Home fragrances are something I have always been pretty much into and for me, relating scents to the moments is part of my everyday life. Same is with the weather and seasons, occasions and relaxations – I always like a scent complimenting that moment. I came across Lumira almost a year ago and finally able to share with you guys about the brand and the candles – ‘Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle’ I have been enjoying from the brand. I know there was so much interest on the candle and the brand when I first posted about it on my Instagram. Lumira fragrances are luxurious with the high quality of their ingredients, with attention to each detail on the scent as well as the packaging, most importantly, the ambiance they create.
I will first start with some introduction to the brand. Lumira was founded by Almira Armstrong in 2013. The scents are infused with the highest quality of fine fragrance oils reminiscent of places both near and far. The collection of Lumira’s luxury lifestyle essentials are a celebration of beautiful scent, sophisticated design and the spirit of travel. The power of fragrance to trigger the senses, a memory, and even a person’s emotional state is the inspirations that led to the creation of the Lumira brand.
‘Throughout the ages, the power of scent has been harnessed to inspire, to comfort, to transport, and to enliven the spirit. A nostalgic or exotic fragrance possesses the unique ability to instantly engage our imagination and stir our sensory memory, invoking the warmth and familiarity of home, or allowing us to momentarily transcend everyday life.’
Each candle from the brand is handcrafted using all-natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and the finest essential and fragrance oils that have been hand-picked by a collection of world-renowned perfumers. The burn time for both the candles is around 80 hours.
Lumira Tuscan Fig luxury scented candle
Lumira Tuscan Fig luxury scented candle is a luscious herbal blend with a deep earthy base, topped with notes of sweet blackcurrants and musk. It is inspired by the rustic, sun-scorched hills of Tuscany intertwined with gnarled vines and olive groves, and the solitary rows of fig trees, each embellished with succulent purple and green fruits. This candle is perfect to refresh and warm any space.
Top: fig leaves, fig tree
Middle: mimosa petals, blackcurrant, cedarwood
Base: iris, musk, patchouli
Lumira Sirocco luxury scented candle named in honor of the great North African wind that extends across the Mediterranean Sea and into Southern Europe. The candle boasts top notes of tangerine and cumin, anchored by Moroccan cedar, vanilla, and sandalwood to create a sultry, tempting scent reminiscent of Tangier’s bustling souks laden with leatherware, spices, and sweet delights.
Top: citrus, tangerine
Mid: herbaceous, pine, cumin
Base: Moroccan cedar, American cedar, vanilla, sandalwood, moss
Inspired by American minimalist Ellsworth Kelly, Sirocco is part of the exclusive Collezione Bianca, a private luxury scented candle collection of three fragrances, carefully created with the purpose that each individual fragrance can be burnt at a specific time of the day. Collezione Bianca is a tribute to the beauty, simplicity, and purity of Kelly’s relief works, combined with an exploration in premium, exotic fragrances to enhance our daily rituals with a sense of style and ceremony. The Collezione Bianca candles are handcrafted in Australia and housed in the hand-made glass with cotton wicks.
‘Below are some recommendations by the brand to care and ensure the longevity of Lumira candle:
- To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, the wick should be trimmed to a length of 5mm each time before lighting. Candles should never be left burning unattended and discontinue when 10mm of wax remains to prevent cracking.
- In order to get the most out of your LUMIRA candle, burn it until the entire surface of the candle melts. Wax has ‘memory’ so it will follow the first burn so make sure not to extinguish the candle until the whole surface has melted.
- To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle for more than four hours at a time and turn the wick into the wax to extinguish so that there is no smoke created.
- Do not leave a candle burning unattended. Keep away from children, curtains, and pets.
- Always protect the table or surface on which the candle rests.’
Lumira I have been really enjoying the candles and the warmth they bring to my home and ambiance. There are travel versions also available for all the scents which are perfect for taking your favorite scents along when traveling or if you want to try the scent. As someone who relates scents with memories, I love the scents and they are both perfect to have. The scents are not too strong or something that might be uncomfortable for family and kids around. The candles do exude luxury whiles providing comfort and escapism to all that encounter their blissful fragrance.
Lumira candles are available at atelierlumira.com, Selfridges (UK), and Barneys (USA).
With all the beautiful holiday collections launching this season, I am sharing with you a few pieces from the Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection which is all about shimmer, shine, glitter, which is bright and fun. Marc Jacobs Beauty is taking us to the shine factory for holiday 2018. ‘The limited edition holiday collection for 2018 was inspired by the glamorous, anything goes aesthetic from the mod era. eyes are exaggerated with glittery jewel tones, cheekbones and body are glazed in gold highlights, and lips get the full-glam treatment.’
Marc Jacobs Beauty See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow
See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow is described as the first-to-market sequin finish eyeshadow in a pot adds super-shimmery dimension to any look. The innovative demi-pressed process allows pigments to apply more vividly and gives the glitter maximum sparkle. The formula is all intense glitter, it can be blended out for a soft wash of sparkle either alone or layered on top of other eyeshadow for a shimmer finish.
