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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio

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Lively and vivacious, Ninfeo mio opens with a breathtaking vapor of Italian lemon and citron.

The bitter orange tree unveils its leaves (essence of petitgrain), and its fruits (essence of bitter orange). Gradually, the scene begins to unfurl. Galbanum extract and lentisque absolute deliver a sassy verdure full of life.

A faintly aromatic undertone places the scene in a landscape garden, in which conifers thrive alongside lavender, and then the warmth and milky softness of the fig leaf rises up, as if brought by a cool breeze to the nose.

The tempo slows down, and gently comes to rest on the skin. The woody accord of the lemon tree, just as milky as the fig, then knits a reassuring blanket, capurating the freshness of the citrus fruit in a downy cocoon.

Ninféo Mio was inspired by a garden – the Giardino di Ninfa (Ninfa garden) near Rome.

It’s  a very green & evanescent, from the beginning till the end. The opening is sharp green citrus, grassy & dry. There’s a fair amount of lavender in the early stages, and it adds an herbal cast to the scent, but it isn’t harsh or overwhelming; On my skin, the fig notes appears rather early, and it’s kind of herbaceous,acidic fig.

The dry down is citrusy green & wet woody.

It’s only slightly fruity despite the prominent fig notes.

If you like sharp, herbaceous, fresh fig with citrusy twist, Ninfeo Mio is a great choice.

The perfect EDT for spring & summer where one could wear this sparingly. It only lasts about 2 hours on my skin ( great excuse to recharge & spritz myself with this lovely green juice ).

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Favorites

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JadePaloma had posted a similar article and I decided to do one myself;

Favorite book : Le Petit Prince

Favorite colour : Purple

Favorite women’s perfume : Bond 9 Bleecker Street

Favorite men’s perfume : Sweat mixed with Pheromones, with a faint tobacco stain & alcohol; otherwise I would settle with Tom Ford Tuscan Leather

Favorite painting : Van Gogh’s almond blossom 1890

Favorite tree : Cherry Blossom

Favorite flower : Hyacinth

Favorite quotes : Consistency is the last refuge of the Unimaginative.

Favorite book turned into a movie : Breakfast at Tiffany

Favorite philosopher : Zhuang Zhi

Favorite poet : Byron

Favorite architect : Ieoh Ming Pei

Favorite food : Thai

Favorite country : France

Favorite gemstone : Diamond

Favorite clothing item on a guy : Crisp white shirt

Favorite spice : Garlic

Favorite room fragrance : Byredo Rose Noir

Favorite drink : Mojito

If I were an animal, I’d be a : Peacock

Favorite word : Fuck

And this is what I long for in life ! Power, Sex & Money

Cle de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick

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Cle de Peau has a new luxury lipstick collection called “Rouge a Levres” or extra rich lipstick.  It’s the first lipstick formulated with Vitamin A Acetate that creates a creamy, rich texture and makes lips feel intensely moisturized with every application.

The ingredients include argania spinosa kernal oil (argan oil), a nutrient-rich, nourishing, and emollient oil from the Moroccan ironwood tree that cares for the skin and adds shine to lipsticks; and sunflower seed oil, which can help retain moisture in the skin.

The end of the lipstick bullet is cut like a Baguette diamond and embossed with the Cle de Peau logo.

The collection features eight shades – four velvety shades of Red Rose and four silky shades of Tea Rose. Each contains an exclusive transparent red powder whose spherical pigment emits a vibrant colour that does not dull over time. The colour stays true throughout the day and evening.

This gorgeous little thing has a satin finish and adds a gleam to your lips; not to mention it’s lip beautifying benefits given all the skin caring ingredients in its formula.

I loves R2 ( Red Abundance ) & T4 ( Calliope ); My dilemma? 60 USD, what a precious little gem.

Iman Cosmetics

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I adore the wide range of shades available for darker skin tones from Iman Cosmetics.

I think most of the European cosmetics houses need to take coloured skin people into consideration ( seriously ) when launching their base make up line. Most of them are appalling when it comes to deeper tone, with one or two so called darker shades that turn ashy and the selection probably stops at mediterranean tones.

Bobbi Brown is good but could do better when it comes to shade selection for darker  ( I mean really dark ) complexion.

Darker skin tone has the inherent beauty that deserve complementing & enhancing ( with cosmetics ); And strong vivid shades really stand outs / pops when applied to darker skin.

