Kenzo World Eau de Parfum is created like a real floral explosion where each flower reveals a new facet. Like a dreamlike bouquet, the peony is sublimated to accompany the ‘red berry’ facets of Egyptian Jasmine. Bewitching Ambroxan sustains the note and adds voluptuousness and sensuality to the fragrance that transgresses stereotypes femininity.

“Ambroxan gives the flowers the enticing quality that we need to forget them as such. Ambroxan has the fascinating power to act like the fog when the mist blurs the contours of things all around, and we only recognize their hazy outline”, as explained by Francis Kurkdjian.

The striking bottle features black rubber, pink gold, and opaline, recalling the mix and match of Kenzo Fashion. The gommato cap inspired by the iconic Kenzo Kalifornia bags, the precious detailing in pink gold metal from “The Eye” jewelry collection and the feel of frosted glass provide the aesthetics of this radical choice by provoking a quirky visual confrontation. Mysterious and fascinating when seen from the front or from above, the eye reveals itself from every angle.

Kenzo’s artistic directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, during 2013 fall-winter collection, made the eye the iconic motif of the Kenzo world, “The all-seeing eye is a major imprint of the collection and alludes to the force of the third eye and to spiritual protection from above, We loved this interpretation of the eye really informing your world and being able to personalize your world”.
Top notes of this fragrance are Red fruits. Middle notes are Peony and Egyptian Jasmine. Base notes are Ambroxan.

My thoughts

I was sent this fragrance as part of the press kit. The packaging of this fragrance is totally exceptional, I love the shape, eye and the details behind the eye as explained above. This fragrance strikes me as a rather impressionistic woodsy floral. It does feel like all the notes are jumbled together in a fog. The dry down is dry and woody, like a heated dry wood, not overwhelming, wet or vanillic. This part of the fragrance is more seen in masculine compositions, but it does not feel too masculine. It gets more and more pleasing once it settles down. This is a nice casual fragrance. The longevity of this fragrance on the skin is decent, around 5-7 hours on my skin.

This retails for CAD $105 for 50ml and CAD $125 for 75ml. It is available at The Bay and Sephora.

What are your favorite notes in a perfume?

 

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Givenchy L’Autre Noir 2017 Autumn-Winter Collection is called as a journey into L’Autrenoir (‘the other black’ in french) which means a shade of black that is anything but dark. From black, color is born. Nicolas Degennes, the mind behind this collection, says “My new collection is lit up with black. A deep and sensual universe that electrifies colors with no additional matter and accentuates your natural radiance. In a revelation, black – L’Autrenoir – gives life and colors rhythm.”

I was sent this press kit for Givenchy L’Autre Noir 2017 Autumn-Winter Collection this week and I have used and tested the products for few days before writing this post. This collection is so interesting, beautiful and a celebration of Black, in a fundamentally positive way, which is a color present everywhere even in colorless things.

The must have of this collection is the Le Rouge Sculpt Lipstick which is Givenchy’s first two-toned lipstick and it offers color and contour in a single stick. The key points include: it restructures the lips with a single stroke, its sculpting volume enhancing effects reshape the smile. The lips are adorned with a luminous shade, while the darker graphic contour perfectly reshapes the mouth. This comes in five color combinations, each featuring a vibrant inset shade highlighted by its own structuring shadow. This contour shade of the lipstick is enriched with a revealing black made from eosin to bring out the inset.

This lipstick has all the qualities of the Le Rouge range. It has a creamy texture for a comfortable semi-matte finish, with very concentrated pigments to ensure maximum coverage. IT does include beeswax and Hyaluronic acid to build up the volume and moisturize the lips. The fragrance in this lipstick is the same as the original Le Rouge. The shades available are No 1 Sculpt’in Rouge, No 2 Sculpt’in Violine, No 3 Sculpt’in Fuchsia, No 4 Sculpt’in Corail, No 5 Sculpt’in Rose.

I was sent the shade No 1 Sculpt’in Rouge. From the swatch of the lipstick, you might think how it will look on the lips and if looks very odd or different from a normal lipstick on the lips. When I first saw this lipstick, I thought how these two colors will work and look on the lips, and when I used this, they look so beautiful on the lips. They mix up really well on the lips. The outer contour shades define the mouth and the inner red shade gives the color. The result is a really beautiful amalgamation of the two shades giving me nice red moisturized plump lips. I don’t see any hints of the brown but only red on the lips, which means they mix up really well. I would say this works very well if you don’t even use a lip liner. I am a fan and wish to buy the other 4 shades in this limited edition range. This Le Rouge Sculpt Lipstick will be available exclusively at Sephora for CAD $45 excluding taxes.

