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28 March 2015

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015 Box

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015 Box Review
The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015 Box

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club is a quarterly beauty box subscription which costs just £5 a quarter, and contains a selection of perfume samples alongside some money off vouchers for the fragrances included within the box. Now it's no secret that I hate receiving perfume samples inside my monthly beauty boxes, but I think the Fragrance Shop Discovery Club is the perfect solution as you're only getting perfume samples. Plus the perfume samples you receive can all be purchased from The Fragrance Shop, and not from brands and retailers you've never heard of. 

I reviewed the Winter 2014 box here, and was massively impressed by the range of brands within the box so I was excited to see what they'd chosen for the Spring 2015* box. The Fragrance Shop Discovery Box is a rolling contract, which you can cancel at anytime and each box contains a selection of male and female fragrances which I love as you could find a new favourite for yourself or for the man in your life. This quarter there are six female fragrances and one male fragrance.

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015 Box

Hugo Boss Hugo Woman 

I've reviewed the full size of Hugo Woman previously on my blog (here), and is described as being a fruity floral fragrance with an unconventional boyish twist with top notes of boysenberry and sparkling Italian mandarin and Himalayan red grass, middle notes of jasmine sambac, black plum and Indian black tea, and base notes of sandalwood, cedar and amber.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture Eau Fraiche 

I've never tried any of the Guerlain fragrances, but I've been dying to try one, so when I spotted that this was in the box, it was the first I tried from the collection. It has top notes of lemon, bergamot and Sicilian mandarin essence, with a heart of Turkish rose absolute and Bulgarian rose essence with a base of freesia and apricot. I don't know why, but I didn't expect this fragrance to smell the way it does.. to me it doesn't smell particularly luxurious or special, as as awful as this sounds, it reminds me of a bathroom air freshener sadly. 

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015 Box

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops

Floral Drops is described as a fresh and airy fragrance that depicts the scent of freshly picked flowers sprinkled with dew. The top notes are; neroli leaf and papaya flower, middle notes of amaryllis, daffodils and water lily and base notes of cashmere, musk and sandalwood. On paper this fragrance sound so interesting with its diverse range of notes, and I couldn't wait to try it. I absolutely love this scent...  it's quite hard to describe, but it's a subtle floral, sweet fragrance which would be so perfect for Spring and Summer. It's such a gorgeous scent, and I'm considering using the voucher to get the full size as I'm so in love with it.

Versace Eros Pour Femme

This is another fragrance that I've reviewed here on the blog (here). Eros Pour Femme opens with top notes of; Sicilian lemon, calabrian bergamot and pomegranate, a heart of lemon, sambac jasmine absolute and peony with a base of sandalwood, ambroxan and musk. It's such a sexy, intense scent which is most definitely an evening fragrance as it's what I'd call a statement perfume as it has a strong sillage, and people around you can smell it on you. If you love fragrances such as Dior Pure Poison, Thierry Mugler Alien or Diesel Loverdose, I think you'd love Versace Eros Pour Femme.

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015 Box

Givenchy Very Irresistible

This fragrance was included within the last box, so I don't know how I feel about seeing it in two boxes in a row but it is a scent I love. This is a floral scent which is a little spicy, and is another strong statement scent, which lasts on me all day. I've owned the full size of Very Irresistible in the past, and I'd love to have it in my collection once again as it's such a nice fragrance.

Stella McCartney Stella

Funnily enough, this is the third fragrance I've reviewed on my blog (here) - what can I say?! I'm a total perfume addict. This is one of my top five fragrances of all time, so I was very happy to see it featured in this box as I can pop this sample vial in my makeup bag. This is the eau de toilette version so it's a little softer than the original, but it's still absolutely divine. It has top notes of fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, middle notes of Bulgarian rose, violet leaves and peony petals and base notes of amber Gris. This is such a wearable scent for any occasion, and I'm always complimented every time I wear it.

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015 Box

Versace Eros

I have to be honest and hold my hands up and say that both myself and Rob are not a fan of the male version of Versace Eros as it's a little mature and would be something I'd buy for an uncle or my father in law. To me it smells like the mature version of Davidoff Cool Water; very aquatic and fresh.

I think the Spring 2015 box is a really good mix of scents, and I like that they've chosen Spring appropriate fragrances. I think £5 is such good value every four months, and I love that the box comes with a £5 money off voucher for each of the fragrances in the box so if you do love one of the scents, you can save yourself some money when purchasing the full size. 

Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate

Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate Review
Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate Review


Clarins is one of my favourite makeup brands but until recently, I'd never tried any of their bodycare products. Clarins is a brand I remember my Mum using throughout my childhood, and our bathroom window sill was scattered with their products and for the last eighteen years her favourite fragrance of all time is the Clarins Eau Dynamisante.. I definitely inherited my love of beauty from her. My very first foray into the Clarins Body Care range was the Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate which is described as a concentrated cleansing treatment which activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower. The Concentrate is packed with aromatic essential oils making it a decadent treat for the senses.. Arnica which regenerates, Balm Mint which calms, Big Black Root which stimulates, Gentian which tones, Geranium Hops which stimulates, Juniper which is antibacterial, Mint and Rosemary which de-stress and Witch Hazel which tone and revitalise the skin.

The Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate is suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skins due its gentle, lightweight lather due its cleansing base of plant origin; Coconut, so it cleanses whilst providing comfort to the skin. The Concentrate is a thick, dark yellow gel which like the name suggests, can be used as a bath foam or a shower gel and I adore using it both ways. Whenever I use this Concentrate, it fills my entire house of with its beautiful spa-like fragrance making it such a therapeutic experience everytime. I love using the Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oils but they're rather expensive for such a small amount, but I get the same therapeutic benefits from the Clarins Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate which is much better value as a little goes a long way, and the scent lingers on the skin for hours, making me feel so uplifted and de-stressed.

27 March 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Flash Touch - Wake-up Eyecare

Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Flash Touch - Wake-up Eyecare
Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Flash Touch - Wake-up Eyecare


I've tried quite a few different YSL makeup products but until recently I'd never tried any of the YSL skincare range. The YSL Flash Touch Wake-up Eyecare from the YSL Top Secrets Skincare range, is described as being an anti-fatigue treatment with reinforce efficiency to fight against puffiness and dark circles. The Wake-Up Eyecare contains a plant complex enriched with arnica to erase signs of fatigue, puffiness and dark circles, extract from silver birch buds combined with pink-coloured correcting pigments to visibly smooth out the eye contour area and glycosylated taxifolin, a powerful flavonoid extract from larch to protect the eye contour area against free radicals and protect against cellular ageing. 

The Flash Touch Wake-Up Eyecare is packaged within a white plastic pen, with a metal rollerball applicator which can be used all over the eye contour area. To use the pen, you simply click the bottom of the pen, and roll the rollerball around the eye; focusing on puffy areas and dark circles with circular movements. Then YSL recommend finishing with light pressure points from inner corner of the eye to the crows feet to stimulate decongestion.

I've tried quite a few different eye treatments like this with a rollerball applicator that claim to depuff and reduce under eye circles but this is definitely the most effective I've tried, with visible results from the very first use. Firstly it feels super refreshing as the gel dispenses through the rollerball, which cools and soothes the skin. The gel not only reduces puffiness, but it also hydrates the skin making it the ideal base for my eye makeup, and has fast become a total makeup must-have.


You can purchase the Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Flash Touch - Wake-up Eyecare from Cosme-De and they've very kindly given me a 10% promotional code for you to use on your next orders; TFC2015 which is valid until the end of April - happy spending.

Flamingo Gifts Haul

Flamingo Gifts Haul

Flamingo Gifts is one of my favourite websites for cute and quirky gifts or home decor items, ever since I discovered them back in October last year. They stock so many unique products that I've never seen anywhere else, as well as brands such as Ted Baker, Flamingo Candles, Sass & Belle, Orla Kiely and many many more. I was very kindly gifted a selection of adorable items, and I absolutely love the items I chose.

Flamingo Gifts Haul

My first item is the rather adorable Heatable Hooty £9.99*, which is a microwavable soft toy. I suffer from chronic IBS, and I swear by heat therapy for soothing the agonising stomach cramps, and I did use a hot water bottle but the shape is a little awkward so I've been looking for a more compact, rounder alternative which is where Hooty came in. The Heatable Hooty is filled with wheat that is scented with french lavender, and can be placed in the microwave for 90-120 seconds depending on the power of your microwave. When Hooty comes out of the microwave, he's very warm and the lavender scent is activated to make it extra soothing. I love the shape and size of Hooty, as it's the perfect size for my tummy and I can fall asleep with it without worrying about my hot water bottle bursting. If you have IBS, I cannot recommend a microwavable soft toy like this enough, and Flamingo Gifts have a lovely range to choose from.

Flamingo Gifts Haul
Flamingo Gifts Haul

As soon as I saw the Ted Baker Gift Wrap Book £14.99*, I knew I had to have it. When it comes to gifts, I always like to put as much thought into the gift wrap and presentation as I do with the gift itself. This Gift Wrap Book is unlike anything I've seen before.. it's a beautiful book that contains 16 sheets of stunning Ted Baker gift wrap; two sheets of eight different Ted Baker prints, as well as matching gift tags and bows. I think £15 is such incredible value for sixteen sheets of quality wrapping paper, as it costs £3-4 for a sheet of luxury wrap from Clintons never mind the matching tags and bows. All of the eight designs are gorgeous, and I used a few of them for Mother's Day, and my mum fell in love with them too.

