Friday 29 November 2013

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum

I’ve never tried any of the Juicy Couture fragrances before and the only reason I can think of it because of my association of the name ‘Juicy Couture’ to the fashion brand.

This is a brand I’ve never shopped with and perhaps ignorantly, think of as being the ‘posh’ tracksuit company that all the footballer’s wives love to live in, or at least did about 5 years ago.

Anyway, this is all irrelevant now as I have finally sampled one of their fragrances and it’s bright pink, loud, somewhat garish appearances aside, it’s actually really rather nice.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum is a new, more seductive interpretation of their original best-selling Viva La Juicy fragrance.

When you first smell the fragrance it’s sweetness can hit you hard and you may find it a little overpowering, but do bare with it.

Its opening notes include wild berries mixed with mandarin and Mara strawberry, making for a very sweet scent, but it doesn’t last too long as at its heart, you will notice honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine sambac.

Finally, notes of amber, caramel, creamy vanilla and sandalwood  round the perfume off perfectly and as the fragrance has a chance to settle on your skin, it becomes a much more mellow, musky yet sweet fragrance.

Now, I can’t decide whether I love to loathe the packaging. The girly girl part of me thinks it’s brilliant!

 It’s bright pink with a diamante esq lid and a satin black bow. VERY Juicy Couture. The other part of me thinks it’s far too over the top, but then it’s a fragrance that is going to get you noticed, so why would it be demurely bottled?

The bottom line is, I actually really rather liked this perfume, and the fragrance lasted for ages.

Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy Noir EDP is available now and costs about £55 for 100ml.

Thursday 28 November 2013

balance Me Shine On Tinted Lip Salve

balance Me have just launched their new Shine on Tinted Lip Salves, and you know me, always on the hunt for a fab lip product, got my hands on one of them as soon as I could!

The lip salves are balance Me’s first foray into colour, and with them they have created an ultra-glossy, smoothing tinted lip salve which is designed to hydrate, protect and smooth with anti oxidants.

The collection comprises of three, 100% natural lip salves, which I would actually categorise as more like a gloss than a salve.
 Available in four shades, Rose blush, Nude and Ruby Red and sheer Raspberry, I decided to try Rose Blush.

I love the idea that this salve contains 100% natural ingredients and included the fab ingredients coco butter, shea butter and mango seed butter to help keep your lips plump and hydrated throughout the day.

I love the smell, which is delicately fruity and not overpowering.

I  like that the tints within the four shades have been formulated with natural mineral make up, giving bold colours but with natural pigment.

I did not however, love the fact that the salve was really glittery.

I’m not a fan of glittery make up, and for me this product had just a touch too much twinkle for my liking. Whether this is due to the mineral pigment in it, I’m not sure, but because of this I think it would be a salve that I personally would use on a night out rather than during the day.

A bit of sparkle, especially during the party season is fine, but for me, it would be too much for every day use.

Sparkle aside, (and if you like sparkle, then you’re onto a winner!) this lip salve is really lovely.

It’s light, hydrating and it certainly did what it promised and left my lips feeling soft and hydrated.

balance Me’s four Shine on Tinted Lip Salves are available now and cost £12 each.

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift Set Review with Fragrance Direct

Afternoon Lovelies!

Take a look at whose ugly mug is gracing the YouTube page of Fragrance Direct today- yep, yours truly!

You can catch my review of their Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift set HERE.

Hope you like it! 

(The fragrance is lush by the way, if you hadn’t already gathered that from watching my review!)

Sarah x

Very Secret Santa Blogger Challenge

 I was contacted a little while ago by Very who asked me if I’d like to take part in their Secret Santa Blogger Challenge! 

Intrigued, I agreed!

Basically, Very would match me up with another mystery blogger, and  I would then get to choose a Gift for them from the huge range of fab gifts from, up to the value of £20.

At the same time, someone would be given me and would get to choose me a gift too!

This sounded like a fun thing to do to bring together the blogging community, so once I’d been given my Blogger to buy for, I popped over to their blog to see what kind of things they may like!

With some ideas in mind, I then headed over to and used their fab Gift Guru app, which helps you to filter gifts for different people based on the kind of things they like!

  I then chose something I thought they’d love and waited.

Today, MY secret Santa gift arrived and I was sooooooooo excited!

I tore off the wrapping like a child and delved into the box to find...

A GORGEOUS Yankee Candle!

You will probably know from previous posts, and my secret Santa definitely noticed, I’m a HUGE Yankee Candle fan, and to come face to face with a huge, Fireside Treats, toasted marshmallow smelling candle made me squeal out loud!

I have absolutely no idea who chose this for me, but please allow me to thank you! 

I love it, its perfect and you’ve made my day!

Thank you too to Very for asking me to get involved and for having such a great range of gifts to choose from!


Tuesday 26 November 2013

Elemis Japanese Camellia Bodi Oil Blend

On my never ending quest to try and ensure that I don’t end up covered in stretch marks by the time Baby B makes an appearance, I’ve been trying a HUGE range of lotions, potions, balms and oils.

One of my top five products I can reveal to be Elemis’ Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend.

Containing key ingredients of Camellia Kissi seed oil for its anti ageing and anti oxidant properties, soothing and nourishing sweet almond oil and Vitamin E, this delicious, light weight body oil is a real treat for my bump.

For many centuries camellia oil from Japan has been used for the care of nails, hair, scalp and combination skin, and when massaged into the skin, the light oil is easily absorbed and the rich, plant collagens within help to keep the skin moisturised and supple, thus helping to prevent stretch marks.

It has a very delicate and subtle fragrance, not at all over powering and it is captured within a really rather lovely looking glass bottle, as you can see!

The oil is extremely light, not at all thick or 'oily'!

Now, this may sound daft, but for an oil, it’s not at all oily. It is really light on your skin and is absorbed almost instantly, meaning you aren’t left feeling like you’re one giant oil slick, which is always a bonus!

Your hands are left feeling lovely and soft too after you’ve applied it!

Elemis’ Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend costs £29 for 100ml and is available from the website Time To Spa.
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