Friday, August 30, 2013

Fragrance Friday: Taylor By Taylor Swift

This perfume has been sitting on my desk for the past six weeks. *hangs head in shame* The moment I smelt this, I fell in love with it, but it has become somewhat 'the one that got away' on my blog, as I've been away so much, I simply haven't gotten around to posting about it. I've had a huge number of requests to review it since it's launch last month so to keep all you Swifties satisfied... here it is. In all it's glory... Taylor by Taylor Swift.

This is the third perfume from Taylor (who, if you follow me on YouTube you might know, I'm a HUGE fan of) I've bought and loved both of her previous perfumes. The newest addition to her collection however, is quite different from the others...

It's richer, creamier and more mature. The fruity notes of lychee, tangerine and apricot mix beautifully with a floral concoction of magnolia, hortensia, vanilla orchid and peony. Some woodiness and musk in the base give it some guts and overall, it's a delicious, addictive scent.

For me, this is my favourite of all three of Taylor's perfumes. The one thing I can't take to however, is the bottle. The design in theory is nice, but something about the multi-coloured ribbon pattern looks a bit cheap to me. Maybe it's the mix of the vintage looking cap (complete with fake pearls) paired with the milkshake-glass-like flacon, mixed with the 70's style disco print. It seems like the designers couldn't decide what direction they wanted to go in, so added a little bit of everything and for me it just doesn't work.  That being said, packaging shouldn't matter and I've still fallen totally in love with the scent.

As usual with Taylor's perfumes, the price point is really affordable too at £23 for 30ml, £29 for 50ml and £39 for 100ml. It is only sold as an EDP so the staying power is great. Overall a total winner for me. Well done Taylor!

FYI, this is currently part of FeelUnique's sale, where you can pick it up with 20% off and free delivery! WaHOOO!

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Most Amazing Polish!

Now and again, I come across something so wonderful that when it comes to writing a blog post, I simply can't type fast enough...

I simply have to share this polish with you. I purchased it as part of a $20 makeup challenge I did when in LA a few weeks ago (video coming soon!), but when I came to apply it, discovered simply how amazing it is. Regardless of the price, the formula, opacity and most importantly staying power of this polish are incredible! It has lasted probably the longest of all nail polishes I've ever used. I'm talking over a week.

I used a good top coat, yes... but compared to my other polishes used with the same top coat, this product really is outstanding.

Want to know what it is?

It's the Wet n' Wild Wild Shine polish in Dreamy Poppy and I picked it up for 69 cents on sale! (Thats about 35p!) Full price it's still a total snip at 99 cents. I'm not sure how the rest of the collection performs, but this really did blow me away with it's staying power. I would thoroughly recommend it!

The colour itself also got a lot of complements whilst I was wearing it. It's a pretty bright pink that looks more red/orange in different lights. It's such a shame Wet n' Wild products aren't available in the UK. I will be keeping an eye out for more of these on my next visit to the US!

Have any of you tried any polishes from this line? Are they all this good?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fragrance Friday: My Summer Scents

Although summer is almost over, who can resist a sweet summary fragrance all year long? I certainly can't. There have been three fragrances that have been my summer go-to's this year. All are light and breezy but with distinctly different notes.
The first (right) is my Fresh 'Sugar Lychee'. This is probably the sweetest fragrance I own. It really does smell like a cocktail (a lychee mojito I like to think!). It's the perfect scent for a summer's day. While it's sweet, it's not sickly or overpowering... just delicious. If you like sweet scents I would 100% recommend checking this out as it has rooted itself firmly amongst my top favourite perfumes of all time. Delicious! ($38 for 30ml / 1oz, available from Sephora)

The second is from one of my favourite places to shop for fragrance; Jo Malone. It's their English Pear & Freesia scent. I've owned this for quite a while now (perhaps pushing the two year mark) and I always find myself reaching for it, especially in the summer months. It's more sophisticated than the Sugar Lychee, so I tend to use it as a casual evening scent, or if I'm going out somewhere nice in the daytime. In my opinion, this is also one of those scents that transcends age. You know how some scents feel more mature, others younger? Well this is a sweet scent that you can pull off at any age. Quite a rare thing to find! (£39 for 30ml / 1oz from Jo Malone)

