When it comes to fragrances and home fragrances, everyone wants to have something that is near to them and their heart or something that reminds them of that near thing or near one. Fragrances can be very personal, moody and on the other hand, home fragrances need to be something that makes you feel like home at any place, which is comfortable, which has love, and foremost which has feelings. When it comes to the holiday season or Christmas season and those holiday vibes, they cannot be complete without the reference to the Balsam Fir and the smell of it, in a moment, takes you to that beautiful moment and feeling when you are with loved ones and celebrating togetherness.
Mon Beau Sapin is the Emblematic Holiday Candle by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris, whose scent evokes the most traditional holiday trees, the Balsam Fir. The candle features snowy mountains inhabited by chamois, marmots, and wolves. A starry sky and winterscape adorn this candle whose warm aroma evokes the traditional balsam fir. The scent of this candle infuses the living space with a sweet and woody fragrance. The candle is housed in an embossed gold vessel that can be used as a festive ornament after burning.
This candle has been my companion since so many evenings and this scent is already so close to my heart, perfect holiday scent. I would highly recommend you to check this candle out for yourself and It will also make a great gift.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris scents have already been one of my favorites, I have my recent review of their new scent here if you are interested. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle(190g) is available at Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris online shop, Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.
*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.
Frassai is a luxury jewelry and fragrance brand which has announced its new fragrance collection for men and women. Each fragrance is a blend of noble ingredients and the inspiration is drawn from life in Buenos Aires, a French fairy tale, and Chinese Mythology. The founder, Natalia Outeda has worked with a renowned floral designer, where she honed her sensibility not only for the smell, but also colors, texture, and nature. That work inspired her to create and pay attention to each detail in this new launch collection. The Frassai Fall Collection includes three fragrances Verano Porteno, Blondine, and Tian Di. All these fragrances are from different Olfactive families keeping in mind a noble blend in each family. The nose behind these fragrances is of master perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Yann Vasnier, and Olivier Gillotin.
Verano Porteno takes inspiration from Buenos Aires and captures the summertime feeling of the place. Crisp citrus notes and green leaves are facetted with petal florals and rich woods to create a bright burst of sophisticated freshness.
Blondine is a sensual fragrance with the Olfactive family of Floral Musky Gourmand. The notes are sacred Ashok flower, spicy Tiger Lily and the seductive allure of cocoa, salted butter caramel, and vanilla in a base of blond musks.
Tian Di is from woody oriental Olfactive family and has the notes of earthy Chinese incense, rich green flowers, peach elixir, and calming woods.
The full-size 50ml fragrances are packaged in a sleek Italian glass and crowned with a wooden cap. The 10ml roller balls called touch points which were sent to me are packaged in sleek roller ball packaging and the leather tag on them adds a touch of modern yet classic look. They are great to be kept in the bag to be used on the go or on the vanity. These all, as the name of this editorial, are fall fragrances. Depending on the mood and taste, the fragrance can be chosen. I have used them all a few times in the last month and they do have a nice staying power and well as not overpowering. They let you feel their presence but in a nice way.
The Frassai fragrances can be purchased online at their official website linked here.
*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.
You might be thinking why ‘Preciosity’, let me tell you the meaning of Preciosity first in the context of this collection. Preciosity, French Préciosité, style of thought and expression exhibiting delicacy of taste and sentiment, means the style and expression of the product as well as packaging in such a tasteful manner which is so delicate and close to perfection. You might have seen By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017 on the social media by now, it has that beautiful holiday kind of bright packaging. I am going to review and swatch Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact, Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris Gift Set, Preciosity Flash Light Elixir, Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Gift Set in this post. I have already used and a fan of products from By Terry Expert Collection which I reviewed here.
Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact
Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact is one of the most beautiful compact and the gem of the collection. is a limited edition highlighter compact with two shades of soft-touch powder to create an all-over halo effect, catching and reflecting light with prisms and pigments milled to a feather-light texture. The formula contains ‘D-light’ mineral pigments scatter light to blur imperfections and uneven skin tone to create a naturally luminous complexion. The holographic prisms help give a fresh, dewy finish to the skin. The Amber and rose gold tones give coverage as well as color correction and lifting and enhancing facial features.
