I’m definitely late to the Jo Malone party, having inhaled the luxurious scents of the candles and spritzed myself in the delightful fragrance everytime I passed through Selfridges, I’ve longed after a bottle of my own but never had one….until now!…Finally my very own Jo Malone.
It was so difficult narrowing it down to just one fragrance as I fell in love with quite a few, however the one I found myself returning to time and time again and also the one I felt lingered on my skin the longest was the English pear and Freesia.
What Jo Malone says: ” The essence of autumn. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. Luscious and golden.”
My thoughts: Firstly the packaging is just beautiful, sleek and elegant. The particular scent I chose I feel is just amazing it’s fruity and light so suitable for day yet has an earthiness and is so long lasting it’s stunning for evening too. It’s also an all year round fragrance just because it’s flowery and fruity doesn’t mean it’s a summer fragrance, it’s by far my favourite.
Price: They come in 3 sizes 30ml £48, 50ml £69 and 100ml £98, I got the 100ml size
What Jo Malone says: ” Our refreshing Body & Hand Wash with meadow foam seed gently cleanses and deliciously scents your skin with golden English Pear & Freesia. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. The enhanced formula helps leave body and hands feeling conditioned and soft. Its crystal clear gel transforms into a rich lather and its uplifting fragrance fills the bathroom, immersing you in delicate scent.”
My thoughts: Again as with the cologne beautiful, sleek packaging and the most amazing scent which definitely lingers on the skin. It’s definitely not something I’m going to leave around the bathroom for the kid’s to wash their hands with or pump away in the shower but for special occassions and layered with the fragrance, it’s my luxurious treat.
After finding my perfect lipstick at the Chanel counter (click here to read that post) I thought I would add a couple more additions to my lip collection along with the extremley Insta-worthy Chanel Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-colour Powder.
There’s no doubt about it, this is one of the prettiest, most chic looking products ever to pull out of your handbag for a table-top touch up, this stunning, sleek palette can be seen on many Instagram posts but how well does it stand up to my ever increasing powders, let’s take a look.
The beautiful, chic, nude and black palette is just stunning, complete with it’s very own velvet pouch. Open it up to find a very decent sized mirror and round brush, perfect for on the go top ups.
Underneath is the eye-catching, multi-colour product, stripes of warm golden tones, perfect to enhance any skin tone. I got it in the shade medium.
What Chanel says: ” The exclusive creation HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS MULTI-COLOUR enhances the natural radiance of the complexion with a veil of fresh, sunny colour in a single step. Its cream-to-powder texture melts onto the skin while remaining weightless, for a makeup result as lightweight as it is luminous. Intuitive and multipurpose, HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS MULTI-COLOUR offers endless possibilities, from the subtlest natural look to the most sophisticated. Never has a radiant healthy glow been so spontaneous. The iconic LES BEIGES case contains a large mirror and a half-moon brush applicator. Three powder harmonies are available to adapt to all skin tones. Limited edition.
My thoughts: This is a lovely textured powder with a slight luminosity, without any glitter. I think it does exactly what it “says on the tin” and creates a healthy glow. Even though it has the different shades running through it, it is a one shade product. It would be perfect for someone who didn’t wear much makeup and didn’t want to be too bronzed and contoured, just wanted to add a touch of warmth and look healthier.
Ths product is Limited additon and whilst it is a nice a formulation and super pretty, it doesn’t blow me away for the price.
Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour
As I wrote in my “I have finally found my perfect lipstick” post, I like a hydrating, natural lip colour. My perfect everyday shade is 434 Mademoiselle and I was so happy with both the colour and texture of this lip colour that I decided to try a couple more shades from the range.
What Chanel says: ” ROUGE COCO, the iconic CHANEL lipstick, reinvented. A new formula for more sensoriality and hydration all day long. A new range of shades inspired by the close friends of Mademoiselle Chanel, those who simply called her Coco. The ROUGE COCO clique is composed of 24 shades: Arthur, Adrienne, Roussy, Dimitri and more.
• The combination of three vegetable waxes−mimosa, jojoba and sunflower−hydrates, nourishes the lips and ensures immediate and lasting comfort. • A silicone wax delivers a new sensory experience. Softer and more melt-away, gliding on more easily for an immediate sensation of fusion with the lips. • A new polymer film and silicone microbeads encourage lasting hold and boosted shine.
My thoughts: Both these shades would fit nicely into my bridal kit as they are soft in shade and hydrating in texture. I wanted to check the shades on my own lips and see how they compare to others in my kit.
428 Legende – This looked similar to mademoiselle online however when swatched its quite a bit more pink. When I swatched on my hand I wasn’t too sure about the colour for me personally but on my lips it is actually quite pretty, it looks like an iridescent yet soft pink which has a bit of brightness yet is very wearable, due to their hydrating and slightly sheer texture even though it is slightly lighter than my natural lip colour I don’t get that dreaded line inside my lips.
