Review: Jimmy Choo Illicit flower EDT

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This is by far the most feminine fragrance Jimmy Choo has released. This fragrance is definitely a mix of chic, bold and beautiful. Pretty much the Jimmy Choo woman in a bottle. The bottle is the same as its older sister but doesn’t smell anything like it. Jimmy Choo Illicit is sweet and Jimmy Choo illicit is just floral.

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As far as I can think this is the first EDT to be released but don’t be fooled the lasting power is amazing.

Note wise we have:

Top: Apricot, Mandarin and Freesia

Heart: Rose, Grapefruit Flower and Jasmine

Bottom: Musk, Sandalwood and Cashmeran

It has 2 of my favourites notes rose and musk and it is pink so what is not to love about this scent. I would say this is a fruity woody floral fragrance.

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When I sniff it I get rose, sandalwood and grapefruit. It smells to me like a fruity version of Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey florale.

You can find this at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Edgars, Foschini, Red Square, Stuttafords & Truworths from the 15th September 2016 (Right in the middle of spring. Such a perfect spring scent.) For 40ml at R645 , 60ml at R945 and 100ml at R1095.

Oscar by Oscar de la Renta EDT

This was released in 1978 and is the first fragrance from him. And as you know Oscar is a famous fashion designed who passed away last year but the brand still lives on. And it is arriving in SA only now though. This fragrance, to me, is like all the good parts of women’s fragrance put together to form a very classic fragrance.

Some of my faves of his designs
Some of my faves of his designs
My favorite quote from him
My favorite quote from him

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Bottle wise: Sharp green and a bit powdery. I get a lot of the herbs in the bottle with a faint trace of florals in the back.

How it smells: This fragrance actually smells a lot like Chanel no. 5 it has the same musky and powderiness to it.  Really strong and last the entire day. A bit of a strange mix but not at all unpleasant with the rosemary and sandal wood being the most dominant note. It’s interesting and definitely smells like a classic fragrance. As Oscar settles down the perfume heads into more floral territory with a smattering of herbs and green rosemary while still retaining that classic powder scent. The fragrance uses florals in a sheer way with a hit of spicy carnation to give those flowers a bit more sway. The dry down is probably my favorite part that sees Oscar head into this warm amber and spicy powder finish with a dash of full-bodied patchouli. I know a lot of younger people who will be turned off by the powderiness of this and I will warn everyone that this does smell very much like a classic. But if you’re looking to smell sophisticated, this is good stuff.

Bottle Design: Oscar’s eau de toilette bottle is a tall glass with a black cap. The shape of the bottle is a bit interesting and sets it out from other perfumes by not being a big tall rectangle. Haven’t actually seen a fragrance bottle that looks like this it really stands out on a shelf. The design is simple yet elegant just like his designs.

Fragrance Family: floral aromatic

Notes: Orange blossom, basil, coriander, galbanum, peach, gardenia, ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, rose, rosemary, cyclamen, lavender, orchid, opoponax, carnation, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, amber. The strange thing about this scent it doesn’t change much from the moment you spray it and I found it quite tough to put my finger on the 3 levels of the scent but i’m loving that notes list and marvel at how well the notes actually work in this fragrance.

How to beat dry lips and memories of lip-ice original

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IMG-20150701-00692 IMG-20150701-00694Lips are the focal point of you face and we use them for so many things so we always want them to look polished and in prim condition. And let’s face it is rather embarrassing to have scaly bleeding lips (way to kill the mood right?!) I’ve suffered from dry lips all my childhood but since I’ve started blogging I’ve learnt many things to keep it at bay. Let me emphasise that there is no instant solution to cracked/dry lips this takes constant maintenance so no magic cure product here unfortunately. Dry lips can be very annoying especially during winter. Here’s a list of beauty tips for dry lips that will help you sail through any time of the year with beautiful and moisturized lips. You may think of chapped lips as something that only happens in the winter. But the truth is, unless you take special care, your lips can get dry, sore, and scaly any time of year. If you do these things, you could be your own worst enemy when it comes to healthy lips. You Go Commando Your lips don’t have oil glands, and they’re almost always exposed to the elements. So if you don’t take care of them, you’ll pay the price. What can you do to keep them safe?

