Received samples from those crack pushers at Sephora (they got me last time with a perfume sample). The color is SMS2, which looks subtly orange on a white towel, but has a porcelain finish on the skin with neutral undertones. Being a liquid foundation with an SPF, I have found this doesn't fully disappear into my skin (combination) and after a couple of hours is quite shiny. I am wearing it now and I look like those pictures of celebrities when they're all dewy on the red carpet. I have to add more loose powder--I was sorta easy on it this morning. (I am never, ever shiny looking. My combination skin is not oily, more acne prone. I am having a hard time getting used to this greasy look.) The coverage is very good...just a smidge below excellent. I can see anyone with minor skin issues being able to skip on concealer with this one. I don't know yet if this will break me out, as my skin is pretty unpredictable. Will update in a couple days. I doubt the veracity of anything that says it's anti-aging, but it can't hurt!
Sleek, black and stylized bottle with an unusual and moody juice. Tom Ford's Black Orchid is going to smell different every time you wear it! I personally loved it the first time, so when I took my bottle home I was shocked and dismayed to find that it had a mushroomy or rotting smell that made me nauseated. Despite the fact that my body doesn't like it, I have to say I can see the value in this scent, so I recommend anyone interested to try it a couple of times before you buy it. It's fascinating, complex, and intriguing, bold as Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction, dark and moody as Helena Bonham-Carter looks. ;)
Fragrances -Narciso Rodriguez - Narciso Rodriguez for her EDP
evavongeigern 8/4/2008 10:39:00 AM
They were going for an interpretation of pink, apparently. Starting off with Pink Chypre (a woody citrus) and Pink Floral (don't ask me!), the fragrance is well balanced upon initial spray--definitely floral, but mellowed by a nice blast of clean wood. As the fragrance proceeds to evolve on the skin, there are sweet ambery notes (Soft Amber, Sheer Chypre, Flower Honey, Tactile Woods, Amber Light presumably), making the scent voluptuous, clinging and sheer (but not light exactly). ***You must like Amber to wear this scent, especially on the hotter days, as a couple hours turns her into Amber paradise. I am not particularly fond of straight up Amber, but this potion works. Sillage isn't overwhelming, it will catch in the breeze slightly, but since it's not too heavy or floral, it shouldn't offend anyone else. If you're looking for something that smells clean and feminine, but not aggressive, I recommend giving this a sniff or two. I think this is a safe scent for people who usually can't wear florals but love them on other people (me). I prefer EDP to the EDT, which has a rose/vetiver scent to my nose. This fragrance has wonderful staying power. My only complaint is the spray nozzle--I wish it were pink. I like this and Gucci by Gucci (they don't smell the same, but are both Mossy Wood scents) but I prefer Narciso on a regular basis because it is more hot weather and all season friendly, not to mention a lot more interesting to me--less flat and linear than Gucci.
Fragrance -Dolce & Gabbana - Dolce and Gabbana pour homme EDT
evavongeigern 7/31/2008 4:46:00 PM
This is just brilliant. A lovely aromatic scent for men, it has: Petitgrain, Tangerine, Basil, Ivy, Aldehyde, Freesia,Rose, Orange Flower, Jasmine, Red Carnation, Muguet, Coriander, Marigold, Sandalood, Tonka Bean, and Musk. I first smelled it on a date with this guy I met randomly. He was actually quite beautiful, come to think of it, and short but built. When he sat across from me, I kept smelling something wonderful--masculine, but certainly unusually attractive. I had never dated a guy that wore cologne before but I've never forgotten it and have turned a couple guys onto it. It lacks aggressive machismo, and though it's brilliant, the only place I smelled it often was in Rome. I would say this scent is for the man that knows what a woman likes, and is more into seducing via the senses. This cologne is best paired with your best casual and dress clothes--not a gym rat scent.
