Product Reviews by youdroppedabalmonme

Fragrances - Alyssa Ashley - Musk

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Aug/07/2009

Nostalgia time for me, too; in the '70s and '80s my mom always had a bottle of AA Musk Body Lotion around, when it used to come in huge quart bottles. I remember it as a soapy, clean, baby-shampoo-ish scent.


Ordered a bottle of EDT from eBay to complete my "cheapie musk" collection, and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. This reminds me exactly of …
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Fragrances - Coty - Jovan Island Gardenia

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Aug/06/2009

I am re-discovering my love for Jovan fragrances-- they tend to smell pricier than they are (unlike some of the Coty and Dana monstrosities). I've seldom met one I didn't like, and there are some I love. This is one of them, along with White Musk, the musk oil, and Woman.

If Marc Jacobs is a fresh, watery gardenia, Island Gardenia is a sweeter, muskier gardenia. There is …
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Lipstick - Black Radiance - Lipstick (All Shades)

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Aug/04/2009

Yes, I'm a fair-skinned redhead, but a lot of drugstore red lippies that are "supposed" to work for fair complexions-- i.e., bright cherry or fire-engine reds-- are too shocking on me, and often too cool in tone. I do love the look of a deeper red, and Black Radiance has a great selection of those. My fave, which I've repurchased since the early '90s, is Sahara Red, a …Read more

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Liquid - COVERGIRL - Clean Matte Oil-Control Liquid Foundation

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Aug/03/2009

I grabbed this as a total skeptic; I like CG powders okay but their liquid foundation has always struck me as a mineral-oil-laden dermatological nightmare, to say nothing of the orange/pink tones so over-represented. But my local grocery had a 40% off sale and I got a bottle of Clean MU Oil Control in Classic Ivory, which actually looked like it matched my skin! And it does! I'm an …Read more

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Fragrances - Coty - Wild Musk Cologne Spray

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Aug/02/2009

As others have mentioned, this is a nostalgia scent for me-- I remember the early '80s ads that showed a glammed-up Caveman and Cavewoman in tattered leather bikinis, each holding a bottle of Coty Wild Musk. "The essence of animal attraction."


Hmmm, I don't know if I'd go that far; to me, this scent is rather sweet and innocent. It reminds me a lot of …
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Fragrances - Elizabeth Arden - Pretty

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Jul/30/2009

I have a friend who loves this scent; she says, "It's flowers. Lots and lots of flowers." But keep in mind, this friend doesn't do much shopping, so she doesn't know that Pretty is fairly indistinguishable from the melee of "fresh florals" now in vogue, from EL's Beautiful Love or Pleasures Intense to Miss Dior Cherie to Marc Jacobs Daisy...I'm even …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - 4711 - Echt Kolnisch Wasser (Original Eau de Cologne)

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Jul/29/2009

I fell in love with this as a German exchange student--it was as ubiquitous in Germany as it is "quaint" and "unusual" here in the U.S. I had the soap, the towelettes, everything-- it was my saving grace being in a hot southern German town in August. Very uplifting unisex fougere, lots of orange blossom, lemon, and petitgrain. It's been around 300+ years for good reason! …Read more

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Fragrances - Auric Blends - Egyptian Goddess

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Jul/27/2009

I had originally rated this 3 stars because it's powdery, clean, white-musk-y and soft but not "sexy" or "goddess-like," and then I tried it as a base for another scent (Jovan Woman, to be exact) and holy moley, the combo is unbelievable! My husband said, "You smell really good!" and he is normally almost completely anosmic. Then I realized the true beauty of …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jovan - Woman

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Jul/26/2009

Hurrah! Huzzah! MUA has once again steered me to a fabulous "forgotten" scent that I wouldn't otherwise have tried. I thought I would look up the reviews on this frag after seeing a few bottles of it at local drugstores, with the intriguing '70s-style lettering on the fugly brown plastic cap. I wanted to see if it was worth a $15 gamble. And oh, baby, it was!

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Lipstick - REVLON - Super Lustrous Lipstick - Fabulous Fig [DISCONTINUED]

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Jul/26/2009

Big fan of Revlon matte lippies here-- and this shade is the most versatile for me. Fab Fig is a brownish-rosy-red, a softer version of MAC Viva Glam I, and would work on cool or warm complexions easily. True reds tend to look "hard" on me as I hurtle toward 40, but this shade is autumnal, cozy, and inviting. I just love how the finish is super-matte but the feel is light and not at all …Read more

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