Fragrances -Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Vanille Canelle
livingnextdoor 3/6/2011 9:21:00 AM
I agree with those who mention the overpowering opening notes. In fact those opening notes almost made me sell or swap it right after I got it from an online store without testing first. My initial impression was that it's way too rough and spicy (in a wrong way) for me to use it. But after several days I felt its smell on my coat that I had on that day - and I found it wonderfull! After you let it linger it turns very warm and pleasantly sweet. It even became my signature perfume during this winter. It is definitely a winter fragrance - would never use it in summer or spring. And it's not too sophisticated, of course - like all CSPs. But it's nice and comforting, I'll keep using it next winter :-)
Fragrances -Yves Rocher - Pur Desir de Mimosa [DISCONTINUED]
livingnextdoor 3/5/2011 1:00:00 PM
One of the best single-note fragrances that I know. Very close to my favourite Mimosa pour Moi by L'Arisans Parfumeur, but more affordable. Compared to AP version it is less subtle, but still very tender and feminine. A very good choice for spring.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector
livingnextdoor 2/27/2011 4:38:00 AM
I pray by this cream. It really saves my hands at the worst moments in cold and windy winters with the dry air inside, which makes the things worse. The smell is ...eh... unusual, but I personally rather like it - it's very natural and earthy, I would say. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. Reminds me of oil paint tubes :-)
Just applied it - which took a lot of effort, hence minus 1 lippie. The colour is absolutely amazing though - with my medium-olive skin, I guess it is just the kind of Barbie-pink that I can handle. May be the only one, since I've been looking for such a colour and it turned out not so easy - most bright pink colours look really weird on me. This one is not so bright actually - is's somewhat dusky, I would say, but bright enough. Even though it's streaky and takes some pain to apply, I really like it!
This product gives my hair super volume and holds greatly, which I like. I also really like the packaging, the name and the whole concept of TiGi's funky styling products. I don't like the smell. And I don't like how my hair feels with Small Talk on - kind of rough and towy. Even worse is its price - it's crazy and for some reason gets even crazier in Russia. But I'm afraid I will have to buy it again, because so far I haven't managed to find a cheaper product that would give me the same effect. I'll keep looking though...
Styling Products -Got 2 Be - Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion
livingnextdoor 2/11/2011 6:35:00 PM
Really love the effect it gives to my hair - smothing and shaping it without making it greasy or unnatural. Really hate the scent. Will repurchase, unless I'm lucky enough to find a similar product for the same price and with a better smell - yet better, without any smell.
First of all a disclaimer: In my opinion, all the conditioners that LUSH makes are rather mediocre as far as their conditioning quality goes. There are many conditioners on the market that are much, much better, some of them also much cheaper. However, American Cream has won my heart thanks to its fabulous scent. I've bought it several times already, and will buy again, because I really love to feel this sweet vanillary smell on my hair. It doesn't work wonders as a conditioner, but it's tolerable, and it's definitely not as bad, so as to prevent me from using it for the sake of this fragrance on my hair :-)) (I know that Lush has a solid perfume with the same name and scent, bit I like it better in the form of a conditioner)
Although it might seem not the best idea to wash your hair with salt, this shampoo actually is really cool. The salt in it may work as a scrub - to get rid of the skin flakes on a scalp. I don't know exactly why, but it prevents hair from falling and gives volume to my hair. I'm not a great fan of the smell - compared to other Lush aromas, it's a bit too usual, I would say, too perfumey, may be. But I don't dislike it. As for con's - it does dry out your hair, if used daily - you do need to use it in turns with some milder shampoos, and you do need a good conditioner.
I am a Lush addict and I have to tie my arms to stop buying stuff from them. I actually like almost all their body care products - at the moment I'm using Vanilla Dee-lite. Its worst flaw is its price, of course/ It is really way too expensive! However, compared to some cheap body lotions it lasts longer and moisturizes better - not to mention an amazing smell. It's one of the best vanilla fragrances on the market, I think. It's delicious without being stickily sweet. But still too expensive - hence 4 lippies instead of 5.
I think it's the best cuticle butter. One might say that it's pricy, but considering that if used as a cuticle butter only it lasts ages, I'd say that it's reasonable. As with all Lush products, it has a strong and unique smell, that not everybody is bound to love. I luckily quite like it :-)
This is my staple eye-makeup remover. I do believe that there are some better removers in luxury segment, but at this moment I don't see the point in buying more expensive stuff, as I am quite happy with this product. Generally I Iike the idea of dual-phase removers, and I find Yves Rocher cleanser to be one of the best such removers for its price.
One of my favourite nail-polishes, I guess. Probably would qualify for my top-5. It is a perfect grey cream, just the one that I need - not too dark, not too light. Looks good on my hands, flattering my skin tone. A striking combination of super-trendy and conservative.
It is not the kind of polish to be used anywhere by anybody - unlike my other favourite Essie polishes. But it's beautiful! I loved it from the moment I saw it, even though I was not planning to buy any such provoking colours. By saying "provoking" I only mean - compared to your usual pink, nude and suchlike colours, Because actually it can provoke only love and desire to guard and protect you :-))) It is eye-catching, but it is also very gentle and feminine, not a funky teenager colour, as it may seem. I probably wouldn't wear it for a serious job-interview, but for a first date, for example, it's close to perfect, I think - not trivial, attention-drawing, nice, feminine and touching!
Neutral Pink by MAC is definitely a neutral colour, but I personally do't see is as really pink. To me it looks more like a light mauvish brown shade. It has a nice smooth texture, applies well and has a slight shimmer in it. With my olive complexion, brown eyes and rather pigmented eyelids - when applied on the whole upper eyelid it gives me a somewhat morbid and blubbered look. However, I do use it a lot - but pair it with a lighter shadow - when applied in an outer corner and crease it looks perfectly natural and not too dark. I normally use it for a nude eye make-up. Even though I like using it, I don't think that I want to buy it again, because there are some more neutrally pink\light brown eye-shadows, and I still hope to find a more flattering one :-)
Eye Shadow -The Body Shop - Eye Colour Shade 13 Vanilla
livingnextdoor 2/11/2011 8:20:00 AM
This is the eye-shadow that I use most. Normally I apply it on my upper eye-lid to brighten up my look, because the natural color of my eye-lids is sometimes too dark. So this neutrally white matte shadow gives me a younger and fresher look. It also looks really natural, especially when accompanied with a bit darker shadow in the outer corner (f.e. Neutral Pink by MAC). I do love this shadow and might buy it again. altough I'll probably try some similar MAC shadow first - I am slightly turning into a MAC addict, and I suspect that their shadows might be better in general. However I do like this Body Shop product and have nothing to complain about it :-)