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L’Oréal Paris recently added to the Infallible range with the launch of several new face products, including Total Cover Foundation, Total Cover Concealing and Contouring Kit, Total Cover Professional Colour Correcting Kit and 3 new Blend Artist beauty sponges. I was kindly sent all 12 shades of the foundation to try and while I personally prefer light to medium coverage, I was curious to see how these would compare to one of my faves, the Pro-Matte version.
Some brands seem to fly under the radar, yet in my opinion, they also happen to release some of the most amazing products out there. Elizabeth Arden is one such brand, and apart from some pretty awesome colour cosmetics (some of their past bronzers are to die for), they also happen to make one of my absolute favourite skincare ranges, Prevage.
Having been trained in classical piano (I even taught for 12 years), I appreciate harmony & composition — two major components that are also necessary for the creation of a fine scent. The latest member of the Miss Dior family, Absolutely Blooming created by Dior perfumer François Demachy, is one such lovely ode … complete with an exquisite bottle to match.
As a sidenote, with Christmas just three days away (OMG), this little jewel will be a big hit for that fragrantista on your list. Oh, and how perfectly delicious is Natalie Portman in the ad campaign image? Which reminds me: must acquire a pink velvet sofa …
Natalie Portman for Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming
Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming (CAN $119.00/50 ml) | The press kit for this fragrance intrigued me from the start:
“Fresh and sexy, Natalie Portman is a timeless, yet different Miss Dior. The camera runs sensually up her legs, revealing the stunning figure of a dancer. Clad in a little black dress, the new Miss Dior teases and casts steamy glances. She is fiery and playful, confidently seductive. As enticing as ever, she stretches like a cat at the window of a Parisian apartment, or lounges on a pink couch. Janis Joplin sings a heart-rending song of love in the background. She is the absolutely irresistible heroine of a new fragrance with a sassy charm”
I think it was the part of the stretching cat … or no, the Parisian apartment that grabbed me. Could also be the pink couch. Basically, this one little blurb was enough to get me going. Then, I tried the scent itself and it I was ooh-la-la-ing all over the place. Without wasting words, this is the floral I always wish I could wear — and now I can (if that makes any sense). The breakdown of notes:
- Tangy Red Berries (top notes)
- Grasse and Damascus Roses, Peony Accord (heart notes)
- White Musk (base note)
As someone who has tended to shy away from anything floral, I initially hesitated to dive into Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming (certain florals have been known to trigger and instant migraine with me) which is why I was pleasantly surprised by how beautifully this fragrance meshed with my body chemistry. The combination of berries, roses, peonies and white musk notes has been masterfully blended to produce a scent that is at once joyous, flirty, feminine, sensual and just a hint rocker … which basically reflects the multi-faceted woman of today. A floral that doesn’t scream syrupy daintiness? Ummmmm …. absolutely.
PR sample/As always, all opinions are my own
With Christmas only 10 days away (WHAT?!) and with many of us in a flurry of planning a Winter/Holiday getaway, it’s easy to lose track of all the gifts one needs to pick up but if you’ll be travelling from Montréal, never fear: The Loop Duty Free has got your back.
For my loved ones, something I really enjoying giving is fragrance, since not only is this a truly personal touch (particularly effective when you know the person & their tastes well) but one that links scent to so many wonderful memories as well. One thing that impressed me at The Loop from my very first visit, is the incredible array of fragrances available (seriously, there are literally WALLS filled with every imaginable bottle) as well as the visible representation from all the major brands. There are even unique one-of-a-kind gift sets/travel sets that you’ll only find there — now THAT’s an original present — as well as tons of accompanying accessories (body lotions, shower gels, etc) to go with that special fragrance. As always, sweetening the deal even further is the fact that you’ll not only be getting an opportunity to pick up any forgotten gifts (or maybe wanting to indulge in a little something-something for yourself), but you’ll be getting it at a discount: minimum 20% less than downtown retailers, with the exception of MAC at 15% less. One last bonus: you can also pre-order your purchases through The Loop’s website; this way all you need do is show up, pay & go!
By the way, the wide assortment of choice is not just for the ladies; the men’s selection of fragrances is equally impressive and all-encompassing — prepare to be blown away. And unless you already know exactly what it is you want to pick up, plan on spending tons of time browsing through all the goodies (just don’t miss your flight, please).
Follow along to stay “in The Loop” as I continue to explore this amazing store!
the detail on these bottles kills me …
Just imagine: this is merely a fraction of what’s available (I know, right?)
So apparently the “Ideal Man” is available for purchase — good to know …
What’s more Canadian than a bear wearing a Habs jersey?
Many thanks to The Loop for partnering to sponsor this post/As always, all opinions are my own
If there’s one word to describe the unconventional Mugler universe, then ‘classic’ would not be the first thing that comes to mind (this is the same house that has given us both Angel & Alien, after all) and yet one look at Woodissime from the Les Exceptions fragrance range, and all I see are the pure classic lines of its Art Deco-inspired bottle. I’d actually stop here, but the beauty has only just begun …
Woodissime Eau de Parfum (CAN $185.00/80 ml) | It all starts with the details: housed in a heavy-gauge rigid black cardboard box that is held securely shut with a metal clip on one end (embossed with the Mugler star), it flips open to reveal the treasure inside: the stunning bottle nestled snugly upon a sueded white bed. Made in France, it draws inspiration from Art Deco design and has metal banding the cap and sides of the luxe glass bottle, but it’s the actual fragrance that’s the real star of the show. According to the brand, ‘Woodissime is characterized by its overdose of sensual Oud wood, stirred with the softness of Osmanthus flower. Woodissime’s mesmerizing unisex fragrance trail captures an unexpected harmony between woody intensity and floral sparkle’. Some of the notes include:
- Oud Wood
- Gaiac Wood
“I’ve used superb natural raw materials to bring out the facets I like most and create a composition of great character. To soften its animalic dimension, I balanced it with Osmanthus blossom, which adds a sophisticated touch of soft suede and succulent fruit reminiscent of apricots or juicy plums” JEAN-CHRISTOPHE HÉRAULT (creator of Woodissime)
Labelling Woodissime as a unisex fragrance might seem a bit of a stretch, although given that everyone’s body chemistry composition is unique, it could still be made to work. Meant to invoke the lushness of a forest, the fruity-floral tones balance out the earthiness of the patchouli, rounding things off beautifully and adding subtle pops of softness. I got a sense of a boozy tone upon initial spritzing but that quickly gave way to something more fey & mysterious; like flowers in fog, if that makes any sense. After a while, the fragrance settles down to something more powdery but as in the soft-skin variety (and nowhere near ‘old lady’ territory).
As someone who is rather ‘fragrance-sensitive’ certain scents can give me an instant migraine, regardless of how temptingly gorgeous the packaging may be. So I’m almost delirious happy that Woodissime works out so well for me, as I probably would have gone into mourning if I couldn’t wear something so special but could only stare longingly at the stunning bottle. With seven glorious Les Exceptions fragrances to choose from, each is a standout composition that gives a new & unexpected twist to the classic genre as only Mugler can — and thus basically continuing to defy our expectations of what a classic really is or can be.
On another ‘note’, this beauty would also make for one totally amazing gift for the luxe fragrance aficionado on your list (then you can borrow it too. Win-win).
Available at select Hudson’s Bay stores and online
PRsample/As always, all opinions are my own