Who doesn’t love the juicy, tropical smell of mango? I’m not that wild about fruity fragrances but I do like mango blends. They are like a little vacation in a bottle. Mango is sweet, pulpy, and peach-like a.k.a. delicious. Actually, I prefer this aroma in fragrance over a peach any day. Here is a list of fragrances heavy on mango in a variety of price points and mediums.

Budget Mango Scents (under $50): There are a few nice solid perfume mango products out there. I really love Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit Solid Perfume. It is in a nice and natural base. It smells like a tropical fruit explosion of peach, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. It’s like a tropical cocktail in a solid form. The citrus makes it a “happy” fragrance. The solid is a steal at $9. Carol’s Daughter Mango Melange EDT is a juicy tropical blend of citrus, mango, and vanilla-like coconut. The spray retails for $27. Love + Toast Clementine Crush Roll-On Perfume is a blend of guava, citrus, and mango. It goes for $12 and is in a travel friendly container/roll-on. Benefit Crescent Row Something About Sofia EDT is a sweeter tropical fruity-floral. It has mango, tropical florals, and lots of gourmand sweetness. I think of it as the “cool” weather mango scent. It goes for $36.Benefit B Spot EDT is also a fruity-floral heavy on mango. It’s less sweet than the other mentioned. The 1.7 EDT goes for $38. Demeter Pick-Me-Up Cologne in Mango Pineapple Salsa is a fruity but spicy mango scent. It’s interesting enough. The 1 ounce goes for $20. Villainess Paradise Misplaced Perfume Oil is a creamy coconut tropical mango scent with fresh green tea that adds crispness. A bottle retails for $18.

More Expensive Mango Scents: Strange Invisible Perfumes Tropical Vial EDP is a must have for those that want a juicy, tropical mango fragrance. It’s like a tropical ambrosia. It retails for $135 for 1.7 ounces. Ebba Miss Marisa Tropical Perfume Oil is a creamy coconut mango long-wearing fragrance oil. It retails for $62. Annick Goutal Folavril EDT is a fresh mango fragrance with green leaves and florals. It isn’t so sweet but much more green than the others listed in this guide (my review). The 3.4 ounce goes for $110. Parfums de Nicolaï Turquoise Eau Fraiche is a slightly spicy tropical mango scent with a dash of cardamom and pepper. Even with the spice, it still manages to be refreshing and awesome for summer. The 3.4 ounce retails for $65.

5 Other Mango Scented Products So You Can Smell Like Mango From Head to Toe: Looking for a rich mango smelling body cream to layer under any of these fragrances? Try 100% Pure Mango Shea Body Butter. It retails for $18. You could also try Watkins Mango Body Cream. I love the old-school packaging. It retails for $9. Maile Organics Body Wash in Mango Nectar is a rich, tropical smelling body wash. It retails for $22. If you like bar soaps, try The Body Shop Mango Soap. It is a lush, fruity aroma. It retails for $4. Alba Hawaiian Mango Moisturizing Hair Conditioner retails for under $10.

I can’t believe that I haven’t talked about this product sooner. I’ve been using if for over 5 years. It’s one of my favorite products. Benefit High Beam really is a supermodel in a bottle. It does wonderful, wonderful things for my complexion. It’s a shimmery pale pink creamy liquid that I use on my cheeks, brow bones, down the nose, cleavage, etc. It blends in nicely without looking too OTT. It makes my skin look healthy and dewy. I love to mix it with cheek stains for a soft, glowing, and long-wearing flush. I also like to wear it over bare skin on my cheeks and around my brows, imagine a huge “C” shape with my usual face powder over it. This makes my skin look almost perfect. Did I mention that it even works well mixed with concealer, even concealer used under the eyes?

This creamy liquid creates a “glow” without being glittery. Yes, obviously, it contains shimmer but not huge shimmers, just microfine shimmer that doesn’t set in creases or set on top of the skin. I really do love this product for my fair, normal-type skin. No clogged pores or greasy feel.

My only real complaint is the packaging. The packaging is glass, imagine a “nail polish” bottle including that brush. This isn’t my favorite for travel or really for “hygiene” since I am smearing it on my face and then putting it pack in to breed some freaky germs or something. That being said, I don’t think that anything really gross is brewing in there and I haven’t had a bottle break (yet).

