Monthly Archives: June 2018

Ten Brand New Fragrances To Try: Paco Rabanne / Michael Kors / Moschino / L’Occitane / Calvin Klein

Posted on June 29, 2018

Happy Friday! I hope you’re making the most of this fabulous weather we’re having? Today I’ve gathered together a selection of new fragrances that have either recently launched, or will be on sale very soon. Enjoy!

Let’s start off with one of my favourite scents today – Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua. I’ve been a fan of Olympia for a long time, and their latest Aqua version is a beautifully luminescent, sparkling re-edition of the signature fragrance. Olympia Aqua is light yet sensual, soft and addictive, opening with notes of Calamondin and Cashmeron, leading to a heart of Lemon Blossom and sensual, Salty Vanilla, and a warming base of Hydroponic Jasmine and Ambergris – this scent is a must-try this summer.

Next I have Michael Kors Limited Edition Sheer. Soft, feminine and delicate, Sheer combines soothing herbal notes with rich florals and woodsy musk, to conjure moments of sheer intimacy. Enveloped by top notes of Bergamot and Tarragon, this luxurious blend is invigorated with hints of fresh Peony, Jasmine petals and smooth white Cedarwood for a subtly alluring finish.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Tarragon, and Green Leaves.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Orange Blossom Absolute, and Jasmine Petals.
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Wood, Musk, Amber Accord, and White Cedarwood.

I also have the gorgeous Moschino Cheap & Chic So Real – can I just start by mentioning the bottle, it’s completely mad and I love it! In case you weren’t sure, So Real is inspired by Popeye’s other half, Olive Oyl. The bottle, reminiscent of a Picasso painting, was designed by Moschino’s artistic director Jeremy Scott, and as you can probably guess, the fragrance is described as ironic, fun and joyful!

The opening of So Real is sharp and bright, with citrus notes of Bitter Orange and Mandarin, as well as juicy Raspberry and Blackcurrant Sorbet. The vibrant floral heart of faceted Pink peony, airy Jasmine, and Magnolia Blossoms leads to a wonderful base of Cedar, Oak Musk and Ambrosian Crystals. This really is a gorgeous summer fragrance, definitely not one to overlook! Also it’s currently a complete steal at only £14.50! Check the link above 🙂

Calvin Klein Eternity Air is a modern feminine interpretation of a traditional floral, with a burst of freshness conveyed through the Sky of the Sky Accord and a dense sexiness with a Cedarwood base. It’s a cool, bright, and refreshing scent, almost unisex, and perfect for those looking for something light and invigorating.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit Oil, Black Currant Absolute, Sky of the Sky Accord
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Muguet, Pear Accord
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood Oil, Ambergris, Skin Musk

& Other Stories Moroccan Tea – Ok so I must admit, I was sent this to try and I thought it was a new fragrance, but it’s actually not! Never mind hey! Moroccan Tea is an oriental woody fragrance, with top notes of Cardamom, Mint and Lemon, a heart of Orange Blossom, Mate and Almond, and a base of Cedar, Sandalwood, Musk and Brown Sugar. It’s quite an unusual fragrance that’s definitely worth a look next time you’re visiting & Other Stories stores.

Ariana Grande Moonlight – luminous and alluring, sweet and sensual, Moonlight is surprisingly beautiful. The scent opens with notes of sparkling rich Black Currant and juicy Plum, while the super sweet heart of fluffy Marshmallow and fresh Peony add a captivating wink of intrigue and mystery. A final seductive touch of creamy Sandalwood, Black Amber and sensual Vanilla at the base leave you with a wonderfully warm and sensual dry down.

