Monday, 17 July 2017

The Answer to Unisex Perfume ~ Mirko Buffini

I am a perfume fanatic. 

Trust me when I say I have over 40 bottles of perfumes and non of them have a similar scent to the ones in Mirko Buffini Unisex perfumes.

This perfumery although a fairly young one, was passionate about producing unique luxury fragrances which are unisex and a perfume takes almost 3 months to complete due to its complex processes and stringent quality control. 

These are the 12 core fragrances that I was lucky enough to sample:

1. Ki
Top notes: Bergamot, Orange, Pink Pepper
Base notes: Amber, Vanilla

2. Saba
Top notes: Bergamot, Coffee
Base notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Amber

3. Moxi
Top notes: Bergamot, Japanese Sake
Base notes: Amber, Sandalwood

4. OG
Top notes: Ginger, Black Pepper
Base notes: Leather accord, Oud

5. Gods
Top notes: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Nutmeg
Base notes: Cedar Wood, Incense

6. Mu -
Top notes: Bergamot, Violet Leaves, Nutmeg
Base notes: Tabacco Leaves, Olive Tree Wood

7. Haiku
Top notes: Damask Rose, White Flower
Base notes: White Musk, Amber

8. Kirk -
Top notes: Pepper, Cumin, Coriander, Black Current 
Base notes: Sandalwood, Tree Moss, Leather Accord

9. Klito -
Top notes: Bergamot
Base notes: Vanilla, Cedar Wood

10. Moa
Top notes: Nutmeg, Cinammon
Base notes: Cedar Wood, Sandalwood, Cashmere Wood

11. No. 31 (the first EDP created by the brand) - 
Top notes: Citrus, Lavender, Brandy Chocolate
Base notes: Patchouli, Amber, Vertiver, White Musk

12. Haecceitas -
Top notes: Freesia, Orange Flower
Base notes: Moss, Vanilla

As you might have noticed, the colour theme for this brand is black and white. The packaging of the actual fragrances are divided into these two opposite colours with Black Images representing strong and deep woody top notes while White Images tags the more floral and fruity top notes.

There are 2 fragrances from Mirko Buffini that I absolutely adore:
Haiku and Gods

In my humble opinion (apologies as I'm no elite perfumer thus I'm unable to give you a detail accord of the scent), Haiku veer towards the girly side as its laden with floral accents however settles into a nice lingering musky end. Whereas Gods kicked off with a heady sophisticated citrusy opening which ends with a calming warm woody tone.

Do head over to any Takashimaya 3rd Floor to give each fragrance a whiff or head over to Mirko Buffini Website for more detail info their actual notes and the story behind each fragrance (which is an interesting read to be honest).

Huge thanks to Mirko Buffini for your generosity. ^_^

Disclaimer: The products are PR samples for review purposes. I was not sponsored in any monetary way nor instigated to used "preferred" words for this post. All opinions provided are honest and of utmost truest feelings of mine after testing the products. Different people might react differently to the product thus results may vary. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas feat Bolin Webb

OK, Father's Day is less than 4 days away and if you are scratching your head on what to give your dad, then read on as this post might be of help to you. 

For me, personally, I love gifting my man (or ol' man in this case) beauty stuff. Normally my paps prefer money and greeting cards -__-'''. However I do feel that he is lacking items in the self care department thus I think I'm obliged to stock him up on those. 

And here are my picks...

This perfume is a total classic for me. Its the Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme perfume. It smells wonderful, very deep, sophisticated, manly but yet clean at the same time. I guess it all boils down to the citrusy top notes and floral middle notes. For me, this perfume should be a staple in most guy's wardrobe to looking good (yes, fragrance can give people the illusion that you are well dressed).

The second gift idea is a skincare product. I highly recommend SKII Facial Treatment Essence (FTE). I've been using SKII FTE for years now and it has contribute magic to my skin. Now, I've turned my hubz to a covet for this product as it helps minimise his pores (he actually noticed it himself as he is very particular about his skin) and reduce some of the oiliness. Hence, I think this would make a great gift for daddy to make him look younger.

And now, for the grand finale. If you are feeling a bit more spendy and you want to pamper your dad with the best gift in the world, I highly sincerely vote for Bolin Webb's Razor. 

Would you just look at that sleek handle design? o_O. Even I (a non-razor user) felt that its a work of art. 

"Well, its just a razor!" you might think. However, its not "just" a razor. It is "THE" Razor.

