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Cohorted May 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on May 17, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Time seems to be flying at the moment – surely it hasn’t been a month since Cohorted’s last box landed on my doorstep?? Well it has! May’s box has just landed, so let’s take a look inside…

  • theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette, worth £37.50.
  • Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in shade Canvas, worth £23.00.
  • HJ Manicure Nail Polish in shade Lavender, worth £9.50.
  • Jimmy Choo EDP 4.5ml, worth £10.00.

Total value of box: £80.00

Ok so on first glance, this box isn’t quite as exciting as last month’s in my opinion, just because there’s only three products in here a luxury sample, whereas last month there were five full sized products, with one also being a kit. So this box does seem a bit sparse in comparison.

theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette has to be the stand out product though, doesn’t it? This palette is basically an all-in-one travel palette, including pretty much everything you could need when on the go. The palette includes nine eyeshdows in neutral, easy to wear shades, ranging from light to dark so you’d be able to get quite a few looks out of these. There’s also a highlighter, a bronzer, two blush shades and two multi-purpose lip and cheek shades. This is a lovely little set and would definitely come in handy if you like to travel light.

Next is the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in Canvas. Now this has to be the least glossy lip gloss I’ve ever used! Not that I’m complaining – but this is way closer to a liquid lipstick than a gloss. This product gives no shine, and sets to a matte finish on the lips. I really like it! But it’s not a gloss by any means. The shade Canvas is really nice too – it’s a mid tone pink which will suit most complexions.

The HJ Manicure Nail Polish in Lavender feels like a bit of a filler product to me, if you know what I mean – it’s nice enough but I’m not really excited by it. It is a good sized bottle of polish though, with 14.8ml of product – which will probably last you forever. The shade I have is Lavender which is a mid toned purple, with a cream finish.

And lastly the Jimmy Choo EDP, this is a lovely everyday fragrance, in a deluxe size 4.5ml sample bottle. This is handy to keep in your bag so you don’t need to carry around a large bottle of perfume with you – my only niggle here though is I do feel this has been over-valued at £10. You can currently pick up a 60ml bottle of this fragrance for under £27.00.

Though I do feel slightly underwhelmed with this box, it’s by no means terrible at all. I’m looking forward to trying out theBalm palette especially!

Do you have this box? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Six Must Have Fragrances for Spring

Posted on May 9, 2016

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Hello again, and happy Monday!

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend in the sun? We had some nice family time this weekend, with a lovely walk around Redgrave Fen, and I’ve also managed to catch a cold as well as hay fever… enough about me though! I have some wonderful and simply must-have scents to share with you today – let me talk you through my Six Spring Must Have Fragrances for 2016…

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Let’s start with YSL black Opium Nuit Blanche – if you loved the original YSL Black Opium, Nuit Blanche is a definite must have for you. This is a gorgeously sensual, warm and intoxicating fragrance, and without a doubt this is an evening scent, it’s very similar to the original Black Opium though not quite as heavy, and definitely sweeter. It also has the familiar signature base of Black Opium – the White Coffee Accord which I absolutely love. Black Opium Nuit Blanche opens with notes of Rice Vapour and spicy Bourbon Pepper, it has a heart of exhilaratingly fresh and sharp Orange Blossom Absolute, and warming White Musk, Vanilla Absolute and sensual Sandalwood Essence at the base.

YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche is priced from £45.OO for 30ML, and available at  now.

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Next, in a complete contrast to the above YSL scent, we have CK2 EDT. Described as ‘gender-free fragrance for a man or a woman, without prejudices’, CK2 is fresh yet warm, clean and energetic. I feel Calvin Klein have described the scent very well with the term gender-free. It’s almost like wearing clean clothing – there’s nothing sweet and feminine, nor musky and masculine in this fragrance. CK2 is a celebration of diversity –

We come together void of stereotypes and free of conformity; a youthful connection between two people to celebrate the differences that make our connections richer and define what makes us,  us. Life is better when we are 2.

The fragrance opens with top notes of Mandarin, Violet Leaf Absolute, and surprisingly, Wasabi. The heart of Orris Concrete, Rose Absolute and Wet Cobblestones combines a rich sensuality, with a wet, mineral splash to give a warming freshness to the fragrance. The base of Vetiver and Incense blends with creamy Sandalwood and Musks to give a complexingly fresh, yet magnetic warmth to the scent.

CK2 is available now priced from £30.00 for 30ml at .

