Review: Mugler - Aura Mugler Sensuelle Eau de Parfum*

Most recently to join the Mugler family is Aura Mugler Sensuelle Eau de Parfum, a unique perfume that is woodsy, floral and warm. It is Made in France, retails for $105 and you get 50ml in a bottle. The photo truly does no justice to the beauty of this bottle. It looks like a precious stone and reflects light beautifully and stands as a statement piece on your dresser and is the size of your palm.

Truth be told, I was always a fan of Mugler fragrances, I loved smelling them from the bottle and when I smell this on someone, I always ask what it is and they would tell me it was a Mugler Perfume, and I would be so surprised because I was never able to pull off the scent. However, this new fragrance has notes of the original but is almost a lighter version mixed with a "fresher" twist. This perfume sits really well on me and I love that I am finally able to find a Mugler fragrance that compliments me.

Notes of this perfume include: Gardenia, Cinnamon Leaf, White Musk and Sri Lankan Sandalwood.

The perfume that I reference to above that I love the smell of but could never wear is Angel Eau de Parfum. Below, we have the new Angel Standing Star Eau de Toilette. It is a lighter version of the original Angel, a fresher 2.0 and is Made in France. It is 50ml and retails for $96. This has fruitier notes of mandarin and natural apple and the floral note of peony (my favorite flower). It is all wrapped in a warmer note of praline and patchouli to balance it all out without making it too sweet.

 I am so happy to have two lighter versions of the original Angel Eau de Parfum to add to my rotation now! Which Mugler fragrance is your favorite? Which of the two are you excited to try out!?

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review/consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Review: KOSMEA Australia Skincare*

I was graciously sent a few items from a brand new skincare line to me, called KOSMEA.  The name comes from Ancient Greece meaning to harmonize and bring to balance. It was created with its key ingredient in mind, certified organic rosehip oil. The brand in itself strives on the quality of their product and stand by their commitment to its integrity, which is something I respect. They chose to use key ingredients in their skincare, vs relying on chemicals. 

To provide you with some information on what certified organic rosehip oil is, I have included some information from their website below from the creator: 
"Certified organic rosehip oil and its unique ability to nourish and balance all skin types is the foundation of Kosmea Australia...Crammed with essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, I learnt that rosehip oil was ideal for dry, scarred, sensitive and sun-damaged skin. I was intrigued.
I was impressed with the results that rosehip had on my skin. I couldn’t think of any other product that was completely natural and affordable, and could be used for a baby’s nappy rash, a teenager’s pimples, sun damaged skin of any age, or a grandmother’s dry, sensitive skin. Surely other people would share my enthusiasm when they tried it and saw the results for themselves. And they did."

Review: DIY Effortless Gel Nails at home with Sensationail*

As those of you who follow my blog will know by now, I am an avid nail polish user and I do pride myself on being able to do my own nails at home and not having to pay tons of money to visit the salon. 

On the rare occasion when I do go away for vacation, I like to splurge and treat myself to a manicure at the salon, especially a gel one. Well, when I decided to visit one a few months ago for my trip to the Dominican, it was a horrible mistake. They filed my nails down with the electric file so thin that I am still recovering, trying to prevent it from peeling. That led me to think, why do I pay so much money to go to a salon only to have them ruin my nails?! Why don't I look into perhaps doing gel at home again by myself? That way I can control how much I want to file my nail, how many coats I want etc. 

Well, as fate would have it, I had the opportunity of connecting with Sensational and was sent their starter kit which truly comes with everything you need to do gel nails at home. Gel nails have come a long way since I last did them at home myself a few years back. I remember back in the day it would take minutes to cure one coat. Now, 30 seconds per coat. AMAZING!

The lamp that it comes with is smaller than what you will see at the salon, which I do not have an issue with. It does the same job. I would advise you to do your four fingers first, cure it, then do your thumb separately and then cure it. Just so that all your fingers can sit comfortably and have equal curing time.

If you do not want to go through the trouble of removing gel nails at home, I purchased a peel off base coat so I could just pop them right off and then move onto the next color whenever I want to. 

Below I have the five colors swatched that I have been wearing, it's so hard for me to say which one is my favorite so I won't even start. All of their formulations in terms of staying time and curing time is the same. They do offer different finishes though like Bramble Gel-ly that is a pearl finish.

One thing I appreciate is the packaging of the polishes - the black container so that it won't accidentally cure the polish within if you are curing close by - obviously, try to avoid doing so. Also, the labels of the polishes are true to color of the swatch within.

These kits can be purchased at Walmart Canada and honestly, the price point is so good that you have nothing to lose. It is probably less than the price of one manicure. I did a quick browse on their site, the kit is $49.99 canadian and the polishes are $11.97 each. 

So once again, this is a definite purchase! 

Until next tine, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own.

Review: COACH - Floral Blush Eau de Parfum*

This summer, COACH has released Floral Blush that is a perfect floral fruity blend which is something right up my alley! It comes in the classic Coach fragrance bottle and the tassel charm this time is a beautiful pink flower. The entire packaging is cute, fun and sleek.

