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? 



Sunday, 12 March 2017

MY LONG AWAITED SKINCARE ROUTINE | 2017



Happy Sunday everyone! After being away for nearly 2 months, blogging definitely feels a little foreign right now. I decided to take a little break because I wasn't 100% into the content I was producing and I was suffering from writer's block (plus losing my memory card played a huge part into my unplanned break..but that's a whole another story!). So I thought I would come back and talk all about my current skincare routine, because I feel like I have discovered a few new 'holy grail' products. It's going to be a lengthy one so grab a cup of tea and enjoy..


Starting off with removing my makeup, I have always use an oil-based make up remover to remove my eye make up, like the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover. It helps to break the make up down a lot more quickly so I do not need to keep rubbing my eyes when using a cleanser. Speaking of a cleanser, I have been using two at the moment. The first is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which literally melts your make up and leaves your skin feeling hydrated. This gel goes through three different stages, initially it starts off as a gel, but once you start to work it into the skin, it transforms into an oil and begins to remove any impurities and dead skin cells, once in contact with water, it emulsifies and has a milk-like consistency. It contains a handful of vitamins, which helps your skin to become softer and smoother, reducing pigmentation and inflammation, along with increasing the amount of collagen in your skin. I absolutely love this cleanser.

The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, is fairly new to my routine and I normally use this when my skin is more clogged and oily than usual. Again, this is a gel cleanser but it is clay-based, which helps combat oily-ness. If you suffer from sensitive skin, then I would stay away from this because if I leave it on my skin a little bit too long, then it does begin to sting a little but having said that, it works wonders when my skin is breaking out. It tightens your pores whilst also purifying the skin. It leaves your skin feeling 'squeaky' clean but it definitely does not dry out your skin.

If my skin feels really clogged and just 'blah', I mix a small amount of the BareMinerals Mix. Exfoliate. Smooth. with the Sunday Riley cleanser, and it really does make a difference! My pores are no longer clogged and my skin looks a lot brighter. I then pour a small amount of the PIXI Glow Tonic onto a cotton pad and apply it all over my face and neck. I have to say, when I first initially tried the Glow Tonic, I was a little bit sceptical. I did not know if it will work for me, or even if it does work! And I'm so glad that I was proven wrong. You do not necessarily see instant results, but this is probably my third bottle and when I do not use it, I can see a difference my skin. It makes my skin look a lot brighter, any scars I may have from previous breakouts fade quickly and amount of milia I have near my eyes are decreasing.


If you have been reading my blog for a while, then the next couple of products will come to no surprise to you all. The Benefit Total Moisturise moisturiser has been my favourite for the past year or so! If you suffer from dry skin, then you need this in your life. Not only does it smell nice, but it really does work at keeping your skin hydrated and I do not feel like I need to moisturise twice in the morning. As you can see, I'm nearly out but thankfully I have a back up! The Benefit It's Potent! eye cream is thinner in consistency than the moisturiser, but a little goes a long way. I have been using this for a year now (I'm on my second jar) and I have noticed a huge difference in my dark circles. Both are absolutely amazing. Amazing. Amazing!

Onto the two products which are fairly new to me, the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster has been the serum which I use in the morning, every other day. I can't use this every morning because I've noticed that any product which has a high content of Vitamin C, breaks me out if I use it frequently. The Truth Serum has been described as a daily multivitamin for your skin. It is an anti-aging serum which brightens, firms and hydrates the skin. It is also supposed to be great at boosting collagen too!


The second new product, which I use in the evenings, is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping night oil. It is a pricey little blue tinged retinol-rich oil (mine is a deluxe sample size) which is aimed at being a night-time treatment which helps to reduce signs of ageing. It corrects any signs of sun damage and everyday exposure to pollutants. It is also supposedly meant to reduce any fine lines or wrinkles, but thankfully, I do not have these yet so I do not know if it makes any difference. I have been using this, one and off, for about six weeks now and I find that my skin feels smoother, there are no dry patches and any redness that I had on my cheeks, has gone down.

The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, has been my holy grail spot treatment for the past couple of years. It lasts for months and I finished my second bottle last year and just did not repurchase it, until the beginning of March and I just do not know why it took me so long! Again, I simply dip a cotton bud and apply this at night (or during the day, if I'm staying home because you can look a little weird with random pink dots on your face!) and the next morning, my breakout has either disappeared or dramatically decreased. I find that it normally takes around three days for a breakout to completely go, if it one of those angry massive volcanoes that just popped out of no where! 

So that's it! That's what I'm currently using in my skincare routine and of course I do like to try new products so this will probably change in a few months. What is your go to skincare product?

Also, if you want a more detailed review of any of the products above, then do let me know. I'm currently writing a list of blog post ideas to help me get back into blogging!