Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Byredo Perfumes - Mojave Ghost

Byredo perfumes tend to be in the background of most top fashion bloggers insta-backdrops but never really spoken about. I wanted to break the mold of this as I feel this brand needs to be spoken about. I was first introduced to the brand last February, when I was searching for a new signature smell in Liberty's my favourite store FYI.

I fell in love with the brand instantly; how they present all their perfumes in a waterfall effect, how the staff manning the stand knew all the notes of all the perfumes the brand stocks (which is quite a feat I applaud you all) and the minimalistic but beautiful packaging which make my monochromatic heart skip a beat.

If I listed off some of their best selling perfume names you would instantly recognise them but always forget the brand for example Gypsy Water, Blanche, Flowerhead ... you get the gist.
I came into the store expecting to love the cult favourites and walk away with one of the above. Wrong. I personally really hated one of the above I won't mention which one (but it rhymes with power-fled). Instead I was greeted by a man who asked me what sort of fragrances do I wear already, so I listed them all off and from that he instantly knew what smells I would like. For me this is mainly woody, ever so slightly floral and fresh scents. He pointed me in the right direction of the spectrum of perfumes layed out and the first one I picked up I walked away with and still love to this day- Mojave Ghost.

Here is how Byredo describe the scent:

'The soulful beauty of the Mojave Desert is as comforting to many a it is hostile to others.In this xeric wilderness a rare species dares to blossom above this baked,hard ground. Its pale almost trans-lucent petals suggests a delicate, fragile state. Mojave Ghost is a woody composition with a light and graceful character that slowly discloses its true intensity.Heady top notes of musky Ambrette combine with sweet, fresh Jamaican Nesberry. Delicate, powdery Violet then unfurls to reveal soft,lingering Sandalwood brightened with fresh Magnolia.Finally warm Chantilly Musk rounds out a base of crisp Amber and elegant Cedarwood, leaving the spirit of Mojave Ghost to linger on the skin.'

The notes the perfumes contains is the following:
Heart:Magnolia,Sandalwood and Violet
Base:Cedarwood,Chantilly Musk, Crisp Amber

If you like woody and light floral scents you will guaranteed love this scent. Its not a 'heavy' scent however it lasts on my skin a solid 12 hours. How do I know this? I've worked a full 10 hour shift and returned home to be complimented on my perfume which I sprayed once 12 hours earlier.

Unlike other perfumes I have bought I love everything about the perfume; the magnetic lid which clips onto the perfume stopping any potential leaks, the beautiful (but admittedly bulky) black and white packaging and the minimalistic labelling of the brand itself. Inside the box it contains a tiny 'B' envelope which explains the brands ethos which I personally thought was a beautiful extra touch.

Like all good things there is a catch, this perfume isn't for your everyday excursions as the price tag is slightly overwhelming at £88 for 50ml or £130 for 100ml. However I've re-purchased the full size once and will continue to because I've found nothing quite like this small but mighty fragrance. Even more so I'd love to try some more products the brand has to offer, my purse on the other hand is not convinced by this idea.

Byredo can be purchased online at Byredo or in the following stores Liberty London and Selfridges.

Have you tried any perfumes from Byredo?
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

Its almost the most wonderful time of year! How quickly time flies. As we are fast approaching Christmas time I thought I'd share with you my top christmas gift guides for girls. I have divided the guides up by price point and category, making it easier for you to shop for all beauty loving family and friends. For each list there is direct links to websites where you can buy the gifts,  So without further ado get ready to shop the best of Beauty this Christmas!

Skincare / Body Care £50 and Over

1)Jo Malone 'House of Jo Malone London' Collection £130
2)Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Ambre Vanillè Luxe Body Collection £49
3)Byredo Holiday Discovery Set £88
4)Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil £69
5)Clarins Limited Edition Extra-Firming Luxury Collection £95
6)DIPTYQUE Mini candle set 5 x 35g £58
7)Darphin Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream £46
8)Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 £66
9)Clarisonic Radiance Full Kit £199
10)The Gift of Red Carpet Skin Travel Kit £59

Skincare / Body Care £25 and Under
1) Aromatherapy Associates Relax and Revive Christmas Gift Set
2) Elizabeth Arden New Eight Hour® Cream Protectant Signature Set £34 £18
3) Adrienne Vittadini Studio 5-pc. Foot Spa Gift Set (Melon Honey Blossom) £18 £13
4) Kiehl's Since 1851 Limited Edition Hydration Essentials Set £19
5) Philosophy Snow Angel Gift Set £21
6) Neom Happiness Treatment Kit Gift Set £20
7) Lush Merry Christmas Set £20 
8) Laura Mercier Little Indulgences Hand & Body Creme Gift Set £21
9) ORIGINS Handy Hydrators gift set £25
10) Soap & Glory Soaper Woman Gift Set £13

Skincare / Body Care Stocking Fillers £10 and Under
1)The Body Shop Festive Crackers £5 each
2)Zoella Mini Fizz Bar Trio Fragranced Bath Fizzers £7
3)Tanya Burr Handy Candy Manicure Set £6
4)Origins Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask Pods £5
5)Baylis Harding Sweet Mandarin Grapefruit Luxury Bauble Christmas Gift Set £7
6)Emma Hardie Mini Cleansing Balm Tree Decoration £10
7)This Works Sleep Balm O Set £10
8)NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm £9.50
9)COWSHED Moisturising cracker £10
10)LUSH FUN Santa £5.00

