Healthier skincare habits

During the past months my skin has been exposed daily for first time after 7 years to cold weather, as I have moved from the extreme heat of Gulf countries, to the fresh and crispy European air. Apart from the different weather conditions, I saw my extremely sensitive and combination-oily skin getting red easier, being 10 times more than before unforgiving to comedogenic ingredients such as Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco glycerides, Caprylic Triglyceride, pure Almond oil and more. The message was clear: From now and on, I should use on my skin products that are as pure as possible.

This post will cover my slaloms between faulty products, new skincare habits for face and body, easy tips to create homemade skin care remedies and few products that preserved and improved the condition of my skin.

FACE

Cleanser

Since 2009 I have mainly been using Nuxe’s Reve de Miel cleansing gel. Its base is honey (fourth ingredient), embellished with many rubbish ingredients such as sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (third in list and high in concentration), peg-8 esters and more. Regardless, Nuxe’s cleanser was the most reliable out of an extensive list of tragic products (La Roche Posay Lait Physiologique, Guelrain Blanc de Perle cleansing foam and Secret de Purete foaming cream, Avene Soapless gel cleanser and Extremely Gentle cleanser and many many more).

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Therefore, I decided to start using pure, clean honey. I am pleased with the results as it leaves my skin soft, not dry at all, yet clean. However, I make sure I clean my face twice in a row with it to secure results. During second wash I also use a cleansing brush similar to Clarisonic, by Ayvo.

Demaquillage

Eaux Micellaires is the most fresh and easiest way to remove make up effectively and that is why more and more brands add one micellaire in their range.

Who hasn’t tried or read about Bioderma’s  Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire?  It is one of the first micellaires and a product I have been used and trusted for years, along with thousands of others among you. Those Capric glycerides however, made my skin not appreciating it as much as I would like. The area around the eye was always left with small red spots and of course I would not dare to swipe that cotton pad soaked in Sensibio all over my face.

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Looking for environmental friendlier demaquillage options, I tried sweet almond oil for eyes and jojoba oil for face. Apart from the twice the effort to remove all make up, I also was also left with blurry eyes from almond and red spots which stayed up to next day on face and they eye area.

Lately I discovered a couple of new Garnier micellar waters products, which are effective and have safe ingredients. Specially the Cleansing water (the one in huge bottle) is perfect for my sensitive skin and leaves it spot free and clean. For me, both Garnier waters and that of Bioderma’s clean the same well. The difference is on skin’s hygiene.

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Toner

As I have replaced many poor performing marketed products with natural, so I did with my toner! To be honest I have not tried that many branded toners (the latest was the uber moisturizing Guerlain’s Super Aqua lotion), but I find it a little stiff and useless for its purpose to pay anything from 10 to 41 Euro for a product full preservatives, and fabricated emollients.

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My homemade remedy is the following: I use a small container made of dark glass (to preserve the ingredients’ beneficial properties) and I fill it with the following proportions according to its size.

2/4 freshly squeezed lemon (astringent and whitening properties)

¼ freshly squeezed mandarine (for radiance)

¼ freshly blended cucumber (immaculate hydrating properties)

Sometimes I might pour a little more cucumber than lemon, to balance it. Shake well before use! I make sure to use the toner only at night due to citric acid, and next day I wear 30+ SPF regardless if it is sunny or not. I also want to note that this remedy and specifically lemon has helped me A LOT to deal with my melasma problem.

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Moisturizing cream

My most recent failure in hydration was Dr. Organic’s Aloe Vera concentrated hydrating cream, which was the worse thing I have ever used in my life without exaggeration. It is full of silicones, coco glycerides, parabens, in other words nothing but organic. It is rubbish as a facial cream but it works well as a cream for feet!

Anyhow, apart from failures we also have successes and one of these is Apivita’s Aqua Vita 24 hour moisturizing cream. The one I use now is for oily/combination skin. I have also used the one for dry skin about 8 months ago (early autumn), which however I found a little drying and not well absorbing. The one for combination skin works great, has a light texture, does not leave a film on skin, it absorbs pretty quickly and leaves skin matt. Its best part? It is made of 98% natural ingredients and none scary one for us who have sensitive skin.

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Serum

I bought Apivita’s Natural Serum with aloe and hyaluronic acid in order to use it as a moisturizer. It carries the name “serum” and as one can think it could be thick and rich, yet it is runny and very light. To be honest I see this working better in oily skins and under heat.

It is absorbed directly and dries mat, making a perfect base for make up. Initially I appreciated all the 98% natural ingredients, but something was irritating my skin each time I applied the serum. I cannot tell yet which ingredient. All in all the serum is somehow moisturizing, but not what I expected.

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Scrub

I have abandoned branded scrubs since many years ago. What was I using? Penicillin!

Penicillin or else aspirin diluted in water, with a tablespoon of honey. I was happy with the results and the salicylic acid was keeping break outs away. The only issue was that aspirin is a little harsh to scrub against a sensitive skin as mine and most importantly it did not work well with the melasma spots on my forehead and cheeks.

A friend of mine introduced me to a life changing product. I would not dare to use the term “life changing” if the scrub he gave me wouldn’t help diminish my melasma spots!

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It is a biological peeling from Meditopics, a Dutch brand and is used by many beauty clinics and dermatologists in the Netherlands. It is 100%biological and safe to use even for people with sensitive skin. Surprisingly it doesn’t dry out the skin and is safe to use as often as every other day. I place about half a spoon (included in box) of powder in my palm. I drop few drops of water and make a thick paste. I then apply it on my face and I lightly scrub allover and the problematic areas. I let it dry and then I rinse it well.

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What is really encouraging is the fact that helped diminishing the dark spots I have, thing that I struggle with since 2008. I am not using any other special treatment for the dark spots for a couple of years now. Just the scrub 2 times per week, the Ayvo brush (similar to Clarisonic) daily and every morning my SPF. DSC03498

Eyes

How hard is to find a decent eye cream? The market is pretty disappointing in this field. Most eye creams are either too sticky, or too thick, or drying, or “poor”. I have done two posts in the past dedicated to eye creams and if the following cream existed or I could find it in Dubai back then, I would have included it.

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This is Apivita’s anti wrinkle eye mask with grape with 99% natural ingredients. It is marketed as a mask, however according to the ingredients list it is 100% identical to anti wrinke’s eye and lip cream from the brand’s wine elixir line. The only difference is in the price as a 15ml pot of the cream costs 37.90 Euro and 16ml of 8 mask-cream packages cost 14 Euro. On to the cream itself, I love how fast absorbing and well hydrating it is. Nothing heavy, nothing smelly, just an extremely comfortable wearing eye cream, which is a good base for concealer as well.

BODY

Scrub

I decided to use from now and on a scrub remedy that I made of my own, when I realized the difference in results! The body scrubs that I used in the past were leaving my skin soft but not as moisturized. What is the key here? Olive oil! Have a look at the remedy:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2,5 tablespoons black sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange

Mix well all ingredients and use it fresh during shower or bath. You could also leave the mix in the fridge for 10 minutes to “unify”.

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Hydration

This is Apivita’s refreshing body milk with aloe and fig. I picked it initially for its not mainstream scent and the alluring ingredients. It absorbs quickly, the scent stays for hours and its properties as moisturizer suit perfectly combination skins and summer weather! For winter and dried out skin, I would choose a heavier formula.

