Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Black Friday & Cyber monday at Parfuma


 
I have some insider information that on Black Friday (24/11/2017) and Cyber Monday (27/11/2017) Parfuma will be giving 20% on their whole website! As a beautylover pur sang, this is a dream come true. Ideal to spoil yourself with a new lipstick, perfume, … and save some money. Or even better start your Christmas shopping early and buy your presents with a nice discount, nobody needs to know 😉
In this post I’ll be sharing my favorite products that are available on the Parfuma website (hint hint to my family members, Christmas is coming !) Or as Oprah would say: My favorite things !

Make-up:

Tom Ford lipstick: No words needed, these lipsticks are ICONIC. Not cheap but you can always please met with the color FLYNN 😉  Also how glamourous is the packaging?

Bobbi Brown: Their Christmas collection is always on point! Bobbi Brown, well known for her no make-up make-up look, and amazing products. I’m a big Bobbi fan, most of my daily routine exists of Bobbi Brown products (highlighter, blush, powder, lipstick,…)

My pick from the Christmas collection:
Lux Classic 10 mini lipset: in my eyes this is the ultimate gift for a lipstick lover. 10 gorgeous shades, in mini size so they fit in every handbag. I don’t think any woman would be mad if she got this 😊
No holiday party without a smokey eye, Bobbi Brown’s: Soft Smokey Shadow & Mascara Palette is perfect for the season. No fuss, just the colors you need to create the perfect smokey eye. All in 1 palette.

Skincare:

Molton Brown: Molton Brown the perfect gift for the host of the Christmas party you are attending. They always have such great sentences that it’s an instant hit when they unwrap the present.

La Mer: If someone is feeling spendy, this La Mer starter set sounds pretty great! It’s a limited edition, designed to give your skin that extra boost. The set includes:
·        The Cleansing Micellar Water 100ml
·        The Treatment Lotion100ml
·        The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum 15ml
·        The Moisturizing Soft Cream 30ml
·        The Lifting Eye Serum 5ml

Perfume:

Marc Jacobs– Daisye Eau So Fraiche:  1 of my ultimate favorite & signature scents. A very light, floral and girly fragrance. Exactly how I like it, winter and summer you’ll never catch me wearing anything strong.

Daisy Eau So Fresh is a bright, floral, fruity fragrance. It radiates with a sunny and sparkling energy.Daisy Eau So Fresh is a bright, floral, fruity fragrance. It radiates with a sunny and sparkling energy.Haircare:

Christophe Robin: I’ve read so many good reviews about this cleansing volumizing paste that I can’t wait to try it. I must say, I’m a bit apprehensive, as it is a paste. But all the online reviews are great and my fine & little hair can use that extra volume boost!

I hope my favorite things inspired you for your Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales, or even for a Christmas wishlist.
Be aware that Parfuma won’t be giving extra samples with these orders, nor will there be giftwrapping , but then again -20% is even better in my eyes!

You can redeem your 20% with the following codes:

Black Friday 24/11: BLACKFRIDAY17
Cyber Monday 27/11: CYBERMONDAY17

The Black Friday discount is the whole weekend available (24/11 - 26/11)

Will you be buying Christmas presents? Or just spoiling yourself?
 
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Shiseido future solution LX discovery kit


 

I’m a big Shiseido fan, so when I got these samples send to me by Parfuma, I couldn’t wait to try them. The Shiseido future solution LX, is the newest an anti-aging line of the brand. As I turned 30 this month, I just know I need to use more anti-aging products, because “hello fine lines & wrinkles”

What did I receive:
·        Extra rich cleansing foam

·        Concentrate balancing softner

·        Total protective cream

·        Total regenerating cream

I must say, I started using these 4 products after having a really really bad cold and my skin was in terrible condition. Dry patches and redness all over the place.

