I found this fragrance in Florida on International Drive, Perfumeland. Novae Plus is a French fragrance company that is hard to find except online or at select boutiques. This bird bottle is packed in a cute box and is available in several colors: pink, red, green, purple, blue. I have the purple bird. This is a floral spice. The ingredients aren't published, so it is difficult to describe. You have to test them for yourself. You can get them online for around $26, so the risk is low if you don't like it. You may even find them at Ebay.
This is a nice bottle for a drugstore perfume. I think Lancome's Hypnose inspired the twisted bottle design and the ingredients, since I see similiarities. I got a sample from the drugstore and enjoyed it so much, I had to go back for the bottle. I paid about $30 for a 1.7 oz edp, which is affordable. This isn't exactly a mature scent, but it's not for little girls either. Nice staying power. It has passion flower and black currant on top for sweetness, then it opens into peony, lily of the valley, ylang ylang, drying down to patchouli, vetiver, plum, musk and praline hours later. UPDATE: People at work asked me what I have on, and can't believe it's Revlon because it smells more expensive.
This curler is a cult favorite among makeup artists and junkies. I paid $18 for mine 4 months ago at Sephora, and I have been comparing performance to my Revlon curler. I don't understand the hype. Shu Uemura is overrated. I have Caucasian eyes, yet this curler pinches me as often as my Revlon. Both curl lashes well. The only difference between them besides the higher price is increased sturdiness of the metal in the Shu Uemura; however, this sturdiness doesn't improve overall performance or lasting power. After the rubber refills are worn, both curlers get thrown away at the same time. I can't justify paying a premium price, so I won't repurchase. It is the curling technique and mascara that make the difference. Makeup artists tell you to curl each lash 3 times along its length for 5 seconds, to avoid an unnatural bent look. I totally disagree. This method is very time-consuming, and my straight lashes uncurl within minutes. Here's what works for me: I place the curler down to the base of my lashes and squeeze only once, hard, for a count of 10. I release, then immediately apply a curling mascara down to the base of the lashline, which is exposed better with this method. After a half hour, my eyelashes will relax a tiny bit into a natural shape, but with mascara at the roots they appear longer and thicker, and my curl lasts until the day is over. Try it yourself with any curler and and see the difference.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Taylor - Diamonds and Emeralds
MyBuddy 6/15/2007 10:47:00 PM
This is a delightful floral-fruity-coconut perfume that is so distinctive, there's not another one like it. I bought it dirt cheap at Perfumania with my daughter, along with the rest of the Diamonds collection. You won't smell exactly like everyone else's floral-fruity-gourmand perfume.
I bought this when it first came out in the 1990s, and I have just revisited it today. I like this very much, and I also like Eternity. It is strong, fruity floral and green, but is quite pretty if you use it sparingly. I concur with others that it is perfect for spring.
Les Nuits d'Hadrien translates to Mediterranean Nights, and you travel to Tuscany, Italy where you imagine you are sitting underneath a cypress tree on a starry night. It is a sophisticated eau de parfum spicy floral with cypress, basil, cumin, ylang ylang, and white musk. Patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood form the base. This one has staying power, and it is expensive. Do not confuse Les Nuits d'Hadrien with L'eau d'Hadrien, which is a lemony grapefruit splash similar to Jean Nate. It is a common mistake to confuse the two, judging from the reviews here. If you are looking for splashy citrus rather than sophisticated, buy L'eau, it won't last long.
