SeeBy Chloe Eau Fraiche

See by Chloe

SeeBy Chloe Eau Fraiche EdT is a flanker to Chloe‘s best selling perfume SeeBy. The bottle is light pink, compared to the more colorless original SeeBy. There’s another flanker that’s a deeper pink called Si Belle.

Eau Fraiche was released in 2014. Perfumer is Michel Almairac.

Upon the first spray I can see it: it’s a fresh fruity floral. But the fruit is sour, this isn’t fruit salad, it’s something that’s not quite ripe yet. The next moment I get something rosy and something even more fruity. To my surprise, there is no rose in it. Turns out the two seperate impressions I got – fruit and rose – are actually one thing: apple blossom. This also explains the sour fruit I think. This isn’t a ripe apple yet.

Up until this point I don’t love it, but don’t hate it either. Then my mortal enemy sets in: the aquatic note. Bleh. This is of course completely subjective; you might love this note. But I can do without it. So now we have got apple blossom and some watery flowers. Sometimes a flower wafts through that is actually nice to smell (jasmine???) but it lasts way too short for me to grasp it and it is drowned again by the aquatic thing.

Basically, this perfume is a green apple fallen into a pond that’s somewhat dirty, full of algae. You probably shouldn’t eat this apple anymore. It makes me think of the kind of fairies that pull you into ponds and drown you, except those probably would smell better. …has anyone ever done a series of perfumes inspired by fae?

Anyway, SeeBy Chloe Eau Fraiche is a clear skip for me.

Essie Going Guru

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Finally, here’s the last of this year’s Essie Resort Collection minis: Going Guru. Going Guru is a light minty green (the picture pulls a bit blue). I love this sort of color, although they are often not so easy to play with. Going Guru needed three coats to look presentable, it was way too patchy with two. But with three it looked okay, and lasted a whole week with pretty much no chipping. Still, I prefer polishes that are done with two coats. But the color is very pretty.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Rose Petale

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When Chanel produces something in stick form, chances are high I like it.๐Ÿ˜„

This year there was another Collection with stick Eyeshadows. I have purchased at least one from every Collection that had them so far, and was never disappointed. In fact, they got better every year. At first they were mostly glitter, like a stick version of the Illusion d’Ombres, but they became more and more opaque.

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This year they released lots of great colors, but the one I needed was the Stylo Eyeshadow in 177 Rose Petale. I’ve been wanting a soft pink for a long time, somehow this color is harder to come by than you’d think. Anyway this collection isn’t new, so I apologize if you can’t get them anymore. But if you find some, I can recommend all the colors.

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Swatch of Rose Petale in the shade.

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Swatch of Rose Petale in sunlight. The color is a light pink, lighter and less salmon than the one from the last collection. But there’s still a clear yellow undertone to it. The color contains soft shimmer, but no sparkle.

As ususal, the color is easy to apply, but you need to be quick with blending. It lasts extremely well on my lids, eight hours for sure (of course with such a light color often you simply don’t notice the creasing).

I remain a fan of these Stylo Eyeshadows.

All Used Up July 2016

While I didn’t blog a lot in July, I did manage to use up quite a few products:

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum: As you can see, there are still capsules left in the bottom, but they were impossible to get out. The serum is colorless with white balls floating in it. When you pump them out, they combine into a shimmery white substance. There is a lot of mica in it and it is very visible in the face. Sadly, the mica has exactly the right size to settle in pores and enhance them.

From what I can tell, this serum is very moisturizing and enhances the effect of other products layered on top. So I used this and then put my BHA serum on top. I didn’t use this serum on its own. It didn’t have any adverse effects in my face, but I can’t say if it had any positive effects either. Due to the glitter I wouldn’t buy a full size. I prefer my shimmer to come in form of highlighters, where I can control where they go.

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List of ingredients. Click pic to enlarge.

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Next up: Douglas Beauty System Sea Thalasso Shower Gel. I used to have a matching body lotion, but ran out much sooner. Despite the hints of Sea Thalasso in the name, this does not smell salty or anything. It smells heavenly of neroli. I love it, real good scent. I don’t even know if this is still being sold though. It often takes me so long to use things up because I switch around.

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List of ingredients.

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Biotherm Aquasource Cream: I’m pretty sure I had this before. It’s just a rich cream wth the nice fresh smell that Biotherm often uses. I don’t have the packaging with the ingredients anymore, sorry. The cream is nice, but nothing special.

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La Roche Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30: a mattifying sun protection for the face. Alcohol is fairly high in the list, so I would not buy a full size for myself. When I use alcohol on my skin and then go into the sun I get big angry red spots. The cream proteced well from sun rays, though. At least I didn’t get sunburn. The cream left a visible white cast on me.

