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  • Arbonne The Dreamer Eau de Parfum

    I can't stand cloying scents. Drakkar Noir got sprayed on me once at a department store and fifteen rubs with a giant chocolate chip cookie couldn't get the crap off me. Admittedly, later that day two female friends both admitted a kind of attraction to me, but I have a feeling it was more due to the scent of the cookie than the Drakkar Noir. But I digress. I buy scent so infrequently that it took me a lot of time to pick a scent I actually liked. I'd wear lavender panty spray if I liked the smell and/or liked how my body chemistry worked with it. I'd gleefully condense the odor of a llama if it worked for me and I was happy with smelling like a llama. However, i also don't wear cologne like the average teenage male, with a fuggy hum of odor preceding them as they move throughout the room. I'm often reminded of the Axe generation that hasn't quite figured out that if I can smell them at ten paces, I'm certainly not going to be thrilled about it. But after a female friend mentioned smelling this on an ex and going weak in the knees, I figured, "Okay, it can't be all THAT bad." Surprsingly, it works exceptionally well with my body scent. My natural notes are slightly musky and acrid, so the floral notes and citrus are an excellent counterpoint to what I smell like naturally, with a base that counters the acridness. However, this scent does not work for everyone, just like bright purple eyeshadow will not attract a male (the breeding stock of the human population of Long Island to the contrary). It is a great scent, but like anything else, two short sprays on the neck and chest will be fine for any guy - more than that and you risk auditioning for a Real Life Axe Body Spray commerical - where yes, we can ALL smell how masculine you think you are.

    June 5, 2013

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  • Origins Ginger Essence Sensuous Skin Scent

    Origins Ginger Sensuous Skin Scent is a sweet, but not disgustingly sweet scent. It is a fresh, revitalizing and fruity scent. For years I sprayed some on my pillows before bed, that's how pleasant I find the fragrance. I just finished a bottle that is about ten years old, that still smells exactly the same with the same freshness and sweetness. It is much more difficult to find than it once was and since it is one of my favorites and so long lasting, I grabbed a bottle without even thinking. A really delightful scent.

    June 5, 2013

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  • Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche
    10.0

    Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche

    Not too Overpowering

    I received this fragrance from my fiance, and wore it on my wedding day. It is strong but not overpowering, smells fresh and clean. To me it smells floral with citrus undertones. The only caveat is that you only need ONE pump of the bottle to get enough perfume to smell good all day, so don't overdo it! This is a lovely fragrance, and now reminds me of my wedding day.

    June 5, 2013

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  • Michael Kors Eau de Parfum

    My mother's family originated from Hawaii. I was very fortunate to go back with her as a teenager and again many times as an adult with my husband and son. This scent takes me back to the lucsicous smells of the tropical gardens my relatives tended to so lovingly, and as I spray the Eau de Parfume on I am transported back in time to where I sat under a fragrant plumeria tree stringing leis with my cousins in order to greet other members of my family from the mainland who were arriving via the Lurline, an ocealiner whose old time charm belongs to another era. The peace, tranquility and the connection that I have with the elegant gardenia scent as well as the other tropical blends in this fragrance takes me back to that simpler, happier time and I am forever that young girl. I strongly recommend Michael Kors "Hawaii" as well, but I find that "Michael" seems to stay on my skin longer emiting the serene, sensuous fragrance throughout the day. I can close my eyes and feel the joy of being lucky enough to belong to a heritage that has brought me a lifetime of memories, as "Michael" reminds me of how deeply rooted I am and will always be to this paradise on earth and my beautiful family.

    June 5, 2013

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  • Burberry Classic

    I have worn this for so long it's ridiculous. Started in my very early 20s and now I'm in my late thir--never mind. I've gone through dozens and dozens of bottles and each time I empty one I think, "I really have to try something else; variety is the spice of life." And I go out and buy something new, traitor that I am. And I wear it for three days and then pooh. It's not the same. And no one stops and demands to know what I'm wearing. And my mom says I don't smell like myself. Not to mention I tend to be allergic-y to many fragrances; either I get horrid red splotches or develop a whopper of a headache. Burberry London (or Classic or whatever they're calling it again) has never broken me out. Only made me and whatever I happen to be wearing smell like delicious wrapped in yummy. So back to the classic I run. Ergo, this is less of a review and more of love letter. The base, top notes and all that jazz have been covered by reviewers more eloquent than I. All I know is that this is my signature scent and that if you are a female, try it. Certainly it won't smell as perfect on everyone as it does on others, but Burberry is always worth a try. The Sandlewood, the Jasmine, the musk, the Vanilla. Oh heaven! How is it so woodsy and sweet at the same time? Dunno. But Amazon's price is really great and even if you can find it cheaper, I'm not about to turn my credit card over to some fly by night place and wait for shipping from some far flung place. (Most discount perfumeries have that less than reputable feel.) Some say it's not long lasting but it lingers nicely on me. And when I open the door of my closet, Burberry wafts out in the most delicate but insistent way. Once you're converted, don't even bother, like I foolishly do, to try and court another. Just dance with the one that brung ya. BTW, there have been rumors of Burberry London's demise for years. And I fall for it every time and succumb to the deepest panic. All I know is they still currently make it, and I have seen no proof otherwise. I hope some fancy schmany exec in charge of fragrance over at Burberry will look at all these 5 star reviews, (as in my mind he/she regularly searches Amazon for tube stocks or knitting needles) and is reminded again that the love shown here is just a teeny fraction of the international cult following this scent has. They must never stop making it. Buying one extra bottle is never bad idea because "discontinued" is a four letter word to any fan of Burberry. Too much of a good thing, and this rarely applies to perfume, IS a good thing in the case of Burberry London. Now I'm off the stare at the bottle (it's never changed in all these years) and sashay in the general direction of anyone's nose that's around.

