Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask

Mamonde — Rose Honey Sleeping Mask Review

I’d never tried a sleeping mask before this one by Korean brand Mamonde. I think the jar just looked so pretty, and rose as an ingredient in anything tends to sway me!

The jar is a cute, beehive-inspired hexagonal shape, presumably because the product contains honey, and the design is all around adorable in a vintage way. The jar is glass and the lid is metal, for bonus tactile points. It’s a surprisingly small jar, containing 80 mL, as you can see in this photo I took with a Revlon nail polish for scale:

Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask, with Revlon Nail Enamel for scale
Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask, with Revlon Nail Enamel for scale. (Sorry, I don’t remember which Revlon it was. I’m guessing it was Dreamer.)

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Clinique Beyond Rose eau de parfum

Clinique — Beyond Rose EDP Review

I’ve probably mentioned before that my husband and I don’t really bother to exchange gifts—we just allot ourselves gift budgets and get whatever we want! It’s a great way to not waste time and money, though it obviously lacks a little in the romance department. But we’re happy with the way this works for us!

This Valentine’s Day, he declined picking anything up for himself (I’m quite sure that the day he retires, he’ll blow all the accumulated gift money on something ludicrous), but I, of course, chose to “blind”-buy yet another perfume.

I am a lover of rose perfumes, and a few pricier ones have been on my wishlist for many years—namely Dark Rose by Czech & Speake, Rossy de Palma by Etat Libre d’Orange, Rose 31 by Le Labo, and Louve by Serge Lutens. However, because I’m fairly capricious when it comes to perfume, instead of getting one of my longtime wishlist items, I pounced on a perfume I’d never smelled.

In fairness, it did end up being somewhat less expensive than my wishlist items, and it had kinda-sorta been on a wishlist of sorts in my head. It is, after all, a rose perfume! And it comes in a beauty of a bottle.

In 2014, Clinique released an oriental rose perfume aimed at the Middle Eastern market. I believe it was originally sold in the Middle East and possibly at Harrods in England, as well. I read about it, swooned over the stunning bottle and the description of the fragrance, then tucked it into the back of my mind, since I clearly wasn’t going to get to try it out anytime soon in North America.

Named Beyond Rose, the fragrance has top notes of white pepper and mate leaf; heart notes of rose, freesia, and osmanthus; and base notes of amber, styrax, labdanum, and benzoin. I love rose perfumes in many guises, but spicy florientals are a particular favorite.

The past, present and future of the Middle East are in this magnetic and mysterious fragrance.

Elegant notes that combine to create an exhilarating experience, where the agreement of Wild Rose is exacerbated by spicy notes, and shrouded by a veil of Amber.

Earlier this year, I was browsing FragranceX like I do every now and then, and Beyond Rose caught my eye! I bought it almost immediately, knowing that Valentine’s Day was coming up and I had the spare funds for it. It ended up costing me a little over CA$125 with my 10% FX loyalty discount, and that also includes free shipping and no tax/duties. (It’s actually a tiny cheaper in CAD at FX, now, in case you’re interested, though I think the price difference is just down to currency fluctuation. They have several bottles left as of February 15, and I’m not affiliated with them.)

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The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish in Meet Me at Dusk, swatch

The Body Shop — Meet Me at Dusk (Colour Crush Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: The Body Shop 2015 Summer, Colour Crush Nail Polish [Launch]

The Body Shop has been clearancing their nail polishes, so I couldn’t resist picking up a few more at CA$2 a pop. I’ve reviewed a few other Colour Crush Nail Polishes in the past, and they’re pretty nice polishes for the price (CA$8 but of course sales would make them about $4).

Here’s Meet Me at Dusk (820), a very conservative and office-friendly shade of soft brick rose in a cream finish. It runs warm, though it would probably still work quite nicely on cool-toned skin. My warm skintone probably makes it look a bit peachier.

The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish in Meet Me at Dusk
The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish in Meet Me at Dusk

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A England Nail Varnish in Rose Bower, swatch

A England — Rose Bower (Nail Varnish) Swatch & Review

Collection: A England 2013, Burne-Jones Dream

Indie brand A England‘s 2013 collection, Burne-Jones Dream, references the work of 19th century British artist Edward Burne-Jones. I’ve previously reviewed Sleeping Palace from this collection, where I talk more about the collection’s inspiration!

