Roses de Chloe Eau de Toilette Spray

Roses de Chloe Eau de Toilette Spray - Valentines Day Gift Ideas - Best Spring Summer Perfumes Fragrances for Women
Roses de Chloe Eau de Toilette  - $28 to $120 at Sephora
Fragrance Notes:  Fresh Cut Roses, Bergamot, Rose Essence, Magnolia Accord, White Musk, Amber.
Style:  Floral. Delicate. Luminous. 

Ask me to list my favorite fragrance notes, and rose (or florals) would never figure in the list.  My overwhelmingly disastrous results with trying to grow roses have contributed greatly to the dislike!  I have never bought myself a rose-based fragrance, but I have received quite a few as gifts or samples and have discovered some that I actually like.  Roses de Chloe is one such fragrance.  Described as a luminous, subtle, and graceful fragrance, Roses de Chloe mixes the delicate scent of Damascena roses with top notes of bergamot and a cooler magnolia accord to create a fresh scent that feels especially comforting in the summers.  The first note listed is that of fresh cut roses, and that is exactly what I smell when I spritz this on.  I don't really discern much of the amber or white musk, probably because I am incredibly sensitive to the smell of roses and it's all I notice in this fragrance, but I do think the spicy and warm notes are what keep it from smelling too one dimensional and flat.   To me, it's subtle, but these notes balance the rose essence and create a charming, sophisticated perfume that leaves a fresh, delicate, yet lingering scent on my skin - this soft perfume stays on my skin the whole day.

Roses de Chloe is a delightfully light, romantic perfume that mixes the old-world charm of roses perfectly with a youthful freshness creating a girly/feminine perfume without any cloying sweetness or heaviness to it.  The pure, clean notes make it a perfect spring perfume pick for me, and the fresh rose notes feel soothing and cool in the summers.  Overall, a good pick for someone looking for a fresh floral perfume for warmer months...and a great gift if you are looking for something special this Valentine's.

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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Collection (2016) - Swatches

MAC Retromatte Liquid Lipcolour 2016 Swatches
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Collection ($20 each) at Nordstrom

The matte lip trend started some time last year, and it has definitely trickled into 2016 with at least a couple of brands continuing with newer versions of this classic formula.  The MAC Retro Matte lipsticks have been around and popular for quite some time, and the new Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours seem to be just as popular an addition to the range- at least going by how quickly they seem to have sold out at my local Nordstrom.   These liquid lip colours are similar to lipglosses in the creamy liquid texture as well as the packaging - tube with a flocked applicator - but the similarity ends there.  These liquid lipcolors are bright, pigmented, and pretty much opaque with none of the glossiness that's usually associated with a lipgloss.  The finish is described as "liquid suede," and it does settle into a powdery velvety finish.   The color range is mostly superbright-red-dark, but the matte finish does give most of these colors a modern, easier-to-wear look.  Scroll on for swatches.

SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and Facial Treatment Essence - Review

SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion - Facial Treatment Essence - Review
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion ($70) and SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($99-$290)

Up until about a year back, my skincare routine was limited to face wash and a basic moisturizer.  I had been struggling with recurring breakouts, and this simple routine was effective in calming my skin and getting it to a relatively problem-free stage.  Over the past year, though, with all the hype about Asian and Korean skincare, I have been trying out new products/brands and have changed my skincare quite a bit.  One of my current favorites is SK-II - the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is a must-have for me - and I recently added two more products to my routine - SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.   I use the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion after cleansing my face followed by the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence as the next step before continuing with serum, moisturizer, etc.  Yes, I know that's already a lot more steps than what a lot of us have time for, but I have definitely noticed a big difference with the few extra steps.  Anyhow, on to my thoughts on these two products, starting with the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion...

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour Lipsticks - Swatches

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color Lipsticks Photos Swatches
Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour Lipsticks ($28 each) at Sephora

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour lipsticks are a new-ish launch, with lipsticks featuring a semi-matte formula and rich pigmented colors.  A blend of waxes and jojoba helps moisturize the lips while the color goes on creamy and smooth.  There is a nice mix of colors in this range from softer neutrals to deeper, darker purples and plums, and the soft velvet finish of these lipsticks gives the colors a more modern feel.  Scroll on for swatches.

Wake up to an LA Sunrise with the Chanel Spring 2016 Makeup Collection

Chanel LA Sunrise Spring 2016 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches
Chanel LA Sunrise Makeup Collection - available at Nordstrom
In the pic: Sunkiss Ribbon face palette, Beverly Hills eyeshadow quad, and Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows

Chanel Spring 2016 Makeup Collection - LA Sunrise - hit stores a while back, and I couldn't think of a more perfect start to the 2016 makeup season than this brightly colored collection.  The star of this collection is undoubtedly the Sunkiss Ribbon blush, but this relatively small collection packs quite a punch with green, blues, and purples for the eyes and truly juicy pinks and orange for the lips.  Scroll on for a look at Chanel's potrait of LA.