Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette Review

28 January 2015

Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette

Today sees the launch of the latest Dolce and Gabbana fragrance - Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette. A lighter, fresher sister scent to the original Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum, delicate and perfectly suited to the upcoming Spring months...

Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette

"Dolce Floral Drops has the rare beauty of a fresh, floral scent. The Eau de Toilette is inspired by the notes of Dolce Eau de Parfum, preserving it’s harmonious signature of white flowers, with a heart of White Amaryllis. Dolce Floral Drops combines these ingredients with the lively and crisp green opening of Neroli leaves, that enriches its character and defines its freshness right from the opening of the fragrance. The Dolce Floral Drops bottle recalls the unique shape of Dolce: thick glass, curved lines and a solid bottom, with a cap in the shape of a sculpted flower with milky white petals. Frosted glass gives it a misty green colour, presenting a dew-kissed tone, and expressing the fresh delicateness of the fragrance."

Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette

Dolce Floral Drops is reminiscent of the original Dolce fragrance - a white floral that is slightly aquatic with hints of green notes, I would say this is lighter and fresher than its predecessor. Refreshing yet delicate, like a light Spring rain on a mild, sunny day or perhaps a morning dew. One mist of this will have you longing for pretty pastel clothing and being able to ditch your Winter coat once and for all. It is very much a young fragrance which I personally enjoy and would say that although they do not smell anything at all alike fans of the likes of Marc Jacobs Daisy Daydream will lap this up as will those who enjoy the original Dolce Eau de Parfum. This will undoubtedly be my go to Spring scent for 2015.

I can't think of a better quote to sum up this beautiful new fragrance than this - “Dolce Floral Drops is fresh and light, yet as precious as a morning caress.” - Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops Eau de Toilette launches exclusively via Boots today £44- £96 via Boots - link

This post contains a press sample.

Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum Review

Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum

Imagine if you could bust blemishes and nourish your skin while you slept at night? Wouldn't that be the dream (excuse the terrible pun)? Well the newest Witch Skincare product aims to do just that
- Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum...

"Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum; ideal for those with sensitive and spot-prone skin. The powerful serum, formulated to minimise breakouts during the night, also works to help prevent future blemishes from surfacing. The oil-free formula is visibly hydrating, helping to leave skin radiant and clear when you wake up. As well as containing Witch Skincare’s signature witch hazel extract to clear and contract pores, the formula is rich in vitamin B3 (niacinamide), renowned for its moisturising benefits and ability to promote an even skin tone while you sleep."

Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum

If you are familiar with Witch Skincare products you will know that the vast majority have a slightly medicinal scent - this is no different and is due to the addition of natural Witch Hazel Oil. I was pleasantly surprised by the texture of the Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum: light, silky and on par with an expensive serum in terms of consistency. It quickly absorbs into the skin without irritation feels instantly hydrating and does not clog my pores (something I have to be pretty vigilant with as I am prone to black heads - what a lovely image) nor will it overwhelm oily skin or further dry out dry/dehydrated complexions. It is pretty clever, seemingly it does dry out blemishes - speeding up the skins natural recovery process without irritating the surrounding skins natural moisture balance.

Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum

As with any blemish aimed product to expect this to be the solution to all your skin care woes is over stretching. If like myself you are prone to cystic break outs this will not do anything for you or said problem but for those annoying little white heads I do find it clears them up fairly quickly compared to leaving them to their own devices. I can't fully comment on the redness aspect as my skin is fairly even and dull in tone but the Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum does make the surrounding skin around blemishes seem less angry and inflamed. You can use this nightly to prevent breakouts from occurring or use this as an if and when treatment to speed up the healing process. You can use it as a solo product or underneath your usual night cream should you wish.

Witch Skincare Overnight Clearing Serum £5.99/50ml via Superdrug - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel Review

Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel

If like myself you don't have a bath tub of your own, then most likely you become most excited about the newest shower gel launches. Even if I did have a bath tub I'm sure my excitement wouldn't wane as who has time for a full, relaxing bath each morning? Not me that is for sure. The newest and sadly limited edition shower launch from Lush is Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel.

This is the first edition of Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel in which I have enjoyed the scent. This time around it is less fruity based (I'm almost certain that previous editions were passion fruit based which is less than a favourite of mine) and more candy/vanilla in fragrance. If you like fluffy, sweet, vanilla and/or marshmallow scents then I have a sneaky feeling you will enjoy this. A few have asked me if this is at all similar to Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel and I wouldn't say so - this has a more creamy, vanilla based note where as Snow Fairy was sharper and more fruity based. Perhaps the best way to think of it as a more mellow vanilla scent but both are fairly sweet and dare I say it "cute".

