Friday, 29 April 2016

Jo Malone Nashi Blossom Cologne

Just when you think Jo Malone couldn't possibly release anything more beautiful to the senses than their previous perfumes, (I'm sure I fall in love with each new scent than little bit more each time!) a new launch comes along that literally leaves you swooning, both for that gorgeously decorated bottle and the most addictively zesty scent I have ever smelt.

Jo Malone's Nashi Blossom Cologne* (£44/£89) is a limited edition scent this season that is the epitome of Springtime and is sweetly described as a petal pop. It is a fresh, bright and light combination of succulent nashi fruit, pear, crisp apple and mouth-watering lemon. These zingy notes are softened by nashi blossom, rose and creamy white musk which gives the whole scent a playful, radiant and youthful feel. This new perfume just screams summer picnics and afternoons of fruit picking under the heat of the Summer sun. It is completely refreshing and very different to the sickly-sweet or overly floral scents that you often see and smell around this time of year. It is so light and delicate on the skin it reminds me very much of Jo Malone's Grapefruit cologne - simple, fruity, tinged with citrus appeal and easily layered with a multitude of other colognes. And let's just mention that bottle! The design has been inspired by the Nashi Flower which boosts a pure white petal juxtaposed with a jet black stamen hence the graphic, polka dot effect studded all over the glass bottle. It is modern and fresh, topped with a zesty lime green cap. Absolutely gorgeous.

If you are searching for a new Summer scent to give you a spring in your step then this limited edition cologne could be the one you are looking for!
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Barry M Spring Nail Polishes

I use to love Barry M nail polishes. Back in my early blogging days they were the nail product to own and I remember building up quite a coveted collection of brightly coloured bottles over the years! The nail polishes were brilliant - affordable, attainable in any local Boots or Superdrug store, available in a fun rainbow of shades and really great quality.

Since I last purchased a Barry M polish there seems to have been quite a shake up with their range and now they have extended their already brimming collection of polishes to offer the Speedy Quick Dry range, the Gelly Hi Shine range, the Sunset Daylight Curing range and even four nail care products including a treatment, a hardener and two mani masks.

The Sunset Daylight Curing collection* (£4.99) delivers the look, shine and resilience of pro salon gel nails without the need for a UV lamp which is amazing if you love the idea of gel nails but don't have the time or budget to get them done every few weeks. You simply need to apply two coats of the nail paint and then finish with the Daylight Curing topcoat which will cure your nails naturally in the daylight for a long-lasting, chip-free mani effect. And the best thing is that regular nail polish remover will take to off so you can switch your mani up more often than you could with normal gel nails. The new Spring shades above are: Bug a Blue, Pinking Out Loud, Empire State of Mint and All the Things She Red.

The Gelly Hi Shine collection* (£3.99) is a great option if you love that super-glossy, shiny mani finish to your nails but don't want the hassle of applying a separate top coat. The nail paints go on smoothly and dry quickly to deliver an opaque finish which lasts well for a good few days and has that stunning, shiny effect. This Spring the popular Gelly range has been updated with four pretty Spring shades: Acai Smoothie, Cream Soda, Pink Lemonade and my favourite, Butterscotch Sundae.

Finally the Speedy Quick Dry collection* (£3.99) goes from wet to set in under a minute and great for girls on the go! The flat control-flow brush dispenses the perfect amount of polish to coat the nails, leaving a super shiny, long lasting mani in seconds. This Spring, four new, pretty pastel shades have joined the collection and are absolutely gorgeous for those long sunny days. The new shades are: In a Flash, Winning Streak, Personal Best and Freestyle.

Are you a fan of Barry M and their plethora of pretty polishes?
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Angel Muse Thierry Mugler Eau de Parfum

That iconic 90s perfume, Thierry Mugler's Angel, has recently been reinvented and launches this month with the tag line - "the new fragrance you will hate to love #HateToLove" and is fronted by Georgia May Jagger. The original Angel revolutionised the world of perfumery and I vividly remember it being the perfume to wear during my schooldays and could always be found at the bottom of my gym bag! Anyone else?

The new Angel Muse Eau de Parfum couldn't be more different from its predecessor, in appearance and in scent. The bottle breaks away from those well-known angular facets and welcomes a smooth, curvaceous cosmic pebble bottle. The crystal heart bearing the imprint of the Angel star is encapsulated by an elliptical silver metal ring mirroring the fashion line designed by David Koma. A truly beautiful looking bottle. The scent has been described as a new gourmandise between cosmic explosion and magnetic attraction. It offers us a duo of aromas - the highly addictive hazelnut cream and the woody, elegant vetiver. A real mesh of sweetness and smoothness with a hint of masculinity and floral rose. This Eau de Parfum is very different but very intriguing and definitely worth a sniff when you are out and about and passing a perfume counter next month. I would love to hear your thoughts on whether Angel Muse could possibly become as popular at the original Angel?
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Monday, 25 April 2016