Bolin Webb, the brand have won a number of award, the most recent being Germany's Red Dot "Best of the Best" Design Awards 2017. That's like up there together with Mega brands like BMW and SMEG designs. Simply impressive.

The razors use either Gilette Mach3 or Gilette Fusion Proglide blades depending on the collection you choose. This blue one right here is the R1-S Blue 3000 with a Mach3 blade. 

Once again, according to my tester (my hubby), this razor feels good to grip. Its ergonomic handle design makes it more comfortable during shaving session. As the handle is solid to hold, the men can expect a smoother and more evenly shaved skin. The bonus point is, it looks like a chic accessory for my bathroom sink. 

If blue isn't your cup of tea, there are an array of colours for you to choose from. Inspired by the world of automotive, each razor is carefully designed with the intention to embrace the curves and colours of cars. 

It also has a matching Razor Case should you need to store the razor or travel with it. 

Recently there is a new collection of prestige razors with their very own stand: 
1. Carbon
2. Gold (OMG!! Its real gold for your info)
3. Chrome

These metallic series will surely turn heads and wow your dad with its high shine, plus they feel luxurious to the touch.

There's even a Union Jack design which I think is super cute. Seriously consider getting this for dad!! 

Overall, I think its an awesome gift for your dad as its quite unusual to give razors as gifts. A practical and beautiful present in my opinion.

Do head over to any Takashimaya 3rd Floor to try out the products or head over to Bolin Webb Website for more info.

Huge thanks to Bolin Webb for your generosity. ^_^

Disclaimer: The products are PR samples for review purposes. I was not sponsored in any monetary way nor instigated to used "preferred" words for this post. All opinions provided are honest and of utmost truest feelings of mine (or in this case my husband) after testing the products. Different people might react differently to the product thus results may vary. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Lightweight Tinted Sunscreen ~ The Face Inc UV Defense SPF 50 Tinted

With the hot, humid and rainy weather going on in Singapore, I tend to steer away from foundations. It is a torture to wear layers and layers of skincare and makeup products on my face when all my face wanted to do is sweat. 

Thus, I welcome The Face Inc UV Defense SPF Tinted with open arms after being informed what the product is. 

According to The Face Inc, the UV Defense SPF50 Tinted is:

"An advanced physical tinted sunscreen for protection of the skin against harmful UV rays, prevention of sunburn and photo-damage. Proprietary blend of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide delivers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Vitamin E acts as an anti oxidant and moisturising agent." ~ The Face Inc

It is basically a sunscreen with a tinge of colour to even out your skin tone while providing ingredients that benefits the skin. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it really is.

A glance at the application directions and the ingredients on the box. As you can see, there's instructions to apply the product 15 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun which so many skincare does not include. 

For your info, this, my friends, is the proper way to apply sun protecting cream. You need to give the sunscreen a little time to settle in and work its magic before heading outdoors. I call it, the warm up period :D.

The texture of the product is kind of mousse-like, very light weight and easily spreadable. Do note that a little goes a long a way or else you'll get white streaks on your face. 

After massaging the product in, the finish is this nice healthy glow with a slight coverage. The sunscreen does not feel heavy on the skin albeit a little tacky though which thankfully did go away after a while. 

One more thing to note is the scent of the product. In my personal opinion, I do wish that the smell can be more floral or refreshing. You guys know how I feel about scents in products, anything girly will have me sold instantly. 

Currently retailing at $38, do head over to any Sasa outlet to try out the products or head over to Sasa website for more info and to purchase.

Huge thanks to The Face Inc for your generosity. ^_^

Disclaimer: The products are PR samples for review purposes. I was not sponsored in any monetary way nor instigated to used "preferred" words for this post. All opinions provided are honest and of utmost truest feelings of mine after testing the products. Different people might react differently to the product thus results may vary. 

Friday, 12 May 2017

2 Steps to Brighter and Clearer Skin with Laneige

Laneige, a very well known Korean brand which is famous for its Sleeping Mask and Cushion Foundation has been deeply rooted around Asia especially Singapore. Their belief has always been providing skincare products that boost radiance and clear supple skin, just like what you see on Korean women. 

Well, I must say, after testing out these 2 products, I really think they work wonders on my skin. Read on and I'll show you why. 

