All Used Up February 2018

All Used Up February 2018

Another month is over and actually… it took me more than half a month to post the results… again. Anyway, here we are, my empties of the month february:

Balea Handcreme zur Oktoberfestzeit. It’s me, dandygal. Of course there is empty handcream. This one smelled of orange blossom and vanilla so it was quite a winner for me. The texture was on the dry side but not too dry. Obviously this was LE so no repurchase possible.

essence camouflage make-up & concealer: this little thing is the best foundation I have come across so far and it costs like 3 €. Already repurchased because with essence you never know when they’ll discontinue your fav item. Downside of this foundation: it comes in exactly three shades, all of which are light. Boo. Review is here. I liked it even better the more I used it, the issues with it separating from my skin in heat did not happen again last summer.

Yves Rocher Monoi de Tahiti hair & body wash: Yves Rocher only sells this during summer months. Last time I ran out of this I missed it so badly that this time I stocked up on like four bottles to last me the year. It’s one of my favorite shampoos. Repurchase likely but first I must use up the stash, haha.

Dior J’Adore L’Or: Yeah this was just a tiny sample but I liked it a lot. Not enough to shell out for a full bottle though. Review is here.

Olaz dark circle correcting swirl eye: that’s a mouthful. I liked it a lot. It promises instant effects and like always, when a product says that you know there’s going to be fine shimmer in it and there was. It was not too strong though, you could wear this and not put makeup on top and it looked fine. I might repurchase this in the future, but for now I have something else. In part because when I went to the drugstore they didn’t have this anymore. This happens to me with Olaz products all the time, they pop in and out of existence. Then I think they’re discontinued but months later it’ll be there again. Idk.

And last, more Balea stuff. You’re going to see this turqouise design a lot. This was from their advent calendar, which was full of skin care. Therefore, all products in this design were LE.

Let’s start with the body lotion: it claimed to have Chai Latte scent and it did smell like that. The texture was sticky and too liquid so while I liked the scent I wouldn’t repurchase the lotion (if it weren’t LE). It was nicely moisturizing, though.

Then there were two face masks. Both are the kind you put on and later on wipe off with a cloth. I washed them off because tbh it feels gross when you don’t. These made me realized again why sheet masks are just that much better. The After Sport mask was okay (although – does anyone ever use a mask after sport? Really? When I’m done in the gym a shower is the most I can manage. I don’t even use body lotion afterwards, much less something as fancy as a mask). However three days after use I got small pimples. I used it again and the same thing happened so I dumped the rest. I think it’s because there was a lot of alcohol in it (which on the other hand helped a lot with the texture).

The Verwöhnmaske on the other hand was just plain awful. It burned and we’re not talking the kind of tingling you get when using AHA. I washed it off after three minutes and did not try again. DO NOT RECOMMEND. It claims to have jasmin and chai tea axtract which is the sort of thing you’d put into a perfume, not put it on your face undilluted!

Those were my empties of last month. Thanks for reading. Expect more handcream next month. XD

L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer (Eau d’Encens)

L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer (Eau d’Encens)

Whoa, a full week of posts from me? What is happening??? I hope it means I’m up to keeping schedule again. Anyway, today is Friday which means fragrance review:

On my continuing quest of picking up aaaall the discontinued bottles, here is L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer EdT. It was first released in 1999 and the nose is Olivia Giacobetti.

This thing is an incense perfume. It vaguely reminds me of cold, dusty churches. It also has some woods in, like cedar (or maybe I’m imagining it and it’s an aspect of the incense I’m not sure) and maybe sandalwood. If it has flowers in I’m not smelling them.

Don’t get me wrong, I like this fragrance but it’s something you have to be in the mood for and I’m not really sure what that mood is. Possibly “I’m a six hundred years old vampire here to f*ck sh*t up”.

