Kenzo Jungle

Kenzo Jungle

Today’s the day; today we’re talking about Kenzo Jungle EdP. This is one of my absolute favorites, which makes writing about it quite hard. I mostly just want to scream at your faces to try it.

This carton is usually standing around somehwat pushed aside by Kenzo best sellers like Flower and it’s flankers, but it can usually be found everywhere Kenzo is sold. It was first released in 1996 and was originally called Jungle L’Elephant. There was also a Jungle Le Tigre, but that one was sadly discontinued. So nowadays when you see ‘Jungle’ it means the one with the Elephant. Perfumer is Dominique Ropion.

Here’s the elephant, chilling on top of the bottle. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, the smell. Ah, the smell of Jungle. It’s quite distinctive and also quite loud. Even people who usually don’t notice perfume on people will probably notice this. Jungle is also quite distinctive. I don’t (yet) know of anything else that smells quite like it. It’s a spice bomb, basically. If you like the smell of curry, of masala chai and things like it, this is in the same family. Jungle has enough vanilla and amber in it to come across as a sweet perfume, but there’s also the somewhat spicy liquorice and a huge amount of cardamom. Also cumin. Basically it smells a lot like you had a huge accident in the pantry. Also Jungle is very long lasting, so good luck scrubbing it off. I once got it onto a coat sleeve and my home smelled of Jungle for weeks afterwards.

I think that the currently most common trend in mainstream perfumery is still berries with sugar while a trend in niche perfumery is smelling like masala chicken (the other niche trend is oud). This mainstream perfume here does the spices trend loud and proud and makes me wonder if mainstream perfume in the nineties was braver than today? I hope Jungle keeps selling because I am not willing to live without it.

Now, ths is more of a fall/winter perfume for me. Even if I don’t normally divide by seasons but Jungle can get exhausting in warm weather. So reviewing it in spring is maybe sort of weird but we are having a very rainy stormy weekend right now and I felt like I had to get Jungle out. If you want to try it but are unsure about such an intense pefume I suggest doing it in cold weather.

I just really love Jungle. For me it is the gold standard of ‘this is awesome!’ ๐Ÿ˜„ It’s the blue lipstick of perfumery, the exact opposite of subtle.

Little Drugstore Haul

Little Drugstore Haul

You know this thing where you go to a store because you need a specific thing and then come home with a whole gaggle of stuff you didn’t really need? ๐Ÿ˜„

So I decided to try out the makeup sponges by Real Techniques. I can’t even say why. I never felt the need to pick up the original beauty blender, yet this orange thing said “buy me!” when I walked past. There’s also a whole list of brushes of theirs I want (but not really need).

Then I bought two back ups from essence: the mascara topper Forbidden Volume and the Camouflage Make-up & Concealer. Note how the cap of the Forbidden Volume has a sticker on it saying ‘new’. The Forbidden Volume line came out last summer, featuring two different mascaras and one top coat. I bought them when they were brand new and had a 2 for 1 promo. The next week I went back and bought another set since they were pretty good for the price. And in February, (only six months or so later) essence discontinued them! Yes, a product with the ‘new’ sticker on it and already not available anymore. Boo! So I bought that one as a back up. The Camouflage makeup, luckily, is not discontinued but I thought better safe than sorry and bought a back up since it is my favorite foundation.

Then there’s a lipstick from Maybelline, 987 Smoky Rose. I think this was new, it was on a display among mostly nude colors (review upcoming).

Last there’s a nail polish by Sally Hansen, 120 Luna Pearl. I don’t expect this one to be opaque, but it has such a pretty purple shimmer!

And I also picked up this one here: Balea Regenbogen Dusche. This was probably the most hyped shower gel of the last few months; it sold out pretty much immediately thanks to the unicorn hype. I got lucky; there were a few bottles left in a more remote location so I grabbed one. At least this one wasn’t an expensive hype: as all Balea shower gels it cost only 89 cent for 300 ml. ๐Ÿ˜„ The smell is lovely. It’s a milky, coconutty sort of sweetness, but not too much coconut.

Now I am back on shower gel and body lotion no-buy. These things just accumulate so easily? And because the bottles are so big they just clog up the bathroom.

