Jo Malone Pine and Eucalyptus Candle for Christmas 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jo Malone Pine and Eucalyptus Candle for Christmas 2014

I think just about everyone who knows me or reads this blog knows I love candles and do have quite the collection of Jo Malone candles going on. This year I will be treating myself to the Jo Malone Pine and Eucalyptus Candle which will launch this coming November (it has already sneaked on to Selfridges if you can't hold off) as part of the brands festive collection.

Not so long ago I was lucky enough to see the product in person and have a good ol' sniff or two and let me tell you this is one of the most authentic festive fragrances I have sampled in a long while. I can't be alone in being a little wary of pine scents? I subconsciously link them with cleaning products and those stinky tree shaped car air-fresheners? Pine can be a wonderful and festive fragrance when done correctly i.e it reminds you of the outdoors and real Christmas trees opposed to Toilet Duck (yes I went there).

Luckily the Jo Malone Pine and Eucalyptus Candle captures the cool, icy picturesque scene of a snow dusted forest both fresh and green and the dare I say it almost zesty note of eucalyptus makes it both modern and familiar. As weird as this may sound I really do feel that this fragrance will not only turn your household into a winter wonderland but due to the Eucalyptus it will help to clear the head and stuffy noses! As far as Jo Malone offerings go I would deem this to be one of the most unisex available.

I am such a fan and the good news is that the beautiful lid that comes with the candle can be engraved for an additional cost to make this a bespoke gift and all that more special.

You can find the Jo Malone Pine and Eucalyptus Candle for £38 via Selfridges - link
and then nationwide this coming November. 

Two New L'Oreal Staples

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two New L'Oreal Staples

I should really mention that neither the L'Oreal Perfect Match Concealer nor the L'Oreal Le Blush in Rosewood are all that new to the market but I have only recently discovered them for myself (a little less than a month ago). Both products were bought on a whim and have rarely left my make-up routine or bag since and the good news is that both are dupes of more expensive products too! Let me share why...

Two New L'Oreal Staples
Two New L'Oreal Staples
Two New L'Oreal Staples
Two New L'Oreal Staples

First up we have the L'Oreal Perfect Match Concealer which straight off the bat I'm going to say is a pretty worthy dupe for MAC Pro Longwear Concealer despite a very different price tag and style of packaging. If I am honest I actually prefer the L'Oreal Perfect Match Concealer packaging as it is easier to use thanks to the doe foot applicator. In the past my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer has dispensed too much product which goes to waste yet with the doe foot applicator this never happens - you are saving in both aspects - time and product. The L'Oreal Perfect Match Concealer has a light, silky and very liquid like formulation which offers surprisingly high coverage, isn't prone to creasing nor oxidising. Set with a little powder this concealer stays in place on my oily complexion for a good ten hours all the while looking fresh. I settled on the shade 5 Beige (fairly light and yellow toned) as I like to use it to highlight and cover dark circles - I would say it is somewhat comparable to MAC NC30. At £6.99 it really is a bargain but the shade range could do with improvement. Find it here via Boots - link.

Two New L'Oreal Staples
Two New L'Oreal Staples
Two New L'Oreal Staples
Two New L'Oreal Staples
Two New L'Oreal Staples

One of my favourite blushes ever is Benefit Dallas Boxed Blush, I rather enjoy that it is a cross between being a blush thanks to the slightly ruddy tones yet it could pass as a bronzer too. Nothing gives that natural sun kissed glow to the cheeks like it and I do rely on my box rather heavily. I have often said that I wished Benefit Dallas was a little redder in tone so that it was more Autumn friendly...enter L'Oreal Le Blush in Rosewood the answer to all my Autumnal blush woes. Rosewood is a lightly bronzed tinged dusky pink that has plenty of warmth thanks to the red undertones. It brightens the face, doesn't contain shimmer (great for all of us with enlarged pores and what not) and for that very reason it can also be used as a contouring blush. Genius! The formulation isn't half bad either - well pigmented, blends out wonderfully, super flattering and should suit most and is long wearing primer or not. The packaging is also not to be sniffed at - a neat little compact that not only features a brush (I rather like it for contouring) as well as mirror. If you like or have always wanted to try Benefit Dallas I urge you to give this a go! Find it here via Superdrug for £7.69 - link.

I think I need to frequent my local L'Oreal stand more often don't you?

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo Review

Friday, October 24, 2014

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo Review

Thanks to the Urban Decay Naked palettes I get a lot of x-rated blog searches and hits, I can only imagine that the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo will amplify this. Since I happen to like Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo I will overlook this small issue ha!

Like an idiot I somehow assumed that the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo was exclusive to the US (I could swear blindly that I read that somewhere?) so stocked up. Bad news for me but good news for fellow Brits is that is not the case and it can indeed be found in Superdrug, Boots and even Supermarkets (and cheaper than in the States too!). Dry shampoo is everywhere, most haircare brands offer it with even Boots and Superdrug having their own range too, the problem is that not all dry shampoos are equal!

