Category: Fragrance

Crush By Rihanna Eau De Parfum

When perfumes come out in September, they’re usually on the heavier, winter based side of things. Rihanna’s latest fragrance Crush, has a little heaviness to it but it’s also sparking and pretty, making it a great transition fragrance from summer to fall. I’ve never tried a Rihanna fragrance before so I didn’t know what to expect from them but I really find Crush to be the kind of scent that you can wear all year and for people of all kinds of personalities.

The bottle is a heavy glass that has a jewelry inspired top. Because it’s so wide, it’s a little hard to hold but I got used to that pretty quickly. The scent itself has a ton of notes. Considered a floriental, it opens with bergamot, mandarin and pink peppercorn followed by pink rose, ylang ylang and red berries. It finishes with patchouli, creamy musk and cedarwood.
On paper, these scents don’t all completely make sense to me but somehow they really work. I definitely smell the red berries and musk but so far I haven’t been able to pick out any of the others individually. I find that a good thing though, that means they blend well together. The effect you’re left with is something a little flirty, sexy and definitely feminine. At the same time, I can see Crush appealing to both teenage girls and older women, there doesn’t seem to be one demographic that I can see wearing it over another.

If Crush is a good indication of Rihanna’s fragrances, I think I may have been missing out. At least I have a new scent for fall.

Lise Watier Neiges Eau Frâiche

Lise Watier Neiges Eau Fraiche BoxFinding a good summer scent can be hard. You want to smell good but don’t want something overpowering. A lot of companies release alcohol free versions of popular scents for summer and we have one of those. Lise Watier’s Neiges is a pretty iconic Canadian perfume and their summer version Neiges Eau Frâiche is lovely as well.
Lise Watier Neiges Eau Fraiche
This alcohol free version can be used on both your hair and body and has a really light, slightly powdery scent. It has top notes of hyacinth, lily of the valley, rose and jasmine; middle notes of magnolia and orange blossom and bottom notes of sandalwood and musk. Leaving you with a really soft floral scent with a hint of something mysterious.

I haven’t used a lot of Lise Watier’s fragrances in the past but I’m really enjoying Neige Eau Frâiche quite a bit. I’m looking forward to trying other scents from the brand.

Biotherm Eau Soleil Perfume

Biotherm Eau Soleil Perfume

Biotherm is a go-to for skin care products, but I would never have thought of them for perfume. Actually, I didn’t even know that they made perfumes too until I got this one. In my mind, they are the moisturizer and face wash company.

From the name to the colourful bottle, there was never any question that this was going to be a very summery scent. It even contains non-photosensitive ingredients, so that it doesn’t react with the sun and cause burns. See, they are always thinking about how to protect your skin. It’s really amazing actually.

The scent is all about citrus. It’s a summery, fresh citrus explosion in a bottle. It’s a really refreshing smell to wear. It’s the best on rainy days to brighten your mood. Something about the smell just makes you feel a bit better.

I wouldn’t want to wear this perfume every day. It’s never going to be my signature scent. But it’s a fun different smell and pick-me-up when I have the blues.

Travel Makeup Most Wanted

I am off on vacation. I will be spending a few weeks in Europe with all of the sun, rain and exciting adventures of England to look forward to. Here are some of the products that have made the cut into my suitcase for my trip:

Sephora Blotting Papers

Sephora Collection Blotting Papers – On my vacation there will be a lot walking, so I’m going to keep these little sheets in my purse to keep myself looking great no matter what happens with the temperature. They weigh practically nothing, so they don’t take any space in your bags. If you want to look great in all of your vacation photos, these things are crucial.

Caprina Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap

Caprina Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap – This gentle soap is naturally moisturizing, so when we are away there won’t be any worry of dry skin. I don’t really want to have to pack lots of extra body moisturizers, so this soap is hopefully going to be my saviour.

Mereadesso Face + Neck Cleanser

Mereadesso Face + Neck Cleanser – The packaging on this cleanser is great for travel. The packs are small and take up almost no space. The opening is even flat. These would be perfect for a backpacking trip where you have almost no space at all. It comes with an all-in-one moisturizer for added face care no matter where you are in the world!


Cake Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo – Nowadays, I never travel for more than two days without my dry shampoo. It really is a lifesaver. This year, I’m taking this powder one from Canada’s cake. I always feel weird about packing aerosol cans for some reason, so I like that this is a powder shaker. The sweet smell is also perfect as a body powder for an added bonus.

