Monthly Archives: March 2016

My Love for Elie Saab Fragrances

Posted on March 14, 2016

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Hi Guys!

You may have noticed by now that I’m a major perfume fanatic, one brand I haven’t mentioned too much as yet though is actually one of my all time favourites – Elie Saab.

I currently have three fragrances in my Elie Saab collection, including their latest launch which is the brand new Rose Couture EDT. So I thought I’d tell you a little about them today…

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My first Elie Saab fragrance was . It’s just the most gorgeous summery scent, and I’ll recommend this to anyone and everyone that’ll listen! The Resort Collection is definitely a bit of an odd name for a perfume, and as you can probably guess it takes its name from designers’ popular ready to wear pre-season ‘Resort’ fashion collections. These always come out in the summer months – and Elie Saab has really captured the true essence of a luxurious summer holiday in this stunning fragrance. Imagine yourself lounging on a yacht, off the coast of St Tropez, with a glass of champagne – you get the idea! This scent is luxurious, with top notes of sweet fig and mandarin zest, heart notes of orange blossom, white jasmine and frangipani flower, and a base of cedar and amber, and it’s definitely a must have for the summer months.

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My second Elie Saab fragrance, called simply , is actually Elie Saab’s very first fragrance, created in 2011. It’s a gorgeous every day scent, opening with beautiful sun-kissed orange blossom. Jasmine absolute combines with a pure, modern patchouli at the heart and the base unfolds into a cedar woody accord combined with rose honey. It’s elegant, feminine and easy to wear – definitely another must have fragrance.

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And lastly the brand new . This is actually a re-vamped version of the above Le Parfum from 2011, so I knew I was going to love it! It is very much like Le Parfum as it does have certain notes that are the same, such as orange blossom and jasmine, but Rose Couture has the extra addition of rose and peony to give it more of a floral essence.

Opening with combination of orange blossom, silky rose petals and peony, Rose Couture gives a wonderful instant floral hit. The beautiful heart of orange blossom then mingles with jasmine and delicious rose nectar, ending with a base of voluptuous sandalwood and patchouli. If you love floral scents, Rose couture really is a must try!

Next on my list to try from Elie Saab is the La Collection des Essences range, this is a collection of four couture fragrances Elie Saab has created with master Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, and they sound simply amazing – I can’t wait to try them out!

I’d love to hear if you’re a fan of any of these scents, and what your favourite perfume brands are right now? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted March 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on March 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend?

The latest box from Cohorted has just landed this week, and as usual I can’t wait to see what’s inside! Let’s take a look –

  • theBalm Nude Tude Palette, worth £30.00
  • PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, worth £14.50
  • Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square, worth £5.95
  • Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush, worth £14.50
  • theBalm Put A Lid on It Primer, 3.7ml sample worth £3.00

Total value of box – £67.95

Ok so this is a pretty decent looking box! The main product here has to be the theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette – this is a gorgeous palette, and I should mention that it was actually also included in September’s box too, as well as the Put A Lid on It primer sample – so if you’re a regular monthly subscriber who received that box you may be disappointed to receive the same products again this month. If you didn’t receive September’s box though, I think this is a fantastic palette packed with every day neutral shades, and it will be very well received.

Next we have the Bare Minerals Heveanly Face Brush, which is another product I thought I’d seen before. I double checked this and found it was in fact included in April’s box last year. Again it’s a fab little face brush and I have no complaints at all about the product itself, but those that picked up April’s box may be a bit disappointed to see the same product again.

We also have a Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square in here, which is quite an interesting shade. It’s kind of a warm light caramel, and it’s also a cream shade so there’s no sparkle or shimmer here. I think this is a bit of a marmite colour where some will love it and some won’t be quite so keen on it.

And lastly the PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, now I’m sure this should have been in last month’s box, but it was replaced for me with a Dove product. I don’t have the booklet from last months box any more though so I can’t check. I’ve also just had a quick look through Twitter and it would seem that everyone received the Dove product rather than the PIXI pencil last month. Maybe Cohorted had stock issues and it was supposed to be in last months’ box? I don’t know. Either way I’m really glad I have it now – I love PIXI products and this is a fantastic multi purpose duo pencil which can be used as an eyeliner or smudged out over the lid as an eyeshadow.

