The following review is for Ghost EDT. I love Ghost. Im surprised, as i usually prefer heavier scents, but this fragrance is so enchanting and to me evokes images of a beautiful naked woman draped in an airy white silk gown, floating through an enchanted forest filled with fluttering fairies, unicorns and rare blooming flowers. Its an ethereal, light, floaty scent, but with something at its core that makes it more special - mystical almost. I would describe this as a light fruity-floral scent. I definitely detect some watery, light, fruity notes along with the flowers.. and a sweetness that still somehow manages to feel soft & fresh. I love to wear this scent after my bath - I feel so pure, floaty, feminine and almost.. magical! It gently envelops me like a swirl of silk & transports me to my enchanted forest every time i wear it. The only negative i can give is that the lasting power of the EDT is not brilliant. Not bad, but not as long-lasting as id like. Im hoping the EDP will have more lasting power.. then i will have my perfect scent for when i want to feel like the virgin goddess of the mystical forest. =)
Primer/ Corrector -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch)
LittleSnowflake 9/5/2011 10:45:00 PM
I bought Touche Eclat expecting great things, after hearing so many rave reviews & seeing it achieve cult status amongst fellow makeup enthusiasts. Unfortunately TE did next to nothing for me. And i mean NOTHING! I was so disappointed with the near to non-existant results this produced once applied to my undereye area. I honestly couldnt tell i had applied anything, which would have been great if my undereyes magically appeared 'better' somehow, but they didnt! I feel like im missing something here - How do others achieve such amazing results when i cant even tell i applied anything? I did give it another try but was wary to waste any more expensive product for un-noticeable results, so, feeling very disheartened, i swapped TE away and bought a cheaper dupe by L'Oreal to play with, as a last-ditch attempt to experience the supposed face-lifting, eye-brightening youth-enhancing magic that is the highlighter pen... and.. OH. MY. GOODNESS! - L'Oreal Touche Magique is a whole different story! It really lives up to its name - MAGIC! I love love love the (*noticeable*) effect the L'Oreal dupe gives my eyes. Its definitely more opaque than TE and acts as a concealer as well as a highlighter, so you can actually see a difference when using it. It makes my undereyes look so much brighter and younger, and is gorgeous blended down & out to the upper cheekbone, down centre of nose, centre chin and on the cupids bow. This creates the gorgeous face brightening, lifting & ethereal youth-enhancing effect i was expecting from TE - but at a fraction of the cost! YSL Touche Eclat = FAIL! L'Oreal TOuche Magique = HG!
This conditioner is lovely. It deeply hydrates and makes hair feel so healthy and quenched. Most other deep conditioners ive used that nourish like this are too rich in oils, so they weigh the hair down and make it feel greasy and limp. Conditioning balm manages to deeply moisturise parched areas caused by too much heat-styling, yet doesnt feel heavy at all once rinsed. Ive never had this with a deep conditioner before - they always feel like they've left some reside on my hair. With Biolage Conditioning Balm my hair feels clean, light and silky, and still retains some bounce, like when i use a lighter conditioner, yet much healthier & more hydrated. Awesome stuff! I do think its quite expensive for a conditioner, but im starting to realise you often get what you pay for, so i'll keep buying this for sure :)
This is the 1st clarifying shampoo ive used that doesnt make your hair feel stripped, 'squeeky' & a bit parched. Normally clarifying poos seem too harsh & make my hair feel like it's been washed in Fairy Liquid, but Redken Cleansing Creme manages to feel gentle & nurturing on the hair, yet still really effective at removing buildup. After using this my feels super-clean and totally free of buildup, whilst still retaining some moisture, softness and shine. I'm not keen on spending so much on a shampoo, but untill i find a cheaper alternative that works as well as Cleansing Creme (which seems doubtful!) i'll keep buying for sure.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Mure et Musc Extreme
LittleSnowflake 9/1/2011 11:31:00 PM
I dont know if i have a crazy, unrefined nose or something but this scent literally made me want to vomit - i got a strong aroma of sweaty, dirty bum (seriously, i kid you not. Does no-one else get this?) laced with sickly sweetness. Literally like someone had poured some sweet, syrupy gloop down a sweaty, dirty bum-crack. Thats the mental picture i got with every sniff, and couldnt shake off (no wonder i wanted to vomit, right?). I think the musk notes in this must be the animaly, dirty type musk? (rather than the soapy, clean white musks im used to). And the sweet notes.. i have no idea what they are, but for someone who loves vanilla, pink sugar etc theyre just way too synthetically nausiatingly sweet even for me. So, for a scent i was dying to sample, and thought i would LOVE, this turned out to be a wholly unpleasant experience! I NEVER want to have to smell this odour again. Actually, i tell you what else it reminded me of: when someone has been in the bathroom and, erm, stunk it out, and then sprayed a load of cheap sickly dewberry airfreshener to cover it up, but it just mingles into a sweet, poopy, dirty, gag-reflexing stench. Yup, thats Mure et Musc in a nutshell for me. :( *exits stage left to sounds of dry wretching*
