22 January, 2017

Scented Sunday: Best Women's Perfumes of the 21st Century, So Far

Hello, friends!
It feels very strange to be blogging again after having been "missing in action" for eight months. Here's the reason why I've been gone: I got a full-time job early last year. That job involved spending eight hours in front of a computer, writing reviews. As you can imagine, the last thing that I wanted to do during my free time was to review products, or even type anything on my computer at all. Since then, I have left my job.

Anyhow, can you believe that it is now 2017? For this year, I wanted to start a new series, called Scented Sunday, which means that every Sunday will be dedicated to discussing all things pertaining to perfumes and fragrances.

For my first post of the series, I'd like to talk about the best women's perfumes released in the 21st Century, so far. I will begin with the year 2000, and end with 2016, as 2017 is not over yet.

2000: Truth, by Calvin Klein
Truth was a very unique perfume, with cold notes of misty dew, green leaves, and flower petals, contrasting against the warmth and sweetness of woods and a woman's skin. The result was something incredibly beautiful and sensual. Sadly, this perfume was on the market for only a few years before it was pulled off the shelves completely. Why was this? My theory is that the perfume was ahead of its time; if it were launched today, the perfume world would have been crazy about it.

2001: Coco Mademoiselle, by Chanel
Coco Mademoiselle was released 15 years ago, and the fact that it is still one of the top-sellers today should make it a case study. The perfume house of Chanel wanted to release something more contemporary to tap into the youth market. However, it wanted to maintain high standards that it was always known for (and still is known for), so a lot of care went into the formulation of Coco Mademoiselle. This modern, yet forever timeless chypre, with notes of patchouli and orange blossom, is a modern classic, and I predict that it will still be a top-seller ten years from now and beyond.

2002: Black Cashmere, by Donna Karan
Yet another perfume that is hard to find! I honestly can't determine whether Black Cashmere has been discontinued, or if it just has a very limited production, because sometimes I'd see it being sold, and then I'd go for a few years without seeing it at the stores at all, and then it'd be back again later for a short time.

Black Cashmere really does conjure up the image of a plush, luxurious cashmere sweater, with its blend if warm woodsy notes, along with very subtle hints of warm amber and musk. Definitely worth a try, especially now, when dressing in colors such as black, white, and gray is so popular.

2003: Chance, by Chanel
Basically, Chance smells very similar to Coco Mademoiselle, but less intense. Despite not being a very unique scent from Chanel, due to its similarity to Coco Mademoiselle, its success resulted in multiple spin-offs (Chance Eau Fraiche, Chance Eau Tendre, etc.). After the success of Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel knew that it was onto something when it introduced luxury perfume to the youth market. So, Chance--the younger version of Coco Mademoiselle--was born. If you think about it, this was genius marketing. Let's say a sixteen-year-old girl (the target audience for Chance is 16 to 18 years old) falls in love with Chance and wears it. At some point during her early 20s, she's probably going to graduate on to Coco Mademoiselle. In her late 20s/early 30s, she's most likely going to try Coco, Allure, Cristalle, or even Chanel No 5. So, that is how Chanel gets its lifelong customers, as each perfume is a progressively more intense version of the previous one. Ingenious!

2004: None. While there were many perfumes released in 2004, none really stood out enough to deserve a spot as "the best." The tolerable ones from that year were equally average; the bad ones were equally bad. Overall, a very mediocre year in perfume history.

2005: Fantasy, Britney Spears
Twelve years later, Fantasy is still not only a top-selling Britney Spears perfume, but an overall top-selling celebrity perfume, period, according to sales reports shared with me by friends in the industry. It has also inspired a lot of spin-offs (Midnight Fantasy, Circus Fantasy, etc.). Sadly, this gorgeous blend of chocolate-and-vanilla-cupcake has since been reformulated, which I addressed here and here.

2006: Beautiful Precious Drops, Estee Lauder
This limited-edition release actually had the same scent as the original Beautiful--released in 1985, but had thicker, serum-like texture instead. Did you know that Estee Lauder created Beautiful, after she wanted a perfume that smelled of flowers that one would find in traditional bridal bouquets? 2006 was not a very good year for perfumes; in fact, the ones released that year were so mediocre that that best one was actually a re-release of a perfume from 1985.

