Sunday, 31 August 2014

Scent City Launch | Alice and Peter Wicked Berry Perfume Review


Grab a cup of tea and get settled into the sofa girls, because today it's new launch time. And believe me when I tell you, it's a good'un. I've been looking forward to the launch of niche perfume retailer Scent City for quite some time now, as I think the idea behind the creation is a solid and original one. Based in London, Scent City is an online boutique specialising in niche perfumes for both men and women, as well as luxury fragrances for the home.

Scent City's promotional material really impressed me - the deep purple designs look sleek and sophisticated which embodies the brand perfectly. There's several different models used in their marketing, each of which have a distinct personality which is related to certain types of fragrances - for example, Ms Romance is 'Loving, with floral notes'. I think this is a really clever idea as you can pick a perfume based on the emotions you'd like it to make you feel or the situations in which you want to wear it the most.

One of the most exciting niche brands that is available from Scent City in my opinion is Alice and Peter. A small but perfectly formed collection of unique luxury perfumes, adorably packaged, currently exclusive to Scent City in the UK. Scent City kindly offered to gift me one of Alice and Peter's fragrances to try out so I could get a better idea of the types of perfume designers that will be stocked on the website. Alice and Peter's line contains five gorgeous scents inspired by cupcakes and confectionery - sweets and perfume, what's not to like? All five sounded gorgeous (Showy Toffee and Fancy Choco anyone?) but the one I liked the sound of most was Wicked Berry*. My favourite fragrances are either floral or fruity, and this combined them both! At first spray, the citrus head notes mix with the berry scents and the perfume smells entirely fruity. However, this soon clears and the floral notes at the heart of the perfume are revealed. Lilac and blackberry are the most noticeable heart notes, and the scent reminds me slightly of my favourite childhood sweets, Parma Violets! Rose, freesia and raspberry notes are also detectable, and throughout the day the base notes of vanilla, amber, and white musk start to come through. I've really grown to like this perfume as it's such a unique scent, it makes me feel all summery, and of course, the bottle is the cutest!

As with all Alice and Peter products, Wicked Berry retails at £40 for 30ml - a little on the expensive side but considering the hard-to-get-hold-of designer brand and the quality I think it's a fair price. The longevity is more impressive than most of my perfumes, it's noticeable on the skin for over 10 hours, however it does start to fade after 5 or 6.

The perfume arrived in a large box and was very well protected with polystyrene. I was really pleased to see this, as the last few times I've bought perfumes online they've been delivered in a small parcel with absolutely no protective packaging whatsoever.

I'll certainly be ordering from Scent City in the future as I think it's a fantastic concept for a brand and the service/correspondence I've recieved from them has been second to none. By the time you've read this post Scent City will have officially launched and you can check them out at www.thescentcity.com. You can also follow Scent City on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!




*This product was sent to me for consideration by Scent City. All reviews are always 100% honest.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Foundation Files: The Glow Getter



In my last Foundation Files post I showed you a brilliant budget base, but today I’m going to be talking about a product that makes my bank balance wince a little bit every time I repurchase. Don’t turn away just yet though, because this one is definitely worth the money. It’s not the most expensive foundation on the market (at £30.50 it's far from it!) but it's still one you might want to wait until payday for. Nars Sheer Glow has been raved about by many a beauty blogger but I'm not ashamed to follow the crowd on this one because it's a strong contender for my all time favourite foundation.

The coverage is medium and buildable, but it always feels light on the skin and never cakey, even in summer when things can get a little sweaty... I was matched to the shade Deauville which is almost exactly my natural skin colour, and the shade range is relatively wide so most people should be able to find their perfect match. It looks so natural and makes my skin look flawless - which let me tell you, is a preeetty big task at the moment! It's also perfect for nights out or special occasions as it's SPF free - so you won't be mistaken for Casper the ghost when people are getting a bit too flash-happy with their cameras! Sheer Glow lasts well on my skin - I'll sometimes touch it up in the late afternoon but once I have it looks as fresh as it did in the morning.

