Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria

You know it’s spring when Guerlain releases its annual Aqua Allegoria. ๐Ÿ™‚

This year’s offer is Bergamote Calabria and the writing on the bottle is light green. Be careful when testing it, many stores have put the tester for Herba Fresca in front of it. To make space in the lineup, Limon Verde was discontinued although as of now you can still find it in stores.

After last year’s Pera Granita, which was a flowery fuity offering, Bergamote Calabria goes the citrus spicy way. As promised you get bergamote, both peel and juice. I find it really mouth watering, as in I really get thirsty smelling it. There’s also ginger, which I am not the biggest fan of, but this isn’t the really sharp kind. It’s more like a really good drink of water with lemon juice and a bit of ginger thrown in. Ginger Candy, maybe. This lovely yum stage lasts about two to three hours, after that there’s not much left. I mean, there’s is some light musk, so the scent itself isn’t quite gone yet, but I still wish to reapply to get the citrus goodness. Without reapplication the scent survives maybe five hours, but the last three are very quiet and skin tight.

I own a few citrus scents, and none smell exactly like Bergamot Calabria. If you want a zingy citrus that isn’t too harsh, this one is worth a sniff.

essence All About Nudes eyeshadow

essence All About Nudes eyeshadow

Still reviewing the last few items of the 2016 advent calendar by essence. ๐Ÿ˜„ This eyeshadow palette was in the last door. It’s the all about nudes palette in 02 nudes. Honestly, I was prepared to hate it. I like some essence items, but always stay away from powder shadows for fear of them being too powdery and not pigmented enough.

If you look at the lower row, you can see the colors are fairly close together. However, only the middle two colors are truly close, the outer two colors differ quite a bit upon application. Let’s take a look at the swatches:

Swatches in the shade. I did top, bottom, top bottom, moving left to right. So we start with the highlighting shades. The first one is a pale vanilla and matte. The second one is more a seashell color and shimmery. The next four colors are the middle browns, all of which are matte. The second to last color is the darkest of the palette and has a satin finish. The very last one is another mid brown, but with an intense sparkle. On the lid it applies as mostly shimmer and not much base color.

So, the first row is warmer toned and the second is cooler toned. I like having that variety, lots of nude palettes are warm only. I wish that one of the middle colors in the lower row were darker, though. They differ only slightly (the right one leans more taupe), but on the lid you can’t tell the difference. So you always have to reach for the upper row anyway unless you do a light only look.

The same swatches, but in direct sunlight. Here you can see the shimmer and the sparkle.

Like I said in the beginning I was prepared to hate this palette. Except now, four months later I can say this has been my most used palette this year. It’s not too powdery if you knock off the excess on the back of your hand, it applies well and it looks really good on. The biggest quality problem is the glitter shade, as the sparkles land all over your face. The others are good, though. Now, the colors don’t go fully opaque. They always stay a bit see-through, but that also means you can throw them on quickly, blend a bit and be done with it. You can’t do much wrong with these, which is why I’d recommend them to a makeup beginner. You can still get some different looks out of it, from almost invisible to dark. You can have some fun experimenting and it’ll still result in a look you can leave the house with.

Wear time was also surprisingly good: seven hours (with primer, though!).

For people with many nude palettes this will be boring. It’s got nothing you don’t have already. I don’t have all that many nude palettes and honestly, it’s probably the best neutral one I have. You know, really neutral in tones.

Caveat: since the colors are semi-sheer and mostly on the lighter end of the spectrum I can’t say how well it’ll work for darker skin tones. But I totally recommend this one to the paler kids who want a no fuss nude eyeshadow.

Maybelline Color Sensational Smoky Rose

Maybelline Color Sensational Smoky Rose

Happy Easter!

This is the lipstick from my last haul, Maybelline Smoky Rose 987. (If the number starts with a 9 it means it’s a matte finish.) This is from their current collection, Inti-Matte Nudes, which features matte nudes for every skin tone.

