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

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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.

Product Review: Pupa Miss Pupa Lipstick In Paradise

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Name: Miss Pupa Lipstick in Paradise
Brand: Pupa
Size: 2,4ml
Price: €12,00

From Pupa’s website:
On the lips, an extraordinary crystal effect, an incredible, semi-transparent wet finish and comfort without compare.

What I liked:
- subtle but buildable colour payoff
- beautiful wet finish
- smooth and moisturizing texture
- pretty packaging

What I didn’t like:
- average staying power
- packaging is not very practical

Coral lips are a must for summer. They are flattering on most skintones, beautifully complement a (fake) tan, and give a bright pop of colour to your face. If you’re hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, why not start with something sheer and juicy, like Miss Pupa Lipstick in Paradise?

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Paradise is a subtle coral infused with gold shimmers. Rather than making you look like a disco ball, the lipstick has a glossy and slick wet finish that just screams summer. The shimmers don’t even make the texture gritty. On the contrary, it’s smooth and creamy, and glides so easily on the lips, keeping them soft and moisturized for a couple of hours.

Paradise has a semi-transparent colour payoff. It’s not so sheer that you can hardly see the colour, but it’s never gonna become opaque and vivid, no matters how many layers you apply. It’s just a delicate, juicy colour that subtly brightens up the face. Perfect for the daytime, you can even wear it at the beach.

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On my lips, Paradise doesn’t last that long. After a couple of hours, it has disappeared completely. If you eat, drink, or kiss it lasts even less. Even just a quick snack will make it fade fast, forcing you to reapply it again. It’s a bummer, but then most lipstick lasts just a couple of hours on my lips.

Like the finish, the packaging is slick and shiny too. It looks very pretty and professional, but, if you own more than one shade, not very practical. That’s because the only way to figure out what the colour inside is is to check the bottom of the tube. It’s impossible to tell at a glance, which is quite annoying!

Available at: Pupa Web Shop

Miss Pupa Lipstick in Paradise is a subtle and shimmery coral with a wet-finish. The moisturizing and smooth texture glides easily on the lips, but it lasts only a couple of hours.

Rating: 4/5

Product Review: Prada Candy Florale

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Name: Candy Florale
Brand: Prada
Size: 1.7oz
Price: $68.00

What I liked:
- a simple pink department store floral scent
- if you don’t like fragrances that smell like candy, you may like this
- subtle, doesn’t bother those around you
- average staying power
- beautiful bottle

What I didn’t like:
- doesn’t resemble the original Candy
- there’s barely any candy in it, so if you love gourmand scents, this will disappoint you
- unoriginal and predictable
- needs to be reapplied throughout the day

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I can’t stand fragrances that smell like candy. I liked them a lot as a child, but now that I’m in my 30s, I prefer to smell sophisticated and elegant. Designers’ floral scents don’t fare much better with me. Apart from a few exceptions, they tend to be so boring and trite! So, when a generous sample of Prada Candy Florale, the latest flanker in the Prada Candy line, came with one of my favourite magazines, it took me a while to try it.

I just knew I wasn’t gonna love it. What I didn’t expect, though, is how different it would be from Prada Candy. Seriously if you didn’t know they belonged to the same line, you’d never guess it just by sniffing them. I guess that, if you didn’t like the original, this is not necessary bad news. Unfortunately, in creating Candy Florale, Prada didn’t just remove the candy. It also got rid of what little personality Candy had in the first place.

Rather than a woody gourmand, Candy Florale is a pink department store floral concoction. It opens with a strong limoncello note that has, however, a soapy quality to it. In the heart, a floral bouquet blooms subtly. Its protagonist is an airy peony note that should have given its name to the composition. It’s peony, not candy, that you’ll smell for most of it, after all. Finally, the drydown is a light mix of earthy musk and sweet caramel that vaguely recalls the base of the original Candy.

Candy Florale is a pleasant, fresh and girly scent that’s subtle enough to be worn at the office too, especially now in the hot summer months. But its subtlety also has a downside. It means the fragrance will disappear within six hours, forcing you to reapply it at least once throughout the day. But with that, I could put up with. It’s its predictability and lack of character that really bores me.

