BY KILIAN Cruel Intentions EdP Review

Hello lovelies,

after several nail related post I thought I could break the routine with a post which has been in my Drafts folder for a year and a half.

Last spring I’ve gone a bit crazy over by Kilian fragrances. By Kilian fragrances are available in 30ml travel spray ($135), 30 ml refill for travel spray ($70), 50 ml bottle ($225) and 50 ml bottle refill ($125). The cheapest solution is to buy 30ml refills, but keep in mind that you don’t get a spray bottle with them, so you will have to transfer the fragrance into your own bottle. There is also the possiblity to buy a travel spray bottle separate, but the bottle itself costs almost as the travel set (I think that the bottle is around $100).

Cruel intentions is a fragrance I’m not sure I like 100%. It reminds me of Versace’s Crystal Noir – the same dark sexy oriental type.

On my skin it is a smoky and wet but slightly sweet oud with a hint of fruity tartness. As it dries down, the musk comes forward, making it heavy. My skin doesn’t like musk very much – it pulls out the cloying, almost dirty aspect of it.

The sillage is ok, nothing close to Montale, but still strong enough for EdP.

While I’ll gladly use up the fragrance, I won’t repurchase it.

The bottle is very heavy and the top attaches by strong magnets.

Thank you for reading.

xoxo Tamara

FINISHED! December Editon

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Hello dear readers,

first I would like to wish you all happy new year. I hope that all your wishes will come true and that every day of the new 2013 will be fulfilled, that you’ll live every day like your last and that you won’t regret anything and you’ll look forward to good things to come.

I know that in my November edition I have promised many more finished products, but December is even more of a fail than November. I guess it seems that January will be perfect.

Also, January will be the month when I (hopefully) will finally get a DSLR camera. The store in which I planned to buy it obviously isn’t interested in selling (weird, because they are Canon importers) and, as far as my experience goes, has a poor customer service, so I’m looking for another (probably cheaper) store.

Anyway, I’m planning on publishing 2012 favourites this week and the next week you can expect the photos of my collection. You’ll also see the round-up of my so called „low buy“ (yeah, right).

Without further delaying, here are the items spent in December:

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Dragi čitatelji,

prvo bih vam željela čestitati Novu Godinu. Nadam se da će vam se ispuniti sve vaše želje te da će vam svaki dan nove 2013. biti ispunjen i da ćete svaki dan živjeti kao da je posljednji bez da žalite za bilo čim te da ćete se radovati svim dobrim stvarima koje vam ova godina nosi.

Znam da sam u studenom obećala više potrošenih poizvoda, ali po tom pitanju prosinac je bio pravi debakl. Izgleda da će siječanj biti savršen.

Također nadam se da ću u siječnju konačno nabaviti DSLR fotoaparat. Trgovina u kojoj sam ga namjeravala kupiti očito nije zainteresirana za prodaju (što je čudno, budući da su oni zastupnici Canona) i prema mojem iskustvu nemaju bog zna kakvi odnos s kupcima, pa tražim neku drugi (vjerojatno jeftiniji) dućan.

Također planiram objaviti post s favoritima u 2012 ovaj tjedan, a idući tjedan možete očekivati slike moje kolekcije, te sažetak moje takozvane „smanjene“ kupnje kozmetike (moš’ mislit).

Da dalje ne duljim, ovo su proizvodi koje sam potrošila u prosincu:

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MAKE-UP (Šminka):

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SISLEY Skinleya #20 foundation sample (2ml) . A light coverage foundation which I use in combination with Phyto Teint Eclat to get the correct shade for my skin. - Tekući puder s laganim prekrivanjem kojeg koristim u kombinaciji s Phyto Teint Eclat da bih dobila točnu nijansu.

SISLEY Phytocernes + Concealer #2 sample (0,5 ml). A concealer which I have used in combination with Effacernes, to dilute it and to get the correct shade. - Korektor kojeg koristim u kombinaciji s Effacernes korektorom kako bih ga razrijedila i kako bih dobila točnu nijansu.

SKINCARE (Njega kože):

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BIODERMA Sebium H2O micelle solution (250 ml). An excellent make-up remover which I’m tempted to buy (and I probably will after I spend Sisley Eau Efficace). Considering the amount, it has lasted a long time. – Odličan odstranjivač šminke kojeg ću vjerojatno ponovno kupiti nakon što potrošim Sisley Eau Efficace. S obzirom na količinu, odstranjivač je trajao puno duže nego što sam to očekivala.

SISLEY Hydraflash mask sample (4 ml). A nice pick-me up for my winter-dehydrated skin. – Dobra maska za oporavak kože dehidrirane zbog hladnoće i suhog zraka.

BIODERMA Sebium Hydra cream sample (5ml) . Plain basic moisturizer. I probably won’t repurchase. – Obična hidratantna krema. Vjerojatno ju neću ponovno kupiti.

