Monday, 11 September 2017

Perfume Power! - Paco Rabanne 'Lady Million'

This review has been a long time coming because I have been wearing this scent for over two years. I saw it on television adverts, but first smelled it in Superdrug and instantly fell in love with it. I find the scent iconic and when I smell it anywhere, I know exactly what it is. It is one of my favourite smells in the whole world and I always close my eyes when I first smell it. Sometimes I just sit there sniffing the bottle, that is how addicted to the scent I am!

The bottle is sort of diamond shaped and made of glass with a gold shiny plastic lid covering. There is a gap near the bottom of the bottle where the spritzer is. The part where the perfume name is engraved is where press to dispense the fragrance from the spritzer.

The fragrance notes are:-

Top Notes: Neroli, Amalfi Lemon & Raspberry
Middle Notes: Jasmine, African Orange Flower & Gardenia
Base Notes: Patchouli, White Honey & Amber

I do like the bottle design as it is simple and compact. I absolutely LOVE this scent. It is my number one perfume ever and nothing compares to it! It is super long wearing and versatile. The scent is quite strong, but light enough to wear throughout the day if you don’t spray too much and you can spray more at night to smell sexy. I can spray it on and the scent lingers on any clothing I wear with it for days (mostly my raincoat). I like other perfumes, but if I had to throw the others away and just keep Lady Million, I would be perfectly happy with that. I would say it is quite floral because I can’t personally smell the individual fruit notes, but they must tone down the floral notes a bit, because I don’t typically go for floral based scents.

I will always keep re-purchasing this scent, until Paco Rabanne discontinues it, which I really hope they never do! I have actually already got another 50ml bottle and an 80ml bottle, even though I am still on my first bottle. It has lasted quite long because I am trying to use up my other perfumes. I find that I always choose Lady Million no matter the occasion, so I might as well try and use my other ones up, this way I will be left my LOVE! I 100% recommend anyone buys this. There is also a more masculine version of this scent for men (1 Million), but I personally would find the “female” version just as sexy on men, that is how much I love this scent. I don’t really care who is wearing it, I just want to smell it!

Price - £58.50   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes        Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - Boots.com, Sephora

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Serial Sampler #11

I thought I would share with you my thoughts on a FREE lipgloss sample I received a while back from an online Debenhams order I made.
It is Sweet Peach Oil Lipgloss in Pure Peach by Too Faced and it is a 1g sample of the full sized lipgloss.
It contains peach oil, coconut oi and vitamin E. These ingredients soften and moisturise the lips. The lipgloss is available in eight different shades and they all smell like peaches (they are supposed to taste like peaches too). The shade I have is described as a peachy pink. It is quite pigmented for a lipgloss and it does apply very smooth. It doesn’t feel heavy on the lips and it does feel moisturising. It also smells amazing! It is not as sticky as your average lipgloss either because of the added oils.

You can buy the full sized tube for £16.00 and it is available for sale at Debenhams and TooFaced.com.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette

I first saw this palette online last year and there was no way of me purchasing it, plus it was limited edition. I just loved the name of the palette and the eyeshadows looked beautiful. I was on Facebook not so long ago and I came across a BeautyBay advertisement that showed this palette and it said now back in stock and permanent. I bought it without hesitation! I didn’t even know that BeautyBay stocked Coloured Raine products. I was looking at getting the HUDA BEAUTY Desert Dusk Palette, but it is quite expensive and it has a few similar shades to the Queen of Hearts Palette, so I don’t think I will bother purchasing it now I have this beauty.
The packaging is very simple and elegant. It is a matte black, thin rectangular shape with gold detailing. It has a magnetic closing which you just lift up to reveal the palette. There is a small mirror surrounded by reflective gold covering. The twelve eyeshadow pans are decently spread apart (they could be closer together to waste less space though).The shade names are clearly printed under each pan.
You get twelve 1.5g eyeshadows in matte and foil finishes.

