21/11/2014

Product Review: 10 New Fragrances For Fall / Winter 2014

Winter is around the corner – time to switch over to your snugly knitwear and prepare for the numerous Christmas parties. No fall/winter wardrobe is complete without a new fragrance. Your light, citrus summer scent simply won’t do.
Here, we found the top 10 perfect scent to spray on for the winter season

For Her

1. DKNY MYNY Eau de Parfum
A new DKNY fragrance that's as eclectic and passionate as New York, the city we all love. Urban, carefree, spirited. Be a part of it!

Fragrance Category: Fruity Floral
Top notes:
Raspberry, Galbanum, and Pink Pepper
Heart notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Freesia, and Orris
Bottom notes: Patchouli Heart, Vanilla Absolute, Creamy Musks, and Ambergris



2. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Pink Diamond Eau de Parfum
A new addition to the Bombshell collection, this irresistibly lush limited-edition fragrance announces the upcoming holidays in a glittery way. The bottle body is shaped like a pink gem, and decorated with a metal bow ribbon embellished with pink crystals.

Fragrance type: Fruity Floral
Notes: Seductive Citrus Note of Pink Grapefruit, and Exotic Passion Flower



3. Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum
Couture Overdose. She is couture all the way. Spinning an addictive web of glamour and decadence at the center of her golden world. The bottle takes golden color, decorated with pink letters and logos.

Fragrance Category:
Fruity Floral
Top notes:
Luscious Wild Berries
Heart notes: Sambac Jasmine and Honeysuckle
Base notes: Sandalwood, Golden Amber, Caramel and Vanilla Elixir



4. Burberry My Burberry Limited Edition Eau de Parfum
Inspired by the trench coat and its heritage of British design and craftsmanship, My Burberry captures the fragrance of a London garden after the rain. The scent is a contemporary British grand floral. The bottle is decorated with red gabardine bow.

Fragrance Category: Citrus Floral
Top notes: Sweet Pea, Bergamot and Mandarin
Heart notes: Geranium, Freesia and Quince
Base notes: Patchouli, Centifolia Rose and Damascus Rose



5. Calvin Klein Reveal Eau de Parfum
Reveal embodies the thrilling game of seduction between a man and a woman - the erotic possibility of a game between equals. Sensual. desirable. inviting - with a touch of the unexpected.

Fragrance Category: Fruity Woody
Top notes: Raw Salt Signature, Pink Pepper, Black Pepper, and White Pepper
Heart notes:
Orris, Ambergris, and Solar Accord
Base notes:
Sandalwood, Cashmeran, and Musk



6. Jimmy Choo Stars Eau De Parfum
A chypre fragrance with sweet orange accords, this perfume is empowered, ethereal; audacious yet cool and collected; daring but tender at the heart. Like she who wears it, the fragrance is a complex, intriguing, playful and heady cocktail punctuated by candied orange, toffee and patchouli.

Fragrance Category: Fruity Chypre
Top notes:
 Candied Orange
Heart notes: Tiger Orchid
Base notes: Toffee, Sandalwood, Patchouli

7. Repetto Eau de Parfum
As the heiress of the original Eau de Toilette, Repetto Eau de Parfum is a new creation that expresses even more intense femininity. The elegance of her presence, the powdery pink of her toe shoes and the flowing movement of an adagio, this perfume was inspired by a gala evening, conveying a concentrate of emotions like those a prima ballerina feels just before the start of a ballet.

Fragrance Category: Floral-Fruity and Oriental-Woody
Top notes: Plum and Cherry Blossom
Heart notes: Rose and Orange Blossom
Base notes: Patchouli and Amber Elixir



8. Narciso Eau de Parfum
An extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head. This fragrance defines sensuality with elegance. Assertive woody notes meet tender white florals in a daring and feminine duality.

Fragrance Category: Fruity Woody
Top notes:
White Rose and Gardenia
Heart notes:
Musk
Base notes:
Vetiver, White Cedar Extract and Cedar
For Him 


9. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau de Toilette
A fresher, more luminous and lighter version of the masculine woody-spicy Grey Vetiver launched in 2009. This fragrance is enlivened with compelling warmth and heightened freshness, and gives an olfactory equivalent of a navy blue blazer, a nice watch, or brogues shoes.