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Next we have Annick Goutal Rose Pompon – I often think Annick Goutal fragrances can be overlooked, it’s not necessarily the brand that might jump out at you the most from the shelves, but if you haven’t experienced her fragrances before, I strongly recommend you do. Rose Pompon is the latest rose based scent from Annick Goutal, and it’s a current favourite of mine. It’s easily one of the best rose fragrances I’ve tried – and I’ve tried quite a few! Rose Pompon is a gorgeously easy to wear fruity rose scent. It’s surprisingly complex, modern and bold, with spicy notes of Pink Pepper and green sparkling Blackcurrant, opening with the velvety rich notes of Raspberry. The heart carries a duo of rose extracts – Bulgarian Rose and Taïf Rose which is a rare flower with a suave and sensual scent. The fragrance is sealed with a hint of Peony, woody Cedar and powdery Patchouli, followed by an exquisite note of White Musk.

Annick Goutal Rose Pompon EDT is priced from £59.00 for 50ml, and available now from .

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And I had to include Diptyque Eau Des Sens – you may have noticed my Eau Des Sens Soap post a while back, I just couldn’t get enough of this scent, and now I’m completely in love with the EDP. Eau Des Sens is a beautifully warm and refreshing scent that’s perfect for the warmer weather.

Diptyque Eau Des Sens promises to bring you “the scent of the orange tree in its entirety, from the white petals of the orange blossom to the dark green leaves to the juicy, bitter Seville orange hanging off the branches” – and that’s exactly what it does. It has a wonderful juicy citrus opening – taking you straight to Italy. The scent is fresh and summery, with top notes of Orange Flower and Bitter Orange blending with Juniper Berry at the heart, and Angelica and earthy Patchouli combine perfectly at the woody base.

Again this is a unisex, or gender-free scent. This could literally be worn by anyone. It’s summery, fresh and vibrant. Fans of citrus, fans of Italy and of course fans of Diptyque will no doubt fall in love with this scent.

Diptyque Eau Des Sens EDP is from £60.00 for 50ml, and available now from .

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Next is Barbour For Her EDT – this is the first fragrance from Barbour, and it’s definitely a winner. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this scent – Barbour as a brand to me is high end outwear, wax jackets, quilted coats, horses… so how does that interpret into a fragrance? Well Barbour For Her is just the perfect every day scent, I completely love it. I’ve had numerous people ask me what I was wearing when out and about with this scent on. It’s sweet, fresh and sophisticated. Opening with fresh, sparkling fruity notes of Red Currant, contrasted by spicy Pink Pepper, this scent contains a beautifully floral blend of Rose, Jasmine and Blush Peony at the heart, and sweet Vanilla combined with rich notes of Vetiver at the base. This really is a must have every day scent – I dare you to find somebody that doesn’t like this!

Barbour for Her EDT is priced from £40.00 for 50ml, and available now at .

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And lastly we have Carven L’Absolu – this is another perfect day to day scent. Heavier than the above Barbour fragrance, L’Absolu EDP is floral and intense – yet not too much to put you off wearing in the day time. It’s voluptuous and sensuous, with an element of clean freshness that won’t go un-noticed.

L’Absolu opens with top notes of fresh Italian Green Mandarin Essence, combined with sensual Madagascan Ylang Ylang Essence. L’Absolu then moves into intense middles notes of Egyptian Absolute Jasmine, emphasised by beautiful Tuberose and Iris. The base comprises of rich oriental, notes, enhanced by Patchouli, Sandalwood and Spanish Absolute Cistus.

Carven L’Absolu EDP is from £42.00 for 30ml and available now at .

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So there we have it, what a gorgeous selection hey? I really can’t choose my favourite out of these scents! I’d love to hear if you have any of these? And what your favourite perfume is at the moment?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Limited Edition Terry De Gunzburg Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum

Posted on May 4, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It’s Wednesday, the sun is shining, and the beautiful new limited edition fragrance from Terry De Gunzburg has just landed – and I wanted to tell you guys all about it!

When seeking freshness, iced tea in a dolce vita French Riviera style, is the must-have drink. Terry de Gunzburg imagined this creation in her herb garden, infused with the memories of a tea from Mauritius, travelling in the bag of a mysterious guest…

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Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum is a wonderfully refreshing summer fragrance, combining both masculine and feminine notes to create a true unisex fragrance that smells fresh and inviting.

Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum has top notes of Verbena, Black Tea, Fresh Almond, Mint and Grapefruit, heart notes of White Flowers and Lavender, and base notes of Musk and Moss.

This is no doubt a sophisticated scent, with complex layered notes of fresh white flowers, grapefruit and mint, combined with musk for depth and sensuality. The fragrance also includes more masculine notes such as moss and woods to create neither a male nor female fragrance, but a scent that can be worn and enjoyed by all.

