Givenchy Amarige is a nice woodsy-floral (“oriental”) fragrance. It is warm and floral. It is one that I have had in my collection for quite sometime but I often overlook it for reasons unknown. I guess because it is a fragrance that I like, not that I love.

At first spritz, it is a heavy floral mix of gardenia, ylang-ylang,  and neroli. It manages to have a robust but somewhat “powdery” note. This gives the fragrance a subtle yet old-fashioned vibe despite its 1991 release date.  (Depends who you ask, many find this a “dated” fragrance). It “bubbles” with mimosa and faint citrus fruit and blossoms. There is a touch of stone fruit but very faint and I have to wear this many times and “think” about it to find it. This stage is brief, the fruity stage. It dries down to a thick gardenia fragrance but it is much warmer than the initial spritz. It has a bit more of a souring gardenia and tuberose vibe. It eventually turns into a gardenia with “woods” and a little more sweetness from something like vanilla and amber. It smells “exotic” and a little complicated. This isn’t a bad thing. Givenchy describes this fragrance as a fragrance “in love” and a play on “mariage”. At first,  it is flirty, soft, and delicate. It is happy and energetic. Then is becomes warm, sensuous, and seductive during its lifespan. It wears for many hours on me and I find it very hard to believe that it is an EDT and not an EDP!

The bottle is OK. It is sturdy with a disappointing plastic top. It is made to represent a blouse designed by Givenchy for Bettina Graziella which had a dramatic and sculptured neckline.

The 1 ounce retails for $47 and the 1.6 ounce for $62. There is a 3.3 ounce and I think it goes for $82. I would say, if you haven’t already tried this fragrance, that you may like it if you are the type that likes Jean Paul Gaultier EDP, Kenzo Flower, Dior Addict, and strangely Avon SSS Soft & Sensual body products line. This is also a great fragrance for the gardenia and tuberose lover. I really go for this one in the fall and winter because of its warm base notes. It is a great “winter” floral. I also find that it is too strong for me in the summer. Actually I should give a warning, this is a “strong” fragrance according to many noses, I mean I did compare it to Addict!


Amarige Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 1.7 Oz by Givenchy

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Just in time with America’s newest obsession with India, thanks Slumdog Millionaire, there is Givenchy’s Maharani Spring 2009 collection. It is inspired by the “sensual and refined beauty of Indian women”. Wow, that isn’t generalizing. Don’t get me wrong. I believe that Indian women deserved to be in the spotlight, Indians do in general. Especially Indian Americans who make up a large population in the U.S. and who are rarely seen in the media. India is a very “exotic” place to most Americans. They mainly think of spicy food and hot Bollywood babes. But, generalizing groups is always a very dangerous practice. Creating looks on a “culture’s ornate clothing and makeup” is a bit generalizing. But, at least it is a bit positive. I mean what country doesn’t want to be known for its beautiful women? I’m sure most want to be known for their great values and minds, but hey this is a makeup/fashion company we are talking about here! We’re selling an image only. Lancome did the India thing this past fall. I liked Lancome’s ad because it had a lovely lady of color. Plus the bronzes and oranges together were lovely. I guess some almost positive press is better than none.

FACE: There are two Sari Glow Iridescent Blushes. There is Maharani Orange which is a golden peach glow and Maharani Pink which is a pink glow. Both retail for $42. There are two Prismissime Eye and Face Compacts. There is one in Maharani Apricots. It is filled with nine bronzy browns, warm tans, and perfect peaches. There is Maharani Pinks filled with nine summer tans, pinks, and taupes. Both retail for $53. I do like both of these because they are multi-functional and the possibilities are endless.

EYES: There is a Magic Kahal Eye Pencil in Black. This is a super dark and thick black pencil. It retails for $21.50. There are two Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow. These are gel/cream shadows that pair nicely with bold lips. There is Maharani Silver and Maharani Gold. These retail for $26.

LIPS: There are two Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks. There is Maharani Rose which is a deep but bright pink and Maharani Henna which is a deep brick red. These go for $27 and have lovely packaging.

Overall the collection is a “hot” and “spicy” with magentas and corals. It is pretty enough. I like light, sheer metallic eyes with bold lips. That is a look I usually go for in the summer. However, I think the looks could of had a better ad campaign. There is something for both warm and cool skins. Everything is housed in ultra luxury Givenchy packaging. It’s pretty but expensive. And it kills me that the company is idolizing Indian women and I am sure that they don’t even offer a foundation, concealer, or powder in a shade that will suit most Indian ladies.

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.

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.

Has anyone gave this one a try yet? Frankly, I think it looks like the biggest gimmick ever. But, who knows? First off it looks like some spooky mace. 

This mascara claims to grip lashes at the root to curl and separate them. The creepy sphere shape is patented and is supposed to work with all eye shapes. I just can’t buy into that. It looks like lots of extra work. Nobody wants to paint each individual lash on. If that was the case wouldn’t you just wear individual false lashes. Since you’d be double coating so many areas on accident it seems like it would clump up so badly. I like even sweeps and I don’t think you could get that with this. But, I haven’t tried it so I don’t know. I’d love to hear your opinion. I just don’t want to experiment with a $27 mascara. I am so sick of getting burned.