Smells nice. It's floral...not a disgusting in-your-face floral but a beautifully done non-descript one. I'm sure if you have a trained nose that you can identify some of the notes but to me everything is just so well-blended that nothing about it stands out to make it unique. It seems to me, a fragrance you would wear for your wedding. It's beautiful and classic and a non-offensive floral...it's just sadly lacking in anything that makes me actually want to purchase it....and I'm a bit of a fragrance junkie and have many, many bottles cheap and mid-range-high end (YSL, Lancome, Chanel, Givenchy),
Oh, yes! What a great shade. I loved it so much, that when I thought I had lost it last year, I manically called all the MAC stores in my city (the collection had already been out about 2 months and so therefore I had no idea if anyone had it in stock still) to find one that still had it. In the moment she asked how many I wanted an thinking I didn't want this to happen again, I blustered out "Two, please!". I purchased the two and was so happy I had my lovely shade of medium grey back that is an easy-breezy crease shade that works so well with super light and whiteish highlight shades (ahem - Short Shorts - you're awesome too!) only to find out that a relative had found my eyeshadow in a room I had stayed at one weekend. Now I have three :) And I don't mind, one bit! Any cool, toned and pale ladies should make the effort to locate it at a CCO or even eBay.
DO NOT USE THIS IF YOUR HAIR IS ALREADY DAMAGED. Unless your hair is healthy to start with, I don't think anyone should be using this!!! I'm reviewing the one without the Keratin. Let me give you a background of my hair. For just over two years I routinely heat styled with a hair waving iron and it would look lovely, but I knew it was drying out my hair. Even if I tried to use Got2B curling iron spray or the Tresemme heat protector, I would still use a bit of hair mousse to get some shine and definition of my waves. About halfway through my waving years, I decided to go platinum blonde and loved it and continued to be platinum blonde and wave my hair. Then it got pretty bad when it would ONLY look good if I sizzled it with a waver. I knew the ends were bad so I got a few inches cut off but they still kept it in layers. After this it looked a bit better and I chose to finally stop waving my hair as I wanted it to get better. I would let it partially air dry, apply Moraccan Oil (stuff is awesome in making hair look healthier and better!) and then smooth it with a round brush with a blow dryer and would put in some Big Sexy Hair root volume mousse in it. It was still dry and didn't look so great, but you know what? It was manageable and it was ok! I was still touching up my naturally dark ashy blonde roots and staying platinum, BUT IT WAS OK. Then one day in a Beauty Supply Outlet store I saw the It's a 10 leave in treatment and I had heard so many glowing reviews on it from people on YT (It protects, it smooths and nourishes ,yadda, yadda) so I decided to just buy the small bottle and try it. In fact the lady there was raving about it and mentioned the Morrocan Oil I was using was only frying my hair and not protecting it in any way. Hmm, ok fine. She recommended I still put in the Morrocan Oil and then apply It's a 10, afterwards before blow-drying. The first time I just used a little and found that my round brush had a harder time going through my hair to smooth it out (like others have said, it leaves you hair sticky). My hair also needed washing earlier than normal and was greasy... and I thought maybe I used too much Moroccan Oil. Hmmm..whatever. I used it a couple more times and my hair has not been looking as great. The last time I used it, I put in quite a bit and my hair literally looked like crap and sooo damaged!!! Like it looked like it had been ripping out when I brushed my hair (due to dryness - it now felt so dry even though I used the same heavy duty conditioners I had been rotating before this product) and when I looked at my hair brush there seemed to be A LOT more hair in there. I read reviews here and also saw another person with damaged hair saying the same thing, it leaves a buildup, leaves hair dry and makes it look more frizzy (i.e. damaged) Today I washed my hair with a deep cleansing shampoo in hope to remove any leftover residue and used a deep conditioner and only the Moroccan Oil and with my round brush and low temp on my hair dryer. My hair looks like crap and very damaged. I'm so upset because now it looks like I'm going to have to get it chopped off super short as the front section that frame my face look like they have scraggly ends and look VERY damaged. I will give it a couple more washes to see if anything can be done...but thinking it is already too late. I'm only glad that as I had short hair many years ago, I know I look good with it. Hope my review helps anyone.
