Friday, 17 February 2017

Scents I loved this SUMMER!~

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Summer is nearly ending! As we head into late February and late summer, all I feel is a slight sadness to farewell this holiday break, yet also an honest relief to feel the mercury drop a bit under 20C... and relish in its cooler change. 



Summer is a tricky time scent-wise, especially if you live somewhere prone to heatwaves and humidity. Perfume is probably one of the last things I would want to anoint myself with when it is getting in the high 30s, early 40s - it happens! Rather than leaving a pleasant smell, any scent can smell rotten and sweaty on the skin!

However, I have discovered two scents that smell its best during the Aussie summertime. The Body Shop's Italian Summer Fig and Penhaligon's Amaranthine. Refreshing, sensual, skin-like scents that leave a sensual trail in the breeze.


Italian Summer Fig is the The Body Shop's take on the cult-favourite Diptyque Philosykos, which is actually a really lovely, crisp yet milky fig. Both the EDT and body mist formulations of Italian Summer Fig are light and gentle in sillage; translucent even. A softer and more fleeting Philosykos, but certainly a great dupe at a very acceptable price. So you won't feel bad about spraying it everywhere, and anywhere you please!

I also bought the body cream during The Body Shop's post-festive season sale. So many good things to be had. You know what, I just checked and much of its stock are still on sale! Quick get onto it! The body mist was something like $9.95 and so was the body cream. 

Personally I've made good use out of this Italian Summer Fig collection this summer, and I just love it. Beautiful sunkissed fig smell. If you've ever had the opportunity to snap a few figs or fig leaves off the plant, you will know this aroma well and this captures it like a charm.  Appropriately named Italian Summer Fig! :) 



Another that has taken me through this summer journey is Penhaligon's Amaranthine. I have already written a short review and mentioned it in my 'Perfumes I loved in 2016' post not long ago. Go check that out :D 

Just effortless, balmy, and sensual but in a relaxed and confident way. I just love the feeling this evokes when I wear this. It really mixes with your skin for that 'lived in' touch. That, is what I say, is an endorsement because not all perfumes can react with your skin in such a way. That kids, is what skin chemistry is! Haha.. I should go teach PERFUME101 and begin lectures for Autumn semester!!! LOL just kidding!

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These scents will leave you feeling like you're on holiday - even if you're not!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have had a lovely summer and enjoyed the warmer moments with a few special scents to call your own. :) 
Bye for now! 

~lala

Saturday, 7 January 2017

A study of RED lipsticks! Review and swatches!!

I have actually taken photos for this intended post waaaay back! I mean late 2015! Phew! Can you believe it - we're in 2017? 

At that time I bought and came across a few red lipsticks so I took some nice glamour shots and swatches of them! Now's about time I show them off to you :) :P

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Here's Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in 325 Rouge Kiss.


I acquired this mini lipstick as part of a Guerlain gift set with any purchase over $120 (?) I bought my beloved L'Heure Bleue Eau de Parfum and love this lipstick just as much! 

This is a reddened coral that has a buildable opacity, a bit like a balm at first but you can apply more to achieve a more saturated colour. This has a dewy, glossy finish but is never 'too much.' There is no noticeable glitter so you can wear this every day and get away with it. It works with any neutral eye look and again, you can build it up. Personally, I throw this in my cosmetic bag and chuck it on when I am on the train to uni. I love mini lipsticks! So easy to apply! Who even finishes an entire lipstick? Not me!! :O



These swatches above are for Guerlain Kiss Kiss 325. From left to right, a gentle swatch, two swatches, and then a more intense 3 swatches. This is to show the buildable intensity.

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Illamasqua lipstick in Box


This is gorgeous... truly gorgeous, flattering, perfect scarlet red for those who love a good matte lippy! This is their cult classic shade from IllamasquaA universal shade of red for any skin tone. Where the Guerlain was more coral, this is a definite blue red which will make your teeth look whiter. This is perfect for those who love the vintage, retro pin-up look. Great formula and long-wearing, doesn't bleed into lines, no liner necessary.


As you can see from the swatches above, Box is a bit waxy and uneven at first but this is fine. After a few swipes, its perfect opacity is achieved and boy, is it a stunner! Looks slightly pink in this image but in real life, it leans crimson red. You can also tell it's matte! :) 

You can tell I am quite in love with this... here's to a New Year's resolution to wear Box more often!!

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Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Cherries in the Snow


This has a really well-done formula from Revlon. Full opacity in one swipe, great longevity and wear and feels comfortable on the lips... however the shade is just not 'me!' A deep, raspberry pink with berry undertones, that unfortunately leans a bit too pink and cool-toned for my liking. If only it were more red, in my opinion. I do have to say that Cherries in the Snow is a classic shade from Revlon dating back to the 50s! After all, it has stood the test of time, avoiding discontinuation, so there must be some love out there!!?


