Glam Gorgeous Skincare: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Multi-Miracle Glow Balm & Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Glam Gorgeous Skincare: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Multi-Miracle Glow Balm & Goddess Skin Clay Mask

The Charlotte Tilbury beauty line has been causing a sensation since it was launched. First, because everyone who used it looked beautiful and raved about it, and second, because it was not available in North America. Then, as with most brands, it was launched in the USA first, and Canadian beauty junkies lost their minds because we couldn’t get it here! Well, it has finally arrived* and we can all share in the glowing gorgeousness that Charlotte Tilbury brings us.

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Today I’m obsessing over her skincare. Of course, I’d been reading about Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream in European beauty mags for awhile. As a much sought after makeup artist at couture shows around the world, one of Charlotte Tilbury’s secrets has been her Magic Cream “treat and transform” moisturizer, allegedly able to revitalize and brighten the most tired and sallow complexions. And, her Multi-Miracle Glow Balm sounded beyond fantastic – a rich, creamy and gentle cleansing balm as well, a deeply moisturizing overnight facial mask, as well as a multi-purpose SOS skincare balm that can be used anywhere, anytime. I’d read about her Goddess Skin Clay Mask (how enticing is that?) in several editor’s “best of” lists.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Multi Use Balm Goddess Clay Mask

All product ingredients are listed on their product pages linked above, which is a good thing. Read through if you think any might be problematic for your skin. The only issues for my skin would be some silicones, but as long as I avoid my t-zone, there is no problem. Here is what the site says about the products:

Magic Cream: The BioNymph Peptide Complex is a unique, patented anti-age ingredient that multi-tasks in the skin, fighting the ageing process on all fronts. It increases collagen & fibre levels, prevents fibre break-down, fights free radicals and stimulates cell energy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin elasticity & generally smooth things over.
Sodium Hyaluronate forms a film of hyaluronic acid over the skin to seal in moisture, whilst extracts of Wild Pansy promote the renewal of hyaluronic acid in the skin surface to retain moisture. Skin is plumped-up and youthfully dewy.
A mix of rose hip oil, camellia oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E transforms a gray complexion into hydrated, mirror-shine skin, nourishing Vitamin A helps improves skin firmness and smoothness and energetic Vitamin C is able to promote collagen activity for more youthful skin. Damask rose water and organic aloe vera stimulate skin regeneration, fighting the signs of ageing, naturally and gracefully. Extracts of Frangipani, the symbol of eternity, form a soothing, purifying and hydrating comfort-blanket on the skin. Paraben-free. Plus a little bit of top secret magic!

I love the way the Magic Cream feels on my skin, and it adds a gorgeous glow and makes my skin look dewy. There is a soft gardenia fragrance to all Charlotte Tilbury skincare, and I adore it. It’s soft, but if you are averse to fragrance, best to test it first. It is very rich and perfectly suited to normal or dry and dehydrated skin, but could be an issue for oily skinned types like me. I have been using it sparingly, and only for day. I use it under a bit of powder and it helps me fake a good night’s sleep. I think the ideal user for this product is someone with drier skin than mine. I love it but its a bit rich for day to day.

Multi-Miracle Glow Balm: MULTI-MIRACLE GLOW is a cream-to-oil balm, enriched with vitamins and floral extracts for a fresh, dewy, baby-soft finish. Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil and Cranberry Seed Oil are highly effective anti-oxidant pure oils that moisturize the skin & stimulate micro-circulation; extracts of frangipani flower soothe and help purify dirt and makeup; rose hip and camellia oil regenerate the skin to delay the signs of ageing; whilst vitamins A, C and E smooth wrinkles and bring the skin’s complexion back to life. It’s one of my 7 wonders for your skin!

Ok – this stuff is amazing! If you are a fan of oil cleansing, you NEED to try this stuff. A tiny amount is all you need, and using Charlotte’s method, which is lots of massaging before rinsing, you will be left with clean baby soft skin. I use a little around my eyes, neck and anywhere else needing a special moisture infusion at bedtime. It feels luxurious and beautiful and is my favourite cleanser right now. I use it at the end of the day to get rid of the day’s makeup and sunscreen, and the gentle gardenia fragrance takes me away.

The stunning packaging of the Balm and Miracle Cream need to be mentioned. They are heavy and gorgeous, and just having them on my bathroom counter makes me feel super fancy. The rose gold and the cut crystal look of the lucite jars make me think of old school glamour make up tables. Love.

Goddess Skin Clay Mask:
• Spanish clay absorbs oil and draws out impurities without drying.

• Sweet Almond and Rosehip Oil nourish and delay signs of skin ageing.

• BioNymph Peptide Complex boosts collagen production and improves elasticity.

• Essential oils create a smooth, hydrating formula that never feels chalky or dry.

• Frangipani Flower Extract boasts soothing antiseptic properties and leaves skin cashmere-soft.

Officially my new favourite mask. It gives me an instant pick-up whenever I need it. I use it weekly and love my baby soft skin. It manages to make my skin feel clean without being dry and tight, and it feels like a spa day when I use it. If you are a lover of masks, you need to try this. I think it would work on all skin types, as it doesn’t irritate my oily acneic skin by being too rich, and it does not dry my skin out at all.

