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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 .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

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 , 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!)

Cohorted February 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

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Hi Guys,

Cohorted are back on the blog today with their latest subscription box – this one includes a good selection of makeup, skincare and fragrance, and a couple of fantastic brands we haven’t seen from Cohorted before. The February box includes:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in 91 Apparition, worth £25.00
  • Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, worth £45.00
  • Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser, worth £11.99
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks x2, worth £15.00
  • Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid, worth £10.00
  • Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml perfume sample, Free added extra.

Total value of box = £106.99.

Ok so the standout product in this box is obviously the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow. As far as I’m aware this is the first time Cohorted have included a Chanel product, and I think it will be very well received. This eyeshadow has a cream to powder formula – so it applies like a cream but feels like a powder on the skin, which I love. And as expected with Chanel, the formula is of superior quality. Shade 91 is actually rather lovely – I say actually because it’s a blue, and blue eyeshadow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. This is a deep midnight metallic blue though, perfect for a smoky eye.

The Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment sounded familiar to me, and then I remembered this was included in Cohorted’s second ever beauty box, nearly a year ago in March 2015. This is a bit of a funny product, and by funny I mean it’s a powder that you apply to your face before going to bed! It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and even out skin tone, and I must admit I never got round to trying it out. This is definitely on my ‘to-try’ list now so I’ll let you all know how I get on!

The third product on the list is a Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser – now this product isn’t mentioned in the included information booklet, but the Pixi pencil which is mentioned is missing – so I’m guessing Cohorted ran out of Pixi and included this product instead. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I love Pixi products, and then pencil in the booklet does look rather lovely. Anyway, this ‘Dark Mark Eraser’ definitely sounds interesting. It’s actually a night cream, that you apply to clean armpits at bedtime, with the aim of brightening your skin. I think this is going to be a bit hit and miss – some people will thick it’s a great idea, and I think others won’t be so keen.

Next is the Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid. This is a sheer mauve shade packed with silver glitter. It’s a nice little gloss that’s non sticky and long lasting.

The Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are a welcome addition to this month’s box too. This is a first show from Elemis, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. These masks aim to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the eye area looking smoother and feeling moisturised – they sound right up my street.

And lastly the Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml mini sample. I’m a bit of a perfume fanatic so fragrance samples are always appreciated here!

Overall this is a great little box, and though I think I’ve had enough of seeing Cargo products for now, it’s great to see Cohorted have included Chanel and Elemis this month. I’d love to see more of these brands in the future!

On that note, I’d love to hear which brands or particular products you’re not so keen on in beauty boxes? And if there are any you’d really love to see?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Ten Beauty Brands I Want To Try in 2015

Posted on December 28, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well we’re now approaching the end of 2014 and I’ve been looking through all the amazing products (and some not so amazing) that I’ve tried out this year, and I realised there are still quite a few big brands I haven’t had the opportunity to try out yet. Whether it’s simply due to price, availability or any other reason I just haven’t got round to buying them. So I fought I’d put together a wish list of all the brands I’d really like to get my mitts on in 2015…

emma hardie

1. . I’ve heard so many good things about Emma Hardie Skincare, it’s pretty expensive though so I’ve never gone ahead and bought anything. It turns out luckily I didn’t, as I was recently informed of a Grazia magazine subscription offer where they were giving away an amazing Emma Hardie set when you signed up, so of course I signed up straight away! I’m afraid this offer has ended now but it’s always worth keeping an eye out, some sub offers really are fantastic deals! I’ll write up the full details when the parcel arrives!

sunday riley

2. Sunday Riley – a not so well known, high end brand, which has recently been thrust into the limelight after Zoella’s mention of their Good Genes Treatment in her October Favourites Vlog. And I have to say Good Genes does really sound pretty amazing (as does their selection of face oils pictured above) but at £85.00 a bottle, ouch! This goes beyond the category of luxury skincare and firmly into the ‘probablyonlyifIwinthelottery’ category for me. That said, I would really like to try some Sunday Riley products out next year, so we’ll see… *reminder to self – must play lottery*

nyx cosmetics

3. . Ahh finally an affordable brand I hear you cry! Well NYX has actually been on my radar for a while, but they don’t seem to be stocked in any chemist or department store or ANYWHERE near me! Arrgh! I know the predicts are really inexpensive, but I’d preferably like to try in store before I buy. Their Butter Glosses are top of my hit list so I need to find out where they’re stocked asap!

