Fragrance review: Thomas Sabo Charm Rose, Charm Rose Intense and Charm Kiss

13 Oct

Swarovski, Bulgari, Chopard, Van Cleef & Arpels… it would seem that if you’re a jewellery and hit the big time, the next step is to create a perfume. Thomas Sabo, the luxurious German brand best known for their lustable little charms, is no exception and has recently launched not one but three ‘Charm Club’ fragrances – Charm Kiss, Charm Rose and Charm Rose Intense. Each fragrance is packaged in a cute, 50s-style bottle with a charm around its neck and sold in the most adorable lined hat box.

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

I’ve given them all a good bash and my thoughts are as follows:

Charm Rose, a fruity floral, is ‘lightest/freshest’ of the lot thanks to a citrusy clementine top note. It’s heart is a mix of rare roses – Chinese, alpine and musk – along with magnolia and jasmine resting on a soft, creamy woody-vanilla base. Later, once it starts to dry down, it becomes a slightly soapy-musky floral. It’s the kind of scent I imagine a younger, girlie-girl wearing. She’s a breezy, flirty type who always has pink gelish on her nails and owns a blingy cell phone cover. Still, an older woman wanting to feel even younger could easily wear it too.

Thomas Sabo Charm Club Charm Rose

Thomas Sabo Charm Club Charm Rose

The second scent, Rose Intense, is a bit more grown up. Here the rose comes through loud and clear along with quite a lot of peach and a varied bouquet of white flowers that includes jasmine. The base, however, is a musky-patchouli-woody affair that lends the perfume a darker, heady more mysterious feel. While it doesn’t smell the same, it makes me think of another heavier, rose-centred fragrance,  Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud. It’s the kind of scent you’d wear on an overcast autumn day or at night and would suit someone a little older and more sophisticated than the Charm Rose girl. Maybe her Aunt who likes to go to the ballet wrapped up in a black velvet stole, her heavy Thomas Sabo charm bracelet jingling on her wrist.

Thomas Sabo Charm Club Charm Rose Intense.

Thomas Sabo Charm Club Charm Rose Intense.

Last but not least, we’ve got Charm Kiss. This is an interesting li’l scent with notes that include champagne, strawberries and chocolate. To my nose, however, its pure strawberries and chocolate and I find it a bit too sweet. Still, anyone who loves statement making gourmands like Thierry Mugler’s Angel might find themselves in seventh heaven. It’s kind of hard to nail down the imagined wearer further than that because, despite being sugary, it’s not exclusively for the young. But ja, I reckon this is a real love it or hate it scent and something you’d have to sniff for yourself.

Thomas Sabo Charm Club Charm Kiss

Thomas Sabo Charm Club Charm Kiss

If you’re keen, you’ll find Meneer Sabo’s new scents in Stuttafords as well as selected Edgars, Foschini, Truworths and Clicks stores going for a very reasonable R795 a pop.

Love, love

Leigh

Reviews: Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour mascara, Avon’s new Skin So Soft Fusions body moisturiser and MAC x Brooke Shields Cream Colour Base

10 Oct

Ready to get stuck in?

Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour mascara, R129,95, selected Clicks.

I haven’t tried loads of Bourjois mascaras but can’t think of any that have ever stood out. That is until I tried new Push Up Volume Glamour. It promises ‘uplifting volume without clumps’ and that’s exactly what it delivers.

Bourjois

Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour mascara

It’s formula is pretty waxy, but ‘wet’ – so you can slap on a thick glob of mascara, but then ‘stroke it out’ to ensure each lash is coated but separated. The overall effect it creates is ‘neat’ and voluminous; a look that I love.

See?

See?

Avon Skin So Soft Fusions Soft & Nourish Dual Softening body moisturiser, price TBA.

I recently given a box of  Avon and Justine goodies (so expect more reviews coming shortly) and one of the stand outs was Avon’s new Soft & Nourish body lotion. It’s chockfull of hydrating glycerine, contains a bit of urea and a dash of  jojoba and sweet almond oil.

Avon Skin So Soft

Avon Skin So Soft Fusions Soft & Nourish Dual Softening Body Moisturiser

Personally, I like it because it feels great on your skin – almost like an ‘oil-infused lotion’, if that makes sense, so it leaves your bod with a lovely sheen. In a way, it reminds me a bit of Justine’s Tissue Oil body butters which is one of my favourite body hydrators hands down.

Scent-wise, I can’t put my finger on what it smells like but it’s a clean-smelling ‘demure’ green-floral. Something like lily of the valley or sweet pea. Either way, it’s not going to interfere with your perfume.

MAC x Brooke Shields Cream Colour Base in Cherished, R420.

MAC’s most recent celeb collaboration is with Brooke Shields. Remember her? I haven’t seen her do much of anything lately (although in all fairness, I don’t own a TV) but I still love her to itty bitty pieces. She’ll always be the beautiful girl in The Blue Lagoon. My sister and I used to loooove that movie to bits and watched it over and over again until the tape wore out. To date, I’m still terrified of walking in water where I can’t see ‘the bottom’ due to a fear of stepping on a poisonous stone fish. Ermigggaddd!

