Review: Lanvin – Modern Princess Eau de Parfum

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The division of Lanvin Perfumes releases Modern Princess setting the new phase of Lanvin perfumes. Lanvin reveals the new, contemporary perception of a female as a defiant traveler of the independent and unconventional. She is fascinating, wild and very sensual; she utilizes her own spontaneity, playing with mystery and assurance. Never becoming hostage of anything, neither for anybody she sets her own fate, her liberty is treasured.

Christophe Raynaud of Firmenich the perfume creator explains it as an attractive floral aroma rich in structure, feeling and sensorial orientated, influenced by the red color. The perception of red is associated to passion, sensuality and intensity. It’s the color of love, and also an image of the forbidden. It is utterly captivating and exciting, extremely seductive like an addictive fruit.

Exploring the concentration of Lanvin Modern Princess the opening notes are fresh, energizing and youthful with delicious Pink Lady apple and red currant. The heart notes are more feminine; where a twofold identity of jasmine, subtle and voluptuous at the same time, mixes with freesia flower. In the dry down, the foundation notes signify powerful femininity with velvety white musk, magnificent blonde woods and sensual vanilla orchid.

The structure of the fabulous looking bottle for Modern Princess Perfume is the works of Carre Basset and is adorned with a golden chain under the cap while the aroma comes in a red packaging with white logo imprints.

Spanish model Steffy Argelich is the face of the perfume in the advertising and marketing campaign.

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Review: J’adore – Eau de Toilette by Christian Dior

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I got this one recently and I love it! I don’t know what it is about J’adore line, but I think every flanker in this series is so well structured and high-quality… Honestly, I prefer the flankers than the original EDP.

J’adore Lumiere EDT is a high-quality citrusy-floral scent. Yes, it resembles the original EDP, but on top of that also it’s more fresh, less intense than the classic… At the beginning you can smell lovely citrus accord (mainly due to the blood orange note), it quickly fades away though and we are left with the floral, feminine, classy scent, which lasts for hours.

It certainly makes a great summer scent, but I also intend to wear it during fall and spring. Francois Demachy did a great job again!

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Review: La Petite Robe Noire – Guerlain

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I just received this fragrance a few weeks ago but I wanted to wait and review it after I had tested it properly.I have now worn this three times in mild fall weather and this fragrance is absolutely beautiful for gourmand lovers.You can really smell all the notes in this however the one note that I can’t really pick up on my skin is the rose.

The cotton candy note is high quality and blended well with the typical Guerlain creamy vanilla note.The blueberry is very noticeable but its not a fresh blueberry it is a warm blueberry jam or sauce warming on a pan.I can’t believe the people complaining about the longevity of this because on my dry skin this has amazing longevity.I spray once on the neck and once on the stomach and this lasts ALL day.

The dry down is beautiful.The sandalwood vanilla and white musk is rather woody and heavy.I don’t think I would wear this in the summer as it would be way to sweet but worn fall through spring is perfect.Cotton candy is one of my favourite smell but I wanted a grown up cotton candy and they git this one absolutely right in my humble opinion!This is creamy warm balsamic and woodsy with a whimsical dose of blueberry cotton candy woven through the composition.

I would wear this out at night because its rather dressy and sophisticated.So if your like me and like class but have a whimsical eclectic streak as well def try this fragrance its high quality ingredients are smooth and utterly charming and classy!This is a strong love for me and the bottle is adorable.This is Parisienne perfume at its finest!

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Planning the Perfect London Break

London is undoubtedly one of the world’s great cities. It’s somewhere that’s alive with culture and activity. So, here’s how you should plan for your break there.

Plan Your Accommodation in Advance

The last thing you want to be doing when you’re taking a trip to London is turning up with somewhere to stay. Hotels can get filled pretty quickly at peak times of the year, so make sure you’re prepared in advance. You could even rent an apartment instead of staying in a hotel. This allows you a bit more space and privacy than you’d get from most hotels.

Prepare an Itinerary

When you’re taking on a city as vast as London, it makes sense to have a detailed plan in mind before you go. Some people don’t like to do this because they feel that it takes some of the spontaneity out of the trip. But when you break is short, you want to be spending your time doing things not making plans. Sit down with your family or whoever you’re going with and see what everyone wants to do.

Embrace the Free Things

There are so many free things to do in London. It has a reputation for being a very expensive city. And it is if you don’t know where to look. If you’re someone who likes galleries and art, London is the ideal city for you. There are literally hundreds to explore, and you can get into most of them for free. There are just as many fascinating museums like the Natural History Museum you could explore too.

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See the Sights

As far as tourist destinations go, there aren’t many places in the world that are better than London. There’s Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge and the London Eye, to name but a few. You should look into all the possible tourist destinations in London before you go and see which ones interest you most. You probably won’t have time to visit them all.