Last but not least is the newest addition to the line up: Carven's Le Parfum. I've done a full review of this here on my blog so I won't go into too much detail, but this is basically one of the only full 'floral' scents that I own. If you find florals sickly and are looking for something fresh and easy to wear, yet still with the added femininity that a floral scent gives, then this is for you. It really is quite a lovely scent. The bottle is gorgeous too. (£38 for 30ml / 1oz from Debenhams)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Three of the Best: Body Scrubs

With my wedding rapidly approaching and my honeymoon soon after, I've been bordering on obsessed with body scrubs for the past week or so. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share three of my favourites with you. Whether you're setting off for a late summer holiday, or prepping your skin for applying fake tan to make everyone think you've just got back... body scrubs are essential for keeping your skin in tip-top condition, and enhancing the life of your tan (whether it's real OR fake!)

I'm going to be unconventional and start at the bottom with Elemis' 'Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow'. This is the most expensive of the bunch at an eye-watering £36.50 (but currently 20% off on feelunique if you like the look of it!). It is however, by far the most luxurious and most fabulous smelling. It contains monoi oil, frangipani flowers, mineral-rich salts and hibiscus; an utter treat for the skin. It's one of those products that I personally would never buy for myself but would love to receive as a gift! It leaves your skin feeling beautifully smooth and rejuvenated, and the scent lingers on your skin and in your bathroom all day. One criticism I have is that it takes a lot to exfoliate your full body - this 16oz pot probably has about 8 uses in it (for me, at least!)
Second up is probably my least favourite of the bunch, but more of my day to day go-to scrub. It's from one of my favourite bath and body brands, Rituals, and it's the 'Good Luck Scrub'. This smells nice and uplifting, and I would say it's the harshest of all three scrubs. It feels like it's really doing something, but is definitely the least luxurious. This is reflected in the price at £15. It does the job, but compared to the other two... it's really lagging behind on the pampering front.
Last but not least is the scrub that really took me by surprise this summer. I'm not normally a huge fan of Clinique body, skincare or makeup products (asides from the chubby sticks for eyes that I spoke about a couple of weeks ago, and the high lengths mascara) but they sent me this a few months ago. Initially I opened it, smelt it, pulled a face, put it down and left it there for a couple of weeks. With my wedding approaching, a few weeks ago I couldn't help but be drawn back in by it's name.. 'Sparkle Skin'. Enticing, no?!
It's the weirdest texture. Something about it is quite creamy, yet it's really solid and a little goes a long way (something seriously rare when it comes to scrubs!) This feels the most gentle on the skin, yet somehow, when it comes to results, I like this so much more than any other scrub I've tried. It doesn't feel abrasive on the skin at all. The particles feel much smaller than your average scrub, yet it leaves your skin smooth, fresh, baby soft, almost glowing.

For a product that smells pretty horrible in the pot (Clinique doesn't fragrance their products), it has a minty freshness about it when you're actually using it (I'm not sure how that happens, but I like it!) If  you are on the market for a new body scrub, I couldn't recommend this strongly enough. It's not cheap at £22.50 for 250ml, but it will last you considerably longer than any of it's counterparts and it's really a lovely product.
What's your favourite body scrub for the summer time? 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Blushing Bride?

As someone who tends to change my mind a lot and generally be a little 'last minute', this week I'm organising exactly what colours I want to wear for my wedding day (hence you may well see quite a few wedding-related beauty posts on here over the coming days!)
When it comes to blush, I tend to get somewhat stuck-in-a-rut, so while wanting to wear something different to my everyday go-to blushes on my wedding day, I still wanted to use something I know I love...

