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Massive USA Beauty Haul & My Mall Box Service Review

Posted on June 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my massive US beauty haul that I shared a little while ago on my stories. Over the past few months I’ve been purchasing LOADS of bits and pieces from various US sites and having them sent to my US PO Box address – and I’ve finally got round to shipping them over here.

I’ll just quickly touch on what I’ve ordered – I’ll have full reviews of everything coming up shortly, but if anything catches your eye please shout and I’ll make it a priority –

Stila Magnificent Metals Duo Chromes – These are the three new iridescent duo chrome finish Magnificent Metal Liquid Eyeshadows from Stila – they’re gorgeous! I bought these quite a while ago now and they’re still not available in the UK, so I’m really glad I picked them up.

Clarins 4-Colour Pen – This is actually available in the UK now, but out of stock unfortunately. This nifty little pen contains three eyeliners and a nude lipliner in a click pen style – it’s such an unusual and fun concept!

A Selection of Korean beauty products from MeMeBox – I picked up a load of weird and wonderful sounding products from MeMeBox, including the above Pony Effect eyeshadow palette and Primer, as well as plenty of masks, including bubble masks and magical foaming beans! And I also grabbed som wine themed makeup (as you do) – I’m actually thinking of starting a Youtube channel and trying these products out on there. I think it could be really fun trying them out live on camera. Let me know if you’d like to see that!

Tarte Shape Tape I’d been wanting to try Tape Shape forever, and though they sell it here at QVC, they never had my shade in stock. I picked up the two lightest shades.

Marc Jacobs Enamored with a Twist Set – This was just a real splurge, honestly I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging! As soon as I saw this limited edition set I knew I had to have it! This is a limited edition colourful makeup bag that contains three lip glosses.

Hanacure Starter Set – I think I originally saw this advertised on Facebook, it sounded like a great facial set, and seemed to have really great reviews.

Like I said, please do let me know if you’d like to hear more about any of these products!

So, let’s take about My Mall Box now…

It was actually about a year ago now that I first reviewed the My Mall Box service – and they’ve made quite a few changes and improvements since then. Just to briefly explain, My Mall Box is essentially a shipping service that allows you to purchase items from the US and have them shipped to the UK – where shipping usually wouldn’t be possible from the companies directly.

When I wrote my last review, there were still a few restrictions with My Mall Box, as certain companies don’t (and still don’t) ship to the UK, or even to PO Boxes in the US. My Mall Box have now overcome this hurdle by offering a service that will buy the item for you, and have it shipped to your dedicated PO Box My Mall Box address, before forwarding on to you in the UK. There is a small fee for this service, but it does allow you to pick up items that would otherwise be unable to get hold of. An example of this is Stila. As soon as I tried their Magnificent Metals I was in love, then when I saw the new Duo Chrome shades I had to have them! They aren’t yet available in the UK and the Stila US site doesn‘t ship to the UK, or to PO Boxes in the US. So I completed the Buy For Me option at My Mall Box, sent them payment and they ordered what I wanted and had it delivered to my own ‘box’ at the My Mall Box warehouse, ready to be sent on to me – easy!

This really is such a handy service to have, and I believe this is the only mailing company that offers it currently (but please tell me if I’m wrong). My Mall Box are also looking into offering some really handy additional services and options – such as discounts and deals for regular customers – they’ve told me they’ll be rolling out their new services throughout the rest of the year, so I look forward to finding out and trialling what they’ll be offering.

At the moment like I said above, you can get MMB to ‘buy for you’, and they also have a page on their site where you can compare their shipping rates and fees to other providers, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal, as well as a calculator so you can check what shipping options are provided before going ahead and purchasing your items.

You can also split a package into two smaller packages, have multiple items opened and repackaged together (to keep shipping costs down) and there’s a very handy FAQ section on the site that literally covers everything – and you can always email their customer services team who are fantastic at answering questions too.

The only thing I would mention to be aware of is it’s worth making a mental note of the restricted items list before making any purchases. Just like the UK, there are certain problem items that they can’t ship – the things that would affect me personally are items like fragrances and candles. This is just a handy thing to know before you place any orders.

If you’re interested in purchasing products from the US, I’d highly recommend you sign up to MMB. It’s easy to use, convenient and cost effective. You can sign up hereand doing so via this link will also give you a credit to your account.