SISLEY Sisleya Eye Contour Cream sample (2 ml). An excellent eye contour cream, but too pricey for what I get (+ the full size comes in a jar). – Izvrsna okoloočna krema, ali puno puno preskupa.

SISLEY All Day All Year sample (10 ml). A very good day cream, althought I don’t trust the alleged SPF much. – Vrlo dobra dnevna krema, iako se ne pouzdajem previše u navodni zaštitni faktor.

SISLEY Sisleya Radiance Concentrate sample (3 ml). The perfect serum for my skin, but I think that SVR Clarial is a bit better. – Savršeni serum za moju kožu, ali mislim da je SVR Clarial ipak mrvicu bolji.

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FRAGRANCE (Parfemi):

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MOSCHINO Light Clouds EdT sample. Unremarkable. – Ništa posebno.

MOSCHINO Funny! EdT sample . Unremarkable. – Ništa posebno.

MOSCHINO Toujours Glamour EdT sample. The best fragrance from the Moschino line, although it isn’t something special. – Najbolji Moschinov parfem, iako ni on nije ništa posebno.

DSQUARED She Wood EdT sample. To my nose rose is prevalent, but it is grounded by something woody. Interesting. – Parfem u kojiem prevladava ruža prizemljena drvenastom bazom. Zanimljivo.

LA PRAIRIE Silver Rain Shimmer Mist sample. It smells expensive, but something just doesn’t agree with my nose. – Miriši skupo, ali nešto u parfemu mi ne odgovara.

BY KILIAN Beyond Love. Indeed, it is beyond love, it is perfection. My absolute favourite. Idiot me didn’t purchase the big bottle. – I više od ljubavi, to je savršenstvo. Moj najdraži parfem. Glupa ja nije kupila veliku bočicu kad je mogla.

And that would be all. Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your holidays :)

Love, Tamara

I to bi bilo sve. Hvala vam na čitanju i uživajte u praznicima :)

Voli vas, Tamara

BY KILIAN Bamboo Harmony EdP Review

 

Bamboo Harmony is second in the Asian Tales collection.

So far, the collection is far from my favourites – neither fragrance from the collection impressed me much, especially when I compare it to the Oeuvre Noire.

Bamboo Harmony is the cleanest scent I’ve had a chance to try. This is true soap and water scent. I couldn’t discern any note in particular, because the whole combination reminds me of the soap my grandfather used to use.

Still, I wouldn’t place it in any gender group – the scent could be worn equally well by both men and women.

While I prefer the cleanliness of Bamboo Harmony to the wateriness of Water Calligraphy, I find that Bamboo Harmony opens up too strong for such a clean scent. For the first four hours it is too overpowering and only after five hours or so becomes a delicate scent of cleanliness which I expected from the beginning.

In the end, I have to mention that this is one of the longer lasting by Kilian scents.

FINISHED! August Edition

August empties could have been more impressive (no eyeshadow this time), but since I only have one face and one body, I think I did a pretty good job.

As you know, I’m a bit obsessed with list making, so at the end of July I’ve made a list containing absolutely every cosmetic item (make-up, skincare, fragrance) I currently own. I have included the samples too. Anyway, the number is horrible. Since the majority of eyeshadows in the eyeshadow palettes are the same size as an average full-size product, I have counted every pan of eyeshadow as a separate item (the exception is YSL Palette Esprit Couture). So, when I put it all on the paper, I had 410 items, out of which 178 are sample or travel sizes). I hope that the end of this year will bring at least 100 items less from the list.

Here’s a screen cap of the list.

As you can see, there are several categories and each category has its own table. There is an index of markings I use to, for example, note that I have yet to review the item or that I have to take its photo.

Here’s the example of Moisturizers table.

I have decided to organize alphabetically (to the brand name) in four columns: BRAND, PRODUCT INFO (product name), the AMOUNT of the product in the packaging and a column in which I put a plus if I have opened that product.

Still, one list wasn’t enough for me. Therefore, I’ve made “To spend” list, which I’ll change every two months.

This list contains the items that I plan to use more intensely during a certain period of time. When that period is over, I may transfer it to the following list, or I may take if off the list for a while. Of course, I strikethrough every product I have spent on both the lists.

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BY KILIAN Water Calligraphy EdP Review

 

I have finally come to review the new By Kilian perfume line: Asian Tales. As far as I know, their price is the same as the Oeuvre Noire price and there is a possibility of buying refills (around $70 for 30ml).

 

On my skin Water Calligraphy opens like a very strong floral, predominately jasmine. Although there should be a citrusy opening, I can barely detect just a hint of lemon in the background.

As the fragrance dries down, jasmine and magnolia compete and neither wins.

In spite of the florals, the fragrance leaves an overall impression of a watery scent – very fresh, but not to my liking.

 

The sillage is nothing special – if you want good sillage pick a Montale. The lasting power is good, but for the price I expect much more.

