Givenchy Loose Powders: Which one is for you?

With all the rage about “baking”, setting and loose powders have become an important product in our beauty routine. I wanted to find one that suits my needs and didn’t make my skin dry. So when I wanted to find the one and was given the chance to compare Givenchy’s luxurious powders, I was so down.

Givenchy has three different type of setting/”loose” powders: Givenchy Poudre Première (CAD $66), Givenchy Prisme Libre (CAD$66) and the latest addition to their line, the Givenchy Prisme Libre Travel (CAD $48).

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Givenchy Poudre Première is a matte and translucent fined milled white coloured powder. Packaged in a chic all black enamel case with the Givenchy logo on top and with a convenient “how to use” instructions on the bottom. It promises a naturally radiant and matte complexion. It comes in a universal nude to suit anyone’s complexion.

I found that it does mattify my complexion well as well as blend seamlessly. I was afraid it would turn me into a ghost since it’s a white powder but it didn’t, it looks natural and doesn’t cake my makeup. It looks very flawless! It was really impressive.

Givenchy Prisme Libre, on the other hand, while it acts similarly to Poudre Première in enhancing and mattifying one’s complexion, it also helps to diminish impurities. It comes with four unique complimentary coloured powders which when blended together enhances the complexion by evening out skintones. The powders can be used separately for colour correction to target specific areas.

There are also four different types of colour combinations for specific needs. In terms of packaging, it comes in an almost identical black enamel case as Poudre Première but with a clear bottom to see the different coloured powders.

I received the shade Organza Caramel which is meant for a tanned effect. It features a peachy colour which I like to use on my dark circles and blemished areas. Since my complexion is tanned already, instead of a tanning effect it looks very natural on me. It gives a sheer barely there glow and brightens up any dark areas. I also found it wasn’t as matte as Poudre Première which was great for days when I wanted to look more dewy.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Travel is the travel version of Prisme libre featuring the combination of their best selling Prisme Libre Mousseline Pastel. It comes in a cute cylindrical case with a fluffy spongey powder puff. The powder itself is a vibrant violent shade which when applied goes on sheer and provides a natural matte radiant finish.

This is the cutest setting powder ever! I love the applicator for this version and it is so convenient for on the go. As for the formula itself, I suprisingly found that it is more similar to the Poudre Première than Prisme Libre. It offered that same seamless matte and radiant complexion that looks airbrushed.

Final thoughts:

I’m fairly new to this whole setting and loose powder world but I really enjoyed using these powders. The prices are a bit on the higher side but a little goes a long way with these powders.

Poudre Première, Prisme Libre & Prisme Libre Travel

My favourite one is the Prisme Libre Travel because it is so convenient to use and I have it with me at all times. But I do like Prisme Libre for days when I have very little sleep and need a little “oomph” and Poudre Première is my go to when my skin is oily and I want (need) something to make my face nice and matte.

Givenchy Products are available at Sephora and Sephora.ca.

Which Givenchy Powders have you or would you want to try?

*PR samples featured but all opinions and thoughts are mine and unbiased.

ISA Professional Digital Mirror Titanium Flat Iron

Silky, smooth, straight hair…at one point I could describe my natural hair as such but not anymore. As mentioned previously on my Conair Ionic Brush review, my natural [air dry] hair is wavy/slightly curly and fairly thick so I often have to use a flat iron to even out the waves, straighten or give it more curls.

So when I received the ISA Professional Digital Mirror Titanium Flat Iron, I was quite psyched to try it as my old flat iron wasn’t doing much for my hair anymore.

The ISA Professional Digital Mirror Titanium Flat Iron is super easy to use and made with titanium technology to ensure smooth shiny silky hair without causing any damage. It can heat up to different temperatures and there’s a convenient little screen to see it on the front. It also has a sleek and thin design which makes curling with it a breeze as well.

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Optically.ca Prescription Eyeglasses 

Are you looking for the perfect pair of sunnies or eyeglasses but don’t want to spend a fortune or leave the comfort of your home? Then look no further because Optically.ca has all your sunglasses and eyeglasses needs for the most affordable prices. They have a huge range of styles (Cat eye, Round, Rectangle…you name it they have it!), tons of designer frames (from lower end brands like Ray Bans to higher end brands like Gucci and Dior, their selection is pretty fantastic!) at much lower prices to choose from. Prescription Glasses (Rx Glasses)Women Glasses and Sunglasses at Optically.ca start from only CAD $9! (Talk about super affordable!)

