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General, Perfume / Fragrance, Skin Care

Harrod’s Edition of GlossyBox – Love!

This month GlossyBox delivered the Harrod’s Edition. I had high expectations for this month’s samples, Harrod’s did not disappoint!

1. Fan di Fendi Eau de Toilette by Fendi – Described as a luminous floral fragrance, radiant with sunlight and leaves a light Roman leather on the skin. I like! It’s chic and sparkling. This is a fairly decent size for a sample, bigger than usual.

 

2. Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum – This is a highly concentrated serum that restores shine and softness. It’s also weightless, an important quality in hair serum. This is great for the ends of my hair.

 

3. Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream – Contains regenerating and firming plant extracts which lift and tone skin. This is my first experience of a firming body cream. I’ll be back with a review.

 

4. Erno Laszlo – The Hollywood Collection: 5 Piece Cream Sampler Set

 

5. Burberry Beauty – Miniature Lip Cover Rosewood No4 – Soft, satin lipstick that provides moisture and lasts on the lips. This is actually a really nice colour – it’s a few shades darker than my natural lip colour – reminds me of Rachel from Friends :)

Such a fun box this month! I will use everything in it with relish.

You can order this box from GlossyBox. They post to Ireland now too! (*Update – think they might be out of stock, will update if I hear otherwise).

Perfume / Fragrance

Monday’s Most Wanted: Vera Wang Princess Night

Oh my God!

Yes, I just started a blog post with those three words. I have not been this excited about a fragrance since I first smelled Stella waft from a girl who worked in Korky’s shoe shop all those years ago! I was handed a fragrance card spritzed with Vera Wang Princess Night in Arnotts yesterday. I cannot stop smelling it! I should point out that I have been handed quite a few fragrance cards over the years and I rarely like the scent – the worst was in Macy’s when a lady handed me Magnifique, I put my fingers on it and couldn’t wash off the stink. Ick.

Ok, a lot of waffle today. Apparently I talk rubbish when I’m excited… or so I have been told :)

Be prepared. Those three words are about to be used again… Oh my God look at the beautiful tackiness of the bottle.

Image from Frantica.com

This was born for my dresser. Even looking at the image lifts my heart. Ridiculous.

The nocturnal edition of Princess perfume came on the market this January. Princess Night is described as a blend of exotic flowers, fruits and woody tones.

“The top oozes with wild berries, watermelon and raspberry. The composition’s core is formed of jasmine petals, spiced orange blossom and a touch of passionate rose, while the intensively sweet base features crushed sugar, vanilla and musk”.  Frantica.com

My sister is a fan of the original Princess, it suits her perfectly but didn’t quite feel grown up enough for the likes of me. This one is the perfect balance – it’s still sweet but also has a depth to it.

It comes in three sizes 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette and costs between €42 to €75 here in Ireland.

Must have. Nuff said.

Thoughts?

Benefit, Perfume / Fragrance

Spring Fragrance Review: Benefit Garden of Eva

I have been wearing Garden of Eva from Benefit’s Crescent Row collection for the past few weeks. This is my first experience with a Benefit fragrance (any fragrance recommendations welcome!)

Garden of Eva is described as a crisp citrus floral with notes of pear, watermelon, ozone accord, muguet, rose, jasmine, violet leaves, freesia, sandalwood, musk and cedar. It’s basically a fresh, clean and pretty scent. It’s a perfect fragrance for spring. It’s quite soft so in my opinion it’s more suitable for day time wear.

When I read the description of the notes in the fragrance I was expecting something exotically floral. It’s not that sort of perfume at all. It’s much cleaner and rather innocent. It is perfectly named.

As with all Benefit products the packaging is also a winner…

Each fragrance from the Crescent Row collection comes in a cute little box making them idal to collect – although I will try to resist :)

Even the gift box was adorable!

It costs €44 for a 3oml bottle which is what I would expect considering it’s a Benefit product. The fragrance itself mellows within a few minutes and wears quite well on my skin.

I think that this will be my go-to Spring fragrance.

Have you tried any Benefit fragrances? Any recommendations?