So overall, I think this box is a bit hit and miss. If you haven’t purchased any of the other boxes I’ve mentioned above, then I think most customers will really be pretty pleased with March’s offerings. Personally though I do feel it’s a bit disappointing seeing products repeated. I’d love to know if you have this box and what you think of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Collection

Posted on March 10, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I like to think I’m more of a glass half full person, and despite this week being pretty terrible so far, and enduring a nasty headache today to top it off, I’m looking on the positive side! I now have a brand shiny new phone – more details to come on that soon, and I’ve just hit a couple of milestones on the blog too. I’m so happy to say that I now have 13000 Twitter friends, and 5000 followers on Bloglovin, thank you all so much! 🙂

Ok so back to the beauty stuff! It’s been a while since I’ve tried anything new from Molton Brown, so I was beyond excited when I heard about their new Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Collection. This gorgeous new range includes body washes, hand cream, candles, edt fragrance and some lovely gift sets too.

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Molton Brown describe their new floral collection as ‘a modern interpretation of a classic scent, inspired by the elegant purity of a luxurious bridal bouquet.’

The story behind the collection celebrates leading note, lily of the valley, as the famous symbolic flower of the Flora Day festival in Helston, Cornwall. To mark the arrival of spring, the townspeople dress in white embellished with a fresh sprig of lily of the valley and dance through the picturesque streets.

The scent is clean and fresh, making you imagine just picked flowers on a spring morning, dew on the ground around you, and a warm stillness to the air. The sweetness of star anise blends wonderfully with the green top notes, and the floral heart of lily of the valley and magnolia marries beautifully with ylang-ylang to create a stunningly delicate yet distinctive fragrance, which is definitely one of my favourites so far from Molton Brown.

It’s also worth mentioning that Molton Brown have collaborated on this collection with London-based florists, The Flower Appreciation Society, to design a beautiful hand-drawn illustration of lily of the valley bells on the packaging for an extra special touch.

These products really are just gorgeous – I highly recommend you try something from this collection!

The Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Collection is available now from 

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Must Have Spring Beauty!

Posted on March 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I know it’s a bit late, but Happy International Women’s day for yesterday!.. 🙂

As you can probably guess, this post was supposed to go live yesterday, but if you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed I wasn’t having the best day – pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong! So between trying to get everything sorted out and work shifts and seeing to Fred, I didn’t get a chance to finish this post.

Anyway, onwards and upwards hey! I’ve been trying out some gorgeous new beauty products lately, and I’ve put together my recommendations for a few ‘must have’ products for Spring – enjoy!

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So to start with, I had to include the  (£4.00) – fans of the brand will know that every year, to mark International Women’s Day L’Occitane launches an exclusive product to support women in developing countries. They’ve actually been working with women of Burkina Faso for over 30 years now to produce the fantastic shea butter used in their products.

The Ultra Soft Balm is this year’s product. It’s a fab little multi-purpose moisturiser, containing 98.6% shea butter, it’s super nourishing and can be used pretty much anywhere on the body. It lt also has a lovely light rose scene and comes in a pretty tin which is the perfect size to keep in your bag for application on the go.

L’Occitane will be donating 100% of profits from this product to fund special local projects to support the women of Burkina Faso – so this is definitely a must have.

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I don’t know about you, but now we’re moving into the spring, I’m all about glowing, healthy looking skin. And this  (£12.50) is perfect for giving your complexion a lovely light sheen. If you’re not a fan of foundations or coloured bases, you can wear this on it’s own to give skin a healthy glow, or if you wear foundation, its also great as a primer. Personally I’ve been mixing it with my current base to give my skin a touch more luminosity.

