My Miss Dior Story & Win Your Own Spring Romance (50ml Bottle of Miss Dior Eau Fraîche, 71 Euros in Value))!

Dior Miss Dior and I, we go way back (note: Dior recently changed the name back to Miss Dior, instead of the previous version of Miss Dior Chérie). I am not going to pretend this is a perfume “review,” because my nose really is not good enough to detect all the different notes in a perfume. The only things I can tell about a perfume is a) whether I like it and b) whether it smells like “me” or it makes me smell like someone else. Therefore, I am just going to tell you how the story started, and at the end one lucky reader will get the chance to win a bottle of the latest addition to the Miss Dior family, Miss Dior Eau Fraîche.

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Say What? Mostly Sunny is One of the Finalists for the Belgium Weekend Blog Awards??? This Calls for a GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!

Sorry I haven’t updated as often as I should this week. I’m still very tied up with work, and I had a busy day yesterday running around different PR agencies in Antwerp to see what’s in store for the A/W 12/13 (the pictures will soon be on my Facebook page). Today I actually had a mad photo session with my bestie who was trying to teach me how to use my new camera properly, so I wasn’t online all day until Teri at BellaChique (if you haven’t checked her blog out you really should. She is my talented blogger BFF) texted to tell me I am one of the finalists of the Belgium Weekend Blog Awards!

For those of you who don’t live in Belgium, Weekend is an upscale lifestyle magazine. A while ago, their website called for nominations for the Weekend Blog Awards. I remember thinking my blog is SO new that it is impossible for me to make it as a finalist, so I promised myself I’ll keep working hard and give it a try next year.

Guess what? Someone must have been nice enough to nominate me, and I became one of the five finalists in the beauty blog category!

If you’re interested in voting for me, you can click here. I was nominated as a Flemish blog, so the voting is in Dutch. You have to pick something from each category to fill in the form at the end and complete the voting process. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

In the meantime, I am giving you the heads-up for the upcoming giveaway! Mostly Sunny was going to do one for my 28th birthday and the blog’s 6-month anniversary, so this couldn’t have happened at a better time! The giveaway will come in two parts, one for my Belgian readers and the other for everybody (which means if you live in Belgium, you get to participate in both). The prize includes Dior, Guerlain, and NARS products, so you will DEFINITELY want to stay tuned! It will start on my birthday, the 24th of April!

Something else to stay tuned for: I am reviewing the Dior Summer Collection and Guerlain Shine Automatique soon! Everything is so heartbreakingly gorgeous. I’m pretty sure you’ll like what you see!

Until then, thank you all so much for reading my blog, commenting on it, and supporting me. It means the whole world to me, and that’s why I’m blogging on!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Review: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream + L’Occitane Belgian Facebook Page Giveaway!

When I was living in Taiwan, a hand cream was something I only needed from time to time, mostly in winter. Now that I’m living in Belgium, a hand cream is something I need at least a couple of times a day, just so that my hands can stay soft instead of dry and scaly!

My affair with L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream has spanned at least 6 years. I remember really liking the vibe of L’Occitane stores in Taipei and hearing people rave about the brand, but everything looked a bit too expensive so I never splurged out. The first time I came to continental Europe in the beginning of 2006 however, I decided to give L’Occitane hand cream a try. 6 years and many more hand cream trials afterwards, this remains my go-to product.

Full-size (150 ml/5.2 oz) L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream comes in aluminum tubes, and the minis (usually 30 ml/1 oz) come in plastic ones. I’m not the biggest fan of aluminum tubes, but with a little patience you can squeeze everything out methodologically and effectively. I can’t put my fingers on the smell. It’s a bit “nutty” and a bit flowery perhaps. It doesn’t smell artificial, and unless I keep sniffing my hands I don’t really notice it that much. It contains 20% of shea butter, and the texture is very thick. When I squeeze it out of the tube, the cream actually retains its shape. Once it is warmed up by my hands however, it becomes silky soft. A little goes a long way, and it is absorbed very quickly especially considering how thick it is. I wouldn’t type right after using this cream, but give it 3-5 minutes and it’s fine. It does leave a residue, but it is not greasy or slimy. My hands feel well-moisturized, protected, and soft with this cream. The effect is very long-lasting as well, so I don’t have to reapply every time I wash my hands. A couple of friends who suffer from extremely dry and red hands in winter have bought this after my recommendation, and they were very impressed with the result. I think I have converted them to be members of the L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream cult!

