Thursday, May 21, 2015

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraiche Review

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraiche Spray*
Roger & Gallet is a brand I'm coming to love particularly the Fleur de Figuier scent. I was first introduce via the Fleur de Figuier Hand Balm which I enjoyed so much it made an appearance in my April Favourites post. 

Now I have received the newly released Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraiche spray I can dowse myself in the scent all over, not just my hands. As I mentioned in my previous post I had never quite understood the 'fig obsession' but now I have joined the cult. Fruity yet mature, fresh yet sophisticated this is one of the scents I have brought along on holiday and perfect for a lighter scent when popping down for breakfast before a day by the pool. 

To celebrate the launch of the Eau de Parfum Roger & Gallet are spending the next 3 days in London 'distilling happiness' (#distillinghappiness). A gorgeous botanical bike will be circling High Street Kensington tube today through till Saturday (11am - 6pm)  handing out floral bouquets and fragrance samples - I'm almost jealous I am in Dubai and will miss it. 

Luckily Roger & Gallet's Facebook and Twitter accounts are getting involved for those of us outside London and there's an opportunity to win fantastic prizes (can anyone say gift card?). 

Fingers crossed you pick up a prize!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

World Duty Free | #jetsetbeauty

Whilst talking about our holidays we will say it was the sun, great food and company that we enjoyed most I think secretly a lot of us beauty lovers are really thinking 'Duty Free Shopping'. There's something about airports that sees me taking leave of my senses and suddenly budgets don't apply and spending any of amount of money seems justifiable. And that's before you take into account the discounts.

I admit usually when shopping in Duty Free I tend to pick up products I'm familiar with. Last year for example I took the opportunity to replace my Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder. Prior to that my Duty Free staples used to be Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant and the YSL Make Up Kit containing Touche Eclat and their mascara and a new perfume.

Following an event World Duty Free hosted last year I think it's time I start looking at their beauty exclusives a little more carefully. I was lucky enough to go home with two, the OPI Hawaii Mini Collection* and a YSL Lipstick Selction*.

OPI's Hawaii Mini Collection contains six perfectly sized bottles for travelling and the price, £16.35 is amazing value.  Each shade would compliment your tan with the blue shimmer, 'This Colours Making Waves' adding to any mermaid fantasies.

Best YSL Lipstick

As for the YSL Lipsticks. Wow. They are admittedly my favourite. Two reds, one true one of the orange size and a bright pink we could easily rename this 'Victoria's Perfect Colour Match'. Each has accompanied me to Dubai and they are possibly the creamiest texture I have ever used not to mentioned the ultra luxe gold packaging.

Last weekends Duty Free shopping as I embarked for Dubai was rather rushed from a beauty perspective as priority was ensuring we arrived ready to stock up our mini bar but I did make a couple of quick purchases which I will share soon but I low when I have browsing time these exclusive collections will be what I'm looking out for.

Do you have a regular Duty Free purchases or are you a browser?

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Holiday Essentials Haul

Packing for holiday

As you read this I am no doubt lounging round the pool in Dubai. Today's post is a few beauty products that have made the trip with me both old faithfuls and new ones I'm wanting to try.

Lacura Moisutrising Sun Spray link
Around this time of year new reports will start telling us which suncreams we should and shouldn't be relying on in the heat and during some googling Lacura, the range from ALDI was shown to pass all the necessary tests. With the strong Dubai sun to protect myself from and mum's love of ALDI I asked her to pick up a bottle for me to try. Most important for me was it being a spray lotion as that is my preference. I'll report back on how I found it when I return.

Naturtint  Nutrideep Multiplier* link
My hair is in pretty good shape these days so I was already considering looking for some sun protection whilst away. When I was offered the opportunity to try Naturtint Nutrideep Mutiplier I jumped at the chance. A protective conditioner that you simply use in place of your usual conditioner it guards against external hair damage and provides natural UV protection. It also says it'll increase hair volume, strength and shine so I'll be reporting back on that.

Hairbands link
Whilst I'm having a bit of a scrunchie phase and have brought one or two along on holiday I cannot resist buying a pack of hairbands from Primark. £1.50 for such a large number and they've already came in handy when one of the girls exclaimed 'I've forgotten hairbands', Victoria to the rescue, I have one or two to share. Usually I'd go for the typical black but this time I went a little bit jazzy and chose the brights, far more keeping for a holiday don't you think.

