Thursday, February 28, 2013

{{First Impressions}}: Majolica Majorca Chapter 36 Majoromantica M

Majoromantica M S$25.90 at Watsons, Singapore

Hey guys, here's a first impressions on Majolica Majorca's Chapter 36: Secret Blink's limited edition liquid perfume (wow, what a lengthy sentence!).

I bought this at Watsons today along with a lip gloss from the same brand (I could review on it if you guys want). There is currently a 20% off for this brand with an additional 5% off for cardmembers till the 7th of March, 2013! Grab your MM products on offer! Oh, and if you buy 2 products, you get to participate in the chapter 36 draw AND get a free iPhone 4/4S case with the MM emblem. I also spotted Majoromantica Secret Joker and chapter 35's Majoromantica on the shelves! I didn't buy the former as on my skin it was some bitter-sweet bland perfume smell that wasn't to my preference.

What the box looks like

I am surprised that I loved this perfume on first try at the outlet. Love at first smell!
Here's what it's composed of:

Top Notes: Black Rose, Rose, Freesia, Peony, Jasmine, Violet, Lily of the Valley, Pear & Orange Peel 
Heart Notes: June Berry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry and sweet chocolate
Base notes: Brown Sugar, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, and Cacao Powder

I like this better than the chapter 35's limited edition perfume oil(which I did a quick first impressions post here). This is definitely a burst of fruitiness along with a bouquet of flowers. It smells sweet, but less sweet than MM's previous Majoromantica. Very energizing and feminine at the same time. I can barely smell any hint of cedarwood, sandal wood, musk but there is a subtle bitter smell. Unfortunately, while I loved the product's scent, this seems to be pretty weak in lasting power. Then again, citrus smells tend to be really sucky in lasting power. Sillage seems to be soft/moderate.

Anywho, this is a quick impressions post on the product! I shall do an in-depth one after using this for awhile :)

Till then, stay happy everyone!
That Whimsical Blogger!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Quick Review: Lactayd White Intimate Feminine Wash

Lactayd White Intimate retails for S$2.50/60ml or S$13.90 for 240ml

*note*: No "before" and "after" pics will be shown.

Behold, the first ever whitening feminine wash in Singapore!
It seems like beyond the crazy ideal of having fair skin, us Asian people also want fairer intimate parts. It's almost amusing and sad, if you'd look at the angle that we're all white-washed.

However, it must be noted that the difference in colour of our intimate parts may not necessarily be due to genetics. In fact, excessive friction caused by clothing against skin will lead to skin discolouration.

And Lactayd's here to the rescue!

Remembered how I said Lactayd's White Intimate sounded gimmicky?
Well, I'm pleased to say that it's not gimmicky at all.
I've noticed that it does indeed lighten my intimate area slightly after a week of usage.
Lactacyd's claims
The ingredients!

Specifically though, I'm only talking about the bikini area where I've got discolouration due to friction. I ain't gonna bother about what my V's colour actually is.

Lactayd claims that this whitening wash is able to "lighten your intimate areas within 4 weeks". Well, I guess that's true.

So, if you're upset with discolouration, this is something great to get :)

Watsons is currently selling the mini 40ml bottles for $2! This means a 240ml amount costs $8 as opposed to the 250ml bottle which costs ~$13! What a good deal :D

That's all for now
Thanks for reading!
Have u tried this product before? What's your opinion of it? I'd be happy to know~
That Whimsical Blogger!

Monday, February 18, 2013

{{In-depth Review}}: L'occitane The Vert Eau de Toilette (Green Tea)

L'occitane The Vert EDT retails for S$85 from L'occitane boutiques, Singapore

Hello people!

I'm back to share with you an in-depth review of L'occitane's The Vert, which has become a favourite of mine these days!

The Vert is a green-tea range from L'occitane with accompanying set of toiletries such as the bath gel (S$33) and body lotion (S$48). There used to be a portable solid perfume but it has since been discontinued :( I never got the chance to grab one, boohoo. But, you could always fill your portable perfume atomizer with L'occitane's The Vert and it's good to go, too!

Back to the product itself!

I bought this after reading reviews from Fragrantica about how fantastic it is and a great formidable rival to Elizabeth Arden's green tea parfum. It is packaged in this hexagonal-like green box with swirly motifs, as depicted below. The cardboard box is quite flimsy.

