Do you love exquisite, girly packaging, caramel scents, & over the top luxury? Then you NEED to go and check out Viktor & Rolf BonBon Couture. Released earlier this year, this is the sexier, more luxurious version of the original....and it is SO YOU. With top notes of mandarin, neroli oil and peach, creamy middle notes of orange blossom,Sambac jasmine, & caramel, & base notes of sandalwood and patchouli, with vanilla and blonde tobacco . you'll be smelling like a goddess all summer long. This white floral/caramel fragrance is one you should be dropping major hints for this Christmas ;)
This time of year has the potential to really take it out of us....and it can show in our skin! I know it definitely shows in mine. I'm on my second jar of the Energie de Vie Sleeping Mask from Lancôme- and I don't see myself ever stopping using it! I put it on just before bed, and leave it on overnight (don't worry, it absorbs like a dream)- and I wake up looking ALIVE! My skin is plump, smooth, hydrated, and glowy absolutely every time I use this mask- I don't 100% guarantee many things, but I can guarantee you this. It works! Please, please try it- you'll never look back.
No one does a Christmas collection quite like Lush does- every single year the products seem to get bigger, better, and six million times more beautiful. 2016 is no exception, and it was unbelievably hard to try and narrow down my favourites :O But- here we go. I loveee the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb because of how happy & uplifting the scent is- think sweet orange oil, zesty lime, & cognac! The Santasaurus Bubble Bar was a HUGE hit with Micah- that kid has never had so much fun in the bath before (& he's begging me to buy more). I was rapt to see the return of the candy floss-scented Snow Fairy not just in shower gel formula...but a divine body conditioner- OBSESSED! It's not too late to dash in store to nab these, but be quick- they're limited edition!
Everyone knows that I'm always down to try a new serum- particularly if they involve brightening the skin. Who doesn't want brighter, more radiant skin?! I was sent the Societe Brightening Serum several months ago, and I've been using it with great joy ever since. Essentially, it's meant to target dark spots, pigmentation & discolouration- none of which I have CRAZY amounts of admittedly...but I do have a couple of sun-damaged areas that irk me. This serum has absolutely lightened these up- & this makes me very happy. I'm excited to keep using it to see if it makes them disappear for good!
This is a product that I've been using for nearly a year, and I love it just as much now as I did when I first started! The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift & Firm SPF 15 Foundation is an absolute DREAM to apply & wear. If you have dry skin, or aging skin, or both (like moi), this will most likely end up being your holy grail. It gives an excellent full coverage (yussss) with a satin finish- & it doesn't sink into any fine lines! A little bit goes a long way, and I've had great success with the longevity of this foundation- I've had a solid 9 hours wear with no touch ups- LOVE! Definitely check it out at your closest Elizabeth Arden counter.
As soon as I laid eyes on the new Bobbi Brown Wine & Chocolate Collection, I was smitten. Actually, as soon as I heard the collection was CALLED Wine & Chocolate, I was smitten. Two of my faves as the inspiration for a collection? YES PLEASE. I wasn't disappointed- look at these beauties! The limited edition collection includes two eyeshadow palettes, Sequin Eye Shadow singles (4 different sparkly/shimmer shades that are all to die for), two brightening blushes, as well as lipstick and gel eyeliner. The packaging is gorgeous, and I just KNOW these are going to sell out. Be quick!
Eye cream is one of those things that I SHOULD have started using about one hundred years ago- but didn't. Because I was so slack, this means that not any old eye product will do- I have some SERIOUS crows feet that need work. thankfully, the legends from Aspect Skincare sent me their Eye Cream several months ago, and I've been using it religiously ever since. It contains all the good stuff like shea butter, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Aloe and Glycerin, and it's beautifully nourishing. I apply it twice a day; in the morning before makeup application, and in the evening before bed. While I still do have some crows feet, I've noticed a significant improvement- I look far more awake, & the entire area is just more refreshed. I will definitely keep using this!
If you're like me and you're an absolute sucker for sparkly, glittery, shiny packaging, you're going to lose your mind over the latest MAC Cosmetics collaboration. MAC X Mariah Carey is absolutely BEAUTIFUL- and has arrived just in time for Christmas ;) Start hinting.... ;) The collection (which is pretty vast, actually) includes embossed lipsticks, lipglasses, two eyeshadow quads, blush powders- & so, so much more. My top picks? The Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi, the warm-toned eyeshadow quad called I'm That Chick You Like, and the gorgeous Bit Of Bubbly lipstick. These will be on counter from December the 12th- get ready!!!
