Lanvin Rumeur 2 Rose is my third Lanvin perfume in my collection. I always think that their perfumes are underrated, interesting and classic. They are after all, a perfume house.
Rumeur 2 Rose is created in 2006 by Honorine Blanc, creator of YSL Black Opium and the new Obsessed For Women for Calvin Klein. The perfume is an updated version of the original 1934 perfume. I would love to smell that one!
The bottle is a simple shape with a light pink undertone to it. The stopper has a ring pull which is fun.
The first spray immediately splashes citrus onto you! Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and oranges are all there. A hint of pear gives a slight sweetness to it. The dry down still has citrus notes but floral notes start to appear. Rose, honeysuckle, magnolia and jasmine give floral bouquet to the fragrance. Musk, Patchouli and amber are at the base and I can also feel green as well. It lasted well, not the greatest but for a light fragrance that isn’t surprising.
Rumeur 2 Rose is a light, fresh, green and floral fragrance. It is very nice spring/summer scent. It’s not sweet or overpowering. It is a nice perfume for those who don’t like too strong or heady fragrances. Even though it was aimed at a younger audience, I think any age can wear this perfume as it is such a light and floral fragrance.
I did some experimenting again with my nail art. Its still summer and you still want to keep with those bright colours!
Leopard print is still popular and never seems to go out of fashion, be it clothes or interior design. I decided to brighten it up with a design I saw in a book and I was inspired to try it.
I used Mavala base coat first and then applied two coats of OPI ‘Alpine Snow’ white nail vanish. I let them dry and then I created a bright pattern using four colours: CND Vinylux ‘Lush Tropics, Soigne ‘Peche’, Soigne ‘Fraise’ and Soigne ‘Kiwi’. Wiping the excess from the brush, I dabbed the colours using the tip of the corner brush onto the nails creating a random pattern. Using WAH London nail art pen, I draw a random sequence of three lines around the colours. I also dabbed black dots onto the white space between the colours. I then used Mavala Gel Finish top coat. Voila!. A colourful, nail art design that I think looks great. I think you can wear this design in the winter to brighten up those wintry days. What do you think?
I have a bag of beauty products that I picked up recently.
When I was in Latvia, I did purchase some products from Latvia’s best-known skincare company, Madara. Madara is an organic skincare company with a fantastic reputation for their high-quality products. I purchased their Multi Action Micellar Water with Hyaluronic Acid. This is great for all skin types, it dissolves make up and also cleanses and tones the skin. I also picked up their Exfoliating Oil-to-Milk Scrub. This is an exfolitator which I had to try to see how it compares to other exfolitators on the market. The ability to turn from an oil to a milk is interesting! I love toners so I had to pick up their Clarifying Toner as well. I could have bought more as their range is fantastic.
Natura Siberica is a Russian skincare and bodycare company. Their range is organic and made in the EU. I bought their Aralia Mandshurica Day Cream, which is a SPF20 cream for nutrition and hydration. Looks good and looking forward to trying it. I also picked up their Sea Buckthorn and Honey body scrub. This has an unusual and lovely scent and the colour is amazing! A bright orange scrub. I also like the packaging.
I have purchased some Beauty Pie products and I have been impressed by the quality. I did repurchase my Superbrow Precision Pencil in ‘perfect brown’. I really do like it and at the same time, I picked a new mascara called Uber Curl Drama Mascara. I did buy one of their new products, the Pro-Glow Sculpting Face Palette. They have also brought out a skincare range and I also needed a serum and eye cream. I bought the Jeju Daily Antioxidant Superinfusion and the Plantastic Youth Guard Eye Cream, so I will see what the skincare range can do, I’m hoping it will be as good as their make up.
When in London, I managed to visit Covent Garden Ordinary pop-up store and wanted to try a few things. Unfortunately a few things I wanted to try were out of stock but I did buy the Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5 serum.
I do love Neals Yard and I have a big list of products I want to try! I needed a toner and the Purifying Palmarosa Toner and this was one from my list. I finished my Body Shop so I bought this one to try and make the list shorter!
Boots is always good for daily stuff and I bought my Sanex deodorant as always. I re-purchased my Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle. As it was on offer, I purchased Klorane’s Mango Shampoo and conditioner as they are quite expensive.