Makeup Sets £50 and Over

1) Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Gift Set £165
2) NARS Fantascene Collection - Humoresque Lipstick Set £130
3)Gucci Full Look Beauty Set £90
4)Stila Cosmetics Radiant Beauty Set £51
5)Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Sun Kissed Nude Collection £95
6) Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Colour £59
7)Ellis Faas Festive Makeup Set £137
8)MAC Eyes x 15 Palette, Warm £65
9)Zoeva Complete Brush Set £85.95 
10)Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette £65

Makeup Sets £25 and Under

1)MAC Cosmetics Irresistibly Charming Pigments and Glitter/Gold £26
2)Real Techniques Starter Set Eyes £21
3)Clarins Perfect Lips Christmas Set £20
4)Laura Mercier In the Glow Highlighting Trio £25
5)Bobbi Brown Mini Lip and Eye Palette £26.50
6)BARE MINERALS Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream 35ml £26
7)Benefit How To Look Best At Everything £26
8)Tanya Burr Deck the Halls 12 Mini Nail Advent Calendar £24.99
9)Becca Two-Piece Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Glow-on-the-Go Set £13.88
10)Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette £26

Makeup Sets £10 and Under

1)Tanya Burr Candy Glam Beauty Essentials Palette£10
2)Tarte Best In Faux Lash Extending Fibers £13
3)Twin Stars Nail Lacquer Lipstick £7.64
4)Burt's Bees Burt's Originals Set£7.99
5)Too Faced French Melted Kisses Liquid Lipstick Christmas gift set £18.00 £15.00
6)Jack Wills Lip Gloss Stocking £6
7)Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Mini Rollerball Ornament £7.90
8)TOPSHOP Christmas Lip Bullet Duo in Tamed and Joyride £10
9)No7 Star Bauble £6
10)Sleek Highlighter Palette Solstice £9.99

Useful Buys £25 and Under

1)Pinch Provisions Monogram Minimergency® Kit For Her + Refills £16
2)Drybar Texas Tease Big Hair to Go £18
3)Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Magic Wand for Lip & Eye Makeup Remover £5.27
4)Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit £24
5)Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Portable Printer SP-1 With 20 Sheets. £144.99
6)Techlink Recharge 2500 Portable USB Charger Apple Store £40
7)Pop Up Wine Glass £6
8)Starbucks Tumbler and Coffee Set £10
9)Amplified Bluetooth Shower Speaker £12
10)FLO Refillable perfume atomiser 5ml £10

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Hourglass Obscura Eyeshadow Palette Review

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you would know that in January I attended an Hourglass event in Liberty London store. Whilst at the event we all took part in a masterclass session where we could get hands on with the full range of Hourglass products both new and existing. After the event there were a few products I knew I wanted to own for myself one of which was the Obscura eyeshadow palette.
As you can see the palettes colour scheme is golden brown described by hourglass to be "earthy tones" which complements most eye colours especially blue and brown. The first thing I noticed when using the eyeshadow palette is how soft the eyeshadows are due to them being finely milled. Also I like the waved pattern emboss on all of the eyeshadows which give the palette a more luxurious feel. As demonstrated at the event if you were by accident to mix up the colours by swatching colour too close to the divides, it can easily be corrected using a clean brush and lightly swiping over the affected area which returns the palette to its original seamless finish. This is due to the way the eyeshadows have been filled in the pan of the palette instead of stock filling into a single pan.
The colours as described by hourglass as the following from L-R Cream, Smokey Brown,Rose Gold, Coffee,Cool Bronze. 
I would describe each of the colours as the following:
1-Pale Yellow 2-Warmed Dark Brown 3-Light Copper Bronze 4- Dark Brown 5-Brown Toned Gold.
The finishes of the eyeshadows vary throughout the palette from left to right I would say the formulas  are 1-Matte with a slight pearl sheen 2-Matte 3-Veluxe Pearl 4-Semi Matte and 5-Powdery Metallic.

1-Due to the depth of the palette and the generous sizes of the eyeshadows themselves this palette definitely gives you more colour for your money than the standard single eyeshadows palettes out on the market.
2-The packaging although slightly more bulky is sleek and sturdy and is perfect for travelling.
3-Large mirror in the palette is perfect for on the go touchups.
4-All of the colours except the pale yellow apply well used wet using M.A.C Fix +
5- Only require the palette for a complete eye makeup look.

1- Due to the softness of the eyeshadows one sweep of the brush lifts a considerable amount of powder off from the palette which I think in the long term will waste a considerable amount of product. 
   2- Darker crease colours could be smaller size and the end brown toned gold could be larger.
3- No mini brush included in palette so you would have to bring additional brushes for touch ups.
4- Due to the softness of the eyeshadows the darker colours are harder to blend evenly.

Overall Rating
3.5 out of 5
The palette is versatile for a high end brand, containing a range of colours which can be used in conjunction with one another for an easy one palette eye. However as the formulation of the eyeshadows is very soft when applying there is fall out which makes touch ups on the go more difficult compared to other brands eyeshadow palettes, plus you must bring additional brushes as the palette provides none.

Would I purchase another palette from the range?
Overall I would buy one more palette (Infinity) from the range due to the variety of colours they provide in each palette.Each colour works with another and there is no stand alone colour. However I would make sure I use a good eyeshadow base with the eyeshadows to try and avoid touch-ups on the go.

Have you tried the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes?

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