I bought this looking for a soft and light fragrance to wear at home, around my baby boy - nothing too strong for his sake! I've had a few elizabeth arden frags and found them very light and not too long lasting so thought i would try true love - i got a huge bottle for a tiny price - unfortunately the cap broke as soon as i got it home - not too impressive. The bottle is very dated and IMO quite cheap looking. I'm not too keen on this fragrance after a months wear - it has an unpleasantly powdery and musty edge that overpowers any other note. It wears off the skin very quickly, but can still be detected on clothes all day - not a particularly pleasant scent to me. Sharp and Citrussy on top, musty on the drydown. I wouldn't buy this again.
Now i'm at the end of my 50ml bottle, I thought i'd add my review of Pretty. I normally review perfumes almost as soon as i've worn them, but i've worn this on and off for a year and it hasn't made much of an impact on me. Its really nice - but just that - nice! on my skin, nothing special. A watery floral, very fresh but with little staying power. It does smell like a lot of other things, reminds me of estee lauder Pleasures. Perfectly wearable esp. for casual use, but no wow factor.
i too got this as a GWP - not too impressed with it. it does smell pretty overwhelmingly fruity, its incredibly thick and sticky, not all that shiny, and has very little colour! i give it two lippies and not one, for its staying power - and even once it has more or less disapeared, my lips don't feel overly dry. not enough to rescue this one for me though, i think i'll be tossing it out.
having flirted with pleasures delight (love it but too similar to vera wang princess which i prefer) and pleasures intense, which to me smelt like incredibly fresh and lush plantlife - i.e. nice, but not "perfumey" enough, i decided it would be good to try the original pleasures, so i bought a little 15ml spray. i like it, but i dont find it to be anything special. on me its a very crisp and refreshing floral. pretty simple smelling. quite sharp on initial spray! the bottle, i love. its simple and elegant. overall i wouldnt repurchase, since to me, it smells like a lot of other fragrances..
on my skin, a very warm, soft and powdery rose. classic and feminine. i dont find this one all that complex, it doesnt alter that much on my skin. its a very lush rose scent, true to the flower - its not synthetic smelling at all. the bottle is pretty cute too.
To say its not a niche scent, boudoir is pretty damn pricey. definitely the most expensive fragrance i have ever owned. the packaging is just beautiful, from the box to the bottle. it just looks so rich, feminine and inviting. As for the scent itself, it starts out intensely sharp, which i find pretty unpleasant, the initial top note is a fierce blast. it mellows into a very sexy, feminine scent that i'd honestly struggle to describe. its quite unique, certainly unlike any other scent i have ever tried. i give it 3 out of 5 because i find it very cloying and sweet. its incredibly strong, and near impossible to wash off. i just dont know where i would wear a fragrance as intense as this.
I cant say i have particularly strong feelings about this fragrance, which is unusal for me. im not a big fan of the bottle, i prefer a more traditional aesthetic, and i find it pretty awkward to pick up and spray... the scent itself, is just ok on my skin, nothing 'wow'. it smells mostly creamy, mellow and vanillic, with a touch of something almost like mint or menthol. i guess from reading some other reviews, this one just doesnt work with my chemistry. lasting power is pretty good. overall i wouldnt buy again.
Ive had some hit and miss experiences with the vintage estee perfumes. i love beautiful, but hated youth dew and grew to dislike cinnabar. white linen, i guess is ok, but certainly not a favourite. what i do like about it, is that is smells very clean and crisp. what i dont like, is that on me it has that big, loud, generic "perfumey" scent that you tend to get with some of the older fragrances. i cant really detect any specific notes, i just get... a perfumey smell. and its nice, but it also smells like a lot of other things, vanderbilt and wind song come to mind. i'm sure i'll use my 30ml bottle up, on days when i want to smell a little more refined, but i doubt i would repurchase.
