Monday, 29 May 2017

Nails Inc Unicorn Duo



How this Nails Inc launch slipped under my radar for so long I will not know.
With unicorns, mermaids and all things mythical being the top summer trend, Nail Inc were well and truly onto a winner when they launched this Unicorn duo a little while back.

I first saw these colours on a couple of girls I worked with at the department store. I stood there awe struck and went over to the Nail Inc counter and bought them straight away. The duo costs an amazing £15, which is such a bargain when you can usually expect to pay the same price for one gel polish from Nails Inc.

So here are some swatches of these beautiful polishes.

Dream Dust


The first polish is called 'Dream Dust' and it is a really fine glitter with a rose gold look. This is the sort of glitter that comes off easily which is a plus as I can't bare taking off glitter polish.
This is really long lasting and looks amazing on. In some lights it does have an iridescent purple/blue shimmer. It is perfect for summer.


Rainbow Wishes


Next is 'Rainbow Wishes' which is a pearlescent blue/ purple shimmer.
This again, looks amazing when it catches the light, and I think I will use this polish in a few nail art ideas I have coming up. This is the perfect Mermaid polish.


And the look of the polishes when paired together? I used 'Rainbow Wishes' on top of the glitter as it is slightly thinner consistency, and this was the finished result.



I think we can all agree that these are super dreamy?!

Friday, 26 May 2017

St Tropez Tanning Sheet Mask

If like me, you have been stuck in an office all week while the sun blazes outside in Britain, you may want to cheat a bit of summer glow, as we head into the bank holiday weekend. I thought it would be a great time to share my experience with the New St Tropez Tanning Sheet Masks.

This was a product that I saw advertised, and just knew I had to try straight away. I am someone who would not consider themselves a tan addict, and especially someone who doesn't use tan on their face, but something about the idea of using a sheet mask and tan really appealed to me.


I ordered them offline straight away, and got 2 packs because I wasn't sure if they would be tricky to master, so a back up pack was necessary. One pack retails at £15 and contains 2 masks. 
This is a little steep when you could use a regular tan on the face, however this mask is specially designed to hug each contour on the face and promises to give naturally bronzed and hydrated glowy skin.

Remove all makeup and cleanse your skin before applying the mask, and do not use an oil cleanser as the tan will not sink into the skin properly. Once you've opened the pack, unfold and peel back the plastic from the mask and line it up with your face.
It is a very big mask, so I would suggest working your way from the forehead down, and tucking any excess under the chin. It is infused with a tanning serum so it is quite slippery and hard to manouvere, but once it's on, it wont slip about.
It does say to smooth the mask as much as possible without creases, but with it being quite a large mask, it is nearly impossible too get a completely smooth finish.
The real knack of a even tan with this mask is rubbing in the serum afterwards, so I wouldn't worry too much about small creases.
Whilst on, I sat and relaxed as the pack recommends, however my only discomfort with the mask was that it overlapped my lip line slightly, and it was really quite uncomfortable and stingy! Try to avoid the lip area at all costs, it won't tan them but it doesn't feel or taste that great!
After a while, I was really quite nervous and started to wonder why this technique of tanning hadn't been done before. St Tropez are the first brand to try encorporate sheet masks with tanning, and with fair eyebrows, and a white blonde hairline, I had visions of an orange ring around the sides of my face, and began to panic a little.
The mask recommends 5 minutes for a light tan, through to 15 minutes for an intense bronze. As I was starting to worry, I went for a solid 10 minutes and peeled it off to check my hair was still blonde.
Thankfully, all was good, and I rubbed in the serum efficiently as suggested. Also make sure you do go into the hair line and around the ears, and also all around the neck, to avoid white bits and lines and do not forget wto wash your hands or they will get the full force of tan!
The tan takes 8 hours to develop like any other fake tan, so I would recommend doing it just before bed.

The result? A very natural looking tan that didn't stain my hair at all. My skin did feel really soft which is due to the infusion of hydrating hyaluronic acid in the mask. I also found it didn't have an orange tinge like some tan. Even as a very fair person, it gave me a caramel tan which is the colour I go when I see some sun anyway.

I will certainly be using these masks again, as after just 5 minutes, you are on your way to natural glowy skin!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Summer Fragrances

If you live in the UK, then you will be able to join me when rejoicing that our Summer finally looks like it is on it's way! The sunshine we have had the last few days, mixed with my holiday hen do to Marbella last week, has well and truly got me in the spirit of summer.