Perfume / Fragrance

A handy travel gadget – FLO Atomizer

I have a little bit of fondness for perfume as you know. I usually haul a few bottles on holiday with me but with strict baggage weight regulations I was delighted to hear about Flo Refillable Perfume Atomizers (I will do anything to ensure that I don’t have to give a cent more to Ryan Air!).

They are also available in black of silver. I’m a pink, so this one suits me down to the ground. It also affected my choice of perfume – I filled it with Nina Ricci. Match made in heaven.

The atomiser is very easy to use. There is zero mess whilst extracting the perfume – much to my surprise. It also fits all perfume tops.

It’s cute and sleek. My clutch bags will no longer be abandoned! This is so tiny it will fit snuggle into the minutest of mála’s. It’s also is a great way of avoiding excess baggage charges. I need to pick up a few more for my other Winter fragrances (video coming). It would actually make a good stocking filler, man or woman – note to self!

You can pick up a FLO Atomizer from Andy&Dave.ie . They’re quite cheap at €12. I need more. Would one for each fragrance be excessive? :) Eh, yes.

Perfume / Fragrance, Reviews

Fragrance Review – The Body Shops New White Musk Libertine

On the 30th anniversary of White Musk, The Body Shop launched White Musk Libertine. It is a more floral, mature take on the original.

I would describe it as floral and feminine musk. It’s quite powdery and much more sophisticated than any Body Shop fragrance I’ve tested. For those of you with a sharper nose, and better descriptive skills, White Musk Libertine was developed by perfumer Vincent Schäller; notes include  Turkish delight, Chantilly cream, orchid and signature musk. It doesn’t remind of the original at all. Which is probably a good thing – I don’t need any reminders of my teenage years.

Although it’s soft enough to be worn during the day, I would feel more comfortable wearing this one at night – I always feel that way about powdery fragrances.

I have the eau de toilette version which is softer but as you would expect, it doesn’t last an eternity. That’s normal. All in all, it’s a lovely soft, chic scent. Much more grown up that the original White Musk!

White Musk Libertine costs from €14.
What is your favourite Body Shop fragrance?
Perfume / Fragrance

Lancôme’s Trio of O’s

This one if for you perfume addicts!

Lancôme’s Trio of O’s, three light, fresh fragrances that transport you to the sunshine and warmth of the French Riviera.

 

Ô DE LANCÔME

Ô de Lancôme has been around since 1969. It’s described as light and crisp, sexy and spirited and a thousand drops of freshness in a bottle. To my unsophisticated nose this is a predominantly citrus scent with floral notes and a hint of sandalwood. This one is a little too traditional and mature for me.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin
Heart Notes: Basil, Rosemary, Coriander, Jasmine, Honeysuckle
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli


Ô D’AZUR

O d’Azur is a floral, Summer scent reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Its rose centre pays homage to Lancôme’s heritage whilst Ô de Lancôme’s inimitable citrus notes are revived with Calabrian Lemon Essence.

Top Notes: Calabrian Lemon Essence, Lychee, Galbanum, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Turkish Damask Rose, Peony, Ecuadorian Pink Pepper
Base Notes: Woody musk

 

Ô DE L’ORANGERIE


This is the latest Ô fragrance. It’s described as a light zesty orange blossom fragrance rounded off by the softness of jasmine petals with vibrant woody accents which heightens the senses. Fresh and velvety, yet intense and delicate, the orange blossom emerges mysteriously.

Top Notes:  Orange Zest, Orange Blossom Essential Oil
Heart Notes:  Orange Blossom Absolu, Jasmine
Base Notes:  Cedar, Benzoin

Each bottle costs €35.00 for 75ml.

General, Giorgio Armani, Perfume / Fragrance

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – The Fancy Kind

I know that Mother’s Day is a month away, April 3rd in Europe and May 8th in the US, but I am starting to think of ideas for my lovely mammy. Of all the people in my life she is the most difficult to buy for at Christmas and birthdays and of course Mother’s Day. I will be posting any ideas I have over the next few weeks and would love your suggestions.

Today’s ideas are on the higher end of the spectrum in beauty terms. I will also be posting more affordable options as I come across them.