Noir Revelateur Lip Liner in No 12 Universal is used to mark the contours of the lips and it is designed as to ensure better hold by preventing feathering. This can be used both as a top coat or the base coat based on the intensity you need. It helps reshape the lip contour and also when used with Le Rouge Sculpt, it accentuates its visual effect. It does help build volume and the lip contour to be more smooth and defined. The black in this lip liner slowly diffuses while intensifying the lips natural color. This retails for CAD $35 excluding taxes.

Gloss Noir Revelateur is housed in a black an ultra shiny, non-sticky formula which creates a ‘dark eosin’ film with a vinyl effect and the natural pH of the lips is awakened. When applied alone on the lips, it creates a very nice just-bitten look. When applies over a lipstick, it accentuates the color’s depth and boosts shine.

It does leave a very nice tint on the lips when applied alone. The product stays on for 3-4 hours with shiny lips and then the tint stays on for 5-6 hours which is what I like about it.

As you see in my swatch on the arm, it gives a light brownish pink on my arms, so it does changes color based on the undertone and the pH of the skin. This retails for CAD $38 excluding taxes.

Blush Noir Revelateur is a black colored blush in a black shiny tube. The black formula contains eosin which reacts with skin’s pH to reveal a pinkish tint based on your skin tone. The color this blush imparts to the skin will be very personalized and natural for the particular skin tone used on. The formula contains a volatile oil which retains mattifying powders and a silicone elastomer, both of which come into play once applied on the skin, there is no greasiness on the skin.

The texture of this blush is light and powdery. I have used this blush and it accentuates the pink of my cheeks which does look very soft, natural and beautifully romantic. The staying power is quite well for around 7-8 hours on my cheeks. From my swatch, it gives a lilac kind of color on my arms, on the cheeks, it is different as I mentioned above. This retails for CAD $43 excluding taxes.

Liner Vinyl No. 6 Rosy Black has a fine brush which can be used to create both a finer or a bold line. The packaging is very sleek and beautiful with a shiny black case. The black hue of this liner is very shiny and the fluid texture makes it very easy to use. The formula contains a generous amount of highly luminous white pearlescent particles having a mix of pink and purple reflections.

The swatch shows how finer the brush is, it is very easy and fun to use. The color looks really beautiful on the eyes with shiny reflections of purple and pink. It stays on well for over 6 hours and retails for CAD $39 excluding taxes.

Ombre Couture No 20 Rosy Black is housed in the signature little glass jar with a black cover having the Givenchy logo. This product also has a generous amount of highly luminous white pearlescent particles having a mix of pink and purple reflections with a creamy deep hue.

The texture is very fine, smooth and supple with just the right amount of silicone making the application very easy. This gives a brilliant purplish black color to the eyes and stays on well for over 7 hours without creasing or smudging off. It retails for CAD $32 excluding taxes.

Base Mascara Perfecto is Givenchy’s very first product with a tender pink texture for the lashes. The tender pink outside the packaging is the same color that the product inside is. The product has a creamy pink texture which contains natural waxes that coat the lashes in order to optimize the volume of mascara. The formula contains some very nice ingredients that help strengthen and protect the lashes. The brush is very innovative. The black fibers separate the lashes, coating them one by one with texture while the white fibers made of natural cotton makes the application very easy and a pure pleasure.

Regarding the application, it is advised to use the mascara immediately after using this primer so as the get the best volume. Also, it can be used on both upper and lower lashes. Due to the great ingredients in this product, it can be used day and night. By day, it means before the mascara during the day and for the night, it can be used as a night treatment for the lashes. It is a detox beauty treatment for lashes containing the beeswax and carnauba wax that help them strengthen and comfort. This is really a great product and I really love the effects. This does help with the staying power of the mascara. This retails for CAD $37 excluding taxes.

Noir Interdit is the first Givenchy mascara with a bendable brush that can reach 90 degrees for optimum application. This mascara comes in sleek contemporary design with sheath lacquered in extreme black and adorned with a metallic ribbon stamped with the Givenchy Logo. The sheath inspired by those of Rouge Interdit and Rouge Interdit Vinyl Lipsticks.

The next generation black pigments in this mascara provide extreme volume and length. The design of this bendable mascara brush makes it easy to apply closer to the eye, right from the roots to the lengths.

The bendable brush helps with the vertical movement on the lashes easy and effective. As in all the creations in the Interdit line, Black Rose Oil is combined with a fortifying Vitamin helps protect and strengthen the fibers while giving a silky smooth look. This is a really great product and retails for CAD $38 excluding taxes.

The Givenchy L’Autre Noir 2017 Autumn-Winter Collection will be available in Sephora from 3rd August 2017.

What do you like the most from this collection?