2007: Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, Estee Lauder
Wow, what a glamorous, full-bodied floral! Aerin Lauder--Estee Lauder's granddaughter--wanted to honor her grandmother's memory by releasing a perfume based on Estee Lauder's personal scent, Private Collection. The result was Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, a gorgeous, long-lasting white floral perfume. What made this an outstanding perfume was the gorgeous gardenia note that did not trigger headaches like other gardenia perfumes can. Definitely one of my most favorite floral perfumes, ever.
2008: Sensuous, Estee Lauder
Wow, another Estee Lauder perfume! I promise that I am not being paid by this brand to give its perfumes all these accolades. Estee Lauder just happens to have hired a very talented team of perfumers. Sensuous is a mix of spiciness and warm skin. It is sexy without being loud, and instead stays close to you. However, it is very long-lasting, and could still be smelled eight hours later.

2009: Omnia Green Jade, Bulgari
Omnia Green Jade smelled exactly like how jade looks--smooth, cool, and green in a sweet way. Sadly discontinued, this perfume was a blend of aquatic, white peony, jasmine, wood, and a hint of pistachio with some citrus. On paper, the notes look disjointed and like they would not flow together, but the result was actually a very cool and smooth, sweet green scent. Omnia Green Jade's discontinuation was due to poor marketing, like pretty much all of Bulgari's scents in the Omnia line. Efforts were put into creating these masterpieces, but they would not have strong, active ad campaigns to let consumers know that they even exist. I will never understand that.

2010: Chance Eau Tendre, Chanel
Honestly, Chance Eau Tendre is not my most favorite perfume. However, it does deserve to be on this list, due to its impact. The perfume is a more romantic and floral, less spicy than the original Chance. Of the Chance series, Eau Tendre is the bestselling one. It is a perfume for somebody who wants to wear perfume, but is afraid to.

2011: Le Parfum, Elie Saab
Wow, glamour and beauty in a bottle! Le Parfum is gorgeous blend of white florals (African orange flower, and jasmine), with honey, a hint of rose, and cedar. The scent has great projection, and is very long-lasting. This is a modern, yet glamorous diva of a perfume.

2012: Pure DKNY A Drop of Rose, DKNY
This is the most beautiful rose perfume ever made. It is full-bodied, smooth, true rose, and is the best edition in DKNY's Pure collection. The scent is strong in a good way, and lasts all day without changing. A Drop of Rose is a romantic rose perfume; there's something almost otherworldly about this perfume; it makes me think of a maiden from King Arthur's court whenever I smell it.

2013: Si, by Giorgio Armani
Wow, this modern chypre (woodsy-mossy) has been a bestseller since its released back in 2013. Si is an aromatic, warm blend of cassis, patchouli, white floral, rose, amber, and woods. The result is something smooth and warm like skin, with a glamorous sweetness that lasts all day. Si is a very versatile perfume; it fits in all settings, whether in the high fashion world or Modern Hollywood. I'd like to mention one thing, however: the version sold in Europe is much longer lasting than the version sold in America, despite both have "Made in France" written on the packaging.

2014: Black Opium, Yves Saint Laurent
Dark! Sexy! Rock 'n' Roll! Black Opium is the scent of black leather jacket and red lipstick. The perfume is a warm and spicy blend of vanilla and coffee, with hints of jasmine, orange blossom, and woods. I've written a more extensive review for it here.

2015: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere (2015 edition), Chanel
A beautiful, modernized version of the classic No. 5 that deserves its own name. Despite its beauty and uniqueness (smells like sexy, just-showered bare skin!), No. 5 Eau Premiere has not been selling very well, due to the lack of proper marketing (an ugly-looking commercial featuring Giselle swimming in a wetsuit? I'm sorry, but where was the glamour in this? It did not represent the scent at all). Also, the bottle is nearly identical to the one for the classic Chanel No. 5, so it doesn't stand out at all, which makes the average consumer overlook it and think that it's just another bottle of Chanel No. 5. I am so frustrated by this entire thing, seriously. My complete review for Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere is here.
See the boring, forgettable commercial here: 

2016: Si Le Parfum, by Giorgio Armani
This is the most concentrated version of Si. It is deeper and sweeter than Si, and does not have as much of the green patchouli note. While Si Le Parfum does cost more than the Eau de Parfum, if this is your favorite perfume, then it is worth the investment because it's much more concentrated, so you'd use less of it. Elegant, bold, feminine.