Demeter Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray

Demeter Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray – These tiny little fragrances from Demeter are amazing for travel. Put them on your key chain to take them wherever you want. I got little 3 mL sprays of Linen and Laundromat fragrance to freshen up no matter where I go. It’s small enough to even take in your carry on so you can smell great after a long flight.

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Rosé Eau de Parfum

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rose Box
It’s not a secret that I love perfume and I have a lot of them (Stephanie has even more than I do), but I have a soft spot for anything with rose. When we received Juicy Couture’s Viva la Juicy Rosé, I was pretty excited. Not only does it have rose in the name but I really liked the previous Juicy Couture fragrance I tried, Viva La Juicy Gold Couture.
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rose Bottle
At first glance, the bottle for Viva la Juicy Rosé is a little crazy. It looks like it’s been glitterbombed and it’s a little much for me. Luckily, that’s really the only thing I didn’t like about it. I should mention that although Rose Centifolia Absolute is the heart of the scent, it’s joined by Italian Mandarin, William Pear, White Peony, Jasmine Sambac and a few others. Unlike other Juicy Couture scents, I find Viva la Juicy Rosé a lot lighter and perfect for spring.

It’s a really pretty scent that’s, for lack of a better word, almost a juicy floral. It’s very feminine but not too sweet. Viva la Juicy Rosé has really become my signature scent for spring this year.

Demeter Zombie Fragrance Trio

Demeter Zombie 2016 Kit
When we received an email from Demeter on April 1st about a new scent with the secret ingredient, bacon; I really wasn’t sure if it was an April Fool’s joke. Even if the email started with, this is not a joke!

Bacon as a secret ingredient isn’t so unusual in the grand scheme of things but when it’s the secret ingredient in a fragrance called Zombie Dog? To say I was hesitant is an understatement. One of the things Demeter is known for, is how true their scents are. And while I don’t know anyone that can actually tell me what a zombie dog smells like, I can imagine it’s not pleasant.
Demeter Zombie 2016 Bottles
Zombie Dog showed up as part of a trio that included Zombie For Her; Think forest floor. A combination of dried leaves, mushrooms, mildew, moss, earth and the dregs of a wine barrel and Zombie For Him; Death and decay on the forest floor. Dying vegetation, mushrooms, mildew, moss and earth.

Zombie Dog’s description has the same notes as Zombie For Him but with the added bonus of smoked bacon. What do these scents actually smell like? Well, Zombie For Him basically smells like dirt, Zombie For Her smells like dirt with something pretty hidden in the background and while these aren’t something I’d actually want to smell like, ever, they also didn’t make me want to immediately puke.

Zombie Dog on the other hand I literally couldn’t smell for more than a second and I refused to sniff it a second time. It was that disgusting. I honestly couldn’t tell you if there was a bacon note in there.

These are limited edition and are leaving pretty soon, so if you want to get something for Halloween or a Walking Dead party, you’re going to need to jump on these. In the meantime, I’ll be off with my other pretty smelling (way less gross) Demeter fragrances whose posts are coming soon.

MAC Air of Style Fragrance Blend

MAC Air Of Style Box
Of the hundreds (probably) of MAC products I’ve used since my teens, somehow none of them have been a fragrance. I know Turquatic is a cult fave and it sounds like a scent I would love but I’ve never tried it. Based on the description Air Of Style doesn’t sound like my kind of scent but I really wanted to try it anyways.

I generally don’t go for floral fragrances unless they’re rose based and Air Of Style is definitely a floral. With top notes of wild peonies, red dates, white pepper; followed by tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine and a leather and rare woods background, I was pretty sure this wouldn’t be for me.
MAC Air Of Style Bottle
But to my surprise I like it a lot more than I was expecting. It could’ve gone a totally sweet, cloying route but instead is really well balanced. That said, it’s a little too girly for me and would’ve almost hit given off a teenager vibe, except it stops just short of it.

If I had to use one word to describe Air of Style, it would be pink. I probably won’t be using this all the time but I’ll definitely have moments where it’ll fit my mood. Air of Style comes in a rollerball and a 20ML and 50ML bottle.

