Sunday, September 22, 2013

My top 3 floral scents

I am usually not a huge fan of florals but I have few in my collection that I absolutely adore and wear regularly. I get lots of complements (mainly from guys) when I wear them too. 

1. Marc Jacobs Essence
I got 50 ml bottle on special for around $40 back in 2008. I wore it for couple of months, then moved on (it happens to me quite often). Recently I've been revising my collection and re-discovered this gorgeous scent. It smells like a garden filled with white flowers and opens up beautifully on my skin. Gardenia, Jasmine and Freesia seem to dominate the composition but a hint of spices and musk make it a bit more interesting. It would make a perfect wedding fragrance if it came in prettier bottle. This perfume is a bit hard to find these days but I would definitely get a back-up if I saw a bottle.

2. Lanvin Eclat d'Arpege Perles
A limited edition of popular fragrance (which I used to have and love). It smells like flowers from my childhood - Peonies and Lilac mixed with refreshing notes of citrus and tea. It smells very similar to the original but tea and citrus are definitely more pronounced.

3. Christian Dior Miss Dior Cherie L'Eau
Simple and clean combination of bitter orange, gardenia and musk make this scent irresistible. I fell in love with it the moment I smelled it. It is a prefect summer floral as it is very very light yet it has good staying power. Sadly it has been discontinued. The SA at Dior counter was trying to convince me that it was renamed in Eau Fraiche but clearly she hasn't tried L'Eau. Eau Fraiche is too soapy and dominated by Patchouli. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

L'Artisan Parfumeur L'Eau de L'Artisan

Change of seasons inspired me to get this refreshing and light fragrance. L'Eau de L'Artisan combines basil, mint, lemon, verbena, marjoram, woody notes, tea and moss into a beautiful fresh green and herbal scent. 

I've been moving away from popular scents. I love discovering "niche" fragrances that smell different. I got this one from strawberrynet and it was a blind buy. It pleasantly surprised me as it smelled like fresh herbs with a bit of citrus. On me it has moderate sillage and moderate lasting power (after 5 hours I can just detect a hint of it) making it a perfect day time scent.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Popular beauty products that didn't work for me

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

 A lot of people rave about this foundation because it is VERY pigmented and gives moderate to heavy coverage while being quite liquid. On me it looked like a mask and after few uses I realised that it is blocking my pores and causing mild breakout. I ended up mixing it with another foundation and eventually finished the whole bottle but I definitely can say that it is not a HG foundation for me.

2. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

 This product is loved by many people because it is very moisturising and makes skin glow (in a wet, not shimmery way). It was way too rich for my combination skin and cause breakouts. I also prefer primers with shimmery particles rather than oily consistency to make my skin glow.

3. Clinique 3-step system

I like a lot of Clinique product but their original 3-step system was a huge disappointment. Originally it had a soap as a cleanser which was ok, then it was replaced by a liquid soap which is a bit more hygienic but still it is not the best cleanser I've tried. It doesn't remove make-up well and a bit drying. Then you supposed to strip your skin with potent Clarifying lotion which is mostly alcohol with a bit of colouring and some "active ingredients", it makes my skin very red and irritated plus it burn. My skin is not very sensitive but it definitely reacts to this products. Then you supposed to replace the natural oils you just stripped with a moisturiser leaded with mineral oil! The original moisturiser felt really greasy on my skin and caused breakouts. I was told to switch to a gel version but it still did nothing for my skin.

4. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

It looks very dark in the tube but when applied it gives your lips just a hint of colour. Unfortunately it didn't suit me. It made my lips brighter but the hue clashed with my NC25 skin tone. Plus it didn't apply evenly and made cracks and dry patches more obvious.

5. Revlon ColourStay Eye Liner
A lot of people rave about it. Yes, it does last a lot time but for me it was a nightmare to apply. I found it was too dry and didn't give me that smooth uninterrupted line. Plus it dried out even more after few weeks and I had to throw it away as it because unusable.

Which popular beauty products were you disappointed with?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Witchery and Mimco - my recent shopping trip

Witchery announced that they are having end of season sale so I decided to pay them a visit. I went to Gold Coast Harbour Town Witchery Outlet because I had a gut feeling that their sale was going to be even bigger. I wasn't wrong! They had buy 2 items save 20%, buy 3 save 30%, buy 4 save 40%, buy 5 save 50%! I miss those sales in their regular stores, I was beyond excited that they re-introduced it in their outlet store.
So this is what I got

1. Carly Sandals RRP $99.95...paid $14.97

Exactly what I wanted - relatively plain black sandals

2. Maranda Saddle Bag RRP $179.95...paid $59.97

I actually don't have many bags, I guess I am just not a bag girl. However I needed  a simple small to medium black bag so this one was a great find since it is also made from butter soft leather.

3. Black Stud Detail Jeans RRP $169.95..paid $29.97

 I wore my River Island Coated Molly Jeggins to death, this pair is a perfect replacement. It is made from thicker material and they sit a bit higher but the fit is perfect. I just hope they wont stretch. I am even considering buying a pair in smaller size as a back-up.

4. Tayla Leather Wedges RRP $149.95...paid $29.97
A must-have when I need to dress-up my work attire.

5. Parisienne Rose Body Wash RRP $19.95...paid $4.95

It was an impulse counter buy so I would be entiteled to 50% off so it basically saved me money. It has "vintage" rose scent which is quite strong but I can put up with it for few minutes.

6. Mimco Premonition Loafers RRP $199.95...paid $49.95

 I didn't have much time but I stopped at Mimco which is right next to Witchery and got these beautiful work shoes.

I guess Black is the colour of the is Friday the 13th after all :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New additions to my shoe collection

They were actually purchased about a month ago. I wanted black leather ankle boots since March this year but couldn't find anything that was either in my price range or I actually liked. Until I saw these "Catin" ankle boots at Country Road DFO outlet.
 I got them for $49.50 because they were missing the leather "straps" on the zip, otherwise they were in perfect condition. I've worn them at least 5 times already.

My other purchase wasn't as exciting. I have to wear enclosed and comfortable shoes at work due to H&S regulations so I had to get a pair of what I call "ugly work shoes". You can usually find a whole selection at Myer from Dianna Ferrari and Hush Puppies range but for some reason they usually cost more than my pretty shoes.

I refused to pay $100+ for ugly work shoes therefore I turned my my good old friend eBay and won these loafer which are not too bad for $37.10

Monday, September 09, 2013

L'Occitane Almond Range ♡

 Spring is in the air and L'Occitane is promoting their Almond range which I must admit is my favorite. I love the scent if their Almond products and wish they also made matching perfume.
Yesterday I stopped by L'Occitane shop to pick up a birthday present for my friend (I got her Picnic in Provence Collection)

I couldn't resist their Almond Spring Essentials Collection and got it for myself along with new limited edition hand cream and as a member also got free Almond Shower Oil because I've spent over $80. I've used shower oil in the past and loved it so I was beyond excited to get it for free given how expensive it is. 

 My Almond Spring Essentials Collection had
1x Almond Shower Oil 75ml
1x Almond Milk Concentrate 50ml
1x Almond Smooth Hand Cream 30ml
1x Almond Soap 50g

I already have Almond Body Oil so I am looking forward to trying other complementing products.
My first L'Occitane product was Green Tea EDT which I got during my trip to USA in 2006. Then I've re-discovered the brand in 2010 and since then it because one of my favourite bodycare brands.