Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Winter Skin Care - Taking care of your face and body during winter

Over the last couple of months I've been trying a lot of different products to keep my skin hydrated during winter. My skin tends to get severely dry during the cold months and I'm always on the hunt for products which are easy to use and do the job. So today I'm going to show you the basics I'm using on my face and body*. Brace yourselves, this is going to take a while... 

Let's start with my face. There are some products which I'm using all year round, like the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum but I switch my daily moisturizer for a more hydrating one during winter. My current favourite is Louis Widmer's Remederm Face Cream UV20. This is a very rich moisturizer which I use in the morning after cleansing my face. I only use it during the day because of the UV protection, which is a great add on as it provides some sun protection during the day. Even in winter your skin can get damaged by the sun, therefore it's important to protect it. My recommendation for the night is the Louis Widmer Pro-Active Cream Light which I've been using for quite a while now but recently used up. When you first use the Remederm Face Cream you might think it's too thick for a daily moisturizer and I agree that it takes a little longer to sink in but it honestly builds a great base for your foundation. The skin is perfectly hydrated for the whole day which automatically makes your makeup look better. Hydrated skin is also key if you want your skin to look healthy and glowing - of course there's a lot of products to help with the glow, as I just recently talked about in the Pixi blogpost but hydrated skin is the basis. I love this rich moisturizer, a little goes a long way so the CHF for the product are definitely good value for money. Nevertheless, I have to say that this product is suitable for people with dry or dry-combination skin and it might be too much for someone with oily skin. 

Every now and then - which is about once a week - I treat my skin with a hydrating face mask. There are several really good ones on the market but the two I've been enjoying most are the Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask and the skin689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask. The former is an effortless moisture boost which I love because I can apply it exactly where I need it. Clarins also has a SOS Hydra Mask which I like to apply all over my face but this one I rather use locally. The texture is rich and balmy and it seems to smooth the skin wherever I apply it (on my face, that is). Most of the time, the driest part of my skin is my forehead, so that's where I apply this face mask generously and leave it for about 20 minutes. My skin absorbs most of the product and I just wipe away the access with a cotton pad. This is quick and easy because the mask stays exactly where I applied it until I remember to remove it. Due to its matt formula it's nearly invisible on the skin so I can imagine taking this on a plane journey with me. The Clarins SOS Comfort mask is available for CHF 50 for 100ml. 

The skin 689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask is a bio-cellulose hyaluron mask which gives your skin a serious kick of hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid and an amino acid complex which moisturizes your skin. This is the product I choose if I need a little bit of a break and instant hydration for my skin. After about 25 minutes of lying on the couch I remove the sheet mask and my skin looks healthy, fresh and well nourished. For CHF 7.90 this product easily exceeded my expectations and I already repurchased one to treat my skin after my long haul flight in the end of February - more on that soon. 

skin689 Switzerland is a brand I'm new to and I only ever tried the two products I'm showing you today. The next is their Anti-Cellulite Cream. Well, without going into too much detail here, my bum isn't the perfect image of a peach but it isn't in desperate need of a product like this one. Therefore, there's a different reason than cellulite that makes me talk about this product today. It's designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the structure of your skin, enhancing its firmness and elasticity. Nice! But(t) (hah! See what I did there?!) I was more impressed by the other ingredients of this cream such as jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin C and E. As you might be able to guess, they are great to add moisture to your skin. The product description says, these are intensive caring agents to smooth the surface of the skin and leave it feeling as soft as velvet. And I agree! I think that part of beating cellulite is providing enough moisture for the skin and this cream reeeeally does a good job with that. First, as far as I can tell, my bum does look smoother than before using the product. Second, so does the rest of my skin where I applied this cream because I just used it wherever my skin was dry. I know, at CHF 79 this isn't exactly the product you would use just as a body lotion but I'm honestly impressed with the quality and the effect so I can only recommend to give it a try if your budget allows it. My first encounter with skin689 Switzerland products is very positive, I love the sleek and hygienic design of the packaging and the quality is convincing too. I'm intrigued to hear more about them in the future. 

