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TOP 10 | Sweet Smelling Perfumes

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume (Curly Spring Blossom)

I not only have the biggest sweet tooth,  I also only crave  “Sugary, Candy Like” perfumes. I thought it would be nice to gather all the delicious fragrances that I’ve fell in love with over the years. If, like myself, floral, woody, spicy or oriental perfumes make you smell like a granny (and not in a good way), than these suggestions could help you find a yummy new scent. BTW I’m assuming that a girl (me) in her forties likes to smell like cake batter! 😉

 

1.

Pink Sugar

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume Pink Sugar

This is the most affordable perfume from this list. Pink Sugar is a warm, delicious & happy fragrance. I would describe it like when cotton candy & vanilla sugar meet maple syrup! Without a doubt a sugar overload that is not just for teenagers!

Notes:
Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, Powder.

2.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume-Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanilla Extreme (Curly Spring Blossom)

Layer after layer of vanilla scents, what’s not to love! I like that I smell like I have doused myself in vanilla extracts! I love it. Truly intoxicating!

Notes:
Vanilla Sugar, Heliotrope, Vanilla Absolute, Milk.

3.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Apricot

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume Comptoir - Sud Pacifique (Curly Spring Blossom)

Creamy, sweet and fruity; it’s complete perfection if you wanna smell like a summer treat. Sweet but with a grown up feel to it. Very sophisticated.

Notes:
Jackfruit, Apricot, Papaya, Vanilla, Sugar Candy.

4.

Yves St-Laurent Black Opium

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Yves St-Laurent Black Opium (Curly Spring Blossom)

Full of notes that evoke the sweetness of vanilla, coffee, with some light floral undertones. The smell of this perfume is very different from the original Opium. This is a winning scent for me! This is like a mature version of Prada Candy.

Notes:
Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Essence, Patchouli Essense.

5.

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit 🐰

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit (Curly Spring Blossom)

I absolutely love Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit perfume! Don’t let the grapefruit in the name trick you – it doesn’t smell fruity at all! It’s a very warm scent with only a hint of citrus.

Notes:
Pink Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Madagascar Vanilla.

6.

Dior Hypnotique Poison

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Hypnotic Poison (Curly Spring Blossom)

I’ve been wearing this perfume for the last 10 years. Definitely not a summery or daytime scent, but you’ll be tempted to wear it all year round. I get a ton of compliments when I wear this warm, vanilla sexy scent that not only warms up as the day goes on but, mixed with the amber and jasmine, it’s just amazing! I am head over heels in love with this dangerously named perfume. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My only word of advice is to spritz yourself sparingly because a little of this certainly goes a long, long way especially in summer when your skin heats up.

Notes:
Bitter Almond, Caraway Spice, Sambac Jasmine, Cinnamon, Tuberose, Vanilla, Musk, Mosses, Jucarunda Wood.

7.

Viktor & Rolf BonBon

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Viktor & Rolf BonBon (Curly Spring Blossom)

I love this perfume so much. The smell is delicious; when I wear it, it feels like I’ve been soaked in candy. It reminds me of the sweetness that Flowerbomb has… minus the flowery notes.  Definitely a cute, feminine, sweet tooth kind of smell. It starts off a little more floral but becomes all sugary after some evaporation. Definitely smells edible. The caramel scent is the longest lasting part of the perfume with a hint of vanilla sweetness.

Notes:
Caramel, Mandarin, Orange Blossom

8.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Juicy Couture Viva La Gold Couture (Curly Spring Blossom)

I prefer Gold Couture over the classic Viva La Juicy perfume. It has more vanilla than the classic one, which is what I enjoy the most about this aroma. The main notes for me are definitely vanilla, amber, and caramel, although there are some notes of berries that come through and don’t make it too overpoweringly sweet. Think warm caramel and honey drizzled over berries and vanilla custard… and you have Gold Couture!!

Notes:
Berries, Honeysuckle, Golden Amber, Caramel, Vanilla.

9.

Mugler Aura

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Mugler Aura (Curly Spring Blossom)

At first, it’s minty and fresh (Yes like Listerine) but also has a mysterious base note. After a couple of hours, Aura elegantly and seamlessly morphs into a custard bourbon vanilla scent that reminds me of Fresh Pastries. Aura is an exceptionally well engineered perfume that carries you away on a nose-filling journey.

Notes:
Rhubarb leaves, Vanilla bourbon, Orange blossom, Wolf wood.

10.

Maison Margiela “REPLICA” By The Fireplace

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Maison Margiela REPLICA By The Fireplace (Curly Spring Blossom)

This perfume is my newest obsession. It does have a smoky base to it but it also has a lovely bourbon vanilla side with a touch of cinnamon. Someone told me that it smells like roasting marshmallows on a fire. This fragrance stirs up memories of times shared by the fire in the great outdoors as well as by the fireplace. It does tend to be more of an Autumn/Winter fragrance and it’s especially delicious mixed with Black Opium!