I also have the latest launch from Hollister – Hollister Festival Vibes is a wonderfully bright and juicy scent, perfect for daily wear this summer. Festival Vibes is a wonderfully lively scent, opening with sparkling Italian Bergamot, fresh Quince, and Goji Berries. The floral heart offers a lush layer of Pink Peony, delicate Osmanthus, Vanilla Orchid, and Coral Hibiscus. Finally, the dry down envelops you like a comforting blanket of Cashmere Moods, creamy Tonka, and soft Musk.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Blue Women – Is definitely another favourite of mine, First Instinct Blue is a bright and energetic scent, radiating happiness, light and positivity. The fragrance opens with top notes of zesty Citrus Bergamia, juicy Blackcurrant, and refreshing Marine, leading to a sensual heart of velvety Apricot Nectar, Jasmine flowers and delicate Peonies. The base comprises of woody Patchouli, Creamy vanilla and Sandalwood for a rich and warm dry down.

First Instinct Blue Woman will be available nationwide from 30th July 2018.

If you’re looking for more of an evening scent, L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere Intense is definitely worth checking out. Perfect for fans of oud, Terre De Lumiere Intense opens with the enchanting oriental scent of Incense, leading to a gourmand heart of aromatic Lavender, sweet Honey and Tonka. This harmony is prolonged by its warm base that leaves behind a woody trail of Cedarwood, spicy Oud which mingles with the softness of Vanilla.

And lastly, Goya Black Rose. Goya have recently re-launched a selection of fragrances from different eras, with Black Rose representing the fabulous fifties, an era of stunning beauty, elegance, and romance. This fragrance opens with a sparkling citrus Green Accord contrasted with Bergamot and Clove. The heart reaveals a fresh and feminine floral bouquet of Rose, Geranium, and Rose Damas enhanced by a confortable drydown of Jasmine, Salicylate and velvety Musk.

Rodin Olio Lusso Mermaid Luxury Collection

Posted on June 27, 2018

I have a couple of beautiful brand new launches to share with you today from luxury brand Rodin Olio Lussso. Their new Mermaid collection focusses on soft and supple, natural looking skin, with a body and lip oil, as well as a couple of gorgeous highlighters for a radiant summertime glow…

The Olio Lusso Mermaid Collection features a radiance-boosting line-up of fantastical finishing rituals for face and body. Fulfilling her philosophy that there’s beauty in simplicity, Linda Rodin’s silken formulas nourish skin and generate an otherworldly glow. Rodin’s artist friend and fellow-Pisces, Donald Robertson, brings the skin care guru’s creations to life with exclusive packaging painted with magical marine life.

The Mermaid luxury Illuminating Powder is just absolutely stunning! Housed in a generously sized clear compact, the powder is embossed with a cute under sea design, including a mermaid and a couple of sea creatures. There is one shade available – Siren, which is a beautiful light nude pink toned champagne that will suit most skin tones, offering skin a natural sunlit radiance. The product itself is described as a gel-powder, and it has a sheer, buildable texture that can be applied with a light hand for a soft-focus glow, or layered up for a full on glowing sheen.

I also have Mermaid Luxury Kabuki Brush which as been specially designed to apply the Mermaid Illuminating Powder. It features a sleek and compact design with long white cashmere synthetic bristles. Though it’s compact in size, the brush head is quite large so you won’t be able to use this for detailed application (brow highlight, inner eye corners etc) This is perfect for large application areas, such as sweeping the product lightly all over the face, decolette and shoulders for a natural looking radiant glow.

I also have the Mermaid luxury Illuminating Liquid – this is essentially a liquid version of the above highlighter, again suitable for both face and body. It’s presented in a pump bottle with a nod to the under water theme printed on the front. The shade of the liquid highlighter is slightly more gold toned and the finish is more intense than the powder. The liquid gold formula is infused with an exquisite blend of micro-fine, light-reflecting optics, giving skin a super-radiant and healthy summer glow.

The collection also includes a Mermaid Luxury Lip Oil and Mermaid Luxury Body Oil – both described as indulgent elixirs infused with precious botanicals, one to condition lips and leave them looking full, supple and kissable, and the other for the supreme silkening, nourishing and moisturising of skin.

This really is a stunning collection and definitely worth a look if your on the hunt for a new highlighter this summer!

