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Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum

Marc Jacobs Honey EdPSometimes that which is buzzed about turns out to be worth the attention, but not always. Marc Jacobs Honey is a fresh floral-fruity fragrance suitable for summer months. Recently it has been advertised everywhere, but its smell is nothing special. It smells like any yearly floral-fruity spring/summer offering with a noticeable dose of honey, which permeates the composition in a somewhat obtrusive way. Mandarin orange and pear open the fragrance on citrus and fruity notes, with the former extended and florafied in the midnotes by orange blossom. Honeysuckle builds on the white floral vibe. Peach adds to the honey facet to make the sweetness fresh.

Despite the theoretically delicious pairing of white flowers and honey, Honey smells a touch synthetic. The fragrance has a decent longevity of 4-5 hours and a sillage similar to any eau de toilette (radiating about an arm’s length and leaving a light trail), but its projection and (unnatural,) bright, bubbly character quickly fade.

Unfortunately, there is not enough to set this fragrance apart from the competition.

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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear PoresSome pores are so small that getting anything out of them is an impossible task. I have this problem on my nose. Despite immaculate hygiene, blackheads are still there when I look closely. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores seems to be doing something, as evidenced by a warming/tingling sensation. Perhaps it clears larger or deeper pores than the ones on my nose. Despite failing to clear my tenacious blackheads, it did leave my skin softer.

There are a lot of positive reviews on Origins Clear Improvement. If you are suffering from acne, this product may be able to help. Compared to other remedies, it can’t be considered expensive, either.

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Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye CreamA good eye cream that suits all needs is very hard to find. There are a lot of passable products out there, and Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is one of these.

GinZing Eye Cream provides enough hydration to have the eye skin feeling comfortable all day. It did not visibly brighten, but I cannot say anything about its depuffing capabilities because I am not the best person to test for that. Also, it performs poorly under concealer or foundation if you use these products to cover under-eye darkness – it doesn’t create a smooth base, so makeup is more likely to cake.

GinZing is simply another eye cream. It is alright.

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Vichy NutriExtra Fluid Replenishing Nourishing Body Care

Vichy NutriExtra Fluid Replenishing Nourishing Body CareI’m very loyal to Philosophy’s bodycare products, simply because they are effective for my skin all year. I’m happy to report that Vichy offers a very good alternative.

Vichy NutriExtra Fluid Replenishing Nourishing Body Care was a surprisingly moisturizing lotion for so thin a formula. Unfortunately, I was not able to test it in winter conditions. Although the lotion is thinner, it is not necessarily a deciding factor for whether it will perform worse in cold and drying conditions – current science and engineering can do wonders. Of course, being the experimenter that I am, I tested in on my face when it is written not to. I do have somewhat sensitive skin and I use Philosophy’s creams on it without problem and with a lot of benefit. NutriExtra Body Care successfully passed the face test. It didn’t make my skin oily, sensitive, or cause it to break out. Conclusively, it is a great whole body product. The only problem I saw with it was its scent. On its own, it is a nice, clean floral. However, it may alter the smell of perfume. Whether this will be for the better or not is dependent on the person and his or her preferences.

Having been using Philosophy’s products happily for a few years, I will not be switching to Vichy NutriExtra. However, if it does come into my possession, I will put it to use. My skin feels good with it, it is just not the smell that I prefer.

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Creed Acqua Fiorentina Millesime

Creed Acqua Fiorentina MillesimeI was very excited to try Creed’s fragrances because they are known for their refinement. Acqua Fiorentina has been described as “a breath of fresh air” and “a copy of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue“.

Acqua Fiorentina is a citrus, fruity, refreshing summer scent. It opens with plum, apple, and a large dose of bergamot. A hint of pear and lemon follow through and connect with cedar in the base, along with grapefruit. It smells of an evening by the sea and a margarita, with hints of flowers from far away wafting in the breeze. It lasts about 5 hours, has a noticeable trail and radiates within personal distance.

There are definitely some similarities between Light Blue and Acqua Fiorentina, they do have apple, cedar, lemon, and rose in common, and they are both considered floral-fruity and citrus. However, Light Blue is more woody and lemony, whereas Acqua Fiorentina is more fruity and salty. Chances are, that a person who likes Light Blue will like Acqua Fiorentina and the other way around. I find Acqua Fiorentina to be the more feminine and refined of the two.

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– Holt Renfrew