I tend to rotate between my favourite NARS blushes 'Sin' and 'Orgasm', with the occasional Dior Healthy Glow thrown in for good measure. The newest addition to my little line-up is Illamasqua's 'Ambition'. I have it in a duo with the shade 'Katie' (rather on the pale side for me at the moment, but definitely something I will use in the winter) 
Top: Katie, Bottom: Ambition
Ambition is a really gorgeous natural-toned rosy pink, with a touch of golden shimmer to it. As it's Illamasqua, the pigmentation is out of this world. One tap with your brush is all it takes (very easy to over do it - be warned!) 

The great thing about this is that even though the sizes in the duo palette are smaller than buying an individual, these will last you forever anyway! The staying power is great (a good thing to take into account when choosing wedding makeup!) and I find the colour to be really pretty and flattering.
What do you think guys? Would this be fit for a blushing bride?! Hehe... Sorry I couldn't help it!

You can pick up Illamasqua's blush duos on counter or online here for £26 - Steep but worth it for some of the best quality blushes around in my opinion!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Catch Up!

I have to say, I was pretty shocked when I logged onto my blog this morning and realised that it had been 14 days (yes, two weeks!) since my last blog post. I don't remember the last time I went this long without blogging, but it's fair to say it's been a while!

Firstly, I'm sorry to you all! I've been to-ing and fro-ing over the Atlantic Ocean for the past couple of weeks, and body clock doesn't know where it stands! I'm also in the process for setting everything up for my wedding day, which is in 10 DAYS! It's come around so quickly and I can't believe how many last minute things there are to buy, make, glue, sew and pay for. It really does swallow up time. The last couple of days have literally disappeared before my eyes!

Enough of the excuses... I just wanted you all to know why I've been absent for a while. I can't promise the posts are going to be frequent for the next few weeks, as after the wedding madness dies down, I will of course be heading off on my honeymoon, but I do promise you I'll try! I've missed my little blog, and all you lovely people very much!

To make up for it (a little!) Here are a few snaps of some of the places I've been and people I've seen over the past couple of weeks...

Shooting with the wonderful team from Seventeen Magazine's Hello Style YouTube channel for the new series of Beauty Smarties ShowDown. It's for charity this year so I was so excited to be asked to appear on it!
With the other beauty smarties competing on the show... Lindsey from BeautyBaby44,  Ingrid, Heart from That'sHeart, Andrea from Andrea's Choice and Tracy & Stephanie from Eleventh Gorgeous. All such lovely girls!
Ingrid and I discovered the HUGE snack table at the Seventeen shoot!
Eating amazing sushi in Santa Monica on my day off with Ingrid & Tati from GlamLifeGuru
I got to fly home just in time for my Hen Do (or Batchelorette for all you non-UK peeps!) The girls went all out with a onesie-themed pajama party followed by water zorbing and a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding themed party the following night.
I headed down to the Big Brother studios to makeover newly evicted housemate Jackie Travers for the first of my 'Big Brother Makeover' series!
A bit of precious time with my puppies before heading BACK out to LA...
For VidCon 2013!
Hanging out with my friends Kalel, Tati & Anna at Vidcon.
Heading back to Bubba Gump Shrimp with my YouTube BFF Ingrid. We actually went to a Bubba Gump Shrimp when we first met, back in San Francisco in 2010, so we had a little nostalgic friend moment!
Snuggling with Ingrid's cat Nugget while staying at her place after Vidcon!
Discovering delicious treats at the Santa Monica Farmers Market...
The view from my hotel room on my final night in LA. It was Mr. C in Beverley Hills and it was utterly beautiful!
Getting my hair done ready for my wedding by the wonderful Matt Motherhead at the Kim Vo salon in the Montage Hotel, Beverley Hills!

My HOBBIT PLANE ride home!
The day after I got back home... Making over BB's Callum on my second makeover of the series!
Bringing Spike presents from the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney, LA!
Hanging out with my little niece Luca - she's grown so much!
Sleepy puppies! They've grown so much this month, I've been sad to spend so much time away from them!

XO Fleur