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Friday, July 2, 2010

Fragrance Review: With Love... Hilary Duff + Forever by Mariah Carey + Britney Spears Circus Fantasy

Spring (long gone) and summer fragrances are all about fresh floral and fruity scents. Grace shares her experience with some celebrity fragrances:
  • With Love... Hilary Duff
  • Forever by Mariah Carey
  • Britney Spears Circus Fantasy
Question:
Would you be driven to buy a perfume by your favorite celebrity? Alternately, would you NOT buy a perfume despite liking the scent simply because it's by a celeb that you DON'T like?

Read on to find out which one's Grace's favorite and which one ended up smelling like sweat!

With Love… Hilary Duff
(Eau de Parfum Spray)

Scent: a musky sweet vanilla

Price: USD$55.00/3.3 fl. oz.

Packaging: The glass bottle is nice and classy but the cap is plastic and makes the whole product look and feel cheap.

My thoughts: Initially I loved this perfume. I love the whole musky vanilla scent. The downfall to this product is not its wear time but its scent after a few hours. The perfume lasts a good 9-10 hours but after the first 2-3 hours the scent changes to an unbearable smell. It ends up smelling like sweat which isn’t exactly pleasant.

I wear this perfume if I’m going out for a few hours at night or to the beach. This scent seems really suitable for the beach because of its warm musky scent. I guess this perfume can be used during the day too but be sure that you’re not out longer than 3-4 hours because the longer you’re out the more this perfume will start to stink.

Connie's Note: The compatibility of a scent has got a lot to do with our body's chemistry (talking fancy here but you know what I mean). A perfume may smell really good on the scent card but it may not necessarily smell good on us. This should also explain why a perfume may smell great on one person but not another even if they're wearing the same perfume. So, the best way to test out a perfume before purchasing it is to have it sprayed onto your skin and let the scent develop for a few hours.

Forever by Mariah Carey
(Eau de Parfum Spray)

Scent: clean blend of florals

Price: USD$65.00/3.3 fl. oz.

Packaging: The bottle is really pretty but when you pull off the cap there’s this slight squeaking sound that usually comes from cheap plastic rubbing against each other. Even with the cap poorly made the bottle looks really great on my vanity.

My thoughts: It’s like a classic perfume. It’s one that you can wear to work and to special occasions. Personally, I would prefer to use this perfume for special occasions just because this may be a little too much for an everyday use. It lasts 7-8 hours. The scent is rather strong so one to two sprays should be good enough to keep you smelling good. More than two sprays can be overwhelming.

Britney Spears Circus Fantasy
(Eau de Parfum Spray)

Scent: blend of florals, soft vanilla and caramel scent

Price: USD$57.50/3.3 fl. oz.

Packaging: The bottle is cute. The cap is easy to take off and put back on.

My thoughts: I have to say I was really impressed by this perfume. I have been using this almost every day since I got it. I’ve gotten numerous compliments from both guys and girls. The smell lasts a good 8-9 hours. I use one spray because it lasts very long time and is quite strong. I defiantly will repurchase this once I’m done with it. Of course that wouldn’t be soon because a little goes a long way and it looks like I’ve used 5% of the bottle and I’ve been using it for about 2 months now.

Connie's Note: OMG. I love this perfume. It totally worked on me. I was worried that it was gonna be too sweet but it ended up smelling slightly spicy on my skin, which I really liked. Unfortunately, I almost never wear perfume and the only one that I do wear is hardly used. The packaging is even cuter in real life too. It's USD$24.50/30ml on Strawberrynet.com now. Ah.... the temptation! Wait, did I just click "Add to cart"? Ok, I think I just bought. Yeah, I did.

* The products featured in this post were provided by Coburn Communication for consideration on Skin Deco

5 comments:

❤ Ee Von said...

ok circus fantasy is now added into my never ending list tsk tsk. thanks for the review!

gio said...

Thanks for the reviews. With love seems wonderful, but I'm not too keen on the other two. They sound too floral for me and I'm not really into floral scents. I prefer musky and woody notes.

Connie De Alwis said...

Ee Von: Get it! I couldn't resist the scent. Buying perfume is a big deal to me!

Gio: I'm not too keen on floral scents either. I usually prefer fruity scents that are fresh. Hopefully the Hilary Duff one will work for you!

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I love this perfume. It looks great and fragrance. They sound too floral for me and I'm not really into floral scents. I prefer musky and woody notes. The bottle is cute. The cap is easy to take off and put back. The scent is rather strong so one to two sprays should be good enough to keep you smelling good. More than two sprays can be overwhelming.Thank you for sharing this lovely products.

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