Thursday, July 18, 2013

{{Fragrance Review}}: 24 Faubourg by Hermes


Hello my darlings, I'm excited to write a review about a new edition to my fragrance collection-- Hermes' 24 Faubourg (eau de parfum). 

First of all, I adore the packaging of this perfume. It's so luxe and beautiful. The pretty swirly motifs and the star-shaped bottle leaves me swooning. I have 75ml of the juice but my bottle is the leather case version. So boo, I don't have that gorgeous bottle pictured. But still, the lovely juice needs no fancy packaging, really.

Hermes 24 Faubourg is a scent for the daring female. It exudes class, charisma, femininity. 
24 Faubourg opens up with a burst of high-quality white florals that charmed even me, who's not typically into florals. There is a hint of bitterness to the bountiful flowers (predominantly a symphony of magnolia and jasmine) - an almost tea-like quality. The flowers are also mildly sweet as well. There is a hint of juicy bergamot that renders a rather sparkling quality to it. At this stage, you can already smell the whiffs of its chypre base.

As the fragrance develops, patchouli becomes more noticeable but remains in the background. The amber in this perfume lends a warmth, comforting touch to it. The oakmoss is now far more obvious, which lends a beautiful earthy, mossy quality to the scent. Truly intoxicating.

Super strong sillage. I made head turns with just 2 sprays. Go easy. Or, if you're like my friend who doesn't mind people evacuating from his vicinity, go trigger-happy! :D
Excellent longevity. An easy 12 hours.

A word of caution: this perfume may not be appreciated by the younger crowd. I have seen several reviews calling it old-ladyish. I abhor that term. I am 19 and am enamoured with this beauty.

FYI, the late princess Diana wore this perfume. Shows how classy it is.

Verdict: worth a sniff the next time you're near a Hermes counter. Who knows? You might fall in love with it. I know I did. P.S: Test on skin as well as the scent changes with different skin chemistries.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review: NUXE multi-usage dry oil

NUXE Huile Prodigieus
Around SGD$68(non-shimmer) for 100ml
Why, hello people!

Today I'll be reviewing NUXE's Huile Prodigieus, AKA NUXE multi-usage dry oil.

Why is it called dry oil?
That's because the oil supposedly does not leave a greasy feeling on your skin.

I received my 30ml sample from a magazine that I bought so it was a great deal :D

Anyway, I have been using this dry oil for a couple of months now albeit not very often. This has the smell of lovely white flowers that lingers on for an hour or so on your skin. As touted by NUXE, it does indeed sinks quickly and effortlessly into your skin without an oily sheen to it. This is great since I loathe the greasy slippery feeling I get from using oils. Granted, if you do massage very well, normal oils would still be absorbed readily into your skin.

Also, there is a mild shine to your skin after application, which makes it look like you've got really healthy, glowing skin. I believe I have seen Youtuber AModelRecommends talking about how she enjoys using it before photoshoots so that her skin looks extra radiant.

As a moisturiser...
I feel that it does indeed moisturise my skin quite well (I use this only on my body) and I tend to mix it with my body lotion for that extra moisturising kick. A real luxurious treat to the body, methinks.

Overall
Would I recommend it?

Umm, I feel that this is a splurge. S$78 for 100ml is highly pricey although you just need a small amount of oil for each application. If you do really want to grab this, I suggest waiting for a sale before getting a bottle since I feel it is overpriced. Frankly, since I use it only for my body (I have oily skin and hair so no oil, thanks), it is not something I'd desperately need as normal lotions and creams suffice for my skin type.

Verdict: 
Good to have, but nothing essential.

So, my lovelies,
Have you tried this product? Would you buy it? I'd love to hear your opinions!

Peace & Love,
That Whimsical Blogger!

P.S: I'd love to try their rose-petal range once my current mountain of skincare supply runs out. They look hella awesome.

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