Garnier Micellar Water link
It was a no brainer when I saw this cute travel sized bottle of my favourite micellar water from Garnier for sale. Straight into my shopping basket it went. Prior to spotting this I was intending to decant my regular bottle into a smaller one but for just over a pound it was worth having the job done for me. I'll be also having a look whether I can refill this bottle once finished because if so that will be extremely handy. I also picked up the Micellar Wipes from Garnier to try as I'll be honest with myself, there will be some nights removing make up with wipes will be impressive enough.

Sure Maximum Protection* link
It was a no brainer that Sure Maximum Protection would be accompanying me on holiday. The only deodorant I can rely on and with warnings of heat in the 40s this is a must have.

Earrings, Forever 21 link
Regular readers will not be surprised that I will use the search terms 'flamingo' and 'pineapple' on websites to see what products I might find of interest and when I saw this set of three earrings on Forever 21 containing both loves and for only £3 I was rushing to a store to hunt them down. These earrings will be the perfect accompaniment to my bikinis, yes featuring pineapples and flamingo's on them!

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine CC Cream with SPF 20* link
Airbrushing in a tube - that works for me. Manuka Doctor's ApiRefine CC Cream is a favourite of Caroline Flacks and may well become a favourite of mine. Of course I am using a higher SPF on my face by day but there's nothing wrong with adding this colour correcting formula on top. Brightening, smoothing and evening the appearance of wrinkles so I can look less weathered round the pool sounds good to me. Purified Bee Venom and Manuka Honey help to firm and lift the skin so you could say I'm doing a face workout whilst laying in the sun.

So there you have a few of my holiday essentials for my trip, what are yours?

*PR Samples 
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Hair Removal Fail

Braun Silk-epil 7 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator* link

If you read this post you will know that I recently discover epilating and it rather changed my life where  facial hair is concerned. As such I was keen to discover other variations of hair removal for the larger areas of my life.

I have never waxed or epilated my body, always far too scared and happy enough with shaving. When I say happy enough, it's a means to an end - does anyone enjoy this chore, especially the dark haired amongst us. 

Firstly I started the Braun Silk-epil 7 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator* - tentatively. I hated it, hid back in the box and pretended it didn't exist. A few weeks later I braved things again. How bad could it be? Unfortunately pretty bad which I only blame myself for and certainly not the product.

I am officially a wuss. Who know that epilating my upper lip would be less painful than the leg, certainly not me. I only tried a small area of my leg but it was just far too painful and I found that, in part due to my hesitation, the area would be come red and sore. 

With the facial epilator I am pretty happy to go all in, moving the handle around quickly and efficiently but it was just too damn painful on my legs. And people who do their bikini lines with these things, you deserve a medal.

If you have a high pain threshold I say go for it but it's a no from me.

Nair Argan Oil Salon Divine Body Wax* link
As I've already mentioned I've only every waxed eyebrows and lips, never the body and but I was happy to give a product with a 'bye bye pain' formula a try. In your box you'll receive a tub of was, orange sticks and some post waxing wipes. Nothing too dissimilar to I've seen used in salons in the past.

Considering I was planning to tackle hot wax on my leg hair for the first time I was rather brave and excited to try this. Was this the wonder product I had hoped for? 

My first problem was that you're too heat the wax in the microwave. This took some trial and error to ensure that the product was 'melted' through and then you have to leave to cool slightly. Now this was where my problems came in. My microwave is obviously in my kitchen. Did I want to walk through my flat into the bathroom with a tub of hot wax? Not really so instead I decided my kitchen would be the place for the experiment so up my leg went on the oven and I spread some wax onto a small area. 

Still there was no fear, in fact I was even laughing to myself that if someone looked in my kitchen window they would wonder what this crazy girl was up to. Whilst noting never to eat anything that came out of her kitchen. 

The wax dried quickly and unlike other wax kit in with the Nair Argan Oil Body Wax you use the wax itself to for want of a better expression, rip the hairs out. I found it really easy to gently rub an end of the wax to get a handle on it and then that's where I froze. Rather than rip it quickly I pretty much rolled it back. The good thing I can report is that it didn't hurt but unfortunately nor did it remove any hair. 

Again as you can tell we have another fail on our hands due to my lack of bravery. On the other hand compared to the epilator which was just pain personified the wax wasn't really painful at all, even if I wasn't following instructions correctly. If I were to live with a willing flatmate or other half then I would definitely pursue using this product but as it is, this girl is leaving the waxing to the professionals. 

So there you have it. My names Victoria and I'm a hair removal wuss. And you, are you braver than I am and can whip of wax stripes or get handy with an epilator without so much of a whimper? Let me know.

*PR Sample
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