Avon mentions that Imari Seduction is composed of plum and purple orchid notes with hints of vanilla, amber and musk. The first time I smelled it I was pleasantly surprised. It smells, current and on trend with what's happening in fragrance. I was immediately reminded of my Flowerbomb but tamer with far less patchouli with an added honey note? Imari Seduction also reminds me of Coty's Playboy Play is Sexy that which to me also smells a bit like an altered Flowerbomb. i like that Imari Seduction is sweet but not cheap smelling. I cannot stand the original Imari, so for me this is an improvement. I have a small bottle of Imari Seduction and have recently ordered the newest addition to the line, Imari Blossom which I am waiting to get. My only complaint is its lasting power. Well done for its price range.
I bought this on sale at Shoppers for the first time together with Spectro Derm for sensitive skin. I prefer this one as I feel I get a better clean. I love that it's gentle and has no SLS, lanolin or parabens, or dyes or added fragrance. However, this is only of use to me in the morning when my face is already clean, just in need of a quick light cleansing. This is not formulated to remove makeup, so my bottle will last me a very long time. By the time I finish both bottles, I am sure they will reformulate them, hence I said no to repurchasing. This beats stinky Cetaphil's Oily Skin Cleanser (possibly discontinued?) any day!!
Cleansers -Lancome - Huile Douceur Remove All Deep Cleansing Oil
catty7 9/9/2012 11:13:00 PM
I bought this product and loved it. Three pumps and all is washed away. Unfortunately, the pump broke and does not stay screwed on. Next thing you know, it tipped over and I lost 3/4 of my new bottle. The product oxidized and now the oil smells rancid. I will try to exchange this for another bottle at the store. Hopefully the Lancome SA can replace it with another bottle because this was an expensive dud! I will update with what happens!
I bought Creme Douceur in 2009 when it had just come out. Although it is a wonderful product, I find a few faults with it. First, it is very expensive for the amount you get (125 ml/4.2 fl. oz.) Second, you need a lot to thoroughly get a full face of makeup off. Third, I would much prefer a pump bottle, having to flip the lid and squeeze it out is too much work for me when I am in the bath! Other than that, this is a great, pampering product, and if they gave more product for what you pay, I would most certainly buy it again!
This review if for the Galateis Visage et Yeaux Fluid Cleanser with Cornflower Extract for All Skin Types. I believe this is now discontinued, or only available overseas, but this stuff is amazing! I have had and used it since 1997 and I bought it from the Bay. My skin is combination dehydrated; I have about one or two small monthly pimples. This fluid cleanser feels good and organic on your skin. It is desensitizing, calming and softening without stripping your skin, but still managing to remove makeup effectively. I have always used a separate eyemakeup remover but this does the job as well. I still have a quarter bottle of my 400ml left because I loved it so much, I wanted to 'save it'. The next time I go to Europe, I will look for its equivalent. A wonderful product!!!
Cleansers -Estee Lauder - Take it Away Lotion Cleanser
catty7 9/9/2012 9:42:00 PM
I received a sample of this makeup remover in a gift with purchase. I find that I need a lot of product for the job despite not using this on my eyes as I have a separate eyemakeup remover for that. I'm not thrilled with it: not the texture, not the runnyness, not the scent and not the performance. Doesn't feel as good to my skin as Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs or Lancome's Galatee Confort, Creme Douceur or Huile Douceur; all of these are followed by my skin cleaser. Yes, I am a skin care junkie, and this one does not fit my bill. :)
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Pert Plus 2 in 1 Shampoo + Deep Condtioner
catty7 9/9/2012 8:29:00 PM
When I was in my first year of high school, I used Pert a lot. I happened to see this at the Dollar Store for two bucks, so, nostalgic for the scent, and the good ole days, I bought it. I am very happy that the powers that be kept the same scent and green package colour. I have long wavy fragile hair that is very prone to breakage, it is also dry and limp. This shampoo was a pleasure to use, the scent, colour and conditioning are wonderful, however, I think I may need a bit of extra conditioner on my ends. Also, I would not use this product consecutively because of the silicone buildup, but that's fine with me because I am a shampoo and conditioner junkie with plenty of product to spare in rotation with this. Don't stop making it!
