August 2008


Urban Decay has launched four shades of their new 24/7 Concealer stick. It comes in light to medium/dark shades such as CIA, DEA, FBI, and NSA. The concealer comes in a pencil like form and can be used anywhere even under the eyes. One thing I like about this product is that you don’t have to contaminate your concealer by sticking your fingers in it all of the time and there is no messy brushes to deal with either. It dries to a clean matte finish. It has Vitamin E and a “microsponge” which means it absorbs oils. The thing that I do not like about this product is that I use alot of concealer and I feel since I have to sharpen this I will waste alot of product. I hate sharpening things. Plus, I am scared of the “microsponge” drying out my undereye area. It retails for $16. You can buy it at beauty.com or urbandecay.com.

This is the limited edition Josie Maran Wildflower Lip Color Palette. It comes in a lovely glimmering pink case that can be thrown into a compost pile after use, that’s a plus. It’s biodegradable.  It contains four sheer lip glosses and four juicy lipsticks. The palette is pretty small giving it advantages and disadvantages. It can fit anywhere and is nice for traveling; however, there isn’t a whole lot of product and it lacks a lip brush. Everything contains 100% pure Argan Oil which Josie claims is da bomb. The lip glosses are Delicious which is a soft pink, Amorous which is a rosey shade, Compassion which is a golden nude shimmer, and Radiance which is a nude pink. Delicious is my fave. The lipsticks are Courageous which is a plum, Gracious is a natural rose, Adventurous is a glimmering brown, and Flirtatious which is the creamy pink and my favorite. The colors are very natural and would look amazing on blondes and fair skin brunettes. It retails for $35.

Lips like wildflowers.

OK, so it’s a bit pricey at $41 for 6.7 ounces but you already know that. Bvlgari Thé Vert is a unisex classic with the clean and refreshing fragrance of green tea. It’s not Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea. This is a bit more crisp and unisex. Elizabeth Arden’s is wonderful in its own right. Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au thé vert bath and shower gel is enriched with jasmine extract, orange blossom extract, and green tea extract to revitalize the skin. This gel is lightly fragranced but manages to still linger on your skin after shower. It foams nicely without leaving skin dry. The refreshing scent is great for both men and women and the light scent can be mixed with other colognes without fighting for all the attention. I really like most of Bvlgari’s products. This is no exception. It isn’t usually in my home. My husband uses it all up before I can even touch it but it is something that I’ve bought more than once.


Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Vert for Men and Women Eau De Cologne Spray 2.5 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Seems as if Dior and Givenchy accidentally got some wires crossed for their Fall 2008 Color Collections. Givenchy has released some of their items and they are a bit “dandy”. This new Givenchy Pocket Beauty Case plays along with the 1930’s, old Hollywood androgyny, and 1970’s Faye Dunaway vibe. This is a new adorable silver Givenchy logo-ed “pocket watch” styled beauty case. It houses a dewy shimmering sheer pink highlighter that can be used on lips, cheeks, chest, or shoulders. My vote is for lips. It looks really pretty on lips and plus it is fun to pop out for reapplication. It is limited edition and retails for $55.

Dandy enough for a lady.

Dandy enough for a lady.

I’m still searching for my HG mascara even after using Chanel Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curve Mascara in Smokey Black. This is not the mascara for me. First off the wand is really hard to use. I’m a makeup artist, I’m supposed to be a little talented and applying mascara should be easy. This brush has “combs” just like Lancôme Fatale and then normal bristles like most traditional mascaras. However, the normal bristles are really short and don’t really touch the lashes. You are supposed to “twirl” the mascara from the lashline for a clump-free look. I twirled, I curled, I did it all and still had really clumpy lashes. It deposits lots of product because of the combs. The formula dries thick and brittle. The worse thing is that it flakes like mad all over my face. All day I find little black things all over my face and even on my chin looking like man whiskers. The mascara is very hard to remove at night and I use Lancome Bifacil and still can’t get it off. I have to use two rounds of Lancome’s eye makeup remover. The combs aren’t good at separating lashes. I have to use a traditional spoolie over this to define my lashes. And they call this brush innovative… This formula does add volume but it looks very unnatural and does have flaky fibers. Even though I dislike this mascara, I would recommend it to those that like Lancome Fatale or other thick comb mascaras. And I would recommend it to people that like “thick” mascara-ish looks, the looks that look like lots of mascara, not lots of lashes, mascara. This look was popular a few falls ago. Overall, I’m disappointed. This is not good for my everyday life. It takes too long to apply and looks really bad on me. This is a $28 mascara and I should of stuck with Chanel Inimitable. I haven’t found my HG but I know that I want separated lashes. I know that I need a “wetter” formula and a brush that is not like the one of Exceptionnel. I think I’m going to trade mine for Inimitable.

Carthusia i Profumi di Capri is a posh Italian perfume company that makes it juice in limited quantities in the same tradition that Carthusian monks used in the 1380’s. Each product uses nice ingredients and is “hand-wrapped”. It’s website is in Italian and translates poorly so this is about all I have.