Platinum Egoiste has: Lavender, Rosemary, Petitgrain,Clary Sage, Geranium, Galbanum,Vetiver, Cedarwood, Labdanum, and Treemoss. In the beginning, Petitgrain shows up on my skin and calls to mind Dolce and Gabbana. Platinum Egoiste has a freshness that I find addictive, and a couple notes that smell intriguing because they are sort of odd to me, probably the geranium and vetiver mix. It brings to mind the flavor of my favorite drink: Vodka Tonic, with two limes. There's something fresh and citrusy about it on me, but it doesn't turn foul on me the way citrus actually does. This cologne is relaxed, elegant, casual or dressy. It's for the man that is comfortable with himself and has confidence and understated attitude.
I tried this twice at Sephora due to the excellent reviews and recommendations here on MUA. I must preface this review by saying I don't generally like florals, but I will always try a perfume before I judge. This scent contains: Tuberose, Jasmine, Jonquil, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, White Iris, Orange, Sandalwood, Vetiver, but when I wore it those 2 times, it smelled basically like a wilting bouquet and plastic flowers. It smelled just awful from start to finish, sickly and nauseating. If you have the body chemistry and nose that cannot handle most white flowers, walk away from Fracas and leave this scent to the women who make it awesome.
Fragrances -Estee Lauder - Tom Ford - Black Orchid Voile de Fleur
evavongeigern 7/30/2008 10:35:00 PM
Yikes. This was so yummy for the first 2 minutes and suddenly became Ananya or some similar aggressive scent. I can't stand florals except jasmine or hidden lily of the valley, so this was a no-go in the biggest way for me. Shame.
I received this as a gift when I was a bridesmaid. I expected nothing from it, as nothing really makes my hair look like anything other than what it is--a wavy mass of mess. I am not sure whether it was because I used a flat iron, but right after I straightened my bangs, my hair looked like my 'dream hair'--real hair, not a horse tail. My hair looks more vibrant, and though it's naturally dull, it looks so much better. If you have dull, coarse, wavy hair, this might help you, too.
100% pure headache inducing horror. It smells clean, it smells pretty...but it must have tuberose or freesia or something similar in it, because it hurts to smell it.
I am now on my second bottle of this cleanser. The first bottle started working within a week to improve the clarity of my skin, which is porcelain and delicate and shows an angry zit like ketchup on white satin. I tend to break out occasionally on my chin, and this shortens the duration of a blemish (mine tend to hang around) and also the severity. I have combination skin, and this is getting me through the summer nicely.
Fragrances -Gucci - Gucci by Gucci (new release 2008)
evavongeigern 7/29/2008 11:55:00 AM
Gucci by Gucci has no powder, the fruit is not sugary or obnoxious, it has a dry cleanliness and is completely inoffensive. I disagree that it smells like N Rod because N Rod has what smells to me major rose and G by G hasn't that at all. I wore them both, 2 days in a row, and much prefer the Gucci overall, though the N Rod develops a little bit more the longer I wear it, and smells better many many hours after that floral note dies. I do like this perfume quite a bit, but I suspect it is just a gateway perfume for me. It just isn't complex enough...it's a glamourous perfume without intelligence or deep sophistication, but still very attractive, sexy, and safe.
I bought a bottle of this after I stopped a woman to ask her what perfume she was wearing. Oddly, I seem to really like florals on other people (I recently told a woman she smelled wonderful and she was wearing Pleasures by Lauder) but I cannot wear them myself. They give me a headache. On the right person, this is a light, blooming clean floral fragrance that wafts through the air making you want to chase it wherever it goes. EDIT: My friend was wearing this last night and I was drooling over how wonderful she smelled--she had this wonderful halo of clean femininity around her. If I had been a man, I would have surely been seduced right there.
I think anyone that likes J'Adore, Shi, or the old Perry Ellis 360 would like this. It's clean, citrus, and less headache inducing than the addictive J'Adore (which I cannot wear).
Opacity, good. Longevity, good. Even when drinking and eating, it stays on fairly well. This shade is a neutral brownish tint with a hint of violet or mauve. It has the slightest shine and a pleasant scent sort of like sweet plastic. Definitely day time and night time friendly. This looks like a color Rita Hayworth would have worn.
Got this in a sample from Sephora. It smells like a bouquet of lilies and that's it. It has no depth, no interest, nothing but pure lily goodness. There was a time when I liked that smell--a lot. Nowadays it reminds me of funeral.