Clarins Summer 2013

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Clarins’ Summer 2013 collection makes me weak at the knees. Look at these balms – have you ever seen anything like it? It just looks incredible and so much fun to wear! I must possess at least the pink and coral for my summer wardrobe!

 

Estelle & Thild Natural Lip Balm*

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Estelle & Thild is brand which is relatively new – so when I was able to try out a couple of their products, I jumped at the chance! Named after the (very glamourous) founder’s children, the company company uses the best organic ingredients which provide noticeable results.

As a lip balm enthusiast, it didn’t take me long to smear on an application. The balm smells really wonderful – raspberry and fruity – but the smell isn’t overpowering. The balm doesn’t have a taste, but it feels really thick and luxurious when applied. It wore for around 2 hours, and left my lips feeling healthy and moisturized.

I really love the ethos of the brand, and can’t wait to try some other products (they make everything from hand cream to hair conditioner) and the packaging is really  adorable making this a firm favorite!

Natural Lip Balm is priced at £14.00 and is available from The Urban Retreat Boutique.

Cosmetic Updates

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I am loving an injection of sea-green into my makeup bag as we move into Spring.

  • Clarins Eye Makeup Remover
  • Bliss Body Butter
  • Rubis Tweezers
  • Clarisonic
  • Tom Ford Body Splash
  • Tiffany Makeup Bag
  • Freeze 24-7 Wrinkle Cream

Penhaligon’s Ellenisia Eau de Parfum*

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I’m a big fan of white-floral fragrances, and Penhaligon’s Ellenisia is a great choice – indeed, it’s so pretty that Meadham Kirchhoff scented their AW13 show with it. The bottle is gorgeous – like all Penhaligon’s fragrances, it is the original design, and I am obsessed with the cute little coral bow on the cap. It means it looks adorable on my dressing table.

The perfume itself smells glorious – I primarily get gardenia, but the scent is lightened by the Mandarin Zest, which is one of the top notes. As the scent deepens during wearing, the tuberose and jasmine become more pronounced. The perfume has definite similarities with Chanel Exclusif’s Gardenia, and I love the soapy-clean feeling the scent gives me.

Since it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK, I would totally recommend this! Not  only is this fragrance available as an Eau de Parfum, but soaps and body lotion are also available.

The Eau de Parfum is available for £68.00 for 50ml and US readers can find it here

Gold Standard

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A little bit of shiny gold goes a long way – these picks will be among my favourites through the year.

  1. Dress – Miu Miu
  2. Earrings – Astley Clarke
  3. Boots – Rag & Bone
  4. Cuff – Saint Laurent
  5. Clutch – Proenza Schouler
  6. Bracelet – Maison Martin Margiela
  7. Heels – Jimmy Choo
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