MAC Colour Rocker: Indigo-Go, Deep With Envy

MAC Colour Rocker: Indigo-Go, Deep With Envy

MAC has what feels like a hundred LEs out at the moment and I’m getting fatigued. But there’s this one, called Colour Rocker that includes so many unusual lip colors. All lipsticks are matte and I had to really hold myself in. Can’t spend a hundred bucks on blue lipsticks, right? But I chose two: Indigo-Go and Deep With Envy. The first is a muted mid-tone blue; it’s sort of a dark jeans blue and not as neon as the other blues. Deep With Envy is emerald green.

Even before I got into unusal colored makeup I knew I wanted to own a mid to high end green lipstick. I wanted one for years, even before I was confident enough to wear red lipstick. ๐Ÿ˜„ And for the longst time there were no good ones available so I had to have this one here. The blue I chose because it loked pretty.

Both are in MAC’s matte formula, so they are somewhat dry and long lasting. Of course with colors like these, wear is much more visible, but I found that Indigo-Go was a bit more forgiving of wear than Deep With Envy. Indigo-Go wore off evenly and left me with a transparent stain. Of course, that look was a bit ghoulish, but you’re not going to be wearing such colors unless you are okay with that anyway. Indigo-Go also felt a bit creamier on application so it went on smoother. Both colors needed two coats to look opaque.

Both lipsticks last around four hours on me, then they are still on but visibly reduced.

As for liner I do not know of any matching lip liner. You could use an eye liner. I tried using Landscape Green for Deep With Envy but that doesn’t work out – Landscape Green is much more yellow than Deep With Envy. And Indigo-Go is more muted than most blue liners. However, since they went on nicely there is no real need for liner. I did not notice much migration either during my wear. To get the lines crisp you can use a lip brush or you can use a Q-tip with makeup remover afterwards and/or apply skin color around the mout afterwards. When I want to do that I tend to use the Chromagraphic Pencil in NC 15/NW 20. But all those tricks were mostly not necessary.

In a nutshell: Indigo-Go was slightly better than Deep With Envy, but I can recommend both.

And now someone save me from purchasing more of these, argh. To my knowledge the Colour Rocker Collection is limited edition, although the MACista I was talking to said she wouldn’t be surprised if some of them stayed or came back later.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain

Guerlain Mon Guerlain

You have probably seen ads for the newest Guerlain release already: Mon Guerlain EdP. It comes in the classic Quadrilobe bottle and should be available everywhere Guerlain is sold at. And it’s not a flanker! I had to try it.

People are saying it smells similar to the now discontinued Mon Exclusif. I haven’t smelled that one so I can’t say for sure, but mentioning it just so you know.

Mon Guerlain starts off with fresh bregamot; then it quickly morphs into a sweet scent. I sense a tiny relation to the blue LPRN, but less intense. Basically I feel like this is the sweetened Guerlinade with nothing much added. That probably means it’d make a good layering scent. It’s mostly vanilla and tonka bean and clean sweet jasmin. For a short while it smells simlar to Shalimar Souffle, but that one is airier, lighter and sweeter on the vanilla side. Mon Guerlain is more like caramel.

I’m going back and forth with this scent. It’s sweet and I’m not usually this big on sweet scents, but it’s just so cozy and yummy. Then again I realize I can have something similar with the dry down of Shalimar. In a way Mon Guerlain feels unfinished to me. Like they made the base and forgot to do the rest, then just added a quick head note of light bergamot. But it feels unfinished in such a cozy, yummy, lovely way. I might need a full bottle anyway…

It seems to stay closer to the body; I don’t think it’s a sillage bomb. I appreciate that – I still get flash backs from the one work colleague who blasted the whole floor with La Nuit Tresor and LVEB.

On me Mon Guerlain lasts exactly six hours. I have timed it and every time at exactly six hours it fades. ๐Ÿ˜„ However, opinions vary here. I have just received a text from a fellow parfumista friend who complains it smells good but is done after only five minutes. ๐Ÿ˜„

In short: try this if you want sweet, but not too fruity. Avoid if you want complicated stuff.

essence eyeliner pen

essence eyeliner pen

Another of my many essence items: the eyeliner pen. It’s a simple felt tip liner, black. They call it extra long lasting, but they do not call it water proof.