According to the website:

Extra rich cleansing foam (€ 72 for 125 ml)
A luxurious, rich creamy foaming cleanser with anti-aging ingredients that effectively removes impurities while retaining skin’s essential moisture, leaving a fresh, smooth look and feel. Prepares skin to better absorb benefits of following treatments.
How to use it: morning & evening
 
Concentratebalancing softner (€ 108 for 170 ml) An enriched softening lotion that infuses moisture immediately into skin to help target visible signs of aging for a youthful-look. Dramatically refines skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores.
How to use it: every morning & evening after cleansing

An exquisitely rich daytime moisturizer that protects skin from UV rays, dryness and oxidation, while maintaining long-lasting moisture. This velvety formula helps refine skin’s texture and reduces the look of wrinkles and visible pores, and helps makeup apply easily and smoothlyHow to use it: Every morning after cleansing and balancing the skin
 
Totalregenerating cream (€ 323,80 for 50 ml)  A rich, luxurious nighttime cream formulated to help enhance the appearance of skin’s vitality during key nighttime hours for youthful-looking, exquisitely vibrant skin. Skin appears firm, smooth and radiant while the appearance of wrinkles is reducedHow to use it: Every evening after cleansing and balancing the skin
 
My experience:

I’m going to be honest, I used the cleansing foam only 2 times as I’m just not a cleansing foam kinda-girl. I like to cleanse my face with oils, so for me the foam was a bit too harsh.

The other 3 products on the other hand, LOVE, I just can’t say anything else. My skin was in such a bad condition after being very ill, and even from the 2nd day using the products I’ve noticed an extreme difference. My skin was significantly more hydrated and the dry patches were gone. It looked brighter and smoother. After using the product for more than a week I could even start to notice my pores being less noticeable. As for the wrinkles, I can’t say at this point that I see a lot of difference, I don’t really have them that much either. It does seem to minorly plump my fine lines, and that’s a plus!

Final verdict? I would recommend these products to EVERYONE! I’m a Shiseido addict, and once again the brand didn’t disappoint. However, the price is steep! Very steep ! So I understand that this isn’t for everyone. But if you have the money, or just like to pamper yourself once in a while, you won't be disappointed.

I do have some good news. You too can get a “Shiseido future solution LX discovery kit."

Parfuma is giving a FREE Shiseido future solution LX discovery kit, with each online Shiseido purchase, and this until the 20th of November 2017. All you have to do is order 1 (or more) Shiseido item(s) of choice online on www.parfuma.com and you’ll receive the discovery kit with your order.

Very curious about your experience with Shiseido products, let me know below!

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

SISLEY: Gentle cleansing gel with tropical resins



My current cleanser is the Sisley “Gentle cleansing gel with tropical resins”. I won this little gem, thanks to a contest on beautyminded, and I just had to write about it!
The product:
"This gel cleanses and purifies the skin effectively, whilst fully respecting the epidermis. The purifying and softening actions of the Tropical Resins are enhanced by the moisturizing properties of the Marshmallow extract. Perfectly clean, the skin is able to ""breathe"", impurities and excess sebum are eliminated, the pores are cleansed. The complexion's freshness and luminosity are restored.
Soap-free. Non-comedogenic. (Sisley)
At the moment I only apply it in the evening, after pre-cleansing with Bioderma Miscellair water. I apply it with my fingers on to my face, massage it in and rinse it with water (avoiding my eye area). The gel transforms into a creamy texture and rinses off very easily. My skin feels fresh, clean and very very soft. It’s not a cheap cleanser (price range + €50), so I’m glad that I won this one, as I wouldn’t ever bought it myself.
Using this product does make me want to try more of the Sisley skincare.
Do you already use Sisley skincare? Andy recommendations?
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Monday, 13 February 2017

Givenchy Mini Antigona


Last weekend I went to Paris for a day of sale shopping. Not much sales came home with me, but isn’t that always the case? 
 
