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Monday, 24 February 2014

Smells like Spring - Top 5 Perfumes

So when it comes to perfumes I am a bit of junkie. They say the average women owes about 2, and I thought having around 30 in my collection was still small. I think I get it from my Mum. Even though I do have my signature scent which is Thierry Mugler Angel because it is the most amazing smell in the world and I understand why they make refillable bottles as I just can't get enough of the stuff, I do love testing out new smells as I just get bored. Also as a perfume junkie I believe it is important to switch it up during the year because every season has its own scents just like every season has its own colour palettes. Summer is all about super sweet and fruity smells, Autumn is all about the spicy smells, Winter is all about the musky smells and Spring is all about the fresh and floral smells. As Spring is only around the corner I will be switching to my all time favourite scents of Spring. 

Marc Jacobs Lola. Lets Just take a moment to talk about how amazing the bottle is. I've always loved Marc Jacobs packaging they never fail to disappoint. Tres chic. Anyhow not the best at describing scents here but imagine you've just picked a bouquet of fresh flowers of stepped into a field of daffodils on a warm Spring day. This is what this scent reminds me of. I like going on fragrantica.com as it deconstructs perfumes into top notes, middle notes and base notes. According to fragrantica Lola includes pink pepper, pear, ruby red grapefruit, peony, rose, geranium, vanilla, creamy musk and tonka. 

Miss Dior is definitely more Spring appropriate then Miss Dior Cherie which is more suitable for the Summer as it is fruitier and sweeter. Miss Dior is perfect for the Spring. A fresh cosy floral scent. Top notes are aldehydes, gardenia, galbanum, clary sage and bergamot; middle notes are carnation, iris, orris root, jasmine, neroli, lily-of-the-valley, rose and narcissus; base notes are labdanum, leather, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and vetiver.

Calvin Klein Euphoria. I think the name speaks for itself. The main notes are rose hip, Japanese apple, green leaves, Lotus, black orchid, red woods, black violet and amber. 

Gucci Guilty is a very light and feminine fragrance but equally empowering as its got the perfect combination between floral and fruit it transports you to a different realm. Gucci Guilty contains the notes of mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber and patchouli.

Elie Saab screams feminine scent. Its quite strong, a little overpowering rather then light and fresh like a typical spring scent. Its the fact that its purely jasmine based that separates it from the Summer scents and keeps it Spring. Similar to Thierry Mugler Alien which is just as strong but subtler when it comes to the jasmine. The perfume opens with notes of orange blossom. Jasmine is in the heart, including both Grandiflorum and Sambac, whereas the base consists of cedar, patchouli and rose honey accord.

My Top 5 perfumes, beautiful scents perfect for the Spring months worth checking out. You can definitely get high off these perfumes as thats how amazing they smell you won't be able to stop sniffing. 

other spring scents i'd recommend are; 

Nina Ricci - Nina 
Cacharel - Amor Amor 
Chanel - Coco Mademoiselle 
Viktor and Rolf - Flowerbomb 
Jimmy Choo - Jimmy Choo 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombres No 1 Review

Late on the trend here but ever since L'Oreal released their new Wild Ombres Brush on Dip Dye hair kit I have been wanting to try out this look. So have been doing some research and watching youtube tutorials and this really couldn't be any simpler. Ombreing, if that's even a word, has always looked quite fiddly to me  and I thought to myself if I'm going to get it done I should get it done professionally. Reason being when I used to work part-time at a hair salon I noticed that people with dark hair getting caramel highlights most of the time required a toner in order to get rid of the brassiness. Bright orange ends is exactly what I wanted to avoid when doing it myself as it's not like I have access to toner in my bathroom now. But after reading up on reviews it was clear to me that the ombre kit uses bleach that's a lot lower in % meaning the results are a lot subtle, a gorgeous caramel shade with no toner required as opposed to eye soring bright orange ends that would need emergency salon rescue. 

So I decided to take the leap of faith and purchased the Ombre kit in shade No 1 which is for light brown to dark brown hair. I hate instruction manuals and I'm not the type to follow but these steps really couldn't be any simpler to follow. 

To prepare make sure you have a tatty t shirt on with a towel and then you just mix the lightening powder and lightening cream in with the developer cream and shake it up. 

Next put on your colourist gloves because all you have to do is split your hair into 2 equal sections like you were to have 2 pony tails. 

Then get the brush that came with the kit and apply the mixture evenly all over the brush. Application onto hair couldn't be less messier and easier as you simply just brush the 2 sections of hair (From ears downwards, don't brush the top half of your head you want to avoid the roots). 

When that's done leave to develop for 45 minutes (I like to wrap each pony with tin foil whilst the colour is developing). 

After 45 minutes wash hair with the shampoo provided as it will help nourish and condition the hair as well as lock in moisture and colour. I did 2 shampoos and made use of Lush Daddy-O purple shampoo just to tone down any unwanted brassiness. 

When wet you can't really notice anything but when I dried my hair off I was really impressed with the results. Gorgeous subtle caramel ends exactly what the packet claimed to do and exactly what I wanted. 

