This is an almost exact dupe of MAC's Ever Hip (limited edition and HTF). Coral berry is a *hair* darker than Ever Hip and the finish isn't dead on (almost, though!). I put one on each lip and could not tell the difference. Fantastic bright, but wearable pink coral. Will definitely repurchase.
Attention all you dry eyelid guys n gals!! This has become my all time favorite primer. Even in the hot, humid, southern heat this works AMAZING. I am one of the few people (at least from what I have gathered) that has dry eyelids... I will even get dry skin flakies occasionally, which seems to be pretty rare. This works great to moisturize/prep my eyelid as well as to prevent creasing. I have gone hours wearing shadow with this underneath and I have *never* had a crease, which is pretty awesome. To be honest, I reach for this over my Urban Decay Primer Potion simply because I find UDPP to be somewhat drying to my naturally dry lids. The consistency is slightly "watery"/gel like and you REALLLLY just need a drop for each eyelid. The only con to this product is that (from the last time I checked) it was not sold on it's own. I have accumulated two of these gems after purchasing Hard Candy shadows (one of them was a baked glitter shadow and the other was a quint I believe... hated the shadows, LOVED the free primer!). I really wish Hard Candy would sell this on its own. You would think that the new owners would see the success of UDPP (Urban Decay sold the older higher end Hard Candy brand, which is why it is now sold at Wal-Mart) and try to have some success with this product by selling it on its own? In the meantime, I will for sure be trying new Hard Candy shadows in order to have a tube of this once I run out lol.
This is by far my favorite drugstore primer. For reference, my favorite primers are Korres Silicone Free primer and the Tarte Clean Slate primer (in third place, Hard Candy Sheer Envy). Yes, the consistency is kinda weird/can seem "gross", but it blends out like a dream and really helps my foundation application, skin tone, and overall feel of my face. It's almost like there is a silicone free primer (the ones that look like a face lotion/aren't the clear gel type) and a regular silicone primer blended together in the tube, which is where the odd consistency comes from. I think of it as if you are getting best of both worlds with this primer. Also, this has NOT broken me out! This is by far the best drugstore primer that I have tried and will *definitely* repurchase.
Lol at the "cat pee" references... lucky for me, I am 1000000000% dog lover :) (never owned a cat in my life). On me, Pamplelune is a wonderful and fresh grapefruit/green fragrance that is in NO way candied/synthetic-sweet (yay!). This fragrance literally smells like you are in a very grassy field cutting up a grapefruit. I love the "realness" of Pamplelune... it is SO nostalgic and refreshing. I have just finished a small decant and plan on purchasing soon. A+
Fragrances -Lancaster - Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker ] [DISCONTINUED]
knics33 5/2/2010 2:07:00 AM
The thing about Covet that makes it so alluring, interesting, and addicting are that several of the notes are SO opposite from each other- Lavender, chocolate, lemon, magnolia... The final composition is an interesting/weird green, slightly floral gourmand... and I really like it. I commend SJP on her second perfume, but I am not surprised that it didn't do too well in the mass market/department stores. Covet is a perfume that- while it is beautiful- is not a fragrance that is marketable to the regular consumer. Oh well... just works out better for me :) Every fragrance lover should at least give Covet a try. I don't think you will regret it.
I am really liking Sunkissed Glow. It is a great tropical, beachy, summer type fragrance WITHOUT THE COCONUT... Don't get me wrong, I love a thick and sweet coconut based fragrance every now and then, but for most of the time, it is just too much for me- even during the peak of summer. You definitely get a lot of orange blossom and sweet warm florals in Sunkissed, but it never gets too sweet. I *kind of* wish that it was slightly less fruity- with nothing but sweet warm florals, hot sand, and light woods- but I still love it. After being Miami Glow crazy and then falling out of love (I still like Miami ... I just don't LOVE it), Sunkissed has become my fave Glow flaker. Good Job J. Lo!
As much as I am trying to pick up on the different notes and think through the fragrance, all I am getting is sweet lemony notes and pink grapefruit. There are some veeery slight florals in the dry down, but nothing that stands out. I adore the ad and bottle, but am completely unimpressed with the actual juice :/. While I Love Love is definitely relaxed and great for summer, you could easily find a grapefruit body splash that would be just as good.