This review is for the Moroccan Oil LIGHT (i couldnt find it listed separately so have to write it here). My hair:- Long, Fine to Medium Texture (but plenty of it), slightly wavy, Oily roots, Normal lengths, Dryish ends that split easily due to heat styling. Wow! I was scared of using this product on my hair for 3 main reasons: 1). I thought it would make my hair look greasy - I've tried to use various oils on my hair in the past, and no matter how tiny an amount i use my hair always looks lank and greasy and overly saturated in oil. 2). Im scared of using too much silicones - i thought it would build up on my hair and make it appear dirty and coated. 3). I was worried that it would be too heavy - i thought it would likely weigh my hair down and pull out my waves. Despite my fears i decided to give the Light version of Moroccan Oil a try since i've started using a high-heat triple barrel waving tong on my hair a lot recently, and it was causing noticeable dryness and damage to my ends. I tipped the bottle up tight against my palm and the dime-sized imprint of oil that was left when i removed the bottle was rubbed between my hands and fingered through my hair. I put it through the lengths of my hair as well as my dryer tips. Glancing at the mirror i expected to see the result of a lank, greasy, heavy, stuck-together, limp mess (like my previous experiences after sing oils/serums) i was, instead, amazed to see that my hair still had body, bounce and volume!.. but just looked sooo much healthier. This was my main concern, as, rather than wanting straight, sleek, flat hair (which i presumed Moroccan Oil would be best used for) i love big, bouncy, voluminous hair. I'm so happy that with Moroccan Oil Light you can have shiny, healthy looking hair AND still keep your oomph! My previously frazzled looking tips look healthy and smooth and my hair looks so much healthier in general. Oh, and it seems to help protect the hair from further frazzling when using high heat tongs - its a god-send for the very ends & those short fuzzy bits at the sides of my hair that i always seem to fry nomatter what i do.. so i put extra product on those areas - and it still doesnt feel heavy or look greasy even when i use a lot! I thought it was all hype and couldnt believe Moroccan Oil could be any more special than a regular silicone-laden serum, but somehow it works like magic, sooo much better than any 'cone serums or oils ive used in the past. Im definitely buying a full-size of this as soon as my sample runs out. I think it's LOVE!
I cant pretend to have a refined nose, or to be adept at distinguishing the various notes and nuances of a fragrance, and sometimes this may result in me finding it difficult to make an informed judgement on a scent one way or the other. This fragrance, however, was an easy one to judge: I detest it! And i dont use the word detest lightly! I dont think ive ever had such a strong negative reaction to a fragrance before.. Sure, ive disliked certain fragrances, and been uninterested and neutral about many, but this scent provoked the strongest hatred i think ive ever felt towards a scent. I will admit to having NO clue as to which separate notes are coming through, but as a whole package the stench rising from my wrist after 1 small squirt of Womanity was nausiating to say the least. I was desperate to scrub this vile concoction off my skin, but i wanted to give it a chance so i suffered through the pong-filled haze for over an hour, at which point i could take it no longer. I cant describe how horrible this smelt on me! I LOVE sweet gourmandes, even to the point of tooth-ache sweet candy scents.. but this had a sickly sweet 'rotten' edge that smelt totally 'off' to me . I cant begin to describe this weird funk, so i wont try... suffice to say i think this is literally the WORST perfume ive ever smelt, and id rather wear eau de fish guts than this (in fact, i could swear to detecting a little fishy grotesqueness mixed with the rotten fruit in this. Perhaps im crazy, but thats almost what it smells like to me?!). Squirt with care! *pukes*
Happy.. happy.. HAPPY! I cant help but smile when i wear this fragrance - it's literally sunshine in a bottle! A sniff of this transports me to a sun-drenched, secluded spot in the south of France, sipping champagne cocktails and laughing softly whilst wearing a feminine full-length sun-dress & wide-brimmed hat, dripping with gold jewellery! OK.. so my description leaves a lot to be desired, but somehow this scent makes me feel flirty, feminine, relaxed and youthful, yet refined, classy and 'grown-up' all at the same time. For me this is the perfect scent for summer.