Jo Malone London is here with the fall launches and the new ‘Lost in Wonder’ cologne collection is just perfect to get me through the season with its two new scents. ‘Lost in Wonder’ cologne collection is inspired by the ancient Hanging Gardens that captures the fragrant essence of a majestic scene. The two new scents are Fig & Lotus Flower and Cypress & Grapevine. Two scents were crafted to emphasize the contrasts, the colours and textures of this magical garden scene. Creating an olfactive interpretation of a historical legend from a distant place offers a sense of wanderlust.
“A lost moment in time, imagined in the present. Enter a place of
fabled beauty lovingly created by a gallant king for his wistful queen under
the blazing sun. Faithfully tended, flush with water-splashed flowers
and ripe fruits, trailing vines and statuesque trees. A wonder to behold.”
Fig & Lotus Flower is a luscious and graceful light floral cologne. This floral fruity fragrance is pleasant and leaves a warm scent on my skin. It is perfect to freshen me up in the morning. The keynotes are Fig Leaf, Lotus Flower, and Vetiver.
“Lotus flowers skim the surface of a shimmering pond, their delicate
water-splashed petals gliding down the shaded walkways. Sweeping over
the plump, juicy figs that punctuate the bountiful trees.”
“The top note of Fig Leaf provides a verdant leaf freshness, while the lactonic tones create the distinctively milky scent of fig leaves. The addition of Lotus Flower is dewy and fresh, creating a graceful light floral heart, representing a flower floating on water. The base note, Vetiver, is earthy and rich. Its grassy character harmonizes with the citrus top notes, while its elegant intensity grounds and deepens the fragrance.”
Cypress & Grapevine is a fresh, sensual, aromatic masculine Cologne Intense. This woody aromatic fragrance that is masculine, fresh-chypre which I like more on my husband than me. The keynotes are Cypress, Grapevine, and Moss.
“Foliage and revelry enliven the garden’s expansive terraces and noble arches. The fresh scent of statuesque cypress trees is powered with woody notes of trailing grapevines, grounded with depths of amber for a bold and compelling effect.”
“The top note of Cypress is a resinous woody note that gives the fragrance an aromatic freshness. The heart note of Grapevine is a sensual woody accord, with an unexpected blend of natural cedarwood and vetiver, complemented with warm amber and juicy grape notes. The verdancy of moss cushions the base of the fragrance in earthy, woody warmth. Evocative of undergrowth damp with fresh rain.”
These two new fragrances can be worn alone, or with each other, or with any other scent from the Jo Malone London fragrance collection to create a personalized scent. For example, Jo Malone London recommends Cypress & Grapevine with Wood Sage & Sea Salt for an enlivening, woody pairing, Fig & Lotus Flower with Cypress & Grapevine for a modern, invigorating combination, Fig & Lotus Flower with Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a fresh and luscious floral pairing.
These two new fragrances paint a full olfactive picture of the Hanging Gardens (full story here), when paired together, have so much clarity, freshness and depth. Jo Malone London fragrances including the newest ‘Lost in Wonder’ cologne collection is available at jomalone.ca and in Jo Malone London boutiques.*Press samples
Decorte Eye Glow Gem is one of my top three favourite cream shadows and is one of my most loved and easy to use eye shadow. I shared about them in the past here and now that there are new shades added to the permanent range, I am so excited to share with you here. Not just the way it looks in the jar but also the way it feels on the touch – it is fabulous. If you have not tried these eye glow gems, then I highly recommend – my everyday shades until now are BR380 (swatched here), BR382 and BR383 (swatched here).
Decorte Eye Glow Gem is a lustrous eyeshadow colour that glides very softly and lightly over eyelids. The vibrant and long-lasting eye shadow dome provides a dewy shine with a gradational, three-dimensional effect with every shade. The eyeshadows can be used on its own or multiple shades can be combined to create custom colours to suit the mood and style.
Eye Glow Gem is one of the most unique and luxurious formulas I have used till now. The texture is very light yet creamy, glides on easily and smoothly on the eyelids. One swipe delivers a nice colour and pigment, is easily buildable for an intense look. There are 8 new shades that launched recently and I have swatched them below. Based on the tones, they all are pretty much wearable day and night. The intensity is buildable easily based on the need and liking. The new shades are described below:
BR300 – Rustic Brown
BR301 – Russet Rust
BR304 – Smoky Taupe
PK801 – Flower Mist
BE302 – Cinnamom Cafe
BE303 – Vintage Vanilla
RD400 – Retro Noble
BE802 – Leather Pink
Apart from the beautiful formula, the longevity of the eye glow gems is impressive. I have oily eyelids and on me, without any eye primer, this eye glow gems stay put the whole day. By the end of the day, I notice a little creasing which I am okay to fix with my fingertip – just to mention again that I have oily eyelids and still it stays put so well on my lids.
