Monthly Archives: February 2018

Fragrance: Brand New Perfumes Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 13, 2018

Hi Guys!

I have a gorgeous selection of brand new fragrances to share with you today, which would be just perfect for a Valentine’s day treat! These perfumes are all reasonably priced, and you can pick most of them up from the high street too – enjoy!

Starting with Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pure Nectar EDP (£62.00 for 50ml) – this is just such a beautiful, easy to wear, every day scent. L’Eau D’Issey Pure Nectar EDP is wonderfully feminine fragrance with delicate notes of Rose, sticky Honey Pear, with sweet Aquatic facets, and a creamy Sandalwood base.

  • Top Note: Honey Pear.
  • Heart Note: Sweet Rose.
  • Base Note: Creamy Sandalwood.

Next, in contrast I have Carolina Herrera Good Girl EDP (From £72.50 for 50ml) – this is possibly the most striking bottle I’ve seen in a long time! Good Girl EDP is a sweet, white floral fragrance with creamy facets, it’s described as audacious and powerful, designed to celebrate the modern woman. This fragrance is perfect for fans of more intense, captivating evening scents.

  • Top Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Orange Blossom, Praline and Cinnamon.
  • Heart Notes: Bergamot and Lemon.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Cashmere, Patchouli, Amber Notes and Transparent Musk.

Next I have Coach Floral EDP (from £35.00 for 30ml) – Inspired by the signature tea roses that appear on the brand’s leather bags and accessories, Coach Floral EDP is an uplifting fruity floral scent opening with splashes of zesty Citrus and icy Pineapple Sorbet, and a touch of effervescent Pink Peppercorn. The floral heart of Rose Tea, Jasmine Sambac and Gardenia leads to a soft dry down of Crystal Musks, Creamy Wood and Patchouli Essence Indonesia.

  • Top Notes: Pineapple Sorbet, Citrus Coeur and Pink Peppercorn.
  • Heart Notes: Rose Tea, Jasmine Sambac and Gardenia.
  • Base Notes: Crystal Musks, Creamy Wood and Patchouli Essence Indonesia.

In the same vein, I also have Jimmy Choo Blossom Special Edition EDP (From £36.00 for 40ml) – If you’re ever not sure about buying a fragrance for somebody else, Jimmy Choo scents are always a winner. The latest in the Jimmy Choo line is Blossom Special Edition EDP, a bright, joyful and sparkling scent, perfect for the coming spring.

This tropical fragrance opens with a sweet accord of Exotic Fruits, drenching the creamy facets of Frangipani Flower at the heart. As the fragrance develops, deep facets of warming Sandalwood glow in the base for a dry down that is delicious from top to bottom.

  • Top Note: Exotic Fruit Accord.
  • Heart Notes: Frangipani Flower.
  • Top Notes: Sandalwood.

On to Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo EDP (From £45.00 for 30ml) – Amo is Italian for ‘I love’ – and this scent is described as a declaration of a free spirited young woman who is ready to seize the world. This is a bright and glamorous scent in which blushing floral notes blend with crisp aromatic notes and mouthwatering fruity facets. The scent opens with top notes of Italian Bitter Accord, Blackcurrant and Rosemary, leading to a light heart of Jasmine Sambac, Mate Absolute and Rhubarb. The dry down finishes with a woody sweetness of Tahitensis White Vanilla, Ambrox and Sandalwood.

  • Top notes: Italian Bitter Accord, Blackcurrant and Rosemary.
  • Heart notes: Jasmine Sambac, Mate Absolute and Rhubarb.
  • Base notes: Tahitensis White Vanilla, Ambrox and Sandalwood.

And Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue (£98.50 for 100ml) – evoking Greek culture and mythology, the Pour Femme Dylan Blue bottle is reminiscent of a Greek amphora (storage vessel) Donatella versace created this scent as an ode to femininity – a strong, sensuous yet refined fragrance for a woman who knows her own power.

The scent opens with notes of refreshing Blackcurrant and Granny Smith Apple to create an unexpected fruity accord, while a bouquet of imaginary wild blooms at the heart leads to Woody base notes of Styrax, White Woods, Musk and Patchouli, creating a captivating and sensuous dry down.

  • Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Granny Smith, Clover, Forget-me-not and Shisolia.
  • Heart Notes: Eglantine Rose, Petalia, Rosyfiola, Icy Infusion of Peach and Jasmine.
  • Base Notes: Styrax, White Smooth Woods, Musk and Patchouli.

And lastly, I have the brand new Alaia Nude EDP (From £52.00 for 50ml) – The new Alaïa Nude fragrance from Alaïa Paris is a fruity and floral creation designed to tantilise the senses. The scent opens with a blend of Cedar and Cashmeran, leading to a heart of Orange Blossom, and the base is enriched with warming notes of Tonka Bean, Musk and Leather.

  • Top notes: Cedar and Cashmeran.
  • Middle notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Base notes: Tonka bean, Musk and Leather.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Valentine’s Luxury Beauty Gift Guide for Her

Posted on February 11, 2018

Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, so I thought it was about time I shared my Luxury Beauty Valentine’s Gift Guide! As you can probably guess, this gift guide is packed full of wonderfully luxurious beauty treat, from makeup, to skincare to fragrance – I hope you enjoy!

Ok so this isn’t exactly a beauty product, but I wanted to include this gorgeous Culti Room Spray in Fuoco (£34.00 at Harrods) – described as mysterious and magical, this room spray includes notes of Rose, juicy Citrus, Clove and romantic Patchouli – the perfect room scent for a romantic night in.

Onto fragrances you can wear now, I have a couple of niche fragrance to tantalise your senses! Dear Rose Come Une Fleur EDP is an evocative Eau de Parfum combining the delicacy of sweet Turkish Delight with the vibrancy of zesty Lemons. For the sensual yet vulnerable, the graceful yet strong, the alluring Comme Une Fleur is a stunning masterpiece in perfumery.

Opening with a fresh and breezy combination of Petitgrain and Orange Blossom, the perfume has a heart of sweet, dark and earthy Patchouli and a rich woody base of Ambergris effect and Cashmere Wood. This fragrance is both distinctive and feminine.

  • Top Notes: Petitgrain and Orange Blossom
  • Heart Notes: Patchouli
  • Base Notes: Ambergris and Cashmere wood

I also have the beautiful Mizensir Edition de Veronique  – this scent opens with soft White Musk, leading to a fresh Rose Infusion with Sambac Jasmine and an added hint of Citrus. Iris Absolute and smoky, woody notes of Cade Oil make up the heart, and finally, warm Amber Wood and soft Musk round off the fragrance at the base.

  • Top notes: Fresh Rose Infusion and Sambac Jasmine Tea.
  • Heart Notes: Iris absolute and Cade Oil.
  • Base Notes: White Musk and Amber Wood.

When it comes to fragrance, Tuberose is one of my favourite notes, and the beautiful Aerin Tuberose Luxuriant Body Cream (£70.00) is just Tuberose at its finest. It’s described as a rich body cream that hydrates, smooths, and softens with the delicate scent of a luxurious Tuberose blend, which perfectly complements both the Aerin Tuberose Le Jour and Tuberose Le Soir fragrances.

If rose scents are more your thing, the Maison Francis Kurkdjian “A La Rose” Scented Body Cream and Shower Cream could be perfect for you. These beautifully scented bath and body products make the perfect addition to the Maison Francis À la rose range, adorning the body with a dazzling floral scent with notes of of Centifolia and Damascena roses – just beautiful!

And what would a luxury gift guide be without a bit of Tom Ford? The Tom Ford The Ultimate Bronzer (£75.00) really is the height of luxury, and for the price, you’d expect nothing less than the very best. The packaging is of course beautiful, and this bronzer is also super sized, so you know it’s going to last. The Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer features a silky, lightweight texture with an exclusively formulated mineral blend of Sunstone, Amber and Black Tourmaline Crystals, combined with unique pigments to flawlessly highlight your skin’s natural radiance.