Valentino's latest scent has gotten a bad rap! It is light, fresh, and girly like Very Irresistable Givenchy. It opens with rose and dries down to fruits and florals. Don't expect it to be as complex as Shalimar, or as distinctive as the original launch of Angel. This is meant to be a nice daytime fragrance you can wear to work, polite and inoffensive. Once you understand that, you'll like Rock N Rose
Cleansers -Clinique - Liquid Facial Soap Extra Mild
MyBuddy 3/26/2007 9:28:00 PM
I am dry, sensitive, pigmented and wrinkled with skintype 1. I just switched to this extra-mild formula after using Clinique's mild liquid soap. What a difference! I liked the mild, but my face got tight after washing, and my hands and cuticles peeled a lot. I was hesitant to buy the extra-mild because I feared it wouldn't remove my longwearing makeup, sunscreen and self-tanner as well as the mild soap did. Well, I was wrong! It does a good job without drying. It feels like a cross between a lotion and a cleansing oil. I think the cleansing oil component is what makes it effective at removing makeup. I was able to remove my eyemakeup without burning too. I'm very happy that I switched to this formula.
I am skintype 1, dry, sensitive, pigmented and wrinkled. I used this product for one month. It removed all of my longwearing makeup, sunscreen, eyemakeup and self-tanner beautifully. However, I recently switched to Clinique's extra-mild liquid soap because it is a better product for my dry skin. I wasn't exactly irritated by this soap, but my face felt drawn after washing, and my hands and cuticles peeled. I don't think this is the product's fault, I'm just very dry. I'm giving this a top rating because I think this would be an excellent product for combination/oily skin. Just not for me.
Cleansers -Clinique - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
MyBuddy 3/26/2007 9:18:00 PM
This balm has a waxy feel that rinses completely away with no residue. It didn't break me out. It really does remove the tenacious sunscreens, self-tanners and long-wearing makeup as it claims on the label. I took off one lippie for eye irritation. Every time I use this, my eyes water for hours after, no matter how much I rinse. I always keep a jar handy for summer when I'm wearing the self-tanner and Estee Lauder Doublewear makeup. Otherwise, I wouldn't use this as an everyday cleanser.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Nanette Lepore Love Bird
MyBuddy 2/21/2007 9:26:00 AM
This is a nice new fragrance launched by Nanette Lepore on Valentine's Day 2007. It is carried by Sephora. I had to buy this unsniffed because I own a real lovebird, and I like birds in general. The bottle and box are adorned with hearts. The box is too cute to throw away. The scent is a floral bouquet with rose, a splash of citrus and a musky base. If you like Narciso Rodriguez or Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely, you might like Love Bird because of the similarity; however, this rose dominates the fragrance a bit more. This was not overpowering--in fact, it lightened up right after application. I could see myself wearing this in the daytime. I'll purchase again.
Anyone who thinks this coat is warm is fooling themselves. Better to get a nice heavy pile lined sheepskin coat. The shape is short and boxy, and there is nothing sexy or feminine about it. The sleeves look too short. Styles like these are best left in the 1960s, where they belong.
This brand gets so much positive press from fashion editors, I had to try it. I bought a top, an evening dress and a bra, and I have already consigned the top. The other items are so scratchy, they're going into the trash as soon as I have worn them once. This brand is the biggest pile of crap and hype I have ever seen. If you like cheap, shiny polyester clothing, boring colors and the look of mass-produced trailer trash, you'll like H&M. Why H&M gets high ratings on this board while J Crew's beautiful wool tailored pieces gets low ratings leaves me scratching my head. I think America prefers disposable, trendy clothing over quality natural tailored pieces, and this board reflects that notion.
I agree with all of the comments from the previous reviewer. This one is less hydrating than Victoria's Secret Shampoo & Conditioner for dry, damaged hair. But TiGi gives you more curl definition. I use VS during the first month after perming, when my hair is weakest. After the hair has recovered, I switch to TiGi so that my hair doesn't get overconditioned from the VS.
I have tried everything from Clarins to Lancome to L'Oreal. This is my HG. It has a little pearl tone to it, which deflects the shadows and lines, making them less noticeable. My eyes stay hydrated all day long. I haven't noticed any drying of my skin at the end of the day as with other problems, since my outdoor job takes its toll. I also seem less puffy than before. This is it for me, my search is over.