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Review: Dolce Dolce&Gabbana

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Dolce has a very resilient charm, shy to some extent but definitely beautiful. She’s that ultra-feminine friend who favors round skirts and mid-heels with pointy toes, pearls and cashmere cardigans. She’s a classic, sophisticated middle-aged beauty who gets what she wants not by showing a lot of décolletage but by her old world charm. Don’t get me wrong, she can be flirt when she needs to be. Her appeal is subdued.
Seriously there’s nothing not to love about this scent. It is a clean floral that’s doesn’t get heady or too strong. I usually favor the more grown up appeal of Narciso Rodriguez and the lovely french charm of Chloe by Chloe but Dolce could stand on it’s own in my perfume wardrobe. Having to favor scents with roses, the Dolce is a breath of fresh air, yes it’s partly aquatic and I also love aquatic scents but the true beauty of a Dolce is it’s muted charm. The Silllage is quite average, of which I’m fine with . You won’t easily recognize the scent unlike Light Blue, but again I don’t want people to know right away what perfume I’m wearing. As I just past my early 20s, I need something like Dolce in my closet. Just the right amount of sweetness, and I believe subtlety is it’s true essence.

Benefit POREfessional Primer Review

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I like most people I’m sure, am always on the hunt for makeup which stays put, controls oil, waterproof etc. Whilst it can be hard to find a product which incorporates all of those things, I don’t mind settling for makeup which just stays put, minimises pores and keeps oil at bay which is what I get from the Benefit POREfessional Primer.

I first started off with a sample of the POREfessional from a magazine and once I started using it I quickly fell in love. Since finishing the sample I immediately had to purchase the full sized tube!

The primer admittedly feels a little like silicone but it blends into the skin flawlessly with a mattifying finish and Benefit are true to their word when they say it minimises the look of pores. My pores are largest around my nose area so this is where I concentrate my application on, and after I’ve blended the product in I can instantly see how diminished my pores look. I also dab a little on my forehead to mattify the area before applying my foundation.

In time I’ve also noticed that it does a good job of controlling my dry combination skin by minimising oil in all the right places (forehead and nose). There was a time I would feel the need to blot my skin with blotting papers quite regularly before using the primer but now I can’t even remember when I last had to do so!

The only downside I’ve noticed with the POREfessional is that it can cling to dry patches (something I often find with mattifying products) so I’d recommend only applying on areas where you actually need it.

The Benefit POREfessional Primer is £24.50 which is a little on the pricey side compared to a lot of high street brands, but a little does go a long way and if you’re like me and only require small amounts at a time any way this tube will last you a good while! You can buy the POREfessional from Benefit’s website, Boots and most department stores.

Do you currently use a primer in your makeup routine? What’s your favourite?

Review: Chanel Malice Nail Polish

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Malice is the most beautiful vampy, deep burgundy with a ruby red twist and plenty of gorgeous shimmer! It comes with a brush just wide enough so you can cover your nail in just a few strokes. I would prefer a slightly larger handle though as the small lid makes it difficult to hold on to at times. Aside from this, Malice applies like a dream and 1 coat is enough to provide perfect opacity which I what I look out for when I’m buying new polishes.

The only bad side about this lovely nail polish is… You’ve guessed it, the price tag. At £18 this is definitely my most expensive polish to date. I don’t normally splurge this much on nail polish since there are more than plenty of decent high street offerings out there, BUT Malice is a shade not to be missed!

So what do you think of Malice? Have you tried any other Chanel nail polishes before?

Prada Candy L’eau Eau de Toilette

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I met Candy L`eau around a half a year ago, at the airport, coming back from a trip. I sprayed it on me without expecting to like or even love it, as I had tried the original Candy before and it did not attract me really. I found her sister to be quite different.

Caramel, yes, sweet (just as I like my perfumes to be), yes, but there was something more, something light, bubbly and happy, citrusy, something ladylike and pretty. However, I had already bought some other perfumes, so I just considered it being a good investment in the future, and forgot about it.