L’Oreal Fine Flowers Cleansing Cream is a cleanser which is so affordable and so good! The scent is lovely and I am using it already!
I have started using some products already so over time I will review them with my thoughts.
I was reading the Neal’s Yard Beauty Book one day and throughly enjoyed reading this book. It has different chapters explaining the benefits of natural ingredients and essential oils, the effects of oils on different skin types and how they can improve the mind and body.
It has beauty recipes using natural ingredients and shows how simple it can be to make these recipes yourself. So i decided to give it a go. I decided to do a recipe from the body chapter and choose the peppermint and sea salt invigorating body scrub.
This is a simple and quick scrub for all skin types. It helps to remove dead skin cells, revives the circulation and leaves the skin silky smooth. The ingredients required were 4 tbsp sea salt, (but I used ‘Le Paludier Guerande Sel de Gruerande instead, it less abrasive than sea salt) 1 tsp peppermint, ( I used dry peppermint instead) 4 tbsp Almond Oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and 2 drops of grapefruit essential oil. Sea salt has cleansing properties. Peppermint essential oil stimulates circulation. Grapefruit oil has detoxifying properties. Almond oil adds nourishment to the scrub and mint gently exfolitates and has a lovely scent. I used a small Kilner jar and mixed all the ingredients together in the jar. You can keep the scrub for up to 6 months in a container.
I used it in the shower and I have to sat I mighty impressed by own body scrub! The skin felt so smooth and exfolitated afterwards. The oils hydrated the skin wonderfully and the scent is beautiful. Of course I moisturized afterwards because of the salt.
I will be experimenting with more recipes from this really interesting book. There is so many recipes to try, its so simple and fun to do as well.
Like most women I do love a handbag! I spotted this 100% linen handmade crossbody bag on Etsy. There is always something special about people who can create one-off handmade bags which are full of individuality and made with love. It’s great that you can buy something different from the mass-produced bags you buy from the high street or the internet.
This one is embroidered with silk flowers with a lovely combination of colours. The inside is spacious, you can’t fit in everything but you can fit in quite a bit. This is a bag for someone who, like me, loves flowers. You can almost feel you are wearing a bouquet! It went with everything, jeans, dresses and I always had people asking me about it and complementing me about the bag.
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Summer is still here so we must advantage of it before it leaves us! So you still need bright vibrant colours.
I looked through my collection for a bright, vibrant colour and I choose Soigne ‘Peche’. Soigné are a french company and the word Soigne translates ‘to take care of’ in English. This is a beautiful, vibrant pastel orange colour. I have been impressed by the Soigne collection. The formulas are excellent and the brushes are good. The packaging is classy and elegant too, typical French!
I used Sally Hansen Double Duty base and top coat before I applied 2 coats of this peach nail vanish. It did last 5 days without chipping and only on the seventh day I did need to re-fresh the nails by repainting them. Soigne nails colours are vegan friendly, free of animal testing, no harmful carcinogens and up to 85% of plant-sourced, natural ingredients.
The V&A in London has had several exhibitions on fashion and fashion designers recently and I was able to go to their latest show. This retrospective covers the career and work of the great Cristobal Balenciaga. The exhibition covers the spectrum of his design and how his work has influenced other designers. The show on the ground floor looks at his work and the upstairs part showcases the work of the other designers who have been inspired by him. It is important to note that Balenciaga is notable as one of the few couturiers in fashion who could use their own hands to design, cut, and sew! He was a truly talented man and this excellent show really shows off his unique ability.
Born in 1895, he trained as tailor and he set up his own fashion house in 1919 aged just 26. Although he was very successful, the Spanish Civil War led him to leave and set up his couture house in Paris in 1937. It was here that his true vision and inventiveness in the post-second war 1950s become evident. He transformed the silhouette, broadening the shoulders and removing the waist. His period of the 1950s and 1960 are masterpieces of fashion, truly inventive for their time and modern even today.
This is a wonderful exhibition that brings the importance of his work and influences to a wider audience. Christian Dior called him “the master of us all”. Coco Chanel said of him that he was”the only couturier in the truest sense of the word” and “The others are simply fashion designers”. Nothing more can be added from me!
The show is on to the 18th February 2018 at the V&A.