Soft, Satiny Lips & The Smoothest Matte Lip Ever: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur™

Soft, Satiny Lips & The Smoothest Matte Lip Ever: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur™

I’ve never liked the way matte lip colour feels on the lips. Even the ones that purport to be non-drying are drying to a certain extent. The ones that aren’t are more like a balm, and don’t last long on the lips. Which is fine with me, but if one wants the colour to last even a little bit, a balm doesn’t cut it.

Maybelline’s latest lip sensation is their Lip Studio Color Blur™ lip pencil line. It’s been getting rave reviews and really stands out from the crowd of the already excellent current drugstore lip offerings, which isn’t easy. The whole concept of the Color Blur™ is the “ombre lip”. Ombré – which means “fade” – hit the beauty world when it started in the hair. It’s now worked it’s way down to lips and nails, and was all over the runways in it’s various fashion permutations.

Maybelline Color Blur Lip Pencil

Lip Studio Color Blur™ is a unique pencil-style lipstick with a handy twist-up style that means no sharpeners. The unique part is the silicone blurring tool at the other end of the lip pencil. You are to use this to blur the lip product along the edge of your lips, but I use it to blend the colour all over my lips, almost like a blotter. I love it.

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I haven’t rocked the ombré lip yet but I do love this lip pencil just as regular old-school lipstick. It feels a lot like a balm, but it’s a lighter texture. If your lips are dry or chapped, this product won’t smooth them, so be sure to have exfoliated and moisturized before applying Color Blur™.

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It glides on like silk and as it fades it leaves a soft stain effect, so it lasts well. The matte is more of a satin matte, which is gorgeous as it doesn’t look dry or dusty. I also like to layer mine with the new and amazing Baby Lips Lip Glosses (Pink Pizzaz is a favourite) for a slightly more dewy look.  The vivid shades are gorgeous, but of course I love the soft mauve-rose shade of I Love To Mauve It. For $11.99 CAD this is a great value. Color Blur™ feels and looks luxe. If you love matte lips, this is a must-have!

My Current Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

My Current Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

Lately, I’ve been going back to some skincare basics. My oily, aging and acne prone skin likes it when I keep my skincare simple. So a simple, gentle yet thorough cleansing routine, followed by simple yet effective-ingredient based skincare products can help restore my skin from ravages that occur when I try various new skincare routines. Ah, the things we bloggers do so you don’t have to, dear reader.

I know my skin well enough to know that it needs exfoliation on a regular basis. That is when it is happiest, and it becomes very unhappy when I don’t. So I have some old favourites, and some new additions that are making it into the rotation.

From left: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Balm, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads, CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, Neostrata Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream 10%, Jouviance Restructiv, Odacité Ultra Effective Eye Cream, Heritage Rose Petals Rosewater

From left: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Balm, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads, CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, Neostrata Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream 10%, Jouviance Restructiv, Odacité Ultra Effective Eye Cream, Heritage Rose Petals Rosewater

Morning:

I use tepid to warm water and gently wash my face. Right now I am using CeraVe Foaming Cleanser – a tiny bit in my hands mixed with water foams up just enough to freshen my skin. I gently pat my face dry using a clean washcloth (I buy them in bulk!) and then spritz rosewater  into my hands. Then I press it into the skin on my face and neck, as I find it moistens my skin and leaves it feeling dewy. Then, I apply my moisturizing serum (more on that in a future post). I let my serum dry, then apply NeoStrata Glycolic Renewal™ Smoothing Lotion 10%. This one is an oldie but a goodie – repackaged from when it was Neostrata Level 3 – the glycolic acid in this lotion is perfect for my skin. It exfoliates my thick skin, keeping my pores in order and reducing the look of fine lines. Getting rid of dead papery skin is the best way to improve the appearance of ageing skin. Glycolic acid use helps reduce the build up of dead skin cells in our pores as well, so skin looks smoother and glowier. However, the 10% is relatively strong, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to try the 5% Lotion. The Neostrata Glycolic Acid Lotion formulations are best for combination to oily skin, but fear not, they have 5% and 10% Glycolic Acid in Cream formulations for normal to dry skin.

I then apply my eye serum (stay tuned!) followed by my new favourite eye cream, Odacité Ultra Effective Eye cream, which I gush about here. Then I apply my body lotion, and by the time I’m done that, my face is ready for the day. Be it just a little sunscreen, or some powder and blush.

