Saturday, October 3, 2015

Armani Si EDP, EDT and Eau Intense Reviews

I've wanted it for ages... And now I have all three!

Ever since Armani Si came out, it's been on my wishlist. And then I sampled it in the store and fell in love. What a truly stunning, sweet scent... Not too gourmand, but absolutely perfect. However, it was extremely expensive and I couldn't justify spending so much at the time. Fast forward to my birthday, when Tilen took me to Sephora and I spotted this trio just waiting for me... Thankfully, my lovely boyfriend picked it up for me as a gift! I was so happy and it makes me smile just thinking about it. The trio set with 30 ml of each scent was 100€, which I thought was a good deal. Here are the reviews of each scent...

Armani Si EDP

Initially, before I sampled the scent, I thought I would hate it. I'm really not a fan of patchouli, but I've noticed when it's mixed with something sweet like vanilla in Si (or chocolate in La Vie Est Belle), I really enjoy it! The EDP opens with cassis, another note I'm not too fond of, and what follows is a magical concoction of freesia and rose. Finally, the scent settles into an amazing vanilla patchouli drydown, with added notes of woods and ambroxan. All in all, this sounds like something I couldn't stand, but it's stunning. A grown up version of Prada Candy, if you ask me. Just beautiful. Sillage and longevity are average (3-4 hours on me, but my skin drinks perfume). The bottle is simple, unique and truly beautiful. This scent will always be special for me because it started my love for the line, but it's not my fave out of the three. It's perfect for fall/wintertime, a warm spicy and patchouli scent. You can purchase it on Salma, from 50€.

Armani Si EDT

This is, by far, my favorite out of the three scents. That's actually really shocking, because I don't usually like EDTs as they are weak and watered down, in my opinion. However, this beautiful perfume is a different mix of notes and is more floral, but still sweet. So beautiful. This is a sweet fruity floral, but still very unique. It has heavy vanilla and some woodsy notes as well. Black currant, freesia and pear open the fragrance, followed by mango and strawberry. Then we have the familiar vanilla/patch dry down of the original. Just a stunning scent which works for daytime in any season. I'm in love... And it lasts just as well as the EDP, if not better. Purchase it here, from 40€.

Armani Si Eau Intense

Let's talk about the sillage monster of the family, Eau Intense. It's the EDP, but less watered down, basically, extremely strong and potent. Perfect for nights on the town and date night. Spicy, aromatic, vanillary & sweet... Another winner for sure. For me, it's a better version of the EDP which lasts longer. The notes are similar, but heavier. However, what disappoints me is that the fragrance lasts as long as the EDP, though it has better sillage. A bit sad about that. Purchase it here from 60€ up.

If you can still get your hands on this set, I would totally recommend it. It's stunning and perfect for hardcore lovers of the scent like me. I still need the White version though, don't I? Just to complete my collection! That's a valid excuse, if you ask me!
What's your fave fall/winter scent?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Makeup haul (Müller)

I've been bad... But I love what I bought!

I made an impromptu trip to Müller and ended up leaving with a full bag. How does that always happen? Sigh. But I'm really excited to try out my new goodies! As you can see, I'm not the only one, and my kitten Elsa insisted on joining the party, so do excuse the second photo. She's just too cute to leave out! If you haven't been keeping up with me on Instagram, I've moved out & got two kittens. Elsa's brother, Loki, was sleeping soundly (for once) on my bed (forbidden) as I took photos.

Here's what I ended up getting... I have a blogger conference tomorrow and I wanted to get some new bits to try out! If they work out, I'm thinking about doing a FOTD as well - autumn themed. Let me know if you'd like to see that.

Essence Pure Nude Powder

This was under 4€, and I've always been pleased with drugstore powders. This is new to Essence, so I thought I'd try it out. It looks lovely, very finely milled and a great light color, but I saw some products in the store were already broken (the compact fell out). So be careful if you want to get it!

Nina Ricci Les Delices de Nina EDT

I saw this fragrance on offer a few days ago. I smelled it and fell in love... But as a rule, I don't buy perfume in stores, I purchase it online because it's less expensive. Except this is a limited edition from 2014 and I couldn't find it anywhere. So I ended up going back and getting the 50 ml for 40€. It's a sweet, slightly citrusy smell, something you're sure to love if you like perfumes a la Fantasy.

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil

A completely unnecessary purchase, but the lady at Guerlain was very convincing... That's my excuse! It looks so luxurious though, and I can't wait to try this. I don't think I've ever had a high end powder, but I'm excited to see what it does for me. This was around 50€... Hold me while I cry.