I have been very much into eyeshadows lately and have been buying and testing a lot of them. From being naive of what and how of makeup to a starter at the moment, I am loving this texture and results I achieve when I use this eyeshadow. While buying, I was very confused amongst the shades available in Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows and finally, after a lot of thoughts between 802 Undertone and 804 Scintillance, I bought this 804 Scintillance. This seemed to me that it will give me that dewy shiny eyelid that I am a fan of.

“A cream texture that becomes one with the eyelid and dresses up the eyes in vibrant, easy-to-blend color. A palette of shades offering a satiny, luminous and long-wearing result. The eyeshadow comes with a rounded brush applicator with very soft synthetic bristles, perfect for applying and blending color over the entire eyelid. A blend of oils adds softness to the texture for the easy, adjustable and melt-away application. A high concentration of ultra-pure pigments reveals intense and sophisticated shades. A formula rich in long-wearing ingredients for a dense and even result that lasts all day. Ophthalmologist tested, suitable for contact lens wearers.” from beauty boutique Canada.

This eyeshadow is packaged in a small clear glass jar with black heavy plastic lid with Chanel logo. The little eye shadow jar does look very cute. The shade of this eyeshadow is peachy/pinky beige with a metallic sheen. The formula is very buildable. With one swipe, it gives a semi opaque coverage and with two or three swipes it gives full coverage. I do prefer one swipe over my lids and I get that semi-opaque sheen which looks natural as well as very pretty on the eyes.

The formula is very soft and blendable. I did not notice any creasing on my eye sockets and this stayed on really well for over 11 hours. It may have stayed longer but I normally remove my makeup in few hours after I am back from work. This eye shadow can be used either with an eye shadow brush or with a finger tip, I use it both ways and it works well.

I am really in love with the formula and the sheen it provides, I am definitely going to look into more shades in this formula. This retails for CAD $40 excluding taxes.

Do you like dewy shiny eyes? What is your favorite single eyeshadow?

 

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Vichy is a well-known brand and has been around since last 80 years. They are the leaders when it comes to custom made regimes for women. Whether your skin is affected by hormonal imbalance, stress or any lifestyle influenced factors, Vichy has custom-tailored regimes which help you from the pain of looking and trying each and every product in the market but provide you everything within the custom tailored range for your skin type and concerns. Vichy has been into both skincare and makeup. The star ingredient used in all Vichy products is the mineral rich Thermal Spa water.

The Ideal Teint Makeup from Vichy is a beautiful combination of benefits of skincare in makeup.  If you follow me through my blog posts and Instagram, you might know that I have combination skin which is prone to congestion on my jawline and I am very careful while selecting or using a new product on my face. Moreover, I have always been a fan of the dewy finish, so I prefer to use a liquid foundation. I was sent these products for review purposes and I have been testing them since last two weeks.

Teint Ideal Fluid Foundation 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. The foundation is housed in a glass jar, feels very sturdy and nice. I have applied this with a brush and with a wet beauty blender. With beauty blender, it does give a more natural finish. It does provide hydration which is a added benefit if you have dehydrated skin, which I sometimes have. Also, the finish of this foundation is luminous, I see my skin looks more radiant after using this. The staying power of this foundation is really nice, stays on for the full day, almost 9-10 hours on me. Just want to mention the main ingredients in this foundation include Vitamin E(Helps with radiance), Vitamin C(regenerates the skin), Mineral pigments (for natural coverage), Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water (strengthens skin). The Liquid Light Technology is used while formulating this which helps to provide an immediate healthy glow to the skin when applied. I was sent Shade 45 – Honey which suits my medium tan complexion very well. It is available for a total of 5 shades ranging from Ivory, Sand, Rosy Sand, Honey, and Bronze. This foundation retails for CAD $38 excluding taxes.

Teint Ideal Bronzer is a bronzer for natural sunkissed glow. It is suitable for normal skin types and for my combination skin types, I did not notice anything different I particular in my skin while using this bronzer. This bronzer is available in only one shade and is called as suitable for all skin tones from light to dark (based on the testing Vichy done prior to releasing this product). This formula of this bronzer is very buildable and I have used it both as my setting powder with one swipe and build it up for a natural bronzing look, I want to emphasize here that it does look very natural on my medium tan skin tone, it does not give any orange hues once applied. The packaging is a sleek plastic case which also holds a little brush which is perfect for on-the-go and there is a mirror included in the case too. This bronzer also has mineral pigments which give that glow. It stays on well for the whole day, 6-7 hours on my skin. This retails for CAD $36 excluding taxes.