All in all I am in love with this line! I am hoping that Charlotte Tilbury puts out a Miracle Lotion or something lighter and silicone free. Have you tried these products? What do you think?

Gotta love that "clean makeup" glow!

Gotta love that “clean makeup” glow!

Charlotte Tilbury products are sold in select retailers and online in the US. In Canada, they will be available at Holt Renfrew as of June 22, 2015

I Fall Asleep On A Bed Of Roses

I Fall Asleep On A Bed Of Roses

I adore roses, and the fragrance of roses is something I cannot get enough of. Roses are good for our skin, and using rosewater is something I’ve become obsessed with. You can read about my search for the perfect rosewater here and here. I recently revisited my love of the classic Rosewater line from Crabtree and Evelyn. It has been reformulated, but I found the originals in a local shop and bought a bunch of the lotions and hand soaps.

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When I change for bed, I spray myself head to toe with rosewater. Yes – head to toe. My favourite rosewater is quite inexpensive and I get it at the healthfood store – Thayers Rose Petal. My only gripe with this one is the bottle does not have a sprayer! I have a sprayer from another rosewater that I switch out when I get a new bottle. It smells good, feels wonderful, and is simply lovely. The fragrance of Thayers Rose Petal is a perfect balance of green and sweetness. I usually spritz a little in my hair for good measure as well – for a light refresher a bit of rosewater is perfect head to toe!

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I let the rosewater dry on my skin, then I apply my Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater body lotion. The Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater lotion is not a heavy one at all, rather light and water based, with rosewater and touch of almond  oil for moisture, and no mineral oil, parabens, phthalates or propylene glycol. I shall have to relent and try the newer version soon, as I am almost through my stash. The only difference would probably be in the scent, and hopefully the reformulated version is as clean and simple as the original. Let me know if you have tried both and what you think.

There you are! I literally smell like a bouquet of roses, and my skin feels incredibly soft, beautifully supple and gently moisturized. The fragrance of rose is recognized in aromatherapy for its soothing, relaxing and balancing properties, which makes it a perfect bedtime ritual. Taking time to treat yourself to a simple ritual of self love will pay off – calm and peace will enfold you as you drift off into a sleep of sweet dreams.

 

Glow From Within Obsessions: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, Amore Pacific Cushion Compact, YSL Volupté Tint in Oil

Glow From Within Obsessions: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, Amore Pacific Cushion Compact, YSL Volupté Tint in Oil

I am just LOVING some beauty items lately. I am loving many, and am waiting for full test drives before reviewing (hello, Charlotte Tilbury Skincare – from heaven…Jouviance….) but right now these beauties are captivating me!

Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, YSL Volupte Tint In Oil

If you read the Internet you know about Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, as it’s been causing a sensation! I’ve been taking the line for a test drive and have fallen deeply in love with the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher. Charlotte Tilbury is famous for the “glow” she imparts on those who sit in her makeup chair. She wanted to recreate the gorgeous flush we get when we’re in love, the “love glow” she calls it, with her “Swish and Pop” method. I have Sex On Fire, which is a bronzed mauve-y rose and gives a perfect glowy blush. The finish of the blush has such lovely finish, using finely milled powder with a pearly luminosity. She advocates using the two shades in the blush separately but I am perfectly happy swirling them together.

Amore Pacific is a niche Korean beauty line with the cult-favourite, the Color Control Cushion Compact. It uses breakthrough game-changer technology, which is a unique air cushion format. The product is weightless and amazingly sheer, with buildable coverage. I was interested in how those with oily skin seem to love and rave over this product, and, it offers SPF 50 broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It fills rather than “settles” into lines, and is always – miraculously – even coverage. It’s full of water and feels cool on the skin. Oddly, it has silicones, yet my skin seems to love it, so if silicones and acne are problematic for you, don’t be afraid to try this! If my skin hasn’t flipped out, yours may not either. Seriously, this is the most weightless and perfectly sheer product I have used on my skin, that improves the appearance of the skin while protecting it. I get almost no breakthrough shine, and unless I’m really sweating, I barely need to touch up. The only complaints I have read online is regarding the lack of shades, and the fragrance. I can smell the Amore Pacific “scent” in their skincare and it is fairly noticeable. I notice it for a moment or two with the Cushion Compact, and then it’s gone, so it obviously does not bother me. If you are sensitive to fragrance, you should definitely try before you buy. I swatched it quite heavily on the inside of my arm below so you could see it – notice it has zero grease or “thickness” to it. It just makes you skin glow, as it improves the texture of the skin vs covers it up. It’s like a treatment. I’m not sure how it would be on dry skin – again, best to try first if in doubt.

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil has been around for awhile now, but man, I cannot get enough. It is the perfect “your lips but better” product, and actually delivers a colour payoff. No, it is not lipstick, and it is not opaque. It is not really a gloss, as it isn’t sticky. It makes my lips noticeably softer, and even when the shine is gone, there is a soft colour deposit on the lips. I use one of the lighter shades, Rose You, but find it gives my lips the perfect pink-kiss glow.

Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, YSL Volupte Tint In Oil dalybeauty swatches

Starting at the top: YSL Volupte Tint in Oil “Rose You”, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher ” Sex On Fire”, Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact 104 Tan Blush in daylight, direct sun

 

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury is available at Holt Renfrew as of the end June in Canada, and at select retailers in the US – more info here. Amore Pacific is sold at Holts and Nordstrom in Canada, there is a store locator on their website. YSL is sold at major department stores and at Sephora.

Little Luxuries & Pampering In The Beauty Department

Little Luxuries & Pampering In The Beauty Department

Sometimes all it takes is a little beauty treat to lift our spirits and make us feel pampered. And lifted spirits and pampering are good things. Taking time to treat ourselves, or someone we love, or even better, treating ourselves and someone we love together, is an important part of feeding our souls. It can be grand and luxurious, or it can be taking a moment in the day to look after yourself or someone you care about. Spa days, the right lipstick, a mani pedi, or a hot bath and glass of tea wine after a long day – just taking a moment so you don’t kill anyone to restore sanity to our crazy lives.

One thing that is free and wonderful is a department store beauty floor makeover. You know this already right? It feels lovely and healing to have someone gently touching your face. Closing your eyes and feeling the soft feathery makeup brushes tickling your skin is a wonderful sensation. Just sit back and let it go, and even go outside your comfort zone. Let the make up artist go crazy. They call them “artists” for a reason! When my eldest daughter Emilie was little, she would ask me to “tickle” her face with my makeup brushes while she was falling asleep. Who doesn’t love that?

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It doesn’t have to be for a wedding, or some fancy occasion. How about because it’s Friday afternoon and you survived the week! Mother’s Day, a birthday, someone stopped biting their nails – whatever! Go with your friend, your daughter or your mom and use the opportunity to have a brilliant photo shoot after your makeovers! Seriously – you will take your best selfies ever. My daughter’s friends have been known to take photos with them (Kim K makeup goals, obvies) and ask to have the look recreated. Now, we are talking about teenage girls without deep pockets, and no plans to purchase any makeup at that time.

A good makeup artist and retailer will not force product on you while this is happening. What should happen is you form a relationship with someone you trust, and they treat you like royalty while you are in their chair. A good retailer knows that if you leave happy, even if you don’t buy at that moment, when you do want something, you will come back. For example, my daughter’s friend who wanted Kim K’s cheekbones went to Nordstrom, a US retailer that is blessedly now in Canada. She didn’t buy anything after her makeover, but when she decides she wants that killer highlighter or mascara or lip liner or whatever they used, there is a very good chance she will go to counter where she felt welcome to make her purchase. A good retailer understands brand loyalty and what it means to make a customer feel wanted. Nordstrom’s beauty floor is welcoming and luxurious, and basically my second home.

With the lovely Melody Ly, after my Amore Pacific facial, Biddy getting her La Prairie facial, & with Cara Wood, the Dior makeup genius who created Those Eyes.

With the lovely Melody Ly, after my Amore Pacific facial, Biddy getting her La Praire facial, & me with Cara Wood, the Dior makeup genius who created Those Eyes.

My younger daughter and I had a free Thursday night and decided to hit up the beauty department of our city’s brand new Nordstroms. We had SO MUCH FUN! We had facials and makeup applications, and the sales professionals and makeup artists treated us like old friends. We had a super photo session and felt gorgeous. No, not because we were coated in makeup. Not because we were coerced into buying makeup. Because we chatted, laughed, and said “OK…” to the teal liner on my waterline….or the shimmery vanilla highlighter powder and orange lipstick. Like I said – outside your comfort zone! Switch it up, baby, and live a little!

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I have NEVER worn eye makeup like this! Meow!

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I’m in Dior & Burberry, and Biddy is in Bobbi Brown and MAC. Glamour girls!

A good makeup artist doesn’t do that. A good makeup artist says “Did you know your eyes are incredible? I’d love to try something new…”. And then they hand you a mirror and you think WOW! I had no idea I looked like that! It’s so fun, and like ultimate adult dress up party. It’s a fun bonding thing, and you quickly feel like you are surrounded by friends. These people love what they do. They learn about new trends and techniques as part of their profession, and they want to share them! I always say – ask for samples. If you are trying something new, chances are you aren’t sure you want to go home with it. If it’s new, they likely have samples. Hey – if you don’t ask, you’ll never know, right? That is just an added bonus to what would have already been a great time, in my opinion.

What are some little ways you like to pamper yourself and someone you care about?

