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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  (£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  (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 (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 (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  (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 (£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  (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!  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   – 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 (£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 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 (£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  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 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 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 . 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 are also currently offering a free gift £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  (£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 (above top product, £6.99) and the  (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 (£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 (£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 .

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 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

Fragrance: Shay & Blue Black Tulip EDP

Posted on January 31, 2018

Hi Guys!

I have the latest offering from niche fragrance brand, Shay & blue to share with you today. I only had my first experience Shay & Blue fairly recently, when I visited their beautiful Mayfair Flagship Store last Autumn, and I was absolutely blown away by their fragrances! I left with my two favourites at the time, which were Salted Caramal and Blood Oranges (you can read my full write up here)

Shay & Blue have now added a brand new fragrance to their collection for 2018 – Black Tulip. I must admit I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this scent, but I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that Black Tulip is absolutely beautiful! The fragrance is described as a modern floral, but it’s really so much more than that. It has the most wonderful combination of white florals, juicy fruits, smooth woods and delicious creamy white chocolate. I honesty don’t think I’ve tried another fragrance like this before.

Black Tulip is most definitely a unique modern floral scent. It opens with notes of Snowdrops and Cyclamen offering an inviting hit of crisp floral freshness, leading to a juicy heart of Plum with intense and velvety Black Tulip. The base rounds the fragrance off beautifully with warming notes of deliciously creamy vanilla White Chocolate and Soft Woods.

To me this is very much a wintery scent, that’s both elegant and refined, yet offers a cosy warmth – it makes me think of evenings by the fire, snuggling in cosy soft blankets and long winter walks. The freshness of at the top of Black Tulip is perfectly counterpinned by the warming and indulgent base, give a fantastic new statement floral EDP. This is just a beautiful scent all round, and in my opinion a must try!

  • Top NotesSnowdrops and Cyclamen.
  • Heart Notes: Black Tulip and Plum.
  • Base Notes: White Chocolate and Soft Woods.

Black Tulip is very reasonably priced at £55.00 for 100ml and available now at .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip Collection & Rose Skincare Products

Posted on January 29, 2018

Hi Guys!

Just before Christmas I received the most gorgeous PR package from Pixi Beauty – it was a beautiful locked box (that I’m totally keeping for storing pretty things in!) containing their brand new MatteLast Liquid Lip Collection, as well as a couple of their new rose themed skincare products. Let’s take a look a the lipsticks first…

The new MatteLast Liquid Lipsticks (£16.00) promise to be extremely longwearing & comfortable to wear, they’re infused with rosehip oil to leave lips feeling hydrated, whilst giving lips intense pigmentation with a matte finish.

Firstly, the shade selection is beautiful. Pixi have launched this collection with five nude pink shades that are all easy to wear, perfect day to day colours, for a ‘your lips but better’ natural look. The formula is excellent, it feels lightweight on the lips and it’s intensely pigmented, with only one ‘dip’ needed to fully cover your lips. It also dries down quickly to a full matte finish which pretty much lasts all day. I have to say this is one of the best matte finish liquid lipsticks I’ve tried!

There are currently five natural shades available (left to right) –

  • Au Naturelle – a light nude peach.
  • Matte Beige – a warm toned beige.
  • Pastel Petal – a pink toned beige.
  • Really Rose – a mid rose pink.
  • Evening Rose – a deep rose pink.

You can see that some of the shades are quite similar – Matte Beige has slightly more of a caramel tone compared to Pasted Petal, and Really Rose is slightly lighter in colour than Evening Rose. Really Rose is definitely my favourite!

Just a side note – I’ve just quickly looked at the Pixi site and noticed they’ve now added another shade to the collection – Prettiest Pink, which looks to be a cool toned Barbie pink shade.

I also have the brand new Rose Caviar Essence (£26.00) – this is a gel-like serum that has been designed to soften, refine and tone the skin. It contains tiny encapsulated flower oil spheres suspended in the serum, which burst on , melting into the skin to hydrate and restore brightness, for optimum radiance.

I really love the texture of the Rose Caviar Essence, it’s super lightweight, and turns into a hydrating liquid once applied to the skin. The flower oils penetrate the skin without any greasiness, and it just leaves your complexion feeling smooth and hydrated, with a lovely light rose scent.

And lastly the Rose Flash Balm (£26.00) – this is a radiance-boosting balm, perfect for giving life to tired and dull skin, and for helping with signs of fatigue. It has an oil-free, quick absorbing formula that promises to instantly moisturise and brighten – it can be used either as a primer before you apply makeup, or as a revitalising face mask.

Personally, I prefer to use this as a primer – you only need a small amount, and I found it really helped to even out my complexion, making my pores appear smaller, as well as giving my skin a much needed over all brightening effect due to the slight pink tint of the balm. This is definitely another must have!

The above products are available now at   and .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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