The Rodin Olio Lusso Mermaid Luxury collection is available now at Liberty London.

Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Summer Sun Beach Bag #Letgo

Posted on June 26, 2018

Sanctuary Spa currently have a gorgeous limited edition Luxury Summer Beach Bag on sale, packed full with full size body products, including everything you need to get perfectly prepped from top to toe for summer!

The bag contains an indulgent collection of eight treats worth £45.00, for the bargain price of only £22.00. Here’s what’s included…

Body Wash 250ml: Massage onto wet skin & rinse. For best results use with a shower puff. Finish your shower with a blast of cold water to close pores & awaken your senses.

Wet Skin Moisture Miracle 200ml: Finish your shower & turn the water off. Apply whilst still soaking wet, apply the product like you would any body moisturiser. Do not rinse. Then simply towel dry and get ready as normal.

Body Scrub 200ml: Vigorously work the polish into damp skin in the bath or shower & rinse. Finish your shower with a blast of cold water to close pores & awaken your senses.

Heel Balm 75ml: Massage this rich balm into dry skin using gentle circular motions.

Body Moisture Spray 50ml: Generously spritz & then smooth onto skin for instant hydration and a healthy sheen.

Hand Cream 75ml: Massage this non-greasy, nourishing cream into hands throughout the day for velvety soft skin.

Luxury Bath Float 250ml: Pour generously under warm running water. Sink in & enjoy.

Body Puff: To create a gorgeous bubbly lather with your Sanctuary Spa products.

This is a fantastic deal and definitely worth treating yourself to if you’re a fan of Sanctuary Spa products. The Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Summer Sun Beach Bag is available now at Boots.

Cohorted Beauty Box June 18 / Doucce Beauty

Posted on June 25, 2018

It’s been a really long time since I’ve reviewed Cohorted’s monthly beauty boxes – but today Cohorted are back on the blog with their latest box for June 2018!

This particular box is brand specific, containing a selection of colour cosmetics from New York beauty brand, Doucce Cosmetics. Personally I hadn’t heard of Doucce before, so if like me you’re new to the brand, here’s a bit of background info –

Doucce was born in New York, and its name was inspired by the French word “douce”, meaning soft and elegant. Each one of Doucce’s innovative products embodies the underlying ethos of the brand’s name and ideals, by combining high fashion hues and contemporary packaging, to create the perfect combination of trendy and très chic.

The Cohorted X Doucce beauty box contains a selection of six Doucce products, valued at a total of £146.00. On first look, the products appear high quality, weighty and have an overall luxurious feel. Let’s take a closer look…

The Freematic Pro Palette (£50.00) is definitely the stand out product here. This palette has been designed specifically for Cohorted and contains a selection of face and eye colours. The Freematic palette itself is essentially an empty magnetic palette that’s specifically made to fit Doucce’s corresponding eyeshadows, blushers, bronzers and highlighters.

Cohorted’s Freematic Pro Palette includes one large highlighter pan in shade Ember, a light champagne shimmer, two medium blusher pans in 52 Delightful Peach, a light peach with a hint of shimmer, and 55 After Party, a muted matt pink. There are also four eyeshadows – shade 89 Gracie, a matte taupe grey, 58 Nadia, an intense bronze-gold shimmer, 77 Julia, a pink-bronze shimmer, and 86 Sophia, a muted matte Burgundy. All shades are soft and well pigmented, and I’d say the shimmers are more impressive than the mattes, but all are very nice to use and easy to blend.

The Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen is described as a deeply pigmented waterproof graphic pen that is both easy to use and creates precise, sharp lines. And I have to say I absolutely love this pen! The formula is inky black, dries down quickly and doesn’t move throughout the day. I’d say it’s on par with my Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner which I use all the time.

And to finish your eye look, the Maxlash Mascara promises to intensify your lashes with outrageous volume and length. Unfortunately this didn’t really do much for me. The XL brush was too large for my short and fine lashes, and the mascara itself did give a bit of volume, but no curl or length. If you’re lucky enough to have longer lashes though this could work well for you.