Teint Ideal Compact Powder is a lightweight velvety powder which is suitable for light to medium coverage. The finish is semi-matte but as I use this over my foundation with a light hand, I can still have the glow. This is suitable for all skin types. The product is packaged in the sleek compact same as the bronzer described above. Vichy claims this to improve skin quality through their clinical studies. It works very well as a setting powder or for touch-ups during the day. One of the ingredients in this powder is Perlite which helps absorb sebum to give a mattifying effect, so it is great for the touch-ups on the go. The mineral pigments and mother of pearl base helps provide radiance. This powder has a sponge instead of the brush as in the bronzer. The mirror is also housed in the compact case which is a good size mirror to work with. The sponge is very soft and works well to do the job. This powder retails for CAD $36 excluding taxes and is available in Light, Medi, m and Dark shades. I was sent the medium shade for your reference.

Teint Ideal Highlighter is a multi-purpose highlighter suitable for all skin types. The first thing that caught my eye is the packaging and the applicator of this highlighter. The product is packaged in a plastic tube with a roll-on applicator, isn’t it cool? The product is a white colored very soft liquid that comes out of the roll-on applicator. From Vichy, ” This highlighter acts like a beam of light which tosses a radiant shine over dull parts of the face.” It uses the Liquid Light Technology which helps achieve that glow as soon as it is applied. I applied this roll straight onto my high points of the face where light naturally hits and it gave me a very natural glow. It is best to say that it enhances the radiance and freshens up the complexion.

I have used it both as a finishing product over my makeup and even on the no makeup days. This works perfectly well for on-the-go and is very handy as it does not need a brush, just take out the tube and roll on, simple as that, right? This retails for CAD $27 excluding taxes.

Vichy skincare and makeup are available online at Vichy Canada website and on the Shoppers Drug Mart Locations.


I am a big lover of luxury skin care. From the time I started taking more care of my skin, something important that came to my knowledge is that oils are not only good for dry and normal skin types but even the oily and combination skin types, which means, not any oil but the right oil for the particular skin type. Using an oil for your skin makes a lot of difference when it comes to anti-aging, radical protection and luminosity. In this developed world, we have oils which suit all skin types, means they will not clog pores for the oily and combination skin types but they will do their work that may include hydration, protection, maintain the aura of your skin and many more depending upon which oil is included in the composition and making of the resulting product.

About the brand, Goldfaden MD is the first physician strength, dermatologist developed natural skincare line which combines the state-of-the-art technologies with active plant cells and antioxidant-rich botanicals. This does sound very interesting when nature and science meet to create something beautiful.

I am a hoarder of skincare products, I like the products that give luminosity as well as hydration to my skin and when the product is developed with the combination of science and nature, I would love to use it. While searching for any skincare product, my major concern is to have something that will work both without or under the makeup, and which can give me skincare benefits. I bought this oil a few months back and have been testing it on and off since last 7-8 months.

The description from spacenk describes it the best, “This innovative skin treatment was formulated by practicing dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden to repair skin cells and protect its natural defenses.
The formula for the cell oil is rich in vitamins and contains botanicals and fruit extracts to help restore vitality to the skin. Baobab, rosehip, mongongo, marula, and Kalahari seed oils combine to fight off damage to the skin by free radicals. The oil is dry, non-sticky and readily absorbs into the skin, restoring its plumpness.
Daily use of Goldfaden Fleuressence Botanical Oil provides essential fatty acids to support the skin. Users of the product will receive the necessary protective antioxidants as well as elasticising and revitalizing extracts.
Goldfaden Fleuressence Botanical Oil repairs, shields and protects the skin to maintain a youthful look. Key Benefits include Powerful anti-ageing formula, Replenishes moisture in the skin, Fortifies the fabric of the skin and Reduces the effects of pollutants.”

I use an oil in my skincare routine every day, mainly in the mornings and on the nights when I am not using any other strong night treatment. I cleanse or double cleanse my face, tone it, put on my serum and then few drops of the oil, followed by my moisturizer.

This oil is housed in a glass bottle with a dropper provided inside. The dropper works very well when you have to take few drops out, I am not able to fill the dropper fully, might be an issue with my dropper, but that doesn’t matter as I just need few drops of it.

[Update – 13 July 2017] Lisa from GoldFaden MD was too kind to let me know that the dropper is designed as such to have the prescribed amount for the entire face.

I use only 4-5 drops of this oil, no more and no less, although it is advised to use 2 drops, this all depends on the try and experience that you need to do when you first buy a product. I use 4-5 drops of this oil either before my moisturizer or mix this with my moisturizer. I do not prefer to mix it with my makeup, no particular reason but I try to keep my makeup and skincare separate. I do not apply this near my eyes. This oil gives a very nice healthy luminosity to my skin even without any makeup. I do feel my skin behaves very well when I use this, more hydrated, more healthy without any breakouts or irritation. This is a really good option if you are looking for an oil that is suitable for all skin type and has some key benefits as described above.

This oil retails for CAD $190 for 30ml and it will last you a long time as all you need it few drops. This is available in Canada at Gee Beauty.

Do you use a face oil in your skincare regime? Which is your favorite face oil?

 

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