February 21, 2018

Jo Malone Fragrance Combining Trio

Jo Malone London has always been one of my favorite (ok, maybe my all time favorite) fragrance brands. Not only do I love how fresh their scents are; I also love that they are made to be combined for a bespoke result. The simplicity of the scents allow them to not be overpowering even when mixed together, which means they are amazing for layering. I have so much fun crafting my own combinations, and am constantly changing them to suit the season and my mood. 

When Jo Malone London recently launched their Fragrance Combining Trios, I was thrilled. I love the fact that these sets do the dirty work for you, yet still produce the same inimitable result. My favorite, the English Pear & Freesia Fragrance Combining Trio offers a 1 oz. bottle of English Pear & Freesia, along with a 0.3 oz. bottle of Earl Grey & Cucumber, and a 0.3 oz bottle of English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne.
The set is very playful, yet when the scents are paired together, they remind me of a cozy Autumn day. The soft florals, the crisp freshness of cucumber and the warm oak trees all bring back fond memories of my favorite season. 

For daytime, I like to spritz the English Pear & Freesia on my wrists and the Earl Gray & Cucumber on my neck, for a fresh, clean floral scent that's comforting, yet invigorating. For evening, I love adding the English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne for an added depth and hint of warmth. The result is cozy and has a masculine edge that makes the floral tougher, and more unique.

I love that there are so many combinations just within this set. I can't wait to see what Jo Malone London dreams up next. 
*pr samples included.

February 01, 2018

My Favorite French Pharmacy Discoveries

I'm no stranger to the wonders of French beauty products; if you're a regular here, you'll no doubt see them popping up in posts more often than not. But, admittedly, while I love a luxurious French product, I love scouring the pharmacies when I visit France even more. The pharmacies are truly treasure troves when it comes to hair volumizing and refreshing products, pore clearing masks, eye-depuffing creams and gentle acne solutions. I'm telling you - the French have a pharmacy solution to every beauty woe you could ever imagine...and they are all chic! 

A month ago, when I was in Paris, I took a few trips to these beauty meccas to see what I could find. Below are some of my new French pharmacy discoveries, mixed in with old favorites.
  • La Roche Posay Serozinc - A miracle-working toner that contains zinc sulfates. This fine mist soothes redness and irritation, balances oiliness, and keeps skin clear. P.S. This used to be extremely hard to find...but you can now find it stateside!
  • Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum - If you suffer from redness when you have dry skin, this thin fluid serum will solve all your problems and soothe skin.
  • Avene Soothing Moisture Mask - One of my all-time favorite masks; it plumps up the skin and seems to fill in fine lines. In all honesty, it just feels good to use. I'd compare it to a glass of water for the face.
  • Vichy Mineral 89 - I've been totally addicted to this hyaluronic acid serum lately. It provides supreme hydration, but is light, dries matte and never clogs pores.
  • Leonor Greyl Protecting and Nourishing Serum - This all-natural hair product is one of those multi-taskers that I love to use when I'm not in the mood to faff around with a full routine. Just smooth a pump or two through the mid-lengths and ends of hair for smooth, bouncy strands.
  • Darphin Rose Aromatic Care - One of the original skincare oils, and still one of my favorites! Darphin makes one for every skin type, this one works great on dehydrated skin. It helps to balance moisture and smooth the surface.
  • Caudalie Instant Detox Mask - Enriched with coffee and pink clay, this mask instantly draws out impurities and smooths the skin. I reach for this one when I need to keep breakouts at bay.
  • La Roche Posay Makeup Remover Micellar Water Gel - This is a unique cleanser that is gentle on the skin and removes makeup using the same spheres in Micellar water. I love how refreshing this feels on the skin, and that it doesn't foam up or strip moisture.

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