On to lips now, Cohorted have also included a Doucce Matte Temptation Lipstick in 103 First Date – I must admit I thought the lipstick bullett looked incredibly matte, and I really though it was going to be drying, but actually it was nicely creamy, giving a matte finish that gave full coverage colour as well as feeling smooth and comfortable on the lips. The shade didn’t really suit me, bit I’d definitely be interested in trying some of their other colours – this is a great alternative to a matte liquid lipstick.

The Lip Definer Pencil in shade 470 Lyra has been chosen to match the above lipstick. It gave a smooth, pigmented line that definitely helped keep my lipstick in place – no complaints here!

And lastly the Brow Filler Pencil in Ash Brown. This was another winner for me – the shade was perfect for my light brown brows, and the firm formula gave nice sharp lines which were great for drawing individual lines as well as filling in the brows.

If you’re interested in subscribing to Cohorted’s monthly beauty boxes, you can do so here. Make sure you use code #COHORTEDGIFTME which gives first time subscribers a free Huda Beauty lip Strobe in shade Angelic (worth £17.00) with their first box.

Fragrance: Roja Parfums Scandal Pour Femme EDP

Posted on June 19, 2018

You may remember a few months back I had my first experience with Roja Parfums – Un Amore Eteno was and still is just beautiful. I’m now very excited to share my second Roja fragrance, Scandal Pour Femme Eau De Parfum…

Firstly, I love the name. Scandal just sounds exciting, thrilling, dangerous and tempting – all the things I need more of in my life!! Seriously though, this fragrance sounds like just my kind of scent, it’s described as sweet, warm and very sensual, and it includes two of my favourite fragrance notes: tuberose and jasmine.

“I remember when I first encountered Tuberose, I was shocked that a flower could be so sensual; as you inhale its perfume it becomes almost narcotic. I love how it transports you to the sun, removing you from the grey skies of England. I blended it with other white blossoms, creating an effect that is at once floral, sunny, and deeply sensual.” – ROJA DOVE.

The main attraction here is of course, tuberose. Scandal is an intense, luxurious and seductive fragrance. It’s a chic, ultra feminine woman turning heads, dripping in couture, classic yet striking. This fragrance is both elegant and refined, and it really does smell expensive.

There’s no doubt this is an evening fragrance – Scandal Pour Femme is fresh and warm, yet incredibly sensual. The scent opens with fresh Bergamot, leading directly to a wonderful bouquet of white flowers – Jasmine, Rose, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom, and Freesia intertwine at the heart. The base of Sandalwood, Musk, and Orris Root blends perfectly with floral notes of Tuberose and Lavender, for a beautifully creamy and warming dry down.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Lily of the Valley, Freesia, Rose de Mai, Gardenia, Orange Blossom, Jasmin de Grasse and Tuberose.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Orris Root and Musk.

Roja Parfums Scandal EDP is available now at Roja Parfums.

Urban Decay x Feelunique Beauty On The Go Kit

Posted on June 18, 2018

Urban Decay have recently teamed up with Feelunque to bring you their fantastic Beauty on the Go Kit – priced at a very reasonable £45.00 (with a value of £69.00) this set includes a must have selection of both full size and travel size Urban Decay products…

The Urban Decay Beauty on the Go Kit Powered by Feelunique contains the following –

Anti-Ageing Eyeshadow Primer (Travel Size, 5ml) – Apply before your eyeshadow for more vibrant, crease-free colour that lasts for 24 hours. This not only locks shadow in place but also improves tone and texture, while optical blurring pigments create a subtle, soft-focus effect that instantly wakes up tired eyes and minimises the appearance of redness and other imperfections.

All Nighter Setting Spray (Travel Size, 30ml) – Mist on this travel-size weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. The All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray keeps your makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours, without melting, cracking, fading or settling into fine lines.

