Thursday, February 11, 2016

ck2 EDT

CK fragrances goes unisex again hitting the well that gave us CK One.

This new fragrance is described as being gender free  and the two pieces of the bottle and cap are meant to be two different pieces in sync  and connected to each other. It also, unconnected, kind of looks like a light bulb, right ? I think it's a neat bottle and presentation.

ck2 starts off with a citrus blast. It's fresh and sharp with an aquatic feel then there is a hint of green with the violet leaf  and vetiver notes. It's got a bit of  a cool dryness from the orris (iris) root which goes well with the violet leaf. As it begins to dry down it seems to become more floral and the rose note is prominent. The full drydown , however, is more smoky and woodsy. The incense is there but in a fairly quiet way along with the sandalwood.

It very much morphs from a more feminine scent with the rose  to a more masculine one with the incense, but is not fully in either direction.  By the drydown it is a bit more man than woman, but I know many strong incense fragrance loving ladies, so the unisex label fits. 

This isn't a super strong fragrance. It's relatively light as fits the EDT formulation.

You can find Ck2  EDT exclusively at Macy's .  $ 75 for 3.4 oz .

Full note list:

Top:       Wasabi, Mandarin, Violet Leaf Absolute
Mid:       Wet Cobblestones, Orris Concrete, Rose Absolute
Dry:        Vetiver, Incense, Sandalwood

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream

The first thing that grabs you with the new Clinique eye cream is the packaging. It's called Pep Start and that bright orange color sure is peppy. It's like the eye companion to Happy.

The cream itself is a lightweight formula  that sinks in pretty quickly, making it great for AM use and under makeup. It's also meant to help brighten eyes and de -puff with a blend of peptides and a cooling tip applicator.

I found this gave me good moisture for the morning, I don't want anything too heavy then and it felt good on the eye area. As for brightening , that I didn't see as much but I have only used it for a few days.  As a morning eye cream I like it but if you are looking for serious treatment this won't be it . I think of this as a great starter eye cream for someone young or again, perfect for mornings. It can be used over makeup as well for a top up.

Note, to use  you pull the tip out before squeezing the tube. I admit it took me awhile to get that. My sample came sans box so no directions. Hopefully you'll fare better .

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream is $ 26.50

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation

Shiseido makes very good  foundations. I have a few , like them and wear them often. New Synchro Skin is their entry into a fluid type foundation  and it's a good one.

Synchro Skin is an oil free, thin formula that is housed in a pump bottle. It's not runny thin but a good bit comes out of the pump. This blends like a dream so that little goes a long way. It goes on so smoothly across skin and also makes skin look perfected  .

Coverage is medium and buildable. Under eyes and acne etc , might need concealer. This feels weightless on and it is a soft matte finish. Not super dry matte but not dewy or hydrating at all. It blends so well into skin  that while you look perfected and smooth, the makeup isn't what you see and feels very natural on.

The long wear claim runs true as well. All day wear from morning to early evening was good except on my oily chin. This does claim to keep oil at bay and prevent shine but my nose was shiny by lunchtime. Not unusual for me , however.

The SPF is 20 with both octinoxate and titanium dioxide.

 Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation is $ 45 and comes in 11 shades. Shown is Neutral 1 , the lightest which is very pale.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chloe Love Story EDT

New from Chloe is Love Story just in time for the season of hearts, Valentines Day.

Whether you love, hate or are just meh with the  V day thing, a beautiful fragrance is always in season and the soft roses of the Chloe line are simply pretty.

Love Story is  a light , dewy floral with more flowers in there than just rose. It's a bouquet with  sunny orange blossom, jasmine and prunus flower, the latter lending a green note. I get  hints of bright citrus as well , likely from the orange blossom as there are no specific citrus notes listed. The drydown brings cedrawood, barely there , just enough woods to ground everything.

This  feels perfect for chilly Winter days into sunnier Spring ones. Wafting from your favorite sweater or scarf, it has medium sillage. It's not so light as to be barely there but isn't strong either. It could easily be worn anywhere , anytime. Chloe Love Story doesn't reinvent the wheel, but if you like this type of scent, and especially if you are rose or white floral fan, it's worth a sniff. Also for an EDT it lasts fairly long.

Chloe Love Story EDT is exclusive to Sephora and LE.
2.5 oz  is $ 130, 1 oz is $ 75 , 0.2 oz rollerball is $ 28 . More sizes and matching shower gel, body lotion available.