A few months back I headed through to Glasgow for a night all about Dior perfume. Held in the penthouse suite at the Blysthwood Hotel, it was an exercise in opulence. Led through the house’s private scent collections, I discovered notes I’d never considered before – one of which was Sakura, or Japanese Cherry Blossom.
Delicately sweet and floral, it’s a beautiful fragrance note, so, when I saw Lush had a new Sakura Bath Bomb, I couldn’t resist. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with neon splatterings of pink, turquoise and blue, which explode in the water. As well as Cherry Blossom, there is Orange Flower Absolue, Mimosa and Lemon Oil, so the bomb lifts spirits – perfect for combatting any winter blues!
Lush Sakura Bath Bomb is priced at £3.75 and is available here
If you’re in the UK right now, it’s pretty much impossible to miss the hype around advent calendars at the moment. It feels like everyone is releasing one, and as someone who loves a surprise every morning, I couldn’t be happier about the craze. The first of this year’s offerings I got my hands on was the L’Occitan Beauty Advent Calendar – a 24-piece countdown which will have you looking and feeling slick by the time Christmas rolls around.
Covered in the most gorgeous little doodles – the L’Occitane calendar is all about peace on earth, and it’s the cutest thing. I’ve already got it propped up in the office prepared for December 1st, as it’s just so pretty.
It opens up into two sides, complete with side panels, and the goodies inside are guaranteed to impress. There’s a good mix of face and body products, including some brand icons including the Shea Butter Hand Cream, the Almond Shower Oil and the Verbena Leaf Soap, as well as some items you might not have tried before.
The size of all the products inside really impressed me – they’re a generous travel size – so perfect if you’re off somewhere over the festive period, or you can slot them into your gym bag or shower for a little extra luxury. I’ve only really tried one or two L’Occitane products in the past, so getting a whole 24 products to try out was pretty much a dream. I’ve discovered some absolute gems including the Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm (perfect for combatting winter lips), as well as Verbena Eau de Toilette which is beautifully fresh. The calendar contains £85 worth of product, so it’s an incredible deal, as well feeling fun to use.
L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar is priced at £49 and is available here
If you’re looking for a hit of colour (and really, at this time of year, who isn’t?) Too Faced have released their Tutti Frutti collection, and honestly, it couldn’t be more fun. Filled with colour and sparkle, it’s a surprisingly thorough range with everything from lipgloss and eyeshadows to highlighting drops and palettes.
The Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze comes in an impressive 12 shades, and Takes Two to Mango is a stunning sparkly orange, which is begging to be worn on an evening out. More unexpected than a red lip, orange always feels like a fresher, fun alternative, and it never looks better than when paired with a glowy, bronzed makeup look. Too Faced’s Comfort Lip Glazes are a beautifully glossy formula, and surprisingly well pigmented. A single swipe with the doe foot applicator gives an opaque wash of colour – and I am just obsessed with the golden twinkles in the formula! The formula feels gorgeous to wear, and there’s a fresh, fruity scent too!
Too Faced Juicy Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze in Takes Two to Mango is priced at £16 and is available here.
If I had to choose a desert-island beauty product, chances are it would a lip balm. I cannot stand the feeling of lips which are dry or chapped. It grosses me out, and it really is one of the worst sensations I can imagine, not to mention, it doesn’t look great.
In my quest to keep winter lips at bay, I’ve been turning to Lush’s Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub. Part of the brand’s Christmas offerings, it’s a super festive choice, which smells absolutely divine, and works a treat too! Lush have a surprisingly huge range of scrubs, but this scent might just be my favourite.
After cleansing, I take a little of the scrub on my finger, and work it into my lips. It’s a mostly sugar formula, which is fortified with Wild Sweet Orange Oil and Jojoba Oil, so it moisturises as well as exfoliates. It’s the perfect thing to use pre-lipstick application, and I’ve been using it pretty much every second day to keep lips smooth despite dropping temperatures.
Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub is priced at £6.50 and is available here
When it comes to winter beauty, it feels pretty much mandatory to switch up your perfumes. During the summer I’m a big citrus girl – I love the freshness of orange blossoms, vetivert and anything soapy, so when the seasons start to change, it feels natural to retreat into lush gardenias and tuberose. Those big florals can be a little much for daytime wear, so I’m always on the hunt for a gorgeous option which I can rely on daily. Clean Reserve is a brand I’ve been pretty much obsessed with for a few years now – I love the ethos behind the brand – they don’t produce scents you’re going to identify. Instead, they just smell great.
Warm Cotton was the first Clean Reserve fragrance I tried, so when I saw the brand had updated it in their Avant Garden Collection with the addition of White Amber, I couldn’t resist trying it out, and honestly, I am so glad I did. White Amber & Warm Cotton is a cosier take on the original, and it feels tailor-made for colder temperatures. When first applied, the tops notes feel exactly like the original Warm Cotton – it’s soft, and fresh and really does feel quite special.
Once the fragrance settles, the notes of White Amber come through – they’re soft enough not to feel overwhelming, and add a little depth to the scent. The longevity of the perfume is surprisingly great – I love spraying it on sweaters and scarves, as it just smells so gorgeously cosy. As if the perfume wasn’t great enough – Clean Reserve is a brand which have the environment at the heart of their production. They only use sustainable ingredients for the perfume, and the packaging is completely eco-friendly too. As you can probably tell, I’m in love with it – it’s perfect for wearing to meetings and for days out, and I’ve not stopped wearing it since it arrived!
Clean Reserve Avant Garden White Amber & Warm Cotton is priced at £129 and is available here (UK) and here (US)