All the other perfumes I have with incense in feel warm, like they’re made more cozy with amber, or in the case of Timbuktu made so dry it feels like a summer evening when there has been no rain in weeks (/months/years). But Passage d’Enfer is cold and dry which makes it interesting, but also rather specific.

On my skin it lasts about five hours, then it is still there but gets progressively weaker.

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

I’m a bit of a lip liner fiend. I just like knowing that I have the right liner for my lipstick should I want one. My favorites are the regular MAC pencils.

So two of my newer liners are Nightingale and Auburn. Nightingale is a lovely berry shade and Auburn is a red with brown undertones.

Swatches of Auburn and Nightingale. Auburn is a great liner for Chili and similar shades. Nightingale goes well with shades like Rebel or Maybelline Berry Bossy.

The liners have the usual MAC liner quality. That’s really all there is to say. Believe it or not, I still have nowhere near the whole range. Although at this point I might just as well pull the trigger on the rest… We’ll see. 😉


BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition

Hello, I am back after having a real nasty cold. Finally I feel like playing with makeup again so here we are. This is the Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition palette from BH Cosmetics. It’s the only version of the palette I know so I can’t say what the difference to the non deluxe version is. BH Cosmetics is now available in certain Austrian drugstores, they have a couple different palettes, but I think they switch them around. I swatched what they had in stores and the quality was wildly different. Like some swatch great and some really, really bad. So take caution – the quality is not the same across palettes. That’s a pity because the Carli Bybel is a winner.

This is the whole palette. It’s huge. There are three rows of eyeshadows and two rows of highlighters. The eyeshaodws come in matte, satin and shimmery finish. All the shadows are warm tones, but the first row is more pinky corally, the second is more purpley and the last more brown toned. The highlighters are a rose gold, a light bronzey gold, then a stark white, a lavender pink with blue undertone, a mid tone bronze and a deep bronze. It goes really all out on the highlighters. No matter the skin tone, no matter the look, you’ll find one that works. Overall I think this is a well thought out palette. Someone sat down and thought, what do I need to get my look and that’s how you got good matte transition and crease colors. Not all palettes have these.

Swatches! This is the first row. It goes from a peachy light matte to a peachy pink shimmer (it looks more golden in the shadow but I promise it applies with pink shimmer) to a matte orange, a pink with gold shimmer and a terracotta shimmer.

The second row starts out with a rose gold shimmer, then a purpley warm taupe (my fav, goes with any look), then a matte deeper purple (very warm toned) my second fav in the palette and my most used color, then a shimmery taupe and last a satin reddish dark purple (not too dark).

Last eyeshadow row starts with a light matte beige, very useful for blending out into the skin. Then there’s a shimmery gold, a caramel brown matte, a bronze and last a dark brown with satin finish. The last color is pretty cool toned compared to the other colors, but that helps it look great in a look. If this one were very warm too, I think it could pull too red. So I love the overall shade selection, but for my personal taste it’s a bit too much shimmer. Also while they swatch differently they looked more similar on my eyes. I feel like it was a varying base color, but the shimmer particles were ususally the same? But I got a lot of compliments wearing these shadows so I do think the shimmer made them stand out. It’s possible to make matte only looks also from this but usually you wouldn’t reach for this palette if you only wanted matte.

And last swatch, the highlighters! First lines are the top two bigger pans, the others the four pans with flower print on. All of them give an instagram worthy shine, but the first two are the most subtle. Due to the warm color they can be buffed into the skin more. The white is just plain white. This comes with a base color, so while it works on my pale skin as a highlighter, it might not work for everyone. I have also used this shade on the eyes (actually I’ve used most of the highlighters on the eyes too. Sadly they do differ from the shadows – they don’t last as well on the eyes and they don’t get that opaque when blended). The most visible shade is the lavender pink one, though, because of the blue toned shimmer. The pink base blends out more than the white one so it may be more wearable despite the blue. The last two colors are too dark for me to wear them as normal highlighters. I have worn them as cheek colors instead. The lighter bronze gives me a nice “I’ve been hiking” glow and the darker one is a regular shimmery bronzer on me.

