Sunday, 30 November 2014

'Must Have' Christmas Beauty Bargain: Suddenly Madame Glamour Review


Tomorrow is the first day of advent, and I'm sure that most of the organised people of the world will have successfully completed all of their Christmas shopping and are sitting back with their cups of tea and festive films.

However, for all you people who don't quite have it together like myself, you'll be feeling the pressure now to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. But don't fret, I've found a little gem that will prove very popular with your loved ones and won't hurt your purse strings!

Suddenly - Madame Glamour (Eau de Parfum for Women)

I first read an article online written by the Daily Mail about cut-price perfumes which listed the top fragrances right now and their dupes. Naturally, being a fan of Chanel - Coco Mademoiselle this perfume caught my eye. To be perfectly honest, I've never liked cheap perfume knock offs. I think that what you spend on a fragrance is directly proportionate to the quality of the smell and the length of time they linger on your skin. However I must confess I have been completely surprised by this scent. Available from Lidl (yes Lidl!) for a mere £3.99! That kind of  price has the ability to convert even the most cynical of discount fragrance fans like myself to give it a go, and I haven't been disappointed!

I won't go into the ins and outs of the floral, fruity notes of this perfume, but I fully recommend you give this bottle a chance. It's subtle scent is not offensive or too strong to be worn during the day, and having worn it myself to work I have actually received compliments on the lovely smell. As if this wasn't enough, after being applied in the morning whilst getting ready to go to work, by the end of the day the perfume could still be detected on my skin.

So for all you fragrance lovers out there, or even you bargain beauty hunters I definitely suggest you get down to a local Lidl and pick this up! The perfect stocking filler, or just a low cost alternative to switch up with your favourite perfume so it doesn't run out as fast!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post,

Happy Shopping!


Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Fresco Review

Hey again!

It seems the winter weather is finally upon us all, and although it may not be cold and frosty yet, we've definitely had more than our fair share of wet and windy weather the last couple of weeks. And as much as I hate all these wintery showers, I am always happy to put my foundation to the test against the elements! Having found my perfect foundation I no longer worry about my coverage lasting all day in winter, I've truly discovered the holy grail of the cosmetic universe. 

What is this magical foundation you're all wondering? I'll let you in on my secret, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation - my shade of choice is 'Fresco.' 

I've been using Estée Lauder Double Wear for a while now, and I rate this product so highly I've replaced it 3 times! Repeat buying foundations is a rare occurence for me, as finding a foundation that meets my high expectations is like stardust.

This foundation has really high coverage that genuinely lasts all day. Double wear blends out seamlessly with no lines, leaving your complexion even and all your pores appear reduced. Other foundations can be thick, clumpy and look powdery on your skin, but I personally find this one to give a natural finish. You can build this foundation up to get your desired coverage, many people think that double wear is just a heavy duty winter foundation but depending on the amount you apply or whether you mix it with a light moisturiser you can achieve a 'barely there' effect too. 

My skin is super sensitive and used to breakout frequently, I found switching up this foundation into my beauty routine (along with other cleansers and face washes) has really made a difference to my life. Using cheaper drugstore cover ups always made my skin oily and block my pores but this foundation seems to really agree with my skin type! 

Available in a range of tones to suit all skin types, you're guaranteed to find one that's a great match for you. I like to pick mine up in Boots at just under £30, which in my opinion is a great price for such an incredible foundation. Plus if you time your purchase around 'gift time' you can be eligible for free bonus gifts and if you're lucky one of the lovely ladies will throw in a couple of samples for you too! 

I would definitely recommend this foundation to anyone who wants to find a solution for a long lasting cover up. But as a tip, I would suggest getting matched up at one of the beauty counters before purchasing, as Estée Lauder products are highly pigmented and no one likes to spend a little more on a quality foundation to find that the colour is totally wrong for them.

Have you tried double wear yet? 
Tell me what you think below.  

I hope you enjoyed reading my post! 



Monday, 10 November 2014

Wishlist: Top 5 Beauty Advent Calendars 2014

Hey there!

Christmas is just around the corner, it feels like wherever I go there's a festive reminder that I need to get a move on with my shopping! The lights are up in London, every shop has it's seasonal display in full glory and even the long awaited Coca Cola advert has been premiered. Which to me and my family, is a festive time mark that announces the beginning of Christmas.

So what better way to kick off this season, than with my personal Top 5 'Must Have' Beauty Advent Calendars. 

Any self professed lover of beauty will know about the gorgeous variety of beauty calendars which are available online and on the high street. I personally discovered this phenomenon last year, and spent most of the run up to December lusting after them but never actually got round to purchasing one. So this year I've decided to do my research and have compiled a list of my Top 5, to put on my wishlist to Santa Claus. 

