Thursday, 26 March 2015

Soap&Glory Fragrance Mist // Spring Fragrances

soap&glory fragrance mist

One of my favourite beauty products of last year was Soap&Glory's Super Tonic Orangeasm Fragrance, so on a recent trip to Boots, I was pretty pleased to spot a couple of new fragrance mists added to their range. Initially, I was drawn to them because of Soap&Glory signature pink packaging, the design is simplistic but really pretty, it's totally perfect for the brand and all of their loyal fans (which I am one of!). So thumbs up for the packaging but how does the fragrance match up?

Unlike the Orangeasm which has a citrus note of green mandarin and cool mint with a slightly herbal kick to it, I would describe both Mist You Madly and Fruitigo as a scent that you'd typically associate with Soap&Glory. Neither of the scents are new to Soap&Glory though, die hard fans will already be familiar with it as some products are scented with Mist You Madly or Fruitigo.

Soap and glory mist you madly, soap and glory fragrance mist
Soap&Glory Mist You Madly™ Fragrance Mist*

Mist You Madly is a beautiful blend of freesia, cassis and sweet vanilla with a bit of fresh mandarin, bergamot oils, sandalwood, and spicy cardamom thrown in for good measure. I love anything with cassis in it so having that in is a winner for me! I can't detect the cardamom in it but I suspect that that's what gives this fragrance a bit of warmth to it. 

There are a few layers to Mist You Madly, it starts off with an instant hit of floral, with a dry down of powdery vanilla. If I could describe the colour pink as a scent, it would be very close to Mist You Madly. 

soap and glory fruitigo, soap and glory fragrance mist
Soap&Glory Fruitigo™ Fragrance Mist*

As the name suggests, Fruitigo is mouthwateringly fruity! Because of the colour of the bottle, I expected it to smell like berries at first but the yuzu fruit and the pomelo essence gives Fruitigo it's tartness,while the wild fig off-sets the zing with it's sweetness.

I would describe Fruitigo as fresh, juicy and sparkling whereas Mist You Madly is soft, floral and girly. I think my favourite out of the two is Fruitigo - I can't stop smelling it! It's such a nice fragrance for Spring!

The fragrance mists lasts about 2-3 hours and they're not overpowering so you spritz it whenever you feel like it. You can use it over a Soap&Glory body butter to boost the smell, or on it's own over your clothes, it makes a nice alternative to a body spray or eau de toilette. They retail at £10 and are available from Boots nationwide. It's a pretty big bottle (100ml) and has a shelf life of 24 months. They do tend do lasts for months even when you use it on a daily basis.

Here's an exclusive snippet of beauty news for you... There is another Soap&Glory fragrance launching next month which I am SO EXCITED to tell you about because I know you're all going to LOVE it! But that's all I can reveal at this point, I can't tell you anymore right now (even though I'm itching to!)... You'll have to keep your eyes peeled for it on my blog!

Read more of my Soap&Glory reviews here!


Designer Fashion: Heidi Klein Swimwear SS15

In a recent situation, I was questioned about designer fashion and the lack of it on my blog. It is an aspect of my blog that I would like to change, but haven't yet decided how to incorporate it in. But it would be a nice way to update my knowledge and actually stay "in the loop" with the latest trends before they reach the high street where they peak and decline quite quickly.

My general attitude towards designer fashion is that if I'm going to fork out hundreds of pounds for one item, I had better get a lot of wear out of it. It better last a life time, an justified investment. And actually, in the time I have saved up for an expensive, premium item, it has lasted and I have been able to get a lot out of it. Things like a timeless handbag, a piece of expensive jewellery, a classic coat, a pair of well-made boots. Something that I can wear again and again, and not worry if it's "still in fashion".

When I was approached to write about heidi klein swimwear, I looked at the price tags and I wasn't sure about it at first. But then I thought about it and I've probably spent over £200 in the past 10 years on swimwear. I buy a new one every time I go on holiday because I buy cheap swimwear that don't last (bad manufacturing) or I'm a different size, or I simply just want to wear a more fashionable style - afterall, I want to feel good and confident in swimwear so I do try tend to update my swimwear collection each time I go on a beach holiday. But perhaps if I did buy a bikini that was of the highest quality and go for something classic style, I would save myself some money in the long run. 

For this collaboration with heidi klein, I browsed through their website and picked out a few pieces to add to my wishlist (whilst dreaming about being on a yacht in the South of France). Pieces that I would consider buying if I was to splurge on a bikini or swimsuit as an investment piece. I tend to go for a triangular shape with a string halterneck or a strapless bandeau and there was plenty of both to choose from, but in terms of colours and patterns, I chose the more basic and timeless - like breton stripes and a single block colour.

What do you think of the designs I've picked? And what are your thoughts on designer swimwear? Would you splurge if you knew it was excellent quality and it would last for years?

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Taking Care Of Your Nails With Micro-Cell

microcell nail polish, nail repair

I've never used false nails, gels or acrylics before but I have been wearing nail polish almost every day for over a decade, which I'm embarrassed to admit! I mean, there's the odd week here and there when I'm too lazy to paint them but I'd say that, overall, you'd rarely see me without nail polish on!

My nails should be in a worse condition than they actually are, I'm lucky that there's not that much damage or discolouration but they're obviously not as healthy as I'd like them to be so I have started to care of them a lot more. I've been using nail repair treatments such as  cuticle creams, balms and oils as well as trying to wear less nail polish, just to try and get them to be healthier and stronger. 

microcell nail polish, nail repair

Micro-Cell is a nail brand that's huge in Germany known to be nail care specialist and they're are emerging in to the UK market. Micro-Cell have developed formulas that aims to repair your nails within 2-3 weeks and claim that the treatment products will regenerate weak cells and restore immune system so your nails will be whiter, brighter, stronger and more resilient. It is a nice option for those who have have damaged, thin, sensitive or brittle nails that break all the time.

I was sent a Micro-Cell Nail Repair* (white) and Colour Repair* in bright pink. The Nail Repair coats your nails in a sheer glossy white polish which subtly brightens. It doubles up as a base coat but I've been wearing it on it's own. My nails didn't appear as yellow and they did look healthy so it's definitely something I will continue to use.

I received a Colour Repair in shade Candy Glam which is a lovely hot pink. It's super glossy, opaque and only requires one coat. It still has a repairing formula that strengthens, protects and accelerates growth. 

They are on the pricy side but the quality reflects this and when the quality of a product is good, it's worth every penny. The packaging design is pretty standard, as you can tell, but it doesn't detract from the fact that this is a treatment line. The Nail Repair is £18.50 and the Colour Repairs are £14.95 each, both are available from Micro-Cell website.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

High Street Fashion: Primark Spring 2015

Primark Spring 2015

Here are some of my top picks from Primark's Spring collection. It's still early days and I'm sure they'll be adding hundreds of more designs as the months go on, but from what I can see so far, you've got the usual pastels and fun holiday-wear (how cute are those yellow denim shorts with the smiley face on!)

One trend that I'm happy for it's return is the fruit trend, it is well and truly back for another season! (Hurrah for all things pineapple!) Picking up from where it left off last Summer, there are some really quirky novelty bags in the Spring range. I'm still not sure how practical they are but if I'm going to try out the quirky novelty bag trend, then I'm going to start at Primark first! And that pineapple bag for £6 looks pretty perfect for me!

I also picked out the denim dress (£12) and pink shorts (£12) because I like the denim and lace used together, I like the contrast between the rough and delicate when it's done well. And maybe this year will be the year I buy my very first pair of Primark shoes! I've got my eye on a few pairs!

What do you think of the Primark items I've picked? Which one is your favourite?

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