Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

Jo Malone is such a cult beauty brand, but until recently, I’d never sampled anything from the brand but I’ve lusted after their Colognes for a very long time. Jo Malone are a luxurious British perfumer with truly unique fragrances that you’ll never find with other brands. Not only are the fragrances known for their individuality, their beautiful packaging and attention to detail makes them even more special and a lot of brides now choose to wear a Jo Malone Cologne on their wedding day.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne Review

I was so excited to get my hands on the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne 30ml £40, as it launched back in September of last year and I remember reading endless rave reviews. Wood Sage & Sea Salt was created to evoke the feeling of pleasure, freedom and escape into nature, inspired by the unique character and quality of British beach and was inspired by its rugged cliffs, the salty air, sea grass and driftwood. What surprised me the most, with Wood Sage & Sea Salt is how simple its notes structure is; with top notes of Ambrette Seeds, heart notes of Sea Salt and base notes of Sage.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne Review

The packaging of the Jo Malone Colognes is truly special, with the glass rectangular bottles being packaged within a cream and black gift box complete with a ribbon; they really would make for a decadent gift. I really love the simplicity of the packaging, and design as it just exudes luxury. When it comes to fragrance, I tend to lean towards woody or sweet scents so I was intrigued to try Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt as it’s just no different to anything in my fragrance collection.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne Review

When I first spritz Wood Sage and Sea Salt on my skin, I can instantly detect a strong citrus scent which is a little acidic at first but it softens quickly and within a minute, the initial acidity subsides and the citrus softens. I think Jo Malone have done an incredible job with this fragrance, as it literally does smell like sea air and it brings back so many happy childhood memories of playing at the beach. I find it to be quite a fresh, crisp fragrance that reminds me of clean laundry that’s been air dried on the washing line on a windy day; that amazing fresh, clean and comforting scent. This is definitely a unisex cologne, and it smells a lot more woody and earthy on my other half than it does me and becomes more aquatic, which I find fascinating, that the scent transforms so much on female and male skin.

I have to be honest and admit, I don’t find Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt to be terribly long lasting.. it’s very much a light scent, like you’d expect from a cologne. I’ve found the wear time to be around four hours, but that isn’t an issue for me as I’d only wear it on special occasions anyway, but the bottle is a very handbag friendly size and shape, so you could top up throughout the day should you wish to. I’m so happy that I’ve finally been able to experience the Jo Malone magic, and it’s definitely made me want to try more, especially as you can layer the Cologne’s to create custom fragrances which is such an exciting concept. I’m currently eyeing up the Peony & Blush Suede Cologne as peonies are my favourite flowers, and it sounds divine…

Have you ever tried a Jo Malone Cologne? Which is your favourite?

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Vichy Pureté Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil

Vichy Pureté Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar OilVichy Pureté Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil

When I first read about the new Vichy Pureté Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil £13.75, I knew it was something I had to try as it sounded ideal for my dry skin. Described as a lightweight, non-greasy and luxurious oil, the Vichy Pureté Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil ensures a pleasurable makeup removal. It is suitable for both oil and dry skin types as it doesn’t overload the skin as it transforms from an oil to a milk on contact with water. The oil contains micelles which gently remove waterproof makeup, impurities, sebum excess and dead skin cells without the need for rubbing. In addition to the micelles, the oil also contains Camellia Oil which moisturises and smoothes the skin, whilst Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection.

The Vichy Pureté Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil uses the same effective technology as Micellar waters, where the ‘micelles’ act as magnets and attract any makeup or impurities on the skin, thus removing them quickly and effectively just like a Micellar water. The oil has a runny consistency, and to use it you simply dispense four pumps of oil into your hands and massage the oil onto your dry face. The oil breaks down the makeup quickly, even Benefit They’re Real! Mascara which is notoriously one of the hardest mascaras to remove. After massaging the oil into the skin and makeup has begun to dissolve, you then apply a little water which then emulsifies the oil into a lightweight milk.