At the end of every year, L’Occitane launches some limited edition scents of the shea butter line. In 2011, it was 3 small hand creams with Cocoa Flower, Hibiscus Flower, and Desert Rose. I am not ALWAYS a big fan of limited edition scents, but I think L’Occitane nailed it in 2011. All three of them smell lovely and protect my hands just as well as the original does. They are still available as far as I can tell, so stock up on a couple of yummy-smelling tubes to get yourselves through this winter!

Good news for my Belgian readers: If you “like” L’Occitane and fill in your information on their Facebook page, you will receive a coupon for a 10-milliliter tube of hand cream. If the page reaches 5000 fans, you will get a 30-milliliter tube instead! The page says the coupons will be sent before February 7th but not when the promotion ends, so I guess you have two weeks to do this.

How about you? What is your go-to hand cream? Have you tried anything L’Occitane?

Sunny xx

ICI PARIS XL 25% Sale!

Hello out there!

I’m still trying to meet that deadline, so I only have time to share another piece of sale news! ICI PARIS XL, which is a Benelux chain of perfume shops, is having a 25% off deal on perfume and perfume sets! The offer lasts till the 8th, so if you’re toying with the idea of purchasing a new perfume or having a backup of your everyday staple, it would be a good time to act! ICI PARIS XL also carries luxury makeup lines, including Chanel, Guerlain, Lancome, and so on, though there is no discount on these products this time. I used Miss Dior Cherie EDT for the better part of this year (a lovely present from my boyfriend, D), but since it’s been getting colder I have been using Givenchy Very Irresistible Sensual EDP for the past couple of days. Once that’s gone however, I plan to get another bottle of Miss Dior Cherie EDP, which I used to own and love (more than the EDT, but since it was a present and D didn’t even know about me owning the EDP previously at that point, I’m not going to complain).

So that’s for today! Let’s all seize the chance and smell fabulous!

Bourjois deals at di and Kruidvat for those who live in Belgium!

Hello, how’s everybody feeling on Monday? I have a deadline to meet tomorrow, so I’m just doing a quick little post about some good deals I found today 🙂

di is having a 20% discount on Bourjois products (it runs through 31st December so we have plenty of time to make up our minds). I’ve heard good things about their Healthy Mix Foundation and Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. I don’t own any foundation at the moment, and I’m wondering if it’s a good place to start. I swatched both on the back of my hand today, and my impression is that the texture is light, smooth, easily blendable for both. The Healthy Mix Foundation might be slightly more powdery when it’s dry, but I heard it lasts for longer. I did some contouring on my jawline today though, so I couldn’t test the shades properly. I guess I’ll just have to go back :p But anyways, 20% off sounds like a good deal! On top of that, I noticed some 3-euro discount stickers on certain products (can’t remember which though. Sorry!) today. If you walk past by a di before the end of the year you might want to take a look.

Also, when I was flipping through di’s online catalog, I found that they now carry Essie nail polishes. It’s 10.99 euros a pop. Not exactly cheap, but cheaper than Body Centrum, which sells both OPI and Essie for 13.95 a pop if my memory is not failing me.

Oh, and I don’t know when NYC came to Belgium, but I saw the shelf at Kruidvat today. I personally know almost nothing about NYC products, but apparently people rave about their bronzer (they have a shade called Sunny, haha). I just bought my Bobbi Brown bronzer though, so I think I’ll hold out for now. For those of you who are looking for an inexpensive bronzer, make sure you check the NYC ones out!

Just before I published this post, I thought I’d take a look at Beauty in Brussels which I’ve been following for a while. And guess what? Kruidvat has a 2 products for 15 euros deal on Bourjois products till the 12th of December! That means 7.5 euros per bottle of foundation… I think I’m in! It’s only till the 12th though, so hurry up!

That’s it for today *waves goodbye*. Hope everybody is alive and kickin’ still. Mondays are always hard.