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Though I love the idea of natural, glowing skin, unfortunately my complexion is less than perfect right now, so I still like to conceal blemishes and my under eye dark circles. Lately I’ve been loving the  (£17.50) – this concealer gives fantastic buildable coverage that doesn’t settle into fine lines. The formula is super lightweight and demi-matte to give a ‘second skin’ feel too, which I love. There’s nothing worse than cakey looking and feeling concealer!

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Highlighters are also really popular right now – and I’ve literally just fallen in love with the  (£25.00) – it’s a gorgeous duo powder created specifically to warm and brighten the complexion. The formula is not glittery or sparkly in any way, this is pure ethereal glow in a compact and I can’t get enough of it! Both powders actually look pretty similar on my swatch above, but one is more of a pale gold, which is fantastic for adding warmth to the complexion, and the other is a light rose pink which is great for adding brightness and luminosity.

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On to blusher now, and this  (£12.50) is just perfect to add a touch of sun kissed glow to paler complexions. The swatch above is a swirl around the pan mixing the gold and coral shades together – you can see the colour is very subtle, and has a touch of shimmer. This works really well applied a bit heavier on the apples of the cheeks, or lightly applied over the face almost like a bronzer to give skin a radiant glow.

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On to lips now, and I’m very pleased to say I’ve been trying out one of the rather fabulous and highly anticipated  (£18.00) – I mean, it’s a lip product that looks like a cocktail shaker, need I say any more?

Ok I will, so as a teen of the 90’s and coming of age around the 2000’s, Lancome’s Juicy Tubes were a must have for makeup enthusiasts – my friend actually bought me one for my 17th or 18th birthday and I was absolutely made up! Lancome have now launched their latest product in the Juicy range – the Juicy Shaker! This combines the juicy lip look from their original Juicy Tubes but in the style of the Shaker, one of Lancome’s early products from 1946 based on a cocktail shaker.

So basically this product has a biphasic formula, meaning it has two phases, which need to be shaken up and mixed before application. Juicy Shakers combine a special blend of oils with an infusion of pigments, that when shaken, gives a sheer vibrant lip colour that feels silky, smooth and comfortable on the lips with no stickiness. It’s also worth mentioning the interesting looking cushion applicator – it’s short and stubby, and velvety soft to touch. Kind of like a pointed velvet sponge which absorbs the product ready for application.

I love how this feels on my lips, it’s basically like a coloured lip oil – and there are also 14 shades available which each have different fragrances too. This is definitely a spring beauty must have!

Whilst on the subject of fresh and rosy lips, I also have the rather aptly named  (£18.00) – this fantastic balm moisturises, protects and soothes lips, with added SPF 15 and an exclusive blend of moisture-preserving sugar, nourishing precious oils and antioxidant-rich polyphenols to leave lips feeling wonderfully soft and supple with a pretty rosy tint.

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And lastly, at the other end of the spectrum to glossy, shiny and silky lips, we have matte liquid lipsticks – another trend which has shown no signs of slowing down. Everyone wants gorgeous pigmented matte lips that won’t budge – including me, so I’ve included two of my favourite brands here – LA Splash and Coloured Raine. Both brands are US based (sorry) but they do both offer fantastic liquid lipsticks in a massive range of colours, that are really quite reasonably priced. I definitely recommend checking both sites out if you’re looking for a liquid lipstick.

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear which products you’d recommend for spring? xxx

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Do You Fancy Designer Goods Without The Price Tag?

Posted on March 4, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Happy Friday! I’ve got something a little bit different for you today – If, like myself you’re a bit of a shopaholic with a taste for the finer things in life, this brand new site could be right up your street…

 is basically your one stop shop for luxury and high end sale bargains – the idea is that they’ve gathered together all the sale items across the internet – covering fashion, beauty, home, electronics and kids – so you don’t have to waste your time scouring over multiple sites trying to find the best deal. They have over 5000 top name brands for your perusal, including D&G, Alexander Wang, Georgio Armani and Clinique to name but a few.

