Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Mimosa pour Moi
Suzy_Queue 9/30/2003 10:42:00 AM
I am a big mimosa fan and I was very excited to try this product. However, on me, it didn't smell at all like mimosa--not even for a moment. Instead, it smelled of grape bubblegum! I was soo surprised that I had to test it again the next day just to make sure it wasn't a fluke--and it wasn't. On the positive side: at least it was short-lived!
I am not a fan of "green" scents or of rose scents, but I really love this one! I especially like the topnotes: when I first apply it, it smells like an appealing blend of Christmas trees, fresh-mown hay, and leaves--which smell like tomato leaves but are probably black currant leaves. Ok, I know what you're probably thinking: "Tomato leaves? Hay? Christmas trees? S-u-r-e, Suzy! Real sexy!" I'm not sure WHY I like this, but I DO. As it dries down, the pine and hay settle down, the leaf all but fades away, and the rose is revealed. I smell 1 or 2 other flowers in there, too--so that it ends up smelling like a garden breeze--but I'm not sure what they are. I don't smell ANY berries at all. Anyway, I really like this perfume and would even consider purchasing it.
I love this pale-lilac color. It looks wonderful w/my green eyes. My favorite way to wear it is on my lid, with Lavendah! as a liner. Also love to line it w/Parfait Amour. Digit is a petal-soft, pale, chalky color, but I only need one coat to get enough pigment. I need to use base to prevent creasing, though. But it does look great all day. It's very flattering color; really brightens up my face. I feel it makes me look younger.
Toners -Burt's Bees - Complexion Mist - all of them
Suzy_Queue 3/13/2003 9:17:00 PM
The first one I tried was the Lavender/Bergamot spray. It's a wonderful pick-me-up when I need to be re-freshed. I really love it. I live in the desert, so this kind of product is especially enjoyable. Though I doubt it is truly very effective as a means for hydrating the skin. Sometimes I spray it in my hair if my hair has picked up bad air/cigarette smoke between washings. When I went back to get more, the SA told me how much she loved the carrot seed oil mist. Since I'm 37, and the carrot is for "aging skin", I was tempted to get it. There was no tester at this store. Well, I took a chance on the carrot spray. Actually, because of the oil it contains, it really feels like it's DOING something as far as hydrating my skin is concerned. Actually, on a hot, dry day, it felt really nice to my face. But I really can't bear the smell. WAY too much patchouli and sandalwood. It covers up my perfume. And it even made me feel a nauseated. (Even though I like many scents w/ those notes included.) I can't stand to try it again. The lavender bergamoot is so short-lived! Boy, was I surprised at how long the carrot seed oil spray lasted! I smelled like a hippie all night long. I am going to try to exchange it for the wonderful lavender bergamot!
The moment I applied Fleur de Cassie for the very first time, I laughed, because besides the pretty Mimosa, I could smell an odd "burning plastic" note! Kinda like melting crayons. But the oddness is short-lived. The deliciousness of this unique blend takes over immediately. This fragrance has mimosas and violet --and just a hint of jasmine-- to give it lovelyness, bergamot and cedar for freshness, sandalwood to show basic good sense, civet for smuttiness, and clove and cumin for BITE. The result is purely unique. Scintillating and modern. The first FM I ever smelled, Fleur De Cassie completely turned me upside down--it showed me what perfume CAN BE. It's why I am interested in fragrance. It's still my favorite fragrance PERIOD (if absolutely forced at gunpoint to choose), but of course I've found many other great loves. Update 8/9/04: I wear so many different perfumes, but this is still the one that my loved ones always enjoy most.
I am very impressed with this product. I have these 2 little lines between my brows... They've been there since I was a little girl! When ever I'm irritated or worried I wrinkle them! And as I get older, you can TELL-- the evidence is there! Resolution DESTROYS the evidence! It's amazing! Whatever it does, it does immediately! It also is supposed to diminish other types of wrinkles with regular use. I have not been using it long enough to say either way. But it does such a great job with my brow thingy... and for THAT alone I give it 5 lipsticks! and YES I will buy it again. Update- over a year later: I am embarrassed to see how over-excited I was about this product. It truly was effective on my brow, but I believe that it mostly works by plumping up the skin and making the wrinkle less apparent. That's why it worked so quickly. Nothing wrong with that, but for that kind of money, I prefer the way that Natura Bisse Inhibit works, which is by relaxing the muscles. I now use a combination of both products, but the Natura Bisse is the one I can't live without. Note: I was so happy when I first reviewed this product that I really didn't care that the fragrance was too heavy. Also, at that point, I had not had any outbreaks from it yet--which unfortunately I ended up having not too much later on. I don't break out easily, so if a product gives ME a reaction, that's pretty bad! I had to restrict my usage of the product--now I just use it between my brows, once a day. In conclusion, I am having excellent results with the combination of the Inhibit and the Lancome. I still like the Lancome, but it is NOT the Holy Grail as I originally thought. I have only removed one lippie from the total score, though.
