Glam Princess smells very very similar to the original princess in the dry down, a light, aquatic floral vanilla. The opening is very fruity, but that dies down in an hour or so and pretty much turns into Princess. It's nice, but it's nothing particularly special, and it fades insanely fast, on my skin, it doesn't even last 2 hours, if I spray on my hair or clothing it lasts about half a day. It's pretty, inoffensive and light, but it isn't AMAZING. Sometimes I want pretty, inoffensive and light, so I enjoy wearing it, but I wouldn't buy it again, no. I actually love the bottle, it's insanely tacky and sort of childish, but it reminds me of something I would have just LOVED as a little girl...I like it for the overblown girlishness of it.
It smells exactly like Jessica Simpson Fancy to me...fruity vanilla. It's a nice gourmand, but Fancy is much less expensive and has a less messy bottle.
Best dang thing I've ever used on my hair. Period. Pricey, but worth every penny, and extremely concentrated, so I really can use a smaller amount, this coming from a girl who usually needs handfuls of conditioner to even come close to detangling my mane. This stuff makes my hair soft, shiny and manageable. No small feat considering I have damaged, extremely curly, very fine textured, thick hair. Pretty much impossible hair to deal with...but Kenra has changed all that. I don't know if I can ever use another conditioner again. I buy the liter bottles to make the cost more realistic.
I've been dying my hair unnatural colors on and off for nearly a decade, I started at age 14 with manic panic, used that for a few years, was unimpressed with the staying power and graduated to Special Effects. I've used Special Effects in many colors and been pretty pleased, but frankly, it's expensive, at $14 a bottle, and only available in my area at a sketchy goth headshop....and besidesI was just ready to try something new. Ulta carries Punky Colors, I had a coupon, so I figured I had nothing to lose. I bought Red Wine and Purple for about $15 for both, major score, and I got to work on a chunk of my hair. I haven't used an unnatural hair color in about two years, and my current shade is a (color treated...multiple times) medium cinnamony brown, with some light cinnamony brown bits, especially towards the ends. my goal was to have a chunk of hair towards the front in a purplish burgundy. I didn't bleach first, cuz I didn't want it to be too bright, I was going somewhat subtle this time around. I mixed the two colors and left it in for about an hour and a half, I usually would let it go longer, sometimes even overnight, but I was impatient...and it came out beautifully! Only had it a couple days so far, but the staining on my scalp and hairline tells me the color should last at least as well as Special Effects. Yes, it was super messy to rinse out, and took forever for the water to run clear, but that is the nature of these sorts of dyes, so I wasn't bothered by it. Use some bleach on your shower and it will come right out. The jar packaging is actually my preference, as I can get every bit of color out with ease. The smell is by far the best I've ever experienced in a hair color, fake grape...not my favorite smell in general, but certainly more than pleasant for a hair color. All in all, I will most definitely be buying Punky Color again, and I'm thinking of dying my whole head with the colors I have, because the color came out just that nice.
Beautiful peachy-pink glow, but in cheekstain form! This color is not far off from NARS Orgasm, which there are now many copycats of, so not a difficult color to find, but all in powder form, until Blissful! I love this color so much, it's unbelievably pretty and flattering, and I love Tarte Cheekstains. I have extremely dry skin and powders never look right on me, but Tarte's stains always look lovely and last all day.
First of all, I love Tarte Cheek Stains. I have very dry skin and and Tarte's Cheek Stains give me a beautiful dewy, natural look that lasts all day. Some people complain they are sticky, but they honestly aren't sticky at all on my skin, but I am sure it all depends on your skin type. Powder is better for some skin types, gels and creams are better for others. If you like cream and gel blushes, you'll probably like Tarte's Cheek Stains. Flush is a great, very cool reddish pink color that looks really natural on my pale, neutral toned skin. This is probably the Cheek Stain most similar to Benefit's Benetint, so if you like Benetint but want a formula that's more blendable and easier to work with, look no further. Flush also looks really nice on my lips with some balm on top, and I find it much less drying than most lip stains, so it really is a dual use product for me and I find myself using it all the time.
I don't care for this one at all. It actually shocked me a bit. I expected to like it, but it was not at all what I had anticipated. It is very sweet, yes, but in a sort of disturbing sort of way. Instead of being soft and comforting, I find it harsh, rather acidic, and artificial. I don't smell any vanilla or musk or any of the things that usually draw me to sweet fragrances, I just smell a harsh, artificial, generic sweetness. It reminds me of cheap hard candies. This doesn't remind me of Pink Sugar at all and I'm confused on the comparisons it's received. I won't say this can't smell good on the right person, I will only say I found it to be unpleasant on myself.
