Brussels PR Day: New from Bumble and Bumble, Deborah Lippmann, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, & More!

Hey everyone!

I hope your week is off to a good start! I went to several PR agencies in Brussels last week to check out the new releases, and here I am with the report!

First of all, our old friend Senteur d’Ailleurs is presenting new releases from several brands they carry.

Do you see Deborah Lippmann? Ray of Light and the Nails Of Steel Magnetic Wave Nail Lacquer Set were on display.

I was most intrigued by Ray of Light, but as I had nail polish on and there was no remover, I couldn’t swatch it for you (bummer). I did take a close-up picture though. Opinions on this nail polish are quite diverse. Most people say the consistency is thick but doesn’t cause problems. However, for some the beauty of this complex shade is lost in translation on their nails. You might want to swatch it before you purchase.

Bumble and Bumble came out with a new line called Color Minded for color-treated hair. I might not be the best person to judge whether it works (because my hair is not color-treated). Has anyone heard anything about this?

Oh, and Dermalogica launched a new Night Repair Serum. I heard the consistency is very thick, but you only need a tiny bit each time.

I saw some Tom Ford lipsticks too, and this time I remembered to swatch them for you! This one is True Coral.

Here I swatched True Coral, Sable Smoke, and Pink Adobe. Is anything calling your name?

Decleor is a French brand that focuses on a holistic approach to beauty. Besides scientists and cosmetic experts, they have their own feng-shui teacher! Now that doesn’t happen very often!

Sampar is a French brand that is designed to young girls who just started working. Their bestsellers are Glamour Shot (there is also a Glamour Shot for the eyes), because apparently in one swipe it erases fine lines and other kinds of imperfections! One of the PRs dabbed some on his face, and holy moly it was as if he just had some real-life Photoshop done! I am definitely intrigued!

Naturelle d’Orient is a French brand that uses a high percentage of pure Argan oil in their products. The packaging might seem humble but apparently the stuff is good!

Bobbi Brown is launching its own version of BB cream later this year (seems like EVERYBODY is doing it)! I got a Brow Shaper to try, and I will for sure review it soon! My first impression is very positive, though I do have to use a VERY light hand. However, it is also possible that the shade I got is a bit dark for me (Mahogany).

La Mer is launching a lighter version of their famous cream. It is supposed to have the same effect, just lighter so that those with oily skin or prefer a lighter cream would be able to get into it. They also launched an anti-aging body cream, so that the skin on your body can stay just as young!

Jo Malone is adding new scents to their grand existing range. I discovered Pomegranate Noir this time. It’s sweet and spicy, nothing juvenile or fake!

That’s the end of the virtual tour. I hope you enjoyed it! I will probably receive more information later, and I will definitely keep all of you posted! In the meantime, I also took a bunch of non-beauty-related pictures that I thought would be entertaining. If you’re interested in taking a look, please click on this link to go to Mostly Sunny’s Facebook page. Like it if you haven’t already! I think it’s better to separate the just-for-fun photos from beauty-related news. That way it doesn’t get overwhelming.

I hope your week is off to a good start! I have a lot of things to review and share with you, so stayed tuned! Also, for those of you who haven’t joined my grand birthday giveaway, please do so here. If you live in Belgium, please remember you can also participate in the Miss Dior Eau Fraiche giveaway here.

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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Come Shopping with Me! Edition Brussels. Focus Store: Senteurs d’Ailleurs Part 2: Haute Parfumerie

Hey everyone!

After last Sunday’s post about the Haute Cosmétique part of Senteurs d’Ailleurs, today you are about to see the Haute Parfumerie part.

The first thing you notice in this shop is the fact that most of the shelves are black (except for the Jo Malone corner). I think it’s a good call, as you are supposed to discover it with your nose and not your eyes!

Jo Malone is right at the entrance. Since everybody has been talking about it in the blogosphere, I decided to discover the brand a little.

Look at the range of body butters and candles they have! My favorite has to be Red Roses. The cool thing about Jo Malone is you can layer fragrances on top of each other. Red Roses for example, is supposed to work well with French Lime Blossom and Wild Fig & Cassis. I adore it as it is though. Rose scent is an acquired taste for me. I used to think it’s for older women. Perhaps I am older now!