So I met my Candy L`eau again just recently. And now I truly fell in love. Maybe its the craving for something gourmand and comforting during this cold winter time (even though it is considered as a spring-summer perfume), I do not know, but this time it was contagious.

So now I am sitting here, smelling my coat which still has Candy L`eau on it (so the longevity is not that bad, it also stayed for quite a while on my skin, closer to the skin at the end, but so tempting that I sniffed my wrist every 20 minutes), checking every now and then, whether my package has been dispatched, as I cannot live without it.

I instantly ordered the 80ml bottle with the body lotion as a gift for myself on my birthday. It could easily become my new signature scent.

Review Foundation Christian Dior – Diorskin Forever

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When thinking of whether or not to purchase this product you can become very confused! There are a lot of other amazing foundations e.g Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. This particular foundation is one of Dior’s best sellers!

The product comes in a frosted glass bottle and a blue plastic lid with the CD logo in top. There are silver linings separating the lid from the bottle and this have DIORSKIN engraved in to them. The foundation also has a handy pump which makes handling the liquid much easier! In short the packaging is luxurious and handy!

Upon application the foundation is very soft and glides very easily across the face providing a full coverage almost instantly! The product also allows you to build up as necessary to get a more full effect. The one thing I noticed with this foundation is that it is best applied with the fingers to start, should you with to build this up then a second layer with a blending sponge is ideal. I tried to use a foundation brush but the product is very very quick to set and this then leaves an uneven coverage.

As you can expect from Dior the product has an amazing scent to it kind of like a sweet and floral scent that is not overpowering however it is noticeable. I am a fragrance driven person and fall for anything with a good scent however for you people who do not like scent or are sensitive to fragrances then I recommend you do not buy this straight away, go to the counter for a sample or even use the tester available to get a up close and personal use before splurging your hard earned cash!

Another great thing about this foundation is that it provides SPF25! Which is always a good thing!

The product retails for around £33 in the UK and is available in all majors department stores that have a Dior counter.

Overall, an amazing foundation that lives up to its expectations however the application is slightly hindered due to the quick setting of the product.

Review: Etude House Princess Etoinette All Over Powder

 


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Needless to say it’s a very pretty piece of makeup and if you’re anything like me a lovely piece for your collection of “pretty highlighters” as I like to call them! Etude House created the All Over Powder so you can use it on your face, cheeks, neck, arms, eyes, even your lips if you want for a little hint of sparkle and shimmer! I like adding a touch on my eyes with black eyeliner for a little sparkle without over doing things and allowing the liner to shine through.

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The Princess Etoinette Collection is probably one of Etude’s most nicely packaged collections – think Marie Antoinette and Ladurée! So being the kawaii-holic that I am, I just had to have this prettily packaged powder.The loose powder inside is covered by a removable separator, and a cute laced and ribboned puff is also included.

The powder itself is a pale champagne tone – if you look closely you can spot silvery-pink glitters within the powder. It’s also softly fragranced, and smells of roses.
The sponge is not great for precision application of the powder – it’s mostly decorative I think! A soft brush would be much more suitable.
This Princess Etoinette All Over Powder is a must have! It’s a beautiful piece of makeup and well worth a purchase.

 

Review Fragrance – To Be Woman Police

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You know what? I am going to be completely honest.

I adore this perfume. It is such a safe spring-appropriate scent. On my skin it is a blast of bergamot and candy. The bergamot leaves the scent kind of bitter(kind of like lime peel) to contrast the sweetness of the candy.

There is very little crispness from the apple. Maybe there is a tiny hint of it, but on my skin it is more creamy than anything.

Right off the bat, I confess that I thought only teenage girls as the main target audience of this perfume. But after 1 hour, I could imagine a vastness of women wearing it without problems.

And the bottle is part of the visual identity of the entire line, in which the brand decided to combine their fragrances to the skull, a symbol of rebellion and transgression, which has been reinterpreted by young designers and also gaining space in the fashion world nowadays.

And just between us, who said women’s perfume has to come in a bottle shaped like a flower, heart or something typical of the feminine universe?
Finally, just a simple spray on my skin demonstrated great sillage and lasting.

