Mmm, I like this perfume. I'd give it four lippies if the staying power didn't suck. I really like the packaging too. This is a very light, summery, floral perfume that makes me thing of warm sunrises at the lake. I'd definitely wear it during warmer months as a day perfume.
This product is okay. I received it yesterday in a Sephora sample and am wearing it today. 1) Admittedly, the color scared me and it still does a little when I first apply it -- bright pink. However, after a few minutes the pink goes away and leaves a nice gloss so I'm starting to feel more comfortable with it. 2) I'm not sure how I feel about the applicator. Once I use most of this up, I'm thinking it might be hard to get to the last drops of it. You have to be careful when squeezing the tip so that you don't get too much product. 3) The smell is awesome. There's no taste. 4) The lasting power is typical of most glosses. 5) The gloss is not very tacky, which is good for people with longer hair who live in windy areas. Overall, I don't think I'd spend money on this product but I will be using the sample up because so far it's decent. Update 2/12/07: My review remains unchanged. If I can find this gloss in a different applicator then I may purchase it. I love the smell and the shine is nice. The gloss seems very moisturizing too. Just don't like the applicator.
I hate to say it but I love this perfume. It's really grown on me and is kind of a quiet addiction now. The top notes are a bit sweet and strong but once it dries down, it's a lovely powdery vanilla with a slightly cheeky citrus smell on me and I can't get enough of it. It also has nice lasting power, at least from what I've experienced in my fairly limited perfume sampling. I need to find out if it's tolerable on an every-day basis before I buy a bottle so I've just purchased a small sample from Ebay and will be testing it out over the next few weeks. I took away a lippie because the bottle is a little cheesy and this perfume attracts young girls, which makes me look silly. :) Update 1/28/07: I've been wearing this for about two weeks now and still love it. Husband likes it too so I will be buying a bottle.
I wanted to like this and liked it very much at first. But once it dried down I wasn't as pleased...just a bit too bland for me. Too bad it's the one hubby has liked the most so far in my limited quest to find the perfect perfume. I'd consider wearing it again out of the store :) but I won't be buying it.
Just tried a Sephora sample of it tonight. Loved the scent, loved how moisturizing it was. The pieces of salt are very large and the scrub did sting on my legs a bit. It was a decent scrub and I felt refreshed and softer afterward. However, it didn't stand out as anything special to me and because of its rather high price, I won't be purchasing it. I'd use a sample again, though.
I just tried a Sephora sample of this and I'm pleased. The texture is very smooth and rich and the smell is different but not unpleasant to me. A couple hours after I used this today, my husband thought I was wearing makeup when I wasn't...it was just a glowy, even complexion I had from the moisturizer. I looked this up to see how much it would be to purchase...wow, about the same price as La Mer. My only complaint about this product, aside from price, is that while it leaves my pores smaller and face smoother, it just falls short of completely moisturizing my dry areas. My face feels a little tight. However, I'm very pleased with the results. I'd definitely use this again and I'll consider purchasing it at some point.
I just tried a sample of this from Sephora. Like a pp, I had to wash it off after less than 10 minutes. It was absolutely awful. It smells like some sort of cleaner gone wrong or one of those cheap dollar store scents. I can still smell it on my wrists even after scrubbing with soap two different times but thankfully it's not nearly as strong as it was. Sorry but it was horrible. I will never wear this again. *EDIT* Now that it's been in my skin a while, it definitely smells like Lysol...or a strongly smelling new book.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Amazing Grace Bath, Shampoo & Shower Gel
virginiagirl11 11/30/2006 9:38:00 PM
While I love my Hope in a Jar and Purity Made Simple, I am not a big fan of the Amazing Grace Bath, Shampoo & Shower Gel. For some reason the scent just turns me off a little bit and while the gel feels luxurious, it doesn't go very far. I'll finish using the small bottle I have but I won't buy it again.
I'm not a perfume person so bear with me. I just tried a sample of this from Sephora and am perplexed. When I'm not smelling it up close, the scents that reach my nose are very nice, perhaps a bit flowery. As I bring my arm up to smell where I sprayed it on, the scent is sweet, sweet, then bam, musky and almost cheap-smelling. However, as it sits on my arm it becomes less bitter and more musky and sweet. Interesting. I haven't decided if I will wear this often or not. I'll hold onto the sample but I'll see what my husband thinks and go from there.