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum - Fragrance Free
catty7 9/9/2012 7:49:00 PM
With all my arsenal of face creams, I usually only turn to using this product when my face is broken out as well as in the summer months when my skin needs just a slight bit of moisture. I love that this serum is fragrance free, colourless and feels weightless on the skin, allowing my skin to breathe, and that it has a velvety texture. Just by feeling the serum on my skin - unscented, with no unecessary grease, glop or oil slick is enough to make me want to repurchase alone - that its supposed to be full of beneficial ingredients as well is a bonus! Wanting to repurchase any skin care product is highly unusual for me, because I am always looking for the next best thing, but I feel safe using this, no breakouts, just soft, unscented skin! Paula Begoun has given this a great rating. I also like that the pump turns from side to side so you can close it and seal it when you pack it for travel. Next purchase, I may try to get it from Costco, hopefully they have it here in Canada in the big sizes as well so I can apply more liberally and more often to use every night instead of some of the time. Hopefully I too can begin to see some improvements! NOTE: P&G: Please don't discontinue!!!
COMPARISON BETWEEN L'OREAL COLOUR RICHE CARESSE & REVLON LIP BUTTERS Like Lydia07 said, these lipsticks are treading that middle ground between a balm, stick and gloss but have more color than the L'oreal Balms do/ The Caresse lippies are comparable to Revlon's Lip Butter, and as I have both, the main differences are in texture, feel and intensity. These new L'oreal lippies are totally weightless and less balmy feeling than Revlon's Lip Butters. Unlike Revlon's, L'oreal's may bleed It is not as shiny. Like Revlon's SS, I need to apply it in layers to get a colour. Both products do not last long and I wish that that could be corrected. In all, I prefer the Revlon Lip Butters over the L'Oreal Caresse because of slightly better intensity cuter packaging (fishnet stockings pattern on lippie case); they are also easier to open and close have a thicker stick making application more speedy, have what appears to be more product have more shine. I also enjoy the balmy feel of the Lip Butter. If you do not want to feel your lip product, go for L'oreal Caresse. I don't regret my purchase to try it out. I'm glad to have both in my arsenal. If Revlon's was discontinued, I'd buy Cotton Pink again. P.S. These may not be around for part of the permanent line - so if you find a colour you love, best stock up! ;)
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Colour Riche Caresse Cotton Pink
catty7 9/9/2012 6:27:00 PM
COMPARISON BETWEEN L'OREAL COLOUR RICHE CARESSE & REVLON LIP BUTTERS Cotton Pink is a delightful light bright Barbie pink. Like Lydia07 said, these lipsticks are treading that middle ground between a balm, stick and gloss but have more color than the L'oreal Balms do. The Caresse lippies are comparable to Revlon's Lip Butter, and as I have both Cotton Pink and Revlon's Strawberry Shortcake, yes Cotton Pink is almost a perfect match to Revlon's LB Strawberry Shortcake, the differences being in texture and slight shade variation. The texture of Cotton Pink - of these new L'oreal lippies- are weightless and less balmy than Revlon's Lip Butters. Also, Revlon's Strawberry Shortcake is a tinch warmer and just ever-so-slightly darker than L'oreal's Cotton Pink. Like Revlon's SS, I need to apply it in layers to get a colour payoff. Unlike Revlon's, L'oreal's may bleed and is not as shiny. Both products do not last long and I wish that that could be corrected. I think I prefer the Revlon over this, slightly better intensity, cuter packaging, easier to open and close, what appears to be more product and more shine. But I'm glad to have both in my arsenal, and if Revlon's was discontinued, I'd buy Cotton Pink again, although these may not be around for part of the permanent line - so if you find a colour you love, best stock up! :)
Different fragrances in my wardrobe exist because of different occassions and different moods. Clean Provence is a skin scent with no sillage. Do not buy Provence if you are looking for sillage; Provence has almost none. Do not buy it if you do not like soapy scents. Finally, and most importantly, do not buy Provence to replace good personal hygiene; it is just the finishing step after a good and proper hot sudsy wash. I wear Provence when I don't feel like wearing perfume, but I want to smell pure and fresh and feminine without smelling like I am trying too hard with traditional perfumey scents. Provence is a well balanced soapy fragrance of fine triple milled French soap, with a delicate masterful balance of a few notes blended: a hint of citrus a touch of lavender and a smidge of blackberry. Neither of these fragrances dominate; the result is organically smooth, fresh, feminine and slightly sweet. I think that the result is a masterpiece. I do not find this scent harsh in the least, perhaps others are judging it based on the first few seconds of spraying. Even when I have double doused myself with it all over, the pleasing sweet fresh smell is oh so subtle. Your partner will only smell you when he leans in to kiss your shoulder; perhaps again if you are sitting very close together on a swing bench outside an old country home and there comes the slightest breeze he will grasp a faint whisper of pure light and lean in for more... The only thing I would change about Provence is its longevity, but I will love it for what it is, because for me any toying with its formula would change what I have found to be perfect for me. - My greatest find at Shoppers for twenty bucks which I don't expect to top there ever!
