Petite Histoire Envie Desoir Perfume Oil Review

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Today I’ve reviewing the Envie Desoir Perfume Oil from Petite Histoire that came in my August Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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Violet glistens while gentle rose dances in soft rain. Powdery orris is the quiet, cool whisper of Paris.

Top: Bergamot, Angelica Seed
Middle: Rose, Orris, Violet
Base: Sandalwood, Ambrette

Petite Histoire Envie Desoir

This is a beautiful perfume oil, delicately floral, without being overly “flowery” due to the sandalwood and ambrette base notes. I love the violet notes. Sadly it does not last very long on me – but perfume oils rarely last a long time on my skin. I really like it though, and have been reapplying when the scent vanishes.

Petite Histoire Envie Desoir

Thanks for reading

Disclosure: This came in my Peit Vour subscription box that I pay for.


My Daughter Fragrances Joyful Perfume Review

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Today I have a review of the Joyful Perfume from My Daughter Fragrances that came in my November Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the My Daughter Fragrances website]

Petit Vour November 2018


Think white bouquets, delicate jasmine, sweet citrus sorbet; think dancing top notes of orange blossom and grapefruit, splashes of bergamot and spearmint. This scent can’t help but make you smile.

With jasmine of Grasse and rose at her heart, Joyful is as ageless as she is cheerful. Mellowing into sophisticated sandalwood dry down, she is a soft kiss after a spirited dance; she is a contented sigh after surprised laughter.

She is love and light. She is Joyful.

Petit Vour November 2018

This is the first time that I’ve gotten to try a scent from My Daughter Fragrances – they are a Canadian perfume company that is both cruelty free and vegan. Joyful is a beautiful floral based perfume, and the citrus notes and sandalwood keep it from being too flowery. I’m not usually a fan of jasmine, but it works well with the other notes.  It really does smell joyful and bright! For me this would be more of a spring / summer scent.

My only complaint is that the sample vial is very difficult to open!

Have you tried anything from My Daughter Fragrances?

Thanks for reading! have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrena Perfume Oil Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Cyrena Perfume Oil from Vert Mont Perfumery that came in my June Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the card that came with the perfume oil]

CYRENA. Mischievous Mermaid, Sovereign Princess, or Queen? Embrace your inner riches & shine! Gardenia & Magnolia Grandiflora open to a Tonka glazed green Cacao & Pink Peppercorn heart, finishing with a leathery Labdanum Amber.

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrena

This is such a cool looking perfume oil – it looks almost like a lava lamp due to the cacao absolute. You have to shake the perfume up before each use!

Perfume oils don’t normally last very long on my skin – but this one really lasts!

I find it to be a very complex scent, and very difficult to describe how it smells to my nose. It is floral without being flowery, the cacao and pink peppercorn warm it up, and the amber makes it earthy, yet mildly powdery. Hopefully that makes sense!

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrena

On the Petit Vour website it is listed at $35 USD for 10ml.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

My next blog post will be on Wednesday, July 18th – I’m taking a small break, but I’ll still be reading and commenting during my break.

Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions June 2018

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Sorry for not posting yesterday – it was a holiday here in Quebec, and I’m still in the process of either testing things out, or waiting for things to arrive in the mail.

My June Petit Vour box arrived a little later than usual this month (it only arrived today actually), so this is just a quick unboxing with full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to try everything out.

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the U.S., $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (1.3291) my box cost me $30.57 CAD this month

Petit Vour June 2018

Let’s take a look inside to see what I got this month. As always the box includes a beautiful informational card with a different watercolour print each month. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour].

Petit Vour June 2018

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar ($3 USD – full size $12 USD)

Renew, revitalize and soften your skin with this cleansing bar formulated with organic, extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, and a blend of apple, lemon and aloe juices. Infused with bright citrus notes to leave skin refreshed and glowing.

I’ve really liked all Juice Beauty skincare products that I’ve tried so far, and this soap smells really good! I have high hopes for this one!

MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner ($7 USD – full size $65 USD)

Hydrate, soften and balance skin’s pH with this Japanese inspired toner. Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner offers an essential step to balance the skin’s pH after cleansing. Bulgarian Rosewater instantly soothes even the most sensitive skin while Hyaluronic acid firms and provides long-lasting hydration. Willow Bark Extract contains natural salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells for a healthy glow and prepares the skin to receive nutrients. Goji Berry Extract helps reduce free radical damage and provides anti-aging benefits. A combination of Rose, Jasmine and Daisy Extracts recreates the velvety sensation of petals on your skin.

I love rose based skincare products and this one sounds lovely.

Petit Vour June 2018

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrene ($5 USD – full size $35 USD)

CYRENA. Mischievous Mermaid, Sovereign Queen, or Princess? Embrace your inner riches & shine with this roll-on fragrance. Gardenia & Magnolia Grandiflorum open to Tonka Glazed Green Cacao, finishing with Labdanum Amber.

This sounds like my kind of scent – I love florals and amber together.

Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Mask ($20 USD – full size $65 USD)

Dr. Goldfaden’s purifying mask works to draw out dirt and pore clogging debris to reveal skin that looks clear and appears flawless. Developed to use as an overall facial mask, this powerhouse formula works to unveil a clearer-looking, radiant, even-toned complexion.

Sounds great, can’t wait to test it out after my usual patch test!

Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze in Candied Harts ($15 USD)

Formulated with natural olive oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter, the Lip Glaze offers inspired color and a dazzling finish without stickiness.

Really hoping that this is not going to be sticky, and that the shade suits me. I’ll be testing this out right away!

Petit Vour June 2018

Total value of this month’s box = $50 USD ($66.45 CAD). Overall my first impression is that this month’s box is a really good one. Reviews to follow as soon as I test everything out.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

My next blog post will be on Thursday instead of my usual Wednesday post.

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

Pinrose Secret Genius Review


Today I have a review of the Secret Genius Eau de Parfum from Pinrose. Their perfumes are both cruelty free and vegan! [info in italics taken from the Pinrose website, and photo of full size bottle taken from Sephora]

Pinrose Secret Genius

Melt hearts with this romantic blend of vanilla and caramel. Perfect for hatching plans and sneaking kisses.

S M I L E   Caramel
H E A R T   White Chocolate
S O U L   Madagascan Vanilla, Cedarwood, Sandalwood


I got a deluxe rollerball sample with my Sephora Beauty Insider points just before the holidays. When I first tested this perfume out, I really did not like it, I found it to be very strongly scented, and overpoweringly sweet. I set it aside and tried it again about three weeks ago, and this time I found it to be lovely.


To my nose it is more sweet than spicy, as the caramel and vanilla notes seem to be strongest. I wish that the cedarwood and sandalwood notes were a little more pronounced.

Pinrose scents are meant to be either worn alone or combined with other scents in the collection.

Pinrose Secret Genius

Have you tried any of the Pinrose scents?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I used my Sephora points to get this.

Mini Birthday Haul Part 2 – Herbivore, Tarte

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Today I’m reviewing the samples (both deluxe and regular) from my mini haul (descriptions in italics are taken from the Sephora website):

The first of which I got using a promo code – the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask – this one has been on my wish list to try for ages!

Herbivore Blue Tansy


This mask is designed to clarify and resurface skin with soothing blue tansy, naturally resurfacing white willow bark, and gently exfoliating fruit enzymes. It leaves skin soft and renewed, and skin gains increased clarity and smoothness with continual use.

Herbivore Blue Tansy

This is a lovely blue gel type facial mask. I did a patch test on my arm before testing it on my face, as I wasn’t sure how my skin would react. It really is a cooling and soothing mask, and my skin feels so soft and smooth after using. I’m sure that the increase in clarity will come with continued use. I’ll be adding the full size version to my wish list!

The second deluxe sample I got with my Beauty Insider points – the Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer.

Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Mascara

Give skin a natural-looking glow with Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer. This lightweight facial lotion is formulated with 70 percent water and light-reflecting mineral pigments to quench dull, dehydrated skin while delivering a sheer veil of illumination and radiance. The sweat-resistant formula is perfect for before or after the gym, or even for faking an afterglow without the sweat session. It can be worn alone or under your makeup for a subtle sheen. This hypoallergenic multitasker works to soften, smooth, and deliver a long-lasting surge of moisture without clogging pores.

This is a nice light moisturizer with very fine mica in it that helps add radiance to the skin. Very gentle, and non-greasy. Will I buy a full size? It is nice, but isn’t a must have for me.

Now onto the free samples – perfumes – both have rose notes, perfect for spring!


The fragrance transfigures the mythic rose, infusing it with a resolutely urban spirit. Combined with magnolias and generous peonies, the rose becomes both honey-like and powdery; its petals blossom on the skin. Cheeky, free, and sophisticated, the scent breaks every boundary and vibrates with a woody tone—a signature rose that has become a legend.

I’m in love with this perfume, I love the rose notes in this one.


The unique scent opens with top notes of fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, balanced with watery tones of freesia to create a soft, dewy feeling. An infusion of Bulgarian rose essence, crunchy violet leaves, and delicate peony petals brings a freshness to the feminine floral heart, while ambergris base notes reveal a subtle masculine undertone.

This is a perfume that I’ve always liked on other people but never really liked on myself. Until now! This one is also so lovely! I don’t know which one I love more!

Have you tried any of these items?

Disclosure: Items gotten with promo codes, Sephora Beauty Insider points, and free samples with purchase.

Project Pan 12 Collab, Week 11 Review & Update

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Today I’m reviewing the 11th of 12 products for my Project Pan 12 collab with these lovely fellow bloggers:  Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom, and Stashy from Stash Matters, and Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Basically, the Project Pan 12 goal is to use up (or at least make a good attempt to use up) twelve products over the course of twelve weeks, and to review one of the products each week. After the product review, I’ll give a very short comment on the remaining eleven products just to account for whether or not I’ve been successful in using each of the products.

Onto the review!

Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme – Description is taken from the Sephora website:

A breathtaking seductress caught in a stolen affair between light and dark as Turkish rose sparkles and intrigues beneath notes of spicy ginger and a sultry veil of velvet oud and mystic papyrus.

