Laura Mercier Arabesque

Heading into spring, I am pretty desperate to shed all the heaviness of winter, and Laura Mercier’s newest collection seems like the best way to do it.

The ballet-inspired shades are chic and wearable, and I can see myself reaching for all three of her newest offerings well into spring. The perfect pink is a hard thing to come by, but I think I might just have found mine.

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Dolce and Gabbana Velvet Desire

Within their Velvet Collection of perfumes, Dolce and Gabbana created a range of perfumes inspired by Renaissance Italy. The scent is definitely one which makes a statement.

Before we go any further, I have to admit – I am a gardenia perfume fiend – Chanel, Annick Goutal and Estee Lauder’s Private Collection have all featured on my dressing table, and I consider the flower somewhat of a signature scent.

Dolce and Gabanna’s offering is up amongst my favourites – the scent is heady and luxurious. This isn’t a bottle I splash one before running out the gym. Nope – this is a full-on grown up choice, best worn when dressed up and heading out to somewhere fabulous.

The notes are predominantly gardenia, although tuber rose is also featured prominently in the line-up. Despite the statement the perfume makes, it’s super clean smelling, and has become my go-to throughout the wintry weather.

The perfume is priced at £165.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Guerlain Kajal Khol

This eyeliner is literally life changing; ok, not life changing, but it is pretty great!

Guerlain brings these out every year, and yes, they are expensive, but these things last for months and months. The colour payoff is great – a silky, inky black which rims the waterline really well! The crayon format of the liner means that the line is smooth and soft looking, making it super-easy to create a smoky eye.

Not only do I love the product, but the packing is sublime. I buy these year after year, and the ribbon and decorations change, but they are the most glamorous eyeliner around

The eyeliner is priced at $36 and available at Sephora.com

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Pink and Shiny

There are few things I like more than things which are pink and shiny. Seriously, I have the aesthetic leanings of an eight year old high on candy.

These pieces just make me happy (and want to shop).

Nail Varnish – Butter London
Clutch – Jason Wu
Trench – Burberry
Earrings – Kate Spade
Ring – Luxurybazaar.com
Necklace – Shourouk
Pumps – Christian Louboutin
Lip Tar – Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer*

The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a product which is hailed as a miracle worker throughout magazines and blogs. A look at the box shows its been awarded beauty prizes by Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle – two publications which know what they’re talking about! So I was super excited to try this miracle product.

Unlike a regular conditioning treatment, this goes on before you shampoo, and it is left on for 1/2 hour. To deal with the unavoidable spills a cute little branded shower cap is included in the box.

I do always find this pre-shampoo treatment idea a little bit of a hassle – but made the most of it by applying a face mask at the same time and had a little home-spa-thing going on.

So, after shampooing and conditioning with my regular products (Kerestase shampoo and Frederik Fekkai conditioner) my hair did feel super smooth.

The only negative I would say came when I came to blow dry my hair – it took forever. However, once I did manage to get it dry, my hair was super sleek and looked as if I had straightened it.

What I like about this is, not only does it work in repairing the damage already done, but also helps in the prevention of damage – smooth hair equals no straighteners for me.

Would I buy the Elasticizer once this tub runs out? Yep, I think I would. I’m a sucker for hair treatments, and this is one which certainly works!

150ml jar is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Pastels Please
I’m seriously looking forward to spring and summer – sitting in the snow will do that to you! The pre-requisite pastels are looking super appealing right now, and I love them worn all together!
What are you looking forward to?
Necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane
Ring – Annette Ferdinandsen
Sunglasses – Mykita Velvet Eyewear
Shoes – Lanvin
Bag – Givenchy
Nail Varnishes – bottom all Estee Lauder
Pink Nail Varnish – Dior

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NUDE Skincare Miracle Mask*

I am always pretty dubious when a product self certifies as a ‘miracle,’ but NUDE’s offering is pretty impressive! The mask contains exfoliating particles as well as some much lauded AHAs which are designed to slough off any icky outer layers of skin.They warn that the mask will tingle when applied, and yes, it did a little, but it wasn’t anywhere near unbearable. The smell is light, and reminiscent of marzipan, but it’s pleasant. After the recommended 5 mins (or maybe slightly more) the mask had dried and washed off easily.

My skin felt super smooth afterwards – velvetly soft, and my skin tone showed huge improvement – it went from a little blotchy to uniform in colour. Moisturizer soaked in super quick, and my face felt the benefits all day long. Not only this, but even the day after using, my makeup applied better – smoother and more evenly.

The price is a little expensive, but the product holds up – you are only meant to use it once to twice a week, and only a little is needed at a time, but it does make a huge difference!

Along with the Miracle Mask, I also tried NUDE’s Cleansing Oil. I have tried similar products from brands such as Shu Uemura, and I have to say, NUDE’s offering is up amongst the best. It is thicker than the other oils I have tried, and even after washing, my face felt moisturized, as well as free of makeup.

Both products are great! They do the job they claim, whilst the natural ingredients are always a bonus!

The Miracle Mask is priced at £38
The Cleansing Oil is priced at £28

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Clarins Eau Dynamisante

To be completely honest, Clarins has stayed pretty much under my radar for the past couple of years. It wasn’t a company which I though much about, relegating it as a brand geared more towards the more ‘mature’ client.

I would like to say how wrong I was. I have gone 0 – 60 with Clarins, from owning absolutely nothing to grabbing everything from lipgloss to body wash in a three month period. The products are super-high quality and way-luxurious!

I was lucky enough to get sent the 100ml bottle of Eau Dynamisante to sample and review, and I have to say – another score for Clarins. The unisex scent is described as featuring the essential oils of lemon, Patchouli, Ginseng and White Tea and it’s a fresh, pretty, and unusual choice.

I thought I would test it under some hard circumstances – an eight hour Dubai-London flight; and I have to say, the scent stayed with me for hours, and I’m pretty sure it’s the reason I didn’t have to carry my hand luggage off the plane!

The 100ml bottle retails for £29 from www.clarins.co.uk and here (US)

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