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Now, I want to point out how annoying are Alcohol and Parfum as body lotion ingredients. Most lotions (including those out of perfume ranges) contain this ingredients high in their list and in high concentration, making the lotion useless and drying. If you really like the body lotions of your favourite perfumes, yet you find them drying I recommend trying the following: Buy a fragrance free body lotion with nice ingredients and before each time you apply it over your skin, spray/drop just a few drops of your perfume. In this way you will not only prolong your perfume’s effect, but you will also ensure your skin is well moisturized.

Hands

Hand creams are important for me, as I used them often throughout the day and before sleep at night. For many years I was alternating between Neutrogena’s original, Nivea’s Hydra IQ and original formula, Dove’s visible effects and few other drugstore hand creams. Sadly and regardless of their effectiveness (for instance Neutrogena cream is pleasant to use) they all have parabens and even some have mineral oil (Nivea range).

I recently choose Apivita’s moisturizing hand cream with aloe and honey, in light texture. Its 98%natural components consistency is far from “dangerous” in harmful ingredients than that of many other hand creams. It is perfect to use during the day, as it doesn’t leave the skin “sweaty”, it absorbs quickly and has a discreet clean scent. In other words, superb!

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At this point I want to underline that I am not affiliated to neither Meditopics, nor Apivita, that the products were purchased by me and that I decided to include them in this honest post because I find them way much better than other so called organic or natural or pharmaceutical products. It also worth pointing out that before I buy them I researched thoroughly their ingredients list and examined each ingredient with the help of Environmental Working Group http://www.ewg.org, as I wanted to use products as natural as they can get.

 

What are your healthy skincare habits?

 

Autumn- Winter 2013-2014: Make up & Nail Trends

Here is a collage of season’s most important make up and nail trends… Draw inspiration and grab your make up brushes!

BERRY STAIN

1. d&g2.Somarta, M∙A∙C AW13 Tokyo Fashion Week Fashion Week

3.glamour.com-fendi-mohawks-fall-2013-w724 4. Vera Wang

5.Veronique Branquinho, M∙A∙C AW13 Paris Fashion Week6. Voilette De Madame

The trend: Either it is a raspberry, or a blackcurrant, a strawberry or a gooseberry… it is fashion! For a lighter version of the colour, try wearing a soft formula as stain patting colour from lipstick’s bullet on lips and for a more intense version, use a creamier formula with a matching lip pencil.

Pictures: 1. Dolce & Gabbana, via Pinterest 2. Somarta, via Mac Facebook page

3. Fendi, via Glamour.com 4. Vera Wang, via Pinterest 5. Veronique Branquinho, via Mac Facebook

6. Guerlain “Voilette de Madame” collection

GLITTER AND STRASS

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2. autumn-winter-2013-14 chanel via adaymag.com Chanel 

3. thakoon

4. House of Holland, M∙A∙C AW13 London Fashion Week 5. Manish AroraParis mac

The trend: It comes to sprinkle some magic to our special occasions! To light up your complexion and add mystery, you can use a touch of fine glitter that compliments your make up, on the eyes just above the pupils. If you are brave and you want to make a statement, apply strass or chunky pieces of glitter on your eyes or dress your lips, over your lipstick, in fine glitter with the help of an eyeshadow brush with synthetic hair.

Pictures: 1. Christian Dior, via dior.tumblr.com 2. Chanel, via Pinterest 3. Thakoon, via Elle

4. House of Holland and 5. Manish Arora, via Mac Facebook page.

GRAPHIC LINES

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3.Backstage at Libertine, M∙A∙C AW13 New York Fashion Week 4.Anna+Sui+Fall+2013+Backstage+RlRyoppbjnGl

The trend: It is such a timeless makeup! This trend is a remix of Brigitte Bardot’s style. It includes quite, natural tones on face and extravagant, bold eyeliners and lashes. This season, you are encouraged to play with your liner, push and extend the lines and your limits. Do not forget to add the final touch: a pair of rich false lashes!

Pictures: 1. Pucci, via Glamour.com 2. Lancôme “Artliner” collection 3. Libertine, via Mac Facebook

4. Anna Sui, via Stylebistro

METALLIC EYES

1. CDior 2. Estee Lauder

3.Etro 4. Gucci. 

5.TomFordBeautyFall2013 6. Jean-Pierre Braganza

The trend: Metallic eyeshadows is around for quite few seasons now, perhaps showing us the way to how futuristic make up will be. It is a trend I love and I honour from time to time, myself. As for colours, right now red- burgundy and everything from light to dark grey are HOT! Dare to wear your metallic eyeshadows with bold red lipctick in a glamorous night out!

Pictures: 1. Christian Dior “Mystic Metallics” collection, via dior.tumblr.com

2. Estee Lauder 3. Etro, via Pinterest 4. Gucci, via Allure 5. Tom Ford Beauty campaign

6. Jean-Pierre Braganza, via Style.com 

SMUDGED LINES

1. Holly Fulton, M∙A∙C AW13 London Fashion Week 2. Alexis Mabille, M∙A∙C AW13 Paris Fashion Week

3.Just Cavalli, M∙A∙C AW13 Milan Fashion Week. 4. Stephane Rolland MAC PARIS HAUTE COUTURE fashionweek

5. Kenzo Paris Fashion week 6.Missoni, M∙A∙C AW13 Milan Fashion Week

7. Rodarte 8.glamour.com-RobertoCavalli-rimmed-eyes-beauty-w724. jpg

The trend: The smudgier the better! This is the most wearable trend that can be worn from day to night and it is ideal for those days, when we are invited somewhere right after work and we have no time to re-apply make up. Things are simple: for a morning look, smudge the edges of a brown/ dark purple/dark green eyeliner that you have placed on your top lash lines or waterline and lower lash lines. Take the look from morning to night, reapplying black eyeliner on waterline and lower lash lines and smudging it. Pair it with red lipstick or your favourite “your lips but better” lipstick and you are good to go!

Pictures: 1. Holly Fulton and 2. Alexis Mabille and 3. Just Cavalli, via Mac Facebook page

4. Stephane Rolland and 5. Kenzo and 6. Missoni, via Mac Facebook page

7. Rodarte, via Style.com 8. Roberto Cavalli, via Glamour.com

FULLY SMOKEY EYES

1. Elie Saab, M∙A∙C Paris Haute-Couture Fashion Week Fall:Winter ‘13 2. Johan Ku, M∙A∙C AW13 Tokyo Fashion Week Fashion Week

3.Alexandrevauthier. via strangelycompelling.netjpg 4. Backstage at Donna Karan, M∙A∙C AW13 New York Fashion Week

5.Chanel-Make-Up-Collection-Fall-2013 6.glamour. com-ferre-beauty-composite-w724

7.Francesco Scognamiglio, M∙A∙C AW13 Milan FashionFrancesco Scognamiglio, M∙A∙C AW13 Milan Fashion Week.

The trend: Whats is sexier and more mysterious than a smokey eye make up? A fuller smokey eye make up! This season, “smoke” reaches the ceiling, meaning the eye brows! Colours to play around with are black, bronze and khaki. To copy the trend, pair your intense smokey with a light peachy toned lipstick.