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I’ve been doing a spot of window shopping on Love the Sales over the last few days, and I love that this site is so easy to use. You sign up via email or Facebook, then you complete your profile by adding brands you’re interested in, as well as your clothing and shoe size (you can also select multiple sizes if you wish) Love The Sales then does all the hard work by picking out every single product that’s relevant to you. This completely streamlines the shopping process – saving you both time and money.

The team behind Love The Sales have told me that shoes are their most popular item – and I’m not surprised at all! There are some serous savings to be had on this site; I spotted some gorgeous Kurt Geiger strappy heels that were originally £70.00, down to only £9.00! If only I could actually walk in heels I’d have snapped these up straight away! They actually have over 20,000 shoes to choose from on the site including amazing brands such as Kurt Geiger (one of my favourites, obviously) Michael Kors, DKNY and many more. I could literally spend hours browsing through them all!

I do also have a bit of a thing for handbags, and noticed a gorgeous Michael Kors Chevron Mini Messenger on the site – which I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s an amazing bargain at £99.00 which is almost half price, and I’m so tempted to treat myself!

If you love a good bargain like I do, I recommend you check out Love The Sales, you won’t be disappointed! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Mother’s Day Luxury Gift Ideas

Posted on March 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my earlier Kate Spade New York gift guide, I’ve also put together a few luxury gift ideas covering fragrance, makeup and skincare to hopefully give you some inspiration for Mother’s Day…

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Firstly, how could you not love this little guy! This is ‘Stevix’ as named by Freddy (I asked him if he meant ‘Stephen’ and he said ‘NO, Stevix!’ Fair enough.) And he’s definitely the closest we’re going to get to an actual dog in our little house! Stevix, is of course a sweet little hand painted pug vase, with the cutest grumpy face I’ve ever seen. He costs £45.00 and you can find him at Joy the Store on their home and gifts page.

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And what would Mother’s day be without perfume? I often buy perfume for my Mum, and they’re always very well received. I’ve gathered a selection of lovely fragrances today including three very different scents to suit different tastes –

Starting with Les Cocottes de Paris – La Belle Otero. This beautiful fragrance would suit vintage lovers, history buffs, and of course fans of niche fragrances.

La Belle Otero is actually one of a trio of fragrances from Les Cocottes de Paris – which are based on the lives of a group of extraordinary Parisian women born in the 1800’s. Crowned the ‘Queens of Paris’, the Cocottes entertained, seduced, and made headlines across the city. These scandalous icons were the inspiration for this new range of fragrances.

La Belle Otero (1868 – 1965) – The singing, dancing, pleasure seeking Agustina Otero Iglesias was born in Spain but it was in Paris that she found fame and fortune as her alter ego La Belle Otero. She soon grew to be the most sought after women in Europe and devoted her life to dancing, men, precious stones, gambling and parties…..(sounds like my kinda gal!) It’s no surprise then that her fragrance is an invitation to misbehave! La Belle Ottero has top notes of Neroli, Pepper, Absinthe, Fig and Ginger, heart notes of Violet, Musk, Lavender and Narcissus, and base notes of Frankincense, Sandalwood and Iris.

Les Cocottes de Paris are priced at £80.00 for 100ml EDP, from Cologne & Cotton 0845 262 2212.

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For a more modern fragrance I’d highly recommend Dsquared2 Want (£71.00 for 100ml) This oriental floral scent is inspired by ‘The Multi-faceted Modern Woman’. Think feminine, yet gentle and strong, she’s also glamorous but edgy, spontanious and dynamic yet resourceful. Want aims to capture the many sides of the female personality, mixing confident sensuality with glamour and fine tailoring.

Dsquared2 Want includes top notes of Mandarin, Ginger and Pink Pepper, heart notes of velvety Rose Damascena, Heliotrope and Nerolito, and base notes of warm Vanilla Madagascar, Absolute of Vanilla Accord and rich Violet Wood.

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And the last of the fragrances – Trussardi My Scent (£73.00 for 100ml) This is a beautifully crisp floral fragrance, it’s a very girly and delicate scent, yet slightly unusual, evoking the essence of femininity.

