QOTW: What Parts Of Your Makeup Routine Will You Still Do When You’re Running Late?

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What parts of your makeup routine will you still do when you’re running late?

My answer: I apply a bit of concealer under the eyes, on my red cheeks and wherever I need a bit of coverage. Then, I apply a cream eyeshadow and mascara on my eyes, a touch of blush on the cheeks, and a swipe of gloss or lipstick on the lips.

Product Review: Histoires De Parfums Vidi

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Name: Vidi
Brand: Histoires De Parfums
Size: 60ml
Price: €125.00

What I liked:
- interesting aquatic woody blend
- original
- unisex (although it smells better on men)
- not too light but not too strong either
- beautiful bottle

What I didn’t like:
- the scent has a jarring, even cheap quality
- average staying power
- the price (but samples are available)

Julius Caesar was a great warrior and leader who conquered many people and nations, but even he had problems taming the contrasting perfume notes in Vidi, one of the three fragrances inspired by his famous phrase “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). If Vici was supposed to embody the creative and destroying powers of fire, Vidi, “the wind, carries us over seas and oceans, allowing us to rise above mountains and to take our gaze and spirit beyond the horizon.”

Vidi is a ozonic woody fragrance based on contrasts. It opens with a ozonic accord, created with the fresh aroma of cucumber mixed with the watery scent of cyclamen. It is paired with a light dusting of cardamom, whose citrusy facets have really been amped up here. I had never really come across a fragrance that used both cucumber and cyclamen and, while it makes for an interesting accord, I can’t say it is too successful. There’s just something jarring, even cheap, about it.

The watery accord is present in the heart as well. This time cyclamen plays with a plastic, but transparent, rose. Its transparency may disappoint some people, but it serves to enhance the watery quality of the scent. Saffron is also present, adding a delicate and warm vibe to the composition.

As the hours pass, Vidi turns woody, but never completely loses its aquatic quality. Musk and vanilla, both of which smell quite synthetic, are joined by warm Immortelle, which adds a dry and spicy touch to the drydown. Immortelle, though, is really out of place here. I haven’t decided whether that’s a good thing or not yet.

Histoires De Parfums Vidi is one of the most intriguing scents I’ve come across lately in terms of creativity. They have really taken a chance in pairing notes that normally don’t go together. Unfortunately, the result is often jarring and plasticky, but hey, at least they’ve tried. I much prefer that to playing it safe and creating only beautiful, but predictable, scents we’ve all smelled a thousand times before.

And if you don’t like it, you won’t have to put up with it for long. After six hours, Vidi is already gone. Sillage is average too. It doesn’t stay too close to the skin, but it isn’t overpowering either. Still too much for you? Give it to your man. Although unisex, this stuff smells much better on a man!

Available at: Amazon

Histoires De Parfums Vidi is an aquatic woody blend. Although the accords are intriguing and original, mixing together notes that contrast with one another, the result is jarring and, at times, even cheap. Sillage and staying power are average.

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclaimer: the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Book Review: Her Next Chapter By Lori Day And Charlotte Kugler

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Name: Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More
Brand: Lori Day and Charlotte Kugler
Pages: 272
Price: $10.06

Mother-daughter book clubs are a great way to encourage reading, bonding, and socializing among mothers, daughters, and their friends. But these clubs can do more than that, suggests educational psychologist and parenting coach Lori Day. They can create a safe and empowering haven where girls can freely discuss and navigate issues surrounding girlhood. In Her Next Chapter, Day draws from experiences in her own club and her expertise as an educator to offer a timely and inspiring take on mother-daughter book clubs. She provides overviews of eight of the biggest challenges facing girls today, such as negative body image, bullying, gender stereotypes, media sexualization, unhealthy relationships, and more, while weaving in carefully chosen book, movie, and media recommendations; thoughtful discussion questions; and group activities and outings that extend and enrich conversations and make clubs fun. Her Next Chapter outlines how mothers can use the magic of books to build girls’ confidence and sense of possibility as leaders, allies, and agents of change. A list of further resources and reflections and observations from Day’s now-adult daughter, Charlotte, round out this indispensible resource for anyone who cares about, teaches, or works with girls.