I was recently able to pick up a travel sized (0.25 oz) bottle of Goddess for dirt cheap. I am overall very glad I did. The thing I most appreciate about Goddess is that it is a full on floral that is totally wearable. While I love florals, so many instantly make my allergies a mess (sneezing). Goddess doesn't do this AT ALL. I swore I got some light fruits in the beginning (specifically pear- which I love), but I guess it was the light and airy gardenia. I find the pepper a welcome note to counteract/compliment all the "freshness". Goddess is light and wearable- a floral that I don't have to think about and can just throw on and go (which is rare when it comes to florals for me). While I don't follow Kimora Lee or particularly care for her, her debut fragrance is very nice. Overall, I give Goddess 3.5 stars~
The best things about Jewel is the fact that although this is a rich gourmand, it is NOT sickly sweet at all (think pink sugar, fantasy, etc). I actually love the super sweet fragrances, but many people just can't handle them. This is a very simple fragrance, which I like. Also- the lily partners well with the caramel. A plus- the bottle is really cute~
Fragrances -Liz Claiborne - Curve Vintage Soul for Women
knics33 1/30/2010 9:30:00 PM
It seems like I'm in the minority, but I am really liking Vintage Soul! I got a 0.5 mini from an AWESOME MUAer and at this point I will definitely repurchase when I run out. Vintage Soul has a mix of tart fruits, heady florals, and a nice predominately musky/patchouli base. It definitely has a "vintage" feel- like a fragrance that would have been loved many, many years ago. I love the heady, white florals in the middle- so pretty mixed with the lime! Also- I get the magnolia (it's very light, though) that softens/sweetens up all the headiness of the tuberose and jasmine. This fragrance reminds me so much of something and I can not for the life me figure out what is is!... maybe some type of incense... or even potpourri? Either way- I am really loving this scent (great price too!). Also- I find this scent to be very unisex- the dry down gets especially masculine at the end. Overall, I give Vintage Soul a B... good job Liz Claiborne~
So I just tested this on a strip and it is definitely a very floral feminine scent. Unique... no, but very pretty. I get mostly gardenia and creamy tuberose with soft woods. VERY white and VERY floral. If you are a hardcore tuberose/gardenia fan, then you will certainly *love* Kim Kardashian. A plus- I think the bottle is SO elegant and pretty.
I recently got Delicious Night in a swap and I am quickly falling in love. This is very "purple" and is perfect for cold weather and nighttime. The ginger and tart fruits go great with the dark incense and patchouli. While I love incense, I have had a hard time finding it done well in a perfume... not so with Delicious Night. Also- after spritzing I was instantly reminded of NY City night life/ Sex and the City- which is always fun :) Good Job DKNY~
AWESOME product! I was recently able to stock up on some Queen Helene products at Family Dollar (I got the grape seed mask, the mud mask, and the honey oatmeal scrub all for like $2 each!). This peel mask goes on easy and thick and dries relatively fast. When you go to pull the mask off, mine came off in one piece with no breaking which was nice. My skin instantly felt smoother and my pores looked noticeably smaller and more refined. The only reason why I gave this product a 4 as opposed to a five would be due to texture- it is REALLY gloopy (I guess this is just the nature of peel masks) and when I pulled the mask off, it was very tight and pulled at the skin somewhat. Besides these two downfalls, this is an awesome product!
For some reason I am just now *really* smelling this fragrance (after receiving a mini in a swap), despite it having been around for a while. I must say, I am surprised. I assumed this would be a light, fun, easy-to-wear, fruity-floral based on the packaging and name. But it isn't that at all... this is definitely a *green* floral. While it is still light and easy to wear, the fruits are very minimal. The florals are pretty generic- nothing too outstanding are special, but pretty. Also- because of the green aspect mixed with all those florals, I could definitely see Pink causing problems with some people's allergies.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - L de Lolita Lempicka
knics33 11/27/2009 8:25:00 PM
I have always eyed the Lolita scents (both L and the Lolita), and recently got an AMAZING deal on L: a gift set with the 1.7 oz EDP and 2.5 oz. body lotion all for only $29.99 at TJ Maxx! Let me start off by saying this is a strong and distinct perfume- not for someone who wants a light, fruity-floral. If you usually go for a lighter fragrance, I would definitely get a sample to test out first. Also, the bottle is just stunning in person. It's weighty and the metal design does not look cheap at all. Now for the actual perfume... SO intoxicating. I see this becoming my fave fall/winter scent next to NR For Her edt and Angel. I get a lot of vanilla, cinnamon, and the bitter orange at first. After it settles, you get more of the salty musk. I have heard some people say that they don't understand the beach themed bottle because the juice inside is so spicy/gourmand/oriental, but I definitely understand it. L de Lolita has a note that flows through the entire life of the fragrance that is very salty and ocean-like. I love this note because it gives the fragrance so much more depth. I can see some similarities to Angel, but this is much more oriental. Overall, A+