Something I have become particulalry obsessed with recently is fragrance, especially as the weather hots up. You don't want to smell like a sweaty mess, and I find warm skin brings out the best in a perfume so I have chosen my top 3 summer fragrances that I love to wear in this beautiful season.

I also posted my Marbs fragrance over on my instagram so go and see what that one was, and whilst you're there, check out my holiday snaps and give me a follow!

Neroli Portofino, Tom Ford, EDP 100ml £193.50


First up, is the beautiful Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford. Tom Ford fragrances are known for being quite heady and aromatic, however this portofino range is so fresh and floral. I absoutly love the smell of Neroli (which is Orange Blossom flower, not to be confused with orange), and would go as far to say it is my favourite ingredient for fragrance.
They say that smell can transport you back to any memory, and whilst I've never actually been to Portofino (It's on the bucket list), you really get the esscene of being in a glamourous Italian sea side town, sipping wine whilst looking over the sea.
Whilst the top notes are predominantly fresh and citrussy, with ingredients such as bergamot, lemon and lavender, this is a Tom Ford fragrance, so it was never going to be purely fresh.
The middle notes are African orange flower, jasmine, and of course the neroli. The base has a slightly musky undertone, but this is a beautiful fragrance for both men and women who aspire to be a chic Italian.
Ciao Bella!

 Aventus for Her, Creed, 75ml, £225


Next is the hugely anticipated Aventus for Her, which hit shelves this time last year. With Aventus being the most popular men's fragrance for Creed, they finally brought out the female counterpart which is equally amazing.
On first smell, the fragrance is quite sweet. With notes of apple, bergamot, pink pepper and violet, you'd be led to believe that this was going to be the total opposite of the original men's Aventus.
As citrussy ingredients tend to evaporate faster, very quickly you begin to get a sense of the depth in this fragrance, with sandalwood and styrax on the dry down, however more floral notes of rose also start to come through.
After a couple of hours or so, you are left with a fabulous, sophisticated smell on the skin, made up of peach, blackcurrant, ylang ylang and amber. It lasts on the skin all day and is a perfect day to night fragrance for someone who wants to make more of an impact with their fragrance.

 Fico di Amalfi, Aqua Di Parma, 150ml, £93


Finally, we are heading back over to Italy for the Aqua di Parma, Fico di Amalfi.
Simiarly to Tom Ford, the 'Blu Mediterraneo' range breaks the mold from the typical yellow boxes of the recognisable brand. Each fragrance could transport you all along the coasts of Italy, with these beautiful bursts of Summer.
Described as being "the Italian breeze from the Mediterranean" Fico di Amalfi contains orange, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin, which make for a very fruity initial scent. The middle notes give the fragrance more depth with pink pepper, jasmine, and of course, the fig.
Fig, again, is one of those ingredients that I absoluelty love. However, I find fig can either be really green smelling, or really fresh. I prefer the latter!
Thankfully, this fig is beautiful, and my favourite fig frangrance of all time. It almost has a coconutty esscense to it, which makes it even more summery.
What gives it that creamy smell, is the fig milk in the base notes, mixed with musk and ceder to give it the perfect edge and sophistication.

So there you have my favourite Summer fragrances!

Now I'm off to go and look at trips to Italy...

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Caudalie New Vine [Activ] Range

I think it is safe to say that Caudalie is one of, if not my very favourite brands of skincare. I think there is nothing else like it out there on the market, and the simplicity and freshness of the brand makes it such a pleasure to use. 

The newest addition to the brand is their new and improved anti ageing range. The Vine [Activ] range has been repackaged and improved, as well as the actual products having a bit of an update too. The range contains vitamin C, to help add radiance and brightness to the skin. A lot of people don't know when to start using anti ageing products, and to be honest, there is no specific age. Someone once told me that when it starts to become a concern for you, that is when you should start using them. I am now 26 and would say it is starting to play on my mind, so I may start to look at more anti ageing products. Starting early won't do any damage!





I managed to get a little sample box of the new stuff to show you!

