Violette is like a charming pretty girl with a hidden sophistication, sensuality, and depth that's revealed in time. I purchased Violette three days ago from the Fresh store, and was quite wishy washy about it. I was looking for a new daily fragrance and couldn't decide between this and the very different Fig Apricot, and was convinced to go with Violette by the SA's and another customer who said it smelled "very feminine and delicate" on me. I wasn't sure about wearing another floral, but after testing it on my wrists about a dozen times, I've decided I really like this fragrance -- it does make me feel extraordinarily feminine and lovely. The strange thing is that it smells different almost every time I wear it (depending on whether I'm outdoors or in, in warmth or cold), and as the day progresses it totally evolves. When I first spray it on, I'm immediately hit with bergamot & mandarin notes that are cheerful and bright but somewhat common. It then softens into a rosey floral scent with just a touch of violet (though the other day while inside the car in the freezing cold, the violet stood out for the first time). But my favorite part of this fragrance is that it morphs into the most sensual woody aroma that lasts and lasts, with the florals just still "peeking" out, as one reviewer mentioned below. This scent stayed with me from late evening until the next morning. It's this last phase of the fragrance that makes Violette a keeper.
Love this stuff and I agree with previous reviewers that this is what I hoped products like BE Clear Radiance and Dandelion would be. I've been searching for something that would give me a healthy, rosy, glow-from-within look but everything I've tried so far has been either too glittery or so light it doesn't show on my GGG/medium tan skin. This stuff is just perfect and I imagine it would work for most skin tones. You can mix with blush or just wear solo for a natural look.
I think I love this mascara. I've had it for week and it may be the best I've ever tried. I have skimpy, short Asian lashes. The SA practically forced me to try this, but I'm now glad he did. This makes my lashes look long and thick without clumping(!) and they hold curl all day (I curl my lashes first with the shu curler). The SA explained that there is no alcohol in the formula, so it will not dry out my lashes and will not clump or look spiky. Despite the astronomical price at $25 for the tube, I love this and would repurchase. If it still looks good in a month, I'll upgrade my rating from a 4 to a 5. The packaging is gorgeous too.
Mmm I never tire of Petite Cherie. I've had this over 2 years and it's the one I always go back to. While some may consider this to be a juvenile fragrance, I find it more to be like a glass of asti spumante - sparkling, refreshing, irrisistable, and giddy with a touch of sophistication. The pear notes stand out the most to me, and are warmed by something like vanilla. I've had this in the EDP and EDT versions, and unlike most I prefer the EDT. The EDP I found to be a bit too musky on me, and had a kind of stale fruit smell that was described by a previous reviewer. But the EDT on me is perfect, and lasts all day.
Bought on a whim and I really like this stuff! After taking a class on organic/natural cosmetics, I started looking for skincare products with natural ingredients. I'm very pleased with Weleda's Iris cleansing lotion, which contains a number of skin-loving botanicals and is one of the best cleansers I've used. It leaves my skin refreshed and soft, a perfect balance between feeling clean but not too tight, even in the winter weather. The only flaw is that it doesn't take off eye makeup very well - but most of the cleansers I've tried don't do this either. No problem - I just use an eye makeup remover and I'm good to go. The price is just right at $13. The blue glass bottle is nice and classy, but I guess you have to be a bit careful about not dropping it. What would also make this more perfect is if it had a pump! Right now I have to screw off the top and pour some into my hand. Ah well, it's all worth it though...
Blush -Shu Uemura - Paradis Fluos in Pink Hibiscus
scc79 4/7/2004 9:58:00 AM
This is an adoreable candy pink infused with gold specks, that I think would look good on everyone. Pop it on the apples of your cheeks to look like a sweet, summer doll.
Even though I love the bright orange color in the pan, this looked like it could be scary on my asian GGG skin. However,it goes on sheer and beautifully, like the previous reviewer noted. It's a really unique color that brightens my brown eyes and makes me feel very tropical. Looks very sexy, exotic, and fun when paired with a thin line of Palm e/s (also from the Paradis collections).
