Thursday, 5 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Apologies again for the lighting in this photo. I run out of natural light a lot these days! :(
I don't know what it is about perfumes recently but every time I spray a new one it reminds me of something or someone in my life. The first time I tested this one, it took me a good 5 minutes to put my finger on what that recognition was. I had both my parents smelling the scent to try and see if they recognised it from somewhere, and then it came to me!
The moment that started my perfume obsession was on a school trip to a museum somewhere. In the gift shop I actually discovered my first rollerball perfume. I picked up a honeysuckle one which I thought smelt heavenly and so the journey began. As soon as I smelt this perfume it took me back to that moment where I was standing in the shop, looking out of the window onto the courtyard and the sunshine and breathing in a heavy honeysuckle fragrance.
I figured I would go and check the notes online to see whether it had honeysuckle in it before I praised myself further for figuring out it's familiarity, not thinking I would be right as I'm terrible at picking out scents. But I was! A strong middle note of honeysuckle is what I first notice about this fragrance and it's really pleasent. It definitely reminds me of school days, even though I'm sure this fragrance is actually aimed at the more sophisticated, mature lady.
It's funny how scents stick with you and can remind you of a certain time or place. Unfortunately for me that means that this perfume doesn't appeal to me so much anymore. I just think '10-year-old' when I smell it which is why I wouldn't gravitate towards it now. Having said that, I'm absolutely positive that it wouldn't create the same reaction with anyone else, as the scent to an outsider with no recognition of honeysuckle would just class this perfume as very floral and grown up.
To make this review more helpful and put a stop to the life story, I figured I would give a breakdown of the notes so you can get an idea of the fragrance yourself.
Top Notes - Mandarin Orange
Middle Notes - Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lily, Tuberose, Floral Notes
Base Notes - Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Patchouli, Woodsy Notes
I reckon that this would make a lovely present for a mum this Christmas, or a girl who really likes her potent floral perfumes. It's got a really pretty bottle and overall looks very classy so I would definitely recommend it if you're struggling for gift ideas. It wears really well throughout the day, mellowing to let the vanilla fragrance come through which definitely gives it a softer touch that I feel many people will enjoy.
Estèe Lauder Modern Muse Eau De Parfum - £44 for 30ml from Selfridges
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
I have been really slacking on the painting-my-nails front over the last few months. But with a bunch of magazines giving away free nail polish last month, I thought it rude not to get back into the spirit and test them out. This gold foil shade with a silver undertone is perfect for the Christmas season so I was really excited to give it a go. But honestly, I just wanted to know how it matched up to my go-to gold nail polish - Gold Coin by Revlon.
I'm generally not a massive fan of Nails Inc. I never really gravitate to their polishes because I never really thought they were anything special. For me, there are so many good high street brands that do nail polish, I never really see the point in forking out if I don't have to. However this polish has changed my opinion on Nails Inc completely. I clearly need to give them a new trial as this polish is not only a stunning colour, but the formulation is one of the best I know!
Uptown Glamour is a limited edition shade by Kate Spade for Glamour Magazine in the UK. It's a gorgeous metallic gold shade that as a foil-cream finish. It looks so smooth and clean on the nails - a manicure that can make anyones nails look flawless.
But what's really got to me is how fast this baby dries. With no word of a lie or any exaggeration, I can paint two coats of this polish within 5 minutes and a couple of minutes later I can go about my business and the polish won't budge. It's completely dry and looks absolutely fabulous! What is this polish magic I see before my eyes!? Seriously!? I didn't know polish could dry that quickly. Where has this bottle been all my life?!
I just love it. I really love it. Look how pretty it is!
When I wore it the first time, it chipped after about 3 days, but I am doing a lot of work with my hands at the moment so that is probably why. A sign of me loving a polish is when I take it off and repaint it almost immediately and I did with this one. Why wouldn't I? It looks beautiful, is very festive and takes 2 seconds to dry before bedtime! Winner.
I know that this came with last month's Glamour so it might be a little tricky to get your hands on now. But if you hurry, you might be able to grab a copy of December's Glamour before it's removed from the shelf and replaced with January's Issue. I would definitely recommend keeping your eyes peeled if you haven't got it already. It really is the best polish I've discovered recently.
Oh and how does it compare to Revlon's Gold Coin? Don't ask me that question. It's too hard!
Gold Coin has more of a glittery foil finish so I'm just going to say that they are two different beasts and I can't choose between the two :P
What's your favourite polish at the moment? Let me know in the comments below :)
Monday, 2 December 2013
This product has been on my shopping list for a rather long while now. My Seche Vite has been looking a bit gloppy and sorry for itself for a while now, so I thought I would treat myself to a glossy new top coat. I've heard great things about Sally Hansen's Mega Shine in the beauty community so I figured I would go ahead and see what all the fuss is about!
It was between Sally's Fast Dry Top Coat and her Mega Shine Top Coat but I ended up with this one as I hoped it would give me the glossy finish a love and still not take too long to dry. My hopes were definitely answered as this product dries very quickly - much quicker than I expected - and gives a good shine too.
But honestly, I was a little underwhelmed by the amount of shine given. Seche Vite gives a thick, gel-like look whereas Sally's Mega Shine was incredibly thin I thought. It was still shiny but there wasn't that overload of gloss which was what I was looking for.
I am generally quite hard on my hands at the moment which is probably why this top coat only made my manicure last 3 days before chipping. That's an ok amount of time but I would have hoped for more considering it advertises a 10 day chip-free mani. Then again, I've been carrying heavy boxes recently and the advertising probably didn't take that kind of work into consideration. Having said that I would hope that you don't have to sit down for 10 days and do nothing to keep your manicure pristine.
If I had to pick again, I'd probably head back to Seche Vite. I know that it makes my polish chip less, dries quickly and gives me the results I want. I know it's not the best for your nails but I'm not a nail polish addict who paints them multiple times a week, so I'm sure they will cope.
Have you tried any of Sally's top coats? Let me know how you got on a which one is your favourite in the comments below :)
Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat - £6.39 from Boots