Evening:

Time for bed/pjs/sweats means it’s time to wash mah face. Seriously, I really enjoy this ritual. Must be the beauty junkie in me. Lately, I adore my Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Balm ($70) for washing the day off. This stuff is like the champagne of cold creams, and it’s balm-oil texture melts away the most stubborn of sunscreens or long wearing makeup. I like to finish that off with a hot wet wash cloth. Then, my latest obsesh, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads ($16). Seriously – love. I’ve used a few glycolic toners I enjoy, but the ease of use with pre moistened pads is a terrific feature. They have a gentle amount of glycolic acid at 2.8%, but I find they make a difference in how my skin looks and feels. I give my face, neck and chest a good swipe with the pads, then gently apply my rosewater, patting it into the skin. I apply my moisturizing serum, and, when that dries, I use my Jouviance Restructiv Collagen Boost ($55). This is one of the only retinol products I have been able to use without irritation! Seriously, miraculous.

From the Jouviance site:

Exclusive Technology

Formulated with Pro-Collagen Activator (PCA), an exclusive Jouviance amino acid copper complex that boosts cell (fibroblast) energy.
Uses patented RovisomeTM encapsulation technology to deliver retinol into your skin’s lower layers. This smart bypass allows retinol’s active ingredients to be released deeper down without irritation. No more redness. No more flaking. The result? Fewer wrinkles and dark spots, and a smoother, even complexion.
Reactivates production of collagen 3 (youth collagen). Rebalances the collagen 1/collagen 3 ratio.
Promotes growth of new collagen and elastin, and prevents against future breakdown.

Developed for sensitive skin

Does not contain any parabens, sulfates, colourants, phthalates, dyes, DMAE, TEA, artificial fragrances, or occlusive agents such as silicones, paraffin, lanolin, petrolatum or mineral oil.
Developed by a dermatologist and tested under clinical control
Not tested on animals
A light texture which penetrates the skin rapidly and leaves it soft, supple, and moisturized.

After around five weeks of use, I noticed my skin was clearer, and glowing, and had a lovely texture. I feel like this is due to the combination of the daytime glycolic use and the retinol at night. So far, this routine is working for me and my skin is happy about it.

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All of these products, except for Charlotte Tilbury, are sold at drugstores in Canada. Check the websites store locators for retailers outside of Canada. Charlotte Tilbury will be available at select Holt Renfrew stores in Canada July 2015.

 

Scenting the Strong & Beautiful Women of Mad Max Fury Road: Lucy B Apothecary Perfumes

Scenting the Strong & Beautiful Women of Mad Max Fury Road: Lucy B Apothecary Perfumes

Recently, I’ve been sampling some fragrances sent to me by the UK celebrity makeup artist turned perfumer, Lucy Baldock-Sacchi. Lucy spent 12 years living in Australia, where she fell in love with the natural resources, healing atmosphere, the people and unpolluted lands. She discovered for herself the emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of the Australian Bush Flowers. Lucy B. is the only perfume company in the world to have infused the natural Australian Flower Essences within their products, sharing with everyone the unique Australian energy & lifestyle.

At the time, there was a gap in the market for the perfect combination of natural, organic ingredients & colour cosmetics. Lucy consulted with the Australian Bush Flower expert, Ian White, and developed specific essences that lift the spirit and enhance confidence. I have always been a fan of the original cult favourite, Pink Frangipani, and keep a roller bottle of the oil in my purse. All of the Lucy B perfumes are soft and gentle, and easy to wear. They are well priced, with all products in the line being under $50. My new favourite is Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk, a gentle airy and watery floral that smells like clean skin and paradise. Really. Tropical Gardenia is another favourite, and Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods is too…it’s actually hard to choose as they are all gorgeous.

From her site:

Lucy B. Cosmetics & Fragrances is unlike any other beauty range. We believe that it takes a holistic lifestyle on every level to ultimately transform each person. By including Australian Bush Flower Essences and pure aroma-therapeutic extracts in every product, we have harnessed the power and magic of the Australian botanical apothecary to bring you benefits that go way beyond beauty. The result is a range that helps transform the body, mind and soul.

