Victoria and Abdul, a film about the Queen and her Indian servant

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A new film starring Judi Dench details the inspiring true story of the Queen of England and her unique friendship with a servant from India. Watch the trailer here now…

Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for its new biographical film, Victoria and Abdul. Directed by Stephen Frears, the movie is based on the real life events of Queen Victoria (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) and puts the focus on her unexpected friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a servant from India.

How dare you look down on Abdul, I am the Queen of England, Empress of India. Abdul has risen on his own merit. He too was a servant. Now, he’s my friend.

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Queen Victoria at her desk, assisted by her servant Abdul Karim, the ‘Munshi’. Date: c. 1885

The must-watch trailer shows glimpses of a deep bond between the pair despite the disapproval of her close confidants.

Victoria and Abdul, which also stars Michael Gambon and Eddie Izzard, is scheduled for release on September 22, and you can probably bank on some kind of fall festival appearance. Watch the trailer below:

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Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve de Cashmere

 

High Jewelry house Maison Van Cleef & Arpels launches a new ‘haute perfum’ Rêve de Cashmere part of the luxurious Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire. The new perfume is all about priceless ingredients, a classic style, and an elegant aroma. Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve de Cashmere follows the previous editions of the black bottled editions  within the collection, indicating a darker, more intense and oriental character, which includes editions like Amber Imperial (2015), Moonlight Patchouli (2016) and Bois Dore (2017) – all of them inspiring one of the most pulling power scents.

Rêve de Cashmere is a unisex perfume that is described as an intense oriental with a woody and leathery character. Composed of high-quality ingredients, the composition contains sandalwood, described as warm by the brand, a ‘smooth’ leather accord, black vanilla, patchouli and cashmere wood. The atmosphere is that of comfort and warmth provided by worn leather and a woody setting.

 

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The black bottle is decorated with a texture of matte and gloss finish combined. The box is made of lacquered wood and decorated with luminous golden details. Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve de Cashmere is available as a 75 ml Eau de Parfum priced at about $325.

 

 

 

DKNY Nectar Love

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Nectar Love by DKNY is a new sweet, delicious and irresistible perfume for women with a warm aroma due to honey notes that bring brightness and sweet flavor.

Today, the perfumery niche expands with lots of ‘honey’ made perfumes described as fresh, flowery, warm, bright and graceful. They are made to satisfy women who dare to get a subtle, yet sweet fragrance that lasts for a long time. Some examples of these perfumes are Honey by Marc Jacobs, Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea by Guerlain, Kim Kardashian Pure Honey, L’Occitane Terre de Lumiere, First by Van Cleef & Arpels and other perfumes suitable for romantic, dreamlike women who want to stand out for a special fragrance.

Top notes: Grapefruit, mandarin, nectarine
Heart: Freesia, neroli, solar notes
Base: Beeswax, cedar, musk, vanilla

Donna Karan, which is not an exception, created Nectar Love perfume to highlight the delight of the honey note. Also, Nectar Love blends fresh grapefruit and tangerine notes mixed with floral accords of neroli, freesia, and solar notes. The base is made of beeswax, cedar, vanilla and musk notes. Sweet fragrances are considered the most sensual and sexiest, thus making guys go mad about.

 

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DKNY Nectar Love is available in apple shaped bottles adorned with small bees on its stopper and the glass body of the flacon. The bottle is transparent, while the stopper is made of metal in a bright gold nuance. The outer carton is designed in ombre style, and it combines a warm orange color with gold.

The fragrance will be available as an Eau de Parfum, in sizes of 50ml and 100ml.

 

 

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sensual Essence

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An infinite desire for adventure, romance, and discovery. It’s for the woman with curiosity and passion who trusts herself and follows her heart.

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Michael Kors launches Wonderlust Sensual Essence, described as a warm oriental/floral and sweet/sour perfume, for women. Wonderlust Sensual Essence by Michael Kors is the flanker to last year’s Wonderlust perfume.

Top notes: Black chery, Nashi pear sorbet, peony, pink pepper
Heart: Orange blossem, jasmine grandiflorum
Base: Amber, cashmere wood, suede

Wonderlust Sensual Essence opens with spicy pink pepper notes, nashi pear, black cherry along with floral notes of peony, jasmine Grandiflorum absolute, and orange blossom absolut. The base is made of amber, cashmere wood and suede notes.

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Michael Kors Wonderlust Sensual Essence is available in three sizes, 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum.

 

 

Chanel Chance Three Moods Gels

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Express yourself and wear your mood with the new shimmering scented Mood Gels by Chanel. Launched this month, the Chance Three Moods are three twinkling gels which are designed to help illuminate the skin as well as scent the bare neck, the inside of the wrist and fitting for a low neckline.

The idyllic gels come in three familiar colours – pink, green and orange. For a soft and tender moment choose the Chance Eau Tendre. It’s a floral-fruity scent mixed with grape-fruit, jasmine and white musks. If you’re looking for a fresh, glowing and sparkling effect Chance Eau Fraîche is fitting. Created with the freshness of citron, jasmine and hints of teak wood note. Lastly, Chance Eau Vive, helps energise the skin and gives a vivifying sensation. Blood orange and grapefruit are mixed to help wake-up your skin.

Chanel releases Chance Three Moods Gels

Presented in three, round compact jars, the shimmering gels are travel-friendly and are ideal for on the go touch-ups. Whether you are feeling affectionate, adventurous or ready to take on the world, Chanel’s Chance Three Moods are perfect.

Chanel Chance Three Moods (3x5g) are available now in store and online.

 

 

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation

Maison Chanel’s Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation makes a welcome addition to the range of Les Beiges foundations. Let’s just say it is Chanel’s take on the perfect tinted moisturiser − with moisture being the operative word.

This lightweight formula is fast absorbing, but leaves the skin with a refreshed, dewy and lustrous appearance, perhaps because it is packed with hyaluronic acid derivatives, enabling it to retain the skin’s natural moisture. The formula boasts 56% water, and is enriched with hyaluronic acid to ensure 8 hour long hydration. It’s definitely one for the dry skinned gals out there, you’ll get a sheer glossy coverage that covers up some general redness and discoloration. The medium coverage, gently scented gel allows the complexion to peep through, giving a smooth, even finish that can be touched up and perfected, without looking streaky, but doesn’t do much to hide blemishes or scarring.

It also contains SPF 25 and Kalanchoe extract, an active botanical ingredient with protective properties, which makes it perfect for using during the summer months. It is also available in a range of 9 skin tones.

 

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It’s all housed in expectedly gorgeous refillable packaging complete with applicator sponge and mirror. Like most cushions this is plastic, but it doesn’t feel cheap nor is it too hefty that it’ll take up precious real-estate in your purse. The mirror is of superior quality and is very easy to apply makeup with. There’s the usual cushion puff that lays over the plastic closure of the product. To access you just pop it up to reveal the cushion. It can be popped into your makeup bag for touching up, ensuring a flawless look throughout the day.

How to use:

Press the sponge into the fine fabric screen to neatly dispense the perfect dose, then gently pat onto the skin. Or with the special Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation brush, work always from the inside, to the outside…