The bottle retails for $24, I find that it is worth it since I use it for many different purposes. It is available at www.benefitcosmetics.com.

This 1949 pic of Esther is a bit grainy but she is still looking great. This gal transitions nicely from mermaid to snow bunny. This is how you get this wintery look:

FACE: Esther’s complexion is luminous even in the harsh winter air. Apply an illuminating foundation during these “dull” times. A nice one with more coverage is Clarins True Radiance Foundation. Apply an illuminating concealer under the eye area if needed. Almay Bright Eyes Concealer + Eye Base is a multi-use product that provides coverage and not just “shimmer” like most eye illuminators. Apply this product to lids as a base as well. Set makeup with a loose powder. Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil is nice for dry winterized skin. Apply one of my favorite complexion pick-me-ups, Benefit High Beam. down the cheek bone. Blend. Apply MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush to cheeks. Apply as much as you see fit and blend.

EYES: Brows are pencil perfect. Fill in perfectly shaped brows with a powdery eye pencil like Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil (not pictured) in your shade. Sculpt in to place with the spoolie. Eyes are very simple and it is all about flirty lashes. The base has evened out your lid. Apply a nude-to-you shadow. For Esther, this would be something like Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder in Gemstone, a sheer light peach. If you feel a bit more definition is needed. Apply a light brown shade to the crease. Try a shade like Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow in Silken Taupe. Line top lashes with an eye liner to “thicken” lashes. I would apply a smooth liner such as Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner . Curl lashes and apply a lengthening and curling mascara like L’Oreal Panoramic Curl Extreme Mascara. Apply a few coats to top lashes and one coat to bottom lashes for a wide-eyed look.

LIPS: This is such a classic beauty look. Apply a rose lip liner such as Dior Crayon Contour Lip Liner in Candy Rose . Apply a satin rose lipstick like Milani Velvet Lips Lipstick in Lavish, a mulberry rose. Add some shine with a clear lip gloss with silver shimmer such as Lipstick Queen Shine in Silver Saint. If you really want to warm up in winter, apply DuWop Moon Venom. This adds a silver sparkle and lots of lip plumping “burn”.

And for a fragrance to finish this flirty mermaid-turned-snowbunny-look, I recommend Karl Lagerfield Kapsule Light EDT, a mix of juicy citrus, flowers, and winter spices.

The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Desire is a generic floral, not much of a surprise. This was the 2007 FiFi Award Winner of Fragrance of the Year. I would say that the FiFi Awards don’t really give out awards to interesting blends. Dream Angels Desire isn’t offensive or gross. It is just so dull and boring. It seriously just smells like “modern” perfume. Something that you would wear just to smell “good”, you really aren’t interested in your options.

At first spritz, Dream Angels Desire is a humid freesia and ivy leaf bomb. I do love freesia but I find that the freesia that Victoria’s Secrets uses in most of their juice is pretty lame. I can definitely pick up on the ivy leaf. To my surprise ivy actually smells good: green and floral. I have learned this since my back yard has been completely taken over by the lush green pest. Actually, ivy smells much like freesia in real life. And in this blend the “ivy” is the only thing making this seem like real freesia. The other top note listed by the company is “white star magnolia”. This ivy and humidity only lasts for about 5-10 minutes. It then becomes a more fruity floral. I can smell “fruit” but I can’t identify it. I mainly just smell lots and lots of peony. The other middle notes listed include frangipani and yellow plum. I guess that clarifies the “fruit” aroma. The dry down is very generic and soft. It smells of modern woods and musk. Victoria’s Secret calls this “angelique wood, crystal musk, and angora accord”.

Overall this fragrance is very feminine and girly. It’s playful with all of the freesia, ivy, and peony. The dry down is the most generic thing ever. It isn’t offensive, I just don’t find it worth wearing with so many other beautiful fruity-florals out there. I would say that you may want to give this a try if you like fruity-florals like Usher UR EDP, Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Shine, Benefit B Spot EDT, Vera Wang Truly Pink EDP, Versace Bright Crystal EDP, MAC Pinkaura, Britney Spears Curious, Carolina Herrera 212, and/or Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean (it really, really reminds me of this one during its dry down).

