Friday, 22 January 2016

Why I love Chanel No5

An absolute massive favourite perfume of mine is Chanel No 5.   It always reminds me of my mum because she has worn it since I was little.

I don't use it as an everyday perfume, generally for special occasions, the fragrance is quite strong and lasts a long time so it's important not to slather it on, it has a tendency to get stuck in your throat if you use too much.

For me, Chanel equals glamour, remember the lovely Marilyn Monroe apparently only wore it to bed (?) and while every day isn't a always a glamour day I think I will always have some on my dressing table.  Even the bottle is elegant.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Why I love Hugo Boss Deep Red

I'll be honest, this isn't usually my kind of perfume as it's quite musky and I prefer softer, flowery smells but I adore this.  It was a present from my husband ages ago (he bought me a big bottle then another smaller bottle - pictured).  As it's a bit heavier I prefer to wear it in the evening, you don't need to use very much as I think it could be quite overpowering but the scent lasts for ages.   It's got base notes of Vanilla, Musk and Sandalwood in it, I've mentioned before that I'm a bit Vanilla mad so that probably explains why I like this so much.   

The best price for this at the moment is where you can get a 90ml bottle for £29.99 which is a total bargain, there are also a couple of nice gift sets as well, one with a body lotion which I think I've tried, I'm sure it was lovely as well.

Hugo Boss at John Lewis

Hugo Boss Deep Red

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Fragrance Favourite - Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever

This is my most recently purchased perfume, bought for me by my husband when we were out one day and I happened to say I liked the fragrance.  Truth is, I was drawn to the bottle before I was drawn to the smell, that's the power of packaging.  I just think it's such a pretty bottle and can be displayed so beautifully on a dressing table.  The blue colour is also my favourite shade of blue, you can see where I'm going here!  Word of warning though, the bottle is quite heavy, don't pick it up by the top because the top comes off and the bottle goes hurtling toward the floor (and your toes), I've done this several times and it's only because it landed on carpet that I didn't lose the entire bottle.

The scent is floral, sharper than Poeme, and fresher and it is also very light, it's a summery smell though I've been wearing it since the Autumn.  I've just realised I've actually used up quite a lot, I must really slather it on, still perfume is made to be worn and enjoyed I guess. 

Pricewise this one is similar to Poeme, about £59.00 for 50ml.  I'm very keen to try the other Marc Jacobs fragrances, if anyone has tried them and can recommend I'd love to know what you think.

Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs

Monday, 18 January 2016

Fragrance Favourite - Poeme by Lancome

I first started wearing this in 1998, originally my sister wore it and I loved it so much that she got me some for Christmas and I've been hooked ever since.  

The scent is flowery but subtle, it doesn't get up your nose or stick in your throat, it's sort of a warm smell.  It's also beautifully long lasting.  I had a gift set once which alongside the perfume had a travel body cream and a shower gel and it was gorgeous, I didn't want to use it up.  It's a great one to layer, shower gel, cream and then perfume, the scent lasts all day.  The gift set is always on my birthday and Christmas lists!

It comes in two sizes 30ml and 50ml.  The larger bottle is around £59.00 from stores such as House of Fraser and John Lewis, however I am sure I have purchased it at a much reduced price from perfume or cosmetic websites.  

Poeme at John Lewis

Poeme by Lancome

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover

I am so impressed with this eye make up remover.  Originally I bought it because I started wearing a waterproof eyeliner that did not come off with any of my usual nightly skincare products and it was starting to be a bit of a pain.  Then I spied this while out shopping and I thought I would try it because it is supposed to be for waterproof mascara.

I've had a variety of Nivea products over the years and I've always been happy with them.  One thing I like about Nivea is that despite having fairly dry skin I am able to use their products that say they are "for all skin types" because they seem to be very gentle.  Nivea do have a range for dry and sensitive skin which is also very good (it's completely fragrance free).

How to use

This make up remover is hypoallergenic and has been tested by the eye doctors, thus is fine for people who wear contact lenses or who have sensitive eyes.  As you can see from the photo, it is oil based so you need to give the bottle a good shake before you use it to mix up the liquid.  Then, just get one of those little make up remover pads, pour a little bit on there (a little bit goes a long way) and gently wipe over the eye lid and round the eye.  I am always amazed at how much make up comes off with one of these, even when I've cleansed already, this really does get rid of whatever's left.  It's really nice to go to bed knowing that my eyes are clean and all the mascara and eye make up is gone.  My eyes are quite sensitive these days so I have to be careful to get every last bit off.

