Thursday, August 28, 2014

Givenchy makeup swatch ( video)

Have you ever tried Givenchy makeup?

My first makeover was given to me by a Givenchy makeup artist when I was seventeen and they had only just launched their first Prismes. It was in 1989 and I used to live in the lovely town of Angers ( pronounced as in ANGEL) which is where I grew up after we left Paris. I was on my own shopping when I saw there was a new launch in one of my favourite perfume shops.

The reason why this day will remain in my mind forever is because I had never been allowed to wear makeup. Not even nail polish. I imagine that my fascination for the subject grew from that time. I remember that my parents hadn't noticed my makeup once back home. The makeup artist had done such a great job with perfect delicate shades for a girl of my age. But I remember I loved it because I still looked like me but only a little improved.When I give a makeover, this is what I want to share. I like when women are surprised yet still feel it is them they see in the mirror.

Anyway, I have just acquired a selection of Givenchy makeup and couldn't wait to share this with you.

In this video, you will see swatches of the following products:

-Ombre Couture, Rose Dentelle
-Healthy Glow Powder, Croisiere
-Le Prisme Yeux, Khaki Egerie
-Le Prisme Blush, In Vogue Orange
-Le Vernis , Grenat Initie

If for some reasons you cannot see the video, here are pictures of the look and of the nail polish.
I hope you will enjoy the review and let me know when was your first makeover?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rendez Vous With ROSA by Acqua di Parma at the Cafe Royal in London

 On a beautiful Summer's day, I arrived in the heart of Piccadilly Circus at the entrance of an iconic place once a favourite of Louis Armstrong, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Lady Diana: the Cafe Royal.
Although surrounded by the morning buzz of the early tourists and the turmoil of growing traffic, the wide entrance was promising an experience of another time. I had a rendez-vous with ROSA the new born of Acqua di Parma.

Once in the hall of the legendary building, it seemed that time had stopped in an era where things seemed simple and yet so sophisticated. There was a rich contrast of classicism, history and modernism.

Up the long marble staircase behind a wooden door was an ocean of flowers, a captivating scent in the air and an explosion of feminine grace that was opening wide its arms to welcome you.

And there was Rosa about to reveal the secrets of a delicate pink juice encapsulated in a bottle designed in a time where the Great Gatsby would have thrown the most enviable parties.

And in a " PSssHT!" the droplets fell one by one liberating notes that started turning around such a light silk shawl in the hand of a twirling ballerina.

The fruity warmth of the mandarins complimented with a hint of pepper was gently saying hello before introducing you to the rich and delicate centifolia roses that were wrapping around you more and more only just to come and caress your nose with a tail of ambergris enriched by the musk and cedar wood promising a loyal and long lasting romance.

And in an instant, I was under the spell of Rosa.

Oh, what a magical encounter and what a magical day! All senses were awakened; smells, colours, flavours and music had come to enhance the experience.

And even after leaving the extraordinary venue, at the very end of the day, the soft enveloping shawl of roses was still delicately wrapped all around me, while a melancholic song of a Diva was whispering a passionate story  that made me strongly feel I was in Italy.

And this is how, on a very hot Summer's day, in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, I had my first rendez-vous with the elegant, feminine and sophisticated Rosa of Acqua di Parma.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Budgeting Beauty Tag

Hello everyone,
I was recently tagged by the beautiful Elizabeth of 22 Fashion Engineers.
You can check Elizabeth's channel right here
It is all about how we budget our beauty products.

If you want to join in on your blog, feel free to participate! here are the questions:

Q1: Do you have a weekly/ bi-weekly/ monthly etc budget?
Q2: Do you save to buy or do you buy on impulse?
Q3: Knowing what you know now about cosmetics, if you had all the money you spent on your collection, would you buy it back (as is)?
Q4: If you had an unlimited budget, what would you splurge on?
Q5: You get a gift card to your favorite cosmetics store. What do you spend most of it on: Nailpolish, Eyeshadows/ Palettes, Eye products, Face Products, Lips Products, Skincare or Fragrance?
Q6 If high end brands wouldn't be as expensive, would they be as appealing to you?
Q7 What is your most expensive product that's totally worthed?
Q8 What is your least expensive product that totally surprised you?
Q9 Do you build your collection with a plan or do yo just buy items and help for the best?
Q10 What are your tips and advice for not breaking the budget?

I have tagged a Youtuber on the video but would be delighted to tag 2 blog friends as well:
There is Marghe of Zauberin Zebulon who does gorgeous makeup combos. I love how she uses colours!
Check her blog right here

The other person I would love to tag is Julie of Just Julie. Because she has an AMAZING blog and is always trying and discovering great new products! Don't miss her blog right here

And if you want to join in , please feel free to leave a comment and I will pay a visit to your blog asap!

Bye for now!