Pictures: 1. Elie Saab and 2.  Johan Ku, via Mac Facebook page

3. Alexandre Vauthier, via Strangelycompelling.net 4. Donna Karan, via Mac Facebook page

5. Chanel “Superstition” collection 6. Gianfranco Ferré, via Glamour.com

7. Francesco Scognamiglio, via Mac Facebook page

OMBRE LIPS

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2. Backstage at Zac Posen, M∙A∙C AW13 New York Fashion Week 3. glamour.com-Emporio-armani-red-lips-w724

The trend: Ombre on hair, ombre on brows, ombre on clothes, ombre is everywhere! Now, it is also on lips. The trend encourage us to grab our red and berry lip pencils and lipsticks and our lip brushes. Start by scrubbing and prepping your lips, with the right for you products. Then, dab powder on lips to help your colours stay on place. Apply your darker colour first at outer corners with light strokes. Then, gently apply your lighter colour to the centre and blend the edges evenly, to diffuse any lines. Do not add lipgloss!

Pictures: 1. Kenneth Cole and 2. Zac Posen, via Mac Facebook page 3. Emporio Armani, via Glamour.com

THE “NO MAKE UP” MAKE UP

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4. Backstage at Alberta Ferretti, M∙A∙C AW13 Milan Fashion Week. 5.  Alexander Wang

6.Backstage at Victoria Beckham, M∙A∙C AW13 New York Fashion Week 7. Carolina Herrera, M∙A∙C AW13 New York FWeek.Fall 13 Forecast Eyes pallete. Oyster creme shadieall over. Rsutic red cream shadow at contour.hot tahiti with brush on lipsjpg

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The trend:  The “no make up” make up, or else “Mans’ favourite”! The trend does not imply that we should go out nude from mascara or concealer but to use products that give natural textures and skin coloured effects, just enough to make us look healthy. That translates into fresh and dewy foundation, a good but light concealer and a fine milled powder, peachy eyeshadows, pinky- rosey blushes and rosey-peach lipsticks. Do not forget to add a thin black liner on top lash lines and mascara!

Pictures: 1. Valentino, via Mizhattan 2. Burberry “Trench Kisses” collection 3. Yiqing Yin

4. Alberta Ferretti and 6.Victoria Beckham and 7.Carolina Herrera, via Mac Facebook page

5. Alexander Wang, via Pinterest 8. Blumarine and 9. Dsquared2, via Glamour.com

COLOURFUL EYES

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The trend: With blue being the colour mostly seen, this is the most playful trend of the season and it inspires us to go wild when doing makeup! Though blue eyeshadow is very popular, it is however a dangerous colour to wear and pretty much out outdated. There are many new products and palettes in the market, that finding wearable and fresh colours is guaranteed. Try out purple, lilac and grey-green, for a more modern version!

Pictures: Left: Aquilano Rimondi, via Mac Facebook page. Right: Giorgio Armani “Kaleidoscope” collection

BUSHY BROWS

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The trend: Bushy brows is probably the trend of the century. From messy to well groomed, we are seeing them around for years. To sport the trend you need to have naturally full brows or grow them as much as possible (if possible). Make sure to fill the gaps with pencils and brow powders or eye shadows and correct their shape with gels and liquid liners.

Pictures: Left: Burberry, via adaymag.com. Right: Chloè, via Mac Facebook page

NAIL TRENDS

1. Dior2. Gareth Pugh, M∙A∙C AW13 Paris Fashion Week

3.golden flakes 4. hbz-nail-trends-fw13-black0-La-Perla-de

5. tom ford red 6. red-silver

7.elle-01-zac-posen-nail-trends-xln-lgn 8.Manish Arora, M∙A∙C AW13 Paris Fashion Week  

The colours: Black, Lilac, Berry, Red, Grey, Nude skin colour, Blue, anything Metallic.

The designing trends: Golden flakes at tips or base of nail, silver tip at tips,

stroke of colours mixed at the half of the nail, hearts, strass and pearls.

Pictures: 1. Christian Dior “Mystic Metallics” collection, via dior.tumblr.com

2. Gareth Pugh, via Mac Facebook page 3. Golden flakes, via Pinterest  4. La Perla

5. Tom Ford red 6. Red with metallic silver tips, via Pinterest 7. Zac Posen, via Elle.com

8. Manish Arora, via Mac Facebook page

What goes around

SALTY BAG

Underlining the value of recycling and the importance of squeezing the life out of things we consider as trash, an original and super eco-friendly project came to life in Corfu, Greece.

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Salty Bag is a concept based on withdrawn sails, life jackets, wetsuits, kites and more, dipped in saltiness and winds. The result is stylish, minimalistic and versatile, hand crafted bags and accessories, embellished with leather. Find more information in saltybag.com. Keep your eyes open for Salty Bag’s upcoming line, created to support the Greek sailors dream team on their road to the Olympic Games of Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

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Pics via saltybag.com and designfather.com

LA LÉGENDE DE SHALIMAR

It could be an extract from the Lord of the Rings sequel, but it just the breathtaking short movie/ promotional clip for Guerlain’s flagship perfume Shalimar.

Revoluting the tactics of austerity and misery during financial crisis, Guerlain stigmatizes its total renovation in logo, in Champs Elysee’s boutique and in marketing strategy (beginning by the super successful and awarded campaign of La petite Robe noire), with a mythical production: La Légend De Shalimar.

The colossal project involved settings in India, directory by maestro Bruno Aveillan, clothing by rising star Yiqiyan Yin, acting by the aetheral Willy Cartier in the role of Shah Jahan and the official spokesperson of Guerlain Natalia Vodianova in the role of Princess Mumtaz Mahal.

LOVE THE OCEAN CAMPAIGN BY COOL WATER DAVIDOFF

Through its best seller “Cool Water”, Davidoff supports National Geographic’s initiation “Pristine Seas Mission” that aims to explore, create awareness, research and protect seas as such.

davidoff Pic via love-the-ocean.com

Apart from the scientific expertise, the initiation bases also its power on communication tools that convince leaders to develop large marine reserves in order to preserve these untouched by human intervention marine ecosystems.

Find out more in here.

THE AMAZING SHOEMAKER

From Evita Peron to Marylin Monroe and from Indira of Baroda to Audrey Hepburn, all have worn pieces from the historic Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo. These and some more pairs out of 10000 models are being on display in Palazzo Spini Feroni, Florence, Italy. The palazzo that was bought by Ferragamo in 30’s, now operates as Museo Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Pics via museoferragamo.it, iluxdb.com and motilo.com respectively

If you wish to know more about the art of shoemaking and the designers and you happen to live or visit Florence, make sure to visit the current exhibition titled “The Amazing Shoemaker: Fairy Tales about shoes and shoemakers.” in Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. Ticket costs 6 Euro (people under 10 and over 65 enter for free) and the proceeds from ticket sales go to scholarships for the new generation of footwear designers. For more info click here.

A QUEEN HISTORY OF FASHION: FROM CLOSET TO CATWALK

Have you ever wondered how sexual revolution has contributed to what you have in your wardrobe? A progressive exhibition called “A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk” examines and showcases the relationship between homosexualism and fashion through the spectrum of some of the most important fashion designers from 18th to 21 century.

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100 indicative and historic garments by Halston, Pierre Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander Mc Queen and more are exhibited in chronological order in Fashion Institute of Technology Museum, located in New York City, until 4th of January 2014.

Fred Dennis, senior curator of costume, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, edited and managed the exhibition after 2 years of research, along with scholars, FIT faculty and industry professionals. For more information click here.

Queer_Gaultier_conesQueer_McQueenPics via fitnyc.edu

LA MÉCANIQUE DES DESSOUS

Armors, wires, steel, smothering leather and thick wool; suffering for beauty is written in our genes. The first “plastic surgeries” in history of humanity were definitely not on surgeons’ beds but behind 14th century tailor partitions.