I love this stuff. Leaves a wonderful sheer citrus glaze that isn't too sticky, and tastes just like a lemon drop. I'm sure you can get a similar effect with a cheaper product, but the sunny yellow tube and sour candy scent just puts me in a good mood.
Although I can see why some people like this, I ended up returning my jar. The scent wasn't up my alley (spicy citrus), the scrub was too harsh and solid for my taste (paste-like in texture - I prefer more oil), and I didn't like that I was supposed to use this on dry skin. I gave it 4 lippies b/c it is a good, the jar is really cute, and the price is a lot more reasonable than some other popular scrubs (i.e. sugar body polish - which unfortunately for my wallet, I happen to love.)
This is so pricey but I love it. It took me several months to finally plunk down sixty bucks for this scrub, and I only did it after I tried and returned less expensive scrubs from origins and philosophy. For me this is worth the big bucks. The smell is to die for, it leaves my skin so soft, smooth, and heavenly scented. Normally my skin gets kind of dry and flaky in the winter, but this stuff just smooths over the roughness. Love it and highly recommend. But do try before you buy because previous reviewers are right - there is a lot of oil and some people might not like it. I happen to prefer the oil formula over a more solid scrub like gingerbread man.
This stuff is amazing! I had very red, irritated, chapped skin on my nose due to the Boston winter weather and having a cold. I used other creams, even with aloe, but they only further irritated my skin. Went into the natural goods store and asked the SA what would help - she directed me to this. I put a tiny bit of this cream on and it immediately soothed my skin and reduced the redness. After just one night the chapped, flakey skin is almost completely gone and no irritation. Though it's really expensive, a very tiny bit went a long way. I am a convert.
I wanted to love this - love the packaging, the big fat brush, and the promise of bat-worthy faux looking lashes. However, I was disappointed. This is a good mascara but even when I curled my lashes then applied, I didn't get the dramatic look I hoped for. My lashes are naturally short and skimpy, and this mascara simply darkened and lengthened them just a bit. There are better mascaras out there for a better price.
Scrubs -Fresh - Sugar Face Polish with Strawberries
scc79 12/22/2003 11:39:00 AM
This stuff is DIVINE! Yes it is outrageously priced, but the fact that I feel like I'm getting a luxurious spa treatment the 3x a week I use this stuff, justifies the price alone. For $55 you get a nice sized jar, and you don't need to use a lot at all. I suspect it will last me almost a year. The smell puts me over the top, so much that I'm tempted to taste it. And the best part - it leaves me with glowing smooth skin. I've used this for 3 weeks now with no breakouts. Love it!!! If you want to treat yourself, this is it!
Just got this even though I already have leftover Stila IPF and Chanel double perfection compacts... I couldn't resist P&J's sweet packaging! The compact is a peachy pink and vintage-looking, with a kind of art deco design as with all their permanent products. Overall I'm very happy with this. The powder is very finely milled, lightweight, and the ingredients include natural plant extracts. It goes on very smoothly and I would say the coverage is similar to IPF, but not as much coverage as Chanel's - which if fine b/c on my relatively good skin, Chanel looks too caked on at times. At $33, not a bad buy at all. #05 (dark) is a perfect match for my 60 watt/GGG complexion.
I have this in fairy dust. Paul & Joe cosmetics are my new objects of lust! Overall I like this product a lot - it's very sheer so i just use it with my finger as a wash, or a brush to pop it in the lid. Fairy dust is very pretty and subtle - it's a sheer teal blue with faint gold shimmer. While it isn't the most pigmented shadow and might not be your thing if you like bold colors, this is a great product for subtle color and to add a pretty glow to your eyes. Looks great with rasberry blush and gloss (try P&J lipgloss in 02/raspberry lollipop -- sooo pretty!).