Friday, January 24, 2014

SOTD Bvlgari Omnia

The original Bvlgari Omnia was introduced to the market in 2003. They had gorgeous magazine advertisement featuring Alyssa Sutherland.

  They have perfectly captured the essence of the scent - unconventional, seductive and warm (just like Alyssa). The bottle was very unusual compared to what was offered at the time.

It smells like Masala Chai (chai tea) served with white chocolate and a bit of sandalwood

Spice in fragrances can be overwhelming for some people but Omnia is sheer and inviting. It stays close to your skin so don't be afraid to wear it.

Unfortunately it has been discontinued and can be hard to find. It took me weeks to obtain one. I was beyond excited find one at Priceline heavily discounted to $39.

It is definitely one-of-a-kind scent, so try it if you haven't already.

According to Fragrantica
Top notes are ginger, mandarin orange, saffron, pepper and cardamom;
Middle notes are nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, almond, masala chai and lotus;
Base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, white chocolate, guaiac wood and woody notes.

Smells like: chai tea and sandalwood
Lasts for: 3-4 hours
Silliage: soft
Best for: daytime wear, cooler weather, office, comfort scent

Saturday, January 18, 2014

SOTD Yves Saint Laurent ELLE Eau de Toilette

Elle EDT (formerly known as Elle Shocking) was gifted to me by my mum as a Christmas Present.

I am not a huge fan of "shocking" part because this perfume is very very nice so I was happy to find out recently that it has been renamed but not reformulated (which happens far too often these days). It is a fresh spicy-woody scent with a bit of floral added to it to make it more feminine. I get lots of ginger,cedar and patchouli in this scent with a touch of fruity-floral notes. The bottle is gorgeous with golden detailing and cap!

I think the add campaign perfectly suits this scent - it is edgy, modern and sexy. It is more subtle and less floral compared to the original and tends to stay close to skin after the initial burst of fragrance.

According to Fragrantica this scent is composed of aromas of mandarin, ginger and peony. I know that woody note is not listed but I definitely get cedar.

Smells like: ginger, cedar and fruity florals
Lasts for: 3-4 hours
Silliage: <1h - moderate, >1h - soft
Best for: daytime wear, date, coffee with friends

Sunday, January 05, 2014

SOTD Moschino Funny!

Today is hot, hot hot in Brisbane (top of +41 C) so I had to wear an appropriate fragrance that wouldn't suffocate me but would last at least couple of hours. I reached for Moschino Funny that was purchased from a small local pharmacy heavily reduced to $19.95.

The advertisement doesn't capture a lot of attention and the bottle is quite cute but not outstanding...but the scent itself is gorgeous.
Smells like: sweetened orange tea
Lasts for: 4-6 hours
Silliage: soft to moderate
Best for: daytime wear, the office, warmer months

At first I get lots of soapy orange, but after couple of minutes sweetened tea note starts to come through along with a touch of pink pepper. I love pink pepper in perfumes as it adds extra character and dimension.

Overall it is a very pleasant summer scents that is slightly sweet but still very fresh, citrus-y and green.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Best products of 2013...Fragrances

In 2013 my fragrance collection has probably doubled.  I figured out that collecting fragrances is way better than collecting make-up products because you can sell them easily if they don't work for you.

It was hard to pick winners but here is my top picks (sadly couple of then have been discontinued and are very hard to find)


Best Rose scent - Clarins Par Amour Tojours
The rose in this perfume is fresh and sweet and is more like rosewater rather than heavy perfume oil. Added grapefruit makes this scent very delicious and pink pepper adds a dimension.

Best Floral scent - Marc Jacobs Essence
The most gorgeous white floral scent. It smells like a garden filled with jasmine, camellias and freesias.

Best Popular scent - Miss Dior Cherie (old version) 
Gourmand sweet and fruity mix that is irresistible. I am still puzzled why they had to change this scent to a generic mix of patchouli, jasmine and citrus.

Best Special Occasions scent - Coco Chanel Perfume
This pure perfume come in the tiny tiny bottle but you only need couple of small drops. It will radiate the most amazing spicy-balsamic-amber blend for hours and hours.

Best Night scent - Prada Amber
Rich and opulent mix of  amber, wood and vanilla. It is also one of my favourite Prada creations.

Best Summer scent - Azuree Soliel Tom Ford for Estee Lauder
A blend of white flowers, coconut, a hint of caramel and citrus. It instantly makes me think about luxury summer holidays . I adore 70's-insired bottle too.

Best Unusual scent - Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L'Artisan Perfumeur
This one has a lot of ingredients blended in it - vetiver, tea, driend fruits, musk, saffron, a bit of florals, incense and pepper but somehow I find this concoction fascinating. At first it smells like Valerian root but then it settles into wonderful mix on my skin. All ingredients are quite pure and good quality too making it a work of perfume art.

Best Day scent - L'Artisan Perfumeur L'Eau de L'artisan
Very clean, simple and fresh spicy herbal scent. Once again all ingredients are good quality so it smells like freshly picked herbs and lemons. It lasts well on my skin but stays close.

Best Gourmand scent - Sud Pacifique Amour de Cacao
Smells like good quality chocolate and vanilla. My friend told me that it doesn't smell like perfume on me, it smells like I've just eaten chocolate.

Best Winter scent - White by Comme de Garcons
Lots and lots of warm spices plus a bit of pomegranate and floral make this scent perfect for cooler months.

Happy 2014...year recap and resolutions :)

2013 was full of ups and downs but overall it has been a good year for me. It was definitely a memorable one :)

I achieved most of my resolutions from 2013
- survived wedding
- did one free online post-grad course (still haven't decided what I want to study)
- stuck with my eating and exercise routine (it had to be revived few time though)
- travelled overseas and locally
- purged my wardrobe but got some new things as well
- paid off 2 out of 3 credit cards

Couple of extra thing I achieved this year
- I can run now and actually enjoy it (for the first time on my entire life)
- I've been drinking less alcohol
- Been keeping my place cleaner and tidier 2014 I am hoping to
- travel more locally and overseas (I am hoping to do Japan for my 30th in November)
- read more books
- spend more time with friends and re-connect with old friends
- purge my wardrobe every season
- spend less on make-up and skincare and use things I already have
- pay off last credit card
- save some money
- continue regular exercise and healthy eating

Have you stuck to you NY resolutions? What is yours for 2014?