Lately, my husband has been wearing the eau de parfum spray of Carthusia Uomo. It is “dedicated to a fascinating and refined man.” I guess that is him, even though he is a bit rough around the edges. It is described as a “fresh scent, made from citrus notes blended with wild rosewood in an irresistible woody-marine harmony. A light, timeless men’s fragrance.” It is very fresh and “aquatic” without being obnoxious or too “sporty” like most popular men’s fragrance. The initial spritz of this fragrance is citrusy and herbaceous. I smell citrus zest and rugged rosemary. This is fresh and sophisticated. What stands out the most to me is the rosewood, it is so smooth and woodsy and warm. Somehow this fragrance manages to remind me of rotting wooden ships floating on fresh sea water. It conjures up barnacles and a day at the dock. Granted it is fresher smelling than most docks, but it still has this sailing island quality to it. It is a nicely crafted fragrance that is fairly simple in theme but complex. My husband loves it and so do I. It smells wonderful on his skin, it smells “young” without going Axe-ish or Aqua di Gio. However, my husband complains about the lasting power of this fragrance. It is an EDP and in my opinion it does vanish fairly quickly considering the price and the ingredients. Of course we are both used to stronger fragrances and we both wear scents for ourselves and expect to smell it on us on all day. I guess like so many “marine” fragrances, it doesn’t hold well and is very light. At least my husband can’t over do it while wearing this and go all disco gigolo like he usually does. He is a fan of pure fragrance oils and Dior Fahrenheit.

Overall, this is a refreshing yet posh scent with light staying power. It is great for summer. It retails for $85 for the 50ml and $120 for the 100ml. You can purchase it at beautyhabit.com.

MAC has launched this season’s Cult of Cherry which I dig. I love dark lips and this collection offers that. It is a pretty edgy look. MAC made a long ass video for the collection too that can be viewed on the website. It also has three eyeshadow quads but I’m going to review Tempting. Tempting is pretty nice and kind of boring except for the acidic pop of the green which I find so similar to the eye shadow Bitter. Bitter is one of my favorite eyeshadows. I miss it with Chrome Yellow and a black with a pearly white highlighter such as Carbon and Crystal Avalanche. I also were it with bright blues like Freshwater and Electric Eel. I have paired Bitter with bronzes and browns with a bit of Gorgeous Gold. Sometimes I just wash the lid with Bitter and line with lots of black liquid liner. So what I’m saying is that I like Bitter. This compact offers that shade without calling it Bitter. In fact I don’t remember what it is called. The other shades in the quad include a shimmery nude, golden shimmery medium brown, and a dark warm brown. The shadows are a collection of satin, frost, and lustre and I think they all blend well. These all look great together. I didn’t buy the compact because I have colors are identical to this. See I can be financially responsible. The compact is limited edition and retails for $36 and the compact can be refilled. It’s really nice if you have nothing like it.

I bought this on a whim because I like the packaging and was making an online order and this stuff was only $1.99. I ended up really liking the fragrance of this perfumed body lotion. It is hard to describe since it is a lotion but it has a really soft, innocent powdery rose scent with a hint of something earthy like oakmoss. In fact it wore perfectly with my L’Aromarine Mousse de Chêne fragrance oil. It also wears nicely with single note rose fragrances and I’m sure it wears nicely with Sweet Honesty.The scent isn’t offensive and smells clean and girly.

It has a thicker texture but not creamy like a body butter. It is moisturizing and needs to be rubbed in thoroughly. The packaging is cute and has been the same for a while which I love. I actually left it out and about and not hidden in the linen closet. But, what is so awesome about it is the price. Most of the time you can buy it on special for $1.99 or even 99¢. It retails for $5.25 which is still a pretty good price. It is a little small and lasted only a few weeks for me with daily use. But, at least I used it. I’d love to purchase another one in the future.

I really don’t know what to say other than I love this new Make Up For Ever 12 Color Case Palette. This kit is packed with 12 bright and creamy colors that can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks. These make for some awesome eye liners. The robin’s egg blue, electric yellow, and bright spring green make some of my favorite non-traditional eyelienrs. The coral looks so hot on lips, eyes, and cheeks. The metallic silver and gold are fab on eyes and lips. And the dark brown and black are the perfect precise eyeliners for every day. Flash Colors are chock full of mind blowing pigment, have the best texture and really stay. I love them. These colors can be mixed to make your own custom color. This compact is perfect for makeup bags and travel. It sells for $93 and is available at sephora.com. I love it!

OK, I am not a connoisseur of expensive cigars. And I rarely smoke cigars. They’re a special occasion thing. But, I do know that I love the smell of tobacco. I love the way it smells when it is growing, I love the way it smells when it is drying and I even love the way it smells when being smoked. It is a robust fragrance that is so beautiful. Demeter states that their Humidor fragrance is “a balanced and irresistible combination of tobacco, spices and ozone.” This is so true. Humidor is both sweet and spicy. It is pure tobacco. It is strong, powerful and crisp. It isn’t stale or smoky. It is very complex for a Demeter fragrance. It resembles the many fragrant elements and flavors of an unsmoked cigar. This is a longer lasting scent than most Demeter fragrances. First it comes on strong and then it dries down to a lighter, softer version of the exact same scent. It keeps its spiciness and crispness. It is a really beautiful fragrance. I just wear it by itself and it smells wonderful. It has an ok lasting power but doesn’t wear long like most Demeter fragrances.

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