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Douglas Naturals face cream day with argan oil: You can tell it’s a “natural” cream by the smell: typical essential oils smell. Nasty if you ask me. The cream was bad, it simply didn’t want to sink in or distribute evenly. I think I also broke out from it (it’s hard to say exactly, but I had been acne free for a long time until that point). Avoid, avoid!

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The Body Shop Honeymania lip balm: This is a huge pot of lip balm and I gotta admit, it went bad before I could use it up, so it had to go. Back when it was still good, it had a lovely smell of fake honey and a waxy texture that protected lips nicely.

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Lush Helping Hands: a hand cream with light texture that sunk it quickly – no waiting time until you can use your smart phone again.๐Ÿ™‚ For my dry hands it works in summer, but in winter I need something richer. I didn’t love the smell, but it wasn’t bad either.

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Two perfume samples: Simply Jil Sander – a favorite of mine, review here.

And Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum: Sadly there are many Lempickas with similar names. I think this is the usual one, with the light purple bottle. I like it quite a bit. It smelled of cherry candy and liquorice. It smelled a bit dusty and light at the same time, like a young girl wearing an old dress. Quirky. Sadly, as far as I can tell, Lempicka aren’t sold in stores in Austria anymore and online retailers only have a few leftovers of this particular perfume.

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Lee Stafford Poker Straight for Oily Roots Dry Shampoo: This is the white variant (I had to give away my brown colored one after I went blond, haha). I like this, it works well. The smell could be a bit less intense for me (since I prefer smelling of my chosen perfume and not of my hair products) but the scent itself is okay. I have already repurchased this.

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Louis Widmer 50+ Extra Sun Fluid: This is one of my favorite sun products. The protection factor is high, there is no alcohol in the formula and no perfume. It leaves a slight white cast on the skin, but not very bad. The texture is not mattifying, it left me with a glow. But personally, I like that. Mattifying products often makeย  my skin too dry. The texture is very runny. Biggest downside: only 100 ml of product and not very cheap. Haven’t repurchased so far, but I might because it’s really good. I also tried the SPF 30, but that one had alcohol in it and my skin reacted badly.

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List of ingredients.

And, that’s it. Quite a list for one month.๐Ÿ™‚

Essie Taj-Ma-Haul

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Taj-Ma-Haul is the orange nail polish from this year’s resort collection by Essie. It applies a bit darker than it looks in the bottle. I am wearing two coats in the pic, no top coat. The nail polish was a bit thick, but workable. The color has absolutely no hint of pink in, so it’s not the slightest bit coral. It has white pigment in, making it not quite pastel, but no neon orange either.

I wore this when I was swimming a lot, but it held on pretty well. There was chipping on day four.

Chanel No 5 L’Eau

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I was able to get a sniff of the newest Chanel No 5 flanker, called Chanel No 5 L’Eau. This perfume will be in stores in late September. I was anxious because it was supposed to be the No 5 for the young ones, lighter and sweeter and who knows if there would even be anything left of the real No 5? Why do we even need another flanker? Eau Premiere is good and will hopefully not be replaced with this one here.

Alright these were my thoughts prior to smelling it. I can tell you that it opens with a dose of sparkling aldehydes, just like it should. So yes, it is recognizably a No 5. However, compared to my No 5, this is lighter. Sometimes the aldehydes in my No 5 smell almost dirty, not just soapy. This did not happen with L’Eau. Overall, the impression is lighter and also faster. Only minutes later the aldehydes are gone and replaced by a strong citrus impression (grapefruit? lime? orange?). This part also lasts only maybe 15 minutes, if even. And then we get to the part that makes No 5 such a lovely perfume. You know, the flowery, ambery, musky part that is just pure heaven. Compared to the original, L’Eau is sweeter, but I think it’s really just as good. I think it is sweeter because of Ylang Ylang, which I don’t remember being in the others?

I can see where L’Eau might be able to pull in the crowd that doesn’t usually like No 5, because the aldehydes are gone quickly and then you get the nice stuff. Many people don’t even know there is something other than aldehydes to No 5, because the development of the perfume is so slow and they wash it off before it happens because they don’t like the aldehydes. With L’Eau, you’ll get there much faster.

This is also the downside of L’Eau because it develops so quickly that the longevity suffers. While the original takes many hours to develop and lasts up to 12 hours or more on me, L’Eau shoots all its bullets in the first two hours and then sizzles out quietly. The basenotes stay with me a bit longer, very softly. It’s mostly musk.

But this is all just a first impression – I haven’t gotten a sample big enough to test several days yet. What I can tell you is that I think this perfume is really, really good and absolutely worth a try both for fans of No 5 (although you might find it too light or sweet) and those who dislike it.