This gorgeous compact is from the brand new Guerlain Spring 2016 makeup collection, and oh my goodness- it's a beaut. Many of you will have seen the Meteorites (multi-coloured pearls housed in beautiful tins) which is probably the most iconic Guerlain product- this compact is virtually identical, but in pressed powder form. In case you were wondering what on earth it is, and what it's used for- the Meteorites Voyage Powder Compact can be used to either highlight your face, or all over to give your skin an angelic glow...who doesn't want an angelic glow?? There are 5 different shades to colour correct & illuminate, & the scent is divine- the signature Guerlain violet fragrance. It is SO PRETTY & I'm in love.
I present to you- the PERFECT products from Dermalogica to use this summer. I've been using them religiously, & my skin is the happiest that I've seen it in a very long time. First up, the Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. Packed full of all the good stuff- vitamins A, C, E & F, it's probably one of the most active and effective face masks I've tried. It's brilliant for skin that is dry or dull, & when used over time can reduce the appearance of photodamaged skin & fine lines. It smells DIVINE, & I apply it in place of moisturiser just before bed- don't worry about your pillowcases, it absorbs super quickly! This product gets an A++++ from me!
I've been telling just about everyone I know about the Daily Resurfacer. Basically, you get a (pretty big) cute tub packed full of individual packets which contain chemical exfoliation pads. I know that chemical exfoliation sounds a bit scary to the uninitiated, but it is one the BEST things you can start doing for your skin. Why? When you gently swipe one of the pads over your skin, the AHAs & BHAs it contains work to smooth, tone, & brighten your skin by gently removing dead skin cells. These are powerful little guys- but magically gentle enough to be used every day. If you'd like your skin to glow, these are the things to try!
Now, I love dry shampoo. I loveeee it. But I haven't ever found one whose effects work all day- until now. And if you're in the same boat as me, rest assured that your search is over. The Oribe Dry Texturising Spray is a little (actually quite big) miracle worker! When applied, it doesn't just absorb all the heinous oil at your roots, but it give some pretty hefty volume- some real oomph, if you will. Not only that, but it holds whatever style you've chosen, and lasts...and lasts...and lasts- ALL DAY. Sometimes until the next day. Sorry Batiste, I love you, but Oribe has taken over. Brilliant stuff.
Whether we like it or not (& whether we can believe it or not, thanks to the current heat wave)- the cooler months are coming. I'm doing all I can to get my skin ready for winter by stocking up on hydrating masks, decent exfoliating products- but most of all, moisturisers! It's a good idea to up the ante with your skincare during the colder seasons by opting for something more nourishing, & the new Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm is where it's at. It is awesomely rich & hydrating, & perfect for sensitive skin as there's no added fragrance- whoop! I like to apply this at night time as it really is such a thick balm (a little goes a long way!); I love how it plumps my face, & being able to wake up with 100% moisturised skin. A must-try for winter!
The entire Lancome Spring 2016 makeup collection looks good enough to eat- SO pretty! I love everything I've tried so far (& will mention more in future posts), but the stand out for me currently is the limited edition Lancome My Parisian Pastels. Look at the cuteness! It's a shimmer cube palette (the cubes can be taken out & moved around) for eyes and cheeks in the pastel hues- which have been touted everywhere as the number one makeup trend for the coming months. You can use them on their own- or combined- they look incredible on the cheeks & cheekbones to highlight...or for a pretty wash of colour on the eyes. Take it from me- pastel shades are going to be HUGE, so get in quickly!
I've been using various products from Davines for nearly a year now, and I can't get enough of them. I decided to try the DEDE hair care range over summer because it's designed to be used every day if needed. I've never been one of those humans who have to wash their hair every day, but this summer has been ridiculously hot, & my hair has paid the price. Enter DEDE shampoo & conditioner! It smells so good, all citrusy, & even though it's super gentle, it does a brilliant job of cleaning my mop right up, as well as leaving it soft and shiny. The range also includes a Hair Mist (leave in conditioner)- much needed for untangling knotty hair after swims in the sea!
Do you have blackheads? Or have dull skin? Do you want to wake up with radiant skin EVERY SINGLE DAY? This is not an infomercial, this is a RAVE about the Environ Alpha Hydroxy Gel. Okay- this product is the business. I apply it every night, & I can't even begin to tell you what a difference it's made to my skin. Since I've used it, I only wear tinted moisturisers/light coverage foundations because my skin just looks so damn good that it's a shame to cover it up! The gel itself contains a high amount of AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids) such as glycolic & lactic- both of which do wonders at improving the texture of skin- & it's strong, so I recommend talking to your beauty therapist before trying it. It's my go-to every day now, & I recommend it to anyone who has issues with congested, mature, or sun damaged skin.
