Product Reviews by kate8

Fragrances - Hermès - Ambre Narguile (Hermesessence series)

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fromkate8

Dec/02/2005

Gosh, I just hate you all, or I hate Hermès, or I hate my changing tastes...I don't know who to blame. I tried Ambre Narguilé about seven times when it first came out; I liked it, but I wasn't bowled over. When I was younger, my dad used to play basketball with a guy who owned an industrial-sized bakery. On the nights after they'd play games, they'd cruise by this …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Parfums Weil - Weil de Weil

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fromkate8

Dec/02/2005

Weil de Weil is a very green, grassy floral that should be investigated by fans of Vent Vert or other extremely green florals. It was introduced in 1971, and notes include tangerine, neroli, greens, galbanum, hyacinth, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang, acacia farnesiana, May rose, narcissus, sandalwood, vetiver, civet, musk, and oakmoss. Those are the official notes, but here's …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Badger - Lemon Ginger LipBalm

4.0
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fromkate8

Nov/14/2005

I hustled out to buy more Badger lip balms after I fell for Mr. kate8's Rose Chai balm; I've been using the Lemon Ginger for a few weeks, and I bought a Lavender Orange balm that I haven't opened yet. My Lemon Ginger is a stick, not a tub. It has a nice, tart citrus smell with a bit of ginger, and it moistens my chapped lips pretty well, and leaves them protected; I still love …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Badger - Chai Rose Lip and Body Balm

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fromkate8

Nov/14/2005

Mr. kate8 has a tub of Chai Rose Balm, and I steal from him regularly. It's like an Indian dessert---a faint hint of rose, and a lot of cardamom. (I know it says "rose," but if a guy can get past the name, it's really mostly spice, and not "feminine" at all.) It smells wonderful, and the cardamom's tingly on my tongue if I lick my lips. It applies smoothly …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jean Louis Scherrer - Nuits Indiennes EDP

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fromkate8

Nov/01/2005

You can always tell which fragrances I really love, because it takes me *forever* to write a review of them, long after I've acquired full bottles. I always think that the honeymoon will be over, so I delay, and delay... It's a little bit like Anné Pliska, because it has a healthy dose of orange-y citrus and a lot of vanilla, similar to that "cold" vanilla that AP has, but …Read more

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Lipstick - SHISEIDO - The Makeup Lipstick in "Nuance Rose"

4.0
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fromkate8

Oct/31/2005

I purchased Nuance Rose (P19) recently because a friend raved about this Shiseido lipstick line, and I'm very happy with my purchase. It's a very pretty medium rose shade that really complements me (I'm a very pink PPP, medium-brown hair with highlights, hazel eyes). It has a lot of pigment (but it's not bright or garish), and a couple days of wearing it has made my slightly …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Shocking by Schiaparelli

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fromkate8

Oct/20/2005

Shocking is a *must* try for honey fans. It smells very, very close to L'Occitane's honey incense; it's a very sweet, lovely honey without any trace of the "urine" scent that many honey fragrances share. Some floral hints emerge later in its wearing, but for the most part, it's *HONEY*. It lasted at least several hours on my skin, and I was surprised at how much I …Read more

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Hair - Back to Basics - Raspberry Almond Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner

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fromkate8

Oct/08/2005

I'm so sorry that the shampoo and conditioner are packaged together in this review, because I'd give the conditioner a 4-5, and the shampoo a 2. (I've used these products separately---I never had the shampoo and conditioner at the same time.) The shampoo leaves my hair heavy, limp, and not particularly clean-feeling. The conditioner, on the other hand, is a wonderful product …Read more

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Gels/ Soaps - Red Flower - French Lavender Cleansing Body Wash

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fromkate8

Sep/30/2005

I'm a lavender fan, but I'm picky---many lavender-scented products become candy-sweet or soapy very quickly, and leave me disappointed. Red Flower's French Lavender body wash is wonderful; it has a strong, steady burst of lavender that fills my shower or bath with a true, invigorating-yet-soothing scent. As a soap, it's also a great product: my skin feels clean but very soft …Read more

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Fragrances - Caron Paris - Infini

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fromkate8

Sep/28/2005

I can't believe I haven't reviewed Infini before, but my experiences suggest that Infini has been gravely underinvestigated. I don't know why, but based on my bottle, I would think a number of people here would *love* it: at least a certain portion who are fans of Dioressence, Coco, KL, Normandie...my Infini EDP is almost a floriental, pretty far from the "green floral" …Read more

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