Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lolita Lempicka Elle L'Aime EDP Review

Lately, my blog is all about perfumes!

But this one really is a winner. I asked for some suggestions on a perfume forum, and a lovely lady suggested I try Lolita Lempicka Elle L'Aime. I decided to pick it up, since it wasn't too expensive. I've had the original Lempicka fragrance before and I absolutely detested it - I really hate the note of licorice, of which that has plenty. This, however, is a completely different story.

This is a sweet, citrus-and-coconut creamy fragrance. It really does smell like a delicious blend of fresh, zesty lime with the creamiest coconut you can imagine. It smells good enough to drink out of the bottle! With additional notes of vanilla, jasmine and sandalwood, this is a love it or hate it kind of fragrance. It's kind of gourmand in a sense, but definitely not the syrupy sweet scents you might be used to. It smells a bit like Bronze Goddess mixed with lime. I absolutely love it!

The 80 ml bottle cost me around 30€ and I don't regret this blind buy at all. A really lovely summer fragrance, and best of all, it's a sillage and logevity monster. It's definitely a compliment getter, heavy in the beginning, but fades out in 4-5 hours. I adore it.
Have you tried any Lolita Lempicka fragrances?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Yankee Candle Red Velvet

Every time I get a new Yankee Candle, it feels like Christmas!

I just love them so much - everything from the packaging to that rich aroma is perfect. This time around, I received Red Velvet for review and immediately fell in love with this beautiful fragrance.

I've had Red Velvet once before, when I picked up a small votive candle, and I remember my shopping bag smelling so divinely sweet I didn't even want to unpack it! So choosing this scent was pretty much a given, and I immediately fell in love with it. While it is more of a heavy scent, I don't mind using it in the warmer months, especially on a rainy day - it makes me feel so warm and cozy.

Confession time - I've never had red velvet cake. 

They're just not as popular around here! But to me, this candle smells like a rich cake complete with brown sugar creamy frosting. It's definitely a very sweet bakery scent which you just won't be able to resist. I personally love it!

The only problem is that it will eventually burn out and I'll have to pick out a new fragrance - with Yankee Candle's wide variety of scents it's just a shame to pick the same one every single time. But not to worry, I already have my eye on a few new scents from their Café Culture Collection ... ;)
What is your favorite YC scent?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Best Makeup Tip I Ever Got

Out of all the makeup tricks on the internet ... this is by far my favorite.

I'm not going to claim ownership to this idea, I actually saw it on Youtube while researching foundation reviews. I cam across this video by WayneGoss. I watched it with interest, but in the end, I was convinced this was just some gimmick. Basically, Wayne says to mix your foundation with some oil and then apply the mixture as you would normally. 

What? Oil + foundation? But surely that would make a greasy, oily mess!

Well, it doesn't. Instead, the oil and foundation make an incredibly flawless finish, give you that glowing from within look and stay on your face looking perfect for much, much longer. The first time I tried this trick (months after seeing the video), I fell in love. It really is that good.

It will work with any foundation and a liquid oil, but I've been using it with Maybelline Better Skin and the AlpStories Argan Oil. For 1 and a half pump of foundation, I use 1 pump of oil and it's the perfect amount.

Another thing, I have oily, problematic skin, and I have no issues using my foundation this way. Instead, my skin feels nourished even when I'm wearing makeup. Amazing!

And here is some info on the oil I've been using ...

  1. It's cold process oil, which means there's no heat used in the process. 
  2. Not tested on animals, appropriate for vegans.
  3. No parabens, mineral oil, synthethic fragrances, silicones or artificial colorants.
  4. Rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and proteins.
  5. Helps with fading scars and discoloration, can be used for stretch marks, gives back elasticity.
This is a really great oil and such a multi-purpose product. I'd love to make another post and tell you about all the ways you can use it - but this tip is something you must try for yourself. You will love it!
What is your top makeup tip?