Demeter Foolproof Blending Kits

There’s pretty much nothing I love more than scent and while I loved the idea of creating my own, I’ve never really been great at blending. So when the Canadian Beauty Bloggers network offered us a chance to try out Demeter’s Foolproof Blending Kits, we jumped at the chance. We received two kits; the Foolproof Blending Duo Clean Skin/Sunshine and the Foolproof Blending Base Note Trio in Vanilla.
Foolproof Blending Duo in Clean/Sunshine
Demeter Blending Duo Box
This kit comes with the Clean Skin and Sunshine scents, a refillable spray bottle, four droppers and a funnel. Perfect for mixing and matching the fragrances.
Demeter Blending Duo Back
On the back there are some very helpful instructions. I started off my spraying each wrist with one of the scents to see how I felt about them individually. It turns out that I really like Sunshine and I don’t like Clean Skin. I honestly thought it would be the other way around.
Demeter Blending Duo Contents
Luckily, I love them mixed together. I didn’t end up using the funnel, droppers or extra bottle because the scent I loved came when I just layered them on top of each other.
Foolproof Blending Base Note Trio in Vanilla
Demeter Blending Base Note Box
I was a little more skeptical about the vanilla kit (vanilla is definitely not one of my favourite perfume options) but the addition of Gingerbread to Angel Food and Hawaiian Vanilla gave me a glimmer of hope. This kit comes with blending strips so you can test the scents as you go.
Demeter Blending Base Note Back
The back of this box gives you a little more insight into how fragrance and it’s layers work. Again, I started with testing each scent on it’s own and while I liked Gingerbread and Angel Food, I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t like the Hawaiian Vanilla.
Demeter Blending Base Note Contents
Layering Gingerbread over Angel Food ended up being my favourite combination of all the blending I did and that includes the other kit.

I love the idea of blending fragrances to find the one that suits you best and Demeter has made is really easy by putting together a bunch of kits with complementary scents. But if there isn’t one that catches your interest, you can build your own. I might go that route and see what I can come up with. You can find all the set options at the Demeter website.

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Fragrance


The idea for the Maison Martin Margiela Replica fragrance line is amazing. Replicate familiar moments and locations in life in a fragrance to help bring you back to those times in your life. Since scent is such a huge trigger for memory, I’m surprised that this is the first luxury brand to do this.

The collection include scents like ‘Flower Market,’ ‘Lazy Sunday Morning,’ and ‘Jazz Club.’ I tried ‘Beach Walk’ to take me back to warmer days on the boardwalk.  Beach Walk combines notes of bergamot, lemon, coconut and pepper to replicate that smell.

It’s funny because when I read the ingredients, I was surprised. In my mind, it’s the smell leftover on your skin after a day on the beach. The most prominent smell is the salty ocean spray. It’s a sharp saltiness with a hint of a fresh breeze.


I know how cheesy this all sounds. I probably wouldn’t believe it either, but I swear when you smell Beach Walk you are going to smell all of this too. My only regret is that I don’t have all of the other fragrances. They are all available in rollerballs at Sephora now, so you could get the whole line without a huge investment.

Most Wanted 2015: Steph’s Picks

This year I found a lot of great products that have not only changed the way I wear makeup and care for my skin, but also become new secret weapons and favourite products. As I get ready for a new year of beauty, here is my makeup most wanted for 2015.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel & Night Pads

I tend to get random breakouts whenever I get stressed, but this new line from Nip + Fab gets my skin back on track quickly. They aren’t just for acne, but also help clogged pores or any time your face feels dirty. The purifying gel works on a day-to-day basis, while the pads are perfect for those seriously stressful times. This is one secret weapon that I will be keeping with me throughout 2016.


The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

This limited edition line was my favourite smell of 2015. Who knew that poppies could smell so amazing? This collection has a musky and spicy smell that I am still in love with. The Eau De Toilette is my favourite, but the entire line is great. It’s leaving stores now and only available in clearance online. I will miss it with all of my heart!


Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL

Take your lashes from average to amazing with this mascara. I sometimes feel like I have tried every trick to make my lashes look longer and darker, who knew that all you needed was this mascara. When Rodial launched their makeup line I skipped the regular mascara and went straight for the XXL. I will never go back!


MAC Cosmetics Magic Of The Night Evening Rendezvous Lipstick

I have always been a classic red lipstick girl, but this winter I decided that I needed a change. I wanted to switch to a darker purple hue. I struggled to find the perfect shade though. The first time I put on this new lipstick from MAC Cosmetics I was hooked. This isn’t just my favourite lipstick of the season, but one of my favourite lipsticks of all time!!!!

lise watier eye cream review

Lise Watier Lift & Firm 3D Ultra Firming Rejuvenating Eye Cream

When 2015 started I wasn’t a fan of eye cream. I thought they were a hoax, until I met this eye cream from Lise Watier. This cream made my eye look brighter and firm. Since then I had become hooked on trying a number of different creams. I will always thank Lise Watier for changing my mind.