Styling Products -Oribe - Supershine Moisturizing Cream
Spiriel 1/15/2010 4:54:00 AM
I found this product great, I have baby fine hair and normally use Kerastase NT (to blow dry) and Sublimateur Jour (as a leave in). I used the Supershine Moisturising Cream before blow drying, and I found my hair did look a lot shiner and had some control as well. However it is very expensive (had to rate it down as its a major point) but worth it as a splurge when considering the wonderful results.
Recently I've developed a taste for violet, previously a note I couldn't stand. This is similar to BPAL's Faith but less sugary and it wears closer to the skin.
I've been wearing this perfume for the past few weeks and perhaps its a chemistry thing but I've never smelt a tar note. On myself it's a gentle melange of violet notes mixed in with a slightly sweet skin musk. Usually my skin amps cedar like you wouldn't believe but not a trace here for me.
I would very strongly recommend people to test this one, as public opinion so far has been so differing. Oh, I purchased the 30ml bottle which is clear except for the black top. So be careful if you want the pretty black bottle.
I was drawn to this scent when I tested the male version on my husband, which smelled wonderful, so I tried the Ormonde for Women on myself. After a short herbal green burst, the perfume unfortunately settled to down an overpowering ceder scent which makes this perfume unwearable for me. It makes me sad after reading some of the beautiful reviews of this perfume and smelling how it should be on my husband.
Ta'if is a lovely gentle scent, which on my skin becomes a sweet, fruity rose with a distinctly soft edge of spices. Its very feminine without being girly. The best comparison I can make is that it is a slightly more grown up version of Cacheral's Amor Amor.
This is such a holy grail for me now, it soothes my dead ends and makes them look wonderful, it does such a good job. My hair is quite fine, and I don't feel as if its weighed down. I use this before blowdryer and it protects my hair very well.
This hair masque is great, it made my hair feel very shiny, moisturised and volumised. There is such a difference in my hair, I wouldn't have believed it. The price is quite hefty, but I feel the results are definitely worth it.
Shampoo -Kerastase - Bain Miroir Shine Enhancing Shampoo
Spiriel 4/17/2008 7:58:00 AM
I'm another Kerastase convert, previously I had tried Oleo Relax products for my thin, fine hair and I wasn't impressed by them at the time. But due to a recommendation by a friend I tried this shampoo. I have to admit I had my doubts about this shampoo, part of me felt that I ought to be buying Bain de Force. Any doubts I had were blown away by the results of using this shampoo, it really transformed my hair. My hair is volumised and incredibly shiny. The scent is nice, I find it more tolerable than Oleo Relax scent. I used this shampoo in conjunction with the Chroma Reflect Mask and I cant recommend them enough. Previously my holy grail shampoo was Avedas Rosemary Mint but this shampoo has rocketed into first place.
Fragrances -Thierry Mugler - Angel Caprice de Star
Spiriel 10/30/2007 10:19:00 AM
Taken from a press release:
"Angel Caprice de Star is a fragrant concentration of the famous Angel. It was launched in 2007 and, unfortunately, as a limited edition. The extract is captured in a star-shaped 10ml bottle at the price of US$190. The fragrance opens with notes of bergamot and jasmine; the heart reveals fruits and honey, while the base is full of sweets: vanilla, cotton candy, chocolate, and caramel in harmony with patchouli and coumarone."
The sales lady very generously scented my wrist with the new limited edition of Angel Caprice de Star, they only had the tester in so I was very surprised I was allowed to test after hearing stories of other MUA'ers refused to test.
Firstly let me say that I hate patchouli and I personally can't wear any strong patchouli scents hence the reason I stopped wearing Angel a long time ago but I miss the gourmand dry down.
The perfume itself has good sillage, and the scent isn't overwhelming (I have old memories of spraying angel on to feel slightly nauseated from patchouli overload).
The scent itself is gourmand, its all the best parts of angel that I used to love. On me its settled down to a very sexy scent that wears close to the skin but gives good sillage. There is a sweetness but it feels very much tempered gently by another note, its not quite a powder note, perhaps a wood note.
This is so delicious and I am very glad it works with my skin chemistry.
Edit: Two weeks on and despite trying to wear Angel every day, the bottom honey note's smells a little strange if I wear this scent every day (the note is very strong and long lasting). I tend to alternate every day now as a result, knocking a lipstick off for its weirdness.
Normally I hate patchouli, but this is the clean type which fades down and is much more palatable. As you can see in the picture above, the bottle is gorgeous, nicest bottle I've seen for a while.
After the initial blast of patchouli, this perfume on myself settles down to a more spicy warmer version of Narciso Rodriguez for Her, the notes are very well blended and settles to a delicious skin scent. I have the EdT, EdP and Musc Oil of NR, and out of all of the above this is most remiscent to the NR For Her shower gel (which is the winner of the NR range for me).
As a perfume it settles down quietly on me and the sillage is gentle but I don't spray much on me (one pump of the spray) so I can see how it could become overwhelming. Absolutely delish scent, and definitely worth trying judging from the mixed responses to this perfume.
As a note to anyone from the UK who wants this, the only place which sells it is the online Gucci shop that I can see, but be careful as the default delivery charge is extortionate (£12!!!) but within 24 hours of ordering online I had the perfume.
I do feel it is somewhat unfair to compare this perfume against Rahat Loukoum, especially as this perfume is marketted as a much different concept (She-Wolf). Whilst I do agree the almond note is similar, the scents are very different in drydown.
Louve dries down to a very powdery sweet almond musk, the powdery musk was initially a little too overbearing for me. After an hour or so, once the musk has died down, its quite nice; but I have to agree that its not worth the journey to get there.
There was a sample of Blue Agava and Cacao in the JM Winter 06 catalogue and I fell in love with it immediately. Its a warm, subtle, clean scent, which is very inviting. When you first put it on, I get a fleeting scent of lime, and I can definitely smell a warm chocolate accord.
It also layers beautifully with Nectarine Blossom and Honey, which I've been wearing to work lately. It doesnt have great lasting power though, which is why I've knocked off a lipstick.
This review is for the EDT of Garnet, on my skin the patchouli and dark amber are very much the dominant notes and the fruity accord a distant background. I wish I could like this because it is my birthmonth, but I had to wash it off as soon as possible.
While I want to love this, the oakmoss and tobacco notes gives this scent a hard edge and whilst I can smell a hint of the wonderful wonderful rich vanilla and coconut accord, I wish it was more prevalent. :/
A very nice light vanilla which neither too sweet and cloying or bitter. It wears very close to the skin and the musk with sandalwood works well to ground the vanilla. Lovely.
This reminds me of a less sweet, version of Caroline Herrera's Sexy 212. I personally like light fruity scents, and the musk in this stops just short of over powering. I personally like it, but doubt I could wear it for long periods of times.