Friday, 26 April 2013

Lola by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Lola Fragrance Review

Marc Jacobs Lola Fragrance Review
Lola eau de parfum 50ml - £42.30
I'm a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to perfume. All through my teens I loyally bought Lacoste Touch of Pink. Currently, I'm a bit of a Vera Wang Princess faithful but I am pushing myself to try new ones because I read some amazing reviews and feel like I'm missing out.

Packaging

Now, I'm not going to lie, the packaging won me over on Lola before I'd even smelt it. I really want to start collecting perfume bottles, I just think there is something so elegant and glamours about them. I know the top is supposed to be like a bouquet but this bottle really reminds me of those big floppy hats from the 70's, anyone else? 

Fragrance

I am really rubbish at describing fragrances, but I do know I love the smell of vanilla and like fruity floral scents. As this has fruity top notes, floral middle notes and base notes including vanilla, it was always going to be a bit of a winner. It's quite sweet but not overpowering and girly. I actually think this suits in between seasons, like February-March and September-October, because it's fruity but still warm. Over all I really like this, I'd recommend it, but it's not a stand out fragrance I would repurchase.

Have you got any perfume suggestions you think I'd like?

Lola is available from most places that sell perfume, at the time of writing this post the 50ml is £42.30 at Debenhams and a smaller 30ml at £33.30, but I don't know how this compares to other retailers.
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Friday, 19 April 2013

Nars The Happening Palette

Nars The Happening Eye & Cheek Palette Review

Nars The Happening Eye & Cheek Palette Review

Nars The Happening Eye & Cheek Palette Review


As first Nars purchase goes, this was quite a smart one. For £45 you get the heavily hyped Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer in addition to four complementary eye shadows in one sleek palette, perfect for traveling.

Blush & Bronzer

I have basically ignored Orgasm and Laguna because, being honest, everyone has reviewed these shades and I certainly could not do them any more justice. However, for those of you who are completely new to Nars, Orgasm is a subtle peachy pink shimmer and Laguna a soft bronzer, both perfect for nearly every skin tone. I've never been too taken with Orgasm, and still not WOW'ed to the extent of the blogger hype it has. If  I pay that much for a product, I like it to be really pigmented, but on me, I need a lot of product for it to show. However, I've always used bad brushes, and not yet tried it with my Illamasqua Blush Up Brush so maybe I'll understand the love. Also, when it comes to products that I know I will have to repurchase sooner or later, I try and stick within my limits (which is sensible). I've always been scared of falling in love with Nars, knowing full well that if I make  Orgasm or Laguna my everyday go-to's, I'll be bankrupt. Needless to say I will be sticking to my Sleek Rose Gold and only using these one special occasions, for now.

Eyeshadows

Eye Shadow wise, the shade selection is perfect for my light blue eyes. Night Star (top left) is the perfect highlight for me, 'a sheer peach with gold pearl'. The swatch is very similar to my skin tone but leaves a nice shimmer (NW25 in MAC). For a night smokey eye I use Gstaad (top right) as my base color, a 'shimmering  taupe' with Kuala Lumpar (bottom left) in my crease, an extremely deep cranberry with gold hints. To add more intensity I use Coconut Grove, a deep brown with 'golden shimmer' as an accent color blended into the corner of my eye and just below my bottom lash line. These shades are so versatile and really do help to make this an essential traveling palette. Quality wise, they are high, yet not as high as I was expecting. I've heard NARS eye shadows can be a bit hit and miss with their formula, and while these blend easily and are pigmented, I'm still a MAC loyalist (Inglot get a shop up North!).

Overall I'm really pleased with my first Nars purchase. I  got it with a 25% ASOS discount, so it was definitely worth it. This will be one of my travel essential and a must if I have to rush out after a lecture.

Swatches

Nars The Happening Eye & Cheek Palette Review

Nars The Happening Eye & Cheek Palette Review


The Happening Palette is £45 from Nars

Have you tried this palette? Any recommendations for me to try next?
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Friday, 12 April 2013

Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub Review
Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub Review

I've tried a lot of body scrubs, and Soap & Glory's Breakfast Scrub was my favorite; was being the key word. This has taken over from that. Not only is it £1.50 less for the same amount, it smells amazing.

The way I'd describe Sugar Crush Body Scrub is Breakfast Scrub with an added citrus scent, but that doesn't help you if you're not familiar with my old favorite. The actual product is very granular,  thick in consistency.  Although I know this is a rubbish explanation, it's quite gritty if that makes any sense? It doesn't hurt obviously but you can really feel it exfoliating without being too severe. The scent is absolutely amazing. Like I said, it's very citrusy, with lime oil being one of the ingredients. It's a great one to use in the morning actually because it really wakes you up. You only need a small amount too to get the full benefit of the exfoliating properties so a tub should last a good few weeks if you use it every day. Overall I've really been enjoying using this, and will definitely repurchase when I need a new body scrub, the scent alone is worth the price.

Available from Boots for £8.

What's your favorite scrub?
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Monday, 1 April 2013

Illamasqua Blush Up Brush

Illamasqua Blush Up Brush Review

I've really become obsessed with makeup brushes lately. Gone are the days when I'd just use my fingers (or those rubbish free applicators) and hope for the best. I'd like to think I've built up rather a nice collection, a few MAC, a few Real Techniques, a few ELF. The newest addition to my collection is the Illamasqua Blush Up Brush.

Illamasqua have sort of revolutionized how blush is applied with this new brush and I must admit, I'm kind of smitten with it. The brush is designed to fit just under your cheekbone, perfect for contouring. Simply sweep the brush in your favorite powder blush and stroke the brush in an angled upwards motion towards your hairline. Now I've finally got the hang of it I'm starting to play around with it. I really like the look it creates when you place more pressure on the apples of your cheek, and slowly release the pressure as you brush towards the hairline. Its such a natural and subtle look. I've found it quite easy to master, but I know some people have struggled. I'd suggest maybe popping to a counter and asking for a demonstration if you're not sure, that way you can learn from the professionals.

Now onto the price. Yes, it's pricey at just under £30, but it is worth it in my opinion (and far from the most expensive brush I've seen). Of course its nice and soft, and has no shedding, you expect that from a high-end brush. The main thing is how simple and quick it makes applying powder blush. Every time its perfect, no matter how little time I have, and for that, I really hope this becomes part of the main collection.
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