Armani fragrance and hand bag

My mam is a huge fan of Armani Code, she’s on her fifth bottle. Giorgio Armani is dedicating a limited edition ladies handbag inspired by their latest collection to women for Mother’s Day. The bag is free with any bottle of the perfume above 50ml and is presented in a black gift box (yay, no wrapping). The set is available in Ireland on the 7th of March.

Prices- Armani Code Femme Eau de Parfum 50ml €36.75 / Eau de Parfum 75ml €46.90 / Eau de Toilette 50ml €31.27 / Eau de Toilette 75ml €40.04

 

Lancôme Gift Box

The set costs €70 and it contains:

  • Genifique Concentrate 30ml
  • Bi-Fical 30ml
  • Hypnose Precious Cells 2ml
  • L’Absolu Rouge (No. 6) 1.65ml
  • Miracle EDP 5ml

 

 

Yves Saint Laurent gift

Yves Saint Laurent are offering a  coplimentary  gift set with the purchase of Belle d’Opium or Opium fragrance (50ml or above) The set includes:

  • Gift pouch inspired by Yves Saint Laurent fashion accessory
  • Contains deluxe trial size NEW Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Shade 09
  • Mini Luxurious Mascara
  • Mini Waterproof Eye Liner in Black
  • Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator 5ml

 

Available from 12th March 2011.
Prices: Belle D’Opium EDP 50ml – €73.00  / EDP 90ml – €102.00
Opium EDP 50ml – €48.37 /  EDT 50ml – €40.89 / EDT 90ml – €60.93

 

What do you think of these?

Perfume / Fragrance

Gorilla Fragrances at Lush – Imogen Rose, Orange Blossom, Tuca Tuca, Breath of God, The Smell of Freedom

You know how much I love perfume, I think my Perfume Collection video may have hammered that home. Well, I got my little perfume addicted hands on some of the Gorilla fragrances for Lush. My understanding is that if you love the scent of Lush products than you will like some of these. At this stage I have yet to try any of them but I will keep you updated on my thoughts.


Imogen Rose, The smell of Freedom, Orange Blossom, Tuca Tuca, Breath of God

Gorilla Perfume was formed to showcase the perfumery of Mark and Simon Constantine as an antidote to boring mass-market scents and a movement to get people excited about good quality perfume“.

The five I have are Imogen Rose, The smell of Freedom, Orange Blossom, Tuca Tuca and Breath of God. If you have tried any of these please let me know your thoughts on them.

 

Imogen Rose – Gorilla Perfume calls it “a true representation of the Damask rose with a hint of baby powder”. It’s notes are rose, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, and orris. A reviewer referred to the dry down as drowsy and dreamy… can’t wait to try it!

Imogen Rose

Breath of God – Breath of God was reportedly developed after Constantine created two separate scents, Inhale for women (uplifting neroli, refreshing bergamot, stimulating violet leaf and exotic jasmine) and Exhale for men (warming amber, soothing sandalwood and stimulating patchouli ). He then decided to combine them. The notes are neroli, lemon, melon, jasmine, rose, vetivert, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber and musk. 

Breath of God

 

Orange Blossom – Fresh orange blossom absolute and neroli oil burst out of the bottle like a distilled Mediterranean moment. Over time, the honeyed and woody tones develop on your skin and you’re left with a warm glow. Featuring orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood and beeswax. I hear that if you like the retro Happy bath bar then this is for you.

Orange Blossom

 

Tuca Tuca – ‘Like any good summer day, Tuca Tuca starts with a blast of fresh summer air, violet top notes accompany a rich floral feel from cassie absolute. As the sun reaches midday the warm vanilla and ylang ylang move the perfume into its middle notes and then, as the sun sets, we’re left with a slightly naughty violet leaf and vetivert bottom, the end to a perfect day!’ This is one of my favourite perfume descriptions, I want that day! :) Now,  off to test Tuca Tuca to see if it lives up tot he hype.

Tuca Tuca

 

The Smell of Freedom – The Smell of Freedom opens with a fresh, herbal accord and reveals its complex, spicy and woody nature as it warms on your skin. It’s a masterpiece.” The notes include lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh and orris.

The Smell of Freedom

Perfume bottle (30g) – €24.00
Atomiser (10g) – €11.00
Solid Perfume (12g) – €6.00

Have you tried any of Lush’s frangrances? What’s  your favourite scent at the moment?

