Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Volupte #15 Extreme Coral
GlamDiva 12/9/2012 9:35:00 AM
Extreme Coral is a bright red-coral-orange, stunningly beautiful on the lips. Several cuts above other lipsticks in the same color. Glad I got this. NC20-25
Fragrances -Juicy Couture - Viva la Juicy Fragrance Rollerball
GlamDiva 11/23/2012 9:37:00 PM
Viva la Juicy rollerball is a great way to try out the fragrance in a concentrated form, and ideal to carry in the purse as well. A rich raspberry-caramel-gourmand fragrance, familiar and cozy, youthful and fun!
Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
GlamDiva 11/8/2012 3:34:00 AM
I'm a fan of CO-washing, so got the EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner to try when it was on sale. Lots of pumps of product are required, but that's ok. Cleaned well, cleaned easily, didn't really lather at all (no problem), and rinsed out very easily. Detangled my very long hair well. Great! Two problems: 1) the strong fragrance that reminded me of a cheap version of Prada Candy, a sweet caramel-woody fragrance that goes into many products today. Not only do I not like the fragrance, it sticks around at least a full day after shampooing. 2) FULL of silicones that made my very long hair dry and extremely tangly as days wore on between shampoos.
Bath Treatments -LUSH - Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
GlamDiva 11/6/2012 4:01:00 AM
I use Ro's Argan Body Conditioner more as a cream fragrance than as a body lotion. Quality rose with cinnamon spice, comforting, old-fashioned. Becomes a rich but subtle skinscent. An oasis in a crazy world!
Fragrances -Parfumerie Generale - Un Crime Exotique
GlamDiva 10/13/2012 11:43:00 AM
Un Crime Exotique is the perfect cinnamony gingerbread fragrance for autumn-winter. Miles better for me than Organza Indecence or Five O'Clock au Gingembre.
Eye Shadow -E.L.F. - Studio Single Eyeshadow Mystic Moss
GlamDiva 10/3/2012 3:36:00 PM
ELF Mystic Moss is my all time favorite green eyeshadow. It's a deep grey green, very wearable. Very pigmented, buttery. The case reminds me of Nars. Looks great on me. I have several colors in this line. No need to spend a lot of money to have quality makeup color products.
Highlighters -Victoria's Secret - PRO Radiant FX Face Illuminator
GlamDiva 9/16/2012 10:24:00 PM
VS Face Illuminator is along the lines of Nars Illuminator in Orgasm but more subtle and not especially shimmery. It does start out a bit pinky but that subsides in a few minutes. Works as a subtle highlighter under or over foundation, or mixed with foundation. I use it as an eyeshadow base all over the lid, extended out, and up to the brow, then add a dark color in the crease and outer V, and push on a dark shadow as eyeliner and smudge it out for a fast pinky-peachy-bronzey smoky eye. Very moist, so good for dry-mature skintypes. May take some experimenting to find your own best ways to use it.
BB Cream -L'Oreal - Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
GlamDiva 9/11/2012 7:36:00 PM
I used the Magic BB in Light, which was too deep and orangey for my skintone (MAC NC20). Light might work better for a MAC 35-40? Did not like the way my skin felt drawn and like there was something very artificial going on. Does give a flawless finish, though a bit too matte for my preference. I'll go back to my previous foundations, TMs, and Vitazing.
RAVE for Gilt by Association. Gorgeous and versatile, looks fabulous on me. I can see both the gold and the grey-black on my lid when applied with a fluffy blending brush. Dark, dramatic, fast. Easy to get just right. Perfect for a night out, but could also be worn for day.
Vanille Tonka is a very incensy vanilla, like a much-simplified Shalimar or Youth Dew in that regard. The incense is very pronounced in VT. A little bit of frankincense goes a long way with me and can easily become off-putting.
Fragrances -LUSH - Gorilla Perfume - The Smell of Freedom
GlamDiva 9/2/2012 11:02:00 PM
The Smell of Freedom gives me an impression of neroli, jasmine, iris, subtle spices, with light woods in the background. I'm reminded of India. Beautifully blended composition, though I prefer the rollup to the juice in this fragrance. The solid rollups are a great way to try the Gorilla fragrance line, and I like some of them better than the sprays. They must be worn to be adequately appreciated, and Smell of Freedom is a great example of this. Aficionados of vintage fragrances will recognize the quality of ingredients. For young perfumistas mostly familiar with today's mainstream fragrances are in for an epiphany when they get a whiff of the quality in the Lush Gorilla line. IMO the Lush Gorilla fragrances are among the very best available today, beautifully done, niche quality. Head and shoulders above the mainstream, and better than many other niche fragrances.
Heeley Oranges & Lemons is a very simple, natural citrus blend, light and zesty, but subtle and fleeting. The later drydown did not work on me.
Aloe body butter seems lighter and less emollient than the other TBS body butters. It also has a scent that is subtle, but I didn't like and did not work on my personal chemistry.
La Vie est Belle flaunts loads of powdery iris on top, with jasmine and orange blossom, a generous helping of praline, vanilla, and is anchored with subtle patchouli in the base. Very feminine, extremely sweet, very pretty in the later drydown but a bit overwhelming for me with iris, sweet praline and vanilla in the opening and early in the drydown. Reminds me of a mix of Coco Mademoiselle, Flowerbomb, and Prada Candy. I get several hours of longevity from La Vie Est Belle, and it's around even the next morning. The final drydown the next day is much like Shalimar Initial with the iris, jasmine, vanilla and patchouli. I'd like to try this in a lotion form.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Chocomania Body Butter
GlamDiva 8/20/2012 9:36:00 PM
I bought Chocomania in a small size thinking it might occasionally add some extra chocolate fragrance to the Cocoa Butter body butter, my favorite of the TBS body butters. Cocomania does have chocolate, but it also has woods, woods that are shared by several top selling fragrances today such as Coco Noir and Jimmy Choo. If you like those fragrances, Chocomania complements them beautifully. Or try Chocomania for when you wnat a lighter and more casual fragrance, or a soft comfortable and sexy fragrance for bedtime. You can own and enjoy a drift of fancy perfumes in Chocomania without paying a lot of money. But if you want just chocolate, move on. I found the texture to be smooth. But don't get Chocomania on your mouth! -- you'll be sorry.