Knights in White Roses – Puredistance WHITE Perfume Is Pure Luxury

Knights in White Roses – Puredistance WHITE Perfume Is Pure Luxury

Puredistance is a luxury perfume house based in Holland, and they use perfumers/noses from all over the world. They are uber exclusive, and, being only parfum or extrait concentration, the entire experience with Puredistance is about luxury. I wrote about their very first release, Puredistance 1, when it was released in 2011, and I must say, I am somewhat reminded of that opulent green floral when I smell their latest release, WHITE. Not that they smell the same, but they have the same dense, unrelentingly luxe vibe. There is simply nothing about WHITE that doesn’t say luxury. I sampled BLACK when it came out, and it was also gorgeous, but in a darker, woodsy and leathery way. Gorgeous, but not for me, and somewhat masculine to my nose, which is just my take. It would smell equally incredible on a woman or a man, but I use terms like masculine to refer to what I perceive as a masculine scent. That does not mean a woman should not wear it! On the contrary, most women I know actually rock deep dark fragrances beautifully. I feel like an odd old fashioned duck sometimes, only loving the traditionally “pretty” and “feminine” perfumes….but I digress. Back to WHITE.

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Back to white. This is a curious one as it develops. At first it is so white and luxurious, it’s like a princess, getting married, in a castle, maybe in heaven, surrounded by heavenly flowers bursting forth into bloom. And all of those flowers are white roses. Then, a soft cloud of the fluffiest white musk and cleanest white woods I’ve ever smelled rises off the skin. It’s quite incredible how the image of pure whiteness is conveyed in this fragrance.

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The best part is the dry down, in my humble opinion. There is a perfect and powdery, yummy, soft sweetness that rises from the tonka bean and it is so seamlessly blended with the woodsy white roses and musk that one cannot really pick out this note or that. Smooth is the word that comes to mind. The vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli are so beautifully velvety, and there is not a single rough spot to be found. Like white velvet, or polished crystal with the sun shining through it. Wow.

I spritzed a tiny bit of silk and left it on my desk. Hours later as I would walk back into my office I kept encountering a scent that can only be described as delicious. Not in a dessert way – it’s too sophisticated and airy to be described as foody. It defies description. You just have to trust me when I tell you if these notes appeal to you, this may be your ultimate perfume. It is powerful stuff, and a tiny drop will do just fine. Puredistance makes it’s scents in pure parfum concentrations only, so no eau de toilettes here.

From their site:

PUREDISTANCE is the one Perfume House in the world that offers only Pure Perfume Extrait: the most precious version of fragrances with the highest concentration of perfume oil. We put all our passion and energy into the making of one truly beautiful Perfume at a time. Not just another perfume, but a Perfume with a soul and a signature. At Puredistance we don’t follow trends, but focus on creating timelessly beautiful Perfumes and packaging. If you fall in love with one of our Perfumes it could be for life! Another essential component of our brand is true exclusivity. The Puredistance Master Perfume Collection is sold only in a very limited number of specialised perfumeries in more than 30 countries. All Puredistance products are assembled by hand with great care and a strong eye for detail. The finishing work of all products and all design is still done in-house.

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WHITE was created by the same perfumer that created BLACK, Antoine Lie. He has an impressive resumé of fragrances, from Elizabeth Arden to Etat Libre d’Orange to Comme de Garcons to Kenzo. One can only imagine that he was given carte blanche (pardon the pun) to use the finest of whatever he wanted to create his Puredistance perfumes. What a joy that must be! For some reason, and not just the name, although it does sum things up perfectly here, I see Puredistance WHITE as an ideal wedding fragrance. Or any grand occasion that demands a memorable, gorgeous and beautiful perfume, when mainstream (not that there is anything wrong with mainstream!) just won’t do.

 

 

 

A 17.5ml bottle of 38% concentrate Puredistance WHITE perfume is $170 USD, and 32% is $160USD.  They are only sold on their site, Luckyscent in the US and a few boutiques around the world.   You can purchase a Puredistance sample set of their six scents, remember these are pure perfumes, not eau de anything, for around $69 USD.

My Favourite  Violet Perfumes: Flowers of Magic and Kindness

My Favourite Violet Perfumes: Flowers of Magic and Kindness

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

Mark Twain

Oh the sweet little violet. I’ve always loved violets, and my favourite colour has always been purple, but I’m not sure which came first. Violet perfumes, at least the ones I love, are simple affairs, with very little embellishment from other notes. There are the old fashioned original violet eau de toilettes like Violetta di Parma and Violettes de Toulouse, which I’ve had and love. I love them as much as the ones I’m writing about today, but I haven’t owned them in ages. They are sold on discount sites here and quite reasonable in cost – worth buying if you love violets and want to add to your collection. Violetta di Parma hails from around the 1800s and Napoleon’s second wife, Marie Louise of Austria, put Parma Violets on the map. She was a botanist, and loved purple – seriously. It has a green, somewhat green/vegetal vibe that makes it super fresh. Violettes de Toulouse came from France the early 20th century, and is sweeter, like the violet you think of when you think of soap and the violet flavoured sugar crystals they loved there. I LOVE it. I also love violet candies, always have, the plain ones, and the ones with the little aniseed in the middle, which is a perfect foil for the violet.

