Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Getting the most from fragrance



I never used to really wear fragrance, but fast forward a few years I have quite the perfume wardrobe now and I really enjoy wearing it. Chanel No.5 has been my scent of choice for quite a while, but I do mix it up depending on how I'm feeling. Diptyque Eau Duelle has been holding its own that's for sure.
 
I do find that fragrance tends to fade quite quickly on me which isn't ideal when my work days are quite long. A quick spritz at 7am is a distant memory by 11 and I don't really want to be lugging a glass bottle around in my bag. I'm far too clumsy for that...
 
I thought I'd share a few ideas that I have picked up on making your fragrance last longer. This might be old news to some of you but its certainly helped me out.
 
Skin type
Unfortunately the longevity of fragrance is affected by skin type and this isn't something that we can change. Dry skin just doesn't take to fragrance like its oilier friends. This is because fragrance is basically oil that is absorbed by the skin and it will react less with a dryer skin type and give out a more subtle scent.
 
Diet 
Your diet can actually affect both the scent and its longevity. A spicy or high fat diet can make your fragrance more potent. Sudden extreme dietary changes will also affect it.
 
Storage 
Protect your fragrance from extreme hot and cold temperatures and away from direct sunlight. It's best to store them in their original boxes and not in your bathroom where steam and humidity can get to them. I was guilty of this but I have now rehomed my collection to the bedroom.
 
Pulse points
Apply your fragrance to your pulse points which is where the blood vessels are the closet to the skin and produce more heat. Pulse points include wrists, inside of elbows, behind the ear, base of throat and back of the knee.
 
Layer
Use the matching shower gel and body lotion before spritzing your fragrance. Applying lotion when the skin is a slightly damp also makes it last longer. I really like to layer up fragrance and while it can get a bit pricey, I find it really works for and let's face it, it does look rather nice all laid out on your dressing table! Never spritz perfume into your hair as it contains alcohol that can dry it out.
Instead, use a specially designed hair spray.
 
Application technique
If you're going to layer your fragrance, remember that it rise; so spray or apply your products from the feet to the shoulders. Also never rub your wrists together after applyication as it breaks down the molecules and lessens the longevity.
 
So there are my thoughts on getting the most from fragrance. What are your favourite scents and am I missing any tricks? 

Laura
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Sunday, 23 February 2014

The weekly #04


This week has been long and, as always, the weekend has sailed by. I can't believe its Monday tomorrow already. I went along to the Professional Beauty show at ExCeL London today which was such a great day with so much to see, but likewise lots of walking (and shopping) was to be had, Anyway, I digress as I think about the impending week ahead.
 
I've been so makeup focused recently, which is odd considering I've always been such a skincare junkie (all blame lies with Elemis on that one). I've been concentrating on getting my skin back to a more manageable state and so to this end I've been reaching for the Pai Rosehip BioRenegerate Oil which calms and soothes the skin whilst giving it a kick of moisture. It's supposed to help fade blemish scars as well but it's still fairly early days on that one.
 
Another moisture hit has come from the Origins Make A Difference Plus Treatment which I can't praise enough. This is my third tub and I honestly can't remember life without it. If you have dehydrated problematic skin you need this. Seriously.
 
At last the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade is in stock over at the enabler that is Cult Beauty. I didn't know how I'd get on with this but it glides on and stays put. A little goes a long way which I've discovered over the past week but I almost have application down. No Scouse brow here.
I use the shade Dark Brown, which is the ashiest of the browns, but its not quite the perfect shade.
I was wondering whether the Blonde option might work better for me as its quite buildable but not sure as yet.
 
I'm still deeply head over heels for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta.
It gives such a pretty pop of colour and I think it's perfect for this time of year. I need to get down to a counter soon to see the rest of the range as it was difficult to pick online. Read more about my thoughts on these blushes here.
 
I've been using the Nuxe Reive De Miel in jar form for a while, and whilst it does have a lovely soft texture it's not very hygienic to be sticking your finger into when on the go. I picked up the stick version for my handbag which I'm also really enjoying. It's not as good as the jar version, but hygiene is most def a plus.
 
What have you been reaching for this week?

Laura
 
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Friday, 21 February 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush


As soon as I saw these on pre-order at Space NK I knew they had to be mine! Its always so difficult picking colours online so after looking at as many swatches as I could I soon settled on Dim Infusion and Radiant Magenta. Quite a lot of them looked similar and I wanted a couple to try so these seemed different enough from one another.

The texture is exactly what you'd expect, very much the same as the Ambient Lighting Powders: light, finely milled and they add a beautiful soft focus blur effect to the skin - perfection! I love that you can swipe on a very fine dusting for a natural flush or build it up for statement supermodel sculpted cheekbones. Who doesn't want that now huh?