This is delicious! It is very similar to BS Fantasy, if you are familiar with that, only honestly more interesting somehow, and with a richer more sophisticated dry down. It is not much like the original Pink Sugar, besides both being sweet and vanilla based. While I like the original Pink Sugar very much, it gives me a screaming headache, and this one does not. I honestly find Pink Sugar Sensual lighter and less sweet and candy like than the original Pink Sugar, so in that sense I guess it is a more "grown up", "sensual" scent, although, I typically think of "sensual" fragrances as being quite heavy, and Pink Sugar Sensual really is not. It opens very as a very fruity and sweet vanilla, and it dries down, at least on me, to a musky, powdery fruity vanilla. I enjoy wearing it quite a bit.
This fragrance has become my signature scent. The EDT is lovely, and very light. I also wear the EDP, mostly in the winter, as it is a bit richer, and have the Parfum as well, although I rarely use it because it's pretty pricey. I don't find Hanae Mori to smell of vanilla, although I do love vanilla, Hanae more is most certainly an almond/praline/strawberry scent with some woods thrown in. It's warm and sweet, but not vanilla. It's just such a pretty and easy to wear scent. And nobody I know wears it, which is a plus.
Hair Color -Amphigory - Special Effects in Blood Red
zoegirl1987 12/16/2008 8:28:00 PM
Special Effects is, by far, my favorite veggie hair dye. No unnatural haircolors last forever, especially not reds, but as they go, Special Effects is the best. I used Manic Panic Vampire Red for a long time, but Manic Panic pretty much sucks, this is a comparable color(though a touch deeper, it turns out prettier, actually), a deep, cool toned red. I usually use it on my unbleached medium/dark brown hair (occasionally bleaching certain sections of my hair, depending on the effect I'm going for) and it turns up a very very deep red that shows up very vibrant in the sun, and a muted burgundy indoors. I love it. Some tips on using Special Effects: Do not follow the directions and leave it in 15 minutes or whatever ridiculous time they suggest, leave it in as long as you possibly can, for me that usually ends up being an hour or two, but if you have time, leave it longer. the longer the better, especially if you can wrap it in plastic or something to keep it from drying. Also, even after rinsing out, there will still be a bit of dye in your hair for at least 2 or 3 days, you'll have some colorful suds in the shower and definitely some bleeding, so be careful, wearing darker clothing for a couple days, and you'll be fine. And, of course, all the typical color preservation rules apply, use a gentle shampoo, shampoo as little as possible, etc.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorstay Lipcolor 265 Raspberry Mousse
zoegirl1987 11/26/2008 10:06:00 PM
This is a very very bright, very bold, vivacious fuschia color without so much as a hint of purple. just pure bright, deep pink. It was exactly the sort of color I was looking for, and excited to find on sale at the drugstore. Formula isn't bad...really really slick feeling going on and sort of stiffens as it "sets" and then goes on to last very well.
This is deep, hot pink has a really really gorgeous, glowing shimmer to it, that makes it stand above other hot pinks. It's very striking. And the China Glaze formula is always a winner, for me.
I love Hanae Mori, it's gorgeous and feminine and makes me feel pretty. I don't really smell vanilla, but it's definitely on the sweeter side, so I understand why it gives the impression of vanilla. To me, it is all strawberry, almond, musk and some light woods. I don't, however, detect much difference between the EDP and the Parfum...I had hoped it would last on my skin, or have a bit more depth and richness, something, but honestly, on me, it is really identical.
Fragrances -Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Vanille Abricot
zoegirl1987 9/4/2008 11:49:00 PM
Smells like candy. The scent's been described to death, but as everyone's chemistry is different, I will say that the opening on me is fruity candy, in an almost fizzy way, then it is all pez/smarties the first hour, and mellows into a very sweet(still slightly powdery candy tinted) vanilla, until it eventually fades completely after 4 hours or so. Probably the sweetest scent I own, probably the least sophisticated scent I wear, more candy-ish then pink sugar or any of my numerous other gourmands, but it smells yummy and I enjoy it.
This is awesome! Not the *most* moisturizing balm I've ever used, but certainly more moisture then any lipstick or gloss, and it gives me just the right amount of perfect reddish pink tint on my lips. The cherry scent isn't half bad and it's pretty much as cheap as a tube of chapstick.