Thursday, 31 May 2018

Lydia Elise Millen CULT BEAUTY BOX


* no affiliated links where used, this box was bought by myself

A while ago famous vlogster/blogster Lydia Elise Millen announced her collaboration with Cult Beauty. EXCITEMENT all the way ! It was a no brainer that I had to get my hands on that box, even before I knew which products would be featured in it. I was one of the lucky ones to be able to order the Cult Box as it was sold out within the hour ! I decided to still write about the products as they are each sold separately at cultbeauty, so you can still order them.
Lydia often speaks about her skincare routine on her vlogs, and I was especially intrigued when she was getting her skin wedding ready (although no wedding for me). For her it was all about that glow, and which girl doesn’t want that?
The Cult beautybox contained 6 products in total, and honestly I don’t really like them all. Let me tell you about my experience.

(* note: my skin decided to turn on me whilst using these products. Still not sure if it was because of these products or because of my gluten intolerance)

Great toner! Love the smell, get’s my skin back into balance after cleansing + it’s alcohol free. I really enjoy using it after cleansing, it gives me a really fresh feeling. Overall a great product, would rebuy. Slightly negative point: it’s a glass bottle and the product pours out very quickly.

For me Dr Dennis Gross is the best for exfoliating, but as this also has a price tag, I was very eager to try the Alpha H, another cult product. I used it in the evening, put some on a cotton pad & swipe It all over my face & neck. It gives a slight tingle when using it, but no burning feeling. U can use a night cream afterwards, if you want or just leave it like that. When I woke up my skin did feel a lot softer & it had a glow. In my eyes perfect product, does what it needs to do. Would I rebuy? No, but that is only because I’m such a big Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel fan. I just find the wipes easier to use and for travel. But would def recommend the Alpha H.

This cleanser is inspired by the Hungarian SPA-treatments. I always use it after my first cleanse (miscellair water), but I also tried to remove my make up with it and that works as well. This cleanser really does a great job, it leaves my skin squeaky clean. You only need the tiniest amount, so that’s a bonus. A little goes long way and you the smell gives you the at-home-spa experience.

DIAMOND DUST ! This is infused with diamond dust ! You only need a really small amount…if you use more you might turn into a disco ball 😉 If you have dry skin I would not recommend this, as it won’t give you the hydration you need. For normal skin this is a perfect (summer?) moisturizer. This can also double up as a highlighter, after applying foundation just ad a little on your cheekbones and you are ready to go! It’s great that I had the chance to discover it through the box, but I won’t be repurchasing, as I like a little more hydration.

Sunday Riley Luna (retinol product)

I REALLY wanted to try this product. Horrible experience, I just CAN NOT handle the smell of this product. Sunday Riley is an overnight retinol treatment (oil) used every other night. I tried it, woke up with great skin, no flaky-ness which I had with other retinol products, but that smell…. I just can’t have it at the moment. I will give it a try in the future, but for now this is a no for me. If you candle handle a strong smelling product give it a try, I do think it lives up to his cult status. Also keep in mind, you do get a little blue glow when you use it…but it doesn’t stain any sheets!  
By Terry CC serum

This was by far the product I was most excited to try, as Lydia raves about it all the time ! For the box we could choose out of 3 different shades. I went for Apricot glow, which was the most universal color. I think I should have gone for the Sunny Flash (Lydia’s color) to give me a more sunkissed glow. Don’t get me wrong I’m fair-skin but the apricot glow just give me some sparkle and not really a bronzer skin. Personally I would even say that it’s almost the same effect as the Tata Harper moisturizer that was in the box. Choose wisely if you buy this one, even try it out in store if that’s possible. Not completely disappointed, because on good skin days you can just wear this to give you that extra bit of a glow, but would have liked a slightly bronzing effect.
 
Overal these are all very nice products, I'm really gutted I can't stand the smell of the Luna oil, but will be giving it another chance in winter. Have you ever tried one of these products?
 
XO
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Friday, 18 May 2018

Get your feet summer ready


 
A while ago I was invited by the Parfuma team to try out their brand new Pedi-spa. The pedi-spa is equal to a one hour relaxation moment/treat for your feet. I can honestly say that after the Pedi-spa I was walking on clouds. My feet felt so soft and clean, it was incredible !

At your arrival, you get seated in the most luxiourius & comfortable chair whilst your feet get to soak in a bubblebad followed with a footmassage to get your feet ready for the lux pedicure. During the pedicure I can only say that the Parfuma beauticians are very precisely and ask you all the time if there is something they need to take note of. They finish this luxurious pedicure with a nailtreatment. It was perfection !

The Pedispa is available monday - saturday upon appointement, and you can book it alone or with your mom/friend/boyfriend/husband/... it's a perfect intermezzo on a busy shopping day. Get your feet papmpered before hitting some more stores ;-) or just get them a 100% summer ready !




Thank you Parfuma for giving me the opportunity to try this. I know I'll be back for more pampering !

XO

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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!

XO S.
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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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