Brooke Shields. Still gorgeous after all of these years.

Brooke Shields, the original ‘bold brow’ beauty icon and still gorgeous after all of these years.

But ja, geting back to MAC… the Brooke Shields’ collection’s packaged very differently to any other MAC goodies I’ve seen – lots of grey plastic and orange, which makes me think of Hugo Boss In Motion, the brands’ sportiest male cologne. The overall ‘vibe’ is lots of lovely, flattering neutrals accented by pretty pops of berry, pink and coral for your lips.

I was given the Cream Colour Base in Cherished; two versatile cream colours (a bright pinky coral and dusty plum) that can be used as either a lippie or cheek colour.

Wearing the pinky-coral on my cheeks and the plum one on my lips.

Wearing the pinky-coral on my cheeks and the plum one on my lips.

I found both colours were super easy to blend out on your cheeks and did a great job of creating a lovely ‘lit from within’ glow. It didn’t work as well on my lips through as it did that thing where it separated and went ‘liney’. The plum shade, however, makes for a lovely lip colour in that it ‘covers’ well, lasts for ages and doesn’t feel ‘dry’, which is often the case with lip-cheek 2-in-1 colours.

To check out the full collection – and shop online – visit MAC’s local website over here.

See anything you like?

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Lipidol Cleansing body oil

9 Oct

Heard about Lipidol yet? A line up of six oil-based beauty products, its exclusive to Clicks and going for R80 a pop. It consists of two cleansers – one for face and one for body – as well as an after shower oil, sunscreen oil, after shave oil and overnight face oil.

Lipidol

Lipidol Cleansing face oil, Cleansing body oil, After Shower oil, Sunscreen oil, After Shave oil and Overnight face oil.

They all promises to do their jobs without stripping your skin of its natural moisture, actually hydrate a bit and then seal it in. (As you know, if you pour a little oil on top of moisture, you’re not going to lose it to evaporation and it’s the same deal with your skin.)

I attended the Lipidol launch the other day and learned the range was initiated by the creators of Bio-Oil and developed by a team of highly skilled scientists. They all banged on about how it was seriously next level tech but never really explained it so I don’t know how it’s any different or more advanced than other oil-based competitors but I can tell you this – the zingy lime-scented Cleansing Body Oil is very nice.

Lipidol Cleansing body oil

Lipidol Cleansing body oil

I was given it to try and, while it’s very clearly an ‘oil’, it still emulsifies with water to create a sort-of lather and I love that. (I never really feel like my skin or hair or whatever is truly clean unless whatever I’m using foams up a bit and while I know that’s just my brain being moronic it’s just the way it is. For this reason, I always reach for foaming facial washes as opposed to milky ones.) Once you wash it off, your skin feels clean, but not squeakily so.

Aside from containing natural oils like soybean and castor, it also makes use of interesting plant extracts like antibacterial neem seed and soothing holy basil leaf.

I also tried the After Shower body oil and, while others have raved about it, I wasn’t a big fan. It’s supposed to smell like chamomile, to me it smells like ‘nothing’, and that together with its kind of medicinal-looking packaging makes me feel like I’m using straight up liquid paraffin on my skin as opposed to what could be something indulgent.

I’m now keen to try the sunscreen as I love oil-based SPFs and have been told it smells like the Mediterranean. Has anyone given it a bash? Is that true? Also, if you’ve tried any Lipidol products yourself, please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Love, love

Leigh

Reviews: Maybelline’s Colorshow Crayon Kohl eye pencils, Bourjois’ new lip liners and Clinique’s Chubby Stick Baby Tints

7 Oct

Yep, it’s that time again – time for another review en masse

Maybelline Colorshow Crayon Kohl eye pencils, R34,95.

Maybelline have just launched a new line of eye pencils. I’m not sure how many shades are available in South Africa but each promises high intensity colour that applies smoothly and then, once set, stays put all day.

I was given four shades to play with – two ‘neutrals’ being Ultra Black and Chocolate Chip (brown) and two ‘metallics’, Edgy Emerald (green) and Sparkle Grey (silver).

Maybelline

Maybelline Color Show crayon kohl pencils in Ulta Black,  Chocolate Chip, Edgy Emerald and Sparkle Grey.

The metallics didn’t really pack a pigment punch and felt a little chalky but the black and brown pencil really delivered in that they where easy to apply – even on inner rim of your eye; were nicely pigmented and did indeed sit tight. For eye pencils that costs less than a McDonald’s meal, they’re good stuff.

Bourjois Levres Contour Edition lip liners, R95,95, exclusive to Clicks

These are without a doubt the best lip pencils I’ve tried in yonks. Infused with Shea butter and grapeseed oil, they glide onto your skin and are so damn creamy that you can easily colour in your whole mouth and wear it like a lipstick without fear of it drying out your lips.