This sequin-finish eyeshadow in a pot has a lid on it keep it pressed and to avoid fall-out or separation of the glitter particles. I do put the black lid first and then the main golden lid on the pot. The innovative, demi-pressed process allows the pigments to apply more vividly and gives the glitter maximum sparkle.
The formula blends smoothly and easily on the eyes. It does work well on its own but I recommend using a primer to hold the intense shimmer in place all day and which it does. I have used the eyeshadow with the coconut eye primer from the brand. I can use my finger to apply this, works perfectly well for me or with a flat synthetic eye brushing gentle pressing motion for a high-intensity look and finish.
I do prefer to apply with fingers due to the loose, crumbly texture but once they’re on, they seem to set fairly well and I haven’t had any fallout. I have the shades Flashlight (Icy Opal) and Topaz Flash (smoky bronze), both of them work nicely alone or on top of other eyeshadow. It is going to be my go-to for the parties, especially the holiday parties.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss
Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss is described as a unique triple shine complex that delivers maximum color and brilliance with a blend of high-performance ingredients that provide unstoppable wear and shine like ’30 coats of lacquer.’ the brilliant shine contributes to the look of plump, cushiony lips that never feel sticky. This limited edition glitzy gold shade with pink shimmer, shine a light, is the newest addition to the best-selling enamored lineup, of the brand, which is known for giving lips lasting color and unbelievable glossiness with a touch of creamy mint flavor.
The gloss is very comfortable to wear, gives a beautiful shine to the lips which does stay on for a nice amount of time. The gold color sheers out clear and does not look yellow or orange on the lips. The pink sparkle is very fine and does shows in the light and is very subtle yet pretty. It is moisturizing and does not makes my lip uncomfortable or dry. It works well alone or over another lip color.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Make Your Le Marc 3 Piece Mini Liquid Lip Crayon Set
Make Your Le Marc 3 Piece Mini Liquid Lip Crayon Set is a trio of minis of solid lip crayons from the brand. The crayons are easy to apply, glides on nicely on the lips, melts into the lips with a soft, liquid sensation. The formula is pigmented and one-swipe of color gives a bold color to the lips.
The trio of mini had one new, exclusive shade red-y to go, and two best-selling shades night mauves (soft pinky mauve) and plum n get it (rich plum). The formula sets in pretty quickly and is comfortable, creamy, and lightweight on the lips.
Ben Gorham, the founder of Byredo, has been recognized for his personal style and connection to fashion and art in several international magazines such as French Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, V Magazine and Fantastic Man to name a few. Ben began to be intrigued by scent and memory after traveling to his mother’s hometown in India, where he was stirred by the aromas of spices and incense.
Founded in 2006, Byredo’s scented candles and perfumes have been developed with an understated approach, using simple composition of the highest quality raw materials which has a cult following of its own now. This new fragrance launched this year, 2018 has been my go-to since last few weeks, it is so unique and beautiful that I am so obsessed with it. The nose behind Eleventh Hour is Jerome Epinette.
Byredo Eleventh Hour is an exploration around the smell of things ending, a journey to the end of the Time, the last perfume on Earth. This is very unconventional for a fragrance to have this inspiration but if you see on the deeper level, the inspiration is rooted in issues affecting our environment.
‘I want to travel until I did not have to search anymore. Today I know that life is a journey that brings you to the end of the world, a return to the harmony we have lost.’, says the great Swiss explorer Ella Maillart, who in 1951 was one of the rare Westerners to reach Nepal rise, the highest places will be the last refuges and zones that were once considered hostile to humans will become shelters.
Notes of the fragrance are:
Top: Ban Timmur, Bergamot
Middle: Carrot Seeds, Rum, Wild Fig
Base: Cashmere Woods, Tonka Bean
‘The top notes, led by the peppery and citrus accents of Ban Timmur, take us to the Nepali highlands, where this plant grows. Wild fig, the first forbidden fruit, is the heart note of Eleventh Hour. A symbol of desire, its sweet and captivating scent encapsulates the smell of danger. From the warmth of tonka beans combined with Cashmere Woods notes emanate an energetic radiation, similar to that released by our solar plexus when it opens wide. As if a bond was recreated between man and cosmos.
Overall, a very unique creation. From the pepper and cloves in the opening, and then to the amalgamation of spices and wood is marvelous. It makes it more balanced and unisex. The longevity of the scent on my skin is over 8 hours and I can still smell it when I press my nose close to the wrist. It is a lovely scent and perfect for fall and winter, a faint creaminess fruitiness underneath the spices and wood which does soothe the nerves and is very comforting like the feeling of warmth anyone needs in this season and throughout the season. I can totally see myself wearing it a lot this season.