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Of course, after seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, my mind has been obsessing over all things Australian. I won’t spoil it for you, but unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard that the female characters are strong, inspirational, and badass. When I left the film I was all fired up, partially because my adrenalin levels were off the charts, but also because I was in love with the women I met on Fury Road. I’ve been wearing Lucy B’s perfumes and test driving them, and appreciating her positive messages of strength, health and confidence that the line wants to share while inspiring the wearer. Then I thought – who better to wear these magical feminine Australian scents than the women of Fury Road?  I fell in love with them all – in particular, The Five Wives. When we first meet them, they seem so precious and delicate,  one wonders how on earth they will survive when taken out of their prison. It becomes immediately clear that these women are not delicate flowers, and that like many prisoners, they were not broken, but emboldened and fortified by their oppression.

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Perhaps one day, they help cultivate the scorched world around them, and with the wisdom of The Many Mothers and that bag of The Seed Carrier, grow and share beautiful flowers with healing essences with everyone around them. At first one might think that soft beautiful floral scents are counter-intuitive perfumes for seriously badass women to wear. But I say, these women don’t need a perfume to project their strength. They do that quite well on their own.

From left: The Dag, Toast The Knowing, Cheedo The Fragile, The Splendid Angharad, and Capable

From left: The Dag, Toast The Knowing, Cheedo The Fragile, The Splendid Angharad, and Capable

 

Abbey Lee – The Dag: At first the angelic blonde Dag appears flighty and fragile, but the reality is that she has a heightened sense of awareness as to what is going on around her. She slings around insults fearlessly, while also praying to “anyone who will listen”. She is strong while appearing ethereal. I would scent her in Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk.

Top notes of lotus and watery musk a heart of rose petals within a base of warm amber & precious woods.

Top notes of lotus and watery musk a heart of rose petals within a base of warm amber & precious woods.

Zoë Kravitz – Toast The Knowing: Toast is a bit different from the other wives. Physically, she is shorter and her hair has been hacked into a shag that somehow manages to look pretty amazing. Toast loads the guns and counts the ammo, and would appear to aspire to being a warrior like Furiosa. I see her as someone who grows and thrives, despite the harshness of her world.  I would put her in Lucy B Australian Wild Jasmine.

Top notes of Pineapple & White Ginger middle notes of Wild Australian Jasmine, and bottom notes of Water Lily & Magnolia. Australian Wild Jasmine scents the skin creating a wildly sensual yet fresh Australian scent while boosting the mood through the flower essences. Simply put, it's Australia in a bottle.

Top notes of Pineapple & White Ginger middle notes of Wild Australian Jasmine, and bottom notes of Water Lily & Magnolia. Australian Wild Jasmine scents the skin creating a wildly sensual yet fresh Australian scent while boosting the mood through the flower essences. Simply put, it’s Australia in a bottle.

 

Courtney Eaton – Cheedo the Fragile: The youngest of the wives (the actress was 16 during the making of the film!), Cheedo was comfortable in the enclosed world of her prison in The Citadel, and is fearful of the outside world. She endures, however, and emerges from the battle a stronger woman. I would scent her in Lucy B Royal Egyptian Amber & Honeysuckle, with delicate top notes, but warm and enduring base notes.

Top notes of honeysuckle and peach a heart of jasmine flowers with a touch of patchouli within a warm base of amber and cashmere.

Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley – The Splendid Angharad: Splendid is visibly pregnant and is completely unafraid. She is conflicted about the child she is carrying, and is courageous, but can also be reckless.  She uses herself as a human shield without hesitation, and is determined to live a free life. She makes me think of the feminine and strong rose, so I would scent her with Lucy B Royal Peony Rose & Mandarin Musk.

Top notes of mandarin & tangerine a heart of pink peony and base of delicate camellia flowers. Royal Peony Rose is blended with confidence enhancing Australian flower essences.

Top notes of mandarin & tangerine a heart of pink peony and base of delicate camellia flowers.

Riley Keough – Capable: Early on we learn that Capable is tender and compassionate. She cares for a sick and dying character who was trying to capture her, and is aware that her lunatic captor and the leader of The Citadel world is not immortal. She is empathetic and caring. I see Capable as nurturing, and somehow the green freshness of Lucy B Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods would be perfect for her.

Top notes of fresh green fig & pepper with a heart & base notes of green leaf, creamy coconut & sensual vanilla.

Top notes of fresh green fig & pepper with a heart & base notes of green leaf, creamy coconut & sensual vanilla.

 

Finally, I want to scent Furiosa. I am almost overwhelmed emotionally when I think of her. She was kidnapped as a child, and suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of the insane leader of The Citadel. Her one dream and defining goal is to get back to The Green Place of The Many Mothers.