Another way I like to take care of my body during winter is by using body oils. For me, body oils are more than just a way to hydrate my skin. Other than with normal body lotion, I feel like I have to massage an oil into my skin. Therefore, the process of applying the oil onto my body turns into a relaxing experience. I like Bi-Oil, which is not only created to treat dry skin but also stretch marks and scars. It has a very distinctive scent which is extremely hard to describe. It smells kind of spicy, very warm and slightly sweet and creamy, a combination which is relaxing and cozy. To see a real effect you'd have to religiously use this twice a day for about three months and give your skin a good massage. I just can't be bothered to apply an oil in the morning, it takes up too much time. Anyhow, as a relaxing alternative to a body lotion, I really enjoy using this product and at CHF 26 for 125ml, the price is ok. If you're a very structured or determined person struggling with stretch marks, you might want to give this a try and maybe then leave a comment about the effect below? ;-) 

When it comes to hand cream, I'm not too picky as long as they're not sticky. I just want them to keep my hands hydrated. My current favourite combo are the Louis Widmer Handbalm UV10 with its light but well nourishing formula for the day, again with sun protection, and the Louis Widmer Hand Cream which is a little richer for the night. 

We did it! We reached the end of my current winter skin care favourites. I might do a separate blogpost on lip care as well, as dry lips are the biggest issue for me and I've tried a huge amount of different products. There's one to go, then I think I'm ready to give you an overview of my top tipps. 

What are your skin care secrets to keep your skin nicely hydrated during winter?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

* all of the mentioned products in this blogpost are press samples. Anyway, I always share my honest opinion on the products with you. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Londontown Nail Polish Review

Have you ever heard of Londontown*? No, I'm not talking about that well known city in the UK, but I know that one too. Take a look at the pictures below... it's nail polish! Yaaaay! 

Londontown is a brand founded by Marina Dimentman in England. The concept and formulation are inspired by the family flower garden of the founder where her great aunt used to combine flower oils to take care of her dry hands and nails. Londontown nail polishes therefore contain diverse natural oils and ingredients such as rapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, chamomile and cucumber, a combination named Florium Complex. None of the nail polishes contain bad stuff like formaldehyde or paraben, plus they're vegan and cruelty free. The interesting part is that this Florium Complex makes sure that the quality of your nails and the quality of the manicure (in terms of longevity without chipping) improve every time you use the nail polishes. 

I was sent three of their products to test: two lakur nail polishes and a kur Protective Top Coat. 

I've tested both nail polishes with a base coat and the kur Protective Top Coat on top. Portobello Plum is a gorgeous dark violet shade which is great for autumn and winter, Natural Charm is a greyish brown, suitable for every occasion. The finish is glossy, even and lovely and application is very easy. What I noticed is that these nail polishes dry quickly on the nails which is a huge plus for me because I'm just not the most patient person you'll ever meet. 

The manicure lasted about four days till it was chipped and I had to remove it which is about as long as I want my nail polish to last. After four to five days I'm usually bored with the colour anyway. The quality and concept as well as the product design get a thumbs up from me! 

Portobello Plum

Natural Charm 

I can't tell you about the long term effect of the products yet, as I'm usually testing several different nail polishes. Testing long term effects with nail polishes would mean to use them exclusively for quite a while, which is not easy as a blogger. However, I'm happy with the product and the concept is convincing, if there's any updates, I'll let you know. 

In Switzerland, Londontown is available in health shops and the nail polishes cost around CHF 20.

By the way, I've been playing around with a new photo editing software. Any opinions on the style of the pictures? 

If you've tried Londontown already, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Have a lovely day!

xx Cheryl

* press samples, all opinions are honest and my own. 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Glowing Skin with Pixi Beauty

When I received the invitation to the Pixi beauty launch in Switzerland, I got veeeery excited. I'm definitely a skin care junkie and I've heard a lot of good things about this brand. For me, Pixi is all about glowing skin and that's exactly what I'm aiming for, natural and healthily glowing skin. I much prefer that overall natural glow to a highlighter. To start with, I'm talking you through four products* today: The Glow Tonic, the Rose Tonic, the Glow Mist and Caroline Hirons' Double Cleanse. 