The packaging

It's a total splurge for me because this costs a whopping 85 bucks compared to my EA's Green Tea parfum. But lo, do I love this baby.

According to L'Occitane, this eau de toilette consists of the following notes:

Top notes  bitter orange and orange 
Middle notes green tea, mate and jasmine
Base notes  nutmeg, cedar and thyme

L'Occitane's fragrances are not 100% natural but they do strive to use natural ingredients whenever possible, as evidenced from the ingredients list below (the asterisks denote natural origins): 

Initially, I could not detect the smell of bitter orange nor orange. All I smelt was green tea, mate, jasmine and a herbal-dry down. This smells like sweetened tea, but it's not an artificially sweetened tea kind of smell. There is a bitterness to it, which is happily complemented by the dash of jasmine. The smell on my skin is one which is citrusy and tea-like. Funny thing is, although it is not stated that any other citrus notes were used, I detected a hint of L'Occitane's Verbana in this eau de toilette. It's subtle but there.

Then, one fine day I decided to spray some at the back of my neck, which meant the perfume got to mingle with my hair. It was then I detected the scent of orange and bitter orange, and it smelt like orange green tea. Very interesting.

Overall, The Vert fares well in our humid and hot weather as the blast of sweet tea eases the feeling of the searing heat outside. It is a great refreshing scent and an alternative to those who dislike citrus perfumes. And, it's great for those who do not particularly like sharp green tea scents like Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea parfum. The Vert is delightfully mellow but never ceases to retain its lovely green tea aura.

The sillage is moderate for the first hour or so and becomes progressively soft. I love to spray this at my neck area so I can smell the fragrance the entire day. Typically 3-4 sprays will suffice; 1/2 spray(s) on the neck, one at my back and one at the back of my knees. I find that for me, the scent doesn't last at all when I apply it to my wrists, no matter what perfume it is. I guess I have strange wrists since it's a common pulse point to spray at. 

Longevity is impressive. On my clothes the scent can linger for an entire day or more since there was once whereby I smelt my shirt which I used 2 days ago and was pleasantly surprised to smell a not-so-subtle scent of The Vert left on it. On skin, the scent will lasts around 3-5 hours, which is decent since perfumes really do not last on me at all. Compared to Elizabeth Arden's green tea parfum which lasts barely an hour on me, this is fantastic news.

Oh, and the nozzle for The Vert dispenses a generous mist of perfume, which is unlike the typical perfumes I have in my stash. This leaves a pleasant green tea scent lingering in my room after I apply it to my skin :)
The cute nozzle

In all, I do love The Vert and hope to continue purchasing it, despite its hefty price tag for a student like me. I'm all about aromatherapy and this is a serious revitaliser! 

Whew, it's been a while since I did an in-depth review!
Hope this was of use to you, my dear reader
Thanks for reading!
That Whimsical Blogger

{{Quick Skincare Review}}: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX -S$45 at Laneige counters, Singapore

Hello everyone~

Here's a quick review of Laneige's water sleeping pack EX. I own this for over a year now and frankly, it's been a rollercoaster ride with it. Initially, I wanted to dump it away but now it has become a well-loved sleeping mask of mine, alongside Naruko's sleeping jellies.

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack comes in a hefty 80ml plastic bottle that looks quite classy indeed. The product itself is a translucent sky blue gel that is scented with a blend of essential oils. I personally don't like the smell of it but it's not unpleasant either. When applied to the skin, there is a tingly cooling sensation that is not due to alcohol, since this product is alcohol-free(yay!). I like to spread it across my palms and apply it to my face, massaging it in along the way so that I won't end up with WSP smeared all over my pillows!
The classy bottle cover

I bought this before I knew about the weird skincare ingredients out there. Laneige WSP seems to have quite a bit of silicone and I initially faced breakouts from it. That's when I wanted to throw it away. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, throw away this $45 tub of "holy grail" (at least, that's what many have claimed).
The sky blue sleeping mask and its gel-like texture

Half a year later, I decided to use this again with apprehension. This time round I was suffering from dry cheeks as I work under an environment with air-conditioning . I slathered half the directed amount on and man, this does wonders. Now, I observed the so-called 'glowing skin' that many have felt the day after using it. Once applied, this WSP gives a dewy look to the face which looks kinda cool but not something I'd wanna walk out on the streets with.