I require three things from a dry shampoo: it smells great (not a deal breaker if it scentless but anything foul scented and I'm out), it doesn't leave a white or grey cast on my hair and that it absorbs grease - I can live without added volume. Does Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo deliver all of the above? In a word yes! I'd go as far as saying it is one of the lightest formulated dry shampoo's I have ever tried which initially did have me doubting it it would at all work. The light mist feels weightless on the hair yet quickly soaks up any excess oil all the while refreshing the hair and scalp with a light almost minty fragrance. The good news is that it doesn't leave behind any residue nor a white cast and for those like myself who suffer from an itchy scalp this in no way adds to the situation. It does add a little volume but nothing long lasting or extreme, if purchasing for a volumising effect I'd say think again.

The other good news is that Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo contains no colourants nor sulphates and is formulated using natural tapioca which I am not sure many other dry shampoos can claim to be. At £2.99 it is a steal and although I do still rate Dove's Dry Shampoo as the best on the budget spectrum this comes a super close second! Kudos Herbal Essences...kudos!

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo £2.99 via Superdrug - link.

A Hit and a Miss from EOS

Friday, October 24, 2014

EOS Hand Lotion in Cucumber

Every year I go America I purchase an EOS Lip Balm and every year I am disappointed. I know that EOS is available via several online destinations in the UK but finding such brand in the likes of Boots, Superdrug or any beauty stand is practically unheard of. Yet in the US there are every which way you turn which makes the allure all that more magnetic.

EOS Hand Lotion in Cucumber

Over the years I have worked my way through just about every EOS lip balm there is other than the Medicated Tangerine version which I am about to chat about and the two new-ish swirl variations which I will review at a later date. Truthfully the majority of the EOS formulations don't tend to agree with my lips often leaving them flaky and chapped which is really the reverse effect of a lip balm. Luckily the Medicated Tangerine EOS Balm hasn't caused a reaction of any kind on my lips or the skin surrounding my mouth but I am still not a fan. The Tangerine scent stinks - it smells more akin to melted rubber than a citrus fruit and is pretty intolerable and although medicated it is in no way on par with the likes of Carmex. It doesn't seem to heal or do all that much other than provide a somewhat sticky barrier on my lips but like I said I will chart that up to a win as it hasn't had any adverse effects on my skin nor lips.
To the credit of EOS (Evolution of Smooth) their lip balms are 100% natural and 95% Organic (free from Paraben,Petrolatum, and Phthalates) which is impressive feat no matter how you look at it and something I feel more brands should aim to deliver. In my opinion the EOS formulation is a little drier than some other lip balms and as a result is not one you can really layer on without it caking on the lips. Also I find that the EOS balms can tug a little which may not be ideal for cracked or chapped lips, for every day moisture yes but I would perhaps look for something softer in texture come the winter months. 

EOS Hand Lotion in Cucumber

It isn't all doom and gloom as there is one product I can not recommend enough and that is EOS Hand Lotion in Cucumber (it does come in a good few scent variations but the fresh cucumber scent is difficult to resist). This is a new discovery to me and was bought on a whim but my, my, my am I glad I own it. A light silky hand lotion that is quickly absorbed into the skin yet leaves my hands feeling perfectly nourished and soft to the touch. The only downside is that it doesn't seem to last all that long, I drained a full bottle in a little over a week at first I blamed excessive use but now that I am on to my second tube I can say that is not the case. Although it states that there is 50ml in each bottle the two that I have owned don't seem to be all that full. Perhaps I have been unlucky but they do seem a little skimpy in product. However the small and easy to use style of the packaging does make it a hand bag must have in my opinion.

You can find:
EOS Medicated Tangerine Lip Balm £5.95 via Cloud10Beauty - link
EOS Hand Lotion in Cucumber via Topshop £8/50ml - link

My New Gym Essentials

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My New Gym Essentials

News flash I am not a gym bunny. In fact I'd go as far as saying I hate the place but I do want to tone up and generally become more health orientated so I have began hauling ass to my local gym. I have yet to ever discover the love of exercise: swimming - too wet, running - no sports bra can contain my ta-ta's (like Miley Cyrus they can't be tamed), spinning - ass cramps, boxercise - I'm already too aggressive and aerobics - this isn't the 80's and I don't look good in Lycra. Fact. I do however rock bright, spiffy sneaks like no other.

The truth is I know next to nothing about sports wear - shoes, bra's and anything else that is most likely needed to properly exercise. I tend to purchase whatever is aesthetically pleasing (I really am that deep) so the fact that my New Balance 574 sneaks happen to be the best sports shoes that have ever happened to my feet. Well as far as visiting the gym goes anyway. Although a little clunky in design (and the sizing runs a little large) they perfectly cushion and support both the foot and ankle while being lightweight, not to mention they come in a good few colour ways. Not too shabby for £40.

I have gotten over the whole too shy to shower at the gym thing and now do so - I do still wait for a cubicle because well frankly I am not a exhibitionist. I don't have a particular shower gel of choice for the gym nor shampoo - whatever needs using up gets chucked in my gym bag. I do however swear by Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser in Aloe Vera - quick, easy, smells great and more than does the job. I like that I can quickly mist it on, gently rub in, dress and leave the gym without wasting any time. Time is of the essence (I say that like I am important and have places to be...I don't) so I don't faff around with hair conditioner and rather mist in a good dose of leave in conditioner. My weapon of choice is Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner, it is super light yet hydrating and makes de-tangling all be it with a Tangle Teezer that little easier. Deodorant, dull I know but I'd rather be dull than smelly. I only use roll on's or cream formulas after reading a disturbing article. At the moment I am rather enjoying Soft & Gentle's Orange Blossom and Grapefruit Roll On. For 99p it isn't half bad and smells great!