It comes in three sizes ranging from 1 oz to 4.2 oz with prices ranging from $39 to $59.


Dream Angels Desire Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 4.2 Oz by Victoria’s Secret

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Could a name be any more unfortunate than “Ralph”? Seriously. It sounds disgusting. Maybe the kids don’t say that anymore, but I still use it that way. Ralph is obviously marketed to a younger crowd. It has a simple bottle and tons of auxiliary products. I don’t find Ralph offensive (well, other than the name), I just find it dull and boring even for a fruity-floral. It has been around a long time, it has many spin-offs, and it is worth reviewing. Notes include: apple tree leaves, yellow freesia, Italian mandarin, Japanese loquat, osmanthus, magnolia, linden blossom flower, purple freesia, boronia, musk 2000, and white orris. At initial spritz Ralph is kind of hissy like freesia (which I find difficult to replicate) and generic fruits. It kind of smells like an Herbal Essence shampoo (not the old stuff, the new stuff). It continues to be super fruity. The fruits are difficult to determine, but they seem to be a bit sour apple and like a loquat lozenge with a kiss of pink grapefruit. It just seems like a canned jelly mixture of pectin and delicate synthetic blossoms. The florals eventually become stronger than the fruits and it becomes less like those jelly candies that one may find at an Asian market. The florals last and mix with generic musks, a fruity musk, not a “skin” musk or “sensual” musk. It’s a bit humid and aquatic and this helps to make it a bit more fresh but still floral. It’s a fragrance that one could use the following words to describe: flirty, young, girly, carefree, and well, generic.

I don’t find this fragrance exciting or interesting one bit, but it does define a genre: fruity-floral. This genre isn’t my favorite but it has been popular for sometime, especially with a certain age group. The fragrance isn’t horrible. I just don’t like it for myself.

I would say that you would like this or if you like this you may like Paris Hilton EDP,Gucci II EDP, Britney Spears Believe EDP, Harajuku Lovers Music EDT, Lily Pulitzer Wink EDP, JLo Love At First Glow EDP, Benefit B Spot EDT, Victoria’s Secret Pink EDP and/or Vera Wang Truly Pink EDP.

Prices range from $28 for 1 ounce to $62.50 for 3.4 ounces. It is available at most department stores, beauty.com, and sephora.com.

Ralph Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz by Ralph Lauren

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

rosecollage

Sometimes I just get in a rosy mood. I just want rose scented everything. Luckily, there are many options out there. These are just a few of my favorites. If I had to narrow it down to my top 5…I would have to choose the items I keep repurchasing: Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Benefit Benetint, Fresh Rose Face Mask, Dr. Hunter’s Hand Creme, and Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I love so many rose fragrances but I don’t run out of them too often since I can be embalmed in my current fragrance collection.

I don’t associate rose scent as grandmotherly. My grandmothers wear Estee Lauder Youth Dew and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Not very rosy items. I just love rose. I love to smell them when they first bloom. They really represent nice, mild weather to me. Which is nice because the roses outside of the window completely opened up this morning. Time to open up that window.

Benefit’s Maybe Baby is one of my favorite in your face, I’m not sorry to be a girly girl fragrance. It is so playful and feminine. It is very different than my typical mossy, spicy, or patchouli based fragrance treats. This is the one I pull out when I want to feel like an irrational gal that pulls at suitor’s heartstrings. It’s flirty, it’s bat those lashes, and giggle worthy. It’s lighthearted without being too juvenile smelling. It doesn’t smell like cotton candy or melons. Bonus!

Maybe Baby has a burst of fuzzy apricot without smelling like a teenage girl’s body spray. It is grown up with a tang of white ginger. (Speaking of white ginger, does anybody remember Avon Hawaiian White Ginger? I would love to get my hands on that! Or at least something like it.) It is floral and fruity and thank goodness for me it wears heavier on the floral side. It is grounded on me by the greeness of bergamot. It manages to smell peachy fresh, white floral-ish, and it is made fresh by greenery. It isn’t a particularly sophisticated fragrance but it is fun and it does attract my mate. Heck, it could of attracted my mate for all I know. He is wild about it. This fragrance is pretty much a dude magnet.

