My #5 Favorite Fragrances (and Why)

Hi there, I hope you’re all doing well and had a lovely Easter Sunday!

In this post I will be telling you all about my top 5 favorite fragrances. Even though we’re not going out as often as we used to anymore, I still like to have one of my favorite scents following me all day (even when I’m at home).

Let me start off with a little backstory on my fragrance preferences and how I wear them, so that the list below makes a bit more sense. I personally like fresh and floral fragrances that are light but still stick around all day. I’m definitely not a big fan of deep, strong, and heavy scents. I actually came up with a theory about this preference by looking at my personality. I automatically associate strong fragrances with strong, clearly present personalities who aren’t afraid to stand out and have all eyes on them. I personally prefer to stay away from the center of attention, which might explain why I prefer soft, subtle scents over stronger ones.

I generally like to spend a bit more on a fragrance, so that one or two sprays in the morning can last me an entire day. I don’t have a lot of fragrances, but the ones I do have are my signature ones and I keep purchasing them over and over again.

Now, let’s move on to my favorites.

Good to know: Most of the fragrances I mention below are available in several types and variations. The specific fragrances I’ve tried out are all the initial and original fragrances, and they are all Eau de Parfums (often confused with Eau de Toilette).


Chloé Signature (Eau de Parfum)

Price: 65 EUR (30ml)

Scent: Lychee, damascena rose, magnolia, lily of the valley, amber, and cedarwood

This iconic Chloé fragrance has been around for quite a while yet never went out of style. This fragrance, like many others, comes in several variations. However, the Signature one has always remained my favorite. The Chloé Signature EdP fragrance has a very light, classic, and floral yet recognizable scent. I personally do find that the fragrance fades off quite fast, it doesn’t last an entire day. But, to me, this wonderful scent outweighs this disadvantage. Also, this signature bottle is just too cute! (Here’s a little secret, I first fell in love with the packaging before I fell in love with the fragrance itself. The little bow made little marketing heart too happy.)

Carolina Herrera Good Girl (Eau de Parfum)

Price: 65 EUR (30ml)

Scent: Bulgarian rose, jasmine, orange blossom, praline, cinnamon, bergamot, lemon, tonka beans, sandalwood, cedarwood, cashmere, patchouli, amber and musk.

Another iconic fragrance, but not one that I would typically go for when looking for fragrances. The original Good Girl fragrance by Carolina Herrera is floral, but also quite heavy. This strong scent stays around all day (which might be exactly what you’re looking for). I personally think this fragrance is perfect for fancy dinners or big events, but I barely wear it to small gatherings. Like I mentioned before, strong fragrances make me feel too present which is not something I like. However, the feeling of walking past a group of people in a fancy restaurant and knowing that they’re all turning their heads to follow this amazing scent you’re wearing, that’s priceless. In fact, one of the reviews I read for this fragrance was titled “Compliments guaranteed!”, so that should say enough, right?

Tip: One of my friends described this fragrance as “perfect for marking your territory, if you know what I mean *wink*”.

Just like the Chloé Signature fragrance, my little marketing heart initially fell in love with the packaging. Because, let’s be honest, who could not want this classy stiletto standing on their dressing table?

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle (Eau de Parfum)

Price: 75 EUR (30ml)

Scent: Iris, accord gourmand, pear, blackberries, iris palida concentrate, orange blossom absolute, sambac jasmine, patchouli heart essence

Another floral, classic fragrance; one that I will forever associate with Julia Roberts. La Vie Est Belle was one of my first high-end fragrances that I absolutely adored. It is exactly what I’m looking for in a fragrance. Wearing this fragrance and smelling throughout the day just gives me a little boost of happiness, which is exactly what your favorite fragrance should be doing. La Vie Est Belle has this sophisticated scents, the kind that anyone could recognize out of a hundred others.

This fragrance is slightly more expensive than the Chloé Signature and Good Girl one, but then again, that should tell you something about the fragrance, right? This is the fragrance my aunt, my grandmother, my mother, and me, all have sitting on our dressing table and keep reaching for nearly every day. No matter your age, your personality type or occasion, La Vie Est Belle could be your newest go-to.