Choward's violet candies

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Violets have a magical quality as well. As innocent as it is, it can be a flirty little flower – it appears and disappears magically on the skin. Science break- the violet flower contains ionone, a tricky little molecule which fiddles with our sense of smell, as in it renders us unable to smell it for awhile. Then we can again, so the fragrance comes and goes. Often people think their violet perfume has worn off because they can’t smell it. Well, that’s the magic. Onto my favourites:

I Profumi di Firenze Violetta di Bosco

I Profumi di Firenze Violetta di Bosco

The notes are different depending on where you look, but the I Profumi di Firenze website says: anise, peach, violet, iris, lily of the valley, vetiver, benzoin and heliotrope. I don’t know about any of the notes other than violet and iris, perhaps benzoin. This is pure sweet violet candies, with a slightly snuggly woodsy base. The iris elevates the powder levels – but like candy powder vs talcum powder. Pure heaven. And be aware – Violetta di Bosco has power. Perhaps it is a true eau de parfum, as it is one of the strongest violet perfumes I’ve tried. I use the tiniest of spritzes and it lasts all day. But if you like your violets fresh and green, this is not the one for you. Get the Violetta di Parma.

Calypso Violette

Christiane Calle Calypso Violette

Ok, this one is discontinued. You can find it online – I recently got a backup bottle on ebay – at a super reasonable price. Perhaps there are warehouses full of this. The original company became just “Calypso” and now has it’s own line of perfumes that do not include a violet one. Why I don’t know, as I think it was probably the best of all them. I read somewhere that Calypso Violette was one of Rashida Jones’s favourite perfumes, and I love her and want to be her… Anyways, I tracked some down several years ago and still love it to this day. It’s less powdery and stringent than Violetta di Bosco, and smells like pretty soapy candies. The notes: bergamot, violet, lemon, rose, heliotrope, sandalwood, white musk, tonka bean and honey. Violet, musk, and honey must be what make it so sweet and “pretty” with heliotrope and lemon adding a yummy factor. This is soft and easy to wear, and one that I love putting on after a bath or shower, when I’m getting ready for bed. It’s a cuddly violet.

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Annick Goutal La Violette

This is one of the softest and gentlest perfumes I own. It’s cross between the classic French Violettes de Toulouse – soapy candy, with a touch of powder and freshness. The notes are listed as simply violet leaf, violet and rose. The rose gives it a powdery slightly makeup feeling, and violet leaf, which is often used in men’s fragrances, adds a touch of fresh green. It is as soft and delicate as the flower, and is oh so French, and very beautiful. It is part of Annick Goutal’s Les Soliflores, their simple line of single note perfumes. I will never be without it. You can find Annick Goutal shopping info here.

Mona di Orio Violette Fumée

Mona Di Orio Violette Fumée

Kitten with a whip, this one. This is a slightly subversive violet, at least for me! When I read the notes I thought it sounded like Habanita with violets, all tobacco and smoky and so not me. I got a decant from a very generous friend, and it wowed me. Violette Fumée is very precious, smells expensive, and, at $245 US for 75ml, it is. Unlike the descriptions that scared me, it is not all ashtray on me, as fragrances with smoky or tobacco notes are wont to be. It is a dark violet, to be sure, and one that would be perfect in cool weather, and at night. Yes, yes, I know you can where whatever you want whenever you want and that there are no rules, but some perfumes say certain things to me. Mona di Orio’s Violette Fumée says “it’s dark out, it’s night-time”. I have worn a few precious drops to bed, and felt all wrapped up in coziness. I’ve worn it out for dinner, and it smells divine and sexy without interrupting the meal. The notes: lavender, bergamot, oakmoss, violets, violet leaves, rose, vetiver, clary sage, opoponax, myrrh, and cashmeran. Those last three notes ensure a dark, seductive finish on the skin that is cozy and sexy at the same time. This is one va-va-voom-violet, and perhaps one day I will spring for a bottle. The link above is to Mona di Orio’s site, but you can get in continentally at Luckyscent.

Guerlain Apres L'Ondee eau de toilette

Guerlain Après L’Ondée

Last but not least, my favourite violet perfume is also my favourite perfume. Here is what Guerlain says about this classic, created in 1906:

Après L’Ondée is a celebration of the fine weather that follows the rain. Composed in nuances and half-shades, Après l’Ondée opens on aniseed notes and continues with a powdery-spicy floral bouquet whose scent evokes a stroll through the dewy underbrush.

What the description fails to mention is how Guerlain managed to evoke FEELINGS with this scent. Now, I know not everyone is the type to be moved emotionally by fragrance, but given the whole memory and scent connection, it’s not unheard of. Après l’Ondée has been called melancholy, but in a good way. I’ve written about Après L’Ondée here.

Honourable mentions:

There are so many violets, I could go on and on. Santa Maria Novella Violetta is a gorgeous Perfume That I Haven’t Bought Yet (that’s a big category for me). Jessica at Beauty Guru NYC bought a bottle on our recent SMN shopping trip in Miami. I got Rosa but desperately want the Violetta. It is perfection! Aroma M Geisha Violet is lovely soft violet veil, and even though I tried it ages ago, I am thinking I might need some. The simple yet pretty Demeter Violet is perfect for the perfume minimalist as it smells super soft, and just like a violet, nothing more, nothing less. Sage Machado Amethyst adds a little lilac to the violet, which just makes it prettier. There is beautiful green and goregous L’Artisan Parfumer Verte Violette, but this is discontinued. My daughter was in NYC a few years ago and stumbled into a boutique that had a bottle and snagged it for me.