I’d love to hear if you use mail referring services? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by My Mall Box. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Daisy Kiss Collection

Posted on March 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Insta Stories you may have seen that the new collection of Marc Jacbos Daisy fragrances landed at TSNC HQ recently. I’ve been trying them out ever since and I’m now ready to tell you all about them…

The new Daisy Kiss collection contains three fragrances – Daisy Kiss, Daisy Dream Kiss and Daisy Eau So Fresh Kiss. The collection is inspired by the vivid bursts of colour in Marc Jacobs Resort fashion collections, and this fragrance collection promises to be vibrant, bold and striking. Let’s take a look at each scent –

First up, we have the new Daisy Kiss EDT (£54.00 at Feelunique) – I’m a big fan of the way Marc Jacobs styles his bottles, and this fragrance really does smell as good as it looks. The bottle is presented in typical ‘Daisy’ style with a fun rubberised cutout flower detail, and in terms of colour, Marc Jacobs has gone for a graduating shocking pink, which I think complements the collection perfectly.

Daisy Kiss EDT is described as an uplifting fragrance with floral and fruity notes, opening with a juicy burst of Pomelo Nectar mixed with hints of Peony and Rose and a bright and notes of Creamy Cedarwood, Ambrox and Musk at the base, for a warm drydown.

This fragrance really is everything you’d expect – it’s fun, playful and flirty, as well as being youthful and easy to wear on a daily basis.

  • Top Notes: Valentine Pomelo, Apricot Nectar, Dewy Violet.
  • Heart Notes: Osmanthus Flower, White Peony, Pink Rose.
  • Base Notes: Creamy Cedarwood, Ambrox, Musk.

Next is Daisy Dream Kiss EDT (£54.00 at Feelunique) – with the same colouring throughout the collection, this bottle has the distinctive Marc Jacobs spherical mirrored flower lid, as well as a different shaped flanker to the original, so it’s easy to distinguish between them.

Described as being vibrant and bright, Daisy Dream Kiss is a luminous fragrance of luscious fruit notes and sun-drenched florals. Bright and playful, notes of Pink Grapefruit and Juicy Pineapple mingle with a range of fresh florals at the heart, and Cedarwood, Musk and Ambrox at the base creates a sensual and lingering drydown.

This fragrance is very similar to Daisy Dream above, but noticeably has different top notes, giving a much more juicy and fruity opening. The dry down however is very similar to Daisy Dream, so I would definitely recommend trying them both to decide which you prefer.

  • Top Notes: Black Currant, Pink Grapefruit, Juicy Pineapple.
  • Heart Notes: White Freesia, Jasmine Petals, Tart Raspberry.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Skin Musk, Ambrox.

And lastly Daisy Eau So Fresh Kiss EDT (£64.00 at Feelunique) – this bottle is taller and larger than the others (75ml compared to 50ml for the above fragrances) and the scent is noticeably different to the above two.

Daisy Eau So Fresh kiss is definitely a light and radiant fragrance, opening with Mandarin Leaves, Cassis and Pink Pepper, leading to a vibrant blend of Peony, Cherry Blossom and Rose Petals, while notes of sensual White Wood and Sandalwood round out the base. It’s the lightest of the three scents, and if you tend to go for floral feminine scents, this could be perfect for you.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Leaves, Cassis, Pink Pepper.
  • Heart Notes: Sheer Peony, Cherry Blossom Petals, Pink Rose.
  • Base Notes: White Wood, Sandalwood, Ambrox.

If you’re a fan of Marc Jacobs scents, then you should definitely check this collection out, as the new Daisy Kiss range really is so pretty and wearable for the coming summer. The new Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss fragrance collection is available now at Boots and Feelunique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Decadence VS Divine Decadence

Posted on September 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

On attempting to sort out my perfume collection, I realised I never got round to sharing the original Marc Jacobs Decadence with you, which was released last year. Marc Jacobs have now launched a follow up – Divine Decadence, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you both scents, and let you know how they compare and differ…

I remember when I first saw the original Marc Jacobs Decadence, I fell in love with the bottle instantly! It’s just so luxurious looking, and like no other fragrance bottle I’d ever seen – I knew I had to have it!

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So the original Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP is a wonderfully glamorous and sensuous fragrance. It’s heavy and intoxicating, and most definitely an evening scent. It opens with a blend of Italian Plum, Iris and Saffron, and Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris at the heart, leading to a rich and tempting dry down of liquid Amber, Vetiver and Papyrus Woods. This is a sophisticated scent, grown up, striking and not easily forgotten.

  • Top Notes: Italian Plum, Iris and Saffron.
  • Heart Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris.
  • Base Notes: Liquid Amber, Vetiver and Papyrus Woods.