The bottle is a strange shape (a.k.a. uncomfortable to hold)  and has stupid little sayings all over it that I guess are supposed to make me feel good about being frivolous. I could live without that but I’m not complaining at that $48 price tag for 3.4 ounces. ($32 for the 1.7 ounces) It wears long enough for an EDT and I think it wears longer on me than most people. I don’t really smell it but others comment on it. It is funny because I have hundreds of things and people never comment on the complex, expensive stuff, just things like Maybe Baby.

I do have the lotion. It smells very nice. It isn’t super moisturizing but it is highly fragrant and contains the prettiest amount of champagne shimmer. It really makes my skin look flawless and plasticy. (Plastic is a nice thing in my book.) The shimmer shade works wonderfully with my skintone. The lotion goes for $26 and isn’t as good of a deal as the fragrance. So, if you like flirty fragrances or want a flirty fragrance that are so flirty it makes your worn out jeans into white lacy lingerie than this is for you. If you want something uncomplicated that screams “I’m a gal looking to play hard to get” then this is for you too.

It is available on Benefit’s website.

For some reason I fall for all of Benefit’s gimmicks. I know that I can get the same result from a different product (AKA cheaper product). I love a highlighted brow bone. You know that drag queen lifted high to the sky brow bone? Love it. This pencil claims to add an instant brow lift. It does highlight nicely and is easy to use. It does what alot of slightly pearly powder eyeshadows do. This pencil is a super pale pink. It looks nice on my light skintone but I really don’t think the color is for everyone. I really don’t think it is for alot of people. With my experience as a makeup artist I wouldn’t use this on like 80% of my clients. My darker clients would benefit more from a pearly golden champagne powder. Anyways, you take this pencil and line under your brows and blend and it is supposed to lift. The lady at the counter tried to tell me that it helps cover up stray, unruly brows between waxing. Yeah, whatever. If your philosophy is to cake your hair follicles with tons of pigment to disguise a stray hair rather than pluck it, then that would work. It doesn’t do that. In fact the lighter shade makes strays more noticeable if you have dark hair like I do. It’s an OK product and the color works for me but it is something to definitely try before buying. It retails for $20 and I’ve used loose face powders that created the same results as this when swept and blended right under the brow bone.

So Irresistible

So Irresistible

First of all I need to state that I am a sucker for packaging. Especially vintage inspired packaging because I have a weird obsession with all things old. I really have a hard time connecting with my generation and hold onto vintage things even cutesy Benefit packaging. So, that is what really motivated me to purchase a tin of $30 body balm. Luckily, the actual product is awesome and I love it.

Benefit Body So Fine is a lightly scented velvety body balm that comes in an adorable “boudoir” inspired pink tin with a little black Bathina puff. It looks amazing in my “boudoir” that my poor husband has to share with me. Ignore the complaints on makeupalley.com, I have absolutely no complaints of this product. Of course I am the type of gal that on my days off wears red lipstick and false eyelashes even though I may or may not leave the house. I believe you must always look drop-dead gorgeous. Some people dislike the fragrance, which I expect, we are all very different. The people that dislike it describe it as smelling “old”. First of all these are the people that like to smell like Victoria’s Secret body spray, I don’t. I wear Guerlain Jicky and Pigeut Fracas, now that is old. Body So Fine smells exactly like Benefit’s Maybe Baby in my opinion ( a very new smelling fragrance). It is a light “tumbling” floral with a hint of apricot. Benefit claims it is an aphrodisiac. I’d believe that. My husband loves it. It just smells feminine and not too complicated for “man” noses. It isn’t loud and works well with other scents, even patchouli. Second complaint others had was with the black puff. They said it got all icky and clumpy with the balm. I have used this everyday for quit sometime (over a month) and my puff is smooth, yes stained with the balm but do I care? No. This stuff feels like silk on the skin. It is smooth and moisturizing. A little goes a long way. It adds a very faint glimmer that is the ultimate in sexy. The best way that I can describe it, is that it makes you look like you are wearing hose but your not. It’s a great alternative for itchy hose. If you are feeling “blah” and wear this, I guarantee it will pick you up. You could be wearing sweats and feel like the ultimate in sexy lady with this stuff smeared on your decollete. And isn’t that what feeling simply irresistible is about?