This is their Tasting Bar. Customers are supposed to find out more about perfume compositions here.

Dyptique offers an amazing range of scented candles. I am certainly intrigued!

Cire Trudon has been producing scented candles since 1643 (!!!). The candles look grand. You are supposed to lift the bell jars and sniff them to get an idea of how the candles smell.

One of the best sellers is Abd el Kader. It smells like Moroccan mint tea, fresh and intoxicating. Needless to say, I sniffed at the bell jar like a druggie!

Tom Ford has very interesting scents on offer. I was won over by Grey Vetiver, and Oud Wood is definitely the most complicated eau de parfum I have ever had the opportunity to sample. With that said however, the private blend collection (in square black bottles) is something you have to be sure that you will absolutely love before you purchase. Everything is exquisite and unique, but it also comes with one of the heftiest price tags you are likely to see.

Last but not least, some really interesting-looking bottles:

If the Haute Cosmétique part of Senteurs d’Ailleurs is a wonderland for me, the Haute Parfumerie part is an exciting adventure. There are so many brands and scents to explore, the experience is very overwhelming! Again, if you’re interested in finding out what brands they carry, you can check out their site here.

Are you interested in niche perfumes? What would be a more unique scent that you own? Do you have a signature scent?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Again, special thanks go to Stijn, Tom, and everybody who was so kind and helpful! ♥

Come Shopping with Me! Edition Brussels. Focus Store: Senteurs d’Ailleurs Part 1: Haute Cosmétique

Hey everyone!

Happy Easter Sunday! Did you do anything to celebrate? I invited my family over for lunch. The cleaning and cooking was a lot of work (let’s safely assume I won’t roast another lamb shoulder till next Easter), but it was so nice to spend some time with them! I also received some chocolate eggs and a chocolate bunny, so hopefully the supply will last me for a while!

Earlier this week I went to Senteurs d’Ailleurs (the literal translation would be scents elsewhere) in Brussels. The store is divided into two parts, the Haute Cosmétique and Haute Parfumerie. In part 1, I will give you a virtual tour of the Haute Cosmétique part. In a couple of days’ time, you will get to visit the Haute Parfumerie. Sounds good? Let’s go!

Kiehl’s is one of the fastest-rising skincare brand in Belgium! I just started testing out their Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution to see if it could get rid of my pigmentation spots (I haven’t started regretting being too slack about sun protection, though I’m sure at some point I will). Of course I have taken a before picture, so that I can follow up and show you the after ones (fingers crossed it’ll work for me)!

Aesop is no stranger to me, but for the Belgians this Australian brand is a new kid on the block. I think I have mentioned that I use their animal cleanser for my brushes very often. I caved in and purchased their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm that day, and within hours it grew on me! I will give you guys a detailed report soon, but it’s safe to say it has serious HG potential.

I really wanted to try Bumble and Bumble when I was at the Sephora last year, but I was a little afraid my luggage would be overweight. Fear not, however, as the brand is actually available here! Does anyone have any recommendations? I wonder if the Deep Treatment would work well for my long and chemically-treated hair.

Laura Mercier! The makeup artist gave me a little touch-up and recommended some products that will work for my skin tone/type. I will have to look into them soon!

For the life of me I can’t remember why I didn’t try on some Tom Ford lipsticks! I must have been SO distracted with everything that was going on around me! I will have to go back and do that soon!

Some La Mer, anyone? I really liked the tropical aquarium, though I didn’t manage to get one single picture in which the fish isn’t moving so fast that it’s blurry!

Dermalogica is another brand that I have heard so much about but never tried. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Molton Brown has an amazing line-up of bath products, lotions, and so on. I was urged to try some hand wash and lotion, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to pick one out!

Finally, I just had to take a photo of this bar of soap because it’s my cat’s namesake!

Are you familiar with any of these brands? Do you have any recommendations? Have you been to a shop like this? Back in Taiwan I might be able to find these brands in a department store, but the display wouldn’t be half as nice, and it certainly wouldn’t be so spacious!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: Senteurs d’Ailleurs is located at Place Stéphanie 1A, 1050 Brussels. Their website is under construction at the moment, but if you’re interested in finding out what other brands they carry, you can always take a look here.

Special thanks go to Stijn, Tom, and everybody who was so kind and helpful! ♥