Well, for me Smoky Rose isn’t really nude, it’s a typical My Lips But Better shade and don’t we all love these? The color is opaque and goes on creamy, then dries down to a matte finish. The whole thing lasts about four hours, give or take. Sadly it is a bit drying over time, so good lip care is essential.

Color Comparison: first is Smoky Rose, underneath is essence long lasting lipstick in Natural Beauty. The essence lipstick is more semi-opaque, shinier and a bit lighter in color. I love both, depending on what kind of finish I want that day.

I seriouly recommend taking a look at Smoky Rose in the stores, as the color is so, so pretty and wearable.

Etro Patchouly

Etro Patchouly

 

Today I’m talking about Etro‘s Patchouly EdP. This was released in 2016 and is not to be confused with the EdT from 1989 which smells completely different.

The EdP starts off with a top note of patch (well, obviously). No citrus, no flowers, no playing around. Just cold, earthy, mouldy patch. Very earthy. At first I was like, well, in case I ever want to cosplay some old school vampire… But then it gets sweet in a very yummy way. Like cocoa beans – you know, lots of dark chocolate but no sugar. I’m sure there’s some amber and vanilla in it, that sort of thing. Very lovely in a cool way. This is no baked goods, it’s always earthy. Like a real spring day, after the rain when you’re walking through a concrete cellar or parking lot. And there’s the wrapper of a candy bar. The chocolate is gone but there are traces left.

The more often I wear it the better I like it. The big downside and reason this will not end in a full bottle is that it doesn’t last very long. Despite being made up of mostly base notes it survives maybe four hours. It took me forever writing this review because I want to be wearing the perfume while typing and the perfume kept on wearing off before I got to it. (I don’t kow about you, but it’s so easy to get distracted on the net. The biggest portion of my blogging time is the time until I finally get to it.)

So, this is really worth checking out, but keep in mind I don’t have much experience with real patch perfumes yet. Maybe to an expert, this is totally dull. But I love it, except for the wear time. It’s too easy to go through a bottle fast with reapplication and the bottle ain’t exactly cheap.

essence Kajal Pencil white and black

essence Kajal Pencil white and black

It’s the middle of April and I am slowly working through the rest of the items from my essence advent calendar. ๐Ÿ˜„

It included two eye pencils:

this is the kajal pencil in 04 white.

And this is the same in 01 black. It’s got the same silver design as the other one, but I zoomed in further here.

Swatch of the white one.

Swatch of the black one.

As you can see, these aren’t super opaque. You can easily go over your lines a second time but you’ll never get the blackest black. Despite the sort of disappointing swatches they went on the eyes okay. I recommend warming the tip first, the helps the color glide on. They can be used on the lid and on the waterline. They went on the waterline without tugging, but they didn’t stay on there for super long, maybe three hours tops.

I compared the black pencil to another one I’m currently testing, the YSL Dessin du Regard in black. That one is much more pigmented (it’s of course also much more expensive). But pigment isn’t all. The essence pencil was more forgiving of mistakes, as you could just wipe them off and go again, while the YSL one was like “nope, I live here now”. In the end, applying the essence one was less hassle and the difference was not that big in the result. Only afterwards the essence one broke down much faster. This however is a slightly unfair comparison as the Dessin is waterproof and the essence kajal is not.

Overall, these are perfectly workable pencils. I use them more for a somewhat messy look, though, as that’s where they work best – when a little smudging is okay. ๐Ÿ™‚ Admittedly I didn’t use the white one as much as the black (in the waterline the Nyx pencil in Milk holds much better).

Sally Hansen Luna Pearl

Sally Hansen Luna Pearl

Lookit pretty shimmer! Ahem. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Luna Pearl 120. I don’t own a lot of Sally Hansen, because while the quality is good, the colors are often rather normal. When I saw Luna Pearl I expected a sheer polish with a bit of purple shimmer. And that is what you get, but in a good way. The color is off white and not opaque, but it does give off color. And there is plenty shimmer. Depending on light the shimmer appears more pink or more blue toned. I am not sure if there is real duochrome in it. If there is it is faint, but there is a certain shift in the color.

