Friday, 16 February 2018

Fragrance Review: Guerlain Eau de Cologne du 68

In the opening, the citruses are sparkling; a mix of bergamot, mandarin, orange and a hint of lemon. Delightful. Very quickly does the fragrance morph on the skin. Iris makes an appearance and there, a powdery citrusy floral medley begins. The petitgrain, rosemary and sage maintain a verdant airy atmosphere. It really makes the scent emanating off your skin feel green, and growing,and evermore alive. The Guerlinade is perfect in Eau de Cologne du 68. It’s a light, powdery vanilla that has a fluffy texture to the nose, hugging you softly. Linden blossom, orange blossom, frangipani, jasmine, rose, and ylang ylang are the feat of florals that will charm you throughout. The florals are subtly sweet and are reminiscent of the yellow pollen that bees collect in springtime. Overall the fragrance grows on the skin beautifully, always changing with wafts of sunny florals, citrus and vanilla.

I write this review as a testament to my recent and remarkable discovery with Eau de Cologne du 68. Only yesterday afternoon was I surprised just how sweet and honeyed the white florals and citrus smells in the summer heat. The citruses no longer felt bracing and bitter as I found in the wintertime. The vanillary Guerlinade really blooms in the heat as it completely accentuates the rest of the cast. Bravo! This is an underrated Guerlain that also happens to be discontinued. It is of my highest recommendation to experience Eau de Cologne du 68 while you can!



Sunday, 3 December 2017

Fragrance Review: Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum

Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum 2014

This scent is the embodiment of the quintessential Sunday. You’re at home, the weather’s perfect, you’ve slipped into your quality cotton sheets, you too are wearing cotton. Skin-to-skin, leisurely caresses, kisses. Breathe in hope, something lost, nostalgia, sex. Helmut Lang smells like comfort, sensuality, and an unspoken air of being up to no good. You’re feeling blissfully lazy and at ease, and you do whatever and however you please.

You close your eyes, and you somehow drift… fields of purple lavender washes over you…lulling you into a lucid state. The lavender is clean, powdery, and along with heliotrope, diffuses a dreamy film of whites and beige. The effect is of sand, powder, paper and a lasting texture to the touch. A subtle green, herbal kick adds to the lavender, and that is rosemary. It awakens your memory, of the past, of the present, it brings your mind places. So does the musk. A skin-like, lived in musk is evermore present. Dirty/clean, new and old, oh the dichotomy, the duality it brings. You’ve definitely been to places, to people, with what remains of the Helmut Lang on your skin. Patchouli, sandalwood, musk suggest as to the night before, the passion and the aftermath. The after-sex. Your skin the day after has never smelled so good with jasmine, neroli, heliotrope, and lavender breathing life as your body’s heat intensifies in your daily activities. Helmut Lang settles into you just like second-skin. It meshes with your low-cut white blouse, or that unbuttoned white shirt, it becomes you for the day, and you become it.

Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum is full of blurred lines, of that bead of sweat running down the d├ęcolletage, the hint of something you thought you knew, of possibilities of what you want it to be. Helmut Lang is something that’s hard to explain, something that is wildly suggestive, and maybe a secret best left untold. Until that time, I wish for the ‘future me’ to rock Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum like a devil in disguise, to anywhere and everywhere, with confidence and composure.


~ lala 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro Review/Swatches

Hi all, hope everything is well :)

Today I will be discussing a new liquid eyeshadow by Stila. It's a long one, as seen in the title, 'Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow.' The shade that I have is in 'Rose Gold Retro,' and let me tell you, this is full-impact foiled glitter! I LOVE it. Wearing a dab on my eyes never fails to garner compliments from friends and fellow classmates! Each time! Let's get straight into it!

Rose Gold Retro is basically, what you'd simply call 'rose gold.' Or more descriptively, a warm-toned, light pink/champagne with a noticeable amount of peachy copper in it. There is plenty of glitter and shimmer in this product, but balanced in a way the formula applies like liquid (rose) gold :D 

How do you apply it? Essentially the product is like a lip gloss for your eyelids. The doe-foot applicator is so easy to use! What I like to do is swipe a small amount on the eyelids as desired, then dab a little with my finger to sheer it out a bit. Not too sheer, but enough to get that foiled effect. 