Available at: Escentual and Sephora

Prada Candy Florale doesn’t resemble the original at all. Instead, it’s a boring but pleasant fresh floral scent with barely any candy in it. Sillage and staying power are average.

Rating: 3/5

Disclaimer: The post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Product Review: Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut & Super Fruit Mud Masks (Plus, A Giveaway!)

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Name: Creamy Coconut & Super Fruit Mud Masks
Brand: Montagne Jeunesse
Size: 15ml
Price: £1.00

From Montagne Jeunesse’s website:
Creamy Coconut Mask: We’ve harnessed the hydrating goodness of fresh Coconut Water and added lots of lovely ingredients to moisturise and hydrate, including super smoothing Shea Butter.
Super Fruit Mud Mask: Goji Berries are one of the most powerful super fruits around so this mud packs a punch when it comes to protecting against the drying effects of environmental stresses. We’ve added nutrient rich Pomegranates too – POW!

What I liked:
- both masks leave skin clean, soft and smooth
- both masks smell pleasant; scents aren’t too strong
- neither mask irritated nor dried my skin
- Creamy Coconut Mask feels fresh and comfortable on the skin
- Creamy Coconut Mask is easy to remove
- both satchets contains a lot of product that lasts for 2 or 3 uses
- the price

What I didn’t like:
- if, like me, you dislike the scent of coconut, you won’t find the Creamy Coconut Mask that pleasant to use
- Super Fruit Mud Mask stings the skin for a few minutes
- Super Fruit Mud Mask feels very tight on
- Super Fruit Mud Mask is messy to remove

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Some people go nuts for the scent of coconuts (I know, terrible pun, sorry!). I’m not one of those people. The milky quality in that soothing, exotic scent has, for some reason, always bothered my nose. And that’s a shame, cos it prevented me from enjoying Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut Mask to the full.

Although, once applied, the scent is quite subtle, you can still smell it for the whole time you have the mask on (10-15 minutes). So, you’d better like coconut if you’re interested in trying this mask! White in colour, the mask has a creamyt, but not runny, consistency that makes it easy to apply.

At first, the Creamy Coconut Mask feels very refreshing on. Soon, though, it starts to feel a bit tight, but not uncomfortably so. The tightness is due to the two types of clay this mask contains: Kaolin and Bentonite. Both are very good at absorbing excess oil, which is why I was surprised to find them in a mask designed for dry skin. The mask also contains glycerin, an humectant that can draw moisture from the environment into the skin. This one is actually very good for dry skin instead.

Still, because of the clay content, I was a bit hesitant to apply the mask on my dry patches (my cheeks; my t-zone is oily). But I did and, although the mask felt tighter on my cheeks while I had it on, once removed, my whole skin was very soft and smooth. The clay hadn’t dried out my cheeks even more as I had feared at all. I’m not sure I would recommend it to those with super dry skin though.

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Much more to my taste, instead, was the fruity and somewhat sweet scent of the Super Fruit Mud Mask. It’s so pleasant that I was actually tempted to eat it, but, of course, I didn’t. Less pleasant, instead, was the stinging sensation this thick, yellowish mask, gave my skin for the first five minutes I had it on. Although it was bearable, it made me wonder if it was doing something nasty to my skin and for a moment, I thought of removing it straight away.

But it didn’t contain anything I hadn’t used a thousand times before, so I  kept it on for the required 15 minutes. During that time, the mask became very tight, which meant that I couldn’t really speak nor move my facial muscles. This was due to kaolin clay too. This mask is designed for those with oily and combination skin, so kaolin is, this time, a great choice. It helps absorb excess oil and so keep the pores clean.

Although the Super Fruit Mud Mask isn’t that pleasant to use, and quite messy to remove too, I loved the results. This mask too made my skin very smooth and super soft. My face looked clean and polished. Despite the stinging feeling, no area of my skin was left red, dry, or irritated. And, just like the Creamy Coconut Mask, it can be used two or three more times. The satchets contain A LOT of product!