What are your favouite violets?

Orange Is The New Red – Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc Judo Red

Orange Is The New Red – Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc Judo Red

I am very susceptible to the power of suggestion. So after seeing the gorgeous orange-red nail polish by Victoria Beckham everywhere on the internet, I simply had to have it. She collaborated with one of my favourite nail polish lines, Nails Inc, to create a colour duo.

From the Sephora site:

This Nails inc. collaboration with Victoria Beckham and her Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection reflects the chicest beauty launch of the year—a unique limited-edition duo of nail polishes developed to complement Victoria’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collection. Inspired by the feel of the collection and its subtle Japanese elements, this collection offers must-have, new season nail looks.

The Judo Red and Bamboo White nail lacquers are formulated with exclusive Stretch-To-Fit technology and bamboo extract, infused with silica—all within a sleek bottle. The Judo Red is a vibrant tomato shade while Bamboo White is a bone shade—created in-line with key pieces from the Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection. Designed by Fabien Baron and Victoria Beckham, each bottle comes in matte black and matte white, and is created with fine Venetian glass, and is hand-frosted to leave a subtle reveal window.

So it wasn’t JUST the shade. It was the bottle, and the cachet of the limited edition release. Also, the packaging. I normally hate oversized wasteful packaging, but in this case, I caved. I am also using the box for perfume sample storage, so there is that. I’ve tried to convince myself that Nails Inc Whitehall would work as a dupe because it is so close. I’m really trying people, but the siren call of “They are not the same, they are similar” is relentless. You feel me, there, right?

Behold:

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Victoria Beckham Nails Inc Judo Red

 

Victoria Beckham Nails Inc Judo Red

 

Two coats of Victoria Beckham Nails Inc Judo Red, no top coat.

Two coats of Victoria Beckham Nails Inc Judo Red, no top coat.

 

Still thinking I might need Bamboo White, unless it’s sold out. Which is probably the case. I am a giant fan of this Nails Inc line – is it still the Nail Kale? I don’t know but I love the brush, which covers the entire nail in one swipe. The formula is perfect, self-levelling and impossibly shiny. It is a perfect orange-red shade that makes me think of the rich and luscious Chinese reds one sees in decor. Simply beautiful! I never thought I would wear orange polish, but this shade is so perfect and flattering, how could I not?

The Victoria Beckham Nails Inc shades are available at Sephora, in-store and online.

W3LL PEOPLE Beauty Makes Me Feel Like The Natural Woman I Am

W3LL PEOPLE Beauty Makes Me Feel Like The Natural Woman I Am

I will admit to having some reservations regarding natural beauty products. I am luxury lover, and until recently, at least in Canada, natural beauty was more backyard than luxurious. That, my friends, is old fashioned thinking. The past decade has ushered in an awareness about what we use on our skin, and while I haven’t abandoned all of the conventional beauty brands, I have opened my mind to alternatives. I give thanks to beauties like Jessica aka BeautyGuruNYC.com for enabling my beauty obsession and showing me how luxe and green are not mutually exclusive. And, I give credit to retailers like The Detox Market and ECODIVA for elevating natural and healthy beauty sales to a more suitable luxurious “space” vs the health food store cliché we have come to expect. No thank you, I do not want to see your hairy toes, sir, while I search for a healthy beauty alternative. Jeesh.

So you can imagine my delight when I tried the awesome W3LL PEOPLE. I’d heard of them, but had not really heard a lot about their products, other than knowing beauty lovers loved them. They have a neat story as well, from their site:

W3LL PEOPLE is an uncommon beauty dream team founded by an elite makeup artist, cosmetic dermatologist and treehugging entrepreneur. We’re passionate about making positive choices in life, particularly when it comes to self care. Skin, our largest organ, absorbs about 80% of what we put on it. This crucial fact drives our mission to create super premium quality cosmetics without using the potentially harmful artificial chemicals found in most conventional makeup. Our modern approach to beauty is built on simplicity, authenticity and performance. We get that you want minimalist makeup, but need instant gratification. You’ll find our delightfully stylish products unmatched in delivering a natural “no-makeup” look. State-of-the-art, all-natural formulas effortlessly deliver flawless coverage and soothing protection that’s unbelievably light. With W3LL PEOPLE you don’t just look good, you feel good. Join us in our crazy beautiful dream and look naturally fabulous every step along the way.

