Guerlain is a brand I trust when it comes to the bronzing powders which are a cult favorite too. I use the bronzing powder to create a shadow to define my jawline, under my chin ( to hide the double chin, ssshhh) and also to shape my nose. My skin tone is medium tan with yellow undertones and due to that, I do not actually like to use a bronzer other than the above uses. And as these are the main parts of my face that define my features and are visible, I have to be very careful while choosing a bronzer so that it does not look unnatural, ashy or more orangey than my yellow undertones.

From the Guerlain website, “Guerlain Terracotta powder, the leading bronzing powder, is available in an XXL limited edition this summer, Terracotta Chic Tropic, which blends warmth and color to perfectly enhance your natural sun-kissed glow. Irresistible on the face and décolleté, the Terracotta dual-colour powder is the most desirable collectible this summer: a combination of the best-selling Terracotta shade 03, which naturally warms all complexions, and a hint of coral to highlight your sun-kissed glow. The colors can be blended together in the blink of an eye to even out the tan or warm the complexion. On the skin, the result is impeccable and remains so, all day long.  This collector precious case is reusable when the powder is finished.

The fragrance of the Terracotta powder takes you on a getaway. The ylang-ylang and orange blossom notes create the sensation of a cocoon. They are blended into tonka bean and vanilla notes with sunny facets that embody the essence of Terracotta. A note of white musk adds a velvet touch to this addictive fragrance.
The senses are awakened, transported to a faraway land.”

From my past experience and thoughts, I have trusted Guerlain Bronzers the most. I know you are not going to finish a single bronzer very easily unless you use it every day and use it a lot. For me, my love for beautiful products that work and to use a product so that I can write about it makes me buy these limited edition packaging products with regular and sometimes limited edition product inside. I bought this limited edition Guerlain Bronzer which came at the perfect time when summer is here in Canada. The first thing that caught my eye is the beautiful pattern and the packaging of this bronzer.

The beautiful pattern on this bronzer has some golden sheen to it which fades away after few uses and then the original bronzer color comes into work. The golden sheen looks nice on the skin and is not overly shiny or glittery but looks natural and would be best to use during a beach visit or for a party. Once that sheen is used up, the regular bronzer product comes into play which I already have and love.

The packaging of this bronzer is so beautiful and luxe. The size of the pan is very nice and has a few cm of filling on the sides. The cover of this bronzer has a nice size of the mirror and is very handy on the go. I have swatched the shades in this bronzer separately. When I combine both brown and peachy orange shades, it gives a nice natural finish on the skin, I do have to use it twice or thrice on the skin to show up nicely. I am okay with doing that as long as I get the most natural results.

I have Shade 3 in regular Guerlain bronzer and this is the same shade in this limited edition product. The powder feels very soft and blends well. The staying power is nice and for me, it stays on well for over 7 hours. As mentioned above, it does have a strong fragrance and I love it, every time I open this bronzer, it makes my mood so happy. I use this bronzer with my highlighter brush, not the fan brush, but something pointy and dense so that I can have a nice natural shadow on my areas that i want to bronze. For shaping my nose, i use a small brush like the MAC 217.

This bronzer in limited edition retails for CAD $80 excluding taxes.

Have you tried anything from Guerlain? What is your favorite bronzer?


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According to a research, referenced from, “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.

My thoughts

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?


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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?

Decleor has been around for over 40 years and been known for drawing its effectiveness from nature and developing its scientific expertise in essences to take the front row in the field of aromatherapy. Decleor came into being when two visionary women with two areas of expertise Solange Dessimoulie, Beauty Therapist, and Caroline Colliard, Aromatherapist, united their talents. This was when the science of aromatherapy was introduced into the universe of cosmetics. Starting from the quality of its sourcing to the art of blending them together, Decleor has been the champion in handling these powerful molecules to result in a natural yet powerful outcome that is so near to nature and perfection.

At Decleor, aromatherapy is called Aromessence which means a concentrate of essential oils in a base of precious plant oils which help cleanse and purify the skin which in turn increases the effectiveness of its treatments. There are different beauty prescriptions in Aromessence based on the type of the skin.

I was sent the Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum and Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm for review purposes. The products were sent to me based on my skin type which is a combination and prone to hormonal acne/congestion, mostly on my jawline. I have used these products for over six weeks and my reviews are based on my experience with them.

From the Decleor product reference, “A purifying serum oil and balm that brings a real improvement to the skin’s complexion. The selected essential oils help to purify the epidermis, reduce excess sebum, tighten the pores and revive a healthy glow. This duo is meant to properly balance oil production by ensuring proper hydration while slowing down excessive oil production. Skin is matte with no feelings of greasy residue.”

Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum is 100% natural and non-greasy dry serum-oil which is enriched with essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Sage, and Lemon. It helps to tighten the pores and create a matte finish on the skin. The good thing about this oil in serum is that it is free from mineral oils and artificial colorings. It is known to improve the quality of skin, making it soft and clear. I was skeptical first as it is mentioned to be suitable for oily skin but my skin has loved this serum. I noticed to extra breakouts except the one’s that were already there. I felt that this serum helped heal the breakouts o already had. I incorporated this serum into my daily routine for 5 days every week for over 6 weeks and still going strong. As this is oil in serum, I used it either straight after cleansing my face and followed by the moisturizer and sunscreen or I used my (almost finished) Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement before this oil in serum followed by moisturizer and sunscreen. I made it a point to first enjoy the delicate smell of the essential oils and then warm 3-4 drops of this serum into the palm of my hands and then press it on my face. I noticed no issues while applying makeup and my skin stayed well without any irritation.

Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm is 100% natural dry balm which is also enriched with essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Sage, and Rosemary. It helps to purify combination to oily skin. It is paraben free, preservative free and non-comedogenic. As the Purifying Serum, this is also free from mineral oils and artificial colorings. Thinking of a balm on combination skin which already has breakouts, it does scare me first. I have been using this balm in my night skincare routine, I warm an around a pea size of balm between the palms of your hands, inhale the delicate fragrances of the essential oils and then apply to my cleansed face and neck using light smoothing strokes and finish by covering your face with both hands. I use this balm after double cleansing my face( if I have had makeup on during the day, otherwise after single cleanse).

My final thoughts about this duo are – yes I loved using them and considering they are so near to nature and well being, I have enjoyed inhaling the scent of these both products as well as applying them on my skin, making it as a ritual to use them. I would totally recommend these to combination and oily skin types.

Have you tried any products from Decleor, what is your favorite? If not, have you tried any products based on Aromatherapy?

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