Benefit is known for their catchy, kitschy packaging, names and advertising. Everyone has to admit that is why we gave them a try to begin with. If you still haven’t tried any of Benefit’s products then you should. Not all of their products are great, they can be expensive and hokey. But most of them are nice. For instance, some of those little boxes of powder.

First, the packaging of these are usually cute. Functional, um..no, cute…yes. I have mine on my dresser because I don’t want them to break or get nasty in my makeup bag. If you have put yours in with your other makeup and have traveled, please let me know what happened. I just have a feeling it ended up being shattered…Anyways, most of the powders are lightly scented, very lightly and have a nice texture. They come with huge flat brushes that I rarely use because it deposits too much color in one area. I’ll start my guide with the first box I ever tried.

Dandelion: The Perk-Me-Up Pink Powder– This is a non-chalky pale pink powder with a hint of shimmer and a light floral fragrance. It comes in a cute dandelion puff box. When I bought this back in the day, the sales associate sold it to me like a blush. Yeah, whatever. Not enough color for me, this is sheer stuff. You’d have to have like a gallon of Benetint under it to show up. You could use it as a blush if you were terrified of blush and were scared of having 80’s flashbacks when applying something with pigment. I lightly brush it all over and it adds a little color in a good way. It makes me look alive if I am sallow.

Georgia: A Peach Face Powder That Radiates Sunshine– This one is more my speed because I’ve always wanted an Uma Thurman peaches and cream complexion. It’s a sheer peach powder with a little shimmer and a peach scent. It warms my complexion and I like it better than most bronzers. It too can be used as a blush like Dandelion if you want minimal pigment, but I like it all over. The box has a graphic peach on it. It could have cuter packaging in my opinion.

Hoola: A Natural Bronzing Powder– This is a deeper bronze shade matte bronzing powder. I can’t remember the scent because I never purchased it. This is too dark for my skintone and has a tendency to look mucky. I have a friend that uses it, she is way more tan than me and it looks awesome on her. Her skin is oily and she prefers to have a bronzer without shimmer since she spends good money and time to not look shiny. The packaging has an orchid on it and the brush has a teal handle. Do not use the brush with this stuff. It will mess you up and make you look like a zebra. Use a normal bronzer brush for a natural look.

Dallas: The Perfect Combination of Bronzer and Blush– This is a sheer rosy bronze shade with a hint of shimmer. Sorry again, I didn’t buy this so I can’t remember the fragrance. This can be used as a blush or as a bronzer. This color is all wrong for me. It’s too pink to be a bronzer and to dark to be a blush. It works for some folks. My mom loves it but she is really tan. The box is cute with a chick riding a horse into the sunset. I want to love it because I love the packaging. The Benefit website says it is for everyone but that ain’t true.

10– This is a nice powder that is you’re supposed to do the “sexy sweep” with. I don’t. I apply it with a normal brush where I want to. One side is a perfect pale, shimmery pearl pink that is an awesome highlighter and eyeshadow. When I use it I get tons of complements and look flawless. I brush a little over the cheekbones. The other side is a shimmery bronzer that works with my skintone. It is a great contouring set. Both sides can be used as shadow and the colors look great on the body too. It is a very versatile product. I just don’t like the “sexy sweep” which is when you apply the powder with pink side up and the bronze side down and sweep. It doesn’t blend correctly and never looks even. Use a normal brush. And the packaging is stupid looking. It has like a rhinestone belt on it and some outline of a lady. Not cute. And I can’t smell it.

Thrrrob: A “turned-on” Face Powder– Gross, my face powder does not have sexual feelings. Anyways this is a brighter pink with a little shimmer that is supposed to look like a natural heart-racing flush, we know what they mean. It’s a nice color, especially as a blush. I don’t like it all over. I don’t look great with a pink face. It could work if you had that color in your skin. I’m kind of yellow. The packaging is a red and pink corset or something. It’s kind of tacky.

Each box-o-powder sells for $28 and comes in a cardboard box with a flatbuki style brush.