“She turned the dial until the safe opened, revealing the diamond. She had stolen jewels before, but none compared with this one. She left a single rose and the scent of her perfume in its place for him to find. In a moment she’d be halfway around the world and he would be in pursuit. The chase began again…”

Bergamot from Calabria, Ginger from China, Turkish Rose Essence, Turkish Rose Absolue, Incense From Somalia, Velvet Oud Accord, Patchouli from Indonesia, Papyrus from India, Benjoin from Laos.
Breathtaking. Mysterious. Exhilarating.

I purchased this perfume when it first arrived at Sephora six years ago. At the time, it was probably my most loved fragrance EVER. It smelled like roses and spice, and something dark. A fried of mine used to call this scent a “dirty rose” haha!

As you can see from my super scientific method for tracking usage (using tape to mark the level that the perfume was at on September 5th), I’ve barely made a dent in this perfume.

I don’t know if my scent preferences have changed or if the perfume is starting to go off, but I just don’t love it like I used to. It has been a struggle to use this perfume on a daily basis. Most weeks I’ve been forcing myself to use it at least twice each week. I need to go to Sephora and smell the tester to see whether or not my bottle has started to go off.

According to the Atelier Cologne website, their response to the question of animal testing is:

We do not use ingredients of animal origin. And we do not test our products or raw materials on animals as required by law.

So I’m very excited to find that they are cruelty free!

Update on the Remaining 11 Products:

Project Pan 12 Collab

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder – Finally finished! Reviewed week 1 (here)

2. Essence Cosmetics Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in 01 Rose it Up – used 2x, this one is never-ending, not even close to hitting pan! Reviewed week 2 (here).

3. Organic Surge Perfecting Facial Polish – finished week 5! Reviewed week 3 (here).

4. Brazen Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation in Crazed (0N) – Finished this week 5, and reviewed week 4 (here).

5. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – used daily, still hopeful that I might finish this up in time, reviewed week 5 (here).

6. Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – still using daily, this will last forever since you need so little of it, reviewed week 6 (here).

7. Urban Decay Urban Vices Mini Palette – used 1x, nowhere near hitting pan, reviewed week 7 (here).

8. Sukin Purifying Facial Masque – this was a substitute product as my mom now has the Rosehip Day Cream because she fell in love with it. Used 2x, close to finishing, if not by next week, very soon after that, reviewed week 8 (here).

9. Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm – used 2x, so close to finishing, reviewed week 9 (here).

10. Haus of Gloi Hair Oil in COzy Sweater Scent – did not use this week, definitely won’t finish this one any time soon, reviewed week 10 (here).

11. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mini Palette * – used 1x, there is no way that I’ll hit pan any time soon. To be reviewed.

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators:

Ingrid from CurlySpringBlossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Chanelle from ChanelleHayleyyy!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased all products except for those marked with * (giveaway win).

Mugler Angel Arty Cover Edition (Thank You Dave Lackie)

Dave Lackie

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I just wanted to share the amazing prize that I won from Dave Lackie Beauty last week – the Mugler Angel Arty Cover Edition Eau de Parfum. Dave Lackie is a Toronto-based beauty editor, and Cityline beauty expert.

I was at a meeting last week, and while I was waiting for the person to arrive, I decided to check my Twitter (which I don’t normally do when I have client meetings). If you follow me on Twitter you probably saw this when I retweeted:

Dave Lackie

I was completely surprised and thrilled! I’m still completely thrilled actually!

The next two photos are screen caps from Dave Lackie’s website:

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Dave Lackie

My package arrived early on Tuesday morning, I had just finished yoga and answered the door all in a hot mess, poor Purolator guy, haha!

Dave Lackie

Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL? I wore it yesterday and oh my, it smells GLORIOUS!

Thank you so much Dave Lackie!

You should follow him on Twitter (@davelackie), and sign up for his weekly newsletter. There is always information on beauty news, events, new releases, and weekly luxury giveaways.

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, I won this from Dave Lackie!

H&M Solid Perfumes – Intuition and Revelation

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When I was in Toronto last month, I was browsing at the H&M store at the Eaton’s Center, and purchased two of the solid perfumes from their new beauty range.

The first perfume,  Intuition:

A solid wax perfume that softens and subtly scents the skin with a light, feminine blend of bergamot, blackcurrant and blossoming flowers.

Intuition is a lovely floral scent, but the blackcurrant keeps it from being too flowery.

The second perfume, Revelation:

A solid wax perfume that softens and subtly scents the skin with a refined, spicy blend of cinnamon, violet and warm amber.

Revelation is a lovely warm and spicy scent, but the violet keeps it from becoming too heavy or overpowering.

I love both scents! They both smell gorgeous and are long lasting. Because they are solid, you can just throw them in your purse without worrying about spillage. And as an added plus, the two scents work really well when combined together.

H&M Solid Perfume

At just $9.99 USD / $12.99 CAD, they are super affordable.

Have you tried either of these perfumes? What are your favourite scents for summer?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased these things!