Quality is great. I wore this for seven days and there was only minimal chipping. Application was easy as well. The first coat is uneven, but the second helps a lot. I didn’t try for a third coat, because I don’t think that would have made it opaque.

For maximum fairy effect I wore this with the Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum palette, which includes a blue highlighter. (Review upcoming)

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme EdP is a sweet fruity floral that was released in 2012. I’m a bit confused why after The One they felt the need to produce yet another sweet fruity floral, but here we are. I low key love the red velvet and keep on touching it, but look at the size difference between packaging and bottle! The packaging holds four times more air than perfume.

Sadly it doesn’t get much better with the content. This is of course all a matter of personal opinion, but there are sweet, lovely baked goods perfumes and then there’s the screechy, too sweet perfumes. If you start sugary and then add more and more and more sugar at some point you’re not ending up with sweet, you’ll get biting. Pour Femme isn’t as bad as LVEB but it’s also not good. There’s a scratchy raspberry and some scratchy sandalwood in it and those two fight the lovely floral notes (orange blossom, jasmine) in a gladiator-like death match. Ususally no side wins, both die from exhaustion after about four hours.

I think it could have been greatly improved by adding musk but that’s just my opinion. People who dislike musk will probably like it the way it is much better.

In a nutshell: please dose this one lightly.

I think from now I will distinguish as such: gourmand perfumes (like Givenchy L’Ange Noir, Guerlain LPRN) and high fructose corn syrup perfumes (Lancome LVEB, …). ๐Ÿ˜„

Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eye Liner

Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eye Liner

I successfully skipped all the cushion stuff so far until they got me with this: cushion eyeliner!

You have to have one of every type of black liner, right? For science?

This is by Catrice. The color is called 010 Black Sheep. I think it’s the only color at the moment.

The sponge! It looks so funny, somehow. The sponge is finer than in the bigger foundation cushions.

You dip into it with a brush like so. Any eyeliner brush will do and you can vary the result by using different brushes.

The finish is glossy, like in this picture. It does not get matte.

So far, so good. Picking up the product is easy, but it dries incredibly fast. In some cases it dries while still on your brush (I was trying to figure out the angle of the wing and when I had it, it was too late). It gets a sort of rubbery texture and that means going over what you already applied is difficult and the product that is left on your brush also makes it harder to work with it. For me that was more hassle than it was worth, not when gel eyeliner and regular liquid liner behaves so much better. However, many people on the net loved this cushion liner, so it might depend on your skin/preferences.

This product is not waterproof, but it did not smudge at all, even when I rubbed. This, however, does not mean the eyeliner stayed where I put it. Over the hours, starting an hour after application already, it crumbled around. It creates small fuzzies, like a tubes mascara. These stick all over the face. And since it did not smudge it meansย  when it crumbled off, it left blank patches of skin in the middle of the eye look.

Sorry, but this stuff is a total dud for me. Do not recommend. (I have oily skin – maybe it works on dry skin?)

Essie Coat Couture

Essie Coat Couture

There was this LE of Essie‘s a few years ago, matte colors with beautiful shimmer. I wanted some, but I didn’t buy any. Recently I found some of the polishes lounging around the Essie display. I don’t know if they were re-released or if the shop just happened to find them in the store and put them out again.

This color is called coat couture. I am wearing two coats and no top coat. The polish is dark purple with teal shimmer. The finish is matte. The polish dried extremely fast. It also chipped extremely fast. I got major dents on the day of application. So, while this is very beautiful my original notion of ‘skip them’ might have been right. ๐Ÿ˜„ It might just be this particular color. Matte polishes usually don’t last as long as shiny ones and you don’t put a top coat on top either. But even considering all that I have matte polishes that last much better than this one.

In a nuthsell: pretty but you’re not missing anything.

Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT

Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT

Narciso Rodriguez has many great perfumes (well, if you like musk, that is) but this one here is still my favorite: for her EdT, released 2003. Perfumers are Christine Nagel and Francis Kurkdjian.

The biggest problem with Narciso Rodriguez is their perfume naming. It’s like a kid naming cats ‘Kitty 1, Kitty 2 and Kitty-Kat’. Which one’s which? Well the one I’m talking about here is the EdT of ‘for her’, pink outer packaging, black bottle.

For me the musk is the strongest note. Ther are flower notes too, but those come out sometimes more, sometimes less. Maybe it has to do with how warm it is. ‘for her’ is just a cozy wrap dress to me. It consists mostly of base notes like musk, amber, a tiny bit of vanilla, patchouli, you know just the regular base stuff with musk amped up to the max and everyone else only a soft whisper. Sometimes the flowers (orange blossom, osmanthus) are allowed to dance, but often they disappear quickly. The perfume as a whole doesn’t change much (since it’s already so base-heavy). On me it lasts an average of five hours.

‘for her’ is a best seller for good reasons. Many try to copy it but none come that close to perfection. You’ve probably smelled it before but if you haven’t I suggest trying it. If you don’t smell it much you could be partially anosmic to musk btw. For those who can smell it the perfume is quite intense.

Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Plume

Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Plume

I picked up this pretty thing at a sale: Givenchy Le Rouge 102 Beige Plume. This is obviously from some past collection but I don’t know which one exactly. However, while this flower design was limited edition, the lipstick itself is from the regular lineup and therefore always available (with the black leather).

Beige Plume is an pink/orange toned nude lipstick. It’s not too light and has no brown tones. The lipstick has a flowery scent, similar to Chanel Rouge Allure ones.

Swatch. The lipstick has a creamy finish, the regular Givenchy Le Rouge finish (creamy, but not too creamy and well pigmented).

On me it pulls more orange than pink, this depends on your personal skin tone and undertone. You can see on Temptalia that it pulls pink on Christine. Meanwhile, on mel-et-fel: it pulls totally orange. And yes, this is the same lipstick.

The quality is good, application is super easy (what a breather after all these blues and greens where you have to be so careful with application). It only lasts about three hours on me, then it needs reapplication. This is not as long as my other Le Rouge, but that one was a strong pink and those always last better. And this one is so easy to apply and with that design I can’t help but want to pull it out in public. ๐Ÿ˜„

MAC Work It Out: Chromagraphic Pencils

MAC Work It Out: Chromagraphic Pencils

The current Work It Out Collection by MAC includes Chromagraphic Pencils again, so I picked up what I didn’t have yet.

The colors are Landscape Green, Genuine Orange and Primary Yellow. The whole Work It Out Collection has a special outer packaging on top of the regular black packaging. The products have the usual black MAC design. The chromagraphic pencils are permanent Pro items, meaning you can get them anytime online or in a MAC pro store, but with this Collection you can get them everywhere. Other colors also included in the Collection: Process Magenta, Rich Purple and Marine Ultra.

This pic brings out the kid in me. Happy crayon colors!

All three go on smooth and pigmented. The yellow might be a tad creamier than the others. But none of them smudges much and they go on well in the waterline. They hold reasonably well in the waterline, but they are not waterproof, so a waterproof pencil will last better. According to the packaging all of these can be used in the lip area, Genuine Orange should not be used in the eye area or the waterline and the other two shouldn’t be put into the inner rim of the eye either. That’s just a precaution, though (so that you can’t sue them if you turn out to be allergic or something). I’ve totally used them in the waterline and lived to tell the tale.

So these colors are probably a bit unusual but I like using orange, red or yellow underneath the eye, often with a regular brown colored smokey eye look. Other than that they can be used as lip liner for the currently very trendy colorful lipsticks and of course they can be used for all sort of special makeup, like Sugar Skulls etc.

There were also a whole lot of colored mascaras in this collection, but unlike pencils mascara dries up so I skipped them even though I sort of wanted some freaky colors.

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˜„