I use the Glow Tonic every night after cleansing my face. It contains Glycolic Acid which exfoliates the skin and other lovely beneficial ingredients such as soothing aloe vera, energizing ginseng and no alcohol. The product won the 2017 teen vogue acne awards, so if acne is an issue for you, this might be worth a try. It claims to balance, heal and soothe the skin. I've used it for nearly two months now and I noticed that my skin tone is more even since using the Glow Tonic. My pores aren't that visible, so there wasn't a lot of effect to be seen but my face feels fresh and clean after using the product and I enjoy the relaxing scent in the evening. An even skin tone already does a lot for the overall appearance of my complexion, that's why I love using the Glow Tonic. It helps my skin looking healthy and therefore builds a great base for a glowing look. The way it makes my skin feel after using it is kind of addictive but in a good way. For me, this product is a keeper and I'll definitely repurchase it. 

In the mornings I've been using the Rose Tonic recently. I haven't been using this for as long as the Glow Tonic as I don't introduce a lot of new products at the same time because I wouldn't be able to match the effects with the products anymore. Anyhow, the Rose Tonic is definitely a morning product for me but you could use it morning and evening after cleansing your face. I'm usually not a fan of rose scented products but this one is very subtle and natural and I quite like it. The product aims to reduce redness, soothe the skin, hydrate and refreshen it. It's the latter that makes it perfect for my morning routine. Additionally, the extra bit of hydration is always appreciated by my skin, especially during winter. All in all, this product isn't a game changer for my skin but a lovely and welcome add on to use on a daily basis to wake up with a calming scent. 

I'm a fan of the idea of double cleanse by Caroline Hirons and therefore I was excited to try this product and I was not disappointed. Basically, it adds a second step to your cleansing routine but both steps come in one jar. The first step is to apply the solid cleansing oil onto the dry skin and massage it into the skin. By removing the product with water, most of your makeup is already gone. Then apply the cleansing cream and repeat the same procedure. This way, you can be sure your makeup is properly removed and your skin is clean. Properly removing your makeup is an absolute must if you want to take good care of your skin. I personally love the feeling of clean skin and I enjoy double cleansing with this product. The ingredients are good too. The solid cleansing oil has added Vitamin E and Camellia oil to protect and nourish the skin. The ingredients in the cleansing cream are targeted to anti-aging by relaxing fine lines, promoting collagen and improving elasticity. If you're still removing your makeup with one cotton pad, please try something like the Double Cleanse, it will make a difference. 

Lastly, I tested the Glow Mist. In my opinion, the concept of this product is similar to my all time favourite Caudalie Eau de Beauté. It contains many different natural oils to hydrate the skin and make it glow. It can be used before makeup to hydrate the skin, after makeup to set it and add glow and anytime during the day to refreshen your makeup. The scent is hard to describe. It's soft and herbal but not really fresh and it doesn't linger on. This is the only Pixi Beauty product which didn't live up to my expectations. It adds a teeny bit of moisture but other than that I don't see an effect. It's handy to keep in your handbag though as the packaging is quite sleek and you can just spritz it onto your face for some hydration during the day. The reviews online are very good so it's still worth a try, it just didn't do a lot for me personally. 

The tonics cost CHF 20 each for 100ml, the Double Cleanse is the most expensive at CHF 43 and the Glow Mist is available for CHF 29. In Switzerland, you can purchase the products at Marionnaud. The official Pixi Beauty website has an online shop too and I love the website, the design is so pretty and fresh, definitely worth a visit! 

All in all, I'm impressed with the quality of the products. They're gentle on the skin and especially the Glow Tonic is exceptional. I'll definitely keep an eye out for new releases of Pixi Beauty. 