I kinda want a bottle. I think it might also be interesting to layer it with the others…

Chanel Allure EdP

Chanel Allure

If you ask me, Allure is what I consider Chanel‘s most ladylike perfume. Forget Nr 5, which is all about chilly glaciers. Allure is cashemere and pearls and elegant lipstick.

This review is for the EdP version of this perfume. The EdT smells noticeably different (but good, too) and there are also a couple of flankers available.

Allure is one of those perfumes where I can barely pick out a single note. It all goes together to form a whole that is more than its parts, really. Allure is a flowery, powdery perfume. To me, it is very much a typical ‘perfume’ smell, but not in a bad way. In a very, very good way, in fact.

I get a teensy bit of citrus in the beginning, but the more sweet variant, not like harsh bergamot on zesty lemon. More sweet mandarin. But that’s extremely short, seconds really, and then the flowers bloom. Sometimes I can pick out jasmin, but mostly it’s just a bouquet. There’s a good helping of vanilla, too. I get no real scent pyramid in the scent after the start. It just stays flowery and powdery until the end, sometimes more this note and sometimes more that note, depending on what I can pick out. The end takes a while to arrive, this perfume is pretty long lasting on me. I get about nine hours of wear on my skin.

I don’t think it projects widely, though. I think sillage is medium to close to the skin. (Don’t quote me on this though, other people might notice it more than I do!)

Allure is very yummy imho, just not in a gourmand way. It’s not modern or hip and not really old enough to be a classic either (released in 1999). But I guess it’s just old enough to smell of elegant lady to me.๐Ÿ™‚

Allure EdP was created by Jacques Polge.

OPI Coca-Cola Red

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This pic shows one coat of OPI Coca-Cola Red, no top coat. This is a true red, maybe a tiny bit on the yellow undertone side. The formula is the jelly kind. With this I mean there are no white pigments in it. It is pure color pigment and a bit sheer. With one coat you can still see nail line, but I like it that way. Two coats would make it opaque. The quality is flawless, applies well, wears well. I got slight chipping on day three, but then it stayed like that until I removed it.

All Used Up June 2016

Better late than never, here is what I used up last month:

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First the Balea handcream in Fruity Harmony. This is the handcream that smells exactly like Escada Agua del Sol! I think this one was a limited edition. It was properly hydrating and felt good, the smell was a little strong.

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Ingredients of handcream.

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The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Shower Gel: I like this strong, totally obnoxious scent of fake peach candy. Sometimes it even smells like a real, ripe peach. The smell doesn’t really linger on my skin much, well maybe a few hours. It also hangs around in the bathroom. I’ve now used up all I have of this line. Might repurchase some day.

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Another one from The Body Shop: Camomille Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. It removes waterproof and water resistant makeup well. I was going to give this a so-so review, but honestly the remover I use now is much worse, so I miss this one already.

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And my last empties: a sample set of Calvin Klein Eternity Now, perfume and body lotion. I think this perfume smells really, really good (review). But boy, it does NOT last. Even layering the body lotion with the perfume does not make it last any longer, but it makes the smell stronger for the first ten minutes.

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List of ingredients for body lotion. It moisturizes only a little. This is really not the sort of body lotion you use for skin care, it’s the thing you se for the scent only. Did I mention it smells really good, but gets too subtle way too fast? Pity.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Suggestive

The new-ish Pure Color Envy lipstick line by Estee Lauder is absolutely amazing. I have two of the normal lipsticks (creamy finish) and one matte, and I love both finishes. So, sooner of later I had to try the shine variant, as well.

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This color here is the Pure Color Envy Shine 220 Suggestive. When I bought it it came with a special Pink Ribbon packaging, so I’m not sure if this color is permanent or was limited, sorry.

Suggestive is a corally, mid tone pink. A very universal color, I think.

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Swatch. The lipstick applies pretty creamy. In fact, I can’t see much shine there. There is no shimmer in it, and the color is mostly opaque in one swipe. To be honest I expected this to be the Estee Lauder version of the Rouge Coco shine, but it’s not. The packaging is similar, but the Pure Color Envy Shine is mostly a very creamy lipstick.

And when I put it on my lips, I noticed the smell.๐Ÿ˜ฆ The other Color Envys smell of vanillin, like MAC lipsticks. All the other Estee Lauder lipsticks have a different scent, sort of fig-like? I don’t find it very pleasant. Sadly I had to discover the Shine do not smell like the other Color Envys. Oh, no! Although I can’t say if it is just this one or if they all smell like that. But yeah, I’ll pass on the rest of the Shines. The smell is not as bad as some YSL lip products, but but it’s not good.

The lipstick itself if good, though. Gives off a good amount of color and is not drying at all. The color lasts about three hours maybe, then it settles in the lip lines and needs to be moved around again. If I reapply regularly, it looks good. I would not wear it if I had no opportunity to reapply, though.