Fragrances -Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Vanille Extreme
KeLLsTar 1/28/2013 12:51:00 AM
Extreme is 120% correct, this one is super duper sweet!!!! Your dentist would NOT approve!!!! Vanille Extreme starts off with a tooth achingly sweet vanilla ice cream blast, as if you've had your head stuck in the carton & had a massive feeding frenzy. It's dripping from your nose, mouth & chin. You can almost FEEL the stickiness of the sugar, vanilla & milk. The vanilla here is not rich or warm, but similar to concentrated vanilla essence (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Sillage is at maximum here! The heliotrope then joins in but turns into a party pooper, calming the scent down with a floral twist. Don't get me wrong, it's still nice but it changes the dynamics. Personally I'd prefer the sugar, milk & vanilla to be solo. The initial blast of Vanille Extreme EDT lasts about an hour or so on me, and then stays close to the skin, it doesn't completely fade. During the day I get vanillary whiffs that make me want to lick my arm. I will enjoy my sample whilst it lasts, but I don't think I like it enough to buy a full bottle.
Fleur de Vanille is a very very sweet fragrance so you'll have to be a huge gourmand lover, but don't expect a cheap cupcake vibe. The vanilla is very impressive, luxurious, silky smooth & rich. There is a perfect hint of floral - rose, heliotrope & ylang ylang - & a touch of musk. These notes are so well blended & don't overpower or ruin the vanilla. To tie everything up in a beautiful French bow - the cocoa/chocolate note brings everything together perfectly. The longevity is great for an EDT & it lasts the whole day. Fleur de Vanille is of the best vanilla's I've smelt in a long time. I've already purchased a full bottle & will definitely buy it again.
I used to love Ulta3 nail polishes & have been buying them for years. I was really proud these great polishes were made in Australia. Since they moved production from Australia to China, the quality has diminished considerably. I didn't realise the change & only found out when I bought a heap & some were great but the others were not. I Googled & found others had the same issues & realised what had happened. The colours are not the same - especially if you compare an old bottle & a new bottle side by side. They're also streaky & don't last as long. The brushes aren't as good as the polish doesn't spread properly & some brushes are crooked & bristles pull out whilst you're using it. Ulta3 nail polishes WERE amazingly cheap for a great quality nail polish. Now they are cheap & cheap quality to boot. I know they're a business & need to make money but I wish they asked us first. I for one would be happy to pay more for a great product made in Australia & made them how they used to. Great way to lose customers Ulta3. If you see any bottles marked "Made In Australia" snap them up, but if you see bottles marked "Made in PRC" I wouldn't risk it. Oh well, guess I'm going back to the higher priced brands again.
I purchased a sample & am very glad I didn't blind buy this one. It's lovely but imho it smells absolutely nothing like chocolate. I don't even sense a hint of cocoa. :( Yes, it is very reminiscent of a TM's Angel, maybe a teeniest bit creamier & no sharp patchouli hit. If you already have Angel or Chopard's Wish, you don't need to buy this.
I had given up searching for a my perfect Summer lemon fragrance when I stumbled upon Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal. You wouldn't think much from the name or the packaging (especially the square bottle). So many perfumes these days rely on attractive bottles to make you try a scent (and it certainly works!). Annick Goutal bottles all look the same so you really have to rely on word of mouth/reviews, an eyecatching name or good ol' perseverance to find a scent for you in this range. Fragrance notes: Sicilian Lemon, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin, Cypress, Aldehydes, Ylang-Ylang Eau d'Hadrien is simple, classy & super-wearable. It is also an addictive scent & really energising. definitely a form of aromatherapy. This fragrance starts with a super fresh just cut lemon scent, not long after a lovely fresh grapefruit & mandarin combines with the lemon. The scent is very natural & it is deliciously juicy. Just when you think you have Eau d'Hadrien figured out the cypress/aldeydes gives it a small unusual herb type quality & the ylang- ylang gives it a tiny soft edge. I usually choose this fragrance when it's warm, or I don't feel like a complicated perfume. It is also perfect when I need a pick-me-up. You know how you just have days like that? I see many people compare this perfume to cleaning products, well I don't use lemon cleaning products often & the ones that I have used certainly don't smell like this! Eau d'Hadrien works for anytime of year, however is simply perfect for Summer. This perfume is termed as Unisex. Whenever I see the word "unisex" I'm very weary as the scent usually still leans on one side (be that masculine or feminine - usually the former) however Eau d'Hadrien is neither & I would most probably call it Asexual as it is neither feminine, nor masculine if you know what I mean. Lasting power is not too bad on my skin, I get a few hours out of the EDT. It will last even longer if you layer it over moisturiser. The scent seems to lie close to the skin but I get lovely whiffs of it during the day. It also seems like a perfect layering scent, I am eager to try it with vanilla or sandalwood as I think they would compliment it very well. There seems to be two different bottles - the square one (which seems to be marketed to men) and the tall bottle (see both above). I have a small square bottle - it is great as it lets you control how much you use, whether it be a dribble, half squirt or a full spray. Some perfume bottles only let you do a full spray or none at all. I might be way off base, but I feel that this shows the quality of the nozzle. I highly recommend you try Eau d'Hadrien!
