So nature's cruel joke for many women is that as we age, our brows thin, and even disappear in some cases. After decades of tweezing, threading, waxing, plucking, some of us find ourselves suddenly desperate to draw our brows back ON in the most natural-looking way possible. We've had stencils, powders, pencils and tattoos. But finally we've got a very realistic looking solution that's temporary yet waterproof. Stila's new brow liner/pencil/brush goes on like a micro-mini watercolor brush. You can apply short dashes of color wherever needed on your brows and you aren't left with heavy lines (as with pencils) or wide washes of color (as with powders and eyeshadows). The color dries quickly and does not smudge. It's available at Sephora in two shades: medium and light. I swatched both side by side on the back of my hand and at first glance couldn't tell them apart. They're both a medium shade, much like most blonde eyebrow pencils. (It's my opinion that most women choose too dark a shade for their brows - blonde is often plenty for many of us.) At closer inspection, medium is a cooler, greyer leaning brown. Light is far warmer, and a better choice for those trying to match auburn to red shades, or a golden blonde. This sells for $21 at Sephora and $20 on Stila's site. It's a tiny thing for that price, but as much isn't needed, I'm hoping it'll last a while. I purchased medium and it's a near perfect match to (what's left of) my existing brows. I'm going to snag a light as well, and I'm contemplating adding some auburn tones to my hair over the winter...either way, I'll be buying this again, and regularly.
When I was preparing for my wedding in 1999, one of my must haves was a new fragrance. Like most folks, I associate specific people and periods of my life with the scent that was prevalent. I wanted a new fragrance that I would forever associate with one of the happiest days of my life. I had an idea of what sort of fragrance I was looking for...Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist was already my then favorite, so I had to find something similar, yet very different. What I was looking for was *this* scent. Unfortunately, it did not appear until 4 years later, but that hasn't stopped it's becoming my absolute favorite and signature scent, even though it doesn't conjure memories of my wedding. I never come home without having received at least one compliment on this fragrance during the day. At first spritz, it is sweet, soft and yet sharp - with a soft note of Vetiver buried beneath it's plushy cloud. Thankfully, the Vetiver dries off - I am prone to Vetiver-induced headaches. You are left with only the soft, comforting notes, although it is not the slightest bit cloying. It brings to mind the softest beigey-mauve tones when I close my eyes. I think of myself as more of a green fragrance lover, but since I find myself most attracted to this fragrance and Cashmere Mist, I'm clearly incorrect. The body wash and lotion are equally nice; the lotion is longer lasting than the wash. And the EDP is long lasting (at least on me) as i find I still receive compliments long after I've stopped being able to detect it myself. You can find roll-ons from UK vendors, which is handy. I buy this in multiples wherever I can find the best price.
I'm going rate this all 3's, because I haven't smelled it since high school, when Man and Woman became available in the interlocking bottles (they were so suggestive!). While my memory of these scents is positive, it's ancient... I do seem to remember, however, reading in women's magazines at that time that these fragrances were made with pheromones, which could account for why Woman continues to have such an effect on the men according to the reviews here. I can't find anything to support this on the web, but you can find some great tacky 70's advertising here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-KTb5QYoxU
Oh, the perils of cruising a website in two windows... I meant for the review below to appear under Jovan's Woman...my apologies. I have added it there, but can't locate a method for removing it here. On the other hand, I am *very* fond of Calyx, and have rated it accordingly in this entry. It's one of the few chypres I truly like,as it's softened by the citrus notes.