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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mark. Jewel Shine Eau de Parfum and Body Lotion



Holy Snow, Batman! I don't know about the spot you call home, but the snow seems to be accumulating at an ever increasing rate here. Considering last week at this time there was no snow to be seen anywhere- an anomaly not usually seen north of Toronto- it's actually quite pleasant. Well, as pleasant as -10 degree weather that feels like -20 can be. To take my mind off the chilly weather, I've got a new little fragrance and matching body lotion. Okay, so they won't replace a thick cozy sweater and big mug of tea (English Breakfast, please!), but they do make me pretty happy.


mark. Jewel Shine Eau de Parfum 44 ml/ 1.5 fl. oz. $28*

' Fall in love with this brilliant fragrance addiction. Jewel Shine sparkles with notes of rose gold petals. white peach, golden gardenia and cocoa marshmallow.' - mark.

Top Notes
  • Sparkling Bergamot
  • White Peach
  • Pink Guava
Middle Notes:
  • Golden Gardenia
  • Rose Gold Petals
  • White Blossoms
Base Notes:
  • Rose Amber
  • Creamy Woods
  • Cocoa Marshmallow

Jewel Shine is housed in a low profile rose gold bottle. There is an accompanying Jewel Shine Collection of cosmetics (which I'll be reviewing in the next few days) that also feature rose gold accents. I love the simple design of the bottle. It lets the rose gold be the dominant feature.

The scent overall, is a slightly sweet floral with just a hint of fruitiness. Since the fruit notes appear first, they don't last quite as long as the floral notes, but they do make up some of the overall scent. I am not an expert when it comes to floral notes, but I can smell the gardenia most predominantly when the fruit notes begin to fade. On dry down, you begin to smell the sweet notes of the cocoa marshmallow. I wouldn't be able to pinpoint that scent as such, but the sweetness is a pleasant addition to the overall scent without being overly sweet or cloying. I could handle a bit more sweet, but I do love a sweet scent.

I'm generally pretty picky about scents; I never know what I'll like until I actually smell/wear it, but Jewel Shine is a winner in my book. It's not an overly heavy scent, it's not headache inducing, and it lasts well on me, especially when paired with the matching body lotion.

mark. Jewel Shine Body Lotion 150 ml/ 5 fl. oz  $14*

'More than just a moisturizer, this mild lotion leaves in its wake the scent of mark. Jewel Shine after being absorbed (quickly!) into the skin. Apply before the fragrance for long lasting scent.' -mark. 

This lotion- also housed in a very girly, rose gold tube, has a medium consistency that really does absorb quite quickly. I used it after I first got it, and I've ended up using it after every shower since. I like that it has the matching scent of the perfume, but I love how light yet moisturizing it is. I needed a bit of a break from the thicker moisturizers I've been using to combat the winter dryness that creeps in, and this has been perfect. I have a feeling this tube is not going to last me all that long!

Overall, I'm really into this scent. I almost forgot to mention, Jewel Shine is the sister scent to the original, mark. Jewel. Have you tried the original? What's your signature scent?

Availability: Available as of February (perfect for Valentines!) Orders can be made via an Independent Sales Representative (ie. an Avon Lady.) Or by calling 1-800- 265-AVON or online at AVON.ca