Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Eau de Parfum

Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu ($69 - $89; elizabetharden.com), a new launch this fall is a richer, sweeter, and a more sophisticated take on the Untold Eau de Parfum, that launched last year. Untold Absolu has notes of Brazilian Tonka Absolute, Cashmere Woods, Tahitian Vanilla Bourbon Absolute, Benzoin, Rose Water, French Narcissus, Italian Bergamot, Red Plum and Ginger, to name a few, which make it a creamy, cozy, comforting fall winter scent that is perfect this time of the year.

The packaging of Untold Absolu is very similar to Untold. Absolu has a gold lined, darker bottle, but the same gorgeous crystallized bottle and cap. Absolu is a beautiful, feminine and elegant fragrance that opens up with notes of Red Plum, Rose and Egyptian Jasmine, leaning very slightly fruity floral. The floral notes don't linger for the longest, the dry down is more of a warm, sweet and comforting mix of vanilla and amber. The wear time is excellent  - its a tad strong, but lasts all day long.  It is more of a grown up scent though, with just the right amount of sweetness to the mix without being overly cloying. Overall, absolutely worth checking out if you are on the lookout for a transitional scent or something you could wear quite a lot come colder weather or cooler fall evenings.  One of my top picks for a fall/winter scent and definitely something I much prefer over the classic Untold Eau de Parfum.

* Press Sample

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

L'Oreal's new Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7; ulta.com) is a volumizing, lengthening mascara that promises over-sized, over-the-top lash volume. The wand is rather flexible and works really well when getting onto the corner lashes and the teeny tiny ones that won't quite cling onto mascara. The mascara is jet black and the formula is supposed to be on the wet side, but my tube was rather dry and flaky. *Press Sample

I have very short, stubby lashes that need an eye lash curler before any sort of mascara. I found that Miss Manga does a good job of lengthening and a decent job separating, but it wasn't very voluminous and did not hold the curl very well. My lashes felt droopy in an hour's time and the overall effect was straight, spiked lashes, which is not something I was going for.  Although a bit flaky at first, it doesn't smudge much through the day and the wand is quite easy to work with once you get the hang of it - it feels a tad wiggly at the beginning. If you are looking for a mascara that would separate, lengthen, but also make lashes stick straight without any curl, you might like it, but if you are looking for a bit of a natural looking curl or volume, you may be quite dissapointed.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

L'Occitane Bonne Mere Shower Gels | Honey, Rosemary & Peach

The Bonne Mere Shower Gels ($14; loccitaneusa.com) are among many fabulous bodycare launches that were released as part of L'occitane's fall lineup, earlier this month. The shower gels come in five scents of Olive, Peach, Rosemary, Lemon and Honey!

I tried out Honey (au Miel), Rosemary (au Romarin) and Peach (a la Peche), all of which I absolutely love. The shower gels smell very real, light and true to the description. Honey is a warm, sweet scent, which I found to be the strongest of the three, Rosemary is crisp and earthy, while Peach is juicy and fresh. The packaging is quite practical and the shower gels stack one on top of the other. They are sulfate-based cleansers and do the job effectively without leaving a slippery residue behind. While the scents don't linger around for the longest, I find them perfect for a shower gel and non intrusive with my perfume. Overall, they are really lovely, very gentle on the skin and the scents are something you just can't go wrong with!

Have you checked out L'Occitane's Bonne Mere Shower Gels yet?

*Press Samples