Bourjois

The swatches (without and with flash) going left to right are of Cherry Boom Boom, Alerte Rose and Nude Wave.

The only downside here is, due to their seriously creamy, dreamy texture, they don’t really set and can be easily smudged but only in the way that any lipstick would. If you have a habit of touching your mouth you might end up in trouble, if not – you’re A for away.

For me, Nude Wave is the perfect nude lip pencil.

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint moisturising colour lip balm, R230.

I’ve always liked Clinique’s chubby lip pencils. They’re so easy to use, feel nice and creamy on your lips and, as they go on a little sheer, you can opt for brighter shades than you might usually go for.

The new Baby Tint’s, however, are a slightly different story in that they work like those magic ‘mood’ lippies you can pick up at Chinese shops or in the sale bale at Dis-Chem. Each shade goes on clear but then works with your body’s pH to ‘bloom’ or develop on your lips, essentially lending them a very subtle tint.

Of the four shades available, Budding Blossom, Coming Up Rosy and Poppin’ Poppy are seriously subtle to point where many might not see a colour change at all. It’s the kind of balm you could’ve kept in your blazer pocket at school and used a zillion times a day and never gotten bust for wearing make-up.

Clinique

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Poppin’ Poppy.

Flowering Freesia is the most intense of the bunch and the tint it creates is every so slightly blue toned which makes it show up a little more on your lips.

I can’t show you a comparison swatch, alas, as I was only given Poppin’ Poppy but you’ll see what I mean about the look being super subtle.

Texture-wise, Baby Tint feels great on your lips – like you’re wearing a lip balm more than anything else. If you’re someone who loves lip balm and only wants the teensiest dash of colour, chances are you’re going to be a fan.

See anything you like?

Love, love

Leigh

Win, win, win with Bergasol and Vogue sunglasses

6 Oct

So I got the most spolicious press drop the other day – some Bergasol sunscreen and a voucher to pick out a pair of Vogue sunnies. Woop woop! Now for those of you who don’t know, Bergasol is a relatively new suncare brand (well, to SA anyway) that hails from France, has been in the biz for 40 years and is now exclusive to Clicks. Their big claim to fame is that they have a special Tan Accelerator Complex that helps you tan faster and makes your new-found bronze last longer.

Now, while I’m not about to expose my face or chest to the sun without an SPF 50, I do like to tan the rest of my bod come summer (there, I said it – beauty editor sacrilege) and used the SPF 10 sun milk on my legs. It’s a lovely light, fluid that smells fresh and citrusy, absorbs well and doesn’t leave your skin with a whitish cast – a big plus point as I’m pale enough already.

Bergasol

Bergasol Sun Milk SPF 10 on the left and After Sun on the right.

The After Sun is a goodie too. A light weight lotion, it’s got that same citrusy smell and is full of lekker hydrating ingredients like glycerine and apricot kernel oil. It’s the kind of thing I’d happily slap on my skin, regardless of whether I’d been in the sun that day or not.

But ja. Let’s get back to Vogue, shall we? I had a tough time picking out a pair ‘cos they’ve got so many gorgeous styles and colours out at the mo but eventually settled on these boys (VO2889S).

They're from Vogue's Charlotte Ronson collection. (She's a British fashion designer, if you didn't know.)

They’re from Vogue’s Charlotte Ronson collection. (She’s a British fashion designer, if you didn’t know.)

They’re the same ones that Eva Mendes is rocking in their print ads which is kind of embarrassing for her ‘cos I’m clearly showing her up, bringing le summer hotness in spades. Shem. But don’t feel bad for the woman – biets can cry into Ryan Gosling’s shoulder about it.

Nice try, doll.

Nice try, doll.

By the way, Vogue is currently running a competition called Summer House Destination: Thailand.

Now this is a prize.

I’ll be visiting Thailand for the third time in December. It’s my favourite place in the world next to Cape Town.

Entering is kind of complicated in that you have to complete several tasks online – things like retweeting Vogue on twitter, commenting on their posts etc – in a bid to earn Style Miles. Eventually, once you have enough of them (Style Miles, that is), you become eligible to enter the competition with a prize that’s worth the schlep – an all expenses paid trip to Thailand for you and three friends!

To learn more and enter, get clicky clicky over here.

Otherwise, I’ve got another li’l comp for you. Bergasol gave me three hampers to give away (shot Mandy!). Each contains an aerosol SPF 10, an SPF 20 and aftersun valued at R600.

There are two ways to enter – one is to follow Bergasol on twitter and then send me a tweet that runs like this: ‘Hey @lipglossgirl! I’d love to win your @BergasolSA competition.’

The other is to drop me an email on glossycomps@gmail.com with the subject ‘Bergasol comp’ as the subject.

This competition closes at COB on Wednesday. I’ll be using a random number generator to choose three winners and will get in touch sometime that evening or, at worst, Thursday morning, to let you know you won.

Good luck girls!

Love, love

Leigh

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