I bought this mascara based on reviews here. My experience: decidedly meh. Doesn't put a lot of product on the lashes... doesn't build well. My lashes look pretty skimpy at the end. Hard to remove. Makes raccoon eyes the next morning and I still have residue of it that doesn't wash off for a few days.
Notes: Mango , Freesia, Pink pepper, Amber, Oakmoss, Cardamom, Iris, Jasmine, Vanilla, Violets, Magnolia General caveat-- I'm a light tester... small dabs on wrists. I can get 20-30 applications from a ml of scent because I approach with caution. Sometimes, this is an asset (instant scrubbers); sometimes this is a hindrance (I think some scents only "bloom") when sprayed. The light amount of Style I applied started out quite generic as something sweet but unnameable. I got vanilla... I got vague fruit. The first five minutes were completely forgettable. Then up through that vanilla, came a peach. (Peach is not an official note; I only know that today after looking this up, but what I got was not mango as stated but very much peach.) I started to get excited. For whatever reason, even though I don't think of myself as a fruit girl, I like the idea of a peach perfume... though I've never found "my peach". What it reminded me of most was original Burberry, which I cannot wear because of a chemically headachy note, which prompts immediate scrubbing. Though this peach is far more pleasant on me than the Burberry, in the end I was turned off by the synthetic smell of the peach. I don't want to smell like cheap peach scent on little girls' toys. Final thought: Scratch 'n' sniff peach over vanilla. (copied from Fragrance Board by request--would give a 2.5 if possible)
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Lostmarch Lann-Ael Eau de Toilette
rlikestosmell 3/26/2011 6:54:00 PM
I've been wanting to try this scent for a while based off the notes listed on Luckyscent: Buckwheat, other cereals, whiffs of milk, apple and vanilla. Now, when it said buckwheat and cereals, I thought it would be something grainy... maybe like oatmeal... maybe not unlike Bois Farine. I didn't realize that it really meant Fruit Loops in milk. The initial blast for me is a lemon poundcake. It's sweet and definitely gourmand, but just on the safe side of sickly. Sugar bomb celebrity scents (With Love, Curious) are the loud brash trashy cousins to this scent. The initial impression is also a softer version of the JR Watkins Lemon Cream lotion which has a huge sillage that screams: LEMON COOKIES! As the lemon goes away, the Fruit Loops milk comes forward. This is the sweetened pink milk left at the bottom of the bowl after you have scarfed the rainbow rings. Lann-Ael isn't alone in looking to this milk as a source of inspiration. The pastry chef at Momofuku's Milk Bar in NYC has worked "cereal milk" into an ice cream. (And she doesn't mean Kashi cereal--she's using the same High Sugar Mass Market bad for you cereal element that Lann Ael is.) In the end, it's not the sugar that scares me off, it's the mildly artificial note that keeps making me think of processed food. I don't want to put that in my body, and it turns out, I don't want to smell like that either.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Mimosa pour Moi
rlikestosmell 3/20/2011 2:30:00 PM
Let's start with the general premise: I'm bad at flowers. I know very little about them; I can't identify more than 10 by sight and far less than that by sniff. So when I think of a mimosa flower, it crosses in my brain with a Sunday brunch beverage... and somehow I expected this perfume to smell like a cross between freesia and a tangerine. But this is actually quite soft and lovely. It smells like soft baby bunnies and freshly washed babies and spring breezes and air dried linens.... all over a layer of new grass. Mildly sweet, but ultimately just a kind of soft, pure scent. I'm not sure if I'm pure and good enough for this scent, but I think I need a decant to find out.
I want to like this one more than I do. Bois Farine is one where I think reading the description in advance has altered how I smell it, or how I think I smell it. In the beginning, I think that I'm getting what other reviewers have gotten: bready, doughy, yeasty. Others have mentioned almonds or peanut butter or sugar, but I never found those layers to the scent. It took till my 3rd wearing today to realize that what I smell has nothing to do with bread, or that what I'm smelling only gives an impression of bread, but isn't bread itself. I get vetiver. Lots and lots of vetiver. The vetiver grows in the dry down to the point that you have to be like the parent who cannot be objective about their child's performance in the school play to keep thinking that you are getting yeasty dough. On me, this is a dry dusty scent where the woods and roots develop as the scent opens up. Nice, but ultimately too dry for me. I prefer my woods a bit wetter and less arid. I think it deserves a 3.5...*starts a movement for 1/2 lippies*
Funny. It's not me… I know it's not. But I want to be the woman who this is for. She's thin and has immaculate handwriting, frequently displayed on monogrammed thank you notes to friends. Her wardrobe is not endless, but made of a decent number of perfectly tailored staples... silks that skim in exactly the right way and tweeds that nip in just so. 31 isn't a vintage feeling chypre... but there's enough in this modern scent that echoes back without feeling dated... like a timeless red lipstick.