I also have a matching Tom Ford Ultra Rich Lip Color in shade 04 Aphrodite (£40.00) – I mean you really can’t beat Tom Ford lipsticks, and the Ultra Rich Lip Color’s are just what you need if you’re looking for full coverage, vibrant, moisturising high shine colour – what more does a girl need?

From Chantecaille I have the stunning Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Colour in ‘Bee’. This is one of those products that’s just so pretty and special, that you don’t actually want to use it!

Chantecaille’s Philanthropy Cheek Colour is a finely milled, featherweight pressed powder blush, designed to deliver a light veil of naturally flushed colour. Inspired by magical creatures of the wild, the Philanthropy collection is dedicated to six charities that work to support endangered species around the world, reflected in each intricate, shimmering embossed design. With this cheek colour, your morning makeup routine becomes a mindful, reflective act, brushing on lightly and blending in seamlessly to create a rosy glow.

And I also have a Chantecaille Lip Chic Lip Colour in shade Hyacinth – This beautiful hybrid lip colour combines the high shine and plumping effects of a gloss with the rich, even coverage of a lipstick. The formula also contains hyaluronic acid, giving a soft, lightweight texture that helps to soften and condition the lips.

And lastly I have the ever-so-luxurious Rodial Rose Gold Skincare Collection. This collection is possibly Rodial’s most lavish yet, and comprises of three products – a moisturiser, serum and deep line filler, each promising to deliver both immediate and long term anti-ageing skin benefits. The products in this collection contain Fresh White Rose Cells to oxygenate the skin, increasing cellular respiration and renewal for a radiant, bright complexion, and 24 Carat Gold Technology to stimulate powerful vertical and horizontal wrinkle smoothing action. Each product includes only the finest ingredients to promote smoother and luminous looking skin.

I’d love to hear if you have any plans for Valentine’s day? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Benefit BADGal Bang Mascara

Posted on February 10, 2018

Hi Guys!

I have the brand new Benefit BADGal Bang Mascara to share with you today! The latest mascara launch from Benefit promises a massive 36 hours of volume, without weighing down the lashes – the whole idea here is that you can get a super voluminous look, without feeling like you have a heavy product on your lashes, which can feel quite uncomfortable as the day goes on.

The new BADGal Bang formula promises to be smudge-proof, water-resistant, and volumising. It contains aero-particles, which are one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology, as well as ProVitamin B5 to aid thickness & strength. It also comes with a custom Slimpact! brush – streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for big volume with 360 degree reach.

Benefit advise you to ‘Wiggle the Slimpact! brush from base of lashes to tip. Apply one coat to both eyes, repeat as desired to build BIGGER and BIGGER volume.’ So let’s see if it actually works…

Ok so the Slimpact! wand head is quite long and has teeny tiny spikes, rather than traditional bristles. They’re flexible and easily grab even the tiniest of lashes. When I first saw the brush, I thought I really wouldn’t like it, as I’ve used mascaras before with similar looking brushes that have been so spiky and sharp they actually hurt my eyes! These bristles though are soft and flexible, so this wasn’t a problem.

I have to say I actually love the style of the brush. I have very short, straight lashes and larger brushes with longer bristles can be a nightmare to use precisely. I loved how the Slimpact! brush is long in length, but not chunky, and you can easily get right to the edges of the eyes and coat those tiny fine hairs that larger brushes seem to miss.

I know what you want to know – but is it clumpy? Well the answer is, yes it can be, but not necessarily. It really depends on how you apply your mascara, how thickly you put it on and how many coats. I found it quite easy to apply this in a way that gave fantastic volume, without any clumpiness. The formula does seem to want to stick the lashes together, so you just need to take a moment to go over the lashes a couple of times to makeup sure they’re separated. I didn’t find this mascara to help with curl at all – so you’ll definitely want to curl your lashes before hand, and it was slightly lengthening but not noticeably so.

Overall I actually really like this mascara, it definitely feels lightweight as advertised, and it gives a really dramatic look. You just need to take a bit more time with application to separate the lashes. This is a must have if you’re specifically looking for volume!

Benefit BADGal Bang Mascara is £21.50 and available now at Debenhams. Debenhams are also currently offering a free gift plus £5 worth of points when you purchase the BADgal Bang Mascara.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: The Revlon Lip Wardrobe

Posted on February 5, 2018

Hi Guys!

