Thursday, 24 April 2014

VERA WANG PRINCESS NIGHT REVIEW




Vera Wang Princess Night available on AllBeauty

Hey beauts! Guess who bought another perfume? Recently, when looking at my perfume collection, I realised I didn't really have a night time scent. So I went on a mission to find the perfect night time scent. As I already had the original Vera Wang Princess and Pink Princess, it seemed to make sense to get Princess Night, as I love those two scents. (I also picked up Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy as I loved the original so much, so let me know if you'd like a review of that!).

As with many perfumes, the bottle design helped my decision to buy this. The bottle is the usual 'Princess' heart shape, but this time covered completely in a very dark, almost black, purple glitter. Just like I said in my Pink Princess review, I have seen some people call this bottle tacky and while I understand why people have said that, I totally disagree! I think it's absolutely gorgeous and would look fab on anyone's perfume shelf! The little crown cap is just adorable, this time in silver with dark purple gems, which fits perfectly with the 'night' theme.

The scent itself is just my style, a sweet, fruity scent, but deeper and sexier and generally more night time appropriate. The notes in this perfume include wild berries, watermelon, raspberry, jasmine petals, spiced orange blossom, rose, crushed sugar, vanilla and musk. These notes make this a very deep and complex scent, which is perfect for nights out and dates. On first spray, I get an initial blast of sweet, fruity berries and a lot of the raspberry, which quickly dies down to a deeper fruity scent, with a lot of berries and the floral notes starting to come through. I don't really get much of the watermelon, but that could just be my skin! After an hour or so, the fruity floral seems to die down to a creamy, sweet vanilla musk, which lasts for a really long time, particularly when used with the matching body lotion (yes, I got the body lotion too, I may have a perfume problem).

So, if you're looking for a sweet, sexy night time scent, particularly if you enjoy fruity notes and a vanilla drydown. Also if you fancy a gorgeous glittery bottle on your perfume shelf!

Princess Night was actually a limited edition in 2012, but is still available in some places on online!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

I HEART PERFUME TAG


Hiya Beauts! I recently re-discovered the I Heart Perfume Tag on youtube, originally created by 'Eleventhgorgeous' and decided to bring it to the bloggy world. (That is if no one's already done this as a blog post, which I'm sure someone has!!) But anyway, being absolutely perfume crazy it seemed like this tag was meant for me, so naturally I just had to do this post! If you love perfumes half as much as I do, I'd love to see you do this post, so if you do, leave me a comment on this post letting me know.

So, onto the questions!

1. What was the first perfume you ever purchased?
Body sprays and Claire's Accessories bubblegum perfume aside, the first 'Grown Up' perfume I ever bought with my own money and not received as a gift was 'Abercrombie 8' from Abercrombie & Fitch when I was in New York. I absolutely loved it at the time, which was a bit weird as I was about 16 years old and was used to Hollister Body Sprays and while 8 is slighty sweet with vanilla and citrus, it's also very musky and slightly heavy. It basically smells like an Abercrombie store. I don't have any of this left now obviously, but I adored it at the time and it made me feel super sophisticated wearing 'proper' perfume.

2. What's your signature perfume?
This is a toughie, as up until recently I'd have very quickly answered 'Victoria's Secret Bombshell', as it's probably my most worn and well loved perfume and have and people say the scent reminds them of me. However, I'd say despite only having had it for around a month, 'Vera Wang Princess' (full review) has quickly become my 'new' signature as I wear it most days and receive so many compliments on it. It works really well with my body chemistry and is my go to for every day now. So, if I'm allowed a 'new' signature scent, it's definitely Princess!

3. What's your most recent perfume purchase?
I most recently bought 'Vera Wang Princess Night', as I had Princess and Pink Princess (full review) already and wanted to give the night one a go. It's a limited edition from a year or two ago, so it's only available online and in a few shops here and there, so I managed to get it super discounted. I won't say too much as I do plan on a full review very soon.

