perfume posts

EMPTIES: July

July 13, 2014

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So, last week I graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons English Literature with Creative Writing (and a cheeky first in my dissertation), no biggie – and now I’m on the sad pursuit of the graduate gravy train: population 357485792849347598370187349875. If you know of any copywriting or social media marketing vacancies going (quite literally anywhere, I’m game for a change of scenery), hit me up if you’d be so kind. If you provide me with a successful link, I’ll provide you with a lifetime supply of Jaffa Cakes (or “insert favourite cake/biscuit” – but you’re a lemon, ’cause Jaffa Cakes are the edible bee’s knees). Until I manage to secure a job and shake the dole-y shroud that’s currently drowning me, I’ll be well and truly in your faces through the medium of the ol’blog – apologies in advance if you get sick of my overly verbose ramblings and shoddy iPhone snaps.

Today I have my second ever empties post, primarily because I am almost professionally naff at keeping hold of products until their cessation, mainly because I a) lose them b) have commitment issues and discard everything to the back of a drawer within a week. However, a year after my last empties post, we have something of a breakthrough – and this is only because I’ve just moved out of my flat and unearthed a wealth of sad, abandoned empty products, huddled together in the nooks and crannies of my old dorm room.

MAC Lipstick in ‘Russian Red’ – £15

I’ve just about lost count of how many of these I have collated and finished/snapped/had stolen from my younger sister – but this will be an eternal repurchase for me. I mean, when is pillar-box red going to go out of style?  I’ve actually somehow managed to time it so I’ve ran out of two of these, so I’m currently using Viva Glam 1, which is a surprisingly nice red despite its pink tone in the tube. 10/10

MAC Sheertone Blush in ‘Peaches’ – £18

Another must-have in the empties pile is this delightfully summery shade, again from MAC. For anyone else in the paler-than-pale club, you’ll be with me on the importance of finding that perfect medium between a subtle injection of life into the cheeks, and the ultimate fail of clown cheeks (which are disturbingly easy to achieve in bad lighting). I’m on my second one of these now and will be tempted to find a pinkier shade next. 9/10

Benefit Porefessional – Sample 

If you’ve ever picked up a magazine or basically, if you have a vagina and a reasonable interest in beauty, you’re probably as inundated with these samples as I am: does anyone ever actually invest in Porefessional? Once my decent stash has disintegrated (still got at least one more brand new one), I’ll still be very tempted to buy the fullsize of this product, despite it being a rather pricey £24.50 bank-drainer. Its non-oil formula is great for temperamental skin like my own, although I have been prone to the occasional major breakout whilst using this product, but I don’t think it’s solely to blame. It really does help with base application and I like the little protective layer between my skin and my rather thick slap. 8/10

MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Powder – £20

For probably the first time with a MAC product, I’m going to say it: this isn’t much to write home about, guys. Granted, it definitely does some favours with regards to its truly transparent pigmentation – practically every powder (Rimmel’s Stay Matte aside, surprisingly) I’ve ever used leaves me looking a strange shade of Wotsit, but it didn’t exactly do much for the overall effect. Minimal mattefying occurred and it gave a slightly more polished finish, yet I was never convinced. Then it went and disintegrated on me, so I don’t think I’ll be after this one again. 6/10

CK Shock – Prize

I won this alongside a bunch of other Beauty Cupboard treasures from Cosmopolitan last year, and decided to give it a whirl once I’d ran out of my trusty Gucci Guilty – it’s pretty nice! I’m usually one for musky floral scents, so this was a light change for the summer and saw me through until I finally got my paws on Viktor + Rolf’s Flowerbomb, which has to be one of the most moreish scents going – although I’m getting mildly bewildered by the amount of people thinking it smells like Palma Violets. 8.5/10

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – £19.50 

I did a review of this mascara a while back, go have a gander! 9/10

STYLE CRUSH: Taylor Swift – New Perfume Announcement.