See, pigmentation = amazing! Maybe I will try to reach for this more this year.

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That's the end of it! What kind of red strikes your fancy? May it be the sheerer pop of reds, or the dolled up retro reds? Do you like it with a bit of berry, coral or just the classic red? Matte, glossy, or the now trending, metallic? Hmm... leave your comments below and thank you for reading!! :)


~ lala

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Reflection: Perfumes I loved in 2016 ~

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Well, it's nearing the end of the year, and about time we welcome 2017. Time for some reflection, don't you think? I've been busy all year with uni although that has not dampened my passion for perfumes! This post is dedicated to the perfumes that I have acquired in 2016 which I also happen to truly love and treasure. <3 All perfumes are from my own personal collection and all photos are taken by me! :)



Overall, there is a common theme of GUERLAIN. I love all things 'Guerly!' ;) Probably one of my all-time favourite perfume houses. I've acquired quite a few this year, from Mon Precieux Nectar, to Idylle Eau Sublime to Eau de Shalimar, to the now discontinued Eau de Cologne du 68, to getting backups of Shalimar Cologne! I think I am all set!! But hey, I saw that Aqua Allegoria Rosa Pop pretty darn cheap on FragranceX!!!?

Other themes include a deeper fondness of floral gourmands and an introduction to wearing aldehydes in perfume. One thing is for sure - I always love to try new things and venture into new territory.



Guerlain Idylle Eau Sublime - So underrated. Discontinued!! Why you do this Guerlain?? Ugh. Idylle Eau Sublime is a flanker of the Idylle line - but it's better! A charming fruity floral with rose, jasmine, lychee, peach, and musk. There's this light honey/nectarous quality that reminds me of Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea, also by perfumer Thierry Wasser.



Guerlain Shalimar Cologne - just wonderful stuff. If you loved Shalimar Parfum Initial and L'eau, and felt like mourning its loss (discontinuation,) you my friend, need not! I smell nuances of the Initial in the new Shalimar Cologne. It's a fluffy, soft, citrus-powdery cloud of undeniable deliciousness. Love it year round - especially with a bit of a cool breeze lifting its sillage.




Givenchy L'Interdit EDT vintage circa 70s/80s! - I feel ever more elegant and adult every time I smell this. Beautiful soapy aldehydes and just classic. It's a rarity that I treasure.



L'Artisan Drole de Rose - just really pretty, dainty rose/violet/powder! Soft in its sillage and the perfect scent for people to remember you by after a hug. Really easy to wear, feminine, every day~

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The following perfumes are the new additions to my collection, most of which I discovered and fell in love during December!



Dear Rose White Song - dainty, white almond blossoms, heliotrope, vanilla, musk, powder. An almond dream~ Review to come soon!



Keiko Mecheri Isles Lointaines - A creamy yet fresh white floral with gardenia, tuberose, jasmine, and milky vanilla and almond. A little bit like posh sunscreen wafting in the breeze by the beach. Gentle sillage and longevity. So wearable.



Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum and Penhaligon's Amaranthine  - both thanks to my lovely perfume friend Portia. Firstly, Loukhoum is just gorgeous, so much more vividly rosey in spray form! On initial spray I can taste the intensely saccharine Turkish delights in my mouth. The overall feel is dense and rich, just like its namesake. One I'd love to wear in the cold of winter!



On the other hand, Amaranthine is warm weather fragrance... but not for the faint of heart! I've read reviews detailing erotic milkmaid imagery... hmmm... sadly I don't really see it, but I love it for its unique, airy, summery, soft spicy feel. I detect notes of ylang ylang, jasmine, and a twist of warm spices that do not weigh the composition down. It is definitely sexy in a self-assured, effortless way though!




Best of samples:
Nishane Hundred Silent Ways - OMG to die for! The most exquisite, beautiful white floral with gardenia, tuberose and a delicate fruity peach on a bed of creamy vanilla. My sample shall be savoured.




Chanel No. 5 L'eau - Aldehydes made in the most charming, elegant, fresh and wearable way possible. A youthful contemporary No. 5 from Chanel, yet I can see all ages wearing this. Fares well in the heat too!


       
Best of decants:
Amouage Lilac Love - My favourite Amouage for sure! Look at that beautiful lilac bottle. Although it should be noted that there are no real lilac flowers used in this perfume, nor should it supposed to be a lilac scent... it's a beautiful floral gourmand! With notes of heliotrope, cacao, vanilla, gardenia, rose, orris root, tonka bean... it's amaze.

                                                                                                            -picture on right stolen from Fragrantica!