As with all Lush shower gels this is gentle yet effectively cleanses my skin without stripping or drying out my skin, it is not the most moisturising of formulas so you may find that you do still require a body moisturiser after use. You can also Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel as a bubble bath as it foams rather well and should you wish even a shampoo - depending on how dry your hair is.

Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel £4.75-£15.95 via Lush - link

This post contains a press sample.

MAC Ultimate Collection February 2015

27 January 2015

MAC Ultimate Collection February 2015

Unlike many of the MAC collections that come and go it looks like the soon to launch MAC Ultimate Collection will be permanent. Great news in two aspects: if you fall in love with a product or shade you don't need to worry about a back up and you can put off purchasing, free from worry of it selling out.

"The epitome of bold luxury, MAC Ultimate combines an innovative design aesthetic with the sumptuous formulas of our Ultimate Lipstick and Sheer Mystery Powder. Ten new lip colours are utterly chic, while Sheer Mystery Powder smooths onto skin in luminous hues that are barely there. Perfectly encased in modern geometric designs, this stand out packaging features a sleek chrome finish in two cult-collectible accessories."

MAC Ultimate Collection February 2015

MAC Ultimate Lipsticks
To Savour - Light cool pink
Soft Pout - Sheer pink peach with white pearl (re-promote)
Marque - Soft light neutral pink
Ravishingly Rich - Bright mid-tone orange
Femme-de-Luxe - Bright pink
Catharina - Fuchsia (re-promote)
Audacious - Warm mid-tone red
Dangerously Chic - Cool mid-tone red
Vogue en Violet - Cool mid-tone violet
The Scene - Deep berry (re-promote)

MAC Sheer Mystery Powder
Light Medium - Pale ivory
Medium Plus - Tan beige
Dark Secret - Deep caramel
Deep Dark - Caramelized brown

I personally will be holding off from purchasing to begin with so I can go in-store and have a play around with the powders etc. I will say that the packaging is nothing short of fabulous and will be sure to draw a good few of us in. I believe this will launch next week online and on counters here in the UK.

The Daily Beauty Report (27.01.15)

The Daily Beauty Report (27.01.15)

Here is what is happening within the beauty world at the moment...

I have a few samples of the upcoming launch will I will review in full in the coming weeks so do keep an eye out! "Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has announced the launch of its Brightening Brick, which combines the warmth of a bronzer, pure colour of a blush and the luminosity of a highlighter in one compact. Designed for all ages, complexions and skin types, Brightening Brick is infused with a skin-brightening blend of mulberry, grape and scutellaria extracts to illuminate the skin, without drying or settling into fine lines. Available in six shades of varying levels of pearl, it instantly awakens tired skin and enhances each individual's natural skin tone with a semi-transparent luminosity. Shades include: Pink, Coral, Patel Peach, Tawny, Pastel Pink and Cranberry." They will cost £34 each and launch in February.

A new and well priced skin care launch happens this week - Good Things has announced the launch of its Argan Oil skincare collection, developed by beauty expert Alice Hart-Davis. The new range helps to target and treat signs of ageing by combining antioxidant-rich argan oil with nourishing and moisturising ingredients. There are five products on offer, including: Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Moisture Boost Facial Serum, Time Rewind Day Cream, and Perfecting Facial Oil. Each product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans." Prices range from £5.99-£8.99 and will launch via Boots.

A new fragrance via M&S and a Supermodel - "British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has announced the launch of Rosie for Autograph Eau de Parfum, her eponymous first fragrance with high street retailer M&S. The floral-oriental fragrance was created by Rosie and perfumer Ralf Schwieger and comprises top notes of pepper, lemon and green leaves; heart notes of red rose centifolia, magnolia and jasmine; and a base of sandalwood, vanilla and musk. The campaign was shot in Rosie’s home county of Devon at Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot by Guy Aroch. The scent is available as a Eau de Parfum (75ml and 30ml), Room Diffuser and Candle." Prices will range from £10-£28 and will launch on the 29th of January.

A beauty box you won't want to miss out on - "Online beauty destination Latest in Beauty has teamed up with the editorial team at beauty website Get The Gloss to launch the Beauty Insider’s Kit for 2015. Containing nine products, the beauty box includes: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate; Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner; GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment; Laura Mercier Foundation Primer; Therapie Roques ONeil Cherish Skin Repair Serum; Daniel Sandler Concealer Brush; Essie Nail Lacquers; Balance Me Radiance Face Oil; and James Read Sleep Mask Tan. Worth £116, the Beauty Insider’s Kit is available for £19.95 plus p&p." Order here - link.