They look gorgeous in the stylish packaging we've all come to love from Hourglass and the marbling is almost too gorgeous to touch. Well...almost.

Once applied you really see their true beauty. I love pinks in the winter so I made a beeline straight for Radiant Magenta. I love the gold infusion in this which acts a bit like a highlighter.

In summer I doubt Dim Infusion will leave my daily slap line-up as it is so flattering. I can see this going nicely with the Nars Floralies Satin Lip Pencil. A match made in heaven...

Have you tried these yet? Are there any other colours I should be swooning over?


Laura
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Monday, 17 February 2014

Payday wish list #01






1. Illamasqua Contour Cream in Hollow, 2. Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer,
3. Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts, 4. Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, 5, Topshop Arrested Buckle Boots, 6. Kiehls Dark Spot Correcting Serum.

Its no secret I love to shop, its one of the reasons why starting a blog seemed to make sense.
The usual week or so before payday and I'm already eyeing up my payday purchases. I've just gotten into contouring and am yet to delve into Illamasqua, so this might be a good product to begin with.
I love the glow my Laura Mercier Radiance Primer gives but its about to bite the dust so this new offering from Dior is in my sights. I love a good soak in the bath after a long day so lets say no more on the need for new bath salts... After being really impressed with the volume inducing Oribe mousse  I am keen to see what the hype is all about on their thickening spray.
My love for boots knows no bounds and yes I know I really don't need another pair but these are so nice! I'm a big fan of Kiehls and have been impressed with every product of theirs that I've tried so far so I'm hoping this will help fade my blemish scars.

Have you tried any of these? What's on your payday radar?

Laura

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

The weekly #03


I know I was a bit quiet last week, but I really didn't change up my rotation so would have been a bit pointless no?
 
There's no surprise the NARSissist Eye Palette features this week. Anyone who actually knows me must be quite bored about hearing about this little beauty by now. It's finally in my possession and boy is it good! If you haven't heard about it yet you've been clearly living under a rock for the last couple of months. I'm not going to go into much detail on this as I will be talking about it very soon, but suffice to say its amazingly versatile and I've got a lot of use out of it already. I'm smitten.
 
Another recently discovery (read: obsession) is Diptyque Eau Duelle. I'm rubbish at describing fragrance but you could say its a grown up spicy vanilla. Its not overly sweet or in anyway synthetic which is sometimes part and parcel with vanilla. Once it settles on your skin the scent develops and darn its addictive!
 
I ventured deep down to the depths of my foundation stash on a mission to finally start using up some of my bases. I get sucked into the hype on bases in particular and normally use something for a couple of weeks before moving onto the next thing in the hope that something will knock Nars Sheer Glow off its pedestal. It hasn't happened yet. To be fair, the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder did get a fair bit of love, only knocked back into the archives as I needed more coverage when I had a particularly bad breakout. What I love about this is it's second skin-like appearance, and its just so comfortable to wear.
 
Another winner from Nars (that's three mentions in this post alone), is the iconic Orgasm blush. When I first tested this is Space NK I thought it'd be too shimmery but on the skin it isn't too much but provides a wonderful glow, negating the need for highlighter. Its truly lovely and if you haven't tried it you had better do so pronto!
 
In other news I now have a decent camera in the form of the Canon 600D. I'm still getting the hang of it but hopefully it means my photo quality will start improving! I've been quite a busy bee getting my blog planned ahead for a few weeks as it is hard to fit in with a full time job and a long commute. I'm hoping that this will mean I can blog a lot more frequently going forwards if I can stick to a plan.
 
I hope you've had a good week and if there's anything that you'd like me to feature on here do give me a prod!
 
Laura
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Monday, 10 February 2014

Something different



I've been a bad blogger this past week and for that I can only apologies. Work commitments, sickness and everything else has been going on and its left me with no time. You may have noticed I haven't done a weekly round up and that's essentially because my routine has remained pretty much the same really, no extra stand outs. I think that will change this week you'll be relieved to hear..
 
So, on to something different this week. I've had some old Diptyque candle holders hanging around for a while without a purpose so I've cleaned them up and put them to use. There's many different ways of removing any left over wax but I find it best to pour some hot water in and leave it for a bit. Once its cooled down I clean out any residue with a scouring pad.
 
I love putting my trinkets away in pretty jars and dishes, and these were just the perfect size for some hair bobbles, grips and rings. Now I just need to find something a little bit larger to store away that warrants the larger size candle...oh and a bank loan to cover it...
 
Do you reuse candle holders and if so what do you store in them?

Laura
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