I think the “3” in their name refers to two things, the three founders, and their commitment to three things:

  1. advanced performance
  2. natural ingredients
  3. social responsiblity

Sadly, with many natural brands, number one, the “advanced performance” thing,  has been lacking. Not so with W3LL PEOPLE. I have been using their Universalist Multi-Stick Luminous in Creamy Pink and their Realist Invisible Setting Powder  in translucent. And, dear readers, I am IN LOVE. This is saying a lot. I have many fleeting, fair-weather love affairs with my beauty prodz, new and old. But this love has me reaching for these products every single day that they have been in my hands. I was dubious, even skeptical that these would sway me away from similar items in my beauty arsenal.

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Universalist Multi-Stick Luminous aka my glow-stick ($34.50 US): For the woman who wants it all, say hello to The Universalist. This magic color stick for eyes, cheeks and lips will take your entire look from drab to fab in seconds. The creamy formula has a satiny smooth, weightless texture – free from all harsh, artificial chemicals and petroleum. So, there’s no heavy, greasy film and no creasing. 

Realist Invisible Setting Powder aka a Magic Eraser for imperfections. Really. ($24 US): Keep it real with a polished, soft-focus look using this clear, weightless, all-natural mineral powder. Realist Invisible Setting Powder can be used by itself to minimize pores and control shine, or to set foundation for ultra-long wear.

  • Creates polished, soft-focus, matte look
  • Minimizes pores and imperfections
  • Soothes and calms with organic aloe
  • Controls shine with organic arrowroot and cornstarch

Swatches:

Universalist Multi-Stick in Creamy Pink swatched in natural light. Unblended on left, blended on right.

Universalist Multi-Stick in Creamy Pink swatched in natural light. Unblended on left, blended on right.

 

Universalist Multi Stick with Realist Invisible Setting Powder brushed & blended lightly on top.

Universalist Multi Stick with Realist Invisible Setting Powder brushed & blended lightly on top.

The Universalist Multi-Stick is just what it says it is, but is better than you can imagine. I am one of the people who breaks out with the Nars Multiple, as much as I tried it multiple times. The matte, the shimmer – it didn’t matter. I got cheek zits, and I normally never get those. I love the idea of a highlighter, but too much shimmer can be tricky when you have oily skin or, ahem, fine lines (I like that better than wrinkles…). The Universalist Luminous is the Goldilocks of beauty sticks. Not too dark, not too pale, not too sparkly, not too dry. It applies like a dream, and Creamy Pink is a very soft and natural shade for my fair-medium skin.

The Realist Setting Powder is a natural version of the blurring HD powders we all love *cue angel chorus*. It’s a setting powder that helps blend makeup, and blur imperfections. I like natural makeup that doesn’t feel like makeup. I had a friend that used to tease me asking me why I had makeup at all because it never looks like I am wearing any. Why, thank you, I said. That is exactly what I am going for.

I was going to send a Snapchat, when I noticed how ON POINT my highlighted cheekbones were. I had to capture it. LOVE.

About to get goofy on Snapchat, when I noticed how ON POINT my highlighted cheek bones were. LOVE LOVE LOVE

 

 

 

You can buy W3LL PEOPLE beauty on their site, and you can check here for retailers.

Nudestix And My Half Empty Make Up Bag

Nudestix And My Half Empty Make Up Bag

Have you heard of the latest thing that is changing the landscape of how we think about makeup? Nudestix has streamlined the beauty process and the products that make it up. Not only that, but the founder, Jenny, is brilliant (chemical engineer) woman who has been inspired by and works with her amazing daughters, Taylor and Ally. How awesome is that? A brilliant woman with amazing daughters – coincidence? Who knows? One of the things I love about this makeup line, is that it allows for the wearer to let their own individuality shine through. I loved the 70s, when sheer makeup that showed a few lines, freckles and actual skin, was considered ok. Nowadays, with HD cameras and photo shopping taken to the max, even by individuals vs just magazines, it’s nice to see some skin.

From the Nudstix lookbook, this is my favourite look!

From the Nudestix website – my favourite look!

From their site:

We believe a natural look is a perfect fit for any face. We’re all born with our  own unique look, so why cover it up with tons of makeup? When it comes to beauty, a little color goes a long way. A touch of color here and there is enough to bring out our finest features, so out with the crazy big collection and in with four simple solutions for face, eyes, lips and even nails. We think doing our makeup should be easy, enjoyable and–above all–fun…

So we created NUDESTIX. A simple collection of easy-to-use makeup crayons that cover all the bases and give you a fresh-faced, nude look. Enriched with skin-saving vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers, each multipurpose NUDESTIX is loaded with just enough color to get the job done and leave you glowing.

And, that’s it. Just what Nudestix says it is. Who doesn’t want this? The collection has all the essentials – all you need to add is a powder, or a foundation of some kind if you like that kind of thing.  If you are the type who only wears makeup on special occasions, or just not very much at all, this is a perfect line for you. The shades are natural, the application is a breeze, and you won’t feel covered in spackle, or overly done up. If you are a lover of lots of makeup, this collection is for your “off days”, or for a sublte “no makeup makeup” look, while easily allowing a more dramatic look without adding tons of products to your routine.

They come in fabulous reusable tins, which each house a mirror in the lid, so you can put a few pencils in a tin and take your mini routine on the road. I can fit three pencils in one tin. Great for storage as well. The formulas are not too drying nor too oily, and work well on all skin types.