I LOVE this fragrance! If I had only gone by the first review, I wouldn't have touched it, but I am so glad I decided to give this a chance and smell it. I think it smells very unique and is one of the top ones in my large perfume collection, so that should speak volumes. It's an almost woodsy-floral which captures magic, femininity and seduction and happiness all in one. I smell the note in Curious that the reviewer below me mentions and also a note from Couture Couture..I don't have or know Chloe so I can't speak for that...and I also smell a hint of the original soapy smell from the original L'air Du Temps, and while I can appreciate the fact it's a timeless classic, I can't ever picture wearing the original. This version Is not only modernized but with the best notes from all of those other scents and creates a gorgeous and unique-smelling fragrance which epitomizes the summer season. It makes you feel refreshed and can work in a hot humid day due to the effervescent, crispness of the notes found in the top and middle base. I liken it to the similar type of notes found in DG Light Blue as it's that type of scent you can wear when it's muggy when any other fragrance just wouldn't work and even an average scent would seem cloying and heavy. I suppose you can say it's actually "airy" I read another in depth review online where it described the magic of this fragrance is that it doesn't smell strong on the skin but rather the experience happens in the "air" as it leaves the body and trails of the scent will be noticed by many around. I don't mean in this in a bad stink kind of way either. If it's hot and humid, just a spritz will be all you need. A few could easily be too much... I've read some other reviews online which also list a cedar type scent and although this note is not listed in it, I can smell a woodsy base to it and the cedar similarities I get, as I liken it to another favorite scent of mine YSL Elle which contains a cedar note in it. It's probably the palisander wood which gets sharper due to the lychee and hyacinth that uplifts it and causes it to smell a bit cedar-ish. The bottle is shaped very elegantly and frosted white at the bottom and the upper part exposes the pink liquid beautifully. Notes include: hyacinth, lychee, lilac, aldehydes, rose and warm skin notes heated up by velvety amber. The fresh notes are from freesia, patchouli, honeysuckle, violet leaves/magnolia, jasmine sambac, and Bulgarian rose/palisander wood. If you like a crisp floral with some lychee and woodsiness, give this one a try!
Must-have for fluid line collectors and for the green eyed. I plan on going back for another. If you wear it with the "new hue" Zoom mascara which is of the same color, it provides maximum impact! ***Update - Although this is nice for green eyes, I find it can be just a tad too eggplant/burgundy for the cooler skin toned ...unless you do the trick I'm about to tell you ;) (if you are warm toned with green eyes, you probably won't be bothered by this unless you happen to get red or irritated eyes often). The red tone in the liner needs a bit of separation between your eye-line and black will do the trick. So get a kohl liner or your Feline and work that in to your upper waterline only, leaving the Dark Diversion intact. This not only makes your lash line look thicker, but separates the two colors leaving a gradient effect of black going into the burgundy that still shows off your green eyes, without having the red tones in the shade work against your eyes by emphasizing the natural pink fleshy part of your eyes and waterline. You may also want to rim your lower waterline with a skin toned shade like the chromagraphic pencil in NC/NW 15-25.
Smelled this one in the store. It vaguely reminds me of Burberry Brit without all the good stuff, like a lack luster version. And I also get that praline note that's in Viva La Juicy. I don't like the praline note in either if them! The whole thing is very drab and boring. If you want a soft scent for the workplace because you don't want to be scent-less, then I suppose this could do, but there's just so many other better things!
