I had searched everywhere for an icy cool toned pink blush and I had just about given up. All of them were too dark or too warm/peach. I was thrilled when I spotted this, but the glitter made me nervous because I'm not usually trying to look like a stripper. When I tried it on I was shocked. The perfect icy pink sheen I'd envisioned! The glitter didn't look stupid or cheap at all, it was totally wearable, even for day! It really perfects my skin and sets my whole face aglow. I get more compliments on my skin when I wear this. Sometimes shimmer products can make your skin look bumpy or make your pores look huge (even when your skin is good). The trick is in the application, you don't want to apply it like regular blush (blending with a fluffy brush), you will probably look ridiculous with glitter all over your face. I use the very edge of my blush brush and kind of gently tap it on the top of the middle part of my cheekbone. Then the light bounces off and reminds me of the cheek sheen I've seen in some old Marilyn Monroe photos. Very striking and ethereal. The pink in this is sheer because needs to be as blending would send the glitter flying. The pink may not show on darker skin, but it's perfect on pale skin. The first picture in the MUA reviews is much more accurate than the 2nd, which looks much warmer than the blush is in real life.
THIS PRODUCT IS MAKING MY LASHES FALL OUT LIKE MAD! It's been almost two weeks, at first it was just a couple falling out (usually when I take off my eye makeup). Last night 6 eyelashes fell out! I am going to stop using in a week if this problem keeps up.
This is my biggest perfume disappointment EVER. I had high expectations because I absolutely LOVE Jo's Orange Blossom and Lime Blossom. Both smell exactly like the real thing. I'm sure they prob have other notes, but to my nose they both smell like unadulterated soliflores. I expected the plum blossom to be the same way but this was not the case. I honestly could not even detect a single not of plum blossom. Anyone who has actually smelled a real ornamental flowering plum blossom tree knows that it is not a generic floral smell, it is highly distinctive and very special. It is my favorite smell in the whole world. I had an ornamental flowering plum tree in the yard of my childhood home. Every Spring I would get so excited when I saw it was in bloom, and I would stop to smell it for several minutes every time I walked past it. It was intoxicating. I haven't smelled in a few years, and I really miss it. I have never come across it in a perfume and I have always wondered why. It seems like every other flower in the world is used in perfumery except that one, which I find to be the best, is completely overlooked. Sigh. Jo hasn't made any really good perfumes in a while. They need to hire a new nose. I was also disappointed with their Cherry Blossom, which was a direct knock off of Miss Dior Cherie (even created by the same nose!). Ridiculous. Anyway, this alleged "plum blossom" perfume, regardless of the name, was not great, and certainly nothing I would want to wear. It wasn't horrible or obnoxious, but not special or pretty at all. The faux etching on the bottle was just a cheap sticker! Is real glass etching that expensive?
Self Tanners -Kate Somerville - Somer 360 Tanning Towelettes Face and Body
GlitzyGlam 10/7/2011 9:04:00 AM
Super orange, streaky and unpredictable. It needs a slight tinted color guide. I'm no novice and I applied carefully, but this looked like a cheap crappy drugstore product. As far as I'm concerned the only self tanners worth using are Sun Labs Dark Sunsation and Au Courant tinted mousse. They are easy to use and give a fair amount of nice brown color.
This was a very nostalgic scent for me. It's a dead ringer for an old Escada that I used to wear in high school. Either Sexy Graffitti or Tropical Punch, the two were very similar, so I cant remember which. Its a little different at the very end and it does have a trace of that Bond base that they all seem to have. Anyway, I like it, but it's probably more than 3x or 4x the price of the Escada. That coupled with the fact that it only lasted about 3 hours, it's just not worth it to me. Plus I like my expensive perfumes to smell expensive and this just doesn't. Its very young, fruity and playful. They don't mention fruit, but believe me, its there. The listed notes are... Notes of: Grape hyacinth, huckleberry, prairie dropseed grass, red leaf rose, red hunter tulips,teakwood
I tried to like this and at first sniff I did. But then the pineapple stole the show and everything went to hell. It reminded me of the cheap fruity body sprays from BBW that I wore in middle school. This scent is just too juvenile to command a $60 per ounce price tag.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - Si Lolita de Lolita Lempicka
GlitzyGlam 3/2/2011 7:07:00 AM
The dry down was all vanilla and patchouli. How original- NOT! I tend to not like heavy vanilla scents because they remind me of strippers wearing cheap vanilla body sprays. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I like strippers just fine. But I don't want to smell like one.