Explore Off the Beaten Track

Yes, sightseeing is great fun, and there are plenty of sights to see in London. But don’t stick to the common tourist locations when you’re in London. This will lead to you spending more times in big crowds and long queues than actually doing something that is actually worth doing! Take some time to explore the streets and don’t follow a guide. You can often find the most interesting places in London when you leave the beaten track.

Catch a Show

One of the great things about London is the vibrant theatre culture. And you simply can’t visit the city without catching a show on the West End. You’ll regret it if you go home without doing so. There are all kinds of options for you to explore. There are the huge West End productions, or there is the smaller scale shows that you can find dotted all over the city. You’ll be sure to find something for you.

My Guide to Making Your Look More Sophisticated

There can come a point in your life when you realise that your style hasn’t quite caught up with your age. You have to go to work every day and take part in adult social situations, but your fashion sense isn’t as sophisticated as you would like it to be. If you need to make your outfits more mature and refined, you can do it with just a few simple touches. Don’t worry, though, because you don’t have to give up fun to be serious. Use these fashion tips to be both sophisticated and fabulous at the same time.

Buy a Grownup Bag

It’s amazing how much a bag can make a difference. You might already have a sizeable collection, but some bags are more adult than others. If you want one that looks sophisticated, choose a neat, leather bag that won’t lose its shape. You need something that will help you keep your things organised. Rooting around for your keys for ten minutes doesn’t look professional.

Add a Watch to Your Wardrobe

Some accessories scream maturity, and watches are one of them. Of course, it can’t be just any watch. A Disney watch isn’t going to do much for your sophisticated image. But something like the Runwell Chrono will lend a more mature slant to your overall look. You’re someone who checks your watch for the time, not your phone. Being more sophisticated is often more about the smaller details.

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Choose Structure and Tailoring

A baggy jumper or jeans might be more comfortable, but they don’t have the right look for an adult professional woman. If you want to look smarter, you should go for clothes that are the right shape for your body. An A-line dress or a tailored suit will give you a more mature look than an outfit that isn’t the right size or shape.

Tone Down the Colours

Bright colours can be fantastic sometimes, but only if you use them in the right way. A lot of the time, a more neutral colour pallet can look more sophisticated. If you’re not sure how to wear brighter shades, try sticking to browns, greys, navy blues, and more. It can help you look older and wiser. Try using some more colourful accessories if you want to perk up your look a little.

Pick the Right Accessories

Accessories can make all the difference when you’re putting your outfit together. If you choose the wrong ones you can look too informal or even a little childish. Think carefully about which accessories you should pair with each outfit for different situations. A necklace might be a good idea for work, but you wouldn’t necessarily wear the one you wore out the night before.

Get a Haircut

As well as your clothes, your hair can make a difference to how sophisticated you look. Some styles could make you look younger and less serious, while others will give you a more mature look.

Make sure your fashion sense grows up as you do. Take a look at your wardrobe to see if you can improve it and make it more sophisticated.

 

How I Streamline My Morning Routine

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I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more hectic my mornings become! When my alarm goes off, there’s an entire list of important chores to get through. Not least, a quick hair and makeup routine, breakfast, and feeding the animals! I can only imagine how crazy it gets with children. I’ve slowly started to perfect a morning routine, and I’ve got plenty of tricks to streamline the entire process. Today, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

Wear my hair up

Washing your hair, blow-drying, straightening, fixing, fastening, and treatments take forever. And it’s even worse when you wake up and your hair just won’t co-operate. On those days, I forget about the whole debacle and put it straight up in a bun. It can even look quite stylish if you wake up on the right day! I like to quickly straighten the fringe and the lower back of my hair. Then roll up the rest in the middle of the bun. Easy.

Laser hair removal

I must say, I was a little wary of this, but I’m so glad I finally gave in. I’m sure you’ll agree, shaving is plain awful. It’s painful, it damages your skin, and it takes ages in the morning. Since I started using laser hair removal machines, my morning routine is so much faster. I don’t have to worry about shaving first thing in the morning, and I can hop straight in and out of the shower. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at these laser & IPL machines compared on beyondtalk.net. That’s how I found my current machine.

Get things ready the night before

I know the last thing you want to think about before bed is your morning routine. But, if you can spare five minutes the night before, you’ll save at least twice that in the morning! Try choosing your outfit and laying out the clothes before you go to sleep. Make a packed lunch if you need it, or pack the kids’ school bags the night before. The fewer decisions you have to make in the morning, the better!

Go to bed earlier

My slowest mornings always come after I’ve stayed up that little bit too late. Sometimes you read an extra few chapter of your book, or got back late from an evening with friends. Whatever the reason, always try to get into bed with plenty of time to spare. The key to a streamlined morning is a good night’s sleep. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Prepare an easy breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Yet, it’s so easy to rush right past it. You can make it through to lunch without it, right? It’s this attitude that will slow you down in the morning. If you want a quick, productive morning, make time for a quick breakfast. It doesn’t need to be anything special. A quick bowl of cereal will wake you up, and keep you going!

What tricks do you use to streamline your morning routine?