Fragrances -Creative Scentualization - Perfect Veil
Naiad 12/7/2004 1:10:00 PM
I could have sworn a few years ago I tried this at Henri Bendel and it didn't suit me at all. Well, what a difference time makes. As of early December, Perfect Veil is a sweet waft of baby powder, fresh lemon sorbet and soft musk. Walks a dainty line between sensual and fresh. Call me a convert!
This scent is insanity incarnate - BUT, I really like it! So odd how scents turn out differently on us all. Regina Harris smells like a cheap Halloween Yankee Candle candle on me and yet Bobo smells exotic and intruiging. As a matter of fact, the best way I can describe how Bobo develops on me is to describe a night in a city. (Does best Sophia Petrillo impression) Picture it - New York, Houston Street, November 2004. Walking along you get a waft from either side of the famous landmark. From the West Village you get the scents of restaurants of a myriad ethnicities. Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Greek... all those warm, spicy foods blowing through the cold night air. Nothing meaty, just spicy, like the after dinner bowl of caraway seeds they pass around at Indian resturants to refresh your mouth. Then there is the waft of an incense vendor, peddling his wares on a street corner, lights reflecting off brass oil burners and ebony necklaces. Finally, from across the way in SoHo, comes the scent of wood from art galleries and perfumes from boutiques. Add in drinking a fizzy rootbeer while walking around, inhaling all the ambient notes, and this is Dinner by Bobo, which needless to say, is nowhere better appropriate than in a place filled with countless restaurants.
Fragrances -Yosh - Yosh Signature Collection - Minnie Wilde Magic
Naiad 12/6/2004 9:47:00 AM
How Magic starts out is perfection. Take the creamy, tropical gardenia goodness of Monyette and add a sprinkle of soft grapefruit and candy sweetness. Such a fun little perfume and I *adore* the bottle. I only wish after an hour it didn't morph into a rather typical, almost metallic gardenia like Monyette does for me as well. I don't blame Magic for that, however, it's simply my curse to love gardenia scents and have them turn weird on me.
Dark, cozy, slightly mysterious with an edge of danger. It *almost* smells like something Chanel or Guerlain might put out, but, only if someone had snuck into the perfume lab before the scent was released to the public and poured in abit of chaotic, earth magic. Definately not a scent for the faint of heart or simple of mind. A fragrance of personality that demands as much from it's wearer. Just perfect.
Crème -Stephane Marais - cream foundation [DISCONTINUED]
Naiad 11/17/2004 9:18:00 AM
Though having a historically wary approach towards anything with the word "cream" for application directly to the skin, I decided to give the Stephane Marais a go as I was desperately in need of a new and fantastic foundation. The next question would arguably be... was it? Well, when I purchased it in September, while the weather was still fairly warm and humid, the sheer product would melt off my face in hours leaving a slick sheen behind. Now mid-November, it gives my skin an almost candlelit "glow" that I think will be even better for holiday parties than perhaps work. Regardless, I was about to give up hope on the Marais cream foundation and return it and now I think I will hold onto it and see how it holds up into the even drier and cold months.
Dark, bitter chocolate with a nice amount of peppery spice thrown in. If only this had a stronger throw it would be divine. I think I am going to check out the Mexican Cocoa from AZW and see how that compares to this.
Despite the hefty pricetag and tingling that borders on painful, I'm very pleased with the Lip Injection, because, as many have noted, it *does* work. ***EDITED*** This changed my lipline and not in a good way, it's almost uneven... I hope it fades or something. *cry*
Lovely jar, reasonable price (as far as prices go for scented lumps of wax) and an incredible amount of throw. Within 15 minutes my entire apartment was filled with a warm and rich honey scent. (Although it did get abit cloying after awhile.) The best thing though, is that after burning straight for 5 hours, it barely looks touched. I have a feeling there are many more Henri Bendel candles in my future.
Styling Products -Paul Mitchell - Extra Body Daily Boost
Naiad 10/27/2004 12:59:00 PM
Mr Mitchell is one smart dude, making all his wares available in travel sizes. So many PM items have worked their way into my heart via trips to Ulta and grabbing something "new and cheap" to try out. So goes the tale of the Daily Boost. I had wanted something to keep at my desk at work and having grown fond of the PM Extra Body hair gel, decided to check the mist out as well. As the other reviewers have stated, it works great and has a nice scent to boot. What I like best though is that it doesn't leave the hair impossible to drag a comb through after misting (which is the reason I no longer use TiGi Sexed Up or the Aveda Volumising Tonic)
Wow, this really is a great blush... why did it take me so long to try it out? I guess my experience with Benefit's Benetint "coloured" (hah) my impression of liquid blushes rather unfavourably. However, unlike the Benetint, Sheer Luck gives just enough time to blend before setting and yet doesn't take SO long to dry-down that it sits on the cheeks like a sticky mess (ala Tarte's cheek gels.) I'm fickle when it comes to blush, but, I definately forsee my using this up.
Lip Gloss -TheBalm - Plump Your Pucker in Swirl My Cinnamon
Naiad 10/27/2004 9:45:00 AM
I'd been at Sephora contemplating a new "lip plumper" purchase and noticed that they had adorable little holiday sets from TheBalm by the register. Naturally, I was helpless to resist picking one up. The set contains a (what I assume is a limited edition) Plump Your Pucker in Swirl My Cinnamon, a lovely, clear red gloss. The taste is, you guessed it, cinnamon, but, with that backdrop note of mint that most of TheBalm's glosses have. All in all, I'm totally digging this and despite having a billion other balms and glosses, it's a definate keeper. I only hope that this great flavour along with it's lovely natural red shade stay on past the holidays as a permanent addition to the line.
Lip Gloss -Bobbi Brown - Lip Tint SPF 15 in Black Cherry
Naiad 10/22/2004 8:01:00 AM
Despite the minty taste and glassy feeling, this gloss really is moisturizing. I'd had horrible chapped lips lately due to overzealous usage of GoSmile ampules and two days of using the Black Cherry got them back to smooth happiness. As for the look of the tint, it's a very pretty, rosy-brown augmented lip shade. All in all for $15 (quite reasonable) this is a definate re-purchase.
This does at $20 what Tracie Martyn's Serum's tries to at $165. Lightweight and quick absorbing it delivers an amazing smoothness and that holy grail "glow" to the skin. Though I find most of L'Oreal's products to be hit-or-miss, the Wrinkle Defense Serum most definately warrants a huzzah! This is henceforth a skincare staple for me.
Treatments -Got 2 Be - So Smooth Liquid Fixx Miracle Repair Treatment
Naiad 10/20/2004 8:20:00 AM
If you want very straight (bordering on zero body,) smooth and shiny hair - this is your product. Amazingly cheap, despite a so-so scent, this is probably the best leave-in I've purchased in years.
Treatments -Natura Bisse - C+C Vitamin Fluid SPF 10
Naiad 10/9/2004 7:20:00 PM
I agree with the other reviewer, like it or not, customers WILL pass over a decent product when the smell is godawful. I don't exactly smell soy sauce, but, it does smell like crushed up vitamins. I only gave this serum two chances before I had to return it. I'll do many a thing for the sake of my skin, but, being nauseated every second isn't one of them.