Like most gyms the one I tend to visit relies on air conditioning to keep it cool, as a Scot my skin isn't entirely used to this and I do find that my complexion dries out and becomes tight. I have a travel sized tube of Clarins Hydraquench Cream Mask  for such skin woes. Basically this is an intensive moisturiser which is light weight yet hydrating. My dehydrated skin just laps it up and I like to think it helps protect against the now chilly Autumn winds when walking home.

And that is it. I don't wear make-up to or from the gym...I like to scare the locals.

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner Review

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner

There are lots of products that are available further afield which are not readily for sale within the UK and of course vice versa. While in Florida I did notice that the Herbal Essences franchise is much larger in America than here in the UK. For instance not only is there additional hair products such as dry shampoo's and oils but also body washes which have been scented with the same fragrance as certain shampoo and conditioner combinations. Smelling like shampoo isn't really high on my agenda believe it or not but I couldn't help but try out the Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner.

Co-Washing (washing the hair with a specially formulated conditioner, no shampoo is involved) has became big news within the beauty world in the last few months. As someone who regularly has their hair bleached the idea somewhat appeals to me - I mean anything that helps add moisture rather than stripping it from the hair can only be beneficial? Probably but sadly for me Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner is not the answer.

In my mind I thought Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner would be a lighter than air formula that gently cleansed the hair will being somewhat hydrating? A product that will leave my hair soft and my colour bright? Wrong. This has the consistency and smell of the original Herbal Essences Colour Damage Conditioner which I do happen to enjoy in the traditional sense. As a child you are taught not to put conditioner on the roots of your hair as it can make it limp and greasy? Well that is exactly what Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner did despite the application method suggesting it is more than satisfactory to do so. I merrily jumped in the shower (I'm 5ft, I have to jump frequently out of necessity), slapped this on my wet hair, massaged and rinsed. As soon as I began to towel dry my hair I sensed all was not well , my hair felt sticky at the roots and generally did not appear to have been cleansed in any shape or form. Rather the opposite. To both the touch and appearance this appeared to have left a tacky film on the surface of my hair much like what would happen should you apply a typical hair conditioner to the scalp. Bizarre.

In my opinion this is nothing more than a large bottle of the original Herbal Essences Colour Damage Conditioner dressed up with a new name and fancy pump. For the two weeks I was in Florida I used it as a typical conditioner in which it delivered more than satisfactory results but a cleansing conditioner this is not. Save your money and look elsewhere!

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner costs approx $7 and can be found in most US drugstores should you be curious. I have no doubt in my mind that sooner or later it will appear along with the aforementioned US only products on British soil. Most likely in 2015 but that is a mere guess.


Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath Review

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

Fun fact - the thought and smell of scooping out pumpkins gives me the fear each year. I adore Halloween (perhaps more than a woman in her twenties should) but if one thing can make me gag it is raw pumpkin. Oddly I do enjoy pumpkin scented products (not Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, I'd rather eat my calories thanks) and look forward to Autumn each year for that very reason. In my opinion Bath and Body Works do the best "Fall" scented body products (their candles aren't half bad either) but since the UK is BBW free I have found the next best thing - Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath.

As you can imagine Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath is a combination of sugary sweet notes such as vanilla and brown sugar combined with pumpkin and cinnamon. The best way to describe the over all scent is how I and I am guessing most will imagine a Pumpkin cupcake to not only taste but smell. It has an overall baked scent (again like a cupcake) but has a certain warmth and kick due to the pumpkin and general spice notes. It is a dead ringer for BBW Pumpkin Cupcake Candle which of course you can not cleanse with but for some this may be just what you are looking for. Yes I am still jet lagged and not making 100% sense but hey what is new.

In all honesty I don't think bathing products are as multi-purpose as they claim. Now don't get me wrong when in a jam I am sure Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath will more than suffice as shampoo but for regular use? Nah. Again it is an okay bubble bath but not really on par in terms of bubble production as a "real" bubble bath. Picky? A little but on the plus side it is a great shower gel. It gently cleanses the skin without drying out the skin, smells great and a little goes a long way. If you are a little or a lot sweet on Autumnal products then your bathroom is all but begging for a bottle of this.

Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath £14/480ml via Philosophy - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums Review

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Review

First of all I fully realise that the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums are not available in the UK and are exclusive to Sephora. My reasoning for writing this review is that I do have a lot of readers in the USA/Canada and others who travel to such locations fairly regularly. I have no idea why the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums haven't made it to the UK when the Elizabeth and James clothing line is readily available via Net-a-Porter with items forever sold out. I'd imagine such site to be a natural stockist in the coming future.

