I tried a sample of this and I have to say I'm not impressed. It's a fairly straightforward floral on me, not as mysterious and complex as it sounds in the description. Straight out of the bottle and wet on the skin it had a very sharp "rotten carnations-like" smell that was almost unpleasant. On the drydown it's rather mainstream-y commercial smelling, it's pretty and all, but not like something you would expect from BPAL. Guess I'm off to try Nocturne instead!
Surprisingly long lasting considering the simple, fragile scent. It's a sweet violet scent without being to candy-like, and it has some base notes (vanilla? amber?) that gives it a bit of depth. I love love love the bottle! Reminds me of a 1930s beauty parlour.
Skincare - Face -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Ester-C Creme
jean_seberg 11/18/2006 9:50:00 AM
This has been my first venture into the 'anti-aging' genre. I hesitated between the crème and the lotion version of this since I've always had oily skin, but I'm glad I chose to go with the crème as it doesn't leave a greasy film at all. Makes my 27-year old skin feel soft and even without causing spots. I use this both day and night. A tad expensive though, and I don't see any anti-aging action (yet) but overall it's a really nice moisturiser. Smells rather unpleasantly synthetic thought.
Powder -Pure Luxe Cosmetics - Mineral Powder Foundation
jean_seberg 11/14/2006 9:56:00 AM
I ordered some samples from Pure Luxe after having tried Lily Lolo. Unfortunately, and oddly enough, I couldn't find a good skintone match from Lily Lolo. 'Warm Cream' is a very good match for my skin, atleast in the winter. I just puff it on and then I don't have to worry about my skin looking greasy for the rest of the day! The consistency of the powder doesn't seem as finely milled as Lily Lolo's and it has a more matte finish, ie not as glowy, but apart from that there's not a huge difference. I'd rather buy Lily Lolo because the packaging and website is cuter and has more style (did I mention how messy and confusing the Pure Luxe website is?) but I still think that this is a very good product. Honest, fuss-free, natural-ingredient mineral foundation for the masses!
I have to agree with esther_oh on this. I bought it because it has a brush tip and not a sponge tip like other pen-style eyeliners, which I don't like. Sadly, I don't think it's worth the price. It's hard to get the brush tip saturated with 'paint' without it going all gooey. The line gets a bit streaky, not completely evenly saturated, so you have to draw up the line once again which is NOT good for a liquid eyeliner. On the positive side, I think the pen is very easy to handle. The packaging is lovely and luxurious, and if it cost about half the price I would be satisfied with the product, I think.