kiko water eyeshadow

4. . Ok so I do actually already own a Kiki Water Eyeshadow, pictured above, but I haven’t got round to using it yet – bad blogger! Kiko offer a massive range of affordable cosmetics that look and sound pretty special. I’m hoping to take a trip to their store next time I’n in London – fingers crossed this will early next year, so please let me know if you have any other recommendations for me!

trilogy products

5.  – this is another brand that I’ve been aware of for a long time, but I haven’t actually had a chance to try any products out yet. Trilogy is what I’d describe as ‘fairly expensive’ with prices starting from around £12.50 for a lip balm, up to £30+ for anti ageing products. I really like the sound of their Rosehip collection and their Replenishing Night Cream sound like it’s perfect for my dry and dehydrated skin. Again if you have any recommendations please let me know 🙂

zoeva brushes

6. . Zoeva officially make the most beautiful brushes I’ve ever seen. With sleek black handles and rose gold finishing, what’s not to love!? I actually gave a set away last year, so I got to have a good look at them, and they really were the most amazing brushes I’ve ever seen. My mission for 2015 is to own my own set! (Zoeva has also recently released a new rose gold complete eye brush set… it will be mine!)

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7. . On the subject of Zoeva, with their main focal point being the superior brushes they offer, their cosmetics often get over looked. They don’t have the biggest range of cosmetics on offer but they do sell some really lovely looking eyeshadow palettes, the Mixed Metals one above looks right up my street!

lorac pro palette

8. . Lorac are another brand famous for their fantastic eyeshadow palettes, namely the Pro Palette, and more recently the Mega Pro – which contains a massive 32 eyeshadow shades. Lorac is rarer than rocking horse poo in the UK, as there are no stockists here. It’s also not stocked at Sephora, and their US site doesn’t ship internationally – handy! You can however, purchase from Amazon, but it isn’t cheap. And when I say it isn’t cheap, I mean it’s crazy expensive!! I would really love a Lorac palette though, but only if I can somehow get one at a decent price.

marc jacobs beauty

9. . Another brand that we can’t get in the UK! Gah!! Marc Jacobs’ fairly new beauty line just looks amazing, the products look sleek and luxe in their glossy back and high shine silver packaging, and I just really can’t wait to try a few things out. I don’t even know what I want to try because all the products look so good! Marc Jacobs beauty is available from Sephora though, so I might treat myself for my birthday in June 🙂

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10.  is another US brand available from Sephora. They sell a massive range of lip themed products, including lipsticks, glosses, lip liner, lip scrub and lip masks – everything your lips could ever want or need! Again I have no idea which product I’d actually like to try, except lipsticks of course! I may throw a couple in with my next Sephora order and see!

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11. . (Ok so there’s actually eleven brands!!) I saw this Monarch Eyeshadow Palette on the Sephora site last year and was instantly attracted to the beautiful warm tones – it was love at first sight. Kat Von D is also famous for her foundation and lipstick ranges too, all of which are also on my wish list. The Monarch Eyeshadow Palette is currently $46.00 / £30.00 so it is on the expensive side… but it’s so pretty I really have to have it!

NB – a few of these brands, many others, are available at Roses Beauty Store, which is a UK importer of US cosmetics, I’ve used them before to purchase my Anastasia Contour Palette when it was out of stock everywhere, so I know they’re alright! They are expensive though, but if you’re desperately after something you can’t get your hands on in the UK, it’s worth checking out their site, and you can also make special product requests too 🙂

I’d love to hear which brands or products you’re hoping to try out in 2015?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Marc Jacobs New Beauty Line for Sephora Confirmed!

Posted on June 14, 2013

I am so excited about this! It’s officially been announced Marc Jacobs will launch his first line of cosmetics at Sephora on 9th August!!

Marc Jacobs Sephora Beauty Makeup

The collection has a massive 122 items, separated into four categories – starting with ‘Boy Tested, girl Approved’ which are unisex products (such a great idea) then ‘Smart Complexion’ bases including concealers, foundations and powders, ‘Hi-Per Color’ eye shadows, lipsticks and glosses, blushers and bronzers, and finally ‘Blacquer’ eyeliners, and lash lifters. 

I can’t wait to get my hand on some of these!! xx