Notes:
Clove Oil, Chestnut Accord, Vanilla Accord

 

Honorable Mention…

Mugler Angel

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Mugler Angel (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Vanilla

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon 🐰

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Tuberose, Oakwood, Bourbon Vanilla

Prada Candy

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Prada Candy (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
White Musks, Benzoin, Caramel Accord

Giorgio Armani Beauty Si

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Giorgio Armani Si (Curly Spring Blossom)

Notes:
Pear, Freesia, Amber Wood.

Maison Margiela “REPLICA” Funfair Evening

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Maison Margiela REPLICA FUNFAIR EVENING (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Toffee Apple, Orange Blossom Infusion, Caramel Candy

 

Looking at this list of favorites, you can quickly see that the key word for me is VANILLA. I hope that it gave you, my “SWEET” friends, some great suggestions or possibly made you smile because we have the same taste. Any other perfumes I should try?

 

Note: I try my best to buy only cruelty-free products when it comes to my makeup, skincare & bath products. That being said perfume that are cruelty-free and smells good on me are extremely hard to find so this list contains only a few CF options! Transitioning is key here…

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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Since my transition to cruelty-free, I’ve been eyeing this new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip value set! Thanks Sephora for offering a set made of all CF products. Upon receiving it, I thought these shades were definitely out of my comfort zone but I was to test each and everyone of them with an open-mind. Could this be the beginning of a new daring Ingrid or a disaster in the making?

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What it is:
A multibranded sampler set, ideal for creating the perfect lip. This set includes two full-size and three deluxe-size lip essentials.

This set contains:
♥ 0.07oz/ 2ml Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby
♥ 0.07oz/ 2g Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.13oz/ 4ml Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO, Vlada (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.21oz/ 6g treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry
♥ 0.035oz/ 1g Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

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Sephora in-store & online – Limited Edition for 33$CND
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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby

(a semi-sheer metallic light pink base with pink and gold pearls)

Pros:

Smells delicious, just like vanilla cake batter,

Super long wearing for a lip gloss,

Feels very comfortable on the lips – not sticky at all.

Cons:

If you have dry/chapped lips, this gloss will emphasize the dryness and it will look horrible,

It doesn’t fade well which leaves your lips with lots of glitter particules,

It’s doubtfully daytime appropriate – the colour is unorthodox & the shimmer is obvious.

Bottom Line: It’s ok but I wouldn’t buy a full size! I feel I’m getting too old to wear these shimmery glosses that are very reminiscent of the 80’s and honestly, who wants to relive these years, makeup wise that is. The only way to make it look pretty is over a lip liner that I’ve applied all over my lips and then put a little bit of this Huda Beauty Lip Strobe on the centre.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves 

Pros:

Super creamy & long wearing (transfer proof),

This particular color is a very flattering NUDE that is perfect for my light skin,

It’s not a full flat matte,

It fades really beautifully,

NO need to apply a lip liner as the product doesn’t bleed,

Very pigmented – you need just a tiny swipe.

Cons:

A lip gloss to top it is a must; it tends to dry my lips,

The product smells & tastes really funky,

The formula is so soft, it makes it fragile and unstable in the container/stick.

Bottom Line: I honestly bought this set for this new Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crayon and it fell flat for me. It’s nothing out of the extraordinary. I’m not impressed and again wouldn’t buy another shade, mainly because of the debatable aroma. Formula wise, it’s pretty solid and the shade is really pretty.

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Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO in Vlada

(metallic rose gold)

Pros:

Smudge proof,

Long wearing,

Intense vibrant Metallic Rusty color (if you enjoy that type of shade),

It smells super yummy and doesn’t have an after taste,

It fades well and not patchy at all,

The application is very smooth.

Cons:

It’s drying my lips like crazy (to be fair all liquid lipsticks that I have tried are doing this),

This shade looks super cheap on me.

Botton Line: I HATE the colour; it looks so awful on me. The formula is not bad at all and I can see why the matte version has great reviews. If you enjoy matte lip products, you should consider this one from Smashbox.

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treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry

Pros:

Smells minty fresh,

Glides easily on the lips,

Very pigmented for a lip balm.

Cons:

It’s more brick red than a berry color,

No plumping effect whatsoever,

It’s not super hydrating; it feels like your average lip balm.

Bottom Line: I really would have enjoyed this balm if the shade had suited me better. Cute packaging but a random product at the most.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

(electric pink)

Pros:

Super sleek packaging,

Beautiful deep bright pink,

Full coverage  & very creamy,

Very comfortable on the lips as it’s non drying.

Cons:

Like any matte formula, if your lips are not moisturized prior to the application, it will emphasize the dryness.

Bottom Line: I’m very impressed with the formula but this particular colour is so far from my comfort zone that I wouldn’t wear it, EVER. That being said it’s one of the best matte formula I’ve ever tried. Simply Beautiful.