Review Fragrance: Vince Camuto

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When I first tested Vince Camuto and came home, I kept sniffing my wrists. The fragrance was haunting me for hours on end. I couldn’t get enough of it. So much so that I returned the next day to the store to purchase it. That’s how much I adore this perfume.

For me, the top is a boozy pepper, altho pepper is not listed. Somehow, that’s what I detect. Next delight is the leather crackling with the rum swirling in a decanter. Jump right to the base notes and all of them intertwine together delightfully for hours in a creamy, delicate manner. At times, little bursts of florals pique your interest but hide more than show themselves. The patchouli, vanilla, musk and amber all dance languidly in the dark corners of the smoky nightclub of this boozy mix.

What a sophisticated, Great Gatsby type of perfume this reminds me of. I envision a woman with her huge brimmed hat, long slim dress, huge eyes that show restraint but sensual want of her soul. Vince Camuto is not an overpowering perfume, just light enough to attract attention, sensual enough to give allure, the base notes being a surprise mix to mesmerize all. It surprises the wearer and others.

Longevity is wonderful, lasting into the wee hours of the night with one spritz. A beautiful scent that never disappoints. From the initial spray as the notes disperse, I am never let down. I enjoy all the the phases of this perfume.
A fragrance for any mood, for most settings, for all seasons, for self-assured ladies over 30. If you are that woman that exudes elegance no matter what you wear, where you are or what you are doing, this just might be your fragrance.
A very pretty bottle sitting in my boudoir with its pretty gold filigree cap and red ribbon.

Review MAX FACTOR CC Sticks

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Feck lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dark spots are my real bugbears with this whole aging lark. So my sallow, dark circled and dark patched visage perked up visibly with the news of Max Factor’s new Colour Corrector Sticks, which promise to neutralise your specific skin concerns.

The five-strong range includes a highlighter crayon along with a green stick for redness, yellow for undereye circles, pink for dark spots and purple for sallow or dull areas on your face.

Adorably chunky, they’re playful to look at and fun to use – but what we all want to know is, do they actually work to even your complexion?

I’ve read some mixed reviews, but on my combination skin and oily t-zone, these have worked a treat. For the past week, I’ve used the pink or purple on my cheeks, forehead and chin, the green around my nose, yellow below my eyes and the highlighter on my cheekbones – every day.

Max Factor say you can use them under or over your base but I prefer them beneath, on bare (but moisturised) skin. Like other colour correcting artistry products that I’ve tried – such as Bobbi Brown’s colour  Retouching powders – the effect is subtle but, when combined with the rest of your slap, there’s definitely a noticeable difference.

The pink and purple do bring light and brightness to my face – but my favourite of the bunch? The dark circle corrector – it really helps to neutralise the monster bags beneath my eyes. Worn underneath my CC cream, and with a touch of concealer on top, this lightens and brightens the area and makes me look more fresh-faced and wide awake – when I’m feeling anything but.

Review Fragrance – Orchidee by Yves Rocher

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Orchidee of Yves Rocher apart from being vintage fragrance from seemingly simple ingredients is also can effortlessly make himself into same VIP room as Houbigant QF Original and feel as an equal. That’s speaking about quality of old Yves Rocher ones.

I just cannot say what kind of effect this perfume AND bottle have on me!

Just like the vintage Venice, it is just like it is magical. I feel sooo dreamy looking at the golden orange bottle, so shiny, with the glittery cap. And then the perfume itself, sooo comforting, so complete, so delicate and special. Again super dreamy and magical. I could really say it is like my soul perfume. It makes me happy and really cheerful!

I wore this one today again, and I am so in love with it. This perfume makes me feel so happy, I really think it has something in it, a certain note, that can really lift your spirit. Almost like a medicine to me. I am really so much in love with this one..

The staying power on me is enormous! When I put this on, hours and hours later it comes up from my skin, blowing in my face!
But maybe some people are not able to smell it, like I am not able to smell Rive Gauche. But for those who DO smell it, it keeps on smelling all day!

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