4. What perfume would you wear at night time/date night?
I have two favourite night time scents, these being the one I just mentioned 'Princess Night' and Britney Spears 'Midnight Fantasy', the clue is in the name with these scents, as they're both created for night time. I wear these on nights out as they're slightly deeper and heavier than a lot of my other fragrances and both suited to night time. Although, for an actual date, i.e. if I was going out with Darren in the evening and wanted to wear something he loves, I'd probably go for something sweet like Katy Perry 'Meow', Nicki Minaj 'Pink Friday' or Britney Spears 'Fantasy', as he likes sweet scents, as I know a lot of guys generally do.

5. What's your favorite spring/summer perfume?
My favourite Spring/ Summer perfume of the moment is Katy Perry's 'Killer Queen Oh So Sheer' (full review), it's the sweeter, lighter, freshier, fruitier version of the original and I love it a lot. One of my all time faves though, was Marc Jacobs 'Daisy Oh So Fresh Sunshine' (full review), which sadly was limited edition and is very hard to find. It's just the prettiest fruity floral scent of all time and I absolutely wore it to death last summer. 

6. What's your favorite fall/winter perfume?
One scent that I particularly love in the fall/ winter time is Britney Spears Fantasy. I adore this perfume year round, but the yummy, super sweet, sugary cupcake scent just works so well in the winter for me. I think it works slightly better when the weather's cooler as it's not a particularly fresh fragrance, despite being sweet and fruity, but the sweet, candy like scent is just gorgeous and very appropriate for Winter and Christmas time.

7. What's your favorite scent category? (fruity, floral, fresh, oriental, woody)
I'd say my favourite types of scents are fruity/ sweet scents. I like a bit of floral, but I don't like it to be the main focus of the scent. I like a vanilla, caramel, chocolate dry down, you get the idea! However, I don't like anything too heavy sweet or cloying like Pink Sugar. I like sweet, but fruity and fresh at the same time. 

8. What perfume are you currently lusting after?
I'm not actually sure, as to be honest I've bought a few too many perfumes recently! One I do really want to try though is Juicy Couture's 'Viva La Juicy Noir', as I don't have too many night time scents in my collection and this is one that I think sounds absolutely perfect for me. The gorgeous bottle definitely helps too! If you have any perfume recommendations definitely leave them in the comments, I'd love to hear them!

9. What fragrance/cologne do you like on your significant other?
My favourite scent of all time on Darren is Paco Rabanne 'One Million', I was sent a huge bottle of it by Fragrance Direct last year and he absolutely loves it and so do I! To me, it's ultimate sexy man scent, spicy, citrusy and leathery. Very manly, and very sexy!

I'd love for you all to do this tag, as I love reading them, so feel free to do it and definitely let me know if you do!

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Friday, 18 April 2014

THE PERFECT PINK LIP: ILLAMASQUA INDECENT AND MAC CANDY YUM YUM










Hi lovelies! Following my post from last month 'My Perfect Red Lip', I thought I'd do another post, my perfect pink lip! I've mentioned several times that I'm not very brave with lip colours, it's nude or bright red usually and that's about it, however, on a shopping trip a few weeks ago, I bought Barry M's Shocking Pink on a total impulse and it started something. A brand new love for Barbie Pink lips. After testing the water with a cheap (but still fab!) lippie first, I decided to dip my toe into high end pinks!

So, with this in mind, I decided to head straight to Debenhams website to pick up the first lip colour I thought of when I thought of Barbie Pink and that was of course, Candy Yum Yum. Then, as I wanted a pink lip duo, I went on the hunt for what seemed to be a similar liner to go with it. After browsing through endless liners, I came across Illamasqua 'Indecent', which looked to be a perfect match. How right was I?! Indecent is identical to Candy Yum Yum swatched and on the lips. Both of these are bright, blue toned almost neon pink shades and absolutely not for the faint hearted.

When I wear a bright lip, I think a liner makes all the difference as it amplifies the colour and makes the lippie last much longer. 'Indecent' goes on really smoothly and could definitely be worn alone if you want a less vibrant colour, but still want the lasting power. However, with 'Candy Yum Yum' applied over the top the colours paired together really come alive. These two together create a true, bright, barbie pink. A fab alternative to my usual bright red on a night out. As the lip liner creates a matte effect and the lipstick itself is matte too, it's definitely a good idea to make sure your lips are moisturised and not at all flaky or dry when you wear these as they will cling like a b*tch. However it's nothing a bit of lip balm can't fix and the matte effect does make it super long lasting. If you're not one for matte lips, then you could always throw a gloss over the top anyway.