So, I have another bottle of WSP unopened and I'm lovin' it! :D
If anyone's heading to Korea, you should get/beg/threaten them to buy it for you since it is way cheaper there. I bought a duo for S$60!
Recommended best for drier skin types. Oily skin people should use this sparingly and less frequently since I experienced breakouts after using it when my skin was oily.

That's all for now.
Have you tried Laneige's WSP? What's your experience with it? I'd love to know~

Peace Out, people
Thanks for reading~
That Whimsical Blogger!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

First Impressions: Sukin Facial Moisturiser

Sukin Facial Moisturiser S$14.90 at Watsons

Today I'm doing a quick "first impressions" on Sukin's Facial Moisturiser.
Sukin is a brand that can be found in Watsons(at least, that's where I found it). It is an affordable drugstore organic/plant-based brand that touts "skincare that doesn't cost the earth"(I paraphrased). I love the pun in this tagline of theirs. It's affordable and good for the earth! 

I got this on a discount and paid $10.90 for it. $10.90 for a moisturiser that is plant-based and cheaper than Naruko? Hmmm, interesting. Since I wasn't perturbed by the ingredients except for aloe vera which I am occasionally allergic to, I bought the bottle :D

Anyway, my first impressions of it is that it is a gel-creme kind of moisturiser although more towards creamy. It has a tangy orangy scent to it. Slightly greasy and a pea-sized amount sufficed for my skin. I had to wipe off excess of the moisturiser onto my hands for fear of getting clogged pores. I shall post an in-depth review once I've used it for awhile.
It takes some time to absorb into my skin but when it does, it leaves my skin feeling moisturised and supple.

For now, this moisturiser seems pretty good to me.

Till next time ~
That Whimsical Blogger

The ingredients, according to Sukin
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Arctium Lappa Extract (Burdock), Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, VanillaPlanifolia Extract, Citrus Paradisi Extract, (Grapefruit Seed), Linalool, * Limonene. * * Natural component of essential oils.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

First Impressions: L'occitane The Vert (Green Tea) EDT

The Vert Green Tea EDT retails for S$85(100ml) or S$37(20ml)
The Vert Green Tea solid perfume costs $15.50 for 7g

Helllloooo green tea! 
So, under the stress from work and the need for something uplifting, I've caved in and bought myself L'occitane's green tea EDT despite it's hefty price tag. My favourite Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea cost me a mere S$19.90 at discount stores.

Anywho, Thé Vert comes in a chunky glass bottle that would sit solidly on anyone's dressing table. Apparently, this is a unisex scent.

My first impressions of it are:

1. The scent
I didn't really like it when it was sprayed on the sample paper in the store. I felt it smelt more floral than green tea. But I bought it anyway cause I've heard raves about it on (which I have an account there). Thankfully, it smells wonderful on my skin! I definitely get the scent of green tea, mate tea, jasmine flower, citrus and a herbal drydown. It smells more mellow than EA's Green Tea which is sharper and more synthetic smelling (not that I mind for this scent), probably due to the presence of jasmine flower which isn't overpowering at all. Green Tea with citrus and hints of jasmine, baby!

2. The Spray
The nozzle ensures that a huge dose of EDT is dispense, unlike EA's small nozzle. It's easier to cover a big area with this, so me likey.

3. The longevity and sillage
Mmm, definitely way more longevity than Elizabeth Arden's GT! For the first two hours the sillage is definitely observable by those in close proximity to you but after that the scent sits close to the skin. 

Well, that's about it all for a quick review on this EDT that I got today!
Do you own one?
Will you own one?
Comment below! ^^

That Whimsical Blogger~

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone!
It's the 2nd day of the lunar new year!
We've progressed into the year of the snake.
So here's me expressing well wishes to y'all.

May 2013 bring everyone peace, prosperity and good health!
Don't forget to cherish your love ones, take things easy and stay happy.
Oh, and don't overeat on the new year foods!

I love kueh bangkits a lot. Mmmm.
I love bakkwas too.
And, don't forget pineapple tarts. 

Anyway, xin nian kuai le! ^___^

Signing Off!
That WHIMSICAL Blogger.

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