I love the fresh citrus smell of this fragrance. It's very refreshing and perfect for late spring and summer. However, it's far too popular (I'd like to smell unique) and it has horrible staying power on me. Unfortunate, because I love the grapefruit and cedar.
This color is one of my staples. It reminds me of Kelly Green's darker and sparkly-er cousin, perfect for use in the crease and outer corner on green eye looks. It's not too dark, however, so it can be used easily on the lid as well. My only complaint with this pigment is that there are too many dupes. Colors like MAC Humid or UD Mildew can be used in this pigment's place.
Very pretty, glittery dark green in two coats as the previous reviewers have described. I love this color -- I used this for St. Patrick's Day this year. It's also a great Christmas color, especially with Ruby Pumps on either the hands or toes, or alternating.
Very pretty true hot pink/fuchsia. Makes me think of summer for sure. I agree with one of the previous reviewers in that it is jelly-like when applied with two coats. Gorgeous and worth the purchase.
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Double Duty Base & Top Coat
emochick 4/5/2010 11:25:00 PM
This product is just average. I don't think it did anything for my nails other than functioning as a base coat and top coat. Even with that, it had average finish. I will use this up, but I hope to find something else.
Either wet eyeshadow or creme liner is easily applied with this, and you can control the thickness of the line. Love it. If you use MAC pigments as liners, you need this brush.
Snake Oil is the only fragrance I've liked from BPAL. I bought six samples of what I thought were unique fragrances. All but one (a fresh and aquatic scent that didn't last 30 minutes) smelled heady and incense-y. This was the only one I ever reached for again. It's very warm, gourmand, and comforting. I love vanilla and amber, which is what I pick up the most in this frag, but I think those notes could have been brightened by another fresher and crisper note. That's my only complaint -- it can be a bit cloaking and a little goes a long way. Use with caution!
I really wanted to like this scent because it reminded me of my childhood best friend's home. I don't know if her mother wore it or it was just a combination of everything within the house. It's very pretty, I have to admit, and would be perfect for everyday wear without offending anyone. However, it's just too sweet, too safe and almost generic for me. The citrus and floral combo should be beautiful, but it just sort of reminds me of car air freshener after awhile. Decent, but nothing special.
I love this scent. Very sweet and undeniably feminine. As mentioned previous, the dry down is the star of this perfume. Sweet and gorgeous.
I love this fragrance. On application, it's very sharp and spicy, almost masculine. Then it softens into something warm and seductive. Still spicy and deep with some sweetness and more floral notes. It's a very assertive fragrance, to me. I imagine a strong, confident woman in a jewel-toned cocktail dress. She's dancing alone on an open air dance floor under the stars as a jazz band plays something slow and sensual. Yeah, the power of scent. lol Unfortunately, this doesn't last on my skin. If it did, this would totally be a date/going out scent.
I love white flowers, and this delivers. I'd also describe the scent as "creamy". Very elegant and feminine. Just not my style.
Bath Treatments -Bath and Body Works - Midnight Pomegranate Body Spray
emochick 4/5/2010 9:58:00 PM
At first sniff, I loved this. I wanted to drink it! Very sweet and fruity but deepened and matured by darker notes. However, on my skin it turns sour and only lasts about an hour. Afterward, there's a candy sour-sweet scent if you sniff my skin directly. Nothing else. Beautiful concept, but epic fail. It's still nice to sniff in the bottle though. lol
I was excited to try this scent, and I was sorely disappointed. I love Jasmine, but the powdery iris and the green notes combine to make something that I do not like. On application, it smells sharp and crisp, with that deep powdery undertone I dislike that screams "wealthy great auntie!" It softens and grows sweeter as it approaches the dry down, replaced by just the iris as it fades. It's pretty I assume, but it's not age appropriate. Smells too dated for my nose. Not to mention, it doesn't last on my skin. Bad chemistry.
For now, this is my signature scent. I don't care that's it's spring, I'm still holding on to winter! When I think of this fragrance I imagine sitting with someone you love on a bench swing in the crisp chill of a fall evening, or a afternoon of the early winter. I imagine fallen leaves and nearly bare trees, sweet comfort food, and a wood stove. Trouble is a warm, comforting vanilla that remains pretty much monotonic on my skin. However, this is a classy and dynamic vanilla. The scent lingers and I can't help but stiff my wrists and revel in it's woodsy yet gourmand beauty. Although the scent lasts for at least six hours. From the application, it remains an inoffensive scent. It's no nonsense, warm scent. Because it is rather monotonic, you don't have to wait out notes that you don't particularly like. What you smell is what you get! I only received a sample, and it's nearly dry. I'm looking to purchase a full bottle, and would more than likely purchase again when it's done.
Acid Orange is one of my top 3 pigments without a doubt. I use it lightly over colors such as Melon pigment and Paradisco to give an extra pop of orange. As a blush, it works well paired with something that has a sheer golden sheen. But my favorite way to use this is for intense eye looks. When applied wet (with Ben Bye Liquifix preferably) and/or over a great base (UD PPP), it comes out a vibrant, true orange. My favorite eye look to date is simply Acid Orange and Ruby Red pigments, applied wet, and highlighted with Vanilla. Perfection. The color payoff, longevity and consistency of this pigment is to die for IMHO. Anyone who loves color should have this in her beauty arsenal.