Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tom Ford Black Orchid Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello guys so here is another segment to my ideas for Christmas for you, this is the third week of a fragrance dropped in, I'm a big fan of fragrances and I know from working in Boots before a lot of you are big fragrance and aftershave lovers to.  I used to love it when men came into the store literally days coming before Christmas looking for inspiration for there daughters wives or girlfriends or family member.  My favourite thing to be asked was what perfume do you wear or what perfume do you like??

So today I am talking about the iconic Tom Ford Black Orchid Spray sometimes I feel that this scent has been referred to as marmite people either absolutely love it or hate it not many inbetweens, personally I hate marmite I'm completely not even on the shelf with this I really hate it.  But with this scent I have to be honest I was on the shelf I wasn't sure for months whether i liked it.  Here is what the scent us described as.

A luxurious and sensual fragrance of rich, dark accords and an alluring potion of Black Orchids, and spice, Tom Fords black orchid is both modern and timeless.  bottled in fluted black glass black orchid makes an unforgettable statement of iconic style and worldly glamour.


This to me is a completely perfect  discription of the fragrance for me at first I found it to heady and strong and made me feel quite sick, but then as sometimes I'm an over sprayer I've learnt less is more with this one as the scent is not a light one you only need a little bit. If your a light perfume fan this is not for you or a floral lover again this is not for you.  In my opinion this is not a day time fragrance either this is definitely an evening scent.  As I mentioned before about my over spraying I take this much lighter now and spray a little bit before going out, some of my friends say to me you have got that perfume on again haven't you, that to me means it's very recognisable, it definitely is distinctive but they great thing about perfume is they smell different on us all, one scent that might not smell  nice on you may smell amazing on someone else or vice versa.

Why I like this, to me now I've got used to being gentle with the spraying I think this is so unique and classy I feel like a proper grown up with this on, and it reminds me of a lady with a bright lip and some sharp black tailoring on.  It's definitely a conversation starter scent.

So with this one as I would say to anyone go and spray it first walk around shopping for half an hour and then smell I bet you will be hooked.

This is available at John Lewis Tom Ford and currently there is money off to woo hoo..








Hope you enjoyed this post ...



Laura x


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb gift ideas

Hey guys back with another offering of something for Christmas, last week I wrote about a perfume I love and this week I'm writing about another fragrance, as I mentioned I'm not doing a gift guide as such as I'm feeling people are sick of those but each week il write about one thing that I'm going to review and you can make up your own mind.
Now a few years ago when I worked on the Chanel counter in Boots I used to come into work perfume free because my aim was to try a different perfume each shift to see if I liked them and obviously to smell different every day.  When I covered fragrance I used to tidy up all the shelves and clean all the glass displays and just love the fancy bottles thinking my god this is heaven, not the cleaning but messing with all the pretty bottles and one that people  that raved about was flowerbomb, I knew this wasn't a cheap one and your talking £73 for a 50ml which I suppose isint horrendous but it's not one of the cheaper ones. That's from Boots 

So what is Flowerbomb all about??? Flowerbomb is an explosion of scents rolled into one with
TOP NOTES of Bergamot, Tea

HEART NOTES of Jasmine, Freesia, Orchid

BASE NOTES of Centiflora Rose, Patchouli

This is not one for the faint hearted if you don't like floral scents don't even pick it up, however if your a fan of a sophisticated mix of the florals then this may be for you. I did worry it would remind me of something my nan would have worn in a nice way but it didn't do that either,

My initial impression was OMG it was quite heady and I thought if I smell of this all day this is not good, I thought breathe it will dry down and when it did I was sold.  The mix of florals secrets with the woody notes of the Patchouli is what I love and the smell is completely beautiful.
The bottle is pretty not overtly fancy but nice, little details which are classy and look stunning on your dressing table, to me it's too nice to be thrown around in your hand bag, but I don't think you really need to carry it around I found that the scent lasts all day, I actually think when my current bottle runs out I will cry. Is it a great buy for Christmas I actually think that it is and the receiver of this will be a very lucky person,