I decided pretty much as soon as news that the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums would launch that I would try each scent at the first opportunity. Honestly I am a fan of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen purely because they have nailed hobo-chic and that is something I am forever jealous of. However I wouldn't deem the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums to be your typical celebrity fragrance launch - as one online reviewer stated this is no more akin to a celebrity fragrance than the Versace line up is to Donatella. I agree, J-Lo Glow this is not.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums come in two scent variations Nirvana Black and Nirvana White which have been created to be worn both separately and combined should you wish. I like to think of Nirvana White as the safer and more day friendly choice and Nirvana Black as the slightly more sultry and night ready option. The packaging smacks of understated cool and I adore that not only can you purchase each scent in various sizes of eau de parfum including travel friendly roller balls but that there is also a long wearing, skin treating fragrance oil. Very high end and well though out.

Yet on the other hand the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums in terms of overall scent composition really aren't anything new. You have Nirvana Black with notes of violet, sandalwood, and rich vanilla. Sound familiar? Yeah it is pretty much identical to Tom Ford Black Orchid, eerily so as a matter of a fact. Nirvana White (notes include peony, muguet, and musk) also reminds me of a well loved and best selling fragrance - Stella McCartney Stella. Perhaps the Nirvana fragrances are based on the ladies signature scents? Who knows but I can say that they are not ground breaking. If you do happen to be a fan of the likes of Tom Ford Black Orchid at least you know you can pick up a cheaper alternative should you visit Sephora and the nifty rollerball options should not be overlooked. In fact why don't we have more rollerball fragrance options here in the UK? Stateside just about every scent has this option!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Eau de Parfums range from $20 to $75 via Sephora - link.

The Daily Beauty Report (22.10.14)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Daily Beauty Report (22.10.14)

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

The Gwen Stefani fragrances from back in the day will relaunch and if I am entirely honest I do think I will have to purchase at least one for old time sakes. A little part of me is sceptical and do expect that it is just the orignal scents repackaged despite the blurb saying other wise. "Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani has announced the launch of Pop Electric, a new collection of fragrances. Manufactured by GS Fragrance Group and developed by Givaudan, the collection comprises five new scents, taking a different turn from the past fragrances which were first launched in 2005. The original fragrance packaging has been redesigned across: Love, a fruity floral scent featuring apple and pear, surrounded by jasmine, cashmere woods and creamy musks; Lil' Angel, featuring berries blended with candied violet and rose, laced with a lollipop accord and rich amber; G, a creamy modern gourmand featuring whipped coconut accord, enveloped in soft florals and musky woods; Music, which opens with crisp apples and crushed berries and unfolds into water floral, amberwood and musks; and Baby, featuring a baby soft musk accord which blends with florals and vanilla." These will launch late-October (The Perfume Shop exclusive) and then January 2015 (nationwide) and cost £14.95 (15ml), £24.95 (30ml) & £34.95 (50ml).

Jazzing up your brows has never been easier! "Benefit Cosmetics has announced the launch of Bling Brow, a new brow service that allows customers to customise their eyebrows with crystals. The brand's Brow Bars and boutiques will offer three distinct designs including: Touch of Bling, a set of Swarovski crystals that can go beneath one or both eyebrows; Over the Top Bling, featuring a studded set of Swarovski crystals that float above both brows; and Big Time Bling, full on jewels situated on the eyebrows. Crystals are available in a range of colours including rose gold, greige, light silk, crystal, smoked topaz, green multi-colour, light pink and pink multi colour. Also launching is the limited edition Bling Brow Kit, to recreate looks at home." This will launch nationwide on the 1st November and cost from £4 (service) & £19.50 (kit).

Get ready for Rimmel Christmas! "Rimmel London has introduced the Royal Plush Christmas Collection, featuring products for lips, nails and eyes. The collection comprises: Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet in Burning Lava (crimson pink); Salon Pro Nail Colour with Lycra by Kate in the shade Mars (berry red); Glitter Bomb Top Coat in shade Disco Diva; Brow This Way Kit with wax, powder and wand applicator in two shades; Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Earl Grey and In The Nude; Glam'Eyes HD 5-Pan in Brixton Brown; and Extra 3D Lash Mascara in Extreme Black." This will launch later this month and cost between £3.99-£6.49.

Jazzing up your brows has never been easier! "Benefit Cosmetics has announced the launch of Bling Brow, a new brow service that allows customers to customise their eyebrows with crystals. The brand's Brow Bars and boutiques will offer three distinct designs including: Touch of Bling, a set of Swarovski crystals that can go beneath one or both eyebrows; Over the Top Bling, featuring a studded set of Swarovski crystals that float above both brows; and Big Time Bling, full on jewels situated on the eyebrows. Crystals are available in a range of colours including rose gold, greige, light silk, crystal, smoked topaz, green multi-colour, light pink and pink multi colour. Also launching is the limited edition Bling Brow Kit, to recreate looks at home." This will launch nationwide on the 1st November and cost from £4 (service) & £19.50 (kit).

