And The Most Repurchased Is...

Monday, 20 April 2015

New Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

For years I begged/bribed anyone I knew was going to France to bring me back some Bioderma. Friends, family, strangers I overheard discussing holiday plans on the bus...  It was HG when it came to makeup removal for me.  Until Garnier brought out their version that is.  A quick scan of my skincare stash and I realised that when it comes to taking my makeup off, this the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is the only thing I've been using.

Cheap as chips, often purchased with my loyalty points (free skincare), readily available and it works and more importantly works well.  Lazy I know but in the evenings and particularly after (rare) nights out, I like the fact that I don't need to faff around with a separate eye makeup remover.  Off comes eye liner, water proof mascara, full coverage foundation, the lot and with ease so it's gentle to use.  No harsh tugging or irritating the delicate skin around my eyes.  As it is for sensitive skin, it is mild, alcohol and fragrance free.  Unlike others, it isn't too drying or oily and doesn't leave any sticky residue behind. It feels almost soothing to use and doesn't cause me to break out.  

The 400ml bottle means that it lasts for ages too.  This meets all of my makeup remover requirements so is an all round winner for me.  I love, love, luurve that there's now a version for combination/sensitive skin i.e. mine!  

New In, Neutrals

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Whistles Clutch

No, this post has nothing to do with lipstick or nail polish!  No taupe, greige, beige, nude nails or Spring lipstick shades being discussed in here!  Today I'm talking about the new neutral additions to my wardrobe!  A clothing and accessory update with new heels and a bag.

First up are the Dune Arween Extreme Pointed Toe Heeled Court Shoe  I've been looking for the perfect nude coloured heels for the longest time (well actually forgetting the Christian Louboutin So Kate's or Jimmy Choo Agnes' and searching for the perfect pair I can actually afford!)  I bought these to go with an outfit for a Christening.  I took a gamble and I ordered these online.  I'm so impressed with the service as it was my first time ordering from Dune.  The shoes look just as good IRL.  The colour match was perfect.  They are not too pink or brown toned.  They are comfortable (for a high heeled stiletto) but because of the pointed toe are quite narrow.  They stretch a bit but if you have wide feet, I'd suggest going up a size.  I'm really happy with the shoes, they look beautiful on.  

To go with the shoes, I ordered the Whistles Small Clutch in Nude  I already own one Whistles clutch bag in black which I love and use all the time so snapped this up the nude shade as I know I'll get lots of use out of this over the Summer.  Made from 100% leather, it's has a silver zip (I wish it was gold if I'm honest!)  Fussy, me?  It's slightly smaller than the one I already own but is still roomy enough to fit in all the stuff I lug around.  Usually upwards of 6 lip products...  I feared the shoes would be almost tan coloured and this clutch more pinkish but thankfully they work well together!  I know, I know I probably shouldn't leave you by admitting that this was a genuine worry I had...

A Repurchase & New Purchase from Chanel

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Chanel Nail Polish Remover Review
I've gotten back into wearing nude nail polishes recently (like I ever stopped) but I have particularly been enjoying lacquering up with more light toned hues as of late.  One that I rekindled my love for and repurchased recently is Chanel Frenzy.  A mid tone caramel shade with a hint of lavender that is warm enough to not give me the look of mannequin hands.  It reminds me of a less lilac version of Nails Inc. Porchester Square.  Le Vernis Nail Colour 559 Frenzy is up there with my favourite neutrals, my preferred colour of choice.  

The formula goes on well, two coats for the perfect opaqueness and surprisingly, the lasting power (for Chanel) is good.  None of this, two days and it starts to chip business (Peridot, I’m looking at you!) I use this in conjunction with OPI Nail Envy as a base coat and Seche Vite top coat and five days later, it is still going strong.  It’s demure and dare I say ladylike.  I thought it was limited edition shade but luckily when I went to the counter they had two left in stock.

So that's the repurchase, the new purchase, Chanel Dissolvant Doux Nail Colour Remover. Yes, you read that right.  I bought nail polish remover, the stuff normally purchased with loyalty points, from Chanel.  What can I say, Boots was shut?  It wasn't.  But doesn't the packaging with the glass bottle and pink product look pretty...  Although it removes my nail polish with ease (eh like a good nail polish should!)  and it smells well, marginally nicer that my usual go-to.  Writing it down doesn't help. I think I need a lie down, in a dark room, with a cold towel pressed against my forehead...  What can I say, I went crazy for Chanel?

A Spring Scent Selection

Monday, 13 April 2015

A Selection of Spring Scents including Dior, Jo Malone & Serge Lutens

If I'm honest, I'll happily wear more Winter appropriate, heavier scents year round.  Tom Ford Velvet Orchid I'm looking at you.  But it's nice to mix it up from time to time so I've gone a bit wild and have been spritzing on something a little lighter...

One that has been much loved as you can see by the almost empty bottle is Serge Lutens un Bois Vanille  a warm, more grown up vanilla fragrance.  By that I mean, it isn't headache inducing and doesn't remind me of cupcakes!  Longevity is impressive too as it is an eau de parfum.  I apply this in the morning and the scent lingers all day. I always receive compliments when I wear this. 

One that is new to me Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne perfect for this season!  A refreshing option.  It's woody yet light and salty in equal doses.  To my untrained nose at least, has a clean fresh scent.  A few sprays of this in the morning and the subtle scent is still there hours later.

One that made a liar out of me is Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet I tell anyone who asks (and several who don't!) that I'm not a fan of overly floral scents.  Until now that is.  A fresh floral scent, the addition of white musks and Sicilian orange stops this from being sickenly sweet.