Flamingo Gifts Haul
Flamingo Gifts Haul
Flamingo Gifts Haul

If you follow me on Pinterest (here), you'll know I'm seriously addicted and my 'Sweet Treats' board is one of my most popular boards for repins and clicks, and I love nothing more than adding delectable desserts to my board for inspiration. One of the most popular trends on Pinterest is Mug Cakes, and they're everywhere you look so I was excited when I spotted this Mug Cake Book £8.99* packed with 40 mug cake recipes. The book is so lovely, with such beautiful photographs that make me salivate and dying to try all of the recipes. Each recipe is incredibly easy to follow, and the book is divided into sections for all occasions and types of cake and I think £8.99 is so affordable for a hardback recipe book of this quality.

Flamingo Gifts Haul
Flamingo Gifts Haul

My last item is the beautiful Ted Baker A5 Portfolio Case £25.49* which is an amazing neon pink colour, with a rose gold zip. I am a serious stationery fiend, and I thought this portfolio would be perfect for storing press releases and paperwork connected to my blog to help me keep organised. Seeing as it's A5, it fits into my handbag nicely and it's big enough to hold and protect my iPad mini too. The inside is a pretty blush pink colour, with handy pockets and sleeves, as well as a stunning Ted Baker notebook which will be great for writing blog post ideas down. I love how bright the case is, and the rose gold 'Ted Baker' detailing on the front and spine, it just looks so pretty and I love it so much.

I really hope you love everything I chose as much as I do. If you haven't already, I'd recommend checking Flamingo Gifts out, as they have so many amazing gift ideas for all budgets and they currently have an offer on where you get first class delivery on all orders for 1p which is fantastic.

26 March 2015

Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes

I absolutely love false eyelashes, and I wear them everytime I have a night out as I love the instant glamour and confidence that they give me however I'd never wear them on a daily basis as it's so bad for your natural eyelashes. When I was in my early twenties, I used to always swear by Eylure Eyelashes which are completely synthetic and cost around £6 per a pair but they'd only ever last for one use so they proved to be expensive at £6 a wear. Fast forward a few years, I was introduced to Mink False Lashes and I've never looked back.. although I'd only ever wear and promote cruelty free Mink Lashes.

I've seen so many YouTubers rave about the Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes, and I've always admired how they look but I've never tried them as they're an American brand and I was apprehensive about ordering them incase I got lumbered with hefty customs charges. However I've recently found that they have a distribution centre here in the UK so we can order them without worrying about customs charges which is a massive relief. All of the hairs used for Esqido's lashes are naturally shed Mink hairs, so they're completely cruelty free, and Esqido have a great lash maintenance guide to help you prep and care for your lashes.

Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes
Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes

I've been trialing two different styles of Esqido Lashes; the Miss Dolly $38/£25* and the Little Black Lash $34/£23*, and they're beyond beautiful. Each pair of Esqido lashes are packaged within a white snakeskin effect magnetic box with rose gold writing. Inside the box, the lashes are held in a clear plastic tray, with a metallic rose gold base which is a blogger's nightmare to photograph.. let me tell you. Studio lighting problems aside, they look so luxurious and stunning.

Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes
Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes

I chose the Little Black Lash Lashes as they're incredibly natural, so I knew they'd be very wearable and that they'd flatter any makeup look albeit for day or night. The Little Black Lash lashes are Esqido's lightest lash style, with the lashes being perfectly spaced out for a natural yet fluttery look. What I particularly love about this style is that the lashes are all different lengths just like your natural lashes, which you just don't get with synthetic lashes.. the lashes are so wispy and light, and each lash is tapered so they blend with amazingly with my natural lashes.

All of the Esqido lashes have a flexible handcrafted cotton band, and I love that the band on the Little Black Lash lashes is particularly fine so it gives the lashes even more of a natural look as the band blends with my lashline so I don't have to apply eyeliner to try and disguise the lash band. 

Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes
Esqido Cruelty Free Mink False Lashes

The Miss Dolly Lashes are much more glamorous and dramatic than the Little Black Lash lashes, and are just perfect for a night out. Like the name suggests, these lashes are inspired by a doll's lashes, with the lashes being evenly spaced out with lashes of differing lengths for a more flirty, fluttery appearance. The band on these lashes is considerably thicker than the Little Black Lash lashes, so it did take a little longer to apply but it's still a flexible band so it can mould to the contours of your eyelid for the best fit. With the Miss Dolly Lashes, I find that they look best when teamed with liquid liner which I'd wear anyway for a night out as I love winged eyeliner. 

When I apply either pair of lashes, I really like how lightweight they feel.. they don't feel heavy, and they really do look natural; even with the drama of the Miss Dolly lashes. Yes £25 might sound expensive as an outlay, but Esqido's lashes can be reused upto 25 times which is absolutely incredible, making them just £1 per wear. You just can't beat the luxury, and quality of (cruelty free) mink lashes, and I absolutely love the Esqido lashes.