Even though I’m a fan of jasmine, this fragrance hasn’t impressed me (the same goes for another from the range: Bamboo Harmony).

FINISHED! June Edition

The last month has been really productive. I’ve sorted out all of the products which are close to finishing and I’ve been almost exclusively using them for the last month. Some products still aren’t finished, but many are.

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BY KILIAN Asian Tales Collection

A wonderful surprise has been waiting for me in the mail. By Kilian is launching a new seried of fragrances. After L’Oeuvre Noire and Arabian Nights, say hello to Asian Tales, a collection „built around Chinese Calligraphy, a pure art combining simplicity and spirituality“.

Priced at $225 for 50ml bottle, it is in similar range as the fragrances from Oeuvre Noire Collection.

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INGLOT, BY KILIAN and YVES SAINT LAURENT Haul

Somebody, please stop me!

Lately, I’ve been splurging a lot on cosmetics. However, I’m minimizing my guilt by actually spending some products.

This week I have purchased Yves Saint Laurent Teint Parfait complexion perfector/primer in the shade #4 Apricot on for 30% off. According to the SA, this will either be discontinued or they will change the packaging, so I’m considering getting some other colours.

I have succumbed again to my by Kilian addiction. This time I got Cruel Intentions. I’m officialy banning myself from buying any perfume until my birthday.

I have visited Inglot and since they were having 20% off of everything, I’ve had a hard time controling myself. In the end I have purchased a nail polish #304 (gorgeous pearly pink), a matte eyeshadow #353 (ivory) and a blush #27.

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BY KILIAN Love and Tears EdP Review

It doesn not happen very often that a perfume leaves me so confused. I have little experience with jasmine and the middle notes of Love and Tears are pure jasmine.

On my skin Love and Tears start  as a lush floral garden – it is an overwhelming mixture of lavender, jasmine, lily of the valley, orange blossom and daffodils. It is very intense and almost off-putting. After half an hour all other flower notes start to weaken and the jasmine notes really come through. The fragrance calms.

The perfume on my skin holds up pretty well – 14 to 16 hours of the scent which doesn’t weaken. After 10 hours, I can smell cedar notes which ground the jasmine.

I’m really in love with this scent and I regret not taking the 50ml bottle. After the initial several minutes, the scent is a true, elegant floral which I’ve been wanting to find for a long time.

By Kilian fragrances are available in 30ml travel spray ($135), 30 ml refill for travel spray ($70), 50 ml bottle ($225) and 50 ml bottle refill ($125). The cheapest solution is to buy 30ml refills, but keep in mind that you don’t get a spray bottle with them, so you will have to transfer the fragrance into your own bottle.

BY KILIAN, ILLAMASQUA and SANTA MARIA DI NOVELLA Haul

 

Just when I was so proud of myself for being so disciplined when it comes to cosmetics shopping, I have gone crazy. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately (still am), so I’ve thought that I deserve a little reward. However, the little reward turned into a full-blown haul of fragrance in which I have probably spent a half of my yearly make-up and cosmetics budget (for that reason, I’m excepting perfumes from the budget).

Whenever I visited a niche perfumery, I was always sniffing around by Kilian counter, never really stopping to do more throughtour research. Yesterday, I have spent almost an hour testing his fragrances frm oeuvre noire and ended up surprised as to how much they change in such a short period (more about this in individual fragrance review). I ended up picking a travel set of Beyond Love and a refill of Love and Tears.

I’m again interested in body soaps (I don’t usually use them as I have to find one that is not too drying), so I’ve picked Santa Maria di Novella Milk soap in Gelsomino.

I’ve also dropped by Illamasqua and got their nailpolish in Raindrops.

Have you purchased any cosmetics lately?

BY KILIAN Ambre Oud Review

Several days ago, I’ve had a surprise waiting for me in my mail-box. I have received a small 2ml sample of new by Kilian fragrance – Ambre Oud.

Oud has been popular for quite some time in the niche domain; however Ambre Oud is not a good oud representative. I cannot smell it at all. What I can smell is a warm amber, which dissolves into smokey vanilla. I’ve heard this fragrance described as a Montale-like and I would have to agree. It is very simple, understated fragrance – no complexity – just a pure warm mixture of amber and vanilla. I find it perfect for the transitional period, as it is not sickeningly sweet gourmand (and anything that contains vanilla my nose simply puts into the gourmand category).

Ambre Oud is very pleasant in its simplicity.

In the terms of sillage, this is not the best, especially compared to other by Kilian perfumes. Oeuvre Noire collection is much stronger and long-lasting. When I get a niche fragrance I expect it being so strong that I’ll last for days – for example, even after washing my hair with a shampoo, I could still feel the scent of Intense Tiare. On the other hand, Ambre Oud is gone after 10 hours.

I am very tempted by Ambre Oud, but the lasting power makes me to reconsider purchase.

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by Kilian Ambre Oud description (click on the picture above to enlarge)