Monday, 2 March 2015

Review // Jo Malone Home Candle & Diffuser

 I'm a massive candle fan and if it was possible to fill my home with luxury candles i most certainly would however until a few weeks ago small Yankee candles would be as far as my budget went. As part of our wedding gift i thought i would treat the home (and myself more like) to something I've wanted for quite some time. Unfortunately there isn't a Jo Malone store where i live so i had to imagine the scents and chose from the name and brief descriptions, and going on those i could easily buy every single one. After many hours, that's right hours of reading and in-visioning the scent i finally chose the English pear & freesia diffuser and the nectarine blossom & honey home candle.

Nectarine blossom & Honey home candle - £40

"London's Covent Garden early morning market. Succulent nectarine, peach and cassis and delicate spring flowers melt into the note of acacia honey. Sweet and delightfully playful. To uplift, to wind down, or simply to add an air of luxury. Transform the atmosphere with luxury and opulence."

 Top note: cassis, heart note: acacia honey, base note: peach.

By that paragraph alone i could in vision a heavenly scent that i could picture in my front room and having it burning whilst working or winding down of an evening. Even though this is a very delicate scent when just smelling the candle, when burning it fills the room with a beautiful soft sweet fruit, slightly floral scent without it being heavy. The home candle is a single wick candle with a burn time of 45 hours, which comes in a elegant jar and lid with a cute black bow, i also received a box of matches and who knew matches could feel so special being all black and a nice long length. I was pleasantly surprised on how quick the aroma fills the room when lit, some scented candles have to be lit for some time before you can notice them and i did fear this might be a factor with such a delicate scent but within 30 mins it filled the room.

English pear & Freesia diffuser - £54

"The essence of autumn. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. Luscious and golden. Understated. Sleekly designed. These diffusers effortlessly and continuously add an enveloping scent to any space." 

Top note: King William pear, heart note: freesia, base note: patchouli

As I'm not an overly floral scent person i was slightly hesitant with this and thought i may be less fond of this one out the two but the thought of ripe pears and the essence of autumn drew me in and I'm pleasantly surprised as I'm in love. Again this scent is very light yet easily fills the space with it's well balanced tone, i have placed this in my hallway by my front door and the joy of coming home to this luxurious smell fills me with joy. I will also add that i have a dog and a cat and this diffuser rids the inevitable aroma from pets so i am very pleased that anyone entering my home is met with this wonderful smell. Again the packaging is elegant with a silver lid and black reeds which when delivered have the signature black bow round them.

When going through the checkout i had to opt for gift wrap, even though it was for myself i wanted the full Jo Malone package and it made it feel very special. They arrived in a beautiful white Jo Malone box wrapped with the signature black bow and inside both products packed securely with black tissue paper. If your like me and have a thing for nice boxes this is one i shall keep and find something to fill with. I am thrilled with my first Jo Malone experience especially the fact that i love both scents just by going by the description, i would truly say it's worth the splurge. 
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Friday, 20 February 2015

Lifestyle // Benefit Rollerlash Event

Pink wand the new roller lash brush compared to the black they're real. 
  It's not going to come to much surprise that Benefit is launching a new mascara as everyone in the beauty community has been talking about it. So when i was invited to my first Benefit event to get a first look at the new roller lash mascara i was very excited and when i arrived and saw biscuits and eclairs i knew it was going to be a great evening. 

With hundreds of different mascaras out there it can sometimes be a bit hard to get overly excited about yet another mascara, however this little wonder has a few hidden gems up it's sleeve. Firstly the wand itself has tiny tiny hooks which gently catches, lifts and curls each lash, apparently so well it means no more need for curling your lashes prior to application. The hook and roll brush as they have called it is patent pending and is small and soft which makes it suitable for all eye shapes AND lash types. The formula lasts for 12 hours and also contains vitamin B5 which is conditioning so it's nice that our lashes will be getting a bit of TLC whilst looking good. 

The packaging is of course cute (did we expect anything different as it always is) but what is brilliant about the packaging is that in the bottle is a built in wiper which gets rid of excess product ensuring better application and less clumping. I personally love the idea of this as there are several mascaras i love but when the brush is so loaded it can look pants, i actually prefer mascaras when they're running out due to this problem so bravo Benefit. 

Whilst being there i also got a chance to have a look round the boutique and the beauty services they offer such as tanning and waxing and even got a complimentary eyebrow wax from the brow bar, which i must say I'm very impressed with. It was really nice being shown round the rooms and having a look at the services Benefit offer as on face value it just looks like a make-up shop that have a brow bar. Roller lash is due to be released on the 28th of this month and will be priced at £19.50 however if you can pick yourself up an Elle mag you can try it early too.
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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Wedding Series // Tips on finding THE dress

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Wedding dress shopping is probably by far the most important and first thing that springs to mind when the big question is popped, the thought of actually being "allowed" to now go and try on these magical dresses is rather exciting. However before going to appointments there are a few things that are good to have in mind especially if you've never even stepped into one of these shops (like me) before and have no idea what to expect. 

Who's going with? - Ok so this isn't something you aren't going to know but choosing who will go with you when trying on your dress is really important. Pick people who will actually give you their honest opinion and not just nod and agree, sure pick which ever one you love but it is good to know what an on looker thinks. They may also pick out dresses you've over looked and it could turn out to be the one, which was what happened in my case.

Looking good - On appointment days take the time to make yourself feel and look pretty, have a pamper sesh the night prior and do your make up and hair nice on the day. This may seem a little unnecessary but if your having a i hate the way i look day your going to hate how you look in every dress where as if you feel pretty your going to evaluate every dress fairly.

Try everything on - Some dresses just simply aren't going to work for you and you might look at it on the hanger and think is out right hideous, however have a slight open mind as it's good to try the different types of dresses on. You never know you may go in mind set on a big puffy princess dress and fall in love with a fishtail and vice verse, your only going to do this once (.....hopefully) so why the hell not try on every dress you please.

Underwear IS important! - This is key for two reasons No 1 the sales assistant will be coming in the cubical with you at some point to help you in and out of dresses don't get me wrong the ladies i had was lovely and have seen a billion ladies so it's nothing to them but if you have no idea it can be a little embarrassing if your in your comfy pants. No 2 underwear changes our body shape, it's not extremely important that you have your wedding underwear until the fitting however it is a good idea to keep this in mind and going in sensible underwear that will take this into account, like a multi-way bra so you can get a rough idea on how your bust/body may look.  

Photograph, photograph, photograph - The sub heading no doubt gives this one away but get whom ever to photograph the hell out of every dress, that way you can look back and see it from all angles when your back at home and not quite so caught up in the moment. How the dress photographs is important as you will be photographed a lot and it's these pictures that you will look back on. Also you might fall in love with a dress on and detest how you look in it in a picture.

Stay grounded - Weddings are costly there's no doubt about it and the dress can be expensive too, before going in sit down and think of a realistic price for you and how much you actually want to spend on a dress. All be it wonderful going in and trying on extremely expensive dresses keep a realistic head when you come away, a dream dress doesn't have to break the bank so look at shops sale racks and ask if they will have a sale or offers on. With this said do not be fooled and go down the Internet dress route, i have seen and heard many horror stories over woman buying their dress this way and hating it.

Take your time and don't panic if you don't cry when you try on "the one" not all ladies do, i didn't and it wasn't until i looked back on the photo's and tried it on a second time that i fell in love with my dress. Have fun, get trying on and congratulations x 
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