The line. It’s not super duper black, but on the eye I mostly apply like you can see at the end of the line here and it works out well enough. It applies easily. The very first time I had to coax the color out, but ever since it was flowing nicely. The finish is not comepletely matte, but not shiny either. Lasting power is good. I have used it as eyeliner and to draw animal faces on people for Mardi Gras and the color mostly survived. It got less black but didn’t wipe off.

Even though it does not claim to be water proof it’s best removed with oil.

I like this liner so far. Hopefully it does not dry up too fast. You will see it in an empties post if it does. ๐Ÿ˜„

Dita von Teese Erotique

Dita von Teese Erotique

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So, did you know Dita von Teese used to have a perfume line? To be honest I didn’t notice until they were on sale and already mostly gone. And suddenly, as it was really hard to get I really, really wanted one. ๐Ÿ˜„ The ugly yellow thing up there is Erotique EdP. There were two different packagings for this, a prettier glass bottle and this thing here. But it houses the same fragrance and it cost me only 7,50 โ‚ฌ, so whatever. I apologize for reviewing a fragrance that seems to be discontinued but maybe you’ll get lucky in some remote drugstore.

Smelling Erotique I can tell you why it didn’t do so well among the other celebrity scents: it is no sticky sweet berry slushy. Quite the contrary. In fact it has a cilantro note which quickly tells you this perfume is not here to be cute. Leather and Sandalwood follow the spicy opening note. In a way it smells like a niche perfume that was cheapened down a bit. It’s quirky and if you like the scent of leather with lots of woods, certainly sexy.

Since this perfume is base-heavy it lasts a good amount of time, eight to ten hours depending on how much I applied.

I am sad the Dita line was phased out of drugstores. I would have bought the others too, if I had gotten my fingers on them. They were too good to last.

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essence Glossy Kiss: Cherry Kiss and Berry Kiss

essence Glossy Kiss: Cherry Kiss and Berry Kiss

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More products from last year’s advent calendar: essence glossy kiss. On the front the tube says lip balm, but on the back it says lip gloss. I guess it’s sort of both. It’s a gloss, but also completely non-sticky. It feels more like a nourishing oil, really.

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It’s got the typical tube gloss opening.

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Swatch of Cherry Kiss. It comes out bright red, but as you can see, sheers out into pretty much nothing. There is no shimmer.

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Lip swatch of Cherry Kiss. The color mostly settles in lip lines.

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And this is Berry Kiss.

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Swatch of Berry Kiss shows it’s Barbie pink with lots of shimmer, and the color also sheers out mightily.

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Lip swatch of Berry Kiss. It has less color to begin with, so nothing settles in lip lines. The shimmer is somewhat visible.

Despite the fact that both are barely visible on lips, they stain like crazy on everything your lips come in contact with – glasses, your skin, other people’s skin etc. I suddenly had pink fingers and no clue why until I remembered I was wearing this gloss and must have touched my lips without even noticing.

Lasting power was close to zero: Maybe half an hour, if even.

I think the biggest selling point of these must be the scent & taste, which is exactly like you would expect from the names: fake cherry candy and fake berry candy. The target group is probably young teenagers who I think might like this sort of thing?

OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

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This is from a past OPI Spring/Summer Collection: Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN! In the bottle it looks like a cute pink with silver shimmer. On the nail the shimmer isn’t visible and color gets stronger. This is basically a neon polish. It looks happy and intense on the nail and it lasted for a full week. Application was trickier, it was always a bit streaky and never quite opaque at two coats. As usual I don’t have the patience for another coat so in the pic you get two coats and no top coat. ๐Ÿ˜„

Dior J’Adore L’Or

Dior J’Adore L’Or

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Taking a break from the lesser known brands I am currently drenched in Dior parfum. More specifically, in J’Adore L’Or. This is a flanker to the best seller J’Adore. Unlike the Poisons, where you can keep the flankers easily apart by their colors, all versions of J’Adore have the same white/gold color scheme, only the bottles differ a little in length and curve. The best way to keep them apart is to read the name very carefully. I often see men stumble into stores and telling the SA they want the one with the golden thingy on top, at which point the SA leads them to the J’Adore section an d says: “Which one exactly?” and the men are like: o_O

I’m not sure about the perfume concentration of L’Or. It says “essence de parfum”. I don’t know if this is a fancy way of saying eau de parfum, or extrait de parfum, or something in the middle? Considering the price point of L’Or it could be extrait, but the bottle houses a regular 40 ml and I guess if that size were extrait it would be even more expensive.