Fragrance Category: Woody and Spicy
Top notes: Iced Lemon, Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Basil
Heart notes:
Orris, Artemisia, Sage, and Orange Blossom
Base notes:
Vetiver, Musk, Amber, and Oakmoss



10. Davidoff The Brilliant Game Eau de Toilette
The Brilliant Game is a new member to the collection The Game. A hot and addictive scent of a charismatic man, this fragrance inspires admiration with confidence and elegance. Outplay any opponent ; win any woman’s heart.

Fragrance Category:
Oriental and Woody
Top notes: Americano Cocktail, Bloody Berries, Citruses, Clary Sage and Armoise
Heart notes: Cedar, Orange Blossom
Base notes: Tonka, Hay, Caramel, Coumarin



Which is your favorite fragrance among the 10 above? Or do you have any other preferences? Tell us in the comments! 

17/11/2014

All You Need To Know About Perfumes

“Perfume is a mark of female identity and the final touch of her style,” Christian Dior says. This shows that perfume does not only enhance your femininity, but also complements your outfit. Knowing the basic knowledge of perfumes help you choose your favorite perfume and wear it in the right way.

History of Perfumes

Perfumes have existed since the earliest human civilizations. The world's first-recorded perfume maker is a woman named Tapputi, who was mentioned in a cuneiform tablet from the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. She distilled flowers, oil, and calamus with other aromatics, then filtered and put them back in the still several times.

Modern perfumery began in the late 19th century, with the introduction of commercial synthesis of aroma compounds such as vanillin or coumarin, which allowed previously unattainable smells.



Perfume Concentrations
Perfumes contain different concentrations of aromatic compounds. The more aromatic compounds in a fragrance, the more intense and lasting the fragrance will be. The concentrations and specific names for each type of perfumes are catergorized as below:

1. Perfume (Parfum): 15-40% aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 6-8 hours.
2. Eau de Parfum (EdP): 10-20% (typical 15%) aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 4-5 hours.
3. Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical 10%) aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 2-3 hours.
4. Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical 5%) aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 2 hours.
5. Eau Fraiche: 1-3% aromatic compounds; lasts for up to 2 hours. 



Fragrance Categories
The scents of perfumes can be classified into 8 categories according to the ingredients that are used to compose that particular scent. 

1. Citrus: infused with the tangy essence of citrus fruits, these perfumes are lively and energetic.
2. Floral: sweet and romantic, these scents are the "good girls" of the fragrance world.
3. Fruity: the bright smells of juicy fruits please the nose, and is often blended with florals to create a compelling aroma.
4. Greens: a natural and energetic group, these fragrances smell of fresh leaves and newly-mown grass. Tend toward the unisex.
5. Oceanic: crisp and fresh, these perfumes evoke natural aromas such as mountain air, ocean spray or clean linen.
6. Oriental: exotic and feminine, these sensual blends feature an earthy, animalistic base scent such as musk or ambergris. They are often combined with warm notes such as amber or floral notes.
7. Spicy: featuring notes of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon and pepper, these perfumes are comforting and alluring in an old-fashioned way.
8. Woody (Chypre): built on base notes of bark and moss, these scents evoke a no-nonsense femininity.



Applying Perfumes
The conventional application of fragrances is at pulse points, such as behind the ears, the nape of the neck, and the insides of wrists, elbows and knees. The pulse points will warm the perfume and release fragrance continuously. 



The modern way of application encourages fragrance layering by mixing two or more scents together. This allows you to custom-blend a signature scent to reflect your personality or your mood. If you haven’t layered fragrances before, try to combine two fragrances that have a common note, e.g. jasmine. If you’re adventurous, try combining two or more opposite fragrances, such as a spice and a vanilla.

Avoid combining two scents that are too dark and heady, they can be overwhelming when used together.

However, layering scents doesn’t necessarily mean spraying two perfumes directly on top of each other. It can also mean building up a long-lasting scent by combining body products and perfumes of your favorite scent. Lightly scented products such as bath oil, shower gel, and body lotion are recommended for the morning; Eau de Toilette is suggested for the afternoon; and Parfum for evening.

It is said that the type of perfume used by a woman can reflect her personality. What is your favorite type of fragrance? Let us know in the comments.


07/11/2014

10 Beauty Tips Every Woman Needs to Know


Let’s admit it – it’s every woman’s dream to look fabulous. Getting your regular facials, putting on trendy makeup and updating your hairstyle once in awhile can certainly make you look and feel good. However, beauty secrets count too!
 Here are our tips on gorgeous hair, glowing skin and marvelous makeup to give your confidence an extra boost.