I was sent a pair of the Fiji prescription eyeglasses, which are a pair of aviator style eyeglasses for women (super chic and trendy!). I had it made to my prescription because I needed a backup pair but it can be ordered without prescription as well. I was impressed by the quality of it considering it’s affordable price (It retails for CAD $30, including the prescription lenses!). It came exactly as pictured, although the lenses are a bit thick for the frame but it’s not noticeable which personally for me is not an issue as it does not affect my eyesight nor does it look bulky when I’m wearing it. I also like the fact that they are comfortable and really light, so light that sometimes I forget I’m wearing them!

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Odysseo by Cavalia #OdysseoSauga

Horse lover? Art lover? Movie Lover? No matter which one you are, I can assure you Odysseo by Cavalia will blow you away. 

Odysseo by Cavalia ©

I was lucky to attend one of the showings and when I first heard about Odysseo, I knew very little about the show. The only thing I knew was that it involved horses and was a circus type act. I can honestly say it was waaaaaay more than that. It was an immersive and surreal display involving live music, amazing acrobats, gymnasts, artists, equesterians and 65 absolutely beautiful horses. 

Odysseo by Cavalia©

Fun fact: Odysseo is a Canadian production with an international cast, the horses, crew, artists, musicians, equestrians, gymnasts…they are from all over the world! 

The show took place under the White Big Top, a huge state of the art tent with jaw dropping decor inside. The decor (which reminded me of a mystical and magical forest/world) as well as the use of technology to make the show come alive was truly spectacular, I’ve truthfully never ever seen a show like this one. It was seriously two hours of wonder, I was in awed the whole time. The music and the stunts gave me chills and I felt as if  I was a little kid again attending the circus for the first time. Continue reading

Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush

Straightening brushes have been all the hype this year. I’ve seen a bunch of them all over Instagram and to be honest I was pretty skeptical about the whole thing as I have fairly thick wavy hair and these new “gadgets” don’t usually work for me. But even then I wanted to try one because they seem really convenient especially for people like me with lots of hair. So when I got the chance to try the Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush, I was pretty excited as it sounds like such a cool and innovative product!

A little about the brush itself. The Conair Ionic Straightening Brush, a heated ceramic paddle brush with ceramic & rubber bristles, claims to straighten hair while leaving it frizz free due to “its diamond infused ceramic combined with ionic technology”.

 The brush has three different heat settings, with the highest one heating up to 204°C. It also has a 30 second instant heat feature and a safety feature that automatically shuts it off after 60 minutes of inactivity (though it is mentioned that it should not be left unmanned and plugged in at any time). It can be purchased on conaircanada.ca or any official Conair retailers for (CAD $69.97-$89.99).

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Dior SS 17 Dior Addict Lip Tattoos Long-Wear Colored Tint

One of my must-haves is definitely my trusty lipstick. I almost always have one with me but for the past couple of weeks, I have been using another lip product instead, the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo Long-Wear Colored Tint (CAD $36).

Available in 6 gorgeous bright colours, the Dior Addict Lip Tattoos have a smudge free, fast drying and long lasting formula which offers weightless coverage. They are meant to literally “tattoo” your lips with colour which is so cool!

I received three of the six lip tattoos in 451 Natural Coral, 881 Natural Pink and 491 Natural Rosewood. Continue reading

Moor Spa 100% Naturally Sourced Skincare

Need something to refresh your skin in time for summer? Then you need Moor Spa. This new to me brand has got all the products you need for fresh gorgeous skin. Best of all, Moorspa products are composed of 100% naturally derived ingredients with one very special ingredient, Austrian Moor essence. According to the Moor Spa website, Austrian Moor is a nutrient rich herbal complex which helps to enhance one’s skin and appearance.

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Spring 17 Scents: Dior Poison Girl 

One of my earliest beauty memories was me tippy toeing over the dresser in my aunt’s room to steal and play with her array of fragrances. There was one fragrance in particular that I remember the most because it eventually became my holy grail fragrance, Dior’s Hypnotic Poison. Ever since, I have tried all the Poisons, and Hypnotic remained the ultimate winner. Though, Dior’s latest addition to this amazing fragrance collection, Poison Girl (CAD $72 for the 30ml) looks to contest that position. 

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Cougar Beauty 24HR Liquid Lipstick

I was recently contacted by the Rosedon group hailing from the UK to try one of their products, I was super excited because their Cougar Beauty brand carries a ton of affordable makeup. Since I’m loving liquid lipsticks at the moment, I jumped at the chance to try one of theirs. They offer 5 bold shades in their 24HR liquid lipstick line which claims to be fast drying, non-smudging while offering full coverage and hydration. The shade I chose is called Mulberry (£6.99/ approx. CAD$12.37). It’s a nice neutral pink-mauve shade.

It comes packaged in a black and transparent standard tube with a doe foot applicator (mine was slightly bent but no biggy it still did the job perfectly!). Nothing super fancy but considering its affordable price it’s to be expected. Continue reading