Honestly I didn’t pay attention to the J’Adore line at all, until a fellow parfumista started raving about it. She was enthusiatic about L’Or – until she saw the price. At over 100 โ‚ฌ a pop for 40 ml, you could almost get a full 100 ml bottle of L’Artisan Parfumeur instead for example. (Long story short she bought it anyway because it’s that good).

So, what does it smell like? L’Or is a creamy, flowery vanilla sweet perfume. The notes aren’t all that unusual, really, but they seem to be well balanced. No one note rules over the others, it’s just a harmonious whole. So you’ve got jasmine, fairly soft compared to some other perfumes. It’s unusal that jasmine is gentle in a perfume that is still so loud overall, because I find L’Or pretty intense. Then there’s vanilla and possibly tonka bean and some sort of amber. There must be some other flowers in it, they are very lush, almost fruity, although luckily there is no real fruit note in it. It does smell almost edible, like freshly baked cake. But then it is also creamy like body lotion. Some underlying musk, maybe.

As you can see, the notes are fairly normal, you can find this stuff in many perfumes. But the composition is nice and rounded. If it is worth the amount of money they ask for everyone has to decide for themselves.

J’Adore L’Or was released in 2010 and is still available in stores. Perfumer is Franรงois Demachy.

essence long lasting lipstick natural beauty

essence long lasting lipstick natural beauty

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Firstly, new layout yay! Secondly I finally realized you have turn on the switch for mobile layout, oh my god. Sorry I thought that would happen automatically. If anyone is reading my blog from a mobile device, do you like the new setting or would you prefer the old one (mobile site identical to computer view)?

General blog blather aside, let’s talk about this lipstick.

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Like many of the other essence products you have been seeing lately on here, this was in my advent calendar. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the long lasting lipstick in the color 07 Natural Beauty. Since the calendar had to be one size fits all they probably had to put in one of the neutral colors but I love it because it really does look great.

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Swatch in direct sunlight. The color has no shimmer, but a creamy finish. It does not get matte and it doesn’t really dry down either, always staying a bit creamy.

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Swatch in the shade.

So, in my opinion this pinkish nude is a real winner colorwise because it goes with pretty much everything while not being too light in color. Many nude lipsticks are too pale for my personal taste (and let’s not forget how freaking pale I am. I don’t know how people with darker skin pull these off?). But the color of Natural Beauty is lovely and will work for a bigger range of skin tones, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

On to the not so good stuff: They have the gall to call this long lasting? I really don’t want to see their non long lasting lipstick are, then, because this one here survives barely two hours without eating or drinking. Half an hour, if you have a cup of tea when wearing it. Like I mentioned, it is not matte and doesn’t really settle down. On the upside I did not notice it collecting in lip lines or migrating outside the lips – but that’s probably because it just doesn’t last long enough to do that!

The smell of it is also god awful. Cheap lipstick smell up the max.

If you can live with frequent reapplications and the smell it is a very nice color, though.

Langรฉ Love Elixir

Langรฉ Love Elixir

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To continue from last week’s perfume review, another Langรฉ today, Love Elixir EdP. This is what the Ladies’ perfumes look like, they only differ in color. Love Elixir is purple. Again, the packaging is nothing to get excited about, and also please be very careful when opening the boxes because the lower part will just fall down with the perfume bottle if you only hold the upper part! Consider this a lesson learned the hard way. Luckily it only fell an inch or two onto my old ktichen table and nothing broke.

Like I mentioned in my other review, all the money they saved on the bottles must have gone into the juice itself because this smells like quality stuff!

