Monday, 9 December 2013

Spotlight on: La Bella Figura

I was all set to wait for La Bella Figura to make its way over the pond, but their seems to be some sort of delay, and I have never been known for my patience. So I thought I would treat myself to their Hair Elixir that I had my eye on and a sample of Possitano perfume that had me intrigued.



What a pleasant surprise it was to get an email from the lovely Victoria letting me know that they've included a little something extra in my package (I am not kidding I was grinning like a three year old). So due to the fact that I have received a few lovely samples and the fact that I still haven't posted about some of the products from my mini kit, I though I would do one large post on everything that I have tried from La Bella figura.


Barbary Fig renewal serum.



 I have to start by commenting on how divine this oil smells. It has this vibrant fruity scent that makes me immediately think of pineapples. I have not come across an oil that smelled this good. It is not a heavy oil but nor is it very light, it is somewhere in the middle but it packs a heavy punch in terms of combating dryness. I have been using it for almost two months, and even though I have been using it sparingly (no more than 3 times a week, and frequently less), I am very surprised that my little bottle is still about half full. It is a product that is meant for dryer skin types, so it is only suitable for me in the colder months. It works beautifully. I use it in the evenings on the days I wash my hair (as that is when my skin feels driest) and occasionally in the mornings, when I though that my skin could do with some extra TLC. The effect is pretty instantaneous, nourished looking skin with a healthy glow. There is no oily residue. Just a beautiful product that works and is a pleasure to use.

Travel therapy.




 This oil blend is supposed to have therapeutic effects due to its fragrance, but it cheer me up because of its colour. It is blue! I happen to think that it makes it even more fascinating. I have not had a chance to try this out on a flight. But I have used it the morning after a wedding ( at which I was one of the two bridesmaids), and an hours drive home, after a fairly sleepless night. It really perked me up. I am a believer in aromatherapy and this makes an exciting addition to my small collection of remedies. This has a floral scent that is ever so slightly reminds me of flower teas (when you can smell something floral, but not be able to tell exactly what type of flowers they are).

Skin aficionado.



To put it simply if there was only one body oil that I could ever use it would be this one. I do not have dry skin and I find that my skin is generally fairly soft, for that reason I only make sure to moistures properly during colder months. However when I used this body elixir, not only did it sink in without any undesirable residue, it made my skin feel like velvet. I have never ever experienced such a delightful effect, and was even double checking after couple of hours to make sure that I was not imagining things. And to top it all off, it has the most sensuous fragrance, a little spicy, a little floral, a little fruity and utterly delectable. If ever I was planning a romantic evening this is the product I would want to be using.

Modern radiance concentrate.



This is more of the first impressions account as I only had a small sample that wasn't enough to see any real effects. I think this is a type of product you would need to use a couple of weeks to see real results. As it stands I found it to have a lovely gel like texture, it sinks in very fast and left my skin feeling soothed and comfortable. It has a cooling effect and I have noticed extra silkiness of skin due to its use. Most importantly it has not caused any allergic reactions or sensitivities. Unlike other products from La Bella figura this serum doesn't have a distinctive scent, so it will not be overpowering as it is meant to be layered with a moisturizing product on top (the mild scent that I detect reminds me of vitamin C tablets). The cocktail of ingredients in this is very impressive, I am considering getting a bottle for spring/summer use, but I have not made up my mind yet.

Perfumes:



Positano perfume. I will start by saying that I prefer how this perfume smells in the bottle rather than on my skin (it smells good on my skin, but somehow in the bottle it smells better), which is not the case with the other La Bella Figura perfumes. There is something very honest about this scent, it is not trying to seduce you, it is not playing games, you get what you see but at the same time there is nothing proud or haughty about it. It is welcoming you to partake in the simple pleasures in life. It is not a perfume that I would consider to be a typically feminine one, it is more for the outdoorsy sort of person, that is not afraid to get stuck in. I can not detect anything floral about it, reminds me of crisp gin and tonic. If I was pressed I would say it smells like being near a pine and I can detect some sparkling bitterness like that of a grapefruit.

San Miguel perfume. When I first put it on, I have to say I wasn't sure about this fragrance. I did like the scent, but it wasn't something I pictured myself wearing. On first inspection it seemed to have a slight masculine note to it, not so much that it wasn't feminine more that it was just a little solemn, a tad serious. Very business like, while I am more drawn to playful scents. But after half an hour, once it settled on my skin, I started to detect a more flowery vibe. I still consider it to be a very grown up scent, the wearer of it would not be taken to flights of fancy, they are the type of person that considers the consequences of their actions. Perhaps somewhat contrary to my own character at times, yet it has a remarkably grounding effect on  me. Although not on my immediate list of purchases, I do not dismiss a possibility of acquiring it at some point in the future.

Bohemia Verde.



 This hair elixir works in a number of ways as a leave in serum or as hair treatment before shampooing. With my current hair length of just below my shoulder blades ( which is much shorter than what I am used to), I only need to use about 2-3 drops, when used as a serum. I try to distribute it evenly on my wet hair (you can also use it on dry hair, but I don't), from just below my ears and all the way to the ends. I only use it on the roots as a pre shampoo treatment. At the moment I am not using any other conditioners on my hair. It leaves my hair very soft and it smells like jasmine, my all time favourite scent.

To be honest I have yet to try a product from La Bella figura that I did not like. However there are some products that really stood out to me, and those are the ones that I will most definitely repurchase.

I absolutely love the Rainforest Hydrating treatment, which I have previously reviewed. I think that Barbary Fig Renewal serum is a very unique blend of oils, which as well as being great for my skin also lifts my spirits when I use it. From perfumes I absolutely adore Istanbul (reviewed here), and I really regret not getting a full size of Barcelona when it was still available (hopefully they will bring it back at some point). And last but not least Skin Aficionado, I am getting this as soon as I have finished some of my other body oils, for it is very much perfect.

4 comments:

  1. What a lovely review! I have been following via Twitter Victoria and Karen but have never tried their lovely products
    x

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    1. thank you so much, their product are very unique :)

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  2. Fingers crossed they'll get themselves over the UK in the near future! Although sounds like it's worth the shipping :)

    Mayah x

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    1. I think so, but it would be so much easier if they were here ;) xx

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