Are you familiar with Pixi yet? I'm happy to read your opinions in the comment section. 

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

P.S. I'm sorry for the strange quality of the pictures, something went wrong when I imported the files and now a lot of the photos I've taken recently look pixelated. I'm also testing new products to edit my pictures, if you have a tip, please leave a comment below. 

* press samples, all opinions are honest an my own.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Pretty Hands & Feet with Clarins Treatment Creams

Hi there!

I hope you've had the best start into 2018! Mine has been rather hectic but now I enjoy my free time even more. Sadly, the weather hasn't been the best lately, it's been stormy with heavy rain and it really didn't make a difference whether I brushed my hair in the morning or not. As soon as I went outside, my hair was a mess anyway. But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about. The cold weather or maybe the heating always makes my skin extremely dry in winter, that's why I'm testing a lot of skin care for pretty much every part of my body and I sure let you know about my experiences. Let's start with some intensive treatment today.

Legs, hands and feet are the body parts where my skin is the driest. Legs are easy to hydrate, I just do that in the evening before going to bed but hands and feed are different. Everytime I wash my hands, the hand cream is just gone and the skin feels dry again. Furthermore, I work in an office and I don't want the hand cream all over my keyboard. When it comes to feet I'm just a little weird and don't like the feeling of foot cream on them. So let's get to the point: I've been at a Clarins blogger event at the end of last year and got some beautiful products to try*. Among them the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and the Foot Beauty Treatment Cream. 

Both products are just what I needed and I didn't even know it. As you can see on the picture above, Clarins has these funny bamboo fibre gloves and also socks for treatments at home. You can buy them in their store, the set is called Hand and Feet Kit and it can be washed in the washing machine, so you can use it all the time. Both the hand and foot treatment are rich and therefore extremely hydrating. So what I do is to apply a generous amount of the hand treatment, then put on the gloves. This way I can work while my hands get their little spa experience. Same goes for the foot treatment, however, (what a surprise) I don't use it in the office but after work at home. Just massage it from toes to ankles and put on the socks. As both products are treatments, they provide enough moisture for a while. My hands are severely dry, so I still use hand creams in the morning and the evening but the Hand and Nail Treatment makes them look and feel nice for longer and provides some protection against the cold. The foot cream keeps my feet hydrated for a few days. As I mentioned, I don't like the feeling of cream on my feet so I'm happy I don't have to use one every day. 

The products smell very nice. The hand treatment has a citrusy scent (it's a limited edition with grapefruit, there's a lemon version too), the foot treatment a herbal scent which makes it smell fresh and healthy. It contains cashew oil, shea butter, myrrh, arnica and thyme oil. The hand treatment contains sesame oil, shea butter, myrrh and mulberry extract and could be used as a normal hand cream as well, just don't apply as much and it sinks in pretty quickly.

I've been using both treatments on a regular basis during December and January and I genuinely love them. They're empty soon but as they're not insanely expensive, I'm rather sure I'll repurchase them. I've never tried Clarins skin care before but after the event and after trying the first few products I'm pretty obsessed, so I guess you'll see more of Clarins on the blog soon. 

The Hand and Foot Kit with the gloves is available for CHF 30, the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream costs CHF 13 for 30ml and the Foot Beauty Treatment Cream CHF 40.50, the latter is only available in a 100ml tube. There's some limited edition sets which are great value for money, so maybe keep an eye out for them if you're interested in the products. 

What are your favourite skincare products for dry winter skin? Leave a comment below!

Have a great day!
xx Cheryl

*all of the products mentioned above are pr samples. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Monday, 18 December 2017

Last Minute Beauty Christmas Gifts

Hi there!

I'm late, as every year. I didn't do my Christmas shopping yet, at least not all of it. Luckily, some lovely beauty gifts were sent to me and they're a great inspiration, so I want to share the ideas with you. First of all, I can't believe how lucky I am to get so many incredible products to test. Especially the Christmas Collections come in stunning packaging and it's like Christmas for me every time products arrive in my post box. So thanks so much to you for supporting me by reading my blog and thereby making this happen for me. 

