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Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte EDT concentree

Posted in fragrance with tags , , on September 11, 2009 by LPB

Sparkling & Spontaneous.

The beloved classic in a crisp, modern version, to reveal a sheer and spirited heart.

This EDT resembles a fantasy bouquet, fresh and invigorating, evocative of the morning dew.


Notes: Magnolia accord, Jasmine absolute, Sicillian Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli, White Flowers, White Musk and Florentine Iris.

It smells crisp, soapy & citrusy with a hint of oceanic fresh on me; i do not detect much “greens” in it. I do not think it resembles the original Cristalle at all.

Although it’s called EDT concentree, it only last about 3 hours on me.

ILA Face oil for glowing radiance

Posted in fragrance, skincare with tags , , , , , , on July 4, 2009 by LPB

Ila Face Oil is a nourishing treatment that gives skin a glowing radiance.

This organic face oil has been called a ‘little miracle’. Your skin will rediscover its natural bloom and you will notice a healthy glow to your face. By revitalising skin at a deep level, it nourishes and heals.


Ila Face Oil protects against the sun’s rays, nourishes and heals the skin and also works beautifully as a makeup primer. It wears beautifully under make up and is a great moisturiser for all skin types, even acne-prone. It is 92.52% organic and comes in a white, opaque bottle with dropper.

The essential oil of damascena rose otto deeply regenerates and nourishes the skin’s cells and imparts glowing radiance while argan oil and rosehip seed oil are high in anti-oxidants and fatty acids to fight wrinkles and help skin cells to regenerate.


I call this Winner of Marie Claire UK’s Prix D’Excellence International Beauty Award a  ” Fragrant Facial “. The ultra nourishing oil glides on smoothly, absorbed  instantly, leaves a glowing veil and intoxicating rose aroma. It’s great as a facial massage oil. I loves using it as a pampering treat underneath my night cream before retiring to bed.

Ingredients: Wild-Grown Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernal)*, Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina)*, Sandalwood (Santalam Spicatum), Rose Otto Oil (Rosa Damascena Flower Oil), Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol Extract), Naturally Occurring Citronellol, Farnesol, Linalool.

AA revive body wash

Posted in fragrance, skincare with tags , , on April 24, 2009 by LPB
  • A refreshing, energising and cleansing wash.
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Leaves a lasting fragrance on skin
  • Key Ingredients: Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit, Neroli, Natural Seaweed Extracts, Aloe Vera Juice
    Wake up call made in heaven! Refreshing aroma to embrace my soul upon awakening; sweet, citrusy……

AA de-stress body wash

Posted in fragrance, skincare with tags , , on April 23, 2009 by LPB
  • Free up your busy mind.
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Leaves a lasting fragrance on skin
  • Key Ingredients: Wild Camomile, Frankincense, Rosemary, Natural Seaweed Extracts, Aloe Vera
    It’s a treat after the rat race, a resort  to recharge my energy & soul. Indispensable after a bad day!
    Pleasantly fragranced, readily foaming, all over body cleanser that transform bath time to bliss time.

Sundari gulkand candle

Posted in fragrance with tags , , on April 17, 2009 by LPB

Gulkand is a traditional Indian recipe. This scent offers a floral base and a suggestion of sweetness. The rose oils are a legend to open the heart and reduce fire creating an atmosphere of balance. The layering of fresh rose petals spun with a bit of honey and sugar mature for a month before adding a splash of milk to create a delectable bouquet.


This intoxicating, sensual candle burns for 45 hours. I uses it at night time to unwind myself.

Better than valium

Posted in fragrance, skincare with tags , on April 1, 2009 by LPB

Softly scented with vetivert and lavender, and spiked with hydrating coconut oil, This Works’ Deep Calm Bath and Shower oil is a relaxing, skin coddling respite.

When you really want to slow down, unwind and be quiet… this soothing, grounding fusion of Vertivert, Lavender and Camomile will bring the world to a stand still.


This Works Bath and Shower oils are 100% preservative free and hand blended at a 30% concentration- a level unheard of in standard retail products of this kind. This means that they are truly powerful, effective and therapeutic.

It’s a total bliss; the aroma is so relaxing & calming – better than prozac or valium. It’s an absolute treat for my body & soul!

Ingredients : Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Lavandula Angustifola (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood) Oil, Ormensis Mulitcaulis (Chamomile Maroc) Oil

2008 Top 10

Posted in beauty, fragrance, makeup, skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by LPB

10 new products that make it to my favorite list!


1) Chanel Eau Premier – classics for the new mellinium

2) Chanel Sycomore – reviving the by gone glamourous

3) Chanel Kaleidoscope – unsurpassed fabulousness

4) Dr Sebagh Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum – skin saver, bank robber

5) Jo Woods Organic EDT – 95% organic, 100% gorgeous

6) Armani Face Fabric – the art of less is more

7) Armani Lip Wax – matt-ximal marvelousness

8) Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadows – superb shades selection, fabulous finish

9) Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation – 1/2 weight, 2x in perfection

10) Estee Lauder Ultimate Youth Cream – innovative, indispensible

Chanel Russian collection

Posted in fragrance, makeup with tags , , , on December 26, 2008 by LPB


“The base of these three shades is black, to which we added a different sparkle for each of the colours: red, gold and blue. The Feu de Russie shade is intense and reflects passion. Or de Russie has a slight gold patina and evokes richness, while Nuit de Russie blue is full of mystery.