I'm finding it really hard to like Limoncello, which is unusual because I've loved most of MOR's fragrances up to now. Limoncello is a lemony vanilla, it's a little creamy & seems to have a little bit of something spicy (I can't place it). What I can't get past is the fact that this reminds me of fly spray - albeit a very sophisticated bug spray. It's a real shame because it is quite pretty. I will keep trying & continue wearing it. If my opinion changes I will edit my review,
Angels Delight is not a delight, it's boring. It's similar to the Godmother soap. It cleans like soap is meant to, it has a good lather but that's about it. It doesn't soften my skin any more than drugstore soap. The scent is OK but nothing special, it reminds me of one of those scented dolls - like a cross between fruit loops & plastic. I'll be using the rest of what I have as I'm not going to waste it, but I won't be repurchasing it. This isn't a luxury item. There's better soap that you could spend your money on, this soap is NOT worth the price Lush charge. Not recommended.
I quite like 9 To 5. I find it gentle on my skin & it makes it soft. It gets rid of light makeup but I don't use it to take heavy eyeshadow or eyeliner off, I leave that to Ultrabland. I bought the larger bottle & it has lasted me for a long time, It's nice & cool on my skin, doesn't have much of a scent which I like. It also doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. I will repurchase this!
Rose water is an amazing product. So versatile and very gentle. I have rosacea & it's one of just a few products that doesn't annoy my skin. I tried Lush's Eau Roma Water which is a mixture of rose & lavender water and liked it, however I noticed that it also contained perfume. I used it up & decided it would be cheaper for me to just mix it myself. I bought a litre of rose water for about $9.90 & created a spray bottle on its own, as well as a spray bottle mixed with lavender water. It lasts for ages & is very economical. It also does not have the additives that a skin care company adds to their glorified rose water. Unnecessary! I definitely recommend that you try it! Here's what I use it for; - Cleanser (when feeling lazy & not wearing makeup) - Toner (after cleansing) - Face refresher (at work, &/or in hot weather) - Neck refresher (in hot weather) - To freshen & cool my feet in hot weather - To set my makeup - As a subtle & relaxing fragrance
I love the smell of this straight from the ballistic however it's not very fragrant in the bath. I didn't get the crackling from the popping candy either. The colour of the bathwater isn't very appealing. I don't think I would buy this one again.
I have the solid from a Boxing Day sale (it was 50% off). Breath Of God is not an awful scent however to me it smells just like the medicinal scent of a fabric band-aid (plaster) & Dettol (antiseptic) cream. It may be a good background scent to layer with a very sweet fragrance but I won't be repurchasing again even @ half price.
Honey Bee is one of the Lush's unimpressive ballistics. It has a strong scent but it doesn't smell like HIWTK soap or It's Raining Men Shower Gel, it just smells like a strong bath bomb that you could buy in a supermarket. No pretty bath dramatics, delectable scent or incredible softening ingredients. I didn't finish my bath feeling amazing or smelling beautiful. There are better bath bombs @ Lush. Not worth paying $6.75 for in my opinion.
I got The Jilted Elf Shower Jelly in a Lush gift box & didn't think much of it, it sat in a drawer unwanted for a long time. I happened to look in the drawer & figured I should try it. I'm really glad I did! Like a previous reviewer said, I love the boozy smell, it's very refreshing & great as a wakeup scent. I thought the jelly would fall apart but it keeps the shape very well. I don't pull it apart, or use a shower pouf - I step out of the shower stream, rub the jelly on my wet skin, pop it back in the tub & then use my exfoliting gloves all over. This leaves my skin super soft. I am unsure how long my small tub will last & will update my review, however with the small amount needed each shower I think it will last a while. I'm so surprised about this product & will be buying it again when it runs out & will try other jellies too.
I took my packet of toothy tabs (included in a gift pack) with me when I stayed at a hotel thinking it was a perfect occasion to try them out. Well, I didn't enjoy using it at all. It's just like chewing a mild soap flavoured lolly. My teeth didn't feel totally clean after using it (with a toothbrush) & the taste was awful, just awful. Toothpaste has nothing to fear!
Foundations -Revlon - ColorStay Velvet Creme Matte Makeup with SoftFlex
KeLLsTar 2/12/2012 1:35:00 AM
I would class this as 3.7 out of 5. I was quite surprised with this one. It was just a few dollars so I thought it was worth trying as I hate paying full price for something & end up not liking it. I love the mousse consistency & it goes on velvety smooth. It feels so lightweight & blends very well well on my skin. Coverage is decent & I use a tiny bit of powder on top to set. I really like the fact that it's a pump which is very hygienic, but with the pump comes a couple of negatives. One thing I don't like is that sometimes the foundation doesn't want to come out & I end up having to pump over & over, and then too much comes out. I seem to have countered this by storing it on its side but I still have issues every now and again. I know this has been discontinued but I have seen it in discount stores. If you see it at a great price it's definitely worth trying.