Friday, November 30, 2012

Fragrance Friday: Reem Acra

So it's been absolutely ages since I've posted a 'Fragrance Friday'. I've been feeling a little uninspired on the fragrance front recently, I've been reaching for some of my old favourite scents rather than lusting after new releases, but the launch of this rather special scent has gotten me so excited, I couldn't wait to share it with you all.
Reem Acra is most famous for her beautiful bridal gowns, but also dresses countless celebrities for the red-carpet in her stunning couture designs including Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart, Olivia Wilde and Zooey Deschanel.


The release of Ms. Acra's debut fragrance actually coincided with a personal visit to her bridal boutique in New York City for me, so I got to try the fragrance first hand while viewing her stunning collection of gowns (on a rather exciting side note, I did actually choose one for my wedding day - but of course can't share any more details with you... yet!)
The fragrance is simply entitled 'Eau de Parfum'. The simple gold packaging with Reem Acra's classic floral design and signature doves is utterly decadent in yet suitably sophisticated, and the rectangular bottle has a clear window showing the beautiful amber liquid.
The scent itself is equally as sophisticated with top notes of bergamot, peach and orange blossom, and distinct heart notes of jasmine, lily of the valley and ginger giving it a unique twist. It has a warm base of amber, musk, patchouli and cedar which gives it a slight hint of masculinity in my opinion. It's an undeniably unique scent that Ms. Acra worked closely with perfumer Pierre Negrin to create, naming the finished product "classically elegant and uniquely contemporary" and designed to inspire confidence and make women feel beautiful, like Ms. Acra's gowns.

It's definitely a more mature scent, but a modern one, and one that I think would make a perfect Christmas gift (let's face it, the packaging is simply perfect for Christmas!)

Reem Acra's debut fragrance is available exclusively from Harrods (Saks in the US) priced at £55 for 50ml and £72 for 90ml.

Olay's Big British Beauty Poll: The Results!

A few weeks back you might remember me posting about the Olay Big British Beauty Poll, and encouraging you all to head over and let Olay know your thoughts on all things beauty. Well the results are in, and they are decidedly different from those that we saw back in 2010 when the first poll was conducted!

Over 4,400 people entered their opinions during the poll and the results show that on average, women are spending approximately 15% less on their beauty products than in 2010. Although women also stated that they think they spend more now, the average monthly spend has dropped from £23 to £20.

Anti-Ageing skin care was proven to be the item that women prioritise the most, being most reluctant to give up when compared to their other beauty treats, with only 7% choosing to cut back on anti-ageing skin care over other beauty products if need be.
There was also an interesting change in the type of anti-ageing skincare being purchased, with 79% of women saying that while they value their skin care products most highly, they are unlikely to spend more than £30 on a face cream, even if it works!

Not surprisingly, Mascara was voted the most popular 'can't live without' beauty product, with 35% of women voting it as their top makeup must have.
Overall, it has certainly shown shome interesting changes in our beauty spending habits as a nation over the past couple of years.

What do you think? Do the results of Olay's Big British Beauty Poll line up with your beauty priorities?

*This post in sponsored by P&G/Olay

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Milani Runway Eyes Palette

I picked up this Milani 'Runway Eyes' palette in 'Designer Browns' from the states a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd share a quick review with you all. I really love the shades in this palette, they seem really pretty and wearable, but with a slight twist on the 'norm' with the pinky-bronze shade, peach tones and pretty shimmer running through each colour.

The packaging is really neat. I loved the look of the raised strips of product at first, but after using it a couple of times it becomes a little bit annoying, as you have to be careful to avoid picking up the next colour when you are using one of the middle shades.
 The pigmentation is pretty average. Although you can get decent colour payoff from these shades if you build them up, the staying power is pretty bad. Without a primer these shadows pretty much dissappeared from my eyelids within a few hours.
 A couple of people online recommended using them wet for more colour payoff, but to be honest, it didn't make a huge amount of difference when I tried this.

Dry
Wet
Overall this is a pretty palette, but I've definitely been left disappointed. I don't think I'd recommend this over my other drugstore/high street eyeshadow palettes, especially when compared to the likes of Sleek.

You can pick these up from US drugstores for $7.99

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Currently Obsessed With...

I'm absolutely obsessed with these new Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks from Soap & Glory. They might look like just another Chubby-dupe, but for me these are the best of the bunch.

They are some kind of balm-gloss hybrid... When you apply just a tiny bit they feel like a balm, layer them up for a pretty medium-colour gloss. They feel gorgeous and moisturising on the lips and not overly-sticky.

They taste super yummy, just like vanilla ice cream (The taste actually reminds me of my favourite MAC lipglosses - the cremesheen glasses!)

Fuschia-ristic

Plum Jam

They are twist up, so no annoying sharpening.

They only come in three colours (of which I have two... the other is a nude) and you can pick them up from Boots stores and online for £8 (and currently buy 1 get one 1/2 price!). Quite pricey for soap and glory, but totally worth it. I'm in love with these!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OPI Goldeneye

I picked up this miniature bottle of OPI's Goldeneye nail polish while I was in the States last week as part of the Skyfall 'Bondettes' miniature polish quartet, and I think it's absolutely perfect for the upcoming festive season. 
Gold nails can be tricky to perfect, but this seems to be somewhat of a hybrid finish - somewhere between a traditional glitter and a gold-leaf effect.