If you want to read last weeks post about what perfume I loved last week click on this link
YSL


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

YSL Black Opium Christmas Ideas

Hello guys hope you are all well.....and had a nice Halloween and Bonfire Night.  I am still freaked out by the fact we are in November how scary and now I'm faced with the dreaded Christmas lists of pages of A4 things my kids want GULP.  So with this in mind I'm not going to do gift guides or anything like that but I'm going to just tell you things I love for either myself or the kids and maybe you may like them to or think hmm that's an idea for Christmas.  That brings me to literally one of my favourite perfumes ever brings me to YSL Black Opium, when this first came out in the shops I didn't think I would like it, I remembered the old style Opium that came out years ago and I really didn't like it.


Now ok this is only my humble opinion and not everyone will like it but I love it so much I don't think that I would or will ever get fed up of the smell of this perfume.  The bottle is beautiful in itself black and sparkly with slices of glitter through it perfect for your dressing table and gorgeous to get out of your handbag.   So if you haven't smelt it what would you expect yes there's an element of depth to it, dark and mysterious with hints of coffee to a warm sensual base note. It's not over powering or heady I'm so trying not to be biased as I love it so much.

It's not the cheapest perfume around obviously depending on size you can pick up from most department stores or Drugstore I normally get mine from FragranceDirect


Hope you like it to


Laura

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Spa Days and Swimwear*

Hi guys now if you know me well you will know that I love exercise loads.... In fact I'm actually lying I don't, but I make myself do it 4 times a week, there are 4 reasons why I make myself do it being
1. great for people with depression
2. Good for socialising
3. Helps keep weight stable
4. Good for overall health

So enough to about the exercise and more about the socialising, a group of the girls that go to the class decided a Spa day would be nice for us all, a chance to relax and socialise and unwind so yep I was sold and then I had the thought OMG I had been to Cyprus in the September and thrown all my swimsuits away....cringe, I had done this as I'd had them for the last few years and they had seen me well over the last few holidays I had been on but I didn't want to see them again in fact I was actually sick of the sight of them and in the holiday photos I was thinking oh god those swimsuits again.  So what was I to do, someone above must have heard my plight because I had an email in my inbox asking me if I would like to review some swimwear what are the chances of that, I literally kid you not I could have cried it was literally perfect.  All I had to do was have a look through there selection and chose as simple as that. There site is Ukswimwear and I can honestly tell you that you will be spoilt for choice literally so if your bag is Bikinis beachwear or a swimsuit then you will find something to suit you here.
For me I don't wear bikinis after three children I don't feel comfortable in bikinis so I've always worn swimsuits but I have always found them old fashioned until recently and they are much more modern and trendy.  I chose a smart classy one which you can see from my picture it's stylish without being too revealing or to over the top perfect for my spa day.

So about the spa day we went to the spa which is a few miles from where I live set in a nice are called  the valeresort.co.uk
Incidentally I had never been there before so wasn't sure what to expect.  I knew a lot of golfers went there, I knew also footballers went there and also various rugby players as well. I would say the resort is clean and the main reception staff friendly. The spa area is clean and tidy and very tranquil.  I had a full body massage which was actually really amazing and literally leaves you feeling really relaxed to the point of wanting to go asleep.  And all your aches and pains do disappear for that time period it's so amazing.  Also a full facial is done using templespa products which I cannot believe I haven't heard of before or used or even sampled, I must have been hiding under a rock as apparently there luxury truffle products such as the mask and moisturiser are huge, and after using them omg I can see why the smell alone is amazing.



L

So all in all a good day happy treatments lovely swimwear and a relaxing day.



Thank you so much to http://www.ukswimwear.com/swimsuits for being so kind to let me chose something from there range.


Laura x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Radox 12 hour scent touch review

Today I'm taking about a product I've just picked up from Radox a little bottle of shower gel with a scent that claims to last 12 hours let's see if this is the case.