All of the colors, both shadows and highlighters, blend out well. There is kick back when picking up color with a brush, but it’s normal amounts of kick back, not Subculture levels of kick back. When worn with primer the shadows lasted all day on me, except one day when I was sweating a lot, then they creased after eight hours. The highlighters only lasted three hours on my eyes, but then they’re not eyeshadows so that’s okay. Worn on the cheeks they lasted all day as well.

Overall this is a great palette for warm toned neutral loks with a lot of shimmer. I wish all BH Cosmetics palettes had the same quality (some did, but not all). I can recommend this one, at least.

Essie Nailpolish Swatches

Essie Nailpolish Swatches

I took an unplanned break last week I just wasn’t feeling it. But I’m back today with lots of nailpolish.

I’ll put several of the Essie polishes I’ve worn lately in one post again, so here we go:

This lovely gold is Getting Groovy, from a past LE I believe. Those are two coats plus top coat. It was super easy to apply and lasted well. There was tip wear on day three.

This is Blue Rhapsody, omg I love it so much. Two coats + top. Also from a past LE. It shows some brush strokes, but only if you go looking for it. There was some chipping on day three.

This is sew psyched, which looks quite ugly in the bottle, but is incredibly wearable irl. Two coats + top, tip wear on day five. Best nailpolish to wear with a jeans look imho.

And here I’m not actually wearing any color polish at all. This is a single coat of CC for nails. It claims to color corect yellow nails, which… I don’t even understand the point at all. It does so by having very fine purple shimmer. You can barely see it, but looks good. This dries matte, so maybe you’re supposed to wear it on its own and people will think you have no polish on? Is that the point? Anyway I wasn’t really feeling it, tbh I hoped it would be more purple than that. So I dug out my purple top coat and slapped a good layer on:

Oh, yes. That’s Guerlain Le Top Coat Ultraviolet from a past LE on top of CC for nails. Now this is where it’s at! This combo lasted well, there was chipping on day four, but because I smashed my finger against something. It might have lasted longer. This just looks so good I might wear this combo more often. Pity the Guerlain top coat was LE and you probably can’t get it anymore (the Essie base is permanent and should be easy to get). If you can find something sheer and purple or pinky you should get the same effect, though.

And that’s it. I’ve worn more Essie polishes but I haven’t uploaded the pics yet, so those are for another time. Speaking of time, it flies. It’s almost march??? It doesn’t feel like march because we’re having a late winter here and it’s really cold. But the days are getting longer and longer and it’s actually so pretty to have lots of sunlight and snow. 🙂

L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha

L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha

After the last couple of weeks I needed a break from the sweet and/or flowery perfumes. Therefore it was time to go back to niche:

This is Dzongkha EdT by L’Artisan Parfumeur, as always, the old bottle design. Perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour. It was released in 2006.

Dzongkha is a language spoken mainly in Bhutan, but also India and Tibet. L’Artisan have a few perfumes inspired by the perfumer’s travels (see: Timbuktu etc) so I guess that’s the case here. I’ve never been in Bhutan so I can’t tell you if it is in any way accurate.

First thing I smelled was tea. I excitedly held my wrist under a friend’s nose, declaring: “TEA!” and they were like “that’s not tea, not in a hundred years.” At that point I remembered most people don’t take their black tea as bitter as I do. I’m talking strong Ceylon, with too many leaves and stewed for too long. Then you forgot all about the tea and rediscover it hours later. That’s what Dzongkha smells like. Wonderful!

Of course that’s not all. There’s also leather and vetiver, some incense. It’s bitter and exactly the palate cleanser I need after one too many sweets.

Worth a try if extremely bitter smoky tea sounds like a thing you might want. But it’s surely not for everyone.