What perfume have you been wearing this season?
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30 May, 2016

Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask Review

Hey, guys!
Can you believe that May is almost over? Soon, it'll be June, and we'll be halfway until Christmas! It's so insane how this year seems to fly by so quickly; I want it to slow down for just a bit, so that I can actually enjoy life.

Speaking of slowing down to enjoy life, have you I told you that I got a job in a bigger, more fast-paced city? It is totally different from where I'm living, which is more country. It's true, friends, I finally pulled myself together and got a "big girl" job in a big city. Haha. So, if you're wondering why I've been a little bit more quiet lately, it's because I've been very busy with my new job. In fact, I'm in the city five days a week, and while I am enjoying myself there, it is also more crowded, and I have to be very, very diligent about caring for my skin. I'm facing pollutants every day, so it is extremely important that I use the proper products that will help undo the damage each day.

For the past week, I have been using Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask once every three nights. Its unique formula draws out the impurities from my skin, improves my skin tone, reduces pore size, along with firming and strengthening my skin.

The key ingredients in Valentia's Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask are:

  • Kaolin Clay: known for its detoxifying powers, clay minerals draw out impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother, firmer skin.
  • Plant Stem Cells: This French developed constituent naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins, working to soothe the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.
  • Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins and minerals that hydrates the skin's surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.
  • CoQ10: Responsible for cell production in the human body, CoQ10 lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating healthy collagen production.
  • Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.
  • Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that repairs collagen production, combats free radical damage, and restores skin to elastic, bright, and wrinkle-free tones and textures.

So, how do you use it? First, apply generously to your face, avoiding the eye area! It should be about this thick:

Leave on for 15-20 minutes or until the mask dries. While the mask is on my skin, I feel a very soothing and tingly-cooling sensation. I love it!

Then, you may use a damp cloth and warm water to remove it. However, I prefer to splash warm water on to my face, over the dried mask, and then begin gently rubbing in a circular motion to exfoliate, as the mask has natural fibers, before rinsing it off completely.

Afterward, I'm left with very smooth skin!

Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask Ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Vitamin C, Plant Stem CElls, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hibiscus Fibers, Cranberry Fibers, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Cranberry Fragrance, Haematococcus Pluvialis extract (Astaxanthin), Organic osehip Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Bearberry, Organic Cranberry extract, Organic Violet, Wildcrafted Wild Cherry, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Rhubarb, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Kelp, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Gotu Kola, Wildcrafted Horsetail, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wildcrafted Wild Geranium, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol.

As you may have noticed, I have reviewed numerous Valentia skincare products on this blog, and that truly is because I am such a big fan of the company. I love how high-quality, well-researched, and effective skincare products are available to consumers at such reasonable prices.

*While this product was sent to me to try, my review and opinion here are 100% my own. 

Where to buy: Valentia's official website (use code REFRESH35 to get 35% off from 5/16-5/31/2016!), and Amazon

Ways to connect with Valentia: FacebookInstagram

Have you tried Valentia's masks? 
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Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Hello, friends!
I hope that Springtime has been as been as enjoyable in your corner of the world as it has been in mine.

Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing Hask haircare products, and I'd like to talk about them today!

The products that I tried and fell in love with were the Purifying ShampooPurifying Conditioner, and the Purifying Deep Conditioner!

The Purifying line features charcoal and citrus oils, which provide a lot of benefits for your scalp. Charcoal from this line is derived from the coconuts of the Philippines; it acts as a magnet-drawing out the impurities and irritants away from your scalp. Then, the Vitamin C-rich lemon and grapefruit oils invigorate and revitalize your hair without stripping away your natural oils, while adding shine to it.

