September 2008


So I made an Avon order because I felt like buying something and I didn’t want to spend lots of money. They were running some sale like always and I bought two fragrances for $12. I do wonder why I bought Make Me Wonder. I didn’t expect a lot from this fragrance. It is an EDT and it looks like it is a GAP fragrance. The bottle isn’t too bad and it feels “sturdy”. The purple and orange makes for a pretty and fun bottle. It is supposed to have notes of boysenberry, violet and rich vanilla bean. This sounded decent enough for $6. I don’t hate the fragrance but I don’t like it either. I’ll use it but I won’t be upset when it is gone. Since it is an eau de toilette the lasting power isn’t so great. It lasts for about 4 or 5 hours. After this time frame I can’t smell anything on my skin. It is something that must be reapplied if you want all day wear. The fragrance is very sweet. If you like sweet fragrances or Victoria’s Secret type fragrances, Escada limited editions, Givenchy Hot Couture, or Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy then you will love this. Especially the price. It is very sweet. I keep saying that because it is. It’s less fruity and more sweet. It has a note of candied/pie-ish berries. It isn’t fresh berries, so imagine a berry sugary reduction. The violet is smothered out by the sweetness of the berry and vanilla bean. It also has a “generic” musky type note that sticks to the skin the longest. This is sweet like candy but not like cake or baked goods. It has a very vanilla bean-ish odor. If you like vanilla then you will love this. I think I would of liked this more if there was a dirty patchouli note or a warm amber note to mature it up a bit. I haven’t layered it over patchouli or amber oil yet. Like I have said before I am not a huge fan of sweet fragrances but I can tolerate them. My husband thinks this is gross but I don’t think it is gross. I just don’t think it is special, but I must add that I have seen way more boring super expensive stuff.  I just think it smells “young” and isn’t something I would of bought it I smelled it before buying. It would wear better in cooler weather because of its sweet notes. It retails for $15 normally without a sale and it is 1.7 ounces. You get what you pay for.

I’ve been using Clinique Water-Resistant Eyeliner for years. It has that certain understated old school glamour that I dig. It is a water-resistant cake eyeliner that wears strongly all day without flaking or fading; however, it is easy to remove at night with any eye makeup remover. It comes in two shades: Muted Brown which is a matte warm brown and Neutral Black which is a matte blackboard shade. It comes in a cake powder form and just needs water to create a long wearing formula. I like it because well, it wears all day and I can use any brush that I like to create a sexy cat eye. I’m not wild about the brush that is included with the liner. I find it too “wide” so I use a liner brush that I bought at an art store. It’s really thin and I like the control that I have with the long handle. I use it for all of my “retro” looks. I just wet my liner brush and run it across the cake and line. It is really simple. The liner dries in a short time and won’t budge all day. It is great for those with sensitive eyes or those that are sick of running liner. I’ve went through a ton of these over the years. I really like Lancome’s Artliner liquid eyeliner but I use it for more dramatic looks because the colors are deeper and “crisper”. I use Clinique’s for most everyday wear because I’m so used to it I can apply it very quickly. It retails for $14.50 which is a great deal because this stuff lasts a long while.

Great for creating Bardot-ish eyes.

Great for creating Bardot-ish eyes.

I use a lot of products, being a cosmetic addict and all, and I love this drugstore find. This shower gel retails for about $5.50 and is huge. The fragrance is really nice and fruity. It isn’t “pomegranate” per se because I have found that pomegranate is really hard to reduplicate. I still haven’t found a pomegranate fragrance that seems genuine. Anyways, this fragrance is fruity and smells “ripe”/”tart” and has a pretty expensive vibe. The mango is a wonderful touch to the mix. I feel like I can smell the skin of a ripe mango. It has a bit of a citrusy edge too. It is very fragrant in the shower but doesn’t linger on your skin too long so you it doesn’t fight with the other fragrances that you wear. I do wish there was a body cream in this fragrance because I would love to smell like this all day. It’s a very energizing fragrance. It has “moisture” beads which are OK. I don’t think it really makes a difference other than cosmetic, they look nice floating in the wine red gel formula. It lathers very nicely and a little goes a long way. It also makes a fab bubble bath. It is available at drugstores and Wal-Mart/Target and can be bought on drugstore.com.

The Band Wagon

OK, So I will never have her legs or sexy moves but I can have Cyd’s makeup. And her hair if I really wanted and if short hair didn’t make my face look so round 😦  I love pink lipstick but I haven’t been wearing too much of it since I dyed my hair red. I still do it but plums look better on me. But I do get tempted by “pink” looks.