1. Nail Polish Chip Remedy
This is a familiar scenario: you get a perfect manicure done, and not even a day later your nail polish chips. The good news is, instead of removing all your nail polish and applying again, you can make use of glittery or textured polish to hide the chips, because they look sort of uneven, so they are great for fix-it situations.




2. Off, Glitter!
We all love glittery, sparkly lacquer, but they are so hard to remove. A trick for taking them off is to use felt instead of a cotton ball. 


3. Walk the Line
If you also happen to have the least steady hands on the earth, try this mistake-proof trick when applying eyeliner. Holding your liquid eyeliner horizontally, use the broader side of the tip instead of the fine point, and press it into your lash line. This way you can line your eyes in three to four quick stamps instead of trying to draw a straight line. 



4. Mega Volume
The classic and effective business card mascara trick gives your lashes major volume and a curl boost. Place a business card or index card behind your lashes before applying mascara, so as to cover your eyelid. Starting at the roots, swipe mascara all the way to the tip. You can let the wand fly to lengthen and curl your lashes, because the mascara will just hit the card! You will be left with full and thick lashes in seconds. 


5. Statement Lipstick
Red lipstick has always been, and still is a huge trend. The right red lipstick will light up your hair, eyes and skin immediately while the wrong one will not give you your best look. When choosing a red lipstick, remember to get one that looks good with your undertone. If you have a warm undertone, go for warmer reds, and if you have a cool undertone, then go for cooler ones.



If you’re afraid of red lipstick, put a little bit on and then blot it off to wear it as more of a stain. Another way to make it less intense? Apply with your fingertip instead of straight from the tube.

6. Start Glowing
How do some women always have that enviable glow on their skin? The secret lies in exfoliation. Instead of going to pricey facials, at-home facials can work just as well.

There a number of ways to do at-home treatments, but look first to sugar, one of nature’s skin-sloughing agents. Apply a sugar scrub in gentle circular motions, followed by a lukewarm wash and pat-dry. This can do wonders for your skin. Follow with a light steam by boiling a pot of water, removing it from the stove and standing over it for a few minutes. 

7. Cleansed Scalp
Build-ups from shampoos and styling products can block hair follicles and lead to possible hair loss. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of any build-ups that may have occurred during the week.

8. Perfect Beachy Waves
If you wish to add volume and curve to your hair, try this simple trick: after washing it, add a dime-size dollop of light mousse (that's key), and put it into one big braid. When you undo the braid midday, you have perfect waves with body and volume.

9. DIY Body Scrub
While faces often get scrub treatment, our bodies are neglected and can take a beating from dry legs, elbows and arms. However, there is an easy, quick remedy. And it might be in your kitchen. Mix coconut oil, kosher salt or sugar, and some minced basil into a paste, and scrub away.




10. Silk Smooth
To get soft, silky body skin, keep a bottle of body oil in the shower. After the shower, rub it over your still-damp arms and legs, then pat dry and you are good to go – with amazingly smooth skin.



Try these tips to step up your game in looking stunning all the time. Do you have any beauty secrets? Share with us in the comments! 

29/10/2014

Your Skin Health Expert: Dermalogica

Our skin is exposed to environmental factors such as pollutants and UV rays every day. This can gradually result in skin problems such as dryness, sun spots, wrinkles and worse. 

To prevent and even reverse these unsightly signs, we need a professional, result-driven skincare regime. Dermalogica is one of my favorite choices. 

Dermalogica is the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide. In 1986, Jane Wurwand, founder of Dermalogica, recognized that ongoing skin and body therapy education was practically non-existent in the United States. Therefore, she opened The International Dermal Institute (IDI) in California, where she invited licensed skin therapists to get hands-on with the postgraduate training to make them competitive in the business. Today, IDI is considered the international gold-standard for postgraduate skin and body therapy.

While teaching at IDI, Jane developed her own product line that is free of common irritants and ingredients which could cause breakouts, including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances. She uses only ingredients that work to promote skin health. 

Today, Dermalogica’s products are available in more than 80 countries, used by 100,000 therapists and have received 324 awards to date.