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898), Edward Burne-Jones
The Legend of Briar Rose: The Garden Court (1885–1890), Edward Burne-Jones.
Buscot Park, England.
Image: wikipedia.org

I’ve been trying to swatch some more romantically-inclined colors for Valentine’s Day, and Rose Bower struck me as a particularly lovely option. It’s a gorgeous azalea red—intense and pinked—with fine holographic shimmer.

A England Nail Varnish in Rose Bower
A England Nail Varnish in Rose Bower

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Valcena Lait Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion

Valcena — Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion Review

Valcena Skincare

This is the fifth part of a series of Valcena reviews I will be doing! The following are Valcena products I’ve got in my queue. Starred (*) items are ones that have been sent to me by Valcena for review; the others I have purchased at Winners:

  1. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk *
  2. Cleansing Gel
  3. Cleansing Scrub
  4. Éclat Anti-Age Face Mask (mini) *
  5. Roller Glacé Eye Contour Cream *
  6. Nutri-Lift Serum *
  7. Nutrition Absolue Day Care
  8. Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream *
  9. Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream
  10. Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion * (today’s review)
  11. Rose Absolue EDT Natural Spray *

Valcena Paris were kind enough to send me a package of some of their most popular products for honest review.

Valcena Press Samples
Valcena Press Samples

Review of Valcena Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion

I was a bit skeptical of this product at first, merely because it calls itself a lotion. My skin is quite dry, particularly now that it’s winter here in Canada, and lotions generally don’t cut it at all! Even in summer, I usually stick with thicker body creams, since I usually find that light lotions do almost nothing for my skin.

Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion turned out to be quite a nice surprise!

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Valcena Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk

Valcena — Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk Review

Valcena Skincare

This is the fourth part of a series of Valcena reviews I will be doing! The following are Valcena products I’ve got in my queue. Starred (*) items are ones that have been sent to me by Valcena for review; the others I have purchased at Winners:

  1. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk * (today’s review)
  2. Cleansing Gel
  3. Cleansing Scrub
  4. Éclat Anti-Age Face Mask (mini) *
  5. Roller Glacé Eye Contour Cream *
  6. Nutri-Lift Serum *
  7. Nutrition Absolue Day Care
  8. Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream *
  9. Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream
  10. Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion *
  11. Rose Absolue EDT Natural Spray *

Valcena Paris were kind enough to send me a package of some of their most popular products for honest review.

Valcena Press Samples
Valcena Press Samples

Review of Valcena Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk

Right off the bat, I’m just going to admit that I don’t generally like milky, lotion-y cleansers. I know it seems weird for someone with dry skin, but I have rarely ever found a milky cleanser that actually cleans properly and doesn’t end up just moving grease and makeup all over my face. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk is slightly better than some others I’ve tried (I’ve a real doozy to trash on my blog quite soon) but it’s still really not my cup of tea.

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Valcena Nutri-Lift Serum for Dry Skin

Valcena — Nutri-Lift Serum Review

Valcena Skincare

This is the third part of a series of Valcena reviews I will be doing! The following are Valcena products I’ve got in my queue. Starred (*) items are ones that have been sent to me by Valcena for review; the others I have purchased at Winners:

  1. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk *
  2. Cleansing Gel
  3. Cleansing Scrub
  4. Éclat Anti-Age Face Mask (mini) *
  5. Roller Glacé Eye Contour Cream *
  6. Nutri-Lift Serum * (today’s review)
  7. Nutrition Absolue Day Care
  8. Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream *
  9. Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream
  10. Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion *
  11. Rose Absolue EDT Natural Spray *

Valcena Paris were kind enough to send me a package of some of their most popular products for honest review.

Valcena Press Samples
Valcena Press Samples

Review of Valcena Nutri-Lift Serum

Today I will be reviewing an item they sent to me, Nutri-Lift Serum. Valcena make three different face serums: Action Jeunesse
Cream Serum, Anti-âge Cream Serum, and Nutri-Lift Serum. The first two seem to be meant for anti-aging; the Nutri-Lift is marketed specifically for dry skin. I was really pleased by this, because that’s my skin type, exactly! (Not that I couldn’t use anti-aging stuff, too, heh.)

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