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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jo Malone New In: His & Hers



It's no surprise by now that I'm borderline obsessed with all things Jo Malone London, and as summer peeks through, these two new beauties have my heart (or rather my nose?) all aflutter..

A new addtion to the Cologne Intense line, Incense & Cedrat (£105) focuses on Omani incense, the most precious of its kind on the planet. As the incense itself is so rare, a technology called NaturePrint was used to capture and recreate the scent without harming the Boswellia sacra tree, from which the sap is harvested. An infusion and essential oil is created using natural ingredients, leaving you with a scent that's rich and powerful and doesn't feel synthetic in the slightest. The top note of cedrat, a citrus fruit, is bright and fresh whilst the vetyver heart note gives a richness, all followed with the incense base - it's deep, smoky, sumptuous and oh so sexy. It's definitely suitable for men and women, but has that 'I just stole this off my boyfriend' quality to it that I'm really loving right now. If you're a big fan of oud-based scents then this offers something a little different whilst still being in the same vein.

If you're after something distinctly feminine, look no further. The Lace Bottle collection, released last month, consists of ten of the best-loved fragrances from Jo Malone London - Lime Basil & Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir, English Pear & Freesia, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Wild Bluebell, Red Roses, Peony & Blush Suede, Orange Blossom, Velvet Rose & Oud and Dark Amber & Ginger Lily - available in three beautiful etched lace designs. The collection isn't especially reserved for brides, but it coincides nicely with the height of wedding season and a bottle would make for the most perfect memento of the big day. Peony & Blush Suede is my all-time favourite and I couldn't think of anything more perfect for a wedding morning. I'm not that way inclined currently.. but jot it down for future reference, gents. English Pear & Freesia and Velvet Rose & Oud are right up there too. This bespoke service is complimentary on top of the £86 for the original collection of scents, and £105 for the Cologne Intense fragrances.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

My Beauty Matches






Recently I was introduced to My Beauty Matches - a site with an interesting and exciting concept that puts customised filters on your online beauty shopping. Sometimes browsing online can be a little overwhelming depending on what you're looking for, so even for a self-confessed beauty hoarder like myself, whittling down on options is key.

Upon signing up, you're prompted to choose the options that best describe your hair, eye colour, skin type and concerns, favourite types of scents and so on. This takes a couple of minutes tops - it's not something you really need to think about, after all - and you're presented with a shedload of recommendations catered to your needs. The brands available range from extremely affordable right through to luxe and high end offerings so all budgets are considered. Shade and formula recommendations are also nice to take on board, but it doesn't force you - we all have preferences, and if you're anything like me, switching it up is what keeps beauty fresh and fun. Their regular product search is equally as pleasing though; with comparisons on both price and delivery times, you can pick the best option for you. I found this part endlessly fun (different strokes for different folks, guys) and it was interesting to see some sites I hadn't shopped from before, offering better prices and speedier delivery times. #themoreyouknow

My first pick was an old favourite in the form of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. My shade, Vanilla, was like gold dust when it was first released and I ended up finding one in a Sephora when I travelled stateside. It's a lovely concealer that offers coverage without being too mask-like and as the name would suggest, isn't drying at all. A very welcome re-addition into my makeup bag.

For skincare, the Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque stood out to me as a treatment that clarifies and hydrates - usually I'd go for something like this for a deep clean but then have to overcompensate with an oil afterwards to get the moisture back into the skin. It's a pretty generous size for a treatment too, and I'm just a sucker for Aesop's old school apothecary packaging anyway.

Can we just have a moment to appreciate the presence of MAC Soar? This lip pencil is something I've been wanting to try for the longest time - I was always asking my friend who works as an MUA at MAC to grab me one, but they've had something ridiculous like 2 delivered in the past 9 months. That was only going to make me want it all the more, and I'm so excited to have a play with it now. In the past I've only used one other pencil from MAC, Redd, which is my go-to if I'm ever sporting a red lipstick.

Another product I've tried before and loved is the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer - a water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that gives a seamlessly smooth finish to your base. Skin is left both matte and glowy at the same time and anything you put on top just looks that much better. I previously had a teeny tiny bottle that came with a palette, and it got a lot of love from me.

I really wanted to try out the Bumble and bumble All-Style Blow Dry balm for myself after it was used on me in the salon recently. This one offers heat protection, hydration and hold which ticks all the boxes for me. Plus it smells divine, which always helps!

You can check out My Beauty Matches here - let me know how you get on! Have you tried any of my picks?

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