I've worn these together on a night out and they literally lasted the whole night and (as do most bright colours) left a stain on my lips even after removal! If you love a bold lip and fancy a long lasting, show stopping combo, I'd thoroughly recommend these two beauts!

Let me know what you think. Do you like bold lips for a night out, or do you prefer to keep things subtle?

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

KATY PERRY KILLER QUEEN OH SO SHEER REVIEW


Killer Queen Oh So Sheer - Only £20 for 100ml at Superdrug!

Hi lovelies! Today, I have yet another perfume review for you all! We've all gathered by now that I love perfumes, so this probably won't come as a surprise to the more regular readers of my blog. Today, I wanted to review one of the most recent additions to my collection, 'Katy Perry Killer Queen Oh So Sheer', which is the limited edition Spring/ Summer version of her Original 'Killer Queen' scent for 2014.

I've found Katy Perry perfumes a bit hit and miss so far, oddly enough her first fragrance 'Purr', was a bit 'meh', for me, but then the sweeter adaptation 'Meow' is one of my absolute favourites! Then when I tried the original Killer Queen, I liked it, but not quite enough to buy it, but then when I tried Oh So Sheer, it was literally love at first spray! The  notes of this scent are mulberry, elderberry, black current, plum, jasmine, freesia, red velvet flower, plumeria, kashmir wood, praline, caramel and patchouli.

Like the original Killer Queen, Oh So Sheer is a fruity, sweet, woody caramel scent, but fresher and less spicy than the original. So, if you tried that one but found it a bit too spicy for your taste, I'd definitely recommend trying this one instead. On the first spray, this scent is very strong and slightly sharp as you get a lot of the fruits, however this quickly calms down to a pretty fruity floral scent, with hints of the caramel beginning to come through right away. The fruity floral sticks around for a short while, perhaps an hour or so before settling down to a fruity, woody, caramel scent. It's a sweet drydown, but in no way sickly or overpowering. It's sweet and definitely a gourmand scent, but soft and pretty, hence 'sheer' I suppose!

The lasting power of this isn't best, but it certainly isn't the worst. I get a few hours out of this before it becomes undetectable to my nose, but still slightly noticeable to others. This is the kind of scent that sits close to your skin, so people will only smell it if they're fairly close to you. This makes it a great every day scent, particularly if you're at work, school or college and don't want to choke everyone in the room with your perfume! That said though, I have received a lot of compliments when wearing this, particularly if I've been in a car with someone or up close to them. It's soft and pretty and absolutely perfect for this time of year. If you've smelled 'Pink Friday' by Nicki Minaj, I would actually say it's fairy similar to that, but longer lasting and slightly more sophisticated. To be honest, if I'd tried this first, I probably wouldn't have bothered with Pink Friday.

I actually really like the bottle, the bottle itself is clear glass, with a light purple liquid, which looks really pretty placed next to my bottle of Vera Wang Princess on my shelf, silly I know!! I'm not exactly sure what the bottle is supposed to be, if it's actually supposed to be shaped like something, so if you do know, tell me in the comments as I have no idea! It is pretty though and it's very different from everything else I own as it's resting on its side rather than straight up, which I actually quite like. Being a bigger size, this really isn't very travel friendly, but that doesn't bother me as I tend to use my Travalo for that anyway!

So overall, if you like sweet, fruity, caramel scents and want one that's not too heavy for spring/ summer time then this will be absolutely perfect for you!

What's your go to summer scent? I'd love to know! Comment below and let me know!

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Monday, 14 April 2014

YVES ROCHER SEXY PULP MASCARA REVIEW*





Sexy Pulp Mascara in Black available on YvesRocher.co.uk

Hi lovelies! Being someone who is very fickle, but very fussy with mascaras, I am constantly on the hunt for 'the one'. I can honestly say I've only ever purchased about 3 mascaras more than once as I try new ones all the time and very rarely stick to one for very long. Recently, I was asked if I'd like to try the 'Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara', which apparently was raved about by Youtube sensation 'Zoella' and as I was beginning to run low on my current mascara, I decided now was as good a time as any to give a new one a go!