Perversion Mascara (Travel Size 4ml) – Build, separate and define the look of each lash. This mascara has a creamy, full-bodied texture that’s not too dry, not too wet, so you can go ahead and pile on coat after coat.

Naked Basics Palette (Full Size) – One of my personal favourite Urban Decay palettes, it contains six versatile neutral shadows, with five mattes and one satin shade – which is perfect for an inner corner highlight. All shades are great for wearing on a daily basis and have a smooth, luxe finish.

Moondust Eyeshadow (Full Size 1.5g in shade Diamond Dog) – This single eyeshadow is dazzlingly sparkly with a super refined finish – there’s no chunky glitter here!

Holographic Cosmetics Bag – The perfect size for all your makeup, or if you don’t fancy using it as a makeup bag, why not use it as stationery case or travel bag?

The Urban Decay Beauty on the Go Kit is available now at Feelunique.

My Top 5 Stores for Fabulous Home Accessories

Posted on June 17, 2018

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a lovely Father’s Day whatever you’re up to 🙂

I’m currently embarking on a bit of a mission to make over my house – I’m working room by room and planning on upgrading some furniture, painting walls, accessorising, basically just revamping and making my house finally look like my home. My main problem is I’m quite fussy when it comes to things I like, and I’ve spent more time that I’d like to admit scouring the internet for fabulous bits and bobs that I love – so I thought I’d put together a list of my top five online home accessory stores and tell you exactly why I love them!

If you’re a fan of designer labels and high end, luxury products, Amara is an essential site for your home accessory needs. Initially starting life as an interior design business, Amara now houses over 300 of the world’s most luxurious home fashion brands, including Ralph Lauren Home, Versace Home, Missoni Home, Fornasetti, Jonathan Adler, Alessi and many more.

Amara really does stock the most coveted luxury brands, and I’ve included their fabulous products on the blog quite a few times already. A couple of my favourite products have to be my Fornasetti Candle and Seletti Mouse Lamp. They also currently have a massive up to 50% off sale on at the moment too, so be sure to check that out!

Next, I had to include Rockett St George. I remember when I first came across the site probably about five years ago, and I was completely wowed by their stunningly eclectic selection of products. Rockett St George’s Ethos is to ‘revitalise the interiors market with unique treasures, oddities, and curiosities … breaking free from chain store offerings, by sourcing unique, authentic and quirky pieces bursting with individuality’.

To this day, the founders of Rockett St George continue to treasure hunt across the world in search of unique, glamorous, eclectic, witty and rock ‘n’ roll home accessories, furniture, lighting, kitchenware, art and gifts that you cannot find elsewhere – and this is why I love them!

Graham & Green is another fantastic site, offering products to die for as well as amazing inspiration for your own interiors. Their style is actually quite similar to Rockett St George, again offering an eclectic mix of vintage inspiration, contemporary style and fabulous finds from around the globe. I absolutely love this octopus cande stick!

I also had to include Wayfair – did you know that they offer one of the world’s largest online selections of furniture, home furnishings, décor and goods, including more than ten million products from over 10,000 suppliers! I love shopping at Wayfair just because you never know what gems you’re going to discover. There’s no set style or look here, Wayfair really does offer a bit of everything, to suit pretty much all tastes, whilst covering a massive price range too. I also wanted to mention Groupon, which you’ve probably heard of by now, it’s definitely worth checking out their latest deals for Wayfair, which include daily deals, upcoming sales, discount codes and much more. I’ve recently been browsing the Home & Garden section on Groupon and they really do have some excellent deals on right now!

And lastly, Urban Outfitters. Did you know they’ve been around since 1970? I love Urban Outfitters hipster chic style, their home accessories and gifts are always kitsch, quirky and fun – my only niggle being their US site always has so many more products available than the UK site, however I have found some pretty cool bits and bobs at UO UK. I’ve recently picked up some awesome cushions, mugs and wall art which will be coming up on the blog very soon!

I’d love to hear which online stores you love for home furniture and accessories?

This post is sponsored by Groupon