Bye Bye Love

A little more than a year ago, I found the one. The one perfume, that is. It was so perfect, and I am picky when it comes to fragrance. I usually prefer fresh, watery scents and they are most often summer editions. And, sure enough, I found my Eau d’Issey Eau d’Eté 2011 last year, in May. According to perfumemaster.org, it has top notes of rose, pear and water, middle notes of carnation and peony and base notes of osmanthus and wood. It is extremely fresh, but also girly with the notes of pear and peony. I only have a few uses left and I am saving them.

The limited edition is still available on a couple of websites, but I have decided on not getting a new bottle. First, I am afraid that, being more than a year long, it could turn bad fast after purchasing. But, mostly, I think I need to move on and find another perfume without clinging to this one-shot blend. I am normally not an exclusive perfume (or just about anything) kind of girl, and maybe, just maybe, the fact that this is a limited edition adds to the whole myth of it…

I have already begun using a couple of other fragrances, which I like but don’t love. I’ll let you know about them shortly. And, in the meantime, wish me luck on my road to find my perfect match!

Good Bye, and Good Luck !

 

A few weeks ago, I was frantically cruising the aisles of a pharmacy in search of a new morning and evening cleansing gel. At this time, my skin was irritated and reacted with frequent cystic acne on my chin and jaw area and I knew that part of it came from harsh cleansing. In the pharmacy, I stopped in the La Roche-Posay section, and decided to purchase the “Physiological Cleansing Gel”. I then used it in the mornings and in the evenings (sometimes alternating with a gentle exfoliating scrub) for more than two months. It did a great job getting rid of my make-up and calming my skin. The irritation is now gone and my skin is so much more beautiful. However, it did not clear my pores deeply enough and I am now left with a lot more blackheads on my nose. They have spread seriously far. This is why I will not purchase this gel again. It doesn’t clean oily skin deep enough. I am now trying Neutrogena products and I will let you know how they work for me in a few weeks (so far, so good)!

Summer Luxury : Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or

Nuxe “Multi-Usage Dry Oil” is one cult product for Summer. Every late Spring, it is featured in women’s magazines (mostly French ones, but I also have seen it in the American or British press) for its moisturizing virtues. This oil is a blend of several oils including borage, almond, hypericum and camellia. It absorbs very fast into the skin and leaves a beautiful silky finish. The version I own, which contains golden shimmers, illuminates my skin with its tiny little golden specks. It looks especially beautiful on tanned girls, but the finish is also very nice on my fair skin. I love wearing it on my arm, shoulders and chest in the Summer, with a dress. The golden particles are visible, but they are milled so finely that they still look subtle. Definitely no New Year’s Eve sparkle! To me, the oil smells like vanilla and caramel. I don’t like this kind of smells (body products/perfumes that smell sweet usually make me nauseous), which is why I am still on my first bottle. I wish an unscented version existed, but I continue using it because I really like the results. If, unlike me, you favor this kind of smells, then the oil will be perfect for you: I have read several reviews of girls who just loved the way it smells.

My forearm before applying the oil.

After the application: You can see the little golden particles.

 

According to Nuxe, this oil can be used in a variety of ways: you can of course use it to moisture your skin, as a body oil or as an after-sun soothing products. I also read in an article a few months ago that it could help getting rid of stretch marks. In addition, this product can be applied on the face and replace night cream or serum. It is also possible to use it on dry, brittle hair. Personally, I never use it on my face, as I have oily skin and don’t need the extra moisture. I sometimes use it in my hair, but I try and be very careful to take just a tiny bit, because it can grease-up hair easily. As I said I am still in the middle of my 1st bottle, which I got… 3 Summers ago! I know, that sounds quite incredible. I don’t use it too often because of the smell which is too strong for me.

Still half full … or half empty, whichever you prefer.

Bottom line: If you are looking for a fast-absorbing oil, and if you like sweet smells, then the Nuxe “Huile Prodigieuse” is for you. The golden edition will look beautiful in the Summer and help highlight your tan. The oil is a splurge, however it lasts forever and never turns rancid.

Mavala 187 Cyclydes Blue Nail Polish

I’ve had a long love-hate relationship with Mavala nail polishes. In one hand, I really like their small bottles, which are affordable and offer a good variety of shades. In the other hand, I have already bought several bottles which contained old nail polish. It was very thick and almost impossible to apply. This happened mostly with the permanent collection, so I would advise to stick to the Summer and Winter collections: because they are produced, and sold, for a limited time, they are less likely to have remained on a shelf for months. Even though I had bad experiences in the past, I picked up the color “Cyclades Blue” the other day, thinking this would be a very nice shade for Summer months. Here are my thoughts:

I generally like nail polish that is thin and fluid and I don’t mind having to apply 3 thin layers in order for the color to look its best. With “Cyclades Blue”, however, I only had to apply 2 layers, because the liquid was so thick. I didn’t really like applying it and I was afraid it would take a really long time to dry, but with two coats of drying top coat (I used Sèche Vite), it dried just fine. However, if you tend to make a mess when you apply nail polish on (and if you don’t have a good drying top coat), stay clear from this one! The thick consistency is definitely difficult to manage and you could easily make a mess on your nails or around the house.

(one coat of nail polish)

(the final result: 2 coats of blue polish, 2 coats of drying top coat)

Bottom line:

If you are looking for a fun blue nail color, and you are not too messy when it comes to applying polish on your nails, then Mavala “Cyclades Blue” is a good choice. However, if you are looking for a polish you can use again and again, or if you prefer thinner polishes, then stay clear of this brand.

(I bought my bottle in a shop, however you can also get this brand from the Internet. The cheapest option I have found is on http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/mavala/ ).