Estee Lauder Sensuous Eau De Parfum: When Opposites Are Made Complementary

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About the author: Andrea likes to sample anything he can get his nose on, and to write about it in his blog Smellitivity.

I’m not sure why, but when I saw Estée Lauder Perfume Sensuous I was expecting a delicate floral, probably because of the round bright orange bottle with sinuous lines.

I was in for a big surprise though. Sure, there is a prominent jasmine in it, but what I got was complexity rather than floralcy.

Jasmine itself is partly responsible for that. In spite of its gracious look, it’s not always the gentlest of flowers, unless the perfume maker wants it to be. Serge Luten’s A La Nuit, created by Christopher Sheldrake, is a good example of gentle jasmine, whereas if you want a nasty one, Thierry Mugler’s Alien would be a good candidate. With woods and pepper on top of jasmine, the result for this Estée Lauder Sensuous Eau De Parfum is an all but floral, wonderfully weird smell.

Actually, talking about the opening, I should say wonderfully smelly: earthy and dirty, body odour at its best for the first half an hour.

After that, the fragrance will have cleaner and fresher notes, thanks to amber, which adds a powdery quality, but also a light sweetness. There is probably also a very small amount of clean laundry detergent smell, the one that is usually added in massive quantities to fresh aromatic perfumes for men like Cool Water, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro Chrome or Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.

The result is an aroma that is clean and powdery on the one hand, and dry, warm, spicy, animalic, earthy, floral, and at times even slightly smoked on the other. And that’s what I meant by complexity: the ability of the perfume maker to take opposites like dirty and clean, air and earth, and force them to share a space and talk to each other. It takes great skills to make a fragrance that walks this fine line. With less capable hands, the risk is to make a perfume that is all over the place, but nose Annie Buzantian, who created Sensuous in 2008, sure did a great job.

To give you an idea, imagine you’ve hanged your clean laundry outside to dry. It’s sunny, but the soil is still wet for the rain. Right after you’ve gone back inside, a shirt falls to the ground. When you return after a couple of hours, everything is dry, soil and shirt, but the earth has returned part of its rough aromas, smudging the clean laundry smell.

In the dry down, after challenging the nose for hours, Sensuous Estée Lauder Perfume is more easygoing, with soft honey-sweet notes, and a much gentler floral side.

So, who’s it for? Don’t be scared off by adjectives like “earthy” or “animalic.” When it comes to perfumes, they are never so bad as they sound, and they’re always there with other notes.

This is a sophisticated fragrance, so there is a chance that you won’t like it. But you may indeed find its quirkiness very pleasant and with great social skills. One sure thing is that you will smell classy and different from all the sweet fruity or sweet floral fragrances for women out there at the moment, and that’s worth a try.

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Essie in Luxedo Review, Photos, and Swatch

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Essie in Luxedo ($8) suit up in this deepest plum and boldly go where no man has gone before

My Thoughts:

Essie’s Luxedo is a gorgeous dark and deep burgundy plum shade. It’s so deep it almost appears black. I did have a problem applying the nail polish. I felt the consistency was too thin so it made applying difficult. I had to work slowly and carefully to make sure the polish would go on evenly and no streaky. If the consistency was creamy instead of thin, it would look exceptionally amazing! Other than the small complaint, I feel Luxedo would be the perfect shade for Fall and Winter.

Check out the swatch for Essie in Luxedo and more photos!

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Essie in Limo-Scene Review, Photos, and Swatch

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Essie in Limo-Scene ($8) a sheer pastel pink, perfect for french manicures

My Thoughts:

Essie’s Limo-Scene is a light whitish pink shade. I like that it’s not too white or too pink. The shade is perfect! The consistency is sheer but a bit milky. Because of this, you have to apply at least a couple of layers or it will appear streaky. Also if you want the color to be opaque, you have to apply about 3 coats (that’s what I did for the swatch photo below). I  would definitely recommend Essie’s Limo-Scene to anybody who wants a natural, clean looking manicure. I also think Limo-Scene would be a great alternative to the usual white tips for french manicures.

Check out more photos and swatches of Essie in Limo-Scene!

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Essie in Hi-Maintenance Review, Photos, and Swatch

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Essie Hi-Maintenance ($8) an innocent, sheer pale pink

My Thoughts:

I love Essie’s Hi-Maintenance! It’s the perfect natural shade with a hint of pink. The consistency is on the sheer side. So if you really want the pink color to show, you are going to have to really layer it on. Surprisingly, the nail polish was not streaky or milky. It went on very smoothly and cleanly.I like to use it when I just want a natural look. It’s a the type of shade that is perfect for every occasion whether it be school, work, or even a night out. It is quite versatile.

Check out more photos and swatch for Essie in Hi-Maintenance!

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E.L.F Zit Zapper Review

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E.L.F Zit Zapper ($1) Zap zits away with the unique blend of Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor. This special clear formula helps to fight and prevent acne, reduce redness and swelling, minimize pore size and clear skin.

My Thoughts:

I was cruising up and down the aisles at Target when I spotted this bad boy. I had forgotten I always wanted to try the E.L.F Zit Zapper. I snatched it up and figured if it didn’t work, it was only $1. I also remembered reading on Lulu’s blog about how much she liked it and how well it worked for her.

The E.L.F Zit Zapper is a clear liquid that is packaged with a roller ball applicator. What I really like about the Zit Zapper is that it didn’t dry out or irritate my skin. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and it has prevented breakouts along my hairline on my forehead. It has also decreased the amount of breakouts too. The change didn’t occur immediately and over night. It was a gradual improvement.  I should say that the type of acne I used the Zit Zapper on were the tiny acne. The ones where your pores are clogged from oil and dirt. I know yuck! I don’t know if it will work on the cystic ones. I use it every night, and I have yet to make a dent in the amount of product. I have a feeling it will be lasting for a few months (even with daily use!).

I can’t get over the fact that it was only $1! I’ve used acne products that cost 10, 20, 30, even 50 times more, and they didn’t work as well as the Zit Zapper. Overall, I would recommend and repurchase the E.L.F Zit Zapper.

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