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

Happy Valentines! Let’s wear some liquid eyeliner:

This is the NYX matte liquid liner in the color MLL01 Black. The brush is a classic thin brush, no hardened foam or anything. The brush is thinner than it looks like on the pic, because there it’s loaded with product.

A common liquid liner problem for me is that I have hooded eyes and I apply the liner and then I look up into the big mirror – bam! Liner all over the place. *sob* And in real life I can’t do the Violet Chachki thing and declare the whole lid liner. So I don’t do classic liquid liner that often, eye liner pens work better for me. But I’m nothing if not stubborn with a shopping problem. Hence trying out the NYX matte liquid liner. It comes out liquid and dries down matte like liquid lipstick – and it dries down super quick! No more “augh I opened my eye!”. On the downside it dries so fast it dries on the brush while painting. So you need to dip back in several times (depending on how much you have to fuss around. If you’re good, once is enough).

Swatches! Truly matte. Even the very thick line dried quickly. You can also see it can get patchy on the edges.

The product does not claim to be waterproof, but it claims to be water resistant. Not sure what’s the difference there, except resistant is probably the more honest claim. It behaves like a waterproof item. You certainly need oil to remove it. It does not smudge, but what it does is crumble. Not like in huge pieces, but like you can see in the swatch the edges aren’t smooth, and it just gets more and more like that as time goes on. Upon removal you do get bigger crumbles.

I’m not a huge liquid liner expert, but for me this was certainly the easiest one to apply, as described above. I can actually play around and do winged liner without messing everything up, woohoo. This weighs up the bit of crumbling it does for me, but you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it for yourself.

I’m certainly tempted now to also try their other liquid liners to see if it’s a NYX thing or if it’s a matte thing that does the trick for me.

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

This is the Essence nailpolish in 01 Hello Holo from their Holo Rainbow set. I am wearing two coats plus top coat. The top sunk into the gritty polish though, as usual with heavy glitter polishes. The polish is just straight up holo as promised. I know lately it’s been a trend to complain “that’s not holo” on fake holo makeup and I’ve seen people comment that about nail polish as well, but it is holo. The colors in each particle shift through the whole rainbow = holo.

I like that the polish was thick enough that you could easily get this opaque. I also didn’t have to move the glitter around much to get an even distribution. I’ve had much worse glitter polishes from essence before. But this one gets a total approval from me. It also lasted very well, apart from the fact that there was some shrinkage. I don’t know, this often happens to me when I wear heavy glitter polish, that the polish shrinks after a few hours and leaves some of my nail free. Other than that, there was some chipping on day four.

You better have some peel off base coat, because getting that stuff off otherwise is hell. I know because atm I don’t have any peel off base and ugh. There won’t be more glitter reviews anytime soon. The sparkles are so pretty, though!

The whole Holo Rainbow stuff was introduced into the permanent range half a year ago. So, these are not LE – although with essence you never know when they discontinue stuff again so if you want them, get them soon.

MAC Viva Glam Sia

MAC Viva Glam Sia

Bet you thought today was gonna be a fragrance review. 😉 But I need some more testing time and I have a brand new red lipstick so here we go:

The newest Viva Glam ambassador is pop star Sia. This is MAC‘s Viva Glam Sia (matte).

The lipstick design is very pretty with the huge Sia written on the side. What I don’t like about the design is that the packaging is completely smooth. I dropped this lipstick several times when trying to open it in the early morning. *sob* The usual satin surface is much better imho.

Swatch. Now look at this gorgeous red. The lipstick is matte, but for MAC more on the creamy side, comparable to Urban Decay Comfort Matte finish. I don’t think it was drying on my lips, but it is january and the temperatures are sub zero, so my lips are dry anyways.

The color is straight up red with no undertones pulling yellow or pink. In certain lights it may look more pink or more yellow but it’s a true red. If you look really closely you can see there is very small red shimmer in it. This is not a shimmery lipstick but I think the shimmer helps the color along to look most vivd. Nail polishes sometimes pull the same trick.