I use this product every day, it's about £3.50 from Boots or Superdrug, or actually I've seen it in the supermarket as well.  It's super value too, as it lasts for ages.


Friday, 8 January 2016

The Best of the Rest of the Amazing No7 Calendar

Happy New Year Everybody!  This post is a "best of the rest", basically following on from the posts I was writing before Christmas about my No7 advent calendar.  I'd intended to do a post every three days but as I predicted there was just too much going on so blogging had to take a back seat.  However, I'm back now and thought I'd start the year by reviewing a few of my favourites from the calendar, ones that I hadn't shown you before, (not in any particular order).

No7 Glitter Nail Polish

I love this sparkly nail polish.  One coat is pretty, two coats is amazing, I wore it on Christmas Day. It lasted for quite a few days too.  Trying to get it off was a bit of a nightmare because the glitter sticks and it took quite a lot of polish remover to get it off the entire nail but I didn't mind that.  I'm thinking that it might also look quite pretty as a top coat over another colour.

No7 Stay Perfect "Sun Rays"

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon

I'm not usually into these crayon type lippies but I really have used this one quite a lot considering I haven't had it for very long.  The colour is what I would call mid-pink and I can only describe it as a balm in crayon form.  It's got a twisty container so you can push it up when it starts to run out, I've been using on weekends for a bit of natural colour and I've been popping it in my pocket to top up regularly, it gives a really lovely shine.  I probably would repurchase this actually, either this colour or a different one as they are a great on the go addition to anyone's make up collection.  I've got a Boots voucher so I can feel some spending coming on!

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon - Pink

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow

I'm totally addicted to No7 eye shadow, in fact before Christmas I got this amazing nude palette which I've been meaning to show you, (I think I'll pop a photo on my Facebook page) and I literally didn't use anything else for weeks.  This eye shadow is from the No7 Moonlight Shadow trio and is a gorgeous nude which blends really well either underneath as a base colour or over the top to tone down a darker eye.  I was really pleased as it goes very well with the aforementioned palette.  I think the picture makes it look a bit dark, it's actually much more subtle than that when it's on your eyelid.

Stay Perfect Eye Shadow from the "Moonlight Shadow" trio

No7 Youthful Eye Serum

I'm a big fan of the No7 serum range, it's non sticky, hypoallergenic and does seem to do what it says it's going to do.  This one is a small tube (7ml) of their Youthful Eye Serum which isn't an eye cream, it's the serum that goes on before applying eye cream or this can be used by itself.  You just dot it around your eyes with your ring finger and let it sink in.  I like it because it's really cooling and is therefore great for early mornings and helps to reduce puffiness before putting make up on.  It doesn't fill in any lines but it does make the skin feel much smoother therefore making concealer much easier to apply.  I had a cold over Christmas and my eyes were sore and itchy so I couldn't wear a lot of eye make up, I found this serum really helped to calm the eye area and soothe the skin.  It also didn't irritate my eyes either  so I can vouch that it is indeed, hypoallergenic!

Youthful Eye Serum 7ml

No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil

Lastly (but not least by any means) is this gorgeous eye pencil.  I am a real eye pencil girl, I love them so I was very pleased to receive not one, but two throughout December courtesy of the calendar.  This one is a beautiful deep brown, perfect for under and upper lid lining.  The tip is soft like a crayon so doesn't drag across your eye but is also easy to blend if you want to use a little brush over the top to create a softer look.  It's hypoallergenic (yay!) and waterproof, it does really last all day.  I haven't checked to see what other colours there are in this range (apart from the lighter brown one also included in the calendar) but I can see that it would be worth having a couple of different colours to ring the changes a bit.  It's just occurred to me that this pencil is very like a Ruby & Millie one I had years ago (except that was blue/black) which I loved before Ruby & Millie discontinued themselves.  I must see if I can find that one in my drawer, I'm sure it's somewhere.

Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil - deep brown

All in all it's got to be said that I was super impressed with the No7 calendar and would recommend it, I didn't receive anything in it that I won't use and there were many things in it that I would repurchase. Roll on December for the next one (kidding, I've only just recovered from this Christmas!)

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