General, M.A.C, Perfume / Fragrance

A Friday Waffle!

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m feeling quite crappy today thanks to a chest infection so I decided a ‘Friday Waffle’ was in order since I can’t seem to focus, or string sentences together for that matter.

So here are some shallow things that are belting around my bunged up head:

1. Packaging – No, you do not need this!

I am an absolute sucker for packaging. I know it’s ridiculous, I know it’s fickle but I just can’t help it. These days I tend to refrain from buying something for such a stupid reason but hey, that won’t stop be admiring beautiful things. I came across this image of L de Lolita Lempicka this morning whilst perusing perfume reviews online.

This has my name all over it! A few thoughts ran through my head – wouldn’t it look gorgeous on my dresser, I need a new perfume (LIAR!), this bottle was made for me… you get the idea. It occurred to me several minutes later that I hadn’t even considered the fragrance itself. Put your credit card down Amy!

 

2. Kitch Kitchen items – I just can’t stop

My kitchen looks like Cath Kidson threw up all over it.

I do love kitch items for my kitchen. They make me smile. They also make my tea taste nicer :) I have to keep myself out of shops like Avoca and Cath Kidson at this stage, I have enough and I need to stop.


3. MAC’s  Peacocky Collection


I got all excited on the Irish launch date, headed in to Brown Thomas, swatched everything, left with nothing. Tweet Me was the Mega Metal shadow that caught my eye but it looked too similar to shadows I already own. All of the colours are gorgeous but they are very similar to existing and previously released shades. 

4. A spoof video that sums up Ireland right now – gene for alcoholism, illegal activity masked by the term ‘the craic’, mass immigration… couldn’t be more true!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JPT3feipJ8

The Eleventh Hour 19th Minute RTE

and finally for something less shallow…

5. It’s election day – woo hoo!

Now I need to bundle up in this fine Spring weather, pack some tissues and head out to vote. Ah, the things we do for our country :P

 

Being sick sucks! I hope you all have lovely Friday plans, let me know so I can sulk.

Perfume / Fragrance, Reviews

I bought myself a new perfume..

‘Next’ is not a shop I frequent but I was on the hunt for a gift this weekend. I was pretty glad that I decided to pop in. They had their fragrances on sale, left over from Christmas I presume. I didn’t find a gift in there but I did buy myself a new perfume :)

I sampled them all and settled on ‘Pure’.

 

What drew me to this scent is that it is fresh and clean. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but if you enjoy clean fragrances you will probably appreciate this one. It also wears surprisingly well.

It reminds me of fresh laundry blowing in the breeze. This is definitely a day time scent. I would put it in the same family as Banana Republic Classic and Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. The former being spicier, the latter being sweeter.

I predict that this will be a favourite of mine this Summer.

The best part is that I only paid €7.50 for my bottle, a bargain. There were a few others I really liked too, I might consider them in the future.

Any recommendations?

Perfume / Fragrance

I want Rose Products- Without a hint of Granny please

I have developed an obsession with rose products. Now I don’t mean the granny rose scent of soap, I mean elegant, contemporary and pretty.

Here are some rose products that I would love! On another note – I have added a Facebook Like icon at the bottom of all my posts, so if you enjoy please like :)

Lush Gorilla Pefume Imogen Rose (€24 for 10g / €12 solid perfume / €52 for 30g perfume bottle) A warm romantic scent. Uses 100% pure rose oil and fresh basil. Wears into a warm baby talc with rose absolute. The dry down is warm and floral, a sweet amber. Not a hint of granny apparently.

 

By Terry Baume de Rose – Can be used on lips and cuticles. It’s said to plump lines on lips, leaving them supple and protected. But at £35 for 10g from Space NK I think I’ll have to save for this one.

 

 

Lush Tisty Tosty bath ballistic (€4.90) – contains rose buds

 

Rose Lipgloss Balm by Thomas Sabo Charm Rose Beauty  (€15)

I found it for €8 (plus p&p) from here 0r €15 from House of Frazer and Clery’s. While I’m at it, I’d also love to try Thomas Sabo Charm Rose (€49 from the website above).

What do you think of rose? Have you any recommendations for me??