Honestly I know red lipsticks are legion but this one looks so good. Ugh. Have some comparisons:

Viva Glam I is obviously much darker, Ruby Woo is lighter and pinker (and drier), Mrs Mia Wallace is darker and glossier. The closest match is the L’Oreal lipstick Liya’s Red, but that’s also slightly pinker. So far, Liya was my reference for a true red, but now my references will be Sia and Mrs Mia Wallace. But the best drugstore dupe I could find was Liya, which I’m not sure I think it’s still being sold? They always say it’s limited but for the last couple of years it was always in stores.

But back to Sia: I love the color. The lasting power could be a bit better though. From a matte lipstick from MAC I expect four hours of this color on my lips, but it barely lasted three. 😦 It did not leave a stain either, and it wore off on the inside of the lips completely and stayed on the outer parts, so reapplication was very necessary.

I then decided to help it out by applying lip liner. My closest lip liner was Ruby Woo. The liner is less pink than the lipstick so it worked well. Putting the lip liner all over and then the lipstick on top made it last four to five hours and I needed only little touch ups later. Maybe it’ll get less creamy with time and last better. I guess I’m simply spoiled by liquid lipsticks nowadays.

So yes, depending on if you want a true red or not, this one is certainly worth checking it out. It should be available for at least the next six months.

All Used Up January 2018

All Used Up January 2018

Another month over and I have some empties to show:

Diorskin Forever Compact in the color 010: This is a great on the go powder, mattifying and with good coverage. I like it a lot better than the liquid Forever foundation. Sadly the lightest color is too dark for me and also a bit pinkish. I think the color is comparable to a MAC NW20. So instead of repurchasing the Forever I went for MAC’s Studio Fix powder instead. I think the quality of both is comparable, the Studio Fix is maybe more drying.

Then I’ve got an empty Diadermine two phase eye makeup remover: these removers are falling out of favor it seems. Nowadays you get a lot more all over removers, which makes sense because we don’t just have eye makeup to remove. But I do like having these around, for swatch removal and to get at waterproof liners and mascara. Anyway, this remover was very oily which helped in getting waterproof makeup off quickly. But the packaging was a terror. I always spilled the product, even though I made sure to put the pad under the bottle properly. It was very annoying.

Ebelin Wattepads: my favorite cotton pads.

La Juice Multifruit sheet mask: I already used the other two in december. I really liked those masks; they are easy to use and hydrate well and they smell nice without smelling like there is a ton of perfume in them.

J. Douglas & Söhne Shea & Vitamin Shower Gel: very nice shower gel, smells like shea butter. There are vitamins listed in the ingredients but I’m not sure how much difference they make in a product that is washed off instantly.

Batiste tropical dry shampoo: smells like coconut and a bit of pineapple. Very nice. Already repurchased.

Rexona Maximum Protection: the evil aluminum. But what can I say? It works.

Next I’ve got Eos lipbalm in strawberry scent. Ladies & Gents, I really don’t understand the hype. I mean the balm itself was of good, waxy quality. But the dome shape??? It’s more of a cat toy than a beauty product imho. Also it exposes too much of the product at once to air, so it goes bad very quickly. This never happens with normal chapstick. Get off my lawn and take your dome lip balm with you.

Lancaster Aquamilk Comforting Lip Balm: best. lip balm. ever. Seriously, this is soo good. I ran out in the middle of january and already miss it so badly, because now my lips are cracking. This has also lasted me very long, since you need only so little of the balm. It’s also the best lip primer, no additional product needed. Have not repurchased yet, because I’ve got some other stuff to use up first but I want to repurchase.

And last but certainly not least, my beloved Clarins liquid blush in the color Vitamin Pink: yes I used up two blushes in the span of three months. I feel very accomplished. It was just about time, too, because the pink one did start smelling funky. Liquids simply don’t last forever, but those did last a couple years so it’s all good. This were the best liquid blushes ever and I don’t understand why Clarins never made new colors. These blushes were LE. I also have the third one, Brown Fizz, but I barely used that one, the color is too dark for me.