The only thing I don't like about this foundation is the fact it doesn't come with a pump (why Nars, why?!). Of course, you can buy a pump separately for only a couple of pounds, but the trouble I had was finding one. They seemed to be out of stock everywhere, for months on end! I did finally get my hands on one and it makes application much easier, but I'd like to see Nars incorporate a pump into an actual lid for the bottle, even if this still would cost extra. Although the pump has a lock so there's no accidental spillages, I just think it looks like I've lost the proper lid for the bottle (or is that just me being fussy?). Fussiness aside, Nars Sheer Glow really does deserve the hype and I'm sure its Holy Grail status in the beauty world will be firmly cemented for many years to come - I know I'll be repurchasing over and over again!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Percy & Reed Wonder Balm

I've never been a huge hair product kinda gal. Don't get me wrong, I love buying them, but when it comes to actually using them they always end up at the back of a drawer after a week or two feeling a little unloved. If there's one thing I could tell them then it would be It's not you, it's me (how many of us have said that before and honestly meant it?), or more specifically it's my hair. As much as I try to style, curl, crimp (come on, we've all been there), tousle and just generally jzeush* it up it pretty much always falls flat within the hour. As a result, I try to stick to quite low maintenance styles and products (GHD Straight & Smooth Heat Protect Spray, maybe some Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray if I'm feeling really daring) and after digging out the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm, a magazine freebie from earlier this year, I've found the perfect quick-fix for my locks. Marketed as a hair primer, a blob or two before blow drying leaves my hair smoother, silkier and much more manageable than usual. It tackles my frizz well, and although I don't find it really does much to extend the life-span of any waves or curls, my hair definitely looks and feels more Loreal advert-worthy for the whole day. So ladies, if your hair is in need of a little pick me up, give this one a whirl because you know you're worth it.

* Yes I did have to google the spelling of that. J then z, who'd have known, eh?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

What I Wore #1



TOP - Whistles (out of stock in pink but
a similar colour is available here)
JEANS - Uniqlo
BAG - Whistles
BOOTS - Cara London

I know, I know, long time no see. I've been MIA (now I'm humming Paper Planes) for the last few weeks because I've been interrailing around Europe with my boyfriend to celebrate us both graduating this year - does this mean I'm a real actual grown up now? Wifi was particularly scarce while we were away and although I really wanted to schedule lots of posts before I went things got a bit busy what with exams, the end of uni and more 21st birthdays than I could count! I'm really sorry for the absence but I'm back now, and won't ever be leaving it this long again. Just before we left, I popped to Cardiff to see my parents and I thought I'd show you all what I wore for my dad's 50th birthday dinner out. Let me know what you think of my boyfriend's camera skills - hopefully they're not too shabby (maybe ignore the closed eyes  in picture no. 2!) but I did make him take about 20 pictures and not one ended up showing my shoes so I've added in a picture of those below.



Monday, 7 July 2014

Guest Post - Pick Me Up Products by April Ashlie

Hi lovelies! If you were hoping to catch Sally today for another one of her fabulous posts, I'm afraid to say you've got me Ashlie from the blog April Ashlie! Do not be disappointed as I will be guest blogging for Sally today and I have decided to show you my favourite beauty Pick Me Up products for when I'm feeling ill/down or just need a little something to liven myself up.

As you can see this post features a lot of pink! This wasn't intentional but its definitely a colour that makes me feel that I've had a little perk up. I have included some products that aren't in my normal daily make up routine and that I just use on occasions! 


L'Oreal Lumi Magique
I love this product to brighten up my skin. By applying it under my eye area and fanning it out on my forehead, it gives me that instant radiance and highlight.

MAC Candy Yum-Yum
This neon pink matte lipstick has brought some fun into my life! It is a little daring but it lifts my complexion and looks lovely on many skin tones. Definitely a wow shade.

Soap And Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Extreme Plump
A little tingling tube of genius! It really does work. If you are like me and have smallish lips, then this will add a little fullness to them without the terrifying needles and expensive price tag of lips fillers.

Juicy Couture - Viva La Juicy
This fragrance has such a lovely scent that every time I spray it, I instantly feel ready for the day ahead! It's definitely a fresh and feminine perfume with a floral scent. It contains honeysuckle, wild berries, mandarin, jasmine, amber, caramel and vanilla. Mmm!

MAC Fix +
An instant refresher! I spray this on my face before applying any make up to hydrate my skin and use it throughout the day to refresh my makeup. I don't know what I'd do without it! 

Sinful Colours - 24/7
This loving popping pink nail varnish from Sinful Colours sure is a pick me up shade! It's neon just like the Candy Yum Yum lipstick and is also matte. Matchy matchy! I know Sally is nail crazy and I love her 'What's on my nails Wednesdays', but I'm not sure if she's tried this one yet? If not, I think she has to! 

MAC Soft And Gentle
The most perfect highlighter. This highlighter will add a gorgeous glow to tired and dull skin. The natural sheen that it gives to the skin is divine and it reflects the light so beautifully. 

If you have liked my guest post then please check out my blog - April Ashlie HERE for posts on beauty, fashion and travel! Big hugs and thanks to the lovely Sally for allowing me to guest post on her incredible blog! ttyl,