The original 1 Million fragrance for men came out a couple of years ago and this is finally the womens' version. It is $80.00 CAD for 50 ml. I saw the display at SDM probably a couple weeks ago and walked over to it to test it. It stayed in my head I knew I had to have it! It looked very gorgeous in a bottle that's shaped like a diamond or gem and encased in a gold top which displays the name "Lady Millionaire". The lower half of the "diamond" you can see the gold color of the perfume. It looks very luxurious, glamorous and expensive, or at least that's the image it's trying to portray. The woman in the photos is an edgy blonde with messy hair and a sharply defined, unusually cut little black number and with her image I can't help but see a slight hint of possibility of the intentional name of "Lady" being given to the "Paco Rabanne Million" fragrance for women, to have consumers think of Lady GaGa. Perhaps??? I mean, why not name it "1 Million For Her" or "1 Million Femme" or something...the only other fragrance that comes to mind (although there may be more) that has "Lady" in the title is "Lady Stetson"! lol Therefore I think "Lady" was used intentionally here. Now to describe the fragrance: I love it! All of the notes are so harmoniously blended and smooth that there really isn't one that stands out above all the rest. I like to describe scents with the feelings they invoke rather than just focusing on the notes. Even ignoring the packaging, this one makes me feel sensual, glamorous, strong and powerful in a mature way, with a bit of warmth which lends it perfect for the season and cooler weather, however I could still totally see wearing just a bit on a summer's night out as well. Just not too much because it could easily be over done in the heat. This is a fragrance for a woman who knows what she wants and is comfortable with who she is, so it seems more for a lady in her mid-20's and up. Slightly reminds me of Givenchy Amarige, probably due to the warmth and orange flowers but definitely not as potent or cloying! Notes: Neroli, Bitter Orange, Raspberry, Orange Flower Absolute, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Gardenia, Patchouli, Honey, Amber.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Milk of Magnesia
boogiepimp 8/15/2010 11:41:00 AM
Sharing my MOM-Primer experience in the case anyone else has had similar reactions: Over two years ago when I discovered the "secret" of using MOM as a mattifying oil control primer, I fell in love with it! I used it every single day for a year and a half, including during the winter, cold months. Then something happened. I found out that whenever I drank anything with sulphites (sulfites) in it (the first instance, it was a red wine and in others it was alcoholic ciders) my face would react by having the skin under my eyes, react in a contact dermatitis manner, as in, wrinkling and almost as if it was a chemical burn with darkening on the skin. Can I just tell you all how difficult it was to find out that MOM was the culprit? Especially as I had used MOM for all this time with no reaction. I kept ruling out all sorts of ingredients in the stuff I was using to that fact that I must have been allergic to sulphites (yet why would it only affect my eyes?). Sometimes another product I had used near my eyes would also cause me to react with another of these episodes.The only thing that would help me in an episode was applying Vaseline as it's a barrier to lock moisture in and that would help heal my skin. It made me look a lot older and every flare up, I would be embarrassed because of the bags and wrinkling it cause around my eyes. No makeup could hide that! Why am I all of sudden reacting to products I haven't reacted to before and thinking I have a sulphite allergy? After a couple of months of this, I thought what if I stopped using my beloved oil-control product? What if, when I apply it to my face every morning it easily gets on my under eyes area as I mostly focus on applying it to my nose? Contact dermatitis is tricky as it will always be a product that doesn't cause an immediate reaction or irritation to the skin, but it does so, over time. Guess what? After I stopped using MOM, my condition stopped as well. To test it out, I definitely did drink my red wine and my ciders and I had no reactions after this. My thoughts on this is that perhaps I am sensitive to sulphites, but the product causing the contact dermatitis couldn't handle the sensitivity due to histamines being more prevalent.....really I don't know the exact scientific reason except for the fact it's related. Still every once in awhile I chose to occasionally use MOM for a special long, night out, making extra sure not to apply it anywhere near my eyes. Well for the last two weeks I have used it again due to the very humid weather here in Toronto during August, and it's been fabulous, until I drank some cider the other night, and I woke up to see a red welt on my forehead and just the beginning of some wrinkly skin on my lower " eye bag" area. Sigh, time to stop using it again. I have read in the Cosmetics Ingredient Database that the active ingredient in MOM which is Magnesium Hydroxide, is "bio-accumulative". This means that it keeps absorbing into your skin, accumulating the amounts each time you use it. This is basically not a very good thing. If you can use MOM every day and have never had any reactions, then good for you. And in case anyone is wondering, I had tried different brands of MOM and when I started reacting to it, I had actually just changed over to the Phillip's brand, but in this last time it's been a generic Rexall brand. After learning about my skin, I know I can use it once in awhile for a strategic oil control long day but I cannot use this day after day, or I face consequences. Pun intended.