The lovely present for a friend - Yves Rocher Marvelous Berries Kit
If you like to get your friends a little something which looks gorgeous and christmassy but maybe don't want to spend a fortune on it, Yves Rocher's got you covered this year. Their Marvelous Berries Christmas Kit is the cutest little Christmas present ever and the products smell absolutely delicious. The scent reminds me of cranberries, it's fruity but not really sweet. The kit looks like a house or maybe a lantern and it contains a lip balm, a hand cream, a shower and bath gel and a perfumed body lotion. The sizes are quite generous and it costs only CHF 14.90 which is honestly a bargain for what you get. I absolutely love this!  It's also available in white vanilla and I think I need to check that out too. 

The one for the party girl - Wet n Wild Xmas Collection
If you're on the hunt for a classy but sexy Christmas makeup look or you know a friend of yours is, you might want to check out the wet n wild Xmas Collection. I think none of the products are limited edition, the set is just kind of an inspiration for a Christmas look. There's the Lash Renegade mascara which is easy to use and separates your lashes nicely, a bold red megalast liquid catsuit matte lipstick in the shade Missy and Fierce, a glittery eye shadow called Spiked and Panther, a black eye shadow. Sadly, the products can't be purchased in the set as shown below. Anyway, the quality of wet n wild products is usually insanely good considering the products are very inexpensive so this product combo is a nice gift if you're on a budget. The mascara costs CHF 8.90, the liquid lipstick is CHF 5.90 and the eye shadows are available for CHF 2.90 each.

The one pretty much every woman will like - Caudalie gift set
I honestly felt so happy when I received this Christmas gift from Grauwiler | Testa PR and obviously Caudalie. As you might know, Caudalie is one of my absolute favourite beauty brands because the products smell lovely, the quality is beautiful and they do what I expect them to do. And if that wouldn't be enough the packaging is pretty too. Take a look at this years' Christmas presents. There's the Fleur de Vigne Candle, a lightly scented candle which is absolutely huge! I should have put something for scale on the picture but maybe you can see the dimension on the first photo in this blog post. The design is simple but elegant and it looks great in our living room. Love it!

There's a second gift from Caudalie, the Eau de Vignes gift set which comes in a gorgeously designed packaging. The scent of the products and the eau de toilette is soft and fresh and I think it's suitable for women who like the occasional little luxury but wouldn't take a bath in perfume if you know what I mean. It's quite natural and unobtrusive and I think a lot of women like this scent. The set costs CHF 29.60. By the way, Caudalie has a great selection of Christmas gifts at a reasonable price. In my opinion, the best (besides the candle above) is the set with the eau de beauté and a french kiss lip balm. Cute but very chic! 

The luxurious treat for you significant other - Illusion Captive de Lalique
And here we have a little luxury that I wanted to show you weeks ago and I think Christmas is the perfect occasion to present this. I've been to the Lalique press event, you might have seen my blogpost on "Mon premier cristal" already. In the goodie bag I also got the stunning Noir Premier Illusion Captive, a unisex perfume which I would want my male significant other to wear but I also know women who would totally love this scent. It's warm and has clear wooden notes with a fresh top note of bergamot and fig. The design of the flacon is inspired by René Laliques 1898 creation of the dragonfly brooch in the Art Nouveau style. The packaging of this perfume is mesmerizing and feels so luxurious! First you have to remove the branded sleeve to open a matte black box. Inside of this box is a heavy and shiny black box with golden details and the actual flacon lies on velvet. This is perfection! But perfection isn't cheap... so if you want to treat someone with this luxurious and stunning perfume, it's available for around CHF 300. 

And last but not least, there's always Jo Malone. Everything you buy there will look amazing because their packaging is just on point. The Christmas packaging this year is a little too colorful for my taste but their products still are so pure and elegant, I'm sure you'd find something lovely there. 

