Review: Dunhill icon elite

The Dunhill man is a modern British gentleman, who loves the finer things in life and divides his time between country pursuits on the weekend and a city job in the week. It reminds me that successful hot boss you secretly have a crush on in that sexy Gucci suit. #ChristianGrey

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Dunhill Icon Elite is masculine and represents the spirit and tradition of the Dunhill brand which celebrates the elegant man and his timeless style.

Notes

Top Notes: Bergamot, Kaffir Lime, Cardamom.

Heart Notes: Vetiver Absolute, Blue Sage, Black Pepper

Base Notes: Ebony Wood, Sandlewood, Black Suede

To best describe how this smells: It is a aromatic woody fresh scent which is warm and spicy. The heart and soul of the fragrance is constructed around a core blend of notes: Sicilian Bigarade , Vetiver and Sandalwood. This is the signature of the fragrance. The robust spicy accord of the Cardamon and Black Pepper adds depth and force whilst a Heart Blue Sage affirms elegance. Finally a masculine combination of Ebony Wood contrasts with a Black Suede to convey fine craftsmanship and exquisite quality of materials.

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The Design of the bottle is inspired by it’s rich British motoring heritage, it is encase in a sleek onyx glass with engine-turned pattern.

Dunhill Icon Elite:

100ml EDP           R1595

50ml EDP             R1095

30ml EDP             R995

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Sexy time with Agent Provocateur

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UK’s premium lingerie brand Agent Provocateur recently released 2 exciting new fragrances: Aphrodisiaque and Pure Aphrodisiaque. The unique fragrance is a fine concoction reflects perfectly the brand’s ideology of sultry seduction. Defined by the Marquee as ‘sexy, curvy and voluptuous’  the bottles are designed to play on your naughty side with its controversial exterior that can easily be mistaken for a rather opulent looking sex toy.

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Pure Aphrodisiaque

This is the one in the pink bottle.

Notes are:

Top Notes Mandarin, Anjou pear, Rum (yes rum!)
Heart Notes Jasmine, Wild orchid, Indian tuberose
Base Notes Woods, Musk, Amber

A mix of woody fruity floral. It evokes a sense of provocative, seductive, intoxicating and arousing feel.

Aphrodisiaque

This is the one in the gold.

Notes are:

TOP: Tempting Blackberry, Radiant Jasmine, White Pepper

MID: Black Honey, Blooming Cereus,  Gilded Vanilla Orchid

DRY: Sensual Musk, Bewitching Resin, Creamy Musk

An elegant, sexy, musky warm scent. The musk adds a bit of mystery making this more of a night scent.

Both are available from Dis-chem for 90ml for R1395

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Review: Ponds pimple clear face wash and leave-on expert clearing gel

 

 

 

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Pond’s has just launched the Pimple Clear range consisting of a face wash and clearing gel. Each product contains a ‘Thymo-T Essence’ which essentially consists of a blend of thyme and pine extract which targets a pimple causing germs and helps clear it away in just 3 days and salicylic acid which is also a great zit busting ingredient. Basically what makes this different is that it penetrates deep inside bacteria cells to clear pimples from the root and preventing it from coming back.

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Packaging wise: Pond’s Pimple Clear face wash comes in a white squeezey tube packaging with a flip open cap. The flat tube packaging is very sturdy, hygienic and travel-friendly.

Price wise: Pond’s products are always on the affordable side. The pimple clear face wash is R52,99 and the leave-on expert clearing gel is R34,99. It is also easily to find as it will be in most stores and supermarkets.

My Experience: I have always been a fan of their predecessor Pond’s spot clear even tone multi action facial foam + scrub so I was quite excited to try this one. Pond’s face washes are a little harsher than most cleanser so not ideal for sensitive skin but great for oily skin. You only need less than a pea size and it forms rich lather and removes every trace of dirt and oil from the face. My skin feels squeaky clean and deeply cleansed.My skin does feel tight or dried after I wash it. And I don’t get breakouts when I use this. The leave-on expert clearing is great for using as a spot treatment to get rid of those pesky buggers.

Review: Mont Blanc Lady Emblem Elixir EDP

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New flanker to Mont Blanc lady emblem creating a fresher take on the original. Ever scent from this jewelry designer oozes timeless sophistication and elegance.

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The bottle firstly as I have mentioned before is the most beautiful perfume bottle I have ever seen so I love that they have kept this trade mark design. This one now just has a rose gold tint on the base.

Notes are:

Fruity top: Pepper, litchi and mandarin.

