La vie est Belle L’Absolu EDP Review

Last week the third installment of the iconic Lancôme La vie est belle arrived in stores. I love how so many perfume brands create different variations of a popular fragrance. The focus is still the same with Lancôme focusing on a fragrance that represents happiness as a tangible, reachable reality. With their latest fragrance Lancôme is writing a brand new chapter in the La vie est belle story one that is infused with grace and liberty. As you all know I don’t go a day without wearing a fragrance and believe that perfume has the power to lift your mood and alter a bad day into a good one. I therefore personally resonate with the message behind this fragrance.

“Mistresses of their own destiny, they understand that simply smiling at life and its possibilities constitutes the first step towards happiness.”

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La vie est belle L’Absolu de Parfum brings out the fragrance’s very quintessence: more powerful, more sensual and as harmonious as ever. With La vie est belle L’Absolu de Parfum, the gourmand and iris facets are amplified. The famous gourmand accord, fueled by tasty praline and colourful fruits like pear and blackcurrant, alongside the almond inflections of tonka bean, is transcended by a brand new vanilla pod accord. New ingredients added to this fragrance include aldehyde for a chic elegant element. The composition’s oriental accord has been reworked and along with its patchouli now include amber-tinged notes of Cistus labdanum and warm notes of Cashmeran wood.

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The historic bottle designed in 1949 by Georges Delhomme for Lancôme founder Armand Petitjean emerges in renewed form thanks to Catherine Krunas, to embody the blossoming of a fragrance reaching the very height of its sophistication. I adore that it has a “Crystal Smile” that represents happiness once again. The glass is weighty and the fragrance feels luxurious and rich in one’s hand. Even its zamac cap feels expensive.

This fragrance is bold, one spray carries the powerful scent for several hours. The complexity, warmth and depth of La vie est belle L’Absolu de Parfum is consistently present throughout the day or night (if you so wish). This is a fragrance for a strong woman and even though it is womanly rather than girly it still has a playful fun side to it thanks to the vanilla, blackcurrant and aldehyde.

Lancôme La vie est Belle L’Absolu 40ml retails for R1050.00

Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow OOTD

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Today I am making a wish that I pass all my exams. This morning I am writing my final one Strategic Marketing. I really can’t wait to finish this degree. The past year’s modules have had to be dragged out due to work but I am almost there. Hold thumbs for me please!

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This dress was gifted to me and even though it is an extra small it still isn’t quite as form-fitting as I expected. I really do love the print though and always have Wiz Khalifa playing as a soundtrack in my mind whenever I am wearing it.

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Most days are spent indoors and with the weather warming up I find myself craving to be outside more. I decided to spend more lunch breaks out in the fresh air and this happened to lead to this impromptu photo-shoot.

This year has been a strange and extremely exciting one. It certainly hasn’t been a journey without its bumps but I have realised how much I have changed as a person. A quiet strength has taken over one that doesn’t take herself as seriously anymore and knows that not every little problem is some massive drama. I often too hard on myself and failure or anything less than perfection was never an option. That’s what happens when you share a personality type with Steve Jobs. Although I love being an ENTJ I have been learning how to create more balance in my life. If you haven’t taken the Briggs Myers personality test before then I strongly recommend you do (You can take the test here), it is so insightful and far more accurate than star signs etc.

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Africology Shows Their Support This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is a very special post for me and I would love if you can take the time to read through the CANSA Facts and the information provided. Hopefully this awareness can help someone, somewhere. As we should hopefully all know by now October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I really hope you ladies have booked or already gone for your annual mammograms?

As a beauty blog I feature a number of products and brands. Carcinogenic chemical ingredients can be found in many beauty products on the market and are a major contributor to breast cancer. I promise to be more vigilant with the products featured and ensure that they don’t include Phthalates (more on this nasty ingredient later in the post).

Africology together with CANSA approached me with the following information. This Breast Cancer Awareness month, Africology aims to “spread awareness of these toxic, endocrine-disrupting ingredients and chemicals with an overall wish for this to fuel change in the cosmetic industry at large.”

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My Current Skincare Routine – Dermalogica

Through the blog I use many, many different products on my skin. I am constantly having to chop and change. I love to mix beauty products and alternate between a number of different serums and wonder potions but with my actual skincare routine I try to find a base. When reviewing different skincare ranges I tend to use them day and night for a minimum of 2 weeks in order to give a proper honest review and allow my skin time to adjust to a new range. Two months ago I decided it was time to stick to a set cleanser, toner and day cream in order to re-balance my skin. I chose to not review any other cleansers, toners and day cream within this period. I will still be reviewing other brands but limit it to one per month.

I had heard so many great things about Dermalogica and my sister uses the full range along with L’Occitane so I decided to give it a try. My skin is a typical combination skin type with normal to dry cheeks and an oiler T-Zone and since I was experiencing some breakouts around mt chin I was tempted to try the Oily Skin Type Travel Kit first. I like that Dermalogica offers travel kits as it really allows one to try the range suitable for your skin type before committing to the full (and lets admit very pricey for most) full size products.

I eventually settled on products better suited for normal/combination skin types this being the Special Cleansing Gel, The Multi Active Toner and Skin Smoothing cream.

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After the first week I wasn’t sold. All the products were nice and gentle but there wasn’t a dramatic difference however on Day 8 my breakouts were gone and my skin looked so much smoother all over.

The Special Cleansing Gel (R430 for 250ml) is gentle and leaves my skin feeling clean but never tight or stripped of moisture. It also helps remove some makeup but I do still use REN for that.

Two pumps of the Multi Active Toner (R450 for 200ml) is enough to cover my face and neck. It has a gentle fresh scent and isn’t sticky or harsh.

The Skin Smoothing cream (R560 for 50ml) stands out the most to me. It is literally airbrush in a tube and creates a perfectly even canvas for me to apply my foundation on. I still get my usual hormonal breakout on my chin but it is just one smaller pimple rather than a mass and they fade much faster thanks to this trio.

L’Occitane en Provence Aromachologie Review

Working full-time and studying is no joke and with my exams beginning this week it all has made this month an extra challenging one. I was at work feeling drained when a smiling courier dropped off a pretty yellow box. Ooh I recognize that box, L’Occitane is a brand that always excites me. If I was rich I would pretty much have the entire contents from a L’Occitane store in my house. When I opened the box I saw a trio of lifesavers. The L’Occitane Aromachologie consists of two lines of body care and lifestyle products: Relaxing and Revitalizing. The formulas are made with naturally derived ingredients,and combine the benefits of botanical active ingredients with 100% natural aromas that have a revitalizing or soothing effect. I received two products from the Relaxing line- Relaxing Pillow Mist and Relaxing Body oil and one from the Revitalizing line- Revitalizing Body Scrub.

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