Thursday, 23 October 2014

DKNY Women Eau de Toilette

This is by no means a new fragrance, in fact it's been around for many years now, but it's one of my all time favourite fragrances. So when I was having a wander round Boots a few days ago and noticed that the 30ml size was reduced from £30 down to £14.99, I decided to treat myself.

I just adore this fragrance and although it doesn't bring back memories as such it does remind me of being on holiday, as my last bottle I bought in duty free on the way out, and just smelling that familiar scent makes me happy. It's quite strange how a fragrance can do that, I actually find being able to smell this comforting. 

I haven't got a good nose for fragrances but checking a stockist tells me that this has top notes of citrus blend, chilled vodka and tomato leaves, heart notes of water lilly, coral orchid and daffodil and base notes of white birch and tulip tree wool. I always describe this scent as fizzy, but I think what I'm actually referring to is the citrus blend. It's a very fresh smell, that some might people prefer to wear in summer, but I love wearing this all year round and I find it lasts well on me. If I remember correctly I think this is one of the longest lasting fragrances I've tried.

I've been thinking about this fragrance a lot recently and I think the reason for this is because a few months ago I was having a sniff of some Jo Malone fragrances in Selfridges with Rose from Mixed gems (who is the Selfridges Birmingham beauty personal shopper) and Blackberry and Bay instantly reminded me of this fragrance. If Blackberry and Bay had been a dupe I would have probably bought it there and then but as I'm sure you're aware Jo Malone fragrances are quite pricey.

I'm so pleased to have this back in my life and I can see this being the only fragrance I will wear for at least the next couple of weeks and also over Christmas. As I said this is currently £14.99 in Boots and it's also on offer on over Escentual for the even better price of £13.50 (but you will have to pay £1.95 P&P unless you spend over £30).

Have you ever tried DKNY Women?


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Halloween nail art - Day of the dead

Ok so in this one there's only actually some nail art on my ring finger, but I really like the one nail I did so I've decided to feature it. I could have done a similar design on all of my nails, but that would have taken quite a while and I didn't have that long to do it.  So I just painted my other nails with a black nail varnish containing a very fine silver shimmer, to fit with the Halloween theme. I'm sorry my pictures aren't very good but I didn't check them before I removed this and I unfortunately I don't have time to do them again before Halloween, and there's not much point doing them again after!

Halloween nail art - Day of the dead
Halloween nail art - Day of the dead
Do you ever decide you like something and then become a little obsessed with it? That's what I've done recently with Sugar skulls! I've not really taken a lot of notice of them before but as we're approaching Halloween various makeup looks are popping up and I took a shine to Sugar skulls. I then thought that as long as I could get the design small enough, it would look great as nail art.

Obviously as skulls are white I used a white base and went for my faithful Barry M Silk in Pearl as I didn't want a flat white, despite the fact that bone isn't slightly shimmery! I started off by placing the eyes first so I could work out how much space I had left for the rest of the features and any decoration. I wanted the eyes to be flat black rather than shimmery so just used a standard black and a dotting tool for the eyes. I then drew on the nostrils and the mouth with a black Sharpie. This years Halloween looks appear to be in association with Ciate as I used Boudoir (what I used for the blood in my dripping blood look) and then also used Ciate Electronica. I wanted to use a bright red and then couldn't decide on what other colours to use so pretty much went for the first one I picked up.

It may only be on one finger but I'm really pleased with how it turned out and it looks amazing, if I do say so myself!

What do you think of my Sugar skull nail?


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The blogs with the pretty pictures

I've admitted in the past that I'm quite superficial when it comes to blogs and a good design, layout and pretty pictures will always draw me in. I usually know within a couple of seconds if it's likely that I'll be hitting the follow button. I know this probably isn't very fair, as not everybody can afford to have pretty designs made for them (including me), but I just can't help it. I follow quite a few blogs already and my Bloglovin feed often gets out of control, so I'm quite picky about adding more blogs to my list.

As I said pretty pictures have always drawn me in but recently a few of the blogs I follow have really stood out to me because of their photography. So I though I'd do a quick post to share the blog love and show you some of their photos.

 Zoe / Sweet Electric

Catherine / Lady Liquor


Various contributors / Nouvelle Daily 

Are you following any of these blogs?


Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Lush Christmas bath bomb haul

I'm sure you're probably aware by now that Lush have recently released their Christmas range. If not, who are you and where have you been?! I recently popped into a Lush store on a Saturday, which really wasn't a great idea, but I did manage to battle through the teenage girls to get an arm through to the bath bombs and I grabbed five to try. I haven't actually used any Lush bath products for several years now as I think they can be a little expensive, but I decided to treat myself and the Christmas range just looks amazing.