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation

Initially, I wanted to try Estee Lauder's Double Wear. Then I started looking at Lingerie de Peau, and the sales associate suggested I try this one, because it might work better with my skin. She said DW might end up looking like a mask, and this is more natural. Say no more, take my money. The match also looked perfect, and I'm so excited because I can never find the right foundation shade. This is 55€.

Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator

Again, I wanted something else... That sales associate for Guerlain was good guys! I wanted Touche Eclat, but ended up getting this new offering from Guerlain. It's a similar concept to TE, comes with a brush which twists the product up. I'm not a fan of that kind of packaging, but I needed something with illumination, so it seemed like a good solution. I can't remember the price of this one, but I think it was around 45€. Jeebus.

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation

New to the drugstore, Air Mat immediately intrigued me. I'm a matte girl, I have oily, problematic skin and I was excited to try something to help me achieve that perfect, porcelain matte skin. This wasn't expensive, around 13€, and I think the reviews so far have been great. I hope the shade works for me, I got the lightest one.

Essence Lipliner x2

Mateja from Mateja's Beauty Blog made me want to try these. I know she mentions them a lot, so I wanted to give them a go. The shades I got are Soft Berry and Plum Cake, and I'm excited to wear them this fall. They's so inexpensive, really a bargain - under 2€. They seem lovely!

Essence Lipstick in 11 Nude Love

A few weeks ago, I purchased two Essence lipsticks and I've been wearing them all the freaking time. So I wanted to pick up something else, but the stand was almost empty... I only chose one, and looking at it at home, I'm not sure such a light nude will work for me. But we'll have to see. It was under 3€.

I splurged waaaaay too much and I might have to put myself on a ban... But I have my eye on so many other things! I've been watching a lot of Youtube tutorials lately and I think I'm finally falling back in love with makeup. My problem is, I have very hooded eyes and I thought I'd never be able to do eye makeup, but now I've found some great suggestions online. I'll keep you posted.
What was your last beauty purchase?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LUSH Skin & Body Care Haul

It was high time for a Lush haul!

I haven't shopped in Lush in ages, but after watching several haul videos on Youtube I was really in the mood to pick up some goodies. I fell in love with so much more at the store though, and another haul might be coming soon! I forgot how much I love Lush, their enchanting scents and the cute black packaging... I'll definitely go back for more!

I mainly got skincare bits with two body products thrown in. I've tested out a few things already, so with a few products, I'll add my opinion as well. Let's see what I got...

Grease Lightning

This is an old favorite of mine, and I'm sure you remember it being featured on the blog countless times before. Grease Lightning is one of my favorite spot treatments, a skincare item I always like to have on hand. It has tea tree and is clear and very light, but really effective. I like to apply it on problem areas throughout the day. It reduces swelling and helps inflamed acne. I really love it, and it's only about 10€ - bargain that you absolutely need if you have problematic/oily/acne-prone skin.

Tea Tree Water

This was recommended by the sales associate as a wonderful product to use with Grease Lightning. It smells amazing, like tea tree and rosemary which are also the ingredients. I like to spray it throughout the day and use it as a toner/refreshing mist. Not a necessary step in my routine, but it sure feels nice. This was about 12€ - a bit expensive for what it is, but a lovely product nonetheless.

Silky Underwear

I've been wanting to try this for ages! I finally got it a few days ago. I absolutely love baby powder, especially after shaving it feels so nice on the skin and stops my legs from getting inflamed. This seems like a fancier version with a nice scent to boot. Haven't tried it out yet, but it's probably the product I'm most excited about. I paid about 8€.

Mask of Magnaminty

I kept hearing about this mask everywhere. I know a lot of people buy face masks from Lush, but weirdly, I've never tried one. Thought it was time to change that... I know they do another mask with onion & garlic that would probably do wonders for my skin, but I just can't stand the smell... This one isn't amazing either, but I do love the mint in it. Going to try it today and report back soon.  I paid around 8€ for a small size.

Pumice Powder

A totally random purchase which is kind of gross... But I still wanted to include it, because it really intrigues me. It's a stone for rubbing your feet but it's made with orange and coconut, and I really thought the idea of it was great. I have quite rough skin on my feet, and I'm excited to see how this product compares to other stones. It melts a bit, but smells absolutely wonderful. I paid 5€ for this.

There you go, a small Lush haul! I'm really excited for their Halloween goodies as well, but unfortunately, I don't have a bathtub in my new apartment so I won't be able to test out as many as I'd like. Hopefully they have some other stuff besides bath bombs! :)

What is your favorite Lush product?