Beauty boxes have long needed a shake up and Feel Unique seem to be the brand ready to remedy the situation with a monthly selection of beauty boxes! "Feelunique.com has announced the launch of its bespoke Beauty Boxes. Each box is individually wrapped and holds an edit of beauty and pampering products. The range comprises four gifts including: All That Glitters, including Scott Barnes body bling, Bourjois eyeshadow, Glitter make-up bag and Glitter nail file (pictured above);Hair Heroes, offering Redken Diamond Oil, Gold Tangle Teezer and Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer; Treat Yourself, containing REN Moroccan Rose bath oil and Rose candle; and Perfect Thank You, comprising Roger & Gallet Rose hand cream and Rose candle."This will launch on the 3rd of November and cost between £14.50-£39.50. Cool huh?

Today sees MUA launch a new collection! "Cosmetic brand MUA Makeup Academy has announced the launch of its Autumnal Collection, a capsule range of products focusing on shimmers and deep tones. The collection comprises: Elysium palette, featuring 10 eyeshadow shades suitable for day and night, complete with a double ended pencil; Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Dare, a rich, deep berry tone; and Nail Polish, available in three news shades, including Honey Shine (pearlescent nude), Ultramarine (dark purple/blue) and Steel Blue (grey/blue)." Prices range from £1-£6.

A new Kim Kardashian fragrance will launch in November! "Kim Kardashian has announced the launch of her latest fragrance,Fleur Fatale. Developed by Givaudan, the fragrance comprises top notes of blackcurrant, bergamot and violet, heart notes of iris, tea rose and peony, while amber, sandalwood and white musk form the base. Fleur Fatale by Kim Kardashian will be the seventh scent in Kim’s portfolio of fragrances."

Have a lovely evening everyone.


Jo Malone Christmas 2014 - Frosted Cherry and Clove

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jo Malone Frosted Cherry and Clove Deluxe Candle Christmas 2014

In a matter of days (can you believe we are nearing the end of October already?) Jo Malone will unveil their Christmas 2014 products and undoubtedly the star of the show is the new scented candle - Jo Malone Frosted Cherry and Clove Deluxe Candle.

"The fantasy of Christmas, captured in Frosted Cherry & Clove. Flickering light. Enveloping scent. Sweet and juicy cherry complements the spiced scent of clove, comforting cinnamon and sensual amber. Succulent and warming."

Now I know what you are thinking Cherries aren't typically something most of us associate with the festive period unless your mind automatically goes to Christmas Cake. Hey mine too! It is however beautiful and strangely winter ready, it is sweet yet refined and thanks to the clove it has a certain Christmas-sy (not a word but it should be) appeal to it. In some ways it reminds me of mulled wine and brandy in the sense that it has a certain richness and in other ways it reminds me of the aforementioned baked goods and the hustle and bustle of the kitchen in the run up to the big day.

Nostalgic is how I feel when I smell the notes of Jo Malone Frosted Cherry and Clove which is only set of by the utterly beautiful red, etched glass container. All I want to do is deck the halls, put on tartan pjs, wrap gifts and watch the likes of Home Alone when I think about this Christmas ready offering. At £120 you may want to ask Santa for a lottery win or a rich spouse along with the candle but if money is no object then I would want this show stopper slap, bang, centre on my dinning table this coming December.

As mentioned above the Jo Malone Christmas collection is set to launch this coming November but the Jo Malone Frosted Cherry and Clove Deluxe Candle has sneaked on to Selfridges - link.

This post does not contain a press sample but the image was taken at a press event.




Lush Halloween 2014 Reviewed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lush Halloween 2014 Reviews

I was kindly sent a selection of Lush Halloween products to test out and enjoy. I decided to take them with my on holiday to enjoy and that is exactly what I did. Normally with any limited edition collection there is a few products that dare I say it are duds, well I can honestly say this is not the case. Would I have liked to have seen a Lush Halloween shower gel and something pumpkin scented?You bet'cha but for now let me share what has just launched...

Lush Halloween 2014 Reviews

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb (new) £3.35 - A long almost wand like bar in the brightest of purples - you honestly can't help but feel a little excited when it comes to using this. I have been told it was created to mimic a fire work - a sparkler I am sure but I could be wrong. Once added to the water it whirls around in circles creating an almost tie dye effect that is visually stunning. It sizzles and pops due to the fizzing candy.This has been scented with the now infamous Lush Christmas Eve fragrance (Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang) so it is calming,relaxing and the perfect pre-bedtime treat despite the show of colours. If any scent needs to be made into a shower gel it is Lush Christmas Eve, am I right?

Lush Sparkler Bath Bomb (new) £3.35 - As mentioned in my preview post last month this is exactly the same as above only this has been scented with rose notes and contains different colours inside. What I personally like about this particular product line is that it can be broken into smaller pieces so you get more bang for your buck or of course chucked in the bath for one show stopping treat.

Lush Halloween 2014 Reviews

Lush Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb (re-promote) £3.30 - Yes it is back and rightly so too. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't enjoy this slightly magical bath bomb. The design some what hints at what is in-store come bath time - a blue outer shell that fizzes away in the bath tub to create a deep wine shade complete with an earthy aroma which couldn't be more fitting for the Autumn months. This is a blend of vanilla, black pepper and patchouli so it is slightly more mature and spice based than your typical Lush offering. In my humble opinion it captures the magic of Halloween perfectly and as I have stated in the past a younger family member did comment that it smells exactly how she'd imagine a Witches cauldron would. Oh we are a family of over imaginative thinkers.

