Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Lily Prune Sublime Vanilla
AngelZoe 8/22/2006 12:33:00 PM
I tried this because -- hold onto your hat -- the inimitable Jean Claude Ellena is the nose behind this one. This is wasted on teenies and tweenies, and needs to be out of this silly bottle. This belongs in Lalique and should be worn by the big girls. Not in the least foody. More woody and incensy.
Fragrances -I Profumi di Firenze - Caterina De Medici
AngelZoe 8/15/2006 7:45:00 PM
There is something about this line, as Maxmina has noted. This is a brisk floral, sort of an April-fresh, clothesline-dried floral. There is no headiness, sultriness, nor anything even remotely femme fatale. This is light, lilting, winsome, wholesome -- and fresh. I do not think it smells terribly like Anais Anais, but it does have a sort of shampoo freshness I find most irrestistable. Like all else in the fragrance world, it's all about chemistry. The Renaissance packaging for this line takes my breath away. This is not to sound insulting, but if you like the smell of Agree or Samy shampoo, you will love this.
Powder -Stila - Angel Light Whitening Powder Foundation
AngelZoe 8/14/2006 4:56:00 PM
Lovely texture, colors and finish. I apply this with a kabuki brush for the sheerest of applications. Wonderful. It makes my skin look golden-luminous, without any shimmer or shine. Goes on like buttery suede.
This looks like a deep burgundy color, but FFFs and PPPs -- do not despair. It is the prefect summer flush blush. When first applied, you will react with horror over how red your cheeks look. But after my pressed powder foundation, and a dusting of bronzer, it looked great. So much better than those icky-sticky gel sticks. This dried to a matter finish within moments of application.
This product is effective and smells terrific. I am a great fan of the Bambou line. My only gripe: this is a very wet formula which takes some time to dry, and also has a tendency to run down the applicator and get a bit sticky.
Wow! They have captured the smell of a Christmas tree farm -- fir, balsam, and Colorado blue spruce. Smells like my front yard in Maine. Caution: if you have sensitive skin, this may irritate. The scent is that strong -- and it lingers. This is uncompromisingly green, folks. If you do not like green fragrances, go for something else.
The perfume of understated elegance, refinement, and superb taste. The florals are mossy and dry and bring to mind silk flowers. This is a "blue", powdery fragrance, and yet the floral notes ring true. There is something vintage about it, as it is wildly feminine and ladylike. I imagine swishing silk skirts, parasols, and buttoned gloves. It evokes L'Heure Bleu for me, although this is quite different. Today, the woman who enjoys Iris Poudre is self-assured, comfortable with her femininity, who dresses in classic style, and who enjoys subtlety and softness.
I can certainly understand the appeal of this spicy, woody, exotic musk -- on someone else. On me, it smells rather similar to Tabu, and I actually prefer Tabu.
First, I must thank the wonderful Thalia for RAOKing me a sample of this beauty. Cassie is one of those fragrances meant to be loved by only a few -- and those few find it magnificent. Cassie will intimidate those looking for sweetness and refinement; a least upon initial application. There is a definite animalic undercurrent similar to The Different Company's Rose Poivree. While RP is an outright X-rated fragrance, Cassie is more rated R. Rose Poivree is the essence of wordly courtesan, after a night of pleasure. The initial burst of Cassie is the essence of a Vestal Virgin before her bath. Eventually, this anatomical blast fades into a rich, sweetish, fruity-floral smell, similar to a wonderful Chardonnay. Spritz lightly. It lasts and lasts -- all through the night, if you need it to. You will get compliments. You will be asked: "What IS that wonderful smell?" I feel privileged to be among the few with whom this gorgeous fragrance has shared her charms.
The notes: apricot, osmanthus, amber, woods, and spices. The initial burst is quite fresh and fruity, and you can really smell the apricot. The next phase is a somewhat spicy, confusing melange of cream sherry, patchouli, and nutmeg. The fruity floral accord rebounds, before settling into a powdery sweetness, not unlike Tresor.
Smoke? Not here. Musk? Not here, either. This smells fruity-floral to me. Pretty, but innocuous. Meh.
Lovely, clean, soapy, freshly-washed skin scent that is perfect for casual wear, work, and stays light in all seasons.
Meh. I am underwhelmed. This seems like the Great Lash formula with a bigger brush. I found that it smeared easily and did not lengthen or thicken as much as I would have liked. There are better ds mascaras for me. I want thick, dark, long lashes -- quickly, as I need to leave by 7:00 a.m. This product does not suit my needs. However, it clearly has something going for it as it is beloved at MUA.
I love the reviews for this product. They make me laugh out loud. I can only hope to elevate my own creativity to the standard expressed thus far. Perhaps an anecdotal tidbit. I live in the country. I do not pretend to know the smell of camel, but with horse and goat I am most familiar. I have touched goat and horse dung with my bare hands. That was an olafactory delight compared with this cosmic joke from M. Lutens. My male goats might be a bit gamey, but their musky, machismo aroma does not make one retch, as does this "fragrance." On to the next pen, I greet my boar, Percival. Now, a boar (unneutered adult male swine) has an unbelievably rank, musky, oily, testosteroney odor not replicated elsewhere in nature. I have heard that a rutting male elephant may be worse, but again I cannot speak from experience. Smelling the wrist and then the boar, I prefer the boar. Offered my wrist to the boar, and he proceeded to hump my leg. Back inside, after my shower, I am free of boar residue, but not MKK. Offer my somewhat diluted wrist to DH, with a purring offer to make the beast with two backs. Get looked at askance, and asked if I had been mucking the chicken coop. Back to the shower. At least the pig finds it sexy. But then I hesitate to tell you what other smells get him excited. This is a perverse and sadistic joke. Only someone prone to coprophilia would find this fragrance the least bit attractive.
Self Tanners -Aveeno - Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion
AngelZoe 7/5/2006 1:38:00 PM
Can't go wrong with this gradual tanner. It comes in fair, medium and dark. I got medium. Very smooth application, good color, and minimal rotten egg smell. My only criticism -- and it is a small one -- if that the cream is a bit thick, and can take some time to sink in, especially in muggy weather.