The exquisite colour and the sheer feeling give a three-dimensional effect that, through layering, stands even more. Without dullness or smudging, they give a beautiful, lasting finish. The finish of the new shades is described as steamy matte which is very unique and to me looks radiant and dewy.
Also, I would like to mention that Decorte Eye glow gem was the first eyeshadow that started my love affair with the cream shadows and a dewy finish on the lids. And I am still a fan. The packaging is so elegant and beautiful, good to grab and put it in the bag or keep it on the vanity.
There is one more amazing new launch from Decorte. Decorte Comfort Day Mist in a pretty pink bottle is a setting and protecting spray. The mist is very lightweight and fine, gives a fresh and vibrant radiance to the skin. It is perfect for setting the makeup and also for refreshing the skin throughout the day. The mist leaves a dewy veil on the skin, it is very soothing and comfortable on the skin. It is hydrating without feeling or looking oily. The mist is infused with a subtle aromatic floral scent which gives antioxidant protection with fragrance of citrus hues. The innovative design of the bottle is ergonomically shaped and easily portable.
Being a fan of Decorte Eye Glow Gem since they launched in Canada, these new shades are so welcome. Decorte skincare and makeup products are available at Decorte Official Website and Saks Fifth Avenue.*Press samples
Givenchy has new signature eyeshadow palettes, called Le 9 De Givenchy, created by Nicolas Degennes, the Makeup and Color Artistic Director of Givenchy Beauty. Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Palette is a palette of nine couture eyeshadows available in five unique and complementary harmonies for an infinite choice of bold and graphic looks. I was very excited after the first look of the palettes was revealed, no doubt the harmonies are beyond gorgeous. Even just by looking at any of the five palettes, you can get creative to define numerous looks.
I am working with 2 Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Palettes – 9.02 and 9.05 and really loving how beautifully they are done – the shades compliment each other so nicely in a unique way. Be it a day or night look, natural or intense – you can achieve all within the tones with one palette. The formula is so creamy, smooth and silky, applies so well. It blends so easily and effortlessly.
Be it with a brush or just a fingertip, depending on my need and the finish I am looking for, they are easy to work with. I have used the shades alone as well as layered them, there are no issues. I have even used my finger to give a hint of shimmer or shine on my eyelids, the formula works so well. The formula is pigmented, easily buildable, and comfortable to wear. The longevity of the shades is pretty nice without settling into the crease or fall out once set.
Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Palette Harmony 9.02 Vert Atelier combines earth-tone browns and warm coppers. The bright pop of emerald in the palette is inspired by the latest runway shows.
Givenchy Le 9 De Givenchy Eyeshadow Harmony Palette 9.05 Pourpre Pandora offers rustic browns and copper tones, heightened by a rich Bordeaux-red shade, a true ode to Couture.
Per the official website, “use the dual-tip brush to create a variety of makeup looks. Use the flat brush to smooth the powder over the eyelid and blur the colour using the blending tip.
▪ For a nude look: apply the lightest, most luminous shade to the inner corner of the eye, then a neutral one to the mobile lid. Blend both colors towards the outer corner to open out the eyes.
▪ For a sophisticated look: apply the shadow to the center of the mobile lid using the flat side of the brush. Bring definition to the crease of the eye with a matte medium brown shadow, then place a darker shade in the outer corner and blend in.
▪ For a couture look: smooth the palette’s couture shade over the entire eyelid up to the eyebrow arch, shading in the edges with a neutral tone. Extend the powder to the outer corner and apply a lighter, glittery colour to illuminate the inner corner of the eye. Define the lower and upper lash lines with a dark shade to intensify the look.”
The palettes feature four finishes, blending neutral tones with sophisticated shades for unending ideas of colour combinations and finishes. The pearly particles of different sizes and concentrations result to offer satin, glitter, and metallic finishes centring around one unique shade that signs each harmony with a positive couture allure. Then there are matte shades without the pearly particles.
The palettes are presented in a luxurious black compact stamped with Maison’s signature logo that includes a clip-on dual-tip brush for a two-in-one couture finish and looks.
Overall, beautiful Couture Eyeshadow palettes from Givenchy. Again, there is no limit, you can use them as eyeshadows, highlighter, or even a blush based on the look you are looking for. Givenchy Beauty products are available at Holt Renfrew and Sephora.ca.*Press samples