Finally a rose fragrance I can wear. I have always had difficulty with rose scents; they morph into something annoyingly cloying on me. The only other rose scent I can wear is Mor Marshmallow, which is a soft, sweet musky rose. This is similar to Mor, but only a tad sweet. I don't get powder, but after the drydown the rose softens to a close-to-the-skin, clean, and slightly musky scent. Very pretty. I see this as a great spring/summer scent. Pretty bottle and reasonable prices at etailers and ebay. Nicely done.
Finally picked this up on Amazon as I have been meaning to try it. Smells incredible and turns to a creamy foamy scrub if rubbed in the hands with water before applying. Left my dry skin dewy and soft. I would probably use this every other day to exfoliate and cleanse, and follow with moisturizer. Expensive (about $33 for 4 oz.) but a little goes a long way. Packaged in a glass jar which is not the best. Overall a good product and I would re-purchase.
The fruitiness that the reviewer below is referring to comes from the currant, which is sweet berries, and the first note described. This is definitely a fruity gourmand, but it is nothing special and nothing that hasn't been done before. The initial spritz is very similar to Hanae Mori Butterfly (which, strangely enough, smells like strawberries but that is not one of the notes), and the drydown is similar to Nina Ricci Nina (in the red apple bottle--musky and sweet). Overall a lovely, simple gourmand, but the promise of panna cotta in the notes made me think it would be something special.
Gorgeous, clean and beachy scent. Like a softer version of EL Bronze Goddess or Azuree Soleil. I could wear this all summer long and be quite content. From Fragrantica: Ellen Tracy Bronze is a luxurious and feminine fragrance, launched in 2011. It is signed by perfumer Pierre Negrin. Top notes of bergamot and sparkling lemonade are fused with green apple and mandarin, introducing mystery and exoticism to the composition. Lily of the valley, honeysuckle, orange blossom, violet and violet leaf form the elegant heart. The base notes are vanilla orchid, musk, heliotrope, cedar, and coumarind.
I love this fragrance. It's fresh and clean and very feminine. Strangely enough, it is similar to a long-discontinued B&BW scent, Crystal Blue Waters. This one, however, is more defined and well-done. I wear just a bit and it lasts all day. Fresh and bright. Definitely has an aquatic-floral feel to it, though clean not salty.
Self Tanners -Unlisted Brand - St. Moriz Self Tanner Foam
Glossaholic 8/16/2011 6:16:00 PM
I have been using this product all summer with great success, and finally decided to write a review. I am pale (NW20, for reference) and most tanners tend to streak like crazy on my pale, somewhat dry skin. I purchased 6 bottles of the St. Moriz via ebay (around $5 apiece, IIRC) and asked advice from several of the reviewers here about application. Definitely exfoliate beforehand for more even coverage. And wear gloves. The consistency is that of a liquid-y mousse, and it's a rather dark, golden-muddy color. I use it at night and have had no problems with it staining pajamas or sheets. When you rinse off in the shower in the a.m., you are left with a believable wash of color. Not too dark, no orange. Like other self tanners it takes some practice applying, and you do need to be especially careful near the feet, knees, ankles, elbows so that the color does not "pool" and look like a dirty smudge. It has a pleasant smell and is not sticky once it dries. I find that using it every other night or so is just enough to keep a healthy looking glow. A little product goes a long way. I have not yet finished 2 of the 6 bottles I purchased. I have seen this compared to St. Tropez (which I have not tried) and this is a fraction of the price. I have sensitive skin and have not had any problem with this, even on my face. I highly recommend this product.
I agree with my fellow Perfumista, the lovely HelenVanPattersonPatton, that this is a pretty scent that won't blow anyone away. I find this to be so well-blended that it's difficult for me to detect any of the notes individually, but the end-product is a lovely and quite wearable summer scent that is inoffensive and just plain nice. A little pricey at $99 for 50 ml, but this would be perfect to wear on a day when you just don't know what kind of mood you're in. Notes are listed as strawberry, blackberry, citrus and white musk. This smells nothing like Trish McEvoy or Philosophy Falling In Love. To me this is a more well-rounded and sophisticated scent. I'm becoming fonder and fonder of it as it wears throughout the day.
Fragrances -Organix - Coconut Milk & White Lotus Body Mist
Glossaholic 7/6/2011 8:09:00 PM
Didn't know what category to put this under, as it is a body mist/spray, but settled on "fragrance" because of the gorgeous smell. The Organix line has now expanded its hair care line to include skin and body treatments/cleansers. If you're familiar with the intoxicating scent of the Coconut milk shampoo/conditioner, then you must try this product. The whole title is "ever slim coconut milk white lotus finishing body mist." It has a milky consistency and must be shaken to blend it before spraying. It is a sweet coconut, milky, slightly musky scent. Absolutely gorgeous. Fair staying power, as it is a mist, but a 6 ounce bottle is $9.99. I snagged the last one at a local Rite Aid; I could not find this product available on-line. Will definitely re-purchase. This product comes in a plastic spray pump bottle. Not ideal, but fine. I will definitely re-purchase.