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The value for money of this set is amazing; alone, the Marc Jacobs Lip Crayon is 34$ (this set costs 33$CND). My problem is not with all these new formulas but with the colours that are not flattering on my fair skin or just don’t suit my personality. If you are contemplating this new Sephora Favorites’ set, you should have a look in-store to see if it’s a right fit for you.

As you know, honesty is the best policy, and unfortunately this one will be going back to Sephora ASAP. I wish Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves didn’t smell or taste so bad. Sadly, this set will be the first one ever that I’ll be returning. Oh well, they just cannot be all winners! This set was curated for women with darker skin tone.

Note: The swatches look way better than how they individually look on my lips!

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Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Since I’ve been on a low buy all of 2017, I didn’t get to discover a lot of new products. I still managed to find some extraordinary creations that have become Holy Grail products. Let’s say goodbye to 2017 with my “Top 10 Beauty Products”!

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1.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Supercharged Oil Free Foundation 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I would have liked to come upon this “Genius” foundation way before. Unfortunately, the brand is discontinuing it for reasons that I don’t understand. Just in case, I bought four but I’m kicking myself for not buying at least 1 more when it went on sale! It’s the best foundation I’ve ever tried period… A dry skin girl’s dream.

Anyone knows of a good dupe??? Help a very sad girl please…

2.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 4 – Shadows

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Need an affordable (it’s been in Sephora’s sale section forever) all MATTE neutral palette for your everyday look? Well, go for MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 4 – Shadows. These matte shadows blend beautifully and stay put all day when using a good eyeshadow primer. MUFE matte formula is amongst the very best on the market and this little number is a sure winner.

3.

Coola Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

It’s funny how this little gem came into my life: BeardMan was in Arizona for work and I obviously asked him to go to the nearby Sephora to get a specific primer with sunscreen (and of course, some other stuff). Unfortunately, it was not available at this location and he knows not to come back empty-handed, so he asked a girl for something similar and she suggested him Coola’s Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30. Sure enough, I’m totally crazy about this primer/sunscreen. The only downfall is that it contains micro glitters that makes it unwearable alone but under makeup, it’s a gem. Why isn’t it more hyped is beyond me!!!

4.

bareMinerals Prep Step 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I was debating between placing bareMinerals Prep Step into my Top Skincare or my Top Makeup products of 2017 but it does such a great job at priming my face that it made it into my makeup category. It’s almost the perfect product with a little exception: when applied alone, it gives a slight red tone to my skin. A second primer in my Top 10!! It’s a first in my blogging career since primers have always been a nightmare for me.

Note: Surprisingly, this product has also the best ingredients as a sunscreen.

5.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moiturizer SPF 47 Protect & Perfect 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I won’t ever be without Josie Maran Argan Daily Moiturizer SPF 47 Protect & Perfect. I mix it every single day with my Dr Jart + Premium Beauty Balm or another foundation and it gives the perfect amount of hydration & sun-kissed look that I need. I wish it was lighter as I would wear it alone in the Summer months.

6.

Nudestix Nude(art)ist Magnetic Eye Box Set 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I’ve said it abundantly; I find Nudestix to be one of the most underrated brand. These eye colour sticks are simply remarkable and such a hidden gem. One word: Versatility! They can be used as eye primers, all over lid color or eyeliner as they don’t transfer or budge.

7.

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil (020) 🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

I’m very picky when it comes to Lip Liners! I rarely use or need one since I’m a self-proclaimed Lip Gloss junkie. But last winter, I wore it a lot all over my lips. The formula is sooooo good that I’m contemplating buying other colors. The only downfall is that it’s not a twist up!

Read my full review HERE

8.

M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Camel Coat

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

My love for M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot is legendary but my transitioning to cruelty-free products means that I will no longer purchase these beloved pots and it really saddens me. I’ve always used Soft Ochre & Painterly as my eyeshadow base even if technically, these are regular cream shadows and in early 2017, I bought Camel Coat and OMG, it was love at first application. This colour is the perfect neutral muted beigy/fleshy tone that primes & mostly conceals discolourations on my eyelids. I’m praying that M.A.C (well Estee Lauder now) modify their policy regarding animal testings.

9.

Hourglass AMBIENT Lighting Edit – Volume 3🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

Superb is the only word I can think of to describe this Holiday 2017 Hourglass face palette. I use it every time I put makeup on. My goal is to finish it by the end of 2018 since without any doubt, I will buy the 2018 Holiday Edition. Hourglass makes hands down my favourite face finishing powders, bronzers & blushes (in the powder forms that is).

Read my full review HERE.

10.

Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Pinkini, Mai Tai & Hibiskiss🐰

Top 10 Products of 2017 | MAKEUP

With our harsh Canadian winters, lipsticks are not the best alternative for my super dry lips. I’m left using only colored balms that are very hydrating (but I don’t really mind with my eternal gloss infatuation). These Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy were so highly rated that I took a leap of faith and purchased their Holiday Kit. These are so good I now understand where the hype comes from. it doesn’t hurt that they also smell like cake batter! One other thing worth mentioning: the colors are really pigmented for balms.

 

What about your top 10 products of 2017!

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