The formula is magic! As I've mentioned earlier, pretty much like liquid gold as you apply. No chunks or blobs in sight. Finely milled glitter of smooth liquid consistency. So as you can see from the swatches, you can apply however much as you desire. I have swiped some to show how intense the product can go, then sheered it out to illustrate how you would usually wear this on the eyes. Again, I prefer a more intense glitter so I might apply more and layer if not enough! Ha! :D 

This is me with Rose Gold Retro on my inner half of my eyes. Gasp! I know, I haven't uploaded a recent picture on my blog in aaaaaaages!

I actually had uni on yesterday when I took this pic! Haha. Which is why makeup is left relatively subtle. The eyes did the talking. I received two compliments on this very eyeshadow yesterday too. Which proves... that it never fails to! ;)


Full makeup breakdown:
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
- NARS Blush Palette 'One Shocking Moment' mix of Blasphemy and Luster
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer
- Laura Mercier Eyeshadow in Whiskey
- MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana

- ... and of course this very product I have been telling you all about! :) "Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro" told you it was a long name!

~Rose Gold Retro is a very versatile shade that allows you much freedom to experiment eyeshadow looks with. I like to add it as the final step to my darker brown smokey eyes. In my experience this shade complements warm undertone eyeshadows as a base, but I can imagine it being compatible with many eyeshadow combinations! :) Experiment, experiment, experiment! That's what I intend to do! 

Other words,

I initially tried the shade 'Kitten Karma' in Mecca Maxima because I knew how much of a cult-following the eyeshadow shade 'Kitten' is, (a shimmery champagne beige) within Stila as a brand. It looked really nice swatched on my pale wintery hand... but on my eyes it's a different story. It wasn't warm or deep enough for my dark brown eyes. So I had 'Kitten Karma' applied on my eyes for the day, but opted for 'Rose Gold Retro' after judging from another swatch on my hand. It was a bit of a gamble, but I am lucky to say, it really delivers! I also want to add that the formula for Kitten Karma was also very impressive. Well, impressive enough to convince me to try another shade from this line - which I am happy I did!

~Thank you for reading thus far! That's all from me for today, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop down one below. :)

Have a beautiful day! 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

My first purchase from BITE Beauty! Swatches + Review


It's no secret that I love a good lippie. I gravitate towards colourful, bright shades that are highly pigmented, long-wearing and matte! Matte lipsticks are what I go for, however they tend to dry out the lips...That's when I heard these lip crayons were deemed a moisturising matte formula! Wow! The marriage of complete polar opposites! I was also swayed by the promise of a precise lip line with little effort, sans lip liner! 

Introducing Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Peche and Sucre. Beautiful, beautiful, stunning shades!~ 

I bought these during the Christmas break of 2016. I wanted something matte, yet ultra-flattering and gorgeous for summer. I researched the kind of poppy pink-coral shade I love a`la Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite - my go-to uni shade that looks good with anything!

Here's how they look. These lip crayons are no ordinary bullet-style lipstick. More so a lipstick-pen. You twist up for more product. No need to sharpen. (Unlike the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils which I was considering) A huge plus that helped cement my blind-buy. 

With this kind of format, you can create a sharp line. They're essentially a jumbo lip liner. Oh so convenient~~ I know there will be some of you who actually prefer this to the standard lipstick! :) 

This is Sucre - literally meaning 'sugar' in French. Bite Beauty chose French-inspired names for this line. Other shades I love purely based on the names ~ Amaretto, Framboise et Fraise~

Sucre is a watermelon-pink-coral with warm undertones. It had full coverage in one swipe and produced a satin finish that dries down to matte.

A truly universally-flattering shade. It's a kind of pink that can suit anybody. I recommend all ladies regardless of age to try Sucre. :)

Picture above of swatches: Left is Sucre and Right is Peche

Peche is a warm peachy-coral that really nails what I'd call my ideal summer shade. Full coverage in a single swipe. Just like Sucre, it applies smooth, and feels comfortable on the lips. I could say there is a consistent formula throughout the line. No hit or misses!

Simply stunning. 


