LA PRAIRIE Silver Rain Shimmer Mist Review

 

I haven’t tried the original version of Silver Rain since I’ve never been much interested into La Prairie products.

It is a mix of fruity spicy floral, although the combination smells less fresh and less sexy than, let’s say Versace Crystal Noir.

I was a bit surprised by how it smells since I’ve been expecting something chypre. The top notes are fresh, slightly fruity – maybe apple combined with gardenia, mint and pepper.

The mint is a surprise here – it can be felt even in middle notes which are still fruity, but with more spice.

The drydown is fruity-spicy. There is no mint here – just a hint of pepper and sandalwood wrapped into a bouquet of vanilla and heliotrope which have a very, very slight citrusy feel. It is a very long-wearing scent.

Even though it appears very elegant and expensive, Silver Rain, while being a nice scent, is too bland and generic for my taste.

GIVENCHY Absolutely Irresistible EdP Review

 

Approximately 10 to 5 years ago, Absolutely Irresistible would have been my favourite. Today, I find it okay.

By Kilian’s Love and Tears has woken up my love for jasmine and my love for spicy, woody fragrances dates form the first high-end fragrance I have bought: Le Baiser du Dragon.

Absolutely Irresistible is very elegant fragrance.

On my skin it opens up with a burst of spicy pepper, followed up by jasmine. Drydown is very spicy: pepper again plus cedar and a hint of amber and jasmine.

The sillage is pretty good.

The fragrance is very fresh – it is a bit cloying at the start, but it becomes milder as the time go by.

Still, this is far from being my favourite Givenchy fragrance. It is a bit monotone, there are no hidden notes that pop out.

VERSACE Crystal Noir EdT Review

 

Versace Crystal Noir was the fragrance I hated at first. For some reasons, whenever I sprayed it on the skin in the store, it smelled dirty, as if you haven’t showered and decided to cover it with a strong fragrance.

When I have found by Kilian’s Cruel Intentions, at first I thought that Cruel Intentions was a way classier version of Crystal Noir.

Several years forward, I have found a sample and decided to give it another chance and I’m glad I did, as Crystal Noir today is completely different on my skin.

It opens up like a sweet and spicy oriental, the strongest note to my nose being amber spiced up with the pepper. Soon, it transforms into a floral-fruity composition with a hint of coconut and something that very much reminds me of tiare.

On my skin it dries down like pure amber. There is just a slight touch of musk, but not enough to put me off the scent like it did years before.

It lasts pretty long on the skin – almost like some of mine EdPs.

Currently, I love it very much. The scent is often described as sexy, although to my nose it doesn’t seem so (probably because the musk is barely there on my skin).

 

SPIRIG Daylong Extreme SPF 50 Review and Ingredients

Daylong Extreme by Spirig is another sunscreen that I have tried this summer. My mother is a faithful user for years (she is extremely sensitive to sun because of the antibiotics she had to use).

Daylong comes in a 100 ml flip top tube and it retails for around $25. As far as I can see from the ingredients list, it is 100% chemical sunscreen.

The consistency is creamy and very sticky. It spreads easily, but approximately 10-15 minutes after application it sinks in and the stickiness is gone.

The scent is a turn-off (at least for me) – slightly medical with milky coconut undertone; but it disappears upon application.

When I used it underneath the make-up, it felt heavy on my face.

This sunscreen is extremely hard to wash off. It is probably the only sunscreen that I had to remove with double cleansing like I remove make-up. This signalled that it might cause the breakouts, but I didn’t get any. Another bonus is that it really moisturizes the skin – I have dehydrated oily skin, but this helped with battling the flaky skin.

In spite of the benefits, I’ll only use it as a beach sunscreen or during work-out, and not like an everyday sunscreen.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Paris EdP Review

I have a love-hate relationship with this scent. Guerlain L’heure Bleue made me a fan of violets, so naturally, I thought I’d like Paris too. Wrong.

When I sniff it from the bottle, I’m in love. However, one spray on the skin and I instantly hate it. The moment it touches my sin, it turns into the most nauseatingly sweet combination of rose and violet, as if you have combined a violet candy and Turkish delight with a sprinkle of vanilla. Generally, I like sweeter scents, but this was too much.

While the notes listed bergamot, iris and sandalwood, making the fragrance more complex, none of these could be felt on my skin. YSL Paris was violet/rose all the way, only slightly weakening in intensity as the time flew by.

The fragrance wears well. I have tested the EdP version and it stayed on for over 10 hours.

It may be a classic, but not for me.

EUCERIN Sun Lotion Extra Light SPF 50 Review and Ingredients

Eucerin Sun Lotion with SPF 50 was one of mine everyday sunscreens this summer. I got a 10 ml tube as a sample with purchase and, since the pharmacist told me I shouldn’t use it on the face, I have forgotten about it. Unfortunately, I don’t have any info on the price (I suppose it is around $20-30) or the amount the full size comes in.

However, having gotten a nice reddish freckle caused by the sun on the side of my forehead (I wore SPF30, but I had to spend all day out in the sun), and having only Eucerin as a high SPF sunscreen, I decided to bit the bullet, thinking that it couldn’t do more damage. Here is the picture of the freckle. Since the photo was taken with flash, the colour is slightly washed out, but in reality the freckle is a bright pinkish red).

Eucerin Sun Lotion is a combination of physical and chemical sunscreen.

The consistency is, as the name says, very light. It spread easily and it sinks in quickly, without being sticky. It doesn’t leave whiteish cast.

The scent is fairly strong, alcoholic, but disappears upon the application.

Because of the alcohol inside, it is a bit drying. I have oily dehydrated skin, so it didn’t do much damage, but drier skin types should be cautious. I was the most afraid that it will break me out, but it didn’t.

It is possible to put the make-up over it, but I still prefer Bioderma Photoderm SPF 30.

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SISLEY Phyto Ombre Eclat #17 Stardust Review and Swatch

This eyeshadow was love (more like obsession) at the first sight. I’ve had it on my wishlist for ages and this spring I have caved in and finally bought it.

Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat eyeshadow contains 1,5 grams and retails for around $50. Definitely pricey, but in my opinion, worth it.

It comes in a compact with mirror and sponge tip applicator. On the outside, the compact is matte and holds the finger-prints. Inside, the compact is shiny black.

Stardust is a very complex colour – medium dark shimmery silvery-greyish-olive green. There is one similar shade: Lancôme Erika F (which is repromoted in the newest Lancôme Ombre Hypnose mono eyeshadow collection).

It could be a bit more pigmented, but it is possible to layer it to get the full intensity.

The shimmer stays put, so there is no fallout.

The texture of the eyeshadow, especially when compared to my other Sisley eyeshadows, is a bit on the drier side (probably because of the shimmer). However, once I pick it with a brush, it goes on smoothly and evenly.

As with all other Sisley eyeshadows, I cannot complain on the wear – with the primer on my super oily lids lasts for well over 10 hours without creasing.

The shade is definitely unique one, but depending on the price of Lancôme, Lancôme might be the first choice for many.

I only have one objection to Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat Eyeshadows in general. The pan does not stick well to the compact. At first I though that this was the problem with only one eyeshadow, but I have 5 Sisley eyeshadows and in each the pan moves slightly when lightly prodded. The pan didn’t fall out, but I don’t think this is acceptable for $50 eyeshadow.

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