Monday, 27 April 2015

What do Thunderstorms & Baby Powder smell like?

Baby Powder & Thunderstorm Fragrance
Fragrances (*) - £15 each (full size)

Way back in December I introduced you to The Library of Fragrance and their Marshmallow scent. Well today I have two more of their amazing fragrances for you to see.

Baby Powder
Library of Fragrance's global second best-selling scent, Baby Powder is inspired by the infamous product from Johnson & Johnson. As would be expected, the scent is powdery and leans slightly on the sweet side of the scale. Of course the smell of talc is comforting and instantly makes me happy. Whenever I wear this I feel really relaxed and calm, and the Library of Fragrance have proved this down to more than just coincidence. Research shows that the part of the brain that processes scent is also the same that manages emotion and memories. Whilst I can't remember being a baby, something about the scent is incredibly soothing and re-assuring.

As the name suggests, Thunderstorm is meant to smell like the scent that occurs just before a thunderstorm is about to hit.  Its very light and fresh in nature and, for me, it's spring in a bottle. I always think thunderstorms heighten the scent of grass and flowers, and when I wear this I feel like Library of Fragrance have managed to blend these together whilst somehow managing to inject some freshness into it. This is a suits everyone, all ages and any gender kind of scent that it's perfect for this time of year.

Have you tried any of the Library of Fragrance? If not, I'd strongly recommend you give them a go!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Is the GHD Air Hairdryer worth it?

GHD Air Premium High end hairdryer
GHD Air Hairdryer - £99

Those who are exceptionall observant, and very loyal readers, will remember I snapped up a GHD Air Hairdryer in the Black Friday Sales last year. After a good few months of putting it through its paces I thought it was about time I told you if it lived up to my very high expectations.

Long story short, it does. It might be easier to explain my opinion if you know a bit of my hair back story (not to be confused with back hair story ...). My hair is incredibly thick and wavy, and it's for exactly that reason why I had it cut short about 5 years ago. Despite being incredibly thick, it does dry very fast and would dry naturally at it's longest in about 2-3 hours. Consequently, I've always seen blow drying my hair as a bit too much effort and opted for the cheapest of cheap hairdryers to get me by if I need to dry it quickly. Of course both of these options didn't do much for conquering the uncontrollable waves but I just accepted this was the way my hair was and I'd have to learn to love it. For some reason, the penny only dropped about 3 years ago that hairdressers seemed to be able to make my hair behave so easily without spending excessive amounts of time styling it. That's when I relised it might be time to invest in a better hairdryer. It only took me a couple more year actually to get one.

As you can see, I didn't rush into any impulsive purchases. In fact, I actually did quite a lot of reading on the best ones on the market. In the end, it all came down to brand loyalty and GHD once again stole my heart. So why did I choose GHD Air? Well, a couple of reasons actually. With GHD I knew I was going to get quality, and the Air has a professional strength motor of 2100W which would at least give the right power to get my sleek look, if not the skill. The second this was the removable air filter. Kind of like a vacum cleaner, the filter combines a high pressure air flow with ionic technology to reduces drying time and banish frizz and flyaways. Finally, the flexibility it offered me was second to none. Whilst the 3m power cable gave me room to move, the option of two nozzles let's you tailor your blow-dry whilst variable power and temperature controls let you have complete control and freedom. There's even a cool shot function to fix your hair into place! 

GHD as a brand tend to follow through with their promises and the Air is no exception. Whilst this dryer is about £90 more than my old one, it's definitely worth it. Slowly be surely I'm getting closer to re-creating a salon blow dry which stays put all day. Clearly it sometimes is just down to what tools you use. 

What do you think of the GHD Air? Have you got an blow-dry tips for me?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

5 Books in 5 Words #3 : Blogging Edition

Books for bloging

I've been completely let my schedule go lately on the blog front and for that I'm sorry. I've seem to have had one bug after another and it's left me with no energy or interest in blogging. In an attempt to get my mojo back I've been reading everything and anything I can find about improving the blog, and you know what, it's kind of worked. Obviously I can't get rid of feeling lethargic, but I do feel a bit more motivated. It's only now that I've realized just how many book there are about improving your blog so I thought it would be really helpful if I reviewed some of the ones I read recently. If you happen to have missed the two previous posts and are unsure how the work, its simply book reviews in 5 words. 5 words is enough for me to give a bit of an insight without any spoilers.

Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
From beginner to professional blogger

Get Rich Blogging by Zoe Griffin
Jumping to the next level.

Blogging Your Way To The Front Row by Yuli Ziv
The best for little details

Pro Blogger by Darren Rowse
Treating your blog as business

A Beautiful Mess: Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman
Great for improving your photography

Have you read any of these books? Have you got any recommendations?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Spring Flowers from Debenhams + 25% Discount

Debhenhams Spring Flower Bouquet Arrangement Basket

Debhenhams Spring Flower Bouquet Arrangement Basket
Scented Basket (*) - £44.99

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked if I'd like a beautiful flower bouquet from Debenhams Flowers. Every girl loves flowers, so of course I jumped at the chance. After looking at their website, I was completely stuck for choice. After much toing and froing I finally settled on the Scented Basket.