In comparison, the new Divine Decadence EDP is the perfect sister to the original scent. Described an effervescent, floral-woody expression of timeless glamour, Divine Decadence captures the same indulgent and luxurious nature as the original Decadence, but this time the mood is lighter, the scent more radiant and sparkling, compared to the heavy creaminess of the original Decadence.

Divine Decadence opens with a radiant shimmer of almost-solar notes, including Orange Blossom and a pop of Champagne Extract. At the heart, the creamy floral explosion of Gardenia, Hydrangea and Honeysuckle are glamorous florals, leading to seductive notes of Amber and Vanilla combined with precious Saffron that linger on the skin at the base.

  • Top Notes: Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom and Bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Gardenia, Hydrangea and Honeysuckle.
  • Base Notes: Saffron, Vanilla and Liquid Amber.

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Overall, both scents are quite intense and I have a feeling you’ll either love them or hate them. If I had to choose though, I’d probably say I prefer Divine Decadence out of the two, just because it’s slightly lighter and more versatile to wear.

Marc Jacobs Decadence and Divine Decadence are priced from £49.00 for 30ml and available now at Boots.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My NYC Sephora Haul! Feat. Kat Von D, Milk Makeup, Tatcha, Becca & More!

Posted on September 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Any beauty lover will know that one of your priorities when visiting the US is of course, Sephora. Visiting New York was my first ever visit to the US, so I had my first ever Sephora store experience too!

For those yet to experience this pleasure, I have to tell you it’s actually quite overwhelming – especially for a small town gal like me who gets excited visiting Selfridges! Sephora is literally floor to ceiling beauty – so I decided to tackle it with a strategy – basically if the brand was available in the UK, I didn’t bother looking. So I headed for all the exciting US brands that I’ve been dying to get my hands on – Kat Von D, MILK Makeup, Anastasia and Sephora’s own brand to name but a few. Let’s take a look at what I picked up…

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So first of all I headed for Kat Von D (and yes I know we have it in the UK now, but it wasn’t available here when I was in NYC!) I really liked the look of the new Lock-it Concealer Creme – a super-versatile, rich and creamy concealer with 24-hour wear and instant full coverage. It promised to brighten the undereye area, cover blemishes and correct discolouration which was exactly what I was looking for. I got Hayley to help shade match me and ended up with shade Light 3 Warm. I started using this while in NYC and I have to say I was very impressed, it did a great job of covering my under eye circles as well as staying put throughout the day. I picked up the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush too – described as ‘a high-performance concealer brush with an exclusive sculpted shape to seamlessly blend under eye concealer and instantly cover blemishes‘ I thought this would be the perfect match for the Lock-It Concealer. It’s just the right size and shape for concealer coverage on the under eye area, and applies product like a dream.

While I was at it I thought I’d also grab the Kat Von D Lockit Setting Powder too – you know, when in Rome! This is a weightless translucent loose powder, formulated with Micro-Blurring Technology to blur pores and set and perfect makeup for a flawless, locked-in finish. This is probably the most lightweight and silky finishing powder I’ve ever tried – it leaves your complexion velvety matte and smooth – and you can also use it for baking if that’s part of your routine too.

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I’d also been dying to try some bits from MILK Makeup – they had quite a big range on offer, and I decided to pick up a couple of quirky sounding products…

Firstly I grabbed the Milk Makeup Cooling Water – this is basically a twist up stick that you apply to the face to cool, soothe and hydrate the skin. I tried it on the back of my hand and the cooling effect really worked! The product contains rich marine minerals and caffeine to hydrate, whilst give skin an energized, glowing look.

And the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick – well, I’d heard of this and thought it sounded fantastic, so I popped it in my basket too. Technically this doesn’t give a holographic highlight, but it does give skin an iridescent lavender sheen, which is really fun and pretty. Also, you can use it wherever you like – lips, eyes, cheeks – I’m looking forward to creating some fun looks with this!

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I then checked out Sephora’s massive own brand range, and they literally stock everything! I loved the look of their retractable Hide & Sleek brushes, which come in high shine metallic casings with lids so they don’t get ruined in your makeup bag. I grabbed the Skinny Cheek Contour Brush – a retractable cheek contour brush in a slim and elegant rose gold case, and the Skinny Foundation Retractable Brush – a chic retractable foundation brush this time in gold casing.

