Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Carolina Herrera Good Girl

Good Girl is the sensual and evocative new scent from Carolina Herrera.

This innovative fragrance is as powerful as it is sensual and features an audacious blend of dark and light elements in celebration of the woman who loves her good side and celebrates her bad.

Now, before I can begin to describe the intoxicating and beautiful scent itself, we HAVE to address the bottle.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” was very much the inspiration for Good Girl.

The result is the eye catching, unique and undeniably stunning bottle which you see before you.
A fragrance, captured within the most gorgeous stiletto!

The inspired combination of both beauty and couture has resulted in the most exquisite and original looking perfume vessel that I think I’ve ever seen.

Its chic, black form is contrasted by a gold, ridged stiletto heel, with the Carolina Herrera logo printed on the front of the shoe in gold too. 

It really is the most beautiful bottle to gaze at and to hold and is surprisingly heavy to hold. 

The scent is released by pressing the back of the heel and if by that point you had already fallen in love with Good Girl, prepare to fall harder still when you’ve experienced it in all its glory!

Good Girl is a fragrance that represents beautiful contradictions and the duality of modern women and has characterised its notes into good and bad ones!

Floral waves of white Sambac Jasmine and tuberose are considered ‘Good’ where as deeper, more mysterious notes of roasted tonka and cacao are considered ‘ Bad’ notes.

The scent opens with top notes of sweet and soft almond before heart notes of warm sandalwood, tuberose and alluring jasmine and iris offer a rich, provocative and feminine experience.

Base notes of fragrant cacao, intoxicating tonka bean, creamy sweet vanilla and rich, deep coffee both manage to contradict and compliment the lighter elements to leave a sumptuous and sensual fragrance that is designed to enchant.

I adore this fragrance. I LOVE the way in which it manages to somehow feel both light and feminine as well as deep and seductive. 

The rich, warm, sweet and gourmand elements cling to my skin and hours later I can still enjoy their delicious notes while the immediate experience leaves me feeling empowered and beautiful.

 If you enjoy rich, warm and powerful fragrances then you are going to adore Good Girl. 

For someone like me who loves feeling wrapped in a metaphorical blanket of musky warm sensuality it is simple perfect.

If you tend to favour lighter scents then Good Girl would make a great night-time fragrance and may even help to inspire your evening’s choice of footwear thanks to its elegant and striking bottle!

Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl is available now from The Perfume Shop and costs £72.50 for 50ml.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Clarins SOS Primers

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times but I like repetition so d’ya know what, I’ll say it again.
It is a crime not to prime!

Your entire face will thank you for taking some time to choose an appropriate primer for your skin. 

There is literally 0 point investing in a mega awesome foundation if the canvas you are applying it to has not been prepped correctly.

Not sure what kind of primer you need or where to start? Lucky for you then that Clarins have got it covered with their range of SOS Primers.

Available in 6 different varieties, each primer has been created to target and correct a specific skin concern. Whether you’re suffering with a dull, uneven complexion, redness or dark spots, sallowness or just plain tiredness, there’s a primer to help your skin appear more radiant and beautiful.

Oh, but before I launch into descriptions of which each primer does you should know that each variant contains organic sea lily extract to help keep your skin hydrated and features an anti-pollution complex of nipplewort extract, white tea and furcellaria to help protect against harmful environmental aggressors. 

Good eh?

I was lucky enough to test out Universal Light (00), Green (04) and Lavender (05) which I’ll go into in just a moment but there are three other variations also available.

First up is Rose (01), a colour corrector that works like an energy ‘cocktail’ to instantly boost tired skin thanks in part to its pink pigments which help to restore a fresh-looking complexion. 

Banish imperfections with Peach (02). Thanks to its beige coloured pigments this colour corrector helps to conceal dark circles, visible veins scars leaving your skin looking fresh and flawless instantly.

If you suffer with dark spots and pigmentation issues then Coral (03) is the primer for you. Its light orange pigments help to counterbalance the blue shade of dark spots to instantly even out skin irregularities. 

Now onto the ones I tested!

If you suffer with redness then Green (04) is going to be your go-to primer.

Its colour correcting green pigments help to minimise the look of redness by counteracting the redness of your skin with its mint green hue.

If sallow skin is more your concern then Lavender (05) will sort you out in no time. 

As you may expect, lavender pigments in this primer help to even out yellow skin tones, revealing a brighter, more even complexion.

Not entirely sure which primer you need, then Universal Light (00) has got you covered.

This pearly-white, radiance boosting bad boy will help to instantly brighten your skin thanks to its spectacular light reflecting qualities.

Lightweight, non-greasy and instantly absorbed into your skin, these primers do a brilliant job at preparing your skin for makeup application.

Skin tone is evened out. Imperfections are blurred. Skin looks radiant, feels soft and smooth and is prepped and ready for the day ahead.

Clarins range of SOS Primer’s are available now and cost £26.50 each.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mai Couture Blotting Papers

As the lucky owner of oily/combination skin it’s pretty much a constant battle to stay on top of the shine that gradually spreads it way across my face throughout the day.

Throughout every day, regardless of whether it’s a stinking hot, makeup-melting day or a freezing as hell day.

It’s inevitable that at various points throughout my day I’ll catch a glimpse of my reflection and find myself confronted with a beautiful greasy-sheen nose and chin that looks so shiny you could fry an egg on it.


Of course I usually just dab a little translucent powder onto the offending areas and I’m back to my mattified best, however by the time you’ve done this fifteen-billion times a day my make-up starts to  look (and feel) a little cakey.

Not ideal I’m sure you’ll agree.

Of course, I’ve invested in some pretty fab primers and foundations that help to balance and combat said oiliness as much as they can but sometimes that’s just not enough to keep it at bay.

I’m going to be honest here and admit that I totally forgot that such products even existed but I was recently introduced to Mai Couture Blotting Papers and I hand on heart have no idea how I have gone SO long without these in my life!

Mai Couture is a fabulous little brand created by makeup artist Mai Tran. 

Available from Beauty Mart the brand comprises of a range of cosmetic papers that have been formulated to remove excess facial oil for quick and easy on-the-go touch-ups.

Available in three different varieties, Bamboo, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin C & E these blotting powders are the answer to my skin’s greasy prayers.

Packaged exquisitely in super cute, compact booklets these paraben and talc-free sheets are the quickest and easiest way to remove excess oil from your skin without ruining your makeup or adding powder, resulting in a cakey, heavy look. 

Each booklet contains 60 sheets and the Vitamin C + E Blotting Paper features micro encapsulated antioxidant skincare vitamins, so while you’re blotting you’re actually delivering some fabulous vitamins to your skin too!

The Rosehip Oil papers features rosehip extracts which are rich in vitamins C, E and Beta-carotene as well as essential fatty acids which help to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth while the Bamboo Charcoal papers are infused with purifying bamboo charcoal to help draw toxins and pollutants away from the skin.

I know right. And here I was thinking they were just getting rid of my unwanted shine when actually they are giving my skin a little helping hand in the beauty stakes too!

My current favourite is the Bamboo variant, purely because I get a serious amount of satisfaction when applying the paper to my face as I can see it turn a darker shade of grey as the oil is absorbed from my skin. 

Priced at £10 a booklet I’ve fallen hard for these papers which I’d say are 110% a handbag staple for every single woman!

You can get your own Mai Couture Blotting Papers now from Beauty Mart where they cost £10 each.
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