Though this is most definitely a fresh and summery fragrance, this is by no means your bog standard off-the-shelf scent – it really couldn’t be further away from that. Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum really is like not other fragrance I’ve tried – it’s grown up, confident and sophisticated. It has a distinct smokiness that you can’t fail to notice – combined with spiced wood, citrus and musk, it makes for a truly stunning fragrance.

A quick note about the bottle, which is simple and elegant. It has a clear glass exterior and a high shine chrome finish lid – it would look fantastic on any dressing table.

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Thé Glacé  Aqua Parfum Eau de Parfum is £107.00 for 100ml, and available now from House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Floris London Bergamotto Di Positano

Posted on April 25, 2016

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Hi Guys, happy Monday!

You’ll probably know by now that I’m crazy about perfume, and there’s nothing more thrilling to a fragrance fanatic like myself than discovering a new brand! Floris London are new to the blog, and new to me, and I’ve been trying out their latest launch, Bergamotto Di Positano this week…

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This scent really is perfect for the coming summer, it’s bright and fresh, yet warm with a comforting element that just makes you want to recline in the sunshine with a nice cool drink. Bergamotto Di Positano is in fact a unisex scent, which I love on myself and I think I’d love it equally as much if my husband wore it too – I’ve yet to ask his opinion but I have a feeling he’ll be a fan.

This Eau de Parfum has a wonderfully distinctive citrus note, whilst being neither sweet and feminine, nor masculine in any way, this fragrance perfectly evokes the warmth of a Mediterranean sea breeze, sunshine and clear shimmering water. It’s like a Medeterranean holiday in a bottle! This fragrance is also actually a relaunch from the April 2015 limited edition By Request into the current Private Collection, unsurprisingly due to popular demand.

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A bit of background on the fragrance – Bergamotto di Positano was created in homage to Charles Joseph Pagliano, who in the early 19th century left the the small fishing village on the Amalfi coast to travel to England and marry his sweetheart Mary Floris – who was a key member of the Floris family, living and working for many years at the business premises, 89 Jermyn Street.

And some more on the fragrance notes –

Fresh bergamot entwined with mandarin and warm marine notes brings instant refreshment. The heart is a vivacious combination of orange blossom with a hint of vanilla, which lends a smooth character and creaminess to complement the initial sparkle. Base notes of wood, amber, ambrette and ginger provide the fragrance with a mellow warmth, reminiscent of a Mediterranean evening.

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For my first experience of Floris London fragrances, I really am beyond impressed. I can’t wait to try out some more of their perfumes now!

Bergamotto Di Positano is £120 for 100ml, and will be available at  from May.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau De Parfum

Posted on April 14, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Following on from yesterday’s little Jo Malone beauty, I have another gorgeous fragrance to share with you today – this is not a new perfume by any means, but Bvlgari’s Jasmin Noir is new to me, and definitely worth a mention.

Jasmin Noir was actually created way back when in 2008, when Bvlgari decided they wanted to develop a fragrance more impressive than their previous creations, they wanted a scent that embodied the heart of the Bvlgari brand – and I think Jasmin Noir does this perfectly. The bottle is sleek and luxurious, made of black glass with a gold neck and lid, and gold lettering, and the fragrance is mesmerising…

The scent itself reminds me very much of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid – in terms of depth and volume rather than actual fragrance. This is definitely a heavy scent, perfect for evening, sophisticated and glamorous.

Described as a ‘dualist’ fragrance, incorporating both feminine and masculine notes, Bvlgari’s Jasmin Noir is intense, seductive and heady. I could also describe it as overwhelming, as I did go a bit overboard with my first application! This brings up the point that this is an Eau de Parfum, meaning it’s a very concentrated fragrance, and a little will definitely go a long way!

Jasmin Noir opens with sparkling notes of green sap and delicate accents of gardenia petals. It has heart notes of sensual Sambac jasmine combined with the velvety tones of satin almond – a unique accord created exclusively for Jasmin Noir. Intense woody notes characterise the base of the fragrance. The licorice of the intense, persistent perfume blends with the warm and velvety tonka bean absolute and precious woods that suffuse an irresistibly sensual aroma, evoking the magic atmosphere of dark, mysterious woods.

Jasmin Noir is complex and alluring, the contrast of jasmine with heavy, woody notes gives the fragrance a volume and richness that you can’t overlook. I think this something you will either love, or hate depending on your taste. If you’re a fan of woody / floral scents though this is definitely worth checking out.