I love the miniature OPI polishes. They are perfect for more unusual colours as I rarely use up a whole bottle, and they're cheaper too! I picked up the set for $12.50 (approx £8).

The application of this is opaque in two coats. The wear time is about average on me (4-5 Days) and removal is slightly easier than with your traditional, chunkier glitter polishes.

What do you think? Have any of you picked up any colours from the OPI Skyfall collection?

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Most Favourite Red Lip

Although I've mentioned this in a few videos recently, I still get lots of questions from you guys about this shade of lipgloss if I ever wear it in vlogs or pictures. It's my most favourite red lip of all time, YSL's glossy stain in No.10.


The intense rouge with a vinyl gloss finish has taken over from my beloved Chanel Famous as my red lip of choice, and while I used to wear a red lip only every once in a while, I've been sporting this shade at least once or twice a week for the past month.
I'm totally in love with it. I've already done a full review on the Glossy Stains HERE, so if you want to know more about the formulation, wear time etc, then I'd recommend you check that out... but in short? They're fabulous.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hair SOS!

I've spoken about this product in a couple of my videos recently, but it's simply so wonderful, I thought it deserved a blog post too! Charles Worthington's Intense Rescue Melting Balm is really such a gorgeous product to use, but it also delivers amazing results for my hair too.

It's a solid oil formula, much like many of the cleansing balms available on the market today. It contains 7 different oils and butters to help condition your damaged locks. You take a small amount of the product, rub it between your hands and it turns into a beautifully scented, thick oil. You then apply this to dry hair 20-30 minutes before shampooing, wash and condition your hair as normal and hey-presto! It leaves you with that 'new hair' feeling, like you've just had a trim. It's really quite a fabulous product and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has dry, damaged or colour-treated hair.
It's only just been released so can be a little tricky to get your hands on, but you should be able to find it in larger Boots stores, and online here. It's not a bargain, at £16.99 for 200ml, but in my opinion it is 100% worth the higher price tag than Charles Worthington's other products. It's much better than any other hair mask I've used, including the most expensive ones.

P.S: This is currently on offer at Boots, with 1/3 off, so it's only £11.33 - YEY!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Urban Decay Holiday Offerings 2012 & Giveaway

Urban Decay have a few different offerings as part of their Holiday limited editions this year, but these three mini palettes are the pick of the bunch for me.

The 'Feminine' 'Dangerous' and 'Fun' palettes each contain six of urban Decays cult eyeshadow shades, and a miniature lipgloss. 

The Fun Palette
The Feminine Palette
The Dangerous Palette
They are perfect for travelling or on-the-go makeup application, and the three different palettes have something for everyone. I'm more of a neutral/classic makeup girl myself so the feminine palette has to be my favourite.

The Fun Palette
The Feminine Palette
The Dangerous Palette
They are £25 each so make for perfect Christmas presents.

I'm going to be giving one of each of these palettes away this week. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Write a comment on this post telling me which is your favourite of the three palettes
3. Leave your twitter name (or email address if you don't have twitter) so that I can get in touch if you win.

The giveaway is open for one week. It closes on Sunday 11th November 2012 at midnight GMT. It is open internationally. Winners will be chosen at random and announced next week.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Private Jet

This is one of the shades in my collection that often gets forgotten about. 

It became one of OPI's most famous shades a few years ago after Kim Kardashian admitted that it's her favourite nail shade.

A little controversy in the bloggosphere followed after OPI changed the formula to include less holographic shimmer, making it one of the most talked-about, hyped-up nail colours around.

All the hype aside, it is actually a gorgeous and really rather unusual colour which is perfect for Autumn and Winter: A deep grey-brown with a hint of holographic shimmer, it's the subtle, grown-up answer to holographic polish. It gives a lovely illusion of texture to the nails.

The formulation i have is the new (less holographic) one, and it applies beautifully. It's opaque in three coats and lasts an average amount of time on my nails (4-5 days with a base and top coat)

What do you think of My Private Jet?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Michael Mercier Detangling Brush

This little tool has been a total godsend to me over the past few weeks. I have seriously tangly hair. In part due to the fact that I subject my hair to bleach and too much heat styling, but also due to the fact that I'm a bit of a scarf obsessive (and they frequently leave me with a nice cat-knot at the back of my neck!)
It's the Detangling Brush from Michael Mercier, and is clearly his answer to the Tangle Teezer. In my opinion it's much better than the (quickly becoming cult) Tangle Teezer. 

It comes in three variants for specific hair types: fine, normal and afro. 
I have the one for normal hair, and the bristles are little harder than my Tangle Teezer. This means that although it is a little rougher than it's counter type, but it gets the job done even faster. This little beauty brushes through my hair in a matter of seconds, with minimal breakage.
While it doesn't look as cute as the Tangle Teezer, the funny looking handle is actually really, well, handy! And stop it slipping out of your hand whilst brushing (a problem I had a few times with the Teezer)
You can pick up Michael Mercier brushes from beauique.com for £14.95.