To start the routine I use this energizing and smoothing eye cream £27.50.The consistency of this cream is light so it doesn't block the pores around the eye as it is very delicate skin. This cream can also go around the lip area (not the actual lips) to help firm around the mouth. As the name suggests, it really cools the eye area, eliminating dark circles and hydrating skin to banish fine lines



 Next is the glow activating anti-wrinkle defense serum, £36 which has that beautiful fresh smell that I love so much from Caudalie. It sinks into the skin really well and hydrates and prepares the deeper layers of skin for when they are ready to surface. 



Next is the 3 in 1 moisturiser £32 which is anti-pollution, anti wrinkle, and glow activating which is achieved by the vitamin C in to brighten your complexion. It also has a slight smell or oranges which is really fresh. Again, it absorbs into the skin really quickly, and my skin feels instantly hydrated and fresh as soon as it is on.



 Finally the over night detox oil £30. My only complaint with this little size was that it was hard to get out and there wasn't enough! I really wanted to gorge on the stuff! The real product will obviously have enough in it though, but this overnight oil is a dry oil meaning it won't leave your face greasy or shiny. It absorbs into the skin really well and leaves your skin really smooth and soft. It repairs your skin from the pollution, stress and UV rays you are exposed to in the day and it detoxifies your skin ready for the next day. Infused with anti-oxidant grape-seed, regenerating rose hip, purifying neroli, soothing lavender and detoxifying carrot oils, this 100% plant-based formula promotes cellular renewal & toxin elimination.


I really love this range and think I think it is a great option for starting an anti ageing journey, as Caudalie products are really gentle, and the fact they also hydrate and add radiance is a bonus. One thing I really love about it are the words used to describe the products. Glow activation, energizing, smoothing and detoxifying all sound like such strong and protective words. It maybe a mental thing, but those words make me feel a lot more confident about the products I am using.

My skin is always the absolute best it can be when I use Caudalie products, and it is a brand I always come back too. Caudalie is a natural brand that contains no parabens or mineral oils, so overall, this range really ticks all the boxes for me!

The best part? Caudalie are offering 20% off this bank holiday weekend, so get online now and stock up!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Escentric Molecule 04



Launching on the 25th April 2017 is the fourth addition to the Escentric Molecule range.
If you have read 'What I got For my Birthday 2017', you will see I got the Molecule 01 which I absoluetly love.

To explain a little more about the brand, Escentric Molecules was created by German born Geza Schoe.
Each range is made up of two parts:
The Escentric and the Molecule.

The Molecule fragrance is very unusual, it is essentially one large molecule of fragrance, which is absorbed by each wearer, and smells differently on every person, marrying their natural scent to the fragrance. Because it blends with your natural scent, it means you can't smell it a lot of the time.
But "why would you buy a fragrance you can't smell though?" I hear you cry?

Well in all honestly, when you put it like that it does sounds pretty stupid, however I absolutely love my Molecule 01, which is a molecule called Iso E Super, and I find I get little burts of the scent when I wear it, making it that much more special.

If you are still not sold, then the Escentric counterpart is probably the fragrance for you. This is an oil based fragrance which has the same ingredient in as the molecule, just with more ingredients to layer it, so you can wear it on top of the molecule to intensify, or on it's own.

So now you know the science behind the brand, we can talk about the new and exciting 04.

 

Firstly, the packaging.
For me, the orange colour suits the fragrance however the 02 Escentric Molecule range is very a similar orange so I think it will be a little confusing.
I think a bright pink would have worked perfectly for this fragrance, once you see the sorts of ingredients there are involved.

 As I work on a fragrance department, I have been able to find out a lot about this fragrance before its launch, as well as being able to wear it. These fragrances are perfect for summer due to some of the ingredients, however they are not the sort of things you'd expect to see on a fragrance label.


Firstly, the one Molecule that makes up the said fragrance is Javanol, which is a labatory made sandalwood fragrance.
Whereas the 01 Molecule is a woody floral musk, this is a much lighter sandelwood molecule, which almost has a metallicy smell to it.
 Geza Schoen, the creator of Escentric Molecules himself says Javenol

smells as if liquid metallic grapefruit peel were poured over a bed of velvety cream-coloured roses.

Whilst that sounds delightful, for me, it was so light I really struggled to smell it. Apparently it is meant to be very similar to the Molecule 01 which comes and goes throughout the day, so it may be a case of being patient with it.

 

This is when the Escentric comes in, as this is a much more concentrated fragrance in a more traditional, oil based formula which makes the Javanol more complex.