Right now I'm using a sample I got from Sephora. I am not a perfume person at all and like very few scents. However, when I smelled this perfume after dabbing it on lightly, I was really pleased. I don't find it to be overly sweet. I've been wearing it almost every day since I received it and continue to be very pleased with how it smells on my skin.
I got this lip balm in a Philosophy kit I purchased from Sephora. I like this lip balm but won't purchase it again. Reasons: 1) Honestly, I feel like it's drying my lips out after it wears off. My lips are kind of chapping even though it's not that cold out. 2) It's hard to squeeze out of the tube. 3) Nothing special. I love the smell, like the feel of it on my lips, like how it looks, and don't care how it tastes. However, I feel like it's drying my lips out, and for the price I don't think it's worth it. I'd like it to have a bit more of a tint as well. I'll move on to something else next time. Update 11/20: I've accidentally tasted it several times now. Pretty nasty.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
virginiagirl11 11/8/2006 12:32:00 PM
I recently bought the Philosophy Skincare Essentials kit from Sephora and used it for the first time last night. The smell of Purity Made Simple followed by Hope in a Jar is enough to take down an elephant. I seriously smelled like my dog's flea treatment. It doesn't bother me, although my husband doesn't like it. The reason I took away a lippie is because of the packaging of HIAJ. I don't like jars because they're not hygienic and it's easy to use too much. This jar also seems a bit cheap. HIAJ is very light and blends in nicely. I feel quite pleasant afterward aside from the horrid smell. I'm thinking it was probably due to the combination of the Purity Made Simple and the Hope in a Jar, but when I woke up this morning I looked smashing compared to how horribly disgusting I looked the previous morning. My skin was soft and still moisturized, and had a definite glow to it. I really really like this aspect because normally I have dull, olive-toned skin. I did not even need an undereye cream for my dark circles -- they were significantly diminished already by the HIAJ. How fun! My face has been glowy and soft all morning. It's lovely. I'm hoping that my sensitive combo skin will continue to tolerate this. *12/9/06 Update* It's been a month and I kind of feel like it's stopped working. Took away one lippie. Maybe I'm just really used to it now? It doesn't moisturize my dry spots enough and my skin isn't as clear as it was two weeks ago. Not sure what's up.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
virginiagirl11 11/8/2006 12:22:00 PM
This is my first review here so bear with me. I recently bought the Philosophy Skincare Essentials kit from Sephora and used it for the first time last night. I've gotta say, the kit is so darn cute I almost flipped. It was $30 for a small container of Purity Made Simple, Hope in a Jar, and Kiss Me lip balm. It also came with two samples - a citrus face mask and shampoo. The whole thing came in an adorable tote that I plan to use for travel. I also used a code to get $50 worth of samples from Sephora for free so all in all it was quite a lucrative haul. The smell of Purity Made Simple followed by Hope in a Jar is enough to take down an elephant. I seriously smelled like my dog's flea treatment. However, it doesn't bother me, although I'm not sure how my husband will feel when he smells it. The Purity Made Simple came in a nice little bottle with a flip lid. Nothing luxurious but very simple and functional. I squeezed out a small amount and tried to lather it up. It did not lather but rubbed in nicely for 30-60 seconds as directed and rinsed off quite well. It seemed to do a great job of cleaning my face and removing my makeup. It also did not leave a tight or dry feeling afterward, which really pleased me. I hate when cleansers do that. I'm thinking it was probably due to the combination of the Purity Made Simple and the Hope in a Jar, but when I woke up this morning I looked smashing compared to how horribly disgusting I looked the previous morning. My skin was soft and had a glow to it. I used Purity Made Simple (PMS, ha) again in the shower this morning and again, it did not leave a tight feeling and rinsed off very well. I used the Hope in a Jar afterward and did not even need an undereye cream for my dark circles -- they were significantly diminished already. How fun! My face has been glowy and soft all morning. It's lovely. I'm hoping that my sensitive combo skin will continue to tolerate this because I quite enjoy using it. We'll see...I will come back and update if anything changes.