perfume summer

Since it’s national fragrance day (Happy National Fragrance Day!) I thought I would share what perfumes I have recently received, to give you an idea what is new on the market. Admittedly I think writing about fragrance is particularly difficult and you have to be far more skilled of a writer than I am, so I guess this is your warning- this posts is unlikely to be very informative but I’ll try to not just say that a fragrance is ‘nice’ or ‘fruity’.

As I can’t stop talking about how excited I am for summer, lets start with the fragrances which remind me most of holiday. Michael Kors Coral is a very summery, floral, fruity fragrance with notes of Jasmin, Tuberose, Cedar and Orange. It’s a really great fun fragrance which would work well for any age. A more grown up summer scent is Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum, don’t get me wrong it isn’t an ‘older’ scent, I absolutely love it but it probably isn’t one for teens. I love the white floral notes in this fragrance but I think it’s the coconut which makes it stand out from must other scents. It’s a slightly more luxe, exotic and unique smelling summer fragrance and I can’t wait to wear it more.

Last month I also got my first ever Penhaligon’s fragrance! I went into the Covent Garden store to pick it and it was a really great, sit-down experience. I spoke through what I like, what I usually wear and what I was looking for and after smelling quite a few, I picked Iris Prima. I typically love unisex scents so it’s no surprise I picked this Floral Woody Musk scent. I love the combination of leather, iris, Bergamot and vanilla. It’s probably my favourite ‘grown-up’ fragrance from my collection, it’s sophisticated with a touch of sexy and not at all over powering.
Penhaligons iris primaBronnley crimson cloud
Another brand I only recently discovered is Bronnley, it’s a British brand started in 1884 and that has a royal warrant from the queen. Surprisingly the packaging and fragrance isn’t as traditional as you would expect, it’s all very pretty and modern. There’s something a little nostalgic about Crimson Cloud, I love the cherry blossom, bergamot and Raspberry notes.

If like me you’re a fan of YSL Black Opium, you’ll be excited to hear about Black Opium Nuit Blanche. Looks wise, not much has changed from the original Black Opium but this scent is inspired by Nuit Blache which is an arts festival in Paris which lasts all night. The scent really isn’t dissimilar to the original with the notes of Vanilla, Coffee and Orange Blossom but possibly even sweeter and younger.
Black Opium Nuit Blanche
tory burch Jolie Fleur Bleue
From Tory Burch and I have been wearing Jolie Fleur Bleue, it’s been released with two other floral scents; Fleur Verte and Felur Rose but this one is my favourite. I love the packaging of these fragrance, they’re really chic and elegant with just a pop of colour. Out of the three Fleur Bleue is the most interesting to me, it’s made up of Grapefruit, Sandalwood and Tuberose. I’m not overly crazy about this scent, it’s just a nice soft perfume but fairly expensive at £84 (100ml).

I’m quite the Jo Malone fan but Herb Garden range is surprisingly my favourite Jo Malone scents. There are five different scents; I have Carrot Blossom & Fennel and Sorrel & Lemon Thyme although Lavender & Coriander is my favourite from the collection. It’s a really unique collection and unlike any other fragrances I own so definitely one to smell in-store.
jo malone herb gardenI also wanted to quickly touch on the new Ghost Girlcrush perfume, the price point and packaging very much suggest it’s for teens but if you are on the market for a super sweet, everyday, young fragrance either for yourself or to gift then it’s a great one. It has the usually fruity notes of peach and pomegranate but definitely only for a sweet perfume fan.
ghost girlcrush perfume
ghost girlcrush
There seem to be a huge rose theme in perfume at the moment but since I love rose I am really not compaining. Since I love tacky packaging I think the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rose is fab! I love the notes of pear in the fragrance, it’s quite a mild rose and a very wearable everyday fragrance. I touched on the Tory Burch perfume earlier, Jolie Fleur Rose smells to me a lot of tea rose and is a little bit of an older, more traditional scent. From Diptyque I have the Eau Rose Roller Ball which is a very true rose scent with a little lychee, it’s pretty but I don’t think it works too well on me. Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa is a really floral scent and not just rose, with notes of water lily and musk. Ellie Saab Rose Couture is a scent that has really grown on me, the vanilla scent makes it quite sweet and in my opinion more wearable. There are so many rose scents to choose from at the moment, so if you’re a rose fan you’re in luck!

If you made it to the end of this post well done! It’s quite lengthy and I have a huge headache after smelling far too many perfumes.

Which perfume have you most recently added to your collection?

YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint

The YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint has got to be one of my top three foundations; I love the way it wears, the finish it has and the look/feel of it on the skin.

YSL are relaunching a new and improved Touche Eclat Le Teint on the 1st February and I am happy to report that it’s possibly even better than the original Touche Eclat foundation. It’s really beautiful on the skin, I hate heavy foundations so this is the perfect light weight foundation with a natural slightly dewy finish.