It’ll probably be a while until you see more empty blushes on this blog, but I’m trying my hardest. 😉

Alright I know I said last, but I just found one more item:

This is the alverde clear Waschcreme Heilerde. This is a nice cream cleanser, it doesn’t really foam but I like that (cleansers that foam always iritate my skin). This is gentle and it gets the job done. I only used it on makeup free skin, though. This was my morning cleanser and I used it on evenings sometimes when I wore no makeup. This has a new design now, but I checked and the ingredients are still the same. I might even repurchase at some point in the future but now I have enough other cleansers.

Well, that was quite the list for a single month, making a good start. I’ve already got two empties for february as well, so we’ll see how many there are at the end of the month.

YSL La Laque Beige Chiffon/Beige Mousseline

YSL La Laque Beige Chiffon/Beige Mousseline

I’m on a bit of a vintage trip, digging out stuff I had even before I ran this blog. One of them is this nail polish:

This is from YSL in their old design: thinner, longer and the shade name is not on the front. I like their current design better. It’s more compact and you can easily find the shade name. This nail polish is N° 41 Beige Chiffon/Beige Mousseline. I am wearing three coats plus top coat. I prefer to use two color coats, but this one just won’t have it, it’s always uneven with two. The color itself is a pretty perfect nude, pulling more orange or more pink depending on light. I had some chipping on day two (boo) but after that it stuck around unchanged until day five, which was when it gave up.

It’s a pretty color, but honestly you’re not missing that much. The brand’s current nail polish formula (La Laque Couture) is better imo. There is no exact match for this color, though. I think the new nr 41 is a soft pink.

Gucci Bloom

Gucci Bloom

Whoa, what do you mean, the first month of 2018 is already over? What the heck?

Okay so I super didn’t like Gucci’s previous new perfume, Bamboo. Imagine my surprise when I ended up buying their next release the week after it came out? But that’s what happened. This is Gucci Bloom EdP, released in 2017. Perfumer is Alberto Morillas.

The bottle is very simple but I find it elegant. The label on the front is textured, which looks very nice. The bottle is pretty heavy, mostly because there’s a magnet in the cap. I don’t usually think a lot about the names of perfumes but Bloom really is very fitting I guess. I also love the design on the cardboard packaging.

The smell is… hold your breath… tuberose. Again. 🙂 I can’t help myself, once I got over it I loved tuberose and had to get a small army of tuberose perfumes. This is mostly tuberose and jasmine and… honestly I’m not sure what else. I don’t get a distinctive base here, it’s just heavy flowers all the way. And it’s just so good. It’s like they had to keep all the good quality for Bloom , so there was nothing left for Bamboo other than thin laundry detergent. Sorrynotsorry.

Bloom lasts for about five to six hours in the intense stage and then another five on the cool down. You know, when it’s still there, but only if you take your wrist up to your nose.

A similar release to Bloom is Prada La Famme Intense, but that one has more stuff going on on the sidelines. Another tuberose release of 2017 was Hermes Twilly, which is also similar but more bubblegum pink in my nose. I liked them all, but in the end I sprung for Bloom.

Worth a try if you are into tuberose and jasmine and a total no-no if you hate these flowers.

MAC Chili

MAC Chili

This is MAC Chili (matte), from the regular range, no LE. It’s red with hints of a muted orange.

Swatch. Yes, so pretty. There is no shimmer and the color is opaque in one swipe. The finish is matte, but for MAC that’s a very creamy matte, very comfortable to wear. I prefer using it with lip liner as that makes it last better. The lip liner I use with it is MAC lip pencil in Auburn. It’s not an exact color match, but they go very well together.