Hair -Sacha Cosmetics - Sally - Hair One Hair Cleanser and Conditioner
Glossaholic 5/3/2011 8:13:00 PM
I will preface this review by stating that as intrigued as I am by the Wen infomercial, the thought of an auto-charge-n-send is a real turn off to me. I happened to be perusing the Sally's website and saw the Hair One Cleansing Conditioner, and I ordered the olive oil (for dry hair). I have to say that this product is terrific. I am fortunate that I do not have an oily scalp, and I wash my hair only 2-3 times per week. My hair, which looks like a tangled rat's nest sometimes even AFTER I have conditioned it, is smooth and soft and I can easily come through it. Left a few pumps of it in overnight and woke up with silky though very curly hair (I wear it both curly and straight). Would definitely repurchase this one, and would also try the other formulas such as the Argon Oil for curly hair and Jojoba for color-treated hair.
This product is a new-find to me. Saw it mentioned here (I am not a big fan of MAC products) and since I am always trying new foundations, I had to try this. I am currently using NARS Sheer Glow and I like it a lot, but find the coverage is a little bit too much for everyday use, and I have been looking for something in between that and a tinted moisturizer. I believe that I have found it. I like the fact that the product is water-based, yet moves easily across the skin. I find the sheer coverage to be perfect, and I purchased it in N2 as I am quite pale. It softly evens out my skin tone, and gives a natural no-makeup look with just a touch of powder to set it. You get a lot of product for the money (currently $32 for 4 ounces) and the cheap-y squeeze bottle is actually quite convenient. Highly recommend for those who have "good" skin and need just a bit of coverage. Would definitely re-purchase.
Had to purchase this when I saw it on a recent trip to Walmart, because of the name. Please note that "I" have been Glossaholic for at least the last 7 years here on the Alley, and that I believe someone from the Hard Candy company stole my name. That being said, this gloss in "Lush" looks like a lovely nude peach in the tube, but there is little pigment and it is loaded with tremendous chunks of glitter. Not the best gloss I've ever tried, or the worst. I do love the oversized doe-foot applicator, and the sweet vanilla taste/smell. The gloss itself is okay. Bought 3 of them just because of the name, I must admit, and I will probably pick up a couple more before they are gone forever.
Fragrances -Des Filles à la Vanille - Vanilla Girls
Glossaholic 4/23/2011 5:33:00 PM
A lovely, fresh vanilla scent. Soft, sweet vanilla with just a hint of orange. Decent staying power, not too expensive, and perfect for summer/fall/spring. On my 2nd bottle and I would definitely re-purchase. This is what I was hoping Oilily Orange Stripe and Nikki Taylor Begin would smell like.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Kate Walsh - Boyfriend
Glossaholic 2/15/2011 7:09:00 PM
This review is for the Boyfriend perfume oil roll-on, as I have not yet tried the edp. Here are the notes, from the Sephora website: Dark Plum, Myrrh, Night Blooming Jasmine, Benzoin Tears, Skin Musk, Golden Amber, Vanilla Woods. This slightly sweet, cozy scent wears close to the skin. The perfumers who created this scent really hit the nail on the head when describing it as a scent that lingers on a man's clothing. I did not find it to be masculine at all, but soft and slightly aquatic, and reminiscent of Tom Ford's Azuree oil, which was wildly popular a few years ago. The notes are hard to detect (but in a good way) as this scent is very well-blended and melts into the skin. Nicely done and something different from all the fruity florals on the market.
Say what you want about "celebrity scents" but some of them are actually quite good. This happens to be one of them. Debut by Jennifer Aniston is a lovely, well-blended white floral. It definitely smells similar to Child, but also is similar to one of the most beautiful white florals out there--Chanel Beige. I would call this a cross between the two. It is not a loud white floral, but more of a whisper of clean, soft femininity. Fresh and beautiful. Staying power is so-so, but it is inexpensive enough to spritz liberally. Would be lovely in spring and summer. I detect the pikake and tuberose and a slight hint of soapiness. It doesn't seem to have the muskiness that occurs in Amazing Grace upon dry down (which I like) but it melts into the skin and stays light and clean. I would repurchase this and wear it anytime I don't know what to wear. Lovely.
Not a lot of love for this one, but I think it's delightful. First, love the bottle. Very pretty and different. Second, I think this is a terrific rhubarb scent with just enough sweetness to cut that tanginess. After a few minutes (the topnotes are strong) it settles into a sweet, slightly woody and soft scent that wears pretty closely to the skin. Not the greatest lasting power, but a nice scent that can be worn either day or night.