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I’ve been taking several Nudestix varieties out for a test drive, but today I will share my experiences with the colour collection. Pardon my arm hairs in the photo below. Photo taken in direct sunlight.

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Wearing the Nudestix shades & products reviewed, in indirect outdoor light. All I added was a light dusting of translucent powder.

Sculpting Pencil in Medium/Light: dual-ended, matte cream sculpting pencil that is long-wearing, in easily blendable shades, perfect for sublte highlighting and contouring. Subtle, vs the crazy weird contouring thing going on now – you know what I mean. Just, no. There are several skin tones and shades offered. I’m a medium fair, and I found this helpful review on The Style And Beauty Doctor and she compares the deepest shade available as close to NC50.

Lip/Cheek in Ripe: The perfect rose-y nude shade for your lips but better lips, and a lovely glow in the cheeks. No shimmer that I can see – just lovely glowy pink. From the site: “We love when the same color is used on the lip and cheek for perfect harmony…”. Ok to me this makes perfect sense. I love sameness and symmetry in all things beauty related. The Lip/Cheek pencil isn’t exactly sheer, but is also not thick or fully opaque, so your own lip colour glows through. Not matchy-matchy, just matched enough. Now I want to try Whisper, a gorgeous pale nude, and Love, a pretty more blue toned pink that Ripe. Just when we think we can streamline the collection….

Magnetic Eye Color in Angel: I love this long wearing eye shadow pencil, it’s smooth as silk and just glides on to the lids. It highlights, provides intense color, precise lining and primes lids for all day wear. The soft gold shade of Angel makes my hazel eyes sparkle. Love.

Eye Pencil in Burnish: This pencil is an eye liner, eye shadow and highlighter ‘all-in-one’ that allows for precise application or a smoky eye look using the foam smudger on the end of the pencil, or all over for a creamy shadow.  Burnish is a gorgeous deep bronze, which would be flattering on any number of skin tones.

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I have a few more products from Nudestix to share with you guys. Overall I just adore this line. Using only the products mentioned above, adding in a sheer powder, bronzer, liquid liner and mascara, I have the perfectly practical makeup set for travel and for leaving more space on my vanity. Nudestix are available at several retailers, including Sephora online and in some stores, check this link to find a location near you. Each pencil is $24 US, or $28 CAN (a better deal in Canada for sure), which is a total deal. These will last ages, as the product is rich and concentrated. All in all, fabulous and I love!

Antica Farmacista Brings Gorgeous Fragrance Home

Antica Farmacista Brings Gorgeous Fragrance Home

I love to make my house smell amazing. I mist my bedsheets, I mist my lightbulbs and furniture. I light candles, incense, spritz the air…. I basically want to PERFUME ALL THE THINGS.

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I fell in love with Antica Farmacista in LA. The hotel I was staying in smelled fantastic. I wandered into the boutique, because hotel boutiques are among my favourite things. They often curate the loveliest stuff, and lo and behold, I found the origin of the beguiling scent. It was Antica Farmacista and their famous scent, Prosecco, which might be one of my favourite fragrances in the world. It’s fresh, tingly and addictive, just like the drink, and it smells elegant and sophisticated.

Antica Farmacista Prosecco candle

The notes of Prosecco: sparkly top notes of satsuma citrus balance beautifully with subtle floral notes of muguet (lily of the valley). Sensuous apricot, nectarine and passion fruit complement the sweetness of sugared black currant. Mellow accents of sweet vanilla ground this incredibly fresh effervescent scent. Heaven! I bought the room spray ages ago, but now I think I *need* the reed diffuser….

Antica Farmacista Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud

I recently got the opportunity to sample their newest fragrance launch, Antica Farmacista Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud. They had me rose, then got me again at orris. Orris is the root of the iris, and smells like (from Fragrantica) “powdery, slightly bitter, starch notes, resembles violets”. I adore iris and orris in perfume, and it smells gorgeous when paired with rose, as in Chanel Misia, my recent perfume love affair.  From Antica Farmacista’s site: An exquisite floral fragrance built on fresh Damascus Rose absolute, sensual Violet and rich Tuscan Orris root. Tart rhubarb and dewy apricot add a hint of lush fruit, while the warmth of rare Oud and Amber lend an exotic earthiness. A soft dry down of musk and cashmere result in an intoxicating and complex floral scent. 

It is one of the loveliest treatments of oud I have sniffed, the closest thing I would compare it to would be Ex Idolo Thirty Three, which is probably one of the smoothest rose-oud perfumes in the world. The powder of the iris, and the creamy warm beauty of the roses combine to make my house smell like heaven. The most beautiful thing about Antica Farmacista home fragrances is that they never overpower or overwhelm, they just become part of your environment. I loathe heavy or cloying scents – on my skin and in my home. Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud is olfactory velvet, surrounding your environment with beauty. I use the reed diffuser for this fragrance, but now I want the room spray too!

You can get Antica Farmacista online, at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bergdorf’s and more. See link for retailers.

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