In fact, the Purifying line cleanses your hair effectively yet gently, leaving it with a natural vibrancy and bounce!

Hask Purifying Shampoo is rich, creamy, and totally sulfate-free! The charcoal in the shampoo and conditioner rinses out very easily! Did you know that the shampoo is perfectly safe for color-treated hair?

What I like to do is that after I've wet my hair, I'd squeeze out a small amount, rub my palms together to create a lather, and then massage my scalp to deeply clean my scalp, while allowing my hair follicles to open up and breathe, thus encouraging hair growth! 

After I've rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, I would then condition it, all the way to the tips! Then, I'd put on my shower cap in order to allow the conditioner to work its magic, while I spend a minute to wash my body.

Did you know that I get complimented on my hair by somebody at work almost daily? "Tammy, your hair looks so healthy!" is something that I hear so regularly. You have no idea how many times I've said, "Thanks! It's because I use Hask shampoo and conditioner! You totally have to try it.

Don't forget the deep conditioner treatment, too! The packet is generously sized, and my hair is very short at the moment, so I get two uses out of each. I need to use it only once every 3-4 days! It just leaves my hair feeling so luxurious, I love it!

A really cool fact about Hask is that it sources only the best ingredients from around the world, and does not perform tests on animals! In fact, Hask has very high standards and expectations from its ingredient suppliers, as well. Also, all Hask products are proudly made in the USA! 

To learn more about Hask or find the perfect way to care for your hair type: http://haskbeauty.com/
Where to buy: Use the Hask product locator!
Ways to follow Hask: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

*While these products were sent to me free of charge to try, my experience and opinion are 100% my own.

Have you tried Hask haircare products? 
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04 May, 2016

When Glamour Base and Travelmate Sheet Masks Reviews

Girls and guys, I have to tell you about two recent skincare discoveries that are phenomenalWhen's Glamour Base and Travelmate sheet masks!

As some of you may already know, I went back to working at a full-time, Monday-Friday job last month, after two years of staying home full-time to take care of my sons. The change in my daily schedule really took a toll on my skin, so When's sheet masks have really been a Godsend!

Today, I will talk to you about the two super awesome masks that have quickly become my favorites: Glamour Base and Travelmate!

But first, let's get to know When masks a bit better! They are sheet masks that are made to fit over your face, with openings cut out for your eyes, nose, and mouth. Each sheet is soaked in amazingly good-for-your-skin ingredients, which I wear for 30-45 minutes, before rubbing the remaining serum into my skin. There is no rinsing required!

Let's look at the Glamour Base mask: this one is perfect for when you have a special event to go to, and want your skin to look extra glowy, and your makeup to look extra gorgeous! But hey, you know what? I think that every day should be treated as a special event, so treat yourself to a When mask as often as you like!

One morning, I woke up a little bit earlier than usual, so that I could treat my skin to a pick-me-up treatment before getting dressed and doing my makeup. So, I took a shower, and while my skin was still damp, I placed When's Glamour Base over my face, and relaxed with a steaming-hot cup of English Breakfast tea. 45 minutes later, I emerged as a beautiful swan. Okay, not literally a swan, but my skin was sooo smooth and glowing! The makeup glided on beautifully, and lasted all day, too.

When's Glamour Base Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Adenosine, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

When's Travelmate mask is great for when you are traveling, because it helps your skin recover from the sun, wind, and dry air. However, you don't have to wait until you're actually traveling to use the mask! For example, after you've had a very fun day outside, especially now that the weather has warmed up, or after a long night of partying, or a long day at work, Travelmate is suitable, as well. Heck, or even after a long day of chasing the kids around! 

This weekend has been very hectic for my husband and me, since we spent both days cleaning the house, while ensuring that our boys still received enough love and attention from us. This left me without much time to rest, so I treated myself to When's Travelmate because, you know, I needed it! My skin was seriously in need of some TLC. 

I put the mask on and fell asleep with it still on my face, because I was so exhausted. When I woke up an hour later, my face wasn't as swollen or fatigued-looking, and my skin looked more alive. Overall, I just looked and felt very refreshed, and my skin felt so much softer and supple, too.