  1. Lip balms – a must for dry lips: Lips balms act as a protection from the sun. A thin coat is good enough to keep it greasy and it also helps lips from getting chapped. Use the right lip Balm Peppermint enriched lip balms soothe the chapped lips. A good balm can buffer your delicate lip skin from the elements. Choose one high in emollients. Check the ingredient list for petrolatum, which locks in moisture, and dimethicone which seals off cracks and splits in drying lips. Apply early and often. Whatever type of product you choose, apply it before you put on lipstick or lip gloss, not after. To keep your lips protected, reapply frequently, apply first thing in the morning, last thing at night your cleanser may actually be drying out your lips —both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide disrupt your pH balance and can cause chipping and every couple of hours during the day. To make this easier, stash a tube in your purse, one in the car, a third your desk, and another near the bed. I recommend the Original Lip-Ice has been here since the beginning since 1965 to be exact; it is the original source of lip care and has been looking after South African lips since before you can remember. Comes in a variety of flavours(cherry, spearmint, musk, bubble gum, peach-apricot, orange, cocoa butter and original) and are really affordable(R19,95). It’s back to basics and simple and using these again has just reminded me how much I love them especially the cherry variant. It is nice and thick so it forms a good protective moisture barrier.
  2. Protect your lips when you’re outside choose a lip balm with sun protection year-round.
  3. Drink up. Not enough water factors inside and outside your body can dry out your lips. You know it has tons of benefits for your body. One of those is to fight the dehydration that leads to chapped lips. On one hand we spoke of moisture being lost from your lips, now let’s talk about how you can regain it. The obvious answer is to drink lots of water to keep the level of moisture balanced. It also helps to clean up your system for an overall healthy body. Hydrating from the inside will help keep your lips from getting dry.
  4. Use a humidifier indoors. These devices provide the moisture your lips and skin crave. It’s great to have one at work as well as at home, especially in the winter. Turn it on at night to replenish your skin while you sleep.
  5. Don’t lick your lips. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, running your tongue over your lips is the worst thing you can do for them. As your saliva dries, it takes more moisture from your skin. Reach for your lip balm instead. Licking your lips when they are dry is a common habit that all of us have. But it is not a good idea if you’re looking to treat dry lips. It is a vicious circle, you lick, it dries and you lick again. Biting doesn’t help either (yes I am talking to you Anastasia from fifty shades of grey). It makes the lips dry and sometimes bleed too. Don’t lick your lips. We lick our dry lips to add some moisture, but it actually dries them out even more. Your saliva contains acids that break down food, but they also irritate your lips. Plus, continuously licking will remove any natural oils you have on your lips.
  6. Avoid irritants that get in touch with your Lips. Ingredients in toothpastes for example are proven to cause irritation on dry lips. Obviously you can’t stop brushing your teeth but just be extra cautious not to let it linger on your lips for too long
  7. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate Yes, don’t look so shocked but you do have lip scrubs to exfoliate your lips. It is obviously to help you get rid of the dead skin and make your lips soft and supple, ready to be kissed! Use a lip exfoliator or make an at-home paste with sugar and honey. For very sensitive lips, use a clean, soft toothbrush and brush it back and forth.
  8. For chapped and sore lips, slice up a cucumber into thin pieces and leave them over lips for five minutes (try it while you’re watching TV). It helps rehydrates your lips, and feels fantastic.
  9. Stick to lipsticks with conditioners like vitamin E, macadamia oil, and shea butter. Take a pass on matte lip colours in favour of moisturizing lipsticks. If you must go matte (hey, it’s a hot trend this season!), apply a lip conditioner before.
  10. If your lips are chapped, take a pass on drinking orange juice, eating grapefruit, and putting any other citrus fruits near your lips—they can cause more dryness.
  11. Say goodbye to those hot wings for a while, because yes, spicy foods can dry out your lips.
  12. Suffering from really bad chapping? Look for a treatment with ceramides, which help to restore the skin barrier.