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Her pain and vulnerability are buried deep below her badass-ness and the anger and fury that propels her. I want to scent her dream and memory of a green, lush and caring paradise, with the queen of all fragrances, gardenia. Lucy B Tropical Gardenia perhaps embodies The Green Place, and I wish that for Furiosa.

Top notes of gardenia, middle notes of orchid flowers and dewy green with bottom notes of cashmere musk.

Top notes of gardenia, middle notes of orchid flowers and dewy green with bottom notes of cashmere musk.

Lucy B perfumes are available on her site,  in many other online boutiques, and in many retail locations in Canada, the US and around the world. Check the Lucy B store locator to find the right one for you! 

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.

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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Perfumes That Smell Like Warm Sunny Days

Perfumes That Smell Like Warm Sunny Days

Lately I have been thinking about my perfumes in groups. Like, these are my favourite roses, these are the violets, these are the skin scents, these are the rainy day perfumes, these are the divas etc etc. As I lit my Sage Lifestyle candle last night, I started thinking about perfumes that make me think of warm sunny days. Perfume is a multisensory experience for me, and associating tastes, colours, sensations of touch and sound are all part of journey. Sometimes all it takes is a quick sniff of a perfume to send me off on a fantastic journey.

Coming around to the end of a long, cold winter has me craving sunshine. I took a good sniff around my collection, looking for sunny days. This is what I found:

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Cali Blue

This is a favourite of mine! I have the oil version of Cali Blue and it’s the perfect pick me up and I feel happier the instant I put it on! It’s like an ocean breeze and warm skin. Interesting back story about the creator of Cali Blue. Kimberly Brown Lemler, was diagnosed with EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus) and MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). She could not wear any kind of fragrance or be around household cleaners, detergents, etc. She spent many years in this condition, dreaming of the day when she could again wear fragrances again. Cali Blue is what she created for herself, and she wanted to share it with everyone. If you love fresh, clean and gentle scents that are simple, pretty and easy to wear, you need Cali Blue. This cool, cult perfume is a must-have in the world of boring perfumes. The west coast in a bottle! From the site: Cali Blue has a citrus medley of natural lemon, orange, mandarin and bergamot in the top-note, a floral bouquet of lily, lavender, rose and a whisper of night blooming jasmine in the middle, and an ambery, vanilla, musky sage-like base-note. The combination is a clean, beachy fragrance, reminiscent of spending vacations at the shore… Wearing Cali Blu feels like you’ve been walking on the beach, in the sunshine, with wildflowers blowing in the wind nearby, and the ocean spray kissing your face.

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Sage Turquoise

I am obsessed with Sage Machado perfumes- have you tried them? Sage puts her heart and soul into her perfumes, and each one is like a little poem ode to something she truly loves. You can tell as soon as you put it on your skin. In 1998 Sage Machado opened her gorgeous jewellery store in Los Angeles. Soon afterwards she decided to put her creativity and talent to work with perfumes as well as jewellery, and she based the perfumes on the gemstones she uses in her creations. From their site: Named after that vivid blue-green stone favored as an ornament across continents throughout the ages, Turquoise is an effervescent scent that stirs the spirit with oceanic beauty. Its youthful, enlivening top note accord of blue chamomile, grapefruit, cassis and ozone elements glistens like fragrant, sun-kissed sea spray. Turquoise’s base note accord of watery, flower-infused musk melds with Mysore sandalwood for a dry down of freshly subtle depth. Certain Native American tribes revere Turquoise for its healing properties, which arguably are shared by the timeless, deep blue seas of the world that also inspired this fragrance fit for a mermaid. It is so refreshing and uplifting, and the grapefruit-cassis combination is so bright and sunny. It just makes you feel…happy.

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7 Virtues Orange Blossom

Another gorgeous favourite, this pretty pretty orange blossom perfume is lovely and uncomplicated – when you want to smell wonderful, and feel good, too, you need this beauty. Soapy, clean and sparkling, like sunshine through the leaves of a tree. From their site: A joyous fragrance, Afghanistan Orange Blossom is layered with notes of freesia and jasmine. This precious organic oil is made from delicate orange blossoms harvested by Afghan farmers who bravely choose to tend these ancient groves instead of the poppy crop. Read my review of The 7 Virtues Orange Blossom here.

