Monday, 29 February 2016

Current Fragrance Favourites

The newest one to my fragrance collection comes from Chanel. The Chance EDT (£55.00) is probably most fruity scent that I have owned, and possibly my all time favourite one too. It is slightly floral and has a touch of jasmine but the main body of the scent comes from a refreshing grapefruit. My auntie recently brought herself a bottle of this and after just one sniff I fell madly in love with it, so this went straight to the top of birthday wishlist last year. Although Chanel fragrances are very pricey, the notes are very strong so your money is certainly not wasted.

Something that is sweet, but not as sweet as the previous scent, is my go-to evening scent, YSL Black Opium EDP (£38.50). It comes in sparkly bottle that's bound to look stunning on anyone's dresser and has much more of a muskier scent, with a mix of black coffee and woody notes from patchouli. It's a sharp, sophisticated scent that really stands out on the skin. A really powerful scent, that makes me feel badass whenever I wear it

Finally, something completely different Thierry Mugler Angel EDP (£65). Although it has notes of vanilla and a few other sweet things such as red fruits and honey, it's not as sharp as the previous two but more delicate. With added essences of soft caramel, praline and the captivating power of patchouli, it really wakes you up and is strong scented, in a good way.
What are your current fragrance favourites?

Fran
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Monday, 15 February 2016

Unboxing | Birchbox January 2016







After month’s of umming and arring I decided to subscribe to Birchbox. Last month’s Birchbox was a collaboration with Pinterest and I was very pleased with the look of the products inside however, I was not completely satifised so unsubscribed immediately after recieveing the box and trying out the products but I will go into further detail later on.

The first sample was one that I could not wait to get when I saw it was in this month’s box and it was the Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer. A lot of beauty bloggers have been raving about it but I could not justify spending £19.50 on a lash primer which I may not like or use often. I have tried this a couple of times already and I am really enjoying it, the formula is thick without being heavy on your lashes and can be used alone if you are going for a more natural makeup look. I would recommend using it in conjunction with the Benefit They’re Real Mascara to get the full dramatic lash effect.

Next was the bonus item,  Birchbox #NoFilter Mirror, everyone needs a little mirror in pop into their handbag and no better time to get a new one as my old handbag mirror had just recently smashed.

Finding the perfect eyeliner to create the perfect wing can be difficult but suffer no more with the Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner. If you are a eyeliner beginner or simply someone who prefers a thicker wing, I would recommend trying this out. They also do a skinny liquid liner which I have just recently run out off and will also be repurchasing along with the Fat Liquid Liner.

I am not the biggest fan of micellar water as I have extremely sensitive skin and have found almost every micellar water to irritate my eyes.  I have been using the Absolution L’eau Soir et Matin a few days a week, since receiving it, to remove my makeup and cleanse at the end of a long day. This is meant to really soften your skin which I agree it does but the smell is very sharp and almost sickly. I believe that, this product is organic so if you are looking for an environmentally friendly cleanser, this is for you.

I have 3C/4C hair which requires a lot and I repeat a lot of detangling on a daily basis. The Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle was a little disappointing. Every morning I spritz my hair with a mixture of conditioner and water to detangle my curls before styling. I swapped my usual homemade detangler to this for a few days and my hair became extremely dry and flaky. The smell of the product is beautiful but for someone with curly hair I do not think this product was very effective and will be sticking to my usual detangler. 

Last but not least, Rituals Foaming Shower Gel. I am aware that £8.50 is a lot for a shower gel but this product gets a HUGE seal of approval. I have been using it as a shaving gel and the results are outstanding. The smell is earthy and fresh, perfect for using on your legs and underarms as a shaving gel. Since receiving this product at the end of January, I have purchased another bottle in the Cherry Blossom scent. Out of all the drugstore shaving gels I have tried this is by far the best, well it isn't a shaving gel but you guys know what I mean.

Also in last month's box, each person recieved a set of motivational postcards. I am yet to put them up as I am on the hunt for a corkboard to put above my desk but as soon as I find the perfect one these will be the first things to go up. 

The Final Verdict. Being a WOC, finding products which work for my skin tone can be very difficult. I like that with Birchbox you can fill out a beauty profile, so you receive products which they believe are suited to you. However, after receiving my first Birchbox last month, I decided to unsubscribe as I did not think the products they were offering were suited to me very well. I like that you can resubscribe at any time, so if I like what they are offering in further months, I can quickly resubscribe and order a box without a fuss.

If you like receiving samples and are trying to expand your collection, I would recommend subscribing to a beauty box. If you are thinking of subscribing to Birchbox, use my referral code: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/8d794 to receive 50 points (worth £5) to spend in the Birchbox e-shop. I would like to try the GlossyBox and CoHorted beauty boxes, if any of you have tried either of these please leave me a link to your review down below.

Products mention:
Birchbox #NoFilter Mirror – £4.00 | Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer – £18.50 | Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner – £12.00 | Rituals Foaming Shower Gel - £8.50 | Absolution L’eau Soir et Matin – £27.00| Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – £14.00

What was your favourite sample from last month’s Birchbox? 
Fran
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Monday, 1 February 2016

Buy. Try. Review. | Fleur's Lashes








'Your lashes are incredible, are they real?' - Up until recently I would have been able to say yes but since discovering false lashes my natural lash days are well and truly over.

Fleur, commonly known as FleurdeForce is a youtuber and beauty blogger, who last year released a line of false eyelashes with the well-known brand Eylure. Prior to the release of her range, I had no interest in lashes whatsoever but since the release of her range I had a change of mind and thought I would try out a simple pair to see what the hype was about.

The first lashes I tried were the Simply Fleur which retail at £5.95. These immediately stood out to me, as I loved the natural look. I think they are great for beginners or for those who find the whole lash application process a bit fiddly, they do not go all the way to the inner corner of the eye and are very light and comfortable to wear.  Unlike other lashes I have seen, these are not glued to the packet but on adhesive circles; meaning you can remove them from the packaging with ease, without bending or ruining them. If you are like me and you are not typically a lash kinda gal or if you would like an everyday pair of lashes, these are definitely worth a try!

I am yet to try the individual lashes in fleur’s range as they look like they require a lot of time and patience but if you would like to see a how to apply lashes post then do let me know and I can pencil it in for one of the upcoming weeks.

What are your thoughts on false lashes? Do you prefer individuals or stripes?

Fran
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