Captures the essence of lilly of the valley with a hint of spice. Very delicate and feminine, yet slightly playful. In terms of fullness and lasting power it is worth seeking out the EdP. Another lovely creation by Edmund Roudnitska.
Powder -Estee Lauder - Double Matte Oil-Control Pressed Powder
arabelle 1/23/2004 4:41:00 AM
Bought this product out of sheer desperation. I needed a pressed powder and did not have time to buy my two most favourite brands (namely T. LeClerc and Lancome Photogenic) online or search all of Bavaria for them. That said, the colour selection for this pressed powder is far from ideal and has noticable undertones of orange and a slightly chalky finish. However, true to the name, it does control shine and stay quite matte throught out most of the day. Whilst I would rather not reperchase, it works in a pinch.
Created in 1947 by perfumers Jean Carles and Paul Vacher, Miss Dior instantly became a sought-after fragrance, quite contemporary for its time. The aldehydes quickly disperse, leaving notes of fresh sage and gardenia in their wake. Sensual jasmine and viridian lilly emerge, intensifying yet warming the freshness of the sage. As it dries, orris becomes more apparent, adding a gentle powdery finish to the fragrance.
Miss Dior often reminds me of my Grandmother's garden in the late spring, as the lilly of the valley began to bloom and the irises unfurled, dew still clinging to thier petals and a lingering dampness in the cool morning air.
I find the tropical composition of Femme (vintage edition) to be quite striking and complex. Part of the charm of Femme are its elusive and capricious qualities - occasionally the musk becomes too intense for me whilst other days I rejoice in its splendor. A true masterpiece by Edmond Roudnitska.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Vitamin C & Fresh Berry Body Wash
arabelle 1/7/2004 4:56:00 AM
Decided to try this because Dove bodywash is rather expensive here and I thought I would save a few pennies. I should have known better. This body wash is cloyingly sweet and harsh on the skin, not to mention it takes a lot of product to get a lather going, thus nulling its bargin status. The next day I went back to the store to buy Dove bodywash.
There has been enough pontificating about this fragrance, so I will keep my review short: I simply love Tuberose Criminelle. The glacial menthol notes are a brilliant foil for the white-hot tuberose - a truly astute creation.
This is a nice, inexpensive moisturizer with vitamin E, A and C in it. It sinks in right away and smoothed out the dry areas in my skin. The scent is a light citrus that fades quickly.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Original Moisturizing Creme
arabelle 1/5/2004 4:56:00 AM
The winter here in Bavaria has been particularly harsh and had I not faithfully been using Eucerin Orginal I certainly would be suffering. Although very thick, if one warms it up between the fingertips, it melts and sinks right in to the skin. I have found that this simple cream works better than some of the higher-priced ones I have. Additionally I use it as a eyecream.
Very much a true dark red colour, leaning more towards blood red than orange red. Gorgeous, provocative colour for evening and also works lovely as a stain for day. Very long lasting. Another must have for a red lipstick lover like myself.
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
arabelle 11/3/2003 2:31:00 PM
Just another over-priced, average moisturizer that did nothing for my skin. I admit I was lured in by the clever advertising. Indeed, I did use this moisturizer for a year and it only made my skin oily. There was no radiance, no luminous glow. I went back to my trusted and inexpensive moisturizer and I will continue to share my little secret whenever I am complimented on my (now and again) glowing skin.
Why this fragrance shares the same name with the orginal Samsara I will never know - they are not even remotely related in scent, only by name. It has none of the overbearing sandalwood that the orginal possessed, instead it is more fruit based with a distinct pomegrante note which dominates the floral accords. Whilst it is not so pleasant to my nose, fans of floral-citrus boquets may enjoy it.
This is a lovely deep orange with gold shimmer. Like most NARS blushes it is highly pigmented, needing only little product to achieve the desired look. The rich tangerine brings out the pink tones in my fair skin. If you love Exhibit A you might want to give this one a go.
Whilst the colours are interesting, I cannot say that they are all that flattering on my skin. The green is a hint too chartreuse and the brown is rather pale, even on my PPP skin. A bit dissapointing, really, as I had high hopes with this duo.
I love to layer this duo over a darker e/s base or over black liner - the effect is stunning and never fails to garner compliments! On its own, Iceland works well as a highlighter. I love how it emphasizes the green of my eyes. Very becoming.
This colour is also included in my Erotica palette. On my warm PPP complexion it is peach with a touch of orange undertones. It is more of a base for a brighter pop of colour - infact it cries out to be layered with Deep Throat or Exhibit A. Not a blush I would purchase on its own.