You can see from the colour that this has more to it, as it is concerntrated with lovely oils that give the strong aroma.

The top notes which fade away after a little while, are made up of Pink Grapefruit peel which is very strong, pink pepper, lime juice, juniper and, wait for it... Marijuana! Thats right, this fragrance has Pot, Weed, Grass, 420, Ganga, Dope, Herb or whatever you want to call it, as one of the top notes.

I was worried that it might have that "walk through the park on a summers day and smell it everywhere" vibe, but it actually works really well with strong citrus and peppery scents, and that is coming from someone who absoluetly hates the smell of weed.

This strong scent doesn't last long, as citrus scents in particular evaporate very quickly, however the grapefruit does seem to linger which may be because the extract of grapefruit is from the peel.
The middle notes which are Rose and Orris, make the fragrance much more comfortable to wear after the initial punch.

The long lasting base notes are the Javanol and Polysantol which is another type of Sandalwood which makes this fragrance really aromatic and sexy as well as being fruity.

So my verdict?
I love this fragrance! I will certainly be wearing it over the next few months as I think it embodies the smell of summer and is really wearable for day and night.
My sister who is not a fragrance-y person at all always comments when I have this on, and I think it is another genius addition to the Escentric Molecules range.

Both the Escentric and Molecule fragrances are
£75 for 100ml
£47 for 30ml travel cased

For more info go to
www.escentric.com

Monday, 24 April 2017

Coachella Nails


Yesterday marked the official end of Coachella 2017, and I am not going to lie, I am so glad it is finished!
Scrolling through instagram and seeing beautiful people have the most amazing time at one of arguably one of the trendiest festivals, is sure to make me just a little bit jealous.

Although I have never been, it is on my bucket list of festivals to go to, so until then I can dream... and paint my nails.

I've seen so many Coachella inspired nails, and whilst I have done some pretty crazy tie dye Glastonbury inspired nails (a festival I have actually attended) I took inspiration from @dreamynaildesigns instagram for this cooler more relaxed design. 

As it is the end of Coachella, I chose more pastel colours, to represent the sun setting on the festival for another year.
I started with a pale pink base my Models Own which is the strawberry scented polish, and then ombred on a pale blue by Nails Inc.


If anyone knows me, then they'll know messing up any nail art drives me crazy, so I was pretty nervous about adding the thick black text over my cute pastel ombre.

All I had to do was spell it right, and did I? NOPE. I'll add a little picture at the end of the typo which meant I had to take off one nail and start again... not happy.

When I DID eventually spell it right, I added text and encorporated the signature ferris wheels, and a couple of palm trees (which my sister says looks like Ts... Coachetta lol)



On my other hand I did some palm trees which I think look pretty cute!


Here is to another sundown on Coachella, and hopes that one day we can all be that cool hippy chick throwing up peace signs in front of the wheel.

absolute mare


Friday, 21 April 2017

Body Shop Buys

Hi all, just a little post today.


I have recently noticed that The Body Shop is become increasingly popular amongst skin care bloggers, and especially when I did the 'Skincare challenge' in January, I saw so many Body Shop items pop up. I went and purchased some of the items I saw the other day, and with a 3 for 2 offer being on, I managed to get a nice little trio of products.

Firstly I will start with the free item I got as it isn't massively exciting to talk about, but I have wanted a fan brush like this for ages as they are perfect for gliding on highlighter without being to heavy handed. This one is really gentle, and it is something I probably wouldn't usually pick up to buy, but as it was part of a deal, I thought why not!?


Next is the Chamomile cleanser which I have seen being talked about everywhere and I can understand why. This cleansing balm is so gentle and fantastic at removing makeup. It has become a bit of a cult product and for £10 it really is a great cleanser for all skin types. It melts on the skin and is really hydrating. As Chamomile is a calming ingredient, it is great for sensitive skins.


Lastly, I picked up this self warming Mineral and Ginger face mask. The only problem I have with this mask is that it is so hard to squeeze out of the tube as it is clay, but once it is one, I love the comforting way it warms up your skin, allowing your pores to open and have any dirt drawn out. This only needs to be on for 5 mins and it works absolute wonders!

 

I hope to use some more Body Shop skincare soon, and now I have a loyalty card with them, you can expect to see a lot more!