Miss Dior (Eau de Parfum)

Price: 75 EUR (30ml)

Scent: Bergamot from Calibria, rose from Grasse, rosewood; originally from Amazon

One year ago, I bought a set containing four miniature Miss Dior fragrances (once again, the packaging convinced me…). I already went through two little bottles, and one of them was the original Miss Dior fragrance. To be honest, I expected Dior to make their iconic Miss Dior fragrances just a tiny bit stronger. I’m loving the scent, but it just fades too quickly. Then again, this could also be because I haven’t used the spray fragrance yet, so let’s keep this topic open for discussion. The scent itself is wonderful, you can clearly notice the dominating rose scent and a hint of wood. In fact, if I would have to describe this fragrance in terms of seasons, I would associate it more with autumn than with spring.

In a way, the Miss Dior fragrance reminds of the Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle, I can’t really put my finger on it yet (aside from the fact that they are similarly priced). So ,if we have similar fragrance preferences and you’re planning to purchase all the fragrances from this list, you might want to opt for either one instead of both.

“I refined her florality to make her vibrant and evocative. It had to sparkle like the feeling of being in love. A declaration of love, to love!”

François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator.

Georgio Armani Sí

Price: 75 EUR (30ml)

Scent: Nectar of black currants, modern chypre and blond musk wood – with hints of freesia and may rose.

I bought this fragrance a while back in Spain. It had just come out and wasn’t really popular back then, but it was a good deal so I went for it and oh my- I can’t believe I doubted this fragrance! Sí reminds me of both Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle and Miss Dior, it has a floral and wood-y scent that will stick around all day. When I describe this fragrance as subtle and elegant yet strong and deep at the same time, do you know what I mean? If not, I’m sorry, you’re going to have to smell this fragrance yourself and you’ll know that that is exactly how to describe it.

This fragrance is perfect for standing out but could also be worn as a subtle fragrance for small gatherings (one spray). Its versatility is one of the things I love most about this fragrance. I personally wouldn’t wear Sí every day, but it’s a wonderful go-to fragrance for events.


Those are my five favorite fragrances and as they’re mostly classics, I’m convinced that most of them will become my all-time favorites. I still want to try out Georgio Armani’s My Way, I’ve heard some really great things about that one. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them below!

Unfortunately, I’m not wearing fragrances as often as I’d like because we’re simply not able to go out as much. Hopefully, this summer will be a great opportunity to go out more and show off some great outfits, makeup looks, jewelry combinations, and of course, iconic fragrances. But before then, let’s make sure to all stay safe and avoid crowded places, wear your masks, get your vaccine, and keep yourself and others healthy.

Review: Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

*This is not a sponsored post.

Hi guys!

Today I’ll be telling you all about my all-time favorite (and affordable) foundation: the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation! Before we dive into the review, let me start by telling you two things about this foundation.

1. This foundation comes in several types.

This is the range for dry to normal skin:

  • Luminous + Smooth
  • Hydrate + Smooth
  • Dewy + Smooth

Maybelline New York didn’t really create a range for normal to oily skin. For this skintype they only created the following foundation:

  • Matte + Poreless

As I have a combination skin (dry areas and oily areas), I only tried out the MNY Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation, which means that I cannot guarantee that my review and personal experiences will also apply to the other foundation types.

2. The MNY Fit Me foundations are available in a bottle (right) and tube (left) format.

I have tried both and genuinely couldn’t find any difference. The quantity of the bottle and tube are both 30ml. The bottle looks more luxurious but for someone with limited space or frequent travelers, you might want to go for the tube packaging. In my experience, the product quality is entirely the same.

Now, let’s start with the review!

What does the internet say?

The Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is priced around 10 EUR and available in most drugstores worldwide.

Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup. Mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish.

Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive formula with micro-powders controls shine and blurs pores. Leaves a natural, seamless finish. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic.

Apply foundation onto skin and blend with fingertips or an applicator and blend.