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I’m also really glad I came across the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder – I’d been wanting to snap this up for a while, but the full size tub is $60.00 – eek! I found this mini 10g tub which was only $15.00 and very much in my price range. If you haven’t heard of Tatcha, they offer luxury skincare inspired by Japanese Geishas – you should definitely check them out if skincare’s your thing. Their Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is a creamy, water-activated enzyme powder that effortlessly releases debris from skin, leaving it feeling polished and baby soft in an instant. It’s formulated with nourishing Japanese rice bran blended with papaya extracts, to help reduce the look of fine lines and addresses uneven skintone, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. I’m looking forward to giving this a go!

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And while I was checking out all the amazing mini products and sets that Sephora has to offer, I came across the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Glow On The Go Set – this is a mini duo of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector luminizers. I love Becca’s highlighters and these mini pressed and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Opal just looked so cute – as well as being the perfect size to throw in my bag.

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And lastly, I couldn’t resist the Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Lip Set – this is a six-piece, multibranded lip sampler set, including two full size products, and it was only $28.00 with a  total product value of $97.00! –

  • Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (sheer rosy tint)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft (mauve pink nude)
  • Lancôme Juicy Shaker in 313 Boom-Meringue (lemon meringue flavor – full size)
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (rose pink)
  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out (deep nude – full size)
  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua (dusty mauve)

By this point I’d tried mentally adding up how much I was spending and decided I’d better calm down a bit. I quickly glanced at Anastasia, Surratt and in the general direction of skincare and fragrance and decided I’d better head to the checkout before I got too carried away.

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So yes I ended up spending quite a lot of money… but I don’t regret it. It’s not every day I get to pop into an actual Sephora store, so I’m glad I made the most of it while I had the chance!

Do let me know if you’d like to see any swatches, or full reviews of anything – this post ended up being quite long so I decided not to include swatches this time 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Affordable Feel Good Summer Fragrances: Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake, Michael Kors & More!

Posted on August 15, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Summer is now officially in full swing, so I thought I’d take it upon myself to share some gorgeous feel-good summer fragrances with you today that won’t break the bank! Enjoy!

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Starting with Marc Jacobs’ Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush Edition – described as carefree and vibrant, Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush is warm and radiant with a blend of fruity florals, notes of pink grapefruit, and a floral heart of freesia and rose. The base contains a velvety blend of apricot nectar with cedarwood and musk. This fragrance is fruity, juicy and youthful.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Apple, and Pink Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, Lily of the Valley, and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Apricot Nectar, Cedarwood, and Musk.

Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush is £59.00 for 75ml, but currently on offer for £39.33 at Boots.

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Next, the gorgeous Limited Edition Jimmy Choo Exotic – this fragrance is sparkling, sexy and irresistible – and probably my favourite out of all the scents in this post. Exotic is a new interpretation of the classic Jimmy Choo fragrance, with refreshing notes of blackcurrant sorbet and pink grapefruit bringing sparkle to the sensuality of tiger orchid and passion flower – the heart of the original scent. The base of patchouli and velvety raspberry complete this fruity, chypre fragrance.

  • Top Notes: blackcurrant sorbet, pink grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Tiger orchid and passion flower.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli and raspberry.

Jimmy Choo Exotic is £44.00 for EDT 60ml, but currently on offer for £33.00 at Boots.

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Paul Smith Sunshine for Women Limited Edition – Now I must admit, Paul Smith isn’t a brand I’d usually gravitate towards when it comes to fragrance, but their latest limited edition is a summer must have! Sunshine for Women is a wonderfully light and fruity yet refreshing scent. Pink grapefruit and peach at the top make the scent juicy and sweet, with a feminine floral heart and warm sandalwood and musk at the base.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot and Peach.
  • Heart Notes: Bulgarian rose, Jasmine and White Peony.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Musk.

Paul Smith Sunshine for Women is £31.00 for 100ml EDT at Paul Smith.

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Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer Limited Edition – in collaboration with artist Michelle McKinney, limited edition L’eau d’Issey Summer is a gorgeous light fruity-floral summer scent, with fruity notes of lychee, grapefruit and exotic guava and passionfruit at the heart, brought together with a feminine base of vanilla and woods.

  • Top Notes: Lychee and Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Pitahaya, Guava and Passionfruit.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla and Wood.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer is £41.00 for 100ml EDT at Selfridges.

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Hollister WAVE for Her – another brand which I wouldn’t necessarily pick up and try if I saw it on the shelf, Hollister Wave for Her definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Inspired by a California sunset, this fragrance is made for a girl with youthful spontaneity and personality. The fragrance opens with juicy citruses notes, making way for wild orchid, sunset hibiscus and California Poppy at the heart. Warm, enveloping woods and amber create the perfect balance in the base evoking the warmth of a summers evening.