Here’re some the best-selling items of Dermalogica:

Active Moist

A lightweight, oil-free lotion for daily moisture protection for combination skin. This sheer, easy-to-apply formula contains Silk Amino Acids and a unique combination of plant extracts to help improve skin's texture and combat dehydration. Natural botanical astringents of Lemon, Watercress, and Burdock refine the skin. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. Discover it here



An ultra-rich phyto-nutrient moisturizer designed to combat dry skin. Smooth away dry lines and skin damage with stabilized Vitamin C. Antioxidant enzyme Superoxide Dismutase, vitamins A and E, and Ginkgo help shield against damage caused by environmental assaults. Soothing Coneflower and Hydrocotyl, combined with extracts of Grape Seed and Wild Yam, help reduce the signs of prematurely-aging skin. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. 
Discover it here


 dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance



Daily Microfoliant
Gentle, daily use exfoliating powder for all skin conditions. This unique, rice-based enzyme powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to micro-exfoliate dead cells, leaving skin smoother and brighter. A unique Skin Brightening Complex helps balance uneven skin pigmentation while a super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal calms inflammation, leaving the skin extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Fragrance-free.
Discover it here


 dermalogica Daily Microfoliant



Skin Smoothing Cream

A medium-weight moisturizer to balance combination / dry skin while improving its texture. Deep-moisturizing Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish while extracts of Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone. Antioxidant Grape Seed Extract plus vitamins A, C and E help shields skin from environmental assaults. Formulated without artificial fragrances or colors. 
Discover it here






Dermalogica has a fantastic range of products for every skin type and it has become one of my most important companions in my skincare regime. 

Which is your favourite Dermalogica product? Let me know in the comments!


21/10/2014

Reverse the Clock with Clarins’ Double Serum

Recently, I’ve noticed crow’s feet began to creep up around my eyes and my face is not as firm as before. A little internet search revealed a shocking fact: after the age of 25, we lose 1.5% of collagen every year and the production ceases around age 40-45.

So, don’t wait until 30 to start your anti-aging care.



I’ve tried a few anti-aging products and the Double Serum from Clarins  works really well on fighting signs of aging. 

 Clarins Double Serum


Clarins Double Serum combines two powerful anti-aging serums – Hydric and Lipidic – in one optimum golden ratio to defy the signs of aging. Powered by 27 years of science, it is blended with 20 effective plant extracts to deliver visible younger-looking results. The core ingredient Cangzhu stimulates the G Protein in skin cells, which helps to boost the effectiveness of the other ingredients in Double Serum.

The Double Serum features a unique twin-tube bottle, which contains the two different serums in each tube. It releases a wonderful anti-aging elixir freshly as you press the pump. Just one pump is enough for your entire face.

After using this product for a week, I feel my skin has become visibly softer, more radiant and elastic. My cheeks and chin have also appeared more tightened and less saggy. Moreover, it helps my skincare routine with products that follow as I get a faster effect. 

If you’re looking for an anti-aging product, be sure to try this out! Clarins Double Serum will definitely impress you.

 Clarins Double Serum




10/10/2014

7 Amazing Anti-Aging Tips for Your Skin

Aging – so unavoidable. It can change the way your skin looks earlier than you expect, and most people find aging signs as they hit the big 3-0. Although we cannot control genetic factors such as a decrease in estrogen levels which can lead to saggy skin, there are a lot of external influences on how our skin ages. Knowing the proper anti-aging care can help slow down the clock.


1. Eat WellYou might expect skincare products to do the job when it comes to turning back the clock, but young-looking skin starts with nutrients that reach it from within the body. The skin is the largest organ of our body, after all. Therefore, maintaining a healthy diet can have a positive effect on fighting the signs of aging.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that lead to skin aging. Eat green and red vegetables like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and carrots, and blue and purple berries. These foods contain antioxidants that help prevent the formation of free radicals. If you can get your hands on maqui berry, we really recommend it as these super-fruits contain the highest amount of antioxidants around. Also eat foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, which help protect the skin’s moisture barrier that tends to become thin as we age.



2. Wear Sunscreen
UV light is the number one cause of wrinkles, because sun exposure can damage elastin and cause loss of collagen, which results in the appearance of wrinkles. Moreover, studies show that UVA rays are responsible for inducing the grayish, yellow-y cast you see on older skin. So, remember to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, rain or shine! 


