21 October 2018

LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE #MAKESOMEONEHAPPY

This is rather a different post today, as it's not a product review, but rather a review 
about a campaigns communication video.
Yes it's about a brands TV advertisement, well I did say it was going to be different...

Having worked my whole career with skincare and fragrance brands, I've seen many press releases over the years and I always head straight to the link to the tv add before
 reading all the bumf about the background to the product. 
I like to watch the video without any prior knowledge of what the product or message of the ad 
is trying to convey and whilst some, I have to admit, loose me 
others hit the nail right on the the "beauty" head (ouch! Sorry)

The new communication video for the best selling Lancôme fragrance, 
La Vie est Belle
is what's led me to write this post.

La Vie est Belle means "Life is Beautiful" 
in French and the fragrance 
has always portrayed happiness, however it's time to turn a page and begin 
a new chapter on the La Vie est Belle journey.

#MakeSomeoneHappy
Is a true manifesto of living “la vie est belle”.   
The most important aspect of joy and happiness is SHARING it – and so the 
new campaign was born: 
WHO WILL YOU MAKE HAPPY TODAY?



For me "Happiness" is just what this short video conveys. 
It's starts out as an elegant, yet rather sombre gathering and through her infectious smile
she shines and radiates happiness and it soon turns it into a party...
  
Beautifully filmed with the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop
this ad gets the Happiness message across loud and clear,
as it simply makes you feel good inside...

I know there are all kinds of ways of making people happy and by sharing this video 
I hope to do my bit, in this sometimes mad world, to make you
 "Feel Happy Today" 
even if it's only for a few minutes in these videos.

Julie Roberts has been the face of the fragrance since its inception in 2012 
and not only is she stunningly beautiful, but who can resist feeling happy when she flashes her iconic smile.I personally feel that's she very relatable and we have grown up with her on screen over her long successful acting career and if you can't get enough of her then check out this happy short video.


There are currently 3 incarnations of the fragrance

LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE 
EAU DE PARFUM
R1440
50ml
LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE 
ECLAT DE PARFUM
R1440 
50ml

LANCÔME LA VIE EST BELLE 

INTENSE
R1500
50ml

If you would like to try some happiness in the form of
La Vie best Belle fragrances then pop by any Lancôme stockist
for a spritz.

#MakeSomeoneHappy





18 October 2018

L'OCCITANE PIVOINE SUBLIME FLASH MOISTURE MASK {REVIEW}

After working for L'Occitane for several years I obviously have a soft spot 
for this much loved French brand. 
Whilst most of their products are excellent there are a couple that I can't give too much praise to and often it's been a let down on the packaging front rather
 than on performance.

Pivoine Sublime Flash Moisture Mask 


I've used several products from the Pivoine Sublime range and it's a 
collection of skin Perfecting products,that help through light reflecting ingredients, 
 give the skin a flawless, smooth, velvety fresh appearance and its a collection
 that I normally rave about and can highly recommend.

I have written many reviews on Pivoine Sublime products.

A fairly recent addition to the Pivoine Sublime range are 3 mono dose face masks: 

Overnight Perfecting Mask
Pure Flash Moisture Mask 
and the
 Flash Moisture Mask,
 which is the one I opted to try out. 

The Flash Moisture Mask, as the name suggests, has been formulated to intensely 
hydrate and immediately quench a skins thirst for moisture,just what your skin needs when it's feeling parched, tired and in general need of a quick  'pick me up"

Having a rich, creamy texture, this mask 
Contains smoothing, refining and hydrating Peony Extract and glycerin. 
Whilst the mask feels wonderful soft and comforting on the skin I was personally
 put off with the fragrance of this product and I suspect that it's not intentional by L'Occitane but rather a problem with the packaging. 

The mask had a distinct aroma of plastic, the type that comes from a product 
absorbing its packaging smell over time and it wasn't pleasant considering
 its right under your nose for 10 minutes or so.



Like all other similar masks its easy to use
Apply a thin layer evenly over clean, dry skin, including face and neck, avoiding 
the eye contour area. 
Leave on for 10 minutes then remove excess with a damp cotton pad, do not rinse. 
Use 1 to 2 times a week.


This mask comes in a single use (Mono Dose) of 6mls which was rather a small quantity 
for both its price and the size of the container the mask came in.
 Once I pulled back the silver protective foil there was more empty space than product.

These mono dose masks are ideal for use during travel, but they do work out to be an extremely expensive format to use, as 6mls of product for R85 is rather heavy 
on the skincare budget.
Most face masks retail in a 50ml quantity and that works out to be over 
R708 based on the 6ml price.

Even though I managed to get 2 applications it's still overpriced for a rather ordinary hydrating mask that I will sadly remember for smelling like plastic flowers
 rather than a soft delicate Peony.

L'Occitane

Pivoine Sublime 
Flash Moisture Mask 

6ml 
Mono Dose


R
85

£
5

$
6

15


Available in store or Online