It retails for $96 for 50 ml or $123 for 90 ml and is made in France. The profile of the fragrance is as follows:
TOP NOTES: Goji Berry, Grapefruit
HEART NOTES: Peony, Peach
BASE NOTES: White Woods, Musks

I am really enjoying this fragrance, it isn't too sweet - it's a very light flowery note that first comes out and the grapefruit citrus takes over leaving me feel refreshed. I only need 1-2 pumps and it lasts for around 7-8 hours (I put it on before work and I can still get hints of it at the end of the work day).

I definitely will recommend this to those of you who enjoy the same scent profile as me! 

Until next time, XO - M.

*product was sent to me for review, all opinions are my own.

Review: Jowaé Skincare*

Being a skincare junkie, I was really excited to be introduced to the brand Jowaé - which in Korean means harmony. The main philosophy behind the brand is to use products to help re-establish the balance of your skin from daily stresses that affect your skin, known aggressions. They utilize four simple steps to help the skin regain harmony, balance, luminosity and protection. 

They utilize natural-origin ingredients and all of their products contains zero parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, silicon and ingredients of animal origin or synthetic colorant. It is ideal for sensitive skin and has a very subtle and pleasing scent.

As mentioned above, the four fundamental steps of Korean skincare - 1. Cleanse 2. Prepare 3. Activate and 4. Correct. I go into more detail of each product below - please note that there are several products for each stage of the skincare process/steps, what I have mentioned in this post and below is what was sent to me for my skin type.

STEP 1 - Purifying Cleansing Gel - $20.50 (200ml)
This is the one I'm using for my combo to oily skin, it helps to rinse my face of any last traces of makeup, I do use some micellar water to remove the majority of my makeup off first. It effectively cleanses the face without stripping it or leaving behind that squeaky feel. This product is comprised of 89% natural products and it is a gel formulation that works into a gentle foam. I use this both night and day.

STEP 2 - Hydrating Water Mist - $19 (200ml)
This is suitable for all skin types and can be applied anytime of the day, as part of your skincare routine or even as a refresher throughout the day. It helps to wake the skin up to receive the skincare treatments you are about to apply and is composed of 97% natural ingredients. It contains Sakura Blossom Water, Pure Water and Botanical Glycerin. It has a very light mist and is said to be inspired by the Korean lotions used after makeup removal to prepare the skin for daily care. If you find yourself having applied too much, then just gently pat into the skin with your hands as opposed to wiping away with a cloth or tissue.

This is  for all skin types and works to reduce dark spots, brightens and evens out the complexion. It contains 89% natural ingredients and contains Youth and Complexion Correcting White Tea and Antioxidant and Brightening VitaminsE and B3. This is a light emulsion that is unlike anything I've ever felt before - it comes out almost thick-like but then melts into your skin leaving behind a soft and powdery finish. I use this in the morning on my face and neck.

STEP 4 - Moisturizing Light Cream - $30 (40ml)
This cream is suitable for those with normal to combination skin. It is very light-weight, almost like a gel and absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated and refreshing. It contains Sakura Blossom Water and Moisturizing Pine Extract with Vitamin E - It is comprised of 88% of natural products.

Products for the body: 
Left: Revitalizing Moisturizing Lotion - $28 (400ml)
This is suitable for those with normal to dry skin and has a very light weight texture that helps the skin e softer, more supple and luminous. It almost has a gel-like texture and sinks into the skin very quickly. It contains 97& natural ingredients and contains Bamboo Water, Shea Butter, Sunflower and Emollient Soy Oil. 

Right: Hand and Nail Nourishing Cream - $10 (650 ml)
This is for dry or damaged hands and works amazingly on my cuticles as well. It is a thicker texture but is not greasy at all. It contains 96% natural ingredients and has Camellia Oil, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to name a few of the ingredients. 

I have been really enjoying this new line of skincare that I have been introduced to and would like to try even more from their line, including the Balancing Mattifying Fluid, expecially for the warmer summer season when my skin goes a bit oilier in the t-zone. The fragrance of these products are very subtle, there is a slight variance to each of the products but all are relatively mild and nothing that is too overwhelming or obnoxious. This is great for those who have sensitive skin, or even are sensitive to fragrances. 

Of all the products I have tried, my favorite would probably be the hand lotion and the corrector. 

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review/consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review - Marc Jacobs Beauty - Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick

Marc Jacobs recently launched a concealer that I knew I had to put to the test, being that my panda eye circles need some serious patching up. This concealer comes in a range of 17 shades and acts as a your typical concealer and a touch up stick. 

This offers a medium buildable coverage and is very pigmented. In the photos below of my application, you will see that it is done with one swipe and then blurs out effortlessly and melts into the skin. I do find that I have to set it with powder just so it doesn't crease. It is not emollient or overly wet, it actually dries down to a satin matte formula. 

This is said to be able to be used under and over makeup, help blur the look of pores, fine lines and imperfections while hiding dark circles, blemishes and uneven skin tone. While I cannot speak to the fine lines I must say that it does everything it claims. In the photos below of my application I used only the concealer to even out my discolouration and my panda eyes. 

This product packaging is in a sleek container that you twist up for more product and retails for $42 cad.

I am in love with this concealer and it is a definite purchase and try! I just love how portable this is I can easily take it with me on the go.

Until next time, XO - M.