I have been using this powder with all over brush or with a kabuki brush and it gives the perfect natural glow to the skin. The formula is very finely milled and soft. At first, I thought it would be very light for my medium tan skin tone but after using this, I am sure it will suit most of the skin tones as it is very sheer and melts into the skin giving a beautiful natural luminosity.
Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris Gift Set
Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris Gift Set is a limited edition 6-eyeshadow palette which is suitable for every day as well as for party eye makeup. The shades are natural, harmonious neutrals which can be applied together, mixed or layered, to create a captivating customised look. There is a dual-ended eyeshadow brush included with the palette which is very high quality, soft and dense on one side and little stiff on another side. The formula of the eyeshadows is ultra-fine powders which are very easily blendable. It contains premium micronized pigments which do not fade or crease. The eyeshadow palette compact case is slim and compact, includes a mirror which is easy on the go.
Eyeshadow palette shades – from left to right
Preciosity Flash Light Elixir
Preciosity Flash Light Elixir is a limited edition elixir to achieve the ultimate festive glow. The highlighting elixir serum gives a natural glow to the complexion, immersing the skin in a smoothing ‘D-flawless’ halo of light. It is highly concentrated in multi-reflecting ‘D-light’ mineral pigments and premium ultra-perfecting prisms. The formula easily blends into the skin without caking or leaving any oily residue. The result is beautifully radiant complexion.
I have used one or two drops alone on the high points on my face which are a little too pink for me. When I mix two-three drops into my foundation, it gives a beautiful radiant finish to my skin. It did not give me any irritation or breakout. The serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, it does not enhance my pores or any imperfections.
Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Gift Set
Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Gift Set is a limited edition set comprising of three best selling shades of Terrybly Velvet Rouge. The shades included are No. 2 Cappuccino Pause, No 4 Bohemian Plum, No 9 My Red. The formula has a rich layer of concentrated matte pigments which gives a velvety texture to the gloss. The formula is enriched with Portulaca extract and natural peptides which help rejuvenate smooth, tone, and plump lips. The result is a brilliant shine and defines lips. The intensity can be easily build up with extra coat. The applicator is round shaped ergonomic wand that helps with precise, opaque application.
From top to bottom – No 9 My Red, No 4 Bohemian Plum, No. 2 Cappuccino Pause
I am really impressed with the packaging and the formula of the products and would recommend you to check these out before they sell out especially the Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact, actually all of the products I have reviewed here. By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017 is available at Beautylish, Space NK, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.
Shoppers Drug Mart is my go-to spot when I am looking for any hair, makeup, skincare, accessories, fragrances for all drugstore, medium to high-end brands. Here I have a roundup of the beauty products and accessories that are new at Shoppers Drug Mart – November 2017.
I will have the products in different parts based on what category they belong to. First comes the skin care.
Life Brand Micellar Water (CAD $9.99) is a gentle cleansing formula that lifts away the dirt, oil, and makeup without over drying the skin. It is suitable for all skin types and is Dermatologist as well as ophthalmologist tested.
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes (CAD $3.29) are little black wipes that contain charcoal to detoxify and deep clean the skin. Tha pack consists of 10 wipes, perfect for travel, gym, and on the go.
Pixi Glow Tonic (CAD $20 – 100ml) is the famous glow tonic or in other words a toner from the brand Pixi. I have used it in the past and is a nice option if you have dull or uneven skin. This is the bestselling cult favorite toner which gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal brighter, glowing complexion. Skin tone is clearer, texture is smoother, and more even skin. It also balances, heals, and soothes to give radiant, healthier looking skin.
Masque Bar by Look Beauty Brightening Sheet Mask (CAD $9.99) is a sheet mask which helps minimize the appearance of dark spots and various pigmentation irregularities for a more even complexion. It contains orange extract, licorice root, and Vitamin C. The skin is more radiant and luminous.
Joe Fresh Hydra Lash Nourishing Mascara (CAD $12) is a soft, creamy formulation which is enriched with argan oil for nourished, softer-looking lashes. The silicone brush coats lashes from root to tip.
Pixi Liplift Max in Sheer Rose (CAD $20) is a volume maximizing lip treatment that leaves a cooling sensation and glossy finish. Jojoba oil in it nourishes and deeply hydrates the lips. It gives a long-term plumping effect with a fresh mint flavor.
Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz (CAD $16) is a collection of six must-have eyeshadow shades curated to dazzle and define eyes. The mineral formula is very smooth and glides easily onto the skin, does not smudges. The palette has a variety of unique texture ranging from matte to satin to glow, giving maximum versatility.
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Cocoa (CAD $16) is a waterproof long-wear eye pencil that glides on to the eyelids in a no smudge gel formula and has a good staying power. It has rich pigment to give an intense color of a liquid in an easy to use pencil.
Quo lip and cheek tint in Bloom (CAD $14) is a multi-tasking lip and cheek tint in a beautiful bright pink shade.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Pump in Nude in Town (CAD $24) is an ultra-shiny, smooth, and hydrating lip plumping gloss that features LipSwell which is a natural oil infusion and glassy shine technology. The extreme volume moisture gloss formula has 3XL peptide plump complex which leaves lips looking lustrous, moisturized, and perfectly plumped.
Cake Beauty The WaveMaker Beach Spray (CAD $19) helps renew and tousle the hair with this natural product. The packaging of this spray is very sleek and luxe.
The Stylize Elastics (CAD $12.99) has been a part of daily hair routine for either me or my daughter. These new stylish elastics have a collection of black, gold, and jeweled styles.
Secret Collection Silky Knee Highs 2 pairs (CAD $7.99) are sleek and sophisticated knee highs perfect for pairing with cold weather outfits. They provide sheer coverage with stretch, comfort, and durability.
I have tried all of these products for more than few times and really enjoy using them. It is always exciting to know what newness has come in stores and online and these products are all perfect and suitable for fall and winter months.
You can these out in stores at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart. Do you see anything you need or would like to try?
*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.
Vichy has been around since I remember and every time I used to ask friends and other fellow beauty lovers about it, they all had positive views about it. And then I tried this brand which made me realize why everyone loves it, whether you have dry, oily, acne-prone, combination, mature skin, they have something for you. I have reviewed their products in details in my previous posts which I will link in this post if you are interested. As Black Friday is approaching, I have some recommendations as well as the offer code for you which is definitely a steal.
I will start first with the face masks, you may have known by now how much I love masks. I have three of their masks which I do make sure to include in my routine along with my other masks. They are amazing at keeping my pores clean, skin healthy, and giving me that glow. Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask keeps my pores clean and I feel I have few breakouts when I use it regularly. I feel this to be very soothing and never had any dryness after using this mask. Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask is a soothing mask and it does provide a cooling effect to the skin. It is my go to when I have been under the sun, or after I had an acid peel or something harsh or strong on the skin. Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask help with resurfacing of the skin and makes your skin cells work better to make the skin look glowy, plump and healthy. I have reviewed all these masks in detail here and they retail for CAD $34 each.
The Ideal Teint Makeup from Vichy is a beautiful combination of benefits of skincare in makeup. Teint Ideal Fluid Foundation (CAD $38) is a medium coverage foundation and is buildable. This foundation is suitable for normal to combination skin types and was perfect for me as it is both liquid and is suitable for my combination skin. Teint Ideal Bronzer (CAD $36) is a bronzer for natural sunkissed glow. It is suitable for normal skin types and for my combination skin type, it does not gives any irritation but just that natural glow. Teint Ideal Highlighter (CAD $27) is a multi-purpose highlighter suitable for all skin types. The product is packaged in a plastic tube with a roll-on applicator. It is best to say that it enhances the radiance and freshens up the complexion. I have reviewed all these in detail here.
For my skincare routine, I have few staples that I use in my routine when I have some congestion or feel like my skin is behaving. The products are from Vichy Normaderm range. Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment (CAD $19.95) is formulated for oily-acne prone skin. It sinks into the skin fairly quickly and is the perfect base to start moisturizing and then on to the makeup. Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Moisturizing Treatment (CAD $29.95) is formulated with Salicylic Acid and LHA to help minimize large pores, eliminate shine and reduce acne scars while fighting pimples & blackheads. Phe Resorcinol in this formulation combined with exfoliating LHA, reduces acne scars thanks to its de-pigmentating properties. I use this after the Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment and they both do work well with each other. I have reviewed the Vichy Normaderm range in detail here.
Last but not the least, another favorite and a must have is the Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum (CAD $39.95) which I reviewed a few weeks back. I am linking the full review of it here.
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