As for the formula, this lipstick feels comfortable and creamy on the lips; which lends it a slight moisturising effect in the beginning of wear. As the product sits on the lips for an extended period of time, say, six hours, it can become drying. This is not too surprising for any lip product to be honest. 

There is a discernible scent to these lip crayons; a fizzy, fruity, acidic, sherbet-like scent. Not particularly my favourite scent to have on my lips but it's there until you forget about it. :P 

As noted above, these lip crayons garner full coverage in one swipe. No patchy blotches or any noticeable waxiness - smooth and sleek application. You can definitely get perfectly lined lips thanks to the precise pointy tip, but this of course can get degraded with use - which is a very normal phenomenon whatsoever! ;)

Overall, these lip crayons can last a decent amount of time if you don't eat or drink all day - hypothetically speaking! But after you have had any meal, these can slip off your lips, because these have a very emollient, creamy formula. These do not stain and last long on your lips, and I would recommend touching up throughout the day.

I love Peche and Sucre. Both colours just scream summer and sunshine - uplifting, happy colours to pair with your tropical top, floral dress or just to make a pop(!) to your ensemble. Heck, I even wear it in winter... ;) ;)


What's your favourite bright lipstick? Would love to know in the comments below!

Have a beautiful day! :)

and until next time,


Skincare Review: Korres Wild Rose 'Peeling' Mask AHA 10%

Hi there,

It's been a long time since I've last blogged...but now that I'm well into my mid year uni break, I'd love to take some time out to write about my favourite things! :D

This is one of them. It's truly the best skincare product I have discovered this year. It's from a brand from Greece, called Korres. I thoroughly enjoy my Almond Cherry shower gel from them, and grabbed a few Japanese Rose shower gels too. However, this is my first skincare item I've tried from Korres.

It's called a 'Peeling Mask' but it's not actually a mask you will literally peel off - like those black charcoal masks that were trending. From what I've heard, when referring to 'peeling,' in Europe, it's meant as 'exfoliating.' 

So when I used this mask for the first time... I was trying to peel if off! But nope, it doesn't do that. You need to rinse off the mask with water. 

The actual formula is like a thick cream, but you can spread it on your face for a thin application, or you can build it up in areas you want to especially target to hydrate, and nourish. 

There is a noticeable scent when left on your face, but it's an especially pleasant, luxurious, powdery-rosey-floral that smells like an expensive face cream. Well, if you don't like the scent, (which I don't think anyone should!) - you need to wash it off in 5 - 15 minutes anyway, or as they tell you to. I leave it on for 30 minutes or even a bit longer to 45 minutes. I feel it has better results when left longer, and my skin does not have any adverse reactions to it. One thing to note is that you may experience some tingling on your face, a gentle stinging sensation. This is entirely the alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) working on your skin! Not painful at all for me, but this can vary depending on your skin sensitivity. Likewise, you can rinse it off earlier if you want a gentler effect. It's recommended to use once or twice a week and leaves lasting results. My skin is left so fresh, clear, and smooth! 

*I recommend using this product straight after cleansing or after a shower. That way the mask acts on your clean skin without any irritants affecting it. 

This product is truly amazing and so good for my skin. I have large pores and bumps around my nose that feel coarse to touch. This mask smooths out these bumps and makes the pores look smaller and less 'inflamed.' I also have oily skin around the nose which can also become dry from over-cleansing, which makes things really challenging. For me, this mask doesn't dry me out nor does it feel excessively oily. It moisturises my skin just the right amount and leaves the skin feeling so soft, supple and soothed - like a baby's bottom! 

I've used this product four or five times now and each time, there is a significant difference in the texture of my skin, the appearance of pores, the moisture levels before and after, and just generally my mood! I feel so relaxed and much more confident after a pamper session with this mask.


One thing to note, it's a mask, so you will need to wash it off. Give yourself some time to use this mask. Make a cup of tea, relax around at home for a thirty minutes or so, and then rinse. Do not wear this mask out, or under any makeup etc, because it's not a moisturiser, even if it feels and applies like one! The AHAs can reach adverse effects when misused! :O 

What else to say? I would like to say it's so worth it for the $12.80 I paid from However, I may have to buy some backups as I write this. The price might not last long and stock can run out fast! It originally retails at $40 I believe? However this particular Wild Rose product is not in Mecca Cosmetica at the moment, for those of you in Australia. This product is relatively easy to find online and you better get to it! ;)

Truly a miracle product! If you have troublesome skin that gets dry, yet oily, rough, with pores or even no noticeable pores, this could do so much! I have nothing negative to say about this and only hope for it to have positive effects with continued use. 