The notes in this perfume (including lavender, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, cedar) are just SO artfully blended, and the result is just sexy-as-hell! Yet another FM that I'm simply mad for. Yes, vanilla and tonka give this fragrance sweetness, but the other notes are potent and stay RIGHT WITH it, and keep the scent intruguing, alluring...intoxicating. Bitter, sweet, spicy, woody, and floral are all playing in warm harmony here, instead of becoming a cacophony of aromas. Very magnetic. Like several other FM's--I never want to be without this!
Wow! F Malle continues to amaze me. I did not expect to like this, as I am not big on rose scents (even though my little girl wears C & E "Evelyn" so well). I don't like powdery scents, either. Lipstick Rose is another matter entirely. They took roses and violets, and a few other magical ingredients, and whirled them into delicious powdery perfection--impossible to resist. This perfume will match any pink/lavender/or red outfit you've got.
This FM really surprised me. I didn't expect to like it that much. And when I first applied it, I almost regretted putting it on: a typical woodsy/floral blend. To my nose, almost a cacophony of notes. Rose, patchouli, mixed with too many other strong things. But within minutes it had pulled itself together into something very, VERY appealing to me! The patchouli, sandalwood, and rose remained, but quickly settled WAY down, revealing orange, nutmeg, and pepper--LOTS of pepper. I just happen to LOVE pepper. This fragrance is very potent, you don't need very much. The orange/pepper phase lasts several hours for me, and really warmed up a chilly, rainy day. In the drydown, beneath all the "louder" notes there is a very quiet sweetness. I'm not sure where it comes from. Anyway, I find this Noir Epices tremendously SEXY!! Also, although FM's are supposedly unisex, this is the only one that smells equally wonderful on both me and my gorgeous husband. (Who, btw, doesn't usually wear fragrances, but has been making an exception for this one-- we are BOTH mad for it and keep smelling each other, LOL)!
A very pretty blend of flowers, nicely balanced so that no single note "plays" too loudly. Oddly, it smells of roses and violets to me, especially on application, but the product description makes no mention of these flowers: "...A heart of sweet pea, mimosa, and Egyptian jasmine ... with a delicate hint of raspberry and peach, resting on a base of florentine iris, warm amber, and Madagascan vanilla". I don't smell any mimosa at all, and the jasmine is much quieter--and more dignfified, or maybe innocent-- than jasmine tends to be. Though different from what I expected, it is a very lovely scent. This type of fragrance is always short-lived on me, tending to dry down to NOTHING in mere minutes. Couer d'fleur was not what I'd call long-lasting, but for such a delicate floral, it really kept its character through the drydown. Could smell some iris here. Anyway, a very pretty-pretty perfume, but not my style.
THe first shine product I ever used. It was SO effective, and made my hair look SO shiny and glowing! But it was so cheap... I figured that if I spent more money on some of the more expensive shine products (some of which implied that my hair would look "laminated", or that it would shine like a mirror-wow!)that my hair would be the shiniest possible. I could just imagine my best friend checking her lipstick from her reflection on my HAIR! Was I ever wrong! Not one if them even came close to doing the job that Citre Shine does. A wonderful product.
I tested this today and I'm hooked. I LOVE this fragrance. It has great character! It's sweet 'n' girlish at heart (I think I smell hints of iris in there, tell me if I'm wrong), spunky (from the ginger), and with a surprising "hands-on"/"can-do" personality (from the burned rubber/hot motor oil). This fragrance projects both prettiness and strength, and both romance and practicality, all with a peppery sense of humor. Of all the fragances I own or have tested, this is my husband's favorite, hands-down. I can easily picture it becomimg one of MY very faves, too I will definitely purchase this.
Well, it's definitely not like the OTHER perfumes! Very aromatic upon application. It's a really interesting scent, and because of that, I enjoyed trying it. Pretty potent, too: the fragrance was long and strong, though I only dabbed on a tiny amount. As it dried down on me, the clove/mint/other spices remained, but with a super-sweet base. The result (on me) was a sort of powdery/ashiness, which I disliked. This fragrance is very oddly evocative--and it really put me off kilter! It made me feel like a stranger in a place where I didn't belong! So ultimately, I don't care for it. But I think it is a good product, and perhaps this blend of pungent spice and sweetness will take YOU to a place that you LIKE!
I was interesred in this color but was afraid to get it because of the reviewers reporting weird orange results. But when I saw it at the store, a shimmering and glowing amber beacon, signaling "Buy me! Buy me!" from its pot, I was unable to resist. It IS a bit orange, just as you'd expect amber to be. Sort of a pinky-orange. I wouldn't recommend it to EVERYONE, but for me it works wonders! It really contrasts w/my drk green eyes. I have yellow undertones to my fair skin, which I thought would make it a poor choice, but to the contrary....it's one of my most flattering colors! Like most MACs, creasing is minimal. If I use Benefit FY Eye underneath, this shadow lasts all day, playing up my eyes as well at 9 pm as it did at 9 am. Just LOVE it. I like Mulch, well-blended, as a liner.