When's Travelmate mask ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Archilea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

So far, I've been very impressed with When's sheet masks. While I love going to the spa for some R&R, it is just not something that I can easily do right now. Going to the spa means that I would have to drive for 45 minutes (sometimes 1 hour, if traffic is bad), dealing with rude drivers, finding a place to park my car, and by the time I'm relaxed enough from receiving a facial from the esthetician, it's time for me to pay her $100 + $25 tip, get back in my car, commute home for 45 minutes to 1 hour, dealing with traffic jam and rude drivers, and becoming stressed all over again. For me, it's just not worth spending $125 only to end up feeling even more stressed out than I did before my spa treatment! I'd rather pour myself a glass of Merlot or cup of hot tea, and relax in the comfort of my own home with a mask, lol. ;-)

Other interesting facts about When:

What they are formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
When's masks are vegan and gluten-free.

Where to buy: When masks are available in many regions and countries! Click HERE to find a store near you that carries them.

*When's masks were sent to me to try. All opinions stated here are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

Have you tried When's masks? 
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14 April, 2016

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum Review

Hi, friends!
I am so excited to talk about a serum that I've been using over the past few weeks, to great results: Valentia's Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum!

What does this serum do? Well, it does a lot!

Valentia's Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum promises to:
  • Renew the texture and tone of your skin.
  • Deeply moisturize.
  • Minimize fine lines.
  • Increase elasticity.
  • Brightens & plumps fine lines.
  • Evens hyperpigmentation.
Does the serum work? Absolutely! The magic is in the ingredients and what they do:
  • Wakame bioferment (seaweed): increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defense.
  • Gotu Kola: lessens the appearance of scars and increases skin firmness.
  • Lactic Acid: a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
  • Licorice: lightens unwanted pigmentation and and corrects skin discoloration.
  • Argan oil: naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduces water loss and protects skin's resiliency and elasticity.

My experience: Whoa, this serum works, for sure! As with all effective skincare, you should be patient, as Valentia's Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is something that provides long-term results.

I apply this serum all over my face in the morning, wait for two or three minutes, and then apply my usual skincare. When I washed my face at night, my skin felt incredibly soft yet firm. After ten days of daily use, my skin looked much brighter, as well. 

I use a full pump on each side of my face, follow by a moisturizer and sunscreen. Remember, since this serum promotes cell turnover and brings forth newer, younger skin, it is very important to protect it from the sun in order to prevent further damages.

Texture: light with a milky appearance.

Scent: citrus from natural orange water, but fades away as soon as you apply the serum to your face.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely. Just look at the list of impressive ingredients! I get the same results that I got with Sunday Riley's lactic acid-based "Good Genes" serum, except that that one is $105, versus the $35 that Valentia charges for theirs. 

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum ingredients: Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Organic Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Stem Cells, Sodium Lactate, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Licorice, Wildcrafted Arnica Montana, Organic Argan Oil, Proprietary Protein Amino Acid Blend, Acrylates /C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidopentanoic Acid, Clementine Essential Oil, Camellia Oil, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Proprietary Wildcrafted Blend, Alcohol, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol. 

Cost: $35

*The masks were sent to me, free of charge, to review. All opinions stated here are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

What serum are you using this Spring?
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10 April, 2016

UNBIASED Review: Does the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara Work?

If you're like me, you've been seeing Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara system all over the internet ever since 2013. And, if you're like me, you might have been either curious or horrified by the before-and-after pictures posted by women with clumpy, spider-like eyelashes.

Before we go any further, let me tell you one thing: those women with horrible eyelashes did not know how to apply the mascara properly, and used a very heavy hand. I sincerely believe that it was due to user error. However, I've gotten a bit ahead of myself here, so let's back up a little.

Last week, I shelled out $35 ($29 for the mascara system + $6 shipping) of my own money for the mascara system, and I have to tell you, it was the best decision that I have ever made. The mascara system is extremely easy to use, and definitely gives me the desired results every time.

The version that I bought is the newest one, and arrived like this: it arrived with a Transplanting Gel, and a tube of fiber.

