Friday, 23 December 2016
We’ve all been there. Searching for a quick tutorial on YouTube and ending up stuck on the site for five hours watching back-to-back 'Vlogmas' videos. Last week, it happened to me - falling into a vlogger vortex of sorts - and procrastinating ended up costing me more than just an evening of chores, it also led to a rather unlikely shopping spree. I say unlikely because A) - I'm not a die-hard Zoella fan, and B) - I've never before been tempted to purchase any of her wares (although I'll admit, I was almost swayed by the 'Bath Latte' this summer. Honey! Almond! That Art Deco packaging!).
There's just something about Zoella's Christmas Collection. The packaging surpasses 'cute' - yes, it's still unashamedly twee but all traces of teenybopper have vanished, replaced instead with something I can only liken to the charm of Urban Outfitters' gift section. As with her Sweet Temptations line, the products speak for themselves - beyond just baring the name of Britain's most popular YouTuber. It was the festive gingerbread and vanilla scent running throughout the new range that won me over, and it doesn't fail to deliver IRL.
As promised, Hungry Hands leaves hands "silky soft" and - take this as a warning, heavy fragrance-phobes - majorly scented. Those with super sensitive skin could find it slightly irritating due to the cinnamyl alcohol, responsible for the cinnamon smell, and may therefore want to avoid. But Bath & Body Works enthusiasts (and Zoella Bath & Body Works haul video enthusiasts), this is right up your fairy light-filled street.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
"You smell like milk," my boyfriend whispers to me as we awake in bed one sleepy Sunday morning. On initial thought, I'm confused and somewhat offended... that is, until my brain whirrs back into action and I recall what I'd misted onto my neck and wrists the night before. A strange sense of pride washes over me as I realise he's correctly identified a note. But hadn't I sprayed it on 12 hours ago? Good God, the longevity. The sillage!
Launched in September, This Is Her! is the latest women's eau de parfum by chic-rock brand Zadig & Voltaire. This Is Her! and its partner scent, This Is Him! mark the French fashion house's third stab at nailing the feminine/masculine edition concept. This time, I think they've done it - thanks in most part to perfumer duo Sidonie Lancesseur and Michel Almanac.
Both unique and edgy, yet laced with a can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it familiarity, neither fragrance lets the other down. Peppery, woody and mouthwateringly true-to-life gourmand notes work with, not against, each other when paired together (but fellas, keep an eye on your bottle as the incense-laden, vanilla-rich base will smell just as good on the women in your life).
This Is Her!, my personal choice, boasts a comforting sweetness set to please the Starbucks Christmas drink-swigging crowd. A heart of milky chestnut cream and warm benzoin could easily lead to sugar overload, but the scent escapes a sickly fate - only lingering on the saccharine side for a few seconds before evolving into a rich, deep indulgence, offset by bright jasmine in the opening.
Think milky notes can't prove alluring? Never underestimate the olfactory power of scents from your childhood, and I'm not just talking that new baby smell. The Library of Fragrance credits the runaway success of its Baby Powder eau de toilette to a subliminal reminder of being soothed and cared for - perhaps why we've seen the 'baby perfume' business do nothing but thrive.
One of the first to hit the market, 2002's Burberry Baby Touch, may have initially been met with Daily Mail disdain. But cue the public catching on to how sweet-smelling it was, and stock began to sell like hotcakes - yummy mummies all but clashed pushchairs like antlers trying to nab a bottle of the stuff! Now everyone's in on the action: Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, Le Labo. And we all know it's not just the babies wearing them...
If you're looking for a similarly soft and snuggly perfume, but housed in a sleek bottle you'd proudly host on your dressing table, This Is Her! is an ideal choice. Plus, it's got a dark side - the milkiness stays put like a trusty safety seat while sensual sandalwood and punchy pink pepper spin a more mysterious and risqué aroma around it.
This isn't just any run-of-the-mill baby. It's a boho baby, a rock 'n' roll baby, and exactly what I imagine the inside of Kate Moss' Balenciaga baby bag smelled like back in the noughties (sandalwood and pink pepper notes also run throughout the supermodel's eponymous line of perfumes, no less).
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Love a blast from 90s fashion's past? You'll want to check out ASOS' latest collection. Designed in collaboration with Sharmadean Reid (founder of cult nail salon WAH London) the 17-piece line pays homage to the late Princess Diana, taking inspiration from her most memorable outfits, favourite fabrics and signature pearls.
This is Reid's first ever foray into clothing, and the range doesn't disappoint. Above are my favourite three pieces, including the soon-to-be-sold-out pink mini dress - a classic cocktail cut with WAH's signature streetwear edge (think bold colours, gold accessories and statement-making vibes).
Sunday, 9 October 2016
People the world over lost their collective minds when flower jelly lip balms hit the internet back in June. Chinese cosmetics brand KailiJumei were the first to create the super-cute products - clear, jelly-like lip balms with tiny flowers suspended inside (essentially a beauty blogger's dream). But thankfully for us Brits, a similar invention launched in the UK this month and I'm here to tell you all about it!
Sold exclusively on ASOS, the Winky Lux Flower PH Balm Set features three lipstick-style balms, all packaged in a mini gold makeup case. Each balm has a different coloured flower inside - yellow, pink, and green - but, when applied, are all the same shade... well, in a way. They swipe on clear, but quickly change to a differing pink hue - either super subtle, or slightly brighter - completely dependent on the pH of your skin.
A fluorescein-based dye adjusts the colour within 60 seconds to what is supposedly your most flattering colour. Kind of like a mood ring, but for your lips! Shown on my hand, above, the tone looks quite bright, but on my lips it's a more subtle rosebud pink. Sadly the Winky Lux flower balms are currently sold out at present but, seeing as they've been so popular, I'm sure ASOS will be restocking soon. Fingers crossed...