The one I'm showing you today I will say is the blue one which is fragranced with artic blueberry and patchouli, I like this one but I actually prefer the pink one which is fragranced with wild peony and lychee. The blue one I thought would smell like a men's shower gel it actually doesn't it smells of blueberries which you would hope for as its supposed to, I prefer the pink one as I like the brightness of the bottle it's like a girly bright pink shallow I know.  I've got through two of these in next to no time as its what I've been reaching for every shower not only me but my daughter to.  When I first bought it I jumped in the shower and came down to the living room in my dressing gown to watch Corrie with my cup of tea and my daughter came into the living room and said ah mum what candle have you lit, I'm looking round the living room thinking what candle have I lit nor realising or maybe my little boy had, and I would have gone mad if he had of.  So I was literally sat there thinking what can she smell then it clicked it had to be the shower gel and it was.  Once she realised what it was she was sniffing me like a little spaniel off she went in the shower, my immediate reaction ah well there goes half my shower gel down the plug.


So back to the review, the claims of the brand are that the scent left behind will last 12 hours and is this the case, well as I've mentioned the scent is particularly lovely the pink one especially, in the shower you get a full on lather which some people won't like as in it contains SLS, so becareful if you have any allergies or super sensitive skin. Don't use it near your eyes and don't wash your hair with it either, my youngest boy did do that, little monkey.   Ok so after showering in the pink one last night about ten o'clock, I stayed up for about an hour and then went to bed, at that time the smell was really strong and I could smell it even on myself and in my bedroom.  I woke up next morning about 6am and the smell was very faint but marginally still there, so I would say they a good 8 hours is very good in terms of smell ability of a product, not only that the shower gel is extremely reasonable and you can pick up for around £2.50 from most chemists drug stores or supermarkets,

To find out more about this range click here Radox





Radox 12 hour scent


Laura

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Why you need to talk about mental health

Hey guys hope you are well,  today I'm going to discuss something that I have done a few times through the years on my blog and I feel that I need to again as it's as subject that's not going to go away and I think the more it's discussed the more the taboo will break hopefully and that people can reach out and talk. Now the reason and focus on this is obviously we have had a day recently hashtag mental health world day where a lot of attention was brought to this subject, which is in fact brilliant but then once that day goes and everything settles what then? What can people do? Who can they talk to and can we indentify it in friends colleagues and family. 
Locally where I live 3 young men have recently took there own lives, not related not friends and all early twenties and under.  Two of them had a child or children and one had left for work and didn't return home.  The one who had left for work had apparently left for work as normal quite happy and didn't say a word to his partner that he felt down or depressed and seemingly to the outside world had everything.  But he must have been suffering with some sort of anguish or pain and maybe couldn't tell anyone who knows but now awful for that family and friends to go through all that pain to.
So that's what has prompt me to write again as I know through my own experience how much mental health can affect you and not just you but the people around you.  Mental health is my illness that I have to deal with everyday it affects my confidence my ability sometimes to do my job well and even now I cope with my colleagues peers and family. What I often struggle with is perceptions of me from people who don't know me but make the assumption that as I wear makeup and do my hair that I am a fully functioning secure adult, whereas if I had a broken leg or an open wound people would say ah I can see your injuries hope you recover and get well, but as mental illness depression or any other type of mental illness is unseen it's often mistaken for nothing.  I find that still really hard to deal with and I'm so sure many of you do to. People don't realise the battle that it is to get out of bed some days as you may not have slept all night as your mind may have been working overtime causing you not to sleep or when it is time to get up, you genuinely cannot get the strength to do it.  For me I hate doing the school run in the afternoon after work the thought of going into that school yard with all those parents fills me with dread, I also sometimes hate even going food shopping and I've left my trolley in the shop full of food and walked out, some of the people who know me but not well think that's absurd but it's not. 
I also really feel for children and teenagers to nowadays and as I've mentioned young adults, children and teenagers have so much pressure on them now to be a certain way or look a certain way even from a young age, I can remember as a kid literally having a laugh and roaming the streets till it was dusk but the kids nowadays can't do that.  I'm not blaming it but I don't think social media helps, if you child or teen has Instagram or Facebook and posts selfies and doesn't get many likes etc or comments sometimes I know it can leave a child or teen feeling a bit bruised in the pride sense, or if people make personal comments such as pointing out your flaws which ok you know you have but don't necessary what reminding of can leave you feeling low and denting your feelings. 
Not only that tests for young kids and exams can really cause stress in young people, for youngsters to help you can access Youngminds for support and advice. 

