I gave myself a healthy spritz of this today at the makeup counter. I'd never really tried it before, and I wanted to see if the base note of oppoponax was going to annoy me. I enjoyed wearing the EDP throughout the day and in the afternoon couldn't stop sniffing my wrist. Something about it smelled so totally familiar and I figured out what it was: it smelled just like Mackie perfume by Bob Mackie. I love Mackie and own many bottles already, so I'm going to take a pass on the Coco since I wasn't 100% fond of the opening notes.
I love Artliners, they have great staying power, and usually true colors. I used to love the Blueberry, which was a nice, dark blue. However, Lancome has discontinued it, so I went for the Navy thinking it was a replacement. It is not, it's black. It's not even like a midnight blue, it's black. So I went out today and bought a Le Stylo Minuet blue eyeliner and that's working well. I guess I'll go back to the MAC Waveline Fluidline for a long wearing dark blue eyeliner, also.
As far as I'm concerned, the true Magie Noire should be considered "discontinued." Lancome still produces something called Magie Noire, in a glass bottle. However, this is a pale and anemic distant cousin to the vintage smell. Do not be fooled by an initial similar smell if you try the new one. I compared both, one on each wrist, the vintage I'd put on in the morning far outlasted the new formulation's smell. I finally tracked down a vintage bottle at some random perfume outlet near Chicago. I refused to buy something over the internet. The old box containing the edt used to have little v's over the O in Noire if that helps. Edit: I have to cringe when I hear that raspberry is a note in MN. I discern no raspberries in it, nothing fruity. It's a mysterious oakmoss chypre.
I had read that this was a chocolate color with sparkles, which is something I've been looking for a long time. So this is just one more in the series of misses. It's actually a very dark chocolate color, and the sparkles that are apparent in the pot do not translate at all to the lid, no matter how i apply it. I use it as a liner, it's similar to BE's Chicory. But not one drop of sparkle.
Naked Paris is one of my favorites of all my MAC lipsticks. It is a lustre, not a glaze as stated below. It's similar to Midimauve and Oh, Garnet on me. A lovely pinkish brown with a very unique addition of glitter in it, which serves to make the lips look better but not in a chunky crafts glitter way. More like the glitter you may see in a lipgloss? I end up wearing this when I want something that doesn't scream pink or brown, because I usually like to highlight my eyes and don't want my lips competing loudly. Which is often! A fave.
Palettes -Lancome - Bronze Riviera Pink Party Pretty
jkovitz 5/23/2010 4:23:00 PM
This palette comes in a cardboard compact. It contains six summery colors that would be great on tanned skin. Flower (sheen): pale pik, not very pigmented, not very frosty. Fresh Rose (sheen): A salmon pink, very summery and frosty. Kitten Heel (metallic): a true gold, strong pigment, really gleams. Tropiques Glow (metallic): a tan-gold, subtle, glowy. Lounging (sheen): Plummy, the color reminds me of MAC's Spiced Cider. Lava (shimmer): true black with gold sparkly glitter. I would have rather had a chocolate brown with shimmer, that would be my biggest complaint. All the colors go on smoothly and wear well except for Flower which doesn't translate color or glow well.
A beautiful mix of sultry olive green and gray. It makes my brown eyes pop. I'm happy this doesn't go on frosty, nor overly glittery. It looks absolutely magnificent on the crease complimented with MAC Oceanique on the lids.
The body soap from Yes To Cucumbers smells very similar to my beloved, but sadly discontinued, Leap. I hope someday the Body Shop starts making this stuff again, it smells exactly like summertime to me.
Lip Gloss -C.O. Bigelow - Mentha Lip Tint No. 1642 Plum Mint
jkovitz 4/4/2009 9:40:00 PM
Love it. I love the mintiness, it's not too overpowering. Very pleasant, and doesn't smell like toothpaste. The plum color is fantastic. Very flattering and a lovely, shiny mlbb.
I guess I probably should NOT have used this anywhere near my eye area, but...I did. And my whole socket is reddened, darkened, and swollen. A total allergic reaction, and my skin is really not what I"d call sensitive. But it's reacted horribly with my skin, so I will throw it away.
Received this in a swap and I like it very much. It goes well with Origin's rum lip liner. It also goes great with Nars Orgasm blush. It's a lovely orangey caramel color, actually unique for my collection.
Stila is featuring this duo as having a "new-and-improved" formula. Currently it's $20 and just comes as the pans; you have to find your own pallette to put it into (I used an old Kitten container.) It is described online as "Golden Nude/Warm Bronze." The nude side is a soft vanilla color, I guess reminiscent of Shroom but chock full of moonlight-on-snow glitter. It reminds me very much of Nars' 'Fathom', except without the pale pink cast. The glitter does transfer well to the lid, but certainly not in an obnoxious (and endearing) Midnight Cowboy-way. The bronze side is a richer, more pigmented version of Jezebel.
Styling Products -Frederic Fekkai - Luscious Curls
jkovitz 12/19/2007 4:30:00 PM
Sure this stuff didn't make my hair greasy. Rather it made my hair feel very dry, and outlandishly poofy. I feel it did exactly the opposite of what I was hoping it would do. After using it once and being so disgusted with it, I actually scrounged around through a garbage bag looking for my receipt to return it. (No luck, unfortunately.) I had a lemming for this for so long, but I should have stuck to the Glossing cream. This stuff was suprisingly the pits! The smell, also, was nothing to write home about...
A terrific plum color. I compared it to my mahogony side by side and the mahogony looked almost orange in comparison. This is a true-plum color. I bought it to compliment my new LORAC Plum lipstick. And it's great on it's own, as all MAC lipliners are, alone with lip balm (Lobello) to make your own long-lasting lip color.
Yes, I am loving this eyeliner. It's like a tapered marker tip but it's very functional for adjusting the width of the line you need. It makes a neat little cat-eye flick at the end. Staying power is very nice, and long-lasting. I am no complaints about this product. I used to use cake eyeliner, then creme liner, then these new gel liners (Clinique and Bobbi Brown) but I'm sticking with Artliners from now on.