A QVC exclusive - "Haircare brand Philip Kingsley has announced the launch of its limited edition Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer, exclusively available at QVC. Inspired by Philip’s annual trips to his favourite holiday retreat in Portofino, Italy, the pre-shampoo conditioning treatment is infused with the fragrance of natural neroli, geranium, lavender, rose and orange oils. The exclusive fragrance is also complemented by limited edition packaging, based on the vibrant colours of the Portofino Harbour. Elasticizer adds elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine to all hair types, while the light floral and citrus fragrance leaves senses revitalised." This will launch on the 1st of Febuary and cost £58 via QVC.
If you are interested in learning who won what at the prestigious InStyle Beauty Awards look nor further than below:

Make-up
Best Mascara - Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara
Best Liquid/Gel Eyeliner - Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Best Cream Eyeshadow - MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots
Best Lipsticks Range - MAC Lipsticks
Best Lipgloss - MAC Lipglass
Best Concealer - Laura Mercier Camouflage
Best Compact Foundation - MAC Studio Fix Compact
Best Powder Blush - NARS Orgasm

Skin
Best Toner - Clarins Toning Lotion With Camomile
Best Wash-Off Cleanser - Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Best Eye De-Puffer - Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-on For Puffy Eyes
Best Facial Oil - Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil
Best Facial Exfoliator - Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Body
Best Body Moisturiser - Kiehl’s Crème De Corps
Best Bath Oil - Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil
Best Shower Gel - Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash

Hair
Best Dry Shampoo - Batiste
Best Volumiser - Tigi Queen For A Day
Best Defrizzer - Bumble and Bumble Defrizz

Editors Choice
Dior - Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation
SkinCeuticals - Resveratrol B E
Charles Worthington - Salon At Home Root Concealer
Balance Me - Super Toning Body Polish

Have a lovely evening.

Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book Review

"A guide to home made natural remedies, make-up looks and at-home therapies that enhance your natural beauty. It shows you how to prepare products in your own home that are guaranteed to make your whole body look and feel gorgeous. It comes with over 100 organic product recipes, such as anti-ageing eye creams and exfoliating masks."

Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book

I don't tend to feature many beauty books simply because there is an abundance of beauty books out there, some good, some great and others aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Luckily the Neal's Yard Remedies Books tend to focus on educating the reader using facts rather than filler. The Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book isn't any different, brimming full of recipes, facts and D.I.Y Ideas.

Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book
Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book

Each page is beautifully written and photographed, with clear concise instructions and/or information you may want to know. I rather like that the book covers pretty much all aspects of beauty and caters to all ages which is evident in their choice of models for any tutorial - all ages and all skin tones have been selected. As with every novel of this time it has a unique selling point and in my opinion it is the ingredient breakdown/directory so to speak, if you have ever wondered what is in your favourite skin care item but feel bogged down by scientific jargon this is the book for you. Not only are certain ingredients broken down in clear, easy to understand speak but Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book also states why said ingredient is used and the benefits. 

Personally I am not a huge fan of beauty tutorials composed via photography, especially since we have Youtube at our fingertips - it seems a little dated in comparison but I do have to state that brand have ensure they are easy to follow none the less. If like myself you enjoy rustling up a face mask or hair treatment in your kitchen this book will not disappoint, the "recipes" are well considered and not the run of the mill idea you will find after a quick Google search. 

Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book is how beauty books should be; educational yet fun, facts not fluff. A highly recommend beauty read.

Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Book £13.41 via Wordery.com - link.

This post contains a press sample.

My Longest Wearing Foundations and a Tip

My Longest Wearing Foundations and a Tip

Following on from "My Longest Wearing Make-Up Picks" post, I have gathered up my little hoard of hard working, long wearing foundations. As Make Up Forever has yet to launch within in the UK I have left out both Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Foundation but if you do have the means to pick up either I can not recommend them enough. Can you tell I am counting down the days until Make Up Forever touches down in Debenhams? Anyway below is my top five picks - four liquids and a powder, for just about every budget and skin type...

My Longest Wearing Foundations and a Tip

L'Oreal True Match Foundation £9.99 via Boots - link.

Easily one of my favourite budget foundations ever, no scratch the budget element; it is one of my favourite foundations. Full stop. A light weight yet medium to full coverage formulation that glides on to the skin and is easily buffed or blended into the skin for a seamless finish. You can layer this on for a fuller coverage or use a buffing brush for a sheerer approach, it covers just about every skin imperfection without caking or looking/feeling heavy on the skin nor does it look flat. The shade range is phenomenal and set with a little powder this will not budge, even on the oiliest of skin types for a good 10+ hours. I would say this is ideal for all skin types even dry complexions as it doesn't cling to rough areas of the skin nor will it further dehydrate the skin. It is fairly moisturising/nourishing yet won't overwhelm oily complexions. Basically to try this is to love it, I think everyone should own a bottle.

Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector £20.62 via Feel Unique - link.

