Monday, 21 September 2015

5 Reasons Why Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Toilette‏ is Awesome

To be honest, this is my first encounter with Givenchy's perfume and I'm glad to report that Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Toilette got me absolutely hooked. Not just because of the already-popular brand name, but because the effort that Givenchy put into this product. You'll see why later.

If you don't already know, Alicia Keys (love the woman and her songs, note Girls on Fire) is the face for DD (Dahlia Divin) EDT. Adorned in a gold dress which compliments her golden tan skin, I think she looks like a golden goddess from heaven, STUNNING!!

So, before I ramble on and venture way out of topic, here are 5 reasons Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Toilette got my heart racing.

1. The Man Behind the Scent

“I created a delicate and delightful scent, balancing colored and juicy notes, slightly reminiscent of childhood. Then I gave the fragrance more of a solar quality, to create a trail worthy of this radiant, remarkable muse.”— François Demachy, Master Perfumer 

Francois Demachy is a renown perfumer who have worked with top famous luxury brands like Chanel, Acqua di Parma and recently Dior. Thus, you can definitely trust someone who contributes his "nose" so much to create enchanting signature bespoke fragrances for high-end brands. I mean, I definitely do... Hence, you can imagine me having high hopes even before I start using DD.

2. The Packaging

 Originally in gold (its the Eau de Parfum if you are wondering), the bottle is interpreted in pink gold (apologies as my camera is unable to pick up the pink tone) for the EDT. With pretty intricate pink gold thread wrapping the bottle's neck, it reminds me a lot of a modern sophisticated fashionista decked in layers of chokers. For those who know me long enough, I am always a Pink kind of girl, so you can imagine how delighted I am when I saw the perfume.

3. The Ingredients and Notes

Laden with gold-coloured fruits (Mirabelle Plum), blood orange, Jasmine, sandalwood and Patchouli, one can expect bursts of sunny juicy sweet musk that will pull thru the scent. Even just by typing the ingredients out makes my mouth waters.

4. The Scent

As an avid fan of white flowers scent, I welcomed the fragrance with big arms. On me, the floral and deep woody notes come on noticably but not overpowering, giving me the impression of a warm (subtle spicy though) perfume which I think makes it perfect for colder months. There is also a hint of powdery-ness peaking through its heavier counterpart, which tones down the masculinity of the sandalwood, providing a layer of softness and sensuality to the otherwise feminine fragrance. Overall, its an exquisite day time fragrance which translates well into the night as well. Huge thumbs up.

5. The Fragrance Layering

In order to prolong the scent on me (its an EDT afterall and lasted about 4 hours), I tried layering it with other white flowers based perfume. The result was great!!! With the latter acting as a base, Givenchy's DD as top, the outcome was this nice, floral, feminine fresh scent that lasted a good long 7 hours. Cheers to the idea of layering.

Overall, I am very pleased with the perfume and I can see it being a staple in my collection. Paired with maybe a white skater knee-length dress and I'm all good to head out and prance around. Be sure to stop by participating stores and give it a whiff ^_^

For those interested, Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Toilette comes in 3 sizes: 30ml ($84), 50ml ($117) and 75ml ($140) and is available at Sephora, BHG and Metro.

Disclaimer: The Perfume was kindly provided to me by Givenchy Singapore and 37comms for review purposes. I am not anyway sponsored in terms of monetary. All opinions are of my truest and genuine feeling of the product.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Inspirational Pictures | We Heart It

Its that time of the month again when I'm extremely busy with all things reality that I just don't have the time to do a full review on products and beauty related stuff. 

I sincerely apologies for that as my wedding is less than 3 weeks far and there's just so many things yet to be done and handled. You can totally imagine the stress and tension that me and my family are having from trying to make the wedding goes right (you know, abiding to the Chinese custom and all).

So, as something intermittent as I don't wanna leave this blog vacant from updates, I'll shall leave some pictures for your enjoyment. ^_^ Love you guys <3

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Fluid Foundation | Review

Pardon me for my inactivity here on my blog as I was crazy busy, preparing for both my wedding and new home. Although I try to scale down the size of the wedding to a simple one, I still find the many little bits and bobs that needs to be done irritating. Can't wait for this whole thing to end. Seriously. Once is enough :P

So, onto the more interesting the part of the post, my thoughts on Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Fluid Foundation. 

I have heard mixed reviews about this product. Some liked it light and easy to apply while others hate its short longevity and not-really-there-coverage. Thus, this was often used as a primer instead of a foundation. However, I like mine on the lighter coverage hence using this BG as my foundation was good enough. Thus, this review is my impression of BG as a foundation.

First thing off, I do like the packaging. Its compact and looks durable with the pastel cover and straight forward wording on top. 

I chose the colour 2 Clair/Light (am a MAC NW20) which suits perfectly on my skin.

Another thing which is a plus point is it comes in a pump and not your normal squeezey tube thingy. This alleviates the impression that Guerlain did put some thoughts into their packaging.

This pea size amount comes from half a pump. The product itself packs a ton of colour and is emollient enough to blend. 

After blending it out with my fingers, you can still definitely see some pore peeking thru thus its a light to medium coverage. I wouldn't say its buildable as the formulation doesn't seem to allow it to do so. True to its name, the finish is not entirely matte as there is some luminosity hanging around without the shimmer (pardon me as the camera is unable to pick it up). I like how light weight it felt on the skin with no signs of caking. 

Now here comes the gripe, the longevity is indeed crap. Oxidisation (the sign of darkening) can be seen after a meer 5 hours mark. Was sorely disappointed as I already am liking the whole outlook of this product being light weight and giving me that healthy glow. Oh well, nothing is perfect I guess (ahem, not including Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua which is my ultimate holy grail).

Apart from the allowable duration of wear, I really liked this product. Maybe one day, I might use it as a primer instead to see how it holds up with other foundation. I wouldn't say its a must-have product, but its nice to have it in your stash as a last minute slap-it-on-and-go product without a fuss, plus it smells good too ^_^

Rating: B+

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Shu Uemura Poreraser CC UV Under Base Mousse | Review

I attended Shu Uemura's workshop a while back (okay, maybe way way back) and was introduced to this product which claims to provide a flawless smooth canvas-like finish to the skin. Boy was I intrigued and did a little testing on the face. Immediately I was convinced to bring one home with me. 

Shu Uemura Poreraser CC UV Under Base Mouse in pink with SPF 35PA+++ is said to give a rosy complexion for dullness or yellowing skin. We were also told that the pink version actually brightens up your complexion, giving you that radiant healthy glow-from-within skin like never before.

And yes, they were so right about the brightening part. 

True to its product name, the product comes out foamy with a tinge of beige. Do be cautious when pumping out the product because with a little pressure dispense adequate amount for the entire face. 

When spread out with a sponge, you really couldn't see the coverage but pores are smoothen out and the skin seemed to appear lighter and more even textured. I really like that subtle luminosity that it gives thus providing a radiant and healthy glow-from-within when used before foundation.

My liquid foundation seemed to be noticeably longer-lasting and oxidation occurred after only after 8 hours (which is a 6 if I don't use any primer). I also like how light weight it felt on the skin and also how easily it blends evenly on my face.

Overall, I love this stuff but it would be even better if I can use my fingers to spread instead of makeup sponge (you know, laziness and all) when I'm in a rush for time. Kudos to SU for coming up with such an innovative product.

Rating: A-