Rosie for Autograph Makeup for M&S Beauty

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Rosie for Autograph Cosmetics Collection* | available in M&S stores and online 
Cream Blush in Romantic Flush | Eyeshadow Quad in Deco Diamonds | Cream Eyeshadow Stick in Almond Eyes | 
Lip Glossy in Lights, Camera, Action

I have always dreamily admired the Rosie for Autograph lingerie range in M&S - partly because of the beautiful lacy bras, silky dressing gowns and floral print PJs and partly because you have the goddess that is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley standing before you. Following this highly successful range of clothing, Rosie has now turned her head to another passion of hers from working in the modelling industry - makeup. M&S Beauty has introduced the first cosmetics line from Rosie Huntington-Whitely which combines her years of experience on the modelling circuit alongside her own distinct beauty aesthetic. With her supermodel credentials and that rose-gold packaging, this collection is set to fly off the shelves.

The 51 piece collection is inspired by Rosie's own fast-paced lifestyle and encapsulates the 'girl on the go' theme to flatter looks for women of all ages and lifestyles. Rosie is known for her pretty natural makeup look and her new collection definitely reflects this and makes her soft, easy looks achievable for others.

From concealers, contours, highlighters, blushers, eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks, the Rosie for Autograph range has it all and I have a few little bits that I have recently been testing out. The Cream Blush (£14) is soft, velvety and gorgeous to apply. It is subtle to gives a real glow-from-within finish on your skin and comes in a range of pink and natural shades. The Eyeshadow Quad (£18) is probably one of my favourite pieces and comes in four shade palettes. The shadows have a creamy, smooth formulations and blend really nicely. The colours start quite soft but are very buildable to get a more intense finish. The Cream Eyeshadow Stick (£12.50) is a great, affordable version of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar shadow stick and delivers a velvety wash of colour that dazzles and lasts a good length of time without creasing. Finally the Lip Glossy (£12.50) is a balmy, hydrating colour stick that gives a punchy shade to the lips as well as a nourishing, glossy finish. Available in four shades, these are the perfect Summer staple to pop in your bag for when you are on the go.

Have you checked out this new range in M&S from the gorgeous Rosie H-W?
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg 3-1 Travel System

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The Ooba Duck Egg 3-1 Travel System* from Cosatto (£750)
The Hold 0+ Duck Egg Car Seat* from Cosatto (£145)

When I started this blog six years ago I never envisaged I would find myself getting excited about a pushchair...let alone reviewing it amongst a plethora of lipstick and perfume features. But here I am swooning over a four-wheeled, baby-transporting piece of beauty and it certainly makes me a proud mama stepping out with my little one wrapped up and sleeping tight in my Cosatto Ooba pushchair.

I think one of the biggest investments that comes with a newborn is the new set of wheels. You obviously want to get value for money but something that will fit in well with your day to day life and personal style. The reason I fell in love with the Cosatto range of prams, pushchairs, car seats and travel systems (yep, they do them all!) is the fact that every piece carries a bit of personality. If you love fun colours, bright patterns and sturdy British design then you will definitely find something you love here. Since we tentatively ventured out on our first walk outdoors when Florence was just five days old, we have both been loving using the Cosatto Ooba 3-1 Travel System in Duck Egg and certainly clock a few approving looks every time we walk into town.

So what makes this travel system so good? Well firstly, it looks fab. Of course, aesthetics aren't everything but I did want a pram to be proud of and one that would make me smile every time I push Florence around. The luxury leatherette trim, white accent frame and wheels and that crazy kaleidoscope interior all makes this a really fun, unique pushchair. That colourful pattern has kept Florence transfixed during our strolls around the park and just long enough for mum to grab a quick chai tea latte on the way home. Ok, so the white wheels won't stay white for very long but the fact they quickly and easily click on and off means you can hose them down whenever you want. The folding chassis is wonderfully simple and light to collapse and put up again making it small enough to store away at home or pop in the boot of your car for day trips out. The infant carrier for babies up to six months has a removable, washable lining and mattress and can also be used as an occasional infant sleeping cot if you were staying away from home and were short of space.

Another great point to mention about this travel system is the handy, adjustable, two-way handlebar which means that once your babe is in the six months +  seat you can easily change the pram from parent-facing to forward-facing mode by simply releasing the handlebar up and over the seat and away you go. The aluminium chassis and swivel-ly wheels supply you with all round suspension which is great if you need to venture cross-country (but just watch those precious white wheels!). Both seats come with toy loops on the hood which we have found invaluable to hang some little toys for Florence to help keep her entertained during our outings. The travel system also comes with a matching, and rather nice, changing bag to match your pram, a reversible cosy-toes for the six month + seat and patterned rain covers to keep your little one warm and dry. The chassis also supports the Hold 0+ Duck Egg Car Seat (sold separately) so if you are just going for a short walk you can move your little one from car to wheels without having to wake them and move them into the infant carrier. This car seat matches the fun, stylish look of the travel system and we have been using it for all our car adventures so far. It is squidgy yet sturdy so Florence looks comfortable yet really secure once she is all strapped in with the padded shoulder straps, head-hugger, tummy pad and seat liner. Like the travel system, it also comes with a coordinating rain cover to show the British weather who's boss!