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The exhibition “La mécanique des dessous, une histoire indiscrète de la silhouette” aims to snitch the inventions of fashion that literally “adjust” silhouettes to the likings of the client. The exhibits include historical pieces from private and public collections, such as beards, crown paddings, hinges, rings, corsets, crinolines and many, many more, dated14th century up to nowadays.

The exhibition is taking place in Les Art Décoratifs  Institution at Rue de Rivoli, in Paris, France up to November 24th, 2013. Ticket prices start from 9.5 Euro. Discounted tickets also apply. To find out more, click here.

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ALAÏA

Palais Galliera in Paris, France celebrates fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, dedicating him a grand exhibition in Museum of Modern Art- Matisse chambre. Alaïa’s talent in handling the jersey, the wool and specially the leather is portrayed through 70 characteristic ensembles, proving us the value of his studies as sculptor.

The exhibition that honours the Oscar awarded Tunisian designer, opened for public on September 28th  and will have the doors open until January 2014. Tickets cost from 4 to 8 Euro. To find our more click here.

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Pics via gloria-agostina.com and palaisgalliera.paris.fr

Autumn potions

Autumn is probably my favourite season. It is a sweet transition between the often unbearably hot summer weather and the usually severe cold, wintery conditions. This transition is best depictured in the Ancient Greek myth of goddess Demetra and her daughter Persephone.

According to the myth, Hades, god of Underworld and the dead, “steals” Persephone from her mother Demetra, marries her and anoints her Queen of the Underworld. Then, Hades proceeds to an agreement with Demetra, according to which Persephone will spend 6 months of a year in her mother’s arms on Earth and 6 months by her husband’s side in Underworld eternally.

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The rape of Persephone. Joseph Heintz. 1595. Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.

Breaking down the myth, Demetra and Persephone symbolize vegetation, crops and Hades death, absence. The myth basically narrates the end of cultivation and growing season for 6 months, during which Persephone has descended to the Underworld. This is Autumn’s starting point!

As we are getting ready for the opulent warmth of furs, spicier meals, fireplaces, excessive consumption of chocolate and other sources of warmth and coziness, the scents of neroli, tuberose and sparkling citruses, feel more and more irrelevant.

Today, I present you some carefully selected scents that would dress perfectly your days and nights for the following months.

MAGNETIC SCENT- UNTITLED 2 (2012)

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Have you ever drunk Karak tea or Masala chai? Do you remember the sugared- creamy spices that instantly carried you away? This is what happens in Untitled 2 case too… Warm and spicy in a moment, sweet and mellow in another; I cannot think of any better scent to accompany the first rainy afternoons with.

History

Spyros Drosopoulos, the captain behind Magnetic Scents’ wheel, loved masala chai that much, that decided to create a wearable recipe! The perfume belongs to the “Untitled” collection of the brand, leaving its aura to imply more than a name would.

Composition

Masala Chai, Cacao, Rose, Milk, Vanilla.

Untitled 2 comes as Eau de Parfum in 50ml for 110Euro.

SERGE LUTENS- ROUSSE (2007)

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Personality

If Rousse was a sweet, it would be an apple pie. If it was a material, it would be brick from clay and if it was a colour, it would be copper. Rousse smells sweet spices and specifically sweet cinnamon and cloves. It is intense yet refreshing and I liked mostly wearing its after numerous cold morning showers. Downside is its average longevity.

History

Rousse is a Christopher Sheldrake creation. I had bought Rousse a year after its launch in a 50ml regular Serge Lutens bottle. Overtime, Rousse did not have the expected feedback and centrals decided to withdraw its version from market and pour it in Bell Jar bottles from Luten’s Palais Royal Exclusive line, ever since.

Composition

Cinnamon, cloves, resin, amber, cedar, mandarin.

Rousse is available as Eau de Parfum in 75ml for 140 Euro.

THIERRY MUGLER- MIROIR DES VOLUPTES (2010)

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Personality

Miroir des Voluptes is a perfume with double identity, as if you deal with a person you knew for quite a while but having not seen that other side of him. Behind the big picture, there is a small surprise hiding. Miroir de Voluptes has a complex yet mainstream scent with an impressive alteration in it that changes everything: a sparkling oud. In my opinion, it could be crafted in a better way and with less synthetic ingredients. However, I included it in my list because of the choice of notes, the less -than other perfumes of its league- vulgar oud and its strong trail. Among the awful trend of “plastic” oud perfumes that have filled up perfumery, I find Miroir des Voluptes a decent oud perfume despite all its flaws.

History

Miroir des Voluptes is the 6th entry in Mugler’s exclusive Mirror Mirror Collection and was created by Nathalie Lorson and Daphne Bugey.

This Mugler fragrance is almost exclusive to the Middle Eastern- Gulf market. It can be found in almost all Gulf beauty shops and airports. For international buyers, try out Thierry Mugler’s online boutique.

Composition

Top notes: Bulgarian Rose, African orange flower.

Middle Notes: Oud, Tobacco.

Heart Notes: Tonka bean, patchouli, amber, musk, sandalwood.

Miroir des Voluptes is available as Eau de Parfum in 50ml for Dhs550 or $150 in Mugler’s online store.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER- GAULTIER² (2005)

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Personality

Gaultier² is a smart composition with a very sexy scent. Though belonging to the mass production and its ingredients are more or less over worn, Gaultier² is nicely done and constructed in a way like being almost exclusive. Deep amber and bitter vanilla courtship endlessly in this long lasting, sensual fragrance.

History

Created by Francis Kurkdjian, Gaultier² is a unisex-marketed perfume that truly appeals to all.

Composition

Vanilla, Amber, Musk

Gaultier² is available as Eau de Parfum in 40ml and 120ml. The range involves shower gel and body lotion as well.

HERMÈS- TERRE D’ HERMÈS (2006)

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Personality

Terre is undoubtedly a men’s perfume with personality and both its legs on the ground. It is very earthy, fresh, lightweight scent that matches all occasions; from office to first dates. It has a sweet-spicy vetiver hint that reminds me a better Tom Ford’s “Grey Vetiver” version. What I mostly sniff from this beauty is: orange, vetiver and cedar. For a detailed review, check this video by fellow blogger and perfume specialist Pelle Suringa, aka Geurenland heer.

History

Jean-Claude Ellena, who has been the exclusive In-house perfumer for Hermès since 2004, crafted Terre in 2006.

Composition

Top notes: Grapefruit, Orange.

Middle Notes: Pepper, Pelargonium.

Heart Notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar, Benzoin.

Terre is available as Parfum in 80ml for $120 and 200ml for $215, and as Eau de Toilette in 50ml for $79, in 100ml for $110 and 200ml for $178. The complete range involves shampoo, shaving Foam, after-shave balsam, after-shave lotion and deodorant stick.

ROUGE BYNNY ROUGE- EMBERS (2013)

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Personality

I sniff a success story here! Embers will be popular for its richness and how well it “cooked”. All the notes compliment each other perfectly and leave one want more… Initially you get spices shock with cloves and nutmeg that transforms into a balsamic and soothing trail. Personally, my favourite out of all Rouge Bunny Rouge creations.

History

Embers belongs to the second line of unisex perfumes launched by Rouge Bunny Rouge, called “Provenance Tales”, including also perfumes Cynefin and Silvan. The “nose” behind he entire collection is Alexandra De Montfort, creator of the brand. “Provenance Tales” debuts in October 2013.

Composition

Top notes: Cloves, Nutmeg, Pink Pepper.

Middle Notes: Labdanum, Jasmine, Freesia, Incense.

Heart Notes: Styrax, Peru balsam, Woody notes.

