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Mar. 17.

Tried Tuesday: Fragrance by Saphir Perfume

tt-saphir-thI do love a good sniff around perfumes. There are so many different combinations that can be created, and they can evoke so many different feelings and emotions. One thing that always gets to me though is the price. You see a lovely looking bottle of something that smells good, only to then see the price tag. It becomes a case of putting the bottle down carefully and backing away. It doesn’t have to be like that though. What if you could have the designer scent, without the designer price tag that goes with it? That’s where Spanish company Saphir Perfume comes in.

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New to Ireland, Saphir have been recreating designer perfumes in Spain for over 50 years. Using almost the exact ingredients of the designer perfumes, they pare back the bells and whistles, and therefore you save. The range is quite extensive too, with 48 scents for ladies, and a further 28 for gents. I was lucky enough to be sent four, three perfumes and an aftershave to try out, and my nose has been working overtime since then.

Ladies:

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The 48 ladies scents cover a huge range of designers and fragrances, including Chanel, Armani, DKNY, Dior & Calvin Klein (to name a few). You are sure to find something lovely to wear out of the range, if you take the time to work through them all. The three perfumes I have are:

  • Black Femme, based on Armani Code
  • Rich Woman, based on Lady Million by Paco Rabanne
  • Vida de Saphir, based on La Vie Est Belle by Lancome

As you can see, all three have something in common – the bottle. The bottles are all the same. Same shape, size, design, lid and so on. There are no huge stocks of different bottles to buy in. It’s all the same, and it reduces the price. It helps too, that I actually like the design of the bottles. They are small, decorative without being overly so, and ideal for putting into a handbag. I’m not entirely convinced by the design of the lid, which looks a little tacky to me, but it fits well with the design.

The important thing though, as always with perfume, is what is inside the bottle. If it isn’t right, the rest is irrelevant. So, let’s get sniffing.

Black Femme:

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Based on Armani Code, I am impressed with the depth of this perfume. It is rich, mysterious, and I think is a good choice for a night out. Being based on orange blossom, ginger and honey-sandalwood, I love the pleasant sweetness, mixed with the deeper spicy notes.

Rich Woman:

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Based on Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million, I am not at all sure about this one. The notes I am reading online say that this is a blend of citrus, floral, and deepening with amber. I love citrus fragrances for day time, but, I find this to be sweet. A little too sweet. Nearly tropical. I likened it more to pineapple, which starts off with a burst of freshness, but sweetens very quickly. I haven’t actually worn this one yet, only done the cotton ball test on it, so I will reserve judgement for now. It does show the personal connection to perfumes though. What I don’t like could be someone’s favourite.

Vida de Saphir:

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Based on La Vie Est Belle by Lancome, this could quickly become a challenger for the spot of my go to daytime perfume. The notes describe this as being sweet and fruity, with top notes of blackcurrant and pear, surrounding a heart that if floral and anchored by iris. The base is nutty and spicy, with tonka bean, praline and vanilla. This is the only one I have worn, and while the notes describe it as sweet, I adore how the floral heart tempers the sweet fruit notes. It evokes a summer stroll through a park for me. It will compete with my current favourite, Boss Orange, depending on whether I want something really fresh, or a bit more rounded. I am, though, really impressed with this.

Gents:

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The 28 scents included in the gents collection also are based on top designers, and likewise are offered at a great price. The one I have from the gents collection is called Armonia Black, and is based on Armani Code for Men.

Described as having a citrus top note of lemon and bergamot, with spicy star anise, olive blossom and guaiac wood inn the middle, and base notes of tonka bean, tobacco and leather, my sniffing of this one led me to one conclusion. This is a really deep and seductive fragrance. It hits with a quick burst of freshness, before grabbing you and dragging you down into its depths. Really nicely done. I also gave my brother a chance to smell this one. He said it was lovely, but couldn’t explain why!