Perhaps you prefer a lighter coverage? If so one of the longest wearing, lightweight bases I have stumbled across has to be Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector .The texture of Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector veers on creamy, which I initially thought would result in heavy coverage and shiny skin. I couldn't have been more wrong. On the skin it feels lighter than air, is super easy (a liquid to powder formula) to buff into the skin, it works just as well with your fingertips and/or a beauty blender. The coverage is pretty light/sheer but it does even out the skin tone and hides redness too. The good news is that it builds with ease and never looks heavy nor does it cake or oxidise throughout the course of wear (around 9 hours with a primer and a powder). In my opinion the end finish is semi-matte, shine is gone but the skin doesn't look completely matte or flat - I do still set this with a finishing powder. If you have dry skin I'm not sure I would recommend the Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector, it isn't drying by any means but I did find it clung to my the skin around nose which is a little dry but on the plus side it did help keep my t-zone shine free. This is the "foundation" I reach for when at my oiliest and in humid weather and/or the summer months.

My Longest Wearing Foundations and a Tip

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation £28.50 via Debenhams - link

If you want a perfectly matte base, that almost look airbrushed then this is the foundation for you. I kid you not when I say it is almost weightless. You can apply several layers of this product should you wish and it will not cake nor does it feel heavy on the skin which could make it ideal for the upcoming summer months. Being so lightweight you wouldn't expect it to offer great coverage but it truly does. I feel medium coverage is under selling this foundation as it covers more than any other medium coverage foundation I own and yet it is not quite full coverage...it is somewhere is the middle for lack of a better term. Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation covers any redness, discolouration, dark circles and most other skin concerns but you may want to add a dab of concealer to blemishes. It glides on like a second skin and settles to a semi-matte finish that looks both soft and natural, not to mention it doesn't sit in enlarged pores or lines of any kind. The great thing about this foundation is the wear time on my oily skin it doesn't budge or become shiny throughout the day - I'm talking a good 10 hours of wear with ease. The downside of this is that it does have quite an alcoholic fragrance which my guess is due to it being an ingredient so those with dry skin may want to avoid it!

Clarins Everlasting Foundation £27 via Boots - link.

Clarins foundation in general are incredible and so easily overlooked. If you require a fully matte base that will not budge, give way to oil yet doesn't appear flat you need Clarins Everlasting Foundation. A liquid to powder finish foundation that gives the appearance of velvet soft, flawless skin that oddly looks fresh and radiant. I would deem Clarins  Everlasting Foundation to be full coverage as it makes light work of evening out the skin tone, disguising blemishes and lightly blurring enlarged pores. It is comfortable to wear, almost weightless and does not budge for a good 10 or so hours. This is one of the few foundations in which I can skip primer and setting powder and know that I will still achieve around 6 hours of oil free wear which is impressive given I have beyond oily skin at times. I will review this foundation in full very soon, until then trust me you need to give this a whirl.

Tarte Amazon Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation £34 via QVC - link

Now for the trick/tip, perhaps you don't want to own or try any of the above foundations for whatever reason but need more than a pressed/loose powder to ensure your foundation will stay in place for a special occasion? Although I don't rate Tarte Amazon Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation as a stand alone foundation something wonderful occurs when buffed into the skin over and liquid foundation. If you want a flawless, high coverage finish that the Kardashian sisters would be jealous of this is the product for you. This mineral powder foundation blurs imperfections, sets make-up and keeps everything in place. On average when I buff this on top of a foundation I can pretty much guarantee that my base will look perfect for up to 12 hours which is impressive. Yes it is quite a heavy finish but at least you can turn any foundation/base you own into a high coverage, long wearing product whenever needs must! This is suitable for all skin types even dry complexions.

I hope this is somewhat helpful, if there are any other long wearing edits you would like me to compose do let me know!





Jo Malone Intense Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne

Jo Malone Intense Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne

Did I mention that I am obsessed with Jo Malone Intense colognes? Oh I did. If you have ever tested Jo Malone Intense Dark Amber and Ginger Lily fragrance be it in candle or cologne form I am more than sure you would understand. It is the type of fragrance that you could bathe in...well if you happen to be a multi-millionaire of course.

"Rare Kyara wood. Prized in the Kohdo ceremony, the highly ritualised Japanese art of incense appreciation. Enriched with amber and black orchid. Illuminated by the clean sensuality of black cardamom, ginger and water lily. Calm and relaxing."

I was a little late to the party concerning the Jo Malone Intense colognes, I foolishly deemed the glossy, black packaging to instantly correlate to men's fragrance. Silly when I have been known to mist on an aftershave or two in my time. I digress, the striking packaging has been incorporated to depict the fact that the notes and altogether fragrance line is more powerful and intense hence the name. Basically what I am trying to convey in a round about way is don't be off put by the packaging, I can hand on heart say that the Jo Malone Intense range has some of the most beautiful fragrances I have ever experienced.