I have a few new lip releases from Revlon to share with you today! Now I must admit, Revlon isn’t a brand that I’d usually gravitate towards – for no other reason than I’m just not really familiar with their products. So when they offered to send over their ‘Lip Wardrobe’ including a selection of their new lip launches, I jumped at the chance and thought this would be a great opportunity to get acquainted with the brand…

Firstly I have the Ultra HD Gel Lip Color (£5.99) – these are kind of half way between a lipstick and a balm, in a long twist up tube. The Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours include hyaluronic acid for an ultra hydrating formula, and the gel stick promises to be intensely hydrating, offering lightweight colour pigments suspended in a clear gel base, with a creamy mango and whipped vanilla scent.

I think these are probably my favourite products out of the bunch. My problem is I more than often have dry lips, and I love wearing matte liquid lipsticks, which really don’t help. So a nice lightweight hydrating lip product is just what I need – I love that these have a decent amount of pigment for a light hint of colour, and feel moisturising and super comfortable to wear.

  • 720 HD Pink Cloud – a sheer petal pink.
  • 700 HD Sand – a sheer light apricot.

Next I have the Ultra HD Matte Lip Color (above top product, £6.99) and the Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Metallic (bottom two shades, £6.99) – these products are both described as lightweight, high definition gel matte lip colours, offering a moisturising, velvety feel. They have the same light mango and vanilla fragrance as the above products. The original Matte Lip Colour comes in 7 shades, and the Matte Lip Colour Metallic comes in 5 shades.

The formula of these lipsticks is nothing like a traditional matte finish liquid lipstick, the product itself is very thick, yet it feels very light, smooth and moisturising on the lips – it really feels like you’re wearing a lip balm! They look particularly shiny on my swatches above but are way more matte when applied on the lips. I should also mention that they don’t ‘set’ or dry down like a traditional liquid lipstick, which is why they feel so hydrating. These products will move around and you’ll probably want to wear a lip liner too for definition.

  • 675 HD Infatuation – a deep burgundy
  • 705 HD Shine – a metallic mauve pink.
  • 690 HD Gleam – a metallic light peach.

For fans of a more traditional lipstick, there’s also the Super Lustrous Lipsticks (£5.49) – these are formulated with microfine pigments, promising high-impact colour, with a smooth moisturizing feel.

These lipstick actually feel very similar on the lips to the Ultra HD Gel Lip Colors. They’re moisturising, and have more pigment, but a similar sheeny finish. I really like these and I think they’d definitely make great affordable day to day lipsticks.

  • 045 Naughty Plum – a mid muted plum.
  • 046 Bombshell Red – a slightly blue toned red.
  • 044 Bare Affair – a light peach toned beige.

And lastly the Colorstay Lipliner (£4.29) – promising longwearing definition, these lipliners help lip colour last longer and prevent feathering and bleeding. There’s not really too much I can say about these lip liners – they do the job! They’re not drying in any way, and they come with a built-in sharpener, which is very handy.

  • Plum – a mid toned pinky plum.
  • Nude – a light beige nude.

The above Revlon products are all available now at Boots.

I’d love to hear if you use Revlon products, and what you’d recommend? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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I’m Finally on Youtube!! (& Giveaway Winner Announcement!)

Posted on February 4, 2018

Hi Guys!

Ok so this has been a really long time coming, but I’m finally on Youtube! AT LAST! I’ve been talking about this for quite a long time now, and I’m SO glad I’ve finally taken the plunge! My first video is a bit of an introduction as well as going over the prizes from my last giveaway and announcing the winner 🙂

I’ve been wanting to start a Youtube channel for a long time but I’ve just been so nervous about it! Please do check out my first video and let me know what you think – I’m hoping to upload at least once a week moving forward and I’m planning on covering beauty reviews and tutorials, as well as a few other (very different) things that interest me.

You can subscribe to my channel here and please do leave me a comment letting me know what you think of my first video – I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing yet, so constructive criticism is very welcome!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx