I must start off by saying I am a huge fan of Gwen, so I might be a little biased! However, I know what I like and what I don't like and just because I like a celeb, it doesn't mean I will like their scent. I know some people turn their noses up at celeb fragrances, but this is DEFINITELY worth trying. I just got it today after ordering online unsniffed. I am soooooo glad I did! Before re-reading the description of it online, I said to myself that it is a bit masculine/a bit feminine and what do ya know---that's how it's described! Now, don't think it's one of those unisex scents, because it is definitely not. Also, don't let the term "fruity-floral" run you off. Yes, it does smell a bit fruity, but not in that overly sweet Escada-like manner (I do love Escada scents though!). This one strikes me as Juicy Couture did. Fruity, floral, and light, yet "grown-up girly". My nose picks up a tad of rose, a hint of pear, and a dash of sweet pea with a blend of musk. I can see myself wearing it to work, a day out, or a romantic night out. It's casual and laid back, but has a flair of girly, innocence to it. The bottle is pretty as well. Reminds me of one of Gucci's bottles (although I can't remember which one!) Out of all the celeb fragrances I have smelled, I think this is the best and the most mature. I fell in love immediately!
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Peony Moon
amyaub 9/5/2006 5:22:00 PM
So glad I was able to get this one in a swap. This is one of my favorite BPALs out there. A very nice peony scent. Lasted a good while on as well. I wish this one wasn't LE as it would be a permenant addition to my collection.
I must admit that when I got it, I bought it mainly for the bottle. The bottle reminds me of those alien creatures from "The Fifth Element". Looks really cool. However, I was very disappointed with the scent. I definitely detected the orange blossom note in it, but it smells almost sour and rancid. It got to a point where this scent made me almost sick. I don't see this one being as universally loved as Angel.
This is one of the best conditioners I have found at a reasonable price. Helps my wavy hair smooth out without being flat, and moisturizes well. Has a nice smell, but definitely not an overpowering one. A thick conditioner that really seems to do something. This is one of the few conditioners I have used where I can wash my hair, not blow-dry, and have it come out non-poofy.
Fragrances -Bulgari - Rose Essentielle EDP - limted edition
amyaub 5/25/2006 11:16:00 AM
This has quickly become one of my favorite rose scents. Not sharp and overpowering. It also doesn't smell bitter to me like some rose scents will. Very feminine yet sophisticated. Expensive at $90 a bottle, but I think in this case it's worth it.
This is about the only Cartier scent I like! Has a nice cherry scent to it, but it isn't one of those plasticky type smells. A bit on the sweet side but not overpowering. Staying power isn't perfect, but it's good. The bottle is absolutely gorgeous as well.
Eyeliner -Too Faced - Liquid Lava Super eyeliner Lava Gloss
amyaub 5/25/2006 11:13:00 AM
This is a great eyeliner as far as application. It goes on smoothly and evenly. Looks great. For about five minutes. Then, the smudging. I have to be careful and check to make sure it's not all over my eyes. It's virtually non-existant on me by midday. There must be better eyeliners out there than this.
This stuff is fantastic! You don't need much at all, even on dry/frizzy/thick hair like mine. Smells awesome too! Tames my frizzies and flyaways while making my hair look moisturized and shiny. I am really impressed with this product.
Treatments -Goldwell - Kerasilk Instant Silk Fluid
amyaub 5/25/2006 11:09:00 AM
Decent product, but not something I would rebuy. I have very dry, colored, frizzy, thick hair. This just didn't seem to do enough for it like other hair serums I have tried. Would work better for someone who has fine not so dry hair.
I usually like scents with pomegranate in them, but this was an exception. It has a very astringent like scent to it. Very medicinal. I thought this might have a sweet hint to it, but not at all. I am so glad I didn't buy this unsniffed, as it was a huge disappointment.
I was really looking forward to trying this as it sounded like something I would really like. However, when I tried it, it had very little sillage and almost no staying power. I could detect a bit of the pear, but that was about it. I just can't justify owning a scent that even I can't smell when it's on. The one positive about this scent is the stunning jewel-like bottle.
I really wanted to like this, but the rose was just too strong and overpowering for me. Very sharp, and, well, just not pleasant. It has an "earthy" rose kind of smell which I generally like, but this was just too much for me to wear.
I was really looking forward to trying this, and while it's decent, it was somewhat of a disappointment. Fruity and musky, it was rather blah on me. Everyone says this smells like strawberry, but I just don't pick up on it that much. If it was a tad bit sweeter, it would be perfect. I own a decant of this, but I wouldn't go out and buy a bottle. UPDATE: After re-trying this one, I really fell in love. I still don't pick up on the strawberry, but I love the fruity-floral nature of this now. Not sure what made me change my mind, but hey...we're women! We can do that! :)
I adore this scent!! The passion fruit and vanilla blend in this is really lovely. It's fruity and playful, but sexy and modern at the same time. The bottle is very unique and looks lovely on my dresser. Definitely one I will get again!
I really liked this one!! It does remind me of a green, grassy scent which I don't normally like. However, the mimosa in it gave it a nice sweetness. The blend of the sweet and grassy notes is very lovely and neither one is too strong. Definitely full bottle worthy for me!