RAVE: L’EauParKenzo

Oh L’EauParKenzo.  It’s light, it’s airy, it’s fresh and crisp, but with an underlying femininity that doesn’t make it smell just like a sheet of Bounce.  And it’s a fun compound name.  In sum? One of my favorite, go-to scents.  The fragrance was first released in 1996 and despite the plethora of choices on the perfume market nowadays, this scent still shines.

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(The more elaborate description from the Kenzo’s official website describes it as a “fresh, aquatic scent, captured in a bottle with gentle curves escaping on a wave of serene beauty with a blend of cool mint, lotus flower and the sensual lingering of pink peppers.”  Meanwhile, the over-the-top Sephora description reads: “It all began with Kenzo’s love of water.  Kenzo’s universe is a vast garden, and water is its source, the origin of every vital force.  Simplicity, purity, and sincerity.  The bottle of L’Eau Par Kenzo does not contain water – it is water.”)

There are only two drawbacks: availability and what I will term the “initial sniff”.  When it comes to brick-and-mortar stores, I’ve only found it at Sephora.  And then, there’s the “initial sniff.”  That is, the very first notes I get out of this perfume after spraying are too floral-y, so much that they veer into the pollen-y category.  The magic of a layered perfume, though, is that the first few notes are not indicative of the more lasting and more prevalent scents that you will carry with you for most of the day.  So aside from that first minute where I think my sinuses will bleed from an allergic reaction, I love love love the middle and base notes released throughout the day.  By the time I hit the office, the lingering notes of that initial sniff are long gone, and so I really don’t mind it at all.  This is in sharp contrast to some perfumes whose top notes I enjoy much more than their base notes.  (Hello, Daisy Oh So Fresh.  Which I shall review soon.) The wear time on this perfume isn’t the greatest, but that actually makes it a perfect, subtle daytime scent that naturally fades into your skin chemistry without irritating those around you.

All in all, L’EauParKenzo is a top-notch perfume in my books.  Makes me wonder about the “Wild Edition” listed on the Kenzo website.  Wished it was available at Sephora or Ulta so I could bring my nose to its nozzle!



REVIEW: Super by Perricone Brightening Activator

“It’s ok because it’s good for you.”

Ever told yourself you should tough something out because the ultimate benefits were worth whatever it was you were enduring?  It’s probably what your mother told you when she was touting the benefits of eating liver or, in my case, eating bell peppers.

I bring this up because, after you’re done ooh-ing and aahh-ing at the distinctively pretty pink and white packaging of this toner, the first thing you notice—upon switching out the screwcap for the handy pump included with the bottle—is the smell.  As long as you’re expecting it, though, you won’t be as taken aback.  So, just so you know, this smells like cantaloupes gone bad.  Not excessively foul, but not heavenly pleasant either.  (We’re talking about cantaloupes that are overripe by say, 24 hours, and not much more.)

“If this product works,” I told myself, “I can deal with the smell.”  (In all honesty, I could deal with the smell even if the product didn’t work.  But it’s so much more fun to hold hostage what you think is your sought-after satisfaction.)

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RAVE: Lioele Blooming Gloss (Vanilla Pink)

I usually stay away from lip glosses because aside from the obligatory lip balm / SPF protection, the idea of something sticky, icky, and smelly on my lips is utterly unappealing.   Basically, if you’re going to do lip gloss in my books, you really have to do it right.  Otherwise, the  downsides are just too numerous: sticky lips, gross taste, gross smell, etc.

So when I heard that Lioele had among its cosmetic line a divine-smelling lip gloss, I quickly seized the chance to meet my potential holy grail lip gloss.  As the title so subtly imparted, I do believe I have found that HG gloss!


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REVIEW: Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa

No matter how this review was going to go, thumbs up were going to go to Origins and Sephora. For Earth Day 2012, Sephora teamed up with Origins and offered a full-size bottle of either Origins’ Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa or A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea just by bringing in an empty cosmetic product container to a Sephora store for recycling. It didn’t even have to be an Origins container or even a container of a product sold by Sephora. These moisturizers retail for $46.00 and $39.50, respectively. So, really, thumbs up all around.

I was on the hunt for a good night time moisturizer so I opted for the SPF-free, Starting Over moisturizer.

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