Once I’ve rinsed away the oil and milk from my skin with a warm muslin cloth, my skin is left feeling exceptionally clean without feeling tight or uncomfortable. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and clean, and absolutely no residue whatsoever. I’m so impressed with how effective the Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil is at dissolving my makeup, and it doesn’t leave my eyes stinging or feeling greasy either. I also like that the oil has a very subtle fragrance which doesn’t aggravate my super sensitive skin.. I’m a big fan!

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Glossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First Impressions

Glossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First Impressions

It’s really scary that come next month, we’ll already be halfway through the year.. it feels like this year is just flying by, or is it just me?! The theme for the Glossybox May 2015 box is Summer’s Calling which is an appropriate theme seeing as we’re heading towards June, and (fingers crossed) nicer weather. This month’s box contains five products; three of which are full size. Plus if you’re a new subscriber, you can get a free adorable Glossybox tote bag worth £7.99 when ordering your May box.

Glossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First Impressions

The first item inside the Glossybox for May, is a full size MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Dual Ended Eye Wand (worth £6.95) which is one of the newest product launches from MeMeMe. The wand consists of two ends, each housing a eyeshadow/eyeliner crayon in complimentary shades. I got the ‘Midnight Storm’ wand which has a bright, turquoise blue shade as well as a dark navy containing silver glitter. Both shades are very creamy and pigmented, and the navy shade in particular is very long wearing. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to pull off the turquoise shade as it’s not really me, but it has a nice formulation all the same.

Glossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First Impressions

Next up we have a very summer appropriate product, and supposedly another full size.. the Être Belle Aloe-Vera Moisturising Gel (worth £15.93). I’ve never come across Être Belle before, but it’s a German beauty brand and this gel is part of their Aloe Vera range. There is little information on their website, but this gel is described as being cooling and hydrating by delivering moisture below the skin’s surface. I love using aloe vera gel during the summer, as it’s amazing for taking the sting out of sunburn and bites but I usually buy pure aloe vera gel, so I’m intrigued to see how this one compares as it’s pretty pricey in comparison to pure aloe vera.

Glossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First Impressions

I don’t think I’ve ever used these words on my blog before, but the next item in the box is an absolute game changer. The Zerreau Beauty Towel Off Shampoo Foam (worth £3.95). Now I hate dry shampoo.. I really do. I hate how it feels, how it smells and I would much rather wash my hair daily than use it, but that’s just my personal preference, however this foam is incredible. I was quite sceptical at first, but you simply dispense the foam into your palm then massage it into your dry scalp for a minute or so, which does leave the roots a little damp. After massaging, you simply use a towel to thoroughly dry your roots and absorb the foam and voila! Clean hair. I’m not even exaggerating.. I couldn’t believe it, the foam literally absorbed and removed any oil/grease instead of just masking it like a dry shampoo spray. I am so impressed that I’m going to purchase a full size (they’re stocked on Superdrug), and they do it in two scents; apple and strawberry. It’s absolutely amazing!

Glossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First Impressions

Next up is a sample of the SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate (worth £3). This is a serum-like product that contains salicylic acid and fruit enzymes which exfoliate and prevent ingrown hairs, as well as minimising regrowth. I’m not overly bothered by this product as ingrown hairs isn’t something I suffer with, but if you do, it might be of use. This is my least favourite product within the box, but I imagine some people will get some use of it.

Glossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First ImpressionsGlossybox May 2015 Unboxing and First Impressions

The final product within the Glossybox May 2015 box is a Collection Field Day Lipstick in the shade Tulip (worth £2.99). Tulip is a really pretty yellow toned pinky coral shade, but I’m not a fan of the outer packaging.. but it’s something I can overcome as the shade itself is lovely. Collection lipsticks are quite drying, especially this range as they’re matte but they are only £2.99 – I think I’ve been spoilt by the creamy, non-drying Essence Lipsticks which are only £2.30.

So they are all of the products inside my May Glossybox.. the contents overall are worth £32.82 so it’s not a massive value, but I’m really happy that there are two makeup products this month, and thanks to this box, I’ve discovered the best dry shampoo I’ve ever tried so in my opinion, it’s a fantastic box and I think the contents are perfect for the Summer’s Coming theme.

Disclosure: This post features a PR sample or gifted item. For further information, please see my Disclaimer page.