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent

Seriously, if you love beachy perfumes, you need this in your collection! It is an eau fraiche, which is a light and soft eau de toilette – perfect for daytime and office wear. From their site: The fragrance that worships every inch of you. The original, alluring Eau Fraîche you know and love—back for another Spring/Summer season. A sensuous, sun-drenched blend of Bergamot, warm Amber, Tiare Flower and Vanilla combined with delicious creamy Coconut. All heat. All desire. All woman. Tom Ford had collaborated with Estée Lauder in 2007 with the beachy Azuree Soleil Eau Fraiche, an immediate sell out everywhere! Having had both, I cannot tell the difference. The flowers are sweet and feminine, and the amber-vanilla-coconut combo is like sunkissed skin. It is a perfect beachy “skinscent”.

Guerlain Terracotta La Parfum

Guerlain TerracottaLe Parfum

Guerlain Terracotta powders are legendary, and pretty much guarantee a softly bronzed look, like you just got back from from the south of France. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Terracotta, Guerlain’s in-house perfumer, the brilliant Thierry Wasser, created Terracotta Le Parfum. So now, you can also smell like you just back from the south of France, or more suitably, la plage. From their site: The fragrance’s intricate harmony opens on captivatingly fresh notes of bergamot, before developing into a heart of tiaré flower and ylang ylang. One of Guerlain’s emblematic ingredients, ylang ylang infuses scents with its warmth. Its sweet, sensual signature finally reveals a delicious vanilla-tinged dry-down. It is a softly sweet floral scent that manages to be beachy without being like a pina colada. If I had to compare it to anything, I’d say it smells like a soft and sophisticated Monoi fragrance. The white flowers really play centre stage in Terracotta, and the vanilla is subtle and gorgeous.

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L’ Artisan Parfumeur L’Ete en Douce

This is yet another favourite of mine – choosing just one favourite perfume would be like choosing a favourite child. I love them all!!! L’Artisan Parfumeur excels at beautiful and elegant scents that are gentle, easy to wear and elegant. Never cloying, and never loud. L’Été en Douce is like a warm summer breeze in a bottle. This is summer in a meadow, not the beach, and is based around linden and hay notes. I grew up on a street lined with linden trees, and this scent reminds me of hot summer evenings, after a bath, sitting on the front porch in my pjs with my brother, eating orange popsicles. It has a clean linen feel as well, which is always a winner for me. From the site: L’Eté en Douce is all about purity and light. It is quiet and soft, the scent of clean white sheets drying in garden rich with orange blossom and shimmering dewy grass. The gentle blend of linden and white musks has hints of freshly cut hay and willow. Wandering through a golden landscape , this is L’Eté en Douce, the softest of summers. It is fresh and green, and I get the clean laundry note as well – like cotton dried in hot sunshine and breeze. I also smell something that makes me think of almond scented soap, and I adore it.

CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach 1966

CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach 1966

Christopher Brosius is a memory maker, and is more about “smells” than perfume. He hates perfumes, and sometimes I have to say I agree with him. Yes, I said it. But stick me in an elevator with someone wearing too much perfume, and I simply hate it. Anyways, CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach 1966 appeals to me for two reasons – firstly, the year of my birth, and secondly, the construction of the scent. Here is what he says about it: The prime note in this scent is Coppertone 1967 blended with a new accord I created especially for this perfume – North Atlantic. The base of the scent contains a bit of Wet Sand, Seashell, Driftwood and just a hint of Boardwalk. The effect when you wear At The Beach 1966 is as if you’ve been swimming all day in the ocean. And you know what? It is exactly that. Which is why I love it. A sweet summer memory in a bottle, that also happens to smell yummy on the skin. The salty ocean scent mingles with the Coppertone, and gives it a softly floral feel, although it is decidedly unisex (spoiler alert – all perfumes are unisex).

Creed Virgin Island Water

Creed Virgin Island Water

This scent is for true beach lovers. It features a delicious coconut note that is never too sweet, as the lime balances it out perfectly. It is light and soft, and perfect on a man or woman. It is an elegant beachy scent, to be worn on a beach somewhere “near Ginger Island, an uninhabited Xanadu in the Virgin Islands ruled by the British crown“. And it “captures the tropical splendor of scents carried in the trade winds of Sir Francis Drake Channel in the Caribbean“. Um, where do I sign up? How about these delicious notes: coconut, lime, white bergamot and mandarin orange, ginger, ylang-ylang and Indian jasmine, sugar cane, white rum, and musk from Tonkin. The ginger, sugar can and musk become creamy and velvety, almost mouth watering. Try it!