5. The Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar - £85.50

Arguably the most desirable of the array of calendars available, with an incredible mixture of brands ranging from Lancome to YSL. However this gem, comes at a price (which is very reasonable for the products you recieve inside, but a little outside of my budget.) Plus it has already sold out in store and online! For this reason, it only makes it to #5 on my list. Maybe next year I'll be able to bag myself one of these babies!

4. The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar - £50.00

This glorious calendar is jam packed with miniatures to buff you beautiful from head to toe. All of The Body Shop's best selling fruity creams and lotions make this the perfect choice for any skin care fanatic! Plus The Body Shop have teamed up with War Child, a charity supporting children in countries affected by war. So buying this will make you feel good both inside and out. 

3. Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Nail Polish Advent Calendar - £49.00

If like me you're constantly changing up your nails, then this is the calendar for you! Ciaté's cute 'Mani Manor' features 17 miniatures, 5 textured polishes, 1 full size paint pot and festive themed nail transfers. Not only is this calendar bursting at the seams with goodies, but it's packaged in a sweet dolls house-esque box. For this reason it easily makes it into my Top 3. 

No7 Beauty Calendar - £35.00

This amazing calendar has reached #2 on my list, the combination of the pretty pink packaging and the No7 branded products make this a beauty 'must have'. Not to mention that the total price of the products is £135 if you were to buy the cosmetics separately in store. That's an incredible £100 discount! For this price, and the consistent high quality of  the No7 brand who can argue? 

1. Benefit Advent Calendar: Candy Coated Countdown - £60.00

And finally *drum roll* my number one spot goes to the Benefit beauty calendar, packed with a variety of everyone's favourite cosmetics. Including: Highbeam, BADgal lash, Posietint and so many more! This sadly already appears to have sold out online, but is still available in store. If you can't find any near you, Benefit have also bought out mini 'Sweet Shoppe' gift sets. They include a smaller selection of their top products which make the perfect beauty quick fix or stocking filler for a loved one. This calendar is any cosmetic obsessed girls dream and undoubtedly deserves to reign as Queen over the rest! 

Of course this post is just my personal opinion, and in no way a reflection of the products or calendars themselves. Frankly I'd be over the moon to recieve any of them! 

Have any of you been lucky enough to get your hands on a Beauty Advent Calendar this year?

I hope you enjoyed this post,

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Favourite Fragrance: Carolina Herrera - 212 Sexy


I hope you've all had a lovely week, I haven't had much time to blog lately but today I've decided to share my favourite perfume at the moment with you and hopefully help you out with my quick tip on how to find other fragrances which suit you!

In my experience, finding the perfect fragrance can be a chore. There are so many different bottles and potions available on the high street that it can all get a bit overwhelming when it comes to deciding what you want. And when you finally find one that you like, it's hard to stray away from your 'signature scent.' 

Even I am guilty of this, I have two perfumes I have purchased repeatedly. My long term relationship with Chanel - Coco Mademoiselle is no secret to everyone I know, this classic scent is undoubtedly my favorite and most likely will remain my number one for years to come. The other scent I have an affinity for is Carolina Herrera - 212 VIP, I first discovered this a couple of years ago when I bought the gift set at Gatwick Airport prior to my holiday. I'm never sure whether I like this perfume so much because of it's smell or because I whenever I wear it I am transported back through my memories of my holiday.

So when it came to my birthday this year, I asked for either of these perfumes from my family. But as I previously mentioned with so many fragrances available in the shops, it can be easy to mix them up. So when it turned out that they'd bought be a bottle of Carolina Herrera - 212 Sexy, I did feel a little panicked. Buying perfume for someone is very personal and can be difficult, I imagined not liking the smell and having to wear it daily and telling them all how much I loved it until it had all been used up. However upon testing it out, I was pleasantly surprised by this gorgeous perfume, and now think of the mix up as a blessing in disguise.

With heart notes of floral gardenia and cotton candy. Alongside spicy citrus top notes with mandarin pink pepper and base notes of sandalwood and vanilla. Experts describe the perfume as feminine, sensual and sexy. Which I have to agree, perfectly describes it!

So after looking this perfume up on Google, I discovered that there was a connection between Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, 212 VIP and 212 Sexy. They all have the same notes in common, with slightly different variations. I have learnt from this that I am attracted to perfumes with a musky vanilla base, a citrus kick for the top notes and heart notes of white florals. Information on what ingredients make up perfumes is available online, and for me personally, learning this has helped me to venture out and try new fragrances which follow the same note pattern.

I really hope that you've enjoyed reading this, and that this has helped you to decide which scent you'll buy next!
I've told you my favourites, now share yours with me! What's your signature perfume?


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