Embers comes as Eau de Parfum in 50ml for 97Euro.

CHANEL- ÉGOÏSTE (1990)

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Personality

Simply irresistible, it is a scent that separates men from the boys! Égoïste is a timeless perfume that enchants nevertheless. It is a character full of various light woods, showered in tobacco and spices throughout its longevity. It would be perfect for rainy evenings in all occasions.

History

Égoïste was created on 1990 by Jacques Polge, head perfumer at Chanel since 1978.

Composition

Top notes: Coriander, Brazilian rosewood, Mahogany, Sicilian mandarin.

Middle Notes: Damask rose, Cinnamon, Carnation.

Heart Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tobacco, Leather.

Égoïste comes as Eau de Toilette in 100ml for $84.

CHRISTIAN DIOR- HYPNOTIC POISON (1998)

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Personality

Confession: Hypnotic Poison was my very first fragrance in full bottle ever since it was launched (yes I was too young) and my signature scent for years! It didn’t happen to me not to get a compliment about it every time I was wearing it and I have classified it as men’s “trap”. It has fruity opening and a prominent creamy plummy note -classifying it as Fall scent- that plays around with vanilla and sandalwood and gives a long lasting and very seductive result. Highly recommended for sensual situations…

History

This mythical creation, by Annick Menardo in 1998 was the 3rd addition to Dior’s “Poison” collection. Hypnotic Poison turned out though to be the most successful “Poison” of all.

Composition

Top notes: Plum, Coconut, Apricot.

Middle Notes: Brazilian rosewood, jasmine, caraway, tuberose, rose, lily-of the valley.

Heart Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musk, Almond.

Hypnotic Poison comes as Extrait in 7,5 ml  for 107 Euro and as Eau de Toilette in 30ml for 47Euro, in 50ml for 66Euro and in100ml for 94Euro and in a couple of Eau versions. The range also includes shower gel and moisturizing lotion and deodorant spray.

PRADA- AMBER WOMEN (2004)

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Personality

Amber for women is a perfume true to its name: filled with amber. A sweet, balsamic amber that is perfect for Fall. The scent is light and wearable throughout the day. It opens boldly with green, bergamot and amber but gets smoother soon after, when musk and vanilla get more prominent.  As with all Prada perfumes  Amber is also not very long lasting.

History

Amber is Prada’s first attempt to penetrate into international boudoirs. Up to that point Prada had launched only three perfumes exclusively though its boutiques. Amber was launched in 2004 and was created by Carlos Benaim, Max Gavarry and Clement Gavarry.

Composition

Top notes: Green notes, Tarragon, Fruity notes, Bergamot.

Middle Notes: Rose, Ylang-ylang, Carnation, Honey, Jasmine.

Heart Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Benzoin, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Musk, Vanilla.

Prada Amber comes as Eau de Parfum in 30ml for 48,50 Euro, 50ml for 78,50 Euro and 80ml for 102,50 Euro. There also are bath gel, body lotion and soaps.

PRADA- AMBER MEN (2006)

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Personality

Such an original and enchanting scent! Absolutely a head turning perfume, which fits nicely the cool and warm days of Autumn. Amber for men is aromatic with a hint of spice from saffron and a beautiful balsamic-soapy trail mostly due to the musk-vanilla-leather-myrrh mix. Tonka bean and vetiver play also their part in the creation, but from backstage. Amber as a name is misleading as there is none in the ingredients.

History

Launched in 2006, there is an oxymoron fact about Amber pour Homme: it was created by two women! Successful perfumer Daniela Roche Andrier and Prada’s CEO Miuccia Prada, played around accords, they decided what they wanted to smell like if they were men and they crafted Amber, as Miuccia confessed.

Composition

Top notes: Neroli, Mandarin, Bergamot, Cardamom.

Middle Notes: Myrrh, Geranium, Vetiver, Musk, Orange blossom.

Heart Notes: Saffron, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Patchouli, Labdanum, Leather, Tonka bean.

Prada Amber comes as Eau de Toilette in 50ml for 60,50 Euro and 100ml for 81,90 Euro. There are also available travel sized flacons in a special packaging of 3 in 10ml each. The range also includes shower gel and after-shave balm.

HUGO BOSS- BOSS BOTTLED (1998)

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Personality

I decided to include Boss Bottled in this list of perfumes because it is the rare case of a mass production perfume that succeeded to impress me with its aroma. It is very refreshing and smells mostly of vanilla and woods. It is super easy to wear all day long, though its longevity is weak and suits pretty much all ages.

History

Boss Bottled is another beautiful creation by Annick Menardo, also launched in 1998.

Composition

Top notes: Plum, Geranium, Lemon, Bergamot, Apple, Oakmoss.

Middle Notes: Cinnamon, Carnation, Mahogany.

Heart Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla, Vetiver, Olive tree.

Boss Bottled is available as Eau de Toilette in 30ml for 35 Euro, 50ml for 47 Euro, 100ml for 62 Euro and 200ml for 71 Euro and in two more versions: Night and Sport. The range includes after-shave lotion in two sizes, after-shave balm, shower gel, deodorant stick and deodorant spray.

NASOMATTO- DURO (2011)

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Personality

There is nothing feminine about Duro. Duro is a man whose aura tames before his presence. It deserved to be worn by men with confidence and “fist”. The fragrance has great longevity and is full of woods, mostly agarwood that stands out, even if not mentioned in the ingredients’ list.

History

Duro is a fragrance made by Alessandro Gualtieri, the maestro behind all Nasomatto fragrances.

Composition

Leather, Spices, Woody notes.

Duro comes as Extrait de Parfum in 30 ml for 108 Euro or in a 4 ml roller bottle for 38 Euro.

TOM FORD- ARABIAN WOOD (2009) 

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Personality

I had underestimated Arabian Wood for years, until I tested it again few weeks ago, seeking for Autumn-y scents. This is such a chameleonic scent! It twists and alters its own skin several times throughout wearing it. I included it in Autumn potions because its nature is similar to the seasonal transitions, so you could wear it in a day that experiences both sun and rain.

Do not let the preconception dictating that all Arabic perfumes must contain oud or heavy woods to fool you. I have came across Arabic juices fresher than spring! Having said that Arabian Wood fills in the category with its light woody-mossy notes, which transform into powdery-flowery during the chameleonic hours. Longevity-wise is not perfect, as it fades after few hours, however the hour that stays on, definitely performs in its grandiosity.

History

Arabian Wood belongs to the Private Blend Collection and was launched as part of the second batch of perfumes for the collection in 2008 regionally, in the Middle East and internationally a year later.

Composition

Woody notes, Bulgarian Rose, May Rose, Jasmine, Freesia, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Bergamot, Orris, Orange blossom, Cedar, Oakmoss, Honey, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber, Tonka Bean, Lavender, Galbanum.

Arabian Wood comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 166 Euro and in 250ml for 400 Euro.

TOLA- MISQAAL (2013)

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Personality

Aromatic, woody and spicy, Misqaal is such a rich scent with many layers and high quality ingredients, that not only will not disappoint but is highly intriguing.

History

Misqaal is a measurement system of weight that was used to measure gold and expensive goods such as spices, back in the days in the regions of Gulf and India. Misqaal is a fragrance made by Dhaher Bin Dhaher and comes from Dubai, UAE. Tola is a new and promising brand in Perfumery, focusing on good marketing tools and premium quality ingredients.

Composition

Top notes: Mandarine, Grapefruit, Plum, Pineapple, Raspberry, Pink pepper, Lemon, Bergamot, Nutmeg, Anise, Coriander, Fir, Honey.