Ok, Maybe 3.5 stars. This is a bright, fun fragrance and a nice departure from the white florals that I usually wear. It's from their new tea collection and IMO was the most interesting one. I usually loathe patchouli because it just seems so obtrusive, but luckily it's overshadowed by the grapefruit and tea. The grapefruit here is identical to their Grapefruit cologne, which I also like. The tea is a nice dry tea and is easily identifiable. I haven't smelled them in quite a while but I think it's kind of similar to Miss Dior Cherie, Coco Mlle, Chance (but I must admit I haven't sniffed this one is forever so I might be wrong). It only comes in the small 1 oz and is LE.
Finally, a non-offensive cucumber! Actually, don't let the name fool you, the cucumber is definitely not a dominant note. Usually when I see "cucumber" on the bottle I brace myself and expect to smell something more akin to latex or rubber than to cucumber. No synthetic fake smelling cucumber here! This is tea, Earl Grey captured very nicely. You know that bitter finish of tea on the tongue? You can almost taste that when you smell this. Then it's lightly sweetened with a touch of something warm. Amber or vanilla, I'm not sure. I dont usually like vanilla but Its quite nice. Lastly, I notice a creaminess, similar to Lubriderm, but much nicer. If this was a cup of tea, there would be a tsp of sugar and a healthy dose of half n half. Interesting, but I'm not sure if it's me or not.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - HEELEY Ophélia Eau de Parfum
GlitzyGlam 2/16/2011 6:43:00 PM
The description sounds gorgeous, but in actuality it smells nothing like the lovely floral described. The flowers are overshadowed by what I can only describe as a mixture of rice, burnt hair and a note of hair perming solution. The stated notes include green stems (which I do smell), jasmine, moss, tuberose, white musk (I love these four notes, but I don't detect them at all), ylang ylang, Italian orange. Not sure if it's my chemistry, but this is awful on me. I can not imagine paying $180 to smell this way.
For the life of me I can not understand why this has such a high rating. It does smell exactly like lipstick, and not a nice one. Like the cheap waxy smell of the ones I bought at the drugstore when I was 12. I would never pay good money to smell like that.
This is a fun, young, playful fragrance and it seems pretty unisex. Upon first sniff, it smells VERY fizzy and effervescent (sp?) a lot like some sort of gingerale based cocktail with some complexity in the background. It's a clean smell. There's a slight floral quality that reminds me a little bit of the flower garden inside the Bellagio in Vegas.
I was torn between this one and L'eau D'hiver (sp?), but ultimately chose this one because I noticed that it made me all smiley and happy every time I sniffed it. It reminds me of being at my grandma's house when her lilac bushes were in full bloom. I don't sense much cucumber, just a very true lilac without a lot of complexity. And since I don't think lilacs are very rare/expensive, I do think the price is a tad high. Don't get me wrong, I adore this, but I only sense one note, so I don't think it took too much skill to create. It should be noted that I tested this a few times before buying and asked some random people for their opinions, most people said it smelled way too mature for me. But, i love florals and that seems to be my preference these days. This would make an excellent gift for mom, grandma, etc or any true floral lover.
This is THE perfect light pink eyeshadow! I love it because it's not too cool or too warm. It's perfectly balanced. The pink its self is slightly on the cool side but it has a slightly gold sheen, so I think this will be a staple for me. It also looks like it will make a nice blush as long as it's applied with a light hand because it is quite pigmented. I have searched far and wide for the perfect light pink and this is it! I also like Pink Freeze, but that shade is too light. This seems like it is more universally wearable for all skin tones. I can't wait to pair it with Nylon.
It smelled decent enough in the bottle and on the tester card, but once applied to my skin it was a hot mess. I usually adore orange blossoms, but the OB quickly vanished and I was overwhelmed with vanilla which then turned into an orange creamcicle. With something disgusting and "off" in the background. I hate to sound crass but it was almost urine-like. If u want a nice Orange Blossom, check out Jo Malone, Le Labo, or Serge Lutens (this one is a bit mature for me)