According to a research, referenced from livescience.com, “The floral smell is a mood manipulator means your mood is better, and given that your mood is better, you are looking for things in your memory bank that match that mood.” The researchers believe this effect may have something to do with the co-evolution of plants and people, though this is just speculation; the happy mood cultivated by flower scents may increase our desires to propagate them in large numbers.
“The floral odors can make you happy, floral odors promote social interaction, social approach kinds of behaviors”
I am a floral fragrance lover and when I got introduced to this fragrance from Viktor and Rolf called “Flowerbomb”, it took me to a new height of loving the flower and sweet scents. Details from Sephora website, “This floral explosion releases a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Magically evocative notes immediately awaken your deepest senses, giving you the impression of living life in your own secret garden, away from reality. Sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia bloom on a base of patchouli.”
Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
Oriental. Gourmand. Floral.
This is a very pretty fragrance with a sweet, lightly creamy white floral scent on my skin. I do get the floral notes though but it smells more to me like a sweet shop which is very good. When I spray this on my body, it is almost exactly like a bomb of sweets has gone off. The scent is quite strong, with the lasting power of all day and a sillage that calls for sparing application. It stays on me for over 7 hours on dry skin and warm weather.
Overall, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is a well-balanced floral with sweetness and creaminess, has enough warmth to be a perfect winter scent, but has a light sweetness for summer, a perfect year round fragrance!
This fragrance is going to be a staple in my perfume’s.
Which is your favorite fragrance?
About the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette from the Charlotte Tilbury website, “The power to mesmerize is in your eyes, with this make-up hypnotize… I have decoded the secrets to iconic, mesmerizing eyes with my Colour-Coded Eyeshadow Palettes. Each one contains four harmonious color ways that offer a complete ‘desk to disco’ eye color wardrobe and an easy to use application ritual that is fail-safe to follow. It’s my artistry made effortless!” There are various shades of this luxury palette which are based on your choice and the color of your eyes. All the colors in the palette are selected so carefully that they blend so well with each other making the whole experience a luxury.
In this palette, the ‘prime’ shade appears as a standard base and a highlight shade on my medium tan skin tone. The ‘enhance’ shade (top right) is a beautiful gray which does not makes my eyes look dull. It is on the earthy taupe side without leaning brown. The ‘smoke’ shade is a deeper gray but it melts beautifully with the other light gray shade. I like the gradient quality of this palette and the shades do compliment each other very well.
The ‘pop’ shade is Charlotte Tilbury’s silver glitter pan. I usually do not use glitter eyeshadows but prefer more shimmery and wet kind of shades on my eyelids but I am liking this one, although I use it occasionally during weekends or evenings due to a conservative office environment during my office hours in the day. It does not sparkle on me when it is dry but it does give a beautiful intense sparkle finish when wet or under the bright lighting. This ‘pop’ pan is meant for evenings.
I am really happy with this palette as it allows me to create a very classic look for the office and it doesn’t have to be the party look every time. I always start at what Charlotte Tilbury calls the ‘Desk’ look and rarely make it to ‘Disco’. My eyelids are oily and I prefer using a base primer before applying any eyeshadow. This holds up quite well all day for 7 hours When I am not using the pop pan as the glitter in pop pan tends to come down to my cheeks after 3-4 hours of wear.
About the packaging of this palette, it is a beautiful oxblood plastic compact with a shiny rose gold interior. It has a mirror and it’s lightweight, convenient and travels friendly. The product in the palette has given no irritation to my eyes or whatsoever and they blend very well. The fallout is very minimal except for the glitter pan.
Overall, this palette, as other Charlotte Tilbury palette’s is quite versatile and a good option for a very classic as well as trendy smokey eye look. The palette retails for $66 CAD means $16.5 CAD for each shade, which makes sense. This can be bought online from Charlotte Tilbury website. Next on my wishlist is the Dolce Vita palette from Charlotte Tilbury which has been loved by fans around the world.
Which is your favorite eyeshadow palette?
Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder is an illuminating powder which can be used both as a highlighter and as an overall powder with a light hand. I know I am reviewing this one very late, I bought this limited edition product a year back and it was lost into my ever growing makeup chest. I have been using this regularly since last few months and just can not get enough of this one. This may not be available to purchase as this was limited edition but I will list few dupes which are very close to this one.
The shade a light-medium gold with peachy undertones and a sheen finish. The packaging is very beautiful, it is housed in a sleek silver compact which gives a very sturdy and luxurious feeling. The magnetic compact has a mirror inside along with a small kabuki brush which is a nice option during traveling.
The powder has a smooth, blendable consistency that isn’t too firm or too soft. The powder has a kind of dryness to it that I feel but doesn’t show on the skin. When applied, it’s not powdery or cakey on the skin. The amount and size of shimmer is just the perfect which does look very natural.
It can always be applied with a fan brush for less impact. The color lasted for the whole day for over 7 hours on me. I prefer to use this as a highlighter as it gives me a very beautiful natural glow, I know there are many other highlighter’s which give natural glow but as a highlighter junkie, this is something really beautiful and can be felt only when used. This powder has not caused any irritation or emphasizing of my pores on my combination acne prone skin.
Overall, this is a very classy highlighter. As this was limited edition, the closest dupes which have are the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer which is lighter and Becca Opal which is a little lighter. I have yet to compare this with Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder.
What is your favorite highlighter?