  • Top notes: Carambola (star fruit), Cassis and Quince.
  • Heart notes: Orchid, Hibiscus and Poppy.
  • Base notes: Solar Notes, Sandalwood and Crystal Amber.

Hollister Wave for her is from £19.00 for 30ml, and it’s available at Boots.

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CK One Summer – this is a wonderfully wet and refreshing unisex scent. Opening with fresh and fruity top notes of lime mojito and green apple, leading on to juicy guava and lush vibrant greens at the heart, dripping with exotic freshness. The scent is rounded off with cool cedarwood and tree moss at the base.

  • Top Notes: Green Apple, Lime Mojito, and Green Ginger.
  • Heart Notes: Guava, Tiare Tahiti, and Juniper.
  • Base Notes: Coconut Milk, Cedarwood, and Tree Moss.

CK One Summer EDT is £33.00 for 100ml at Escentual.

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And lastly, Michael Kors Coral – described as fresh, feminine, and fabulous, Michael Kors Coral is a bright and bold scent evoking the chic, carefree mood of faraway destinations. The fragrance opens with top notes of pink grapefruit, lemon and juicy mandarin, with pink pepper and blackcurrant mingling with tuberose and orange blossom for a sweet and feminine heart. The base contains a blend of cedar, musk, ambrox and warm sandalwood for a sumptuous and velvety finish.

  • Top Notes: Pink grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, pink pepper and black currant.
  • Heart Notes: Tuberose, jasmine tea, orange blossom and sweet raspberries.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, cedar, musk and ambrox.

Michael Kors Coral is from £39.00 for 30ml at Boots.

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I’d love to hear about your favourite summer fragrance – do let me know what you’ve been wearing this summer! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Marc Jacobs Splash Fragrance Collection

Posted on May 30, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a wonderful bank holiday? I haven’t been up to much as yet, but we’re off to Legoland tomorrow for Fred’s birthday, and I’m so excited! It’s a surprise and he has no idea about it. I can’t wait to see his little face when we arrive! 🙂

So today I have the gorgeous Marc Jacobs Splash collection of fragrances to share with you. The 2016 Splash collection contains four previously released fragrances which due to popular demand, have been re-designed and re-released as limited editions this year. The collection includes four gender-free fragrances – Rain and Cotton from 2006, Cucumber from 2007 and Pear from 2008, which come presented in simple chic square glass bottles, and as a collection, perfectly captures the essence of summer.

Inspired by the original Marc Jacobs’ Splash Collection, the four favorites recapture the essence of summer. Crisp to the senses, yet mellow in color, each Splash indulges in the simple pleasures of the easy-going, light hearted spirit of Marc Jacobs.

Starting with Pear Splash this is a deliciously fresh and juicy pear scent, but not as sweet as you might expect. This is very much a gender-free fragrance, though it definitely captures the essence of summer, the inclusion of teak and musk prevents it from being too sweet and feminine.

  • Top notes: Pear, Lemon and Bergamot.
  • Heart notes: Juniper, Gin and Freesia.
  • Base notes: Teak, Amber and Musk.

Next we have Rain Splash – this is probably my favourite out of the collection. Rain Splash is a beautifully clean, fresh and revitalising scent, conveying the smell of fresh rain, grass and flowers on a bright summers day. Again this is neither masculine nor feminine, but suitable for everyone and anyone that loves a clean and fresh scent.

  • Top notes: Wet Cut Grass, Wild Strawberry, Clementine, and Cypress.
  • Heart notes: Tropical Rain, Passion Flower, Sunflower and White Orchid.
  • Base notes: Amber, Moss, Teak and Musk.

And Cotton Splash – described as the scent of freshness and purity, this fragrance is reminiscent of freshly washed and sun-dried cotton laundry. It’s a clean yet comforting scent capturing the ease and simplicity of summer in a bottle.

  • Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Orange, Peach and Aquatic Accord.
  • Heart notes: Lavender, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley and Cotton Flower.
  • Base notes: White Suede, Blonde Woods, Musk and Sandalwood.

And lastly, Cucumber Splash – this is a wonderfully light and refreshing scent of freesia and cucumber. This is definitely another favourite of mine, this fragrance perfectly captures the juicy, watery essence of cucumber, giving a beautifully clean, crisp and fresh scent.

