I’ve had a soft spot for good quality fragrances for a few years now and my fragrance preferences have changed a lot since I was a teenager. I hated sweet scents, but now it is hard to imagine that I would buy a very fresh eau de toilette and actually enjoy using it. When I got the Sun di Gioia by Giorgio Armanias a gift a few months ago, I was nothing but ecstatic to see how it would wear on my skin. I tried it a couple of times at the drugstore, but then I finally got the opportunity to test it out and make a proper review!
This eau de parfum is characterised by very warm notes of vanilla and amber. White flowers and powdery notes also contribute to its feminine touch. The creators of Sun di Gioiawanted to capture the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and when I close my eyes, I can actually see myself lying on the beach savouring every sun ray that touches my skin …
When I spray Sun di Gioia on my skin, vanilla and amber are the notes that predominate at the beginning. However, the focus slowly shifts to floral notes of frangipani, ylang-ylang, bergamot, freesia and jasmine. After a couple of hours, warm notes of vanilla again come to the forefront and stay there until the evening. In my opinion, this is a perfect fragrance for spring and early summer!
I’m a huge pie lover and since we’ve had an amazing weather in the last couple of weeks (this week excluded), I felt an extreme urge to bake. Pies, that is. ANY pies with a fruit filling! They are so easy to prepare, you just throw everything for the crust together and experiment with different sorts of toppings. So the first pie I made two weeks ago was a vegan and gluten-free sour cherry pie with coconut-chocolate frosting. I wasn’t particularly happy with the rice flour crust as it was too dry, but the rest of it was amazing.
For the sour cherry filling I used 450 g defrosted sour cherries, 2 tablespoons of agar agar flakes and 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar. I simmered them for about 10 minutes to let the agar agar flakes dissolve completely. Then I poured a slightly cooled filling onto the pre-baked crust. As for the chocolate frosting, I melted 100 g of a good quality dark chocolate and two teaspoons of coconut milk, I like this combo so much! I poured that on top and tried to cover the whole pie with the chocolate using a spatula. I put it into the freezer overnight and served it the next day. I love the combination of sour cherries and chocolate, it’s so refreshing and I love the fact that there is no additional sugar. Yummm!
I’m a complete newbie when it comes to the La Roche-Posay cosmetics.La Roche-Posay always seemed to be a brand with great skincare to me, but I never felt any hype around it. I was thinking about trying the brand in autumn and luckily I got the Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiantat the beauty conference last September!
The Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant is basically a unifying daily cream. It is supposed to reduce imperfections as well as red and brown marks. Regular use should also help you unclog pores, refine your skin texture and control shine. I’ve been using it regularly for a few weeks now and it’s very difficult for me to say that it reduces any pigmentation or changes your skin texture. However, although it seems like a silky cream to the touch, it covers the imperfections on my skin in a remarkable way. I’ve never tried any daily cream that would cover so many imperfections to such an extent, which is obviously a big plus. And although I have a yellow undertone, it matches my skin without any problems and doesn’t look pink at all. All in all, a complete opposite to any BB-cream by Balea or Maybelline I’ve tried so far.
I usually apply it after my daily moisturizer on those areas that need some coverage, such as my cheeks, T-zone and my chin. If I have some errands to run, I’ll just continue with my usual makeup routine. I love how it looks on my skin and I’ll definitely buy a new one when this tube up. It retails in Slovenia at around € 17 (here).