I hope you found some inspiration for Christmas gifts in this blogpost. Which one was your favourite? Do you have any tips on Christmas presents? Leave a comment below!

Have a lovely Christmas time!
xx Cheryl

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Wide Open Eyes with Estée Lauder

Wide open eyes is exactly what I need right now - something that makes everyone belief that I'm wide awake even if I'm not. I love December, it's the coziest month of the year with all the Christmas lights, candles, fluffy blankets and good food but sadly, it's the busiest month of my year because I have my exams, papers and other stuff to hand in in order to finish my masters degree at university (still have to write my master's thesis after this semester though...). Anyway, I've had the chance to test some lovely Estée Lauder products lately*, all under the motto of "wide open eyes". So let me show you a bunch of products all dedicated to make your eye area look awake and great.

At the Estée Lauder press event I learnt that the under eye area makes around 10'000 small movements during one day, which is quite stressful for this delicate part of our skin. The Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix is like a serum for your under eye area that addresses this issue. The new 360° matrix technology acts as sort of a cushion to make all those movements less stressful and to prevent irritation. The product comes with a glass applicator, which feels cool on the skin. I personally just dab the product into my skin using my ring finger. The Eye Concentrate Matrix hydrates the skin and prevents aging. I've used it everyday for over a month now and I'm very pleased with it. I usually get fine lines from dry skin in winter but so far, my under eye area is looking great. Luckily, I can't tell you a lot about the anti-aging effect, because I don't have any wrinkles around my eyes yet. And I intend to keep it that way as long as possible. This product seems like a keeper for me, my under eye area is hydrated, smooth and soft. At CHF 88.- for 15ml, it's not inexpensive but  the quality and effects are great.

If the Eye Concentrate Matrix isn't enough to make your eyes look awake, there's always other options. One of them is the Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter. This is a liquid brightening, highlighting and concealing product. I'm not an expert when it comes to highlighter but this is such an easy product to use, it's not too obvious but it lightens up the area where you apply it. Just draw a little C in the inner corner of your eyes and one around the outer corner of your eyes and lightly dab the product into the skin. This simply adds some light to your face and instantly makes you look more awake. I tried to use it as an under eye concealer as well but the shade doesn't really look right, I rather use it as a highlighter. 

And what else can we do to look more awake? Yes, Estée Lauder thought of our lashes too. I'm quite excited for this part because they launched some pretty awesome products: the Pure Color Envy Lash Collection. 

There's a black mascara (such a surprise!), the Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara which has special bristles to create volume and length. One side of the bristles are nylon, the other silicone. I don't have the waterproof version and this mascara smudges on me after a few hours without a primer so I used the Estée Lauder Lash Primer Plus underneath which gives even more volume. If you like a dramatic eye look, this mascara might be a winner for you. 

There's a limited edition in this collection too: You can get the mascara in blue, purple and green too. And guess what, I've got the green one! I never would have thought I might like this but I got my makeup done at the event, you might have seen the picture in my instastory. This mascara was used in the look and it made the colour of my eyes pop. There's one little issue: It's really difficult to remove. I don't know whether this has something to do with my lashes or if this is a general problem but I honestly tried four makeup removers till I managed to get it off my lashes. If you've tried it, please leave a comment with your experience below, I'm very interested in your opinion. All the mascaras cost CHF 39 each. 

Lastly, there's the perfect product for the festive season: The Crystal Lash Top Coat! Yes, it's as good as it sounds. It's glitter for your lashes. Thanks, Estée Lauder, you just made New Year's Eve so much better! Personally, this is not a product I would use on a normal day. This is definitely party make up for me. The top coat looks like a felt tip pen to apply over your mascara, it's a little strange at first but works just fine and it looks mesmerizing and glam! The Crystal Lash Top Coat is available for CHF 35. 

I hope you liked this little introduction of Estée Lauder products to make your eyes look awake. Have you tried any of the products? And do you already have a makeup look planned for Christmas?

Have a great day!