Creamy Coconut Mask Ingredients:
Aqua (purified waer), Kaolin (Natural clay), Bentonite (Natural clay), Glycerin (Plant origin), Cetearyl olivate (Plant origin), Sorbitan olivate (Plant origin), Butryrospermum parkii (Shea butter). Cetyl palmitate (Plant origin), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) water, Sorbitan palmitate (Plant origin), Glucose (Sugar), Parfum (Fragrance), Citric acid, *Coumarin, Glucose oxidase (Sugar origin), Lactoperoxidase (Milk origin) *Naturally found in fragrance

Superfruit Mud Mask Ingredients:
Aqua (Purified water), Kaolin (Natural clay), Glycerin (Plant origin), Glyceryl stearate SE (Plant origin), Polysorbate 20, Sea salt (Dead Sea salt), Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene glycol, Caprylyl glycol, Xanthan gum (Natural thickener), *Linalool, *Hexyl cinnamal, *Gerniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) fruit extract, Lycium chinese (Gojiberry) fruit extract, Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, Cl 15985 (Yellow 6), Cl 14700 (Red 4) *Naturally found in fragrance

Available at: Boots and Ulta

Both Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut & Super Fruit Mud Masks leave skin soft, smooth, and clean. But while the coconut mask is a pleasure to use (unless you dislike the scent of coconut), the Superfruit Mud mask stings a little, feels tight, and is messy to remove.

Rating: Creamy Coconut Mask 4/5; Super Fruit Mud Mask 3.5/5


Montagne Jeunesse is having a giveaway on its FB page. To win one of the 50 masks available, all you have to do is follow the link, fill out the form and enter. Winners will be announced at the end of July. Good luck everyone!

Disclaimer: the masks were sent by PR for consideration. The post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Product Review: Pupa Miss Pupa Lipstick in Bikini

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Name: Miss Pupa in Bikini
Brand: Pupa
Size: 2,4ml
Price: €12,00

From Pupa’s website:
A gelée, sensorial and very smooth texture that enhances the volume of the lips, leaving them soft and captivating. On the lips, an extraordinary crystal effect, an incredible, semi-transparent wet finish and comfort without compare.

What I liked:
- sheer but buildable colour payoff
- if you’re looking for a soft, newbie-friendly orange shade, this is for you
- smooth and fairly moisturizing texture
- average staying power
- packaging looks pretty and sleek

What I didn’t like:
- if you like vivid and bright orange shades, this is not for you
- needs to be reapplied throughout the day
- if you own more than one shade, you have to check the bottom to find the one you’re looking for

Orange is the perfect shade for summer. It’s bright. It’s cheerful. And it’s fresh. But let’s face it: it’s not the easiest shade to pull off. The wrong orange shade can easily make you look sallow and sick, while vivid and intense hues can attract too much attention to your pout, leaving you feeling uncomfortable.

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That’s why, if you’re scared of orange, it’s best to start with a sheer and buildable lipstick shade, such as Miss Pupa in 402 Bikini. A soft orange with red undertones, it won’t make you feel as exposed as a bikini does. Even the shimmers (this stuff is chockfull of them) won’t make you stand out too much. Instead, Bikini has a lovely luminous wet finish that just screams summer.

One layer gives a sheer colour payoff that’s perfect for daytime activities, including an afternoon at the seaside. Bikini is a great shade for women who want to look glamourous at the beach too. If you want a more intense look for night-time, you can easily build it up. But don’t expect anything too bright and in-your-face. No matter how much you apply, Bikini always remains a newbies-friendly shade.

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Miss Pupa in Bikini feels very comfortable on the lips. The smooth texture is easy to apply and keeps my lips soft and moisturized for a couple of hours, even if I don’t apply lip balm beforehand. After that, the lipstick starts to fade a bit, but it takes another hour and a half before it disappears completely. Unless you eat or drink. Miss Pupa doesn’t like that, and will abandon you sooner if you do.

The lipstick is housed in a simple silver tube. I like how sleek and elegant it looks. It’s not the kind of tube you’d be afraid to take out in public when you need to retouch your lippie. But there’s something I really hate about it. The tube is completely identical for all the 30 shades available so, if you own more than one, you’ll have to check its bottom to find the shade you’re looking for. Not very practical, is it?

Available at: Pupa Web Shop

Miss Pupa Lipstick in Bikini is a sheer but buildable orange shade with shimmers and a wet finish. Its moisturizing texture leaves lips soft for a couple of hours. After that, the lipstick starts to fade.

Rating: 4/5