3. Get Moving Exercise has immense benefits for your body and skin. Not only does it strengthen your heart and reduce risks of various diseases, it also boosts your immune system and improves circulation, which in turn brings a rosy, healthy complexion..

4. Beauty Sleep Your body and skin repair and regenerate during sleep. Research shows that if you sleep less than 6 hours a night, you are at greater risk of having a heart attack or strokes. Also, a lack of sleep makes you more agitated and prone to anger, which may trigger hormonal imbalances and signs of aging. Sleep at least 8 hours per night for maintaining good health and beautiful skin.



5. Drink Plenty of Water
We always recommend enough water. Young and beautiful skin is supple and moist. Moisture functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Make sure to drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day, as dehydration will make your skin look dry and wrinkled. Moreover, water helps flush out waste and toxins from your system to improve health and achieve radiant-looking skin. 



6. Effective Skincare RoutineGreat skin doesn’t require complicated skincare procedures, as long as you get the basics right. Remove your makeup before going to sleep every night, and use a 3-step regime for your skin type. To achieve youthful and glowy skin, try exfoliating once a week. This is because the turnover rate of skin cells lowers as you age, resulting in loss of firmness and luster. Peeling can help remove dead skin cells to eliminate dullness while stimulating collagen growth for a firmer contour.



7. Try Retinol Cream

Consider a wrinkle cream that contains retinol, a derivative from Vitamin A. It can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, strengthens skin’s thickness and elasticity, slow down the breakdown of collagen, and fade brown spots caused by UV rays.



Slowing down the clock is not impossible, you just need to start early and remember to create a healthy and regular routine. What are your favorite anti-aging secrets? Let us know!




03/10/2014

How to Take Care of Your Lips


Lip care is often overlooked, even though lips are one of the most expressive parts of your face. The skin of the lips is delicate and has no oil glands to protect them from dryness. Here at  Cosme-De.com we really try to care about our lips and we believe with these easy steps you will start noticing the difference in just a few days.



Lip care steps:

Exfoliate weekly
Exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin cells and improve blood circulation for your lips. Use a nice lip scrub which contains fruit acid-based alpha to remove dead skin and deep cleanse the lips.

Massage daily
This is an easy step that can be incorporated into your daily skincare regime. After you’ve brushed your teeth, use a toothbrush (make sure it has soft bristles) to gently scrub your lips. This will help remove chapped skin and keep your lips soft.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
The skin of the lips is thinner and more delicate than any other parts of our body. Therefore, it’s necessary to keep them moisturized to avoid dryness and ugly and uncomfortable cracks. Use lip balms that contain hydrating ingredients such as Beeswax, Shea Butter and Vitamin E. Also look for lip balms that have SPF to protect your lips from sun damage. 



For intensive nourishment, put some moisturizer or Vaseline on your lips at night, rubbing it in until completely absorbed. Then, take some more and dab a thick layer onto your lips so they look white (the color of the moisturizer). Leave it on overnight, and it will soak into your lips during the night. You will wake up with soft, smooth lips.

Bonus Tips:
1. Drink plenty of water.
This should already be part of your daily routine as drinking enough water is the basis for a healthy body. Maintain the hydration level of your lips by drinking 8 glasses of water throughout the day. This will help keep your lips soft and moisturized.



2. Eat lip-friendly food. Add high water-content fruits to your diet, such as cucumber, watermelon, orange and lemon. Consume foods that are rich in Vitamins A, B and C, which help maintain skin health and reduce chapping of lips.

3. Don’t lick and bite.
Licking your lips can make them dehydrated further as the saliva evaporates. Lip biting can damage the protective barrier of the lips and dry them out.

How to plump your pout:

For a simple daily look:
1. Moisten your lips with a wet tissue or cotton pad.
2. Apply Vaseline to soften lips.
3. Apply a thin coat of lip gloss or tinted lip balm. (Tips: Fill in lips with lip liner first can prevent lip gloss from wearing off fast, as it has something to stick to.)

For an evening look:
1. Repeat steps 1 & 2 above.
2. Use a lip liner in a shade slightly darker than your lipstick to fill in your lips, and then define the outer edges of the lips.
3. Apply a thin layer of lipstick (for a more natural look, choose neutral tone lipsticks).
4. Finish off with a coat of lip gloss, adding an extra dab of gloss on the center of your lips to make them look plump.


What are your favorite lip balms? Do you prefer scented or natural ones? Let us know in the comments!

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