Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Nasomatto-Narcotic Venus
Araindrop5 4/19/2010 12:46:00 AM
Yes, it very simple. Nothing too complex or exotic about it but that's where its appeal lies. It's possibly one of the best florals I have tried, better than Child, Kai, Monyette, Fracas and even Malle's Carnal Rose This brings me back to my childhood days living in the islands..playing by the ocean, with the clean, crisp scent of island flowers around me. Completely transported me to a different time in a beautiful place from my childhood. And I would gladly pay this price just to experience that moment once more.
Incredibly intoxicating. Give it at least 15-20 minutes to calm down then it'll develop into this magical cloud of sweet smelling sophisticated goodness that manages to lift up my mood throughout the day. The lasting power is amazing, 12 hours later I can still catch beautiful whiffs of it around me. Beautifully done and incredibly classy perfume. This reminds me of a modern version of Fleurissimo and Spring Flower although if I had to choose between those Creeds, I would choose Love in White hands down.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Kiera Mai - Amour de Mai
Araindrop5 11/2/2009 9:28:00 PM
A very pleasant, pretty, subtle and sweet smelling oil. I like the simplicity of it. I wear this when I want to forget about wearing perfume but still want to smell pretty. Grows on you after awhile. A bit harsh at the beginning but mellows out into a mildly sweet floral musk.
Just rediscovered Philosykos after many years. I tried this on a few years ago and it was just "okay". Fast forward a few years later, I spritzed on some Philosykos on a cool blustery fall day, and the effect was magical. Makes me want to curl up in front of the fire with some piping hot mocha latte, my blanket, a good book and smelling sweetly of Philosykos.
Rue Cambon is pure chic from first spray to the last scent remnant. I wear this and instantly I feel 100% uplifted and confident. I've been looking for a scent that fits me to a T and this is one of them. Almost as if the perfumer created this with me in mind. Something about this is so timeless and elegant that I can see myself wearing this when I become a grandma cuddling with my sweet grandkids.
Fragrances -Viktor & Rolf - Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
Araindrop5 10/20/2009 2:06:00 PM
Very pretty crowd pleaser type of scent. I would say this is Angel's younger, preppy and more innocent sister. Very easy to like and definitely not as jarring as Angel.
I've finally found the perfect HG blush/contour for my olive NC30/35 skin. I'm more of a bronzer/contour type of gal as opposed to a blush fan so this just fits the bill when I want that everyday mediterranean, summer glow in the middle of winter. Shows up beautifully on my skin. This goes perfectly with Ninotchka for contouring or using Orgasm on the apples of my cheeks after using this as a contour. Then again, I tend to go for the minimalist/neutral look often so this explains why I love Zen so much..
A clean and fresh smelling, non cloying vanilla that feels more expensive than what it actually costs. Takes its place of honor up front and center beside my collection of niche boutique fragrances. I even prefer this one to CSP's Vanille Extreme or Vanille Abricot. Just a beautiful simple honeyed vanilla with a light touch of floral and musk.
Not sure about the unanimous low ratings but I loved this product. Just used it and there was none of the uneven spurts or too much product or stickiness at all. My hair looked so straight and shiny and healthy after using this together with my ceramic flat iron. My daughter even made a comment that my hair looked so good it looked like a wig :) I read this review written by a very helpful MUA'er for a different product and I thought she said it perfectly, so I'll cut and paste it here: "When a product gets so many opposite reviews, I can't help but think if maybe people with the wrong hair type are using it or they use too much or too little." "To get your hair looking it's best, you can't just rely on products to do the magic for you." You need: 1. a good haircut 2. proper products for your hair type 3. technique Amen sister!
Don't let the simplicity of this duo make you think that its not worth it. I thought it was a bit ho-hum at first but after using it for at least 5-10x, I was hooked. I use the "darker" (AE 2) one on the lid and use the lighter one (AE 1) to highlight the browbone. I then use the Blondie or a dark brown shade for the crease. A perfect look for those times when you just want to look understated yet feel sophisticated at the same time.
Fragrances -Sonia Rykiel - Rykiel Woman Not for Men Perfume For Women
Araindrop5 2/23/2007 11:05:00 PM
This was recommended to me by my good friend Chattykathy and once again she was right! LOL :)) I absolutely love this! Read the good reviews below to get an idea of what the notes are. It's gorgeous and the drydown is to die for. Really reminds me a bit of Barbara Bui but sweeter. Got a huge 125 ml bottle at Marshall's for $18.00! I'm in love with it!!! Get a bottle if you can.
I agree with everyone's commmnets below regarding Absolu & Addict being very similar. Absolu is the well refined, classy, sister while Addict is the loud, party loving one. I do prefer this 100 times over Addict. Addict just never seems to calm down on my skin while Absolu is seems to be just right. Very comforting and elegant cold weather type fragrance. Discontinued by Rochas but can still be found online for a steal.
Candles -Unlisted Brand - Slatkin and Co Elton John Fireside candle
Araindrop5 1/25/2007 7:28:00 PM
A gorgeous and sophisticatd candle! Picked up one of these at the BBW after Xmas sale and wish I got more! Such an addicting scent. I crave the smell of this during the day and look forwrd to relaxing at night while Fireside burns in the background. Amazing candle made by Slatkin & Co for BBW. Get it while you can still find it.
This must be one of the best citrusy-clean florals out there! It's perfect for the beginning of spring and I suppose perfect for almost any occasion. It starts off a bit strong and zesty but calms down to a gorgeous, clean floral. I'm not a fan of fruity florals but this one is a keeper. Energizing, juicy, zesty, gorgeous, zingy freshness. It's sophisticated in an understated kind of way. Love it and would love to own a FB of this in the near future.
So happy I found this! Very easy to apply and doesn't smudge. Love the gorgeous winged eyeliner look it gives me. I love the applicator. It's very similar to my MAC boot black but 1/2 price cheaper.