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spring perfumes

The irony of writing a post about perfumes for spring when just yesterday I had to get my winter coat out again is not lost on me. Just when we thought spring was finally on its way! The weather may be letting us down but as far as I'm concerned it's May and I'm cracking out my uplifting spring perfumes and sharing them with you today.

By Invitation Rose Gold*
I am not a celebrity perfume fan but any means. In fact I think this is the very first one that I've graced my skin with. Michael Bublé's first foray into scent, By Invitation, was incredibly well received when it was launched a couple of years back and so when its follow up came out my interest was piqued. By Invitation Rose Gold is a floral oriental gourmand, so there's a nice dose of warmth in there but its a complicated and well layered perfume. It opens with magnolia and pear, which gives it an uplifting spring vibe to me and then leads into the floral notes of rose, peony heart and black plum for some depth. As I mentioned it is a gourmand and that's all owing to praline and vanilla which make it buttery and rather addictive. And of course I cannot skip over the beautiful weighty rose gold package which looks absolutely divine on my vanity. Grown up and delicious, this is exactly how I want to be smelling during spring and summer!

spring perfumes
 
spring perfumes

Glossier You
If I’m ever having a day when I want a light fuss-free perfume this is the one I reach for. Formulated with a focus on sensual base notes such as ambrette, musk and ambrox, this subtle Glossier pick stays unchanged throughout the day and is a soft powdery floral which enhances your natural scent. It’s very much you, but better! I find a certain comfort from wearing it and it’s never too harsh or overly flowery. I wish actually that their body hero range smelt more like this so I could layer it. Not to say I’m not a fan of the body hero range as I am, but I am a sucker for layering scents for the full experience and longevity.

Chloé Nomade*
I do love a bit of freesia so it’s no surprising I get on so well with Chloe fragrances. It’s just a lovely fresh floral which instantly lifts my moods, so Chloé Nomade is an awesome spring pick for me. It’s a lot deeper and sensual than we’re used to from Chloé, owing to Mirabelle plum and oak moss. It’s fresh, fruity and chypre, so a little more complex and interesting. It wears well throughout the day, with the fresh freesia always peeping through to keep it uplifting and light. Oh and how gorgeous is the bottle, seriously!


spring perfumes

spring perfumes

I've not spoken about this little love of mine for a while which is quite honesty a crime in itself. Eau Duelle is not your average vanilla scent. It's actually quite woody and spicy due to pink pepper, bergamot, saffron and musk so it has a little bit of a kick to it. The vanilla is still quite fresh but without being too creamy, very much a 'real' vanilla if you know what I mean. Quite often vanilla perfumes can be very synthetic and sickly but Eau Duelle couldn't be any less like that. It's a perfume I reach for all year round so its never going to leave my side in the summer months. I can see this being with me for many years to come, much like No 5.

Do you have a favourite spring perfume and what do you think of mine? Tempted to try any?

Laura

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Recent Beauty Favourites

I’ve been testing so many new products over the last few weeks that I thought it was about time I wrote a round up on what’s hot. We’ll also forget that I’ve not written a monthly favourites post for a while as I honestly don’t know where the last couple of months have gone! I’ve been busy, that’s for sure.

 Algenist Genius Skincare review

Now you guys know how much trying new skincare excites me, right? I should probably get out a bit more! So I was very happy to get the chance to put a few products from the Algenist Genius range through their steps and you know what, I'm really impressed. It's definitely in the higher price bracket, but as someone with visible signs of ageing I'm happy to invest in my skincare.
My Travel Skincare Routine

I don’t travel all that often which really shows when it comes to packing. I just can’t (or won’t) travel light when it comes to my skincare routine. While I’ll gladly just take one pair of shoes and not 2835 tops that I know I won’t wear, what if I need three different face masks, a choice of cleansers and two moisturisers just in case? It happens every single time because refuse to let my skincare routine and ultimately my skin suffer, even though most of it never gets used.
Concealers For Every Skin Woe

Concealer is one of those products that I feel I'm always searching for the next best one. I have been known to repurchase a select few (NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer I'm looking at you) but generally speaking I'm always on the hunt and reading as many reviews as I can.
Nano Intensive Teeth Whitening Strips

For as long as I can remember I've been self conscious about my teeth. They've never been very white and growing up one of my front teeth crossed over the other. Years later they're straight thanks to two years of wearing a brace - typically I had mine fitted when everyone else had theirs removed. The joy of being a late bloomer and not getting my adult teeth until I was sixteen!

