Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Audition a perfume from Kelly Brook

Audition by Kelly Brook*
Despite every celebrity going, whether on the A to the Z list having launched their own fragrances I didn't expect to see one from Kelly Brook. I find her synonymous with her clothing ranges as I can relate to her figure as being a girl 'with curves'. 

All that aside Kelly Brook has indeed brought us a fragrance, Kelly Brook Audition* which I was able to try. Kelly wanted to create a scent that would be glamorous, honest and confident; just like one should be on a first ‘audition', hence the name. Fragrance notes have been chosen to leave a lasting impression and evoke confidence in the wearer. Whilst we may not have many auditions to attend ourselves I'm sure we could all do with a little bit of confidence for first dates and job interviews. 

Despite trying it a few times this fragrance was not for me. There was no reason behind it, nor was it unpleasant or anything I could pinpoint. Take a peek at the notes included to see if you can see any you wouldn't enjoy.

Top notes
Juicy Bergamot, Melon and Dew Fruit are tantalised by Wisteria and Water Apple.

Heart notes
Iris combined with Heliotropine work together with a Woody and Patchouli harmony.

Bottom notes
Sweet Vanilla, Amber, Benzoin and Musks

Not wanting to waste the fragrance and seek a second opinion I made a cheeky decision. My BFF's birthday was approaching and she has an irrational dislike of Kelly Brook so I wrapped up the perfume as a 'gift'. After our initial laughter my friend gave the perfume a try and turned to me and said 'I really like it' proof if ever if you like something it doesn't matter what it's origins may be.

What I was sad to let go was the gorgeous bottle. I could've happily had this sitting on my dressing table for aesthetic reasons and been satisfied with that. Kelly Brook always reminds me of Hollywood Starlets from the 50s and that too was the inspiration for the bottles design. 1950s glamour meats Art Deco. A vintage style glass bottle with black and gold details it's rather weighty and matches any higher end brands designs.

Did you know that Kelly Brook had her own fragrance?

*This post contains press samples.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Beanies Coffee Review

Does anyone else remember the tv show Ally McBeal? It was one of my favourites and back when coffee shops were a mere bean in the British High Street's eye I remember watching with envy as Ally and her pals danced along to their 'theme songs' and walked into their swish offices holding the, so familar now, cups with the lids you'd sip from. As a young and clearly impressionable girl I wanted to strut along in a smart suit, headed for court drinking my cup of coffee but if I were honest I'm afraid I just didn't like it.

Move on to my first trip to the US, NYC specifically and my friends and I, all wanting to be those cool girls with the coffee cups would buy our breakfast, including a coffee and walk around thinking we were it. Over the years my liking for coffee has increase and whilst I'll never abandon my tea drinking I do enjoy a cup of coffee.

This liking for coffee has a downside, no matter how skinny we request those lattes and cappucino's when we start throwing syrup into the mix, I'm rather partial to a Caramel Latte, things can become a little calorific and I always say I don't want to waste calories on drinks. Unless it's a glass of wine but I digress. 

Enter Beanies who offer the opportunity for us to entertain our flavoured coffee needs almost calorie free. I have dabbled with Beanies in the past and my ignorance to what they were trying to achieve led me to be a little disappointed. I purchased the Gingerbread flavour fully expecting to replicate my calorific lattes from Starbucks. Of course it didn't and nor do Beanies pertain to do so. They want to add subtle flavours to your coffee without adding syrups and chemicals.

I was recently sent from the Beanies Instant range, Cinder Toffee*and Nutty Hazelnut* to try and this time having looked into the brand and what they were able to achieve I finally got it and I'm hooked. Let me tell you know that if you are able to sniff any of the Beanies flavoured coffee range, coffee lover or not you will be drawn in by the scent. 

Cinder Toffee as you would expect is a favourite of an evening with it's subtle honeycomb flavour and Nutty Hazelnut has that roasted scent and taste which mixes nicely with almond milk. I do still pop a sweetner in with my flavoured coffee but I could go without if I were being 'good'. I've actually found recently that I've been reaching for my Beanies coffee more often when I get home than my usual cup of tea and that's saying something. 

I was also sent the Premium Blend in Creamy Caramel* to see how it would fair against those favoured lattes. Is it as sweet, no but is it tasty, yes and certainly makes for a satisfying compromise when counting calories. The only negative I have with this is my laziness and having to use my cafetiere to make it, please Beanies, make an instant version for us sloths. 

I'm certainly glad I was able to give Beanies a second chance and will be looking at purchasing more from the range in future.

Are you a Beanies fan?

*This post contains press samples 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm Review

Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm
Trilogy have recently added the Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm* to their skincare line up and its been added it to my skincare regime over the past couple of weeks so I'm able to share my thoughts with you today. 

At £20 this is one of the more affordable cleansing balms on the market for an 80ml tub. Also included is an organic cleansing cloth which I've been loving. It's thinner than the regular flannels I use and my only complaint is that I would like more so I have time to wash between uses.

Certified natural and free from chemicals and preservatives this balm is filled with the ingredients mango butter and coconut, sunflower and rosehip oils so it lends itself to a more favourable fruity scent leaving your skin cleansed, hydrated and smooth skin

A scoop of the Trilogy Cleansing Balm on your fingertips and massaged into dry skin will melt away your make up. Whilst I prefer to remove eye make up with a micellar water first this will go to work on your hardiest mascaras if you don't mind a brief moment resembling a panda. Then simply wash away with your cloth and as its name suggests, make up be gone!

My skin has certainly welcomed using this product and it's a step I've enjoyed doing of an evening. Sometimes cleansing balms can feel a little too tough and hard work to use but there's enough slip from Trilogy's offering to make the experience a pleasant one. Whilst I would usually go straight in with my cleansing milks or toners whilst testing a product I like to use a little longer to seek any dryness from products and there was none from this. Skin looked supple and smooth and I could be forgiven for thinking the rest of my regime would be unnecessary.

My experience of cleansing balms is limited I must confess and I feel I could end my search here.

Are you a fan of cleansing balms?

*This post contains press samples. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pineapples and Flamingos - Oh My!

I'm not sure if you've noticed but I love pineapples and flamingos and it's a little known fact that when I look on websites I'll search either of those words before looking at anything else. Yes it's a problem. When the web store Joy got in touch and asked if I'd like to take a look at their range of gifts and pick something to review I followed this process and up popped the pineapple trinket dish* and I knew what I'd be reviewing for them

I was actually already familiar with Joy when they got in touch as I've ordered from them in the past. And yes that was pineapple related, a set of salt and pepper shakers! They have a great range of products that are perfect as we start putting together our Christmas lists. There's fun ideas for the burger lover or I have my eyes on this unicorn iphone case.

So as not to choose favourites I thought I'd also share with you a recent Flamingo purchase, the bubble bar from Lush. At £5.95 it's a little pricey for bathtime but it's a Flamingo so all is forgiven and this bubble bar will last you at least two or three baths - if you can bear to watch your favourite bird melt away. As you would expect a pink bath ensues and masses of bubbles and you're met with a cocktail-inspired fruity scent which may I add compliments my Fruit Salad Bubble Bath very well, if only there was a shower gel.

I do love a novelty purchase now and then, what about you?

*This post contains press samples.

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