I have no color comparisons because I have no color that comes even close to Chili. To be honest when I started out with this blog there were lots of bloggers praising Chili and I always thought it looked sorta ugly. It wasn’t a proper red, it was intense yet muted. It took me years to appreciate Chili, but it really looks so good when worn. So now I am a Chili convert. I can recommend it if you’re looking for something special in the normal lineup. LE’s are sometimes so distracting that you don’t see the gems that are already there.

Essie Cocktail Bling

Essie Cocktail Bling

This is two coats of Essie Cocktail Bling with top coat. It was my new year’s resolution to always wear top coat so from now on all swatches will be with top coat.

Cocktail Bling is a light grey that looks darker on the nail than it does on the bottle. It’s good quality as expected from Essie and lasted very well, especially with top coat. I got tip wear on day five.

YSL Cinéma

YSL Cinéma

This is a bottle of YSL Cinéma EdP. It was released in 2004, perfumer is Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud. I don’t say this often but I really like the bottle design, even though it was hard to photograph (the Cinema in the front kept vanishing).

Cinema is a vanilla perfume. There is of course more to it but to me the vanilla always is on the front. I remember in 2004, when I bought Pure Poison I had also tested this one and was like, maybe I’ll buy Cinema when the Poison is empty. Today, in 2018, I look at my huge collection and the bottle of Pure Poison that is still not used up and laugh. But it still describes my preference for scent notes well. First is always orange blossom/neroli, next love is vanilla.

Anyway, Cinema is not just vanilla and there are flowers in it although I don’t think it has orange blossom. Jasmine is there I think. Amber and almonds, rounding the vanilla experience. And there’s something else in it, that gives it a bit of an old fashioned edge. I think that was intentional to make it seem a bit older as the name is Cinema and they probably wanted to evoke thoughts of Hollywood Glamour and olden time red carpet divas? But I can’t put my finger on what it is that gives off that vibe. It’s not really soapey, but a little bit clean – okay, maybe it’s just a kind of musk I get there. There’s also something a little but fruity, sweet like syrup.

It’s really nice, not a huge must have, though. It depends on whether you want a vanilla at all and what sort. Back in 2004 I didn’t know Shalimar but I do now and if you told me to pick just one vanilla, it wouldn’t be Cinema. It is a nice sort of glamour perfume, though. It makes me feel like I should be wearing a ball gown and I don’t even own any gowns. I think it’s a good perfume for big occasions, because it is not super loud and intense. It is sweet and present and hopefully won’t annoy other people too much. It’s probably one of the gentlest perfumes with jasmine I’ve ever smelled. I guess I should start wearing it to the movies every now and then. Not always though; that would get boring fast.

And that’s it. Despite the great bottle, the perfume is a bit plain. Not bad, not great, but it has the potential to annoy with its bland loveliness. I like wearing it every couple weeks, but wearing it everyday for the sake of this review took a bit of a toll on me, sorry about that. It’s really not a bad perfume. I’ll just shut up now. Have a lovely weekend, see you next week.

MAC Liptensity: Doe, Smoked Almond, Mulling Spices

MAC Liptensity: Doe, Smoked Almond, Mulling Spices

MAC has been handing out cards with three lipstick samples to promote their newer lipstick range, called Liptensity. They don’t come in their traditional lipstick cases, but in the thin, rounded ones. I think they’ve had a matte range in the same or very similar design as well. To be honest I mostly pay attention to their regular lipsticks, as there are more than enough colors for that already.

This is the card holding the samples. The sample colors are Doe, Smoked Almond and Mulling Spices. I’d call both Doe and Smoked Almond nude shades. Mulling Spices is red.

Swatches. First Doe, then Smoked Almond, last is Mulling Spices. The finish is creamy, satiny. They never dry down completely and feel a bit waxy on. The smell is the same as the normal MAC lipsticks. The swatches here are made with fingers. On my lips I applied them both with fingers and with lip brushes. The coverage was always a bit shy of opaque, but I don’t know if it would have differed if I had applied it from the bullet.

