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Fragrance review: Galliano Parlez-moi d’Armour EDT, EDP, Eau Fraiche and …encore

11 Mar

John Galliano’s Parlez-moi d’Amour fragrances are finally available in South Africa. I’ve been aware of these scents for a while, having spotted them in a French airport a while back, and remember thinking how cute the bottles were. Each one looks like a little love letter which is pretty apt though considering Parlez-moi d’Amour means ‘Talk to me about love’.  While there are several PMDA scents available off shore, those available in SA include the following; the original EDT, the original EDP (each smells very different), Eau Fraiche and …encore.

Galliano's pretty new scents get the unicorn stamp of approval.

Galliano’s pretty new scents get the unicorn stamp of approval.

Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen is the face of the EDT.

Taylor doing her best Courtney Love impression.

Taylor doing her best Courtney Love impression.

While the scents are inspired by ‘young love’ and intended for a younger audience, I think any woman could appreciate them with the exception of EDP which is very sweet and that makes me think it’s a bit more ‘girlie’.

Notes-wise, the EDT is all about blueberry, ginger and bergamot top notes, a floral heart of jasmine, lavender and Turkish rose and a musky patchouli base. When I sniff it, however, I get the zesty top notes followed by an immediate rush of patchouli that smells almost exactly like those teensy pink cachous sweets. It reminds me a helluva lot of Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please which I wore quite a lot last summer and is definitely my favourite of the lot.

Galliano Parlez-vouz

Galliano Parlez-moi d’Amour EDT

The EDP is super sweet and all about blueberries, pink raspberry, a floral heart and a bed of patchouli, vetiver and vanilla. I can only really pick up the raspberry note. To me, it smells like one of those flat red lollipops that came in white and red animal-bedecked strip packet back when I was a kid in the 80s? Anyone remember those?

Galliano Parlez-moi d'Armour EDP

Galliano Parlez-moi d’Amour EDP

As for the Eau Fraiche, this is a lot more grown up. A refreshing zingy mix of grapefruit, ginger, white flowers, cypress and musk, it reminds me a bit of Armani’s Acqua di Gioia Essenza or possibly even Clarins Eau Des Jardin’s grapefruit-infused treatment fragrance and is my second favourite of the lot. In fact, there are days where I’m pretty much torn between this and the original EDT.

Galliano Parlez-moi d'Amour eau fraiche

Galliano Parlez-moi d’Amour Eau Fraiche

Last of all, we’ve got the latest Galliano scent, Parlez-moi d’Amour …encore. This is the most demure of the four and is supposed to open with mandarin and blueberry, reveal a rose, gardenia and iris heart and dry down to a mix of sandalwood and patchouli. Still, my nose only really picks up on the citrus, iris and a bit of powder.

Galliano Parlez-moi d'Amour ...encore.

Galliano Parlez-moi d’Amour …encore.

Staying power-wise, with the exception of the EDP, these scents don’t really go the distance but as they’re so subtle, you could happily keep them in your desk drawer, cubbyhole or tote and top up throughout the day. I reckon using the Eau Fraiche scent would be a lovely sensory ‘pick me up’.

Keen to give them a sniff yourself? You’ll find all four of the new Galliano’s sitting in Edgars and Red Square stores going for R775 for 50ml.

Love, love


L’Oreal Lumi Magique foundation review

12 Jun

Do any of you girls remember L’Oreal Translucide? That was my ‘go to’ foundation in college. I loved that stuff so much that I used to buy it off eBay years after they discontinued it. When my last bottle arrived and its contents where an ashy-coloured sludge I knew it was time to give up the ghost, but DAMN I missed it. This is why I’m thrilled that L’Oreal are launching another skin illuminating foundation; L’Oreal Lumi Magique:

L’Oreal Lumi Magique foundation, R189,95

Aside from offering up to 12 hours of light to medium weight coverage, Lumi Magique has an SPF of 18. The real awesomeness, however, lies in the fact that it’s infused with a zillion light-reflecting particles to help lend a healthy-looking glow to your skin, regardless of how many Jagermeisters you threw down the night before.

I was given Lumi Magique in Golden Beige to play with. I like that it evens out my skin tone and adds a bit of colour. If, however, you want to hide imperfections like an old acne mark of iets, you’re still going to have to reach for your concealer. I see this as a plus, just so you know. It’s generally best to use the ‘lightest’ foundation you can get away with in regards to coverage and then add more only to the places you really need it.

See the sublte shimmer? On your face it makes your cheekbones pop!

Glow-wise, I adore that L’Oreal’s shimmer is beautifully blended throughout the foundation and there a no teensy ‘glittery’ particles that you can actually discern on your face. This way, it’s not going to draw attention to things like large pores.

I also like the pump bottle packaging. No air can get in and degrade the efficacy of the sunscreen and it’s easy to squirt out just the right amount.

The only negative? It’s not as good at controlling oil as Translucide was. I find it can get quite ‘glowy’ (and not in a good way) on my forehead if I don’t give it the odd blitz of MAC Blot Powder. I think this could be due to the new inclusion of sunscreen. (If have a quick look around, you’ll see many oil-controlling moisturisers aimed at young people don’t include sunscreen as it makes the formula a lot heavier. Still, you CAN find a good non-greasy moisturiser with an SPF, you just have to shop around. Personally, I consider Neutrogena’s Oil-free Moisture SPF 15 a real gem.)

Anyway, because of the oil-issue, this doesn’t trump my darling (dead) Translucide, but it’s nice ‘drug store second’ to the other insanely expensive light-reflecting foundations in my make-up bag. (Here’s looking at YOU Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk…) However, if you’ve got a slightly drier skin type than mine, this could be your liquid gold. If you do give it a bash, please let me know your thoughts.

Love, love



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