Over the years I've tried every whitening toothpaste Boots stocks and a few at home whitening kits and strips. The only ones I ever found to work were the Crest White Strips, but they are a pain to get hold of and they made my already sensitive teeth even more so. I'd kinda given up finding something affordable that worked when White Wash kindly sent me some of their Nano Intensive Whitening Strips* to try out.

What's particularly attractive about the Nano Intensive Whitening Strips is that they're affordable at £25 a pack and my local Boots stock them. No more buying from possibly dodgy US websites! But do they actually work?

Nano Intensive Teeth Whitening Strips

The Nano Intensive Whitening Strips come in a box of 28 sealed packs, with each one containing a longer strip for the upper teeth and a shorter one for the bottom. It's a fairly long commitment of almost a month to whiten your teeth but I would literally try anything if it promised a smile I would be happy with. They're super easy to apply; you simply brush your teeth and try to dry them out a little with a towel before applying the sticky strips over your teeth and leaving for an hour before removing.

I tend to lay the strip across my teeth and starting at the middle I press and shape them over each tooth so that the edges are as covered as possible. Otherwise not all of the tooth will be in contact with the whitening gel. Most strips normally need to be worn for 30 minutes so the Nano Intensive Whitening Strips do require twice that time, but that's where I think they excel as they're really gentle. I was honestly expecting them to hurt almost straight away, but one hour down the line and my teeth were not hurting at all. After a few days of using them the staining on my canine teeth completely disappeared and guess what? Still no pain.

I've now finished the entire course of Nano Intensive Whitening Strips and they've clearly made a difference. I'm no longer worried about wearing more orange hued lipsticks which historically made my teeth look yellow and it's really helping my confidence. You guys, I've even been smiling more. Who is this new person?! Joking aside, I'd highly recommend these and will be picking up another pack for a bit of maintenance here and there.

Have you whitened your teeth before and do you like the sound of these?

Laura

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When Chloe release a new perfume, my senses are intrigued. Over the years I've worn and adored several fragrances from the brand and their newest release; Chloe Nomade*, sparks the same curiosity.

Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

If there's a couple of things I'm certain about when it comes to my personal style, it's that comfort will always win and you'll never see me in too much colour. I'm just not interested in cramming myself into a gorgeous yet crippling pair of heels and neutral colours are just my jam, what can I say!

But that doesn't mean my wardrobe has to be completely boring and void of colour. In fact, I've started to slightly bend my style rules and have been known to wear a coloured beret here and there (much to my husband's distain). Accessories for me are the perfect way to inject some colour and interest into my outfits. The newest addition is my new candy pink watch from Ice-Watch*. I've been admiring their watches for some time so it was a dream come true when they said they wanted to send me one to try out. The only difficult part was choosing a watch as they have an enormous selection of colours and styles to choose from.

Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

I have a few classic style watches with leather straps so I went completely away from my usual style and choose this gorgeous candy pink number from their ICE loulou collection*. There's a fair few different colour combos to choose from but this pink and red colour way just called to me. The red underside adds an extra little edge to it and it's slotted in seamlessly with my monochrome tendencies. Pink, grey and black just work, am I right? Plus add in a bit of denim and a blazer and I'm a very happy (and comfortable) bunny.

Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

Ice-Watch also have different sizes to choose from so even though I have child-like wrists I had no problem finding the perfect fit. The amount of times I've had to have more holes punched into watch straps in the past has become a little embarrassing! This particular watch is actually a medium but a small would also be a good fit for me. It sits nice and flat on the wrist and the silicone strap is buttery soft and super comfortable to wear. I've had so many compliments on it too as it really is striking. I'm thinking pink is my new obsession, well now that I have the watch and matching beret. What's next, pink loafers? Actually, I won't joke about that as it could happen this spring, you've been warned...

What do you think of my new Ice-Watch? Is pink a hit for you too?

Laura

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The Beauty Guru Box - Latest In Beauty

I've spoken a few times on my blog about Latest In Beauty's collaboration boxes, but I had never actually tried out their regular boxes until recently. What's refreshing about it is that you get to curate your own box so there's never any disappointment. Whether you want to go for three, six or nine products in your own beauty box or if you want a one-off box or to receive one every month, there's over 200 products to choose from, how cool is that?