Yves Rocher is not a brand I'd had any experience with before and honestly, I hadn't heard a lot about their products at all. As first impressions go though, this definitely raised my expectations for other products from the brand! There are three main things I want from a mascara, length, volume and super black lashes. This mascara gave me all three! As you can see from the photo, the brush is kind of curvy, which, from trying similar shaped mascara brushes recently, has become my favourite kind of brush as it not only gives length and volume, it also adds a slight curl to the lashes without having to faff around with eyelash curlers (no fun at 6am), as it curves to fit the natural shape of the lashes.

In just one coat, this mascara separates, lengthens, adds volume and makes my lashes really black. This one isn't waterproof, but it doesn't move all day. It won't smudge under your eyes or flake off as some mascaras do. I won't bang on too much as I honestly think the picture speaks for itself. If you want a simple, no fuss all in one mascara that gives a false lash effect with just one or two coats this is definitely for you!

Let me know what you think. Have you tried Yves Rocher products before? Let me know if you have any recommendations!

*Mascara was sent to me for reviewing purposes, however this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

WISHLIST - GEORGE AT ASDA


Hey Beauts! I wanted to do a quick wishlist post for you all today, as the weather has been beautiful here today and whenever we have lovely summer like weather, I find myself outfit planning! Somewhere that's surprisingly impressive with it's spring/ summer picks lately is George at ASDA. Whenever I go into Asda, I actually find myself browsing around the clothing section lately. People can be a bit funny about supermarket clothes, but they've seriously upped their game, so don't knock it!

This particular outfit I've put together is a bit different for me, as I don't usually go for Midi-Skirts, but this one really caught my eye. Perhaps it's because I'm an Essex girl I'm getting drawn to Leopard print!! I want to be a bit braver with fashion too, so maybe I'll give one a go.. let me know your thoughts! This skirt is only £10, which is incredible for such a gorgeous statement piece. I've put the skirt with neutral colours so that the main focus is on the skirt alone. The simple black cami is just £6 and would be great with this outfit and many others too, you really can never have too much black in your wardrobe in my opinion!

As for accessories, I chose a gorgeous gold statement necklace, which is a mere £6, some classy nude heels, only £16 and this stunning nude and black leather look bag. I think the bag may be my favourite part, it's so sophisticated and looks much more expensive than it's £14 (yes, you read that right!!) price tag.

So, George at Asda, I am well and truly impressed. Anyone fancy a trip to the Supermarket?

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

DRINKING IN VS DRINKING OUT


Hi lovelies! If you know me at all, you'll know I love a night out, getting dressed up, high heels and lipstick etc, etc. And of course, on those occasions, I like to have a drink, or a few drinks, as I'm sure many of us do. Of course, we're all aware of the dangers of excessive alcohol, it's fair to say the odd night out once a week or so isn't going to do much harm. However, what about the alcohol we intake at home?

In all honesty, as much as I love a few cocktails on a night out, I'm not actually generally one for drinking at home. Whether it's a friends house, family members house or my own, unless it's a very special occasion, I rarely drink unless I'm actually out. However apparently, in a recent survey by ECigaretteDirect.co.uk they found that 6:52pm was the average time that Brits open a bottle of wine of an evening. The study also found that on average, people drink 2.7 glasses of wine per night, with an average of just two 'alcohol free' nights a week.

This information to me seems absolutely mad, possibly because I'm not a wine drinker, but the idea of drinking alcohol every night of the week seems crazy to me! Though saying that, I do know people who do it and I'm well aware that a glass of wine is how a lot of people like to end their day. One woman in the study actually said "There is something very special about the first glass of wine of the night. I only ever have one and a half glasses if I’m drinking in the week, but that is just enough for me.”And another said, “The first glass of wine signals the point when your day is officially over and you can enjoy your evening. For me it is usually around 7:15pm. By that time the children are in bed, the kitchen has been cleared after dinner, and my work phone is officially switched off, in fact there are some days when the weather is brilliant where all I can think about after 4pm is heading home and enjoying a chilled Chablis in the garden.”

I guess I just wanted to get a few opinions on this, because to me, this seems excessive, but I know to others it's the norm. So, let me know your thoughts, do you drink at home, or do you save the alcohol for a night out or special occasion? 

Let's get a discussion going in the comments!

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