Curve Crush is one of my latest cheap thrills that I sampled at Walmart and returned to buy the next day. If you like the scent of baby powder and sweet feminine scents this is for you. If you like Avon's Sweet Honesty, Armani's She, Ombre Rose, VS Heavenly, Anna Sui original in the purple bottle, Cashmere Mist and Bill Blass Nude, I recommend this little gem. Warning though, don't overapply: this has great staying power and a little goes a long way. Too much sprayed on will not smell better! Crush's notes are citrus, chai latte, cyclamen nectar; middle notes of white orchid, lily of the valley and anisette, and a drydown of vanilla, tonka bean and musk. Crush is an everyday, running errands scent, very feminine and comforting. On boxing day I got a set with the edt, mini and body cream for about fourteen CDN. It smells like baby powder, vanilla and rose, all three are favourite notes of mine, so I love this scent.
Extravagance made its debut in 1998. I got it for Christmas, 1999 from my then boyfriend. It has notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, ambrox, green mandarin, black iris, tagete, and pink peppercorn. Despite its pink pepper, Extravagance is a very unique fragrance especially if worn today, amongst a sea of fruity florals and sweet scents. It is smells kinda grapefruity, green and a bit tart. The Extravagance girl is sassy and can be ever so slightly brash. She is quirky and welcome at stuffy corporate meetings. While she's never offensive, she can bring in some refreshing suprises and is always prepared with a quick comeback; The Extravagance girl can be equally deadpan serious or outrageously funny. She's no wallflower but she's not in your face either. She has presence, she has charm, she's youthful and vibrant and maybe restless, but she's mature underneath it all. She's independent and free - she's not an ingenue, she's agelessly young. And whatever you do, don't ever take her for granted... Good for the office and day wear; Extavagance is not a scent to seduce.
Fragrances -Avon - Naturals Orange Blossom & Verbena Body Spray
catty7 9/2/2012 12:48:00 AM
I fell in love with the new Orange Blossom and Verbena shower gel, because it smells like a mix between sweet oranges, orange Kool Aid Tang or Sunny Delight and verbena in the most pleasing way fresh and cheerful, not too processed, but definitely sweet. So I bought the matching body spray and handwash to match. Unfortunately, the body spray does not have the same scent and intensity of the shower gel. I have yet to open the handwash and think I will skip buying the lotion due to its reported lack of scent. I will repurchase the shower gel for sure. Wish it came in a pump bottle and a larger size.
Noa has plant accords mixed with coriander for top notes. The middle note is white peony, and the end notes are white milky musk with incense. A smidge of coffee makes this perfume original and comforting. I love Noa, but only when it is a fresh bottle: My bottle from 2001/2002 when it first came out quickly turned even though it did not get much sunlight and I disposed of it. Recently, a small 30ml together with a small tube of the lotion was on promotion at Shoppers for 20 bucks. I had to have it! I am not sure if Noa is discontinued, but what I am sure of, is that it has been tweaked to be less potent. That, or else my skin and body chemistry has changed significantly and turned into perfume eating skin! In any case, I am wondering if I should be keeping this in my fridge to prevent it from going bad. I love it!