Summing up Jo Malone Intense Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne is tricky without overusing the term sublime, over and over again. It truly is exquisite, floral, clean (I instantly think of freshly washed Egyptian Cotton), comforting and long wearing - one quick mist will linger on the skin for the entire duration of a day. It neatly fits into the sensual, woody floral box without being overwhelming, dated or powdery. Although the majority of Jo Malone fragrance are aimed at being unisex this is most certainly a gentle, feminine scent. If you are a fan of Malin & Goetz Dark Rum Eau de Toilette but want something a little deeper and longer wearing this is the fragrance for you. No they are not identical but somewhat similar. I think Jo Malone Intense Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne may be my favourite cologne ever and trust me that is no mean feat.

Jo Malone Intense Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne 100ml/£100 - link

This post contains a press sample.

The Daily Beauty Report (26.01.14)

26 January 2015


Here is what is happening within the beauty world at the moment...

Two new dry shampoo's - "TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe has announced the launch of two new styling dry shampoos, both of which were road tested backstage at SS15 shows spearheaded by Global Hair Ambassador Mark Hampton.Casual Matt Texture Dry Shampoo provides a matt finish to the hair to remove shine; while Classic Perfect Tease Dry Shampoo has been created to add shine, grip and soft definition while concentrating on thickness and volume." These will launch in February and cost £7.49.

Tangle Teezer just get better and better - "Tangle Teezer has announced two new additions to its brush collection. The new Blow-Styling Hairbrush provides volume and shine, as well as a faster drying experience. Designed as a paddle brush, the individual teeth formation allows for free flow tension, whereby hair will pass through in a snake like motion, removing excess water from the surface layer ready for blow drying. There is no dragging or stretching of hair, allowing hair to retain its natural movement and volume for longer. The brush will be available in a full paddle (medium to long hair) and half paddle size (short to medium hair). Also launching is the Compact Groomer, the first Tangle Teezer for men. Suitable for both head and facial hair, the groomer comes complete with a metallic cover to protect teeth from dirt and fluff." Prices will range £12.25- £20 and launch in February (Blow-Styler) & March (groomer).

New shades from an exciting new nail brand - "Five-free nail lacquer brand INTENSAE has announced the launch of its new collection, SS15 Part 1. The range comprises three new shades, including: GENEISIS, a creme formula classic red with a raspberry undertone, inspired by Brooke Candy; KIKI, a pastel blue creme inspired by Kirsten Dunst; and THE SHRIMP, a sheer blush pink inspired by Jean Shrimpton. Part 2 will be available at the beginning of April, with shades announced in due course."This line up will launch this month and priced at €16.95.

With Easter on the horizon (trust me it will here sooner rather than later) Ciate have a way to curb that sweet tooth - "Ciaté has announced the launch of its Liquid Chalk Collection. The five-free nail polish range has been formulated to provide a soft, chalky and textured finish. The collection comprises four Paint Pots, including: Wanderlust (soft mauve), Cheek to Cheek (pink), Sweet Talk (warm nude/greige) and Confess (classic nude). The polishes are also available in colour complimenting duos: Crowd Craze (including Wanderlust and Sweet Talk) and Doodle Dance (containing Cheek to Cheek and Confess). Additionally, the brand has announced the launch of Choc Pots, a selection of nail polish remover pots which are available in four chocolate scents. Offering a non-drying formulation, which is acetone free and enriched with hydrating marula oil, vitamin B and E, scents include: Orange Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. This will launch in March and prices will range for £6-15.

If you are looking for a new and exciting foundation, look no further - "Lancôme has announced the launch of Miracle Cushion, a new foundation embedded within a sponge format, which provides fresh dewy hydration, weightless coverage and radiance. As users press down on to the cushion, a small dose of tinted, water-light fluid is released. While providing the lightness of a fluid, the product has the unifying blur effect of a BB cream and evens and protects the skin from UV. Soft and bouncy, the sponge cushion has thousands of air holes which optimise the formula’s absorption into the sponge. The large chambers are designed to contain a significant amount of fluid, releasing just the right dose for each application. The formula is concentrated in water and enriched with volatile oils, designed to combine make-up results with skincare benefits. The compact comes with a specifically developed pad applicator. Miracle Cushion is available is six shades, which fuse with the fairest to the darkest complexions. This will launch this coming February and cost £29.50 (refill, £19.50)."