Here's what I went for.

Lush Christmas bath bombs
Lush Christmas bath bombs
Lush Dashing Santa bath bomb
Lush Father Christmas bath bomb
Lush Cinders bath bomb
Lush So white bath bomb
Lush Butterbear bath bomb
Lush Christmas bath bombs

Dashing Santa is a smallish flat shaped (as in it's not round or ball shaped) bomb that looks like a running Santa. Although Santa only works one day a year he has a lot to do in that one day so I would imagine he definitely dashes around the world delivering all those presents. This one contains mandarin and bergamot oil, orange flower absolute and smells like satsumas. It also contains snowflake and radiant gold lustre, which I had to google, and discovered these are edible fine powder icing used for colouring. 

Father Christmas is a large bomb but then this is reflected in the price as this one is quite expensive at £3.50. I know you can break up some of Lush's more expensive bath products to use in more than one bath but I'm not sure you could do that with this one. You could try giving him a crack on a hard surface (could you really do that to Santa??) but I'm not sure if he'd just crumble. This one doesn't have any oils in, so it may not be a skin softening one, but it will turn your bath bright red, followed by vivid green and will smell like Snow fairy. 

Cinders is a small bomb that has been inspired by sitting next to a fireplace with friends and family. It contains almond, sweet orange and cinnamon leaf oil, sea salt and also popping candy.  This one is supposed to be sweet and spicy so might be like bathing in one of the spicy cinnamon Christmas candles, but obviously without the hot wax!

So white is another large bomb and isn't much to look at as it's just plain white, but when it starts to dissolve it does have a rosy centre. This contains bergamot and neroli oil, rose and orange flower absolute and smells of apples. Again I'm not sure if you could break this down to use in more than one bath. Mine has actually started to crack on one side, so I could probably pull it into two halves if I wanted, but I don't really want to spoil the surprise of what's inside and kind of just want to chuck the whole lot in. Also the apple smell from this is so amazing I don't really want to dilute it by using less.

Finally, Butterbear is the cutest little thing. It's plain white like So white but is in the shape of a bear and it should really have a little brown nose, but I think mine has been knocked off. This has the same vanilla fragrance as Butterball and contains fair trade Colombian cocoa butter, ylang ylang oil and cocoa powder. The cocoa powder is making me hope it might smell slightly chocolatey, but as far as I'm aware it doesn't. I think this is the one I'm looking forward to using the most and if I love it I really don't mind as this one is just £1.95.

Obviously I haven't actually used any of these yet but I will post about each one as I get through them.

Have you bought any of Lush's new Christmas range?


Friday, 17 October 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm

The packaging looks different but this is actually Nuxe's cult favourite lip balm Reve de Miel. I had no idea this has been around for 20 years and this is the limited edition 20th anniversary packaging. Mine has a pink lid (it's described as red online, but it's pink) but it's also available with either a green or yellow lid.

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm
I've been working my way through my Philosophy Kiss me tonight lip balm, which is a very good lip balm (but pretty pricey at £17!), but after a bad reaction to one of Philosophy's products I've decided not to use any of them any more. So when I spotted that this was on offer on Look Fantastic for just £6.33, and that I could get free delivery, I snapped it up.

This contains honey, shea butter, almond oil, beeswax and vitamin E and is designed to soothe, repair, nourish, soften and heal. This is a thick, matte balm and one of the best things about it is definitely the smell. Unscrew the lid, have a sniff and you're hit with the scent of Terry's Chocolate orange. As this is a really thick balm it's best applied before you go to bed, so it can work its magic as you sleep, but you can also apply it during the day if your lips are suffering and could possibly use a very thin layer under lipstick.

Another thing I like about this product is that there is a best before date both on the box and on the actual tub. Once opened this product has a shelf life of 12 months but unopened this is good until May 2017.

My lips haven't yet got really sore, they'll be saving that for when the really cold weather arrives, but this has done a great job so far of keeping them soft and smooth as they've started to get drier as autumn has finally arrived.

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm

The ultimate duo has definitely got to be teaming this with one of Lush's lip scrubs. There are currently four lip scrub flavours to choose from (including the limited edition Christmas one) but my recommendation would be to use it with Mint Julips. The combination of Mint Julips' After eight mints scent followed by Reve de Miel's Chocolate orange is just amazing and leaves my lips with a cooling minty sensation that I really like. If like me you suffer with dry flaky lips in the winter then you definitely need to add both of these products to your skincare collection and apply them every night before bed. This is still on offer over on Look Fantastic so go and grab it now.  This is also available over on the Nuxe UK website.

Have you tried Reve de Miel?