I like Or de & Nuit de Russie.

Oh , i have been a long time devotee of Cuir de Russie as well. I am lucky enough to get hold of the parfum before it was relaunched as part of the les exclusives in the form of EDT 

Cuir de Russie, or Russian leather was a theme modern at the end of the 19th century. Many perfume houses were creating perfumes for women who smoked cigarettes. Chanel’s Cuir de Russie was created in 1924. as a provocative and shocking fragrance, and that exactly was its purpose, because it was created for a woman who dared to smoke cigarettes in public. It was a kind of encouragement and approval, because at that time a woman who smoked was a scandalous and inconceivable symbol of emancipation.


Cuir de Russie has an décadence avec élegance vibe; In the words of Luca Turin:

“Sumptuous leather, light and balsamic, forgoing any sugary compromise, Cuir de Russie regains its place at the top of this category, right next to the rather more jovialTabac Blond. […]Cuir de Russie is a striking hologram of luxury bygone: its scent like running the hand over the pearl grey banquette of an Isotta Frashini while forests of birch silently pass by”.

Chanel’s Cuir de Russie came out in 1924, a time at which the impact of Les Ballets Russes (1909-1929) was palpable. Russian émigrés having fled the motherland because of the revolution in 1917 had populated Paris and had lent it their own mark of decadent sophistication. Suddenly the exotic East, in which westerners classified the vast Russias since before the time of Peter the Great, became all the rage and the embodiment of everything forbidden and alluring. The datchas, the orthodox churches, the ballads on balalaikas, the Cossacks.

In the words of a critic of the times:

“nothing is more foreign to our tradition than those violent bursts, those frantic and intense dances, this instinctive frankness, this disproportionate imagination. The discordance is so brutal that one would be astonished by the tenacious favour that those people over there hold on us. The simple truth is that Russians fascinate us because they distrurb us”.

Legendary nose Ernest Beaux, guided by Chanel’s desires to dare, made women indulge in what is essentially a men’s scent formula, garlanding it though with sparkly, dry aldehydes and the eternal feminine flowers: jasmine, rose and ylang ylang; redolent of No.5’s own heart, giving a warm, honeyed aspect that contrasts with an icy element that enters and exits the scene like an aloof, declassé aristocrat ~in perfect accordance to what was the brief behind it: the leather pouches for jewels. The inclusion of rectified birch tar, supposedly along with styrax, gave it the brutish animalic touch of 20th century and the intelligent beauty of Constructivism arhictecture. Sublime cadenzas of amber and resin provide the warm but never too congenial backdrop hinting at a bygone luxury and perhaps a little smoking fetish, letting off a subtle hint of tobacco. Contrary to Tabac Blondhowever it weaves smoothness of skin and rounded contours under the dress that cloths the woman. This is supremely manifested in the far superior extrait de parfum concentration which, like all Chanel parfums, exploits the best of raw materials and gives the most luxuriant experience.

I prefer the parfum to EDT, it’s a choice between the cigarette & nicotine patches




Chloe eau de parfum

Posted in fragrance with tags , on December 13, 2008 by LPB

Feminine, elegant, natural, sexy, with heart notes of magnolia, lily of the valley and rose petals. Chloé Eau de Parfum is created with a mix of natural and couture materials.

The bottle is made with genuine silver plating and graced with a finishing touch – a hand-tied ribbon.

This unique example of craftsmanship and sublime rose scent perfectly capture the house of Chloé spirit, effortless chic and femininity.


Chloé Eau de Parfum is a vibrant, feminine fragrance with starting notes of peony, lychee and freesia. It features base notes blend rose, magnolia and lily of the valley, as well as amber and cedarwood. 


It is described as “a fresh and feminine fragrance with an utterly innate sense of chic.”  

I find it nice but plain; it lacks character & tenacity.

The rose scent is not overwhelming, does not smells powdery or dated; however, there is not much orchestration from the freesia, magnolia or lily, which makes this a rather dull rosy perfume that’s light enough to wear daily but lacks the depth for becoming a classic.

Chanel Eau Premier

Posted in fragrance with tags , , on December 1, 2008 by LPB


Perfect rejuvenation of a classic beauty.

A sexy, alluring contemporary version. 

Chanel No. 5 Eau Première is “a fresher, rounder, more delicate version intended to be used every day”, and “tweaks the original’s top notes just a bit, adding ylang-ylang from the Comoro Islands and jasmine sourced from Chanel-owned fields in Grasse”

The classical aldehydic top of No 5 has been made softer—think cashmere versus heavy satin

Its resemblance to the original No. 5 is immediately apparent; while the aldehydic powderiness been toned down significantly and the base has lost its opaque quality, it still retains a velvety texture. It is more lighthearted and effervescent than its predecessor, and yet, nothing compromises its depth and complexity. 

With both the top and the base becoming more transparent, the floral accord shines. The clarity of the backdrop throws into relief the beautiful richness of classical Chanel No 5 florals—rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and iris. 

Eau Premiere is  warm – the warmth of a blanket or a cashmere sweater; sparkly & transparent – the lucency of an amber.

I love this, I declare my devotion, no excuses needed, I am so into it that i regret for not stocking up while i was in duty free; the high street price for the 150 ml is £95, and the duty free price is about £55! I got mine by redeeming my boots advantage points.