Friday, 17 April 2015

Si | Giorgio Armani



'The fragrance opens with notes of Sicilian Bergamot, Mandarin oil and Liquer de Cassis which is supported by a heart which bursts with Rose de Mai absolute, Neroli absolute and Egyptian Jasmine absolute. Warm undertones caress the unique chypre base notes of Patchouli oil intertwined with Blond Woods, amber and musky undertones known as Orcanox™. Finished with a sweet animalic accord of Vanille absolute which, gives this fragrance, longevity and an unforgettable sillage.' - The Perfume Shop.





Yeah, whatever they said. I wouldn't exactly use (or be able to pronounce) half of the words written above if I was asked to describe how 'Si' smelt to me. I would however, say how after one spray it makes me feel like the Sasha Fierce I long to be. For those that didn't get that Beyoncé reference, shame on you.

I get a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a new scent and I'll normally grab the most extravagant looking perfume bottles to try (queue anything by Marc Jacobs). So I was skeptical at first when the sales assistant in my local Boots handed me a modest looking bottle of simply 'Si'. It's no Chanel No.5 love story but the TV advert featuring a very flirty Cate Blanchett had caught my eye.

That day in Boots I said 'yes' to 'Si' and bought a 30ml bottle of the Eau de Parfum, which didn't last me nearly as long as I'd have liked. When it comes to buying luxury cosmetics it's always good to get something in return, whether it be a free gift, or Boots points for those last minute buys before a night out. The Perfume Shop are currently giving out complimentary miniature sets with purchases of 'Si' and I couldn't say no - this time I went for the 50ml bottle at £66.50. Giorgio Armani also sell an Eau de Toilette version which is slightly less expensive, but being heavily influenced by my mother who refuses to wear anything other than Eau de Parfum, I went for something that lingered a little longer on the skin. Quality over quantity.



I have virtually no skills when it comes to describing perfume, but blackcurrant and vanilla are 2 scents that stand out for me as I write this. It's elegant and feminine, first sprays make me feel sleepy for lack of a better word, and a little sexy - if this perfume were a song it might go a little something like this. If you're a fan of sweet scents then this Giorgio Armani perfume just might be the one for you. 
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

SUPERCAT


I'm a sucker for a cat eye, but who isn't? For a while now I had just been using a kohl pencil on my lid, but thought that the colour wasn't strong enough. I then came across Soap & Glory's Supercat which just so happens to be blacker than black and super intense. The eyeliner is almost like a felt tip and it's very easy to use - the dense tip gives me enough control to get right up against my lashline without causing havoc.

I'd definitely recommend Supercat if you're an eyeliner beginner or just not a confident 'flicker'. Other eyeliners I've experimented with tend to have longer applicators that aren't stiff enough to guarantee perfect precision each time. I've also had experience with liners flaking but this stuff will last you all day and isn't the slightest bit drying.

If you find it difficult to apply liner it can be easier to go step-by-step, repeating each part alternatively on each eye so as to keep things symmetrical. You can also practice your liner with a pencil first getting your basic shape, and then apply a liquid over the top if you're nervous. Also, if you're not sure of what shape to follow, simply imagine the curve of your lower lashline continuing on and the same angle - easy! Oh, did I forget to mention that it's only £6. I know, amazing right?
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

LOOK BACK AT IT


Soap & Glory 'Supercat' is my new go-to liquid eyeliner. Read all about it in my next post! Bolder than bold. 
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

KUESHI PURE AND CLEAN FACIAL TONER

Say 'hello!' to Kueshi - the best thing to happen to my skin since I discovered Freederm's moisturiser. I first discovered the Kueshi 'Pure and Clean Revitalizing Face Toner' in my January 2015 Glossybox, and was pleasantly surprised because previous toners I'd tried had left my skin feeling dry and tight. 

On first impressions the toner exceeded my expectations and left my skin feeling soft and clean, revealing makeup clogging my pores that I thought I had previously removed (goodbye breakouts). After a few weeks of using this twice daily, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. Not only was my face feeling moisturised and clean, but I had fewer breakouts and found my skin looking alot calmer. I'm not quite ready to go sans-makeup yet but this is definitely a step in the right direction.


"Revitalizing Toner moisturizes and re-balances skin, providing a sensation of freshness and softness with optimal results. Thanks to a combination of moisturizers and natural ingredients, the formula restores perfect balance to the skin. Controls shine in oily-prone areas and softens dry areas, leaving the skin feeling comfortable, fresh, healthy and perfectly clean." - Glossybox.co.uk

A downside to this toner, and maybe the only one, is that it's not easy to get hold of. Unfortunately it's not available in any high street shops that I know of, possibly due to the fact that Kueshi is a Spanish based company. I had trouble tracking down this exact toner online however, their astringent containing alcohol can be bought for £12 with free delivery here. Alcohol can dry out the skin so I'd recommend trying to get your hands on this type if you've sensitive or dry skin normally. 

Added bonus - that's not a coloured bottle, the toner is actually pink. 
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