But all I can say is if you feel isolated or alone please talk to someone, a parent, a friend, a teacher a tutor, a doctor anyone who can listen or if you don't have that added support because not everyone is lucky enough to have that go to www.mind.org.uk it's so so important to talk. 

Also if you feel so down alone and helpless what I do sometimes is get a piece of paper and list all the bad things I feel and then the good things, don't get me wrong sometimes the bad list is long but then when I analyse the good I feel guilty and my mind makes me focus on that good, so if you feel like that and you can look at even one good thing on your list then concentrate on that, if you can't out one good thing on your list you need to go to the doctors or try to do something for you, you are so important special and worthwhile.  
And if you get any feelings of self doubt and self worth please tell someone your not a fool your amazing. 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Woods of Windsor The Gardeners Collection*

Hey guys hope your are well on this lovely Autumnal day, I literally haven't stopped today up at the crack of dawn to take my daughter to work, then football in a wet muddy field joy, and then I came home washed the car tidied my garden and then took my other son and his friend to the skating rink I'm exhausted.  Who said that the weekends were relaxing.  
Anyway in the week I was really kindly sent a package from the lovely people at woodsofwindsor who sent me three products from there Gardeners Collection. I make no secret of loving lovely things and skincare and beauty products and makeup is right up there so an excited kid in a sweet shop strings to mind.  
So the first item il introduce you to is the Blackberry & Tyne Moisturising Hand Wash, coming in an attractive yet classy bottle which would look nice in your kitchen, the wash is infused with fragrance of Blackberry and Thyme with a combination of green tea and ripe blackberry, white Jasmine enhanced with musk and Amber.  The highlight is the antibacterial healing thyme oil and anti oxidants that help protect the hands so your hands are left clean soft and freshly fragranced. 



Next is the Exfoliating Hand Scrub enriched with the same ingredients as the wash, this differs as obviously it's an exfoliator and contains pumice to cleanse and remove dirt, so if your an outdoor type of person, a keen Gardner which I'm not but I do to it, who ends up with there hands filthy and in my case stained with grass and all sorts this is brilliant for scrubbing all this gross stuff off, but leaving your hands soft and clean but also smelling nice and fresh,  this isint something I would use every time I washed my hands but definitely after doing something that involved my hands taking a battering where they needed some extra help.

And last but not least is the Nourishing Hand Cream this one again has similar ingredients do its other counterparts but contains Shea butter which I love, what is a hand cream without Shea butter.  To me and I'm sure most people who enjoy hand cream Shea butter is the key to softening the skin, so  if you are patient and are keen to look after and care for your hands using this after the exfoliator is great because after scrubbing away any dead skin from your hands and making sure they are clean this makes way for the hand cream to soak into your hands and really give them a nice treat.  

Who are Woods of Windsor they are a brand that has been around for actually around the time I became alive cough cough. They are a brand that has created a beautiful range of fragrances and bath luxuries for you to enjoy for yourself or as a gift.  I actually think this set would make a lovely gift as it not only looks lovely but also smells gorgeous and feels like a treat. This range re-launched in 2016 with new packaging which reflects what Windsor is all about.  I always feel quite posh when I got to Windsor for so many reasons and it's probably due to the castle the flying aircraft overhead and the shops.

This range is also reasonably priced with everything here all being each product under £10 I bet you didn't expect that.

Hope you enjoyed this post 
*this post contains press samples 

Laura x