My Favourite Fragrance

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It was the spring of 2006. I got a fragrance as a gift from my parents and I absolutely and immediately fell in love with it.

It was very unusual and fresh… it was LOVE! It was Incanto Charms by Salvatore Ferragamo!

I would never choose it based on the description which says ”floral-fruity” and ”sweet” which is exactly what I don’t like. I’m into fresh, citrus scents but this ”floral-fruity” is not the typical floral-fruity and the ”sweet” is not that candy and sugary sweet that makes the fragrance strong in a weird way, too girly and unpleasant instead of clean and light.

The top note is Passion Fruit and Honeysuckle which give it a tropical vibe. The middle note is of Jasmin and Ottoman Roses which bring the feminine floral tones of the fragrance. The base note is Amarys Wood together with Musk that in combination leave the feeling of warmth and comfort.

Another great thing is the packaging – the bottle is simply beautiful (maybe I would only prefer a different cap) and the box that it’s in, is quite charming as well.

It stays on me all day and everyone is asking me what’s my perfume. It’s perfect for the sunny spring and summer days.

I’ve tried other fragrances from the Incanto line and I liked them too but Incanto Charms is just the best, it’s so wonderful that I can’t describe how much I love it.

The only downside for me is that as it was launched 8 years ago, it’s almost impossible to find it at the moment and you don’t always know if it’s the original product. Can’t they just sell it forever?

For me, Incanto Charms is the best combination of elegance, freshness, lightness and summer in a bottle! Plus it has a sentimental value for me…

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Travel Essentials

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It’s about time to start packing for my upcoming two-week trip that involves an 8-hour car ride, 20-some hours on a ship and 2 hours on a plane. And this will happen on the way back too – fun, right? Not.

Here are some of the most important items that I’m bringing with me. Of course, I haven’t featured everything because I was trying to focus more on basic skincare and beauty products. You be sure to take your cameras, snacks and hand sanitizers. Also, I’m always loaded with all types of wipes and medicines (I just like to be prepared).

My intention is to get pretty much from the countries that I’m visiting so I’m keeping it simple in my travel purse.

To take off my makeup I use the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Milk because it works very nice on my skin, takes off everything and doesn’t irritate my face. I’m carrying with me Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals to wash my skin with (review here).

I’m not mentioning some of the products that I use for cleansing my face because they would go to travel cosmetic bottles like the rose water which I use as a toner.

There are several moisturizers that I’m taking with me and they are: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat, La-Roche Posay Effaclar K and Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Adjunctive Hydrating Care SPF 30. Also, I use L’Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid as a base because I don’t like to put so much makeup on my skin when I’m traveling (especially on the airplane) and it’s perfect for my combination skin – it hydrates it, mattifies it and you can apply just a little bit of foundation (sometimes I even skip this!) and concealer and you’re ready for the day. I just love this product! My eye gel is from the same series – L’Occitane Angelica Eye Roll-On. As to the concealer, I chose just a highlighting one because I’m gonna be on a hunt for concealers anyways and I only need it to cover my dark circles, it’s the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. To set everything I’m bringing my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder and it’s in a darker shade than my usual because it’s spring!

I will pick one of my shampoos and put it in a travel bottle but for conditioner I chose L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner – great stuff! It was actually in a travel bag from L’Occitane with some other goodies, like the wonderful Almond Shower Oil and the Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. I actually like a lot of stuff by L’Occitane, don’t I?
To spoil my hair a little bit more I’m taking my mini Moroccanoil Hair Treatment.

The EDT is from Yves Rocher and it’s Red Berries Smoothie. I prefer it because it’s super small and I can even carry it in my hand luggage, not to mention that it smells delicious and it’s affordable.

Something that I never go anywhere without is a lip balm, I literally have one everywhere. For the trip I’m taking the Origins Lip Remedy.

That’s the most important of my travel essentials.

Hope it was interesting for you and maybe you can get some ideas for your trips as well.

Mavala Pastels (+Swatches)

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Last week I saw an advertisement about the Mavala Delicious Colours although the collection is 2 years old. It’s spring and I decided to check them out but unfortunately I couldn’t find all of them. The one that I actually wanted to try most was Frozen Berry but it wasn’t available. In fact, I got only one shade from this collection and it’s Blue Mint. So, I picked two more from the same brand to try them and make Mavala mini pastels collection. The other two that I chose are Touch of Provence and Vanilla.

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1. Touch of Provence seemed closest to the desired by me Frozen Berry. It is a lavender purple colour that has a little frosty finish, the application goes very smooth and I used two coats just to make sure that everything is covered. It has the highest coverage of the three.

2. The shade that I was struggling with was Vanilla. It was too liquid and with lightest coverage, kind of milky, so I needed three coats. But at the end it’s a very pretty nude.

3. Blue Mint is a sky blue pastel with just a bit of shimmer and I really love this shade! Again three coats before the final result.

These nail polishes are affordable and super easy to carry with you since they’re in a 5 ml packaging. Smoothly applied and they also come off easily with the nail polish remover (don’t you just hate it when you have to rub 5 minutes for the last stains left?)

According to the brand’s website “All Mavala’s colours are free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal” and “The formula delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breathe, ensuring your natural nails are cared for”.

I can say that I love the formula of these nail polishes and I will be definitely getting more from Mavala.

KIehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

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I don’t have huge experience with clay cleansers but I’ve tried some in my life and honestly I wasn’t impressed. Usually it’s great to use clay cleansers when you have combination to oily skin but somehow it didn’t work for me.

Until I tried Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. It’s a thick and creamy cleanser, it has tiny exfoliating particles that dissolve when you use the product on your damp face, it’s not a harsh one, it’s exfoliating your skin very gently. It’s not very foamy but it cleanses your skin deeply, leaving it soft and smooth. It won’t dry you out and it kind of mattifies your skin.

I’ve been using it for a month or so and I can tell that my pores are reduced a little bit and I don’t feel my skin tight after washing the product off. I tried to use it every night and it was ok but then I saw some dry patches appearing after some weeks so I decided to use it just a couple of times a week and everything was back to normal. I still use it at night because I feel better when I cleanse my skin deeper after a long day and use a milder cleanser in the morning (it may not be aggressive but it’s still an exfoliator).

If you’re looking for a cleanser that is mild but also exfoliates your skin and reduces your pores, try this one.

Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser with Rose Petals

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I don’t change my skincare routine often because I tend to get breakouts even if I include/exclude only one product. Also, I’m not quite sure how my face feels about foam cleansers because most of them leave my skin oilier than usual. However, I saw this one about a month ago in one of the pharmacies here and it was presented as a new product. Probably it’s just new for the market here cause I’ve seen it before.

It’s my favourite foam cleanser so far. It’s very gentle, soap-free, soothes and softens the skin. It’s suitable for normal to combination sensitive skin. I did get breakouts after the first couple of times using it but soon after that everything was back to normal. Has light rose scent and it’s not as thick as other foam cleansers.

One pump is enough to clean your face day and/or night, I use it only in the morning.

This is the first Nuxe product that I’m trying and I like it very much. Can’t wait to check some other products from them, especially their super famous lip balm.

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