To get this look apply foundation and concealer where needed. Use a light formula such as Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation and Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen. Lightly dust skin with a large fluffy brush using a lightweight powder such as NARS Sparkling Loose Powder. Every bombshell has perfect brows, so tame brows with something like Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in your shade of choice, it would be Espresso for Cyd like brows. Use the neutral colors with a hint of pink found in Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow Compact in Earth Reflection 609. Dust the top left shade all over the eye, from lashline to brow bone. Dust the center pink shade from lashline to the crease of the lid. Take the brown from the top right and blend into the crease. Take the lightest shade, the bottom right, and highlight the brow bone. Take a thin brush and line under brows and blend. Line eyes with Lancôme Artliner Liquid Liner in Noir. Slightly go out, creating a “cateye”. Coat top and bottom lashes with a volumizing mascara such as Benefit BadGal Lash Mascara in black. Use a pretty, healthy looking pink blush such as Lorac Powder Blush in Pink. This color provides a great “healthy” hue for pale skins. Line lips with YSL Dessin De Lèvres Lip Liner in Fuchsia. Apply a hot magenta shade of lipstick such as YSL Fard À Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Fuschia Pink which is a perfect satin fuschia. Dab a little bit of Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve onto the bottom lip to create a “plumpy” look. Since you aren’t dressed until you spritz with perfume, I’d have to choose something fun and not too serious for this look. Something like YSL Baby Doll, a nice flirty floral.

I hope that you have used this product by now but if you haven’t you should. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme is a rich natural nail treatment with a zesty lemon peel scent. It comes in an adorable, small, vintage looking, yellow tin. It contains sweet almond oil, Vitamin E and cocoa butter in a beeswax base.

My cuticles are ragged, haggard messes that are often dry and painful. I wash my hands a lot and wear nasty latex gloves at my job. Plus, my housework and I have a bad habit of cutting cuticles which is not good. After using this product for a few days, my cuticles are much better. They are softer but stronger. Plus I love the lemon fragrance in this stuff and the rich texture. Like all Burt’s Bees products, this is high quality stuff. It retails for $6 and is available at most drugstore, DERMAdoctor and drugstore.com. And a little goes a long way and you only need to apply it once daily.

No Bristles

Defect: No Bristles

I have no idea what I was thinking when I purchased this product. I just knew that I needed a mascara and was tired of the same ole crap. I still haven’t found my “HG” and I’m still searching.

This stuff was straight up nasty. It’s claim to fame is that it is brushless and claims that you can coat each lash individually (who has time for that!) and looks like false lashes. As if! The “magic wand” is so primitive and I’m sure chimps in the wild could come up with a better way to apply mascara than this. It clumped my lashes into three huge spikes like some punk rockers mohawk. It is a very wet formula and would get all over the place. Tons of product would come out and I’d have to “tissue” it like it was cheap ole Maybelline Great Lash, which by the way is a thousand times better than this stuff. It took a long time to get used to applying it because it would skip lashes and was impossible to apply evenly and don’t even try to double coat. It was hard and stiff when it dried and took forever to remove even with my beloved Lancôme Bifacils. I can’t believe it is still on the market. I tried it a year ago and I wish I returned it instead of trashing it. My friends and family were like “I’m so happy you’re not using that stuff anymore.” when I sent it to the dumpster. I knew it looked bad but others noticed too. Shoot. I asked a friend who works at Sephora about it and she went off on me. She was like, “Why didn’t you ask me? We get tons of returns on this product. It is junk.” Well, whatever. I’m still searching for that perfect mascara that will give me the false eyelash look. But, the truth is nothing will, only falsies. And false lashes would of been a thousand times easier to apply each morning than Magic Wand Mascara. Save your $15 unless you only have one eyelash to your name that needs coated in mascara.

Tammys eye makeup looks better than mine did when using this stuff.

Tammy's eye makeup looks better than mine did when using this stuff.

If you like the warmth and softness of amber scents, you are bound to love L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre eau de toilette. It is a very simple amber fragrance. The L’Artisan Parfumeur website says:

A formula that blends the most precious materials used by perfumers – balm and amber. A soft, rounded, mysterious, Oriental tale from the pages of “A Thousand and One Nights.”

Amber is just a soft milky amber scent. The initial spritz is a bit sharp because it has geranium in it. This quickly fades and leaves a warm, resiny, incense but not smoky amber, patchouli, and a bit of vanilla mix. It is a lovely fragrance that is warm and inviting. My husband wears amber resin smeared on his skin and this scent reminds me of him. It is very “snuggley”. I used to wear a lot amber scents and amber resin too but I grew out of it. When smelling this again, it reminded me of why I love this intoxicating fragrance. This scent wears closely to the skin like most amber scents. Amber seems to become apart of the skin. It was meant to be worn. What I am surprised about is that this fragrance is long wearing. It is an EDT that lasted on my skin the next day. The blotter card held the scent strongly for a week. It dries down to a pure, rich, succulent amber with a dash of vanilla for softness. Or the “roundness” the company uses to describe it. It is very basic and simple. If you like “oriental” fragrances, you should give this a try. I really like it. Will I purchase it? Most likely no. It is lovely and warm and perfect for autumn but I find that I love my amber resin just as much. (It is a lot cheaper too.) I am impressed that this juice conjures up so much of that rocky, resiny part of amber and not that strange liquid amber that many perfume oils have. This product retails for $95 for the 50ml, $135 for the 100ml, body cream is $65, shower gel is $45, large candle is $60 and the small is $20. It would make a lovely home fragrance since it is so warm, inviting and cozy. You can purchase it at barneys.com or lartisanparfumeur.com.

One of my favorite prints, based on 1,000 Nights by Vargas.

One of my favorite prints, based on 1,001 Nights by Vargas.

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