When I was growing up, I didn’t worry about how I looked. I certainly didn’t worry about being sexy. I didn’t even know what that meant. My wardrobe featured all the colours of the rainbow, including blue. Pink was only a small part of it. I played with Barbies and watched Disney princess movies, but I also played ball or hide-and-seek with the boys.

But a lot has changed since then. Toys that used to be gender-neutral are now found in the boys’ aisle. You’ll know when you’ll reach the girls’ one. You’ll be greeted by an overwhelming sea of pink. Most clothes for girls come in pink too, and more and more often, they are becoming shorter, skimpier, and sporting inappropriate messages such as “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” or “Future Trophy Wife”.

Girls are being taught that looks are all that matters, and if they don’t conform, they may be bullied for it. The beauty ideal they’re fed is too unrealistic anyway, so even if they try to conform, they’re still left hating their bodies and going on strict diets and extreme fitness regimes at younger and younger ages. Gender stereotypes can discourage girls from pursuing careers into what are seen as men’s fields, while reduced opportunity for boys and girls to play together can seriously affect their ability, later in life, to develop healthy romantic relationships.

Raising girls has become so much more difficult and many parents may feel disheartened, and believe there’s nothing they can do to help their girls navigate these and many other issues they will face in their lives. But parents have a lot more power, and a lot more influence on their children than they believe. One underestimated, but very powerful tool, mothers can use to fight the negative and dangerous messages society is feeding to their girls is by starting a mother-daughter book club.

Admittedly, I wasn’t familiar with this concept until I read Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More by Lori Day and Charlotte Kugler, but now I can’t wait to have a little girl to start my own (although, I may do something similar if I have a boy too. :) ). These book clubs foster a closer relationship between a mother and her daughter and provide a safe and non-judgemental environment to discuss difficult topics, such as bullying, gender stereotypes, sexualization of little girls, LGBTQ issues, abusive relationships and violence against women, with your little girl.

In the second part of the book, Day provides a list of books, movies and other types of media that address these issues. After reading/watching them, you can use the questions provided by Day (or make up your own) to start the discussion in a way that’s appropriate for her age. Doing this in a group environment can also be very helpful for those mothers who want to address a particular issue with their daughters but are too embarrassed or simply don’t know how to do so. Chances are that, in the group, there will be another mother who feels more at ease with the topic, so your daughter will receive all the information she needs by someone you trust, under your supervision, and in a safe way.

The first part of the book, instead, explains what a mother-daughter book club is and how to set up your own. These chapters also warn you about any potential problems that may come up, such as how to deal with any bullying incidents that may happen, and provide tips on how to choose the members of your club, the issues you want to address, the books and movies you’ll use to do so and what to do when a couple quits.

Day writes in a very engaging way. She never preaches. Instead, you’ll feel like you’re talking to a friend who went through the same problems and can now give you advice on how to solve them. Of course, the book isn’t only for mothers. Stepmothers, grandmothers, teachers, and any other adult who is entrusted with the care of a little girl can also start book clubs to help her learn media literacy skills and deal with the many problems she’ll face in her life. I cannot recommend it enough!

Available at: Amazon

Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More by Lori Day explains the many benefits of starting a mother-daughter book club and gives you tips on how to set it up and run it. Day also provides a list of books, movies, and questions to help you discuss difficult topics, such as bullying and sexualization, with your little girl in a way that’s appropriate to her age. The tone is friendly and engaging too.

