Moisturizers -Trish McEvoy - Beauty Booster Anti Fatigue Cream
totesboats 10/21/2012 3:02:00 AM
My favorite moisturizer ever! It actually evens out my combination skin extremely well--my dry nose is smooth and my usually oily forehead isn't greasy at all. The only downside is that it's expensive, but luckily, a little bit goes a long way! A word of caution, however: this does have dimethicone listed as an ingredient, which can irritate those with skin that is sensitive to products containing silicone. I definitely recommend doing a patch test before applying this all over your face, just to make sure you're in the clear!
Having gone through three samples, I can't wear this anymore. The opening is AMAZING, like an earthy truffle with cocoa, leather, and liqueur. The drydown used to smell to me like a faintly sweet vanilla/sandalwood aroma, but now all I get is a weird chocolate cucumber smell. If only those opening notes had lasted longer, this would've been a winner.
Fragrances -By Kilian - Liaisons Dangereuses perfume
totesboats 6/11/2012 7:51:00 PM
I really wanted to like this, but I think I must be hopelessly repelled by all things featuring white musks. It's a lovely beginning, green and just-right ripe fruits, but the middle transition makes me think of the candle aisle at a crafts store mixed with the potpourri-scented room spray my stepmother used to fill our living room with. The drydown was the most disappointing, however: it was very reminiscent of the musk essential oils you can find in the beauty aisle of Whole Foods, which smell nice but aren't worth $225. I can appreciate the thought that went along with LD, but the effort has ultimately rendered itself unoriginal and somewhat artificial. Three stars for the quality of ingredients, good sillage, and packaging.
At first I hated this. The SA at Saks sprayed my wrists at least three times with this and TF Champaca Absolute, and while I appreciated the enthusiastic gesture, the result was a tad suffocating when I went to see a movie immediately after. (I must've gassed at least 5 people around me.) Before the sensory overload, however, there was something about B2B that intrigued me, and so I began to occasionally spray the sample vials the SA gave me when my other samples weren't satisfying. Slowly, gracefully, the fragrance began to evolve with every passing application. At first, all I got was honey, which faded completely after 15 minutes into imperceptible powder. As I applied more throughout the weeks, the fragrance became stronger, and I began to smell almond, then dried cherries, then the lovely smokiness of the tobacco notes. There also emerged an unexpected softness--an almost greenish floral--to balance the smoke, which is thankfully more inedibly gourmand-ish and not the least bit musky. I see comparisons of this to SL Chergui, but there's a decided sweetness to this which renders Chergui starker by comparison. There's something nuzzle-y about B2B, like being wrapped in a fuzzy blanket while reading a book on a rainy evening. If you're looking to try this, give it a while to unpack itself a bit before passing judgment. I did, and now I'm the happy owner of the travel refills, which are considerably cheaper at $70 for 30 ml.
Very nice, very saffron-y, and the best oud-centric blend I've smelled yet. It's a potent, winey rose scent, very sexy but a bit heady in the heat.