XX Cheryl

*press samples, all opinions are honest and my own

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Mon Premier Cristal - Lalique's Dreamy Perfume Collection

"It's a time you take for yourself. For connecting with yourself. For experiencing beauty in everyday life... Perfume is the most intimate form of luxury. It is to make this experience of luxury even more unique, more special, that Lalique has created a new object of desire: Mon Premier Cristal Collection."

Yes, they had me at the simple description of the new Mon Premier Cristal Collection*. And oh my, this collection is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! Trying to be objective here, but look at the three flacons! 

There's a reason why Lalique always manages to catch my interest. They don't only create a product, there's always a story to accompany it. This time Lalique asked three women perfumers to recreate the scent of crystal in a perfume. And that's what Mon Premier Cristal Collection is: An interpretation of the scent of crystal in three different stages. The perfumes are intended for everyday use and I'm rather sure you'd like at least one of the three scents. Let's take a closer look:

SENSUEL Le cristal en fusion (Molten Crystal) - Karine Dubreuil-Sereni
Karine Dubreuil-Sereni created the scent of crystal in its molten state. It's a warm oriental scent with the top notes mandarin and orange, the heart notes lily of the valley, peach and heliotrope and the base notes patchouli, vanilla, white musk, tonka bean and amber. The vanilla and tonka bean are the most obvious scents and make the perfume quite sweet. It doesn't contain almond but still smells of almonds. This is because of the heliotrope- Karine aimed to create the scent of toasted almonds to symbolize the molten crystal. I personally enjoy the warmth and sweetness of this scent but I wouldn't necessarily wear it as a perfume but rather have it as a scented candle for the cold winter time. 

LUMIERE Le cristal sculpté (Sculpted Crystal) - Alexandra Monet
Alexandra Monet got the challenge to recreate the sculpted crystal as a perfume. She focused on the light reflection of the Lalique crystal sculptures and created a floral chypre scent. Until a few months ago I didn't even know that something called "chypre" existed but now I know that I seem to enjoy chypre scents because this isn't the first one I love. 

You might have guessed, this is my favourite perfume from the Mon Premier Cristal Collection. With top notes of mandarin, black saffron and bitter almond, heart notes of sambac jasmine, tuberose and licorice as well as base notes of patchouli, cashmere wood and musks Alexandra Monet created a warm and wintery scent with just the right touch of sexiness. I love wooden notes because they add so much character to a scent. Even though the heart notes are floral and I'm usually not a fan of floral scents, the combination of jasmine and tuberose totally works for me. Licorice, bitter almond and black saffron contrast the lightness of the  floral notes and symbolize the "dark side of the light". 

TENDRE Le cristal satiné (Satined Crystal) - Sidonie Lancesseur
Now we're talking powdery, soft floral oriental scent. Sidonie Lancesseur created the perfume version of satined crystal and she did a great job. The composition of scents she used is very convincing as the scent of something satined. I guess without knowing about the satined crystal my association would have been a powder puff. This looks so much less romantic written down than it sounded in my head... anyway, let's just go with it. The top notes are pear and lily of the valley. The heart notes and the most obvious ones are powdery rose, rose petals and rose essence. The base notes (or dry-down notes) are white musk and vanilla. This is an extremely soft and feminine scent and I instantly have a picture of the type of woman in my mind who could identify with this scent. I like this sophisticated scent but it doesn't match my personality, I hope you know what I mean. 

Mon Premier Cristal Collection comes in a beautifully designed bottle. The design is inspired by the symbol of the house of Lalique: the Swallow. The three bottles I have are the 100ml refill bottles and even them look stunning! 

Brace yourselves, this gem costs over CHF 700. The 100ml refills are around CHF 170 each. So if you're feeling very generous, this might be the perfect Christmas present for a loved one. I felt immensely grateful to get the chance to test these three amazing perfumes. I can already tell Lumière will be one of my go to winter scents. 

How do you choose a new perfume? Do you also feel like it has to match your personality? 

Have a wonderful day!
XX Cheryl

*I got the three refill bottles as press samples, which is extremely generous. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.