I went for the one-off Beauty Guru Box* which includes 9 products for £25. When I was picking my products, I was a little strategic. I wanted to make the most of trying out some new brands and products as I find subscription boxes to be the best way to discover new beauty products. I also couldn't help but pick a couple of existing favourites.

I'm a bather rather than a shower girl and I'm really into Sunday night pamper sessions with a candle and some bath oils to unwind. The Olverum Bath Oil jumped straight out at me as I've been looking for a more affordable pick. It's a beautiful blend of essential oils and it's really concentrated so a little goes a long way.

Coffee scrubs have been around for a while but I've never tried one myself. I'm mega late to the party on this one so I had to go for the Skinyoga Coffee Body Scrub. As it contains caffeine, it's super charged and while taking care of my dry limbs it also aims to boost the metabolism and enhance the condition of the skin. It's a little messy but left my skin super soft. I'm a fan.

On the subject of body products, I had to go for the infamous Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Infused with guarana which is supposed to be one of the most potent sources of caffeine, it helps moisturise the skin and even lift it to create a booty to be proud of. I've only used the Bum Bum Cream a few times but it will be a repurchase for sure. It smells divine and like a beach holiday so I'm now longing for summer. Hey maybe I'll have an impressive pert bottom to show off in a bikini by then!

The Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Roll On Anti-Perspirant is a brand new launch, in fact I receive my box before it launched in shops so that's very exciting. I'm trying to be more mindful about chemicals and what I put in and on my body so this really intrigued me. It works really well and keeps me smelling fresh all day. I like to have a deodorant in my bag just in case and this one is perfect for on the go and for travelling.

The Beauty Guru Box - Latest In Beauty

Skincare-wise I kept it fairly simple. I chose the Tropics Skincare Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum as it sounded perfect for my dry, sensitive skin type. It's a very 'green' formula, right down to the scent which is quite earthy. I'm not s big fan of that personally but it leaves my skin really smooth and is good for soothing irritated skin, perfect for me in the winter as my skin has been a little more sensitive than usual lately.

The Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes have long appealed to me so I was pleased to see that Latest In Beauty had them. There's just one cube but that will be enough to test it out. I get really puffy eyes so I'm hoping this does the trick. I'm waiting for a particularly late night or busy day to test this one out!!

For make up I went for some favourites and a highly coveted Korean pick. Erborian are well known for their CC Crème so it was the first product I chose. It's lightweight and comfortable on the skin and I've been really enjoying it for good skin days. It's a little bit darker than I would like but as the formula is light it does blend into the skin quite well so doesn't look too dark. I'm definitely going to seek out a lighter shade in this!

For lips I picked up the Burts Bees Lipstick in Sunset Cruise. I actually got another colour of this in one of the collaboration boxes and I wore it to death so this was an easy choice. The formula is really creamy and moisturising and they're super pigmented. This peachy coral shade is really flattering on pale skin like mine and really perks up my complexion. It's packed with vitamin E and moringa oil so as well as looking good it does your lips a kindness too.

Lastly, I went for the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in black. I have it in brown already so had to complete the set. It's soft to apply but dries down really well and then doesn't budge. I got it for tight lining as my eyes are quite sensitive and the last thing I want is my eyeliner irritating my eyes or moving. It's super black and really thickens up the appearance of my lashes. Perfect!

The Beauty Guru Box from Latest In Beauty is the perfect way to discover new products and give them a good road test before stumping up for the full size. Not one to miss for sure!

Laura

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Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm review

Lip balm is something that I use a lot. There's one in every one of my bags, most coat pockets, the car, down the side of the sofa...I just can't get enough of them. Having dry lips most of the time I always have one on me, and while I tend to pop one on underneath lipstick, sometimes I want a good dose of hydration and some colour payoff in one. The Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms* offer just that. Perfect for winter and for prepping your pout for Valentine's Day!

The Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms come in three gorgeous colours; Innocence, an almost clear light pink that enhances your natural lip colour and carries a gorgeous vanilla and orange scent, Seduction - a subtle pink hue with a vanilla scent and Addiction, a raspberry red shade with a berry scent. Depending on your natural lip colour you'll see a different effect, but ultimately they are very sheer and give a 'your lips but better' subtle tint. Personally I think Innocence smells incredible and Addiction gives me the most pigmentation with a 'just bitten' berry stain.

Caudalie has a very natural background which is nodded to with the cute wooden packaging, and the scents are of course also natural and not at all synthetic smelling like a lot of lip balms tend to be.