There is most definitely something for everyone from Saphir Perfume. If you are not sure what you like and want to try out a number of perfumes, or just want a great value perfume for day to day, you will not be able to go far wrong. I’ve held off on what constitutes great value for most of this post. Now though, I will tell you that for a 25/30 ml bottle, you are looking at spending €7.99. That’s all!

If this has piqued your interest, and you want to have a sniff for yourself, you can buy online at saphirperfume.com or find a list of stockists here.

Robyn

Product was provided for review

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Aug. 05.

Tried Tuesday: Garnier Micellar Water

tt-garnier-thThe whole world seems to have gone micellar mad these days, and it’s not a bad thing. Recently, an offering from Garnier recently won a landslide victory in the Beaut.ie awards 2014. Well, I just so happened to pick up a bottle, and today for Tried Tuesday I’m seeing how it goes!

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Firstly, the packaging. It really is budget. Nothing luxurious, but there is no need for it to be luxury. Further, the bottle is absolutely MASSIVE. It clocks in at 400ml, or 200 uses I’m told. You could almost fill a bathtub (for a leprechaun) with one bottle, it is that big. Excellent!

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Now, there is a claim made right on the front of the bottle, specifically that it removes makeup and cleanses AND soothes, and that there is no rinsing required, and that it will make your tea for you (not really, but the first 4 are there) But the major question is that does it do what it says it does? Well, I happen to have a face full of makeup to remove and reapply in the interests of discovery (and the fact that I still need to look presentable), so lets have a look at the results…

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The three pads you see here are from my eyes (top) lips (left) and face (right). Looks pretty, doesn’t it? The fact that it took so much off is a good sign, even if I feel it struggled a little with my eyes. I normally favour a dedicated eye makeup remover, but for light makeup, this does a passable job. Especially if you are in a hurry to clean up, this is a fantastic product, for well under €10 (€6.29 in boots, currently reduced to €4.19)

Have you tried this? Any other brilliant bargain beauties to share? Please do leave me a comment!

Robyn

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Feb. 05.

Recent Purchases: Boots and Dealz

colorburst-thumbWhile things have been pretty slim on the buying front I have been able to treat myself now and then. For example, today I went into Boots to buy razor blades. These are more of a necessity than a treat, so they’re not included here. The rest of what I walked out with is…

Nail Polish: Maybelline Color Show in 107 – Watery Waste:

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Before I begin, let me point out 2 things. Firstly, it’s ColoUr, not color. Get it right. Secondly, what were you thinking with the name “Watery Waste”? You’re not selling it to me with that name. What did sell it to me, aside from the silvery colour itself, was the big clearance sticker on it that said €2! SOLD!

Lip Crayons: Revlon Colorburst (seriously, I’m getting annoyed with the lack of U here) Lacquer and Matte Balms in 150 – Enticing (Lacquer), 220 – Showy (Matte) & 250 – Standout (Matte):

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I’ve been hearing so much love for these new crayons, and with Boots having another 3 for 2 offer on, it was wrong to leave them sitting on the shelf. Normally €11.20 each the offer meant that I got them for €7.47 each instead. Bargain! In the swatches below, I’ve included the original Just Bitten Balm Stain in 020 – Lovesick for comparison.

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What I’m thinking is I have nearly matching pairs here, at least on paper. Lovesick seems to be a more glossy version of Showy, and Enticing is a close match for Standout. They’re very pigmented colours though. I’m loving them already, and I haven’t even tried them on my lips yet.

Dealz Purchase:

Nail Polish: Revlon Nail Art Neon in 100 – Atomic Pink, 110 – High Voltage, 120 – Neon Light, 130 – Laser Beam & 170 – Ultra Violet:

revlon-nail-artThese were €1.49 each. I love nail polish. Enough said 😉

What have you treated yourself to recently? What else should I be buying? Are you going to fund it for me (wishful thinking)? Let me know in the comments!

Robyn

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