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, …). πŸ˜„

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 meansΒ  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. πŸ˜„ 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. πŸ˜„

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. πŸ™‚

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!’ πŸ˜„ 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? πŸ˜„

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. πŸ˜„ 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. πŸ˜„ 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. πŸ˜„ 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. πŸ˜„

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. πŸ˜„

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. πŸ˜„ 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 €, 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. πŸ˜„

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 € 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 FranΓ§ois Demachy.