Fragrances〈REVIEW〉Giorgio Beverly Hills Glam, La Perla La Mia Perla, L’Eau D’Issey Summer 20

HEAVENLY SCENT

It’s safe to say that we have seen the last of winter with spring in the air which means it’s time to adjust our scents by putting our spicy, heady or woody fragrances to one side and introduce some lighter and brighter fragrances to complement our off the shoulder tops and sandals. I’ve rounded up 5 must smell scents of the season – take a peek below:

GIORGIO BEVERLY HILLS GIORGIO GLAM EAU DE PARFUM

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original iconic eighties perfume Giorgio launch, the brand has released Giorgio Glam. Think Californian lifestyle driving a convertible down Rodeo Drive, shopping done and off to drink bubbly with girlfriends. (We could conjure up a local version of a cruise through Camps Bay, rooftop down, heading off for sundowners at Caprice or La Parada del Mar or maybe further along to The Twelve Apostles. Yip, I like that scenario, think Cape Town lifestyle!)

Are you as excited as I am for summer to hit the city? This fresh floral scent reminds me of hot sultry lazy days with top floral notes of magnolia, peony and cyclamen for a heady rush of energy, while lush summer plum, sweet jasmin sambac and violet at the heart adds an extravagant touch, grounded with warm golden labdanum and amber, heliotrope and sandalwood. A sensuous super feminine scent that is long lasting yet lightweight, perfect for the summer season.

50ml EDP R595

100ml EDP R795

Available from selected Edgars, Red Square and Foschini

(love this bottle but bleh to shoot – reflections reflections!!)

LA PERLA LA MIA PERLA EAU DE PARFUM

Italian lingerie brand La Perla launched a new fragrance La Mia Perla, which means pearl and is a tribute to femininity, female power and strength. Master Parfumer, Honorine Blanc, chose a circular composition rather than the standard pyramid structure, meaning you’ll experience all the notes on first spray rather than the conventional layering of notes. Belonging to a fragrance family called Solariental, the combination of sparkling mandarin, white pepper, orris, white peony and jasmin sambac, lends a creamy and luminosity feeling and is balanced with sandalwood and Muscenone. The fragrance makes one feel cocooned in a sophisticated and elegant embrace, awakening the senses and a joy for life!

30ml EDP R950

50ml EDP R1250

100ml EDP R1650

Available from selected Edgars, Red Square and Truworths

L’EAU D’ISSEY SUMMER 2017 BY ISSEY MIYAKE

Every year Issey Miyake launches a limited edition summer fragrance in the same shape bottle, but with different designs and this one is done by topographer, Fabien Baron where the letters are stylized as if dancing on the blue background. The simple design of the bottle reminisce of a drop of water retains a similarity to the original Issey Miyake that launched in 1992. Issey Miyake’s latest edition has zesty pink grapefruit and litchi as the top notes, with passion fruit, fig and aquatic flowers at its heart, trailing down into the base with vanilla and exotic woods. It’s a fresh clean and easy to wear fragrance, great for hot climates as it’s light and just lovely!

100ml Limited Edition EDT R995

Available at Red Square, selected Edgars and Foschini

BRITNEY SPEARS VIP PRIVATE SHOW EAU DE PARFUM

“Inspired by a personal intimate feeling of putting on a show , where it’s just you and the audience” says Britney

You certainly get a lively burst of energy on first spray of juicy blood orange, red apple and mango merging with spring flowers like orange blossom, magnolia and violet, enhanced by a sultry harmony of wood amber and musk.

There’s a predominant smell of mango and raspberry, where one whiff transports me back to childhood days of stained fingers from picking copious amounts of blackberries in the neighbourhood. I guess that’s the beauty of fragrances, evoking memories of easy familiarity with your senses! I’d wear this every summer day to remind me of the small pleasures of yesteryear.

30ml EDP R465

50ml EDP R565

100ml EDP R665

Available from selected Edgars, Red Square, Foschini and Truworths

ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW EAU DE PARFUM

Citrusy notes of orange blossom combined with patchouli lies at the heart of Elie Saab’s first best selling perfume, Le Parfum. This distinctive floral Girl of Now EDP has added sparkle from mandarin and pear with added almond and pistachio nuts, inspired by Elie Saab’ hometown Lebanon. Orange blossom and magnolia sit at the heart, while Cashmeran, Tonka bean and Almond milk blend together at the base, while patchouli reveals the perfume’s character. I must admit I thought it would be similar to the original as orange blossom plays across both fragrances, but the nutty ingredients add a twist to the seductive blend! I’d wear it as an evening scent, throughout summer and winter. The bottle, inspired by the collections of Elie Saab accessory, is prettily adorned with enamel blue and gold coloured flowers to resemble a jewel.

50ml EDP R1330

90ml EDP R1795

Available Woolworths, Foschini and selected Edgars

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REVIEW: June Beauty Products

I tested out a few new products

1 Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules

2 Eucerin Urea Repair Plus Replenishing Body Wash

3 Milk Solutions Milk & Honey Hand & Elbow Balm

4 Rimmel Oh My Gloss!Oil Tints

5 Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

1.Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules

Each capsule is filled with super anti-ageing ingredients like fatty acids, lipids and cholesterol which work together to fortify the skin’s barrier for healthy rejuvenated skin; that’s something I sure am looking for at my age! By the time you hit your 30s, skin’s ceramide levels have dropped dramatically, never mind when you hit your 40s where more than 60% of your skin’s ceramides have disappeared, meaning your skin appears even drier and duller with a loss of firmness. These babies help retexturise, revitalise, diminish fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone. Best used before your moisturiser, but if you’re a junkie for serums like me I pop them into my makeup bag and use throughout the day for an added surge of moisture. If I’m wearing foundation, I gently pat into skin avoiding the eye area as I don’t want my eyes to water and mascara to shift.

(90 capsules R995; 60 capsules R825)

2.Eucerin Urea Repair Plus Replenishing Body Wash

I was really chuffed to try out this body wash as Eucerin is a brand I’ve always loved using from their Hyaluron filler creams, to their suncreams and Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm (a multi-tasking product I keep in my kitchen for burns, scratches and itches!) I’m really lucky in that I don’t have any major skin concerns apart from dryness, so using this in the shower helps keep skin really soft and nourished, thanks to the Urea and lactate which prevents skin from drying out. It’s free of colourants, perfume and soap so perfect for peeps who suffer from ezcema, psoriasis, dry skin and it’s suitable for kids too.

(R189 for 400ml)

3. Milk Solutions Milk & Honey Hand & Elbow Balm

Just what the doctor ordered for these wintery days to keep hands well nourished! With cold mornings and the use of heaters, one really needs to keep moisturised so this is a great product to use throughout the day. A perfect 50ml size to pop into your bag.

( the hand cream is part of a starter mini kit R215)

Rimmel Oh My Gloss Oil Tints and Maybelline The Blushed Nudes

4.Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Oil Tints

Non-sticky with a subtle and yummy taste, they’re ideal for a wash of colour for everyday wea when one doesn’t feel like applying a lipstick. I had to include all the colours sent to me as I love them all! From top to bottom:

Contemporary Coral

Master Pink

Smart Pink

Modern Pink

Pop Poppy

(R79,95 each)

5.Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

A cool palette of champagne pinks infused in rose gold pigments. I love this palette for everyday wear but find one really needs to build up the colours as the shadows aren’t as pigmented as I had hoped, but are still lovely to use! There’s a slight shimmer to them, well-priced and an awesome combination of colours, don’t you think?

(R229,95)