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from PR for consideration. In addition, the post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

New Collection: Nars Fall 2014

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It’s inspired by the luxurious nighttime of the ’70s the new fall collection from Nars. It features dark eyeliners infused with luminous pearls, red and rose brown shades for the lips, and amethyst hues for the eyes. Here are more details:

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No.3900 Jadin Perdu: dove grey and metallic amethyst
No.3901 Dollomites: shiny rose quartz and chocolate

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No.8025 Night Flight: black with cobalt blue pearl
No.8026 Night Bird: black with purple pearl
No.8027 Night Clubbing: black with gold pearl
No.8028 Night Porter: black with green pearl

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BLUSH ($30.00)
No.4045 Unlawful: amber pink with silver pearls

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No.1587 Mauritanie: strawberry red

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No.9220 Mandore: cranberry
No.9221 Bansar: rose brown

The collection is already available at Narscosmetics.com. Do you like it?

Spotlight On Colloidal Oatmeal


After a lifetime of eating just a few biscuits at breakfast, which left me starving by midmorning, oatmeal has finally found its way into my routine. It’s delicious, healthy, and gives me lots of energy. But oatmeal isn’t just a great choice for a healthy and tasty breakfast. It is also very good for your skin.

What is colloidal oatmeal?

When oatmeal is used in lotions or facial masks, it is usually called Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal. When it is used as a skin protectant, such as in bath products to treat skin conditions like eczema, it is called Colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is a very fine powder derived from the grinding and processing of whole oat grains. It contains “polysaccharides (60%-64%), proteins (10%-18%), lipids (3%-9%), saponins, enzymes (such as the potent antioxidant superoxide dismutase), prostaglandin-synthesis inhibitors, flavonoids, and vitamins” (Source).

Colloidal oatmeal has soothing properties

Colloidal oatmeal has anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturizing, and barrier-repair properties that can alleviate the symptoms of a several skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis. According to a 2012 study, “the daily use of moisturizers and/or cleansers containing colloidal oatmeal significantly improved many clinical outcomes of atopic dermatitis” and was “well tolerated in babies, children, and adults with AD.” In addition, colloidal oatmeal can also be used to soothe sunburn, rashes (including diaper rashes), hives, insect bites, and other pruritic conditions.

Products with Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal can be found in several Aveeno produts such as Soothing Bath Treatment ($6.90). A staple of the brand, it is 100% colloidal oatmeal and suitable for short baths to soothe irritated skin. If you suffer from eczema, you can try Kate Sommerville Eczema Therapy Cream ($48.00), or, if you prefer a cheaper option, Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme ($11.68). For those who suffer from rosacea or whose skin is easily irritated, a good option is Paula’s Choice Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief Treatment, a toner-like products chockfull of soothing ingredients.

The Bottom Line

Colloidal oatmeal is a wonderful soothing agent that can relieve the symptoms of a several skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rashes. If your suffer from them, or if your skin is easily irritated, then you should consider incorporating it into your skincare routine. Your skin will thank you!

Do you use colloidal oatmeal?

New Collection: Catrice Metallure Fall 2014

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If you love metallic shades, you’re gonna love Metallure, the new fall collection from Catrice. It features classic colours of precious metals like gold, silver and copper, as well as fresh pink, classical red and soft white shades. The metallic design with marbled details also turns the limited Metallure packaging into a true eye-catcher.

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Available in C01 Metalight, C02 Metalfusion, and C03 Metallicious.

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This 2 in 1 product can be used as liquid eyeliner as well as a mascara topper thanks to its duo applicator. The black diamond texture – black with a silver metallic shimmer – is very longlasting. Available in C01 Dazzling Dark.

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This baked bronzing powder with a coppery rosé gold marbling gives your face and neckline a natural-looking tan and a subtle glow. Available in C01 Shimmer Shade.

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LIP COLOUR (€3.99)
Available in C01 Metalight, C02 Alluring Pink, and C03 Alluring Red.

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Available in C01 Alluring Red, C02 Alluring Pink, C03 Metalight, C04 Metallicious, and C05 Metalfusion.

This collection hits counters next month. Do you plan to buy something?