As you can probably gage, there isn't much I don't love about the Ooba Travel System from Cosatto. Ok, so the basket at the bottom could be a little more roomy (or maybe I should just learn to buy less!) and mounting high pavements can be a bit tricky meaning you have to pop your foot on the back of the basket to give the pram some leverage. But luckily because it is so lightweight, this isn't much of an issue. And finally the click buttons on the infant carrier to release the hood are quite tough to press in and make quite a loud 'clunk' noise when you do which can startle a sleeping babe. So my advice would be just leave the hood up even if you've made it home and your newborn is still snoozing. Other than that though it has been a dream using this pram and I think the design, colours and unique features really sets it apart and brightens up my afternoon walks every day!
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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Clarins Sunkissed Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

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Get the sun-kissed look this Summer with Clarins' newest collection | Out in May 2016 and available online

You know that Summer is well and truly on the way when Clarins' iconic, giant bronzing and blush compact lands on your doormat. Becoming quite a cult product as the seasons go by, this complexion-warming, limited edition bronzer is just one of the amazing new products to be released this May from Clarins to get us sun-kissed and glowing for Summer. Whether you are tanning by the pool or going out in the warm summer evenings, this collection promises to give you a flawless complexion with a harmony of rich gold and bronze shades, sparkling eyes and fresh, fruity lips.

Firstly the Bronzing & Blush Compact* (£30) is embossed with a sun-inspired motif and warms your complexion with a blend of copper, terracotta and golden tones and an apricot pearlescent blush in the centre. Swirled together or used separately, these powders complement all skin tones and boosts a formula that cares for the skin whilst adding luminosity to your complexion. Every year Clarins launch a new one of these compacts and every year I vow that the latest one is my favourite but I do actually think this could be my absolute favourite - the tones and finish on the skin is just gorgeous and adds a natural radiance and sun-kissed dusting to your makeup.

For the eyes Clarins have released a range of four waterproof Eyeshadow Shimmering Cream Colours* (£18) which have a soft cream formula that glide easily onto the eyelids. The fine pearl particles provide a shimmering colour to subtly illuminate the eyes whilst the bitter orange tree wax creates a protective shield against water and humidity making sure the colour stays put longer during those warmer days. Above I have swatched 04. Copper Brown and 02. Silver Taupe and I think you will agree that Copper Brown, in particular, is just gorgeous!

Possibly the most exciting part of this new collection is the launch of a brand new Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil* (£19) in 03. Red Berry. You only need read my previous post here to see just why I love these lip oils so much. During the Summer when lips can be left feeling dry and parched, the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is the only remedy you will need to nourish and love your lips instantly whilst enhancing their natural colour.

The Clarins Fix' Make-Up* (£24) has apparently been around before but has just undergone a bit of a facelift. I had never tried this product out before and now I can see why it would be the ultimate summer beauty must-have. It is an ultra-fine cooling mist that sets makeup by forming an invisible veil over the face. The Aloe Vera hydrates the skin, the Allantoin soothes whilst the exclusive Clarins anti-pollution complex protects the skin from external aggressors so is a great option to cool, refresh and shield your complexion on hot days out and about. Pop it in the fridge for the ultimate, refreshing experience when you spritz!

Finally there is a new and improved formula for the Double Fix' Mascara* (£20) which is a multi-tasking product for your brows and eyelashes. The clear formula enriched with bitter orange tree wax can be used over your mascara to create a waterproof barrier or combed through your brows to keep them tame. The wax helps create a water repellent, protective shield to ensure long-lasting, waterproof results. It is a great little beauty staple to have to groom brows and style lashes for a minimal makeup look.

Summer is certainly going to be sun-kissed this year (even if the sun doesn't shine) thanks to Clarins! What pieces have you got your eye on?
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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

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Gorgeous Lacquer Shine from Revlon* (£7.99) | available from Boots
TOP: Smoky Topaz | BOTTOM: Strawberry Topaz

Following the love and success that the Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks range gleamed last year, it was only a matter of time before Revlon answered their fans and brought out an Ultra HD Lip Lacquer collection. This revolutionary lacquer provides lips with true colour clarity, high gloss shine and a lightweight feel. Featuring a high-definition gel base formula, these lacquers wrap lips in true colour pigmentation and a shiny, rich finish for a gorgeous pout, day or night.

This new range has nine sumptuous shades from pretty nudes, bright corals, rosy pinks and a deep burgundy. They all have a high-shine finish with a variety of cream, shimmer and pearlescent formulas which look gorgeous on the lips. The texture is rich and creamy giving an impressive near-opaque finish once applied whilst feeling light, bouncy and not too sticky! The slim brush makes application easy and precise as it hugs the lips with colour and glimmer. Perfect for light, fresh makeup this Spring and Summer.

Are you a Revlon Ultra HD fan?
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