Friday, 12 February 2016

Diptyque Rosaviola Candle

Forget date night - with all the love-themed beauty products hitting shelves this February, the big V-Day is all about romancing numero uno (OK, and other people too... but I'm gonna have some 'me time' first). My pick of the bunch has to be the limited edition new candle from Diptyque, aka the perfect way to treat yo'self.

A collaboration with French fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan, the Rosaviola candle comes in two sizes (mini version featured here) each dressed like one of her signature bags - super colourful and adorned with playful illustrations. A switch-up from Diptyque's standard range, the candles are housed in pink opaque glass and the traditional label is replaced by an embroidered version. Oh, and they're sealed with a kiss!

As for the fragrance, it's based on the 'mystery and allure of the lady's bag' - comprising of rose notes, traces of lipstick and a hint of leather. To me, it's a saccharine scent akin to a box of rose and violet creams, with just enough edge to feel adult. So there you have it - if no one's buying you a box of chocolates (or even if they are), who cares! Nab this for your boudoir and seduce yourself.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Fountain The Glow Molecule

January's over and a perfectly acceptable amount of making-up-for-December time has passed, but what if your skin is still taking on that slightly sallow hue? More commonly known as 'winter face', this incredibly annoying phenomenon is most probably the result of cold weather, no sun and all that central heating. Nose feeling flakey? Winter face. Dull and lackluster skin? Winter face strikes again. An epidemic no amount of moisturiser seems to be able to fix.

But sometimes, the solution lies within - and that's exactly the case when it comes to this particular skincare woe. Of course, what you put on outside is going to help, but if you're already doing all you can then read on...

I'm an unabashedly enthusiastic fan of Fountain's drinkable supplements (click here to read my reviews on more Molecules). Put simply, they give you a good-face-day in a bottle and latest offering Glow Molecule is no exception. Along with moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid, this one contains a pre-oxidized form of glutathione - which neutralises free radicals and restores glow to lifeless skin.

To be honest, I have no idea how it works. But it does. In a week! No joke I would invest stocks in this company, and I'm not even being paid to say that.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo And Conditioner

I know what you're thinking. Dropping the best part of £100 on something that's, quite literally, going down the drain seems straight up ludicrous and I'm not gonna lie - if I hadn't been gifted these babies, I would not be able to afford them. But being the utmost of luxury is kind of the whole point of Oribe. I mean, it even sells perfumes and candles scented like its signature haircare line (bergamot, jasmine and sandalwood fyi) due to crazy customer demand.

To give y'all some context - their volumising dry shampoo, Dry Texurising Spray (I'll be reviewing this soon) costs £39. For. A. Dry. Shampoo. I actually spent real life money on it too, but instead of every day use, I save it for special occasions - a couple of spritzes once a week when I want my hair on point. For those of us not blessed with overflowing bank balances, there's certainly a place for top market products on our beauty shelves, it's just how often we use them that differs.

That's one thing I love about Oribe's Bright Blonde range - it's pretty much the most bomb silver shampoo around, which also means it's not designed for every wash (maybe every 3rd) so it lasts a whole lot longer. Brassiness is gone, yellow tones vanish, but most importantly - hair is left with shimmering softness and sheen, a quality I've yet to find in other violet-toned products.

And can we talk about the packaging? Sleek rosebud pink with gold accents and 3D details. They make my bathroom feel like maybe it's Rihanna's bathroom and for that - they're priceless... no, no. I kid. I'm still poor AF.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Birchbox: January 2016

Just a quick one today about the January 2016 Birchbox - a super cute collaboration with Pinterest. Not only does this box include the usual 5 luxe beauty treats, it also comes with a #NoFilter compact mirror and a bunch of illustrated post cards from Pinterest to help you on the road to feeling inspired in the new year.

My box contained the Benefit They're Real! Lash Primer, Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner, Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel, Absolution L'Eau Soir et Matin Cleansing Water, Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner.

To be completely honest - there were only two real stand out products in the box, and those were the Benefit They're Real! Lash Primer and the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner (which I received a full size of, yaaaas!).

I actually already own the Benefit Lash Primer and am completely obsessed with it! It's perfect worn alone for a 'natural' makeup look, giving you a wide flutter of dark brown lashes, or if used under your favorite mascara it will further amplify the effects. I use this every day, mainly just on its own for a toned-down look at work, or on my bottom lashes if I'm wearing falsies and don't want a total doll-eyed feel.

The Eyeko Eyeliner was new to me but I fell in love on first flick. It's so easy to use (I'm completely cack-handed with eyeliners and can only manage ones with firm nibs), and makes drawing in that cat-eye shape a whole lot easier - not to mention quicker, as the thick shape means you don't need to fill the line in. Seriously, two seconds and you're done. No need for faffing about with sellotape or all those liquid eyeliner guide products.
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