402 Adrienne – Again because of the sheer, hydrating texture this is quite a forgiving light nude on me, usually I don’t really like or suit lipsticks lighter than my natural lip color amd this is probably the lightest I would personally go, however the shade and texture are beautiful, I would probably team this up with a slightly darker lip liner for a bit of definition.
I just love this texture of lipstick it’s shiny and gloss like, whilst being hydrating and without any stickiness, I’m not a huge lipstick fan on myself and get a lot of clients that are the same so I would highly recommend giving them a try if you like a similar finish.
Hope you have found this post interesting. Which is your favourite Chanel product?
So I might be a bit late, ok extremley late to the party with this one and whilst I don’t watch The Apprentice I was well aware of the brand Tropic that emerged from the show and arrived with a bang as a cruelty free, no parabens, all natural, freshly made skincare line.
I didn’t have a great first experience with Tropic skincare when I initially tried it months ago, however, I am giving the range another try.
I ordered my first product online, months ago, having never before used, sampled, held or even smelt one of the products from the Tropic range.
The product that stood out to me was the Fruit Peel Resurfacing Serum
“Created for those with lacklustre, rough and uneven skin texture, this restorative overnight serum resurfaces the top layer of your skin and refines pores to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion by morning. Achieve the transformative results of a chemical peel using only naturally derived ingredients! brightening … smoothing … anti-ageing”
I mean, come on, who doesn’t want a bit of that?
So my product arrived and I eagerly applied it to my freshly cleansed skin however when it was on my skin I noticed the most strangest smell, it wasn’t instantly unpleasant, it was like an instant sweet smell that then seemed to turn quite unpleasant.
I continued to use it and thought if I could see results I would stick with it but after a couple of days I couldn’t bear to put it on my face due to the smell…and ended up binning it!
Fast forward a few months and a friend was hosting a Tropic Party, so I went along.
As Tropic is a natural, freshly made brand their products don’t contain the added chemicals used to preserve and fragrance the products, so yes whilst on paper they are “better for you” than other leading cosmetic companies, the experience, wasn’t for me quite as enjoyable, more due to the scent of quite a few of the products.
However this is very much a personal preference and these are only my views, I really did want to test the effects of the Tropic range and the party was a great place to quite literally sniff out what products I would choose.
What Tropic say: ” Created for all skin types, even the most sensitive, this luxurious cream cleanser effortlessly melts away makeup and impurities while providing a nourishing daily cleanse. The accompanying fluffy Bamboo Cloth helps this award-winning cleanser provide an unbelievably soft, smooth and clear complexion.”
My Thoughts: This cleanser is comparible to the Liz Earle cleanse and polish, which I have used in the past. The consistancy is slightly thinner, which I like and has a lemon scent with the same familiar eucalyptus undertone. It feels like a spa experience and leaves the skin cleansed, nourished and silky soft without any oily or greasy residue.
The bamboo cloth is super soft and more flannel like, the consultant advised that they only need to be rinsed through between uses but mine will be going in the washing machine!
It is gentle, yet effective at removing makeup, I always do at least a double cleanse with all cleansers.
What Tropic say: “Expertly refine pores with this pH-balancing toner for a brighter, smoother complexion. Offering instant hydration with a subtly refreshing scent, this light and breezy mist is a must-have addition to your daily skincare routine.”
My Thoughts: This rose scented facial toner is so refreshing, I tend to use other products after cleansing on cotton pads such as my REN daily aha tonic, so I prefer to use this Vitamin toner by spritzing it all over my face for a refreshing, hydrating, light mist.
So am I enjoying the products I ordered this time around? Yes, I’ve continued to use them and they are a nice addition to my skincare collection. Would I repurchase or look at getting anything else from the range? I’m not too sure…watch this space!
Have you used any products from the Tropic range? What are your thoughts? Comment below
As soon as I saw the beautiful Benefit Cheekleaders blush, bronze and highlight palette’s I knew I just HAD to have one, but which would I choose…Pink Squad or Bronze Squad?
OMG… how could I choose?…ok, you guessed it….I got both!
Let’s take a look at my new beauties!
Pink Squad – This gorgeous collection contains the fabulous Hoola bronzer, the beautiful Galifornia, Dandelion and Dallas blushers and an amazing palette exlusive highlighter, Tickle.
The shades in the Pink Squad are perfect for a more fair to medium skin tone and anyone that loves a hint of pink. The colours are nice and buildable, which is good as you can determine the intensity.
Bronze Squad – This tan-talizing collection contains 2 bronzers, Hoola and Hoola Caramel for a deeper bronze, the amazing Gold Rush and Coralista blushers and a dreamy palette exlusive highlighter, Cookie.