With Easter on the horizon (trust me it will here sooner rather than later) Ciate have a way to curb that sweet tooth - "Ciaté has announced the launch of its Liquid Chalk Collection. The five-free nail polish range has been formulated to provide a soft, chalky and textured finish. The collection comprises four Paint Pots, including: Wanderlust (soft mauve), Cheek to Cheek (pink), Sweet Talk (warm nude/greige) and Confess (classic nude). The polishes are also available in colour complimenting duos: Crowd Craze (including Wanderlust and Sweet Talk) and Doodle Dance (containing Cheek to Cheek and Confess). Additionally, the brand has announced the launch of Choc Pots, a selection of nail polish remover pots which are available in four chocolate scents. Offering a non-drying formulation, which is acetone free and enriched with hydrating marula oil, vitamin B and E, scents include: Orange Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. This will launch in March and prices will range for £6-15.

New home fragrances - "Ashleigh & Burwood has announced the launch of its new luxury destination-inspired home fragrance collection, Escapology. The collection comprises the following fragrances: Seychelles, which combines notes of red fruits blended with Indonesian ylang ylang, coconut, sweet vanilla and white musks; Egyptian Cotton, comprising a floral heart with notes of jasmine, iris, ylang ylang, sandalwood, musks and vetiver; Kerala Spice, with top notes of neroli, jasmine and ylang ylang, a heart of cloves, orange blossom and tuberose and a base of musks and vetiver; Madagascan Vanilla, blended with notes of jasmine, rosewood, sandalwood, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and tonka bean; and Moroccan Rose, a floral bouquet of red rose and bergamot, enveloped with vetiver and sandalwood, with a amber and musk base. Each fragrance is available across scented candles, reed diffusers, and a Luxury Home Fragrance Collection, which packages a 50ml Reed Diffuser with two Votive Candle." Another Febuary launch and prices range from £17-99-£24:99.

A new The Body Shop fragrance is set to launch soon and I couldn't be more excited. It is a fairly extensive line up with bath and body products as well as a stand alone fragrance. "Give your skin an exciting sensation with NEW limited edition Smoky Poppy body care, the most seductive range ever released by The Body Shop. Laced with the extract of oil-rich poppies, indulge in a burst of blissful moisture. Our Smoky Poppy collection is infused with real, hand-picked poppy flowers from the Ankara region of Turkey. This sensual and indulgent range will leave you longing for more, with a euphoric scent for ultimate body bliss." This will land in-store and online on the 3rd of February.

Have a lovely evening.

Flamingo Candles Love Bug Glitter Valentine Candle

Flamingo Candles Love Bug Glitter Valentine Candle

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, collective groans all round - I jest of course. I happen to actually like day of "love" as most brands put out rather cute collections, with most of the bath and body products being sweetly scented. I have noticed in the past few years many are stepping away from the traditional rose fragrances and veering towards more candy and lighter, often white floral notes. If that is more suiting to your preference then you may want to treat yourself or a loved one to the new and limited edition Flamingo Candles Love Bug Glitter Valentine Candle.

"Love Bug combines blends of mandarin and petitgrain, with subtle undertones of cinnamon. Lilac glitter is mixed with our hot pink soywax to create the most sumptuous Valentine treat. J’adore!"

Do you recall those soft, almost foam like Rhubarb and Custard stick shaped sweets (if not this link is for you that could often be found in pick n mix's (come back Woolworths all is forgiven, we miss you!)? Well this is exactly what the Flamingo Candles Love Bug Glitter Valentine Candle reminds me of. Sweet yet somewhat fruity but not overly sugary or synthetic, it is rather lovely and dare I say it cutesy. The cute factor is only amped but the pretty pink glitter added to the wax for a little extra pizazz.

If like myself you are a little over rose fragrances but want something to mark Valentine's day, be it for yourself or a loved one this could be just what you are looking for.

Flamingo Candles Love Bug Glitter Valentine Candle £12 via Flamingo Candles - link.

This post contains a press sample.

NYX HD Finishing Powder Review

NYX HD Finishing Powder

One thing I don't think I will ever fully commit to is loose powders, by that I mean I can find what I would deem to be the perfect powder and still have an urge to switch brands in the hope of finding something better. I will try anything; budget, blow out and all that is in between which is where I would say NYX HD Finishing Powder slots in. It has to be one of the better loose powders I have tried and if you are looking for a powder to set, control oil and blur imperfections you could do a lot worse than NYX HD Finishing Powder.

"Why White? Don't let the white colour turn you off because this powder is a miracle in a jar. 100% pure mineral silica finishing powder that is perfect for setting foundation or wearing alone. This powder leaves your skin looking radiant and luminous, while absorbing oil for that flawless matte finished look. A colourless shade that can be used for all skin tone as it applies neutral."

NYX HD Finishing Powder

There's not much to say about the packaging of NYX HD Finishing Powder it is essentially like any other loose powder out there - a large screw top jar with an inbuilt sifter. I would say that the packaging is fairly inoffensive and looks pricer than it actually is. You get 6g per pot which may not sound like a whole lot but a little goes a long way, I would estimate that even with daily use this should last you anywhere up to six months.