My Scent is described as young, dynamic, and cosmopolitan. I’d say she’s more fun, flirty and outgoing though, perfect for fans of lilac and florals, My Scent has top notes of Nashi Pear and Smiling Flowers Bouquet, heart notes of Lilac and Rose Buds, and base notes of Serenolide, Cashmeran and Heliotrope.

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Now on to beauty! A fancy lipstick will always be a hit on Mother’s Day, so why not treat your mum to a bit of Charlotte Tilbury? The lipstick I’ve included is the gorgeous Matte Revolution Miss Kensington shade from the limited edition Norman Parkinson collection. I’ve just found out this is no longer available but if you love this beautiful nude rose nude,  (£23.00) is a fantastic alternative.

Moving on to skincare, I had to include  (£38.00) – I’m a big fan of Pestle & Mortar’s first product, their Pure Hyaluronic Serum, and their new moisturiser is just as fantastic. Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight moisturiser is formulated with a mixture of patented peptides to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Naturally moisturising ingredients, including jojoba and squalane instantly make skin softer and firmer while powerful antioxidants including pomegranate, green tea and Vitamin E help fight free radicals.

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For fans of face oils,  (£26.00) is a must have. It’s a luxurious, ultra-nourishing oil that promises to rejuvenate, restore and renews skin’s luminosity. It’s also infused with powerful youth-preserving oils to help improve skin’s elasticity, including Sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils nourish the complexion, leaving it comforted & smooth to the touch.

And for those on the hunt for the ultimate eye cream, Transformulas Marine Miracle EyeZone Cream (£41.95) is definitely worth checking out. Apart from looking pretty awesome with it’s futuristic spherical chrome packaging, the Marine Mircale EyeZone Cream also promises to restore the condition of skin tissue around eyes (and lips) by ing it with powerful, age-defying and ultra-concentrated aldavine.

It’s worth noting that this powerful ingredient has been proven in 100% of tests to visibly reduce dark circles and eye puffiness. It also works on wrinkles and fine lines leaving the complexion smoother and more comfortable with improved resilience and elasticity.

For nail polish fans, how about the  (£14.00) – Eve Snow isn’t the biggest nail polish brand out there, but don’t overlook them because of this. The Beautiful Blossom nail polish is a subtle muted pink with a hint of lavender, it also contains nourishing Marula Oil, Equisetum Extract and Vitamin B12.

And lastly, I had to include my favourite ever makeup brushes, the  (£56.95) – these brushes not only look beautiful, but they also work fantastically well. I love that the range is massive, including individual brushes as well as sets – and I should probably mention there’s also now a stunning  out too!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Kate Spade at Amara

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Hi Guys!

Mother’s day is just around the corner now, and I have some gorgeous gift ideas from luxury lifestyle company Amara to share with you today.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kate Spade New York, you really need to click on the link above and see what you’re missing! To sum up the brand – Kate Spade is where crisp colour and graphic prints collide with playful sophistication. It’s aesthetic is luxury crossed with quirky – which is my idea of heaven! They have a massive range of products too, covering clothing, jewellery, bags, stationery, home accessories, bedding and gifts.

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When it comes to gifting, luxury stationery is always going to be a winner – and Kate Spade produce some of the most beautiful stationery products money can buy.

This  is just wonderful, and would make the perfect gift for any stationery fan. It comes in two sizes (this is the smaller one) and I love that it’s just so colourful and fun, featuring painterly bright objects on the front, including a flamingo, ladybird and a pineapple.

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If you’re looking for something slightly more unusual, what about this lovely ? It’s made of high quality thick acrylic, and features a high shine gold base – you can just see engraved in the inside at the bottom it says ‘a stroke of genius’ – this is such a fun and quirky touch!

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And lastly, how awesome is this ? Mum’s definitely deserve cake for breakfast on Mother’s day (I may have to make a few hints myself about this) and this mug is bright, cute and colourful, and I think anyone would love it.

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I really can’t get enough of Kate Spade products right now – I may have to treat myself to a purse or bag next! (or maybe some more stationery?) I’d love to hear if you’re a fan?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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