All three colors are beautiful, but my favorite is Smoked Almond. It’s just such an allrounder as a color, goes with everything and should work for a good range of skin tones. Doe is a lighter nude, and pulls orange on me, which Smoked Almond doesn’t, it’s more rosy. Doe is close to Maybelline Clay Crush, except that one is matte and is sliiighlty more pink, but those two are very close.

I have no dupes for Smoked Almond at all, everything is more brown or more pink. Looks like I have a bit of a hole in my collection there. I might have to rectify that.

Mulling Spices on the other hand is a pink toned red. I thought it was going to be a dupe of Ruby Woo, but as it turns out, it is identical to MAC Red. Both have a creamy, satiny finish as well, so there’s really no point in owning both.

On the lips they feel comfortable if you can take the waxy feel. They never dry down comepletely, even if they do get a bit more matte looking after one or two hours. The wear time isn’t really that good, you get two or three hours. Eating vanishes them. The red one leaves a stain so it is more long lasting than the nude ones, but the color bleeds out on the fine lines. With such a visible color I didn’t like that at all. You would need to wear a lip liner with it to prevent that; the closest red liner I have is Ruby Woo. But MAC Red doesn’t do that bleeding thing, so honestly, just go get that one instead.

I didn’t notice any bleeding out of my lips with the nudes, but they did pool in my fine lines.

So overall, I’m no fan of the formula and I don’t really see the point in it, sorry. If I want something that looks like the liptensity colors, I’ll simply go for the normal MAC lipsticks with Satin or Cremesheen finish. The colors themselves are beautiful, but I own dupes already except for Smoked Almond. I think I may go and look for a dupe for that one, because I don’t want to buy the Lipstensity one.

Tarte Shape Tape Foundation – not a review

Tarte Shape Tape Foundation – not a review

You may have seen this picture floating about on the internet:

This picture is from PopSugar and shows the shade range of the new Tarte Shape Tape Foundation. The color range is a bit, hm, well…

Many things have been said already and I don’t think you need me, the pasty girl, to say more, on the other hand I wanted to make a post on it because I find it mind boggling. How do you come up with such a range and think, yes, good? So instead of blabbing more I’d like to link you to some great videos on the topic:

Jackie Aina and Alyssa Ashley are mind boggled as well.

Alyssa Ashley gives an honest review and then names some brands who have a better range.

Ronkeraj spills the tea.

Patricia Bright explains the problem very eloquently. She also names brands with good shade ranges.

Alright, I’m gonna stop here. To add my two cents, the problem isn’t just that there are only 15 shades, the problem is the distribution of those shades from light to dark. Plus that this was a very hyped release of a big brand and until all hell broke loose, they sort of pretended like this was inclusive and that’s what makes so many people mad. Their apology and explanation was the typical sort of fauxpology that just makes everything worse, too.

Madonna Truth or Dare

Madonna Truth or Dare

I think two years ago I did not even know what tuberose was. One year ago I knew how it smelled like and thought it was good, but too heavy for me. Today… not only do I like it now, I own several tuberose heavy scents.

That I own Madonna Truth or Dare EdP is an accident, though. A friend thought she was ordering the flanker which smells completely different only to open it and realize it was the regular one. So it was passed down to me. I remember trying it in the store before and it being way too heavy. I thought it was the tuberose but today I think it might have been the vanilla. Truth or Dare is a combination of tuberose and vanilla. Each of those alone can have strong character, together they are quite the diva scent. Through in some sweet amber and you can see how past me and probably several other people can find it overwhelming. But since I got used to it now I find it quite wearable – one spray is enough, though!

Not only is the scent quite strong, it also lasts half an eternity. Or at least 12 hours.

This is certainly one of the better celebrity scents and used to be easily available for cheap. I’m not sure, to be honest, if it is still available? But if it is and you like the idea of flowers with a lot of vanilla/vanillary amber, this is a good choice.

Truth or Dare was released in 2012.