I hope you're having a lovely day, 

Until next time! :)

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Fragrance Review: Reminiscence Patchouli Blanc

Reminiscence Patchouli Blanc

A really soft powdery patchouli, stripped back from its harsh hippie tendencies. Elegant and mild, soft and clean. A bit old fashioned from the aldehydes rather than hippy. Feels like second skin. A lot lighter and airier than I expected.

The bottle’s spray mechanism produces a fine mist, which explains why it smells light and airy, rather than a dense, heavy patchouli and powder. Since it’s so light, I feel I have to plant my nose onto my wrist, sniffing the heck out of it! Really, really subtle. I’d have to go a bit crazy with the sprayer, I reckon!

A blast of star anise when first sprayed, reminding me of mum’s cooking. Slowly, aldehydes unravel itself. Then it comes to its heart stage of patchouli, powder and musk where change in scent is minimal. Dry down is a fluffy, powdery, amber, sandalwood musk. I think I get some vanilla but maybe I am simply imagining it because I’d like it to be there.

A very slight hint of Coromandel, by no means similar but the patchouli I get here in Patchouli Blanc bears similarity to the patchouli in Coromandel. A dialled down, minty facet of patchouli is here.

Very well done perfume! A patchouli scent I can wear anywhere! Really effortless and classy.

*For those new to Reminiscence, the bottle is really interesting, rather than a rectangular shape depicted in pictures online - it actually concaves in! This adds a bit of ‘edge’ to what would otherwise be a boring bottle. I appreciate Reminiscence for being cool like that :)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Scents I loved this SUMMER!~

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Summer is nearly ending! As we head into late February and late summer, all I feel is a slight sadness to farewell this holiday break, yet also an honest relief to feel the mercury drop a bit under 20C... and relish in its cooler change. 

Summer is a tricky time scent-wise, especially if you live somewhere prone to heatwaves and humidity. Perfume is probably one of the last things I would want to anoint myself with when it is getting in the high 30s, early 40s - it happens! Rather than leaving a pleasant smell, any scent can smell rotten and sweaty on the skin!

However, I have discovered two scents that smell its best during the Aussie summertime. The Body Shop's Italian Summer Fig and Penhaligon's Amaranthine. Refreshing, sensual, skin-like scents that leave a sensual trail in the breeze.

Italian Summer Fig is the The Body Shop's take on the cult-favourite Diptyque Philosykos, which is actually a really lovely, crisp yet milky fig. Both the EDT and body mist formulations of Italian Summer Fig are light and gentle in sillage; translucent even. A softer and more fleeting Philosykos, but certainly a great dupe at a very acceptable price. So you won't feel bad about spraying it everywhere, and anywhere you please!

I also bought the body cream during The Body Shop's post-festive season sale. So many good things to be had. You know what, I just checked and much of its stock are still on sale! Quick get onto it! The body mist was something like $9.95 and so was the body cream. 

Personally I've made good use out of this Italian Summer Fig collection this summer, and I just love it. Beautiful sunkissed fig smell. If you've ever had the opportunity to snap a few figs or fig leaves off the plant, you will know this aroma well and this captures it like a charm.  Appropriately named Italian Summer Fig! :) 

Another that has taken me through this summer journey is Penhaligon's Amaranthine. I have already written a short review and mentioned it in my 'Perfumes I loved in 2016' post not long ago. Go check that out :D 

Just effortless, balmy, and sensual but in a relaxed and confident way. I just love the feeling this evokes when I wear this. It really mixes with your skin for that 'lived in' touch. That, is what I say, is an endorsement because not all perfumes can react with your skin in such a way. That kids, is what skin chemistry is! Haha.. I should go teach PERFUME101 and begin lectures for Autumn semester!!! LOL just kidding!


These scents will leave you feeling like you're on holiday - even if you're not!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have had a lovely summer and enjoyed the warmer moments with a few special scents to call your own. :) 
Bye for now!