However I do have a slight problem.

Sadly just like MAC and Bourjois there is something in this foundation that breaks me out and causes quite painful acne so I have to resist temptation and stay away from this foundation. However I still wanted to let you all know how amazing it is as I know I know not everyone has the same reaction as me and it’s a great one to consider for anyone that doesn’t have sensitive skin.

The title of this post might be a little confusing, YSL Touche Eclat is one of my all time favourite foundations, probably top 3 but it breaks me out so I have to resist the temptation to go near it.

This might seem like a strange post since it does break me out but I think it’s a great foundation especially for someone whose skin isn’t as sensitive as mine and I wouldn’t want people to miss out just because it breaks me out as I know lots of girls who haven’t had any problems with this foundation.

I will admit that I do occasionally still reach for this but the repercussions is usually not worth it. When I do I insure I use a primer to create a barrier between my skin and the foundation as well as cleansing really well as soon as I get home. I love this foundation so much that occasionally I just can’t help myself. If you’re a little unsure if you’ll breakout then I would highly recommend you pop into store and ask for a sample or just ask them to apply it and wear it for the day before purchasing.

There are 22 shades so they do have most skin tones covered and I have been wearing B30.

Release date: 1st Feb 2016

YSL packaging is always something special but the Kiss & Love collection is even more beautiful than usual, it’s truly a collectors item and I think I might have spent a whole entire day just staring at it.

The collection is made up of a beautiful palette, four lipsticks and the classic Touche Eclat. I almost feel a bit silly writing this post as I haven’t used the products but I also don’t plan to, I’m simply going to add them to my collection of pretty items that I will probably never use. 

I don’t have the palette but it looks like a perfect, wearable palette for the eye, lips and cheek. The Touche Eclat is a product that I actually have a few tubes of but in the original gold packaging, it’s not a product I reach for daily but it’s a great product to use to highlight and add luminosity to the face. I also have the lipstick in Le Nu, a fuchsia shade with the lipstick print embossed in the bullet and on the cap but again it’s been too pretty to use! 

I actually have the leopard print limited edition packaging from 2013 and I’m pretty sad that I missed out of the polka dot one from last year but I will be making the effort to collected any limited edition Touche Eclat from now on. 

The collection is available nationwide  November 4th but I would act quickly as I suspect it might sell out. It’s a beautiful present for any makeup addict for Christmas but it’s also a really beautiful product to add to your collection or to your makeup bag. 

Will you be adding this stunning collection to your own collection or to your makeup bag?

I rarely get too excited about the beauty of a new palette but I really am in love with the new YSL Couture palette Rock Resille Edition- I love anything in gold packaging and the polka dots really make this palette even more beautiful, quite the collectors item.

Inside there are five colours which is great for days where you don’t want to worry too much about which colours go together, it does all the hard work for you. The quality of easy shadow is beautiful, really pigmented whilst still being silky soft and blendable. I love the colours in this palette as they are probably some which I wouldn’t group together but look perfect; I love the mixture of warm and cool. Surprisingly the peachy bronze works really well with the matte grey to create a classic but edgy look.

It’s the perfect go-to, easy palette to create a polished look with little effort and particularly great if you often feel overwhelmed by too many shadows.

The YSL Couture palette Rock Resille Edition palette is £45 but will sell out fast so pick one up quickly if you are looking to add it to your collection.

Last week I received a beautifully packaged box from Jessica (blog here) filled with some of my favourite high-end brands and one which I haven’t really tried much from. We both agreed to use the InPost Click & Collect Service to send our packages which each had £200 worth of products perfect for the Christmas Party Season. InPost allows you to send packages which are collected from your home and delivered to the recipients closest locker to be picked up at their own convenience. 

What caught my eye first was the Dior Christmas Limited Edition Palette which housed four beautiful shades perfect for a day or night look. It comes in a luxurious box and every shade is pigmented but creamy. Since I haven’t tried much from Dior I was also very excited to see the J’adore Dior Perfume.

From Chanel there was a Vitalumiere Foundation which I actually just ran out off, it’s one of my favourite foundations so I’m happy to have another bottle. Also from Chanel was a beautiful autumnal plum nail polish in Provocation, I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but it looks perfect! 

I hadn’t tried an Armani Mascara before but I actually really like the Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara which has a great thin wand and is very buildable for impressive volume. 

Although YSL is one of my favourite highend brands I wasn’t expecting to like this lipgloss quite as much as I do, it’s the perfect everyday colour or nude to pair with a smokey eye. Plus it smells incredible. 

Overall I love all the products and I can’t wait to use some of the darker shadows to create the perfect smokey eye for party season. A massive thanks to Jess for choosing such great products! 

What highend products are you currently loving?

*In Collaboration with InPost who paid for products