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The foundation is available in over 40 shades, but the available shades in drugstores may vary.

Based on reviews on the Maybelline New York website and independent review site, the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation scores an average of 4 out of 5 stars.

What are my first impressions?

I know I might be a bit too biased as this foundation is one of my personal favorites, so I’m trying my best to stay objective and look at both the pros and cons of this foundation. The shade that matches my skin tone the best is 250 (sun beige).

First off, I think that Maybelline New York has increased the coverage of this foundation over the years. I first tried out the Matte + Poreless foundation as it came out in 2016, and I definitely do not remember the coverage being this great back then. I still had a very clear and even skin back then, and felt like the foundation was more of a BB-cream to me. That’s why it wasn’t love at first sight, and I kept looking for that ‘perfect’ foundation. A year ago I decided to give this foundation a try again. My skin changed a lot over the years, I have discolorations around my mouth and eyes and I have quite some acne spots. So you can image, I was pretty skeptic about using this foundation again. However, this time, the MNY Fit Me Matte + Poreless managed to cover it all up. Whatever MNY did to the formula, I’m thankful!

The foundation has a smooth texture, not too liquid but not too dry. Just a small amount can go a long way, which is why most of my MNY foundation tubes last me months or even up to a year (daily use).

The MNY Matte + Poreless foundation is one of the reasons I stopped buying high-end foundations about a year ago. It’s way more affordable, the quality is the same (if not better) and it’s just way easier to carry around for traveling. Of course I still have one high-end foundation, which is the Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation, but I haven’t touched it in nearly a year (also partly because of lockdown).

The foundation has a medium to high coverage (with layering) and stays on all day. However, if you have oily skin, the occasional powder touch-up might be necessary; this also depends on the intensity of your day.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I’m a big big fan of the MNY Matte + Poreless foundation. I’m convinced that, when you have a dry to normal skin, the other MNY Fit Me foundation types might be better for you and you will be just as satisfied! Even if you aren’t entirely convinced yet, the foundation is available in most drugstores and incredibly affordable, so it might just be worth the try.

And of course, for any skincare or make-up routine goes: don’t forget to wear your SPF! Spring has arrived, sunnier days are coming so it’s even more important to really apply your SPF and keep re-applying (consider SPF-powders). But more on (the different kinds of) SPF in another post!

Review: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Foundation

*This is not a sponsored post

Hey there! Today I’m going to review one of my all-time favorite foundations: the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte foundation! I purchased this foundation as soon as it arrived to Sephora, and I’ve been loving it ever since!

Okay so first off, I only have two foundations. I’m using the Maybelline New York Fit Me! foundation for everyday wear, and I’m using the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter foundation for special occasions such as parties, dinners and other social gatherings because of its full coverage (even with one layer!).

What does the internet say?

Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter foundation is priced at $40, so it definitely does not qualify as an affordable makeup product. However, the quantity (and quality) might compensate with the price.

Huda Beauty offers the foundation in 40 different shades with 4 undertones, which makes it perfect for every skin tone. However, this wide range also makes it harder to find the perfect shade: more on this in an upcoming post!

#FauxFilter is back with the same full coverage and long-lasting properties, you know and love from the OG formula, but with 24-hour flexible wear, a luminous matte finish AND… it’s fragrance-free!

The true filter effect gives instant coverage so seamless that it immediately unifies skin tone and texture as it blurs skin to give a radiant finish. The non-cakey formula is life proof (waterproof, super long wear (24hr), transfer proof, fade proof, sweat proof, humidity proof.) No matter what the weather, occasion or situation, #FauxFilter Luminous Matte will NEVER let you down.

Formula: Liquid
Coverage: Full
Finish: Matte, Luminous

Fragrance free, Vegan, Non-Comedogenic, Water-proof, 24-Hour-Wear, Mask/Transfer-proof

Huda Beauty

Note: When I bought my first Faux Filter foundation, it wasn’t fragrance-free and didn’t qualify as non-comedogenic, so a major shoutout to Huda Beauty for improving this!

What are my first impressions?