  • Top notes: Cucumber, Lotus Leaf, Bamboo and Cactus Flower.
  • Heart notes: Lily of the Valley, Linden Blossom, Freesia and Blue Tiger Lily.
  • Base notes: Frosted Musk and Blonde Woods.

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I really can’t get enough of these fragrances at the moment, they’re all just so fresh and easy to wear on a day to day basis – and they’re very affordable too at only £38.00 for 100ml – I highly recommend you check these out!

The Marc Jacobs Splash Collection of fragrances are £38.00 each and available now from John Lewis.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Mall Box US to UK Shipping Review

Posted on April 27, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Isn’t it just the biggest pain when some of your favourite US brands just don’t ship to the UK? (Colourpop for example) and others that do ship here, charge an extortionate amount for postage – Too Faced, I’m looking at you, seriously a minimum of £15 for shipping, without even adding taxes is just ridiculous!

This is where My Mall Box comes in – this company offers the perfect solution to our US shopping woes. My Mall Box is basically a shipping company that you can use to deliver items from the US that you may not be able to get otherwise – what a genius idea!

So how does it work? Well it’s very simple, you sign up to their site (which is free of charge) and MMB will assign you your very own US postal address. This is basically a PO Box at their warehouse which you can then use as your shipping address on your US orders. Simple!

My Mall Box invited me to test out their services to see if it really was all it’s cracked up to be. So let me talk you through my experience –

I decided to order a few beauty bits (of course) and ended up with a Sephora order, a Marc Jacobs order and a LA Splash order. When making my Sephora order, I thought everything was ok until I went to find out where my parcel had got to as I’d received no updates, and they had cancelled the order without informing me. It turns out Sephora do not allow orders to PO boxes. Now I know what you’re thinking – why didn’t I just order from Sephora and have them ship direct to the UK, because they can and will ship here. Well I just wanted to see if it would work out any cheaper via MMB when it came to shipping and taxes really. Though I couldn’t get Sephora to deliver to my US MMB address, luckily My Mall Box offer a ‘buy for me’ service. This is where they literally buy the item for you and hold it at your MMB address until you arrange for it to be shipped on to you. I did wonder why on earth anyone would want to use it to begin with (as there is a small fee per transaction) but in this instance it was the perfect solution.

So this was lesson number 1 – Sephora will possibly cancel your order if you use your MMB address as your postal address. Now I say possibly as this happened to me, but I’ve heard of others that have successfully had their Sephora orders sent to MMB. To be on the safe side, if you’re desperate to get your hands on that must have item, My Mall Box will buy it for you.

I know what you’re thinking – BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FREEBIES? Regular Sephora shoppers will know that you get a minimum of three freebie samples per order, well the good ol guys at My Mall Box will also include these in your order, but you must specify when completing the ‘Buy for me’ information which ones you want.

I also fancied picking up a few Physicians Formula bits from Ulta, so I tried to place an order there too, but the issue here was that their system wouldn’t accept my payment method as I’m in the UK. I ended up going with a rather gorgeous product from Marc Jacobs in the end, but I could have got My Mall Box to ‘buy for me’ from Ulta if I’d really want them to.

The only downside that I can see with the buy for me feature, is that the My Mall Box team have their own accounts at various stores, so many of you will know with Sephora and Ulta, the more you purchase the more your points you will receive – well you’ll miss out on points as the orders aren’t on your own account. It’s not necessarily the end of the world but I think this is definitely worth mentioning.

Ok so I ordered a couple of STUNNING Laura Mercier Highlighters from Sephora, which I got My Mall Box to buy for me, as well as a Marc Jacobs highlighter direct from Marc Jacobs – these items aren’t available in the UK yet so I thought I’d treat myself! I also ordered some LA Splash liquid lipsticks which I bought ‘myself’ by just adding my MMB address as the shipping address – reviews will be coming up of everything very soon!

One thing I like is that My Mall Box keeps you informed every step of the way, when they have placed an order for you, and when the package arrives with them. I waited for all my orders to be delivered then asked MMB to ‘Repackage’ everything. This basically means they open all your packages and re-package them into one box – which will save you money on shipping.

You are also given different shipping options, of course the faster ones are more expensive, and my parcel ended up costing $32 via DHL express service, and it only took a few days to arrive, which I thought was fantastic.

If you’re thinking of ordering from the US and fancy saving yourself some money, please feel free to sign up to My Mall Box via my referral code here, this will give you a credit to your account for your first use.

I think I’ve covered everything but if you have any questions please feel free to ask away in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by My Mall Box, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

(I also have a brand new beauty giveaway – Check it out here!)