Like the reviewer before me, I also hate to throw cold water on this hot new product, but it didn't work for me. However, that's not to say that it's a bad product. It is very easy to spread with your fingers, which is the intended way to apply it. It dries to a nice semi-matte finish so you don't need to apply powder over it. Unfortunately for me, every time I applied it either with my fingers, or a brush or sponge (I tried several methods) it balled up and left dry flakes of skin on my face almost like an exfoliator. No one else has mentioned this, so maybe it's just my unusual skin type, but nonetheless, it's something I can't tolerate. Also, it tended to pool in my pores and accentuate them. It helped if I blotted with blotting paper. When I finally got an application I was happy with it looked great, but overall it's just too much work. I took it back. I will stick with my Perfection Lumiere by Chanel.
The dry down is similar to Serge Lutens Vanille Bois, but there is something cloying and artificial that makes it not quite the same. It seems as if they took their original Prada scent and added some vanilla to it. It's actually a very strange scent, but not alluring in any way.
Fragrances -Guerlain - La petite robe noire Modele 2
zbelle 4/5/2011 1:33:00 PM
Does anyone remember the drugstore fragrance, Ciara? Well, this is it dressed up in a fancier bottle and for a lot more money. Not bad, I liked Ciara too, but this is really not bottle-worthy.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Repairwear Day SPF 15 Cream
zbelle 9/28/2009 1:55:00 PM
I love this product. I stayed away from it at first because I thought that my oily/combination skin would break out from the richness of the cream, but I was wrong. Not one single blemish. It soaks into your skin without leaving any greasy residue, yet it smoothes your skin almost like a primer and allows your foundation to go on flawlessly. This is my HG daytime moisterizer/sunscreen. I don't know what I would do without it.
Fragrances -Tom Ford - Private Blend Champaca Absolute
zbelle 2/18/2009 9:26:00 AM
I have a very high tolerance for all kinds of perfumes. Even fragrances that I don't particularly care for, I can usually understand why they might appeal to someone. Not the case with this swill. I'm actually offended that Tom Ford continues to churn out these substandard, outrageously expensive, artificial fragrances and that the high end deparment stores and magazines seem to be in collusion in perpetrating this fraud upon consumers. This stuff is truly awful. Stay away far away.
This is a lovely feminine and slightly old-fashioned fragrance. It is similar to Shalimar, but more powdery. It also reminds me of Ambre Sultan, but less medicinal. This is such perfect winter scent - warm, soft and sexy. It's the fragrance equivalent ot a cashmere sweater. The staying power is amazing for an EDT and I will buy this again and again and again.
I'm not a fan of big department store fragrances so I'm not sure what made me pick this up, much less spray it on my wrist. Maybe it was the bottle, which is actually very pretty. In any case, imagine my surprise when I inhaled this sophisticated woody, spicy, slightly sweet and smoky scent that is an exact replica (although a little lighter than)Bond No. 9 Chinatown! It's really a very nice fragrance, but I can't see this appealing to teenagers or the crowd that buys Pink Sugar. I think this would appeal to a young, hip, slightly edgy, fashion conscious woman. Ironically, the kind of woman that would never wear a perfume by Mariah Carey.
Moisturizers -Stella McCartney - CARE 5 Benefits Moisturising Fluid
zbelle 5/23/2007 9:07:00 AM
This moisterizer is filled with all kinds of irritants. I'm shocked that Stella McCartney would put her name on this. Just because it's organic doesn't mean it's good for your skin. Poison Ivy is organic, but I wouldn't put it on my face. If you are at all prone ot break-outs DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT. The only good thing I can say about it is she got the packaging right.
I am generally not of the opinion that Creed fragrances are in any way sophisticated or superior to any other high end fragrances and this is no exception. Much to my surprise I actually like this fragrance, but if I am tempted to purchase it I will go straight to Bath and Body Woks and buy their Coconut Lime Verbena products as Virgin Island Water smells identical. It even has the same amount of staying power. Go try the Creed version to satsify your curiosity, but if you really want to buy it head to B and B Works and use the money you saved to enjoy a really nice lunch somewhere.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - ile de tahiti- Fei Banana eau de toilette
zbelle 3/14/2007 1:52:00 PM
This smells exactly like banana Laffy Taffy when you first spray it on - not bad if you want to smell like a five year old. However, the dry down is almost exactly like a putrid, over ripe banana that you forgot to throw out. I know I'm in the minority here, but this stuff is cheap and absolutely horrifying.
This is an ok mascara. It doesn't flake, the color is nice, but the brush is just too big. It doesn't coat all your lashes and for $23.00 for a tube of mascara I want every last one of my lashes covered! So far, Prescriptives mascara is the best I've ever tried and I'm sticking with it. I won't buy this again.
I love this fragrance so much I should just stop looking and wear this one for the rest of my life. The combination of tobacco, musk and coconut is so perfect and unexpected. It is a true skin scent and not at all foody, which would really turn me off. I think the musk saves it from itself. The oil really does last through the day and becomes warmer and richer the longer you wear it. I will continue to buy this again and again, but save your money on the body cream. While the cream itself is very nice it barely has any scent and what little it does wears off quickly. I think Sage needs to be a little less stingy with oil when scenting the lotions.
Amarige Mariage is not terrible, it's just sort of average and not very special. It smells like a thousand other orientals and does not stand out in any way. I can't imagine why you would buy this instead of Opium or even Cinnibar. Try it if you're curious, but my guess is that you'll keep on walking.
I was certain that I wouldn't like this fragrance when the SA accosted me and practically insisted that I try it. I'm not particularly fond of sweet, powdery florals, but this just smelled so right on me - like nothing else I've ever worn before. As I left Neiman Marcus I got two compliments before I was out the door and several more before the day was over. It really does pack a punch for an EDT, but it's not obnoxious. That being said, I could see this not smelling great on everyone, so I think it depends on your chemistry. If it works for you, it will really be spectacular, but if it doesn't I could see it being cloying and cheap-smelling. Try it first! I did and then bought a full bottle the next day and have it worn it everyday since - and have gotten compliments on it everyday, as well.
When I first put this on I thought it was a very nice scent, all sparkling grapefruit and black currant, but it reminded me of something else. It finally hit me about 20 minutes later that it's a slightly softer version of Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue and the drydown is slightly less acrid, but if you like Light Blue save yourself the money and buy that instead. The similarities are too striking to spend so much on the Scent of Peace.