Limited edition for Summer 2010. This one opens with a burst of lime. I can also smell the orange blossom and some floral mixed in with the cedar and musk. Amber tends to be in most fragrances as a base note but in this one it sorta gets lost in the cedar, musk and even in the hint of ginger. Once the lime fades you are still left with a pleasant "mature slightly fruity scent" with the ginger coming through more. The cedar and musk is what makes it crisp, mature and modern. Initially, it reminded me a bit of Britney Spear's Believe but the only similarity is that it also has a "slight" mature punch to it however that one comes from patchouli and amber. These are the notes which result in someone saying it may have a bit of a "masculine" twist to it, but they are also the notes which add complexity and depth to it rather than being your generic fruity splash. YSL "Elle" also has this smell of cedar which makes it interesting. Although I like both fragrances (Believe and Be Givenchy), I think this one would be more widely accepted than Believe as the uplifting citrus mends well with the punchy cedar (it almost hides the cedar a bit) compered to the more middle toned guava notes mixed with patchouli in Believe. Top Note: Lime, Ginger, Sour Cherry Middle Note: Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Orange Blossom Base Note: Cedar With Musk, Amber.
Absolutely gorgeous! This was everything I wanted Mutiny pigment to be for me (as in more aqua and less shimmer). It is a stunning aqua-teal colour which looks gorgeous sheered out as a wash over the lid or you can up the drama by applying it heavy or applied wet. Mutiny is much more shimmery, frosty and light blue in comparison while Partylicious is definitely more intense, darker and greener. It can still be incredibly wearable if applied sheer. Wasn't so sure about this one, until I wore it for the first time. Looks amazing against my green eyes as well!
In the pan it didn't look that special, but because of my love for purples and because it was "apparently different" from anything else MAC has put out, I grabbed it and because I know I like the Matte formulas as they look awesome in the crease, I actually grabbed two. When I pulled it out to use today I saw it was brighter than FIG 1 and wasn't so sure. I wore it in the crease with Crazy Cool on the lid still wasn't too sure, but when I looked in good lighting, I was sold! This makes my green eyes really stand out since it has less red tones in it and is more blue-based. This makes it a neutral-to almost cool purple without leaning towards being a dark cool, purple shade and although it doesn't look impressive in the pan, on my eyes it was! Try it if you love purples and especially if you are neutral to cool in skin tone and if you have green eyes. I think it would work ok for warmer skintones as well, but it will stand out more if you have cool under tones.
I love this one! To quote the description I heard from Petrilude on YT, this one will not give you the super-nude "jizz-lip" look ;) This one mutes down your lip color and imparts a sheer enough taupe-beige look to provide a true nude (not pale, creamy nude) color. I love this and have bought a backup. This is a color you can apply without a mirror and it will look perfect. This is also one to try if you normally don't look good with the pale nudes, but would like to try a nude lip.
Why is this $60 CAD when it's only $44 USD?!!!! The extra markup they add on for the exact same products is ridiculous when you compare it to the exchange rate and our dollar is not that far off from the US dollar to warrant the higher prices. UGH!!!!! Sephora makes me angry with this BS. Anyways aside from price, I like this palette, It's actually portable, unlike the book of shadows so that means I'll actually get some use out of this! While it won't fit in a small purse or clutch, it can definitely fit in a regular sized handbag and that's a big thing that matters to me in case you will be out for long hours and ever feel the need to touch up. The shades are perfect for either a natural glam look or office wear for a professional look. I like the velvety outside feel of the case and the eyeliner it comes with is convenient. If I ever would hit pan on these and need to repurchase amongst the other million shades I have (ha!) I think I would.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
boogiepimp 7/18/2010 10:15:00 AM
Acne, acne, acne!
Lip Treatments -Bonne Bell - lip smacker 100% natural
boogiepimp 6/9/2010 12:45:00 AM
This is the BEST lip balm I have ever used! I have it in Vanilla. Not sure why others are mentioning any grainy type of feeling. I don't have that at all. Perhaps it may not be as smooth as one that contains more wax and preservatives than this one and that's what we are all used to. It contains olive oil and while I can feel the slip of an oil in the product, it does not drip or feel as if you just put olive oil on your lips, but if you asked me if I could think there is oil in this, I can definitely confirm it's there....at just the right amount. I find the product uses up quite fast compared to a regular chapstick/ lip smacker/ other lip balm as the oil/aloe/vitamin E + beeswax mixture is all natural and therefore there are less waxes and preservatives to ensure longevity with a harder texture. I use this every night at bedtime and in the morning to prep my lips for color. I haven't tried the other flavors yet, but I'm very impressed with vanilla! If you try this, please don't compare it to a regular lipsmacker, as it's not really fair to measure it to this just because of the name "lip smacker".