DKNY Crystallised Eau de Toilette*

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When it comes to bringing out gorgeous fragrances which are only available as limited editions, I don’t think anyone comes close to DKNY. One of their newest releases is the brand-new Crystallised Eau de Toilette.

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The packaging for the perfume is absolutely adorable – it’s definitely the sparkliest bottle in my collection, and every time I use it it, it makes me smile. The lilac glitter is just so fun and girly, this would make such a fun gift!

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As for the fragrance itself, it’s a real crowd-pleasing mix of oriental notes with a hint of fruit. I’ve been loving it as a transition scent, as the yummy fruit keeps it feeling summery, whilst the deeper notes feel right for the cooler temperatures and darker nights we’re having.

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When I first spritz it on, I love the whoosh of raspberry and cassis, which are almost mouth-watering! Then, as the fragrance settles, the elements of Bergamot and Mandarin become stronger, keeping the scent feeling beautifully clean. It’s a perfect daytime scent!

DKNY Crystallised is currently on special for £19.99 (Normally £42) exclusively here.

 

Yours Truly Organics Skincare*

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I’m not sure that there’s anything more covetable than beautiful dewy skin, and with skin that’s as sensitive as mine, I’m always on the lookout for new products which I can use daily, and I have to say, I’m more than a little in love with new-to-me brand Yours Truly Organics.

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Truly Yours Organics is a British company that’s all about quality ingredients, and choosing what’s right for your skin. I was very kindly sent three of the most-loved products to try out, and I have to say, I’ve been seriously impressed!

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The Take it Away Cleansing Gel was the first out of the lineup that I tried. First of all, Cleansing Gels always just sound fun. I love the feeling of having really clean skin, and taking my makeup off is pretty much the first thing I do when I get in the house, so the gel was the obvious choice! Packaged in a slick glass bottle with a pump dispenser, I use 1-2 pumps on skin that I’ve already dampened. The formula feels soft and cooling to use, and it completely eradicates all of my makeup (except mascara, which I use a dedicated eye makeup remover for) without leaving my skin feeling tight or dried out.

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After cleansing, I’ve been absolutely loving a spritz of two of the Balancing Toner. It’s so refreshing, and calming on skin, it’s such a great addition to my summer skincare routine! I’ve even used this over makeup on days when I’ve been feeling a little blah and want to refresh my makeup without having to entirely re-do it!

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Last up is the Face Base Face Balm, which is a must, if like me, you have dry skin. Again, it’s packaged in a gorgeous glass bottle with pump dispenser, which is just perfect for keeping the product fresh an hygienic. I’ve been using the Face Base Face Balm in the mornings, as it’s a seriously great primer for makeup, as it really softens and smoothes skin. After applying a pump or two to cleansed skin, I don’t even need to use a primer, and my skin stays hydrated all day!

Yours Truly Organics Take it Away Cleanser is priced at £22, the Balancing Toner is priced at £19 and the Face Base Face Balm is priced at £25 and all are available here

 

 

Leighton Denny Tribal Collection*

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When it comes to nail brands, you know it’s going to be great when it comes to Leighton Denny. From colours which just feel perfect, to formulas which have to be used to be believed, you can see Leighton’s expertise in every aspect of his polishes!

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The first colour that I pulled from the line up was Desert Rain. It’s a perfect, punchy, cobalt blue which verges on neon, and is perfect if you’re after something that’s bright, fun and a little bit different. I’ve actually been looking for a shade like this one for a while – a couple of years ago I splashed out on an YSL Arty Ring in blue and gold, and I’ve been looking for a run manicure colour to wear with it, and this one fits the bill beautifully.

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One coat of the polish leaves nails with a rich, colour saturated, opaque coat of varnish, whilst a second coat gives an extra sense of richness. The varnish is incredibly easy to work with, and dries quickly to a high shine. I got three days of wear with Tribal Rain.

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Possibly the most challenging colour of the collection is Tiger Tamer, which is a rich, mustard yellow, which, in certain lights, almost hits neon. Since I’m really not a yellow type of person – it’s not my colour in the slightest – I passed it on to a friend to use and review, and I’m seriously glad I did.

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On her, it looks gorgeous, a seriously cool green-tinged yellow that shifts in the light, and looks all round awesome. She raved about the formula too! Like Tribal Rain, the formula was rich and creamy with serious lasting power.

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Tribal Survival was the third polish I tried, and is an exclusive to M&S colour. a stunning, subtle tone-shifting lilac, this is a polish like no other in my collection. If you’re looking for something soft and pretty, but which feels modern to use, this is the one for you!

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Depending on the light, Survival Instinct flits between a soft grey and lavender, and it looks great if you’ve got a hint of a tan. Surprisingly, for such a light colour, it applies wonderfully – almost opaque in a single coat, and with a second your left with smooth, glossy digits.

Leighton Denny polishes are priced at £12 each and are available here

 

Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo & Conditioner*

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As someone with hair that’s been somewhat mistreated, I’m always on the lookout for products which are going to undo some of the damage I’ve inflicted. After bleaching, daily heat styling and having frizzy hair to begin with, any product which offers to smooth and hydrate it good for me. So, when Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo popped through the letter box, I knew it was destined to be good!

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I’d never tried any haircare from Kiehl’s before, but considering I’ve never failed with their skincare, it was only a mater of time until I did! Packaged in Keihl’s signature apothecary-style packaging, the shampoo was the first part of the range I tried.

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Applied to wet hair, it foams beautifully, despite being sulphate-free, and I love the scent. Even before slathering on the conditioner, my hair felt a whole lot smoother after using the shampoo.

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After squeezing as much water out of my ends, I apply a generous dollop of the conditioner to my lengths and ends. I then leave it on for as long as possible – just as long as I can hang about in the shower really, then hose it all off. I can’t even tell you how much of a difference this duo makes. Hair is so soft and smooth, and blow drying it is an absolute dream – I hardly even need to look at my straighteners after using it, and it feels so, so soft and shiny!

Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo is priced at £16 and the Conditioner is priced at £19 and both are available here.

Roger& Gallet Creme de Mains & Ongles

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As someone with perennially dry hands, I’m always on the lookout for new products to help my poor digits look and feel softer and more hydrated. I’m also terrible for picking at my cuticles without even realising it, so I’m always on the hunt for the best hand creams I can lay my grubby paws on.

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Roger & Gallet’s Creme Mains & Ongles is perfect if, like me, you need something that’s rich and nourishing, but doesn’t leave hands feeling sticky or greasy. I keep mine on my desk, and apply throughout the day, whenever my hands are feeling a little dry or tight. I absolutely love the light, floral scent, and I can already see the difference in my hands from using it!

Roger & Gallet is currently on offer for £6 here.

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