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm review

The French Kiss lip balms are a fairly solid texture which I prefer, so they're not gooey or gloopy which means they last pretty well on the lips - around two hours before I tend to reapply. The formula softens ever so slightly as your press your finger onto the balm, which Caudalie terms as a 'crème brulee' texture.

The lip balms keep my lips really moisturised and contain quite a cocktail of natural and beneficial ingredients - polyphenols (anti-oxidants), aloe vera to soothe, castor and sunflower oil and beeswax to intensely nourish.

I've worn nothing else on my lips since receiving these - Innocence in particular lives on my desk and I'm a little addicted to its vanilla-orange scent! For £10 a pop these are not to be missed if your lips are constantly chapped like mine.

Laura

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January Favourites

January is finally over and I feel like I can actually get on with the year now. The first and dullest month of every year is always a practise month for me, so now February is here - and it's my birthday month, I'm raring to get going! That said, it's been a month of some change for me, trying to spend less and save for my trip to New York with Tales of a Pale Face in March, eating healthier and also trying to get to grips with having an actual hairstyle that needs styling now. I'm making progress! So here's what's been making me smile this month.
Skincare Treatments On Rotation

Nothing makes me happier than my evening skincare routine. Perhaps that's because it also includes comfy pyjamas and is shortly followed by bedtime? Luckily my skin is quite fond of this time of day too as it's when I really go to town on my skincare treatments and it can soak up all of the nutrients undisturbed.

Over the past year or so I've really honed down my skincare routine to a good selection of products I know I can trust, so whatever my skin throws at me I've got a solution for it. Let's dive in, shall we?

PIXI Peel & Polish
Not just reserved for the evening, as I'm quite fond of popping this on to work while I get ready in the morning, this exfoliator from PIXI guarantees soft, radiant smooth skin and no irritation. It's super gentle while not compromising on efficacy so I tend to indulge two to three times a week and follow with a mask if needed. A lot of the time the PIXI Peel & Polish is enough on its own though as it's a bit of a wonder treatment.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask
I've sung its praises many a time before, but it really is that good! A nice thick layer of this mask really plumps up my skin and it's also quite cooling so helps calm down any irritation. I had a reaction to a new product I was testing recently and this soothed it away with one use. I've also heard good things about Glossier's detox mask so it's firmly on my list to try next.

Skincare Treatments On Rotation
 
This is the bottle that just keeps on giving as much as I use it, it keeps going. Not that I am complaining! For me this is an essential hit of hydration that helps keep some bounce to my skin and also helps exfoliate with lipo hydroxy acid. Patted onto the skin this has really helped my texture issues too.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
This is as much a treatment for the senses as well as it is for the complexion as neroli never fails to put me in a good uplifted mood. I tend to keep this in my bag for refreshing up my makeup while on the go and it doesn't disappoint.

DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On*
This roll on eye gel is perfect for dealing with puffiness and dry eyes and I'm really enjoying using it. It's incredibly therapeutic to roll the cold metal applicator balls around the eye socket, let me tell you.
 
Skincare Treatments On Rotation
Skincare Treatments On Rotation

A fairly new addition to my skincare line up, this is exactly the thing for plumping the skin with moisture. It's clearly something I'm obsessed with! This serum is an incredibly clever blend of 12 forms of hyaluronic acid, which is exactly what you would expect from NIOD. I find that layering moisture in the form of an essence, serum and then moisturiser on top to be really effective and as each layer is light my skin responds really well and soaks up every last drop. I wouldn't be without hyaluronic acid now.
 
The previous incarnation of The Ordinary's pure retinol was incredibly harsh on the skin so I'm really glad they reformulated it to include squalane to combat that. I tend to use this a couple of night's a week when my skin doesn't need anything else on top so that the retinol can work uninterrupted. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is formulated with hydroxypinacolone retinoid which is one of the more advance forms of retinol that only has one conversion to make in order to become pure retinoic acid so it's the most potent over the counter form currently available. I'm not too keen on the scent of it but it's more about how it works than how it smells!
 
This is the newest addition to my skincare treatment arsenal which sounded too good to miss. It's supposed to help smooth out wrinkles around the eyes and foreheads so I'm using it twice daily in a bid to turn back the years. It's early days so I'll need to report back on this one.
 
Have you tried any of these and what skincare treatments do you love?
 
Laura
 
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