I have to admit, I've always been a leeeeeetle bit cautious of gel/liquid/cream blushes- basically anything that wasn't in powder form. I was convinced I'd use far too much, that it would stain my face, & go horribly wrong- you get the idea. But the YSL Fusion Ink Blush from the latest collection (Spring 2016) is magnificent, & most importantly, tres user friendly. The gel formulation is light, & easy to blend- I apply a little to the back of my hand, & work from there using a densely packed round topped blush brush. This means I can't over-commit, & just build the colour up. The slender tube packaging is both beautiful looking, hygienic, & functional- & the colour stays on my cheeks for a solid 6-7 hours. WINNER!!!
See this product? It is EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. It's heaven in a jar (that looks like it's been designed by NASA, incidentally). I love it so much that I hate using it....because I'm scared of it running out. La Prairie 3 Minute Peel is an exfoliating face mask that uses AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids, which get rid of dead skin cells), BHAs ( beta hydroxy acids, which work on unclogging pores), & leaves your skin looking brighter, plumper, & more smooth than you can imagine. You use the cute wee brush to apply the product in upward strokes, leaving it on for the specified 3 minutes (no longer, because this stuff is STRONG), wash it off gently...and voila! Hiiiiiii angel face! I love this product forever.
Oasis Beauty is totally boss, for so many reasons. Their NZ-made products are top of the line, cruelty free, perfect for sensitive skin, made with organic & natural ingredients- & they all smell AMAZING. I've been trialling Fruit Smoothie, which is a scrub AND a face mask (simply leave it on your skin a little longer before rinsing off) that contains delicious things like pink grapefruit, papaya, pineapple & pink clay. It leaves my skin feeling so fresh, smooth & soft, & I love how long this bottle is going to last me- a little amount goes a long way! I've heard Fruit Smoothie can be especially great for acne-prone skin as well, so definitely don't be scared of giving it a try- it's lovely!
Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP Intense
Fragrance group- White floral
Top notes- Orange, Bergamot, Currant buds, Pear, Pink Pepper
Middle notes- Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Iris, Tuberose
Base notes- Hazelnut, Whipped cream
Kirk's notes- Ohhhhh my goodness I love it. I'm a sucker for white floral fragrances anyway- but this beauty really bowled me over. Like the name suggests, it is intense- but in the best possible way! This could easily be a signature scent, it's so distinctive and beautiful- as well as being unbelievably long-lasting. Not for the faint hearted; if you like to make lasting impressions with your fragrance, you really need to check it out!
Available from 21 September 2015 at selected department stores, Farmers and pharmacies
I LOVE serums. I love them more than any other skincare product, and if given the chance, could talk about them all day. Environ Focus Frown Serum is a product that I have been having a love affair with lately, because it really does WORK. Okay- disclaimer: you don't wake up one morning with a wrinkle free face...but if you use it twice daily, any fine lines WILL be significantly lessened- & really, that's good enough for me. It works by softening muscle activity around your eyes and forehead (those frowny-prone areas), which smooth out existing lines & keep imminent lines at bay. I LOVE IT. I wish I could bathe in it.
Montblanc Lady Emblem EDP
Fragrance group- Fruity floral
Top notes- Pink Rose, Peach, Marmalade, Red Currant
Middle notes- Rosewood, Patchouli, Sandalwood
Base notes- Raspberry, Musk
Kirk's notes- First of all, I need to express how in love I am with this packaging! A pink glass diamond shape- dying. It's so pretty! Not as pretty as the fragrance though, that's on a whole other level. Montblanc Lady Emblem is super feminine, and is a scent that I can see myself wearing all through spring and summer. It really is so gorgeous. Guys LOVE this, and I love it because of how unique it is, and how it makes me feel girly even if I'm being a slob kebab in trackies!
It's been ages since I wrote about Benefit, so I'm really excited to tell you guys about this new product. Air Patrol is a multi-tasking lil angel (it even has wings)- & as described as being a BB cream for the eye lids. Essentially, it offers SPF20 protection, preps the eye lids with a fantastic colour correcting shade of pale yellow (swatch here), and makes an excellent primer for eye shadow- my eye makeup didn't budge for ten hours straight! I've also been using this on it's own for days where I don't fancy wearing eye shadow- my eyes look fresh, hydrated & happy. The soft squishy applicator is perfect for use around the eye area...& the packaging is CRAZY cute. Out in October, Air Patrol is a must try.
I've talked to you guys about how much I've been loving the Davines hair care range (check that post out here to catch up!), and I decided awhile ago that I simply must try some of the products from their styling range. LOOK AT THAT PRETTY PACKAGING!!! I've been using the Sea Salt Spray so often these days that I've nearly run out already, and it is FAB. So many sea salt products make my hair crunchy, greasy, & weighed-down- not this guy! Check out the Davines how-to vid here to see how I use it (except I do it myself ;) ). The other product I've been loving to death is the Invisible Serum, which gives a softer tousled style with a beautiful shine- & makes my hair smell divine! It also takes care of any frizz, & has a light hold-perfect!