There are others that I should mention: Bobbi Brown Beach, Jennifer Anniston’s perfume (yes really), Kai, and the odd, discontinued but still can be found ones: Jil Sander Sun, which is lovely, and Salvador Dali Laguna – which I haven’t smelled in  years, but remember loving. What are your favourite summer scents?

Once Upon A Time, MiN New York Created Scent Stories Perfumes….

Once Upon A Time, MiN New York Created Scent Stories Perfumes….

If you are what we like to call a “perfumista”, and/or live in New York you have likely heard of MiN New York. Known for it’s incredible curated selection of fragrances, apothecary, a “men’s den“, etc, MiN New York is one of the several centres in the perfume universe. They celebrate beautiful things, and share their finds with their clients, often hosting exclusive parties for creators and “noses” and serving cocktails, with live music and magic. What else would you expect from a business that has an “Art of Living” tab on their website? With everything from the classical eau de toilettes used for decades in European barber shops, to the most exclusive modern perfumes, MiN has it all.

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So it was no surprise and happy news to all when they announced the launch of their perfume project, MiN New York Scent Stories. I say project as this so much more than just smelly liquid in bottles.

MiN NEW YORK SCENT STORIES, VOLUME ONE:

An exclusive olfactory art project by Chad Murawczyk and Mindy Yang featuring eleven fragrant chapters, this collection aims to transcend space and time. Each potion is designed to create emotions, bring back memories, and inspire people to think differently about perfumes. As luxury collectibles that celebrate the Art of Living, they are limited editions with only 1,000 bottles coming from a single batch each year. Each edition is hand signed and numbered.

I don’t know about you, but the idea of wearing a perfume that is rare speaks to me. I’m so tired of common and boring – the same old perfume, rebottled and renamed. I love a perfume that has beauty and has heart. My first impression upon diving into MiN New York Scent Stories was that someone put their heart into these creations, that someone sat down and looked deep within themselves and put poetry in bottles. Scent Stories manage to feel like a throwback to the perfumes of the fifties, sixties and seventies, when so many of my favourite perfumes were created, not copied. Chad and Mindy have somehow managed to do this, while keeping these perfumes modern and fresh.

The perfumes evolve on the skin like living things. I made the “mistake” of trying several of the Scent Stories on different parts of my arm at once, and was haunted for hours, trying to figure out which beautiful note I was experiencing at any given time. Each perfume so clearly morphs from top, to heart to it’s base that in the end, you’d swear you are wearing a different perfume from the one you think you spritzed on. I can honestly say I have never smelled anything like any of the Scent Stories I’ve worn. With names like Moon Dust (smells like space – really), Long Board (best sexy surf fragrance ever), Barrel (dark spirits and wine), Dune Road (woodsy, grassy, sandy and breezy) these are not your run of the mill department store, or even high end luxury boutique, perfumes. These are something different….

There are so many different types of scents in Scent Stories that there is something for everyone. I have my favourites:

MIN New York Scent Stories Shaman

Scent Stories Chapter Four, Shaman is indeed, otherworldly. It does smell like it’s description, but you really need to experience it on your skin to understand how every descriptor that MiN New York uses is true. The first smoky notes threw me, as smoke is not my favourite note at all. But they pass and turn into the warm, sweet smoke of tranquil incense with the cool magical forest fragrance of violet leaves. The patchouli is sophisticated and warm, and all of the notes just circle around each other like tendrils of incense smoke. Soft, gentle and calming, Shaman is a perfume that must be worn to be believed. If you are seeking a calming meditative scent, you must try this. On first sniff I’d call this a masculine, but that’s just because I favour sweet girly florals. Shaman is for everyone.

MIN New York Scent Stories Magic Circus

Scent Stories Chapter Seven, Magic Circus smells even better than the description. Don’t be fooled by the candied notes – this is no Pink Sugar (not that there is anything wrong with Pink Sugar….) or some Victoria’s Secret confection (again, if that’s your thang….). This is an enchanted circus, the kind that travels at dusk, the blue hour, and it smells as magical as it sounds. All those warm and woodsy resinous notes ground the sweetness. Don’t get me wrong, there is a yummy aspect to this one, and I did get an urge to lick my wrist. But it never overpowers, and just feels like a velvet cape of warm sweetness.

