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1.  Essie Madison Ave-Hue Collection

Reason #652 to go to Priceline (Australian drugstore mecca) is because they now sell Essie polishes!

And what’s new is the Essie Madison Ave-Hue Collection which are (from left to right) :

  • Bond With Whomever – pastel lilac creme
  • Maximillian Strasse-Her – sandy green creme
  • Avenue Maintain – French blue creme
  • Madison Ave-Hue – hot pink with silver flecks
  • Go Ginza – muted lilac pink
  • Hip-anema (missing shade from my collection) – a bright red creme

Essie nail polishes can be purchased at Myer or Priceline at RRP $18.95 AUD.


My Current Signature Scents Featuring Biotherm & Balenciaga

If I am truly honest, my signature scent begins with B and ends with O.  Some of us have it and some of us don’t.  I have it but my other half doesn’t.  Damn him!  Companies who sell deodorants / body sprays / EDTs / perfumes are rolling in money thanks to our smelly problem!  Anyway, I have currently stopped using all the deodorants that I own because I have had a few pus spots in my pits.  YUK!  I know!  Tell me about it!!!  Instead, I am relying on these two babies to keep me smelling good – Biotherm Eau Pure by Vanessa Bruno for daytime and Balenciaga L’Essence Eau De Parfum for the evening.

Biotherm Eau Pure by Vanessa Bruno

My husband and I both love this refreshing light scent.  It smells like the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer.  It makes me feel happy and awakened.  I love that it’s in a purse spray because I can take it anywhere and spritz it when needed…but at the same time, it’s running out quickly!  Yes, this is a PR sample but I was hoping to buy a few more of these or even a bigger bottle in the Biotherm stores in Hong Kong – but there were none to be found.  I just need to start saving and buy it in Myer where I spotted the bigger version of this.  Love it!

Balenciaga L’Essence Eau De Parfum

Everything about this screams ‘luxe’.  But I would expect nothing less because it is Balenciaga (J’adore their handbags!) and hence its price tag of $145 AUD for 50ml.  Because it is EDP, I don’t need to douse myself with it but just a light-handed spritz inside my wrists and behind my ears (the pulse points) and I’m done.  The scent needs time to settle into my skin and it only comes alive about 15-20 minutes after application.  It’s strange how some perfumes do that!  It’s a sensual and womanly scent with a slight hint of floral (the press release says it is violet leaves) and that’s why I mainly use it during the evenings.

What is your current signature scent?

Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray – Review And Giveaway

Sasy n Savy are an Australian skincare, aromatherapy and well-being brand which has travelled across the oceans to Asia, Middle East and now, Harrods in London, UK.  The lovely PR sent me their Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray for review (and I also have 3 to giveaway, but more on that later on in this post).

Initially, I approached Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray with a hint of hesitancy as I was worried I’d be smelling like an old granny who had lost their sense of smell and bathed in overpowering migraine-inducing floral perfume from top to toe.  Once I had a whiff of Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray, I was reminded of the saying “Never judge a book by its cover“.  The smell is divine – light and soothing.

This spray can be used directly on your body, if you so desire – but I have other uses for it.  Every night, without fail, I will spray this onto my side of the bed and let the floral scent linger on my pillow and bedding.  It helps me relax and wind down for my evening slumber.  Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray has gained a much coveted position in the top drawer of my bedside table.

It also helps to mask the smell when one is feeling “windy” and has to let one go!  LOL!  (- read my fart story here)


3 lucky The Best Beauty Blog readers will win a Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray.  Open internationally.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (with a valid email address) telling me why you want to win a Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray.  One entry per person please.

The 3 winners will be chosen by me based on their reasons for wanting this spray (editor’s decision will be final).  Winners will be contacted by email and they will have 48 hours to reply with their postal address.

The Sasy n Savy Lavender Floral Spray Giveaway will close on 31st July 2011 23.59pm AEST.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!!!

Good luck everyone!