Middle Notes: French orange flower, Heliotrope, Geranium, Orris, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Juniper, Wormwood, Orchid.

Base Notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Patchouli, Labdanum, Leather, Tonka bean, Cypriol oil, Agarwood, Incense, Siam Benzoin, Castoreum, White musk, Ambergis.

Misqaal comes as Extrait de Parfum and Eau de Parfum in 45 ml for 235 Euro.

HIND AL OUD-WAQAT

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Personality

This is a head turning scent that has accompanied me in many fun nights last year! I was always asked what was it, when I was wearing it, and was always receiving exclamation points when I was saying: it is downtown Arabic! During the opening, almonds and flowers take over, while its trail is similar to cream chocolate and rum. Balmy, lightly woody and powdery, this perfume is at least ethereal…

History

Waqat means time in Arabic. Waqat was created by Mohammed Hilal, the mastermind behind my favourite Arabic perfumes brand: Hind Al Oud.

Composition

Top notes: Cyclamen, Almond blossom.

Main notes: Jasmine, Peony.

Base notes: Ambergis, Musk, Vanilla, Sandalwood.

Waqat comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for Dhs 550 or else 110 Euro.

AMOUAGE- DIA MAN (2002)

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Personality

The first time I sniffed Dia for men I thought “Oh my! Whoever wears this, turns automatically a level of dangerousness up before I even see him…” and I crowned it as one of my favourite men’s scents of all time! Dia man smells basically like dry and spicy woods that get deeper, hour after hour and to me is a much simpler composition than the rest of Amouages. In addition to that, Dia man soaps make a spectacular gift for hosts and hostesses.

History

Dia for men is a Bertrand Duchaufour’s creation for Amouage, launched in 2002.

Composition

Top notes: Incense, Cardamom, Landanum, Bitter orange.

Main notes: Orris root, Plum, Ylang-ylang, Peony.

Base notes: Brazilian rosewood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Amber, Leather.

Dia for men comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 175 Euro and in 100ml for 220 Euro.

AMOUAGE- JUBILATION 25 WOMAN (2007)

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Personality

Such a beloved perfume! Jubilation could be “Dia’s” first cousin, who is coming from Indian Ocean’s side of the Middle East, while Dia is from the Versailles. They both have the same floral lightness but Jubilation is way deeper, having all the three: incense, myrrh and amber working hard throughout its longevity and making it balsamic and autumn-y. I suggest you layering it with its fabulous bath products that add extra balsamic notes.

History

Celebrating Amouage’s 25 years of creations, Jubilation 25 for women was created by Lucas Sieuzac and was launched in 2007 along with its male counterpart, not only to commemorate its Home’s birthday but also to stigmatize the beginning of a successful route with Christopher Chong at the wheel, as Creative Director.

Composition

Top notes: Lemon, Tarragon, Rose, Ylang-ylang.

Main notes: Rose, Labdanum, Artemisia, Incense.

Base notes: Myrrh, Vetiver, Patchouli, Amber, Musk.

Jubilation 25 for women comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 205 Euro and in 100ml for 240 Euro. 

AMOUAGE- FATE WOMAN (2013)

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Personality

This is how luxury smells like! Fate for woman is bold but not aggressive at all. I can smell most of the ingredients in just one application and to me is a genderless perfume. It has a “Jicky” effect on me, or else an effect like a chewing gum with sparkling spice in it, yet sweet taste. Fate woman is full of transitions. For me, labdanum, peppers, vanilla and benzoin backed up with few florals stand out in Fate. Smells very original and unique, out of what exists in the market.

History

Dorothee Piot is the “Nose” behind Fate woman that was launched this year.

Composition

Top notes: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Red chili pepper, Pepper.

Main notes: Rose, Labdanum, Narcissus, Jasmine, Incense.

Base notes: Benzoin, Patchouli, Vanilla, Castoreum, Incense, Leather, Oakmoss.

Fate woman comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 240 Euro and in 100ml for 290 Euro.

AMOUAGE- TRIBUTE (2009)

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Personality

If anyone knows a scent identical to Tribute, in eau de parfum spray form and is willing to share the knowledge, I would highly appreciate it…  It is a dark perfume with prominent smokey, leathery and lightly woody notes but neither heavy not flooding; definitely, one of Amouage’s best perfumes. Long lasting, sensual and warm, Tribute is from its opening to its end an interesting perfume to let it stand out alone or layer it under vanilla-ish and rose scents for a sweet effect or under incenses for bolder situations.

History

Tribute belongs to Amouage’s Attar collection. Fellow blogger Kafkaesque explains in depth, what Attar is to perfumery in here.

Composition

Top notes: Spices, Taifi Rose, Saffron.

Main notes: Rose, French Labdanum, Amber, Jasmine, Incense.

Base notes: Cedarwood, Juniper, Vetiver, Patchouli, Leather, Tobacco.

Tribute comes as oil in 12ml and 30ml, starting from 270 Euro in European markets and from 192 Euro in Omani markets.

GUERLAIN- L’INSTANT MAGIC (2007)

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Personality

If I had to pick one, and I say one perfume only, from Guerlain that represents Autumn, this would be L’Instant Magique. The almonds, vanilla and musk, create such a cashmere like, powdery and warming up sense that makes it perfect for every occasion and every mood throughout Fall. I recommend trying it with the whole body range to prolong the somehow poor longevity.

History

L’instant Magic was created by Sylvaine Delacourte and Randa Hammami.

Composition

Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Anise.

Main notes: Rose, Freesia, Carnation, Mimose, Violet.

Base notes: White musk, Almond, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Iris, Cedar.

L’Instant Magic comes as Extrait de Parfum in 7.5ml for 112 Euro and as Eau de Parfum in 30ml for 60 Euro, in 50ml for 85 Euro and 80ml for 104 Euro. The range includes bath gel, body lotion and body cream.

GUERLAIN- SHALIMAR (1925)

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Personality

Who hasn’t had a dose or hasn’t heard of Shalimar? And even if you haven’t, get ready to be bombardized by Guerlain’s new marketing campaign the following months. Though Shalimar is a 92 years old perfume, it is timeless and for all ages.  Bergamot, Vanilla, powdery notes, all star in this legendary creation, which is perfect for those late afternoons in a friend’s house for cocooning or in your favourite café drinking hot chocolate and watching the rain falling….

History

Shalimar was created in 1921 by Jacques Guerlain, inspired by the legendary Shah Jahan of the Mughal Empire, who built Taj Mahal mausoleum to honour the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Despite having received an award in France, Shalimar became a success story not later than 1925, when Madame Raymond Guerlain (Raymond had designed the fan-like Shalimar bottle) wore it during a transatlantic trip to New York and allured everyone! In a blink of an eye, the rumour of Shalimar was spread from mouth to mouth and from the boat to New York City. As a result everybody wanted a bottle of Shalimar. To know more on this legendary creation read House’s connoisseur and fellow blogger Monsieur Guerlain here.

Composition

Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Citruses, Cedarwood, Mandarin.

Main notes: Rose, Vetiver, Jasmine, Patchouli, Iris.

Base notes: Leather, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Incense, Vanilla, Opoponax, Musk, Civet.

Shalimar comes as Extrait in 7.5ml for 112 Euro, in 15ml for 166 Euro and in 30ml for 270 Euro. It also comes as Eau de Parfum in 30ml for 60 Euro, in 50ml for 85 Euro and 90ml for 114 Euro and as Eau de Toilette in 30ml for 52 Euro, in 50ml for 72 Euro and 90ml for 98 Euro. The range includes bath gel, body lotion, body cream, soap, deodorant and powder.