I wasn’t planning on buying a new handbag, but with my trip to NYC in mind, I did need a practical crossover body bag.  But when in Paris… I started trying several cross body bags from several brands(GucciSoho - bag, Louis Vuitton - Pochette Metis, Louis Vuitton – Vivienne bag, Dior – Diorissimo,…) And then my eye spotted the Givenchy Antigona in mini size… I tried it on and I was sold. It was rather an impulse buy, but I’m sure it will be well loved! The sales lady told me that this was the last dark blue one in the whole of France, it must have been faith! The mini Antigona is the perfect mini bag for me as it is casual and still sophisticated. It also is very lightweight and can store a lot! When I go on a city trip I always want to carry some water and other necessary essentials + I’d like to have my hands free, this mini Antigona is perfect for it! I already started creating outfits with the bag in mind, You’ll see it many times in outfit posts this summer ;-)
SPECIFICATIONS
GIVENCHY MINI ANTIGONA
DARK BLUE / NAVY BLUE
GRAINED GOAT LEATHER (The grained goatskin leather is easier to maintain and more structured)
DIMENSIONS :
  • Depth 19cm
  • Handle Drop 11cm
  • Height 28cm
  • Max. Strap Length 76cm
  • Width 40cm



What do you think of the Givenchy Mini Antigona? Would you buy it? What's on your wishlist atm?

XO S.

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Dr Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Peel – Original



As the season changed into winter, so did my skin. Unfortunately. Bye bye pretty glow, hello dull and breakout prone skin. Time to change up my skincare routine, so I went on the hunt for the right products. I ended up with 2 winter staples: Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel - Original (5 Packettes) and the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (more info soon).

I have never done an at home peeling, shame on me, I know! But this Alpha Beta Peel is SUPER easy. You have 2 sachets with 2  cotton pads trenched in liquid. This is a daily peel/exfoliant so nothing that could do harm to your skin. You just follow the 2 steps and apply a serum and moisture afterwards and you’re done. I use it in the evening, but you can also use them in the morning. Don’t forget, you are exfoliating so make sure to use a sunscreen during the day. My all-day-everyday sunscreen is the Armani Maestro UV SPF 50.

According to the website:
This patented two-step formula is easy and safe to use at home, without requiring recovery time. Step 1 is packed with rejuvenating, powerful yet gentle, exfoliating acids, and step 2 controls the alpha hydroxy acid activity and delivers anti-aging actives, nourishing skin, keeping it balanced, smooth, and radiant – perfectly prepped for a more effective skincare routine. Expect your complexion to appear smoother, with fewer fine lines, a more even tone and texture, and smaller-looking pores. Contains a combination of seven acids, for accelerated results.

 
 How to use?
 
Once a day, apply step 1 pad to clean, dry skin, using circular motions. Continue application until pad feels dry. Wait two minutes. Follow with pad in step 2 using the same technique as step 1. Do not rinse after either step or use products containing alcohol. Morning or night use.
Avoid contact with eyes. Make sure to use sunscreen daily to help prevent photo-aging.

 


 
Seriously even after using this peel for only 1 night I can already say that my skin looked healthier, had a glow and was SO smooth. Incredible how smooth it was. Applying my make-up has never been that easy. I’m in love. I only have a pack for 5 days, but already ordered the larger pack. I think I might to a month with daily use and then stop for a month and restart. Can’t imagine my skincare routine without this product. How can I have never tried this before! 
The Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel - Original isn't cheap (€ 18,45 for 5 packettes), but in my opinion totally worth it! You can find it here.
I bought it from my 1 of my favourite online shops LookFantastic. Shop the site here
Do you use an at home peel? Any recommendations?
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Monday, 28 November 2016

There's a new kid in A-town


 
We Are Labels opened its first boutique in the Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam in 2010. Very soon after the opening they opened a webshop and 9 other stores! You’ll find only small, international fashion brands in the We Are Labels stores. They only have 1 condition: the clothes must remain affordable. They offer 8 different collections a year with 80% of the pieces pridec between €40 and €80. They live by the moto: ‘Only great minds can afford simple style’!
On the 25th of November the Dutch store WE ARE LABELS opened their first store abroad in the fashionable Kammenstraat in Antwerp (Belgium).

The store is located in a beautiful building which covers 325m2 shopping space,  with ceilings of more than 7 meters high and a classic stair. Despite the size We Are Labels retains the unique look and feel of a New York concept store.
Some of the brands that you can find at We Are Labels; Merken bij We Are Labels: Minimum, Modström, Levi’s, mbyM, Selected Homme, Elvine, Eleven Paris, Edited the Label, Mos Copenhagen, Suit....
 
We Are Labels

Take a look at this gorgeous store:
 

  
 



 
 


 
Will you visit the new We Are Labels Store?
 
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