So odd. I know I have Frankenchemistry that eats notes and twists them around. I have accepted this. The official notes for FM Outrageous: orange blossom, Caipirinha (lime, green notes, mint), clean laundry, green apple, amber and cedarwood. While clean laundry isn't a necessarily wowing ingredient, if it smelled like the notes, it would be mild, inoffensive... and palatable to the general public. On me, Outrageous, is well... outrageous. I hate it, and can't stop sniffing it for the weirdness of it. It shouldn't be a FM, it should be a Comme des Garçons or something quirky. The entire ride through this scent was synthetic and harsh... but unexpected an constantly evolving. Even though I got a headache from it, I couldn't stop sniffing to unravel what it was that I was smelling. The final dry down on me was almost a playdoh note (I think this is supposed to be the laundry part)--it's not as pure of a playdoh scent as POTL, but quite near. This will be a good scent on someone who can pull off the chemical roller-coaster, and it's a good one to smell just for the olfactory ride. But it's a one time trip for me.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Honore Des Pres - Trip
rlikestosmell 8/17/2010 7:37:00 PM
It's a fast, fast rollercoaster. First moments are blissfully rich, grapefruit brightness (and not the cat pee kind). Honoré's Trip is a trip through a grove of citrus: grapefruit, then on to the lemon trees. Two minutes in, the grapefruit is gone and in it's place a light orange blossom. From there, it peters out into nothing within 8-10 minutes. Yes, it's organic, and we are all for putting things on and in our bodies that are pesticide and chemical free, but in this case, it means zero sillage and zero lasting power. It sells at 100ml for $145 which is steep for the amount you'll have to reapply. I would buy it if it lasted 3 hours, but 10 minutes is just a waste. Too bad. A lovely pure citrus, while it's there. I love Olivia Giacobetti, but will buy the less organic creations she has out there.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - People of the Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo
rlikestosmell 7/31/2010 1:05:00 AM
I have to say, I'm another underwhelmed customer. I'm hoping this is a skin chemistry thing, and on half of you out there, this is a truly amazing scent. On me, I got the same notes repeated blow: opens with a strong hit of cherry brandy. Within 3 minutes--the fabled playdoh scent rose heavily off my wrist. And to clarify, it's not the kind you might have made in kindergarten from scratch with wheat. This is the trademark playdoh scent with that plastic edge edge to it. So for 30 minutes cherry and playdoh wrestle for dominance, and playdoh mostly wins out. And at drydown, smells exactly like Jergens Cherry Almond moisturizer. Save yourself $125 and go by a jumbo sized bottle of Jergens for $5. *Has learned a lesson on hype*
It took me years to find the perfect mascara, but here it is. It may not be perfect for everyone, and I know for people who are looking for volume only, this isn't the solution. But my big mascara issue was raccoon eyes. I have dark circles anyway (we'll talk about undereye concealer another time, oy!) and every mascara I tried ended up subtly adding to the dark under my eyes. Yes, this is partially because I can't keep my hands off my face (yes, I know I know). BUT--this is it! I put on fiberwig in the morning, and it does not move all day; there is no subtle migration to the tissue of my lower eyelid. AMEN!! In the beginning the product is very wet. This subsides after a week. So if you are having a bit of a mess of a time, keep at it. The best part about making a mess with this stuff is waiting 30 seconds and cleaning up with a qtip. Tada--no need to remove with remover, or wash face and do over. I'm in love with the fact that i can take off all my makeup at night with a quick wash with Cetaphil. I will never go back to traditional mascara. Ever.
Clearly, I'm in the minority. I'm always looking for a good citrus, and this was recommended to me, so I put it on my wishlist. A kind soul threw it in as an extra for a swap, but wow, maybe it got mislabeled because on me, this smells like cheap men's cologne. All I get is grandpa soap... almost like the old cakes that sat in the bottom of mugs that men used to use for shaving lather before the days of foaming gel. Wanted to love it. Big strong, soapy thumbs down.