Lush Halloween 2014 Reviews

Lush Pumpkin Bubble Bar (new) £3.50 - Forget Halloween this is the perfect Autumn addition to any bath! Not only is it utterly beautiful to look at but it smells divine! No it doesn't smell of pumpkin which will of course leave some temporarily disappointed (myself included) but rather an uplifting blend of lime, blackcurrant and Juniper notes which make a truly lovely bubble bath. As you can probably see this is dusted in gold glitter to give a gilded effect - a nightmare to clean out of the bath but the good news is that it does not stick to the skin. One bubble bar will easily do four to six full baths without scrimping on bubbles or scent. Probably my favourite product from the collection.

Lush Halloween 2014 Reviews

Lush Wizard Bubble Bar (new) £3.25 -One word. Cute (kay-u-t). A little stumpy wizard that gives Gandalf a run for his money in the running for my favourite wizard of all time (if you are interested it goes 1.Merlin, 2. Gandalf the Grey and 3.Radagast the Brown). Anyway this little bubble bar contains popping candy (luckily it pops in the water before you climb in the bath otherwise it could be shall we say intresting) and has been gently fragranced with notes of Juniper Berry, Tangerine and Ylang Ylang oil. It is bright, zesty and will appeal to both kids and adults alike. I only managed three baths with this bar so it isn't as great value as the Pumpkin Bubble Bar above but fun all the same.

Lush Halloween 2014 Reviews

Lush Fairy Ring Soap (new) £4.10 per 100g - Now this is what I call a show stopper, if I worked in Lush I wouldn't be able to bring myself to cutting this little, mushroom shaped fairy home into slices. You must pop into Lush and see this for yourself...or if you can't be bothered to do that I do have a photo in this post - link. If I had to note down one product that I am not the biggest fan of it would be this. Now don't get me wrong it isn't without it's charm (mainly the shape) but the mushroom and overall earthen based fragrance isn't for me. It has been scented using the new launched Lush Gorilla Volume 3 Perfume - Mycelium (Google the term, it is pretty complex but cool, I promise!) which of course is a term used within Mushroom hence the bizarre scent. Best described it smells like freshly picked mushrooms - earthen and slightly musty.

You can find the entire Lush Halloween line up here - link.

This post contains press samples.

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows Review

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

You go into town for something as mundane as toothpaste and come home with make-up, make-up that you had no intention of purchasing and truth be told don't really need. Tell me that sounds familiar? Well a trip to Superdrug for toothpaste and a few other boring necessities resulted in me perusing the Maybelline stand and snapping up two new gel infused eyeshadows. If you like silky soft, smooth and metallic shades make the Maybelline stand your next port of call as the new Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows are something else!

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

Oddly the line of Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows come in two different styles of packaging but the formulas feel exactly the same? Bizarre! It seems to go by shade - I am sure there is some official reason that I have overlooked but at the end of the day they cost the same and perform in the same way. Like I said bizarre. In all honesty I prefer the cheaper looking black and transparent style as the shadows are more protected - the silver casing may look pretty but my eyeshadow had wiggled loose before I even got it home. Not cool and far from ideal if travelling.

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

Due to the different styles of packaging it is rather difficult to gauge online just how many shades of the new Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows there is - I counted ten in my local Superdrug but in all fairness it is a pretty small store. Boots online list 11 shades so lets go with that shall we? In the end I settled on the shades 23 Copper Fizz a light, warm toned pink gold that is not worlds apart from the hard to source in the UK - L'Oreal Color Infalliable Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. In fact on my eye lids they look pretty much identical and the formulations aren't all that dissimilar either. I also purchased 34 Lustrous Beige which is a light, yellow based ivory that works best as a highlight. In fact I have been using this on my cheekbones rather than on my eyelids as the shade and effect is so similar to MAC In Extra Dimension MSF in Superb which is a firm favourite of mine.

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

The best way to describe the new Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows is to compare them to pressed versions of the L'Oreal Colour Infalliable Eyeshadows. To the touch they have a gel like consistency which not only means they glide on to the skin with such ease but the gel bonds to the skin resulting in a longer wear time. I do still recommend a primer if like myself you have oily lids or find eyeshadow easily creases but it is certainly not needed to boost pigmentation. They Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows blend out seamlessly, offering great colour pay off and have a cooling effect on the eyelids which is an experience all on its own. I truly have no complaints about the formula or shade range and would say for a mere £4.99 an eyeshadow it would be an injustice not to own at least one.

At the moment Boots seems to be your best bet with all 11 shades in stock and a current 3 for 2 on Maybelline. The Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows cost £4.99 each and you can find them here - link.




Yankee Apple Pumpkin Candle Review

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yankee Apple Pumpkin Candle

For the last few years I have bought Yankee Apple Pumpkin Wax Tarts from eBay as it pretty much is the scent of Autumn as far as I am concerned. It is sweet yet rich and somehow forever reminds me of crunchy leaves and snugly knitted jumpers.