I am sure Love Elixir would have many lovers if the brand was distributed more widely. It smells sweet and I am surprised there are no fruits in the official notes list. It reads: Mystic Rose, Peony Bud, Precious Woods, Frankincense. This is probably why they had no money left for the bottle: the mystic roses had to be plucked by wood spirits on the first new moon of the year. Or something. ๐Ÿ˜„ Seriously, mystic rose?

I am not the biggest lover of roses, but I can live with this one. In my opinion, it gets overpowered by the peony. Or maybe the rose is okay because it is so sweetened. I can smell something woody, but I can’t say what it is exactly. It grounds the smell and the overall experience is very powdery and ultra dry. Theย  comes the frankincense. It’s not super strong, it just lends to the overall dry finish I think. It wafts in and out. I think this is one to try even if you don’t usually like incense. It is not smoky at all, more transparent. But it also depends on how much you apply. The more sprays, the stronger the gothic feeling gets?

Love Elixir is right up my alley. It’s the one to reach for when you want sweet, but with a twist. It’s also the one to reach for when in a gothic mood.

essence Winter Glow multi-use ombre lipliner

essence Winter Glow multi-use ombre lipliner

So, this review might be a little late because this item is from essence’s winter collection which was on sale dec/jan but maybe you can find some left over…? Sorry. As I like to remind people every year, february isn’t the end of winter, it’s midwinter. We still have a ways to go into spring, even if spring collections are on sale in january. ๐Ÿ˜„ So winter glow it is.

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So this stick is the essence multi use ombre lipliner. The only available color was white like a snowflake. It’s basically a chubby white pencil with a very creamy texture. Now, essence has dicovered the ombre lips style in 2017. They are also selling some new permanent ombre lip thingys in white and black I think. Had I known that I might have skipped the limited one for those, but alas.

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Swatch in the shade. Color is pure white, not completely opaque. The way essence showed this product on the display it looks like they meant it to go on the outside of the lips, so that your color in the middle faded out into nothing. Problem? Well, unless you’re a ghoul, white isn’t going to fade into your skin color, duh. The obviously right way to wear this instead is in the middle of the lip, leaving the darker color on the outside.

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Same swatch in direct sunlight.

And you know, it works in the middle of the lip. The texture is so creamy, you only have to dab it into the middle and smack your lip around a bit, it blends itself. It also looked fairly good. However, since this is pure white pigment, it has limitations, as you’ll always end up with the color being mixed with white pigment. Imho it works best with pinks and nudes that already have some white pigment in.

So, it was easy to apply, but of course, if you mix two colors together, reapplication is a bit tricky or honestly it just doesn’t happen. So this isn’t a look for all night.

In a nutshell: okay, but not a huge deal to miss. Honestly every product with creamy white pigment can do this. Great if you wanna create pastel lips, since it always mixes with the other color and makes it lighter and more opaque.

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson

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February means a new Viva Glam from MAC. After Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, the new Viva Glam ambassador is Taraji P. Henson and because she is so awesome the lipstick got an extra special packaging. It’s all pink. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Lipstick Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson (matte). As usual, you get the red metal with the signature on. The lipstick itself is a deep raspberry pink with shimmer.

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Swatch in the shade. The color leans more into blue. Honestly I thought I had maybe a thousand lipsticks like this, but it turns out, I have none like it. Not only the shimmer makes it unusual, but it is also a shade darker than what I personally own.

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Color comparisons! On top, the new Taraji P. Henson, which has a matte finish but with pink shimmer, making it less flat. Then the purple Ariana Grande 2, also matte, Pink Pigeon, also matte, Miley Cyrus 1 looks closest in finish, but that one is actually Amplified finish with no shimmer in it. And last I swatched Estee Lauder Stronger, because I had it lying about. ๐Ÿ™‚

Taraji is a deeper, darker pink. That makes it universally flattering on all skin tones.

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Lip swatch.

The lipstick lasted around five hours with eating. It wears off mostly even, it didn’t pull into lip lines. It did however leave one hell of a stain. I could barely get it off again. Despite being matte I didn’t find it drying on my lips (I always apply balm underneath).

Another great Viva Glam! I recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