Friday, November 17, 2017

Luna by Nina Ricci

It's a month away from Christmas and here is a current favourite scent of mine. It's a delicious gourmand fragrance that never fails to remind me of the coming festive season.

Luna by Nina Ricci was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Christophe Raynaud and Marie Salamagne. Luna is the darker, mysterious counterpart to the romantic princess of Nina. Together they're represented in a new campaign called Les Belles De Nina. 

This 20ml Mini Luna is a special limited edition bottle. Instead of gold leaves, this bottle has the same round bottle cap as the original Nina.

Top Notes
Wild Berries, Orange Blossom, Lime, Tangerine

Heart Notes
Caramel, Immortelle, Jasmine, Pear

Base Notes
Sandalwood, Madagascan Vanilla, Licorice, White Musk

Luna is for gourmand lovers who prefer a darker edge to their perfume. The opening starts off smelling sweet and caramel-like, with the citrusy top notes blending well with the heart notes, adding some freshness to an otherwise sticky sweet scent. Once it settles on the skin, the sweet caramel-like scent slowly dries down to a powdery, woody and slightly smokey scent of licorice & Immortelle. Madagascan vanilla and Sandalwood softens the overall scent, giving it a sensual vibe. 

Luna by Nina Ricci has really great sillage and projects really well. It's heavier than the original Nina which makes it perfect for night wear. Though it's an eau de toilette, it actually last longer than most of my other eau de parfum. I could still smell it's woody drydown 6 hours after spraying it on my wrist.

If you love a heavy, delicious, caramel-like scent with woody, powdery drydown, this is the perfect perfume for you. But if you prefer a fresher, lighter, delicate scent, Nina would probably suits you better than Luna. Overall I find this to be simply irresistible and the blue bottle is simply divine!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hask Keratin Protein Range

So it's been a while since I last reviewed hair care products. I think I broke my own records for the least number of times I went visiting the hair saloon this year, which is 1, lol. The only time I went to the saloon is on September, when I got my hair straightened, which took 4 hours, a torment for me who don't like to sit still for too long. Luckily, the hairstylist didn't noticed I cut my own hair and proceeded to tell me my hair looks healthy and the layers looks fine. Little did he knew, I went to YouTube, searched for haircut tutorial and chop my own hair, lmao.

Apart from sometimes regularly trimming my own hair, my current hair condition is also contributed by these Hask Keratin Protein Range products, which are great for those with dry and damaged hair. The first 2 products that I'd tried from Hask are the Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner.

Prior to these, I'd been wearing other brands but decided to switch to Hask as my other shampoos doesn't work so well in keeping my thick tresses smooth and tangle-free. These are also Sulfate-free and Paraben-free. Unlike other Sulfate-free shampoos that I'd tried before, I find this shampoo lathers quite easily, as it contain Decyl Glucoside, a much gentler surfactant or foaming agent in it's ingredients.

If you love fruity scent you're going to love these as they give a subtle berries scent after each wash. These works really well in keeping my hair feeling smooth and silky. My hair feels clean and my scalp doesn't feel itchy and oily.

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner deeply conditions dry and damaged hair. It's great for intense hydration on straggly dry hair. Most hair mask leaves my hair feeling flat but this leaves my hair feeling soft while still making them voluminous.

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil is the only product from the Keratin Protein Range that I'd never tried out prior to this. I was expecting this to be a normal hair oil, one that makes your hair shine but nothing too extraordinary. So I was a little surprised when I find the texture to be a little thicker than most hair oils and serums, it's viscous but once I apply it to my hair tips, it doesn't feel oily at all, which is great because my hair tends to get oily really fast. It leaves my hair feeling soft with a subtle hint of berries. It also keeps frizz at bay! 

If you're interested in learning more about these products, do check out Hask Malaysia, there's a whole wide range of products that will surely fits each and every hair type. For me, my best choice are these Hask Keratin Protein Range. They really works in combating split ends and I no longer wakes up with  poofy hair.  Do try this!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Burberry Women by Burberry

As much as I love trying out new scents and experiencing the difference in their fragrance notes. There are days where I just wanted to smell cozy and warm, something that would suits more of my laid back personality. 

I used to wear Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson religiously for years. It's my perfect signature scent as it really blends with my skin, the dry down has a comforting peaches & cream scent that leaves a subtle trail. But now that they're re-formulated my favourite perfume, it doesn't last as long as it used to. My last bottle was bought in 2015 and I've been jumping from one scent to another since then.

For nostalgic sake, I decided to try out this miniature bottle of Burberry Women, which Fancy Love has always been compared to. Burberry Women was released in 1995 and Michel Almairac is the nose behind this iconic scent. 

Top Notes
Lavender, Bergamot, Thyme, Mint

Heart Notes
Gerarium, Sandalwood, Moss, Cedar

Base Notes
Amber, Tonka Bean

Burberry Women is a fruity-floral scent. It opens up with a fresh burst of apricot and pear, which dominates the overall scent. Unlike Fancy Love's boozy opening of pink pepper and champagne, Burberry Women is much more fruitier with a hint of herbal from the lavender, tyme and mint.

Once it settles down, the scent slowly starts to resemble Fancy Love's soft, creamy, peaches & cream dry down. The only difference is Burberry has an added woodyness to it, which reminds me a lot of the scent of pencil shavings, strange but I love it. lol. 

It's apricoty, musky & woody, perfect for those who prefer a scent that sits close to the skin. It's warm, inviting and very cozy. The only downside is it doesn't last long and it doesn't project well. Apparently it's been re-formulated and the scent is no longer as long lasting as before. 

If I have to choose my favourite out of these 2, I would pick Fancy Love as it's floriental notes especially frangipani and amber are much more feminine & romantic. Burberry Women is much more casual and preppy.  A modern scent with city chic vibes. Though lacking in longevity and sillage, both are beautiful, timeless scents.