I just want to take a moment to praise Debenhams Flowers packaging. I was a little unsure of how well the flowers would make the journey to my house, but this proved to be unnecessary. Encased in a big box, the basket was packaged to perfection to ensure they got to me safely. With next day delivery available on orders before 7pm, and deliveries taking place 7 days a week, even the more forgetful of are covered.

Once I'd unpacked the basket I was stunned by how gorgeous it really was. From Debenhams Spring Flowers range, the Scented Basket includes a mix of yellow Gemini's and Freesias, and White Bouvardia and Veronica's which made it the ideal centerpiece for our family meal over Easter. Although Debenhams offer a 7 day Flower Freshness Guarantee (or your money back), 2 weeks after arriving, the flowers are only now starting to wilt. The basket has really injected some Spring into my home, and made me smile every time I walk past them.

Now for the exciting part. If you fancy having your own flower delivery, or need a last minute gift, simply use the discount code DFBLOG25 to get a massive 25% off. The only exemption from the discount are those bouquets in the Flowers by Post range, leaving you to choose from over 75 arrangements! 

Which bouquet is your favorite?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Recycling Bin #8

I am on a strict no spend plan this summer. In 5 weeks I'm off to Crete, and in just under 5 months I'll be making my way to California. Sadly these places cost money and you can't spend the same money twice. On the plus side, I'm now finally making use of what I've hidden away and have discovered some right gems.

Since having my bathroom done last year I have indulged in amazing bath products. Although a little pricey at £7, this & Other Stories Lemon Daydream Body Scrub is perfect. The balance between smooth and exfoliating means it's not too harsh on your skin, whilst the fragrance is similar to sherbet lemons without being too overbearing. I was also pleasantly surprised by Lush's Hot Toddy. At Christmas, everyone, including myself, seems to get obsessed with Snow Fairy, so much so, the other limited edition shower gels are ignored. Hot Toddy is a great alternative if you want a more festive scent that isn't sickly sweet. Sadly I wasn't as impressed with Snowman Shower Jelly, and didn't end up finishing it as I hated it so much. I've done a more detailed review here, and my feelings haven't changed.

I have become fragrance obsessed lately, and plan to pick up a few new ones at the airport in Duty Free. I didn't actually expect to love Next's New York but it's possibly one of nicest I've smelt in a long time. I've received so many complements whilst wearing it, but sadly it's been discontinued. Don't you just hate it when that happens. From a new love to an old love, I must have gone through about 20 bottles of Natural Collection Vanilla Body Spray since I was 14. Vanilla is my all-time favorite scent and I always have one of these knocking around for me to indulge in. Nicki Minaj's first fragrance Pink Friday has base notes of Vanilla, and is generally quite a sweet, girlie perfume. Having said that, I didn't like it as much I thought I would, and definitely wouldn't purchase it again. It's just not rememberable.

My skincare stash could rival Caroline Hirons; no joke. I've been on a determined effort to use up a lot of my sample sized products rather than push them to the back of the draw. I absolutely adored the Murad Exfoliating Cleanser(*). It's ideal for dry combination skin, as it's gentle, but very effective. My skin was so much smoother and brighter. I also really enjoyed Ren's Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel(*), but I think this would be better for more sensitive skin or in the warmer months. It's increibly cooling and calming on the skin. Although Dermalogica's Ultra Calming Cleanser was supposed to be, well ultra calming, I didn't see any difference in my skin. I would point out it didn't make it any worse, but again, another forgettable product. I was pretty disappointed with Benefit's Porefessional too. I've read quite a lot of mixed reviews on it, but somehow managed to convince myself that it would be some sort of life changing product. It wasn't and I actually preferred this W7 primer. Ending on a high, I'm really missing using this Good Things mask. The berry scent alone is reason to try it. I'm very skeptical about things that have big promises in a reduced amount of time, but this really does give a facial like cleanse in 5 minutes. Great if your in a rush!

What do you think about these products? Any suggestions?

Monday, 6 April 2015

Cinderella Collection by Swarovski

Disney Cinderella Collection Swarovski Pink Bangle

Disney Cinderella Collection Swarovski Pink Bangle
Pink Crystal Bangle (*) - £89.10

A couple of weeks ago I received the most amazing e-mail telling me I had won a £100 gift voucher for Joshua James from Rachel Nicole. Now you all know what I'm like with jewellery; I basically turn into Gollum. My precious one. Faced with brands such as Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Guess and DKNY I was completely stuck for choice. Until I spotted this that is ...

In celebration of Disney's re-make of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, Swarovski have released a collection that's fit for a princess. As soon as I saw this pink bangle on the website I knew I needed to snap it up, and when it arrived, I definitely wasn't disappointed. Presented in a lovely gift box, the bangle is rhodium-plated. Adorned with 3 beautiful pink crystals and a little butterfly with clear crystals it's perfect for adding that last feminine touch to an outfit. Although the bracelet does have an adjustable chain closure, it is on the small side, which suits my small wrists but may cause problems for other people. I'm completely besotted with my new piece and genuinely feel like a princess when I wear it. Now all I need to do is find a prince ...

I'm Cinderella obsessed at the moment. Where do you think the best collections are?
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