Iman cosmetic has a great matching service online which matches your L’oreal, Revlon or MAC foundation shades to their own comparable tones. You will be spoilt by the wide range of deep shades available on most their foundation & powder.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF 15

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A comfortable, creamy, fluid foundation that even complexion throughout the day. SPF 15. Packaged in a rectangular frosted glass pump bottle with gold cap.

–  Staying power of 15 hours with a non-transfer formula with High Fidelity System. High Fidelity System : the latest in the marriage of active ingredients and scientific technology. A light, invisible microfilm formulated with silicones and 100% natural and environmentally-friendly white clay and rhassoul. It sets foundation on skin

– Non-oily, smooth texture that evens tone and enhances complexion.

– Unrivaled radiance, with Clarins exclusive Light-Optimizing Complex. This complex combines soft focus pigments and mother of pearl to capture, diffuse and magnify light, so that skin appears smooth as fine lines and imperfections are optically “erased”.

In 1 sentence – Double Wear, but better.

In 2 sentences – The perfect full coverage, long lasting foundation that still look natural. If you could find a good color match.

Simply everlasting, 15 hours of impeccable coverage and total comfort thanks to a non-oily, melting, smoothing texture which evens tone and enhances the complexion. For a flawless complexion under any circumstances.

Matte finish. Full coverage. For all skin types.

I have the preconception that full coverage foundations with a matte finish always tend to look mask-like and after a couple of hours they get muddy on the face. Matte foundations also tends to accentuate flakiness and oxidise / turn darker.

Most of the current foundations are light and luminous, so Clarin’s Everlasting is a surprise !

I love the formulation, I have a sensitive combination skin, with dry and red areas. The color range  is very good for light skin, but darker skin will have a problem finding a good match.

I couldn’t find a good match, 105 is too pale for my skin tone, and its shade doesn’t change, even with 10 hours wear. The shade that appears on my skin when I first applied it is the shade I noticed by the end of the day.

It has a nice consistency, dense liquid with excellent slippage & blendability. It melts into the skin in seconds. It comes in a classy heavy glass bottle, with a pump. There is a notable sweet fruity + powdery scent, very similar to the YSL scent.

The coverage is superb ( opaque ), but still gives the illusion of sheerness & radiance. Everlasting is not ashy /chalky / dull / overtly powdery. I like the soft matte finish.

The staying power of this tenacious foundation is amazing! I only wore it for 10 hours, so I can not say if it really stays put for 15 hours; However during my wear, there was no change in its appearance – It didn’t slip / crack / cake / melt.

It manages to stay fresh and clean. It didn’t dry up my skin and feels rather light & comfortable despite all day wear. It feels very silky & sheer on the face, with a feather like weight.

I am very impressed by its formulation, totally indispensable for days when I want great coverage & excellent lasting power. My problem is 105 is too pale for my current skin tone. I am going to buy another deeper shade to custom blend my very own Everlasting foundation ( Yes, I like it that much )

And just a fact to cheer you up – This foundation is 25% cheaper than other high end foundations.

LPB recommend this to all of you that want a polished porcelain like complexion that still looks fresh & natural; the finest wear that stay true & last from dawn to dusk.

Illustration from behance.net

NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment

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NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment nourishes and hydrates chapped lips, while giving a sheer yet noticeable tint. Infused with SPF 15, the rich and creamy texture protects lips throughout the day.

The convenient slim stick can be applied directly to lips or with the NARS Retractable Lip Brush for more control. Either way, Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment is sure to provide kissably soft lips.

– Wild Mango Butter, with superior moisturizing benefits, leaves lips feeling soft and supple

– Vitamin E, Polar Berries and Acai Oil provide antioxidants and long lasting hydration

Available in 6 deliciously sexy and subtle tints.

I loves Greta ( Mauve ) & Lara ( Pastel Pink ); It’s great to be fun ( fruity light stain, vibrant shades, sheer finish ) & safe ( SPF 15 ) this summer.

Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid

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An exceptionally gentle and calming fluid designed for intolerant, easily irritated skin in need of peace, comfort and soothing hydration.

Combines natural spring water and calming extracts of Chamomile and Calendula with moisture-repairing plant oils ( Sweet Almond, Olive, Evening Primrose , Soybean ) to help calm your complexion and protect the weakened skin barrier of sensitive skin.

By now, you probably know how much I love Trilogy’s sensitive skin range; This Calming Fluid is no exception.

It’s a very light yet nourishing fluid that manage to hydrate, smooth, soothe & calm my skin. This fragrance free fluid absorbed almost instantly, leaving my skin comfortably moisturised.

Very concise, very basic fluid that delivers what it promises.

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile Flower) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Camilla Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Art work by Candybird.