NYX HD Finishing Powder

As you can see NYX HD Finishing Powder is of course translucent and has the same fine milled texture, light weight, almost cooling sensation that I find is present in almost every HD Powder. Much like other powders of this type it can leave a white cast on the skin if not fully buffered into the skin (I find a flat top brush works best). Unlike other cheaper HD setting powders what sets this aside is the blurring aspect, it gently softens the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores and other uneven surfaces without caking or gathering into any lines or pores. As for oil control it seems to keep shine at bay with ease even on the oiliest of skin types and humid situations, my only criticism is that it can be a little drying on the skin and leave the complexion looking flat. I am not sure that I would use this for day to day wear rather I'd most likely keep it for evening wear as the finish can be a little too matte but to each their own. As a heads up any unblended powder will flash back in flash photography, if you plan on taking photos you may want to do a test shoot before heading out for a night on the tiles. 

NYX HD Finishing Powder £9.50 via NYX - link

This post contains a gifted product.

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar Review

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar is just what you want from a Valentine's Day product, unabashedly kitsch, heart shaped and floral scented - dusted with just the right amount of gold glitter. Cupid himself would be proud!

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar

At first I did not care for the fragrance of Lush Heart Throb deeming it to be a little too powdery for my personal taste but it seems to liven up somewhat when added to water. It is altogether a light floral scent with notes of Frangipani and Geranium. In some senses it reminds me of baby lotion - soft, comforting and familiar making it perfect for an relaxing evening dip. This particular bubble bar is loaded with shea butter and is one of the few bubble bars that truly leaves my skin feeling soft, nourished and hydrated from a simple bath - not many products can say that.

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar

Much like I have in the past, I recommend halving this bubble bar before use. I personally only use a quarter per bath and find it more than scents the bath water (and room) as well as providing oddles of soft, soapy bubbles. As you can probably imagine this tints the water pink and does leave behind a coating of glitter both on the bottom of the bath and the skin, it really isn't anything a quick hose down with a shower can't solve and let's face it who doesn't like a little sparkle in their life.

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar £3.65 via Lush - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Lush Cupid's Love Soap Review

25 January 2015

Lush Cupid's Love Soap

One thing I have learned from being a beauty blogger is you can't love all of the products, all of the time, even if you are easily pleased. As much as I am enjoying Lush's Valentine's Day collection one product that I haven't been able to get on board with is Lush Cupid's Love Soap. Now don't get me wrong the formulation as always is top notch but the fragrance is a little bizarre...

"This unique soap has an uplifting, fruity fragrance. Bergamot and rosewood work together to create a rich scent, whilst fresh figs, passion fruit juice and soya yoghurt nourish and soften the skin."

Lush Cupid's Love Soap in terms of fragrance most likely slots into the fruity yet floral category but something doesn't quite gel - the notes of passionfruit, fig and bergamot compete for attention and don't mesh. The scent misses the mark, it isn't balanced and not fruity nor floral enough to reel me in. Hey you can't win them all and everyone is a critic. Scent aside I can not fault the soap, it lathers beautifully, cleanses the skin (I used it in place of a shower gel and then as a hand soap) without drying out the skin and is safe even for those who suffer from sensitivities.  The one thing I will state and stress is that you really should pop in store and give this the sniff test before purchasing. I have a sneaky feeling this will be the Marmite product; you'll either love or loathe it in terms of scent anyway.

Lush Cupid's Love Soap £4.25/100g via Lush - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Weekly Favourites #65

Weekly Favourites #65

I don't know about you but I have had enough of Winter, the cold and damp weather has outstayed its welcome and don't get me started on the lack of day light. All my photos have this horrid, blue tinge that has to be edited out - not cool. On the plus side I do get to wear lots of layers and a bobble hat that neatly disguises my roots ha! Anyway weather woes aside here is what I have been enjoying lately...

Weekly Favourites #65

I've said it once and I'll say it again the only Benefit mascara I am mostly likely to ever get on board with is Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, a mascara especially created for small, short and flimsy eyelashes but is suit all. The velcro technology brush hooks on to eyelashes pulling them outwards and upwards. It may not overly curl my eyelashes but the separation and eye opening effect can not be beaten. I am a huge fan and fully recommend (if you can) picking up this month's Elle UK magazine and putting the sample to the test. If not this launches on the 1st of March.

The rest of my eye make-up has been fairly simple; a quick wash of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (find it here - link) combined with Urban Decay eyeshadow in Stark applied all over the lid, followed by the shades Frisk and Primal blended into the crease for a little definition. All three shades can of course be found with the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette (find it here - link) which I can't seem to put down at the moment.

