YSL Opium Nuit Blanche

Happy Tuesday,  I hope you’ve been enjoying a gorgeous Bank Holiday weekend, so, in something of a celebration, I thought I would share a rather lovely perfume which I’ve been saving for rather special evenings – YSL’s Opium Nuit Blanch Eau de Parfum.

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I’d never tried a fragrance from the brand before, so when the glittering bottle arrived, you can imagine how excited I was! A ‘rock’n’roll’ take on the original Opium fragrance (I think we all remember those Sophie Dahl adverts!), Nuit Blanche mixes notes like Bourbon, Vanilla and Orange Blossom to create a perfume which feels darkly sophisticated.

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I’ve been saving the perfume for evenings out, and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on how the love the fragrance! At first, the top notes of vanilla and coffee bean give the perfume an almost gourmand tone. Then, as the perfume heats up, the heart notes of white musk and orange blossom give the parfum  super sexy feel. It’s definitely not a scent for the faint hearted, so I love keeping it for special evenings out – it just feels right to wear it after dark!

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YSL Black Opium is priced at £64.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Stop Skincare Day Cream

A few weeks back, Harvey Nichols kindly invited me to meet with Dr. Darren Mckeown, one of the country’s leading facial aestheticians. Tucked up in the personal shopping suite, I learned all about Dr. Mckeown’s new skincare line which is being sold exclusively at Harvey Nichols, and I have fallen absolutely in love with it!

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What’s so special about the Stop Skincare range, is that it’s designed to prevent ageing, rather than fix what’s already been done. He’s designed the range for skin that’s not quite ready for the big-time anti-ageing which most products provide, but Stop still treats and nourishes skin.

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Getting to sit and chat with Dr. Mckeown was such a treat. He couldn’t have been nicer or more knowledgeable about the entire skincare line, and I even chatted about what kind of procedures I’d been thinking about. After learning that preventative Botox might do more harm than good, I trotted home, armed with Stop Skincare and a resolve to really baby my skin. The Night Cream was the first of the products I tried, and I have to say, it’s quickly become a real favourite. The consistency of the cream feels so rich and nourishing, but it doesn’t overwhelm skin. Instead, it just leaves my face feeling soft and nourished.

I’ve been trying out a whole range of products, so stay tuned for more from Stop Skincare – spoiler alert, it’s awesome!

Stop Skincare Night Cream is priced at £40.00 and is available here.

Nioxin Night Density Rescue

I’ve admitted before to being super harsh on my hair. I bleach it, then blow dry and heat style it pretty much every day, so I’m always on the lookout for products which promise to undo some of that damage. I got super excited when Nioxin’s new Night Density Rescue came through the door. Promising to promote hair density in three months, I’ve been using the formula nightly, and happily, it couldn’t be simpler to apply. Using the pipette, I apply drops evenly throughout sectioned off hair, massaging it into my scalp. Then I simply brush through and whack my hair into a loose topknot. I’ve not been using the product for the full three months yet, but I’m already seeing a difference. My baby hairs are getting longer and stronger, and my hair feels far more healthy in general. I can’t wait to see the results in a month or so!

Nioxin Night Density Rescue is priced at £31.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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I always think buying presents for  men is super hard – and Father’s Day might just be trickiest. Thankfully though, Harvey Nichols has come to our rescue with their relaunched Menswear Department.

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Designed after the flagship Knightsbridge store, The menswear department is definitely the chicest spot to shop for Dad anywhere outside the capital, and to celebrate, the store held a super-fun weekend filled with special services for the discerning shopper. As you arrived up the elevators, you were met with the cutest little bars serving up Arbikie – an incredible Scottish Gin and Vodka distillery.

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As if that wasn’t enough, you could personalise the most luxurious of items – Grenson let you make up your ideal shoes, picking every detail from leathers to laces.

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They could be as subtle or crazy as you could imagine, and the example shoes were absolutely breathtaking.

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My favourite part of the whole event though, was the Etch’d stand, which, with an in-store purchase meant that you could get specially laser-personalised.

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Even though I was expecting just initials, Etch’d can personalise basically anything with a flat surface, and I can’t tell you how awesome their pieces looked! Considering the chaps come from a graphic-design background, their designs were insane!

 

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Based in Tollcross, you can even get phones and laptops laser etched, and I am seriously considering getting my laptop done. It’s just the coolest!

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It’s not just electronics and perfume bottles which got the special treatment though, even shoes and sneakers were etched.

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Since I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by, I popped down to the beauty department to find something etch-able, so treated myself to Omorovicza’s Perfecting Lip Balm. It’s something I’ve been wanting since my facial (here) and the flat lid was perfect for the laser.

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I couldn’t be happier with my rather special balm, and I would seriously recommend heading up to Harvey Nichols’ first floor. The menswear section couldn’t be better, and it’s absolutely packed with awesome Father’s Day gift ideas!

Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm is priced at £32.00 (I did receive a discount on mine) and is available in-store. You can find Omorovicza here.

 

 

Nails inc After Gel Hangover Cure 10 in 1 Nail Treatment

Despite my best intentions, my nails never really get to the stage of looking really good. I know that it’s partly my fault – I do sit and pick and my cuticles a bit, which is a habit I do need to break. But, my nails are also quite thin, with a propensity for breaking and peeling, so, in an effort to grow them, I snapped up the new Nails Inc After Gel Hangover Cure.

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Even though I’ve sworn off gel nails (I got them done once about five years ago, and my nails were paper thin for months after getting them removed), most of my nail problems seem similar to the ones caused by gels, so this seemed like a rather perfect product!

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Packaged in one of Nails Inc’s signature bottles (although they change so regularly it’s hard to keep up!) the After Gel promises to be a ten in one product. The lofty claims include strengthening, hardening and protecting nails, all whilst leaving them with a pretty gloss.

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In between manicures (as well as painting my nails myself), I’ve been painting on a light layer of the treatment onto clean, bare nails, and leaving it on for a day or so. It applies exactly like a regular polish, and it does leave a lovely glossy shine. The formula is filled with ingredients like Kale, Keratin and Argan Oil to hydrate and nourish, so it’s perfect if you’ve got iffy little nails like me!

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I have to say that I’ve been rather impressed with Nails Inc’s offering. Sure, I haven’t grown talons of my own yet, but my nails do feel sturdier. They aren’t peeling as much, and they’ve grown a little, allowing my to wear some cute red and pink polishes (when I normally stick to darks and neutrals). It’s such a great and easy way of taking care of your nails, and weirdly, I love the fact that they’re acknowledging the damage gels actual do – I’ve been told so many times that I should opt for a shellac or gel instead of my regular varnish that it’s so annoying to go through my weakened my nails actually are. I’m not sure it’s really a ten-in-one treatment, but it gives real strength to weakened nails, and that’s all that I’m after!

Nails Inc After Gel Hangover Cure 10-in-1 Treatment is priced at £9.50 and is available here.