The Transplanting Gel is just a tinted gel that you'd apply to your eyelashes before applying the fiber. Honestly, even alone, the gel would make an excellent lengthening mascara.

While the Transplanting Gel is still wet, you'd apply the fiber over it. However, press the fiber against the back of your hand first, in order to prevent fallouts. If you want length only, apply to the tips of your eyelashes. If you want length and volume, apply over the entire eyelashes, but with a light hand! Remember, you can build it up easily, so there is no need to over-do it.

After you have applied the fiber, seal it with the Transplanting Gel again. If you'd like to add more fiber, do so while the gel is still wet, and then seal again. Remember to seal the fiber each time before adding more! Also, I'd highly recommend combing your eyelashes in between, and after you're done.

So, does the mascara system work? YES!

Let me give you my eyelashes profile: They are very short, sparse, straight, and they do not hold a curl, ever. Mascaras are useless on me, and they don't change how my eyelashes look (I tried everything, from drugstore to high-end, trust me; I had access to every mascara available in North America due to my former profession).

Lastly, I have heavy hooded eyelids -- so hooded that people think that they are monolids, but they are not. My hooded eyelids are so heavy that they push down on my natural lashes, causing them to look even shorter. So, the fact that just one application of the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes system could make my nearly non-existent eyelashes look impressive should tell you something!

Honestly, I love this mascara system because it makes me feel good about myself. I will repurchase this forever, and honestly have no desire to try anything else! It's that amazing!

Cost: $29

Where to buy: I bought mine from my Younique consultant -- Vanessa, whom I highly recommend due to her expertise, and quick response! If you have any questions, you should definitely get in touch with her! I have not been compensated in any way for this blog post, neither by Younique nor its consultant.

Have you tried Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes?
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28 March, 2016

Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere Review

The classic Chanel No. 5 perfume is still as controversial today as it was back in 1921, when it was released. The reason is because for the past 95 years, it has elicited so many extreme responses: people either love it or hate it, no in-between! However, that's also what makes it a classic.

In 2007, the house of Chanel released No. 5 Eau Premiere, a modernized version of the classic, and girl friends, let me tell you, it is fabulous. Back in 2013, No. 5 Eau Premiere was repackaged, from a tall rectangular bottle to the same bottle that the classic is in. A lot of people complained that the scent was also changed, but to me, both the 2007 and 2013 versions smelled the same (this is just according to my nose, of course). My bottle was purchased in January 2016, for reference.

So, what's the difference between the classic Chanel No. 5 and No. 5 Eau Premiere, anyway? Well, while No. 5 Eau Premiere still has the same abstract, beguiling, and futuristic qualities as the classic, it does smell so much more sparkling. If glitters and shimmers had a scent, they would smell like No. 5 Eau Premiere; the perfume just has such a crystalline quality to it.

Basically, the perfumers at the house of Chanel removed the amber and violet that are in the classic No. 5, and the result was No. 5 Eau Premiere. While I enjoy amber and violet on their own, together they smell very dated. Thus, removing the amber and violet from the formula totally brought the perfume into the 21st Century.

Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere is so fabulous, sophisticated, yet not stuffy at all. It's sparkling yet complex, and has just as much personality as the classic. The perfume is a modern classic for the modern woman. I love it.

I know I've said this earlier, but I will say it again: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere is fabulous.

Summary: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere smells very modern because the amber and violet -- a sweet and floral combination that could make a perfume smell dated -- are no longer present in it. The updated perfume smells sparkling and crystalline. The scent is sophisticated and reminiscent of clean skin. The lasting power is long, from 4-6 hours, depending on your skin type. After that, the scent is still there, but softer.

Who will enjoy Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere: If you like the classic No. 5, you will probably like this; the important thing to remember that the reason why No. 5 Eau Premiere smells slightly different from the classic is because it's supposed to. It's different, yet familiar at the same time, like a longtime friend who just got a face-lift. ;-) Also, if you like the scent of the classic Nivea cream, you will most likely enjoy this perfume. Of course, No. 5 Eau Premiere is much more refined, but it has that distinctive, cold quality that the Nivea scent has.

Have you tried Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere?
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