Wednesday, 25 February 2015

REVIEW: Chanel Coromandel Fragrance

When my office was based in Covent Garden I used to occasionally pop into the Chanel store just to swatch the gorgeous makeup and bask in the luxurious atmosphere.
On one visit, my workmate Lucy & I ended up spritzing lots of their fragrances from the Les Exclusifs range and I ended up spraying Coromandel onto a fragrance paper and keeping it in my coat pocket.  For days and weeks after, every time I popped my hand into that pocket, I had a sniff of the card and ended up falling in love with this fragrance.

Now this baby is quite expensive and for years I succumbed to the fact that I'd never be able to own or afford it myself, that was until I hinted at Andrew that I just love the smell and he bought me it for Christmas!

Coromandel is described as a rich woody, oriental fragrance which on first spritz smells quite citrus-y and powdery, however this shortly disappears making way to a divine vanilla, amber musk & patchouli.  Finally it changes once more to a deep musky scent with hints of pepper, chocolate and frankincense, which lasts all day on my skin.

To me this fragrance is timeless and an absolute classic, but not in the Chanel No5 way (that is way too musky and mature for me, gives me a headache).  It makes me feel powerful and confident.  It's also been said to have the best longevity out of all the 6 fragrances in the Chanel Les Exclusifs range which is perfect as a little goes a very long way.  I've worn this around 30 times since receiving it and it's hardly made a dent in the bottle (fab because of the cost).

I should also say that probably not everyone will love Coromandel.  My sister commented once that I smelt like an old lady when I was wearing this, as is it quite heavy on the incense and patchouli, but I just think it's a masterpiece and love the fact that it's like no fragrance I've ever smelt before (I also know that wearing this, I won't smell like a thousand other woman out on the street!).

The Chanel Les Exclusifs range is available only in the Covent Garden Boutique and in Selfridges London!  Have a sniff if you can!

What's your favourite Chanel fragrance?



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

STORAGE: How I Store My Makeup Brushes!

I'm a complete sucker for makeup storage and spying on how other girls like to display their products, and since setting up my very own makeup desk I thought I'd start sharing how I store mine!

I'm going to be filming a complete makeup storage video for my YouTube channel, but before that I thought I'd give you a quick sneak peek on how I store my brushes!

First up are the white Ikea Skurar Plant Pots (link) which are just the perfect size for storing large brushes!  I think I have 4 of these at home and none of them are used to store an actual plant, ha!  I use two of these to store my foundation, base, blush & powder brushes, of which I know I have too many but I love them too much to get rid of!  I've sorted them into one containing my favourite most used, and the other contains base products I like but don't reach for as much.

Next up is my Camera Lens Cup (link) which was a gift to me from my parents a couple of years ago.  I had one cup of tea in it, decided tea tastes better in an actual mug rather than plastic and have been using it as a brush holder ever since!  I use this to store all of my favourite eyeshadow fluffy blending brushes as I am always using these to blend and need them to be easily accessible.

I use an empty Space NK Candle Jar to store all of my other miscellaneous brushes; flat eyeshadow brushes, liner, brow, lip brushes etc!  I love using old candle jars to store brushes as they are the perfect shape (height and width) so don't throw them out girls!

Finally I picked up this Marble Mug (link) from H&M Home last month which I adore!!  I have a full blog post coming up on what else I picked up from H&M Home but until then, I like to use this to store my favourite small face brushes which I use to blend concealer and lightly apply powder.

So there we have it!  Stay tuned for full makeup storage pictures & video soon.

How do you store your makeup brushes?



Sunday, 15 February 2015

REVIEW: Real Technique's Bold Metal's Collection!

There's no doubt about the fact that Real Techniques are one of the best brush brands out there who consistently produce incredible quality and also one of a kind, unique brushes for specific aspects of makeup application.  I for one have never seen a 3d-triangle shaped foundation brush before!

I always look forward to their new releases and the Bold Metals collection had me drooling from the get go!

There are 7 new brushes in this range, 3 for eyes, 2 for base & 2 for cheeks, all of which are stunning with long beveled metallic brush ends designed with a weighty feel for smooth and easy makeup application!

My favourites are:

300 Tapered Blush Brush - such a unique design which applies blusher like a dream!  The shape is just perfect to apply & blend colour to the apples of my cheeks.  I've also used it for contouring and it's just as great.

201 Pointed Crease Brush - a super soft rounded dome brush which makes applying and blending shadow into the crease of the eye so easy.

These are a little more expensive than the core collection Real Techniques brushes but worth it for their design and unique shape which makes putting on makeup a really lovely experience!

Will you be picking up these in store?


Monday, 9 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: Afternoon Tea at Lady Dinah's Cat Cafe!

So as you know Andrew and I recently moved to Bethnal Green in East London.  We absolutely love it here, it pretty much has everything we need on the high street which is at the top of our road.  On my walk to work one day I realized that we actually live 5 minutes from London’s one and only Cat Café and instantly booked a table for afternoon tea!

I’m very much a cat person and dream of the day I can have my own (this flat doesn’t allow pets) and so the thought of sipping tea, eating cake and petting kitties is perfect!

After arriving at the café you enter a room in which you wash your hands & are told the café rules such as don’t feed the cats your cake, don’t lift them up (but you can pet & stroke them) and don’t wake any cats that are sleeping.

Once we were seated at our table we ordered cream tea & scones and a delicious salted caramel brownie to chomp on whilst coo-ing over the cats.  Quite a few of them were napping when we got there (after 4pm) but woke up half way through.  There are 3 new kittens in the cafe who are ADORABLE and we had so much fun playing with the newest kitten Alice.  

On every table in the cafe are little toys that you can use to play with the cats which was a nice touch.  I also fell in love with a cat called Petra; super fluffy and adventurous!  All of the cats have names and their own little personalities which you can read about on their website here, before you visit!

We had a lovely afternoon in the cafe and I really want to visit again soon!  

Have you ever been to a cat cafe?

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