**Warning: Picture heavy**

The items that I choose are these three (from the left):

1) Pure Radiant Shadow in No.2 Shine Gold
2) Clear C Advanced Effector 150ml
3) White Plus Renew Original Essence_EX

First, let's talk about Laneige Clear C Advanced Effector

According to the brand, the lotion has:

"Anti-oxidizing super berry extracts for skincare Extracts from acerola cherry and acai berries, super berries with four times’ anti-oxidizing effects of Vitamin C, prevent skin from oxidizing to help you achieve a healthier  appearance. Clean and even brightening care Clear C, Laneige's original essence, contains Melacrusher and super berry extracts, components with 3.5 times’ brightening effect when used together for bright, clear skin." ~ Laneige

This comes with a pump which dispenses the water-based essence nicely. There is a measuring guide at the back of the bottle for your reference on how much product has been dispensed. 

What I do with this product is that after cleansing, I'll wet the cotton pad (a box of cotton pad is included together with the item, and do note that the cotton pad is of good quality, score!) with 2.5ml of product and pat it onto my skin according to the instructions given. 

Sometimes when I'm feeling a bit luxurious, I'll soak up the entire cotton pad and peel it to several sheets before applying to my entire face like a mask. The scent is extremely soothing (light floral) and I can feel my face drinking up the product like crazy (I'm a dry to normal skin type).

For demonstration purposes, I left the cotton pad on my hand for approximately 5 minutes and if you look closely to the picture above, you can see how dry and cracked the skin on the left was while the skin on the right looked smooth and supple. I can't vote on whether it brightens my skin as I haven't been using it long enough but I do love how my skin felt less tight after application. 

The lotion kind of paves the way for subsequent products to be absorbed more effectively. I noticed that my serum and moisturiser require the least amount of spreading effort and they absorb quickly into the skin after the lotion. 

My only gripe about this product is I wish they include the "How to use" instruction on the bottle instead of only on the information paper. I mean, I'll definitely throw the paper away after ripping the box. Oh well, that's just me.

Next up is the White Plus Renew Original Essence_EX (wow, that's a mouth full). And I swear that its not my camera having shaky blur problem or playing tricks to your eyes but its the packaging has a reflective interior that makes you see doubles. 

According to the brand, 

"Laneige Original Essence consists of Melacrusher™ Formula that prevents melanin from setting in, improving melanin levels, evenness, skin brightness, and glow; also contains  green tea polysaccharides that help achieve smooth, moisturized skin, taking you one step closer to the bright, vibrant, and milky complexion of your dreams." ~ Laneige

The bottle comes with a pipet which I love as it helps in avoiding contamination. Makes it easy to dispense product out too. 

The lotion is an opaque milky formulation which is emollient for easy spreading on the skin. 

As you can see, my skin looks so much clearer and brighter compared to the previous picture before application. I could literally see my face glowing with radiance and it seemed like I have good well-rested skin for days. 

After having my baby, I haven't been sleeping very well and my skin has suffered looking all dull and tired. Thus this product helps so much in making me look awake and glow from within. I have high hopes for this product to whiten my skin after prolong use. Fingers crossed. 

Well, one thing before we move on to the next product, my skin did felt a bit tacky after application and you need a while for the product to be fully absorbed (i.e. less tacky). However I don't really mind as I sleep in an air conditioned room and the dry air kind of helps quicken the absorption process.

And last but not least, its the stunning Pure Radiant Shadow in No.2 Shine Gold. As usual, I choose this palette is because of its neutral earthy tones.

The colours in the palette are really wearable and they match each other perfectly. With the bottom taupe colour as a base (all over the lid), the lighter cream colour for the inner conner of the eyes, the darker brown colour for the outer corner and a sweep of gold glitter on the top, its the perfect look to pull off from day to night

What I like about this palette is the eyeshadows are smooth in texture and not powdery. The colours blends smoothly (except for the glitter) and it has adequate pigmentation although 2 swipes is what I'd recommend if you want a nice opaque-ness. 

For your reference, the prices for the products are listed below:

1) Pure Radiant Shadow in No.2 Shine Gold ~ SGD$40
2) Clear C Advanced Effector 150ml ~ SGD$56
3) White Plus Renew Original Essence_EX ~ SGD$80

Do head over to any Sephora outlet to try out the products or head over to Sephora website for more info and to purchase.

Huge thanks to Sephora for your generosity. ^_^

Disclaimer: The products are PR samples for review purposes. I was not sponsored in any monetary way nor instigated to used "preferred" words for this post. All opinions provided are honest and of utmost truest feelings of mine after testing the products. Different people might react differently to the product thus results may vary.