Weekly Favourites #65

I am currently testing lots of new and new to me foundations so I can't say I currently have a favourite, I have however been favouring my Hourglass Lighting Blush Palette (find it here via Liberty - here) more so the blush shade Incandescent Light - a pretty peach that brightens the skin yet adds a healthy flush of colour. I am a huge Hourglass fan and yet I have not been tempted by there new eyeshadow palettes.

Weekly Favourites #65

On my lips it has either been Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked (find it here via Debenhams -link) a pretty, muted, neutral pink come nude hue that suits every occasion as well as giving the illusion of plumper lips. If I haven't reached for that you can almost bet that I have been sporting MAC Brave Lipstick (find it here - link), a similar shade to Naked but a little deeper and more matte in finish.

Weekly Favourites #65

I was clearing out last week and found my Ralph Lauren Big Pony Woman's Collection, four completely different scents. At the moment I have been reaching for
Ralph Lauren Big Pony in 3 which of course is the yellow bottle. Being an eau de toilette it is by far lighter than my winter fragrance choices, this bright, fruity floral is the perfect mood boaster and ideal for the upcoming Spring. You can find it here via Boots - link.

What have you been enjoying lately?

Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar Review

Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Last night as I am currently away from home, I was able to indulge in a soothing, warm bath and what better excuse to test out the new Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar. Isn't it a beauty? A techno-coloured dream, whimsical bubble bar in which you crumble up under running warm water to create a fountain of bubbles! If the pretty, pastel rainbow palette isn't enough to reel you in the light glitter lustre and real candy stars (sadly my bar is lacking in the star count) may grab your attention.

Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

In my opinion this is one you want to save for the evening, when you are looking for something to help soothe and calm before a peaceful nights rest. Lush have scented the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar with Lavender and Neroli Oil which may sound deep and dreamy but it is oddly one of the lighter sleepy scents I have encountered. In solid form this is not your typical lavender fragrance, it almost has a certain candy like quality but added to warm water it softens a little, loosing the sugary edge and becomes a little more powdery - it reminds me somewhat of talcum powder which will help even the most active minds switch unwind and perhaps evoke childhood memories? Heck I'm a fully grown woman in my twenties now and all I want is My Little Pony pj's to slip on after a Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar bath. A girl or should that be lady, can only but dream.

As with most Lush Bubble Bars this produces more frothy bubbles than you can imagine, in my opinion one quarter of the large bar, crumbled up under running water is more than enough - especially if you want a more mellow scent throw. If you are wondering what colour the Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar will tint the bath water, the answer is a pastel lavender - of course.
At £3.25 it is one of Lush's better value bath products as a little will go a long way.

Lush The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar £3.25 via Lush - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Jo Malone Lily of the Valley and Ivy Cologne Review

24 January 2015

Jo Malone Lily of the Valley and Ivy Cologne

I promised individual reviews of each Jo Malone Rock of Ages Cologne and what better place to start than my current favourite - Jo Malone Lily of the Valley and Ivy Cologne. If you enjoy fresh, uplifting, water drench florals I can all but assure you that this will be your next purchase once you test it out. The Jo Malone Rock of Ages Cologne collection is the annual celebration of British heritage and I don't think there has ever been a fragrance line up quite so vast in notes nor clever.

As you may or may not be aware launching on the 1st of March is Jo Malone Rock of Ages collection, five fragrances (four new, one permanent) each of which have been created to evoke the essence of era's past and present. Jo Malone Lily of the Valley and Ivy Cologne has been blended as a nod to the Georgian Era.

"Lily of the Valley and Ivy. Reminiscent of the pastel gentility of Georgian London. Sparkling cassis and green ivy open the fragrance while the dewy delicacy of Lily of the Valley and decadent narcissus add a lavish heart. Captivating, ethereal."

Although not British I can't help but think of Mary Antoinette, I guess as she was around the same time I am not too far off. From the pretty pastel packaging to the light, airy notes of Jo Malone Lily of the Valley and Ivy Cologne everything about this scent is indulgent yet feminine. Fitting as this is often referred to the period of luxury (for some anyway, others weren't so lucky), imagine large, rolling, perfectly manicured stately gardens, Jane Austen and high tea. A certain British delicateness and dare I say it almost twee? This cologne is light, sparkling and very much an aquatic floral (I'd imagine fans of Jo Malone Bluebell will also enjoy this). The green ivy allows the overall fragrance to be refreshing yet the delicate floral lily note prevents it from being overpowering. In my opinion it reminds me of spring and fresh rain - dew on flower petals, the scent of new beginnings and freshly cut grass. Soft, fresh, clean and very to reaffirm it once more feminine. Despite being light and airy the wear time is incredible, it lingers on the skin without being overwhelming - I can't think of a more perfect Spring ready fragrance.

All five new colognes will launch on the 1st of March and will cost £42/30ml.

This post contains a press sample.

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