As you can most likely imagine Yankee Apple Pumpkin is a blend of both apple (think red gala apples rather than the sweeter green varieties) and pumpkin with hints of spice and clove. It has a slightly baked aroma much like an apple pie yet is never sickly sweet thanks to both the addition of pumpkin and clove. It is an overall warm and inviting fragrance that doesn't over power a room but is noticeable. Basically of you like apple and/or lightly spiced scents this is one you will want in your collection.

I personally like to light this in the early evening, turn off my phone and laptop and enjoy the colder Autumn evenings. As you may be able to tell this is my favourite season and like I said nothing quite captures the overall mood like this fragrance, I urge all Autumn lovers to try this out while they can as it is currently limited edition in the UK.

Yankee Apple Pumpkin Large Candle £19.99 via Yankee Candle - link.

This post contains a press sample.

L.E Witch Skincare Blemish Stick for Marie Curie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

L.E Witch Skincare Blemish Stick for Marie Curie

Witch Skincare have just unveiled a new and limited edition packaged version of their best selling Blemish Stick and all for a really good cause - Marie Curie. As you may or may not know Marie Curie supports terminally ill people via their nursing services be it at home or in a nursing facility. I have seen first hand just how valuable their support and care is and think it is beyond honourable that Witch Skincare are donating £10,000 to the charity.

The packaging may be new but it is still the same old tried and tested formula which I have used several times in the past when plagued with a pesky blemish or two. Essentially the Witch Skincare Blemish Stick is a stick of portable astringent that contains alcohol and natural Witch Hazel Oil to dry out and stop a blemish in it's tracks with Glycerine to calm the skin. I'm not going to hail this as an the answer to our spotty prayers but it does remarkably reduce the size of any blemishes when slicked on before it fully develops. As it contains alcohol it can be slightly drying but with my oily skin I don't find it all that troublesome, what I will say is that yes I do use this on the go but it does remove any make-up from the area you apply it to, a small price to pay for reduced blemish sizes and quicker healing times. It does tingle a little on application and has a slight alcohol scent but I'll happily take that over the sizeable volcano like blemish that is residing on the side of my nose. Sexy and I know it.

Cheap (£3.19), cheerful, effective and for a great cause make sure you pick up your limited edition Witch Skincare Blemish Stick for Marie Curie this month exclusively at Superdrug.

This post contains a press sample.

Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum Review

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum

Here in not so sunny Glasgow we have reached that point in the year that when I wake up (around 7 am) it is dark and guess what dark by 6pm. Oh yay (sarcasm a plenty). The only upside is that I feel it is now seasonally appropriate to dig out those heavier fragrances and enjoy them once more. I say dig out when really Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum is a new addition to my collection. A sneaky and not at all justified duty free purchase. Nobody treats Adrienne better than Adrienne eh?

Around this time last year I recall first properly testing out Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum in my local Space.NK and for whatever reason placing it back on the shelf and exiting empty handed. A little bizarre as restraint is not something I am best known for and violet is one of my favourite fragrance notes. Anyway to cut a long story short I re-tested, fell hard for the seductive floral notes and handed over the cash immediately - the fact it was slightly discounted may have added to my recklessness.

I know some may think I am talking utter rubbish but I think a good few of Tom Ford fragrances (not the private blend collection) all smell very similar until they settle on the skin. For that reason I recommend when trying any of them out to give it ten minutes or so to adapt before deciding it is for you or not. Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum is based on the ever so slightly powdery yet richer than rose notes of iris and violet as well as combing hints of Tuscan orris butter, Sambac jasmine with a base of musk, suede, cedar, vetiver and benzoin. In my opinion this is the love child of Tom Ford Black Orchid (in that it is sensual, deep and long lasting) and Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrances. The violet notes rings loud and clear but thanks to the other notes it almost has a masculine tinge or at least on me. When this is wearing off my skin it seems to become buttery and almost leather like. Bizarre on paper (or should that be screen) but very alluring - you will lift your wrist to you nose on more than one occasion when wearing this. Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum is one for those who like deeper, sexier floral's making it perfect for the colder weather or evening wear.

Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum from £50 (30ml) via Space.NK - link.




The Best of Moisturising Treats

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best of Moisturising Treats

With the weather taking a sudden turn for the worse here in the UK (as I type this it is lashing down with rain and blowing a gale), I thought now would be a good time to share my favourite moisturising treats for the body and face. None of which happen to be typical facial moisturisers because most of us will have various needs from a winter ready facial moisturiser which is a post in its own right.

First up we have the bargainous and utterly delicious Superdrug Cherry and Macadamia Nut Body Butter. As you may imagine this smells out of this world but the scent alone is not enough to gain entry on to this list. This body butter is rather luxurious - thick with an almost whipped texture that not only quickly hydrates the skin but sinks in within moments even on damp skin without a trace. At a mere £1.99 for a large 400ml tub you'd be nuts (geddit?) not to try it! Find it here via Superdrug  - link.