Floral heart: Damascus rose absolute, Iris, jasmine and Orange blossom

Woody base: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Patchouli

This musky, woody floral is a marriage of Mont blanc legend pour femme and Mont blanc lady legend. Love that they have kept the unique damascus rose consistent for both.

Avaliable Edgars, Red Square, Dis-chem, Truworths, Foschini and Clicks.

30m EDP – R745

50ml EDP – R995

75ml EDP – R1195

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Review: Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray

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Thermal sprays have long been popular in Europe. They contain minerals, silicates, and other trace elements that soothe sensitive skin and calm inflammation.

Benefits

This incredible product has multiple uses: to soothe after cleansing, to calm the skin after shaving, to refresh skin during sporting activity or travelling, to soothe sunburn or “overheated” skin, to reduce itching and rashes, to set make-up, to help heal damaged skin.

How to use:

Hold upright. Do not shake. Spray onto the skin in a fine mist. Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, then gently pat dry. Use as often as necessary.

Thoughts:

I know what you guys are thinking: “isn’t this just pure spring water in a sterile can?!” Well yes and no…it is more of a super water…it is spring water, but this spring water is derived from the Avène-las-Bains thermal spring in France which has been dermatologically proven to have skin benefits, especially for those who suffer from sensitive, hypersensitive and allergic skin

I like to use mine to set my makeup and through out the day as a refresher. The can sprays a really nice light mist. It gives a nice glow to the skin and skin feels more awake.

 

Oscar de la Renta extraordinary romances us with Pétale

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Current new obsession everything about this fragrance has got me obsessed from the pretty in pink bottle that’s shape fits so perfectly in my hand to the seductive feminine soft rose dominated floral scent. This is fast becoming my new signature scent.

Oscar de la Renta has launched Extraordinary Pétale, a softer, floral, more romantic and modern variation on 2015’s Extraordinary. Giving a floral and modern twist.

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Inspired by a delicate botanical lace from Oscar de la Renta’s ready-to-wear collection. True to the brand their fragrances are always elegant, sophisticated and feminine.

Light floral which smells clean and fresh and totally blown away by the lasting power.

This opens with a rosey floral, a touch fruity zest from the bergamot and mandarin. The rose, jasmine and vanilla take over once the fragrance starts to settle down, while the musk and amber linger on the dry down. The rose dominates the fragrance which I love love love!

The official notes are:

  • Top: Bergamot Champagne, Zesty Mandarin, Sparking Aldehydes
  • Middle Note: Rose LMR, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute
  • Dry: Couture Amber, Vanilla Orchid Petals, Radiance Musk

You can find this exclusively at Dis-chem for 90ml for R1395.

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Review: John Frieda Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner

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This line is specialized specifically for brunettes with a selection of products to either brighten or deepen your brown hair. It claims to maximize your hair colour’s potential. It works with both natural and chemically processed hair.

I gave the brightening subtle lightening one as I want my hair lighter.

It’s called “visibly brighter” which mean it doesn’t directly state that they will make the hair any shades lighter. The bottle states:

*“Give your brunette hair a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo  cleanses and gradually infuses golden tones to illuminate the spectrum of your brunette color.” Honey has great moisturizing benefits for dry and damaged hair, which is very helpful for those with colour treated hair. Marigold is also great for to help repair and nourish.

* “Hydrate your hair with a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner moisturizes your hair and illuminates the spectrum of brunette tones”

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And as you can see from the ingredients listed below it doesn’t contain harsh things like peroxide and ammonia which damage your hair so there aren’t really hair lightening ingredients to bleach the hair.

Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo
WATER, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, CETYL ALCOHOL, BETAINE, FRAGRANCE, CARAMEL, COCAMIDE MEA, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM CHLORIDE, YELLOW 10, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, MALIC ACID, IRON OXIDES/CI 77491, MICA, GLYCINE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BENZOPHENONE-4, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, YELLOW 5, EXT. VIOLET 2, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PPG-9, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, HONEY EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Conditioner
WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, CETYL ESTERS, FRAGRANCE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, LACTIC ACID, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, SILICONE QUATERNIUM-22, MICA, PPG-3 MYRISTYL ETHER, CARAMEL, DISODIUM EDTA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, GLYCINE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE, GLYCERIN, MALIC ACID, YELLOW 5, TIN OXIDE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, HONEY EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

Overall hair did look brighter and glossier over time. The products do burn the scalp a bit but don’t be too alarmed when that actually happens.

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