Come Chill with Me: Escents Aromatherapy Spa Taipei

Ever since I was a teenager, I have enjoyed the smells of different essential oils and the idea of aromatherapy enormously. When I discovered the Canadian brand Escents, I started exploring the wide range of essential oils they offer. I was probably one of their earliest customers when they opened their own spa, and to this day a spa session at Escents remains on the top of my priority list for my stay in Taipei.

Located in one of the busiest area of Taipei, the second you step through the door it feels entirely possible to leave the world behind. There are plenty of plants around the premises, which instantly cool and calm you down.

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Dior Golden Jungle Taipei Launch! Swatches, FOTD, NOTD

Hey everyone!

Yesterday I went to the Dior Golden Jungle Launch in Taipei. Since it’s one of the collections I was looking forward to the most this autumn, I took a whole bunch of photos and swatched some pieces for you! There are also some FOTDs and NOTDs if you want to see the pieces in action. I hope you’re getting excited!

The event took place at the Wedgewood Tea Room. Since it’s on top of the department store building and each of us had a working station to ourselves, I had quite possibly the best lighting and surface to work with to date. The head artist of Dior demonstrated on a model how to work with different products, from the foundation routine to the finished face with a simple smokey eye.

We also each had an SA to help us complete the look. Mine had a much harder time because I kept swatching things and asking for tissues/makeup remover!

Despite the fact that I am neither a fan of crackle polishes nor one of crocodiles, the second I saw the promotional image of Dior Crocodile Leather Effect Nails I was intrigued. When I saw it on the SAs last week, I was pretty sure I wanted to take it home!

The Crocodile Leather Effect Nails come in a set with two nail polishes, including the base (gold) and the crackle (khaki green). The first thing I noticed about these is that the brushes are not typical Dior Vernis brushes. They are longer and not tapered (in other words closer to the ones you’d see from other brands). The SA told me that this is done on purpose, as if you make the coats TOO even it wouldn’t work as well.

The effect could be extremely fine if you put on very thin layers, but also much more obvious with thicker coats. I removed the nail polish on my ring finger to show you (it’s OPI Glitzerland on the rest if you are curious).

Here the coats are extremely thin, and I would almost consider it as a failed attempt because the colors aren’t coming out. I also tried a layer of the crackle on my pinky (where two coats of OPI Glitzerland weren’t removed), and the lines are SO fine that you almost don’t see them. Fail!

I used thicker coats the second time around and it worked much better! I know that you could make the coats even thicker to have the pattern looking yet again different, so it really depends on what you’re after! What I love about it is the fact that it requires one coat each, and the texture is fine instead of rubbery. Also, just to be honest, I think it’s by far the prettiest crackle effect I’ve seen!

The Khaki Design 5-Couleurs Designers has 4 eyeshadows and one liner. I think the color combination is fabulous, and the fact that they included a liner also makes it very practical (though I can’t testify how well it works/holds up). However, the two lighter shades have a chalkier texture and they aren’t very pigmented on me.

Golden Savannah on the other hand comes with 5 good-performing shades. The only one that is not very pigmented is the golden shade in the middle. However, I do think it is sheer by design. It would work well to highlight your inner corners, the center of your eyes, or even layer over other shades. This is a quint that would be great for smokier looks, and I am personally satisfied with the quality!

Now, what did I learn from the head makeup artist? I learnt how to do a simple smokey eye with Golden Khaki!

Let me get this out first: I think the pattern is fabulous. I don’t own/wear anything with leopard print, but this one is very nicely put-together! I had doubts about picking individual colors up with brushes, though now that I’ve played with it I can tell you it is possible (not a big and fluffy brush, but something like MAC 239 should work)!

The texture/pigmentation are not the best I’ve seen from Dior, and I wasn’t sure how it would work. The head makeup artist taught us to first line the waterline and lash line with a pencil liner before mixing the two darker shades and using the mixture all over our lids. As soon as it hit my lid I breathed a sigh of relief, as it didn’t take a lot of building up for the color to show up (I did have UDPP on, but that’s what I systematically do). The fallout was minimal as well (there was a tiny bit, but it’s most probably because I only had a sponge applicator to work with). Since I had extra time, I also worked the darkest shade into my outer v/crease, highlighted the inner corners/center of my eyes/brow bones with the lightest one. Some liquid eyeliner (I took my own) and mascara later it was done, and I like the result very much!

(Do excuse the foundation shade. I could write a whole post about the “wanting to look fair” thing and what effect this concept has on SAs recommending foundation shades, but I won’t bore you here)

The gloss isn’t very pigmented, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be lost on my lips. Nevertheless I think it’s a cute palette to tote around if you ever need some touching up!

All in all it was a fun experience, and I did go home with Crocodile Leather Effect Nails. I’m pretty sure I’ll get Golden Savannah at some point, though that’ll probably have to wait till I’m back in Belgium!

Have you seen Dior Golden Jungle? Does anything from this collection interest you? What are some other autumn collections that you can’t wait to lay your hands on?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Taipei So Far: Food, New Perm, Cle de Peau…!

(Taipei 101 from my lunch table)

Hey everyone!

Nihao from Taipei! I’m sorry for not having been as active on Twitter and so on, but I do try to reply to comments, and if you have any questions I am more than happy to answer as fast as I can. I hope you’re having some summer fun, and that the scheduled posts are keeping you somehow entertained. I’ll try my best to show you what I took with me and so on soon, but before that I’m showing you my new perm and other fun stuff!

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