baby rose jeans, the slightly rarer little sister of the ubiquitous red jeans is well worth investigating if you enjoy truly girly fragrances. its very cheap for starters, i got 50mls for only £9.99. im not crazy about the frosted bottle, its very 90s, but what else do you expect? the fragrance itself if a very delicate, powdery rose scent with a hint of violet. reminds me of pastel colours, lace/frills and sugared almonds. what i like about this scent, is that it is kitsch without being trashy, and super girly without being gourrmand-y - it seems to me that a lot of the modern girly scents have a foody element, which is fine by me but a little common these days. this scent isnt a classic by any means, but its pretty, innocent and fresh.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Vanilla & Vitamin E Moisturizing Body Wash
CandyApple85 8/29/2008 5:59:00 PM
im not sure if a non-edible thing can really be yummy, but thats how i would have to describe this body wash! its such good value too. the scent is a pretty straight-up vanilla, but its not too synthetic-smelling like some cheaper vanilla toiletries can be. it lathers well and leaves my skin soft... i'd definitely buy it again for a basic vanilla hit...
i like this one, but i don't love it! firstly, the bottle - i dont dislike it as an object per se, but as a perfume bottle? im not that keen on it. i think its a bit gaudy and i prefer something a bit more classic. i also think the bright, arty packaging clashes with the scent, which is so romantic and feminine... but my biggest issue with the bottle was that its opaque and i cant see how much is left... i say 'was' because my bottle actually broke, apparently quite spontaneously, and i can now lift out the glass vial and see exactly whats left... The perfume itself, is intoxicatingly feminine... not sweet and girly, but elegant and.."womanly" ! Its the most wearable aldeydic scent ive ever sampled, it smells classic and timeless, tasteful and very expensive. Lasting power is good but not great on me.. (i can still smell it mid afternoon but it stays pretty close to the skin)... i can smell a lot of roses, a liquorice-like note, and a soft powdery edge, offset by a mossy, earthy tone. its very pretty.
Moisturizers -Garnier - Pure Shine Control Moisturizer
CandyApple85 8/9/2008 9:30:00 AM
**note** this review is for the whole garnier pure range, not just the moisuriser! i decided long ago to give up on all products that were targeted towards oily or blemish prone skin because none of them worked for me at all, and i have tried just about every range out there. i just stuck to cleansing with fragrance free dove soap and using a very mild nivea lotion. my skin isnt perfect but at least im not wasting my money on gimmicky products like i used to. (i know different things work for different people, but for me, most "drugstore" skin care lines have been pretty useless).... for some reason last week i was tempted by the display of the garnier pure range and snapped up the toner, wash and moisturiser - all for under £10 or about $18, which i thought was pretty good value... and after a weeks use, what can i say... my skins general condition hasnt generally changed at all, for better or worse, but i found these products pretty ineffective and unpleasant to use... the wash has a somewhat slimy texture and leaves my skin no cleaner than dove soap... the toner left a sticky, tacky feeling on my skin... and the moisturiser has the texture of wallpaper paste, and after about three hours, left my skin very shiny and generally not that good looking whatsoever... my general point being that while these products didnt break me out or cause any damage to my skin, im much happier sticking to mild basics that dont necessarily claim to reduce shine or blemishes, but do so anyway to a degree, just by being so gentle on the skin. i wont be using or buying this range again....
i have never, and would never use aqueous cream on my face, as its heavy texture is not compatible with my skin type at all - however, as a general purpose moisturiser for dry skin, it works miracles. i occasionally develop unsightly dry and flaky patches of skin between my fingers that generic handcreams do nothing for. one application of aquaeous cream makes them completely disapear. i give it four out of 5 because it does take a while to sink in and can be slightly greasy in texture, so its better applied before bed. its also great as a cuticle cream.
the body shop neroli jasmine range is my favourite. ive been using the NJ shower gel for quite a while now and fell in love with its unusual and oh so pretty scent, that lingers on my skin for hours... so i figured it would be nice to get the matching perfume since they are so cheap. in the sale i found a gift box with the lotion, spray, EDT and shower gel for only £14 which is excellent value. the perfume is perfect, it smells far more expensive than it is.. its not a simple, one note flat scent like so many cheaper perfumes can be, its complex and intricate. feminine and exotic, quite hard to describe. i'd describe it as a floriental. lasting power is good although the scent stays close to the skin - its not overbearing or strong by any means. cute bottle too.
i'd like to be able to review this mascara properly, but to me the wand is so awful i literally can't get more than a scrape of this stuff onto my eyelashes!