Bubalina Spicy Pumpkin Skincare Products, A Review

In February, I ordered a Bubalina Spicy Pumpkin Skincare Set from My Habit.  It came with a bottle of body wash and a bottle of lotion.  I paid $15 for it and My Habit listed a retail price of $40.  Shipping was free.  I don’t know how much the products retail for regularly Looking at their website, the body wash/shower gel is going for $22/bottle.  Guess I won’t be getting anymore of their products anytime soon.  My inner product junkie should have jumped out and ordered two or three of the sets.  Oh, well.

Anyhow, today was the first day I tried the products.  I love them!  I still don’t know if they’re worth $15 in my book.  Perhaps they are because it’s a unique scent.  It’s cool either way because I deserved a treat and treated myself to this wonderful gift.

The body wash had a rich, creamy lather even using about a quarter sized amount.  The scent stuck to me for a bit.  When I got out of the shower I followed up with the lotion.  It was thick, strongly scented, and very moisturizing, even using a small amount.  +1 for the products being “anti-inflammatory”.  Great smell, great coverage, and medicinal naturally!

Sometimes I dislike skincare products because they aren’t moisturizing, require the use of too much product to be effective, or just aren’t worth the price in general.  However, I feel these products are wonderful and each 8oz bottle of product will last me awhile.  I’m not a tiny person either and the small amount of product used gave me great coverage.

If you ever catch these products on sale, try them out.  It’s such a nice treat 🙂

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Givenchy Ange ou Démon Le Secret Elixir, A Review

Ange ou Démon Le Secret Elixir by Givenchy is by far the best fragrance I have come across in a long time.  The first time I bought it was thanks to a wonderful Macy’s saleswoman.  I was headed for the exit after buying what I went there for when I was stopped and asked if I wanted to smell this fragrance.  Being a product junkie, I said “sure”!  The rest is history.

I like my fragrances to last and smell like almost anything besides flowers.  I don’t know what it was about this fragrance, but I had never smelled anything like it.  I quickly hurried to the fragrance counter and purchased a gift set (that’s what they were pushing at the time) and went on my way.  The one thing I will never forget is that the woman offering the fragrance and the saleswoman said I would get a lot of compliments.  “Whatever” I said to myself.  It’s just another ploy to get me to buy it, however, it didn’t make sense because I had already purchased it.

Anyhoo, fast forward a year later and I’ve purchased a second bottle, the largest they sell at about 3.4oz.  I get compliments almost every time I wear it–random folks passing by, the grocery store, clothes shopping, product shopping, WHEREVER I go.  I don’t like a lot of attention, but if you smelled this stuff, you would know that it smells great!  A little goes a long way and for me, the fragrance lasts all day without a need to reapply.

I’m no good with describing smells, so here’s some information from the Sephora website:

Experience absolute sensuality with Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir. Like a precious gem, the fragrance has many facets. It opens with a glittering freshness evoked by luminous top notes. Sensual heart notes, including orange blossom, sambac jasmine, and frangipani, induce a sense of intense femininity and give way to a warm velvet-dressed base.

Notes:
Italian Lemon, Green Tea, Neroli, Orange Blossom, Sambac Jasmine, Frangipani, Atlas Cedar Wood, Patchouli, Musk, Vanilla.
Style:
Sensual. Glittering. Feminine.

Please note, I like strong, non-flowery smelling scents.  There is a lighter version of this fragrance called Ange ou Demon Le Secret.  It’s in a lighter colored bottle, has a lighter scent, and I don’t care for it.  The Macy’s saleswoman couldn’t have sold me a bottle of it.  I didn’t find anything special about it.  However, the Elixir version has me sold for life.  The next time you’re in a department store, try it out.  And hey, if you hate it, it can remain my best kept secret 🙂

P.S. The last time I purchased this fragrance, I found the best price on Amazon.  If you’re looking to buy this, research your prices before making a final decision.