The first thing I noticed when I saw the bottle, was the quantity. In fact, my first bottle last me two years (!). I know that most makeup products have an expiration date, but the foundation was still in perfect shape and I think $40 is a bit too much to just throw away a half-full bottle because it might or might not have exceeded its expiration date.

My first shade was Toffee, and after that I tried Tres Leches. Both shades seemed to match my skintone in the store, but as soon as I applied it at home and went outside, I could see that it wasn’t quite the right shade for me. It wasn’t a very obvious difference and mixing it with a lighter concealer often did the trick, but when I eventually tried out Dulce De Leche (350G), that’s when I knew I finally found the perfect match.

I also noticed the full coverage while I was blending the foundation for the first time. I expected to have to layer to obtain a full coverage look, but you only need as little as one pump. If you’re not looking for that full coverage look, you might even be okay with half a pump.

It’s important to know that the Faux Filter foundation is definitely not ‘lightweight’, you can feel and see that you’re wearing makeup but it doesn’t make you look cakey or oily which is just great.

Conclusion

If you’re ready to invest in a good full coverage foundation, this is the one! Whether you’ve got oily, dry, and/or sensitive skin, Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter Luminous Matte foundation is perfect for every skin tone and skin type!

Tip: If you’re looking for a more natural foundation that works great for casual everyday looks and fancy party-looks, you might want to check out the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish foundation stick.

Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

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Hi all!

Today I will be reviewing the Estée Lauder Double Wear (Stay-In-Place) foundation, which is often used by professionals for its incredibly full coverage. I bought this foundation a year ago at Sephora in New York (it’s a shame Europe still does not have a Sephora!), but most major beauty / department stores sell the iconic Estée Lauder foundation as well. If you’re new to this foundation I’d definitely recommend you to visit a physical store rather than buying it online, not only because that’s the only way to find out the shade you need but you also cannot be scammed! High-end foundations often sell for way cheaper price on the web and more often than not, they’re not real! So if you find something that seems too cheap to be true, it most likely is.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation comes in a heavy, frosted glass bottle without a pump, so I used the pump of an old Smashbox foundation and placed it on my new foundation. However, Estée Lauder does sell its own pumps separately. 

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I would usually not impulse-buy a €44 high-end foundation which I don’t even need, but you know, I did it anyways and I’m happy I did. I’ve been in love with this foundation ever since I’ve worn it for the first time. I  have some dark spots on my face which I usually cover up with concealer but with the Double Wear foundation, I don’t even need extra cover-up. This foundation has a great full coverage, it stays on all day (or longer), and one pump will suffice for the full coverage!

The Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation is available in 38 (!) shades, so make sure you get the shade that really matches your skin. The shade I own is 4W1 (Honey Bronze). 

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With a retail price at €44, this foundation is definitely not considered affordable. And I’m going to be honest, if you don’t wear makeup as often or if you don’t need a full coverage, you might want to opt for another foundation (or maybe even a BB cream). If you do wear makeup often or if you are looking for that full coverage, this would be a great investment.

Shade: 4W1 Honey Bronze
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full
Price: US $42 / EU €44
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My #5 fave lipsticks + why

Good morning pretty ones!

Do you also love buying new lipsticks, even though you have an entire stack of old lipsticks at home? If you’re as addicted to lipsticks, lipglosses and lip balms as I am, definitely keep reading! Today I’ll be showing you my top #5 favorite lipsticks + a short review.

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#1 Clinique + Jonathan Adler Pop Lip Colour 

I always thought that Clinique lipsticks were way overpriced for its quality but turns out, I was so wrong. Past November, I bought the Clinique miniature skincare set for €16. The set included:

– Smart Custom-Repair Moisturizer SPF15- day cream 7 ml
– Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer – night cream 7 ml
– Smart Custom-Repair Serum 7 ml
– Take The Day Off Makeup Remover 30 ml
– Liquid Facial Soap Mild 15 ml
– Pop Lip Colour & Primer Lipstick ( 14 Plum Pop )
– High Impact Mascara ( 01 Black ) 3,5 ml

If you’d like a review of another product in the set below, let me know! 