MIN New York Scent Stories The Botanist

Scent Stories Chapter Three, The Botanist will change everything you have come to believe about fruity perfumes. An apple perfume that doesn’t smell like Jolly Ranchers (if you like that kind of thing, that’s ok….).  It smells like a warm day in an orchard – close your eyes and smell apple blossoms, green leaves and soft grasses and woods warmed by the sun. The breezes are picking up the scents of the wild roses, peonies and earthy scents from the forest floor and they mingle with the sweet fruits and magic happens.

MIN New York Scent Stories Momento

Scent Stories Chapter Five, Momento is my absolute favourite of all the Scent Stories. It took me several times to figure this out because I kept wearing more than one to figure out which one was making me drool. “This is the scent of love and happiness” – that is true. It must be the aldehydes that add the sparkling and slightly powdery aspect to Momento. Absinth and lavender in perfume are a magical combination, simultaneously intoxicating and comforting. The floral, woodsy and resinous notes are beautifully blended to take you on a “scentimental” journey from first spritz until the deep drydown. Momento is addictive and beautiful.

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MiN New York Scent Stories are available in limited quantities on their website. A 75ml bottle costs $240 USD, with free shipping in the USA.

Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

I love pretty pink makeup. There is a shade of pink for everyone, from deep fuchsia to soft baby powder pink. There is blue pink, and coral pink. Pink is a flattering shade, as it mimics a healthy flush in the cheeks. It can be a sexy shade as well, with lips all pink and flushed from kissing. So of course, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day. To be clear, I am not talking about a “date night” Valentine look. I’m just talking about an excuse to pick through our makeup collection to look for the extra pink and red beauties. Because, sisters (and brothers) in the end, it is all about the beauty opportunities, and, having fun!

Here are some pretty pinks in my collection that I am loving:

Of course, there is Chanel! Part of Chanel’s Spring 2015 Collection nail polish trio was a deep berry shade, Desirio. It’s a funny shade. I thought it might be close to Suspicious, but it’s more purple. Then I saw the shimmer in the bottle and thought it might be close to Tentation, but again, more berry, and the shimmer doesn’t show on the finger without a microscope. I don’t have a dupe…therefore, I had to have it! There are many Chanel polishes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, but I think the name “Desirio” sounds like “desire”, so that works, right?

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio - a little deeper in real life....

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio – a little deeper in real life….

 

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though...

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though…

Lise Watier is killing it with their Baiser Velours lip gloss/matte lipstick hybrids. Firstly, Baiser Velours means “Velvet Kiss”, which sounds pretty lovely, doesn’t it? All the colours are so rich and gorgeous! From the website: “Enjoy the coverage and intensity of a lipstick with the gestural convenience of a gloss applicator for the smooth, matte finish you’ve been wanting. The creamy formula is light yet richly pigmented. The lasting coverage will resist everything, even your longest days.” Listen – even the lipstick challenged moi managed to put this on and love it! I used my Cargo Reverse Lip Liner, as I was worried about the Miranda Sings effect, so that combined with the wand application resulted in fairly fool-proof application! It feels amazing on the lips, stays put, and has a satin matte finish vs a dry matte finish. Love it!

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Lise Watier Baiser Velours dalybeauty

Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

My new lip balm obsession is actually a lip oil obsession. Ever since using the gorgeous Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil, I’ve been hooked on the concept of oil based lip conditioners. Completely non-sticky, they absorb into the lip and leave them soft and moisturized. Clarins and YSL have released lip oils this season, and you need them. They not only feel amazing, but they taste yummy and prepare your lips for kissing! I waffled about which of these to get, then decided I needed both (Ommorphia knew I would!) and I’m glad I did. I get a wee bit more colour pay off from the YSL ( a mild stain effect, maybe?), but they both give me a pretty and plumped kisser! No swatches yet, but a full review is to come.

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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Can we talk about essence cosmetics? Seriously! I have seen them at the drugstore, and always thought they looked cute. Then, I saw this collection, “like an unforgettable kiss”, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and had to have it! How precious are these ice cream colours? The powder blush duos are very sheer and buildable, and not scented. I have been swirling both together for the perfect pink-coral combination.  The best part? Not one of the cosmetic items costs over $5.

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And how darling is this blush brush?

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What is your favourite Valentine’s Daly beauty look?

 

 

  * featured photo from @occhinerixo on Instagram. Her pics are always awesome.