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Bvlgari Jasmin Noir EDP is available now from  from £65.00 for 50ml.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense

Posted on April 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a lovely day? I’m been making the most of the sunshine this morning, and I have the latest beautiful Cologne Intense fragrance from Jo Malone to share with you now…

For those not too familiar with the Cologne Intense range, this is a rather special collection of scents created by Jo Malone focussing specifically on rich and precious ingredients, such as oud and incense, as well as florals including rose and tuberose (Tuberose Angelica is a must-try). Jo Malone felt that the woody and powdery qualities of iris were missing from this collection, so they decided to create a fragrance around orris – and Orris & Sandalwood was born.

Now I must admit, I wasn’t completely sure what orris was to begin with, so just to give a bit of background info, orris actually comes from the roots of the Iris Pallid, rather than the flower. It grows near Florence and is renowned as a very rare and precious substance. Rather surprisingly, orris takes up to five years to to produce, from harvesting, to drying, through to extraction – though the length of time and depth of process goes a long way to explaining why orris is so precious. Jo Malone wanted to remain true to the traditional approach of harvesting, to bring the unique qualities of the orris to their latest fragrance.

And yes, the gorgeous fragrance! On first try, you’re hit with a wonderful bouquet of violet – and I know violet isn’t to everyones taste, but this isn’t overly floral as you might expect. It also has an interesting unisex appeal due to the woody nature of the orris, which is emphasised by the depth of Sandalwood at the base. Apart from being distinctively violet in nature, this scent is definitely warm, inviting and hinting on powdery.  I think lovers of violet and sandalwood will be in heaven with this perfume.

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If you like layering your scents, which I highly recommend by the way, Jo Malone recommends layering Orris & Sandalwood with Blackberry & Bay to create a compelling woody floral – this sounds right up my street so I may need to treat myself to Blackberry and Bay now!

Orris & Sandalwod is available now from  at £105.00 for 100ml.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted April 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on April 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Cohorted’s latest box has just arrived on my doorstep and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in! I was excited to see a few new brands included this month –

  • MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Look Lively, worth £17.50
  • Gold Elements Nail Care Kit, worth £29.49
  • Miss Patisserie Bath Melt, worth £3.99
  • The Body Shop White Musk Libertine EDT, worth £24.00
  • MDM Flow Lipstick in Panther, worth £18.00

Total value of box: £92.98.

Ok so on first glance, we have MAC in here, we have The Body Shop and a MDM Flow Lipstick – ooh! I can’t tell you how good it is to see some new brands this month!  So let’s start with MDM Flow… I remember first hearing about this brand a while ago from British Beauty Blogger (I think) and the brand was also mentioned in last months Cohorted leaflet.

MDM Flow is the brainchild of Florence Adepoju, a Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science, fusing her love of beauty with hip hop and street style. The high shine gold casing is striking and unusual, and MDM flow’s lipsticks come in an interesting range of bold and unusual shades. Panther is included in this box, it’s a vivid Barbie pink and I think I love it! Be warned this shade is super intense though, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted!

On the subject of lips, the MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil is a lovely addition too – I must admit I doubt I’d pick this up if I were shopping at MAC myself, just because £17.50 is quite expensive for a glossy balm in my opinion. I’m very glad to find it in the box though. Shade Look Lively gives a sheer, baby pink balmy tint to the lips.

There’s also a Gold Elements Nail Care Kit – another brand I hadn’t heard of. A quick Google tells me that Gold Elements is a premium skincare brand, offering face and body ranges, as well as products for nails and gift sets. The Gold Elements Nail Care Kit includes a large 120ml tube of hand cream, cuticle oil, a block style nail buffer and a nail file. Again probably not products I’d choose myself, but all are very handy and will definitely get used.

Next is The Body Shop White Musk Libertine EDT, this is actually my first ever fragrance from the Body Shop – it’s a light and sweet musk, with notes of rose, honey and almond. This is a really nice, every day scent that is perfect for fans of musk fragrances.

And lastly the super sweet Miss Patisserie Bath Melt, complete in a pretty presentation box. This really looks good enough to eat! I’m looking forward to popping this into my next bath!

After last month’s slightly disappointing box, I think Cohorted have done a really good job here. Though all the products included aren’t completely up my street, this is just my personal preference, and I think most will be happy with this box. It’s great to see a mix of different brands this month too – The Body Shop is a safe bet as you can’t really go too wrong with their products, and I love that Cohorted have teamed up with MDM Flow, bringing a brand new and emerging brand to its customer base.

I’d love to hear what you think of this box? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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