May 30, 2013

To celebrate the upcoming release of her third perfume ‘Taylor by Taylor Swift’, I’m revealing Taylor Swift as my current style crush. And face crush – she’s a beaut. I’ve always admired her effortless mix of playful sophistication: she’s the only celebrity I can think of who can pull off dressing super demurely, then at other times, really daft – like in the 22 video – and still get away with it. I think my favourite thing about T-Swift is her ridiculous ability to look absolutely drop-dead in red lipstick. I’m usually a brunette fan through and through, but something about the pale skin + white blonde + red lips + perfect pearly whites, makes me insanely jealous of her.

Here are some of my favourite T-Swift looks:

What’s your favourite Taylor Swift look?

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WIMH: What’s In My Handbag?

April 25, 2013

I’m bizarrely obsessed with these posts, seeing what ladies keep in their bags is oddly interesting – or maybe I’m just really nosey. For starters, I’m just going to put this out there: I never really carry a handbag. My bag of the day generally revolves around whether I’m in university or not and, if I am, it usually has to be a larger bag so that I can fit my MacBook and textbooks in there too – so I’m more of a satchel or backpack kinda girl. However, for the purpose of this post, I’ll just cut it down to the basic handbag-y items that I shove in my satchel:

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NEWS: LUSH Cosmetics Is Coming To Lancaster!

September 18, 2012

Yeah, you read it right! Arguably the shittest city in the UK is finally getting something good – a LUSH store. The store is set to open on the 12th October – so great timing for fellow Lancaster University students who will just be back in time to end up blowing their student loans in there with yours truly..

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REVIEW: LUSH Gorilla Perfume in Vanillary.

September 12, 2012

Yesterday I received a sample of Vanillary through the post from LUSH – which was a lovely surprise! I popped it into my satchel in my hurry for the train, as I was off to Manchester to see Grazia’s Fashion Editor Sophie Ferguson at the New Look Denim Styling Event – and quickly dabbed a little on my wrists in the midst of my extensive make-up routine (done on the train – Miss Lastminute.com). It smells absolutely divine! The scent is rich and familiar yet filled with sexy musky tones – I may just have to order some the second this one runs out! I’m also really happy as it’s another LUSH pot to my collection that I can recycle for one of their divine face masks when finished.

You can apply the perfume stick to either your neck or wrists, and I found it easier to apply a generous amount to my wrists and then rub onto my neck. I couldn’t decide whether it was due to it being a new scent to me, or whether it had amazing staying power, as I could still smell it as though fresh, a good time after one application. The packaging is ongoing with the LUSH brand theme, black with their signature title font in white in a small cylinder shape – so perhaps not as glam as you’d like your perfume to be, but it is amazingly handy for just throwing in your bag and using for a little pick-me-up throughout the day.

The scent is available in three forms: perfume stick £6.50 (which I received), spritzer £12.50 and atomiser for £26.

Here’s the LUSH description of the product:

The sweet and sensual real vanilla and jasmine absolutes are supported by the burnt caramel-like scent of tonka bean in this delicious perfume. Vanillary is a grown-up gourmand. Its character really warms and develops on the skin and you’ll get many compliments wearing it.

A group of Lushies visited Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant and were inspired by a pudding they ate there to create the Vanilla Fountain bath ballistic. Amanda, our Retail Guru, along with many other Lushies nagged Simon until he caved in and made the delicious scent into a perfume.

I would definitely recommend this product – to pretty much anyone who is on the go constantly. Even if the scent isn’t for you, the LUSH perfume range is ever-expanding, with new scents like 25:43 getting snapped up frantically already. Find your own scent!

SheSaidBeauty: August Box Review

August 29, 2012

This month I received my first SheSaidBeauty box in the mail, after using their 25% off offer that I blogged about a few weeks ago. Given that I’ve never bought/subscribed to a beauty box before, I had very little idea of what I’d be receiving – and I wasn’t completely disappointed with what I got!

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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