CROWN - pearlescent white with gold undertones
ROYAL HIGHNESS - metallic purple-toned taupe
YOUR MAJESTY - rich metallic copper with gold reflect
PRINCESS - matte blushed pink
EMPRESS - vibrant matte orange
QUEEN MOTHER - metallic plum with lavender hues
HEIR - matte peach
NOBLEWOMAN - metallic burgundy with purple undertones
ROYAL PREROGATIVE - terracotta
LADYSHIP - matte vivid purple
DUCHESS - matte milk chocolate brown
DETHRONE - sparkling expresso with gold reflect
There are not really any claims for this palette, but it is mostly cruelty free. The description on ColouredRaine’s website does state that the eyeshadow shade Ladyship contains an ingredient called Carmine. This palette is also supposed to be good for creating various day to night looks.
I like the packaging, but the real treasure is inside. The eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and so buttery soft! They blend like a dream and each shade is just gorgeous. They are not particularly powdery, but I always tap my brush off. It is described as being cruelty free, but it depends on how strong your vegan values are. The shade Ladyship contains an ingredient called Carmine, which is a centuries old formula pigment produced from the Cochineal, which is actually a scale insect, but it is described as being more of a sessile parasite, therefore this shade is technically not cruelty free. Some people would argue that the palette is not vegan because that one shade could taint the other ones. I am not vegan, but I am against cruelty to animals. I personally see the Cochineal as a parasite, therefore my conscience is clear. With all of the advances with technology now, most products are 100% vegan, so I’m not sure why Carmine was used for that one shade. I can only assume it is because it is a rich pigment and it is hard to get the same results artificially. I am so happy that I got this palette and I can’t wait to experiment with it more. My favourite shades are Queen Mother, Royal Highness and Noblewoman. I am mostly attracted to the foil shades.

Price - £45.00   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - ColouredRaine.com, BeautyBay.com

Friday, 1 September 2017

Jeffree Star Cosmetics: Summer Chrome Collection 2017

I have decided to do a sort of swatch post today, but I have included a little more information than I usually would for a simple swatch post. Jeffree Star Cosmetics recently came out with a new Summer Chrome Collection of products and I decided I wanted to purchase something, but wasn’t quite sure what at first.
The whole collection includes; 8 Velour Liquid Lipsticks, 3 Velour Lip Scrubs, 5 Lip Ammunitions™, 2 Skin Frosts™ and various lip gift sets.
I decided to pick up two items from the collection, both are lip products. I got a Velour Liquid Lipstick in Calabasas, which was £16.00 for 5.4ml. I also got a Lip Ammunition™ in Birthday Suit, which was £16.00 for 3.4g.
CALABASAS - matte rosy red
BIRTHDAY SUIT - satin soft rose nude

I wasn’t too sure if the liquid lipstick would suit me, but it actually looks lovely. I love the colour and it is perfect after one application (the wand tickles my lips a little). It dries down and it is long wearing, but will deteriorate when you eat and drink. I already own a lip ammunition from the regular line, so I familiar with the formula. It is a really nice lipstick and I love the colour. I also love the packaging of both products. I can’t wait for more JSC products to be released. I have heard rumours of a Skin Frost™ Palette and a Mini Velour Liquid Lipstick set!

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Perfume Power! - Britney Spears 'Maui Fantasy'

Today’s perfume power is quite a short one. I purchased this perfume not so long ago because it is a Britney scent and I just had to test it.

The bottle is made of light azure blue frosted glass and has a spherical shape with a pink and white hibiscus flower pattern on the front. The textured band around the neck of the bottle is white and the cap is rounded and made of translucent red plastic. Lastly, it has the regular perfume spritzer to dispense the liquid.

The fragrance notes are:-

Top Notes: Strelitzia, Passionfruit & Pink Grapefruit
Middle Notes: Hibiscus, Cyclamen, Tiare Flower & Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Coconut, Vanilla, Musk, White Amber & White Wood

The bottle is beautiful and the scent is quite light and delicate and actually quite nice considering I don’t like coconut. I can mostly smell the coconut, grapefruit and vanilla notes. It does last a while on the skin. Although it is pleasant, it is definitely not my typical scent and I probably won’t wear it again.

Price - £23.00   Rating - 3/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - No
Available at - AllBeauty.com, Superdrug

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