A New Perfume Purchase

Friday, 28 August 2015

Diptyque Do Son Fragrance Review
So if you've read my Non Essential, Essentials post, you'll know that a while back when I nipped into Space NK I ended up buying a new perfume.  I've long been a fan of Diptyque.  Starting with their candles, I balked at the price yet ventured into room sprays, I then discovered their fragrances and so, began a long love affair.  Being the fan of all things fig scented, I've worn Philosykos for years but wanted to try something new and so picked up Diptyque Do Son.

I bought the rollerball first as I thought it was a good way to try it without splurging and investing in the full size bottle.  A unisex offering, it is warm yet fresh.  Floral but not overly so.  I don't typically like "girly" fragrances but this has won me over.  I've worn this for a few weeks now and surprise, surprise it's love.  I keep this in my handbag and it's so handy to just throw in there and travel with.  I can just pull this out and apply without any faff.  I find that the perfumed oil means that it lasts longer on my skin too.  

Do Son is distinctly Diptyque.  A great day-time option.  I have a feeling, I purchase the full size EDP.  know it's only a matter of time before I'm on the Space NK website redeeming those N.Dulge points, clicking on checkout without any hesitation!

Chanel Autumn 2015 Collection

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Chanel Fall 2015 Makeup Collection
Too soon to mention the word Autumn?  Probably, but I love, love love all things Autumnal - cosy nights in, candles lighting, soft knitwear and hot chocolate.  Being the Chanel nail polish devotee that I am as you can see here (I'm not sure whether to be proud or ashamed!) I was super excited for the launch of Chanel's new Autumn 2015 collection and as soon as they landed on counter, I made a lunch time dash to the store and picked up two new polishes

The first colour I bought was Chanel Ecorce Sanguine because I need more red hues!  Is there anything more chic than a classic rouge?  This is a creamy, warm red shade.  I definitely think that the formula has been improving with each collection but on me personally, I find that it isn't too gloopy or streaky.  I typically apply two coats and I get a full opaque finish.  They dry down to a high shine and lasting power is impressive too.  I use a base and top coat and can go several days without tip wear.  

The second addition to my every growing collection was Chanel Chataigne  This is another warm toned polish with a creamy finish.  Described as a blackened burgundy, I thought/hoped it would be like Chanel Accessoire but I'm disappointed to find that on me it's a straight up black.  A warm black but black none the less.  I rarely wear black polish as I don't think it goes with my pale skin.  Although, I only applied two coats so maybe if I try three...

Chanel always bring out beautiful shades, in classic packaging and with the exception of one or two, the formula and coverage are impressive too.

The Non Essential, Essentials

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Space NK Haul
So I went shopping.  I left the office to quickly grab some lunch.  And ended up in Space NK. Standard. I know, I know, that old excuse.  It gets me every time dammit.  But it has been awhile since I last splurged in Space NK as seen here!  Here's what I picked up:

I repurchased my beloved This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray.  I had run out and hadn't bought a new one straight away but after a few nights of broken sleep I knew that I needed this in my life and on my pillow once more!  I'm sure it's part placebo effect but this guarantees the best night's sleep of your life.  Take THAT Sunday Night Fear, the scent alone makes me feel restful! 

I've lost count at this stage of the number of times of repurchased this but another Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm was added to my basket.  I won't rave about it too much as I have penned several rave-y posts on it already like this one here.  But this is HG for me.  Lip balms don't get much better than this.

My old ones are starting to look a bit grubby so I bought a fresh packet of the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Professional Cleansing Mitts.  I prefer to use these over muslin clothes when cleansing. One side is softer and the other is coarser for light exfoliation.  

The last thing I picked up was a treat, I can't claim that this is essential but I bought the perfume oil version of Diptyque Do Son fragrance in a handy, travel/handbag friendly rollerball.  When it comes to Diptyque's scents, I love Philosykos but wanted to try something different.  I'm sure a full review will pop up here soon.

I Went Back To MAC

Thursday, 20 August 2015

MAC Makeup Haul
Sorry if the title of this post is misleading, I didn't avail of the "Back to MAC" scheme, although I do keep meaning to build up the empties and do that!  I haven't really used MAC makeup for a long time. I love, love, LOVE their lipsticks but other brands like Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford got my attention and my bank balance and have kept me away.  Until now, that is.

I went in with the sole intention of buying MAC Brave lipstick after seeing Tijan wearing it in a recent video.  I thought it would be very brown toned and although it looks dark in this picture it pulls a lot more pinkish/nude.  Ever so slightly like the shade Syrup on me.  A satin finish so while it doesn't have a best longevity, it is comfortable to wear.  Another MLBB contender.

While in MAC, I picked up another Blot Powder in the shade Light.  I've used this before and forgot how much I liked it.  I don’t know why I didn’t buy this again sooner.  One I reach for for day-time oil control.  It is keeps shine at bay but doesn’t add colour or look cakey. I’ve been using this with tinted moisturisers to etch out their lasting power on me.

Have you gone back to MAC?