Avon and Justine June favourites

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A while a got spoilt with a box of newness from Avon/Justine and I’ve had chance to sort through all of my faves.

  1. Avon ultra colour lip tint pens(R169.90)

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Was so excited to see these I literally slapped these on the moment I saw them. I have a deep obsession with lippies just say an easy way to make a statement and pick up any look. These do not disappoint at all! Love love love! I received 2 colours freesia (a berry pink) and raspberry(a cherry red). Packaging wise as always these look expensive and sleek the cap clicks shut tight so the product won’t dry out or the cap won’t fall off in your bag. The felt tip makes it really easy to quickly and precisely apply the product. When I apply it the pen doesn’t leak or feel overly wet (if that makes sense) application is actually really smooth and I don’t even really feel anything. Very light weight I hardly even remembered I had anything on my lips and extremely pigmented. The colour does last the entire day just fades a bit and transfers once applied but once the top layer has transferred the colour afterwards stays put. It’s not drying nor overly hydrating and the colour does appear matte due to it’s nature. It does require exfoliation and a slick of lip balm underneath like with any lip stain otherwise it will emphasise dry patches. I’ve been using these daily for a few weeks now and they haven’t dried out one bit. Definitely recommend this for anybody who loves colour but hates reapplication and worries about transfers.

  1. Avon ideal flawless cream concealer(R119.90)
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My second love as you know is concealer hides any imperfections without the need to wear a full face of foundation. Packaging wise this really reminds me of the bobbi brown concealers without the mirror which is not really an issue. As usual the compacts snap shut tight and is very small and light weight. Initially when you pick up some of the product you notice it is very sheer but don’t let that deceive you coverage on this is amazing. It is extremely creamy and actually silky it doesn’t dry out the skin at all even though it sets to a powder finish. I tried it over a pimple and under the eyes and it really conceals well in both cases. Lasting power is pretty impressive too and mine lasted for the whole day.

  1. Avon ColorTrend boost it! Mascara(R69.90)

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A lot of people really love this mascara this however is not suitable for me specifically as I prefer lengthening mascaras as opposed to volumizing ones since I lack in that department. I do however think it is a great mascara for someone who has the length but just looking for some volume. This hot pink tube clicks airtight shut. The formula is not overly wet which gives it a good amount of control whilst applying but it also doesn’t dry down to a crumbly mess. Dries and sets really fast because the formula is not so wet so you don’t have to worry about a major mess if you accidently blink I actually prefer drier formulas for this reason and even find that I only once a mascara has dried a bit can I actually fall in love with them. It holds a curl well and is easy to remove. My eyes didn’t feel irritated afterwards. The thickness of the formula again works great for volume boosting mascaras as it nicely wraps and coats the lashes also lashes look defined and I didn’t notice any clumping. It is a true black colour and the tiny brush makes it easy to reach even the smallest lash with less fuss. There is a bit of fallout and transfer under the eyes by the end of the day but not major panda eyes.

  1. Justine body balance even tone body butter(R105)

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A must have for winter skin this body butter smells like a green floral. Contains a blend of my beloved miracle argan oil, shea butter and grape seed oil. Very hydrating and thick so it creates a nice moisture barrier. It specifically meant to target uneven skin tone.

  1. Justine luminescence even tone day cream SPF 15 (R410)

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This comes in a gorgeous pink glass pump tube. It is very hydrating and lightweight making a great base for makeup application. The magic ingredients here are mulberry, grape fruit extract, argan, grape seed, sunflower seed, neem seed, rice bran, skullcap, wheat germ and saxifrage sarmentosa extract basically all the things you could put into a cream combined.  Specifically meant to even out blemishes and increase skin firmness within 7 days.

  1. Avon fan nail brush (R49.95)

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The concept is a quick striped nail effect which works pretty well and is really quick and easy to do.

You can find all these in the June avon catalogue