The shades in the Bronze Squad are great for a fair to medium/dark complexion and anyone that loves a more sunkissed, bronze, more warm look to their skin.
There are definitely bits of both of these palette‘s that I love in terms of shades, so I was right to get both!
The highlighter’s in both palette’s are just beautiful however I feel they could have done with being in the opposite boxes. The Bronze Squad highlight shade Cookie is more of a beautiful light irredescent silvery pink whilst in the Pink Squad the highlighter shade Tickle, whilst looking pink in the palette is a very yellow gold finish.
I always have Hoola in my kit and have wanted to get some of the Benefit blushes for some time so the fact they are in one easy palette and for such a great price, means I’m saving both space and money.
Are you more Pink Squad or Bronze Squad? Comment below
Whilst I was studying at beauty college many (many) years ago I got a job at Debenhams in the cosmetics department, over Christmas. They postioned me right across from the Clarins counter, at that time Clarins had a little beauty room within Debenhams where they would carry out relaxing facials and spa treatments and the Clarin’s girl’s sauntered about in their stunning white and red spa uniforms, it was my dream to wear one of those one day.
Clarin’s was my weakness as I stood across gazing at their counter I was first to spot their GWP, they seemed to be constantly advertising great deals and offering a cosmetic bag or even a beach bag full of goodies when you purchaed a couple of items…if you know me AT ALL I am a sucker for a Gift With Purchase especially if there’s any kind of bag too, I just can’t resist!
Fast forward to completing college and getting my first job inside the spa of a Marriott hotel, which just so happened to be a Clarins salon and I was whisked away to become a Clarins trained therapist and handed my very own white and red spa uniform, my dream had come true!
My beauty career then lead me to various different salons training with various different companies and with NEW companies and NEW realeases all the time, many other things seem to fill my beauty bag.
Anyway last year I was on the hunt for a new foundation, I’ve tried sooooo many and not been wowed and if you read my blog post you will see I purchased the Clarins skin illusion foundation. I got a few shades for my kit and loved it and even a sample of my own shade.
Last week whilst out shopping I decided to purchase the full size foundation in my shade as I’ve been loving it… in true Clarin’s style if I bought another product I could have a goody bag…SOLD, the lid had smashed off my Dior blush, so a new blusher it was and BOOM, the bag was mine!
Inside the bag were trial sizes of Nourishing balm mask, SOS primer, Hydra essential and Multi active nuit
As I started using all my new goodies I fell straight back in love and SOMEHOW I ended up on the Clarin’s website….no idea how that happened!
Which leads on to the delivery I have just received….
I love trying new products whether as free samples or as small travel size, it gives you a good feel for the product ensuring it’s right for you and your skin type before commmiting to the full size.
Clarin’s are an absolute dream for their trial sized products and I think it’s a great move, their products are amazing and once you have tried, you most definitely want to buy.
As soon as I smell Eau Dynaminsante I am whisked back 20 years to my Clarins days and it makes me smile. Whilst I was purchasing my foundation I had a sniff at the other versions and fell in love with the Eau des Jardins, on the website there was an offer meaning for no extra cost you also received a complimentary handbag size fragrance all in a beautiful Clarins tin!
I love to cleanse I think it is such an important step and something I do religiously so into my basket went the cleansing milk and toning lotion which came as a set which came with a free eye makeup remover and…..yep you guessed it another beautiful cosmetics bag!
The next product in my basket was the Water comfort One-step cleanser, this is a product I have tried in the past. It is beautifully fragranced and refreshing and I use it in the morning to wipe over my skin.
So that’s what I actually puchased and even got a few free goodies, but wait for it…. as I had spent £70 I received a FREE bonus pack which contained 6 travel sized products, Instant eye makeup remover, moisture rich body lotion, exfoliating body scrub, Tonic body treatment oil, beauty flash balm and Nourishing balm face mask.
Feeling very excited at this point I headed to the checkout only to be asked to choose not 1, not 2 but 9 free samples!! So I chose Eye contour gel, Super restorative night cream, super restorative eye concentrate, Super restorative day cream, Refreshing hydration mask, blue orchid face treatment oil, Eau Dynamisante (I just had to!), Beauty flash balm and Double Serum.
So if I go off the radar for a while I’ll be in my bathroom, smothering myself head to toe in my new treats!
If you are looking to try new skincare, travel lots or just love a bargain like I do, check out the Clarin’s website *WARNING* self control IS needed!
I will be back to do an updated post on how I get on with the products, any I love, and I don’t love and also if I would go on to purchase the full size/ repurchase.
Are you a Clarin’s fan? What are your fave’s? What would you like to try
*As with all the products I blog about they have all been bought with my own money and I receive no commission or reward for anything you go onto purchase.*