Product Reviews by dumpling

Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Bois de Violette

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Oct/24/2012

I liked the idea of this being part of the development of FdB , which I loved , this however I only like. It just doesn't have the beautiful complexity of it's 'mother' nor it's depth. I feel like this is a 'lite' variation and quite disappointing for it. It wasn't what I was imagining, a lovely powdery , woodsy violet . Still, nice though it hasn't …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Bas de Soie Eau de Parfum Spray

4.0
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Oct/24/2012

Oh my, I have finally worked out what this smells like a cross between Vosene shampoo (herbal, anti dandruff!) and my local dry cleaners- and I love it. At first the odd, chemical finished, new garment smell really disturbed me, but it has really grown on me. Curiously, I don't get any floral notes on me this is super synthetic smelling but in a good way. I left a tester trip in a bag with a …Read more

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Fragrances - Kiehl's - Coriander Essence

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Oct/23/2012

I really wanted to like this as coriander has such a refreshing aroma. This however smells nothing like the herb, I agree with a previous reviewer, this does smell like vomit! Can't get past that s 'babysick' note so cannot comment on the dry down , though I do detect the coconut/suntan oil element . Shame as I have just wasted £21.50 on this monstrosity. That will teach me to buy …Read more

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Fragrances - Kiehl's - Pear Essential Oil

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Oct/23/2012

For some strange unexplained reasonI really liked the idea of a Pear rollerball fragrance. When I heard the essences were being discontinued it made me want them even more. So I managed to track some down in my local Kiehls. I applied in store ,gave a deep sniff....and was pretty shocked at how bad it smelt! This stuff is awful and smells like cheap plasticky 'Pear' candles . Thank …Read more

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Skincare - Face - Unlisted Brand - Intelligent Nutrients Skin Care

5.0
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Jun/17/2012

Love the moisturiser from this line , it is so light and liquidy, yet so potent that the 50ml bottle will last months. I also love that if you end up tasting (quite nice) a bit because it gets on your mouth it doesn't make you feel sick, unlike lots of other brands I could mention . The scent is a spicy, cinnamon-nutmeg kind of thing, that I have quite gotten in to. It has left my skin …Read more

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Sunscreen - California Baby - SPF 30 Sunblock Stick

4.0
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Jun/17/2012

Surprised about the hate for this product , I've been using it on my kids for years and find it to be great it is a Summer , holiday staple , I always keep one in my bag, so handy and easy to use. In the past few years I've been using on my face and it has performed really well. As for the comments about it being hard to spread and blend I have to disagree, I have pretty tanned skin …Read more

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Blush - Tarte Cosmetics - Maracuja Waterproof Cheek and Lip Tint

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Dec/05/2011

I think these are possibly the best cheek stains I have ever used. They are way better than Benetint , Philosophy and MAC's stains.I think the reason they have only so-so reviews (QVC & Makeupalley) is down to their incredibly fast setting ability. For me this is not a problem, I use a synthetic foundation brush and put a tiny dab on the end and blend super fast .Once it's on …Read more

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Lips - Burt's Bees - Rose Tinted Lip Balm

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Nov/05/2011

I agree about the misleading packaging- you think you are getting a jumbo, chubby balm and instead you get a rather small, chapstick sized tube. However, that said I love this balm as it adds just the most most subtle hint of rosy colour to your lips - it is not a lipstick after all. If you want a more pigmented balm like product then try the Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier equivalents, of course …Read more

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Blush - MILANI - Baked Blush - Dolce Pink

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Nov/05/2011

These baked blushes by Milani are incredible! It took a fair amount of hunting when I was last in NYC to find them - even then the shade selection was poor or they were sold out. Which is testimony to their amazing quality. Firstly , I think the shades are really nice particularly Dolce Pink , Luminoso and Coralina . But the best thing is that they really make you look radiant and fresh faced. I …Read more

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Blush - By Terry - Blush Terrybly no.5 Beach Bomb

5.0
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May/21/2011

This is a very extravagant product and perhaps the most expensive blush I've bought, that said it is my new favourite. Firstly it comes in a very elegant, heavy, round silver ,mirrored compact that contains a little flat brush that works pretty well. The blush itself is a very vibrant , deep pinky-coral with very fine iridescent particles. This goes on sheer but is quite pigmented. I would …Read more

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