GUERLAIN- IRIS GANACHE (2007)

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Personality

My well-educated readers will already know that Iris Ganache is a discontinued perfume since last year. You will then ask me “Why did you include it?” I did so because, for me, Iris Ganache along with L’Instant Magic are the epitome of Autumn. Iris exhales warmth, as powdery iris and sweet chocolate take over throughout longevity. I consider it worth trying and worth looking for it in online perfume shops and small corner stores that might still carry few last pieces.

History

Iris Ganache was a Thierry Wasser creation, launched in 2007 and was the 5th addition to the exclusive collection: L’Art et La Matière.

Composition

Top notes: Cinnamon, Bergamot, White Chocolate.

Main notes: Iris, Patchouli, Cedar wood.

Base notes: White musk, Vanilla, Amber.

Iris Ganache came as Eau de Parfum in 75ml for 180 Euro.

GUERLAIN- CUIR BELUGA (2005)

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Personality

Cuir Beluga is an irresistible amber and vanilla composition that is perfect for Autumn! Its dry-down smells something like flowers and creamy leather, very smooth and powdery too, as every Guerlain perfume that respects its origins. Here you will find an insightful review for Cuir Beluga by fellow blogger Olfactoria.

History

Cuir Beluga is an Olivier Polge creation and was launched in 2005, along with Rose Barbare and Angélique Noire. Coinciding the opening of the renovated at that time “La Maison Guerlain” boutique at 68 Avenue des Champs-Elysée, Guerlain launched these three perfumes in collaboration with three celebrated perfumers, as part of the L’Art et La Matière range.

Composition

Top notes: Tangerine, Aldehydes.

Main notes: Patchouli, Immortelle.

Base notes: Vanilla, Amber, Suede, Heliotrope.

Cuir Beluga comes as Eau de Parfum in 75ml for 180 Euro.

GUERLAIN- MYRRHE & DÉLIRES (2012)

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Personality

Even if some would classify it as a scent for Spring, I will keep it in this list for its delicious and cozy myrrh. Myrrh is the indisputable protagonist in this perfume, with frankincense, licorice and faint florals completing the mise-en scène. Myrrhe & Délires is an unisex and kind of “joker” scent that can be worn from day to night, in every occasion and can support numerous combinations when layered.

History 

Myrrhe & Délires is a Thierry Wasser creation and was launched in 2012. It is the 8th and most recent release for L’Art et La Matière range.

Composition

Top notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit.

Main notes: Violet Leaf, Rose, Jasmine, Osmanthus.

Base notes: Patchouli, Incense, Tonka Bean, Myrrh, Vanilla, Licorice.

Myrrhe & Délires comes as Eau de Parfum in 75ml for 180 Euro.

Disclaimer: All the pictures of perfumes are extracted by the Perfume Houses’ websites.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle

This article is the extension of a post I did a while back: the complete guide to Guerlain foundations.

The current additions have to do with the liquid foundation of Blanc de Perle and the exclusive corrector/highlighter of the Blanc de Perle range, which are available mainly in the Middle Eastern and Asian markets.

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Blanc De Perle – Brightening Foundation 

Blanc De Perle is Guerlain’s renewed name of a range formerly known as Pearly White. This is a collection of a complete set of skincare and make up products/solutions for skins suffering discoloration, pigmentation and many more. I am able to talk about both, Pearly White and Blanc de Perle and the huge hiatus between them and argue about why cosmetic brands some times do not only change the name on the etiquette, but also what is inside the jar, for better.

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Onto the product itself, the liquid version of Blanc de Perle is a medium to full coverage foundation with a thick, consistent texture. The finish is beautifully matt yet glowy and its longevity is great, even without a single drop of primer. I would suggest this product for oily and for combination skins. If you find your skin particularly oily only in the T-zone, you could apply Blanc de Perle there and choose another foundation, even a shade darker, for the rest of the face. This would not only ensure a matt T-zone, but also a J-Lo make up effect (bronzed out, light and glow in the middle). I have noticed that this foundation is best applied with fingers. It comes in 5 shades (01 Beige Pale, 02 Beige Clair, 03 Beige Naturel with beige undertones and 32 Ambre Clair with yellow undertones). It also has an SPF of 20. In the pictures you see Beige Clair 02 on my super tanned hand.

I also want to add that Blanc de Perle foundation is a far better version of Pearly White, as it is more consistent, less runny and it does not leave my skin grey as Pearly White used to do, when I hardly had any sleep the night before.

For more information check Guerlain’s website . To check out the compact version of this foundation visit my previous post on Guerlain foundations.

Coverage: Medium to Full

Finish: Matt

Best for: Oily and combination skins

Blanc De Perle – Corrector 

This is the highlighting corrector from the Blanc de Perle range and it comes in two shades, 00 with pink undertones and 01 with yellow undertones. In the pictures below you see 01.

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Very often I think about how this would be a great concealer if only it would come in darker shades, as it has good longevity and nice, workable texture. It has thin to medium, yet buildable coverage and I find it works better over and not under my foundation. It dries matt, complementing amazingly its matching foundations in liquid and compact forms. I like it a lot more than Guerlain’s precious light pen and for me it is an ideal dupe of YSL’s Touche Eclat pen, as it is a little more long lasting than that. The applicator is a wand, which makes it hygienic and easy to use. I like using it as a highlighter and to cover my pigmentation spots in the centre of my face, building it over my foundation. Check it out here.

Coverage: Thin to Medium

Finish: Matt

Tan nuances

In this part of Earth’s hemisphere, Summer is on its peak!

Beaches are busy, nightlife is at its best, the moon is just a little more glowy and everything revolves around relaxation, enjoyment and flirtation.  As you can imagine, beautiful people and sun burnt bodies can’t help but magnetize everyone’s attention!

Today’s post is dedicated to those sun burnt bodies and faces, who seek a bit more depth and dimension with the help of luminous, little makeup creations…

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Saint Prokopis beach- Naxos island- Greece

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GIORGIO ARMANI- Sheer Bronzer 

Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer in #1 Brown Sand, is a great bronzer for those of you who look for the highly desirable J-Lo effect. Even though it is exactly as the name implies, sheer, when built it gifts amazing glow and compliments ideally medium to deep tanned skin tones. The powder is scentless and its colour is a true taupe (not even a hint of red or orange) with golden shimmer. I want to add that it goes nicely with the sheer bronzer #5 of the Armani line, applied discreetly on the apples of the cheeks.

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The bronzer costs 45 Euro. If you include it in your shopping list and it happens that you travel through airports, make sure you purchase it at Duty Frees as it can get as low as 36 Euro.

MAC –  Iridescent Loose Powder

Mac’s loose powder in Golden Bronze is a beautiful, finely milled, shimmering powder, which you can wear in face, neck and decolte, aiming to add both light and depth in your looks. The powder is scentless and the colour that you get is the exact one of its name, a dark, bronzed up gold with a hint of peach. It is best applied with a full blush brush.

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The loose powder costs 23 Euro and it lasts forever since you only need a tiny amount of product in every application. Make sure you regulate the amount of loose powder that comes out each time, because you can easily create a mess.

