scent. Many fragrances don't last well on me, however, so this might not be a problem for many other wearers--try it out a few times before purchasing to see how it wears on you. It is a lovely fragrance nevertheless.