Clinique + Jonathan Adler

And I immediately fell in love with the Pop Lip Colour lipstick, in shade 14 Plum Pop. It does not dry out or turn darker after a few hours, in fact, the lipstick is really moisturizing. Unfortunately, the Pop Lip Colour doesn’t seem long-lasting to me. I’ve worn the lipstick for an entire day at school (09:00 – 18:00)  and had to keep re-applying after I drank or ate something. I drink a lot of water throughout the day so it was really inconvenient. But besides that, I love the colour and feeling this lipstick brings along

Shade: Plum Pop
Finish: Satin
Coverage: Full
Price: US $18.50 / EU € 23,00
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Clinique + Jonathan Adler online

#2 DIOR Couture Colour Lipstick Comfort & Wear 

I actually bought this lipstick a few days ago, because I still had a gift card to use. If I didn’t have the gift card, I probably wouldn’t even look at these kinds of high-end lipsticks. Let’s be honest, would you be willing to pay €38 for a lipstick? I know I wouldn’t.

Anyways, I do love it. The lipstick I bought is in the shade 964 Ambitious Matte. It’s long-lasting and the name already says it: it’s pretty comforting to wear. The lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips but it doesn’t feel heavy or too much either. Besides, it’s highly pigmented which I really like since my lips are naturally a little dark.

If you’re able to spend a little more on make-up than most of us, I’d definitely recommend this lipstick. But I’m convinced that there are much cheaper, similar lipsticks out there with the same quality (e.g. a classic Chanel lipstick costs €33 ). 

Shade: 964 Ambitious Matte
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full
Price: US $37 / EU €38
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#3 KIKO Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 

I am so in love with KIKO Milano. In a short time, KIKO grew to be one of the most popular budget/quality make-up brand. KIKO Milano has a big assortment, from skincare to nail polish…One of the products I love most is the KIKO Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick. I keep buying this lipstick over and over again because it’s simply amazing.
 
The Smart Fusion lipsticks are rich and nourishing for your lips and leaves a creamy finish (all – day – long)!
 
The lipstick I own is in the shade 434, which appears to be light brownish. If you’re looking for a high-quality budget lipstick, give this one a try!
 
Shade: 434
Finish: Bright 
Coverage: Medium
Price: US $6 / EU €3,95 / UK £3,90
 
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 #4 MAC Spirit Lipstick 

Of course, MAC couldn’t stay behind on my list of favorite lipsticks. To be honest, I only own 4 MAC lipsticks. But the MAC Spirit is one of my faves. This highly-pigmented lipstick has a satin finish and comes with a caramel kinda colour, which is a tiny bit darker than my natural lip colour. The lipstick seems matte but feels hydrating and soft on the lips.  It’s definitely worth checking out!
 
Shade:Spirit A86
Finish:Satin
Coverage:Medium- full 
Price: EU €19,50 / UK £16,50
 
 
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#5 Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte lip color 

This lipstick might not be as popular as the other lipsticks I mentioned, that’s because Lakmé is an Indian brand and it’s not available in all countries. However, I still want to give a short review because I adore this lipstick too much.
 
The lipstick I own is in the shade called “Hazel Rush”, which looks a lot like dark-brown. It comes with a matte finish and lasts around 12 hours. I really love the highly-pigmented colour and smooth application. If you ever see this brand, it’s worth checking out!
 
Shade: Hazel Rush
Finish: Matte
Coverage: Full 
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Price: EU €6,15 / UK £5,50 / IND ₹480.00 / $7,50

Lakmé online 


And these were my 5 favorite lipsticks, I hope you liked the post! What’s your favorite lipstick? Comment below! 

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Updated: review on Clinique brush

Hi guys, just wanted to let you all know I just updated my review on the Clinique cleansing brush because I ended up having some bad experiences with the brush, it started to malfunction and stopped charging etc.

I explained and described everything in the post and I’m writing about the new brush I bought, soo if you’re interested..

Click here to go to the review

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