This is a before and after of my ends. It's not actually as light as this, I didn't realise my camera was set to chrome effect so go figure. It's actually more of a Lily Aldridge/ Rachel Bilson Ombre. 

Also I ended up ombreing my extensions at the same time as my own hair because ombreing the extensions whilst they're in your own head will make them look a lot more natural when you next go to clip them in as the gradient effect will look the same. If you're brave enough you can have it in 3 layers going from dark to light to really light but I'm just not ready for that, though that does sound like the next step forward as I love experimenting with my hair. 

My Inspirations 

 Lily Aldridge (Currently my new favourite VS Angel) 

 Rachel Bilson 
 Mila Kunis 
Shenae Grimes 


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Review

Before I discovered the miracle or BB cream I was always looking for a way to make my skin flawless in a light natural looking way without the use of foundation. I don't mind wearing foundation on a night out but during the day even though I don't wear that much I still feel like I'm wearing a mask because of it's heavy consistency. I previously read about BB cream, all positive things so decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I decided to take the leap of faith and purchase this because it is a beauty sensation. (Retails at around £8) It's like a tinted moisturiser but better because it gives you the sheer coverage of foundation by instantly melting into your skin tone. Its light formula means you can get perfect looking skin as imperfections and blemishes are covered making your skin look luminous and picture perfect without the feeling of a heavy mask of makeup. Its really hydrating as it feels like its got some type of oil in it, in a good way meaning it does not dry the skin out unlike some creams. But in that case I would not recommend for those with an oily skin type as it could cause break out. It's perfect for my skin though as I have quite dry and sensitive skin so need something light and hydrating. It's quite dewy giving a nice natural looking healthy glow and it smells amazing very fruity. I love it because it just looks so natural you cant tell or feel it's even on. 

If you're someone who slowly wants to ween themselves off foundation but still have flawless looking skin I would definitely recommend this. The thing with foundation is once you apply it it looks good but then when you take it off it leaves the skin in a mess so of course you will want to cover up the damage foundation has caused with more foundation. It becomes a vicious cycle. Think of this as the nicorette of foundation. You're not stopping completely but you're using something less damaging to slowly ween yourself off so that if you get those days where you want to let your skin breathe and go makeup free you can. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

St. Tropez Tanning Regime

So I'm not exactly one of those girls that plasters myself in self tan and ends up looking like a walking advert for tango but during the Winter months I tend to feel slightly on the paler side just from hiding away behind a coat all the time. As I spent the entire 3 months of Summer covered in baby oil lying in the sun all day everyday I built up so many layers of tan that my skin as a result developed a permanent tan I guess, It just hasn't really gone back to being as white as it was before. I still have that nice Summer glow and tan lines believe it or not. Im not as bronze as I was in the Summer but I do get complimented on looking slightly sun kissed. Anyhow this is my tanning regime on how to achieve light subtle bronze tan skin not fake heavy orange gunk. All thanks to St. Tropez's 3 step tanning treatment and a tanning mit. 

 St. Tropez 3 step treatment includes a body polisher, a body moisturiser and a tinted self-tanning lotion. Purchased at TK Maxx for £15. A bargain in my eyes as it usually retails around £30. 

Velvo Tan Tanning mit purchased in Tesco for £4.99. They really make a world difference as your tan comes out streak free and hands come out stain free not to mention they are also reusable.  

 Step 1: You want to start off with a clean canvas so shave it all off and exfoliate. I personally prefer to use exfoliating gloves as I believe the skin feels a lot smoother then if I was to use just my hands. 

 Step 2: Moisturise. You want to make sure your skin isn't dry as nothing can be worse then self tan sticking to dry patches making your skin looking streaky. Along with the lotion I also use the Garnier ultimate beauty oil just to make sure there is extra moisture especially in those dry areas and so that it illuminates my tan. Lets not forget the feet now. You dont want a good looking tan with crusty feet will just defeat the purpose. Cant go wrong with Scholl. 

Step 3: Finally it's time to apply the tan. Using the tanning mit apply the self tan onto the back of the purple side and rub into body in circular motions. Start off with small amounts first because you can always build t up if you feel you need to. Even though St Tropez can be used for the face, for the face I chose to use a mosturiser specifically for the face which was the Dove Summer Glow. 

Step 4: Time to walk around naked for a good 1/2 hour whilst the moisturiser is absorbed into the skin. For best results it says apply right before bedtime as product may appear streaky why drying so showering in the morning the next day will reveal a beautiful natural Summer tan. To maintain tan apply 1-3 times weekly, moisturise daily and use St Tropez body polisher. 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Bath Time with Lush: 'Shoot for the Stars' Bath Bomb

Nothing I love more on a Saturday then picking up my Lush box and choosing which bath bomb to use. Today I went for Shoot for the Stars. An amazing honey scented bath bomb that explodes into a rainbow of colour but then turns the water into a gorgeous navy blue with iridescent glitter sparkles. Resembling a clear starlit night sky. Perfect escape.



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