GUERLAIN- Terra Soleia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer Face and Décolleté

Terra Soleia is a limited edition powder, coming in a gigantic packaging. Thinking of it, is very convenient because the powder is supposed to be applied on face, decolte and -I will deliberately add- shoulders! As a Terracotta “child”, Terra Soleia has a prominent, yet super sexy tiare flower scent. Its fine powder has a true golden colour with zero amount of glitter but rather a nice, rich sheen.

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I purchased the powder from Dubai and it costed me 300 Dhs or else 70 Euro. I forecast that I will enjoy the powder for quite a while, as its generous amount permits me to play around with it ofter and yet, as you can see, the pattern is still intact!

AVON- Glow Bronzing Pearls

Bronzing Pearls by Avon is a nice product to polish your daytime looks. It contains 3 kind of pearls: yellow, peachy tan and dark taupe.  Mixed together, they provide a natural like tanned colour in peachy undertones, with a neither matte, nor a shimmery finish, but rather a velvety one. The pearls secrete a fine, creamy, coconut scent.

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The powder costs 12 Euro and at the moment you can find it in the Avon website on sale.

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Saint Prokopis beach- Naxos island- Greece

Enjoy your vacations!!!

Dry Oils: Summer Edition

What is the most ideal season to wear dry oils, other than Summer? Typically, they nourish the skin deeply, leaving it discreetly scented and glowy. They also serve as a great base to preserve the scent of your perfumes throughout the day.

This post looks upon few dry oils that caught my eye and tested thoroughly.

 Guerlain- Terracotta Eau Sous Le Vent

One word: intoxicating! Its sunny, tiare flower scent stigmatizes a specific part of my vacations for a couple of summers now: every refreshing, late afternoon shower I have after I returned from my sea and sun baths!

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The Eau Sous Le Vent oil contains the Guerlain patented “Tan Booster complex” that compliments and prolongs my tans and is hydrating enough to quench my dehydrated skin after sun exposure. Guerlain promotes it as a body and face moisturizing and tan enhancing mist.

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I usually buy this oil from Duty Frees, where it comes in companion with the Huile du Voyageur, which I write about in this post too. The two together come in a 30 ml each, special packaging and cost Dhs 240 in Dubai Airports, approximately 48 Euro. Here you can find the 100ml for 42.50 Euro.

NUXE-Huile Prodigieuse

To Nuxe and all the perfume and sunscreen manufacturers out there: Could you make me a sunscreen having Prodigieuse’s scent? Thank you!

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After Estee Lauder’s “Bronze Goddess” tropical scent, this is my second favourite olfactive drug for nourishing my skin during summer. It has nuances of neroli, coconut milk, tiare flower and musk and while it lasts on skin, its scent relaxes me, travels me and brings me joy.

Nuxe promotes it as a product for body, face and hair. Personally, I do not rely much on its moisturizing properties, as after extensive and exclusive usage on my body, I noticed my skin getting drier. I purchased the regular 50ml flacon for Dhs80 (about 17 Euro) from Boots pharmacy in the UAE. There is also the 100ml flacon for 29 Euro, which comes in spray.

On a different note, Nuxe launched the beloved Prodigieuse fragrance in Eau de Parfum! The top notes contain bergamot, mandarine and orange flower petals. In the heart we have rose, gardenia and magnolia and in the base vanilla, coconut milk.

Roger & Gallet- Les Huiles 

Roger and Gallet is a French Perfumery that crafts exceptional perfumes and body products since 1862. Their scents are delicate, subtle and fresh. The brand makes 3 perfumed dry oils:  Huile Sublime Bois d’ orange, Eau Sublime Or Bois d’orange and Huile Embellissante Fleur d’osmanthus. The brand promote them as oils for body, face and hair.

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Out of the selection of three, I got the Fleur d’osmanthus one that simply enchanted me! It has a prominent hesperidin- floral- balmy scent and when is paired with the cream or lotion out of the homonym range, the result is just… beautiful. The olfactive dry down of cream and oil together reminded me that of Chanel’s No 19.

Alternatively, I would pair Huile Embellissante Fleur d’osmanthus with the Jean-Marie Farina cream or lotion, to give a tiny deeper and balmier dimension to the olfactive result.

Lastly, I want to vote thumbs down on Eau Sublime Or bois d’Orange that I thought it would match nicely a deep tan, as the product contains golden glitter in it. Sublime Or had a pleasant, orangey, mainstream scent and left my skin with slattern golden glitters, which –on the bright side- can be easily wiped off.

Huile Sublime Bois D’Orange comes in 30 ml for 11 Euro and 100 ml for 22.90 Euro. Sublime Or comes in 100 ml and costs 37.50 ml. and Huile Embellissante Fleur d’Osmanthus comes in 100ml for 22.90Euro. In Greece, you can find the range in Hondos Center Kolwnaki and Glyfada and several pharmacies located all over the country.

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Guerlain- Terracotta Huile Du Voyageur 

This is the perfect accessory for a fancy night out, a wedding, or any special occasion when you want to make a statement with your appearance. Why? Because it has that prominent, sexy tiare flower scent and because when applied strategically, it gives you enough sparkle to glow.

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Terracotta Huile Du Voyageur is a thick, bronzy-coppery consistency with tiny shimmer particles and it aims to compliment your annual, long coveted tan or to give a slight hint of colour and glow on your hands and legs right in the transition periods of spring (preparing you psychologically for summer) and autumn (prolonging the fading tint of your body). Guerlain describes it as an illuminating tan intensifier for body.

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It has an SPF of 8 and as almost all the Terracotta products do, it contains the exclusive to Guerlain “Tan Booster” technology that helps the skin maintains its tan. Longevity-wise the effects of the oil stay on my skin for 4-6 hours, depending on how humid the weather is.

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As I mentioned before I buy it in special Duty Free packages along with the Eau Sous Le Vent oil (check above). You can find it a full version here as 100ml for 45 Euro.

NUXE- Huile Prodigieuse Or

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This is the bronzed up-shimmering version of the regular dry oil. It has the same merveilleux scent, with the same staying power, though it is coloured. Its colour is a burnt orange and it contains micro golden glitter. When rubbed, it leaves your skin glowy, with few visible glitter particles on it but not a hint of colour. In other words, you should not expect to give you any colour, but more of a scented sheen to embellish your skin for few hours.

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I purchased the 50 ml bottle for 23 Euro, from a Greek pharmacy. The product comes also in a 100ml bottle spray and costs 36,70 Euro.

 The Body Shop- Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

This is a new, summer launch by The Body Shop, for which I had high hopes. I tried the product in store, willing to buy it but making up my mind soon after the trial.

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It has an overpowering white flower scent, which stays on for few hours. In the beginning the product felt super oily on my skin and was hard to absorb. The oil comes in two colours, however both were transparent upon application. The glitter was very fine and it stayed on the skin for some time after the oil was absorbed.

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The product overall felt “too much”: heavy in texture and fragrance. It left me with a feeling of an uncomfortable, sticky layer on my skin, rather than pampered.

Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil comes in 01 Honey Kiss and 02 Golden Honey, as 100 ml, for 26 Euro.

Do you like using dry oils?

 

A pedagogical trip by Guerlain, into perfumes’ creation

If you are a zealous scent lover, then this post is dedicated to you…

Guerlain and its parent company LVMH organize a pedagogical tour at Orphin, where the renown House’s production headquarters are located. If you happen to visit or you are located in France, mark your calendars for Satuday 15th of June at 10 am.

With Thierry Wasser as host, the 6 hours visit will surely be a mythical initiation to the art of perfumery; from maceration tanks and filling, to sealing and barbichage.

For reservations and more information visit here  

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photo extracted from lvmh website