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Ugh! You have finally made it so far in this 'novel' !! Well, although these are most of my favourites from 2016, there is a selection that I've tried and bought and deem some of the not so favourites (at all) ... but we will save that for another day! ;)

~~~Happy New Year everyone!! Woohoo 2017~~~!!

Best wishes,
~lala

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Nail of The Day: Revlon Modern Grace Swatches Review


2 coats of Modern Grace, no top coat.



Direct sunlight


Indoor lighting

"Revlon Modern Grace from the Top Speed collection contains a patented formula which gives a quick, smooth lay down of colour for a super shiny finish in only one minute. The colorPrecise brush works seamlessly with the one coat, while its triangular bristles give a smooth and even salon quality application." - Revlon

Well, I agree! Modern Grace is such a lovely, unique colour that I believe, is hard to dupe! It's a cool toned, deep lavender purple that appears bright yet dark in different lighting. Modern Grace has an almost saturated pastel tone to it, with a hint of white base; common with pastel polishes. One coat provided good coverage, but I went along with two to see its true intensity. The application was smooth, as claimed by Revlon and the finish is definitely no dull matter. Shiny and glossy without top coat. I am three days into its wear and hardly any chips! I intend to see this nail polish lasting well into the week until I take it off. 

I really like how the application was really easy, quick drying, a one coater aided with the thicker brush. I was too lazy for top coat to be honest but I do not see a real need for it. What I really love is the shade. So different, shiny and interesting!

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`lala




Thursday, 30 June 2016

The mailman has arrived: Unboxing Guerlain perfumes!!

Guess what arrived today??!!



None other than the new-release of Shalimar Cologne
and Mon Precieux Nectar from the exclusive Les Parisiennes line ~!

Let's unpack them now!


The gorgeous new flanker of Shalimar in the classic bottle. 
The big 90ml bottle looks even more gorgeous in real life!
Soft, powdery citrus and musk. In love~


*Gasps!*
These Guerlain bee bottles never fail to take my breath away. 
Such beauty, such detail~
I have yet to sample Mon Precieux Nectar but will do so once I decant it.
I've heard stories of perfume evaporating from the fabric bulb atomiser. 

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Shalimar Cologne is a welcome addition to my line-up of Shalimars (EDP, Initial and Initial L'Eau) and now Mon Precieux Nectar is a bee-bottle sister to Cherry Blossom! 

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`lala


Friday, 29 April 2016

Fragrance review: Lorenzo Villoresi Alamut

ALAMUT


image source: Fragrantica



taken from Lorenzo Villoresi website:

" A warm and sensual fragrance, a journey to the Orient, a fragrant arabesque. 
The rich, opulent and velvety flowers of a Thousand and One Nights, dreams of secret gardens in the moonlight of the fresh Oriental nights. The enveloping scent of rare and precious woods, the seducing embrace of Tonkin Musk, the profound and mysterious aroma of Amber. "


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Alamut is balsamic, exotic and fully immersed in a different world. In another era with different sensibilities and avocations.

Opulent resins and amber infuse with a medley of warm, oriental flowers on top of a smooth, grounding base of powdery, dirty musks. Ylang ylang, dusty rose and white florals tuberose and jasmine tangle in this Middle Eastern-inspired escapade. The flowers are rich and indolic, unashamedly so; luring you in with its subtle raunchy, animalic side. The dry down grows evermore balsamic with powdered puffs of sandalwood, labdanum and amber. At times I sense a fantasy note of warm incense, which I believe, is done with a stroke of magic, as if to paint the surrounds of a temple in the Middle-East. This encapsulates a certain spiritual charm that would elicit one to feel comforted and awakened.

Sillage is wondrous and alive in the first hour, but like other Lorenzo Villoresi fragrances, it settles into a moderate sillage for its twelve hours of wear.


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Further reading: Alamut Fragrantica


~lala

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

OPI This Color's Making Waves Review/Swatches

OPI This Color's Making Waves is part of their Hawaii 2015 Spring collection.



It is a blue/ green with golden shimmer that leans turquoise and teal due to the slight green undertones.

The formula is thin and watery, but is reasonably opaque with two coats. 


^Outdoor lighting

I used two coats with Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat in these swatches and they lasted roughly a week with minor chipping. 


^Indoor lighting

The colour really changes in different lighting, sometimes more green sometimes more blue. It is a really gorgeous colour and I can definitely see myself wearing this in summer. It leads me to imagine the sun shining and bouncing off the azure ocean. Quite fitting for a Hawaii collection!


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This Color's Making Waves is part of the Hawaii mini collection which I received as a gift from Rani and her girls during their trip to Hawaii. <3 ~


~ lala