    June 5, 2013

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  • Chanel Chance Eau de Toilette Spray

    This perfume is the cleanest smelling fragrance, not too sweet, not too overpowering. Once it dries it has a gentle lingering aroma that makes the wearer feel pretty all day. It is not too floral, has just the right amount of crispness, and will not offend sensitive noses nor make people sorry you've entered the room if you are wearing it. Women often love fragrances that men can't stand, but this one is different. This one is so appealing, even people who don't like perfumes won't mind being near you if you put this on in the morning. Such a wonderful fragrance.

    June 5, 2013

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  • Saffron James Nani Eau de Parfum

    I am very delighted with this purchase. This perfume arrived exactly on time and in a box that is more beautiful than advertised. The scent is floral/tropical and very delicate. The jasmine and plumeria scent is so feminine without being too strong or sweet. I get compliments each time I wear this.

    June 5, 2013

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  • Kiehl's Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate

    I have never had a reaction to any skincare product before, but I sure did to this one! It has a high concentration of vitamin c (which is great if you can tolerate it) and it caused my undereye area to burn and sting after a few days use. The area around my eyes is now peeling and all red and looks chapped. I would caution anyone with even mildly sensitive skin to avoid this product. I really had high hopes for this product, but it's obviously not for me!

    June 4, 2013

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  • Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Fastscription Instant De-Puff Eye Gel

    This product works OK -- even better if you keep it in the refrigerator to achieve a more instaneous reduced puff look. If you're looking for a product that reduces puffery instantly (within 5-10 minutes) try using Clinique's All About Eyes. I happened upon this product as a freebee at the Clinique counter while purchasing another product. I used it right out of the shower -- on a clean face, dried my hair and then started applying my makeup. Only then did I realize that my eyes looked dramatically different. By the way, this also works fabulous if you have puffing around a blemish area (swelling), the nasolabial fold and the puffing some people get at the edges of the mouth (not on the lips - just the puffing I personally get as I age -- I know, weird). As for the nasolabial fold, doctors would usually fill in those lines with restalyne, so obviously what I'm describing here seems contrary, but using the anti-puff above that line --concentrating from the top of the line near the nose and swipe downward (again, above the deep line) -- it really works, but wait a good 10 minutes before applying makeup. Btw, be sure to work in the product by using the roller ball-- rolling in a circular motion and probably overapplying, but I'm going for perfection here. Some will tell you that hemorrhoid cream will work best. It hasn't been the case for me, honestly. It's also thick and looks cakey with makeup. I've had problems with puffing only, but after using the All About Eyes, it really was the only product that made a big difference and I have tried everything available, both expensive and inexpensive. For those of you interested in a flawless beauty routine for the holidays, here goes: For those of you who use a light moisturizer do it before the following steps and avoid the areas where you've applied the All About Eyes. Also, if you use the moisturizer for an SPF, no need if you do the following: I use Avon's MagiX Face Perfecter (it's very inexpensive and much better than all of the other department store products) as a Primer in SPF 20. It's around $10 -- sometimes cheaper when it's on sale in which case, I stock up. Apply this after a good 10-15 minutes after you've worked in the All About Eyes and it has absorbed well. Then I only use a dot and blend technique of a "pancake" type concealer (I use Cover FX) for redness/unevenness around eyes, nose and any other problem areas. I use no foundation (honestly in my mid-40s it seems to make any small creases and wrinkles look worse). I then apply Clinique's Superpowder Double-face all over with a Kabuki brush and make sure everything blends well. Use this process as a perfect building block before applying whatever eyes, lips and blush (I use a powder blush because I can more easily manipulate/blend it with less streaking). The rest is your preference -- I use a matte lipstick and cat eyes for a dramatic look. Hope this helps guys, but through I would share some tips and tricks while writing about this produc

    June 4, 2013

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  • La Mer The Eye Concentrate

    I have what you'd call "older skin" I'm in my early 60's and while my mom had great skin for all her life, using just Noxema cream from the drug store, I see every little wrinkle near my eyes. I've been using the eye concentrate for a little over a year and it really has kept those wrinkles from progressing. I can tell when I switched off to another brand to save $$, and believe me, it wasn't worth it. I just looked at a photo of myself shot 8 yrs. ago and the amt. of wrinkles near my eyes is the same as now!! Just know that the LaMer products DO NOT have a built-in SPF. I put a sunblock on after this concentrate has had a chance to settle in. Before that, I apply a moisturizer (Creme de la Mer around the corners of my eyes and another brand under them...over the concentrate).

    June 4, 2013

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