Saturday, 18 March 2017

NEW IN: ARMANI/PRIVE | PIVOINE SUZHOU






Whenever I go to Selfridges, I have always walked straight through the fragrance hall and never batted an eyelid. Although, this all changed about two years or so ago when I was walking out of Selfridges and I went past the Armani/Prive stand. I still do not understand why I stopped but I did and I discovered the Armani/Prive Pivoine Suzhou perfume. I finished an entire bottle and when I was in Selfridges last month, I picked up another bottle and that's when I knew that this is probably my favourite perfume...ever! It is definitely not your average fragrance and it is a pricey little bottle but it lasts for days on the skin and your clothes. I literally spritz it on my neck and I can still smell it throughout the day. It is inspired by the gardens of Asia and in particular the peony. It is definitely a floral and feminine scent, so if that is not up your street, I would definitely suggest checking out the rest of the scents in the range, as there are so many to choose from!

Whenever I wear this perfume, I always get asked what I'm wearing - and that never happens! Pivoine Suzhou is not overpowering by any means, even though it is a floral scent, it is still light and crisp. With notes of juicy mandarin, pink pepper, raspberry and base notes of rose, amber, patchouli and musk, it is perfect to wear at anytime of day. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

5 THINGS: CURRENT HIGH-END BEAUTY OBSESSIONS





High end products. Everything about these products just screams luxury and (normally) it does not lack on quality. I have been loving a few products for the last couple of weeks and they are actually my go to products. The Anastasia Beverly Hills stick foundations are amazing. It took me a while to get a hang of the whole 'contour and highlight' with a cream stick foundation and whilst I still can't really get away with a deep contour and highlight, these stick foundations do not fail. They are incredibly creamy, so you have time to really work with the product before it dries and sets. I have a more detailed and dedicated blog post to these stick foundations, which you can read here. 

The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlight in Champagne Pop is a 'soft white gold with pinky peach undertones'. It has honestly been my go to highlighter for the past couple months and a little bit goes a long way! I've had this for over a year and I have yet to hit pan. It is so buttery soft that it makes your skin look like it is glowing from within. Another powder product is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light, which I have been using to set my entire face on a daily basis. It does not provide any added coverage but I feel like it brightens up my skin and makes it look a lot smoother. It is so finely milled that it just cannot look cakey on the skin and instead it gives off a luminous finish to the skin.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, my favourite contour powder has been the Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting powder in medium. I had heard so much about this contour powder but I never really went out of my way to pick it up. Thankfully it was in a beauty box I ordered last year and since then, it has definitely changed the way I contour. I can either use this to set my cream contour (using the ABH foundation sticks) or I can use this on it's own, for a more natural finish. Whilst it does not look very special in the small pan, it is definitely a game changer and I urge you to try it because it will change your life. The Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er liquid eyeliner in Blacquer has been my favourite liquid eyeliner for the past couple of months. It is a felt tip liner, which I'm normally not a huge fan of because it can dry out very quickly, but this hasn't. It is incredibly pigmented and it lasts practically all day, without fading, creasing or flaking. The tip is pretty sharp and it makes creating a flick very easy to do. 

I haven't brought any beauty products for a while, simply because I'm trying to use a few products up, but I would love to know what high end beauty products you have been loving?