I am fairly lazy when it comes to taking care of the skin on my body - foolish I know but I do have a few shower products that help to keep skin soft and subtle. My all time favourite shower treat has to be L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. Again this has an incredible scent (not as sweet as you'd imagine) but nourishes and cleanses my skin like no other. The gentle oil formula leaves my skin feeling soft and supple as well as locking in moisture (it doubles up as a great albeit pricey alternative to shaving gel) meaning it is no big deal if I skip body moisturising after a shower every once and a while. At £17.50 for the smallest sized bottle it is something I do tend to favour only when my skin needs it but if you are feeling flush your skin will thank you for the splurge. Find it here via Feel Unique - link.

A great alternative to L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil is of course Lush The Olive Branch Shower Gel which has the most fantastic and difficult to pin point scent ever which comes alive once combined with water. This little bottle of shower gel is infused with olive oil (be sure to shake before each use to really make the most of the oil) so much like the above L'Occitane recommendation this not only cleanses the skin but nourishes and moisturises in one quick step. A little goes a long way and unlike the shower oil this can be used as a shampoo on super dry hair too. Prices start at £4.75-£15.95, personally I recommend going in store to purchase but you can find it here - link.

I did state that I would not be including any facial moisturisers and technically I am not but I do have to give a shout out to Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask. Basically this is an intensive moisturiser or a sleep mask, a cooling, light and almost gel like textured cream which you smooth on to the skin, allow to absorb and then tissue off any excess after 10-15 minutes. As many will know I have oily skin which doesn't typically require a lot of hydration but due to stress I have been suffering from dry areas. Now to begin with I did rate this all that highly yet I bunged it in my suitcase and took it to the states with me and let me say it has saved my sun parched skin. Gently yet effectively moisturising where needed (I even used a little on my dried out shoulders) as well as cooling. The added vitamin E really does brighten the skin too which will come in handy when the winter weather sucks what little radiance I have in my complexion. I should mention that this facial treat is a mere £2.59 for a large 75ml tube which in my estimations should last a good 12 uses at the very least. Find it here - link.

As someone who is a little too found of hand sanitizer and over washing their hands I do like to have a beyond hydrating hand cream in ever hand bag I own. I do rate Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Intensive Hand Treatment above all else as it not only instantly hydrates my skin but forms a protective barrier as well as healing any cuts or sores. However at £26 a tube I more than appreciate it is expensive for a hand cream. My other recommendation is however slightly more affordable at £8 and oddly can be found at Topshop - EOS Hand Lotion. This is a new discovery to me and was bought on a whim in Bed, Bath and Beyond last week. This light silky hand lotion comes in a few fragrance variations (cucumber is my favourite) and does pretty much the same job as the above Elizabeth Arden Hand Treatment minus the healing quality. The only downside is that it doesn't seem to last all that long, I drained a full bottle in a little over a week (maybe it was excessive use, I don't know?) hence why it is missing from my above photo. I have however ordered another bottle as the dinky size is great for travel and everyday use. You can find it here for £8 - link.


 

Win It - Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight EDT

Monday, October 20, 2014


Yep I am still in sunny Florida and I did schedule posts for the entire visit but blogger has not played ball. Nope, not in the slightest. Annoyingly all my scheduled posts have vanished instead of publishing and until I get home I can't remedy it. Hey life goes on and a few days without a blog post or two is hardly a "real problem". Until normal scheduling resumes here is a little treat, a small thank you to all those who not only read but comment and interact regularly!

There is no entry requirements other than leaving a comment below with either an email address or Twitter handle so I can get in touch should you win.
I do ask that only UK/I.R.E residents enter due to shipping regulations and that the giveaway's are not promoted on any competition forum or website! I will draw all the giveaway winner on the 30th of October and be in touch on the same day. Thank you and good luck.

Today's prize is bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight EDT which is of course limited edition and perfect for those looking for a bright, cheery fragrance to chase away the Winter blues. Good luck.

#NioxinTherapy

Monday, October 20, 2014


As you may or may not know Nioxin is a haircare brand that has been created to cater to the needs of those who experience hair thinning at any point in their life be they male or female. The Nioxin approach began in 1987, when the founder experienced thinning hair after the birth of her first child and began to investigate the idea of treating the scalp with skincare methods. 

Until then, people experiencing thin-looking hair had very few options for help. Nioxin's advanced technologies provide real solutions for making the most of the hair you have, transforming the hair care industry and bringing hope and confidence to men and women everywhere. Due to a vitamin deficiency I did loose a lot of hair last year and to say it knocked my confidence is an utter statement. You don't realise just how much your hair (or I guess anything for that matter) means to you until it is in jeopardy. 

To celebrate the launch of ‘Nioxin Therapies’ - three new in salon treatments each of which target various hair and scalp issues (you can read more here and find your local salon). Nioxin has teamed up with three “Confidence Coaches” to deliver top tips and advice, as hair thinning can often affect your confidence to go and achieve certain things in life. The Nioxin coaches will each advise on different topics ranging from hair health to fitness and well being - helping people continue their Journey to Confidence as they leave the salon. The #NioxinTherapy chat will take place this coming Thursday (23rd) from 12pm-1pm, if you have any hair loss issues or questions it may be worth noting down and participating. I will also be tweeting during the chat using the hashtag #NioxinTherapy sharing my hair loss story and more!

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